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Do you miss the pre-Katrina restaurant scene in Waveland? Then go try Food Truck Friday – Yahoo Canada Shine On

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When I was a child, I remember thinking the main strip in small-town Waveland felt like a big city.

Condos on the beach welcomed you as you turned on Coleman Avenue from South Beach Boulevard. The street was known as the heart of Waveland, with City Hall, bars, restaurants, historic buildings, art and living.

Dempseys seafood was there, and so was the beloved Rickeys restaurant.

My aunt and uncle opened a bar called The Pier and lived upstairs and as a teenager, wed set up outside for the citys well known St. Patricks Day parade.

Folklore says the eye of Hurricane Katrina may have gone straight up Coleman Avenue on Aug. 29, 2005, leaving almost nothing behind, save the historic brick school house that now houses Sugar Pop Baking Co. and the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum.

Wavelands downtown has been slow to rebuild compared to bustling Bay St. Louis, where there are more than a dozen restaurants in a two-block radius.

And while I love the Bay, I think its important to support the local businesses and restaurants that set up shop in Waveland. Thats why Food Truck Friday is so important.

The event is held one Friday a month. Trucks line up Coleman Ave. and the streets are blocked so they are walkable. Theres live music or a DJ and seating near the business incubator building that houses a cool art gallery.

I went for the first time with my roommate and friends last month. Heres why you should go:

The menus are diverse. Whether you want fair-style food, a Paules sno-ball, Jamaican, birria tacos from Los Sarapes or loaded fries, theres a good variety.

The options change monthly. You have the opportunity to try food from across the Coast right in Hancock County and you can see the food trucks participating on Food Truck Fridays Facebook page.

Its fun and nostalgic. I saw people I hadnt seen in years and the memories of being on Coleman Avenue flooded in as I ate barbecue chicken fries and stole a few sips of my cousins raspberry lemonade.

Its affordable. I ate a huge order of loaded fries from Frankie Fayes Good Eatin and a Diet Coke and it cost less than $20. There are options for every price point.

Most trucks take credit or debit cards. If you dont have cash, fear not.

The locals love it and want you to come out. Even if you live in Biloxi, take the 35-minute drive to kick off your weekend. Food Truck Friday was voted one of the best spots for outdoor dining on the Coast.

If you decide to go, Waveland Food Truck Friday takes place the second Friday of every month and the fun kicks off around 5 p.m. The next event is June 9.

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I’ve been here for 18 years: Residents forced to vacate condemned Waveland apartments – WLOX

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MLB gambling scandal: Padres’ Tucupita Marcano under investigation, accused of betting on baseball, per report – CBS Sports

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Ohio sports betting revenue hikes 15.8% to $73.9m in April – iGaming Business

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Sports betting revenue in Ohio reached $73.9m (58m/68.1m) in April, a 15.8% month-on-month increase.

The April revenue was a sizeable rise on the $63.8m reported in Ohio in March. The figure also takes Ohio to a year-to-date sports betting revenue of $317.1m.

Online accounted for $72.8m in revenue, 98.5% of the total. Retail, meanwhile, was responsible for $1.1m.

The rise in revenue was in spite of handle dropping 16.7% to $673.2m from Marchs figure of $808.2m. Ohio operators paid out $593.1m in winnings, while $20.1m was attributed to promotions.

Year-on-year, handle was up 29.3% while revenue was 16.7% higher than the same month last year.

FanDuel again led the way in April with online handle and revenue of $226.7m and $34m respectively.

DraftKings, meanwhile, reported April online handle of $216.8m and revenue of $20.8m.

Bet365 was third again for handle with a total of $48.9m, generating $5.1m in revenue. BetMGM and ESPN Bet reported handles of $45.2m and $35.8m respectively.

In April, adult amusement company Dave & Busters announced plans to allow adult rewards customers to bet against each other.

However, the Ohio Casino Control Commission is investigating whether the six Dave & Busters venues in Ohio would violate state laws if they were to offer wagering.

In nearby Illinois, representative Dan Didech filed the Family Wagering Prohibition Act. The bill would ban establishments such as Dave & Busters offering wagering.

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Tucupita Marcano faces MLB ban for betting on baseball – The Washington Post

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Mere months after a sports betting scandal enveloped Shohei Ohtani and his now-former interpreter, Major League Baseball has another on its hands.

This one involves Tucupita Marcano, an infielder with the San Diego Padres whom MLB is investigating for betting on baseball, a person familiar with the situation said Monday, confirming a Wall Street Journal report. MLB rules explicitly prohibit betting on baseball, which means Marcano, a 24-year-old from Venezuela, could face a lifetime ban and become the first since Pete Rose to face such consequences for betting on his sport.

Marcano allegedly bet on Pittsburgh Pirates games while a member of that organization last year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which alleged the betting occurred while he was sidelined with a torn ACL. There are no concerns that Marcano influenced Pirates games to help make good on his bets, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

We are aware of the matter thats under investigation and are fully cooperating, the Pirates said in a statement Monday. We will refrain from further comment at this time.

We are aware of an active investigation by Major League Baseball regarding a matter that occurred when the player in question was a member of another organization and not affiliated with the San Diego Padres, the Padres said in a statement. We will not have any further comment until the investigative process has been completed.

MLB declined to comment, and Marcanos agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Marcano began his MLB career with San Diego in 2021. After two seasons with Pittsburgh, he rejoined the Padres this past offseason but has yet to appear in a game while on the injured list. In his MLB career, he has played in 149 games with a .217 batting average and five home runs.

The Marcano investigation is just baseballs latest concern amid the widespread legalization of sports gambling in the United States. The issue exploded into public view in March when news broke that Ohtanis interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, had siphoned millions away from the Los Angeles Dodgers superstar to pay off gambling debts. Mizuhara has since agreed to plead guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return.

