Americans three-hit Nationals in All Star Game, Mariano says goodbye as MVP, Jimmy V Day ….. Don’t Ever Give Up, Heat amnesty Mike Miller, US 1 Costa Rica 0 + Tuesday Recap: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The American League will host World series after 3-0 win

Ten American League pitchers shut out the National League on three hits as the junior circuit stopped a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 win. The A.L. got all the offense it needed in the fifth on a Miguel Cabrera double, a Chris Davis single and a sac fly from Juan Batista. The Nationals didn’t manage a baserunner until a Carlos Beltran single in the fourth. J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis hadd the other RBIs for the winners.

Rivera wins MVP in final All Star Game

In a game that offered few highlights and little other drama, Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless 1-2-3 eighth inning and was named the game’s MVP. The American League position players didn’t leave the dugout for the first two minutes of Rivera’s warmup pitches. Both sides stood at the top of the dugout as the sellout crowd at Citifield gave Rivera a standing ovation. Rivera, MLB’s all-time save leader, is making his farewell tour after 18 years in the bigs.

Jimmy V Day at ESPN

This week is traditionally the slowest week of the year from a betting perspective and with baseball on hiatus until Friday for the first time ever, it is slower than usual. That said, this week has come to be a week where we pay homage and honor the late Jim Valvano and the V Foundation. Valvano was coach of the “survive and advance” 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team that upset the Hakeem Olajuwon “Phi Slamma Jamma” Houston team in 1983. Valvano died of cancer just 10 years later but not before creating the V Foundation which has raised over $110 million dollars towards cancer research. This is the 20th anniversary of the Jimmy V’s death. It seems like yesterday.

You can watch Jimmy V’s speech at the first ESPY’s in it’s entirety here. He passed 25 days later. This is a MUST SEE !!!

Heat amnesty Mike Miller in cap move

The Miami Heat have waived veteran sniper Mike Miller in an amnesty deal that will ultimately save the club $17 million in luxury tax consequences and clears cap space for next year. Miami will still pay Miller around $12.6 million owed on a deal signed in 2010.

The British Open starts early Thursday

The Open Championship 2013 – Outright Winner

Golfer with Odds of 100/1 or less

Tiger Woods 8/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Justin Rose 18/1
Adam Scott 20/1
Graeme McDowell 22/1
Rory McIlroy 22/1
Lee Westwood 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Ernie Els 28/1
Jason Day 28/1
Luke Donald 28/1
Brandt Snedeker 33/1
Charl Schwartzel 33/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Henrik Stenson 33/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 50/1
Bill Haas 66/1
Branden Grace 66/1
Hunter Mahan 66/1
Jason Dufner 66/1
Matteo Manassero 66/1
Padraig Harrington 66/1
Thomas Bjorn 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Billy Horschel 80/1
Bubba Watson 80/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Jim Furyk 80/1
Keegan Bradley 80/1
Martin Laird 80/1
Paul Lawrie 80/1
Richard Sterne 80/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
Alexander Noren 100/1
Angel Cabrera 100/1
Graham Delaet 100/1
Jamie Donaldson 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Shane Lowry 100/1

US beats Costa Rica on late goal by Brek Shea

A brilliant save by American goalie Sean Johnson on a Costa Rican corner set up a breakaway goal by Brek Shea to give the US a 1-0 win over the Ticos. Landon Donovan took a clearing pass from Joe Corona and found Shea streaking down the middle of the field. Donovan hit Shea in stride who converted in the 82nd minute to give the Americans the Group C title of the Concacaf Gold Cup and a quarterfinal matchup with El Salvador. on Sunday in the knockout round.

Free Play

(WNBA) Atlanta +10 over Los Angeles (Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 PM EST)