As the 2016-17 NBA season draws nearer, more and more people are rooting for Russell Westbrook to become the Most Valuable Player. The 27-year-old point guard of the Oklahoma City Thunder has outranked LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant in the latest MVP betting odds.
The Early Favorite
The latest odds of popular online gambling site Bovada crowned Westbrook as the heavy favorite of Vegas for the MVP award in the next season. The Thunder point guard was behind Curry and James in the MVP odds early this month, solely took the top spot with 2/1. The last season's NBA MVP Curry and Finals MVP James continue to trail behind Westbrook. The star player of the Golden State Warriors is listed at 4/1 odds while the Cleveland Cavalier's superstar is at 5/1. more >>
On Monday night, the entire world shook at the sight of Bahamas' Shaunae Miller diving for the 400-meter finish line at the Rio Olympics to take home the gold. She overtook US bet Allyson Felix by a mere 0.07 seconds.
The dramatic finish unfurled as Miller, 22, led most of the race, before defending Olympic champion Felix began to close in on the gap. Desperate on the final two-meter leg, Miller made a lunge, pulling her in with the gold at 49.44. It was her personal best and it left Felix with a silver.
It was a sight to remember at the race track - many cried foul and declared that Felix was robbed, even going so far to accuse Miller of being unethical. However, no thievery was afoot: as per rules, Miller had crossed the finish line torso-first. more >>
One of America's largest secular legal organizations is pressuring a Mississippi college football coach to end the team's tradition of praying before and after each practice, suggesting that having coach-led prayer at a public college is unconstitutional.
The East Mississippi Community College football team, which was featured on the 2016 Netflix documentary series "Last Chance U," has come under fire from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist legal group which claims that the coach is "domineering" and "calls into question whether the players' participation can be considered voluntary."
As the Netflix series showcased the EMCC Lions in their unsuccessful quest to win their fourth-straight National Junior College Athletic Association National Football Championship in 2015, the EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens was shown regularly leading his team in the Lord's Prayer. more >>
For each NBA season, there is at least one team that surpasses the pessimistic predictions of sports fans and analysts. The following teams are poised to surprise NBA fans and do better than their previous season's showing:
1. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz had a good chance of making it to the playoffs last season, but they were hindered by injuries and the lack of a solid point guard. This season, there's a good chance the team will be healthy throughout the year. more >>
After wrapping his Rio 2016 Olympic stint with six medals, American swimmer Michael Phelps has cemented his record as the most decorated athlete in the history of the international sporting event. The legendary swimmer now holds a total of 28 Olympic medals, with 13 gold medals from individual events, and 10 gold medals from team races.
After winning his 28th Olympic medal at the Rio games, the net worth of the 31-year-old swimmer is expected to rise with the incentives and endorsement deals that are coming in. Before Rio games, he is already the richest swimmer alive.
Phelps' Net Worth more >>
The Premier League continues and Watford's big boss Walter Mazzarri has given a tall order on Saturday as the ragtag team takes on Chelsea. The matchup's best bet could be the Brazilian forward Kenedy, targeted by Watford for a loan from Chelsea, and this could be a potential "taking of own medicine" case for Chelsea.
Kenedy is Brazil's pride in under-20, but Blues manager Antonio Conte thinks that he is too young to land into a first team position which is why serious consideration for fielding him with another team via loan is at hand. Conte also stressed that Kenedy can gather huge exposure and experience if Chelsea will let him go during his growing up period.
Chelsea's Confidence Level more >>