Highlights from a busy sports Thursday night
Just 48 hours to go before Super Bowl XLVI and it can’t come soon enough. The Giants and Pats make their final preperations today before going on lockdown tonight until 6:20 PM EST on Sunday. Pat TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on Thursday. Peyton Manning has been cleared to play football by the surgeon that did his surgery. Commissioner Roger Goddell said on Costas Live that if the NFL did expand, it would be by two teams.
Sad news from Texas. Former MVP Josh Hamilton has apparently relapsed and was seen alledgedly seen drinking in the Dallas area last week. Hamilton has battled addiction his entire career. The Washington National signed Edwin Jackson to a one-year contract adding another piece to pretty formidible starting rotation. Sod is being installed as the new Marlin ballpark nears completion.
Sam Gagne became the first NHL player in 23-years to score eight points in a game as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-4. Gagne, who had just five goals coming in, had four goals and four assists. Mario Lemieux was the last to eight points in a game. The record is ten points by the Leaf’s Darryl Sittler.
The NBA announced the starters for the NBA All-Star game February 26th in Orlando. The East features Derrick Rose, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. The West is LA heavy with Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Andrew Bynum. Griffin will not defend his slam dunk title. Lebron has indicated that he might be amicable to returning to the contest.
Free plays went a disappointing 1-3 with the Denver Pioneers losing in overtime and the Clippers a home court no show. Looking to jumpstart weekend bankrolls tonight with a 4-0 Friday sweep. Make sure that you check out our sponsors and make your final arrangements for Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t miss out. Watch and win.
(CBB) Penn +1 over Yale
The Quakers have really benefitted from playing an ultra-tough non-conference schedule early on. Penn is a perfect 3-0 in the Ivy and 8-1 vs teams ranked from 150 to 339. The Quakes are also rocking a 5-1 ATS run on the road.
Nothing bad to about Yale who is 13-5 for the year, 3-1 in the Ivy, but … the Bulldogs are 0-3 vs the points at home, 1-3 ATS vs winning records and just 1-3 SU and ATS in the L4 in the series. Wrong team favored here. Penn straight up.
(CBB) Princeton -7.5 over Brown
It’s been a long strange road trip for the Princeton Tigers who play their 11th straight win against DI opposition. The grind could be getting to the Tigers who were crushed at Penn in their last. That said, this is a team that is 27-12 ATS on the road the last three years, 21-12 ATS vs losing records, and 6-0 against the points after their L6 Ivy straight up losses. The Bears are just 7-14 overall, 3-10 L13 with wins over Central Connecticut, Bryant, and Dartmouth. Princeton gets back on track here.
(NBA) Minnesota at New Jersey Over 196
The Wolves and Nets both play their 4th game in six nights so the fatigue factor is a push. Minnesota has covered seven of their L9 roadies, the Nets 5-4 in their L9 but not interested in either side. A decent case can be made for the total however as eight of the L9 Wolves games have flown over, the high is 11-4 in the Nets L15. These are two of the weaker defensive teams in the league allowing 95.5 and 98.8 ppg respectively and all it should take is average shooting nights by both teams to send this one over.
NHL) St Louis -148 over LA Kings
Other than Detroit (20-2-1, 18 straight wins), the St Louis Blues (21-3-4) have the strongest home ice in the league. The Blues are 7-3 the L10 in the series and a perfect 3-0 this year with 3+ days of rest. The Kings have played themselves back into the playoff picture but are grinding along at 50-50 the last month and they still have work to do. The Kings have won both prior meetings this year but the Blues are well rested and situationally in a good spot to get a win here. Take the Blues.