Houston Astros superfan Mattress Mack can’t lose, no matter who wins the World Series

INSTEAD OF A bank vault or a Brink’s truck, the betting slips from what could be the largest payout in sports gambling history are being guarded by nothing more than an old, tattered Houston Astros backpack. On a recent Tuesday afternoon in Houston, with the MLB playoffs about to begin, the faded blue nylon bag … Read more

Patriots Bailey Zappe’s ROY award odds go way up

While chants of “Zappe! Zappe! Zappe!” were ringing at Gillette Stadium, a flurry of big bets on New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe hit Caesars Sportsbook, causing the first-year signal caller’s Rookie of the Year odds to move from 50-1 to 5-1 in approximately 30 minutes during the first half of Monday’s game against the … Read more

Fantasy basketball tips and NBA betting picks for Tuesday

ESPN’s fantasy basketball and basketball betting tips cheat sheet is your pregame destination for basketball betting predictions and our best intel and data to help you make smart fantasy and wagering decisions. NBA game odds for October 25 are provided by Caesars Sportsbook, and fantasy advice is based on ESPN 10-team leagues. What you need … Read more

College football Week 8 highlights

On Saturday, Clemson turned the ball over four times, trailed by as much as 14, benched its starting QB and won. That, Dabo Swinney said, is the headline. Got it? No, don’t ask about that QB controversy. It doesn’t exist. Figment of your imagination. Swinney is essentially Kevin Bacon at the end of “Animal House,” … Read more

NFL Week 7 picks, schedule, odds, injuries, stats, fantasy tips

7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The Week 7 NFL schedule for the 2022 season is stacked with great matchups, and we have you covered with what you need to know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the biggest keys to every game and a bold prediction for each matchup. Additionally, ESPN … Read more

Every NFL team’s record vs. the spread and Week 7 early lines

6:51 AM ET Kyle SoppeESPN At a glance, Week 7 appears to be one of mismatches, as nine of the 14 games (64.3%) posted an opening line north of five points. That’s a big number, but with how bad the bottom rung of NFL teams is, your gut reaction may be to back the favorites. … Read more

New UFC policy prohibits fighters from wagering on promotion’s fights

The UFC will now prohibit its fighters from betting on UFC fights, according to a memo sent to athletes and their teams Monday by UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell. In the letter, obtained by ESPN, Campbell wrote that the UFC athlete code of conduct will now include a prohibition of wagering on UFC fights … Read more

Upsets, $1.05 million loss fuel brutal Sunday for betting public

Sunday featured the largest upset of the season so far, a slew of games that were lower scoring than expected and a trifecta of $300,000 bets that were unsuccessful. Indeed, it was a good day to be the house. Four NFL underdogs won outright in the early Sunday slate of games, highlighted by the Pittsburgh … Read more