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Wednesday recap: Closer to the flame

07/26/2012 01:09 EDT | Updated 09/24/2012 05:12 EDT
As the official beginning to the Olympics drew nearer Wednesday, the Canadian flag was raised in the Olympic village. More athletes arrived, including Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal.

The women's soccer team were the first Canadians to begin Olympic competition, losing to reigning world champion Japan. It wasn't a surprise, but still a disappointment. Changes will likely be made for the next match against South Africa on Saturday due to the result and at least one injury. Could there be a switch in net?

First day of competition, first incident. The scoreboard in Glasgow showed the headshot of a North Korean player … accompanied by a South Korean flag. North Korean officials weren't amused, but the players got over it, beating Colombia.

On Thursday the men's soccer tournament begins. The majority of players will be under 23, such as rising stars Neymar of Brazil and Spain's Jordi Alba, but exceptions to that rule include the mercurial Uruguayan Luis Suarez and Great Britain greybeard Ryan Griggs.

In other sports ... maybe it wasn't quite sublime, but the MLS All-Stars-Chelsea match was pretty darn entertaining. On the other hand, a 16-0 Toronto Blue Jays loss that included the continued downward spiral of Ricky Romero and a J.P. Arencibia injury was most definitely ridiculous.

Rick Nash said he was excited to be a New York Ranger, and who could doubt him after he helped engineer a trade to a preferred location.

Shea Weber said he was excited to be a Nashville Predator still, and who could doubt him after he first signed a $100 million US offer sheet with another team?

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