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  • April 30, 2019
    This time, the Seattle Seahawks won -- and so did Las Vegas.The Seahawks used a last-second goal-line stand to beat the New England Patriots 31-24 Sunday night, capping a day full of underdog success stories and giving sportsbooks a little bit of revenge on one of their largest Super Bowl disappointments of the past.Underdogs covered the spread in nine of the 12 games on Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles win over the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans upset of the Green Bay Packers produced the biggest wins of the early games for the books. All three underdogs in the late kickoffs covered the spread, highlighted by the Dallas Cowboys outright win over the favored Pittsburgh Steelers.But the Seahawks win over the Patriots -- especially when put in context with what happened in Super Bowl XLIX between Seattle and New England -- was the sweetest for the books.New England defeated Seattle 28-24 in that Super Bowl, with Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler picking off a slant pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line in the final seconds to secure the win in a game with a consensus closing line of pick em. It was a costly swing for multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks; both the Wynn and MGM sportsbooks said the Patriots winning caused seven-figure swings against the house.I wont ever forget it, Jay Rood, MGM vice president of race and sports, told ESPN. I was in the office, watching a smaller TV with a faster feed, while everyone else was watching the big screen that was a few seconds behind. Everyone was wondering why I was cussing and hitting the wall. They soon found out.Jason Simbal, vice president of race and sports at CG Technology, said Butlers interception produced the loudest roar from a sportsbook crowd he remembers. The reaction was the same across town.When Butler intercepted that pass from Wilson the place exploded, a Caesars sportsbook manager said. Between ecstatic Pats fans and pissed off Seahawks fans, and everything in between, its possibly the loudest reaction Ive ever heard in a sportsbook.In the hours leading up to kickoff on Sunday, four times as much money had been bet on Patriots as had been bet on the Seahawks at the Westgate SuperBook. The action on New England was more than double than what was on Seattle at William Hills Nevada sportsbook.[It was a] good day, William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said in a text message.Odds and ends? A Saturday that saw a slew of top-ranked teams upset produced mixed results for the sportsbooks. No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Washington and No. 9 Auburn all lost Saturday.Everyone thought all those upsets were going to be great, the MGMs Rood said. But once you knock one big off like that, you scoop up all the parlay money and the rest of them are basically not great decisions, because you usually have sharp money on the dog side. If you have too many decisions like that you start flushing money to the sharps.Colorado, Washington State and Boise State produced big losses for the MGM at night, Rood said.We cant get anyone to bet Arizona [a 49-24 loser to Colorado], Rood said. The only night game we really won was USC [a 26-13 winner over Washington].? Alabama is now an odds-on favorite to win the national championship at the Westgate SuperBook. The Crimson Tide moved to 4-5 this week, followed by Ohio State (2-1), Louisville (6-1), Clemson (12-1) and Wisconsin (15-1). Washington dropped back to 20-1 after its loss to USC. 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Force India has officially confirmed Sergio Perez will remain at the team for 2017.Perezs future has been the subject of much uncertainty in recent weeks, with the Mexican drivers sponsors unable to finalise a deal with Force India. That led to speculation of moves to Renault, Williams and even Haas.Perez intimdated over the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend he would be staying for another year, news Force India confirmed on Sunday evening after his drive to sixth at Sepang.Im pleased to confirm that I will be racing with Sahara Force India in 2017 as the team and my supporters have concluded their agreements, Perez confirmed. Im very happy with this team and I have a good feeling for the future.Force India is currently battling for fourth in the constructors championship and Perez says the improvements hes seen the team make since he joined iin 2014 have been a big reason for him staying.ddddddddddddIve seen the progress weve made over last couple of years and Im sure we have the potential to achieve even more going forward. The team knows me well and its important to have stability, especially with some big rule changes planned for next year. Im excited for the rest of this season and for the challenge that awaits all of us in 2017.I thank all the team for believing in me and I will do my best repay their faith with points, podiums and hopefully wins. I also want to thank our Mexican partners, especially Telmex and Telcel, who have been supporting me since I was a young boy. They continue to play an important role in my journey through the sport. ' ' '