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سایت بت برو : Welcome to the NRL, Mark

Welcome to the NRL, Mark

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It’s always nice to have someone new around, especially at this time of year, and a spot of hospitality is required.

So come in, Mark Nawaqanitawase – it’s lovely to have you here in the NRL.

Now obviously, things will be a little different to how you’ve had it over the road at the Waratahs, but don’t worry: you’ve joined the poshest club in the league, so it won’t be too tough for you to adapt.

There’s plenty you’ll recognise at the Roosters. Even the stadium is the same, just with more people in it.

Lucky for you, they’re still all from the Eastern Suburbs, so you know they won’t throw their beer at you. These people have been supping iced lattes and fizz for years.

The empty seats are there too, just not as many of them as with the Waratahs. A lot more than you’ll see at away grounds, for sure, but still plenty of space for you to gaze upon while waiting for the ball to come your way.

Things might change a little on that front compared to what you are used to.

See over here in the NRL, you might have to do a little bit more work. Rugby league is the game of the working class, after all, even if not many of them support the Roosters.

Last year, seven runs per game was your average, but over here, that’s not going to fly.

Joseph Suaalii – that’s the old guy, but we don’t talk about him anymore – managed twice that and, to be honest, he wasn’t that good. We’re still laughing that your boss gave him all that money.

Let’s hope you’ve spent the last year getting yourself fit, because you’ll need it once all the shuttle runs kick in.

When you get the ball, by the way, there’s a crucial difference. We know you’ve spent your career trying to avoid the blokes trying to tackle you, but in our world, it helps to run straight at them as hard as possible.

Sure, you might get a knock on the bonce and a couple of tickles to the ribs, but hey: that’s what the punters love. Head down, bum up, don’t you dare pass the ball.

(Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The good news is that you’ll never have to kick the ball again, and instead, your job will be catching all of the kicks.

All of the time, too, because everyone in this league will assume that you can’t catch until you’ve caught 700 bombs from Nathan Cleary.

In a choice between Marky Mark and the 2m tall, 107kg Pommy bloke on the other side, it’s a no brainer.

Don’t expect a breather, either.

Sure, both games last 80 minutes, but over here in Leagueland, we prefer to fill our rugby matches with rugby, rather than standing around waiting to watch the floppiest haired bloke on the team practice goalkicking, so there’ll be a lot more packed into your time on the field.

You’ll have to earn your pay packet over here, Mark. It’s a hard day’s work but at the end of it, you’ll get a big cold beer. We even invented a metric to work out who is most deserving.

We’ve heard that you’ve had a crack at our game before, and that will certainly help.

A word to the wise, though – in league, you’ll actually have to tackle the bloke in front of you. Not just grab at them, but run up and tackle them like you mean it.

We’ll stick you on the wing, of course, so it shouldn’t be too hard to work out when it’s your time to get involved, but our wingers tend to be a bit physical and won’t think about running around you. They’ll go straight over the top if you stand still long enough.

There’s a good reason all the blokes who’ve been teaching you to tackle in rugby union had strange povvo accents, because we’re really quite good at the whole defending thing and have cornered the market in teaching the rich kids how it’s done.

On that, you might notice that the company changes a little bit.

You better forget the names of your old mates, because there’ll be very few Frasers, Hughs and Theos around this side of Driver Avenue. We do have an Angus, but he’ll probably be gone by the time you get here.

Spencer Leniu confronts future teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Instead, welcome to the land of the Jared and Brandons. They’re the lovely Kiwi blokes who’ll be trying to knock your head off on day one.

When you meet those two get used to their accents, because you’ll hear a lot of them.

We know that there’s plenty in your world, too, but in ours, it’s pretty much all there is. The Wallabies gave you the jet-setting lifestyle, but now, the furthest you’ll go is Auckland.

Yes, yes, it’s not quite as glamourous as Paris, Tokyo and London, but look on the bright side. In rugby league, you might actually win from time to time.

If you miss the internationals, don’t worry – we have them too. We’ve taken the best of both worlds by playing Test footy but filling every team with Australians, so you get all the fun of the global game without ever having to go anywhere or meet anyone you don’t already know.

You can take your pick, too. We heard you’re Fijian and Italian as well as Australian, so you can decide whether you like kava, cava or Carlton Dry in our internationals.

And if you think you’ve made the wrong choice, don’t worry: you can choose again next year.

That’s what we’re like, Mark. We’re a big, welcoming bunch and we’ll chuck you a load of money to truck the ball back manfully, make your tackles and, if the chance arises, put the ball down.

You’ve lucked out with big Trent, he’s one of the sharpest around. He’s so smart he convinced your old boss to buy the winger he didn’t need anymore and then sell him you for half the price. Genius!

Just listen to Robbo, train the house down, blow off the cobwebs, back yourself, leave it all on the field and, hopefully, take it one game at a time.

Welcome to the Greatest Game of All, Mark.

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سایت بت برو : Nikola Jokic favorite, Anthony Edwards rising

Nikola Jokic favorite, Anthony Edwards rising

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Denver’s Nikola Jokic remains the front-runner to win the 2023-24 NBA MVP award. 

Jokic, who leads the league in rebounding (13.1 per game) and is tenth in scoring (27.4), is the current betting favorite at +200 after being at +400 earlier this month. 

Jokic is seeking his third MVP award. 

