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  • Argentina suddenly in big trouble in World Cup qualifying

    By The Rex Factor Very few people would argue that the South American qualification for the World Cup is the most grueling test for the 10 soccer nations involved in the world. Each of the countries plays the other at home and away in an 18-game round-robin that stretches over the course of three calendar […]

  • The Sad State of Sports

    By: Frankie the Fan I’ve been writing articles for Askthebookie.com for many years now. Some articles have been humorous, some informative, some serious, some all of the above. This is either going to be the best one I’ve ever written or the worst depending on whether or not I can get my point across or […]

  • France Favored at Home in Euro Final

    By Charles Jay There is still a lot of healing taking place in France, and it is perhaps fitting that the city that was haunted by terrorist attacks back in November might be the site for some of that healing to occur. Back in November, a large crowd listened as explosions went off outside the […]

  • France Hopes Home Cooking Works vs. Germany

    By Charles Jay France has not beaten Germany in a major tournament since 1958. And as recently as the World Cup two years ago, they were vanquished by the eventual champions in the quarter-finals. But they are playing on their home turf, so to speak, with a whole country behind them, and they have plenty […]

  • Wales Has High Hopes vs. Portugal

    By Charles Jay Euro 2016 has not come without some surprises. One of them was the elimination of England, which was packed with young talent, and which led to the quick resignation of its coach. But keeping up appearances for the United Kingdom is Wales, which hopes not to complete the “Brexit” from this international […]

  • Iceland charge into quarters by rallying past England

    By The Rex Factor The expanded European Championships were generally thought of as nothing more than a money-grab by UEFA to add an additional 20 games to a tournament that expanded from 16 to 24 teams. There’s always going to be a feel-good story in these big events, and often times more than one. While […]

  • 3rd time in last three years to be charm for Argentina?

    By The Rex Factor Argentina has not won a major international soccer title with its senior side since the 1993 Copa America crown in Ecuador. The Argentines have gotten increasingly closer in the last two summers, and have been the favorite since the get-go in this one-off Copa America Centenario in the United States. The […]

  • Euro 2016 chaos to continue Saturday with round of 16 through Monday

    By The Rex Factor The writing has been on the wall since Tuesday evening for these 2016 European Championships – the cut from 24 to 16 teams for the knockout round is overshadowed by a ludicrous and asinine turn of events that put all of the longtime continental powers on one side of the bracket. […]

  • For USA soccer, still a lot of ground to be made up

    By The Rex Factor Normally, I’m dead set against third-place matches in major tournaments. What is there to gain for the two semifinal losers to compete for a so-called bronze medal? In this instance, for the US men’s national soccer team, the third-place game of the Copa America Centenario on Saturday night in the Phoenix […]

  • European Championships Group E & F Previews

    By The Rex Factor Group E and F play begins in France at the European Championships on June 13 and 14, and many things will quickly become evident after the opening set of fixtures in each group. Belgium made an appearance in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup, succumbing to Argentina there, but the […]

  • European Championships Group C & D Previews

    By The Rex Factor Germany have qualified for at least the semifinals of each of the last five tournaments and has cemented its place at the top of the world’s international soccer hierarchy. The rubber stamp to make it official was the win over Argentina in the World Cup final in 2014. Yet the Germans […]

  • European Championships Group A & B Previews

    By The Rex Factor France will welcome in three other countries into its group A and 23 other countries in all for the 2016 UEFA European Championships. The French are overwhelming favorites to win a group that also contains Romania, Switzerland and shock qualifier Albania. The hosts are favored to win the tournament at Bet33.com, […]

  • Sunday Service Plays 8-30-15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   NFL Preseason Week 3 Essentials By Tony Mejia Sunday, Aug. 30 Houston at New Orleans: Losing tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle is a major blow, but there was justifiable criticism that Drew Brees was targeting him too much at the expense of some of the other targets on the roster. With […]

  • Saturday Service Plays 8-29-15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   NFL Preseason Week 3 Essentials By Tony Mejia You read in this space last week that the preseason is not only a necessarily evil, but also, that you can profit on it if you invest the preparation time. That opinion hasn’t changed, but those who despise the fact we’re still only halfway […]

  • Friday Service Plays 8-28-15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Friday’s NFL Preseason Tips By Tony Mejia ♠Patriots at Panthers (-1, 44) – 7:30 p.m. ET♣ New England Head coach: Bill Belichick (44-39 SU, 40-36-7 ATS in preseason) Quarterback rotation: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan Lindley Brady’s situation creates a dilemma for Belichick, who rode Garoppolo last week and knows he’s got […]

  • Thursday Service Plays 8-27-15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Thursday, August 27, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews I think it’s fair to say that Boston’s big free-agent signing of former Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez this past offseason has been one of the worst moves this decade. The Sox gave him a four-year, $88 million […]

