Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s August 13th — 226 down, 140 to go.
And 23 till Labor Day.
YESTERDAY: Longhorns won two golds in Rio (shot put and swimming). But the U.S. women’s soccer team, the favorites to win gold and coming off last year’s World Cup, got bounced by Sweden in the quarterfinals. By shootout, too. Alex Rodriguez played his final game with the Yankees, going 1 for 4 with an RBI double. (Final game ever? A-Rod wouldn’t say.)
TODAY: The Dallas Cowboys play their first preseason game, at the Rams (7, ESPN). You can catch the Seahawks-Chiefs too (3:30, NFL Network). The Rangers host the Tigers (7, FSSW) and the Astros are at the Blue Jays (noon, Root). Track takes center stage in Rio. Former Horns baseball standout Brandon Workman turns 28. And UT players and coaches will speak to the media just before noon; we’ll have coverage of that here on Hookem.
TOMORROW: The Texans play at the 49ers (6, NFL Network). The Astros are at the Blue Jays (noon, Root) and the Rangers host the Tigers again (2, FSSW). For you soccer folks, Liverpool vs. Arsenal is a solid EPL matchup (9:55 a.m., NBC Sports Network). The Rio Olympics continue.
Aug. 13 has a sports history. On this date, Steffi Graf retired from tennis at the age of 30 after 22 Grand Slam titles (1999); the Padres traded Rickey Henderson to the Angels (1997); ESPN anchor Tom Mees drowned at the age of 46 (1996); we also lost Mickey Mantle, to cancer (1995); Steve Elkington (1995) and Payne Stewart (1989) won PGA Championships; Herschel Walker bolted from the USFL, signing a five-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys for $1 million a year (1986); Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock notched his 3,000th career hit (1979); 42-year-old Satchel Paige pitched his first major league complete game (1948); and Jesse Owens won gold in the long jump, the second of his four golds at the Berlin Olympics (1936).
Last year on Aug. 13, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy were paired together for the first round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Both shot 1-under 71s, five shots off the lead.
Today’s sports birthdays: DeMarcus Cousins (26), Brandon Workman (28), Jarrod Washburn (42), Elvis Grbac (46), Scott Hamilton (58) and Betsy King (61). Other notables: Fidel Castro (90).
Saturday trivia: Name the Dallas Cowboys’ five all-time leading rushers. Bonus points if you get them in order. Hint: Neither DeMarco Murray (sixth) nor Herschel Walker (ninth) make the list. (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: The Rio Olympics.
It was a golden day in Rio for Longhorns. Texas won two golds — Michelle Carter in the shot put, Joseph Schooling in the men’s 100-meter butterfly — in record-setting fashion. These Olympics have been all or nothing when it comes to golds. There have been six medals won by Texas athletes so far in Rio. Nothing but golds.
Texas entered these Olympics strongest in swimming and track and field. Swimming has yielded five golds for Texas. And perhaps Carter’s is going to be the start of another gold rush for Texas in track. Texas still has Ryan Crouser in the shot put, Byron Robinson (400-meter hurdles) and Jamal Wilson (high jump, The Bahamas) to go on the men’s side, plus Ashley Spencer (400-meter hurdles), Marielle Hall (10,000), the 400 relay (Morolake Akinosun) and two in the 1600 relay (Courtney Okolo, U.S. and Chrisann Gordon, Jamaica).
And you have to like the chances for UT golds in men’s basketball (Kevin Durant) and women’s volleyball (Rachael Adams).
Schooling, swimming for Singapore, won the first Longhorns gold of the day by besting an impressive field in the 100 fly that included three-time defending Olympic champion Michael Phelps, setting an Olympic record with a time of 50.39 seconds. It was Phelps’ record (50.58, set in Beijing in 2008) that Schooling broke. Back in 2008, Schooling got his photo taken with Phelps in Singapore before Phelps went to Beijing and won eight golds.
Friday night, someone — finally — beat the 22 gold-timer.
“As a kid, I wanted to be like him,” Schooling told the New York Times. “It’s crazy to think of what happens in eight years. A lot of this is because of Michael. He’s the reason I wanted to be a better swimmer.”
Schooling led the entire race. There was a three-way tie for silver between Phelps, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cheh at 51.14. It was only the third silver of Phelps’ storied career.
The rising junior is the first Longhorn to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming since Aaron Peirsol‘s gold in the 100-meter backstroke in 2008. And he’s the 25th Texas men’s swimmer or diver to win an Olympic gold.
In all, UT swimmers and divers have won 47 golds, 16 silvers and nine bronzes in men’s Olympic swimming.
Schooling won bronze for Singapore in the 100 fly in last summer’s FINA World Championships, and was the 2016 co-national swimmer of the year after sweeping the four NCAA national butterfly titles in his first two years at Texas. He holds the NCAA, NCAA championship and U.S. Open records in the 100- and 200-fly events.
Carter set a record of her own while winning gold in the women’s shot put. But unlike Schooling, who led wire to wire, Carter had to come from behind to beat New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, who led after each of the first five rounds. But Carter had a monster throw of 20.68 meters (67-10.25), bettering Adams’ second round mark of 20.42 (67-0.00) for the win.
Carter’s throw also broke her own American record, set in 2013.
“You can’t even put into words the emotion sitting there with Michelle’s dad Michael, and she’s winning the gold medal,” said Texas track coach Mario Sategna. “I couldn’t be more happy for her and her dad, who was a silver medalist in ’84. I think it goes to show she’s a person who does it the right way. It was definitely a great day for the University of Texas and the Carter family.”
Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News wrote on Carter’s gold. Here’s a link.
On to other Olympic news. It was another day, another win for the undefeated U.S. volleyball team, which improved to 4-0 in pool play with a 3-1 win over Italy on Friday (25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20). Rachael Adams had nine kills and a block.
Through four matches, Adams has 34 kills, four assists and six blocks.
Team USA wraps up pool play on Sunday against China (3:05 p.m., NBC) before moving on to the knockout quarterfinal round on Tuesday.
In men’s golf, South Africa’s Brandon Stone climbed five spots after Day 2 of golf, in 51st place after shooting a second-round 72. He bogeyed the second hole, birdied the fifth, bogeyed Nos. 7 and 15 but then ended with a birdie to shoot 1-over on the day. Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas, meanwhile, shot a 5-over par 76 with three birdies, two bogeys and two triple bogeys. He’s tied for 53rd.
Durant scored 12 points and added five rebounds, an assist and a steal in Team USA’s 94-91 win over Serbia in men’s basketball. He had a team-high 30 minutes. Through four games, Durant has scored in double figures each time.
Team USA (4-0), coming off two tight games, wrap up pool play on Sunday, against France (12:15 p.m., NBC Sports Network). The top four teams from each pool advance to the quarterfinals.
Earlier on Friday, Marielle Hall finished 33rd in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:39.32.
So far, there have been six Longhorn medalists:
Women’s track: Michelle Carter (shot put)
Men’s swimming: Jack Conger (800 free relay)
Men’s swimming: Jimmy Feigan (400 free relay)
Men’s swimming: Townley Haas (800 free relay)
Men’s swimming: Joseph Schooling (100 fly, Singapore)
Men’s swimming: Clark Smith (800 free relay)
Today in Rio:
Men’s golf: It’s the third round. Stone (South Africa) tees off at 6:52 a.m., Vegas (Venezuela) at 6:41. Coverage is on the Golf Channel.
Tomorrow, Durant leads Team USA against France (12:15 p.m., NBC Sports Network); Adams and Team USA play China in volleyball (3:05 p.m., NBC). Stone and Vegas will tee off in the fourth round of men’s golf. And Jamal Wilson, competing for The Bahamas, is in the qualifying round of the high jump (6:30 p.m., NBC).
What’s being written about the Longhorns?
Cedric Golden opined today on this year’s seniors, from Kent Perkins, Tyrone Swoopes and Dylan Haines down to guys like Paul Boyette Jr. and Timothy Cole, and their last chance to make a stamp on this program. Meanwhile, sophomore receiver DeAndre McNeal is transferring. And is it time to take the Texas vs. Texas A&M more seriously? Maybe, says Kirk Bohls, who was told by the Aggies’ new AD that he and UT’s Mike Perrin have had conversations about scheduling each other.
AROUND THE BIG 12: First, expansion. The Houston Chronicle prepped readers for Houston’s upcoming video presentation to the Big 12. The Coogs will be one of 10 AAC schools making pitches (Houston, Cincinnati, Memphis, Connecticut, Central Florida, South Florida, East Carolina, Temple, Tulane and SMU). And count Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy as a No when it comes to Big 12 expansion: “I think right now we’re pretty much clueless,” he told the Tulsa World. Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman, meanwhile, decided to just take a step back … and realize just how embarrassing this has all become. … Oklahoma was dealt a defensive setback this week: Caleb Kelly, a five-star freshman OLB who was expected to contribute this fall, has missed practices with a sprained knee. Here’s an Oklahoma State receiver to keep an eye on: Jalen McClesky, a sophomore who many think will have a breakout year. Here’s a nice read from the Kansas City Star on Bill Snyder‘s old-school refusal to tinker with Kansas State’s uniforms, which have been purple tops/silver bottoms since the days of leather helmets, we figure. Bad news for Iowa State. Zeb Noland, a promising freshman quarterback who was an early enrollee this year, is out for the season after suffering a knee injury, the Des Moines Register reported.
OPPOSITION RESEARCH: So, it turns out Notre Dame defensive end Jay Hayes is finding balance on and off the field through yoga, and he’s getting some Fighting Irish teammates into it, too. Here’s the South Bend Tribune story. The Chicago Tribune wrote about a possible expanded role in Notre Dame’s offense for tight end Nic Weishar.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES:
Women’s soccer: Junior forward Olivia Brook scored two goals and Texas shut out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in an exhibition at Myers Stadium 3-0. Sophomore midfielder Katie Glenn added the other goal. The Horns outshot the Islanders 21-3. … Also, freshman F Cyera Hintzen and sophomore MF Kayra Dollas are battling injuries and listed as day to day. Both have lower leg injuries.
On Aug. 13, 1997: The first episode of “South Park” aired, on Comedy Central.
On Aug. 13, 1942: Disney’s “Bambi” opened in theaters.
On Aug. 13, 1918: The first woman – Opha May Johnson – enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, during World War I.
Trivia answer: The Cowboys’ five career leading rushers are, in order, Emmitt Smith (17,162), Tony Dorsett (12,036), Don Perkins (6,217), Calvin Hill (5,009) and Robert Newhouse (4,784). Other notables – No. 6 DeMarco Murray (4,526), No. 7 Marion Barber (4,358), No. 8 Walt Garrison (3,886), No. 9 Herschel Walker (3,491), No. 10 Julius Jones (3,484), No. 11 Felix Jones (2,728) and No. 12 Roger Staubach (2,264).
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