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Sep 14, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;Team Russia center  Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against Team Canada during the third period in a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at CONSOL Energy Center. Team Canada won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Canada the Team to Beat in World Cup of Hockey

Posted on 15 September 2016 by Ed Frankovic

The World Cup of Hockey is now officially set to commence on Saturday, September 17th with all games played over the upcoming two weeks at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Who’s going to win? Well that’s pretty easy, Canada. They have the best overall team and the home ice.

But you still have to play the games and if the pre tournament action is any indication, then this is going to be one heck of an event. All eight teams won at least one time in their three World Cup tune-ups. Some of the games were downright played at NHL playoff intensity level, with USA-Canada on Friday night being the most noteworthy. The Americans played a strong physical game, received excellent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, and took advantage of a rusty Carey Price to win, 4-2. The Canadians then returned the favor the next night in Ottawa, winning 5-3 (Quick and Price did not play).

Canada then needed overtime to defeat the Russians, 3-2, on Wednesday night to finish 2-1. USA, playing at the Verizon Center on Tuesday evening, raced out a 3-0 lead that could’ve been five or six zip if not for Finland goalie Pekka Rinne, before hanging on to a 3-2 victory.

Both the USA and Canada are in group A with Team Europe, who pan caked Sweden, 6-2, at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night, and the Czech Republic, who knocked off the North American speedsters on Wednesday afternoon in the first of a doubleheader at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Group B consists of Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the North Americans (USA and Canadian players aged 23 and under).

The top two squads in each group will advance to the semifinals where there will be a single elimination round. The top team in group A will play the runner up in group B while the first place team in group B gets the runner up in group A.

So there is a scenario where USA and Canada could meet in the finals, with the World Cup of Hockey being decided in a best of three games matchup.

Bottom line, this is going to be some really exciting hockey to watch.

Now, without further adieu, here are my picks for each group.

Group B:

First place: Russia. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Nikita Kucherov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov lead a talented forward group that is thin on the blue line. But they have some great goaltending that starts with Sergei Bobrovksy. If “Bob” gets hurt or struggles, then Semyon Varlamov is more than capable of coming in and shutting the door. This group sets up well for the Russians. They are bigger up front than the other three squads and I don’t see any of the other three teams having a blue line that can match that offensive talent.

Where it could go wrong for Russia: I mentioned their blue line, but to me, the biggest question mark with this squad is the coaching. Going back to 1980, when Viktor Tikhonov yanked Vladislav Tretiak in net after one period in Lake Placid, we’ve seen so many head scratching coaching decisions from this federation. In the pre tournament action, the Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Kucherov line was outstanding against the Czechs, but coach Oleg Znarok moved Kuzy off of the top line and to a wing, at times, in Wednesday’s game against the Canadians. Anyone who watched the NHL last season knows that Kuzy is a sensational playmaker with the puck. Putting him in position on the wall where he will rely on others to give him the puck coming out of their own zone makes very little sense.

Second place: Sweden. Many of the so-called experts are going with Sweden to win it all, but I watched the Swedes on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center and I was not impressed. Yes, they have a very talented and mobile defense led by Victor Hedman and Erik Karlsson, but that whole blue line was a turnover machine, along with young forwards such as Filip Forsberg, in their loss to Team Europe. Henrik Lundqvist didn’t get much help in front of him and he wasn’t very good either in net. He’s 34. Up front, the coaching staff seems to rely heavily on the Sedin-Sedin-Eriksson line. They will try to cycle you to death. Nicklas Backstrom is a rock up the middle for Sweden and I don’t think he’ll get kicked out of this tournament for using ZYRTEC like we saw in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. That galactic screw up has left several in the NHL with a bad taste in their mouths over how that whole silliness went down. The NHL is controlling this event, so I don’t think we’ll see something stupid like that in this tournament, but Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly did tell me on Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is involved with this tournament. Sweden has the talent to come close to Canada, but I’m not seeing it and there are legitimate concerns about King Henrik in the cage (cue Coldplay’s Viva La Vida).

Where it could go wrong for Sweden: In addition to concerns about Hank in net and the blue line turnovers, the defense is not configured to clear the front of their own net. If I’m coaching in group B I’m sending a steady diet of players to the top of the circle on the Swedes and daring them to move my forwards out of there. I also don’t like the fact that they left Marcus Johansson off of the roster. Marcus can do so many things in the lineup yet they excluded him and took players such as Jakob Silverberg, Mikael Backlund, and Carl Soderberg who don’t have the experience or versatility that Jojo brings. Big mistake Sweden, big mistake.

As for Finland and North America, I still like both of these squads despite not picking them for the semifinals. Finland could squeeze in if Rinne plays at the top of his game, he’s that good and big in the cage. North America has some really fun and fast players. If Coach Todd McLellan gets his players to play smart and not turn the puck over, then they could sneak in, especially if Stanley Cup Champion Matt Murray continues to play well in net.

Group A:

First Place: Canada. They have the best roster, hands down, in this tournament. They will be playing at home. They are experienced having won gold in both Vancouver and Sochi. They have an excellent coaching staff, led by Mike Babcock. It’s almost a given that they will win this event.

Where it could go wrong for Canada: They’ll make the semifinals, and that is where they are most vulnerable if they run into a super hot goalie. But in a three game set, in either the preliminary round or in the finals, they are just too deep to be beaten. I give the Americans the best chance to take them down in the finals, but they will have to have Jonathan Quick pull a Mike Richter in net.

