Kobe Bryant’s Top 10 Career Plays

Kobe Bryant, who has helped the Lakers win five NBA championships over a 20-year career spent entirely in Los Angeles, announced Sunday on The Players' Tribune website that he will retire after this season, writing that "this season is all I have left to give."

After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant's career is stacked full of highlights. We take a look back at his top 10 career plays as voted by NBA.com. Thanks for the memories! 
 

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PUNTER OF THE WEEK

Sports Multi

$200 into $2,548

Leg Match Pick Price
1 Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Miami Heat win $1.80
2 Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns Golden State Warriors -8.5 $1.92
3 Detroit Pistons vs Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder -8.0 $1.92
4 San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets San Antonio Spurs -7.5 $1.92

One of our savvier punters has got off to a flyer in the NBA this season and he stung us with a multi over the weekend.

This punter started his multi with an outright win bet on the Miami Heat to beat the New York Knicks at $1.80.The Knicks battled hard for the first half but got blown away in the second half as Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points while starting in place of Luol Deng, and the Heat beat New York 97-78.

His second leg was on the red hot Golden State Warriors to cover the 8.5 point line against the Phoenix Suns. Steph Curry scored 41 points in three quarters, and the Warriors made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers (in 38 attempts) during their highest-scoring game of the season, a 135-116 rout of the Phoenix Suns.

Our punter selected the Oklahoma City Thunder to win and cover (-8) the line against the Detroit Pistons as the third leg of his multi. At half time his run looked to be over as Detroit shot 46 percent in the first half and held Durant and Westbrook to 7-for-20 shooting combined to take a 55-48 lead at halftime. However Oklahoma City rallied in the second half as Detroit started missing shots and on the back of 34 points and a season-high 13 rebounds from Durant Oklahoma City beat the Detroit Pistons 103-87. 

Our punter added the always reliable San Antonio Spurs as his final leg and after skipping away to an early lead they never looked like losing, with their comfortable 11 point win delivering this punter a return of $2,548.
 

Saturday Racing Tip Sheet

The Early Crow's Racing Top Tips – 28/11/15.

ROSEHILL

Race Tip
Rosehill Race 3 – Watagan Grange Ghisoni @ $2.50
Rosehill Race 4 – Highway High Opinion @ $6.00
Rosehill Race 8 – Festival Stakes Frespanol @ $5.50

MOONEE VALLEY

Race Tip
Moonee Valley Race 5 – Strathmore Premiers Flying Light @ $5.00
Moonee Valley Race 6 – Ranvet Golden Mane @ $7.50
Moonee Valley Race 7 –City Jeep Straturbo @ $5.50

ASCOT

Race Tip
Ascot Race 2 – Kingston Town Properantes @ $2.30
Ascot Race 6 – A.J Scahill Stakes Watermans Bay @ $1.70

DOOMBEN

Race Tip
Doomben Race 6 – Zetta Mode Plate Secret Saga @ $3.40
Doomben Race 7 – George Moore Stakes Temple of Boom @ $5.00

 

SPORT PREVIEW & TIPS

CRICKET

Australia vs New Zealand

Date: 27/11
Time: 2.30pm Venue: Adelaide Oval
History: Played 54; Australia 28, New Zealand 8, Draw 18.
Match Stats:

  • This will be the first ever day-night Test Match.
  • David Warner is the leading run scorer of the series with 556 runs over the opening two Test Matches. 
  • Mitchell Starc is the leading wicket taker with 10 wickets.

Betting Trends: New Zealand has received a lot of early money as they are considered to be the stronger batting side when facing the Pink Ball. Steve Smith has been backed by punters to be the highest run scorer after racking up 219 runs from his only day-night match.

Final Thoughts: The Adelaide pitch is another batting paradise, however the introduction of the pink ball and batting at night leads the Early Crow to believe that this match won’t end in a draw. The Australians have a strong record at the Adelaide Oval and will take the series 2-0.

The Early Crows Top Tip: Australia win @ $1.60

A-LEAGUE – WEEK 8

Melbourne City vs Perth Glory

Date: 27/11 Time: 7.40pm
Venue: AAMI Park 
History: Played 16; Perth Glory 7, Melbourne City 4, Draw 5.

Match Stats:

  • The Glory has lost one of the last six matches against City.
  • Perth hasn’t scored in their last three A-league matches.
  • The Glory has only scored two goals away from home this season, the fewest in the league.

Betting Trends: Melbourne City has received double the money from punters, as the Glory hasn’t been supported. This is most likely due to their away troubles this year.

