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THE WASHINGTON STATE Gambling Commission is housed in a boxy office park in Lacey, about an hour from Seattle, and run by David Trujillo, a no-nonsense agent who’s spent a career policing tribal casinos.

His staff of roughly 100 employees investigates crimes from money laundering to dogfighting, and though his budget has been cut 20 percent in the past three years, he says, “We’re doing our best to keep up.”

Early in 2016, Trujillo’s staff came to him with concerns related to another of his jobs: enforcing the state’s ban on internet gambling. Trujillo, 53, doesn’t play video games and didn’t know anything about Counter-Strike. But he was dumbstruck when his staff told him about all the money flowing into the casino sites in the form of Valve’s skins.

One of the arguments often used to justify skins gambling is that virtual items aren’t a real currency and thus aren’t subject to traditional gaming laws. That’s why the major skin gambling sites and skin cash-out sites have typically remained separate — so the gambling sites can maintain that all that’s being wagered are virtual items. But Trujillo didn’t buy a word of it. If skins were easily being exchanged for dollars, and people were winning and losing real money, he believed it was gambling.

Once it became clear to Elijah that he needed more money, he began sneaking into his parents’ wallets while they were asleep and taking photos of their other credit cards. He figured that if he spread his charges across several cards, no one would notice. “I just kind of thought, ‘YOLO,'” he recalls.

At the same time, a friend also showed him how to buy sketchy discounted $100 gift cards online and exchange them at Wal-Mart for Steam gift cards and coupons. He did that on six occasions. On his seventh try, a cashier got wise and said she was going to talk to her manager. “I ran away,” he says. “Nothing ever happened.”

Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence, child endangerment, false imprisonment for May arrest

The on-going saga of former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald continues. The Santa Clara District Attorney’s office has filed multiple charges against McDonald in connection with his arrest on May 25. The DA has charged McDonald with misdemeanor domestic violence, felony false imprisonment, child endangerment, and violating a court order to stay away from the victim. According to Eric Branch, if convicted, McDonald faces up to three years in prison.

McDonald was arrested after being accused of physically assaulting the victim while she held a baby. McDonald allegedly broke through a door on the night question. False imprisonment is described as the unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another. This charge can arise in a situation where a person grabs hold of another person during a domestic violence situation, and refuses to let go. Choosing to let go a short time later does not negate the previous false imprisonment.
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Naturally, many have moved on from that, but it shows how little some in the NFL care about players actually behaving themselves. The more talented a player is, the more chances they get after screw-ups. McDonald was arrested for domestic violence last summer, and is also dealing with a sexual assault civil suit that could eventually be followed by criminal charges. Even if he does not do any jail time for any of this, the odds of him getting back in the NFL are somewhere between slim and none.

Elite Chris Baker Jersey This certainly hurts the chances of a relocated team happening, especially in 2016, but it’s not a death sentence by any means. There’s no word on whether the other venues are going to respond, and it’s possible that one or more of them have at this stage. The league has asked the venues to submit proposals by Aug. 5, in advance of another owners meeting in Chicago to discuss options regarding the Los Angeles market.

Poll: Is Warriors vs. Cavaliers a legitimate rivalry?

Before Monday night’s 126-91 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said that he doesn’t believe the two teams — who have played each other in the past two NBA Finals — are rivals.
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“I don’t think we have a rival in our game today,” James said on Sunday. “We’ve had two great Finals appearances the last two years, but I had the same with San Antonio when I was in Miami. We weren’t rivals. And I think I played those guys more, so I wouldn’t look at it as rivals.”

Following the big win, Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters he disagrees with James’ assertion that it’s not a rivalry.

“Yeah, I think this is a rivalry,” Green said. “”It’s definitely fun. A team that you beat, beat you, it’s definitely fun. If you look at the last two years and this year, we’ve been the top two teams in the league each year, and so I look at it as a rivalry, and it’s definitely a fun game to play in.”
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Now it’s your time to decide:

Even if James and Green have opposing views on whether this is a rivalry, there is no denying the physicality and chippiness that both teams play with in these games. Monday night, Green was assessed a flagrant foul 1 when he collided into James at half court. During the 2016 NBA Finals, Green was suspended for Game 5 after swinging his arm at James in Game 4 and being assessed a flagrant 1.

