Sports Betting- A Dark Industry Moves Into Light

May 20, 2018

Mobsters, crooked athletes, gambling addicts, and all-around unsavory characters. It sounds like the narrative of an old Hollywood script, but they all played roles in some of the most notorious cases of illegal gambling in American sports.

Last week the Supreme Court struck down a 26-year old law that kept sports betting illegal outside Nevada.

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May 13, 2018
The Rise, Fall, And Rise Again Of American Soccer

Major League Soccer (MLS) and its team owners are scoring big this year. In March, a minority sale of the Orlando City FC valued the franchise at $490 …

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May 6, 2018
Northern Dancer- The Grand Daddy Of ‘Em All

Winner of the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Northern Dancer’s achievements on the racetrack were just a footnote next to his accomplishments in the breeding shed. …

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April 29, 2018
Greatest Comeback In Stanley Cup History

The 1942 Stanley Cup Final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings had all the thrilling drama of a championship series, plus more. …

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April 22, 2018
A 42-Year Old Rookie Takes the Mound

When “Satchel” Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians 70 years ago, an editorial column in The Sporting News chided team owner Bill Veeck for making a farce of the national pastime. …

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April 15, 2018
A Defunct Team And The Greatest Sports Deal Ever

50 years ago this month, the upstart American Basketball Association (ABA) played its first championship series. …

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April 8, 2018
A Stockbroker, A Wager, And The Great Golf Marathon

Eighty years ago, the “New York Journal” proclaimed James Smith Ferebee, a flamboyant 32-year old stockbroker from Chicago, the ‘Hercules of Golf’. Yet today, few fans and even golf historians know his name or …

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April 1, 2018
A Bronx Kid Takes Aim At The Babe’s Record

At the start of the baseball season 80 years ago, few people imagined that Detroit Tigers’ Hank Greenberg would come close to matching the most hallowed sports record at the time, …

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March 25, 2018
America's Legacy At Formula One- Engines, Not Drivers

Now that Formula One is in the hands of American billionaire John Malone, it remains to be seen whether the media mogul can ignite interest among Americans in the world's premier auto …

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10 years ago

SOCCER  May 21, 2008- Manchester United defeat Chelsea 6-5 on penalty kicks at the UEFA Champions League tournament. Played in Moscow, it was the first All-English Final in the history of the European Cup. The two rivals drew a 1-1 tie with respective scores from Christiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampert before going into penalty shootouts.

20 years ago

MOTOR RACING  May 24, 1998- Eddie Cheever, Jr. wins the Indianapolis 500 in a time of 3:26:41, or 3 seconds ahead of second place Buddy Lazier, winner of the 1996 chase. An American who grew up in Italy, Cheever also raced in Formula One where he participated in more championship races than any other American, though he failed to win any.

30 years ago

GOLF  May 22, 1988-  Sherri Turner wins the 34th LPGA Championship, shooting 281 (-7) at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center in Mason, Ohio. A week later she moved on to win the Corning Classic and was later named Female Player of The Year. Though, her career winning streak faded early and the South Carolina native would end up collecting only 3 LPGA titles at retirement.

40 years ago

HOCKEY  May 25, 1978-  The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins 4-2 for the Stanley Cup. Under the leadership of coach Scotty Bowman, the Canadiens clinched their 3rd straight championship on the ice and also repeated their takedown of the Bruins from the previous year. Defenseman Larry Robinson took home the MVP award.