The fact nobody stopped Larry Fedora from giving Tim Beckman another chance as part of his football staff – a profession from which he permanently disqualified himself when he mistreated injured players at Illinois – makes it clear there’s still no one minding the athletic store in Chapel Hill.
The worldwide media was counting on Rio’s new subway line as a primary route of transit to the Olympic Park, but after it was beset with construction delays, everyone ended up on buses instead. But the line did open, at the last minute, and it isn’t a bad way to go.
Mike Krzyzewski thought he was done with USA Basketball after winning gold in London in 2012. Convinced to return for 2016, his successor now has already been named. No matter what happens against Serbia on Sunday, his service ends here.
The U.S. women’s basketball team’s reign of complete and utter dominance of the sport continued Saturday with a 101-72 win over Spain, completing an Olympics in which they were barely challenged on their way to a sixth straight gold medal. Spain held a narrow lead late in the first quarter before the United States pulled away with ease, as it always does.
It was supposed to be easy, and it hasn’t been. The United States was supposed to dominate, and it hasn’t. Nothing less than the gold medal was sufficient, and that hasn’t changed. Regardless of how it got there, the United States is in position to win it.
What's amazing about Usain Bolt isn't just how fast he is, although that's pretty amazing, it's how comfortable he is being the fastest man in the world. That was so apparent Thursday night after he cruised to victory in the 200, as he bowed to the crowd, wrapped himself in a Brazilian flag and, as after the 100, took selfies with fans.
Getting the Olympics on television around the world is just as complicated an operation as it would seem. The IOC’s own broadcast division, Madrid-based Olympic Broadcast Services, hires broadcasters from around the world to produce what is known as the “world feed,” a generic broadcast of every single sport and event.
This is what everyone had been waiting for all along. The atmosphere came not from deafening pop music played in a half-empty arena, but thousands of singing, dancing, flag-waving, whistling Argentines and the Brazilians who chanted “U-S-A” right back at them as they rooted against their neighbors. And they had plenty to cheer about, for the Americans finally showed up in Rio.
Everyone who had been there said beach volleyball is the signature venue of the Rio Olympics, a giant temporary stadium set up on Copacabana Beach with matches played under the lights only yards from the surf in front of a raucous crowd. Even though it's the closest venue to my hotel, and I've run past it nearly every day, I had yet to actually go inside.
With less than a week to go in the Olympics, the Triangle’s individual Olympians have completed competition as well as most of the teams, with only men’s basketball left. Looking back, here are the top five performances.
I've avoided writing about the caipirinha because it's about the most cliched thing to write about in Brazil, but I've had enough of them over the past two-plus weeks that I feel qualified to write about it as a local, not a tourist.
After clearing the ninth and penultimate hurdle, Ronnie Ash could feel his momentum building. Twenty meters to go, closing on the blur to his left, a bronze medal potentially within reach with one hurdle to go.
Unable to entice better competition to the United States, the five blowouts the Americans played before the Olympics left the basketball team unprepared for the more talented international teams it has played in Rio de Janeiro.