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…Sports books in the Silver State saw $115,986,086 in wagers on this past Sunday’s Super Bowl and won $3,261,066 of it, according to figures released Tuesday from Nevada gaming regulations. The hold percentage was 2.8 percent, the lowest since the 2011 Super Bowl. Seattle was the favorite this past weekend, but New England edged them out 28-24. Nevada has 191 sports books, and the industry has grown to record levels lately. Last year, $119,400,822 was bet on the Super Bowl and Nevada sports books won $19,673,960 for a hold percentage of 16.5 percent. Both dollar amounts are records.

…Statewide poker revenue in Nevada for calendar year 2014 was $119,904,000, according to figures just released by Silver State gaming regulators. The total was a drop off from the $123,891,000 in poker revenue in 2013—a decline of about three percent. The poker revenue in 2013 was the first increase year-over-year since 2006 to 2007, so the uptick for poker in Nevada (which includes online play) was short-lived. The last time Nevada’s poker revenue was below $120 million was in 2004, when revenue from the game was $98.8 million. The year 2007 has the record of just under $168 million. The number of live poker rooms in Nevada in 2014 was 79, the fewest since the 79 in 2004. In 2013, the number of poker rooms in the Silver State was 88. In terms of tables, 2014 saw 736 tables (presumably an average because the number of tables does fluctuate by the month). Last year, there were 774 poker tables. In terms of live poker, offerings in Nevada are still on the decline. Rooms continue to close. The latest to bite the dust was the poker room at the Linq on the Strip.

…A suspension for general manager Ray Farmer, a loss of a draft pick and a fine for the team are among the possible sanctions the Cleveland Browns are facing in the NFL’s investigation into allegations that texts were being sent to the sidelines during games, league sources told ESPN, confirming a report by Cleveland.com. The NFL’s findings in the investigation are expected by the end of this month and Farmer faces a multigame suspension, according to sources. Texting is a violation of the NFL’s rules prohibiting electronic communication during games. Cleveland.com originally reported last month that the text messages from a high-level front office member were sent and said it was one issue in former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving the team. He perceived it as interference from the front office regarding coaching decisions. The website, citing multiple sources, reported that it was Famer that sent the texts. A league source confirmed that Farmer was doing the texting, with most going to quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, who sat in the press box.

…Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was arrested for felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of a firearm in his hometown of Starke, Florida, according to a police report. Officers seized 357 grams of marijuana, more than $190,000 in cash and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in Letroy Guion’s truck. Guion was found to have 357 grams of marijuana after his truck was pulled over Tuesday night. The officer who searched the truck also found more than $190,000 in one of the bags in which the marijuana was located, according to the police report. Both the currency and truck were seized and secured due to the amount of marijuana found. According to the police report, Guion was “extremely uncooperative and hostile” while the truck was initially searched. The officer reported that Guion “kept coming toward the vehicle several times saying, ‘Hey man, my money is in there. Don’t let him take my money.'” Guion then was secured in handcuffs. Police said the total amount of cash was $190,028.81.

…For the second time in less than four months, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested. According to police in Wichita, Kansas, Randle was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana at 2:53 a.m. Tuesday. Joseph Randle, who carried the ball 51 times for 343 yards with three touchdowns in 2014, has been arrested for the second time in four months. According to Wichita police, officers showed up at a hotel after receiving a call for domestic violence with a weapon. They found Randle and a 22-year-old woman at the hotel and observed marijuana in the room, which was rented to Randle. Randle was arrested and issued a notice to appear in front of a judge. He was not booked and a mug shot was not taken. The police are investigating the domestic violence charge. No weapon was found at the hotel, however, police are investigating whether another individual was there and left the scene before they arrived. A Cowboys spokesman said the team had no comment.

…Add Randle arrests – Last October, Randle was arrested for shoplifting at a Frisco, Texas, mall for attempting to steal Polo underwear and a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne. Randle made matters worse with inappropriate comments in the jailhouse toward a female employee as well as disparaging comments about previous arrests of teammates Dez Bryant and Josh Brent. The Cowboys fined Randle an undisclosed amount, and he apologized. “It’s the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life,” Randle said two days after his arrest. “I’ve never gotten in any kind of trouble in my whole life. This is just something I’ll have to learn from and move forward.” How did that work out for ya?

…Final add Randle – The ex-girlfriend of Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been granted a temporary protective order against him after saying in court papers that Randle threatened to “blast” a vehicle with their son inside after pointing a gun at her friend. Dalia Jacobs, the mother of his two children, wrote in a request filed Wednesday in district court in Wichita, Kansas, that Randle smashed the windshield of the car with his fist, “causing glass to shatter across my friend and my child” during an altercation outside a Wichita hotel. Jacobs also claimed that Randle has a “history of being both physically and emotionally abusive towards me.” Joseph Randle has a “history of being both physically and emotionally abusive towards me,” his ex-girlfriend claimed in court papers filed Wednesday. “I am frightened he may do something to harm me and my child,” Jacobs wrote in her request for the protective order.

