A Chinese farmer went to great lengths to make sure he would arrive in London for the Olympic Games. It only took him two years to get there.
Chen Guanming, 57, used his three-wheeled rickshaw to travel from his Chinese village to London. His two year journey took him through flooding in Thailand to Tibet to a snowed in Turkey and finally England.
"I came to support and cheer all the people from all over the world who are participating in the sports," said Chen, "I'm volunteering, I'm not looking for a reward."
Chen had never been outside his native China before venturing on his journey.
He was inspired to make his journey after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The British media invited him to come to the London Games, but he did not have a ticket. He promised them he would be there and indeed he did.
He finally made it into Britain by ferry from France on July 6th.
A British insurance broker named John Beeston, who knows some Mandarin, discovered Chen on the streets of London looking lost.
"We are trying desperately to get him into the opening ceremony because his story has to go around the world," Beeston said.
Even if Chen doesn't get into Olympic Stadium to watch the Opening Ceremony, he is still very happy and proud to reach London.
"I came. I did it. I'm very happy to have come to beautiful London," he said.
Chen also said that he plans on going to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
It's going to be an even longer journey for him, but he'll probably do it.
The first shock of the Olympics has been delivered when Japan edged out Spain 1-0 in the opening game for both countries.
Yuki Otsu's goal in the 34th minute was all Japan needed against the highly touted Spanish squad.
Spain was shorthanded after Inigo Martinez's ejection four minutes before the half and the Spanish couldn't recover. Martinez received a red card for a trying to stop Japan's Kensuke Nagai.
"It feels good to have beaten Spain," Nagai said. "We have never beaten them before at any level. We look forward to now trying to get to the next stage (of the tournament)."
Japan now takes the lead in Group D after Honduras and Morocco played to a 2-2 draw.
All is not lost for Spain however, who are trying to add an Olympic gold along with its World Cup and Euro Championship, the Spanish lost the first game of the 2010 World Cup to the Swiss before winning the country's first ever World Cup.
Many athletes are already complaining about the Olympic Village just ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday night. The athletes are saying that there is a lack of air conditioning in the dorm rooms.
Except the British ones.
The British dorms are the only ones that have air conditioning while the athletes from other countries have to resort to using fans.
American hurdler Lolo Jones tweeted, "No air conditioners. Its HOT in the rooms. No need to practice, just lay in ur bed & sweat. Where r the applications for the Winter Olympics??"
Even the Aquatics Centre is having issues with the AC. The temperature inside the Aquatics Centre reached 85 degrees, the same temperature outside the building.
There are major concerns that the water will not cool down to the regulation 79.7 degrees and it is worrying some coaches.
Not a good omen for the London Games.
Cleveland Indians television analyst Rick Manning may want to think the next time he tries to make a clever remark.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a double last night of the center field wall that barely missed leaving the park and Manning comes up with this gem.
I wouldn't have expected anything less from the team that still has Chief Wahoo as its mascot.
First of all, he got the ethnicity wrong. Sushi is a Japanese cuisine and Choo is Korean.
Second of all, have you learned nothing from the Jeremy Lin situation. It may have been a harmless joke, but even the slightest, most innocent remark can offend people, case in point ESPN's "Trailer park day" remark.
It was just an innocent remark with no ill will towards Choo and probably won't get in any trouble, but next time he just needs to think.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace will not report to camp amid his contract dispute with the team.
Wallace was supposed to move into his dorm room by 3PM at the Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and take part in conditioning tests.
Wallace was offered a one year, $2.7 million tender from the Steelers. He has not signed it and has not taken part in any offseason drills with the team.
"Obviously, we have a desire for him to be here," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We want him to be part of this thing, both short-term and long-term. We've been in negotiations with him. He's not here today. That's unfortunate for him."
The Steelers have already lost Hines Ward to retirement, so Wallace will sorely be missed by the Steelers. Although there has been rumblings that a long term deal was in the works.
Wallace was a Pro Bowl starter last season ranking 11th in receiving yards with 1,193 and he led the league in yards-per-catch with 21 yards per catch in 2010.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to make a bobblehead to commemorate Kirk Gibson's efforts with the Dodgers and his never quit attitude.
Now what's interesting with this bobblehead is that is actually a bobble arm mimicking his now famous trot around the bases after his walk off homer during the 1988 World Series.
Seems like a good idea and a cool thing to get, but look closely at the video promoting the giveaway.
Maybe they should have thought this one through a little more. That being said I still really want one.
During the Milwaukee Brewers-Philadelphia Phillies game yesterday afternoon, Carlos Gomez was at the plate in the first against the Phillies' Vance Worley. Gomez hit a ball deep to left and Gomez rounded to bases to give the Brew Crew a 1-0 lead.
Except for one minor detail. The ball was foul.
That didn't stop Gomez as he continued to round the bases thinking he had just hit a leadoff homer. He didn't realize until he touched home and the Phillie faithful got a good laugh out of it.
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Gomez of course had to make it worse by striking out on the next pitch.
The Phillies beat the Brewers 7-6 in 10. So, Gomez's homer would have come in handy.
The University of Washington football team got a head start on some recruiting today when a middle schooler announced that he will commit to playing for the Huskies.
Tate Martell, 14, hasn't even reached the eighth grade yet, but coach Steve Sarkisian was impressed with his play that he made an early offer towards the teen. Martell had turned some heads with his performance at the Steve Clarkson's Throwback Football League.
A YouTube highlight reel has showed the skills of 14 year old phenom. The video starts off by showing the 5'11" quarterback rolling to his right and firing a 35 yard throw on the run.
Martell will not be able to sign a letter of intent until February 1, 2017 and its very likely that none of the Husky roster will remain once Martell goes on campus.
Washington isn't the first school to offer a middle schooler a scholarship this week. LSU offered a scholarship to eighth grader Dylan Moses this week after he performed well at LSU's football camp. The possibly future Tiger back ran the 40 in 4.46 seconds. Moses and his family have not yet accepted LSU's offer.
The Greek Olympic Team has expelled a member of its track team for a racist comment that she left on Twitter.
Voula Papachristou tweeted on her Twitter account, @papaxristouji,the tweet translated into English, said, "With so many Africans in Greece... At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!"
Papachristou had been slated to compete in the triple jump in the London Olympics, but the Greek Olympic Committee has decided to expel her instead.
According to the BBC, the Greek Olympic Committee said that Papachristou has been "placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."
Papachristou issued an apology today saying:
I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.
My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.
I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.
Cole Hamels and the Philadlephia Phillies have agreed to a six year, $144 million extension, according to sources. The deal will be made official later today.
Hamels new deal will be the second largest given to a starting pitcher, only CC Sabathia's seven year, $161 million deal trumps Hamels' new contract.
Hamels was assured by the Phillies that by signing the contract he will not be traded at the deadline on Tuesday. Hamels had been involved in some trade rumors in the past few weeks, but now will remain in Philadelphia.
Hamels is 11-4 this season with an ERA of 3.23 and is 85-58 in his seven year career, all with Philadelphia. He also won the 2008 World Series MVP and helping the Phillies clinch their first title since 1980.
The Phillies will more than likely need to make some trades to shed contracts, but will retain one of the best pitchers in the game.