NCAA tries to block sports betting in New Jersey

The complaint says the state is violating a federal law “enacted by Congress in 1992 in order to halt the spread of gambling on sporting events in the United States.” To top of page

The governor’s office was not immediately available for comment.

“Gambling on amateur and professional sports threatens the integrity of those sports,” said the NCAA and the sports leagues in court documents.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association and some of the most prominent sports leagues in America are trying to keep sports betting out of New Jersey.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is trying to block New Jersey from allowing sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and at racetracks around the state.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is trying to block New Jersey from allowing sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and at racetracks around the state.

The document says the regulations will go into effect within the next two months, at which point casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks throughout the state can apply for sports gambling licenses.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement published its proposed regulations for gambling at casinos and racetracks on July 2. The public comment period to protest the proposed regulations ends on Aug. Gov. Chris Christie for signing a law in January that permitted betting on college and professional games at casinos and racetracks. Sports gambling is illegal in most states.

The complaint also names David Rebuck, assistant attorney general and director of the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, as well as Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission.

The NCAA, along with the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, filed a complaint in New Jersey federal district court on Tuesday to try to block state officials from authorizing sports gambling.. 31, according to the complaint.

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They said sports gambling “would irreparably harm amateur and professional sports by fostering suspicion that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition.”

The complaint targets N.J

Betting on baseball cards – Jul. 28, 2006

“The vintage market is still the place for people to get involved purely from an investment standpoint,” says Kelnhofer. It boils down to a couple of simple principles — how many there are and what kind of condition the card is in.

Then there are the cards from the 1970s and 1980s, which predate the card explosion, that some experts like Kelnhofer say could experience the next wave of popularity.

But there is a lot of fickleness too, says Scott Kelnhofer, editor of Card Trade, the monthly trade journal for the sports collection industry

“It just got too out of hand,” says Madec, who runs his own firm, Andy Madec Sports Cards Inc. “There’s always buyers and sellers for that material.”

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But many in the industry, like Madec, who is currently attending the National Sports Collectors Convention, is certain that is there is a future for this enduring hobby, despite its setbacks in recent years. “The questions are still out there as to whether it will have an impact or not.”

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NEW YORK ( — Once a year, baseball-card collectors gather for the granddaddy of all sports collectible conventions – the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Even in good times, collecting is a tough hobby. (See the most valuable cards.)

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Up until the late 1980s and early 1990s, collectors were living in a golden age, says Madec – returns of 20 percent in just six months were not unheard of. The market has been bouncing back, particularly vintage cards, those that date backs 25 years or more.

In fact, the fabled Honus Wagner card, which was produced by the Sweet Caporal Cigarette Company in 1909, is currently the most expensive card in existence, worth a cool $1.265 million. “This market has incredible potential,” he says. In 1996, the year after Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record for number of most consecutive games played, a card in mint condition that had not been professionally appraised would have sold for $90. Flooding the market with multiple versions of new cards, the manufacturers drove down card values.

Cards dating back to the turn of the 20th century that were produced as promotional items for ice cream, candy and tobacco companies are some of the hottest cards on the market right now, according to collectors.

And in June, Major League Baseball and the players’ association teamed up with card manufacturers Topps and Upper Deck to launch the first ever National Baseball Card Day, giving out 500,000 card packs at hobby shops and retailers nationwide in an effort to promote the hobby.. But with Ripken’s achievement faded from the minds of collectors, that same ungraded card would only fetch $40 today.

Rookie cards of players like Mickey Mantle, who typified the golden era of baseball, are always in high demand among older collectors.

Hope for future?

Currently underway in Anaheim, Calif., the four-day event will not only be a place for collectors to haggle over the value of their Lou Gehrigs and Jackie Robinsons, there’s bound to be a few collectors who reflect on how the hobby took a nosedive during the 1990s.

The hobby looks like it has rebounded from the doldrums of the 90s, but is there money to be made in collecting Aarons and Ruths?

Even though the hobby struggles to bring young collectors into the fold, there have been some promising signs for baseball card collecting as of late.

“It’s a tricky thing,” Kelnhofer says. But that was until the card companies tried to get in on the fun. “There’s no guarantee it will happen,” says Dickler. “It turned people off.”

