Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, two of the world's best male swimmers, will compete today for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Swimming trials for the Olympic team began Monday morning in Omaha, Nebraska. The preliminaries began at 11 am and will play at 6:30 pm tonight on NBC before the final rounds begin.
Both Phelps and Lochte were seeded for the 400 Individual Medley, an event that requires the swimmers to swim each of the four strokes. Phelps completed the event first today, taking first place in his heat with the time of 4:14.72. While the time is low enough for the gold medalist to earn a spot on the Olympic team (he is currently in first), it is nowhere near where Phelps was when he broke the record for the 400 I.M. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the time of 4:03.84. more >>
Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Christian forward, may have cried after an emotional NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday night, but the league's leading shooter has expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to compete.
"Tough way to end a season but I am truly blessed to have the privilege to play for such a great city, congrats to the Miami Heat," the 23-year-old Thunder forward wrote on his Twitter page.
While Durant has continually called the opportunity to play with his teammates a blessing, he has been vocal about his Christian faith even before advancing to his first NBA finals this season. Many became curious about Durant's faith after the star walked into last year's playoffs with a Bible in his backpack. more >>
Steve Nash seems to be eying the New York Knicks as his prospective next destination, while Jeremy Lin has changed agents right before a free agency that has the potential to change the lives of both point guards.
Nash has been a topic of conversation for Knicks fans and players alike who have compared the two-time league MVP and 38-year-old veteran point guard's style to that of Lin. Lin, 23, managed to spark a phenomenon dubbed "Linsanity" when he took the team on a seven game winning streak last February.
Although rumors have surfaced regarding Nash leaving the Phoenix Suns and joining the New York Knicks in the offseason when he will become a free agent. Recently, Nash seemed to confirm that there may be some basis to the rumors. more >>
Manny Pacquiao was declared the official winner of his June 9 WBO welterweight championship title fight against Timothy Bradley, after five World Boxing Association judges reviewed the bout recently.
The WBO hired five independent judges to review the controversial fight that left many fans outraged after they witnessed 33-year-old Pacquiao land more punches than his opponent. While judges Duane Ford, C.J. Ross and Jerry Rith maintained that the Filipino boxer lost the majority of the final six rounds to Bradley, the five new anonymous judges all gave Pacquiao the win, according to Associated Press reports.
Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, president of the WBO, did not want to disclose the names of the judges but did admit that Pacquiao was declared the unanimous winner of the fight after further review. However, the WBO president said he would not strip an officially undefeated 28-year-old Bradley of his welterweight title, urging the pair to face off once again in a rematch. more >>
Tim Tebow is a good guy, and now he has the award to prove it.
On Tuesday the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) named the New York Jets quarterback the winner of the 2012 Good Guy Award, which "is given to a NFL Player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs."
It's no secret that Tebow can handle pressure on the field, as he demonstrated after becoming the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in 2011 when the team had only a 1-4 record. Not only did he eventually lead his team to an AFC West title, but on five separate occasions he helped them to mount fourth quarter comebacks for wins. more >>
Jeremy Lin has managed to break another record in the NBA after recently being named NBA TV's "Social Breakout Player of the Year."
Lin, the New York Knicks starting point guard who had to end his season early due to a knee injury that required surgery, was given the honor for the first time in NBA TV history after showcasing increased popularity on Twitter and Facebook through the course of the 2011-2012 season. Lin, who was dubbed "Linsanity" after becoming the first player to score 20 points with seven assists in his first five NBA starts back in February, managed to lead the league in Twitter mentions this past season.
During the first week of "Linsanity" when the guard helped his team gain a winning streak from Feb. 4 to 9, Lin had 189,004 Twitter mentions. The Miami Heat's forward Lebron James followed closely behind the Knicks guard with 185,847 mentions on the social networking website, while Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin had 19,964 Twitter mentions. more >>