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December 2nd – Sports news from the link tank

How Online Gamblers Unmasked Cheaters – (CBSnews.com)

While Witteles was losing $15,000 to the apparent novice, other high stakes players began to notice improbable and endless winning streaks on Absolute Poker’s sister site, “Ultimate Bet.”

David Paredes, a Harvard grad who has made enough money playing poker to pay off his law school loan and live in an expensive New York apartment, got fleeced by a player called “Nio Nio.”

Asked how much he lost, Paredes tells Kroft, “I’m probably down somewhere in the range of $70,000 to that particular player.”

Paredes says there were other players who lost higher sums. “In the range of $250,000, $90,000, $70,000, $210,000.”

Here is the video segment from 60 Minutes.

Stephon Marbury banned from Knicks’ facilities – (NJ.com)

Stephon Marbury took barely 15 minutes yesterday to hear Donnie Walsh’s proposed exit strategy for what has become yet another publicly embarrassing situation for the Knicks. He then angrily left the MSG Training Center in his Rolls Royce with his driver and his NBA Players Association representative, but without the most important item of the day: a buyout agreement.

Hampton signs with Astros – (AJC.com)

The AJC’s David O’Brien reports that Hampton accepted less money than the Braves were offering to sign with the Astros. O’Brien also reported that Hampton is going through a divorce and wanted to be closer to his children in Arizona.

As a Braves fan, are you sympathetic with Hampton’s plight and thus understand his decision to leave the Braves, or would you have rather have him around in ‘09 now that he’s finally healthy? In an informal poll since the story broke Monday evening, more than 65 percent of the 3,500 respondents said it was time for Hampton to move on.

United Football League has eye on Mike Vick – (NYDailyNews.com)

Is there football life for Michael Vick after his scheduled release from federal prison next summer?

According to Michael Huyghue, commissioner of the United Football League that is set to launch next fall, the answer is yes.

“I do think he would be the type of player that would be a great player for this league,” Huyghue told the Daily News, echoing remarks he made to Sports Illustrated in August. “I still continue to believe that we might prove to be the best type of buffer for a player like Michael Vick before he returns to the NFL. Obviously there are some things that would have to happen. No one has a crystal ball. Presumably he would still be suspended.”

November 18th – Sports news from the link tank

Why I voted for Charlie Manuel as Manager of the Year – (Chron.com)

“As much as it hurt to do it, I was not the least bit numerical in casting my first vote for Manager of the Year in the National League.

After all, what do you even look at?

Best record? Not a great way, there are vast talent differences.

Wins per payroll dollar spent? Not really, payroll is more closely related to a team’s average age than it is their ability.

Outperforming projections? Maybe the projections were off or the players got better on their own.

All of those are factors to consider, but in picking Charlie Manuel of the I-didn’t-then-know-that-they-would-be-World-Champion Phillies it wasn’t really a statistical decision like Cy Young was.”

Japanese team drafts teen girl – (SI.com)

High school student Eri Yoshida was drafted by the Kobe 9 Cruise, a professional team in a new independent Japanese league that will start its first season in April.

“I always dreamed of becoming a professional,” Yoshida, who is 5-feet (152-centimeters) tall and weighs 114 pounds (52 kilograms), told a news conference Monday. “I have only just been picked by the team and haven’t achieved anything yet.”

Yoshida throws a side-arm knuckleball and says she wants to follow in the footsteps of Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, who has built a successful major league career throwing a knuckleball.

Fassel writes Al Davis: I want to coach Raiders – (SportingNews.com)

Jim Fassel sent a handwritten letter to Oakland owner Al Davis indicating his desire to coach the Raiders, several publications are reporting.

Fassel’s letter reminded Davis of their longtime relationship and his admiration for the Raiders’ organization, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The newspaper cites a source claiming Fassel is the first to express “real interest” in pursing the coaching position.

November 6th — Sports news from the link tank

Kansas loss won’t slow Coach Cal or Memphis — (FoxSports.com)

Life will not be as easy as it was last year when the Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the second time in school history and set an NCAA Division I record for victories in a season with 38. Memphis has non-league road games against Gonzaga, Georgetown and Tennessee and plays Syracuse, UMass and Cincinnati at home. They also play in a tournament in Puerto Rico, most likely drawing USC or Missouri.

But no one is questioning the Tigers’ credentials, anymore.

Calipari arrived at Memphis in 2000. He has averaged 27.3 victories during his first eight seasons there, coaching the Tigers, who were seeded 1, 3, 1 the last three tournaments, to the Elite Eight in 2006 and 2007 before advancing to the national title game last spring.

Giants Shut Down Tyree for Season; Raiders Cut Hall – (NYtimes.com)

David Tyree said he did not want to sound arrogant, but he thought he still might have something great left to accomplish in football, something even better than his celebrated catch last season that helped win the Super Bowl.

But Tyree will have to wait until at least next season to do it because the Giants put him on the injured reserve list Wednesday. He missed the first six weeks of the season while recovering from knee surgery.

Around FCS: Campaigning for playoff berths — (SportsNetwork.com)

As a nation, we’ve watched an exhausting presidential campaign wind its way to the finish line with the election of Barack Obama on Tuesday. I, for one, am glad it doesn’t take that long for teams to make their appeals for spots in the FCS playoffs.

You have an 11 or 12-game schedule for teams to state their cases before 16 squads move on to the postseason.

When the calendar turns the corner on November, you know you are in the stretch run for the regular season. Teams have just three more weekends to prove they belong.

When it comes to class, Garret Anderson could teach Jeff Kent – (LAtimes.com)

I spent four years trying to understand Jeff Kent, so many trying and aggravating chats before making a breakthrough here and there.

As bright as he was, Kent had so much to offer but was so unwilling to share it. His final days with the Dodgers were bitter ones, and off to himself as if he could separate himself any more from the team, he finally got his wish, leaving without any fanfare.

“Open-minded” about trading Holliday – (DenverPost.com)

O’Dowd is looking for the best deal, not the best pitchers, with multiple opposing executives predicting that Philadelphia and Oakland are the most likely trade partners.

“There is not much pitching in the market available. Period,” O’Dowd said. “And any pitching we get will likely be projection pitching. Not that guy that has been there, done it. We are completely open-minded to anything.”

O’Dowd has been laying the groundwork for weeks regarding Holliday, trying to sift through the best fits. O’Dowd held extensive talks with Philadelphia in July regarding Holliday and Brian Fuentes, asking for Triple-A pitching prospect Carlos Carrasco and big-league starter J.A. Happ. In the playoffs, multiple Phillies players were convinced the team would make another serious run at Holliday if left fielder Pat Burrell wasn’t re-signed.