Even when he's glued to the pines, Carmelo Anthony is embarrassing himself and his country.

Carmelo Anthony is a disgrace. After complaining about not playing, he's forced shots and passes, and played only imaginary defense when he took the court against both Greece and Australia. He belongs right where Larry Brown has put him — on the bench. But even when he's glued to the pines, Anthony is embarrassing himself and his country. AI was taking a blow when the U.S. was trailing Australia by double-digits, and he showed his competitive intensity and his fiery disappointment by cursing after the Aussies scored again.

Meanwhile, two seats away, Anthony was laughing. Also, after the final horn, Anthony had to be forcefully summoned by Stephon Marbury to join the traditional postgame camaraderie between the two teams. (FOXSports.com)

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Armstrong Wins Record Sixth Tour De France

Lance Armstrong became the most successful rider in the history of the Tour de France when he won the race for the sixth time on the Champs Elysees on Sunday. (Reuters)

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Shun Fujimoto broke his kneecap midway through the competition. With Japan needing his points to win the gold and upset the Russians, Fujimoto completed a brilliant performance on the rings

In the 1976 Olympics, Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto broke his kneecap midway through the competition. With Japan needing his points to win the gold and upset the Russians, Fujimoto completed a brilliant performance on the rings, his last event, by landing a triple-somersault dismount. The pain was excruciating, and the impact dislocated the broken kneecap and tore ligaments in his right leg. Fujimoto willed himself into the traditional finishing pose, and his 9.7 gave his team the gold.

Years later, Fujimoto, whose knee still hurts, was asked whether he would do it all again. He said bluntly, "No, I would not." (ESPN)

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"Everybody hurts. Our job isn't to play on Sunday; our job is to play every Sunday."

"Everybody hurts. Our job isn't to play on Sunday; our job is to play every Sunday." (ESPN)

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Two legs too good for four

Two legs too good for four---After his Olympic triumph in 1936, the American sprinter Jesse Owens competed in a 100-yard exhibition race against a thoroughbred - and won. (Observer)

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From Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, on Kelli White's getting a two-year ban related to the BALCO steroids scandal: "She plans to use her free time hitting homers for the San Francisco Giants."

From Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, on Kelli White's getting a two-year ban related to the BALCO steroids scandal: "She plans to use her free time hitting homers for the San Francisco Giants."
(L.A. Times)

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Malone Greets Men in Uniform

Malone Greets Men in Uniform---Malone had spotted (the Marines) in their uniforms before the game and introduced himself.
"It was amazing," (Sgt.) Popaditch said. "He's just a great American. It means the world to me. This is his moment, a playoff game. For him to come over in support of the Marines like that is unbelievable."
Malone deflected the praise.
"This is where they get it confused," Malone said. "Look at what they're doing over there for us. And I don't have five minutes? So I can lay my head down on my pillow at night with my family?"

(L.A. Times)

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40-Year-Old Johnson Tosses Perfect Game

Arizona's Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 hitters to lead the Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Tuesday night.
The 40-year-old left-hander struck out 13 and went to three balls on just one hitter -- Johnny Estrada in the second inning. Estrada fouled off three straight 3-2 pitches before going down swinging.
"A game like this was pretty special," the five-time Cy Young Award winner said. "It doesn't come along very often."
It was the 17th perfect game in major league history, the 15th since the modern era began in 1900 and the first since the New York Yankees' David Cone against Montreal on July 18, 1999.
"It didn't faze me," Johnson said. "The bottom line was we needed to win the game. Winning the game was the biggest, most important thing."
Cy Young, then 37, had been the oldest to throw a perfect game, doing it in 1904.
(Chicago Tribune)

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"That's why people take up sport, isn't it? To surpass what's come before."

Roger Bannister's singular accomplishment 50 years ago Thursday stands as one of the milestones in the history of sport.
In the early evening of May 6, 1954, Mr. Bannister, a 25-year-old medical student at Oxford University in England, became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes...(Bannister) later became one of Europe's leading practitioners of neurology and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1975 for his contributions to medicine, not running...If the record continues to drop at an average of three-tenths of a second per year, Bannister believes that someone will travel the distance in 3-1/2 minutes by the time the 100th anniversary of his landmark is reached.
"Someone will have the mental and physical strength to do it," he says. "That's why people take up sport, isn't it? To surpass what's come before."
(Christian Science Monitor)

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The Yankees Look Listless in a Clinic by Schilling

The Yankees Look Listless in a Clinic by Schilling---The first eight pitches from Schilling, the Boston Red Sox' new ace, hummed across the plate at 93 to 96 miles an hour. Derek Jeter struck out looking at a fastball on the outside corner. Bernie Williams whiffed on a splitter. Alex Rodriguez flied out to center on the first pitch. (New York Times)

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