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Said scene raises important questions about what exactly happened to Cleveland Cavaliers rookie non-sensation Anthony Bennett in this draft night photo. Positing that the no.

American cinema classic Space Jam (which just got its own 30 for 30) features a scene in which a collection of skilled NBA players and Shawn Bradley have their talent stolen by stumpy extraterrestrials employing a plot device slash basketball. This much is certain though — Bennett is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad rookie season.

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Will Congress pull the plug on N.J. online gambling?

Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) to weigh in on the other side.

“We’re very concerned about the process by which this is done,” Henshaw said. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) to push for an online gambling ban.

Adelson was the biggest donor to the Republican Governors Association when Gov. The governor’s spokesman, Kevin Roberts, did not respond to a request for comment.

“This is something the states have done very effectively,” Pappas said. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), whose district includes Atlantic City. casinos, including MGM, Boyd Gaming, Golden Nugget and Tropicana.

In addition, the company periodically pinpoints players’ locations while online, and such checks increase in number as the gambler moves closer to the state’s borders, Ceccarelli said. Adelson and his wife gave $93 million to Republican-leaning outside groups in 2012, more than any other donor. Adelson is backing the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, and Caesars is part of the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection along with other companies that own N.J. Follow him on Twitter @JDSalant. If Congress wants to allow states to offer online gambling, it should pass a bill authorizing it, she said.

“It’s a little bit more difficult but ultimately gets us to where we want to be,” Ceccarelli said.

Christie enacted online gambling in New Jersey, saying it would help struggling Atlantic City casinos. Players must go through as many as eight different verifications, including providing their Social Security numbers, before they can start betting, he said.

With the two companies on opposite sides, the casino industry’s trade association, the American Gaming Association, has remained neutral.

The bill’s champion is Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands and a top Republican donor. He called online gambling “a societal train wreck waiting to happen” in Forbes magazine in 2013 and said it wouldn’t hurt his business but could force other casinos to close.

New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware took advantage of the opportunity. While the city lost four brick-and-mortar casinos last year, online gambling brought in $120.5 million in its first year of operation, according to the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

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Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands tripled its lobbying expenses in 2014 to $1.1 million from $320,000 and hired former U.S. The energy company Koch Industries and executive vice president David Koch also gave $3.5 million between them.

WASHINGTON — Legislation in Congress threatens to end New Jersey’s online gambling operations.

In advance of today’s hearing, Marco Ceccarelli, senior vice president at Caesars Interactive, one of the companies operating in New Jersey, used a map of the Garden State as a backdrop this morning as he demonstrated the technology designed to prevent out-of-state or underage customers from gambling online. Chris Christie was its chairman, giving $3.5 million. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and former Rep.

A House Judiciary subcommittee today is scheduled to hold hearings on a bill that reverses a 2011 Justice Department ruling that gave states the right to offer Internet gambling to their residents.

Not so the Poker Players Association, whose executive director, John Pappas, said the original law was designed to stop unregulated online gambling from offshore locations, not state-regulated websites. Passage of the legislation would force those states to close their online gambling operations unless Congress enacted a new bill to sanction them.

Jonathan D. The PPA boosted its lobbying spending to $535,000 in 2014 from $350,000 in 2013.

Chaffetz spokeswoman M.J. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who introduced the legislation, “has picked up the ball here” for Adelson, LoBiondo said. As a result, should the player be on a mobile device while crossing the George Washington Bridge, the session automatically would shut off, he said.

“This is a disaster for my state,” said U.S. Salant may be reached at jsalant@njadvancemedia.com. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

Rep. Rep. Henshaw said the lawmaker acted out of the belief that the Justice Department shouldn’t be able to unilaterally change a long-standing interpretation of federal law. “If you have an argument to be made, that argument needs to be done in the Congress, not in the bowls of the Justice Department.”

Both companies also have made common cause with other groups to get their points across. As for federal involvement, “this is the last thing they need to do, put their fingers in something they know nothing about,” LoBiondo said.. Sen. “There shouldn’t be a federal bill that prevents states from offering their citizens a safe and regulated place to play online poker.”

