Olympics, NFL and College Football, MLB Diamond Dust + Free Plays for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

2012 London Olympic Games: Day Eleven

US lady hoops spank Canada to reach semis

Team USA Lady hoops ripped Canada 91-48 on Tuesday to advance to the women’s basketball semifinal round. The American women put on a clinic forcing 26 turnovers including three shot-clock violations in the first seven minutes of the game. Diana Taurasi led a balanced American attack with 15 points as the Us won their 39th consecutive Olympic game. Next up for the U.S. in the semifinals on Thursday is Australia, which the U.S. has beaten in the last three gold medal games. Russia will face France in the other semifinal.

No No Lolo, finishes fourth in 100m hurdles

There was no gold or medal for American track star Lolo Jones in the 100m hurdles. Two Americans did hit the podium though as Dawn Harper and Kellie Mills chased Aussie Sally Pearson to an Olympic record 12.35 second. Harper was just :02 seconds back to take the silver, Wells at 12:48 to capture the bronze. Jones finished fourth with an official time of 12:50.

Italian kayaker becomes first woman to compete in eight Olympics

Italian kayaker Josefa Idem became the first woman to compete in eight Olympic Games, qualifying for the flagship 500-meter K-1 final. The 47-year-old Idem first competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and will be looking for her second gold medal having won previously in Sydney in 2000.

MLB Diamond Dust

Around the horn at NFL traing camps

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is tired of fighting in camp. A day after a 20-man battle royal headlined Monday’s practice, several minor one-on-one skirmishes had Ryan running his team through 10 minutes of gassers (sprints) as punishment. Most of the jets who commented afterwards said that the team got the message. It was probably a case of a team needing to hit someone else other than themselves. The jets get their chance Friday when they play the Bengals in their preseason opener.

Allmendinger positive was for Adderall

AJ Allmendinger has revealed that the banned substance that he tested positive for was the prescription drug Adderall. The drug is typically prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which Allmendinger does not have a prescription for treatment. Allemendinger claims it was given to him by a friend as a workout supplement that would give him energy. Allmendinger has agreed to enter NASCAR’s “Road to Recovery” program in an attempt to get back into the sport at some point.

Allmendinger interviewed on his positive drug test

Former NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield drowns in Aruba

Former NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned in Aruba while trying to save his wife from a strong riptide. Rounfield was swept under by strong currents going to the aid of his wife and was found trapped under rocks about 90 minutes later. His wife was rescued by nearby tourists. A 6-foot-8 forward-center out of Detroit, Roundfield played for Central Michigan in college and started his pro career with Indiana, which was then in the ABA. He played 11 professional seasons. Besides the Pacers, he had stints with Atlanta, Detroit and Washington and averaged 15.2 point per game for his NBA career. Roundfield was selected as an All-Star in 1980, 1981 and 1982, when he was playing for the Hawks.

Trailblazers name Stotts new head coach

The Portland Trailblazers have named Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts as their new head coach. Stotts, 54, has a career coaching record of 115-168 in stints with the Hawks 2002-2004 and Bucks 2005-07. He has never coached a team that has finished better than .500 and owns one playoff appearance.

Free Plays

(MLB) Minnesota (Deunsing)/Cleveland (Masterson) Over 9 12:05 PM EST

(MLB) San Diego (Richard) -135 over ChiCubs (Samardzija) 6:35 PM EST

(MLB) Baltimore (Johnson) -120 over Seattle (Millwood) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Detroit (Sanchez) +132 over NY Yankees (Sabathia) 7:05 PM EST