Dutchman Michael van Gerwen (pictured below) proved once and for all he’s the premier darts player in world with a dominant victory at the PDC World Championships at the Ally Pally.
MVG was irresistible in the final, disposing of former champ Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final and delivering best bet backers of MVG making the final (December 16-18) an emphatic victory (1.33).
Best bet backers (December 24-27) were also celebrating Australia’s remarkable victory in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG with the Aussies (1.39) defying the live odds of 6.00-7.00 going into the final day to crush the Pakistanis by an innings and 18 runs.
The bowlers lead by Mitchell Starc and Nathan ‘Gary’ Lyon shared the spoils on the final day but it was captain and man-of-the-match Steve Smith who carved out an unbeaten 165 which paved the way for the Boxing Day triumph.
This blog’s A-League record (3-0) remains intact following Melbourne City’s year-ending 3-3 draw with the Glory.
We backed City or draw at the double chance (1.14) and sure thing backers weren’t disappointed as City shared the spoils with the men from Perth.
Our only blemish was on Boxing Day when our NBA long shot of the Knicks to upset the Celtics fell agonisingly short in the Knicks' 119-114 loss at Maddison Square Garden.
We’re looking to the NFL playoffs, college football and Big Bash cricket for our top 3 bets this weekend.
Sure Thing - Pittsburgh (1.21) to go wild against Dolphins in AFC wildcard playoff
Pittsburgh v Miami | Monday, January 9, 5.05am (AEDT), Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
It has been a long time between drinks since the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins met in the post-season. In fact, legendary quarterback Dan Marino was the Dolphins’ quarterback when the two teams last clashed in the 1983 AFC Championship.
Next Monday’s wildcard match-up is the second time the two teams have met this season after the Ryan Tannehill-led Dolphins defeated the Steelers 30-15 at Miami.
That match was punctuated by an injury to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger who was helped from the field in the second quarter and while BIg Ben returned to the field, he was clearly hampered by the injury.
A healthy Big Ben will take to the field at Heinz Field and will be joined by fellow Steelers stars running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, the first time the trio will be playing together in a play-off game.
In a big blow for the Dolphins, they’re likely to be without Tannehill (knee injury) with backup quarterback Matt Moore set to be the signal caller.
With the Steelers' big three raring to go in their first playoff game together, they’re bound to make this occasion a momentous one.
Unibet Odds: Pittsburgh 1.21 Miami 4.60
Value Bet - Hobart Hurricanes to blow away Thunder in Big Bash
Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder | Sunday, January 8, 7.10pm (AEDT), Hobart Blundstone Arena
Anyone can win on any given day in the Big Bash but there’s one team you can rely on when they’re at home, the Hobart Hurricanes.
The men in purple love playing in Hobart and on the back of a runaway eight-wicket triumph over the Strikers on Monday, they’re primed to heap more misery on the visiting Thunder.
After Hurricanes bowler Dan Christian ripped through the Strikers line-up with a rare five-for (5/14), Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short blasted 60 off 39 to steer the home side to victory with more than two overs to spare.
Outside of Eoin Morgan's match-winning 70 off 50 against the Stars on Wednesday, the Thunder have struggled to match the League's bigger hitting teams and the defending BBL champs are sorely missing top order guns Mike Hussey, Kallis and Khawaja.
No such problems for the Hurricanes who in addition to Short, boast plenty of big hitters in Tim Paine (pictured above), Kumar Sangakkara, George Bailey and Christian.
The Thunder are going to be struck hard in this one with the Hurricanes to notch another victory.
There were no available odds at the time of writing but markets will be updated closer to the day.
Tip: Hobart Hurricanes
Best Bet - Alabama (1.36) to roll by Clemson in College Football Championship
Alabama v Clemson | Tuesday, January 10, Noon (AEDT), Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
It’s only fitting the two best teams in College Football would meet in the National Championship final and that's what we'll get in next Tuesday's championship decider.
In a replay of last year’s final, no.1 ranked Alabama (14-0, 8-0 SEC) and no.2 ranked Clemson (13-1, 7-1 ACC) clash in a much-anticipated final in Florida.
The Crimson Tide won last year’s encounter 45-40, the triumph delivering the SEC powerhouse it's fifth title in eight years.
Nick Saban’s all-conquering Crimson Tide head into Tuesday's decider on the back of a 24-7 victory over Washington in the Peach Bowl with their defensive superiority exemplified by their 11th 'pick 6' of the season.
Clemson destroyed Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl in a season where they’ve scored more than 40 points and limited opponents to 16 points or less on seven occasions.
The Tigers’ sole loss of the season was a narrow 43-42 defeat to Pittsburgh.
Hard to go past the Crimson Tide who have upped the ante on their defence this year and restricted opponents to just 16 points or less in 11 of their 14 games including limiting six opponents to under 10 points.
But if this does turn into a shootout, don't discount the Tide who boast an offence which has produced more than 40 points on eight occasions.
Unibet Odds: Alabama 1.36 Clemson 3.15
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