Connecticut: Legislature Lays Groundwork That Could Allow Legal Sports Betting – Paulick Report

by Paulick Report Staff | 06.09.2017 | 3:17pm

The Connecticut legislature has passed a bill that could allow sports betting in the future

The Connecticut legislature has passed a bill that could legalize sports gambling in the future.

According to an article in the?Legal Sports Report,?the?sports betting provisions were included in another bill that increased the number of off-track betting sites in the state.

Connecticut legislators are not attempting to join New Jersey in their current fight to legalize sports betting outside Nevada. However, should it finally be approved on the federal level, Connecticut would?have much of the groundwork already completed to implement it there.

Read more in the Legal Sports Report

Matt Chapman's racing tips for ITV's racing from Haydock, Newmarket and Chester on Saturday, June 10 – The Sun


Get all the info to bash the bookies as ITV’s Matt Chapman runs you through a busy Saturday

It?s another busy Saturday on ITV Racing today with the ITV4 cameras at Haydock and Newmarket. I will be at the former track, hoping to bump into Johnny G!

The first race ITV show is the 2.20pm at Haydock, a 6f handicap. It looks a really tricky event, and the one I will risk each-way is AWESOME ALLAN, who will be suited by any rain that is likely to fall Saturday. He?s hard to keep out the frame after a good run at Windsor on Monday.


There?s another nightmare looking 6f handicap at 2.55pm. I?ll have a few quid each-way here on ECCLESTON, who got going too late at Ripon last time for David O?Meara. If the rain comes seriously here he could come flying through late and it?s pretty testing in any case.

The 3.30 at Haydock is the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes over nearly 1m4f. I want to back BATEEL in this. The French raider loves juice in the ground and stays the distance strong. He should give Richard Kingscote a great ride.

Haydock racecourse


Finally at Haydock, it?s the Group 3 John of Gaunt over 7f at 4.05pm. I like penalty carrying BRETON ROCK, who is not getting any better for David Simcock but has perfect conditions here to run?a big one under Andrea Atzeni.

Over at Newmarket, ITV4 show the 2.30pm, a 7f handicap. EJAABY has been a beaten favourite the last twice for Roger Varian, but he?s not been disgraced and all the conditions are right for a huge effort in this so hopefully he will at least hit the frame.

The 3.05pm is a 6f handicap, and I?ll have a few quid each-way here on GIRL IN THE INN, who is creeping up the handicap but ran really well over 7f last time. It might be Richard Fahey?s animal is better over 6f so hopefully Frankie Dettori will get a good run.

Matt Chapman’s TV Tips

  • 2.20 Haydock ? Awesome Allan
  • 2.30 Newmarket ? Ejaaby
  • 2.55 Haydock ? Eccleston
  • 3.05 Newmarket ? Girl In The Inn
  • 3.30 Haydock ? Bateel
  • 3.40 Newmarket ? Intense Tango
  • 4.05 Haydock ? Breton Rock

Finally at Newmarket, ITV4 have the 1m6f handicap at 3.40pm. Back INTENSE TANGO here each-way, a horse who stays well and is fully capable of winning a race like this if on top of his game. It?s a bit of a guess whether that will be here ? but hopefully!

So best of luck on a difficult day for getting winners. Hoping for some Yeeehaaas!

Hungry horse goes missing after its race… and turns up in the course canteen

Ohio State basketball: The 5 recruits Chris Holtmann must land in 2018 –

COLUMBUS, Ohio?? On Friday, Ohio State announced Chris Holtmann as its 14th men?s basketball head coach in program history.

It won?t take long for the former Butler coach to?hit the recruiting trail.

With July, the pivotal month of college basketball recruiting, approaching, Holtmann will be doing his best to resurrect what was a once-promising 2018 Ohio State recruiting class. As currently constructed, the Buckeyes have one committed prospect in their coming class, 4-star guard Dane Goodwin.

That won?t be enough.

