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NFL falls leave 1 fan dead, 2 hurt
2013-09-11

Early indications suggest 32-year-old Kevin Hayes of Hayward fell accidentally, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.
Alcohol may or may not have played a role to some varying degree, but right now, it looks like a very sad, tragic accident, Suhr said.
Hayes fell while walking with his brother on a bridge over four lanes of traffic outside the stadium, police said. Off-duty medics and police officers gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived, but authorities said he was declared dead from his injuries.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time, 49ers spokesman Bob Lange said in an email.
The death came just after kickoff in what was eventually San Franciscos 34-28 win over Green Bay. Multiple witnesses reported that Hayes appeared to be intoxicated and having trouble walking before he fell over the rail to a sidewalk below.
It certainly marred what otherwise a very happy day for fans who know this is the last opening game we will see in Candlestick, San Francisco Mayor Lee said.
Also Sunday, a railing collapsed at the Colts game against the Raiders in Indianapolis, injuring two unidentified fans who were leaning against the barrier above a tunnel leading to Oaklands locker room.
One person was taken away on a stretcher, while another left in a wheelchair, witnesses said.
After the Colts 21-17 victory, Barney Levengood, executive director of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, issued a statement that said one of the people was released after receiving medical attention at the stadium. The other person was treated at the stadium and transported to Methodist Hospital for additional evaluation. Levengood said the second fan did not appear to be seriously injured.

Fan Dalton Tinklenberg of Kokomo., Ind., told The Indianapolis Star on Monday the railing that collapsed appeared to be wobbly. Stadium officials did not immediately return phone messages and emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Witnesses who saw the incident said the two fans were leaning against the railing and fell from the top of the tunnel onto the hard walkway used by Raiders players and coaches to reach the locker room.
Since 2003, there have been more than two dozen serious cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States, according to the Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents.
That includes a 2007 fatality at Candlestick Park when a fan in the concession area misjudged a jump up to sit on a wall and fell instead from the upper concourse to the mezzanine level, said Alana Penza, director of the institute, which is part of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, based at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Sometimes a venue will say this was an accident, but other times they might decide to make adjustments, said Penza.
Historic Candlestick Park closes after this season and will be replaced by a shopping center. Next year, the 49ers will move into a $1.2 billion stadium at the teams Silicon Valley headquarters in Santa Clara, a steeper design but with many built in safety rails.
Penza noted that stadium fatalities are not limited to football.
In Atlanta, baseball fan Ronald Lee Homer Jr. died last month after falling 85 feet following a tumble over Turner Fields fourth-level railing. Homers death was the third at an Atlanta stadium in the past year.




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Monday Night Football Betting Preview, Eagles vs. Redskins
2010-11-15

Sportsbook.com Eagles vs. Redskins Betting Odds: Philadelphia -3.5, Total: 43

Donovan McNabb is likely to start in Monday’s NFC East showdown against his former team. McNabb was benched in the fourth quarter of last game against Detroit, and has been bothered by hamstring injuries, but he says he’s ready to go. Mike Vick is also ready to play again for the Eagles. Vick was knocked out of the Week 4 meeting between these two teams, which was won by Washington 17-12.

The NFL betting public at Sportsbook.com seems to have more faith in Vick and the Birds tonight as 79 percent of the Eagles vs. Redskins point spread bettors are backing Philly -3.5 points.

Vick, who appears to be fully recovered from that rib injury, leads the NFL with a 105.3 quarterback rating. He has thrown for 1,017 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Vick has also rushed for 261 yards (7.3 YPC) and two more scores. The Eagles rank fifth in the NFL in rushing with 138 YPG. LeSean McCoy (572 yards, 4.7 YPC, 5 TD) is the top rusher on the team, but he was also a threat catching passes out of the backfield in the Week 4 meeting with Washington. McCoy caught 12 passes for 110 yards that game in addition to his 64 rushing yards.

McNabb had a terrible game against Philly in Week 4. He completed just 8-of-19 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was 2-for-11 for 10 yards in the second half. Luckily for McNabb, his running game bailed him out. The Redskins rushed for a season-high 169 yards in that contest. Ryan Torain had 70 of those yards, but he might be limited Monday night because of a nagging hamstring injury. RB Clinton Portis will miss his fifth straight game with a groin injury, so Washington would love to give Torain 25-plus touches.

The Eagles are 11-6-1 ATS when playing at Washington since 1992 and this football betting trend found at Sportsbook.com indicates the Eagles will once again cover the point spread.

Andy Reid is 10-0 ATS (+10.0 Units) vs. poor passing defenses - allowing 235 or more passing yards/game in the second half of the season as the coach of PHILADELPHIA. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 30.7, OPPONENT 15.3 - (Rating = 5*).

Twelve of the past 17 meetings in Washington have gone Under the Total and these two NFL trends also predict the score will finish Under the Total once again.

Play Under - Any team where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points (WASHINGTON) - after allowing 30 points or more last game against opponent after 2 straight games where 50 total points or more were scored. (80-36 since 1983.) (69%, +40.4 units. Rating = 3*).

