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U.S. to Face Japan in Olympic Final

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One year after losing to Japan in the World Cup.

Victory! One year after a 3-1 defeat at the Women’s World Cup final in Germany, the United States won 2-1 against Japan in the Olympic final on Thursday. The final is said to have broken the Olympic women’s soccer attendance record with 83,000 people in attendance. The previous record was set in 1996 when 76,489 fans watched the final between the U.S. and China in Athens, Georgia.

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Goal

How To Bend It Like Beckham

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As the U.S. women’s football team face Japan in the Olympics gold medal match, scientist John D. Barrow, author of ‘Mathletics’, explains the physics of an unstoppable free kick.

One of the skills that soccer players seek to master from an early age is how to “bend” the ball. For those ignorant of the game, we should say this simply means learning how to kick the ball so that it swerves in the air. This skill can deceive opposing defenders and goalkeepers and is especially potent when a free kick is awarded close to the edge of the opponents’ penalty area.The defending team will set up a wall of players at the requisite 10 yards from the ball (closer if they can get away with it) to block a direct shot at their goal.

Beach Volleyball

U.S. Pair Wins Third Gold in a Row

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Third gold medal for May-Treanor and Walsh.

After overcoming a tough Chinese team in the semifinals, U.S. volleyball stars Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh beat out their American teammates on Wednesday night to take the gold in the women’s beach volleyball tournament. They extended their Olympic streak to 21 straight wins by overpowering Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 21-16, 21-16. This is their third gold medal as a team. May-Treanor and Walsh also won gold in Athens and Beijing.

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Volleyball Final

Harry at Women's Beach Volleyball Final

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Prince Harry scored some tickets to the women's beach volleyball final tonight. Seems this volunteer 'gamesmaker' only has eyes for him, though.

Good luck charm

Prince Harry Keeps Distance From Fergie

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Prince Harry Cheers On Team GB To Record Gold Haul, Keeps Distance From Fergie

Prince Harry roared with delight in the velodrome last night as he watched Team GB scoop a record 22nd Olympic gold medal as Chris Hoy and Laura Trott both took cycling golds. Controversially, Sarah Ferguson was also present with her daughters Eugenie and Beatrice. It was her first outing in the presence of a senior royal since she was snubbed and not invited to the Royal Wedding or the official Jubilee celebrations.Any thought that this might mark a royal detente with Fergie - who drunkenly attempted to sell access to a News of the World reporter - is wide of the mark, however.

Sex, Lies, and Doping

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As American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo gets the boot for having weed in his system, we look at the badminton players who deliberately lost, the Swiss soccer player who sent out racist tweets, and more athletes leaving London in disgrace or coming under suspicion.

LIKE A GAZELLE

Australia’s Sally Pearson Wins Hurdles

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Edged ahead of defending U.S champion.

Sally Pearson of Australia took her first gold medal and the country’s fourth Tuesday night in the 100-meter hurdles at the London Games. Pearson, who won the silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, edged ahead of her American rival and defending champion, Dawn Harper by .2 seconds to claim victory. Kellie Wells and Lolo Jones, both from Team U.S.A., trailed closely behind Pearson and Harper, with all four competitors leaping over the final hurdle within 13 seconds. While Harper was initially in the lead, Pearson chased her down and crossed the finish line at 12.35 seconds. Wells earned the bronze medal at 12.48 second while Jones, who barely qualified for the finals, came in fourth place at 12.58 seconds—her best time of the season.

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MISSING

7 Cameroon Athletes Flee Olympics

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Are suspected of leaving to live in Europe.

Seven athletes from Cameroon have disappeared while in Great Britain for the Olympic Games. The Cameroon Ministry of Sports and Physical Education Five boxers announced on Monday that five boxers, a swimmer, and a soccer player have gone missing. Drusille Ngako, a reserve goaltender for the women’s soccer team, was the first to vanish. Swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue left a few days later. The five boxers left after being eliminated from the Olympic Games. Officials believe the athletes fled so that they could stay in Europe and improve their economic situations. A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee said the organization was unaware that athletes were missing.

