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Wayne Root Wayne Root Millionaire Football One Day
Millionaire Monday Night Football!

Won my Pinnacle Preseason Game of Year with Saints over Chargers yesterday, and made it 2-0 after the Steelers got the outright win over the Falcons. Tonight it's the Giants at the Browns, and THIS NFL GAME WILL GET YOUR MAN'S CASH

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Jim Feist Jim Feist MLB Late Bailout Rout - Monday!
Jim Feist has identified a late side on the baseball card, perfect for a bailout to bust your book. Grab this MLB Late Bailout Rout

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Jim Feist Jim Feist MLB High Roller Platinum - Monday
World Champion handicapper Jim Feist has another High Roller Platinum Club baseball release. This high end release covers

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 40-Unit Monday MLB Side Total Parlay
My Highrollers And Chairman’s Club Clients Broke The Bank Yesterday When The Underdog Brewers Won 40-Unit Side/Total Parlay...The Encore Tonight

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 50 Unit American League Game Of Week
My Personal Best Baseball Club For Big Bettors Scores With Stunning 50-Unit American League Win

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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg MLB 5-Team Pack - Monday
Hank Goldberg has 5 baseball games tonight -- and he is passing that information on to you! Grab this 5-Team Baseball Pack

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Dave Cokin Dave Cokin MLB 2-Team Doubeheader- Monday
Smokin’ Dave Cokin is set to roast the books with a a pair of baseball Value winners to bust your book tonight.

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Dave Cokin Dave Cokin Under the Hat Play - Monday
Smokin’ Dave Cokin is set to roast the books with a blockbuster baseball release, his coveted MLB Under the Hat release

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Jim Hurley Network MNF IS Back - Giants at Browns
I’’ve looked at this game from every angle and am sure we’’ll be on the winning side, just like I’’ve been on Monday nights over 65% of the time the past 5 years. Watch and Win with me tonight.

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Monday Night Football - Giants at Browns
Win Tonight’s ESPN Preseason Game - Giants At Browns. Giants Manning Makes His Debut Tonight While Browns Hope To Resolve Their QB Mess Tonight With Veteran Osweiler Being Pushed By Rookie Kizer

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. Monday NFL and MLB Percentage Plays
Put the Legendary Linesmaker’s Edge to Work for You Monday! I know WHERE the number has to be to get the money!.

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Jim Feist Jim Feist MLB Inner Circle (-1) - Monday
An 18-9 run with Inner Circles after the Rays won Sunday, part of a sizzling 49-31-1 run, grab his coveted Inner Circle release.

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL Monday Night Madness Winner!
One team on the Monday NFL card is going to flatten the opposition and the Vegas odds from the first quarter on

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Jim Hurley Network Monday MLB Blue Ribbon Shocker - Now 11-6
Blue Ribbon Baseball on an 11-6 run! Shocking Underdog Scores Monday! My Top Play of the Day is A Dog That Packs a Punch.

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Jim Hurley Network Monday Hit and Run Double Play
6-2 Over the Weekend! 3-1 Saturday and 3-1 Sunday! Our Hit & Run Baseball Club wouldn’t be enjoying another successful season without our stat gurus, who are notorious for running the numbers and digging deep into the hidden sabermetrics to find favorable situations to get the money like we did over the weekend. We’ve found two more standout plays Monday that fit the winning mold.

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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg MLB Situational Slam of Year - Mon
Get the inside scoop, with full details, and cash with Hank Goldberg’s MLB Situational Slam of the Year!

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. House Plays Baseball Club
RICHIE B’S HOUSE PLAYS BASEBALL CLUB. My One Standout Baseball Play of the Day!

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Wayne Root Wayne Root Baseball Daily Doubleheader

Wayne Root’s PARLAY OF THE YEAR, Pays on a bet, Monday.

TWO great winners are here to START YOUR WEEK. WIN on a wager. Both as solid as you will ever find. Parlays are not played often but TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT for a case of some mild GREED.

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Wayne Root Wayne Root Perfect Play Baseball - ONE DAY ONLY

Wayne Root’s PARLAY OF THE YEAR, Pays on a bet, Monday.

TWO great winners are here to START YOUR WEEK. WIN on a wager. Both as solid as you will ever find. Parlays are not played often but TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT for a case of some mild GREED.

