Brees signs mega-deal, NBA, MLB, Nascar, Golf + Free Plays for Saturday, July 14, 2012

Brees gets $100 million for five-years, $60 million guaranteed

The Whodat nation cna breath a sigh of relief as Drew Brees has finally been inked to a long term deal, the richest in NFL history. Brees will receive a heavily front-loaded five-year $100 million dollar deal, $60 million of which is guaranteed. Brees will receive $40 million in the first year of the contract, $37 million of which is a signing bonus. Brees will then make $10 million in 2013 and $11 million in 2014, for a total of $61M over the first three years of the deal, worth a whopping average of $20 million in those years and making him currently the highest paid player in football.

MLB Diamond Dust

The MLB officially started it’s second half on Friday with 15 big games. Standout performances were turned in by the Yankees Mark Teixeira hitting two home runs in the Bombers 6-5 win over the Angels. New York struck for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win. The Tribe’s Justin Masterson outdueled the Jay’s Ricky Romero in Cleveland’s 1-0 win over Toronto. Travis Hafner’s solo shot in the second was the difference. The Twins Francisco Liriano struck out 15 A’s but gave up a grand slam to Jonny Gomes to take the loss in Oakland’s 6-3 win over Minnesota.

NBA comings and goings

In Friday’s NBA transactions, Jeremy Lin has signed a three-year $25.1 million dollar offer sheet with the Houston Rockets. The Knicks are expected to match. The Rockets continued their pursuit of Dwight Howard by using their amnesty clause t release their bet player, Luis Scola. Houston has also reportedly hired Hakeem Olajuwon to pitch Howard to stay if they are successful in acquiring him.

Chauncey Billups has signed his deal with the Clippers. The Dallas Mavericks have claimed power forward Elton Brand after he was waived using the amnesty clause by the Philadelphia 76ers. Brand is entering the final season of his contract and is set to make $18.2 million. Dallas’ bid was $2.1 million, meaning the Mavericks will assume that portion, and the 76ers will pay the rest. Kwame Brown has agreed to a two-year deal with Philly. The Bulls have traded Kyle Korver to the Hawks to make room for recently acquired Kirk Hinrich.

Kyle Busch wins pole at New Hampshire

Kyle Busch was the last man on the track but the fastest around New Hampshire’s one-mile oval to capture his first pole of the 2012 season. Busch’s lap of 133.417 mph was :014 faster than Kasey Kahne and :018 faster than Denny Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Tony Stewart round out the first five rows for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Chase points leader Matt Kenseth will get away 27th.

Odds to win the Lenox Industrial Tools 301

Jimmie Johnson 5-1
Tony Stewart 6-1
Denny Hamlin 8-1
Jeff Gordon 8-1
Kurt Busch 10-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10-1
Kyle Busch 10-1
Brad Keselowski 12-1
Kasey Kahne 12-1
Kevin Harvick 12-1
Clint Bowyer 15-1
Ryan Newman 15-1
Carl Edwards 15-1
Martin Truex Jr. 15-1
Greg Biffle 25-1
Matt Kenseth 25-1
Joey Lagano 30-1
Jeff Burton 50-1
Juan Montoya 75-1
Brian Vickers 75-1
Aric Almirola 75-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Sam Hornish, Jr. 100-1
Paul Menard 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
Regan Smith 300-1
David Ragan 300-1
David Gilliland 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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Matteson leads by a stroke at the John Deere

Troy Matteson’s 13-under is good for a one shot lead over Jeff Maggert and Brian Harman after 36 holes in the Quad Cities John Deere Classic, the final U.S. event before next weeks British Open. Twenty-two golfers start Saturday play withing five shots of the lead and with rounds of 61 and 62 already in the books and the cut at four-under, low scores are there to be had. Ricky Barnes, Steve Stricker, Y.E. Yang, Zach Johnson, and K.J. Chi are other notables still in contention.

UFC announces first flyweight title bout

The UFC has announced that it’s first ever flyweight title fight will take place September 22nd as the headliner of UFC 152 in Toronto. Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will square off for the 125-pound belt in the Rodgers Center. A middleweight eliminator between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann will serve as the co-main event. The legend (BJ Penn) vs. the young gun (Rory MacDonald) is also on the card.

Free Plays

(MLB) NY Mets (Dickey) +108 over Atlanta (Hanson) 4:05 PM EST

(MLB) ChiCubs (Dempster) -125 over Arizona (Saunders) 1:05 PM EST

(MLB) St Louis (Lohse) +115 over Cincinnati (Leake) 4:05 PM EST

(MLB) Oakland (Milone)/Minnesota (DeVries) Under 7:05 PM EST