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Monday, July 23, 2012
Trending: Phelps, Olympics, Nadal and Els

By Bill Speros
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Michael Phelps has made it across the pond:
And the wait is over... Finally here in #London

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 23, 2012
The Olympics begin on Friday. London appears ready:

Pic: 4 days to go! The sun is shining on the #OlympicStadium, the sky is blue and the flowers are in bloom #London2012… — London 2012 (@London2012) July 23, 2012
The city has gotten itself into exceptional shape. David Cerny remodeled a traditional London double-decker bus into a push-up machine and installed the bus at the Czech Olympic house in the Islington area of London.

The Team USA men's basketball team has one big test before the Olympics begin, a game against Spain in Barcelona:
Team USA preparing for Spain on

— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 23, 2012
From Micky Arison via Instagram The opposition awaits:

Watching the game between Argentina and USA on tv with my teammates! Good first half! Taking notes for our game on Tuesday! #London2012 — Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 22, 2012
Team USA held off Argentina 86-80 Sunday. Kevin Love had time for some refreshment - Larry Bird and several other members of the 1992 Dream Team are appearing on a set of 20th anniversary soda cans sponsored by 7Up and its related brands:
I don't usually have soft drinks before a game but...well, you get the idea...

— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) July 22, 2012
From Kevin Love via Instagram

Either Ernie Els won the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Sunday, or Adam Scott lost it. Depends on your perspective:

Thats tough man. Losing 4 shot lead in 4 holes?? The course finally won on the last day. — Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 22, 2012

We're not sure to which Hall of Fame Jose Canseco was referring in this tweet. Here are some suggestions that might help.
Maybe my buddy pete rose and I will be in the same hall of fame class

— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) July 22, 2012
Nazr Mohammed agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls. His departure was met with thunderous appreciation from his former teammates in Oklahoma City:

Gonna miss u too bro!! RT @NazrMohammed: Gonna miss my bros in OKC @KDTrey5 @ROYALTIVEY @MiniT21 Lazar @nickcollison4 #BreakfastClub — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 22, 2012
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