Second Place: USA. The American roster has been much maligned by several of the supposed experts in the media, but I’m not buying it. This club, put together by Kings GM Dean Lombardi, is built perfectly for this type of tournament on an NHL sized rink. They have great goaltending, led by Quick, a very mobile and strong two way defense, led by John Carlson and Ryan McDonagh, and a set of forwards that can hit and grind out goals with players like team captain Joe Pavelski and T.J. Oshie. They also have some top notch skilled snipers like Patrick Kane and Zach Parise. John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan are coaching this team and both have won Stanley Cups for a reason. Torts may not have shown any bench boss magic over an 82 game season in awhile, but a short tournament like this is right up his alley.

Where it could go wrong for USA: They could struggle to score goals if they don’t crash the net. Europe has a “can get really hot” goalie in Jaroslav Halak and the Czechs will start Michal Neuvirth, who has been in the zone in the cage recently, as well. In order to beat those guys, USA must get lots of traffic.

As for the Czechs and Europe, they are long shots to advance, but if any could do it, my money would be on Europe. While they are slow on the back end with the likes of the chippy Zdeno Chara, they are coached well by Ralph Krueger, who was a joy to cover on Wednesday night and was an advisor on the coaching staff for the victorious Canadian team in Sochi. Europe has one of the best forwards in the NHL in Anze Kopitar along with some other snipers like Tomas Vanek and the young Oilers forward, Leon Draisaitl, who had a hat trick at the Verizon Center against King Henrik.

Like I said earlier, this is going to be some intense hockey. The tournament starts at 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon with USA taking on Europe on ESPN2. Canada plays the Czechs at 8 pm on ESPN News.

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Baltimore again among highest rated markets for USA/Belgium

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ESPN’s telecast of Tuesday’s USA vs. Belgium FIFA World Cup match – a 2-1 U.S. loss in extra time – averaged a network record 9.6 overnight rating, making it the highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2, according to Nielsen. ESPN’s television coverage peaked from 5:45 – 6 p.m. ET with a 14.1 rating while WatchESPN peaked at 1,500,000 concurrent viewers.

ESPN’s coverage posted a five percent increase over a Saturday afternoon telecast of the United States’ loss to Ghana in the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 (a 9.1 rating on ABC). When including ABC, Tuesday’s telecast ranks behind the 1994 final and USA vs. Brazil round of 16 matches for largest metered market rating.

Including yesterday’s record audience, ESPN has posted its six highest metered market ratings for the men’s World Cup during the 2014 event.

The top-10 metered markets: New York (15.0), Hartford/New Haven (13.2), Washington, D.C., (12.8), Richmond (12.3), Boston (12.2), West Palm Beach (12.0), Baltimore (11.4), Cincinnati (11.4), San Diego (11.0), Columbus (10.8), Norfolk (10.8) and Orlando (10.8)

To date, the highest-rated markets on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC are: Washington DC (4.5), New York (4.2), San Francisco (3.9), Los Angeles (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Orlando (3.5), Hartford/New Haven (3.5), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (3.4), West Palm Beach (3.4), Richmond (3.3) and Boston (3.3).

Fast national ratings and viewership numbers are expected to be available this afternoon.

Quarterfinals Kick Off
ESPN’s month-long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will continue with the quarterfinals, beginning Friday, July 4, with France vs. Germany (11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2) and Brazil vs. Colombia (3:30 p.m., ESPN), followed by two matches on Saturday, July 5: Argentina vs. Belgium (11:30 a.m., ABC) and Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, 3:30 p.m., ESPN). Each quarterfinal match will also be available on ESPN3, WatchESPN or WATCH ABC, and ESPN Radio.

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Baltimore again among top viewing markets for USA/Germany

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

  • Combined TV, Digital and Audio Coverage Posts Average Minute Audience Over 12 Million
  • ESPN Telecast Averages 6.7 US HH Rating and 10,771,000 Viewers
  • Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records, Provides 10 percent Lift to TV
  • Significant Viewership Growth Leads ESPN to its Most-Viewed and Highest-Rated Group Play Ever
  • Washington, D.C.; New York and San Francisco Highest-Rated Thru 48 Group Play Matches

ESPN’s coverage of the United States’ 1-0 loss to Germany in the final day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group play – Thursday, June 26, at noon ET – generated an average minute audience of more than 12 million people across ESPN’s television, digital and audio platforms.

  • ESPN’s telecast averaged a 6.7 US HH rating and 10,771,000 viewers, making it the second highest-rated, and third most-viewed, men’s World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2 ever. ESPN’s highest-rated World Cup match – a 9.6 US HH rating for the 2014 USA vs. Portugal contest on Sunday, June 22 – is also the most-viewed soccer match across all US television networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers. ESPN’s second most-viewed men’s World Cup match – USA vs. Ghana on Monday, June 16, 2014 – averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 US HH rating.
  • The match also garnered multiple audience records for WatchESPN, adding an additional 1,050,000 viewers in the average minute audience to ESPN’s telecast. Overall, the WatchESPN coverage had 3,200,000 unique viewers and 143,000,000 live minutes viewed. This accounted for a 10 percent lift to ESPN’s English-language TV audience
  • The telecast also ranks as ESPN’s most-viewed weekday, non-holiday, afternoon program on record.
  • At its highest point, ESPN’s telecast averaged 12,055,000 viewers and a 7.7 US HH rating from 1:30 to 2 p.m. WatchESPN’s peak of 1,700,000 concurrent users set a record for the platform.
  • In addition to television and digital, the USA vs. Germany match generated an estimated audio streaming average minute audience of 239,300.
  • In addition, ESPN.com and ESPNFC.com, led by Thursday’s World Cup matches, set platform records for unique visitors in one day, hitting 19,500,000 and 7,800,000, respectively.

