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When the Olympics come to mind, I generally think of one thing: track and field, the oldest sport in the Olympics, which date to 776 BC when the first games were held in Olympia, Greece. Actually, track was the only sport in that first Olympics and there was only one event—a race of approximately 192 meters (210 yards). Like most people who think about track, the names of Olympic greats like Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ben Johnson and Allyson Felix come to mind. But, given enough time, I end up thinking about Eric Liddell...

LONDON (BP) -- Jennifer Nichols admits that the road to this year's Olympics has been one of the most trying times of her life. "My faith has been challenged more than ever before in the last few years," the U.S. archer said. "I really can see how the Lord has used the struggles and hardships I've had to deal with to deepen my relationship with Him and my trust in Him..."

LONDON (BP) -- Brady Ellison, Jacob Wukie and Jake Kaminski became the first Americans to capture a medal in the London Olympics, winning silver in the men's archery team competition July 28. The U.S. trio scored a big win over South Korea in the semifinals before falling to Italy 219-218 in a gold medal match that came down to the last arrow. The Italians needed a perfect 10 on the last shot and got it...

Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur, an avid Chick-fil-A fan, has experienced the roller coaster life of baseball, which is why he understands the importance of a love that satisfies. With the MLB trade deadline looming (July 31) and the Royals out of playoff contention, Francoeur could find himself on a new team who might need a strong-armed right fielder...

The New York Knicks finally decided to let Jeremy Lin go to Houston, and New York Knicks fans are not necessarily happy about the decision. One Linsane fan started a petition to try and keep Lin in the Knicks uniform... Last week, Tim Tebow won the ESPY award for best sorts moment of the year for his 80-yard touchdown pass in the Broncos overtime win in last season's playoffs... Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints finally agreed to a long term contract... Zac Johnson remarkably placed a six-iron out of a fairway bunker to within a foot to secure a win at the John Deere Classic, one of the best golf shots of the year...

Betty Cuthbert—the Olympic champion Australians have fondly tagged “Golden Girl”— has always loved to run fast! She was born (along with twin sister) in 1938 at Merrylands, Sydney, no more than 10 kilometers from the site of the 2000 Olympic Games. As a child, she would win all her school races, even beating the boys—and her teacher encouraged her to join an athletics club. From 13 on, she was winning New South Wales state championships, yet without the fuss and hype that would accompany such success today. In fact, a hallmark of Cuthbert’s career has been her loathing of publicity...

If you wondered why Kansas City Royals fans were booing New York Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano last night and also on Monday night during the Home Run Derby, it was because he seemingly lied. Most commentators, writers, etc., failed to mention that fact when they derided the Kansas City fans for booing. The booing was merciless and constant...

1) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen will compete in tonight's Home Run Derby, and he will be taking his high school baseball coach as his pitcher. McCutchen has been featured in Sports Spectrum as has Carlos Beltran, who will also compete in tonight's derby. Beltran, a switch-hitter, will have to decide which side to hit from... 2) An extremely loud clap of thunder scared the Rangers and Twins off of the field Sunday night as players from both sides ran to take cover after one of the loudest sounds of nature you will ever hear...

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