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10 Amazing Olympic Firsts from London 2012

Brazil vs. Mexico Gold Medal Match: Ten Things You Need To Know

What to watch for when Brazil and Mexico go for gold (and goal) at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
<p> What to watch for when Brazil and Mexico go for gold (and goal) at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.</p>
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1. The match is Saturday at 10 a.m. EST at Wembley Stadium

There will be no need for NBC to tape delay the Gold Medal Match. Brazil and Mexico kick off on a Saturday at a reasonable hour stateside. “The Venue of Legends” hosts one of the more anticipated events of the London Olympics. Wembley Stadium is the second largest stadium in Europe, with a 90,000 seating capacity.


2. These are Under-23 National Teams with three age exemptions

Athlon’s Essential Eleven Links of the Day

Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.
<p> The best sports links from the NFL, college football and basketball, MLB, the NBA, NASCAR and the world of entertainment.</p>

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 10.

• The Lakers acquisition of big man Dwight Howard has some people thinking that Los Angeles is now the NBA’s team to beat.

Olympic Photo of the Day: Rhythmic Gymnastics

Jana Berezko-Marggrander with the ball during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition.
<p> Germany's Jana Berezko-Marggrander with the ball during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition.</p>
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Germany's Jana Berezko-Marggrander with the ball during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition.

2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for Aug. 10

LeBron James and Team USA take on Argentina in the men's basketball semifinals.
<p> LeBron James and Team USA take on Argentina in the men's basketball semifinals, plus women's 4x100 relay, men's 4x400 relay, BMX cycling and platform diving at the London Olympics.&nbsp;</p>
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Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 10, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:

1. Women's 4x100m Finals
Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter will try to lead the U.S. to the medal stand and past those pesky, dominant sprinters from Jamaica. The U.S. women posted the second-fastest time in history in the semis, so they have to be considered a slight favorite in what will be a start-studded event.

If Kentucky's Big Blue Nation Had An Olympic Basketball Team

If Kentucky basketball fielded an Olympic team of alums, it would be a medal contender.
<p> If Kentucky basketball fielded a team of alums in the 2012 London Olympics, it would be a medal contender thanks to Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Rajon Rondo, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Co.</p>

Kentucky Wildcats basketball fans are known as the “Big Blue Nation.” But what if the Big Blue Nation were an actual sovereign nation eligible to compete in the 2012 London Olympics? How would an Olympic team comprised solely of Kentucky alums fare against the medal favorites like the USA, Spain and Argentina?

Here’s a hypothetical rundown of what UK in the UK would look like.

Olympic Photo of the Day: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings Win Gold

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third straight gold medal in beach volleyball.
<p> Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third straight gold medal in beach volleyball.</p>
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Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third straight gold medal in beach volleyball on Wednesday night in London, defeating fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in straight sets, 21–16, 21–16.

The two best friends won gold in Athens and Beijing before defending their crown in London — which is scheduled to be the duo’s final Olympic appearance.

“We played the toughest competition in the world and we’ve withstood every challenge to be hanging out on top,” Walsh Jennings told the Today Show, on the morning after their historic victory.

2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for Aug. 9

Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are the favorites in today's 200-meter dash in London.
<p> Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are the favorites in the 200-meter dash in London on August 9.</p>
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Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 9, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:

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