ESPN Posts its Largest Audiences for Group Play Ever
Overall, ESPN has generated its largest viewership for the 48 opening round World Cup matches ever, averaging 3,540,000 viewers and 2.2 US HH rating for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC telecasts combined. The 2014 averages also marks significant increases over ESPN’s opening round telecasts in 2010 and 2006: 46 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,429,000 viewers in 2010 and 1,691,000 in 2006), and 38 percent and 83 percent (vs. 1.6 rating in 2010 and 1.2 in 2006), respectively.

In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.

WatchESPN, ESPN.com and ESPNFC.Com Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN is averaging 737,000 unique viewers and 31,100,000 minutes watched through 48 World Cup matches for increases of 149 percent and 143 percent, respectively. Additional digital highlights:

  • ESPNFC.com is also generating significant usage increases, averaging 4,700,000 daily unique visitors for a 35 percent increase over 2010 and 5,700,000 video starts per day for a 854 percent increase.
  • ESPN.com is seeing 13,700,000 average daily unique visitors (a 38 percent increase from 2010) and 12,800,000 video starts per day (up 170 percent).
  • The SportsCenter app is averaging 3,800,000 daily unique visitors for a 403 percent over 2010

Metered Markets
New York led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Germany telecast with a 9.7 rating, followed by San Diego (8.6), Sacramento (8.3), Seattle/Tacoma (8.1), Orlando (8.1), Baltimore (8.1), Columbus (8.1), West Palm Beach (7.9), Providence (7.6), San Francisco (7.2) and Austin (7.2).

Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the 48 Group Play matches with a 4.0 average rating, followed by New York (3.7), San Francisco (3.5), Orlando (3.1), Los Angeles (3.1), Hartford/New Haven (3.1), San Diego (3.0), West Palm Beach (2.9), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (2.9), Richmond (2.9), Atlanta (2.9), Boston (2.9) and Columbus (2.9).

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Bovada gives former Terp Zusi 8/1 odds to score against Germany

Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


FIFA World Cup 2014 – Outright Winner

USA                                        66/1


FIFA World Cup 2014 – Top Goalscorer

Clint Dempsey (USA)                 66/1


FIFA World Cup 2014 – USA – Stage of Elimination      

Group Stage                 3/1

2nd Round                    2/3

Quarter Finals                9/2

Semi Finals                   16/1

Runners Up                   50/1

Winners                        66/1

***USA’s chances of advancing past the Group Stage is 1/5 or 80%


FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group G          

USA                             +650     (13/2)

Germany                       -140     (5/7)

Draw                             +200     (2/1)     

Over/Under Goals                      2 ½


FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group G – 1st Half Line

USA (1H)                      +475     (19/4)

Germany (1H)                +140     (7/5)

Draw                             +110     (11/10)

Over/Under Goals                      1


USA vs Germany – Correct Score         

USA 1-0                        12/1

USA 2-0                        33/1

USA 2-1                        20/1

USA 3-0                        80/1

USA 3-1                        50/1

USA 3-2                        66/1

USA 4-0                        200/1

USA 4-1                        150/1

USA 4-2                        150/1

USA 4-3                        200/1

USA 5-0                        250/1

Draw 0-0                       6/1

Draw 1-1                       4/1

Draw 2-2                       10/1

Draw 3-3                       50/1

Draw 4-4                       200/1

Germany 1-0                 13/2

Germany 2-0                 7/1

Germany 2-1                 8/1

Germany 3-0                 12/1

Germany 3-1                 12/1

Germany 3-2                 25/1

Germany 4-0                 25/1

Germany 4-1                 25/1

Germany 4-2                 50/1

Germany 4-3                 100/1

Germany 5-0                 50/1


USA vs Germany – Half Time / Full Time          

USA / USA                    10/1

USA / Draw                   10/1

USA / Germany             20/1

Draw / USA                   12/1

Draw / Draw                  7/2

Draw / Germany            7/2

Germany / USA             50/1

Germany / Draw            10/1

Germany / Germany       3/2


USA vs Germany – Both Teams to Score                     

Yes                  -130

No                    EVEN


USA vs Germany – Winning Margin                 

USA to win by 1 goal                             7/1       

USA to win by 2 goals                           22/1     

USA to win by 3 goals                           66/1     

USA to win by 4 or more goals              200/1

Germany to win by 1 goal                      3/1

Germany to win by 2 goals                    7/2

Germany to win by 3 goals                    13/2

Germany to win by 4 or more goals        9/1

Score Draw                                           3/1       

0-0 Draw                                               6/1       


USA vs Germany – Match Result & Both Teams To Score                    

USA & Yes                   12/1

Germany & Yes             11/4

Draw & Yes                   11/4

USA & No                     11/1

Germany & No              7/4

Draw & No                    8/1


USA vs Germany – To Win To Nil                     

USA                             9/5       

Germany                       11/1

USA vs Germany – To Win Both Halves           

USA                             25/1

Germany                       13/4

USA vs Germany – To Come From Behind and Win                 

USA                             25/1     

Germany                       7/1


USA vs Germany – Half Time Correct Score                 

USA  1-0                       13/2

USA  2-0                       40/1

USA  2-1                       40/1

Draw 0-0                       7/4

Draw 1-1                       7/1

Draw 2-2                       66/1

Germany 1-0                 25/1

Germany 2-0                 7/1

Germany 2-1                 20/1


USA vs Germany – Total 1st Half Goals Over/Under 0.5 Goals              

Over 0.5                                    O ½  (-240, 5/12)

