Posted on 29 July 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 26 July 2012 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV). Included below are the Gold Medal counts for the US, who will win the most Gold Medals, a plethora of Men’s Hoops odds, swimming, track and field, and much more
Total Gold Medals for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics
Most Gold Medals at the 2012 Olympics
Great Britain 33/1
Total Medals for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics
Men’s Basketball Props
Basketball – Men’s – Odds to win the Gold Medal
Great Britain 250/1
Basketball Men’s – Odds to win Silver
Basketball Men’s – Will USA and Spain meet in the finals?
What will be the average margin of victory for the USA Men’s Basketball Team at the 2012 Olympics?
What will be the largest margin of victory for the USA Men’s Basketball Team?
What will be the smallest margin of victory for the USA Men’s Basketball Team?
Lebron James – PPG for the tournament?
Lebron James – APG for the tournament?
Lebron James – RPG for the tournament?
Kobe Bryant – PPG for the tournament?
Kevin Durant – PPG for the tournament?
Carmelo Anthony – PPG for the tournament?
Historical Matchups – Who will Average More Points Per Game
Michael Jordan (1992) +2
(Note: Jordan averaged 14.9 pts per game)
Charles Barkley (1992) -1
(Note: Barkley averaged 18 pts per game)
Karl Malone (1992) +.5
(Note: Malone averaged 13 pts per game)
Historical Matchups – Who will Average More Assists Per Game
Magic Johnson (1992) Pick
(Note: Magic averaged 5.5 assists per game)
Game 1 Lines
USA -24.5 -8000 167.5
France +24.5 +1400
Total Points – Team USA
Total Points – Team France
Margin Of Victory
USA by 1-5
USA by 6-10
USA by 11-15
USA by 16-20
USA by 21-25
USA by 26 or more 1/1
France by 1-5 50/1
France by 6-10 200/1
France by 11-15 250/1
France by 16-20 300/1
France by 21-25 350/1
France by 26 or more 400/1
Odds to win Gold Medal
Swimming – Men’s 400m Individual Medley
Ryan Lochte (USA) 2/3
Michael Phelps (USA) 1/1
Swimming – Men’s 200m Individual Medley
Ryan Lochte (USA) 4/5
Michael Phelps (USA) 6/5
Athletics – Track – Men’s 100m
Usain Bolt (JAM) 7/10
Yohan Blake (JAM) 3/2
Tyson Gay (USA) 10/1
Justin Gatlin (USA) 20/1
Ryan Bailey (USA) 20/1
Asafa Powell (JAM) 25/1
Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) 50/1
Athletics – Track – Men’s 400m
LaShawn Merritt (USA) 1/1
Athletics – Track – Men’s 110m Hurdles
Aries Merritt (USA) 5/4
Athletics – Track – Women’s 100m Hurdles
Lolo Jones (USA) 33/1
Athletics – Track – Women’s 100m
Allyson Felix (USA) 7/1
Athletics – Track – Women’s 200m
Allyson Felix (USA) 1/2
Soccer – Women’s
Soccer – Men’s
Tennis – Men’s Singles
Novak Djokovic 3/2
Roger Federer 2/1
Tennis – Women’s Singles
Serena Williams 3/2
Maria Sharapova 4/1
Victoria Azarenka 5/1
Venus Williams 40/1
Tennis – Women’s Doubles
Williams/Williams (USA) 4/5
Who will win more Gold Medals at the 2012 Olympics?
Michael Phelps (USA) -175 (4/7)
Ryan Lochte (USA) +140 (7/5)
Who will finish higher in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley?
Michael Phelps (USA) +130 (13/10)
Ryan Lochte (USA) -160 (5/8)
Who will finish higher in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley?
Michael Phelps (USA) -130
Ryan Lochte (USA) EVEN
Will Usain Bolt (JAM) win both the Men’s 100m and 200m Gold Medals?
Yes +125 (5/4)
No -175 (4/7)
Will the USA win both the Men’s and Women’s 4x 400m relays Gold Medals?
Will the USA win both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Gold Medals?
Yes -600 (1/6)
No +400 (4/1)
Posted on 06 July 2012 by Tom Federline
It’s hot. If you can’t be in a pool, in the bay or in the ocean, you might as well be reading my blog in air conditioning. I wish I was in a pool, heck I can even smell the chlorine. The pool thoughts reminded me of the Olympic trials which were on last week. Hope you caught some of the coverage on NBC and NBCSN. The focus was on swimming, gymnastics and track and field. I thoroughly enjoyed coming home from work and catching extended highlights prior to prime time coverage later in the evening. It was hot, I had to work, it was hot, limited outside activity, it was hot and the Orioles are not………..so bring on the Summer Olympics 2012.
