First call: Levonne Bell favored in a boxing match vs. his NFL teammate; ESPN ‘Surprise Off Season’ For Steelers

“First Call” Tuesday has an off-the-radar star for the Pittsburgh Steelers. We have odds on boxing match Levon Bell and Adrian Peterson.

Helper penguins lose a major training mission.

And we tell you about huge gambling payouts thanks to the Colorado Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup.


put your dukes

Former Levon Bell has signed a boxing contract against former NFL teammate Adrian Peterson.

According to ESPN Ringside’s Mike Coppinger, the heavyweight boxing show will be on July 30 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

Both men are free agents. Peterson is 37 years old, 6 feet tall, 220 lbs; Bell is 30, 6 feet, 225 pounds.

None of the players have boxed professionally, and this match will not count as a professional start.

Former NBA player Nick Young is also on the bottom card. Rapper Blueface will fight.

BetOnline.ag already has odds on the match. Bell is an early favorite at minus 180 (5/9). Peterson is the underdog at +140 (7/5).

Let’s see if the fight really took place or if Bill would hold out for more money at the last minute.


Expensive profit

Speaking of making money out of the gambling window, how about this nugget of Yahoo’s Sam Cooper?

He posted a story about a bookmaker about a free promotional bet of $500 to $269,000.

According to Cooper, in December, a gambler used a promotional deal from MGM in a three-team deal. He had the Colorado Avalanche who won the Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Rams to win the Super Bowl and the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title.

At the time, the Rams were paying +1000 to win the Super Bowl, and Golden State was paying +600 to win the NBA title. The avalanche was at +600 to claim the trophy. The odds for that premium were +53,800, resulting in a payout of $269,000 after Colorado clinched the Cup Final with a 2-1 win in Game Six on Sunday.

Not a bad return for a free promotional bet, is it?


Hey Heyward

ESPN.com has come up with a list of “Surprise Showdowns of the Season for All 32 of the NFL Teams”.

ESPN Steelers reporter Brooke Pryor named rookie on H/Conor Heyward’s back.

“It’s hard to really be under the radar like Cam Heyward’s younger brother,” Prior Books. But rookie Heyward impressed in off-season training and showed chemistry with first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett in a nice snag during a two-minute practice at a small camp. Heyward, selected in Round Six, will be in the role of a full-back/hybrid full-back in attack. He appreciates diversity in skill players. As he has mostly worked with tight ends and receivers, Heyward likely won’t be vying for a place on the linebacker’s roster with Derek Watt, making it more likely that both will find roles in the 2022 squad.”

I didn’t catch as much blink from Heyward as Pryor did in Spring Practices. Although if I were to pick one person, I would pick someone from the set of situation I did. Zach Gentry looked pretty rammed to me (in a good way, in case Nagy Harris was reading) and looked poised to be a better version of the second tight end than he had for most of last year once Eric Ebron was injured.


turn around

Penguins assistant coach Todd Raiden hasn’t left town yet.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Reirden was one of four nominees For the Chicago Blackhawks vacancy. But Reirden didn’t get to the party.

Luke Richardson did instead. He has been an assistant at Montreal Canadiens for the past four seasons. Richardson replaces Derek King, who was appointed as the Hawks’ interim head coach after Jeremy Coleton was sacked in November.

Brad Shaw, assistant coach at King and Canucks, were the other two candidates for the job.

Richardson was also an assistant coach at the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders before going to Montreal. He served in one game as coach for the Canadians during the 2020-21 Stanley Cup Final when Dominique Ducharme was sidelined due to covid-19 protocols.


A pair of ex-pirates

Former pirates Tyler Anderson and Chad Kuhl at the hill Monday night in Denver.

Cole was the primary bowler for the Colorado Rockies. Anderson entered the match 8-0 in favor of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. But it was Kohl who shined on Monday.

He threw three full hits, with the Rockies winning 4-0.

Kuhl is now 5-5 with a 3.49 ERA. Anderson, who gave up four winning runs and 10 hits, dropped to 8-1 with an ERA of 3.23.

Tim Benz is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to posting unless otherwise stated.

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