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Earlier this year, the Major League Baseball Players Association lent their assistance, cutting in half the number of licenses it offers to card manufacturers in an effort to rid the glut of new cards on the market.

Take Cal Ripken Jr.’s 1982 Topps rookie card. “Investors just need to hear it’s safe to go back in.”

Andy Madec, a dealer based in Camarillo, Calif., remembers that time vividly.


Dealers like Stephen Dickler, who runs SD Trading, located just outside of Philadelphia, says moves such as this could work, but it’s too early to tell

College Football Wrap-Up – 3 More Unbeaten Teams Fall and 7 Top 25 Teams Are Upset

The South Carolina Gamecocks, who had just upset Alabama to rise to 10th in the AP Poll, led unranked Kentucky 28-10 at the half, but were outscored 21-zip by the Wildcats in the second half as Kentucky held on to upend the Gamecocks, 31-28.

The college football world was turned upside down this week as 7 Top 25 teams were upset, including No. Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini can obsess over those stats all he wants, it doesn’t matter, Nebraska, favored by 10, failed to cover by 18, exactly like Ohio State.

Earlier in the season, then No. Wisconsin would rather smash you in the mouth, and they did.

Now there are only 10 major schools that are unbeaten going into the 8th weekend of the season – TCU, Auburn, LSU and Michigan State all are 7-0, and Oregon, Boise State, Oklahoma, Utah, Oklahoma State and Missouri are all 6-0.

Locker threw a career-high 5 touchdown passes, including 2 to Jermaine Kearse in a double-overtime game, and Oregon State’s 2-point conversion attempt for a win in the 2nd overtime period fell incomplete as the Huskies beat the Beavers 35-34.

Six other top-ranked teams had much less impressive victories. The Cornhuskers (5-0), who hosted Texas, are sorry they ever showed up. 1 Ohio State and gave Ohio State a most unfriendly 31-18 whipping while completely dominating the Buckeyes, who came in with their privileged reputation and a 6-0 record.

The loss was Nevada’s 6th straight at Hawaii. 1 Alabama last week, and this week the Wisconsin Badgers hosted No. 1 Alabama put a 31-6 thrashing on the Florida Gators, who won the national championship two years ago and four years ago.

South Carolina knocked off then No. There is, of course, no truth to the rumor that Warrior players throw pineapples as well as passes, they just have a lot of very big, talented Samoan athletes on the island.

All bets are off now – the national championship race is wide open, and apparently getting wider by the week.

Nevada was the third unbeaten team to fall. 1 team.

The Mississippi State loss meant that Florida coach Urban Meyer suffered 3 consecutive losses for the first time in his coaching career. The Warriors shut down Nevada’s 7th-ranked scoring offense (43 points per game) while winning, 27-21, after leading 17-zip at the half.

Washington needed a defensive stop at a critical moment and finally got one when the conversion pass to Joe Halahuni went through his hands as he was hit by linebacker Cort Dennison.

Here are 4 upsets – East Carolina, ranked 71st, knocking off North Carolina State 33-27 in overtime, 189th-ranked Eastern Michigan beating 124th-ranked Ball State 41-38 in overtime, 161st-ranked Rice nipping 77th-ranked Houston 34-31, and 159th-ranked UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) upsetting 112th-ranked UTEP (Texas-El Paso), 21-6.

Great home victories included 7th-ranked Auburn outlasting 12th-ranked Arkansas, 65-43, in the game of the week that featured offense and no defense, 4th-ranked TCU over BYU 31-3, 6th-ranked Oklahoma over Iowa State 52-zip, and 13th-ranked Michigan State over Illinois 26-6.

The seventh team to miss victory this week was the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers, who were beginning to look for real. It is a new order of virtual parity at the top in college football.

Here are 3 thumpings – Georgia shutting out Vanderbilt 43-zip, USC taking it to California 48-14, and Kansas State ripping Kansas 59-7 after leading 52-zip after 3 quarters.

No. 15-ranked Stanford were idle this week.

South Carolina just did not play the second half, and failed to finish off its opponent.

Locker was 21-of-35 passing (60%) for 286 yards and the 5 TD strikes. The voters will now be embarrassed to put their undeserving, favorite team on top of the football polls. The Longhorns, who had previously lost to UCLA and Oklahoma, led 17-3 at the half and won, 20-13.

