Solo chastises Brandi

Posted: July 30, 2012

U.S. GOALKEEPER Hope Solo is at it again.

On Saturday, she blasted Brandi Chastain on Twitter after the former U.S. player - now a commentator for NBC - criticized the way the Americans played in their 3-0 win over Columbia.

"Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game," tweeted Solo.

Solo also wrote that Chastain should refrain from talking about defense and goalkeeping "until you get more educated" and noted that "the game has changed from a decade ago."

Chastain, perhaps best known for jubilantly removing her jersey after scoring the winning penalty kick in the World Cup final in 1999, defended her criticism.

"I'm here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective journalist at the Olympics, nothing more than that," she said.

Solo, you might remember, stirred things up at the 2007 Women's World Cup.

After an embarrassing 4-0 semifinal loss to Brazil, she dissed then-coach Greg Ryan for starting Briana Scurry in goal instead of her. The team retaliated by shunning her, and she was not allowed to play or even attend the third-place victory against Norway.

Now this.

On Sunday, Solo met with current coach Pia Sundhage and the captains of the U.S. team to discuss her outburst, which some fear could distract the Americans as they prepare for Tuesday's game against North Korea.

A reporter asked Solo, via Twitter, if she was disciplined at the meeting.

"Discipline? Ha! For what!" Solo tweeted in response. "Never even a topic! We talked about our team deserving the best!"

The U.S. isn't about to shun or sit Solo this time. But it might not be a bad idea to hide her cellphone. The fewer tweets this twit makes, the better.

Team hug

The U.S. men's basketball team received quite a reward after beating France, 98-71. And we're not talking a gold medal.

After the win, each member of the team lined up to hug first lady Michelle Obama who was at the event rooting for the U.S.

"It was a very special moment," Carmelo Anthony said. "For her to be sitting over there and supporting us, we just wanted to thank her for coming."

Olympic spirit

Rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka finished last in the single sculls repechage. But you wouldn't know it from the reception he got at the finish line.

Gasping for breath, the 35-year-old from Niger, struggled to complete the race.

"You can do it," screamed the public address announcer.

Issaka did, finishing in 8 minutes, 39.66 seconds, almost 1:40 behind the winner as the crowd erupted in thunderous applause.

Issaka has only been rowing for 3 months, but vowed he and others from Niger would be back.

"There are many people who want to start rowing [in Niger] because I have come to the Olympic Games," he said. "We will start when I get back. We just have to wait for the boats to arrive."

Who needs tickets?

Fans unable to get tickets were outraged when they learned scores of seats went unused at certain events.

Organizing chief Sebastian Coe said seats are set aside - but often unused by - Olympic officials and sponsors.

He said he would "name and shame" the no-shows and allow troops and area students to fill the seats for free.

In a related story, the "seats" have started their own Twitter dialogue at @olympicSeat.

"It was my lifelong ambition to be an Olympic seat," reads one tweet. "To provide rest and comfort for cheering sports fans. I feel like such a failure."

Facebook race

LeBron James' Facebook fans have increased by almost 600,000 since the Olympics began. But he's still second to Kobe Bryant, who has 13.5 million.

Roger Federer is third among Olympians with 11.23 million, followed by Maria Sharapova (7.8) and Usian Bolt (7.07).

Cheap shot?

U.S. women's soccer captain Amy Wambach is crying foul.

Wambach said she was sucker-punched in the right eye by Colombia's Lady Andrade during Saturday's match, which the U.S. won, 3-0.

Andrade said it was an accident. Wambach, sporting a black eye, said Sunday that she expects to play in Tuesday's game against North Korea.

The U.S. didn't file a formal complaint, but Wambach asked FIFA to review the incident.

A FIFA spokesman said its disciplinary committee would meet and have an update by Monday. Maybe they'll make the Colombian change her name to I'm No Lady Andrade.

Paging Mussolini

Blame it on the Brazilians.

That what officials of Virgin Trains said after hundreds of fans in London were turned away as they tried to board cars to attend soccer games in Manchester, some 200 miles away.

Apparently, Virgin only supplied two morning trains to accommodate fans en route to see New Zealand vs. Egypt, which had a noon kickoff time.

Virgin officials said the problem occurred when hundreds of Brazilian fans showed up earlier than expected to get to their team's 3 p.m. game against Belarus.

These guys could never handle an Eagles crowd.

It'a all relative

"Uncle Bill" showed up to watch Ariel Hsing, of the U.S., take on China's Li Xiaoxia in table tennis Sunday night.

Bill Gates, a fan of Hsing, sat in the bleachers as the 16-year old came close to upsetting China's Li Xiaoxia, one of the gold-medal favorites.

"Nothing short of phenomenal," Gates said after the match. "She is amazing."

Gates met Hsing through a friend, fellow billionaire Warren Buffet. In case you're wondering, Hsing calls Buffet, "Uncle Warren."

Must be nice to have a couple of rich uncles.

From Sir, with love

We know Sir Paul McCartney has a thing for yellow submarines. And, it seems, he likes sailing too.

On Sunday, McCartney, who sang "Hey Jude" at the Opening Ceremonies, slipped a note to Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, a British tandem that will compete in the two-man 49er competition Monday.

Noting that he liked to "potter about" in his own small boat, McCartney wrote: "Wishing you the very best of luck on the Lovely Rita in the games. Happy sailing to you both."

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