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With one last birdie, Brandt Snedeker finally had a chance to catch his breath at one of the best places in golf. He was on the 18th tee at Pebble Beach, Calif., with a three-shot lead Sunday as he gazed into the sun at an endless ocean and tried to grasp just how far he has come in the past few months.
LONDON – On one edge of the court was Westminster Abbey. On another edge was 10 Downing Street. Towering in the distance was Big Ben. In the middle were four bikini-clad women steeped in Southern California sand, playing a little pepper in Southern California’s trademark sport, digging and spiking for an Olympic championship.
Never an imposing man, Scott Reed has nonetheless transformed his appearance into a mountain of trouble for opponents on scores of environmental issues. The 84-year-old lawyer came to Coeur d’Alene to argue those causes before he had case law of the Environmental Protection Act to back him up. He’s been a thorn in the side of homeowners who would deprive the public the use of Sanders Beach, and he’s written a book about the preservation of one of Coeur d’Alene’s greatest features, Tubbs Hill.
LONDON – With or without gold, Misty May-Treanor plans to walk away from beach volleyball for good after the Olympics. A third straight championship would make the farewell perfect. May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh Jennings will go for one last title together tonight after winning all but one set during their three Olympics as a pair.
LONDON – The celebrities come out to see Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, whose matches are scheduled for 11 p.m. London time to maximize their exposure on American television. And fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy are just fine with that.
LONDON – When temperatures dropped into the 60s for start of the first night session at Horse Guards Parade, many of the Olympic beach volleyball players said bye-bye to their bikinis. Two-time defending gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor of the United States wore long-sleeved shirts on top of bikini bottoms for their 21-18, 21-19 victory over Natalie Cook and Tasmin Hinchley, a match that started at 11 p.m. Saturday when the temperature was 63 degrees. The Australians wore long pants, with T-shirts under their bikini tops.
LONDON – In Sydney, she was still just Misty May. Her mother was seriously ill and her beach volleyball career was still maturing when the daughter of 1968 Olympian Butch May finished fifth in her Olympic debut. By the Athens Games, Barbara May had died of cancer. Misty memorialized her with an angel tattoo on her left shoulder and scattered some of the ashes on the sand before winning the gold medal with Kerri Walsh.
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – The state is preparing for an unknown amount of debris from the Japanese tsunami to wash onto its beaches over the next several years, possibly carrying strange creatures but probably not radiation. As she announced a Clean Shoreline Initiative Monday to muster state agencies to help handle the cleanup of that debris, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said it’s too early to estimate what the effort may cost the coastal communities or the state. But Washington is already serving notice on the federal government it expects financial support.
CORONADO, Calif. — Like a Hollywood star, Coronado’s 1.5 mile-long beach literally sparkles, thanks to the mineral mica glinting in its sand. That’s one of the reasons why Coronado — flanked by the iconic hotel featured in Marilyn Monroe’s 1958 film “Some Like It Hot” — has been named the No. 1 beach in the United States in the 2012 survey by “Dr. Beach” professor Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University.
LOS ANGELES – Two-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor has already secured a spot in the London Games. Now she hopes to take care of some unfinished business. May-Treanor wants a spot on “Dancing with the Stars,” the television show she left in 2008 after tearing her Achilles tendon in rehearsals. Since then, she has been trying to get another chance. The show says its next season will include all-stars from previous editions.