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The Vegas Sports Masters

  1. Kelso Sturgeon
  2. Wayne Root
  3. Jim Hurley
  4. Richie Baccellieri
  5. Tony Salinas
  6. SportsMasters Consensus
  1. Kelso Sturgeon

    I have long said the power vs. weakness factor wins more baseball games than any other element of the handicapping process and there is just such a game on the schedule today—a contest that matches a power team/pitcher against a weak team/pitcher. I am so confident I will get the cash with this modest favorite I am releasing it as my 50-unit Knockout Game of the Week and you can win it for just $25, charged to your major credit card.

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  2. Wayne Root

    People are always coming up to me and telling me, "Wayne, you’re like the Energizer bunny… do you ever stop?" As long as there are games to trends and angles to exploit and money to be made, the answer will always be, "NO!" We’ve got all-day action on Wednesday as I continue to build upon my 63% winning percentage in baseball so far this season. Whether favorites or dogs, I’ll make sure I put you on the right side of today’s action! GET MY TOP 2-3 RELEASES… JUST $25!

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  3. Jim Hurley

    The easiest way to run up your bankroll in a hurry is by tabbing live dogs that have hidden edges to get the money… and that’s exactly what Jim Hurley’s Network® has for you Wednesday night. Our UNDERDOG OF THE WEEK isn’t just a hunch: we’ve crunched the numbers and determined that this dog is an 80% proposition to get the cash.

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  4. Richie Baccellieri

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  5. Tony Salinas

    If you’ve been with me in July, then I don’t have to say another word: you know all about how my baseball selections have been money in the bank. But in case you haven’tt, you’ve missed out on the opportunity to snag over 200 stars worth of winners! Not to worry: I’ve got a Total Knockout Wednesday that will be an easy score! Not only will you get my Total of the Week, I’ll also give you my top-rated Underdog of the Day. TWO EASY WINNERS: JUST $15!

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  6. SportsMasters Consensus

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The Vegas Sports Masters Blog Headlines

Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: SEC “West” Preview

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

We purposely saved the best for last because the SEC West has been such a dramatic part of the National Championship picture in recent seasons. A representative didn’t win last season…but Auburn came oh-so-close against Florida State…on the heels of Alabama’s multiple titles.

The best of the division will once again be in the national title discussion. But, things could really get WILD in league play long before that even becomes an issue:

*Auburn is in a letdown spot after a huge surprise season

*Alabama will have a new starting quarterback

*LSU will have a new starting quarterback

*Texas A&M will have a new starting…

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Kelso Sturgeon: Pre-Season Starts in 5 Days

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Early Money Shows For Bills Against GiantsWith 1st NFL Pre-Season Game 5 Days Away Defending Champion Florida State Officially17.5-Point Favorite Over Oklahoma StateAs Highlight Of 77 Opening Weekend Games

 

By Kelso Sturgeon

The first of 65 National Football League pre-season games is just five days away and the early money has made the Buffalo Bills a 2-point favorite over the New York Giants in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game from Canton Ohio. The game opened as a pick’em affair. The total remains at its opening of 32.5.

You can purchase the entire NFL pre-season for just $125 or join my Best Bets…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: SEC “East” Preview

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The SEC East used to be so easy to understand. Florida was going to enter every season as the favorite. Georgia was going to be knocking on the door. South Carolina was going to be a capable spoiler that didn’t quite have the depth to be a true college superpower. Maybe Tennessee was going to be a threat…maybe not. And, then you had Kentucky and Vanderbilt as annual patsies.

Now…Florida’s program has COLLAPSED under disappointing head coach Will Muschamp. Georgia keeps “just missing” its destiny, and must now rebuild with a new quarterback. South Carolina is still an annual spoiler, but…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Angels/Orioles Preview

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM

You have to say that the Baltimore Orioles passed their first post-All Star Break test with flying colors. The American East division leaders had to open with TEN games on the road against playoff contenders. They return home with a stellar 6-4 record against that gauntlet:

1-2 vs. the powerful Oakland A’s

2-1 vs. the very strong Los Angeles Angels

3-1 vs. the Seattle Mariners

Again, those were ROAD games, which means that anything at .500 or better would have been acceptable…and 4-6 wouldn’t have been much of a disaster considering the opposition.