Besides Ohio State, Nebraska and Nevada, 4 other ranked teams lost – South Carolina, Florida, Air Force and Oregon State.

No. The good old boys from the south have choked on their chewing tobacco. The defeat was so bad that the Buckeyes dropped to 11th in the weekly AP Poll.

Seven other unranked teams deserve a mention.

The best realization of this is that it is impossible to just pencil in Alabama, Florida or Ohio State as the No. They included 8th-ranked Alabama’s really lame win at home over 79th-ranked Mississippi 23-10, 9th-ranked LSU’s pathetic triumph over 149th-ranked, AA McNeese State 32-10, and 15th-ranked Iowa’s 38-28 victory over Michigan.

The fact that Nebraska was ranked 9th in scoring offense nationally, 7th in total offense, 4th in scoring defense and 12th in total defense, did not mean squat. The Aztecs, who led 10-6 at the half, made it official with the final score. Whatever happened to that thing called defense?

Eight other Top 25 teams had great wins to keep moving onward and upward.

Throw out almost everything you thought you knew for sure. They had won 6 in a row against Washington, and had won 7 of their past 9 Pac-10 road games.

Hawaii also has a high-scoring offense, averaging 39 a game. Hawaii leads the nation in passing offense.

Also, 16th-ranked Florida State’s narrow 24-19 effort hosting 110th-ranked Boston College, 17th-ranked Arizona’s weak 24-7 win at Washington State, and 25th-ranked West Virginia’s 20-6 escape against 100th-ranked South Florida.

Florida, ranked 22nd, hosted Mississippi State, rated 33rd by Sagarin, and found itself on the short end of a 10-7 stick. Someone forgot to tell Wisconsin’s players, who could give a flip about the Buckeyes stats. The Air Force Falcons will have to regroup for some strategy.

In a side note, Auburn barely led Arkansas 37-35 after the 3rd quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Razorbacks 28-8 on some miscues in the last quarter to go on and win 65-43. That’s tough luck, for Florida, not Mississippi State.

Ohio State was ranked 6th nationally in scoring offense, and 6th in scoring defense. The 19th-ranked Wolf Pack brought their perfect 6-0 mark to Hawaii, the land of pineapples and passes. 2-ranked Oregon and No. Locker also picked up 60 yards on 12 carries (5.0 ypc), and Chris Polk added another 105 yards. Imagine for a moment a SEC game with 108 total points scored. The Beavers paid a visit to the up-again, down-again Washington Huskies. 5-ranked Nebraska fared no better. Kearse had 9 catches for 146 yards and his school-record 4 touchdowns came on 16, 45, 17 and 21-yard passes.

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They included really good road wins by 3rd-ranked Boise State over San Jose State 48-zip, 11th-ranked Utah over Wyoming 30-6, 20th-ranked Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 34-17, and 21st-ranked Missouri over Texas A&M 30-9.. The Gators offense has just collapsed; two weeks ago they only scored 6 on Alabama, and now they have just dropped out of the Top 25 with a 4-3 record following consecutive losses to Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State.

That said, the Huskies have a real headliner in Jake Locker, who would be winning more games if his receivers would stop dropping passes, and his defensive teammates would start playing defense.

Air Force, which debuted in the Top 25 last week at 23rd, took a flying leap back out of the poll this week after being beaten by unranked San Diego State, 27-25. Apparently, when there is no Tim Tebow, there is suddenly no Florida. 1-ranked Ohio State, and 3 of the 7 saw their unbeaten seasons ‘and national championship dreams – all but vanish before their eyes.

Both Oregon State and Washington are now 3-3 on the season.

The Badgers led 21-3 at the half, and the Buckeyes were wondering if they shouldn’t get on the bus home at halftime. The Warriors (now 5-2) had more total offensive yards and passing yards. Ohio State, favored by 4 on the road, failed to cover by 18 points

Don’t Be a Square: 10 Tips for Betting on Football

If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites.

7. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005).

Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”


“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with for nearly 40 years.

3. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

8. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. “Teams play inspired ball at home. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”

However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies.

Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

4. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs.

Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

2. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”

So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses.

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football.

5. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.

“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”


And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

1. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline.

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day.

So, how much should you bet a game?

And where does all that money go?

