BOSTON (AP):Horse track operators and breeders are concerned that the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that he has helped prop up their long-suffering industry.Twenty states divert a slice of casino and slots parlors revenue to help boost horse racing prize money, according to the American Gaming Association. Bigger purses, the thinking goes, will draw the top-level horses and generate more track bets, helping revive the once-popular industry.But facing budget deficits and out-of-state casino competition, some lawmakers are reassessing.”Every local track and every local horsemen’s group is always worried about that,” says Christopher Scherf, executive vice-president of the Maryland-based Thoroughbred Racing Associations. “Politicians see someone has money and they figure they can use it. That’s what they do.”Generally, the racing subsidies call for diverting a percentage of table game and slot machine revenues to a state fund with strict guidelines for how the money is spent.Massachusetts, for example, gives 75 per cent of the money to the thoroughbred racing industry and the rest to harness racing. The two industries must then dedicate 80 per cent to racing purses, 16 per cent towards races reserved for Massachusetts-bred horses and four per cent to health and retirement benefits for industry workers.Such subsidies are a critical lifeline for racing, which has seen steady declines across a number of industry metrics, including the number of races and racing horse births and overall betting activity, according to data from the Jockey Club, a leading industry group.Decreasing numbersFew tracks even keep attendance numbers anymore because the number of spectators has dropped off so dramatically, experts say.Nevertheless, there was over $1.1 billion in prize money available in 2014, thanks in large part to the racing subsidies, which generated over $400 million towards purses that year, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Associations.Louis Raffetto, a long-time racing executive, says the subsidy is a small price to pay to preserve thousands of jobs at tracks and farms.”It’s minuscule in the grand scheme of things. The economic benefit is well worth those short dollars,” says Raffetto, who is helping coordinate three “festival” thoroughbred race days at Boston’s Suffolk Downs, starting with a Saturday race card featuring over $500,000 in prize money made possible by the state’s new race horse development fund.
Charles Barkley supports Colin Kaepernick’s stance but says there are repercussions. (Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic/Gary Melendez for ESPN/The Source)Charles Barkley is usually one to go against the grain of resistance, but when it comes to Colin Kaepernick’s continued free agency, he’s singing a different tune.“The dude is getting blackballed because he’s messing with [NFL owner’s] money,” Barkley said at the National Association of Black Journalists conference Thursday, Aug. 10, according to Marc J. Spears of “The Undefeated.”Kaepernick drew criticism last season when he sat down and later took a knee during the national anthem to protest Black oppression and, at the time, Barkley wanted more to be done.“Everybody’s engaged already,” Barkley told the Bleacher Report in October. Everybody’s talking about it and know about it. I’m just a bit more big on action. Once you get off your knee, like, ‘OK, what are you doing?’ Because football season is going to be over soon. And the question is: How long do you do it? When is it over?’”Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the San Fransico 49ers in March, reportedly has decided he won’t protest this season, but he has yet to be signed to a new team. The quarterback has been keeping busy giving to charity and discovering his roots in recent months and hasn’t commented publicly on his circumstance.Barkley, however, has weighed in regularly on the matter.“I think what Colin has done has been awesome,” Barkley said during a call-in interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” Wednesday, Aug. 9. “I think his cause is terrific, but there are ramifications and he’s paying for those. For every action, there’s a reaction. You look at the greatest athlete of all time, Muhammad Ali. When he didn’t go in the draft, there were ramifications. He didn’t get to fight for three years. So, as noble as what Colin is doing — and it’s very noble — but there are consequences. … It’s very unfortunate, but when you take a stance on certain things, there is a price to pay. It’s that simple.”
1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 Source: EdjFootball 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Game winning chance 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 DVOADVOA 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Philadelphia69.670.472.0 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible.
Jose Mourinho has accepted a 12-month prison sentence for tax fraud but won’t serve any time. He will also pay a €2.2m to the Spanish state.Mourinho has been accused of failing to declare an image rights revenue and willingly evading to play tax expenses of nearly €3.3 million during his time as Real Madrid manager.He was in charge of Real in the period from 2010 to 2013 and committed the offenses between 2011 and 2012.His representatives, Gestifute Media back in 2016 have released a statement insisting he was “fully compliant with tax obligations”. They insisted that Jose Mourinho paid more than €26m in tax at an average rate of more than 41% while he lived in Spain between 2010 and 2013.A year and a half ago it was reported that Mourinho closed a deal with the Spanish prosecutors. Speaking to reporters outside the court in Pozuelo de Alarcon in November 2017, he said: “I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed.”Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud, but will not serve jail time.More: https://t.co/pwhwY17jjq pic.twitter.com/P9SkKFxmCb— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 5, 2019The deal was ratified at court on Tuesday. Mourinho accepted the one-year jail sentence and agreed to pay €2.2 million fine.He will not spend any time in prison because his sentence is under two years. In Spain offenders of non-violent nature usually, do not do time if their sentence is under two years. They serve it on probation instead. Jose Mourino is one of the many football stars accused of tax fraud in Spain.The 56-year old is taking a rest from football at the moment. Jose was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018. He will do pundit work for Bein Sports in the next period.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Mourinho was a special guest to an ice-hockey match in Russia two days ago. It wasn’t the best experience for him, as he embarrassed himself after a hilarious fall on the ground.Spanish authorities are doing an impressive job on tax evasion within football in recent years.Barcelona star Messi accepted a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud. He and his father, Jorge, were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.They also made voluntary €5m “corrective payments”, which was equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013. Lionel and Jorge Messi paid fines of €2m and €1.5m each.Cristiano Ronaldo is also on the list of tax frauds. He accepted €18.8 million deal with the Spanish prosecutors the past month. His prison sentence was also suspended, due to being under two years.
A woman is said to have committed suicide by shooting herself at a residential building in the Indira Road area of the capital on Sunday, reports UNB.She was identified as Sofia Khan, 55, wife of Md Mahmud Reza Khan, former secretary of the liberation war affairs ministry.Gopal Gonesh Biswas, officer-in-charge of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station, quoting Mahmud Reza Khan said Sofia was a mental patient, and around 5:30pm, she shot herself with his gun in their 3-storey residential building in the Indira Road part of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.Although she was taken to Square Hospital afterwards, doctors there could only declare her dead. On information, police recovered the body from the hospital around 8:30pm and sent it to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, OC added.It remains unclear how she gained access to the firearm.
“The Expanse,” produced by Alcon Television Group, is based on the novels by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). The story is set 200 years in the future, when humans have colonized the solar system, with the United Nations controlling Earth and an independent military power inhabiting Mars. The series begins with Earth and Mars on the verge of war over air and water resources located in the asteroid belt — and a conspiracy threatens the survival of humanity.The TV series was co-created and written by Mark Fergus (“Iron Man”) and Hawk Otsby (“Children of Men”). Naren Shankar is the showrunner.The series stars Thomas Jane (“Deep Blue Sea”), Shohreh Asgdashloo (“Star Trek: Beyond”), Steve Strait (“The Covenant”), Dominique Tipper (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Wes Chatam (“The Hunger Games”), Cas Anvar (“Punisher: War Zone”), Frankie Adams (“Mortal Engines”), Shawn Doyle (“Frequency”), Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead”), Florence Faivre (“The Sia Renaissance”) and Cara Gee (“Empire of Dirt”).“The Expanse” has a Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 90% and an average audience score of 96%. Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in L.A. (Amazon hasn’t announced a premiere date for season 4.) Bezos has a personal passion for space exploration, having founded space-aeronautics and spaceflight company Blue Origin in 2000. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15