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…A veteran cab driver in Las Vegas recently found a bag with $300,000 that was left in his cab and decided to

return it, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The mammoth sum was left — and forgotten — in a brown paper

bag. Gerardo Gamboa originally thought that the contents of the bag were just chocolate, so he was flabbergasted

when discovering what was really inside. “My God, this is cash money,” Gamboa reportedly said. Instead of

keeping it, he drove the bag over to his company’s main office. The police were called and with the help of the Cosmopolitan the money was eventually returned

to the rightful owner. It was a professional poker player. The authorities didn’t provide the name of the player. It’s unclear if Gamboa received any money in addition to the $5 tip he received

originally from the poker player for giving him a ride. One, I sure hope he got another tip.  Two, how in the world do you “forget” a bag with $300,000 in it in a cab, or anywhere else for that


…So what happened?  An unidentified 28-year-old poker player gave Las Vegas cabbie Gerardo Gamboa $10,000 for returning $300,000 left behind in his taxi.  The player, who many in the

poker community were attempting to determine through his age and location, is said to be one of the better known players. Justin Bonomo, Mark Newhouse, Phil Galfond and Ben Lamb are

all being mentioned as the possible “Secret Santa” of Vegas. “It’s good enough, I really appreciate it,” Gamboa said about the reward. “I wasn’t expecting anything from the people I

help. I never expect anything from the people I do good for, but I really appreciate it and that he appreciated what I’d done for him.”

…Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson avoided a suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit to St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey, but was instead fined $60,000, reports

ESPN.com. In the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 23-13 victory on Sunday, Bailey caught a 13-yard pass across the middle, and Goldson took two steps and tackled him, but hit him with his

helmet before bring him to the ground. Goldson was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play, which led to a Rams field goal. Goldson has been suspended without pay for

one game this season and fined two other times for illegal hits. Merry Christmas from the NFL.

…Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan denied that he assaulted an Ohio State fan last month and was one of several people interviewed by police investigating the incident. The fan,

Ryan Munsch, told the Detroit Free Press that Lewan punched his friend and then punched him in the face and in the ribs in Ann Arbor on Nov. 30. Lewan has not been arrested or charged

in the incident. “I’m not going to get into too many details,” Lewan told the Arizona Republic. “I wasn’t in any fight. I didn’t hit anybody. I was really just trying to help out a

situation and break up something. I can’t really go into any more details than that.” Michigan plays Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday.

…Providence College men’s basketball freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock have been suspended for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, the school announced Monday evening.

According to the Providence Journal‘s Kevin McNamara, the school issued a brief statement on the suspensions: “Freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock will not compete in games

for the College’s Men’s Basketball Team for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. The two student-athletes will be able to practice with the team.” The two were initially suspended

indefinitely Nov. 6, and neither has played this season. “We hold our student-athletes to very high standards,” Providence head coach Ed Cooley said in a statement released by the

school then. “We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made. Due to this, we have decided to suspend them indefinitely from any game action.”  It’s not

clear what the next steps are for Providence and both Austin and Bullock. Providence has not explained what violation of the college’s Code of Conduct took place. McNamara

reported they will not do so, citing federal student privacy laws. Providence is off to a 10-2 start this season. The Friars are also playing without point guard Kris Dunn, who is out

for the season with a shoulder injury.

…It’s nice to have wealthy, generous boosters to help your favorite university.  Just at Indiana.  The daughter of the late Indiana Pacers co-owner has donated $40 million to Indiana

University for renovations of its Assembly Hall basketball arena. Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt said she felt “waves of emotion” from the pride her late father, Melvin

Simon, would feel during the school’s news conference Thursday. Her donation was the largest gift in the history of Indiana University athletics and anchors a $150 million athletics

capital campaign. The improvements planned for the 42-year-old arena will include revenue-generating box seats, a new south entryway, a state-of-the-art video scoreboard, escalators

and remodeled restrooms and concession stands.

…On Thursday, South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was ticketed for driving 84 mph in a 55 mph zone. Earlier this month, he was clocked going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. A

video from Thursday’s traffic stop showed Clowney telling the officer that he had just three minutes to reach Williams-Brice Stadium. He told the officer he was trying to get there

before the team left. Clowney also let a passenger drive after being pulled over, according to the Associated Press. The bowl game is expected to be Clowney’s last in college because

he’ll enter the NFL draft and be a top pick. On Thursday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier addressed Clowney’s speeding tickets. “He needs to go to driving school doesn’t he?”

