Daily Sports Roundup: September 9

September 9, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The NFL kicks off its 2010 season, the PGA Tour plays the third of its FedExCup events, and the Cardinals begin a road series in Atlanta.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

The National Football League begins its regular-season schedule on Thursday night at the Superdome in New Orleans, with the Saints playing host to the Vikings. Minnesota and New Orleans met at the Superdome in the NFC Championship Game last season, with the Saints pulling out a 31-28 overtime victory. Drew Brees went just 17-of-31 for 197 yards passing in that contest, but threw three TD strikes. Brett Favre, on the other hand, went 28-of-46 for 310 yards with a touchdown pass, but also threw a pair of costly interceptions. The oddsmakers like the Saints at home in the first game of the year, as they’re pegged as the 5.5-point favorites. The total for the matchup is listed at 48 points.

As well, there are a pair of college football games on Thursday night, with Central Michigan at Temple (-7.5), and No. 22 Auburn (-2.5) at Mississippi State. The ranked Tigers picked up an easy 52-26 win over Arkansas State in their season opener last time out, with quarterback Cam Newton passing for 186 yards and three scores and also running for 171 yards and two scores. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, thumped Memphis 49-7 last week, as QB Tyler Russell threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

There are just six games on a light baseball schedule for Thursday, with the American League offering up the White Sox at Detroit and Texas at Toronto, and the National League featuring Cincinnati at Colorado, the Dodgers at Houston, San Francisco at San Diego, and St. Louis at Atlanta. The Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright (17-10, 2.34 ERA) to the mound in that last contest, while the Braves counter with Jair Jurrjens (7-4, 4.10 ERA). Righthander Wainwright will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday; he gave up five runs (two earned) over five innings of work against the Reds last time out. Righthander Jurrjens has picked up the win in each of his past two trips to the mound, blanking the Marlins on three hits in his seven innings of work last time out.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, the PGA Tour begins its third FedExCup playoff tournament on Thursday, the BMW Championship at Cog Hill G&CC in Lemont, Illinois. Tiger Woods is the defending champion at this event, and the oddsmakers have him pegged at 11/2 odds to pull off the repeat; Woods sits 51st in the FedExCup standings and needs to climb into the Top 30 to make the field for THE TOUR Championship in two weeks. Steve Stricker is next at 12/1 odds, followed by Phil Mickelson at 14/1, and Jim Furyk at 18/1. Matt Kuchar, the current FedExCup points leader, is next at 22/1 odds, with Charley Hoffman – who won the Deutsche Bank Championship with a sizzling final round last week – set at 50/1.


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