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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 09/13/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features action in MLB and the UEFA Champions League.Major League Baseball has 16 games on its schedule. The Pittsburgh Pirates travel to Cincinnati to play the Reds in the opening game of their doubleheader at 12:35 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Rays play at Toronto against the Blue Jays at 1:07 PM ET. The Cleveland Guardians host the Los Angeles Angels at 6:10 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite with the total set at 8 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Three games throw out the first pitch at 6:40 PM ET. The Houston Astros play at Detroit against the Tigers as a -210 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Miami Marlins host the Philadelphia Phillies as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Pirates play against the Reds in the second game of their doubleheader. The Baltimore Orioles visit Washington to play the Nationals at 7:05 PM ET as a -150 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two games start at 7:10 PM ET. The New York Yankees play at Boston against the Red Sox as a -170 money line road favorite with a   total of 8. The New York Mets are at home against the Chicago Cubs as a -330 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Minnesota Twins host the Kansas City Royals at 7:40 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. St. Louis is at home against Milwaukee. The St. Louis Cardinals are at home against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:45 PM ET.The Texas Rangers play at home against the Oakland A’s at 8:05 PM ET as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Chicago White Sox host the Colorado Rockies at 8:10 PM ET as a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two MLB games begin at 9:40 PM ET. The Seattle Mariners are at home against the San Diego Padres as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Arizona against the Diamondbacks as a -200 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Atlanta Braves travel to San Francisco to play the Giants at 9:45 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 8.Matchday 2 in the UEFA Champions League has seven group stage matches. Two matches start at 12:45 PM ET. Inter Milan travels to Viktoria Plzen as a -1.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Tottenham visits Sporting CP as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. Six matches conclude the UCL card at 3 PM ET. Liverpool plays at home against Ajax as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Porto is at home against Club Brugge as a -1.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Atletico Madrid plays at Bayer Leverkusen in a pick ‘em match-up with an over/under of 2.5. Bayern Munich hosts Barcelona as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 3.5. Olympique Marseille is at home against Eintracht Frankfurt as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. All seven Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games. 

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NCAAF Inside the Boxscores Week 2 (Part 1)

