Published July 18, 2012
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GEMONA, Italy — Oscar Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was a baby, is set to make history by running, yes, running, in the London Olympics. He will be the first amputee athlete to compete at the Olympics, but his journey to London has been long and rife with hurdles. By Gerald Imray.
LONDON — Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of "Slumdog Millionaire," has been forced to trim parts of the London Olympic opening ceremony — including removal of a stunt bike sequence — to make sure the show finishes on time and spectators can get home before public transportation shuts down. By Stephen Wilson. Sent.
OLY--BKO-BASKETBALL IN BRITAIN
MANCHESTER, England — The question, posed to an NBA official, would be hard to imagine on any court in the United States. "Who's No. 6?" a reporter asked. Yes, even LeBron James isn't recognized everywhere in Britain, where soccer is king and basketball is hardly covered and largely ignored. It gets some attention Thursday when James and the U.S. Olympic team plays Britain in an exhibition game. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney.
MANCHESTER, England — The U.S. women's basketball team continues its pre-Olympic games preparation with an exhibition game against the host country, which will be making its Olympic debut in the sport. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. Game starts at 2:30 EDT.
ROME — Federica Pellegrini has changed coaches enough times to line each corner of the pool. Then there's her ex-boyfriend and still teammate Luca Marin, her current boyfriend and teammate Filippo Magnini, plus her many competitors. But it's the one person missing that has defined Pellegrini's career over the past three years — the late Alberto Castagnetti. By Andrew Dampf. Sent.
EU-MED--BROKEN OLYMPIC PROMISE
LONDON — When London was awarded the Olympics seven years ago, officials promised they would get 2 million more people physically active in time for the opening ceremonies. But when the torch is lit July 27, the government will not only have failed, it will have backed away from its pledge entirely. By Maria Cheng. Sent.
LONDON — Gold, silver, bronze: No matter who wins what at the London Olympics, a million or more visitors will need to get themselves an umbrella. By Sheila Norman-Culp. Sent.
— LAUSANNE, Switzerland — OLY--BRITAIN-TV RIGHTS. The IOC sold British rights for the next four Olympics to the BBC. Sent.
— TALLINN, Estonia — OLY--TEN-Kanepi Out. Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi has pulled out of the Olympics because of a heel injury. Sent