Saturday, Feb. 28

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Golf, golf, golf, and more golf! We've got golf where we don't even know who the contestants are yet. Plus soccer, hockey, tons of basketball, a car race, and a boxing match. Must be Saturday.

We're back to Arizona for more match play. Our first quarterfinal matches Northern Ireland's phenom Rory McIlroy against Aussie Geoff Ogilvy. Early Streakers are going with the man from Down Under.

Ten minutes later our second quarterfinal tees off. Ernie Els tangles with Stewart Cink - in this one, early Streakers are siding with Big Easy.

Liverpool visits Middlesbrough in our 10 a.m. EPL matchup. With Liverpool the clearly superior team, it's the home squad getting the draw.

At noon we pit the favorites against each other - both Butler and Villanova are giving up six points in their respective matchups according to the online sportsbooks. You can watch both teams play (ESPN and ESPN2) and root for the favorite that you believe will win by more - Butler hosts Cleveland State, while Villanova is at home against Georgetown.


NCAAB - No. 24 Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Cowboys have payback on their minds as they were crushed at Texas earlier this season. Oklahoma State rides a 4-game winning streak into this Big Twelve roundup. The Longhorns will be going for their seventh straight win in the rivalry.

Yesterday's Results
The Streak also got some payback on Friday when the heavily favored Lakers went down in defeat at Denver. For the day Streakers ended up at a paltry 30 percent.

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Friday, Feb. 27

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Today's Preview
Six Nations rugby returns, more match play golf, NBA on ESPN, college hoops, and a nightcap in Vancouver.

We start off south of the border where first-round leader Bo Van Pelt takes on Bill Haas in a second round matchup at the Mayakoba Classic.

The Streak keeps the golf coming with two third-round match play contests from the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships. Luke and Ernie tee off at 12:45 p.m.; Geoff Ogilvy and Camilo Villegas face off about an hour later.

Don't worry - we didn't forget the soccer. Friday's match is a German Bundesliga battle between FC Cologne and Arminia Bielefeld. Cologne is at home, so we're giving Bielefeld the draw.


NBA (Detroit at Orlando) - Richard Hamilton vs. Hedo Turkoglu
The slumping Pistons will have a tough time breaking their losing streak at the Magic, so our Streak matchup for this ESPN game is a scoring contest between Rip and Hedo. With Iverson injured in the most recent game, Rip may find himself starting again - either way, he'll get his minutes. For the Magic, Hedo hopes to continue his recent hot shooting.

Yesterday's Results
Houston Rockets' surprisingly easy victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers sent Streakers to a losing day, and also knocked a few users off of the Leaderboard. There's still a host of users threatening to break the 20-win barrier.

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Thursday, Feb. 26

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Today's Preview
The PGA Mayakoba Classic starts in Cancun with an all-USA matchup between Brian Gay and David Toms.

In UEFA Cup action, Aston Villa and CSKA Moscow put their 1-1 aggregate on the line to see who will advance to the round of 16. Moscow is actually the favorite here, probably because they're at home. Also, at 2:45 p.m. ET, Fiorentina and Ajax join forces for a "total goals" matchup with the over/under at 2.5 goals.

At 7 p.m. ET, we have West Virginia and Cincinnati in a "more 3-pointers" matchup with the Bearcats having the edge at 7.4 to 6.7. Also at 7 p.m., there is a "total points" matchup between Xavier and St. Joseph's with the over/under at 132.5 points.

Other college basketball matchups include: Miami (-2) at Virginia, Memphis vs. Murray State in a "largest winning margin" matchup with Murray State getting the edge at -8 vs. Morehead State while Memphis is only six-point favorites at UAB. Then, at 11 p.m. ET, possible player of the year James Harden of Arizona State takes on little-known Justin Dentmon of Washington. Dentmon put up an amazing 30 points on the Sun Devils in Tempe earlier this season.


NCAA Basketball: No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers at Michigan Wolverines
What looks like a mismatch on paper is actually a pretty intriguing matchup. Purdue is only favored by two on the road in a tough place to play -- Ann Arbor, Mich. Watch out for Jon John Beilein's ballclub in this must win game, in order to get into the big dance.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers showed The StreakMaster whose boss last night, finishing the day with a 71.5 overall winning percentage. Leading the way was Stewart Cink who narrowly escaped his first round match. No big streak breaker, except the heart of good ol' StreakMaster.

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Wednesday, Feb. 25

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Roy-Duncan Matchup Cancelled at 5:43 p.m. ET
Due to "stiffness" in Tim Duncan's knee, he will sit out tonight's game against the Trail Blazers. Our match-up between Duncan and Brandon Roy is now off the board, so enjoy your unlocked pick.

Today's Preview
The Accenture Match Play Championship starts today with four first round matchups on on our board. Three of the matches are straight-up but we do have one special "Tiger" matchup. We ask what will be the result of the Woods-Jones match? If Tiger wins 3 and 2, 2 and 1, 1-up, or if Brendan Jones wins, the "over" option wins.

In UEFA Champions League action, Liverpool are the underdogs on the road at Real Madrid and "two goals or fewer" is the favorite for the Juventus-Chelsea match.

A pair of NHL matchups begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. The first features the top two teams in the west meeting in Detroit, with the Red Wings (-127) favored over the Sharks. Also, the Maple Leafs host the Rangers.

Three college basketball matchups are in the 9 p.m. hour, starting with a "total points" battle between Big 12 opponents, Kansas State and Missouri. Current ACC Player of the week Greivis Vasquez takes on Kyle Singler in a "more points" matchup when Duke travels to Maryland. Keep in mind Vasquez only scored four points in their last meeting. Don't forget the "more 3-pointers" matchup between Texas Tech and Texas at 9:35 p.m. ET. Tech averages about two more 3-pointers per game, so choose wisely.

In NBA action, Brandon Roy takes on Tim Duncan in a "higher total" matchup with both players using their points plus rebounds. Lastly, at 10 p.m. ET, the Bobcats take on the Kings in Sacramento.


NCAA Basketball: No. 2 UConn Huskies at No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles
The former No. 1 team in the country takes on fellow top 10 foe Marquette in our marquee matchup of the night. The Jerome Dyson-less Huskies are favored by two but the big question is -- will UConn be able to defend Marquette's trio of guards? Or how will Marquette guard 7-foot-3 Hasheem Thabeet? Something has to give. One thing for sure, this should be one heck of a game to watch.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers had another solid night, finishing the day with a 64.6 overall winning percentage. LSU and Arsenal led the way as the day's top streak extenders, and we now have a entry with 18 wins!

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Tuesday, Feb. 24

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Today's Preview
The UEFA Champions League, arguably the best soccer league in the world, makes its triumphant return to our board this afternoon. On ESPN360, AS Roma tries to take down Arsenal on the road with the odds slightly favoring the home squad. Over on ESPN2, two of the world's best teams square off in a "total goals" matchup with the over/under at 2.5 goals. It is rumored that Man U will rest a bunch of their starters, so be on the look out for a Ronaldo-less match.

In NHL action the Thrashers (-105) host the Avalanche and the Canadiens host the Canucks.

For NBA matchups we have Memphis' two young guns -- O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay -- taking on King James in a "more points" matchup. Mayo and Gay average a combined 40 points-per-game and although LeBron had 26 points in their last head-to-head meeting, he can easily go over 40 points at home. We also have the Blazers at the Rockets at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Two bubble teams square off on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio State is favored to take care of Penn State rather easily, so we put up a "total points" matchup with the over/under at 126.5 points.

College basketball also finishes off the night with Boston College (-3) hosting Florida State, Nebraska (-2.5) hosting Texas A&M and San Diego State (-2) playing host to BYU.


NCAA Basketball: Florida Gators at No. 18 LSU Tigers
This one looks like LSU will win without a problem but Florida is 21-6 on the season and will be a solid tournament team. However, that may not matter once they step into Baton Rouge against the surprise team of the year. The Tigers are only favored by three here, so watch out for a road upset!

Yesterday's Results
Thanks to a Louisville win over Georgetown, Streakers hit above .500 for the day. The top streak breaker was Golden State after they lost to the L.A. Clippers in the late game, 118-105. Overall winning percentage was 56.3 percent.

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Monday, Feb. 23

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Today's Preview
Curling makes its third straight Streak appearance; soccer, hockey, and a bunch of basketball. Yeah, it's Monday. The NHL is again quiet, with only one total goals proposition available.

It's back to Jolly Old England for the footie -- again a total goals proposition, this one between Hull City and Tottenham. Neither team has shown much on offense this season, but being on the brink of relegation may put that extra "oomph" in the Hotspurs' legs.

The promised curling is back on the board, as the Tournament of Hearts continues in Victoria. Alberta makes a double appearance -- a 4 p.m. ET match against Quebec, and then back on the sheet at 9:30 p.m. to take on host British Columbia.


NCAA basketball -- No. 7 Louisville Cardinals at Georgetown Hoyas
ESPN's 7 p.m. game shapes up to be another close Big East struggle. The high-flying Cardinals are looking to improve their tourney seeding, while the Hoyas are finding themselves near the bubble after a late-season slide. Early Streakers don't see the Hoyas' fortune changing, as they're currently siding with Louisville by a 96-4 margin.

Monday closes down in Los Angeles, where the Warriors bring their high-scoring offense to face a Clippers team returning home from a humbling loss to Portland. Will Baron Davis show a spark against his former team?

Yesterday's Results
Streakers were looking to make it four straight, but had to sweat out a player scoring matchup in Tempe first. In the end James Harden outscored Chase Budinger 18-13 to carry Streakers to another winning day at 57 percent.

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Sunday, Feb. 22

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Curling Haiku
The skip with her stone
and the sweepers with their brooms
staring down the sheet


Sunday starts off with soccer, as so many Streak days do. This morning it's a jaunt back to Italy, where Genoa visits Napoli in Serie A action. Genoa gets the draw as well.

At 11:30 a.m., we're back up to Victoria for more women's curling. The Newfies will be facing host British Columbia, and the crowd will be raucous.

What's heavier than a soccer ball but lighter than a curling stone? That's right - ESPN brings you more bowling, this time from Colorado. It's the controversial "Plastic Ball" event where every competitor uses an identical bowling ball. Streakers can choose which semifinal will be the source of the final champion.


NBA - Boston Celtics at Phoenix Suns
The defending champions will be missing Kevin Garnett when they visit Phoenix to play the explosive Suns, who have averaged over 140 points since the All-Star break under new coach Alvin Gentry. Continuing that pace against the defense-minded Celtics will be a harder task.

Kyle Busch will try to finish off an unprecedented triple in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Fontana. The Streak pits Kyle against Jimmie Johnson in a finish-higher matchup.

We end our night back in Arizona for more basketball. This time, it's the college game, and a player points matchup between stars Chase Budinger of the Wildcats and crossstate rival James Harden of Arizona State. Early Streakers see this one going Harden's way.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers were headed for a second straight spectacular day until Oklahoma ran into a second-half buzzsaw named A.J. Abrams. Still, they ended the day above 50 percent for their third winning session in a row.

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Saturday, Feb. 21

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Today's Preview
It's a historic day on the Streak as women's curling debuts with two different matchups.

Saturday opens with two soccer matches. In the early morning, EPL powerhouses Chelsea and Aston Villa face off. Chelsea has been on a roll, so Aston Villa gets the draw as well. Later on, Inter Milan visits Bologna in Italian Serie A action. The home team gets the draw here as well.

Our golf matchup for the day features two Streak favorites - Geoff Ogilvy and Phil Mickelson, who are both in contention at the Northern Trust Open.


