Spain, France, England, Netherlands Battle for Spot in Euro Cup Final

The Final Four features four nations who have either won or made a World Cup or Euro Cup Final over the last 15 years. England lost Euro 2020 to Italy while the Netherlands fell in the World Cup final in 2010. And in the other match, two-time Euro Cup holders Spain (2008, 2012) battled the 2018 World Cup and 2000 Euro champions, France. Spain vs France, Tuesday July 9th Two superpowers clash in the first semi-final in Munich as Spain and France battle for a spot in the championship match. Spain has been the best overall side at Euro 2024 and were able to score late against the hosts, Germany to advance. Dani Olmo proved to be a super sub as he scored the go ahead goal and set up the winner in the quarters. But Spain will be missing two key pieces on the back line as Dani Carvajal and Robin Le Normand are suspended with accumulation of yellow cards. Pedri is also in doubt with an injury but Olmo may be suited better in this match. France has been lackluster thus far having not scored a goal in open play. The former Cup holders have scored three times, but two have been own goals and the other a Kylian Mbappe penalty. But the hope is Les Bleus has a full squad available with Mbappe in better health after struggling with a broken nose. Adrien Rabiot returns from a ban after receiving a second yellow card in the round of 16 against Belgium. France is making the semis for the fourth time in five major tournaments, making Didier Deschamps one of the greatest national coaches ever. But a win and a shot at another title, may put him in a class of his own. Game Odds Spain +165 Draw +193 France +215 To Advance: Spain -127 To Advance: France +108 Netherlands vs England, Wednesday, July 10th These are the countries you want to see rounding out your final four. Two other top ten ranked nations with a chance to play in the finals on the line. Very much a second-half squad, the Netherlands are off to the semi-finals of the 2024 Euros thanks to some late game heroics against Turkey in the quarters. Coming out of the first-half down 1-nil was less than ideal but Stefan de Vrij got the Dutch on the board in the 70th minute. Leading the team in scoring is Cody Gakpo who may not have put the ball in the net but definitely factored in Turkey’s own goal and eventual game-winner. It is a tad bit concerning that they struggled against a side such as Turkey when the opposition only gets tougher from here. Gareth Southgate’s job has been on the line all tournament. As usual, there is much scrutiny regarding anything coming out of England’s squad and that’s been no different in this tournament. They needed extra time to bring it home against Slovakia in the round of 16 and then nearly lost it all against Switzerland in the quarters. A redeeming Bukayo Saka leveled the game at one a side as the game would eventually reach penalty kicks. That’s where the savvy of one Jordan Pickford would come into play as he stopped the first shot he faced, which was all he needed to do as England’s shooters were perfect against the Swiss keeper. England are now off to their second successive Euros semifinal. Game Odds Netherlands +213 Draw +200 England +161 To Advance: Netherlands +115 To Advance: England -138 Odds to win Euro 2024 Spain +190 England +250 France +280 Netherlands +450

