Digest (Jan. 4): Johns Hopkins schedules service for late football coach Jim Margraff – Baltimore Sun


An on-campus memorial service to honor late Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff has been scheduled for Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.. Margraff, the all-time winningest football coach in the school’s history, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 58. The service will take place in the O’Connor Recreation Center, which is adjacent to the Newton White Athletic Center and Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins campus. Alice Margraff, Jim’s wife, their children, Megan, James and Will, and other members of the Margraff family will greet guests beginning at 3:30 pm. Parking will be available in various locations on the Johns Hopkins campus.

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Jay Gruden set to return asRedskins coach next season

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been told he will return for 2019, a person with knowledge of the situation said Friday. Gruden, who has gone 35-44-1 in five seasons as Washington’s coach, has two years remaining on an extension he signed in 2017. He had been operating on the assumption he would be back but said earlier in the week he was still waiting on an official word from team owner Daniel Snyder. While Gruden, 51, will return, there may be other changes. Some assistant coaches are not expected to be back, which could lead to a new look from the team next season. A person familiar with the Redskins plans says the team will spend the next week working on a plan for the coaching staff. Also uncertain is who will be running the front office. Some NFL agents in regular contact with the team have suggested that Bruce Allen, the team president, might move from overseeing football operations to the business side after Snyder recently fired the team’s business head, Brian Lafemina. They believe it’s possible senior vice president of football operations Eric Schaeffer would take a larger role. Two years ago, Gruden became the first coach under Snyder’s ownership to get a contract extension when the team added two years to his original five-year deal. The extension was largely-seen at the time as an attempt at showing franchise stability. Last year, he became the longest tenured coach in Snyder’s two decades of ownership.

— By Les Carpenter, The Washington Post

Varsity lacrosse: Stephen Berger (Mount Saint Joseph, Salisbury) was hired as head coach by Concordia Prep.

Women’s college basketball: Nukiya Mayo (13 points) made a buzzer-beater jumper to lift Towson (7-5, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 55-54 victory over host Drexel (8-4, 0-1). Hannah Nihill went 1-for-2 with three seconds left for a 54-53 Dragons lead. Kionna Jeter finished with a game-high 21 points for the Tigers.

National Women’s Soccer League: Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Mallory Pugh have been selected for the U.S. women’s national team’s 26-player roster for January training camp. The first training camp will be held in Portugal, and will be followed by the USA’s first two matches of the year, against France on Jan. 19 (2:30 p.m. on FS1) and against Spain on Jan. 22 (2:30 p.m. on ESPN2). … The Spirit hired Larry Best as the club’s first chief executive officer.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United midfielder Chris Durkin has been called up to participate in training with the U.S. under-20 team that will be training through Jan. 13 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

College media: Gus Mohlhenrich (Westminster) was hired by St. Mary’s as its director of athletic communications. Mohlhenrich spent two and a half years in a similar position at Coker College.

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Biggest ever Asian Cup to bring economic boost to UAE, top football financing experts say – The National


The Asian Cup is predicted to deliver a multi-million dirham boost to the UAE’s economy – as well as preparing the country for even bigger sporting bids in the future, top football financing experts have said.

The tournament has been hailed as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the year’s sporting calendar by organisers, with the newly-expanded format to deliver more matches than ever before.

It will provide a short-term boost to the UAE’s economy, raise its profile as a host of large sporting events and invigorate local football culture, Timothy Bridge, director of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, told The National.

“The direct impact will be the most notable,” Mr Bridge said, pointing the influx of supporters into the country in the coming weeks.

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“They’re going to need hotels, they’re going to need food, but they’re also going to spend money in the Abu Dhabi region,” he said, adding that “hosting a tournament such as the Asian Cup provides a platform for the future economic but also wider social impact.”

While it is hard to put a specific number of the predicted boost to the UAE’s economy, the country’s existing tourist infrastructure will pay dividends.

The UAE is “so accessible, its so easy for fans to travel to,” Mr Bridges said, adding “the travel is relatively inexpensive and when you arrive, the quality of accommodation, the quality of options that people have are extremely good quality and that becomes an attractive proposition.”

