Eagles roll, Junior Seau, MLB Diamond Dust, Sergio wins Wyndham, Augusta + Free Plays for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Eagles roll Pats 27-17, Vick hurt again

The Eagles got a strong performance out of Arizona rookie Nick Fowles to win their “Go” game dress rehearsal with the New England Patriots. Fowles went 18-27 for 217 yards and two TDs consistently moving the offense. It was a big night for Fowles who is No.3 on the depth chart behing Michael Vick who went out on the sixth play with bruised ribs and Mike Kafka who broke his non-throwing hand in the Eagles preseason opener. Tom Brady sat this one out for New England with Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer splitting the game.

The players had a big Monday night winning the side and the total in what was overall a pretty tough week for the good guys. The game opened at New England -3 with the total 39 and was bet all the way to Philadelphia -3 (getting to as high as 6 in some Vegas casinos) when Andy Reid announced that this would be his “Go” game with his starters playing well into the third quarter. Most teams use Week III as their dress rehearsal but the Eagles play Cleveland on Friday and then open with the Browns the first week of the regular season.

Tannehill and Locker named opening day starters

Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins and Jake Locker of the Titans have been named as opening day starters by their respective teams bringing the number of quarterbacks taken out of the last two drafts that are scheduled to start opening week to nine. Tannehill, who was taken No.8 overall this year by the Fish, beat out incumbent Matt Moore and the injured David Gerrard for his spot. Locker, Tennessee’s top pick from last year, will take over the reigns from Matt Hasselbeck who actually had a much better camp and preseason. Locker is 11-24 fro 101 yards and a pick this year in NFLX action.

Junior Seau’s autopsy report

The autopsy report on Junior Seau was released on Monday and revealed no alcohol or illegal drugs found in his system at the time of his May suicide. Seau did have a sleeping aid and anti-inflammatory drug in his system when he died that were “consistent with therapeutic use,” wrote Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Nelson. Investigators said the gun Seau used to kill himself was an unregistered .357-caliber revolver that had five hollow-point bullets inside. They also found his cellphone lying on his bed. The phone had its memory chip missing. The 16-page autopsy report revealed no underlying hemorrhaging or contusions on Seau’s brain, which appeared to be normal. His family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether any damage from his 20-year football career played some factor in his suicide.

MLB Diamond Dust

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will miss the remainder of the 2012 season and undergo reconstructive Tommy John elbow surgery later this week. Crawford, age 31, is hitting .282/.306/.479 in 125 plate appearances this season. He’s in the second year of a seven-year, $142-million contract. Rehabilitation form this surgery is generally around six months.

The Red Sox released the following statement on Monday ….

“Carl Crawford has a chronic left elbow ulnar collateral ligament tear. While he has been following a conservative treatment protocol and playing with this injury, his symptoms are getting worse. After consultation with the Boston Red Sox medical staff and with Dr. James Andrews, the decision has been made to proceed with a left elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery). The surgery will be performed by Dr. Andrews on Thursday, August 23. We expect Carl to make a full recovery.”

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Sergio Garcia finally wins rain-delayed Wyndham Championship

Sergio Garcia claimed his first tour victory in four years by winning the rain-delayed Wyndham Championship in Greensboro on Monday. Garcia’s 18-under 262 was two shots better than Tim Clark and three better than Bud Cauley. It was the Spaniard’s first win since the 2008 Player’s Championship. The Wyndham was the final chance for players to rack up Fed Ex Cup points and qualify for the rich playoff that begins this week with the Barclay’s at Bethpage. The top 125 Fed Ex point holders qualify.

Holy Hootie Johnson, Augusta accepts two women members

Augusta National Golf Club has female members for the first time in it’s 80-year history. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore were the first two women invited to become members of the club, both accepted and will be first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. The home of the Masters has been criticized for it’s strict all male membership policy for over a decade.

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