NFLX, MLB Diamond Dust, College Football, Andy Roddick + Free Plays for Friday, August 31, 2012

The NFL Preseason is done, Giants/Cowboys for real on Weds

In the final night of NFL preseason action …. the Jacksonville Jaguars won the fourth quarter 10-0 to stop the Falcons 24-14. The Jags outgained the Dirty Birds 450-247 enjoying a 10 minute TOP edge. Philadelphia hammered the Jets 28-10 with Trent Edwards going 22-32 for 197 and two touchdowns. The Jets finally scored their first touchdown of the preseason on a six-yard pass Greg McElroy to Troy Ganaway. Detroit beat Buffalo 38-32 in a shootout at Motown. Marcus Easley ran a kickoff back 100 yards for the Bills. Graham Harrell went 13-15 for 223 yards and two touchdowns as Green Bay dispatched Kansas City 24-3. Houston beat Minnesota 28-24 in a battle 100 yard rushers. The Vikes Justin Todman rushed 10 times for 114 yards including a 76-yard touchdown jaunt. The Texans Justin Forsett rushed 13 times for 114 yards and two scores. The Colts had the ball for just 23 minutes but cashed a 42-yard pass from Chandler Harnisch to Dominique Jones midaway through the fourth quarter to come away with a 20-16 win. Tennessee beat New Orleans 10-6 in a yawner. Jamie Harper made the winning one-yard touchdown plunge for the Titans. Sean Canfield called the shots for the Saints all four quarters.

The Steelers beat the Panthers 17-16. Jimmy Clausen hooked up with Lamont Bryant on a 79-yard scoring catch with 2:31 to play. Carolina’s two-point conversion for the win failed. The Rams beat Baltimore 31-17 as Sam Bradford went 11-16 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in his final tuneup. Curtis Painter went most of the way for the Raven throwing two touchdowns and three picks. The Bears scored on an interception return and a block punt to beat Cleveland 28-20. Seattle completed a 4-0 SU and ATS preseason with a 21-3 win over the Raiders. Colin Kaepernick and Josh Johnson combined to go 21-32 for 280 yards and four TDs in the 49ers 35-3 rout of the San Diego Chargers. Philip Rivers was 8-10 for 89 yards and a pick for the Bolts. In the night’s finale, Denver beat Arizona 16-13 thanks to Omar Bolden’s 103-yard kickoff return. Neither Kevin Kolb or John Skelton played for Arizona who went 0-5 in the preseason and Ken Whisenhut is yet to name his starter.

College Football news, notes, and results

On the opening night of college football, No.9 South Carolina survived a scare from Vanderbilt winning 17-13 in Music City. UConn welcomed UMass into Division I by hammering the Minutemen 37-0. UCLA used three 70+ yard first half scoring plays to down Rice 49-24. BYU spanked Washington State 30-6 to spoil Mike Leach’s return to coaching. The bad beat of the night went to anyone who had the under in the Minnesota/UNLV game. The game closed with the high/low at 52 and the game ended 13-13 in regulation before 31 points in three overtimes gave the Badgers a 30-27 win.

Just five games tonight with Tennessee (-3, 51.5) traveling to North Carolina State, Boise State at Michigan State (-7, 46.5), and San Jose State at Stanford (-24, 51) highlighting the card.

MLB Diamond Dust

Friday MLB Betting nuggets ….. St Louis’ Adam Wainwright is 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his L5 starts. Philadelphoa’s Roy Halladay is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his L5 starts. The Yankees Hideki Kuroda is 4-2 with a 1.66 ERA in his L8 starts. Miami’s Nathan Eovaldi is 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA in his L3 starts. Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jiminez is 1-4 with a 7.79 ERA in his L6 starts. Anaheim’s Dan Haren is 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA in his L3 starts.

The Giants are 10-3 in their L13, the Padres have won nine of their last ten, Oakland is 12-2 in their L14. Houston is 1-2 in their L13, Arizona is 1-6 in their L7, and Cleveland is 1-14 in their L15 games.

The Under is 9-4 in Milwaukee’s L13 games, 7-1-1 in Arizona’s L9 games, and 11-4-1 in Seattle’s L15 games. The Over is 10-3-2 in Cincinnati’s L15 games, 6-2 in the Texas Rangers L8, and 18-9 in the Angels L27 games.

Andy Roddick to retire after the US Open

The face of American Men’s tennis for more than a decade is calling it quits after the US Open. Andy Roddick announced his retirement on his 30th birthday saying, “I don’t know if I’m healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year.”
Roddick went on to say “Walking off at Wimbledon I felt like I knew.” Andy Roddick will retire with 32 titles including his one Grand Slam title, the 2003 US Open. He made another four Grand Slam finals losing all four times to Roger Federer. With an estimated net worth of $30 millions and waking up next to Brooklyn Decker every morning, something tells us that Andy Roddick is going to be OK.

Free Plays

(MLB) St Louis (Wainright)/Washington (Gonzalez) Under 7 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Hellickson) -125 over Toronto (Morrow) 7:30 PM EST

(MLB) Texas (Dempster) -161 over Cleveland (Jiminez) 7:05 PM EST

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(MLB) Angels (Haren)/Seattle (Millwood) Over 7.5 10:10 PM EST