Hosting the Asian Cup will improve the UAE’s chances of hosting large sporting events, and serve as a useful case study when bidding for major events like the World Cup or Olympics in the future, Mr Bridges said.

Mr Bridges pointed to the under-17 Fifa World Cup, which the UAE hosted in 2013, saying “this is the next step up. It shows that the region is capable of hosting major sporting events and that can only be beneficial in the long term.”

Sporting infrastructure upgrades will also improve the UAE’s state of preparedness for hosting major tournaments in the future, Mr Bridges said.

A bigger Asian Cup will further maximise the reward from hosting the tournament. This year, the cup will host more teams, playing a greater number of games over a longer period of time.

There will be 24 nations competing over the next four weeks, up from 16 four years ago, bringing new, large audiences into the tournament.

“The fact that India has been able to qualify for the Asian Cup this time around is significant for many reasons, it is one of the largest populations in the world, so then the profile of the tournament and the number of eyeballs watching the tournament are going to be significantly increased,” Mr Bridges said, adding that it will also develop Indian football.

It is hoped that large expatriate populations, from countries such as India, the Philippines, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen will boost attendances at games, in a tournament that has in the past been criticised for the low numbers it has attracted for some matches.

The smaller 2015 tournament, held in Australia, boosted the country’s economy by 81 million Australian dollars (Dh206m), analysis found. Then, a quarter of games sold out with more than 650,000 tickets sold.

Research carried out by research firm EY Sweeney found that AUS$81 million total direct expenditure nationally was attributed to the Asian Cup, generating a boost of $7.3 million to Australian’s GDP. This month’s tournament is taking place over 27 days, rather than 22 days in 2015, to accommodate 51 matches, up from 32.

Aref Al Awani, tournament director of the local organising committee, has said the expanded format is a “big advantage”.

“This makes us really optimistic that we will have high attendances,” he said in the summer.

“We are talking about the large fan base of India, the Philippines and Thailand. Most of the teams that are going to be here have fans living in the UAE.

“Besides that, many are expected to come from the East, when it will be the winter break there, so we’re expecting a lot to travel during this period. We think that everything is on our side.”

As well as travelling fans, finding accommodation for 24 squads of 23 players, as well as sizable contingents of coaching and support staff, has provided a welcome boost for UAE hotels in what is usually a quiet period following Christmas and New Year. Teams have been arriving in the UAE over the course of the past week.

It is hoped that neutrals will also take the opportunity to attend matches, with tickets starting at Dh25 for group games and stars such as Son Heung-Min, the Tottenham Hotspur and South Korea forward, on show.

Matches will take place in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain. Several of the eight venues have been improved to get them ready for the tournament, which has also created jobs in the run-up to the kick off.

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Read more:

In pictures: UAE train ahead of Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi

Lowdown: Groups, teams, tickets and all you need to know

In pictures: A look back on the last time the Emirates host the Asian Cup in 1996

Son Heung-min can ignite South Korea: Five players to watch at the Asian Cup

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Updated: January 4, 2019 10:30 AM



Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool's Manchester City challenge | Football News – SkySports


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Jurgen Klopp tells Gary Neville how he will face the challenge of Pep Guardiola on Thursday evening

Jurgen Klopp tells Gary Neville how he will face the challenge of Pep Guardiola on Thursday evening

Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad, Jurgen Klopp chats to Sky Sports’ Gary Neville about tackling the challenge of Manchester City.

Klopp’s side head into the game – shown live on Sky Sports – seven points clear of third-placed City.

Guardiola has lost more matches against Klopp (seven) than he has against anyone else in his managerial career, although the Liverpool manager is not sure how he has done it.

Speaking to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, he said: “I don’t know [how he’s beaten Guardiola], I really don’t. It’s not like I feel 100 per cent like I know what he’s doing.

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“We like defending this highest quality team, but it is so difficult to be honest, it is not easy. I was always blessed with really good football teams, but even in the end, if we won against Pep, he was 20 points ahead in whichever season it was, so without the points from us, that’s not nice as well.

“I don’t feel like I have a clue for Pep’s football, not a little bit. The only thing I will say is that we will try again on Thursday.

