NFLX, BoSox/Dodgers Blockbuster trade, Travers Dead Heat, Hamlin at Bristol, Barclays, LLWS + Free Plays for Sunday, August 26, 2012

Around the horn in the NFL preseason

Five Saturday games were the highlight of the Saturday’s NFLX Week III, the favorites going 5-0, 4-1 ATS. The Over was also 4-1.

In the battle of top draft picks, it was RG III and the Washington Redskins besting Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts 30-17. While Luck had the better day statistically, the Colts were saddled by poor field position and were unable to stop the run or rush the football. Alfred Morris had a 107 yards on just 14 carries (7.6 ypc) and a score to lead the Skins. Pittsburg trailed the Buffalo 7-0 after a quarter but blew out the Bills 38-0 the rest of the way for an easy win. Big Ben and Byron Leftwich both had big days, Antonio Brown had 108 yards receiving on seven catches and two scores. The Raiders got 4Q scoring passes of 39 and 76 yards from Terrelle Pryor to down the Lions 31-20. Pryor had an unbelievable stat night going 3-5 for 137 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing just five times for 90 yards and a score. It was a shootout between the Texans and Saints at the Superdome, New Orleans finally winning 34-27. The teams were tied at 24 at the half. Starting quarterbacks Matt Schaub (15-18, 194, 1-0) and Drew Brees (17-25, 179, 2-0) were both near perfect. At Dallas. Tony Romo staked the injury riddled Cowboys to a 20-7 halftime lead and the Pokes held on to win 20-19 when the Rams missed the PAT on the first of their two fourth quarter garbage time scores. Dallas ripped the Ram defense for 438 total yards (7.1 ypp) though it didn’t necessarily translate into points. The Rams backdoor kept the favorites from sweeping the board on Saturday.

Two games round out the Week III “dress rehearsal” schedule and both are ‘Watch and Win” games on free national TV. In the 4:00 PM EST kickoff on Fox, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers at Mile High Stadium. The Broncos have a been a steady -1.5 points favorite through most of the week. The total has been bet down from 41.5 to 40. It will be sunny and hot (90) in Colorado. In the nightcap, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers travel to New Jersey to meet the Jets. Gang Green is a FG favorite despite being the only team in NFLX action that is yet to score a touchdown. The total opened at 38.5, was bet up to 41, and has settled on 40. It will partly cloudy and 76 degrees tonight at the Meadowlands. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM EST on NBC.

BoSox and Dodgers complete blockbuster trade

The Boston Red Sox and LA Dodgers have finally pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto and their combined $260 million in payroll to Los Angeles for James looney and four prospects. The trade paid immediately dividends for the bums as Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run bomb in the Dodgers 8-2 win over the Marlins. Beckett will make his Dodger debut on Monday. Crawford is out until 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery this week.

Alpha and Golden Ticket dead heat in Travers

The summer championship for three-year-old thoroughbred colts took place on Saturday at Saratoga and at the end of a mile-and-a-quarter, there was nothing to separate Alpha and Golden Ticket. The two looked each other right in the eye and battled down the stretch before finally hitting the wire together. It was the second dead heat in the 143 editions of the Travers, the first in 1874 involving Attila and Acrobat, Attila winning the runoff and formally being awarded the victory. Alpha was the 2-1 favorite while Golden Ticket was the second longest shot on the board at 33-1. Each horse’s connections took home $400,000 for winning the million dollar mid-summer’s Derby.

Hamlin wins at Bristol

Denny Hamlin survived a night full of spins, wrecks, and crashes to take the checkered flag in Saturday night’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson finished second with Jeff Gordon third … Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose rounding out the top five. Chase leader Greg Biffle finished 19th which was good enough to keep him 11 points clear of Jimmie Johnson and 15 points ahead of Dale Earnhardt jr who finished 12th. Just two races remain to qualify for the 10 race “Chase” to determine the 2012 Sprint Cup champion.

Sergio Garcia two clear over Watney at The Barclays

The red-hot Sergio Garcia continued his hot play on Saturday and will take a two-shot lead over Nick Watney into Sunday’s final round of The Barclay at Bethpage. Garcia won last week at Wyndham, his first tour victory since 2008. Kevin Stadler shot a day’s best 65 and sits alone in third at seven-under. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tim Clark, Louis Oosthuizen, and Lee Westwood lurk in a group of eight golfers sitting six shots back at four-under.

Sergio Garcia 4/5
Nick Watney 7/2
Brandt Snedeker 14/1
Kevin Stadler 16/1
Tiger Woods 20/1
Bob Estes 28/1
John Senden 33/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Ryan Moore 40/1
Lee Westwood 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1

Tennessee vs. Japan for the LLWS title

Japan spanked Panama 10-2 and Tennessee survived California 24-16 to earn the right to face each other in today’s final of the Little League World Series.
The Japanese used five home runs to beat Panama for the second time in 72 hours and capture their fifth International crown in seven years. Goodlettsville, Tennessee survived a 10-run Petaluma, California sixth inning with a 9-run seventh of their own to win the US crown. Lorenzo Butler had three home runs and a LLWS record nine RBIs fot the winners. The 40 combined runs was also a LLWS record in a game that took more than three hours to play.

Free Picks

(MLB) Philadelphia (Lee) -115 over Washington (Zimmeraman) 1:35 PM EST

(MLB) San Diego (Volquez) +125 over Arizona (Saunders) 4:10 PM EST

(MLB) WSox (Floyd) -155 over Seattle (Millwood) 2:10 PM EST

(MLB) Texas (Feldman) -1.5 -120 over Minnesota (DeVries) 3:05 PM EST