The whole German seems determined to keep Ribéry, in recent days leaders Bayern have been planted and have stated that or come with more than 94 million, paid for Cristiano Ronaldo, or the French will not move the Van Gaal trained together.
Penn (13-5-1) is coming off a loss to Georges St. Pierre in which he was dominated, and maybe that was enough to show him that he belongs in the lightweight division, not the welterweight. As a lightweight, Penn has enough size, and his technique is unrivalled. He can contort his limbs into seemingly impossible positions to get opponents into submissions, but with a background in boxing, he can also knock you out if need be. The only knocks on Penn are his stamina and motivation, but that shouldn’t be a problem on August 8th.
Florian (11-3) earned the No.1 contender by submitting Joe Stevenson with a rear-naked choke, which is like his specialty: five of “Ken-Flo’s” seven submissions have come via the rear-naked choke. But it’s standing up where he’ll have a slight advantage over Penn, as he has the sharpest elbows in the UFC, and he has devastating knees in the Muay Thai clinch. His last loss was six fights ago, when he lost to Sean Sherk for the vacant lightweight belt, so the nerves could be a factor that your handicapping software won’t pick up on.
Penn is the betting favorite with odds of -220, and he’ll be fired up to show he’s still the top dog after his embarrassing loss to GSP and the resulting controversy over Vaseline (Penn’s corner alleges that GSP’s corner greased him up so Penn couldn’t get a hold of him with his legs). Florian will give him a go, and as was said before, he’ll try to keep the fight on their feet. Florian is good enough on the ground, but he’s not on Penn’s level when it comes to submissions and technique. Both of these fighters can go the distance, and this is a fight that looks it could go the full 25 minutes. Penn’s conditioning is much better was a lightweight than a welterweight, and he’ll have enough in the tank to narrowly earn a decision over the gutsy Florian.
Daily sports pick: B.J. Penn.
Ortiz and Ramirez were among the approximately 100 players in the Major Leagues who were positive on what was supposed to be a series of checks confidential, the Times said, quoting unidentified lawyers familiar with the results.
Ramirez, now with the Dodgers, was suspended for 50 games this year following a positive for a banned substance.
According to the newspaper, the new data came to light as a result of interviews with a lot of lawyers and persons related to pending litigation.
The lawyers did not identify the banned substances, the newspaper said.
The Red Sox did not comment.
Before the report published on the website of the newspaper, Ortiz did not want to comment on it, said Major League Baseball on its Web site. Michael Weiner, the union's lead counsel players not to talk about it, "added the MLB.
Baseball and was beaten by the doping case of Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez. The third basis of the New York Yankees admitted in February that he had used steroids during his three years in the Texas Rangers.
The controls were developed in 2003 following an agreement with the players association.
The Dodgers will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Hiroki Kuroda in this game. Kuroda has a 3-5 record and a 4.24 ERA this season.
Starting this game for the Cardinals will be Kyle Lohse. The righthander has a 4.36 ERA to go along with a 4-6 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Dodgers listed as 110-moneyline favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game's total is sitting at 9.
The Cardinals scored in the bottom of the 15th inning to pull off a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, as -120 favorites. That game's five runs went UNDER the posted over/under (8).
James Loney went 4-for-7 at the plate with one RBI for the Dodgers, who were +100 underdogs. Jeff Weaver surrendered the winning run and was saddled with the loss.
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of LA Dodgers's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 9 games when playing St. Louis
LA Dodgers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road
LA Dodgers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis's last 8 games at home
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
Manchester City defender pointed their guns at the Ivory Coast after their failed attempt to recruit the Chelsea captain John Terry.
"Manchester City is delighted to announce the hiring of defender Kolo Toure," said club 'heavenly' on its website.
The arrival in late June of the Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen Ajax Amsterdam Arsenal allowed to coach the Gunners, Arsène Wenger, open the exit door to Toure.
In this way, Touré became the sixth strengthening the club. His salary would be around 116,000 euros (approximately $ 162 thousand) per week, said the British press.
Pocono Odds – Sunday, August 2, 2:00 PM ET
Jimmie Johnson won this race back in 2004, and since he has a series-best 8.1 average in seven Pennsylvania 500s, betting services have made him a +520 favorite for this race. Johnson moved into second in the points standings with a win at Indy, and he now has seven top-10s in his last eight races. Some people wonder if the No.48 team has peaked too early, but that’s not the case: this team has won three straight championships. They’re just that good.
Stewart is listed at +600, and he has seven top-10s in 10 Pennsylvania 500s. The No.14 driver who is leading the points came in third at Indy, and he’ll have good memories of the June Pocono race, when he stretched his fuel out to earn the win. Stewart hasn’t finished outside of the top 10 in over two months, and he’s probably one of the best bets of the race.
