July 26, 2011
Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte     Photo: NicoleElocin/Flickr

Phelps Loses to Teammate at Worlds

Ryan Lochte takes 200 freestyle title

American swimmer Ryan Lochte won the men's 200 freestyle at the world swimmning championships in China on Tuesday, edging out superstar teammate Michael Phelps by a three-tenths of a second. The race was perhaps the most anticipated of the world championships, pitting Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medalist, against Lochte and defending world champion Paul Biedermann of Germany. Lochte overtook Phelps after a strong turn at the 100-meter mark to finish in 1:44.44. Phelps was second in 1:44.79 and Biedermann took bronze in 1:44.88. Lochte's win over a struggling Phelps is the most recent indication of a leveling of the field in men's swimming. The result—and Australian Ian Thorpe's announcement that he may end a five-year retirement to swim at the 2012 Olympics—has set the stage for the a rematch of the Race of the Century, the 200-meter showdown won by Thorpe at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Read more at Reuters


Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

Contador Hearing Pushed to November

Citing fatigue, rider will also skip Vuelta

The Court of Arbitration for Sport annouced Tuesday that it is postponing a hearing to decide Alberto Contador's 2010 positive test for the steroid clenbuterol. In seperate news, Contador announced yesterday evening that he will skip the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, the grand tour of Spain, which is set to begin August 20. Contador told Velo News that the knee injury he sustained in a crash on stage nine of the Tour de France had nearly forced him from the race. "I need to rest," he said. This is the second major postponement of Contador's CAS hearing, which was originally scheduled for early June, then pushed to August 1. The court agreed that lawyers for Contador and the UCI, which is appealing a previous ruling in Contador's favor, needed more time to "to complete their evidence and arguments relating to some specific scientific issues." The court expects to establish a new date soon for a what will likely be a November hearing. Should CAS find Contador guilty, he would face a two-year ban and be stripped of his 2010 Tour title.

Read more at the BBC


Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo     Photo: Mike Souza/Flickr

Police Pepper Spray Kangaroo

Kangaroo attacks woman, police

Police officers in Charleville, Australia pepper sprayed a kangaroo that attacked an elderly woman in her backyard on Sunday. Phyllis Johnson, 94, was hanging laundry when the kangaroo kicked her and knocked her to the ground. “I thought it was going to kill me,” Johnson told the Courier-Mail. "Not even the dog would help, it was too frightened." Johnson fought the kangaroo away with a broom and crawled inside. Her son called police and tried to scare the kangaroo away. When two officers arrived, they were forced to pepper spray it—twice—in self defense. The animal, named Eddie, is a captive red kangaroo, a species that can grow to 200 pounds. Eddie escaped a private enclosure in Charleville and now faces euthanasia. Johnson, speaking from the hospital where she was admitted for scrapes and bruises, said she hoped he would be spared.

Read more at the BBC


    Photo: Courtesy of Limelight Sports

Free Bag Service for Running Commuters

London company carries runners' bags

In an effort to get Londoners active in time for the 2012 Olympics, a British company is leading group runs and providing a free bag-carry service for running commuters. Runners drop bags into locked rickshaws operated by staff from project Home Run, who then deliver the luggage to runners' houses. Routes travel near bus and metro lines, allowing runners to complete their commutes via public transportation where necessary. As the project grows, Limelight plans to use cars to carry bags. Asics has underwritten the Home Run, but spokesman Diccon Loy believes the bag service could operate for less than the price of a bus ticket without sponsorship.

Read more at London Evening Standard