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Two NASCAR Drivers Who Own the Fastest RC Vehicles

NASCAR is a fantastic sport, filled with adrenaline and loved all over America. Even more, the best pilots are considered celebrities and they remain in our hearts forever because they manage to offer us amazing moments of excitement and happiness. But did you know that their passion for cars and speed extends way beyond the race track? Some pilots love cars so much that they went into RC vehicles and even support their local RC communities. The passion for RC also gives them the possibility to work on their cars and create fast beasts that no one can beat (just like in NASCAR). Below I named two of the most famous NASCAR drivers that are into RC as well. So, if you want to know who of your racing heroes shares the same hobby you love, take a look below. #1: Tony Stewart Antony Wayne ‘Tony’ Stewart is a NASCAR professional driver and, among the many awards he got, he is a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion. Right now he owns his own NASCAR team, Stewart-Haas Racing, and the well-known RC company Custom Works (among others). His career in racing started early as he grew up racing go karts. He won several important races as a kart driver which was an important boost for his career in the world of car racing. The cool part is that, while he...

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English FA Distances Itself from Gambling Industry

The Premier League season is almost upon on and some of us are having a hard time containing our excitement. To gear up for the season, think about all that time you spend watching and discussing football with your mates. Why not take that time, energy, and expertise and make some money out of it? That’s what we want to help you to do. There are tons of betting and casino apps out there that promise to deliver top-notch sports betting experiences, but sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between good and the very best. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best UK sports betting apps. Download them and get ready to experience excitement and maybe even some big wins. William Hill William Hill is one of the leading apps for football betting and for good reason. Their mobile app is free to download, compatible with iOS and Android, and particularly recommended if you’re looking to do your sports betting on the go. The app offers good odds and some really cool features including live score updates, in-play betting, free betting tips, and a solid overall user experience. In regards to payment methods, the app is very flexible and allows users to pay with direct bank transfers, PayPal, PaySafe prepaid cards, Cash Direct, Skrill and a variety of other payment methods. Another great feature is the...

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UK Sports Betting Apps for Football Fanatics

In a move to distance itself from the gambling industry, the Football Association (FA) has cut ties with Ladbrokes, a leading online betting and gaming company. The contract between the FA and the betting company was worth around £4m, a lucrative partnership for both sides. The move represents a blow to the sports betting industry and may lead to significant revenue losses for both sports betting companies and the FA. The Joey Barton Case Although the decision came as a result of multiple betting controversies, the Joey Barton case likely played the most significant role. The league recently banned Barton, a Burnley midfielder, for an 18-month period after he placed over 1,000 bets during a 10-year period in the league. Even more problematic, many of the games Barton bet on involved his own team. Some experts are saying that Barton lost over £15m as a result of his Football betting habits. The Barton case is significant because it highlighted a double standard going on in the league. On the one hand, the league was punishing Barton for his suspect sportsbetting. On the other hand, the league was highly connected with sports betting partners. The Barton case was in many ways a catalyst for change and the driver behind the FA’s new attitude on sports betting. The Popularity of Football Betting In many ways, betting and online casino companies have become increasingly synonymous with football, which is a primary reason the league chose to end...

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How Technology Makes You More Connected as a Sports Fan

Maybe your favorite sports season has arrived, or if you’re like millions of other sports fans, you follow and support various sports year round. While watching a game or match in person is every sports fan’s dream, it’s not always possible. Fortunately, thanks to today’s technology, you can stay connected to your favorite sports. Want to do more than catch a game on cable television or pay-per-view, take a look at what else modern technology has to offer. Social Media Every sports fan has at least one favorite athlete. Social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram, makes it easier to feel more “connected” to your top pick athlete. Not only can you see what he or she is up to during the off season but you can offer your support year round. While your star athlete may not spend a lot of time interacting on social media, there are many athletes who do interact, and they make their fans feel like an extension of family. Social media is also a great way to stay connected and know when special events are coming up. Some teams will have ticket giveaways or even contests for merchandise and other team-related things. Can’t make it to a game? Watch Twitter feeds or a friend’s Facebooks posts for updates on the game. Online Fantasy Leagues According to Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), there...

