MORE LEGENDS SET TO FALLAfter passing Babe Ruth for fifth place on baseball’s career RBI chart, Albert Pujols can eclipse two more all-time greats: Lou Gehrig and Barry Bonds.The Angels slugger hit a run-scoring double and his 636th homer Saturday night against Seattle to give him 1,993 RBIs, surpassing Ruth’s total of 1,992 after RBIs became an official statistic in 1920.Next up on the list for Pujols are Gehrig (1,994) and Bonds (1,996).A BENCH FOR THIS JUDGEThe New York Yankees are expected to put All-Star slugger Aaron Judge on the injured list, a day after he hurt his left oblique taking a swing against Kansas City.
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The punch that finally ended it was below the belt.Crawford retained his welterweight title by technical knockout Saturday night when Khan wasn’t able to continue after being hit with a low blow in the sixth round.Crawford threw a left hand that hit Khan on his right hip and Khan retreated toward his corner in pain.After taking a couple minutes trying to shake off the pain, his corner told the referee that Khan couldn’t continue.“I could tell I was breaking him down.It was a strange, unsatisfying ending to Top Rank’s first ESPN pay-per-view card, drawing loud boos from the crowd of 14,091 at Madison Square Garden.
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Allen, left, has won 17 of his 23 professional fightsBritish heavyweight Dave Allen scored the biggest win of his career as a superb body shot stunned Australia's Lucas Browne at London's O2 Arena.Allen, 27, has become a cult figure for boxing fans in recent years due to the openness with which he has highlighted struggles in and out of the ring.The O2 Arena sang Allen's name following the biggest weight of his career against a man who held a version of the WBA world title in 2016 and who had only previously lost to Whyte.Allen, a former gambling addict who once fought Luis Ortiz at short notice because he needed money, has become a fan favourite, admitting he dislikes training and struggles with maintaining any form of diet.Less than two years ago, he lost a Commonwealth title fight to Lenroy Thomas on a night when he opted to box in trainers - much to the frustration of promoter Eddie Hearn - and after which his own father told him sections of the crowd were laughing at him.
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After getting shut out in the series opener, the Colorado Avalanche clamped down defensively to shut down the Western Conference-leading Calgary Flames.Now, the Avalanche are on to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.Philipp Grubauer stopped 28 shots and a penalty shot by Johnny Gaudreau in the first period.“It’s been a while for this organization and I, personally, have never won a round so I’m really excited about it.”T.J. Brodie scored for the Flames, and Mike Smith finished with 27 saves.Calgary, which finished first in the Western Conference at 50-25-7, was beaten by a team that sprinted the final two weeks of the regular season to capture the West’s last wild card and then won four straight in this series after losing the opener.
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Radulov scored two goals in the second period and the Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Saturday to push the Western Conference’s No.2 seed to the brink of elimination.“I think we keep getting better, and we have to keep getting better,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said.That’s the challenge in front of us now.”Jason Dickinson also scored twice, Seguin had a goal and an assist, and Benn matched the NHL playoff record for most assists in a single period with three in the second.The Stars also scored at least five goals in back-to-back playoff games for the ninth time in franchise history, the first since Games 3 and 4 of the 1991 conference finals when this team was still in Minnesota.
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Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Golden State are coming off a game against the Los Angeles Clippers where the Warriors looked very much like the NBA champions again.Toronto’s surprise story is no surprise anymore.Siakam has been perhaps the biggest breakout player in these playoffs, adding to his breakout season for the Raptors — who lead the Orlando Magic 2-1 in their first-round matchup thanks largely to the 25-year-old from Cameroon and his 24.3 points and 10 rebounds per game in the series.It’s easy to forget that Siakam only started playing organized basketball seven years ago.Raptors coach Nick Nurse was amused by a recent question suggesting the Siakam was the team’s third option offensively behind Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.Nurse said the way Toronto sees it, Siakam — “Spicy P” is what they call him in Toronto, and the team sent out bottles of hot sauce with his face on the box to NBA awards voters as part of his Most Improved Player campaign — has really been the second option all season.