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Blog Headlines

Network Notebook: Best and Worst from NFLX Week 2

It’s very easy for handicappers to take the second week of the NFL Preseason “off” in terms of real analysis. After Week One, you watched every game either live or on replay. You scoured the boxscores. You missed football so much all summer you couldn’t wait to dig in! In Week Two? You just watched the scoreboard update while you rooted for your bets. Mistake!

This week in particular, you really needed to be paying close attention. Some offenses made statements about regular season readiness, even if they didn’t light up the scoreboard with 38-45 points. Other teams created the illusion…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Rookie Coaches Struggling with Fundamentals

As I was studying this past weekend’s NFL boxscores, it struck me that some of the new head coaches are having big troubles getting their teams to execute on offense so far this Preseason. How are their teams going to be ready for the regular season if they’re still kicking the ball around now?

Let’s run through how the five teams with new head coaches have performed so far.

 

BUFFALO: Sean McDermott

The Bills turned the ball over FOUR times this past Thursday in a 20-16 loss to Philadelphia. Buffalo fell to 0-2 in the Preseason because they also lost to Minnesota the…

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Jim Sez NFL Weekend Wrap and MNF Preview

If you've been looking at how the NFL Preseason Favorites vs. Underdogs have been playing out through the first two full weeks, then you've noticed something ... there's been really no set pattern at all.

In fact, NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Favorites will enter tonight's New York Giants at Cleveland Browns clash with a 6-6-1 ATS (against the spread) mark with a pair of Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix, so take note that through two-plus weeks of NFL Preseason activity the chalk sides are a dead-even and vig-losing 13-13-2 ATS with Four (4) Pick 'Em's.

Okay, so dig a…

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Network Notebook: Most Important Preseason Stats

With starters beginning to see more and more action in NFL exhibition games, this is a good time for JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK to review the most important boxscore stats to study in the Preseason.

Some pundits will tell you that stats are meaningless in the Preseason. Then they’ll use stats to tell you how great their favorite player is, or how horrible the latest embattled quarterback is. Pundits have no attention span! You’re not a pundit. You’re a Las Vegas sports bettor. You need to be smart about which stats you prioritize, and which you ignore.

*PASSING STATS: It’s much easier…

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Jim Sez: Rating the New NFL Coaches

THERE'S MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS PLUS RATING THE 2017 HEAD COACHING HIRES

WE CHECK OUT THE SEC IN OUR NEXT-TO-LAST CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT

Here's the straight facts, jack: There were six new hires to the NFL head coaching ranks prior to this 2017 season and those "newbies" banged out a 4-2 SU (straight-up) and 4-2 ATS (against the spread) in their first full week of Preseason games but then last night two new guys (Buffalo's Sean McDermott and Jacksonville's Doug Marrone) both suffered SU/ATS setbacks. So, things are dead-even spreadwise as we report to y'all today.

Obviously, everyone in the handicapping…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Jaguars, Others Must Accept Their QB’s Stink!

It’s time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to accept that Blake Bortles is not destined to be a winning quarterback in the NFL. His “quarterback record” is 3-10, 5-11, and 3-13 throughout his three-year career. He currently appears to be regressing rather than getting better with age. A real-world dynamic with young quarterbacks is that they often improve in their first one or two seasons, only to see opposing defenses adjust to their tendencies to completely neutralized. The Jaguars are 11-34 with Bortles, and he might be getting worse!

Or, he may be dealing with an injury he doesn’t want to tell…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week Two of NFLX

Action begins Thursday night for the second full week of the 2017 NFL Preseason. Let’s see how the sharps have been betting these games so far. We’ll take them in Nevada rotation order.

 

THURSDAY

Baltimore at Miami: Looks like we’re going to have a soft tug-of-war between the opener of Miami -2.5 and Baltimore +3. The field goal isn’t as important a number in preseason football, though two games landed on it last week (one dog, one favorite winning by that much). Baltimore didn’t play as well as the score made it look last week vs. Washington. Miami is still working out…

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Wayne Root: NY Giants Now Favored to win NFC East

You longtime readers know that I follow New York-based teams very closely in all sports. Even though I’ve lived in Las Vegas for a few decades now, I was born a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, New York. You can bet that it caught my eye when the New York Giants slide into the favorite position to win the NFC East at some Las Vegas locales this week.

