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The Vegas Sports Masters

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Kelso Sturgeon

Kelso Sturgeon is not a shadow or a mirage. I am a real person, a man who has been handicapping football for more than 4 decades, and I bring to the table a set of credentials you can't find anywhere else in this business.

And so there is no misunderstanding, Kelso Sturgeon is my real name and I make my home in Las Vegas, the betting capital of the world.

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Wayne Root

Wayne Allyn Root is the only man to create a multi-million dollar empire out of nothing but picking winners! Long-time host of his own shows on Fox and USA Network, he has been celebrated in the business press and by all the TV pundits. He set the record for most outright upset winners in football in three different seasons and has enjoyed another winning and profitable basketball season. Wayne is the only oddsmaker/handicapper with his own Star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

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Jim Hurley

JIM HURLEY is the founder and president of the most unusual organization in sports wagering.

Created as a small handicapping service back in 1985, Jim's NETWORK has evolved into a nationwide TASK FORCE of, handicappers, scouts, number crunchers, draftniks and former pro players who study and analyze every team and every game to develop BETTER information, make SMARTER picks and win MORE money!

In simple words, Jim's system approach to handicapping picks more winners and makes more money for their customers. And they are able to do this not because they are a one-man band, but because of the "TEAM" approach that utilizes a huge information gathering system to fine tune every selection.

But because they truly are a "Network" and cover the colleges and pros wall-to-wall, they know what's going on inside the locker rooms and dugouts. They know who's hot, who's hurt and who's ready to kick butt. NETWORK’s computer department analyzes upcoming matchups like it was the Dow Jones. They dig beneath surface factors to find out how two teams really compare. Who needs it more? Who's tapped out? Who's out for revenge? NETWORK finds those answers.

So when they run NETWORK'S number up against Vegas', we can immediately spot whether a game is off, and how much, and just cherrypick the contests that are giving us the most points

That's why JIM has racked up twentyone consecutive money making season for his customers.

Now what about YOU? Wouldn't you like to know who the big winners are going to be this week? NETWORK can tell you. Want to make money off that knowledge? Jim's NETWORK can help you there, too.

Want the best shot at the most money? There are dozens of ways to get you there, no matter what your wagering patterns or budget. So, why not get started NOW!

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Richie Baccellieri

In case you don't know me, for years people in Vegas knew Richie B as a kind of linesmaker's linesmaker - a kind of numerical purist who, when every other sports book in Vegas was posting Ohio State (-7) over Texas, I was saying... "NO! It ought to be Ohio State (-8)!"

I took a position. I didn't just put up a "betting middle" where I could draw even betting action from both sides. Instead - if I really felt the Buckeyes were stronger than generally thought - I'd put up (-8) or even (-9) and dare the bettors, "Come and get me! Prove me wrong!"

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Jim Feist

Jim Feist for decades has been the leader in the sports wagering information field. Beginning in the 1970s Jim has been ahead of the curve with Proline, the longest running sports football handicapping show on USA Cable Network and the Internet. Also, National Sports Services, utilizing the first telephone line services (Jim Feist’s Personal Line Service), former publisher of the Official Nevada Rotation, creator of Sports Tracker, Internet Web Sites (Jim Feist.com; DonBest.com)

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SportsMasters Consensus

In the world of Handicapping, the average bettor is up against a well financed, information-rich, experienced Casino Sportsbooks and Linesmakers.
ARE YOU STANDING ALONE AGAINST ALL ODDS?
YOU ARE NO LONGER ALONE!

Five professional handicappers have stepped forward to beat the line. If getting one strong man to help you win a fight, surely finding six is a dream come true. Isn't it time you learned more about the Vegas Sports Masters?

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Blog Headlines

Cardinals Lurking in NL Playoff Picture

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to quietly lurk in the National League playoff race. While the Central-division leading Chicago Cubs continue to get all the oxygen in the room, from the media  to the trade market with Aroldis Champan and to the betting markets, the Cardinals are in striking distance as we come to the end of July. What's more, they are available at highly attractive prices, something not always the case for this proud and distinguished franchise.

