What I know – Olympics and Baseball

The US Olympic men’s basketball team cruised past France 98-71 on Sunday. Kevin Durant scored 22 points Kevin Love came off the bench to score 14 points. The US team got off to a sluggish start and only had a one point lead 22-21 after the first quarter but in the second the United States outscored France 30-15 to pull away for the victory. This opening game in the Olympics was considered a decent test because France has four starters that play in the NBA.

France got a measure of revenge in the swimming pool as they upset the United States in the 4X100 meter freestyle relay. Ryan Lochte was the anchor man on the relay team but was overcome by France’s Yannick Agnel down the stretch. Lochte won a gold medal Saturday as he won the 400 meter individual medley. His time was 4 minutes 5.18 seconds. Dana Vollmer won the gold medal and set a new world record in the women’s 100 meter butterfly. Her winning time was 55.98 seconds.  Gymnast Jordyn Wieber, considered the 2012 Olympic games gold medal favorite in the all-around competition, failed to reach the final in the event.

The Cincinnati Reds won their tenth straight game on Sunday beating the Colorado Rockies 7-2. The Reds hold a three game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central Division and they are 71/2 games up on the third Place St. Louis Cardinals. The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the San Francisco Giants in a three game series over the weekend. With the sweep, the Dodgers and the Giants are now tied for first place in the NL West. The Chicago White Sox took two out of three games over Texas Rangers this weekend and they still hold a 1 ½ game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.  Texas has a 4 ½ game lead over the Oakland A’s and is 5 full games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. The Boston Red Sox are still in playoff chase after taking two games out of three versus the New York Yankees. Boston trails New York by 9 ½ games in the AL East and trail Oakland and Los Angeles by 4 games in the AL Wild Card.

There are some important series that begin tonight in baseball. In the American League, the Los Angeles Angels travel to Texas in a four game series. The Rangers have a chance to put some distance between them and one of their closest rivals in the AL West. Detroit will be at Boston in a three game series. Baltimore will be at the Yankees in a key three game AL East series Baltimore trails New York by 7 ½ games. In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks face the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Arizona trails Los Angeles and San Francisco by 4 ½ games in the NL West.

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