TIW blog (for September 3-9)

Updated: September 2, 2015


Inspired by the Last At Cannington, the blog that was the precursor to The Inside Word, the TIW blog features breaking news, betting whispers, market updates, late mail & other items that have piqued our interest – we might even find a funny cat video or two!


Racing media figure found guilty on misconduct charge (September 9)

Racing commentator Brent Zerafa has been found guilty of conduct prejudicial to racing. The charge centred around Zerafa tipping two horses in a race on TVN in January when he had received information about another horse. Zerafa received text messages from John Camilleri saying he had been helping “Kav’s” horses for the past five weeks and telling him to watch Palazzo Pubblico, the eventual winner. Camilleri is one of several people found guilty in the case against trainer Sam Kavanagh over cobalt and race day treatments to his horses. Stewards have not yet set a date to consider what penalty they might impose.


Unikrn launches its own virtual currency (September 9)

Leading eSports gaming company Unikrn has unveiled a new global platform and virtual currency. Unikrn Arena Global will allow users to earn ‘Unikoins’ by participating in various activities, allowing them to increase their chances of winning prizes. To support the launch of Unikrn Arena Global, the company is also launching its first companion application, Unikrn Vault, which will be available shortly after launch for Android in the Google Play Store and for iOS in the Apple App Store.


Franklin to miss qualifying final against Freo (September 8)

Sydney Swans forward Lance Franklin has been ruled out of Saturday’s qualifying final against Fremantle in Perth due to illness. Lance is currently being treated for an on-going mental health condition. Swans General Manager of Football, Tom Harley, said the club was doing everything possible to support Franklin through this time. Fremantle have been shifted to 16.5-point favourites as a result of Franklin’s withdrawal.


National champs wrap-up week 1 in College Football (September 8)

Top-ranked Ohio State starts its quest to repeat as national champion when it visits Virginia Tech tonight. The Buckeyes will be gunning for the Hokies as their lone defeat of their championship season came when Virginia Tech posted a 35-21 victory at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes haven’t decided whether J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones will start but it will be no surprise if both quarterbacks see action. We were looking for a line inside two touchdowns, and it’s still widely available. Confirmed bet: Ohio State Buckeyes -13.5 @ Virginia Tech Hokies.



Hayne makes 49ers roster (September 6)

Novelty became reality today as Jarryd Hayne, the NRL star attempting to become an NFL player, made the San Francisco 49ers’ 53-man roster. Hayne rushed for 54 yards on eight carries and returning three punts for 84 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in week 2 of the pre-season. He helped solidify his spot in the preseason finale, with 58 yards rushing on 10 attempts, two receptions for 17 yards and three punt returns for 43 yards while also running over a hapless San Diego Chargers cornerback on a catch-and-run.


AFL (R23) & NRL (R26) tips for September 5

The Western Bulldogs still need a win to secure a home elimination final (likely to be against Adelaide) next week so will leave little to chance in Brisbane against the Lions, who’ll almost certainly claim the wooden spoon for 2015. The Dogs smashed the Lions by 12 goals at Etihad earlier this season and we’re expecting a similar scoreline here as the home side will battle to field a fit 22 for this game. We expect Luke Beveridge to start resting his key players once the result is in their keeping but there’s enough buffer in this line to make it a safe play. Confirmed bet: Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs -27.5 (one unit @ $1.95).

• The Penrith Panthers have won just one of their past eight games and that was against a Warriors side going even worse than they are at the moment. They also boast the worst attack in the NRL with just 16 points scored per game so could struggle to get across the line if Newcastle brings the same intensity they’ve displayed in recent weeks. The Knights have already played in two “bottom of the ladder” clashes since round 19 and have prevailed on both occasions against Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans. They look a good bet again on this one. Confirmed bet: Penrith v Newcastle -4.5 (one unit @ $2.01).


Brady free to play in season opener (September 4)

A federal judge has vacated the four-game suspension the NFL imposed on the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the “Deflategate” scandal. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman issued a 40-page ruling, saying he found “several significant legal deficiencies” in how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell investigated accusations the Patriots used footballs inflated below league-mandated levels. The NFL failed to give Brady proper notice he could be suspended, didn’t provide him the opportunity to question one of the league’s investigators and denied him equal access to investigative files, Berman wrote in his ruling. The league filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. District Court for southern New York asking to vacate the decision.


Little value in World Cup qualifiers (September 3)

Yes, almost unbelievably, qualifier for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia are underway with the focus on the AFC (Asian) and CONCACAF (Central & North America) confederation tonight. There are only a handful of games that don’t feature a ridiculously short-priced favourite with some of the mismatches including Australia v Bangladesh, Iraq v Chinese Taipei and Iran v Guam. Instead, we’ll be focussing on tonight’s EURO 2016 qualifiers, with our preview to be posted later this evening.


NBL announces TV deal with Foxsports (September 3)

TIWblogSept3aThe National Basketball League and FOX Sports have announced a five-year partnership to broadcast all games of the NBL live in HD; to be reviewed after the 2015-16 season. The partnership was announced by NBL executive director Larry Kestelman and FOX Sports CEO Patrick Delany, in what was described as a significant step in continuing the return of basketball as a major force in Australian sport. The deal will see NBL games telecast live in prime time at 7:30pm AEDT across Wednesday-Saturday evenings throughout the 19-week regular season. The NBL season will be launched at Melbourne’s Crown Pallidum on October 5 with the first game being played on Wednesday, October 7 when Adelaide play the New Zealand Breakers at home. The Inside Word will be also providing NBL content for the first time this season.


No play today in the WNBA (September 3)

The visiting Washington Mystics (16-12) can complete a sweep of the season series for the first time in five years Wednesday by handing the Phoenix Mercury (17-13) a third straight defeat as the clock ticks down to the 2015 WNBA playoffs. It’s a game that will provide better viewing than putting so we’ll be watching on. Today’s bet duly saluted as the Indiana Fever easily covered the 10-point line with an 81-51 win over Connecticut.


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