Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Duke Hosts North Carolina in ACC Action

Duke Blue Devils Athletics

Duke and North Carolina Get Ready to Travel Tobacco Road

The fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium will the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils Wednesday night. This is the biggest rivalry in college basketball and it renews itself tonight. North Carolina leads the series 96-83. The teams split the regular-season games last year, with the home team winning each time. The Tar Heels won the rubber match in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN LINE: Duke -10; O/U: 165.

Super-Frosh R.J. Barrett recorded the first triple-double by a Duke player in 13 years Saturday. He ended with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a season-best 10 assists in the Blue Devils' 94-78 victory over North Carolina State. North Carolina bounced back from its home loss to No. 3 Virginia two games ago. They came up with the most lopsided conference road win in program history in smacking Wake Forest 95-57 on Saturday.

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the ACC. Leading scorer Cameron Johnson pours in 16.3 points per game. He had 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 7-of-10 from long range. He also chipped in with three rebounds, three assists and three steals Saturday. Luke Maye and Coby White each added 10 points as 13 Tar Heels recorded points in the blowout. North Carolina shot 62.3 percent from the floor. They were an amazing 74.1% in the first half. They also show 64% from the 3-point line. That is a program record for any road game in which they attempted 20 or more 3s.

The Duke Blue Devils are 23-2 overall and 11-1 in the ACC. Barrett continues to lead the ACC in scoring at 22.7 points per game. Zion Williamson's 32-point outburst against N.C. State has him closing in on Barrett. He is now averaging 22.4 points. Tre Jones added 13 points. The Blue Devils were able to score 94 despite shooting only 3-of-16 from the 3-point line. Duke dominated on the glass against the Wolfpack, winning the rebounding battle 44-26. The Blue Devils sit second in the conference at 42.2 rebounds per game, just behind North Carolina's 42.5

PREDICTION: Duke 88, North Carolina 81

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ACC Basketball Betting Odds & Trends

North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
North Carolina is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of North Carolina's last 15 games
North Carolina is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 6 games on the road
North Carolina is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Duke
North Carolina is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing Duke
North Carolina is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Duke
North Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Duke

Duke Blue Devils
Duke is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Duke's last 8 games
Duke is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Duke's last 16 games at home
Duke is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing North Carolina
Duke is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games when playing at home against North Carolina
Duke is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against North Carolina

Next up:
North Carolina home to Florida State Saturday, February 23
Duke at Syracuse Saturday, February 23

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Run for the Glory: Top 5 Fastest Belmont Stakes Finishers in History

151st Running of the Belmont Stakes

The Fastest Runners at the "Test of the Champion"

As the third and
final jewel of the Triple Crown races, winning the Belmont Stakes is sure to
give the winner the well-deserved accolade and prestige. But racing down all
the way to the finish line faster than anyone else in the history of the event
is another level and undoubtedly one for the books.

The Belmont Stakes
has the reputation of being the most challenging race among the Triple Crown
events. Horses run the distance of 1 ½-mile - the longest in American
thoroughbred racing - to the finish line.

Also known as the
“Test of the Champion,” the finale of the Triple Crown series is a display of
endurance, stamina, and speed. It’s essential that a horse maintains its speed
throughout the duration of the competition. If you want to know the victors which
finish the fastest in the history of Belmont Stakes, read on below.

Point Given (2001)

To get the
much-coveted Triple Crown, a competitor needs to finish at the first place of
the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes races. Thus, jockey
Gary Stevens, wasn’t in complete satisfaction when he won the Belmont Stakes
event in 2001.

Although his horse,
Point Given, got the top spots in Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, Point
Given only finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby because of a foot infection.
But at the finale of the Triple Crown series, Point Given made one of the
fastest records in Belmont Stakes.

