The Queen and James Bond gave the London Olympics a royal entrance like no other Friday in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of the Beatles, the Stones and The Who. Steve Johnson Jersey
. And the creative genius of Danny Boyle spliced it all together. Brilliant. Cheeky, too. The highlight of the Oscar-winning directors US$42-million show was pure movie magic, using trickery to make it seem that Britains beloved 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II had parachuted into the stadium with the nations most famous spy. A short film showed Daniel Craig as 007 driving to Buckingham Palace in a black London cab and, pursued by the royal corgis, meeting the Queen, who played herself. "Good evening, Mr. Bond," she said. They were shown flying in a helicopter over London landmarks and a waving statue of Winston Churchill -- the Queen in a salmon-coloured dress, Bond dashing as ever in a black tuxedo -- before leaping into the inky night over Olympic Park. At the same moment, real skydivers appeared as the stadium throbbed to the James Bond theme. And moments after that, the monarch appeared in person, accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip. Organizers said it was thought to be the first time she has acted on film. "The Queen made herself more accessible than ever before," Boyle said. In the stadium, Queen Elizabeth stood solemnly while a childrens choir serenaded her with "God Save the Queen," and members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force raised the Union Jack. Boyle sprang another giant surprise and picked seven teenage athletes for the supreme honour of igniting the Olympic cauldron. Together, they touched flaming torches to trumpetlike tubes that spread into a ring of fire. The flames rose and joined elegantly together to form the cauldron. Fireworks erupted over the stadium to music from Pink Floyd. And with a singalong of "Hey Jude," Beatle Paul McCartney closed a show that ran 45 minutes beyond its scheduled three hours. Organizers said the cauldron would be moved Sunday night to the corner of the stadium where a giant bell tolled during the show. Boyle turned the stadium into a giant juke box, with a nonstop rock and pop homage to cool Britannia that ensured the show never caught its breath. The high-adrenaline soundtrack veered from classical to irreverent. Boyle daringly included the Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant" and a snippet of its version of "God Save the Queen" -- an anti-establishment punk anthem once banned by the BBC. The encyclopedic review of modern British music continued with a 1918 Broadway standard adopted by the West Ham football team, the Rolling Stones "(I Cant Get No) Satisfaction" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," by still another Queen, and other tracks too numerous to mention, but not to dance to. The athletes marched in after the show. The Canadian team got a nice pop from the spectators at Olympic Stadium when it was introduced. Flag-bearer Simon Whitfield was beaming as he led the Canadian contingent into the stadium as thumping dance music blared throughout the venue. The veteran triathlete proudly waved a large Maple Leaf as the sold-out crowd roared its approval. "What a rush. It was so amazing and was such an honour to be here tonight leading all of the athletes that I respect," Whitfield said. Decked out in red and white jackets, khakis and white sneakers, dozens of Canadian athletes waved to the crowd and took pictures as they followed Whitfield along the infield. A total of 277 athletes will compete for Canada at the Games but just under half that number were able to participate in the ceremony. Many athletes had to skip it to prepare for their events. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has extended his best wishes to the team. Governor General David Johnston was in attendance Friday night along with other Canadian dignitaries. The Canadian Olympic Committee has set an ambitious goal of a top-12 finish in the overall medal standings. Canada tied for 14th with 18 medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing. The evening started with fighter jets streaming red, white and blue smoke and roaring over the stadium, packed with a buzzing crowd of 60,000 people, at 8:12 p.m. -- or 20:12 in the 24-hour time observed by Britons. Boyle, one of Britains most successful filmmakers, who directed "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting," had a ball with his favoured medium, mixing filmed passages with live action in the stadium to hypnotic effect, with 15,000 volunteers taking part in the show. Actor Rowan Atkinson as "Mr. Bean" provided laughs, shown dreaming that he was appearing in "Chariots of Fire," the inspiring story of a Scotsman and an Englishman at the 1924 Paris Games. There was a high-speed flyover of the Thames, the river that winds like a vein through London and was the gateway for the citys rise over the centuries as a great global hub of trade and industry. Headlong rushes of movie images took spectators on wondrous, heart-racing voyages through everything British: a cricket match, the London Tube and the roaring, abundant seas that buffet and protect this island nation. Opening the ceremony, children popped balloons with each number from 10 to 1, leading a countdown that climaxed with Bradley Wiggins, the newly crowned Tour de France champion. Wearing his yellow winners jersey, Wiggins rang a 23-ton Olympic Bell from the same London foundry that made Big Ben and Philadelphias Liberty Bell. Its thunderous chime was a nod to the British tradition of pealing bells to celebrate the end of war and the crowning of kings and queens, and now for the opening of a 17-day festival of sports -- Londons record third as host. The show then shifted to a portrayal of idyllic rural Britain -- a place of meadows, farms, sport on village greens, picnics and Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milnes bear who has delighted generations of British children tucked warmly in bed. But that "green and pleasant land," to quote poet William Blake, then took a darker, grittier turn. The set was literally torn asunder, the hedgerows and farm fences carried away, as Boyle shifted to the industrial transformation that revolutionized Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, the foundation for an empire that reshaped world history. Belching chimneys rose