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…The San Francisco 49ers organization is in the process of getting moved into the fancy new Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara as the team prepares for the 2014 NFL season. Not only is the new stadium a fantastic sports arena — with the technological bells and cutting-edge whistles befitting a $1.2 billion project — but even the concession fare far exceeds the standard of traditional stadium food. Of course, this is not surprising given the San Francisco area’s reputation as a cosmopolitan enclave with citizens of discriminating tastes.
Among the several highfalutin concession items raising the bar is the Double-Barrel Wagyu Hot Dog with Pork Chicharrones, which is about the fanciest frankfurter ever envisioned. San Jose Mercury News writer Mike Rosenberg recently profiled the new items that will be offered at Levi’s Stadium, and the fine-dining frankfurter easily tops the list: The meaty marvel comes from the creative culinary minds behind the stadium’s Bourbon Steak & Pub. It begins with two dogs made of Wagyu beef that are wrapped in bacon, then settled on crispy bread smeared with what appears to be a kind of chunky salsalike sauce. While that would be good enough for a truly indulgent eating experience, the culinary marvel is kicked up a notch with its atypical toppings, highlighted by fresh guacamole, pico and pork chicharrones. For the uninitiated, chicharrones are fried pork rinds.

…Oops. Online high-stakes poker pro Dan “jungleman” Cates apparently was trying to make it to San José del Cabo in Mexico, but ended up in San Jose, California by mistake. Cates was attempting to go into Mexico to play some online poker, but messed up big time with his travel plans. Fellow high-stakes pro Justin Smith posted a photo of a text conversation with Cates to Instagram as proof of the hilarious misclick. Cates is one of the biggest winners in online poker history, so blowing the price of a ticket in such a way probably isn’t too big of a deal. It makes for a fun story. The Maryland native eventually arrived in Mexico and has been seen at the tables, according to HighstakesDB. Cates spent time in Las Vegas this summer for the WSOP.

…A brawl erupted at the MGM Grand Hotel on Monday between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. The scuffle began at a news conference to promote a title fight between the two on Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. During a staredown photo opportunity in the hotel lobby, Cormier shoved Jones backward after the two hit heads.
After regaining his footing, Jones went after Cormier with full-force punches. UFC director of communications Dave Sholler attempted to separate the two, but Jones shoved him aside into the canvas backdrop. Jones and Cormier then toppled from the stage, nearly falling onto a marble fountain in the center of the lobby. Jones stood over Cormier and continued to throw punches until MGM security managed to separate them.

…Australian billionaire James Packer is looking to build a casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Packer, owner of Australia’s Crown Resorts, has paid $260 million for a controlling stake in land that once hosted the New Frontier Hotel & Casino. The site is located across from Wynn Las Vegas. “You can’t be in the gaming industry and not have a special reverence for Las Vegas—that’s where it all began,” Packer said in a statement. “As we have built Crown Resorts into a thriving international company with successful casino ventures in Australia, Macau, and London, we’ve always kept our eye on Las Vegas. And while we fell short in past attempts to enter that market, we now have the ideal opportunity.” Ground is expected to be broken during 2015, and the project is expected to be completed in 2018. Packer lost nearly $2 billion on casino investments in the U.S. thanks to the 2008 crisis.
He reportedly was recently vying for an opportunity to purchase the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas from Germany’s Deutsche Bank, but the casino was sold to a real estate firm for $1.73 billion.

…Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen has reportedly been suspended for the season opener against Louisville, casting even more uncertainty on the position with the Hurricanes set to begin practice Tuesday. The Miami Herald and WQAM Radio in Miami both report that Olsen has been suspended for a failed drug test. Miami coach Al Golden refused to comment on Olsen’s status during a news conference previewing practice Monday, but said Olsen would “absolutely” be at practice when it begins. If Olsen is indeed out for the opener, the Hurricanes would be down to their third option at quarterback. Ryan Williams, the projected starter, is rehabbing a torn ACL. Olsen was expected to take the quarterback reins with Williams out. Now Miami may have to rely on fifth-year transfer Jake Heaps, who has been on campus for only a handful of weeks and is still working to learn the playbook.

…Phil Hellmuth just appeared on TV without saying a word. The 13-time World Series of Poker champ is starring in a new ad from West Coast fast food chain Carl’s Jr. Hellmuth can be seen taking a giant bite out of a burger dripping in BBQ sauce. Hellmuth is coming off a WSOP in which he had seven cashes, including two final tables. Hellmuth recently rolled eyes by dressing like a baby for an episode of “Poker Night in America.” The Carl’s Jr. ad isn’t the first time Hellmuth has gone more mainstream. In 2008, Hellmuth appeared on some Milwaukee’s Best Light cans.

