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Rose’s injury clears path for Cavaliers

The Chicago Bulls were a popular choice to win the NBA championship this season, but that all changed this week when star guard Derrick Rose suffered a torn medial meniscus that will require surgery. Chicago’s odds dropped from 8-1 to 20-1 at one Las Vegas sports book.

Floyd-Manny fight would be worth the wait

Several hours passed Thursday with nothing coming from Floyd Mayweather Jr. This is the routine for those who cover boxing. Everyone waits on Floyd, and Floyd will talk when Floyd is ready. He’s got the money and the power, so he can make everyone wait.

Patriots win definition of a pick’em game

It was thrilling for everyone holding a ticket on the New England Patriots and sweating bullets. It was the agony of defeat on Seattle Seahawks bettors. It was millions of dollars changing hands in a split second in the biggest betting event of the year.

Be wary of wagering on injured Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is not The Most Interesting Man in the World. He’s not drinking beer and ripping off one-liners while surrounded by hot women. But Rodgers is being watched, because he is the most important player in the most interesting game of the NFL playoffs this weekend.

Variables add peril to bowl wagering

Thirty-eight bowl games are on the schedule, and picking winners might be tougher than making Nick Saban smile. The Alabama coach is absolutely great at what he does, which is frown all the time and win a lot of football games.