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NEWSPAPER GROUP SIGNS UP FOR FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMING SERVICE
Picklive Limited, operators and suppliers of next-generation fantasy sports and social gaming facilities, have announced a new partnership with The Telegraph Media Group in the United Kingdom.
The deal will allow the Telegraph to offer fantasy players access to Picklives short-term fantasy sports and social gaming products, which typically last for one match.
David Galan, CEO of Picklive said Monday: We are delighted to be partnering with the Telegraph given its unique position as a major media company that already offers season-long fantasy football. This opportunity allows us to bring product innovation and the social element into the fast growing short duration daily fantasy sports space to the Telegraphs customers, complimenting the existing season long games.
Picklive is a former Telegraph Startup 100: Gaming, Virtual Worlds finalist, and according to Galan sees itself as a 'second screen' entertainment provider and companion whilst watching live sport events.
Picklives daily live games will offer 200,000 Telegraph Fantasy Football would-be managers a fresh and exciting way to test their selection skills in an innovative social environment, said Steve Stiles, interactive sports manager at the Telegraph Media Group.
Miami Dolphins aim to trade down in 2013 NFL Draft?
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported Tuesday that the Miami Dolphins have been talking with teams for the "past couple of days" to unearth potential trade partners interested in the No. 12 overall pick.
That's hardly a unique stance in this deep draft, according to a story from NFL.com's Albert Breer. Everyone is looking to move. ESPN, meanwhile, reported Tuesday that no fewer than five teams -- the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Dolphins -- have made calls about trading down in the first round.
The Dolphins' interest in moving down makes sense, considering general manager Jeff Ireland is eyeing a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for Branden Albert. The Chiefs seek a second-round pick for the offensive tackle, and shopping a first-rounder presumably would allow the Dolphins to recoup that second-round selection. As it stands, the Dolphins have plenty of firepower, with five picks in the first three rounds, and 11 overall.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah told the "ATL Debate Club" last week that teams drafting lower in the order are thrilled with the talent near the end of the first round. Teams up top, he said, are "melancholy" with their fate.
Moving down makes plenty of sense, but moving up? Good luck finding a team thinking that way.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Betting Odds and Preview
The top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes face their biggest test of the season Saturday night when they travel to Wisconsin to take on the 18th ranked Badgers. The oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com have the Buckeyes as 4-point favorites with the ‘total’ holding steady at 49 points.
Terrelle Pryor threw for a career-best 334 yards in last week’s 38-10 win over Indiana. The Badgers also got a big performance out of their star player as RB John Clay rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Minnesota. Clay’s running mate James White also came up big with 118 rushing yards and two scores. The duo will be challenged against OSU’s 4th-ranked run defense (79 YPG) .
Now that Terrelle Pryor showed the country that he is fully healthy, he needs to step up his game against the Badgers. Despite winning his two career meetings with Wisconsin, Pryor has had sub-par games both times, combining for 231 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT and just 55 rushing yards on 25 carries. Luckily for Pryor, he has a great supporting cast with Dan Herron (355 rush yds, 7 TD) and WRs Dane Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey who are combining for nine receptions per game. OSU is outscoring its opponents by an average of 43 to 14 this year.
By the way, Sportsbook.com has Pryor as the +250 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien was much worse than Pryor in last year’s meeting, a 31-13 OSU win. Since the Badgers were trailing by so many points, Tolzien was forced to throw 45 times and finished with 0 TD and 2 INT. Clay will need to have a big game for the Badgers to come out victorious, but he was stuffed in last year’s loss, gaining just 59 yards on 20 carries. The Wisconsin defense also has its issues after allowing 57 points to its two Big Ten opponents this year (Michigan State and Minnesota).
After scanning Sportsbook.com college football betting trends, an overwhelming 87% of the early bettors are backing the Buckeyes. After reading the following betting trend it is easy to see why:
OHIO ST is 11-0 ATS (+11.0 Units) after a game where they forced 3 or more turnovers over the last 2 seasons. The average score was OHIO ST 35.0, OPPONENT 12.5 - (Rating = 5*).
When these two Big 10 foes meet, the defenses usually are on top of their games. As a matter of fact, the last seven times they squared off, the ‘under’ covered.
To bet on the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin game or to check out this weekend’s college football betting odds, head over to Sportsbook.com.