The Olympics, MLB Diamond Dust, College and Pro Football, The Bridgestone + Free Plays for Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 London Olympic Game: Day Five

Eight women’s badminton players were expelled from the Olympics games for allegedly tanking their matches to get more favorable draw down the line. . Teams from China, Indonesia, and two from South Korea were all shown the door. Two of the disqualified players are world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China. The players went before a disciplinary hearing Wednesday, a day after spectators at the arena booed their performance after it became clear they were deliberately trying to lose.

Team USA women’s basketball rolled over Turkey Wednesday by a score 89-58. Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 leading the U.S. The previously 2-0 Turks were expected to give Team USA their toughest challenge in group play and stayed within five at 50-45 until American depth off the bench proved to be too much. Team USA gets a much need day of on Thursday before playing the Czech Republic on Friday and then finish group play on Sunday vs. China.

MLB Diamond Dust

Jose Canseco, one half of the Oakland A’s Bash Brothers and the poster boy for MLB’s steroid era, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada. The filing, first reported by the Las Vegas Sun, lists Canseco with $21,000 in assets and almost $1.7 million in liabilities, including more than $500,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Canseco hit 462 home runs during 16 years on eight major league teams, was the 1986 American League rookie of the year and 1988 league MVP, a six-time All-Star, and was a two-time World Series winner.

Floyd Mayweather Jr set for Friday release

Undefeated WBC Welterweight Champion and WBA (Super) Light Middleweight Champion Floyd Maywether Jr. will be released from the Clark County Detention Center (Las Vegas) on Friday after serving 60 days on a domestic battery charge. Mayweather, who surrendered on June 1st, was granted time off his 90-day sentence for work and good behavior.

Monte Ball sustains concussion in campus attack

Stud Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was treated and released from the hospital with a concussion after being attacked by five unknown assailants early Wednesday morning. Details of the assault are unclear but witnesses reported that five men jumped Ball, knocked him down, and started kicking him. Ball was a Heisman Trophy finalist for the Badgers in 2011, finishing the season with 1,923 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns, leading Wisconsin to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth. SP3 will follow the story.

Replacement refs to work Sunday’s HOF game

Put your helmet on and put your mouthpiece in, the NFL returns on Sunday with the Arizona Cardinals facing the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. With talks between the NFL and the current officials at an impasse, replacement officials will work the game. Replacement crews have been deployed throughout the training camps to prepare in the case that a settlement can’t be reached. The current dispute revolves around two issues, salary and pension. The NFL has reportedly offered the officials a raise of between 5-11%. On the field and at the window, New Orleans is a consensus three-point favorite with the total 34 1/2.

2012 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Open Betting Lines & Future Odds

With most of the top players taking a week off after the British Open, a full compliment of ranked pros return this week to make up an elite field of 78 that will tee it up on Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational on the extremely long Firestone Club. The course features it’s 16th hole, a whopping 667 yard, Par 5 monster.

2012 Bridgestone Invitational
Location: Akron, Ohio, United States
Course: Firestone Country Club
Date: Aug 2-5, 2012
Total Purse: US $ 8,500,000
Winner’s Share: US $ 1,400,000 (16% of total purse)
Defending Champion: Adam Scott ($1,400,000)

Tiger Woods 9/2
Luke Donald 14/1
Rory McIlroy 20/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Lee Westwood 20/1
Jason Dufner 28/1
Hunter Mahan 25/1
Zach Johnson 28/1
Bubba Watson 28/1
Graeme McDowell 33/1
Justin Rose 33/1
Bo Van Pelt 33/1
Phil Mickelson 33/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Dustin Johnson 28/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Jason Day 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Francesco Molinari 50/1
Ian Poulter 66/1
Nick Watney 66/1
Keegan Bradley 66/1
Charl Schwartzel 66/1
Bill Haas 66/1
Brandt Snedeker 66/1
Sergio Garcia 66/1
Martin Kaymer 66/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 50/1
Martin Laird 66/1
David Toms 80/1
Scott Piercy 80/1
Retief Goosen 80/1
Fredrik Jacobson 100/1
K.J. Choi 100/1
Geoff Ogilvy 80/1
Peter Hanson 80/1
John Senden 80/1
Paul Lawrie 125/1
Kyle Stanley 125/1
Ben Crane 125/1
Carl Pettersson 100/1
Kevin Na 150/1
Jonathan Byrd 100/1
Aaron Baddeley 125/1
Ryo Ishikawa 150/1
Thomas Bjorn 125/1
Sang-Moon Bae 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 175/1
Simon Dyson 150/1
Marc Leishman 200/1
Y-E Yang 200/1
Greg Chalmers 200/1
Branden Grace 200/1
Danny Willett 250/1
Rafael Cabrera -Bello 175/1
Gonzalo Fernandez 200/1
Johnson Wagner 200/1
Marcel Siem 150/1
Mark Wilson 200/1
Robert Rock 250/1
Kyung-Tae Kim 200/1
Jamie Donaldson 200/1
Alvaro Quiros 150/1
Robert Allenby 200/1
Jeev M Singh 200/1
Thongchai Jaidee 200/1
Ted Potter 250/1
Joost Luiten 200/1
Michael Hoey 300/1
Yoshinori Fujimoto 300/1
Toru Taniguchi 500/1
Lee Slattery 350/1
Tom Lewis 400/1
Oliver Bekker 500/1
Toshinori Muto 400/1

Free Plays

(MLB) NY Mets (Young)/San Francisco (Zito) over 8 +115

(MLB) Miami (Evoldi)/Atlanta (Minor) Under 8.5 -120

(MLB) Kansas City (Chen) even over Cleveland (Kluber)

(MLB) Oakland (Colon) -138 over Toronto (Alvarez)