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… Would-be gamblers from at least 23 states tried to log onto casino gambling websites in the first night of New Jersey’s test of online betting. Matt Katz is CEO of CAMS LLC, which provides geolocation technology to the Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza, and age verification technology to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. He told The Associated Press those attempts show why New Jersey’s fledgling Internet gambling industry needs strict safeguards to keep out-of-state residents from gambling online here. New Jersey’s Internet gambling law requires that gamblers be present in the state. But that technology locked out many legitimate would-be gamblers Thursday night during the first of a five-night trial period for online betting. State regulators are closely watching how the test period goes before determining whether Internet gambling can be offered to anyone in the state on Tuesday. New Jersey is now the third state in the nation with online gambling, after Nevada and Delaware.

… A recent surge in Japan’s casino gambling movement hit a stone wall over the weekend as a coalition partner of Price Minister Shinzo Abe indicated a lack of consensus on the timing for submitting a bill this year. For many who have watched a strong increase in tourism, as well as gambling revenues, reported by the self-reliant Chinese City of Macau, Japan’s move toward permitting casino gambling would likewise boost tourism. Last week, a cross-party group of lawmakers suggested filing a bill in the Japanese Diet to legalize casino gambling before the session ends on Dec. 6. The political move generated immediate reaction from both Asian and American gaming companies who would jump at the chance of participating in gambling in that country. But, Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the New Komeito Party, was quoted by Bloomberg News as saying, “I don’t necessarily think we will reach consensus on submitting the bill to the current session and moving forward with it in the limited time we have.” The development of “integrated resorts,” or essentially what Macau gambling
companies are now building on the Cotai Strip, is the goal of casino gambling supporters. The Union Gaming Group has estimated that gambling revenues in Japan could exceed those of
Nevada and make it the world’s second biggest producer behind Macau.

…Congressmen from the United States met publicly for the country’s first ever hearing on virtual currencies, most notably the skyrocketing bitcoin. The hearing was entitled “Beyond
Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats, and Promises of Virtual Currencies” and lasted around three hours. Silk Road was an online marketplace where users could buy illicit goods using
bitcoins. Its owner was accused of a slew of crimes, including seeking out a hitman. “Criminals will always seek new technologies to further hide their crimes,” Mythili Raman, Acting
Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, testified in front of lawmakers. A lot of testimony was cautionary in nature. However, Raman made it
clear that virtual currencies are not inherently illegal if they comply with current financial related regulations and laws. “Smart regulation” was preached by Jennifer Shasky Calvery,
Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Bitcoins, which first hit the scene in 2009, were trading at $629.97 as of around 4:30 p.m.
EST on Monday, which was an all-time high.

…If Congress makes no progress on a national framework for online gambling this session, it won’t be for a lack of legislation. Two lawmakers introduced bills over the summer that
would legalize some form of Internet gambling nationwide. And just last week, Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington, introduced a bill that would tax federally-sanctioned
online wagering. The bill would compel online operators to hand over 12 cents of every dollar players deposited. The federal government would take four cents, and the remaining eight
cents would go to the region in which the gambler was playing. McDermott introduced similar bills in 2010 and 2011, without success.

…Police stopped investigating an alleged sexual battery involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston when the accuser “changed her mind” about pursuing the case, according to
an email obtained Tuesday by the Tallahassee Democrat. An attorney for Winston denied the reported allegations against his client after they emerged last week. The email, sent by
Tallahassee city manager Anita Favors Thompson to the city commissioners on Nov. 12, states that police began to have trouble contacting the woman a few months after the December 2012
incident: “Shortly thereafter a representative of the young woman’s family who is an attorney contacted TPD and said the young woman had changed her mind and did not wish to
prosecute,” the email said. The email was sent to Tallahassee officials in response to media requests to access the police report.

…Add Jameis Winston case – A Tallahassee police department spokesperson told the Democrat that the case’s designation was changed from “open-inactive” to “open-active” last week
after a new piece of information emerged. When contacted by the police department after the media requests about the case, the accuser’s attorney reportedly asked no information
regarding her client or the case be released to the media, in compliance with the state’s Rape Shield Law.