Final Thoughts: The Glory have picked up only the one win all season and they have lacked the ability to create opportunities all season scoring 6 goals in 7 games. Meanwhile City has scored 13 goals but has conceded 14, which is equal most in the league, if they can tighten up at the back they will pick up the victory at home.

The Early Crows Top Tip: Melbourne City win @ $1.67

Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United

Date: 28/11 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Etihad Stadium
History: Played 36; Melbourne Victory 17, Adelaide 10, Draw 9.
Match Stats:

  • The Victory have won 13 of the last 17 against the Reds.
  • Three of the last four matches have ended in a draw.
  • The Reds are winless this season.

Betting Trends: Money has been coming thick and fast for Melbourne Victory to continue their winning streak and defeat Adelaide. Besart Berisha is understandably favourite to open the scoring and he has received the majority of the backing from punters.

Final Thoughts: The Victory have lifted a gear in recent weeks and are currently on a four game winning run and they don’t look like slowing down. Meanwhile Adelaide are still searching for their first win of the season and their first points away from home.

The Early Crows Top Tip: Melbourne Victory HT/FT @ $2.30

NFL – Week 12

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

Date: 27/11
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: Lambeau Field
History: Played 191; Bears 93, Packers 92, Draw 6.

Match Stats:

  • The Packers have won the last four matches against the Bears and lost only once in the last 11.
  • The Bears have conceded a touchdown on their opposition’s first possession in their last three games.
  • In the corresponding match last season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for six touchdown passes in a 55-14 victory.

Betting Trends: All the money has been on the Packers to win consecutive games and their price has shortened in the head to head market whilst the line has moved out to the Packers at -8.5. Final Thoughts: The Bears allowed 170 yards rushing last week against the Broncos who had struggled on the ground this year. If the Packers are able to get similar production rushing then it will be all over as it will open up the passing for superstar Aaron Rodgers as the Packers will pick up an easy victory.

The Early Crows Top Tip: Packers -8.5 @ $1.93

New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos

Date: 30/11
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
History: Played 49; Broncos 28, Patriots 21.

Match Stats:

  • Superstar quarterback Peyton Manning will remain on the sidelines with multiple injuries.
  • The Patriots have won 5 of the last 6 matches against the Broncos.
  • The Patriots are undefeated this season as they have won all 10 of their matches.

Betting Trends: The punters believe the Patriots will remain undefeated at the end of the weekend as triple the money has been placed on Tom Brady’s men. However, the Broncos have been more favourable at the line as they have shortened to $1.89 at -3.

Final Thoughts: The Patriots will need to do a better job of protecting Tom Brady in the pocket as he was hit 11 times last week and they are coming up against the best pass rush defence in the league. However, it won’t be enough to unsettle the MVP quarterback who will continue to lead his side to victory.

The Early Crows Top Tip: Patriots -3 @ $1.97

Racing Preview and Tips

Ascot

Race: 6- A.J Scahill Stakes

Date: 28/11
Time: 4:03pm
Location: Ascot

We had the opportunity to see five of the seven runners in action last weekend’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes over 1200 metres won by world class campaigner Buffering.

Watermans Bay was by far the best run of those backing up, finishing strongly on the line to finish 2nd by a length. A previous black type winner over 1400m, the extra ground looks ideal and Daniel Morton should have the 7 year-old gelding primed to fire third up.  

Magnifisio struggled to get into the race last week after being caught well back in running. The smaller field this Saturday will see the mare settle much closer and with a little luck she will be rattling home.

4 year-old Battle Hero comes into the race as the only runner backing up from the 1600 metre Group 1 Railway Stakes. The Grant Williams trained gelding has been outstanding this campaign with two wins and two second placings before finishing 10th last Saturday. He looks the likely leader and could be difficult to run down if left to dictate the tempo of the race.

The Early Crow's Top Tip: Watermans Bay @ $1.70

Doomben

Race: 6- Zetta Mode Plate 

Date: 28/11
Time: 3:37pm
Location: Doomben

Secret Saga is the obvious class runner in the field and favourite having won her last start impressively over 1050 metres here at Doomben. If jockey Jim Byrne can navigate the awkward gate and settle just off the pace she should find the 1200 metres ideal.

From barrier 4 La Dolce Vita fought on well to finish second to Secret Saga last start and looks to be the likely leader. Like the favourite, the extra 150 metres looks as though it will suit her down to the ground, but whether she has the class to turn the tables remains to be seen.

Madotti resumes after a freshen-up having been unlucky in her two previous 3 year-old starts. Around the mark in back type races as a two year-old, she looks to have the class to match it with this field. However running on from the rear of the field she may need luck in running and may struggle to catch Secret Saga.  