What happened? It really wasn’t anything directly tied to the Giants. Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys was suspended without pay for the first six games of the coming…

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Network Notebook: NFLX Week 2 Outlook

The second week of NFL Preseason action is often pretty dull. Everybody’s biding their time until the dress rehearsals in Week Three. (Well, some teams are just biding their time for ALL of August!). Some offenses have to keep sitting their projected starting quarterbacks because of injuries (certainly Baltimore and Indianapolis, possibly Carolina too). Out of the 16 games on the card, there are probably only a handful that are truly worth your attention in terms of preparing for the regular season.

 

GAME OF THE WEEK: Minnesota at Seattle

Both head coaches here have a history of emphasizing effort in exhibition games.…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Stay on Top of Personnel Developments

Just this past weekend, there was news that the University of Florida had suspended SEVEN players for the season opener against Michigan. In days prior, news of various season-ending injuries across the college football landscape had made temporary headlines. It’s very important if you’re serious about beating the pointspread this season that you stay abreast of all developments that involve starters and key bench players…particularly those with potential to be PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS.

I know far too many folks here in Las Vegas who kinda/sorta “half-hear” the news headlines, then forget about them. They figure they’ll worry about it when the…

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Jim Sez: Ezekiel Elliot Fallout and Football Notes

ELLIOTT'S SUSPENSION ISN'T THE ONLY PROBLEM THE COWBOYS HAVE THESE DAYS PLUS PRESEASON NOTES AS LIONS, SEAHAWKS WIN SUNDAY GAMES. JIM HURLEY GOES 4-3 OPENING WEEK OF PRESEASON

COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: LET'S ZOOM IN ON THE MOUNTAIN WEST

The Dallas Cowboys can kick, scream and holler all they want - but second-year superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott is gonna be suspended for a batch of games (we still say it won't be six!) and the appeal/ruling could be coming down the pike any day this week or next week.

Still, that's apparently not the Cowboys' only problem as we dig into the…

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Network Notebook: Pennant Race Preview

We’re about to transition from a baseball-heavy summer to a football-heavy fall here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. So, instead of previewing a big weekend series (and there are a few of them!), we’re going to outline the pennant races from this point forward. Then, we’ll be talking football for the for-seeable future.

NL EAST: Washington looks to have shorn up its bullpen issues, which will make them even more dangerous in the postseason. We know they’ll win this division…but can they beat the LA Dodgers in the playoffs if the teams go head-to-head. Assuming full health for Scherzer, Strasburg, and…

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Jim Sez: NFL Preseason Previews

ZEKE GETS ZAPPED WITH 6-GAME SUSPENSION (IT'LL BE LESS!) AND NOW COWBOYS MUST COPE...MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 GOODIES

The hammer came down - and it came down hard - on Dallas Cowboys' second-year RB Ezekiel Elliott for his alleged domestic violence episodes as the NFL stole the Friday afternoon headlines with the announcement that "Zeke" will be suspended for the first six games this season.

Folks, no way will this stay a six-game suspension as Elliott's people will appeal the ruling this weekend (if they have not already by the time you're reading this) and when it all shakes down we…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Anticipating the Coming NFL Season

Earlier this week, I gave you a bunch of homework to get you ready for handicapping and beating the NFL Preseason. Today, I’m going to focus more on how to get ready for the regular season. Even though the exhibition slate is a completely different animal, your understanding of a team’s regular season needs will help you understand what’s happening on the field during the month of August.

*First, get access to the current Regular Season Win Totals that have been posted in Las Vegas. There are now several mainstream websites and broadcasters who make these available to the public. I…

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Jim Sez Friday NFL Previews

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 REPORT - THE FRIDAY NITE MENU PLUS SOME KEY/DAUNTING QUESTIONS REGARDING THE UPCOMING '17 SEASON ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ODDS & ENDS

Ladies and gents, if you listened to all the "experts" out there this summer than you might be so inclined to think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should just hand off the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the New England Patriots one mo' time even before a single game has been played.

But wait a second!

