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…Poker pro Phil Ivey, widely regarded as the game’s best player, has been sued by an Atlantic City casino, which alleges that he cheated the house out of $9.6 million. The report comes from New Jersey Law Journal. Ivey is accused of spotting manufacturing defects in the cards while playing high-stakes baccarat. The suit also names the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. In addition, Ivey’s alleged accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, is named in the complaint. According to the report, she was Ivey’s companion on his trips and gave instructions to the dealer. The technique Ivey is accused of using to gain an advantage over The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, called “edge sorting,” is the same one he was accused of using against Crockfords Casino in the United Kingdom. Ivey eventually admitted to noticing a manufacturing defect in the cards at Crockfords, but said it wasn’t cheating. He sued the casino, which withheld his winnings of around $12.1 million. That case is still pending. Both the Borgata and Crockford sessions in question happened in 2012.

…David Ortiz’s three-run, eighth-inning home run Wednesday night powered the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers. It also, according to the folks over at Tater Trot Tracker, gave Ortiz a spot in the record books. Ortiz took 32.91 seconds to round the bases after his blast off Rangers reliever Neal Cotts — the slowest home run trot recorded since the Tracker’s inception in 2008. The stroll around the basepaths broke the previous mark of 31.56 seconds, set by Bobby Abreu after his final career home run, by nearly 1.5 seconds. Big Papi is apparently somewhat of a legend among those who take the time to clock these sorts of things. Ortiz had seven of the 10 slowest trots last season, and he held the title belt back in 2010 as the first slugger with a trot that surpassed 30 seconds.

…Missouri suspended wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham indefinitely for a violation of team policy, the school announced Monday. The school did not disclose what the violation was. Green-Beckham was arrested in January on suspicion of drug activity. During his first season at Missouri in 2012, Green-Beckham was suspended for one game after being charged with marijuana possession in a stadium parking lot. He later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we’ll work with him during this process. It’s been disappointing to have this, and other issues which have taken place lately. It’s frustrating, because we work very hard to instill responsibility and discipline in our young men so that our program represents Mizzou the right way. These actions aren’t representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on.” Green-Beckham was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in his class when he signed with the Tigers.

…Absolutely Shocking (LOL) Result of Green-Beckham Incident – There will be no arrest made in the case involving suspended Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the Columbia Tribune reported Thursday. A Columbia police spokesman told the Tribune that there would be no arrest in the case based on information obtained from an investigation. Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely earlier this week by Missouri coach Gary Pinkel for a violation of team rules.  An incident report released by the Columbia Police Department on Thursday details an altercation involving Green-Beckham, his girlfriend and two other women in the early morning hours at the Brookside Townhomes on Sunday. Green-Beckham unlawfully entered an apartment at 310 W. Old Plank Rd. at 2:36 a.m., according to the report, forcing the door open as one of the occupants was trying to close it on him after initially opening the door because she was expecting company. Green-Beckham then allegedly forced his way into the apartment. According to the report, Green-Beckham “assaulted” another occupant of the apartment after entering it by pushing her, causing her to fall down “at least 4 stairs striking the floor.” Green-Beckham had entered the apartment looking for his girlfriend, according to the report.Green-Beckham and his girlfriend then left, according to the report.

…Final Add Green-Beckham – On Thursday David Morrison of the Tribune said the incident report shed light on details of the alleged assaults. ” (The) Report says victim experienced “bruising and swelling of her right wrist and limited movement of her fingers on her right hand.”  Text messages from Green-Beckham’s girlfriend after incident indicate he “drug” her “out by the neck and hurt” her “too.”  More text messages from his girlfriend the next day to the victim reveal she was trying to convince her not to prosecute.  In follow-up interview, the girlfriend said she did not remember texting about sustaining any injuries.

…The “Real” Final Add re: Green-Beckham – and you will be surprised – Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the team, coach Gary Pinkel announced Friday. The school had suspended Green-Beckham indefinitely for a violation of team policy earlier this week after Green-Beckham was allegedly involved in an altercation with his girlfriend and two other women late Saturday night. Authorities said they would not make arrests in the case.  Green-Beckham had been arrested twice in his tenure at Missouri, including once earlier this year for “suspicion of drug activity.” “This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Pinkel said in a statement. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs.  As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family.  We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”

…As we said last week, DeSean Jackson’s so-called gang ties had nothing to do with his release.  His bad attitude had everything to do with it.  Prior to his release from the Philadelphia Eagles, a report surfaced detailing DeSean Jackson’s connections to members of the Los Angeles Crips. Many believed that the gang ties were a big reason behind the team’s release of the wide receiver, but it was clear from the start that there was more to the story. According to the latest report from CBS Philadelphia, Jackson was a big problem for head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles’ locker room, and he was not very well liked by his teammates. “Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, [he] pushed the NFL rookie coach the way ‘a child would test boundaries,’ and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games,” the report reads. Another thing we pointed out last week was that Jacksoin’s teammates weren’t defending him, and now we know why.

