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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence — Brace yourself. College football is about to kickoff spring conference games and Vegas will be booking them. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrinkle into 2020-21 NCAA sports scheduling and with it, the 2021 FCS season has started and plans to host a revised championship in the spring. The spring season kicked off Saturday, Feb. 13 with a thrilling double overtime finish between McNeese and Tarleton State. Conference play in the spring portion of this year’s FCS regular season begins Friday, Feb. 19. Here is why: Sixteen schools across five conferences played at least one game in the fall of 2020. But the majority of conferences and schools elected to push their games to the spring with modified schedules. Once regular season play concludes, the 16-team playoff bracket will be revealed on Sunday, April 18. The four rounds will be conducted each of the next four weekends, ending with the national championship game on Saturday, May 15, to be played in Frisco, Texas, as originally planned. To read more on each of the 13 FCS conferences plan to execute the spring schedule click here.

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Whew. ESPN Stats & Info reports that after a 21-point comeback win against the Suns Tuesday night, the Nets are now 1-106 when trailing by 21+ points at the half in franchise history. It improved the Nets’ win percentage up to 0.093 in that role. It also marked Brooklyn’s 2nd-largest comeback win in the last 25 seasons. See more on the Nets in today’s Sports Chat question.

Grinding Out The Profits

From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: There comes a time when there is a price to pay – and Colorado should be making an installment payment tonight. Sure, the Buffaloes have strewn together a 16-6 season, including a 79-72 win over Oregon in Boulder back in January, but the fact of the matter is they stand just 10-40 SU and 11-38-1 ATS away against foes looking to avenge a same season defeat, including 2-15 SUATS the last six years. Then there is the fact that the host in this series is 12-0 ATS the last twelve meetings, while the Ducks are 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS with same season loss revenge when playing with 3 or more days of rest. Yes it’s a steep price to pay but the Buffs know what’s coming. And now you do, too.

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