Usa Today Sport https://usatodaysport.net Join our growing sports community Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:10:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 NFL finds Bills didn’t violate injury report policy https://usatodaysport.net/nfl-finds-bills-didnt-violate-injury-report-policy/ https://usatodaysport.net/nfl-finds-bills-didnt-violate-injury-report-policy/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:51:05 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/nfl-finds-bills-didnt-violate-injury-report-policy/ After an investigation by the NFL, The Bills were cleared of violating policy over the reporting of Jerry Hughes' injury.

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Sources: Reds tie team FA mark with Castellanos https://usatodaysport.net/sources-reds-tie-team-fa-mark-with-castellanos/ https://usatodaysport.net/sources-reds-tie-team-fa-mark-with-castellanos/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:50:58 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/sources-reds-tie-team-fa-mark-with-castellanos/ The Reds have agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with outfielder Nick Castellanos, sources told ESPN.

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Brewers’ Braun says this could be final season https://usatodaysport.net/brewers-braun-says-this-could-be-final-season/ https://usatodaysport.net/brewers-braun-says-this-could-be-final-season/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:50:45 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/brewers-braun-says-this-could-be-final-season/ Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun said during the Brewers' annual fan festival that this could be his final season.

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European hockey development: Can Sweden, Finland, Russia keep pace with North America? https://usatodaysport.net/european-hockey-development-can-sweden-finland-russia-keep-pace-with-north-america/ https://usatodaysport.net/european-hockey-development-can-sweden-finland-russia-keep-pace-with-north-america/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:50:43 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/european-hockey-development-can-sweden-finland-russia-keep-pace-with-north-america/ Nearly 70% of the NHL is Canadian or American -- but through different player development philosophies, Sweden, Finland and others are narrowing the gap.

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The NHL’s best and worst this week: When will Kirill Kaprizov, Ilya Sorokin come to the NHL? https://usatodaysport.net/the-nhls-best-and-worst-this-week-when-will-kirill-kaprizov-ilya-sorokin-come-to-the-nhl/ https://usatodaysport.net/the-nhls-best-and-worst-this-week-when-will-kirill-kaprizov-ilya-sorokin-come-to-the-nhl/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:50:40 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/the-nhls-best-and-worst-this-week-when-will-kirill-kaprizov-ilya-sorokin-come-to-the-nhl/ Wild and Islanders fans are waiting on the impact Russian imports. Plus, more fallout from All-Star Weekend, three stars, games of the week and more.

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Wild and Islanders fans are waiting on the impact Russian imports. Plus, more fallout from All-Star Weekend, three stars, games of the week and more.

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Magic vs. Heat odds, line, spread: 2020 NBA picks, Jan. 27 predictions from advanced computer model https://usatodaysport.net/magic-vs-heat-odds-line-spread-2020-nba-picks-jan-27-predictions-from-advanced-computer-model/ https://usatodaysport.net/magic-vs-heat-odds-line-spread-2020-nba-picks-jan-27-predictions-from-advanced-computer-model/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:29:46 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/magic-vs-heat-odds-line-spread-2020-nba-picks-jan-27-predictions-from-advanced-computer-model/ Magic vs. Heat odds, line, spread: 2020 NBA picks, Jan. 27 predictions from advanced computer model

Get ready for a Southeast Division battle as the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami is 31-14 overall and 20-2 at home, while Orlando is 21-26 overall and 8-15 on the road. The Heat have won four of their past six games.The Magic have lost five of their past six. Miami is favored by 4.5 points in the latest Heat vs. Magic odds, while the over-under is set at 210.5. Before entering any Magic vs. Heat picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and last season it returned a whopping $4,280 on its top-rated NBA spread and money line picks. It's already returned over $2,700 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season and entered Week 13 on a blistering 32-16 run on all top-rated NBA spread pi..

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Magic vs. Heat odds, line, spread: 2020 NBA picks, Jan. 27 predictions from advanced computer model

Get ready for a Southeast Division battle as the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami is 31-14 overall and 20-2 at home, while Orlando is 21-26 overall and 8-15 on the road. The Heat have won four of their past six games.The Magic have lost five of their past six. Miami is favored by 4.5 points in the latest Heat vs. Magic odds, while the over-under is set at 210.5. Before entering any Magic vs. Heat picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and last season it returned a whopping $4,280 on its top-rated NBA spread and money line picks. It's already returned over $2,700 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season and entered Week 13 on a blistering 32-16 run on all top-rated NBA spread picks. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Heat vs. Magic. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Magic vs. Heat:

  • Heat vs. Magic spread: Heat -4.5
  • Heat vs. Magic over-under: 210.5 points
  • Heat vs. Magic money line: Miami -194, Orlando 166

What you need to know about the Heat

Miami was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap last Friday as it fell 122-117 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Bam Adebayo had 18 points and nine assists in addition to eight rebounds. Adebayo is expected to play his 132nd consecutive game on Monday despite dealing with ankle soreness. Jimmy Butler is questionable with an ankle injury.

