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No NFL player has garnered more betting interest this offseason than Trey Lance on multiple sportsbooks.

The San Francisco 49ers sophomore quarterback was a fashionable bet to win the regular season MVP. Lance has drawn more MVP money than Tom Brady at PointsBet, and in August more MVP money was bet on Lance at Caesars Sportsbook than all other NFC quarterbacks combined. Only Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert attracted more bets.

Of the dozens of player props throughout the season offered by Caesars, more money was bet on Lance’s rushing yards than any other prop, bumping the line from 475.5 to 625.5 . The third most-bet player prop at the Caesars was Lance’s under rushing bet. A Caesars representative called Lance “easily one of Caesars’ top 3 pre-season NFL stories”.

Part of the off-season betting interest for Lance stems from the odds. He opened at 200-1 to win Caesars MVP, a high price for a starting quarterback over a perceived Super Bowl contender. His odds improved to 40-1 heading into the season.

The over/under opening for his ground yardage also varied widely in sports betting. PointsBet opened it at 524.5. Savvy bettors live to capitalize on market gaps and aren’t afraid to bet both sides of a prop on different sportsbooks for a chance to hit the middle and win both bets.

Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for Caesars, described the MVP action on Lance as “surprising and not surprising”.

“Looking back, our opening number was a bit too high, but he’s basically a rookie taking full charge for the first time,” Pullen said. “We’ll see if he can put up the type numbers that Rodgers or Brady or Mahomes will do. Then we’re still getting a lot of 49ers money from our Northern Nevada punters, and clearly they’re taking Lance. We had a big responsibility on Jimmy [Garoppolo] to win MVP before last season.”

In addition to market differences, Caesars bettors speculated that uncertainty over 49ers star Deebo Samuel’s retention and where last year’s starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo would end up could be angles that motivated bettors.

“Lance is a fascinating player for so many reasons… tons of betting options considering he’s a threat to run and touchdown scores, and is currently in a low information spot due to ‘a limited number of freshman snaps,’ Sam Garriock, senior NFL trader for PointsBet, told ESPN.

Interest in Lance continued in Week 1. Caesars Sportsbook didn’t take its first bet on Lance’s rushing yards (38.5) against the Chicago Bears until Friday. Caesars stopped betting on the prop Sunday morning after photos of botched conditions at Soldier Field began circulating on social media. Lance finished with 54 rushing yards in the 49ers’ 19-10 loss to the Bears – one of four outright upsets by the underdogs in a big Sunday opener for the bookmakers.

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Professional bettors caused two notable line moves in Sunday’s matches. Both coins turned out to be correct.

• On Tuesday, influential betting syndicate Right Angle Sports published the Chiefs -4.5 over the Cardinals as a bet. The line climbed to Chiefs -6.5, before closing at a -6 consensus. Caesars Sportsbook reported taking a pair of “six-figure” bets Friday on the Chiefs at -6 and -6.5. Kansas City won 44-21.

• On Saturday afternoon, in the midst of a big day of college football, line-moving money appeared on the Vikings, who in a matter of hours went from underdogs at home to small favorites over the Packers. Green Bay had been a 1.5-point favorite for months, but enough money was poured into the Vikings Saturday and Sunday morning to drive the line to Minnesota -2 at some pounds.

“Late money has flowed into the Vikings,” John Murray, executive director of the SuperBook in Las Vegas, told ESPN. “We kept on moving [the line], and the sharps still continued to play against the Vikings. We can definitely see why now. The public was also on the Vikings. Normally, the Packers losing as a minor road favorite — which has been the line all summer — would be a great outcome for us, but it really wasn’t. So many sharp, public players in Minnesota.”

“Vikings seemed to be the sharp end all offseason,” Andy Morrissey, trader for WynnBET, wrote in an email. “The decision ended up being our worst result of the weekend.”

In addition to those two losers, the sportsbook took the chin on the Ravens covering the 6.5-point spread in a comfortable 24-9 win over the Jets. It was the worst decision on Sunday for several sportsbooks.

However, before you get overwhelmed with bookies’ worry, there’s this from SuperBook’s Murray: “The combination of all those college football games and UFC 279 made Saturday our biggest day since March. madness.”

PointsBet Senior Director of Communications Patrick Eichner called Week 1 of the NFL “a great start to the season” and other sportsbooks echoed those sentiments.

“Our priority every week 1 [of the NFL season] is to bring as many customers back to the platform as possible,” Karol Corcoran, managing director of online bookmaker FanDuel, said on Sunday evening. “And we succeeded.