by Matt Fargo

Monday, Sep 12, 2022

Inside the Boxscores is a weekly feature from Matt Fargo that has been widely recognized as one of the best summations in college football. He takes an in-depth look at each game and pulls out the most pertinent information that will help you handicap games in the future. College football is filled with quirky plays, misleading scores and surprise endings. Fargo takes you inside the action. Louisville 20, Central Florida 14Louisville bounced back from a blowout loss last week as the defense stepped up on Friday. The Cardinals took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards to take a 7-0 lead but the Knights came back with their own long touchdown drive as they went 80 yards in 10 plays and after a punt on their next possession, they went the distance again with a 77-yard drive to take a touchdown lead. Louisville got into Knights territory three more times in the first half but missed a field goal, fumbled and ran out of time on the last drive before the half. The defense shut down Central Florida the rest of the way, not allowing a point over the last 10 possessions. Louisville outgained the Knights 421-339 and 5.7 to 4.7 yards per play. Boise St. 31, New Mexico 14After a scoreless first quarter, Boise St. struck first as after a pair of three and outs, the Broncos marched 91 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead and let the defense do the rest. Boise St. outgained the Lobos 318-123 and limited them to just eight first downs as the unit was able to make up for another lackluster offensive performance. New Mexico scored its only offensive touchdown on a 69-yard touchdown pass on its first play of the fourth quarter which accounted for over half of their total offense with the other touchdown coming on a 100-yard kickoff return. The Broncos offense averaged only 5.0 yards per play and were forced to punt nine times that included eight three and outs. Wake Forest 45, Vanderbilt 25Vanderbilt opened the scoring with a field goal after both teams traded punts on their first two possessions. Wake Forest looked to take the lead but was stopped on fourth down at the one-yard line and the defense made it up as it returned an interception for a touchdown. The defense then forced a punt and the Demon Deacons needed just one play to extend the lead on a 68-yard touchdown pass. Vanderbilt turned it over on the next possession leading to a short field as Wake Forest extended the lead to 21-3 and never looked back. The Demon Deacons outgained Vanderbilt 451-294 and had a 21-11 first down edge while Sam Hartman was excellent in his return with 300 yards passing and four touchdowns. Ohio St. 45, Arkansas St. 12Ohio St. took its first possession 96 yards for a touchdown but the Red Wolves responded with a field goal drive. The Buckeyes again went the length of the field for a score, forced another three and out and extended the lead to 17-3. Arkansas St. would hang around with a pair of field goals on their next two possessions to make it a one possession game but the Buckeyes added a touchdown for some breathing room before halftime and then the defense took over as they held the Red Wolves to 94 yards in the second half. Ohio St. won the yardage battle 538-276 despite a 14-minute disadvantage in time of possession as it averaged 10 yards per play compared to 3.6 for the Red Wolves. Miami Fla. 30, Southern Mississippi 7Miami and Southern Mississippi traded punts on their first possessions and the Hurricanes struck first as they got down to the Golden Eagles 12-yard line but had to settle for a field goal. Southern Mississippi took the ensuing kickoff and went 75 yards for a touchdown to take the lead and Miami could not get the offense going as it threw an interception and punted on its next two possessions before a 10-play, 86-yard drive gave it a 10-7 lead before the Half. The defense carried the Hurricanes the rest of the way as they allowed 122 total yards on the final seven Golden Eagles possessions, forcing five punts and two turnovers. The Hurricanes won the yardage battle 452-240 and allowed 33 yards rushing on 24 carries (1.4 ypc). Penn St. 46, Ohio 10Penn St. forced a punt after the opening kickoff and went 77 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead and after forcing another punt, the Nittany Lions scored on the next play with a 70-yard touchdown run and the blowout was on. They added a safety and another touchdown before Ohio finally got the offense going with a 75-yard touchdown drive that cut the lead to 12 points but the Nittany Lions then ran off 27 unanswered points to pull away for good. Penn St. outgained the Bobcats 572-263 and while they rushed for 234 yards on 34 carries (6.9 ypc), the Nittany Lions went only 3-12 on third down while allowing five sacks. Ohio entered Penn St. territory only three times in 12 possessions. North Carolina 35, Georgia St. 28North Carolina escaped against a Sun Belt Conference team for a second straight week as it survived a late rally. The Tar Heels took the opening kickoff 75 yards in seven plays and then after a pair of three and outs, tacked on two more touchdowns to take a 21-3 lead. Georgia St. cut into the lead with a long touchdown drive and had a chance for more but missed a field goal before the half. The Panthers forced a pair of turnovers to open the second half and eventually took a 28-21 lead but the Tar Heels scored the final two touchdowns while forcing Georgia St. to punt four times over its final four possessions. North Carolina was -3 in turnover margin but the defense held Georgia St. to 4-16 on third down. Alabama 20, Texas 19Despite losing its starting quarterback early in the game, Texas hung around throughout the game and nearly pulled off the monumental upset. The Longhorns built a 16-10 lead early in the fourth quarter but Alabama retook the lead following a 75-yard drive on the ensuing possession. Texas made one last run and grabbed a 19-17 lead but left 1:29 on the clock and the Crimson Tide went 61 yards to set up the game winning field goal. Alabama outgained the Longhorns by only three total yards and the running game was the difference as the Tide rushed for 161 yards on 24 carries (6.7 ypc) while allowing Texas only 79 yards on 33 carries (2.4 ypc) and allowed just three third down conversions. Duke 31, Northwestern 23The Duke offense could not be stopped early as it scored touchdowns on its first three possessions that went 77, 80 and 90 yards while Northwestern was forced to punt twice and missed a field goal on its first three possessions. The Wildcats offense got rolling after that as they got into Duke territory in eight of their final nine possessions but scored on just four of those as they turned it over on downs twice and fumbled twice including the final possession where they were going for the potential game-tying touchdown but fumbled into the endzone with 12 seconds remaining. Northwestern outgained the Blue Devils 511-461 but ran 35 more plays and averaged just 5.4 yards per play compared to 7.8 for Duke. Arkansas 44, South Carolina 30After the Arkansas defense forced a punt on the first possession of the game, the offense went 63 yards for the first of three straight touchdowns to build a 21-3 lead but the Gamecocks were able to shut out the Razorbacks offense for the next 23 minutes. South Carolina scored a pair of touchdowns to cut the lead to five points heading into the fourth quarter but the Razorbacks got the offense rolling again with three touchdowns on their next four possessions to pull away. Arkansas won the yardage battle 457-416 but ran 18 more plays thanks to a ground game that rushed for 295 yards on 65 carries (4.5 ypc) while allowing the Gamecocks only 40 yards rushing on 29 carries (1.4 ypc) but did allow 15.7 yards per completion. UTSA 41, Army 38After losing the season opener in triple overtime, UTSA was forced to overtime again but pulled this one out. It was back and forth early but Army was able to take control as it went 75 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown to end the first half and then took the opening second half kickoff and went 75 yards in nine plays to take a 28-14 lead. The Roadrunners then got their offense going as they scored a touchdown on their next three possessions but missed a field goal to win in regulation. The Roadrunners forced a field goal in overtime and won with a touchdown. They outgained Army 512-483 but gave up an unheard of 304 yards passing on a 23.4 completion average to the Black Knights. Kansas St. 40, Missouri 12The Wildcats surrendered a field goal on the Missouri opening possession but then took over after that as they went 75 yards on the ensuing possession to take a 7-3 lead. Kansas St. forced a punt that set up a 49-yard drive and another touchdown while returning the next punt 76 yards for a touchdown to break the game open. The defense allowed another field goal early in the third quarter and then intercepted a pass on the next four Tigers possessions but could get only 13 points off of those. Missouri scored a garbage touchdown with no time left after recovering a fumble. The Wildcats allowed only 222 total yards but their own offense managed just 336 yards as they went 4-13 on third down. South Alabama 38, Central Michigan 24South Alabama scored first to take a 6-0 lead and after the Chippewas grabbed a 7-6 lead, the