The Stack comes to you on this Wednesday with plenty more Olympic coverage plus the other top stories that made headlines on Tuesday so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, August 8:
Day 11 Olympic highlights
Day 11 saw more great competition across all around London at the different venues. Here are some of the highlights:
- Team USA continues to dominate in women's basketball. They trounced Canada 91-48 in their quarterfinal matchup. Next up: Australia on Thursday.
- It's going to be an all-American final in women's beach volleyball. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings had to fight, but they were able to knock off China in two sets while April Ross and Jen Kessy upset the number one Brazilian team in three sets. It will be nice to both gold and silver. I like May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings to win their third gold medal.
- Great Britain once again dominated cycling competition yesterday, winning two golds and a silver. They also added a gold in equestrian. They are heating up.
- Great night for Aly Raisman and USA gymnastics. She won gold in the women's floor exercise and added a bronze medal on balance beam. Feel bad for Jordyn Wieber who had a few mistakes in her floor routine exercise and finished seventh. Then fans in the arena and those of us watching on TV last night on NBC were treated to a spectacle on men's horizontal bar. Germany's Fabian Hambuechen was phenominal pulling off some great moves. But the Netherland's Epke Zonderland did one better with some great flips and won gold while Hambuechen won silver. Amazing to watch them pull off some of those moves.
- Great handball action yesterday with all four women's quarterfinals matches decided by three goals or fewer. Two were decided by one goal. Very exciting.
- In track and field, the women's 100m hurdles had the most exciting finish of the night. It was a photo finish and Australian Sally Pearson won gold with a time of 12.35 seconds, a new Olympic record. Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells won silver and bronze respectively with times of 12.37 seconds and 12.48 seconds. LoLo Jones quest medal after tripping over the last hurdle in Beijing came up just short as she finished fourth with a time of 12.58 seconds. An an American medaled in the men's 1500m for the first time since 1968. Leo Manzano won a silver medal, coming from the back of the pack in the final stretch to medal. Fellow American Matt Centrowitz came up just short finishing fourth. Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria won the event.
- The USA women crushed the Dominican Republic 3-0 in indoor volleyball setting up a semi-final matchup against South Korea. USA beat South Korea 3-1 in their first match at the beginning of the Olympics.
- And in women's water polo, team USA will have a shot at gold following their 11-9 win over Australia. They'll play Spain who knocked off Hungary 10-9. Should be a great match.
Barry Bonds, the all-time homerun leader according to most, says there's "not a doubt" that he's a hall-of-famer. While some like myself agree, the arrogance he showed during his career and his personality, not to mention the whole trial, lead others to believe that he does not belong in the baseball hall of fame. The steroid era poses more questions than it does answers and Barry Bonds' predicament is certainly one of them. We have a couple more years before Bonds is up for the hall though. This year is far more anticipated with multiple steroid era players, including Mark McGwire on the ballot.
The San Diego Padres have been sold to a group which includes pro golfer Phil Mickelson. The deal is believed to be around $800 million. It makes sense that Mickelson gets involved in a sale of the Padres. After all he is from San Diego. He sees the investment sense in this move. Maybe he could use some of his money to help build the San Diego Chargers a new stadium and keep them in San Diego. Then again, Los Angeles isn't that far of a drive...if the Chargers move at all.
NFL Quick hits
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn will be the starter for the Seahawks in their first preseason game against Tennessee Saturday night. Not a surprise. When you bring in a free agent like Flynn for the money the Seahawks did, he should start.
Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson may miss his first preseason game against Detroit. Why risk injury to your workhorse? Richardson will be just fine and will be a big part of the Browns offense this year.
And finally, a very sad day in Broomall, Pennsylvania, where Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, his family and the NFL mourned the death of his son Garrett who was found dead in his Lehigh dorm room Sunday morning. Commissioner Roger Goodell was on hand along with Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaurgh and New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt were among the 900 who came to support coach Reid on this most difficult day day for him and his family. Reid is expected back on the sidelines for the Eagles first preseason game. What a horrific tragedy. Thoughts and prayers are with the Reid family and the Eagles.
Coming up Thursday: Olympic reaction plus other top sports stories from Wednesday.