Sports

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Former Arizona Assistant Emanuel 'Book' Richardson Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 2:05 PM

LOGAN BURTCH-BUUS
  • Logan Burtch-Buus
Former University of Arizona assistant basketball coach Emanuel 'Book' Richardson pled guilty to a bribery charge on Tuesday, in relation to an agreement he reached earlier this month, according to USA Today:

Richardson, 46, wiped tears from his eyes after telling the judge he accepted $20,000 in 2017 in exchange for a promise to steer student athletes potentially headed to the NBA to an aspiring business manager, Christian Dawkins. Prosecutors said Richardson planned to use $15,000 of the money to entice one prized recruit to attend Arizona.

Richardson said he "knew this conduct was wrong."

"Did you know it was against the law?" Judge Edgardo Ramos asked.

"Yes, your honor," Richardson answered.

Richardson, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, was among 10 college basketball figures arrested in September 2017 in a scandal that exposed a network of personal managers and advisers who paid bribes to coaches and parents of highly touted recruits to steer top athletes to schools.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Friday, January 18, 2019

Picks of the Dragon: Who to Pick in Sunday's NFL Playoff Games

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 4:27 PM

Tyler Vondrak, a.k.a. The Dragon - KELLY RASHKA
  • Kelly Rashka
  • Tyler Vondrak, a.k.a. The Dragon
This week Tyler lines up his picks for the NFL Playoffs. Pick your bets wisely with the knowledge of the dragon by your side.

Game 1: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
Line: Saints -3.5,
Over/Under: 57
Pick: Under 57
Bet: $25 to win $22.73

A rematch of our two NFC titans this year. The two best offenses meet again but this time around I’m expecting a different style of game. A few factors are pushing me to the under. Brees’ arm showing some wear and tear throughout this year, Talib sure to be all over Thomas (He was absent last game in the 10 points loss), McVay’s lack of confidence in the big pass play with Goff, Goff’s fall off in production since Cooper Kupp’s injury, and two teams with dual dynamic running backs has me grabbing the under 57 all day. While this isn’t the most exciting bet in the world it is what I feel a safe one. This is the NFC championship game and positions are more valuable than ever. We will see plenty of action from the four running backs in a grind it out type of game keeping that score below 57.

Game 2: New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
Line: Chiefs -3
Over/Under: 55.5
Picks: Chiefs -3 and Under 55.5
Bet: $25 on -3 to win $22.73 and $25 to win $22.73

Couldn’t ask for a better AFC championship game in my opinion. The old guard coming into the new guards house as an underdog in a sub 20 degree game. Mahomes is playing lights out. The Chiefs defense, one of the NFL’s worst, has come alive in the postseason with an extremely impressive showing against the colts. All while the Patriots have been awful on the road this year and while they usually own this time of the year I can’t go against this Chiefs team at home. Mahomes I think will have us all talking around the water cooler on Monday after an impressive game on his way to making history this year.

The other bet on this game is far more data driven. There has never been a NFL game to go over 50 points in temperatures below 25 degrees. While the weather report keeps changing daily I haven’t seen anything forecasted above 22. I’ll take those odds and see what happens.

Pick = Chiefs to win -150 parlayed with Saints to win -160
Bet = $20 to win $34.17

Final pick of the week I’m throwing out a money-line parlay on the home teams. History is on our side with the home teams typically coming out ahead in these scenarios. 9 out of the last 10 years the AFC home team has won while 8 of the last 10 years the NFC home team has won. These teams are all so even that I think it really comes down to that edge of home field advantage and I’ll take that check to the bank.

Total Bets = $95 to win $102.36

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

All Bets Are On: On Arizona's loss to Oregon, the State of the Pac-12 and Whether Patrick Mahomes will win the NFL MVP

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 4:13 PM

The second installment of Tucson Weekly's newest podcast, All Bets Are On, is live, with co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak breaking down the latest in sports and betting information.

The hosts this week tackle the Wildcats' 59-54 loss to Oregon, as well as their upcoming clash with Oregon State University on Saturday evening.

The two also break down the Pac-12 as a whole, giving their picks for the other men's basketball games scheduled for Saturday.

The dynamic duo finish their 30-minute podcast with a segment on this weekend's NFL playoff games, and whether anyone can knock Patrick Mahomes off to win the league's MVP award.

Check out the episode in the link above, and make sure to abide by the suggestions that the Dragon himself, Tyler Vondrak, lives by.

Happy betting, ladies and gents. 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Arizona Basketball: Kenny Wooten and Oregon beat Arizona 59-54 in Tucson

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 11:54 AM

Arizona forward Ira Lee, Center, fights for a rebound during the Arizona-Oregon game on January 17 in Tucson, Ariz. Lee finished the game with nine points. - SIMON ASHER FOR TUCSON WEEKLY
  • Simon Asher for Tucson Weekly
  • Arizona forward Ira Lee, Center, fights for a rebound during the Arizona-Oregon game on January 17 in Tucson, Ariz. Lee finished the game with nine points.
A steady stream of red-clad fans scurried out of the oversized exits at McKale Center in the waning minutes of Thursday's Arizona-Oregon basketball game.