Jaguars took over. They scored 25 points on their next four possessions and eventually built a 38-10 lead before Central Michigan made it look more respectable with a pair of late touchdowns. South Alabama outgained the Chippewas 502-338 as it ran 14 more plays and controlled the clock for 16 more minutes. The passing game led the way with 354 yards on a 13.6 completion average and while the running game kept the offense on the field, the Jaguars had only 148 yards rushing on 46 carries (3.2 ypc). The defense allowed just 81 yards rushing on 27 carries (3.0 ypc) and the Chippewas were just 4-19 on third and fourth down. Western Michigan 37, Ball St. 30Ball St. fumbled two plays into the game to set up a short field for Western Michigan and it took advantage by going 33 yards to take a 7-0 lead. The Cardinals scored on their next two possessions although one was a 20-yard field goal and after the Broncos regained the lead 14-13, Ball St. went 44 yards in just 27 seconds and kicked a field goal to take a lead into halftime. After Western Michigan scored touchdowns on two straight possessions to take the lead, Ball St. responded with an 85-yard touchdown drive but the Broncos capped the scoring with a 60-yard game winning touchdown run. Ball St. outgained the Broncos by 10 total yards despite running 15 fewer plays and having the ball for over eight less minutes. Marshall 26, Notre Dame 21Both teams punted and turned it over on downs on their first two possessions and Marshall struck first with a 79-yard touchdown drive and Notre Dame eventually took a 7-6 lead with three minutes left in the second quarter. Marshall took the ensuing possession 74 yards down to the Irish four-yard line and had to settle for a chip shot field goal to take a halftime lead. Notre Dame retook the lead early in the fourth quarter but the Thundering Herd got the lead back late in the quarter and then iced the game returning an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. Marshall outgained the Irish by 13 total yards with nearly even time of possession and both teams were just 4-13 on third down. Appalachian St. 17, Texas A&M 14After falling a two-point conversion short last week, Appalachian St. rebounded with a major upset at Texas A&M. The Mountaineers struck first after a fumble recovery led to a 29-yard touchdown drive but the Aggies responded by going 75 yards in seven plays and then their offense completely shut down. Texas A&M had only five possessions after that as its other touchdown came on a 95-yard kickoff return after Appalachian St. took a 14-7 lead and the Aggies mustered only 95 yards of offense while missing a game-tying field goal in the final minutes. The Mountaineers outgained Texas A&M 315-186 and held it to just nine first downs while possessing the ball for nearly 23 more minutes. Memphis 37, Navy 13Memphis took the opening kickoff and went 66 yards in six plays to take a 7-0 lead which it would never relinquish. After falling behind 10-0, Navy made it a three-point game after a 62-yard touchdown pass, one of only three completions on the day, but the Tigers outscored the Midshipmen 27-6 the rest of the way. They outgained Navy 506-314 and while the Tigers allowed 215 yards rushing, it was on 58 carries (3.7 ypc) and they forced three turnovers and stopped Navy twice on fourth down. Memphis had 415 yards through the air on a 17.3 completion average but the running game was held in check as the Tigers rushed for just 91 yards on 32 carries (2.8 ypc) and had only three rushing first downs. Maryland 56, Charlotte 21Maryland opened the game with a 79-yard touchdown drive in just five plays but Charlotte responded with a 16-play, 67-yard drive that took 7:12 to tie the game and then the Terrapins took over. While a 14-point lead was eventually cut in half, they were never in danger as the offense could not be stopped, scoring touchdowns on eight of their first nine possessions, with an interception being the only hiccup. Maryland outgained the 49ers 617-388 despite running 18 fewer plays as they averaged a healthy 10.0 yards per play compared to just 4.8 for Charlotte. The Terrapins finished 8-10 on third and fourth down while the 49ers finished 9-25 which included four fourth down conversions. Air Force 41, Colorado 10Colorado fumbled on its second play of the game to set up a short field and Air Force capitalized one play later with a 14-yard touchdown run. The Buffaloes managed only 14 total yards on their first five possessions which resulted in three punts and two turnovers as the Falcons built a 20-0 lead before Colorado finally put a touchdown drive together, going 71 yards on four plays. A fumble recovery led to a field goal that cut the lead to 10 points but the Buffaloes gained just 36 total yards in the second half. Air Force outgained Colorado 443-162 as the Buffaloes had just eight first downs and were only 5-21 passing for 51 yards. The Falcons racked up 435 yards rushing on 70 carries (6.2 ypc). Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 27The Volunteers fell behind by 10 points on two separate occasions in the first half before scoring 17 straight points to end the half with a seven-point lead. After trading field goals early in the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh took advantage of a muffed punt by Tennessee that set up a short field which led to a 39-yard touchdown drive that actually took 10 plays in over five minutes. The Panthers deferred in overtime and allowed a touchdown before being held to five yards on eight plays to fall short. It was very even throughout as Tennessee won the yardage battle 416-415 and had one fewer first down and was clutch on defense when needed as it allowed only four third down conversions on 18 attempts. Washington St. 17, Wisconsin 14After scoreless first quarter, Washington St. took its first possession of the second quarter 53 yards to take a 7-0 lead. Wisconsin took the ensuing kickoff and went 65 yards to tie the game and then forced a punt with 55 seconds remaining in the first half and went 45 yards in 35 seconds to take a seven-point lead into the half. The Cougars opened the second half with a field goal and went ahead midway through the third quarter with a touchdown following an interception. Wisconsin got inside the Cougars 12-yard line on its last two possessions but turned it over both times. The Badgers outgained Washington St. 401-253 but the turnovers did them in as did 11 penalties for 106 yards. Michigan St. 52, Akron 0Akron opened the game with its best drive on the day as it went 55 yards but fumbled at the Michigan St. 20-yard line and never got past the Spartans 31-yard line the rest of the way. Overall, the Zips had 14 possessions which resulted in four fumbles, nine punts and a missed field goal. The Spartans were able to march at will but it was far from perfect early as in their first eight possessions, they scored 24 points on four of those while throwing two interceptions, turning it over on downs and punting once. They outgained Akron 496-225 with a very balanced offense and the defense allowed only 22 yards rushing on 27 carries (0.8 ypc) thanks in part to five sacks for 42 yards. Eastern Kentucky 59, Bowling Green 57Eastern Kentucky was one of four FCS teams to defeat an FBS team and this one took seven overtimes. Bowling Green jumped ahead 10-0 after the first quarter but Eastern Kentucky went on a 31-7 run that included four straight scoring drives that totaled 276 yards which was sandwiched around a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The Falcons responded with three straight touchdowns to take a seven-point lead but allowed the Colonels to drive 75 yards on 14 plays to tie the game with no time left in regulation. Eastern Kentucky knocked down a pass in the seventh overtime to seal the win. The Colonels had 12 more yards, one more first down and held a slight 5.3 to 5.1 yards per play edge. Iowa St. 10, Iowa 7Offense was non-existent for a second straight week for Iowa as it scored its lone touchdown on a 16-yard drive following a blocked punt. Not counting running the clock out at the end of the first half, Iowa had 11 other possessions that resulted in six punts, three turnovers that included a fumble at the Iowa St. one-yard line, a turnover on downs and a missed field goal with no time left that would have tied the game. The Cyclones were not efficient either as they had three turnovers and had two punts blocked while managing only 313 total yards. The go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter went 99 yards on 21 plays that took 11:49 off the clock. Iowa finished with 92 yards passing and 58 yards rushing. California 20, UNLV 14California started strong by scoring a touchdown on its first two possessions and had a chance for more but threw an interception at the UNLV 10-yard line on its third possession yet followed that up with a field goal and after gaining 285 yards on those first four drives, the Golden Bears had only 85 yards on offense the rest of the way. The Rebels eventually cut the California lead to six points midway through the third quarter but were unable to get another score over their final five possessions that included three failed fourth down attempts, the final one at the eight-yard line. UNLV was outgained 370-309 and had eight fewer first downs while going 2-16 on third and fourth down. 

