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MMA Fighter Rankings: Pound-for-Pound

For decades, combat sports observers have attempted to pin a Best Pound-For-Pound Fighter label on someone. Whether it was Tyson in his heyday, Roy Jones in numerous weight classes - hell, even wrestling has their supermatch arguments - fans have wanted to crown one fighter as the best. It’s the same for MMA, with even more heated debate as the UFC now dwarfs boxing in popularity.

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MMA Fighter Rankings: List By Division

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter rankings are compiled from top talent from all the promotions and are based on recent performances and overall record. Check out the latest MMA odds here at OddsShark, then see the best specials and offers at top sportsbooks like Bovada.

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Fast Start Essential to Seahawks' Success in 2016

Since winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago the Seattle Seahawks have been on a slow downhill trajectory that’s seen them get a little bit worse each season. Anchored by head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson, they’re still firmly in the mix as a Super Bowl contender, and might have a few legit excuses for not reaching their potential last season.

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Healthy Steelers Set to Take Off in 2016

Year in and year out, the Pittsburgh Steelers always seem to be in the thick of things as NFL contenders. Expect more of the same in Pennsylvania in 2016.

When it comes to gauging the Steelers’ success, Bovada lists them as the third most likely team to win the Super Bowl, tied with the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. The Steelers’ offense boasts arguably the best running back and wide receiver in the game in Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and Ben Roethlisberger is as steady as they come under center.

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Yankees Have Beat up on Angels' Nolasco

Luis Cessa will make his first MLB start tonight as the Yankees continue their West Coast road trip in Game 2 of their three-game set with the LA Angels. The Yankees are staying an arm's length out of the playoff race and are running out of time to close the gap.

SHARK BITES
The Yankees have won their last five games against the Angels.
Ricky Nolasco has given up a combined .350 batting average to the current Yankees lineup.
Nolasco hasn’t earned a win since July 9.

As mentioned, Cessa has never started in the majors before. In his eight relief appearances, however, the Mexican owns a 5.33 ERA. Cessa has been up and down from Triple-A this year and will look earn a spot in the big club for the rest of the season with a quality performance tonight in Anaheim.

Ricky Nolasco – yes he still pitches in the majors – gets the call for the Angels tonight and will bring his 4-10 record and 5.13 ERA to the mound. There’s really nothing good to say about this guy, he’s just really bad.

The value in this one probably comes in taking a flyer on Cessa in his first career start. The call-up has pitched well in Triple-A Scranton and had a 3.03 ERA in 14 starts before he made the step up to the majors.

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Jays Have Significant Edge at Starter Today

The Indians walked off the Blue Jays last night with a ninth-inning rally that saw Toronto closer Roberto Osuna blow his third save of the season. These two teams have played dramatic series all year long and seem destined to meet in a playoff matchup to see which team Mark Shapiro built better.

SHARK BITES
Cleveland is 7-2 in its last 9 games at Progressive Field.
Both teams lead their respective divisions.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 on the runline in their last 5 games.

Both teams have thrived off starting pitching this year and will lean on Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.84 ERA) and Josh Tomlin (11-6, 4.14 ERA) respectively.

It appears as though Sanchez’ spot in the starting rotation is now concrete, giving the young fire-baller a legitimate shot at the AL Cy Young award. The California native has been lights out on the road in his first full season as a starter, posting a 7-1 record and 2.40 ERA away from Rogers Centre.

Just a few weeks ago, Josh Tomlin was the most profitable pitcher in baseball. He has, however, fallen down the list significantly after dropping three straight contests. In his three August starts, Tomlin owns a 9.37 ERA having pitched two consecutive games where he gave up seven earned runs.

Sanchez has the ability to give up a big game but more often than not, he’s been a stud for the Jays rotation this year. Toronto has a real edge at the most important position in baseball tonight.

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Tillman Still Raking in Money for Bettors

The Astros and Orioles will play Game 3 of their four-game set tonight after splitting the first two in the series. It’s been a shootout at Camden Yards so far as these teams have combined for 41 runs in just 18 innings of baseball.

SHARK BITES
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games.
Tillman has won $100 bettors $1397 this year and Fiers has lost $100 bettors $115.
Baltimore has a 40-20 record at home this season, the second best standing in baseball.

The Orioles will call on Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46 ERA) tonight to tilt the series in their favor. The righty has been as solid as you can ask for from a starter and still holds the title of most profitable pitcher in baseball. With an 8-1 record, Tillman has earned most of his money at home despite having a worse ERA in games he’s pitched in Baltimore.

Mike Fiers will take the mound for the Astros and will look get on the straight and narrow after coming off two rough road starts. The trends are pretty clear on Fiers – he sucks on the road. Through 12 home starts Fiers owns a 3.36 ERA and through 11 road starts he owns a 6.27 ERA.

The O’s have the clear edge on the starting bump tonight and should be a good bet with how hot their offense has been this series.

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Mets Quickly Falling Out of Playoff Contention

The NL East crown is now firmly out of the Mets’ grasp after their dismal post all star break run. They have dropped the first two games of a four-game set with the slumping Giants and will lean on Bartolo Colon Saturday to stop the skid.

SHARK BITES
The Mets are 6-11 in the month of August.
The Giants’ lineup owns a combined .341 average against Bartolo Colon.
The Mets are now 6.5 games out of a playoff spot.

Bartolo (10-7, 3.38 ERA) is still one opponent shy of earning a win against every team in the MLB after the Mets disappointing effort in his last start against the D-backs. He will, however, look to get the Mets back on track today with his 6-4 record on the road. Colon is pitching well beyond his years this season and will be a crucial cog if the Mets hope to stay in the playoff race.

The Giants are trying to exit a skid of their own and will call on recently acquired starter Matt Moore (7-9, 4.14 ERA) to handle the starting duties today. Moore got crushed in his last outing but has lasted exactly six innings in all of his three San Francisco starts so far.

The Mets are in serious trouble with their offense struggling and are in danger of getting swept out of AT&T Park. New York is a tough bet these days so you may want to look for value elsewhere.

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Westbrook Surpasses Curry as New NBA MVP Favorite

The NBA offseason is never short on drama, and the summer of 2016 hasn’t been any different. Numerous big names have changed teams, friendships were ended and new rivals were formed. When it comes to gauging who’s going to run away with the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player Award, one book is banking on it being a certain point guard from Oklahoma City.

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Alabama Looks For Back-To-Back National Championships

The Alabama Crimson Tide claimed their fourth National Championship in seven seasons by topping the Clemson Tigers last year. The Tide will be dealing with plenty of question marks heading into the 2016 season, but – if we’ve learned anything – you should never doubt Nick Saban.

2016 National Championship Odds

Alabama opened as the +600 favorites to win the National Championship in 2017 – a feat that would make them the first team to win back-to-back titles since ‘Bama did so in 2011-12.

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