Miami suffered a 105-85 defeat to Orlando the last time the two teams met on January 3. The Heat have won nine of 10 this season when they have at least two days off before a game.

What you need to know about the Magic

Orlando lost to the Clippers on Sunday,112-97 at home. One thing holding Orlando back was the mediocre play of shooting guard Terrence Ross; he finished with only eight points on 3-for-15 shooting in his 28 minutes on the court. Michael Carter-Williams led the Magic with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Magic won three of the four meetings between the teams last season and nine of the past 13 overall. They have lost six of seven games in the second matchup of back-to-back outings this season.

How to make the Heat vs. the Magic picks

The model has simulated Heat vs. Magic 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is leaning over on the total and has generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Heat vs. Magic? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Magic vs. Heat spread you need to jump on Monday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.

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Rockets vs. Jazz odds, line: 2020 NBA picks, Jan. 27 predictions from projection model on 32-16 run https://usatodaysport.net/rockets-vs-jazz-odds-line-2020-nba-picks-jan-27-predictions-from-projection-model-on-32-16-run/ https://usatodaysport.net/rockets-vs-jazz-odds-line-2020-nba-picks-jan-27-predictions-from-projection-model-on-32-16-run/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:21:57 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/rockets-vs-jazz-odds-line-2020-nba-picks-jan-27-predictions-from-projection-model-on-32-16-run/ Rockets vs. Jazz odds, line: 2020 NBA picks, Jan. 27 predictions from projection model on 32-16 run

The red-hot Utah Jazz (32-13) will play host to the Houston Rockets (28-17) on Monday in a matchup of teams likely headed to the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The Rockets will be short-handed, however, with Russell Westbrook (rest) expected to miss the game and James Harden (thigh) potentially unavailable as well, leaving Houston with a tall task on the road.
Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Sportsbooks list the Jazz as 12.5-point home favorites, holding steady from the opener, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 223.5 in the latest Jazz vs. Rockets odds. Before making any Rockets vs. Jazz picks, see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's proven model.
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Rockets vs. Jazz odds, line: 2020 NBA picks, Jan. 27 predictions from projection model on 32-16 run

The red-hot Utah Jazz (32-13) will play host to the Houston Rockets (28-17) on Monday in a matchup of teams likely headed to the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The Rockets will be short-handed, however, with Russell Westbrook (rest) expected to miss the game and James Harden (thigh) potentially unavailable as well, leaving Houston with a tall task on the road.

Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Sportsbooks list the Jazz as 12.5-point home favorites, holding steady from the opener, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 223.5 in the latest Jazz vs. Rockets odds. Before making any Rockets vs. Jazz picks, see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and last season it returned a whopping $4,280 on its top-rated NBA spread and money line picks. It's already returned almost $1,800 in profit on all its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season and entered Week 13 on a blistering 32-16 run on all top-rated NBA spread picks. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Rockets vs. Jazz. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Jazz vs. Rockets.

  • Rockets vs. Jazz spread: Jazz -12.5
  • Rockets vs. Jazz over-under: 223.5 points
  • Rockets vs. Jazz money line: Jazz -951, Rockets +635
  • HOU: The Rockets are 2-5 against the spread in the last seven contests
  • UTAH: The Jazz are 7-1-1 against the spread in the last nine games

Why the Rockets can cover

The model has considered that the Rockets project to be short-handed in this game, with that explaining the double-digit point spread. However, Houston remains a tremendous offensive team and, even with Westbrook and Harden possibly out, Eric Gordon is capable of carrying the load.

The veteran guard struggled in the early going this season but, in the last 10 games, Gordon is averaging 18.4 points and shooting 38 percent from 3-point distance. In addition, the Jazz struggle mightily to create turnovers, landing in the bottom five of the NBA. That could open things up for Houston to be aggressive and allow for the maximization of offensive possessions for the visiting team.

Why the Jazz can cover

Even so, Utah still has a chance to cover the double-digit Rockets vs. Jazz spread. The model also understands that the Jazz are playing at an elite level right now, including top-seven marks in the NBA on both ends of the floor. Utah's defense plays at a high level and, in the event that Westbrook and Harden are unable to play, the Jazz should be able to be even more aggressive in slowing the Rockets.