NCAA basketball - No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles at Georgetown Hoyas
Marquette brings its gaudy record to Washington D.C. for this Big East clash. It will be a contrast of styles, as the Eagles' star guards prefer a fast pace, while the Hoya tend to play a more deliberate game around their star center Greg Monroe.

NASCAR strikes twice on Saturday - first with the trucks, and then in the Nationwide Series. We've put both races on our board - Streakers just need choose which driver they think will finish better.

And please - don't forget the curling. Spinal Tap was just ahead of their time.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers cruised to their best day in almost two months behind the Orlando Magic, who justified their 98 percent backing by seizing the lead early and never giving it back against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Leaderboard correspondingly took a collective step forward.

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Friday, Feb. 20

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Today's Preview
Golf, a double shot of German soccer, then a night of hoops. No hockey in a lighter-than-usual Friday.

We're going back to Cali for the second round of the Northern Trust Open. The Streak matches Geoff Ogilvy against Ernie Els. Streakers are forsaking the Big Easy for the Aussie by a 4-1 margin.

The Streak brings two kinds of Bundesliga in the early afternoon. There's a total goals proposition at noon for the Augsburg-Freiburg tilt. A couple hours later, Borussia Dortmund visits Schalke 04. Dortmund gets the draw as well in that one.

ESPN brings you two good interconference matchups in the evening. The Redbirds of Illinois State visit the Purple Eagles of Niagara at 7 p.m. and a couple hours later it's Rams against Wolves as VCU travels to Nevada. All four teams have legitimate NCAA tourney aspirations -- here's your chance to do some early scouting for potential first-round upsets.


NBA -- Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets
The Rockets will try to overcome the loss of Tracy McGrady in this Texas showdown. They will also have a new starting point guard with the trade of Rafer Alston. Meanwhile, the Mavs have surged under the offensive leadership of Jason Kidd, who was given free rein by his coach nine games ago.

Yesterday's Results
In a mirror image of the day before, Streakers this time finished a touch over even at 52.2 percent. The Leaderboard remains quiet, as most of the longer streaks seem to be waiting for just the right game.

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Thursday, Feb. 19

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Today's Preview
Welcome to "Variety Thursday!" There are five different sports to choose from today and it has all the ingredients to be a potential five-win day.

We start in Memphis, Tennessee with second round tennis action from the Morgan Keegan Championship. Qualifier, Dudi Sela takes on Florent Serra (-140) in what should be a close match.

In Golf action, we match tournaments favorites -- Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson against each other in the first round of the Northern Trust Open. They both tee off at 10:32 a.m. ET, but they are not in the same group, just different starting holes.

More UEFA Cup soccer follows this afternoon. At 12:00 p.m. ET, Udineses and Lech Poznan face-off in a "total goals" prop with the over/under at 2.25 goals. Following that match is Manchester City versus FC Copenhagen with the home squad receiving the draw.

The NHL gives us three quality matchups in a row, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Blue Jackets (-105) at the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks (-115) at the Panthers and Wild (-107) host the Flames.

Lastly, we have some late-night college basketball action for all you fans on the West Coast. At 9:00 p.m. ET, Mike Rosario takes on Villanova in a points versus winning margin matchup. Rosario averages around 18 points per game which matches up perfectly with the spread of the game: 'Nova -18. Also at 9:00, Wisconsin and Indiana battle it out in a "more three-pointers" matchup. Wisconsin scores about 1.5 more per game but Indiana has improved beyond the arc as the season progresses. At 11:00 p.m. ET, Hawaii takes on Fresno State (-4) and two of the top guards in the country face-off in a "higher total" matchup between Washington and UCLA. Will Isaiah Thomas be up for the challenge against proven stud, Darren Collison? Both guys should be close to 20 after their points and assists are added together.


Aeropostale Classic (No. 9 Duke @ St. John's): How many "total points" will be scored?
The what seems to be annual Duke trip to Madison Square Garden headlines our day when they square off against the Red Storm of St. John's. The Blue Devils are heavily favored, therefore we threw up a "total points" matchup, with the over/under listed at 138.5 points. Like always, the Duke alumni will be loud and crazy, so expect Henderson and Co. to be more than jacked-up for this one.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers experienced a back-and-forth kind of day. We had two upsets in the soccer matches but once the sun went down Streakers came alive, winning on Florida State, Harangody and Oklahoma State. Overall winning percentage was a mediocre 47.8 percent.


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Wednesday, Feb. 18

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Today's Preview
The UEFA Cup continues on ESPN360, starting at 2:00 p.m. ET, with CSKA Moscow at Aston Villa. Villa, a usual fan-favorite is the slight favorite at home. Next, at 2:45 p.m. ET, Hamburg SV travels to NEC Nijmegen with the home team receiving the unusual draw.

Six matchups fill up our early evening block, starting with the Nuggets (-1) at 76ers, and Miami at Florida State (-2.5) at 7:00 p.m. ET. Then, at 7:30 p.m. ET, we have a "total points" matchup between "bubble" team Providence and Louisville. At 8:00 p.m. ET, Virginia Tech takes on Virginia (pick'em) and a "largest margin of victory matchup" with two top-25 teams playing at home. Will Kansas beat Iowa State by more, or will North Carolina win by more over NC State. Kansas is favored by 18, while UNC is favored by 21.

In the second evening block, Oklahoma State (-3) tries to avoid an upset at Texas Tech, and at 10:05 p.m. ET, we have a "total goals" prop in the NHL when the Kings host the Ducks.


NBA: Orlando Magic at New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets play their first game without traded center Tyson Chandler against the Magic at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Hornets are still favored by 1 in the game but one might think this trade will have a negative effect on the Hornets team and cost them this very important game.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers took a beating, courtesy of The "Trap-Master," The StreakMaster's alter-ego. The overall winning percentage for the day was a miserable 26.7 percent, with Streaker favorites -- Michigan State and Kentucky going down.


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Tuesday, Feb. 17

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It wasn't the fans fault that the Huskies lost last night, that's for sure.