NASCAR Cup Series: Van Gisbergen Favored for Back-to-Back Wins at Grant Park

Race 20 of the NASCAR Cup Series, the Grant Park 165, brings a unique challenge as the series shifts from traditional ovals to the streets of Chicago. Last year’s winner, Shane van Gisbergen (SVG), is the favorite to repeat his success in this 2.2-mile road circuit event in Grant Park. The Big Picture The Chicago Street Course provides a distinctive racing experience, with road circuits often dividing drivers into lovers and haters. Since the introduction of the ‘Next Gen’ car, street racing has seen a transformation, with SVG emerging as a natural fit. In 2023, Shane van Gisbergen shocked the NASCAR world by winning the inaugural Grant Park 220, becoming the first driver in 60 years to win on his NASCAR Cup Series debut. This year, the race is shorter at 75 laps, but it promises no less excitement. Betting Odds and Analysis Winner Betting Odds Driver Odds Shane van Gisbergen +550 Kyle Larson +600 Christopher Bell +600 Tyler Reddick +600 Chase Elliott +750 Shane van Gisbergen (+550) SVG, driving for Trackhouse Racing, aims to defend his title. Despite the adverse weather last year that shortened the race, his adaptability and skill make him the favorite once again. Kyle Larson (+600) Larson, a consistent performer for Hendrick Motorsports, poses a significant threat. With a great season and a fourth-place finish last year, Larson’s improvement could see him on top this year. 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Standings With only seven rounds remaining before the playoffs, the competition is heating up. Joey Logano secured his playoff spot with a win at the Nashville Superspeedway, making him the 11th driver to do so. Current Standings Driver Points Kyle Larson 664 Chase Elliott 644 Denny Hamlin 621 Championship Betting Odds Driver Odds Kyle Larson +450 Christopher Bell +450 Denny Hamlin +450 William Byron +550 Ryan Blaney +1000 Chase Elliott +1000 Tyler Reddick +1400 Joey Logano +1400 Martin Truex Jr. +1400 Grant Park 165 Betting Picks and Predictions Winning Manufacturer The 2023 race saw a strong performance from Chevrolet, with the top five finishers all driving Chevrolets. This trend suggests Chevrolet’s superiority on this circuit. Manufacturer Odds Chevrolet -110 Toyota +180 Ford +400 Pick: Bet on Chevrolet to win the Grant Park 165 at -110 odds. Winning Driver Kyle Larson is our top pick to win the 2024 Grant Park 165. His consistent performance this season and proven capability on this circuit make him a strong contender. Pick: Kyle Larson to win the Grant Park 165. Top Five Finish Denny Hamlin, despite a challenging race last year, has the potential to secure a top-five finish. His odds of +500 for a top-five place offer a safer betting option. View current NASCAR Cup Series odds at BetOnline

Shakur Stevenson Set to Defend WBC Lightweight Title Against Artem Harutyunyan

On Saturday, WBC lightweight world champion Shakur Stevenson will defend his belt against Artem Harutyunyan in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. The bout is the main event of a Top Rank on ESPN card at the Prudential Center. Fighter Backgrounds Shakur Stevenson Shakur Stevenson is a formidable force in boxing, having secured titles in three different weight classes. He clinched the vacant WBC lightweight title in November with a decision victory over Edwin De Los Santos. Currently ranked No. 4 in the 145-pound category by The Ring, Stevenson’s contract with Top Rank expires after this fight, making this bout crucial for his career trajectory. Artem Harutyunyan Artem Harutyunyan, ranked No. 7 by the WBC, is looking to bounce back from his first career loss, a unanimous decision defeat to Frank Martin in July 2023. The German boxer will be stepping into his second major bout with hopes of upsetting the hometown favorite. Betting Odds and Breakdown Method of Victory Method Odds Shakur Stevenson by KO, TKO, or DQ -165 Shakur Stevenson by Decision or Technical Decision +110 Artem Harutyunyan by KO, TKO, or DQ +2200 Draw or Technical Draw +2800 Artem Harutyunyan by Decision or Technical Decision +4000 Shakur Stevenson (+1200) Betting Analysis Stevenson, a former two-division champion and an Olympic silver medalist, is recognized for his technical prowess. The 27-year-old showcases exceptional footwork, offensive and countering skills, and the ability to exploit his opponents’ mistakes. Despite his talent, Stevenson’s last fight against De Los Santos raised questions about his activity level, with neither boxer landing double-digit blows in any round. This fight is pivotal for Stevenson, especially with his contract expiring and high-profile lightweights like Gervonta Davis, Vasiliy Lomachenko, and William Zepeda ahead of him. A convincing win could secure him a lucrative new deal and future marquee matchups. Artem Harutyunyan (-3300) Betting Analysis Harutyunyan, who has held “International” belts for the WBC and IBO, aims to make a mark with this bout. Despite his loss to Martin, Harutyunyan showed resilience and activity, landing 117 of 442 punches and 91 power punches. To compete with Stevenson, Harutyunyan must replicate his aggressive strategy from the Martin fight, applying pressure and maintaining high punch volume. His ability to inflict body damage and score with counters will be crucial. Best Bets for Stevenson vs. Harutyunyan Stevenson’s superior boxing skills and the high stakes suggest he will deliver a stronger performance than his previous fight. The best bet is for Stevenson to win via decision, although the close nature of Harutyunyan’s bout with Martin offers value in considering an upset or a draw. Event Details This title fight is set to be an exciting matchup, with Stevenson aiming to solidify his legacy and Harutyunyan seeking a career-defining victory.

