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Soccer

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    English Premier League:With three rounds in the record books, one club remains perfect in Barclay's Premier League. Manchester City has not only won all three of their matches, but they have yet to even allow a ball to find the back of their net.Not known for their defensive attributes in recent times, the Sky Blues have everything working in unison thus far, getting timely offense to go along with a stiff defense that only allowed Everton a single shot on frame last weekend in their 2 - 0 home win. Our featured match of the weekend comes at Stamford Bridge, as the South London derby brings Crystal Palace across town to face Chelsea, who earned their first win of the new campaign last weekend at West Brom.  

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    Serie A Betting: There may not be an official 'Derby' assignment that we see in big matches within Serie A when Roma and Juventus square off, but make no mistake that the two recognize each other as the best two teams in Italy in recent times.Juventus has won four straight Scudetto titles in Serie A, and Roma has finished second in each of the last two campaigns, so maybe one day we can offer a suggested 'Derby' declaration for the Roma Juventus meetings.If you missed the biggest news of opening weekend, Juventus lost at their fortress Juventus Stadium on opening day for the first time since their new home was erected, and that streak stretched out well beyond 2011, in fact.  

Baseball

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    MLB Odds: It is matchup of playoff contenders on Monday, August 31st as the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Baltimore Orioles. Each team is in the mix for the second Wild Card in the American League so this is a huge series between these two AL East rivals. The Tampa Bay Rays will have the pitching edge on Monday as they are expected to have their ace, Chris Archer on the mound while the Baltimore Orioles should be going with Wei-Yin Chen.Here is a look at the contest and free MLB picks.  

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    Baseball Lines: The New York Yankees visit the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, September 1st in a game that can be seen on MLB Network. The Yankees have slumped recently but a series against their AL East rivals may be just what they need. The New York Yankees have dominated this series against the Boston Red Sox recently winning 8 of the past 10 meetings and they have done really well at Fenway Park this season, winning five of the last six games.Here is a look at Tuesday’s matchup and baseball predictions.  

Entertainment

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    Oscars Odds: You can bet on who you think will win the Oscar in a number of different categories at Diamond sportsbook including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. The 87th Academy Awards will be announced on February 22nd in Los Angeles on ABC. “Boyhood” is the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” is the odds-on favorite to win Best Actor while Julianne Moore is a heavy favorite to win Best Actress for her performance in “Still Alice.”Let’s take a look at all of the categories on the board at Diamond sportsbook and Oscars odds.  

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    Miss Universe Preview:This year’s edition of the Miss Universe pageant will be the 63rd in its illustrious history, but for technicality’s sake, this will be to crown the 2014 champion as it was decided the event would be delayed until January. It will be held in the suburban Miami neighborhood of Doral, and 88 contestants from around the world will compete for the title of Miss Universe, which is currently held by Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.Sunday, January 25th is the date of the event, and the actual location is the FIU (Florida International University) Arena.  

Football

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    College Football Odds: The college football season kicks off on Thursday, September 3rd as the North Carolina Tar Heels play the South Carolina Gamecocks. This contest will take place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina and can be seen on ESPN. Even though it is the season opener it could be a high scoring game as both teams averaged more than 32 points per game last season. The South Carolina Gamecocks are listed as 3-point favorites in this contest.Here is a look at the matchup and college football picks.  

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    NFL Betting Odds: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to be better this season as they have a new quarterback in rookie Jameis Winston and an improved defense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won just two games a year ago so they don’t have to win many games to be better in 2015 but oddsmaker think the Bucs will be much better as they set the win total for Tampa Bay for the 2015 regular season at 6 games. Bettors agree, as they have been wagering on the over.Let’s look at the 2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers win total and Tampa Bay Buccaneers picks.  

Tennis

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    U.S. Open Betting Odds:Serena Williams will look to complete the Grand Slam and win the U.S. Open which begins on Monday, August 31st in New York. Serena is the world’s top ranked player and listed as the odds-on favorite to win this event. The pressure will be on Serena as she looks to be the first woman to complete the Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. Serena is listed at -125 to win the tournament with Victoria Azarenka the second choice at odds of 8-1.Let’s look at all of the odds and U.S. Open predictions.  