Two drivers who should be in the Chase, but need a win for momentum’s sake, are Edwards at +800 and Denny Hamlin at +850 in your offshore sportsbook. Edwards has just one top-10 in his last five races, although he did come from the back to finish 15th at Indy, and he came in second to Stewart in the June Pocono race, which wasn’t as kind to Hamlin. The No.11 driver had a fuel-pump problem, and just last weekend at Indy, the gear shift came off in his hand early in the race. He swept the 2006 Pocono races as a rookie, and he’s generally good here.
At +2500, Juan Pablo Montoya seems like a longshot, but he finished eighth in the June race, and he’s coming off a dominant performance at the Brickyard in which he led 116 laps, but committed a late pit-road penalty. Pocono has very tight turns, which is right up Montoya’s alley as he’s one of the top road-course racers in the world. If he gets a rocket like he did at Indy, he won’t make the same mistake. Go with Juan Pablo Montoya in your sports picks.
Seven-time world champion in 40 years, revealed on his website that his retirement will return to run the August 23 Grand Prix of Europe in the urban circuit of Valencia.
"Today in the afternoon (local) I spoke with Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo and between all that I decided to go prepared to replace Felipe," explained the German.
"Although we had already closed the Formula 1 theme for some time and finally, for my relationship with the team can not ignore this unfortunate situation. As a competitor I am, I am excited about this new challenge, "he added.
Man record of Formula 1 had been withdrawn three years ago, after seven world titles and 91 victories in 250 Grands Prix contested. Since then worked as nasesor Ferrari and had participated in some motorcycle racing.
Schumacher won five of his seven world titles pilots a Ferrari. The other two came with Benetton.
The Portuguese scored both the first set of Spanish, thanks to a penalty turned the 49 minutes. In fact, both the result of a lack received by the Portuguese, after an excellent move from the developed banda left.
The activity of the Portuguese in the game was discreet. Was unable to engage in building societies commendable game and showed a greater nuisance than in the previous two games of the preseason. However, it could further fuel the love of the fans' Merengue 'due to small glimpses of their technical qualities.
During the first part, tried to oxygenate the Real Madrid attack on the left side, but the only partner that could thrive in the French football was Karim Benzema.
By the way, gesticulating with his anger toward clarity Gonzalo Higuaín and Arjen Robben, the decisions of the Argentine and Dutch in kicking the goal, instead of going on your industry.
Still, there was his amazing ability to show resolution in short spaces. When carrying only three minutes of play left scattered three rivals on their sector and then caused a lack of clear the area of Ecuador. Madrid fans approved technical gesture immediately and then were prepared to celebrate the first Portuguese to both the white shirt.
After the goal, had little involvement, but their task was accomplished. In the absence of the final 17 minutes was replaced by Lass Diarra and retreated to the bench, under a hail of applause.
Righthander Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. Morton is 2-2 this season with a 3.86 ERA.
Starting this game for the Giants will be Barry Zito. The lefthander has a 4.68 ERA to go along with a 6-10 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Giants listed as 140-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
Tim Lincecum allowed no earned runs in going the distance to get the win, as the Giants slipped past the Pirates 4-2 on Monday night.
San Francisco cashed as -215 home favorites as the game played UNDER the 7-run total set by oddsmakers.
Lincecum had a career-high 15 strikeouts for the Giants, who got two runs batted in from Andres Torres in the payday.
Ryan Doumit and Garrett Jones had RBIs for Pittsburgh, while Paul Maholm was handed the loss after giving up four runs over six innings for the Pirates.
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing San Francisco
Pittsburgh is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing San Francisco
Pittsburgh is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 6 games
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 7 games at home
Golf Betting – Thursday, August 30
Woods should be the favorite now that defending winner Kenny Perry isn’t in the field…oh wait, that wouldn’t have mattered. The world’s No.1 has won this event in 2002 and 2006, and he’ll be loaded with motivation after missing the cut in a major for only the second time in his professional career at the British Open. That was his first time outside the top 10 all year, and now that some are asking, “what’s wrong with Tiger?”, expect a big performance from Woods.
Jim Furyk was in the hunt at the British Open before a final-round 76, and he won this event in 2003. If one of your sports picks is who will break the top 10, then Furyk should be considered a lock as he has four straight in non-major events. But he’ll have his hands full with a course that favors long hitters.
Justin Leonard is coming off an eighth-place result at the British Open, and he’ll have a good chance to win in a relatively weak field. Leonard is a solid driver of the ball, and he also ranks well in greens-in-regulation and putting, and with those attributes, he could find himself in the mix on Sunday afternoon.