In?one of Ohio?s most talent-rich pools in recent memory, Holtmann can find early success in Columbus?? should he tap into his in-state resources. And should he do that, it won?t take long for Ohio State to once again be competing for Big Ten titles.

Who should the Buckeyes? head coach be prioritizing?for his first recruiting class at Ohio State? Let?s take a look.

Justin Ahrens

Having formerly been committed to Ohio State, Justin Ahrens de-committed from the Buckeyes? 2018 class following the news of Thad Matta?s firing earlier this week. But as he considers his options, one would imagine the?Versailles, Ohio product would be intrigued by the idea of playing for Holtmann, who used a pace-and-space offense in his final season in Indianapolis.

A 3-star prospect, the 6-foot-5, 181-pound Ahrens ranks as the No. 38 small forward and No. 6 overall player in the state of Ohio in the 2018 class. In addition to Ohio State, Ahrens holds offers from Dayton, Duquense, Stony Brook and Texas A&M.

Although he hadn?t yet offered him, Holtmann showed interest in the younger brother of Michigan State wing?Kyle Ahrens during his time at Butler. As he puts together his first class in Columbus, the Buckeyes coach could now make landing the sharpshooting forward one of his top priorities.

Justin Ahrens de-committed from Ohio State following Thad Matta?s firing (Steve Helwagen/247Sports).

Jerome Hunter

A 4-star prospect, Jerome Hunter ranks as Ohio?s No. 5 overall player and the 25th-ranked small forward in the 2018 class. Yet despite hailing from nearby Pickerington North High School, Hunter?s 247Sports Crystal Ball currently projects the 6-foot-5 forward to land at rival Michigan.

Rest assured, Ohio State fans, Holtmann will do his best to make sure that doesn?t happen. One of the biggest knocks on Matta during the end of his tenure was he didn?t secure enough local talent. The recruitment of Hunter will provide Holtmann an early opportunity to do that.

Dwayne Cohill

Although Goodwin is already in the fold, the Buckeyes will want to add at least one more guard to their upcoming class. Kam Williams is entering his senior season and JaQuan Lyle unexpectedly left the team this past spring.

Ideally, that player would be?Dwayne Cohill, a 4-star prospect and the No. 3 player in Ohio?s 2018 class. At 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, Cohill ranks as the nation?s No. 3 combo guard and No. 57 overall player.

With the ability to fill the backcourt scoring void that will be left by Williams, securing a commitment from Cohill will undoubtedly be one of Holtmann?s top priorities in the coming months. While at Butler, Holtmann had offered the Cleveland Holy Name product a scholarship. And with his new gig, he has a better chance of landing him.

In addition to Ohio State and Butler, Cohill holds offers from Northwestern, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt among others.

Cleveland Holy Name?s Dwayne Cohill is the No. 3 combo guard in the 2018 class (photo via 247Sports).

Pete Nance

The son of former NBA forward Larry Nance and the brother of Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., Pete Nance possesses both the size (6-foot-8, 180 pounds) and athleticism that?s come to be expected from his family. And yet there hasn?t been much recent buzz surrounding Ohio State?s chances with the Buckeye State?s top-ranked player.

That, however, could soon change, given the arrival of Holtmann.?The youngest Nance could be an ideal fit as a point forward in the Buckeyes? new offense. More than anything, he?ll provide Holtmann an opportunity to land a signature recruit early in his tenure.

The nation?s ninth-ranked small forward and No. 34 overall player, Nance hails from Richfield, Ohio. In addition to?the Buckeyes, he holds offers from Michigan, Northwestern, Florida, West Virginia and Clemson.


Ever since Ohio State?s 2016-17 season came to an end, there?s been no shortage of instability. The biggest sign there were issues in the Buckeyes? program, however, may have been the de-commitment of 4-star forward Darius Bazley.

The state of Ohio?s second-ranked player, Bazley had been viewed as one of the cornerstones of Ohio State?s 2018 class. But his de-commitment sent shockwaves through the program, as did his comments when speaking to the Columbus Dispatch?s Adam Jardy.

