Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos sent Argentina to the Davis Cup quarterfinals Saturday with a doubles victory over the German duo of Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke. Nalbandian and Zeballos claimed a 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 triumph to give the hosts an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie.
Juan Monaco then rallied for a four-set win over Florian Mayer in the second opening singles match Friday and the doubles tandem of Nalbandian and Zeballos finished the job Saturday.
Pattaya City, Thailand (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Maria Kirilenko rallied for a three- set victory over Sabine Lisicki to earn the title at the Pattaya Open. The second-seeded Kirilenko posted a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) triumph in Sunday's final to earn her sixth career WTA title. She was the runner-up at this event last year, falling to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova.
Lisicki, seeded fifth this week, fell to 3-3 in finals and was appearing in a title match for the first time since August 2011, when she won the U.S. Open tune-up in Texas.
"Disappointed to lose in 3rd set tiebreaker but still a great tournament!" Lisicki wrote on her Twitter feed after the final. "Lots of positives to take from here!!"
Kirilenko earned a first prize of $40,000.
Kazakhstan advanced to the quarterfinals for the second time in three years. In 2011, the Kazakhs beat the Czech Republic in the first round before being swept by Argentina in the quarterfinals.
Golubev played all three days this weekend, winning his singles match Friday against Andreas Haider-Maurer to open the proceedings. Evgeny Korolev then followed with a singles win over Melzer to give Kazakhstan a 2-0 lead heading into Saturday.
Knowle and Peya posted a straight-set doubles win Saturday over the Kazakh duo of Golubev and Yuriy Schukin to stave off elimination, but only for a day. The Austrians lost in the first round for the second time in three years. They reached the quarterfinals last year, beating Russia in the first round before falling to Spain.
The 2010 champion Serbs opened a 2-0 advantage on Friday when Troicki battled back from an 0-2 deficit to beat Goffin and world No. 1 star Novak Djokovic cruised past Olivier Rochus in straight sets. Djokovic is fresh off his third straight and fourth overall Australian Open title last week.
American Idol Betting Odds: Season 6
The online gambling websites are in the process of deciphering each American Idol contestant and his or her chances of winning Season 6 to come up with the early American Idol betting lines.Tim Dalton of MySportsbook.com has been locked away in a soundproof room coming up with all the latest tallies, we are told. "American Idol has become one of the most significant betting events of the year," claims Jack Black of MySportsbook.com. "Last year, millions were bet during the season across the globe, not just in America.
It's tough early on since we really do not have a glimpse as to how well each of these individuals will perform solo on a week-to-week basis. It's like Week 1 of the NFL. Pre-season means nada!
We do know the 24 finalists however.
Sanjaya Malakar is the young man whose sister failed to make it into the Top 24. He's very low key but - unless he totally flubs - will probably win over the young girlie vote for a few weeks anyway. He's too young to go all the way, according to Payton O'Brien.
Brandon Rogers - Who?
Phil Stacy is the military guy who missed his daughter's birth because of the Memphis audition. He should go a good distance.
Chris Sligh - He's got the humor and in many ways he's the Anti-American Idol much like last year's winner Taylor Hicks was. And this is why he'll probably get pretty far in this competition. He's chubby, white with a big curly afro....but more importantly, a great voice! People love "real", not "real cute" to go all the way.
"Blake Lewis should go far because of his uniqueness and looks. He's the boy next store with a twist - he beat boxes. But on top of this, he's a great singer, and I adore him," Payton O'Brien relayed.
A talented beat-boxer Blake Lewis was a hit during the group sing in Hollywood but Simon explained that this is a singing contest just before he told him he was “in.”
Paul Kim has caught our own roving reporter, Jenny Woo's eyes.
"I love the fact that there is a Korean American on the show and he is bound to get more Asians tuning into the show," Woo said from her Miami Beach estate. "There has never been a major presence of Asian-Americans on American Idol in the past. He's a hottie with a nice voice so that should help to take him far. Expect heavy betting action from the Asian community."
Sundance Head - He's not perfect, but he's got the personality that will take him through a few weeks, plus he's got the lineage (son of Roy Head - whose 1965 single, "Treat Her Right," hit No. 5 in the charts)
And the others:
AJ Tabaldo - the 5th time is the charm
"Melinda Doolittle has one of the best voices," says MySportsbook.com Reporter and an acclaimed dancer in her own right, Destiney Lewis. "It is great to see a back up singer step out like she has. The girl needs to gain more confidence but that can also be a positive. I think she will go far."
Alena Alexander - Those tears (she never seems to stop bawling) should get her far.
"Single mom Lakisha Jones I suspect will be a pretty big favorite entering Week 1 of the competition," says Destiny Williams. Jones is an excellent singer and down to earth. "She'll have a wide appeal," echoed O'Brien.
Nicole Trellis - Seems to exert confidence.
Amy Krebs - a powerful singer.
MySportsbook.com is offering a 20% signup bonus with an initial deposit (i.e. open your American Idol betting account with $300, receive another $60 in which to bet with).
Last two contestants will be?
1 Male/1 Female +100 (a $10 bet pays $10 plus your initial $10)
2 Males +170 (a $10 bet pays $17 plus your initial $17)
2 Females +130 (a $10 bet pays $13 plus your initial $10)