If you’re a betting management player and you’re looking for some value, Nick Watney would be a good choice. Warwick Hills favors big bombers, and Watney is fifth on the Tour in driving distance. He’s not that accurate with the driver, but if he can keep it in the fairway, that will boost his birdie chances, and he’s 14th on the Tour in that category. He’s missed the cut in three of his last six events since a 19th-place finish at The Masters, and he hasn’t finished higher than 14th, which happened at the Memorial. But he’s coming off a promising 27th-place finish at the British Open, which is more than the world’s No.1 can say. Watney would be a decent golf betting pick this weekend.
Hamilton finished ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull), who lies second in the ranking of the world championship, behind Jenson Button of Britain, seventh yesterday.
Hamilton won the tenth victory of his career and the first year since I won in China last year, demonstrating the improvement of his McLaren Mercedes. It is the first victory for a team that is not Brawn GP and Red Bull so far this season and the first car with a kers, one of the technical innovations of 2009.
"It's incredible to be sitting here after so long," said world champion, who did not earn from the October 19, 2008.
"I do not think winning here. After some very hard times we deserve the victory. We have never lowered his arms. It's fantastic to be back, "he added.
But arrives late to defend the title, as Button, after ten races, 70 points total Brawn with your GP, by 51.5 to Webber, who overtakes his teammate at Red Bull, the German Sebastian Vettel, who Yesterday started second but had to withdraw and be left with 47 units.
"No fight for the championship, but I hope we still get several more podiums. Let's see how far you can go in the title, but I already looked over the next year, "said Hamilton sincere.
Webber is now the main opponent of Button, who sees the car is losing ground not only with regard to Red Bull, but also to McLaren, Ferrari and Renault, so the title, which was recently made by, and it is less clear.
The Spanish Fernando Alonso (Renault), who started from pole position, retired on lap 17 for an error in one of his mechanics to put a wheel.
Worse things were to Vettel, second in the championship until yesterday, and who after a bad start, touch with Raikkonen included, fell to seventh place and had to withdraw later on lap 31 with mechanical problems.
It is the first ruling of reliability of Red Bull so far this year.
One too long to refuel Webber allowed Raikkonen to second place behind Hamilton, who, having passed the Australian in the early laps by Alonso went live, released as a solo lead.
The Spanish Renault's highly downloaded, went to refuel and change tires on lap 12.
But on leaving the gum lost right front, badly adjusted, and that ended his competition.
He criticized the commissioner.
Owens, who will prepare for its first season with the Buffalo Bills, this Sunday, then spoke on the second day of training camp and focused more on the Vick situation in which their performance with his new team.
"I think it's unfortunate. I think the way the commissioner has handled it is unfair to Michael Vick, "said Owens, surrounded by microphones. "I think he (Vick) has already had time for what he did. I do not think it really fair for him to be suspended for four games. That's like kicking a dead horse on the ground. "
The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Vick during last week, but still do not know when you can return to play after being suspended indefinitely in August 2007 after admitting his involvement in illegal dog fights.
After fulfilling his federal sentence of 23 months, was free from his confinement at home on July 20. It was speculated then that could be maintained for Vick suspension at the first four games of the 2007 season.
"I think the Players Union should take in the matter because the type has already suffered greatly. Add four games of the suspension to two years he spent in jail, that's ridiculous, "said Owens.
Former receiver open in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas added that Vick should be permitted to play immediately in the NFL.
"He should return," said "T.O.. "Why not? There are a number of guys in the league who have done things far worse than that and have given them a second chance, so I do not see why he does not return. "
The FIA, motorsport's world governing body said on Sunday after studying video and audio recordings of the Hungarian GP that the French team was suspended from the next event of Formula One
The right front tire came off when Alonso took the ninth curve and went to bounce the track.
The safety of the race was in doubt from the previous day, when the pilot Brazilian Felipe Massa had to be hospitalized to receive a blow to the head of a loose piece of metal. His condition was stable but still in danger of dying.
The U.S. current Olympic champions, gained his third consecutive victory in the World, led by its star Michael Phelps, who joined as its first gold in his first appearance in the Roman Pool.
France, the race favorite for its outstanding results in recent months, got her first lead in the World-2009, but did not break the 'curse' and still not win a relay in a big event.
Games in Beijing-2008, the French staged an pulse anthological with the Americans and finished second after a final release with Alain Bernard.
The surprise came from Russia, located in the hall number 8 and was less than, at the battle for victory in the final.
Representatives from Brazil, with Cesar Cielo in front, rozaron any medals, but were finally quarters.
Right from the beginning to be realized after a discouraging climate regarding expectations of the organizers and supporters of several of Real Madrid. Provided only about 20 thousand people, according to the dimensions of the Santiago Bernabéu, knew a little.