It was actually a refreshing surprise, to witness the formulation of the US Olympic Team. Watching these athletes compete at such a high level and watching their dreams being realized or crushed due to a matter of tenths of a second or tenths of a point, really gripped me. Making the team or winning the event is nothing new to me or to any of us. Maybe it was because I was cheering for ”all of them”, instead of routing “only for the Americans” or “only for the ones who don’t look like they are on steroids”. Maybe it was because the top two or three spots got to go. Maybe it was the drama and the realization that the culmination of years of training was unfolded in the matter of minutes or seconds. What ever it was, congrats Team USA, ya got me hooked.
There were some new terms thrown at me, like “qualifying standards” and “A or B levels”. Bottom line the athlete could win the event but NOT make the team if they did not meet Olympic standards. BOOOOOOO, Olympic committee, with a goofball rule like that, there would have never been an Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards or an initial Jamaican bobsled team. You train, you win, you are the best in your country for an Olympic event, your country (or sponsors) have footed the bill to get you to the Olympics, guess what? You have earned the right to go. The US almost didn’t have a discuss thrower. Every country should have a discuss thrower. The cool thing is, the guy qualified on his last throw, surpassing the Olympic minimum of 65 meters (that’s 213.5 feet for us Americans). He was like 6 inches short prior to his last throw. This guy can throw a “saucer” over 200′ and some wimpy selection committee judge is not going to let this athlete compete? WRONG. You go Lance Brooks. Following are names that stood out to me, during the trials:
Track and Field – Amy Acuff (yes, this is her 5th Olympics -high jump), Allison Felix (sprints), Ashton Eaton (Decathlon), Wallace Spearmon (200m), and Matthew Centrowitz (1500m – Broadneck High). I had the pleasure of watching Matt Centrowitz run a few years back, thanks to my step-nephew who was particpating in high school track (at a top level I might add). The young lad could run like a deer, seemingly effortless with gears no one else had.
Womens (Girls) Gymnastics – Jordan Weiber (all around - 16 years old), Aly Raisman (Floor and vault – 18 years old). Most of them are 16 – do they even have a drivers license? The minimum age is 16. Sixteen? Mens Gymnastics – John Orozco (all around - 19 yrs old) and Jonathan Horton (rings, horizontal bar – 26 years old). The women have a bulls-eye on them and are expected to medal. The guys are underdogs and that’s a nice spot to be in.
Swimming - The United States is just strong. Women – Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt, you are going to hear those names almost as much as these next two . Men – Ryan Lochte and some guy named Phelps. There is quite a wake building, concerning the Lochte/Phelps potential duals in the pool. Hope that all pans out. The swimming events are going to be where it’s at. It amazes me how those swimmers/dolphins can cut through the water like they do. I finally bought a pair of fins for in the ocean (body surfing and boarding). 1 – they work. 2 – it was so cool to swim with those things on. Now I know how those top swimmers feel when cutting through the water – a cool sensation.
I am currently not up on all the sports the Olympics have to offer. We all soon will be. I am a fan of the more obscure sports, pentathlon, archery, rowing and of course synchronized swimming. I am sure there are Marylanders that have made the team also. So offer your thoughts and info. that I haven’t touched on. It’s all good.
I’m looking forward to July 27 – August 10th. We need some feelgood stories. We need a break in the heat. We need minimal bad press, i.e “roids”. We need the Wide World of Sport. It’s hot. It’s so hot, It’s “Hotter than Hell’ – KISS. Hopefully the US Team can stoke the fire. U-S-A…. U-S-A…..U-S-A.
Posted on 27 June 2012 by WNST Staff
OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps got back at Ryan Lochte, stretching out to win a thrilling 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Phelps got off to a stronger start that usual, leading at the first turn and holding the advantage through all four laps Wednesday night. Both swimmers got a big boost off the final turn, with Lochte charging hard to chase down the winningest Olympian ever. But Phelps stretched out his right arm at the wall, touching just ahead of Lochte. The winning time was 1 minute, 45.70 seconds — five-hundredths of a second ahead of Lochte.
Both will head to London to resume their rivalry at the Olympics.
