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Rory McIlroy Takes Top Odds Into WGC Championship

Rory McIlroy is the favorite entering the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship event. (Getty)

With his zest for match play and his history of success in mano-a-mano showdowns, Rory McIlroy is at the top of the odds for this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship event.

McIlroy, who won the tournament in 2015 and was a semifinalist last season, is the +650 betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The event begins Wednesday at the Austin Country Club.

While the timing of the event and the field of 64 sparks an easy comparison to NCAA basketball’s March Madness, the WGC-Dell Technologies’ format owes a little more to Champions League soccer. Sixteen four-player pods play round-robin matches for three days, with the group winners joining a 16-man single-elimination playdown that will take place on Friday and Saturday.

The winner ends up playing seven matches across five days, including 36 holes on each of the last two days.

McIlroy has yet to win on the PGA Tour this year, although he’s finished seventh or higher in his last three starts. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (+900) has never won the event, but seems to be dialed in, having finished in the top six in six of his last seven tournaments. Johnson was also fifth at this event last year.

Jordan Spieth is listed at +1000. Spieth is 8-7 in singles match play over his career and was ousted by Louis Oosthuizen in the Round of 16 at last year’s tournament in Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Defending champion Jason Day (+1400) seems to be in a bit of a lull to start the season with only one top-10 finish in five events, and his odds might just be out there to see if it can draw a nibble. Hideki Matsuyama (+2000) does come in as the FedExCup points leader, but he’s been well back in the field in his last three events.

Farther down the Match Play Championship odds, two players with excellent match-play track records are the aforementioned Oosthuizen (+4000) and Thomas Pieters (also +4000).

Oosthuizen is 13-3 at the WGC-Dell Technologies over the last three seasons and likely will have some sway over the outcome. Pieters also had a strong Ryder Cup in 2016 and has drawn into a pod with Scott Piercy, Jhonattan Vegas and Bubba Watson, none of whom is exactly in a groove these days.

Forty-six of the top 50 players in the world rankings are competing in the tournament this week.

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World Series Odds 2017: Red Sox & Cubs Remain Favorites

Since the 2017 World Series champion odds were first posted early in the winter, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have been on a collision course.

Boston and Chicago are each listed at +450 to win the World Series with the start of the Major League Baseball regular season less than one week away, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. It might be best to cop a wait-and-see attitude until early-season results lead to the board being adjusted, since neither storied franchise holds great value at this juncture.

The size of Red Sox’s and Cubs’ respective fanbases also means they will draw a lot of action from diehards.

The Red Sox opened at +600, but their price has come down now that prognosticators see them as a clear favorite in the American League. Boston added LHP Chris Sale to shore up an already strong pitching staff and has a terrific young lineup with the likes of SS Xander Bogaerts and RF Mookie Betts.

The Cubs, who are attempting to become the first National League team to repeat as World Series champions since Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the mid-1970s, opened at +375. The price has come up since Chicago, as so often happens to a World Series-winning team, saw key cogs such as CF Dexter Fowler and closer Aroldis Chapman go elsewhere.

The reality for the Cubs is that they are set for years with their young infielders, consisting of SS Addison Russell, 2B Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant and 1B Anthony Rizzo. Slugger Kyle Schwarber is also starting the season with a healthy knee after missing nearly all of 2016.

Outcomes in postseason baseball are highly randomized – there has been a new champion every fall since 2001. Several other teams are capable of getting into the playoffs and then getting hot at the right time. The Cleveland Indians (+900) were that team last season and should have the pitching to be in the hunt in the AL Central, which isn’t exactly a loaded division.

Over in the NL, the Washington Nationals (+1100) might be the team to back from a cluster of contenders that includes the Los Angeles Dodgers (+1000) and San Francisco Giants (+1100). True, the Nationals have never won a postseason series, but this is the only season RF Bryce Harper and CF Adam Eaton will be together, so the NL East team might have to act like next season will be too late.

The New York Mets (+1400) are promising, but the fact starters Matt Harvey and Steven Matz are both having arm issues raises a red flag.

The Houston Astros (+1400) might be the closest thing to a darkhorse. Houston has been nurturing prospects slowly for several years and is ready to peak at a time when their competition in the AL West is mostly projected to regress (Texas Rangers), rebuild (L.A. Angels, Oakland Athletics) or remain the same old-same old (Seattle Mariners).

Only two teams in the last 13 seasons – the 2013 Red Sox and 2014 Giants – have won the World Series immediately following a season when they had a losing record.

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Gonzaga vs. South Carolina: Odds & Prediction for Final 4

Gonzaga is favored over South Carolina to reach the championship. (Getty)

Gonzaga takes on South Carolina in the Final Four for a chance to play for a national championship. According to OddsShark, Gonzaga is favored by seven points. The over-under is set at 138 points.

The OddsShark computer likes Gonzaga’s chances to reach their first title game. The computer projects a 74.1-66.1 victory for Gonzaga. The computer is taking the Bulldogs to cover the spread and the over on the point total.

Gonzaga has a good track record against the spread this season. The Bulldogs are 24-10-2 against the spread while South Carolina is just 15-18. The point total has trended just slightly under for Gonzaga with 18 games going under and 17 games going over.

The same is true for South Carolina with 18 games going under, 14 games going over and one game resulting in a push. One thing to watch is the injury status of South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell who missed practice earlier this week with an illness.

A couple key statistics via OddsShark. Gonzaga is 21-7-2 against the spread in their last 30 games. The total has gone under in 21 of South Carolina’s last 30 games.

