University of Miami president Donna Shalala has attempted to reset the balance between football and academics at the school better known as "Suntan U." But despite significant improvement in the academic culture on campus, Miami's football program is once again embroiled in scandal and under investigation by the NCAA. The governing body is calling on college presidents to provide greater oversight of big time sports. That request is being met with skepticism by observers, who wonder if repeat offenders like Miami will ever really change.
Mariel Zagunis, the two-time gold medalist in sabre, has been named the U.S. flagbearer for Friday's Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Zagunis, who was chosen by her peers for the honor, will be the first fencer to carry the flag since 1968.
Olympic athletes are different from you and me. For instance, they're among the most highly trained and well-muscled people on earth. For another, they have to eat an insane amount of food to keep their high-powered engines running.
On the first day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. women's soccer squad bounced back from an early deficit to beat France, 4-2. The game was a rematch for the two teams that met in last year's World Cup semifinals.
"What's in a name?" William Shakespeare once wrote in Romeo and Juliet, long before the Olympics ever came to London. It turns out that some Olympic names herald the greatness athletes seek — and the events they enter — while some bear monikers better suited for others.
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