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2012 London Olympic Game: Day Eight

Lithuania takes Team USA to the limit

If Team USA was looking for a real test before heading to the medal round, they got it in their 99-95 win over Lithuania. Just 48 removed from their 83 point blowout win over Nigeria, Team USA found itself down by five with 5:00 left in the game. At that point it was Lebron James to the rescue as the King dropped in nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter. Lithuania showed no fear of the Americans as they almost duplicated their 2004 shocker in Athens. NBA big Linus Kleiza and Darius Songallia kept the Euros in it throughout but just could not seal the deal at the end. Carmelo Anthony also added 20 points, Kevin Durant 16 and Chris Paul added seven rebounds, six assists and four of the U.S. team’s 17 steals.

Serena routs Sharapova for gold

In a nutshell, there was no stopping Serena Williams from winning Olympic gold. Serena completed her beatdown of the ladies of London with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over Maria Sharapova to capture Olympic gold for the first time in singles. Obviously healthy for the first time in a while, Serena has won 34 of her last 35 matches and dropped just four games in her final two matches. She continued her domination of Sharapove who she has not lost to since 2004. Serena will have a chance to win her third doubles gold with sister Venus when they meet Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka later today.

Phelps ends epic career with 18th gold

Michael Phelps ended his epic career in the pool by capturing the 22nd overall medal and 18th gold in the men’s 4X100 relay. Dating back to 2000 in Sidney, Phelps medaled in 22 of his 24 events. His 18 golds might never be surpassed, nobody else has ever won ten. Even after a slow start, U.S. swimmers dominated the pool winning 30 medals (16 gold) at these Games — 20 more than second-best China.

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Machida and Shogun get impressive TKO wins at UFC on Fox

After the UFC 149 stinker, Dana White and Co. really needed UFC of Fox to deliver ….. and it did, in a big big way. All the televised bouts were action packed brawls that ended in spectacular fashion. Machida knocked out Ryan Bader with a short right at 1:32 of Round Two and will get a rematch with Jon “Bones” Jones for the UFC light-heavyweight title if Jones is able to get by Dan Henderson in September. Brandon Vera was a 4-1 dog to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua but gave the future Hall of Famer all he wanted taking that fight into the fourth round, Rua winning by TKO. Mike Swick showed no ring rust in flattening DaMarques Johnson in a back and forth fight between TUF veterans. Joe Lauzon was able to slap on a triangle choke in the middle of the third round in his fight with Jamie Varner to get the tap.

UFC on Fox post-fight presser featuring Dana White

Furyk looks to go wire-to-wire at Bridgestone

Jim Furyk has led at every call of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and will take a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen into Sunday’s final round. With Keegan Bradley four back in third and only six golfers with five shots this looks to be match play between Furyk and the South African. Tiger Woods managed his best round of the tournament on saturday shooting a two-under 68 but will start the day at even par a full 11 shots off the lead.

Montoya wins pole at Pocono, Sadler wins Nationwide at Iowa

Juan Pablo Montoya won his first pole of the 2-12 season and his first since April of 2011 by turning the trick this week at Pocono. Dennis Hamlin will start outside Montoya on the front row with Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Junior, Ryan Newman, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top ten. Hamlin is the 11/2 favorite at Bovada, with Jimmie johnson 6/1, Kyle Busch 8/1 and Dale Earnhardt Jr 9/1 the only drivers in single digits to win. Check out any of SP3s top rated sponsors for race props and driver head-to-heads.

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