  • Wednesday Service Plays 8/26/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews CC Sabathia used to be one of the best pitchers in baseball, but there was always a fear that his weight would end up shortening his career. And that might be the case as the Yankees have […]

  • Tuesday Service Plays 8/25/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews So did you see the no-hitter by Houston’s Mike Fiers on Friday against the Dodgers? It sure looked like he had some sort of weird substance on the inside of his glove. If MLB’s commissioner was Roger […]

  • Monday Service Plays 8/24/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Coach Fletcher MLB Monday Scouting Report 11:05 am Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs A Pair of Aces Go At It in Chicago An interleague match-up today pits last year’s AL Cy Young winner against Cub ace Jon Lester. Kluber has had flashes of the form that won him the coveted award last […]

  • Sunday Service Plays 8/23/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Sunday’s NFL Week 2 Preseason Betting Primer The second week of the NFL preseason comes to a close with three games on the schedule on Sunday. From disastrous fields to disastrous offensive lines, here are the notes you need-to-know for Sunday’s action on the gridiron. ♠ Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers […]

  • Saturday Service Plays 8/22/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Saturday’s NFL Week 2 Preseason Betting Primer By Justin Hartling The bulk of action for the second week of the NFL preseason takes place on Saturday evening. With eight games on the schedule and training camp injuries claiming plenty of players already, it can be hard to stay on top of the […]

  • Friday Service Plays 8/21/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Friday August 21, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Probably the best double-play combination in Philadelphia Phillies history will be reunited with the Los Angeles Dodgers as early as Friday night after Los Angeles acquired former All-Star second baseman Chase Utley from the Phillies with some […]

  • Thursday Service Plays 8/20/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Thursday’s NFL Week 2 Preseason Betting Primer Players get their second chance of the NFL preseason to prove their worth and battle for roster spots when four teams take to the field Thursday. Here are the news and notes you need-to-know about Thursday’s preseason action. ♠ Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins (-2.5, […]

  • Wednesday Service Plays 8/19/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Baseball has come up with a type of hat/helmet combination for pitchers to wear on the mound to protect them from comebackers, but almost no one wears it because it looks pretty funky. And barring wearing a […]

  • Tuesday Service Plays 8/18/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   MLB Betting Cheat Sheet: Capital punishment By Jeese Schule Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the mid-week major-league schedule: Capital Punishment The Washington Nationals have completely fallen apart since the All Star break, and after being shutout in San Francisco on Sunday they’ve lost six straight. They are batting a […]

  • Monday Service Plays 8/17/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Coach Fletcher MLB Monday Scouting Edge 4:05 pm Arizona D-Backs at Pittsburgh Pirates Cole Tries to Regain Form Against D-Backs The red hot Pirates are on a quest for the playoffs. A weekend sweep of the Mets just gave them more fuel. But in order to get to the promised land, the […]

  • Sunday Service Plays 8/16/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Sunday, August 16, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews By the time you read this or maybe by the end of the weekend, we could see two former All-Stars traded to contenders. Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has cleared waivers and thus could be dealt to […]

  • Saturday Service Plays 7/15/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Saturday’s NFL Week 1 Preseason Betting Primer The opening week of the NFL preseason continues with three games on the board Saturday. Here’s a look at betting notes for the three matchups: ♠ San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-2.5, 35.5) *49ers coach Jim Tomsula is unsure whether or not linebacker NaVorro […]

  • Friday Service Plays 8/14/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Friday’s NFL Preseason Tips By Kevin Rogers ♠ Titans at Falcons (-2 ½, 37) – 7:00 PM EST Tennessee Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt (10-19 SU, 10-18-1 ATS in preseason) Quarterback Rotation: Marcus Mariota (Rookie), Zach Mettenberger, Charlie Whitehurst, Alex Tanney The Titans won their regular season opener last season at Kansas City, […]

  • Thursday Service Plays 8/13/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Betting 101: Best ways to safely handicap the NFL Preseason By Jason Logan So you want to bet NFL preseason football, do you? Steering bettors away from the NFL’s unpredictable exhibition schedule is like trying to convince high school kids to wait until marriage, if you know what we mean. You aren’t going […]

  • Wednesday Service Plays 8/12/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews I’m just going to flat-out admit that if the Cubs can’t win the World Series, I hope the Kansas City Royals do. Did you happen to catch Monday’s nationally-televised game against Detroit? It was the home Royals […]

  • ‘Melo brings soccer team to Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) NBA star Carmelo Anthony announced Thursday that he is bringing a professional soccer team to Puerto Rico for the first time in three years. The new club, called Puerto Rico FC, will begin playing in the Division II North American Soccer League in fall 2016. ”It is an honor for […]

