Nalbandian injures line judge, disqualified at Queen's

Queen’s final today: Nalbandian up a set, smashes a panel in front of Andrew McDougall’s seat, causing his leg to bleed heavily. Nalbandian received a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour, the chair umpire decided to end the match, and awarded Cilic the match and the tournament.

Nalbandian “apologized” but blamed the ATP and insisted he shouldn’t have been disqualified:

There is a lot of rules, and sometimes they (ATP officials) don’t do anything. The rule book is very big and I can tell you that the ATP do a lot of mistakes to the players and nothing happens

Even worst than the worst of McEnroe. What an asshole.

In the other men’s final played today, veteran Tommy Haas stunned Roger Federer in Halle. It’s Haas 13th career title, its first since 2009, when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

To mark 100 days to go until the start of the London Games the International Olympic Committee has launched a social media platform where fans can ‘connect’ with their favourite athletes and former Olympic stars.

The Olympic Athletes’ Hub aggregates the verified social media feeds of more than 1,000 current and former Olympians. It will post content directly from their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Users will be able to access exclusive training-tips videos and gain virtual and real-world prizes according to how many athletes they like and follow online.

All the athletes’ accounts are verified by a couple different agencies, so all the updates, pics, and videos you’ll find at the Hub will be certifiably genuine.

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During the Olympic Games, Eton Manor will have temporary training pools for participants in Aquatics events. It will have three 50m pools for swimmers, and smaller pools for synchronised swimmers and Water Polo players.

It will then host Wheelchair Tennis during the Paralympic Games, and remain a training facility for Aquatics competitors. There will be nine competition courts and four warm-up courts. The total of 10,500 seats for spectators will include a 5,000-capacity show court.

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The London Underground Map has been redesigned for the Olympics, with each of the 361 stations named after an Olympic icon.

As part of London’s Olympic celebrations, the London Underground Map has been transformed, with stations renamed after legendary Olympic superstars.

The new map brings in famous Olympians from a variety of sports, including US swimmer Michael Phelps, gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci from Romania, Spaniard and five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain and 1992 US Dream Team basketball players Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

Tennis players included on the map are: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Fernando Gonzalez, Laurence Doherty, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Nicolas Massu, Mark Woodforde, Todd Woodbridge, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Boris Becker, Michael Stich, Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

The Underground Olympic Legends Map was designed by Alex Trickett, international editor for the BBC sport website, and sports historian David Brooks.

The map not only celebrates multiple gold medal winning athletes but also features other extraordinary athletes who may not have won an Olympic gold medal but are recognised for their abilities or in some cases, famous defeats

To view an enlarged version of the map, click here.

Via insidethegames

adidas GB Olympic kit

adidas, Official Sportswear Partner of Team GB and Paralympics GB presented the team kit that will be worn by 500 Olympic and 350 Paralympic British athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The kit, designed by Stella McCartney, was revealed in spectacular style at the Tower of London where over 30 athletes including Jessica Ennis, Phillips Idowu and Ellie Simmonds showcased the performance range including competition kit, training wear, the presentation suit, footwear and accessories.

adidas GB Olympic kit

adidas GB Olympic kit

Over two years in the making, McCartney’s design of the kit focusses on the Union flag:

“The first place to start on a project like this is to look at the Union flag. For me it’s one of the most beautiful flags in the world and it was important for me to stay true to that iconic design but also to modernise it and present it in a contemporary way. Ultimately, we wanted the athletes to feel like a team and be proud with the identity we created.”

Judging by the comments on her facebook page, I’m not the only one to dislike this:
The Union flag is RED, WHITE & BLUE………not blue, white and blue!!
The Union Jack did not need re-designing. Or re-interpreting.
I’d freak if someone messed with my (Irish) tricolour the way the Union Jack was used on this kit. I’m shocked as artistic licence is one thing but changing a national flag is a complete other. It really should be redone out of respect.
A kid would have come up with something more exciting …. utter crap!
Why the fuck didnt someone who knows the British flags design this?
The design is almost exactly the same as the US Postal Service, how dare you ruin our heritage this way, what were you thinking by dismissing the red of England?

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