Panthers Early Favorites to Repeat as Cup Champs

After the final whistle of the 2023-2024 campaign, the Florida Panthers are your 2024 Stanley Cup champions. Now it’s time to look ahead to next year and see who some of the favorites are to etch their names into history. It was the biggest opening day of free agency, where we saw a record $1.12 billion in contracts signed and more than 100 players changing teams. Big signings led to big shifts in the market as we take a look at some of the favorites to win the 2025 Stanley Cup champions. Florida Panthers (+750) Despite it taking the franchise 30 years to win its first championship, oddsmakers don’t see it taking that long for the club to hoist Lord Stanley’s mug again. Florida has been to the finals in back-to-back years, losing in 2023 and winning this past season. They’re now looking to become the first team since Tampa Bay in 2020 and 2021 to repeat as champions. Panthers General Manager Bill Zito had his work cut out for him heading into July first. He was able to lock up unrestricted free-agent and 57-goal scorer Sam Reinhart to an 8 year $69 million deal. That of course meant he had to make cuts elsewhere. That includes offensive defenseman Brandon Montour who took his talents to Seattle. Both Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Ryan Lomberg also priced themselves out of south beach. Edmonton Oilers (+800) The Oilers showed incredible resolve in the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, nearly coming all the way back from a 3-0 deficit. This offseason is incredibly important for the franchise as they enter with a core still under contract but still needed to fill out the roster to take the weight off of key player’s shoulders. It will be the final year of Leon Draisaitl’s current contract and the second-last year of Connor McDavid’s deal. Between these two all-world talents and 54-goal scorer Zach Hyman, they have the elite talent to carry their top two lines. After mutually parting ways with now former GM Ken Holland, Oilers CEO Jeff Jackson was busy on the phone lines. Not only did he add Jeff Skinner and Viktor Arvidsson on team friendly deals, but managed to re-sign depth forwards in Mattias Janmark, Connor Brown, Corey Perry and Adam Henrique. Dallas Stars (+1000) After being bounced out of the Conference Finals in consecutive years, the Dallas Stars are considered a team that is “almost there”. Up front, they are solid for next year. They have their core players of Jason Robertson, Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz locked, stocked and ready to go. What we found out this past year though, is the youth movement out of Texas. Between Logan Stankoven and 32-goal scorer Wyatt Johnston are expected to take even bigger steps forward next year while still on Entry-Level contracts. Goaltender Jake Oettinger, headed into the final year of his contract, should challenge for the Vezina next season. He’s backed up by new signee Casey DeSmith and a blue line that was bolstered by new contracts in Matt Dumba and Ilya Lybushkin. Nashville Predators (+1600) Predators GM Barry Trotz went big game hunting on July 1st and came away with a few big prizes. First there were the signings of free agent forwards in Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Marchessault that showed Nashville was not fooling around. Both players are coming off of 40-goal seasons with their previous teams and Stamkos put up 81 points in 79 games to boot. On the backend, they lured away Brady Skjei from Carolina with a 7 year $49 million deal that solidified their blueline. Trotz also re-signed Alexandre Carrier to a three-year deal while picking up Scott Wedgewood to back up Juuse Saros who was extended on a new 8-year deal. That leaves Nashville with a trade bait in goaltending prospect Yaroslav Askarov, who they can move for impact players that can be useful going into this next season. Florida Panthers +750 Edmonton Oilers +800 New Jersey Devils +900 Dallas Stars +1000 Colorado Avalanche +1200 Carolina Hurricanes +1400 New York Rangers +1400 Nashville Predators +1600 Toronto Maple Leafs +1600 Vegas Golden Knights +1800 Tampa Bay Lightning +2000 Vancouver Canucks +2200 Boston Bruins +2500 Los Angeles Kings +2500 Winnipeg Jets +2500 Detroit Red Wings +4000 Minnesota Wild +4000 Ottawa Senators +4000 Buffalo Sabres +5000 New York Islanders +5000 Pittsburgh Penguins +5000 Philadelphia Flyers +5500 St. Louis Blues +6000 Seattle Kraken +6000 Utah Hockey Club +6600 Calgary Flames +7500 Washington Capitals +8000 Chicago Blackhawks +15000 Montreal Canadiens +15000 Anaheim Ducks +30000 Columbus Blue Jackets +30000San Jose Sharks +30000

