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Coliseum, Rose Bowl and Inglewood NFL stadium apply to stage World Cup games

Los Angeles Times

Three Southern California stadiums have submitted paperwork to stage World Cup games in 2026 should the united bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to host the tournament win approval from FIFA. The Coliseum, the new NFL stadium set at Hollywood Park and Pasadena's Rose Bowl, site of the 1994 World Cup final, are among the venues that have applied to the United Bid Committee, which will pare that to a shortlist of prospect host cities later this month. Forty other cities in 25 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, three Mexican states and five Canadian provinces also have expressed interest in staging World Cup games. Twenty to 25 cities will be included in the final bid submitted to FIFA. Other U.S. stadiums that have submitted bids include the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago's Soldier Field, the Raiders' proposed stadium in Las Vegas, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.


Are Fantasy Sports Really Gambling? - Issue 39: Sport

Nautilus

Early one Saturday morning in Las Vegas, I sat down at a Texas Hold'em poker table with seven or eight other men, all middle-aged. Being 30 at the time, I was the youngest player by about a decade. A couple of them were wearing Hawaiian shirts. It was too early for drinking, but one or two guys puffed on cigarettes as the cards were dealt. The buy-in was 75, far more than I'd ever paid for a poker game. I played in a regular poker game in New York City, and I was feeling good about my abilities. I decided to use a conservative strategy to extend my time on the table: Only stay in a hand when I have cards worth playing.


Are Fantasy Sports Really Gambling? - Issue 44: Luck

Nautilus

Early one Saturday morning in Las Vegas, I sat down at a Texas Hold'em poker table with seven or eight other men, all middle-aged. Being 30 at the time, I was the youngest player by about a decade. A couple of them were wearing Hawaiian shirts. It was too early for drinking, but one or two guys puffed on cigarettes as the cards were dealt. The buy-in was $75, far more than I'd ever paid for a poker game. I played in a regular poker game in New York City, and I was feeling good about my abilities. I decided to use a conservative strategy to extend my time on the table: Only stay in a hand when I have cards worth playing.


Logano Uses Fast Late Lap to Claim Pole in Phoenix

U.S. News

Joey Logano walks before qualifications for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, Match 17, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. With the temperature in the low 90s and the sun beginning to set, Ryan Blaney qualified second to give Ford the top two spots to start Sunday's race. Logano and Blaney bumped Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet out of the top spot he had held through most of the final five-minute qualifying round on Friday. The day began for Logano with a meeting with Kyle Busch and NASCAR officials about the crash and subsequent scuffle late in last Sunday's race in Las Vegas. Logano won with a top speed of 137.321 mph on the Phoenix International Raceway track made slick by the heat.


UFC books Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12 for first New York card

Los Angeles Times

Minutes after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing mixed martial arts in his state, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced it has booked Madison Square Garden for a Nov. 12 debut fight card. UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed the date to The Times, adding that he doesn't have fighters set yet given the time away from the date, but he's said previously the card will be massive and a pay-per-view event. New York's Assembly last month passed legislation to override a law that banned MMA in the state, depriving the UFC of staging events in the nation's largest media market, which offers venues like the Garden and Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Culinary union Local No. 226 in Las Vegas, which opposed the nonunion policy of Fertitta's at his Station Casino properties in Nevada, lobbied New York politicians for years to keep MMA banned in the state following the prior legislation that stemmed from the outcry over the "no-rules" type of cage-fighting that preceded Fertitta's purchase of the company. Former UFC champions Jon Jones, the organization's No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter, and Chris Weidman have lobbied to fight at the debut New York card.