Breeders’ Cup 2020 Future Stars Friday Review: Golden Start

Wesley WardIt was a great start for bettors in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup races on Future Stars Friday, November 6 at Keeneland. Wesley Ward’s clear favorite in the Grade 2 Juvenile Turf Sprint Golden Pal performed exactly as predicted.

This son of Uncle Mo burst out ofmore…

Maxim Rate Magnificent in Goldikova Stakes

Maxim RateMaxim Rate scored in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes in emphatic style on Sunday (October 25) at Santa Anita. She started second favorite at 12/5 in this race for fillies and mares run over a mile but won with the ease of an odds-on shot in amore…

American Pharoah’s First Group 1 Winner in Europe

Pierre Charles-BoudotAmerican Pharoah’s prowess as a sire was demonstrated when Aidan O’Brien’s Van Gogh left his rivals for dead to win the Group 1 Criterium International run over a mile at Saint-Cloud, France on October 24.

Van Gogh was ridden bymore…

Kentucky Oaks beckons for Alabama heroine Swiss Skydiver

Kenny McPeekSwiss Skydiver was the 23/20 (+115) favorite in the 140th Alabama Stakes for fillies and mares at Saratoga on August 15 and triumphed in the style of one starting at a much shorter price. Now she heads firmly for the Kentucky Oaks and a clash with Gamine on September 4 at Churchill Downs.more…

Dominant Tiz The Law Triumphs in Travers Stakes 2020

Manny FrancoThe enduring talent of Tiz The Law can be counted on in these uncertain times and he proved ultra-consistent when trouncing his rivals in the Runhappy Travers Stakes 2020 at Saratoga on Saturday.

He did so in the style of amore…

NBA Players Who Have Struggled in Orlando Scrimmages

DeMar DeRozanFour months of no basketball games naturally means that many of the NBA players in Orlando playing in scrimmage games right now are going to be rusty. Turnover numbers are higher than usual and there has been lots of poor shooting.more…

NBA: Can Disappointing New York Knicks Turn Things Around?

Frank Ntilikina“Disappointment” is the word that could best sum up the New York Knicks over the past 50 years or so. New York last won a championship in 1973 and has faced repeated playoff heartbreak, especially in the 1990s.

More recently, though, the Knicks haven’tmore…

Controversial Maximum Security Debuts For Baffert in San Diego Handicap

Bob BaffertMaximum Security will probably be posted as the long odds-on favorite when bookmakers issue betting for the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 25. The $150,000 Grade 11 race has attracted just seven entries but, despite the concession of weight to the field, the other runners may be competing for second place.more…

NBA: The Big Issues for Golden State Warriors’ Future

Klay ThompsonBetween the 2014-15 and 2018-19 seasons, the Golden State Warriors won a total of 322 regular seasons, setting an NBA record for most wins in a five-year span. The Warriors won three NBA championships and made it to the NBA Finals in the other two years of that run.more…

NBA: Under-Fire Chicago Bulls In Spotlight

Lauri MarkkanenA once-proud Chicago Bulls franchise has, unfortunately, taken a big turn for the worse in the past few years. Following nine straight years without a single losing season, the Bulls have won fewer than 34 percent of their games in each of the last three seasons. The team’s management and coaching staff havemore…

NBA: What Does Future Hold For Charlotte Hornets?

Malik MonkThe Charlotte Hornets entered a new era of basketball in the 2019-20 season. A team that had long been mediocre lost its only star player (Kemba Walker) as well as its second-leading scorer (Jeremy Lamb) in free agency. Charlotte signed guard Terry Rozier to a big three-year deal, but he had never been a full-time starter before.more…

NBA: Four Burning Questions for Atlanta Hawks in 2020-21

Trae YoungThe Atlanta Hawks had a disappointing season in 2019-20. Despite a superstar offensive campaign from sophomore point guard Trae Young (29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game), the young roster struggled to support him on offense and couldn’t do enough tomore…

NBA Players Most in Need of a Change of Scenery

Aaron GordonAn NBA player’s team situation can have a major effect on his impact. I think fans sometimes underestimate how important it is for a player to have a team that is truly maximizing his skills from a personnel and strategic standpoint.more…

NBA: Which Player Is Best At Each Major Skill?

LeBron JamesPlayers need to be skilled in a variety of areas to make it to the NBA. Basketball is far too complex for players just to focus on one or two aspects of the game in practice.

That said, there are players whomore…

The Six Biggest What-If Careers in NBA History

Derrick RoseWe don’t often think about it this way, but the NBA is a league where dreams come true. All of the league’s players were, at one time, young boys who aspired to become some of the greatest basketball players in the world.

Unfortunately, not every player who enters the league hasmore…

NBA: Six Past Players Better Suited to Nowadays

Lamar OdomEarlier this week, USAbetting highlighted several players in today’s NBA who are out of place. Their impact would have been greater playing in an earlier era of the league’s history.

Today, it’s time for me tomore…

NBA Players: Who Would Have Fared Better in Past Eras?

Ben SimmonsNBA fans compare players across eras all the time. Whenever we do that, though, it’s important to consider the impact of the overall talent level and style of play that characterized each era.

Today, USAbetting pinpoints six players currently inmore…

Ranking NBA Top 10 Players Not Going To Orlando

Stephen CurryFor more than one-quarter of the NBA’s players, the 2019-20 season is done. As the league plans to resume in late July in Orlando, Florida with 22 of the 30 teams, players from the other eight teams now have plenty of time to work on their games for next season. Those players will end up getting an offseason period thatmore…