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August 6, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- Uh, hello? The U.S. men's basketball team continued to play with substantially less fire than the Olympic flame, muddling through a preliminary game against Argentina and emerging with a 60-59 halftime lead Monday at Olympic Park basketball arena. The U.S. hasn't looked sharp for three halves of basketball, including a 99-94 victory over Lithuania two days ago. Manu Ginobili has 16 points for Argentina, which had no problems scoring at all, shooting 63% and making all 14 of its free-throw attempts in the half.
November 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Former Olympians Barbara Ann Scott-King, 59, and Ferd Hayward, 76, shared the honor of being the first to bear the Olympic flame during the opening of the cross-Canada torch relay today. Scott-King, a former figure skater, and Hayward, a race walker, smiled and waved to cheering bystanders as they walked the first half-mile of the 11,250-mile relay that will end in Calgary on Feb. 13. "I'm so thrilled," said an elated Scott-King, a gold medal winner in 1948 at the Olympic Winter Games in St.
June 29, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Music and athletics are sometimes not a natural fit. Yes, basketball stars hang with hip-hop stars, and X-Games riders hang out with punk rockers, but the worlds of jocks and musicians don't exactly intersect. When they do, it usually results in extremes. In one corner, there's complete camp -- "The Super Bowl Shuffle" -- and in the other, there's complete schmaltz --R. Kelly's "Space Jam"-affiliated "I Believe I Can Fly. " Muse had perhaps one of the more thankless tasks in crafting a song for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
July 28, 2009 | Bill Brink
The big news The Games of the XXIII Olympiad began in the Coliseum in front of 92,665 spectators. When each raised a colored card, the stands offered a display of the flags of every country participating in the Games. Absent from the display were 14 flags from the countries that followed the Soviet Union's boycott. The David L. Wolper-produced opening ceremony mesmerized those inside the Coliseum as well as those at home, with ABC's Jim McKay and Peter Jennings handling the commentary.
August 13, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
The Olympic flame may have been extinguished in Atlanta, but for a group of Northridge preschoolers it still burns brightly--at least in spirit. Heading into the final week of a seven-week summer program saluting the Olympic Games and the cultures of the world, Temple Ramat Zion's nursery school spent Monday morning staging Olympic-like games for its eager students.
July 25, 1992 | N.F. MENDOZA
The Olympic Torch will be lit today, signifying the official opening for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. An archer will shoot a fiery arrow 115 feet to ignite the Olympic flame.
For the next 17 days, a remarkable sculpture will serve as a prominent emblem for the 1996 Olympic Games, which get underway Friday night with extravagant opening ceremonies. It's not the first work of art commissioned by an Olympic organizing committee in the last hundred years, since the ancient contest was revived for modern times; but it is certainly the first to be so prominent an emblem for the quadrennial event. It may also be the best.
October 12, 1991
Time magazine called it a scandal, and although that may prove no more accurate than referring to a kayak as the Queen Mary, the public perception seems to be that the U.S. Olympic Committee is the sports version of the Nixon White House. President Robert Helmick has resigned, Executive Director Harvey Schiller is under investigation and U.S. Skiing, the national governing body for that sport, is promising that more executive committee heads will roll.
Hundreds of torchbearers carried the Olympic flame through Los Angeles on Tuesday, igniting the enthusiasm of the thousands who cheered them along city streets. The runners were a mix of Southern Californians: relatives of those who died on Sept. 11, movie stars, former Olympians and everyday people nominated by their friends. The Olympic torch relay will cross the Ventura County border shortly before 9 a.m.
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