NFL News and Notes, College Football, MLB Diamond Dust, Labor Day Weekend Recap + Free Plays for Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NFL News and Notes

Chicago’s All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher has not practiced since July 31st knee surgery but has virtually guaranteed that he will start in the Bear’s opener against the Colts.

Cleveland Brown’s rookie running back practiced with the team for the first time since his August 9th knee surgery and will likely play against the Eagles on Sunday.

Giants wide out Hakeem Nicks didn’t practice Sunday or Monday but says he will be ready to go Wednesday in the defending champs opener with the Cowboys.

Viking head coach Leslie Frazier says that Adrian Peterson’s return will be a game-time decision. Peterson is recovering from a torn ACL he sustained in Minnesota’s second-to-last game last year.

Colt wide out Austin Collie is practicing and should start in the Colt’s opener. Collie suffered his third concussion in 22 months in Indy’s preseason game with Pittsburg.

Today in College Football

In Monday’s college football action, No.16 Virginia Tech used a strong defense and the kicking game to turn back Georgia Tech 20-17 in overtime. Tied 7-7 at the end of three quarters, there was a flurry of activity in the fourth. After a Yellow Jacket field goal on the first play of the final stanza, the Hokies seemingly locked things up with a 42-yard TD pass from Logan Thomas to Demetri Knowles with 7:46 to play but ….. Georgia Tech was not done. The Jacks drove 72 yards in 13 plays to score and take a 17-14 lead with 44 seconds left. VTech kicker Cody Journell kicked a 41-yard FG on the final play of regulation sending things to overtime. Georgia Tech got the ball first and was intercepted. Journell then drilled a 17-yarder for the win. The game closed Virginia Tech -7.5 and the total 46 making the dog and under winners.

MLB Diamond Dust

The AL East is turning into a dogfight with the Yankees, Orioles, and Rays all within 2.5 games. Monday the Rays nipped the Yankees 4-3 while Baltimore shut out Toronto 4-0 to climb to within one game of the Bronx Bombers.

The Nats beat the Cubs 2-1 on Monday to guarantee the first winning season in franchise history. At 82-52, Washington has the best record in baseball.

The Chicago White Sox reclaimed first place in the AL Central with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins while the Tigers were 3-2 losers to Cleveland.

The Angels beat Oakland 8-3 on Monday, snapping the A’s nine-game winning streak and climbing to within 3.5 games of Oakland in the wild card race.

The Braves Kris Medlen struck out 12 in Atlanta’s 6-1 win over the Rockies. Medlen saw his scorless inning streak snapped at 34 2/3 innings when Colorado scored an unearned run in the seventh. Medlen is 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA in seven starts since becoming a starter on July 31st. Medlen was 5-0 in spot starts in 2010 and the Braves have won his L18 starts overall.

Rory’s the Best at TPC Boston

Rory McIlroy looked Louis Oosthuizen right in the eye and won their final pairng matchup 67-71 to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship by a stroke. McIlroy started the day three shots behind the South African but birdied four of the first six holes to take control. The leaderboard was loaded with Tiger Woods finishing third and Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson tied for fourth. It was McIlroy’s third win of 2012 and gives him the lead in the rich Fed Ex Cup playoff. Along with his win at the PGA, McIlroy is squarely in contention with Tiger for Player of the Year.

Rory comes from three down to win Deutsche Bank Championship

Tiger is golf’s first $100 million dollar man

With his third-place finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger Woods has become golf’s first $100 million dollar man. Woods earned $544,000 for getting the bronze in Boston pushing his career lifetime earnings to $100,350,700. Phil Mickelson, who earned $352,000 for finishing T4 in the Deutsche Bank, is a distant second in career earnings of $66,805,498. Woods has 74 tournament wins, second all-time, including 38 times with a first prize of $1 million or more. His winnings come out to an average of $362,276.89 for each of his 277 career starts.

Reports have Logano moving to Penske

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Joe Logano will go from Joe Gibbs racing to Penske to drive the No.22 ride vacated when A.J. Allmendinger was suspended and subsequently released for a positive drug test. Logano found himself without a full time Sprint Cup ride when JGR signed Matt Kenseth to drive Logano’s current No.20. Gibbs had hoped to find a fourth sponsor and re-sign Logano but it never happened.

Dwight Howard thanks Orlando

After a tumultuous year that saw him alienate the entire Magic fan base and resulted in him being dealt to the Lakers, Dwight Howard offered an olive branch to the city or Orlando by taking out a full page ad in the Sunday Orlando Sentinel. below is the text of the ad that was accompanied by different pictures of Howard with kids at D12 Foundation functions. Howard makes no mention of the Magic organization.

“To play the game of basketball in the NBA is a blessing and to have had the opportunity to play before the Orlando fans for eight years was truly a privilege and an honor.

Words cannot express the love I have for Orlando. With your support we have done great things in this city from hanging banners to impacting our youth.

Although my career with the Magic has come to a close, my love for the city and the people that make it beautiful will never end.”

Free Plays

(MLB) San Francisco (Vogelsong) -135 over Arizona (Kennedy) 10:15 PM EST

(MLB) Baltimore (Britton) -105 over Toronto (Villaneuva) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Cobb) -122 over NY Yankees (Garcia) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Seattle (Beavan) +125 over Boston (Lester) 10:10 PM EST

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