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Olympic Roundup & Standings: Saturday 08.16

Another Round of updates from Beijing.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT A GREAT ARTICLE HERE ON THE BULLET: SPIKING THE COMPETITION by SHAWN CAMILLERI

(Also available below this post)

Let’s do the roundup:

BASEBALL: It’s a victory for TEAM USA! The R,W, and B beat our neighbors to the North 5-4 last night. Brian Barden went 2-for-5 with a double and a homerun. The win brings the USA into the mix in the standings again.

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
Flag of Cuba Cuba 4 0 17 12 1.000
Flag of South Korea South Korea 3 0 14 10 1.000 ½
Flag of the United States United States 2 2 23 17 .500 2
Flag of Japan Japan 2 2 17 10 .500 2
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 1 2 12 23 .333
Flag of Canada Canada 1 3 20 13 .250 3
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 3 13 15 .250 3
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 1 3 6 22 .250 3

Up Next for TEAM USA is China very early Monday Morning.

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BASKETBALL: Team USA cannot be beat in these Olympics it seems. Both the Women and Men’s teams destroying Spain. The Boys beat the current world champions, 119-82. They will take the #1 seed into the knockout round no matter how they far against Germany on Monday

Team Pld W L PCT PF PA Avg PD Pts
Flag of the United States USA 4 4 0 1.000 409 297 1.377 +112 8
Flag of Spain Spain 4 3 1 .750 320 319 1.003 +1 7
Flag of Greece Greece 4 2 2 .500 324 298 1.087 +26 6
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 4 2 2 .500 289 309 0.935 -20 6
Flag of Germany Germany 4 1 3 .250 273 284 0.961 -11 5
Flag of Angola Angola 4 0 4 .000 271 379 0.715 -108 4

Tournament knockout bracket to be completed by Monday. The U.S. Women to take on New Zealand early tomorrow. .

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL:

The Men’s Round of 16 match results are in. Rogers/Delhausser(#1 seed) began the tourney against Switzerland. They won in three sets. The Gibbs/Rosenthal duo easily dispatched Spain in 2 Sets. So NOW the tournament bracket.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold Medal Game
Germany KlempererKoreng (GER)
United States RogersDalhausser (USA)
Netherlands NummerdorSchuil (NED)
Georgia GeorGia (GEO)
Brazil RicardoEmanuel (BRA)
United States GibbRosenthal (USA)
Bronze Medal Game
Brazil M. AraujoFabio Luiz (BRA)
Austria GoschHorst (AUT)

TEAM 1 is scheduled at 7 PM tomorrow night.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL – WOMEN: The Two team’s Quarterfinal matches are set for later tonight and early tomorrow morning. Both teams will look to advance to the Semifinals. See the Bracket below.

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FOOTBALL: The big game between USA and JAPAN in the Women’s Semifinal will go off tomorrow at 5:00am PST. As mentioned TEAM USA already beat Japan in the tournament. The win could set up a gold medal match with Brazil or Germany.

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FIELD HOCKEY: The U.S and New Zealand was a crucial match for Team USA as they need a full six points to even have potential into the Medal round. They got the effort they needed. USA destroys New Zealand 4-1. USA’s Keli Smith scores two goals in the win: 1 Field Goal and one off a Penalty Corner.

Updated Standings

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Flag of Germany Germany 9 4 3 0 1 11 8 +3
Flag of Argentina Argentina 8 4 2 2 0 10 5 +5
Flag of the United Kingdom Great Britain 7 4 2 1 1 7 9 −2
Flag of the United States USA 5 4 1 2 1 9 8 +1
Flag of Japan Japan 4 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 0 4 0 0 4 4 10 −6

Now, the United States plays England, so if they win outright they would leapfrog the Brits. They would need a big victory over GB and a loss by Argentina who wraps up their play against Argentina. It doesn’t look good, but if New Zealand can beat Argentina 1-0. The US would only need to beat England by 5. HA!

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SOFTBALL: The US team gets another Mercy Rule win. They beat up on Chinese Taipai 7-0 in 5 innings late last night. Jennie Finch on the Bump for TEAM USA, Jessica Mendoza hits a homerun in the 3rd inning, part of a 5-run 3rd for USA.

Team W L RS RA WIN% GB
Flag of the United States United States 5 0 36 1 1.000
Flag of Japan Japan 4 1 12 11 .800 1
Flag of Australia Australia 3 2 17 9 .600 2
Flag of Canada Canada 3 2 17 13 .600 2
Flag of the People's Republic of China China 2 3 18 10 .400 3
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 2 3 11 21 .400 3
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 1 4 6 18 .200 4
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0 5 4 38 .000 5

USA has clinched a spot in the Semi-finals. The Softball page playoff system is different but an interesting twist in this tournament. (though, it really won’t affect the USA too much if they win out.)

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GYM VOLLEYBALL:

MEN: Check out Shawn’s Article Below as he discusses the great journey of the US Men’s Volleyball team. The Men swept China in dominating fashion and now have a match with japan to wrap up round robin play. The US Men are already into the knockout round by way of their 4-0 record.

Rk Team Points Played Won Lost PW PL Ratio SW SL Ratio
1 Flag of the United States United States 8 4 4 0 385 320 1.203 12 4 3.000
2 Flag of Italy Italy 7 4 3 1 332 297 1.117 10 4 2.500
3 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 4 2 2 348 358 0.972 7 8 0.875
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 6 4 2 2 341 385 0.886 7 10 0.700
5 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 5 4 1 3 339 353 0.960 7 9 0.778
6 Flag of Japan Japan 4 4 0 4 341 373 0.914 4 12 0.333

Shouldn’t be a problem for the men who have secured a top seed in the tournament.

WOMEN: The women are 3-1 in their respective pool and will qualify for the knockout round, just maybe not as dominating as the men. They wrap up their round-robin with Poland.

Rk Team Points Played Won Lost PW PL Ratio SW SL Ratio
1 Flag of Cuba Cuba 8 4 4 0 351 312 1.125 12 3 4.000
2 Flag of the United States United States 7 4 3 1 357 338 1.056 9 7 1.286
3 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 6 4 2 2 391 341 1.147 10 7 1.43
4 Flag of Japan Japan 6 4 2 2 337 313 1.077 7 8 .875
5 Flag of Poland Poland 5 4 1 3 338 343 0.985 7 9 0.778
6 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 4 4 0 4 203 320 0.649 1 12 0.008

-Dan.

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August 16, 2008 - Posted by | Baseball, Basketball, danharris, Olympic Games, Softball, Sports, thesilverbullet, volleyball

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