Bookies cheer as first 10 NCAA games covered by underdog

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Bookmakers had something to cheer about Thursday, even if the underdogs didn’t always prevail in the NCAA Tournament.Favored teams took a beating to open the tournament, with underdogs covering the spread in the first 10 games, beginning with the play-in games earlier in the week. In seven of those games, the team oddsmakers figured would lose ended up winning outright.“The dogs got out of the chute fast,” said Nick Bogdanovich, the oddsmaker for the William Hill betting chain. “It was very, very rare, just one of those things where the streak just kept going.”That was good news for this city’s legal sports books, most of which were packed with hundreds or even thousands of fans who came to town to celebrate — and bet — on March Madness. Since the general public tends to bet favorites more than underdogs in the tournament, the bookies were ahead early.“We don’t talk about the weekend until it’s Monday morning,” said Jimmy Vaccaro of the South Point hotel. “But so far obviously the mainstream guys are not doing too good.”The biggest outright win against the spread was UAB’s 60-59 victory over Iowa State. The Blazers were 13.5-point underdogs going into the game.It wasn’t until Xavier beat Mississippi 76-57 as a two-point pick that a favorite finally covered the spread.Bogdanovich said bettors for the most part didn’t pay attention to the streak of underdogs covering. But he said some bets shifted against Oklahoma after three Big 12 teams lost early.last_img read more

Latvian U-16 basketball players finish the Baltic Cup with victories in…

first_imgLatvian U16 girls basketball team Photo: LBSThe Latvian U-16 women’s basketball team won all three Baltic Cup games this weekend.On Sunday, the Latvians closed the tournament in Kaunas with a victory 84:58 (21:15, 22:19, 24:12, 17:12) beat their peers from Estonia.As in the games with both Lithuanian teams, the Latvians were superior in the fight against baskets (50-41) and in the accuracy of three-point shots (9/19 – 4/24), as well as often intercepted the ball (18-11) and skillfully used the mistakes of opponents (29 -16).On Sunday, Katrīna Ozola had 19 points and nine rebounds, Luize Sila had 16 points and nine balls under the baskets, Andija Sedliņa had 13 points, but Līva Liniņa had 12 points and ten rebounds.As in the conversation with the Latvian Basketball Union (LBS), Aigars Nerips, the head coach of the Latvian U-16 national team, emphasized that all players, including the leaders, still have a lot of work to do to improve and stabilize their skills.“Several basketball players have good prospects, provided they continue to work. The Lithuanians had divided their players into two approximately equal teams. Both victories did not come easily, but every time we found opportunities to neutralize the opponents’ trumps and take advantage of their weaknesses. By joining forces, Lithuanians will be stronger, but we would not be weaker. In addition, for various reasons, several basketball players stayed at home, who could have helped, ”LBS quotes Neripa.At the beginning of the last match, after a collision, unpleasant injuries came to life and two main basketball players – Raina Tomašicka and Tīna Grausa – could not continue the game.“Others had more playing time, and our dominance was not particularly affected. The organizers of the tournament, this time without consulting the coaches, awarded the prize for the best player of our team to Louise Sila, but the most valuable player of the whole tournament was Raina Tomašickas, who was more diverse this time than before. It is nice to end the summer work cycle with three victories. We have used the difficult time usefully, promoting the progress of the players, ”said Nerips.On Friday, the Latvians won the Lithuanian “white” team with 76:64, but on Saturday with 78:58 they defeated the “green” team of the southern neighbors.Meanwhile, the U-16 men’s team finished the tournament with a success of 77:61 (13:18, 15:10, 25:21, 24:12) played against the Estonians.Latvians prevail in three-pointers (10/32 – 3/23), in the fight for rebounds (50-40), but more mistakes (21-16).Dāvis Ozers scored 19 points, Mārtiņš Zuments 13 points, but Christopher Karlson and Ernest Ločmel had ten points each.The head coach of the Latvian U-16 national team Agris Galvanovskis concludes that there is a feeling of unfinished work, because no real opportunities were used to win the third match.The Lithuanian “green” team did not have bright talents, but everyone worked with great fighting spirit, collecting 23 balls at our basket. We did not lack centimeters, but they were not enough. Overall, we played better than in the winter tournaments, but the results should not be overestimated. Lithuanians, combining all the best forces in one team, would be more powerful, this time the Estonians were not helped by a 210 cm long leader who trains in the “Real” system of Madrid, “LBS quotes Galvanovskis.Galvanovskis emphasizes that Latvia does not lack talent against the background of its opponents, but the rival teams were more fierce and sportier.Many people still want to get the result by playing in “white gloves”, but in modern basketball it does not go through. When conclusions are drawn, the result also appears. As today, when we broke the Estonian resistance in the second half, ”says Galvanovskis.Dans Galdiņš received the award for the best player of the Latvian team.On Friday, Latvia overtook the Lithuanian “white” team with 78:75, but on Saturday with 75:81 it lost to the Lithuanian “green” team.Composition of the Latvian U-16 women’s team for participation in the Baltic Cup in Kaunas:Enija Vīksne, Marta Zariņa, Katrīna Ozola (all – “Riga” / TTP), Madara Liepniece, Elizabete Feierberga, Raina Tomašicka (all – “Riga” / “Center”), Līva Kristiāna Gode, Andija Sedliņa, Tīna Grausa, Luīze Sila (all – RBJSS / “Rīdzene”), Līva Liniņa (“Rīga” / ”Jugla”), Valērija Baranovska (“Daugavpils”).Composition of the Latvian U-16 men’s team for participation in the Baltic Cup in Kaunas:Kristofers Karlsons, Dans Galdiņš, Markuss Mamajs (all – “Rīga” / DSN), Kristofers Krivišs (“Rīga” / ”A.Kraukļa VEF BS”), Markuss Lastiņš (“Ogres BS”), Ernests Ločmelis (“Rīga”) / Basketball class ”), Mārtiņš Zuments (IMSS,“ Rīga ”/” Basketball class ”), Dāvis Dāvids Ozers (“ Valmiera ”-“ Ventspils University College ”), Rūdolfs Rudmiezis (“ Cēsis ”-“ Valmiera ”), Armands Gailišs ( “Ezerzeme”), Frederiks Meinarts (BS “Ķeizars”, “VEF school”, “Rīga” / DSN), Pēteris Pinnis (IMSS – “Salaspils”, “Rīga” / “Centrs”).last_img read more

Help wanted: KanOkla is looking for Service Order Coordinator

first_imgKan-Okla is looking for a leader in the rural telecommunications industry and are seeking a Service Order Coordinator. This position requires someone that is self-motivated and works well within a team providing exceptional customer service both internally and externally.Successful candidates should possess the following:* High school education required.* Basic computer, keyboarding, and spreadsheet skills.* Telecommunication knowledge including staking sheets, pairs, overlays, switching codes.* Good interpersonal, conflict resolution, and verbal skills.*  Ability to perform the physical tasks of the essential functions.  Sitting at a desk for an extended period of time on the phone and computer.KanOkla maintains a drug free environment.You may submit a resume via email to hr@kanokla.com or mail your resume to:KanOkla, Attn: HR Specialist, 100 KanOkla Ave, Caldwell, KS.  The closing date for accepting applications is January 16th, 2018.last_img read more