(REUTERS) – Two of Brazil’s top soccer clubs, Botafogo and Fluminense, said yesterday they would defy an order from their federation to resume playing competitively this week, as the country’s daily coronavirus death toll hovers around 1 000.The Rio de Janeiro state football federation proposed that the state championship, one of several state-wide tournaments that take place in Brazil before the national leagues begin in the second half of the year, restart on June 18, pending state government approval.Botafogo president Nelson Mufarrej called the ruling “disconnected from reality”, and both clubs said they planned legal action on health and safety grounds to avoid having to resume playing so soon.“Unfortunately, the majority of clubs understand that this is the time to play games again, in spite of the chaotic scenes we’re living through right now,” Mufarrej said in a statement. “We’re against it.”Brazil’s documented deaths from the pandemic stand at just below 44 000, more than any country in the world except the United States, and that toll has been rising by around 1 000 per day for the past week.City rival Fluminense’s chairman Mario Bittencourt said his players, inactive since action was halted in mid-March, were also not ready to play competitively again.“The pandemic persists,” Bittencourt said. “The dates set for our games (22nd and 24th) are unacceptable from the point of view of the health of our players and we won’t be taking the field, and we will look to take action in the sporting court to do what is right.”Botafogo and Fluminense have been asked to play in the first round of rescheduled games. All four of the state’s top teams, which also include Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, are down to play a game between June 18 and 22.
DES MOINES — The totals are in for the first full month of sports betting in the state. Gamblers wagered around $38.5 million at the 15 casinos that offered sports betting in September.Nearly $21.8 million of that came in on-line bets and the rest was at the on-site betting parlors. Ten of the casinos took in one-million or more dollars in bets — led by Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona at a little more than $14.5 million.The Ameristar in Council Bluffs was second in betting at nearly $3.8 million, followed by the Isle Casino in Waterloo with around $3.5 million.The Diamond Jo Worth casino near Northwood had the sixth highest take for the month of September with just under $2.3 million.Casinos and their sports betting partners kept around five million dollars in September — and paid the state $334,552 in taxes.Sports gambling began on August 15th and there were around $8.5 million in bets placed in those first 16 days. Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino — $14,525,771.63Ameristar II — $3,798,474.21Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo — $3,537,218.54Riverside Casino — $2,755,276.27Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs — $2,354,588.05Diamond Jo Worth —- $2,297,106.75Isle of Capri -Bettendorf — $2,214,581.14Lakeside Casino — $1,587,337.92Rhythm City Casino — $1,259,600.74Grand Falls Casino Resort — $1,145,977.36Diamond Jo Dubuque — $978,825.50Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel — $835,214.20Q Casino (Dubuque) — $566,870.85Catfish Bend Casino — $389,425.19Hard Rock Casino — $282,652.70