Week 3 of the English Premier League begins with six matches on Saturday. We will preview these six match-ups and give the best picks for those contests.
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The battle of unbeatens by the Bay will take place on Saturday when the San Francisco 49ers (2-0) visit the Oakland Raiders (2-0). Both teams have covered their last three games dating back to last season and are hoping to parlay a winning preseason into a successful regular season. The Raiders opened at -2.5 by the NFL odds makers but have since been bet down to -1 against the 49ers.
The Dallas Cowboys (2-1) and Houston Texans (0-2) meet in the preseason for the sixth time in the last seven years and will later meet in the regular season for only the second time during that stretch. The teams have never played each other twice in the same year, but the Texans will host the rematch again on September 26th after Dallas visits Houston as 3-point underdogs on pro football lines for Saturday.
The New York Giants (1-1) will have starting quarterback Eli Manning back on Saturday for their matchup with the unbeaten Baltimore Ravens (2-0) after he missed the previous game due to a head injury. The Giants could definitely use him following a 24-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week in which backup Rhett Bomar played the entire game. The Ravens have covered both of their preseason games so far and enter this contest as solid favorites at -4 on the current NFL odds.
On Saturday, Team USA will look to defend the gold medal they won two summers ago at Sydney in their opening game in the 2010 FIBA World Championships against Croatia. Let’s take a look at the game and its odds as the opening tip approaches.
Now that free agency has come to an end we can give our initial rankings for fantasy basketball player ratings. While this list will fluctuate a little before the season in October this is a good starting point for mock drafts.
The New York Jets and Washington Redskins have gotten as much press as any other NFL teams leading up to the regular season. Between HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ and Darrelle Revis’ contract issues, Jets head coach Rex Ryan and company have built on the publicity that began with last year’s postseason march to the AFC title game. The Washington Redskins have similarly seen an excessive amount of attention. Mike Shanahan has taken over as head coach and executive vice president. Donovan McNabb bolted from the city of brotherly love to the nation’s capital. And Albert Haynesworth’s conditioning and medical issues have been hot topics for sports writers.
The Atlanta Falcons travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins in NFL preseason action Friday night. The Dolphins opened as 2 ½ point favorites, but our NFL betting page indicates that the line has come down to a pick at most sites, with a few listing the home Dolphins as 1 point favorites.
The Rangers have a seemingly insurmountable lead in the AL West division, but tonight’s opponent looks to start chopping it down in Arlington.
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
Oakland opened up its 10-game road trip in Cleveland and missed an opportunity to collect a sweep with a 3-2 loss on Thursday night. “We’ll get on the flight and go get ‘em on Friday,” manager Bob Geren said. “We have to be ready.” The Athleticis have won six of their last nine games overall and are 22-17 since July 10, which is the fourth-best record in the American League over that span. The starting staff has been key in the team’s success over the last 18 games, allowing three earned runs or less and tossing six innings in all of those contests. The club fell a game below .500 in August with last night’s loss (11-12, -190) and is 35-47 overall during the month the past three seasons (-560). Oakland has produced a winning 19-18 record against divisional opponents in 2010, but has gone 68-83 versus Western foes over the last three campaigns (-1,060).
A pair of playoff hopefuls square off in a crucial three-game series at Tropicana Field this weekend, starting with Friday’s clash that’s highlighted by All-Star southpaws.
Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays