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Oakland a platter

…June 1 will be a glorious day for snack-lovers in the Oakland area as the Athletics are set to give away a plethora of chip and chili platters.This is going to make hosting A’s viewing parties so much easier now. Well, assuming you can easily transport the platter in, around, and out of the stadium to the safety of your cabinet. Chips, salsa, queso, and chili not included.

…Major League Baseball announced more severe penalties for those who test positive for performance enhancing drugs on Friday, including players becoming ineligible for the postseason if they are suspended at any point in the season, according to the Associated Press. The new penalties include an increase in suspension length, with first time offenders now missing 80 games, up from 50 last season, and second time offenders now serving a full season ban, as opposed to the 100 game ban that had been in place since 2006.

…The NHL isn’t wasting any time associating itself with gambling concerns.  PokerNews.com is reporting that New Jersey online gambling site WSOP.com has become the official betting partner of the New York Rangers. New Jersey residents are already eligible for promotions associated with this partnership deal. This from from PokerNews.com: WSOP.com customers in New Jersey are already eligible for the first promotion associated with the Rangers. From now until April 5, players who make a deposit at WSOP.com using a promotional code will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four grand prizes, including a home visit from a former New York Ranger great. There’s also $15,000 in additional prizes, including tickets to select home games and autographed Rangers jerseys. I’m not really sure I’d enjoy a Ranger visiting my home?  Maybe a Ranger cheerleader!  Do hockey teams have cheerleaders?

…22-year-old “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova” has had his name change approved by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs upon attempting to renew his passport. Frostnova, for short, lost a prop bet five years ago. New Zealand officials last week determined the name change met its criteria since it is made up of 99 characters, one short of the 100 that would have been met with rejection. Department of Internal Affairs Births Deaths and Marriages spokesman Michael Mead confirmed last Monday that the name was registered in March 2010, according to The New Zealand Herald. New Zealand rules state names can be rejected if they are offensive, too long, or without adequate justification include, resemble an official title or rank or include numbers or symbols cannot be included.

…Despite being unemployed, Terrell Owens still hasn’t lost his confidence. TMZ Sports obtained a video clip of the former NFL wide receiver shamelessly boasting about his basketball prowess on the video streaming app called “HangWith.” Owens even went so far as saying he would crush 51-year-old Michael Jordan on the court. “I’m dunkin’ on n**gas. I’m crossin’ n**gas up. MJ don’t even want none of this right now,” Owens said. “I know he’s 50-something-years-old. He used to be MJ but he would be ‘crossed up MJ’ if he come mess with me right about now, ’cause my game is nice!” *facepalm* There’s really nothing to say about that!

…If you still believe that college athletes aren’t getting the shaft from the NCAA regarding benefits, chew on this one for awhile.  Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is over $18,000 richer this week after Buckeyes junior Logan Stieber claimed the title for his weight class at the NCAA wrestling championships on Saturday. The figure equates to one week of Smith’s base salary. Meanwhile, Stieber receives nothing more than the pride of being a national champion for the third straight season. The bonus comes after Smith inked a new contract this year which pays him bonuses for “exceptional athletic achievements.” These include such accomplishments as Final Four appearances and titles won by student athletes in any of the school’s 20 sports.

…The fan who infamously won a bet with Roddy White that the Mercer Bears would upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament has finally received his season tickets. However, they didn’t come from the man who was on the hook for delivering them. Instead, the fan, Dylan Hoyt, is set to receive season tickets courtesy of the sports memorabilia website OnlyJays.com. The site contacted Dylan recently and offered to pick up the tab that White wimped out on. OnlyJays.com told TMZ Sports that they are rewarding the way Dylan handled the situation with “class and grace” by providing him with season tickets as close to the 50-yard line as possible. In case you missed it, White came under fire after he promised to give Dylan “season tickets 50 yard line first row” if Mercer beat Duke in the first round. As fate would have it, the Bears pulled off the shocking upset, leaving White in a position to either put up or shut up. Well, he didn’t put up, that’s for sure.

…About one-third of professional mixed martial arts matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.  University of Toronto researchers examined records and videos from 844 Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts from 2006 to 2012 for the study published this month. They found that 108 matches or nearly 13 percent ended in knockouts. Another 179 matches, or 21 percent, ended in technical knockouts, usually after a combatant was hit in the head five to 10 times in the last 10 seconds before the fight was stopped. Citing data from other research, the study said the mixed martial arts head trauma rate also outpaces football and hockey.

…San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested on Friday in San Jose, California. Culliver allegedly hit a bicyclist with his vehicle around 10:30 a.m. and fled the scene. When an eyewitness followed and attempted to block Culliver from leaving, Culliver allegedly threatened the person with brass knuckles, got back into his vehicle and fled, hitting the eyewitness’ vehicle. Police arrived and arrested Culliver. Culliver is charged with suspicion of hit-and-run, reckless driving with injury and weapons possession, San Jose police said. The 25-year-old was driving a white Ford Mustang Friday morning when he struck a bicyclist and attempted to flee the scene, according to police. The collision was reported at 10:21 a.m. in the area of Tully road and South 7th Street in San Jose. Police said the bicyclist was struck while crossing the intersection.