The victor came out
of the gate with no hassle and raced down into third place in the early stages
of the event. His rivals gassed out later, and Point Given charged ahead of

At the final stretch,
the other horses slowed down, making it clear to the audience watching as the
event unfolds that Point Given was the winner. Point Given completed the race
with an official time of 2:26.56.

Risen Star (1988)

Risen Star is sired
by Secretariat, the fastest horse in the history of Belmont Stakes. Risen Star
placed third in the Kentucky Derby and grabbed the first spot in the Preakness

Risen Star was not
the top favorite to win the Belmont Stakes due to the uncertainty of his
handling. Before the event, he got a minor ankle injury, which led him to miss
two days of training and a key workout.

However, the colt
gave a historical performance in Belmont Stakes. He won by 14 ¾ lengths over
Kingpost and put on record the fourth fastest time in the third leg of the
Triple Crown series.

A.P. Indy (1992)

Excellence is running
through the blood of the 1992 Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy.

His shire, Seattle
Slew, was the victor of the Belmont Stakes in 1977. Then A.P. Indy went on to
sire the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in over a century, Rags to
Riches. In other words, A.P. Indy is part of the three-generation family of
Belmont Stakes winners.

After getting the
victory in the 1992 Belmont Stakes with an official time of 2:26.13, the colt
next took the top spot in the Breeder’s Cup within the same year, which helped
him to gain the prestige of being awarded the 1992 American Horse of the Year.

Easy Goer (1989)

In 1989, the audience
at Belmont Park witnessed one of the greatest upsets in the sport of horse
racing. Sunday Silence, who was one jewel away to complete the Triple Crown,
was defeated by Easy Goer.

Easy Goer only
finished second to Sunday Silence in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness
Stakes. However, in the finale of the Triple Crown series, Easy Goer gave his
best performance and became the party pooper to Sunday Silence’s Triple Crown

In the early stages
of the race, Sunday Silence took the lead over his competitors but was later
outrun by Easy Goer. All the way to the finish line, Easy Goer was relentless,
beating Sunday Silence by eight lengths and made the record as the second
fastest winners of the Belmont Stakes with an official time of 2:26.00.

Secretariat (1973)

Secretariat was the
fastest racehorse to ever complete the 1 ½-mile distance of the Belmont Stakes
race. And it seems that his record is the hardest thing to break.

The phenomenal colt
ended the 25-year Triple Crown drought in 1973, setting speed records in all
three events. But the most awe-inspiring performance of Secretariat was in
Belmont Stakes. He won by 31 lengths ahead of Twice a Prince with an official
time of 2:24.00.


Many record-setting performances already happened in the Belmont Stakes. This coming June 8, will the fastest speed records mentioned above be broken? If you want to witness this electrifying event in the sport of horse racing, you can watch it live at the Belmont Park in Elmont, New York this year, or you can see it online at Watch TVG.

Baffert’s win again for Kentucky?

145th Running of the Kentucky Derby

Bob Baffert is Ready for 145th Kentucky Derby

We are three months away from the
exciting Kentucky Derby to happen on the May 4th at the dirt tracks of
Churchill Downs, Louisville.

Now on its 145th annual running, this
Grade 1 stake race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds with a sprint distance of 1 and
a quarter mile, will surely be one to look forward to after Justify’s win for
the Triple Crown last year.

The Kentucky Derby,
or what other calls as ‘The Run for the Roses” 
or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” is ranked as one of the most
important thoroughbred races in the world and the first to form the Triple
Crown Series. This race has been the longest running since 1875 even continuing
through two World Wars and the Great Depression which makes it a valuable jewel
in the racing world.

Justify, who recently was honored as
the Horse of the Year at the 2018 Eclipse Award last month is under the
training barn of Bob Baffert, the same person who trained 2015 Triple Crown
winner American Pharoah. Justify was recognized for his Triple Crown-winning
season as the 3-year old champion male who is the first in the horse racing
sport’s history to win the series without racing as a 2-year-old.

