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…Once known as the aggressive recruiter responsible for posting Rutgers football billboards in South Florida, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano can now drive past a less inviting type of billboard in the Sunshine State. It reads: “Fire Schiano.” Schiano, coaching a team that is 0-6 heading into its Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers, continues to draw fire from all corners. Former players fueled the flames further by calling attention to his taskmaster image. “How bad is it there? It’s worse than you can imagine,” a former Buccaneer told NFL.com. “It’s like being in Cuba.”

…Add Schiano – It is not only the locker room that has turned on Schiano. The fans have, too. On Oct. 13, the last time the Bucs played at home, Schiano and his players were booed roundly by fans remaining in the stands. He also tried to have Dexter Jackson, the MVP of Tampa’s lone Super Bowl win, tossed from practice. Jackson routinely brings kids to Buccaneers practices to reward them for doing well in school. “I think he just wants to flex his power,” said Bennett, who is now with the Seattle Seahawks. “He has small (man’s) syndrome. I still talk to guys who are there, and trust me, there’s not much respect for him in that locker room.”

…Clemson starting quarterback Tajh Boyd shot down rumors that surfaced this past weekend that he owes $80,000 in gambling debts primarily from betting the NFL. “I have no idea where that came from,” Boyd said in an interview with USA Today. “It was kind of shocking to me as well. That on top of the loss (to Florida State) made for a rough little weekend.” Boyd laughed off the rumors, stating that his cable provider only allows him access to two games each Sunday. “I rarely watch NFL games,” Boyd said. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney heard the report, too, and asked Boyd about it Sunday morning. “He just shook his head and said, ‘No way, coach,'” Swinney said. “I have no reason not to believe Tajh Boyd. He’s never lied to me before. His character and integrity from my view are impeccable, so I’m going to take his word over some website that I’ve never heard of, ever.” The university is investigating the report.

…The wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero has been accused of making $180,000 inunauthorized purchases with a debit card belonging to another person in the Mariners organization, federal court documents showed. Citing an anonymous source familiar with the investigation, the Seattle Times reported Saturday that the unnamed victims described in court documents are star pitcher Felix Hernandez and his wife. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment beyond what was available in court filings, and a team spokesman did not return a call seeking comment. Maria Jacqueline Peguero was charged earlier this month with three counts of wire fraud, according to the federal court documents. An agent with the U.S. Secret Service says in the court filings that Peguero made 60 unauthorized purchases in 2012 from the upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue. One of the debit card owners — Hernandez’s wife, according to the Seattle Times — has a limited understanding of the English language and described to investigators that Maria Jacqueline Peguero had helped her to make online purchases in May 2012. She also told authorities that Peguero had asked whether she reviewed any of her bills, and she had responded that she did not usually review bills because the finances of the two victims were managed by a third party. Authorities say Peguero had items shipped to her own apartment in Fife. Representatives from Saks first began scrutinizing the purchases because the billing addresses and shipping addresses did not match, according to court records. Carlos Peguero is not charged in the case and told authorities that his wife had told him that her brother worked for Saks.

…Good news if you are poker player and live in India! According to reporting from the Bangalore Mirror, the Indian Poker Association (IPA), in petitions filed before the High Court
of Karnataka (a state in Southwest India), had alleged that police officers were “humiliating and harassing aspiring poker players by filing cases against them.” The court eventually
came to the conclusion that poker is a game of skill, which is widely acknowledge in the United States and elsewhere, and that card clubs don’t have to have a license to offer such
games to players, whether amateurs or professionals.

…Sheldon Adelson, owner of the casino with Las Vegas’ largest poker room, told an audience at Yeshiva University in New York City on Tuesday that the United States should detonate a
nuclear bomb in an Iranian desert. Adelson is one of the most prominent voices on the topic of Iran’s nuclear developments. As Time Magazine pointed out, Adelson said the bomb would
kill “maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever…Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead
and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development.’” Adelson is the owner of Las Vegas Sands Corp., one of the largest casino firms in the world. The billionaire is
also firmly against online poker in the U.S. He recently commissioned a survey to show that legalizing online poker was unpopular in four states. Despite his efforts, online poker is
making a return to the country.