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    U.S. Open Odds: The final Grand Slam event of the season, the U.S. Open begins on Monday, August 31st with Novak Djokovic listed as the favorite. Djokovic is the world’s top ranked player and has won two of the three Grand Slam events this season. Djokovic is listed as the 6-5 favorite at the online sportsbook with Roger Federer and Andy Murray the co-second choices with odds of 4-1. None of the other players in the field are listed with odds of less than 12-1.Let’s look at the event and U.S. Open picks.  

Basketball

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    WNBA Odds: The Phoenix Mercury visit the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, August 30th in a game that can be seen on ESPN 2. This is a matchup between the two top teams in the West as the Minnesota Lynx are just a couple of games in front of the Phoenix Mercury. The home team has dominated this series lately and the Lynx have won 9 of the last 10 in the series in Minnesota. There are a total of five games on the WNBA schedule for Sunday.Let’s look at all five matchups and WNBA picks.  

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    WNBA Odds: The top two teams in the West meet on Sunday, August 23rd as the Minnesota Lynx visit the Phoenix Mercury on NBA TV. This is really a must-win game for the Phoenix Mercury if they are to have any realistic chance of catching the Minnesota Lynx for first place. The home team has won and covered each of the three meetings between the teams this season. There are a total of five games on the WNBA schedule for Sunday with two of the five on NBA TV.Let’s look at all five games and WNBA picks.  

Others

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    NRL Odds: The North Queensland Cowboys visit the Melbourne Storm in Round 25 action in the National Rugby League. This is a key game for both teams as the Cowboys are in a three-way tie for first place while the Storm are tied for sixth place. The action in the National Rugby League for Round 25 begins on Thursday, August 27th as the Brisbane Broncos visit the South Sydney Rabbitohs. There are two games on Friday, four games on Saturday and one on Monday.Here is a look at all of the games and NRL picks.  

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    NRL Odds: It is a battle for first place in the National Rugby League in Round 24 as the Brisbane Broncos visit the Sydney Roosters on Saturday, August 22nd. The Brisbane Broncos are 16-5 and in first place while the Sydney Roosters are 15-6 and tied with North Queensland for second place. The action in Round 24 begins on Thursday with Penrith visiting St George Illawarra and continues on Friday with two games, four games on Saturday and wraps up with one on Monday.Here is a look at all of the matches and NRL picks.  

Motor Racing

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    NASCAR Betting Odds: The Xfinity Series gets the spotlight in NASCAR this week as the Sprint Cup Series is off so it is all about the Road America 180 on Saturday, August 29th. This race, also known as the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville takes place at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and can be seen on NBCSN. Since the Sprint Cup drivers are off this week the favorite in NASCAR odds at the sportsbook is likely to be Xfinity point’s leader Chris Buescher.Let’s look at the race and NASCAR betting picks.  

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    IndyCar Odds: The 2015 IndyCar champion will be determined on Sunday, August 30th in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Unfortunately, the winner of this season’s championship will not be remembered much as a dark cloud has been cast over IndyCar due to the death of driver Justin Wilson. Wilson was injured in last week’s race at Pocono as he was hit by a piece of debris and he passed away earlier this week. Six drivers head into Sunday’s double points race with a mathematical chance to win the championship.Here is a look at Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma race and IndyCar picks.  

Golf

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    Golf Odds: Victor Dubuisson is listed as the favorite to win the D+D Real Czech Masters which begins on Thursday, August 27th. This is just the second year for this event that was won by Jamie Donaldson in 2014. None of the top players in the world are in the field so this event looks wide open with Dubuisson a lukewarm favorite at odds of 12-1. Eddie Pepperell and Kristoffer Broberg are listed as co-second choices in the betting with odds of 15-1.Let’s look at the event and golf picks.  

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    Golf Betting Odds: The first event in the FedExCup playoffs gets underway on Thursday, August 27th with The Barclays at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey. World #1 Jordan Spieth is listed as the favorite at odds of just over 5-1 with World #3 Jason Day the second choice at odds of 8-1. Most of the top players in the world are in the field this week with the two exceptions being World #2 Rory McIlroy and World #10 Sergio Garcia.Let’s look at the event, golf betting odds and golf predictions.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Odds: Shane Mosley is a big favorite to defeat Ricardo Mayorga in their bout on Saturday, August 29th in Los Angeles. These two veteran fighters fought in 2009 with Mosley getting the win. There is a chance that Mayorga could actually be replaced in this fight as promoter Don King is trying to stop the fight saying that he has a current contract with Mayorga. Regardless of who Mosley fights he will be listed as a big favorite in boxing odds at Diamond sportsbook.Let’s look at the bout and boxing odds.  

