TIGERS BACK, OR IS IT THE KNEE?
After what happened to Big Brown, perhaps Vegas books are a bit jumpy about Tiger Woods. The worlds No. 1 golfer has risen from 6-5 to an intriguing 5-2 to win the U.S. Open title starting Thursday at Torrey Pines. Tigers recent knee surgery certainly enters into the equation. So, with Woods down, Phil Mickelsons stock rises. The Hilton has Phil at 7-1 after being 8-1 a few days ago. Tiger is -240 in his Hilton matchup with Phil. GT likes Stewart Cink -105 vs Geoff Ogilvy (-115) and Stephen Ames -110 vs Mike Weir (-110). Tiger and Phil are 1-2 in the Fed Ex Cup standings so well go with 3-4 (Justin Leonard (50-1) and the "forgotten man" Kenny Perry) as live longshots to win. And, if youre frisky, bet Steve Elkington (200-1 at Caesars Palace) Mark Mayer
A WEEKEND OF DOGS, KATZ AND STOTT
If you invested in longshots Saturday, chances are you are doubling down this week. Da Tara at 38-1 wins the Belmont and 1-4 favorite Big Brown finishes last! Later, GTs Hall of Fame boxing columnist Michael Katz predicted +150 underdog Juan Manuel Lopez to beat Ponce De Leon, though few figured on a first round KO. Also Sergio Mora, a +450 dog, stunned Vernon Forrest.
As for soccer, GTs Kevin Stott began the Euro Cup 5-1. His latest picks are: June 10: Spain -½, Sweden PK. June 11: Swiss/under. June 12: Germany, Poland/under. June 13: Italy/under, Netherlands-France under. June 14: Spain-Sweden under. June 15: Portugal-Switzerland under. June 16: Germany -1 (BEST BET). Kevins daily analysis can be found under "Betting Tips" at our website, gamingtoday.com