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Serena dominates at Family Circle Club

Posted on May 15th, 2012

She may be moving to Paris, but Serena Williams took some time out of her loaded schedule–one that includes taking college courses and relaunching her clothing line–to absolutely dominate the Family Circle Cup tournament in South Carolina this weekend.
The victory came after a 6-0, 6-1 smash of Lucie Safarova in the title match and a [...]

British and Irish Lions hot after coach Warren Gatland

Posted on April 16th, 2012

New Zealander Warren Gatland, who guided Wales as their head coach to his second Grand Slam in this season’s Six Nations tournament, has a job waiting for him as the head man of the British and Irish Lions squad. The job is his should he want it, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has told reporters. [...]

Federer tops Isner for record fourth title at Indian Wells

Posted on March 28th, 2012

After a struggle in the first set, the living legend known as Roger Federer put down American John Isner soundly in the second and deciding set at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California on Sunday. The victory, 7-6 (7), 6-3, is the Swiss master’s record fourth championship at the tournament, and earned [...]

Huge effort from England pushes them to victory

Posted on March 18th, 2012

The match was set in Paris, and France had no intention of letting its cross-Channel rivals take home an easy victory on Sunday despite a late lead of quality size. Whether or not the French were ready to cede the victory in the final minutes, England managed to hold on despite an impassioned comeback to [...]

It’s Tricky starts off the year on the right track

Posted on March 15th, 2012

It’s Tricky didn’t end last year the way she wanted, finishing second at the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic in November. That changed on Saturday, when she took home a victory in her first race of the season on a muddy track at Aqueduct in the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap.
It’s Tricky followed Love and Pride, [...]

Djokovic and Federer aim for Dubai title

Posted on March 7th, 2012

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are in contention to win a big-time tennis tournament.
It’s true once again, this time at the Dubai Tennis Championships, where Djokovic defeated Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (5), 6-3 and Federer took out Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3 in order to advance to [...]

Djokovic takes out Nadal in epic Aussie Open final

Posted on February 21st, 2012

In the end, the defending champ simply would not be denied. Novak Djokovic is the winner of the Australian Open once again, taking home his second title in a row in beating Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
Nadal, who beat living legend Roger Federer in the preceding semifinal match, pushed Djokovic to the limit, but could not take [...]

Nadal bests rival Federer to start Grand Slam season

Posted on February 15th, 2012

In an epic, four-set match that brought back memories of their earlier battles when the two men were unquestionably the sports top two talents, Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Thursday night. The younger Nadal now clearly outclasses the aging, albeit still top-flight Federer, holding a career record [...]

Ferdinand places Scholes in elite class with Messi

Posted on February 7th, 2012

Just about a week after Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson called Barcelona striker Lionel Messi one of the greatest players of all time following the Argentinian’s third consecutive FIFA Player of the Year award, another key Man U figure has plenty to say. Rio Ferdinand, himself quite an accomplished national selection player, says his [...]

Havre de Grace takes Horse of the Year honors

Posted on February 6th, 2012

It’s been quite the run for the ladies in the world of horse racing, one that Havre de Grace continued on the January 16th by winning this year’s Horse of the Year title. Havre de Grace, the daughter of Saint Liam–who took home Horse of the Year honors himself in 2005, is the third consecutive [...]

Madrid would be wise to hold on to Ronaldo

Posted on January 23rd, 2012

In the hearts of fans across the world FC Barcelona has passed Real Madrid as the cream of the crop in La Liga. Barca boasts the three-time reigning player of the year in magician Lionel Messi, who some believe is the best player of all time this early in his football life. They have taken [...]

What to expect for Federer in 2012

Posted on January 19th, 2012

Roger Federer is perhaps the greatest men’s tennis player of all time. The “Slam King” ended 2011 on an impressive run, even for his own lofty standards, by winning three championships in a row and winning 17 straight matches. He fell short in Grand Slam play last season, however, and some of his younger rivals [...]

Chicago wins game 1 in wild style

Posted on May 30th, 2010

The Chicago Blackhawks won game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, but did so in wild fashion. The game saw 11 goals, including five in both the first and second period’s. The win for the Blackhawks moved them just three games away from winning their first Lord Stanley title in 35 years.