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned.

So, how much are we gambling each football season?

“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”

“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,'” Konik says. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

9. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world.

Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.

Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with, agrees.

While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and a little more sharp in your picks this season.

“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says

Baseball Hitting Drills – Tips and Drills For Using Hitting Stick Trainers by Nick Dixon

Check out the Bat Action Hitting Machine baseball pitching simulator at The batter will drive the bat through the box. The purpose of these swings is to make the batter use the hips as the batter turns and hits the ball. You should not move the ball when using these trainers. It is important to know the proper angles when using this product.

7. It is welcomed in complexes and parks because it allows safe pre-game warm-up, requires little space, and does not damage fences. The batter may have to take a slight inward step with the front foot to properly execute this swing.

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The popularity come from the benefits they offer the baseball player, baseball coach, and the baseball parent. The ball should be at a location just inside the batters back foot. The batter should take a step and drive the ball.

3. This location simulates hitting a pitch over the inside 3rd of the plate. They have different names but they all are great trainers to teach and train young players. I often see coaches and parents working with players when I visit a park. MIDDLE STRIKE CONTACT – The holder will move around a couple more feet. Allowing the ball to pass inside the front foot allows the batter to use the front foot and leg as a anchor and leverage to generate a more powerful swing.

4. The ball should be positioned at a location inside the batters front foot. You can learn to hit without having to chase, pick-up or retrieve a single ball. The batter swings and drives the ball in a direction that would be to the opposite field. All of these are handheld units. Check to make sure the batter is using proper grip, stance and stride mechanics.

As the inventor of the HitnStik*, Hit2win Trainer^, and SKLZ Target+ Trainer, I sometimes cringe when I see someone using the product incorrectly. All of these baseball trainers basically work and perform the same. The batter should attack the inside strike earlier to keep from getting jammed.

The key to proper use of any hand-held batting device is KNOWING AND USING THE CORRECT ANGLE FOR THE DRILL YOU ARE DOING! If you do not direct or point the ball at the proper angle, the batter will always make poor contact. HIP TURNER LOCATION – The holder stands slightly behind the batter directing the ball at the batter’s bat pocket. Make sure that the hitting area is safe with no one within 15 feet of the holder or the batter.

8. INSIDE STRIKE – The holder moves toward the direction of the pitcher from the batter. The ball hit is on the middle 3rd of the plate. Make sure that the batter is swinging in a direction that is free of persons should the batter lose the grip on the bat.

4. Second, the holder must stand at the proper angle to the batter and direct the ball at the correct angle to the batter. 1. The first and original version was the HitnStik*. These trainers are some of the most popular baseball batting trainers used today.

The batter takes 5 swings at 5 different ball locations. The unit is portable and requires no setup. Make sure the batter does not over stride.

The has a great selection of BASEBALL COACHING and TRAINING ARTICLES. The batter does not move. This teaches the batter to allow the ball down the middle to get inside the front foot so that maximum power can be generated during the swing. First, the product is to be used as a “still” ball trainer. The batter should keep the head still and the head should stay down with the eyes on the ball throughout the swing.

3. The holder will change the location of the ball by moving.

There are many versions of the “ball-on-a-rod” trainer. This is what I call “coning out”.

1. The first thing to remember is that the holder should always direct the rod and ball toward the hitter’s back foot. The ball will be positioned in a location behind the front foot. AWAY STRIKE LOCATION – The holder will move around a couple more feet to give the batter a ball to hit that is on the outer 3rd of the plate. Make sure the ball is directed at the batter’s back foot.

The holder changes location and height and allows the batter to take 6 swings at each location. If the angle is wrong, the end of the bat will hit behind the ball and the bat will never actually touch the ball. Then later came other versions including the Hit2win Trainer^ and the SKLZ Target Trainer. ^Hit2win is a registered trademark of Nedco Sports Products. The ball should be positioned slightly in front of the batters front foot. Every player on the team can take 30 warm-up swings each in less than 10 minutes.

5. Remember to direct the ball toward the belly button or back foot of the batter.

2. The holder should make sure that the trainer safety strap is used to prevent the holder from losing their grip on the trainer when the batter hits the ball.

2. +SKLZ Target is a registered trademark of Pro Performance Sports.

