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Sports Notes - 07-01-08

Jul 1, 2008 6:58 PM

BARKLEY THE GOLFER: 750-1!

Caesars Palace is giving golf nuts an early start to bet on the annual Celebrity Golf Championship held July 11-13 at South Lake Tahoe. Rick Rhoden, the ex-Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher and 6-time winner of this event is favored at 7-5. Rhoden last won the CGC in 2003. Defending champ Chris Chandler is 3-1.

At the other end of the board, former NBA great Charles Barkley is the longest shot on the board at 750-1. Some would say those are the odds of Sir Charles hitting a ball in the fairway. There’s a wide variety of celebrity golfers in the field, ranging from Mario Lemieux (20-1) to Dan Quayle (50-1) and from Donald Trump (75-1) to Al Michaels (300-1), If you are really desperate, Lou Holtz is 500-1, Ray Romano (200-1) and Brandi Chastain 300-1 to win and flash the gallery.

NO LANCE, BUT TOUR HAS CADEL

Lance Armstrong is making money in other ways than winning the Tour de France on an annual basis. But the world’s premier race for cyclists starts Thursday and Caesars Palace is all over it.

Cadel Evans opened as the 9-5 favorite and remains at those odds heading to the opening stage. Alejandro Valverde is the second top choice at 4-1, followed by Denis Menchov (5-1) and Andy Schleck (6-1). Tom Danielson, from Connecticut, is the top American hopeful at 100-1.

Defending champion Alberto Contador is not among the participants this year. Should anyone from the field win the Tour, a winning ticket would pay 4-1. The grueling event will cover 21 stages and 3,500 kilometers before concluding July 27 in Paris. This year’s tour features five mountain stages, one less than in the 2007 competition. GT staff.