There are Already Odds on Alabama Winning 3 Straight National Championships –

Nick Saban Alabama Crimson Tide

Nick Saban has won five National Championships since taking over as head coach at Alabama in 2007. Photo by Carol M Highsmith [Public Domain]

  • Defending national champion Alabama is favored to win the national title again this year
  • BetOnline has already posted a prop bet on the odds of the Crimson Tide winning three national championships in a row
  • Alabama has won five national titles since 2009

Is it one down and two to go for the Alabama Crimson Tide?

BetOnline certainly seems to think so. The 2018 College Football Playoff hasn’t even started yet and already, the online sports betting site is offering odds on an Alabama three-peat.

Odds Alabama Wins 3 Straight National Championships

Will Alabama Win Three Straight National Championships? Odds at
Yes +400
No -500

Alabama has played in the last three College Football Playoff championship games, winning two of them – not in consecutive years, though.

Can The Tide Roll To History?

In the playoff era of NCAA Division-I football, Alabama, in 2011-12, is the only school to win back-to-back titles.

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Four times in school history, the Crimson Tide has captured successive National Championships, but you have to go all the way back to the 1934-36 Minnesota Golden Gophers to find a school that won three national titles in a row.

Should you give the Tide any shot at doing it, then?

Oh, and there’s this: quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and his entire receiving corps are back next season.

Alabama Has To Beat Oklahoma Sooner Or Later, Right?

As if they needed any additional motivation for their CFP semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl, it came Saturday when Sooners QB Kyler Murray won the Heisman over preseason favorite Tagovailoa.

There is one tiny flaw in this game plan: the minor detail that Alabama hasn’t beaten Oklahoma since the first time the two schools met on the football field in the Jan. 1, 1963 Orange Bowl.

The Tide are 0-3-1 against the Sooners since that game, but Alabama is 1-0 against Oklahoma in the  Orange Bowl. And Murray also has a history against the Tide from his days at Texas A&M.

Freshman Murray came on in relief of starter Kyle Allen in that 2015 game, a 41-23 loss to Alabama. Murray transferred to Oklahoma at the end of the season.

Can The Tide Turn Three?

Considering that it hasn’t been done since the heart of the Great Depression, betting on an Alabama three-peat seems foolish. The Tide have suited up great teams in the past decade and they couldn’t get it done.

No is the logical play here.

Andy Priaulx joins Lynk & Co Cyan Racing programme – TouringCarTimes

Three-time World Touring Car Championship drivers’ champion Andy Priaulx will make his return to an FIA World Touring Car category next year, joining a so-far all-world champions line-up consisting of 2017 champion Thed Björk, and four-time champion Yvan Muller.

Priaulx last raced in the WTCC in 2010, driving for BMW Motorsport in the final year of the Super 2000 normally aspirated era in a BMW 320si E90, missing out on a fourth title after a season’s long battle with then-Chevrolet driver Yvan Muller.

Since then, Priaulx was chiefly involved in BMW’s other motorsport programmes, racing in the DTM from 2012-2013, and racing for one year in the British Touring Car Championship with West Surrey Racing in 2015, alongside various sports car programmes for BMW.

In 2016, Priaulx then joined Ford as their factory driver as part of their sports car programmes in the World Endurance Championship and in the USA with the new Ford GT.

The 44-year-old will now join the WTCR grid for 2019 with Lynk & Co Cyan Racing, competing in one of the all-new Lynk & Co 03 TCRs in what the team confirm is a multi-year deal.

“I’m delighted to become a Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver and I have no doubt that we are in a strong position to fight for the overall title already in our first year,” said Priaulx.

“We have a tough job ahead of us. The competition is as tough as it has ever been in the WTCR, but I have followed Cyan Racing’s process over the years and it was an easy decision for me to join them ahead of 2019.”

Priaulx had been linked with a WTCR drive earlier this year, as he was set to take over from fellow Briton James Thompson at Münnich Motorsport, before the team opted to run its World Rallycross driver Timo Scheider for the final four rounds.

Since that point, Priaulx been linked with a number of full-time drives for 2019 as confirmed here, and has now landed what some consider is the prime seat, although he’ll have two tough team-mates in Muller and Björk.