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The Rise of Sports Betting

When it comes to sports betting, there’s the thrill, excitement and rush of adrenalin which makes the whole experience worthwhile, enjoyable and highly entertaining. It is primarily because of this enjoyment and entertainment derived from sports betting, that an increased number of new betting sites are setting up shop, with the aims to quench the betting thirst of many punters out there. While we have an idea of the hype it brings, let’s look at where it all started. Sports betting has been in existence for quite some now. The earliest form of sports betting in the contemporary world was characterised by non-human sports such as horse racing. Horse racing was a prevalent sport in the betting circles in the early and late nineties and though it is still present, its influence and popularity is dwindling. As non-human sports started to lose popularity in the early 2000s, human sports started to gain popularity world over. This popularity was brought about by the emergence of the internet and we cannot talk about the rise of sports betting without taking into consideration the influence of technology. Sports betting as we have come to know today, has been largely shaped by the world wide web. As people became more connected and as information began to be disseminated at a much quicker rate, it meant that the masses were able to learn valuable information from...

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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United Well Placed to Win Premier League Title

Source: Manchester United via Facebook How good were Manchester United on the opening weekend? Jose Mourinho’s men ran out clear winners against West Ham United at Old Trafford, scoring four sublime goals in what was a very one-sided contest. If the Red Devils play like that for the most part of the Premier League season, they will be there or thereabouts in the title race come May. Romelu Lukaku got off to the perfect start with two well-taken goals – one either side of the half-time break. Scoring on your debut is important at any club but, at Manchester United, it is imperative. His movement off the ball for the first goal was direct and destructive and his aerial dominance was clear for all to see for his second. Should he continue in the same vein, Lukaku could easily score close to 30 goals this season – an impressive return that could win the Golden Boot. Harry Kane, the winner of the Premier League’s coveted award in each of the last two years, failed to get off the mark on opening weekend and Lukaku will be quietly confident of pipping his rival to the accolade. But individual glory was not the reason why Lukaku chose to join Manchester United. The Belgium striker wants to win trophies and leaving Goodison Park for Old Trafford was the right decision. Mourinho is building a monster at the Theatre...

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The Trendiest Form of Gambling: Mobile Sports Betting

In recent times, the need to gamble in games such as poker might have gone down by quite a margin, but other forms of gambling have definitely risen to the top. One such thing is sports betting. Of course, sports betting are not new in this era; in fact, they have been around for as long as sports have existed. Whether it is horse racing, car racing, cricket, rugby, baseball, football, soccer, etc., you are sure to find a place where men and women have gathered to bet on their favourite team. However, there has been a newer form of sports betting, which serves as a blessing more than a curse to those who love the thrill of betting – mobile sports betting. Mobile sports betting have been on the rise for a long time now. As opposed to the days when sports betting were conducted and carried out between a dozen men sitting at a bar, chugging down beers, and enjoying the tough competition between two rivals, the convenience of betting from the tip of your fingers is undeniably satisfying. Is Mobile Sports Betting Better Than Real Life Betting? There are several reasons why mobile sports betting is a lot better than real life in-person betting, but it can also drill a great hole in your bank account if you tend to make irrational decisions. Due to the...

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Is AFL the Biggest Sport in Australia?

A sport that originated in Melbourne in 1858, Australian rules football or AFL is one of the most popular sports in Australia today. While no one doubts the popularity of AFL in Australia, many people want to know where the sport ranks when compared to the other sports played in Australia such as soccer, cricket, and field hockey. To answer the aforementioned –question, we’re going to discuss some facts and figures related to the Australian football league. History As mentioned earlier, Australian rules football originated in Melbourne in 1858. However, it wasn’t until 1897 that Australian rules football became an organized sport. 1897 was when the AFL, known as the Victorian Football league then, was organized for the very first time. The inaugural season of the AFL or Victorian Football league had participation from eight teams. Today, the competition has grown to an 18-team event. This clearly indicates that AFL has grown in popularity in Australia over the years. Another reason to believe that AFL is growing in popularity each year is the fact that the people punting on AFL are increasing each year. The VFL remained as an 8-team event until 1908 when the competition was expanded to ten teams and, in 1925, it became a 12-team event. In 1990, the competition was renamed as the Australian football league–the name it bears today. The competition was expanded to...

