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    College Football Odds: The first big Pac-12 battle of the season takes place on Saturday as the USC Trojans visit the Stanford Cardinal. Both teams started with non-conference wins last week as the USC Trojans routed Fresno State while the Stanford Cardinal dispatched of UC Davis. The Stanford Cardinal had won four straight in the series until last season when they were beaten 20-17. Oddsmakers opened this game with the Stanford Cardinal listed as 3-point favorites.Here is a look at the matchup and college football picks.  

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    NFL Odds: The Chicago Bears are favored by a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Week 1 action. The Buffalo Bills come into this game with an inconsistent offense so they may have trouble trading points with the potent offense of the Chicago Bears led by Jay Cutler. The Chicago Bears were the top scoring team in the NFC a year ago but they still missed out of the playoffs because of their poor defense that ranked next to last in the league in points allowed.Here is a look at Sunday’s game and Week 1 NFL picks.  

Motor Racing

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    IndyCar Odds: Will Power will try and wrap up the IndyCar Championship on Saturday in the MAVTV 500 on NBCSN. The last race of the season could have Power playing it safe as he doesn’t need to win to clinch the title. That is not the case for Helio Castroneves who needs a win on Saturday to have any real chance of taking the title. Castroneves is listed as the 5-1 favorite to win the MAVTV 500 with Scott Dixon, Juan Montoya and Tony Kanann the co-second choices at 6-1.Here is a look at the race and IndyCar predictions.  

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    NASCAR Betting Odds: Jeff Gordon is the 5-1 favorite to win Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday on ESPN. Two of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are the top two betting choices. Also listed with single-digit odds are Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. There are just two races remaining before the Chase with four spots remaining. It appears that Matt Kenseth will get one of those four spots with the other three still up for grabs.Here is a look at Sunday’s race and NASCAR predictions.  

Boxing

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    Boxing Odds: Anthony Dirrell is favored to defeat Sakio Bika on Saturday night in a WBC super middleweight title fight. This has the potential to be a great fight as the two fought to a draw last December. Dirrell is undefeated in his career but it is Bika who is the current WBC middleweight title holder. This fight on Saturday takes place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and is part of a good card of fights that will be broadcast on Showtime.Here is a look at the fight and boxing picks.  

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    Boxing Betting Odds: Shawn Porter will defend his IBF Welterweight title on Saturday night as he takes on unbeaten Kell Brook. This fight that can be seen on Showtime takes place from the StubHub Center in Carson, California and is scheduled for 12 rounds. The two fighters come into this bout with a combined record of 56-0-1 with 36 knockouts so this has the potential to be a great fight. Porter is listed as about a 2-1 favorite in boxing odds at BetDSI sportsbook.Here is a look at the fight and boxing predictions.  

Baseball

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    MLB Betting Odds: The top two teams in the National League Central meet on Friday as the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of a big four-game series. The two teams began the week tied for the lead in the division with the Pittsburgh Pirates just two games behind. The matchup for Friday night is a good one as John Lackey is expected to get the call for the St. Louis Cardinals while the Milwaukee Brewers go with Mike Fiers.Here is a look at the game and MLB picks.  

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    Baseball Odds: The Baltimore Orioles are favored on Thursday as they host the Cincinnati Reds in a game that can be seen on MLB Network. The Cincinnati Reds should be going with Mike Leake on Thursday and he has been their hard luck pitcher as he comes into this game with a losing record despite an ERA of 3.38. On the other side it should be Chris Tillman getting the start for the Baltimore Orioles. He has an almost identical ERA but his record is 11-5.Here is a look at the matchup and baseball predictions.  

Others

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    NRL Odds: The NRL regular season concludes with Round 26 action this week including a big match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters on Thursday. The teams are tied for second place, one game back of the first place Manly Sea Eagles. Round 26 will also decide which teams make the playoffs as only the top eight qualify. There are four teams still alive for the last playoff spot so most of the matches this week will be critical.Here is a look at all of the action and NRL predictions  

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    Rugby Betting: It is a battle for first place in the National Rugby League in Round 25 as the Manly Sea Eagles host the Penrith Panthers on Sunday. The Manly Sea Eagles lead the league with a record of 15-7 while three teams are tied for second at 14-8 including the Penrith Panthers. The action in Round 25 begins on Thursday with the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Canterbury Bulldogs and wraps up on Labor Day with the Cronulla Sharks at the North Queensland Cowboys.Here is a look at all of the action for Round 25 and rugby predictions.  

Golf

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    Golf Betting Odds: The top three choices in the betting this week to win the Omega European Masters are Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Thomas Bjorn. All three players will be on the European Ryder Cup team that takes on the U.S. team later this month. Donaldson is listed as a slight favorite with odds of 11-1 while Dubuisson is 12-1 and Bjorn 14-1. Since this event takes place at the same time as the BMW Championship, none of the world’s top ranked players will be in the field.Here is a look at the tournament and golf predictions.  

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    Golf Odds: The final 30 players who can win the FedExCup will be determined this weekend in the BMW Championship. A total of 70 players qualify for the tournament although only 69 are in the field as Dustin Johnson is on personal leave. The favorite to win the event is world #1 Rory McIlroy. All of the top players in the world are in the field so it won’t be an easy event for McIlroy to win. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell will be playing after sitting out last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.Here is a look at the BMW Championship and golf predictions.  

