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Another excting day of Olympic events is in the books.  Hard to believe it is the last day of July already.  The Stack is here with some of the top storylines from day 3 of the Olympics and the other top headlines from the world of sports so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, July 31:

MLB trade deadline approaches

Divisions, wild card spots, pennants could very well be decided today based on whether or not a team makes a trade.  The trade deadline is today at 4 ET and we've already seen a flurry of activity, but we may see more. The Chicago Cubs' Rafael Soriano and Ryan Dempster are rumored to possibly going to the Los Angeles Dodgers which would be a blockbuster move for the Dodgers considering they just traded for the Miami Marlins' Hanley Ramirez last week.  Perhaps the Dodgers aren't done yet.  Other names that could move include Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.  It's a little surprising that the Twins also don't put Josh Willingham on the market.  He's having a phenominal year, the best of his career, with 27 homeruns and 78 RBIs.

 And the interesting baseball note from last night is that Anaheim Angels designated hitter Kendrys Morales hit a homerun from both sides of the plate in the sixth inning in last night's 15-8 win over the Texas Rangers.  That is incredible!  He's just the third player in MLB history to accomplish the feat.  The last player to do it was Mark Bellhorn on August 29, 2002.  Amazing.  The Angels are four games back of the Rangers.  They're going to make a big push.


Training camp news

Injuries are a fact of life in the NFL, particularly in training camp.  Unfortunately for the New York Giants, the injury bi has bitten them, potentially hard.  Cornerback Terrell Thomas, who missed all of last year with a torn ACL, has injured that knee again and will have a scope.  The fear is that it is another ACL tear, but the scope will tell us more.  Sad news for Thomas who has a lot of upside.

The Washington Redskins also suffered a big injury when linebacker Jonathan Goff went down with a torn ACL for the second straight year and will miss the season.  And guard Kory Lichtensteiger had arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but should be ready for the season opener.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson gave the team a scare yesterday when he started to swell and had trouble breathing.  He was rushed to the hospital.  It was just an alergic reaction to some seafood.  Vikings fans can breathe.  He's just fine.

And some sad news to report from Tennessee Titans camp where wide receiver O.J. Murdock committed suicide in Tampa.  He was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Fort Hayes State.  Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and the Titans organization.


First Penn State player moves

The penalties levied against the Penn State football program provided an opportunity for current players to leave if they so desired.  One has done just that.  Safety Tim Buckley is transferring to NC State.  Another one could possibly be leaving too.  Star tailback Silas Redd visited USC over the weekend and may be looking to make the move.  No official decision has been made, but Redd is most likely going to leave Penn State.  Haven't heard of any others though.  That's good news for head coach Bill O'Brien.

Day 3 Olympic thoughts

  • Good day for USA women's volleyball.  The women's indoor team got by a tough Brazil team in four sets and the fantastic beach duo of Misty May-Traenor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their match in two sets.  Both teams are looking in fine shape to win a medal, with both favorites to win gold.
  • How about 17-year old Missy Franklin?  Two events in the book in her Olympic career and she's earned a medal in both.  Last night she was terrific in winning the 100 meter backstroke in getting her first Olympic gold medal.  What makes the feat more impressive is that they came on the heals of a heat in the 200 meter freestyle.  14 minutes to be exact.  Not bad.  She is a class act and is becoming a rising star of the Olympics.  Expect to hear more from her in the future.
  • Michael Phelps looked better in his 200 meter butterfly semifinal, winning that and advancing to the finals.  It's his best event.  He should win gold in it.  That will take place tonight.
  • The USA men's diving duo won bronze, the first time the men's diving team has earned a medal since Atlanta in 1996.
  • The men's gymnastics team was disastrous.  They couldn't stick a landing, couldn't stay on the horse.  Not a good performance.  They finished 5th after leading after the first day of competition.
  • It was a great performance for Great Britain though who earned a bronze medal in men's gymnastics, the first medal in 100 years for men's gymnastics.  It's only a bronze, but the British will treat it as though it is a gold.  What an accomplishment.
  • And thanks to some financial maneuver to challenge the final result on the horse, Japan was able to reclaim silver instead of no medal at all and knocking Ukraine from the medal contention.  Feel for Ukraine.  That's a tough pill to swallow.

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July 31, 2012  06:50 PM ET

Thought that was kind of hinkey when the Japanese Mens Gymnastics Coach was walking around with a form and a monetary paper bill. Thought he was going to try 'bribing' the officials. Whether he did or not, it still worked and Japan replaced the Ukraine on the medal board. Still looked like that guy's hands slipped prior to dismount.

August 1, 2012  12:12 AM ET

I completely agree. I'm no gymnastics judge, but it didn't look like he had a hand stand long enough to count. Felt bad for Ukraine.

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August 1, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Think of it as a coach's challenge in football. Throw the red flag. If you are right, you get a challenge back. Get it wrong and you lose it. Same concept. You have to pay a fine to challenge the score. If you are right, you get your money back. Get it wrong, and you don't.

Ah, now I understand. Thanks!

August 1, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Too bad Phelps was out touched at the end. Beat by his own trick from 2008 when he short stroked to touch the wall. This time he coasted and the other guy used the short stroke technique.

I think they call that being foisted on your own petard.

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August 2, 2012  12:53 AM ET

Funny thing is, I think it was US currency he was holding. Not certain, but it did look like US money.

Chaos struck the men's team gymnastics competition in London yesterday when the Japanese team was awarded the silver medal after originally coming in fourth.

Here's what went down:

Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura stumbled off the pommel horse in the last event of the competition, and the judges gave him a terrible score ??? leaving Japan in fourth place behind China, Great Britain, and Ukraine.

But the Japanese team thought the judges mis-scored Uchimura's routine, so they appealed. And that's when things got interesting.

There's a rule in Olympic gymnastics that says teams must pay a fee to make an appeal. So the Japan team gave the judges a stack of $100's, and it was totally legal.

According to Yahoo's Maggie Hendricks, who is an expert in these sorts of things, "The money is there to make sure teams don't make capricious challenges."

"A smart national governing body sends their team with an envelope of cash for this very reason," Hendricks added.

Ultimately, it's probably a good policy. But given the amount of conspiracy theories surrounding Olympic judging, the images of the Japan coach handing the judges straight-up cash is still pretty jarring.

Japan's appeal was successful, and the wad of $100s was returned:

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I read another story that said he had $500 in US currency. I guess he went to the US delegation for the cash.

August 2, 2012  01:00 AM ET

Funny thing is, I think it was US currency he was holding. Not certain, but it did look like US money.

This is the best picture I could find.


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