NFL Drug Testing May Affect Odds

NFL drug testing is being praised as an important step in player health and rooting out cheaters but it may have a spinoff impact in an unlikely area - sports betting.

While the NFL testing program will take samples on game days this season, presumably test results won't be returned before game time, making a player ineligible that day. But what if the league commences morning testing and can flag players before night games?

What if a player figures he might get caught and declares himself inactive at the last minute due to some other injury or cause?

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MLB Odds: Angels vs. Yankees

The Yankees will turn to Bartolo Colon on Thursday afternoon as they close out a three-game MLB betting series against the Angels.

Colon (8-6, 3.33 ERA) has pitched New York to victories in each of his last three starts, and the team is 7-3 in his past 10 outings.

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Sprint Cup Betting: Watkins Glen

With just five races left before the Chase begins NASCAR betting heats up this weekend at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at the road course at Watkins Glen International on Sunday afternoon.

And with road course racing comes some interesting names at the top of the Sprint Cup Series odds board, with Marcos Ambrose at 9/2, Tony Stewart at 13/2, and Juan Pablo Montoya at 15/2 at Bovada to take the checkered flag this weekend.

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Brewers vs. Cards MLB Odds

The Milwaukee Brewers will be looking to pay off for their betting supporters on Wednesday night when they take the field in St. Louis.

Milwaukee gives the ball to Randy Wolf (8-8, 3.61 ERA) on Wednesday as they try to extend their lead in the NL Central standings. Wolf is riding a two-game winning streak into the start against the Cards.

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Golf Betting: PGA Championship

 

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NCAA Football 10 Win Season Odds

A 10-win season in college football is a terrific accomplishment but oddsmakers believe it will happen many times in the 2011 season.

Alabama, Boise State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Florida State and Nebraska are all favored to surpass 10 wins, according to Bovada. Betting regular season over unders has grown in popularity in recent years as handicappers judge the strength of each conference and predict how many wins each team should reasonably achieve.

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Week 7 CFL Betting Odds

The surprising West-leading Edmonton Eskimos (5-1) look for a return to the win column when they face the defending-champion Montreal Alouettes (4-2) on Thursday night in the marquee CFL matchup for Week 7.

Montreal had lost a pair to Hamilton before upending the uninspired Toronto Argonauts 36-23 last week. The Alouettes easily covered the 4.5-point spread on the road in that contest with the 59 points going OVER the posted total of 52 set by oddsmakers.

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MLB Betting: Tigers vs. Indians

The Detroit Tigers will hit the field in Cleveland on Tuesday night to begin an MLB betting series against the division-rival Indians.

Detroit is looking to run away with the AL Central title, and they'll send righthander Doug Fister (4-12, 3.29 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. Fister has given up three earned runs over 14 innings of work against the Indians so far this season.

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MLB Betting: Pirates vs. Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates will head out to the west coast to begin an MLB betting series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

The Pirates send Charlie Morton (8-6, 3.80 ERA) to the mound on Monday night, with the club getting tagged with the loss in each of his past two starts and in five of his past seven trips to the hill.

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Baseball Betting: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Sunday Night Baseball this week offers up a treat for MLB bettors as the Yankees and Red Sox finish off their set at Fenway Park.

These two AL East clubs look to battle for first place in the AL East division standings over the last two months of the regular season, and both ride high on the current World Series futures.

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