The Olympics, MLB trade deadline moves, NFL Training Camps + Free Plays for Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 London Olympic Game: Day Four

Team USA ripped Tunisia 110-63 moving to a perfect 2-0 in Olympic group play. The Americans led 46-33 at the half before blowing the game wide open with a 21-3 to start the third quarter. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love led six Americans in double figures with a 16 points, Makram Ben Romdhane scored 22 for the African champions. Next up for Team USA, Nigeria.

Holy Kerri Strug !!! The US women gymnasts won gold team gold for the first time since 1996 and just the second time ever, crushing the world with a dominating 5.66 point win. The US team took a commanding lead on the vault and it was a lead that they would never relinquish. Russia took the silver, Romania the bronz. The 2008 defending champion Chinese finished fourth.

Dempster, Pence, and Victorino in the move at deadline

The MLB trade deadline came and went at 4:00 PM EST and there were several big names on the move. The Cubs finally pulled the trigger on dealing Ryan Dempster, sending him to the Texas Rangers for two single-A prospects. On the season, Dempster has a 2.25 ERA (good for second in the NL) and 83 strikeouts against 27 walks in 104.0 innings. The Phillies started their fire sale sending Hunter Pence to the Giants and Sane Victorino to the Dodgers. San Francisco sent three minor-leaguers back to Philly while Victorino brought L.A> reliever Josh Lindblom and a prospect. In Victorino, the Dodgers get an energy guy that can play all three outfield spots.

MLB Diamond Dust

Baseball betting nuggets for Wednesday … Ben Sheets has allowed just one earned run in 18+ innings for the Braves will all three of his starts. Scott Diamond is 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA in his L6 starts for Minnesota. The Jay’s Carlos Villaneuva is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his L4 starts. Houston’s Jordan Lyles is 0-3 and rocks an 8.16 ERA in his L5 starts. Cub Travis Wood is 0-3 with a 13.21 ERA in his L3 starts. The Rockies Drew Pomeranz is 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in his L3 outings.

The Nasty Nats were blanked last night but 8-2 in their L10. Cincinnati was denied its 12th straight win (would have been first 12-game win streak in 55 years) in last but still on an 11-1 run. Seattle is 9-2 in their L11 games. Miami is 3-10 in their L13. Colorado is 1-9 in its L10 games. The Mets are 4-15 in their L19 games.

Eight of the last 11 Philly games have gone over the total. The Over is 11-4 in Houston’s L15. The Over is 8-2 in the Twinkies L10 games. The Under is 9-3 in the Cubs L12 games. The Tigers are 7-3-1 Low in their L11 games. The Under is 19-6 in the Texas Rangers L25.

Kevin Kolb to start for Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game

The quarterback controversy in Arizona has been going on for a while but it looks like Kevin Kolb will start No.1 on the depth chart after being named the starter for the Cardinal’s preseason Hall of Fame game opener vs. the Saints. Cardinal coach Ken Whisenhut is in a tough spot. The players reportedly want John Skelton to win the job and played better in the second half of last year after the ex-Fordham Ram took over for the injured Kolb. Arizona is on the hook to ex-Eagle Kolb for $65 million after he was brought in to replace the retired Kurt Warner. To be fair, Kolb never really a full camp to learn the Cardinal system and was hurt almost right off the git go so he’s never really had a chance to show his wares. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out down in the desert.

Notre Dame QB Rees suspended for season opener

Notre Dame’s incumbent Jr. QB Tommy Rees has been suspended for the Irish opener vs. Navy, set to be played in Dublin, Ireland on September 1st. Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were involved in an incident in May where they were arrested by police who were called in to break up an off campus party. Rees threw for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns (with 14 interceptions) last season, but spring practice saw him locked in a four-way battle )with Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and highly touted Gunner Kiel) to keep his starting job.

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said …

“Our players understand that it’s a privilege to be associated with the University of Notre Dame and its football program, but with that comes great responsibility,” Kelly said. “Carlo and Tommy put themselves in a situation that when given a choice between two distinct paths, they responded with a set of poor decisions. This conduct was inconsistent with my expectations for our football program – especially our veteran, team leaders.”

Penn State’s Silas Redd will transfer to USC

Penn State’s best player from a year ago is exercising his option to transfer and moving on to USC. As a sophomore, Redd ran for 100+ yards in five consecutive games on the way to a 1,241 yard season and Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
Redd will leave the Nittany Lion program and be immediately eligible to compete for the Trojans in 2012, one of the terms of Penn State’s sanctions imposed by the NCAA. The junior running back will have two years of eligibility with USC and will likely have the opportunity to start immediately for the preseason Pac-12 favorites and possibly compete for a National Championship.

Free Plays

(MLB) Atlanta (Sheets) -1.5 +125 over Miami (Leblanc) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) St Louis (Westbrook) -125 over Colorado (Pomeranz) 8:40 PM EST

(MLB) Baltimore (Britton) +180 over Yankees (Hughes) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) Seattle (Beavan) +114 over Toronto (Villaneuva)