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03/25/2012 11:19 AM

NHL

Sunday, March 25

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Trend Report
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3:00 PM
EDMONTON vs. COLUMBUS
Edmonton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Edmonton's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games when playing Edmonton
Columbus is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

5:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. WASHINGTON
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Washington is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

5:00 PM
NY ISLANDERS vs. FLORIDA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games on the road
NY Islanders are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games
Florida is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida's last 9 games

7:00 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. PITTSBURGH
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games on the road
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey

7:30 PM
NASHVILLE vs. CHICAGO
Nashville is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Nashville is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Nashville
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

8:00 PM
BOSTON vs. ANAHEIM
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games on the road
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Anaheim
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Anaheim's last 7 games when playing Boston
Anaheim is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston

9:00 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. PHOENIX
St. Louis is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
St. Louis is 7-13-1 SU in its last 21 games ,when playing on the road against Phoenix
Phoenix is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
Phoenix is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home


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03/25/2012 11:20 AM

NHL

Sunday, March 25

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Ice picks: Sunday's best NHL bets
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New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins (-187, 5.5)

It's safe to say the Penguins on fire. In fact, saying that would be an understatement.

They have taken points in 14 consecutive games and have won 13 of those contests. Sidney Crosby and company continued the hot streak on Thursday with a 5-1 blowout of Nashville.

The Pens are enjoying an absolute offensive eruption. They have scored 13 goals in their past two outings, as the win over Nashville was preceded by an 8-4 drubbing of Winnipeg. Pittsburgh has lit the lamp a ridiculous 30 times in its last six games.

Crosby has not scored since his return from concussion-like symptoms, but he is still an integral part of the offense. He has tallied nine assists in just five games since taking the ice on March 15. Crosby assisted on four scores in the rout of Winnipeg.

"It's much easier when the team is playing as well as we are," Crosby said of his return. "You always work hard and prepare, get ready to come back. There are still areas where I need to get sharper, but with everyone playing it makes it easier for anyone coming back."

Pick: Penguins


Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks (-137, 5.5)

The trends do not look good for Nashville heading into a Sunday showdown against Chicago. The Predators have lost four of their last five overall and they have surrendered a whopping 11 goals in their last two. The Blackhawks are on a five-game winning streak and have scored 20 goals in those five.

Marian Hossa, who tallied his 900th career point in a Tuesday win over Columbus, has recorded at least one point in seven consecutive outings (two goals, eight assists).

''We're feeling good right now,'' said Duncan Keith, who has been suspended for the next five games stemming from a hit against Vancouver. ''The one thing we've learned is we're not going to take anything for granted. We're playing better but we know there's still more there that we have to get better at."

The Predators have won three in a row this season in the head-to-head series, but this one could go along the lines of the first of four previous matchups between the two teams. Chicago notched four goals in regulation then scored the game-winner in overtime for a 5-4 victory on October 31.

Pick: Blackhawks


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03/25/2012 11:21 AM

Sunday’s betting tips: Cats beware of Acy

Who’s hot

NCAAB: The over is 6-1 in Baylor's last seven overall and 4-1 in Kentucky's last four overall.

NCAAB: The under is 11-2 in Kansas' last 13 neutral-site games and 4-1 in UNC's last five NCAA Tournament games.

NBA: The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and the under is 8-2 in their last 10 road games.

NBA: The Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last four overall.

NHL: The under is 7-1 in the Oilers' last eight overall.

NHL: The Panthers are 5-1 in their last six home games and 5-1 in their last six against the Eastern Conference.

Who’s not

NCAAB: Kentucky is 2-11-1 in its last 14 non-conference games.

NCAAB: Kansas is 1-5 ATS in its last six games against teams with winning SU records.

NBA: The Nuggets are 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four against the Western Conference.

NBA: The Cavs are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.

NHL: The Blues are 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-4 in their last five road games.

NHL: The Bruins are 0-4 in their last four road games.

Key stat

26 - Points per game averaged by Lakers' center Andrew Bynum in two games against the Grizzlies this season. Bynum went for 15 points and 15 rebounds on January 8 then torched Memphis with 37 points on March 13. Not surprisingly, the Lakers are 2-0 overall and 2-0 ATS in the head-to-head series this year. Perhaps the matchup between the Gasol brothers (Pau for Los Angeles and Marc for Memphis) will be on the backburner once again when the two Western Conference foes collide on Sunday.