Dallas’ Luka Doncic remains second on the odds list but dropped to +550 from +470.

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Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (2019-20) of the Milwaukee Bucks saw his odds drop from +1100 to +900.

Another two-time MVP, Golden State’s Steph Curry (2015-16), saw his MVP odds tumble recently from +1400 to +2300.

Let’s look at the latest odds of winning the prestigious award.


Nikola Jokic, Nuggets: +200 (bet $10 to win $30 total)
Luka Doncic, Mavericks: +550 (bet $10 to win $65 total)
Joel Embiid, 76ers: +700 (bet $10 to win $80 total)
Jayson Tatum, Celtics: +850 (bet $10 to win $95 total)
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: +900 (bet $10 to win $100 total)
Steph Curry, Warriors: +2300 (bet $10 to win $240 total)
Kevin Durant, Suns: +2300 (bet $10 to win $240 total)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder: +2300 (bet $10 to win $240 total) 

*odds as of 11/22/23

FOX Sports Betting Analyst Jason McIntyre weighed in on the award (Editor’s Note: Expert’s MVP pick made in July):

Only three players stand out to me early as possibly actionable MVP bets to make for the upcoming season.

Jayson Tatum, Celtics

Having advanced to the conference finals in four of the last six years, the Celtics are one of my favorites to win the title, and Tatum is the primary reason. I’m buying the trade of Marcus Smart as a win for the Celtics and Tatum. It will enable the 25-year-old to be the true leader of this team, something Smart has been since entering the league. 

Tatum’s points, rebounds and assists have all gone up each year he’s been in the league, and his 30-8-4 were all career highs last year. A first-team All-NBA player each of the last two seasons, I expect him to win the MVP — and an NBA title.

PICK: Jayson Tatum (+800 at time of pick) to win MVP

Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

The two-time MVP is coming off an NBA title, Finals MVP, and the unofficial title of best player in the NBA. He’s the favorite for a third MVP, largely on the heels of an insane playoff run where he averaged 30-12-9 over 20 games and also hit a staggering 46% of 3-pointers. So why not bet on him? 

You can’t quantify his desire now that he already has a title and his trophy case has everything. Knowing he’s done it all, will we see him pull back in the regular season to save himself for the postseason? We saw that late last season, and it worked. Either way, he’s the best player in the game, so worth a sprinkle.

PICK: Nikola Jokić (+430 at time of pick) to win MVP

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder 

If I’m looking for a super sleeper to win the MVP next year, it has to be SGA. Having just turned 25, he is coming off an excellent season in which he averaged a career-high 31 points and was first-team All-NBA. 

Before you scoff, remember the Sacramento Kings improved by 18 wins last year, and the Thunder might be a breakout candidate, as they look to build on the play-in appearance last year while adding Chet Holmgren to the starting lineup.

PICK: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+1700 at time of pick) to win MVP

Who do you like to win NBA MVP? Stay tuned to FOX Sports for all NBA news. 

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سایت بت برو : Robelinda’s iconic channel is facing extinction

Robelinda's iconic channel is facing extinction

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If you’re an Australian, and at some point in your life have watched a cricket video on YouTube, chances are it was one of Robelinda’s.

For the uninitiated, Rob Moody and his channel ‘Robelinda2’ – so named due to a copyright strike that killed its first iteration – is as close as our sport has to a time machine.

Having recorded cricket matches, often ball by ball, since childhood in the 1980s, Moody has archived the best bits, clipped them up, and offers them for free on YouTube – his only plea for his endeavours to be funded a somewhat hidden option to buy him a coffee on his ‘About’ page.

So if you fancy seeing 18 minutes of Ricky Ponting pull shots in all their glory…

… or David Warner sub fielding for Australia in a Test match some three years before he became famous…

… or Shane Warne rolling down some gentle meds while wearing a floppy…

… then Robelinda2 is where you’d go.

It’s not an exaggeration to say he’s one of Australian cricket’s most irreplaceable contributors – more than any private citizen, and most certainly more than even Cricket Australia itself, he ensures that thousands upon thousands of hours of the sport played in the days before Kayo and instant replays and social media highlights, are made available for a new generation to enjoy, and preserve their memory.

Which is why when, almost on a yearly basis, a spate of copyright infringement notices crop up to remove old videos, and sometimes even threaten the extinction of his channel, the reaction is always the same: outrage, disgust, and just a hint of devastation that one of Australian sport’s great repositories is again under threat.

This time, the stakes appear higher than ever: according to a post from Moody himself, more than 400 videos in the space of the last week have been removed from his channel, including some old favourites such as Jason Gillespie’s famous 201 not out against Bangladesh and Viv Richards’ iconic 189 in an ODI against England back in 1984 – both videos, it must be said, that are not available to view anywhere else on the internet, for free or otherwise.

The major culprit appears to be ‘LDS Sports’, a broadcasting conglomerate so obscure that if you Google them literally the first page of search results are for the Mormon church.

Recently, however, they have been joined on the warpath by ‘MarhabaCricketIndia’ as a comment on a YouTube video – and not, as is standard legal practice, via a cease and desist letter – commanding Moody (whose channel name, incidentally, they have misspelled multiple times) to remove all videos pertaining to Bangladesh matches especially.