College football notables

• Sports betting has cleaned up in Alabama’s close call against Texas on Saturday. In what was the highest-bet college football game of the day, the books won big on the underdog Longhorns covering the spread, both overall and in the first half.

The Crimson Tide have been a first-half covering machine for the past few seasons (19-6-1 ATS the past two seasons), and the betting public had taken notice. As of Saturday morning, more money had been wagered on the Alabama-Texas spread in the first half than on 32 of 45 full-game spreads at Caesars Sportsbook.

Most of the first half’s money was on Alabama, despite a line that grew out of proportion to the full game away. The Crimson Tide closed as consensus 21.5-point favorites for the game; the first half line climbed to Alabama -14.

Caesars reported that 95% of bets on the first half line were on Alabama. A savvy bettor, however, won the Longhorns +14 for $22,000 at Caesars and was rewarded with a 10-10 halftime draw. The Crimson Tide mounted a late rally and won 20-19.

“It was a godsend for the house,” said Lamar Mitchell, sportsbook manager for BetMGM Nevada Books.

The amount bet on the Alabama-Texas game was similar to the amount bet on an NFL top 5 game on Sunday, according to Caesars Sportsbook chief business officer Craig Mucklow.

• On Saturday, a New Jersey bettor with Caesars Sports hit a $50 money line, in-play bet with Marshall (+1,050), Washington State (+650) and Appalachia State (+ 700) who paid $34,450.

• Colorado State opened as a 5-point favorite over Middle Tennessee State at Circa Sports, the Las Vegas-based sportsbook site known for posting some of the weekly college football top lines on the market. The line closed to Colorado State -14. Middle Tennessee took a 34-0 lead and won 34-19.

• Notable opening lines from Week 3: (via Circa Sports)
Georgia -26, 48.5 at South Carolina
Oklahoma -16, 68.5 in Nebraska
UConn at Michigan -45, 58.5
Cal to Notre Dame -11, 41.5
Penn State at Auburn -3, 47.5
BYU at Oregon -3, 56
Michigan State at Washington -2, 54.5
Miami at Texas A&M -5, 50.5
Fresno State at USC -12, 74.5

Sportsbook opens at NFL Stadium

Hours before the Chiefs-Cardinals kick off on Sunday, the Cards’ new stadium attraction — a two-story, 17,000-square-foot BetMGM sportsbook — was already buzzing.

“The fans were at the door as soon as it opened [at 9 a.m. PT]“Wrote BetMGM senior manager David Main in an email to ESPN.

The sportsbook, just steps from State Farm Stadium, is one of the very first on an NFL site. (FanDuel operates a retail book in the parking lot of the MetLife Stadium complex in New Jersey.) It’s a sign of the changing sports landscape in the United States. In the past four years alone, the NFL has gone from getting as far away from the game as possible to now having sports betting in stadiums and browsing the ticket on the league’s cable network.

At a groundbreaking ceremony last week, BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt said his company “shares the vision of the Arizona Cardinals in finding new ways to break down barriers and entertain fans.”

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill added, “We are proud and thrilled to be the first team in the NFL to bring this kind of unprecedented gear and innovative experience to its fans. The BetMGM Sportsbook at State Farm Stadium gives us a chance to engage current and potential fans on a year-round basis in a fun, entertaining and responsible way.”

The place with a grill and a bar will be open all year round. Videos posted to social media by BetMGM showed lines of fans and bettors stepping up to betting windows and self-service betting kiosks. Cain said fans started filtering as the Chiefs-Cardinals game got closer to kickoff, but early in the day it was lively.

“It was great fun to see the energy as the chaotic morning unfolded,” Cain said.

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Season 3 of The Witcher is expected to slice and dice more monsters in the summer of 2023. But before Henry Cavill returns as Geralt de Rivera in the new series, netflix has confirmed that the prequel series Blood Origin will debut this Christmas.

Season 2 of The Witcher saw Cavill’s Geralt and Freya Allen’s Ciri band together to take on monsters (and humans) in swordplay action, only to end up with a bounty on their heads. While waiting for the new season next year, the prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin will air on December 25.

The streaming service confirmed the release dates for Season 3 and Blood Origin at the annual Tudum marketing event (named after the noise you hear at the start of every Netflix show). Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series, Netflix’s fantasy franchise also includes an animated series.

Blood Origin stars Sophia Brown as Éile, a warrior in the Queen’s Guard, and Michelle Yeoh as Scian, the last of a tribe of elves. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the series, guided by showrunner Declan de Barra:

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3 things to watch for during Chicago Cubs’ final 10 games, including Patrick Wisdom’s home run quest and Willson’ Contreras’ potential return

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Playing in close games has been a staple for the Chicago Cubs this season.

