Vegas gives 12 odds NHL season will be canceled


Vegas gives 12 odds NHL season will be canceled

While the NHL and NHLPA furiously attempt to grind down toward a new CBA that will kick start the season or not so furiously since its taken 52 days of a mind-numbing lockout to get the point of a private negotiating session in New York City the number crunchers in Vegas continues to crank out their odds.

According to the fine folks at the odds of the NHL canceling the entire 2012-13 regular season now sit at 12 (-200) while the oddsmakers are giving 32 odds (150) that there will be a regular season.

The email publicizing the odds arrived in the email inbox at 3:28 p.m. and the latest NHLNHLA negotiating session was set to begin at 3 p.m. in New York City, so its difficult to discern whether Bovada is the beneficiary of some kind of inside information.

Were going to guess not, and that instead the oddsmakers are banking on a simple repeat history lesson for a hockey league thats shot itself in the foot more than once. That seems a pretty safe bet even if hockey sources have indicated to that the league has a handful of shortened regular season contingencies including all the way down to a 36-game regular season prior to a full round of Stanley Cup playoffs.

The hope is still that the current round of talks this week will lead to real progress, and perhaps push toward a 64-game regular season set to begin on Dec. 1.

Paxton, Seager pace Mariners past Red Sox, 4-0


Paxton, Seager pace Mariners past Red Sox, 4-0

James Paxton allowed four singles over seven innings to win his fifth consecutive start in July and Kyle Seager homered to pace the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

Paxton (10-3) retired the first 13 hitters before Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single to center with one out in the fifth. The left-hander, who worked out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings, struck out 10 and walked none. Paxton has allowed six earned runs in 33 1/3 innings and not given up a home run in five starts this month.

Nick Vincent and David Phelps each pitched a perfect inning to finish.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3) allowed four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two in his second start since coming off the disabled list.