2012 London Olympics opening ceremonies
In a fun-filled opening ceremony watched by more than a billion viewers worldwide, 86-year old monarch Queen Elizabeth II declared the Olympic games open. The queen made a spectacular entrance in a James Bond spoof where she parachuted into the stadium with Bond actor Daniel Craig. The show included a tribute to Britain’s state-run National Health Service while actor Kenneth Branagh, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and “Mr Bean” Rowan Atkinson all had roles. Sir Paul McCartney sang “Hey Jude”. Seven young Brit athletes lit the Olympic flame after the torch was brought into the stadium by David Beckham in a speed boat and then passed five-time gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave who brought it into the Olympic Stadium in east London before passing it on to a series of young runners. Now it’s up to the athletes to produce the fireworks for the next 17 days.
A short clip from Friday night’s opening ceremony
MLB Diamond Dust
Around the horn in the MLB Friday night, Curtis Granderson went three-for-five with a grand slam as the Yankees pounded Boston 10-3. Ichiro was one-for-four but scored two runs. The Bombers are now 6-1 vs the BoSox this year. Heading into Friday night, Baltimore was 41-0 when they led after eight innings. Today, they’re 41-1. The never-say-die Oakland A’s posted a six spot in the top of the ninth to secure a 14-9 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The game featured 31 hits, 16 by the visiting A’s. The Twin’s Scott Diamond threw the pitching gem of the night three-hitting Cleveland 11-0. Diamond struck out six while walking none in the 98 pitch complete game masterpiece.
In the senior circuit … the Cardinals homered in each of the first five innings in their 9-6 matinee win over the Cubs. Lance Lynn picked up the win, his 13th, tying him with the Met’s R.A. Dickey for the MLB lead. Ben Sheets continued his impressive comeback pitching six innings of six-hit one-run ball the the Braves 6-1 win over the Phillies. Sheets is now 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in his first three starts since July of 2010. The Reds blanked Colorado 3-0 for their eighth straight win, Bronson Arroyo going seven scoreless for Cincinnati.
Brewers deal Greinke to the Angels
The Angels are not conceding anything to the Texas Rangers. The Halos gave up three of the top ten prospects in their minor league system to acquire Brewer ace Zack Greinke for the stretch run. The Angels gave up a ton but in Greinke they get a former Cy Young award winner who is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts, with 122 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 123 innings. Greinke is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and can walk making this possibly a high priced rental but the Angels intentions are clear. They’re all in, this year.
NFL training camp updates
The Steelers locked up a key receiver for Ben Roethlisberger to throw to ….. but not speedeburner Mike Wallace who continues to hold out for a better deal. Pittsburg signed wideout Antonio Brown to a five-year that will pay him $42.5 million over the next six years. Brown gets an $8.5 million dollar signing bonus after a break out year in 2011 that saw him make 69 catches for 1,108 yards but only two touchdowns.
A minority owner of the Pittsburg Steelers is interested in buy controlling interest in the Cleveland Browns. Businessman Jimmy Haslam is working to acquire the Browns from current owner Randy Lerner who inherited the team in 2002 on the death of his father. Haslam, who founded the chain of Pilot convenience stores, is a big University of Tennessee booster and was tied to a deal that would have had him involved in taking over the Titans from Bud Adams had Tennessee signed Peyton Manning with an ownership stake.
Thoroughbred 3-year-olds war Saturday in Jim Dandy and Haskell
Haskell Invitational (Grade I)
Post Time: 6:17pm EST
PP Horse , Jockey, Trainer, ML
1 Nonios C. Nakatani J. Hollendorfer 7/2
2 Dullahan K. Desormeaux D. Romans 3/1
3 Paynter R. Bejarano B. Baffert 3/2
4 Gemologist J. Castellano T. Pletcher 3/1
5 Handsome Mike M. Gutierrez D. O’Neill 15/1
6 Stealcase S. Bridgmohan M. Casse 8/1
Sportsbetting3’s selections: 2-3-4
Jim Dandy Stakes (Grade II)
Post Time: 5:45pm EST
PP Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, ML
1. Alpha R A Dominguez, 119, K P McLaughlin, 5/2
2. Fast Falcon R Napravnik, 117, N P Zito, 10/1
3. Atigun J R Leparoux, 117, K G McPeek, 8/1
4. Neck ‘n Neck L R Goncalves, 119, I R Wilkes, 3/1
5. My Adonis J Castellano, 117, K J Breen, 20/1
6. Teeth of the Dog J Rosario, 121, M R Matz, 5/1
7. Liaison M Garcia, 119, B Baffert, 7/2
8. Prospective J R Velazquez, 121, M E Casse, 12/1
Sportsbetting3’s selections: 6-3-1
(MLB) St Louis (Kelly) -122 over ChiCubs (Samardzija) 1:05 PM EST
DSI: It’s only a game until you bet it
(MLB) Atlanta (Minor) -131 over Philadelphia (Blanton) 7:10 PM EST
(MLB) San Francisco (Zito) over LA Dodgers (Billingsley) 4:05 PM EST
(MLB) Seattle (Millwood) -105 over Kansas City (Chen) 4:10 PM EST