(image via Robelinda2)

In conduct that would be disgraceful in any context, never mind against a man doing nothing wrong and also providing a public service seemingly beyond any of the international cricket boards or their rights holders, they describe Moody as a ‘persistent offender’, warning him that it is his ‘LAST CHANCE’ and to not ‘test our patience any further’.

Bafflingly, their threat is for him to either take down his videos, and if he doesn’t, they will… demand they be taken down – while their finishing claim that ‘the only reason we haven’t completely shut you down is out of respect for the cricket community’ is utterly ludicrous given the previous four paragraphs filled with nothing but hostility.

Broadly speaking, broadcast rights owners have the right to protect their own property. That just rings entirely hollow when, in 99 per cent of cases, they have no interest in making that property publicly available off their own bat – even if I imagine there are many thousands if not millions of people worldwide who would be fine paying a subscription fee to have access to past cricket matches on demand.

In other walks of life, corporations will and have permitted YouTube channels to keep their videos up, compromising by taking control of their monetisation and profiting from them.

One such channel, ‘WILTY? Nope!‘, a lovingly-produced fan-made channel posting the best clips from the popular British panel show, ‘Would I Lie to You?’ has an arrangement like this with the show’s rights holders, allowing their many thousands of videos big and small to remain up and freely available to the public.

If ‘LDS Sports’ or any of the other rights holders were to do this, that would be one thing – and given Moody’s channel has a whopping 1.2 million subscribers and his videos generate millions of views, it would certainly be of financial benefit to do this.

But to simply demand offending videos be removed without any interest whatsoever in making them available themselves is maddeningly short-sighted from the rights holders going after Moody – not just for their own back pockets, but for the game they are paying so much to broadcast.

Cricket counts itself as the world’s second-biggest sport by virtue of its status in India, the world’s most populous nation: yet the game cannot be said to be in rude health, especially away from those shores.

One surefire way of increasing, or at least maintaining, its popularity is to allow archived footage to survive and be widely distributed, allowing a link to the glory days in a way other sports are beginning to catch onto – you can watch, for instance, the entire 1966 FIFA World Cup Final on YouTube, while all 11 hours, 21 minutes and 54 seconds of John Isner’s famous Wimbledon clash with Nicolas Mahut from 2010 can be seen on the grand slam’s own channel.

Perhaps the best example is the NBA – there are thousands of fan-made YouTube and social media accounts on the web distributing highlights for free around the world, encouraged by the league because they know the exposure is both far more than they could achieve on their own and exceedingly healthy for the competition.

It’s not just Moody’s takedown notices that are proof of cricket being left behind in this race for online eyeballs – it’s in the fact that unlike at the 2019 ODI World Cup, the ICC is not making match highlights available on YouTube at the 2023 tournament, despite those videos being some of the most popular in their channel’s history (presumably because the Indian host broadcasters are loath to allow any of their content to exist elsewhere).

ESPNCricinfo assistant editor Sidharth Monga got the point across perfectly in this 2020 article following another spate of Moody takedown notices:

It is natural for rights holders to be possessive about clips from recent matches. A little less explicably, and depending on where you look, between them boards, broadcasters and the ICC hold tight to themselves archival footage of older games. None of these parties wants to part with the footage for free, but nor do they have subscription services for people to access that footage. There is hardly a place online where you can watch an old cricket match. Even for a fee.

There is a reason why Moody is so wildly popular – he has more than 700,000 subscribers on YouTube, which is more than many broadcasters do, and more than a tenth of CA, which is the best board at fan engagement online, does. He actually shows cricket at the viewer’s convenience. That spreads cricket. For arguably short-sighted – if understandable – reasons, cricket doesn’t want to make footage of old cricket available in an unrestricted manner to digitally minded fans, in an age when it can do with the oxygen of publicity.

There is some hope for Moody and his channel: in 2020, Cricket Australia themselves sent him a copyright infringement notice and temporarily had his YouTube account suspended, only for then-CA chairman Earl Eddings to respond to nationwide outrage by rescinding the strike, claiming it was sent ‘in error’.

1980s Australian cricketer Steve Barry Smith

Steve Smith – the not-so-famous one. (Photo by Getty Images)

Since then, CA have become, according to reports, able to provide Moody assistance against some (but not all) of his copyright strikes: it would behoove the ICC to follow a similar path.

Moody isn’t showing current highlights that would discourage cricket fans from buying a subscription or watching ongoing matches live: for nearly all his videos, his channel is the only place on the internet where it is possible to view them.

The benefits of his labours far, far outweigh the drawbacks (if indeed there are any) – both financially in the case of the current rights holders, and in the case of the game as a whole, in providing it and its history badly needed exposure.

For as long as the ICC permits its rights holders to hold cricket and its past hostage, burying it where nobody can ever witness it again, the game suffers.

Hopefully the case of Moody will inspire some action to at least stem the bleeding and avoid the total destruction of a wonderful source of entertainment, information and history for good – but I’m not holding my breath.

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سایت بت برو : College football midseason report: Biggest Surprise, disappointment, Heisman favorite

College football midseason report: Biggest Surprise, disappointment, Heisman favorite

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Halfway through the 2023 college football season, the national championship race feels more wide open than it has been in years.

But is it really?

“I think I would say if there was a 12-team playoff this year, it would be tremendous,” FOX Sports analyst and former Washington quarterback Brock Huard said.

That will have to until 2024. For now, the College Football Playoff is still a four-team bracket (and the first rankings are coming up on Oct. 31).

