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Author: Derek Hanson

Sizing up Potential Kyrie Irving Trades

Has there ever been a more exciting time for the NBA entering the last week of July? The soap opera, which may have been leaked by LeBron James – according to Stephen A. Smith, was apparently old news for the brass of the Cavaliers. Of course this is very apropos that King James would be in the center of “KyrieGate” seeing that many consider Bron-Bron the one calling the shots in The Land anyway – not to mention James is no stranger to drama himself. But since Kyrie bombshell was dropped a couple of days ago, rumors have been swirling like crazy in regards to trade rumors. You can even wager on where he will end up on your favorite online sportsbook. With that said, here are three of the most recent trade offers that appear to be on the table for the Cavaliers to take a look at. Keep in mind, these are just the headline names involved – no fillers or draft picks included. Via Charlotte Observer: 3.) Kyrie Irving for Kemba Walker No offense to Kemba Walker, but the basketball writer for the Charlotte Observer might have lost his mind when he posed the question “Would Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving be an upgrade over Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker? There is an entire article of the pros and cons of each player with the first sentence literally posing the question of whether the Hornets should debate offering Walker in...

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Blue Jays Strike Back to Beat Red Sox

At the height of the rivalry between the Red Sox and New York Yankees, facing either American League powerhouse after they’d just played a hard-fought series against each other could be a blessing in disguise. “There was a few times you’d play ’em right after they played each other,” manager John Gibbons reminisced Monday before his Blue Jays took on the AL East-leading Red Sox. “It was always a good time to play them because they were beat to death. Bullpens were beat to crap.” Fenway Park hosted another duel between the old foes over the weekend, including a 16-inning marathon on Saturday before a Sunday doubleheader. Beantown and New York split the series, but the real winners may have been the Blue Jays, who beat an overworked Red Sox team 4-3 in the opener of a four-game set. Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce was the man of the hour, launching a solo homer over the Green Monster in the second inning for a 3-0 lead before cashing in Ezequiel Carrera with a decisive RBI single in the eighth, stopping the home team’s comeback in its tracks. “He’s been playing really well lately,” said his manager. “We’ve been working on his swing for the past several weeks and to see things pay off like this is extremely encouraging. I’d say this has probably been the highlight of the...

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Blue Jays Strike Back to Beat Red Sox

BOSTONâ??At the height of the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, facing either American League powerhouse after they’d just played a hard-fought series against each other could be a blessing in disguise. “There was a few times you’d play ’em right after they played each other,” manager John Gibbons reminisced Monday before his Blue Jays took on the AL East-leading Red Sox. “It was always a good time to play them because they were beat to death. Bullpens were beat to crap.” Fenway Park hosted another duel between the old foes over the weekend, including a 16-inning marathon on Saturday before a Sunday doubleheader. Boston and New York split the series, but the real winners may have been the Blue Jays, who beat an overworked Red Sox team 4-3 in the opener of a four-game set. Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce was the man of the hour, launching a solo homer over the Green Monster in the second inning for a 3-0 lead before cashing in Ezequiel Carrera with a decisive RBI single in the eighth, stopping the home team’s comeback in its tracks. “He’s been playing really well lately,” said his manager. “We’ve been working on his swing for the past several weeks and to see things pay off like this is extremely encouraging. I’d say this has probably been the highlight of the week for us. I’m sure things will continue...

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New Sports Betting Trends in Australia

A form of gambling that involves placing a wager or bet, sports betting is extremely popular in Australia. Legal in Australia, sports betting is offered by many state licensed bettors. The laws for licensing vary from state to state but that isn’t our concern. Our concern is how sports betting has grown in Australia and what sports betting trends can we expect to see in the future. These are the two things that we’re going to look at in detail. How does betting work in Australia? There are only two possible outcomes of sports betting. Either you lose your wager or win a profit based on the bookmaker odds. With sports betting, you can place a bet on any sport including rugby, soccer, tennis and cricket. If you bet right, you stand a chance to make a sizeable profit. Sports betting has grown massively in Australia and elsewhere in the past decade or so. The major reason for this growing popularity of sports betting is the introduction of online betting sites such as bluebet.com.au. Thanks to online betting, people can now bet on their favourite team from the convenience of their home. Moreover, online betting has made sports betting cheap. Today, many commercial deals exist between bookmakers and sporting entities. Examples of such entities are the Australian Football league (AFL) and the National Rugby League (NRL). By increasing the...

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The NFL is Looking to Improve the In-Stadium Experience

There’s nothing quite like attending an NFL game in person. However, with the recent advancemnts in technology and offerings like NFL Sunday Ticket, the Red Zone Channel, Twitter, and DVR’s more and more people have been opting to stay at home instead of venturing out to watch the games. These developments are somewhat disappointing to NFL teams that thrive on filling their stadium with passionate fans. In order to provide people with the best experience possible, many NFL teams are starting to offer improved in-game experiences such as in-stadium WiFi to allow fans to connect to the internet and stream, tweet, and text right from their seats. These upgrades are a big improvement and fans are longer forced to choose between spending an afternoon on the couch connected to a screen or spending it outside in the fresh air taking in some NFL football. Some of the teams that are offering these new ammentiies include the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Whether the team plays in a big market or a small one or is in first place in their division or picking first in the draft, these teams know the importance of making the in-person experience as good as possible for NFL fans. They want fans to buy sports tickets and come out and support the team. If recent history is any indication, these upgrades are doing their job. Fans are coming out to games in droves and the overall satisfaction...