Under 0.5                                  U ½  (+175, 7/4)


USA vs Germany – Highest Scoring Half                      

1st Half                         9/4

2nd Half                        1/1

Draw                             5/2       


USA vs Germany – Team to Score 1st   

USA                             9/4       

Germany                       1/3


USA vs Germany – Team to Score Last            

USA                             9/4       

Germany                       1/3


USA vs Germany – Time of 1st Goal

1-10 Mins                      13/4

11-20 Mins                    4/1

21-30 Mins                    5/1

31-40 Mins                    13/2

41-50 Mins                    15/2

51-60 Mins                    10/1

61-70 Mins                    14/1

71-80 Mins                    20/1

81 Mins – Full Time        20/1

No Goal                        6/1


USA vs Germany – 1st 10 Minutes – Total Goals            

Over                             ½ (9/2)

Under                           ½ (2/15)


USA vs Germany – 1st 10 Minutes – Match Result                     

USA                             11/1     

Germany                       6/1

Draw                             1/8


USA vs Germany – Total Goals            

0 or 1                            13/5

2 or 3                            5/6

4+                                5/2

USA vs Germany – USA Total Goals                

No Goals                      6/5

1 Goal                          7/5

2 Goals                         9/2

3 Goals                         22/1

4 or More Goals            100/1


USA vs Germany – Germany Total Goals                     

No Goals                      9/2

1 Goal                          2/1

2 Goals                         12/5

3 Goals                         9/2

4 or More Goals            15/2


USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Scored?      

Yes                  13/4

No                    1/5


USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Awarded?    

Yes                  11/4

No                    1/4


USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Missed?      

Yes                  12/1

No                    1/33


USA vs Germany – Will an Own Goal be scored?         

Yes                  10/1

No                    1/25


USA vs Germany – Method of 1st Goal 

Open play shot inside the box               2/3

Header                                                  4/1

Open play shot outside the box             6/1

Penalty                                                 11/1

Direct from Free Kick                            16/1

Own Goal                                              20/1


USA vs Germany Individual Goal Props

USA vs Germany – First Goalscorer     

Thomas Muller                           7/2

Miroslav Klose                          4/1

Mario Gotze                              5/1

Lukas Podolski                         5/1

Andre Schurrle                          11/2

Mesut Ozil                                 7/1

Clint Dempsey                          8/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              9/1

Toni Kroos                                9/1

Jozy Altidore                             10/1

Julian Draxler                            10/1

Chris Wondolowski                    12/1

Aron Johannsson                      12/1

Julian Green                              14/1

Christoph Kramer                      16/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     16/1

Brad Davis                                20/1

Michael Bradley                         20/1

Graham Zusi                             20/1

Erik Durm                                 20/1

Mathias Ginter                           20/1

Sami Khedira                            20/1

Mats Hummels                          20/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      25/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    25/1

Mikkel Diskerud                        25/1

Per Mertesacker                        25/1

Philipp Lahm                             25/1

Kyle Beckerman                        33/1

Fabian Johnson                        33/1

Jermaine Jones                         33/1

Benedikt Howedes                    33/1

Jerome Boateng                        33/1

Geoff Cameron                         40/1

John Anthony Brooks                40/1

Omar Gonzalez                          50/1

Timothy Chandler                      50/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         66/1

Matt Besler                               66/1

No Goalscorer                           6/1


USA vs Germany – Anytime Goalscorer           

Miroslav Klose                          11/10

Thomas Muller                           11/10

Mario Gotze                              11/8

Lukas Podolski                         7/4

Andre Schurrle                          15/8

Mesut Ozil                                 2/1

Julian Draxler                            3/1

Jozy Altidore                             7/2

Clint Dempsey                          7/2

Toni Kroos                                7/2

Chris Wondolowski                    4/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              4/1

Aron Johannsson                      5/1

Christoph Kramer                      5/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     5/1

Julian Green                              6/1

Michael Bradley                         6/1

Sami Khedira                            6/1

Brad Davis                                7/1

Erik Durm                                 7/1

Mathias Ginter                           7/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      8/1

Graham Zusi                             8/1

Philipp Lahm                             8/1

Mats Hummels                          8/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    9/1

Per Mertesacker                        9/1

Mikkel Diskerud                        10/1

Benedikt Howedes                    10/1

Kyle Beckerman                        12/1

Fabian Johnson                        12/1

Jermaine Jones                         12/1

Jerome Boateng                        12/1

John Anthony Brooks                14/1

Timothy Chandler                      14/1

Geoff Cameron                         16/1

Omar Gonzalez                          18/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         20/1

Matt Besler                               20/1


USA vs Germany – First USA Goalscorer         

Clint Dempsey                          4/1

Aron Johannsson                      4/1

Chris Wondolowski                    19/4

Jozy Altidore                             5/1

Julian Green                              6/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      15/2

Michael Bradley                         8/1

Brad Davis                                9/1

Graham Zusi                             10/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    12/1

Mikkel Diskerud                         12/1

Jermaine Jones                         12/1

Kyle Beckerman                        14/1

Fabian Johnson                        18/1

John Anthony Brooks                18/1

Timothy Chandler                      18/1

Geoff Cameron                         20/1

Omar Gonzalez                          22/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         25/1