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Yankees are Targeting the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton

Just when the New York Yankees started showing the rest of the Major Leagues that they are serious about building their team through the use of their farm system and developing players, a blockbuster trade inquiry hits the blogosphere. But this isn’t just any “blockbuster” trade, this deal would involve arguably baseball‘s best player, Giancarlo Stanton. However, the Yanks are said to also have an interest in Texas Rangers ace, Yu Darvish. And with the loaded farm system the Yanks now possess – not to mention the unlimited amount of money the Yankees perpetually have, there is a legit shot New York could seriously challenge the Boston Red Sox in the AL East and Houston Astrosas the best team in the American League. Many US sportsbooks think so. Via Fanrag Sports Network: Can anyone imagine a lineup with both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in it? Apparently the New York Yankees can, because sources with ties to the Miami Marlins say the Yankees were one of the teams to check in regarding the status of Stanton, the great slugger whose mega contract is quite likely too big for the Miami franchise. While Stanton’s $325-million, 13-year contract – there’s $295 million to go even after this season – fits the Yankees better than anyone else, like just about any team to have any interest, they’d surely want the baseball’s richest contract paid down to some degree. Via CBS Sports: It’s late July and the MLB trade rumor mill...

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Pacers Missed Out on a Big Haul for Paul George

It would be an understatement to say that Kyrie Irving has put the Cleveland Cavaliersin a tough spot. Usually in late July, when summer league is ending and the free agency frenzy has dried up, basketball typically takes a back seat to baseball and the start of football training camp. However, Cavs star, Kyrie Irving, has catapulted the NBA back to the top of the sports world headlines with his shocking trade request. Apparently playing with LeBron James and going to NBA Finals isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. At any rate, because of Irving’s ill-timed request, the Cavaliers are in a conundrum because of the fact that many of the players that were on the market have either signed with other teams or have been traded. Two of these players that the Cavaliers could have had a chance to pair with Bron-Bron would have been Chris Paul and Paul George according to reports from the best online sportsbooks. Via Cleveland.com: I know Indiana asked the Cavs for Irving in a trade for Paul George. This was when David Griffin was still the general manager. His goal was to add George to the combination of Irving and James — to compete with Golden State. Via RealGM: The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June. Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade...

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Carmelo Anthony Knows LeBron is Leaving Cleveland

Will Phil Jackson end up having the last laugh in his feud with Carmelo Anthony? Well, if a report via Frank Isola is true, then it would appear that the New York Knicks would lose out on landing dazzling superstar Kyrie Irving because of Melo’s reluctance to waive his no-trade clause. Thus, Knicks fans would miss out on landing one of the game’s most exciting players who is still just 25 years-old because of Anthony’s preference on joining the Houston Rockets instead of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But why would Melo pass up an opportunity to play with one of his best friends and the game’s best player, LeBron James – especially when considering the Eastern Conference is a cake walk to the NBA Finals compared to the much tougher Western Conference? According to the Isola of the NY Daily News, Melo already sees the writing on the wall in regards to the future of Bron-Bron in Cleveland following the 2017-18 season. The Knicks will contact Cleveland and make a pitch. The obvious move would be to trade Carmelo Anthony and a few first round picks for a bona-fide superstar. However, a source close to Anthony said late Friday that the All Star forward is focused on getting a deal done with Houston. Anthony would have to waive his no-trade and there is no guarantee that Anthony would do that to join a Cavs team that didn’t have Irving. Also, Anthony probably knows better...

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Sizing up Potential Kyrie Irving Trades

Has there ever been a more exciting time for the NBA entering the last week of July? The soap opera, which may have been leaked by LeBron James – according to Stephen A. Smith, was apparently old news for the brass of the Cavaliers. Of course this is very apropos that King James would be in the center of “KyrieGate” seeing that many consider Bron-Bron the one calling the shots in The Land anyway – not to mention James is no stranger to drama himself. But since Kyrie bombshell was dropped a couple of days ago, rumors have been swirling like crazy in regards to trade rumors. You can even wager on where he will end up on your favorite online sportsbook. With that said, here are three of the most recent trade offers that appear to be on the table for the Cavaliers to take a look at. Keep in mind, these are just the headline names involved – no fillers or draft picks included. Via Charlotte Observer: 3.) Kyrie Irving for Kemba Walker No offense to Kemba Walker, but the basketball writer for the Charlotte Observer might have lost his mind when he posed the question “Would Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving be an upgrade over Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker? There is an entire article of the pros and cons of each player with the first sentence literally posing the question of whether the Hornets should debate offering Walker in...

