Lochte Golden, Olympics, MLB Diamond Dust, NBA, Nascar + Free Plays for Sunday, July 29, 2012

2012 London Olympic Game: Day One

After one event, it’s Ryan Lochte 1-0 over Michael Phelps. Lochte crushed the field in the 400-meter individual medley by more than three seconds to win the first gold of the 2012 Summer Games for the US. Michael Phelps who was life and death to even qualify for the final, did not medal finishing fourth. Lochte’s winning performance was not as surprising as Phelps also ran struggle. It was the first time that Phelps failed to medal in an Olympic even since the 2000 games in Sidney when he was 15. In Athens and Beijing, Phelps raced 16 times with 14 golds and two bronze. Phelps is scheduled in six more events. This could be Ryan Lochte’s Olympic Games.

CNN analyzes Ryan Lochte’s win over Michael Phelps

Team USA’s women’s basketball team overcame a sluggish start to down Croatia 81-56 in their group play opener. Team USA opened up a 19-7 lead right off the git go but the Croats hit five of six threes to trail by three at halftime. The Americans used a 16-0 run as part of a 28-9 fourth quarter to seal the blowout.

The U.S. women’s soccer team blanked Colombia 3-0 to go 2-0 in their group play. Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Carli Lloyd got the goals for Team USA. Wambach’s goal made her the most prolific scoring American woman in Olympic play with with six goals passing Mia Hamm and Tiffany Milbrett.

MLB Diamond Dust

The raging Cincinnati Reds hit five home runs, two by Ryan Ludwig, in beating Colorado 9-7 for their ninth straight win. Drew Stubbs, Scott Rolen, and Todd Frazier had the other Red Leg round trippers. Johnny Cueto, who now has three streaks of four straight wins, picked up his 13th win. Carlos Gonzalez was the lone bright spot for the Rockies going two-for-four with three RBIs. Cargo has now hit safely in 27 straight games at Coors Field.

Boston blew a 6-1 lead to the Yankees but got bailed out when Curtis Granderson misplayed a ball in center as the Red Sox downed the Bronx Bombers 8-6. A Mark Teixeira two-run homer in the eighth knotted things at 6-6 but Granderson charged and fell on a Pedro Ciriaco triple that turned out to be the difference. Yankee starter C.C. Sabathia gave up a season high six runs on eight hits over six innings of work.

NFL training camp news

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed running back Maurice Jones-Drew on the reserve/did not report list, an indication they don’t expect their star player to show up to training camp anytime soon. Jones-Drew is holding out in hopes of getting the team to renegotiate his contract. MoJo led the league in rushing He has two years remaining on a five-year heavily front loaded $31 million deal. The team says it has no plans to renegotiate.

Hamlin wins pole for Brickyard 400

Denny Hamlin turned in a lap of 182.763 mph to win the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. It was Hamlin’s 11th career pole and his second of 2012. Hamlin won the inaugural Nationwide race on Saturday putting him in a rare position at a unique double. Carl Edwards joins Hamlin on the front row with Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, and points leader Matt Kenseth round out the first ten. Jimmie Johnson is the 6/1 favorite with
Carl Edwards 7/1, Tony Stewart 15/2, and Kyle Busch 9/1 all at single digits.

Garrigus takes one-shot lead into Sunday at Canadian Open

Robert Garrigus will take a one-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of the RBC Canadian Open. Garrigus, who leads the tournament in driving distance and greens in regulation, is at 16-under after firing rounds of 64-66-64. He’ll be joined in the final pairing with William McGirt who is a shot back. There are just six golfers within five shots but scores have been there to be had all week so it wouldn’t be impossible to see a charge from the middle of the field.

Jacque Vaughn hired as new coach of the Orlando Magic

Former Kansas Jayhawk and San Antonio Spur assistant Jacque Vaughn has been hired as coach of the Orlando Magic. Vaughn, just 37, last played in the NBA in 2009 and has spent the last two years cutting his teeth under Greg Popovich. Vaughn inherits a team in flux and still looking to resolve the Dwight Howard situation.

Free Plays

(MLB) Atlanta (Hudson) -108 over Philadelphia (Halladay)

(MLB) Pittsburg (McDonald) -151 over Houston (Harrell)

(MLB) Toronto (Cecil) +135 over Detroit (Fister)

(MLB) ChiSox (Floyd) +135 over Texas (Feldman)