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Brazil’s Botafogo, Fluminense protest return to pitch

first_imgRead Also: Benfica push to hire former Tottenham managerBrazil has the second-highest number of infections and deaths from the new coronavirus worldwide, after the United States: more than 1.3 million and 57,000, respectively.President Jair Bolsonaro, who has compared the virus to a “little flu,” faces criticism for downplaying the pandemic and urging an end to stay-at-home measures.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Botafogo and Fluminense, two of Rio’s biggest clubs, fought Mayor Marcelo Crivella’s decision to resume football at a time when infections are still spreading fast in Brazil. The clubs initially won a reprieve, but a court later ruled they had to resume play this weekend. Botafogo beat Cabofriense 6-2 at Nilton Santos Olympic stadium in their return. Fluminense played in the same venue, after winning a fight with the Rio de Janeiro Football Federation not to play in the Maracana stadium, where a coronavirus field hospital has been set up in the parking lot. The club argued playing there was disrespectful to victims and their families. Rio, which restarted its state tournament last week, is the first place in South America to resume professional football matches, after a three-month hiatus to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. In a new first, city hall issued a decree Friday allowing fans to return to stadiums from July 10. Organizers will initially be required to maintain a distance of four square meters around each attendee. Brazilian clubs Botafogo and Fluminense protested Sunday against the resumption of professional football in Rio de Janeiro in mid-coronavirus pandemic, as they returned to the pitch after losing a fight against the decision. Botafogo club footballer Keisuke Honda and teammates display a banner reading “A good protocol is one which respects lives” as a protest against the resumption of the Carioca Championship, before their closed-door match against Cabofriense in Rio de Janeiro “Thousands of people are still dying in Brazil and we’re forced to play football with no protection,” the president of Fluminense, Mario Bittencourt, wrote on Instagram before the club’s Rio state tournament match, which was played in an empty stadium. “Match day was always the best day of my week. But today, for the first time, I’m leaving home sad to watch my ‘Tricolor.’… I just hope we all get through this insanity unharmed.” The team, which lost 3-0 to Volta Redonda, wore jerseys stamped with the words “Thank you health-care professionals.” Earlier, Botafogo players held up a banner reading “A good protocol is one that respects lives” before their match. Botafogo also joined the worldwide protests against racism, wearing black jerseys printed with a raised fist and the words “Vidas Negras Importam” – Black Lives Matter – and taking a knee at the start of the match. The back of their jerseys read “Thank you to the professionals on the front lines against COVID-19.” Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Created10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

