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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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O.J. Murdock, a wide receiver on the Tennessee Titans, killed himself yesterday morning with an apparent gun shot blast to the head. He was 25.

Tampa police report that Murdock's body was found around 8:30 a.m. inside his car, which was parked in front of Middleton High School, at which the athlete starred as a football player and sprinter years ago.

O.J. Murdock Photo

Just a few hours prior to taking his own life, Murdock left a text message for Al McCray, the assistant head coach at Fort Hays State. It thanked him for all McCray did for Murdock and his family and it also included an apology.

Murdock had been a couple days late to Tennessee's training camp, but teammates weren't concerned because he had been recovering from an injury that caused him to miss all of last season.

"It's tough. He was always a happy guy who played around a lot and always had a smile on his face," said fellow wideout Damian Williams. "I definitely didn't see it coming."

Having signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Murdock was taken to Tampa General Hospital after police made the discovery yesterday. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.

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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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Two-time softball Olympian Jennie Finch and her husband, Casey Daigle, are expecting their third child together, the former announced on Monday.

Finch, 31, who is sitting out the London Olympics after winning gold in Athens and silver in Beijing, is already mom to sons Ace, 6, and Diesel, 1.

"Casey and I are expecting our third little one in January!!" she confirmed.

Jenny Finch, Casey Daigle

"Diesel - yes, a unique name but it suits him perfectly! - is doing wonderfully and growing fast. He’s a big guy, cruising around as he just started walking."

"He’s after his big brother, Ace - who’s 6 now! - and making us smile every day."

In addition to softball, Finch is an active supporter of the Wounded Warrior Foundation and the author of Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself.

Daigle currently pitches for AAA Fresno.

Congratultaions to the whole family!

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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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NFL star Tim Tebow can be seen running shirtless, in the rain, and in slow motion no less, in this new video taken at the end of a recent team practice.

You are welcome, ladies. You are so very welcome.

The New York Jets backup removed his jersey during a heavy downpour, leading to razzing from his teammates and leaving plenty of tongues wagging.

Watch. Enjoy. Then watch again if you like. It's okay.

"You have to give him a hard time," linebacker Bryan Thomas joked to ESPN. "Man, that's not Christian-like," Bart Scott added. "Maybe it was holy water?"

Or maybe Tim wanted to serve notice to another even-more-frequently shirtless, drenched athletic heart throb that he doesn't have the market cornered.

The gauntlet has been thrown down, Ryan Lochte.

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A dramatic Sunday night in London ended with one of America's best hopes for a Gold Medal in tears yesterday, as Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for all-around final in Women's Gymnastics.

The reigning world champion faltered a bit on her vault, beam, bars and floor routines, earning scores below teammates Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas. Only two representatives from each country are permitted to perform in the final round.

Olympic photo

"It's a little bit of a disappointment," the 17-year old Wieber said in a statement. "It's always been a dream of mine to compete for the all-around at the Olympics, shoot for that gold medal. But I'm really proud of Aly and Gabby both. And I'm glad that I'll be able to help the team out in the team finals."

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Well, this is no fun.

Billed as the biggest individual rivalry at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are being all... classy with each other. Don't they know this is a competition?!?

Lochte Wins

Not long after Lochte won the Gold Medal in the 400 IM today, Phelps - who did not finish in the top three in that event for the first time since 2000 - sent a congratulatory Tweet to his countryman, writing:

Congrats to @ryanlochte ... Way to keep that title in the country where it belongs!!

The winner then replied: Thanks @MichaelPhelps I couldn't do it with out you. #USA

Phelps has six more events in front of him and needs two medals to set the all-time Olympic mark. But this race belonged to his rival.

“This is my year,” Lochte said after earning Gold. “I know it and I feel it, because I’ve put in hard work. I’ve trained my butt off for four years … and there’s no better way to start this Olympics off than getting gold.”

Let's try to fire up this feud, shall we? Vote now: Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte, who would you rather...

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In fewer than 140 characters, the 2012 Olympic dreams of Voula Papachristou have been dashed.

Greece's triple-jump champion has actually been removed from her country's national team just days prior to the Opening Ceremony in London because she posted the following Tweet on July 22:

"With so many Africans in Greece .. At least the mosquitoes of West Nile .. will eat homemade food!"

Voula Papachristou Picture

With backlash building and rebuke of this tasteless joke strong, Greece has announced that Papachristou will not compete at the Games due to "statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."

She has since issued her own statement/apology:

I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.

Do you think this was a proper punishment for Papachristou?

 

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