…After Jacksonville lost another game and spread cover last week, there’s whispers of both a relocation to London and a rise in fantasy value of an opponent’s running back. First the
whispers. Should Jacksonville relocate to London, a minor adjustment in division alignment could take place in the AFC. The talk is that Miami would swap and take the Jags’ spot in the
AFC South, with Jacksonville/ London moving to the AFC East to make travel easier for them and its three annual division opponents: Buffalo, New England and the N.Y. Jets (plus the
attractiveness of the latter two opponents). I’m guessing those whispers will remain very quiet as long as the NFL is trying to at least pretend they care about player safety. Having
a team in London would play havoc with the schedule which is already a real punishment to those teams that play on Sunday and have to come back on Thursday.

…Thanks to www.gambling911.com for this tidbit. As reported last week, a number of former high-ranking employees of Bodog Brand’s Asian arm have been implicated in an embezzlement
scheme, according to company officials and confirmed by a Bodog representative. Gambling911.com can reveal that charges are about to be filed against at least one of the individuals,
Robert Gustafsson. A Bodog representative tells Gambling911.com that Gustafsson, the former Bodog Asia CEO, and Patrik Selin, former Bodog Europe CEO, set up third party vendors such
as payment processors and used these entities to skim money from Bodog. “Forensic audits are currently being reviewed and have turned up tons of improprieties,” a source within Bodog,
who wished to remain unnamed, revealed to Gambling911.com. “An outside law firm is going over the details and working with the local authorities. They are going to be filing charges
very soon.”

…A 42-year-old Connecticut man was arrested Wednesday after making threats to the New York Mets organization. According to NBC, Aryn Leroux made threats via Twitter to specific Mets
players, coaches and executives, as well as to Citi Field. In a screenshot of some of the threats, posted below, Leroux said “there will be a blood-bath at Citi-Field tomorrow night.”
It’s not clear which specific game he intended to act out the threats, buy he did make mention of carrying out a threat on a game held on Friday, the 13th; the Mets won 4-3 at home
against the Miami Marlins on Friday, Sept. 13. LeRoux was arrested on an outstanding warrant after authorities acted on a joint investigation by the NYPD, the Queen’s (N.Y). District
Attorney’s office and a detective from the West Haven (Conn.) police department. He is charged with threatening in the second degree and breach of peace and is being held on a $2,500
bond as he awaits arraignment at Milford (Conn.) Superior Court. News of his arrest comes a day after a similar incident in which New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs tweeted a
screenshot of death threats made to him by a man targeting him and his family if he didn’t rush for 50 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ game on Monday night vs. the Minnesota
Vikings. NFL security continues to investigate the incident. It’s getting crazy out there folks!

…Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland will make a cameo in the Dumb and Dumber sequel, joining original cast members Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It’s not clear what role Holland will
have in Dumber and Dumber To, which is set to premiere in 2014, but according to a report on Wednesday from Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 27-year-old Holland will appear in the
opening scene of the movie, though he won’t have any lines. According to Durrett, Holland, who can recite most of the lines from the original movie, was invited by the producers,
brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, to visit the set of the sequel. Holland later joked that they gave him a silent role because “they weren’t ready for my acting career to take off
like that.” The Farrelly brothers’ introduction to Holland traces to a video of the pitcher from the past season that appeared on MLB.com’s Fan Cave. In it, Holland appears with then-
teammate Justin Grimm — who was subsequently traded to the Chicago Cubs in the Matt Garza deal this past July — dressed in the blue and orange tuxedos made famous by Carrey and Daniels
in the original 1994 movie. The Farrelly brothers saw the video, one thing led to another, and Holland was asked to be in the opening scene of the sequel next year.

