OSU favored to repeat, VT, Terps considered long shots


OSU favored to repeat, VT, Terps considered long shots

As always, there is plenty of intrigue for the upcoming college football season. Will the Big 12 be shutout of the playoffs again? Can Will Muschamp's defense help Auburn knock off Alabama? Who will finish last in the SEC West? Can Ohio State remain dominant? Etc., etc., etc.

It's hard to project what may happen, but Vegas always gives it a shot.

The gambling site Bovada has released their odds for the upcoming college football season. Ohio State is the favorite, not surprisingly, coming in with 11/4 odds to repeat as national champions. Alabama and TCU both follow at 7/1, fellow Iron Bowl rival Auburn at 9/1 and USC closes out the top five at 16/1. The first ACC team, Clemson, comes in at No. 9 with 22/1 odds.

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What about the only team to beat Ohio State last year? Yes, Virginia Tech is listed with national title odds at 100/1. That doesn't seem terrible until you look at the other teams they're grouped with.

Among the other teams with 100/1 odds are Florida, an SEC team with a new coach and essentially no offensive line or quarterback, and Mississippi State who may finish last in the SEC West. To say these teams are long shots would be putting it mildly, but Vegas still likes them more than the Terps who they gave a 500/1 shot to go all the way.

In terms of conference odds, Virginia Tech is tied for fourth in the ACC with 9/1 odds. Clemson is the favorite at 2/1, but Florida State is second at 5/2 despite the departure of star quarterback Jameis Winston. Georgia Tech is third at 5/1, the highest from the Coastal Division. Virginia is tied for last at 200/1 with Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Ouch.

Maryland's outlook in the Big Ten is not much better. With teams like Ohio State, Michigan State and the possibly resurgent Michigan, the oddsmakers are not giving the Terps much of a shot at 100/1, tied with Illinois and Indiana. When it comes to football odds, Illinois and Indiana are not usually teams you want to be grouped with.

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.