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Chad

Centsports Is Sweet posted by Chad

So, rumor has it online sports betting used to be really sweet; I heard pinnaclesports was an excellent, reputable site until the US cracked down on this alleged integrity issue.  An article I read points to a 1999 study that over $380 billion is illegally wagered on betting.  Now, I am not an advocate of; well, if society does it.. then it must be right.  Because usually, I think people are pretty stupid, especially society.  However, this seems harmless to me because the money can be used in so many ways.  Think of all the tax money and money, in general, the state and the US can collect, insane.  Anyway, it appears sports betting is only allowed in several states where it was legal before a certain law was passed.
BUT WAIT!  There is still a way for you to bet!  centsports.com and it is sweet.  There aren't props or a ton of other options.. but it is free betting.  It's a simple concept; advertisers pay your profit.  You view some ads maybe click on a few of them and then you can make and win some bets.  You start at .10 and have to work your way up from there.  It can be a real challenge, and you can do up to 5 game parlays; there are some early bonus options to boost your account size.  You'd have to read more of the rules to see how they try to limit you a little bit, which makes sense.. I'm sure they don't want to be making $550,000 payouts on a daily basis. 
There are a lot of betting options, soccer leagues galore, the WNBA (I giggle everytime), NFL, MLB, college sports, NHL, MMA, tennis, Nascar are all available for wagers.  Thankfully, I have no clue about MMA, tennis, or soccer yet I routinely throw wagers down on them and lose, draining my bank account.  I believe they would call me a degenerate in Vegas.  This is part of the reason I'm sure I have never made it passed the magnificent account total of.... $5.50!  TA DA!  Sweet.  I know.  Guess where I am at after 1 year of this.  .10!  The starting point.  Thanks to the Marlins loss last night or I would have hit a 5 team parlay.  Back to the drawing board.

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Dewa Nugraha

Juve and Madrid Triumph in Peace Cup posted by Dewa Nugraha

 

 It looks like the two giants of European football are finally getting their shape on their pre-season matches as both teams managed to beat their opponents at the Peace cup tournament. The Italian giants trashed their Asian opponents Seongnam 3-0, with their new star Diego scores one of the goals. Meanwhile, after being held by Al-Itihad in the previous game, Madrid finally takes off in a winning way by defeating LDU Quito 4-2, and just like Juve, the Los Blancos' superstar Cristiano Ronaldo also puts his name on the score sheet.



Juve's Win

Playing with 4-3-1-2 formation, Juve looked ready to take on their opponent on the field by playing their new star Diego just behind Iaquinta and Trezeguet. The former Werder Bremen player didn't seem to take his time in trying to impress the Bianconeri fans' as he was playing impressive on the day bagging a goal and constantly instrumental in Juve's playing.

Already grabbing a victory in their first game, Juve looked determined to grab another 3 poin and ensure their place to the next stage. Proving it, I'll Bianconeri created lots of chances with Iaquinta shots and Diego's free kicks, however it took t38th minute before the Old Lady finally managed to slot the ball into Seongnam's net, thanks to a rather fluke goal by Iaquinta.

In the second half, Juve hasn't stop their impressive form as they manage to add two more goals notably from Diego himself, who dribbled his way int to the penalty area before unleashing a wicked left foot drive in the 53th minute. The 3-0 scoreline was completed on the 69th minute by Nicola Legrotaglie's header nodding in Sebastian Giovinco lovely cross from the right side.

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Dewa Nugraha

Etoo Agreed Terms With Inter posted by Dewa Nugraha

It looks like the mega swap deal involving two notable strikers Samuel Etoo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is set to take it's ending as latest reports from Italy stated that Eto'o has finally agreed his contract terms with Inter. It is also said that the cameroon striker will be flying to Italy on Monday to complete sign the papers and do his medical in Milan.

Confirming about the agreement Samu's agent, Jose Maria Mesalles, quoted as saying, "It's done. An agreement between Inter and ourselves has been reached. Yesterday Samuel spoke with Mourinho and he is very happy." Moreover Mesalles added, "The only problem is with Barcelona. The player may arrive on Monday or Tuesday to work with Inter. It's not official, but the agreement with Inter has been made. It's a five year deal."

Now all eyes will be waiting on the latest confirmation from Barcelona, who is negotating all the terms with Ibra, however earliers this week, Barcelona's chief Joan Laporta, stated that the deal with Ibra will be completed as soon as possible.  Despite there are no official confirmation yet, local media in Spain have claimed that the deal is done, and Ibra will be flying to Spain soon.