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Sunday Observations

by Vegas Writer

Monday, Sep 12, 2022

Heading into Monday night, seven NFL games have been decided by one score or less (eight points) and 10 games have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter.For the third time in the past four years, multiple Week 1 games went to overtime with Pittsburgh defeating Cincinnati, 23-20, and Indianapolis ending in a tie with Houston, 20-20. It was the fourth Week 1 tie since 1970.Four teams – Indianapolis (17-point deficit), New Orleans (16), the New York Giants (13) and Chicago (10) – overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win or tie in Week 1. We haven't seen more comebacks to win or tie on Week 1 in 20 years (five in 2002).Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 360 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions for a 144.2 rating and tight end Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 44-21 win over Arizona. The Chiefs became the sixth team in the Super Bowl era to win eight consecutive season-opening games.Mahomes recorded his sixth career game with at least five touchdown passes. Kelce recorded his 30th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, joining Rob Gronkowski (32 games) and Tony Gonzalez (31) as the only tight ends with at least 30 such games in NFL history.Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 279 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 129.4 rating during a 24-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.Herbert now has 14 career games with at least three touchdown passes, surpassing Peyton Manning (13 games) and Kurt Warner (13) for the third-most such games by a player in his first three career seasons in NFL history. Herbert is chasing only Marino (18 games) and Mahomes (15). Herbert has nine career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tied for most-ever with Mahomes (nine), by a player in his first three career seasons all-time.Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson recorded nine receptions for a career-high 184 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 23-7 win over Green Bay. Jefferson recorded his fifth career game with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.In his 50th career start, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson (38-12) recorded three touchdown passes in the Ravens' 24-9 win over the New York Jets. His 38 wins are tied with Tom Brady and Danny White for the third-most wins by a quarterback in his first 50 career starts since 1970. In his 20th career start, Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts tallied 333 yards (243 passing, 90 rushing) and a rushing touchdown in the Eagles' 38-35 win over Detroit. Hurts scored his 14th career rushing touchdown, tied with Josh Allen and Steve Grogan for the second-most ever by a quarterback in his first 20 career starts.Detroit wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown hauled in eight passes to become the fifth player ever to record at least eight receptions in seven consecutive games.Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Browns' 26-24 win at Carolina. Garrett, who has now played in 69 career games, has 60.5 career sacks and became the fifth player since the individual sack became an official statistic (1982) with at least 60 sacks in his first 70 NFL gamesCincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 338 yards in Week 1, improving to 7,637 passing yards in 27 career games. He tied Kurt Warner as the third-fastest player to reach 7,500 career passing yards in NFL history.Indianapolis quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 352 yards with one touchdown in the Colts' 20-20 tie at Houston. Ryan ranks eighth in league history with 60,087 passing yards in 223 games. He has 74 career games with at least 300 passing yards.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL and MLB Previews and Odds - 09/12/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Sep 12, 2022

The Monday sports card features action in the NFL and MLB.Week 1 in the regular season of the National Football League concludes with one game. The Denver Broncos travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. The Broncos are a 6.5-point road favorite with the total set at 44.5 (all odds from DraftKings). Major League Baseball has nine games on its schedule. The Miami Marlins host the Texas Rangers at 1:10 PM ET in the opening game of their doubleheader. The Marlins lost their second straight game with a 9-3 loss to the Mets in New York on Sunday. The Rangers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory against Toronto yesterday. Miami sends out Trevor Rogers to pitch against Texas’ Glenn Otto. The Marlins are a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Cleveland Guardians play at home against the Los Angeles Angels at 6:10 PM ET. The Guardians won for the sixth time in their last seven games with a 4-1 victory at Minnesota on Sunday. The Angels lost for the third time in their last four games with a 12-4 setback in Houston yesterday. Cleveland gives the ball to Konnor Pilkington to pitch against Los Angeles’ Reid Detmers. The Guardians are a -140 money line favorite with a total of 8. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 6:40 PM ET. The Houston Astros visit Detroit to play the Tigers. The Astros won for the third time in their last four games with their victory against the Angels on Sunday. The Tigers had their three-game winning streak end with a 4-0 loss at Kansas City yesterday. Framber Valdez takes the mound for Houston to battle against Eduardo Rodriguez for Detroit. The Astros are a -195 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Cincinnati Reds are at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds are on a two-game losing streak after their 7-6 loss to Milwaukee yesterday. The Pirates lost for the fourth time in their last five games with a 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday. Pittsburgh turns to Bryse Wilson to pitch against Cincinnati’s Mike Minor. The Reds are a -145 money line favorite with a total of 9.5. The Tampa Bay Rays travel to Toronto to play the Blue Jays at 7:07 PM ET. The Rays lost for the second straight time with a 10-4 loss at New York against the Yankees on Sunday. The Blue Jays had their three-game winning streak end with a 4-1 loss at Texas yesterday. Jose Berrios pitches for Toronto against a starting pitcher yet to be determined for the Rangers. Two MLB games start at 7:10 PM ET. The Marlins tap Braxton Garrett to pitch against the Rangers’ Jon Gray for the second game of their doubleheader. The New York Mets play at home against the Chicago Cubs. The Mets won for the fourth time in their last five games with their 9-3 victory at Miami on Sunday. The Cubs come off a 4-2 loss at San Francisco on Sunday. Chris Bassitt takes the mound for New York against a starting pitcher yet to be named for the Cubs. The Mets are a -280 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.The Los Angeles Dodgers are at Arizona against the Diamondbacks at 9:40 PM ET. The Dodgers won for the fourth time in their last five games with their 11-2 victory at San Diego on Sunday. The Diamondbacks ended a four-game losing streak with a 12-6 victory at Colorado yesterday. Los Angeles sends Tyler Alexander to the hill to duel against Arizona’s Ryne Nelson. The Dodgers are a -230 money line road favorite with a total of 9.The Atlanta Braves play at San Francisco against the Giants at 9:45 PM ET. The Braves lost for the second straight time yesterday in a 8-7 loss at Seattle. The Giants has won two in a row with a 4-2 victory against the Cubs yesterday. Spencer Strider pitches for Atlanta against Alex Cobb for San Francisco. Atlanta is a -175 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL and MLB Previews and Odds - 09/11/2022

