Starting with a few bits of news:
– Both U.S. teams won their first matches at the 2014 Chess Olympiad, then faltered today against high seeds. The U.S. open team lost 2.5-1.5 to the Netherlands, while the U.S. women lost 3-1 to China. Only eight rounds to go.
– The U.S. women’s volleyball team had a disappointing 1-2 start in the monthlong World Grand Prix, righting the ship against Japan.
— Universal Sports (@universalsports) August 3, 2014
– Nothing else happened.
Seriously. It’s a slow week. Thank goodness two UFC fighters decided to throw down … at the press conference. That’s actually kind of rare for the UFC.
The week in tweets and videos …
Top THIS, Vegas …
— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) August 4, 2014
Wiping the floor: Simone Biles won the Secret Classic, thanks in part to this:
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 3, 2014
Close finish: You’d expect a margin of 0.27 seconds in a 100-meter race, but 10,000 meters?
— Bonnie D. Ford (@Bonnie_D_Ford) August 3, 2014
Weekly reminder of global press protocols (or lack thereof):
Some journalists asked @usainbolt to autograph time sheet, I'd have preferred if he'd transcribed quotes for us
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 2, 2014
Best prep for climate change: Hey, just make biathlon a summer sport.
— US Biathlon (@USBiathlon) August 2, 2014
Most dangerous PR position: UFC’s Dave Sholler had the unfortunate task of attempting to keep Jon Jones off Daniel Cormier.
— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) August 4, 2014
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) August 4, 2014
One more reason to visit Barcelona …
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 4, 2014
You’rrrrre … um … out?: This isn’t supposed to happen in beach volleyball.