South Carolina has had a nice run, but the Gamecocks face a Gonzaga team that has only lost one time this season. Look for the Bulldogs to punish South Carolina down low as Gonzaga advances to their first title game.

Heavy’s Pick: Gonzaga 68 South Carolina 60. Gonzaga -7. Under on the Point Total.

NBA Mock Draft 2017: Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson & Top Picks

Heavy breaks down Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and all the top college prospects in our latest NBA mock draft.

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Louisiana Derby 2017: Odds, Race Time, Post Positions & Horses

The Louisiana Derby is one of two big Kentucky Derby prep races today. (Getty)

Girvin enters the 2017 Louisiana Derby as the favorite to win in a shallow field of horses. The race gets underway from New Orleans at 6:21 p.m. Eastern.

Joe Sharp owns Girvin while Brian Hernandez is the jockey. The horse has experience winning in New Orleans.

Overcoming 8-1 odds, Girvin won February’s Risen Star Stakes to grab some early points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The race was held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, the location of today’s race.

There is a $1 million purse at stake for today’s race. The winner of the race will get 100 points towards Kentucky Derby qualifying. Second place gets 40 points, third place gets 20 points and fourth place gets 10 points.

The Florida Derby also takes place today with the same amount of points at stake. Horses that have run well at the Louisiana Derby have a history of performing well at the Kentucky Derby. According to Forbes, Gun Runner won last year’s race and finished third at the Kentucky Derby.

Here’s the odds listed by post position courtesy of Horse Racing Nation.

1 Patch 9-2
2 Hollywood Handsome 12-1
3 Local Hero 7-2
4 Senior Investment 12-1
5 Monaco 12-1
6 Guest Suite 4-1
7 Sorry Erik 30-1
8 Girvin 8-5
9 Hotfoot 30-1


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Florida Derby 2017: Odds, Horses, Post Positions & Time

The Florida Derby has traditionally had several of the Kentucky Derby favorites. (Getty)

The 2017 Florida Derby features a talented field of horses. Gunnevera is the favorite entering today’s race. The post time is 6:40 p.m. Eastern tonight at Gulfstream Park.

Gunnevera is one of the top eight favorites to win the Kentucky Derby. According to OddsShark, he is listed seventh in the Kentucky Derby odds at 20-1.

While Gunnevera is the favorite for today’s race, the horse got what many consider to be an unfavorable draw on the outside post.

Gunnevera’s trainer Antonio Sano spoke with Blood Horse about the upcoming race.

“It’s a difficult post, but we have Three Rules inside of us, so that’s going to help, because he’s going to go. We’re going to be dropping to the rail. Castellano knows what to do. He knows this track better than anyone. And my horse comes from behind, so it’s not a problem for us,” Sano told Blood Horse.

According to Blood Horse, the Florida Derby has produced 58 Triple Crown race winners including 23 Kentucky Derby winners.

Gunnevera is coming off wins in the Delta Downs Jackpot and the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Battalion Runner and Always Dreaming are two of the other favorites in today’s race.

Here’s a look at the latest odds and horses listed by post position courtesy of the Kentucky Derby.

1 State of Honor 8-1
2 Talk Logistics 30-1
3 Charlie the Greek 50-1
4 Always Dreaming 4-1
5 Quinientos 50-1
6 Coleman Rocky 30-1
7 Unbridled Holiday 30-1
8 Impressive Edge 12-1
9 Battalion Runner 3-1
10 Three Rules 8-1
11 Gunnevera 9-5

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Final 4 2017: Odds, Point Spreads & Totals

While the NCAA championship board shows that the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are prohibitive favorites, the game lines make the underdogs look enticing,

North Carolina is the +140 favorite in championship futures entering the Final Four in Glendale, with Gonzaga a second favorite at +180, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Their respective opponents in the semifinals, the Oregon Ducks (+550) and South Carolina Gamecocks (+750), are longer shots.

Gonzaga is listed as a seven-point favorite against South Carolina with a 137.5-point total. Gonzaga, which is 21-7-2 against the spread across its last 30 games, has had an unfailing edge in low-post size with C Przemek Karnowski and C Zach Collins.

The main question with the Bulldogs is whether PG Nigel Williams-Goss and the other distributors will be able to break down South Carolina’s defense – which forces 14 turnovers per game – and feed the big men.

South Carolina, led by SG Sindarius Thornwell and PG Duane Notice, has won four consecutive NCAA tournament games as a underdog. They are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a underdog of 7.5 points or less.

The total has gone under in four of Gonzaga’s last five games as a favorite. The total has gone under in 21 of South Carolina’s last 30 games as an underdog.

North Carolina is listed as a five-point favorite against Oregon with a 152-point total. Floor leader Joel Berry (ankle) will have his first full-court practice of the week on Friday for North Carolina, which is 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 tournament games as a favorite.

A fully able-bodied Berry would help North Carolina with maintaining an efficient offense that minimizes empty possessions and gets the ball to scorers such as Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks.

Oregon, with leaders such as PF Dillon Brooks, SF Tyler Dorsey and SG Dylan Ennis, is capable of matching up with North Carolina athletically. One concern with the Ducks, who are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games on a Saturday, though, is their late-game execution, since they rely on freshman PG Payton Pritchard and are inefficient at free-throw shooting. Those could be hard to get away with against a team the calibre of North Carolina.

The total has gone over in seven of North Carolina’s last 10 NCAA tournament games. The total has gone over in eight of Oregon’s last 11 games.

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