Olympics, Jr Seau, NBA, MLB + Free Plays for Friday, July 13, 2012

Blake Griffin out of the Olympics, Anthony Davis in

Blake Griffin is out of the Olympics with a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require arthroscopic surgery. Griffin will be out about eight weeks should be ready for the start for the Clippers NBA training camp. USA basketball called up 2012 college basketball Player of the Year and the NBA’s No.1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis to replace Griffin. Davis was uniform for Team USA’s exhibition game on Thursday night.

Team USA throttled the Dominican Republic 113-59 in their exhibition opener. Team USA looked sharp on defense creating 27 tournovers that resulted in 38 points and sharing the ball where they racked up 27 assists on 42 baskets. Kevin Durant led Team USA with 24 points, two more than the Dominican starting five. Team USA has one more exhibition in the US, vs. Brazil in Washington, D.C. before heading overseas.

Team USA in action last night

Seau’s brain to be studied

The family of Junior Seau has donated some of his brain tissue for study. The San Diego County medical examiner’s office announced that it recently released preserved brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health. Seau committed suicide in May, shooting himself in the chest, just two years after retiring from the NFL. Seau’s death, along with the death of former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, has raised questions about whether brain damage from repeated concussions on the field lead to long-term problems such as depression.

Teemu Selanne re-ups with the Ducks

Teemu Selanne will be back for at least one more year after agreeing to a one-year deal for a reported $4.5 million. The 41-year-old Finnish Flash has shown no signs of slowing down and comes off a season where he scored 26 goals to go along with 40 assists playing in all 82 games for the last place Ducks. Selanne has scored 663 career goals in 1341 games good for 13th place on the all time list.

Allmendinger tested positive for stimulants

Beleaguered Nascar driver J.J. Almendinger will bring in his own team of experts and have his lawyer present when he provides a “B” sample to be tested next week. Allmendinger tested positive for a stimulant after a random drug test on June 29th and was suspended last Saturday. The stimulant has not been identified due to confidentiality rules but according to NASCAR’s drug policy, a stimulant is defined as “amphetamine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), Eve (MDEA), MDA, PMA, Phentermine, and other amphetamine derivatives and related compounds.” Sam Hornish Jr has been drive Penske Racing’s No.22 during Allmendinger’s suspension.

Freeh report: Penn State senior officials disregarded children’s welfare

The findings of the $6.5 million, eight-month investigation into one of the biggest scandals in the history of college sports, is a scathing indictment of the upper echelon of the Penn State administration including former head coach Joe Paterno. The 267-page report accuses Paterno and other top Penn State officials of burying child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity. according to a scathing report Thursday that exposed a powerful “culture of reverence” for the football program and portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought. “Freeh” is former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by the university’s trustees to investigate.

The entire Penn State situation is far too complicated to be addressed with a couple of paragraphs here at SP3 but if you can read the entire report yourself at the link and come to your own conclusions.


MLB returns tonight for the second half

Baseball returns tonight for it’s second half, here are some wagering points to ponder of tonight’s card.

The Cubs have won five of their last six home games. The Pirates are 10-2 in their L12 games overall. The Yankees are 10-3 in their 13 series openers. Philadelphia is 1-10 in their L11 games. Houston has lost 10 straight road games. The Orioles are 1-5 in their L6 home games.

The Over is 22-5 in the L27 games at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The Over is 15-5 in the Astros L20 road games. The Over is 8-1 in the Angels L9 road games. The Under is 7-2 in the Reds L9 home games. The Under is 10-2 in the BoSox L12 road games. The Under is 9-2 in the L11 played at Seattle’s Safeco Field.

The Cubs Paul Maholm has given up just one earned run over his last 14 1/3 innings of work. The Pirates have won five of James McDonald’s last six road starts. The Ranger’s C.J. Wilson is 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA in his L9 starts. Tonight, Zack Greinke becomes the first MLB pitcher since 1917 to start three consecutive games for his team. The Rockies Chris Freidrich is 0-5 with an 8.68 ERA in his L6 starts. Toronto’s Ricky Romero is 0-3 with an 11.40 ERA in his L3 starts.

Free Plays

(MLB) Cincinnati (Latos) -124 over St Louis (Wainwright)

(MLB) Pittsburg (McDonald)/Milwaukee (Greinke) under 7.5 -125

(MLB) Toronto (Romero) -125 over Cleveland (Masterson)

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Hellickson) pick over BoSox (Morales)