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“Number One Favorite”: Novak Djokovic Wary of Rafael Nadal Threat Ahead of 2020 French Open

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"Number One Favorite": Novak Djokovic Wary of Rafael Nadal Threat Ahead of 2020 French Open

French Open 2020 is just a week away, and the excitement levels are already high. Fans will return at Roland Garros and we can expect unprecedented levels of intensity. Novak Djokovic already knows that the competition will be outstanding. The Serb even had heaps of praise for Rafael Nadal in a recent press conference. 

The French Open is the last major of the year, and Djoker and Rafa will undoubtedly treat us to a spectacular experience. Rafael Nadal will be making a return to competitive tennis after a span of seven months. He previously competed in the Mexico Open and won. Post that, he decided to skip the US Open 2020.

Djokovic and Nadal are expected to lock horns in the ongoing Rome Open finals, but there’s still time for the competition to progress to that stage. In a recent press conference at the tournament, the Serb opined that Nadal will obviously be the favorite to clinch Roland Garros. 

“Let’s see how it turns out. Rafa obviously decided to stay on clay and practice. Surely that gives him more advantage, but even if he didn’t practice for that long on clay he would still be the number one favorite in Roland Garros or any other clay tournament because he’s just Rafa,” Djokovic said.   

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal with coach Carlos Moya during a practice session Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

Well, one can’t debate much about Djokovic’s statements because Nadal is the undisputed king of Roland Garros. No other player has even come close to winning ten titles, but Rafa has twelve of them. So, it is always going to be a challenge for Novak to conquer Nadal on clay. 

Novak Djokovic on repeating his outburst on court which led to the disqualification 

Nole has already apologized for his actions at the US Open 2020 on social media. Moreover, the 33-year-old spoke to the press for the first time after the infamous incident. Notably, he had skipped the presser after getting defaulted at flushing meadows. 

Once again, Djokovic looked back at the things that transpired, leading to his untimely exit from the US Open. Moreover, he made a startling statement about the violation that has sent tongues wagging again.

“I cannot promise or cannot guarantee that I will never ever do anything similar to that in my life. I’m going to try my best, obviously, but anything is possible in life,” Djokovic said. The Serb’s emotions exploded due to frustration, which he vented out by striking the ball. Unfortunately, it hit the lineswoman, causing chaos in the arena. 

Novak Djokovic attends to check on the lineswoman after her accidentally hit her with the ball at the 2020 US Open
Sep 6, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia and a tournament official tend to a linesperson who was struck with a ball by Djokovic against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain (not pictured) on day seven of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Roland Garros will certainly be an exciting tournament, considering the amount of talent that is present in the draw. Rafa is obviously the favorite, but can one of the young guns take him out this time around?

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Giants’ MLB playoff hopes crushed on umpire’s brutal call

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Giants’ MLB playoff hopes crushed on umpire’s brutal call

The San Francisco Giants fell just short of qualifying for the expanded National League playoffs. The way in which their 2020 season ended was all the more disappointing.

Austin Slater reacts to striking out to end the Giants season
Austin Slater reacts to striking out to end the Giants seasonIcon Sportswire via Getty Images

Home plate umpire Rob Drake rung up Austin Slater with a questionable third-strike call to secure the Giants’ fate with a 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres Sunday. Slater, who was batting with the bases empty, immediately threw his hands up in disbelief at the low pitch from Padres pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.

A win for the Giants would’ve solidified a spot in the playoffs and booked their ticket to Los Angeles to take on the rival Dodgers in the wild-card round beginning Wednesday.

Manager Gabe Kapler let Drake know his feelings on the call from the dugout.

“It was disappointing,” Kapler told reporters after the game. “I haven’t had a chance to go back and watch the game but I know there were some calls that went against our guys.”

Brewers star Christian Yelich, whose team secured the final playoff spot in the NL and will face the Dodgers in the first round because of Drake’s call, said he “one hundred percent” thought the season-ending call on the Giants was right.

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Preakness Stakes post positions: Full draw & odds for the 2020 Triple Crown race

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Preakness Stakes post positions: Full draw & odds for the 2020 Triple Crown race

The post positions for the 2020 Preakness Stakes are set, and the entry list includes 11 horses for what’s now the final leg of horse racing’s annual Triple Crown.

The Preakness has typically been the second leg of the Triple Crown race, with the Belmont Stakes to follow. But COVID-19 has affected the Triple Crown schedule, pushing the Belmont Stakes to first, Kentucky Derby to second and the Preakness Stakes to last.

In addition to the schedule change, there’s also been another impact on the race as a result of COVID-19. There will be no fans in attendance for the 2020 Preakness Stakes as Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach explained in a statement to the AP.

“While we had hoped to be able to welcome fans as we have for the past 145 years, the health and safety of our guests, horsemen, riders, team members and the community at large is, and will always be, our top priority,” Stronach said.

This isn’t too surprising considering the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby also ran their races without fans present.

Unfortunately for viewers, the excitement of a Triple Crown winner will not be present at the Preakness. Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes and was a heavy favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, but Authentic ended up winning the second leg of the Triple Crown. 

Below, we’ll go over the post position results from the 2020 Preakness Stakes.