Phelps had a busy night, hustling to the warmdown pool to get ready for the semifinals of the 200 butterfly.
Posted on 27 June 2012 by WNST Staff
AshleyMadison.com asked women across America which athlete they would most likely cheat on their husband with. Over 13,500 women responded by picking their top three athletes which yielded the following results :
International Soccer Star and Sex Symbol David Beckham was the overwhelming winner with 43.1% of ALL women surveyed saying they would cheat on their husbands with him.
**Note: The percentages are based on 300% since each women picked three athletes. You could also divide every number by three to get an accurate percentage based on 100%.
Posted on 26 June 2012 by WNST Staff
OMAHA, Neb. — (AP) Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps stayed on course for their second showdown at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Tuesday.
Lochte qualified fastest in the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries, exploding off the final turn to take the lead and cruise into the wall at 1 minute, 48.14 seconds. He’s the world champion in the event, having beaten Phelps for the title last year in Shanghai.
Charlie Houchin, a 24-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., who was 77th in the 200 free at the 2008 trials, was second-fastest at 1:48.15. Swimming in the heat before Lochte, Phelps qualified third at 1:48.31. He is the Olympic champion and world record holder.
Lochte got the better of Phelps in their first final at trials when he won the 400 individual medley on Monday. Phelps finished second, and they both secured spots for London.
Phelps has set himself up for another eight-event program in London — something he insisted he wouldn’t do again after the Beijing Games.
“It’s not an easy program, but we’re going to try to do some things here,” he said. “The biggest thing is really how I hold up all week. I was definitely happy with getting last night out of the way early. It wasn’t the easiest race. But this morning felt pretty comfortable, so hopefully we can just keep everything rolling for the rest of the meet.”
Can Phelps repeat his historic haul of eight golds?
“Anything can happen,” he said. “You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time.”
Also moving into the 16-man evening semifinals were Conor Dwyer (fifth) and Peter Vanderkaay (sixth). They already earned berths on the U.S. team in the 400 freestyle Monday night.
Davis Tarwater, who narrowly missed making the 2008 Olympics when he was third in the 200 butterfly, was eighth. Ricky Berens, bidding for his second straight Olympic spot, was ninth.
2008 Olympian Garrett Weber-Gale didn’t advance, finishing 24th. Austin Surhoff, the son of former major league baseball player B.J. Surhoff, tied for 66th.
Budding star Missy Franklin and two-time Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin advanced in the 100 backstroke prelims.
Swimming her first event of the eight-day meet, Franklin was the top qualifier in 59.54 seconds, easily moving the 17-year-old from Colorado into the evening semifinals.
“I had some first-race jitters,” she said. “But I’m super, super happy with my time. It felt awesome.”
Franklin saw the sign under the massive scoreboard above the pool as she stroked to the opposite end of the pool.
“It was U.S. Olympic Team. Talk about motivation. That helped me get my tempo up the last 25,” she said. “I was nervous for my first race. But right now, I feel good.”
Franklin led a quartet of teenagers who represent the U.S. future in the event. Rachel Bootsma, an 18-year-old from Minnesota, was second at 59.69, making her and Franklin the only women to go under 1 minute.
Elizabeth Pelton, an 18-year-old from Connecticut, was third at 1:00.55. Olivia Smoliga, a 17-year-old from suburban Chicago, was fourth-quickest at 1:00.66.
Coughlin advanced in fifth at 1:00.71. She was the first woman to break 1 minute in the event and formerly held the world record.
The top 16 in the semifinals move on to Wednesday’s final, where only the top two earn berths for next month’s Olympics.
World champion Rebecca Soni led the way in the 100 breaststroke, coming on strongly over the final 50 meters to win her prelim heat in 1:06.33.
Breeja Larson showed no nerves in her first Olympic trials, turning in the third-fastest time in the world this year to qualify second-quickest at 1:06.52. The sophomore at Texas A&M didn’t start swimming competitively until age 17 in her hometown of Mesa, Ariz.
Jessica Hardy, who won the 100 breast at trials four years ago only to lose her spot on the Olympic team because of a failed doping test, was third at 1:07.25. Hardy served a one-year ban after an arbitration panel agreed with her contention that a tainted nutritional supplement was to blame for her positive test.
Still, she battled anger and depression during the fight to clear her name.
“This is the first time I felt like I can actually have a happy ending,” she said. “I can relax and finally have fun and feel grateful.”
