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UFC Fight Night – Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker headline June 27

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

The UFC announced an exciting matchup between lightweight contenders Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker will headline the organization’s upcoming June 27 event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Poirier is the No. 3-ranked contender in the 155-pound division, while Hooker sits at No. 5.

This is an important fight for both guys. Obviously Poirier wants to get a shot at the title and if Hooker comes in and beats Poirier,he will be one of the top five guys in the world and on his way to a title fight.

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Hooker (20-8) is riding a three-fight winning streak with his most recent victory being a five-round Fight of the Night barnburner against Paul Felder in February. The training partner of middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has won seven of his past eight overall with five coming by stoppage. He even has a knockout win over pending welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns.

Poirier (25-6, one no-contest) hasn’t fought since being submitted by undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September 2019. Prior to that, the former interim titleholder had pulled off consecutive wins over former lightweight champions Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, current interim champ Justin Gaethje and former featherweight champion Max Holloway.

The UFC also confirmed a number of undercard bouts for what is shaping up to be a fan-friendly card.

Mickey Gall, who gained notoriety in 2016 by welcoming former WWE superstar CM Punk to the UFC, is taking a big step up in competition when the 6-2 fighter meets fellow welterweight Mike Perry.

Perry has dropped five of his last seven but his level of competition in the UFC has been significantly more difficult than Gall’s – on paper at least.

Middleweight Ian Heinisch is making a quick turnaround after he beat Gerald Meerschaert in 74 seconds at UFC 250 earlier in the month. He faces rising prospect Brendan Allen, a winner of six straight.

Top-10 women’s bantamweight contenders Aspen Ladd and Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann both look to build off the wins they earned in their most recent fights. If Ladd (9-1) earns an impressive victory, you could potentially start to hear her name mentioned as a future challenger to reigning champion Amanda Nunes.

Canadian featherweight Kyle Nelson of Huntsville, Ont., is set to take on Sean Woodson. Nelson earned his first UFC win his last time out when he TKO’d Polos Reyes in September.

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152nd Belmont Stakes post positions for 2020

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

The 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes will kick off this year’s race for the Triple Crown on Saturday June 20, 2020, after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The race, which will take place outside New York City, has been shortened this year from 1 1/2 miles to 1 1/8 miles due to the pandemic.

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Tiz the Law enters the race as the betting favorite after Nadal, Charlatan and Maxfield all withdrew. Tiz the Law won the Florida Derby.

While Tiz the Law enters as the favorite, its owner and jockey won’t be thrilled with its place in the race. Tiz the Law will run out of the No. 8 gate, a position only five horses have won out of in Belmont history.

Here are the positions for Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes.

  1. Tap It To Win (6-1)
  2. Sole Volante (9-2)
  3. Max Player (15-1)
  4. Modernist (15-1)
  5. Farmington Road (15-1)
  6. Fore Legt (30-1)
  7. Jungle Runner (50-1)
  8. Tiz the Law (6-5)
  9. Dr Post (5-1)
  10. Pneumatic (6-1)

Historically,  most winners in Belmont history have come out of the No. 1 gate, with 23 past winners racing from there.

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NASCAR Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

NASCAR drivers will have a short turnaround after a grueling 405-lap overtime race on Sunday as they prepare for Wednesday’s 2020 Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The green flag drops on this 310.6-mile (500-kilometer) race at 8 p.m. ET. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have been two of the most dominant drivers at Charlotte since 2018, both recording a win and three top-10 performances during that span.

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That’s why it’s not surprising to see those NASCAR at Charlotte contenders near the top of the 2020 Alsco Uniforms odds, with Truex listed as the 4-1 favorite and Busch going off at 7-1 in the 2020 NASCAR at Charlotte odds. Chase Elliott, who has finished second and fourth in his last two Charlotte runs, is fetching at 5-1. Before finalizing any 2020 Alsco Uniforms 500 picks.

For the Alsco Uniforms 500, the starting grid is based on performance in the Coca-Cola 600. The top 20 spots will be set based on the reverse order of Sunday’s race. That means race winner Brad Keselowski will start in the 20th position, while 20th place William Byron will start in the pole position. Alex Bowman finishing 19th and so will start in the first row with Byron. It’s notable that Bowman was set to get the pole but Jimmie Johnson’s disqualification shook up the starting grid.

The remaining 20 spots are set based on order of finish on Sunday. Ross Chastain finished 21st and thus will start in the 21st position, Ryan Preece finished 22nd and thus will start in the 22nd position, and so forth to Bubba Wallace and Clint Bowyer in the final row. The entry list is still being completely finalized, but if all 40 drivers are back for this race, here is how the race order will look.

