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Breakfast with Bevo, 8.9.16: Tracking the Longhorns in Rio

Posted August 9th, 2016

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Good morning. Breakfast is served.

It’s August 9th — 222 down, 144 to go.

And 16 till the high school football season kicks off.

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YESTERDAY: Texas A&M held its first fall practices. Texas State, too. The Rangers nipped the Rockies; the Astros fell to the Twins. The Cleveland Browns (not surprisingly) named Robert Griffin III their starting quarterback. And it was a good day for Americans in Rio, led by Lilly King‘s gold in the women’s 100 breast.

TODAY: More Olympics. Pick an NBC station, any NBC station.

TOMORROW: See the plan for Tuesday.

Aug. 9 has a sports history. On this date, Barry Bonds hit his 600th career homer (2002); the Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the LA Kings (1988); the Rams beat the Broncos at London’s Wembley Stadium in the second American Bowl exhibition game (1987); the first NFL game was played in the Louisiana Superdome — Oilers 13, Saints 7 (1975); Satchell Paige was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame (1971); and Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Games (1936).

Last year on Aug. 9, Frank Gifford died.

Today’s sports birthdays: JaMarcus Russell (31), Hayley Peirsol (31), Danieal Manning (34), Tyson Gay (34), Chamique Holdsclaw (39), Derek Fisher (42), Fab Fiver Jimmy King (43), Mary Joe Fernandez (45), Deion Sanders (49), Vinny Del Negro (50), Brett Hull (52), Brad Gilbert (55), Doug Williams (61) and Bob Cousy (88). Other notables: Anna Kendrick (31), Gillian Anderson (48) and Sam Elliott (72).

Tuesday trivia: Which two teams played in the very first American Bowl NFL exhibition game, played in London’s Wembley Stadium on Aug. 3, 1986? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)

Top of the menu: The Rio Olympics.

It was a busy day for Longhorns in Rio, too — Kevin Durant led Team USA to its second straight blowout, a 113-69 win over Venezuela; Townley Haas made the finals of the 200 free; Rachael Adams helped lead Team USA to a volleyball win over The Netherlands; former UT tennis standout Miguel Reyes Varela, playing for Mexico, competed in doubles; and Joanna Evans competed in the women’s 200 free.

Kevin Durant (right) drives to the basket against Venezuela's Miguel Marriaga during the men's preliminary round on Monday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant (right) drives to the basket against Venezuela’s Miguel Marriaga during the men’s preliminary round on Monday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Durant scored 16 points, going 5 of 5 from the field, including 2 of 2 from three-point range. He was 4 of 6 from the free throw line and added five assists, two rebounds and a blocked shot in 25 minutes.

He scored Team USA’s first seven points. The U.S. has beaten its first two opponents by an average of 50 points.

“Everything’s not going to be easy,” Durant told reporters after the win. “We know that, even with this great team.”

Team USA (2-0) next plays Australia on Wednesday, then Serbia on Friday and then wraps up pool play on Sunday against France.

(R-L) Chad le Clos of South Africa, Yang Sun of China and Townley Haas of the United States compete in the second semifinal of the men's 200m freestyle on Sunday. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
(R-L) Chad le Clos of South Africa, Yang Sun of China and Townley Haas of the United States compete in the second semifinal of the men’s 200m freestyle on Sunday. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Haas, who’ll be a sophomore at Texas, finished fifth in the 200-meter freestyle, the best Olympic showing for a Longhorn in the 200 free since 2000, when Josh Davis was fourth. Haas, who won the 200 free at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, was fourth in his semifinal heat on Sunday and qualified sixth for the final.

Evans, who’ll be a sophomore at UT, was fifth in her 200-meter freestyle heat competing for The Bahamas, finishing 37th overall (2 minutes, 1.27 seconds). She finished 13th in the 400 free on Sunday, and will go in the 800 free prelims on Thursday.

The Bahamas' Joanna Evans competes in a women's 200-meter freestyle heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics on Monday. (AP/Martin Meissner)
The Bahamas’ Joanna Evans competes in a women’s 200-meter freestyle heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics on Monday. (AP/Martin Meissner)

Reyes Varela, along with Mexican doubles partner Santiago Gonzalez, fell to Romania’s Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau in the second round, 6-3, 7-6 (9). Last Saturday, Reyes Varela became the first Longhorn to win an Olympic tennis match, when he and Gonzalez won their first-round match.

Adams, who starred for UT volleyball from 2008-11, had six kills and two blocks in Team USA’s 3-2 win over the Netherlands (18-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 15-8). Her six kills came on 11 swings. Team USA has beaten The Netherlands three straight times this year; the Americans play Serbia on Wednesday, Italy on Friday and then wrap up group play Sunday against China.

Team USA's Rachael Adams celebrates a point during the women's preliminary Pool B match win over The Netherlands on Monday afternoon. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Team USA’s Rachael Adams celebrates a point during the women’s preliminary Pool B match win over The Netherlands on Monday afternoon. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Today in Rio: Three Longhorns — Haas, Jack Conger and Clark Smith — will compete in the 800-meter freestyle relay. … Joseph Schooling, who’ll be a junior at UT, competes in the prelims of the 100-meter freestyle for Singapore.

So far, there’s been one Longhorn medal — Jimmy Feigen‘s gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay.

So, what’s being written out there about the Longhorns?

Our own Cedric Golden thinks Charlie Strong should just avoid the next couple weeks of inevitability and go ahead and name Shane Buechele the starter. And Ryan Autullo looked at seniors who might step into the final-year breakout roles enjoyed by John Harris in 2014 and Peter Jinkens last year.

AROUND THE BIG 12: The Houston Chronicle had a couple of UH vs. Big 12 expansion stories, a look at whether the cost of moving up to a Power Five conference might be too steep for the Cougars, and how UH’s biggest obstacle might be having to persuade the Big 12’s northern schools. Our own Suzanne Halliburton was in Waco today, writing about Baylor’s switch to a 3-4 defense. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal wrote on Texas Tech playmaker Devin Lauderdale‘s return to practice, his six-month suspension in the rearview. And a Red Raiders notebook from the LA-J addressed the four-player battle between two sophomores and two freshmen for the starting left guard spot. The Oklahoman wrote about Baker Mayfield‘s backup, Austin Kendall, who’s learning the ropes in Norman. And the paper also ran a feature on Oklahoma State running back Jeff Carr, who weighed in at 167 pounds last year but has added 13 pounds for 2016.

OPPOSITION RESEARCH: The South Bend Tribune wrote about Notre Dame’s next big thing at receiver, freshman Chase Claypool, and also had a nice read on Irish safety Drue Tranquill, who’s battled back from ACL injuries to his left and right knees the past two years.

AROUND THE FORTY ACRES: 

Softball: Terry Lewis, UT’s “voice of Texas softball” who handled play-by-play for the McCombs Field in-house stadium broadcasts, died Sunday night. He also handled road broadcasts on 105.3.

On Aug. 9, 1974: President Richard Nixon resigned.

On Aug. 9, 1969: The Manson Murders were committed in California.

On Aug. 9, 1945: The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

Trivia answer: The Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys, 17-6, in the first American Bowl NFL exhibition game in London, on Aug. 3, 1986.

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