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…Officials at Wimbledon are apparently giving zero slack on the all-white dress code required by all players competing in the tournament. This is because some women have allegedly
been told to play bra-less after their undergarments were deemed too colorful to adhere to the strict dress policy. “One of the players was called into the referees’ office because he
had blue underwear that showed through when he got sweaty, so he was told not to wear dark underwear,” said former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, via The Daily Mail. “Some of the girls
have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight colour on them. I believe some of the girls didn’t have suitable sports bras and had to go without
them. It has absolutely gone ridiculous.” A spokesperson for Wimbledon claims the athletes were notified of the rules before the tournament began and failed to deny that women have
been forced to play without bras due to the all-white dress code. If Wimbledon is looking to suck in more male viewers, creating a bra-less publicity stunt is certainly a clever way to
do so. Well played, Wimbledon.

…The former girlfriend of 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel wants to remain in prison, the Winnipeg Sun reported late last week. Bianca Rojas-Latraverse
was sentenced to 3.5 years last June. Judge Anne-Marie Jacques issued a much harsher sentence due to Rojas-Latraverse’s “behaviour behind bars and her total lack of introspection.”
Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, 21 at the time, orchestrated a brazen armed breakin of Duhamel’s suburban Montreal home in 2011 just days before Christmas. The poker pro was tied up,
terrorized and beaten as Rojas-Latraverse and her two companions robbed him of his precious WSOP bracelet and other valuables. The bracelet and cash was later recovered.

…Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Recardo Wimbush is facing some serious legal trouble after being accused of locking his oldest son in the basement of their home for
two years. Wimbush and his wife have been charged with “cruelty to children” and are expected to turn themselves into authorities on Friday. The following is an excerpt from the
Atlanta Journal Constitution: “The victim had been confined to the room for most of the past two years and a lock had been added to the victim’s room in January 2013,” Smith said. “The
victim had no access to books, toys, entertainment devices, or his siblings.” Social workers discovered the boy was being confined to a small room that locked from the outside; it
contained a bare box springs and mattress and “a large plastic jar, which was apparently used as a toilet.”

…Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t too happy with the Seattle Times after the media outlet published his new home address — which formerly belonged to Clippers guard Jamal
Crawford — and said he is now “being bombarded with fans hanging out around his house wanting autographs — or wanting to just hang out,” CBS Seattle reported. As the report points out,
the home address of property owners’ in the county where the house is located is available to the public. Sherman, who purchased the home for $2.3 million, announced in May he had
signed a four-year, $57.4 million extension with the Seahawks. According to CBS Seattle, the attention to his home has become so intense that Sherman has refused to give interviews to
the local press.

…A Miami judge has denied a motion by Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Cuban man blaming the player for his imprisonment and torture on the
communist island. In the lawsuit, Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot claims he was falsely accused by Puig of involvement in human trafficking and was subjected to torture in Cuban
prisons. U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams denied Puig’s request this week and set a trial date for November. Puig has denied the allegations. His attorney says in court papers
that Corbacho Daudinot’s torture allegations aren’t sufficient under U.S. law. Other lawsuit filings have detailed Puig’s eventual defection out of Cuba by smugglers who took him to
Mexico and eventually to the U.S. amid threats over unpaid debts.

…Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright was arrested last week for investigation of domestic violence, according to Snohomish County court documents released Wednesday. The
72-year-old was arrested June 18 for allegedly assaulting his 23-year-old granddaughter at his Snohomish home. The Snohomish County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that Lambright
has not been charged. His granddaughter told sheriff’s deputies that Lambright grabbed her by the arms, pulling her to the floor, according to a probable-cause statement. She said he
tried to drag her out of the house by her ankle and that Lambright dragged her about 5 feet before she broke free and called 911. Lambright told authorities that he grabbed her by the
arms to get her out of the house but did not hurt her. He said he was sick of his granddaughters’ attitude, according to court documents. A message left at his number Wednesday
afternoon was not immediately returned. Lambright’s wife, Lynne, who witnessed the incident, told authorities Lambright suffered from dementia and that his condition was deteriorating.

…Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman could be facing a trial and a possible NFL suspension after being accused of DWI. 25-year old Ronald Leary was stopped in September 2012 for driving
erratically and making multiple traffic violations in Irving according to a police report. The arresting officer claimed Leary had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech and smelled of
alcohol. Leary was given a filed sobriety test and reportedly failed. He was asked to give a blood sample, which he willingly gave. Dallas attorney Pete Schulte says Leary could be
facing an NFL suspension on top of any legal punishment. “I’m sure the NFL is aware of the situation,” said Schulte “We know from past cases that the NFL takes these issues very
seriously and may be waiting for the case to be tried to see exactly what happens.” Neither Leary’s attorney or the Dallas Cowboys organization would comment. Leary has been with the
Cowboys since 2012 and started all 16 games last season at the Guard position.

…Nevada sportsbooks hit a home run with baseball betting in May, earning almost $8.3 million on the diamond, according to the latest reports from the Nevada State Gaming Control
Board. Those were the third-highest monthly winnings for baseball in state history and a new Nevada record for baseball betting in May. After winning nearly $4.5 million on baseball
betting in April – the first month of the MLB schedule – books celebrated a 7.75 win percentage (hold) on the $107,032,258 wagered on baseball in Nevada this May. Those earnings are
almost double the $4.2 won on baseball in May 2013. Basketball won $2.86 million for Silver State sportsbooks in May, with a win percentage of 3.12. Those numbers – mainly NBA
earnings – would have been tempered by outstanding tickets on NCAA tournament action, which wrapped up in April. The category of “other sports”, which includes hockey, golf, tennis,
boxing, MMA, auto racing and soccer, won $1.8 million for Nevada bookmakers. The NHL season along with the start of the French Open and Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s bout with Marcos Maidana
helped boost those “other sport” earnings.

…The Atlanta Falcons are the latest team to be featured on HBO’s documentary Hard Knocks, which will follow the team throughout training camp and the preseason as they prepare for
the 2014 NFL season. Bettors should take note because during the preseason and the opening week of the regular season, teams featured in the behind-the-scenes program do not fare too
well ATS (against the spread). Hard Knocks teams are 67-61 SU and 63-61-4 ATS overall during the regular season, but just 13-18 SU and 12-19 ATS during the preseason when the cameras
are there and only 2-5-1 ATS in Week 1 of the season. According to Covers Experts’ Marc Lawrence, teams starring on Hard Knocks are 19-13 SU and 18-11-3 ATS collectively in the first
four weeks of the regular season, 12-3-2 ATS as underdogs and 9-0-1 ATS off a loss in that span.

…Indicted poker madam Molly Bloom tells all in her newly published book “Molly’s Game”. Bloom told ABC News “Spiderman” star Toby Maguire used marquee Hollywood star Leonardo
DiCaprio as bait to lure in big fish to play in her games. “People had, probably, six-figure losses, six-figure wins,” Bloom told ABC News’ “20/20.” Bloom also writes of how she would
sometimes take home thousands of dollars in tips each night, at times as much as $50,000. After making $3,000 in tips the first night, Bloom said, “I got in my car. I locked my car,
and I just was, like, screaming.” The 36-year-old Bloom had nothing but kind words for the likes of “Rounders” star Matt Damon, who regularly attended her games. But Maquire found
himself lambasted in her memoire. “I used to call Tobey ‘Hannibal Lecter’ because he could just talk someone off of a good hand,” Bloom said. She also called him ‘the worst tipper” and
“the absolute worst loser”. Bloom was one of a number of individuals who plead guilty last year for their role in a multi-million dollar gambling ring with ties to the Russian Mafia.
She was sentenced to probation.

…Most pregnant women like to say they are eating for two, but how many can claim they are double-downing the Gatorade after an 800-meter race for the same reason? Only one.
Five-time U.S. national track and field champion, Alysia Montano, did just that after competing in the USATF Outdoor Championships Thursday— all while she was 34 weeks pregnant.
Not surprisingly, the 28-year-old finished last, with an impressive time of 2 minutes, 32.12 seconds, against a world class field. It was a full 35 seconds short of the Olympian’s
personal best, but Montano received a well deserved standing ovation at the finish line nonetheless. Montano’s run sparked a lot of conversation about running with child at Hornet
Stadium in Sacramento, but she said she felt “really good.” “I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process,” she said. Nicknamed the
Flying Flower thanks to always racing with one in her hair, she joked about her greatest fear before the race. “I just didn’t want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped
in the 800,” said Montano.

…Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison was a guest on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and he talked about the crazy things players would do in order to get a jersey that they wanted from
another teammate. “[A] guy offered another guy $50,000 for his number and the guy said, ‘No way, I need my number,’” Harrison said. “It just shows you how superstitious these guys are
and how connected they are to their number. But at the same time, then the next thing was probably the craziest thing, money, people offer that all the time, but the guy said, ‘Hey
man, I’ll allow you to sleep with my girlfriend.’ Once he said that, I lost my mind. I said no way can it be that serious. I said, ‘Obviously you don’t love your girlfriend that
much.’” It seems like some NFL players live in an entirely different world. I can’t imagine taking a player up on an offer to sleep with his girlfriend in order to give him the jersey
number he wanted. Harrison also told Mike Florio that he chose to wear the number 37 in college and as an NFL player in order to establish his own identity as a player after wearing
the number 24 in pop-warner and the number 3 in high school.

…Texas Tech has dismissed cornerback Nigel Bethel II following an incident during an on-campus basketball game on Saturday. Bethel, a freshman from Miami, punched Texas Tech women’s
basketball player Amber Battle in the face during a pickup basketball game. “Texas Tech Athletics has a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior,” the school announced in a
statement. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Battle is expected to have surgery after sustaining a broken bone from the hit. Battle was the Red Raiders’ leading scorer with
16.4 points per game last season, and also led the team in rebounds and assists to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. That’s right, if you didn’t catch it the first time this football
player a ,member of Baylor’s womens basketball team.

…New Jersey lawmakers are sending Gov. Chris Christie a bill that would legalize sports gambling at casinos and race tracks. Both chambers of the Legislature overwhelmingly passed
the bill on Thursday, just three days after it was introduced. This defies the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Monday left in place a ban on sports betting. Gov. Chris Christie’s
administration pushed for the nation’s top court to allow sports betting in New Jersey. But after the effort was rebuffed, he seemed indifferent, saying, “They said ‘no’ so we have to
move on.” He has not said whether he will support the bill. Its sponsor, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, says the federal government should allow New Jersey to have the betting since
marijuana is legal in Washington and Colorado despite federal bans.

…Baseball players, yeah. Race car drivers? Brad Keselowski had a memorable night at Kentucky Motor Speedway on Saturday. Not only did he manage to take the checkered flag in the
Quaker State 400, but he also managed to require four stitches in his hand after accidentally cutting himself with a broken champagne bottle in Victory Lane. Fortunately, the track’s
medical team was nearby to immediately bandage Keselowski up. So, how exactly did it happen though? “I don’t know, I was trying to get the top off and shaking [the bottle] at the same
time,” he told reporters afterward. “People were spraying me and I couldn’t really see all that well. It was just one of those deals….I should have stuck with beer.”

…Online gambling firm 888.com is said to be reviewing its sponsorship deal with disgraced footballer Luis Suarez. The payer is accused of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a
Group stage elimination game that saw Uruguay advance. On Thursday FIFA ruled that Suarez will undergo a nine-game ban from international play, which includes any remaining games at
this year’s World Cup. The sanctions mean that, in addition to his World Cup immediately being over, Suarez will miss nine Premier League games as well as Champions League and Capital
One Cup matches before the end of October — assuming he stays at Liverpool. This is not the first time the Uruguayan has been cited for biting an opponent. At least two other
incidents have been reported.

…Poker pro Johannes Strassmann has died at the age of 29, according to multiple reports. The German died in a drowning accident, according to a Facebook group dedicated to him.
Strassmann had been missing since June 21, and a search ensued to try to locate him in Ljubljana, Slovenia. On Friday, authorities found his body next to the Ljublianica River. The
time of death was determined to be around midnight on Saturday, June 21. “Johannes was not involved in an illegal poker game,” a person in the Facebook group wrote. “He was just
visiting some old friends here in Ljubljana. Everything was just fine until this accident.” A Slovenian police officer confirmed the incident to PokerNews. According to the
authorities, lab tests are still being run. It’s unclear how or why Strassmann ended up in the water. No foul play is suspected.

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