(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - The 49ers will have all but two starters returning from last year's near-Super Bowl squad, with wide receiver Josh Morgan and right guard Adam Snyder the lone significant defections. The additions of ex-Giant Mario Manningham and the unretired Randy Moss should offset Morgan's loss. leaving an interior lineman that can offer Snyder's versatility as the most prominent deficiency on the roster. Building some depth on the defensive line will also be a priority in this draft, as All-Pro tackle Justin Smith turns 33 this season, end Ray McDonald has battled knee problems and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga is an impending free agent. The Niners applied the franchise tag to playmaking safety Dashon Goldson, but could look for a successor if unable to sign him long-term, and the team may not be finished tinkering at wide receiver in its effort to help boost an offense that finished 30th in passing yards last season. 2011 Record: 13-3
First Three Picks: No. 30, No. 61, No. 92
Number of Selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - There are three positions that stand out as problem areas on Arizona's current roster, so expect the team to spend its No. 13 overall draft choice on either an offensive tackle, outside linebacker or wide receiver. Pass protection was a huge liability for the Cardinals in 2011, with the line's allowance of 54 sacks the second-highest total in the league, and obtaining a tackle that can step in alongside returnee Levi Brown and man either side is a must. The promise that youngsters Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield have displayed makes outside linebacker less of a trouble spot, but neither is a proven commodity and there's virtually no depth behind them. Arizona would likely take a hard look at South Carolina tweener Melvin Ingram, who fits the mold defensive coordinator Ray Horton looks for in an edge rusher, if he's still on the board when it selects. Though the Cards have one of the game's premier receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, another outside threat that can draw double teams away from the perennial All-Pro would further diversify the offense. Don't rule out general manager Rod Graves trading down in the first round as well, since the Cardinals sent this year's second- rounder to Philadelphia in last summer's deal for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Grabbing a developmental passer is also a possibility, as neither Kolb nor cohort John Skelton was particularly consistent under center this past season. 2011 Record: 8-8
First Three Picks: No. 13, No. 80, No. 112
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2011 - Patrick Peterson (CB, LSU); 2010 - Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee); 2009 - Chris "Beanie" Wells (RB, Ohio State); 2008 - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB, Tennessee State); 2007 - Levi Brown (OT, Penn State); 2006 - Matt Leinart (QB, USC); 2005 - Antrel Rolle (CB, Miami- Florida); 2004 - Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Pittsburgh), 2003 - Bryant Johnson (WR, Penn State), Calvin Pace (DE, Wake Forest).
Top Needs: DE, LB, RB
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2011 - James Carpenter (OT, Alabama); 2010 - Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State), Earl Thomas (S, Texas); 2009 - Aaron Curry (LB, Wake Forest); 2008 - Lawrence Jackson (DE, USC); 2007 - none; 2006 - Kelly Jennings (CB, Miami- Florida); 2005 - Chris Spencer (C, Ole Miss); 2004 - Marcus Tubbs (DT, Texas); 2003 - Marcus Trufant (CB, Washington State).
Matt Kenseth And Kevin Harvick Favorites To Take NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship
(September 15)—The NASCAR season has hit the homestretch with the opening event on this year’s Chase for the Cup taking place this weekend at the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. With 10 races remaining to determine the Cup Series champion, leading online sportsbook MySportsbook.com today announced odds on all 10 Chase qualifying drivers capturing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
One of the largest sportsbook sites on the Internet, MySportsbook.com currently lists the top two drivers in the point standings as the early favorites to win the Nextel Cup. Entering the Chase for the Cup with a slim five-point lead in the point standings, 2003 NASCAR champ Matt Kenseth has been made a slight favorite to win his second Cup at 7/2 betting odds. 2001 Cup Rookie of the Year Kevin Harvick has betting odds listed at 5/2 and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is listed at 6/1 to capture the Nextel Cup this year.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his legendary father who won six NASCAR titles, Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands at 8/1 to breakthrough with his first Cup victory. Staying with the family theme, MySportsbook.com lists 2005 Rookie of the Year Kyle Busch at 14/1 to succeed big brother Kurt’s 2004 NASCAR title. While Kasey Kahne was the final driver to qualify for the Chase with a third place finish last week, the oddsmakers give him a fighting chance at 10/1 mainly due to several mile-and-a-half tracks remaining on the schedule. Despite going winless on the NASCAR circuit this season, Jeff Burton enters the Chase at 5/1 to capture the Cup title. Meanwhile, rookie Denny Hamlin is 4/1 to win the championship, while veteran driver Mark Martin enters the Chase for the Cup as a 15/1 long shot to win his first NASCAR title in his 24th and final season.
MySportsbook.com will offer comprehensive Nascar betting lines on every race remaining on the Nextel Cup series including driver match-ups, props and odds to win each race. For a complete list of NASCAR odds, please visit www.MySportsbook.com.