Thus, confirms that Baffert’s deep and
talented barn will surely take part again for this year’s Kentucky. Being a
senior trainer won’t stop Baffert knowing he has won the Derby for 5 times and
now has four of the nominated horses in the Pool for Kentucky Derby.

On the list is Game Winner, Improbable,
Mucho Gusto and Coliseum who surely have shown everyone how feisty they can get
on track.

Game Winner is definitely on the top of
the list with his recent victory in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile in November last
year on the same grounds. Horse racing fans and wagerers are stoked to see him
make a good first run this year next month at the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at
Santa Anita Park.

Unbeaten Improbable under Baffert’s
training club is also expected to run during the Derby. He is the son of City
Zip who is a swift colt that can run 5 furlongs at :58.40 at Santa Anita in his
recent run.

These are just 2 of the four that will
definitely show some muscle in the upcoming races and the Derby on May. It is
positive that Baffert would most likely win again this year and he is proud to
say that these great horses can work it for them.

There is more to this in the coming days which is why it is essential to stay tune in for TVG Kentucky Derby updates and information that can help you track the performances of these horses before the awaited two-week festival.

They got an updated
odds of the contenders in Kentucky Derby where they based on the performance
from both last season since they are 2-year olds and their track trials. They
use a Pari Mutual betting system during the race day where the odds is based on
the amount of cash topped on their heads by professional and leisure bettors
from all over the world. 

On the contrary, a
big amount of bet money is expected to be up for grabs to anyone who would be
lucky to win it as this Run for the Roses is of everyone’s interest in the
horse racing world. Pretty sure bet players would pray there would only be a
few of them to get their shares for the win which is rarely possible to happen.

Bet players can now
narrow down their winners’ list by looking into Baffert’s top horses on the
field and track down its winning odds before race day. These are just one of
the many information you can get through TVG Network.

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Having your TVG
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opportunities on the day to win some money from betting, a chance for you to
take part at the biggest race ever through betting which is the next best thing
you can be proud of yourself other than owning one of the runners in the any of
the races in store.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Red-Hot Blues Take on Maple Leafs

St. Louis Blues

Blues go for 11th Straight Win Against Maple Leafs

The hottest team in the NHL is doing it with goaltending right now. Since replacing their starter, Jake Allen, with rookie Jordan Binnington on January 7, the St. Louis Blues have won 15 of 19 games. Just one month ago, the Blues were thought to be headed to the trade deadline as sellers. They have significant assets on their roster. With their incredible streak over the past month and a half, they’ve clawed their way into third place in the Western Conference’s Central Division. Tuesday’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs marks a significant test for the Blues. The red-hot Blues will be vying for a franchise-best 11th straight.

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TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet Ontario, TVAS: LINE: Blues -113; O/U: Under 6 -110.

The Leafs are one of the strongest offensive clubs in the NHL, scoring 3.55 goals per game. Their offensive style is sure to put the Blues’ defensive structure and hot goaltending to the test. They scored a total of 11 goals over two games against the Avalanche and Golden Knights, but may have underestimated a Coyotes team on Saturday, dropping the matchup 2-0. St. Louis will try to extend an incredible shutout streak on Tuesday, as the Blues haven’t let in a goal in over 187 minutes, which includes two shutouts by Binnington and one by Allen. Binnington has been the catalyst of the club since the New Year, so expect him to be in net against the Leafs.

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The Maple Leafs are 36-19-3 on the Season. Speedy third-line forward Andreas Johnsson participated in practice on Monday after sitting out versus the Coyotes. He sat out with an injury sustained following a knee-on-knee collision with Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. Coach Mike Babcock told reporters that the team has yet to discuss the availability of the 24-year-old Swede for Tuesday's tilt, Johnsson labeled himself day-to-day. He and was pleased that the injury wasn't a serious one. Mitch Marner, who leads the team in assists with 48, and points with 69, set up defenseman Morgan Rielly's goal in the previous meeting with St. Louis and sits one point shy of 200 for his career.

