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Sports betting has become a multibillion dollar business in the US.Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesIn life, there is one constant – change. For professional sports, the biggest change of late has to do with gambling. Most US states now offer fans the chance to bet on games and player props legally. And big professional sports leagues like the NBA have embraced that recent change in legislation, too. What was once a third-rail topic is now a major source of income, with ESPN’s financial guru Bobby Marks saying this year the NBA is “projected to receive $167m in revenue from casinos and…

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Leila Devlin/Getty ImagesStop us if you’ve heard this one before.Unless some things change in the next few days, the Edmonton Oilers will meet the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.Indeed, should the Oilers and Kings retain their current positions as the second- and third-place teams in the Pacific, they would meet for the third straight season after Edmonton escaped with seven- and six-game wins in 2022 and 2023, respectively.The Oilers trail first-place Vancouver by five points with three games left and have a slim chance to overtake the Canucks, while the Kings lead fourth-place…

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Main Event Tracker: Week 3 reviewWelcome back! By now, I hope that you’ve been following along since the start of the series, but if you haven’t you should check out the first three installments. The first one (which can be found here) breaks down the pre-draft preparation and the actual assembling of this fine squad that we’re going to track all season. The second article (here) takes a look at the first half-week of games, lineup decisions, planning and FAAB process. Last week’s (here) details the heartbreak that we experienced in week two.We’re not here to live in the past…

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When we asked our college football reporters to rank the sport’s top 10 coaches, we figured there wouldn’t be much debate about who is No. 1 — and there wasn’t. Georgia’s Kirby Smart, whose Bulldogs are 42-2 over the past three seasons, was the unanimous pick among our 10 voters.But after that, there was very little consensus.The only other coach to appear on all 10 ballots was new Alabama head man Kalen DeBoer, but his rankings ranged from second to 10th.Two coaches appeared on nine ballots: Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, whose rankings ranged from three second-place votes to two ninth places,…

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Tommy Fleetwood helped bank local Augusta National caddie Gray Moore a cool payout, after the Englishman finished in a tie for third at last week’s Masters. Fleetwood put in his best Masters performance to date, finishing alongside Collin Morikawa and Max Homa at four-under-par for the week.Fleetwood did so in differing circumstances, having headed to Augusta without his long-time caddie Ian Finnis. This saw the European Ryder Cup star turn to local expert Moore, who helped guide Fleetwood to an impressive top-five finish.The successful week was rewarded with a hefty payout for the 33-year-old, who earned £835,109 ($1.04m) for his…

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Ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou is set to return to MMA competition in September or October against PFL champion Renan Ferreira, putting a pause on his venture into boxing.The PFL revealed Ngannou’s return to MMA after Ferreira’s brutal first-round TKO victory over Ryan Bader during a unique cross-promotion event featuring PFL vs. Bellator. Ferreira’s 21-second win secured him the “PFL Champion vs. Bellator Champion” Super Belt and the opportunity to face the former UFC champion.After his victory, a passionate Ferreira called out Ngannou to a fired-up crowd, with the latter present. But Ngannou left his spectator seat early, preceding a potential face-to-face…

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Apr 14, 2024, 09:42 AM ETReigning champion Carlos Alcaraz has pulled out of the Barcelona Open because of a right arm injury that also forced him to miss this week’s Monte Carlo Masters, tournament organizers said Sunday.The 20-year-old two-time Grand Slam champion from Spain won the Barcelona tournament in 2022 and 2023. Alcaraz, ranked No. 3 in the world, has taken one title this year, at Indian Wells last month.”[He] has suffered from the injury sustained in Monte Carlo, and did not have a good feeling in his training on Sunday and, despite having tried until the last moment, he…

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Jenson Button has backed Logan Sargeant to overcome his difficult start in Formula One.Williams driver Sargeant scored just one point in his rookie season, with that coming due to points penalties for other drivers.The 23-year-old has failed to score a point this season.There was scepticism when Sargeant was handed a new contract at the end of last season, but Button feels the driver has the talent to succeed.“I mean, he’s got a really competitive teammate [in Alexander Albon]. You can say, ‘Well, that’s, that’s tough. Because you’ve got to be on your game every race.’“But it’s kind of what Formula…

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With Ippei Mizuhara facing federal criminal charges, Major League Baseball is expected to find that Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani did nothing wrong.According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, via Sports Business Journal, MLB “is expected to quickly interview, and clear Shohei Ohtani of any wrongdoing once the federal government’s investigation is complete.”The federal investigation seems to be close to ending, given the lengthy and detailed affidavit filed against Mizuhara last week. The document paints Ohtani as a victim, exonerating him of any knowledge of or involvement with gambling.Ohtani said on Friday (via SBJ) that he’s “ready to return to just…

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