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Syracuse Rises in March with Runs to Sweet 16 and Beyond

Posted on March 27, 2021 by Chris Kent

Double-digit seeds usually have a short stay in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. In fact, only five double- digit seeds have ever reached the Final Four since 1979 when the selection committee began seeding teams. While the intrigue, drama, and excitement of this event is largely built on these lower seeds knocking off their favored counterparts, they typically have been eliminated during the first weekend of play after a win or two if you include the First Four which started in 2011. Not if you are Syracuse.

The Orange have defied the odds. Syracuse has advanced to the Sweet 16 in three of the last five NCAA tournaments as a double-digit seed. The Orange are there this year as a No. 11 seed and will meet No. 2 Houston in the Midwest regional semifinals tonight. Tip-off is set for 9:55 pm EST.

Syracuse has added to the appeal of March Madness over the years based on its’ dramatic play.

While this success is a credit to the coaching of hall-of-fame head coach Jim Boeheim and his heavily capable assistants, it is also Syracuse’s fabled 2-3 zone defense that is a major factor in befuddling opponents as they are not used to it. A proven winner and an elite coach, Boeheim and his assistants do a masterful job of getting the most out of their players and improving during the season. While the Orange have finished anywhere between sixth and 10th in the final ACC regular season standings over the last six seasons, Syracuse is typically on the upswing the last week of the regular season as they head into March.

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Royal Horse Racing: Meet the Queen’s Horses

Posted on March 24, 2021 by John Harris

Horse racing is loved by many, and not least by the Queen herself. As a life-long and avid fan of the sport, the Queen enjoys watching the big races and we’re pretty sure she’s enjoyed a bet or two in her time. As well as enjoying the racing action, she also has ownership of her own horses, and enjoys watching them race and win. She also rides herself, and perhaps one of the most iconic moments of her long reign came in 1982 when she rode with Ronald Reagan during his state visit to the UK. Here we take a look at royal horse racing, and invite you to meet the queen’s horses. It is well known that the Queen has a deep love for all of her horses and that she has been interested in riding horses ever since she was a young girl. Her father bred many of the horses that she came to know and love, and perhaps it is from him that her interest and love of horses comes. If you are someone that enjoys the betting element of horse racing, signing up to SkyBet would be a great first step purely due to all of the offers given.

It may also interest you to learn that the Queen names all of her horses herself and had in-depth knowledge about their parentage, health and ancestry.

Burmese

The horse that the Queen rode when Reagan came to visit was presented to her by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Mounties) in 1969. The Queen rode her in Trooping the Colour for eighteen years, and it is fair to say that she was one of the Queen’s favourite horses.

Sanction

Sanction holds a very special place in royal hearts as she was the last home-bred horse that the Queen rode before switching to ride native ponies. Sanction and Her Majesty the Queen had a special relationship, and the Queen often spoke fondly of the horse during interviews.

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7 Craziest Sports That You Might Not Have Heard Before

Posted on March 24, 2021 by Ronald Mccarthy

The world of sport is a vast domain of never-ending tests of talent, gameplay, and fitness, with billions of followers and players worldwide. Sports, in general, serves to be the largest source of entertainment for the global population. The world is familiar with several different sports and physical exertions that have been present around us for years. Such a prolonged presence and the obvious element of fun have helped certain events become the mainstream for sports. These include globally renowned and followed sports such as football, cricket, basketball, baseball, formula-1 racing, and much more.

With billions of stakeholders around the world, these sports attract most of the coverage in the industry. Often some of them create enough buzz to be heard in the mainstream and are played at professional levels. It is worth mentioning that although these sports are highly followed and pay high incentives at the professional level, they also require sportspeople to be physically and mentally fit. Athletes working at professional levels have to prioritize their health and fitness to perform well on the field.

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7 Things To Consider Before Buying Sporting Memorabilia

Posted on March 23, 2021 by Caleb Green

Buying sports memorabilia is nothing new. In fact, collecting sporting items like signed athlete equipment, trading cards, contracts, and even a famous athlete’s baby photo dates back to the 1800s when baseball was becoming a popular pastime for New York’s elites. 

Today, collectors are even more aggressive when it comes to hunting down era-defining sports collectibles. It’s gotten so big that items like baseball and basketball cards have reached the million-dollar range in terms of value. The money involved in this business has attracted serious collectors and dealers like Thiago de Mattos and others investors who want a piece of this profitable industry. 

For a rookie collector, this may seem too overwhelming. But this article will cover all that you need to know before you buy your first sporting memorabilia. 

1. Know the Value of an Item

If you’re new to collecting sports memorabilia, do your research. The first step to collecting is knowing the value of a particular item. Factors like rarity, condition, age, authenticity, and the current market price all affect a sporting memorabilia’s value. Knowing the value of an item is essential because it helps you determine the price and the potential investment value a sporting item has. 