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Blue Jays Strike Back to Beat Red Sox

At the height of the rivalry between the Red Sox and New York Yankees, facing either American League powerhouse after they’d just played a hard-fought series against each other could be a blessing in disguise. “There was a few times you’d play ’em right after they played each other,” manager John Gibbons reminisced Monday before his Blue Jays took on the AL East-leading Red Sox. “It was always a good time to play them because they were beat to death. Bullpens were beat to crap.” Fenway Park hosted another duel between the old foes over the weekend, including a 16-inning marathon on Saturday before a Sunday doubleheader. Beantown and New York split the series, but the real winners may have been the Blue Jays, who beat an overworked Red Sox team 4-3 in the opener of a four-game set. Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce was the man of the hour, launching a solo homer over the Green Monster in the second inning for a 3-0 lead before cashing in Ezequiel Carrera with a decisive RBI single in the eighth, stopping the home team’s comeback in its tracks. “He’s been playing really well lately,” said his manager. “We’ve been working on his swing for the past several weeks and to see things pay off like this is extremely encouraging. I’d say this has probably been the highlight of the...

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Blue Jays Strike Back to Beat Red Sox

BOSTONâ??At the height of the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, facing either American League powerhouse after they’d just played a hard-fought series against each other could be a blessing in disguise. “There was a few times you’d play ’em right after they played each other,” manager John Gibbons reminisced Monday before his Blue Jays took on the AL East-leading Red Sox. “It was always a good time to play them because they were beat to death. Bullpens were beat to crap.” Fenway Park hosted another duel between the old foes over the weekend, including a 16-inning marathon on Saturday before a Sunday doubleheader. Boston and New York split the series, but the real winners may have been the Blue Jays, who beat an overworked Red Sox team 4-3 in the opener of a four-game set. Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce was the man of the hour, launching a solo homer over the Green Monster in the second inning for a 3-0 lead before cashing in Ezequiel Carrera with a decisive RBI single in the eighth, stopping the home team’s comeback in its tracks. “He’s been playing really well lately,” said his manager. “We’ve been working on his swing for the past several weeks and to see things pay off like this is extremely encouraging. I’d say this has probably been the highlight of the week for us. I’m sure things will continue...

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New Sports Betting Trends in Australia

A form of gambling that involves placing a wager or bet, sports betting is extremely popular in Australia. Legal in Australia, sports betting is offered by many state licensed bettors. The laws for licensing vary from state to state but that isn’t our concern. Our concern is how sports betting has grown in Australia and what sports betting trends can we expect to see in the future. These are the two things that we’re going to look at in detail. How does betting work in Australia? There are only two possible outcomes of sports betting. Either you lose your wager or win a profit based on the bookmaker odds. With sports betting, you can place a bet on any sport including rugby, soccer, tennis and cricket. If you bet right, you stand a chance to make a sizeable profit. Sports betting has grown massively in Australia and elsewhere in the past decade or so. The major reason for this growing popularity of sports betting is the introduction of online betting sites such as bluebet.com.au. Thanks to online betting, people can now bet on their favourite team from the convenience of their home. Moreover, online betting has made sports betting cheap. Today, many commercial deals exist between bookmakers and sporting entities. Examples of such entities are the Australian Football league (AFL) and the National Rugby League (NRL). By increasing the...

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The NFL is Looking to Improve the In-Stadium Experience

There’s nothing quite like attending an NFL game in person. However, with the recent advancemnts in technology and offerings like NFL Sunday Ticket, the Red Zone Channel, Twitter, and DVR’s more and more people have been opting to stay at home instead of venturing out to watch the games. These developments are somewhat disappointing to NFL teams that thrive on filling their stadium with passionate fans. In order to provide people with the best experience possible, many NFL teams are starting to offer improved in-game experiences such as in-stadium WiFi to allow fans to connect to the internet and stream, tweet, and text right from their seats. These upgrades are a big improvement and fans are longer forced to choose between spending an afternoon on the couch connected to a screen or spending it outside in the fresh air taking in some NFL football. Some of the teams that are offering these new ammentiies include the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Whether the team plays in a big market or a small one or is in first place in their division or picking first in the draft, these teams know the importance of making the in-person experience as good as possible for NFL fans. They want fans to buy sports tickets and come out and support the team. If recent history is any indication, these upgrades are doing their job. Fans are coming out to games in droves and the overall satisfaction...

