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Pirates Making Easy Work Of Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to continue their domination over the New York Mets when the two clubs kick off a weekday series Monday night at PNC Park. The Pirates have claimed victory in the past seven meetings between the two clubs while abusing the Mets for an average of six runs per game in that span.

New York will trot youngster Steven Matz to the bump in hope of rectifying their struggles against the Bucs. Matz – who has not lost a decision since his first outing of the year – has been flawless on the road with a 4-0 record and a 1.32 ERA in four games away from Citi Field.

The Mets will see a familiar face take to the mound when the Pirates start Jonathon Niese. Niese – who spent his entire career with the Mets until being traded to the Pirates last September – has a 2.64 ERA in his past five starts.

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722381
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Back-to-Back Losses Rare for Penguins

The San Jose Sharks will attempt to even up their Stanley Cup Series with the Penguins at two games apiece tonight in California, but bettors be warned, the Pens aren’t a team that losses two in a row very often. Pittsburgh is 17-1 in their last 18 games following a loss. That one loss did come in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning. It was the first time since mid-January that the Pens lost two games in a row.

A few historic trends point towards San Jose tonight, as they’re now 11-1 in their last 12 games when hosting the Penguins. This is a matchup that generally favors the home team, as the visitor is just 2-8 in the last 10 games between the teams.

Despite being outshot 42-26 in Game 3, the Sharks came out on top in a 3-2 overtime thriller. The Penguins will hope to go back to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 series lead, but to do so, they might need a better effort from Evgeni Malkiin who’s yet to record a point in a the series. Malkin’s scoring touch has been missing throughout most of the playoffs so far, as the Russian has just four goal in 20 postseason games so far.

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730956
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Euro 2016: Group B Preview and Odds

Harry Kane England Gareth Bale Wales Artem Dzyuba Russia Marek Hamsik Slovakia

This summer’s Euro tournament is going to be a big one for England. The days of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and John Terry are now gone and manager Roy Hodgson will usher in a new era of English football in France.

Now, it’s all about youth as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, John Stones and even Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford have been given the torch to lead the Three Lions to the promised land of international glory.

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Euro 2016: Group A Preview and Odds

Euro 2016 Group A Paul Pogba Xherdan Shaqiri Vlad Chiriches Elseid Hysaj

Group A is shaping up to be a one-horse race as host nation France is the clear favorite to win the group. Any sort of upset from within the group could come from Switzerland, however, as the side features a list of players from clubs peppered throughout UEFA.

While the group winner will almost certainly be one of those two sides, don’t look past a defensive-minded Romania or an upset-minded Albanian side that has already toppled a giant or two on its quest to get this far.

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UFC 199: Betting Odds and Predictions

The UFC will see two titles on the line when they set up shop at The Forum in Inglewood, California for UFC 199. Luke Rockhold will aim to defend his newly won UFC Middleweight Championship against Michael Bisping in the main event, while the co-main event will feature the rubber match between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber for the 135 lbs crown.

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UFC 199: Why Rockhold Beats Bisping

Luke Rockhold was supposed to defend his UFC Middleweight Championship against Chris Weidman after the two had an entertaining battle in their last outing. Instead, Weidman needs neck surgery and we get to see Rockhold take on Michael Bisping.

Let’s face the truth here – there is almost no way that Rockhold loses this battle at UFC 199. But, if you need any more convincing, here are three reasons you will be hearing ‘And still’ to close out the card.

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Brazil’s Quest to End Slump Starts Now

Philippe Coutinho Brazil Copa America

The last time Brazil won the Copa America, Robinho was the leading scorer with six goals. Yes, the year was 2007 but the Canarinho will look to end that drought in the United States as they begin their Copa quest versus Ecuador in Pasadena Saturday evening.

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UFC 199: Why Michael Bisping Can Win

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Michael Bisping steps into the Octagon Saturday night at UFC 199 as one of the year’s biggest underdogs. The title shot against Luke Rockhold was originally scheduled to go to Chris Weidman, but due to an injury he was forced to pull out. As a result, Bisping will get his first crack at a UFC title on just a few weeks’ notice.

Oddsmakers and fight fans aren’t giving the Brit much of a chance against Rockhold, but this fight could be much closer than you think. If you’re trying to talk yourself into picking Bisping, here’s some extra ammunition to back up your wager:

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David vs Goliath in Los Angeles Tonight

Clayton Kershaw

Dodger Stadium will play host to the most contrasting pitching matchup on the MLB schedule today, when the Braves send Bud Norris to the mound to duel with Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers have won all but one of Kershaw’s 11 starts this season, while Norris carriers an ugly 5.52 road ERA into the game.

The Braves have actually been better on the road than they have been at home this season, but at 10-15 outside of Atlanta, they’re still not very good. Braves hitters have combined to hit a better than expected .240 in 104 combined at-bats against Kershaw, but Braves backers (do those exists?) shouldn’t expect much from their club today.

At home this season, Kershaw has a 1.47 ERA and a 5-1 record. He’s given up just one home run at home in 49 innings pitched. Kershaw faced the Braves back in April, and allowed one run in 8.0 innings of work with 10 K’s on the way to a 2-1 Dodgers win.

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Cardinals Have Been Slumping at Home

The St. Louis Cardinals will attempt to flip the script on some poor play at home tonight when they host the National League’s hottest team, the San Francisco Giants. The usually steady Cardinals have lost four of their last five games at home, and over their last 30 home games are 13-17.

In two 2015 starts against SF, Wacha had a 0.69 ERA and 12 K’s in 13 IP.

Cards’ pitcher Michael Wacha will also try to turn his fortunes around, as St. Louis has lost six of the last seven games he’s started. Wacha’s been at his worst during night games, posting a 6.27 ERA and a 1-4 record in seven starts.

The Giants will send one of their prize free agent acquisitions to the bump, will right hander Jeff Samardzija set to take the ball. It’s been a good return on their investment for the Giants as the 7-3 Samardzija carries a 1.72 ERA and 6-1 record in night games into the contest.

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