where only moments earlier sheep had trod. The Industrial Revolution also produced terrifying weapons, and Boyle built a moment of hush into his show to honour those killed in war. "This is not specific to a country. This is across all countries, and the fallen from all countries are celebrated and remembered," he explained to reporters ahead of the ceremony. "Because, obviously, one of the penalties of this incredible force of change that happened in a hundred years was the industrialization of war, and the fallen," he said. "You know, millions fell." Olympic organizers separately rejected calls for a moment of silence for 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The parade of nations featured most of the roughly 10,500 athletes -- some planned to stay away to save their strength for competition -- marching behind the flags of the 204 nations taking part. Greece had the lead, as the spiritual home of the games, and Team Great Britain was last, as host. Prince William and his wife, Kate, joined in thunderous applause that greeted the British team, which marched to the David Bowie track "Heroes." A helicopter showered the athletes and stadium with 7 billion tiny pieces of paper -- one for each person on Earth. Both Bahrain and Brunei featured female flag-bearers in what has been called the Olympics Year of the Woman. For the first time at the games, each national delegation includes women, and a record 45 per cent of the athletes are women. Three Saudi women marching behind the men in their delegation flashed victory signs with their fingers. "This is a major boost for gender equality," said the International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge. These are his last games as head of the IOC. He steps down in 2013 after completing the maximum two terms. Rogge honoured the "great, sports-loving country" of Britain as "the birthplace of modern sport," and he appealed to the thousands of athletes assembled before him for fair play. "Character counts far more than medals. Reject doping. Respect your opponents. Remember that you are all role models. If you do that, you will inspire a generation," Rogge said. The Queen declared the games open. Last month, the nation put on a festive Diamond Jubilee -- a small test run for the games -- to mark her 60 years on the throne, a reign that began shortly after Londons last Olympics, in 1948. Former world heavyweight champion and 1960 Rome Olympic gold medallist Muhammad Ali was cheered when he appeared briefly with his wife, Lonnie, before the Olympic flag was unfurled. Some 8,000 torchbearers, mostly unheralded Britons, had carried the flame on a 70-day, 8,000-mile journey from toe to tip of the British Isles, whipping up enthusiasm for a $14 billion Olympics taking place during a severe recession. The final torchbearers were kept secret -- remarkable given the scrunity on these, the first Summer Games of the Twitter era. The shows lighter moments included puppets drawn from British childrens literature -- Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," Cruella de Vil from "101 Dalmations" and Lord Voldemort from J.K. Rowlings "Harry Potter" series, as well as Mary Poppins. Their appearance had a serious message, too -- the importance of literacy. "If you can read and write, youre free, or you can fight for your freedom," Boyle said. Boyles challenge was daunting: To be as memorable as Beijings incredible, money-no-object opening ceremony of 2008, the costliest in Olympic history. "Beijing is something that, in a way, was great to follow," Boyle said. "You cant get bigger than Beijing, you know? So that, in a way, kind of liberated us. We thought, Great, OK, good, well try and do something different." -- With files from The Canadian Press. Von Miller Jersey
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. Roman Hubnik put the home side in front in the 19th minute, but Thomas Broeker equalized in the 64th and an Adrian Ramos own goal in the 71st put Fortuna firmly in control before Tuesdays second leg in Duesseldorf.(Sports Network) - A pair of effective replacements in the their teams respective starting rotations will throw on Saturday night when the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox face off at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays will start Carlos Villanueva, whos recently been inserted into the rotation after having success as a reliever early in the season. Villanueva has been spectacular in July, going 2-0 in two starts, striking out 15 batters over 12 scoreless innings. The right-hander is now 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA on the season. "Im glad I came out on top today and keep us at least close to that second wildcard," Villanueva said following his last start. "We want every single game we play to matter." The veteran has pitched in six games against Boston in his career, allowing six earned runs in 11 2/3 innings of work. Red Sox will counter with Aaron Cook, who has given the team a much-needed boost in the starting rotation, going 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in five starts. Cook was impressive in his last start on July 16, allowing just one unearned run over seven innings of work, though he earned the no decision in a 5-1 win. The 33-year-old riight-hander has been finding success despite striking out just two batters over 29 2/3 innings. Darrelle Revis Jersey
. The extreme lack of punchouts has been offset by great control however, as he has walked just two batters on the season. The Blue Jays got a leg up on the series on Friday night when they downed the Red Sox, 6-1. Toronto got the action started early with a pair of runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back. Colby Rasmus went 2-for-5 with two RBI and Edwin Encarnacion scored two runs and knocked in his 63rd run of the season. Aaron Laffey (2-1) pitched seven scoreless innings while allowing eight hits and no walks, striking out four in the process. "He was using a successful recipe," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said of Laffeys performance. "There were a lot of strikes, (he) got ahead on the count and got a lot of groundballs." Josh Beckett (5-8) continued his disappointing year, surrendering seven hits, three walks, and five runs (four earned) in six innings of work. Mike Aviles knocked in the only run for the Red Sox. These two clubs have split 10 meetings this season. ' ' '