“It is a true football assessment only,” Vincent said.

In other words, the committee does not attempt to project the impact of any off-field or medical factors on the player’s ultimate draft position. In Mixon’s case, the review indicated his skills were commensurate with (presumably) a first-round pick. (The NFL does not confirm individual assessments.)

That’s a separate opinion from how teams might downgrade him for an incident in which he punched a woman, breaking her jaw, eye socket and cheekbone. Video of the incident was made public over the winter.

What the committee is telling a player like Mixon is that he is a first-round physical talent absent any mitigating factors.

Burress’ New York Giants were a 12-point underdog to the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII

Context: Burress’ New York Giants were a 12-point underdog to the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. That didn’t stop Burress from making a very specific prediction in the days leading up to the game: A 23-17 Giants victory. As the media rose into its usual uproar, Burress shrugged and said: “All this is entertainment. It’s sports, and sports are entertainment. So 23-17 is the prediction I made, but the game still has to be played.”

Outcome: The Giants won, ending the Patriots’ dream of a 19-0 season, and the 17-14 score wasn’t that far off from Burress’ prediction. He almost went Nostradamus on the bit.
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Context: Fassel’s Giants lost consecutive midseason games to drop their record to 7-4. Amid speculation about his job security, Fassel said at a news conference: “I’m raising the stakes right now. If this is a poker game I’m shoving my chips to the middle of the table. I’m raising the ante. Anybody that wants in, get in. Anybody that wants out, get out. OK? This team is going to the playoffs.”

The Cowboys have plenty of decisions to make in the offseason, but this is still a team that has a young core of talent that should grow together, led by Prescott and Elliott. Even through this loss, the future for the Cowboys looks exceedingly bright.

Authentic Womens Kurt Coleman Jersey Biggest draft need: Some of it depends on what the Cowboys do in free agency, but, like last year and the year before that, they have to find pass-rush help. They drafted DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory in the second round in two of the past three drafts and each had just one sack this season; however, it was mostly because of suspension and, in Lawrence’s case, injury. The Cowboys went through the process of building the offensive line through the draft and must make the commitment to do the same at defensive end.

Picking late in the first round will make that job tougher, but they have to find players who can affect the opposing quarterback.

Injuries are increasingly becoming a part of Calvin Johnson’s game

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It’s easy to look at Stafford and still see that guy who threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in a season. Heck, that was just a couple years ago, right? Wait, it was 2011. Since then, his passing yardage has dropped every year. He barely threw half that many touchdowns last year, with only 22. And while he had a full-season low of 12 interceptions in 2014, all of that added up to only the 15th-best fantasy quarterback.

Injuries are increasingly becoming a part of Calvin Johnson’s game, meaning you never know if/when Stafford will have his top weapon on the field. Golden Tate and the team’s assortment of running backs and tight ends are fine, but without Megatron this isn’t a special offense, and even with him Stafford is no longer a sure thing.

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No one has ever questioned Bradford’s overall ability; the question has been whether the former No. 1 pick can stay on the field. If Bradford’s performance this preseason is any indication of what’s to come, this could be the year he finally lives up to the hype.

Given Bradford’s injury history, it’s unlikely he — or most of the Eagles starters, for that matter — will take the field in the Meadowlands against the Jets Thursday night. That means fans could get treated a nice big helping of … wait for it … Tebow Time!

The Falcons have to be pleased with their starters — Matt Ryan and Julio Jones made things look easy on the opening drive. Ryan led the Falcons 91 yards on 10 plays, ending with a 13-yard touchdown to Jones. Ryan completed all six pass attempts on that drive — four of them to Jones, who finished that drive with 61 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. We already talked about Mariota and his performance with the Titans. Overall he had some bumps in the road, but he threw well on the day.

