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Rogers Cup 2015

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One of the final stops on the road to the 2015 U.S. Open got underway north of the border with first-round play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto.

Back in action the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returns to a testing draw at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, in the Quebec Province of Canada. Every time Novak Djokovic steps onto the court, he is the strong favorite to win no matter what. This perhaps again holds true as he gets ready for his charge at a 2nd US Open title in a month’s time.

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Montreal hosts this year’s men’s tournament, while the top stars in women’s tennis headed to Toronto.

Rogers Cup—Monday Results

2015 Rogers Cup Results—Aug. 10

Women’s Singles Winner Loser Score
First Round Sabine Lisicki Venus Williams (14) 6-0, 6-3
First Round Flavia Pennetta Gabriela Dabrowski 6-4, 6-1
Men’s Singles
First Round Gilles Simon (9) Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4
First Round Gael Monfils (15) Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-1
First Round Thomaz Bellucci Pablo Cuevas 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(4)
First Round Ivo Karlovic Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 7-6(6)
First Round Leonardo Mayer Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-4
First Round Gilles Muller Philip Bester 6-2, 6-3
First Round Sam Querrey Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-3
First Round Tommy Robredo Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
First Round Sergiy Stakhovsky Filip Peliwo 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
First Round Bernard Tomic Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3
First Round Donald Young Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4

Sources: RogersCup.com and CoupeRogers.com

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Bunting Important Technical Skill In Baseball

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Whether you hit for power, hit for average, or have trouble hitting, you can always help your team in critical situations by laying down a successful bunt. Bunting can be used not only to advance base runners but also to surprise an opponent or to get runners on base against an extremely tough pitcher. Proper instruction in bunting is important because this skill, should be executed with little individual deviation in technique.

If you want to be a complete hitter that can help his team in any situation, you need to spend the time necessary to become a good bunter. Good technique and practice is all that’s required to become a quality bunter.

Bunting Situations

Runner on First: Late in a game a sacrifice bunt is used to move the runner into scoring position.

Runner on Second: A good way to get a runner home from second without the benefit of a base hit is to have the runner at second steal third on a bunt.

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Here some tips to bunting

Set your bat angle: Get in your regular batting stance The motion for the bunt is simply to spin on your back leg like a normal baseball swing.

The bat angle is for the barrel to be higher than your hands.  If you do it the other way around, you’ll probably pop the baseball up in the air.

Hand Position: Your top hand is a little higher than normal, about where the label is.  The bottom hand stays down by the knob.  If you bring your hands closer together, like some people like to do, then you won’t have as much control over the bat.

Head Position: You want your head behind the barrel so that you can see both the baseball bat and the baseball in your line of vision.

Start High, use your legs to get lower: Start with the bat at the top of the strike zone.  If the throw is lower, than you will use your legs to adjust.  Keep your head and hands in the proper position and use your legs to drop your body as needed.  If the ball is above your bat, then you know it is outside of the strike zone.

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Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (57-53) at Los Angeles Dodgers (62-50)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

G Gonzalez (8-4) (3.75) vs. Br Anderson (6-6) (3.13)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -146 / Washington Nationals +136

 

In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49) and the Washington Nationals (57-53) at Dodger Stadium, Brett Anderson (6-6, 3.06 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and will air on MASN and SNLA.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers return home following getting swept over the weekend in Pittsburgh but still leading the National League West. The Dodgers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 37-18 at home, and they have a three game lead over the Giants in the NL West. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .255 with Justin Turner hitting .323, Adrian Gonzalez hitting .298, and Howie Kendrick hitting .296. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.43 with the starters at 3.20 and the bullpen at 3.93. For game one against the Nationals the Dodgers start Brett Anderson who has allowed 125 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 86 over 123.2 innings for a 6-6 record and a 3.06 ERA.
The Washington Nationals are slumping at the wrong time as they are currently on the outside looking in at the post-season. The Nationals are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 26-30 on the road, and they are 1.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .249 with Bryce Harper hitting .355, Yunel Escobar hitting .307, and Danny Espinosa hitting .246. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.65 with the starters at 3.69 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one against the Dodgers the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has allowed 123 hits and 48earned runs while striking out 105 over 115.1 innings for an 8-4 record and a 3.75 ERA.