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Montana lawmakers approved two separate sports betting legalization bills this week, sending both to the governor’s office to sign into law.Steve Bullock, as expected, signs one or both, Montana could become the first state to legalize sports betting in 2019.Though its small population and limited access would have a negligible impact on the U.S. sports betting market as a whole, Montana’s relatively seamless push for legal sports betting is another high water mark for the growing industry.Unlike in multiple other states, including neighbors like North Dakota and South Dakota, where legalization measures stalled or died before passage, Montana lawmakers moved quickly with bipartisan support and relatively limited opposition.A third proposal, which would only permit pari-mutuel sports betting at licensed horse tracks, was postponed indefinitely, essentially killing it for this session.Though both garnered overwhelming support, the two remaining bills would lay out two distinct paths for legal wagering in Big Sky Country.What Would Montana Sports Betting Look Like?
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He’s Kevin Durant, and the Los Angeles Clippers got reminded of it.Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to win 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.“He came out super-aggressive, in kill mode,” teammate Draymond Green said of Durant.Durant was perfect, making all five of his field goals and both free throws for 12 points.“Everybody was aggressive, decisive, getting good shots on every possession.Kevon Looney, again filling in for injured DeMarcus Cousins, shot 4 for 4 in the first, dunking three times in a row.
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A casino operator is suing a tech company after a contract dispute shuttered its sports betting platform at two West Virginia casinos during the height of the NCAA Tournament.A Friday news release from Delaware North says it’s filed a civil suit seeking monetary damages against United Kingdom-based Miomni Gaming and its CEO, Michael P. Venner.Miomni’s contract dispute with a third-party technology supplier has prevented Delaware North’s Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro and the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack from taking new sports wagers since March 6.The casino operator’s lawsuit says Miomni misrepresented its ownership of a key part of the sports betting platform.A voicemail left with Miomni was not immediately returned.The suit was filed late Thursday in Delaware.
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Victor Bigio observes the sports betting industry from multiple sides of the equation.As head of sportsbook at Sportech PLC, a top competitor in the global pari-mutuel betting technology sector, he oversees an operation that provides solutions for not only gaming concerns, but sports teams, and racetracks.This Q is presented as part of Gambling.com's media partnership with Betting on Sports America 2019, which is April 23-25.On a broad sense I'm sort of a jack-of-all trades when it comes to sports, whether it be educating our current clients, working with our sports provider, or building our business development plan.It's sort of a little of everything.Where Sportsbooks Make the Most SenseGambling.com: How involved is the addition of a sportsbook solution?Bigio: It's interesting.
New Jersey is not the end game for theScore.Company executives said in a quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday that sports content app with more than 4 million average monthly active users is on target to acquire licensing and approvals to launch a sports betting platform in New Jersey by "mid-2019."That, company founder and chief executive officer John Levy said, "is just the beginning."“I'm pleased to report that we remain on track to deliver what we believe will be a best-in-class sports betting experience for the U.S. market in mid-2019 as previously announced of course subject to receiving all required approvals and licenses,” Levy said.“Our team is creating a unique integrated media and betting experience, which we believe will be a truly differentiated offering that position theScore very well in the rapidly developing sports betting landscape throughout the U.S.”Expansion Expensive, But theScore Sees GainsPreparing for the expansion has not been inexpensive.
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here are seven matchups that stick for having great betting potential.Yes, there is the historic Green Bay-Chicago matchup on Thursday, Sept. 5, to start the NFL’s 100th season.The Colts won 10 of their final 11 games to make the playoffs after a 1-5 start.The tough reality for the Chargers was the Chiefs won the tiebreaker.Both the Colts and the Chargers can represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.The NFL gods may be up to providing that juicy history.
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The issues of improving and profiting from legal sports betting are similar in the 10 former Soviet republics known as the Commonwealth of Independent States as they are in the fledgling United States market.Site director Ambartzumian, the grandson and namesake of a noted Armenian theoretical astrophysicist, oversees a ratings network that helps potential bettors select a bookmaker and a clearinghouse for settling potential disputes that may arise from misunderstandings or malpractice.This Q is presented as part of Gambling.com's media partnership with Betting on Sports America 2019, which is April 23-25.My partner Paruyr Shahbazyan, he was a professional gambler and, basically, he got hit by a bookmaker who didn’t pay him out just because of some stupid rule that they had which was absolutely unacceptable.And, so, if there is a guy who wins several times, the bookmakers tend to limit him.Those such disputes are resolved as well.And sometimes there are absolutely, really, really, bad cases when it's absolute incompetence of the bookmaker.
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Child protection in the gambling industry is one key focus of The Gambling Commission for England, Scotland and Wales’ business plan for 2019/20.The Commission — the UK’s regulatory body on gambling — has set out its aims for the year ahead, in line with its aims to deliver its ‘Strategy 2018-2021’.Central to the 2019 Business Plan is protecting customers and vulnerable people, including children, from the risks of gambling.“Protecting children and the vulnerable from being harmed or exploited by gambling will continue to be a priority, with a focus on the exposure of children to gambling products,” said Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission.The Commission also aims to improve ‘alternative dispute resolution standards’, having already published new standards in October last year.And the industry can expect a ‘series of events focussed at raising standards’ across the board.Children and Gambling Advertising
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A bill that would legalize betting on sporting events and fantasy sports in Iowa has passed the Senate and is expected to be considered as soon as Monday in the House.The bill authorizes the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which regulates the state casinos, to establish rules for betting on professional, collegiate and international sporting events, including motor racing.The bill excludes betting on some events, including minor leagues and in-state college team players.The bill also legalizes fantasy sports contests and internet fantasy sports betting but delays betting based on college sporting event statistics until May 2020.Sports betting would be limited to those 21 and older, and the bill sets a 6.75% tax on net receipts.Taxes and licensing fees could bring in estimated annual revenue of $2.3 million to $4 million annually.
We have three Game 3s in the NBA playoffs on Thursday night, with each series shifting venues.6 Brooklyn Nets, who are 3.5-point underdogs.Philly didn’t play well in a 111-102 home loss in Game 1, but to a man the players said they weren’t concerned.The Sixers were up just one point at halftime of Game 2 but blew it open with an NBA playoff-record-tying 51-point third quarter on the way to a 145-123 victory.Philadelphia shot 18-for-25 from the field in the quarter and 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.Ben Simmons finished with a triple-double of 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and Joel Embiid again played through a knee injury to finish with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
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James Holzhauer keeps hitting the over on his personal run of dominance on “Jeopardy!”The 34-year-old professional sports better from Illinois won $106,181 in an episode that aired on Tuesday, marking the second-highest total ever registered in the 35-year run of the pop culture staple.He earned $89,159 on April 12.In winning for the ninth-consecutive show, Holzhauer improved his cache of cash to $566,660.The records for all-time regular-play earnings ($2,520,700) and wins (74, in 2004) are held by Ken Jennings.Fan” handicaps Holzhauer as a strong bet to continue winning, projecting a 95.34-percent chance of triumphing ten times, 90-percent for 11, 86.67 for 12, 82.63 for 13, and 78.78 for 14.
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All North Carolina gaming entities could fall into one overseeing body under a bill introduced Tuesday, which could help pave the way for further expansion measures in a state traditionally averse to most forms of gambling.HB 929 would create the North Carolina Gaming Commission, which would restructure the state’s existing regulatory structure to encompass the North Carolina Education Lottery as well as sanctioned bingo offerings, raffles and would also codify fantasy sport leagues regulations.The bill follows a separate proposal introduced earlier this legislative session to legalize sports betting at the state’s two casinos.Though both bills pale in comparison to more aggressive efforts in over a dozen other states, the proposals are still major developments in a region with one of the nation’s least-developed gaming markets.Gaming Commission Would Prove Key DevelopmentAs introduced, the proposed commission would be one of the most significant gaming measures in the Tar Heel State since the lottery was introduced in 2005.The commission would examine the potential positive and negative effects on the state, as well as financial resources needed to implement these forms of gaming.
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Once upon a time, Amir Khan sported a 18-0 record, an Olympic gold medal and many thought he was the next great No.In 2008, one Breidis Prescott left hook badly hurt Khan, followed by a two-punch combination and Khan was on his back.But another left hook put him down in the corner and it was all over.Since that night, Khan has gone 15-3.Yet he has managed to still be a PPV draw thanks to his British Olympian star power and the fact that top fighters were willing to fight him due to the lack of a solid chin.But that continues to make Khan the perfect PPV opponent.
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Why, it’s the Rays, of course.Yes, in winning 12 of their first 16 games on the schedule, Tampa Bay has not only vaulted out to a surprising head start in the AL East, but they also sit atop baseball as well.That pitching staff — and its penchant for unders — will be put to the test this weekend when they host the reigning world champion Boston Red Sox  in a three-game set at Tropicana Field.But that hasn’t come to fruition yet in 2019.Instead, a freak accident as the fourth-year southpaw was trying to move a granite stand in his bathroom took place, and now Snell is on the shelf for one start -- if not more.Enter the Rays’ “bullpen game” strategy, which is the expected option for the AL East division leaders to replace Snell in the first meeting.
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