Caesars Entertainment, whose online division operates an Internet site in New Jersey, boosted its lobbying spending to $2.8 million from $1.9 million and brought in former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour, a former Mississippi governor, and former Rep

Tips for filling out your NCAA march madness brackets

Your best bet percentage-wise is the 8 vs. I’ve already told you what a tough task that is with the 4 highest seeds but seeds 5,6,7, and 8 provide plenty of opportunity to show how smart you are. If you ever picked up a basketball in the back yard during your childhood then a mental conversation something like this probably took place:

One of the most fun things about filling out your brackets is picking the right upset. Let’s keep it that way.

. Watching the year end conference tournaments do count. These strategies will help you be successful and win one or two more games in your pool. Teams are seeded where they are for a reason.

March Madness. Choose your opponents wisely.

I realize that the tournament selection committee does some strange things sometimes. March Madness is about schools so do your home work.


It’s one thing to compete in your local office pool against secretaries who choose teams based on the colors of their uniforms or against biased “homers” who think that just because they have a diploma from a school means their alma mater will be in the final four every year. You need to watch these teams play that will be your potential upset picks in rounds 1 and 2. Neither team made it to the championship game. Seeding one team ahead of another despite strength of schedule or sending a team out west to help “competitive balance” while you think a less deserving team gets to stay close to home. That is a 90% win rate and if we look at just the 1 and 2 seeds they have 204 wins and just 4 losses or a 98%. 12 seeds have better than a 43% winning percentage against 5 seeds. If you’d done your homework you’d have known that.

#2.

#1. If you are a highly regarded team you’ll probably be matched up with a team you’ve never heard of and know little about. Think of it as “cramming’ for an exam. If you are going to pick against this group wait till at least the second round.

#3. A popular legend is “A 12 seed always knocks off a 5 seed every year.” isn’t true. It’s about who can win 6 games in a row. Yes it could happen again but remember rule #1, teams are seeded where they are at for a reason.

To be knowledgeable about anything you have to study that topic. The second round especially is all about style. It’s quite another to drop a bunch of money down and compete against professional gamblers and handicappers online. Many upset special picks in the 5 -12 game have made me look really smart. Watching highlights on ESPN does not count. The NCAA basketball tournament by any other name would still be March Madness. The selection committee is made up of people who deal with college athletics for a living. The better seed (8′s) in these games actually have a losing record in the first round. You need to keep this in mind. Like the game of basketball though you need to have strategy, a plan of attack to be successful.

#4. Since my body wouldn’t let me beat others at basketball on the court, I content myself with beating them off it in bracket pools. They will not help you deplete Las Vegas of money. The lowest seed ever to win the entire thing was Villanova as an 8 seed. They know a good team when they see them. The lowest seed ever to make the final four is an 11 seed. They had more than just style though, they could flat out play. 9 game. For example, the current men’s committee is made up of 8 university athletic directors and 2 conference commissioners. You don’t have to go back in time far to see how successful Butler was last year. Like most legends though this one is rooted in some facts. George Mason in 2006 and LSU 20 years before in 1986. It is hard to prepare for a team in only one day. Cinderella will come to the dance, but only for a little while.

But for every Danny Ainge or Tyus Edney that lived that dream there are tens of thousands like me who didn’t. Since the tournament began in it’s current format, the teams seeded #1,2,3, and 4 are a combined 374 wins and 42 losses in the first round. The brackets are supposed to be fun just like hitting that last second shot in the back yard. Now, don’t fall in love with what every “little team that could” you found. March Madness isn’t about who the best team is or has been all season

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Wall Street bets on Staples-Office Depot marriage

Both Staples and Office Depot said they don’t comment on “rumors or speculation.”

The companies have been under pressure to explore a merger from activist investor Starboard Value, which owns big stakes in both Staples and Office Depot.

