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It's a little late, but The Stack wants to get in the highlights from Day 8 of the Olympics and there were some very enteraining events yesterday so let's get right to it in "the stack" for today, Sunday, August 5:

Day 8 Olympic highlights

If you missed the action yesterday, London had plenty of storylines and great competition.  Here are some of the biggest from yesterday:

  • After destroying Nigeria by 83 points, team USA's men's basketball team struggled against Lithuania, narrowly defeating them by five points 99-94.  In fact, they were trailing by two points with six minutes to go, but LeBron James went to work and scored nine of his twenty points in the latter minutes of the game to give team USA the win.  Who says James isn't a closer?
  • Good day on the beach for USA volleyball.  Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their match over the Netherlands 2-0 and the men's duo of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal won their match against Russia 2-0.  Each team advances to the quarterfinals.
  • What a shock! Great Britain won another gold medal in cycling in women's team pursuit.  USA won silver.
  • In fencing in women's team epee, the USA won the bronze medal witha 31-30 win over Russia.
  • In women's field hockey, five of the six games either tied or were decided by one goal (USA lost 3-2 to New Zealand). The other game was decided by two goals.  Very good competition and exciting games yesterday on the blue terf in field hockey.
  • American Jamie (Beyerle) Gray won gold in the 50m rifle shooting competition.
  • Swimming is winding down competition in the Olympics and once again, the USA was golden. The women's 4X100 medley relay team of Rebecca Soni, Dana Volmer, Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt set a world record in winning the gold medal with a time of 3:52.05.  They were great and this ends an incredible Olympics for team USA, particularly Franklin.  We'll see plenty more of her in Rio in four years.  And finally, Michael Phelps swam his final event and as has been so often the case, he won gold as part of the men's 4X100 medley relay.  What a career for Phelps.  22 medals, 18 of the gold!  It's going to be weird to not see him in the pool again.  Congrats Phelps on the best Olympic career we've ever seen!
  • You want to talk about domination, what about Serena Williams' performance in women's singles tennis yesterday against Maria Sharapova?  6-0, 6-1.  Sharapova never had a chance.  Good gold for Williams.
  • Track and Field is getting awfully busy and there were a number of medals awarded yesterday and intriguing stories.  Among them
      • Great Britain's Greg Rutherford won gold medal in the men's long jump.  American Will Claye won bronze.
      • Great Britain's Jessica Ennis won the women's heptathlon.  She was phenominal.
      • More great news for Great Britain as Mo Farah, who had been training in Oregon for the last year-and-a-half won gold in the 10,000 meter race.  The home crowd he said definitely helped him win the race.  Surprisingly, American Galen Rupp, Farah's training partner, won silver.
      • The fastest woman in the world is...Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. She won gold in the 100m in 10.75 seconds.  American Carmelita Jeter won silver.
      • Plenty of heat's and semifinals happened.  No surprise that Usain Bolt has passed every test so far.
      • And in the men's 400m, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, a double leg amputee and center of much controversy and attention, has advanced to the semifinals. He ran the 400m in 45.44 seconds.  It will be interesting to see how he does today.  I'm rooting for him.
  • USA men's indoor volleyball team suffered their first loss of the Olympics losing 3-2 to Russia in a very compelling and exciting match.  How the US responds will be very key to seeing if they can get a medal or not.
  • And in men's water polo, the USA lost 11-6 to Serbia.  Serbia's a very good team.

More coverage today on NBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports Network. For more results, schedules and all things Olympics go to


August 5, 2012  07:25 PM ET

Of all the marvelous performances that have come out during these Olympics, I can't believe the amount of coverage that was given to Gabby Douglas' hair (OMG! Why didn't she have a professional doing her hair? ) < I kid you not--I read the comments on Yahoo> after winning the Woman's Gymnastic All-Around and the controversial 'Crip-Walking' dance Serena did after winning the Gold Medal.

Too many reality show aficionados in this country.

August 5, 2012  09:34 PM ET

Yeah, I didn't give a bleep about Gabby's hair. Her performance was amazing and that's what folks should have been talking about. It's a little sad and disheartening.


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