…The news is not good with the New York Giants and running back David Wilson. The third-year back suffered a neck “burner” during one of the team’s first training camp sessions after missing much of last year with a neck injury. He later tweeted that he was ok, and it appeared it was nothing serious. Sadly, that’s not the case, as reports from NJ.com are that Wislons is unlikely to make a recovery. They say he’ll “need a miracle” if he’s going to return to the field. If the reports are true, Wilson is on the cusp of retirement. Now, ESPN reports the G-Men are shutting down Wilson, and it could be for good. There is a belief that the injury could be career ending, the source said Wilson had spinal fusion surgery in January to repair a disk problem and wasn’t cleared for contact until July 21. He practiced with the Giants for the first week of training camp, but he left the field last Tuesday after a collision in practice with guard Eric Herman, and he was diagnosed with a burner. The Giants sent Wilson to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for tests last Tuesday night. Wednesday, they announced that he would sit out the remainder of last week’s practices and Sunday night’s preseason game.

…Social media giveth and social media taketh away. Such was the case when Mark Richt recently revealed that he pulled a scholarship offer from a player committed to the Georgia program because of the commit’s behavior on Twitter. The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution has more on the story: “There’s guys that we drop from the recruiting process because of things that we may find out on a visit. They may come and one of our current players will say, ‘Coach, he’s not going to make it around here.’ Or we had one kid last year because of what he had on social media. He had some stuff on social media that we didn’t like.”

…Here’s a great story from a great website – Bush League Chronicle. Trayvon Reed had everything going for him when he walked into a 7-Eleven last week. The 7-foot-1 basketball star had a scholarship lined up to play for the Maryland Terrapins and life seemed to be going very well for the four-star recruit. Well, that was until Reed attempted to steal an ice cream bar and then fight police when confronted about it. Here is more on the story from the Baltimore Sun: According to court documents, two plainclothes officers working in the store saw Reed putting a Twix ice cream bar into his pants pocket and leaving the store without paying. When one of the officers saw Reed take the ice cream from his pocket in the parking lot, the officer showed his identification to Reed and an unidentified male companion and told Reed he was under arrest. As the officer tried to arrest him, Reed tried to run away but the officer grabbed him. A scuffle ensued and police said Reed fought the officer “with his hands” and struck the officer on the left hand. The officer, who needed the help of his partner to subdue Reed, wound up with two broken fingers. Upon being arrested, officers also found a pack of Reese’s Cups and a pack of King Sized Reese’s Cups in Reed’s possession. Reed was charged with second degree assault, second degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest. Naturally, when word got around to Maryland about what Reed had done, they immediately rescinded his scholarship offer. Considering his talent level, Reed will likely receive a second chance by other schools offering him scholarships. However, let’s not ignore the fact here that Reed jeopardized a scholarship worth an estimated $100,000 over $5 worth of junk food.

…The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes. The charges filed Tuesday against former Biogenesis of America owner Anthony Bosch and six others marked one of the biggest salvos yet in a case that has dragged on for nearly two years. The case has sparked lawsuits, mudslinging and suspensions against numerous major leaguers, including Rodriguez. Also charged was Yuri Sucart, 52, a cousin of Rodriguez who the New York Yankees third baseman has said provided him with steroids from 2000-03, when Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers. Sucart and the others are accused of acting as recruiters, setting up meetings between the athletes and Bosch, who introduced himself as “Dr. T,” authorities said. Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All the clients were promised that the substances would not be found through drug testing, prosecutors said. “He is not a doctor,” Mark R. Trouville, chief of the Miami Drug Enforcement Administration office, said of Bosch. “He is a drug dealer.” U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said Bosch did not have a medical license, making what happened all the more dangerous.

…As a 5-foot-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk. She’s busting through the glass ceiling instead.
The San Antonio Spurs hired Hammon as an assistant coach on Tuesday, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff. When Hammon retires from her 16-year WNBA career at the end of the San Antonio Stars’ season, she will immediately move to the staff of the defending NBA champions, working with the revered Gregg Popovich on scouting, game-planning and the day-to-day grind of practice like no woman has ever done before. “Nothing in my life has really ever been easy. I’ve always been someone who did it uphill,” Hammon said. “I’m up for challenges. I’m up for being outside the box, making tough decisions and challenges. … And I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Throw those all in there and this was the perfect challenge and opportunity.” It’s not surprising that the Spurs are the ones to break the mold. They’ve been breaking the mold for years and with a great deal of success.

