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Giants Fire Head coach Pat Shurmur

(December 30, 2019) -  The New York Giants fired coach Pat Shurmur on Monday after two seasons on the job, but the team is keeping general manager Dave Gettleman.

Shurmur was told of his dismissal a little before 9 a.m., according to a source. Shurmur still plans to meet with the team at 11 a.m. ET, and his assistants will be met with individually later Monday.

Shurmur amassed a 9-23 record. His .292 career winning percentage (19-46) in four seasons as head coach with the Giants and Cleveland Browns is the seventh-lowest of all time among coaches in NFL history.

The Giants futures are not expected to be in high demand, barring any major Draft picks and/or trades.

How Porn Star Kiara Mia Scored Jimmy Garapollo

(December 15, 2019) -  Just imagine the prop bet offerings on Kiara Mia should the San Francisco 49ers make it into the Super Bowl.

They are at 7/2 odds, second best in the league.

USC Gets Notice of Allegations From NCAA Tied to Federal Probe

(ESPN) - USC officials acknowledged Friday that the university has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding alleged violations in its men's basketball program.

Sources previously told ESPN that USC was one of several Division I programs under investigation by the NCAA because of alleged rules violations that surfaced during two recent federal criminal cases in the Southern District of New York.

In a statement on Friday, USC officials said the notice of allegations was "related to a former coach in the men's basketball program."

Former Trojans assistant coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty in January to one felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery, admitting he accepted $4,100 in cash to steer players at the school to certain financial advisers and business managers once they turned pro.

Sports Betting has had Huge Impact on NFL Ratings

(December 11, 2019) - Legalized sports betting has had a significant role in the improved NFL television ratings, New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch tells CNBC.
“Obviously, if you’re betting on a certain game, you’re going to watch to see what happens and you’re going to watch until the bitter end,” says Tisch.
TV viewership for NFL games is up more than 5% from last year.

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Rockets-Spurs Moneyline Bets Stand as NBA Denies Houston Protest

(December 9, 2019) - The NBA announced Monday that it has denied the Houston Rockets' protest of their 135-133, double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs last week.

At issue was a James Harden breakaway dunk with 7:50 remaining that would have given the Rockets a 104-89 lead. The ball whipped through the net and back over the rim before bouncing off, and the officiating crew mistakenly ruled that Harden missed the dunk and denied Houston coach Mike D'Antoni's attempt to challenge the call. - Source: ESPN

Note that, while spread bets would not have been affected by the decision (Spurs were a dog that easily covered), moneyline bettors had to monitor this situation closely. 

Pats Involved in Another Videotaping Scandal

Here we go again!  The New England Patriots have been caught videotaping in the press box during Sunday's game Bengals vs. Browns game.

The crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video for a team feature in the press box and their PR person was aware, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

From ESPN.com:

Taylor was asked by longtime Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham about rumors that "the Patriots had a videographer up in the Bengals' press box area, working with an advance scout that was taping video of the Bengals' sideline" at the end of the coach's news conference.

"I'm aware that there was an incident," Taylor said. "But I know the league is investigating it, so I've got no comment on it."

The incident in question involved a Patriots scout who was being filmed while working on a team feature called "Do Your Job," the source says. An official for the Bengals, who were playing at Cleveland on Sunday, saw a member of the video crew wearing a Patriots shirt and alerted the league, which confiscated the video, according to the source.

In 2007, the Patriots were forced to forfeit their first-round draft pick the following year for videotaping the New York Jets' defensive playcalls on the sideline during a game at Giants stadium, won by New England 38-14.

Coach Bill Belichick was fined the maximum amount of $500,000. The Patriots also were ordered to pay $250,000 for the scandal, which was dubbed "Spygate" by the media.

The Patriots are listed at +450 to win Super Bowl 2020 for a payout of $450 on every $100 bet.

Knicks Fire Head Coach

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, New York has dismissed Fizdale and assistant Keith Smart after a 4-18 start to the 2019-20 season. The Knicks have named assistant Mike Miller as the interim head coach.

Ron Rivera Out as Carolina Coach After Nine Seasons

Josh Shaw Just the Beginning?

Legalized sports betting in the United States worst nightmare has come true.  Athletes are betting sports, and in the case of the Cardinals Josh Shaw, they are betting on their own team.

David Purdum of ESPN writes:

Shaw, who has been on injured reserve since August and has not played since signing with the Cardinals in March, made the parlay bet on Sunday, Nov. 10, at a Caesars sportsbook in Las Vegas, according to the sources. The bet was on the second halves of three Week 10 games, the sources said, and included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were leading the Cardinals 17-13 at halftime.  The Buccaneers were 1-point favorites for the second half. They failed to cover the second-half spread but went on to defeat the Cardinals 30-27. Shaw's bet lost, according to the sources.

