DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship ends in controversy after leader prevented from making final wager

1:41 AM ET David Purdum Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2014 Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008 Ben Fawkes Close ESPN Staff Writer Runs day-to-day editorial operations at Chalk, ESPN.com’s gambling section Joined ESPN in 2010 A national sports betting handicapping contest with a $2.5 million prize pool ended in controversy Sunday in New Jersey, after the Day 3 leader was prevented from making his final wager before the NFC divisional-round game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints kicked off. A contestant with the username rleejr86…

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Saints Brush Off Poor Start to Reach N.F.C. Championship Game

Foles moved the Eagles seamlessly down the field on its first two drives to jump out to a 14-0 lead. He found Jordan Matthews for a 37-yard score, then jumped in from the one-yard line for a second touchdown. Foles was driving the Eagles back down the field in the second quarter and looked set to put his team ahead by three scores. But Foles was intercepted by Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore to end the threat and, it turned out, the Eagles’ chances. On the ensuing drive, the Saints pulled…

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Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Allen gifts AFC Championship Game tickets to fan for getting car unstuck

Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Allen is rewarding a fan’s act of kindness toward him with tickets to next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Allen tweeted early Sunday morning that his car got stuck in the snow before the Chiefs’ playoff game against the Colts on Saturday and that a man named Dave helped him get unstuck without realizing he played for the Chiefs. Allen failed to get the man’s contact information, however, so he put out an APB on Twitter to try to track him down so he could give…

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Love III, son to chase Open Championship berths in Singapore

HONOLULU – Among the game’s increasingly younger star class, Davis Love III’s name on the Sony Open leaderboard stands out. Much of this week’s field weren’t born when Love, 54, won his first PGA Tour event in 1987 in Hilton Head, S.C., and he’s settled into his role as the elder statesman in recent years. But thanks to three birdies over his final four holes at Waialae Country Club, he’s proven that he can also still play when he’s healthy. “I’m playing mostly on the regular tour this year,” Love…

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Adam Scott might be eliminating the World Golf Championship events with new compact PGA Tour schedule

HONOLULU — The new PGA Tour schedule that kicked in this year was designed to flow better, with the four majors lined up in consecutive months, but it also is more compact, which leads to some hard choices for players making out their itineraries for the year. It’s not unheard of for a player to skip a World Golf Championship event. But Adam Scott currently is entertaining the notion that he might not play in any of the three remaining WGC events this season. “In the end I just kind…

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Sorry, Canada: Parity Reshapes the World Junior Championship

“We have absolutely reshaped how we’re teaching the game and how we’re teaching coaches how to teach the game,” Starman said. “We have really emphasized small-area games, and it goes along with age-appropriate practices. “If we play a lot more 3-on-3, 2-on-2, where younger kids are touching the puck more, they’re in an environment where they’re going to have more fun and be more involved,” he added. “Not only are they going to have more fun and want to come back, they’re going to get better because they’re constantly involved…

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World Cup, Test Championship promise an exciting year ahead

2019 – WHAT’S IN STORE? With 700,000 tickets on sale, and most of them sold out, the ECB has reportedly received 2.9 million applications for the same © Getty The 2019 Cricket World Cup Undoubtedly, the mega event in the UK will be the highlight of the 2019 cricketing calendar. Cut down to ten teams, the World Cup 2019 promises to be a short, but sweet affair. Windies and Afghanistan had to battle it out in the Qualifiers to seal their spots in the 10-team line-up. While legends are picking…

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Championship rematches across sports

9:00 AM ET Jessica LenchnerESPN The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers are set to meet in the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive season when they take the field for the CFP National Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Monday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). The Tide and Tigers previously tangled for the championship in 2016 and 2017 and also faced off in the semifinals in 2018. Alabama took home the trophy in 2016 with a 45-40 win, while Clemson roared back for the title…

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Was Le’Veon Bell right about Steelers’ championship window? – Pittsburgh Steelers Blog

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers were coming off a 13-win regular season with the best offensive trio in the game. Le’Veon Bell sensed the urgency, and the short life span. “We understand we have a great group here,” Bell told ESPN in January before the Steelers’ divisional round playoff game. “We don’t know if everybody is going to be back or if we’re going to be that special next year. The time that we do have, we have to make it all count. Everybody in this locker room understands that,…

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McLaren targets championship within next five years

5:12 AM ET ESPN staff McLaren boss Zak Brown believes his team is on a path back to the front of the grid but is refusing to set specific targets for 2019. McLaren finished sixth in 2018 but failed to make the progress it had expected ahead of the year having switched from Honda to Renault power. During the season it parted company with racing director Eric Boullier and started an extensive rebuilding process of its entire operation. The team has not claimed a victory since the 2012 Brazilian Grand…

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