Spurrier told reporters. “At least he’ll have enough money to pay for it in a week or so from now. Hopefully they’ll send him (to driving school) after the bowl game.”  I don’t find it

particularly humorous that Spurrier can laugh off a guy clocked 110 mph anywhere but a race track.

…The story of the 1993 Houston Oilers, a made-for-TV team if there ever was one, recently was a subject of the NFL Network’s popular series “A Football Life”. But while that program

dove into the issues surrounding that talented but unsettled team, it apparently failed to capture the whole story. The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that “at least two key

members” of that ’93 Oilers team were gay. “Not only did the team know about the situation,” the Chronicle’s Brian T. Smith wrote, “but players accepted their gay teammates and did not

outcast them.” Bubba McDowell, a member of the Oilers from 1989-94, told the Chronicle: “Everybody knew certain guys (were gay). Everybody speculated and people used to see these two

guys come in by themselves. They’d leave at lunchtime and then come back.” McDowell added that the situation was “no big deal”. Linebacker Lamar Lathon, an Oiler from ’90-94 and then a

Pro Bowler for Carolina, said that the sexual orientation of players in the locker room was not one of the myriad issues facing that infamous 1993 Houston team. Lathon added “Listen,

those guys that we’re talking about were unbelievable teammates. And if you wanted to go to war with someone, you would get those guys first. Because I have never seen tougher guys

than those guys,” said Pro Bowl linebacker Lamar Lathon, who starred at the University of Houston. “And everybody in the locker room, the consensus knew or had an idea that things were

not exactly right. But guess what? When they strapped the pads on and got on the field, man, we were going to war with these guys because they were unbelievable.”  And that’s the way

it should be.  But don’t tell that to Jason Collins still waiting for a call from an NBA team.

…The NBA said Thursday that its referees made a mistake when they ejected Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin in the Clippers’ 105-103 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night. Griffin

was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 left after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors forward Draymond Green to the showers after they got into it at the end of

the third. “After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” said Rod Thorn, the

NBA’s president of basketball operations. “A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should

have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.” With Griffin gone, the Clippers missed several key chances in the waning moments. “If you look at

it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game. It all boils down to they (referees) fell for it,” Griffin said after the game. “To me, it’s cowardly basketball. I don’t

know their intentions, but it worked. … If I knew the answer I’d probably be in a different position. Tonight I got two technicals for nothing.” The only saving grace was that

gamblers who took the Clippers survived Griffin’s ejection and covered even though the Clippers lost.

…Wade Phillips would like to put an asterisk on Peyton Manning’s touchdown record. The Houston Texans’ interim coach said Friday the league agreed with him that Manning’s record-

tying 50th TD toss Sunday shouldn’t have counted because Eric Decker bobbled the ball. The touchdown still counts, however, as does Manning’s 51st TD throw. That one to Julius Thomas

minutes later capped Denver’s 37-13 win and broke Tom Brady’s record of 50 TD passes set in 2007. Decker said Phillips should just let it go, telling The Associated Press on Friday,

”I caught it. This doesn’t change anything. It’s still a big catch for me and one I’ll remember for a while.” It really doesn’t matter unless Manning is blanked the rest of the

season which seems a little unlikely.  Manning came back with 4 TD passes Sunday.

…The Brooklyn Nets easily have been the NBA’s biggest disappointment this season, falling to 9-19 after their Christmas Day loss to the Chicago Bulls. That mark ties the Nets with

the crosstown New York Knicks for 11th in the highly watered-down Eastern Conference, and the most recent defeat reportedly prompted first-year head coach Jason Kidd to go off on his

team in the locker room. Kidd called out the team for its lack of effort, according to ESPN.com, and veteran forward Kevin Garnett expressed similar frustration with his teammates

before storming out of the room. The loss was Brooklyn’??s fourth in a row and second straight by 17 points. Hey, at least the Knicks stink too!