6. This simple rule insures that proper bat-to-ball contact is made. This high speed training machine is 100% Guaranteed to raise Batting Averages and has a full year warranty.

9. The height of the ball should be raised and lowered in the strike zone to give the batter swings at both high and low strikes.

*HitnStik is a registered trademark belong to Easton Sports. Positive reinforcement should be given when the batter makes good solid contact.

Baseball Hitting Drills – Tips and Drills For Using Hitting Stick Trainers

 by: Nick Dixon

. I sometimes get frustrated because I observe the product being used incorrectly.

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What They Are, How to Read Them and What to Do With Them by Ed Bagley

38 following its upset of mighty Michigan 34-32 on Michigan’s home field. 36 after steamrolling over UAB 55-18 in its home opener.

If there is a way for the NCAA to assert its superior power, it does so by making everything more difficult and confusing, similar to your United States government and its IRS tax code which could reduce a sane person to tears just reading it.

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7) A total of 242 teams, 119 A schools and 123 AA schools, make up the Sagarin College Football Ratings. The Explorers next job will be to actually win a game. Following its horrendous loss, Michigan ended up being ranked No. 41 by Sagarin following its 23-3 home victory over Virginia.

Created by Jeff Sagarin, a 1970 MIT mathematics graduate, these computer ratings are for Division I-A (what the NCAA now calls the Football Bowl (FB) Subdivision) and Division I-AA (what the NCAA now calls the Football Championship (FC) Subdivision) teams.

2) Michigan State, another short end of the stick team for far too long, was rated No. The win was the biggest upset in college football history as no AA team had ever beaten a ranked team.

The Sagarin College Football Ratings: What They Are, How to Read Them and What to Do With Them

 by: Ed Bagley

The BCS (Bowl Championship Series) does not factor in scoring margin. Michigan was ranked No. The worst-rated AA school is the No. Good luck, La Salle, and God speed.

4) Wyoming, a small school and never among the nation’s top teams, was ranked No. 242 La Salle Explorers. Georgia Tech was rated No. 174 (56 AA teams are rated better), and their play reflects their rating. 40 by Sagarin.

3) Appalachian State, a AA school, was rated No. Now you can better understand why La Salle College is ranked last among 242 Division I schools.

The first job for La Salle this year will be to score a touchdown, or any points, including a field goal or touchback. 145 after its opening loss) face off in week two. The worst-rated A school is Florida International at No. Both teams are among the 7 worst Division I-A teams in the country, joining Louisiana-Monroe, Rice, Duke, Utah State and Florida International.

5) Notre Dame, beaten badly (33-3) by Georgia Tech, was rated No. 5 by both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll going into the game. La Salle is a Catholic university located in Philadelphia.

For those who wager, it may be helpful to put some science on your side when you wager, and one of the best places to do that is with the Sagarin College Football Ratings.

Folks in the gaming business know that more than a billion dollars is wagered on every Monday Night Football game during the season.

You will have to forgive the NCAA for taking titles that have been used for years and are perfectly clear, then renaming them and creating confusion in the process.

Anyway, the Sagarin rating is a numerical measure of a team’s strength.

6) Temple (ranked No. Instead, it rewards teams that do well against good opponents.

1) Washington, one of the poor to mediocre teams in the country the last several years, was rated No. The home edge will vary during the season.

Following the first week of college football action, here are some facts that interested me about Sagarin’s first-week ratings:

Only Division I (both A and AA) are counted for rating and schedule strength during the season. . The Irish failed to score a touchdown for the first time ever in their home opener.

While betting on sports is only legal in a few places in the United States, such as Las Vegas, millions of office workers are involved in sports pools every week now that the football season has arrived.

La Salle lost its home opener to Ursinus 28-0. 31 after hammering Syracuse 42-14 in its home opener.

Ursinus College is not a Division 1 school (which includes the 242 teams with La Salle), not a Division II team (which includes another 157 teams), but a Division III team. 143 after its opening loss) and Buffalo (ranked No. For Sagarin ratings and more detailed information go to:

USA Today, the largest circulation newspaper in the United States, is the nation’s daily newspaper and carries the Sagarin College Football Ratings. 2. The ratings are updated following each week’s games and published in USA Today on Wednesdays.

