This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
by Ricky Dimon - 8/7/2014
A. Andy Dalton . The Bengals signal-caller signed a six-year, $115 million contract extension on Monday. Specific terms of the deal have Dalton making $22 million within the first six months. Not bad, Big Red. Sports Interaction has the Bengals as +2.5 underdogs at Baltimore in Week 1.
B. Tony Bosch . Bosch, who founded the Biogenesis clinic, surrendered to authorities on Tuesday—exactly one year to the day that Major League Baseball dropped the hammer with more than a dozen suspensions, including that of Alex Rodriguez. A total of 10 people were arrested.
C. Cocaine . Is it a leave of absence or a suspension? Either way, it’s cocaine-related and Dustin Johnson is out for the rest of the 2014 season on the PGA Tour. That means he will miss this week’s PGA Championship and also the Ryder Cup. The United States is a +140 underdog at Bodog Sportsbook to win the Ryder Cup.
D. David Price . One of the trade deadline’s biggest moves came when Tampa Bay unloaded Price to Detroit in a three-team deal. Price made his debut with the Tigers on Tuesday against the Yankees and gave up three runs in 8.2 innings while striking out 10 batters. Detroit ended up getting the win in New York, 4-3 in 12 innings.
E. Dale Earnhardt, Jr . Earnhardt triumphed at Pocono last weekend, giving him a second win at that raceway in as many appearances. He is the first driver since 2006 to sweep at Pocono. With a Daytona 500 title also to his credit, Earnhardt now sits atop of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jimmie Johnson is a +350 favorite to win the Sprint Cup, per Sportsbook.
F. Brett Favre . Favre’s departure from Green Bay was about as cold as the Frozen Tundra, but he will back next summer—likely to much fanfare. The Packers announced on Monday that they will induct Favre into the team’s Hall of Fame on July 18, 2015 while also retiring his number. Favre will also have his name and number unveiled on the north façade of Lambeau Field at some point during the 2015 campaign.
G. Paul Goldschmidt . The Diamondbacks’ first baseman is out for the season after breaking his hand on an errant pitch by Pittsburgh’s Ernesto Frieri last Friday. Arizona retaliated on Saturday, with Randall Delgado intentionally drilling Andrew McCutchen. In a development that may or may not be related, McCutchen has a broken rib and could miss two weeks.
H. Paris Hilton . Hilton and Brazilian soccer star Neymar partied recently in Ibiza, with photographic evidence coming from Hilton’s Instagram page. Hey, might as well do that since he can’t return to the pitch quite yet as the result of the fractured vertebrae he sustained in the World Cup. On the downside, Neymar has some company. Hilton also posed for a photo with Jermaine Jones of the United States’ national team. Brazil is +800 to win the 2018 World Cup at Bovada Sportsbook; defending champ Germany is a +450 favorite.
I. American Idol . Former ‘Idol’ finalist Michael Johns died last Friday. He was 35 years old. In addition to his incredible signing talent, Johns was a stellar tennis player and was good friends with several professionals—including the world No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
J. Jon Jones . MMA stars Jones and Daniel Cormier brawled on Monday while promoting their Sept. 27 UFC title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The scuffle took place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. They followed it up with a hilarious—and likely staged—joint interview on ESPN later in the day. But whatever; the ratings should improve as a result of this nonsense.
K. Kevin Olsen . Shocker of shocks: The U is dealing with off-the-field issues! Olsen has been suspended for the season opener against Louisville as a result of a failed drug test. Olsen, a freshman, is in a fight for the starting QB job along with Ryan Williams. The ‘Canes could be down to their third quarterback for one game because Williams is still rehabbing after an ACL injury. BookMaker has the over/under for Miami’s regular-season win total at 7.5 and Robert Ferringo has a sinking suspicion he knows which way to bet that one .
L. Kevin Love . Your weekly Kevin Love update: Love will end up in Cleveland. In other words, this is not really an update. It is just saying what we already knew. The Timberwolves’ owner said it a little stronger, though, earlier this week. According to Glen Taylor, Love is “likely” to be traded on Aug. 23 or 24 to the Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Wiggins. Aug. 23 is the first day on which Wiggins is eligible to be dealt. Cleveland is a +320 favorite at Carbon Sports to win the NBA Championship.
M. Malcolm Mitchell . Last year’s week-one trip to Clemson was pretty much a disaster for Georgia, which lost a thriller and lost Mitchell for the season after the wide receiver tore an ACL—wait for it—while celebrating a touchdown. Now Mitchell is dealing with another knee injury, suffered recently in practice and one that required arthroscopic surgery. No timetable has been set for his return. Georgia is a -8 home favorite over Clemson at SuperBook for this year’s opener.
