Former Seahawk Tice hits paydirt with wager
There was one winning ticket on the pick-six wager Thursday at Del Mar, near San Diego.
It was worth $100,796.20 and it belonged to ex-Seahawks tight end Mike Tice, who invested $128 (for 64 pick-six combinations).
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“Sure, there’s some luck involved,” Tice told ESPN.com. “But I had the Form out for two days and handicapped it.”
ESPN.com quoted Tice, 54, as experiencing “the excitement of my life right now” by hitting all six races in the Del Mar sequence.
Tice was let go as offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in January; he was coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002 through the 2005 season.
The pick six seemingly had an NFL omen when the second race in the sequence was won by 5-2 favorite Tebowing, a reference to quarterback Tim Tebow.
Tice is a frequent visitor to Emerald Downs and was honorary steward for the Emerald Express stakes race July 28 at the Auburn track.
Tice is a co-owner of 2-year-old Midnight Hawk. Other owners of the California-based horse are Joel Quenneville, coach of the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks; Mike Kitchen, Blackhawks assistant coach; and prominent horseman Mike Pegram, a former Mount Vernon resident.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune about his pick-six victory, Tice said, “I just got a text from Quenneville and he asked me if I am hung over. Nope.”
76ers reportedly want Spurs’ Brown as coach
The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly have offered Brett Brown their long-vacant coaching job.
Brown, an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, was in final discussions Friday with Philadelphia regarding terms and finances, according to Yahoo Sports. The Sixers have been searching for a coach since Doug Collins resigned in April.
Brown, 52, helped lead the Spurs to this year’s NBA Finals, where they lost to Miami in seven games.
IOC awaits response
The International Olympic Committee is waiting for the Russian government to clarify the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for next year’s Sochi Games.
The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and imposes fines on those holding gay-pride rallies. It has caused an international outcry and spawned calls for protests leading to the Feb. 7-Feb. 23 Olympics.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said the Russian government provided written assurances about the law but some elements remain unclear.
In Washington, President Barack Obama said it would be wrong to boycott the Winter Olympics despite frustrations with Russia. He said he is offended by Russia’s new law, but noted American athletes are training and it wouldn’t be fair to deny them the chance to compete at the Games.
NBC is assuring gay and lesbian employees who might cover the Olympics that it will do everything possible to keep them safe.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko insisted Olympic athletes would have to respect the laws of the country during the Games. He said there is no way Russia would yield to political pressure.
• Four former Vanderbilt football players have been indicted on five counts of aggravated rape each of an unconscious 21-year-old student at a campus dormitory in June.
Safety Cory Batey, 19; defensive back Brandon Banks, 19; receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, 19; and tight end Brandon Vandenburg, 20, also have been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery for an incident tipped to campus officials by surveillance video.
Vandenburg also is charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.
• All-America receiver Marqise Lee of USC left practice early after apparently injuring his right shoulder.
Lee, last season’s Pac-12 offensive player of the year, reportedly told teammates he would be “fine” before he left the field.
• American Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup tennis semifinals in Toronto, overpowering Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1.
• IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves suffered minor injuries after crashing during practice for a stock-car race Sunday in Brazil. The three-time Indy 500 winner had cuts on his legs, and neck and back pain, after the crash in Ribeirao Preto.
• Two major soccer seasons kicked off.
Defending champ Bayern Munich beat visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top league.
In France, defending champion Paris Saint-Germain played to a 1-1 draw with 10-man Montpellier.
• British Olympic official Craig Reedie, 72, is set to become the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. John Fahey, 68, is stepping down as WADA president at the end of the year.
• In sailing, Luna Rossa of Italy beat Artemis Racing of Sweden to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven America’s Cup challenger semifinals.
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