Raisman finishes Olympics in style

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Raisman finishes Olympics in style

By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer LONDON (AP) -- Aly Raisman finished the Olympics in style. The U.S. captain matched Gabby Douglas in gold medals, winning the title on floor exercise Tuesday. Add in the bronze on balance beam from earlier in the day, and she becomes the most decorated of the Fierce Five. Good thing Raisman had such a big day because the rest of the Americans came up empty-handed. Douglas had another rough day, finishing seventh on balance beam after a fall. World champion Jordyn Wieber, voted most likely to leave the Olympics with the biggest haul, was seventh on floor and finishes without any individual medals. Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton were fifth and sixth, respectively, on high bar, leaving the U.S. men with only Leyva's all-around bronze. "I'm so happy, going home with two Olympic gold medals and a couple of titles under my belt," Douglas said. "I'm so happy for Aly, she deserves to be up on that podium. She had a great beam routine and I'm so proud of her." Raisman may not have Douglas' bubbly personality or Wieber's resume but she is prized her for her steadiness, and that consistency paid off big in London. Perhaps energized by her surprise bronze on beam, Raisman's floor routine had an extra spark. Her tumbling passes were some of the most difficult, and she got such great height on them you could have parked a double-decker bus beneath her. Her landings were not only secure, one was so powerful it practically shook the floor. Coach Mihai Brestyan was hopping up and down and pumping his fist as she finished, and even Raisman was impressed with herself, mouthing "wow" after she saluted the judges. When her score, a 15.6, was posted, teammate McKayla Maroney yelled "whoa!" so loudly from the stands it could be heard across the arena. There were still five gymnasts to go, but none came close. When reigning world champion Sandra Izbasa landed her final tumbling run on her head, Raisman let herself exhale. And smile. Catalina Ponor, the 2004 champion on floor, won the silver. Aliya Mustafina of Russia got the bronze, her fourth medal of the Olympics. Deng Linlin won the gold on balance beam, upstaging teammate and reigning world champion Sui Lu. It was the second gold of the day for the Chinese, following Feng Zhe's title on parallel bars. Epke Zonderland won gold on high bar, the first medal for a Dutch man and only the second Olympic medal overall for the Netherlands. Raisman just missed a medal in the all-around, finishing with the same score as Mustafina but dropping to fourth on a tiebreak. But she was on the right end of the rules earlier Tuesday, bumping Ponor down to the bronze. Raisman initially finished fourth with a score of 14.966. But she questioned it, and judges added an extra tenth to her routine's difficulty after a review. That gave her and Ponor identical scores of 15.066, but Raisman got the bronze because her execution score was higher. Douglas' life has been a whirlwind since she won the all-around title last week, with media wanting a piece of her and celebs flooding her Twitter timeline, eager to be her new BFF. There was training to fit in, too, with finals on both uneven bars and balance beam. She admitted after Monday's lackluster showing on bars -- she was last -- that it was all catching up with her. It wasn't a lack of energy that cost her Tuesday -- it was a misplaced foot. Her right foot could only brush the beam as she landed on a leap, and she had no chance to save herself. As the crowd gasped, she fell onto the beam in a straddle, hanging on tight as she swung partly underneath. "I'm definitely not going to lie. It was definitely hard to regain your focus," Douglas said. "You're like, 'Yes, I'm the Olympic champion. I'm a world champion.' It's definitely kind of hard to turn the chapter for event finals." On parallel bars, Feng gave the Chinese men their third gymnastics gold medal, following the team competition and Zou Kai's win on floor exercise. And they may not be finished, with Zou still to come on high bar, where he is the reigning world and Olympic champion. Feng flashed a thumbs-up as he walked out for the medals ceremony, and planted a big kiss on the gold after he got it. Germany's Marcel Nguyen was second, adding another silver to one from the men's all-around. Hamilton Sabot of France won the bronze. Feng's routine was filled with intricate combinations, yet he did them with the precision of an artist and the rhythm of a musician. He held his handstands for what seemed like forever, looking like a statue, and there wasn't even the slightest hesitation as he went from one skill straight into another. He hit the mat with a thud on his dismount and was pumping his fists even before he stood upright. He threw a roundhouse punch as he trotted off the podium, and his coach wrapped him in a big hug, pounding his back. When his score of 15.966 was posted, Feng, the 2010 world champion on parallel bars, nodded. There were still six gymnasts to come, but it would take something pretty special to top Feng. And no one came close. Nguyen's routine was impressive, but the European champion took a hop forward on his dismount and needed to windmill his arms to steady himself. Zonderland has long been one of the world's best on high bar, his routine better than any circus act, and all that was missing was an Olympic medal. No longer. He opened his routine with three straight release moves, not even pausing to catch his breath before tossing himself high into the air again. It's high risk, high reward, and the crowd loved it, oohing and aahing as he flew so high he could have waved into the overhead camera. He was a blur as he pirouetted on the bar, yet never looked as if he was on the verge of going out of control. When he hit the mat, he let out a roar. American Jonathan Horton, up next, could only laugh and shake his head, knowing there was no way he -- or anyone -- could top that show. He was right, with Zonderland scoring a 16.533 -- a number not usually seen outside the vault. Zonderland broke into a grin when he saw the mark and pointed at the scoreboard. It was the Netherlands' first gymnastics medal since 1928, when the women's team won gold.