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Sep 11, 2022

The Sunday sports card features action in the NFL and MLB.Week 1 in the regular season of the National Football League continues with 14 games. Nine games kick off at 1 PM ET. The New Orleans Saints visit Atlanta to play the Falcons as a 5.5-point road favorite with the total set at 43 (all odds from DraftKings). The San Francisco 49ers play at Chicago against the Bears as a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 40. The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 44. The Philadelphia Eagles are at Detroit to play the Lions as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 48.5. The Miami Dolphins play at home against the New Patriots as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 46. The Baltimore Ravens travel to New York to play the Jets as a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 44. The Washington Commanders play at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars as a 3-point favorite with a total of 44. The Carolina Panthers are at home against the Cleveland Browns as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 42. The Indianapolis Colts are at Houston to play the Texans as a 7-point road favorite with a total of 46.Four NFL games start at 4:25 PM ET. The Tennessee Titans host the New York Giants as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 44. The Green Bay Packers visit Minnesota to play the Vikings as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 46.5. The Kansas City Chiefs play at Arizona against the Cardinals as a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 54. The Los Angeles Chargers are at home against the Las Vegas Raiders as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 52.5. Sunday Night Football on NBC and Peacock begins at 8:20 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 50. Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. Two games throw out the first pitch at 1:05 PM ET. The Baltimore Orioles play at home against the Boston Red Sox as a -125 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Philadelphia Phillies are at home against the Washington Nationals as a -305 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two more MLB games begin at 1:35 PM ET. The St. Louis Cardinals play at Pittsburgh against the Pirates as a -205 money line road favorite with a total of 8. The Tampa Bay Rays play in New York against the Yankees. The New York Mets visit Miami to play the Marlins at 1:40 PM ET as a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Four MLB games start at 2:10 PM ET. The Cleveland Guardians play at Minnesota against the Twins. The Houston Astros host the Los Angeles Angels as a -245 money line favorite with a total of 8. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Cincinnati Reds as a -280 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals play at home against the Detroit Tigers as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Texas Rangers are at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 2:35 PM ET.The Arizona Diamondbacks travel to Colorado to play the Rockies at 3:10 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Chicago White Sox play at Oakland against the A’s as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. Two more MLB games start at 4:10 PM ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at San Diego against the Padres as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Atlanta Braves are at Seattle to play the Mariners as a -125 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN at 7:08 PM ET has the San Francisco Giants playing in Chicago against the Cubs.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB and CFL Previews and Odds - 09/10/2022