Los Angeles is a -133 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Dodgers are 55-43 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -941. The Dodgers rank fifth in the majors in home runs with 136. As for the pitching staff, the Dodgers are second in the NL in hits allowed with just 8.1 per game. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 8.6 K’s per game.

In their previous three games this season, the Dodgers have a 2-1 record. The Dodgers will take on a left-hander (Gonzalez) in this game and have an 8-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Anderson will take the mound against the Nationals, who have a 14-10 record against lefty starters this season.

 

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The Different Ways to Bet a Sporting Event

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There are several different types of common sports bets and here we explain them all:

Against the Spread

In every game, there is a favorite and an underdog. In order to make the game even for betting purposes, oddsmakers come up with a point spread, or line. The spread is a handicap, the amount of points you have to part with if you bet on the favorite, and the amount you will receive as an underdog.

Every game that has a point spread is considered an even proposition, a 50/50 bet. In fact, that is the purpose of the spread, to make the teams even, so that there is no obvious advantage to picking one side or the other. In order to make money on wagers against the spread, sports books charge a commission (or a vig), typically 10%, that you pay on losing bets, i.e., you have to risk $55 to win $50.

In order to overcome the vig, you have to win roughly 52.5% of the time.

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Over/Under

Also called the total, this is a bet on the sum of points scored by both teams in a given game. For example, the over/under line for the Titans-Cowboys’ game might be 40. If the Titans win 30 – 13, the total is 43, and the over wins. If the Cowboys, win 20 -13, the total is 33 and the under wins. It doesn’t matter which team scores what.

The over/under is also a 50/50 bet, and as such, there is typically a 10% vig attached, just as with games against the spread.

Money Line

The money line is as odds bet. Instead of parting with points or receiving points to make the game even, you part with or receive extra money. For example, if the oddsmakers believe that it’s twice as likely that Dallas will beat Arizona than the other way around, then the odds will look something like this: Dallas (-220) vs. Arizona (+180). Dallas -220 means that if you want to bet on Dallas, you have to risk $220 in order to win $100. Arizona +180 means that if you bet on Arizona, you risk $100 to win $180.

 

The reason why you lose $220 if you bet Dallas win just $180 if you bet Arizona, is that this disparity takes the place of the vig, i.e., the big is built into the odds here.

 

Parlays

Basically, parlays are bad bets. They are essentially the combining of two or more standard against the spread bets for a better payout. For example, if you feel strongly about Tennessee -15 against Dallas and Philadelphia -10 against Arizona, then you may want to parlay the two games. In that case, if you lose either you lose your entire bet. If both win, you get paid 13-5 or 5-2, depending on the house.

 

In other words, if you parlay $50 on those two games, you’ll win $125-$130 if and only if both teams cover. So why is this a bad bet? Because you have a 50% chance to win each game, and thus a 25% chance to win both. If you were getting true or fair odds, a 25% chance would pay 3:1. In that case, you would risk $50 to win $150. But you only get $125 to $130. Assuming that you get $130, you are receving $20 less (or 13.33%) less than an even bet would pay. But remember: on normal bets against the spread, you only kick in an extra 10% on losses.

 

Teases

There are two basic kinds of teases: a two and a three team tease. With the two team variety, you can take six points and do what you want with it on two different games. For example, if you like Tennessee-15 against Dallas and Philadelphia -10 against Arizona, then you can tease both spreads down by six points, to Tennessee-9 and Philly -4. Assuming you bet $50, if the Titans win 30-20 and the Eagles win 16-10, you will win $50. If either team fails to cover the teased spread, you lose $50. Moreover, if you tie on either leg of the tease, you lose the entire bet.

There’s no need for the house to take a vig because the tease is a bad bet. Six points, as attractive as it seems, doesn’t quite make up for having to win both games.

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Different Types of Sports Betting

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They are traditional forms of sport betting, that is, simply placing straightforward wagers on the outcome of sporting events, But internet came to change things, online sports betting is still largely about making traditional wagers. However, there are a few other ways of betting on sports too.