– CNNMoney’s Matt Egan contributed to this report. However, the landscape is a little changed since then and the same agency also approved the 2013 merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax.

On Tuesday, investors believed that a union could be close.

Analysts say a merger between would generate savings of at least $1 billion in “synergies.” The combined company could save tons of cash by closing poor-performing stores and optimizing supply chains.

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After all, Office Depot recently acquired another rival OfficeMax, meaning all three brick-and-mortar stores would end up under one corporate roof.

Starboard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But it won’t be easy — such a marriage would face extra scrutiny from regulators.

The office-supplies industry is hurting badly. Many young people don’t have printers anymore, nor do they use as many pens or pencils.

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In a letter to Staples CEO Ron Sargent last month, Starboard suggested that it could enlist other shareholders to join its cause if the company didn’t cooperate.

Staples announced plans last year to close 225 stores in North America, or about 12% of the total, to trim costs in the face of weaker sales.

Shares of both Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP) soared after the Wall Street Journal reported that the office supply stores are in “advanced talks” to merge.

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Plus there’s a lot of competition from online and discount stores.

Starboard has argued that an alliance would create a stronger company that can better take on online competitors like Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) and discounters like Wal-Mart. People simply aren’t buying office supplies at the pace they used to. (WMT)

Office Depot stock rallied 18% and Staples rose 10%.

Don’t forget that in 1996, the FTC shot down a proposed merger between Office Depot and Staples on antitrust grounds. Staples responded that it “carefully considers” all steps to boost value for shareholders.

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o Carine Gilson / Very Best Lingerie

o Van Cleef Arpels / Very Best Jewelry

o Padron 1964 Anniversary Series / Very Best Cigar

o Hine Talent De Thomas Hine / Very Best Cognac

o Subzero / Very Best Refrigerator

o Boucheron / Very Best Jewelry

o Anderson Sheppard / Very Best Men’s Wear

o Raidho / Very Best Speaker

o Cohiba / Very Best Cigar

o Parah / Very Best Swimwear

o Aqua Di Lara / Very Best Swimwear

o Stella Mc Cartney / Very Best Lingerie

WORLD’S VERY BEST FASHION GEAR

o Mclaren / Very Best Car

o Lange Söhne / Very Best Timepiece

o Mark Levinson / Very Best Amplifier

o Lana Marks / Very Best Handbag

o Audemars Piguet / Very Best Timepiece

o Bombardier Learjet 60xr / Mid Size Cat.

o Manolo Blahnik / Very Best Women’s Shoe

o Berluti / Very Best Men’s Shoe

o Chanel / Very Best Handbag

o Wolford / Very Best Lingerie

o Stuart Weitzman / Very Best Women’s Shoe

WORLD’S VERY BEST COGNAC

o La Perla / Very Best Lingerie

o Lurssen / Very Best Motor Yacht

o Vieux Château Certan / Very Best Wine

o David Linley / Very Best Furniture

o F. Also a nominee can fall into a variety of groups and thus get more than one award/awards.

o Creuset / Very Best Cooking Accessories

o Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc De Blancs / Very Best Champagne