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Nemanja Matic ‘desperate’ to Clinch Move to Old Trafford

“Nemanja Matic, Chelsea FC defender” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland Chelsea’s dependable defensive midfielder, Nemanja Matic, is reportedly ‘desperate’ to team up again with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and line up in the heart of the Manchester United midfield in 2017/18. Mourinho is seeking a reliable holding midfielder to provide the anchor and protection for the United back line, given that the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial will be given license to roam in the final third and support new frontman, Romelu Lukaku. Although Michael Carrick has been made club captain following the departure of Wayne Rooney back to boyhood club, Everton, the 35-year-old is unlikely to play every minute of the season given his age and a swoop for Matic would seem like a very sensible move from Mourinho; weakening title rivals Chelsea in the process. Matic’s Chelsea future would also seem up in the air at present, with Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas already given assurances regarding playing time for the upcoming campaign by the Blues’ charismatic boss, Antonio Conte. However, with the Stamford Bridge club also on the verge of completing a £35m move for Monaco ace, Tiemoue Bakayoko, it appears that Matic is likely to fall even further down the midfield pecking order this term. The immediate success of N’Golo Kante in midfield – arriving last summer from 2016 champions,...

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The Rising Success of Female Jockeys in Australia and Abroad

Women are making a name for themselves in every field– and horse racing is no exception. To date, female jockeys have enjoyed considerable success and seeing this, more and more women in Australia and abroad are taking up jockeying as a full-time profession. Talking about female jockeys in Australia, women weren’t allowed to pursue horse racing in Australia until the 1970s. However, things have changed considerably since then and today you’ll find many female jockeys on the racing track. Many people like to use 365bet to place wagers on these races featuring female jockeys, making them very popular. Female jockeys in Australia Female jockeys haven’t been around for long but they’re not taking long to rise to success. As far as female jockeys in Australia are concerned, there have been many success stories including Michelle Payne becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Generally considered as a chauvinistic sport, horse racing is slowly but surely warming up to the idea of female jockeys.Today, a growing number of female apprentice jockeys are coming through the ranks. The presence of female jockeys is certainly being felt at the track. So, are you a fan of any female jockey? If yes, then you can bet on your favourite jockey to show your support. Some people believe that the naturally slimmer physique of the female jockeys gives them an advantage over their male counterparts. For this reason, many are predicting that female jockeys could be winning...

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Will Manchester United Land Ivan Perisic This Summer?

Manchester United saw a second bid rejected for winger Ivan Perisic at the start of July. The Red Devils appear determined to land the Croatian star this summer but the Serie A club are said to be standing firm and could hold the Premier League side to ransom over the 28-year-old. Can the two clubs come to an agreement before the new season gets underway? Many people are starting to bet on bet365 that Perisic and Man U will ultimately come to an agreement. Source: Italian Football TV (@ITFTVofficial) via Twitter Manchester United have already added Victor Lindelof to their squad this summer but Jose Mourinho is reportedly frustrated with the lack of transfer activity at the club over the past two months. The Portuguese coach handed a list of at least 12 transfer targets to the club’s hierarchy at the end of the 2016-17 season but many of these deals have failed to materialise. Inter were required to meet Financial Fair Play restrictions, which involved raising €30million in player sales but Ever Banega’s return to Sevilla has helped ease the burden on the Italian club and they are holding firm on star man Perisic. United were hoping to land the winger in a cut-price deal but they may be required to stump up £48million to secure his services for next season. Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as the...

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The Different Forms of Gambling and Their Relationships with the World of Sports

Gambling and sports were always related, even before gambling were called gambling and sports were called sports. Bets were placed on the fights between lions and Christians inside the Roman arenas, bets were placed on jousts and duels, and when all these bloody and aggressive activities were tamed, becoming competitive sports where no limbs were cut off, bets continued to be placed on them. In time, the forms of gambling diversified, with one of its branches shifting toward entertainment – casinos were born this way, offering high society, and later the masses, entertaining games that they could play for money. Betting on sports has remained a preferred activity for many to this day, keeping the connection between sports and gambling alive. The relationship between casinos and sports is superficial at best, especially when it comes to online gambling venues. Of course, major sporting events – especially boxing matches – are often organized inside major casino resorts in Las Vegas. This is as much a promotion for the location as it is an action to support the sport itself. On the other hand, casino game builders have a habit of reaching out to sports for inspiration. The Vegas Palms casino online, for example, has several highly successful games inspired by a variety of ball games and other sports. The Sports Star Series, a serial of video games inspired by some of...

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