Penn State Whacked, Ichiro to Yanks, Rick Nash to Rangers, Derrick Rose, Sportspurri + Free Plays for Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The NCAA comes down hard on the Nittany Lions

Penn State didn’t quite get the death penalty. It was more like life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Monday, the NCAA imposed unprecedented penalties against Penn State for it’s part in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State was fined $60 million dollars, hit with a four-year postseason ban, the loss of 40 scholarships over four years, and the Nittany Lions will vacate 111 wins from 1998-2011. The fine is equal to one year’s gross revenue.

While not quite the death penalty, the sanctions will cripple the program for at least 8-10 years. Too severe ??? Not severe enough ??? SP3 would like to know your opinion.

NCAA president Mark Emmert announces Penn State penalties

Yanks get Ichiro for the stretch drive

In one of the more stunning MLB moves in recent memory, the Mariners have sent future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees for two minor league prospects. Seattle will also send cash to the Bombers to cover some of the remaining $7 million dollar’s on Ichiro’s 2012 contract. Ichiro is hitting a career low .261 with a .288 on-base percentage, well below his career averages of .322 and .366. In New York, Ichiro will have no pressure and playing with a team that has a real chance to win a ring. Look for Ichiro to be reborn in New York in Kevin Youkilis type fashion.

Ichiro didn’t have far to go as the Yankees were in Seattle for a three-game set with the Mariners. In his first at bat as a Bomber, Ichiro received a 45 second standing ovation from the Safeco Field faithful before promptly singling. For the night, Ichiro went one-for four with a stolen base in New York’s 4-1 win. Alex Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the eight inning, the 644th homer of his career and his 299th as a Yankee.

MLB Diamond Dust

Tuesday MLB wagering Nuggets. The Cubs Paul Maholm is 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in his L4 starts. The Marlins Mark Buehrle is 4-1 with a 1.87 ERA over his L5 starts. Seattle’s King Felix is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA over his L3 starts. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is rocking a 6.57 ERA over his L3 starts. The Rays Russ Hellickson is 0-4 with a 6.39 ERA in his L5 starts. The Angels Garrett Richards has a 9.77 ERA in his L3 despite throwing seven scoreless in his last.

Pittsburg is 12-3 in in their L15 home games. Cincinnati has won 12 of their L14 games. Oakland is 14-2 in the their L16 games. Milwaukee is 3-9 in their L12 road games. Houston is 2-20 in their L20 games. Kansas City is 2-11 over their L13 games.

The Under is 7-1 in Pittsburg’s L8 games. The Under is 12-1-2 in Miami’s L15 games. The Under in 8-1 in St Louis’ L9 games. The Under is 14-4 in the Ranger’s L18 games. The Over is is 4-1 in Arizona’s L5 games. The Over is 6-2-1 in Anaheim’s L9 games.

Blue Jackets deal Nash to the Rangers

Blue Jacket to Broadway Blue. Columbus captain Rick Nash has been traded to the New York Rangers for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick. Nash will give New York some much needed offensive punch scoring at least 30 goals in all but one season after his rookie year including an even 30 this year with the worst team in the NHL.

Michigan suspends RB Toussaint for DUI

Michigan RB Fitzgerald Toussaint was arrested for DUI on Sunday and was immediately suspended indefinitely by Wolverine HC Brady Hoke. “[He] made a poor decision and has been suspended indefinitely because of that action,” Hoke said in a statement released on Monday. Toussaint had a breakout year as a junior in 2011, rushing for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged better than 136 ypg over the Wolverines final six games. It is unclear whether Toussaint will be available against defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 1 in Dallas.

Team USA plays final exhibition game today

Free Plays

(MLB) Washington (Gonzalez) +105 over NY Mets (Dickey)

(MLB) Miami (Buehrle) pick Atlanta (Hudson)

(MLB) San Diego (Volquez)/San Francisco (Bumgarner) Under 6.5

(MLB) Detroit (Fister) -125 over Cleveland (Jiminez)