Ex-Wildcat to play for Great Britain's Olympic squad

Posted: July 06, 2012

FORMER VILLANOVA forward Andrew Sullivan has been selected to Great Britain's 12-man Olympic basketball team.

Sullivan is a native of England. He came to Villanova in 1999 from St. Augustine Prep in South Jersey and played four seasons for the Wildcats.

"We're so thrilled that Andrew has earned the honor of representing his country at the Olympics," Villanova coach Jay Wright, who coached Sullivan after being named head coach in 2001, said in a statement. "When our staff first returned to Villanova, Andrew really set a great example for our younger players with his commitment to playing hard and together with his teammates."

The 6-7 Sullivan has played professionally in Europe since he graduated in 2003. He has been captain of Britain's national team.

Track and Field

Usain Bolt has more than Yohan Blake to worry about ahead of the London Olympics. Now he's got an injury to contend with and likely won't run again until the games.

Exactly one month before the 100-meter final at the Olympics, Bolt pulled out of the July 20 Monaco Diamond League meet Thursday with a "a slight problem" that occurred during the recent Jamaican Olympic trials, his coach Glen Mills said.

The withdrawal followed the double blow of losing in the 100 and 200 to training partner Blake at the trials, a reality check before the Olympics.

Bolt, 25, was scheduled to run the 200 in Monaco in his final tuneup before the games, but will now come to the Olympics following two losses.

Despite the withdrawal, Bolt insisted he'll be at the games to retain the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay titles he won in Beijing four years ago in world-record times.

"I am happy to have earned my spot on the Jamaican Olympic team despite the challenge," Bolt said in a statement. "I will be in London to defend my titles."

After congratulating Blake with a big hug after the 200 in Kingston on Sunday, Bolt lay flat on his back and had his right hamstring stretched out by a trainer.


Brazil coach Mano Menezes included AC Milan defender Thiago Silva and FC Porto striker Hulk on Brazil's squad that will try to give the nation its first Olympic gold medal insoccer. Real Madrid defender Marcelo was the other overage player included in the 18-man squad selected on Thursday by Menezes for the London Games. Soccer at the Olympics is played with under-23 squads, but each team can use three overage players.

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