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Sandoval Out For Season

By Chandler Guadagnin

A day after the Giants’ Johnny Cueto, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery; the club announced yesterday that backup infielder, Pablo Sandoval, will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn right hamstring.

Sandoval’s injury, at first thought not to be very serious, occurred on Wednesday evening when he slid home.

San Francisco has yet to make a corresponding move. It is probable that the Giants will rely on utility man, Alen Hanson, to back up Longoria as needed.

The estimated timetable for an injury of this magnitude is two months.

Cueto Headed For Tommy John

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants announced, Wednesday afternoon, that right handed pitcher and ace, Johnny Cueto, will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on Thursday; thus, ending his season.

In recent weeks, it has become clear that Cueto would likely undergo the operation. Cueto even admitted, earlier this week, that he was feeling pain with every pitch. Earlier this season, Cueto received an MRI, which revealed a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

As others have done, the righty, attempted to pitch through the injury and have it repaired in the offseason. Ultimately, this attempt proved unsuccessful. The recovery for this surgery, takes approximately a year to get back to 100%. Accordingly, Cueto will miss the remainder of the 2018 season and the majority, if not all, of the 2019 campaign. Assuming Cueto returns in 2019, he will have approximately two and a half years left on his current contract.

In 9 starts this season, the 11 year veteran, has posted a 3-2 record, while accumulating a 3.23 ERA.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Resolved: Technical Difficulties With Chico Heat Baseball Broadcast

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties. At this time we are unable to bring you the Chico Heat Baseball broadcast on 101.7FM. However, you can still listen on the KPAY Sports App and here, on kpaysports.com. We continue to work on the issue and apologize for the inconvenience. We will continue to update this article with any new information. Thank you for your understanding.

At this time, the Chico Heat lead the Medford Rogues 3-0 in the bottom of the 4th.

8PM UpdateThere are currently no new developments.

8:27PM Update: All technical difficulties have been resolved and we are back on 101.7FM The Edge! Thank you for your patience

Giants Season Off To Abysmal Start

By Chandler Guadagnin

Although it is early, there is no getting around it: the Giants are off to an abysmal start in 2018. Even with the win tonight, San Francisco is three games under .500 (7-10). Analysts and fans, alike, are beginning to wonder if this season is just a revamped repeat of 2017. In the first 17 games of 2017, San Francisco was 6 and 11; one game worse than the current pace.  The primary concern for the Giants heading into the season was the age of the roster.

Before the season even began, analysts, statisticians and talk show hosts weren’t talking about the new talent on the roster, but instead were preoccupied with the several elder statesman of the club. While it is true that age is directly connected to a decline in production and the Giants are the oldest club in the Major Leagues (29.9); I did some digging and here is what I found: the second oldest club in Major League Baseball is the Washington Nationals. The average age of there roster is 29.3, just 0.6 years younger than the Giants. Yet somehow, by most estimates, Washington is projected to win the National League East by a hefty margin this season. So what is the difference? Likely it is that the Nats have made the postseason two straight years, and four times since 2012. San Francisco has made the postseason four times in 8 years. The speculation is also a result of the Giants’ horrific 2017 campaign; still fresh in the minds of so many. The main point of this one paragraph monologue, is that, though San Francisco is currently struggling, the Giants can indeed compete, even with an aging roster. That is the positive note. Here is what they need to improve to accomplish the feat.

Offensive production has been the main stumbling block of the Giants. Through 17 contests, San Francisco is hitting .234 as a team (9th in the National League). However, batting average is not the root of the issue. The true struggle, has been coming up with hits with runners in scoring position. The Orange and Black are a bulimic 19 for 120 with runners in scoring position (.158).  An illustration of this dismal scoring slump is that the Giants have been shutout 3 times in the early going. As is often the case, however, the lack of offense is not the sole reason for the Giants early dive.

