Packers maul Bears, Rutgers roll USF, MLB Diamond Dust, Bill Russell open heart, UFC 153 Update + Free Plays for Thursday, September 14, 2012

Packers spank Bears 23-3

After a scoreless first period, the Packers used a horrific penalty challenge and a fake-FG for a touchdown to grab a 13-0 halftime lead and then cruise to a 23-3 win in Title Town. After failing on a third-and-four play that would have forced a Packer punt, Green Bay challenged the play claiming 12 men on the field. The replay clearly showed the Bear lineman had beat the snap and got to the sidelines but the resulting reversal resulted in a FG and opened the floodgates for Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers was 22-32 for 219 yards and a score while Cedric Benson carried the mail 20 times for 81 yards. Jay Cutler was abused all night going 11-27 with four INTS and was sacked six times.

Rutgers punks USF 23-10

Rutgers took advantage of five South Florida turnovers to beat the Bulls 23-13 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. USF was in control 6-0 with two minutes left in the first half and driving on the Scarlet Knight’s 25 when Bull QB BJ Daniels was intercepted. Rutgers used it’s two-minute drill to convert a FG and instead of trailing 13-0 at the half, trailed just 6-3. The Scarlet Knights dominated the second half winning it 20-7. Rutgers improved to 3-0 on the year while USF dropped to 2-1.

Friday night, in a battle of bottom-feeders, Washington State takes on UNLV at the Sam Boyd Siver Bowl in Sin City. The Mike Leach led Cougars are 1-1 after getting punked 30-6 by BYU and eeking out a 24-20 win over Eastern Washington of the Big Sky. UNLV is 0-2 after losing to Minnesota in three OTs 30-27 and then blowing a 14-0 halftime lead in a 17-14 home loss to FCS Northern Arizona. Washinton State opened as a -11.5 favorite with an over/under of 55.5 but UNLV money has dropped the number to Wazzou -8 and the high/low 55. Weather will be perfect with a game time temperature of around 91.

Lebron X enabled will sell for $270

The Lebron X won’t be the first $300 basketball shoe after all. Since the Wall Street journal reported last month that the X would retail for $315, the Nike super-shoe has been put under close scrutiny by the media and general public. The Nike+ version allows the athlete to measure various metrics, including vertical leap, and sync it with the Nike+ basketball app. Different versions of the shoe will sell for between $180 and $220.

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Jeter ties Mays for 10th on all-time hit list

Derek Jeter’s RBI single in 7th inning not only provided Phil Hughes with an insurance run in a 2-0 Yankee win over the Boston Red Sox, it tied Jeter with Willie Mays for 10th place on the all-time hit list with 3,283 hits. The win allowed the Bronx Bombers to keep pace with the Baltimore Orioles who swept Tampa Bay with a 3-2 win in 14 innings. Playing on a gimpy ankle, Jeter was relegated to designated hitter duty Thursday night.

Celtic great Bill Russell recovering from hear surgery

Boston Celtic legend and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell revealed today that he is recovering from open heart surgery performed in August.

“I had a valve in my heart that had to be replaced and the way you replace it is by open heart surgery. Well, open-heart surgery sounds difficult but this was not an emergency. It was something I had to do. The same operation in an emergency is life threatening. This was not life threatening.

They took the valve out and replaced it. It only took a couple of hours to do that. I talked to the doctors after and they said they were pleased with the procedure. They said I would be sore after a while and after that, they said I would feel better than I ever did at this point.

The most I can do now is walk but the two things I enjoy the most, I can’t do this summer. Drive my car, which every summer I drive across the country at least twice, and play golf every day. I can’t do either one of those for a while.

There was never ever any danger. The reason this was routine was because I was living a clean lifestyle. No drinking, smoking, etc. I’m in good shape”

Russell, 78, won 11 NBA titles during his playing career, a gold medal with Team USA to go along with two NCAA championships at the University of San Francisco. A five-time MVP award winner, he was named to the All-Star team 12 times. Russell also served as a player/coach for the Celtics, and also coached the Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings.

Russell retired as a player in 1969 after 13 seasons. His No. 6 jersey was retired by the Celtics in 1972 and he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. The NBA’s Finals MVP award is named in his honor, and he was on hand to present it to Miami Heat forward LeBron James back in June.

President Barack Obama presented Russell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Free Plays

(MLB) Cincinnati (Arroyo) -140 Miami (Turner) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Washington (Detwiler)/Atlanta (Medlin) Under 7 7:35 PM EST

(MLB) San Diego (Cashner) -155 over Colorado (Chatwood) 10:05 PM EST

(MLB) nY Yankees (Sabathia) -130 over Tampa Bay (Price) 7:05 PM EST