…Apparently you can have your cake and eat it too. At least that’s what the NCAA is saying to South Carolina. The Gamecocks self-reported 22 potential minor NCAA infractions, one of which involved cookie cakes given to recruits visiting campus and what South Carolina believed to be impermissible icing on the cakes. The NCAA reviewed the submission and decided there was no violation by the Gamecocks. It’s unclear what specifically about the icing the university felt was a violation, but the compliance department felt it necessary to submit to the NCAA. The Gamecocks reported the incident as potentially violating NCAA bylaw, which states that an institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aides including, but not limited to, personalized jerseys and personalized audio/video scoreboard presentations. The rule also includes the use of “decorative items” and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit.

…Mo’ne Davis and Kayla Roncin almost couldn’t help but run into each other last week in Bristol, Connecticut. As the only two girls among the hundreds of kids on the 52 U.S. teams remaining in the race to the Little League World Series, Davis, 13, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and Roncin, 12, from Toms River, New Jersey, are both competing in the Mid-Atlantic regional. Sunday’s final will send the winner to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. “We said ‘Hi’ and took a couple pictures,” Davis said. “It’s definitely really cool being the only girls there and showing we can hang with all these boys.” They can do more than hang. With the New Jersey Little League championship on the line a little more than a week ago, Roncin was brought in to pitch to the opposing team’s cleanup hitter — with a 2-0 count, two outs, the bases loaded and the tying run on third in the bottom of the final inning. Roncin, a 5-foot-9, 120-pound seventh-grader-to-be, already had crushed a two-run home run when her one and only pitch — a low fastball — got the batter to pop up. A diving catch by center fielder Jon Giordano secured the 7-6 victory. “Having her on the team,” said Toms River shortstop and pitcher Nick DeRose, “is the same thing as having another guy, a little different, but we treat her like all the other guys. If she wasn’t good, we would still accept her, but she really is good.” A week later in Bristol, playing against a Delaware team that had been to the regionals the past four years and the World Series last year, Davis, who at 5-4 and 105 pounds will enter eighth grade in the fall, struck out 10 batters and gave up a lone questionable hit in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-4 victory.

…Miguel Cabrera is getting into the salsa business. No, not the dancing-type of salsa, the edible one, which Miggy proudly endorses his tomato-based product as “the Triple Crown of Salsas.” Miggy’s Salsa is available in hot, medium and mild, with proceeds from the sales going toward The Miguel Cabrera Foundation. Cabrera’s foundation aims to revitalize baseball fields in areas of need while providing scholarship assistance as well. So you can feel good about yourself when eating Miggy’s Salsa knowing that you’re making a difference in a child’s life.

…Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was struck in his calf by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning, the team said in a statement. The Vikings said Joseph was an innocent bystander at the time of the incident, which occurred inside 400 Soundbar just before closing time. The team described Joseph’s injury as minor and said he would return to practice sometime this week. He was treated at a hospital and released Saturday. According to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, police are looking for a gunman who shot multiple people inside the club.

…Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the Cavaliers have a deal in place to acquire Kevin Love from the Timberwolves, but Las Vegas sports books had long seen the move coming. The South Point, in fact, moved Cleveland’s odds to win the 2014-15 NBA title down to 5-to-2 about three weeks ago, sports book director Bert Osborne told The Linemakers on Sporting News. There was no further adjustment on Thursday. “We’ve had it at 5-to-2 for a while because we pretty much knew it was going to happen,” Osborne said. “So I was ahead of the curve on this one.”

…Suspended Michigan wide receiver Csont’e York is facing assault charges. Online court records show York was charged Friday with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery. The charges are all misdemeanors and are related to a July 18 incident. The online records do not provide any additional details about the allegations. They also did not list an attorney for York. Coach Brady Hoke announced Sunday that York had been suspended indefinitely. A statement from Hoke said York had failed to meet ”team standards.”

…Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is out of jail following his arrest on battery charges for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. Oden, 26, was released from custody Thursday evening. Online Marion County Jail records show Oden was released on a $10,000 bond. Police arrested Oden on battery charges early Thursday, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight at his mother’s suburban Indianapolis home. The free-agent center, who played for the Miami Heat last season, was taken into custody at the home in Lawrence on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery. Prosecutors plan to request a 72-hour continuance to give them more time to decide what, if any, formal charges Oden will face, she said. According to a Lawrence police report, officers were called to the home at around 3:30 a.m. and found a 24-year-old woman on a sofa with a swollen, bloody face. A friend of the woman told officers that Oden had “punched her in the face.” The report says the injured woman was uncooperative and told officers she had fallen, but was unable to say when and where that occurred. Oden told officers he and the woman had dated for about two years but split up two months ago. According to the report, he said he was arguing with his ex-girlfriend when “things got out of control” and he struck her as he swung his arms to try to break free of two people who were trying to hold him back.