The deal, happened in somewhat of a schocking situation as it seemed to be off for a while, however in their desperate measure to land David Villa, Barcelona has finally opted what they consider as a win-win solution by getting a great striker and giving out their contract troubled one. Despite there are some controversy regarding the amount of transfer fee, the deal seems to be a good options for both clubs and players.

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Dewa Nugraha

Club America Shocked Milan posted by Dewa Nugraha

A surprise result occurred at the pre-season friendly tournament the World Club Football Challenge held at Atlanta Dome last night as Italian giants Ac Milan was beaten by Mexican side CF America 2-1. The rossoneri looked to be disappointed with the result as they fail to secure their first win in the tournament, as Club America, with this win they are now leading the table with 8 points, followed by Chelsea.


The match:

The first half started with a good pace and nice atmosphere as both team looked to impress the fans, however it was the Mexican side who arguably did most of the attacking intentions in the early part of the half, with Milan seems trying to get in to their stripes. Despite looking more dangerous, Club America didn't really trouble Milan except from one shot by Cabanas which was taken easily by the Italian team keeper Marco Storari. Meanwhile, the 7 time Champions League winner, who is still adapting with their new coach's system, despite not making lots of attempts in the first half, actually have the better chances. The first notable opportunities spurn by the Italian giants comes from their RB Luca Antonini, latching on Ronaldinho's pass, Luca sprung pass the offside trap but saw his shoot ballooned over the crossbar. Another clear cut chances for Milan came from Ronaldinho's free kick which just hit the top corner of the bar. Failing to convert anything, both teams gets back in to the dressing room with a stalemate result.

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Matthew McCabe

US Soccer Team come out winners even in defeat posted by Matthew McCabe

The eyes of the soccer world were on South Africa Sunday as the upset minded US National Team took on powerhouse Brazil in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The Americans, on life support after the first two games of the tournament, were looking to complete their stunning turn around with a victory over Brazil in the final. The US had taken down the World's #1 team, Spain, on Wednesday and were looking to pull off another huge upset over Brazil who beat host South Africa to reach the final. For 45 minutes the US had the World wondering, could it be?

Through the first half the US was clearly the better team, led by Tim Howard who put in one of the best performances of his career. At the halftime whistle the Americans were ahead 2-0 and holding the Brazilian offense in check. In the 2nd half the US did all they could, Howard in particular, to keep the Brazilians off the board. Slowly but surely, however, you could see the Brazilians beginning to wear down the Americans, beginning to find a groove offensively. Brazil would fire in 3 goals in the later portion of the 2nd half, the final dagger coming in the 84th minute, to steal victory from the US with a 3-2 comeback win.

After the US' opening two games of the Confederations Cup, the state of affairs of US Soccer looked bleak. After holding a 1-0 lead into the 2nd half against Italy, the Americans crumbled under the relentless onslaught of the Italians and fell 3-1. Their second game was not much prettier as the same Brazilian side handily defeated the US 3-0. However, a remarkable turn-around in effort and the assistance of fate allowed the Americans another chance to prove themselves against the World's best. The Americans pulled off one of soccer's greatest upsets and defeated #1 Spain and then pushed Brazil to the brink before falling 3-2.

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Matthew McCabe

Momental victory for US National team, but what does it really mean? posted by Matthew McCabe

The United States National Team scored a monumental victory yesterday in the FIFA Confederations Cup, defeating world #1 Spain 2-0 in the tournament's semi-final game. Spain had been on an amazing streak heading into yesterday's game against the U.S. Spain was riding a 35 match unbeaten streak, one short of the all time record, and was also riding a world 15 game winning streak. None of that made a difference yesterday as Spain and its roster of world class footballers fell to the U.S.

All things considered, yesterday was a fantastic moment for the U.S. National Team as they pulled off one of international football's most stunning upsets. Spain is loaded with talented players who play for some of the best teams, in the best leagues in European football. Iker Casillas is perhaps the best goalie in the world right now, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, and Sergio Ramos comprise one of the best defenses in the world, and Fernando Torres and David Villa might be the most deadly 1-2 combination up front. The U.S. on the other hand is a very young, very green team with little depth and few veteran leaders. The majority of the U.S. players play at home in the less impressive MLS, and those who play abroad play in some of Europe's lesser leagues or see little playing time.

