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The Stack is here on this Thursday and there is really not much to talk about apart from the Olympics.  Another day, another exciting and entertaining day of Olympic events.  A couple of other quick things before we get to the Olympics.  First, what a wild game in Arlington last night as the Texas Rangers rallied back to beat the Anaheim Angels 11-10.  They trailed 10-7 in the bottom of the 10th, but chipped away with Nelson Cruz hitting a solo homerun.  Later in the inning, with the bases loaded a single brought in two more to tie the game and then Elvis Andrus singled in the winning run.  This has to feel really good for the Rangers who have been struggling as of late and my be feeling the pressure of how good the Angels have played lately.  Big win for them.  And Wisconsin running Montee Ball was the victim of what police are calling an "unprovoked attack" when five men jumped him and started kicking him before witnesses chased him off.  He is expected to make a full recovery though it is unclear whether or not he'll be ready when Wisconsin opens up camp Monday.  Now onto the Olympics in "the stack" for today, Thursday, August 2:

Day 5 Olympic highlights

There was quite a bit of news coming from London yesterday as day five of the Olympics commenced.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Team USA crushed Turkey 89-58 in women's basketball.  They seem to have found their rhythm following a close call with Croatia in the opener.
  • Misty May-Traenor and Kerri Walsh Jennings lost their first career set in the Olympics yesterday against the Austrian team of sisters Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger, but came back to win 2-1.  They are still undefeated in Olympic competition.
  • What a day for Great Britain, winning their first two gold medals of the Olympics after going four days with subpar results.  Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins won the road time trials in cycling and the rowing pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the gold in rowing.  Finally the hosts break through.
  • In fencing, Mariel Zagunis of the USA failed to win a medal after winning gold in the previous two Olympics.  She lost her last two matches knocking her out of the medal running.  She was the flag holder in the opening ceremonies.  Rather stunning she didn't win a medal.
  • The women's indoor volleyball team crushed China 3-0.  They are looking very good.
  • Badminton is seeing a controversy with eight players from China, South Korea and Indonesia kicked out of the Olympics for throwing matches.  Several appeals were heard, none were overturned.
  • It was a good day in swimming for team USA both for the men and women.  First to the men, where Nathan Adrian edged out Australian James Magnussen by one hundredth of a second with a time of 47.52 seconds to win the gold.  It was a phenominal race and an exciting finish.  Great job by Adrian.  No men placed in the 200m Breaststroke.
  • As for the women, the relay team of Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt set an Olympic record in 4X200 freestyle relay with a time of 7:42.92.  It was a great race.  Congrats to team USA.  No women placed in the 200m Butterfly though Kathleen Hersey placed fourth missing out by three tenths of a bronze medal.
  • Finally in gymnastics in the men's all-around, team USA rebounded after their disappointing performance Monday to get a bronze medal.  Danell Leyva placed third with a score of 90.698, narrowly missing out on the silver to German Nguyen Marcell.  Japan's Kohei Uchimura won the all-around gold with a score of 92.690.

Ratings have been good, the competition has been fierce and exciting, and the Olympics have been an all-around blast.  Lets hope that continues tonight.  Should be another great day of Olympic action.


Coming up Friday: Thursday Olympic reaction plus look ahead to NFL HOF induction weekend and other top stories from the sports world



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