Daily Sports Roundup: August 29

August 29, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The drivers of Formula 1 hit the track in Belgium, while the Red Sox close out their set with the Rays, and the Broncos host the Steelers.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

The lone NFL preseason game on the schedule for Sunday has Pittsburgh at Denver. Oddsmakers have the Steelers pegged as 2-point road favorites in that contest, with the total for the game at 36 points. Pittsburgh (2-0 in the preseason) still hasn’t announced who will be their starting quarterback in Week 1 of the regular season (as Ben Roethlisberger begins his suspension); candidates Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon will both look to impress against the Broncos on Sunday night. Denver (0-2 in the preseason) saw starting QB Kyle Orton go 16-of-22 for 177 yards passing and two scores in the team’s 25-20 home loss to Detroit last week. Brady Quinn, who is looking to hold off Tim Tebow for the backup gig, went 11-of-17 for 115 yards in the Denver loss.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Sunday has Kansas City at Cleveland, Detroit at Toronto, the Yankees at the White Sox, Oakland at Texas, Baltimore at the Angels, Minnesota at Seattle, and Boston at Tampa Bay. John Lackey (12-7, 4.51 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox in that last matchup, while the Rays counter with James Shields (12-11, 4.76 ERA). Righthander Lackey picked up a win over the Mariners in his most recent trip to the mound, surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits over eight innings while fanning 10. Righthander Shields beat the Angels in his last start, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits over six innings, and fanning 10.

Meanwhile, the National League on Sunday has the Cubs at Cincinnati, Houston at the Mets, St. Louis at Washington, Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, the Dodgers at Colorado, Philadelphia at San Diego, Arizona at San Francisco, and Florida at Atlanta. Josh Johnson (11-5, 2.36 ERA) is set to take on Derek Lowe (11-12, 4.33 ERA) in that Marlins/Braves contest. Righthander Johnson picked up a no-decision against the Mets last time out, giving up four runs (three earned) over five innings; Florida is 2-4 in Johnson’s last six starts. Righthander Lowe is riding a three-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s game; Lowe gave up three runs in six innings vs. the Rockies last game.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of Formula 1 get back on the track on Sunday in the Belgian Grand Prix. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel (9/4) and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (11/4) are the oddsmakers’ choices to win on Sunday, with points leader and Red Bull driver Mark Webber just behind those two at 4/1 odds. McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are pegged at 5/1 and 12/1 odds, respectively, to take the checkered flag in Belgium, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa at 10/1. No one outside the Red Bull, McLaren, and Ferrari teams has won an F1 race this season. Webber won the series’ last event, the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 1, and his team is the 4/9 constructors title favorite.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, the Fever will be looking to stave off elimination when they host the Liberty in WNBA playoff action on Sunday. New York won Game 1 of the best-of-three series at home on Thursday night by a score of 85-73, with Cappie Pondexter leading the way with 28 points. Tamika Catchings tossed in a team-high 18 points in the loss for Indiana.


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