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NHL Pro Hockey Suspension Props Sports Betting Preview

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The NHL has suspended operations for 30 days and on the betting board are suspension props for bettors to wagering on.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has NHL season suspended for more than 30 days (from March 13 2020) favored at -350 odds with the no returning +270 odds. Also available to wager on is if the 2019-20 NHL season to be cancelled outright. No is favored by -220 odds with the return on Yes at +170 odds.

Like most sports the NHL is putting health first. But they are collectively thinking on how to return to action soon in this current environment. Commissioner Bettman told the media that the sport has the benefit of time to complete the season. The league requested the players to stay at home for the next few days. The commissioner also showed faith in the world community to get this situation under control quickly since there are so many of the smartest minds in this world working together on this virus.

As the NHL suspended operations, the Stanley Cup Playoff was close to beginning. The top seed In the Eastern conference were the Boston Bruins with 100 points with 12 games to be played. They were up by ten points against the second seeded Washington Capitals. There was a heated battle for the eighth seed. Three teams had 81 points as Toronto, Carolina and Columbus were tied for seeds 6-8. Sitting one point back for a playoff spot with 80 points were the New York Islanders with the Rangers two points back for the final playoff berth. Florida was next with 78 points then a huge gap to Montreal with 71 points.

In the West the St Louis Blues were the number one seed with 94 points. Vegas has moved following the coaching change the top of the Pacific Division and sits as the second seed with 86 points. Vancouver holds the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference with 78 points. Nashville sits in the ninth seed with 78 points followed by Minnesota with 74 points. Arizona is still in the running for a playoff spot with 74 points with the Chicago Blackhawks coming in with 72 points.

Liga MX Clasura Mexican First Division Soccer Betting Odds March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

First Division Mexican Soccer the Liga MX Clasura continues with Week 10 with three games scheduled on Sunday March 15th to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide. Two games will air over national television in most United States cities.

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The action begins at 2PM Eastern Time on Univision TV as Toluca will be home to Atlas. The current three way odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Toluca favored by -125 odds with the underdog Atlas bringing back +322 odds. The draw brings back +238 odds. At the end of the 17 games of the Clasura the Top 8 teams in this 18 team league will compete in a playoff (La Liga) to crown a champion. Toluca currently sits with ten points and are four points behind Santos for a playoff spot. They come off the road draw at Queretaro last week 1-1. Prior it was a 2-0 home win to Monterrey. At home recently Toluca has gathered one win, draw and loss. This begins a stretch of four at home in their next six games. Atlas sits near the bottom of the table with nine points and are five points behind a playoff spot. The team has lost six of their past seven games in the Clasura. Their only win came in a 2-1 home victory to Tijuana in Week 2. The team has struggled getting goals with only a total of five in their past seven games. They have only scored more than one goal once in that span.

Late night game starts at 10:15PM Eastern Time on UNIMAS TV as Club America hosts Cruz Azul. America is favored in the three way wagering by +138 odds with Cruz Azul returning +178 odds. Draw returns +217 odds. America sits third in the Clasura with 17 points. Past two games resulted in just one point. Two weeks ago, it was a 3-0 home loss to Necaxa and last week the team drew with Pumas on the road. Cruz Azul is tops in the table with 19 points. The win streak reached five following their 4-2 home win to Tijuana. During this win streak Cruz Azul has averaged three goals per game.

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UFC Fight Night Card Lee vs. Oliveira MMA Betting Odds March 14, 2020

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Lee vs OliveiraThe UFC Fight Night series is set to go on Saturday March 14th, 2020 to the satisfaction of MMA bettors worldwide. The main card is set to begin from Brazil at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast. Main event features lightweights Kevin Lee against Charles Oliveira.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Kevin Lee the -145 odds favorite with the return on the underdog Charles Oliveira at +115 odds.

Kevin Lee the favorite enters with a record of 18-5. He does have a three inch reach advantage over his opponent. The American fighter responded from a two fight losing streak with a knock out win against Gregor Gillespie in early November. He had fought at welterweight in his loss to Rafael Dos Anjos last May then switched back to lightweight in the win against Gillespie. Charles Oliveira checks in with a mark of 28-8. The 30 year old will be fighting in his home country of Brazil. He carries a six fight win streak after a knockout win to Jared Gordon back in November in a UFC event in Brazil. He has won every Mixed Martial Art event held in his home country.