Soni caught Hardy’s time as she was waiting to come on deck.
“She did really well. It gets you kind of pumped up,” she said. “The times are getting faster and faster every year. I definitely have to keep my ’A’ game going.”
Amanda Beard, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 breast, qualified seventh for the evening semifinals. The 30-year-old mother of one is trying to make her fifth Olympic team, but the 100 is not her best event and she will have to pick up the pace to make the eight-woman final.
“I think my chances are great,” she said. “But this isn’t my life. My life doesn’t just revolve around swimming. I won’t be too devastated walking away and saying I competed at my fifth Olympic trials. I’ll look at it as a success and go on a nice vacation with my family.”
Also advancing in 13th was Ariana Kukors, a three-time medalist in the world championships. 2000 Olympic champion Megan Jendrick, who gave birth to her first child eight months ago, finished 22nd.
Posted on 26 June 2012 by Glenn Clark
Posted on 25 June 2012 by WNST Staff
OMAHA, Neb. — Ryan Lochte has won his first head-to-head showdown with Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The 27-year-old Floridian captured the 400-meter individual medley Monday night, taking command on the breaststroke leg and holding off Phelps in the freestyle for a time of 4 minutes, 7.06 seconds. Phelps claimed the second Olympic spot in 4:07.89.
Tyler Clary, who took second at last year’s world championships, won’t even get a chance to swim the event in London. He faded to third in 4:09.92.
Phelps won the 400 IM at the past two Olympics, but vowed to drop the grueling event after Beijing. In the past year, he brought it back — and now he’ll be swimming it again in London.
Posted on 24 June 2012 by WNST Staff
OMAHA, Neb. — (AP) The first Nebraska showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte came at the edge of a curtained-off interview room, not far from the temporary pool where the U.S. Olympic swimming team will be decided.
Phelps rubbed at his thick mustache, which looked like something out of the Village People, and queried Lochte on his smooth face.
“I had one, but I had to shave it,” Lochte said, extending a hand to his rival.
“C’mon, man, you’ve got to keep it as long as you can,” Phelps replied, breaking into a big smile beneath all that hair.
The meeting Saturday between swimming’s two biggest stars was downright cordial. Expect it to be much different when they get in the water at the Olympic trials, which is being held at a temporary pool set up in a 13,200-seat arena along the Missouri River, just as it was in 2008.
Phelps is a 14-time gold medalist trying to put an appropriate finish on his brilliant career at the London Olympics. Lochte is the guy standing in the way, a laid-back Floridian who beat Phelps twice at last year’s world championships and keeps saying over and over again, “This is my time.”
“Michael Phelps definitely set the limit,” Lochte said. “But, I mean, he’s human. He’s not a fish or anything like that.”
Phelps has already hoarded more gold than any other Olympian, and he’s clearly regained the motivation that faded away after the Great Haul of China, where he toppled Mark Spitz’s iconic record by winning eight events.
As he was winding down from six weeks of grueling training in the Colorado mountains, he wondered why he kept getting up so early instead of seizing the chance to sleep in. Then, it hit him: He’s excited about the trials. He’s pumped about what he can do in England. He’s driven to end his career with one more dynamic performance.
“We’ve done everything. We done a lot of amazing things, a lot of cool, exciting things,” Phelps said, sitting next to his omnipresent coach, Bob Bowman. “Now, it’s just time to have fun. I’m a lot more relaxed that I’ve ever been. We’ll see after this week what size cherry I want to put on my sundae.”
Lochte has entered a staggering 11 events at the trials, though he’ll surely drop several of those and perhaps use others just for training purposes in the preliminaries. Phelps has entered seven races, including the 400-meter individual medley on the very first day of the trials.
Phelps and Bowman were coy about their plans, refusing to say if the swimmer will actually compete in the grueling race he won at the last two Olympics but vowed never to swim again after Beijing. He brought back the 400 IM over the past year and entered it at the trials, potentially setting up his first clash with Lochte, the defending world champion in that event.
“We’ve got a couple of hours to decide, don’t we?” Phelps said, chuckling.
Bowman chimed in, saying they actually had another day to make the call.
“OK, we’ve got 24 hours,” Phelps said. “In 24 hours, we’ll let you guys know.”
He even skirted a question about when he would shave his mustache, fearing that would reveal his plans.
“I can’t give that away,” Phelps said. “If I say I’m doing it tomorrow, then you’ll know I’m swimming the 400 IM. If I say I’m doing it Monday, that means I’m not. It will come off when the rest of my body hair comes off.”
