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August 11, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON - There's no coastline for miles, no sand in sight, but Karch Kiraly seems fine. He logged many years under the sun in beach volleyball but headed back indoors as an assistant coach for the U.S. women's volleyball team. Just like his playing career, it's been eventful. He's one victory from adding another gold medal to his collection and also witnessing history. The U.S. plays Brazil on Saturday in the women's volleyball final, seeking its first gold medal in a sport that debuted in the Olympics in 1964.
August 10, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- David Beckham, the world's commuting global icon, materialized at the Olympic Games' BMX venue with his sons on Friday. He is everywhere, always, it seems. (Hey, the London Olympics trump those run-of-the-mill Galaxy training sessions at Home Depot Center in Carson.) He showed up at the beach volleyball venue to watch the all-American women's final on Wednesday night, which was won by Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. There should be a Beckham Alert at every venue.
August 10, 2012 | From Staff reports
Bryshon Nellum , who was shot in the legs four years ago and endured three operations to return to the track, was selected to carry the United States flag in Sunday's closing ceremony of the London Olympics. Nellum, 23, was chosen by a vote of U.S. athletes, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee. "I'm humbled by this incredible privilege," Nellum said in a statement. "Four years ago, I wasn't sure I would ever run again, and now I'm leading Team USA into the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
August 8, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 5 - 11 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES The First 48:   This new episode looks at a case where Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law is used as a defense in a fatal stabbing (9 p.m. A&E). The Countdown:  This new episode counts down of the best Clint Eastwood's films (9 p.m. REELZ). Anger Management:   Charlie (Charlie Sheen) accidentally helps his patient hook up with a crazy woman, in this new episode (9:30 p.m. FX)
August 8, 2012
  Join us for a live chat at 8 a.m. PDT on Wedensday with Times sports editor Mike James in Los Angeles, along with Deputy sports editor and Olympic coordinator John Cherwa and sportswriters Lisa Dillman and Bill Dwyre in London. After 11 days of events, some interesting things have happened. Today, the two teams representing the U.S. in beach volleyball will play for the gold medal and the men's basketball team plays Australia in the quarterfinals. The Times has a team of 21 reporters, editors, photographers and videographers in London and other venues and will bring you coverage through the closing ceremony on Aug. 12.
August 8, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- The serve of April Ross kept on going and going, landing long on match point. Kerri Walsh Jennings watched it hit the sand and thrust her arms in the air, child-like delight on her face on this electric night. Three-peat achieved. The enduring duo of Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won gold for the third time, beating Ross and Jennifer Kessy, 21-16, 21-16, in the London Olympics women's beach volleyball final Wednesday. It was an all-American meeting, a volleyball finale that could have been played in Huntington Beach or Manhattan Beach, not London.
August 8, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - Sarah Attar and Amy Atkinson finished last in their respective 800-meter heats Wednesday morning but both women still took great strides forward. Attar, a Pepperdine University junior who became Saudi Arabia's first female track Olympian , received a huge ovation from the crowd at the Olympic Stadium when she was introduced and an even louder ovation after she crossed the finish line. Her time was 2 minutes, 44.95 seconds, placing her 39 th among 40 competitors, but her performance requires some context.
August 7, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- Jennifer Kessy and April Ross were getting a little sick of this rivalry. Or non-rivalry. The U.S. team had played Brazil's Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva nine times before Tuesday night's women's beach volleyball Olympic semifinal. They had lost all nine. But on the 10th meeting, amid a steady supply of rain, a victory finally came for Kessy and Ross, 15-21, 21-19, 15-12, at Horse Guards Parade. Kessy and Ross will play the U.S. team of Misty May-Treanor  and Kerri Walsh-Jennings in the Olympic final Wednesday.
August 7, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LONDON — The distance between the places they play beach volleyball and indoor volleyball in these London Olympics is less than three miles. They are also light-years apart. They play beach volleyball at a place called Horse Guards Parade. The beach is a concoction while everything around it is historic, important, landmarks of wars and heroes of peace. It is a little like putting a tattoo on the Mona Lisa. But it is temporary and no offense is being taken. The crowds of summer tourists would be here anyway.
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