Today's Preview
Two soccer matches start our Tuesday. First, in the English League Championship, Coventry City enters Burnley, with draw in hand but also with the odds against them. In the Southern Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, both Brighton and Luton Town have equal odds to take home the title.

The NBA makes its return with two matchups on our board. First, at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Al Jefferson-less Wolves take on the Wizards (-3) and at 10:35 p.m. ET, we have Al Horford's points up against the Lakers winning margin. Horford averages about 11 per game while the spread is LAL -9.5.

Three NHL matchups tonight with the Sabres (-115) at Maple Leafs, Devils (-110) at Panthers and the Avalanche (-125) hosting the Senators.

In College Basketball action, we have an over/under matchup for Maryland at Clemson (144.5) and a "more points" player prop between Jeremy Hazell of Seton Hall and Wesley Matthews of Marquette. Hall averages about four more points a game at 22.4 but Matthews should get more shooting attempts with the Eagles favored in an expected blowout. Don't forget about a possible "upset special" when the Wildcats of Kentucky (-1) march into Vanderbilt to take on the Commodores.


NCAA Basketball - No. 9 Michigan State @ No. 23 Purdue
Our featured "Super Tuesday" matchup comes from Boilermaker territory. Purdue (-2.5) hosts Michigan State in a huge game for both sides. The StreakMaster is in love with Michigan State lately and expects them to pull off the "upset" here, in a low scoring affair of course.

Yesterday's Results
It was a black Monday for Streakers, finishing the day with a 42.4 overall winning percentage. Our two ESPN televised games were the day's top streak breakers with both UConn and Texas going down.

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Monday, Feb. 16

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Today's Preview
The usual Monday fare: a retry at Pebble, Bundesliga Two, college basketball, and late-night hockey.

We've added a replay matchup to our board - once again, it's Dustin Johnson versus the field at Pebble Beach. We're not picking a side, but we do have a recommendation - check out the weather before choosing this matchup.

SC Freiburg travels to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to take on Hansa Rostock in German soccer action. With the superior team on the road, we're playing this one straight up.


NCAA Basketball - No. 4 Pittsburgh Panthers at No. 1 Connecticut Huskies
This Big East showdown may well determine which team (if not both) gets a top seeding in the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut is at home, but must cope with the loss of guard Jerome Dyson. DeJuan Blair and Hasheem Thabeet will battle for post position all night long - the Streak thinks the winner of that fight will lead his team to victory. Catch the action at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

In the second half of ESPN's doubleheader, Texas visits Texas A&M in one of college sports' biggest rivalries. Early Streakers are all over the Longhorns, but we see a tight matchup down to the final minute. One easy prediction - the Conversation around this game will get ugly.

Yesterday's Results
With the cancellation of golf and the shortened Daytona 500, there was an unfinished feel to Sunday's lineup. Streakers started poorly but surged behind two lesser-known Illinois basketball teams. They were back to even going in to the last matchup of the night, and the Canucks victory over the Canadiens sealed the deal as for the second consecutive night, Streakers defeated the Streakmaster.

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Sunday, Feb. 15

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Sunday golf cancelled at 5:35 p.m.
The Pebble Beach Pro-Am final round has been postponed until Monday, so the Streak has cancelled the Sunday proposition matchup. Anyone who selected this matchup has been given a push and is unlocked.

Pebble Beach delay at 1:52 p.m.
Inclement weather has delayed the tee times for the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The Streak has accordingly moved the lock time to 6 p.m. ET. If the final round is not played, then all picks for this matchup will be given a push.

Today's Preview
Soccer, golf, the big ball is back, Daytona 500, and the NBA All-Star Game. The party is on for Sunday's vacation-themed Streak for The Cash board.

Buongiorno from beautiful Bergamo, where Atalanta hosts AS Roma in a Serie A clash. Despite being on the road, Roma is a considerable favorite, so we're giving the Nerazzurri the draw as well.

Speaking of beautiful places to visit, Sunday is also the final round of the PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Little-known Dustin Johnson is four shots clear of the rest of the field, so the Streak's matchup is between Dustin and everyone else.

Continuing with our vacation theme, some Streakers might prefer a bit more glamour and glitz. If that's the case, the Streak delivers with the PBA USBC Masters Finals from Las Vegas. Michigan's John Nolen is at the top of the stepladder, but he still needs to win one more game to claim first prize.

A very popular winter destination is Florida. The Streak aims to please, so on Sunday we've got the biggest NASCAR race of the season. We've pitted Dale Earnhardt Jr. against Jeff Gordon in a "who will finish higher" matchup for the Daytona 500.


2009 NBA All-Star Game (Phoenix, AZ)
Our featured matchup of the night comes from one more warm weather haven - the best basketball players in the world will be on the hardwood in Phoenix for the NBA's annual superstar showcase. We're putting the game on our slate straight up - East versus West.

[I feel like Bob Barker here. Should I now say "This can all be yours if The Price is Right...?"]

Yesterday's Results
Streakers bounced back from their sorry Friday performance by winning nearly two thirds of their Saturday picks. Leading the way were Kansas (who trailed early but came on strong) and Creighton (who took command from the opening tip and never gave it up).

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Saturday, Feb. 14

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Golf Prop Cancelled (For Good)at 11:27 a.m. ET
As reported on SportsCenter this morning, the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is officially finished because of flooding on the greens. Dustin Johnson is declared the tournament champion but, our matchup is ruled a "push".

Today's Preview
Saturday's slate is packed from the morning through the night, and it's possible (though unlikely) that seven different selections can be made. The Streak is heavy on college hoops, but there's also soccer, golf, racing, hockey, and an NBA All-Star Weekend proposition matchup.

EPL stalwart Hull City travels to English League Championship powerhouse Sheffield United for a fifth-round FA Cup tilt. We see this as an even match, and a draw will be a push.

