Dwight Howard to the Lakers, The Olympics, NFLX, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays for Friday, August 10, 2012

Dwight Howard to the Lakers in four team deal

A reported four team deal between the Lakers, 76ers, Nuggets, and Orlando Magic has Dwight Howard a Los Angeles Laker subject to league approval. The Lakers will send All-Star center Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, who also will receive shooting guard Jason Richardson from the Orlando Magic. The Sixers will send guard Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. The Magic will receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie swingman Moe Harkless, three first-round draft picks and a 2013 second-round pick from the Nuggets (by way of Golden State). In addition to Howard, the Lakers will also receive Earl Clark and Chris Duhon from the Magic.

Marc Stein of ESPN talks Dwight Howard deal

2012 London Olympic Games: Day Thirteen

Soccer women get gold with 2-1 win over Japan

A little over a year ago, Japan beat the US 2-1 to win the 2011 women’s Wold Cup. Thursday, it was the US gaining some measure of revenge by beating the Japanese 2-1 to secure Olympic gold for the third straight time. 80,023 watched at Wembley as Carli Lloyd scored in the 6th and 54th minutes for the Americans. The Japanese controlled possession (58%) and had several good scoring chances turned away by US goalie Hope Solo. The world champs also hit the crossbar twice before breaking through in the 63rd minute on a goal by Yuki Ogimi. Canada beat France 1-0 for the bronze.

Bolt get historic double taking 200m

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has become the first man to defend 200-meter Olympic gold medal title and the first to double in the 100 and 200m in two Olympics. Bolt used a terrific start to blow away an elite field of eight sprinters in 19:32, just two one-hundredths of the Olympic record and 13 one-hundredths of the 19.19 world record. Sadly, Bolt showboated the final ten meters or we would have cracked both records. Jamaican’s finished 1-2-3 in the event with Yohan Blake getting the silver and Warren Weir the bronze.

Claressa Shields wins first US women’s gold in boxing

A 17-year-old from Flint, Michigan, has become the first ever US woman to win a gold medal in boxing. Claressa Shields defeated 33-year-old Russian Nadezda Torlopova after their standard four-round bout was counted out to a 19-12 decision. After tying the first round at 3, Shields won out 7-4, 5-3, 4-2. Shields fought three matches in as many days on the way to gold. Fighting the heaviest of the three available weight classes, 75 kg, she won her bouts by an average of 8.3 points. With the entire US men’s team failing to medal, Shields saved the U.S. from complete embarrassment.

Around the horn in the NFL training camps

Last night in NFL exhibition play …. Washington beat Buffalo 7-6, RG III going 4-for-six for 70 yards and a touchdown in his debut. The Baltimore Ravens came back form a 17-7 halftime deficit to spank Atlanta 31-17. Curtis Painter threw three TD passes in the second half for the Ravens. The New England Patriots edged New Orleans 7-6 in Foxboro. Tom Brady went 4-7 for 30 yards in limited duty. Drew Brees went 1-4 for four yards in his brief appearance. The Eagles topped the Steelers 24-23 on a final seconds FG. Michael Vick hurt the thumb on his throwing hand hitting it on a helmet. X-rays were negative. Ben Roethlisberger deeked and dunked his way to a 7-8 night for 49 yards. The San Diego Chargers used a one-yard run by Curtis Brinkley at the two-minute warning to beat Green Bay 21-13. Aaron Rodgers was 2-8 for 16 yards. Denver ripped the Bears 31-3 at Soldier Field. Peyton Manning went 4-7 for 44 yards and an interception in his Bronco debut.

Tonight in NFL preseason action, the Dolphins are three-point favorites over the Buccaneers in a battle for Florida bragging rights. The total is 33 1/2. The Bengals are -1.5 point favorites hosting the Jets. The total in the Queen City is 34. The Lions are -3 over the Browns at Ford’s Field, the high/low 36. Tom Coughlin returns to Jacksonville where the Jags are -1.5 over the G-Men. The total there is 35. The Chiefs host the Cardinals at Arrowhead, KC is -2.5 with the over/under 34 1/2. In Friday night’s finale, the 49ers are -3 over the Vikings with a total of 34 1/2.

Brian Blessing and Kenny White from Bookmaker look at the AFC South

MLB Diamond Dust

Dickey is first to 15 wins in the National League

The Mets RA Dickey is the first National League pitcher to 15 wins after the Mets stopped Miami 6-1 on a Dickey five-hitter. The knuckleballer with the bionic elbow struck out 10 and threw 84 strikes out of 118 pitches as Dickey threw his fourth complete game of the year. Andres Torres supplied all the offense the Mets would need with a triple, a homer, and three RBIs.

Pettersson leads the PGA after 18 holes

Swede Carl Pettersson shot a low round of six-under 66 to take the first round lead of PGA Championship, one shot better than Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, and fellow Swede Alexander Noren. Dutchman Joost Luiten looked to headed for a course record leading the way at one point at eight-under but bogeyed the final four holes to finish with a 68. Tiger Wood is right in the hunt at minus three, British Open winner Ernie Els at par, and Phil Mickelson continues to struggle managing only a 73 on Thursday.

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