Fresh off a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union in Sunday’s MLS home opener, Sporting Kansas City will continue their pursuit of continental glory on Thursday with a pivotal showdown against Panamanian side Independiente in the second leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals.,No Other Pub in the Kansas City Power & Light District (1370 Grand Blvd.) will host a meet-and-greet with newly acquired Sporting KC midfielder Gedion Zelalem tonight from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT.,The St. Patrick's Day fixture will kick off at 8��p.m. CT, with FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest Plus televising three hours of live coverage beginning with Sporting KC Live presented by Bud Light at 7:30 p.m. CT.,Postgame programming will include The Final Whistle show on 95.3 FM and Sporting KC Live presented by Sprint on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest Plus.,A new episode of The Sporting KC Show Podcast will debut Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

Sporting KC forward Johnny Russell been named to the Scotland Men’s National Team for the start of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying during FIFA’s international window this month.,The St. Patrick’s Day clash will kick off at 8 p.m. CT with live coverage on FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest Plus, ESPN 95.3 FM and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM.,Sporting KC defender Botond Barath and forward Krisztian Nemeth have been selected to the Hungary Men’s National Team for the start of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying during FIFA’s international window this month.,The St. Patrick's Day fixture will kick off at 8 p.m. CT, with FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest Plus televising three hours of live coverage beginning with Sporting KC Live presented by Bud Light at 7:30 p.m. CT.,Postgame programming will include The Final Whistle show on 95.3 FM and Sporting KC Live presented by Sprint on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest Plus.

Starting Monday, the Los Feliz native will host Daily Wager, a daily program on ESPNews airing at 3 p.m. and available for streaming on the ESPN app.Its the first regularly scheduled program from the Walt Disney Co.s sports media behemoth solely dedicated to gaming-related information and data on upcoming contests, and it likely wont be the last as legal sports betting spreads throughout the country.The Supreme Court ruling in May that legalized sports betting is expected to be a boost for sports talk shows, which are the low-cost moneymakers for outlets that need programming to supplement their live play-by-play telecasts.,Open discussion of odds, point spreads and other analytical data related to wagering on pro and college games each night could potentially energize the format for an audience that has a financial stake in the outcomes.The changes in the law open up an entirely new genre of entertainment, said Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis.Other sports networks are already on the bandwagon.,WarnerMedias digital sports website Bleacher Report announced last month that it is building a studio inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where it will produce gaming-related content.But as the countrys leading source of sports programming, ESPN, with its entry into gaming-themed shows, is marking the strongest indication yet of an attitudinal shift toward a once-verboten subject on which sports TV coverage has traditionally tread lightly.A daily ESPN show is an important milestone, said Lee Berke, president of the consulting firm LHB Sports, Entertainment Media.,ESPNs SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt has a popular segment called Bad Beats, which humorously focuses on heartbreaking, last-minute plays that result in teams failing to cover the spread.Van Pelt sidekick Steve Coughlin will be one of the contributors to Daily Wager along with ESPN radio host Chris The Bear Fallica, ESPN.com gambling industry reporter David Purdum, Las Vegas-based handicapper Preston Johnson, fantasy football analyst Anita Marks and sports betting expert Joe Fortenbaugh.Rishe believes programs that provide usable data for bettors have the potential to draw younger viewers who have drifted away from traditional TV for sports news.,After graduating with a degree in economics from Brown University, he immersed himself in the analytics and data related to gaming and became an expert as a sports journalist in Las Vegas, where the home team is betting, he said.While wager-related data crunched by ESPNs statistic and information group will line the screen during Daily Wager, Kezirian said the programs content will still be accessible to the non-betting fan.Were still in Year 1 of legalization and I think there is a new audience that is open-minded to the space, so we want to be inclusive, he said.