The Latest: Augusta National donates for virus tests, relief

first_imgThe gift is in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), the longtime charitable arm for the home of the Masters.Chairman Fred Ridley says the $1 million to Augusta University will help with telemedicine pre-screening, triple the number of drive-through testing lanes on campus and allow for more supplies and personnel to increase testing from 100 to 1,000 or more tests daily.The gift to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund goes directly to support relief efforts to those most vulnerable.“It is our hope these gifts will help address the many challenges brought about by the coronavirus throughout the city of Augusta and the greater region,” Ridley said. “We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years.”___ The CFL has postponed the start of training camps due to the coronavirus pandemic.League commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the pandemic has made it unsafe for players and coaches to gather as scheduled.The league has not given an indication of when camps might open.Postponing training camps increases the likelihood of the CFL delaying the start of its 2020 regular season.___ The Pac-12 Conference has extended its suspension of organized team activities through May 31 because of the new coronavirus.Virtual group activities, including film study, are allowed up to two hours per week in football and four hours per week in other sports. Coaches are allowed to recommend written, self-directed workout plans, and videos on workout plans are allowed to show proper form and technique.___Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month.In a message posted late Sunday on Twitter, Smart says he was informed of the news Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He thanked everyone for their support. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Augusta National is donating $2 million, split evenly to Augusta University to expand testing for the new coronavirus and to a local relief agency to help those affected financially by the pandemic. March 30, 2020 “Stay safe and stay together — apart!” Smart wrote.Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Five days later, Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, triggering rolling shutdowns of sports around the world.Smart tested positive on March 19. He had been in isolation since then and was being monitoring by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.___The British and Irish Lions and SA Rugby have delayed the ticket ballots in Europe and South Africa and the release of the supporters’ tour packages because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press MLS will likely schedule more midweek games and push back its MLS Cup championship game into mid-December in a bid to play a full season, according to Eales. He added that the playoffs could begin in mid-November — around the time MLS had been planning its title game.___General manager Brian MacLellan says no Washington Capitals players have tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms after using the same locker room as NBA players who later tested positive.MacLellan says the team hasn’t had any sickness complaints from players related to the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the NHL season. The Capitals followed the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden in New York in early March. Two Jazz players tested positive.MacLellan said on a conference call Monday that “we’re pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they’re exhibiting any” symptoms. The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022.World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.___center_img Four NHL players have tested positive for the new coronavirus: two on the Ottawa Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. NHL chief medical officer Winne Meeuwisse said last week he was “thankful” the numbers have been low.___The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest. The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny. The Latest: Augusta National donates for virus tests, relief Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.” ___The governing body of swimming welcomed the new Tokyo Olympic dates without giving any detail of how to reschedule its own world championships in Japan next year.FINA’s biennial worlds were planned for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, in Fukuoka. That slot is now taken by the Tokyo Olympics. FINA says knowing the Olympic dates “is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere.”The governing body of track quickly committed to pushing back its world championships to 2022. But FINA has the added complication of the 2022 Commonwealth Games because many top swimmers compete in both events.___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.” ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Atlanta United President Darren Eales says Major League Soccer still intends to play a full 34-game schedule this season, even though the league will be shuttered for at least two months because of the new coronavirus.Eales says MLS is more fortunate than other leagues around the world that play the traditional fall-to-spring schedule and may have trouble completing their seasons in such a compressed time frame.MLS was just two weeks into its season when play was halted March 12 because of the pandemic. The league has set a tentative return date of May 10, though the growing death toll in the United States could force that date to be pushed back.Eales says everything is on the table, including the possibility of resuming league play in empty stadiums.“We’re fortunate that we had just started our season,” he said Monday during a teleconference with Atlanta media. “We have the whole calendar year to reschedule the games we missed. The emphasis is on playing all 34 games plus the playoffs.” Both were to be launched next month for the tour in July 2021.“Everyone’s priorities are in doing everything they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are no exception,” SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement on Monday. “We ask our passionate rugby supporters to please bear with us during this difficult time.”The eight-match tour is going ahead as scheduled despite clashing with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The tests are on July 24 — the day after the games open — July 31, and Aug. 7.___ All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates.Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.___last_img read more