The CFP era has been mostly dominated by super teams. An exclusive group of programs have had a realistic shot at winning a national title. Five teams have split up the nine CFP championships: Alabama has three, Clemson and Georgia have two each, and LSU and Ohio State each have one.

Coming into this year it looked like defending national champion Georgia and Michigan, coming off two straight playoff appearances, would be a cut above the rest with the usual suspects of Ohio State and Alabama closest behind.

With half the season in the books, No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Michigan have not lost or budged from their spots at the top of the AP Top 25.

But in the eyes of poll voters, the field has gained on the Bulldogs and Wolverines. This week, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Washington all received first-place votes. No. 8 Texas also made a case for No. 1 before losing to No. 6 Oklahoma.

The top teams in the country are either unbeaten or in the case of No. 9 Oregon and No. 11 Alabama, beaten only by another highly-ranked team.

Michael Penix Jr. leads Washington to an unbelievable win over Oregon

Michael Penix Jr. leads Washington to an unbelievable win over Oregon

“NIL has kept players like (Washington quarterback) Michael Penix on campus. The transfer portal has leveled the playing field as far as depth goes in a lot of places,” Huard said.

The first tier might seem more crowded this season because it’s filled with high-ceiling programs. The top-nine teams in the country have all won at least one national championship or played for a BCS title or reached the CFP — or some combination of the three. And that doesn’t include No. 11 Alabama.

The analytics seem to be telling a similar story.

ESPN’s SP+ has the difference between Michigan at No. 1 and Alabama at No. 9 as a mere five points.

For comparison, at this point last season, the difference between the top team in SP+, Ohio State, and No. 5 Tennessee was seven points, while the Volunteers were almost seven points better than No. 11 Utah. The difference this year between No. 5 Texas and No. 11 Florida State is about four points.

“I’m seeing it as an 11-team race right now,” ESPN’s Bill Connelly, the brains behind SP+, said on the “GameDay Podcast.”

Here’s a caveat, and a hunch: There is a chance Georgia and Michigan emerge as a tier all to themselves, though reaching peak performance just got tougher for the Bulldogs after star tight end Brock Bowers was sidelined with an ankle injury.

The schedules for both the Wolverines and Bulldogs pick up significantly in the second half. If they can be at their best against their best opponents, the separation at the top come playoff time could look a lot more like it has in recent years.

Here are some highlights, low-lights, awards, and predictions for the second half.

Surprise team: No. 16 Duke

It has been a chalky season so far. Twenty of the 25 teams currently ranked were in the preseason poll.

The Blue Devils (5-1) get the nod as the most pleasant surprise halfway through the season. Regression was predicted for coach Mike Elko’s team after it won nine games in his debut last year. Instead, Duke started the season by beating Clemson and went toe-to-toe with No. 15 Notre Dame. The back half of the schedule is tough, but even an eight-win season would exceed expectations.

Disappointing team: Clemson.

This might be overly harsh, and look foolish in a few weeks. The Tigers (4-2) still look capable of closing strong behind a really good defense. But when Clemson is eliminated from playoff contention and buried in the ACC standings before the end of September it’s a disappointment.

Most frustrating for Clemson fans is the offense is still mediocre after the splashy offseason hiring of coordinator Garrett Riley.

In a couple weeks the answer to this question might be No. 18 Southern California.

Best game: Washington 36, Oregon 33.

The Huskies and Ducks played 60 minutes of intense and intriguing football and did so at a remarkably high level. The Pac-12 (and soon-to-be Big Ten) rivals combined to run 145 offensive plays and committed one turnover and 10 penalties.

September sensation: Colorado.

Coach Deion Sanders’ transfer-heavy team became must-see TV while getting off to a 3-0 start. Reality has set in since, but the Buffaloes were great for the content business for a few weeks.

Halfway Heisman: Jayden Daniels, LSU.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. emerged from the Oregon game as the new favorite to win the Heisman Trophy after USC’s Caleb Williams played the worst game of his career against Notre Dame on the same day.

Sam Hartman and Notre Dame dominate Caleb Williams and USC | Joel Klatt Show

Sam Hartman and Notre Dame dominate Caleb Williams and USC | Joel Klatt Show

Joel Klatt analyzed No. 18 USC Trojans vs. No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He explained how USC’s mistakes on offense led to them giving up 28 points on turnovers. Joel broke down how this offense has shown some flaws in past matchups.

Still, Daniels is the choice here. No. 19 LSU (5-2) has serious defensive issues, and if not for Daniels, who leads the nation in total offense at 401 yards per game, the Tigers would likely have another loss or two.

Coach of the first half: Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Coach awards can be a little weird because they usually go to the guy leading the team that most exceeded preseason expectations.

On the surface that’s not the 14th-ranked Utes (5-1), but keeping this team afloat without what figured to be its two best offensive players — QB Cam Rising (knee) and TE Brant Kuithe (knee) — has been a testament to Whittingham and his staff.

It could also be tough to keep it up.

Second-half predictions

— Texas A&M finishes 7-5 and pays a nearly $78 million buyout to fire coach Jimbo Fisher. UTSA coach Jeff Traylor is hired to replace him.

— The Heisman Trophy usually goes to a player on a team that enters championship weekend in playoff contention. That probably won’t be Daniels. The race will come down to Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, Florida State’s Jordan Travis and Penix. The Huskies’ prolific passer becomes Washington’s first Heisman winner.

