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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Trending: Olympic soccer, drug testing

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

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:

Drug testers always come at the most inconvenient times. 20 minutes into my nap and Knock Knock!

— Ricky Berens (@RickyBerens) July 26, 2012


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.

Nothing like recovery in the am. Doing whatever it takes. #goldorbust twitter.com/AbbyWambach/st…

— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) July 26, 2012
Just in case Team USA thought Pau Gasol and his Spainish teammates were scared off by this week's 100-78 loss:

We're in London! Looking forward to arrive to the Olympic Village! #London2012 twitter.com/paugasol/statu…

— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 26, 2012


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."

Good Segway action with @JHarden13, @DeronWilliams, @RMBWilliams and Nike Chuck

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 25, 2012

From trey 5 via Instagram



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:

I have decided to stay at Penn State. I promise this team is special and will SHOCK THE WORLD over the next 4 years. #WeAre #PennState

— Steven Bench(@SBench12) July 26, 2012



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:

Gn RT @WesWelker: First day is always the longest.....GN!!!beta.jocktalk.com/post/id/6157

— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) July 26, 2012



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

Dwight basically tells Magic in meeting, “No, no for the millionth time no!” Sounds like my old girlfriend when I kept begging to come back.

— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites) July 26, 2012
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