They entered Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates having won each of their last four games by one run. It was the first time the Cubs won four straight road games by one run since June 17-21, 1989, according to team historian Ed Hartig.

Overall, the Cubs’ 85 games decided by two runs or less are the most in Major League Baseball ahead of the Pirates (83). The Cubs own a 39-46 record (.459) in those games. They also have played 50 one-run games, third-most in the majors.

“We’ve had some opportunities lately that the other team has given us some gifts to help us out a little bit,” manager David Ross said Saturday. “That’s something that we focus on to try to get a little bit better, but I wouldn’t say anything stood out (during this stretch). I think these guys are playing hard to the end and they’re doing some little things to help themselves out.”

With 10 games remaining after their 6-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday — one in Pittsburgh, three versus the Philadelphia Phillies and six straight against the Cincinnati Reds — the Cubs need to go at least 7-3 to avoid a 90-loss season.

Saturday might have served as Wade Miley’s final outing with the Cubs this year. Miley exited in the fifth inning with left oblique tightness.

He felt the backside of his left oblique start to grab when he turned to make throw to second base in the fifth inning. The errant throw resulted in an error with nobody out to put runners on second and third, leading to the Pirates’ five-run inning after Adbert Alzolay replaced Miley.

He has started only eight games for the Cubs because of three stints on the IL: left elbow inflammation and twice due to a strained left shoulder. Miley, a free agent after the season, has pitched well when healthy, posting a 3.34 ERA in 35 innings.

“I mean, it’s been a frustrating year, no doubt,” Miley said. “But it’s also been a big learning experience for myself and obviously a lot of young players getting to come up and handling some failure and having some success.”

As a team, the Cubs haven’t had much to play for in a while, but there remain a few individual performances worth keeping an eye on during the final 1½ weeks.

1. Patrick Wisdom’s quest for a 25-homer season

A left finger injury has hampered Patrick Wisdom since late August, affecting his ability to get in a rhythm after costing him 14 games on the injured list.

But after hitting a home run in two of his last three games heading into Saturday, Wisdom is trying to finish strong. He is one away from 25 homers this season, coming off hitting a franchise rookie record 28 in 2021.

If Wisdom connects for one more homer, he would become the fourth Cubs third baseman to record multiple 25-homer seasons, joining Ron Santo (eight times), Aramis Ramírez (seven) and Kris Bryant (four). He nearly went deep Saturday. PNC Park kept in his 374-foot flyout to left field in the sixth inning, which would be a home run in 28 of 30 ballparks.

“Swinging at good pitches, controlling my swing — I take a lot of swings that are probably max effort up there sometimes, so I tell myself to tailor it back a little bit and not swing so hard,” Wisdom said Friday after he homered. “And so those are the good ones, and the bad ones are I’m swinging too hard. I don’t know if it’s making up for my finger feeling iffy.”

2. Willson Contreras and Nico Hoerner eye a return to game action

The schedule is starting to work against the catcher and shortstop.

Both players have remained hopeful of returning before the season ends from their respective injuries. Hoerner (right triceps strain) made on-field throws before Saturday’s game for the second time this series while Contreras (left ankle sprain) again took batting practice Saturday after vigorously testing his ankle on the bases Friday, including turns that had not felt great his previous attempt.

For Contreras, the Cubs’ upcoming six-game homestand represents potentially his last time playing in front of a home crowd at Wrigley Field. While he already endured the emotions and goodbyes during the final home games leading up to the trade deadline, this likely will feel more final as Contreras, an impending free agent, heads in to the offseason. A return at some point in the next week would provide one more opportunity for the World Series champion to cherish cheers from Cubs fans.

Hoerner has nothing to prove in returning before the end of the season besides getting more at-bats and experience. His all-around play has made him the Cubs’ most consistent player this year, especially when factoring in his value with his elite defense at shortstop. He has proved to be worth building around.

3. Pitchers galore

The Cubs set a big-league record last season when they used 69 players, and they are on the verge of setting a new mark on the pitching side.

Through Friday’s game, the Cubs have utilized 42 pitchers, including three position players. That ties the most ever in a single season by any major-league team, matching the 2019 Mariners, 2021 Orioles and 2021 Mets.

Had Monday’s 10-3 loss to the Miami Marlins gotten a little more out of hand, Ross would have turned to a pitcher and considered using first baseman Alfonso Rivas if the situation arose. Rivas appeared in 28 games during his first two seasons at the University of Arizona, posting a 9.20 ERA in 29⅓ innings. He could be the guy if the Cubs are part of a blowout game in these last 10 games.