The first home stand after the Break features rematches with the Angels…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Is Tom Brady Over the Hill?

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Most of you probably know that the 2014 NFL Preseason begins this Sunday August 3 in the Hall of Fame game when the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Giants. But, I’m betting that very few of you note something else that’s important about that date. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turns 37 years old!

That’s right. Tom Brady will be 37 this season when he’s running the apparently fading Patriots offense. One of the most important questions that smart handicappers (which includes all of you regular readers of my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping) will have…

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Wayne Root: NFL Divisions Most Ripe for Surprises

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Odds to win each NFL division have been posted for some time now offshore and at certain Las Vegas locations. As we gear up for the start of the NFL Preseason this Sunday with the Hall of Fame Game, I wanted to set the tone a bit for possible SHOCK THE SYSTEM surprises that could happen in the divisional races.

Now, I’m not going to make any formal selections here in a web article. I need to protect the most valuable information for my paying clients. But, I will quickly outline possible reasons why all eight of last year’s divisional winners…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Pirates/Giants Preview

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently snuck back into the playoff picture with a nice run before the All-Star Break. But, losses this past weekend on the road against lowly Colorado reminded everyone of why the Pirates may still be a longshot to play in October.

They stink on the road!

Pittsburgh is way below .500 away from home this year, while all the other NL contenders are at .500 or better. And, part of why Pittsburgh is in the race at the moment is that they’ve played 55 home games and only 49 road games (only 46 before the Colorado series obviously). Now…

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Jim Sez: NFL Report + New College Coaches and MLB Trade Deadline

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL REPORT:

HEY, THE NFC WEST IS THE BEST, BUT WHAT’S THE NEXT-BEST DIVISION IN FOOTBALL?WE CHECK OUT A PAIR OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEAD COACHES IN NEW PLACES—

NOW WILL THEY SUCCEED HERE IN YEAR ONE?THE BASEBALL UPDATE: THE TRADE DEADLINE’S REAL MOVERS-AND-SHAKERS

By Jim Hurley

Shhh, don’t tell anybody but there’s a Football Game this Sunday night!

The NFL’s Annual Hall of Fame Game—always a sure sign that Football is back—comes at y’all this Sunday from Canton when the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills lock horns and then go ahead and swing the gates wide open for a whole month worth…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: AAC Preview

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Louisville’s departure to the ACC has created one could turn out to be one of the most exciting conference races in 2014 across the college football landscape. Four different teams can make legitimate claims as possible champs if you dig deeply into the numbers. But, all four of Cincinnati, East Carolina, Central Florida, and Houston have potential negatives that could keep them from going the distance.

We continue our summer series of college football conference previews today with a look at all the contenders and pretenders in the AAC…

 

American Athletic Conference

Cincinnati

2013 Record: 9-4

2013 Rankings: 23 on offense, 9 on defense

Returning Starters:…

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Opening Week College Football - HOF Class of 14

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S OPENING WEEKEND IS A WHILE AWAY, BUT WE’RE CHECKIN’ OUT THE TOP TILTS …THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS TAKE A BOW IN COOPERSTOWN THIS SUNDAY

By Jim Hurley:

Okay, so we know that you’ve circled your handy-dandy desk calender to show what’s on tap the first big weekend of this upcoming 2014 NCAA Football Season but here today in this weekend edition of Jim Sez we’ll zip ‘round the land to blabber about the top five games on the docket for Thursday, Aug. 28th through Monday, Sept. 1st … here goes:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 …

TEXAS A&M at SOUTH CAROLINA – No…

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NFL Hall Of Fame Game Just 8 Days Away

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

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By Kelso Sturgeon

No new football season is officially here until betting lines on current games are posted and that happened today as bookmakers the world over…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Big 12 Preview

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM

It’s back to football as our summer series of college football conference previews begin. We have a whopping 10-team league to discuss in this report. So, let’s jump right into the numbers. Don’t forget that returning starter information comes from the respected Athlon publication.