?Ohio State, they didn?t make the NCAA Tournament this year,? Bazley said. ?They didn?t even make the NIT, which is unfortunate, but I looked into the recruits they have coming into next year, they didn?t look too good for the future. So I felt like when my class came in, yeah, we would?ve been OK, but good enough to make the tournament? I don?t know.

But with the dawning of a new era of Buckeyes basketball, perhaps Holtmann could convince the 6-foot-9, 200-pound small forward Ohio State is back on track. And if he can, the Buckeyes likely won?t have to worry about missing the NIT for a very long time.

How Jets linebacker has remade himself after a lost season – New York Post

There are days when Lorenzo Mauldin misses lasagna. As part of his offseason diet, the Jets? outside linebacker swore off pasta along with other carbs to try to lose weight.

The diet worked. He is down to 260 pounds from 268, and he hopes to lose a few more pounds before the season. Now, he has to see if the lost pounds equals more production.

?Last year I gained some weight and it kind of went downhill for me there because I slowed up and I wasn?t the guy that I was supposed to be, the guy that I was in my rookie year,? Mauldin said. ?I feel faster now. I?ve got my speed back. I feel 100 percent with my ankle. I feel like I?m flying around out there.?

Mauldin, a 2015 third-round pick, gained weight entering last season in hopes it would help him against the run. Instead, it slowed him down rushing the passer. He dropped from four sacks as a rookie to 2.5 last year, a disappointing sophomore season.

?Last year I felt like I didn?t put too much in for the team,? he said. ?I felt like I was neglecting the fact of how good I could be. That?s probably the worst season I?ve ever had, with 2 ? sacks. It just felt bad to me.?

Mauldin tracks Ryan Nassib in last year?s preseason.AP

That led to him cutting down on carbs and fried foods this offseason. Mauldin, who likes to cook, said he has focused on cooking leaner meats and introducing more grains in his diet.

?His endurance is better from that standpoint,? Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Mauldin?s weight loss. ?We have to get in pads to see whether he still has his strength.?

MauldinBill Kostroun

The Jets were hoping for big things from Mauldin in 2016. They expected him to make the leap from designated pass rusher to every-down linebacker. Instead, he began the year again as a pass rusher only and saw his playing time dip. He played just six snaps in Week 4 against the Seahawks.

?The coaches, of course, trusted in some of the other players to play that position,? Mauldin said. ?I thought it was a good idea because I wasn?t doing what I was supposed to do. I felt sluggish. That was my big thing this year, to come in and let the coaches know I?m ready to play. I?m going back to my rookie year, but better.?

After some injuries to other players, Mauldin?s playing time increased in the middle of last season and he showed some strides. Then, he sprained his ankle in a Week 12 loss to the Patriots. He re-injured the ankle in practice later in the season and did not play again in 2016.

?All I can do now is look back at that and use it as motivation,? Mauldin said. ?I want to stay healthy, stay fit and out of the trainer?s room.?

During OTA practices, Mauldin has looked good. He has shown his old burst off the edge and looked more sure of himself dropping into coverage, something that will be big for him to remain on the field.

?I believe I?m a complete linebacker now,? Mauldin said. ?My biggest thing was learning coverages, understanding what offenses are doing. That?s my biggest thing in OTAs, understanding what I need to do when it comes to coverage, knowing what the offense is going to do before they do it, getting keys on different reads and understanding what?s going on. I feel like I?m complete now. The rush came easy because that?s what I do. Now, dropping into coverage and helping the secondary, I feel like that?s a big step for me.?

Mauldin said he is excited to work with new outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, a Hall of Famer. He said Greene already has shown him some different pass-rushing techniques.

In year three, Mauldin looks leaner. The question now is: Does that mean he?s better?

In Video Snippets, a Collector's Mission: Get Hockey History Right – New York Times

Virtually unknown outside the hockey world, Patskou is an unsung hero in the sport.

?He?s a hockey nerd, and I say that as an absolute compliment,? said John Shannon, 60, former executive producer of ?Hockey Night in Canada.? He used Patskou as a resource when building Leafs TV, which airs classic games.

?If you?re talking archival footage and the history of the game,? Shannon said, ?Paul Patskou is in a small group of legendary folks in that world.?

In the early 1950s, hockey games were shot on 16-millimeter film and saved on kinescopes, essentially films shot off a TV screen. In the 1970s, Canadian television networks started using videotape, which could be recorded over to save space and money.

Part forensics analyst, part gumshoe detective, Patskou sees his role as not only preserving history, but also getting it right.

?I want to show how things really happened,? he said.

On May 2, at an event commemorating the Maple Leafs? last Stanley Cup victory on that date in 1967, Patskou showed never-before-seen film of the series. He also flashed back to the 1964 finals, which Toronto won in seven games. In Game 6, the Leafs defenseman Bobby Baun was taken off the ice on a stretcher after suffering a broken ankle. He returned to score the overtime winner.

?He missed only one shift,? Patskou noted, adding that Bob Pulford got credit for an assist ?even though he wasn?t even on the ice.?

Patskou bought his first VCR in 1980 for more than $1,000 and began taping every Leafs goal, for and against, since then.

?I stayed up every night to put the tape in,? he said.

The son of a Macedonian restaurant owner, Patskou studied history in college and wanted to be a teacher. But there was a teacher surplus, so he took a government job in information technology.

But by the mid-1990s, he was on a new path.

He recalled watching Game 3 of a 1959 Stanley Cup semifinal series with his father, who died three months later. In 1996, Patskou set out to find the broadcast of that game, and a year later he found it in the National Archives in Ottawa.


A small sampling of the videos in the Patskou collection of rare hockey film.

Michelle Siu for The New York Times

?I was only 7 years old, so it was incredible to relive that game,? Patskou said.

Tapping into the resources of the National Archives and the National Film Board of Canada, he discovered what was classified as public domain, and what needed copyright clearance. Some skulduggery came in handy.

In 1997, the Hockey Hall of Fame wanted to show all eight games of the Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union to observe its 25th anniversary. As with most old game films, much had been erased or chopped up for highlight shows.

But Patskou had heard of a man he knew only as Eddie, who claimed to have the entire series. Eddie had refused to deal with the Hall of Fame, but would deal with Patskou ? for a price.

With $3,000 in cash stuffed in his pockets, Patskou said, he went to see Eddie in a darkened basement apartment that smelled of smoke.

?He looked kind of strange, and I just wanted to get the hell out of there,? Patskou said. ?I didn?t know if he was going to take my money. It?s dangerous to do this.?

After some talk about music, Patskou asked to see ?the stuff.?

Besides the eight-game series, Eddie had 150 Betamax tapes of full games, including one showing Wayne Gretzky playing as a 16-year-old in the world junior championships.

Patskou had no player for the outdated tape format, so he turned the collection over to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Soon after, Brian McFarlane, 85, the longtime ?Hockey Night in Canada? commentator, learned that Patskou had a mutual interest in the history of hockey through film. McFarlane became a mentor.

McFarlane said he had given Patskou old films, salvaging some from the basement of Maple Leaf Gardens after the former owner Harold Ballard told him to ?get it all out of there.?

In 1998, Patskou attended a meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research. Two days later, through word of mouth, the CBC called him to help produce a documentary about the closing of Maple Leaf Gardens, and his career took off.

He also volunteers at the Hockey Hall of Fame, where he has become ?a valuable resource,? said Craig Campbell, manager of the hall?s resource center.

One time, after buying a 16-millimeter film titled ?Ice Lightning,? Patskou got a pleasant surprise. It contained film from 1948 of black players in Montreal playing hockey; years later, the film was requested by Ice Hockey in Harlem, a nonprofit educational initiative in New York.

