Today's Sports News
The final week of NFL preseason action kicks off Wednesday night with a rematch of last February's Super Bowl XLVI title tilt, as the defending champion New York Giants play host to the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants, who knocked off the Patriots 21-17 seven months ago at Lucas Oil Stadium to win their fourth Super Bowl, are listed as 1.5-point underdogs with the total sitting at 41. Both teams are 1-2 in the preseason so far, although the Giants are 2-1 against the spread while the Pats are 0-3 ATS.
Reigning Wimbledon champions Roger Federer of Switzerland and Serena Williams of the United States will both be gunning for the final Grand Slam title of the 2012 tennis season, as the U.S. Open gets underway Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Friday’s $500,000 Ballerina (G1) at Saratoga looks like a showdown between the brilliant fillies Turbulent Descent (9-5) and It’s Tricky (8-5), but it appears likely only one will show up.
It’s Tricky is also entered in Sunday’s $600,000 Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga, and her trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has indicated that she likely will scratch on Friday and race on Sunday.
If that is indeed the case, that will make Turbulent Descent the overwhelming favorite in the Ballerina.
With just two weeks remaining before the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants kick off the NFL regular-season schedule, another weekly round of preseason games will serve to whet your appetite beginning with three solid matchups on Thursday night.
First up are the winless Green Bay Packers (0-2) who are currently sitting as 2.5-point road favorites as they prepare to tangle with the unbeaten Bengals (2-0) in Cincinnati.
Star quarterbacks Tom Brady and Michael Vick are both expected to play significant minutes tonight as the favored Patriots play host to the Eagles in a Monday Night Football preseason matchup at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
New England is currently listed as a 1.5-point favorite at most online sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com, with the total recently climbing to 41.5 points.
Rookie pivot Andrew Luck will get another taste of NFL preseason action on Sunday night as the Colts visit Pittsburgh to battle the Steelers in what promises to be a stern test for the No. 1 overall draft pick out of Stanford.
Luck and the Colts are currently listed as 3.5-point underdogs for their matchup against the favored Steelers at Heinz Field, with the total sitting at 37.5 points.
There are two Grade 1 races on Saturday’s Saratoga card, featuring a strong group of three-year-old fillies and some of the top turf runners currently in training.
A field of nine will line up to go 1 ½ miles on the grass in the $600,000 Sword Dancer (G1), and the following race features a very competitive field of seven three-year-old fillies who will go in the $600,000 Alabama (G1).
Both races will be televised live on NBC Sports Network’s “Summer at Saratoga” which gets underway at 5:00 ET.
A field of eight will line up in Saratoga’s feature on Wednesday, the $100,000 Troy for three-year-olds and upward going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf course.
As of 11:30am ET this morning the weather in Saratoga was looking good, with the main track listed as fast and the turf course firm, although there is a chance of a few mid afternoon thunderstorms.
The Spa’s leading trainer Todd Pletcher will send out the 9-5 morning line favorite Bridgetown, who is coming off a third place finish in the Willard Straight at Saratoga on July 27.
As controversy continues to swirl about Washington's plan to shut down starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the young ace with the reconstructed elbow is scheduled to toe the rubber Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco as the Nationals square off against Tim Lincecum and the Giants in the final game of a three-game series between the NL playoff contenders.
The first full week of NFL preseason action wraps up Monday night (8:00 pm Eastern) with the Dallas Cowboys hitting the field in Oakland as a slight 1-point underdog against the favored Raiders.
This will be the first preseason game for both the Cowboys and Raiders, who finished with identical 8-8 records in 2011 and missed the playoffs. Against the spread, Oakland posted a record of 9-6-1 while Dallas was 5-10-1.