Meanwhile, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is in its third round, and Saturday's Streak matchup is between Pat Perez and Jason Gore. Both need to make up some ground if they want to play on Sunday.

At 1:15 p.m. ESPN2 carries the NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opener at Daytona. We've pitted (haha) Tony Stewart against Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a higher finish matchup. The Streak hopes to duplicate Friday's matchup, when possibles Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch ended up first and second in an exciting Truck Series race.


NCAA Basketball: No. 16 Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats
This classic college rivalry sports two teams in need of a win. The Jayhawks are coming off a painful last-second road loss to Missouri, while the Wildcats are making a late drive for the NCAA tournament. Early Streakers believe that Kansas is the play by a more than 20-1 margin.

Yesterday's Results
The Streakers' modest three-day winning streak came to a thudding halt as the Streak took them down hard. With Utrecht the only favorite to salvage a win, Streakers ended the day with a 21 percent accuracy rate. The top of the Leaderboard took a mild hit, though many longer Streaks took Friday off completely.

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Friday, Feb. 13

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Today's Preview
A light board today, as neither the NBA (on All-Star hiatus) nor the NHL plays a late game. Racing makes its 2009 debut from Daytona as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins.

We begin with more golf from California, where big names J.B. Holmes and Kenny Perry duke it out at Pebble Beach. Perry had a decent first round (-1), but Holmes (+2) will need to make up ground if he wants to have a tee time on Sunday.

Friday's soccer comes from the Netherlands, where Willlem II Tilburg hosts FC Utrecht. This one looks pretty even to Streak HQ, so we're letting a draw be a draw.

At 7 p.m. there's a proposition matchup for the Illinois-Chicago vs. Butler basketball game. Its Josh Mayo against Gordon Hayward in a points-only affair - while Mayo averages more per game for the season, he'll find the baskets harder to come by against the No. 15 Bulldogs.

An hour later, it's out to Daytona for the NASCAR truck race. We've pitted last year's winner Todd Bodine against Kyle Busch - Streakers can choose who they think will finish higher.


NCAA Basketball: No. 13 Villanova Wildcats at West Virginia Mountaineers
We end our abbreviated slate in Morgantown for this Big East clash. West Virginia has struggled of late and finds itself fighting for a tourney slot against the high-flying 'Cats. Villanova comes off of two straight triple-digit outputs, but may be missing swingman Dwayne Anderson. So far, Streakers don't seem to care, as they're selecting 'Nova by a 96-4 margin.

Yesterday's Results
The Streakers' modest two-day winning streak was about to come to a screeching halt - but then the Fighting Illini staged a huge last-minute comeback to bring Streakers back above the 50 percent mark. With a large portion of the Leaderboard backing Illinois, Streakers have begun a serious assault on the magic 27 number.


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Thursday, Feb. 12

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English Conference Match Cancelled at 4:38 p.m. ET
The English Conference soccer match between Burton Albion and Ebbsfleet United was abandoned at the 62nd minute to due heavy amounts of snowfall on the pitch. The result on our board is a "push" which means no win or loss for those Streakers who picked this matchup.

Today's Preview
You know what Thursday means! Golf is back on the board starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. On the Pebble Beach course we have two matchups -- Davis Love II versus Hunter Mahan and then Paul Goydos takes on Joe Ogilve.

Our lone soccer match comes from the English Conference at 2:45 p.m. ET, with Burton Albion on the road at Ebbsfleet United, with the home team receiving the draw.

We head back to the hardwood at 7 p.m. ET with Temple at Saint Joseph's (pick'em), Albany at Stony Brook and our featured "player prop" between the duo of Terrence Williams and Earl Clark of Louisville against Notre Dame's Luke Harangody. Harangody had 28 against the Cardinals in their last meeting but Williams and Clark should have big games.

At 9:05 p.m. ET, No. 20 Illinois (-2.5) takes on Northwestern followed at 11 p.m. by Gonzaga at St.Mary's. With the Zags favored by four, we decided to throw out a "total points" prop with the over/under at 137.5 points.

In other night owl action, there is a "more points" prop between Brandon Roy of Portland and Golden State's Stephen Jackson. Also, the Flames take on the Kings (-105) in NHL action.


NCAA Basketball: No. 6 UCLA Bruins at No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils
The big matchup of the night comes from Tempe, Arizona where the Bruins of UCLA takes on Arizona State. Both teams have "Sweet 16" potential written all over them and it comes as no surprise that this game is a pick'em. The StreakMaster likes the Sun Devils in this one, only for the reason that they are at home.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers tore up the board once again, finishing the day with a 63.3 overall winning percentage. Oklahoma would not let The StreakMaster look like a genius, as they avoided a trap game against Baylor. The Sooners were by far the day's top streak extender. Our leader is currently at 18 wins in a row.


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Wednesday, Feb. 11

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Today's Preview
Soccer competes with college basketball for the title of most played matchups for Wednesday. In the afternoon we have a slate full of World Cup Qualifying and International Friendly's.

Getting things started at 12:15 p.m. ET, Wales and Poland battle it out in Portugal in an International Friendly with Wales receiving the slight edge with the draw. If you prefer World Cup Qualifying, choose an Albania win or Malta win or draw at 1:30 p.m. ET.

In the next soccer slot, you can pick then watch Argentina take on France on ESPN360. if you want to wait until 4 p.m. ET, Spain hosts England, with Beckham's English club receiving a rare draw.

In United States soccer action, Landon Donovan's squad hosts Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. Mexico gets the draw here but The StreakMaster expects a 2-0 U.S. victory.

Some great college basketball matchups hit the main stage starting with Xavier (-2.5) at Dayton. At the same time over on ESPN, we put Jonny Flynn's (Syracuse) points against A.J. Price's (UConn) points and assists.

Our lonely 8 p.m. ET matchup features Georgia's leading scorer, Terrance Woodbury (13.7 points per game) against Tennessee's winning margin (-17).