The semi-main Event will be televised by ESPN in the welterweight division as Demian Maia will meet Gilbert Burns. The favorite is Burns at -190 odds with the return on Maia at +155 odds.

Maia enters with a record of 28-9. He is 42 years old and is from Brazil. Demian Maia has won three straight fights since a three fight losing streak. He fought back in October in a UFC event in Singapore and came away with a submission victory to Ben Askren. In the victory Maia earned the fight of the night bonus. Maia debut in MMA in 2001 and his first event in the UFC came in October of 2007 at UFC 77. Fourteen of his wins have come by submission. Gilbert Burns checks in with a mark of 17-3. The 33 year old fighter is a native of Brazil. He does carry a four fight win streak after his decision victory to Gunnar Nelson in Denmark back in September. He was a late replacement in that win and earned a four fight contract from the UFC.

CFL Pro Football Saturday Sports Betting Match Ups August 3, 2019

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

The CFL has moved into Week 8 and on the schedule for Saturday August 3rd is a single game over national television to the satisfaction of Canadian Football League bettors worldwide.

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The action begins at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN2 TV as the Calgary Stampeders will host the Edmonton Eskimos. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Edmonton Eskimos favored by -1 point with the over under line set at 47 points.

Both teams enter play with a 4-2 record. Edmonton 1-2 on the road and Calgary 2-1 at home. The teams meet for the first time this season. Last year each team won in their home stadium. Edmonton has a road win at BC 33-6 and dropped games at Winnipeg and Montreal. They bounced back in the win column following the 26-0 home victory last week to Toronto. The Eskimos were able to build on their 13-0 first half lead. They enjoyed a +2 turnover margin. Edmonton quarterback Trevor Harris completed 27 of 39 passes for 298 yards. Eskimos got production from running back Shaquille Cooper who rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown for 5.8 yards per run. Argonauts were held to only 207 yards of offense and only 13 first downs. On the season Edmonton is holding opponents to 17 points and 261 yards per game. Edmonton is hoping that running back CJ Gable can return healthy into the lineup after missing last weeks game. Gable returned to practice this week.

Calgary enters play on a two game winning streak. Team comes off the 17-16 road win at Ottawa but not covering as a -6 betting odds favorite. Stampeders win on a Rene Paredes field goal with eight seconds remaining and it held up. Calgary quarterback Nick Arbuckle completed 30 of 37 passes for 370 yards. Each team had three turnovers. Stampeders need to clean up the three lost fumbles in their win. Defensively the team held the RedBlacks to only 221 yards offensively and 13 first downs. On the year the Stampeders have done a good job in defending the run holding opponents to 3.9 yards per carry. Calgary has won 10 of their past 14 at home against the Eskimos.

Week 5 CFL Pro Football Weekend Sports Betting Match Up Previews

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The CFL action in Week 5 has four games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of Canadian Football bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway on Thursday July 11th at 10PM Eastern Time on ESPN+ as the BC Lions host the Edmonton Eskimos. Edmonton opened their season 2-0 but suffered their first loss two weeks ago dropping a 28-21 decision at Winnipeg. Edmonton was able to move the football but kicked too many field goals as drives stalled. BC opened the year 0-3 until they notched their first win of the season defeating Toronto on the road 18-17. After Toronto tied the game with under a minute remaining the Lions win on a single with three seconds remaining.

The action on Friday July 12th gets underway at 8:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN+ as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are home to the Toronto Argonauts. Toronto is off to an 0-3 season. It looks like another long year for Toronto as the team is averaging only 12.7 points and surrendering 38 points plus 523 yards per game. Winnipeg is 3-0 on the campaign after their 29-14 road win at Ottawa last year. Blue Bombers held the RedBlacks to just 24 rushing yards and 234 through the air. Winnipeg has been strong defensively this season allowing 19.3 points per game.

A doubleheader is set for Saturday July 13th. Play begins at 4PM Eastern Time on ESPN2 as the Ottawa RedBlacks have a home date with the Montreal Alouettes. Montreal earned their first win of the season after their 36-29 home win last week. If was their first home game of the season as the team dropped decisions at Edmonton and Hamilton. Ottawa is 2-1 suffering their first loss of the season after their 29-14 defeat at home to Winnipeg. Ottawa was held to just four first half points and were down 22-4 in the third quarter. RedBlacks could not sustain drives with only 14 first downs in the game.

