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February 2012 Archives

Bodog Shut Down: Sports Gambling Site's Founder Calvin Ayre Indicted

Bad news sports betters — online sports gambling site Bodog has been shut down.

Federal authorities have indicted Calvin Ayre, the site’s Canadian founder, along with three other foreign executives. The group has been accused of conducting an illegal international sports gambling business and conspiring to commit money laundering.

Records show Bodog wired at least $100 million to gamblers located in Maryland and elsewhere in the United States.

NBA star Chris Bosh's contentious child-custody battle appears headed for a new venue, which means the Miami Heat power forward will stay in Orlando after Sunday's All-Star Game.

Bosh is set to appear in family court in Orlando on Monday morning, over a dispute with Allison Mathis, the mother of his 3-year-old daughter Trinity, the website TMZ reports.

Bosh is supposed to see his daughter 12 days a month, Bosh asserts in a court filing, according to TMZ. But so far in February, Mathis has only allowed Bosh to see his daughter a total of 22 hours, the documents allege.

Ex-Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme

Former Fiesta Bowl chief executive John Junker has pleaded guilty to one count of felony solicitation to commit a fraud scheme. He and other executives have been accused of asking employees to make $50,000 in donations to bowl-friendly politicians. Reimbursements were then recorded as "employee bonuses."

The scheme caused organization records, donor lists and campaign finance reports to be falsified over a 9-year period. It is also illegal to use another person's name to make political contributions.

Michael Jordan Sues Chinese Sportswear for Using His Chinese Nickname

Michael Jordan has been all about protecting his image as of late, and now he's taken the fight all the way to China. The basketball superstar has filed a lawsuit against sportswear company Qiaodan Sports, accusing it of illegally using his name and jersey number.

Qiaodan is Jordan's Chinese nickname, and it has appeared on millions of dollars worth of merchandise since 2000. The company claims it has a right to exploit Jordan's Chinese nickname, having trademarked it under local law.

Does Michael Jordan's Chinese lawsuit have a chance?

Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V was found guilty of second-degree murder in the brutal beating death of his ex-girlfriend, also a UVA lacrosse player.

A jury found Huguely, 24, guilty in the death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, ABC News reports. Huguely now faces up to 60 years in prison.

Love, a star UVA lacrosse player, was just weeks away from graduating when a roommate found her beaten, face-down, in a pool of blood in May 2010. Huguely admitted he and Love got into an argument that involved "wrestling," but denied killing her.

Huguely's lacrosse murder conviction shows jurors didn't buy it.

ESPN's firing of an editor over a racially charged headline about the NBA's Jeremy Lin likely won't lead to a lawsuit by the fired employee -- or, for that matter, by Lin or his representatives.

ESPN fired editor Anthony Federico on Sunday, after he wrote a headline that included the phrase "Chink in the Armor" to describe Lin's penchant for turnovers as the New York Knicks' point guard. The headline was quickly taken down, the New York Daily News reports.

Federico's firing has fueled a debate about the use of racial slurs that offend Asian Americans. But it likely won't lead to a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination -- or, in Jeremy Lin's case, defamation.

TCU Drug Bust: 4 Football Players Among 17 Caught in Drug Sting

Four football players were amongst the 17 students at Texas Christian University arrested on Wednesday. The Fort Worth police carried out a 6-month investigation and caught the group selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs to undercover officers.

The TCU drug bust involved three defensive players -- Tanner Brock, D.J. Yendre, Devin Johnson -- and offensive lineman Ty Horn. It's not yet known whether the four were selling to teammates, but investigators think it's possible.

Should the term "Linsanity" be trademarked? Apparently there's an app for that -- an application for a trademark, that is. But it's not by the NBA's newest phenom Jeremy Lin.

Instead, a California man made the first play for a "Linsanity" trademark, Bloomberg reports. Yenchin Chang, 35, of Alhambra, filed his trademark application Feb. 7, the day after Jeremy Lin finally got a chance to prove himself as the New York Knicks' starting point guard.

