The Olympics, NFL, the Golf, Nascar, Sunday recap + Free Plays for Monday, August 6, 2012

2012 London Olympic Game: Day Nine

Bolt defends 100m crown with Olympic best 9.63

Rumors of Usain Bolt’s demise are a bit premature. Sunday, Bolt not only defended his 2008 100m sprint crown, he set a new Olympic record and beat arguably the most elite field in 100m track history in a blistering 9.63 seconds. The time was the second fastest ever run and the field included Yohan Blake (Silver), Justin Gatlin (Bronze), with American speedsters Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey running fourth and fifth, respectively. All eight of the sprint finalists had run under ten seconds this year.

Murray tops Federer for Tennis gold

Score one for the homies. Brit Andy Murray spanked Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in the men’s Olympic tennis final likely denying the Swiss legend his final chance at Olympic gold. It was a complete turnaround and some measure of revenge for Murray who was beat by Federer in the final at Wimbledon less than a month ago. Venus and Serena Williams beat a pair of Czech’s 6-4 and 64 to capture their third Olympic women’s double championship. Bob and Mike Bryan capturing gold in the men’s doubles Saturday, made it three golds for U.S. tennis in two days.

USA women roll in hoops, Team USA vs Argentina

The US women Olympic hoopsters rolled to their 38th consecutive victory with an authoritative 114-66 victory over China. The Americans tied their own record for points and set new standards for assists (33) and baskets (52). Six players had double-digits and ten players has at least one assist. The US women finished group play at 5-0 and haven’t lost a preliminary game since 1976. Monday, Team USA (4-0) tries to capture Group A when the face 3-1 Argentina. Even on the remote chance that Team USA were to lose, the Argentinians would have to won by 110 points to capture Group A and a top seed in the medal round.

Saints top Cards 17-10 in HOF Game

The NFL kicked off it’s 2012-2013 season with the Saints beating Arizona 17-10 in the Hall of Fame Games in Canton, Ohio. Drew Brees went four-for five in his only series of work, guiding the Saints to a touchdown. Chase Daniels threw for 202 yards and a score in relief. The Cardinal QB battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton was inconclusive but the oft-injured Kolb didn’t do himself any favors by throwing a terrible interception on his first throw of the game and then having to leave with bruised ribs.

Eagles HC Andy Reid’s son found dead

Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Eagles HC Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in a dormitory at the Eagle’s training camp. There were no suspicions of foul play and a coroner’s investigation is ongoing. Garrett Reid had a long history of drug abuse and even did some time years back but had seemed to get his life together in recent years.

Jeff Gordon wins at rainy Pocono

In a race marred by the death of a fan hit by lightning, Jeff Gordon earned his first victory of the season, the 86th of his career, and a record sixth win at Pocono capturing the rain shortened Pennsylvania 400. Gordon took the lead just after a crash involving Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson and then the rains came making the race official after just 98 laps and a tick less than 250 miles. Kasy Kahne, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 32nd but still leads Kenseth by five points in the Chase. Next up is Watkins Glen.

Keegan Bradley last man standing at Bridgestone

Jim Furyk led 71 of the 72 holes of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and needed only to par the final hole to win or bogey to force a playoff. In his second epic collapse in a month, Furyk double-bogeyed the 18th hole handing to win to a stunned Keegan Bradley. Furyk opened the day a shot better than Louis Oosthuizen and four better than the rest of the field but could not hold on. Bradley did shoot a six-under final round 64 to put him in position so the win was well earned. Next week is the final major of the 2012 season, the PGA Championship from Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

MLB Diamond Dust

Actor Charlie Sheen, a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, has pledged to donate $50,000 to the team’s Community Fund, matching the amount broadcaster Marty Brennaman raised for charity in return for having his head shaved on the field. The Cardinal’s Kyle Lohse won his 12th game of the season, a 3-0 shutout of the Milwaukee Brewers. Stephen Strasberg pitched six innings of three-hit ball in the Nats 4-1 win over Miami.

UConn’s Jim Calhoun breaks hip in a biking mishap

UConn Husky men’s basketball HC Jim Calhoun broke his hip in a biking accident and will require surgery. Calhoun has faced a myriad of health problems in recent years including broken ribs from a bike fall and several bouts with cancer. Calhoun, an avid rider, went out for a ride just before a weekend of charity functions that included several of his ex-players.

Penn State opens practice, Justin Brown to Oklahoma

After a tumultuous off season that saw Penn State hit with the toughest sanctions ever imposed on a football program, the Nittany Lions opened camp under new coach Bill O’Brien. The day didn’t start off with very good news after PSU learned that Justin Brown, their leading returning wide out and return man would be transferring to Oklahoma. Brown is the ninth Penn State player to transfer out after the sanctions imposed from the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. Brown and RB Silas Redd who transfered to USC, comprised more than 40% of the Nits total offense last year.

Free Plays

(MLB) Atlanta (Sheets) -117 over Philadelphia (Worley) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) ChiCubs (Wood)/San Diego (Stults) Over 7.5 10:05 PM EST

(MLB) Colorado (Pomeranz)/Dodgers (Capuano) Over 7.5 10:05 PM EST

MLB) Minnesota (Diamond) +119 over Cleveland (McAllister) 7:05 PM EST