The first period saw [...]

Boston wins Eastern Conference Title

Posted on May 29th, 2010

The Boston Celtics finished off a 12 game run that led to them become the Eastern Conference champions. After playing a hard fought series with Milwaukee then eliminating the top seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics finished the second seeded Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Boston won the game 96-84 to advance to their 2nd NBA finals [...]

Chicago and Philadelphia set for Stanley Cup

Posted on May 27th, 2010

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers are set to begin the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. After disposing of the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens in the Conference Finals, both teams come in with plenty of momentum. The winner take all series will get started on Saturday May 29that 8:00pm EST.

The Blackhawks have won 12 [...]

Boston moves one game away from a sweep

Posted on May 24th, 2010

The Boston Celtics moved one game away from winning the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night. After beating the Milwaukee Bucks in five games, then splitting the first four against Cleveland, the Boston Celtics have won five straight games. Boston blew out the second seeded Orlando Magic 94-71 on Saturday night.

The Celtics jumped out to [...]

Blackhawks looking to put strangle hold on San Jose

Posted on May 21st, 2010

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to put a major strangle hold on the San Jose Sharks tonight in Chicago. The home team comes home after winning two games on the road over the top seed in the Western Conference. After the Sharks scored the first goal of the series, the Blackhawks have pretty much dominated [...]

Hanley Ramirez and Marlins to part ways?

Posted on May 20th, 2010

One of the best players in the game of baseball is not happy, which has led to discussions about him parting ways with his team. The Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez is not pleased with his manager Freddie Gonzalez after Gonzalez pulled him out of Monday night’s affair and then sat him during Tuesday’s afternoon game.

This all [...]

Celtics continue to roll.

Posted on May 20th, 2010

The Boston Celtics moved one step closer to the NBA Finals, in their win over the Orlando Magic. The win for Boston snapped Orlando’s eight game postseason winning streak. The Magic swept Charlotte in four games, and then the Atlanta Hawks.

Boston jumped out to a 16 point lead after three quarters, limiting the Magic to [...]

Eastern Conference Finals Goliath vs Goliath

Posted on May 16th, 2010

In the National Hockey League, the Eastern Conference Finals features Goliath against….. Goliath? Yes, that’s right, the bottom two seeds in the Eastern Conference will meet up for the right to head to the Stanley Cup Finals. The 8th seeded Montreal Canadiens will take on the 7th seeded Philadelphia Flyers starting Sunday in Philadelphia.

The Canadiens [...]

National Basketball Association Final Four

Posted on May 14th, 2010

The National Basketball Association is down to it’s final four. After the second round resulted in three sweeps, and a six game series – Sunday will start the conference finals. The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic still remain.

On Thursday night, the fourth seeded Boston Celtics knocked off the [...]

NHL Postseason down to five teams

Posted on May 13th, 2010

The National Hockey League has narrowed it’s teams down to five. In the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference representatives have both been eliminated.

In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated Vancouver, just like 2009. It took Chicago six games to win, including all three played in Vancouver. The [...]

NASCAR in Dover over the weekend

Posted on May 12th, 2010

NASCAR will come to Dover International Speedway this weekend. Known as the “Miles the Monster”, the track is concrete track that is 1 mile in length with four turns. The track is located in Dover Delaware, and has a horse racing facility – Dover Downs located right next door. The entire weekend will be full [...]

Who is Dallas Braden? Now we know!

Posted on May 11th, 2010

A couple weeks ago, people all over the world, except for in a small segment on Northern California were asking “Who is Dallas Braden?” When Alex Rodriguez came running across the mound a couple weeks ago in Oakland, Braden screamed at him, which ended to a war of words not only on the mound, but [...]

Sharks send defending Conference Champs home

Posted on May 10th, 2010

After finishing the 2010 season with the most points in the Western Conference, and garnering the # 1 seed; the San Jose Sharks are now in the Western Conference Finals. The trip certainly wasn’t easy, after getting off to a slow start in the opening series against Colorado; the Sharks made quick work of the [...]

