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…In honor of Independence Day, it’s time to breakdown the monstrous burger the Washington Nationals offer fans at Nationals Park. What you see here is eight pounds of edible goodness
that will set your wallet back $59. The all-beef burger includes a huge bun, American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, and pickle chips. And if that alone
isn’t enough to curb your hunger it also comes with a basket of fries and a pitcher of your soft drink of choice. Lastly, all of this can be yours for just 10,000 calories.

…Just days after hearing the confirmation of the accidental drowning death of poker pro Johannes Strassmann, the poker world was hit with yet another devastating blow. Chad Brown, a
poker player who made a name for himself with numerous televised final table appearances during the height of the poker boom, lost his battle with cancer. Brown was diagnosed with in
2011 with liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer. After chemotherapy, numerous surgeries and radiation treatments, the 52-year-old remained upbeat about his condition and refused to let it
affect always infectious positive attitude. “I’ve had tremendous support from family and friends who have been in the know from the get-go on every aspect of my illness,” Brown said in
a blog post in February. “Anyone wondering if I’m going through a hard time, the answer is no. This is just part of life and I’m okay with everything. I accept it. And right now I’m
just looking forward to the next hand.”

…If you had to guess, what are the odds that two players traded for one another would end up crossing paths in route to their new clubs? In the case of Jason Grilli and Ernesto
Frieri, these odds were spot on last weekend when the maligned closers ran into each other in a restroom at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. From MLB.com: “I’m waiting for my next flight, so
I just went to a bathroom to wash my face. First thing, I look at this guy washing his hands next to me,” said Frieri, “and I thought, “I think I know this guy.I looked again, and he’s
looking at me and goes, ‘Really? Well, I guess this is when we get to meet each other.” It was Jason Grilli, the fellow reliever for whom Frieri had been traded hours earlier and
himself was en route from Pittsburgh to Kansas City to join the Angels. The world might be small, but O’Hare Airport is not. That was one of the 100-plus bathrooms in the five-terminal

…Joey Chestnut scarfed down 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his eighth consecutive championship, barely beating Matt Stonie at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating
Contest at Coney Island on Friday. The main course? That came just before the contest, when the 30-year-old Chestnut dropped to his knee on the event stage, just steps from the beach,
and proposed to longtime girlfriend and fellow competitive eater Neslie Ricasa, who said yes. The average American annually eats only nine more hot dogs than what Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
put away in 10 minutes. Stonie, who was second in 2013 with 51 dogs, again was the runner-up with 56. Tim “Eater X” Janus was third with 44. While it was more of the same for the men,
there was a new women’s champion as Miki Sudo shocked three-time defending champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas by wolfing down 34 franks and buns in 10 minutes.

…Teams looking for a proven hitter to help them down the stretch might want to call Johnny Damon.The three-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and five-time .300 hitter is
staying in shape, swinging the bat and eager to return to the majors. The 40-year-old Damon last played for Cleveland in 2012, but isn’t quite ready for retirement. More from ESPN.com
“When you feel you can still outhit at least half the league and you don’t get that call, it’s rough,” Damon told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday. “The biggest reason
to play is to have a chance to win. Obviously, 3,000 hits would be great but winning is the reason I started playing this game. I’m going to continue to stay in shape and I’ll be

…Add Johnny Damon-Damon looks around the majors and sees 43-year-old Jason Giambi (Cleveland) and 42-year-old Raul Ibanez (Kansas City) hanging around. Carlos Pena, a career .232
hitter, recently signed with Texas and is 3 for 33. Greg Dobbs was 7 for 41 this season for Miami and Washington. Bobby Abreu returned to the majors after sitting out 2013. The 40-
year-old was cut by the Phillies in spring training, signed with the Mets and is hitting .274 (26 for 95).

