Top Sports Stories (Aug 04, 2012)

Reigning 400 champ Merritt doesn’t finish heat

London, England – American runner LaShawn Merritt’s quest to defend his 400-meter Olympic title ended Saturday after he failed to finish his first race in qualifying. Merritt was running in the sixth of seven heats at Olympic Stadium when a hamstring …

FOX News August 04, 2012, 4:48 AM (PST)


Britain wins Olympic gold in women’s double sculls

WINDSOR, England (AP) – Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking became the third female British crew to capture gold in the Olympic rowing regatta, winning the lightweight women’s double sculls at Dorney Lake on Saturday. The British boat pulled clear in the … August 04, 2012, 4:33 AM (PST)


Michael Phelps leaving the record books in his wake

Michael Phelps was flanked by South African Chad le Clos and Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin at the next-to-last medal ceremony of his career after winning his next-to-last medal in his next-to-last race. Le Clos, 20, grew up idolizing Phelps but never …

Orlando Sentinel August 04, 2012, 4:55 AM (PST)


Paterno family to appeal NCAA sanctions against Penn State

Joe Paterno’s family will appeal NCAA sanctions imposed against the Penn State football team, saying the governing body of college sports acted "hastily" and without regard for due process. In a letter sent Friday to NCAA President Mark …

Chicago Tribune August 03, 2012, 7:43 PM (PST)

CBS News

Blanton trade continues sell-a-thon

Three days after the Phillies waved the white flag on the 2012 season, they climbed to the upper deck at Citizens Bank Park and sounded the trumpets to make that declaration all but official. Before their series-opening game against the Arizona …

CBS Sports August 04, 2012, 12:08 AM (PST)

San Francisco Gate

Josh Beckett to sit one out

It’s official: Josh Beckett [stats] won’t pitch tomorrow. Given the events of the past few days, the Red Sox [team stats]’ announcement yesterday that Beckett will miss a start seemed inevitable. The veteran right-hander has been unable to throw a …

Boston Herald August 04, 2012, 2:46 AM (PST)

Boston Herald

Britain’s Ennis stars, but O.C.’s Day struggles

LONDON — Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis isn’t a heptathlete as much as she is a pop star. The Sheffield, England, native, "our Jess" to the Fleet Street newpapers whose front and back covers she graces regularly, is nothing less than a … August 03, 2012, 9:09 PM (PST)

Orange County Register