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Sports BIT: New Jersey Gambling, Orioles-Jays & 2017 Steelers

Big Step Toward Legalized USA Gambling?

In a surprising decision Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear later this year New Jersey's appeal to offer legal sports betting. A victory for New Jersey would allow the state to offer legal sports betting at its casinos and racetracks and potentially jump-start a state-by-state expansion across the country. There’s still a long way to go and no final decision on the court’s appeal likely won’t come until next summer, but even New Jersey getting heard in front of the court is a victory for gambling proponents. “We’re not declaring victory, but at least we’re in the game, and that’s where we want to be,” New Jersey governor Chris Christie said Tuesday.

Baltimore Orioles At Toronto Blue Jays

It’s struggling left-hander Wade Miley on the mound for Baltimore. After a strong start, Miley (3-5, 4.48) has a 7.81 ERA in his past six outings. He has allowed at least four runs in five of those and lasted into the sixth inning just once. Then again, all Orioles starters have fallen off lately. Miley is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts this year for Toronto. The Jays counter with Marcus Stroman (7-4, 3.69). Stroman matched a career high by allowing seven earned runs and three home runs in his last start in a blowout loss in Texas. When he misses high, Stroman gets burned. That ended a streak of four straight quality starts.  Stroman hasn’t faced the Orioles in 2017.

Deep Dive On 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh finished 11-5 last year and made the playoffs for the third straight season under Coach Mike Tomlin. The crushed Miami in a wild-card game and won in Kansas City in the divisional round despite not scoring an offensive touchdown. However, the Steelers were outclassed in the AFC title game by New England. That’s really the question in 2017: Can Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and one of the NFL’s best offenses get over the hump against the Pats? Pittsburgh’s offense wasn’t the same away from home last year. The Steelers are given a win total of 10.5. The TV networks will be rooting for Pittsburgh to be good this year as six of its final seven games are late games or prime time. The only exception is a 1 p.m. ET start game vs. the Browns in Week 17, a game Pittsburgh hopes to be resting its starters.