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.

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2019) -- NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Wrestling State Championships on Friday, February 15 & Saturday, February 16 from the sold-out Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, IA.,In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Wrestling State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be made available LIVE to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the NBCSportsChicago.com live stream.,For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: In addition to multiple cable and telco providers throughout the state of Iowa, NBC Sports Chicago is also available throughout the entire state on satellite via DIRECTV (ch.,For a complete schedule, cable/satellite channel locations, live streaming information, and additional details about NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships, fans are urged to visit the action for NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the IHSAA Wrestling State Championships features Iowa/National Wrestling Hall of Famer Mark Ironside handling play-by-play, along with veteran Iowa sports radio & TV broadcaster Bob Selby providing expert analysis.,PROGRAMMING NOTE:  NBC Sports Chicago will carry and provide live stream coverage of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships, featuring eight playoff semifinal match-ups (airing March 6-7), along with live coverage of the Class 1A-4A state title games (airing March 8).

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

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The billionaire owner of the Rams never came clean with the people of St. Louis before he moved his team to Los Angeles in 2016.,Three years after they abandoned St. Louis for L.A., the Los Angeles Rams will play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Sunday.,(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) read more

Oklahoma (5-12, 1-5 Big 12) returns home for its first conference game inside Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 13 as OU hosts No. 2/3 Baylor on Sunday.,• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington picked up her fourth 20-point scoring game of the season, adding 24 points off the bench at TCU last Thursday.,Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks ninth in the Big 12 in scoring with 15.9 points per game this season and leads the conference with 63 made 3-pointers.,• Llanusa averaged 12.6 points per game as a freshman last season, earning Big 12 All-Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Honorable mention honors.,She has also won Big 12 Freshman of the Week four times this season

• Robertson ranks fifth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.71) and sixth in 3-point field goals made (63). read more

• Oklahoma travels to Fort Worth for its second straight Big 12 road game as the Sooners take on TCU Tuesday night inside Schollmaier Arena.,Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring with 17.3 points per game this season and leads the conference with 62 made 3-pointers.,• The sophomore's 35 points matched the most points scored by a Big 12 player this season and are the 15th-most scored by a Sooner in a single game.,Llanusa averaged 12.6 points per game as a freshman last season, earning Big 12 All-Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Honorable mention honors.,• Oklahoma is the only Power 5 Team to have four freshmen start multiple games so far this season.

Curry led the Warriors with 28 points, Durant added 24 and Golden State won its seventh in a row and sixth straight on the road.,With Cousins finally in the lineup, Golden State became the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.,Cousins missed his first shot but came right back with a one-handed slam off Durant's bounce pass for the Warriors' first basket.,The Warriors took their first double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the third when the Clippers missed their initial six shots.,Golden State opened on a 14-2 run with five different players scoring, including a basket by Cousins before getting his fourth foul, to go up 66-53.

The Rams have broken hearts and left behind bitter fans in two different cities — in St. Louis, where the team spent 21 years, won a Super Bowl and then split town in a nasty divorce, and in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city and team’s home from 1946 to 1995, where the Rams built and lost a fan base before returning three seasons ago.,A win over the Saints on Sunday and the prospect of a football championship for Los Angeles could bring Rams fever to a boil and carve out a place for the team in the city’s crowded sports scene.,The Rams didn’t have to work quite as hard to build loyalty in St. Louis, where football-starved fans snatched up tickets early in 1995 and were rewarded four seasons later when an unknown backup quarterback named Kurt Warner and tailback Marshall Faulk turned their offense into the so-called “Greatest Show on Turf” and won a dramatic Super Bowl championship in 1999.,A couple of weeks ago, Saints coach Sean Payton hauled in the Lombardi trophy and a big stack of greenbacks to show his team what was at stake…

Tony Hernandez, a third-generation Rams fan from east of Los Angeles, said half of his uncles and many of his friends gave up on the Rams after they moved away.,Hernandez said he briefly quit watching the team during the 1995 season in protest of the move, but soon was back to watching every game and even flying to St. Louis to cheer in person. read more

IF THE NFL IS DOING its sly diligence -- as its officiating crew yellow-flagged so magnificently in holding the audience deep into New Orleans's 20-14 NFC semi over Philadelphia last Sunday -- there is simply no way young magic man Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (-3) don't bounce New England in the AFC Championship game Sunday (CBS, 5:40 p.m.).,As for the Saints (-3, tiny push to 3½) and the visiting L.A. Rams (Fox, 2:05 p.m.), if the NFL allows the game to be played organically the whole way through -- extremely unlikely -- New Orleans can name the final.,THE LATE RED RUSH -- without question, one of the two or three most colorful play-by-play men in the history of Chicago sportscasting and the best pitchman that Gonnella Bread ever had -- will finally be appropriately honored by Loyola University.,… Broadcast hop-in of the week was Snoop Dogg, who assisted in the call of the L.A. Kings win over Pittsburgh last Saturday.,… CBS's meteoric Tony Romo, asked by one national reporter to break down the top young QBs in the NFL, had Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.