Wednesday was a whirlwind in sports. American swimmers lit up the pool once again, and the track and field events begin today. Baseball trades and an Aaron Rodgers press conference sent shockwaves through the MLB and NFL. Plus, the 2021 NBA Draft takes the stage tonight. We’ve got it all.
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Great Britain (16)
South Korea (11)
Great Britain (5)
*Medal Count Accurate as of Midnight ET (July 29)
Cool in the Pool: Dressel Makes History
Exciting Finishes in the Pool as Caleb Dressel Sets Olympic Record, USA Wins 5 Swimming Medals (By Connor Groel)
There were five swimming finals in Tokyo on Wednesday night, and the United States had participants in each. 21-year-old Bobby Finke kicked off the action with an exhilarating victory in the men’s 800-meter freestyle. After entering the final 50 meters in fourth place, Finke rocketed through the pool, making a heroic comeback to take the gold medal.
After a fifth-place finish from Nic Fink in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke, Americans Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger won silver and bronze in the women’s 200-meter butterfly while China’s Zhang Yufei earned the gold.
Then came the record-setter. Caeleb Dressel followed with his first individual gold medal of the Olympics in the men’s 100-meter freestyle, taking the lead early and holding off a late charge while setting a new Olympic record in the event (47.02 seconds).
Finally, in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, the U.S. took the silver as all three medal-winning teams broke the previous world record, including China with the gold and Australia with the bronze. It was career Olympic medals No. 9 and No. 10 for Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt, respectively.
Cool in the Pool: Team USA continues to dominate the swimming events, leading all countries in swimming medals (21). Australia has 12, but no other country has more than four.
Other Team USA Highlights
Women’s 3×3 Basketball: USA Beats ROC for Gold
The USA women’s 3×3 team took gold in the first-ever 3×3 basketball tournament in Olympic history by beating ROC (Russia) 18-15 in the gold medal game. The team, consisting of Jackie Young, Kelsey Plum, Alisha Gray and Stefanie Dolson, went 8-1 throughout the tournament.
Men’s Synchronized Diving: Hixon and Capobianco Take Silver
In the 3-meter springboard final, American duo Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco came in second place behind the Chinese duo of Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi. Hixon took silver in this event at the 2016 Rio Games with Sam Dorman and has now matched that feat with a fellow Indiana Hoosier in Capobianco.
Beach Volleyball: Men and Women Score Pool Play Victories
It was smooth sailing for the American women’s beach volleyball duo of Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, who beat their Kenyan opponents 21-8, 21-6 to move to 2-0 in their pool play. Afterwards, the male team of Beijing 2008 gold medalist Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena defeated Argentina in three sets, advancing to 2-1 overall.
Women’s Rugby Sevens: Strong Start for USA
In their opening match of these Olympics, the American women used a big second half to defeat China 28-14. After being tied 7-7 at the break, they scored three unanswered tries to put the match out of reach.
Trade Tracker: Gallo Goes to the Bronx
All of the Biggest Trades & Rumors Ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline
The MLB Trade Deadline is tomorrow, and teams have been in full buy-or-sell mode all week long. The trades have been rolling in, and plenty of rumors are heating up. The biggest one yet? The Yankees are finalizing a deal to acquire Rangers all-star slugger Joey Gallo. In exchange, Texas will get back four prospects. Gallo is having his best season yet, batting .223 with 25 HRs and 55 RBIs. Let’s take a look at all the deals ahead of Friday’s deadline.
MLB Trade Deadline: Friday, July 30 (4:00 pm ET)
MLB Trade Tracker
OF Joey Gallo (Rangers) → Yankees
Rangers Get Back: 4 Prospects
OF Starling Marte (Marlins) → Athletics
Marlins Get Back: LHP Jesus Luzardo
3B Eduardo Escobar (D-backs) → Brewers
D-backs Get Back: 4 Players
RHP Yimi Garcia (Marlins) → Astros
Marlins Get Back: RHP Austin Pruit + Prospect
Players Expected to Move by Deadline
Max Scherzer (Nationals), Kris Bryant (Cubs), Craig Kimbrel (Cubs), Trevor Story (Rockies)
The 2021 NBA Draft Primer
NBA Draft: Tonight (8:00 pm ET, ABC/ESPN)
Just nine days after the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals, the league turns the page to next season with tonight’s 2021 NBA Draft. The lottery is set, but there are still question marks surrounding the top selections. We’ve already seen one trade — the Pelicans (No. 10) and Grizzlies (No. 17) — but the Rockets (No. 2) are rumored to want the No. 1 spot. That currently belongs to the Detroit Pistons. The top-5 players in this year’s draft are full of talent, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are expected to have three players taken in the first round. Here’s a look at the lottery order and the top players available tonight.
NBA Draft Lottery Order
1. Detroit Pistons
2. Houston Rockets
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Orlando Magic
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Orlando Magic
9. Sacramento Kings
10. Memphis Grizzlies
Rest of Lottery: 11. Charlotte Hornets, 12. San Antonio Spurs, 13. Indiana Pacers, 14. Golden State Warriors | Full Draft Order
Top Players Available
PG Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State)
SG Jalen Green (G League Ignite)
C Evan Mobley (USC)
PG Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga)
SF Jonathan Kuminga (G League Ignite)
SF Scottie Barnes (Florida State)
SG James Bouknight (UConn)
SF Franz Wagner (Michigan)
SG Moses Moody (Arkansas)
PG Davion Mitchell (Baylor)
The Ringer: What is Each Spot in the Draft Lottery Worth?
Amid the looming departures of Texas and Oklahoma, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby alleges ESPN conspired with the SEC and American Athletic Conference (AAC) to lure Big 12 members for television rewards. Bowlsby calls ESPN’s actions “tortuous interference.” (CBS Sports)
There is something so many of us are forgetting about Simone Biles and the risks that come with participating in gymnastics… The sport is dangerous. Biles referred to her mental block as the ‘twisties’. Gymnasts worldwide weigh in on what it means, and why it matters. (USA Today)
Aaron Rodgers didn’t mince words in his first press conference since returning to Green Bay. During the nearly 33-minute conference, the reigning MVP revealed exactly what was going on in his mind over the past few months and how things go to be so tense. (FOX Sports)
Day 6 Continued (This Morning)
All Around (Wed. 6:00 am ET)
Day 7 (Tonight & Tomorrow)
2nd Round (Thurs. 6:30 pm ET)
Track & Field (Men’s & Women’s)
Qualifying Rounds (Thurs. 8:00 pm ET)
USA vs. Brazil (Thurs. 8:00 pm ET)
USA vs. Australia (Thurs. 8:00 pm ET)
Singles Semifinals (Thurs. 11:00 pm ET)
Doubles Finals (Thurs. 11:00 pm ET)
USA vs. Japan (Fri. 2:00 am ET)
Women’s Soccer (Quarterfinal)
USA vs. Netherlands (Fri. 7:00 am ET)
All Team USA events will air live on Peacock / NBC or tape-delayed on NBC affiliates.