Alabama¡¯s backfield now belongs to junior running back Derrick Henry

With T.J. Yeldon off to the NFL, Alabama¡¯s backfield now belongs to junior running back Derrick Henry. He proved it in just 13 carries against Wisconsin rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the Badgers often loading the box against the Crimson Tide, Henry used his power to break tackles and showed impressive speed on a 56-yard touchdown run. Just as good as Henry¡¯s running was his pass blocking, which NFL scouts will love. At 6’3 and 242 pounds, Henry will be the next Alabama running back to land in the NFL, following Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and Yeldon. A taller version of Lacy may be a solid comparison for Henry.
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In less than a half of a game against Alabama A&M, Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel looked impressive. Sure, it was another small school opponent, but Kiel’s ball placement and arm strength were really on display.

Winning back-to-back titles is tough, though. It’s only been done eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967. But the last team to do it is a familiar one — the Patriots following the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

After unveiling their Super Bowl banner to the partisan Gillette Stadium crowd, the Patriots will have to put last year behind them and focus on their next test. The Steelers have high expectations coming into the season, but the Patriots have dominated this series recently, winning eight of the past 11 matchups, including victories in the 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship games en route to their first two Super Bowl titles. The last time these two rivals met in a Week 1 matchup was Sept. 9, 2002, when the Patriots christened Gillette Stadium with a 30-14 win on Monday Night Football.
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Only one team in the NFL racked up more yardage than Pittsburgh in 2014, and while running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant are each suspended to begin the year, the Steelers have Antonio Brown (the NFL’s leading receiver in 2014) ready to go and added veteran DeAngelo Williams to their running back corps.

The Falcons improved to 5-0 with an overtime win over Washington on Sunday

Stafford and Orlovsky combined to throw 70 passes, which tied an NFL record set by the Patriots in 1994 when they beat the Vikings, 26-20. Unlike the Pats, the Lions threw the ball so often out of desperation. They quickly fell into a hole in the second quarter, and couldn’t rely on a turnover-prone running game that averaged just 3.2 yards per carry.
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For one drive in the third quarter, the Lions appeared functional. Starting at their own 18, Orlovsky moved the team to the Cardinals’ 22-yard line before sputtering out. Facing fourth-and-10, down 35-7, the Lions had a chance to at least try to save face. Instead, they kicked.

Excellent call on the field goal, Lions. Keep it simple. Slow and steady wins the race.

The Falcons improved to 5-0 with an overtime win over Washington on Sunday, but White had just two receptions for 23 yards in the game. It upped his season total to eight receptions for 115 yards, the most meager pace of his career.
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After 952 combined receiving yards in his first two seasons, White rattled off six straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards before his production dipped to 711 yards in 13 games in 2013. The emergence of Julio Jones as a star in the NFL and the recent establishment of Leonard Hankerson as a No. 2 option for the Falcons frustrated White, who has been targeted just 17 times in five games.

“For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes,” White told ESPN.com. “I’m not out here just f—ing around just to sit around to just block f—ing people all day. It’s not what I want to do.

“I’ve contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don’t catch any balls in a game because it hasn’t happened in so long.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis has designs on applying for relocation to Southern Nevada this offseason

What about Las Vegas? Raiders owner Mark Davis has designs on applying for relocation to Southern Nevada this offseason, either later this month or in March. So what happens if and when Davis gets 23 other owners to agree to his ¡°offer they can¡¯t refuse¡±? Well, Davis has said he is going to stay in Oakland for at least two years — the Raiders have a pair of one-year options to play at the Coliseum — while a new stadium is being built in Las Vegas. Plus, Davis also wants to win a Super Bowl for the Bay Area before departing.

None of this is a done deal, mind you, but as noted above, these are the plans. The Raiders must also figure out where training camp will be — Napa or Reno? — while potentially scheduling a preseason game in Las Vegas. The players and team employees will also be gripping with a potential move. The organization has experience here, though, as the Raiders practiced in the Bay Area during the week but flew to Los Angeles for ¡°home¡± games in the 1980s.

On one hand, improving from 3-13 to 7-9 to 12-4 in the regular season should be cause for celebration. On the other, what had the makings of a magical season took a depressing detour in the fourth quarter of Week 15.

