*We are beginning to learn more about NBC's coverage of Olympic soccer. As we told you a few days ago, a channel dedicated to all men's and women's matches will be created and available on some cable systems. But for mainstream viewing, the USA women's opener vs. Norway on Aug. 6 -- two days before the Opening Ceremonies -- will be shown live on MSNBC beginning at 7:45 a.m. ET. The following day, the USA men's opener against Japan can be seen on MSNBC at 5 a.m. Telemundo is set to offer Honduras-Italy at 5 a.m., followed by Ivory Coast-Argentina at 7:45.
*Congrats to USA women's legend Kristine Lilly, who, on her 37th birthday, gave birth to her first child, 6-pound 13-ounce Sidney Marie Heavey.
*Check out the scoring summary from the Washington Freedom's W-League playoff victory over Charlotte:
WAS: Christie Welsh 2
CHA: Christy Rife (Nikki Lyons) 11
WAS: Christie Welsh (Ella Masar) 16
WAS: Madison Keller (Sarah Huffman) 22
CHA: Kelly Schmedes (Nikki Lyons) 29
CHA: Tina Murphy 59
CHA: Nikki Lyons (Kelly Schmedes) 66
WAS: Rebecca Moros (PK) 70
WAS: Emily Janss (Sarah Huffman) 97
WAS: Christie Welsh (Sarah Huffman) 103
CHA: Tina Murphy 107
The visiting Freedom will face Atlanta in the Eastern Conference final tonight. The winner will advance to the league's final four in Virginia Beach on Thursday.
*Brad Friedel's move to Aston Villa has been completed.
*Chelsea wins a friendly.
*A letter to the editor concerning DCU/RFK in this morning's print edition.
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