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…Oh those loveable Metropolitans! Regardless of where the New York Mets reside in the standings, they rank head and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to eating cheesesteaks in Philadelphia. According to nj.com, the Mets shattered the team record for most cheesesteaks eaten in a day, as they reportedly devoured a whopping 103 over a ten-hour span on April 30. This busted the previous record by roughly 20 subs. The scene took place within the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Apparently, visiting clubs are welcome to eat as many of the iconic sandwiches as they like during a series. The meal is prepared for them at the ballpark and a scoreboard keeps track of the top eaters. As with anything, there are rules though. They are as follows: The cheesesteak eating competition is not without rules and calls for prior planning. To viably set a record, cheesesteaks can only be eaten after getting to the ballpark until batting practice, from the end of batting practice until the game begins, and for an hour window after the game has concluded. There are moratoriums during batting practice and the game, likely, so that players and coaches can proceed with their day jobs. This is pure speculation, but I would venture to guess that Bartolo Colon pulled his fair share of the cheesesteak-eating weight. Thanks NJ.com!

…Big Papi was Big Mad! David Ortiz, who was hit in the back by a David Price fastball Friday, was irate that the Rays left-hander evidently is escaping unpunished while Red Sox
starter Brandon Workman, who later threw a pitch behind Evan Longoria and was promptly ejected, was fined and suspended on Tuesday for six games by Major League Baseball. “We’re the
ones getting fines and suspensions,” Ortiz said. “I guess the rules aren’t for everyone. “I don’t think what they’re doing is fair. I think the rules should be for everybody. We didn’t
start this up. I didn’t hit nobody. Workman didn’t hit anybody in the first inning. [Price] did.”

…Add Big Papi and Price – Asked how the umpires and MLB could have determined that Workman was acting with intent while exonerating Price, Red Sox manager Farrell said, “I can’t
answer that. Dan Bellino is going to glean his own impressions of what was unfolding in front of him. That’s a question better directed to him.” Farrell appeared disinclined to say
more pending the appeal, in which the Red Sox are hoping that Workman receives a reduced sentence, which would keep him from missing a start. Ortiz said that as Friday’s game went on,
he became convinced that Price had thrown at him intentionally because Ortiz had homered twice off him in Game 2 of the American League Division Series in October. “That’s why I was so
angry after the game,” Ortiz said.

…This just in. According to Nick cafardo of The Boston Globe, MLB fined Price for plunking Papi. No number was released as of Wednesday.

…In’ ‘Out, In’n’Out – that’s what Dan Marino is all about. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino confirmed Tuesday that he is withdrawing from a concussion-related lawsuit against the
NFL. Dan Marino withdrawing from the concussion lawsuit improves his chances of having a position with the Dolphins in some capacity, James Walker writes Marino, 52, was one of 15
players who filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia last week. The plaintiffs joined more than 4,800 others who have alleged that the NFL misled players about the long-term
dangers of concussions. The league has denied those claims.

…Add Marino Flip-Flop – “Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I
later suffered from the effects of head trauma,” Marino said in a statement to TheMMQB.com. “In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit
against the NFL. I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff effective immediately. I am
sympathetic to other players who are seeking relief who may have suffered head injuries. I also disclaim any references in the form complaint of current head injuries.”

…Last add Marino – Not ever known for his mobility, Marino moved swiftly like never before in this case.

…Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway pitched in to help two stranded boaters on a windy afternoon on Lake Minnetonka on Monday. Chad Greenway was the perfect person to happen
upon Edward and Crystal Alexis while they were stuck in their boat, Ben Goessling writes. A KARE-TV cameraman, who was shooting a story on the dangerous water levels and high winds on
the Minneapolis-area lake, saw Greenway help Crystal and Edward Alexis, who were taking their new boat out for its first voyage and got stuck close to the spillway on the lake after
its steering failed. Greenway jumped into the water, helped push the boat into a safe area of the lake and assisted a water patrolman in tying it up for towing. The 31-year-old
linebacker then drove the couple back to their boat and car. “The waves are so big and the wind is so strong today that it pushed him right into the rocks, so we had to get him off the
rocks, his prop cleared out of the rope, and get him turned in the right direction,” Greenway told KARE-TV. “I just ran down, of course with my two little girls following behind me,
trying to stay out of the way, and I figured I’d help them out. It looked like it was dangerous.”

…Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is willing to consider reuniting with defensive tackle Josh Brent once he has completed his prison sentence,
according to Todd Archer of ESPN. Brent is currently serving a 180-day prison term after being found guilty of intoxication manslaughter. He was drunk behind the wheel when he crashed
his car in 2012, resulting in the death of Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown who was riding in the passenger seat. The Cowboys begin training camp shortly after Brent’s scheduled release
and continue to hold the 26-year old’s rights, although Brent formally retired prior to his trial last year. Jones said the NFL would have to weigh in before the team could move
forward with any plans to bring Brent back.

…Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said he would take his three Crimson Tide tailbacks over any trio of NFL team ball carriers. This season, the Crimson Tide will feature
T.J. Yeldon, who ran for 1,235 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry, who had 100 yards on only eight carries in Alabama’s Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma.
“As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks,” Kiffin said speaking at the Dex imaging Annual L’Arche Football Preview, via AL.com. “There probably
aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama.” I don’t know if playing the 95th ranked strength of schedule
factored into Kiffin’s comments.

…It hasn’t been the best of off seasons for Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State freshman running back Devon Thomas was arrested Wednesday on felony complaints of armed robbery and
shooting with intent to kill, reports the Tulsa World. Thomas being held on a $125,000 bond and has not been charged with any crime. Thomas is a three-star recruit, according to
Rivals, and set a school record during his sophomore year at Broken Arrow High School for rushing yards in a season. More from the Tulsa World: According to the report, Thomas and
three others are accused of robbing a man at gunpoint Tuesday. The victim says the suspects stole his marijuana, money, shoes and clothing and instructed him to leave because they were
going to “bust a cap.” As the victim was leaving in his vehicle, one of the robbers fired at least one round that entered the vehicle’s rear windshield and nicked the driver’s head
rest, according to Thomas’ arrest report. The report indicates the bullet narrowly missed the driver.

…Add Oklahoma State – This incident is merely the latest of Oklahoma State’s turbulent offseason. Last month, the NCAA docked the program one day of practice per week as a result of
having low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

…The Buffalo News reported that Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus is suspected of crashing a white Jaguar into a tree by the Mongolian Buffet Restaurant near the
McKinley Mall while he was allegedly drag racing in the middle of the afternoon last Friday, Hamburg Town Police said today in the most detailed statement yet on the incident.
Dareus, 24, of Hoover, Alabama, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed
contest, both unclassified misdemeanors; and traffic violations. He appeared in Town Court with an attorney for arraignment Monday and was released on his own recognizance, according
to police. Dareus already was facing felony charges in Alabama and a possible NFL suspension for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was found with
synthetic marijuana after being stopped for speeding. Investigators also revealed today they are still searching for the driver of a second vehicle believed to be a black Camaro that
was involved in the drag racing. Sources tell The News that defensive lineman Jerry Hughes was driver of second car.

…Gambling 911 gives us the story on the price of salad at the WSOP kitchen at the Rio. What a mighty pricey salad! $16: That’s what the Rio is charging for a salad in what is
referred to as the “poker kitchen”. $16? Really? Lee Davy of PokerListings.com had the same reaction and that’s what initially prompted Gambling911.com to take note of this very
expensive plate of greens. A few days ago I joined the PokerNews UK Editor, Matthew Pitt, as he looked for something healthy to eat. “$16 for a f**ing salad!” he said. Now that’s what
I call respect for money. And these are folks who are traveling from the UK where $16 is equivalent to somewhere around $8 a la the pound. Davy brings up an interesting point: Poker
players in general encompass poor money management skills. And not surprisingly, there were poker players chomping away at the expensive rabbit food. Okay, so greens are a hard-to-
come-by commodity in the desert perhaps. So we decided to check out a few decent restaurants on and around the Strip. The average price of a salad in Las Vegas is a mere $8 at an
upscale restaurant and $9.5 at Smith & Wollensky’s Steak House, one of the most expensive dining establishments. The Rio poker kitchen is no Smith & Wollensky Steak House. So we here
at Gambling911.com say “Shame on the WSOP poker kitchen”. Thanks Gambling 911!

…The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be unable to use electronic surveillance in its investigation into golf pro Phil Mickelson and professional sports gambler Billy
Walters. Public knowledge of a probe into alleged insider trading prevents the law enforcement agency from tapping into the phones of both individuals. The investigation began three
years ago and centers on suspicioius trades in the company Clorox. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is also under scrutiny as he had attempted to acquire Clorox at the time the trades
were made in 2011. Icahn also owns Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino. In an unusual twist, FBI agents are also prevented from tapping into Icahn’s phone conversations as he owns a
stake in the telecom company with whose help the calls would be tapped. Mickelson denied any wrongdoing and confirmed over the weekend that he had been cooperating with authorities.