The 14,032 fans in attendance left in advance of the final buzzer, with the home side's fate in-hand, and a rare home loss handed to the Wildcats (13-5, 4-1) by the visiting Oregon Ducks.

It was a result that echoed through the vaunted venue, leaving players and coaches stammering in its wake.

For longtime Arizona coach Sean Miller, the night's result was a result of poor ball-handling, mixed with badly-timed shots and improper execution.

"Our shot selection, our ball movement, and our turnovers were much better in the second half than the first half. But clearly our offense was a problem here tonight," Miller said. "And I'll also tell you that there's been many games that we've won, and had to overcome that night when the ball isn't going in, but you have to do it with great defense. Tonight our defense was good, but it's the furthest from great."

The Wildcats' road to defeat started with the team's nine turnovers in the game's first half, combined with what Miller called five three-point shots that never should have happened.

The net result was a deficit that draped across the home side's backs throughout the night, ultimately proving too heavy to overcome.

"We took some challenged tough threes. We had gotten away from that, and that had really served us well," Miller said. "But I would say at halftime we didn't have nine turnovers, we really had 14 because we took five just horrible, challenged, selfish shots."

Junior forward Chase Jeter, who led the Wildcats in scoring (12) and rebounding (10), heaped praise on the Ducks' relentless effort on both sides of the ball.

The Duke University transfer admitted that the Ducks' relentless press defense was too much for the home side to overcome, resulting in Arizona's second home loss of the season.

"They played really hard tonight. I think initially we were blown back by that. After a while, our effort just wasn't good enough to win tonight," Jeter said. "I think that Oregon played very hard, and we owe them a lot of credit."

The Ducks' defense limited Arizona's leading scorer, Brandon Randolph, to a season-low five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

They limited Arizona to hitting 36.5 percent of their shots from the field, well below their yearly average of 45.2 percent.

Sophomore forward Ira Lee, who scored 9 points for Arizona on Thursday, acknowledged that the home side's offense wasn't up to par against the Ducks.

"We definitely were getting good shots, they just weren't falling," Lee said. "It was one of those games where if we did wanna win it was gonna be on the defensive end. And we were playing good defense, but coach said we could've played great defense. So it definitely made a huge difference in the game."

The Wildcats host Oregon State at 5 p.m. on Saturday, against a Beavers squad that's 11-5 overall, and 3-1 in conference play.

The game, which will be carried on the Pac-12 Network, pits two teams coming off their first conference losses of the year.

The Beavers also lost on Thursday, falling to Arizona State, 70-67, in Tempe. They previously beat Oregon, USC and UCLA to open conference play.

Jeter believes the Wildcats' will be ready to play at a higher level on both sides of the ball come Saturday evening.

"We've got Oregon State on Saturday so it's a new game, it's a chance for everybody to bounce back," he said. "And I think we're gonna do a good job responding."

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Arizona Basketball: Payton Pritchard and the Oregon Ducks Head to Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Sophomore forward Brandon Randolph throws down a dunk against the University of Oregon during his freshman season on Jan. 13, 2018. - STAN LIU | ARIZONA ATHLETICS
  • Stan Liu | Arizona Athletics
  • Sophomore forward Brandon Randolph throws down a dunk against the University of Oregon during his freshman season on Jan. 13, 2018.
The injury-riddled Oregon Ducks flock south to Tucson tonight in a Pac-12 battle with the Arizona Wildcats.

The Ducks (10-6, 1-2) enter tonight's game without leading scorer Bol Bol and sophomore forward Kenny Wooten, with both missing the rest of the season to injury.

The team has endured a rough start to conference play, blowing a double-digit lead in the final minutes of their home game against UCLA on Thursday, Jan. 10.

The Ducks lost that game in overtime, 87-84, a game after losing by 5 to in-state rival, Oregon State, in the team's conference opener.

They responded with an 81-60 win over USC on Sunday, Jan. 13, and enter Thursday's game in search of their first road win since beating Boise State on Dec. 29.

Here's some of the pertinent information to keep in mind, ahead of tonight's contest between the Wildcats (13-4, 4-0) and the Ducks.

How to Watch: Arizona and Oregon tip off at 7 p.m. MST on ESPN.

How to Bet:
Arizona is a six-point favorite, as of Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats are 9-7-1 against the spread this season.

Who to Watch: Keep an eye on junior guard Payton Pritchard, who is the Ducks' leading scorer with Bol on the shelf for the season. Pritchard is averaging 11.7 points and 4.6 assists per game.