“Andy is a true touring car legend and his track record speaks for itself,” said Cyan Racing CEO Christian Dahl. “His mix of experience and raw speed will be vital to us. We are glad to have him onboard for the 2019 WTCR season that looks to become one of the toughest ever.”

With the FIA World Motor Sport Council confirming that an entry must now consist of two car teams, this means Cyan Racing will have to run another car. The exact team set-up is unclear as to how the four cars will be split, and which driver Priaulx will technically be team-mate to.

Although Cyan Racing are yet to confirm their fourth driver, TouringCarTimes has previously reported that early championship leader Yann Ehrlacher is understood to have been signed by the team, and will complete the new Chinese manufacturer’s line-up for the 2019 season.

Ten boys to watch during the boys high school basketball season – Bangor Daily News

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times

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Hermon’s Isaac Varney (right) drives to the basket while Mount Desert Island’s James McConomy defends during the Class B North championship in Bangor on Feb. 24. Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times

Matthew Fleming, Sr., F, Bangor: With plans already firmed up to play at Army beginning next fall, the 6-foot-6 Fleming will focus on helping Bangor pursue a deep playoff push in Class AA North. A Bangor Daily News All-Maine first-team selection after averaging 25.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game last winter, Fleming is fully recovered from a dislocated right elbow suffered in April and is poised to test opponents with his long-range shooting game and two-way play nearer the basket.


Damien Vance, Sr., G, Bangor: Vance was a productive No. 2 scorer behind Fleming last winter and may be even more explosive this winter as the transfer of Isaac Cummings — the leading assist-maker in Class A North last winter at 6.56 per game — from Brewer to Bangor should enable him to relinquish some of his previous point-guard duties.


Gabe Allaire, Sr., F, Medomak Valley: After averaging 12 points per game while helping the Panthers reach the 2018 Class A North championship game, the first-team All-KVAC Class A choice and all-tourney selection will team with 6-5 senior Alec Coughlin to provide Medomak Valley with a top complementary frontcourt tandem.


Kory Winch, Sr., G. Hampden Academy: This jack-of-all trades will team with junior Bryce Lausier to form one of the region’s top backcourts for the  defending Class A North champs. Winch’s versatility is reflected in his regular-season statistics from a year ago (11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds per game with 24 3-pointers and 55.6 percent field-goal shooting) while earning All-KVAC Class A honors.


Derek Collin, Sr., F, Mount Desert Island: MDI has been a virtual given on the Class B North tournament scene in recent years and little should change this season. Collin returns after a junior season when he averaged a team-best 13.4 points per game en route to earning second-team All-Big East Conference status.


Isaac Varney, Jr., F, Hermon: Varney has been the near-perfect example of a player who does whatever his team needs him to do to win during his first two years with the Hawks. That unselfish role was not lost on rival Big East Conference coaches who named him a first-team league all-star last winter as he helped the Hawks capture the Class B state championship. Varney (11.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg) should be an even bigger scoring threat this winter in tandem with seniors Cody Hawes and Garrett Trask.


Cooper Wirkala, Sr. G-F, Oceanside: The 6-6 Wirkala should be the number one option in his final season for a Oceanside program that figures to be among the top contenders in Class B North. A first-team All-KVAC Class B selection last winter, he blends the size to be a defensive presence near the basket with the shooting range and ball handling skills to be a tough perimeter matchup.


Alex Brown, Sr. G, Mattanawcook Academy: Brown hopes to follow a strong junior year when he was named to the All-Penobscot Valley Conference first team by helping MA contend for the Class C North crown. He averaged 12 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 3.7 steals last winter as the Lynx reached the regional semifinals during their first tourney appearance in six years.


Caleb Delisle, Sr., F, Fort Kent: At 6-4, Delisle may spend more time closer to the basket this winter as he becomes the top frontcourt threat for a Fort Kent team that should challenge for the Class C North title. Delisle averaged 14 points, six rebounds and four assists per game last season, and Warriors’ coach Derrick Cooper cites basketball IQ and work ethic as key factors in his on-court performance.


Drew Hayward, Sr., G, Woodland: Hayward helped the Dragons capture the 2018 Class D North title and come within a single point of winning the state crown before dropping a 47-46 decision to Greenville in the gold-ball game. Hayward is comfortable as either a quarterback or scoring threat from the point-guard position for coach Ben Maloney’s club, averaging 14.7 points per game while earning Class D North all-tourney honors last February.


