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After slow start, tax refunds are ticking up, with the average check now more than $3,000

After slow start, tax refunds are ticking up, with the average check now more than $3,000

Finance
Close to a month into tax season, tax refunds are starting to increase. The average check is now $ 3,143 for the week ended Feb. 22, according to the IRS. That's just about on par with last year's figures, reflecting a rise of 1.3 percent year over year. The increase in refund amounts is a change from the recent downward trend of smaller checks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that refunds were rising. "Tax refunds are up 17 percent week over week," he said. That basically gets us to the same level as last ...
What time is James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr TONIGHT? Main event start time, undercard results, live talkSPORT commentary

What time is James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr TONIGHT? Main event start time, undercard results, live talkSPORT commentary

Sports
Fight Night The all-British grudge match will take place in London and we'll be bringing you exclusive coverage of the night's action James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will contest their eagerly awaited grudge match tonight as the British rivals face off in London for the vacant IBO super-middleweight title. There has been plenty of bad blood between the pair over recent years and the fight – which will be live on talkSPORT – will take place against a backdrop of hostility amid their mutual dislike for one another. James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: UK date, start time, full undercard DeGale said of his opponent recently: “I believe he doesn’t have the pedigree, the size and skill to beat me. Every time he has stepp...
The stock market rally to start 2019 is one for the history books

The stock market rally to start 2019 is one for the history books

Finance
The roaring rebound for stocks this year just made history. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite Index have yet to register a weekly decline so far this year. With more gains to close this week, both major indices notched a nine-week winning streak that started in the last week of the year. This is the first time since 1964 that the Dow has rallied in each of the first nine weeks to kick off the year. The previous back-to-back week record was hit in 1964, when the Dow rose in all of the first 11 weeks through mid-March. Throughout those weeks, the Dow jumped 7 percent which was about half of its 14.6 gai...
Wigan Warriors 8-20 Sydney Roosters: Sydney punish poor Wigan start to win World Club Challenge

Wigan Warriors 8-20 Sydney Roosters: Sydney punish poor Wigan start to win World Club Challenge

Sports
CHAMPIONS The match took place in front of a bumper crowd of 21,331 Wigan paid the price for a woeful start as they went down 20-8 to Sydney Roosters in the 25th World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium. Former Australia Test threequarter Brett Morris took advantage of two defensive blunders to score two tries inside eight minutes of his debut and went on to complete a hat-trick before half-time as the Roosters established a 14-4 lead. Boyd Cordner hoisted the trophy aloft The Super League champions rallied after their dreadful opening and tries from wingers Tom Davies and Liam Marshall gave them hope but they had left themselves too much to do. Morris was named man-of-the-match, repeating his feat from the 2011 final when he scor...
Miami Heat start homestand vs. Toronto Raptors

Miami Heat start homestand vs. Toronto Raptors

Sports
The Miami Heat, who own the NBA's longest active win streak at five games, will start a three-game homestand on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors. Miami (16-16) is also tied for the league lead with a 9-3 win over the past 12 games. And, in the past five games, no Heat opponent has shot better than 42.2 percent from the floor. "For the past two or three weeks, we've had a good flow," Heat forward Justise Winslow said. "Guys are getting comfortable. I like where we are as a team." Meanwhile, Toronto (25-10) has the best record in the Eastern Conference. However, the Raptors are just 5-6 in their past 11 games. Raptors coach Nick Nurse admitted he was a little disappointed his team was once again not invited to play on Christmas Day. "It's a marquee day to play," Nurse said. "I th...