Daily Sports Roundup: July 3

by Dirty on July 3, 2010

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Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Mets take on the Nationals, the Sprint Cup Series competes at Daytona, and the World Cup wraps up its quarterfinals in South Africa.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The quarterfinal round of the World Cup wraps up on Saturday, with Argentina vs. Germany and Paraguay vs. Spain. Argentina, which knocked off Mexico 3-1 in the Round of 16, is the +120 favorite for Saturday, with Germany the +230 underdog and the draw odds at +215. Germany beat England 4-1 last round. Spain is coming off a 1-0 win over Portugal, and they’re -250 favorites against Paraguay (+700), with draw odds set at +330. Paraguay advanced past Japan in the Round of 16 on penalty kicks.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The American League schedule for Saturday offers up Toronto at the Yankees, Tampa Bay at Minnesota, Oakland at Cleveland, Seattle at Detroit, the White Sox at Texas, Kansas City at the Angels, and Baltimore at Boston. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 4.30 ERA) is slated to take on Jon Lester (9-3, 2.86 ERA) in that Orioles/Red Sox matchup. Righthander Guthrie hasn’t won since May 25, and he took a no-decision against the Nationals last time out (three runs over six innings). Lefthander Lester dominated the Giants in his last trip to the mound, allowing just one run on five hits over nine innings.

Over in the National League on Saturday it’ll be Cincinnati at the Cubs, Florida at Atlanta, Milwaukee at St. Louis, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, San Francisco at Colorado, Houston at San Diego, the Dodgers at Arizona, and the Mets at Washington. R.A. Dickey (6-1, 2.98 ERA) will be up against Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 2.27 ERA) in that last game. Righthander Dickey had his six-start winning streak snapped last time out, giving up five runs in five innings in a loss to the Marlins. Righthander Strasburg was beaten by the Braves in his last outing after he gave up four runs in his 6 1-3 innings.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will take on Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400. Kyle Busch is the 13/2 Vegas favorite to visit victory lane at Daytona on Saturday, with Tony Stewart next at 6/1 odds, and both Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon at 8/1 odds. Jimmie Johnson, who is coming off back-to-back wins in Sonoma and Loudon, is then tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 10/1 odds, with Matt Kenseth at 12/1, and Kevin Harvick (the current series points leader) back at 13/1.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

Finally, there are four games on the WNBA schedule for Saturday, with Chicago at Atlanta, Washington at Tulsa, New York at Phoenix, and Seattle at Los Angeles. The Storm are the runaway leaders in the West, with a 14-2 record (11-5 against-the-spread) through 16 games. Seattle won their fifth straight game last time out, getting past San Antonio 86-72; Lauren Jackson scored 31 points for the Storm in that victory.

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