NBA All-Star Weekend coming soon in LA

As we eclipse the halfway point in this 2017-18 NBA season it seems a good time to take look forward to NBA All-Star Weekend. Tipping off Friday February 16th with the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game & culminating on Sunday with the 67th NBA All-Star Game.

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Year Review of New England Patriots

Since the appearance of Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots have gone through a brilliant transformation, becoming one of the most successful teams in the history of the NFL. Since then, they have now won 15 AFC East titles and have appeared in seven Super Bowls. They already hold the most Super Bowl appearances with nine, while winning five of those matches.

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Alabama opens as a favorite against Georgia

Yes, we’re stuck with two SEC teams in the National Championship game again . . . oh well. Both teams look great and are deserving, but given the bowl records of the rest of the SEC, plus the record of the Big Ten and UCF’s victory over Auburn and you have a tough time justifying only having a 4-team playoff.

Alabama opens as a 4.5 point favorite over Georgia in the title game. It should be strength against strength in that game, with two physical defenses and power running games.

European World Cup Qualifying Matches

England thrashed Malta 4-0 away from home. Harry Kane grabbed a brace while Ryan Bertrand and Danny Welbeck added goals to England’s tally. France demolished the Netherlands 4-0 in their qualifiers at Stade de France on Thursday. Kylian Mbappe scored his first goal for France as he toyed with the Dutch defence. Netherlands proved to be the weaker side of the night as the more goals were buried in the back of their net. Thomas Lemar scored a brace including a stunner which was the goal of the night. Athletico Madrid forward Antonio Griezmann also added to France’s goals. If you are a sports fan, you can read more at SA online casinos.

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Mayweather takes care of McGregor in 10th round

Given all the hype leading up to this fight, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather put on a pretty good show last night in a bout that had some very interesting moments.

McGregor came out and seemed liked he was controlling the action in the early rounds. Of course, Mayweather was sizing up his unpredictable opponent, but he was extremely cautious and didn’t seem to be quite up to his championship form. Perhaps age and size would be a factor?

The early rounds added some excitement for the large number of betters that placed their money on the underdog. Who knows what motivation drove all these bets. Many of course love the underdog – it’s always more fun in Vegas to hope for the big payout, versus the approach of pro betters who carefully weigh the odds. Also, you had the Irish fans who love Conor and the fans hoping to embarrass the boxing world. All that led to a ridiculous amount of money coming in on Conor, and the Vegas sportsbooks looking at a debacle if somehow Conor could pull out a victory.

But then reality started to set in. As Conor started to tire, Floyd started to force the action. Despite all the talk of Conor being a big puncher, it became clear that Floyd didn’t fear those punches at all. Floyd started to do some damage with his own punches, and then the length of the boxing match format started to wear on the MMA hero. By the late rounds, it became clear that Conor had little left, other than his big heart.

Some say the fight was stopped too soon, and that is understandable given Conor’s MMA background, but this fight was over. It was just a matter of how much more punishment Conor could endure. Had he fought a younger Floyd or a younger contender, this boxing rookie would have suffered an epic beating.

Still, the fighter put on a pretty good show. Bob Ley of ESPN called it a “long con” as he dismissed the fight, but the fight delivered an interesting battle between two fighters from completely different worlds. I’ve seen much worse . . .

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