…It was two years ago at the UFC’s year-end show when Brock Lesnar laced up his UFC gloves for the last time. He was TKO’??d in less than three minutes and walked away from the

sport, eventually returning to professional wrestling. The mixed martial arts world has never truly let him go. Every so often, his name boomerangs back around and into some intriguing

dream match or in sheer speculation. In only seven fights, Lesnar had become such a unique sensation that his presence could virtually guarantee a huge buyrate for an event, which in

turn, led to massive paychecks for him. In a pro wrestling way, he seemed destined for a comeback. Now, with 2013’s year-end show days away, online speculation on the popular MMA

forum MixedMartialArts.com has suggested that Lesnar has an urge to return to the Octagon. For now though, UFC president Dana White is staying mum.

…The Texas Longhorns have rid themselves of Mack Brown.  Whether it was Mack’s idea or done under pressure probably won’t be known for some time.  Oddly, since Mack’s resignation the

speculation on his replacement has simmered down.  Could it be that the Longhorns might not be able to find a suitable replacement for Brown and may live to regret it?  Nick Saban has

been taken off the table and it is difficult to imagine a quality coach stepping down from the NFL to Texas.  Things may get interesting.

…Kim Allan could use a good night’s sleep. The New Zealand ultra-marathoner ran 310 miles in four days without sleeping. On Sunday evening, Allan broke the previous women’s world

record of 486 sleepless kilometers when she ran a total of 500 sleepless kilometers (310 miles) in a four-day span. In the process, she raised more than $7,000 for the New Zealand

Spinal Trust and has crept closer to her goal of $8,000. “It’s all a bit surreal at the moment,” Allan told The New Zealand Herald. “I’m going through some of the Facebook things on my

page and when you see posts about a New Zealand woman beating the world record, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s me they’re talking about.’” Unfortunately, Allan’s run will not be

recognized as a Guinness World Record because she was not monitored by any Guinness officials. Still, her support staff documented her entire journey and she knows she is the world

record holder — even if it’s unofficial.

…The typical coach purge in the NFL is officially underway.  As this is being written on Monday morning several coaches have already been dumped.  Greg Schiano in Miami, Mike

Shanahan in Washington and Leslie Frazier in Minnesota have been fired. The Browns got a jump on everybody by firing Rob Chudzinski. Reports are just be floated as I am writing that

Detroit’s Jim Schwartz is also history.  It certainly wouldn’t surprise to see more.  Oddly missing from the group and perhaps anticipated back is beleaguered Jet’s coach Rex Ryan who

told his team last week he was going to be fired.

…In news that is infuriating to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steeler fans,the NFL admitted the San Diego Chargers should have been penalized for an illegal formation in Sunday night’s

overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs. If the call had been made, the Chiefs would have been able to attempt a 36-yard field goal after kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field

goal. The missed field goal sent the 24-24 game into overtime, where the Chargers won it 27-24 and clinched a playoff spot. Had the Chiefs won the game, the Pittsburgh Steelers would

have taken the final playoff spot instead. The financial ramifacations are pretty strong for the losers (Steelers) and the winners (Chargers) of the NFL incompetency.

…While many Bear fans would prefer it be Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown may hang it up after this season to spend more time with his family. The 34-year-old, who

was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Week earlier in December, told Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times that he’ll have to make the decision this offseason when he becomes a

free agent, but retiring from the NFL is one option he’ll consider to spend more time with his wife, two sons and two daughters in North Carolina. Jahns reported McCown’s family will

play “the most influential role” in determining whether he returns to the Bears — or the NFL — next season. In a questionable move, the Bears went with Cutler over the hot McCown in

their playoff decider against the Packers.

…The Dodger rookie phenom Yasiel Puig continues his destructive path.  Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested Saturday morning in Florida on a reckless driving charge, according

to the Naples News. A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said Puig was caught speeding at 110 mph in a 70 mph zone on the Alligator Alley section of I-75. Lon Rosen, chief marketing

officer for the Dodgers, said he was not aware of the arrest and could not comment on it. According to ESPN.com, Puig was arrested in April 2013 in Chattanooga, Tenn., and charged with

speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance. In Tennessee, Puig luckily had the charges dismissed (97 mph in a 55 mph zone) due to the fact he did some community

service.  You know, the same deal you or I would get for speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance.  Florida may not be as kind.  Puig had family members in his

car at the time.  The Dodgers are concerned about his reckless lifestyle for sure. Oh, and Mr. Puig, let me introduce you to Mr. Clowney.


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