…USC fans, Ohio State fans and people who don’t like the Miami Hurricanes are scratching their heads … again. That’s right, after three years of study and after talk of
administering the dreaded “death penalty” to Miami, the NCAA has folded up its table and walked away with a whimper. Miami’s football team will lose a total of nine scholarships and
the men’s basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed Tuesday by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro scandal presumably drew to a close. Both of those
scholarship losses will be stretched out over three years. But for the first time since 2010, the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game. The school will also
serve three years of probation. Former men’s basketball coach Frank Haith, now at Missouri, will sit out the first five games of his team’s upcoming season as punishment for his
involvement with the former booster, and three former Miami football and basketball assistant coaches were handed two-year show-cause bans. “This case is among the most extraordinary
in the history of the NCAA,” said Britton Banowsky, the Conference USA commissioner who chairs the Committee on Infractions, speaking on a Tuesday morning teleconference. Even though
the NCAA said Miami lacked “institutional control” when it came to monitoring Shapiro, the university is accepting the decision and does not plan to appeal. The infractions committee
also said that the Hurricanes’ decision to self-impose sanctions was wise. “The committee acknowledged and accepted the extensive and significant self-imposed penalties by the
university,” the NCAA said. The sooner the universities decide to tell the NCAA to take a hike, the better off college athletics will be.

…Add Miami fiasco – Nevin Shapiro, a Miami booster now in prison, alleged that he spent millions between 2002 and 2010 on football and men’s basketball recruits, athletes and
coaches. A study of the allegations by The Associated Press found the NCAA was able to identify about $173,330 in extra benefits — more than half of that, investigators said, going to
former Hurricane players Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle. The sheer size of the Miami investigation was unlike almost any other, with 18 general allegations of misconduct with 79 issues
within those allegations — along with 118 interviews of 81 individuals. “Our hope … is that all those impacted can now move forward,” Banowsky said. Some of the NCAA’s would-be
accusations were erased early this year, when it was found that investigators improperly cooperated with Shapiro’s attorney and gleaned some of their information wrongly from her.
Banowsky insisted that none of that information was considered by the infractions committee.

…Final add Miami slap on the wrist – you ask why? That’s an easy one. The NCAA investigators acted improperly and would have been sued and humiliated by Miami in a lawsuit that
would have brought to light the hideous activities of NCAA’s own investigators. The suit would have provided fodder for others(see USC, Ohio State, North Carolina and yes, even Penn
State) to force the NCAA to reveal it slimy actions. Rather than being dismantled in a court of law, the NCAA obvious made a deal that Miami was only too happy t live with.

…Absolutely final add Miami misbehavin’ – Every major football university pays players through boosters and if you think otherwise you are living in denial….the only reason this
came out about Miami was the fact that booster Nevin Shapiro was caught by the FBI in a billion dollar ponzi scheme. Had that not happened it is likely that Miami and Shapiro would
still be living the good life.

…Junior Dos Santos spent Saturday night into Sunday morning in a Houston hospital being treated for cuts and bruises sustained during his fifth round loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC
166. Dos Santos’ manager Ana Claudia Guedes told UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani that, all told, the Brazilian fighter received 11 total stitches after the fight — seven above his eye,
three in his ear and one in his lip. Dos Antos face looked like a bomb went off in front of him. During the war of attrition with Velasquez, Dos Santos also suffered some brief memory
lapses after the third round but his management team explains that it’s normal and they expressed no concerns for his long-term health. Following his discharge from the hospital, Dos
Santos flew home to Brazil where he is currently resting and recovering after the fight against Velasquez in Houston. Let’s hope he recovers fully. He’s a class act.