— New Year’s Six Bowls:

Fiesta Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington.

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Penn State.

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Ohio State.

Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. North Carolina.

— Playoff:

Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Oregon.

Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas.

National championship: Georgia vs. Michigan. The Bulldogs pull off the three-peat.

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سایت بت برو : Jrue Holiday brings ‘electricity’ in first Celtics practice

Jrue Holiday brings 'electricity' in first Celtics practice

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BOSTON — The Celtics’ typically straight-faced basketball boss Brad Stevens couldn’t hide his smile after watching just one practice with Jrue Holiday on the team.

“We made a thousand mistakes. But you could also see, like, there’s that thing that’s there,” Stevens said at an introductory news conference Wednesday, three days after the Celtics traded for Holiday. “There’s a togetherness. There’s an excitement. There’s a joy, a competitiveness.

“And I think he brings it as well as anybody around. I just think that’s contagious.”

The Celtics acquired Holiday on Sunday from Portland, where he had been sent as part of the trade that moved Damian Lillard to Milwaukee. The deal came together on Sunday, the night before training camp opened, and Holiday sat out Tuesday’s practice and watched.

A day later, with Celtics Hall of Famer Paul Pierce as a spectator, Holiday joined his new teammates at their practice facility and set a tone that the team hopes will result in a championship.

“There was just an electricity in the gym today,” co-owner Steve Pagliuca said. “Paul Pierce turned to us and said he’s never seen an NBA practice in his whole entire career, that they went that hard, that fast for that long.”

Although they are tied with the Los Angeles (and Minneapolis) Lakers with an NBA-best 17 championships, it’s been 15 years since the Celtics hung their last banner in TD Garden. They have reached the Eastern Conference finals five times in the past seven seasons — making it to Game 6 of the NBA Finals two years ago — but they seemed to be getting no closer to another title.

So in an offseason upheaval, Stevens traded point guard and defensive star Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis, gaining an All-Star big man but giving up the player who was the emotional heart of the team.

In Holiday, they believe they’ve filled that gap. It cost them point guard Malcolm Brogdon, the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, and forward Robert Williams III along with two first-round draft picks, but Holiday joins All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

“We’re adding everybody we can who will add character, commitment and extreme talent. We’re also, unfortunately, letting some of those guys go,” co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said. “We’re doing absolutely everything we can. But if you’re in Celtics ownership, that’s what you do. Or you make way for somebody else.”

Holiday started his career in Philadelphia, spent the next seven years in New Orleans and then moved to Milwaukee in 2020-21, joining with Giannis Antetokounmpo to win an NBA title his first season there. The next year, the Bucks lost to Boston in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and Holiday noticed something about the city and its fans.

“The fans are literally insane, and I’m proud to be a part of that,” said Holiday, who grew up in Los Angeles as a Lakers fan. “I know a lot of my family’s probably hurt, but I know this is a blue-collar town. They love people that work hard and they put their heart into it. And that’s just the type of person that I am, is every time I step on to the court, I give them everything.”

That was a hallmark of Smart’s career in Boston, too. The three-time member of the All-Defensive Team and 2022 Defensive Player of the Year was beloved in Boston — more for his effort than as an offensive threat who averaged 11.5 points and 6.3 assists last season.

Holiday averaged 19.3 points, 7.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds last year, while matching Smart’s 1.5 steals. Grousbeck made sure to note that, in addition to his two All-Star selections and his five appearances on the All-Defensive Team, Holiday is a three-time winner of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.

He is also under contract for two more seasons, but Stevens said they will begin talking about an extension as soon as they are allowed. The deal put Boston over the salary cap’s new “second apron” that comes with increased penalties for big-spending teams.

“We haven’t blinked at all,” said Grousbeck, who was part of the ownership committee that worked on the restrictions. “I’m aware of all that. We’re going to be over the second apron and paying those penalties, and that’s the way life is.

“It’s designed so that we can have more competition. We’re fine with competition,” he said, “as long as we win.”

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سایت بت برو : It’s not just the Wallabies

It's not just the Wallabies

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It is a sad time. A solemn time. A day of remembrance to mark the tragic passing of Australian rugby, may they rest in pieces. Many will be hurting. Confused, bitter. Take comfort that like all things, this too will pass… and hopefully this time it won’t be fumbled.

As sure as night follows day, fans will be looking for someone to blame. Someone to say ‘It was me. I got it wrong’. Even better if that someone has some sort of link to Welsh heritage, even if only in name.

Eddie Jones. The second coming, the Messiah. The man who turns water into whine. Poor Eddie, the fighting talk and bold predictions turned out to be just words. He didn’t even hit the post.

Jones’ apologies and acceptance of blame will provide little comfort to Australian rugby fans. Neither will his comment that he was unsure if ‘we have hit rock bottom’. Any lower and he’ll be digging up dinosaur bones.

Samu Kerevi. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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To be fair to Jones, this was always a possible outcome when he took the poisoned schooner of coaching the Wallabies in January, during a world cup year. The most likely outcome. As good as Jones’ record is, it was a lot to ask.

Being kiwi, it is tempting to revel in Rugby Australia’s current disarray and public anguish. ‘Four more years, boys!’ comes to mind. However, I fear that the All Blacks may not be far behind Australia on the plane home. Glass houses and all that.

