Honey Badger booted, The Olympics, NFLX, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays for Saturday, August 11, 2012

20112 London Olympic Games: Day Fourteen

Team USA routs Argentina, plays Spain for gold

Friday, Team USA spanked Argentina for the second time in five days to move on the gold medal game against Spain. Kevin Durant had 19 points, Lebron James, and Carmelo Anthony 18 a piece in the 109-83 pounding of the South Americans who they also beat 126-97 on Monday. The American’s will now face Spain Sunday in the gold medal game rematch from Beijing won by Team USA 118-107. Argentina will meet Russia in the bronze medal game.

US Woman break world record with 4X100 gold

The US women took the gold medal in the 4X100 relay and did it in fine style, shattering the world record that had stood for 27 years. Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter ran a perfect race, smoking seven other teams in a blazing 40.82 seconds. That’s 10.2 seconds per runner, an incredible rate for a female quartet on the track. The new mark easily bested the record set by East Germany in 1985 by .55 seconds. Incredibly, the Americans had gone 16 years between gold medals in this event, getting bronze in 2000, dropping the baton in 2004, and were disqualified at Beijing in 2008.

Shooting survivor will carry US Flag at the closing ceremony

Twenty-three-year-old track athlete Bryshon Nellum will has been voted to carry the US flag at the closing ceremonies on Sunday. Nellum was involved in a gang related shooting four years ago that nearly cost him his life and that doctor’s said would cost him his running career. Nellum recovered to advance to the 400m semis and run the first leg of the US’s silver medal winning 4X400m relay team.

Around the horn in the NFL

Friday night in NFLX preseason football action, the Jacksonville Jaguars overcame a 24-14 halftime deficit to beat the Giants 32-31. The Jags ran for 166 yards on just 31 carries. The Cincinnati Bengals beat the New York Jets 17-6 in a yawner. Tim Tebow played the second quarter and most of the third finishing 4-8 for 27 yards a pick. He also ran for 34 yards on four carries. Four Cleveland QBs combined to throw for 309 yards in the Brown’s 19-17 win over the Lions. Detroit rushed for 198 yards at better than six yards per pop. Tampa Bay looked razor sharp on both sides of the ball in their 20-7 win over Miami. Josh Freeman was four-for-five leading the Bucs to a score in his only series. Ryan Tannehill was impressive in his debut for the Fish going 14-21 for 167 yards and a score. The Chiefs beat Arizona 27-17, both teams having a lot of success on the ground. John Skelton and Kevin Kolb were both ineffective in settling their starting QB competition for the Cards. In the late game, the 49ers beat Minnesota 17-6 in a game that was extremely vanilla. Colin Kaepernick scored on a 78-yard run for the 49ers.

MLB Diamond Dust

Tiger tied for the lead at the PGA Championship

Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, and opening round leader Carl Pettersson are locked in a three-way tie for the lead at the halfway point of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. All four players are four-under after 36 holes as 72 players made it to the cut which was six over par. There are 23 golfers withing five shots of the lead so the final major of the 2012 season is there for the taking. Among those lurking within five shots are Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, and defending champion Keegan Bradley.

UFC 150: Henderson vs Edgar II tonight in Denver

The UFC lightweight title is on the line tonight in Denver as Ben “Smooth” Henderson looks to defend his title against Frankie “The Truth” Edgar. This is the rematch from UFC 144 last February where Henderson took Edgar’s title by five-round unanimous decision. Tonight, Henderson is a -225 favorite at Bodvada with Edgar +180 on the takeback. In other matches off the Pay-for-View card, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is a -325 favorite over Melvin “The Young Assasin” Guillard. In middleweight action, Jake Shields is a two dollar favorite over Ed “Short Fuse” Herman (+160) and TUF alum Justin “The American Kid” Lawrence is a slight dog (pick) to Max “Blessed” Hollaway.

Weigh-In highlights for UFC 150 in Denver

The Honey Badger ain’t playin’ football this year

The Honey Badger don’t care ….. about team rules. Heisman Trophy finalist and college football’s Defensive Player of the Year, Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the LSU football team for an unspecified violation of team rules. Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Mathieu, who was suspended for a game in 2011 after failing a drug test, violated an athletic department rule and had his scholarship revoked. Alleva said the violation did not involve law enforcement and that the university had been trying to help Mathieu work through some unspecified issues. Mathieu, a New Orleans native, has two years of eligibility left and could transfer, but he would have to sit out this season if he went to another school in major college football. If he moved down a level, to FCS, he could play right away. The rumor mill has Mathieu transferring to McNeese State.

Free Plays

(NFLX) Seattle -3 over Tennessee 10:00 PM EST

(MLB) Washington (Jackson) +122 over Arizona (Miley) 8:10 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Nova) -151 over Toronto (Laffey) 1:10 PM EST

(MLB) BoSox (Morales) -130 over Cleveland (McAllister) 6:05 PM EST