Uso and Stratton Favorites Heading into Money in the Bank

Like the Royal Rumble, the Money in the Bank ladder match is an event that can change careers forever. It’s like a standard ladder match but instead of a championship, it’s a briefcase hanging high above the ring. In said briefcase is a contract for a championship match of the winner’s choosing that can be cashed in by the holder at any point within a year. Let’s take a look at some of the contenders to take home the contract that can change their lives. Men’s Money in the Bank Favorites: Jey Uso (+125) & Drew McIntyre (+125) Is Jey Uso undoubtedly one of the most over wrestlers in WWE right now? Yeet. Should he win the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match? Yeet. The 38-year-old is one of the top babyfaces in the company and has arenas all over the world going nuts. He’s not in any major feuds right now and after back-to-back heel Money in the Bank winners, seeing a babyface with a chance to get his due would be a nice change. While I can’t see him cashing in on Cody Rhodes, we could see him try his fate on Raw. Once Gunther inevitably wins the World Heavyweight title later this summer, it could provide an avenue for Main Event Jey Uso to rock a program with the Ring General. While there is a case for Drew McIntyre to win the briefcase in Toronto, he’s clearly engaged in a long-term feud with CM Punk. The Best in the World could get involved in this match and cost the Scotsman his chance at the Money in the Bank contract, just as he cost McIntyre his opportunity at the World Heavyweight championship in Glasgow at Clash at the Castle. Chad Gable is in this weird but cool thing with the Wyatt 6 and I fully expect him to be taken out or scared off by them during this contest. I can’t see Andrade and Carmelo Hayes climbing the ladder to finish things off but LA Knight is very interesting. A year ago he was a favorite to win it all but this time around, not so much. Currently in a program with Logan Paul, where we should expect them to go head-to-head for the US Title at Summerslam, it doesn’t make sense for him to have a side quest at this moment. Jey Uso +125 Drew McIntyre +125 Chad Gable +500 Andrade +550 LA Knight +650 C armelo Hayes +1400 Women’s Money in the Bank Favorite: Tiffany Stratton (-200) Is it Tiffy time in Toronto? The former NXT Women’s champion is a standout in and out of the ring. She has the charisma to utilize the Money in the Bank briefcase as a skittish heel and yet could be a proper adversary for Bayley. In previous years, WWE has used this match to make new main event stars in the women’s division such as Iyo Sky in 2023. While Stratton is already over with the fans, this could be the start of a long main event run for the Minnesota native. Outside chance: Chelsea Green (+150) In the best way possible, fans already dislike the Canadian grappler as she’s been heeling it up since her days on the Vancouver indy scene. Green has put in the time and paid her dues but does it make sense for her to win the Money in the Bank contract? With the PLE emanating from Toronto, the pop would be huge but the ripple effect would be magnificent. She is already the type of heel that would benefit from having the briefcase and don’t forget he’s got the heater in her ally Piper Niven to watch her back. With her personality and ability to sell like crazy, Green could be a great Money in the Bank holder that has multiple cash-in attempts thwarted, coming oh so close to championship gold. She could even be the first woman to have a failed cash-in attempt and it wouldn’t hurt her character. This could be the jumping off point where Green goes from midcard tag team wrestler to singles main eventer. Tiffany Stratton -200 Chelsea Green +150 Zoey Stark +525 Lyra Valkyria +1200 Naomi +1800 Iyo Sky +2000