Matt Besler                               33/1


USA vs Germany – First Germany Goalscorer  

Miroslav Klose                          21/10

Thomas Muller                           21/10

Lukas Podolski                         7/2

Mesut Ozil                                 15/4

Mario Gotze                              4/1

Andre Schurrle                          4/1

Julian Draxler                            13/2

Bastian Schweinsteiger              8/1

Toni Kroos                                8/1

Christoph Kramer                      12/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     12/1

Sami Khedira                            12/1

Mathias Ginter                           16/1

Erik Durm                                 22/1

Benedikt Howedes                    22/1

Per Mertesacker                        22/1

Philipp Lahm                             22/1

Mats Hummels                          22/1

Jerome Boateng                        25/1


USA vs Germany – Scorecast (Player to score first and exact score)

Clint Dempsey & USA 1-0                      66/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 2-0                      150/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 2-1                      80/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 3-0                      350/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 3-1                      250/1

Clint Dempsey & Draw 1-1                     22/1

Clint Dempsey & Draw 2-2                     50/1

Clint Dempsey & Germany 2-1               40/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 1-0                  110/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 2-0                  250/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 2-1                  125/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 3-0                  500/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 3-1                  450/1

Aron Johannsson & Draw 1-1                 40/1

Aron Johannsson & Draw 2-2                 90/1

Aron Johannsson & Germany 2-1           66/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 1-0               75/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 2-0               175/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 2-1               90/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 3-0               400/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 3-1               300/1

Chris Wondolowski & Draw 1-1              28/1

Chris Wondolowski & Draw 2-2              55/1

Chris Wondolowski & Germany 2-1         45/1

Michael Bradley & USA 1-0                    175/1

Michael Bradley & USA 2-0                    375/1

Michael Bradley & USA 2-1                    200/1

Michael Bradley & USA 3-0                    750/1

Michael Bradley & USA 3-1                    500/1

Michael Bradley & Draw 1-1                   55/1

Michael Bradley & Draw 2-2                   125/1

Michael Bradley & Germany 2-1              100/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 1-0                25/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 2-0                28/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 2-1                33/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 3-0                55/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 3-1                55/1

Thomas Muller & Draw 1-1                     18/1

Thomas Muller & Draw 2-2                     40/1

Thomas Muller & USA 2-1                      55/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 1-0               28/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 2-0               35/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 2-1               40/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 3-0               66/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 3-1               66/1

Miroslav Klose & Draw 1-1                     22/1

Miroslav Klose & Draw 2-2                     45/1

Miroslav Klose & USA 2-1                      75/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 1-0                   33/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 2-0                   40/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 2-1                   40/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 3-0                   66/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 3-1                   66/1

Mario Gotze & Draw 1-1                         25/1

Mario Gotze & Draw 2-2                         50/1

Mario Gotze & USA 2-1                          80/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 1-0               33/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 2-0               40/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 2-1               45/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 3-0               75/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 3-1               75/1

Andre Schurrle & Draw 1-1                     25/1

Andre Schurrle & Draw 2-2                     55/1

Andre Schurrle & USA 2-1                      90/1


Miscellaneous Player Props

USA vs Germany – Player To Be Shown a Card

Kyle Beckerman                        5/4

Timothy Chandler                      5/4

Michael Bradley                         9/5

Geoff Cameron                         9/5

Jerome Boateng                        9/5

DaMarcus Beasley                    2/1

Fabian Johnson                        2/1

John Anthony Brooks                2/1

Omar Gonzalez                          2/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         2/1

Matt Besler                               2/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              2/1

Per Mertesacker                        2/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     2/1

Sami Khedira                            2/1

Philipp Lahm                             2/1

Mats Hummels                          2/1

Clint Dempsey                          5/2

Jermaine Jones                         5/2

Erik Durm                                 5/2

Benedikt Howedes                    5/2

Julian Green                              11/4

Alejandro Bedoya                      11/4

Brad Davis                                11/4

Mikkel Diskerud                        11/4

Graham Zusi                             11/4

Chris Wondolowski                    7/2

Christoph Kramer                      4/1

Thomas Muller                           5/1

Andre Schurrle                          5/1

Toni Kroos                                5/1

Julian Draxler                            5/1

Mathias Ginter                           5/1

Mario Gotze                              11/2

Lukas Podolski                         11/2

Aron Johannsson                      13/2

Miroslav Klose                          13/2

Mesut Ozil                                 7/1




Odds To Win The Open Championship 2014 – Hoylake, Royal Liverpool (British Open)

Tiger Woods                 7/1


Odds To Win USPGA Championship 2014 – Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky

Tiger Woods                 7/1


Quicken Loans National – Outright Winner      

Tiger Woods                 16/1


Quicken Loans National – 1st Round Leader    

Tiger Woods                 18/1


Quicken Loans National – Top 5 Finish

Tiger Woods                 5/2


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?     

Yes                              5/4


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?     

Yes                              5/9


Quicken Loans National – Tournament H2H Matches   

Tiger Woods                 EVEN   (1/1)

Jordan Spieth               -130      (10/13)


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Shoot a Hole In One?      

Yes                              100/1


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Make The Cut?    

