Olympics, NFL and College Football, PGA Odds, Sportspurri + Free Plays for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2012 London Olympic Games: Day Ten

Team USA routs Argentina to win group play

Team USA routed Argentina 126-97 and advance to the Olympic quarterfinal round vs Australia. Kevin Durant had 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter when the Americans pretty much put Argentina away. Lebron James added 18 and Chris Paul 17 sending a message to the team they’ll meet in the semifinals if both teams win Wednesday. Durant hit 8 of 10 treys and the Americans generally put on a shooting clinic going 20-39 from behind the arc.

Final minute OT goal puts women’s soccer in final

Alex Morgan’s header in the final minute of injury time propelled the women’s US soccer team to a 4-3 win over Canada and a rematch with arch-rival Japan in the gold medal game. The Americans overcame three one-goal deficits, all due to goals from Canada’s Christine Sinclair in the 22nd, 67th and 73rd minutes.
A Megan Rapinoe brace and a goal in the 80th minute by Amy Wambach got the US even in regulation. The US will now have a chance to avenge last year’s loss in the women’s World Cup final to the Japanese.

MLB Diamond Dust

Padres sold to group that includes Phil Mickelson

The San Diego Padres have been sold to a group that includes Phil Mickelson for a reported $800 million dollars. The winning bidder, and soon-to-be-owner of the Padres is the Fowler Group headed by investment banker Ron Fowler and includes former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, his sons Kevin and Brian, Lefty, O’Malley’s nephews Peter and Tom Seidler. The price was a windfall for current Padres owner John Moores who has been trying to sell the team since 2009. A deal last year for $525 million was not approved by the other owners and since then the Dodgers sold for over $2 billion, so the price of owning a major-league team went way up.

Weaver blanks A’s to go 15-1

Jered Weaver notched his 15th win on Monday, a complete game four-hitter 4-0 win over the Oakland A’s. The right-hander has won nine straight and a career-best 10 consecutive decisions since his only loss of the season May 13 against Texas, ranking second in franchise history to Jarrod Washburn, who won 12 consecutive decisions in 2002. The Angels have won Weaver’s last 12 starts while moving into second place in the Al West, a half game better than the A’s.

Around the horn NFL training camps

Jags finally agree to a deal with Blackmon

The Jacksonville Jaguars have finally signed their top pick, WR Justin Blackmon, to a four-year $18.5 million dollar deal. All the money is guaranteed. Blackmon, whom the Jags traded up to acquire with the fifth-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, had missed the first 11 days of Jaguars training camp to work out a new deal. Blackmon’s off the field conduct, which include a couple of DUI’s, made negotiations difficult as both parties battled over wording that included a a smaller and/or deferred signing bonus.

Browns name Brandon Weeden starter over Colt McCoy

Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur has named rookie Brandon Weeden Cleveland’s No. 1 quarterback entering the 2012 season putting to an end any speculation that their is a quarterback competition between Weeden and incumbent Colt McCoy. If Weeden stays healthy during the preseason he will become the 11th opening day starting quarterback since the Browns rejoined the NFL.

Tiger is the heavy favorite at the PGA

Tiger Woods 8/1
Rory McIlroy 18/1
Luke Donald 18/1
Lee Westwood 20/1
Adam Scott 28/1
Jason Dufner 28/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Webb Simpson 33/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Louis Oosthuizen 33/1
Steve Stricker 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Keegan Bradley 33/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Graeme McDowell 40/1
Bo Van Pelt 40/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Zach Johnson 40/1
Padraig Harrington 40/1
Jason Day 50/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Francesco Molinari 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Nick Watney 50/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 50/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Martin Kaymer 66/1
Bill Haas 66/1
Ian Poulter 66/1
Sergio Garcia 66/1
Martin Laird 80/1
David Toms 80/1
K.J. Choi 80/1
Geoff Ogilvy 80/1
Brandt Snedeker 80/1
Scott Piercy 80/1
Alex Noren 80/1
Ryan Palmer 80/1
Carl Pettersson 80/1
John Senden 100/1
Retief Goosen 100/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 100/1
Kyle Stanley 100/1
Bud Cauley 100/1
Aaron Baddeley 100/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Robert Garrigus 100/1

Free Plays

(MLB) Pittsburg (Karstens) -119 Arizona (Corbin) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) St Louis (Lynn) -1.5 +123 over San Francisco (Zito) 8:15 PM EST

(MLB) Minnesota (Deduno) +115 over Cleveland (Kluber) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Angels (Wilson) -130 over Oakland (Colon) 10:05 PM EST