The 2011 edition of the "Usain Bolt Show" begins this weekend in Daegu, South Korea, when the 13th Track and Field World Championships start a nine-day run (August 27-September 4).
Bolt, who won dominating sprint victories in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 Berlin World Championships, has looked merely mortal this season, winning races but not running particularly fast, especially by his world record standards.
Bolt will benefit by the absence of American star Tyson Gay (the last sprinter to defeat Bolt) due to injury. The Jamaican’s main competition will come from fellow countrymen, especially Asafa Powell in the 100 meters.
The meet will serve as a clear preview of the track and field competition at next summer's Olympic Games in London.
Brent Loveland claims he was hired to do $30,000 worth of work on the house, but was dismissed on his first day, because he showed up wearing a University of Oklahoma shirt. The lawsuit is asking for $10,000 in damages.
Gundy claims that his wife was offended; while Loveland states that he dressed in the dark that morning and did not realize that there was an OU logo on the shirt.
The Colorado Rockies started the season with two straight Sunday wins, before losing 17 consecutive Sunday games to tie the baseball record set by the St. Louis Browns in 1898.
Unfortunately, the Rockies came from behind Sunday to top the Dodgers 5-3. This victory ended their "Never on Sunday" skein. The Rockies are now 3-17 for the season on Sundays and 57-51 during the other six days of the week.
It looked like a delicious match-up when it was announced that Oregon (ranked #3 nationally) would meet Louisiana State (#4) in the season opener in Arlington, Texas, on September 3.
Now, the game has more subplots than an Agatha Christie mystery.
Over the weekend, the Ducks very quietly announced that the major culprit in an ongoing NCAA investigation, Lache Seastrunk, had been granted his unconditional release from his scholarship because he was "homesick".
Saturday night, Clint Robinson of the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals affiliate) came to the plate in the bottom of the third inning with runners on first and second and no outs, versus the Nashville Sounds (Brewers affiliate).
Robinson lined a deep drive to center, as the runners sped away from their respective bases. Nashville Sounds centerfielder Logan Schafer reached up, getting his glove on the ball. He then made the catch, just after being hit on the head by the baseball. Schafer threw the ball in to complete the old off-the-glove, off-the-head triple play, as the Omaha baserunners seemed completely bewildered.
The remarkable play spurred the Sounds on to a 4-1 victory.
Thursday, in a major step forward for mixed martial arts, FOX Sports announced that they had come to terms with the Ultimate Fighting Championships on a seven-year agreement. The deal calls for the televising of four live cards per year in primetime, as well as a variety UFC relating programming, slated to air throughout the FOX family of networks. The package is reported to be worth $100 million annually.
For the past six years, the UFC had been airing on Spike TV. Spike will reportedly replace the UFC action with shows such as "Bar Rescue' and "Auction Hunter". These programs will attract only a small percentage of the UFC audience, as interest in mixed martial arts has skyrocketed and simply outgrown Spike.