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A New Home

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While our student-athletes have been working hard in preparation for the start of the fall season, we've also made a few improvements in anticipation of the new school year.

From this point forward, Irish UNDerground will be utilizing the Wordpress platform powered by NBC Sports.

Here's a look at our three new blog websites:

UNDerground: Notre Dame Athletics

Strong and True: Notre Dame Football

Irish United: Notre Dame Men's and Women's Soccer

Go ahead and bookmark these now. With features, videos, photos, commentaries and news from inside the athletic department, we are committed to bringing you coverage of Notre Dame athletics unlike any you can find elsewhere.

Get ready. 2012-13 is going to be an exciting year to be Irish.

Riley's A Role Model

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Though it should probably come as no surprise, Irish women's hoops great Ruth Riley ('01) received another nice honor this week. The WNBA recognized the Chicago Sky center's commitment to the community with its WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for June.

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Here's more from the press release on the WNBA website:

Since joining the Chicago Sky, Riley has assumed a leadership role off the court in the team's community outreach programs, while continuing to support health-related issues globally through her work with Nothing But Nets and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. This marks Riley's third Community Assist Award, having previously been honored in 2006 and 2008.

Understanding the importance of being a positive role model for young girls, Riley visited two Chicago area high schools where she spent one-on-one time with students. During her visit with 9th through 11th grade girls at Chicago North High School, Riley shared personal life lessons with the group and emphasized the importance of setting goals and making positive choices. She also spoke with females students at Rowe-Clark High School and hosted a special clinic for the school's girls' basketball team.

Last month, Riley was inducted into the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Fighting Irish Digital Media captured the moment, and you can watch more from that induction ceremony in the video below:

This is Sportscenter.

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Former Irish leprechaun Mike George ('12) appears alongside U.S swimmer Natalie Coughlin, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, in the latest ESPN "This is Sportscenter." commercial, which was posted on the network's YouTube channel last night.

As you'll see in this 30-second spot, leprechauns sure do love gold. Enjoy.

Zagunis Among The Best Ever

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When it comes to sports, we have our differences. What's the best rivalry in sports? Who's better: Kobe or LeBron? What's the greatest individual accomplishment in baseball history? The list goes on...

But if there's one thing most of us can agree on, it's that the Olympic Games are awesome. In the weeks leading up to London, SI.com is counting down the top 100 memorable U.S. Summer Olympic moments.

Coming in at #89 is none other than Notre Dame's own, Mariel Zagunis, who made Olympic history in 2004 by defeating Chinese fencer Xue Tan to capture America's first fencing gold medal in 100 years.

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Check out the SI.com site for more on Zagunis' Olympic glory (When you visit the site, click each of the photos to learn more).

You might as well go ahead and bookmark it now. SI will be releasing the remaining twenty moments, one per day, beginning on July 7 and continuing until the eve of the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

There Are Over 360 Species of Sharks ...

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... but here are two of our favorites!

Angelic Angie

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Former volleyball standout Angie (Harris) Akers was featured on the cover of the latest edition of Volleyball Magazine. Follow Akers on Twitter (@AngieAkers) and check out her web site as she continues vying for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Women's Sand Volleyball Team to compete in the Summer Olympics.

Akers is married to former Notre Dame football player Jeremy Akers.

No. 89 On the List, No. 1 In Our Hearts

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4585894.jpeg SI.com has been rolling out its 100 most memorable U.S. Summer Olympic moments while building anticipation for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Former Irish fencer Mariel Zagunis was featured at No. 89 on the list behind the efforts of the first of two gold medals won by sabre during her pair of appearances.

Says SI.com ...

In 2004, Mariel Zagunis became the first American in 100 years to win Olympic fencing gold. Zagunis, the daughter of two former U.S. Olympians who didn't even originally qualify for the Games, defeated Chinese fencer Xue Tan in the finals 15-9 to capture gold.

Zagunis will headline an entourage of several current and former Notre Dame student-athletes with their eyes set on medals at the 2012 edition of the Olympics. UND.com will be providing an in-depth and up-close look at the Irish Olympians past and present in the following days.

Class Is In Session

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A Legend Ready To Lead

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Big O Salute

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USC forward Renaldo Woolridge honors his father, the late Orlando Woolridge ('81) with a nice musical tribute. Orlando passed away last month at the age of 52.

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