The bullpen has had its part to play. Over 55.2 total innings pitched, the Giants bullpen has accumulated a 2.91 ERA. In these 53 total appearances, the Giants have surrendered 44 hits (6 for home runs), dished out 60 strikeouts and issued 25 walks as a unit. Like batting average, the ERA does not tell the whole story. What does is that most of the hits and walks are coming in the crucial moments of games. The ‘pen’s struggles coupled with the absence of timely hits has resulted in a minus 9 run differential; as the Giants have been outscored 59 to 50. What they have failed to do at the plate, they have made up for with the glove.

In 1,386 defensive innings, San Francisco has made only 9 errors, for a fielding percentage of .986, ranking them  10th in Major League Baseball. While it is nearly impossible to quantify Gold Glove caliber plays, it is safe to say that numerous sterling plays from the Giants five Gold Glove defenders, have played a starring role in the club’s defensive success.

If only the Giants could combine their Gold Glove defense with offense, it could change the tempo of the season. With 145 games remaining on the regular season resumé, there is still plenty of time to improve. However, two things are for certain: the Giants must improve, if they have any desire to compete for a playoff spot and, I will be more than happy if, 145 games from now, I can look back on this article and realize what an overreaction it was.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com

McCutchen Hero as Giants Walk-Off Dodgers

By Chandler Guadagnin

Whatever rest the Giants may have accrued during their two days off came in handy Saturday afternoon.

A day after, rain shortened a series between the Giants and Dodgers, the Giants took the field for Game one of the two game series. The Giants sent Chris Stratton to the mound. He was opposed by Dodger lefty Rich Hill.

To say that this game was interesting would be an understatement. San Francisco would score first on a 1st inning RBI Double by Andrew McCutchen. That would be the only scoring until Chris Taylor singled in the first Dodger run in the 3rd. The bottom of the fifth saw two runs score for the Giants on a Buster Posey home run- his first of the year. The Dodgers would tie it an inning later via a passed and RBI groundout. The Giants answered immediately, with an RBI double from Brandon Belt in the 7th. That lead would last just 4 pitches, as on the fifth pitch of the at-bat in the bottom of the 7th, Chase Utley would take a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall to tie the game at four a piece.

Neither the Giants nor the Dodgers would score for 7 more innings. The first run of extra innings came when, with runners on first and third and nobody out-in the 14th inning, Logan Foresythe would single to put the Dodgers on top 5-4. San Francisco would tightrope out of further danger and come up to the plate in a win or go home scenario.

The last remaining pitcher from the LA bullpen was, rookie, Wilmer Font. Font would not record an out in this appearance, as he gave up back to back singles to Tomlinson and Panik. That brought up a red hot Andrew McCutchen. With nobody out and runners on first and third, Cutch got a pitch to his liking and sent it over the wall, sending the Giants faithful into a frenzy and giving the Giants their third win of the season against the Dodgers.

After his walk-off, McCutchen finished the game 6 for 7, tallying four RBIs and scoring twice.

All told, in this fourteen inning marathon, which lasted five hours and 16 minutes, there were a total of 45 players who saw action, five lead changes, 3 ties, 29 hits,  and 19 pitchers used. The two teams were a combined 4 for 30 with runners in scoring position, including a total of 26 men left on base.

With the victory, San Francisco rises to 4 and 3 and the Dodgers descend to 2-6 with the loss. The Giants will turn around and finish this short 2 game fling with the Dodgers tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05PM PT. Ty Blach will toe the rubber for the Giants, while Clayton Kershaw will pitch for Los Angeles. You can catch the series finale on CSN Bay Area or listen in on KNBR 680 AM.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

A’s win series opener versus Texas….

(AP) — The Oakland Athletics got more than they expected in Andrew Triggs’ first start since suffering a season-ending hip injury last June. The bullpen was pretty good, too.Triggs pitched five effective innings, Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, and the A’s beat Texas 3-1 on Monday night, spoiling the Rangers debut of Bartolo Colon.

“At some point in time it’s going to be tough to keep covering four innings of a game,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “I’m glad we have an eight-man bullpen because there are a couple guys not available every day, as there will be tomorrow.”

Triggs allowed four hits — including Joey Gallo’s RBI single in the fifth — struck out seven and walked two.