Cavaliers on the road? No Problem!

Posted on May 8th, 2010

After losing the second game of the series at home, many wondered about the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back beating the Celtics, for their worst postseason loss.

LeBron James, who has had a daily segment on every sports show in the world based strictly on his injured arm, scored 38 [...]

NASCAR comes to Darlington

Posted on May 7th, 2010

This weekend, NASCAR comes to Darlington . Darlington Raceway, nicknamed “Lady in Black” and “The Track Too Tough to Tame: will host the Nationwide Series on Friday evening, and then welcome the Spring Cup on Saturday. Both races will be televised on FOX.The race track opened on Labor Day in 1950, and to this day [...]

Yankees and Red Sox set to square off again

Posted on May 6th, 2010

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are set for their second installment of the biggest rivalry in the game of baseball. After the opening week series that saw Boston win the opener, then the Yankees take the final two, the two teams have not met since.

After years of postseason battles, along with decades [...]

NBA Playoffs: Round 2 games

Posted on May 4th, 2010

Atlanta and Orlando open their semi-final series tonight, while Utah takes another crack at the champs in LA. I have a feeling if the underdogs lose these games, especially out West, it’ll be a quick end to the series.

Starting with the Eastern matchup, Orlando needs to roll through the Hawks and show they had [...]

MLB Games

Posted on May 2nd, 2010

25 games into the season and Tampa Bay is in first place, even with the Yankees starting fast out of the gate. Ryan Howard is now the most overpaid one-dimensional strikeout king since Mo Vaughn. And, I still have hope I might win my annual side bet of the White Sox having a [...]

Kentucky Derby preview

Posted on April 27th, 2010

It’s time again for the first leg in the triple crown – The Kentucky Derby. Set for Saturday at 6:15 p.m. Eastern at the famous track in Churchill Downs, Kentucky, the Derby is what momentarily brings casual sports fans and pretentious rich women back into the sport for a few weeks. Watch out [...]

NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Sunday

Posted on April 25th, 2010

Big day today in the ever-more-interesting world of the NBA’s Round 1 of the playoffs. How crazy has it been? Let’s just say we could be in the midst of the biggest first-round upset in history. But while the Lakers have a minute to take a breather, these teams tip it off today.

Celtics [...]

Upcoming MLB games

Posted on April 20th, 2010

While the NFL draft is going on, MLB is still heating up early in the season. The Yanks are back out in front, and both sets of Sox are stinking up the joint. Let’s preview a few games worth betting on.

Thursday: Yankees at A’s: The Yankees have Sabathia going up against Braden [...]

NBA Playoffs: Round 1, Game 2’s

Posted on April 18th, 2010

If there’s anything the NBA is good for in the first round of the playoffs, it’s a general lack of drama. Last year’s Bulls vs. Celtics series notwithstanding, you’ve got to go back to when Dikembe Mutumbo was relevant to find a 1 vs. 8 that drew much attention. So it’s more about [...]

NBA Playoffs

Posted on April 13th, 2010

The NBA regular season (a rather mundane one in my opinion) is about to wrap up, and while the long haul to get to this point certainly flatlines for a while around February, the last few years have provided some intense, extremely entertaining playoff matchups.

Out East, if the Bulls can hold onto that 8th spot [...]

NHL Playoffs

Posted on April 11th, 2010

We’ll take a look at the upcoming NBA playoff picture tomorrow, but for now, with the regular season at a close, the playoff seeds are set and what could be one hell of a postseason in the NHL is upon us. There is so much talent and so many sleepers that it’ll be tough [...]

MLB (back in) action

Posted on April 6th, 2010

Who else is insanely excited that baseball season has started again? As I type this, the White Sox are 1-0 (on their way to an undefeated season) and I’ve been brushing up on my team knowledge across the league. So what’s in store for the baseball gambler this early in the season? [...]

NASCAR revs up for April

Posted on April 2nd, 2010

While everyone’s eyes and TV’s might be bouncing back and forth between the Final Four and the playoff pushes in the NBA and NHL this weekend and next, the world of NASCAR has heated up and charged into full gear.