…Texas Tech guard Amber Battle has been suspended for a month after admitting to having “initiated the first contact” in a fight with a football player at the university’s recreation
center, it was announced Friday. Texas Tech said that Battle, a senior, is “suspended from competition for the entire month of November” for her role in the fight with freshman
defensive back Nigel Bethel II during a pickup basketball game last weekend. “During a pickup basketball game on June 28, I was involved in an incident with Texas Tech football player
Nigel Bethel,” Battle said in a statement. “I initiated the first contact and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to take this time to apologize to Nigel, the Texas Tech
community, my teammates, coaches and fans. “Nothing I can say can truly repair the harm I have already caused. I did not represent the Double T like I am supposed to and I promise to
hold myself to a higher standard from here on.” According to a police report, Bethel responded to Battle’s actions by causing serious bodily injury with “hands, fists, feet, etc.” He
has been dismissed from the team and faces felony assault charges.

…Rick Brunson, a former Temple men’s basketball star and a candidate to be the Owls’ next assistant coach, was arrested in suburban Chicago on June 25 after an alleged sexual assault
at a fitness center. According to a Vernon Hills (Ill.) police report, Brunson grabbed an employee of Lifetime Fitness and was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal
sexual abuse, and third-degree aggravated battery. A court date was not announced. Brunson, 42, did not immediately return a phone call. Temple had no comment. According to a source,
Brunson was set to be introduced as an Owls assistant this month. His son, Jalen, is a senior at Stevenson High near Chicago and is ranked by ESPN as the nation’s No. 1 point guard
recruit. Jalen Brunson is scheduled to sign with a college in November and lists Temple among his final eight schools. Brunson graduated from Temple in 1994 and played a decade of
professional basketball. After retiring, he was a college assistant coach at Virginia and Hartford. He also worked on the staffs of the Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte

…Georgia Southern basketball player Eric Ferguson and another Eagle who finished his eligibility this year, Brian Holmes, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with
intent to distribute, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule III drug, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession/use of a drug-
related object, according to a press release Wednesday from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department. The press release said investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression
Team served a search warrant on June 26 at an apartment in 111 South Apartments on Rucker Lane in Statesboro. Marijuana, various contolled prescription drugs and an AR-15 style rifle
were recovered from the apartment, the press release said. The search warrant was based on drug transactions from that apartment. Ferguson sat out last season with a back injury. The
6-8 forward from Statesboro was an All-Southern Conference performer after averaging 15.4 points as a sophomore during the 2011-12 season.

…Two North Texas football players were arrested last week on charges they attempted to steal two televisions from a Denton Walmart. Shedrell “Sed” Devante Ellis, 19, and Christopher
Devante Loving, 21, were booked into Denton City Jail the morning of June 24. According to the arrest warrants, an employee at the Walmart in the 1500 block of South Loop 288 reported
he saw three suspects acting suspiciously in the electronics department June 21 before they loaded a 24-inch and a 32-inch TV into carts and walked out the garden center exit without
attempting to pay. They loaded the TVs into a car and drove away. UNT confirmed both men are students at the school, but would not release any further information.

…Former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was arrested on Saturday for boating while intoxicated in Willacy County, Texas, according to a report by 956sports.com. From the report: “The
arrest citation was verified by Willacy County Sheriff’s office to 956sports.com. Willacy County Sheriff’s office was not able to provide a mugshot of Kolb, but was able to verify that
the date of birth was August 24, 1984. Kolb was arrested for boating while intoxicated. He was released Sunday on a personal recognizance bond. The arrest occured on Saturday June 28.
He spent time in jail from 2:44am on June 29, 2014 and was released at 1:11pm.” The 29-year old Kolb was a second round draft pick by the Eagles in the 2007 NFL Draft, and was dubbed
the successor to Donovan McNabb. However, he only made seven starts with Philadelphia as concussions derailed his tenure with the Eagles. Kolb was traded after the 2010 season to the
Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. He last appeared on an NFL roster in 2013 as a member of the Buffalo Bills.