Ryan Buchter followed Triggs with 1 2/3 innings, and Chris Hatcher (2-0) retired two batters for the win. Blake Treinen got five outs for his first save despite allowing the first two batters to reach in the ninth.

“Our team is built to finish games and we’ve got a lot of good arms in the bullpen that can go multiple innings,” Treinen said. “It’s a nice luxury to have. You win a game 3-1 against an offense that you see all the time, you tip your cap to Triggs, the bullpen doing the work and the offense coming in with some big hits in the seventh.”

Matt Chapman homered for the second time in two days, and Matt Olson and Jonathan Lucroy had two hits apiece for Oakland. The A’s had lost three straight since beating the Angels on opening day.

The Rangers have dropped six consecutive road openers and nine consecutive games at the Coliseum.

“If our guys continue to take the approaches that they’re taking, get on base, continue to swing the bat and find the barrel, some of those hard-hit balls are going to find the grass and we’ll get rolling,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Called up from the minors before the game, Colon allowed seven hits in six innings. The A’s only run off the portly right-hander came on Chapman’s homer leading off the third.

At 44 years, 313 days old, Colon became the oldest player in the majors this season, slipping past Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki, who is four months younger. Last season Suzuki said he wanted to play until he’s 50.

Colon might not stick around that long, but he pitched well enough in his first start of the season.

“Mentally and physically I think have a lot to give,” Colon said. “I felt great throwing strikes. That’s what I do.”

The A’s went ahead to stay in the seventh. Lucroy hit a one-out double off Kevin Jepsen (0-1). Marcus Semien, who struck out twice against Colon, walked with two down and Lowrie greeted Jake Diekman with a towering double off the wall in right field.

Chapman homered off Colon on an 0-2 pitch. Chapman also connected against Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.

GIANTS HOME OPENER….

The San Francisco Giants have their home opener this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners. Giants will send opening day starter Ty Blach to the mound. Blach was dominant in his opening day start shutting down the Dodgers in a game the Giants eventually won by a score of 1-0.

Early season anxiety for the Giants as they scored only two runs in four games against the Dodgers, with those runs coming on solo home runs by Joe Panik that led to a pair of 1-0 wins.

WARRIORS IN OKC….

The Golden State Warriors continue to try and heal all while playing out the string of the NBA season. The Warriors still have Steph Curry on the shelf after a knee sprain last week and he is expected to miss the first round of the playoffs. Recently, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson returned from injury and back-up guard Patrick McCaw is still recovering from a nasty fall suffered against the Sacramento Kings over the weekend.

The Warriors are locked into the number two seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

CHICO STATE TRACK & FIELD AND BASEBALL HOME THIS WEEKEND….

The nationally-ranked Chico State men’s and women’s Track & Field teams are hosting the Chico Distance Carnival and Twilight Invitational this weekend. Its the final tune-up before the CCAA Championship. The two-day event  begins on April 6th

The Wildcat baseball team will be home for four games this weekend. The Cats host rival UC San Diego. Rain is expected this weekend, but the series is slated to start on Friday with a 6pm game, our pre-game begins at 5:35pm

Giants Shutout Dodgers on Opening Day

By Chandler Guadagnin

Game one of the season is in the books for both the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. In an unanticipated Opening Day matchup, Dodgers’ ace, Clayton Kershaw, took on Giants’ youngster, Ty Blach.

Ty Blach got the call on Opening Day, after Madison Bumgarner sustained a broken left pinkie, after being hit by a liner in his last Spring start. Clayton Kershaw, on the other hand, was tabbed for his eighth Opening Day start.

Reminiscent of 2010 contests, this one was a nail biter. Early on for the Giants, it was a story of runners left on base. Through five innings, Kershaw pitched in and out of trouble; stranding a total of six Giants on base; four of which were in scoring position. Ty Blach also struggled with baserunners, stranding six in five frames.

