High Five! Usain Bolt’s Loses! (No, Not Really.) And Will NCAA Pave New Rhodes?

It's electric, boogie oogie oogie!

It’s electric, boogie oogie oogie!

1) Jamaica’s Usain Bolt surpassed Carl Lewis in World Championship medals Sunday in Moscow, tying the American legend with 10—but Bolt has two silvers, while Lewis has a silver and a bronze. Bolt won the 100, 200 and anchored the winning 400-meter relay team. The Americans were leading that race, but a bad handoff cost them the win. What was most “electrifying” about Bolt’s performance was the non-Photoshopped actual picture that has gone viral—Bolt running as an actual lightning bolt strikes behind the stadium.

2) Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist shot the first ever Solheim Cup hole-in-one on Saturday, sinking the 17th hole alongside partner Caroline Hedwall in Parker, Colo. Americans Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, and Michelle Wie managed to gain ground, but the Europeans—despite having six rookie ladies, including 17-year-old Charley Hull, on the team—won the cup on American soil for the first time, 18-10.

3) The NCAA is prohibiting Marine Stephen Rhodes from playing football at Middle Tennessee State University because he played “organized” games (scorekeepers, officials, etc.) while in the military. NCAA rules state athletes must play college sports within one year of graduating high school or be charged one year of collegiate eligibility for every academic year they participate in “organized competition.” MTSU has won a partial appeal to regain Rhodes’ eligibility—two years from now, but he is appealing to play this season, which begins August 29.

(If you think, as I do, Rhodes has served our country and now deserves a chance to play, please ask NCAA president Mark Emmert to change the bylaws, memmert@ncaa.org.)

4) Even sadder news in Tennessee football, five Vanderbilt football players have been arrested in connection with an alleged dorm room rape of an unconscious victim on June 23. Chris Boyd turned himself in Sunday for allegedly trying to help four other players cover up the crime. Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Brandon Banks, and Jaborian McKenzie have been indicted on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Boyd has been suspended from the team pending review; the other four have been dismissed from the team and banned from campus. Other witnesses may face charges as the case remains open.

5) New network FOX Sports 1 launched last week, featuring shows like “FOX Football Daily,” and talk show “Crowd Goes Wild,” hosted by Regis Philbin. Coverage will also include NASCAR, Pac-12 football and eventually MLB and FIFA games. The network hopes to one-up competitors ESPN and NBC Sports with original programming too, such as “The Ultimate Fighter” with Ronda Rousey, and “BEING,” a documentary series taking a deeper look into sports figures like Mariano Rivera and Mike Tyson.

Meanwhile, as excitement builds for next year’s men’s soccer World Cup in Brazil, NBC Sports has begun showing English Premier League Football. According to a PR department tweet, the Sunday telecast of Swansea-Manchester United was the most-watched Premier League opening-weekend match in U.S. history with 792,000 average viewers. An average NFL TV audience is 19.3 million, but hey, it’s a great start. And this clip of Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach recruited to coach…football is well worth four minutes of your time.


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