Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s August 12th — 225 down, 141 to go.
And 9 till the AP’s preseason Top 25 poll comes out.
YESTERDAY: Michael Phelps won his 22nd Olympic gold medal. Simone Biles outdueled Aly Raisman for the all-around gold in gymnastics. The Cubs won their 10th straight. The Astros produced 25 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Twins, while the Rangers fell to the Rockies, snapping their five-game winning streak. In the first NFL preseason games, the Falcons beat the Redskins 23-17 (Colt McCoy was 7 of 11 for 53 yards) and the Patriots beat the Saints, 34-22. Other games: Eagles 17, Buccaneers 9; Ravens 22, Panthers 19; Jets 17, Jaguars 13; Broncos 22, Bears 0.
TODAY: Alex Rodriguez plays his final game. Yu Darvish goes for the Rangers as they host the Tigers, and the Astros are at the Twins again. And track and field takes center stage in Rio.
TOMORROW: The Astros begin a series at Toronto, while the Rangers host the Tigers again. More Olympics from Rio. Former UT baseball standout Brandon Workman, now with the Red Sox, will celebrate his 28th birthday.
Aug. 12 has a sports history. On this date, Rory McIlroy (2012), Tiger Woods (2007), Wayne Grady (1990) and Jack Nicklaus (1973) all won PGA Championships; the Fox network aired its first NFL game (1994); MLB players went on strike, which would eventually lead to the cancellation of that year’s World Series (1994); American diver Greg Louganis won Olympic golds in both the springboard and platform events at the LA Games (1984); Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley was paralyzed after getting hit by Oakland’s Jack Tatum in an NFL exhibition game (1978); Nolan Ryan struck out 19 and walked only two in the Angels’ 4-2 win over the Red Sox (1974); South Africa was banned from the Olympics because of its use of apartheid (1964); St. Louis Cardinals star Stan Musial announced he would retire at the end of the season (1963); and Babe Ruth played his final game at Fenway Park in front of a crowd of 41,766 (1935).
Last year on Aug. 12, Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma threw a no-hitter over the Baltimore Orioles.
Today’s sports birthdays: Plaxico Burress (39), Antoine Walker (40), Pete Sampras (45) and TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle (46). Other notables: Casey Affleck (41), Sam J. Jones (62) and Mark Knopfler (67).
Friday trivia: Two questions, answer either one right for the win. What movie role is birthday boy Sam J. Jones known for? And/or what rock band is Mark Knopfler in? (Answers are at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: The Rio Olympics.
Texas had two swimmers and two golfers going on Thursday. Both golfers — Jhonattan Vegas and Brandon Stone, shot over par, one swimmer (Joseph Schooling) advanced to today’s finals and the other saw her Rio run end.
Vegas, who starred at Texas from 2004-07, and Stone (201), are tied for 34th and 56th respectively after the first round of the Olympcs. Vegas shot a 1-over 72; Stone was 4-over 75.
Vegas started the round with seven pars until bogeying No. 8. There were two more bogeys on Nos. 12 and 15, then he birdied two of his final three holes. Stone, meanwhile, started off with back-to-back birdies but then bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 8, then had two more on No. 10 and No. 12 and a double-bogey on 13.
Schooling, swimming for Singapore, bested the rest of the field in his prelim and semifinal rounds of the 100-meter butterfly — and that included Michael Phelps. Schooling swam a 51.41 prelim, then won his semifinal heat with a time of 50.83. He’s secured Lane 4 for Friday’s final.
The 100 butterfly is in Schooling’s wheelhouse. He won bronze for Singapore at last year’s FINA World Championships and he’s the NCAA record-holder in the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Meanwhile, rising sophomore Joanna Evans, swimming for The Bahamas, was eliminated in the 800-meter freestyle. She finished 23rd overall.
Today in Rio:
Men’s golf: Vegas tees off his second round at 9:03 a.m. Stone starts at 10:47. Love coverage on the Golf Channel.
Track and field: Michelle Carter starts off her qualifying round in the shot put at 8:05 a.m. (NBC Sports Network), and Marielle Hall runs in the 10,000-meter final at 8:10 a.m. (NBCSN). If Carter makes the final of the shot put, she’ll compete in the finals at 6:35 p.m. (NBC Universo).
Women’s volleyball: Rachael Adams and Team USA face Italy at 1 p.m. (NBC).
Men’s basketball: Kevin Durant and Team USA plays Serbia at 5 p.m. (NBCSN).
Men’s swimming: Schooling (Singapore) goes for gold in the 100-meter butterfly final (8:12 p.m., NBC). He’ll be going up against Phelps, Russia’s Chad Le Clos, China’s Li Zhuhao, Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, America’s Tom Shields, France’s Mehdy Metella and Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov, whom Schooling passed in the final 50 meters to take the semifinal.
So far, there have been four Longhorn medalists, and they’re all swimmers — Jimmy Feigan (400 free relay), Townley Haas (800 free relay), Jack Conger (800 free relay) and Clark Smith (800 free relay).
Also, Mike Hixon — a former UT diver who transferred to Indiana in 2015, a year after he became the first Texas freshman to swep the springboard diving events at the NCAA championships — won silver on Wednesday in the synchronized 3-meter springboard. But that counts as a gold for Indiana, not Texas.
AROUND THE BIG 12: Regarding Big 12 expansion, ESPN reported that if the league expands, it’ll likely be by only two teams and that commish Bob Bowlsby will watch video presentations from 17 prospective targets, including BYU, Houston, Cincinnati, UCF, USF, UConn and Boise State. And the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that one of Memphis’ efforts to woo the Big 12 even involved some Memphis barbecue. … TCU held a scrimmage, got less than 50 yards passing from the first-team offense, and Gary Patterson described it all to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as “kind of blah.” Over at Baylor, Corey Coleman and Jay Lee have moved on to the NFL, but this year’s Bears receivers are wanting to pick up right where they left off in 2015, the Waco Tribune-Herald wrote. The Oklahoman wrote about OU’s junior defensive end D.J. Ward, expected to give a boost to the Sooners’ pass rush. The Kansas City Star reported about a lawsuit alleging Kansas requires its women’s rowing team members to attend Jayhawks football games and encourages them to attend parties with football recruits. And the Star also had a story on Cedric Dozier, the Cal graduate transfer defensive back who’s now at Kansas State, and also looked at the Wildcats’ three-man quarterback battle between Alex Delton, Jesse Ertz and Joe Hubener.
OPPOSITION RESEARCH: The South Bend Tribune wrote about Notre Dame receiver C.J. Sanders‘ 2016 goal (win the national championship, of course).
On Aug. 12, 2000: The Russian atomic submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea, killing everyone on board.
On Aug. 12, 1981: The IBM personal computer was released. Sale price was $1,565 — or a little more than $4,000 today.
On Aug. 12, 1990: Sue — the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found — was discovered in South Dakota. By American paleontologist Sue Hendrickson, hence the name.
Trivia answer: Actor Sam J. Jones is best known as Flash Gordon in the 1980 film of the same name. And Mark Knopfler is from Dire Straits.
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