US gains World Cup berth, MLB News and Notes, Suh fined 100K for “dirty” block, the Johnny Football pinata, De La Hoya back to rehab, BMW Championship odds + Tuesday Recap: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

US beats Mexico 2-0, on to Rio

The US continued it’s dominance over Mexico in Columbus Ohio with a 2-0 win Tuesday night over the Tri. Coupled with Honduras 2-2 draw with Panama, the US clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Rio. Eddie Johnson scored on a header in the 49th minute and Landon Donovan provided insurance with a goal at the 78 minute mark. The US has face Mexico in Columbus five times and won all five times by the identical score of 2-0.

MLB News and Notes

Most of yesterday’s MLB news was made off the field …..

The New York Yankees are set to pay a record $29.1 million in luxury based on their $236.2 million dollar payroll. New York is taxed 50-percent on every dollar over the $178 million luxury tax threshold. This figure could still go up depending on whether the Yankees decide to pick up more salary in their playoff run.

The Dodgers and DBacks will open the 2014 MLB season with a two game set in Sydney, Australia. The March 22-23 games will be the first MLB games ever played Down Under and baseball tries to further extend it’s fan base.

The Boston Red Sox will honor HOFer Carl Yastzremski in front of Fenway Park on September 22nd. Yaz was the last player to win the triple crown before Miguel Cabrera turned the trick last year. Yastzremski retired with 3,419 hits and 452 home runs following the 1983 season and was inducted into Cooperstown five years later.

Suh will appeal 100K for block

Ndamukong Suh is generally considered the league’s dirtiest player and he has $243,000 in fines over his first three years to prove it. Add another 100K to that total for Suh’s illegal cut block Sunday vs. the Vikings. Suh chopped Vike center John Sullivan 20 yards away from the play during an interception return that cost Detroit a touchdown and could been a 14 point turnaround the Lions were intercepted on the next play. Watch the hit here and decide for yourself.

Bama bar has Johnny Manziel pinata for patrons

Saturday’s college football Game of the Year between Texas A&M and Alabama is starting to heat up. Otey’s Tavern in Mountain Brook, Alabama will offer patrons a swing at a 30-inch Johnny Manziel pinata Wednesday night. The pinata features a Johnny Football likeness with a dollar sign on the uniform instead of a number.

Oscar De La Hoya back in rehab

Oscar De La Hoya checked into rehab on Tuesday and will miss Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight. De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions was key in setting up the most heavily anticipated boxing match of 2013. Sportsbetting 3 will have a fight preview on the Friday report. Mayweather is currently a -280 favorite with Alvarez getting +220 on the takeback.

Odds to win BMW Championship

The Fed Ex Cup took last weekend off but return on Thursday with the BMW Championship at Conway Country Club in Norton, Massachusetts. Sportbetting 3 will be reporting throughout the weekend with round by round recaps. Tiger Woods is the favorite with the white-hot Henrik Stenson the current third choice.

Tiger Woods 11/2
Adam Scott 12/1
Henrik Stenson 12/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Justin Rose 20/1
Rory McIlroy 20/1
Steve Stricker 20/1
Jordan Spieth 22/1
Matt Kuchar 22/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Jason Day 28/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Hunter Mahan 33/1
Jim Furyk 33/1
Keegan Bradley 33/1
Luke Donald 33/1
Sergio Garcia 33/1
Webb Simpson 33/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1
Charl Schwartzel 40/1
Graham Delaet 40/1
Lee Westwood 40/1
Zach Johnson 40/1
Ian Poulter 50/1

Free Play

(MLB) Yankees (Pettitte) +119 over Baltimore ( (Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:05 PM EST)