Matt Forte and Ray Rice get deals, MLB, NBA, British Open + Free Plays for, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Forte and Rice deal, Welker/Mike Wallace/Dwayne Bowe no deal

As the deadline for signing “franchised” players to long-term deals came and went, some got deals, some did not. The Bears and Matt Forte agreed to a four-year $32 million deal with $18 million guaranteed. The Ravens locked up Ray Rice for fives years at $40 million, $24 million of the deal guaranteed. Rice will make $17 million in 2012 and $24 million over the first two years of his contract. Jags kicker Josh Scobee agreed to a four-year deal worth $13.8 million. Wes Welker and the Lions defensive lineman Cliff Avril were among nine franchised players unable to agree to deals. They’ll have the option to play at the average salary of the top five highest players at their position or sit out the year. Jays slugger Jose Batista heard a pop in his wrist during a 6-3 loss to the Yankees and will need to be checked out. Batista is second in the MLB with 27 home runs. Roy Halladay makes his first start for the Phillies since May 29th, facing the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine. There is no line posted on this game at this writing. C.C. Sabathia comes off the 15-day DL to face Toronto. The Bronx Bombers are -225 favorites.

Team USA rallies to beat Brazil on Lebron’s 30

With six current and past NBA players including Anderson Varejao and Nene, the Brazilian national team figured to give Team USA more competition than the Dominican Republic in their second exhibition game. They did !!! The Brazilians rolled to a 10 point first half lead before a 20-5 USA run in the second quarter brought things under control in an 80-69 win. Lebron James had 30 points including 14 in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for the Americans.

The game showed that Team USA still has plenty of work to do before the London Games. The US was hammered inside by the much bigger Brazilians and were ice cold from the outside shooting just 1-12 from beyond the arc in the first half and 6-24 for the game. The game, played in Washington D.C. with president Obama in attendance, was Team USA’s final exhibition in the states. They’ll play Thursday in England vs the British before two games in Spain. The US opens it’s Olympic defense on July 29th vs Tony Parker and the French.

Coach K talks about Team USA win over Brazil

Votto out 3-4 weeks with knee surgery

Two of the MLB’s best hitters went down to injury on Monday and two of the MLB’s best pitchers make their first starts after coming off the DL today. Joey Votto will have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Votto hurt the knee sliding into 3rd base back on June 29th but played through it. Votto started the All-Star game and the damage was tected after an exam on Monday.

British Open pairings and tee times

Pairings and tee times are out for Thursday’s British Open and their are plenty of star-studded groups of three playing together during the first two rounds. They include Tiger Woods/Justin Rose/Sergio Garcia ….. Rory McIlroy/Louis Oosthuizen/Keegan Bradley ….. and Phil Mickelson/Geoff Ogilvy/Luke Donald.

Current favorites (50/1 or less) for the British Open compliments of Bovada

Tiger Woods 8/1
Lee Westwood 14/1
Luke Donald 14/1
Rory McIlroy 16/1
Padraig Harrington 18/1
Francesco Molinari 30/1
Graeme McDowell 30/1
Justin Rose 30/1
Martin Kaymer 33/1
Phil Mickelson 33/1
Sergio Garcia 33/1
Louis Oosthuizen 35/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Dustin Johnson 40/1
Ernie Els 40/1
Ian Poulter 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Peter Hanson 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Paul Lawrie 50/1
Fredrik Jacobson 50/1
Geoff Ogilvy 50/1
George Coetzee 50/1
Nick Watney 50/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 50/1
Ross Fisher 50/1

Forbes Magazine: The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

Forbes magazine released it’s list of “The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams” and to no one’s surprise, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and the New York Yankees went 1-2-3. All 32 NFL teams made the top 50 with the median value over a billion dollars.

#1 Manchester United ($2.23 billion)
#2 Real Madrid ($1.88 billion)
#3 New York Yankees ($1.85 billion)
#3 Dallas Cowboys ($1.85 billion)
#5 Washington Redskins ($1.56 billion)
#6 Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion)
#6 New England Patriots ($1.4 billion)
#8 Barcelona ($1.31 billion)
#9 New York Giants ($1.3 billion)
#10 Arsenal ($1.29 billion)
#11 Bayern Munich ($1.23 billion)
#12 New York Jets ($1.23 billion)
#13 Houston Texans ($1.2 billion)
#14 Philadelphia Eagles ($1.16 billion)
#15 Ferrari ($1.1 billion)
#16 Chicago Bears ($1.09 billion)
#17 Green Bay Packers ($1.09 billion)
#18 Baltimore Ravens ($1.09 billion)
#19 Indianapolis Colts ($1.06 billion)
#20 Denver Broncos ($1.05 billion)
#21 Pittsburgh Steelers ($1.02 billion)
#22 Miami Dolphins ($1.01 billion)
#23 Carolina Panthers ($1.0 billion)
#24 Boston Red Sox ($1.0 billion)
#25 Seattle Seahawks ($997 million)
#26 San Francisco 49ers ($990 million)
#27 AC Milan ($989 million)
#28 Kansas City Chiefs ($986 million)
#29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($981 million)
#30 Cleveland Browns ($977 million)
#31 New Orleans Saints ($965 million)
#32 Tennessee Titans ($964 million)
#33 San Diego Chargers ($920 million)
#34 Arizona Cardinals ($901 million)
#35 Los Angeles Lakers ($900 million)
#36 Chicago Cubs ($879 million)
#37 Cincinnati Bengals ($875 million)
#38 Calvin Johnson ($844 million)
#39 Atlanta Falcons ($814 million)
#40 McLaren ($800 million)
#41 Minnesota Vikings ($796 million)
#42 Buffalo Bills ($792 million)
#43 New York Knicks ($780 million)
#44 St. Louis Rams ($775 million)
#45 Oakland Raiders ($761 million)
#45 Chelsea ($761 million)
#47 Jacksonville Jaguars ($725 million)
#48 Philadelphia Phillies ($723 million)
#49 New York Mets ($719 million)
#50 Texas Rangers ($674 million)

The “Predatoe” wins World Toe Wrestling Championship

SP3 is not sure that any of our world class sponsors were taking action on this but here’s one from the lighter side of sports as the “Predatoe” rolls to the World Toe Wrestling Championship. You just can’t make this stuff up.

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