“We have to be brave, play football by ourselves which is a real challenge against them because they defend well and their counter press is good and they play different system in one game so you have to adapt to that as well. It is a big game.

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Pep Guardiola explains how Liverpool have evolved into ‘maybe the best team in Europe or the world right now’ under Jurgen Klopp

Pep Guardiola explains how Liverpool have evolved into ‘maybe the best team in Europe or the world right now’ under Jurgen Klopp

“I really like Pep and I admire his work, he’s outstanding. For me, he’s the world’s best manager and I don’t say that now because he said we’re the best team in Europe or the world or whatever. It’s just a nice thing.

“He said it because until then, we had conceded seven goals I think and didn’t concede in nine in a row or something like that so he only said the numbers. When you are beating the likes of Man Utd and Tottenham, then you are one of the best teams in the world.

“We have to be brave, play football by ourselves which is a real challenge against them because they defend well and their counter press is good and they play different system in one game so you have to adapt to that as well. It is a big game.”

Jurgen Klopp on playing Man City on Thursday evening

“For me, Man City is the best, but it’s not important. We want to win against them, there’s no doubt about that but if we drew, it is still fine. He only spoke about us because someone asked him, he is not interested in how good we are. I’m not interested in how good City are, I know it so I work now on us so we can make them look not as good.”

Man City have lost two of their last three Premier League games and Klopp says it shows how hard it is to go through a whole season unbeaten.

“After having a bit of luck last year, and they know it, they scored a lot of goals late when they had their winning streak,” he added.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on his players to be brave against ‘the best team in the world’ when they play Manchester City on Thursday night

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on his players to be brave against ‘the best team in the world’ when they play Manchester City on Thursday night

“For a small period, it didn’t work out, but Pep is right, up until then, they are stronger than they were last year.

“I’m only interested in the quality of them and not what can happen to everyone – an off day – but they didn’t have it, they just lost the games. That’s how the Premier League is and we need to be concentrated to try and play the best football as often as possible, more often that you actually expect that it’s possible.

“Is it possible for 90 minutes for three games? I would say yes, but it doesn’t happen a lot. That’s why it’s so difficult. That’s why Arsenal is such a record with what they had years ago [the Invincibles].

“We had 28 games [unbeaten] at Dortmund, I have no idea how that worked, it just happened game by game, step by step. We wanted to win it and we won it.”

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Fantasy Football Rankings: Dynasty Trade Value Chart (January 2019 Update) – FantasyPros


Move over, everyone. Saquon Barkley is the No. 1 dynasty player right now.

Have you ever had an offer sent to you that included a total of six different players including draft picks and you had no idea how to break it down? Do you match up player vs. player and compare them that way? That doesn’t work when you have a stud being traded away for depth. I’ve done the articles on what a dynasty draft pick is actually worth (read it here), but again, what if there are multiple picks/players involved?

This is one of my favorite articles to write, simply because it requires actual league involvement in order to complete. That’s right, I went out in my own leagues and started offering trades to see what I could get in return, as well as looking at some of my other league-mates’ trades. I did this to make your life easier.

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What you’ll find below is the only dynasty trade value chart that you’ll need. Putting a trade together for Julio Jones? Once you throw in Jarvis Landry, who else needs to be added? What about picks, how many picks would I have to include? Every player/pick has a value and you’re now going to know what it should take to acquire any of them. Understand that some owners will not part for ‘just’ market value, that they want more. How much more? Well that’s up to you, but this should tell you if you’re on the better end of the deal.

The way the chart works is pretty simple, where you’re just adding up each side of the trade in order to see which side wins. For Example: If you’re offered a late first-round pick and T.Y. Hilton in exchange for Davante Adams, you’d add the value of a late first-round rookie pick (24) and Hilton (43) together, giving them a value of 67. Adams himself has a value of 72, so you’d be losing that trade, though it’s somewhat close. That’s just a small sample of what the chart can do.

Another thing to keep in mind is that league-size is important. Don’t trade away three players for one, unless you have the depth to do so. This trade chart was built with a 12-team, full-PPR setting in mind. It also has my rankings, so if yours are different, just move your players up or down the scale. It should remain extremely close. Understand that if you can get a player for cheaper, attempt it. After all, that’s the whole idea, right? Win as many trades as possible.

