The US women’s Olympic soccer team won their third straight gold medal by defeating Japan 2-1. The win avenges the loss the US suffered to Japan in last years World Cup final. Ashton Eaton won the decathlon fellow American Trey Hardee finished second. Usain Bolt won the 200-meter dash and he becomes the first sprinter to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter events in consecutive Olympics.
The Dwight Howard trade from Orlando to Los Angeles looks to be a done deal. It will be an NBA four team trade and the other teams involved will be the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver. Howard will go to Los Angeles, the Lakers will trade center Andrew Bynum to the 76ers, the 76ers will trade Andre Iguodala to Denver and Orlando will receive a package of Arron Afflalo,Al Harrington,Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and three first round draft picks.
Detroit will travel to Texas to face the Rangers in a crucial three game series. The Rangers go into the weekend with a 5 1/2 game lead over the Oakland A’s in the American League West Texas is ahead of third place Los Angeles by 7 games. Detroit is tied with Baltimore and Oakland in the AL Wild Card and the Tigers trail first place Chicago by 1 game in the AL Central. In another big series in the AL Chicago will go to Oakland. In the National League, Washington will be at Arizona. The Nationals who have the best record in the major leagues are up by 4 1/2 games over Atlanta in the NL East. Arizona is 4 games behind NL West division leading San Francisco and trail Atlanta and Pittsburgh by 6 1/2 games in the Wild Card.
2012 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III made his professional debut last night for the Washington Redskins against the Buffalo Bills. Griffin in limited duty completed 4 out of his 6 passes for 70 yards and one touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon in the first quarter. The Redskins beat Buffalo 7-6. Peyton Manning played in his first game for The Denver Broncos. Manning completed 4 of 7 passes for 44 yards and one interception. Denver crushed Chicago 31-3. In other NFL games, Baltimore beat Atlanta 31-13, New England edged New Orleans 7-6, Philadelphia got by Pittsburgh 24-23, and San Diego downed Green Bay 21-13.