The next race in the Sprint Cup is April 10 at Phoenix International Raceway. A [...]

NBA action

Posted on March 30th, 2010

Can you believe the turn of events in the Women’s NCAA Tourn??….just kidding. On to some NBA action. And while the biggest news this week might’ve just been the Nets avoiding the worst record of all time, there are actually some decent games to lay a few bucks down on. Let’s break [...]

Finally…four

Posted on March 28th, 2010

Well, I said it at least twice in the past few weeks, and Syracuse finally proved me right by failing to escape the Sweet 16. In fact, they were a waste of a No. 1 seed and shame of the tournament selection committee for following the USA Today rankings and putting them in there. [...]

Sweet 16

Posted on March 23rd, 2010

Now that the dust has temporarily settled on the NCAA Tournament, let’s take a look at the Sweet 16 picture.

My bracket is currently on top, although I did have Kansas winning it all. But I picked Cornell and Mizzou to get to round 2, so those and a few other minor upsets have me [...]

Basketball…the somewhat predictable kind

Posted on March 20th, 2010

Overheard at my place of business on Thursday: “You must be insane to bet on college basketball.” And, at the moment at least, I couldn’t agree more. As the upsets rolled in through rounds 1 and 2, my jaw has dropped considerably lower with each one. So, to take the easy way [...]

NCAA: Get your upsets set

Posted on March 16th, 2010

The bracket is set, and we’re almost off to the races. I actually enjoy this week more than the tournament weeks themselves. So much hype, so many choices to make, so many teams with misguided dreams of getting to the Final Four. With the exception of a few seeding surprises, the brackets [...]

NBA takes center stage…until Sunday night

Posted on March 12th, 2010

I’m steering clear of NCAA basketball until after the tournament seeding is set. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to gamble on this weekend! The big brother of college basketball is always offering some intriguing matchups. Let’s see what the NBA has going on.

Let’s preview the Toronto at Golden State game on [...]

NCAA: On the bubble

Posted on March 9th, 2010

While I was half surprised to see Syracuse lose this weekend, I wasn’t surprised at all that they proved they weren’t the best team in the nation. And while this article isn’t about rankings again, it just goes to show you can’t nor shouldn’t bet on Syracuse to go all the way. In [...]

NBA: Cavs’ woes and Knicks’ highs

Posted on March 5th, 2010

Are the Cavs finished? You’d love to hear LeBron come out and say “the rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated,” but let’s be honest. Even with LeBron playing every position and setting up every play when he’s not scoring himself, this team just lacks depth. Now with Shaq out for [...]

Poll rankings not worth much

Posted on March 2nd, 2010

Such a predictable reaction to this past weekends events in the world of college basketball. Sorry, but just because the top team loses, doesn’t mean they’re still not the top team. And in this case, Kansas is still the top team. Quote me on it. But it’s no surprise (although certainly [...]

East/West Sunday games

Posted on February 26th, 2010

As we move further into the NBA season, it’s all the more evident to me that the Celtics won’t be keeping up with the Cavs and Magic. They’re hurt too much and don’t have the killer instinct of two years ago. Speaking of the Magic, they host fellow Florida team Miami on Sunday, [...]

NASCAR: Upcoming event

Posted on February 23rd, 2010

Racing season is well under way, and after a long-delayed Daytona race that offered no real insight into who was looking good early on, we saw Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick shoot to the top at California last weekend. Ah, that’s more like it. And there was Mark Martin, as usual, not winning [...]

NBA: Three tiers of teams

Posted on February 19th, 2010

Now that’s we’re all done with the distraction of the trade deadline (and seeing the next place Tracy McGrady will sit on the bench), let’s take a look at some upcoming NBA games. The rivalries are heating up, and teams are starting to group themselves into powerhouses, almost-rans, and see-ya’-next-years. Where’s your favorite [...]

