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"The Stack" 8-9-16

Lilly King won gold after some back and forth with Russia's Yulia Efimova in the women's 100 meter breaststroke. Eric Seals-USA TODAY Sports
Lilly King won gold after some back and forth with Russia's Yulia Efimova in the women's 100 meter breaststroke.
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Ryan Murphy took home the gold medal in the men's 100 meter backstroke.
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Very short post from The Stack today as we will just touch on some of the big headlines from Monday’s Olympic events in Rio.  Need to mention however that the Cleveland Browns named their starting quarterback on Monday and to no one’s surprise it is Robert Griffin III as it should be.  He certainly gives the Browns the best chance to win.  Now we’ll see if the Browns can actually win games, something they’ve struggled with a lot since they came back into the league in 1999.  Now though, let’s get to some Olympic headlines in “the stack” for today, Tuesday, August 9th:

 

Rio headlines day 3

 

  • Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were in action on Monday and despite a slow start, the Team USA men cruised to a 113-69.  The Team USA women had no troubles with Spain, topping them 103-63.  Both teams are 2-0 in the Olympics this year thus far.

  • Kerri Walsh-Jennings and her new beach volleyball partner April Ross are a pretty good match.  They beat the China duo they faced on Copacabana Tuesday night 21-16, 21-9. 

  • The USA tandem of David Boudia and Steele Johnson secured a silver medal for the U.S. in the men’s synchronized 10M diving event.  However the real story is what the Chinese team of Aisen Chen and Yue Lin did receiving a staggering total score of 496.98.  They were absolutely tremendous and won by nearly 40 points over the U.S.

  • The U.S. men’s polo team is in big trouble after losing 10-9 in Spain.  They are 0-2 in group play thus far.

  • Finally it was a huge day in the pool for team USA.  Conor Dwyer picked up a bronze in the men’s 200 meter freestyle.  Kathleen Baker earned a silver medal in the women’s 100 meter backstroke.  The Iron Lady of Hungary, Katinka Hosszu won gold much to the delight of her coach and husband Shane Tusup.  Ryan Murphy and David Plummer took home gold and bronze respectively for the U.S. in the 100 meter backstroke.  Murphy is the next great men’s swimmer it sounds like.  Certainly looks that way too.  And Lilly King, after a war of words with Russia’s Yulia Efimova, won gold in the women’s 100 meter breaststroke.  Katie Meili earned bronze.  Well done.  Lilly King and Katie Ledecky are phenomenal. 

  • Much more to come tomorrow and we’ll see how team USA does, especially in the pool.  Team USA has the medal count lead with 19 (5 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze).

 

Coming up Wednesday: More Olympic reaction from Rio plus other top stories in the sports world


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