The Blues are 32-21-5 on the season. Tarasenko earned NHL Second Star of the Week honors on Monday, one day after he collected a goal and two assists versus the Wild. That gave him 11 of each during his record point streak. The Russian pushed his point total to nine (six goals, three assists) in 10 career outings with Toronto. O'Reilly leads the team in assists with 38, and points with 60. He scored and set up a goal against Minnesota and did the same in the Blues' previous victory over the Maple Leafs.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 4, Blues 2

NH Betting Odds & Trends

Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Toronto is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games
Toronto is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games on the road
Toronto is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis

St. Louis Blues
St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games
St. Louis is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto

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Gender Rules Hanging on a Balance with Olympic Champion’s Case

The IAAF and Olympic champion Caster Semenya are in a standoff over issues involving hormones, performance, and gender rules in sports. It has reached an important phase as a five-day hearing starts this week.

The two-time gold medalist went to and from the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday. Although she didn’t answer questions from reporters, both her lawyers and IAAF legal team are trying their best to get the public to their side.

Both parties acknowledged that the ruling will have a huge impact on sports, especially when it comes to gender rules. Also, it will change how sports organizations will ensure fairness in world competitions.

Gender Rules and other Issues

Semenya’s legal team said that the heating criticized the IAAF for releasing the list of experts they planned to use as expert witnesses. Also, Semenya’s lawyers said the move was against the spirit of confidentiality over the hearings in order to get the sympathy of the sports news fans.

Caster Semenya

On the other hand, Semenya’s side also released their list of experts. According to the lawyers, they had the panel’s approval for the release. Some pay per head sportsbook experts think that the lawyers are hypocrites for something that they were also guilty of.

The IAAF defended that stand that athletes who identify as female but born with testes should keep their testosterone levels down to female range if they want to compete in the women’s category.

The organization also proposed several gender rules for athletes suffering from hyperandrogenism. It is a condition that gives women excessive levels of testosterone. Semenya wants the panel to dismiss the rules.

The current appeal case is the longest one in recent years. In fact, it might take the panel by the end of March to come up with a decision. Both parties didn’t comment about Monday’s session. Instead of idly waiting for the decision, you can learn how to be a bookie before the end of the proceedings.

Monday, February 18, 2019

NCAA Hoops Free Pick- No. 4 Virginia at No. 22 Virginia Tech

VaTech Hokies

Hokies and Wahoos Should Have Close ACC Battle

The ACC will be kicking off Big Monday on ESPN at 7 p.m. The No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers will be on the road in Blacksburg to face the in-state rival No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies. BetAnySports opened the Cavaliers as six-point favorites with the total set at 121.5. The line is now down the UVA -5.5 and the total is down to 119.5.

Virginia squeezed past Notre Dame 60-54 on Saturday as a heavy 16.5-point home favorite at BetAnySports. The Cavaliers improved to 22-2 straight-up with a 10-2 record in ACC play. Their only two losses this season came against No. 2 Duke. In mid-January on its home court as a 7.5-point favorite, Virginia hammered the Hokies 81-59 with the total going OVER the closing 123.5-point line. With the tight win against Notre Dame, the Cavaliers have failed to cover in four of their last five games with the total staying UNDER in four of those outings.

Kyle Guy scored 22 points in Saturday’s win and De’Andre Hunter added another 20 points with 10 rebounds. However, this is another win that can be chalked up to a Virginia defense that is ranked first in the nation in points allowed (54.4). Other than the two losses to Duke, the Cavaliers have not given up more than 65 points in any of their other 10 ACC matchups.

Can the Hokies Handle Virginia's Pressure

The Hokies moved to 9-4 SU in conference play as part of an overall record of 20-5 with Saturday’s 70-64 victory on the road against Pittsburgh. That game ended as a PUSH on BetAnySports’ closing line. The total went OVER 130 points against Pitt and it has gone OVER in four of Virginia Tech’s last six outings. It is 13-11-1 ATS this season with a 7-6 mark against the closing number at home.