…Add Jackson – Another source who spoke to CBS detailed Jackson’s behavior, describing him as a self-centered, diva wideout. “The fact is, [Jackson] was a ‘me-guy’ with an attitude problem and [Jeremy Maclin] is the complete opposite, a team guy, a great character guy you go to war with,” the source said. “Funny how [Jackson] has this anti-bully thing and he thought he could push [Kelly] around; he found out otherwise. His being cut had nothing to do with the gang stuff. The team knew it. Everyone knew he had ‘ties.’ Those were his guys. That’s OK. What put him out was his selfishness. He can try and spin it all he wants how he’s ‘a team player.’ He’s not. I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released, more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’ He had no real connection with anyone. “Yes, you can say he was the type that could catch three TDs in a loss – everyone would be down, but you had the impression he was happy, because he got his. It was all about him. A lot of guys thought that way about him. [Kelly] came in here with a plan to get this thing right, and the one major [obstacle] standing in his way was [Jackson]. If we were going to move forward as a team, he had to go. Think about it – did anyone come right out and back him publicly? Not one.”

…This is one case where it appears the apple feel far from the tree.  The 22-year-old son of NBA legend Larry Bird has plead guilty to criminal recklessness stemming from an incident that occurred in 2013. Why? According to court documents, Connor Bird allegedly tried to run over his girlfriend with his car. The incident occurred last February on the campus of Indiana University where Bird allegedly threw his cell phone at his girlfriend and then immediately tried to mow her down in a parking lot. Bird was originally arrested and slapped with several charges, including battery and possession of marijuana, however those two charges have been dropped after he agreed to plead guilty to criminal recklessness. Bird must now participate in a sober-living program and stay out of trouble for one year as part of his plea deal with authorities. If Bird breaks the agreement, he could be facing serious time behind bars.

…I’m sure we will hear much more about this one.  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are being investigated by Miami police for an incident earlier this month at a Miami hotel. Police, contacted on Thursday, confirmed that there is an investigation but would not describe or categorize the exact nature of what they are looking into. No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed. According to an incident report filed with Miami police on Friday, an unnamed woman said she had an encounter with Kaepernick, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette on April 1 at the Viceroy in downtown Miami. The woman told police she spent time with the three players, drinking and smoking marijuana in Lockette’s apartment and eventually ending up in a bedroom with Kaepernick. According to the report, the woman told police she and Kaepernick undressed but did not have sex, and that Kaepernick eventually left the room. The woman also told police, according to the report, that Patton and Lockette later opened the door and “peeked” into the room but closed it and left after the woman told them to get out. She told police she could not remember anything after that.

…I don’t think anyone doubts the fact that college hoop guru John Calipari has an ego.  In his new book, Kentucky coach John Calipari likens the NCAA to the dying Soviet Union and admonishes college sports’ governing body for not changing with the times, according to a report. “ The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in its last years. It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist.” — Kentucky coach John Calipari, from his new book “Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out”  “The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in its last years. It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist,” Calipari writes in his book, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The outspoken coach has numerous ideas as to how to reform the college experience from the athlete’s standpoint, but he says his suggestions have fallen on deaf ears from the NCAA. “I think we could have gotten somewhere with me as the point man, but the NCAA was not interested in my help,” Calipari said, according to the WSJ. “The message I got, between the lines, was, ‘No, not you. Not Calipari. We don’t want him involved.'”

…Add Coach Calipari – Among his ideas presented in “Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out,” which is scheduled to be published on Tuesday, the WSJ reported that Calipari presents a 13-point plan for NCAA reform. Among them:   • Players should receive stipends of $3,000 to $5,000;   • The NCAA should cover eligible players’ insurance premiums;   • Athletes should be able to accept loans up to $50,000 against future earnings;   • If a coach leaves an institution, players should be able to transfer from that program without having to sit out a season;   • Athletes should be allowed one round-trip flight home every year.