o Royal Huisman / Very Best Sailing Yacht

WORLD’S VERY BEST FURNITURE

o Loro Piana / Very Best Fabrics

o Chantecler / Very Best Jewelry

o Brioni / Very Best Men’s Wear

o Sergio Rossi / Very Best Women’s Shoe

o Wiesmann / Very Best Car

o Baxter / Very Best Furniture

o Emillio Pucci / Very Best Women’s Wear

o Alberta Ferretti / Very Best Women’s Wear

o Koenigsegg / Very Best Car

o Château La Mission Haut-Brion / Very Best Wine

o Braquenie / Very Best Fabrics

WORLD’S VERY BEST TIMEPIECE

o Spruengli / Very Best Chocolate Pastry

o Amedei / Very Best Chocolate

o Domaine De La Romanée-Conti / Very Best Wine

o Ferretti / Very Best Motor Yacht

WORLD’S VERY BEST WOMEN’S WEAR

o Gaggenau / Very Best Kitchen Appliances

o Kiton / Very Best Men’s Wear

o Turnbull Asser / Very Best Men’s Wear

WORLD’S VERY BEST WOMEN’S SWIMWEAR

o Bulthaupt / Very Best Kitchen

o Château Mouton Rothschild / Very Best Wine

o Hennessy Richard Hennessy / Very Best Cognac

o Maserati / Very Best Car

o Brunschwig / Very Best Fabrics

o Pierre Marcolini / Very Best Chocolate Pastry

o Château Beaucastel / Very Best Wine

o Aston Martin / Very Best Car

o Gj Cleverley Co. France has taken the most prizes, 86, followed by ITALY with 49, the UK with 28, the USA with 23, GERMANY with 21 and SWITZERLAND with 18. This technique is dependent on awarding maximum of one hundred points to the possible winner then there is not any limit as to what number of nominees could win in any one classification. AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, CUBA, DENMARK, FINLAND, HUNGARY, JAPAN, LEBANON, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, SPAIN and SWEDEN followed.

o La Perla / Very Best Swimwear

o Beechcraft Premier Ia / Light Cat.

o Piaget / Very Best Jewelry

o Montechristo Sublimes Le 2008 | No

Larry Sabato Predicts GOP Will Take Back House This Fall

Sabato predicts Republicans will pick up eight or nine seats there (they need 10 to take the majority), plus eight or nine governors races.

In his Labor Day “Crystal Ball” predictions, Sabato projects Republicans will win as many as 47 seats in the House, more than the 39 needed for the GOP to take back the majority.

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In midterm elections “only about 40 percent will come out to vote. That’s why enthusiasm is so important. While the movement may have cost Republicans some seats by nominating “candidates that are not nearly as strong as some mainstream candidates,” the enthusiasm factor was far more significant.

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“Don’t be shocked if the Republicans take over the Senate too,” he said. In some cases in private polls, the bottom has fallen out for Democrats. It’s mainly due to the bad economy and Democrats are seen as having over-promised and under-delivered,” Sabato told CBS News Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes on Thursday’s “Washington Unplugged.”

With sixty days left to campaign, University of Virginia Politics Professor Larry Sabato gave the Democratic party a bit of a shock this morning, predicting that Republicans would dominate midterm elections, winning a majority in the House and picking up eight or nine seats in the Senate.

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Sabato called today’s predictions “conservative” and “cautious.” “We could have gone well beyond 47,” he said.

“It’s also due to Republican enthusiasm- it’s just through the roof,” Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said.

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Free Fantasy Sports Streak Games and Contests with Cash and Prizes

If no player breaches the 27 streak threshold, the $50,000 rolls over to the next month. Fantasy sports contests have become a vehicle for the serious and casual sports fans to participate in sports betting on a socially acceptable platform.

ESPN Streak for the Cash is one of the most popular free to play sports streak games on the internet. Thanks to the internet, there are several free to play contests that allow players to “bet” on sports without actually wagering any money. The top prize is $50,000 for the longest streak of the month and the player who has the most wins for the month receives $2,500.

For many of us, especially in this economy, it is difficult to “get into the game” at the level of putting money down. Sports betting and gambling has been part of the culture around athletic contests for generations. Players who are not able to play the sport they love at the level of the professional or college level feel like they are part of the game when they place bets on the outcome of the contest. Not too shabby for making a few picks.

. It’s been around for years and has thousands, if not millions, of players around the world. At the time of writing, the Stash is currently at $400,000, meaning that if the winner of the longest streak for August 2011 has a streak of 27 or higher, they would win $450,000. The object of the contest is to build the longest streak of correct picks in a row during the contest period. All of the games and contests listesd in this guide are free to play and offer cash or other prizes to the winners.

The Stash is a promotion going on that adds $50,000 each month to the longest streak prize if the player reaches a streak of 27 or higher. As of August 2011, prizes are awarded on a monthly basis for the longest streak and for the most wins during the month