The Silver Bullet

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Olympic Roundup & Standings: Thursday 8.14

Okay, so we’ve got some new updates from across the globe.

Let’s start with

BASEBALL: Two rain delays left the game with a USA lead 7-0 into the bottom of the ninth. The excessive rain forced officials to call the game with the Netherlands rallying. Nevertheless, USA gets it’s first win of the tournament and is now set to face Cuba later today.

Standings

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
Flag of Cuba Cuba 2 0 11 8 1.000
Flag of South Korea South Korea 1 0 8 7 1.000 ½
Flag of Canada Canada 1 1 16 7 .500 1
Flag of the United States United States 1 1 14 8 .500 1
Flag of Japan Japan 1 1 8 5 .500 1
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 1 6 6 .500 1
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 0 1 0 10 .000
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 2 0 12 .000 2

Top Four teams qualify for Medal round.

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BASKETBALL: Both teams are crushing opponents and the Men seem to have the Redeem Team mentality locked up. No one has been close to either team in round-robin team. Is there any competition in this tournament. Up Next both teams to face Spain over the next two days.

USA MEN and WOMEN have qualified for the Quarterfinals already.

MEN STANDINGS:

Team Pld W L PCT PF PA PD Pts
Flag of the United States USA 3 3 0 1.000 290 215 +75 6
Flag of Spain Spain 3 3 0 1.000 238 200 +38 6
Flag of Germany Germany 3 1 2 .333 218 225 -7 4
Flag of Greece Greece 3 1 2 .333 222 237 -15 4
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 3 1 2 .333 230 254 -24 4
Flag of Angola Angola 3 0 3 .000 210 277 -67 3

WOMEN STANDINGS:

Team G W L Pts
Flag of the United States USA 3 3 0 6
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 3 2 1 5
Flag of Spain Spain 3 2 1 5
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 3 1 2 4
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 2 4
Flag of Mali Mali 3 0 3 3

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL-WOMEN: We’re in the playoffs now and the USA teams have dominated the fields here as well. The May-Treanor/Walsh team has been superb as expected.

FINAL STANDINGS – WOMEN

Pool B

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1 United States WalshMay-Treanor (USA) 6 3 0 126 85 6 0
2 Cuba F. GrassetL. Peraza (CUB) 5 2 1 116 116 4 2
3 Norway HåkedalTørlen (NOR) 4 1 2 108 111 2 4
4 Japan Teru SaikiKusuhara (JPN) 3 0 3 88 126 0 6

Pool E

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1 United States BranaghYoungs (USA) 6 3 0 139 129 6 1
2 Germany PohlRau (GER) 5 2 1 117 115 4 2
3 Cuba Esteves RibaltaM. Crespo (CUB) 4 1 2 130 117 3 4
4 Netherlands KadijkMooren (NED) 3 0 3 107 132 0 6

PLAYOFFS:

Team 1 will face Belgium in a round of 16 match.

Team 2 will face Cuba.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL-MEN: The Playoffs are ahead as well, here. Not quite as dominating a performance as on the women’s side. But the Gibbs/Rosenthal team should make a case for Gold in Beijing.

FINAL STANDINGS – MEN

Pool F

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1 United States GibbRosenthal (USA) 6 3 0 142 111 6 1
2 Japan AsahiShiratori (JPN) 4 1 2 147 151 3 5
3 Netherlands Boersma E.Ronnes (NED) 4 1 2 125 137 3 4
4 Germany BrinkDieckmann Ch. (GER) 4 1 2 106 121 2 4

Pool B

Rk Team Points Won Lost PW PL SW SL
1 Latvia SamoilovsPļaviņš (LAT) 5 2 1 139 134 4 3
2 United States RogersDalhausser (USA) 5 2 1 121 92 4 2
3 Switzerland HeyerHeuscher (SUI) 4 1 2 120 129 3 4
4 Argentina CondeBaracetti (ARG) 4 1 2 99 124 2 4

Playoff matchups have not been determined.

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FOOTBALL: or Soccer. Well, the Men are done as they faded to Nigeria early yesterday morning. The women are still alive and have a date with Canada early Friday.Tough break for the men who really needed a win or draw against Nigeria.

WOMAN’S KNOCKOUT BRACKET

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
F1 Flag of Brazil Brazil
G2 Flag of Norway Norway
E2 Flag of Sweden Sweden
F2 Flag of Germany Germany
G1 Flag of the United States USA
E3 Flag of Canada Canada
Bronze medal match
E1 Flag of the People's Republic of China China PR
G3 Flag of Japan Japan

WOMEN’S FINAL STANDINGS

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the United States USA 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
Flag of Norway Norway 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1 6
Flag of Japan Japan 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1

MEN’S FINAL STANDINGS

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Nigeria Nigeria 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
Flag of the United States USA 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Flag of Japan Japan 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0

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FIELD HOCKEY: The USA Women are in trouble if they can’t pull off two straight wins and somehow wiggle their way back into contention. It was  virtual must-win against Germany yesterday and Team USA floundered to a 4-2 loss. A controversial missed call noted by NBC commentators would not have made a difference in this loss. Up next: NEW ZEALAND.

Pool B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Flag of Germany Germany 9 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7
Flag of Argentina Argentina 5 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1
Flag of Japan Japan 4 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Great Britain 4 3 1 1 1 5 8 −3
Flag of the United States USA 2 3 0 2 1 5 7 −2
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 0 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3

Looking at the standings, It doesn’t look good for a medal round as only the top two will advance to the knockout stage.  With 2 wins, Team USA would have 8 points and would leapfrog England. Japan and Argentina still both have to play Germany, so it’s not completely unheard of.

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SOFTBALL: The rain quieted the matchup between USA and Canada last night, so there isn’t much here.  They will play a double header today.

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB
Flag of Japan Japan 3 0 9 4 1.000
Flag of Canada Canada 2 0 15 3 1.000 ½
Flag of the United States United States 2 0 14 0 1.000 ½
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 2 1 18 6 .667 1
Flag of Australia Australia 1 2 6 8 .333 2
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 2 5 8 .333 2
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 3 4 22 .000 3
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 0 3 1 21 .000 3

Nothing to be too worried about, here though. The USA should make the top four in this group and advance to the Semi-Finals.

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GYM VOLLEYBALL:

Admittedly, I haven’t been paying as close attention to the indoor volleyball, but the United States is in the mix here. Both the MEN and WOMEN were off yesterday. The men played earlier this morning against Bulgaria, but will not air on NBC until tonight, so I will not spoil.

For updated Men’s Standings, go here

WOMEN’S STANDINGS

Pool A

Rk Team Points Played Won Lost PW PL Ratio SW SL Ratio
1 Flag of Cuba Cuba 6 3 3 0 276 251 1.100 9 3 3.000
2 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 5 3 2 1 288 230 1.252 8 4 2.000
3 Flag of Japan Japan 5 3 2 1 266 238 1.118 7 5 1.400
4 Flag of the United States United States 5 3 2 1 246 235 1.047 6 5 1.200
5 Flag of Poland Poland 3 3 0 3 263 299 0.880 4 9 0.444
6 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 3 3 0 3 159 245 0.649 1 9 0.111

Top four teams advance so USA is on the fringe but still hanging on. They will play China in the early morning hours tomorrow.

THAT’S ALL FROM HERE. WOMEN’S SOCCER LIVE ON USA TOMORROW MORNING 3:00am!!!

-Dan

Standings and Brackets courtesy: Wikipedia.

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August 14, 2008 - Posted by | Baseball, Basketball, danharris, Olympic Games, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet

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