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Former Florida Gator Jeff Demps added to U.S. track team

Jeff Demps, who finished his Florida Gators football and track careers last season, has been added to the U.S. track team in the 400-meter relay pool.

Demps replaces Mike Rodgers, who sustained a stress fracture in his left foot. The four-time NCAA sprint champion finished seventh in the 100 at the U.S. trials in 10.27 seconds.

Demps said he got the call at 7 a.m. Tuesday. "I was halfway asleep," the Winter Garden native told the Orlando Sentinel. "It didn't hit me right away. I am really excited to be added to the team. It is an honor and a privilege."

bolt: i'm fine: Defending 100 and 200 champion Usain Bolt said he is "ready to go" after an aggravated hamstring sparked by back stiffness kept him out of a meet last weekend in Monaco. "Now I'm great," both events' world record-holder said. "I've been training great for the past 21/2 weeks. Everything's coming together." Bolt will be Jamaica's flag bearer at today's opening ceremony.

men's soccer begins: Japan upset Spain 1-0 on the first day of the tournament Thursday. Brazil held on for a 3-2 victory over Egypt, and host Britain, playing in its first Olympic competition since 1960, had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Senegal. Uruguay and Belarus also won.

u.s gym injury: World vault champion McKayla Maroney likely will compete in only that event when the U.S. women begin the team competition Sunday. Maroney said she reinjured a toe she had broken before a competition in Chicago two months ago at her first Olympic training session in England last week.

ousted Twitter poster bitter: The Greek triple jumper who was kicked out of the Games for a racist post on Twitter said she was sleepless and bitter, and thought her punishment was excessive. "I am trying to stay calm. Otherwise I would lose control," Paraskevi Papachristou told Reuters. Papachristou, who apologized for the post after being booted from the team by Greek officials Wednesday, said her main emotion was bitterness. Papachristou had fewer than 900 Twitter followers at the time of her post; by Thursday night she had more than 8,400.

no hijab in judo: Saudi Arabia's female judo competitor will not be allowed to wear a head­scarf, called a hijab, during her matches. Asian federations allow them, but in London the veil has been deemed dangerous by the international federation. Judo includes strangleholds and chokeholds, and organizers think that could prove even more painful if there's something to tug. The international federation also doesn't want politics or religion involved in the competition.

diving ticket troubles: With the start of the diving competition four days away, London organizers are in the process of informing some ticket holders they may have obstructed views. The 600 seats in question have problems only for the platform events, which start Monday. Small portions of the dives may not be visible. The Aquatics Centre features a dipping roof that limits viewing from the highest seats. Organizers say they will give refunds to any ticket holders unhappy with the obstructed views. The obstructed view tickets cost between $46 and $77.

flag fallout: North Korea's International Olympic Committee member, Chang Ung, wants organizers to guard against future mistakes such as the one Wednesday when a South Korean flag was shown on a video scoreboard as a North Korean soccer player was introduced before a game. Chang proposed Olympic officials meet with team leaders before each medal ceremony to confirm that the correct flags and anthems are being used.

Former Florida Gator Jeff Demps added to U.S. track team 07/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 11:10pm]
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