DRAFT PICKS*

Potential Draft Pick Value
TOP-3 PICK 42
TOP-6 PICK 36
TOP-12 PICK 24
EARLY 2ND ROUND 19
LATE 2ND ROUND 12
EARLY 3RD ROUND 8
LATE 3RD ROUND 4

*If you’d like to know how the values for rookie draft picks were generated, the research was done in this article right here. Understand that when it says top-three pick, it’s because when trading for a future draft pick, you don’t know what exact pick it will be.

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Clemson football: Dabo Swinney fulfills promise with Tigers' best decade – NCAA.com


Dabo Swinney had no doubt Clemson was headed in the right direction to be a national power again. He just wasn’t sure he would be around to be part of it after the 2010 regular season ended with a three-touchdown home loss to an instate rival.

When Swinney got to his office with the Tigers at 6-6 after that South Carolina game, there waited the athletic director who had surprisingly named him interim coach in October 2008 before hiring him as head coach at the end of that season.

“Well, we did the best we could. It was a quick ride,” Swinney recalled thinking before walking into the room. “I literally didn’t know if he was going to say hey, we have to make a change or whatever.”

But then-Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips was there to reinforce his belief in Swinney, not fire him. And Swinney soon after publicly declared that the Tigers would have their winningest decade ever by time 2020 arrived.

MORE: College football teams with the most national championships

Swinney and the No. 2 Tigers (14-0) already have, even before they play in their third national championship game in four seasons next Monday night against top-ranked Alabama (14-0). And there is still another full season to play after that, with the expectation of yet another title chance, before the calendar flips to 2020.

“What gave me that belief is my entire life. Why wouldn’t I believe that? I mean, I just look back at my entire life. You know, my faith. I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. And just belief in myself and the people around me,” Swinney said. “So we did achieve that. That’s the only reason I’m still here.”

The Tigers, who overwhelmed No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 in their CFP semifinal game at the Cotton Bowl, have eight consecutive 10-win seasons, five ACC titles and are 95-15 overall since a loss to South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on the final day of 2010. They won the national title two years ago with a last-second touchdown against the Crimson Tide.

ALSO: The biggest blowouts in college football bowl history

Clemson had won 10 games only seven times in its previous 109 seasons. That included a 10-season span that started with the Tigers winning their only other national title in 1981 and ended with four consecutive 10-2 seasons from 1987-90. They were 91-22-4 over that decade.

“He’s really a personal friend that I personally have a tremendous amount of respect for, as a coach, as well,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday. “They’ve done just as good a job as anybody in the country when it comes to what they’ve been able to accomplish over the last decade in terms of consistency and performance each and every year. … They do a great job of developing players. It’s just a really, really good program.”

MORE: Alabama, Clemson set for CFP title game | How to watch

Much like Alabama, which is going for its sixth title in Saban’s 12 seasons.

This is the fourth season in a row the Tigers and Crimson Tide will play in the College Football Playoff. Alabama won the 2015 national title, Clemson won the rematch in 2016 and they played in a semifinal last year that the Tide won on another championship.

Swinney played at Alabama, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater for three years, then had five seasons (1996-2000) as an assistant coaching tight ends and receivers there before a head coaching change.

After a few years away from football, Swinney became Clemson’s receivers coach in 2003, the same job he still had when Phillips replaced the fired Tommy Bowden with the assistant who had never been a head coach — or even a coordinator.

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When Saban was just getting started at Alabama after the 2006 season, he offered Swinney a spot on his staff. Bowden added the title of associate head coach to get Swinney to stay.

Clemson went 4-2 to finish the 2008 regular season before Swinney had the interim tag removed that Dec. 1, exactly 10 years before the Tigers won their fourth consecutive ACC championship game last month.

The Tigers won the ACC Atlantic Division in 2009, his first full season. But the external pressure was on Swinney and Phillips in 2010 even though five of the losses, including their bowl game, were by less than a touchdown.

MORE: All-time history, recent matchups between Alabama and Clemson

Swinney still vividly remembers that conversation with Phillips, who retired in 2012, a year after the Tigers won their first ACC title in 20 years.