Argentina Favored as Copa America Quarter Finals Are Set

Sixteen teams started at Copa America, now only eight remain. The usual suspects are here, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. But there are some surprising teams including two nations who clash in one of the four quarterfinal matches. Argentina vs Ecuador Argentina had no problems in group play, three matches, three wins. So far, it’s been Lautaro Martínez doing most of the damage scoring four of Argentina’s five goals. Lionel Messi hasn’t been much of a scoring factor and actually missed the final game as he rests from a hamstring injury. Argentina should have no problem against Ecuador, as they hold a 24-11-5 advantage, all-time vs Ecuador including a 1-0 win in a friendly, in June. Ecuador started the tournament with a loss but wins vs Jamaica and a draw against Mexico was enough to send them to the knockout stage. They’re four goals came against Venezuela (54), Jamaica (55) but now face the number one team in the world. Betting Odds Argentina -238 Draw +332 Ecuador +770 Canada vs Venezuela Canada made history reaching the knockout stage for the first time at Copa America. The Canadians had chances against Argentina but couldn’t find the back of the net. Max Crepeau has been the team’s best player making key saves in all three matches. The big question for Canada will be goals, they’ve found the back of the net just once in this tournament, and have been shutout in 4 of the last 5 games under new coach, Jesse Marsch. Venezuela shocked many in the tournament winning all three matches including an upset over Mexico. They weren’t one of the flashy South American teams but have shown they can’t be overlooked. 34-year old Salomón Rondón is proving that age is just a number, scoring vs Mexico. A veteran backline, which has allowed just one goal in the group stage. Betting Odds Canada +183 Draw +209 Venezuela +168 Odds to Win 2024 Copa America Argentina +125 Brazil +285 Uruguay +500 Colombia +650 Venezuela +2500 Ecuador +2800 Canada +4000Panama +10000

Spain vs Germany, France vs Portugal in Quarterfinals Showdown

It’s always the luck of the draw at any major event and the top half at the Euro’s features two tantalizing quarterfinal matchups, featuring 4 of the world’s best, but only two will advance to the final four. And in the last 7 tournaments, each of these nations have at least one Euro title. We’ll preview these matches to see which two will stay alive. Spain vs Germany, Friday, July 5th Germany continues a run with the hopes of playing the final at home. Leading up to the tournament, Die Mannschaft struggled in some of their friendlies but have found their form including wins over Scotland and Hungary and scoring 8 goals in the group stage. Germany beat Denmark in the round of 16 and now face Spain, considered the most complete team of the tournament. Spain were a perfect 3-0 in the group stage with victories over Croatia, Italy and Albania. La Rojas became the second team to win all three group stage games without conceding a goal. After falling behind to Georgia, Spain bagged four unanswered goals to advance to the quarters. We’ve seen a balance of young and old as Alvaro Morata is flanked by Inaki Williams and 16-year old Lamine Yamal. Spain, unbeaten in the past four vs Germany, including a 6-0 thrashing in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage. The other three matches were all draws. Bettings Odds Spain +165 Draw +220 Germany +190 To Advance – Spain -120 To Advance – Germany +102 Portugal vs France, Friday, July 5th It’s the 2000 champions, France taking on the 2016 winners, Portugal in this heavyweight tilt. Selecao won twice in the group stage but was upset by Georgia before needing penalties to get by a plucky Slovenia side. Surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo has not scored at this tournament and even had a spot-kick saved by the Slovenia keeper. This match is expected to be tight and if penalties are required, Diego Costa was perfect, stopping all three shots he faced in the round of 16. The French have underwhelmed so far, a win and two draws before needing a Belgium own goal to advance. Scoring has been a major issue for Les Bleus, of their three goals, two have been own goals, and the other, a Kylian Mbappé penalty strike. Head to head, France has dominated this series winning 19 matches, while losing six with three draws. Portugal has won just one of the last 14 matches but that victory came at the 2016 Euro Cup final with an extra-time winner. Bettings Odds France +130 Draw +199 Portugal +295 To Advance – France -154 To Advance – Portugal +130

No Chestnut Means Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is Wide Open