St. Louis is 52-46, only a half-game out of a wild-card playoff berth and still a reasonable seven games behind Chicago. Yet the…

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Jim Sez NFC Training Camp Notes

The National Football League training camps keep popping up all over the grand U.S.A. and today we'll get you our "one-liners" about the 16 teams in the NFC ... hope you caught our AFC quick hitters earlier this week:

NFC TRAINING CAMPS

Lots to examine in training camps 'round the land and here's some rapid-fire bold comments regarding the NFC teams and some really important topics this summer ... here goes:

NFC EAST -

WASHINGTON - The 'Skins have some uber-interesting battles at linebacker this training camp and all eyes are on ILB Perry Riley who's hoping to bounce back from a 2015 season-ending…

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The UCLA Bruins - A Team to Watch

Josh Rosen is as hyped of a young quarterback as there is in college football. The UCLA sophomore was a five-star recruit and while his freshman campaign of 2015 had its rocky moments, you could see the promise. He completed 60 percent of his passes, averaged a solid 7.5 yards per attempt and finished with a TD-INT ratio of 23-11. Now, can he lift the Bruins to the next level - to their first conference championship since 1998 and into the College Football Playoff?

Rosen's true believers will undoubtedly be tempted by the 50-1 price on UCLA to win the national…

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Jim Sez 2016 NFL Overview

WE ANSWER KEY QUESTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEW FREE AGENTS, IMPACT PLAYERS, DRAFT STUFF, NEW COACHES/COORDINATORS ... AND MORE

The National Football League training camp sites all summer long will be filled with the usual stuff ... lots of blood, sweat and tears from the first-year players to the grizzled veterans but there's been a whole lot of changin' going on when it comes to the NFL 2016 season and in today's Jim Sez column we'll dish the details regarding a batch of topics. But first this key reminder:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging…

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Make Way For Clemson Tigers Who Are Set To Win 2016 National Championship.
Step Aside, Alabama, And Make Way For Clemson Tigers Who Are Set To Win 2016 National Championship. This Teams Offense Is Unstoppable

Vegas Bookmakers Tell The World Just How Valuable Patriots QB Tom Brady Is To Team - Number Will Shock YouNFL Training Camps Will All Be Open In Next 24 Hours - College Players Report In Just 5 DaysSign Up For Entire College And NFL Seasons For Just $245 And Get NFL Preseason Free

By Kelso Sturgeon

Handicapping each new football season - and the 2016 edition is now here - always begins with the numbers. What do bookmakers and…

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Jim Sez AFC Training Camp Notes
NFL TRAINING CAMPS OPEN AND WE'VE GOT LOTS TO CHIRP ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE AFCTHE BASEBALL REPORT: NOT SO FAST, INDIANS, AS AL CENTRAL NOW FAR FROM A DONE DEAL

The National Football League is open for business ...

From places such as Flowery Branch and Florham Park to Mankato and Oxnard, the NFL Training camps swing into action all week long and we're gonna get your football summer started with quick-hitter one-line bold comments about all 16 AFC teams here (we'll cover the NFC squads in our next Jim Sez column) plus the latest NFL News & Notes but…

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Jim Sez Weekend Baseball and More College Pointspeads

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: WILL THERE BE ANY "COMEBACK KIDS" THIS YEAR IN THE DIVISIONAL RACES?

THE WEEK'S FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUMMERTIME NOTEBOOK HAS SPREAD STATS GALORE!

Folks, it was just a little less than a full year ago when the Toronto Blue Jays overcame an 8-game deficit against the New York Yankees in the American League East standings ... a deficit the Jays erased in an amazingly short amount of time - just 15 calendar days!

Remember?

Okay, so that may seem truly out-of-the-ordinary stuff but as the '15 Jays proved it can be done and so in today's edition of Jim Sez…

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Jim Sez Weekend Baseball and Alabama 2016 Preview

BASEBALL'S BEST WEEKEND SHOWDOWNS AS DODGERS, CARDINALS, INDIANS-O'S AND GIANTS-YANKS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON THE DIAMOND

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK EXAMINES THE DEFENDING CHAMPS AND WHAT LIES AHEAD IN '16 SEASON

How did that classic Mungo Jerry tune used to go? Oh, yeah:"In the summertime when the weather is hot You can stretch right up and touch the sky ..."