…Some people take their poker seriously = too seriously! A North Carolina man has been convicted and sentenced to serve up to 60 months behind bars for shooting a fellow poker
player over a $5 hand. Prentice Reaves was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury by a Columbus County jury on Tuesday. The incident began as a friendly
poker game and quickly turned violent. “Reaves and the victim had been playing cards when a verbal altercation began over a $5 hand of poker,” a press release states. “During the
trial, evidence showed that during the argument Reaves pulled out a handgun and shot the victim once in the abdomen before fleeing the scene. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital
where he underwent surgery and was hospitalized as a result of the injuries sustained from the gunshot.”

…Russia could find itself following suit with the United Kingdom and Canada by legalizing online poker, according to rapsinews.com. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has
ordered Russia’s Ministries of Finance, Economic Development and Justice to analyze the option of legalization, according to the report. It is estimated that online poker could bring
in another 5 billion rubles ($146 million) per year to the federal government. It was confirmed by Shuvalov’s staff that the government has until July 21 to carry out the instructions.
The Russian government is taking the issue into consideration upon request from the Poker Union, according to a source familiar with the discussion.

…The Las Vegas Strip’s Aria casino has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for stopping two state gaming agents from watching a high-stakes roulette game, which is required to remain open
to the public, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The Nevada Gaming Control Board released the proposed settlement online this week. The Nevada Gaming Commission will have the final say
by approving or rejecting it. Nevada law states that “access of the general public to gaming activities must not be restricted in any manner except provided by the legislature.” The
complaint was filed in February, accusing the casino, operated by MGM Resorts International, of preventing two state agents, who hadn’t identified themselves, from watching the
roulette game in the casino’s Salon Prive in October 2013. During the incident, a floor supervisor told the agents that the players did not want to be watched and threatened to call
security to have the agents removed. According to the complaint, the Aria had been warned twice before by the Gaming Control Board of similar violations.

…Former UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva, who is currently awaiting trial on multiple felony charges stemming from a February arrest, will return to competition against an opponent
to be named on Aug. 29, Fight Time Promotions announced Friday. The Florida-based fight promoter announced on Friday it had booked Silva (16-3) to appear on its Fight Time 20 event at
War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The announcement came via the promotion’s Instagram account, alongside a photo of Silva and owner Howard Davis Jr. Promotion
officials and Silva representatives were not immediately available to comment. Silva, 31, was arrested in February after allegedly confronting his wife, Thaysa, at a mixed martial arts
academy in Oakland Park, Florida. According to police reports, Silva pulled a firearm on Thaysa, whom he separated from in 2012, and gym owner Pablo Popovitch.

…Amir Khan, the boxer, has been arrested after allegedly attacking two teenagers in a street assault. The 27-year-old former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist was arrested
in the early hours following an incident in Russell Street, Bolton, as his alleged victims were returning from a nearby mosque. Police said the two men were hurt but not seriously
injured in the incident. Witnesses said the alleged attack happened after Mr Khan pulled up alongside the group of men in a Mercedes C Class. One of the alleged victims is believed to
have suffered an injury to his cheek and the other to his leg. One man, who wanted to remain anonymous, claimed: “Amir was saying don’t you know who I am, I am AK. We have always
looked up to him as a role model with him being a Muslim and successful. It is going to cause tension in the community. He is a world champion, an adult, the people involved are aged

…The Los Angeles Lakers met with New York Knicks free agent forward Carmelo Anthony for nearly three hours on Thursday and apparently offered him a max contract during that meeting.
Reports now claim that the Lakers offered the 30-year-old a four-year, $95 million deal. While details are still emerging about what the team’s plans are to build around Anthony and
star guard Kobe Bryant, it’s clear the Lakers are serious about trying to land the Syracuse product. Bryant is scheduled to meet with Anthony Thursday night and the two have long been
close friends. Whether Kobe can sway Melo to come to Los Angeles is completely unknown at this point. I would be shocked if Anthony had any desire to play with Kobe and share, not even
share, the spot light with Kobe. If he is just after money he could sign with New York and received the same or more money. I mean, after Kobe, who do the Lakers have? Pau Gasol will
no doubt be gone. Steve Nash is a mess. Meeks just signed elsewhere.

