Published July 24, 2012
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LONDON — Britain's government is deploying 1,200 more troops to protect Olympic venues after a key security contractor failed to supply enough guards. The move comes only three days before the opening ceremony. There are now 18,200 U.K. military personnel involved in Olympic security, dwarfing the 9,500 British troops in Afghanistan. By Danica Kirka. Sent.
BARCELONA, Spain — The U.S. and Spain, who played a memorable gold-medal men's basketball game four years ago and are favored to meet again in London, meet in their final pre-Olympic exhibition. Spain insists that winning this tuneup is not a priority. The Americans believe the Spaniards will go all out because they're playing before their home fans. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. Game starts 4:30 p.m. EDT.
OLY--GYM-FEELING THE PRESSURE
LONDON — Rebecca Tunney knew the Olympics were big. But this big? The 15-year-old — the youngest on the entire British team — is a little overwhelmed. Olympic rings everywhere. Big-name athletes in the village. Good luck messages abound. She'd better get used to it. Like all the other British athletes, the gymnasts have to deal with the hometown pressure. By National Writer Nancy Armour.
— LONDON — OLY--GYM-US-Maroney. Sent.
GLASGOW, Scotland — Who needs an opening ceremony when the coach can sing? The Olympics begin Wednesday for the U.S. when the women's soccer team plays France, two days before the cauldron is lit some 400 miles away in London. U.S. coach Pia Sundhage is channeling her best John Hiatt, leaning toward the microphone and signing: "Have A Little Faith In Me." By Joseph White.
BIRMINGHAM, England — The side of the track was packed with school kids waving Jamaican flags and jamming to the blaring tunes of Bob Marley. But in a searing sun, as the mighty Jamaican team worked out, the reality was this: No Usain Bolt or Yohan Blake for the youngsters to cheer. By Pat Graham. Sent.
ISTANBUL — Diana Taurasi's world was turned upside down 19 months ago. She was suspended for a banned substance that could have cost her a trip to the Olympics. Cleared of all charges, she is ready to head to London to help the U.S. women's basketball team win a fifth straight gold medal. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg.
LONDON — What are the odds of a UFO sighting during the opening ceremony? Or of the final torch bearer tripping while ascending to light the flame? Or would you prefer a more traditional wager, say, Russia vs. Spain in synchronized swimming duos? London betting houses will offer odds on almost anything. By Paul Haven. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY--Eyes on London. A frequently updated feed of news, details and color from around the Olympics. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY--5 Olympic Things to Know-Tuesday. Five things to watch at the Olympics on Tuesday. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY--London 2012-Transport. Transit system under pressure as Olympics approach. Trains fill up, some break down. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY--IOC-Finances. IOC President Jacques Rogge says the Olympic committee's financial situation remains solid with reserves of $558 million. Sent.
— ISTANBUL — OLY--BKO-Opening Ceremony-Coaches. Some coaches — Mike Krzyzewski and Geno Auriemma of the U.S. among them — will not march in opening ceremony as organizers look to shorten event. By Doug Feinberg. Sent.
— CARDIFF, Wales — SOC-Brazil-Goalkeeper Injured. Brazil's goalkeeper dropped from men's soccer team after injuring elbow. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY--EQU-CAS-South Africa. Court of Arbitration for Sport orders South Africa to one of its Olympic equestrian selections. Sent.
— LONDON — OLY--IOC-Women. Women urged to seek election to more top jobs within Olympic, world sports bodies. Sent.
— GLASGOW, Scotland — OLY--SOC-Spain. Spain soccer coach discourages talk of team as favorite. By Frank Griffiths. Sent.