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Nemanja Matic ‘desperate’ to Clinch Move to Old Trafford

“Nemanja Matic, Chelsea FC defender” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland Chelsea’s dependable defensive midfielder, Nemanja Matic, is reportedly ‘desperate’ to team up again with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and line up in the heart of the Manchester United midfield in 2017/18. Mourinho is seeking a reliable holding midfielder to provide the anchor and protection for the United back line, given that the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial will be given license to roam in the final third and support new frontman, Romelu Lukaku. Although Michael Carrick has been made club captain following the departure of Wayne Rooney back to boyhood club, Everton, the 35-year-old is unlikely to play every minute of the season given his age and a swoop for Matic would seem like a very sensible move from Mourinho; weakening title rivals Chelsea in the process. Matic’s Chelsea future would also seem up in the air at present, with Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas already given assurances regarding playing time for the upcoming campaign by the Blues’ charismatic boss, Antonio Conte. However, with the Stamford Bridge club also on the verge of completing a £35m move for Monaco ace, Tiemoue Bakayoko, it appears that Matic is likely to fall even further down the midfield pecking order this term. The immediate success of N’Golo Kante in midfield – arriving last summer from 2016 champions,...

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The Rising Success of Female Jockeys in Australia and Abroad

Women are making a name for themselves in every field– and horse racing is no exception. To date, female jockeys have enjoyed considerable success and seeing this, more and more women in Australia and abroad are taking up jockeying as a full-time profession. Talking about female jockeys in Australia, women weren’t allowed to pursue horse racing in Australia until the 1970s. However, things have changed considerably since then and today you’ll find many female jockeys on the racing track. Many people like to use 365bet to place wagers on these races featuring female jockeys, making them very popular. Female jockeys in Australia Female jockeys haven’t been around for long but they’re not taking long to rise to success. As far as female jockeys in Australia are concerned, there have been many success stories including Michelle Payne becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Generally considered as a chauvinistic sport, horse racing is slowly but surely warming up to the idea of female jockeys.Today, a growing number of female apprentice jockeys are coming through the ranks. The presence of female jockeys is certainly being felt at the track. So, are you a fan of any female jockey? If yes, then you can bet on your favourite jockey to show your support. Some people believe that the naturally slimmer physique of the female jockeys gives them an advantage over their male counterparts. For this reason, many are predicting that female jockeys could be winning...

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Will Manchester United Land Ivan Perisic This Summer?

Manchester United saw a second bid rejected for winger Ivan Perisic at the start of July. The Red Devils appear determined to land the Croatian star this summer but the Serie A club are said to be standing firm and could hold the Premier League side to ransom over the 28-year-old. Can the two clubs come to an agreement before the new season gets underway? Many people are starting to bet on bet365 that Perisic and Man U will ultimately come to an agreement. Source: Italian Football TV (@ITFTVofficial) via Twitter Manchester United have already added Victor Lindelof to their squad this summer but Jose Mourinho is reportedly frustrated with the lack of transfer activity at the club over the past two months. The Portuguese coach handed a list of at least 12 transfer targets to the club’s hierarchy at the end of the 2016-17 season but many of these deals have failed to materialise. Inter were required to meet Financial Fair Play restrictions, which involved raising €30million in player sales but Ever Banega’s return to Sevilla has helped ease the burden on the Italian club and they are holding firm on star man Perisic. United were hoping to land the winger in a cut-price deal but they may be required to stump up £48million to secure his services for next season. Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as the...

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The Different Forms of Gambling and Their Relationships with the World of Sports

Gambling and sports were always related, even before gambling were called gambling and sports were called sports. Bets were placed on the fights between lions and Christians inside the Roman arenas, bets were placed on jousts and duels, and when all these bloody and aggressive activities were tamed, becoming competitive sports where no limbs were cut off, bets continued to be placed on them. In time, the forms of gambling diversified, with one of its branches shifting toward entertainment – casinos were born this way, offering high society, and later the masses, entertaining games that they could play for money. Betting on sports has remained a preferred activity for many to this day, keeping the connection between sports and gambling alive. The relationship between casinos and sports is superficial at best, especially when it comes to online gambling venues. Of course, major sporting events – especially boxing matches – are often organized inside major casino resorts in Las Vegas. This is as much a promotion for the location as it is an action to support the sport itself. On the other hand, casino game builders have a habit of reaching out to sports for inspiration. The Vegas Palms casino online, for example, has several highly successful games inspired by a variety of ball games and other sports. The Sports Star Series, a serial of video games inspired by some of...

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