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Rio 2016 News and Notes

Posted by Webster Washington on 8/10/2016 9:50:39 AM

Brazil's soccer exploits were so bad in the first two games that their coach had this to say: "We need to apologize to the fans, to the people of Brasilia," Brazil coach Rogerio Micale said. "We didn't play our best football. We feel like we left our fans frustrated." We'll see how the team responds.

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Usain Bolt has set a goal of a sub-19 seconds 200 meters. His previous best is 19.19, a world record set in 2009. His best time in the last year was 19.55. He’ll be hard pressed to fend off his competition, much less break his own record.

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Against Venezuela on Monday the USA men's basketball team committed six turnovers in the first period and were tied at 18-18. Though Team USA went on to a 113-69 rout, something tells me that a more talented opponent can give the Americans a fit if they're not involved in a total beat down by the third quarter. Switching defenses and controlling tempo will determine that.

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Why would athletes prepare by putting suction cups on all over their bodies when the "cupping" technique is not scientifically established? Well, they swear by it. And if it gives them an edge - even if only psychologically - good for them. Even athletes at the top of their game go for any advantage they can get.

Rio 2016 Betting

One of the great ways to enjoy Olympic events is through in-game or live betting. When following a game or match, you’ll be surprised at how many times trends appear. In Germany's opening soccer match with Mexico, the game was evenly played as the teams exchanged goals. Then when Mexico took a 2-1 lead in the second half, Germany applied pressure and it appeared a draw was in the offing. The live betting offered +250 for the tie. The game ended, 2-2. So if you find a game to follow, try it.

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And speaking of Rio 2016 betting, it's good to keep in mind that you can find action on single games and matches as well as futures and props. They're in the regular sports categories of the SportsBook. That goes for basketball, soccer, tennis, boxing, rugby and other favorites. Just check the Olympics box under the sport category.

Sparkle and Scorn Among Women

There are few events more fun to watch than a competitive volleyball match played at the highest level. The USA-Netherlands women's matchup on Monday was a good example. The U.S. is favored to win the gold, and the Netherlands isn't expected to medal. You couldn't tell that in the match. It took five sets for the Americans to dispatch the Dutch in a contest full of sparkling plays. If you made a futures pick for this event in your Rio 2016 betting, enjoy the wild ride. If not, tune in and be entertained.

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U.S. goal keeper Hope Solo has been catching flak for her series of snarky tweets about the Zika virus in Brazil.

Seems the Brazilians weren’t too fond of the tweets and have been booing Solo each time she touches the ball. Solo is the fieriest and most vocal of the U.S. soccer players, seemingly involved in some sort of controversy much of the time. But she was perfect in her first two games, including a 1-0 shutout over France.

Golf and Tennis

Golf tees off on the brand new course near Rio Thursday with Bubba Watson considered the favorite on the men’s side. His U.S. teammates include Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler. They’ll have Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson of Sweden to contend with. There will not be a team component in the competition. The format will be 72 holes, just like regular tour events, with the best three scores getting medals. Stacy Lewis of the United States is the favorite among the women. Since golf has not been an Olympic sport for more than a century, this is historic stuff.

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There have been a string of upsets in tennis, which makes this event more intriguing in terms of Rio 2016 betting. Men’s favorite Novak Djokovic has already fallen to the wayside, leaving the door open for Andy Murray to capture his second gold medal. Serena Williams had to struggle to beat a player ranked 49th in the world. She and her sister, Venus, have already suffered defeat in doubles. Murray looks good to repeat, and Garbine Muguruza should face off in the gold medal match with Serena. Find the matchups under Tennis.

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