“He said, ‘I’m going to tell you something. I believe in you more right now than I did when I hired you.’ He said, ‘I have no doubt. What I want you to do is understand there’s going to be some criticism. There’s going to be this and that. I don’t want you to listen to anything’,” Swinney said. “He said, ‘I have your back.’ And he said, ‘I believe in you, and I know that you’ll do what you need to do’.”

There are certainly no doubts now about the folksy 49-year-old coach.

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Gambling recap – Running down action on College Football Playoff semifinals, NFL Week 17 and the year that was in 2018 – ESPN


Notable bets is a regular Monday roundup of wagers — some sharper than others — made recently at sportsbooks across the nation.

With the year coming to a close and high-profile games abound, big bets — as in $500,000, or even more in at least one case — were flying around Las Vegas during the final week of 2018, as the first football regular season with expanded legal sports betting in the U.S. came to a close.

It was an up-and-down season for the betting public, which got off to an expensive start. September was Nevada bookmakers’ most lucrative month ever, as they enjoyed a $56.3 million boon.

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Bettors battled back midway through the season, handing Las Vegas one of its worst Sundays in recent memory.

Somehow, though, much like Rocky, the plucky underdog sportsbooks managed to get off the canvas and put together a strong finish to the year.

“We had our best Sunday of the season today,” John Murray, race and sports director at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, told ESPN late Sunday afternoon. “The season-long stuff all seemed to go our way. We needed the Vikings to miss the playoffs. We needed the Ravens to win the AFC North. And we wanted the Broncos to finish under seven wins — and we got them all.”

Saturday wasn’t too shabby, either, thanks primarily to a flood of love for Notre Dame. Clemson’s 30-3 rout of the Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl produced MGM sportsbook’s largest win on a single college football game in recent memory, a nearly seven-figure win, according to Jeff Stoneback, director of MGM race and sports.

“I would say it’s been an above-average season for us,” Stoneback said. “We started off gangbusters, then we had a little bit of a slump for a few weeks, but we bounced back pretty good, and it’s been a decent season for us.”

Maybe 2019 will be the betting public’s year, although history indicates that’s a less-than-likely outcome.

The Clemson Tigers thrashed Notre Dame 30-3 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and handed sportsbooks a major win, thanks to a big wave of public money that came in on the Fighting Irish. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Here are the week’s — and the 2018 season’s — most notable bets:

NFL

Most bets to win the Super Bowl by the end of the regular season at CG Technology books:

– Vikings
– Rams
– Packers

Most money wagered to win the Super Bowl by the end of the season at CG Technology sportsbooks:

– Patriots
– Rams
– Vikings

Most-heavily bet teams (combined money-line and spread) for the season at DraftKings sportsbook in New Jersey:

– Patriots
– Chiefs
– Eagles
– Saints
– Giants

Teams that attracted the least amount of money wagered (combined money-line and spread for the season at DraftKings in New Jersey:

28. 49ers
29. Dolphins
30. Buccaneers
31. Cardinals
32. Bills

Notable results:

Week 1: Packers (-7, 45) 24, Bears 23: Most-heavily bet game of season at Caesars’ Nevada sportsbooks.

Week 1: Rams (-6.5, 47.5) 33, Raiders 13: Produced largest loss on a single game this season at CG Technology books.

Week 2: Cowboys (-3, 42) 20, Giants 13: “Monster handle for us,” the SuperBook’s Murray said, “and our biggest win of the year in the NFL.”

Week 3: Lions 26, Patriots (-7, 55.5) 10: Produced largest win of regular season for Caesars.

Week 9: Chiefs (-8.5, 51.5) 37, Browns 21: Produced largest loss of the regular season for Caesars.

Week 11: Giants (-3, 54) 38, Buccaneers 35: Produced largest loss of the season for SuperBook. “We had a guy bet over 52 for $110,000 to win $100,000, and the public was all over the Giants,” Murray said. “Ugly game for us.”

Week 12: Texans (-3.5, 42.5) 34, Titans 17: Produced largest win for CG Technology.