On the offensive end, the Jazz are also quite strong, ranking in the top six of the league in effective field-goal percentage allowed, defensive rebounding and preventing opponents from getting to the free-throw line. Utah also enjoys a big-time advantage on its home floor, posting an 18-3 overall record at home this season.

How to make Rockets vs. Jazz picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, with Mike Conley and Joe Ingles projected to score more than their season-long averages. On the Houston side, Gordon is projected to be in for an uptick in scoring production. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations.

So who wins Rockets vs. Jazz And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Jazz vs. Rockets spread you need to jump on Monday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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Super Bowl 2020: Best prop bets for 49ers vs. Chiefs, including a Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce connection https://usatodaysport.net/super-bowl-2020-best-prop-bets-for-49ers-vs-chiefs-including-a-patrick-mahomes-to-travis-kelce-connection/ https://usatodaysport.net/super-bowl-2020-best-prop-bets-for-49ers-vs-chiefs-including-a-patrick-mahomes-to-travis-kelce-connection/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:58:23 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/super-bowl-2020-best-prop-bets-for-49ers-vs-chiefs-including-a-patrick-mahomes-to-travis-kelce-connection/ Super Bowl 2020: Best prop bets for 49ers vs. Chiefs, including a Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce connectionHere are the most intriguing prop bets for Super Bowl LIV

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in the biggest game of the season this Sunday: Super Bowl LIV. This day is an unofficial holiday in sports. You will probably watch the game with your family and friends and either host or attend a party. Even if you don't care much about football, you still will probably watch since everyone else is!
The Super Bowl is also an unofficial holiday when it comes to gambling. There are more than 1,000 prop bets available for the 2020 Super Bowl, and sometimes it's tough figuring out which ones you want to hop on. Our experts over at SportsLine identified their top 30 Super Bowl LIV prop bets earlier this week. Definitely head over there and check them out.
I have a few prop bets I'm excited about as well, and I'll break down why in this piece. ..

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Super Bowl 2020: Best prop bets for 49ers vs. Chiefs, including a Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce connection

Here are the most intriguing prop bets for Super Bowl LIV

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in the biggest game of the season this Sunday: Super Bowl LIV. This day is an unofficial holiday in sports. You will probably watch the game with your family and friends and either host or attend a party. Even if you don't care much about football, you still will probably watch since everyone else is!

The Super Bowl is also an unofficial holiday when it comes to gambling. There are more than 1,000 prop bets available for the 2020 Super Bowl, and sometimes it's tough figuring out which ones you want to hop on. Our experts over at SportsLine identified their top 30 Super Bowl LIV prop bets earlier this week. Definitely head over there and check them out.

I have a few prop bets I'm excited about as well, and I'll break down why in this piece. Let's take a look at some of the most intriguing prop bets for Super Bowl LIV. These odds come courtesy of William Hill.

Super Bowl Week is here, and there's a lot to go over. John Breech and Sean Wagner-McGough breakdown 49ers-Chiefs storylines, answer questions from the listener mailbag and more. Listen below and be sure to subscribe for daily NFL goodness.

Total touchdowns in game: Over 6.5 +110

While the Chiefs have one of the most explosive offenses in the league, they are up against one of the best defenses in the NFL. The 49ers have allowed an average of 252.5 yards per game in the playoffs, which ranks best out of any team that played in a postseason game this year. The Niners also allowed a league-best 169.2 passing yards per game in the regular season, which means Patrick Mahomes might not put up video game numbers on Sunday. The Chiefs also have upped their defense in the postseason, and held Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry to just 69 rushing yards in the conference championship after he went off for 377 combined rushing yards in the previous two playoff matchups. Frank Clark says the Chiefs have the best defense in the world, and they certainly were great against the Titans. Both of these teams have engaged in shootouts this season, however, and we could see some points scored this year after the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history last year. Let's root for some points; I'm taking the over.

What are the top Super Bowl prop bets for 2020? And which prop pays 8-1? Visit SportsLine now to see the top Super Bowl prop bet predictions, all from a team of veteran experts and handicappers with decades of experience covering the NFL.

Total players with a pass attempt in game: Over 2.5 +115

Here's a fun one, I think a player other than Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo will throw a pass this game. Just looking back at recent history, only the two starting quarterbacks threw passes in Super Bowl LIII, but in Super Bowl LII, four players threw passes! I think Andy Reid or Kyle Shanahan will dial something interesting up, whether it's a fake punt pass or a running back throwing a pass off a trick play. We might even see a receiver throw a pass off a reverse like Emmanuel Sanders did against the New Orleans Saints.

