Andrew Luck, MLB Diamond Dust, Biffle wins at Michigan, Lebron, Sunday Recap + Free Plays for Monday, August 20, 2012

Luck up and down as the Colts fall to Steelers

Andrew Luck proved two things in Pittsburg Sunday night in the Colts 26-24 loss to the Steelers. First, he’s human and secondly he’s the real deal. Luck threw his first two Ints as a pro, one a 50-yard pick six by Ike Taylor, but followed each with 80 yard scoring drives. The No.1 pick in the draft finished 16-25 for 175 yards an the two picks and also scored on a one-year run. Luck led the Colts back from a 14-0 deficit and left with a 17-14 lead at the half. The Steelers used two fourth quarter FGs Danny Hrapmann, the final a 23-yarder with 23 seconds left for the win. Indianapolis (+4) got the money the way we keep score, the tenth road dog this week to cash. Pittsburg had first-and-goal from the one at the two minute warning but three runs went nowhere.

Tonight. the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Foxboro to face the New England Patriots. Michael Vick is probable of the Eagles who will catch a point-and-a-half from the hosts. The high/low opened at 39 and has been bet all the way up to 41 and the hook. The Over is 12-2-1 this week in NFL preseason football. Weather will not be a factor in what is expected to be near perfect late summer weather in Massachusetts.

MLB Diamond Dust

The Pirates and Cardinals have played 2300+ times over their storied histories but none of those games ever lasted the six hours and seven minutes of Sunday’s 19-inning marathon. Pedro Alvarez had a solo shot in the 19th and Andrew McCutcheon added a two run single in the Pirate win. The teams combined to use 44 players. Wandy Rodriguez, the Pirates listed probable starter for Monday in San Diego, pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the win. The Pirates currently own the second wildcard spot, a game-behind Atlanta. If you remember, the Pirates were in a similar spot on July 26th last year when they lost a 19-inning game to the Braves on a controversial tag play at the plate causing the wheels to come off their entire season.

The Yankees Japanese connection shined Sunday in the Bronx Bombers 4-1 win over the Red Sox in the ESPN finale. Hideki Kuroda pitched eight innings of four-hit one-run ball and Ichiro Suzuki hit two solo homers as New York maintained it’s five game lead over Tampa Bay in the A.L. East. Boston, 4-8 in their L12, fell 12.5 games behind their hated rivals. Sunday’s losing pitcher Josh Beckett is 1-7 in 13 starts since May 20th and has allowed seven homers in his L16+ innings of work.

Greg Biffle takes checkered flag in Michigan

Greg Biffle was fastest off the mark of a green-white-checker finish to win the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Jimmie Johnson was dominant through most of the race but blew an engine with six laps remaining to finally finish 27th. Brad Keselowski finished second with Kasey Kahne third. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top five. With the win, Biffle also regained the series point lead, 20 points better than Matt Kenseth and 22 points better than Junior. Last week’s point leader Jimmie Johnson fell to fourth, 28 points in arrears. There are just three races left before The Chase as Nascar heads for Bristol Motor Speedway.

Biffle wins G-W-C finish at Michigan

Lebron says he will play in Rio

A week after tweeting that he may sit out the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Lebron James says he’ll be back to participate in his fourth Olympic Games and looking for his third gold medal. Back in Akron for an event for his foundation, James told AP reporters that if he’s healthy, he’ll be in Rio. In 2016, Lebron James will still be just 31 years old. Kobe Bryant won his second gold medal this year playing at age 33.

Wyndham suspended by rain, Sergio Garcia still in the lead

The Wyndham Championship was suspended by rain and will resume on Monday with Sergio Garcia leading Tim Clark, Jason Dufner, and Bud Cauley by a shot. The leaders return with anywhere from 12-14 holes to play. There are still 22 golfers within five shots of the lead so the Wyndham title is up for grabs. The Wyndham is the final event of the Fed Ex regular season and players are scrambling for points to qualify for the rich four event playoff.

Free Plays

(MLB) Washington (Zimmerman) -135 over Atlanta (Hudson) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Cincinnati (Leake) +135 over Philadelphia (Halladay) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Oakland (McCarthy) -157 over Minnesota (Deunsing) 10:05 PM EST

(MLB) Seattle (Millwood) -110 over Cleveland (Jiminez) 10:10 PM EST