The Knicks have been on an improbable "Lin-ning" streak ever since, and Jeremy Lin's No. 17 Knicks jersey is now the NBA's top online seller, according to Bloomberg.

Chang's "Linsanity" trademark application for goods like T-shirts and hats, however, is likely a loser.

Ex-NBA star Allen Iverson's bank account is set to take a huge hit, after a judge ordered the account seized to pay off Iverson's debt to a jewelry store.

How much bling brought down the 11-time NBA all-star? The answer: About $860,000 worth, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

You may think that's chump change to Allen Iverson, 36, who earned more than $150 million while playing for the 76ers, according to the Inquirer. But Iverson apparently blew through most of his cash, and not just on jewelry.

Jerry Sandusky Can See His Grandchildren, Judge Rules

Despite protests from prosecutors, a judge has granted Jerry Sandusky permission to communicate with 11 of his 14 grandchildren. The grant comes as part of a request to modify his bail conditions.

The former Penn State coach is currently on house arrest and has been ordered to have no contact with persons under the age of 18. Up until now, Sandusky's grandchildren were part of that ban, as they are between 2 and 14 years of age.

New England Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco is deep-sixing (or should we say, deep-seis-ing?) his made-up last name. And he’s doing it for the sake of his reality TV-star fiancée.

Chad Ochocinco, born Chad Javon Johnson, revealed his latest name-change plans in response to a fan’s Twitter mention, a Sports Illustrated blog reports.

“I just notice (sic) I got bout 5 @ochocinco jerseys signed sitting on the wall,” the fan said in a tweet.

“Take them down, i’ll be Johnson on july 4th,” Chad Ochocinco/Johnson replied in a retweet, according to SI.

Some may be skeptical about Ochocinco’s claim.

Lawyers for the Los Angeles Dodgers want a federal court in Delaware to dismiss beaten fan Bryan Stow's lawsuit against the team.

Dodgers attorneys filed a motion with the bankruptcy court Friday, asserting Stow cannot prove the team is responsible for his injuries, MLB.com reports.

Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, Calif., remains in rehab for severe brain injuries after two men attacked him in a Dodgers Stadium parking lot in March 2011. The attackers were arrested and are awaiting trial.

Lawyers for Stow and his two children filed suit against the Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt -- first in California, and then in Delaware. Why sue in both states?

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno's lead foot led to his arrest last week for DUI in a construction zone, according to police.

Moreno, 24, was pulled over for speeding Feb. 1 in a Bentley convertible with personalized license plates that read "SAUCED," Denver's KDVR-TV reports. Moreno was going 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone on Interstate 25, the station reported.

The Denver police officer who stopped Moreno smelled alcohol. But Moreno apparently wasn't too sauced -- he was "very respectful and polite," police told KDVR.

Alberto Contador Stripped of 2010 Tour de France Title by Court

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador's doping charges were upheld on Monday. He was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title and banned from the sport for two years.

The decision was handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The three-man panel held that Contador was guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Contador originally argued that the presence of clenbuterol in his system was not the result of illegal doping. The cyclist said it was because he ate contaminated meat.

Illegal Sports Websites Shut Down by Feds Ahead of Super Sunday

Those who lack in cable -- or proper geographical region -- often turn to websites that stream sporting events online. But federal prosecutors in New York have put the kibosh on that activity just days before this year's Super Bowl.

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have seized 16 illegal sports websites, also arresting a man who runs 9 of them. That man, Yonjo Quiroa, has been charged with criminal infringement of copyright -- a crime that carries a 5 year prison term.

A Minnesota man's part-time job is on thin ice, after he was arrested for driving a Zamboni while drunk at a pee-wee hockey game.

Joel Keith Bruss, 34, of Apple Valley, Minn., was supposed to maneuver a Zamboni around an indoor ice rink to make the surface smooth for skating. But Bruss' moves were anything but smooth when he took to the ice Monday night, Minneapolis' WCCO-TV reports.

Kids and hockey moms were stunned as Bruss struggled to control the Zamboni, bumping into the rink's walls and unable to drive in a straight line. A concerned coach called 911.