Bettors are checking out the UFC 102 live stream and sportsbooks will go over the results, while the purists will watch the Little League World Series live.
Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Red Sox face the Blue Jays’ ace, the Phillies try to top the Braves, and the NFL preseason spotlight shines on Denver.
Tiger Woods odds…
Tiger Woods is now 7/1 in the revised odds to win the 2009 Barclays Liberty National Golf Club. On the morning line, Steve Marino is 9/4 and Paul Goydos is 11/5. See all the golf odds.
Bloodbath for sportsbooks…
The top NFL handicapper of all-time is GodsTips and they nailed the NFL Preseason Game of the Year. It’s insane how good the NFL specialists are. Center of the Handicapping Universe is 16-7 including 8-2 the last 10 in the NFL. The Preseason Game of the Year on Detroit, an underdog, wins outright.
The strongest NFL preseason release by Stevie Vincent ever was on the Titans and Cavaliers over. The world’s best handicappers are having an even better year than usual, but luckily for the sportsbooks, the sharps are having a horrid year. There is a reason why sharps win more while squares lose more than ever.
Colliding on the gridiron . . .
The lone NFL preseason game on Sunday is a good one – the Bears and new quarterback Jay Cutler will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos. The oddsmakers have the Broncos pegged as 2.5-point home favorites for Sunday’s game, even though they are 0-2 so far during the preseason. Cutler’s Bears enter the game at 1-1, as they beat the Giants 17-3 in Week 2 exhibition action. Cutler went 8-of-13 for 121 yards passing and a touchdown for Chicago that day.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
It’ll be Jair Jurrjens (10-8, 2.91 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.88 ERA) as the Braves meet the Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball this week. Righthander Jurrjens had to settle for a no-decision against the Padres last time out, allowing just one earned run over his 7 2-3 innings of work. Righthander Blanton is coming off a no-decision as well; he gave up three earned runs over six innings against the Pirates last time out. Philadelphia is 2-3 over Blanton’s last five starts.
Also on tap in the National League on Sunday: the Dodgers at Cincinnati, San Diego at Florida, Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Washington at St. Louis, the Mets at the Cubs, Houston at Arizona, and Colorado at San Francisco. Jason Hammel (8-7, 4.43 ERA) will take on Matt Cain (12-4, 2.39 ERA) in that last matchup. Righthander Hammel has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last five outings. Righthander Cain hasn’t been able to pick up a victory since July 24.
Meanwhile, Roy Halladay (13-7, 3.03 ERA) will pitch at Fenway Park on Sunday against the Red Sox and Jon Lester (10-7, 3.60 ERA). Righthander Halladay was knocked around by Tampa Bay last time out (seven earned runs in six innings), and he was beaten by the BoSox on August 19. Lefthander Lester has given up three or fewer earned runs in nine of his past 10 trips to the mound. Lester got an easy win over the Jays on August 20, allowing one earned run over eight innings.
Elsewhere on Sunday’s American League schedule it’ll be the White Sox at the Yankees, Cleveland at Baltimore, Texas at Minnesota, Oakland at the Angels, Kansas City at Seattle, and Tampa Bay at Detroit. The Rays will give the ball to righthander Jeff Niemann (12-5, 3.87 ERA) in that contest, while the Tigers send righthander Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.38 ERA) to the mound. Verlander is coming off a shaky win over the Angels, surrendering four earned runs over 5 2-3 innings.
Roaring around the track . . .
The drivers of Formula 1 will remain in Europe this weekend for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello took the checkered flag last time out, winning the European Grand Prix in Spain. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen finished second and third at that event, while points leader Jenson Button was seventh. Button now has a 72-54 lead on Barrichello in the drivers championship.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
Finally, it’s Minnesota at Washington, Chicago at New York, and Connecticut at Los Angeles in WNBA action on Sunday. The Sparks fell to 14-14 straight-up and 14-14 against-the-spread on the season with a 98-90 loss to Phoenix in their last contest. Los Angeles was missing guards Kristi Harrower and Candace Parker in that defeat due to personal reasons; Parker is expected to be back in action on Sunday. Los Angeles was beaten 82-71 by Connecticut on the road on July 14.