 

Big 12

Oklahoma

2013 Record: 11-2

2013 Rankings: 52 on offense, 20 on defense

Returning Starters: 5 on offense, 9 on defense

Head Coach: Bob Stoops

Notebook: It was a real stunner last year when Oklahoma fell to #90 in the nation in passing offense during what proved ultimately to be a successful season. They lost to Texas and Baylor, but beat everyone…

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Wayne Root: Scouting September College Football Upsets

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I’ve always been known as THE KING OF UPSETS because I have more documented upset calls in handicapping history than all others combined. It’s my specialty. I don’t only release underdogs to my clients because value is value whether it’s a favorite or a dog. But, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is a man who isn’t afraid to take a stand and call for an outright upset when the situation warrants.

With that in mind, you can assume that I’m already scouting out the month of September for potential college football upsets even though this is only the last weekend of July. Tentative…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Training Camps

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I haven’t had any time yet this month to talk about the NFL here in our College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. With the opening of training camps across the nation this week, today felt like a good time to review some keys for smart analysis during this onslaught of media hype.

The first thing to remember is that Preseason coverage of all 32 teams is generally optimistic. You need to see through this and keep your head on straight! I even read an article on ESPN’s website about how great Geno Smith is going to be this year. Hey,…

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Wayne Root: Build Up Your Bankroll With Preseason Winners

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

BUILD UP YOUR FOOTBALL BANKROLL WITH PRESEASON WINNERS

By Wayne Allyn Root

Note: COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON ON KICKS-OFF AUGUST 28TH

The purpose of preseason football is to build up the regular football season bankroll with as little risk as possible. And with more and more information that is accumulated by "the King of Vegas Sports Gambling" Wayne Allyn Root, there are FANTASTIC wagering opportunities in preseason football! If you haven't put your bankroll together for the upcoming 2014 Football Season...it's time to start. Read on and I'll tell you why!!

The NFL preseason gets in gear with all 32 training camps opening later in…

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Jim Sez: NFL Camp Report + Baseball Update

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL CAMP REPORT:

WHAT’S UP WITH LAST YEAR’S SUPER BOWL SQUADS? WE CHECK IN ON THE BRONCOS AND THE SEAHAWKS AND SOME NEW PERSONNEL ON BOTH SIDES…THE BASEBALL UPDATE: WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND AS DODGERS-GIANTS AND TIGERS-ANGELS ARE THE MARQUEE MATCHUPS ON TAP

Remember back last summer when the Super Bowl Odds came out?

The Denver Broncos (at 4-to-1) and the Seattle Seattle Seahawks (at 7-to-1) were among the NFL’s shortest favorites—along with New England (5.5-to-1) and San Francisco (4.7-to-1)—and they zoomed to their rightful place alongside one another in Super Bowl 48.

No Cinderellas there, my friends!

Now, just mere months removed…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Dodgers/Giants Series Preview

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants Friday Night in a matchup that will be one of many garnering significant media attention this week. The pennant races are really heating up!

We’ll preview that matchup for you momentarily. Be aware that JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK will be scouring that stats and angles for every game in that series, as well as Detroit vs. the LA Angels, Baltimore at Seattle, Toronto at the NY Yankees, and any others that influence the divisional and Wildcard races. What a weekend of baseball!