…Taking steps in the right direction, the NFL Players Association is proposing an idea, which would assist players in managing their money by changing the pay cycles of their base
salaries, according to a USA Today Sports report. The proposal would mean players would be paid on a bi-weekly schedule over a 52-week calendar year, opposed to the traditional method
of 17 weekly checks during the season. Members of the players union are visiting with players during their team’s respective OTA sessions this month to brief them on the proposal, USA
Today reported, citing three people with knowledge of the situation. While such an effort is applauded by some, players could argue that it punishes those who know how to properly
balance their checkbooks and would likely prevent them from capitalizing on investment opportunities sooner rather than later. The deal would likely include an opt-out for veterans,
according to the report. Another proposal, which would enact a three-year deferral of performance-based pay, has been presented by the union liaisons. This would turn performance-based
pay (a pool of money which is given to players who get paid the least but play the most) into a benefit, which the player would receive three years past retirement. The money would
give such players an opportunity to figure out their next career step while receiving income in a lower tax bracket.

…Some guys have all the luck? We already knew UFC president Dana White was no longer allowed to gamble at the Palms. Now we know how much money he took from the Las Vegas casino.
White confirmed with the Las Vegas Review-Journal over the weekend that he won $2 million during a three-month hot streak at the Palms and was subsequently told he could not come back
to play. Initially, his limit was reduced from a maximum of $25,000 per hand to $5,000; then he was just outright given the boot. White said on UFC Embedded two weeks ago that he would
no longer be able to play at the Palms.“Casinos don’t want to gamble anymore. They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that
won’t play. ” said Dana White. “A lot of people are going to think I’m a card counter after that Ben Affleck thing at the Hard Rock,” White told the Review-Journal. “I’m the farthest
thing from card counter.”

…Add Dana White Big Wins at Palms – There were hard feelings two years ago when the Palms cut White’s credit line and White promised not to bring UFC events back there. The icy
relationship was thawed in March, the Review-Journal reported, when Palms chief executive Dan Lee, who recently departed, sent White a bottle of his favorite wine, 2001 Domaine de la
Romanee-Conti Montrachet ($5,000 a bottle). This split was friendlier. White said he heard the Palms was planning on giving him a trophy that says “congrats, you kicked our ass and
made us tap out.” Rumor has it that White tipped the dealers almost $200,000 during the stretch in which he won the $2 million. The LVRJ reported during the previous ban that dealers
and servers were angry at management for jettisoning White, because of his outlandish tips. White confirmed that Mandalay Bay had invited him to play there.

…Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has announced the dismissal of two defensive starters after they were arrested for aggravated robbery on Tuesday. Linebacker Darian Claiborne and
defensive tackle Isaiah Golden both started as true freshmen last year and were expected to retain their roles for the 2014 season, reports ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. According to the police
report, Claiborne and Golden agreed to sell the three victims marijuana, but when they arrived the Aggies players proceeded to rob the men at gunpoint. “When the suspects arrived at
the apartment to complete the transaction, one of the suspects produced a handgun, pointed it at one of the victims while the other suspect took the money that was present to purchase
the marijuana. While this was occurring, one of the victims stood up from the couch and was struck in the face by the suspect with the handgun.” Both players have previous arrests, and
Sumlin said the team could no longer tolerate their actions. Ya think?

…Former Major League Baseball player Johnny Damon says he played his entire 18-year career without ever using performance-enhancing drugs and that his PED abstinence is the reason he
is not playing today. Damon made the comments during an appearance Thursday on 810 CBS Sports in Orlando. Damon last played in 2012 with the Cleveland Indians, hitting .222 with four
home runs and driving in 19 runs in 207 at-bats. “I played it clean,” Damon said. “That’s what everybody’s going to be looking at. I think I’m one of the only players to come out and
say, ‘I guarantee you there is nothing I’ve done that enhanced my baseball career.’ Damon says that staying away from steroids and other PEDs forced him out of the game. He also said
that players receive a “slap on the wrist” for cheating. “You can’t fault someone who has a chance to make $20 million, 50$ million, $100 million for going against the system to get to
where they are. You can’t fault them, but I’m as clean as they came and I got booted out of the game because I’m clean,” Damon said. “I sound a little bitter, but I’m not. I have six
great kids and I get to be around them every day now. But there are certain guys who cheated the system and they’re still being patted on the back. That’s not great for our kids.” I
don’t necessarily agree with Damon’s logic. I think hitting .222 in his last season might have been a bigger reason for his exit. Or maybe it was the naked pull ups.

…On Tuesday, 13 tribal groups in the state of California announced that they have come to a consensus on Internet poker legislation. It was a major milestone for the cause. The
announcement came in the form of a letter to lawmakers. “We are honored to inform you and your colleagues that for the first time in five years, the undersigned tribal governments are
united in support of the attached unified language that would authorize intrastate Internet poker in the State of California,” the tribes wrote. “As you know, this journey has been
long and difficult, but the challenges posed by the Internet demand that we harness rather than cede the technology of the future for California and for our tribal communities.”
Despite the good news, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, which has partnered with PokerStars for a potential product in the Golden State, wasn’t one of the groups to come to an
agreement about the ideas currently floating around the legislature. The 13 groups are in favor of what is known as a “bad actor” clause, which would keep PokerStars out of the market.
Obviously, PokerStars and its partner don’t want that. PokerStars was targeted by the federal government in 2011 in an event known as Black Friday, but the firm eventually ended up
settling with the government without admitting to any wrongdoing. The firm is still by far the largest of its kind in the world. Most in the gambling industry have predicted that
California will be the fourth state in the country to legalize web poker. Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey are the only jurisdictions with operational web poker systems.