…Police in Washington, D.C., have arrested Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and charged him with assault after an argument over a parking space. A police report shows Jackson was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Tuesday. The report says a driver told police that Jackson punched him in the face and the back of the head during a dispute over a parking space. A police spokesperson told ESPN.com that Jackson was arrested about 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the 1900 block of 12 Street NW in Washington after officers determined that Jackson assaulted another man. He was taken to the station’s third district, where he was released later that night. He was given a notice to appear in court at a later date. WJLA-TV in Washington reports that the driver, who is a pizza deliveryman, told Jackson he would be in the spot momentarily, but the Colts linebacker got angry, told him to get out of the space and allegedly assaulted him.

…Add Colt problems – Jackson is the fifth member of the Colts to be arrested since March 2014, when owner Jim Irsay was arrested for impaired driving. Irsay reached a plea deal on a lesser charge and was suspended by the NFL for the first six games of the 2014 season. Backup linebacker Josh McNary was charged with rape last month and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list pending the outcome of his case. Linebacker Andrew Jackson also was arrested last month, on a DUI charge, the second time he has been charged with such an offense. He pleaded guilty later that day. Wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was arrested on a DUI charge in September and subsequently released by the team.

…University of Hawaii’s former basketball coach is disputing charges leveled against him in an NCAA notice of allegations and says the school owes him more than $1.4 million. The collegiate sports governing body alleges that Gib Arnold acted unethically and knowingly influenced others to provide false or misleading information regarding violations during his tenure. Arnold says the $1.4 million UH owes him as termination payment will provide him with the resources to fight the NCAA allegations. Arnold said his contract entitles him to an amount of severance money equal to what he accrued since his contract began on July 1, 2011, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. He said he will ”most fiercely defend” himself against two Level I allegations, which is the most severe category. Arnold was fired on October 28.

…The parent company of PokerStars is suing gambler Erick Lindgren in federal court in Nevada for $2.5 million, according to court documents filed on Jan. 30. The debt dates back to Lindgren’s days as a Full Tilt Poker sponsored player when the company was run by the likes of Howard Lederer and Ray Bitar. PokerStars acquired Full Tilt Poker and its assets as part of a 2012 settlement with the United States government. Most of the $2.5 million comes from Full Tilt erroneously wiring an extra $2 million into Lindgren’s bank account, on top of the $2 million he was taking as compensation for work with the company. The rest of the debt comes in the form of a loan to Lindgren.

…The Indians say they are aware of a police investigation involving pitcher Danny Salazar. General manager Chris Antonetti released a statement Wednesday and says the team will not comment any further because of the potential of a legal matter. Cleveland Police did not immediately return telephone messages. Salazar is expected to compete for a starter’s job at spring training. The 25-year-old went 6-8 in 20 starts last season, when he bounced between the Indians and Triple-A Columbus. He opened 2014 in Cleveland’s starting rotation, going 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in his first eight starts.

…According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, retired New York Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter had interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills. Graham reported that it is not certain whether Jeter was looking to be the leader of a purchasing group or a minority partner. The Bills were sold after the death of sole owner Ralph Wilson. The price to acquire the team was a cool $1.4 billion, so Jeter likely would have been interested in shareholder status. The report also indicates that new owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, did not know of Jeter’s interest. Along with Jeter, other well-known celebrities Donald Trump and Jon Bon Jovi also had interest in buying the Bills. Jeter has formerly expressed his interest in owning a major league baseball team, and the desire to purchase a football team appears to have crossed his mind too. Retiring after 19 seasons in the Majors, Jeter is obviously looking for another outlet to fill his down time.

…For the third time in his past nine tournaments, Tiger Woods has withdrawn with a back injury. Woods made it to the green on his 12th hole Thursday at Torrey Pines North course before calling it quits in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.Despite last week saying he had no back issues since his return to competitive golf in December, Woods started showing signs of distress early in Thursday’s round, favoring his lower back. He later blamed it on the lengthy fog delay that pushed back the start of his round by more than two hours. Tiger Woods cut short his first round at the Farmers Insurance Open after 11 holes, exiting on a cart. “It just never loosened back up again,” Woods said during a 90-second media session before getting into his courtesy car. “And when we went back out, it just got progressively tighter.”

…Final Add Tiger’s Woes – Woods, who started his round on the back nine, bogeyed two of his first three holes, again showing signs of the short-game woes that plagued him last week when he missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open — though he chipped in for par on his second. But a birdie at the 16th, his seventh, and another at the first, his 10th, got him back to even par for the round. Then he hit a series of poor shots at the par-4 second, including two pitch shots and a bad chip that set up a double-bogey. After getting to the green at the par-3 third, his 12th, he decided to withdraw, shaking hands with fellow competitors Billy Horschel and Rickie Fowler.

…After pictures of the New England Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount holding up a T-shirt that mocked Marshawn Lynch with a vulgar slogan (“Bitch MODE”) at the team’s Super Bowl victory parade went viral, the running back took to Twitter to clarify that he respects his Seattle Seahawks counterpart. Pictures of Blount holding up a shirt with the words “Bitch Mode” and the No. 24 on it from the Patriots’ duck boat parade in Boston were shared on social media. The derogatory slogan is a play off Lynch’s “Beast Mode” nickname, and the number is the same that appears on his jersey. Blount’s gesture also caught the attention of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, who called out the running back in a tweet. Irvin was ejected from Super Bowl XLIX after throwing punches in a scuffle after Malcolm Butler’s interception sealed the 28-24 victory for the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady was taking a knee with 20 seconds left. Irvin apologized on Monday and said he was just trying to protect a teammate.