N. Nick Marshall . Stop me if you’ve if heard this one before: an Auburn quarterback has run into trouble off the field. Add Marshall to list after senior signal-caller was recently cited for marijuana possession. Head coach Gus Malzahn said last weekend that Marshall will not start his team’s season-opening date with Arkansas. Sophomore Jeremy Johnson is set to replace Marshall, who will sit for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time. Auburn is +2500 at GT Bets to win the National Championship.
O. Owners vote . Major League Baseball’s next commissioner is expected to be named next week when the owners gather in Baltimore to vote on three finalists. According to reports, the remaining contenders are MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for business Tim Brosnanl, and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
P. Paul George . Joe Theismann. Kevin Ware. Paul George. The latter may not have been as high-profile given that it came in a scrimmage in preparation for an international event that nobody really cares about, but it was nasty. George suffered a broken leg after it bent in an unfortunate position last Friday. The Indiana Pacers’ star will obviously miss the FIBA World Cup and will likely miss the entire upcoming NBA season. BetOnline Sportsbook has Team USA as a -275 favorite to win the World Cup.
Q. Quarterback quandary . Is Johnny Manziel starting or isn’t he? Nobody knows; not even Adam Schefter. And when Schefty doesn’t know, you know nobody knows. Manziel had been taking a backseat to Brian Hoyer, but the former Texas A&M star worked out with the first-team offense on Monday. According the Browns, however, that was part of the schedule all along. Cleveland is +500 to win the AFC North, per Bovada Sportsbook.
R. Rory McIlory . Breaking up is hard to do, but it certainly looks like something from which it is not too difficult to bounce back. Since ending his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, McIlory has won the British Open and lifted another trophy last week at the Bridgestone Invitational. McIlroy is a +510 favorite at BetCRIS to win the PGA Championship.
S. Michael Strahan . Strahan and Nicole Murphy, his fiancée of five years, have split. Murphy, a model and reality TV star, reportedly would not sign a prenup and that led to the breakup. But who knows; there are plenty of rumors flying around out there. Maybe she didn’t like the gap tooth?
T. Masahiro Tanaka . Tanaka threw for the first time on Monday since suffering a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament on July 8. The Yankees’ right-hander tossed 25 pitches from 60 feet in the outfield grass. Tanaka can’t really speak English, but he reportedly said that he felt good about the session. Manager Joe Girardi can speak English, so he basically elaborated by expressing cautious optimism while suggesting that breath should not be held for an immediate comeback. The Yankees are +1500 at WagerWeb to win the AL Pennant.
U. Team USA . With George out, the United States trimmed its roster for the upcoming World Cup to 16 players, with four cuts still to go. Wizards’ guards Bradley Beal and John Wall were two of the odd men out, along with Hawks’ forward Paul Millsap. The Americans -10000 favorites at Bovada Sportsbook to win Group C.
V. Vincenzo Nibali . Nibali rolled to a Tour de France victory last month, finishing seven minutes and 37 seconds ahead of runner-up Jean-Christophe Peraud. Accusations always accompany the tour winner, but those levied on the 29-year-old Italian are related to his bike rather than doping.
W. Tiger Woods . Tiger withdrew during the final round of last week’s Bridgestone Invitational with what is becoming a recurring back problem. His status for this week’s PGA Championship is not yet known. Tiger is +600 to finish in the top 5 this week, according to Bovada Sportsbook.
X. Xavi Hernandez . Xavi announced his retirement from the Spanish national team on Tuesday, although he confirmed that he will remain with club team FC Barcelona. The 34-year-old has played more international matches for Spain than anyone other than goalie Iker Casillas.
Y. Yoenis Cespedes . The blockbuster deal of last week’s trade deadline saw Cespedes move from Oakland to Boston in exchange for Jon Lester. Cespedes went 3-for-4 on Tuesday with a triple and a run scored in a 3-2 loss at St. Louis. He is 4-for-11 with three runs scored in three games so far with Boston. For the season, the left fielder is batting .259 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs. The A’s (Gray) are -205 home favorites over the Rays (Hellickson) on Wednesday, per BookMaker.
Z. Zoey Tur . Formerly Bob Tur, she (he?) famously shot the O.J. Simpson car chase from a helicopter. The L.A.-based broadcast reporter is now putting the finishing touches on a sex transformation from male to female. With the operation complete, she is filing court documents to officially change her gender and her name—from Robert Albert Tur to Hanna Zoey Tur.
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