Monday’s Lead: British Open Betting Tips, An Ode to Modric, Home Run Derby Odds, More

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Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Bryce Harper

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GOLF: The Carnoustie Crumble

On the last day of the British Open 19 years ago, we all witnessed a choke job that left Heimlich maneuver-less. Jean Van de Velde’s tragic collapse at Carnoustie cost a lot of bettors a lot of money, but Bob Bubka probably got hit the hardest. Bubka saw potential in JVdV as a 200-1 underdog and thought he’d made a brilliant pick … until the Frenchman collapsed like a hastily constructed Ikea armoire. Jason Sobel has the story

Steph vs. Dell
Watch Steph Curry’s last shot at the American Century Championship, and it’s obvious his athleticism transcends the court. Ayesha’s husband lost a bet to his pops, which resulted in his request for a trade to Sacramento. Kidding (although that would be amazing). He just had to jump in a lake

Betting Tips for Majors
If you haven’t noticed, we love data. Using our proprietary Adjusted Round Score metric, Bryan Mears has some tips for betting golf majors you can put to use in this week’s British Open…

Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: French National Team

WORLD CUP: Les Bleus and Luka

If you opted to miss the climax of an incredible World Cup (maybe the best ever), France beat Croatia, 4-2, in the highest-scoring final since 1966. Considering that most members of the French team are young and brimming with confidence, it’s fair to expect that their party last night was equally high-scoring…

Leboff’s Ode to Modric
Croatia’s pint-sized tactician Luka Modric rightly received the Golden Ball despite his team’s loss in the final. Michael Leboff’s longshot wager on Luka to win the award revived his love for betting (and might pay for his upcoming wedding)…

FanDuel’s Meadowlands Sportsbook
In only its second day of operation, Jon Gold took the 11-mile drive from New York to check out the new Meadowlands sportsbook and describe the viewing experience…

MLB: Swing for the Fences

In odds to win the Home Run Derby, Kyle Schwarber went from worst to first late last week after bettors hammered him from +900 to +300. (He currently has the second-best odds behind Bryce Harper.) Overall, our national pastime’s slugfest field feels pretty light this year, especially after defending champion Aaron Judge, teammate Giancarlo Stanton and other big non-Yankees declined to participate. In an episode of “Fact or Fiction,” Mark Gallant crunches the numbers to find if the new rapid-fire format causes Derby participants’ numbers to decline after the All-Star break