The Olympics, MLB Diamond Dust, all sports Weekend Recap + Free Plays for Monday, July 30, 2012

2012 London Olympic Game: Day Two

It was mixed results for the Americans in the pool on Sunday. Dana Vollmer won gold and broke the world record in the 100-meter women’s butterfly becoming the first woman to crack the 56 second barrier. Vollmer’s 55.98 easily beat the former record of 56.06 set by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in 2009.

In 2008, Ryan Lochte’s out-touching a French swimmer to win gold and help Michael Phelps go a perfect eight for eight at the Beijing games. Sunday, the French got sweet revenge, swimming down Lochte on the on the anchor leg to get the touch and the gold in the 4×100 freestyle. It was silver for Phelps and Lochte, Phelps much sharper in this event, swimming a terrific second leg and leaving the Americans a .51 second lead at the second split.

Kimberly Rhode surpassed Al Oerter, Carl Lewis, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in American Olympic history. Who is Kimberly Rhode ??? She’s a skeet shooter that that won gold Sunday with a near perfect score off 99 which simpley put means she hit 99 of her 100 targets. By comparison, silver medalist Wei Ning of China could hit just 90 of 100. Rhode becomes the first American with individual medals in five straight Olympics, winning in double trap at Atlanta as a teenager in 1996, bronze in that event four years later at Sydney, re-claimed the gold at Athens in 2004 and won the silver in skeet at Beijing in 2008, and now gold in London.

Team USA men’s basketball spanks France in opener

It was close for one quarter but Team USA overcame a slow start to rout Tony Parker and the French 98-71. Kevin Durrant led the way for the Americans with 22, Kevin Love chipping in with 14 off the bench. Lebron James handed out eight assists while Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler each had nine rebounds. Team USA was strong on the glass, outrebounding the French 56-40. Next up is Tunisia who was beaten 56-50 in their group opener.

MLB Diamond Dust

Jimmie Johnson kisses the Bricks in at Indy

Jimmie Johnson was much the best, much of the day, in cruising to his record-tying fourth win at the Brickyard 400. Johnson’s perfect restart after a caution with just 20 laps to go was all the No.48 car needed to run away from Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle. Johnson also won the Brickyard in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove to another rock solid top ten finishing fourth and claimed the points lead in the Chase when last week’s leader Matt Kenseth wrecked and finished 35th. Nascar will be at Pocono next week for the Pennsylvania 400 where Brad Keselowski is the defending champ.

Piercy takes the Canadian Open, Freddie wins Sr. British Open

Scott Piercy shot a three-under final round 67 to win the second PGA event of his career at the RBC Canadian Open. Piercy was a shot better than Robert Garrigus and William McGirt. Garrigus, the third round leader, couldn’t seal the deal only managing to shoot an even par 70 on the final day. Next up is the WGC-Bridgestone Open in Akron Ohio.

In Scotland, Freddie Couples rolled in a 25-foot birdie on his final hole to close birdie-birdie and win the Senior British Open at Turnberry. Couple bested Gary Hallberg by two shots in claiming his first title ever in Great Britain. Bernard Langer, who led almost every step of the way until Sunday, collapsed with a final round 75 to finish sixth.

Alpha wins Jim Dandy, Paynter wins the Haskell

The three-year-old colts were in action this weekend in their final tuneups before the Travers at Saratoga and the fall series that culminates with the Breeder’s Cup. Saturday at Saratoga, Alpha was the best in the Grade II Jim Dandy going wire-to-wire to beat a field of eight that included Teeth of the Dog and Neck N’ Neck. Sunday, Paynter was much the best in the $1 million dollar Grade I Haskell defeating a field that included Triple Crown series heavies Gemologist and Dullahan. Hanson will be a prohibitive favorite in next week’s West Virginia Derby.

Paynter smokes field of six in the Haskell

Free Plays

(MLB) Cincinnati (Leake) -151 over San Diego (Volquez)

(MLB) Pittsburg (Bedard) -141 over ChiCubs (Germano)

(MLB) Dodgers (Harang) -133 over Arizona (Cahill)

(MLB) Toronto (Romero)/Seattle (Ishakawa) Under 7.5 -115