A diminishing-returns principle exists to prevent teams from building up ratings by running up large victory margins against weak teams. 57 after the loss. Ursinus is not a planet but a real liberal arts college in Pennsylvania.

When you know that more than $700 million can be bet on one game–the Super Bowl–in only Las Vegas, then you understand that billions were bet illegally on the Super Bowl last year in the United States and in offshore sports books around the world.

A hypothetical victory margin is determined by comparing the rating of the two teams after adding 2.93 points to the home team

Predict Football Score Predictions – How to Correctly Predict Outcome of Football Matches and Win Your Football Bet

Prediction football is more of a science than an art. If you are serious about making money from football betting, then I say you join them and get yourself a profitable system right away. Predict Football Score Predictions

Sports books determine football handicaps and odds based on a number of data which they have collected over the years, therefore, while most people think that they can perfectly master the skill of prediction football just by understanding the sport itself, only a very small number of people who bet on football manage to win money consistently. Predict Football Score Predictions

Predict Football Score Predictions. These experts realize something that most people do not, and that is, prediction football do not need to be accurate to the extremes with match results, but all they need is a prediction football system to tell them whether their bets have a good enough opportunity to beat the sports books’ handicap.

The key to their success, is in the systems which they use to know which bets are worth placing. While a lot of people out there argue that football betting is won on factors like “gut feel”, “luck” and “experience”, the biggest winners that consistently make tons of money betting on football are still the ones who go about their “investments” in a scientific and systematic manner.

So, how does the small percentage of big winners manage to win their football bets over and over?

The secret lies in their systematic approach to betting on football. As the saying goes, the ball is round, and there are factors in every game that can tilt the balance and the score line in an instant, so to regularly hit results perfectly in prediction football is certainly not possible. Some of these football betting systems deliver strike rates up to 80% over an entire season, and is still being refined

New documents show Pete Rose bet on baseball as a player, ESPN reports

For the next 15 years, he insisted he never gambled, then in 2004 admitted he had but only as a manager. But the newly surfaced documents could spell an end to the 74-year-old legend’s Cooperstown aspirations.

- John Dowd, MLB investigator

The documents obtained by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” are copies of pages from a notebook seized from the home of former Rose associate Michael Bertolini during a raid by the U.S.

Rose, the sport’s all-time leader with 4,256 hits, has been banned from the sport since 1989. Rose, who would certainly be in the Hall of Fame if not for his ban, has long lobbied to be allowed back into the sport. “I need to maintain that. “We tried to get them. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s 1989 investigation.

. That meeting likely will come sometime after the All-Star break. Most of the bets were for about $2,000.

Major League Baseball has historically reserved its harshest punishment for players who gamble on the sport, claiming such wagers affect baseball’s integrity – even if a player such as Rose bet on his own team to win.

“This does it. He refused to give them to us.”

Rose issued a statement to ESPN through his lawyer, Raymond Genco.

This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor

Dowd said his team had sought the records in order to prove Rose bet on the sport while a player.

In the five months covered by the notebook, Rose allegedly placed at least one bet on baseball 30 times, as well as placing wagers on other sports, ESPN reported. To be sure, I’m eager to sit down with [MLB commissioner Rob] Manfred to address my entire history — the good and the bad — and my long personal journey since baseball. Therefore at this point, it’s not appropriate to comment on any specifics.”

“We knew that [Bertolini] recorded the bets, and that he bet himself, but we never had his records,” Dowd told ESPN. The actual notebook has remained under court-ordered seal for 26 years and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office.

Pete Rose’s long insistence that he never gambled on baseball while playing the game may be unraveling, after ESPN unearthed documents it says shows he bet on the Cincinnati Reds while a player-manager in the last year of his illustrious career.

“Since we submitted the application earlier this year, we committed to MLB that we would not comment on specific matters relating to reinstatement,” the statement read. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989. The sports network said the papers’ authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of an unrelated mail fraud probe

Five Great Football Simulation Games

Later editions added the ability to call plays, but the game’s main focus has been on the front office aspects (hence, the name).

Action! PC Football

When it comes to modern football video games, nothing compares in popularity with the Madden series produced by EA Sports. The results are based on actual NFL stats, so the results are accurate from a statistical standpoint.

