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Solo gets talking-to about rant on Twitter

MANCHESTER, England — Hope Solo met with the coach and captains of the U.S. women's soccer team Sunday to discuss her Twitter rant against former U.S. player Brandi Chastain's commentary during the NBC broadcast of the Americans' 3-0 win over Colombia on Saturday.

Coach Pia Sundhage said Solo will not be disciplined.

"We had a conversation: If you look at the women's national team, what do you want (people) to see? What do you want them to hear?" Sundhage said.

The meeting took place after the team arrived in Manchester, where it plays the North Koreans on Tuesday in a game that will determine pairings for the quarterfinals. The United States advanced to the quarters Saturday.

The team said Solo would be available for comment today.

Chastain, one of the most accomplished players in U.S. history, said, "I'm here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective journalist at the Olympics, nothing more than that."

Meanwhile, the sport's world governing body is reviewing an episode during the Colombia game that left American forward Abby Wambach with a black eye.

They're out: Former world champion and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans of Australia withdrew from the cycling time trial. Evans, who finished 79th in Saturday's road race, is too tired to compete Wednesday, the Australian Olympic Committee said. … Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe of Britain withdrew from the race, citing the recent flareup of a lingering left foot injury.

More flame throwing: London organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe defended keeping the cauldron with the Olympic flame inside Olympic Stadium, out of the general public's view, saying it "wasn't created as a tourist attraction." Spectators are complaining they can't see the flame or take pictures of it.

Drugs: St. Kitts & Nevis sprinter Tameka Williams was sent home by her team for a potential violation. Williams had been using a substance "clearly outside the medical code," St. Kitts Olympic committee vice president Dennis Knight said, though she had not tested positive. The team did not disclose the drug.

Solo gets talking-to about rant on Twitter 07/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 29, 2012 10:52pm]
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