Diamondbacks vs. Cubs odds 2017: Chicago, Jon Lester home betting favorites for Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs have won each of their last five series and taken over first place in the NL Central in the process. They’ll hope to stay hot when they return home Tuesday night for the series opener of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chicago is a -180 home betting favorite with Jon Lester on the mound at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Patrick Corbin will attempt to lead the Diamondbacks to an upset as +155 underdogs. The Cubs wrapped up a five-game road trip over the weekend with four wins, taking both games over the Chicago White Sox and two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers. After an underwhelming first half that saw Chicago enter the midseason break below .500 at 43-45, the Cubs are now looking more like the team that won the World Series last year with a 13-3 second-half record. As far as everything besides that though…is there a baseball team that wasn’t providing toilet […]

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CB Tramaine Brock to begin job hunt with Seahawks, report says

Former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock, cleared last week of domestic violence charges, is a free agent looking for a job, and he’ll start his search Tuesday with the Seahawks, Pro Football Talk reported, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the situation. The Seahawks clearly are very familiar with Brock, who played seven seasons for the Niners in the NFC West. Seattle would consider Brock, who has 11 interceptions in his career, at the corner opposite Richard Sherman. The Niners released Brock in April after he was charged with criminal domestic violence, The charges were dismissed last week, but it’s unclear whether he still faces punishment under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The Buccaneers’ second-year kicker — yes, still a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft — missed an extra point and a field goal in Tampa Bay’s preseason-opening loss to the Bengals. The Cowboys running back will also claim that Thomas told friends and acquaintances to to lie […]

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Cardinals’ 9-run inning highlights offense-heavy day in MLB

If you enjoy home runs and offense, Sunday was a great day to follow Major League Baseball. Teams throughout the league put up some crooked numbers on the scoreboard, as the day epitomized the offensive explosion in the game this year. Elite Kids Tyvon Branch Jersey Rumors: The Dodgers were originally linked, but their current conversations are focused more on Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray than Verlander, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi. To tell you the truth, the past couple of years what I was doing really wasn’t working too well so I had to change some stuff last year, Peacock told Omnisport. I did it at the All-Star Break in Triple-A. I changed my arm angle and learned a new pitch from one of my buddies and just practiced it down there and brought it to the season. Peacock primarily was a fastball-changeup-curveball pitcher in 2013-14 for the Astros, but now throws his slider more than 35 percent […]

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Rays send Tim Beckham to Orioles

Limited Alan Branch Jersey The Orioles acquired shortstop Tim Beckham from the Rays just before Monday’s MLB trade deadline Tampa Bay announced the addition of Orioles prospect Tobias Myers in return. Limited Troy Hill Jersey Beckham was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, but struggled to translate his skills into MLB success. The 27-year-old middle infielder, who can play second base and shortstop, is in the midst of his best season. He is currently slashing .259/.314/.407 with 12 home runs, 36 RBIs and five stolen bases. Beckham became available after Tampa Bay acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins last month. Thoughts: Bowker and Martinez had a minimal impact in the bigs after the deal, and Turpen, Crawford and Pucetas all failed to make the majors. Molina played the second half of the 2010 season with the Rangers and that ended his time in the majors Lopez, obviously, became a mainstay in that Giants’ bullpen for years […]

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This year is the only clear title shot for this Steelers core.

And really, this should be a special season. Antonio Brown is still Antonio Brown. Bell will remain a star if healthy, and Roethlisberger should still be one of the handful of best quarterbacks anywhere. Home run-hitting receiver Martavis Bryant is conditionally un-suspended after missing last year, and a top-three offensive line is fully intact. Youth Will Witherspoon Jersey The defense got better last season and played well in the playoffs until it came up against Tom Brady. It’s a good enough unit to win a Super Bowl but probably only if it’s attached to a devastating offense. That’s what the Steelers have in this moment. Youth Terrell McClain Jersey Bell is a singularly dominant running back and Roethlisberger a Hall of Fame quarterback. The Steelers will fall off considerably without either of them, and this is the last year both are guaranteed to play together. If it’s their swan song in the same backfield, the Steelers can only hope they’ll […]

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Bill Belichick has some very good advice about training camp

