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‘Mattress Mack’ Declines Millions In Reported Cashouts For Record-Setting Houston Astros Bet

Houston furniture tycoon Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale still won’t hedge his wagers on the Houston Astros to win the World Series despite being one step closer to cashing in on a historic $35.6 million profit after the Astros advanced to the World Series this weekend, telling the Action Network Monday that he declined cashouts from sportsbooks worth as much as $5.5 million.
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Mattress Mack to receive $35.6M payout if Astros win World Series

Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale will receive a historic $35.6 million payout if the Houston Astros win the World Series, according to a report by Forbes. According to Forbes, McIngvale bet $3.25 million on the Astros to win the World Series at four separate sportsbooks, including a $2...
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Reports: Sun Belt Conference looking to add Marshall, three other schools

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University athletics may be leaving Conference USA and on the way to the Sun Belt Conference, according to multiple national media outlets. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported Friday afternoon that the Sun Belt will invite four schools to join, including Marshall, as soon as next week. The other three schools included in the report are fellow Conference USA members Southern Miss and Old Dominion as well as current FCS football member James Madison.
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With Southern Miss joining the Sun Belt and others expected to follow, what’s next for Conference USA?

The latest wave of NCAA conference realignment may have started in the Power Five with Texas and Oklahoma heading to the SEC, but it’s had subsequent Group of Five reverberations as well. The Big 12, eager to keep its Power Five status, fought hard to prevent any further exits (even sending a cease-and-desist to ESPN on that front, for what good that may or may not have done) and added four schools: American Athletic Conference members Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF (which was funny considering an AAC source’s claim they were going to try and get remaining Big 12 schools; the reverse happened), plus independent BYU . The AAC then responded by raiding Conference USA for six schools, and as per Brett McMurphy of The Action Network, the Sun Belt has now followed suit. McMurphy writes that the Sun Belt officially added Southern Mississippi Friday, and that two other schools are expected to come along as well:

Week 7 NFL DFS RB Breakdown: You Can’t Afford Not to Play Derrick Henry

In this piece, I highlight running backs who stand out in our large suite of analytical fantasy tools, most specifically, our FantasyLabs Player Models. While the models are built for DFS contests, this is an all-purpose fantasy article with actionable information for all formats. As news breaks throughout the week...

Crimson Tide leads in production of major-league athletes, survey shows

The University of Alabama is the No. 1 producer of major-league players among the nation’s colleges, according to a new survey by The Action Network. In combining the rosters from the NFL, NBA and MLB, the survey found 82 Alabama alumni, more than any college in the country. Ohio State ranked second with 70 big-league athletes.

College Football Odds & Picks for LSU vs. Ole Miss: Time to Fade the Rebels? (October 23)

Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Jonathan Hess (left) and Jerrion Ealy (right). Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute college football odds here. My very first article here at The Action Network was about how I believed Spencer Rattler was going to win the Heisman Trophy. My fellow colleague,...