…World-famous poker player Phil Ivey says his disputed $9.6 million baccarat win at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino was all skill, and is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit in which
the casino accuses him of cheating. John Falcicchio, a spokesman for Ivey, told the Associated Press the motion was filed Wednesday night. In April, the Borgata sued Ivey, alleging he
and an associate exploited a defect in cards that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards. The casino asserted that technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasions between
April and October 2012. The casino claims the technique, called edge sorting, violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations. But Ivey’s motion says his win was simply the result of
skill and good observation. “Each and every penny of defendants’ winnings was the result of sheer skill,” Ivey’s lawyers wrote in court papers. The Borgata had no immediate comment.

…Get the violins out. June was not a good month for the sports books. Baseball has been a killer and the bettors have also been cashing in on the World Cup. “We’ve been having great
crowds and the handle has been huge for the World Cup, but as each favorite advances it’s been awful for us,” said Jay Kornegay, the LVH Superbook executive director. “I’m in a
situation where I’m rooting for Nigeria or Algeria to make the Finals. If it’s Germany, Brazil or Argentina, it’s not going to be good for us.” Boo hoo.

…Get your money out. Start forming your group or go it alone. July 1 marks the first date entries can be taken in the LVH Superbook’s Supercontest, which is the top sports
handicapping contest in the world. For a $1,500 entry fee, football handicappers can take their best shot at showing everyone how smart they are by picking five games each week against
the spread during the regular season. Last season’s winner, David Frohardt, won $557,850 and etched his name into handicapping history by winning the prestigious contest. “We’ve
attracted the biggest names in the handicapping industry and we’ve seen a tremendous growth over the last few years,” Kornegay said. “In 2010 we had 345 entries. In 2011 we jumped up
to 517 and in 2012 we got 745 participants. Last year we jumped up 38 percent with our most contestants ever at 1,034. This is a proving ground for up and coming handicappers and
people want to take their shot at getting the recognition.”

…Brazil’s team doctor says Neymar will miss the rest of the World Cup after breaking a vertebra during the team’s quarterfinal win over Colombia. Neymar was kneed in the back by
Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga in the second half of Brazil’s 2-1 win, and was in tears when he was carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a local clinic and team
doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the match that the star striker had broken his third vertebrae. Neymar is the Brazil’s biggest star and has scored four goals for the team so far in
the tournament. But he took a knee to the back late in the match against Colombia at the Arena Castelao in a collision with Juan Camilo Zuniga. The Brazilian star was crying in pain as
he was carried off the field, and was taken to a private clinic. ”Along with the rest of Brazil I’m hoping for the recovery of our greatest player,” Brazilian player Dilma Rousseff
wrote on Twitter. Brazil will definitely be without Silva for Tuesday’s match against Germany in Belo Horizonte. The captain must sit out after getting his second yellow card of the
tournament for impeding Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.

…Police say Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh. Josh Gordon’s latest arrest
solidifies the notion that the troubled Browns receiver needs help. But he also needs to help himself, writes Pat McManamon. Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Gordon was taken into
custody at Wake County Detention Center after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on U.S. 70 in northwest Raleigh around 3 a.m. Saturday. Raleigh police captain Tommy
Klein said that to be arrested in Raleigh for DWI, a person has to be “appreciably impaired.” Asked if the charge was DWI for alcohol or another substance, Sughrue said, “I can’t
comment on any tests we gave him or what the results were.” WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, reported Gordon’s blood-alcohol level was .09, and he admitted to having three drinks
with vodka. The legal limit in the state of North Carolina is .08. When asked if marijuana or other drugs were involved, Sughrue said he couldn’t comment. No drug charges were filed.
Gordon was released on a $500 bond. Court records did not list an attorney. Gordon is scheduled for an Aug. 26 court appearance in Raleigh on the charges brought against him.
The individual who paid for Gordon’s bond was identified as Haydn “Fats” Thomas, authorities told WNCN. Thomas is a convicted felon who pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges in
November. He was sentenced to 36 months after pleading guilty, but the prison sentence was suspended in lieu of probation. In 2006, Thomas was convicted of a felony for accessing a
computer for fraudulent purposes. Thomas also rented the car that former North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston drove when he was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession
in Durham, North Carolina, in June 2013. Charges were dropped, but it was later found that Hairston accepted so many cars paid for by Thomas that he was dismissed from the Tar Heels.

…Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle is being held at Lorain City Jail tonight, facing charges of drug possession, rioting and failure to disperse after an incident at a bar.
Sprinkle, a 19-year-old backup defensive end, is from Elyria, near Lorain in northeastern Ohio. He was arrested between 2 and 3 a.m. Saturday, a jail official said, and was still being
held as of 10 p.m. Further details of the incident, which is being handled by Lorain police, were not available. Team officials were aware of the incident, a spokesman said, but that
Sprinkle has yet to be officially suspended or otherwise punished. Coach Urban Meyer is on vacation. Sprinkle, who did not play last season as a true freshman, was expected to compete
for playing time this fall, but pending a review he likely will face some type of punishment. Last year, Meyer suspended running back Carlos Hyde for the first three games of the
season and cornerback Bradley Roby for the season opener for separate incidents at bars, though neither ultimately was charged.

…Alabama rising junior running back Kenyan Drake was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with one misdemeanor count of obstructing governmental operationDrake’s vehicle was
parked inside a crime scene and he ignored orders to stay outside the scene, Tuscaloosa Police Spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley told AL.com. “He was trying to cross a crime scene,”
Blankley said. “We had a shooting and his vehicle was parked inside the crime scene. We told him that he could not get his vehicle and he tried to cross the crime scene anyway so he
could get his vehicle. Officers arrested him for obstructing government operations.” Alabama head coach Nick Saban issued a statement on Drake’s arrest at about 3 p.m. “I’m aware of
the situation with Kenyan and will handle it once I’ve had a chance to review all of the information and talk to the appropriate people,” Saban said. Officers were working a shooting
outside Kennedy’s Bar in Tuscaloosa when a shooting occurred at approximately 12:50 a.m., according to a release from the department.

…China has jailed 68 people for up to nine years for online gambling, state media said on Friday, making it the country’s largest such bust of a ring, which was valued at $78
billion. The group operated in the southern province of Guangdong via overseas gambling websites between March 2008 and April 2013, using the sites to lure bettors and take
commissions, the official Xinhua news agency said. “Of those convicted, 55 were found guilty of opening online casinos, seven guilty of gambling and six guilty of both crimes,” Xinhua
said, citing a court in the provincial capital, Guangzhou. Prosecutors said the ring was run within a circle of friends and relatives like a pyramid scheme, Xinhua reported. They were
given sentences between one year and five months and nine years, and ordered to pay fines up to 20 million yuan ($3.2 million). Gambling has been illegal on mainland China since 1949,
though a state lottery does operate.

…UFC 175 was supposed to be Stefan Struve’s triumphant return to the Octagon, but ultimately didn’t get that chance. The No. 12-ranked heavyweight contender fainted backstage prior
to his fight. Checked out by the medical staff, Struve was determined to have an elevated heart rate, and the UFC made the decision to scratch the bout. The health of the fighters
comes first. Struve had been out of action since March 2013 following reports that he had a leaking aortic valve and enlarged heart. With an elevated heart rate Saturday night, it made
the decision to cancel the bout easy. The “Skyscraper” had worked hard to get back into fight shape, and once he was medically cleared, the UFC quickly booked him to fight Matt
Mitrione on the UFC 175 card. It was a highly anticipated bout due to Struve’s comeback, and what implications it had on the heavyweight rankings. Struve vs. Mitrione was slated to be
the third bout on the main card. UFC president Dana White spoke to the media on the floor at UFC 175 and suggested that Struve is believed to have suffered a panic attack, and they
sent him to the hospital just to be safe.




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