Week 13: Chargers 33, Steelers (-3, 53.5) 30: Most-heavily bet game at CG Technology.

Week 14: Dolphins 34, Patriots 33 (-9, 49.5): “One of the largest swings or wins for the year was the Dolphins upsetting the Patriots and winning on the last play of the game,” said Chuck Esposito, sportsbook director.

NFL odds & ends

– On Sunday morning, the most popular bet at the sportsbook at the SurgarHouse Casino in Philadelphia was the Eagles -6 vs. the Washington Redskins. The second-most popular bet at SugarHouse? The Chicago Bears on the money line against the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles needed to beat Washington and have the Bears beat the Vikings to reach the playoffs. Both things happened, and bettors at SugarHouse celebrated.

– The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas saw a flurry of bets on the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl last week. “Almost $9,000” was bet on the Steelers to win the Super Bowl just last week, according to SuperBook vice president of risk Ed Salmons. The Steelers were eliminated from the postseason Sunday.

– The SuperBook reported a slightly higher winning percentage on NFL this season than college football. “That surprises me,” Murray said. “It’s very close.”

Updated odds to win the Super Bowl at SugarHouse sportsbooks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania:

– Saints +260
– Chiefs +450
– Rams +500
– Patriots +600
– Bears +900
– Ravens +1,400
– Chargers +1,600
– Texans +2,200
– Cowboys +2,500
– Colts +2,800
– Eagles +3,300

NFL underdogs finished 134-112-9 against the spread in the regular season. There were 266 unders, 242 overs and four pushes, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The fate of several six-figure parlay bets rests on the Georgia Bulldogs winning Tuesday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

College football

– Sugar Bowl sweats: Several significant parlays will be at stake when the Georgia Bulldogs take on the underdog Texas Longhorns on Tuesday in the Sugar Bowl. Georgia is a 12.5- or 13-point favorite over the Longhorns at most sportsbooks.

– The Flamingo sportsbook reported taking two large money-line parlays from the same player that will be decided by the Sugar Bowl.

  • $200,000 two-teamer on the New England Patriots and Georgia to win a net $68,000.

  • $135,000 four-teamer on Alabama, the Patriots, the Chiefs and Bulldogs that would win a net $101,000, according to director of race, sports and esports for Caesars John Lukasik.

– MGM sportsbook supervisor Scott Shelton reported taking three large money-line parlays that will come down the Sugar Bowl:

  • A $630,000 two-teamer on the Patriots and Georgia to win a net $200,000.

  • $125,000 five-teamer on Alabama, the Patriots, Seahawks, Chiefs and Georgia that would net $111,000.

  • A $50,000 three-teamer on Alabama, the Patriots and Georgia that would net around $28,000.

More bowl bets

– Bookmaker William Hill took a $60,000 and two $10,000 money-line bets on Notre Dame to beat Clemson.

“It was public and some large casino players were taking the Irish,” the MGM’s Stoneback said.

“It seemed like everyone was lined up out the door to bet Notre Dame,” Murray of the SuperBook said.

– Big money backed the Alabama Crimson Tide against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday. The sportsbook at the Flamingo in Las Vegas took a $550,000 money-line bet on the Crimson Tide at -550 odds. MGM took a $525,000 money-line bet on the Crimson Tide. That ticket paid a $95,000 profit after Alabama beat the Sooners 45-34. The bets were first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Covers.com, respectively.

– A bettor at a William Hill sportsbook in southern Nevada placed two wagers, totaling $110,000, on Purdue +3.5 against Auburn in the Music City Bowl. Purdue lost 63-14.

– FanDuel’s New Jersey sportsbook took a $110,000 bet on Syracuse -2 against West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. The Orange won 34-18.

– Bookmaker William Hill reported taking a $78,000 bet on Syracuse -3 (-120).

– FanDuel sportsbook in New Jersey took a $110,000 bet on $165,000 bet on Wisconsin +3 (-118) against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl. Wisconsin won 35-3.

– Clemson-Alabama: MGM opened Alabama as a 6.5-point favorite over Clemson and received immediate action on the underdog Tigers from bettors considered by the book to be professionals. The line settled at Crimson Tide -6 at most sportsbooks.