What Had Happened Was: 8/11/16
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Despite a 99-88 victory Wednesday night for the U.S. men’s basketball team, you have to give some props to Australia. The Patty Mills/Matthew Dellavedova-led Aussies threatened Carmelo Anthony’s squad from the jump. They even — gulp — led at halftime, the first time that’s happened to Team USA since the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
USA HOOPS LOSING TO AUSTRALIA AT HALFTIME 54-49. SEND HELP NOW. THERE ARE WOMEN AND CHILDREN TRAPPED IN THE BUILDING.
— Jesse Washington (@jessewashington) August 10, 2016
Team USA – 49
Australia – 54 pic.twitter.com/stOxPJuXfl
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) August 10, 2016
— Dan Carson (@TheDoctorCarson) August 10, 2016
With 36 seconds to play, Australia was still within five points, so it’s not as if the game was ever really put out of reach. Still, Anthony dropped 31 important points — officially passing LeBron James as the all-time leading Olympic scorer — including nine 3-pointers in the win. Next up: Friday’s Group A game against Serbia.
@carmeloanthony is the best international player of all time!
— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) August 10, 2016
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) August 10, 2016
What a pleasure to have a Veteran like Melo to steady the ship for the U.S.
— Bruce Bowen (@Bowen12) August 10, 2016
USA Swimming gave Hassan Whiteside a swim cap pic.twitter.com/3sjGxZkti0
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) August 11, 2016
The US Swim Team apparently sent Heat center Hassan Whiteside his own swimming cap. He's into the games. pic.twitter.com/IBT9k1ZL4X
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) August 11, 2016
Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is having himself some kind of year. The 29-year-old has been one of the team’s best pitchers all season as the Indians sit atop first place in the American League Central. Last week, the man even accomplished this:
On Wednesday night, Carrasco finally celebrated his citizenship like he had to, you guys. Major salute.
Flying home like this after I passed the U.S. Citizenship test last week🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/sKj32dZlAD
— Carlos Carrasco (@Cookie_Carrasco) August 10, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
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The FADER‘s story on Braden Miller, the man behind socialite Joanne the Scammer. She lives for drama. He’s just trying to live his life.
Check out Nike’s new song Unlimited Together with original lyrics by Chance The Rapper.
Soca will soon be mainstream, according to soca musical legend Machel Montano.
Snapchat unveiled, then pulled its anime-inspired filter because it featured a racist “yellow face” adaptation.
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. WHEN YOU TALK TRASH AND LOSE
— Chris Kroeger (@Kroeger) August 10, 2016
2. NOVEL CONCEPT
Michael: so I was leading by a lot…
Draymond: then what happened?
Michael: I still won
Draymond: WHAAAAAAAAATTT?!? pic.twitter.com/Dc0ANSqScf
— mike mulloy (@fakemikemulloy) August 10, 2016
3. REST IN POWER, JOHN
Young students, take this from John Saunders:
1) Be nice to everyone
2) Laugh and have fun (it's sports!)
3) Don't make rage an act. Mean it
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) August 10, 2016
John Saunders left an extraordinary legacy. pic.twitter.com/oexhjGOD3T
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 10, 2016
John Saunders, our beloved colleague at ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died. He was 61. https://t.co/MScZNaXoZY
— ESPN (@espn) August 10, 2016