August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - A late rally carried Jake Herbert to a first-round victory in the Olympic 185-pound freestyle wrestling class Saturday at the ExCel arena. Herbert lost the first round and trailed Cuba's Humberto Arencibia by a point with 11 seconds left in the third round when he scored the decisive takedown to advance. With his friends and family waving yellow “terrible towels” in homage to their Pittsburgh area roots, Herbert lost the first round 4-1, then took the second 8-0, nearly pinning Arencibia twice. Although the third round ended in a tie, Herbert advanced by having scored last.
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON -- U.S. freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs made good on his tweeted promise to bring home a gold medal. Now he's looking for the Twitterverse to show him some love. Burroughs -- who prophetically adopted the Twitter handle @alliseeisgold last year -- defeated Iran's Sadegh Goudarzi today to win America's only wrestling gold medal so far at these Games. On the eve of the match, he vowed to tweet a picture of himself holding his Olympic gold medal this evening. Shortly after finishing atop the podium, he sent out said photo, which was then retweeted more than 4,500 times in the first two hours.
August 8, 2012 |
LONDON - The U.S. picked up a surprise bronze medal in the 105.5-pound class of women's freestyle wrestling Wednesday. Clarissa Chun, 30, lost her second-round match to Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan. But because Stadnyk made the gold-medal match, Chun was allowed back in the tournament through the repechage round. It was there that she beat Irini Merleni of Ukraine to win one of two bronze medals. In the 2008 Beijing Games, Merleni pinned Chun to win the bronze medal. Merleni was the gold medalist in 2004.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON - Before arriving at the moment the razor-edged circumstances of his life often conspired to keep him from, Ellis Coleman bounced on his toes and sent shudders through his arms to loosen them. To his left and near the top of Section 418, his family unfurled a banner: ELLIS COLEMAN. FLYING SQUIRREL. 2012 60kg OLYMPIAN. PRIDE OF THE HUSKIES. His brother, Lillashawn, wore a flag as a cape and white sunglasses with lenses shaped like stars. His mother, Yolanda, earlier had beamed about seeing Buckingham Palace.
August 2, 2012 |
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin walked into the judo arena at the ExCel Exhibition Centre on Thursday just as U.S. medal contender Kayla Harrison was taking the mat for her semifinal match in the 78-kilogram division. Putin, a judo black belt who made an instructional DVD about the sport, had earlier said he was attending the London Games as a private citizen to watch judo. But Cameron said he planned to use the quality time together to talk trade with the Russian leader.
July 31, 2012
Re "Virginia caught in attack ad crossfire," July 26 I remember a time (I'm 68) when constant negative ads and such a truly disgusting elongated period of campaigning were unheard of. Why have party conventions anymore? What, now, is their purpose? Maybe for the delegates to indulge in food and drink in a city perhaps they've never been to before? The campaigns have become reality TV shows, except this is for real. Where will it all end? Maybe, to spare us, they will just have a wrestling match and the winner becomes president.
July 29, 2012 |
LONDON - Shortly before 9:30 a.m., Barbara Mulroney settles into her seat at the ExCeL Centre and thumbs through her souvenir table tennis program. Inside the booklet, the native Londoner sees the names of two athletes who will be competing in the preliminary rounds: Olufunke Oshonaike of Nigeria and Neda Shahsavari of Iran. Mulroney doesn't have the foggiest idea who they are or let alone how to pronounce their names. "No matter," she says, smiling. "I'm at an Olympic event. That's what matters.
July 9, 2012 |
It says "memoir" on the jacket of this book, and this time, it's true. Anna Quindlen has been the diarist of baby boomers, and women boomers especially, since she began writing at the age of 18 for the New York Times, where her columns won a Pulitzer Prize and whence she launched a second career as author and novelist. Quindlen helps to tidy up the word "memoir" from the grime it acquired at the hands of "memoirists" like James Frey and Margaret Seltzer, the word winding up in that fantasist's dictionary where the definition of "memoir" is "stuff I just make up. " "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" is certainly her own: She turned 60 on Sunday.
June 26, 2012 |
Here's a novel way to break a tie to determine which woman should be the third representative of the U.S. in the 100-meter dash at the Summer Olympics in London: Mud wrestle. At least that's what Justin Gatlin says. At the U.S. Olympic trials over the weekend, Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a tie for third in the women's 100 meters. Unfortunately, only the top three make it to the Olympics, meaning one of the two won't be competing in London. But which one? While Felix and Tarmoh get together with their advisors to determine whether they should compete in a runoff or flip a coin, Gatlin, who won the men's 100 meters and will be going to London, appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter and floated his idea.
June 10, 2012 |
The gig: Pam Kehaly, 51, is president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, the state's largest for-profit health insurer and a unit of WellPoint Inc. The executive said she wrestles with how to control rising medical costs and find ways to keep coverage affordable for millions of employers and consumers. Strike up a conversation: Her family moved to Southern California from Michigan when Kehaly was 3. Her parents divorced and her mother worked two jobs — mail clerk at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange by day and cocktail waitress by night.