Tiger Woods’s absence from the Masters Tournament will be felt from Augusta, Georgia, to Las Vegas, where some sports books are projecting a 20 percent decline in the total amount wagered on golf’s first major championship of the year.
The Philadelphia Phillies moved past the New York Yankees to become bookmakers’ favorites to win the 2011 World Series, following reports that the team signed free- agent pitcher Cliff Lee , a two-time All-Star.
Gold futures rose to a three-week high as concern mounted that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis will escalate, and the dollar drop’s spurred demand for the metal as an alternative asset. Silver jumped 3.5 percent.
A ticket to tonight’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden might be relatively inexpensive, thanks to a quick turnaround and fans expecting their team to advance.