This are  some of the most popular alternative types of sports betting:

In Play Betting

Most sports betting sites offer in play betting these days, and it’s one of the most popular ways to bet on sporting events. Although, relatively speaking, it is something of a new development, in a few years it has had a huge impact on the way people place wagers. It’s also incredibly straightforward. Basically, it’s all about placing wagers while a sporting event is taking place rather than before it starts.

It’s also known as live betting and it opens up a whole new range of betting opportunities.

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Exchange Betting

Exchange betting is another relatively new development in the world of sports betting. It has proved to be incredibly popular though and many people now choose to place their wagers in this way. The wagers you can place are essentially the same as in traditional sports betting but there is one fundamental difference in the way it works. Instead of using the services of a bookmaker, you are betting against other people who are taking the opposite position to you.

Fantasy Sports Betting

Playing fantasy sports is not about betting directly on the outcome of sporting events at all. It’s still about trying to make money out of your sporting knowledge. The basic concept is that you create a fantasy team by picking your chosen players and then put that team up against teams created by other players. The betting aspect is that you stake money on how your team will perform against your opponents.

You can play on a number of sports and there are various ways in which you can wager money.

Spread Betting

There are actually two types of spread betting. One is betting on the point spread, which is a very common way of betting on sports – particularly in America.

The other form of spread betting is not quite as straightforward, or as common. It can be very profitable but there is also a lot of risk involved too. This is because the amount of money won or lost is not a fixed stake, but varies depending on how accurate a wager is.

In some ways it’s similar to totals betting, in that you predict whether a specific value (for example the number of goals scored in a soccer match) will be higher or lower than the amount set by a bookmaker. However, wagers are settled based on how much higher or lower the value is.

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Proper Tackling Technique

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We love football!! We love watch it, betting on it, and of course playing it!!! And we bet you do too, so at this article you’ll find the proper tackling techniques.

Tackling successfully and safety all starts with proper technique:

  • Approach ball carrier, chop feet and get under control. You never want to be caught flat footed. Aiming point is the inside hip of the ball carrier.  We do not use the term “break down” because breaking down will get defenders caught flat footed.
  • Stay low. Sink the hips, eyes on belt buckle.
  • Tackle through.  Explode through the target with head up. Contact must be made with shoulder pads.  Feet need to be active (chopping) andunderneath you. Shoot hands up, wrap up, and grab cloth.
  • The tackler’s head must always be across the body of the ball carrier. If our players do not get their head across the body we consider that an arm tackle.
  • Drive through.  Many kids will make the mistake of stopping their feet on contact.  Teach your players to shoot and drive through the ball carrier.

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Coaches should always start off with non-live tackling drills. Practice tackling techniques on air, then with dummies/ tackling sled, then you do some live contact.  From the first day of practice we will teach how to tackle with proper tackling technique. You can practice form tackling right off the bat in your stretching lines.

Tackling with the right form and fundamentals will keep your players safe and your team ahead. You can learn to drop quickly into a basic tackling form, shooting up and into the offensive player with extreme agility, accuracy, and power. With the right fundamentals, you’ll never get juked out of your shoes, get trucked over, or execute a lazy arm tackle again.

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San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers

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The San Diego Padres had been executing better with runners in scoring position in recent weeks, but timely hits have been rare in the last few days.

They’re hoping for better situational hitting to end this 10-game trip on a positive note Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Padres (52-56) won eight of 10 from July 24-Monday, going 23 for 53 with runners in scoring position in the last five victories. They’ve lost three of four, however, going 4 for 27 in those situations in the losses.

San Diego matched Milwaukee’s 11 hits Wednesday, but was 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position in an 8-5 loss to the Brewers (46-63), who were 4 for 7.

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Murphy did have a few reasons to be encouraged: San Diego rallied for three runs in the ninth, Justin Upton was 2 for 4 after sitting out Tuesday with a sore thumb and Yangervis Solarte extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Padre since Will Venable’s 15-game run in August 2013.

San Diego’s Odrisamer Despaigne (5-7, 4.75 ERA) is aiming to win a third straight outing after back-to-back victories over Miami. He had won only once in his previous 12 starts.

