The Cleveland Cavaliers, outscored by a combined 48 points while dropping the first two games of the NBA Finals, find themselves on the butt-end of a joke.
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Great memories of Muhammad Ali far outnumber and overshadow the others. Still, one of the others is unforgettable, and it’s from a sad October night in 1980.
Instead of a classic NBA Finals opener, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned in a performance that was a colossal disappointment. LeBron James was upstaged by Golden State’s Shaun Livingston.
The NBA Finals should deliver soaring TV ratings and a strong wagering handle. The odds say the series probably will end painfully for the people of Cleveland.
Westgate oddsmaker Jeff Sherman is siding with LeBron James and the Cavaliers to get revenge in an NBA Finals rematch. The price on Cleveland is plus-175 to win the series.
In what amounted to a leisurely walk in the park, LeBron James and the Cavaliers coasted through the Eastern Conference with a 12-2 record. The West finals will produce a tired title contender.
It was fun to watch while it lasted. But after an historic run, Stephen Curry is jogging on hurt and tired legs, and the end appears to be near for the Golden State Warriors.
At the conclusion of spring practice, Johnny Stanton had done nothing to indicate that UNLV is about to unleash the next “Johnny Football.” By the fall, maybe that will change.
Clemson and star quarterback Deshaun Watson are not sneaking up on anyone. The Golden Nugget posted regular-season win totals on 24 teams, and the Tigers top the list.
The business side of horse racing is broken, and there’s no simple solution. The racing wagering handle in Nevada topped $700 million in 1998 before a steady regression hit, and the handle dropped to $310 million last year.
Stephen Curry has injury concerns. But the Warriors should be more worried about Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and an Oklahoma City team playing with house money and no fear heading into the Western Conference finals.
In the opinion of oddsmakers, Canelo Alvarez should fear a fight with Gennady Golovkin. Station Casinos opened Golovkin as a minus-400 favorite in boxing’s next potential megafight.
This was supposed to be the end of the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook era in Oklahoma City. Instead, the old Spurs finally hit the wall.
Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller is already putting the Cubs in the World Series, in a proposition sort of way.
In the late 1970s, as Jimmy Vaccaro tells the story, there were times when ticket writers in Strip sports books would fall asleep behind the counter because there was so little action. And that was Super Bowl week.
Believe it or not, there was a time not long ago when boxing was buzzing in the mainstream media. A long-awaited showdown was billed as a megafight, it was bet like a Super Bowl at Las Vegas sports books, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was the favorite and the villain.
Showered with boos on a rain-soaked weekend in Chicago, Roger Goodell told the draft crowd to “bring it on” in a rare show of his sense of humor. The NFL commissioner knows he’s unpopular, and he’s embracing the hate.
In the NFL, almost everything is subject to further review, so it’s premature to declare the Denver Broncos as draft winners because they traded up to get quarterback Paxton Lynch late in the first round.
An injury to Stephen Curry was reason for the Golden State Warriors to be worried. But things can change, sometimes dramatically and suddenly, and now the defending NBA champions are actually catching a lucky break.
As soon as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was sacked Monday by the legal system, with a federal appeals court reinstating his four-game suspension by the NFL, Las Vegas oddsmakers scrambled to adjust numbers.
Bookmakers were dealing the Cubs’ regular-season win total at 93 to 93½ when optimism was rampant during spring training. A 14-5 start for the Cubs has forced Chris Andrews to inflate the number.
Meetings will be scheduled, big money will be discussed and, eventually, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis will make a decision. Davis’ decision will be based on money, of course, and nothing will happen overnight.
A week after the NFL schedule was announced, and a week before the draft, CG Technology opened lines Thursday on all games for Weeks 1 through 16 and set wagering limits at $1,000 to $2,000 per side.
Kevin Durant was as bad as he gets Monday in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, so the expectation for a fallen superstar is to see him rise again. Durant delivered 34 points Thursday to lead Oklahoma City to an NBA playoff win.
Oddsmakers and sharp gamblers were anticipating a bounce-back season for the Nationals, who flopped last year in the face of huge expectations.