Soccer

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    Serie A Odds: The 2014-2015 Serie A season begins this weekend with two games on Saturday and eight on Sunday including Lazio taking on AC Milan. There are some good matchups in Week 1 as there is only one team laying a goal. Juventus is a one-goal favorite as they visit Chievo Verona on Saturday. The matchup between Lazio and AC Milan on Sunday has Milan listed as a +105 favorite on the three-way line while Lazio is nearly a 3-1 underdog in soccer betting odds.Here is a look at Week 1 action and Serie A predictions.  

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    La Liga Odds: Barcelona is favored on the road at Villarreal in Week 2 action. It was a quick start for Barcelona last week as Lionel Messi had two goals in a win over Elche. Barcelona is expected to be in a battle this season with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for the league title. Real Madrid is coming off a win last week against Cordoba while Atletico Madrid played to a draw with Rayo Vallecano. Week 2 action begins on Friday with two matches, continues on Saturday with four matches and wraps up on Sunday with four matches.Here is a look at all ten games and La Liga predictions.  

Entertainment

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    Emmy Odds: The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night on NBC will be highlighted by the competition between the AMC series Breaking Bad that wrapped up its final season last year and HBO’s True Detective which wrapped up its first season in March. Emmy odds are available at Diamond sportsbook on a number of the categories including Outstanding Drama Series which has Breaking Bad heavily favored, lead actor, lead actress, Outstanding Comedy Series and much more.  

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    World Series of Poker Betting Odds - The final event of the 2014 World Series of Poker is down to the final nine players who will return in early November to the Rio in Las Vegas to play for the title. Jorryt van Hoof is listed as the 3-1 favorite at BetDSI sportsbook with Felix Stephensen the second choice.In addition to odds on which player will win the final table, you can also wager on which player you think will be eliminated first, the nationality of the winner and you can pick the two players you think will finish first and second.  

Tennis

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    US Open Odds: Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the US Open with Roger Federer and Andy Murray the second and third choices in the betting. Since Rafael Nadal is not playing due to injury, there are no other players listed with single-digit odds. Djokovic is the #1 seed while Federer is the #2 seed. Murray is the third choice in the betting but he is actually the #8 seed at the US Open. The third seed is Stanislas Wawrinka while the number four seed is David Ferrer.Let’s look at the tournament and US Open predictions.  

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    US Open Betting Odds: The top choice to win the US Open on the women’s side is Serena Williams. She is listed with odds of about 7-5 at BetDSI sportsbook. Maria Sharapova is the second choice in the betting at about 5-1, followed by Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitiva. There is a big gap between Serena and the next five women in the betting odds and then another big gap to the rest of the players who are listed with odds of 20-1 or more.Here is a look at the women’s US Open and US Open picks.  

Basketball

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    WNBA Odds: The WNBA playoffs get underway this week with two best-of-three series starting on Thursday and two on Friday. The Thursday matchups have the Washington Mystics visiting the Indiana Fever while the San Antonio Silver Stars visit the Minnesota Lynx. Both of those games can be seen on ESPN 2. The two series that begin on Friday have the Chicago Sky at the Atlanta Dream and the Los Angeles Sparks visiting the Phoenix Mercury. Both of those games can be seen on NBA TV.Here is a look at the first round schedule and WNBA picks.  

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    WNBA Odds: The WNBA regular season wraps up with eight games this weekend including the Los Angeles Sparks at the Phoenix Mercury on NBA TV. There is a lot on the line this weekend with playoff spots yet to be determined in both conferences. This game on Saturday between the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury could be a first round playoff preview and that would not be good for L.A. as they have dropped the last five meetings in the series.Here is a look at all of the weekend games and WNBA predictions.  

Surfing

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    Surfing Betting: The 7th event of the 2014 ASP World Tour season is the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti from August 15th through August 26th. Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning are the top two choices to win what has been called the most dangerous surfing event on the schedule. Slater has won this event four times but Fanning comes in with momentum as he won the J-Bay Open. Both surfers trail Gabriel Medina who currently leads the ASP World Tour standings.Here is a look at the Billabong Pro Teahupoo and also the current surfing betting odds at BetDSI sportsbook to win the overall championship.  

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    Surfing Odds: Jordy Smith is the favorite to win the J-Bay Open in South Africa which runs from July 10th through July 21st. Smith has won this event twice and he really needs a kick start to his season as he is currently 11th in the standings after five events. Other contenders in South Africa should include Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. The current point’s leader, Gabriel Medina is not among the favorites to win the J-Bay Open even though he has two wins this season. Here is a look at the J-Bay Open 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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    NHL Odds: The St. Louis Blues are one of the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup next season behind the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks and they helped themselves a lot in free agency getting Paul Statsny. It was a wild opening day of free agency in the NHL as more players changed teams than anytime in recent memory. Many teams made some definite upgrades that could impact their NHL odds on the board next season at Diamond sportsbook. Here is a look at some of the teams that really won in NHL free agency.  

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    NHL Betting: The 2014-2015 NHL schedule begins on October 8th with the Los Angeles Kings raising their Stanley Cup banner as they host the San Jose Sharks. It will be a great night for the Los Angeles Kings and a bitter night for the San Jose Sharks who led the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in a playoff series last season but then lost four straight. One of the highlights on the schedule is the Winter Classic which will have the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the Washington Capitals on January 1st. Here is a look at some of the key games and dates to remember for next season.  

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.