Still, the figure of Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the few able to wrest power ovations during the night, both at the start of pre-warming party, which entered the field in last place and unleashed the first cries of the day, as when he played the first ball of the match, a few seconds of initiation.
The Portuguese was uncomfortable throughout the first stage. Each intervention of the Portuguese out certain luxuries cloud capable of connecting to the game. In this way, enhance the applause from the stands, but was kept passive offensive.
Meanwhile, coach Manuel Pellegrini was trying to move around the flank attack. Ronaldo started the match on the left wing, but only in the first half walked through the center of the offensive and on the right. Its position changes with Wesley Sneijder was a constant game.
Karim Benzema itself, which also premiered at the club's white, emerged as its main partner in the attacks, but the former Manchester United player was still unable to deploy their game.
In the absence of seven minutes to rest, the Portuguese had a clear position to open the account, but was brought down inside the area and the referee opted to let Michael Koukoulakis run the game. The first part ended and the great star of the evening was with a debut in the Bernabeu too irregular.
About the beginning of the second half, Pellegrini decided to remove only the Argentine Ezequiel Garay, who was replaced by the youthful Augustine Garcia. However, Real Madrid had a parsimony in the game according to the environment.
Cristiano Ronaldo just highlighted with three appearances and sporadic, with the passage of minutes, it started to digest their departure from the party. Then, Pellegrini decided to replace the 66 minutes by the Argentine Gonzalo Higuaín and the audience dismissed him with some absolutely opposed to the applause of welcome. "Oh shit debut," exclaimed an indignant plateísta.
Also, the goal from Raul, the 56 minutes, hardly allowed him to relax to homeowners, as Hicham Aboucherouane, so clever as selfish, decreed equality, eight minutes.
Thus, Pellegrini decided to move the bench in the last 15 minutes and gave rise to 'old friends' of the house. Guti came on the scene, while Esteban Granero, who contested his first game after the experience in Getafe, was the only core where people name. The public display of the Real Madrid seemed that, apart from money transfers and "Stratospheric" is maintained by an unconditional love canteranos.
The "New" Real Madrid played a premiere at the Santiago Bernabeu too warm. Star Cristiano Ronaldo was kept away from the event and the image he left the Spanish team worried even the most optimistic.
The Spanish club's next bet game is next Tuesday against Liga Universitaria de Quito, which will close and the Group B contest.
The Marlins will give the ball to starter Rick Vanden Hurk in this one. Righthander Vanden Hurk is 1-0 this season with a 3.00 ERA.
Vanden Hurk's opponent in this one will be Hiroki Kuroda. The Dodgers righthander has a 4.37 ERA to go along with a 3-5 record this season.
The Marlins pounded out 14 hits as they cruised past the Dodgers 6-3 on Friday, as +140 underdogs. That game's nine runs made it OVER the posted over/under (7).
Josh Johnson improved to 9-2 with the victory, and Leo Nunez allowed closed out the ninth with his seventh save.
Wes Helms had three hits and drove in one run for the Dodgers, who were -160 favorites. James McDonald gave up the winning run in relief to suffer the loss.
A few trends to consider:
Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Florida is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
LA Dodgers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
LA Dodgers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
LA Dodgers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Florida
LA Dodgers home to Florida, Sunday, July 26
The Mets will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Jonathon Niese in this game. Niese has a 0-0 record and a 5.90 ERA this season.
Niese's opponent in this one will be Russ Ortiz. The Astros righthander has a 5.02 ERA to go along with a 2-3 record this season.
The Astros were out-hit, but managed to hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Mets on Friday. The Astros won the game as +110 underdogs, while the nine runs made it OVER the posted over/under (8).
Mike Hampton led the Astros with a two-run homer, while Chris Coste also drove in a pair of runs. Hampton tossed 5 2-3 innings for the win, and Jose Valverde threw a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
Omir Santos had three hits and belted a solo home run for the Mets, who were -130 favorites. Johan Santana gave up 12 hits and five runs over 6 2-3 innings in the loss.
A few trends to consider:
NY Mets are 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston
NY Mets are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
NY Mets are 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
NY Mets are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against NY Mets
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing NY Mets
Houston home to NY Mets, Sunday, July 26
White Sox vs Tigers Odds - Saturday, 4:05 PM ET
Gavin Floyd (8-6, 4.40) has never lost to the Tigers, going 5-0 in 11 starts with a 3.55 ERA, but he’s been taken deep five times in his last two outings, and he’s been shaky on the road with a 4-4 mark in 10 starts with a 6.03 ERA. Edwin Jackson (7-5, 2.52) has controlled the opposition at home, going 4-1 in eight starts with a 2.73 ERA, but hasn’t fared well against the White Sox, posting a 1-2 record in five starts with a 5.93 ERA . These two faced off in Chicago on June 11th, with both taking a no-decision in a 4-3 White Sox win, but Floyd outpitched Jackson badly. Look for your betting services to favor Detroit in this one.