Well, there's a batch of Major-League Baseball teams trying to "touch the sky" this summertime but be sure that no divisional race is locked up just yet even though the likes of the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers were playing absolutely…

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The San Francisco Giants Are A Flawed Favorite

The standings and the betting market and the calendar all love the San Francisco Giants right now. The Giants hold a 4½ game lead in the NL West over a Los Angeles Dodger team that is dealing with the injury problems of Clayton Kershaw. If you look at the championship odds, San Francisco is a spiffy 4-1 to win it all and 2-1 to at least reach the World Series-second only to the Chicago Cubs in market esteem. And for the team that won championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014...well, you can do the math. It should be their year.…

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Jim Sez Baseball Notebook and New College Coaches
THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: LOTS OF NEWS/NOTES AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THIS SUMMER WEEKENDCOLLEGE FOOTBALL'S NEW FACES/NEW PLACES INCLUDES THE BOSSES AT BYU, GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA & V-TECH

No question there are more stats to shake a stick at when it comes to Major-League Baseball but here's a couple of interesting ditties that we wanted to bounce past you in today's edition of Jim Sez ...

The Cleveland Indians - right now the runaway leader in the American League Central with a 7.5-game lead over the Detroit Tigers - are not exactly a lights-out team in day-time games. In fact, following yesterday's commanding…

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Time To Go To Work And Get Ready For Coming Football Season
Time To Go To Work And Get Ready For Coming Football SeasonNFL Rookies Report Today, Veterans In One Week - Colleges Begin Practice In 11 Days On August 1

Here Is A Plan To Get Up Top Speed And Bury You Bookmaker Early Before He Figures Out You Are Smarter That He Is

Membership In My Best Bets Football Club For Entire Season Just $245 And Includes Entire NFL Pre-Season Free

By Kelso Sturgeon

It is time to go to work. National Football League teams start welcoming rookies to camp today, with veterans set to arrive no later than July 28.…

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Jim Sez MLB Midweek Update
THE MLB MID-WEEK UPDATE: MOST UNDER-THE-RADAR STARTING PITCHERSMORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK STUFF AS WE CHECK OUT LAST YEAR'S POINTSPREAD DUDS

The other night in the New York Mets at Chicago Cubs game the announcers were discussing this afternoon's matchup between Mets RHP Bartolo Colon and Chitown righty Kyle Hendricks - they called 'em both two of baseball's "most under-the-radar" starting pitchers this year (note Colon was a late replacement named to last week's All-Star Game) ... we happen to agree with that label more for Hendricks (8-6, 2.41 ERA) than we do with Colon (8-4, 3.11 ERA) but we get the…

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The Pitt Panthers

Pat Narduzzi was one of the hot hires when he came to Pitt last season after doing yeoman's work in East Lansing as the Michigan State defensive coordinator. Narduzzi lived up to expectations and won eight games in his debut season as a head coach. Yet in spite of returning 15 starters, Las Vegas is taking a skeptical view of the Panthers--not only is their Over/Under sitting at 7, but you can get a (+100) price for betting the Over. What's the problem?

Part of the problem might be the recent history of this program. Since posting a 10-win season in…

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Can Iowa Go Over?
CAN IOWA GO OVER?

The Iowa Hawkeyes had a hard time getting national respect last season during their 12-0 regular season. Critics felt validated when Iowa lost narrowly to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game and were then humiliated by Stanford in the Rose Bowl. With those games as the last lingering memory, the Hawkeyes are again not getting respect in the betting markets.

In spite of playing on the weaker side of the Big Ten, the Western Division and having a soft non-conference schedule, Iowa's Over/Under for wins in 2016 is 8.5. Is this team a good…

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The MLB .600 Club and College Football Notebook
THE BASEBALL REPORT: HAIL TO THE .600 (PERCENTAGE) CLUB BUT BE CAREFUL HANDIN' OUT TOO MANY BOUQUETSPLUS THE FIRST OF MANY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUMMER NOTEBOOKS

Whatta know, whatta say?

When folks woke up this Monday morning in mid-July there were only three Major-League Baseball teams that were playing .600-or-better play ... and all three of 'em hail from the National League.

Indeed, the San Francisco Giants (57-36, .613), the Chicago Cubs (55-36, .604) and the Washington Nationals (56-37, .602) were atop the league's West, Central and East Divisions, respectively, and so the knee-jerk reaction is to claim that one week removed from this…

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Jim Sez Weekend Report
THE BASEBALL REPORT: IS IT "BUY" OR "SELL" TIME FOR A FEW NAME TEAMS OUT THERE?COLLEGE FOOTBALL SKED CHECK: HERE'S SOME OPENING-WEEK GOODIESPLUS OUR FINAL NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMER LOOK AS WE CHECK OUT THE BRONCOS AND PACKERS

Closing in on the August 1st Major-League Baseball Trade Deadline and there's plenty of rumors going 'round as to what teams with be "buyers" or "sellers". Here's some thoughts:

NEW YORK YANKEES (44-44) - It's been the numero uno topic with this year's Yankees in recent weeks and sure seems as if the front office is split with GM Brian Cashman ready/willing/able to trade some…

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Jim Sez Baseball Is Back - Look at the Texans and Giants
THE MLB SECOND-HALF UPDATE: BASEBALL'S BACK AND HERE'S A TRIO OF GREAT WEEKEND MATCHUPSPLUS THERE'S MORE NFL TEAM GLANCES WITH THE TEXANS AND GIANTS ON TAP TODAY

Hey, Baseball, welcome back ...We've all got some winning to do to catch up on all that quiet time the past few days, so let's get to it already!