Our showcase series is Dodgers/Giants because of the…

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Jim Sez: NFL Report + BCS Odds

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL REPORT:

WE ROUND OUT OUR JIM SEZ TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES WITH THE PATRIOTS & SEAHAWKS…COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: THE UP-TO-DATE BCS ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

By Jim Hurley

The summer camps keep on openin’ all around the land—today the veterans report for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins, the Oakland Raiders, the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Bucs…

In other words, it’s everyone into the pool by Friday and so we’re declaring it officially Football Season… is that okay with you?

Lots of goodies on the docket…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Pac 12 “South” Preview

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

We’re most of the way through our summer series of college football conference previews already, with only the Big 12, American Athletic, and Southeastern Conferences remaining for July coverage. Yet, this is the first time we’ve been able to talk about a truly exciting divisional race.

In the mid-majors, any sort of competitive race is going to involve relatively mediocre teams by national standards. In the majors, few divisions have three teams who are real threats. The ACC Coastal did with Virginia Tech, Miami, and North Carolina, but all three of those teams are projected to be worse than the three…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Pac 12 “North” Preview

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Seems like this is the story every season. The Oregon Ducks have one of the best teams in the nation, and are a popular pick to win…or at least play for…the national championship. As the season plays itself out…Oregon IS a great team, yet can’t even with their own division of their own conference…let alone play for a national championship!

Entering 2014…Oregon is on the short list of national hopefuls, and Stanford is right there behind them in the Pac 12 North race ready to steal the division and the conference. It’s been STANFORD representing the league in the Rose Bowl…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Rays/Cardinals Preview

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM

One of the biggest surprises in Major League Baseball through the first half of the 2014 season was how lousy the AL East had become amidst disappointing campaigns from the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Both have been red hot since the All-Star Break, and are now dangerous teams who could at least play spoiler from this point forward…with an outside shot of contending if Baltimore falls apart.

Tampa Bay will get a quick two-game chance to play spoiler when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals of the NL Central Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Interleague action. St. Louis…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Betting Pennant Races

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I was going to wait a few more weeks before talking specifics about handicapping “pennant race” baseball. But, the 2014 season is so unique that there truly is a pennant race feel to what’s happening RIGHT NOW even though we just passed the All-Star Break.

As I put together these notes for you early Monday afternoon Las Vegas time…

 

NL East: Washington and Atlanta are in a virtual tie for first place, with just a thousandth of a point separating the two in winning percentage.

 

NL Central: St. Louis and Milwaukee are tied for first place with the same exact record; while Pittsburgh…

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Wayne Root: The Yankees are in Deep Trouble!

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The last time we were together, I talked about the potential for a “Miracle Mets” replay given the positive recent form of one of my hometown teams. I thought it would make sense to devote a day to the New York Yankees, who I also grew up watching very closely in my hometown of Mt. Vernon, NY.

The Yanks are in trouble! You only have to look at this week’s pitching rotation to see that:

Monday: Shane Greene (two career starts at age 25)

Tuesday: Chase Whitley (11 career starts at age 25, with a 5.10 ERA)

Wednesday: David Phelps (proven mediocrity better suited…

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Jim Sez: NFL Training Camps Open + NFL Capsules Cont’d and Baseball Report

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL CAMPS ARE OPENIN’ UP AND WE CHECK IN ON LEAGUE-WIDE

NEWS & NOTES…PLUS OUR SUMMER TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES CONTINUE WITH THE CHIEFS, REDSKINS & VIKINGS…THE BASEBALL REPORT: WEEKEND NEWS & NOTES

By Jim Hurley

How’s this, NFL fans?

The Hall of Fame Game is now less than two weeks away—the New York Giants at Buffalo Bills kicks off the preseason menu on Sunday, August 3rd in Canton— and by the end of this week each/every one of the league’s 32 teams will be entrenched in camp.

Hot-diggity-dog!

No doubt we’ll have a slew of things to report on during training camps but let’s just saunter…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Dodgers/Pirates Preview

Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The National League pennant races are tight indeed as we enter the first full week of action after the 2014 All-Star Break. There’s no margin for error for any of the contenders right now…which creates a lot of drama when contenders play each other!