Despite Murphy’s glowing assessment, those performances might have been misleading given Miami’s major league-worst 3.5 runs per game – though Milwaukee isn’t much better at 3.9 per game. Despaigne was also excellent in his only start against the Brewers, giving up one earned run while striking out nine over seven innings of a 3-2 victory for the Padres on Aug. 27, though he wasn’t credited with the win.

Matt Garza (5-12, 5.17), conversely, is trying to avoid dropping a third consecutive start for the third time this year. He had three such skids in his previous nine seasons.

Garza — trying to avoid joining teammate Kyle Lohse as the only 13-game losers in the majors — is 1-5 with a 5.83 ERA in his last seven outings, walking 13 in the last five.

Though he issued four free passes Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, he was solid otherwise, allowing three runs – all on Anthony Rizzo’s homer – over six innings in the 4-2 loss.

The Milwaukee offense was lackluster as it often has been with Garza on the mound, and he fell to 1-11 when getting two or fewer runs of support.

He hasn’t faced San Diego since 2011 but has fared well in three matchups, going 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Upton is 2 for 15 with six strikeouts versus Garza.

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Tennis Betting Glossary

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  • Ace –A serve which the reciever doesnt hit
  • ATP masters 1000– a tournament where the winner gets a 1000 ranking points. ATP 500 & 250 tournaments provide 500 or 250 ranking points.
  • Double fault– when you miss two serves, and you lose the point
  • Foot Fault– When serving, if you put your foot over the baseline or centre line whilst hitting the ball In a serve and it is counted as a fault.
  • Game– a unit or scoring, you need six games to win a set, and four points to win a game.
  • Golden Slam– winning all four Grand Slams and the Olympic tennis title, all in one calendar year.
  • Grand Slam– The four most prestigious tournaments in the calendar. The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open are the grand slams. Winning a Grand Slam is winning all four of these in a calendar year.
  • ITF– international tennis federation, the governing body of tennis.
  • Let– when the point is re-played for any reason, or if the ball hits the net and then bounces in the service box from a serve.
  • Point– a unit of scoring in each game, you need four points to win a game.

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Return Ace– A return which the server can’t hit.

  • Set-A unit of scoring, two or three sets wins the match
  • Tram lines– the two areas at the sides of the court, when the ball lands in them for singles it is out, for doubles it is in.
  • Unforced error– when a player makes an error which wasn’t anything to do with the shot from the opponent.
  • Volley– when a player hits the ball before it bounces.
  • Winner– a shot which the opponent doesn’t touch.
  • World Tour Finals– a year end tennis tournament for the top 8 players in the world.
  • WTA– womens tennis association, the womens professional circuit.

 

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Citi Open 2015

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The top stars are in Washington D.C. for the Citi Open tournament, with the tennis world preparing for the U.S. Open at the end of August, many of the WTA and ATP’s

Top 10 players Kei Nishikori (No. 5) and Marin Cilic (No. 8) are the male headliners on the second day of competition, while Ekaterina Makarova was in action as the top seed on the women’s side, as is defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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Sam Stosur recorded her 500th career victory Tuesday, moving into the second round of the Citi Open hard-court tournament by beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-2.

Stosur is a 31-year-old Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open. She is the seventh active woman with at least 500 match wins — across all levels, including at ITF, WTA, Grand Slam events, main draw and qualifying — and at least one Grand Slam singles title.

To mark the occasion, the second-seeded Stosur was presented on court with a white-frosted cake, decorated with a yellow tennis ball and the words, “Congratulations on your 500th.”

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Betting on Sports Tips

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If you are looking to increase your chances of winning money betting on sports you should follow the next betting on sports tips:

Money Management
This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting sports and possibly the most neglected. The first key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.

Shopping for Numbers
The second most important aspect of betting on sports is shopping for the best number. There will be more discrepancy in the numbers on different sports at different sports books. When you are betting your hard earned money, getting the best line is a top priority. And since the lines the bookmakers release are increasingly strong, the difference between a point or two is usually the difference between a win or a loss.

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Do your Homework
The best way to win money betting sports is to develop a niche and follow it closely

Check the Odds
When you are betting big bucks the difference in odds translate into a huge difference in your payout. All it takes is a little research of the sports books you usually bet at. Most books have their payout odds listed in way that is easy for the bettor to find them.

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