Olympic Live Stream 2012: Best Events to Watch Online

Kurt Saunders@kurtsaundersCorrespondent IIIAugust 8, 2012

Olympic Live Stream 2012: Best Events to Watch Online

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    If you're like me, who cannot wait around for NBC to air specific events and want to watch them live, you can catch the live stream of almost all Olympic events at NBCOlympics.com.  

    Today and tomorrow are jam-packed with great events—some individual events, some team events, some events resulting in medals and some just to move on.

    Here are the can't-miss events coming up today and tomorrow.   

Men's Basketball Quarterfinals: USA vs Australia

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    When: August 8, 5:15 pm ET

    The US men's basketball team will play Australia in their quarterfinal matchup.  After their five-point win over Lithuania, team USA got back to business against Argentina and won by 29 points, 126-97.  

    Australia, after starting the Olympics 0-2, have won their last three games and have played much better than they did in group play.  The Aussies are led by point guard Patty Mills, who's been lighting it up in these Olympics thus far—averaging 20.2 points per game. 

    It will be the job of Chris Paul, Derron Williams and Russell Westbrook to shut Mills down.  

    Expect some good old fashioned American domination in this game as the Australians are just too out-matched. 

Women's Beach Volleyball Final: USA vs USA

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    When: August 8, 4:00 pm ET

    Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings attempt both the vaunted Olympic three-peat and to put an emphatic stamp on their legendary careers. 

    They will face fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy—who upset the No. 1-ranked Brazilians in the semifinals yesterday.  

    Read why May-Treanor and Walsh will win gold here.

Women's Boxing Middleweight Boxing: USA vs Russia

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    When: August 9, 12:15 pm ET.

    Tomorrow night, 17-year-old Claressa Shields will attempt to win the first Olympic gold in women's boxing, ever!  London 2012 is the inaugural Games for the sport.  

    She will be facing Russian Nadezda Torlopova, who is 33 years old, 16 years older than Shields.  

    Shields is the lone American left in the sport of boxing after the men failed to advance and will not medal for the first time in the team's history. 

Women's Water Polo: USA vs Spain

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    When: August 9, 3:00 pm ET.

    Thursday night in the pool, the women's U.S. water polo squad will face Spain—whom they tied 9-9 in pool play.  

    The good news—the Americans had a three-goal lead late in that preliminary matchup.  If they get another lead on the Spaniards, which they know they're capable of, don't expect the Americans to relinquish it this time.  

    The U.S. women's water polo team has long been a power in the sport but has never won gold—they have, however, medaled at every Olympics since Sidney in 2000. 

    Be sure to catch what will be a great game as the Americans look to win gold for the first time in women's water polo against Spain.