That’s the backdrop for the Dodgers/Pirates series that begins Monday Night in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in that four-team logjam in the NL Central where any team could get hot and win the division…and perhaps THREE of the four teams could make the playoffs depending on what happens in the Wildcard race. The Dodgers are neck-and-neck with…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Big 10 “West” Preview

Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

As the Big 10 begins its first season as a 14-team league split into Eastern and Western halves, it looks like the West will be the weaker of the two halves out of the gate. There’s no guarantee it will stay that way because college football is always in a state of flux. But, THIS YEAR, Wisconsin may be at least a touchdown better than everyone else even after getting hit hard by graduation.

Yesterday we studied Ohio State, Michigan State, and the rest of the East. Today, it’s Westward Ho as Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska move into the spotlight…

 

Big 10…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Big 10 “East” Preview

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

It’s always dangerous to make bold predictions in the middle of July about the coming college football season. But we are VERY confident when we say that there will NOT be a replay this year in the Big 10 Championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans. There’s just NO way both of those teams will return to the title tilt.

How can we be so confident? They both play in the new EAST Division of the Big 10. No more “Legends” and “Leaders.” The newly expanded Big 10 (which now includes Maryland and Rutgers) is now…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Should You Bet “Early” College Football Options?

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Many Las Vegas sportsbooks have now made available betting options for the 2014 college football season. Among the choices for gamblers living here in the world capital of sports betting:

*Futures Odds to Win the National Championship

*Futures Odds to Win the Major Conferences

*Over/Unders on Regular Season Win Totals

*Special “Game of the Year” pointspreads on select matchups

Generally speaking, I would advise against all of you who are regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping from betting what’s available. Here’s why:

*Futures Odds are nowhere near the “true” odds, and therefore offer no value

*You can often get better value…

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Wayne Root: Could There Be a “Miracle Mets” Replay in 2014?!

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Many of you are too young to have experienced the “Miracle Mets” shocker of 1969. That was 45 years ago…when a young franchise that had been nothing but a doormat in its early years of existence suddenly rose up and won a World Championship. My All-Star Break research about possible Cinderella stories for the rest of the 2014 season led to me to a startling conclusion. This year’s New York Mets are best positioned of any “losing” teams to make a run at the playoffs!

Yes, I know…it’s still a longshot. And, maybe it’s the native New York in me that’s…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Orioles/A’s Series Preview

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Are the Baltimore Orioles for real? They pulled away to extend their lead in the American League East in the days leading up to the All-Star Break. But, some of that was the rest of the division floundering. The REAL test for the championship possibilities of this team are about to happen in the next few days:

*Baltimore at Oakland Friday thru Sunday

*Baltimore at the LA Angels Monday thru Wednesday

The A’s are the best team in baseball this year. But, the Los Angeles Angels are poised right on their heels because of a red-hot streak in recent days. If Baltimore can…

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Kelso Sturgeon: Five Handicapping Tips for Preseason Football

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Five Handicapping Hints To Get You ReadyFor NFL Pre-Season That Begins In 19 Days

Tigers, Dodgers & Athletics Come Out Of All-StarBreak As 9-2 Favorites To Win World Series

2nd Straight 100-Unit Winner Breaks BankFriday Night As Baseball Resumes

By Kelso Sturgeon

Major League Baseball returns from the All-Star break Friday night and I am off the run to the money and a spot in the World Series with another winning 100-unit play. For the record, I went into the All-Star break with a winning 100-unit Solid Gold Game of the Month as the surging Los Angeles Angels (-150) knocked off the fast-fading Texas…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: ACC “Coastal” Preview

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Yesterday we talked about the likely cakewalk Florida State will enjoy in the “Atlantic” Division of the ACC. That’s because their quarterback was the Heisman Trophy winner, and nobody else has any good quarterbacks! We have a very similar story in the ACC, where erratic Anthony Boone of Duke, and similar Marquise Williams of North Carolina are the only signal callers assured of having some sort of positive impact on their teams.

