Spain striker Fernando Torres is rediscovering his form at the perfect time after scoring his first tournament goals since the Euro 2008 final and justifying his place in a squad he was in danger of missing out on.
Greg Louganis is plunging into a new role as a mentor to US Olympic divers in a sport dominated by China, and to do the job the four-time gold medallist is relying on tricks he learned from handling show dogs.
Portugal heeded Luis Figo's call to create more chances for Cristiano Ronaldo but the world's most expensive player misfired again on Wednesday.
Goal-machine Cristiano Ronaldo is at the peak of his career but the world's most expensive player still has one unfulfilled ambition - to win a major international trophy for Portugal.
Cuba's world-record holder Dayron Robles wants no contact with Chinese friend Liu Xiang in London, where he aims to become the third man to win the high hurdles at successive Olympic Games.
In 12.87 seconds on an Oregon track, China's Liu Xiang banished five years of injury-filled misery and annointed himself favorite to reclaim the Olympic gold he relinquished so painfully in Beijing four years ago.
The London Olympics represent the culmination of 12 years of dedication for Son Yeonjae, a South Korean rhythmic gymnast looking to win the country's first medal in the discipline.
Japan's disabled sprinter Maya Nakanishi published a calendar featuring her posing semi-nude with her prosthetic leg to help fund her training and trip to London 2012 Paralympic Games.
China's Zheng Jie has turned her focus to the doubles and the upcoming London Olympic Games after being eliminated in the singles at the French Open.
Italian coach Marcello Lippi is facing a real challenge since he took charge of Chinese Super Leauge outfit Guangzhou Evergrande when they will battle Japanese FC Tokyo on Wednesday.
Li, China's first-ever Grand Slam champion, was chosen by Samsung, one of three main sponsors of the Olympic torch relay.
Fast Retailing's Uniqlo has signed tennis star Novak Djokovic to a five-year contract in an attempt to increase its brand appeal among European and US-based shoppers.