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July 31st, 2012
11:28 AM ET

What went wrong for U.S. men's gymnastics – Former U.S. Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger says team may have been out of sorts

Former U.S. Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger talks with "Early Start" anchor John Berman on the American men's disappointment in team competition.

"I think for the United States when things went wrong early, they hadn't been in that situation, they were so confident and such on a high that as soon as things derailed a little bit, they looked a little out of sorts and didn't know how to handle it," Roethlisberger says. "Maybe that's the lesson they take from it, in that hey, it's just gymnastics. It's just like that pommel horse that I have in my gym. It's just like that pommel horse I competed at in the Olympic trials."

"You can't look around and look at the other teams in the Olympics rings," he adds. "You've got to look at yourself and that apparatus. There's no defense, you're the offense and you just got to go assert yourself. I think at the end of the day, you've got to be aggressive and assert yourself. Hopefully, you know, hard lessons are sometimes good lessons. And hopefully the men will not forget this."

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
07:35 AM ET

Romney to champion close US, Poland ties – Jim Acosta on what to expect from today's speech

Jim Acosta looks at how Mitt Romney's speech in Poland will be received on the last stop of his international tour.

Filed under: 2012 election • Mitt Romney • Politics
July 31st, 2012
07:29 AM ET

Chinese swimmer's 'suspicious' race – Sports Illustrated Video's Maggie Gray on why people shouldn't jump to conclusions yet

Hong Kong (CNN) - Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen has strongly denied that she's a drugs cheat following a series of record-breaking swims at the Olympics in the past few days.

"My achievements derive from diligence and hard work, I will never use drugs. Chinese athletes are clean," Ye told reporters late Monday. "The Chinese team is extremely strict on doping control, so I can assure you that is not an issue with us."

The 16-year-old world champion set a new Olympic pace for the 200-meter individual medley Monday with a time of 2:08.39 to take her into the Tuesday final.

This morning on "Early Start," Sports Illustrated Video's Maggie Gray on why people should give the Chinese swimmer the benefit of the doubt in doping allegations.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
06:39 AM ET

What's trending for July 31st, 2012

Brett Favre back on field as asst. high school coach and LL Cool J plays cardboard Whack-A-Mole at a summer camp.

Filed under: Trending
July 31st, 2012
06:28 AM ET

Team USA men's gymnasts 'overwhelmed'? US Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner explains

Fmr. US Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner on what could have led to Team USA men's gymnastics team disappointment.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
06:25 AM ET

US men's gymnastics team falters – Amanda Davies on where things went wrong

A night filled with so much promise ended in disappointment for the US men's gymnastics team.

After finishing first in the trials, they entered the finals in team competition last night as favorites. But a fall on floor, two costly errors on pommel horse, and a fall on vault undid Team USA. Halfway through the six rotations, they were last. But they rallied at the last minute to finish in 5th place.

This morning on "Early Start," Amanda Davies reports on what could have led to the men's gymnastics disappointment.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
06:13 AM ET

Farmers continue to struggle as drought ravages crops – Christine Romans reports from Davenport, Iowa

As half the nation suffers through the worst drought in 50 years, its toll is being felt especially hard by US farmers.

More than 90% of the country's corn crops are in drought-ravaged areas and the price of corn is up more than 50% in the last 6 weeks – hitting an all time record on Monday.

This morning on "Early Start," Christine Romans reports live from Davenport, Iowa where she's talking to local farmers about how the drought will continue to affect food prices.

Filed under: Drought
July 31st, 2012
06:06 AM ET

Drew Peterson murder trial opening statements today – Ted Rowlands on how lack of direct evidence could hurt prosecution

(CNN) - Eight and a half years after his third wife was found dead in a bathtub, the murder trial of former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson is set to begin in earnest with opening statements Tuesday.

The 58-year-old Peterson is accused in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in a trial that has been postponed for two years. He also remains under investigation in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

A jury of seven men and five women, chosen over two days last week, will weigh Drew Peterson's fate during a trial in Joliet, Illinois, that is expected to last about a month, according to his lawyer Joel Brodsky.

Peterson was married to Savio in 2001 when he met then 17-year-old Stacy Kales (who later became Stacy Peterson), and those two began having an affair. Savio and Peterson filed for divorce from each other that October, and their relationship remained contentious for the next several years.

This morning on "Early Start," Ted Rowlands reports on why a lack of direct evidence could be an issue in the Peterson trial today.

Filed under: Drew Peterson
July 30th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

UFC champ Dominick Cruz mentors future fighting stars

UFC Coach Dominick Cruz and Team Edge contender Chris Weidman on teaming up with Edge gel to find the next UFC star.

Filed under: UFC
July 30th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Is Romney's stance on Iran resonating? Sara Sidner explains

Sara Sidner on how Mitt Romney's stance on Israel and Iran are different from the Obama Administration.

Filed under: 2012 election • Iran • Israel • Politics
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