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The Games of the 30th Olympiad have only two days remaining. Most events have come and gone, and Pat Forde’s obsession with watersports and incessant tweeting will remain dormant for another four years. Only four teams remain on the hardwood, and Team USA is a single win away from standing atop the podium, gold around their necks, listening our National Anthem ring throughout North Greenwich Arena in London, England.
One final foe stands in the mighty U-S-of-A’s way, after they cruised to victory today over Argentina in the semifinals, 109-83. It was the two team’s third meeting in a little over two weeks, and in the previous meetings the Argentinian’s had no chance. Today was no different. LeBron James turned it on in the second half, as the U.S. lead grew to as large as 17 points by the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw the benches clear and the starters earn a little extra rest before taking the court in the gold medal match on Sunday.
The United States will meet Spain, led by Marc and Pau Gasol, who will attempt to dethrone the next-best- Dream Team. Before knocking off Russia today in the semifinals, Spain had lost their previous two games in pool play against the Russians and Brazil.
Anthony Davis played a little over three minutes in the game during garbage time, but barely sniffed the stat columns, collecting only a single rebound. Kevin Durant paced Team USA with 19 points, and LeBron James added 18, bringing his career Olympic point total to 254, only two points shy of Michael Jordan for second all-time. David Robinson is the point’s leader with 280. Bear in mind, Jordan only played in two Olympics, and Robinson three. This is James’ third Olympic run.
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
— Did you know: Olympic Gold medals are actually 92.5 percent silver? They are only required to be plated in as little as six grams of gold. If the gold medals were solid, they would be worth nearly $25,000. Made of mostly silver, however, they would sell for a modest $500, which is still not a bad day at the pawn shop. Bronze is a medal made from a mixture of copper and zinc, and the Olympic medal is worth only $3 for the raw material.
— BREAKING: College basketball coaches are jealous of Kentucky and John Calipari. In the least surprising news ever, when polled anonymously, given the ability to speak off the record, and have free reign to make accusations with absolutely zero consequence, college basketball coaches agree with the long-standing perception that Calipari is a cheater.
— Kentucky’s representative in the quest for the Little League World Series was eliminated today. The team from Bowling Green was bounced by New Castle, Indiana in a game played in Indianapolis, which is less than 50 miles from their city. It was a crowd dominated by fans rooting for the home team, and you could tell they wanted this one bad. Teeth were gnashed and hatred filled the air; they wanted payback. Following the Indiana victory in the bottom of the 6th, rumors began circulating that a homage to the lil’ fellas from the Hoosier State will be erected in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, as a permanent reminder they win in all the little things.
— Louisiana State has dismissed their Heisman Trophy candidate Tyrann Mathieu for a violation of team rules. It was his third and final offense for what is assumed to be another failed drug test. Mathieu says he is already looking at schools to transfer to, so Joker Phillips will probably want to offer a scholarship. As for the Tigers, LSU is suspected to be able to recover, as they will have the least challenging job of filling their depth chart at corner back. They have at least seven other guys that would start for any team in the nation ready and waiting.
— The Southeastern Conference released the basketball schedule after a bit of re-thinking the “permanent rival” idea, completing the 2012-13 slate for the Cats. UK will open the SEC schedule on January 10 at Vanderbilt on ESPN. They will follow that up with games against Texas A&M and Tennessee at home, then face Missouri later in the year, featured by College GameDay. I’m sure Digger Phelps will have a great time in Rupp Arena.
— Jodie Meeks wants a ring, and by gosh he’ll take a pay-cut to earn it! He agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $3 million, turning down larger offers from Washington and Milwaukee. Dwight Howard is a nice little cherry on top for the Lakers. Orlando says thanks for nothing.
— Keith Clanton, the 6-foot-9 forward from Central Florida is maybe, possibly, might-be looking to transfer? Clanton is eligible to transfer and play his final season of college basketball at another school right away, thanks to UCF’s postseason ban. Clanton was rumored to have interest from Florida State, South Florida and Kentucky. But it is looking like he will just stay put for his senior year, as Andy Katz reported this morning that the three schools haven’t talked to him in over a week.