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…Assuming it wasn’t coincidental, Pamela Anderson was kind enough to wait until after the $1 million buy-in One Drop tournament at the WSOP to file for divorce from Rick Salomon, who finished fourth in the high-stakes event for a score of $2.8 million. Salomon was one of the big stacks late in the tournament that finished up on July 1. Anderson, according to People Magazine, filed for divorce on July 3. The split is actually the second time the couple has divorced. In 2007, after just two months living happily ever after, Anderson and Salomon said enough was enough. Their most recent marriage was a lot longer—lasting a whopping six months. Anderson and Salomon actually got hitched the first time thanks to spending a lot of
time together in a poker game. Anderson reportedly lost $250,000 to Salomon in the game. Salomon is the son of a former executive vice president at Warner Bros. and has himself been the producer of TV shows and movies. However, he arguably gained the most notoriety after appearing in the infamous sex tape with then-girlfriend Paris Hilton back in 2003.

…A handful of celebrities came to the Rio on main event day 1c, and one of the most surprising to show his face was “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman on the hit show. Who knew he played poker? Paul was apparently sweating his friend in the $10,000 main event, while also getting in on some lower stakes poker himself in the $235 buy-in daily deep stack event at the Rio. Paul, wearing a fedora and sunglasses most of the time, was often posing for awkward selfies with fans. However, when approached for an interview by Card Player to learn about his poker game, Paul declined, saying that he wasn’t doing any interviews.

…Basketball star Paul Piece’s main event run came to an end without the hoops star cashing. But he was close. During the last level of play on day 3 on Thursday night, Pierce busted
in around 800th place. Pierce was close to finishing in the money, as the top 695 were paid. Pierce was burnt out of doing interviews by the last break in the evening, as he turned
down a request from Card Player. Earlier in the day, Pierce told ESPN that the World Series of Poker “is a great atmosphere that has a lot of cool people.” He added: “This is the world
of poker right here in the Rio. This is the whole world coming to one spot for the last two months and you get a chance to enjoy it. I get a chance to be amongst the best.” Pierce has
never cashed in a WSOP event.

…As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and players’ association executive director Tony Clark
both want Major League Baseball to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. It remains to be seen if they can find the common
ground necessary to make that goal a reality. While Selig expects the subject to be part of negotiations toward a new labor agreement over the next two years, Clark on Tuesday
expressed the hope that smokeless tobacco use among players will diminish through greater efforts to educate them on the health hazards. Clark said the union is open to discussing the
issue in labor talks but wants the use of smokeless tobacco to remain a matter of individual choice and does not advocate an outright ban.

…The lawyer for former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said Kluwe plans to sue the Vikings for their refusal to release the results of a six-month independent investigation into
Kluwe’s claims that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks during the 2012 season. Both the Vikings and the attorneys conducting the investigation released
statements Tuesday saying they never told Clayton Halunen, Kluwe’s attorney, that they would not release the findings of the report to Kluwe or the public, and Halunen said Tuesday he
still plans to meet with the Vikings on Thursday to discuss the investigation. In a news conference Tuesday morning, Halunen and Kluwe claimed they have learned the report will
corroborate Kluwe’s initial allegations. Kluwe wrote in a Jan. 2 Deadspin piece that Priefer made a series of homophobic statements during the 2012 season and that the team released
Kluwe in May 2013 for his outspoken stances on a number of social issues, including his support of same-sex marriage.

…In case you are getting restless here’s some news for the next World Cup Soccer tournament. A day after a win over Argentina gave Germany its fourth World Cup title, the LVH
SuperBook has opened wagering on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, installing the Germans as the 5-to-1 favorite to repeat as champions. A trio of teams – Argentina, Brazil and Spain –
sits behind Germany on the Vegas board, each at odds of 8-to-1. The USA, meanwhile, opens at 50-to-1, while hosts Russia are posted at 20-to-1.

…Troubled former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has been arrested on another felony charge – battery with serious bodily injury – and is in custody in the Twin Towers
Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, with bail set at $105,000, according to an L.A. district attorney’s office spokesperson and the L.A. sheriff’s department’s website. The L.A.
sheriff’s department would not comment on details of the arrest. Greg Risling, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office, said Young was also charged with four counts of
battery of school, park or hospital property. Those counts are misdemeanors. Young was arrested July 9, just one day before he was scheduled to make a pretrial hearing appearance in
Newport Beach, Calif., where he is facing four felonies and seven other criminal charges. Young, 24, was charged in May 2013 with felony burglary and assault – 11 charges in all. Since
then, two different attorneys have sought a series of delays in the legal process while Young received medical treatment.