Angry Maradona Seeks Argentina Job

first_imgAFTERMATH OF LOSS TO NIGERIAFemi SolajaAftermath of the crushing 4-2 defeat Albiceleste suffered against the Super Eagles on Tuesday evening in an International friendly in Russia, Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona, yesterday criticised the faltering team. Now, Maradona wants another chance to lead the team to the World Cup next year as head coach. Maradona, who last managed Argentina at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, dismissed the current set up led by Coach Jorge Sampaoli in an Instagram message moments after the team succumb to the defeat to Nigeria.“I am angry because they have thrown away our prestige, but it’s not the fault of the lads,” he said. “I want to come back!!!”The former player who single handedly gave Argentina the 1986 World Cup title is currently the coach of United Arab Emirates side Al Fujairah.He posted statistics of 11 recent Argentina managers that showed his success rate was 75 per cent, greater even than that of Cesar Luis Menotti, who won the World Cup in 1978, and Carlos Bilardo, who lifted the trophy in 1986 when Maradona was at his brilliant playing best.“Who won most??” Maradona wrote. “We draw our own conclusions.”The former Boca Juniors and Napoli striker led Argentina to the quarterfinals in South Africa, where they were knocked out by Germany.Current coach, Sampaoli, has had a bad start in his tenure since taking charge in June, winning four of his first eight games, but only one of four competitive fixtures.The Argentines relied on Messi’s brilliance to beat host Ecuador to qualify for the Russia 2018 on the last day of the South American series.In a related development, FC Barcelona defender and Captain of the losing Argentina side on Tuesday, Javier Mascherano, has commended the brilliant display of the Super Eagles and singled out Alex Iwobi as the man that tormented his side most.Although the defender consoled himself that it’s better to lose in the flattering defeat now than at the World Cup, he however admitted that the Nigerian team is the most physical side the country had met in the recent time.“Nigerians are very strong both on and off the ball and may be we should have defended better but their second goal was well taken by Arsenal lad (Alex Iwobi) then the fourth goal by same player killed the game off,” remarked the defender who was nutmegged by the Arsenal player before the final goal.According to, aside Sergio Kun Aguero who did nor finish the match due to exhaustion at interval, Mascherano too is in doubt to be available for the Spanish giants this weekend in the La Liga as he suffered hamstring injury and likely to be out for four weeks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Swans and Ballingarry score championship wins

first_img“Roinn 2” “Group 4”: Silvermines 1-10 Ballingarry 2-14 in HolycrossThere are 12 more games due to be played in the County SHC today. They defeated Moycarkey-Borris and Silvermines respectively.The full-time scores were:“Roinn 2” “Group 2”: Carrick Swans 1-19 Moycarkey-Borris 1-18 in New Innlast_img

Sweden Open: Wozniacki Loses Fifth Final Of The Year

first_imgRelated Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday lost 6-3, 6-4 to 56th-ranked Katerina Siniakova in the Swedish Open final.The Dane was in pursuit of winning a first title of the year having previously reached finals in Miami, Eastbourne, Dubai and Doha where she lost in straight sets. A win in Sweden was not meant to be as Siniakova took advantage of Wozniacki’s right elbow injury to win 6-3, 6-4 for a 2nd career title.Siniakova was also battling an elbow injury of her own during the game, as both players had to take a medical time out in the second set to have their injuries examined by physios. After the first set went to Siniakova 6-3, Wozniacki looked to have gained control of the game at 3-1 of the second set but was let down by her poor serves and eventually losing 6-4 without much of a fight.It was sheer joy for the 21 year Czech who lost in last year’s Swedish Open“It’s really amazing for me, Last year was really good, and so I’m so happy that I came back because I couldn’t imagine a better week.” – SiniakovaAs a reward for winning the title, Siniakova will move up to at least No. 39 on the new WTA ranking when released tomorrow. While Wozniacki will be unmoved at No.6.last_img read more

An upcoming family 5k run to support children in need this month

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Children in our area are in need of a loving home. the need for foster families has pushed the Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan to bring back its family 5–k fun day.Whether you walk or run, all proceeds benefit children of neglect and abuse, homelessness, and kids with special needs. The agency has shared an unsettling fact on their welfare. At least 13,000 Michigan children are in foster care.Executive director Stephanie Dettloff said ideal families think they have to attain a certain financial status in order to be foster parents. She said that’s not true.“I think there’s a lot of myths and misunderstanding what it’s like to work within the system and the field of foster care,” said Dettloff, “If we’re working toward reunification with parents so that children can return home to an environment that’s safe and nurturing or whether those efforts lead to a child remaining in the foster care program and then going on toward the permanency of adoption.”The 5K race begins August 24 at Green Park (Alpena County Fairgrounds). Prices are $15 for adults (18+) and $10 for children. Kids under the age of eight are welcome to participate at no charge.Registration opens at 8 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. For questions, contact Stephanie Dettloff at 989-356-4567 Ext. 218 or or drop off checks and registration forms to 1044 US-23 N. Alpena, MI 49707. Downloadable registration form: CFS Family Fun Run Pdf AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious DDA addresses concerns over paid parking downtownNext Art in the Loft and Boys and Girls Club summer program ends as school startslast_img read more