Training camps are underway around the NFL, and it’s everybody’s first true football fix since the Super Bowl in February. While it feels like a monumental milestone, Bill Belichick wants to remind you that what you’re seeing now doesn’t mean as much as you might think it does. On Friday, Belichick — who is usually short-winded with his answers (except when it involves actual football) — delivered a long speech on why the early parts of camp don’t really matter. Kaepernick has said that he won’t continue his national anthem protest this year. And he’s working with a trainer to make sure he’s in game shape. He has more experience and has achieved more in this league than quarterbacks like Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, and Nick Foles, who are all on rosters right now. The fear of fan backlash is a flimsy excuse. Kaepernick’s officially licensed merchandise sales demonstrate that he has plenty of fan support. The most common working […]

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Charges dropped against ‘redneck’ Stanley Cup catfish thrower

Jake Waddell and his catfish are off the hook. Youth Roosevelt Nix Jersey The charges pending against the Predators fan for throwing a catfish onto the ice at PPG Paints Arena during Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final have been dismissed, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday. The two teams are meeting in the postseason for the third time, including the past two seasons — series won by the Predators due in large part to the standout play from goalie Pekka Rinne. The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist was stellar again Friday, stopping 27 shots. Youth Andy Dalton Jersey Anaheim was playing in their third overtime game over the past five games and their power play woes continued Friday, going scoreless on those advantages. The Ducks are now 0-for-21 on power plays since late in Game 2 against Edmonton on April 28. 1. Predators’ James Neal — The winger finished Game 1 with a plus-1 rating and […]

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Nashville TV station thinks Predators are heading ‘to the Stanley Cup Finals’

You’ll have to excuse the folks in Nashville. They’re not used to this. After the Predators closed out their second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series with a 3-1 victory over the Blues, Nashville television station WSMV showed footage of happy yellow-clad fans leaving Bridgestone Arena. One of the things we love doing is taking ordinary life situations and making them a wild and crazy experience. The Predators were a natural group to collaborate with since the whole city is rallying around them, including us,. Austin Bever (the Austin in Austin and Colin) told The Tennessean on Monday. It was going to be a low-key (read: low-budget) effort, until the Predators got involved, at the CEO’s behest. Soon it involved Bridgestone Arena, dancing with mascot the Gnash and the Predators Ice Girls, as well as with fans at a watch party last Thursday. Elite Kids Tony Gonzalez Jersey The video was uploaded Sunday afternoon to the duo’s Facebook page and by Monday […]

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Joel Embiid attempts monster dunk, gets blocked by rim, fails hard

Limited Joe Thomas Jersey Authentic Mens Kirk Mclean Jersey Joel Embiid was blocked in the first half by Kristaps Porzingis. In the second half, he was blocked by the rim. This third-quarter dunk attempt versus the Knicks is one that Embiid probably wants to wash from his memory. Thankfully, Embiid bounced right back up, and in his defense, he suffered a sprained ankle in the first half, so maybe his hops aren’t all the way back yet. In any case, this might not save him from #Shaqtin. Singh repeatedly described his desire to help open doors back home. His role in this process is not to be the Yao Ming of India, though. He probably isn’t good enough 鈥?Yao was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft and possessed a set of skills that translated to him winning Sporting News Rookie of the Year. (He finished second in a close vote to Amar’e Stoudemire for the NBA’s […]

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Mark Cuban on All-Star voter fraud, old Trump tweets and the Zaza effect

Gee, it’s almost as if Mark Cuban was talking about something else Wednesday when he went off on NBA All-Star voting (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Of course, the Mavs owner was — in his own inimitable way. On the surface, though, Cuban — by seeking answers to three key questions — seems to just want to make the All-Star Game great again. 1. Was there All-Star voter fraud? Clearly, Cuban can’t stand the idea that votes went to a player some see unfit to play, let alone start, in the leading All-Star Game in the free world. “There must have been voter fraud, because I would have bet JaVale McGee really got 3 million, and him and [Mavs rookie center] A. J. Hammons probably split that. I know I was registered with five different teams, and I’m not eligible to vote. I’m calling for an executive investigation and I’m going to sit down with [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver and […]

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