Today's Sports News
The coaches may be downplaying it but NFL football fans are certainly looking forward to this Sunday night when the Detroit Lions and coach Jim Schwartz collide with the favored San Francisco 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh in a rematch of the notorious “Handshake Bowl” at Candlestick Park (8:20 pm Eastern, NBC).
A field of eight New York bred three-year-old fillies will line up in the featured race at Belmont Park on Friday, the $85,000 Judy Soda, a one mile betting race on the main track.
The John Parisella trained Sunny Desert is the 2-1 morning line betting favorite and comes into the race riding a three race win streak, and she has landed in the exacta in six of her eight career starts.
After a disappointing start to the season in which they were held to just a pair of offensive touchdowns, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are right back in action Thursday night (8:20 pm Eastern) as big favorites against the arch-rival Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.
The NFL's regular season explodes into action Sunday with 13 games. Then Monday, as is the new tradition, the NFL gives us a pair of games to play with - this time a couple of divisional battles. Here's a quick look at the two Monday night matchups that will finish off Week 1.
The Cowboys and Giants opened the season Wednesday and underdog bettors immediately turned a profit with Dallas winning.
And historically, big underdogs in Week 1 have been a solid bet. Double-digit road underdogs are 14-4 ATS since 1991 and big home underdogs of 9 or more (the Browns and Titans both fit this category) are 8-5 ATS.
What does Sunday's NFL Week 1 betting board offer up? Here's a quick preview of what could make solid picks in your weekly NFL office pool or bankroll contest.
The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants are listed as 4-point favorites against the division rival Dallas Cowboys as the NFL regular season kicks off Wednesday night (8:30 pm ET, NBC) at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants, who are 5-1 ATS in their past six head-to-head matchups with the Cowboys, buried Dallas 31-14 late last year to clinch the NFC East title while Tony Romo and company missed the playoffs.
The Chad Brown trained Dayatthespa is the 7-5 morning line favorite for Friday’s featured race at Saratoga, the $1000,000 Riskaverse, which drew a full field of ten three-year-old fillies who will go one mile on the inner turf course.
The filly is making her first start since the spring meeting at Keeneland where she won the Appalachian (G2) in her last outing.
Brown is second in the trainer’s standings at the Spa with 25 winners from his 84 starters, trailing perennial leader Todd Pletcher by six wins going into the final four days of the 40-day meeting.
The Christophe Clement trained Right One drops out of graded stakes company and is the 3-1 morning line favorite in Wednesday’s $100,000 The Win at Saratoga.
The one mile turf race is for three-year-olds and upward which have not won an open stakes race in 2012 and drew a field of nine runners including four that are dropping out of tougher graded stakes.
Right One failed to fire his best in a fifth place finish in the Poker (G3) at Belmont Park on July 4 and figures to go off as the betting favorite.
The final week of NFL preseason action kicks off Wednesday night with a rematch of last February's Super Bowl XLVI title tilt, as the defending champion New York Giants play host to the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants, who knocked off the Patriots 21-17 seven months ago at Lucas Oil Stadium to win their fourth Super Bowl, are listed as 1.5-point underdogs with the total sitting at 41. Both teams are 1-2 in the preseason so far, although the Giants are 2-1 against the spread while the Pats are 0-3 ATS.
Reigning Wimbledon champions Roger Federer of Switzerland and Serena Williams of the United States will both be gunning for the final Grand Slam title of the 2012 tennis season, as the U.S. Open gets underway Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York.