"The Stack" 8-17-16

For the first time in her Olympic career, Kerri Walsh-Jennings will not be getting a gold medal. She and April Ross lost to the Brazilian team in the semifinals and now will have to go for bronze. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
For the first time in her Olympic career, Kerri Walsh-Jennings will not be getting a gold medal. She and April Ross lost to the Brazilian team in the semifinals and now will have to go for bronze.
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University of Oregon football player and current USA Olympian hurdler Devon Allen failed to medal in the men's 110 meter hurdles placing 5th.
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The Stack ran into some ill-timed computer issues yesterday and was unable to get our post up yesterday, but we are back on this Wednesday with Olympic headlines plus a couple of other headlines so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Wednesday, August 17th:


Olympic headlines and thoughts


Before we get to what happened Tuesday, a couple of thoughts from Monday.  Usain Bolt is incredible.  His win in the 100 meters was spectacular.  Justin Gatlin of the U.S. had the lead, but started to fade down the stretch and Bolt used his phenomenal closing speed to win gold while Gatlin settled for silver.  Gatlin said afterward he was a little tired after the semifinal.  Obviously Bolt wasn’t.  And what a finish in the women’s 400 meter where Allyson Felix missed out on the gold medal by seven hundredths of a second when Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dove at the end to pick up the gold.  It was pretty amazing and awesome to see.  Now to the events that made headlines from yesterday…


  • Team USA’s women’s basketball team found themselves in a bit of a battle with Japan early in the third quarter, but went out to rout Japan 110-64.  Sue Bird did get injured so we’ll have to see how she feels as semifinals come up.  The other three quarterfinal games for what it’s worth were all decided by five points or less.

  • No Americans won any medals in the four finals in the Kayak/Canoe races yesterday L

  • Great Britain is really good at cycling!  Four of the possible nine medals yesterday went to Great Britain.

  • China is very good at badminton and table tennis.

  • Team USA women’s volleyball swept Japan 3-0 in their quarterfinal matchup, but the biggest story was China upsetting Brazil who hadn’t lost a set in the tournament yet 3-2.  Stunning loss for the Brazilians.  It was a very dejected arena.

  • Speaking of stunning, Kerri Walsh-Jennings had never lost a match in Olympic beach volleyball.  Now she has.  Brazil stunned Walsh-Jennings and April Ross sweeping them 22-20 and 21-18.  Brazil’s team of Agatha and Barbara were on point all match long.  Seeding wise it wasn’t an upset, but going against someone that had never lost a match in the Olympics, it certainly is one. Walsh-Jennings had lost one set in her Olympic career before these Olympics.  She and Ross lost three of them in Rio and now will have to try and win bronze against Brazil’s other team.

  • Surprise, surprise.  Simone Biles won another gold medal this one in women’s individual floor routine.  The combos that she did were simply amazing.  American has never seen a gymnast like her.  Teammate Aly Raisman won silver.  She was pretty good herself.

  • Great day of action on the track.  Team USA took gold (Christian Taylor) and silver (Will Claye) in the men’s triple jump.  Jenny Simpson secured bronze for the USA in women’s 1500 meters with fellow American Shannon Rowbury finishing just a second behind her.  And for the first time in a long time no American placed in the men’s 100 meter hurdles.  University of Oregon Devon Allen finished in fifth.  Have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of him.  Omar McLeod of Jamaica won gold.


Should see more great action as the Olympics continue today and through the rest of the week.


College football headlines


There are a couple of injuries to teams that figure to be vying for the College Football Playoff this year.  Not sure how much impact they will have on the whole season, but they may very well affect the season opener.  Clemson will definitely be affected as defensive end Austin Bryant broke his right foot and will miss the first game of the year against Auburn.  That huge sigh of relief you hear is from Baton Rouge (we continue to think of them and the rest of Louisiana dealing with all of that devastating flooding) where Heisman hopeful running back Leonard Fournette suffered a sprained ankle and was seen in a walking boot, but LSU says the injury is a minor sprain.  It better be or LSU will once again be watching the College Football Playoff rather than participating in it. 


Baseball quick hits


A couple of real quick baseball notes to pass along as well.  The Washington Nationals recently released closer Jonathan Papelbon and he says he will pick his next team in the next day or so.  After what happened in Washington you have to wonder where his confidence is at.  And the Atlanta Braves are calling up top prospect shortstop Dansby Swanson for tonight’s game against Minnesota.  In what has been an expected dismal year for the Braves, their fans can take a look at Swanson and see if he is the real deal.


Coming up Thursday: Olympics reaction plus other top stories in the sports world