Olympic betting, NFLX, MLB Diamond Dust, Ryder Cup + Free Plays for Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Around the horn in the NFLX

Dallas All-Pro TE Jason Witten suffered a spleen injury in the Cowboy’s preseason opener at Oakland and will miss the rest the preseason. Witten has experienced some internal bleeding and while surgery is not believed to be required, it has not been ruled out entirely.

Bear’s All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee but is hopeful to play in the season opener. Urlacher has been experiencing swelling in the knee throughout camp, possibly a residual effect from the MCL and PCL strain he sustained in last year’s Bear’s finale.

According to the NFL Referee’s Association, NFL refs are not opposed to coming on full time IF ….. they were paid like officials from Major League Baseball.
A 20-year MLB veteran makes over $400,000 a year, has complete medical coverage, and a defined benefit retirement program. NFL refs have been locked out since their contract expired in the spring and the NFL has been making preparations to start the season with the substitute officials that are currently working NFLX games.

MLB Diamond Dust

Bynum to have “Kobe” proceedure in Germany

Andrew Bynum has had a number on knee injuries in his young career. In September, he’ll do something about it when he flies to Germany for the same radical treatment that Kobe Bryant received last year.

The procedure, known as Orthokine/Regenokine, will be performed by Dr. Peter Wehling. Bryant initially underwent the procedure to prevent the inevitable wearing down of his knee cartilage. The procedure is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP. The procedure, which is not yet performed in the United States, is less invasive than many, if not all, other forms of knee surgeries presently used.

According to the source, Bynum is not feeling any pain in his knees. However, the center wants to explore any options that will help to prolong the healthy status of his knees. Bynum was so impressed with the results that Bryant experienced last season that he agreed that exploring the procedure was a viable option in prolonging his career.

Mickelson gets final autobid to Ryder Cup team

Phil Mickelson is in arguably the worst form of his career but his T36 at the PGA championship gave him just enough Ryder Cup points to lock up the final automatic bid on this year’s Ryder Cup team. Lefty will be playing on his ninth Ryder Cup when the US faces Europe September 28-30 at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.

These were the top 15 golfers in Ryder Cup points. The top eight get automatic bids. The final four bids will be selected by Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III on September 4th.

1 Tiger Woods 6,014.184
2 Bubba Watson 5,815.054
3 Jason Dufner 5,697.302
4 Keegan Bradley 5,551.206
5 Webb Simpson 4,635.500
6 Zach Johnson 4,491.544
7 Matt Kuchar 4,448.942
8 Phil Mickelson 4,233.108
9 Hunter Mahan 4,082.228
10 Steve Stricker 4,015.069
11 Jim Furyk 3,369.616
12 Rickie Fowler 3,313.338
13 Brandt Snedeker 3,176.787
14 Bo Van Pelt 3,152.315
15 Dustin Johnson 3,040.020

Shabazz Muhammad ineligible for UCLA’s trip to China

Highly touted incoming UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad has been ruled ineligible for the team’s preseason trip to China while the NCAA investigates potential improper benefits during his recruitment. The NCAA was looking into possible connections between Muhammad’s family and financial advisors Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh. The Bruins leave for China on August 22 for three exhibition games.

Shabazz Muhammad highlights with AAU Dream Vision

Free Plays

(MLB) Washington (Strasburg) -122 over San Francisco (Lincecum) 3:45 PM EST

(MLB) San Diego (Volquez)/Pittsburg (Maholm Under 8 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) NY Yankees (Garcia) -120 over Texas (Feldman) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Oakland (McCarthy) -116 over Kansas City (Smith) 8:10 PM EST