The Olympics, MLB, the Bridgestone, UFC on Fox + Free Plays for Saturday, August 4, 2012

2012 London Olympic Game: Day Seven

Phelps wins record 17th gold

Fourth after 50 meters, Michael Phelps stormed home to win the 100m butterfly and capture the 17-th gold medal of his legendary career. After a slow start, Phelps has won two individual golds now and can win one more, bringing his total to 18 golds and 22 overall medals in Saturday’s 4×100 medley. Missy Franklin, the 17-year old swimming phenom from Aurora, Colorado, crushed her 200m backstroke opponents by two seconds and broke a world record that had stood three years. Franklin has now won three gold medals, taking first in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, as well as being part of the first-place team in the 4×200 freestyle relay. Her fourth medal, a bronze, came in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Team USA women clobber Czechs

The U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team had little problem dispatching the Czechs 88-61 for their 37th straight win in the Olympics. Diana Taurasi led the way with 20 points as Lady Team USA pulled down an Olympic record 62 rebounds, 27 on the offensive glass that were converted into 24 points. The U.S finishes pool play Sunday vs China before heading into the medal round.

Serena vs. Sharapova and Federer vs. Murray in tennis finals

The Olympic tennis finals are set with Serena Williams looking for her first Olympic gold facing French Open winner Maria Sharapova. On the men’s side, it’s a Wimbledon rematch between hometown favorite Andy Murray who upset Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer who beat Murray in July for his record tying seventh title. Serena is -550 against Sharapova and Federer is -170 against Murray.

Could this be the highlight of the Olympics ???

SP3 always likes to bring you the best in all sports highlights even if they are a bit out of the mainstream. We all know that the Brazilians are world powers in soccer and in this clip, the Brazilian defensive specialist puts her soccer skills to good use in volleyball. This great play didn’t keep the Brazilians from getting smoked by the South Koreans but will certainly rate as one of the plays of the Olympics.

MLB Diamond Dust

Recapping Friday night’s action in the MLB …. Chicago’s Alex Rios connected for a two-run homer in the 10th, his second of the game, to give the White Sox a walk-off 8-6 win the the Angels. Red’s pitcher Matt Lotos homered and threw 7 1/3 shutout innings in Cincinnati’s 3-0 win over Pittsburg. The Reds have 15 of 15, are 15-3 since the All-Star Break, and 24 games over .500 for the first time in 13 years. Brothers Justin and B.J. Upton both is the 100th home runs of their career on the same night. Justin connected off Kyle Kendrick in the DBacks 4-2 win over the Phillies. About one hour later. brother B.J hit a solo shot in the Rays 2-0 win over Baltimore.

Furyk continues to cruise at Bridgestone

Jim Furyk continues to sail right along at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. Furyk’s 11-under 129 is a good for a two-shot lead over Rafael Cabrera Bello and three clear of Louis Osthuizen. Tournament favorite Tiger Woods shot a 72 and is two-over for the tournament but will play through the weekend as there was no cut. Jason Dufner, David Toms, Luke Donald, and Steve Stricker are all within seven shots of the lead at the halfway mark but have work to do.

UFC on Fox is prime time tonight

Mixed Martial arts returns to prime time with a pretty good card lined up tonight with UFC on Fox 4. The action from the Staples Center starts at 8:00 PM EST and you can watch and win while getting the best of the number at any of SP3’s top rated sponsors. Tonight’s main events are at light-heavyweight

Free Plays

(MLB) Oakland A’s (Griffin) -151 over Toronto (Romero) 4:05 PM EST

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Hellickson) -151 over Baltimore (Chen) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) ChiSox (Floyd) -125 over Angels (Santana) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Cincinnati (Leake) -130 over Pittsburg (McDonald)