Archive for August, 2016

Biles & Raisman Win Gold/Silver, Kerri Walsh Jennings Loses For First Time

OLYMPICS

Simone BilesThe US brought home the Gold and Silver in the floor exercises Tuesday night. As expected Simone Biles mesmerized the crowd for the Gold and teammate Aly Raisman’s exceptional routine secured the Silver. With Biles’ 5 medals (4 Golds) and Raisman’s 3 medals, and Laurie Hernandez’ Silver on the beam, USA walked away with a record nine overall gymnastics medals. The US gymnasts quickly become celebrity darlings during the games. Hernandez now has her own meme and Biles’ crush, Zac Effron, even made the journey to plant a kiss on Biles’ cheek.

Kerri Walsh Jennings, the former reigning champ of beach volleyball who had never lost a match in her Olympic career, lost Tuesday night to Brazil. Walsh Jennings had won Gold in Athens, Beijing and London with her former partner Misty May-Treanor. Walsh Jennings and new partner,  April Ross, have a shot of taking Bronze if they beat the other Brazilian team.

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Shaunae Miller Dove Over Finish Line, 4 NFL Players To Cooperate Or Suspended

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Shaunae MillerIn an unforgettable moment on the track in the Women’s 400 meters, the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller thrilled the crowd by throwing her body over the finish line to edge out Allyson Felix to win the Gold. She claims she didn’t even know she had won the Gold until she heard her mom screaming!

NFL

Four active NFL players, Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison, Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and free agent Mike Neal, were linked to performance enhancing drugs through a documentary called The Dark Side airing on Al Jazeera America. The documentary used hidden cameras to implicate these players. According to the NFL, these players will be suspended if they don’t cooperate with the NFL’s investigators before August 26th.

 

 

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Ledecky’s Astounding 800 Meters, Bolt Makes History, Phelps More Golds Than Most Countries, Biles Wins Again, Hope Solo Bad Loser

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Katie Ledecky set a world record with her astounding win in the 800 meter freestyle. It was no surprise to anyone who’s been watching Ledecky, she would win in this event as it’s her strongest, but her margin of victory was purely breathtaking. The best description I’ve seen is from Washington Post reporter, Dave Sheinin who wrote,”The men’s 100-meter dash final Sunday in track and field will begin and end in the time she spent waiting.” The win gives Ledecky her fourth gold of the Olympics.

Usain BoltAnd speaking of the men’s 100 meter dash, the fastest man in the World, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt made history by winning his third straight Gold. No one has ever won three consecutive Golds in this event.

Michael PhelpsWith his 23rd Gold medal over the weekend in the 4×100 meter relay, Michael Phelps cements his legacy as the greatest Olympic athlete of all time. He has now won more Olympic medals than anyone from any other country and if Phelps was his own country, he’d be tied with South Africa in 38th place for most Golds.

Simone Biles won yet another Gold (her 3rd so far) with two difficult vaults. Biles has two more individual events left, the balance beam and floor exercises, so expect some more hardware before the week is over.

In women’s soccer, the US Team was considered favorites but fell to Sweden in the quarterfinals. Losses happen in the world of sports, but the always controversial US goalie Hope Solo, made the sting of the loss much worse by complaining her opponents were cowards by playing conservatively. Solo is rightfully getting vilified on social media for acting like a sore loser.

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Manuel Makes History, Phelps Adds Another Gold, Biles & Raisman Win Gold And Silver, LeBron Will Sign $100 Mill Contract

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Simone ManuelSimone Manuel made history Thursday with a gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle. Manuel tied Canada’s Penny Oleksiak and became the first African American female swimmer to win an individual gold medal.

To no one’s surprise, Michael Phelps won again. In the 200 meter individual medley, Phelps made his win look easy with a 1.95 second margin of victory. In swimming, that’s a huge gap. Phelps now has 22 gold medals to his name.

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman earned gold and silver respectively in the gymnastic individual all around. Biles is considered one of the best US gymnasts of all time and her performanceThursday didn’t disappoint or surprise her many fans. 22 year old Raisman’s performance, however, was the emotional highlight of the evening. After tying for 3rd (and losing out in the tie-breaker to miss the bronze medal) in the 2012 Olympics, Raisman burst into tears after her floor routine, knowing she had secured the silver.

