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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Beach Volleyball
Ezra Cooper looked at the 80 women that had assembled at a sandlot field in the spring of 2001. They were there to talk about football – not understanding football so they could share in pigskin joy with their husbands or boyfriends; not powder-puff football or playing the game in their underwear. No, Cooper was about to teach this group of women how to play football – real football, with pads and hitting and blood and guts.
Manti Te'o isn't hiding out. He's just not talking to the media.
For all those beach volleyball players who thought Horse Guards Parade transformed itself into the sport's best Olympic venue yet, wait until they arrive on the Brazilian sands of Ipanema Beach in four years.
It's a good thing for the U.S. women's basketball players that they weren't near a television set at halftime of their semifinal game against Australia on Thursday.
April Ross and Jennifer Kessy walked off the Olympic sand with one flag draped over them both, wearing the stars and stripes and also big smiles as the second-best U.S. beach volleyball team. And the second-best in the world.
LONDON — Misty May-Treanor danced on the sand and then off it, taking a victory lap around the court before leaving Horse Guards Parade with Kerri Walsh Jennings as three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists.
With or without gold, Misty May-Treanor plans to walk away from beach volleyball for good after the Olympics. A third straight championship would make the farewell perfect.
With the opening ceremony just more than 100 days away, Sebastian Coe is working on the final touches for the London Olympics he hopes will make the difference between "a good and a great games."
With one year to go until the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, swimmers took the first plunge Wednesday in the new aquatics center hailed as a "masterpiece" by IOC President Jacques Rogge.
With most of the venues already completed, tickets nearly sold out and a massive security operation in the works, London is preparing to mark the one-year countdown to the biggest sports show on earth.