Bad judgingstill a ‘reality’

Oct 17, 2005 11:35 PM

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If "The Contender" rematch proved anything, it showed that real boxing doesn’t own a monopoly on bad decisions.

Sergio Mora, a -330 favorite at Caesars Palace, was awarded a controversial split decision over Peter Manfredo at Staples Center last Saturday night. Manfredo, who lost the first encounter in NBC’s TV-arranged 16-man single elimination format, was ahead on the ESPN analysts cards and even to most of the pro-Mora crowd. The fight opened and closed at the same price and had little betting action.

”¡ The NBA season is still two weeks away, but already the Phoenix Suns have taken a major hit on the futures board.

The injury to power forward Amare Stoudamire (he’ll miss four months) has caused the odds on the Suns winning the NBA championship to fall from 6-1 to 20-1 at Caesars Palace.

”¡ Buffalo may be worth a few bucks in the Stanley Cup futures by virtue of a 4-0 start, best in 20 years. The Sabres, now 4-2, are 100-1 at the Hilton SuperBook.

”¡ Longtime GT analyst Andy Iskoe won his opening match against Dave Malinsky at the prestigious Stardust Invitational Football Handicapping Contest. Iskoe is a stellar 53-28-2 in his GT selections, which comes out to roughly 65 percent winners. That will pay the bills.

”¡ There has been early action on golfer Chris DiMarco for the 2006 Masters. DiMarco opened at 25-1 at the Hilton SuperBook and has been bet down to 18-1. Everyone else is the same for now. Tiger Woods, naturally, is the betting favorite at 3-1.