?Paul is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable hockey historians I know, which is why whenever I?m doing a project, he?s involved in it,? said Robert MacAskill, a producer and director.


Paul Patskou in his home office. He has made a career of finding lost hockey film, and sometimes correcting history.

Michelle Siu for The New York Times

Around 2005, while searching the CBC?s news archive as a historical consultant, Patskou came across some 1958 film of the Laotian prime minister visiting Montreal with the word ?hockey? mentioned in the description field.

?I was curious about the connection,? Patskou said.

It contained highlights of Willie O?Ree, a black player, who was called up by the Boston Bruins to play his first N.H.L. game against the Montreal Canadiens, breaking hockey?s color barrier. Clips were incorporated into the CBC television series ?Hockey: A People?s History.?

Patskou once uncovered 16-millimeter film reels marked ?hockey? in someone?s basement. The sign-out slip from the CBC was still in the can. It turned out to be the third period of a 14-1 Leafs victory over the Rangers in the 1956-57 season, which was Hall of Famer Ted Kennedy?s final N.H.L. game.

Part of Patskou?s enjoyment is putting together highlight packages for former players. He gave the former Leaf Ron Ellis a collection of 60 of his goals and helped Ellis see clips of how he got knocked out on Dec. 26, 1964, in a game against Chicago.

?I never saw the film clip of how I got hit, and Paul found it for me about five years ago,? Ellis said. ?I was killing a penalty, and I had my head down and Al MacNeil came across and caught me on the jaw with his shoulder.?

Patskou is not alone in his pursuit. His brother, John, 67, helps with the editing, and a colleague based in Florida, Len Gould, has joined the search to preserve hockey history.

In his research, Patskou comes across quaint mysteries, some of which develop into Zapruder-film-style fascinations.

The puck scored by Bill Barilko in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a victory in the 1951 Stanley Cup finals was donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame years later. The story goes that the referee picked up the puck and threw it over the glass to a child in a wheelchair.

Last year, an article in The Hockey News suggested that a fan had found his way onto the ice and fished the puck out of the net.

Patskou was skeptical of that account. But he had acquired film of that game from the National Archives about 15 years earlier, when it had been marked ?unidentified hockey.?

Patskou watched it again, and he saw something interesting in the postgame celebrations.

?Darn it if I don?t see the players going off the ice and this figure going the other way towards the net,? Patskou said. ?And the referee doesn?t go towards the net. He skates right off the ice. So that story is already showing holes.?

And the Spalding puck donated to the Hall of Fame was a type of puck not being used by the N.H.L. at the time, Patskou said. The hockey hall had no comment.

Patskou is not out to embarrass anybody. He just wants to provide an accurate account of hockey history.

?I?m sorry,? Patskou said, ?but this is what I do for my work.?

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Memphis inner-city rugby teams getting a field of their own – USA TODAY High School Sports

Jasamine Nelson?s high school, Freedom Prep Academy, is located in a former elementary school and surrounded by modest single-story homes in south Memphis, miles from where you might expect to find a rugby powerhouse.

Two years ago, the school didn?t have a girls rugby team, but last month, the FPA girls rugby club team won its first state title with the Tennessee Rugby Association. The payoff for Nelson, a rising senior, is more than a trophy, however.

?I never played sports in high school before the 10th grade,? Nelson said. ?Rugby has?taught me to be a leader outside of my sports and inside my school. I?ve never been the type to stand up and speak loudly. It developed me as a person. I wasn?t a very outspoken person at first and it taught me the difference between being a leader and bossy.?

Next fall, thanks to funding by Republic Services waste management and sweat equity by Habitat for Humanity, Memphis will have its first community rugby field, where Freedom Prep, Power Center Academy and Soulsville Charter, the three inner-city charter schools in the Memphis Inner City Rugby program, can play.

?I?m so excited we have a new field coming up,? Nelson said. ?You should see the field where we practice now, behind Freedom Prep, where there?s a lot of potholes. Now, we have a place to call our home. Before we always had to find a place to play and we had to find rides. Now, we get to play on a field with even ground.?