Preakness Stakes post positions 2020

The Preakness Stakes held its post positions on Monday, Sept. 28th at noon. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is running, even though the Triple Crown isn’t on the line. Art Collector is also competing after being a scratch in the Kentucky Derby due to a foot issue. Tiz the Law, who won the Belmont Stakes, will not be competing in the Preakness Stakes.

Post Horse Jockey
1 Excession Sheldon Russell
2 Mr. Big News Gabriel Saez
3 Art Collector Brian Hernandez Jr.
4 Swiss Skydiver Robby Albarado
5 Thousand Words Florent Geroux
6 Jesus’ Team Jevian Toledo
7 NY Traffic Horacio Karamanos
8 Max Player Paco Lopez
9 Authentic John Velazquez
10 Pneumatic Joe Bravo
11 LiveYourBeastLife Trevor McCarthy

Preakness Stakes odds 2020

With the 2020 Preakness Stakes post positions now available, the morning odds were also announced. These odds may change throughout the week, but these were the odds announced with the post positions.

Authentic opens up as the early favorite. The longshots include Excession, Jesus’ Team and LiveYourBeastLife.

Post Horse Odds
1 Excession 30-1
2 Mr. Big News 12-1
3 Art Collector 5-2
4 Swiss Skydiver 6-1
5 Thousand Words 6-1
6 Jesus’ Team 30-1
7 NY Traffic 15-1
8 Max Player 15-1
9 Authentic 9-5
10 Pneumatic 20-1
11 LiveYourBeastLife 30-1

When is the Preakness Stakes in 2020?

The 145th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3. Coverage will begin on NBC from 4:30 p.m. and last until around 6:00 p.m. ET. The original schedule for the Preakness Stakes was Saturday, May 16, but it was rescheduled as a result of COVID-19.

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Giants, Daniel Jones ruined two $500,000 bets

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It was another wild weekend of wagering in the NFL, as sportsbooks bounced back from a rough Week 2.

The biggest bets of Sunday came at DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey, as the book took two huge wagers on the New York Giants:

* $500,000 on the Giants +4

* $500,000 on Daniel Jones Over 244.5 passing yards

Respected money came in on the Giants, pushing the line down to San Francisco -3 on Sunday; it had opened 49ers -6.5 on the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lookahead line. The game didn’t go well for the two bettors above — or the respected money. The Giants finished with only 231 yards of total offense, Jones finished with 179 yards passing and the Giants never led, losing 36-9. San Francisco held the ball for more than 39 minutes of the game.

The Indianapolis Colts (-11.5) were a popular public play, with 68 percent of the money on Indianapolis to cover against the New York Jets at William Hill books. William Hill also took its biggest moneyline bet of the day: $52,000 on Colts at -700 odds. That bet was really never in doubt.

As ESPN’s David Purdum reported, teams that attracted sharp action at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook were the Rams, Texans, Giants, Bears, Colts and Ravens. Sharps were on both sides of Bengals-Eagles. Excluding the Eagles game, those teams were 2-3 ATS heading into Monday Night Football.

The Atlanta Falcons, 3-point favorites, blew another double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, this time to the Chicago Bears, and fell 30-26. According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team had blown multiple 15-point, fourth-quarter leads in a single season. The Falcons just did it in back-to-back weeks.

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The Giants and Daniel Jones cost two bettors $500,000 each on Sunday.N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

That game drew the highest handle at the Borgata Sportsbook in New Jersey and was the book’s biggest decision of the day.

“We took a $100,000 bet on the Bears moneyline, which obviously ended up costing us money,” said Thomas Gable, Borgata’s sportsbook director. “The other big decision for us [which went against us] was the Jets-Colts.”

Falcons-Bears was the most-bet game at PointsBet sportsbooks, which also had 70 percent of the point-spread money on the Falcons, and game with the third-highest handle. The Bears winning was one of the biggest positive decisions for Stations Casinos in the early games, according to sportsbook director Chuck Esposito.

The Bears were 33/1 underdogs on the moneyline at MGM books to start the fourth quarter. There were no notable bets on the Bears at that price. One BetMGM bettor lost $110,000 on Falcons -3.5 on a wager that had been placed on Friday.

Another big decision at several sportsbooks was the Las Vegas Raiders-New England Patriots game. The Patriots, 7-point favorites, had more than 74 percent of the spread money at PointsBet and FanDuel and produced the worst early window result of any game for Stations Casinos in Vegas. New England controlled the game throughout and won 36-20, easily covering the spread. It was the second-biggest handle game at Borgata.

Respected money on the Eagles pushed the spread of the Cincinnati Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles game up, as it went from Philadelphia -4.5 up to 5.5, with 80 percent of the money at PointsBet on the Eagles. The game ended in a 23-all tie.

In the late afternoon games, the Detroit Lions (+5) winning 26-23 over the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers (+6) beating the Los Angeles Chargers 21-16 helped books. More than 87 percent of spread tickets and 91 percent of moneyline wagers at Rush Street Gaming books were on the Cardinals. Rush Street took a hit on the Tampa Bay Bucs (-6) covering against the Denver Broncos, which saw 90 percent of the tickets cash.

The Sunday night game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints was another bad game for the books. PointsBet reported 67 percent of the moneyline bets were on the Packers.

“Sunday night, [we were] definitely rooting for the Saints and the under,” The Borgata’s Gable said. The Packers won 37-30 and the game flew over the total of 52.

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