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  Lithuanian Swimmer is First Mormon Scheduled to Compete in Olympics
Lithuanian swimmer Arunas Savickas will be the first Mormon athlete to compete in this year's Olympic Games, joining his team in qualifying heats in the 4x100m relay at a few minutes after noon, Sydney time (2am Eastern time in the US). Savickas, who is competing in his second Olympics, is a student at BYU. Also competing on the first day are Charlene Tagaloa, a member of the US women's indoor volleyball team, and Courtney Johnson, who is a member of the US women's water polo team.

  LDS Gymnast Dantzscher Injured Ahead of Olympics
LDS Gymnast Jamie Dantzscher was injured Thursday when she twisted an ankle in training, However, US Gymnastics team coach Bela Karolyi said Thursday he isn't concerned about the injury. "We know her abilities, we know her heart and what a fighter she is so I definitely hope to see her performing with the other team members."

  Mormon Baseball All-Star Jeff Kent Possible MVP
After making the National League's All-Star team for the first time this summer, LDS baseball player Jeff Kent is now being considered for the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, confirming Kent's transformation from a good 2nd baseman to one of the best players in major league baseball today. Members of the Baseball Writers Association should receive ballots this week for the MVP and other annual baseball awards. Kent is included on the ballot, which must be postmarked October 2nd.

  Johnson and Tagaloa Play, US teams win
US Water Polo team member Courtney Johnson and Volleyball player Charlene Tagaloa both played for the first time, and scored as their teams won in today's competition. In Water Polo, the US beat Russia 7-5 with Johnson in the pool, and contributing to the US win. After Russia scored first, Johnson recorded an extra man goal with just 28 seconds left in the first period to tie the game.

  Millar at Front of US Volleyball, Dantzscher and Savickas Out
US Volleyball player Ryan Millar was second on the team, with 16 points as the US lost to Argentina in a disappointing preliminary game, called the biggest upset yet of the Olympics. Millar's performance was all but unstoppable as he tried to keep the US in the game. Meanwhile, Laura Berg, center fielder for the US softball team, witnessed one of the rarities of baseball-like sports as teammate Lori Harrigan pitched a perfect game, leading the US to defeat Canada 6-0. Berg went 1 for 3 during the game.

  Savickas Out in 4x100m Relay; US Players Win But Don't Play
Lithuanian swimmer and LDS Church member Arunas Savickas was eliminated with his team in the 4x100m freestyle relay preliminaries, leaving the Lithuanian team out of a final in which the Australian team set a world record. Savickas, swimming the first leg of the relay, got the team off to a poor start, putting his team in last place, nearly 2 1/2 seconds behind the Austrians, who won the heat and advanced to the finals with the Russian team.

  BYU's Football Team Spreads Gospel of Pickle Juice
Brigham Young University head football trainer, George Curtis, believes in the power of the pickle. Players are now drinking a dixie cup of the green liquid to keep from cramping and getting dehydrated. "We know Napoleon gave pickles to his troops, Antony and Cleopatra liked pickles." There's just something about them," said Curtis.

  RM Brings Intensity Back With Him to Navy Football
After spending two years on a mission in Brazil, where his diet was primarily rice and beans, Navy linebacker Jake Bowen is hungry. Hungry for football, that is. He last played for Navy in 1997. Two years -- and 50 pounds-- later, Bowen has returned to play football with great intensity. In the team's first game of the season, he had a team-leading 12 tackles.

  RM Kicks for Cal
Cal place-kicker Mark-Christian Jensen hopes to end the string of bad luck experienced last year by Bears place kickers. Last year, the Bears place kickers were dead-on during practice but experienced a bleak showing once on the field.

  BYU's Puikkonen Named AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week
Nina Puikkonen, a 6-3 junior middle blocker from Murray, Utah, has been named the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week after leading then-No. 17 BYU to a 5-0 record with three wins over top 20 teams.

  Cougar Men, Women Take BYU Triple Crown Titles
The BYU men's and women's cross country teams opened the season strong by winning both team and individual titles in the Cross Country Triple Crown Saturday. Junior Dula Parkinson finished first in the men's four-mile race, crossing the line in 20:06.2, and senior Sharolyn Shields-Thayer paced the women with a 17:28.0 finish in the three-mile race.

  Puikkonen Sisters Lead BYU Over Temple
Led by good distribution from freshman setter Karina Puikkonen and powerful play from older sister Nina Puikkonen, the No. 10 BYU women's volleyball team swept Temple 15-2, 15-5, 15-2 Saturday in the Smith Fieldhouse. The win improves the Cougarsí record to 7-3 overall while Temple drops to 3-6.

  Mississippi State defense too much for Cougars
Three defensive touchdowns by Mississippi State helped the Bulldogs defeat the BYU Cougar football team, 38-14, on Thursday night in Cougar Stadium.

  Cougars Host Mississippi State on Thursday Night ESPN
After a tough road loss at MWC foe Air Force on Saturday, BYU will make its first appearance in Cougar Stadium of the season, taking on Mississippi State on Thursday, Sept. 14 in Provo. Thursday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Cougars and Bulldogs.

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