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NCAA rules remain clear when it comes to gambling on sports: Don't do it. Those rules are unlikely to change for athletes and athletic department employees even as legal sports betting becomes more pervasive. College conferences are expected to tap into the gambling business as a new revenue stream. An expert in integrity monitoring says college sports are uniquely ripe for potential scandals.

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is calling for stronger gun legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in Texas that killed 21 people, mostly children. Speaking on a climate panel Wednesday at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Gore said the latest mass shooting represented a “uniquely American form of devastation.” Gore, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with the U.N.’s top body of climate scientists for their work on climate change, made the remarks on a panel on “greenwashing.” Gore also made a parallel between the failure to pass comprehensive gun control legislation in the U.S. with the seeming inability of Congress to pass major climate change legislation.

Las Vegas is back. If you look at the numbers of visitors to its airports or the nearly full hotels, you can see that the city is back to near…

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Three prominent Kentucky House Republicans have been defeated in GOP primaries that reflect growing pains in the state’s dominant political party. Several other incumbent GOP lawmakers successfully fended off tough challenges on Tuesday. The epicenter of the Republican intraparty battles was in northern Kentucky. That's where the shakeups occurred. State Rep. Adam Koenig was unseated by Steven Doan. Rep. C. Ed Massey lost to Steve Rawlings, and Rep. Sal Santoro was defeated by Marianne Proctor. Koenig and Massey were committee chairmen. Santoro had a key role in setting transportation spending as a budget review subcommittee chairman.

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Joyous bedlam erupted at an employee appreciation and awards buffet at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas when the resort chief executive announced that all 5,400 people who work there will receive a $5,000 bonus. Nine-year cafeteria cook Edgar Rives declared it amazing and a big surprise as he hand-slapped and hugged dancing co-workers. The 55-year-old El Salvador immigrant and U.S. citizen says his wife will decide how to spend the money. Executives from property owner Blackstone Real Estate Americas and resort President and CEO Bill McBeath credited employees with dedication and working through the coronavirus pandemic. Company representatives say the all-employee bonus will cost a total of more than $27 million.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed a law giving control of mobile sports betting to Native American tribes in Maine. The bill signed Monday also cuts some taxes on tribal members and businesses. And it creates a framework for greater collaboration with the state. The Democratic governor called it the most significant tribal legislation in more than 40 years in Maine. But it was a bittersweet moment for the tribes because the bill falls short of the full sovereignty that they had sought.

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The second day of the NFL draft ended appropriately with another wide receiver being selected. The San Francisco 49ers selected speedster Danny Gray from SMU with the last pick of the third round, No. 105 overall. Through three rounds, 17 receivers were selected, more than any other position. The third round also produced a mini-run on quarterbacks after none were selected in Round 2 and only one went off the board in the first round Thursday night.

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Expect the usual NFL draft theatrics this week, with Commissioner Roger Goodell on hand in Las Vegas to announce and greet the first-rounders and fans partying like their team just won the Super Bowl. As the draft begins Thursday, the marriage between the league and the gambling town it demonized for so long is nearly complete, with both parties richer for the hookup. AP Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg says the only real surprise is, four years after sports betting began spreading nationwide, how normal it all seems.

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The state effectively financed free games to entice gambling during the first two months sports betting has been allowed. Proponents say money to the state coffers will keep growing.

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