NCAA Basketball – Conference play heats up

Posted on February 16th, 2010

A lot of upsets in college basketball recently, adding another level of unpredictability onto the already explosive road to March Madness. A great thing and a frightening thing for sports gamblers. When you start running out of teams you can trust, sometimes you’re less likely to take bigger risks on the other end. [...]

Daytona 500

Posted on February 12th, 2010

One of the biggest NASCAR events of the year is almost up on as the Daytona 500 goes off Sunday at 1 p.m. And the field is full of star power, but, of course, the one driver everyone seems to be focusing on is Danica Patrick. But unlike the entire sports media world, [...]

MLB Futures

Posted on February 9th, 2010

Pitchers and catchers are upon us, folks, and it’s a bright new day for everyone who’s not a Cubs fan. And don’t look now, but my White Sox are just a 6:1 to win the American League Pennant and a 12:1 to regain that World Series Championship. What about your team?

We should start [...]

NBA: East Coast weekend

Posted on February 5th, 2010

There’s a couple key NBA matchups over the weekend worth considering for gambling opportunities. Miami at Chicago on Saturday and Orlando at Boston on Sunday afternoon. I’m picking these because I see them as upset opportunities, and ones that should pay off nicely if you’re willing to take a chance.

First up, the Heat [...]

Battle of the Kansas teams

Posted on January 29th, 2010

Personally, I think too much stock is put into NCAA basketball rankings. This isn’t football, it’s highly unlikely one or more teams are going to go undefeated throughout the entire year. So there’s going to be changes at the top as the coaches and press react in an “in the moment” way from [...]

NCAA: Ranked teams face off

Posted on January 22nd, 2010

There are a couple big college basketball games that interest me this weekend, and while the Texas game is one of them, it’s the Duke/Clemson matchup that has me the most excited. No. 6 at No. 16 is going to showcase two strong teams with very similar records, both coming off nasty losses looking [...]

NBA MLK Match-up: Mavs at Celtics

Posted on January 15th, 2010

No shock that the Celtics are a different team without Garnett. What’s a little surprising is that they haven’t figured out how to really learn from last year’s playoff series against the Bulls and pull together consistently when he isn’t on the floor. Boston can’t count on a healthy Garnett these days as [...]

Jayhawks vs. Volunteers

Posted on January 8th, 2010

With college football out the door for the season, NCAA’ers have no place to turn but the hardwood for the next few months to satisfy their gambling cravings. And you could do worse, considering the greatest basketball show on earth is just dribbling into its prime. Still think Kansas has what it takes? [...]

Are the Hawks really the best?

Posted on January 1st, 2010

Maybe not if you ask the Dallas Stars, who’ve beaten the red and black giants twice already this season, but as the Red Wings, Penguins or Devils, and they might just admit the Hawks are the team to beat in the NHL so far this year. With a frightening combination of youth, talent, confidence, [...]

NBA: What are ya, McFly? Yellow?

Posted on December 25th, 2009

I suppose it’s going to be fashionable to jump on the Lakers’ yellow-hatin’ bandwagon now that they got embarrassed by the Cavs on national television, but I’m going to do it with good reason. To help you all avoid relying too heavily on a team with a weakness that’s just staring us all dead [...]

NBA: Green league

Posted on December 18th, 2009

Is anybody paying attention to the Celtics anymore? Or is it just the Kobe show these days? I’m honestly tired of hearing about the West. Yes, Kobe’s got a broken finger, and no, apparently you shouldn’t let it affect how you bet the Lakers. As we’ve seen, he’s just fine. [...]

NBA: Hardly a Bull market

Posted on December 11th, 2009

I can’t believe we’re only 23 games or so into the season, and we’re already talking about who’s leading the All-Star ballots. Too bad that’s not something we could bet on, because you could predict the starting five almost every year without any surprises. Wade, Lebron, Kobe…wake me when it’s over. I miss the days [...]

NCAA Basketball: Texas

Posted on December 4th, 2009

The Texas futures bet right now for them to win the title is at 8:1.  This is for the consensus No. 2 team in the nation right now, just behind Kansas.  And speaking of the Jayhawks, in comparison, the NCAA basketball odds on them right now is 3:1.  So depending on your take on the [...]