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James, Warriors in ideal Finals feud

Cleveland and Golden State form the perfect NBA Finals pair. The feud features two big-time stars and will play well on TV, blow up Twitter and energize Las Vegas sports books. The Warriors, as a minus-210 series favorite, seem to be the wiseguys’ side. The betting public is backing the Cavaliers.

Some bets are off as Patriots QB Brady faces suspension

A one-game suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes a significant statement, because it’s the Pittsburgh-New England showcase game to kick off the season, and forcing Brady to miss it would be a big deal. The line on the game is now off the board at most Las Vegas books.

Late bettors flocked toward Mayweather

The biggest betting event in boxing history never came close to matching the hype. But for Las Vegas bookmakers and those who bet on Floyd Mayweather Jr. — and the sharp money was on the favorite — it might as well be remembered as a classic.

Easy money makes Spieth more popular

A wager on a golf major typically means four days of lead changes and nail-biting suspense. It’s rarely a leisurely Sunday stroll to the window. The exception was Jordan Spieth, who ignored a tradition unlike any other.

Spieth has betting public seeing green

If golf tournaments ended after 18 holes, this would be a popular result. Jordan Spieth, the betting public’s pick to win the Masters, threatened to run away from the pack during Thursday’s first round and walked into the Augusta National clubhouse with a three-stroke lead.

Nationals are well armed to win it all

A handful of aces is always a good feeling, and that’s what the Washington Nationals are holding after signing Max Scherzer to a big deal. Scherzer is followed to the mound by Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.

Kaminsky comes through for Badgers, bettors

With the cover on the line, Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky calmly sank two free throws. Obviously, the 7-footer had no clue what the second shot meant, but he put the money ball in the bank, the Badgers walked off with a 79-72 victory over North Carolina and underdog players were left with a worthless ticket and a ridiculous bad-beat story.

Calipari even money against the field

It’s all about matchups at this point, and Kentucky has the edge mostly because of its size. Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson are 7-footers, Karl-Anthony Towns is 6-11 and Trey Lyles is 6-10. Wildcats coach John Calipari, like him or loathe him, has done a great job of putting it all together.