The NFL announced Friday that Shaw is suspended through at least the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions.

Contrary to the common narrative pushed by regulated sports wagering firms in the US, offshore outlets have long cooperated with law enforcement to ensure the industry stayed clean.

Florida State University was thrust into the spotlight after quarterback Adrian McPherson was dismissed from the football team following allegations that included sports gambling. In the era of big-time college athletics, it is vital for institutions to respond effectively when issues arise that could negatively affect the school’s image. The increase of sports-related scandals plaguing universities in recent years has led to the application of crisis communication theories to many athletic department crises. The purpose of this thesis is to utilize archived primary source documents, newspaper articles, and Foucauldian discourse analysis of crisis communications strategies to summarize and analyze the comparative discourses of those involved in the McPherson case. By studying the variations in individual accounts of the events in this case, it is possible to gain insight into the complex relationship between athletic departments, the NCAA, student-athletes, and the media

He bet with SBG Global and that sportsbook cooperated with law enforcement to ensure McPherson was brought to justice.

Then there was The Greek, a popular offshore sportsbook that was instrumental in solving multiple slayings.

The case was profiled on the wildly popular “Forensic Files”, which ended its run a few years ago but continues to live on in repeats on HLN (and some other cable networks). The story originally aired on Tru TV in 2010.

Description of the Forensic Files episode:

A woman notices three young, Caucasian Verona WI men involved in what appears to be a "road-rage" altercation with a young Asian man. Later, while she had been watching a TV news show, it's déjà vu - all over again. Only in this sighting, there are no angry scenes by a car. Jason McGuigan, Daniel Swanson and Dustin Wilson were found murdered in Jason's flat. The witness immediately calls police. After authorities find his auto abandoned in McGuigan's parking lot, the Asian man is identified as Mark Wu. Wu, having suddenly booked a flight for his native Taiwan, becomes an immediate suspect. It is then revealed that each of the men are involved in an offshore gambling operation with McGuigan as a bookie "wanna-be." Wu, a good friend of the three men, won a substantial bet, but McGuigan claimed he had never placed it. Addicted to gambling, Wu wants and needs that winning money. Is Wu responsible for the deaths of his friends, or are the murders the result of other deadly incidents…  

It turns out he is….And The Greek proved this.

Wu and MacGuigan maintained wagering accounts at Olympic Sports (TheGreek.com) and it was the record of bets placed that helped forensics experts eventually track down the killer.

Meanwhile, regulated sportsbooks in the US appear oblivious to the fact that players the likes of Josh Shaw now have easy access to sports betting, an industry that has now become glorified in the States thanks to legalization.

Ole Miss Loses to Mississippi State After Urinating Dog Celebration

(Associated Press) - STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Ole Miss flushed away a golden chance at the Golden Egg.

Luke Logan missed a 35-yard extra point try after Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore was penalized for celebrating a touchdown by crawling and pretending to urinate like a dog, and Mississippi State escaped with a 21-20 victory Thursday night in the 116th Egg Bowl.

"That's not who we are. We've been a disciplined team all year, and so just disappointed that happened," Rebels coach Matt Luke said. "That's not who he is. Elijah is a good kid, and he just got caught up in the moment."

Ole Miss (4-8, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) pulled within a point with 4 seconds remaining on Matt Corral's 2-yard pass to Moore, but Logan hooked the extra point after Moore cost the Rebels 15 yards. The extra yards also prevented Ole Miss from going for a winning 2-point conversion.

The penalty was another in a long line of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls between these two teams in recent years, and oddly not the first one featuring a player pretending to pee (the Rebels' DK Metcalf was flagged for a similar celebration in the 2017 game). Luke said he knew that as emotions flared in the annual rivalry game, showboating would need to be avoided.

"Absolutely," Luke said. "We talked about it. We had five penalties. We just wanted to play a clean game. Nothing after the whistles or before the whistles was going to help us win the ballgame."

Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) beat Ole Miss at home for the first time since 2013, possibly saving second-year coach Joe Moorhead's job.

Moorhead was fiery in his defense of the job his staff has done with this team, overcoming a litany of academic suspensions and several injuries to key players.

"To me it was an exclamation point on the narrative that I'm not the right man for this job or this team, or that I can't coach in this league," Moorhead said. "This is my school, my team, and this is my program. They'll have to drag my Yankee ass out of here."

