Giants/Panthers, Boise/BYU, MLB Diamond Dust, Tour Championship, NHL Lockout, Roy Williams + Free Plays for Thursday, September 20, 2012

Giants at Panthers kick off NFL Week III

Week III of the NFL kicks off with an interesting NFC matchup as the Giants travel to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Panthers. The game opened Giants -1 with the total 52 but early Carolina money has made the Panthers -2.5 favorites and the high/low 50 1/2. Both teams are 1-1 and come off impressive wins last week. Eli Manning, off last weeks 510 yard passing day vs Tampa Bay, will be without last week’s Offensive Player of the Week in Hakeem Nicks who has been ruled out with a foot injury. Weather will be partly cloudy with the game time temperature at Ericsson Stadium expected around 72.

ESPN previews Giants at Panthers

Boise State visits BYU on ESPN

ESPN has a pretty good college football Thursday-nighter as BYU travels to Boise Sate to meet the Broncos. Boise open up as a 7-point favorite with the over/under 48. The Broncos are down a half tick to -6.5 and the total is down to 48. Both teams are on short work weeks. Boise was beaten at Michigan State in their opener eliminating them from any National Championship hopes but rebounded last Saturday with a 39-12 win over Miami, Ohio. BYU fell to Utah 24-21 in the “Holy War” to drop to 2-1 on the year. BYU is 4-1 ATS in their L5 on the funny stuff with the under 9-2 with the cougars getting points. Boise is just 4-9 ATS in their L13 games on the Smurf Turf but 10-3 vs the points in their L13 non-conference games. Weather is expected to be perfect in Boise with the game time temperature around 83.

Wednesday night, the dog and the under went to the cashier as Kent schooled Buffalo 23-7. The Golden Flashes dominated virtually every aspect of the game gaining 139 more total yards resulting in a 38-22 time-of-possession edge. Kent killed the Bulls on the ground with Dri Archer rushing for 127 yards on just 14 carries while Trayion Durham chipped in with 112 yards on 23 carries. It was was a brutal night for two Buffalo quarterbacks who combined to go 5-26 for 113 yards and three interceptions.

MLB Diamond Dust

The New York Yankees swept the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 and 2-1 in a Wednesday double-header to increase their lead over Baltimore to a full game, the Orioles winning at Seattle in 11 innings. Andy Pettitte pitched five shutout innings in his return from a broken ankle and Ichiro had seven hits in the twin bill to lead the Bronx Bombers. Derek Jeter, playing on a gimpy ankle, singled in the second game to give him 200 hits for the eighth time tying him with Lou Gehrig for the Yankee record.

Golf: Odds To Win The Tour Championship 2012

Rory McIlroy 9/2
Tiger Woods 5/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Dustin Johnson 16/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Lee Westwood 16/1
Luke Donald 20/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Louis Oosthuizen 25/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Jim Furyk 25/1
Keegan Bradley 35/1
Zach Johnson 35/1
Justin Rose 35/1
Brandt Snedeker 35/1
Steve Stricker 35/1
Bo Van Pelt 35/1
Nick Watney 40/1
Bubba Watson 33/1
Webb Simpson 40/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Robert Garrigus 50/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Hunter Mahan 50/1
Ryan Moore 50/1
Rickie Fowler 66/1
Carl Pettersson 66/1
John Senden 66/1
John Huh 80/1
Scott Piercy 100/1

NHL cancels exhibitions through Sept 30

The first games have been lost to the lockout as the NHL has cancelled exhibition play through September 30th. The worst part of losing preseason games is seeing some of the special-site matches lost. In addition to playing in Belleville, the Blue Jackets were also slated to play in Baltimore against the Capitals in the second annual Baltimore Hockey Classic (seems weird to call it a classic, but I’ll accept it). Preseason games are a chance for teams to go places they don’t usually get a chance to go, and in the case of the Caps they take the chance to go an hour up the road to a major city without a hockey team.

Roy Williams has tumor removed from his kidney

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams had surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor from his right kidney. Doctors discovered the presence of a tumor during Williams’ physical earlier this month. They said they expect the Hall of Famer to be available to coach when official practice begins the weekend of October 13 but added that Williams, 62, might require another procedure next month to remove a second tumor from his left kidney.

Free Plays

(MLB) Milwaukee (Fiers) -125 over Pittsburg (Rodriguez) 4:05 PM EST

(MLB) Washington (Detwiler) -145 over LA Dodgers (Capuano) 7:05 PM EST

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(MLB) ChiSox (Liriano) -110 over Kansas City (Guthrie) 8:10 PM EST

(MLB) Philadelphia (Cloyd) -130 over NY Mets (Hefner) 7:10 PM EST