At 9 p.m. ET, look out for an upset special when Baylor hosts No. 2 ranked Oklahoma (-3). If that spread scares you off, you can choose if the Texas Tech-Kansas State game will be over or under 153.5 total points.

Don't forget your NHL fix with the Canadiens at Oilers (-117) and the Flames at Ducks (-113), both at 10 p.m. ET.


NCAA Basketball: No. 3 North Carolina at No. 5 Duke
College basketball's greatest rivalry hits center stage at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. UNC is currently favored by two points, and if Wayne Ellington can keep up his stellar play, the Tar Heels should be able to make it four in a row in Durham. Don't expect the Dukies to lay down though, as this game should be another great chapter in the book that is Carolina-Duke.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers had their first solid day in what seems to be a long time, finishing with a 66.2 overall winning percentage. Providence, Clemson and Seton Hall all took care of business to bump some Streakers up on our leaderboard.


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Tuesday, Feb. 10

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Today's Preview
"Rivalry Week" continues at full steam with eight college basketball matchups making our board.

Before we head to the hardwood, we hit the pitch for an English League One match between Colchester United and Tranmere. The Rovers get the slight edge in this one because of the draw on their side.

Now for some college basketball action! In the 7 p.m. ET slot we start with Providence on the road at South Florida (pick'em), Old Dominion (-2) at Hofstra, and Michigan State at Michigan in a "total points" prop with the over/under at 133.5 points. Since 2006, each "battle of Michigan" head-to-head matchup has flip-flopped with the over/under being correct. Also, we have a "more points" matchups between two guys who know how to put the ball in the basket. Wesley Matthews of No. 12 Marquette takes on Dante Cunningham of No. 13 Villanova. This one should be one of our best!

Later on in the night, we have the 3-point specialists -- Oklahoma State squares off against Texas in a "higher total" matchup. Texas' winning margin (9-point favorites) is matched up against Oklahoma State's 3-pointers (7.2 past five games). Also, No. 11 Clemson is at Boston College (-2) and Seton Hall (-2) is on the road against DePaul.

In late action, the NBA gives us an offensive juggernaut between the Knicks and Warriors (-4).


NCAA Basketball: Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats
Two solid SEC squads battle it out in Lexington to headline our day. The Wildcats look like the underdogs here on paper, but are the favorites in Vegas (-2). Do you trust your gut or the professionals? That is the question! The StreakMaster will take a Gator over a Wildcat anyday!

Yesterday's Results
Streakers had a decent day finishing with an 49.3 overall winning percentage. The costly pick of the day was the afternoon soccer match with Streakers taking the draw. Luckily, the North Carolina Women saved a few streaks as the day's top streak extender.


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Monday, Feb. 9

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Today's Preview
We celebrate "Rivalry Week" by listing five down and dirty college hoops matchups.

If it's a weekday morning, there's probably soccer -- Monday's tilt is an English League One affair between Leeds United and Millwall. Leeds is at home, so Millwall gets the "Draw."

In our "Backyard Brawl" special, we've matched two star Big East forwards against each other in a more points contest. Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia takes on DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh.

North Carolina hosts Duke in our women's game special. Both teams are ranked in the top 10, and both would love to grab control of first place in the ACC.


NCAAB (Kansas Jayhawks at Missouri Tigers) -- Sherron Collins vs. DeMarre Carroll
Kansas floor general Collins will need his scoring shoes on to win this points only matchup against Carroll, who has quietly been having an All-Big 12 worthy season. DeMarre scored 31 points on Saturday, leading the Tigers to their 20th win of the season.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers entered Sunday trying to break a five-day losing streak. They fell behind early when Man U's matchup with West Ham produced only one goal, but fought their way back to nearly even behind the Washington Huskies and the Seton Hall Pirates. It all came down to the final matchup of the day, and over 94 percent of Streakers cast their lot with the Utah Jazz. It seemed like the right play with Andris "Latvian Steel" Biedrins sidelined by an injured ankle, but the Warriors gutted it out with a smaller lineup that took control of the game in the third quarter and never looked back, and Streakers ended up on the wrong side of the 40 percent mark.

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Sunday, Feb. 8

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Today's Preview
Streakers demanded; we listened: the Streak now includes bowling!

Sunday's EPL matchup is a total goals proposition. Manchester United visits West Ham, and Streakers get to decide whether at least three goals will be scored in the match. So far, they're going with the over.

At 1:00 p.m., the Spurs visit Boston in an ABC game. With Boston a heavy favorite, we've made it a player contest instead - Tim Duncan vs. Paul Pierce in a more-points affair.

If you'd rather watch a smaller ball, the Streak is offering a proposition for the final round of the Buick Open. It's pick a winner - one side gets John Rollins, and the other side gets everyone else. Rollins holds a three-stroke lead after three rounds.

On the flip side, if you prefer the big ball, turn your TV to ESPN where the PBA Dick Weber Open stepladder finals can be seen. Norm Duke gained the top spot during match play, and Streakers can select whether he'll win the championship game or not.


NBA (Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers) - Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James
We've doubled up on the second half of ABC's NBA doubleheader - you can choose the game or the game within the game. The two top MVP candidates will be on national TV and neither one ever backs down. While the Streak isn't sure who's going to win this more-points matchup, we are predicting that both players go for at least 35 points.

Yesterday's Results
Bulldogs won, Bulldogs lost, and The Dentist gave Mac Danzig Blood and Tears. It was a highly entertaining day all the way through Long Beach State's one-point double-OT win over Pacific. The top of the Leaderboard took a couple hits, but other Streakers took their places on a day where the final Streaker percentage was just a touch under 50 percent.

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Saturday, Feb. 7

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Today's Preview
Starting at Wigan, and ending in Long Beach, it's a Saturday chock full of matchups. For something new, we've included Six Nations Rugby.

Ireland hosts France in our Rugby matchup, and the fans will be going crazy at Páirc an Chrócaigh. The home team is a slight favorite, but the French have dominated the recent matchups.

