Move that left a city ‘Raven’ mad: The Inside Word’s mail for September 6

Updated: September 5, 2017

Art Modell, who died on this day (September 6 in 2012), led a rich life in his 87 years but in the eyes of the US sporting public, his name will always be indelibly etched with the decision to move the NFL Cleveland Browns to Baltimore. Modell’s Browns were among the best teams of the 1960s, led during his first years as owner by legendary running back Jim Brown. Cleveland won the NFL championship in 1964 and played in the title game in 1965, 1968 and 1969. After the Colts had left Baltimore for Indianapolis at the end of the 1983 season, Modell returned football to Maryland in 1996 although the Browns’ name remained in Cleveland for an expansion franchise that was formed three years later. Ironically, the financial issues Modell cited for leaving Cleveland led to him selling the Ravens in 2003, three years after they’d defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.


MLB betting (September 6)

The Cleveland Indians are enjoying their longest winning streak of the season and are running away with the AL Central. The hottest team in the majors will aim to push their winning streak to 13 straight when they visit the last-place Chicago White Sox for the second of a four-game series tonight. Cleveland’s pitching staff is allowing an average of 1.8 runs during the 12-game winning streak, during which the Indians have opened a 10-game lead in the AL Central while pulling within three games of the Houston Astros for the best record in the AL; overall record: 284-15-256, +36.31 units

Confirmed bets

Cleveland Indians -1.5 @ Chicago White Sox (three units @ $1.70)
Los Angeles Angels @ Oakland Athletics +9.5 (one unit @ $1.95)
Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox -10 (one unit @ $1.87)
Kansas City Royals WIN @ Detroit Tigers (one unit @ $1.80)
Washington Nationals -1.5 @ Miami Marlins (one unit @ $1.92)
Minnesota Twins WIN @ Tampa Bay Rays (one unit @ $2.29)
Arizona Diamondbacks WIN @ Los Angeles Dodgers (one unit @ $2.15)

Today’s other games

New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles
Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Milwaukee Brewers @ Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Texas Rangers @ Atlanta Braves
San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies
Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals @ San Diego Padres

Yesterday’s results: 3-0-4, no change

Cleveland Indians -1.5 @ Chicago White Sox (three units @ $1.77) WIN (5-3)
Milwaukee Brewers WIN @ Cincinnati Reds (one unit @ $1.84) LOSE (4-5)
New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles WIN (one unit @ $1.82) LOSE (7-4)
Los Angeles Angels WIN @ Oakland Athletics (one unit @ $1.78) WIN (11-9)
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Los Angeles Dodgers -8.5 (one unit @ $1.88) LOSE (13-0)
Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners +1.5 (one unit @ $1.80) LOSE (6-2)
Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays +9.5 (one unit @ $1.91) WIN (4-11)


Racing preview (September 6)

Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, Global Glamour, Le Romain and Redzel have made the shortlist for the Australian Turf Club’s slot in the $10 million Everest. The ATC received around 20 expressions of interest to represent the club in the world’s richest turf race over 1200m at Randwick on October 14. “Amongst the five horses we have shortlisted we have some of Australia’s greatest trainers in Darren Weir, Kris Lees, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, and Peter and Paul Snowden,’” ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said. “The shortlisted horses have diverse groups of owners, including large syndicates such as Triple Crown, Australian Bloodstock, an international group of women owners in Global Glamour, an established industry investor in Cressfield and another large partnership group in Le Romain,” Pearce said; overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 73-4-100, +28.1 units

Today’s racing: Ladbrokes Park/Sandown Hillside (Vic – good 4), Warwick Farm (NSW – good 3), Ipswich (Qld – good 4), Belmont (WA – good 4), Strathalbyn (SA – heavy 8). Harness racing: Bathurst (NSW), Redcliffe (Qld), Shepparton (Vic). Greyhound racing: The Meadows (Vic), Angle Park (SA), Bendigo (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Albion Park (Qld), Cranbourne (Vic), Rockhampton (Qld), Ballarat (Vic), Wentworth Park (NSW), Cannington (WA).

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Sandown R6 #4 Positively High (win)
Sandown R7 #3 Nacar (win)
Sandown R8 #2 Petition (win)
Warwick Farm R3 #6 Marabel (place)
Warwick Farm R5 #3 Intrinsic (win)
Ipswich R7 #11 Hi Lizzy (win)

Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 2-0-2, +1.0 units

Pakenham R7 #1 Lady Skills (win) 1st ($2.10)
Newcastle R1 #1 Masterati (win) 1st ($2.90)
Newcastle R7 #2 Floki (win) LOSE (2nd)
Mackay R8 #4 Anzus (win) LOSE (2nd)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Pinnacle (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s game will follow in the next post.

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