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GOLDEN GIRL

Raisman Wins Floor Exercise Gold

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U.S. advances to beach volleyball finals.

Team U.S.A.’s Aly Raisman, who missed out on the bronze medal in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition last week after a heartbreaking tiebreak, won gold in the floor exercise Tuesday in London. Earlier in the day, Raisman took home silver in the balance beam, making her the most decorated member of Fierce Five. On the beach volleyball court, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings beat the Chinese team to advance to their third straight gold medal watch.

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CLOSE CALL

Lolo Jones Barely Makes Finals

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Qualifies by four 100ths of a second.

Team U.S.A.’s most-famous virgin was almost its biggest choke. Lolo Jones just barely qualified for the 100m hurdles Tuesday, sneaking into the last spot after being the “fastest loser” in her semifinal heat. The semifinal round consists of three heats. The top two finishers in each hit automatically qualify, with the two “fastest losers” from the three rounds joining them. Running a 12.71-second race, Jones qualified by the thin margin of four 100ths of a second.

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The Chosen One

Meet Michael Phelps’s Model Girlfriend

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The Olympic champion has quietly been dating a 25-year-old blonde bombshell since January. Isabel Wilkinson on the mystery woman.

It turns out Debbie Phelps isn’t the only woman in Michael’s life. After the swimmer became the most decorated Olympian of all time following his 22 medals in London, he formally announced that he is done with his Olympic career. But Michael Phelps has some other news, as well: he has a girlfriend.Meet Meghan Rossee, a 25-year-old blonde bombshell. The L.A.-based model stands 5’10’’ and wears a size 2 dress. According to her modeling profile posted online, Rossee describes herself as “super easygoing and pretty much down for any type of project (that doesn’t involve nudity.

Good luck Charm

Harry Watches Another Gold, Fergie present

Could be three golds for Team GB tonight

Prince Harry is in the velodrome where British cyclist Laura Trott has just claimed England's 21st gold medal in the omnium. Also with him are Eugenie, Beatrice and - controversially - their mum Sarah Ferguson. Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton racing later with prospects for two more British golds.

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Lolo Jones Can’t Get No Respect

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Jeré Longman’s takedown of the track star as overexposed, cynical, ‘dissolute,’ and even less than talented was a misguided, over-the-top, personal attack that had more to do with the writer’s dislike for the Olympics than anything the athlete has done, says David Roth.

There are the sports we don't quite know how to watch: team handball and fencing and water polo and dressage, their beats and applause points all weird and wonky. There is the odd experience—imagine an irritating, meticulously branded form of time travel—of NBC stringing viewers from one commercial break to the next during protracted tape-delayed broadcasts of Olympics events whose results have been known for hours. There is Wenlock, the off-putting one-eyed Olympic mascot, who looks like a sort of metallic Surveillance Penis, and there is Bob Costas and an even-more-surveilled-than-usual London and assorted subsidiary weirdness.

The Price of Gold

America’s Broke Olympians

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Gabby Douglas’s mother declared bankruptcy. Ryan Lochte’s family faces foreclosure on their home. Years of spending huge sums, with little outside assistance, to prepare their kids to become Olympic heroes leaves many U.S. families on the brink of financial disaster.

Gabby Douglas is America’s newest sweetheart. She’s also its newest millionaire. Her mother, however, is broke.The 16-year-old gymnast, who became the first black gymnast to win the all-around competition last week in London, stands to make between $1 million and $3 million a year in endorsements, and has already agreed to plaster her infectious smile on the Kellogg’s corn flakes box. Douglas’s forthcoming gold-medal payday makes a new revelation about her family all the more shocking.

Hard Feelings

Defeated Olympic Faces

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Favorite McKayla Maroney, who picked up a silver medal after flubbing a vault, gave a death glare on the podium. From tearful Victoria Komova to furious Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, see more disappointed London Olympians.

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