Meanwhile, British national Luke Donald will be on our side of the pond hoping to make up ground in the Buick Open. We've got him matched up against Camilo Villegas, the current tournament leader, for a third-round clash.

The middle of the day is loaded with college basketball. Most of them are straight ups, but at 6:00 p.m. we've got a "greater margin of victory" prop between UConn (playing Michigan) and Davidson (playing College of Charleston). The two games can be seen on ESPN and ESPN2.

An hour later, the Butler Bulldogs visit Wright State. Early Streakers are backing Butler by about 300-1. The sportsbooks see it closer, as the Raiders are only a couple points underdog.


NCAA Basketball: No. 15 Memphis Tigers @ No. 18 Gonzaga Bulldogs
The Tigers take their 13-game winning streat to Spokane where they'll face a tough test against the surging Zags. Tyreke Evans will need to have a great game if Memphis is to win.

Yesterday's Results
Streakers went up early behind the Fairfield Stags, but Carmelo Anthony and Travis Henry let them down late. When all was said and done, it was another ho-hum day under 50 percent. The Leaderboard showed little movement, as the current top Streaks seemed uninterested in Ivy League basketball or two light heavyweights who did a lot more hugging than punching.

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Friday, Feb. 6

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Today's Preview
Not quite the cornucopia of yesterday, but Friday still has a wide variety of sports to choose from. For the first time, we've got a boxing match offered straight up -- and you can watch it on ESPN2.

It's back to the difficult Torrey Pines South Course for the morning golf matchup. Red-hot Camilo Villegas takes on Padraig Harrington. Padraig won the last two majors in 2008, but finished back in the pack at the US Open, which was held at this same venue.

Bundesliga action kicks off at 2:30 p.m. when Hertha Berlin visits Arminia Bielefeld. The online books have this match dead even, and so do we -- if it ends in a tie, it'll be a "push" for both sides.

It's a light night of college hoops, but the Streak digs deep when it needs to. Metro Atlantic mediocrities Fairfield and Canisius tip off at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live in its entirety on ESPNU.

If you're more of an Ivy Leaguer, you can pick the winner of the Brown-Dartmouth scuffle instead. We predict that NBA scouts will not be at this game.

Friday Night Fights showcases a light heavyweight contest between Chris Henry and Yusaf Mack. Neither boxer minds a good brawl, so this should be entertaining from start to finish. The ESPN2 telecast starts at 9 p.m.; the time for this matchup may be adjusted depending upon the length of the undercard battle.


NBA (Golden State at Phoenix): Stephen Jackson vs. Amare Stoudemire
This is the ESPN night game, and it's expected to be a high-scoring affair. On Wednesday, the Warriors scored the upset against these same Suns as Jackson had a triple-double; Golden State fans were singing: When your power forward is on the floor, but he can't seem to score, that's Amare. Tonight's game is back in Phoenix, and Stoudemire and the gang will be out for revenge. Streakers can choose either Jackson or Stoudemire to score more points.

Yesterday's Results
It wasn't pretty (though it was pretty bad). Streakers were under 40 percent as the Lakers and Badgers cleared out much of the Leaderboard. Additionally, in what's becoming a regular habit in both football and basketball, the Cal Bears defeated the Washington Huskies.

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Thursday, Feb. 5

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Today's Preview
We start the day in San Diego for the Buick Invitational. In our lone matchup, Woody Austin takes on JB Holmes in a full 18 hole matchup, with both golfers similarly favored to win the group.

For afternoon soccer we head to Holland for a "total goals" prop between ADO Den Haag and PSV Eindhoven. Expect a few more goals then usual in this mismatch.

A couple NCAA basketball props start the evening off with Alonzo Gee of Alabama going up against A.J. Ogilvy in a "higher total" matchup. Both players average around 21 points plus rebounds per game. There is also a "total points" matchup between Temple and Xavier over on ESPN with the over/under at 135.5 points.

In NHL action, the Blues (-117) host the Oilers, the Stars (-120) are in Colorado and the Flames (-122) host the Blackhawks.

Other notable matchups include: Wisconsin (-3) hosting Illinois, Austin Peay (-3) playing host to Tennessee Martin, Washington at California (pick'em), and Fresno State at Hawaii (pick'em).


NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics
The Celtics look to even the season series with the Lakers when they come to Boston in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals. The Lake-Show took care of business at home on Christmas Day but don't expect the C's to let that happen twice. The defending champions are five-point favorites in this one, and The StreakMaster expects a Celtics victory in this statement game.

Yesterday's Results
As predicted, The StreakMaster was right about the tough day Streakers were going to have. Overall, entries finished with a 29.7 winning percentage, ouch. Wake Forest, Liverpool and the Phoenix Suns were your days top streak breakers. Congratulations to anyone who won three matchups yesterday, you deserve a shout out!


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Wednesday, Feb. 4

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Today's Preview
If you can't find a matchup you like today, then you are way to picky. For an early start, we have two afternoon soccer matchups. In the Coppa Italia Semifinal match the "under" believe it or not, has the better odds. Although, if you like futbol dynasties, then Liverpool is the team for you. They go up against Everton in the 4th Round (Replay) of the FA Cup.

We have a jam-packed evening timeslot, so make sure you love your pick. Syracuse (-3) hosts West Virginia, Wake Forest (-2) is on the road down in south beach and Villanova (-2) is at Providence for college basketball action. Our lone NHL matchup features the Bruins (-115) on the road in Philly. The Hawks (-2) are at the Timberwolves and the Mavericks (-2) host the Blazers in the association.

In the second evening timeslot we have all college basketball props. Over on ESPN360 we have a "largest margin of victory" matchup between Oklahoma State (minus-12 favorites against Texas Tech) and Oklahoma (minus-13 versus Texas A&M). If you're more into one-on-one competition, you can choose who will have more points, DeMarre Carroll (18.6 points per game) or A.J. Abrams (18.9 ppg).

