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Olympic sports, from elitist and effete to silly and sissy

David Boudia The London Olympics are over, but attitudes still linger in the air. As usual, the U.S. thumps itself on the back, c...

China sweeps FINA Diving World Cup gold. David Boudia snags fourth in 10m platform.

We followed the FINA Diving World Cup this weekend as we lead up to our Olympics coverage this summer. It was fantastic to see American David Boudia (right) finish strongly in fourth place, just...

More about the Rogge/Costas interview

The real story that Bob Costas won't discuss -- because NBC invested $900 million in broadcast rights for Beijing and had to deliver a feel-good Olympics for their advertisers -- is the explosive...


Baseball has been my favorite sport since before there was a designated hitter, but I have zero interest in the Olympics competition because the best players in the world --major leaguers-- aren't...

Chinese superstar Liu out of hurdles

China's Liu Xiang, the defending gold medalist in the men's 110-meter hurdles and perhaps the most popular athlete in the country, is out of the Olympics after being sidelined by an Achilles...

An Olympic condom for every sport

You can thank Elasun for this one. The Chinese condom maker caught the Olympic spirit through an ad campaign that works condoms into references for the sports being played in Beijing. Think of...

Plaschke: 'I guess I like penis'

Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke, a frequent panelist on ESPN's Around The Horn, and the Chicago Tribune's Kevin Pang tasted the finer side of Beijing cuising while there for the...

Home field disadvantage for many Chinese athletes

China's Olympic athletes know pressure like no athletes anywhere. The pressure to win medals is so huge that anything short of gold, silver or bronze is considered a failure. Some call it the "home...

Medal math: China evens count on Day 2

Boosted by gold medals today in shooting, judo, weightlifting and synchronised diving, China drew even with the US in the overall medal count. After two days of competition both China (6-2-0) and...

US leads Day 1 medal count

With a gold-silver-bronze sweep in the women's sabre (fencing) earlier today the United States has jumped to an early lead in the overall medal count. China, currently sitting in second, won gold...

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