The Major-League Baseball schedule swings into action today beginning with a matinee tilt between the Texas Rangers at the Chicago Cubs - and that's where we will start our look at this weekend's three best series - and there's plenty to say about Rangers-Cubs, Miami at…

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5 SURPRISING PITCHERS THAT ARE MAKING BETTORS MONEY

There are some pitchers that catch everyone's eye when they go up on the board. A healthy Clayton Kershaw tops the list. Chris Sale isn't far behind. There's other names like Stephen Strasburg or Cole Hamels. Even MLB's top moneymaking pitcher, Baltimore's Chris Tillman, isn't completely out of nowhere. But high up on the leaderboard of pitchers who make bettors money are five names that might surprise you. Here they are, with their gross profit for the season listed and based on $100-per-game bets:

Michael Fulmer (Tigers, +$1,023): Fulmer has been sensational for the Tigers, starting 13 games and…

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The Florida Gators

Let's face it, finding a darkhorse in the SEC race to invest in can be hard. Alabama rarely comes at a good price. Their SEC West rivals might be able to win head-to-head against the Tide, but then still lose out in the long division race (looking at you, Ole Miss). That means if you want to find a team you can bet on for the SEC title at a good price, you have to go East.

There's even more incentive to do that this season. Tennessee is the favorite in the SEC East, but this Vol team has not established…

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MLB Report and NLF Glances at Bills Steelers Cardinals
THE BASEBALL REPORT: WHAT TEAMS SHOULD WE BE WATCHING WHILE COMING OUT OF THE SECOND-HALF STARTING GATE?THE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES ROLL ON WITH BUFFALO, PITTSBURGH AND ARIZONA

Hey, Baseball's "back" come Friday night ... everyone's had an opportunity to catch their breath, "sleep in" a little bit and hit the pause button for a few days.

But when action heats up beginning tomorrow - the Texas Rangers are at the Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. ET) to get it all rollin' - what teams should we be watching in terms of getting on a hot streak or maybe making a run for the…

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Jim Sez All Star Game Recap
THE BASEBALL REPORT:

WHAT'S NEW AS AMERICAN LEAGUE WINS ALL-STAR GAME FOR THE 11TH TIME IN THE LAST 14 YEARS AS KC DUO OF HOSMER, PEREZ HOMER IN 4-2 VICTORY

MORE NFL TEAM REPORTS AS WE CHECK OUT THE BENGALS, 'SKINS AND SAINTS

Let the record state that the single most important at-bat in the 87th Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego last night occurred in the eighth inning when Houston Astros' reliever Will Harris struck out St. Louis Cardinals rookie infielder Aledmys Diaz on a 3-2 fastball at the knees and "on the black" with two outs and the bases loaded.

So,…

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The Nationals Weaknesses

If you're a fan of the Washington Nationals these are good times. Your team has a record of 51-36 and holds a three-game lead in the NL East. They get great starting pitching, have an elite player in Bryce Harper and second baseman Daniel Murphy is performing at an MVP level. But if you're a bettor that invests in the Washington Nationals then the picture isn't so rosy - the Nationals are a team costing you money. For the season, the Nats are (-$268) based on $100 betting increments for each game. What gives?

What gives is that Washington has just…

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The Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

There's a lot of optimism surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 2016 NFL season approaches. After making the playoffs each of the past two years, there are expectations that the Steelers can make a run at their first AFC championship since 2010 and their first Super Bowl title since 2008 - both "droughts" an eternity for this proud franchise.

Las Vegas shares the expectations. The Steelers are a 12-1 shot to win the Lombardi Trophy, fifth-best in the league. If we peer ahead to their Week 1 opener, Pittsburgh is a three-point road favorite against a playoff team, in the Washington…

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Jim Sez First Half MLB Awards
THE BASEBALL UPDATE:

IT'S ALL-STAR GAME TIME IN SAN DIEGO AND WE HAVE OUR HALF-SEASON AWARD WINNERS (AND SOME FUN FORECASTS FOR THE GAME) ...

