If there is a dark side to Jordan Spieth, it has not been revealed yet. The new face of golf is a 21-year-old who looks like he never needs to shave and is as polite as a waiter.
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MGM Resorts sports book director Jay Rood said the UFC interim featherweight title fight between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes on Saturday drew strong two-way action. McGregor opened at minus-130 and closed as a 2-1 favorite.
The San Antonio Spurs were the biggest winners in NBA free agency. LaMarcus Aldridge, a 6-foot-11-inch power forward, is an All-Star coming off arguably his best season with Portland. He averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from 3-point range.
Ohio State is the preseason No. 1 team in the nation, and its status would not change if only two of the three quarterbacks remained. It would seem impossible for coach Urban Meyer to keep Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller happy for the entire season.
The UNLV-Michigan game on Sept. 19 was one of 165 games on the board Friday when the Golden Nugget opened college football lines on the season’s most intriguing matchups. The Wolverines opened as 33-point favorites over the rebuilding Rebels.
As time passes, Jordan Spieth will be properly celebrated as the U.S. Open winner. He deserves the praise, and he will get credit in the history books. But sometimes, in the aftermath of a stunning finish, it’s more about who lost it.
No matter what changes LeBron James influences, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a better bet to win next year’s NBA championship than the Golden State Warriors are to repeat. The Westgate Las Vegas sports book opened Cleveland as the 9-4 favorite to win the 2015-16 title, with Golden State second at 5-1.
Phil Mickelson has six runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open, the only major he has not won. But he is playing well, and bettors are showing faith in him. More tickets are being written on Mickelson than on any other player at the Westgate Las Vegas sports book, where his odds are 15-1 after opening at 25-1. Rory McIlroy is the 7-1 favorite, with Jordan Spieth at 8-1.
Remember when a parade was being planned in Cleveland? Stephen Curry just rained on it, dropping one 3-pointer after another in the type of surreal shooting display that only seems possible in a video game.
At the drive-thru window, it’s not always wise to super-size the drink and fries. Sometimes, it’s smarter to go smaller. In this case, the Golden State Warriors shoved aside the 7-footer and went with Andre Iguodala.
Once again, LeBron James was all-around amazing, but he blew a shot to win at the end of regulation, setting his team up for another heartbreaking fall in overtime. This loss would have crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers and sent them to the coroner.
LeBron James scored 44 points Thursday but walked off incredibly disappointed, same as everyone who bet on his Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Golden State stole the game and the money in a 108-100 overtime victory. The Cavaliers, 6-point underdogs, controlled most of the game before imploding in the final five minutes.
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.
LeBron James’ mission is to lift a pedestrian supporting cast of Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA championship by conquering a superior Golden State Warriors team led by two of the world’s best perimeter shooters. Golden State opened as a minus-270 favorite to win the series and has been bet down to minus-240.
One loss is not enough to put a scare into the Golden State Warriors. But the fear of losing Stephen Curry to a serious injury threatened to change a series in the blink of an eye.
John Avello, Wynn Las Vegas sports book director, is so convinced about the Chicago Cubs’ future that he is predicting they will win a World Series in the next five years, and he was inspired to post a proposition on it.
A majority of bettors backed the Chicago Bulls in their must-win spot against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who dominated in a 94-73 win. Favorite bettors also got burned with the Los Angeles Clippers, who blew a 19-point lead with 14 minutes left in a 119-107 loss to the Houston Rockets.
After rolling an ankle, LeBron James overcame the pain. That was the easy part. His toughest challenge was to find a way to win the game while his supporting cast was collapsing and his coach was rendered clueless.
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.
The Westgate Las Vegas posted NFL regular-season win totals Sunday, one day after the conclusion of the draft. With quarterback Peyton Manning returning for another season, the Denver Broncos’ total opened at 10, and the first sharp bet drove the “over” price from minus-120 to minus-140.
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.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao finally trade punches tonight at the MGM Grand Garden. The wagering handle in Nevada is expected to approach $75 million, a heavyweight figure that is an educated and realistic estimate.
In a high-stakes poker game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pushed their chips to the middle of the table and went all-in on Jameis Winston. But the odds are Winston will turn out to be a joker in the deck.
It could be a 12-round slugfest, with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao trading staggering shots to whip the crowd into a frenzy. It could be one of the most memorable battles in boxing history.
A week from now, Philip Rivers might be the former quarterback of the Chargers. Everything is up in the air regarding his future, and the skies above San Diego are not powder blue. As the world turns and the NFL Draft approaches, this is the most intriguing storyline of the soap opera.