Daily Sports Roundup: July 11

by Dirty on July 11, 2010

Bet the 2010 World Cup

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees take on the Mariners, F1 races at Silverstone, and the World Cup concludes in South Africa with Netherlands vs. Spain.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The World Cup finally comes to an end on Sunday with the championship game between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg (2:30pm ET). Spain slipped past Germany 1-0 in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday, and they’re sitting as the favorites for the final at +110. The Netherlands, coming off a 3-2  victory over Uruguay, is the +240 underdog, with draw odds of +230, and the total at 2.5.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League wraps up its first-half schedule on Sunday with Minnesota at Detroit, Boston at Toronto, Cleveland at Tampa Bay, Kansas City at the White Sox, Baltimore at Texas, the Angels at Oakland, and the Yankees at Seattle. CC Sabathia (11-3, 3.19 ERA) is expected to get the ball for New York in Sunday afternoon’s contest, while the Mariners send Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-8, 5.74 ERA) to the hill. Lefthander Sabathia picked up the win in each of his past seven starts, and he beat the M’s on July 1 (one earned run over eight innings). Lefthander Rowland-Smith was Sabathia’s opposition on July 1, picking up a no-decision while giving up two runs over six innings.

Meanwhile, the National League on Sunday has Cincinnati at Philadelphia, San Francisco at Washington, St. Louis at Houston, Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, San Diego at Colorado, Florida at Arizona, the Cubs at the Dodgers, and Atlanta at the Mets. Derek Lowe (9-7, 4.40 ERA) is the Braves’ probable starter for Sunday, while New York goes with Johan Santana (6-5, 3.15 ERA). Righthander Lowe lost to the Phillies in his last trip to the mound despite giving up just two runs over his seven innings of work. Lefthander Santana blanked the Reds on three hits over nine innings in his last start; Santana took a no-decision against the Braves back on May 18, allowing two runs over seven innings.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of Formula 1 will hit the track at Silverstone on Sunday for the British Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel is coming off a win in the European Grand Prix last time out, and the oddsmakers have him pegged as the 9/4 favorite for Sunday’s race. Lewis Hamilton is listed at 3/1 for Sunday, with Mark Webber at 9/2, Fernando Alonso at 13/2, and Jenson Button at 7/1. Vettel won the British Grand Prix last season, with Webber following him across the finish line just 15 seconds later. Button ended up in sixth place at that event, while Alonso was 14th, and Hamilton had to settle for a 16th-place finish.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

The Canadian Football League wraps up its Week 2 slate on Sunday with Montreal at Edmonton. Montreal couldn’t come up with a win in its first game of the season last week, falling 54-51 on the road to Saskatchewan. Edmonton is also 0-1 on the year after getting beaten 25-10 at home by British Columbia last week. Oddsmakers have the Alouettes listed as 6-point road favorites for Sunday’s matchup, with the total at 54.

Finally, there’s just one game on the WNBA’s schedule for Sunday with Chicago at New York. The Sky (8-10 SU, 10-8 ATS) were beaten 58-51 at home by Indiana in their last game despite Sylvia Fowles’ 26-point performance. The Liberty (7-9 SU, 7-8-1 ATS) are coming off a 78-70 loss to Seattle; Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 20 points in that defeat.

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