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Anthony D’Ambra, 71, studied the monitor as bettors lined up behind him at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.CreditMark Makela for The New York Times

The line formed at the Borgata casino well before 11 a.m., the designated time that sports betting was set to begin on Thursday. There were a few gamblers who were prepared to wager thousands of dollars, and many others who wanted to make bets that were much more modest, arriving simply to be part of a moment that felt historic.

Scott Cronick was among the first to make it to the betting window, following state officials and Julius Erving, the retired basketball player, in placing some of the first legal bets on sporting events in New Jersey. He bet that the Yankees would win the World Series, the 76ers would claim the N.B.A. title and the Cowboys would be the Super Bowl champions. By Nick Corasaniti and Rick Rojas


Luis Suarez missed in the first half. Credit Darren Staples/Reuters

Luis Suarez opened the second half with a great opportunity, but Egypt’s defense held strong once again. No sign yet of Mohamed Salah, whose shoulder is healthy enough for him to play for Egypt. Refresh here for live World Cup updates and analysis from Russia. Here’s the 2018 World Cup schedule.


Tiger Woods smiled as he walked with Justin Thomas to the sixth green during the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.CreditRoss Kinnaird/Getty Images

On the eve of the 118th United States Open, Tiger Woods was hitting bunker shots in the short-game practice area when Rory McIlroy entered his peripheral vision. Woods stopped and wished McIlroy well. Then he extended his hand for McIlroy to shake, and mischievously pulled him into the bunker. By Karen Crouse


After their Super Bowl LII win, the Philadelphia Eagles organization held a meeting to discuss what the championship rings should look like. It was suggested there that perhaps they “should go the elegant route” with the design.

No detail was overlooked. There is a waterfall of 127 diamonds on the bezel paying tribute to the “Philly Special,” representing the sum of the jersey numbers of the three players who handled the ball post-snap: Corey Clement (30), Trey Burton (88) and Nick Foles (9). There is also an “underdog” mask inscribed on the inside of the ring. By Tim McManus


Which team is the greatest of all time? To answer that question with more rigor than it’s typically debated in sports bars, in 2015 I ranked every team since minutes played were first tracked in 1951-52 (sorry to the 1949-50 Minneapolis Lakers) based on their performance in both the regular season and playoffs.

Three years later, it’s time for an update with a new No. 1, plus several other newcomers to the list thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors dominating the competition in their respective conferences. By Kevin Pelton


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David Peralta went into last offseason armed with information and eager to apply it. Told that too many of his hard-hit balls were ending up on the ground rather than in the air, Peralta decided to make a change. He couldn’t have asked for better and more immediate results.

With two more home runs in Thursday night’s 6-3 win over the New York Mets, Peralta has 14 on the season, matching his home run total from last season in fewer than half as many at-bats. He believes the swing changes he implemented are directly responsible for this. By 


The Oakland Raiders may have to spend some time without their new, explosive wide receiver. According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders fear that Martavis Bryant may have once again run afoul of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and could be facing discipline from the league. By 

Garrett Rank will be swinging against the big boys of golf as the NHL ref earns right to play in U.S. Open. (Gerry Angus / AP)

There is a professional referee everyone finally should be able to root for when he plays this week alongside golf’s best at Shinnecock.

“Growing up in Canada, you’re kind of born with a pair of skates on your feet so hockey is probably our number one sport. But golf is getting there,” Rank said earlier this week. “I enjoyed the game of hockey. When I battled cancer in 2011, it kind of put an end to my hockey (playing) career. Reffing was a way to stay involved in the game. By 


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T.J. Oshie was the first to mention the idea of a repeat at the rally following the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup parade Tuesday, leading the massive crowd in a chant of “Back to back!”.

Captain Alex Ovechkin echoed the sentiment a few minutes later.

The Capitals have had so much fun celebrating winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 43-season history, why wouldn’t they want to do it again next season? 

“Yeah, why not?” Ovechkin said Wednesday. “I think with this team, with this chemistry that we have, we’re capable of doing it.” NHL.com

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