Daily Sports Roundup: June 27

by Dirty on June 27, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Germany meets England at the World Cup, the Sprint Cup Series races in New Hampshire, and the Dodgers and Yankees do battle.

Chasing the World Cup . . .

The Round of 16 continues at the World Cup on Sunday with Germany vs. England and Argentina vs. Mexico. England, which finished second in Group C with five points, is a slight +155 favorite against Germany (+170), with draw odds of +220. The Germans ended up in top spot in Group D with six points. Argentina, which won Group B with nine points, is a big -220 favorite against Mexico (+600), with draw odds of +315. The Mexican team finished up in second place in Group A, collecting four points.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

It’ll be Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.48 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.24 ERA) in the Yankees/Dodgers matchup in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Lefthander Pettitte beat the Diamondbacks in his last trip to the mound, holding them to two earned runs on seven hits over his seven innings of work while striking out seven batters. Fellow lefthander Kershaw was beaten by the Angels in his last outing, giving up five earned runs on six hits over 6 2-3 innings. The Dodgers are 4-1 in Kershaw’s last five outings.

Rounding out Sunday’s MLB slate: San Diego at Florida, Minnesota at the Mets, Cleveland at Cincinnati, Washington at Baltimore, Detroit at Atlanta, Philadelphia at Toronto, Arizona at Tampa Bay, the Cubs at the White Sox, Seattle at Milwaukee, St. Louis at Kansas City, Colorado at the Angels, Pittsburgh at Oakland, Houston at Texas, and Boston at San Francisco. Jon Lester (8-3, 3.03 ERA) will go up against Tim Lincecum (8-2, 2.86 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Lester has won seven of his past 10 starts, and righthander Lincecum is looking for his fourth straight victory.

Roaring around the track . . .

The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series hit New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Jimmie Johnson, who won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 last weekend at Infineon Raceway, is the 5/1 Vegas favorite to make it back-to-back victories this week, with Kurt Busch just behind him on that odds list at 11/2. Denny Hamlin (13/2), Jeff Gordon (15/2), and Kyle Busch (8/1) round out the top five for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, with Tony Stewart at 10/1, and Greg Biffle at 12/1. Joey Logano, the defending champion at this event, is back at 20/1 odds to win again.

There is also a Formula 1 race on the schedule for Sunday, with the drivers taking to the track in the Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia, Spain. Lewis Hamilton is coming off consecutive victories in Turkey and Canada, and he’s listed at 5/2 by the oddsmakers to take the checkered flag in Spain on Sunday. Sebastian Vettel (10/3), Fernando Alonso (7/2), Mark Webber (6/1), and Jenson Button (7/1) are also among the favorites to race to the win. Rubens Barrichello won the European Grand Prix last season, but he’s well back at 250/1 to win this year. Michael Schumacher is pegged at 33/1 odds.

Rounding out the Roundup . . .

As well, there are five games on the WNBA schedule for Sunday, with Seattle at Tulsa, Phoenix at Washington, Connecticut at New York, Indiana at Chicago, and Los Angeles at Atlanta. The Sparks (3-9 straight-up, 2-10 against-the-spread) were beaten 68-53 in Washington in their last contest, and they’re 0-6 on the road so far this season. The Dream (10-4 SU, 9-4-1 ATS) got past Tulsa 96-90 at home in their last game. Angel McCoughtry led the way with a game-high 29 points for Atlanta that day.

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