The best simulations do not focus on graphics at all. One purchased, users can download an extensive amount of content, including files to cover past seasons. The game features a number of options that allows players to simulate seasons and more. The game has gone through many enhancements focusing in both general management aspects of gameplay as well as the simulation part of the football games themselves. The list below features five of the best simulation games.

Second and Ten The Madden games feature realistic graphics and fun gameplay, but some football enthusiasts prefer games that focus more on simulating actual NFL football games.

Front Office Football


Football Mogul

This is the newest game on the list, and it has promise. Older versions of the game tended to get hampered by flaws in the interface, but the newer versions of the game have improved these flaws and shortcomings.

Other Simulations

There are several other simulations available, including the following:

This game features both a professional version and a college version.

The video below demonstrates what gameplay looks like:

This simulation has been around since the days of DOS, and gameplay is largely the same as it was 20 years ago. Strategy focuses on the gamer calling formations and various plays. Each year, the company sells million of copies each year. Action! PC Football focuses more heavily on the game simulation and is widely regarded for the designer’s thoroughness in creating the game.

Barcode Games: Professional Football Simulator

Solecismic Software first produced Front Office Football in the 1990s as one of the first simulations to focus on management aspects of football rather than actual gameplay itself. The database of players dates back to the 1950s, so players can also simulate historical seasons.

Goal Line Blitz:


Although the related Baseball Mogul has been more popular, Football Mogul has been around for an entire decade. Players can simulate individual games as well as entire seasons or multiple seasons. Some are purchased and downloaded, while others are played online. These are known generally as text-based simulations

‘Arbitrage’ should put Richard Gere back on the movie star map

Miller’s scheme is mere inches from success when he accidentally kills his mistress (Laetitia Casta) in a car accident, bringing forth questions from the police and his wife (Susan Sarandon).  He works hard to avoid NYPD Det.

Director Nicholas Jarecki’s first feature shows that he is a master juggler, keeping many equally intriguing threads of the story in the air without ever letting them fall. Susan Sarandon gives a noteworthy performance as Miller’s wife. No matter which road he takes, Miller is on his way to a very bad place. When things are going strong for Miller, Gere gives us a raucous, pompous performance of a man deifying himself. Gere really shines, though, as Miller comes close to losing everything. He keeps up the façade of a sparkling billionaire, but behind those eyes we see raw fear and a conscience devouring itself.

. Bryer’s (Tim Roth) scrutiny while working the legal system to get his patsy (Nate Parker) off an accomplice charge. He is a perfect fit for Robert Miller, just as “Arbitrage” is a perfect fit for the star.

“Arbitrage” opens in theaters and is also available on-demand on September 14.

Gere delivers his best performance to date as Robert Miller, a hedge fund magnate secretly on the brink of bankruptcy. That’s both a testament to Gere’s performance as much as Jarecki’s screenplay.

Richard Gere cooks the books in “Arbitrage,” an elegantly crafted potboiler that fires on all cylinders, giving the “Officer and a Gentlemen” star his juiciest role yet.

Gere is wonderfully contrasted by the gutsy and grimy performance by Tim Roth as Detective Bryer. Jarecki gives us a fascinating look into the mind of a financially and morally bankrupt individual.

“Arbitrage” is a resurrection of sorts for Gere. Though he is a pretty rotten person and quite conscious his actions are destroying everyone around him, it’s hard to not have a modicum of empathy for Miller. On top of all that, Miller must hide his fraudulent business dealings from his heir-apparent daughter Brooke (Brit Marling) and try to negotiate his buyer into purchasing his failed company. Roth is coarse as he cuts through all the seedy economic and legal details, desperately trying to stick evidence to the sly and slithering Miller. With a sale pending, his associate demands his money back, against Miller’s protests. Miller is then caught in a series of escalating nightmares, from an affair gone wrong to the looming merger deadline to becoming the target in a police investigation.

Jarecki fashions a wonderful Shakespearean character with Miller. She expertly turns a seemingly non-existent role from the first half of the film into a heavy-hitting, blood-boiling performance by film’s end.

Gere is superb at portraying the sliding scale of success. In a shady move to make his company look profitable and enticing to potential buyers, Miller borrows half a billion dollars from an associate (played by director William Friedkin) to temporarily store in his accounts. We witness him consciously make terrible choice after terrible choice, like a tragic hero