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Brandi Chastain has responded to Hope Solo's Twitter criticism of her recent commentary for ESPN, defending her comments as part of the job.

Chastain, who rose to fame during Team USA's 1999 World Cup win, pissed off Hope with her critique of America's performance at the Olympics.

Specifically, Chastain said defender Buehler actually needs to improve on her defense, a comment she stands by as both objective and honest.

Brandi and Hope

Chastain said in a statement: "My only comment is I am in London to cover women's soccer for NBC in an honest and objective fashion, and that is what I have done, and will continue to do for the rest of the tournament."

Solo, who turned 31 yesterday, said "it's too bad we can't have commentators who know more about the game" and told Brandi to "lay off commentating about defending and goalkeeping until you get more educated."

If Solo's comments have been any distraction to the team, you wouldn't know it. They're on the verge of beating North Korea to improve to 3-0.

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Slamming NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics has become as much of a sport these days as swimming, archery or basketball.

The network is not airing many key events as they happen. It's even spoiling its very own primetime tapings by announcing the winner of various races earlier in the day. It's a mess all around.

But Jon Stewart has found a different reason to go off on NBC: its decision to cutaway from an Opening Ceremony tribute to the victims of the 7/7/05 bombing in London... in favor of an interview between Ryan Seacrest and Michael Phelps.

“You wouldn’t air a six-minute tribute to the rest of the world’s terror victims? Because the world’s most overexposed land-based mammal had a chance to speak to the world’s most overexposed water-based mammal?” Stewart asks in the clip above

NBC has defended the decision by noting that it tailors the Olympics for an American audience, giving Stewart an easy target, considering the woeful ratings that network has endured for years:

“You’re NBC! You don’t know how to tailor television for an American audience!”

Point, Jon Stewart.

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Missy Franklin is a new American hero, and now she's reaping the rewards.

A Gold Medal? Sure. Future endorsement deals? Most likely. But the 100-Meter Backstroke champion really hit the jackpot today when she received Twitter props from a handful of celebrities... including Justin Bieber!

  • Justin Bieber in Australia
  • Gold Medalist

"heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove," Bieber wrote to the swimmer this morning, which prompted the sort of response you'd expect from a 17-year old:

I just died! Thankyou.

American Idol champion Scotty McCreery also expressed support for Frankilin, Tweeting: "We're rooting for you @franklinmissy! Keep it up! #USA."

Franklin has earned an individual Gold so far and a relay Bronze. She has qualified for five more events and if she advances the finals in each one, she'll become the first female U.S. swimmer to swim in seven event finals in a single Olympics.

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Perhaps they should just ban Twitter use at the Olympics...

First, Greek athlete Voula Papachristou was thrown out of the Games by her native country after posting an inappropriate message about African-Americans.

Then, Michel Morganella was given the boot from the Swiss Soccer team after Tweeting that he wants to punch and burn opponents form South Korea.

Now, British diver Tom Daley is at the center of a social media scandal, though this time the athlete is the victim.

Tom Daley Picture

Some complete moron responded to Daley's fourth-place finish in synchronized diving on Monday by saying the 18-year old let his father down by not earning a spot on the medal stand. 

The Olympian's dad died of brain cancer last year.

A subsequent Tweet from the same user said he was going to "find" Daley and "drown" him in the pool, which caught the attention of local police. They have reportedly arrested a 17-year old "on suspicion of malicious communications" in relation to his Twitter posts.

In England, Tweeting messages believed to be menacing, offensive or indecent can lead to prosecution. That may violate the First Amendment in the U.S., but would anyone really object if some idiot such as this is thrown in jail?

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The London Olympics are great for so many reasons, most pertaining to the incredible athletic competition among a moving cross-section of humanity.

The deluge of Kate Middleton pictures is also great.

The unofficial face of the host nation is setting even more fashion trends than usual this week. Her latest? A cute, blue Smythe Navy One Button Blazer!

Kate Middleton Blazer

Kate wore the item at the Cross Country Equestrian event - where Prince William's cousin Zara Phillips actually competed for Great Britain - Monday (above).

Kate Middleton fashion followers may recall that she also was seen in this same blazer at Heathrow airport and on her trip to Canada in Summer 2011.

Clearly it works for her ... as if anything doesn't.