An investigation of the alleged bookie, Mathew Bowyer, who purportedly took Mizuharas bets led to MLB opening an investigation of former Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher, currently a minor leaguer in the Atlanta Braves organization. MLB allows players to bet on other sports, but betting with an illegal bookie is punishable by a suspension.

Rose, MLBs all-time hits leader, was blacklisted in 1989 when he was managing the Cincinnati Reds. He remains the most high-profile example of a person within the game handed that fate in recent decades, and he has been kept out of the Hall of Fame because of it.

Though MLB plasters clubhouse doors with warnings against betting on baseball and ensures teams spend spring training mornings drilling that rule into the players heads, it has never been easier to bet on a game. And MLB has never put betting on its games more front and center than it is now, when odds, prop bets and ads for sportsbooks saturate every broadcast.

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Opinion | Sports Gambling Scandals Will Only Get Worse – The New York Times

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Some of the biggest scandals in sports history have revolved around players and gambling. Pete Rose is barred for life from baseball, in an agreement stemming from admissions of gambling. The Black Sox scandal, about a thrown World Series, is perhaps the most notorious sports debacle of all time.

Yet in a rush to embrace the potential profits provided by new forms of legalized sports gambling, the professional sports leagues have put players, and the people close to them, under untenable pressure. I have represented professional athletes for 50 years and I have never seen a situation thats more perilous to them and the integrity of sports.

These arent just hypothetical concerns: Jontay Porter, a center for the Toronto Raptors, was recently barred for life from the N.B.A. after a league investigation found that hed shared confidential information with a bettor, resulting in large wagers on his performance. As the new baseball season was starting, federal prosecutors said the interpreter for the star pitcher Shohei Ohtani had stolen millions from Mr. Ohtani to pay off gambling debts to an illegal sports bookie. Major League Baseball is investigating Mr. Ohtanis former teammate David Fletcher over allegations that he placed bets with the same bookie.

Pro sports depends on authenticity and credibility. Fans must believe that the games are fair and that each athlete is making the maximum effort to win. Any suggestion that the contests might be fixed or tainted will destroy the industry.

The appearance of integrity has always been central to the success of sports. When I started as an agent a half-century ago, the major leagues all considered it so crucial to maintain distance between the worlds of gambling and athletics that they agreed that Las Vegas then the only place where sports gambling was legal should not have professional franchises.

Everything changed when, on May 14, 2018, in the case of Murphy v. N.C.A.A., the Supreme Court struck down a decades-old federal law that effectively banned sports betting outside Nevada. Within weeks, New Jersey had established legitimate sports betting at its casinos and racetracks. Thirty-seven states quickly followed suit.

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Colorado voters to decide if sports betting tax should go to water conservation – thechronicle-news.com

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2024 NFL Week 1 betting action report: ‘Expect a lot of sharp action on the Jets’ – FOX Sports

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Sports betting roundup: Celtics open as NBA Finals favorites, Panthers narrow picks for Stanley Cup – The Washington Post

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The NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final matchups are set.

The Dallas Mavericks will play the Boston Celtics in the NBA, and the Edmonton Oilers will play the Florida Panthers in the NHL. The NBA Finals will start on Thursday, and the Stanley Cup Final will start on Saturday.

Florida has never won a Stanley Cup, while Edmonton has won five, but the last came in 1990. Boston is looking to win its 18th NBA championship, which would be the most in NBA history. Meanwhile, Dallas has one NBA championship, back in 2011.

At the BetMGM Sportsbook, the Celtics are -225 to win the series, while the Panthers are favored to win their series, but only at -125.

Going into the season, the Oilers had +900 odds to win the Stanley Cup, which were the second shortest in the league. In Stanley Cup betting, Edmonton has taken in 9.8% of the tickets and 10.9% of the money. Meanwhile, Florida had +1800 odds to win going into the year, the ninth shortest in the NHL. The Panthers have taken 7.3% of the tickets and 8% of the money. Overall, the Rangers took in the most money to win the Stanley Cup (18.9%).

In the NBA, the Celtics were +550 to win the NBA championship going into the year, good for the shortest odds. The Celtics have taken in 13.6% of the tickets and 26% of the handle in the outright winner market. Dallas entered the season at +1200 to win, which were the fifth shortest in the NBA. The Mavericks have taken in 7.3% of the tickets and 6.8% of the handle. Overall, the Nuggets took in the most money to win the NBA Finals (24.9%).

Dallas will likely be underdogs to Boston in NBA Finals games, which isnt necessarily a bad thing for the Mavericks. In the playoffs this year, they are 6-1 against the spread (ATS) as underdogs. They are currently 6.5-point underdogs for Game 1 and pulling in 74% of the bets and 65% of the money.

Islam Makhachev defeated veteran Dustin Poirier with a fifth-round submission to defend his belt at UFC 302. At +400, Poirier was a popular pick, pulling in 93% of the tickets and 79% of the money.

Robert MacIntyre earned his first career PGA Tour win at the RBC Canadian Open. The 27-year-old entered the event with +8000 odds to win and was only drawing 1.6% of the tickets and 0.8% of the money. Rory McIlroy had the shortest odds to win at +400 and took in nearly a fourth of the money (24.3%). He finished tied for fourth, three shots back of MacIntyres winning score of 16-under.

The Major League Baseball season is in full swing.

When it comes to World Series odds, the Dodgers are leading the way at +300. They are taking in 10.6% of the bets (second most) and 14.6% of the money (most).

At +1000, the Orioles have drawn the most tickets (11.5%), while the Braves, at +800, have taken in the second-most money at 13.5%.

This column was provided to The Associated Press by BetMGMSportsbook.

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