Wells Bayou Wins Louisiana Derby For All-Conquering Cox

Brad Cox: Louisiana Derby review 2020Wells Bayou crossed the wire unchallenged to take the 2020 $1m Louisiana Derby on March 21 at Fair Grounds. Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, Wells Bayou started as the 3/1 favorite and won in the style of a 1/3 shot. He finished without a spot of dirt on his white bridle and flicked his ears forward inmore…

NBA Week 20 News: Shutdown Sees Short & Crazy Week

Nikola VucevicWhat a crazy week it has been for the United States, and the world in general! The coronavirus has led to all sorts of schedule changes for many different businesses and the NBA was no exception. The league is suspended until further notice, and commissioner Adam Silver has said that it’s likely the league willmore…

NBA Week 19 Highs, Lows & Latest News: Teams In & Out of Form

Stephen CurryMost NBA teams have only about 20 games left in the regular season. For fans of the league, it’s definitely going to be an entertaining final six weeks.

Outside of the No. 1 seeds in each conference (the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers) seeding battles aremore…

Latest NBA News & Form: Week 18 Flyers & Flops

De'Aaron FoxThe first full week of play after the NBA All-Star Weekend didn’t bring any massive surprises. The teams atop the NBA hierarchy (the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers) are both on win streaks of at least five games and the lowly New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors are both on losing runs of at least six games.more…

NBA Week 17 Form, News & Views: Teams On Song & Out of Tune

Dejounte MurrayWe again have a short week of action to evaluate this week for the risers and fallers list. While many of the games in the first two days back from the All-Star break followed a predictable script, there were also several surprises.

Based on play in the past two days as well asmore…

NBA Latest News & Form for Week 16: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Zion WilliamsonThe NBA’s All-Star break means a slightly shortened week of regular games. Teams didn’t play on Friday, as that was the night of the Rising Stars Challenge for many of the league’s young players. However, we have enough to determine which teams are trending up and which are trending down.more…

NBA Week 15 Performances: Who’s Advanced & Retreated?

Kawhi LeonardThe NBA’s trade deadline passed on Thursday and we got a bunch of big moves that changed the league’s structure. D’Angelo Russell, Clint Capela, Andrew Wiggins, Andre Drummond, Marcus Morris and Andre Iguodala all moved teams, among other important players.more…

XFL Football Returns: Rules Explained, Betting, Predictions & Picks

Matt Elam: XFL ExplainedIf you thought last week’s Super Bowl marked the end of the football season, think again. This weekend (first game is today, 2pm ET Saturday on ABC), the revived XFL returns to television for the first time in over a decade.

Featuring new teams, new cities, newmore…

NBA Week 14 News: Who’s Found Their Touch & Lost The Plot?

Zion WilliamsonKobe Bryant’s death shook up the NBA this week. Players were understandably affected by the passing of one of the greatest players in league history. Many younger players idolized the Black Mamba when they were growing up, and many older players had significant memories of playing against him.more…

Latest News from NBA Week 13: Who Surged & Plummeted?

Chris PaulHow about those Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers? Milwaukee is on pace for 71 wins and Los Angeles is on pace for 66 wins as we are solidly past the halfway point of the season.

The rest of the league, though, hasmore…

NBA Form in Week 12: Who’s On The Up & Who is Going Down?

Luka DoncicThe NBA season is halfway over and the trade deadline is less than three weeks away. Which teams should make deals? All 30 squads should at least entertain the possibility of making a tweak, or even two or three tweaks, before February 6.more…

NBA Latest News Week 11 Round-Up: Teams In & Out of Form

Ja MorantThe NBA is in a great spot right now. There is no clear-cut title favorite now that the Golden State Warriors are both disbanded and injured and there’s a lot of congestion in both conferences’ playoff standings. We should be getting a lot of close battles in themore…

What’s Happened In NBA Week 10? Read Latest Round-Up & Form News

Steven AdamsAs we inch closer to the halfway point of the NBA season, the landscape of the league is taking shape. About six teams in each conference are proving to be legitimately good, while a massive section of the league is just below average and a few teams are terrible. Which squads have been on the move inmore…

NBA Week 9 News & Latest Form: Risers & Fallers From The Last Week

Draymond GreenWith the NBA’s five-game Christmas Day slate now over, the next big event on the calendar is the February 6 trade deadline. Teams are constantly evaluating their rosters to see whether a move is warranted to improve a roster or rebuild it for the future.

This week, teams mostly played as expected, though there were a few exceptions, especially a couple ofmore…

NBA News & Form for Week 8: Pacers on Cloud Nine, Sixers at Sevens

Domantas SabonisIf the NBA regular season were broken into three trimesters, the first one would be done already. How is your favorite team doing?

Even if you don’t have a favorite team, this is a great season to watch. We have an intense, five-team battle for the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed and a four-team competition for themore…

Latest NBA Form & News in Week 7: Clippers Breeze, Wolves Lame

Tobias HarrisPicking this week’s NBA risers and fallers made for some tough decisions. Overall, Week 7 didn’t produce too many surprises. The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers were predictably dominant and the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans were bad once again.

The rest of the league wasmore…

NBA Week 6 Round-Up, News & Form: The Ups & Downs

Kristaps PorzingisThe NBA season has gone past its quarter pole. Trends are becoming more believable. We are learning that teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat really are much better than expected. Teams like the New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs are worse than we thought.

In the past week, things havemore…

NBA Week 5 Form & News: Portland Bounce Back as Pelicans Sink

Carmelo AnthonyThis week was more balanced from a competitive standpoint in the NBA. No team stood out as completely dominant or completely inept and we got a lot of entertaining games because of it.

As a result, picking the week’s risers and fallers was tough. However, six teams still stood out, three onmore…

NBA Week 4 Review: Risers & Fallers, Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Luka DoncicThis week’s Risers and Fallers list was difficult to choose. Seven different NBA teams won all of their games this week and six teams lost all of their games. Teams are settling into very clear habits, it seems.

However, three teams stood out as improving their stock the most and three other teams dropped theirmore…

NBA Latest Form & News: Week 3 Duds & Improvers

James HardenWhile the 2019-20 NBA season is still young, it is clear that the parity in the league is going to be good this year. Twenty of the NBA’s 30 teams have records between 4-7 and 8-3, and no team has been absolutely dominant or completely inept so far in terms of net rating.

Even so, certain teams havemore…

NBA News Update: Risers & Fallers for Week 2 of the 2019-20 Season

Nikola JokicThe sample sizes are still small in this young NBA season, but patterns are starting to form after two and a half weeks of basketball.

There has been a good balance of surprises and unexpected performances from teams so far. As we’ll be doing every week this season, let’s check in with some of the squads that aremore…

NBA Week 1 Risers & Fallers In Spotlight: Heat Neat, Warriors Weak

Kendrick NunnWe are a bit more than a week into the NBA season, but it is not too soon to take stock of the league. Certain teams are playing way above expectations, and other teams are way below.

Let’s dive into the seasons of three teams on opposite sides of that same coin so far this season, as well asmore…

NBA 2019-20: Predicting Top Candidates for Most Improved Player Award

Bam AdebayoOne of the most intriguing NBA awards each year is for Most Improved Player. There are always so many legitimate candidates and lots of stimulating discussion about how good each player is in the current year compared to how good he was previously.

Generally, voters like to reward players who take advantage of a significantly increased opportunity. Guys who improve frommore…

NBA Preseason 2019-20: Highlighting Early Standouts from Game Action

Zion WilliamsonThe NBA preseason isn’t good for making sweeping judgments about players or teams, but it is interesting to see who is playing well and who isn’t after an offseason away to work on their games.

This preseason, five players have especially stood out with their play so far. Whether or not their level ofmore…

Introducing Some of the NBA’s New Rotation Players for 2019-20

Robert WilliamsEvery year, the players who see significant NBA court time are a little bit different. Some players retire, some enter through the draft and some are just released to free agency or signed from free agency.

This 2019-20 seasons will be no different. We all know about the big-time rookies entering NBA rotations, such asmore…

Predicting the NBA’s Top Players in Three Years

Giannis AntetokounmpoPredicting the future in sports is always fun, whether it’s predicting something that’s going to happen in a few minutes or something that’s going to happen in a few years.

The level of play in the NBA is always improving, and I’m excited to see how the league’s players continue to develop their skills in the future. Today, I’m looking deep into the future andmore…

NBA Season Preview 2019-20: Which Players Face Most Pressure?

Russell WestbrookThe pressure is always on in the NBA. Coaches, fans, media members and teammates are constantly monitoring players around the league to see whether they are doing their job as well as they should be.

However, some players are especially under the microscope this season. Whether fairly or unfairly, the stakes aremore…

Who Are The NBA’s Top League Pass Teams for 2019-20?

Trae YoungThe NBA makes it very clear heading into every season which teams it thinks will bring in the most revenue through television ratings. When the league puts together its national television schedule, certain teams make a lot more appearances than others.

This season, the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets andmore…

NBA Title Contenders’ Biggest Weaknesses

Paul GeorgePart of what makes the NBA so entertaining is that no team is perfect. Every squad has at least one key weakness that it tries to mask and that opponents try to exploit. The weaker teams have plenty of those failings, while the stronger teams may have very few of them.

I’ve decided onmore…

NBA Talking Points for the 2019-20 NBA Season: The Main Storylines

Anthony DavisEvery NBA season brings several new points of league-wide intrigue. You probably have your favorite team that you follow no matter what, but there are just some league storylines that you can’t escape from.

This season, there seems to be even more intrigue than normal. Numerous star players switched teams this offseason, creating amore…