PLUS OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS CHECK OUT THE DOLPHINS, BOLTS & BEARS

It's always fun to get geared up for the Major-League Baseball All-Star Game - yes, we still detest the fact the game "counts" with the winning league getting the home-field advantage in the World Series - and Tuesday's glittery tilt in San Diego could be a long ball bash if you follow the numbers this year that claim MLB is some 1,000 home runs ahead of…

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Jim Sez American League Mid-Season Report Cards
HERE'S OUR JIM SEZ AMERICAN LEAGUE MID-TERM REPORT CARDS

The 87th Baseball All-Star Game takes center stage in the sports world next Tuesday night from San Diego and we'll have our own Jim Sez ideas next week on what Major-League teams we should all be watching immediately after the break.

Hey, there's American League Mid-Term Report Card grades to hand out in a second here but first this key reminder:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball these days and all you need to do is check in either right here online…

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Jim Sez National League Mid-Season Report Cards
IT'S TIME FOR OUR NATIONAL LEAGUE MID-SEASON REPORT CARDS - AND WE'LL HAVE AMERICAN LEAGUE REPORT CARDS IN TOMORROW'S JIM SEZ

We've brought out our special marking pens and we're ready to zip through the National League and dole out the 2016 Mid-Season Report Card Grades ... and some of 'em may just surprise you! But first this key reminder as we head into the last weekend of baseball action before we come upon Tuesday's 87th All-Star Game in San Diego:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball these days and…

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Football Season Is Here And It’s Time To Get Ready

Football Season Is Here And It's Time To Get ReadyFirst NFL Pre-Season Game Less Than A Month Away

Alabama 6-1 To Win Another National ChampionshipPatriots, As Usual, 6-1 To Win Super Bowl

Highrollers Win Another 50-Unit Game Of Week Play And Shoot For Another One In Blowout Tonight

By Kelso Sturgeon

Sports handicappers know it is a growing challenge to beat the toughest betting lines and numbers ever posted. Chalk it all up to the tens of thousands of Internet websites that can be helpful to bettors. There is no excuse for wagering ignorance. Information is there for the taking…

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Will The Rangers Come Back to the Pack

The Texas Rangers have the best record in the American League at 53-32 and have soared to a 7 ½ game lead in the AL West. Las Vegas noticed, and the Rangers are a huge 1-10 favorite to win a second straight division title. That alone makes considering the challengers potentially profitable for baseball bettors. The fact the Rangers show some signs of coming back to the back provide even more incentive to give the AL West race a second look. Consider the following...

There are some internal inconsistencies in Texas' overall offensive production that suggest the team is producing over…

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Jim Sez Managers Report - NFL" Colts, Falcons, Rams
THE BASEBALL REPORT: IT'S A THUMBS-UP/THUMBS-DOWN LOOK AT A FISTFUL-PLUS OF MLB MANAGERSOUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES INCLUDE THE COLTS, FALCONS & RAMS

Love to hear the TV "experts" ramble on and on regarding what kind of a job Major-League Baseball managers are doing - sometimes we simply don't get it such as when MLB Network's Chris "Mad Dog" Russo waxes poetic about Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia:

Heck, if the Halos weren't on the hook for so much of his remaining salary, Scioscia would have - or should have - been a goner a couple of years ago and this season…

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Are the Washington Huskies Ready To Make a Move?

It's the third year for Chris Peterson as head coach of the Washington Huskies and the former Boise State boss has yet to get the Washington program to the proverbial next level. The Huskies have been pretty good, going 15-12 in his first two seasons, but that's not all that different from the resume that got his predecessor Steve Sarkisian derisively labeled "Seven-Win Sark". There are indications though, that this might be the year Washington wins its first conference championship in sixteen years.

There's building optimism about the Huskies' chances to win the Pac-12 and be a darkhorse contender for the…

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The Jim Sez Midweek Report

FINISHING THE FIRST HALF OF SEASON "STRONG" IS IN EVERYONE'S HEADS, BUT WHO'S REALLY GETTING THE MESSAGE?

PLUS MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS AS WE TACKLE THE CHIEFS AND VIKINGS

NBA UPDATE: OUR QUICKIE TAKE ON THE KEVIN DURANT-TO-WARRIORS SIGNING

If you happened to be watching ESPN or the MLB Network on the Fourth of July - or even last night - then you noticed that a major topic of conversation was the ability (or perhaps inability) of teams finishing "strong" to end the unofficial first half of this here-and-now 2016 campaign.

Lots of folks at both networks were heaping praise on teams such…

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A Jim Sez Happy 4th of July
AND A VERY HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO YOU TOO!!!

OUR JAM-PACKED JIM SEZ GETS YOU BASEBALL GOODIES, MORE NFL TEAM GLANCES AS WE CHECK OUT RAVENS & COWBOYS

It's one of the oldest baseball axioms ever ... teams that are in first place come the Fourth of July are - more often than not - the ones that win their division at season's end.

Last year that "axiom" proved correct with all three American League division leaders as Toronto, Kansas City and Texas were the respective frontrunners in the AL East, Central and West and all of the above were in first…

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The Jim Sez Holiday Weekend Report
THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND SPORTS REPORT:MLB GOODIES & OUR LATEST NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCE TOO!

Notice one thing that really is the so-called "common denominator" of some Major-League Baseball contending teams?

Many of 'em need bullpen help as the likes of the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals (among a couple of others!) could use a shot in the arm at the back of the pen and so expect a mad scramble for any/all available closers/relievers these next couple of weeks leading up to the August 1st Trade Deadline.

Heck, if we had to guess at this point than names such…

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Welcome To Hell Sign In Rio Says It All And Signals Pending Disaster For Coming Olympics
"Welcome To Hell" Sign In Rio Says It All And Signals Pending Disaster For Coming Olympics

Las Vegas Begins Fantasy Sports Betting This Fall Via A Pari-Mutuel System - Details To Come

Mutuel Funds For Sports Betting Made Legal In Nevada Bet They Look Like Terrible Bet For Investors

Rangers Baseball Bettors Best Friend - Twins Their Worst

By Kelso Sturgeon

On a recent day at Rio de Janeiro's main airport - Galeo International - arrivals were greeted with an ominous banner that read "Welcome To Hell". The protestors did not face police resistance because there were policemen and firemen who…

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Holiday Weekend Baseball and NFL Previews
IT'S A BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF BASEBALL FOR LAST YEAR'S WORLD SERIES SQUADS AS METS, ROYALS MIGHT JUST BE PLAYING FOR WILD CARD BERTHS AT THIS POINTPLUS THERE'S MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES AS WE CHECK OUT THE RAIDERS, EAGLES & BUCS

Let's start off your Fourth of July holiday weekend by hitting the way-back button:

Go back to November 1, 2015 and there's the Kansas City Royals clinching their first World Series triumph in some 30 years, thanks to a four games-to-one Fall Classic win against the New York Mets.

Now, fast forward eight months from that date and here we have the Royals…

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The Jim Sez All Star Ballot - Plus Jets Browns and Lions
THE BASEBALL REPORT: WHAT OUR ALL-STAR BALLOT LOOKS LIKEPLUS IT'S ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMER QUICK-HITTERS AS TODAY WE TRACK THE JETS, BROWNS & LIONS

In case you had not heard, voting for the upcoming Major-League Baseball All-Star Game - that's being played on Tuesday, July 12th in San Diego - ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time and so we thought it might be fun to post our own Jim Sez ballot.

So, here goes with some of the key stats/quickie comments featured below:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1B - Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs (19 HR, 58 RBI) - Major competition comes from…

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Jim Sez Midweek Report
OUR JIM SEZ MID-WEEK REPORT: WE BEGIN OUR ANNUAL SUMMERTIME QUICK-HITTER LOOKS AT ALL 32 NFL TEAMS AS WE GET ROLLIN' WITH THE TITANS, SEAHAWKS & PANTHERS, PLUS THE UP-TO-DATE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL IN BASEBALL

  

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES

It's summertime and that means the annual Jim Sez report on all 32 NFL teams with our quick-hitter looks and today it's the Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks and the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers ... note that we list the SU (straight-up) mark including post-season games after the team name below plus check out our quickie pointspread ditties on each/every team…

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Jim Sez Baseball and NBA Free Agency Updates
THE BASEBALL UPDATE: BIRDS MAY BE BEST STORY IN ALNBA FREE AGENCY QUICK-HITTER NOTES WITH KNICKS & SPURS SAID TO BE HEAVY HITTERS STARTING LATER THIS WEEK

Know what?We sure as heck should have given out more "love" to the Baltimore Orioles in our most recent edition of Jim Sez.

