U.S. athletes to wear berets at opening ceremony | Olympics
The U.S. Olympic team unveiled uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren for the July 27 opening ceremony at the London Olympics. The uniforms include navy-blue berets. At the 2002 Winter Games, powder-blue berets like those worn by U.S. athletes quickly sold out at Salt Lake City stores.
U.S. athletes to wear berets
Berets are back for the U.S. Olympic team.
The team Tuesday unveiled buttoned-up, refined uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren for the July 27 opening ceremony at the London Olympics.
Men will wear navy-blue blazers with the Olympic-team patch, along with a red-and-navy tie and cream-colored pants. Women will pair the blazers with scarves and wear knee-length, cream-colored skirts.
All team members will top their uniforms with navy berets that have stripes.
In 2002, the U.S. team wore powder-blue berets at the Winter Olympics that became instant hits and quickly sold out at stores around Salt Lake City.
Women outnumber men
During this, the summer of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, American women have reached another milestone in sports: For the first time, they outnumber men on the U.S. team.
The U.S. Olympic Committee released its roster for the London Games. There were 269 women and 261 men.
Scott Blackmun, USOC chief executive officer, called it a "true testament to the impact of Title IX," the 1972 law that increased opportunities for women in sports across America.
The USOC lists a "recognized hometown" for each athlete. By the USOC's count, Washington has 16 athletes and ranks 10th among states for most Olympians. California leads with 128.
Packers profit from success
Green Bay Packers officials announced the team had a record year financially, driven in part by a 13-0 start to a season in which it was the defending Super Bowl champion.
The Packers had $42.7 million in net income in 2011-12, an increase of 150 percent from the previous year. Total revenue was $302 million, up 6.9 percent, team president Mark Murphy said.
Dillon, Stewart lose points
NASCAR penalized two championship contenders — including suspensions for Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon's team — for problems found during qualifying in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, was docked six points and crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 because of a cooling hose found inside Stewart's car after his qualifying lap.
Like Stewart, Dillon's car was found to have a cooling hose inside during his qualifying run. He was docked six points for the second consecutive week.
Dillon's crew chief, Danny Stockman, was fined $10,000. Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska were suspended through July 25, a span of two races.
• Diego Maradona, 51, was fired as coach of the Dubai-based Al Wasl soccer team after it finished eighth in a 12-team league. The former Argentine great had one season left on his two-year contract.
• A medical examiner said an enlarged heart probably caused the death of former Stanford basketball captain Peter Sauer, 35, who collapsed Sunday on an outdoor court in White Plains, N.Y.
• Kenny Heitz, who played for UCLA basketball national champions from 1967 to 1969, died Monday of cancer. He was 65.
• Tamika Catchings scored 23 points, including the winning free throws with 8.4 seconds left, to give the host Indiana Fever an 84-82 WNBA victory over the New York Liberty.
In other WNBA games, visiting Connecticut beat Washington 77-70; Minnesota won 107-86 at Tulsa; and Los Angeles beat host Phoenix 90-71.
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