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Redskins annouce list of 26 players who did not travel for Buccaneers game

Redskins annouce list of 26 players who did not travel for Buccaneers game

TAMPA — The Redskins did not bring the entire team to Tampa for their preseason game tonight.

A total of 26 players, most of the team’s starters and top reserves, stayed back in Washington.

They were not going to play in the game, which was rescheduled from tomorrow to tonight.

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Here are the players who did not make the trip:

  • 8 QB Kirk Cousins
  • 11 WR DeSean Jackson
  • 20 CB Greg Toler
  • 23 S DeAngelo Hall
  • 24 CB Josh Norman
  • 25 RB Chris Thompson
  • 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
  • 30 S David Bruton Jr.
  • 31 RB Matt Jones
  • 51 LB Will Compton
  • 54 LB Mason Foster
  • 61 G Spencer Long
  • 64 NT Kedric Golston
  • 71 T Trent Williams
  • 73 DE Ziggy Hood
  • 75 G Brandon Scherff
  • 76 T Morgan Moses
  • 77 G Shawn Lauvao
  • 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger
  • 80 WR Jamison Crowder
  • 85 TE Vernon Davis
  • 86 TE Jordan Reed
  • 88 WR Pierre Garçon
  • 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan
  • 92 DE Chris Baker
  • 94 LB Preston Smith

 

None of the names on the list is particularly surprising with the possible exception of Hood.

He has likely earned a roster spot but his inclusion in the group getting the night off was not expected. We will keep an eye on his situation as we move towards Week 1.

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Kim batting leadoff for first time in pro career

Kim batting leadoff for first time in pro career

BALTIMORE—Hyun Soo Kim is batting leadoff for the first time in his major league career. Kim said through his translator that he couldn’t remember batting leadoff in South Korea, either. 

Kim is the third Oriole in the past five games to lead off for the first time. Steve Pearce led off on Sunday, and Jonathan Schoop led off on Monday night. 

It’s the second new situation for Kim in as many days. On Tuesday night, he was a ninth-inning defensive replacement for the first time.

“I felt nervous,” Kim said. “I made sure I didn’t make any mistakes out there—especially when the team is winning.” 

Adam Jones is nearing a return, manager Buck Showalter said. He’s missed five games with a strained left hamstring. Showalter said that he could have played Jones on Wednesday if he chose. 

Caleb Joseph will rejoin the Orioles from Norfolk for Friday’s game, but manager Buck Showalter said other callups haven’t been decided. He indicated that left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing, who’s on the 60-day disabled list will be added shortly. Some additional players may arrive Friday and others could be added Tuesday, the day after minor league seasons end.

Showalter hasn’t decided on additional coaches who will be recalled. 

NOTES: Chris Tillman pitched on flat ground again on Wednesday, and it went well. … Darren O’Day (shoulder) is proceeding well, but there’s still no estimate on his return. … The Orioles are sending seven players to the Arizona Fall League’s Peoria Javelinas. Left-hander pitcher Tanner Scott (Bowie), right-handers Jesus Liranzo and Jim Yacobanis (both Bowie), catcher Austin Wynns (Norfolk), infielder Adrian Marin (Bowie) and outfielder DJ Stewart (Frederick) will be joined by an additional pitcher to be announced.  

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Orioles make another move; pick up outfielder Drew Stubbs on waivers

Orioles make another move; pick up outfielder Drew Stubbs on waivers

BALTIMORE — The Orioles have claimed outfielder Drew Stubbs on release waivers from the Texas Rangers 

Stubbs is 31, and in 39 games this season, has batted .259 with three home runs and six RBIs with the Rangers and Atlanta. 

To make room for Stubbs on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein for assignment.

Lobstein was acquired for left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips earlier on Wednesday. 

The Orioles hope that Lobstein and Ashur Tolliver, another left-hander who was designated for assignment when Lobstein was acquired, both pass through waivers and can be options in September for the team. 

Stubbs will report to the Orioles on Friday, and Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the team may not be through making deals. Players acquired by midnight are eligible to play in the postseason.

“We have a couple of other discussions that we’re working on. We’ll see if those come to fruition. We are happy to address our outfield defense with a defender that can help us at a number of positions and also give Buck [Showalter] somebody off the bench that he can insert into the game that has a good chance to steal a base. He’s got a really good success rate in stolen bases over his career,” Duquette said. 

Stubbs has stolen eight bases this season without being thrown out. 

In his eight-year career with Texas, Atlanta, Cleveland, Colorado and Cincinnati, Stubbs has a .244 lifetime average. In 2010, he hit home runs and 77 RBIs with the Reds. Stubbs also strikes out often. In 2011, he led the National League with 205 strikeouts. 

“Since we lost Joey Rickard we’ve been looking for another outfielder. Particularly one that can play center field and the other outfield positions and play good defense,” Duquette said. 

Duquette wouldn’t address which players would be called up from the minor leagues for Friday’s game.