Where did all the quarterbacks go?! Let’s jump into Part II of our ACC preview…

 

ACC Coastal Division

 

Virginia Tech

2013 Record: 8-5

2013 Rankings: 101 on offense, 4 on defense

Returning Starters: 8…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: ACC “Atlantic” Preview

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Whenever the defending national champions of college football return their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, they’re usually a virtual lock to win their conference the following season. That’s certainly the case for the Florida State Seminoles, who will have to deal with graduation losses on defense…but in a conference with very few experienced quarterbacks.

In fact, the “Atlantic” Division where FSU resides only has one other returning signal call besides “Famous” Jameis Winston! And, that’s Terrel Hunt of Syracuse…who lead an offense that only ranked #85 last season.

Clemson and newcomer Louisville aren’t going to just roll over and play dead. But, Florida…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Biggest MLB First Half Surprise

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

The All-Star Break is historically a spot on the calendar where serious sports bettors take a respite from the day-to-day grind to review what’s happened thus far in the season. Since we have class time here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping falling right during the Break, I wanted to use this as a learning opportunity to review what I consider to be the biggest surprise thus far of the 2014 Major League season.

There are several surprises that could qualify, but to me, it’s the COMBINATION of the Boston Red Sox AND the Tampa Bay Rays both…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: AL at the Break

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The best baseball is once again being played in the American League. That’s group has been dominating the National League for several seasons now in Interleague play. They hold a significant edge through the midpoint of 2014. What’s most important for handicappers to know though is that the true elite in the sport are all in the American League.

 

AL TEAMS GAMES OVER .500

Oakland +23

LA Angels +20

Detroit +15

Baltimore +10

Seattle +7

Toronto and Kansas City +2

To give you some context for the whole Major Leagues, the best mark in the NL belongs to the LA Dodgers at +11. The “big three” in the…

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Wayne Root: 2013 Losers Becoming 2014 Money Makers

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

As the documented KING OF UPSETS in the sports betting world, I’m always on the lookout for teams who are likely to play better than their reputations in upcoming action. That’s a bit part of how I made my name in this industry. I was willing to step out with plays that “don’t make sense” by traditional standards, but make total sense if you’re looking at sports betting the right way.

A review of what’s happened so far in the 2014 Major League Baseball season helps make that point very clearly. You might not believe this…but almost EVERY team in the…

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Grading the MLB Teams Thru the First Half

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: GRADING THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON

AND SO THAT MEANS IT’S TIME FOR THE MLB REPORT CARDS

By Jim Hurley

It’s time to grab the red magic marker and grade the MLB teams in this edition of "Jim Sez"…

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Grade: A+MILWAUKEE (53-43)—The one-and-only National League team to receive such a high mark, the Brewers were expected to be an 80 or 81-win team but monster years from CF Carlos Gomez and C Jonathan Lucroy plus some dandy pitching—did you realize RHP Wily Peralta’s 1.34 WHIP is the worst among this starting staff?—has really propelled Ron Roenicke’s club into…

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Kelso Sturgeon: Going For 7th Straight All-Star Game Win With 25-Unit Win

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Going For 7th Straight MLB All-Star Game Win With 25-Unit Play Tuesday Night

Most Books Have National League The Favorite But Giant Book That Handles HighrollersHas American League Favorite

I Boldly Picked Seattle To Win Super BowlLast Season And Predict Seahawks Will Repeat In 2014

Get Entire NFL Pre-Season Plus Regular NFL and College SeasonsFor Early-Bird Price of Just $199—A $1,200 Value

By Kelso Sturgeon

The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night at Target Stadium in Minneapolis and betting on the game once again tells just how difficult the game is to win. Most books have the National League the…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: NL at the Break

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

What’s amazing to see as you work your way through the National League standings at the All-Star Break is how little has been decided. There are certainly several teams who have been eliminated from the playoff picture barring miracles. But, few if any of those teams were truly expect to contend.