NBA

After a summer of speculation, LeBron James announced he’ll sign his much anticipated 3 year $100 million dollar deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With this contract, LeBron becomes the highest paid player in the NBA. In announcing his signing on Uninterrupted, he said,  “I can’t wait to get back out there in the wine and gold and just get the band back together.”

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Ledecky’s 3rd Gold, USA Men’s Basketball Tough Game, Green Water For Divers

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Katie LedeckyKatie Ledecky strikes again. The US Team fell behind in the first three legs of the 4×200 relay and were trailing Australia by .89 seconds before Ledecky dove in and as the anchor, helped the team win Gold by 1.84 seconds. Australia took the Silver and Canada grabbed the Bronze.

After two one-sided blowout games against China and Venezuela, USA men’s basketball finally got a challenge Wednesday night against Australia. Trailing at halftime and then trailing again in the 4th quarter, the US Team fought hard and pulled out the win. With a game high 31 points, Carmelo Anthony became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer in Olympic history. USA 98, Australia 88.

green poolIf you’ve been watching the diving or water polo events, you’ve noticed the water is an odd shade of green. According to officials, some chemicals were missing but there was no risk to the athletes. Apparently they “found” these chemicals and the water will be back to blue going forward.

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Phelps Wins 20th, 21st Gold, Ledecky Takes Gold And Almost Throws Up, USA Gymnasts One For Ages, Norman’s Fox Gig

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Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps won his 20th gold medal and bested South African Chad le Clos (whom he lost to in London four years ago and who now famously taunted him before a heat Monday for the 200 meter butterfly). Phelps stood on the podium, received his gold medal then went back in the pool and anchored his team’s 4×200 freestyle relay to win his 21st gold medal. Just to highlight how unbelievable Phelps is, no other Olympian athlete has won more than 9 golds in his/her career. Phelps has 3 more races to go in Rio so expect another medal, or two or three before the games are over.

Katie Ledecky won her second gold medal of the Olympics. Ledecky won the 200 meter freestyle Tuesday night and now has the 400 and 800 meter freestyle events to go. If she wins all three, she will match only one swimmer in history, Debbie Meyer, who captured these three events in the 1968 Olympics.  The 200 meter freestyle was Ledecky’s hardest event and even said, “I’m pretty sure it’s the closest I’ve come to throwing up in the middle of a race.”

No one doubted the U.S gymnastic team was among the best of all time, but they were flawless Tuesday night with an almost 8.3 point victory over 2nd place Russia. Individually, the fabulous five (Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian) won all 12 of their events to cruise away with an impressive Team Gold.

NFL

Washington Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman will contribute to the Fox network this season. Norman explained his decision to join the network as a way to “expand his career outside of football” during his downtime during the season. Redskins’ coach, Jay Gruden seemed to be in the dark about Norman’s new gig but Norman claimed it was no big deal.

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Tebow Trying Out For MLB, King Wins Gold And Expresses Outrage At Doping, SNL’s Jones Goes To Rio, Biles Real Parents

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow wants to pursue a career in professional baseball. Tebow played baseball in high school and has been training all year to see if he still has what it takes to make a team. All 30 Major League Baseball Teams will watch him workout later this month. Tebow is 29 years old and currently works as an ESPN broadcaster. Good luck to Tebow!

OLYMPICS

19 year old Lilly King won Gold in the 100-meter breaststroke but is getting more attention for her rivalry and public “finger wagging” with Russian silver medalist Yulia Efimova. King accused Efimova of being a “drug cheat” and wasn’t shy about expressing her outrage at any athlete doping. After winning the Gold, she told the press, “It’s incredible, winning the gold medal and knowing I did it clean.”

Leslie Jones 2After a number of Olympic themed tweets, NBC Executives decided to bring Saturday Night Live cast member (and co-star of the new “Ghostbusters” movie), Leslie Jones to Rio to help cover the Olympics. NBC Execs said they loved her enthusiasm!

Everyone has their eye on USA gymnast Simone Biles but an NBC announcer, Al Trautwig,  got himself in hot water when he referred to her parents as her grandparents and not her real mom and dad. Ron and Nellie Biles adopted Simone and her sister in 2001 when Ron’s daughter (and Simone’s biological mother) had issues with drugs and alcohol. Trautwig apologized for his mistake.