The Pats - who are the defending champs, have won two of the last three Super Bowls and have five shiny trophies in their…

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Kelso: Why Wyoming And Tulane Will Be Two Of Most Surprising College Teams This Season
NFL Officially Begins Unofficial Preseason Wednesday With 25-Unit Game Of Week Set For ThursdayIf Ravens QB Mallett Falters Thursday You Can Bet The Shunned Colin Kaepernick Will End Up As Baltimore’s Starting QuarterbackWhy Wyoming And Tulane Will Be Two Of Most Surprising College Teams This SeasonDodgers (79-32) On Track To Break Single Season Win Record Of 116 Held By 2001 Mariners (116-46) And 1906 Cubs (116-36)

By Kelso Sturgeon 

Maybe it’s just me, or a faulty memory, but the opening week of National Football League practices has been far more chaotic than those of the past. Much of the uncertainty belongs to…

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Jim Sez Thursday NFL Previews

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 - HERE'S THE THURSDAY NITE MENU WITH SEVEN GAMES ON THE DOCKET ...

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: CHECKIN' OUT THE CURRENT WIN-IT-ALL ODDS

It's the age-old question when it comes to handicapping NFL Preseason action: What teams really want to win these exhibition games?

No doubt that there are a slew of teams each/every summer that would like to get a feel of a "winning culture" beginning in the preseason though it's no secret than many (most?) NFL teams simply want to let their starters get enough reps for the regular season, steer clear of major injuries and then hash…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week One of NFLX

The first FULL week of NFL Preseason action has arrived. Everyone here in Las Vegas is happy to have football back on the board. Oddsmakers and bettors!

Sharps have been most active in just a handful of games, including the Wednesday night opener featuring the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. I’m going to focus on those games of interest first before summarizing the rest of the 16-game card.

Houston at Carolina (Wednesday)

The Panthers opened at -3. There was a lot of sharp interest in the underdog from the get-go. We’re now seeing pick-em in many spots Wednesday morning. Not clear yet if…

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Jim Feist; NFL Preseason Pointers and Changes

by Jim Feist

     The pro football preseason kicked off this past weekend in the Hall of Fame game as the Cardinals battled the Cowboys. Remember that each season is different, with players changing teams, new coaches and assistants coming aboard, and star college players joining the pros as highly touted rookies. August football offers fans their first peak at all the new additions.  It's a short week for Dallas, heading on the road again to Los Angeles to play the rebuilding Rams. The Cowboys didn’t care much about preseason last August, going 1-3 SU/ATS, including a Week 1 loss at…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Your NFLX Homework

Here in my “Advanced Sports Betting” study course, I’ve always encouraged hard workers to do their homework. My role as The Dean of Sports Handicapping is to point you in the right direction. I assign the homework. You do the work. You learn from your work. You develop the skill sets it takes to pick winners and make money as a professional gambler. Sounds great on paper…but only if YOU are able to do the work!

Here’s your first batch of homework for the 2017 NFL Preseason. It should go without saying that you should read my post at this website…

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Kelso: Lesson #1 On How To Bury Your Sleeping Bookmaker For The Entire Season

This Is Lesson #1 On How To Bury Your Sleeping Bookmaker For The Entire Season By Just Paying Attention

Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, FSU Top My Opening Top 20...Badgers, Huskies The Sleepers

NFL Preseason Returns Wednesday Night - Panthers 3-Point TV Favorites Over Texans 

Bears Castoff QB Cutler Signs One-Year $10,000,000 Contract With Miami Dolphins

By Kelso Sturgeon

The college football season begins in less than three weeks and the work to be ready for it continues at a feverish pace. Analyzing and rating the 150 teams on which we will be betting this season is seemingly impossible but…

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Jim Sez: NFL Preseason: Fish Sign Cutler - Texans-Panthers Wed.

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 - THE CUTLER SIGNING WITH THE FISH IS WEEKEND'S BIGGEST STORY BUT WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AHEAD TO TEXANS-PANTHERS (ON WEDNESDAY) AND MORE! ...

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE: MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE REPORT

Reunited ... and it feels so good?

