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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing

DARK SUNDAY: TAKE DODGERS

Future MLB Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw toes the slab under the ESPN lights this evening knowing he is 7-0 with a 1.84 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in his last seven overall team starts. With NY Yankees hurler Domingo German sporting a 5.82 ERA away as opposed to 2.32 ERA at home this campaign. Look for the Dodgers to improve to 18-4 on Sundays tonight.
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College Football’s Savior

Axios Sports reports that a decade ago West Virginia was dealing with a binge-drinking problem at football games. Though alcohol wasn’t sold in the stadium, its re-entry policy allowed fans to leave at halftime, lubricate themselves and return for the second half. The solution: In 2011, West Virginia began selling beer inside the stadium and banned re-entry. The results were so good (revenue was up, alcohol-related incidents were down) that more universities followed suit, warming to the idea of in-stadium beer sales as a form of public safety. Meanwhile, average attendance for FBS schools began to decline and has now fallen for five straight years, causing even more schools to embrace beer as a way to get butts in seats. Add those two things together and you can see why the Southeastern Conference lifted its longtime ban on alcohol sales in public seating areas starting this season. Here’s to a rowdy season in the SEC this year.

Today’s 2-Minute Handicap

MLB – Braves: 16-5 Sundays this season … Rays: 16-4 Sundays this season, Orioles Sunday 1-10 $ day games this season … Royals: Lopes 0-5 $ vs. AL Central this season … Boston: 13-3 away Game Three series this season.
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