Scott four shots up at British Open, MLB Diamond Dust, UFC 149, Saturday Recap + Free Plays for Sunday, July 22, 2012

Adam Scott leads British Open at by four strokes

The Claret Jug is Adam Scott’s to lose as he takes a four shot lead into Sunday’s final round of The Open. Scott shot a two-under 68 on Saturday which distanced his from half-way leader Brandt Snedeker (73) and Tiger Woods who could only manage an even par 70. Tiger will be paired with Snedeker in the second to the last pairing and will start the day five back. Graeme McDowell will play with Scott after a three-under round of 67 on Saturday. Ernie Els and Zach Johnson are both lurking at five-under for tournament.

Here are some of the head-to-head matchups that were available in Sin City this morning. Don’t forget to check out one of SP3’s world class sponsors for props and other head-to-heads

Eldrick Woods -$190 vs Adam Scott +$170
Graeme McDowell -$175 vs Brandt Snedeker +$155
Ernie Els -$120 vs Zach Johnson even
Luke Donald -$120 vs Matt Kuchar even
Dustin Johnson even vs Bubba Watson even
Jason Dufner -$130 vs Louis Oosthuizen +$110

Scott leads British Open heading into the final round

MLB Diamond Dust

Betting nuggets for Sunday’s MLB card …. the Red’s the Giant’s Barry Zito is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his L4 starts. The Yankees are 11-3 in C.C. Sabathia’s L14 starts. The Ranger’s Matt Harrison is 9-1 with a 1.34 ERA in his L10 starts. Miami’s Anabel Sanchez rocks a 6.27 ERA in his L8 starts. The WSox Phil Humber has a 7.17 ERA in his L4 starts. The Angel’s Dan Haren makes his first start off the DL, he had a 9.00 ERA in his five prior starts.

The Braves are 10-3 in their L13 games. The Pirates are 11-2 in their L13 home games. The A’s have won 13 of 15 and have the best record in baseball in July. The Mets are fading fast with one win since the All-Star break and are 1-8 in their L9 games. The Astros are now an incredible 1-18 in their L19 with suitcase. Kansas City is 2-9 in it’s L11.

The Nats are now 9-3-1 to the Under in their L13 games. The WSox are 18-8-1 Low in their L27 games. The Under is 13-3 in the Ranger’s L16 games. Philadelphia has gone Over the total in four of their last five games. The High is 11-5 in the Mets L16 games. The Over is 10-5 in the L15 games at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City.

UFC 149: Faber vs Barao Results

Saturday night at UFC 149 in Calgary … Renan Barao dominated Urijah Faber start to finish to win the interim UFC bantamweight title. Baroa used a stiff jab and stinging leg kicks to neutralize the little offense “The California Kid” could muster. The judges had it 49-46, 50-45, 49-46 for the Brazilian. It was Barao’s 32nd straight fight without a loss, the longest current run in MMA. Barao will now wait for Dominick Cruz to recover from ACL surgery and a unification fight. In the co-main event, Tim Boetsch ruined highly touted Hector Lombard’s UFC debut winning a split decision. Boetsch, a +270 underdog, was a able to keep Lombard at bay with a leg kicks and enough take down attempts to keep the Cuban honest. Lombard saw his 20 fight win streak and 25 fight unbeaten streak come to an end.

Marathoner will compete under the Olympic flag

Guor Marial, a U.S. based former refugee from Souther Sundan has been granted permission by the IOC to compete in the marathon under the Olympic flag at the London Olympics. Marial moved to the United States as a refugee when he was a child and even though he has permanent residence in the U.S., he isn’t yet an American citizen. He has no passport and is not represented by a national Olympic committee. South Sudan gained independence last year after breaking away from Sudan but doesn’t yet have a recognized Olympic body.

Thoroughbred Racing’s Top Ten as of Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rank, Horse, Age/sex, Record, Points, Previous

1. Game On Dude 5/G 4-3-0-0 357 3
2. Ron The Greek 5/H 4-2-2-0 346 1
3. Mucho Macho Man 4/C 4-3-0-1 319 14
4. Shackleford 4/C 4-2-0-1 297 2
5. Royal Delta 4/F 3-1-1-0 230 4
6. I’ll Have Another 3/C 4-4-0-0 198 6
7. Wise Dan 5/G 2-1-1-0 195 5
8. Acclamation 6/H 1-1-0-0 116 7
9. Bodemeister 3/C 6-2-4-0 74 8
10. Alternation 4/C 5-4-0-0 44 9

Other Horses Receiving Votes

It’s Tricky (28), Union Rags (28), Successful Dan (27), Point Of Entry (19), Awesome Feather (18), Hymn Book (16), Groupie Doll (14), Caleb’s Posse (13), Grace Hall (11), Nates Mineshaft (9), Richard’s Kid (9), Fort Larned (7), Silver Max (7), Awesome Maria (6), Believe You Can (5), Get Stormy (5), Turbo Compressor (5), Caixa Eletronica (4), To Honor And Serve (4), Amazombie (2), Lady Of Shamrock (2), Trinniberg (2), Hansen (1), Musical Romance (1), Redeemed (1)

Free Plays

(MLB) Cincinnati (Cueto) -150 over Milwaukee (Fiers)

(MLB) San Francisco (Zito) +130 over Philadelphia (Blanton) 1:35 PM EST

(MLB) Pittsburg (Karstens) -120 over Miami (Sanchez) 1:35 PM EST

(MLB) Baltimore (Britton) +130 Cleveland (Timlin) 3:05 PM EST