Nevertheless, each team posted goose eggs on the scoreboard over four innings. The Giants would score first, when in the fifth inning on a 2-2 pitch from Kershaw, Joe Panik, smashed the ball, just fair, down the right field line. Kershaw was able to escape the inning without any further damage, but only lasted one more inning. In all, the Dodgers’ ace went 6 innings, surrendering 8 hits, 1 run, two walks and striking out 7.

Ty Blach lasted 5 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 3.

The Giants’ bullpen, which was a bug-a-boo of the team in 2017, was outstanding. In the remaining four innings of the ballgame, the pen combined for four innings of shutout relief; scattering 3 hits, issuing 2 walks and striking out 7.

In the end, one run was enough for the Giants, who shutout the Dodgers, moving their opening Day record to 6-4, over the last 10 seasons.

The Giants will look for back to back wins tomorrow when they send Johnny Cueto to face off against Alex Wood of the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PT from Dodgers Stadium at Chavez Ravine. You can view the game via CSN Bay Area, or listen on KNBR 680.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com and www.mlb.com

Summing Up Spring Training

By Chandler Guadagnin

Spring Training has come to an end and the Regular Season is right around the corner. So, just how did the Giants do this Spring?

Hitting

As a whole, San Francisco finished the preseason with a record of 15-16-2. On the Spring, the Orange and Black, hit for an average of .296, slugged .496, posted a .360 on-base percentage, smashed 49 home runs, tallied 194 RBIs and stole 30 bases.

In all seven statistical categories mentioned, the Giants ranked 6th or higher in each one. Overall, the Giants ranked first in all of Major League Baseball, at the plate during Spring.

Pitching

On the pitching side of the ball, San Francisco posted a 4.91 ERA, allowing 190 runs, issuing 112 walks, surrendering 41 home runs and amassing 285 strikeouts over 293 innings pitched.

On the mound overall, the Giants ranked 13th out of 30 Big League clubs.

25-Man Roster

Following the Giants 3-0 shutout of the Athletics to close out the spring, The Giants shaved their roster down to 25 in preparation for tomorrow’s season opener against the Dodgers.

The Giants will carry a total of 12 pitchers, 2 catchers, 6 infielders and 5 outfielders. The active roster does not include the four pitchers who are currently on the disabled list. Here is a complete breakdown of the roster:

Pitchers (12):
SP Ty Blach (50)
SP Johnny Cueto (47)
SP Derek Holland (45)
SP Chris Stratton (34)
RP Pierce Johnson (58)
RP Roberto Gomez (67)
RP Sam Dyson (49)
RP Cory Gearrin (26)
RP Josh Osich (61)
RP Hunter Strickland (60)
RP Tony Watson (56)
CP Mark Melancon (41)

Infielders (8)
C Buster Posey (28)
C Nick Hundley (5)
1B Brandon Belt (9)
2B Joe Panik (12)
3B Evan Longoria (10)
SS Brandon Crawford (35)
INF Kelby Tomlinson (37)
INF Pablo Sandoval (48)

Outfielders (5)
LF Hunter Pence (8)
RF Andrew McCutchen (22)
CF Austin Jackson (16)
OF Gregor Blanco (1)
OF Georkys Hernandez (7)

 

Disabled List

There are currently four Giants on the Disabled List, and a fifth that may join them. Coincidentally, the four players on the DL are all pitchers: Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Julian Fernandez and Will Smith.

The possibility of Mark Melancon joining the Disabled List came about after a report that Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, was not willing to commit to the closer’s health status.

Madison Bumgarner was placed on the Disabled List after he sustained a broken left pinkie after being hit by a liner on his pitching hand. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Jeff Samardzija found his way onto the DL a day prior to Bumgarner, after he strained his right pectoral muscle in a minor league outing. He was reportedly scheduled to play catch on Wednesday.

Julian Fernandez is on the DL because he is a Rule 5 Draftee from the Cubs organization and must stay on the 25-man roster; otherwise, he would have to be offered back to Chicago, per draft rules.

Will Smith was on the DL for the entirety of the 2017 season, as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He is expected to miss the first month or so of the season as he rehabs.