Like Australia, the All Blacks have been in decline. Many kiwis pin that blame on Ian Foster, a man collecting records faster than a hippy at a junk sale: first loss in pool play at a Rugby World Cup, biggest loss at a Rugby World Cup, biggest losing margin, first loss to Argentina, first series loss to Ireland.

I can’t recall a time when New Zealand’s confidence in the All Blacks or interest in domestic rugby has been lower. The long white cloud stretching across NZ rugby fields has become a fog of ambivalence.

Crowd attendances are down. Player numbers are dropping. Super Rugby is a misnomer. World rugby’s endless rule tinkering has strangled anything resembling running rugby.

Players dive in, enter from the side, hands on the ground and the whistle squeals: A player pinned to the ground is penalised for not rolling away. It’s frustrating.

Matches are decided by endless kicks for territory, mauls, penalties and cards meted out on the whims of referees attempting to decipher a rule book that belongs in the Da Vinci code. Or a house fire.

Players of Team New Zealand are disappointed after the defeat during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on September 08, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

New Zealand players react after going down to France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

The result is drawn-out confusing stop-start whistle fests, too often determined by over-zealous officials trying to avoid red marks in the post-match review of missed infringements.

Our northern hemisphere compatriots will cry sour grapes, the antipodeans are just unhappy the rules don’t suit their style. It’s a fair point. Running rugby is in our DNA and I’ve never understood why the English are so enthralled by shots at goal.

The NZRFU and ARU have a symbiotic relationship. We play each other more often than anyone else, whether in Super Rugby or Tests. We both benefit when the Wallabies and All Blacks are strong, the banter and rivalry fierce.

South African rugby are looking after themselves. So should we.

Australasian Rugby’s rich fruits have been withering on the vine for years. The respective rugby unions have failed to act, either through self-interest, arrogance or denial. If they don’t work together, they will haemorrhage more fans to the NRL, AFL and football.

Here’s my suggestion. What was wrong with rugby in the late 90s? There were plenty of tries, decent crowds and it was great to watch. Let the northern hemisphere keep their kicking competitions and we can run our own game, how we like it. Fast and furious.

What do you think, ‘Straya?

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سایت بت برو : ACC visits valuable for 2025 three-star TE Logan Farrell

ACC visits valuable for 2025 three-star TE Logan Farrell

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سایت بت برو : Sourav Ganguly Named A Strong 15-Member Team India Squad For ICC ODI World Cup 2023

World Cup 2023: Sourav Ganguly named a strong 15-Member Team India Squad for ICC ODI World Cup 2023

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World Cup 2023: Sourav Ganguly named a strong 15-Member Team India Squad for ICC ODI World Cup 2023: The Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly picked his 15-member squad of Team India for the upcoming ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. The squad includes young and experienced players, with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kisan.

The World Cup 2023 will be held in India from October 5 to November 19 at 12 different venues. Team India will be playing their opening match against Australia on October 8 at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

India has a robust batting line-up led by Skipper Rohit Sharma, Chase Master Virat Kohli and Youngster Shubman Gill, and They are forming one of the strong top orders among all teams. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul will provide the experience in the middle order, whereas Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya will have the responsibility of finishing the game.

The bowling attack is also very strong, with the return of Jasprit Bumrah to the Indian team after a long time. Mohd. Shami and Mohd. Siraj will be supporting Bumrah from the other end. Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel will be the team’s spinners.

Ganguly has also picked Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul as wicketkeeping options, which gives the team flexibility in that position. Overall, this is a very strong squad that has the potential to win the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. However, they will need to play at their best if they want to lift the trophy.

Ganguly named three standby Players for the tournament. He took Tilak Verma as an extra batter, whereas Prasidh Krishna and Yuzvendra Chahal as an extra bowler, who can enter the team if someone gets injured in their respective area.

Sourav Ganguly’s Team squad for World Cup 2023:

Team India Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya (VC), Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.

Standby Players: Yuzvendra Chahal, Tilak Verma and Prasidh Krishna.

Read This Also: Asia Cup 2023: Schedule, Date & Time, Venues, Team List, Groups, Format, Live Streaming Details

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سایت بت برو : Rivals Rankings Week: Five-Star Countdown for 2024 class

Rivals Rankings Week: Five-Star Countdown for 2024 class

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It’s Rivals Rankings Week for the 2024 class as we update the Rivals250, position and state rankings heading into the fall high school season. We kick things off as always with the Five-Star Countdown. We will count down all 21 five-stars until we end at No. 1. Rivals recruiting director Adam Gorney offers his thoughts on each five-star.


Rivals Rankings Week

Sunday: Who should be No. 1?

Monday: Five-Star Countdown

Tuesday: New Rivals250 revealed | Gorney’s thoughts | Ten on the cusp of five-star status

Wednesday: Offensive position rankings

Thursday: Defensive position rankings

Friday: State rankings



Gorney’s Take: What we love most about Jeremiah Smith – other than all the physical and competitive traits to make him special – is that the Ohio State commit does not rest on his laurels. Smith not only competed at the OT7 National this summer in Southern California but drove 30 miles up the road to work out for the Elite 11 quarterbacks as well.

With his phenomenal size, athletic ability and tremendous hands, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The five-star is the most dominant high school receiver since Julio Jones.




Gorney’s Take: Later on Monday, everyone will learn whether the five-star defensive end from Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North commits to Oklahoma, Missouri or Georgia. Whichever program lands Williams Nwaneri is getting a really special prospect.