Mansion Monday: West Des Moines home set in private Glen Oaks golf community – Des Moines Register

The Forecaddie: Members giveth and taketh golf tournaments away – Golfweek

If you’d asked The Forecaddie which membership would embrace a golf tournament and which would say no, there may not have been a bigger surprise than the news coming from two votes last week.

While both Lake Merced Golf Club and Country Club of Rochester are great supporters of various types of amateur golf tournaments, apparently putting decisions to votes can lead to all sorts of surprises.

Ask The Man Out Front to wager which membership would have voted yes, he’s pretty sure Lake Merced Golf Club would have told the PGA Tour to take their mandated changes and go find another course. But 80 percent of the members voted to approve the new Steph Curry-hosted event set for the fall of 2019. The Forecaddie hears tournament officials always focused on the Rees Jones-renovated club as the first choice due to location, course quality and attractiveness to sponsors.

Members of Lake Merced apparently were not dissuaded despite a host of modifications that must be made quickly, including an all-new 10th hole that must be ready for May’s LPGA Mediheal Championship. The club will foot more than a million dollars of the $3.6 million tab, with Octagon covering $2.8 million.

On the other coast, the golf-loving folks at Country Club of Rochester have supported their fair share of tournaments, especially in conjunction with the U.S. Golf Association. The fantastic Donald Ross-designed course hosted the first U.S. Women’s Open in 1953, another in 1973 and, more recently, two AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championships.

A rubber-stamp vote put out to members for the 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open seemed a forgone conclusion, but as Sal Maiorana reported in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the vote fell just shy of the 66 percent needed to approve the event. TMOF hears things were surprisingly contentious despite the tournament not requiring the kind of major changes necessary at Lake Merced.

So as the PGA Tour zeroes in on San Francisco Bay Area event next fall, the USGA is left looking for a new venue. Just another reminder that anything can happen when you put a decision before a group of country club members. Gwk

DePaul wrestling eyes another successful season –

Mike Lamberti, Correspondent
Published 5:30 p.m. ET Dec. 9, 2018

A good turnout of wrestlers, mixed in with a talented returning core, should lead to another outstanding season at DePaul Catholic this winter.

Coach Keith Karsen begins his 12th season with the Spartans and there’s no doubt that winning team titles and ultimately state championships are high on the agenda.

The Spartans open the season at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament on Dec. 22 and 23 at the Bob Carpenter Center, on the campus of the University of Delaware.

A week after the Beast the team will travel again, this time for the Powerade Wrestling Tournament in Canonsburg, Pa. on Dec. 28 and 29.

Karsen has been pleased with his team’s effort so far.

“These kids know what needs to get done,” said Karsen. “The schedule is tough right out of the gate, with a lot of travel. The mental preparation is always important.”

Leading the way will be senior Ricky Cabanillas, who was 41-1 last year and won the ultimate title, the state championship last March, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. During his post-match comments, Ricky had noted how much he wanted to win another state title in 2019, and be joined in the championship photo by his twin brother, Nicky.

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“There’s no bond stronger than the one Nicky and I have,” Ricky said. “And next year, we will become the first twin brothers to win a state championship.”

Ricky won the 145-pound title and Nicky won a district and region championship at 126 pounds, and finished fifth in the state with a 38-7 record.

The Cabanillas’ are also team captains this winter, along with seniors Luke McFadden and Michael Esposito. McFadden should be set at 152, where his strength is noticeably better than last year, and Esposito figures to excel at 132.

Another wrestler who will have his sights on a trip to Atlantic City in March will be junior Connor O’Neil, who was 33-7 last season at 160.

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“Connor and Luke are so much stronger this year,” said Karsen. “Ricky’s goals are winning another state title and it’s something Nicky is going for, as well. The focus is really good.”

DePaul had won eight straight North Non-Public B titles and four consecutive Non-Public B championships before being dethroned last year by Pope John. A tough schedule this year, which includes an early bout with powerful Bergen Catholic on Jan. 4 at home, will be good tests for DePaul.

“We wrestle a tough schedule to be ready for the big matches in February and March,” said Karsen. “The kids are looking forward to getting started at the Beast of the East.”


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