Catch the Giants first game of the 2018 season on ESPN or listen on KNBR 680, when they visit the Dodgers at 4:08PM PT.  Ty Blach will take the mound for San Francisco. He will be opposed by Los Angeles’ ace, Clayton Kershaw. Log onto kpaysports.com, following the contest, for postgame analysis.

Statistics courtesy of www.foxsports.com and www.mlb.com

Yankees Win Stanton Sweepstakes

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Stanton Sweepstakes have finally come to an end. After months of swirling rumors, the Marlins have struck a deal with the Yankees to send Giancarlo Stanton to New York. When this process began, Stanton was believed to either be headed to the Giants or Cardinals. However, Stanton had all of the leverage because of the no-trade clause in his deal. As a result, Stanton vetoed the trade destinations of San Francisco and St. Louis. Stanton, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, stated that his number one trade destination would be the Dodgers. However, when that trade did not materialize, Stanton’s camp came out with a new list of teams to whom he would OK a trade. The teams on the list included the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.

Almost immediately after the new list broke, talks between the Marlins and Yankees began to intensify. As part of the deal the Yankees will pick up $260 million of the $295 million left on Stanton’s pact. In return for Stanton the Marlins will get Starlin Castro and pair of low-level prospects.  Here is a visual breakdown of the deal:

Stanton joins an outfield of Brett Gardner and AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge. Stanton adds his behemoth bat to a Yankees’ team that led Major League Baseball in 2017 with 241 homeruns. Giancarlo, who hit a Marlin’s franchise record 59 homers last season, is slotted in a lineup with rookie phenom Aaron Judge. Judge, himself, slugged 52 homeruns in 2017. Reportedly, the Yankees plan for their outfield is to rotate the outfielders between defense and the DH position. Below is the Yankees projected lineup in 2018:

Long story short, if you are a fan who enjoys watching baseballs disappear into the night, this is the team for you. Introducing your 2018 AL East Champions.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Via Ken Rosenthal

Dubs continue winning on the road; A’s stunned by ballpark decision

The Golden State Warriors are now 5-0 on their six-game road trip after disposing of the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Playing without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors Kevin Durant stole the show. Durant scored 35 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing off 10 assists. His first triple-double of the season. The Warriors move to 20-6 on the season and will finish up their road trip in Detroit on Friday night.

It’s back to the drawing board for the Oakland A’s the Peralta Board of College Trustees voted in closed session to cease discussions with the A’s for a joint venture to build a baseball stadium.

The 35-thousand seat stadium was going to be in downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt. The community college district owns the land and halted talks with A’s officials. The decision was said to have “shocked” A’s officials who were looking forward to a dialogue with the trustees about the proposed ballpark.

(AP) — The Cleveland Browns have fired top executive Sashi Brown, but are keeping coach Hue Jackson for another season despite a 1-27 record.

Brown was named the team’s top executive by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam during an overhaul following the 2015 season. He was relieved of his duties on Thursday.

In announcing the dismissal, Jimmy Haslam said Brown was told the team “is going in a new direction.” Haslam also announced Jackson will remain as coach for next season.

Brown’s firing is not unexpected since Cleveland is 0-12 for the second straight season with Brown in charge. The team passed up a chance to draft quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts and Cleveland has shown little sign of improvement since Brown took over.

Brown had no experience in evaluating players as he primarily handled the team’s salary cap before he was promoted.

NFL-SAINTS-FALCONS

Saints visit Falcons in key NFC South matchup

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons host the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Thursday night game.

The NFC South matchup has serious playoff ramifications. The 7-5 Falcons desperately need a win over the 9-3 Saints to have a realistic shot at a second straight NFC South title.

In a 14-9 loss to Minnesota last week Atlanta failed to score a touchdown for the first time in nearly two seasons — a major embarrassment to a team that led the league in scoring a year ago.

NBA-MEXICO CITY

Nets and Thunder meet in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Brooklyn Nets meet in Mexico City Thursday night.

The game will be the 25th in NBA history South of the Border, the most for any country besides the United States and Canada. It’s also the first since a 7.1 earthquake on Sept. 19 killed over 300 people, most of them in the capital.

