Sam Cooper

Sam Cooper

Sports Writer




2013-2018 Writer at Yahoo Sports
2018-2023 Senior Editor at Yahoo Sports

A bit about Sam

Sam is an experienced writer and editor with more than a decade of experience covering college football nationally for Yahoo Sports. At Yahoo, he also wrote about sports betting extensively and had a weekly college football picks column that was a consistent winner. He also offered frequent betting analysis of the NFL, college basketball and other sports.

What advice would you give to the community?

Shop around to find the best prices. Every half-point makes a difference when identifying value.

Latest articles by Sam Cooper

CFP National Championship Odds 2025: Georgia Is Primed for Another Run

It’s a season of change in college football. The wild conference realignment we’ve seen in recent offseasons will finally materialize on the field and the College Football Playoff format will finally expand from four to 12 teams.

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NFL Week 7 Odds, Spreads and Moneylines: Super Bowl Rematch Not In Primetime?

The full schedule for the 2024 NFL season has finally been released and it’s never too early to look down the road at the odds for each week to see if you can find some value.

NFL Week 2 Odds, Spreads and Moneylines: Chiefs and Bengals in early AFC Championship game rehearsal?

Thanks to DraftKings, the NFL Week 2 betting lines are already available to sort through. The Week 1 market is more widely available and will receive a heavy volume of wagers as the offseason progresses, but there is also value in looking ahead to the Week 2 matchups.

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Thunder vs. Mavericks Predictions, Odds and Picks: Can Dallas Get More Out of Kyrie Irving?

The Oklahoma City Thunder stormed back from a double-digit deficit to win Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals series with the Dallas Mavericks and now have a chance to seize control of the series at home on Wednesday night. With Game 5 ahead, we dive into our NBA picks from the best NBA betting sites.

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Thunder vs. Mavericks Predictions, Odds and Picks: Is It Irving’s Time to Shine?

The Dallas Mavericks responded in a big way. After a blowout loss in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Mavericks bounced back with a huge Game 2 victory on Thursday night. Now the series is tied 1-1 and headed back to Dallas, meaning the Mavs have the chance to seize control of the series on their home court. With Game 3 ahead, we dive into our NBA picks from the best NBA betting sites.

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Thunder vs. Mavericks Predictions, Odds and Picks: How Will Dallas Defend Shai Gilgeous-Alexander?

The Oklahoma City Thunder, the top seed in the Western Conference, made quick work of the New Orleans Pelicans with a first-round sweep. But the level of competition is about to step up significantly as Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving and the Dallas Mavericks come to town for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday night.

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UConn vs. Purdue Odds, Picks and Predictions: Will We See Back-To-Back Champions or a First Title Victory?

College basketball immortality is on the line on Monday night when UConn and Purdue meet for the national championship in a highly-anticipated matchup. UConn is looking to become the first program to win back-to-back national championships since Florida accomplished that rare feat back in 2006 and 2007. Before then, it hadn’t happened since Duke in 1991 and 1992.

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Purdue vs. NC State Odds, Picks and Predictions: The Battle of Edey and Burns

Two incredible storylines will converge on Saturday as Purdue and NC State meet in the Final Four. Purdue infamously lost in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed. A year later, the Boilermakers are in the Final Four for the first time since 1980 and are two victories away from winning the first national championship in program history. Zach Edey has led the way, including going off for 40 points and 16 rebounds in an epic Elite Eight win over Tennessee.

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Purdue vs. NC State Player Props for March Madness Final Four: Is Edey about to Go Off?

The Final Four is finally here and the first matchup of the night — Purdue vs. NC State — features two of the best big men in college basketball. Purdue is led by 7-foot-4 Zach Edey, the national player of the year. Edey is having a historic NCAA tournament and is coming off an incredible performance of 40 points and 16 rebounds in Purdue’s Elite Eight victory over Tennessee.

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NC State vs. Duke Odds, Picks and Predictions: Will the Cinderella Run Continue?

NC State was the only double-digit seed to advance past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. And after upsetting Marquette in the Sweet 16, NC State is still alive with a spot in the Final Four on the line against none other than in-state rival Duke.

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