Trending: Olympic soccer, drug testing

Olympic competition began on Wednesday and the U.S. women's soccer team defeated France 4-2. Men's soccer started today (@L2012Football) and the Games officially open Friday. Preparations wait for no one, as U.S. swimmer Ricky Berens learned:

There's little doubt Abby Wambach left it all on the field against the French. She teamed up with Alex Morgan to trigger the U.S. comeback from 2-0 deficit.

Just in case Team USA thought Pau Gasol and his Spainish teammates were scared off by this week's 100-78 loss:

This break in Barcelona was the perfect segue to the competition in London for Team USA members Kevin Durant, James Harden, Deron Williams and their traveling pals, Randy Williams and "Nike Chuck."

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Incoming freshman quarterback Steven Bench was one of several Penn State considering a change next season in the wake of Monday's NCAA sanctions. The Cairo (Ga.) High School star announced his future plans Wednesday night, following a similar announcement from starting QB Matt McGloin:

For Julian Edelman, Wes Welker and rest of the New England Patriots, Day 1 of camp could have been any longer than the final day of last season:

The Dwight Howard saga continued as the disgruntled center huddled with team officials. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi summed it up thusly:

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