Virginia Tech turned to Kerry Blackshear on Saturday and he delivered with a season-high 29 points. Nickeil Alexander-Walker was held to nine points as the Hokies’ leading scorer this year (16.9 points) and guard Justin Robinson missed his fifth-straight start with a toe injury. Virginia Tech is averaging 75.4 PPG, but it has failed to reach that total in four of its last five games. The Hokies are another team with a solid defense that boasts a points-allowed average of 61.1.

I am looking for a much closer matchup this time around between these two bitter rivals. I still have Virginia getting the SU win, but I will take the 5.5 points and Virginia Tech to cover at home.

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NCAA Hoops Betting Odds & Trends

Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games
Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia is 22-2 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 5 games
Virginia is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Virginia is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Virginia's last 21 games on the road
Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Virginia Tech
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 6 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Virginia Tech
Virginia is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Virginia Tech's last 10 games
Virginia Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Virginia Tech is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Virginia Tech's last 6 games at home
Virginia Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Virginia
Virginia Tech is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games when playing Virginia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 6 games when playing Virginia
Virginia Tech is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Virginia
Virginia Tech is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Virginia

Next up:
Virginia at Louisville Saturday, February 23
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame Saturday, February 23

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

AAF Week 2 - Arizona Hotshots vs Memphis Express

Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football

Express Look to Get Going Against Hotshots

The Memphis Express host the Arizona Hotshots in AAF (Alliance of American Football) week two action. The Express have yet to score a point this season. The Hotshots, on the other hand, had their offense in high gear last week.

Arizona Hotshots at Memphis Express
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Liberty Bowl -- Memphis, Tennessee
TV: NFL Network | Live stream:fuboTV (Try for free)

LINE: Hotshots -16; O/U: 45.5.

The Arizona Hotshots couldn't have asked for a better start to their season. A 38-22 win over the Salt Lake Stallions was solid. They played about as good as anyone could expect in the first game of the franchises history.

Hotshots Have High-Powered Offense

The Hotshots increased the tempo of their offense last week out of necessity. They were struggling a bit. Once they did, quarterback John Wolford got on a roll. He went 18-for-29 passing for 275 yards and four touchdowns. The performance awarded him The Alliance’s Offensive Player of the Week honor.

The Arizona offense rushed for 149 yards. They were led by running back Jhurell Pressley, who rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries to lead the backfield. Backup running back Justin Stockton had 46 yards on just seven carries. This comes to 6.6 yards per rush.

Arizona has to try to take what the Express gives them on offense. Game one showed that there are plenty of options on offense for Arizona, and they haven’t even used the whole playbook. That could be scary for the rest of the AAF. The Express defense held the Birmingham Iron to only 86 yards on the ground Sunday afternoon. They got torched through the air for 241 yards in the 26-0 loss.

Offensive line starters Brant Weiss, Josh Allen and Malcolm Bunche could be game-time decisions after missing practice time with leg injuries this week. The offense was fine last week when those guys missed snaps.

With Mike Singletary as head coach and, a NFL Hall-of-Famer on defense, Hotshots head coach Rick Neuheisel expects a physical Express team.

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Hotshots Defense Looks for Stellar Play

It’s easy to look at the scoreboard and statistics and jump to conclusion. You see zero points and only 202 yards of total offense from the Express in their 26-0 loss at Birmingham last week and think that the Hotshots have a distinct advantage. That may not be the case.

The Hotshots forced three turnovers against Salt Lake. They still have improvements to make on defense. Salt Lake was 8 of 16 on third down. That was helped in part by three illegal defensive formations called against Arizona. That has to change.

The Hotshots have to show that they’ve corrected their mistakes in how to line up according to Alliance rules for defense. If they haven't that will give a struggling Express offense more chances to right itself.

