NFLX, MLB Diamond Dust, Sweet Caroline, NHL Lockout Looming + Free Plays for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday in the NFL preseason camps

With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, the Saints have moved camp to Cincinnati. The Whodats will practice at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday and then travel to Nashville for their final preseason game against the Titans on Thursday.

The Steelers top draft pick, guard David DeCastro, suffered a severe knee injury in Saturday’s preseason game vs the Bills and will have surgery on Wednesday. DeCastro suffered a torn MCL, a dislocated knee cap, and damage to the patellar tendon. Though severe, the injury is not expected to be season ending and DeCastro could return towards the end of the regular season.

Just 13 days before their regular season opener, the Arizona Cardinals still haven’t named a starting quarterback and strangely enough, neither Kevin Kolb or John Skelton is expected to play in the team’s final exhibition game vs the Broncos on Thursday. Both quarterbacks have been erratic in the preseason. Skelton is 5-2 as a starter last year and seems to have a knck for late game heroics. Kolb was a high-price free agent signing from Philadelphia who was supposed to step right in after the retirement of Kurt Warner.

The Seahawks have traded quarterback Tavaris Jackson to the Buffalo who then cut Vince Young. Seattle will receive a seventh-round draft pick which will become a sixth-round pick if Jackson is active for six games.

One day after being cut by the Baltimore Ravens, All-Pro kicker Billy Cundiff was signed by the Washington Redskins who immediately cut last year’s PK specialist Graham Gano who missed an NFL-high 10 field goal attempts last season, five being blocked. He’s made 74 percent of his attempts since joining the Redskins during the 2009 season, the second-worst percentage in the NFL over that span.

MLB Diamond Dust

Betting nuggets for the Tuesday, Aust 28th, card ….

The Cardinals Jake Westbrook is 6-1 with a 3.69 ERA in his L7 starts, the Brewers Yovani Gallardo is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in his L5 starts, Kris Medlen in 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA in five starts for the Braves allowing just three earned runs in 32 2/3 innings of work. Miami’s Ricky Nolasco is 1-6 with an 8.71 ERA in his L9 starts. Houston’s Bud Norris is 0-7 with a 7.69 ERA over his L10 starts. The Ranger’s Yu Darvish is 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA over his L5 starts.

Colorado is 11-4 in their L15 games, San Diego has won eight straight allowing just 16 runs, Baltimore is 11-3 in their L14 home games. Washington has lost four straight scoring just six runs, Toronto is 2-10 in their L12 games, Anaheim has lost four straight home games getting outscored 37-14.

The Under is 12-4 in Atlanta’s L16 games, the Under is 10-4 in Kansas City’s L14 games, the Under is 10-3-1 in Seattle’s L14 games. The Over is 7-3 in the Marlins L10 games, the Over is 10-3 in Cincinnati’s L13 games, the Over is 5-1 in the L6 Texas Ranger games.

Reaching out …. touching me …. touching yoooooooou !!!

Penn State has taken Neil Diamond’s 1969 hit Sweet Caroline out of the Beaver Stadium play list. While the school says that the song was not removed because of it’s lyrics, it’s hard to imagine otherwise during this hypersensitive time at a school trying to heal in the wake over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. You make the call.

The Penn State student section sings Sweet Caroline

Ovechkin and Malkin eye Russia as lockout looms

With the National Hockey League and the NHLPA reportedly far apart, several stars are looking to the KHL (Russia) for a place to play in the event of a lockout. The KHL is reportedly one of the few European leagues willing to take NHL stars on a short term basis. Moscow Dynamo has targeted Alex Ovechkin. The Washington Caps sniper played with Dynamo during the 2004 lockout. Last year’s NHL leading scorer and MVP Evgeni Malkin is reportedly having discussions with Magnitogorsk about a potential “week-to-week” contract in the event of a work stoppage.

German track and field judge killed by javelin

A 74-year-old track official died on Monday a day after he was struck in the throat by a javelin. Dieter Strack, officiating at a youth meet in Duesseldorf, was immediately taken to the hospital but died of injuries. Police have opened an investigation into the official’s death, but initial indications were that it had been an accident. The 15-year-old athlete who threw the javelin was reportedly receiving psychological counseling.

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