Injuries that shouldn’t be overlooked

As expected, North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall missed his team's NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal against Ohio on Friday. The Tar Heels struggled mightily and were taken to overtime by the Bobcats before prevailing 73-65. Ohio guard Walter Offutt exploited UNC with 26 points.

"You know we're missing our point guard," said Tyler Zeller, who grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds. "It's a transition getting together with a new point guard, but it's something we've got to deal with."

Marshall is not expected to play on Sunday against Kansas after breaking his right wrist last weekend against Creighton. He went through some non-contact drills on Saturday and said afterward that he is not going to play in the game "as of right now."

Biggest games on the slate

Baylor Bears vs. Kentucky Wildcats (-8, 147.5)

Kansas Jayhawks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (2, 143.5)

Notable quotable

"Baylor fans have been blessed, the nation's been blessed, and he is a better person than a player." -- Baylor head coach Scott Drew on senior forward Quincy Acy after Acy scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 75-70 win over Xavier on Friday night. Xavier head coach Chris Mack called Acy "a cage-rattler" after his team's hard-fought loss. The Bears will play for a spot in the Final Four when they go up against top-ranked Kentucky on Sunday.

Tips and notes

Celtics' guard Mickael Pietrus landed awkwardly on his head in Friday's loss to Philadelphia and was carried off on a stretcher. He is considered doubtful (and that's putting it generously for Pietrus and Boston) for Sunday's game against Washington. "It's just been a hell of a year right now," said head coach Doc Rivers, referring to a multitude of injuries. "We have a resilient group, though," Rivers said. "I'm so proud of our team -- we just keep sustaining injuries. But guys are just trying to play and win."

Confusing your N. Backstroms would normally be difficult when the Wild and Capitals square off, but it likely won't be a problem on Sunday. Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom is dealing with a lower body injury and will not play. Washington center Nicklas Backstrom has not played since suffering a concussion on January 3 and there is still no timetable for his return. Capitals' goalie Tomas Vokoun (lower body) is also questionable, as is right wing Joel Ward (lower body). The home team is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings between the two teams, a trend that bodes well for Washington.

Tiger Woods leads by one stroke over Graeme McDowell heading into Sunday at Bay Hill. Woods is going off at -300 to close the deal while McDowell is the second favorite at +300. Here's what McDowell had to say about the matter: "Bring it on. It's not just (Tiger). It's a bunched-up leaderboard. There's a fair bit of expectation on Tiger. He's looking to complete the comeback tomorrow, because there's no doubt he's playing great. "He's got the ball under control, but he's got to go out there and try to win the same way I do, and other players have got that opportunity to win.''

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03/25/2012 11:23 AM

Armadillo: Sunday's six-pack

Odds and ends on college basketball conferences........these stats are for conference games only........
-- From 2005-11, Big Dozen ranked no worse than 4th in nation in ratio of assists to baskets made; this year, they slipped to 18th, which signals an increase in high ball screens and a decrease in passing.
-- ACC has gotten worse because lot of coaches don't want to compete with Coach K and Roy Williams; think its a path to getting fired. Pace of ACC games dropped to #20 this season, after being top 10 the previous nine seasons, with four seasons in top three.
-- Big East ranked #31 this year out of 32 leagues in 3-point percentage; over last six years, league has never been higher than #20. Hard to say if its bad shooting, great defense, or in all probability, little bit of both.
-- From 2003-10, Ivy League was ranked from #20-28 in country, one of weaker leagues in country. Last two years, they've jumped up to #15-16, putting them right in the middle of conference ratings.
-- We need to see some Atlantic Sun games on TV; league was #15 this year; over last decade, they've never been lower than #6 in steals %age-lot of pressing and aggrressive defense. Fun to watch. Anyone listening?
-- Kids in the Big Sky can shoot; over last three years, they ranked #1-3-2 in 3-point percentage; over last five years, only once were they ranked lower than #8 from the foul line.


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Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Random thoughts on a quiet weekend.......

13) Kentucky beat Louisville 69-62 on New Year's Eve; if the teams play at the Final Four and Kentucky wins again, Cardinal fans might actually think they've had a lousy season, even though they made the Final Four.

12) Kendall Marshall practiced some Saturday; you have to think he'll be in uniform today, harder to tell if he'll play, and if he does play, how effective can he be? Kid had his wrist operated on six days ago.