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Sep 10, 2022

The Saturday sports card features action in the NCAAF, MLB, and the CFL.Week 2 of the college football regular season continues with 45 games between FBS opponents. Seven games on national television kick off at noon ET. Alabama visits Texas on Fox as a 20.5-point road favorite with the total set at 64.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Arkansas hosts South Carolina on ESPN as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 54.5. Kansas State plays at home against Missouri as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 56.5. Penn State is at home against Ohio as a 28-point favorite with a total of 54.5. North Carolina travels to Georgia State on ESPNU as a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 64.5. UTSA plays at Army on the CBS Sports Network as a 2.5-point road favorite with a total of 54. Notre Dame hosts Marshall on NBC as a 20.5-point favorite with an over/under of 50. Five nationally-televised NCAAF games start at 3:30 PM ET. Tennessee plays at Pittsburgh on ABC as a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 64.5. Air Force is at home against Colorado on CBS as a 17.5-point favorite with a total of 50. Texas A&M plays at home against Appalachian State on ESPN2 as an 18.5-point favorite with an over/under of 54. Memphis visits Navy on the CBS Sports Network as a 4.5-point road favorite with a total of 49.5. Wisconsin hosts Washington State on Fox as a 17.5-point favorite with an over/under of 49. Two more NCAAF games begin at 4 PM ET. Texas Tech is at home against Houston at FS1 as a 4-point favorite with a total of 62. Illinois plays at home against Virginia on ESPNU as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 57. Three NCAAF games on national television kick off at 7 PM ET. Louisiana-Lafayette plays at home against Eastern Michigan on the NFL Network as an 11-point favorite with a total of 56. Florida hosts Kentucky on ESPN as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 51.5. Syracuse travels to Connecticut on the CBS Sports Network as a 23.5-point road favorite with a total of 49.5. Four more NCAAF games start at 7:30 PM ET. Auburn is at home against San Jose State on ESPNU as a 24-point favorite with an over/under of 48.5. USC visits Stanford on ABC at 7:30 PM ET as a 9-point road favorite with a total of 67. Nebraska plays at home against Georgia Southern on FS1 as a 23.5-point favorite with a total of 62.5. BYU hosts Baylor on ESPN at 10:15 PM ET as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 53. Fresno State plays at home against Oregon State on the CBS Sports Network at 10:30 PM ET in a pick ‘em matchup with an over/under of 59.5. Mississippi State travels to Arizona on FS1 as a 10.5-point road favorite with a total of 57.5. Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The New York Yankees play at home against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 PM ET as  a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The San Francisco Giants play at Chicago against the Cubs at 2:20 PM ET as a -115 money line road favorite. The Chicago White Sox visit Oakland to play the A’s at 4:07 PM ET as a -190 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Boston Red Sox play at Baltimore against the Orioles at 5:05 PM ET. Philadelphia is at home against Washington at 6:05 PM ET as a -240 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Mets play at Miami against the Marlins at 6:10 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite at Caesars with a total of 7.5. The Toronto Blue Jays play at Texas against the Rangers at 7:05 PM ET as a -200 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals host the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 8. Three MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:15 PM ET. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Cincinnati Reds as a -225 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two games are featured in Fox’s regional coverage. The Houston Astros host the Los Angeles Angels as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Cleveland Guardians travel to Minnesota against the Twins as a -125 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The St. Louis Cardinals play at Pittsburgh against the Pirates at 7:35 PM ET as a -205 money line road favorite with a total of 8. The Arizona Diamondbacks visit Colorado against the Rockies at 8:10 PM ET as a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 11.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers are at San Diego against the Padres at 8:40 PM ET as a -145 money line road favorite with a total of 8. The Atlanta Braves play at Seattle against the Mariners at 9:10 PM ET as a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Week 14 in the Canadian Football League concludes with three games.                  The Toronto Argonauts play at Ottawa against the Redblacks at 2 PM ET as 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 47.5. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 5 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 44.5. The Calgary Stampeders visit Edmonton to play the Eskimos at 8 PM ET as a 9.5-point road favorite with a total of 49.5.Matchweek 7 in the English Premier League got postponed after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB and CFL Previews and Odds - 09/09/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Sep 09, 2022

The Friday sports card features action in the NCAAF, MLB, and the CFL.The second week in the college football kicks off with two games. Central Florida hosts Louisville on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET. The Knights won their opener with a 56-10 victory against South Carolina State as a 43.5-point favorite on September 1st. The Cardinals got upset on the road at Syracuse, 31-7, as a 5-point favorite last Saturday. Central Florida is a 5.5-point favorite with the total set at 61.5 (all odds from DraftKings).Boise State visits New Mexico at the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET. The Broncos lost at Oregon State, 34-17, as a 2-point underdog on Saturday. The Lobos come off a 41-0 victory against Maine as a 6-point favorite on Saturday. Boise State is a 17-point road favorite with an over/under of 44.Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The San Francisco Giants travel to Chicago to play the Cubs at 4:05 PM ET as a -145 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The St. Louis Cardinals play at Pittsburgh at 6:35 PM ET as a -195 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The New York Mets are at Miami to play the Marlins at 6:40 PM ET as a -165 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Three MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:05 PM ET. The Baltimore Orioles host the Boston Red Sox as a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Philadelphia Phillies play at home against the Washington Nationals as a -195 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The New York Yankees are at home against the Tampa Bay Rays with both teams priced at -110 with an over/under of 7. The Toronto Blue Jays travel to Texas to play the Rangers at 8:05 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 8. Four MLB games start at 8:10 PM ET. The Houston Astros play at home against the Los Angeles Angels as a -225 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Kansas City Royals are at home against the Detroit Tigers as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Minnesota Twins host the Cleveland Guardians on Apple TV+ as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Cincinnati Reds as a -145 money line favorite with a total of 8. The Colorado Rockies play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 8:40 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 10. Three games close out the MLB card at 9:40 PM ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to San Diego to play the Padres as a -165 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The Atlanta Braves play at Seattle against the Mariners on Apple TV+ as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.  The Chicago White Sox are at Oakland against the A’s as a -165 money line road favorite with a total of 8.Week 14 in the Canadian Football League begins with one game. The British Columbia Lions travel to Montreal to play the Alouettes at 7:30 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 52.5.

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College Football Game Two Conference Trouble

by Tom Stryker

Thursday, Sep 08, 2022

When you only play a short 12-game regular season, getting out of the gate successfully is extremely important in college football.  A slow start can put teams behind the eight-ball early and, in some situations, seasons can be ruined before the month of October arrives. With the help of my college football database, the same one that was featured in the December 13th, 2010, issue of the ESPN Insider magazine, I’ve been able to isolate and profit from a number of early season technical situations that have performed very well.  The unique system you see below is no different.  This specific scenario takes a look at conference home favorites that check in off a straight up road loss in their first regular season battle.   When I thought about the set, I believed these home teams would bounce back especially since they’re highly motivated with a conference foe coming to town.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Take a look at what I like to call, “College Football’s Game Two Conference Trouble.” Since 2000, PLAY AGAINST any game two college football conference home favorite priced at -2.5 or more provided they arrive without confidence off a straight up road loss in their season opener.  22-Year ATS Record = 26-5 ATS for 83.8 percent  This Week’s Play’s = KANSAS and BOSTON COLLEGE  Last Saturday, West Virginia (+7’) traveled to Pittsburgh and lost 38-31 and Virginia Tech (-6’) visited Old Dominion and got rocked 20-17.  The knee-jerk reaction would be to take the Mountaineers and Hokies off those blemishes thinking they would bounce back in a big way.  That is exactly what you don’t want to do. Good luck with the Jayhawks and Eagles this week!