Yes                              2/9

No                                3/1


Quicken Loans National – Outright Winner      

Jason Day                    12/1

Justin Rose                   12/1

Jordan Spieth               14/1

Tiger Woods                 16/1

Brandt Snedeker           22/1

Keegan Bradley             25/1

Brendon Todd               28/1

Webb Simpson             28/1

Bill Haas                       30/1

Jason Dufner                33/1

K.J. Choi                      33/1

Hunter Mahan                35/1

Billy Horschel                40/1

Gary Woodland             40/1

Marc Leishman              40/1

Brendon De Jonge        50/1

Carl Pettersson             50/1

Charley Hoffman           50/1

J.B.  Holmes                 50/1

Nick Watney                  50/1

Ryan Palmer                 50/1

Aaron Baddeley            55/1

Ben Martin                    66/1

Bo Van Pelt                  66/1

Brendan Steele              66/1

Charles Howell III           66/1

Fredrik Jacobson          66/1

Brian Harman                70/1

Ernie Els                       80/1

Kevin Chappell              80/1

Matt Every                    80/1

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Caps John Carlson Makes a Strong Team USA Olympic Hockey Team

Posted on 01 January 2014 by Ed Frankovic

Following today’s NHL Winter Classic in the “Big House” in Ann Arbor, USA Hockey announced their 25 man roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February and as predicted in this blog back in November, the Washington Capitals John Carlson made the team on defense.

Carlson, in a conference call with the media tonight, called it a “dream come true” and said that playing on this big stage would be an even greater feat than scoring the overtime game winning goal for USA in the 2010 World Juniors Gold Medal.

Washington’s #74 received a ringing endorsement from team captain Alex Ovechkin when the Gr8 said that Carlson was the team’s best defensemen and 100% deserved to be on the team. Carlson has had an outstanding season and when Mike Green was injured earlier in the year, he stepped up as the team’s #1 d-man on the power play to go along with his role of being on the #1 pairing for killing penalties. Simply put, his ability to play in all situations combined with his excellent skating and hard shot made him a perfect fit for this year’s Team USA Olympic squad.

As for the rest of the team, GM David Poile’s club that will be coached by Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma is as follows:

Goalies (3):

Ryan Miller (Buffalo), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles),and Jimmy Howard (Detroit)

Defensemen (8):

Carlson, Ryan Suter (Minnesota), Ryan McDonagh (Rangers), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Kevin Faulk (Carolina), and Cam Fowler (Anaheim)

Forwards (14):

Patrick Kane (Chicago), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Joe Pavelski (San Jose), Ryan Callahan (Rangers), Derek Stepan (Rangers), James van Riemsdyk (Toronto), Phil Kessel (Toronto), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), David Backes (St. Louis), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Max Pacioretty (Montreal), Paul Stastny (Colorado), and Dustin Brown (Los Angeles)

This is a very good team but the challenge, as Poile mentioned back in August, is to be able to handle the big ice surface in Sochi. Team USA has not fared well outside of North America in the Olympics so the pressure is on this club to produce. The strength of this squad, in my opinion, is the goaltending and up front. Miller, despite playing behind a weak Sabres club, has been performing at a very high level and if Quick doesn’t get healthy and play well quickly, it will be the Michigan State alum in net once again for the Americans. Up front, Kane is as good a scorer as any in the world. The defense is the question mark but this crew of eight is filled with players who can play at both ends of the rink.

The time zone change, Sochi is nine hours ahead of the east coast, will be a factor for many of the NHL players but that impacts nearly every squad. On paper, Canada and Sweden look to be the best while Russia is hoping home ice helps their cause. I see Russia’s defense and goaltending as ultimately being their downfall. There are still six weeks to go until the games start, but my prediction right now is:

Gold – Sweden

Silver – Canada

Bronze – USA

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Handling Bigger Ice Key for Team USA in 2014 Olympics

Posted on 27 August 2013 by Ed Frankovic

On day two of Team USA orientation camp at Kettler IcePlex this afternoon General Manager David Poile didn’t beat around the bush when discussing the biggest challenge his squad faces heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It’s all about how his squad performs on the bigger ice surface.

“We know what the challenges are here, we haven’t had any success in Europe on the big ice. The United States hasn’t won any medals in the last two Olympics played on the big ice,” stated the long time NHL GM.

Yes, Team USA won silver in Vancouver in 2010 and also in Salt Lake City back in 2002, but both of those tournaments were played on NHL sized rinks. The Olympic surface is wider, which changes several aspects on how the game is played.

“Angles and spacing really [is the difference]. More so the angles are quicker to adjust, it’s more of a read. At the NHL level you are approximated to the boards so you can use it as a gauge. Here, if you rely on that you are out of position pretty quickly. The one good thing is the zones are all a little different sizes but the paint is always in the same spot. I think that’s a key thing for everyone to understand and realize that from a spacing issue to try to use the faceoff circles and dots because they are actually in the same position as an NHL rink, almost,” said Kings winger Dustin Brown.

In 2010, Team USA used its ability to be physical to its advantage but with more room, taking the body is not as easy and is not as much of a factor.

“There’s more to being physical than the big hits. It’s rubbing guys out, grinding guys out. There’s still opportunities for the big hit, you just have to be patient and let it come to you. You can’t be running out of position because it’s just that much further you have to go to get back,” added Brown.

Most of the players seemed comfortable with going to the bigger rink size and some, like Carolina defensemen Justin Faulk, didn’t think the change was going to be real difficult.

“It’s probably easier going from big ice for smaller ice. You get more room. I don’t think it’s a big deal, I’ve done it many times personally. Everyone in here has played on big ice at some point. Obviously it’s a little bit different game and style,” stated Faulk.

Several other players acknowledged the ice surface challenge but it was clear that Poile, who has been in hockey long before every one of Team USA’s players was born, believes that addressing the rink size issue is paramount to his clubs success.

“The challenge for us is we’ve never had any success on European soil. We owe it to ourselves to to go over every facet of what we’ve done in the past on it. We’ve talked to former players and coaches and the thing that comes up constantly is you have to have speed. I don’t think we’ll need that truculence element as much. It’s just an adjustment and making the players aware of the differences in the ice size and making sure. You don’t want it to be the excuse. The fact that we’ve won two silver medals in North America and got nothing in Europe – I can’t accept that. These are good players, they’re smart players, they’re skilled players. It’s different – yes. Ok, so let’s go figure it out…it could be coaching, it could be systems, it could be the players that we take over there,” concluded Poile.

As for the roster make up itself, there were 48 players invited to the orientation camp and this is the deepest pool of talent Team USA has ever had. The team appears strongest in net where the club has the likes of Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard, Craig Anderson, Ryan Miller, Cory Schneider, and John Gibson. Up front they are led by Patrick Kane, Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler, Joe Pavelski, and Bobby Ryan while on defense Ryan Suter and Erik Johnson are the logical leaders. Poile indicated that this would be the toughest team these players would ever have to make and he stated that about half of the spots are likely already locked up based on the performances of some in the 2010 Olympics.

“As we’ve told the players, the body of work they’ve had in their career to this point is important but what they do in October, November, and December will be the deciding factor. I favor the guys from 2010, not only because of the success they had but how they’ve matured as hockey players. The age group we have right now is excellent. At times we thought we were too young in 2010 but now, four years later, we are bang on at the right age.”

It is apparent that the roster decisions are going to be extremely tough and many players will suffer the disappointment of missing out on representing their country, but Poile relishes that process.

“This is going to be the toughest decisions that I have to make, but I want it to be tough…We want the hard decisions, we’ve never really had in USA hockey to make that many hard decisions because we’ve never really had the depth and quality we presently have, so bring it on.”

Notes: The Caps were represented at the orientation camp by defensemen John Carlson, who scored the Gold Medal winning goal for Team USA in the 2010 World Junior Championships…Poile called Kettler “as good as any facility I’ve ever seen”…Erik Johnson was very critical of his game with Colorado last year and made it clear he needs to be more consistent…the Team USA jerseys were unveiled by the players to a sold out Kettler IcePlex. NHL Network televised the event.





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Is Michael Phelps a hero or a zero? Depends on who you ask…

Posted on 31 July 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

The every-fourth-year hubbub about the Olympics and swimming and local connections is underway and once again this week Michael Phelps has entered the worldwide sports consciousness every night as the most decorated athlete in United States history.

So if you’re a provincial, “local” Baltimore sports fan you’re almost obligated to cheer for the kid from Towson wearing the red, white and blue on behalf of our country as well as our community.

After all of the tape delay fiascos from England this weekend – I wrote my two cents here — I started thinking about Michael Phelps as being the unique sports figure of our time in Baltimore. Oh, sure we have some hometown sports heroes like Johnny Unitas, Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken and Ray Lewis, who will all have plenty of bronze likenesses and memories in our community and “time will not dim the glory of their deeds” but Phelps’ accomplishments trump all of them on his stage when you consider his competition around the planet and the scope and magnitude of the Olympics.

And unlike the Orioles, Colts or Ravens, most people have never been anywhere near a pool where Michael Phelps has swam a lap. The closest approximation to a “cheering crowd” for Phelps happened four years ago when the remnants of a Baltimore Ravens preseason game watched him swim for gold inside the stadium about 30 minutes after the football game ended.

You can see my view of it here:

So on Saturday afternoon before Phelps took his first turn in the pool vs. Ryan Lochte, I put up one simple, open-ended sentence for tens of thousands of our @WNST Twitter followers and our Facebook community. It was:

Michael Phelps is ___________________.

There were hundreds of comments across social media and by my count far more than 50% weren’t just negative they were downright personal and abusive in some cases. And this was on Facebook, where people sign their names and add their likeness to their criticism.

Perhaps it’s gold medal envy?

Maybe it was the DUI

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Towson’s Zoppo helps USA to nice start at FIL Championships

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson midfielder and Team USA Captain has netted a goal and dished out an assist

TURKU, Finland – Towson University midfielder Robby Zoppo, a captain of the United States Men’s National Under-19 Team, has scored a goal and dished out an assist as Team USA is off to a 2-1 start at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Team USA started pool play with a 24-6 win over Australia on July 13. Zoppo posted a goal and an assist in the victory.

Team USA was upset though on the second day of the tournament, falling to Canada, 11-9 in overtime. Canada became the first team to defeat the U.S. in U19 international play since sanction competition began in 1988. The U.S., which has won all six gold medals contested, is now 38-1 all-time.

Zoppo and Team USA did bounce back on Sunday though, cruising past England, 20-1, in its third pool play game. The team will have its first day off on Monday before facing the Iroquois at 1 p.m. local time and 6 a.m. in Turku on Tuesday. It will be the final pool play game of the competition.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for more updates on Zoppo and Team USA throughout the competition.

