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.
PITTSBURG, Kansas — Ashland University redshirt freshman shot putter Lindsay Baker was the runner-up at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday afternoon.,Greene won her second straight NCAA Division II indoor national title in the shot put and has won four straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships.,The Ashland men won its first Division II national indoor title with 38 points, one more than Adams State (Colo.)
BOSTON, Mass. — The University of Mount Union men’s track team finished second at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on Saturday.,North Central (Ill.), which Mount Union edged out by a point last season, won its sixth indoor team championship with 55 points.,James had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in his seventh triple-double for the Lakers, who have lost five straight in a playoff chase that looks futile at this point.
LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ return to action definitely wasn’t "back in no time," as he promised post-Christmas, but it was worth the wait for the Los Angeles Lakers.,In a thrilling 123-120 overtime victory over the local rival Los Angeles Clippers, James put his team ahead for the final time on a nerveless jump shot with just over a minute remaining to set up the win.,So much for the Lakers watching James’ playing time carefully as he came back from a groin strain sustained against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.,At the time of the injury, James seemed mightily relieved that the groin strain he sustained was not more serious.,Back when James got hurt while reaching for a loose ball against the Warriors, a partnership with Davis was nothing more than a mere possibility, and one far more likely to happen later than sooner.
HAMPTON, Va. —The Oklahoma wrestling team split the first day at the Virginia Duals, falling to No. 16/16 (NWCA/InterMat) 22-12 before upsetting No. 20/14 Lock Haven 23-12 in the consolation bracket.,The redshirt freshman took a 6-0 lead in the first period with a takedown and a four-point nearfall before adding two more takedowns in the second.,The bout was tied at 2-all late in the second period, but Thomas scored a takedown at the whistle to take a 4-2 lead into the third.,The unranked Sooners upset No. 20/14 (NWCA/InterMat) Lock Haven behind wins from Anthony Madrigal, Demas, Jeffries, Thomas, Anthony Mantanona, Jake Woodley and Jake Boyd.,The bout was tied at 2-all after the first period, but Woodley scored three takedowns in the second period to take a 6-3 lead.
The Sooners will open the tournament with No. 16 and defending champion Arizona State on Friday at 8 a.m. CT.,The eight-team tournament field features top-25 opponents in No. 16 Arizona State, No. 20 Lock Haven and No. 13 Virginia Tech.,In its last weekend of competition, Oklahoma downed West Virginia 26-17, before taking No. 20 Pitt to the wire in a narrow 20-17 loss.,The redshirt freshman is No. 8 in FloWrestling’s latest release and No. 8 in the Trackwrestling rankings.,Fellow redshirt freshman Jake Woodley (197) was tabbed No. 24 by Trackwrestling, and as a team, the Sooners are T-36 in the same rankings.
The road was paved to the Final Four, but Nevada’s run ended with a one-point loss to Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago, a bitter end to a banner year that saw Nevada win the Mountain West, earn 29 victories (tied for the most in program history) and reach the Sweet 16 for the second time ever.,Dan Avansino takes aim at Manogue Reno High’s Dan Avansino entered 2018 as the longest-tenured Northern Nevada football coach at the 4A level with the same school.,Nevada women reach MW Tournament final The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team had an up-and-down first season under head coach Amanda Levens, but it ended in historic fashion, with Nevada reaching the Mountain West Tournament title game for the first time in its history.,The Wolf Pack led Boise State for much of the game before a buzzer-beater sent the Broncos to a 62-60 win to deprive Nevada of its first NCAA Tournament berth.,When it was founded in 2008, the Bighorns were Northern Nevada’s first affiliated minor-league team in more than 15 years after the city lost the Reno Silver Sox in 1992.
EASTON, Mass. — Owen Chose hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left in overtime and made two free throws with eight seconds left to seal the win for the Skyhawks over the Purple Knights.,Bridgeport took a 61-60 lead in overtime on Dennis Green’s jumper with 1:03 left on the clock, before Chose’s three put Stonehill ahead for good at 63-61.,The Purple Knights (5-7) led by 11 at 41-30 with 12:34 remaining in regulation before Stonehill (9-4) rallied and sent the game into overtime on two free throws by Joel Berroa with 13 seconds left.,Bakary Camara scored 19 points to lead three players in double digits for Bridgeport.,Adrianne Hagood added 14 points and Katherine Haines had 12 rebounds in the loss.
Jerome made the first two free throws and then intentionally missed the third, to give Virginia an opportunity to grab an offensive rebound and possibly tie the game, but the Cavaliers’ Mamadi Diakite was whistled for a lane violation, giving Louisville possession.,Chris Robinson of the Virginia High School League acknowledged that crowd behavior at games was “probably leaning a little bit in the wrong direction.”,The third-division Irish soccer team Ballybrack FC forced a match to be called off by claiming that Spanish-born player Fernando LaFuente had been killed in a car crash on his way home from practice.,In response to LaFuente’s “death,” the Leinster Senior League postponed Ballybrack’s game with Arklow Town, a moment’s silence was held before other league matches and obituaries were placed in local newspapers.,Fox Sports Detroit television play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba and analyst Rod Allen lost their jobs because they got into a physical altercation after a Tigers game in Chicago — over a chair in the broadcast booth.