More U.S. states could swarm into legal ...

More U.S. states could swarm into legal sports betting next year


At least a dozen more U.S. states could legalize sports betting in the coming year, and up to eight could have operational sports books ready to take wagers before the start of the 2019 football season, industry experts said at a conference on Thursday.

Golf: Grillo leads in Japan as Koepka fights back at Dunlop Phoenix

Argentine Emiliano Grillo grabbed the halfway lead in persistent rain as two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka rallied late to stay within striking distance after the second round of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan on Friday.

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NBA roundup: Harden, Rockets top depleted Warriors

James Harden scored 12 of his team-high 27 points in the third quarter, and the Houston Rockets rode a balanced offensive attack to a 107-86 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

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NHL roundup: Point rallies Lightning with hat track

Brayden Point's natural hat trick Thursday erased an early two-goal deficit for the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning en route to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Cavs' Love on a mission to change attitudes about mental health

Kevin Love is one of the toughest players in the NBA but the embodiment of that type of masculinity is 'outdated' and 'dangerous' and stops men from seeking help for depression and anxiety, according to the Cleveland Cavaliers forward.

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Boxing: Japanese promoter insists Mayweather will compete at MMA event

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's proposed fight against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa will definitely go ahead on New Year's Eve, according to the CEO of the promotional company organizing the mixed martial arts event.

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NBA notebook: Anthony to leave Rockets

After on-court struggles, off-court rumors and reports of his dwindling role with the team, Carmelo Anthony is on his way out of Houston.

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Olympics: Japan's cybersecurity minister contradicts 'never used a computer' comment

Two days after saying he never used a computer, Japan's cybersecurity and Olympics minister Yoshitaka Sakurada has now contradicted himself, claiming he uses a computer at work.

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Mookie Betts crowned AL MVP winner

Mookie Betts added an American League Most Valuable Player trophy to his World Series championship on Thursday.

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Team owner Leonsis open to sports betting, but focused on wins

For Ted Leonsis, seeing his basketball and ice hockey teams win is far better than any revenue that could come from legalized sports wagering.

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NFL notebook: Steelers actually secured Bell's belongings

Unable to lock up Le'Veon Bell to a new contract, the Pittsburgh Steelers are making sure they at least lock up his belongings. Even if it is a day too late.

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Yelich wins first career NL MVP

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was selected the National League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday, the first such honor of the outfielder's career.

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Normal service resumed as Federer breezes into semis

A few days after it appeared as though a Roger Federer impersonator had gatecrashed the 02 Arena, the Swiss great resumed normal service to outplay Kevin Anderson and reach the last four of the ATP Finals on Thursday.

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Rooney says farewell as England beat United States

There was no farewell goal but plenty of pride and appreciation as Wayne Rooney made his 120th and final appearance for England in a 3-0 win over the United States in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday.

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Pair of women among five new full-time NBA referees

The NBA on Thursday promoted five referees to full-time status, including the fourth and fifth women in league history to achieve full-time status.

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New ATP Cup is no 'land grab', says Tour chief Kermode

Men's Tour chief Chris Kermode rejected suggestions of an ATP "land grab" when launching a new $15 million team tennis competition to start in Australia in January, 2020.

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Green: Warriors not going to 'crumble' over Durant dust-up

Addressing the confrontation with teammate Kevin Durant that earned him a one-game team suspension, Golden State forward Draymond Green said the Warriors are not "going to crumble off of an argument."

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MLB Commissioner Manfred gets five-year contract extension

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred received a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2024 regular season, the league announced Thursday.

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Penguins captain Crosby out with upper-body injury

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby will miss the Penguins' Thursday night game against the Tampa Bay Lightning due to an upper-body injury.

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Take 5: Chiefs-Rams take center stage

Monday night's battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams is a doozy, as just the fifth matchup since 1970 featuring two teams without multiple losses after Week 10.

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