Sabtu, Juni 30, 2012

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, poses as he prepares for a June 9 boxing match against Timothy Bradley, at Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Bradley is scheduled to fight Pacquiao for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title.

Jumat, Juni 29, 2012

Floyd Mayweather

In this dated May 5, 2012 filed photo shows US boxer Floyd Mayweather gestures to the crowd after his super welterweight title bout against Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unbeaten US boxer Floyd Mayweather tweeted a picture of himself and his young daughter June 1, 2012, before surrendering in a Las Vegas court to begin a 90-day jail sentence.

Kamis, Juni 28, 2012

Winky Wright

Winky Wright sits in his corner after the eighth round of a middleweight boxing match against Peter Quillin in Carson, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2012. Quillin won by unanimous decision after the 10th round.

Rabu, Juni 27, 2012

Oscar De La Hoya

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya and president of Golden Boy Promotions addresses the audience during the Amir Khan v Danny Garcia - Press Conference at ESPN Zone At L.A. Live on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Selasa, Juni 26, 2012

Tyson Gay

Sprinter Tyson Gay rests during an open workout in Clermont, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. Gay showed he was healthy and ready to take on Usain Bolt at the London Olympics this summer.

Senin, Juni 25, 2012

Casey Martin

Casey Martin celebrates after making a long putt during the U.S. Open qualifier golf tournament at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., Monday June 4. 2012. Martin won the qualifier and will advance to the U.S. Open in San Francisco.

Minggu, Juni 24, 2012

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant watches his shot fall against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of Game 5 in the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, June 4, 2012, in San Antonio. The Thunder won 108-103.

Sabtu, Juni 23, 2012

Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington dominates 400m freestyle to seal her Olympic spot

Unlikely as it may seem, Rebecca Adlington has rarely been so nervous at the start of a race or as happy at the finish as she was for the 400m freestyle on Sunday night.

For four years Adlington has been dreaming about competing in front of her home crowd at the London Olympics. Now she has secured a place in the 400m at least, and the Games are so close she can almost taste them.

Adlington won the event at the British Championships, finishing well ahead of her friend and rival Jo Jackson. The two-time Olympic champion from 2008's time of 4min 2.35sec was the fastest in the world this year, but she did not think twice about that. All that mattered was that she had won selection, and her joy and satisfaction showed in the broad smile she wore on her face.

Ellen Gandy was no less elated when she won the 100m butterfly, breaking the British record as she did it. Her time of 57.25sec was 0.15 quicker than the old mark, set in 2010 by Halsall, who finished in second and also took the second spot on the Olympic team. Her lifelong friend Jemma Lowe, who finished seventh in the event at the World Championships in Shanghai last year, missed the cut.

"It's the biggest meet of all our lives," Adlington said, with irrepressible enthusiasm. "I am feeling so much relief, happiness, excitement – it's just an amazing feeling. I wanted this so badly. London has always been my target, and to actually finally know that I am going is the best feeling in the world."

Gandy agreed. "It's the greatest feeling ever," she added. "All I've wanted to do for the last four years is just be able to say: 'I'm going to the London Olympic Games', and now I can say it."

There is so much at stake here in the days until Saturday, with even swimmers of Gandy and Adlington's calibre terrified by the idea that they might miss out on Olympic selection. Great Britain have real strength in depth in both the freestyle and the butterfly, so neither had the comfort of feeling like qualification was a given.

Adlington was stricken with nerves before her final, wobbling on the blocks as she waited for the gun. Jackson who won the bronze behind Adlington in the 400m at Beijing 2008, and is still the British record holder, had to fight hard to hold off the double Commonwealth Games medalist Jazz Carlin, as well as Ellie Faulkner. That Jackson did it only made Adlington happier.

"I so wanted it to be Jo. Jazz and Ellie are amazing girls, but they have their whole careers ahead of them. Jo and I have so much experience together – we are such close friends."

Gandy, one of the Guardian's Olympic diarists, has been honing her technique in the turn over the winter. She is convinced it cost her the gold in the 200m butterfly at the World Championships in Shanghai. The work she has put in told.

Halsall is a sprinter and as is her style, she swam the first 50m hard and fast. Gandy was behind at the turn, but stayed underwater longer as she came back for the second 50. She and Halsall were neck-and-neck coming into the final 25m, but Gandy just edged ahead in the final few strokes.

The 100m butterfly will be as fiercely a contested event as any at these Championships. In 2011 there was just 0.12 of a second between Halsall, Gandy and Lowe. And as Halsall said: "Three into two doesn't go." Coming into the final, they were all in the top five of the world rankings.

But Saturday night provided a salutary reminder of the difference between domestic and international success, when Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, one of several overseas swimmers competing here to familiarise themselves with the Olympic venue, swam 56.79. Gandy knows she will most likely need to break 57 to win an Olympic medal. She is sure she can do it. "That's what I'll be aiming for at the Olympics later this year," she said, before letting slip an involuntary yelp of joy as she realised what she had just said. "Oh. I'm so glad I can say that now!" As can Daniel Sliwinski and Craig Benson, who both qualified for the team in the 100m breaststroke.

The butterfly and the freestyle made it an enthralling evening in this impressive pool, marred only by a tediously insistent MC and a headache-inducing pop soundtrack. "It's an unbelievable venue," said Adlington. "And that's been all the talk of the last two days."

For some it took more getting used to that for others. The sinuous bulges of the roof posed problems for the backstrokers, who tend to take a steer from what they see above them. "It's not straight," said Gemma Spofforth after her heat. "It's actually quite awkward with the lights."

Her team-mate, and rival for the title, Lizzie Simmonds agreed, to a point. "Every roof is different," she said, before dissolving into giggles. "That sounds really, really boring. It sounds as if I'm going to start discussing my conservatory."

Liam Tancock shrugged it off. "If the pool and roof are off kilter, you do tend to follow the roof. But we race outdoors, where there's nothing to follow apart from a few pelicans and a couple of clouds." All three will be back in the pool on Monday, when they will hope to be experiencing the same kind of elation as Gandy and Adlington.

Jumat, Juni 22, 2012

Jack Nicholson

May 1, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

Kamis, Juni 21, 2012

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

May 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

Rabu, Juni 20, 2012

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

May 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

Selasa, Juni 19, 2012

Denzel Washington

May 19, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Oklamhoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals

Senin, Juni 18, 2012

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

May 21, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals

Minggu, Juni 17, 2012

Paula Abdul

May 26, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals

Sabtu, Juni 16, 2012

Gloria Estefan

May 30, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final

Jumat, Juni 15, 2012

Romeu happy at the Bridge

Oriol Romeu has dismissed speculation he could leave Chelsea this summer and intends to fight for a regular first-team spot.

The midfielder made just 11 Premier League stars in his first campaign following his £4.35million switch from Barcelona in August 2011.

He fell further out of favour following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, with caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo handing him only two appearances.

However, the 20-year-old insists he remains happy in west London and is determined to force his way into the first-team picture next season.

Kamis, Juni 14, 2012

Vermaelen - Hazard will shine

Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen is looking forward to seeing Belgium compatriot Eden Hazard strut his stuff in the Premier League next season.

The 21-year-old all but ended months of speculation over his future earlier this week by revealing he would leave French club Lille for Chelsea.

While a deal is yet been confirmed by either club Hazard, considered one of the best young talents in Europe, is almost certain to join the Champions League winners ahead of reported interest from both Manchester City and United.

The public will get a chance to see him up close on Saturday when England take on Belgium in a friendly in which team-mate Vermaelen has backed him to shine.