Major injuries in NFL camps, MLB News and Notes, J.J. favored at Indy, Mahan bolts Canada, USA vs Panama in Gold Cup Final, Mighty Mouse by submission + Saturday Recap: Sunday, July 28, 2013

Season ending injuries mar Saturday NFL training camp action

Saturday was a tough day at NFL camps with several important players sustaining season ending injuries. Philadelphia Eagle wide out Jeremy Maclin tor the ACL in his right knee and will need season ending surgery. Maclin hurt his knee in a seven-on-seven no contract drill.

Baltimore Raven’s TE Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip and will also likely miss the season. Pitta injured the hip after a collision for a jump ball in the end zone and had to be carted off the field. He had surgery Saturday night. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns last season. In the playoffs, Pitta had 14 catches for 163 yards and three scores.

MLB News and Notes

Derek Jeter will reportedly start for the Yankees today in their series finale against Tampa Bay. Jeter missed the Bombers first 93 games recovering from ankle surgery and then played one game going down with a tweaked quad.

Albert Pujols will likely be going to the DL as he continues to battle with plantar plantar fasciitis. Pujols re-hurt the foot in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to Oakland and will return to SoCal for evaluation.

The Detroit Tigers were easy 10-0 winners over Philadelphia last night. Max Scherzer picked up his MLB high 15th win and Miguel Cabrera chipped in with a homer.

Johnson is the prohibitive favorite in Brickyard 400

Jimmie Johnson is the prohibitive 5/2 favorite today at Indy, the second most important race on the Nascar circuit after the Daytona 500. It has been feats or famine for Johnson over this track. The No.48 car will be looking for it’s fifth win here but has an average finish of 17th. This is the 20th anniversary race, the first won by a young Jeff Gordon back in 1993. Here are today’s current odds (all drivers 50/1 or less) courtesy of Bovada.

Jimmie Johnson #48 5/2
Kasey Kahne #5 11/2
Tony Stewart #14 8/1
Matt Kenseth #20 9/1
Jeff Gordon #24 10/1
Juan Pablo Montoya #42 10/1
Kyle Busch #18 10/1
Denny Hamlin #11 12/1
Kurt Busch #78 14/1
Brad Keselowski #2 18/1
Carl Edwards #99 18/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 18/1
Kevin Harvick #29 25/1
Ryan Newman #39 25/1
Joey Logano #22 30/1
Clint Bowyer #15 40/1
Greg Biffle #16 40/1
Paul Menard #27 50/1

Mahan quits with lead to be with wife in labor

Years ago, Phil Mickelson caused quite a stir when he said that he would leave the Masters, even if in the lead, if his wife went into labor with their first child during the tournament. It didn’t happen to Phil but it did happen to Hunter Mahan on Saturday while playing the Canadian Open. Mahan withdrew despite having a two-shot lead after 36 holes. Brandt Snedeker shot 63 on Saturday and holds a one-shot lead over Swede David Lingmerth.

U.S. soccer seeks record 11th straight win in Gold Cup Final

The US men’s soccer team looks for it’s record 11th straight win in today’s Concacaf Gold Cup final vs Panama. It’s the American’s fifth straight trip to the final and today they’ll be (-1, -165) favorites over the Panamanians who are (+1, +135) on the take back. US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is suspended for today’s match after being ejected for protesting rough play in the 3-1 semi-final win over Honduras. Under FIFA rules, there is no appeal.

Demetrius Johnson retains belt with second round submission

in Saturday MMA action, Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson retained his 125 pound flyweight title with a fifth round submission of John Moraga. Comfortably ahead on all cards, Johnson locked in an armbar to get the tap at the 3:43 mark of the final round. In the co-main event, Rory McDonald when a listless unanimous decision over veteran Jake Ellenberger.

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