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U.S. Olympic gold hasn’t made for winning bets in Las Vegas

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Rowing, shooting and judo — the U.S. may have won big gold medals in those Olympic events but some of the most prominent Las Vegas sports books didn’t even bother with them. The bookmakers in Sin City said there’s been little money and few expectations for Olympic sports wagering this year, as the games returned to the betting board after being off-limits for more than a decade in Nevada. “I know that they’re watching. I just know they aren’t betting,”…

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IOC reprimands Egyptian who wouldn’t shake Israeli’s hand

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An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday. The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a “severe reprimand” for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday. When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away and shook his head, injecting Middle Eastern politics into the Rio Olympics. The referee called the 34-year-old…

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Kayla Harrison wins 2nd Olympic gold in judo. Is a career in MMA up next?

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An Olympic champion yet again, Kayla Harrison now has a chance to become an even bigger star. Harrison earned her second straight gold medal in judo on Thursday, winning the 78-kilogram category at the Rio de Janeiro Games. After the bout, she was asked about turning her attention to a professional career in mixed martial arts. She wouldn’t say. “I’m just going to focus on being two-time Olympic champion and decide about punching people in the face at a later…

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