…A former Macau business partner of Las Vegas Sands Corp. accused the casino operator of misappropriating trade secrets and is suing the company for at least $5 billion in profits
that it says are owed via their joint ownership of copyright related to a casino license bid. Asian American, headed by Taiwanese businessman Marshall Hao, filed the complaint in U.S.
District Court in Nevada on Wednesday. The case is in addition to two separate, ongoing legal actions in Macau over an alleged breach of contract. Las Vegas Sands, which is controled
by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, and Asian American jointly submitted a bid for a gaming concession in 2002 in Macau, which has since become the world’s largest gambling market. But
during the process, Las Vegas Sands switched partners, teaming up instead with Hong Kong group Galaxy Entertainment.

…Former UFC flyweight contender Ali Bagautinov has received a one-year suspension from the British Columbia Athletic Commission due to a failed drug test. Prior to challenging
Demetrious Johnson for the UFC 125-pound title on June 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Bagautinov (13-1) submitted a random drug test ordered by the BCAC. The test came back
positive for erythropoietin, or EPO. The results of that test were still unknown on June 14, and thus did not prevent Bagautinov from competing at UFC 174. He lost to Johnson via
unanimous decision. The commission revealed the test results in an online statement on Thursday. “Mr. Ali Bagautinov was tested out of competition on June 2, 2014,” the office stated.
“Results were positive for erythropoietin, or EPO — a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). “(The BCAC) has suspended Mr. Bagautinov’s license to compete in British
Columbia for a period of one year.”

…Pam Oliver is no longer Fox’s top NFL sideline reporter. And after this coming football season, she will no longer be a sideline reporter at all. Oliver confirmed the news to Sports
Illustrated on Sunday night that she will move to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broadcasting season. Erin Andrews has been elevated to the No. 1 sideline spot, joining the
team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Oliver’s last season working as a reporter on the NFL will be spent with the No. 2 Fox team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch. After a painful couple
of months, Oliver said the disappointment of that news has subsided and that she has accepted her new professional reality. But it was a shock last April when Fox Sports executives
traveled to Atlanta, where she is based, to tell her in person that she would no longer hold the job that has been her professional life for two decades. Oliver says that while she
respected Fox Sports president Eric Shanks and executive vice president of production John Entz delivering the news in person, she was stunned when they initially informed her that not
only was she being removed from Fox’s No. 1 NFL team, but also that she was being taken off the NFL sidelines completely in 2014.

…The good news just keep on rollin’ in for Cleveland sports fans. Just days after acquiring the best basketball player on the planet when LeBron James agreed to return to the Cavs,
news has immerged that the Browns are set to have a new live mascot this upcoming season. The “Dog Pound” is getting a mascot. On Sunday, Browns vice president of fan experience and
marketing Kevin Griffin told 92.3 The Fan Cleveland that the team would be getting a live bullmastiff as a mascot in 2014. So sit down, Chomps! The Browns’ bullmastiff will be named
Swagger and he will lead the team out of the tunnel and onto the field on gameday. Bullmastiffs typically weight 110-130 pounds when they’re full grown. That’s a really big dog.
Perhaps the Browns should have their kicker ride that thing out onto the field the way Florida State does with Osceola and his horse Renegade.

…Going to college doesn’t necessarily make you a smart person. Take this NFL agent for example, who in the midst of trying to impress folks on social media, has caused an
investigation of a couple of Texas Longhorn football players. According to the Statesman, Justin Bingman, who represents former Texas lineman Mason Walters, sent out tweets on several
different occasions bragging about having dinner with defensive end Cedric Reed, defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, linebackers Steve Edmond and Jordan Hicks. “Just had a great dinner
with @Ced_Reed88 He and his dad are great guys!” Bingman tweeted on March 22. “Had dinner with @TexasBoy99tank and his Dad last night. They are both great guys and looking forward to
the next time,” he tweeted about Jackson on March 23. “Had dinner with @SteveBigMoney33 last night, MLB for Texas. We all had a great time with many stories. #Longhorns” Bingman’s
next tweet read: “Just had dinner with a great young man that is going to do great this year for Texas @JHicks_3 #Longhorns #LonghornsNation” All four players are seniors who could
have their eligibility compromised by Bingman’s selfish act. According to documents, two of those players had their meals paid for by the agent. Players have been allowed to make
restitution for small amounts in the past.

