600 ESPN SPORTSCENTER HEADLINES: Week of 8/12/12
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*The closing ceremony took place Sunday evening and previewed the 2016 Summer Games which will take place in Rio.
*South Africa's Oscar Pistorius made history during the London Games as the first double-amputee to compete in track and field.
*Team USA men's basketball captured another gold on Sunday with a 107-100 victory over Spain in the final. Kevin Durant finished with 30 points and Lebron James with 19 points. This is Team USA's 14th Olympic gold and 2nd in a row as they beat Spain in Beijing four years ago.
U.S.: 104 Medals
China: 87 Medals
Russia: 82 Medals
* Monday Night Football preseason play began with the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Oakland Raiders. Dallas won 3-0 thanks to Dan Baileys' 33-yard field goal in the second half.
* Dallas Cowboy's tight-end, Jason Witten, has suffered an abdominal injury to the spleen and could miss the rest of the preseason. Witten was hurt during the first quarter of Dallas' preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain. It may be severe enough to miss the season-opener against the New York Giants.
*Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin addressed Chad Johnson's release from the team saying it was not an easy decision. Johnson was arrested for allegedly head-butting his new wife during an argument over a condom receipt. He was charged with simple domestic battery which is a misdemeanor.
*London Olympics silver medalist (4x100 meter relay) Jeff Demps, is expected to sign a contract with New England Patriots. He played 12 games at Florida and is expected to add to the Pat's return game.
*Chicago Bear's linebacker, Brian Urlacher, underwent a knee procedure to reduce swelling and is expected to be ready for the season opener in September.
*NFL an it's officials are still at odds as we could see replacement officials continue into the regular season if an agreement is not reached soon, the lockout will continue.
*San Francisco Giants, Melky Cabrera, has been suspended for 50 games for violating the MLB's drug policy of which he tested positive for testosterone and did not deny it.
*Johnny Pesky spent 61 0f his 73 years in MLB with the Boston Red Sox passed away at the age of 92 on Monday of natural causes.
*MLB owners approved the sale of the San Diego Padres for $800 million to Ron Fowler and partner, Phil Mickelson, the pro-golfer from San Diego along with the children of the former Dodger's owner, Peter O'Malley. The Mountain Star Group said this will not have an impact on the acquisition of Triple-A baseball in El Paso.
*Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw the third perfect game in the 2012 season in a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Hernandez was the first Mariner to complete a perfect game. He joined White Sox right-hander, Philip Humber and San Francisco's Matt Cain with perfectos this year.
*NHLPA Executive Director, Donald Fehr, and several prominent players met Tuesday to respond to the NHL's July proposal for a new CBA. The players were expected to issue a counter-proposal of which they were willing to give up some hockey-related revenue over three years while keeping the contracting system intact. The league is prepared to lock out the players if a new CBA is not reached by September 15, 2012.
*Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed by LSU's coach, Les Miles, for reasons stating he did not meet school standards and had to face the consequences. Today we find out that Mathew, who is 20-years-old, has checked into a Houston rehab center for substance abuse and will put his college football career on hold.
*A trial has been set for January 7, 2013 for the two former Penn State officials, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, as they were charged with lying to a grand jury about the extent of their knowledge involving defensive coach, Jerry Sandusky, and the child sex abuse scandal.
*Rory McIllroy claimed his second major title on Sunday when he won the PGA Championship at the Ocean Cruise Course at Kiawah Island. He shot a 6-under 66 and won by eight strokes which set a new tournament record for the largest margin of victory eclipsing Jack Nicklaus' seven shots in 1980. Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 in the final round and tied for 11th at -2.
*Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming U.S. Open as he continues to struggle with his ongoing knee problems.