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Hundreds of thousands of Canadians were without power on Saturday after former Hurricane Fiona hit the country’s Atlantic provinces, causing what officials said was shocking and devastating damage.

Trees were felled and utility poles were snapped in half, and roofs were torn from buildings and homes swept away after Fiona made landfall in eastern Nova Scotia around 3 a.m., said officials.

When Fiona made landfall near Whitehead, it was a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds of 90 mph, officials said.

“It’s shocking the damage we’re seeing,” Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said Saturday.

A storm surge of over 6 feet hit Prince Edward Island. The damage is likely the worst ever seen in the province, and recovery will take weeks or more, Premier Dennis King said.

No deaths associated with the storm had been reported as of Saturday afternoon.

More than 471,000 customers in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland were without power Saturday, according to utilities.

Nova Scotia Power CEO Peter Gregg said some would be without power for “several days.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has canceled plans to attend the state funeral in Japan for slain former prime minister Shinzo Abe. He said the storm had a “terrible impact”.

“We are seeing devastating images coming out of Port aux Basques,” Trudeau said. “PEI. (Prince Edward Island) suffered storm damage the likes of which they had never seen. Cape Breton is also hard hit, as is Quebec.

He said the country’s armed forces would be deployed to help in the aftermath and the federal government would be ready to help.

In Port aux Basques, on Newfoundland’s southwest coast, evacuations were ordered and Mayor Brian Button said “utter devastation” was occurring, CBC reported.

News agency video showed homes being swept away. Phil Boyles fled because of the storm surge. “I took out everything I could try to keep, and now it looks like I can’t even come back,” he said, according to CBC.

Fiona was a Category 4 hurricane as it approached Bermuda.

It caused major damage in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic earlier this week when it was a Category 1 storm. Fifteen deaths in Puerto Rico and two deaths in the Dominican Republic have been linked to the storm, officials said.

The hurricane was expected to be a historic weather event for eastern Canada.

In Prince Edward Island, King, the premier, said Saturday the damage was likely the worst the province has ever seen.

“It was billed as one of the strongest storms to ever hit our province, and by all accounts, Hurricane Fiona lived up to that billing,” he said.

He was grateful there were no reports of serious injuries or worse, but said “our road to recovery will take weeks or more”.

As of 6 p.m. local time, Fiona was 80 miles northwest of Port aux Basques and moving northeast at 8 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was expected to move across Labrador and the Labrador Sea late Saturday and Sunday. It will produce large swells and life-threatening rip currents, the center said.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Chris Autman-Bell was live-tweeting during Saturday’s Gophers game from back home in Minnesota.

After being lost for the season due to a knee injury last week, the U’s No. 1 receiver who had surgery Wednesday was showing support from afar, and he had to mix in a lot of names during the 34-7 win over Michigan State at Spartan Stadium.

Quarterback Tanner Morgan connected with 10 pass-catchers and showed what the by-committee approach to replacing Autman-Bell might look like for the rest of the 2022 season.

On Saturday, Michael Brown-Stephens led the way with six receptions on six targets for 73 yards, but Dylan Wright, Daniel Jackson and Brevyn Spann-Ford each had three grabs and at least 40 yards apiece.

“We have a lot of guys that can go make plays for us,” said Morgan, who finished 23 for 26 for 268 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. “We saw that (Saturday), a lot of guys were involved in the game plan and made plays. It makes my job really easy.”

Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck said in the absence of a clear No. 1 target, they run an offense that goes through progressions, mixing in run-pass option, spreading people out, use different formations and personnel groups and keep a defense from focusing on only one or two primary pass-catchers.

The variety was most apparent when backup tight end Nick Kallerup caught his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Gophers also checked down to running backs, with Mo Ibrahim having two receptions, while Bryce Wiliams and Trey Potts had one apiece.

Morgan said his progressions have been much improved this season in a reunion with offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca.

“When you know what you are looking for and you are confident with the play that’s called, good looks for it, bad looks for it, spacial awareness, you can move through the progression faster,” Morgan said. “…I felt really good with that. I do need to continue to improve on it.”

Minnesota also took advantage of a Spartans pass defense that allowed nearly 400 yards and four passing touchdowns in a 39-28 loss to Washington last week. They were dead last in pass defense in 2021 and are struggling again.

Jackson, who missed the first two games this seasons with an ankle injury, had his first two touchdown receptions of the season.

“We have (Autman-Bell) with us the whole time,” Jackson said. “He is in all of our hearts. The goal is to be consistent and execute the game plan, and I felt like we did that pretty well.”