…One thing that people dislike abut the NCAA is that it just doesn’t make sense and it appears to be very capricious with their rulings and penalties.  The Nevada Las-Vegas football program will not be eligible to play in the 2014 postseason because low academic scores, the school announced Thursday. The NCAA denied the school’s appeal of the postseason ban. UNLV’s average four-year score was 925, just below the requirement of 930 needed to stay eligible for postseason play. “We as a University accept the subcommittee’s decision and are using this as an opportunity to improve,” UNLV President Donald Snyder said, via the Las Vegas Sun. “I am confident in the plan that our athletics director and head coach have enacted to address the issue.”

…Add NCAA and UNLV Ban – I wonder if the NCAA congratulated the NCAA Champion Connecticut whose basketball program averages about an 8% graduation rate.  It seems to me that an 8% graduation rate is pretty low.

…Jerry Tarkanian, who led UNLV to four Final Fours, including the 1990 NCAA title, was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital on Wednesday night after relatives told the Associated Press he was feeling weak and having trouble breathing. The 83-year-old remained sedated at the hospital Thursday morning while doctors tried to figure out his ailments, the AP reports. Tarkanian was struggling to keep his eyes open when he was taken to Valley Hospital, according to his son Danny, who played for him at UNLV. Tarkanian appeared at a few UNLV games this past season.

…The FBI arrested five people last weekend in connection to prostitution and child sex trafficking in Augusta, Ga., the site of golf’s celebrated Masters tournament, according to a report Wednesday from Kevin Rowson of USA Today. Three people were charged with disorderly conduct prostitution and two other people — one a resident of Augusta — were charged with criminal attempt child molestation. The FBI said large events like the Masters, which begins Thursday morning, typically bring an increase in illegal sex activity to the towns and cities where they are held. In February, it was reported that the federal agency arrested 45 people with ties to prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, which was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

…The not so new trend in pro sports seems to be playing games in other countries.  The NFL has played a couple of games in London.  MLB went to Australia and now the NBA is on the move. Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will play an NBA game back home in Brazil for the first time when Cleveland takes on the Miami Heat in an exhibition in October. The NBA announced five international preseason games Thursday. The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings will meet twice in China – Oct. 12 in Shanghai and Oct. 15 in Beijing. The Spurs will also play two Euroleague Basketball teams. San Antonio faces eight-time German champion Alba Berlin in Berlin on Oct. 8 and five-time Turkish champ Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Istanbul on Oct. 11. The Cavs-Heat matchup is also Oct. 11 in Rio de Janeiro.

…A Minnesota Timberwolves player has been arrested for a second time in less than a week. Medina Police were called to Dante Cunningham’s residence on the 400 block of Medina Road at about 3:08 a.m. Sunday on a report of a possible violation of an order for protection. It was against Cunningham after his original arrest on April 4, where had had been charged with felony domestic assault. When authorities arrived, the victim told police that she had been receiving threatening messages from Cunningham, which violated a no contact order. When officers reviewed the messages, the threats were direct and rose to a terroristic level. Last Thursday, Cunningham was arrested and charged with domestic assault. Cunningham is being held without bail.

…Former Florida State offensive lineman Ira Denson was charged as an accessory after the fact in connection to a shooting at a Tallahassee apartment complex last winter, according to WCTV. Denson was tied to a shooting of which Tarron Addison, 20, now faces an attempted murder charge. Denson was dismissed from the Seminoles last month after being arrested on charges of illegal use of a credit card and petty theft. According to a Tallahassee Democrat report from March 7, Denson allegedly stole the credit card of Florida State teammate Mario Pender, who told Tallahassee police on Dec. 20 that Denson took the card. Pender went to Denson’s apartment to retrieve his money on Dec. 22, but when Denson was not home, Pender took a pair of Denson’s shoes as “collateral.” Per the report, Pender told police that he and Denson arranged an exchange at Seminole Ridge Apartments where Pender lived, and an altercation ensued. Pender’s half-brother, Tim Pruitt, was also present. Pender said he told Pruitt to give them the shoes so they would leave. After Pruitt placed the shoes in the car’s trunk, the car backed out to leave and shots were fired. Pender said he saw Addison point a chrome revolver out of the driver’s side window and shoot three to four times in the direction of Pruitt and Pender. Pender said Pruitt started holding his head and saying he had been shot. A bullet had gone through Pruitt’s left ear and stopped behind his left eye, according to court documents.