Like it or not, yesterday's victory by the U.S. meant more overseas than it does here in America. Football, real football, is the World's biggest sport and in most countries it is the top dog. Only in America is football considered a 5th sport. In America, baseball and American football are the kings. Meanwhile, basketball and hockey fight for the attention of the remaining sports fans across the country. There are a proud few in this country, myself included, that grew up playing soccer and respect the game as being the greatest across the globe. Americans tend to ignore soccer because quite frankly, we don't have a very solid winning tradition. We haven't dominated the sport for decades, and it isn't appreciated because it is seen as a sport lacking in offense and bogged down in midfield passing. Never mind the fact that baseball can be one of the slowest games to watch and that hockey can be just as lacking in offense, soccer gets a bad wrap. Yesterday was proof however that the U.S. can succeed in soccer as well, and to the average sports fan it was an amazing game to watch and made you proud to be an American.

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Matthew McCabe

U.S. flops in Confederations Cup opener posted by Matthew McCabe

The U.S. Men's National Team began play today in the Confederations Cup in South Africa in forgettable fashion. The U.S., playing in what some are calling the "group of death", faced defending world champion Italy today. The Americans put in a performance similar to Jekyll and Hyde with a strong first half followed by a flop of a second half.

Working against the American squad was a red card issued to Ricardo Clark in the 33rd minute for a late tackle on Italy's Gennaro Gattuso. Up to that point the game had seen nothing more than toothless offensive forays from both teams, but after Clark's departure the U.S. seemed re-energized despite playing 10 v 11. The increased U.S. effort was rewarded in the 41st minute as Jozy Altidore raced into the Italian 18yd box only to be hauled down by Giorgio Chiellini. Landon Donovan converted the PK for his 40th international goal and sent the U.S. into halftime up 1-0.

The first half however would see the end of the U.S.' good play as the second half was dominated by an Italian side that took full advantage of being a man up. American born Giuseppe Rossi pulled Italy even just one minute after coming into the game with a frozen rope shot from 30yds in the 58th minute. Daniele De Rossi would score from 15yds out in the 72nd minute to put Italy ahead for good at 2-1. Guiseppe would get himself another goal in stoppage time off an Andrea Pirlo cross to give Italy a 3-1 win to open the tournament.

For Italy, today's game was a fantastic start to the Confederations Cup and a statement to the world that the champs are ready to defend their title. Italy showed amazing resiliency, after a slow start they came out strong in the second half and exploded offensively after Rossi's 58th minute goal tied the game.

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Matthew McCabe

Monumental opportunity at hand for Chivas USA posted by Matthew McCabe

Chivas USA, for so long considered LA's 2nd MLS franchise, have the opportunity Wednesday night to step into the limelight alone and establish themselves as the unquestioned top dog in the MLS. The Houston Dynamo, #2 in the West, host the MLS' best team in a primetime match up with huge implications. The game will be a contest between #1 and #2 in almost every aspect of the game. For Houston, it is a chance to keep Chivas close in the standings, but for Chivas it is an opportunity to pull away from the pack and solidify their claim to #1.

The importance of this game, of this season, is monumental to Chivas USA. In the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, Chivas have often had to play 2nd fiddle to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy, with international stars like Landon Donovan and David Beckham, have for so long been the favorites of LA's soccer crowd. In the past Chivas were even treated like guests or renters at the Home Depot Center, but all that is changing. The Galaxy, for all their star power, are floundering while Chivas are beginning to rise under the steady leadership of their head coach Preki Radosavljevic. Chivas USA are building off successful seasons in the past few years and now find themselves atop the MLS with a chance to stretch their lead to a very comfortable margin.

Wednesday night's clash in Houston will feature of battle between the leagues' best defensive units. Chivas boast the MLS' best record at 8-2-3 and with 27pts are 6 ahead of the Houston Dynamo in the West, and Chicago Fire in the East who both have 21pts. For either team to win, someone is going to have to find a weakness in pair of very stout defensive groups. Houston boasts the league's best defense and goalie. Houston's defense has allowed a stingy 7 goals against this season, only 2 of those allowed at home. Houston goalie Pat Onstad has been nothing short of miraculous in net this season as he leads the MLS in Goals Against at 7, Goals Against Average at .64/game, and is 2nd in shutouts with 6.

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Andy Goldstein

Shhhhh. Just Go, David Beckham posted by Andy Goldstein

Caveat emptor, Los Angeles Galaxy, caveat emptor. 