Lochte and Phelps will certainly face each other in two of their best events: the 200 IM and the 200 freestyle. Phelps is the defending Olympic champion in both races (a two-time defending champ, in fact, in the medley). But Lochte took them both at the 2011 worlds in Shanghai, beating Phelps by a total of about a half-second and setting a world record in the 200 IM, just to rub it in.
With that triumph still fresh, Lochte is itching to race Phelps as many times as possible in Omaha, starting with the 400 IM.
“He’s the world’s best swimmer ever,” Lochte said. “I love racing against him. It’s fun. He’s one of the hardest racers in the world. He’ll go toe-to-toe with you until the end. That’s excitement for me. I really hope he does swim that.”
Another of the top contenders, Tyler Clary, is also very interested in what Phelps decides. Last year, Clary finished second to Lochte at worlds with Phelps on the sideline, but the dynamic changes if all three are in the event. Only the top two earn spots on the Olympic team.
Asked if he expects Phelps to compete in the 400 IM, Clary replied somewhat nervously, “My expectations are no, but stranger things have happened.”
No matter what happens, the Phelps-Lochte rivalry figures to be the defining storyline of these eight days in Omaha — even at a meet that also features 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, rising star Missy Franklin, and two 40-somethings taking one more shot at glory, Dara Torres and Janet Evans.
“For so long, it was just him beating me,” Lochte said. “Since 2008, I changed some things in my training and my eating habits, and I’ve gotten a lot faster. Now, especially going into this meet and hopefully London, this is probably going to be one of the biggest rivalries ever.”
Lochte stopped eating junk food — except for an occasional order of potato chips — and added a Strongman-like routine to his weight-training program. He’s noticed a big chance in his practice sessions, finding that where he once was thrilled to put together two good days in a row, now he can go weeks at a time with no letup.
He’s respectful of Phelps, but not intimidated to race against him day after day.
“I love a challenge,” Lochte said. “For me to be in the same era as him, in the same events as him, to be able to race him to the finish, it’s awesome. I love it. I get soooo excited when I’m stepping on the blocks and trying to race him.”
Rest assured, that sort of talk is pumping up Phelps. He seems to hear everything that anyone says about him — Bowman has a lot to do with that — and can turn even the slightest of slights into a reason to go faster.
Heck, Phelps still remembers what former Australian national coach Don Talbot said about him before the 2003 world championships, something about “being unproven on international ground.”
“What did that do? It motivated me,” said Phelps, who at that meet set world records in different events on the same day. “Obviously, it frustrates me sometimes, but I just use that as motivation. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned in my career. I’ve never once said anything publicly about anyone. I never will. That’s how I am. I let my swimming do whatever needs to be done.”
Ahh, this is getting good.
Even the other swimmers, who are mostly focused on their own Olympic goals, can’t wait to see how Phelps vs. Lochte turns out.
“They push the best out of each other,” Clary said, “every time they get in the pool.”
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Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
Posted on 09 February 2012 by WNST Staff
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — Michael Phelps is the latest athlete to use a hyperbaric chamber to aid his recovery from training.
The 16-time Olympic medalist said Wednesday he had been sleeping “at 8,000 feet every night” for almost a year. The 26-year-old swimmer noticed he bounced back from workouts better when he trained at altitude, so he’s trying a device that simulates that.
“We’ve been able to realize after going to Colorado Springs so many times that it is something that helps me recover,” Phelps said. “That’s something that is so important to me now being older. I don’t recover as fast as I used to.”
He said the chamber looked like a fish tank: “Imagine, like, a bed with a box around it.”
“It’s kind of strange, but it’s good,” Phelps said during an appearance for sponsor Head & Shoulders. “I don’t mind it. There’s a giant door at the end of my bed. The worst thing is trying to watch TV in it. I’ve got to watch it through Plexiglas — it’s blurry.”
Phelps is preparing for what he says will be his final Olympics this summer in London. He won a record eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008.
Hypoxic or hyperbaric tents and chambers are used by many athletes to replicate high-altitude conditions and boost levels of oxygen-rich red blood cells. They have become popular with NFL players trying to speed their recovery from injuries.
In 2006, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ethics committee ruled that such chambers enhance performance and violate “the spirit of sport,” but the executive committee refrained from adding them to their list of prohibited substances and methods, instead asking for studies to look further into health implications.