The Early Crow's Top Tip: Secret Saga @ $3.40

Race: 7- George Moore Stakes

Date: 28/11
Time: 4:17pm
Location: Doomben

With five of the 12 runners in the race, trainer Tony Gollan looks to be the key in finding a winner.

His old stagers Temple Of Boom and Fontelina are the class of the field with extensive Group 1 form lines. Temple Of Boom was impressive first-up in the Missle Stakes in Sydney before a tough run in the Memsie in Melbourne. He resumes here after a three month spell with significant gear changes and looks the main chance.

One of Gollan’s other runners, Didntcostalot has been outstanding this campaign finishing in the placings in all five starts since August. From barrier 5 expect him to be on the pace, and with a significant weight advantage over Temple of Boom will be hard to catch.

Miss Cover Girl is the most likely of the non-Gollan runners and resumes after a trial win two weeks ago. After finishing a close 3rd in the Group 3 Nivision at Randwick in the spring over this trip she looks ideally placed here, although may be looking for further ground in later races.

The Early Crow's Top Tip: Temple of Boom @ $5.00

Red Cadeaux’s Career Defining Moments

Last week connections made the agonising decision to euthanise one of the world’s favourite racehorses, Red Cadeaux. At 10 years old, the grand old campaigner had raced in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore and of course Australia.

In a career that included 54 starts, he amassed more than $8 million in prizemoney across seven victories. However it’s for his gutsy, never-say-die efforts in all starts that the big chestnut will be best remembered. Throughout his amazing career Red Cadeaux finished runner-up in three Melbourne Cups, the Dubai World Cup and Queen Elizabeth stakes, and also finished third in the Hong Kong Vase, Irish St Leger and Tenno Sho.

While he may not have been as flashy as a Lonrho or Sunline, or notched the victories of a Black Caviar, Red Cadeaux will always hold a special place in the hearts of all Australian racing fans.

To celebrate his extraordinary career we look back on some of Red Cadeaux’s defining races.

The first victory- Wolverhampton 2009

Red Cadeaux made his racing debut over 1600 metres in April 2009. The first of what would be a staggering 54 career starts was by no means earth shattering. An 8.5 length 6th placing at $51 did not show any glimpse of what would come over the following six years.

Two more starts over 1600m and then 1800m saw improvement and displayed obvious staying potential, before Red Cadeaux finally found the distance he needed over 2450 metres at Wolverhampton in his fourth start. Easily dominating the field of 8, Red Cadeaux won by 6 lengths easing down at the line.

This first win would be followed by a second and another victory over the same distance in his next two starts.

Watch Red Cadeaux’s first victory here

First black type win- Braveheart Handicap 2011

In the two years following his first victory, Red Cadeaux steadily progressed through the grades to soon be regularly racing in black type company. In his 18th start over 2400m in the Listed Braveheart Handicap at Hamilton, Red Cadeaux broke through for the first of many black type wins.

This was followed with another victory only two starts later in the Group 3 Curragh Cup in Ireland over 2800 metres, and a close 3rd placing in the 2800m Irish St Leger before boarding a plane to Australia for the first of five times.

Second by a nose hair- Melbourne Cup 2011 While he had relative success in Ireland and the UK during 2011, few rated the chestnut a genuine chance in the Melbourne Cup. Piloted by local jockey Michael Rodd, Red Cadeaux was sent out at $31 going into the great race as his first-up Australian appearance.

What happened in the race has since gone down in Cup folk law. Red Cadeaux and fellow import Dunaden slugged it out the entire length of the Flemington straight both heading each other at different times. As the pair hit the line it was impossible to find a winner with the naked eye. Dunaden was eventually awarded the race in the closest photo finish in Cup history, while Red Cadeaux would finish bridesmaid twice more in 2013 and 2014.

Watch Red Cadeaux’s agonising Melbourne Cup second

Last and biggest victory- Hong Kong Vase 2012

The Group 1 Hong Kong Vase held at the famous Sha Tin is one of the world’s greatest staying races. Following on from 8th placings in both the Melbourne Cup and Japan Cup, few expected Red Cadeaux to be in the finish. But in his typical style and with the great Gerald Mosse on board, the gelding fought tooth and nail with Jaguar Mail down the straight to claim his 7th and final career victory.

Placings in the World Cup and Tenno Show in his next two starts proved the victory in Honkers was no fluke, and cemented Red Cadeaux and one of his generation’s greatest stayers.

Watch Red Cadeaux’s Hong Kong Vase victory