Hmm, the weekend past was chock full of fun National Football League stories but none was bigger than the news that former Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was signing with the Miami Dolphins - and that means a reunion between quarterback and one-time Bears' offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

It also meant that the Las Vegas and off-shore betting houses put Miami's over/under…

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Network Notebook: Dodgers/Diamondbacks Series Preview

The National League playoff brackets aren’t exactly set in stone yet. But, it’s very clear that the Los Angeles Dodgers will be a #1 seed and a strong favorite to win the pennant. They could well be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round, given the likelihood of Arizona and Colorado meeting in the Wildcard play-in game.

Tuesday night, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks begin a three-game series in the desert. This will definitely have a playoff feel to it. This has become a nice rivalry (even when Arizona is sub-par) in recent seasons. You know the stadium will be buzzing…

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Jim Sez: Sneak Peek at Preseason Week 1

NFL NOTEBOOK - A SNEAK PREVIEW ON WHAT TO WATCH IN PRESEASON WEEK 1 ACTION

PLUS TWO OF BASEBALL'S MOST UNDERRATED STARTING PITCHERS THIS YEAR

Folks, if Thursday's Hall of Fame Game - see Dallas 20, Arizona 18 - was any indication, than we figure to see a whole lot more passing in the preseason than ever before ... and that makes total sense.

Therefore, we can expect more scoring in these summertime games and - sooner or later - the Las Vegas totals prices will go up, up, up too.

So, that means the Jim Hurley Network will be checking out which…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Finding PLAYMAKERS in NFLX Action

You longtime readers know that I always emphasize PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS when making my selections in all sports. It’s important that sports bettors know which athletes are most likely to determine which teams will win straight up and cover point spreads.

When trying to find edges in the NFL Preseason slate, this is more difficult, but arguably more important! I can’t tell you how many times over my long career in this industry where I’ve made big money because I recognized one key BACKUP quarterback or running back who was likely to carry his team to a cover. That’s easier for…

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Jim Sez: NFL Hall of Fame Game Recap

NFL HALL OF FAME GAME RE-CAP: COWBOYS BEAT CARDINALS 20-18 BUT IT'S 'ZONA QB GABBERT THAT STEALS SHOW

PLUS OUR COLLEGE CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTS ROLL ON WITH A LOOK AT CONFERENCE USA

BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES TOO

Make no mistake: There is no quarterback controversy in Arizona this year - 38-year-old Carson Palmer is gonna be the man - but last night's NFL Hall of Fame Game showed that journeyman QB Blaine Gabbert plans on making the most of this summer.

The one-time high draft choice of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the numero uno story line in last night's 20-18 Dallas Cowboys' win against the Cardinals -…

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Network Notebook: Nationals/Cubs Series Preview

Even though the Chicago Cubs have been playing much better ball since the All-Star Break than they were during their long World Championship hangover, a major problem still looms. The Cubs struggle vs. good teams! They just lost two of three games at home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, dropping them to 16-24 this season against opponents who are currently at .500 or better.

The Washington Nationals come to town for a weekend series with a gaudy 63-43 record, a smidge better than Arizona. This potential playoff preview between the projected #2 and #3 seeds is an important test for the Cubbies.…

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Network Notebook: NFL Preseason Starts Thursday!

It’s a shame that the teams themselves aren’t taking Thursday’s exhibition opener very seriously. Head coach Bruce Arians of the Cardinals has already announced he won’t play any of his starters. Dallas isn’t interested in risking any injuries to key players either. So, handicappers are forced to pick a winner based on which backups care more than the coaches do!

The great thing about JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK is that we know we can pass a game if there’s no edge. We focus on finding you BIG, JUICY WINNERS!  We’ll be working with our on-site sources to get a read on player…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Bet Preseason Football

Even though the 2017 NFL Preseason begins Thursday night, I can’t say that sharps are exactly coming out of the woodwork to bet the Hall of Fame game matching the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. Nevada sportsbooks have relatively low limits for the game anyway. And, it’s pretty clear that neither team is prioritizing getting a result. If they were, one of them would be favored by at least three!

*Arizona has already made public that they won’t play any of their starters.

*Dallas is often no-shows exhibition games under this coaching regime

A team that was focused on getting a result or…

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Jim Sez: Trade Deadline Winners and HOF Game Preview

THE MLB TRADE DEADLINE REAL WINNERS AND LOSERS ...