At 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN2 TV the Hamilton Tiger Cats play host to the Calgary Stampeders. After a Week 1 loss at home to Ottawa the Stampeders have won two straight with their 37-10 road win at Saskatchewan. Calgary built on a 15-3 road halftime lead. Stampeders had a +3 turnover margin and completed 20 of 23 passes for 273 yards behind a strong game by quarterback Arbuckle. Tiger Cats are 3-1 and have not had a bye week yet. They suffered their first loss of the season last week after a 36-29 defeat at Montreal. Tiger Cats were able to throw for 401 yards but only rushed for 58 yards. Hamilton run defense was poor as the Alouettes rushed for 265 yards for 8.8 yards per run.

2019 Gold Cup Soccer Finals Sports Betting Odds Preview

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

The 2019 Gold Cup has reached the Finals as the United States will meet Mexico on Sunday July 7th to the satisfaction of soccer bettors worldwide. Start time is slated for 9PM Eastern Time from Chicago Illinois with coast to coast broadcast by Fox Sports 1 TV.

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The current three way line available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Mexico favored to win in regulation by +122 odds with Team USA returning +210 odds. The 90 minute draw brings back +215 odds.

United States in Group D play won all three of their games to finish with a goal differential of +11. A notable win in the group stages came in a 6-0 win to Trinidad. In the quarterfinal round the Americans battle Curacao and came away with a 1-0 win with a goal in the 25th minute by Weston McKennie. US only possessed the ball 48% of the time. In the semifinals the USA opponent was Jamaica. The Americans gave a better offensive showing in their 3-1 win. Weston McKennie starting the scoring with a goal in the ninth minute. Christian Pulisic contributed with a pair of goals coming in the 52nd and 87 minutes. Ball possession was still an issue for the US with 51% in the win. In the Gold Cup the United States have allowed just one goal in their five games.

Mexico also won all three of their Group A games and finished with a goal differential of +10. In the quarterfinal round El TRI battled Costa Rica to a 1-1 tie after regulation and additional extra time. Raul Jimenez scored in the 44th minute for the only Mexico goal. In the penalty round the team got past the Costa Ricans 5-4 as goalie Guillermo Ochoa made the game winning save. In the semifinals the Mexicans faced an improved Haiti team and win 1-0 in additional extra time. Raul Jimenez scored on a disputed Penalty Kick for the win. Many have been critical of Mexico only scoring one goal total in regulation time in their two knockout games. Mexico and USA met once last year in a friendly played in Nashville Tennessee with the US winning 1-0 with a goal by Tyler Adams in the 71st minute.

2019 Copa America Soccer Finals Sports Betting Odds Preview

Friday, July 5th, 2019

The 2019 Copa America Finals will pit Peru and Brazil on Sunday July 7th to the satisfaction of soccer bettors worldwide. The teams begin from Brazil at 4PM Eastern Time and ESPN + TV has the coast to coast broadcast. Copa America is the South American championship of soccer.

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The current three way line available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the host nation Brazil favored by -355 odds to win in regulation with Peru bringing back +1000 odds. The 90 minute draw returns +360 odds. The goal total is 2 ½ goals. If you prefer to bet goal spreads, then Brazil is favored by -1 ½ goals with Peru bringing back +1 ½ goals.

Brazil in the group stage came away with two wins and a draw to finish with a +8 goal differential finishing first in Group A. They drew 0-0 to Venezuela. In the quarterfinals the Brazilians needed penalty kicks to advance as the game was 0-0 after 120 minutes of play. They faced Argentina in the semifinals and Brazil earned the 2-0 win with goals by Gabriel Jesus in the 19th minute and by Roberto Firmino in minute 71. The game had its share of controversy based on the physical style of Brazil and lack of using replay to review hard fouls committed against Argentina. Brazil and Peru met in their final Group A game with the Brazilians posting the 5-0 win. The game was put away early by Brazil as they netted three goals in the first 32 minutes of the game.

Peru was the third place team in Group A posting a win, loss and draw. They drew beat Bolivia 3-1 and drew 0-0 with Venezuela. In the quarterfinal round the Peruvians got past Uruguay in the penalty kick round as the game was scoreless at 0-0 after regulation and additional extra time. Peru got past Uruguay 5-4 in penalties aided by a critical miss by Uruguayan star Luis Suarez Next for Peru in the semifinals were Chile and it was the Peruvians posting the 3-0 victory. Edison Flores started the scoring in minute 21 and in the 38th minute a goal was scored by Yoshimar Yotun. Peru put the game away in the 91st minute with a goal scored by Paolo Guerrero.