The projected contenders are so tightly bunched that the 2014 season basically starts after the Break! That’s when:

*Atlanta and Washington will have to figure out which one of them is going to rise up and grab the NL East by the throat while the other drifts back to Wildcard status.

*St.…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Preview of Independents

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The stage is set for BIG NEWS from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this season. They have the kind of schedule that could launch them into the national championship picture if they score one or two marquee wins…but one that could inflict a losing record on them if new talent doesn’t step up and get the job done.

If you’ve peaked ahead at the 2014 slate, you already know that Notre Dame (the most important of the four major Independents we’ll be covering today) visits defending National Champion Florida State in mid-October. That’s assumed to be a loss, as early Vegas…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Sun Belt Preview

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM

If there was ever a conference where you really needed to buckle down and FOCUS, it’s the 2014 Sun Belt. Teams with the most promising financial futures have moved up in recent years to Conference USA (including Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International). And, there are plenty of new faces now playing for the Sun Belt trophy.

Idaho and New Mexico State: Both were Independents last year, now both are inexplicably playing in a league associated with the Southeast part of the country because it’s so hard for non-entities to make a go of up as Independents.

Appalachian State and Georgia…

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Jim Sez: AL Report Cards + Chargers and Cowboys Capsules

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

OUR WEEKEND MLB NEWS & NOTES:

IT’S TIME FOR THE AL REPORT CARDS AS WE ZOOM INTO THE ALL-STAR GAME BREAK…OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS TODAY FEATURES THE CHARGERS & COWBOYS

By Jim Hurley

So, here’s the lowdown…

We’re just days away from this year’s Major-League Baseball All-Star Game in Minnesota and—at last check—you get the sense that there’s really a case of the “haves” and “have-nots” in the junior circuit with the likes of Oakland, the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit a combined 163-108 (that’s a .601 winning rate) while there’s six other AL teams that are each five-games-or-more below the .500 mark.

Hey, the…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Be Wary of Championship Futures Prices!

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Earlier this week, I talked about how the whole LeBron James soap opera was distracting the sports world whether than informing it. Isn’t it interesting that it took the legal betting markets to inform the sports media world about what was actually happening! You probably read in the media that many bettors in Las Vegas were suddenly flocking to sportsbooks to bet on the Cavaliers to win the NBA. Vegas “knew” before everyone else.

And, that’s because…

*Somebody connected to the LeBron James entourage must have wanted to make some money on the side…or

*Somebody connected to Sports Illustrated wanted to make some…

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Wayne Root: Take Command!

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

If you’ve been paying any attention this week to mainstream sports coverage or social media, you know that the NBA free agency landscape was at an absolute standstill for a few days because EVERYONE was waiting to see what LeBron James was going to do.

*Both Cleveland and Miami expected to have him on their rosters

*Chris Bosh wouldn’t sign with Houston unless he was sure LeBron was leaving Miami

*Houston wouldn’t decide about Chandler Parsons until they knew about Bosh

*Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t get serious about Miami, or Chicago, or NY until he knew

This kind of waiting around to see what might or…

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Jim Sez: Baseball Grades and Titans, 49ers and Packers Team Capsules

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: IT’S THE FINAL WEEKEND BEFORE THE ALL-STAR GAME BREAK

AND SO THAT MEANS IT’S TIME FOR THE NL REPORT CARDS(WE’LL HAVE AL REPORT CARDS TOMORROW!)…MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS AS WE CHECK IN ON THE TITANS, 49ERS & PACKERS

By Jim Hurley

Don’t look now but we’re just a few days from Major-League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game break and not a single National League team is playing .560-or-better ball.