…This is not a good start to Kenny Hill’s bid to become Texas A&M’s next starting quarterback. According to The Eagle, citing College Station police reports, Hill was arrested early Friday morning for public intoxication. Hill was taken into custody around 3 a.m. when he was found passed out in a planter outside a local restaurant. When police asked Hill who the current president was he responded with “Bush.” He has since been released after posting bail. Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine. Whether or not this will lead to further punishment from the school remains to be seen, as Texas A&M is yet to comment on the arrest. Hill is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job in College Station this season as the Aggies try to replace Johnny Manziel. Hill appeared in five games for the Aggies last season, completing 73 percent of his passes for 183 yards and a touchdown.

…An Oklahoma State wrestler was jailed on complaints of possession of cocaine and public drunkenness on the day his team placed third at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, according to reports. Oklahoma City police arrested Edward Klimara, 20, early Saturday morning at a night club after a man told police he witnessed Klimara with a small bag containing a white powdery substance in a restroom. Police said the powder tested positive for cocaine. An OSU spokesman said Klimara has been dismissed from the wrestling team for violating team rules.

…New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talked to WEEI Boston on Thursday morning about the deadly fire in the Back Bay neighborhood of the city that ripped through a home on Wednesday two doors down from where he and wife Gisele Bundchen live and killed two local firefighters. Speaking on the Dennis and Callahan Show, the two-time Super Bowl MVP said it’s a moment like yesterday when he watched firsthand — as tweeted in a picture from The Boston Herald — local and state emergency officials risk their lives that makes him realize “who the real heroes are in this world.”  Brady said, “We as athletes think that we’re heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are in this world. It’s the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety and our freedoms in America — certainly the firefighters and Boston Police and the state troopers. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

…Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had nearly $30,000 in his possession when he was pulled over by police on March 16 and was confused about where his house was, according to a police report obtained by The Indianapolis Star. According to the report, police found $29,029 in his vehicle, including $14,516 in a briefcase, $2,513 in Irsay’s wallet and $12,000 in one of two “laundry” bags on the passenger’s side floorboard. Police also found bottles containing prescription drugs in the Toyota Highlander Irsay was driving. Police pulled Irsay over after observing him stopping in the middle of several streets for no apparent reason, according to the report. Irsay had trouble standing up straight during field sobriety tests and the arresting officer said he “believed Irsay to be intoxicated on a substance other than alcohol.” Irsay, 54, was held for several hours on misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four preliminary counts of possession of a controlled substance and is currently receiving treatment at an out-of-state health care facility. He has not been formally charged. His daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, is running the team while Irsay is undergoing treatment.

…Tucson police shot pepper spray at several hundred fans who took to the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers Saturday night after the University of Arizona basketball team’s overtime loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament. Fifteen people were arrested for offenses such as resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said. Of those, 14 were released, and one was sent to Pima County jail. He said those who advanced on officers were arrested. No officers or fans were injured in the unrest that lasted more than an hour. “The majority of the crowd did not respond to the dispersal order and began throwing beer bottles, beer cans and firecrackers at the officers,” Dugan said. “Several of the firecrackers rolled underneath a patrol vehicle that was deployed with the Mobile Field Force Units.” Dugan said crowds leaving bars and restaurants near campus filled University Boulevard after the game. They wouldn’t leave despite urging through a PA system and social media declaring their gathering an unlawful assembly. Police brought in cruisers and a unit of officers with batons, helmets and face masks to block the street when people started tossing beer bottles, cans and firecrackers, hitting police vehicles and endangering officers. Officers fired pepper spray, pepper canisters and pepper balls, which disperse into the air when they hit, Dugan said. No tear gas was used despite some reports. The disturbance lasted more than an hour until the streets began to empty around 10 p.m.

…Until Ronda Rousey arrived, it was simply universal that Chris “Cyborg” was unbeatable.  Well, things have changed. Jorina Baars had plans to beat up Cristiane Justino and walk away with a new title. Mission accomplished. Baars took a unanimous decision against “Cyborg” on Friday night in the muay Thai main event of Lion Fight 14. The event aired on AXS TV from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Baars, from the Netherlands, knocked down the Brazilian several times throughout the fight with powerful kicks, and proved she could absorb many of Justino’s hardest strikes, as well. And while it wasn’t the fight MMA fans are pining to see “Cyborg” in – that would be a bout against UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey – Baars still may have set some kind of blueprint for Justino’s future opponents. Before dismissing the mighty “Cyborg”, keep in mind that this was a muay Thai event.  But it does dullher reputation nevertheless.

…Don’t be surprised if Mike D’Antoni ends up coaching college basketball at Marshall next season. While D’Antoni is still under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers through next season, the team’s poor season coupled with Kobe Bryant’s reported desire to have a different coach could mean the end of D’Antoni’s time in LA. If D’Antoni ends up fired, his alma mater would have interest in hiring him. And he reportedly has interest in returning home. A source told CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello that there is “mutual interest” between D’Antoni and Marshall. Borzello reports that Marshall has donors who would pay big money to get the longtime NBA coach if he is let go. D’Antoni is from West Virginia and played at Marshall from 1970-73. The Thundering Herd last made the tournament in 1987. I’m sure that disgruntled Laker fans would chip in plenty to send him on his way.

…During a conversation with Jim Rome on CBS today, Charles Barkley was asked about the rumors of Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo having interest in the Pistons head coaching job. Chuck as only he could said that Izzo is not that stupid leave East Lansing to take the Pistons job.  And you can take that to the bank.  Izzo has been offered jobs far more alluring than the present Pistons.  He won’t go there.




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