Sports pick: Detroit Tigers
White Sox vs Tigers Odds – Sunday, 8:05 PM ET
These two also get the nationally-televised game on Sunday night, and Clayton Richard (3-3, 5.00) is coming off his best outing of the year, allowing a run on four hits over eight innings in a 3-2 loss against Tampa Bay. He’ll be taking on Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.40), who has given up five or more runs in his last three starts, and he’s allowed at least one homer in his last four outings. Richard has made two appearances (one start), and he still has a 0-0 record despite a 5.40 ERA. This will be Porcello’s introduction to this American League Central rivalry, and he’ll need to get back to his early-season form. MLB odds should be very close in this matchup given Porcello’s struggles, but the Tigers should be the favorite at home. In which case, take the White Sox in a slight MLB betting upset.
Sports pick: Chicago White Sox
The Orioles will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Brad Bergesen in this game. Bergesen has a 6-4 record and a 3.51 ERA this season.
The Red Sox will counter Bergesen with Brad Penny. Righthander Penny has a 5.02 ERA to go along with a 6-4 record this season.
The Orioles were swept away by the Yankees, dropping the series finale 6-4 last time out. Oddsmakers had the Orioles as +270 underdogs, while the 10 runs fell UNDER the posted over/under (10.5).
Adam Jones went 4-for-5 at the plate with a solo home run, while Jason Berken gave up five runs over six innings in the loss.
The Red Sox were swept away by the Rangers in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night in the series finale, as -160 favorites. The team's played UNDER the night's posted over/under (10).
Nick Green went deep for the only run, while Clay Buchholz allowed all three runs over four innings to suffer the loss.
Baltimore has lost 3 straight games.
Boston has lost 5 straight games.
Baltimore: 41-53 SU
Boston: 55-39 SU
Baltimore most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 1-9
After playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
Boston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Baltimore are 7-3
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baltimore's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Baltimore
Boston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Baltimore
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Boston home to Baltimore, Saturday, July 25
Mesalles was confirmed to the media upon leaving the meeting with the directors of the sports betting Inter Milan.
With this agreement opens the door for Ibrahimovic signed for Barcelona. The Swede has already abandoned the merger of Inter Milan.
Despite the fact that Inter has not yet issued any official statement regarding the end of the negotiations, said in Mesalles station 'Radio Radio' that the agreement has been reached is "five years" and that "the player is happy. "
There is a total agreement with Inter. The negotiation has ended, although it is not yet possible to say that Etoo is a player that interest has not been resolved the issue of settlement with soccer betting Barcelona, "said Mesalles. Questioned about whether Pep Guardiola has underestimated Etoo, the representative of Cameroonian replied that "it is true that with the coaching change was difficult for the player well. The player showed great performance, I do not know what he thought Guardiola. "
Hours later, on his arrival in the city, said that Mesalles Etoo is one hundred percent interest, pending the medical examination. " The representative of Cameroon estimated that their presentation could be in Milan on Monday or Tuesday of next week.
TOP CONTENDERS: Jimmie Johnson (+500), Tony Stewart (+600), Jeff Gordon (+750)
It’s a no-brainer for this trio to top the betting favorites list this week, as they’ve combined for 15 All-State 400s, including the last five checkered flags at the race.
Jimmie Johnson has had some great showings at the Brickyard and led for a race-high 71 laps last season, but he’s inconsistent, as he has three DNFs in seven tries there. Usually, betting favorites should be safer than that.
Indiana’s Tony Stewart, the 2005 and 2007 champ, should bounce back after finishing 23rd last season. The points leader has a finishing average of 9.1 at the Brickyard and is a safer bet than Johnson to contend, so he makes an excellent sports pick.
What about Jeff Gordon? He has four All-State 400 victories and his 8.6 finishing average at the Brickyard over 15 races leads all active drivers. He’s a very tempting pick since he offers better value than Stewart and Johnson.
SOLID PICKS: Kyle Busch (+850), Denny Hamlin (+1200)
If you’re looking for a bit more value while still playing it safe with your betting management, try Kyle Busch. His average finish is ninth and he has three top-10s at the Brickyard. However, he’s out of sorts lately. He starts at 5.1 on average yet finishes 17.5 over his last eight races. What about Denny Hamlin? He has two top-10s in three tries at this race and he’s been very reliable this season, cracking the top five in five straight races.