…Oscar Pistorius was involved in an altercation with another man at a bar in South Africa over the weekend. According to Pistorius, clothing company big wig Jared Mortimer
aggressively accosted him and started the dust-up. Mortimer claims Pistorius was drunk and sparked the exchange by insulting his friends and South African President Jacob Zuma. Of
course, both claim it was the other’s fault. Regardless of who is telling the truth, this is not the type of publicity Pistorius needs with his trial set to conclude later this month.
Prosecutors have already attempted to prove that he has a temper and that Steenkamp admitted she was afraid of him at times. Bar fights certainly won’t improve the Paralympian’s image.

…Kind of tough to watch the All Star game send off for Derek Jeter without tearing up just a bit. It’s hard to find a negative thing to say about this guy. Not only has he been
outstanding on the field, he has had an exemplary life off the field as well. Baseball will definitely miss Jeter.

….In a move to further protect players from dangerous hits, the SEC has defined a “strike zone” from below the neck to above the knees in which an unabated defender may attempt to
tackle an “offensive player in a passing posture. “This is a player safety issue,” said Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of officials. Shaw, who spoke at SEC media days Wednesday,
said the rule to protect quarterbacks from being hit below the knees will be enforced regardless of whether the hit occurs inside or outside the pocket. A penalty will not be called,
however, if a defender is blocked into the quarterback. “When a player is under his own power, he’s directing his hit and he chooses to go low, that is going to be a foul,” Shaw said.
“This rule change, I think, will create the player behavior change.” Maybe, but it will take some time to change what these players have been taught to do since Pop Warner ball.

…Memphis coach Josh Pastner is expected to hire high school coach Keelon Lawson — who is also the father of three elite recruits — within the next few weeks, sources told ESPN.com.
The move is expected to be finalized before the end of July. Keelon Lawson is the head coach at Hamilton High in Memphis and is the last coach to lead a city school to a state title
while going unbeaten in the largest classification. Lawson, who played at UAB and LeMoyne-Owen in college, also spoke to at least two other schools — including Vanderbilt — about
potentially joining their coaching staff, sources said. Lawson is the father of three heralded recruits. The oldest, K.J. Lawson, is a 6-foot-7 wing ranked 37th in the country by
ESPN.com. He has already committed to play for Pastner at Memphis. Dedric Lawson is a 6-8 power forward in the Class of 2016 who is ranked seventh in the country by ESPN.com. Chandler
Lawson is a 6-6 wing who is ranked No. 1 overall in the Class of 2019 by one recruiting site. Jonathan Lawson is a sixth-grader who one coach said “may be the best of all of the

…Whether offensively sincere or simply uninformed, Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t think much of the UFC’s Ronda Rousey. Mayweather, speaking Tuesday during a stop on his media tour to
promote a September rematch with Marcos Maidana, said he “didn’t know who he is” when asked about Rousey, repeating it when a reporter sought to clarify what Mayweather had said. The
media exchange was videotaped and published online by BoxingScene.com. Rousey has said she thinks she could take Mayweather in a no-holds-barred MMA-style street fight. And UFC
president Dana White has agreed, saying Rousey “wins that fight and hurts him badly.” But Mayweather wasn’t biting beyond his referring to Rousey as a man, instead staying on message
about his fight with Maidana, which reprises their May bout in which Mayweather won a majority decision as one of the three judges called it a draw. Personally, I’dlove to see Rousey
or anyone else for that matter destroy Mayweather. But if the two fought in the ring or in the street, my money would be on Floyd.

…There is no doubt that the All Star game was intended as a tribute to Derek Jeter and deservingly so. Grooved pitch or not, the fans got to see what they came to see and I’m fine
with that. I do think FOX could have done one thing better. How about some mention of Tony Gwynn? I didn’t catch any tribute to this beloved “pure” hitter who recently passed. The
same could be said for Don Zimmer and Bob Welch.



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