As a serious collector, you don’t want to be paying more for something that should cost less. As someone looking at sporting memorabilia as an investment, you’d want a collection that will rise in value over time. You can find most of the information you need online, so make sure to check auction records and online forums to see how much a collectible cost and how to spot fakes. 

2. Choose A Theme For Your Collection

Some sporting memorabilia are so valuable that it costs millions of dollars. And even if you’re not buying those expensive collectibles, collecting rare memorabilia can still break the bank if you try to chase everything. 

This is why it’s crucial that you narrow down your option into a specific theme. Sports collectibles can range from trading cards, signed sports equipment, game-worn jerseys, and many more. Decide which ones you’ll include in your collection. 

When choosing a theme for your collection, make sure that it reflects what you love and appreciate about the sport, team, or athlete. Streamlining your collection this way can help make your hunt for these items easier. You’ll avoid getting frustrated and accumulating a ton of things that you may no longer appreciate later on. 

3. Set A Working Budget

Just recently, a 1:1 Luka Doncic rookie NBA card sold for $4.6 million US dollars. Although that type of collectible is on the upper echelon of trading cards, you need to understand that even lower-value items can have a hefty price tag. 

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POPULAR SPORTS AUSTRALIANS TIP ON

Posted on March 23, 2021 by Cathy Carter

Sport is indeed a big part of every society. Playing a game or watching sport games and placing tips or picks on the scores have always been a thrilling means of recreation.

That being said, some areas of sports are more compelling in tipping than others. Most Sport fans in Australia watch games and follow them while they are part of some sort of tipping competition with their friends & family. 

Due to the popularity of friendly tipping competitions sport fans in Australia are always looking for accurate odds online. 

In the modern world, tipping is simpler than ever before – anyone can tip online without really having to leave the living room – it is only a case of a few steps. 

Here’s a list of the most popular sports in australians tip on 

Rugby League: 

Australians have their own way to play rugby however most  rugby matches in Australia  start with a kick-off as one side kicks the ball towards the opposing half and then tries to take hold of it. The team in charge then continues to shift the ball up the pitch by hand or kicking it. There are guidelines on how to pass the ball and also how long the teams will be allowed to maintain hold of it until it passes to their rivals. 

The National Rugby League is one of the most loved and enjoyed sporting events in Australia. Aussies enjoy the game by not just watching it but tipping on it and religiously keeping track of their favourite teams and players to keep up with the NRL odds.

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8 Reasons Why I Preferred Maxbet For My Sports Wagering

Posted on March 23, 2021 by John Harris

Maxbet, formerly known as IBCBet, is the leading online gambling provider in Asian markets. Since its establishment in 2008, Maxbet has grown exponentially in popularity among not just Asian bettors, but among European players as well. Maxbet has remained a front runner in the online gambling industry due to its commitment to innovative and intuitive design with a focus on enhancing user experience. Maxbet also currently holds a leading position among the best betting websites in the world for live betting. With more than 6000 live matches available for wagering in a single month, this Philippines-based provider processes millions of pounds in bets every month.

8 Reasons Why I Chose MaxBet

Right from low margins to a wide variety of games, here are some of the reasons why Maxbet is the best website for sports betting:

1. Low margins, high betting limits

Due to high demand, Maxbet operates on relatively low margins. Thus, making it an extremely convenient option for players on any budget. Maxbet also seems to offer much higher odds and limits on almost all sporting events in comparison to its European counterparts. These high betting limits are what attract high rollers to the site. With several options available for VIP players, never miss the chance to take advantage of these high stakes.

2. Wide variety of games and odds

The wide range of odds and betting options extend to several sporting events around the globe. Users of the services have the freedom to browse through odds for sports such as soccer, tennis, ice hockey, rugby, basketball, golf, baseball, athletics, snooker, swimming, horse racing, motorsports and so much more. Maxbet even goes the extra mile to broadcast results from several minor leagues and regional events. Some of these events include college basketball and Muay Thai leagues, dog racing, etc. that serve the interests of a much broader demographic of gamers and gamblers. 

3. Option for parlay bets 

For those adventurous players that are willing to combine different sports such as soccer, basketball and hockey on a single betting slip, have the option of doing so with Maxbet. Placing parlay bet combines the odds to monumentally increase your final payout. This proves to be a very lucrative opportunity for those high stakes players that closely follow multiple sports and can identify an excellent opportunity when it comes along. 

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Luis “El Tiante” Tiant
      April 6, 2021 | 1:52 pm
      Luis Tiant

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was the ace of the Boston Red Sox staff when they reached the 1975 World Series and is considered by many to be someone worthy of induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Luis Tiant, known as “El Tiante”, spent 19 years in the majors between 1964 and 1982.

      Though he was 75-64 with a 2.84 ERA in six seasons with the Cleveland Indians and then helped the Minnesota Twins reach the playoffs in 1970, it appeared that Tiant’s career might be over following the 1970 season.

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