THE SLEEPER: Ryan Newman (+2000)
Is it worth taking a flier on another hometown hero? Ryan Newman obviously doesn’t have Stewart’s pedigree, but he’ll be hungry to win and he always starts strong, leading active drivers with a 4.9 starting average at the Brickyard. His equipment gives him a better chance to hold that position than ever before, and you have to like his underdog value. Consider taking the plunge on him.
Betting pick: Ryan Newman +2000
The Reds will trot Bronson Arroyo out to the mound in this one. Righthander Arroyo has a 10-8 record and a 5.07 ERA this season.
Meanwhile, it'll be ace Chad Billingsley who starts for the Dodgers. Righthander Billingsley is 9-5 with a 3.76 ERA so far this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Dodgers listed as 210-moneyline favorites versus the Reds, while the game's total is sitting at 8.
Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four runs batted in, as the Dodgers manhandled the Reds 12-3 on Monday night.
Los Angeles cashed as -200 home favorites as the game played OVER the 8.5-run total listed by sportsbooks.
James Loney was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Dodgers, while winning pitcher Randy Wolf allowed two runs over 7 2-3 innings for Los Angeles.
Joey Votto and Jonny Gomes both went yard for Cincinnati, as Homer Bailey took the loss after getting roughed up for six earned runs over 2 2-3 innings for the Reds.
Cincinnati has lost 2 straight games.
Los Angeles has won 4 straight games.
Cincinnati: 44-49 SU
Los Angeles: 60-34 SU
A few trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Cincinnati is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
Cincinnati at Chi Cubs, Friday, July 24
LA Dodgers home to Florida, Friday, July 24
Tampa Bay: 52-42 SU
Chicago: 48-45 SU
James Shields will be the starting pitcher for the Rays on this day. Righthander Shields is 6-6 this season with a 3.75 ERA.
It'll be Carlos Torres toeing the rubber for the White Sox in this contest. Righthander Torres will be making his season debut.
Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 135-moneyline favorites versus the White Sox, while the game's total is sitting at 9.
Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Rays over the White Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay won as -140 road favorites as the teams played UNDER the 10-run total listed by oddsmakers.
Evan Longoria and Pat Burrell also drove in runs for the Rays, while Jeff Niemann allowed two runs over eight innings to earn the win for Tampa Bay.
Gordon Beckham was 3-for-4 with a run batted in for Chicago, as Bobby Jenks took the loss after surrendering the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning.
A few trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 8-16 SU in their last 24 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games at home
Chi White Sox are 16-8 SU in their last 24 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Chi White Sox are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Chi White Sox are 15-8 SU in their last 23 games
Chi White Sox home to Tampa Bay, Thursday, July 23
Barca president Joan Laporta, said that there is an agreement with Inter. But it has to assess the technical secretariat.
According to the press in Spain, Laporta has sealed the deal Thursday night with the president of Inter, Massimo Moratti. The Spanish team would pay 40 million euros ($ 56 million) in addition to yielding to Hleb Eto'oy the Swedish striker.
However, the Catalan team said yesterday that negotiations with the continuing interest.
Laporta said the agreement depends on approval from Ibrahimovic and Eto'o, so the team remains open other possibilities such as the Valencia striker David Villa.
"It depends on all of Eto'o and Ibrahimovic. Also that permanently written into the contract we all agree. When it comes to selling a player relies on them, and more with current contract, "said Laporta during the presentation of Maxwell, the Brazilian side that Barca to Inter bought by 4.5 million euros ($ 6.4 million) .
Eto'o turned down a lucrative offer from Manchester City in England this summer, it chose to stay with the Spanish team.
Golf Betting – Thursday, July 23, 6:00 AM ET
Camilo Villegas is the highest-ranked golfer competing in the 100th edition of the Canadian Open, and he was T-53 here in 2008. However, he’s coming off a solid T-13 at the British Open, and the Abbey is a golf course which rewards good iron play, which is right up Villegas’ alley: he’s 17th in greens-in-regulation this season.
Sean O’Hair will also challenge for the lead, as he finished T-3 here and he’ll be looking to recover from a terrible 65th-place result at the British Open. O’Hair is fifth on the Tour in greens-in-regulation and seventh in birdies, and Chaz Reavie’s -17 was good enough to win last year, so if the course is going low, look for O’Hair to be a handicapping software favorite
Anthony Kim is another player who pounces when a course is set up for birdies, as he is ranked eighth in the Tour in that category. Kim will be aiming to bounce back from a missed cut at the British Open, and this type of golf course suits his game just fine as proven by his T-8 at the Abbey in 2008. He would do well to improve on his driving accuracy, where he is 187th on the Tour.
