Each day at the Olympics, I will preview the day's events and help you formulate viewing and reading priorities. I also may rant a bit, so please forgive me in advance.
Get your Twitter feed fired up! The USA women's soccer team has reached the Olympic tournament semifinals, facing Canada today at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. And you never know what goalie Hope Solo might tweet at halftime. Last week, she used social media to rip broadcaster Brandi Chastain. Solo is probably feeling her oats because the Americans have been having a very good tournament, going 4-0 to this point and outscoring opponents 10-2. Canada is 2-1-1. The USA should definitely win this one, although no elimination match is a sure thing when one untimely goal can matter so much. With Japan facing France in the other semifinal, we certainly do seem headed for a rematch of the 2011 World Cup title match when Japan beat the United States on penalty kicks — against, yes, Hope Solo. Kickoff is at 11:45 a.m. West Coast Time.
SYNCHRO OR SWIM
The Bay Area-based synchronized duo of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva stood 10th after their Sunday qualification. Today, the stakes rise as Killman and Koroleva unveil their qualification free routine at 7 a.m.
THE OLYMPIC SITUATION THAT I BLAME
For yet another Olympics, the wrestling competition does not include professional wrestlers.
DON'T CRY FOR ME, LUIS SCOLA
The USA men's basketball team should have its toughest game in the round-robin portion of the tournament today when the opponent is Argentina, always a troublesome outfit. The Argentines feature three NBA players -- Scola of the Houston Rockets, Carlos Delfino of the Milwaukee Bucks and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs -- and some other fine international talent. After the Americans received a mild scare Saturday against Lithuania before pulling out a five-point victory, you never know what might happen in this one. Tipoff at 2:15 p.m. California time.
PHRASE YOU SHOULD SAY TODAY WITH A BRITISH ACCENT JUST FOR FUN
Old Trafford. Old Trafford? Old Trafford. Old Trafford!
THE ONE ATHLETE YOU NEED TO WATCH TODAY
America's newest Olympic sweetheart, Gabby Douglas, again flies like a squirrel (or maybe a seagull or pigeon) across the skies of East London at the New Greenwich Arena. She will compete for an individual gold medal in the uneven bars, where she always pulls her most spectacular moves. Douglas' portion of the big show is scheduled to begin at 6:50 a.m. West Coast Time.