The invisible opponent is the altitude. Sitting at 7,350 feet above sea level, Mexico’s capital is at a far higher elevation than Denver — the NBA’s highest venue at 5,280 feet.

RUSSIAN DOPING

Russia PM: State will never admit “false” doping charges

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev) says the state will never acknowledge the accusation of state-sponsored doping that prevents the Russia team from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics because it considers it false.

Speaking at a Cabinet session on Thursday, he also argued that the International Olympic Committee decision on Tuesday to ban the Russia team from the Winter Games in South Korea for anti-doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games had political underpinnings. He said the move was taken in order to influence public opinion in Russia ahead of the March 18 presidential election.

Medvedev says the Cabinet will support Russians who want to compete as neutral athletes at the games in February.

RUSSIAN DOPING-ZUBKOV

Olympic panel details Sochi bobsled champion’s doping case

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — An Olympic disciplinary panel says “powerful” evidence proved that two-time bobsled gold medalist Alexander Zubkov took part in the 2014 Sochi Games doping conspiracy.

In its full decision published on Thursday of a Nov. 24 verdict, the IOC disciplinary panel chaired by Denis Oswald detailed why it disqualified Zubkov and banned him for life from the Olympics.

The verdicts states one sample had “an abnormally high level of salt” and two scratched bottles were tampered with. Laboratory staff added salt to clean stored urine that was swapped in for steroid-tainted samples during the games.

The panel says similar evidence exists in seven more cases from Russia’s Sochi bobsled teams.

FIGURE SKATING-GRAND PRIX FINAL

Chen finishes 1st in short program at Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Nathan Chen finished first in the men’s short program at the Grand Prix Final on Thursday, the last major international competition before the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Skating to “Nemesis,” the American opened with a quad lutz, triple toe loop combination and added a quad flip and a triple axel for 103.32 points.

Japanese skater Shoma Uno fell on the landing of a triple axel and was second with 101.51 points, followed by Mikhail Kolyada of Russia with 99.22.

PGA TOUR-CHINA

PGA Tour signs deal to partner Chinese firm Shankai

BEIJING (AP) — The PGA Tour has signed a deal to partner with Chinese firm Shankai Sports to manage the operations of its China series for 20 years from 2018.

Shankai, a Beijing-based firm, says its new venture is receiving a 300 million yuan ($45 million) investment from Yao Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by former Houston Rockets player Yao Ming, and U.S.-based IDG Capital.

After a one-year hiatus, the PGA Tour China Series will resume next year.

The move comes as China has cracked down on golf in recent years, with authorities closing more than 100 courses in an effort to conserve water and land.

Greg Gilligan, PGA Tour’s Greater China managing director, says the closures were related to code violations and that China is supportive of the sport.

SPORTS BETTING-MARKET SCRAMBLE

Internet betting firms settle suits over NYX acquisition

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Three gambling companies have agreed to end their legal battle over the proposed acquisition of NYX Gaming by Scientific Games.

The Las Vegas-based firms hope to join forces and become a leader in the as-yet unapproved U.S. sports betting market.

But William Hill, a rival based in London, had threatened to derail the deal by using stock it owns in NYX.

On Thursday, the companies said they will end their complicated international litigation, adding that William Hill will now support the deal.

The companies anticipate the Supreme Court will legalize sports betting, creating a huge new market in the U.S.

The case was heard on Monday, but a decision may take until June.

NJ INTERNET GAMBLING-RACETRACKS

New Jersey eyes cutting horse tracks in on internet gambling

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers want to give the state’s horse racing tracks a piece of the action on internet gambling.

The state Assembly is due to vote Thursday on a bill that would authorize tracks to offer internet gambling on their premises if they reach a partnership agreement with an Atlantic City casino or an online affiliate of a casino.

Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo says it’s a way to help the struggling racing industry with new revenue.

Gamblers with internet betting accounts can already place bets from anywhere within New Jersey’s borders, and don’t need to go to a track to do so.

Supporters envision track patrons placing online casino bets between races.

The state Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on the measure.