In other opening group matches Thursday, host Britain got an early goal from Craig Bellamy in Manchester but settled for a 1-1 draw with Senegal when Moussa Konate equalized in the 81st minute. Also drawing Thursday was Honduras, which finished 2-2 with Morocco as D.C. United’s Andy Najar played the full 90 minutes.
Torch tours London, nears end of 8,000-mile journey
LONDON — The Olympic flame took a festive, valedictory lap around London on Thursday, taking in some of the sun-drenched capital’s most famous landmarks and getting a royal welcome on the second-to-last day of its trek across Britain.
The torch — carried by athletes, charity workers and celebrities — thrilled thousands of Londoners as it swept across Regent’s Canal in Camden, through the city’s newly renovated neo-gothic train station at St. Pancras and down the winding streets of the ancient City of London. Prince William, his wife Kate, and his brother Prince Harry posed for photographs as torch bearers took the flame to the steps of Buckingham Palace.
Security at forefront ahead of opening ceremony
Security jitters were being felt across the British capital on the eve of the London Olympics, with the biggest mall in Europe briefly evacuated Thursday and noticeable security changes in place at the Olympic Park.
Prime Minister David Cameron said, however, that he was confident that the games which Britain has worked to produce for years will be successful and safe.
A fire alarm forced authorities to briefly clear the massive Westfield shopping mall beside the Olympic Park on Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of people flooded into the street, a day before the Opening Ceremony on Friday night at nearby Olympic Stadium.View Entire Story
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