…We know the Twins got away with stuff in the 1991 World Series, but the man who broadcast the 1987 World Series thinks the Twins were messing around then too! You’ve heard the accusation before – Fake crowd noise. Does Al believe in Metrodome audio miracles? Yes! . . .”I’m going, wait a minute. This is a baseball game,” Michaels told the host, NBC colleague Mike Florio. “Nobody is screaming like this when the fifth inning starts. … To me, there was no question” that the crowd noise was not natural. This is what happens when you allow baseball to be played in domes.

…Michael Sven Vedvik of Kent, Wa., passed away February 2nd, the day after the Seahawks’ heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XLIX. Vedvik, an avid Seahawks fan, was only 53. His obituary — published in The Spokesman-Review (Vedvik was born in Spokane) — cites a “lousy play call” as the cause of death, in reference to the Hawks’ ill-fated attempt at a slant route that was intercepted in the end zone.

VEDVIK, Michael Sven Michael Sven Vedvik went to see our Lord Jesus on February 2, 2015 at his home in Kent, WA. Born on December 26, 1961 in Spokane, WA. Michael is survived by his wife Stephanie; daughters Alisha Vedvik, Brittany Mullins (husband Matthew), Chelsea Vedvik; stepdaughters Michelle and Sandy Gaughan; grandson Jayce and granddaughter Layla; father Sven Vedvik, mother MaryAnne Solberg (stepfather Gary Solberg); sisters Tina Piper and Kathrene Peters (husband Dan) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Michael attended Rogers High and Spokane Falls Community College. He was a small business owner in Kent, WA and loved his family, work, clients, traveling, the Seahawks and life. We blame the Seahawks lousy play call for Mike’s untimely demise. Mike was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. Funeral will be on February 7th, at 4:00 pm, at Mt. Spokane Church. 6311 E. Mt. Spokane Dr. Mead, WA 99021. Pastor Bob Smith will be officiating. At least his family has a sense of humor about the whole thing (unlike some other Seahawks fans).

…The truck that Chevrolet presented to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as Super Bowl MVP will be given directly by the company to teammate Malcolm Butler instead. Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl-winning interception also netted him the truck Tom Brady won for being named the game’s MVP. Chevy spokesman Michael Albano said the truck, a loaded Colorado, will be given to the cornerback, who intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass on the goal line to seal the Patriots’ win in Super Bowl XLIX last Sunday. The event will take place in the Boston area Tuesday, Albano said. If Brady received the truck himself and gave it to Butler, he would have to count its value — which Albano said was worth roughly $35,000 — as income and he would be taxed on it, said Robert Raiola, a CPA who specializes in sports tax management with O’Connor Davies in New Jersey. Brady also might have had to pay a gift tax. U.S. residents can give $5,430,000 worth of gifts in their lifetime before having to pay tax on what they give. It is not known how close Brady might be to that limit. Now instead of Brady paying income taxes, Butler will have to, according to Raiola. The approximately $35,000 value will now count as income to Butler, and he will pay taxes on that.

…The Buffalo Bills will host controversial free-agent guard Richie Incognito on Saturday, a league source tells ESPN.com. Incognito, who played three games with the Bills in 2009, is expected to take a physical and see if he’s a possible fit to play under new Buffalo coach Rex Ryan. Richie Incognito was cleared to resume football-related activities last summer after an eight-game suspension for a bullying scandal involving former Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. The Bills are in desperate need of quality guards. They are expected to run the ball a lot next season under Ryan and new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Bills starting guards Kraig Urbik and Erik Pears both underperformed in 2014, as Buffalo ranked 25th in rushing at just 92.6 yards per game. Pears also will be a free agent in March. Incognito, 31, last played with the Miami Dolphins in 2013. He also made the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. However, he is most infamous for the high-profile bullying scandal involving former Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin.

…On Friday, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported that former NFL safety Darren Sharper’s codefendant told investigators that Lions running back Reggie Bush spiked drinks with ecstasy, and distributed ecstasy, in Las Vegas. Bush’s lawyer strongly denies the allegations. “This is outrageous,” attorney Shawn Holley told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I can say to you on the record that Reggie adamantly, vehemently and unequivocally denies all of the statements in that article. We are demanding a retraction from the Advocate and Reggie is considering taking legal action.” A retraction from the newspaper would be required only if Brandon Licciardi didn’t tell investigators that he saw Bush spike drinks and distribute the drug. (Licciardi reportedly later said he didn’t actually see Bush spike drinks, but that Bush admitted doing it.) “There is no investigation, there’s never been any complaint made by any person of this happening,” Holley told Birkett. “It appears to be something that’s being stated by someone who is a criminal defendant in a serious case and looking for anything he can say to deflect from his own troubles. But there is not a shred of truth to any of this.”


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