After the shocking news that Joey Chestnut is out of the 2024 competition, the betting odds have been blown wide open. Chestnut is not only the most famous food eating competitor in the world, he has been unbeatable 8 straight titles, and 15 of the last 16 events. But now Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is up for grabs, as seen by the latest betting odds. So let’s try to find out who has the edge when it comes to guzzling down wieners on the Fourth of July. James Webb +160 He is Australia’s competitive eating champion and now James Webb has a chance to prove he can win the coveted Mustard belt in the U.S. In 2023, Webb finished 3rd, scarfing down 47 hot dogs in ten minutes. Chestnut won the event with 62. He’s considered the Southern Hemisphere Champion, and now has a chance at the global title. Geoffrey Esper +115 Geoffrey Esper is also considered one of the favorites. He finished second last year eating 49 dogs and regularly places in the top rankings. He is a competitive eater with his own YouTube Channel. He’s eaten 83 slices of pizza in ten minutes and 281 wings in the same time. So he’s proven he definitely has an appetite. Nick Wehry +300 He could be a bit of a dark horse considering competitive eating runs in the family. Nick Wehry ate 45 hot dogs at last year’s event and also has set marks for eating 50 hard-boiled eggs in just 3 minutes and 4 seconds. Last June, won his third straight strawberry shortcake eating record by downing 21 pounds of it in just eight minutes. He is engaged to Miki Sudo, the number one women’s competitive eater in the world. Bartley Weaver +800 Bartley Weaver finished fifth last year, with 41 hot dogs, still 21 from top spot. But without Chestnut, the race is wide open and Weaver could surprise. A fun fact about Weaver, he’s the real life mascot for the Tennessee Titans. Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest Winner Odds (Without Chestnut) Geoffrey Esper +115 James Webb +160 Nick Wehry +300 Bartley Weaver IV +800 Gideon Oji +2000 Winner of hot dogs eaten Odds (Without Chestnut) Over 49.5 Hot Dogs -120 Under 49.5 Hot Dogs -120 In the last four competitions, all won by Chestnut, the second place total has not been over 49 hot dogs. With the total sitting at 50.5, it’ll be a tough number for any of the competitors to reach, considering it doesn’t happen often, and also, they don’t chase Chesnut’s ridiculous pace. List of Recent Winners & Hot Dogs Eaten 2023 Joey Chestnut 62 2022 Joey Chestnut 63 2021 Joey Chestnut 76 2020 Joey Chestnut 75 2019 Joey Chestnut 71 2018 Joey Chestnut 74 2017 Joey Chestnut 72 2016 Joey Chestnut 70 2015 Matt Stone 62 2014 Joey Chestnut 61 2013 Joey Chestnut 69 2012 Joey Chestnut 68 2011 Joey Chestnut 62 2010 Joey Chestnut 54 2009 Joey Chestnut 68 2008 Joey Chestnut 59 2007 Joey Chestnut 66

Mets vs Nationals Opener: Odds & Analysis

The New York Mets look to build on their successful June as they face the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game series. Top prospect James Wood is set to make his debut for the Nationals, adding excitement to this matchup. Mets’ Offensive Surge In June, the New York Mets showed significant improvement offensively: This offensive prowess is expected to continue as they head into July. Prediction Best Bet: Mets Moneyline (-108 at BetOnline) Analysis: Washington’s Struggles Against Lefties The Nationals have struggled against left-handed pitching with a .635 OPS this season. Peterson’s potential improvement in strikeout numbers could further hinder the Nationals’ offense. Additional Picks Opening Odds Bet Type Mets Nationals Run Line -1.5 (+153) +1.5 (-171) Moneyline -108 +100 Over/Under 8.5 Over (+101) Under (-113) Current Odds here Spread and Over/Under The Mets have a higher average total runs per game, making the Over a more attractive bet in this matchup. Team Record in Pitcher’s Starts Over/Under Record Average Total Runs Mets 4-1 in Peterson’s starts Over: 43-36 9.60 Nats 7-9 in Gore’s starts Under: 42-38 8.40 The New York Mets are poised to continue their winning momentum into July, bolstered by strong offensive performances and favorable matchups against Washington’s pitching. Meanwhile, the Nationals hope their prospect, James Wood, makes an impact in his debut. Given the current form and statistical trends, the Mets are this writer’s pick for tonight’s game.