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Teixeira & A-Rod Retiring, Ledecky Dominates, Phelphs Triumphant Return, Williams Sisters Fall

BASEBALL

Big retirement news in baseball. Yankees First baseman Mark Teixeira will retire at the end of season. At 36 years old, Teixeira has battled multiple injuries over the last few years. He’s also in the final year of his $180 million dollar contract so he should be able to enjoy his retirement in style.

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez also announced his retirement and said his last game will be August 12th. After that, he’ll consult for the team. A-Rod was the #1 pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 1993 draft. Seven years later he signed a 10 year $252 million dollar deal with the Texas Rangers (the largest deal ever in sports). In 2007, Rodriquez signed another record setting 10 year deal with the New York Yankees for $275 million. A-Rod’s legacy as one of baseball’s all-time home run leaders is only marred by his admission and suspension for performance enhancing drugs which kept him off the field for the 2014 season.

OLYMPICS

Katie LedeckyIn some highlights from the Olympics, swimming phenom Katie Ledecky dominated again by beating her own record (with no one even close) to grab the Gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky will be a freshman at Stanford this year. At 31 years old, Michael Phelps looked like his young self and helped bring the gold to his team in the men’s 4×100 relay. This is Phelps 19th Gold medal!

USA didn’t fare so well in tennis over the weekend. Powerhouse doubles partners, Serena and Venus Williams lost in the first round to a Czech team who had never won a match as doubles partners.  The Williams sisters had previously never LOST a match in the Olympics togethers.

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Olympic Ceremonies Begin, Team USA Men’s & Women’s BBall Favorites, Danny Trevathan Smells Good

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The Olympic opening ceremonies begin Friday night at 7:30 pm ET after months of storylines disparaging the conditions in Rio, fears over Zika virus, and the doping scandal of the Russian athletes. All of that will be forgotten once the athletes mesmerize us with their incredible feats and heroic stories. Watch for Team USA basketball (men’s and women’s teams) to crush the competition. The men’s team consists of superstars, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kyrie Irving. With that lineup, they are -1600 favorites to win. The women’s team are -1400 favorites to win Gold.

NFL

Right GuardMost professional players probably don’t think too much about their smell during an athletic competition but some apparently take it very seriously. Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan told the media, he takes “pride in smelling good”. His teammate Right Guard (coincidentally his position is also a famous deodorant), Kyle Long stated, “He’s one of those guys that kind of have an aura about him. He walks in and he’s got his chains on and he looks sharp every day, like he just left a video shoot or something. You see him on the field and you block him and he smells good. He wears cologne. But then you get caught up in the aroma and you get hit under the chin.”

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Westbrook’s New Deal With OKC, Foles Signs With KC, Obama Releases Thomas Grandmother, Saban Refuses Transfer, Auburn Rids RB

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Russell WestbrookThe Oklahoma City Thunder, still reeling from losing Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors, appear to have reached a deal with their other superstar, Russell Westbrook.  He will stay with the Team for at least 2 more seasons, making $17.8 million next season and $26.5 the year after. He will earn even more if he stays a 3rd season.

NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs signed the experienced Nick Foles as a backup to quarterback to Alex Smith. Foles was pursued by the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings but chose to play for his former coach, Andy Reid.

President Obama made the Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ dreams come true last year when he pardoned his mother for a drug offense in time for her to see him play (and win) in Super Bowl 50. Thomas thanked Obama again when his grandmother’ was included in the commutation on Wednesday of 214 inmates in a single day.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama’s Head Coach Nick Saban  refused to let his defensive back, Maurice Smith transfer to rival Georgia. Smith’s mom fired back claiming Saban is ruining his son’s chances of continued success. Smith also claims after he asked Saban for a transfer, he was harassed in the locker room and found his belongings in the trash. One player texted him, “Bro I can’t have u at facility. Not for workout, lunch, anything. All in or out policy. Sorry bro.” Smith will graduate from Alabama this week and has appealed his denied request for transfer.

In other college football news, Auburn Coach, Gus Malzahn, released his top rusher Jovon Robinson for missing classes and meetings and being a distraction to the rest of the team. Malzahn said, “He did not meet my standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player.”

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