11) Florida was 8-11 from the arc in the first half, 0-9 in second, in a bitter 72-68 loss to Louisville. Billy Donovan is now 0-7 against Rick Pitino, but this was first time they met since Donovan won his two national titles.

10) Eldrick Woods leads the Bay Hill tournament by a stroke, interesting to see if he can hold the lead and win for the first time in couple of years. Also interesting to see what the TV ratings will be for it.

9) Rumors from people who live in central New York indicate that at least part of the reason Fab Melo was ineligible revolve around an old girlfriend and a restraining order that may or may not have been adhered to.

8) Baylor is the only team in Elite 8 this year thats never won the national championship before.

7) Ohio State got a total of 8 points in 20 minutes played out of its bench, as Thad Matta showed zero confidence in his subs, even in a game that saw Jared Sullinger play only six minutes in the first half. Lenzelle Smith had a huge game, stepping up to make baskets at critical times.

Just for the hell of it, some spring training stats..........
6) Howie Kendrick and the world famous Lorenzo Cain (KC) are batting .462, which leads the major leagues this spring.

5) Tigers must be scoring lot of runs this spring; Delmon Young (19) and Ryan Raburn (18) leads the major leagues in RBI.

4) Erick Aybar and the obscure Eric Sogard (Oak) have both scored 13 runs, which leads the major leagues. A's may need to make Sogard a 3B, since as I write this, they really don't have one with major league qualifications.

3) Neither Adam Wainwright (14 IP) or Jake Westbrook (12) has allowed a run so far this spring; Josh Beckett has allowed two runs in 14 IP.

2) At the end of the day, with all the stuff thats gone on, you have to think while Jim Boeheim is disappointed about losing, he's probably also at least a little bit relieved the whole long season is finally over with. No more press to badger him, no more irritating questions to answer.

1) Hasn't been lot of high drama in the tournament so far, which means one thing; the last five games are going to be much better than usual. Whole key to Sunday's UNC game is whether or not the Marshall kid can play.

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03/25/2012 11:24 AM

NASCAR betting: Auto Club 400 preview and picks

NASCAR continues its zigzag course across America, heading back out west to the Auto Club Speedway near Los Angeles for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400.

While the series has covered the far reaches of the country, it has also raced on a different sized track each week. Sunday will mark the first trip of the season to a 2-mile oval and is shaping up to be a battle between two California natives: Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

Johnson has won two of the last four races at the Auto Club Speedway and is the series' active leader with five wins overall in California. He’s also coming off two Top-5 finishes in the last four races. After the team won their appeal for penalties during Daytona this week, Johnson had 25 points added back and vaulted 12 spots to 11th in the standings.

He was second at the Auto Club Speedway last season, losing to Harvick by 0.144 seconds – the closest NSCS finish in the track’s history. The No. 48 has the history and the motivation to go all the way this weekend.

“We got our first Sprint Cup career win there in 2002, so it’s a special track to me,” Johnson said. “I remember last year, we were very close to Victory Lane, about three-quarters of a mile away from the trophy, but Kevin Harvick found a way around the outside. So, I know we’ll go there and be very competitive.”

Just like he did last season, Harvick is looking to spoil Johnson’s homecoming with a party of his own. As the defending winner of this race, and with three Top 10s and a Top 5 finish at California in the four races prior to that, Harvick has a good shot at making it back-to-back victories in the Golden State.

"The last two years, the race has pretty much come down to us and the No. 48 team (Jimmie Johnson),” Harvick said, pointing out that he nearly won in 2010. “The year before I ran into the wall and last year we won. That was good to come back and rebound from the mistake from 2010 and being able to race with Jimmie was a lot of fun. Especially at the California race track. That's been a great race track for us over the last several years and I’m looking forward to going back.”

While Johnson and Harvick have traded spring race victories, it’s important to remember that Tony Stewart scored a win in between their trips to Victory Lane. The defending Sprint Cup champion - a winner at Phoenix earlier this month - captured the Auto Club Speedway’s final 500-mile fall race in 2010 and could spoil the Sunday for the California kids.