Nwaneri looks like a college defensive end playing against high school boys as he has NFL size, outstanding speed, great hands and the tracking ability to get people on the ground from anywhere. A push to No. 1 overall is not out of the question.



Gorney’s Take: Julian Sayin not only won the Elite 11 but was maybe a throw or two away from winning the pro day portion of that event – the most important part – as the Alabama commit proved once again he can hang with any quarterback in this class and might be the best one.

What stands out so much about Sayin is that he’s cerebral, underrated as an athlete and has precision passing ability, plus an under-the-radar competitiveness that should be perfect at Alabama.




Gorney’s Take: Colin Simmons is the most athletic defensive end in this class. He has relentless energy, pursues until the ball carrier is on the ground, beats offensive tackles with speed to the outside or his athletic ability to the inside. The new Texas commit is just all over the place, all the time. It seems as if Simmons has boundless energy that’s put into good use to make plays and his ability to cover ground is remarkable.




Gorney’s Take: We think Micah Hudson could be a slightly more physical Garrett Wilson at the same stage. A mistake was made to not move Wilson to five-star status although he was No. 32 in the 2019 class, but the same issue won’t be made with Hudson. He has electric speed but is also a smooth route runner who has phenomenal hands and concentration to bring in every ball thrown his way.

Texas Tech remains the frontrunner but the Temple (Texas) Lake Belton standout still hasn’t made his commitment as Texas A&M and Texas remain in the picture.



Gorney’s Take: The new Tennessee commit is just a supreme athlete in every way imaginable. As a receiver, Matthews runs smooth, solid routes to get open, he can take short passes and do special things or stretch the defense by running by cornerbacks.

On defense, the Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview recruit is a playmaker in the back end and Matthews is also a pretty elite basketball player as well.

Coach Josh Heupel should find numerous ways to get Matthews on the field – and early – in Knoxville.




Gorney’s Take: Justin Scott can line up in any gap along the defensive line and be destructive as he pushes around interior offensive linemen, can use his speed to get in the backfield and then does a great job of pursuit in getting the ball carrier to the ground. Whether it’s a double team or one-on-one, Scott is regularly going to win because of burst, power and then relentless pursuit. Some believe he could be an even better offensive lineman and while his coach at Chicago (Ill.) St. Ignatius thinks Scott could excel there, his rare qualities on defense make the Ohio State commit stand out.




Gorney’s Take: As a receiver, KJ Bolden might be a five-star as well. But the new Florida State commit is projected to play safety in college and he’s special there as well, not only patrolling the secondary and having the ranginess and instincts to make plays but he can also play straight corner or nickel as well.

Really, Buford (Ga.) uses the five-star all over the field as he’s fantastic on offense, elite on defense and really great on special teams as well.




Gorney’s Take: What David Stone does best is that he keeps his hands and feet active at all times. While he relies on the swim technique a lot to beat offensive linemen, he keeps it tight and doesn’t expose a lot of area for opponents to block him.

His speed is also elite since he can burst off the snap and get where he wants to be before the offensive linemen can get into their stance, which gives him another advantage. With that speed, unrelenting power and tons of pursuit, Stone is going to live in the backfield.

Oklahoma is considered the favorite with Miami, Florida and Texas A&M on his list. A commitment is coming later this month.



Gorney’s Take: Is it possible that even at No. 11 nationally, Kamarion Franklin is underrated? Stats aren’t everything but the Lake Cormorant, Miss., five-star defensive end had 93 tackles, 48 quarterback hurries and 19 sacks last season. Only at the all-star events will we get a final say on where Franklin should be rated but with his length and power off the edge, the five-star is really special and might only be tapping his potential.

A commitment is expected later this month with Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Miami and Florida State as his finalists.



Gorney’s Take: There is not much better junior season tape than that from Justin Williams, who has excellent size, pursues like a madman, can play near the line of scrimmage and blow up a running back in the hole, track players to the sideline or drop and play in coverage.

The new Georgia commit can really do it all on the football field and in coach Kirby Smart’s defense, the Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge standout should excel.




Gorney’s Take: Ellis Robinson recently moved to the top-rated cornerback in the 2024 class and after some impressive performances this summer, the Georgia commit is now a five-star prospect as well. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Robinson has great size and length and even though he’s a bigger corner, the Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout showed this summer he can turn and run with the best receivers in the class.

Robinson might not be a burner at the position but he can cover, make up ground and his length allows him to always be around the ball.




Gorney’s Take: One of the best-looking prospects in the 2024 class, Zaquan Patterson is expected to play safety in college but he also played receiver at OT7 Nationals and looked like an elite player wherever he is on the field. The Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna standout is phenomenal in coverage, does a great job tracking the deep ball and he’s super comfortable in space or coming up to make a big hit.

Miami is considered the favorite but Auburn, Florida State and others are involved.



Gorney’s Take: To be completely frank, Joshisa Trader will need a big senior season and a strong showing in the all-star events or he runs the risk of falling out of five-star status. Trader is a very talented receiver, he makes plays all over the field and when he flips over to defensive back he might even be better. But he didn’t work out at OT7 Nationals and was a little off the radar this offseason.

The Miami commit is really good but a first-round grade can only happen for so many so Trader needs to be back it up on the field. He definitely has the skills to do just that.