…. Luis Sandoval reported that Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said Pacquiao is looking at Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a possible opponent next year provided
they can come to an agreement on an acceptable catch-weight. Pacquiao currently resides in the Welterweight division while Canelo campaigns 7 pounds north at Junior Middleweight.
Pacquiao has made a venture into the Junior Middleweight division once before when he fought Antonio Margarito but the fight was contracted at a catch weight of 150 lbs. Manny also
used a catch-weight against Miguel Cotto back in 2009 and they plan to strike a similar deal with Alvarez in order to make the fight happen. BoxingScene spoke to Alvarez exclusively
during a private visit to his training camp in San Diego and asked him if he’d be willing to fight at a catch weight in order to make a fight possible with Pacquiao. “Those days are
over. I don’t fight outside my weight class. That’s the first thing I learned in my fight with Floyd [Mayweather]. I don’t fight outside my weight. If they want to fight at 154 then we
can move forward and if not, I’ll continue with my career,” Alvarez would tell BoxingScene.

…Former world welterweight titlist, Cosme Rivera (37-18-3, 25 KOs), best known for losses to Zab Judah and Andre Berto, was brought in as a “safe” opponent to face Washington DC’s
hometown hero Ty Barnett (22-4-1, 14 KOs), who also happened to be promoting the card, last Saturday at the DC Convention Center. As luck would have it, though, the 37-year-old
Mexican, who had lost four of his last five bouts coming into the contest, had enough left to put away the modestly-skilled, carefully matched Barnett.Needless to say, the shocking
upset did not sit well with the fans. Per Fightnews.com, this is what happened when Rivera flipped the script and, in doing so, nearly caused a riot: “With about a minute remaining in
the ninth round. The two men threw simultaneous right hands, Rivera’s blow got to his target first and knocked Rivera stiff and out. Referee Michelle Myers counted to 10 and the bout
was over at 2:52. “Then came the chaos. As Barnett was being attended to, an unidentified person dove into the ring and attacked Rivera in his corner. Security and EMT’s managed to
pull the person off of him and Rivera was able to walk out of the ring under his own power. After everything calmed down, Barnett was able to also leave the ring without assistance.”

…In the state where famed Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born, off-track betting parlors that would ordinarily be packed with gamblers watching California Chrome try to match
Secretariat’s feat Saturday will likely be closed or almost empty. A dispute between horsemen and the state’s only thoroughbred race track over the future of horse racing in Virginia
has closed off track betting on thoroughbred racing across the state. The only way to bet on California Chrome in Virginia is online, a process many of the industry’s predominantly
older fans don’t feel comfortable embracing.

…Floyd Mayweather Jr. has revealed he wishes to emulate Carl Froch and George Groves by selling out Wembley Stadium, dropping the biggest suggestion yet that the unbeaten American is
ready to take on Amir Khan. Pat Sheehan of The Sun (subscription required) revealed Mayweather’s ambitions, reported via ESPN: “It’s been a goal to come to the UK and put on a
spectacular event and the plan is to do just that. I love all my fans in the UK and I want to go there and give a good show at Wembley before I retire. I plan to come in the near
future. I want to continue to make history with the mega events we put on.” Khan, who recently dispatched Luis Collazo on the undercard of Mayweather’s win over Marcos Maidana, also
believes Wembley would be the right venue for such a showdown.

…Speaking of Mr. Mayweather,  hours after Richard Schaefer’s Monday resignation as chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions following months of infighting with company co-founder/majority shareholder/president Oscar De La Hoya, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. dumped the company. Mayweather, whose fights generate the biggest pay-per-view numbers in the sport, has worked with Golden Boy on a fight-by-fight basis for all of his nine bouts since his 2007 blockbuster against De La Hoya, which set the all-time pay-per-view buy record at nearly 2.5 million subscriptions. But Mayweather, whose own company, Mayweather Promotions, co-promoted his fights, only worked with Golden Boy because of Schaefer, with whom he has grown close over the years. Mayweather and De La Hoya do not like each other and have never hidden that fact. So when Mayweather, the junior middleweight and welterweight champion, returns for his next fight on Sept. 13, Golden Boy will no longer be involved, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com Monday night. When asked if Mayweather would work with Golden Boy again without Schaefer, Ellerbe said, “Absolutely not.”

 

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