The penalties were definitely a point of emphasis is practice this week. The Hotshots need to get more consistent pressure on the quarterback after only getting one sack last week.

Arizona could face two quarterbacks in a game for the second time this season. Starter Christian Hackenberg has been ineffective. If he continues to be so expect him to give way to Zach Mettenberger.

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The Express are 0-1 on the season. RB Zac Stacy led the Express in rushing yards last week with 58. He is no stranger to big games as he had many in the NFL. LB DeMarquis Gates led the team in tackles with 11 and he forced two fumbles in his first professional game.

The Hotshots are 1-0 on the season. WR Rashad Ross is coming off a two-touchdown, 103-yard performance. LB Steven Johnson’s seven tackles and an interception led the Hotshots last week. If the Express focus on Ross, look for Wolford to seek out WR Richard Mullaney. He caught five balls last Sunday.

Vegas sees this as a mismatch. The line opened at -10 and is now at 16, the under opened at 49 and is now down to 45.5. Being at home should give Memphis a shot in the arm. The question is this, Is there any offense to be had? Remember in San Fran, Singletary's teams didn't light up the scoreboard either. Arizona lit up the scoreboard in Week 1. For the Express to pull the upset, the Hotshots would have to totally collapse. I'll give Memphis some points for being the home team. The Hotshots cover the 16 and the game should still go under the total.

Pick: Arizona -16, Under 45.5.

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AAF Week 3 Schedule

Arizona at Salt LakeSaturday, Feb. 233 p.m.B/R Live
Memphis at OrlandoSaturday, Feb. 238 p.m.NFL Network
Birmingham at AtlantaSunday, Feb. 244 p.m.CBS Sports Network
San Antonio at San DiegoSunday, Feb. 248 p.m.NFL Network

AAF Week 2 - Salt Lake Stallions vs. Birmingham Iron

Birmingham Iron of the AAF

Iron Look to Stay Perfect Against the Stallions

The Alliance of American Football will kick off week two with what should be a good matchup. The league got off to a great start and looks to build on very good TV ratings and lots of gambling action at online and land based casinos. The Birmingham Iron (1-0) look to stay unbeaten as they host the Salt Lake Stallions (0-1) to open week two play.

Time: 2 p.m. ET; Location: Legion Field -- Birmingham, Alabama; TV: TNT | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free).

LINE: Iron -7; O/U: 43.5.

The status of quarterback Josh Woodrum will not be announced until just before the game. He left last weeks loss with a hamstring issue. The Stallions’ other two quarterbacks have been preparing for their chance to play against the Iron. We could see a "quarterback by committee" if things don't work out as Coach Dennis Erickson wants.

Idaho’s Matt Linehan replaced Woodrum for the second half last week. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Austin Allen completed 5 of 7 for 65 yards in the preseason scrimmage against the Memphis Express. Both backup QB's are capable of producing in a league that is geared towards offense.

The Stallions offense also has other weapons as well. Running back Branden Oliver and tight end Anthony Denham, who were two stars that stood out against the Hotshots last weekend. Reports say both players had a week of strong practice, so they should be ready to make key plays against a tough defense.

The Iron's defense is led by linebackers Matthew Wells and Xzavier Dickson. Throw that in with cornerback Jamar Summers. Dickson and Summers each intercepted a pass in Birmingham's 26-0 win over the Express.

Last week the Iron faced a team that was projected to be the worst of the eight teams in The Alliance. The Stallions had no problem driving the ball down the field against the Hotshots. They are first in the league in third-down conversions after one week.

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How Will Iron Offense Fare Against a Better D?

In January’s training camp, the Stallions had a joint practice with the Iron. The Stallions caught more balls, ran for more yards and put more pressure on the quarterback than the Iron did. Will that carry over?

The Iron have their first win under their belts and it is difficult to know how they will match up against the Stallions. With little history and only one game played it is anyone's guess.