Pick to Win: I'll go with Arizona beating the Ducks, 69-68, to improve their conference record to 5-0, with another crucial home contest awaiting the team at 5 p.m. Saturday, when Oregon State comes to town. 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, January 11, 2019

Picks of the Dragon: Playoff Picks, NFL Week 2

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 4:31 PM

Tyler is back with another week of picks - KELLY RASHKA
  • Kelly Rashka
  • Tyler is back with another week of picks
Editor's Note: The Weekly gave sales rep Tyler Vondrak a hypothetical $100 to wager on the NFL playoff season. Last week, Vondrak went undefeated, winning three games and tying in the fourth, leaving him with a grand total of $175.49 to wager this week. Here are his picks.

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
Line: Chiefs -5.5
Pick: Colts +5.5
Bet: $60 to win $52.17

Colts had a dominant performance last week on both sides of the ball and are looking like the best team in the NFL. We got an offensive line giving Luck plenty of time to do what he wants, Mack running the ball like a maniac, and a defense that has been suffocating. They are going to need it this week going into Arrowhead stadium. Patrick Mahomes is having the season of a lifetime but this is the playoffs and history hasn’t been kind to first timers. That, coupled up with a third string running back, a defense that has trouble stopping anybody, and Andy Reid’s postseason track record, has me grabbing 5.5 points all day.

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams
Line: Rams -7
Pick: Cowboys +7
Bet: $40 to win $36.36

The first half of the season the Rams looked like they could demolish any team they came across but down the stretch they have been anything but impressive against the Vegas line. Cowboys haven’t been anything to write home about on the road either, but we are talking about a game in Los Angeles where half the stadium could easily be fans of “America’s team.” That, along with a weak run defense from the Rams and an elite running back in Elliott, has me thinking that they can keep it close if not win outright. Give me a touchdown buffer and we will see how it plays out.

Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots
Line: Patriots -4
Pick: Patriots -4
Bet: $50 to win $45.45

When I first saw this line I wanted to jump all over the Chargers but then I came back down to Earth. No need to overthink this one. So much going for the Pats; Bye week, cold weather, Gillette stadium, Brady, better coach, and enough experience in this situation has me saying Rivers will be at home to welcome his ninth child.

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints
Line: Saints -8
Pick: 7-point, 4-team teaser (Saints -1, Colts +12.5, Cowboys +14, Patriots +3)
Bet: $25.49 to win $50.98

This game, out of all of them, has me the most nervous. Foles is back in form and could do God knows what with the football. However, I just can’t see them beating a excellent Saints team with a veteran QB, two elite running backs, and a Top 3 wide receiver. Saints defense hasn’t been anything to shake a stick either this year. With the Eagles' secondary depleted, I think they will get exposed, but 8 points is a little rich in a postseason game. I’ll take my other likes this week tease them 7 points to win a cool $50.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

All Bets Are On: The Tucson Weekly Has a Sports Podcast Now!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 3:58 PM

Tucson Weekly sportswriter Christopher Boan is teaming up with longtime ad rep Tyler Vondrak on the paper's newest podcast, All Bets Are On.

The podcast, which will air each Friday, discusses the latest University of Arizona men's basketball information, along with NFL and NBA tidbits with an eye on the gambling angles for each contest.

This week's segment features a hearty discussion of Arizona's games against Stanford and California, and delves into who we see as the Pac-12 frontrunner after two weeks of conference play.

Vondrak then breaks down his picks for each of the NFL's divisional playoff games this weekend, fresh off his undefeated Wild Card installment of his Picks of the Dragon series.

Each episode will feature different sports, and is sure to help the sports fan, whether they gamble or not. 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Limited Edition Bobblehead Alert: Nick Foles

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 11:29 AM

Limited edition Nick Foles bobblehead - BOBBLEHEAD HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
  • Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Limited edition Nick Foles bobblehead
Did you not quite get what you wanted for the holidays and are in the mood to treat yourself to something special?

Well, Wildcats fans, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum just unveiled a limited edition bobblehead of Nick Foles in his University of Arizona Wildcats uniform. This FOCO manufactured bobblehead is the only one that features Foles in his Wildcat jersey.

In 2018 Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title, but before making it in the NFL, Foles stood out in Arizona Stadium. During his senior season, Foles threw for 4,334 yards and 28 touchdowns. Foles started college at Michigan State before transferring to UA. In his three years at Arizona, Foles had 67 touchdowns and over 10,000 passing yards. He graduated with a degree in communication.

"Nick has such a great story with his return to Philadelphia and leading the team to a Super Bowl title last year and the playoffs this year,” Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, said. “Arizona fans are extremely proud of Nick and his accomplishments both in college and the NFL. This bobblehead is the perfect way to show off that pride as Nick continues another unexpected run in the playoffs!”

The limited edition bobbleheads are numbered one through 2,018. Find the bobbleheads online here.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Continues through April 27 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. 'No More Deaths' Volunteers Found Guilty (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Trumpy See, Trumpy Do: School Bullying In the Age Of Trump (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Community Members Release Statement In Opposition of Tucson Women's March (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Former Arizona Assistant Emanuel 'Book' Richardson Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Pima County Hepatitis A Outbreak Reaches 34 Cases (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2019 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation