Brian Edwards

UGA’s Rashada suing UF’s Napier, booster over NIL saga

Georgia transfer quarterback Jaden Rashada has filed a federal lawsuit against Florida head coach Billy Napier, top booster Hugh Hathcock and ex-staffer Marcus Castro-Walker over a botched name, image and likeness deal. The lawsuit, which was filed this morning in Pensacola, alleges that Napier, Hathcock and others fraudulently persuaded Rashada to sign with Florida with UGA’s Rashada suing UF’s Napier, booster over NIL saga

UFC 304 will have 2 title fights, including Edwards vs. Muhammad

Dana White announced the main card Thursday for UFC 304 in Manchester, England, at the Co-op Live on July 27. The headliner will feature undisputed welterweight champion Leon Edwards, who will defend his belt against Belal Muhammad. In the co-main event, Tom Aspinall will put his interim heavyweight championship on the line against Curtis ‘Razor’ UFC 304 will have 2 title fights, including Edwards vs. Muhammad

Edwards: ‘Bama gets Omoruyi, looks tasty at 16/1 or better

Alabama’s incredible offseason continued Sunday when it scored a commitment from ex-Rutgers star center Cliff Omoruyi, who chose the Crimson Tide over North Carolina, Kansas State and Georgetown. The 6-foot-11, 240-pound center is a perfect fit for Nate Oats’s 2024-25 squad. Omoruyi doesn’t need touches offensively and will get his own off the offensive boards. Edwards: ‘Bama gets Omoruyi, looks tasty at 16/1 or better

NBA gives Jontay Porter lifetime ban

The National Basketball Association issued a lifetime banishment to Toronto Raptors’ Jontay Porter earlier this week for multiple violations of the league’s betting policies. NBA commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement on Wednesday: “There is nothing more important than protecting the integrity of NBA competition for our fans, our teams and everyone associated with NBA gives Jontay Porter lifetime ban

Johni Broome is staying at Auburn

Auburn star Johni Broome is returning for the 2024-25 season. The 2024 SEC Tournament MVP made the announcement Wednesday with a post to his X account (formerly Twitter). Broome led Auburn to a 27-8 straight-up record and a 21-12-2 against-the-spread mark this past year. He earned third-team All-American honors and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Johni Broome is staying at Auburn

UFC 302 Odds: Makhachev opens as a massive favorite vs. Poirier

The main event for UFC 302 on June 1 at Prudential Arena in Newark, New Jersey, is now official, with lightweight champion Islam Makhachev set to take on third-ranked contender Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier. BetRivers opened Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) as a -400 ‘chalk’ vs. Poirier, who is a +280 underdog. DraftKings opened Makhachev UFC 302 Odds: Makhachev opens as a massive favorite vs. Poirier

Knicks’ Julius Randle to have season-ending surgery

The New York Knicks announced this morning that three-time All-Star forward Julius Randle will have season-ending right shoulder surgery. Randle hasn’t played since dislocating his shoulder on Jan. 27. The 29-year-old veteran has been relentlessly rehabilitating the shoulder over the last two months in hopes of returning for the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, according to Knicks’ Julius Randle to have season-ending surgery

UFC 300 trailers released

We’re merely nine sleeps away from UFC 300 on April 13 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The promotion is set to release its Countdown Show later this morning on its YouTube page. There are 12 current and former champions competing on the card, and this video released a week ago chronicles the closing sequences UFC 300 trailers released

Meechie Johnson leaves South Carolina, returns to Ohio St.

Published on Tuesday, 3/26/24, at 12:47 p.m. Eastern. Updated on Thursday, 4/4/24, at 7:33 a.m. Eastern. UPDATE: Since announcing his decision to transfer from South Carolina, Meechie Johnson has committed to Ohio St.  Meechie Johnson announced Monday that he’s leaving South Carolina after leading the program to its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2017. He Meechie Johnson leaves South Carolina, returns to Ohio St.

NCAA Tournament Betting: Edwards likes Alabama-Grand Canyon total

As of Saturday afternoon, most betting shops had Alabama (22-11 straight up, 17-15-1 against the spread) installed as a six-point favorite for Sunday’s Round-of-32 showdown vs. Grand Canyon in Spokane, WA. The total was 168.5 and the Antelopes were +200 on the money line. Alabama advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round thanks to Friday NCAA Tournament Betting: Edwards likes Alabama-Grand Canyon total

DraftKings posts lines for Florida Gators vs. Boise St. or Colorado

For the most part, Florida (24-11 straight up, 16-18-1 against the spread) didn’t get a fair shake from the Selection Committee. Todd Golden’s team shouldn’t be a #7 seed. The Gators have twice as many Quad-1 wins than fifth-seeded Gonzaga, two more Quad-1 wins than fifth-seeded San Diego St. and one more Quad-1 win than DraftKings posts lines for Florida Gators vs. Boise St. or Colorado

SEC Tournament Betting Preview: Arkansas is favored vs. Vanderbilt

The men’s SEC Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The curtain jerker will pit 12th-seeded Arkansas against 13th-seeded Vanderbilt at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on the SEC Network. As of early Tuesday morning, I had not been able to locate a spread for this game yet. KenPom had the Razorbacks as SEC Tournament Betting Preview: Arkansas is favored vs. Vanderbilt

SEC Showdown: Alabama at Florida

Published on Monday, 3/4/24, at 7:20 p.m. Eastern. Updated on Tuesday, 3/5/24, at 7:15 a.m. Eastern. Florida (20-9 straight up, 13-15-1 against the spread) will be looking for revenge tonight when it plays host to Alabama at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. FanDuel opened Alabama (20-9 SU, 16-12-1 ATS) as a 1.5-point road favorite at SEC Showdown: Alabama at Florida

Marquette’s Tyler Kolek out until Big East Tournament

Marquette (22-7 straight up, 17-11-1 against the spread) announced Monday that star senior point guard Tyler Kolek will miss at least the team’s final two regular-season games with an oblique injury. The Golden Eagles will host UConn on Wednesday before playing at Xavier in their regular-season finale. Kolek, who was last year’s Big East Player of Marquette’s Tyler Kolek out until Big East Tournament

Edwards: Saturday’s SEC Slate

FanDuel currently has Tennessee as the -115 ‘chalk’ to win the SEC’s regular-season championship. Alabama, which hosts the Volunteers Saturday night at Coleman Coliseum, has -105 odds. South Carolina is one game back of both teams and has a 20/1 number. Kentucky has 110/1 odds, followed by Florida and Auburn, who are both 140/1 longshots. Edwards: Saturday’s SEC Slate

Edwards: Super Bowl LVIII picks

Happy Super Sunday, gang! I took an early look at today’s Super Bowl LVIII 13 days ago. There’s been little to no line movement since then. As of 2:45 p.m. Eastern today, most books had San Francisco (14-5 straight up, 9-10 against the spread) installed as a two-point favorite with a total of 47.5. The Edwards: Super Bowl LVIII picks

Edwards: SEC Basketball Notebook

As of Friday afternoon (2/9/24), FanDuel had Auburn (19-4 straight up, 15-6-2 against the spread) installed as the +130 ‘chalk’ to win the SEC’s regular-season title. The next-shortest odds belong to Tennessee (+165), Alabama (+340), South Carolina (+950), Kentucky (+9500 or 95/1), Texas A&M (130/1), Florida (130/1), LSU (250/1) and Ole Miss (250/1). ESPN’s Joe Edwards: SEC Basketball Notebook