Iron quarterback Luis Perez passed for 252 yards against the Express. The Iron’s offense could be in for a challenge against the Stallions’ explosive defense. Perez will get to show what he is made of today. He's already received some interest from NFL scouts. If he continues to play well he'll probably be in the league next fall. Today could go a long way towards that projected goal.

Last weekend, Karter Schultz sacked Hotshots quarterback John Wolford and cornerback Will Davis was excellent in coverage. Both should be able to make plays with a hobbled Salt Lake offense.

The Stallions’ defensive line and secondary will be tested by Iron wide receiver Quinton Patton. He caught four passes for 107 yards last week. Running back Trent Richardson scored two touchdowns as he looks to get back into the NFL.

The Stallions’ defense will also have to keep the offense from entering field-goal range. The Iron’s reliable kicker, Nick Novak, was responsible for 12 Iron’s 26 points last week. One of those field goals was a 47-yarder.

The Stallions will be the first team in The Alliance history to win an away game if they can pull off the victory Saturday.

This, That, and a Dart Throw

Something is oddly intriguing about today's game. Birmingham succeeded with a ball-control offense and some great punting and special teams play. Meanwhile, Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum left the Week 1 loss to Arizona with a hamstring injury and his status for this game is unknown.

Both offenses showed they can move the ball. Taking the under could result in some sweating before the game is decided. We just have to remember that Birmingham had to put Memphis away in the fourth quarter. Salt Lake City still lost by two touchdowns to Arizona. Add in the uncertainty at quarterback plays a big role. 

Pick: Birmingham -7, Under 43.5 (it has dropped 2.5 points in 3 days.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Dan Bilzerian - The Famous Gambler and Internet Sensation

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February 15, 2019

Dan Bilzerian is one of the most followed celebrities on social media, especially Instagram. Dan has not been famous for a long time. But a few years back he did something incredible that made him an Internet sensation in no time. Dan loved the game of Poker as a child and this love lead him to become one of the wealthiest man out there living his heart out.

The Baby Dan

Dan was born to Paul Bilzerian and Terrin Steffan in 1980. As a child, Dan and his brother Adam, went to the Tampa Preparatory School. He describes himself as a “not so cool child”. Dan played the game of Poker since his childhood, picking up a strong liking in the game.

Danny Boy 

Growing up Dan acquired the love for high-speed car racing and poker. Dan went to the University of Florida where he majored in Business and Criminology. Dan being half Armenian from his father’s side once stated that half of his Armenian family was killed. He lost some money while playing Poker during college days.

Dan the Man
Despite several attempts, Dan could not make it to the Navy SEAL. Later he appeared in a poker tournament with his brother and professional poker player Adam Bilzerian. The duo of Bilzerian brothers did just fine in the tournament. Dan then started playing poker regularly. Many websites nowadays like TheOnlineCasino let players practice casino games without investing any money.

Dan later visited Las Vegas to try his luck
with more Poker action. From a very low account balance, Dan went on to win
hefty profits in casinos. In a reported incident, he won a high-stakes race against
one of his friends. Dan once claimed that he has won $10.8 million in one night
playing in a casino.

Dan Bilzerian is a Las Vegas High Roller
The Crazy Lunatic

Dan lead a lifestyle full of gambling, and heavy doses of drugs. His ruthless behavior saw him landing in many troubles. Dan bought many properties in the US. He developed an interest in collecting elite guns and weapons. Besides being a Poker star, Dan became famous for being an adrenaline junkie.

Dan’s Instagram and Twitter have a huge
following. He regularly keeps updating about his recent activities over the
Internet. Dan is often seeing enjoying hardcore water sports, shooting sports,
and car or bike racing.

Lifestyle issues

Dan’s reckless lifestyle that involved heavy uses of drugs and extreme gambling sessions saw his health declining. Before he was 32, Dan suffered three heart attacks. One notable incident happened when he suffered a heart attack during a 3-day long high-stakes Poker game.  