DOCUMENTARY: The Rugby Boys of Memphis

The field, which will have artificial turf and will be lighted, will allow a program that has had surprising success, on and off the field, to have a central location for games and practices.

Shane Young played high school rugby in New Jersey and helped begin a club program at Florida Gulf Coast University and played for a USA Rugby select team. When he graduated from college in 2012, he started a two-year stint with Teach for America in Memphis and connected with fellow TFA teacher Devin O?Brien, who had played rugby at Colby College, to form Memphis Inner City Rugby.

Young and O?Brien teamed with Bradley Trotter and Andres Lopez to start teams at their respective schools and each team competes in the western division of the Tennessee Rugby Association.

After initially only offering boys teams, the program now has three boys teams and three girls teams.

MICR?s statistics list that every player who stuck with the program through high school was accepted into a four-year college.

?The kids in Memphis are starving for opportunities like this,? Young said. ?They need challenges like rugby. By their determination and combine that with really good coaches and educators and mentors, we feel like we have accelerated them way faster than in what?s happening with youth rugby across the country.?

When the sport was first rolled out at Power Center Academy in Memphis, principal Steevon Hunter told players he was holding ?a football interest meeting? so as not the scare off potential athletes. Football would have been a much more expensive undertaking than rugby and Power Center Academy, at the time, was a new charter school located at the Mendenhall Square Mall in south Memphis, right around the corner from a Cash America Pawn Shop and the La Fiesta Market. One of the athletes who showed up for the meeting was Donovan Norphlet, now a sophomore on national rugby powerhouse Life University.

?Our school at first didn?t have many sports,? Norphlet said. ?Our principal knew a lot of the male students were interested in football. We showed up and Coach Young was standing there with a rugby ball. That?s how it all started. At first I was kind of skeptical, thinking, ?I don?t know about this. This ain?t football. Somebody lying.? ?

Norphlet didn?t try out at first, but a friend did and encouraged the 6-1 Norphlet to join and he was soon hooked on the sport.

Memphis Inner-City Rugby co-founder Shane Young, left, and Life University player Donovan Norphlet. (Photo: Memphis Inner-City Rugby).

Power Center?s first game, against the Barbarians, was an eye-opener.

?The first rugby game we ever played was one of the saddest rugby game I?ve ever been in,? Norphlet said. ?It was one of our worst losses I?ve had in a rugby jersey, but it taught us how an actual rugby team should look and play.?

Norphlet and his teammates improved quickly under Young?s coaching. Norphlet tried going back to his first sport, basketball, for a season, but found he missed rugby.

?I think the thing I missed was the brotherhood that comes with rugby,? he said. ?On a rugby field, it?s a contact sport, but everybody is friendly and loving afterward.?

When he was a senior at PCA, the team won a conference championship. In 2016, as a freshman, he played on a national championship team at Life, where he is on an athletic scholarship, majoring in biology.

?If anybody comes up to me, I would definitely tell them to give (rugby) a try,? Norphlet said. ?Once you play it once, you fall in love with it. It?s very easy to learn.?The toughest things to pick up were the set piece plays, lineouts and scrums. There?s a lot of technical stuff and a lot of form. With lineouts, it takes a little getting used to two people picking you up and you being helpless whether they?ll drop you or not. It builds a lot of trust.?

Young and MICR say the sport has had a strong academic impact. Players must keep up with their studies or risk missing games or practices and the programs. The program is also nearly year-round.

?We have them playing for 11 months a year,? Young said. ?We have them playing 7-on-7 rugby and 15-on-15 rugby and in all-stars. They?re engaged all year long. Other teams have their season, but for us, there is no off-season.?

Nelson said she?s interested in studying veterinary medicine in college.

?If the school I go to doesn?t have rugby, I would still like to be in rugby, either staying locally so I could coach or joining a local team, like the Pink Flamingos,? she said.