…Kudos to Los That Sports for this cautionary tale. Per a report from Philly.com, an attendant responsible for watching Philadelphia Eagles players’ cars has been accused of
stealing over $225,000 from offensive lineman Todd Herremans personal bank account. Robert Von Ryan, 37, of Philadelphia, was charged with bank fraud. According to federal prosecutors,
Von Ryan entered the vehicle of an Eagle identified as “T.H.” From the car, he took documents that contained the player’s checking account number. Using the number, Von Ryan
transfered $225,034.52 from Herremans’ UBS checking account to his own, said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. The transfers occured between 2009 and 2012. According to the report, Von
Ryan was a subcontractor and not a direct employee of the team. If convicted, he faces up to a 30 year sentence and a fine of $1 million. Moral of the story? Never leave banking
information laying around in your car, whether you’re a multi-millionaire or rolling around with just hundreds in your bank account. This could happen to anyone.

…Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was held in jail on Thursday after police observed him a day earlier snorting a white powdery substance while sitting in a parked car. The 20-
year-old, who left the Ducks following a suspension earlier this month, was arrested by the Sheriff’s office in Eugene, Ore., and charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and
interfering with a police officer. According to the Associated Press report, citing a statement from the sheriff’s office, Lyerla admitted to possessing and using cocaine.

…Reggie Rogers was a promising talent coming out of the University of Washington, but struggled with demons off the field. Former Detroit Lions first-round draft pick Reggie Rogers
has been found dead at his Seattle home, according to a report from the Seattle Times. Rogers, a standout defensive tackle for the University of Washington from 1984-86, was selected
No. 7 overall by the Lions in the 1987 NFL draft. Considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time, Rogers played just 11 games in two seasons for Detroit. During his second year
with the organization, he was involved in a car accident in Pontiac, Mich. that killed three teenagers. Rogers ran a stop sign and it was determined his blood alcohol level was nearly
twice the legal limit. Rogers suffered a broken neck in the accident and served 16 months in prison for negligent homicide. After his prison term, he returned to play parts of two more
seasons in the NFL with Buffalo and Tampa Bay. According to KIRO-TV in Seattle, Rogers continued to have legal issues throughout his life, including five additional DUI convictions.
Rogers was 49 years old.

…If you are an Alabama fan you best not leave early. Alabama suspended the block tickets of 20 student groups for the team’s game against Tennessee on Saturday, according to
CollegeFootballTalk. Earlier in the week, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban chastised students for not staying through the end of the team’s blowout win over Arkansas: “In some kind
of way, everybody that chooses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game,” Saban said this week. ”Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should
let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.” The suspended groups will have their seats reinstated for the unbeaten Tide’s next home
game, but AL.com reports that further infractions of the student seating agreement would result in the loss of the seats for the remainder of the season. The newly opened seats will be
available to all student ticket holders.

…Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has announced he will run for president in his native Ukraine, according to the BBC. Klitschko announced his run at a rally in response to a
newly passed law that may prohibit him from taking office, as it requires those with permanent resident status in another country to live in Ukraine for at least 180 days each year to
be considered a Ukrainian resident. Klitschko, who maintains permanent resident status in Germany, says he is unfazed and believes the law is politically motivated: “Everything that
has taken place in parliament today… does not intimidate me and will not stop me,” he said. “To head off these various schemes and attempts at getting even with me as a possible
candidate, I want to declare this: I will run for president.” The boxer, known by the nickname Dr. Ironfist in the ring, is the head of the Ukrainian Democracy Alliance for Reforms,
which Klitschko says is dedicated to eliminating corruption and increasing democracy in his homeland.

…A St. Louis Cardinals fan group called “Cardinals Nation,” which has more than 63,000 likes on Facebook, drew considerable heat when images of apparel sporting the slogan “St. Louis
Stronger” appeared on the web. The post has since been removed after the group was selling sweatshirts bearing the controversial slogan. Most critics believe the slogan was a play on
the “Boston Strong” motto that the city of Boston adopted after the Boston Marathon bombings. Administrators of the site have since apologized and said they meant “no disrespect” to
Bostonians over the use of the slogan.

…Thanks to Deadspin for this beauty. The New York Knicks will be sporting a new alternate uniform this season. Hint: It mimics the color of a Creamsicle popsicle. There has been no
word yet on which games in particular the Knicks will wear these. However, an educated guess is that they will don them during nationally televised games and perhaps on Halloween.

 

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