10:18am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Oscar Pistorius, The 'Blade Runner,' Faces Another Huge Challenge

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 1:58 pm

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa leaving the starting blocks in Saturday's round 1 of the men's 400-meters race.
Michael Steele Getty Images

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner" who has has artificial legs below the knees but overcame that challenge to become a world class runner, will not be in the finals of the men's 400-meters.

The results of Heat 2 in the semifinals were posted at 3:55 p.m. ET. Pistorius finished last out of eight competitors, nearly two seconds behind winner James Kirani of Grenada.

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9:15am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Big Win For Britain: Murray Takes Men's Tennis Title

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 3:58 pm

Gold for queen and country: Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after his win.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

One month after his hopes were dashed on the same famous court at Wimbledon, Scotland's Andy Murray just won the men's tennis title at the London Olympics in front of a joyous home crowd.

He did it by defeating the same man who beat him at Wimbledon in July.

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8:41am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Badminton Federation 'Looking Forward' In Response To Scandel

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:15 am

South Korea's Kim Min Jung (left) and Ha Jung Eun were among the players disqualified for not trying hard enough.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

On this final day of badminton at the London Olympics, leaders of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) were vague about how they will respond to a match-throwing scandal at the games.

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7:48am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Even A 'No' Is An Olympic Moment When It's Said By Michael Phelps

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:38 am

Michael Phelps and the special award he received Saturday night to mark his Olympic achievements.
Al Bello Getty Images

An only-at-the-Olympics tale:

As Michael Phelps left a news conference at the Olympic Aquatic Center on Saturday, a photographer rushed up and asked, "Can I get one more photo?"

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7:24am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Williams Sisters Take Title In Doubles Tennis

Venus (left) and Serena Williams celebrate after winning the women's doubles gold medal match today.
Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images

As The Guardian just reported:

"Here is perhaps the least surprising outcome of the Games: the awesome Williams sisters have secured the women's doubles for the United States, disposing of the Czech pair Hlavackova and Hradecka 6-4, 6-4. And Serena crowns a dominant display with a delightful twirl of celebration after plundering the gold medal point."

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7:19am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Britain's Wiggins Starts A Row By Arguing For Bike Helmets

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 2:00 pm

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain before a road race on Day 1 of the Olympics.
Bryn Lennon Getty Images

On the same day cyclist Bradley Wiggins became Great Britain's most-decorated Olympian, Daniel Harris, a 28-year-old cycling enthusiast, was killed when he was struck by a bus at an intersection outside Olympic Park.

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6:39am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Gold For Ethiopia's Gelana In Women's Marathon

Women marathoners raced past Big Ben.
Daniel Garcia AFP/Getty Images

In what looks to be a new Olympics record, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia just won the women's marathon in a time of 2:23.07.

Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo was second and Russia's Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova finished third.

As The Guardian notes, Gelana's "uncle Gezahegne Abera won men's marathon gold in Sydney 12 years ago."

Mary Keitany of Kenya, one of the pre-race favorites, came in fourth.

The previous women's Olympics record was 2:23.14.

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6:18am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: 'Super Saturday' For Brits; 'World's Fastest Man' Coming Up

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain  celebrates after winning gold Saturday in the heptathlon on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Good morning.

While Bill takes a much-deserved mid-Olympics day off, we'll aim to keep up with what's going on in London.

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5:34am

Sun August 5, 2012
Around the Nation

Park Known For FDR Home Short On Visitors

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This weekend, marks the 50th anniversary of the bridge linking Campobello Island to Lubec, Maine. The island was where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's family made its summer home. Today, tourists can visit a park and museum there. And as Maine Public Radio's Jay Field reports, this park is trying to attract new visitors.

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5:34am

Sun August 5, 2012
Politics

Kansas Republicans At War With Each Other

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 3:22 pm

"We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us," says Kansas state Sen. Tim Owens, who's facing a tough re-election bid this Tuesday.
John Hanna AP

Moderate Republicans have come under attack in primaries across the country this year, but the split in the GOP is perhaps older and sharper in Kansas — and it comes to a head Tuesday.

"I think the lines have been drawn in the sand. Bridges have been burned. Everybody is all-in this election," says Jim Denning, one of the conservative candidates for the state's Senate.

The Republican statehouse primary is a savage fight fueled by money from the Koch brothers and labor unions, with big consequences for the citizens of Kansas.

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