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Nastia Liukin misses Olympics after painful fall and Beckham takes on a mascot

Nastia Liukin misses Olympics after painful fall and Beckham takes on a mascot

By Jeremiah Jensen | Posted - Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — I'm old enough to remember the introduction to ABC's Wide World of Sports. The late, great Jim McKay coined the famous phrase: "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition."

The phrase describes perfectly why we watch sporting events and get emotionally involved in the outcome.

The agony of defeat was on display Sunday night at the US gymnastics trials. Nastia Liukin won gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the gymnastics all-around competition. She became a star and one of the most memorable athletes of those games. Her quest to repeat in London came to a painful end Sunday Night. While competing on bars, the 22 year old missed her grip and face planted on the mat.

Despite the painful and embarrassing fall, she dusted herself off and finished her routine, which earned her a standing ovation from the crowd. It was hard to see a champion like her go out that way, but don't feel bad for Nastia, she's at home right now polishing her gold medal.

Beckham Behaving BadlyDavid Beckham had a bad week. First came news that he has been left off the British Olympic Soccer team.

Then, on Saturday, he lost his cool in a match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

First, he kicked the ball at San Jose's Sam Cronin, who was lying in the box with a fake injury. Cronin went to confront Beckham and that's when the pushing and shoving begin. Moments later, Becks got into it with the Quakes mascot. Yes, the mascot. He received a yellow card for the incident and due to yellow card accumulation, he will have to sit out the Galaxy's next match. They lost to San Jose 4-3.

Grand debut

So many kids dream of making the big leagues. So when that moment finally comes, after all the sacrifice and hard work, it has to be a special moment for every player. You can imagine how special that moment would be if your first major league hit goes out of the park.

Apparently that wasn't enough for Yasmani Grandal of the San Diego Padres. Called up from Triple-A before Saturday's game, he launched a solo home run in the 4th inning. Then, he switched sides at the plate and blasted a two-run shot in the 6th. His first two major league hits were home runs. It's the first time in MLB history that a player has homered from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits.

Jeremiah Jensen

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