  • Tuesday Service Plays 8/11/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews How can I lead this story with anyone but the Toronto Blue Jays after how they dominated the New York Yankees over the weekend? The Jays are now just 1.5 games behind the Bombers following the three-game […]

  • Monday Service Plays 8/10/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   MLB Betting Cheat Sheet: Blue Jays blasting off Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the mid-week major-league schedule: The Invincibles The Toronto Blue Jays have won eight straight, and 11 of their last 12. The only loss during that span was also the only game that Tulowitzki didn’t play since […]

  • Sunday Service Plays 8/9/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Hall of Fame Game Betting Preview: Steelers vs. Vikings ♠ Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5, 35) ♠ Football bettors rejoice as the NFL returns with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings face off and will look to get their seasons off […]

  • Saturday Service Plays 8/8/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Saturday, August 8, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Has any potential free-agent pitcher cost himself more money in 2014 than Washington’s Doug Fister? First off, he missed a month or so with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm. So that’s a warning sign. […]

  • Friday Service Plays 8/7/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Friday August 7, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews I, like most Americans, prefer offense. I think that’s why hockey and soccer struggle a bit in this country. There just isn’t much scoring; even though I’m a big fan of both sports. But sometimes, a pitchers’ […]

  • Thursday Service Plays 8/6/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Thursday, August 6, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Pretty shocking news out of Detroit on Tuesday as the team parted ways with very successful GM/team president Dave Dombrowski. Assuming Dombrowski’s post will be longtime assistant GM Al Avila, who is the father of Tigers catcher […]

  • Wednesday Service Plays 8/5/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews I think the cycle is the most overrated event in baseball, but I did find it interesting what Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre did on Monday. He completed his cycle by the fifth inning, which is […]

  • Tuesday Service Plays 8/4/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews This is my first “Five To Follow” since the MLB trade deadline on Friday afternoon. Earlier last week I mentioned the deadline might be a dud because so many big names had already been moved. I was […]

  • Monday Service Plays 8/3/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY Game of the Day: Cubs (57-47) at Pirates (61-43) BT Movements  Jon Lester’s latest gem helped begin one the best runs of the season for the Chicago Cubs as they took advantage of facing last-place clubs to get even for the NL’s second wild card. With an upcoming slate against postseason contenders likely […]

  • Sunday Service Plays 8/2/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Game of the Day: Nationals at Mets ♦ Washington Nationals at New York Mets (-134, 6.5) The New York Mets have a chance to move into a tie for first place in the National League East on Sunday night when they host the division-leading Washington Nationals in the finale of a three-game […]

  • Saturday Service Plays 8/1/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   August MLB Good Month / Bad Month Pitchers By Marc Lawrence With the MLB trading deadline officially closed, and the NFL preseason whetting our pigskin palates, the month of August sets the table for the stretch run of the baseball season. Which pitchers can we count on to satisfy our tastes, and […]

  • Friday Service Plays 7/31/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Friday July 31, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels was set to make his first start on Friday since no-hitting the Cubs last Saturday. The team pushed him back a day because it expected to trade him and because he threw so […]

  • Thursday Service Plays 7/30/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Thursday, July 30, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Maybe Friday’s trade deadline day will be rather quiet! All the big names could be gone by then. There were two more deals Tuesday, with Kansas City acquiring Mr. Super Utility Ben Zobrist from Oakland for two […]

  • Wednesday Service Plays 7/29/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Very interesting but also somewhat puzzling trade late on Monday night as Colorado sent franchise icon and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki along with veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for shortstop Jose Reyes and three young pitchers. Now, […]

  • Tuesday Service Plays 7/28/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews Love the trade over the weekend in Kansas City landing Reds ace Johnny Cueto for three prospects. You don’t get many chances to win a World Series as a small-market club, and the Royals haven’t since 1985. […]

  • Monday Service Plays 7/27/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY Game of the Day: Royals at Indians Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians (-111, 7.5) While the Cleveland Indians set up to sell at Friday’s trade deadline following a disappointing weekend, the Kansas City Royals got a jump on the market. The Royals will welcome Johnny Cueto to the bench when they visit […]

  • Sunday Service Plays 7/26/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Sunday, July 26, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews When is Major League Baseball going to step in and force the current Mets ownership to sell? It did that with former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, and look at where that franchise is now. It’s thriving and […]

  • Saturday Service Plays 7/25/15

    by WINNERS_ONLY   Five To Follow MLB Betting: Saturday, July 25, 2015 Opening Line Report by Alan Matthews The trade market for pitching should really heat up now after Thursday’s deal sent Oakland’s Scott Kazmir to his hometown of Houston for two prospects, catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden. Kazmir was 5-5 with […]