…Former UFC fighter Josh Grispi was arrested twice in four days after allegedly assaulting his wife in what Middleboro police officer Richard Harvey called “the worst case of domestic abuse I’ve ever seen,” according to a report from the Taunton Daily Gazette. Grispi, a former highly-touted UFC featherweight title contender who ultimately racked up a 0-4 record inside the promotion, was arrested on Friday by members of the Middleboro Police Department on domestic abuse charges, released on $2,000 bail, then subsequently arrested again the following Monday on similar domestic abuse and assault charges, MMAFighting.com confirmed on Wednesday. Harvey stated that in addition to the assaults, Grispi also allegedly trained his pet pit bull to attack his wife, reporting that the victim had been “chewed up” and is currently being treated at a local hospital for serious injuries. A police search of Grispi’s home following his arrest on Monday turned up a “pot farm” along with numerous weapons and ammunition. According to the report, Grispi’s 3-year-old child was “sitting next to a box of unsecured guns and ammunition when police arrived.”

…Donald Trump has a message for the two Atlantic City casinos that still bear his name, five years after he gave up anything to do with running them: You’re fired. The real estate mogul and reality TV star, who presided over a casino empire in the glory days of Atlantic City, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday demanding that his name be stripped from the remaining two.
He told The Associated Press he sued Trump Entertainment Resorts, a descendant of a corporate entity he once controlled, because it has allowed its two Atlantic City casinos, the Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, to fall into disrepair, tarnishing his personal brand and confusing customers. “I want it off both of them,” Trump said in an interview Tuesday evening. “I’ve been away from Atlantic City for many years. People think we operate (the company), and we don’t. It’s not us. It’s not me.”

…Everybody seems to be weighing in on the “Redskin” controversy. Here is a rather surprising addition to the list. The Washington Redskins have been under fire for their name for months now. Everyone from senators to television celebrities have taken a shot at the Redskins for their name. Recently, the University of Minnesota decided they want no part in the Redskins name and banned it from their stadium. Now legendary KISS frontman and owner of the AFL’s Los Angeles Kiss, Gene Simmons, has waded into the debate. While Simmons doesn’t actually say the Redskins should be forced to change their name, he does make an interesting point. “As a Jew, I wouldn’t be thrilled as ‘The Kikes,’” Simmons said. “And if you’re black, you wouldn’t be thrilled with a football team called ‘The Blacks.’ I could use a worse word. Because ‘Redskins’ was what the white man called them. So I understand if you’re a sports fan and if you’re white, you go ‘Hey, what’s the problem? We have a long history.’ But if you’re an Indian, think about it. White dudes don’t have to worry about that stuff because [they] were always the majority in imperialist countries of the world. ‘Cracker’ means nothing to white people. They had all the money and the power.” Simmons is an owner of the Los Angeles Kiss in the Arena Football League so I guess he is relevant to the discussion.

…Simmons wasn’t done there. There aren’t too many people who have voiced their support in favor of Donald Sterling. But count KISS star Gene Simmons among the few who actually side with the controversial owner Donald Sterlingonline.wsj.comowner of the Los Angeles Clipperswallstcheatsheet.comLos Angeles Clippers. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Simmons, who co-owns the L.A. Kiss of the Arena Football League, had the following to say when asked about the Sterling story. “I’m on the side of Don Sterling. I’m on Mel Gibson’s side, Don Sterling’s side and anybody who has a racist or an expletive rant privately. The difference between this guy, who’s heinous of course, or anybody else is that they were caught. Everybody [says] jokes that are off- color, or when they’re drunk. The difference between Sterling and everyone else is that he was caught on camera, by the way, without his approval. He was ambushed. I think he should have done penance and paid a fine. Here’s what’s going to happen. They’re going to go after Sterling and he’s going to put a few million dollars out there, because he can afford it – and he’s going to ask the paparazzi out there to find videos of all the other team mmembers talking trash and racist rants. And then it’s open season. And if, because you say an off color joke or make a racist rant privately, that causes you to lose a job – nobody would have a job! Black people do it, Jews do it, Christians do it – everybody does it! It’s called free speech. Even if free speech insults other people. Privately. Publicly, that’s different. I’m on the side of free speech in the privacy of your own home or privacy of the situation. Big brother has finally crawled in bed with us.

…This could make for a nice little scandal to bide time between now and the start of the NFL regular season. It appears that the head of NFL officiating Dean Blandino went out for a night of partying with Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and a few “lovely ladies.” According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, rival NFL teams don’t exactly seem to be too thrilled by Blandino’s appearance on the bus. The reactions to the video by officials of several teams — none of whom are a natural rival of the Cowboys or had any personal issues with Jones or Blandino — as well as former high-ranking team officials, were strong. Several expressed concern at the appearance of potential competitive balance issues, given the sensitive nature of Blandino’s role and his authority on matters of officiating and interpretation. Competitive balance issues aside, what is the head official doing in California on a party bus with Jones and what appears to be a couple other interesting characters?



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