Bountygate suspensions vacated, Utah State in OT, MLB Diamond Dust, Vijay at BMW, Junior wins pole at Richmond+ Free Plays for Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saints players win appeal, could play Sunday

In a stunning turn of events, a three-man appeals panel has ruled in favor of the players and vacated the suspensions and vacated the suspensions to four Saints players handed down by Commissioner Roger Gooddell. For now …. Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Will Smith, unsigned free agent Anthony Hargrove are back in the NFL after the suspension were lifted on Friday,
the league reinstated them all a few minutes later. Vilma, Smith, and Fujita (who is now with the Cleveland Browns) could technically play on Sunday although none have practiced in the preseason.

This is a complicated question with lots left to be worked out including an NFL appeal and various salary cap questions regarding these players who would be eligible for Week 1 game checks, and, as vested veterans, those salaries become guaranteed for the season if they are on the roster at that time. Another question …. what happens to the suspended Saints coaching staff including head coach Sean Payton ???

The Bountygate appeal is discussed on Sports Center

Utah State in OT, full college slate today

The dog and under was the way to go in Friday night college football as Utah State snapped a 12-game losing streak to Utah winning 27-20 in overtime. Utah, who lost starting QB Jordan Wynn in the second quarter to an arm injury, trailed the entire game before getting the equalizer with 3:21 to play on a 24-yard pass to Kenneth Scott from Jonathon Hayes. The Aggies won in OT when Kerwynn Williams plunged in from the one and Utah was stopped when a touchdown was called back for offensive pass interference. It was Utah State’s first win over Utah since 1997 and first at Logan since 1996.

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Angels edge Tigers 3-2, ninth win in 10 games

Alberto Callaspo’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth gave the red-hot Angels a 3-2 victory over the Tigers and their ninth win in ten games. The Angels got two runs on three hits in the first inning but could manage just two safeties over the next seven innings against Max Scherzer. Kendry Morales had three hits for the Halos. Motown’s third basemen Miguel Cabrera now leads the majors in batting average (.330) and RBIs (116) and trails Josh Hamilton by just four homers in his triple crown run.

Vijay leads BMW Championship, Rory and Tiger one back

The players continue to torch Crooked Stick with Vijay Singh leading the after 36 holes at a blistering 13-under par. The leaderboard is loaded with Ryan Moore, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods just one shot back. Lee Westwood and Bo Van Pelt are just two shots back. In all, 21 of the 70 starters are -8 or better and only nine have not managed to shoot par.

Junior wins pole at Richmond, last race before the Chase

Dale Earnhardt Jr won the 11th pole of his career and first since the 2011 Daytona 500 and will start from the rail in tonight’s regular season finale at Richmond. Jeff Gordon, Regan Smith, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Brad Keselowski fill out the front five rows. Ten drivers have locked up spots in the Chase and with eight drivers having mathematical chances of capturing the final two. Basically, the Federated Auto Parts 400come down to a match race between Gordon and Kyle Bush. Gordon must win or gain at least 12 points on Busch for the race to qualify.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8/1
Brad Keselowski 9/1
Kasey Kahne 9/1
Denny Hamlin 10/1
Greg Biffle 10/1
Tony Stewart 10/1
Kyle Busch 12/1
Matt Kenseth 12/1
Martin Truex Jr. 18/1
Jeff Gordon 20/1
Kevin Harvick 25/1
Clint Bowyer 28/1

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