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A’s Beane continues to work magic

In several ways, Billy Beane is a gambler working with a bankroll. But there’s not much money to play with, so the Oakland Athletics general manager must be smart with it, and he needs to make the right moves.

Bettors torn on Tiger

As he’s showing more signs of old age, the old Tiger Woods is missed. He was far more fascinating when winning majors and scoring with porn stars.

Bettors try to beat LeBron to decision

At some point, LeBron James is probably going back home to Cleveland, and not just for a summer vacation. The odds say he will follow his heart and return to play for the Cavaliers, sooner or later.

Canadian Football League worth a look

In three weeks, the New England Patriots open training camp, and the sight of Tom Brady’s passes will ease our sore eyes. The sports betting world revolves around football season, which is almost here.

Without Tiger, it’s wide-open U.S. Open

With the final round falling on Father’s Day, and especially because he has played second fiddle six times in the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson will be the sentimental favorite of most fans and media this week.

Bucs’ draft will benefit McCown

Fourteen quarterbacks were called during the three-day NFL Draft marathon, and at least half will be busts in the long run. Expect none to make a bigger impact this season than Josh McCown will for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

One way or other, Browns get their man

It could have been dumb luck that brought the Cleveland Browns and Johnny Manziel together. He was there for the taking, but team after team passed him by, and eventually everything fell perfectly into place.

Manziel’s reward greater than risk

As a quarterback, Johnny Manziel is a playmaker and risk taker, the definition of a gambler. Sometimes that’s a problem. But even the cynics can see his entertainment value is a sure thing.

Mystifying Pacers are destined to exit early

At one point, it was almost a given that Paul George, the NBA’s next big star, would lead the Indiana Pacers to the stratosphere. The sharps and squares often are at odds and see things differently, but on this point, almost everyone agreed.

Add Clippers’ circus to wagering craziness

On any other day, Stephen Curry’s seven 3-pointers would have been the only story. Sideshow aside, Curry shot life back into the Golden State Warriors, and that’s what mattered most to underdog bettors. The Warriors were aiming to get even in a first-round playoff series. The Los Angeles Clippers are tied up in a full-blown media circus.

NFL does Manning, Broncos no favors

How about a rematch with Seattle and another road trip to New England? Those are the so-called highlights of the Denver Broncos’ regular-season schedule, which calculates as the second toughest in the league. It’s not necessarily a doomsday scenario, but for Peyton Manning, it’s definitely not getting any easier.