Don't forget our late matchup between the Suns (-3) and the Warriors. The StreakMaster smells upset special here!


NCAA Basketball (No. 3 Duke at No. 10 Clemson): How many "Total Points" will be scored?
Two top-ten teams battle it out in South Carolina. The Dukies are favored by four, but The StreakMaster expects them to win by at least eight, so we have a "total points" prop on the board instead. It looks like Vegas is predicting a 73-69 win for Duke, do you think it will be over or under 142.5 total?

Yesterday's Results
Streakers came back to reality ending the day with a 45.3 overall winning percentage.The Purdue Boilermakers were the day's top streak breaker with over 90 percent of entries going down. The StreakMaster is banking on another blowup of the leaderboard today, watch out!

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Tuesday, Feb. 3

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The pressure is on Greivis Vasquez tonight against the Tar Heels.


So What? If The StreakMaster is Nervous at 4:11 p.m. ET
Yes, a Streaker is at 19 wins in a row and I'll be honest with you, I am kind of nervous. Even though the next eight matchups will be tough, this is still too soon for someone to be this close. Looks like The StreakMaster needs to hunker down! Yeah, that's right, I said hunker down! By the way, The StreakMaster's pick of the day is North Carolina's winning margin. Let's hope this pick works out better then yesterday's, when I revealed my true identity on Streak Speak .

Today's Preview
The Dutch Eredivisie kicks our day off at 2:15 p.m. ET wth a "total goals" matchup between SC Heracles Alemlo and Ajax Amsterdam. Ajax is heavily favored but they have not scored many goals as of late, but the "over" is the smarter play here.

A replay of a fourth round FA Cup match between West Brom and Burnley is at 2:45 p.m. ET. Burnley is favored but if West Brom can win or keep the match tied until overtime, they will be considered the winner in our books.

In college basketball action we have a few different matchups. First, at 7 p.m. ET, Purdue (-2) is on the road at The Ohio State University in a "straight up" matchup. At the same time there is a "more 3-Pointers" matchup between Mississippi State and Kentucky. MSU hits 7.6 3-pointers per game while Kentucky hits on 5.8. Then at 9 p.m. we ask "Which player will score more points?" The options are Devan Downey of South Carolina or Nick Calathes of Florida. Downey averages about two points more per game. Lastly, we have a MWC "total points" matchup between San Diego State and UNLV, with the over/under at 131.5 points.

On frozen water, the Lightning (-105) are at the Islanders, the Maple Leafs hosts the Panthers (-112) and the Stars (-125) play host to the Flames.

In our only NBA matchup, the Nuggets (-3.5) host the Spurs, but so far Streakers are taking San Antonio's side.


College basketball (Maryland at No.4 UNC): Which 'Side" will record a "Higher Total?"
A unique kind of prop is our featured matchup of the night. North Carolina is favored by 21 points on the road at Maryland, so we put their winning margin against Greivis Vasquez's points plus assists. Will Vasquez have a big game or struggle like he did against Duke?

Yesterday's Results
Overall, Streakers dominated the board, finishing with a 68.6 winning percentage. Most of the "favorites" according to Streakers took care of business therefore the only streak breaker were the Flames who were topped by the Avalanche in a close one. In leaderboard news, dbonney is now at 19 wins in a row!

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Monday, Feb. 2

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Today's Preview
Today's Preview Mondays are usually quiet, and today is no exception. We reach deep for our soccer play, two excellent college hoops matchups, some NHL, and a couple NBA players clashes.

Early afternoon brings a rare German 2nd Bundesliga match between Kaiserslautern and Mainz. With the teams evenly matched, we're giving the visiting Mainz the draw. Fritz-Walter Stadion should be jumping!


NCAAB: No. 2 UConn at No. 7 Louisville
NCAA Basketball: No. 2 Connecticut Huskies at No. 7 Louisville Cardinals ESPN carries the best basketball game of the day. Both teams are among the most talented in the country, and lately the Huskies have been winning by large margins, even in the difficult Big East. UConn brings the speed and the size with top guards and Hasheem Thabeet. Louisville will counter with two multi-talented forwards in Earl Clark and Terrence Williams.

In the second ESPN game, Kansas has an undefeated conference record and will face a talented and tough Baylor Bears.

We close our night in Oakland, Calif. where the Spurs are visiting the Warriors. The Streak has made this a rare rebounds matchup between Tim Duncan and Andris Biedrins. Latvian Steel has the higher average, but he may find the boards more difficult to collect against the front line of the Spurs.

Yesterday's Results
Football fans were treated to a spectacular Super Bowl as both offenses turned it up in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh's victory sent Streakers to a winning record at just a touch under 60 percent.

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Sunday, Feb. 1

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Today's Preview
There's limited play for Sunday, but still variety with morning tennis and soccer, and afternoon golf, basketball, and hockey. And there's also some football game.

An exciting Australian Open draws to a conclusion with the men's final between Nadal and Federer. The Streak is offering this straight up, while the sportsbooks see Roger as a slight favorite.

In the English Premier League, two top squads take the pitch at eleven when Chelsea visits Liverpool. This game is a close match, so we're calling a draw a draw.

It's the last day of the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kenny Perry has a one-stroke lead going in to Sunday's final round, but there's a pack of golfers close behind. In the Streak, we've put Geoff Ogilvy with Kenny and pitted those two against the rest of the field.


Super Bowl XLIII (Tampa, FL): Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals
The NFL season culminates on Sunday with this unlikely pairing. In its benevolence, the Streak is offering the game straight up. For those who like to pick the proposition bets, we recommend entering our Super Pick 'Em game as well! While early Streakers prefer the Steelers, the Cardinals are also receiving considerable support.

Yesterday's Results
January ended in an all too familiar fashion - the Streak once again defeated the Streakers. In what might be a bad omen for Steelers fans, the prime culprit was a heavily favored Pittsburgh (Penguins) team that lost a tight battle.


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