June 12 Sports Briefs

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Jersey governor signs legal sports betting into law

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Calling it a dream come true and with plans to lay down New Jersey’s first sports bet Thursday, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to take wagers. Murphy signed the law four days after the Legislature sent it to him, making New Jersey the second state after Delaware to allow sports wagering since the Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for such gambling. Dennis Drazin of Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport says Murphy will place the first bet on Thursday. Drazin called it a “great day” for the state and praised Murphy’s “swift” action, though lawmakers had called on him to act immediately last week. Three weeks ago, New Jersey prevailed in a Supreme Court case that struck down a federal law limiting sports betting to just four states. Now, any state is free to adopt laws legalizing it. Analysts expect most to do so. Beyond Monmouth Park, other first-day movers would likely include Atlantic City’s Borgata casino. It indicated late Thursday it would wait for Murphy to act.

Seahawks’Thomas says he’s skipping mandatory minicamp

SEATTLE (AP) — Earl Thomas is putting the pressure on the Seattle Seahawks for a new contract, saying he will not participate in any team activities until his contract situation is resolved. That includes the upcoming mandatory minicamp. The three-time All-Pro safety posted a lengthy statement on social media Sunday, saying he wants “certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career,” before he takes part in any Seahawks related activities. Thomas is entering the final year of his current deal signed before the 2014 season. He is to make $8.5 million in base salary in 2018. Seattle opens its minicamp on Tuesday, and Thomas could face fines of about $84,000 if he skips all three days. Last week, coach Pete Carroll said he expected all players that had been skipping the optional team workouts — most notably Thomas, defensive end Frank Clark and cornerback Byron Maxwell — would be in attendance for the minicamp.

19-month-old daughter of skier Bode Miller drowns in pool

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — The 19-month-old daughter of Olympic skier Bode Miller has drowned in a pool. Orange County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun says Emeline Miller died Sunday at a hospital. Braun says the death is under investigation. Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority says paramedics were called to a house in the upscale enclave of Coto de Caza just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday and tried to resuscitate a 19-month-old drowning victim. Bommarito says they were unable to revive her and she was later pronounced dead. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team tweeted its condolences to Miller and his family. Miller is the most decorated male U.S. skier, with multiple World Cup wins. He won one gold, three silver and two bronze medals over three Olympic games.