Head-to-head

Carl Edwards vs. Matt Kenseth: You can’t dismiss the Roush-Fenway Fords at California. While they may not be favorites Sunday, both Edwards and Kenseth have won here before. Edwards is looking to rebound from a disastrous outing at Bristol last week while Kenseth has been strong to start 2012. This week’s primetime matchup should be a good one, but look for Edwards to finish ahead of Kenseth.

Martin Truex Jr. vs. Mark Martin: This battle among teammates at Michael Waltrip Racing should be another good matchup. The MWR team surprised many by having all three cars finish in the Top 5 at Bristol last week. Truex looked strong last Sunday and seems to be coming alive. Martin is running a part-time schedule and returns this week with the same team Brian Vickers led laps and finished fifth with last Sunday. Martin has the best record at Auto Club Speedway - a win in 1998 among six top-five finishes - so look for him to finish with Truex in his rear view.

Bottom line

Eleven of the 22 races at Auto Club Speedway were won from starting positions outside the top 10. Only one has been won from the pole (Jimmie Johnson in 2008). The most productive two starting positions are third and 24th, with three victories each. Matt Kenseth won the 2006 spring race from the 31st starting position - the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.

Picks

Jimmie Johnson (+700)
Kevin Harvick (+1,000)
Tony Stewart (+800)

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03/25/2012 11:25 AM

MLB betting: Exploring American League offenses

We know the feeling. That initial surge of spring training games has come and gone, and though the clubs are still battling it out in Florida and Arizona, it’s just tough to get juiced up for a Tuesday afternoon exhibition game between the Orioles and Twins in Ft. Myers.

But fear not, the regular season will be here before you know it and games will count again ... finally.

In the interim, let’s continue to plot and plan for the real competition. Here are some of the American League’s offenses that will make headlines and help you cash out at the window this baseball season:

THE EXPECTED

TEAM: New York Yankees
2011 RUN TOTAL: 867 (second in majors)
Over/Under: 71-78-13

The Yankees couldn't get it done in the postseason, but churned out the offense during the regular season last year. You can thank Curtis Granderson for that.

The others in the lineup - Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and even slow seasons from Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter - certainly added to the mix. But Granderson's totals (41 home runs, 119 RBIs, 25 steals) had to surprise even the most slanted New York fans.

Not much has changed with this lineup. Another year, another step closer to retirement for some of the aging Yankees stars. But regardless, the Bronx Bombers can do as much damage as anyone in the American League.

TEAM: Boston Red Sox
2011 RUN TOTAL: 875 (first in majors)
Over/Under: 80-72-10

Adrian Gonzalez was as advertised, posting a .338 BA and 117 RBIs, and there’s no reason to believe that won’t continue. It’s clear that you can plug him in at first base every day, and let him do his thing. But again, like Granderson and the Yankees, the Red Sox were where they were last year because of pleasant surprises in the lineup.

Those are the keys to outstanding offensive seasons, and Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011 certainly fit that bill. The Red Sox have been waiting on Ellsbury and it’s not like he came out of nowhere. But, honestly, who could have predicted 32 homers, 39 steals and 105 RBIs?

He has enormous expectations now, as a result, but maybe Carl Crawford can take some of that pressure off him and balance out this lineup even more. Expect more of the same in Fenway Park this season.

TEAM: Texas Rangers
2011 RUN TOTAL: 855 (third in majors)
Over/Under: 85-68-9

Even in the dark days in Texas, where pitching was non-existent, you could always count on the Rangers’ bats. And now that they have some arms and a winning culture, that offense actually ends up in results.

The numbers at the plate were strong and balanced last year. Michael Young had 106 RBIs. Josh Hamilton had a .298 BA. Adrian Beltre had 32 home runs. This team can hit and run, and that doesn't figure to change anytime soon.

And if you're looking for a catalyst for this season, try Elvis Andrus. The shortstop needs to improve on his .279 BA from last season, but he drove in 60 runs, scored 96 and stole 37 bases. Not bad.

THE UNEXPECTED

TEAM: Kansas City Royals
2011 RUN TOTAL: 705 (sixth in majors)
Over/Under: 77-75-10

The Royals don't have the pop at the plate - or in the wallet - that the Red Sox and Yankees have and they likely won't make a postseason charge in a tough division. But Kansas City does have people in the right places in the lineup and last year piecemealed a terrific season.

Melky Cabrera hit .305, Alex Gordon posted 23 home runs, and Billy Butler drove in 95, as the Royals surprised many at the plate. Cabrera is now with the Giants, but there are other players who can make up the production, namely highly-touted first baseman Eric Hosmer, who hit .293 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs last year.