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Europa League Futures

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Thursday, Sep 08, 2022

The Europa League is starting and it is time to discuss possible futures on a team to win the tournament outright. This is a much harder tournament to predict than the Champions League considering that the champion of this league may not even be in the tournament yet and could end up being a club that has fallen out of Champions League later on in the competition. There are still plenty of talented teams right now though, so let’s take a look at which teams can really go the distance and last against those other teams that could drop into the tournament later on. To Win Outright Arsenal +550: Arsenal stands out as the biggest favorite on the board here right now, and they very well could end up in the finals with the team they have put together for this year. They have already started their Premier League season very hot with a 5-0-1 record and they spent a lot of money in the transfer window to add some big pieces and improve this team. Gabriel Jesus was just one of the big pieces they acquired to boost their attack and they also made countless other moves to boost their midfield and defense as well. They have a very good chance of going deep into the tournament and even winning it as they are one of the best teams in the Premier League this season and even have a very good chance of finishing top 4 getting back into Champions League. This is going to be a dominant team this year that will surely be a future Champions League team and they have the talent to make a deep run here. Manchester United +800: Man Utd comes up as the next biggest favorite on the list here. They are a club that has been struggling for years with disappointing season after disappointing season. They have had countless managers over the last few years even though this team has plenty of talent to be a contender. They have started to play much better in the Premier League recently after their first two embarrassing matches, but they are still a few pieces away from being an elite team in Europe. Most of their problems stem from the front office and bad decision making on their part. They finally have a manager that is turning things around slowly but this team still needs one more key piece in the midfield and on defense to really strengthen this lineup from top to bottom. They definitely have players that can score goals but their defense needs improvement and until they make a move to improve that, they will not be able to go all the way and compete with some of the stronger teams they may see drop down. The odds are tempting but until they change owners and make a few more big moves in the transfer window, this will not be a contending team.  Roma +1400: Roma comes up as the next on the list here and they are a team that made a ton of moves in the transfer window to improve their team. They picked up Dybala to really improve their attack and they have a lot of depth and quality players at both the midfield and defense positions. They have had a good start to their season in Serie A but they have really struggled to score goals against some of the bigger clubs in the league. Any matches they have won so far have been either very close in score by around 1 goal or they blew out a very bad opponent. They are the kind of team that plays very well against the bad teams but struggles to score on good defenses. They have a very good defense themselves as they have not allowed many goals in their matches, even against the better teams, and this is a defense that can take them very far in this tournament. They have the talent to be a top 4 team in Italy and their defense is good enough to keep them in any match with a chance to win, but their attack needs to start clicking and scoring lots of goals before they become a real contender. Roma did go very far in last year’s Europa Conference League as they ended up winning the title, and they have only made their team even better since then. The attack is still questionable on this team though, they have the potential to go very far in Europa League with that great defense and are a true contender to win here, but until they fix their attack and start to score goals more efficiently they are not my favorite team to win this tournament. Real Betis +2500: Real Betis is the final team we will be discussing here. They are tied with 2 other teams at +2500 to win the tournament, Lazio and Real Sociedad, but of those 3 clubs Real Betis really has the best team of the group and the best chance of going deep into this competition. Real Betis is coming off of a great season where they finished 5th place in La Liga just 5 points out of a Champions League spot. They have a much stronger team this season though, and with the recent collapse of Sevilla they have a very good chance of being a Champions League team next year as they are just that good. Their strength comes in their home matches but they still play very well away from home and they have a great defense that can take them far in this tournament. They do not allow many goals in their matches, especially when they are at home, and it will be hard to rip points away from them at home in this competition as they are very good. They also have a very good attack that can score a lot of goals and this attack will be able to bail them out in a lot of away matches where their defense is allowing goals. This is a team that can keep up with the elite teams in Europe, they just played a match against Real Madrid in their league but even though they lost that match 2-1, they still went into Madrid and played very well giving them a good fight the entire match. Real Betis is a true contender to go all the way and win this tournament as a very nice darkhorse. RecommendationsThis was just a closer look at the top 4 favorites to win the tournament but once again, the winner of this tournament may not even be in the competition yet as it could end up being a drop down team from Champions League. These are the best teams in the competition so far though, and some of them have a real chance while others do not. My picks for the winner of this tournament as it stands would be Arsenal at +550 as they have the best team in the competition right now and are easily a Champions League level team this year with the moves they made, and my darkhorse is Real Betis at +2500 as they also have a very good team that plays against strong competition in Spain and they are a team that can score a lot of goals but defend well when they need to and they always come with a very smart strategy to get the best possible outcomes in their matches.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL and MLB Previews and Odds - 09/08/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Sep 08, 2022

