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Track and Field's Biggest Stars Take Their Marks for World Championships

David Oliver

With one year to go before London hosts the next Olympics, the world's best runners, throwers and jumpers have converged on Daegu, South Korea, for the ultimate dress rehearsal, the IAAF World Track & Field Championships. Beginning Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.) and running through Sunday, Sept. 4, athletes will face off for global titles — and the favorites' status heading towards the 2012 Summer Games. NBC/Universal Sports analyst Ato Boldon is predicting "a world championship of controversy and intrigue," given some dynamic athletes (including double-amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa, who runs on prosthetic carbon-fiber blades and has qualified for the 400-meter dash) and the tricky new false-start rule that shows no mercy to anyone who jumps the gun. Extensive TV coverage (see schedule, below) means fans will get to see much of the action. Here are three storylines sure to attract attention in Daegu:

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Falling Skies: Comic-Con Scoop on the Skitters, Plus a "Well-Earned" Romance

Falling Skies

A year ago, Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood made a relatively quiet appearance at Comic-Con International, showing only a trailer and taking some questions about their upcoming alien invasion series Falling Skies. With little to go on, the crowd had to keep its enthusiasm in check. What a difference a year made. At Friday's panel for the show — now a summer breakout hit for TNT — Wyle, Bloodgood, cast mates Drew Roy, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter and their producers took the stage of the San Diego Convention Center's Room 6BCF, which was filled with adoring and energetic fans. Moderated by TV Guide Magazine editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, the panel featured a lively Q&A session and clips of upcoming episodes...
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Japan's Victory in the Women's World Cup Sets ESPN Soccer Record

Japanese Women's Soccer Team

The United States soccer team may not have won the Women's World Cup, but Sunday's championship game was pure gold for ESPN. Japan's stunning victory over the favored Americans — coming from behind twice before nailing the title in a penalty shootout — averaged... read more

Check Out the Barenaked Ladies New Video for The Big Bang Theory Theme Song

Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies

One of the highlights of Comic-Con 2010 was the surprise appearance of the quirky Canadian pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies at The Big Bang Theory panel to sing their catchy theme song to the hit CBS sitcom. (Sample lyric: "Religion or astronomy, Descartes or Deuteronomy, it all started with the big bang.") It was an exhilarating moment for the crowd — and the cast. "To hear thousands of fans screaming and singing along with them was truly moving for me," says Simon Helberg, aka Howard Wolowitz. "Nothing to make a man question his masculinity like crying during an accordion solo."

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Nets Third-Best World Cup Audience for ESPN

US Women's Soccer Team

It took two weeks, but it looks like America is finally paying attention to the Women's World Cup. The United States' sensational come-from-behind victory over Brazil as time was winding down in Sunday's quarterfinal match in Dresden, Germany, drew 3.89 million viewers on ESPN. That was easily the biggest audience of this year's tournament (which began June 26), and ranks as the... read more

In the Bag: Warner Bros. Sponsors Comic-Con Swag Sacks Again

Warner Bros. Comic-Con Swag Bags

For the second year in a row, Warner Bros. is sponsoring the official swag bag of Comic-Con International. These roomy sacks, which also convert into a backpack, are free to all attendees at the July 20-24 event at the San Diego Convention Center and are perfect for toting goodies sold and given out at the event... read more

Danica McKellar Makes Her Comic-Con Debut for Young Justice

Young Justice's Miss Martian

The Martians are coming to Comic-Con! Well, at least one Martian is coming. Danica McKellar, who voices fledgling superhero Miss Martian on the Cartoon Network series Young Justice, will be appearing at the show's panel at the annual San Diego pop-culture fest. Young Justice, which returns with new episodes this fall, features a team of teenage caped crusaders from the DC Comics universe. (The show's first DVD volume goes on sale next week.)

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First Look: Futurama Turns Japanese For Season Finale

Futurama

Futurama was recently picked up for 26 new episodes, which will air on Comedy Central through 2013. But when writers for the animated sci-fi comedy were mapping out the current season (Thursdays, 10/9c), didn't know if this would be their final frontier, so they crafted the season finale (airing September 8), as a potential series ender. "The idea is that it's Futurama reincarnated in three different animation styles... read more

First Look: Eliza Dushku Pounces into Animated Catwoman Role

Catwoman

Eliza Dushku is getting catty this fall. The Buffy and Dollhouse alum provides the sultry voice for Catwoman in the animated DVD-movie Batman: Year One and as an added bonus will headline a short film included as a DVD extra. In Catwoman, the femme fatale tangles with crime ...
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Katie Couric Receives WNBA Inspiration Award

Katie Couric

Though she's not known as a basketball fan, Katie Couric was honored Tuesday by the WNBA with the league's 2011 Inspiration Award. The award "recognizes an individual who inspires others through her commitment and dedication to work, family, and community." (Previous winners of the award include Susan Rice, United States ambassador to the United Nations and ABC News' Cokie Roberts and Robin Roberts.)...
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