Check out a few more images of her looking great in it below, plus some bonus pictures of Kate welcoming the Olympic torch to Buckingham Palace:

  • Kate Middleton's Blue Blazer
  • Kate Middleton at the Olympics
  • Kate Waves
  • Welcoming the Torch

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A reporter for Sky News was covering the 2012 London Olympic Games when a playful soccer fan decided to interrupt his live broadcast with a kiss.

The reporter tried to resist her advances, but the blonde fan wasn't having it, wrapping her hand around his head and pulls him in for a wet one.

The awkward moment was even more strange as the unnamed reporter was fasting for Ramadan, where one refrains from food, drink, and sexual contact.

As his colleagues laughed, the reporter joked: “I am truly fasting.”

At least the nice girl had the courtesy to say “thank you.” Here’s the video of the Olympic reporter getting a kiss from one of his adoring fans ...

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A Brazilian judo competitor broke his Olympic bronze medal after taking it into the shower and dropping it after his victory in a third-place match in London.

Felipe Kitadai, who beat Italy's Elio Verde to win bronze Saturday, was so excited about the result that he did not want to be parted from his prize.

Big mistake.

Felipe Kitadai

"He was taking a shower with the medal when he dropped it," a spokeswoman said. "He then slept with the medal and realized later that it was broken."

"It wasn't a very smart thing to do."

The medal was damaged at the top where the ribbon loops through a hoop, but after a few phone calls and apologies, Olympic officials agreed to replace it.

Hopefully the 23-year-old will be more careful with this one. Same with all medal winners, including America's own adorable Missy Franklin.

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Missy Franklin is a lot more than a new Olympic champion. She's a mature, grounded, very impressive 17-year old.

The Centennial, Colorado native captured her first Gold Medal yesterday, besting the field in the 100-Meter Backstroke. She then told reporters that each time she hit the pool in London, her thoughts were with the victims of the massacre in Aurora.

Champion Swimmer

"Every single race I'm going to have that Colorado incident back on my mind," Missy said. "It's such a terrible thing and I'm so shaken by it. They're in my thoughts this entire process."

Neither Franklin nor her parents knew any of the victims James Holmes allegedly shot on the morning of July 20, but...

"Aurora and Colorado in general is such a close state that when something like that happens we're all affected by it, no matter who it is. It's hitting very close to home," she said.

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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa is reportedly livid with the NBA star over pics of him partying with women in Spain last week, but is standing by him ... for now.

Vanessa Bryant flew to watch him play in the London Olympics as planned.

Sources close to Vanessa say she is "furious" and "embarrassed" over the photos of Kobe chatting up women at a party last week in Barcelona.

Here's one TMZ photo of Kobe and the girls in question at a nightclub:

Kobe Bryant Shirtless, Partying

Reportedly, Vanessa's anger at Kobe is not because she thinks he was putting it to those girls, but for being in a potentially embarrassing situation.

Whatever you want to make of that, Vanessa Bryant was pissed.

As for the fact that Kobe's shirtless, but he says someone spilled a drink on him, and he was only briefly shirtless before changing into a new shirt.

Add that to your book of excuses, guys.

The couple all but finalized their divorce earlier this year before reconciling, so you know this really didn't go over well. Still, she'll be by his side in London.

Vanessa reportedly says things have been going well with the basketball great since she called off the divorce, and feels this hurdle will be cleared as well.

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Michel Morganella has become the second Olympic athlete sent home from the Summer Olympics due to an offense message on Twitter.

Two days before the Games even started, Voula Papachristou of Greece was given the boot after disrespecting African-Americans in a joke about West Nile mosquitoes.

Now Morganella - a member of the Swiss soccer team - has suffered the same fate after a defeat to South Korea resulted in a Tweet that included references to wanting to "punch" and "burn" the victors from that nation.

Soccer photo

"As a member of the Swiss Olympic mission he gravely discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,” Swiss team chief Gian Gilli told reporters. "As a consequence of this behavior Michel Morganella, having conferred with the Swiss Football Association, is immediately stripped of his Olympic accreditation and all future participation in the Olympic tournament.”

Morganella subsequently took responsibility for his actions, saying:

“I made a huge mistake after the disappointing result. I wish to apologize to the people in South Korea and their team, but also to the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. I obviously accept the consequences for my actions.”

The Swiss are third in Group B and play Mexico on Wednesday in their next match.

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