The teams combined for seven sacks and 17 tackles for loss, and Mississippi State won the turnover battle 3-1. The Bulldogs' Erroll Thompson had 11 tackles, one for a loss, a pass deflection and a forced fumble.

"Erroll's our team captain, you know, and he has the confidence of the team," Moorhead said. "For him to play the way he did, and just the entire defense, it was a great team win."

The Bulldogs scored two first-half touchdowns, the first on Nick Gibson's 27-yard run and the second on the next possession on quarterback Garrett Shrader's 1-yard run. Ole Miss responded with two touchdowns of its own, with John Rhys Plumlee scoring on a 2-yard run and Jerrion Ealy on a 5-yarder to tie it at 14 at the half.

Midway through the third quarter, the Bulldogs sacked Plumlee three times on the same drive, the third forcing a fumble. Seven plays later, Shrader scored on a 5-yard run to put Mississippi State up 21-14.

After pulling Plumlee in favor of Corral, Ole Miss had two different red zone opportunities in the fourth quarter. The other ended with a Marcus Murphy interception.

On the final drive of the game, Mississippi State committed three of its five total penalties and Ole Miss ran nine plays inside the 15 before eventually connecting for the touchdown.


Ole Miss: The Rebels are young and continue to show signs of life under Luke, but inconsistent play and the lack of a clear offensive strategy are the biggest reasons they'll be sitting at home this bowl season.

Mississippi State: After a long season that fell well short of expectations, an emotional home victory over a hated rival might just be enough to keep Moorhead from losing his job. But maybe not.

3rd Quarter of Titans and Jags Game Pays Off for Some Lucky Prop Bettors

The Titans and Jaguars combined for 36 points scored in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game after only 10 points scored in the first half.  UNDER bettors were certainly licking their chops coming into the 3rd quarter.  The OVER hit by the time Quarter 3 had concluded. 

And if you were lucky enough to have the 3rd quarter prop bet for highest scoring quarter, this one paid out $38 for every $10 bet.  The 1st and 3rd quarters are almost always offered up at significantly better payout odds, often four times that of the 2nd and 4th quarters.

Deontay Wilder KO's Luis Ortiz in 7th Round

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deontay Wilder landed a vicious right hand to stop Luis Ortiz in the seventh round Saturday night to retain his heavyweight title and set up a lucrative rematch with Tyson Fury in February.

Wilder’s punch came out of nowhere in a fight he had done little in up until that time. It landed flush on the face of Ortiz, who crumpled to the canvas and was unable to get up at the count of 10.

The sudden ending came after a lackluster first six rounds in which Wilder did little. But the devastating power that has gotten him knockouts in all but two of his fights came through again.

The fight was a rematch of a bout last year when Wilder stopped Ortiz on the 10th round. It set up a Feb. 23 fight against Fury that has already been signed.

Wilder fought cautiously for the first six rounds, which The Associated Press gave to Ortiz. Wilder began to pick up the pace in the seventh round, then caught Ortiz with the right hand that brought the fight to an end at 2:51 of the round.

His finishing off Ortiz in the 7th paid around $35 for every $10 Bet.

Celtics Guard Kemba Walker Stretched Off, Has Concussion-Like Symptoms, Odds Watch

(ESPN) - Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms after being stretchered from the court late in the second quarter of Friday night's game in Denver. He was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation, the team announced.

Walker ran head-first into the abdomen area of teammate Semi Ojeleye and immediately went to the floor. Early indications are that Walker did not suffer a significant injury in the collision, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Walker grimaced in pain as he went down and play was stopped as medical personnel from both teams tended to the star guard, who was on the floor for several minutes.

Odds on the Celtics winning the 2020 NBA Championship were 16-1 at BetOnline as of Friday evening.

No Evidence of Rudolph Using Racial Slur: No Bets Either

Dave Mason of BetOnline regretted not offering a bet on Mason Rudolph using a racial slur that led to Myles Garrett slamming him in the head with his helmet during last Thursday night's game versusthe Browns.

Garrett made the allegation during an appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter. Rudolph has strongly denied it.

"Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. "He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals."

Myles Garrett's Indefinite Ban Upheld

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension has been upheld.   

The Garrett decision, made by appeals officer James Thrash, means he will be suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2019 season. Garrett will have to meet with the commissioner's office before being reinstated.

Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and clubbed him in the head with it during the final seconds of last Thursday night’s game.

The Browns have a good shot at winning three straight as they host the Miami Dolphins as a -11 favorite in Week 12.

- Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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