Bettor wins $1.2M with Tiger ticket

From left, William Hill US CEO Joe Asher, Wisconsin bettor James Adducci and SLS Las Vegas general manager Paul Hobson stand with a ceremonial check of Adducci's winnings after cashing his winning Tiger-Woods-to-win-the-Masters ticket at the William Hill Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas Hotel on Monday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tiger bettor wins $1.19M

LAS VEGAS - William Hill US announced on Monday that James Adducci, 39 of Wisconsin, was the winning bettor of the massive $1.19 million payout after Tiger Wood’s 2019 Masters Victory.

Adducci placed an $85,000 bet on Tiger to win the 2019 Masters Tournament on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 14/1 (+1400) odds, at the William Hill Sports Book at SLS Casino which resulted in the largest golf payout in William Hill history.

To celebrate the win, Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, and Paul Hobson, General Manager of SLS, presented Mr. Adducci with a check for $1,275,000 (inclusive of the 1,190,00 payout plus the original 85,000 stake) at the William Hill Sports Book at SLS Casino on Monday, April 15.

“This is a story for the ages,” said Asher. “Tiger climbs back to the top, and a guy from Wisconsin, on his first sports bet ever, wins over a $1 million betting on him. We congratulate both James and Tiger on their epic wins.

“Golf was so special for my dad and I,” Adducci said. “To see Tiger win a major tournament for the first time in front of his kids meant a lot to me.”

Adducci flew to Las Vegas on Tuesday to make the wager on Tiger, his first sports bet ever, before flying right back home and awaiting the outcome. He flew back on Monday to pick up his winnings.

Harper believes women's

basketball needs Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper believes it would be good for women's basketball to have the Lady Vols competing for titles again.

How long that might take depends on how soon Tennessee can improve under Harper, a point guard for three straight Lady Vols national championship teams from 1996-98.

"Our fans obviously want it so bad, but I think women's basketball needs it," Harper said Monday. "I think women's basketball needs Tennessee back in there. Obviously that's what we're striving for."

Harper, who led Missouri State to the Sweet 16 this season, is in her first full week as Tennessee's coach trying to get the Lady Vols back among the nation's elite women's basketball programs. Tennessee hired Harper to replace Holly Warlick, who was fired after going 172-67 in seven seasons.

Tennessee has won eight national titles and is the only school that has reached every NCAA Tournament in the event's 38-year history. But the Lady Vols haven't reached a Final Four since 2008, their last national championship season.

Kenyan, Ethiopian get

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wins in Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — Two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two other runners with the finish line in sight.

Unfortunately for him, one of them was the fastest man in the field.

Lawrence Cherono needed every bit of his speed to outkick Desisa in a sprint to the tape on Monday, passing him just steps away from the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 7 minutes 57 seconds.

Desisa, who won in 2015 and 2013, the year the race was overshadowed by a bombing at the finish line, eased up after realizing he was beaten and finished 2 seconds back. Kenneth Kipkemoi was third, another 8 seconds behind, one of seven Kenyans in the top 10.

Cherono had won in Seville, Prague, Honolulu and twice in Amsterdam, but never in a major marathon before.

Worknesh Degefa broke away from defending champion Des Linden and the rest of the women's pack in the Framingham flats and ran alone for the last 20 miles to claim the $150,000 first prize and a gilded olive wreath from Marathon, Greece.

The 28-year-old Ethiopian, who set a national record while finishing second in Dubai less than three months ago, won in 2:23:31. Kenya's Edna Kiplagat was second, reducing a gap of more than two minutes to 42 seconds at the finish.

American Jordan Hasay was third and Linden was fifth.

Degefa became the eighth Ethiopian woman to win the race and the third in seven years. A half marathon specialist, Degefa had never seen the Boston course before Monday.

Linden took advantage of last year's storm to splash her way to the first win for an American woman since 1985.

But with conditions back to normal, so were the results: East Africans from Kenya and Ethiopia dominating the podiums. At the 30K mark the lead pack was still close to a dozen and included three of the last four champions: Desisa, 2016 winner Geoffrey Kirui and '17 champ Lemi Berhanu Hayle.

A field of 30,000 runners followed the elites, ditching their trash bags and ponchos on the Hopkinton Green before embarking on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square. It's the first time the race has been run on April 15 since the 2013 attacks; officials held a ceremony at 2:49 p.m. to honor those killed and maimed by the two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line.

Daniel Romanchuk, 20, became the youngest-ever men's wheelchair champion in Boston, finishing in 1:21:36 for the fastest time ever for an American. Manuela Schar won the women's wheelchair race for the second time, adding it to her titles in in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo.

If she wins in London in two weeks, she will have swept the World Marathon Major series.

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