PLUS THURSDAY'S NFL HALL OF FAME GAME PREVIEW AS COWBOYS, CARDINALS CLASH IN CANTON

Do you think that the 74-and-31 Los Angeles Dodgers were the biggest winners at the Major-League Baseball Trade Deadline on Monday? Yu bet!

The acquisition of RHP Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers was an absolute stroke of genius on many fronts by the Dodgers' brain trust - first and foremost it protects the National League West team by having a true ace in case these recent back problems by LHP Clayton Kershaw are worse than imagined and it…

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NFL Preseason Betting Tips

by Jim Feist

     It may be HOT and many folks are still on vacation, but August kicks off the best time of the sports betting calendar: Football season! Competition on the field won't be as intense as September, of course, as wins aren't as important as evaluating young talent and trying to keep players healthy. However, there will be betting lines available on preseason pro action and it's possible to cash winning tickets. Here are some things to keep in mind when watching preseason football.

Coaching Strategy:  An understanding of what coaches are trying to accomplish each week in August is…

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Wayne Root: How to Find Upsets in the NFL Preseason

The NFL Preseason is now just hours away, with the Hall of Fame game kicking off Thursday Night featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. THE KING OF UPSETS is always looking for value, and the August exhibition slate is no exception. Today, we’re going to discuss how to find smart underdog bets over the next five weeks.

When it comes to Preseason football, I always emphasize patience. Too many bettors missed football so much that they get crazy when games are back on the schedule. They imagine advantages that aren’t there. They think they’ve found a few trends that turn…

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Jim Sez: MLB Trade Deadline & Big Ten Football Snapshot

THE BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE HAS ARRIVED - WHAT LAST-MINUTE MOVES ARE GONNA ROCK THE MLB WORLD TODAY? ...

THE NFL REPORT - COWBOYS-CARDINALS ZOOM IN ON THURSDAY'S OPENER IN CANTON ...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTS ROLL ON WITH A LOOK AT THE BIG 10

Glory be! It's finally July 31st and that means the Major-League Trade Deadline is upon us and we expect plenty of fireworks prior to the 4 p.m. Eastern time deadline ... and so should you!

There's been plenty of chatter regarding the "glut" of available outfielders and so that likely means New York Mets OF Jay Bruce, Baltimore OF Chris…

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Network Notebook: Indians/Red Sox Series Preview

Just like the Chicago Cubs, their World Series counterpart who they’ve been mirroring all season, the Cleveland Indians have gotten red hot in the second half of the season. They are 9-1 their last 10 games…but haven’t created much distance at the top of the AL Central because the Kansas City Royals have been just as hot.

In a three-game series beginning Monday Night, Cleveland will take on the staggering Boston Red Sox. Boston is just 2-6 its last eight games, and 5-10 over the last 15. Worse for the Sox, they found out a few days ago that starting pitcher…

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Jim Sez Weekend Update and ACC Snapshot

HERE'S THE WEEKEND UPDATE - WE'VE GOT NFL, MLB AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL GOODIES IN OUR JAM-PACKED LATE JULY COLUMN

The countdown to the start of the NFL Preseason '17 season is officially on - as we've been reminding y'all for quite some time there's gridiron goodies come Thursday night in Canton when the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game and then a full first week of preseason action follows August 10th thru-13th when there's some fun showdowns on the docket including Jacksonville at New England, Pittsburgh at the New York Giants and Dallas at…

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Wayne Root: Can the Kansas City Royals be a Cinderella, Again?!

We’ve seen it several times in recent seasons. Everybody (particularly the analytics guys) writes off the Kansas City Royals in terms of being championship material. Then, somehow, some way, the team rises to the occasion when it matters most to play its best baseball.

The most obvious instances…

2014: KC was a Wildcard who went 8-0 in the American League brackets before losing the World Series to the San Francisco Giants 4-3. How does a Wildcard team go 12-3 in the postseason?!

2015: KC went 11-5 in the playoffs and won a World Championship by dominating the NY Mets 4-1. That’s 23-8 over…

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Network Notebook: Cubs/Brewers Series Preview

Chicago Cubs fans have had this series circled for weeks. And, now, thanks to some extremes in recent form, it’s actually a three-game set that could virtually cement an NL Central title for last year’s World Champs.

Recent Form:

Cubs: 11-2 since the All-Star Break

Brewers: 2-9 their last 11 games

Chicago has the more talented roster, and a much better starting rotation. They’re finally starting to play like a playoff team rather than a bunch of guys enduring a long hangover. Milwaukee seems to realize they’re a pretender given that recent skid. NO WAY the Brew Crew can come back to win this…

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Jim Sez Weekend Report

THE MLB REPORT - CUBS-BREWERS, RAYS-YANKEES ARE WEEKEND'S BEST MATCHUPS ...PLUS THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: MORE "OVER/UNDER" WINS TOTALS AS WE CHECK OUT LSU, OHIO STATE AND WEST VIRGINIA ...AND NFL QUICK-HITTER NEWS TOO!

Gonna head into the final weekend in July with lots of good stuff on the Major-League Baseball menu - how does a pair of intense intra-division matchups sound to you with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers banging heads at Miller Park with the National League Central Division teams fighting it out for first place ... and then don't sleep on the Tampa Bay Rays at New…

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College Football Teams Report Monday With First Games Just 25 Days Away

Alabama 7-2 To Win 5th National Championship In Last 8 Years…USC Which Lost To Crimson Tide 52-6 Last Season Second Choice At 4-1, Buckeyes In 3rd Spot At 9-2

College Football Teams Report Monday With First Games Just 25 Days Away

Best Futures Bet On Board Is To Take 18-1 Washington To Win More Than 7.5 Games

NFL Preseason Begins Thursday And You Can Get All The Winners Free 

By Kelso Sturgeon

The nation's 130 NCAA Division I football football teams open their training camps Monday and it surprises no one the Alabama Crimson Tide are the…

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Richie Baccellieri: Lessons from Bizarre McGregor/Mayweather Betting

The biggest sports betting news story this summer hasn’t involved Major League Baseball, or early betting for college and pro football. It hasn’t involved any of the big NBA trades, or even the drama surrounding New Jersey’s pending visit to the Supreme Court in hopes of getting sports betting legalized everywhere.

The biggest story, FAR AND AWAY is the intense betting activity for the upcoming “fight” between famous sports bettor (and boxing legend) Floyd Mayweather and MMA combatant Conor McGregor.

We don’t release betting selections for boxing or MMA here at this website. But, the lessons from what’s happening with the MONEY…

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Network Notebook: Who Will Win the AL East?

Just as the Boston Red Sox looked like they were ready to pull away to fulfill their futures prices and win the American League East, they went on a four-game losing streak that has tightened the race back up heading into Wednesday action.

Boston leads the NY Yankees by only ONE game. Tampa Bay is just 2.5 back. All three are around the 100-game mark in a 162-game season. There’s plenty of time for either of those three to get hot and coast to a playoff spot. Any of the three, or even two of the three could miss the playoffs…

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Jim Sez NFL Camp Notes and College Over Unders

NFL CAMP NEWS/NOTES

PLUS BASEBALL'S THREE BIGGEST NAMES THAT WON'T BE TRADED AT THE JULY 31ST DEADLINE ...HERE'S SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALL OVER/UNDER WINS TOTALS FOR 2017

Okay, so not all news coming out of the NFL Training Camps is good - just ask now-former Dallas Cowboys return specialist Lucky Whitehead who was handed his "release" after he was initially (and mistakenly) charged with misdemeanor petty larceny in his home state of Virginia.

Never a dull moment with the Cowboys, even in late July!

Now, let's get to a few more NFL camps set to open here on this Thursday/Friday:

KANSAS CITY - at Missouri Western…

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Jim Feist: A Toast to New NFL Coaches!

               by Jim Feist

     Coaching in football, more than in any other sport, is essential to a team's success. The Harbaugh brothers were flying high on different coasts before Jim jumped to Michigan, one going to three straight NFC title games and the other winning the Super Bowl (over the other brother, no less).  Bill Belichick has had one losing season (his first, 2000) since taking over the Patriots, taking them to seven Super Bowls, winning five.     In the NBA, any team that has LeBron or Kevin Durant would be a title contender.  In baseball, a team…

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Jim Sez NFL Notes and AAC College Forecast

NFL CAMPS OPENIN' UPALL OVER THE PLACE PLUS WE'VE GOT THE FIRST OF OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE FORECASTS WITH THE AMERICAN IN OUR SIGHTS

If it's late July, it means NFL training camps are opening up for action and today we will touch on a few teams that are setting up shop Wednesday/Thursday:

BUFFALO - at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NYThere's a whole new feel to this year's Bills camp with new head coach Sean McDermott refusing to term this a "rebuilding year" even though this AFC East squad is coming off a 7-9 SU (straight-up) and 6-10 ATS (against…

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Network Notebook: Red Sox/Mariners Series Preview

STUMBLING SEATTLE HOSTS BOSTON IN HUGE SERIES FOR BOTH TEAMS

The Seattle Mariners had a real chance to make a statement this past weekend when hosting the New York Yankees. They did! That statement was "we're probably not good enough to make the playoffs." Seattle lost three of four at home to fall back below the .500 mark in a very crowded race for just two Wildcard spots.

Boston dropped two of three themselves. But, that was on the road in Anaheim against the Angels who were playing with their backs against the wall. Boston still leads the AL East, and is…

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The Hidden Secrets Of Beating The NFL Preseason

Vegas Bookmaker Makes Cowboys And Patriots 7-1 Choice To Meet In Super Bowl...Jets-49ers Matchup 5000-1

NFL Training Camps Open With 1st Preseason Game August 3rd With Cowboys-Cardinals Kicking It Off - Get The Entire Preseason Free

The Hidden Secrets Of Beating The NFL Preseason First - Just Throw All The Numbers Out The Window 

By Kelso Sturgeon

There is no mercy; every single day for the first three weeks of National Football League training camps is a trip to Hell. Veteran or rookie, each of the 90-plus players vying for a spot on any of the 32 teams…

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Wayne Root: Don’t Over-rate “Motivation” in MLB Handicapping

While you definitely want to back motivated teams in Major League Baseball, particularly when they’re priced as underdogs, you can’t fall into the trap of assuming that EVERY team that’s technically in the playoff race is playing with meaningful intangibles.

Mediocre teams are mediocre for a reason (usually a few reasons), and the fact that they “must win” to stay in a divisional or Wildcard hunt isn’t going to make them any better. That “us against the world” mentality has to combine with real skill sets or it’s not going to go anywhere. Many current “contenders” don’t have enough skill!

*Too many…

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Jim Sez: Dodgers Without Kershaw - Heisman Trophy Odds

THE BASEBALL START-OF-THE-WEEK REPORT: IS THERE ANY LETTING UP FOR THE LA DODGERS (WHO MAY BE WITHOUT STAR LEFTY CLAYTON KERSHAW TILL FURTHER NOTICE?)

OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE FORECASTS ARE STRAIGHT AHEAD THIS WEEK BUT NOW WE'RE TALKING HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS

It's a brand-new week ... but we're asking the same old story: Is there anyone out there in Major-League Baseball land that can derail the sizzling-hot Los Angeles Dodgers (68-31)?

Heck, it seemed as if it was a "successful" weekend past for the visiting Atlanta Braves who managed to split the series with the Dodgers - note the Bravos were +…

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Wayne Root: Are the Seattle Mariners Ready to be a Money Team?

You longtime readers know I pay very close attention to all the New York based sports teams. Even though I moved to Las Vegas many years ago, I’m still a New Yorker at heart. I was born a true “S.O.B.” (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY.

This weekend, I’ll be closely watching the team that’s playing the New York Yankees. That’s the Seattle Mariners, who climbed back into the Wildcard race after the All-Star Break by sweeping a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, then taking two of three from the powerful Houston Astros. (And, all six of…

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Football Is Just Around The Corner

EXTRA, EXTRA - WE'RE GEARING UP FOR THE FOOTBALL SEASON - NFL AND NCAA QUICK-HITTER DITTIES BELOW ... PLUS OUR BASEBALL WEEKEND NEWS/NOTES TOO

Can you really believe it?

The National Football League kicks off its 2017 Preseason sked in two weeks (that's Thursday, August 3rd) when the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game ... and we're trusting the league that the field in Canton will be in a playable condition, right?

One week later it's a case of "everyone into the pool" as all 32 NFL teams will play a Preseason Week 1 game between…

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