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Two Republican senators have expressed concern to the Biden administration over growing cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“We are troubled by reports that Russia and North Korea are strengthening their relationship, which will help [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s unjust and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Hagerty said in their letter dated Thursday.

“North Korea and Russia have recently agreed to send North Korean workers to areas of Ukraine seized by Russia,” their letter continues. “We also learned that Russia was trying to buy millions of artillery shells and rockets from North Korea.”

Rubio and Hagerty urged the Biden administration “to fully implement congressional and multilateral sanctions to increase pressure on the Kim regime.”

The senators sent the letter Thursday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Rubio is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee. Hagerty is a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee.

In response to the senators’ letter, a State Department spokesperson told VOA’s Korea Service on Saturday that “it is important that the international community sends a strong and unified message that the DPRK must end its illegal actions, uphold its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions, and engage in serious and sustained negotiations with the United States.”

North Korea’s official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The spokesperson continued, “The UN sanctions against the DPRK remain in place and we will continue to encourage all member states to implement them, including through diplomacy at the United Nations and with the DPRK’s neighbors. “.

VOA Korean Service contacted North Korea’s UN mission in New York to seek comment on the senators’ letter, but did not receive a response. The service also contacted the Russian embassy in Washington and its UN mission in New York, but received no response.

The UN Security Council has sanctioned North Korea for arms exports in several resolutions dating back to 2006, and in December 2017 it passed a resolution banning member states from hiring North Korean workers. in response to Pyongyang’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile a month earlier.

The United States and its allies and partners sanctioned Russia, barring it from the global financial system days after its Feb. 21 invasion of Ukraine.

After the setbacks of war, Moscow turned to Pyongyang for help.

In July, Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia that Moscow was willing to hire North Korean workers to rebuild the Russian-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk republics in the Donbass region.

On July 14, North Korea recognized the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, the two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.

According to the US State Department, Russia wants to buy rockets and artillery shells from North Korea because it lacks weapons.

At a press briefing on September 6, Vedant Patel, deputy spokesman for the State Department, said: “The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of buying millions of rockets and shells from artillery to North Korea for use in Ukraine”.

He added: “This purchase indicates that the Russian military continues to suffer from severe supply shortages due in part to export controls and sanctions.”

Russia’s UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzya has said the US claim of Moscow buying arms from Pyongyang is “another fake”, according to Tass, a state-run news agency.

North Korea said on Thursday that it had “never exported arms or ammunition to Russia” and “did not plan to export any,” it said in a statement released by KCNA.

The North Korean statement did not mention sending workers to Donbass.

North Korea continued to say that it “never recognized” the “illegal UN Security Council sanctions resolutions” imposed on North Korea “that were concocted by the United States and their vassal forces”.

If Moscow hires workers and buys weapons from North Korea, it would violate the sanctions it imposed on the regime as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Such deals would also put North Korea in violation of sanctions aimed at preventing Pyongyang from earning much-needed hard currency to fund the development of nuclear missiles and ballistic missiles.

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A losing streak that started Monday in Cleveland, continued in a trip to Kansas City and persisted once returning home, finally came to its conclusion on Saturday.

The Twins snapped their five-game skid with an 11-hit effort combined with strong performances from their bullpen in Saturday’s 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field.

The Twins took the lead in the middle innings, breaking open a tied game with a Jermaine Palacios sacrifice fly in the fourth inning before Gary Sánchez launched a loud three-run home run to left-center field in the bottom of the fifth to help the Twins pull away for good.

Sánchez also drove in a run in the first inning, finishing the day with four runs batted in while Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela each had three hits in the win. Luis Arraez, who is in a race for the batting title alongside Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts and New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, finished the day with a pair of hits and two runs scored.

The Twins paired the offensive outburst with a nice night on the mound, as Griffin Jax, Caleb Thielbar, Michael Fulmer and Jorge López all put up zeroes after starter Joe Ryan’s early departure. Twins relievers at one point sent down 11 batters in a row before Jhoan Duran allowed a single to Mickey Moniak in the ninth inning. Duran was the only reliever to allow a hit  — and run — in the game. Mike Trout’s sacrifice fly plated the Angels’ fourth run before Duran retired Shohei Ohtani to end the game.

Ryan, who was pulled after four innings, marking one of his shortest starts of the season, allowed three runs on four hits. All three of those runs came in the third inning, knotting the game at 3-3. Angels stars Trout and Ohtani provided the offense, with Trout’s double off Ryan driving in the Angels’ first run of the night and Ohtani’s single right after plating two more runs.

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