Call it shades of mediocrity, or maybe this is a case of some teams not yet having found their true “level”—after all, who’s to say the Los Angeles Dodgers can’t run off…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Cards/Brewers Series Preview

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

It took a lot longer than most were expecting. But, the surging St. Louis Cardinals are rising in the NL Central just as the Milwaukee Brewers have started falling back to earth. Those teams meet this weekend in Milwaukee…and the Cardinals could very well have a piece of first place when the series is in the books.

It happened so quickly!

Heading into Thursday action, Milwaukee had lost four straight games and eight of their last 10, while St. Louis was on a three-game winning streak that had extended a good run. A six-game deficit for the Cards in the newspaper standings…

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Kelso Sturgeon: NFL Training Camps Two Weeks Away

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

NFL Training Camps Open In Two Weeks With Hall Of Fame Game Set For August 3Get Entire NFL Pre-Season Plus Regular NFL And College SeasonsFor Early-Bird Price Of Just $199—A $1,200 ValueGermany +135 Favorite Over Argentina (+225) in Sunday’s World Cup Championship GameWin My American League Game of the Week Thursday Night!25-Unit Total of the Week is a Surefire Winner!

By Kelso Sturgeon

It is a busy time for sports handicappers these days with the National Football League opening its training camps in two weeks, the World Cup championship game between Germany and Argentina set for Sunday and a very interesting junior…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: MAC “West” Preview

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Things could get very interesting in the West division of the Mid American Conference in 2014. This was clearly the stronger division last year…and will very likely be again. But the three “powers” are all in the awkward position of having to replace star quarterbacks!

*Northern Illinois must replace Chandler Harnish (offense #5 in yardage and #11 in scoring in 2013).

*Ball State must replace Keith Wenning (offense #15 in scoring, #19 in yardage, #12 in passing offense in 2013)

*Toledo must replace Terrance Owens (offense #39 in scoring and yardage in 2013)

The rest of the division (the “directional” schools from Michigan) are…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: MAC “East” Preview

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

After Bowling Green won the MAC last year, highlighted by a dominant 47-27 rout of Northern Illinois in the title tilt…the team lost head coach Dave Clawson to Wake Forest. The safest bet in college football coaching is that doing well in the MAC will launch you to a major conference!

Bowling Green will have to transition quickly to the new style taught by Dino Babers. But, having an experienced star quarterback throwing passes should keep them way ahead of the rest of the pack in what’s still a disappointingly soft division (and conference for that matter). Falcons signal caller Matt…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Dodgers/Tigers Series Preview

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Wow is this going to be something special! It’s way too early to start projecting World Series matchups. And, with the Oakland A’s playing such fantastic baseball this season even before the recent blockbuster trade, it’s dangerous to pencil in anyone but the A’s as the American League entry. But, the LA Dodgers/Detroit Tigers series that begins Tuesday night (and only lasts about 20 hours!) will very much have a postseason feel to it.

*The Dodgers are once again surging midseason…and can make a very good case for themselves as the true National League favorite to reach the Fall Classic. Come…

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St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Yovani Gallardo outdueled Tampa Bay ace David Price, as the Milwaukee Brewers salvaged the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field with a 5-0 victory over the Rays on Wednesday. Price has been the subject of trade rumors with the non-waiver deadline approaching Thursday afternoon. However, Tampa Bay's recent surge has quelled much of the speculation with the All-Star lefty still under contract for next season. Tampa Bay lost for just the second time in its last 13 games and fell two games under .500. The Rays haven't been at the .500 mark since they were 10-10 after a game on April 22. Price (11-8) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over seven innings on Wednesday in his first loss since June 20 against Houston. He had won six straight starts and was trying to become the first Rays pitcher ever to win seven in a row. Gallardo (6-5) picked up a win for the first time since June 19 at Arizona. He had been 0-1 in six starts since, and on Wednesday yielded just three hits with a walk and five strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. The right-hander also threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in his last outing five days ago against the New York Mets in a no-decision. Martin Maldonado went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in for Milwaukee, which halted a three-game skid. Aramis Ramirez chipped in a pair of hits, including run-scoring single.

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