The Olympics, MLB Diamond Dust, Golf, Nascar, NFL + Free Plays for Friday, August 3, 2012

2012 London Olympic Game: Day Six

If you had Nigeria +53.5 ….. you lost !!!

Team USA was on fire Thursday hitting 71% of their shot from the floor including 26 threes in waxing Nigeria 156-73. So many U.S. and Olympics fell in this game that we could never get to all of them but here are a few … Team USA broke the previous Olympic record for most points in a game (138) with 4:37 left to play. American records that fell included records for 3-pointers (26), field goals (59) and field-goal percentage (71). Highlights …. Team USA led by 26 in the first quarter, had an Olympic-record 78 points in the first half and Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points shattering Stephon Marbury’s scoring mark of 31 against Spain in 2004. The 83-point margin of victory was the largest in U.S. national team history, four better than when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and the rest of the ’92 Dream Team beat Cuba 136-57 in their first game.

Phelps/Lochte 1-2 Gold-Silver in 200 IM

Investigations underway on fixed boxing match

Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu knocked down Azerbaijan’s Magomed Abdulhamidov five times in the third and final round of their bantamweight bout yesterday and still lost a 22-17 decision. The AIBA overturned the result late Wednesday night and the referee from Turkmenistan was expelled from the London Olympics. Fixed ??? Take a look at this video and then you make the call.

The Olympic tennis semis loaded

… and looking like the Final Four of a Grand Slam event. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka takes on Serena Williams with the American -450 at Bodog. In the other semi, Maria Sharapova is -550 to beat Maria Kirilenko. In the men’s final four, Novak Djokovic is -200 to beat Andy Murray. Roger Federer, closing in on his first Olympic gold medal, is a prohibitive favorite over No. 8-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the other semi.

Furyk leads after one round of the Bridgestone

Jim Furyk shot a 7-under 63 to take the first round lead of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Rafael Cabrera Bello was one-shot back with Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, and Louis Oosthuizen all in an eight-man log jam at four under. Tiger Woods looked to be well on his way to an easy 65 before collapasing on the final three holes and having to settle for a 70. Fourty of the 78 invitees shot par or better so the Bridgestone is still wide open. Check with any of the great SP3 sponsors for golf props and today’s head-to-head matchups.

Penske releases A.J. Allmendinger

Penske Racing has parted ways with driver A.J. Allmendinger who was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR last week for a positive drug test. Sam Hornish Jr., who has subbed for Allmendinger in the interim, will drive the No. 22 Dodge at Pocono this weekend and for the foreseeable future.

In a statement released by Penske …

“Penske Racing fully supports NASCAR’s substance abuse policy and we are disappointed with A.J.’s positive drug test results,” said Roger Penske. “A.J. is a terrific driver, a good person and it is very unfortunate that we have to separate at this time. We have invested greatly in A.J. and we were confident in his success with our team. The decision to dismiss him is consistent with how we would treat any other Penske Racing team member under similar circumstances. As A.J. begins NASCAR’s ‘Road to Recovery’ program, we wish him the best and look forward to seeing him compete again in NASCAR.”

Browns sold to Steeler minority owner for $1 billion

Businessman Jimmy Haslam, a former minority owner of the Pittsburg Steelers, has bought the Cleveland Browns for a price reportedly somewhere North of $1 billion dollars. There had been rumblings for more than a week that former-Brown owner Randy Lerner wanted to divest of the controlling interest that he inherited from his father in 2002 and the deal was sealed quickly. ESPN reported that the sale comes in two parts. Haslam will pay $700 million for immediate controlling interest and $300 million at a later date to finalize the transaction.

AFC North betting preview courtesy of our friends at Bookmaker

MLB Diamond Dust

Betting nuggets for Friday’s MLB card …. the Braves Tim Hudson is 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in his L5 starts. The Cubs Jeff Samarardzija is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his L5 starts. Zach Greinke is has a 1.93 ERA in his L3 starts but is winless in his L6 starts. He was beaten 2-0 in his Angel debut. The Brewers Randy Wolf is 1-2 with a 6.38 ERA in his l7 starts. Jonathon Sanchez is 0-6 with a 10.62 ERA in his L7 starts for the Rockies. Jeremy Guthry is rocking 0-7 with an 8.78 ERA in his L9 starts for the Royals.

The Nats are 9-3 in their L12 games. The Reds have 13 of their L14 games. The Tigers are 11-1 in their L12 home games. Houston in 1-22 in their L23 road games. The Giants have lost seven of their L8 games. The Indians have lost six straight getting outscored 48-17.

The Under is 11-4 in the Marlins L15. The Under is 9-3-1 in the Cards L13 home games at Busch. The Under is 12-4 in the A’s L16 home games. Five of the last six Phillies home games have gone OVER. The High is 13-5-1 in San Francisco’s L19 road games. The Over is 10-4-1 in the Royals L15 home games at Kaufman Field.

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