Retief Goosen was T-5 at the British Open, and he now has five straight top-30 finishes, including three in the top 15. Goosen has already won once this year at the Transitions Championship, and after his great play in Scotland, he could be worth a shot.
Finally, you can’t talk about the Canadian Open without Mike Weir, who finished T-5 here last year and is looking to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 2004 to keep the trophy in the north. Weir had a great chance to do this in 2004, but a late collapse cost him the title, which went to Vijay Singh. He missed the cut at Turnberry, but given that he’ll be the crowd favorite (and we saw what happened in the Presidents Cup when he beat Tiger Woods), he’s definitely one of the top sports picks of the weekend.
"Even if you are already one hundred percent, we must be realistic. The remainder of the season will be difficult because after sleeping for a month, which will be nearly two, you lose the rhythm of the competition while others have followed "Rafa said after his training in his city, Manacor, on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
But the former world number one said it has "an advantage over his rival, Roger Federer:" I have 23 years ", compared with 27 of the Swiss, the current world number one, who dethroned the Spanish at the beginning of the month.
Federer won this year's tournament Roland Garros, Nadal made it to round, and also to Wimbledon, which did not play the Spanish.
Monday was that of "a small force without making contact, only just enough to see how I feel," said the tennis player, who said "happy."
Nadal has to return to competition at the 1000 Masters tournament in Montreal (Canada) on August 8.
The Spanish, who won the Open in Australia earlier this year, it expects to prevail in the United States Open in late August in Flushing Meadows.
Saturday, July 18, 7:10 p.m. ET
Manny Parra (3-8, 6.78) vs Aaron Harang (5-9, 4.18)
If you like your underdog baseball odds, keep reading. Manny Parra’s stat line is undoubtedly ugly, and it’s a product of his horrendous first half. He walked batters left and right and was simply very hittable. However, as we see with pitchers every year, he may be a new man after spending a month in the minors to work on his mechanics. He returned from his Class-AAA banishment last week and shut out the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals for seven innings, striking out seven and walking one. Since his numbers still look gross, the Brewers will be underdogs on the road, but they could surprise.
Aaron Harang pitches well at home but several of the key Brewer hitters have his number; Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, J.J. Hardy and Bill Hall all have a career OPS over 1.000 against Harang, so they could take him deep one or more times.
Baseball pick: Brewers
Sunday, July 19, 1:10 p.m. ET
Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.22) vs Johnny Cueto (8-6, 3.62)
Flamethrowers Yovani Gallardo and Johnny Cueto have followed strikingly similar paths this season. Both have dominate for the better part of 2009 thus far with their electric stuff, but both stumbled badly entering the All-Star break – especially Cueto, who has a 10.03 ERA this month. In each pitcher’s case, the slump is likely a product of increased workload. Gallardo missed most of last season after tearing his ACL, while Cueto is a sophomore in the bigs.
Sportsbook software projects a rebound for both pitchers since they’ve had about a week to rest, but Gallardo is a stronger bet on Sunday. He has the superior offense backing him, so it’s best to bet on the guy getting better run support when the pitchers are so evenly matched.
Baseball pick: Brewers
Sorensen, a roller of 34 years of Postino, profitable glory days of the break and after rolling machine and all alone in the last 5 kilometers was presented at the finish in time to savor his triumph baptism.
Their pursuers went to the line 48 seconds, with the French Lefevre, Pellizotti the Italian, German and Spanish Fhoten Egoi Martinez, leader of the mountain. The peloton closed the day at 5:58, headed by Mark Cavendish, winner of the sprint this time B.
The general classification remained petrified, without any change in the hot zone. Not the slightest change from the start of Contador in Arcalís in the seventh day. The madrileño enter into the Alps to 6 seconds of the leading Italian Rinaldo Nocentini, Lance Armstrong and a third 8.
"In the Alps begin the dance, but we'll see who makes the music," said Carlos Sastre, who looks, crouching at 2:52.
Tonnerre, a quiet village of Burgundy, dismissed the caravan with emotion. Not for nothing was the first visit of the race at this place, where everyday life to know good wine from the area, a symbol of good living. Ahead more than 200 kilometers under a sun of fire, and on the horizon the way to the Alps, only concern for the candidates for the podium.
Another phase transition tags, or consented to escape the condition of not receiving any man dangerous to the general. Many were those who tried to escape, but seven elected from mile 63. Including two involved in the fight for the jersey of faralaes, "the striking of the mountain jersey: Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel), current owner of the garment, and Italian Franco Pelizotti (Liquigas), solvent and the third climber in the Giro .
You have to know the country you're getting into. This is Italy, said Cornel Marculescu, executive director of the International Swimming Federation (FINA). But in the end everything will be okay.