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    Boxing Odds: Steve Cunningham is favored to defeat Antonio Tarver on Friday, August 14th in a bout that can be seen on Spike TV. This matchup at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey has two former champions trying to keep their careers going as Tarver comes into this fight with a record of 31-6 while Cunningham is 28-7. Tarver has been doing more broadcasting lately than fighting as his last fight was late last year while Cunningham is coming off a loss to Vyacheslav Glazkov in March.Here is a look at the bout and boxing picks.  

Surfing

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    Surfing Odds: The Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupo’o, Tahiti begins on Friday, August 14th and runs through August 25th. The 7th event of the WSL season has Kelly Slater listed as the favorite at odds of 5-1 with Owen Wright the second choice at 6-1. Other surfers listed with single-digit odds are John John Florence, Julian Wilson and  

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    Surfing Betting Odds: The J-Bay Open takes place from July 8th through July 19th with Mick Fanning listed as the 7-1 favorite. Fanning is the defending champion at Jeffreys Bay and he has moved up to 4th in the WSL standings. Kelly Slater is listed as the second choice in the betting at odds of 8-1 while Jordy Smith is 9-1. Owen Wright who won in Fiji with two perfect heats is next in the betting odds at 10-1 while Julian Wilson is listed at odds of 11-1.Let’s look at the event, J-Bay Open odds and surfing predictions.  

Cycling

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    Tour de France Odds: The 2014 Tour de France gets started on Saturday with the first stage taking place in Leeds, England. Defending champion Christopher Froome is the favorite to win the Tour de France which begins on July 5th with the first stage and concludes on July 27th with Stage 21 in Paris, France. Froome is a slight favorite to win the race with Alberto Contador a close second choice. The only other rider given much of a chance is Vincenzo Nibali who is listed with odds of 9-1. Let’s take a look at the main contenders and a few longshots that might surprise in the 2014 Tour de France.  

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    Cycling Betting: The third and final Grand Tour of the cycling season is the Vuelta a Espana which begins on Saturday. The race takes place over three weeks and has a number of tough mountain stages. There will be 11 summit finishes including the Alto de L’Angliru in Stage 20. The race appears to be wide open with Vincenzo Nibali a slight favorite in cycling odds at Diamond sportsbook. This race begins on Saturday, August 24th and concludes on Sunday, September 15th. Let’s look at the race, some of the contenders and cycling odds available at Diamond sportsbook.  

Hockey

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are favored to win the Stanley Cup again in 2016. The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup in three of the last six seasons so it is no surprise to see them listed as the favorite at odds of 7-1. They have a lot of young talented players who are in their prime including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. The New York Rangers are the second choice in Stanley Cup futures at 8-1.Here is a look at all of the odds including a big surprise.  

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    Stanley Cup Odds: Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals takes place on Saturday, June 13th as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on NBC. The Chicago Blackhawks won Game 4 at home to even this best-of-seven game series at 2-2. Now the series shifts to Tampa for Game 5 on Saturday night. The Tampa Bay Lightning are slight favorites to win on Saturday with the total listed at 5.5 under. The question for the Lightning will be whether or not goaltender Ben Bishop will be available.Here is a look at Game 5 and Stanley Cup picks.  

Olympics

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    2014 Olympic Hockey Odds: The United States takes on Slovenia while Russia plays Slovakia in Group A action on Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The USA and Russia are the top teams in Group A and they will be favored in their respective games on Sunday. The Russian team might have the tougher game as Slovakia has some talent and could surprise. The Unites States is not expected to get much of a test against a week Slovenia squad. Here is a look at both of the games in Group A for Sunday and Olympic hockey picks.  

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    2014 Winter Olympic Odds: Finland takes on Canada in one of the two games in Group B action for Sunday. Canada isn’t expected to get tested until at least the quarterfinal round but this game against Finland could be their toughest in Group B. At least Finland has some really good goaltenders who could keep them in this game. The other game on Sunday in Group B should have Austria listed as the favorite in Olympic hockey odds against Norway. Here is a look at both of the games in Group B for Sunday and Olympic hockey predictions.