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REPORT: Cal LT Aaron Cochran returning for senior season

Potential good news! Cal is losing at least two offensive linemen from their 2016 squad. Senior left guard Chris Borrayo and right tackle Steven Moore have used up all their eligibility. So Cal will have to rely at least on two new faces next year. One name that was circulated as another potential departure was tackle Aaron Cochran. Cochran was rumored to potentially be graduating...
Via California Golden Blogs
December 22, 2016

Qui Nguyen wins WSOP Main Event for $8M payday

Former nail salon owner and failed professional baccarat player Qui Nguyen (Kwee Win) has won the World Series of Poker Main Event after the longest heads-up matchup in tournament history.The 39-year-old in a raccoon baseball cap took the top prize of $8,005,310 and the gold bracelet on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. He eliminated San Francisco poker pro Gordon Vayo (VAY-oh) on the...
Via FOX Sports
November 02, 2016

Be Like Tom Vu

For the unfortunate few that did not have the pleasure of experiencing Tom Vu in the late 80’s, you truly missed out. His infomercials were the best thing on late night television, which prompted In Living Color, Saturday Night Live, and Family Guy to all pay homage to him. 
Via Razzball Football
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Cal vs. Texas roundtable: Feelings on the Longhorns rematch?

What are your feelings about the Texas game? What are you hoping for from the Bears against the Longhorns? LeonPowe: This one I'm completely unsure about. Last season was the narrowest of narrow escapes and that was with the #1 pick at QB. Coin flip? Avinash: What to make of Texas. They look like they'll be a complete mess offensively (no quaterback of note yet, new offensive coordinator...
Via California Golden Blogs
August 17, 2016

Making The List: William “Bill” Smith

There are many routes we could take this week for Making the List. But summer’s sweltering heat has me thinking of a pool, or more specifically, swimming. I previously mentioned two Great Buckeyes in the swimmers category, Yoshi Oyakawa, and legendary coach Mike Pepe. I do know that the Buckeyes had many great swimmers in their history, and I should acknowledge them, one which...
Via Buckeye Battle Cry
June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari disqualified for peeing at table

Antonio Esfandiari has apologized for his actions after he was disqualified from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event this week for relieving himself into a bottle at a table during the tournament. The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet-winner claims he couldn’t make it to the restroom due to the debilitating aftermath of trying to win a prop bet with amateur poker...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

TUF vet Michael Graves dealing with the pressure of UFC debut well

LAS VEGAS --- Most UFC fans likely last saw American Top Team welterweight Michael Graves coming from behind in one of the most shocking and dramatic finishes in TUF history. We caught up with the 24 year-old a few days before his first official UFC fight, on the TUF Finale card in Las Vegas on Sunday, and he sincerely seemed fine with all the hoopla of International Fight Week and...
Via FOX Sports
July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Buy Poker Legend Eli Elezra’s Vegas House — $1,989,450

  I’ve been doing Athlete Real Estate for like three years now and have yet to dabble in houses owned by poker players. That’s not by choice. It’s just rare that you hear about one on the market. I figure that’s because some of the guys lose them in poker matches and they never even hit the market. Today that all changes. Here we have Eli Elezra, two-time WSOP bracelet...
Via Busted Coverage
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

World Series of Poker win extends Phil Hellmuth's record haul of titles

  Poker star Phil Hellmuth has again extended his World Series of Poker winning record among the card game's all-time greats and dedicated his latest victory to his friend, the late Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg. Hellmuth won his 14th tournament bracelet early Tuesday morning, placing him four ahead of poker's other iconic winners Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil...
Via Associated Press
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson signs 5-year contract extension

  Pepperdine men's basketball coach Marty Wilson has signed a five-year contract extension that will take him through the 2020-21 season. The Waves were 18-14 overall last season, finishing fourth in the West Coast Conference with a 10-8 record. They played in the CBI tournament, their first postseason appearance since 2002. Wilson has a 55-67 record in four years as coach. The...
Via Associated Press
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Simon, Co-Creator of ‘Simpsons,’ Dies at 59

Sam Simon, co-creator of comedic sitcom The Simpsons, has died. He was 59. Simon passed away after a long battle with colon cancer on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed in 2012. [H/T: TMZ]
Via COED
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: JTG Daugherty Looking to Expand on 2014 Success

Following a season that saw them as part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, JTG Daugherty is looking to expand on that success in 2015. An important piece of being able to have success is having dedicated partners, which is something that Geschickter was proud to mention during the media tour. “We have a new shiny three year relationship with the Clorox company,” team co-owner...
Via On Pit Road
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Poker icon fires back at casinos who say he cheated to win $22 million

  Phil Ivey, a 10-time World Series of Poker winner, said he did not cheat when he won nearly $22 million playing baccarat at casinos in New Jersey and London. Ivey told "60 Minutes Sports" for an interview to be broadcast Tuesday that there is a difference between increasing one's odds and cheating. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the interview. "I'm viewing the casino...
Via Associated Press
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Poker player Phil Hellmuth is in a Carl’s Jr. ad

Has Carl’s Jr. / Hardee’s convinced you to buy a burger through their continuous use of sexual commercials? No? Well, maybe this ad with poker player Phil Hellmuth will do the trick. In what can only be described as an odd strategic reversal, the burger chain went from smoking ladies rubbing burgers all over their face to … a poker player most people have never heard of or...
Via Awful Advertisements
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

JTG Daugherty Racing welcomes Hungry Jack to the No 47 Chevy

JTG Daugherty Racing has some of the finest quality brands activating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the No. 47 Chevrolet SS team and are proud to announce the addition of Hungry Jack® pancake mixes and breakfast syrups, which are part of The J.M. Smucker Company. Hungry Jack offers a no frills, no fuss way to enjoy a hearty breakfast.   Hungry Jack will have prominent positioning...

From the Turf to the Table

How some athletes are getting their competitive fix off the field Considering that professional athletes have to stay as healthy as possible outside of training, it can be difficult for them to find fun activities that are both safe, and thrilling. Given their limitations, it’s not surprising that many are attracted to playing poker. The game is exciting, requires little physical...
Via Low Brow Sports
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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