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Monday, August 13, 2012 - Page updated at 05:30 p.m.
American wrestler's next conquest? Buckingham Palace
By Dwight Perry
The Seattle Times
Nobody in Britain, it turns out, was safe from Jordan Burroughs.
Said the U.S. gold-medal wrestler, on his singular focus: "If the Queen of England came out on the mat, I would probably double-leg her."
Hear about the first soccer player to win two medals at the same Olympics?
He also earned a bronze in diving.
Until Rory McIlroy ended the streak at this year's PGA Championship, the past 16 majors had produced 16 different champions.
Or as The Miami Herald's Greg Cote put it: "PGA now stands for 'Pick a Golfer. Anyone.' "
Pass the Wite-Out
And the winner of this year's George O'Leary Award is... Doug Martin, out after less than a week as an assistant basketball coach at Villanova because he wrongly stated on his résumé that he played hoops for Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Hey, if you're going to fudge on your basketball pedigree, why not go all-out and make it Duke, Kentucky or UCLA?
Let's get real here
"The Olympic Games are all about the people of the world joining in a spirit of camaraderie and togetherness," noted Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. "Well, that and the U.S. winning one more medal than China."
Cold Cash Dept.
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the prize free agents signed by the NHL's Minnesota Wild in July, are due to receive $10 million bonuses this week.
No need to ask them how their summer is going.
Cruel and unusual
"A man who ordered a television off of Amazon was shocked because Amazon instead sent him a rifle," noted TNT's Conan O'Brien. "Which means somewhere a hunter is trying to kill a deer by making it watch 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey.' "
Colts QB Andrew Luck, on his very first NFL attempt, threw a 63-yard touchdown pass against the Rams.
Pundits immediately proclaimed it a classic case of beginner's ... nah, too easy.
Talking the talk
• Ex-defensive lineman Warren Sapp, in his upcoming book "Sapp Attack, My Story," on two of his former NFL coaches: "I'd take a bullet for Tony Dungy, but I wouldn't take a paper cut for (Sam) Wyche."
• Kerri Walsh Jennings, on "The Dan Patrick Show," after winning another beach volleyball gold medal at 33: "Age to me never should be an impediment, until it is."
• Comedy writer Jerry Perisho, sensing he's been watching too much Olympics: "I just Fosbury Flopped into bed."
• Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on the NFL replacement refs' debut last week: "Some of them looked right at home — working on Friday nights."
Record-setting swimming star Michael Phelps is taking his talents onto dry land — as Hank Haney's next retooling project on The Golf Channel's "Haney Project."
Water hazards, we assume, won't be a problem.
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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