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    Mets ace Jacob deGrom is once again a huge favorite to win the National League Cy Young Award. Jacob deGrom has gone from a former ninth-round pick to one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. The New York Mets ace has two National League Cy Young Awards to his name and finished third in the voting last season. deGrom has shown no signs of slowing down and is a major reason why the Mets are now real contenders after adding Francisco Lindor. Another Cy Young season would be a huge boost to the team’s title chances and the oddsmakers see the Mets ace as the overwhelming favorite to win the award. MLB ⚾️AL & NL Cy Young Award pic.twitter.com/9XGpmjSyeU — Circa Sports (@CircaSports) February 22, 2021 Jacob deGrom is leading a one-man race for the NL Cy YoungThese odds, courtesy of Circa Sports, show just how dominant deGrom...
    Meet the Mets, meet the Mets, Step right up and BET the Mets! That’s what’s been happening regularly at BetMGM sportsbooks this Hot Stove season, as the Mets are the most popular choice to win the 2021 World Series by a wide margin. The Amazin’s account for 24.6 percent of all tickets and 31.2 percent of total money wagered (aka “the handle”) at BetMGM sportsbooks nationwide, more than doubling the runner-up Yankees in both categories. The Yankees have been selected to win the World Series on 12.1 percent of tickets and account for 14.2 percent of the handle. “The Mets are in a big market with lots of fans, and New York made some splashy moves in the offseason by trading for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco,” said Seamus Magee, a sports trader at BetMGM. The Mets opened at 25/1 to win the World Series and their current odds are...
    Every year as part of the #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign, close to 15,000 volunteers add up plastic waste and the companies that produced it. For the 3rd year in a row, Coca-Cola topped the list with other sugary drink manufacturers, Nestle and Pepsi occupying the next two spots. The plastic waste created by Coca-Cola products is more than both Pepsi and Nestle’s combined, however. Campaign coordinator, Emma Priestland, was quoted in a press release about this year’s findings. “The world’s top polluting corporations claim to be working hard to solve plastic pollution, but instead they are continuing to pump out harmful single-use plastic packaging. We need to stop plastic production, phase out single-use and implement robust, standardised reuse systems. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé should be leading the way in finding real solutions,” she said. A spokesperson for Coca-Cola said the company is working to reduce the plastic waste it creates. “Globally,...
    California voters rejected affirmative action at the ballot box on Tuesday, voting down a measure that would end a decades-long ban of the policy in the state. The measure, known as Proposition 16, would have allowed colleges, employers and contractors to consider race and gender when considering who to hire and accept. A ban of the practice had been instituted in the state in 1996. The proposition was put on the ballot by the Democratic-controlled state legislature, but had just 44 percent approval, compared to 56 percent who disapproved of the measure, The Associated Press reported. One of the largest groups to oppose the measure was a network of Asian Americans who argued affirmative action at public colleges and universities in the state would discriminate against young Asian students who score high on tests and earn good grades. The measure earned its most support in liberal areas of the state...
    Voters in Washington, D.C., moved by a wide margin to decriminalize the growing, possession and non-commercial distribution of hallucinogenic mushrooms on Tuesday. More than 76 percent of voters supported Initiative 81 with just over 40 percent of precincts reporting, according to the district's Board of Elections. The ballot measure would direct D.C. Metropolitan Police to shift the "non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing, and/or engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi" to among its lowest law enforcement priorities. Washington D.C.'s attorney general and the U.S. Attorney for the district are also called upon as part of the measure to cease prosecution of those listed activities. Tuesday's measure in D.C. was one of several drug-related voter initiatives on the ballot around the country as part of Tuesday's elections. In New Jersey, voters moved to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, while similar measures to legalize recreational or medical marijuana were also...
    Most polling suggests that former Vice President Joe Biden is leading incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 race. But three experts say that they predict Trump will win by a wide margin in November because current polling isn’t capturing the whole story. According to an opinion piece published on The Hill, the pundits say that polls have three flaws that prevent them from showing an accurate picture. First, they believe that the questions that are posed to respondents are framed in a way that influences the answer. “In fact, Gallup has found that respondents can answer very differently to questions with the same topic even in the same survey based on the language that’s used,” the authors wrote. Part of the issue, they argue, is that people want to give socially acceptable answers in order to avoid judgment or confrontation. The current political climate leads some people to believe...
    Incumbent Martha McSally put a dent in Mark Kelly's lead, but the Republican still trails her Democratic challenger by a hefty 9 percentage points in the race to retain her Senate seat representing Arizona, according to a new poll. The survey from OH Predictive Insights, unveiled Tuesday, showed Kelly leading McSally 52% to 43% on the strength of voter support in Arizona's two dominant suburban counties — Maricopa, which includes metropolitan Phoenix, and Pima, home to greater Tucson. Kelly's support among Democrats is bigger than McSally's support among Republicans, and the former astronaut leads the senator among voters unaffiliated with either party 59% to 32%. The slice of good news for McSally in this poll, conducted July 6-7? She trailed Kelly by 13 points in the last poll from OH Predictive Insights — and continues to hold a broad advantage in Arizona's rural counties. “Coming back from a 9-point deficit...
    Young American voters appear to favor presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, according to newly released national polling data. The survey released Wednesday by the New York Times and Siena College shows Biden leading Trump among registered voters aged 18-34 by 34 percentage points.  By comparison, in 2016, Hillary Clinton on election day won 55% of the vote among young voters to Trump's 37%—a lead of 18 points. In total, the poll shows Biden ahead of Trump by 14 points, with particularly strong leads among Black and Hispanic voters. Trump leads Biden by 19 points among White people without college degrees. Since the 2018 midterm elections, trends have shown both an uptick in youth voter participation and their tendency to vote for Democrats.  Millennial voting nearly doubled between 2014 and 2018—from 22% to 42%—according to demographer Richard Fry at the Pew Research Center in Washington. Thirty percent...
    If you’re hitting a lot of trades right on the Robinhood trading platform, be careful of hubris. Overconfidence kills returns. If you need a little something to spark your humility, consider this investor’s record. John Malooly, who manages the Wasatch Ultra Growth fund WAMCX, +2.93%, has beaten his small-growth category and the Russell 2000 Growth Index RUO, +2.77% by an annual average of 11.5 to 19.5 percentage points over the past three to five years, according to Morningstar. The fund is ranked No. 1 in its category for total returns over the past three years, per Morningstar. If you’re new to investing, let me tell you: You don’t often see such a good long-term record. Few people consistently beat broad indexes, such as the S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.83%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.61% or Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.43%. I always wonder what I...
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