Love it or hate it, the first Royal Wedding in 30 years is approaching and if you’re on the “hate” side of the ledger, you better not turn on a computer or TV in the next two weeks or so, because the coverage is going to be everywhere. If you Googled “Royal Wedding” when the engagement was first announced in November, you’d get about 2 million results. With the April 29 wedding date fast approaching, you would now find just under 37 million hits for the same search. Hell, you can even get a Royal Wedding app that enables wireless contraption users around the world to take a virtual walk up the aisle of Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot. Read More
The dark side of sports betting has been revealed this week with news of an alleged points shaving and basketball gambling ring at the University of San Diego . Federal authorities say 10 people have been charged them with running a sports betting business that affects the outcome of games. Any time the FBI is involved in something, you know it’s serious. The NCAA says it plans to conduct its own investigation after the FBI completes its work. NCAA vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach called the allegations sad, which may be the understatement of the year. But she did add that they are very serious. The charges were unsealed on Monday in San Diego. Those charged include Brandon Johnson, USD’s career scoring leader who is now playing in the NBA Development League , as well as former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown and former player Brandon Dowdy. On Tuesday, eight of the 10 people pleaded not guilty in federal court. Six of the eight defendants were granted bail ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. Read More
There are still some regular-season games to be played in the 2010-11 NBA campaign, but we do know which 16 teams will be playing in the NBA Playoffs . All the playoff matchups have yet to be decided, but we do know of a couple, and one of them pits the Chicago Bulls , the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, against the No. 8 seed Indiana Pacers . While the Pacers and their fans are undoubtedly very happy to be in the postseason, they’re probably not happy about facing the Bulls, the best team in the NBA since the New Year Read More
The NBA Playoffs open this weekend, and the defending champs are hurting. For NBA Finals’ MVP Kobe Bryant , the hurting is literal and figurative. After the Lakers’ 120-106 loss Sunday to the Oklahoma City Thunder , Bryant was probably happy to be suffering from various ailments, because it gave him an excuse to slip away from reporters, most of whom wanted to ask repetitive questions about why the 2010 NBA Champions seem to be collapsing at the worst possible time. Bryant has to go to the medical room after games to receive treatment on a number of injuries, most notably his surgically repaired right knee and arthritic right index finger. But usually that’s after dealing with the press. Not on Sunday, as Bryant skipped both talking with his teammates in the dressing room and the media scrum Read More
Leave it to the credit rating companies to make a push that could see Internet Gambling legalized in the United States.On Monday, a prominent credit rating agency said it sees Internet gambling gathering momentum in various states and in Congress. Fitch Ratings , the agency whose bond ratings the state of Massachusetts uses as a measure of the state’s economic strength, said in a new report that legalized online gambling is “increasingly likely.” It said the changes may happen on either a regional basis or at the federal level.“Multiple states have been considering intrastate online gaming proposals, new federal proposals are being discussed, and the budget outlook at both state and federal levels remains strained,” according to the Fitch analysis. “Companies have been ramping up online initiatives and/or entering into alliances, such as Wynn-PokerStars and Caesars-888 Holdings .” Read More
Tiger Woods will tee-off at Augusta for the 2011 Masters Tournament this week, and for the first time since he burst on to the PGA Tour in the ‘90s, Woods is not the favorite to win the prestigious event, one of golf’s four grand slam tournaments.
Just a couple of years ago, it would have been nearly impossible to comprehend a Masters where Woods was not the man to beat.It’s hard to determine exactly when was the last Masters that Woods was not the favorite at, but this is certainly the first Masters in which Woods has competed in which he’s not the favorite. That fact underlines how far the greatest player the game has ever known has fallen.This is a tournament and a course that suits his game best. And it’s a tournament that Tiger has won four times.There were Masters tournaments in the past, as recently as two years ago, when Woods was at even money to win the Masters, which says a lot about how dominant Woods once was in general, and how he owned Augusta in particular. Read More
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