 

Two years ago, in an effort to inflate the relevancy of Major League Soccer, the Galaxy signed international superstar David Beckham to an outlandish five year, incentive-laden contract worth as much as $250 million.  The sports world was abuzz about Beckham and his Spice Girl wife, Victoria, moving to L.A. to bring the world’s sport stateside, and to give TomKat another option for playdates.

 

From the beginning, Beckham delivered the hype, but not the results.  In his two years with the Galaxy, the team hasn’t made the playoffs.  His short career in L.A. has been marred by injury, and eventually disinterest.  At the time of his signing, former Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas said Beckham is a sound investment and will help bring the MLS to the next level.  Lalas is no longer with the team. 

 

Did the Galaxy get what they paid for?  Beckham was 31 when he signed, and ankle and knee injuries forced him to miss most of his first MLS season.  But fans were still attending games, and soccer entered the national discussion.  When is the last time you remember an MLS player chatting it up on Good Morning America? 

 

The initial effect superstar athletes can have on their new teams is quite palpable.  Kevin Garnett's instant success as a Boston Celtic is a perfect example, bringing a championship to Beantown in his first season.  But even less-than-stellar performances from big names can generate major moolah.  Do you think the Birmingham Barons were ever concerned about Michael Jordan's batting average with all the revenue piling up from ticket and jersey sales?  This is the lightning in a bottle L.A. was hoping for with Beckham's acquisition.

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NMRyan

MLS 2008 Conference Finals Recap and MLS Cup Prediction posted by NMRyan

Recapping the Conference Finals:

East Final: Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire

           I picked the Crew pulling away in a hard fought match

The Crew continues to roll, all hail the Crew.  In what looked to me like a matchup between the top two first round survivors the Ohio boys came out on top.  Sigi’s side has been the best of the league all season, with no glaring weaknesses.  They handled a very dangerous Fire squad with a solid, but not heroic, performance from their MVP finalist.  They even reaffirmed their mental toughness by coming from behind after McBride put his new team ahead of his old.

West Final: Real Salt Lake vs. New York Goal Posts

           I picked RSL to pull it out late (again)

RSL was just a little too late this time.  In my opinion this game proved one thing; Houston’s loss was New York good luck more than it was Dynamo bad luck.  Oh, ok, I guess two things; the second being that RSL (just like the US national team) desperately needs a sniper.  They need the type of player who can simply finish and score goals.  Of course that puts them in the same boat as many, many teams in the world, but I think in the case of Salt Lake if they get one they could easily be one of the powers of the league.  In the end I boil this game down to three key factors: RSL can’t finish, the Bulls of Red are riding a great streak of luck, and sometimes one defensive breakdown can cost you the whole match (especially combined with that finishing and luck).

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Chivas USA-Toronto FC Preview (The Associated Press)

Michael Bradley unleashed his frustration after Toronto FC's winless streak extended to six games following a controversial call. The star midfielder and his teammates will try to end that stretch of futility Sunday against visiting Chivas USA, which has the difficult task of trying to snap a five-game losing streak without leading scorer Erick Torres. Toronto (9-11-7) appeared to end its winless streak when Gilberto scored in the 90th minute against Chicago on Sept. 13, but it was disallowed when referee David Gantar said the forward committed a foul. It's a shame because they ruin games." MLS commissioner Don Garber said Thursday that Gantar "did not get it right," but that's likely little consolation to a team that's outside the playoff cutoff. [read full article]

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FC Dallas-Galaxy Preview(The Associated Press)

Landon Donovan is back for the stretch run for the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he believes the club's four remaining Western Conference matchups will go a long way toward determining its fate. The Galaxy can clinch a playoff spot as they try to extend their unbeaten streaks to eight games overall and 13 in a row at home Saturday night against FC Dallas. Donovan was out due to suspension when Los Angeles (14-5-9) drew 1-1 at San Jose last Sunday. The Galaxy are 5-0-2 in their last seven matches. [read full article]

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Real Salt Lake eases past Colorado, 5-1 (The Associated Press)

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Revolution-Crew Preview (The Associated Press)

The New England Revolution are happy with their winning ways though they would like to not have to come from behind constantly. They'll look to post their first six-game win streak in over nine years Saturday night on the road and avenge an earlier defeat to the Columbus Crew, although star midfielder Jermaine Jones' status is in doubt. New England (13-12-3) has matched its longest win streak of the year though it has had to rally from a goal down in each of the past three contests, including last Saturday's 2-1 win over Montreal that capped a three-game homestand. "The starts have actually been very bright," coach Jay Heaps said. [read full article]

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