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v36_DouglasGabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber have been stars since winning the gold; touring all over the place, including the Empire State Building and the New York Stock Exchange; invited by the president over the phone.

"We’re enjoying every step of the way," said Wieber, who with Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Aly Raisman gave the United States its first Olympic team title in women’s gymnastics since 1996.

Douglas has been fully enjoying the experience, tweeting photos of her encounters with stars like Nicki Minaj, and Nick Cannon.

"We’ve been having so much fun the past few days," she said.

There’s an abundance of young African football talent plying their trade in Europe now. So much so that a player like Armaud Mendy–seen in the video scoring a spectacular goal in the FA Cup last weekend–has to play for Macclesfield Town in the English second division. Later this month the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals will be played in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. We won’t get to see Mendy–his team Guinea-Bissau did not qualify for the finals; they finished last in their group–at the ACN and he did not make our list of “10 African Footballers to Watch in 2012″ (yes, we do love lists, not just any lists) compiled by AIAC’s Elliot Ross:

v35_basketball_shoeAfter a day full of buzz, the $300 LeBron Nike shoe might not be that expensive.

The Wall Street Journal reported in its Tuesday editions that the LeBron X shoe, scheduled to hit stores this fall, would retail for $315.

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Tiger WoodsRory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, No. 1 and No. 3 in the world, respectively,  play together in the first and second round of the Barclays at Bethpage Black  this week. How do they measure up? We researched everything on golf's two best  players -- from their hair  styles to their wins by the age of 23 -- for this ultimate Tale of  the Tape.
Age: Tiger - 36; Rory - 23

v35_CougarsDespite the loss of several key players and a lot of coaches, first-year head coach Tony Levine has high expectations for the Houston Cougars football team.

The Kevin Sumlin era is in the books and now starts the Tony Levine era. It started off pretty good as he started a new tradition and invited all of the Cougars football team families for a meal, prior to the annual "Fan Appreciation Day" held in the Alumni Center. It worked too, for close to 600 people showed up for this first-time event.

There will be a lot of first for the Cougars. There’s a new starting quarterback in David Piland, another crop of unproven receivers in Daniel Spencer, Ronnie Williams, Dewayne Peace, Isiash Sweeney, and a new offensive coaching staff, led by new coordinator Mike Nesbitt.

The 2012 NFL draft is in the books, which means that it’s time to focus on studying the talent that will be available for 2013 and beyond.

Here is a list, by position, of the players who head into this season with the most talent at their respective positions.

v34_TexansThe Houston Texans will be celebrating their 10th year of existence this season, with plenty more in the making.

The National Football League awarded its 32nd franchise to Bob McNair on October 6, 1999. Three years later, the Houston Texans officially joined the NFL.

The Texans played their first preseason game on August 5, 2002, in the Hall of Fame game against the New York Giants. They played their first regular season game on September 8, 2002, against the Dallas Cowboys , a 19-10 victory at Reliant Stadium.

With 10 seasons now in the books, the Texans will celebrate their 10th Anniversary throughout the 2012 regular season. The celebration will include a patch on the team’s uniforms during the season bearing a special 10th Anniversary logo.

FALLBROOK CHURCH - CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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