Futsal: Nevesinje defeated Sokrates from Banjaluka

first_imgIn the 11th round of the First Futsal League of RS futsal club ”Nevesinje” defeated FC ”Sokrates” from Banja Luka with 12:3, which was the best match of ”Nevesinje” in this season.The most efficient player of the match was Radivoje Vuković with 3 scored goals.Vuković scored 3 goals , Prodanović 2, Pudar 2, Vučetić 2, Bulajić, Bratić, Milidrag one goal for Nevesinje, Milanović, Talić, Radovanlija scored one goal each for ”Sokrates.Team of KMF „Nevesinje“ : Romović, Kilibarda, Radović, Bratić, Gutić, Vučetić, Vuković, Bulajić, Pudar, Milidrag, Prodanović.Team of KMF „Sokrates“ : Milanović, Talić, Prtija, Radovanlija, Vučić, Trnjak.last_img read more

Wellington City Council Candidate’s forum: Jarod Nance

first_img2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Nance: Having grown up in Wellington, I have come to understand the value of living in a small community. After I graduated from Kansas State, I moved back to my home town, so that I could start a life and a career, here. The more I grow, the more I love this town, and want to give back to it as much as it has given to me. I feel that this is evidenced in my current community participation, and I hope to extend my involvement by getting elected to city council.3. Losing businesses is an ongoing concern to the community of Wellington. What do you as a city council member believe you can do to stop the exodus and enhance business growth?Nance: I believe that it is the community’s job to make certain that proprietors are treated with the highest degree of cooperation and respect.The council needs to represent the community in this manner, and help facilitate the needs of any potential new business that might want to come to town. As for current businesses, I believe that it is the council’s responsibility to place infrastructure that will help them thrive.Proper signs to draw visitors to area businesses and attractions, well-maintained roads and sidewalks, and reliable utilities are all important aspects of that infrastructure.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Nance: My position on this matter is similar to my answer of the previous question. I believe that it is the city’s responsibility to help facilitate growth and forward progress. If there is a safe, responsible way to assist the oil companies with their water requests, then it would be in the community’s interest to do so.If evidence shows that under the current conditions (or future ones, for that matter), it would be irresponsible to provide the water needed for this exploration, then the city should advise the oil companies that we are not in a position to help them with those needs.5. Staying with water, because of the current drought, the water level is low at the Wellington City Lake. Do you favor other alternative water sourcing, or do you believe we should remain status quo on our water resources? Also, will you ever be in favor of water rationing?Nance: The city’s current position on this matter is that the water level is not critical enough to begin a water ration, until the lake is more than 72″ below “full.” At which point, measures will be taken to conserve and ration water. Presently, the lake is around 55″ below full, and it is actually up about 16″, from its lowest point.If our water level gets to a point that has been deemed unsafe, I would support rationing and exploring alternative sources of water.6. The total assessed valuation in Wellington went down in 2012, but may remain constant or improve with the inclusion of Wal-Mart on the tax roll in 2013. However, this may not be the case in the next four years. If Wellington has a lower assessed value as the previous year, how would you as a council member respond to the lack of tax revenue for the municipality?Nance: Unfortunately, there are only two things a governing body can do, to balance a budget–reduce spending, or generate more revenue. If a budget shortfall arises over the next four years, I would be inclined to first try to identify any unnecessary expenses in the budget. From there, it may very well be necessary to increase certain tax and fee rates, to continue to operate in the black.7. Many believe Wellington has trouble promoting itself to outsiders. Do you believe as a tax entity, the city should initiate various promotional programs and if so what would you think they should be?Nance: I believe that if there is a program or campaign that the majority of the citizens of Wellington would like to promote, then the city should do so. As a tax entity, we must make certain that any program that is pursued is run efficiently, and is genuinely beneficial to the community.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Nance: On principle, I do not; however, that is the culture that we currently live in. If we do not offer abatement to newcomers, they will likely select another community in the area that will. Therefore, in the long run, it would be to the community’s detriment to not participate in such programs. We just need to make sure that we intelligently implement a program that would offer any kind of incentives to businesses, so that it is fair and equitable, and beneficial to those involved.9. The Wellington utility rates continue to be a concern to many citizens, especially the fuel adjustment rates. Do you believe they are reasonable and in line with other communities? Should the city make a change in the way it handles utilities? Nance: Based on what I know from individuals who live in neighboring communities, I do believe that Wellington utilities are reasonably in-line with other municipalities of our size. I do not have enough experience on this subject to really have much of an opinion, beyond that. A natural course of action, in my estimation, would be for our city to be in close correspondence with other cities who use the Kansas Power Pool, to see how their utilities are administered, and make sure that we are approaching our situation in the best way possible.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Nance: A major issue on the horizon for Wellington involves the various phases of the impending electricity upgrade project. As many people know, Westar is upgrading their main line, out by the turnpike, and we are working toward having two leads off that main line (we currently have only one, which feeds the town from the south), which will eventually make a complete loop around our community.This is an important move for Wellington, as it will provide its citizens and its businesses with a more reliable and efficient power supply, which ultimately should encourage growth, for our community. Since this is a costly project, it will be of utmost importance to find an appropriate way to fund this, so as to create a minimal impact on the city’s budget and the citizens of Wellington. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jarod Nance is a Wellington City Council challenger running for one of six “at large” positions on the newly restructured board.Registered voters within the Wellington city limits can vote in this race which will have 15 candidates on the ballot. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The second three will receive two-year terms.Voters can vote for up to six candidates. They can vote for one candidate, two candidates, three, four, five or six – but nothing more.The city/school election will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Nance.1. Tell us about yourself.Nance: I attended Kansas State University in Manhattan receiving a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management, Finance Emphasis in Dec. 2008.I have worked at Cornerbank in Wellington since August, 2010 as a supervisor branch personnel, serving on marketing committees and other leadership roles. I have also opened deposit accounts and consumer loans. I also sell property/casualty, life/health and crop insurance products.I also worked as a insurance agent at Farm Bureau Financial Services for Shawn Weaver Agency in Wellington and at TECT Aerospace in Wellington. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. 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Addressing Iowa college games in sports betting debate

