National Sports News

Enes Kanter back in United States, will have news conference Monday

After being detained in Romania and having his passport revoked, Enes Kanter is back in the United States after landing in New York on Sunday morning, his agent told ESPN. Kanter will hold a news conference Monday at 9:30 a.m. at National Basketball Players Association headquarters in New York. Kanter had been on a world tour for his Light Foundation, doing charity events to provide meals and clothes, and had already made stops in a number of countries. But after a flight from the Philippines to Bucharest, Romania, Kanter was detained by airport officials Saturday and told his Turkish passport had been “canceled.” Kanter announced the situation in a video on social media, saying the Turkish government revoked his passport because of his “political views.” Kanter has been a harsh critic of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling him a “dictator” and the “Hitler of our century.” “They’ve been holding us here for…

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NFL’s evolving stance on sports betting and Las Vegas

On Nov. 12, 2012, at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices in New York, commissioner Roger Goodell sat with his lawyer Jeff Mishkin and was deposed by attorneys for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, regarding the league’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new sports betting law. Attorney William H. Wegner, representing Christie, asked Goodell whether the NFL had ever considered putting a franchise in Las Vegas. “Not when I’ve been commissioner,” Goodell replied. Also during the deposition, Goodell was asked about his top priority as commissioner: Wegner: What threats are there to the integrity of pro football in the United States? Goodell: Gambling would be No. 1 on my list. Things have changed markedly in five years for Goodell. With Monday’s vote, we now have the Las Vegas Raiders, a stunning relocation of a storied franchise that will test the league’s longstanding avoid-at-all-costs approach to Nevada, home to the nation’s…

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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer to miss OTAs following eighth eye surgery

The Vikings announced Monday that coach Mike Zimmer will not be with the team during OTAs, which begin this week, saying that he will “be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health.” The Vikings said in a statement that they anticipate Zimmer returning to the team in a few weeks. Zimmer, who suffered a detached retina last season, has had eight surgeries on his eye since last November.? In this latest operation, performed Wednesday, Zimmer said doctors removed an oil bubble from his eye and inserted a gas bubble. Zimmer is unable to fly for six weeks after the surgery. Zimmer’s first operation came the day after the Vikings’ loss to the Chicago Bears last Oct. 31, and emergency surgery caused him to miss the team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 1. Zimmer returned to coach the Vikings’ next game against the Jacksonville Jaguars wearing a patch over his right eye and switching…

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Nevada plans to offer mobile betting at Raiders stadium

Fans at future Las Vegas Raiders home games will be able to legally place bets on their phones from inside the planned $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, unless the league can persuade Nevada gaming officials to change policy. Last week, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority unanimously approved a conditional lease agreement for the Raiders. NFL owners are expected to vote on ratifying the lease at this week’s spring meetings in Chicago. The lease includes language that prohibits “any Gaming or Gambling, the maintaining or operating of a Gaming Establishment and/or sports wagering or any wagering on racing or other non-sports events.” However, according to the stadium authority and Nevada gaming officials, nothing in the lease blocks access to the mobile sports betting apps offered by the majority of the state’s regulated sportsbooks. Nevada books have been offering mobile sports betting for several years, allowing bettors to place wagers on their mobile…

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