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U.S. goaltender Hope Solo went on a Twitter rant against former player Brandi Chastain on Saturday for comments made during the broadcast...
Solo rips Chastain after U.S. win
U.S. goaltender Hope Solo went on a Twitter rant against former player Brandi Chastain on Saturday for comments made during the broadcast of the Americans' 3-0 win over Colombia in Glasgow, Scotland.
Solo was apparently unhappy with Chastain's criticism of U.S. defender Rachel Buehler during the NBC telecast.
At one point, Chastain pointed out that a defender's responsibilities are: "Defend. Win the ball. And then keep possession. And that's something that Rachel Buehler actually needs to, I think, improve on in this tournament."
After the game, Solo rattled off four tweets about Chastain. Among them: "Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team & knows more about the game."
Solo also told Chastain to "lay off commentating about defending" and goalkeeping "until you get more educated" and "the game has changed from a decade ago."
"I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute," tweeted Solo, adding that she likes NBC soccer announcer Arlo White, who used to announce for Sounders FC.
Wimbledon champs advance
Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams each won their opening matches.
Federer, a four-time Olympian, overcame a jittery patch in Wimbledon and beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. The top-ranked Swiss star was a point from victory in the second set, then lost three of his next four service games. But he recovered in time to avoid the upset.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama watched from the front row of Williams' box as the fourth-seeded American beat former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-1 on Centre Court.
Tough day for British favorite
Britain got off to a shaky start on the first full day of action when favored cycling star Mark Cavendish finished 28th in the 155-mile road race.
Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov, who has said he will retire from cycling after the games, won gold. Rigoberto Uran of Colombia took silver, and Alexander Kristoff of Norway won a mass sprint for the bronze.
Defending champs roll
The Olympics' sexiest sport opened with a raucous debut, mixing in a little local flair with all of the more traditional trifles that have made the event one of the most sought-after tickets in London (though Sir Paul McCartney managed to get one for the afternoon session).
Located just inside the gate used by the queen — and only the queen — to ride up to Buckingham Palace, the beach volleyball venue offers views of the London Eye, the Big Ben clock tower and 10 Downing Street.
Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, trying for a third consecutive gold medal, beat Australians Tasmin Hinchley and five-time Olympian Natalie Cook 21-18, 21-19.
U.S. gets its first medal of Games
Italy won the gold in the men's team event, beating the U.S. by one point on the final shot. It was America's first medal of the games.
Italy beat the U.S. 219-218 at Lord's Cricket Ground for its first-ever gold in the event.
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