Later, Dan slowed it down and started working out regularly. He has been associated with a lot of judicial cases mostly because of tax evasion. He is known to be a party animal and throw extremely crazy parties. All the more, he has appeared in small roles in a few movies including The Lone Survivor and Olympus has fallen. Dan currently is working on to get into Armenian Armed Forces.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pac 12 Hoops: Arizona Wildcats vs Utah Utes

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Utes and Wildcats Headed in Opposite Directions

The Arizona Wildcats and the Utah Utes meet at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Thursday night. Arizona is stuck in a five-game losing skid. It is the program's longest winless streak in 35 years. The Wildcats heads out on the road for a pair of contests in the next four days. Utah has been headed in the opposite direction coming off consecutive road wins.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU LINE: Utes -3.5: O/U: 143.

The Wildcats have been dealing with injuries and the lingering effects of the FBI recruiting investigation. The reeling Wildcats haven't won since Jan. 19 against Oregon State. That marks the program's longest drought since former coach Lute Olson's debut season in 1983-84. Included in the skid are 23- and 21-point road losses to USC and UCLA, respectively. Toss in a 69-55 home setback Saturday to Washington State and it hurts. Wazzoo currently resides in 11th place in the 12-team conference. The Utes have won six of their last eight games overall. That includes a road sweep of USC (77-70) and UCLA (93-92) last weekend. The wins gave Utah a share of the three-way tie for second place in the Pac-12.

This, That, and a Dart Throw

The Arizona Wildcats are 14-10 overall and 5-6 in the Pac-12. The Wildcats have played the last three games without guard Brandon Williams, who is the team's second-leading scorer at 13.7 ppg/ He is the assists leader as well at 3.7 apg. Williams is out indefinitely with knee soreness. His absence was especially glaring against Washington State as Arizona shot only 31.1% from the field. They also produced only eight assists. The defense wasn't much better. They surrendered 31 points, including seven 3-pointers, to Cougars forward Robert Franks. Guard Brandon Randolph (14.1 points) and center Chase Jeter (11.8, team-leading 7.0 rebounds) are the other Wildcats averaging double figures. Jeter just returned to action after missing the L.A. road swing with a back injury. Arizona has dominated Utah, winning four straight and 13 of 14 games since the Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2011.

The Utah Utes are 13-10 overall and 7-4 in the Pac-12. The Utes may still be on a high from Saturday after overcoming a 22-point deficit in the final 12:10 to stun UCLA at the buzzer. Parker Van Dyke hit deep 3-pointer for the victory. Forward Timmy Allen had 22 points to lead four Utah players in double figures. The Utes connected on 14-of-36 3-point attempts and matched their season high with 23 assists on 33 made baskets. Guard Sedrick Barefield (16.3 points), Allen (11.6) and fellow forward Donnie Tillman (10.6) are averaging double digits for Utah. The Utes continue to pace the Pac-12 in overall field-goal percentage at 47.0% and 3-point shooting at 37.7%. Tillman (5.4 boards), Allen (5.0) and 7-footer Jayce Johnson (7.1) all averaging at least five rebounds per game. for Utah owns a 4.3 average rebound margin on the season. The Utes should have the edge on the glass versus Arizona, which sports a minus-0.7 rebound margin in Pac-12 play.

PREDICTION: Utah 76, Arizona 66

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Pac-12 Betting Odds & Trends

Arizona Wildcats
Arizona is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Arizona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games on the road
Arizona is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Arizona is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games when playing Utah
Arizona is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Utah
Arizona is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Utah

Utah Utes
Utah is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Utah is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Utah is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games at home
Utah is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Arizona
Utah is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games when playing Arizona
Utah is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Arizona
Utah is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Arizona

Next up:
Arizona at Colorado Sunday, February 17
Utah home to Arizona State Saturday, February 16

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