TEAM: Toronto Blue Jays
2011 RUN TOTAL: 704 (seventh in majors)
Over/Under: 83-73-6

It's easy to just say, “Jose Bautista does it all” - and he does. But he's not doing it by himself in Toronto. He maintained his momentum in 2011 and posted impressive totals of a .302 average, 43 homers, and 103 RBIs - tops on the team for all categories.

But Adam Lind, in just 125 games, managed 26 homers and 87 RBIs. And catcher J.P. Arencibia, a promising prospect who could anchor things behind the plate, had 23 HRs and 78 RBIs. They need some speed, though, and that might hurt the overall production. Rajai Davis had 34 steals and could do the same again, but he's slated to lose time to newcomer Colby Rasmus in centerfield.

THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

TEAM: Los Angeles Angels
2011 RUN TOTAL: 629 (17th in majors)
Over/Under: 71-78-13

The Angels, with injuries and inconsistencies and an overall malaise hovering over them, struggled at the plate last season. No one had 100 RBIs, no one even had 90, though Mark Trumbo (87) and Torii Hunter (82) came close.

In comes Albert Pujols, and Kendrys Morales returns, and everything changes. Plus, you have to think that Vernon Wells, coming off a dismal year, will benefit from the added depth in the lineup.


Tigers 3B Cabrera could be ready for Opening Day

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera could be in the lineup for Opening Day if he gets medical clearance from team doctor's next Tuesday.

Cabrera has a small fracture in the bone under his right eye and needed eight stitches after getting hit by a hard grounder in a spring training game earlier this month. He was bloodied when a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence took a bad hop and made contact near his right eye.


Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that Cabrera has no problems with his vision.

The 28-year-old is attempting a move back to third base this year to accommodate the arrival of first baseman Prince Fielder.

Cabrera batted .344 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs last season.

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03/25/2012 11:35 AM

NCAA Best Bets:


03/25/2012 @ 11:20 AM

CBB

[717] BAYLOR +8 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 11:20 AM

CBB

[718] TOTAL u147½ 1.91
(BAYLOR vrs KENTUCKY)



03/25/2012 @ 02:05 PM

CBB

[720] NORTH CAROLINA +1 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 02:05 PM

CBB

[720] TOTAL u142½ 1.91
(KANSAS vrs NORTH CAROLINA)



03/25/2012 @ 03:00 PM

CBB

[721] OAKLAND +5 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 03:00 PM

CBB

[722] TOTAL u151½ 1.91
(OAKLAND vrs UTAH STATE)

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03/25/2012 11:37 AM

NBA Best Bets:


03/25/2012 @ 12:05 PM

NBA

[701] PHOENIX -3½ 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 12:05 PM

NBA

[701] TOTAL o202½ 1.91
(PHOENIX vrs CLEVELAND)



03/25/2012 @ 03:05 PM

NBA

[705] UTAH +1 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 03:05 PM

NBA

[706] TOTAL u191½ 1.91
(UTAH vrs ATLANTA)



03/25/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NBA

[709] PHILADELPHIA +3½ 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NBA

[710] TOTAL u192 1.91
(PHILADELPHIA vrs SAN ANTONIO)



03/25/2012 @ 05:05 PM

NBA

[711] MIAMI +1 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 05:05 PM

NBA

[712] TOTAL u201½ 1.91
(MIAMI vrs OKLAHOMA CITY)



03/25/2012 @ 06:05 PM

NBA

[713] GOLDEN STATE +9 1.91



03/25/2012 @ 06:05 PM

NBA

[714] TOTAL u197 1.91
(GOLDEN STATE vrs PORTLAND)

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03/25/2012 11:38 AM

NHL Best Bets:


03/25/2012 @ 02:05 PM

NHL

[54] WASHINGTON -1½ 2.35



03/25/2012 @ 02:05 PM

NHL

[55] NY ISLANDERS 2.50



03/25/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NHL

[58] PITTSBURGH -1½ 2.65



03/25/2012 @ 04:35 PM

NHL

[60] CHICAGO 1.74



03/25/2012 @ 05:05 PM

NHL

[62] ANAHEIM 1.83



03/25/2012 @ 06:05 PM

NHL

[64] PHOENIX 2.10

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