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British Open 2010 Odds: Handicapping the Leaderboard

July 18th, 2010
The 2010 British Open has been one of the most exciting golf Opens in recent memory. In the past three days the tournament has shown story line after story line surrounding the tournament: the beautiful weather on day one, a twenty-one year old taking the lead early only to lose it later on, what looked like a possible comeback for both Woods and Daly, the list goes on. On day three Louis Oosthuizen was the story. For a guy who has missed the cut in seven of his last eight majors, Oosthuizen has come out of the woodwork to take control in this year’s British Open. But his dominance has not gone unchallenged, and although Oosthuizen holds the lead heading into the final day, it would foolish for anyone to consider him a sure shot to take home the cup. The following is a list of players, all of which could end up the winner of the open by tomorrow’s end and their odds at being so.

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Nkufo to Make Seattle Sounders Debut; Keller to Get Day Off

July 18th, 2010

Seattle Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid following the final team workout Saturday prior to Sunday’s nationally televised home friendly against Scotland’s Celtic FC said the words that soccer fans have been waiting so long to hear.

“We do feel confident that Blaise (Nkufo) will give his debut tomorrow,” Schmid said, “so it will be a nice day from that standpoint.”

In a joint teleconference with Nkufo Thursday in the District of Columbia the afternoon of the team’s crucial MLS match with D.C. United, Schmid revealed that Nkufo had just experienced his first workout with the team the day before, but was unsure whether he would see action that night.

Based on the limited amount of work Nkufo had in the form of the one workout after joining the team following a post-World Cup break, it was a certainty that the team’s new star player would not start.

Ultimately Schmid decided that holding out Nkufo would be the proper decision and so he watched the 1-0 victory over D.C. from the bench.

Now, having returned with the team to Seattle and obtaining more work, Schmid is prepared to put Nkufo on the pitch against Celtic FC.

The Sounders’ coach returned to the subject of Nkufo in the course of discussing the team’s busy July Schedule:

“It (the Celtic FC match) makes our seventh game in 21 days, so it’s a bit of soccer. But it is what it is. It comes along at this stage. We got some guys who haven’t played a lot of minutes. It gives them an opportunity to play.

“It also gives us the opportunity to get Blaise (Nkufo) out there, which is nice. So from that standpoint, it doesn’t come at the worst time and then we have got a week before we play Colorado, so that’s nice.”

Nkufo’s debut provides added interest for the Celtic FC matchup. In addition to recently performing for Switzerland in the World Cup, the 34-year-old player set an all-time scoring record at his last professional club, FC Twente in the Dutch League.

Kasey Keller sustained a right mid-front sprain in the second half of the 1-0 win over D.C. United. The veteran goalkeeper earned his fifth clean sheet of the MLS campaign while achieving five saves and finished the game despite the injury.

“Keller won’t play tomorrow,” Schmid said. “We are going to try and let him have some rest. He said it felt much, much better today. So we don’t think it’s like what he had at the end of last year, so we feel good about that.”

The coach then focused on the subject of the playing status of Nate Jaqua.

“(With) Jaqua, it’s just a day to day thing but the likelihood of him playing tomorrow is small, if at all,” Schmid revealed.

With Nkufo joining the ranks as a designated player, speculation continues to mount whether a trade may be in the works for Freddie Ljungberg. The Swedish midfielder also falls into the designated player category.

The Ljungberg speculation is further enhanced by the fact that the Sounders have been moving toward a youth-oriented midfield. Ljungberg missed both the FC Dallas and D.C. United games due to an ankle injury.

“I gave Freddie the weekend off,” Schmid said. “I know that we weren’t going to use him this weekend with the situation he was in. And so I just told him to have a weekend.”

Oosthuizen leads by 4 strokes at British (AP)

July 18th, 2010
Louis Oosthuizen still remembers getting together with other kids from the Ernie Els Foundation to watch highlights of their hero winning the British Open at Muirfield in 2002. The shot out of a pot bunker on the 13th. His birdie on the 17th to tie for the lead. The bunker shot on the 18th hole to win the longest sudden-death playoff ever in a British Open.

Phillies rally with 4 in 9th, beat Cubs (AP)

July 18th, 2010
A day earlier, Carlos Marmol was unhittable -- three batters and three strikeouts. On Saturday, the Chicago Cubs closer who showed up was a different pitcher, a wild and ineffective one. The Philadelphia Phillies took advantage, scoring four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Cubs 4-1. Marmol issued five walks and threw a wild pitch while getting only two outs.

Tonight’s Mets Starting Lineup Against Giants; Reyes Pushed Back

July 18th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO-- The New York Mets lineup tonight against the San Francisco Giants is out, and it includes Carlos Beltran for a third straight game, but Jose Reyes has been pushed back until Monday.

Tonight's Mets lineup against San Francisco:

CF Angel Pagan

2B Alex Cora

3B David Wright

CF Carlos Beltran

1B Ike Davis

LF Jason Bay

C Rod Barajas

SS Ruben Tejada

P Hisanori Takahashi

Reyes will get an extra day to rest his sore right oblique. Mets manager Jerry Manuel did use the word "may" though, when telling reporters he'll return Monday.

Once again, Mike Pelfrey (stiff neck), scratched tonight. He'll start Monday in Arizona.

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