Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jeff Gordon

France, England Have Edge In All-European World Cup Semis

Deep and talented France is one powerhouse left standing in the World Cup.

It wasn’t shocking to see Europe dominate the World Cup again, placing four teams in the semifinals. After all, that continent features the best professional leagues and the most intense competition. But who expected a final four of Belgium versus France and England versus Croatia? France ranked among the pre-tournament favorites, the other three surviving sides did not. Defending World …

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Karlsson trade could reset preseason Stanley Cup odds

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson could elevate the Stanley Cup chances of his next team.

By signing free agent center John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs won the summer and became the betting favorite to win the 2019 Stanley Cup. But there is still one looming move this summer that could reset the odds again. Offensive defenseman Erik Karlsson seems destined to move from Ottawa to a contending team, either the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vegas …

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Tavares Picks Toronto, Pushes Maple Leafs Into Contention

John Tavares has jumped to the Toronto Maple Leafs, boosting their chances of winning the Stanley Cup.

Free agent center John Tavares finally made up his mind. And when he did, he triggered a chain reaction that altered the NHL landscape for 2018-19. Tavares signed a seven-year, $77 million free-agent deal with Toronto, improving the Stanley Cup odds for the long-suffering Maple Leafs. He and incumbent center Auston Matthews will give them a 1-2 punch like Sidney …

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Germany’s Exit Creates One-Sided World Cup Bracket

Uruguay vs Portugal

The World Cup rolls onto the knockout round without defending champion Germany, which opens up the bracket for more surprises. Its 2-0 loss to South Korea kept Germany from advancing out of group play for the first time ever. And this global power failed to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1938. “We didn’t deserve to win the …

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Tavares, Karlsson Moves Could Reset Stanley Cup Odds

Free agent John Tavares is good enough to reset the Stanley Cup odds if he changes teams.

What happens during the next few weeks in the NHL marketplace could adjust the 2019 Stanley Cup odds. When elite defenseman John Carlson eschewed free agency to re-up with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for eight years and $64 million, he solidified their chances of repeating. The Los Angeles Kings got a boost by agreeing to terms with winger …

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After Ayton Goes No. 1, NBA Draft Tough To Handicap

Deandre Ayton is one sure thing in the NBA Draft order

You can bet on one sure thing at the NBA Draft Thursday night. Center Deandre Ayton will go to the Phoenix Suns with the first overall pick. The University of Arizona star is a no-brainer to stay in state and give the Suns an inside offensive force. But after the No. 1 pick, things get dicey. Many teams are looking …

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Favored Germany, Brazil Suffer Anxious World Cup Starts

The pressure builds on Germany after its opening match loss to Mexico at the World Cup.

After one round of group play at the World Cup in Russia, experts must reassess their view of the favorites. Defending champion Germany fell to Mexico 1-0  in what could have easily been 3-0 a loss thanks to its defensive breakdowns. Powerful Brazil settled for a 1-1 tie against Switzerland, with superstar Neymar absorbing foul after foul in his first competitive …

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Healthy Neymar Improves Brazil’s World Cup Odds

Neymar led Brazil to Olympic glory, but can he rise up on the bigger World Cup stage?

If many experts are correct, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain should advance to the World Cup semifinals in Russia and Brazil and Spain should play for the title. Sure, there are at least a dozen strong contenders. EURO 2016 champion Portugal with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina with the great Lionel Messi and Uruguay with Luis Suarez are serious threats. And nobody …

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Tiger Woods Hopes To Defy Major Odds At U.S. Open

Tiger Woods is looking friskier on the course, so he will get some attention at the U.S. Open. But he will be hard-pressed to win it.

Tiger Woods is not keeping a low profile at the U.S. Open. Rather than, say, use some Hilton points for his accommodations, he parked his $20 million yacht at the Hamptons in advance of this major. So he is not just another face in the field for this major. Although Tiger hasn’t won a tournament in five years and a major …

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Justify Faces Multiple Upset Threats At Belmont Stakes

Justify faces serious upset threats at the Belmont Stakes

Trainer Bob Baffert won the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah and he’s guardedly optimistic that Justify can do the same. “You have to prepare yourself for disappointment,” Baffert told reporters last week. “We were quietly confident (with American Pharoah), but you still have to do it. You don’t know how the race is going to play out, but I just …

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