Emmanuel Sanders with the TD…. pass!!
He threw it to Mostert on the Reverse! Threw it off his back foot too which makes this more impressive! pic.twitter.com/rCpKlmf4OY

— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) December 8, 2019

There's no rhyme or reason to this, but I think another player other than Mahomes or Garoppolo will throw a pass in Super Bowl LIV.

Patrick Mahomes total passing touchdowns: Over 2.5 +105

While Mahomes is going up against the best defense he has faced in over a month, I think he will still be able to find some success. The Chiefs offense is about throwing the football, which means Mahomes will have his chances to score. In two postseason games, he has thrown a total of eight touchdowns — five against the Houston Texans and then three against the Titans. After he came back from dislocating his kneecap in Week 7, it took him some time to get going, but he's playing his best football right now. I say he throws for three touchdowns on Sunday.

Will Travis Kelce score a touchdown: Yes +110

Kelce is probably Mahomes' favorite red-zone target. I don't know if Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill are going to be able to burn the 49ers' secondary for long touchdowns, so the Chiefs may have to work the red-zone game. That's where Kelce can be deadly. Against the Texans in the divisional round, he caught 10 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns. He caught only three passes for 30 yards against the Titans, but I think he will play a big part in the game plan on Sunday. San Francisco's secondary is going to be focused on not letting Kansas City's speedy wideouts get loose deep down the field, which means Kelce will be allowed to work the middle of the field. I think he scores a touchdown in Super Bowl LIV.

Raheem Mostert total rushing yards: Over 73.5 -110

This 49ers running back went from a castoff of six NFL teams to making history in the NFC Championship game. He rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries against the Green Bay Packers, and single-handedly got the 49ers to the final round. My colleague Sean Wagner-McGough sat down with Mostert this week, and you should definitely check out what he had to say. The 49ers have been relentless this postseason when it comes to running the football. In fact, Garoppolo has passed just 27 times in two games! The 49ers are going to try to get their running backs going against this improved Chiefs defense, and Mostert is going to be at the forefront of the offensive game plan. I don't think he's going to go for 200 yards like two weeks ago, but I do think he can rush for at least 74 yards.

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Troy Polamalu is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an old rival is trying to give him a late boost before the final vote is tallied on Saturday. In a statement released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Polamalu's former team, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made the case for why the former safety should be enshrined in Canton.
"One key to success for a quarterback is to study a lot of film in order to understand defensive tendencies and know how the defense will try to defend everything you are trying to do as an offense," Brady said in his statement, via Steelers PR. "But that never worked against Troy. He was one of the most instinctive and disruptive players I have ever played against.
"Outside of his incredible athleticism, his greatest skill was his unpredictability. You could never quite get a bead on what he w..

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Tom Brady helps make the case for Troy Polamalu to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame

TB12 explains why Polamalu should be in the Hall of Fame

Troy Polamalu is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an old rival is trying to give him a late boost before the final vote is tallied on Saturday. In a statement released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Polamalu's former team, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made the case for why the former safety should be enshrined in Canton.

"One key to success for a quarterback is to study a lot of film in order to understand defensive tendencies and know how the defense will try to defend everything you are trying to do as an offense," Brady said in his statement, via Steelers PR. "But that never worked against Troy. He was one of the most instinctive and disruptive players I have ever played against.

"Outside of his incredible athleticism, his greatest skill was his unpredictability. You could never quite get a bead on what he was doing, yet he was always around the ball. Troy was just a playmaker who you had to account for on every play. It was amazing to watch film on him and to try to understand how we knew where to be and when. If you wanted to find Troy, you just looked for where the ball was going and you would always find him."

That's pretty high praise for Polamalu from a player who is widely viewed as the greatest quarterback of all-time in Brady. The fact that a player of Brady's magnitude holds him in such high regard should carry a lot of weight with the decision makers when they actually sit down to evaluate his candidacy.

This is the first time that Polamalu has been on the ballot of the Hall of Fame and it appears like he has a strong case to make it in right away. For his career, he has 32 interceptions, 107 passes defended and 783 total tackles. Polamalu was also a two-time Super Bowl champion, a four-time First-Team All-Pro, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010) and is on the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team as well as the Steelers All-Time Team.

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ESPN+ Week 13 guide: Big 12 takes center stage https://usatodaysport.net/espn-week-13-guide-big-12-takes-center-stage/ https://usatodaysport.net/espn-week-13-guide-big-12-takes-center-stage/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:50:31 +0000 https://usatodaysport.net/espn-week-13-guide-big-12-takes-center-stage/ Three Big 12 battles are among our top-10 games to stream this week, highlighted by West Virginia at Texas Tech and Texas at TCU.

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