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NEW ORLEANS — It appears that running back Mark Ingram’s career with the New Orleans Saints is over.,Kamara was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year two years ago and was even more productive last season as Ingram missed the first four games of the season while suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.,Ingram, who had the only 1,000-yard rushing seasons of his eight-year career in 2016 and 2017, had just 645 rushing yards while Kamara had 883 rushing yards in addition to catching 81 passes for 709 yards.,In 2017, Ingram and Kamara were the first teammates to each have 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season.,Murray rushed for 788 yards in his last season in Oakland, 842 in his first season in Minnesota and 578 last season. read more

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'Mamba mentality': Stolen Kobe Bryant jersey returned after two years A signed Kobe Bryant jersey that was stolen from a display case at his alma mater has been returned after more than two years, according to ESPN.,'Mamba mentality': Stolen Kobe Bryant jersey returned after two years A signed Kobe Bryant jersey that was stolen from a display case at his alma mater — Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania — has been returned after more than two years, according to a story from ESPN detailing the jersey's unique journey.,The jersey was purchased online by Liu Zhe, a diehard Bryant fan from China, last October for around $2,000 as another piece for his collection commemorating the Los Angeles Lakers legend, according to ESPN.,After buying it, though, Liu said he noticed that the jersey looked awfully similar to the one that was stolen from the high school's display case in 2017, along with other Bryant items.,YOUR DAILY DOSE: Top sports headlines, delivered daily Kobe Bryant photographed on court at Lower Merion High School (Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY) read more

A high-profile incident involving Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and a heckling fan highlights the sometimes overly-close physical proximity between NBA fans and the targets of their derision.,On Monday night, Westbrook and 45-year-old Shane Kiesel exchanged insults during the second quarter of the Thunder’s game with the Jazz in Vivint Smart Home Arena.,Westbrook explained after the game that Kiesel’s insult is the latest in a series of disdainful remarks by fans aimed at him and other NBA players when playing in road arenas.,First, Kiesel and several other fans in Vivint Smart Home Arena were issued co-called “warning cards” pursuant to the NBA’s Fan Code of Conduct.,In addition to the Fan Code of Conduct, the uniform player contract signed by every NBA player contains provisions that empower commissioner Adam Silver to punish Westbrook.

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“You could put him on a field with professional players, or play at the international level and he would score three or four goals in a game right now as a 16-year-old.,“When I watch Mikey Powell, or Lyle Thompson or Brennan O’Neill play the game, there’s nothing traditional about their game.,O’Neill, a junior at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) High School, was once the earliest boys’ lacrosse player ever to commit to a college program — making the pledge to Penn State as an eighth-grader in 2016 before flipping his commitment to Duke in September.,After games, O’Neill would come home to watch YouTube videos of Mark Matthews and John Grant Jr., then head out to the backyard to test their moves.,It took a meeting with coach Joe Spallina at a Pro Player Lacrosse Camp to give O’Neill that impression. read more

Even though the Thunder narrowly ended their 4-game skid last night @ Portland, they are still 1 loss away from losing 5 of 6 and 6 of 8 games.,Next up for the Hawks was a 6 game Western Conference road trip against average to good teams, all of which would be underdogs to them.,Proposed bet#3: .3 units on LA Lakers ML +200 ~ Potential Profit = .6 units -(Subtracted by the .1 from Denver Bet & the .2 units from Phoenix bet) =+0.3 units

Regardless of which game they loss, my friend Jay would profit between .1 and .6 units as long as they lost one game.,Although I haven't employed such an ambitious strategy, I have always thought about the ways in which Jay would manufacture value by betting against a team multiple times - knowing that if he was wrong on the first game, he would get better value betting against them the next game.,If the true value of the Hawks against OKC, the 6th game of their trip, was an even money proposition, by the time the Hawks won their next 5 games the market would make them significantly more expensive, and the Thunder would obtain more value, around at +130 or better. read more

And at this stage in James' career, with three championships, eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances to his name and an equally burgeoning business and political profile off the court, James is a transcendent star.,Johnson said the Lakers didn't want to make the team like the Cleveland Cavaliers all over again for James.,James was just starting to find his footing with this new cast in Los Angeles.,Since his return from injury, the Lakers have a defensive rating of 109.6 when James is on the floor in four wins; the Lakers have a defensive rating of 113.1 when James is on the floor in the eight losses.,Most of the roster wasn't going to be back next year anyway, given the team's insistence on signing players to only one-year contracts to preserve salary-cap space for a second star this summer.

What was the betting line on Mike North emerging from his sports-radio retirement for a regular Chicago broadcasting gig?,North left The Score in 2008 but continued in other media ventures across several platforms, including the scandalized internet radio outlet Webio and a morning news and talk show for CBS-2.,One of North’s ongoing activities has been handicapping sports.,“I started handicapping at age 14 and lost for 40 years but haven’t had a losing year in the last five,” North said in ESPN 1000’s announcement.,Phil Rosenthal: Controversial radio host Mike North says he's done with sports »

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