Gorney’s Take: The difference in talent level between Williams Nwaneri and Dylan Stewart is very slight – if at all – as the two are very similar players and dominant defensive linemen. Stewart might be a little more finesse off the edge but the South Carolina commit could also be slightly longer as both are incredibly athletic.

The Gamecocks beat Ohio State and others for the Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy standout and Stewart has all the tools NFL teams are looking for in edge rushers.




Gorney’s Take: Maybe Eddrick Houston doesn’t have the elite length as other five-star defensive ends in the 2024 class but in terms of production and disruption coming off the edge, the Buford, Ga., standout is a top-notch player and looks to back it up again in his senior season after a quiet summer.

Houston really moved way up in the rankings after great sophomore film and then impressive in-person evaluations as a junior. He can push by offensive linemen with power or get to the outside with speed.

Ohio State is considered the frontrunner but others remain as well.



Gorney’s Take: A move to Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz for his senior season only solidifies Myles Graham’s Florida commitment and the Gators are not only getting a legacy (he’s Earnest Graham’s son) but also an elite linebacker with phenomenal coverage skills and the ability to play in space.

Graham is an excellent running back himself but he projects on defense in Gainesville and that’s where the five-star can come down and hit, race to the sidelines to knock people around and play in space as comfortably as anyone else in the class.




Gorney’s Take: The St. Louis (Mo.) University five-star receiver, who’s looking at Missouri, Texas, Georgia and others, had a quiet offseason but showed up to the NIL Sports seminar/media day and definitely looked the part of an elite player.

Ryan Wingo has leaned out over the last year and is still a smooth route runner with great size and big hands. A big senior season – and especially an impressive showing at the all-star events – could solidify his five-star ranking.



Gorney’s Take: An argument could be made that the Ohio State quarterback commit was the most consistent at the Elite 11 through every drill and every test given to those players. The lefty is so compact in his delivery, spins it perfectly nearly every time and had no problem timing up with receivers and putting it on the money every time.

There’s another ancillary benefit to consider when it comes to Air Noland: He’s going to be surrounded by incredible receivers when he gets to Columbus, which will make his job easier.




Gorney’s Take: One of the biggest recruiting stories of the summer came in recent days when the five-star safety flipped his commitment from Georgia to Alabama. The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco prospect will be closely watched this season, and there will be pressure from others for these final five-star spots.

Peyton Woodyard is incredibly talented but so are many others. A big fall season and a strong showing at the all-star games will be crucial.


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سایت بت برو : England-Nigeria, Australia-Denmark predictions, picks by Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica

England-Nigeria, Australia-Denmark predictions, picks by Chris 'The Bear' Fallica

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“Bear Bets” are real wagers that Chris “The Bear” Fallica is actually making.

The 2023 Women’s World Cup is heating up now that we’re in the knockout stage — and you can watch all the action on FOX and the FOX Sports app.

RELATED: United States vs. Sweden highlights: Sweden triumphs on penalty kicks

As for gambling on these matches, I’ll give you my best bets daily throughout the tournament. Basically, if I see an edge, and I’m betting on it, I’ll share it. I want us all to win!

I believe in transparency, so my tournament best bets record currently sits at 27-19, +$393. This is based on my wager amounts, with each being to win $100. But remember, you can always bet any amount you are comfortable with.

Let’s dive into the fun with a couple of bets I’m making for Day 3 of the knockout stage.

England vs. Nigeria, 3:30 a.m. ET Monday, FS1 and the FOX Sports app

England to advance and Both Teams To Score (BTTS) No (-170)

Nigeria has been tough to crack, as it didn’t concede a goal in two of its three group matches. So it wouldn’t surprise me if this one went to extra time. It also wouldn’t surprise me if England scored early and just saw the game out. 

This has been a tourney of major shocks, but I can’t see the major shock of England not advancing here — especially with the lineup changes and change in tactics employed by Sarina Wiegman. 

PICK: England to advance and BTTS No (bet $10 to win $15.88 total)

Vlatko Andonovski’s postgame news conference after USWNT’s elimination vs. Sweden

Vlatko Andonovski's postgame news conference after USWNT's elimination vs. Sweden

Check out Vlatko Andonovski’s postgame presser after the USWNT’s elimination vs. Sweden in the round of 16 in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Australia vs. Denmark, 6:30 a.m. ET Monday, FS1 and the FOX Sports app

Under 2.5 goals (-165)

Denmark has scored three goals in the tourney. One was from the penalty spot against Haiti, one was in the 90th minute versus China, and one was in the 10th minute of stoppage time against Haiti. 

This has the feel of Denmark just trying to get to extra time against the host nation and not leave itself open to counterattacks and dangerous chances. 

I can’t see Denmark scoring unless Australia does something very bad — which it did against Nigeria. Either way, I expect two goals max in the 90 minutes. 

PICK: Under 2.5 goals by both teams combined (bet $10 to win $16.06 total)

Chris “The Bear” Fallica has covered sports for nearly three decades. While college football has been his focus, he also enjoys the NFL, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, MLB, NHL and Horse Racing, with an “occasional” wager on such events. Chris recently won the inaugural Circa Football Invitational and finished in the Top 10 of the Golden Nugget Football Contest. He’s a multiple-time qualifier for the NHC Handicapping Championship. Remember, “The less you bet, the more you lose when you win!” Follow him on Twitter @chrisfallica

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