Olympic Basketball Odds: USA Chalk

The Dream Team of 1992 was considered the best team of all time but the Olympic basketball odds on this year’s edition of the US team are even more prohibitive.

The roster of NBA stars is a 1/8 favorite, meaning you have to bet $8 to turn a $1 profit. That is a huge number, but if you think it’s money in the bank it could be worth a wager.


Hamels Starts Earning New Contract

Cole Hamels starts earning that monster new contract today and it's an important day for the Philadelphia Phillies as they take on the Braves in Atlanta.

The Phils were preseason favorites to win the NL East and World Series but have struggled. A sweep of the Braves at Turner Field, starting on Friday, is a must.

Atlanta sends resurgent Ben Sheets out against Cole Hamels for the Phillies in this game. Sheets is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the season, while Hamels is 11-4 on the year and has a 3.23 ERA.


London Summer Olympics Betting Odds

Are the Americans primed for a gold-medal comeback at the London Olympics? The online sportsbooks have Team USA pegged as the favorite on the betting odds to win the most gold medals at the Summer Games, with events getting underway in earnest on Saturday in England.

The United States is listed as the -175 favorite at Bovada to return home from England with the most gold medals this summer, while the rival Chinese team is second at +140 on that odds list.


Penn State's season win total now 5 1/2

Oddsmakers think the NCAA sanctions and potential player defections were worth approximately 1.5 wins for Penn State.


Sportsbooks in Nevada and offshore took Penn State off the board after the NCAA hammered the Nittany Lions with a four-year postseason ban and severe scholarship reductions, among other penalties.


World Series odds: Hot A's make huge leap

Don’t look now but the Oakland A’s have emerged as contenders, and some oddsmakers have taken notice.


Beckett vs Holland MLB Odds Tilt

The Texas Rangers host Boston on Wednesday, looking to build on their 57-39 mark against the Boston Red Sox in MLB betting action at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers will rely on Derek Holland to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Josh Beckett will be his counterpart for the Red Sox. Derek Holland is 6-5 this season, and Josh Beckett is 5-8.


Brewers Nationals MLB Odds Tilt

The Milwaukee Brewers blew three straight games to the Phillies this week, losing 7-6 each time in the final at-bat.

Today, they face battle the Washington Nationals in baseball odds action, but this time at home.

Edwin Jackson gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Nationals on this day; he's 5-6 on the season. The Brewers, meanwhile, will counter with Yovani Gallardo, who will be looking to improve on his 8-7 mark.


NASCAR: Brickyard Betting Preview

The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track for NASCAR bettors on Sunday afternoon as the drivers compete in the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Last year - when the race was still called the Brickyard 400 - Paul Menard defied the NASCAR odds and picked up his first Series victory at the event. Jeff Gordon and Regan Smith followed Menard across the finish line that day at Indianapolis.


CFL Week 5 Betting Preview

The Tiger-Cats were thumped by the Roughriders in Week 1, but they'll get a chance for some revenge on Saturday as those teams meet once again in Saskatchewan to highlight the CFL betting slate for the week. Week 5 action gets underway in Winnipeg on Thursday.

Find this week's CFL odds plus Grey Cup futures at Bovada.

Thu July 26 - Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8:30pm ET
Last 10 Meetings: Winnipeg 4-6 SU, 6-4 ATS | OU 3-7


Rule change's impact on college football

College football kickoffs have been moved up five yards to the 35-yard line in an effort to increase touchbacks and enhance safety.



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