The PGA, The Olympics, NFLX, MLB Diamond Dust, Nascar + Free Plays for Sunday, August 12, 2012

2012 London Olympic Games: Day Fifteen

US Women hoopsters get one for the thumb

How good is the US women’s basketball team ??? How about 41-0 with five Olympic gold medals over 20 years. The US used a 20-1 third quarter run and 21 points from Candace Parker to wax the French 86-50 to roll to their 41st straight Olympic win and fifth straight gold medal. Parker also was relentless on the glass grabbing 11 rebounds as the US cruised to a 12-point halftime lead in game that was never in doubt. BoSox rookie third-baseman Will Middlebrooks is likely out fot the season after getting hit by a pitch on the wrist. The 23-year-old Middlebrooks is hitting .288/.325/.509 on the season with 15 home runs in 286 plate appearances.

92 Dream Teamer Christian Laettner analyzes women’s tournament

Video: Inside Edge: USA Women Take Hoops Gold

Team USA 21 1/2 point favorites over Spain

In tomorrow’s men’s basketball final, Team USA has been installed a 21 1/2 point favorite over Spain, the total solid at 190 1/2. Sunday’s final is a rematch of the 2008 final in Beijing won by the Americans 118-107. In the bronze medal match, Argentina is a four-point favorite over Russia, the high/low is locked in at 156.

Mexico stuns Brazil for soccer gold

Oribe Peralta scored the first of his two goals just 29 seconds into the match as Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 to win the country’s first ever gold medal in soccer. Peralta connected again in the 75th minute on header to make it 2-0 before a late Brazil goal in injury time made things close. The Mexican’s have been a major force in the “Under” groups the past five years that figures to carry over in the future. For Brazil, it was more Olympic futility as a country that has won five World Cups was forced to settle for their third Olympic silver.

Rain delayed PGA will resume Sunday early

Rain late in the day suspended play at the PGA and will force 26 of the 72 golfers that made the cut to resume play at 7:45 Sunday morning to complete their third rounds. As things stand now, Vijay Singh and Rory McIlroy lead the back at six-under, one shot better than Adam Scott. All three will complete their third rounds early Sunday. Bo Van Pelt shot the day’s best complete round with a five-under 67 and his -3 is the best of those who have completed three rounds. Tiger Woods struggled and is at +3 for his Saturday round with 11 holes to play. Phil Mickelson is at +1 for the round and +1 for the tournament, seven shots back.

Saturday night NFLX recap, Luck debuts Sunday

Saturday night in NFL preseason action, the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks were victorious. Houston won the second half 13-0 in a 26-13 win over the Carolina Panthers. Four Texan QBs combined for 17-27 for 201 yards. Three Panther QBs combined on 12-24 for just 74 yards and were sacked eight times. In the late game, the Seattle Seahawks scored 10 points late in the fourth quarter to beat the Tennessee Titans 27-17. Both Seattle Seahwaks looked sharp. Matt Flynn was 11-13 for 71 yards and a pick. Rookie Russell Wilson was 11-14 for 124 yards and a pick but scored on a 32-yard run for the clincher. Darius Reynaud scored on a 21-yard run and ran a punt back 85 yards for another score for the Titans. Sunday, Andrew Luck makes his NFL debut for the Colts who are one-point favorites over the Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. The total is 34. Watch and win with any of SP3s top rated sponsors starting at 1:30 PM EST.

MLB Diamond Dust

Sabathia, Napoli, and Middlebrooks all headed to the DL

The Yankees have placed ace C.C. Sabathia on the 15-day DL with stiffness in his left elbow. Sabathia is 12-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 20 starts and 141 2/3 innings. This is his second stint on the disabled list this season, the first for a groin injury that kept him out three weeks. The Texas Rangers placed All-Star catcher Mike Napoli on the 15-day DL with a quad strain. Napoli is hitting .223/.343/.429 this season with 17 home runs in 92 games.

Brian Belsing and Kenny White analyze Braves/Mets ESPN Sunday nighter

UFC 150: Henderson retains title by split decision

The second fight was a s close and no doubt controversial as the first but in the end, the result was the same. Ben Henderson retained his UFC lightweight title with a split decision victory over Frankie Edgar. The judges had it Henderson 48-47, 48-47, 46-49. The rest of the pay-per-view card results were more definitive. Donald ‘Cowboy” Cerrone overcame an early knockdown to stop Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard in the first round. Jake Shields pitched a 30-27 shutout over Ed “Short Fuse” Herman. Yushin Okami dispatched Buddy Roberts in about three minutes and Max Hollaway took out TUF live alum Justin Lawrence in the second round.

Juan Pablo Montoya on the pole at Watkins Glen

Jeff Gordon 10/1.

Free Plays

(MLB) San Diego (Ohlendorf) +155 over Pittsburg (Bedard) 1:35 PM EST

(MLB) Washington (Detwiler) +113 over Arizona (Corbin) 4:10 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Hughes) -160 over Toronto (Happ) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Shields) -118 over Minnesota (Diamond) 2:10 PM EST