…UCLA offensive tackle Torian White was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, the Los Angeles Times reported. The redshirt sophomore was arrested at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning at an
apartment complex near the UCLA campus. In a statement, Bruins coach Jim Mora would not provide details of the incident, but he confirmed on Tuesday that White has been suspended
indefinitely. “We are aware of the situation involving Torian White, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said in statement. “Torian has been suspended
from the team indefinitely while the legal process and student discipline process run their course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter
further at this time.” White has not seen the field since breaking a bone and tearing a ligament in his right leg during a 34-27 win at Utah on Oct. 3. White has started at left tackle
for the Bruins since the beginning of the 2012 season.

…Miguel Solis and Alexander Rivas, former bodyguards of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, were found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after an
April 2009 shooting in which the men opened fire on photographers during the Brady-Bundchen wedding in Costa Rica. The three judges in the court in the resort town of Puntarenas voted
unanimously on the case. Another bodyguard, Manuel Valverde, was acquitted. The defendants, who refused to testify, were ordered to pay five million colones (about $10,000) in damages
to the two photographers — Yuri Cortez of the Agence France-Presse (AFP) and his Costa Rican colleague, Carlos Aviles. The bodyguards confronted the photographers and demanded they
hand over the memory cards in their cameras. They refused, and as they drove away, at least one of the bodyguards opened fire, according to the complaint against them. Neither
photographer was harmed.

…Former NFL linebacker Thomas Howard has died following a high-speed car crash on a freeway in Oakland. The Alameda County Coroner’s office said the 30-year-old Howard was one of two
men who died in the crash early Monday morning. The driver of the other car, 64-year-old Zeng Long Liu of Hayward, also died. Howard was driving a speeding BMW when he hit a big rig,
flipped over the center divider and went head-on into a Honda traveling on the other side around 1 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Howard played eight years in the
NFL after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round out of Texas-El Paso in 2006. He was most recently with Atlanta before getting released last week.

…The University of Alabama doesn’t play around when it comes to its trademark. No, not even when a local bakery, who are huge supporters of the Crimson Tide, decides to create
elephant-shaped cookies with a script “A” on them. Seriously? Yeah, seriously. Mary’s Cake and Pastries received a cease and desist letter, and a request for documentation of how many
$1.75 cookies had been sold so Alabama and CLC could collect damages.

…Two Saturdays ago Ohio State’s basketball team pounded Marquette 52-35. That same day the Ohio State football team pounded illinois 60-35.

…The NFL suspended umpire Roy Ellison one game without pay for using profane and derogatory statements toward Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams, the league
announced. Williams said that Ellison cursed at him during Washington’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. “When you have a ref come up to while you’re at the line, about
to run a play and call you a ‘garbage a–’ and ‘disrespectful mother——,’ to me, this is a players league, I don’t think there’s no room for that, to take that from the team and the
refs,” Williams said, via CSNWashington.com. “I think that’s very unprofessional. It sucks. I’m at a loss for words. You never expect that as a player going into the game to have to
have a beef with the refs also.” The National Football League Referees Association released a statement saying they will challenge the ruling.

…Jon Bon Jovi, longtime singer of the bend that bears his last name, is reportedly positioning himself to purchase the Buffalo Bills at some time in the future. According to Jason La
Canfora of CBS Sports, Bon Jovi is aligning himself to be one of the contestants for the franchise, which will be on the market when 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson passes. Wilson has
owned the team since its inception in 1960. La Canfora’s report indicated that the Rogers Communications Group, which already works closely with the team for their “home” games in
Canada, are the front-runners when the team goes up for sale. But Bon Jovi is taking this seriously. He has spent considerable time in the area getting to know local politicians and
others of influence and added a tour date in the Buffalo area to spend more time on the matter. This would not be a folly for Bon Jovi. He has met with NFL owners for years, is
especially close with Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, and nearly became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons at one point. In fact, Bon Jovi already has
football ownership experience — he’s the primary owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, a team that came into existence in 2004 after Bon Jovi secured the rights
to a franchise for the city.