…Early Thursday morning, Zach Price, one of eight Division I transfers to join Missouri’s basketball program under Frank Haith, became the third MU player in three weeks to get arrested — and the first to get arrested twice in one day. Price, a 6-foot-10 transfer from Louisville, intentionally rammed his vehicle into the vehicle of two unnamed victims Wednesday afternoon, according to Columbia Police. The two victims, a 23-year-old male and 23-year-old female, filed a report with Columbia Police Wednesday.  Early Thursday morning officers were dispatched to the area of Heather Lane and Ash Street for a disturbance call, where Price was involved in a fight with the same male and female. Price and the male victim, his roommate, had been in an ongoing dispute. Price, 20, followed the male and female in his vehicle to Stadium Boulevard where he blocked the male’s vehicle with his own to prevent him from leaving the area. Price exited his vehicle and punched the male in the face. The female tried to intervene and Price pushed her to the ground. Both alleged victims received minor injuries. Price was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault with bonds set at $1,000 and $500 and was released after posting bail.

…Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson gave more than $100 million to Republicans during the last election cycle, has promised to “spend whatever it takes” against online poker, and now has given $16.4 million to help an Israel non-profit get to the moon. The Israeli group is hoping to join the United States, Russia and China as the only countries with moon landings. It is hoping to do so by 2015. A lot of people are hoping that Adelson goes to the moon with the Israelis.

…Two associates of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez were indicted on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a man, Bristol County prosecutors said Friday. The grand jury in Bristol County returned separate indictments against Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace in connection with the killing of Odin Lloyd last June. He was found less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. Ortiz and Wallace had been charged with accessory to murder after the fact. The district attorney’s office said the two will be arraigned at a later date. Hernandez is currently in jail, having already been indicted on first-degree murder and numerous weapons charges. He is accused of having a hand in the killing of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

…The NBA lifted its suspension on Dallas Mavericks public-address announcer Sean Heath, allowing him to call the team’s home finale Saturday against the Phoenix Suns, reports Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. Heath was originally suspended for two games after using his Twitter account to criticize the league’s officiating. The team was instead fined $25,000 for the tweets. “Several disciplinary options were discussed but ultimately we decided to be consistent with past practice on violations of game operations staff,” league spokesman Tim Frank said via email. Heath issued a series of tweets critical of the officiating after the Mavericks’ 122-120 overtime loss to the Warriors on April 1, particularly a non-goaltending call on Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal with 16 seconds remaining in OT. Three of the tweets from Heath’s account with 253 followers were directed to the NBA’s account, the most inflammatory of which said that games such as the Mavs’ loss to the Warriors are why the league has a “reputation that the games are rigged.” And, here’s the punch line.  The NBA acknowledged O’Neal should have been called for goaltending the following day. I wonder if the refs were fined?

…The 49’ers are creating quite a police blotter.  And the latest one is a repeat, repeat offender.  Los Angeles police arrested San Francisco 49’er linebacker-defensive end Aldon Smith at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon after he indicated he was in possession of a bomb.  The San Francisco 49ers cannot be pleased defensive end Aldon Smith has had yet another run-in with the law. The franchise could rethink picking up his option for 2015, writes Bill Williamson.   Smith was booked Sunday afternoon, according to LAPD Sgt. Michael Fox. Smith was charged with a false bomb report, which is punishable by up to one year in jail. He posted $20,000 bail Sunday night, according to multiple reports.  49ers general manager Trent Baalke issued a statement saying: “We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”According to Los Angeles World Airports PIO Sgt. Karla Ortiz, the incident happened as the man, later identified as Smith, was going through Terminal 1 screening and was randomly selected for secondary screening. Smith then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding toward the gate area, according to Ortiz.

…Add Smith trouble – This incident is Smith’s latest run-in with the law.  In November, Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from an incident at a party at his home in 2012.  Smith also missed five games this past season while spending time in an alcohol treatment center. He entered treatment voluntarily three days after he was arrested for drunken driving for the second time since early 2012.

…Final Add Smith – Smith, 24, is facing charges for both the arrest for the incident at his home and the September arrest for drunk driving. This latest incident could trigger league discipline. The NFL did not suspend Smith after the September arrest. In October, commissioner Roger Goodell said the fact that Smith voluntarily sought treatment could play a role in him not getting a suspension.

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