Okay, so let's refresh your memory as our just-past-weekend column yakked about the top series - all, as a matter of fact in the American League -- including Boston at Texas (the Rangers copped two-of-three wins), Houston at Kansas City (the surging 'Stros won two-of-three) and Cleveland at Detroit (yup, the Tribe…

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Jim Sez Weekend Update

Could make the case that all of the best series this last weekend in June come from the American League what with Boston at Texas, Houston at Kansas City and Cleveland at Detroit and what interests us most here is - you can chuck Baltimore into the mix - these may well be the seven teams vying for the five playoff spots in the junior circuit this year ... think anyone's starting rotation is better than the Indians?

Cleveland sends RHP Carlos Carrasco (1.21 WHIP) and RHP Josh Tomlin (8-1, 53-to-7 K-to-BB ratio) to the hill for its Saturday/Sunday starts against…

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Florida State Football Preview

Florida State is a 14-1 shot to win college football's national championship. If they can beat Ole Miss in a home-neutral game at Orlando to open the season, the schedule is set up for the Seminoles to be undefeated when Clemson comes to Tallahassee on October 29. That means 14-1 might be the best price you can get if FSU proves to be title-worthy. And that means there's no time to lose for college football bettors in making assessments on how good this Florida State team can be.

The Seminoles haven't gotten a lot of respect in Las Vegas since their…

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Jim Sez Baseball Report and NBA Draft Analysis
THE BASEBALL REPORT: WE'RE HUNTING AROUND FOR THE "WHO-CAN-GET-HOT" TEAMSPLUS OUR NBA DRAFT ANALYSES (AND WHAT TEAMS "BLEW IT" BY NOT MAKING DEALS)

A long, long time ago a good friend of ours explained something that's well worth revisiting here in today's edition of Jim Sez ...

And that's every Major-League Baseball team - all 30 of 'em - will go on some sort of lengthy winning streak at one point or another during the course of this 162-game season.

Case in point: The woe-be-gone Atlanta Braves won six games in a row between last Wednesday and this past Monday and so somebody…

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The Jim Sez 2016 NBA Mock Draft
EXTRA, EXTRA - IT'S OUR JIM SEZ NBA MOCK DRAFT!

The word is out: This is likely one of the deepest and richest drafts we've had in many a year - the first round will be a talent gold mine -- and so it's with great anticipation that we look forward to tonight's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In today's edition of Jim Sez, we offer up our NBA Mock Draft for the first round action only and - as we usually do in these web pages - we've tossed a couple of draft night trades into the mix…

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The Jim Sez Midweek Update
WE GO AHEAD AND TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NBA ODDS TO WIN IT ALL NEXT YEAR… PLUS MORE NBA DRAFT NEWS/NOTES

THE BASEBALL REPORT: TUESDAY’S HERO

It’s not every day that a Major-League Baseball player gets four hits in a game - especially if he happens to play for the San Diego Padres! But Padres’ OF Matt Kemp went 4-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored in last night’s wild 10-7 at Baltimore (note San Diego cashed as + 165 dogs) as his double ignited a four-run seventh inning for a San Diego squad that now has scored 28…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Recap
Jim Hurley Wins Game 7 With Cavaliers to cap off another winning basketball season!IT'S PARTY TIME IN CLEVELAND - A/K/A TITLE TOWN, USA - PLUS OUR BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

Hold on just a second:

You're meaning to tell us the Cleveland Cavaliers just ended a city's 52-year championship drought by becoming the first team in NBA history to rally from a three games-to-one deficit in the Finals to snag the crown ... after the first 32 teams put in that very same position all went down for the count.

And you're telling us that LeBron James - forevermore known as the real…

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NBA Finals Game 7 Preview

There's one chance left to make money betting basketball and it's with one of the most anticipated games the NBA has ever seen. Golden State looks to close its record-setting season with a championship on Sunday night. Cleveland looks to complete the greatest comeback in Finals history. Game 7 goes at 8 PM ET on ABC. The Warriors are installed as a (-5) favorite and (-200) on the moneyline. You can get the Cavs at (+170) to win straight up. The total is 206.5. Which way do you play it?

