Daily Sports Roundup: September 5

September 5, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Cardinals play host to the Reds, the WNBA playoffs continue, and the Sprint Cup Series hits the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

There are two college football games on the schedule for Sunday, with Tulsa at East Carolina and SMU at Texas Tech. The oddsmakers like Tulsa in that first contest, setting them as 7-point favorites with the total at 59. Texas Tech is then a 13.5-point favorite in their game against the Mustangs, with the total for that contest at 60.5 points.

As well, there is one Canadian Football League game on the Sunday schedule, with Winnipeg at Saskatchewan. The Blue Bombers (2-6 SU, 3-5 ATS) are riding a four-game losing streak into Sunday’s game, while the Roughriders (5-3 SU, 5-3 ATS) fell 17-14 on the road to lowly Edmonton last time out. The oddsmakers have Saskatchewan listed as the 9.5-point home favorite for Sunday, with that total set at 58.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Sunday has Toronto at the Yankees, Tampa Bay at Baltimore, the White Sox at Boston, Detroit at Kansas City, the Angels at Oakland, Cleveland at Seattle, and Texas at Minnesota. C.J. Wilson (14-5, 2.88 ERA) will take on Nick Blackburn (8-9, 6.04 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Wilson blanked the Royals over 7 2-3 innings last time out, and he beat the Twins back on August 25 (two earned runs over six innings pitched). Righthander Blackburn held the Mariners scoreless over 8 2-3 innings in his last start, giving up two hits and striking out six batters. Blackburn lost to the Rangers on August 23 (three runs over his seven innings).

Over in the National League on Sunday it’s then Atlanta at Florida, Washington at Pittsburgh, Milwaukee at Philadelphia, the Mets at the Cubs, Colorado at San Diego, Houston at Arizona, San Francisco at the Dodgers, and Cincinnati at St. Louis. The Reds are expected to go with Homer Bailey (3-2, 4.92 ERA) on Sunday, while the Cardinals counter with Chris Carpenter (14-5, 2.92 ERA). Righthander Bailey had to settle for a no-decision against the Brewers in his most recent start, giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings. Righthander Carpenter was tagged for a loss by the Astros in his last trip to the mound, allowing three runs (two earned) over seven innings.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will compete in a rare Sunday night event this week as they take to the track in the Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson, who won twice at that track back in 2007, is the oddsmakers’ 11/2 favorite to get the win on Sunday. Kurt Busch won the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta back in March, and he’s next at 8/1 odds, while Kyle Busch (who won at Atlanta in 2008) is pegged at 9/1 odds. Defending race champion Kasey Kahne¬† is sitting at 12/1 odds to win the Emory Healthcare 500, with standings leader Kevin Harvick just ahead at 10/1.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are two games on the WNBA’s playoff schedule for Sunday, with Atlanta at New York in the opener of the Eastern Conference Finals, and Seattle at Phoenix in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Storm took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series with an 82-74 home win in Game 1 on Thursday night; Lauren Jackson led the way for Seattle with 23 points and 17 rebounds in that victory. The Mercury/Storm matchup for Sunday is listed as a pick’em, while the Liberty are 4.5-point home favorites.


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