…The University of Alabama assistant coach who provided safety HaHa Clinton-Dix with an improper loan during the summer is no longer employed by the university. A school spokesman
confirmed that Corey Harris is no longer on staff. The Tuscaloosa News reports that Harris was fired. The former Alabama assistant strength coach loaned Clinton-Dix fewer than $500
after the junior’s car was broken into. Alabama’s compliance office placed Harris on administrative leave in September after an internal investigation discovered that Harris could be
linked to a representative of a sports agent. Clinton-Dix was suspended for two games, but was cleared of having any contact with the agent’s representative, according to a source.
Harris was hired at Alabama on July 1, 2011 and made an annual salary of $43,260. And I’m quite sure that the NCAA will look the other way.

…No more smuggling those flasks into the stadium. Major League Baseball is asking all teams to increase security for next season, including screening each fan at the entrance,
according to an Associated Press report. The league’s security director, John Skinner, is recommending that teams install walk through metal detectors at each gate, although teams may
opt for other methods if they wish. The move is part of a larger effort to increase security at sporting events after 3 people were killed by a terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston
Marathon. The NFL changed its policy regarding bringing bags into stadiums, so that all belongings must be carried in a see through pack this season.

…Louisville junior guard Kevin Ware failed to show up for a court date Monday after he was pulled over and cited for speeding on Oct. 26. Ware was charged with reckless driving and
speeding 26 miles per hour or greater over the speed limit while in a work zone. According to Louisville’s WHAS11, Ware was pulled over in a black 2013 Dodge Challenger at 11:04 p.m.
on Oct. 26 and cited for speeding along Interstate 65 in Kentucky. A police report stated that Ware was driving 95 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone. The reports says that Ware “politely
said there was not” a reason for his speedy driving when asked by police why he was speeding. A 2013 Dodge Challenger? I guess his parents have money or he has a god part time job.

…The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, reports the
Associated Press. Crystal Mangum, 34, was sentenced to between 14 years and 18 years in prison after a jury reached a verdict after six hours of deliberations. Prosecutors said that
Mangum killed 46-year-old Reginald Daye, who was stabbed on April 3, 2011. He died 10 days later. Mangum said the stabbing was in self-defense, alleging that Daye was beating her in a
jealous rage when she grabbed a knife and “poked him in the side.” In 2006, Mangum falsely claimed Duke lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans gang-raped her
at a team party where she was hired as a stripper. Duke’s head coach Mike Pressler was forced to resign, and the team canceled the remainder of the season because of the incident.
The players were declared innocent by North Carolina’s attorney general after Mangum’s story crumbled and her mental stability was questioned. Mike Nifong, who prosecuted the three
players, was later disbarred.

…Employees who work at the Denver Papa John’s franchise owned by Peyton Manning that was robbed at gunpoint are not happy about the way the situation unfolded after the ordeal took
place. According to TMZ Sports, multiple employees have expressed discontent after allegedly being forced by management to work immediately following the robbery. From TMZ: We spoke to
several employees who were on-duty during the Nov. 17 robbery … and they tell us two workers have already quit, one has taken a month leave, and several others have been calling in
sick. More still have filed complaints with Papa John’s HQ. We’re told the employees (nearly a dozen) are also claiming the district manager ignored police advice to close up shop for
the night … out of consideration for the workers’ emotional distress.

…The Florida Department of Health has closed its investigation of the anti-aging clinic that sparked Major League Baseball’s probe of Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other players.
Department spokesman Nathan Dunn said Tuesday that Biogenesis of America owner Tony Bosch paid a $3,000 fine and signed a cease-and-desist order in July. The department had originally
sought $5,000. Bosch was issued a Uniform Unlicensed Activity Citation for the profession of medicine. The department had originally sought $5,000. The agreement was first reported by
ESPN.

…Welsh golfer Stuart Manley went from a hole-in-one to an 11 at Royal Melbourne on Saturday in the third round of the World Cup. The good part came on the par-3 third when Manley
moved into a share of second place with the ace with an 8-iron on the 176-yard hole. Manley patted the roof of the car after the shot, thinking he had won it, but the car is only
available for a hole-in-one on Sunday during the final round. Before he had a chance to see himself on the leaderboard, Manley went from a 1 to double figures on the par-4 fourth. A
bad tee shot and a pitch that kept rolling off the green and back down to his feet in the gully dropped him into a tie for 15th.

 

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