first_imgDES MOINES — It appears a bill that would legalize and tax sports betting in Iowa may ban bets on games involving college and university teams from Iowa. Representative Vicki Lensing of Iowa City says there were concerns some athletes might be pressured to miss a free throw or drop a pass in order to secure certain outcome.“I’m not assuming that young athletes would be swayed, but we want to take away that temptation,” Lensing says. A House committee Wednesday endorsed the proposal to ban bets on the performance of athletes in games or matches involving Iowa college teams . Another panel in the House also has voted to tack the concept onto the sports betting bill.Lensing says she’d prefer to ban bets on ANY college sport, but she’s pleased there’s momentum for at least banning bets on Iowa college and university teams.“They are playing for the sport of the game and not to be influenced by money or anything else that might change how they play the game,” Lensing says.Members of the House and Senate are considering a plan that would let the state-licensed casinos offer an “app” for placing bets on professional and college sports. Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton is the House Republican who’s been assigned the task of rounding up “yes” votes for legalized sports betting.“Historically, gambling bills are not partisan,” Kaufmann said during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting today. “This isn’t going to pass without bipartisan votes and so I commit today to work with all of you to ensure that we have the conversation that can make this palatable for everyone.”The proposal calls for imposing a state tax on the bets placed on sporting events. Bill backers warn it won’t yield millions in extra revenue for the state, but will “police, regulate and tax” a currently illegal activity.last_img read more