Welcome to The Stack and the first day of August. Weird to think it's this late in summer already. We've got a few things to talk about including the Olympics so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, August 1:
Day 4 Olympic thoughts
It was another historic day in London as Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete in history. That highlights the day in London. Here are some of the other top headlines from yesterday:
- Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal yesterday, giving him the most medals in Olympic history. After just losing in the 200m butterfly by five hundreths of a second to win silver (he should have gone harder to the wall), he won gold in the 4X200m freestyle relay, giving him 19 career medals, passing Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for most medals all time. We haven't seen the Phelps from the previous two Olympics, but he is still an amazing swimmer to watch and seems like a great person out of the pool. Congrats to Phelps on the accomplishment. He can add to his total as he has three more events he can medal in and you know he wants to do that.
- In men's basketball, team USA only had a thirteen point lead at half against Tunisia, but turned it on in the second half and won 110-63. Apparently they were fifty point favorites. If you gave the points and took Tunisia, you won the bet.
- In women's soccer, team USA beat North Korea 1-0. Hoping that the Hope Solo drama is behind them.
- In women's field hockey, team USA beat Argentina for the first time in Olympic history 1-0. This is a great win for team USA and may help their confidence in getting a medal.
- The men's indoor volleyball team crushed Germany 3-0. They're looking good for the gold.
- The men's polo team beat Romania 10-8. They've won their first two matches.
- USA's Allison Schmitt swam away from the field, winning the 200m freestyle. America's darling Missy Franklin finished fourth.
- And the women for team USA in gymnastics were dynamite last night. They hit everything and won the gold. You have to feel good for Jordan Wieber after what happened Sunday night and missing out on the all-around competition. But the team looked so good last night. Good for them.
For full results, stories and all things Olympics, go to nbcolympics.com.
MLB trade deadline passes with some big deals
The MLB trade deadline has come and gone, but there were a few trades that happened that sent some players out west, including a couple of Phillies, so if you're a Philadelphia Phillies fan this morning, you're probably a little bummed out. Here are some of the trades that happened yesterday before the deadline:
- The Phillies sent outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and a couple of minor leaguers. The Phillies finally faced the writing on the wall and knew they needed to get a few pieces for their future by trading an outfielder or two.
- The second outfielder is Shane Victorino who was traded to the L.A. Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom and a minor leaguer. The Dodgers, who traded for the Marlins Hanley Ramirez last week are serious about winning the NL West this year over the Giants. That is going to be a very compelling race.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates were wheeling and dealing Tuesday, acquiring first baseman Gaby Sanchez and a minor leaguer from the Marlins for another minor leaguer and a draft pick. They also sent Casey McGehee to the Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls.
- And the Texas Rangers added a starting pitcher to their rotation, acquring Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs for two minor leaguers. Dempster has been the bright spot on a dismal Cubs team this year. This is a good move for the Rangers as they try to fend off the Angels for the AL West crown.
All of the trades can be found at mlb.com.
Coming up Thursday: More Olympics news and other top stories in sports.