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Future Terp Layman helps Team USA top Argentina

Posted on 19 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Layman Helps Team USA Down Argentina

Future Terp scores in double figures to help the U.S. advance to the final

SAO SEBASTIÁO DOS PARAISO, Brazil Incoming freshman forward Jake Layman scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and added two assists as the USA dropped Argentina 107-72 Tuesday afternoon in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in Sao Sebastiáo dos Paraiso, Brazil.

Layman shot 3-of-6 from the field, 2-of-4 from behind-the-arc, and added a steal and a blocked shot. After Tuesday night’s performance, Layman ranks fifth on the team in scoring averaging 9.5 points per game.

It is the second time in the last three games Layman has scored in double figures. Against Mexico on Sunday, Layman led all scorers with a game-high 18 points as the USA dominated Mexico 110-59.

The USA improved to 4-0 in the competition and advanced to Wednesday’s gold medal game. The gold medal contest will be a rematch of Monday’s USA-Brazil game, a game in which the USA walked away with an 83-64 victory. Brazil advanced after handing Canada its first loss of the tournament by a 66-62 margin.

Eight teams are competing in the 2012 U18 Americas zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S., Canada, Brazil and Argentina each earned a qualifying berth in next summer’s 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Layman, a 6-foot-8 forward from King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass., averaged 26.5 points, 15 rebounds and 5.8 blocks a game his senior season. He signed a financial aid agreement with Maryland in November of 2011.

For more information and to follow the U.S. team, visit usabasketball.com or follow them on Twitter.

– Terps –

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Future Terp Layman helps Team USA to win

Posted on 16 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Behind Shaq Goodwin’s (Southwest DeKalb H.S./Decatur, Ga.) 30 points that came on flawless 12-of-12 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 marksmanship from the foul line, the USA’s Men’s U18 Team opened 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship preliminary play Saturday afternoon with a high scoring, 105-42 pounding of U.S. Virgin Islands (0-1) in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.

“I thought we got much better in the second half. I thought we took advantage of our frontcourt players,” said USA and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan. “In the first half we turned it over a little too much, but we did a great job getting to the free throw line, we went to the free throw line 33 times in the first half. The problem was we only converted 16-of-33, we left a lot of points out there. But I thought as the game started to unfold we did a better job of recognizing that we had a huge advantage up front and I thought Shaq Goodwin, Jarnell Stokes, Montrezl (Harrell), all those guys did a nice job finishing around the basket.”

Goodwin’s 30-point outpouring was the third highest single game scoring effort in USA Basketball U18 Championship history. His 12-12 shooting set a U.S. mark for highest field goal percentage in a U18 game.

“I think the chemistry really just built up towards the second half. I knew our guards we’re going to push it so I basically just had to run the floor and they put me in the best position to score,” said Goodwin. “I’ve never had a game like that before and I didn’t realize (perfect shooting) it (tonight). I was just playing basketball, I don’t know, I was just at the right place at the right time.”

Never trailing in the contest, the USA showed it was stronger, deeper and more talented than the undermanned U.S. Virgin Islands squad.

Pressing from the opening tip, the U.S. jumped out to a 6-0 lead with all of its points coming from the charity line. Just inside the halfway point of the opening quarter, following a Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas) 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C.), the Americans were firmly in control, owning a 15-3 lead.

Sinking just 10 of its 23 free throw attempts in the game’s first 10 minutes, the USA’s Jake Layman (King Phillip Regional H.S./Wrentham, Mass.) scored off an offensive rebound just before the horn for the quarter sounded, and the U.S. led 26-13.

U.S. Virgin Islands cut the U.S. advantage to 28-19 to start the second quarter, but Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas) scored four consecutive points and the USA closed out the first half comfortably ahead 48-24.

Outscoring U.S. Virgin Islands 28-8 in the third stanza, the USA closed the contest strong, outscoring the islanders 20-10 to take the 105-42 decision.

“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. We’ve been working out really hard. W started a little bit slow, but once we got into the groove we just really started having fun out there. We were executing all the coaches’ plans, and we had a lot and I thought we did really well,” stated Sulaimon.

Further aiding the USA cause was Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.) who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Randle finished with 12 points and eight boards, and Sulaimon tossed in 12 points.

The USA dominated the glass 64-30, and Layman led the USA rebounding effort with 10. Nathaniel Britt, II (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md.) and James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md.) shared high assist honors, as each handed out five assists.

The Americans shot just 32-56 from the foul line, but U.S. Virgin Islands, which managed to shoot just 15.5 percent from the field (11-71 FGs), made 16 fewer free throws, shooting 16-of-24.

The 2012 USA U18 National Team is being led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches, including USA head coach Billy Donovan of the University of Florida). Assisting Donovan along the sidelines are Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In the opening day’s second game, Canada (1-0) handled Puerto Rico (0-1) 77-51. The day’s final two games feature host Brazil facing Mexico, while Argentina tangles against Colombia.

Eight teams are competing in the 2012 U18 Americas zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The top four finishing teams in the tournament will qualify for next summer’s 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The USA continues preliminary round against Mexico on Sunday (1 p.m. EDT), then finishes off Group A preliminary round action against host Brazil on June 18 (5 p.m. EDT). The top two teams from Group A and Group B will advance to play for 1st-4th place, while the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked teams play out for 5th-8th place. The semifinals will be played on June 19, and the final round games will be contested on June 20.

In the hunt for a sixth gold medal, USA men’s teams are 38-2 overall in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship (formerly known as the Junior World Championship Qualifier), and have captured gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010, while winning a silver in 2008 and a bronze medal in 2002.

Serving as USA assistant coaches are Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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