The first medals of the championship, which will be held from July 17 to August 2, will be shared on Friday in the men's one meter springboard. The inauguration ceremony will be held on Saturday, and the most traditional of the swimming start July 26.
The synchronized swimming and water polo also be held at the Foro Italico, a multi-complex built in the decade of the 1930s.
Swimming and diving will be conducted in permanent pools were also used for the 1960 Olympics and the World 1994. Two temporary pools were installed for the water polo and synchronized swimming, while the open water swimming to be held in the resort of Ostia.
It will be a fantastic tournament. We have the largest participation ever, with 2600 athletes from 184 countries, more than 2,000 coaches, officials and delegates, Marculescu said.
In the last world in Melbourne two years ago, United States topped the medals table with 21 gold and 40 overall.
It will be a challenging approach to total medals, 2007, said Mark Schubert, head coach of the U.S. team. This year is more than prepared.
The swimsuits Ultramodern undoubtedly be a topic of debate.
FINA has been criticized for failing to regulate the rapid advances in technology swimsuits that produced 108 world records last year and nearly 30 this year.
It is suspected that some suits increase the speed of the swimmers. Last month, 202 FINA approved suits and rejected 10 others.
We will have 11 manufacturers supplying costumes for free, Marculescu said the AP. Depends on the swimmers choose the dress they want. The important thing is that there are equal conditions and availability. All swimsuits are the mark of the FINA to prove that they were approved.
Another problem in Rome could be the heat, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius this week and the pool of unprotected sun.
The Italians have told us that next week will be the warmest year, but the temperature drop for the second week when you start swimming, Marculescu said. However, our sport is in the water, so no problem.
Still, extreme heat could scare off viewers, but organizers are betting that Phelps and Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini attract large crowds.
Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, but probably only compete in six events in Rome: the 200 free, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and three relays.
I hope that Michael Phelps is, and if Michael Phelps is going to be breaking world records and winning gold medals, Marculescu anticipated. You just have to be himself and I think it will be.
NEW YORK GIANTS (+180 to win)
BOOM: The defending division champs are among the deepest teams in the NFL. The Giants led the NFL in rushing last year and, while they lost Derrick Ward to the Bucs, Ahmad Bradshaw still forms a lethal thunder/lightning tandem with Brandon Jacobs. Eli Manning showed he could excel without Plaxico Burress last season, throwing more than twice as many touchdowns as picks.
The defense is deep and strong everywhere and we can expect the pass rush to improve assuming Osi Umenyiora stays healthy all year.
BUST: New York doesn’t have any true weakness but teams will throw plenty of eight-man fronts at Jacobs and Bradshaw if Eli can’t find a reliable target downfield.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (+190 to win)
BOOM: Few offenses excite NFL betting fans like Philly’s. Andy Reid loves to throw and he has Donovan McNabb doing it all day long. What the Eagles lack in size, they make up in speed, as Brian Westbrook, DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis can fly once the ball touches their hands.
Defensively, the Eagles were quietly among the very best in the NFL against the run and pass last season. The D-line, led by Trent Cole, racks up sacks, while Asante Samuel and the secondary rack up interceptions.
BUST: The key playmakers on Philly’s offense are seriously brittle and don’t have reliable replacements. Also, the defense lost Brian Dawkins, who may have been the glue holding everything together.
DALLAS COWBOYS (+200 to win)
BOOM: Off-field issues or not, there’s no shortage of talent on this team. Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Marion Barber are cornerstones of an offense that can still put serious points on the board when it wants to. DaMarcus Ware made a major run at the sack record last season and leads a defense that is beatable but still strong and good at pressuring the quarterback.
BUST: Can Roy Williams fill Terrell Owens’ shoes? He seemed on the verge of stardom for a year or two in Detroit but can’t seem to find a groove now. Romo needs a go-to deep man to flourish. Also, the secondary has holes with the loss of the other Roy Williams and Adam “Pacman” Jones.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (+570 to win)
BOOM: The Redskins have a chance to be the NFL’s top defense this season. They already ranked fourth overall in that regard last season; now they’ve added all-world defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to the mix and locked up DeAngelo Hall long-term. Offensively, say what you want about Clinton Portis, but he gets it done, churning out one 1,200-yard, 300-carry season after another.
BUST: The passing attack continues to be an Achilles heel and never meets sports betting software projections. Jason Campbell is an adequate passer but he’s not a true gunslinger and lacks a big red zone target outside Chris Cooley. Most of the Washington’s problems stem from not scoring enough.
The Redskins are tempting as NFL picks since they offer good value but the Giants are just a bit too deep to be dethroned. Bet on the Giants to ride their dominant running game to another NFC East title.