PHILADELPHIA is 13-2 UNDER (+10.8 Units) after 2 straight games where 50 total points or more were scored since 1992. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 17.3, OPPONENT 14.1 - (Rating = 2*).

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NFL: CHICAGO at ATLANTA (8:20 PM ET, NBC)
2009-10-16

Chicago enjoyed its off week last Sunday and comes into this Week 6 matchup with Atlanta on a 3-game winning streak. A fourth straight win would match the Bears’ longest streak since the Super Bowl season of ’06. However, an Atlanta team coming off its best game of the season is in waiting. The Falcons are a 3.5-point favorite, and are getting heavy backing from bettors. Over 80% of early players at Sportsbook.com expect a comfortable win by the hosts.

This will be Chicago’s second appearance on NBC Sunday night already, but it won’t be easy, as HC Lovie Smith’s team lost in Atlanta in ’08, 22-20. Overall though, they are on a 5-2 SU & 5-1-1 ATS run vs. the Falcons. Under Smith, the Bears are 1-6 ATS when playing with two weeks or more of rest and 1-7 ATS when scoring 25+ points in back-to-back games. Atlanta won big at San Francisco, 45-10, and is one a 9-1 SU & 7-3 ATS run at home in Mike Smith’s short tenure. They face a difficult stretch of four road game in their next five following this one.

Chicago has done an outstanding job recovering from a Sunday night defeat in Green Bay in Week 1, as well as the loss of linebacker Brian Urlacher, ripping off comeback wins over Pittsburgh, Seattle and Detroit to head into its bye with a 3-1 mark. If not for a late home-run pass from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings in the opener, head coach Lovie Smith’s team would be undefeated going into its Sunday night game at the Georgia Dome in Week 6.

After an inauspicious start to his career in the Windy City, quarterback Jay Cutler has dazzled with eight touchdowns (one rushing) and one interception and a 71 percent (66 of 93) completion rate during the winning streak. He also orchestrated late game-winning scoring drives to beat the Steelers (41 yards on eight plays to set up Robbie Gould’s 32-yard field goal with 15 seconds to go) and Seahawks (36-yard touchdown pass to Devin Hester with 1:52 remaining).

Much was written throughout the preseason about Chicago’s unproven crop of pass catchers aside from Hester and tight end Greg Olsen, but second-year guys Earl Bennett and Kellen Davis and rookie Johnny Knox are stepping up in a big way. Bennett is pacing the team in receptions with 15, Davis leads in touchdown catches with three, and Knox has two scoring grabs and a kickoff return for six.

Atlanta, which sits at 3-1 following a 45-10 waxing of San Francisco, has a good idea of the kind of damage Cutler’s capable of inflicting. He had a huge effort in the dome a year ago when he guided the Broncos to a 24-20 victory, going 19-for-27 for 216 yards and a touchdown for a 106.4 rating.

While Cutler beat the Falcons last season, the Bears did not despite taking the lead with 11 seconds left on a Gould field goal. A 26-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Michael Jenkins with a tick on the clock remaining set up Jason Elam’s 48-yard field goal at the gun, giving Atlanta a wild 22-20 win. Ryan gave Chicago’s defense fits all day and finished with 301 yards and hooked up with Roddy White for a touchdown.

The running game was the staple of the Falcons’ offense in 2008 when they rode Michael Turner (1,699 yards, 17 touchdowns) to an unexpected playoff appearance, but it has sputtered so far.

PREDICTION
Cutler had a horrific debut in the spotlight and now he’ll seek redemption against a defense similar to the one he faced last season in Atlanta. The Falcons, though, have the best offense the Bears have seen in almost a month and will squeak out the win.
ATLANTA 24, CHICAGO 16


FOOTBALL BETTING FOR BODOG EUROPE
2009-06-04

European licensed Bodog brand will operate on Orbis sportsbetting software

With the resolution of the Bodog brand patents dispute last (April) month (see previous InfoPowa reports) the European licensed site at Bodoglife.co.uk is re-routing to the main international brand and gearing up for a busy European sportsbetting season.

Last month, md Keith McDonnell, hinted at the future direction of the brand when he said: "As the 'Bodog' brand licensee for Europe, we are ecstatic to see the return of http://www.bodog.com. Working with the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group and the other licensees, geo-targeting will be used to ensure visitors outside of the MMGG's (North American) territory are directed to the correct site, including ours (http://www.bodoglife.co.uk ). This way, the marketing efforts of every licensee to promote http://www.bodog.com benefit us all, ultimately reinforcing and strengthening the global brand. It will absolutely be a win-win-win solution."

McDonnell and his staff have been busy making the operation more suited to the European market by engaging with Orbis - which was brought in to sort out William Hill's troubled in-house software last year - on new software. The goal is to be fully geared up in terms of technology and content in good time for the strt of the 2009-2010 football season.

The company will be aligned with similarly licensed entities in Canada (MMGG) and the Phillipines (Haydock Sports) as reported previously in InfoPowa.

McDonnell acknowledges that Europe is a tough and highly competitive arena, but has said that his marketers will leverage associated sports tournaments like its Ultimate Fighting Championship to target different and in some cases new demographics.