We have to protect the final decision on what to do…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 7 Preview
NBA FINALS: GAME 7 IS HERE AND THE WARRIORS ARE HURTIN' ...THE BASEBALL REPORT: TRACKING THE AL EAST LEADERS THIS WEEKEND

The weekend sports menu is loaded but let's start off with the one-and-only "Game 7":

On Sunday, it's the NBA FINALSCLEVELAND at GOLDEN STATE - Series tied 3-3; 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Go back the past 30 years in NBA Finals history and you'll discover there's only been five occasions where we've played a Game 7 - 1988, '94, 2005, 2010 and '13.That's it!

Now you want to find the last time an NBA road team won a Game 7 in the NBA…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Report
CAVALIERS CRUSH WARRIORS 115-101 TO FORCE SUNDAY'S GAME 7 (AND THAT'LL BE ONLY THE THIRD GAME 7 IN NBA FINALS HISTORY IN THE PAST DECADE!) ... PLUS NBA FINALS KEY SPREAD STATS TOO

In case you were wondering, the last time we experienced an NBA Finals Game 7 clash - back in June 2013 - there was LeBron James and the Miami Heat snagging a 95-88 home win against the San Antonio Spurs behind a whopping 37 points by "The King".

Now, James is back for another Game 7 Finals appearance after tantalizing the national TV audience and some 20,000-or-so folks inside…

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Jim Sez NBA Game 6 Preview and Draft Report
THE NBA FINALS - DOES THE HOOP SEASON END TONIGHT IN A GAME 6 OR DO THE CAVS HAVE MORE FIGHT IN 'EM AS HOME COUR ADVANTAGE NO REAL FACTOR LATELY ...THE NBA DRAFT REPORT: WHAT TEAMS WITHOUT A CURRENT 1ST-ROUND PICK ARE IN MOVER-AND-SHAKER MODE TO GET INTO THE TOP FIVE?

It's safe to say this year's NBA Finals has been somewhat streaky when it comes to the so-called home-court advantage:

The home sides won/covered the first three games of this series; the road teams won/covered the last two games of this NBA Finals set and now you wonder what's in…

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Texas Rangers Are MLB’S Biggest Moneymakers

Baseball bettors have every reason to love the Texas Rangers right now. The Rangers are the biggest moneymaker in baseball. Based on $100 bets for each game, Texas is (+$1,989) against the moneyline this year. The futures market has caught up with the game-to-game results. Texas is now posted at 11-1 to win the World Series, the best of any American League team, moving past the Boston Red Sox.

The game-to-game moneylines will follow the futures market, meaning there won't be nearly as many days of Texas being available at a great price - there's a reason the Chicago Cubs aren't…

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Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 5 Recap
'BRON, KYRIE SPARK CAVS TO 112-97 GAME 5 WIN AS "GREEN FACTOR" IS KEYTHE BASEBALL REPORT: THE SINGLE-MOST UNDERRATED AL/NL STARTING PITCHERS AT THIS POINT OF 2016

Hold off that celebratory parade, "Dub Nation".

The Cleveland Cavaliers scratched and clawed their way back into these here-and-now NBA Finals with a rock-solid 112-97 victory in Game 5 this past Monday night and so the series now not only shifts back to Ohio with the Golden State Warriors (up three games-to-two) still needing that one "W" to win it all - again - but with the Cavs seemingly energized by their dynamic duo.

Yes, LeBron…

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29
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Hamels, Moreland lead Rangers past Royals

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A Texas Rangers rotation that's struggled for the last month got an ace-like performance from their ace Thursday night.

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28
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Franco, Phillies power past Braves

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28
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Big 7th pushes Twins past Orioles

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25
Jun
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24
Jun
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Jun
Text: Lawyer seeks plea deal, doubts Manziel can stay clean

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26
Jun
Sacramento State, Fresno State extend series

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25
Jun
Former Vols pay tribute to Phillip Fulmer at charity roast

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24
Jun
Briles officially out at Baylor after sexual assault scandal

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24
Jun
Defense Department says Air Force Academy lax in reporting

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26
Jun
Former Temple hoops star Hal Lear dies at 81

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Hal Lear, the sweet-shooting guard who starred for the Temple Owls in the 1950s and still holds the school record for points in a season, has died. He was 81.

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26
Jun
Nebraska's Andrew White will get release so he can transfer

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24
Jun
Fields set for 39th annual Great Alaska Shootout

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24
Jun
NC State adds forward Ted Kapita to recruiting class

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Jun
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26
Jun
Whiteside hoping to decide his free-agent future on July 1

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26
Jun
NBA top draft Simmons' cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

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26
Jun
NBA top draft Simmons' cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) The cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in a New Jersey neighborhood, family members said.

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