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL and MLB.The regular season in the National Football League kicks off with one game. The Buffalo Bills travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams at 8:20 PM ET on NBC and Peacock. The Bills take the field after losing in their epic playoff game in overtime at Kansas City, 42-36, in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The Rams won the Super Bowl in a 23-20 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo is a 2-point road favorite, with the total set at 52 (all odds from DraftKings).Major League Baseball has seven games on its schedule. The St. Louis Cardinals host the Washington Nationals at 1:15 PM ET. The Cardinals won for the sixth time in their last seven games with a 6-5 victory against the Nationals yesterday. They improved their record to 81-56. Washington has lost their last two games to fall to 48-69. St. Louis taps Adam Wainwright in their starting rotation to pitch against the Nationals’ Josiah Gray. The Cardinals are a -285 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Chicago Cubs play at home against the Cincinnati Reds at 2:20 PM ET. The Cubs lost for the fourth time in their last five games with a 7-1 setback to the Reds yesterday. Their record has dropped to 57-79. Cincinnati has won two of three to improve to 54-80. Adrian Sampson takes the ball for the Cubs against Luis Cessa for the Reds. Chicago is a -140 money line favorite. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the San Francisco at 4:10 PM ET. The Brewers lost for the fifth time in their last seven games after a 8-4 loss at Colorado yesterday. Their record fell to 71-65 with the defeat. The Giants are on a two-game losing streak after a 7-3 loss in Los Angeles to the Dodgers on Wednesday. Their record dropped to 65-70. Milwaukee taps Corbin Burnes as their starting pitcher to battle against San Francisco’s Scott Alexander. The Brewers are a -215 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Philadelphia Phillies host the Miami Marlins at 6:45 PM ET. The Phillies won their second game in a row yesterday in a 4-3 victory against the Marlins. They raised their record to 75-61. Miami is on a nine-game losing streak to fall to 55-80. Kyle Gibson takes the mound for the Phillies against Sandy Alcantara for the Marlins. Philadelphia is a -130 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Minnesota Twins play in New York against the Yankees at 7:05 PM ET. The Twins got swept in the doubleheader with the Yankees on Wednesday, losing the opener by a 5-4 score in 12 innings before dropping the nightcap, 7-1. Minnesota’s record fell to 68-67. New York is a on a four-game winning streak to improve their record to 83-54. The Twins send out Sonny Gray to pitch against the Yankees’ Nestor Cortes. The second-game of the doubleheader between the Giants and Brewers starts at 7:10 PM ET. Freddy Peralta takes ball for Milwaukee against a starting pitcher that has yet to be named for San Francisco. The Chicago White Sox visits Oakland to play the A’s at 9:40 PM ET. The White Sox won for the second time in their last three games after a 9-6 victory at Seattle on Wednesday. They improved their record to 69-68 with the win. The A’s lost for the sixth time in their last seven games after their 7-3 loss to Atlanta yesterday. Their record is now 50-87. The White Sox sends Dylan Cease to the hill to pitch against J.P. Sears for the A’s. Chicago is a -190 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. 

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Larry "Legend" Ness (1953-2022)

by Al McMordie

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2022

I am saddened by the sudden passing of my close friend, and colleague, Larry Ness.  Larry got his start in the handicapping profession when he was hand-picked by Jim Feist to be a panelist on the Proline TV show, and the host of Sports Desk, another handicapping show.  I recall watching those shows when I was a teenager, and always liked Larry the best -- not necessarily because he had the best win percentage, but because of his personality, his humor, and his overall manner.  Larry's skill-set went beyond handicapping.  He had the best memory of sports trivia of anyone I knew.  And he was so knowledgeable that he hosted a syndicated radio call-in show at Bally's in the early-to-mid 1990s.  I even called him one night to chat about the NBA in 1993.  Fast forward to 2000 and another friend of mine, Wayne Root, asked me to join The Winning Edge TV show.  Larry was part of the handicapping team, so I finally met Larry in person.  We quickly became great friends, and I think I probably talked to Larry 6 or 7 days a week for the last 22 years (and usually multiple times a day).  In our handicapping business, we often give our strongest plays a "signature" title.  Larry's signature release was his "Legend" play because -- whether or not Larry would want to admit it -- he was a handicapping Legend.  Larry didn't have many Legend plays -- maybe just one or two a month -- but his final selection that he released this past Sunday was, indeed, a Legend play.  It was on the Minnesota Twins +115 over the Chicago White Sox. Appropriately, it won.  And Larry "Legend" Ness went out a Winner.  Rest in peace, Larry.  You will be greatly missed.  Al McMordie 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 09/07/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features action in MLB and the UEFA Champions League.Major League Baseball has 17 games on its schedule. The New York Mets play at Pittsburgh against the Pirates in the opening game of their doubleheader at 12:35 PM ET. The Minnesota Twins visit New York to play the Yankees in the first game of their doubleheader at 3:05 PM ET. The Milwaukee Brewers are at Colorado against the Rockies as a -135 money line road favorite, with the total set at 12 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Atlanta Braves travel to Oakland against the A’s at 3:37 PM ET as a -275 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. The Los Angeles Angels host the Detroit Tigers at 4:07 PM ET as a -195 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:10 PM ET. Los Angeles is at home against the San Francisco Giants, with the Dodgers a -250 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago White Sox travel to Seattle to play the Mariners. The Twins play the Yankees in the second game of their doubleheader at 6:05 PM ET. The Mets play the Pirates in the nightcap of their doubleheader at 6:35 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Rays host the Boston Red Sox at 6:40 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Philadelphia Phillies play at home against the Miami Marlins at 6:45 PM ET as a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Toronto Blue Jays travel to Baltimore to play the Orioles at 7:05 PM ET as a -145 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Chicago Cubs are at home against the Cincinnati Reds at 7:40 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite. The St. Louis Cardinals host the Washington Nationals at 7:45 PM ET as a -300 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two MLB games start at 8:10 PM ET. Houston is at home against the Texas Rangers, with the Astros a -275 money line favorite with a total of 8. Cleveland visits Kansas City Royals with the Guardians a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The San Diego Padres are at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on FS1 at 8:40 PM ET as a -205 money line favorite with a total of 8.Matchday 1 in the UEFA Champions League concludes with eight group stage matches. Two matches start at 12:45 PM ET. Ajax hosts Rangers as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Eintracht Frankfurt is at home against Sporting CP as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Six matches conclude the UCL card at 3 PM ET. Liverpool travels to Napoli as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Atletico Madrid plays at home against Porto as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2. Bayer Leverkusen plays at Club Brugge as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Barcelona hosts Viktoria Plzen as a -3 goal line favorite with a total of 3.5. Bayern Munich is at Inter Milan as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Tottenham plays at home against Olympique Marseille as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games. 

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