That¡¯s when quarterback and league MVP candidate Derek Carr went down with a broken fibula in his right leg. Then backup Matt McGloin flopped, got hurt and the defense failed to show up in Denver, costing the Raiders an AFC West title, a first-round bye and a home playoff game. Instead, with rookie Connor Cook making history as the first QB in the Super Bowl era to make his first NFL start in the playoffs, the Raiders fell to a wild-card berth and lost on the road to the Texans.

Despite being eased into things early this season following surgery and rehab, he produced at a crazy level. Even people in the Dolphins organization familiar with Wake¡¯s off-the-charts competitiveness didn¡¯t expect him to be so good again so soon. If ever. But that¡¯s the story with Wake: He¡¯s made a career out of defying expectations. ¡°Whatever the process was and whatever my journey was, it allowed me to still be here,¡± Wake said before Dolphins practice recently.

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Davante Adams’s 360 goalpost dunk was too awesome to be flagged

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Packers wide receiver Davante Adams scored a touchdown to give Green Bay a 17-14 lead over the Detroit Lions in the third quarter of Sunday Night Football. It was an important score in a game that will decide the winner of the NFC North, and Adams was obviously pleased.
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Adams celebrated, of course. He celebrated by dunking on the goalpost.

It wasn¡¯t just your run-of-the-mill goal post dunk, though. It was a 360 dunk, and it was awesome, and the ref in the end zone threw a flag instantaneously. The NFL hates fun.

Rasmus Asplund led Sweden with four assists, while Joel Eriksson Ek and Tim Soderlund both netted two goals apiece. Sweden goalie Felix Sandstrom was mostly untested in net, but he did give up three goals on 14 shots. It remains to be seen whether he or Filip Gustavsson gets the start when Sweden plays either Canada or the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

Penalty trouble put Sweden on the board early. Eriksson Ek turned a pass from Asplund into his fourth goal of the tournament.

For the A¡¯s, that¡¯s particularly important. They can¡¯t afford to buy a rotation, so they have to grow one. Failure to do so can be costly ¡ª when they felt they¡¯d run out of juice in mid-2014, the price for an upgrade was Yoenis Cespedes. The best way to avoid ever having to make that kind of decision again is to build as much depth as possible, so that there¡¯s always another option on hand before turning to such a dire last resort. OK, now do I have your attention?

As much as I love rookies and prospects, though, they do require patience. They might stumble out of the gate, or go through long slumps, or play great all day and then maddeningly blow it in the 9th. In the meantime, it¡¯s nice to have something else to keep things fun in the present day. Dingers are the perfect remedy.

the Dallas Cowboys desperately needed to find wins to stay in the tight NFC East race,

Despite all of that animosity, Kelly told reporters in a conference call earlier this week he’d “love” to shake McCoy’s hand Sunday. McCoy, unsurprisingly, said he wants no part of it.

LeSean McCoy on Chip: “Why do you want me to shake that guy’s hand? … “What’s the big issue?” “I gotta go, man. I’ll see y’all Sunday.”

Marco Murray, is apparently feuding with Kelly as well. Murray, who’s only averaging 3.5 yards per carry this season, reportedly met with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie this week and criticized Kelly’s approachability. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Murray could sink as low as fourth on the depth chart at running back this week.

Though Murray may not see the field Sunday, there’s little doubt that McCoy will be Buffalo’s featured back. In 10 games with the Bills this season, McCoy is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns. Given that the Eagles have the sixth-worst rushing defense in the league, McCoy may finally have a chance to extract revenge on the football field Sunday instead of through the media and passive aggressive gestures.

Similarly, the Dallas Cowboys desperately needed to find wins to stay in the tight NFC East race, but beating the Green Bay Packers was a tall task, and they proved they weren’t up to it when Green Bay got the win.

In the finale of the day, a key AFC matchup between the Patriots and Texans had a big impact on the postseason race. New England faced its first three-game losing streak since 2002, but beat the Texans easily to clinch a playoff spot and jump back into first place in the AFC. The Texans had a chance to assert their grip on the AFC South, but fell back into second place behind the Colts.

Below, we’ve got all of the Week 14 games, with scores updated throughout the day.