NFL preseason news and notes
The NFL concluded it’s “dress rehearsal” week with two games on Sunday as San Francisco beat the Denver Broncos 29-24 and the Carolina Panthers slipped by the NY Jets 17-12 at the Meadowlands. Both road dogs won straight up. For the week, the favorites and dogs split 8-8 with the over holding a slight 9-7 edge over the under.
At Denver, Peyton Manning was razor sharp going 10-12 for 122 yards, two scores, and most importantly no interceptions. The Broncos led 24-10 at the half but could not hold off 49ers reserve QB Colin Kaepernick who led San Fran to a 19-0 second half win. David Akers was 5-for-5 on field goes for the winners hitting from 33, 46, 21, 32, and 44 yards.
The Jets have now gone three preseason games without scoring a touchdown after their loss to Carolina. Mark Sanchez was 11-18 for 123 yards and a pick but was the victim of several costly drops. Tim Tebow was brutal again at 4-14 for 55 yards and a pick. Cam Newton was just 6-15 for the Panthers but was able to connect with Louis Murphy on a touchdown strike late in the second quarter.
Notes from around the league
The Seahawks have named rookie Russel Wilson their starting quarterback over Matt Flynn. Seattle also cut 38-year-old Terrell Owens who has likely used up all his lives in the NFL.
The Ravens have cut Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff. Undrafted free agent Justin Tucker will handle the kicking and save Baltimore $1.8 million dollars.
The Colts have acquired Dolphins CB Vontae Davis for a second-round draft pick.
Just two months after locking up Rob Gronkowski to a long-term deal, the New England Patriots have also locked up bookend TE Aaron Hernandez through 2018 with a five-year extension. Terms were not disclosed. Last year Hernandez, who has two years left on his rookie deal, made 79 catches for 910 yards and seven touchdowns.
MLB Diamond Dust
Saturday, the Houston Astros became the first team in the MLB to be officially eliminated from the playoffs. Next on the chopping block is the Chicago Cubs whose magic number is nine and the Miami Marlins with a magic number of 15.
Curtis Granderson hit his 32nd home run of the years in the Bombers 4-2 win over Cleveland. When A-rod returns to the lineup, the Yankees will become the first team of the modern era sporting a lineup with seven starters with 200+ career home runs.
The Phillies Cliff Lee pitched seven strong innings in Philadelphia’s 4-1 win over Washington completing a three-game weekend sweep of the Nats.
Watney wins Barclay as Garcia collapses in final round
Sergio Garcia just can’t stand prosperity. After picking up his first tour win in four years last week at Wyndham and leading the Barclays by two shots after 54 holes, the Spaniard limped home with a final round 75 handing the championship to Nick Watney. The 31-year-old from Sacramento shot a final round 69 to stay three shots better than Brandt Snedeker and pick up his fifth tour win. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both carded 76s to finish +1 for the tournament, T38. The top 100 players advance to the Deutsche Bank for the second of four rich Fed Ex Cup playoff events.
Japan beats Tennessee to win LLWS
Tokyo, Japan beat Goodlettsville, Tennessee 12-2 in the Little League World Series Championship game to take their overall title and second in three years. Japanese lead-off man Noriatsu Osaka went 4-for-4 with three homers and a triple to lead the way. Starter Kotaro Kiyomiya struck out eight in four innings limiting the potent Tennessee lineup to just two hits.
Irish suspend two including starting RB Cierre Wood
A tough off-season for Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly just got a little tougher as he has suspended tow players including the teams top rusher Cierre Wood for two games for an unspecified violation of team rules. Wood and reserve DL Justin Utopo will sit Notre Dame’s opener vs Navy in Dublin, Ireland September 1st and the Purdue game the following Saturday. Rumors of a suspension have swirled all summer and Kelly has prepared as if Wood would not be available, the load now falling on Theo Riddick. The senior ran for 63 yards last season on 14 carries and has 252 career rushing yards. Sophomore George Atkinson is also expected to play a major role against the Midshipmen after seeing spot duty in 2011.
Vin Scully will return to Dodgers booth for 64th year
Dodger legend Vince Scully, 84, has announced that he will return to the booth for an epic 64th year.
“The new ownership of the Dodgers has revitalized the city, the team, the fans and myself,” Scully said in the team’s statement. “I am so convinced of their great purpose and leadership that I eagerly look forward to joining them in pursuit of the next Dodgers championship.”
(MLB) St Louis (Lohse) -122 over Pittsburg (Burnett) 7:10 PM EST
(MLB) ChiSox (Liriano) +116 over Baltimore (Chen) 7:05 PM EST
(MLB) NY Yankees (Phelps) -1.5 +118 over Toronto (Alvarez) 7:05 PM EST
(MLB) Seattle (Hernandez) -157 over Minnesota (Hendricks) 8:10 PM EST