Iditarod Likely to Start in Willow, Snow Improving

first_imgKing: “It was not perfectly clear, but it was pretty clear; two dogs in particular that were pulling at my heart strings. I got, in my sleeping bag, I got them to climb in a bag and I spooned with them for a while.” In 2015 the race start was moved to Fairbanks after a warm winter. Local musher Paul Gebhardt helped make the decision… Gebhardt: “Four of us on the committee flew out to Dalzell Gorge and the farewell burn and we looked at the trail to determine if it’s safe for travel. There’s literally no snow in the gorge itself, it’s glare ice and shelf ice that has broken down and large boulders that are in the trail because there’s no snow, and there’s no snow to make the ice bridges so we deemed it unsafe to travel through with a dog team.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Tustamena 200 Sled Dog Race organizers announced last night that the event will be cancelled again, due to a lack of snow, but Iditarod officials indicate conditions are improving for their race. In recent years dogs teams have suffered through grueling trail conditions left behind by warm weather. In 2014 the teams clawed their way over muddy, grassy tracks, but sudden strong winds and icy conditions eventually forced the race leader, Jeff King, to scratch just a few miles from the final checkpoint in Safety… Dallas Seavey took home the yellow roses again that year. Adapting to recent warm conditions, the third-generation musher invested in a refrigerated trailer last summer, allowing his dogs to continue running year-round… A group of Iditarod organizers visited Fairbanks yesterday (Tuesday) to create a contingency plan in case there wasn’t enough ground cover at the usual starting location in Willow. They toured the area, but say there’s been more snow in Southcentral Alaska since the trip was first planned and it’s unlikely they’ll need to move the 1,000 mile race. The Board of Directors will make their final decision on the starting location for the 2016 Iditarod by February 12. Current conditions will likely allow for the March 5 ceremonial start in Anchorage and the regular start March 6 in Willow. Unaware the leader had scratched, Dallas Seavey pressed on and claimed his second victory in three years. Seavey: “I believe that we can take the next 12 hours off the Iditarod record time by doing major off-season training.”last_img read more

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