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Two horses die at early Preakness Day races

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Parents: Relax! It's just a game; Sign reminds overbearing adults to lighten up

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Lots of parents become sideline coaches and their children's biggest critics when they attend school and extracurricular activities or sports events.

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They scream and shout, offering pieces of advice to the youngsters as they run to the next base, go for the next layup or aim to take the next shot. 

But a sign posted outside a Pleasanton Little League game in Texas serves as a reminder to parents that a game is just a game.

The sign reads:

"Reminders from your child: 

- I'm just a kid.

- It's just a game.

- My coach is a volunteer.

- The officials are humans.

- No college scholarships will be handed out today."

While the sign carries a serious message, it ends with a lighthearted, "Thank you and have fun!" 

A photo of the sign has spread rapidly on social media platforms.

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5 March Madness horror stories

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual men’s basketball tournament kicks off Tuesday. And while betting on brackets and watching the 68 teams whittle down to a Final Four can certainly prove entertaining, it’s not always just fun and games.

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Here are some March Madness nightmares to watch out for:

1. A $24,000 bracket bruising

Bryan Armen Graham entered a March Madness bracket pool run by a friend in his hometown for years. He told The Guardian that in 2008, the total pot reached enormous heights -- 48,800. The winner would take home half of that -- $24,400. 

When Graham and his significant other moved into first place with just the championship game left, another member of the pool called to make him an offer. He told Graham he’d be willing to split the winner’s $24, 000 if he took first (a Kansas victory) if Graham promised to do the same should Memphis take home the championship, cementing his bracket dominance.

But Graham didn’t take the deal and ended up dropping to 24th place, out of the money entirely after Kansas lost.

2. Fake Final Four tickets

One North Carolina woman found herself out $1,480 after purchasing a pair of phony NCAA Final Four tickets on Craigslist, Fox6Now reported in 2015. She wasn’t the only person to fall victim to that particular scammer, who was purportedly posing as a doctor based out of Milwaukee. The physician’s office told the Better Business Bureau it had received dozens of call that week from customers who had bought tickets that never actually surfaced.

Tickets scams, in general, are fairly common at major sporting events. To avoid them, the BBB recommends sticking to reliable sellers registered with the National Association of Ticket Brokers, checking a vendor’s guarantee policy and using a credit card, which offers better fraud protections than cash or debit cards.

3. Office pool leads to legal woes

John Bovery of New Jersey used to run an office pool at the Wall Street firm where he worked. It was the typical football squares, NCAA tourney brackets, etc. But his $837,000 purse with more than 8,000 entrants came crashing down in 2010 when cops started investigating an alleged mafia member with ties to the pool.

Participants in NCAA tournament pools are rarely prosecuted, but there’s a strong argument that these contests violate both federal and state laws, so it’s wise to keep that in mind as you fill out your bracket.

4. Gambling addiction

To some people, betting on brackets may feel like harmless fun. But others may find themselves fueling a gambling addiction. One former New York stockbroker outlined the scope of his March Madness woes to ESPN back in 2013.

His troubles included “tricking his parents into investing $30,000 into his ‘business,’ when the money really was going to bookies,” columnist Rick Reilly reported. The stockbroker ultimately got help after attending Gamblers Anonymous. Those similarly suffering from a gambling addiction can consider looking for a support group online.

5. The health impact

The first time Betsy Fisher filled out an NCAA tournament bracket was her last. She was elated when her teams were advancing, but when they started to lose, she went into a funk, finally deciding the whole experience is just bad for her health.

“Now the weekend. Games on all day long. I can’t watch. I can barely ask my husband about the games,” she wrote on her blog in 2012. “I’m depressed that I’m not going to WIN. By the end of Sunday, I make a pan of brownies. Not only do I lick the bowl. I eat 3 before they have even cooled and eat another for good measure before bed.”

Other things to look out for:

Your boss knows you're watching games at work.

Many March Madness games happen during the day (it would take quite a while to air the whole tournament if every game was in prime time). For many college hoops fanatics, this leads to a conundrum -- miss a game or watch at work?

Companies aren’t totally clueless that this is happening, as people have reported about company-wide emails warning people about Internet connection issues due to too many people tuning in on their PCs. If you’re going to watch, tread lightly. You don’t want to get fired for watching a first round match-up.

No one is getting anything done. 

As a worker, you might not care about the occasional day where you don’t get much done, but your boss probably does. If you’re a business owner, March Madness can be downright disastrous. For several years, experts have estimated companies lose well over $1 billion to lack of productivity during March Madness, as employees fill out brackets and stream the games. Last year, job-placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimated losses would reach $1.9 billion.

A love of basketball could get you hacked. 

Cyber criminals know you’re going to start searching the Internet for bracket-building tools and information about the best teams, so they build malware around popular search terms, according to security site PC World. Just because something comes up in your search results doesn’t mean you should click on it -- don’t open attachments or links from sites or email addresses you don’t recognize, even if they’re related to your favorite team.

A ticket but nowhere to sleep.

There’s nothing more exciting than your team making its way through the tournament, especially if they end up in the Final Four or championship game. Why not celebrate with a spur-of-the-moment trip to the finals? Sure, it’ll be expensive, but you might be able to find a good deal. Be careful, though -- it’s not unheard of for people to lose money to a fake hotel offer during a major sporting event.

The BBB suggests asking for the name, address and phone number of a hotel in any offer you are considering and calling directly to verify that the room exists. You should also “check the hotel’s website or a reputable travel site to be sure that the location is convenient for getting to and from the arena,” it said.

Your ex could use March Madness against you in court.

When you’re in the middle of a divorce, nothing is off the table. As one North Carolina law firm highlighted on its site, excess drinking and gambling during March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day -- which falls in the middle of the tournament this year -- could be used in court to affect alimony payments.

ESPN Source: Peyton Manning to announce retirement Monday

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After 18 seasons and two Super Bowl titles, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is reportedly retiring. 

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Manning plans to announce his retirement Monday in a news conference, a source told ESPN. 

Manning's retirement wouldn't come as a shock. The soon-to-be 40-year-old is the oldest quarterback ever to start a Super Bowl.

After the Broncos won the national championship, on-field cameras caught Manning telling Pats coach Bill Belichick, "This might be my last rodeo."

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Manning will exit as the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total wins as a quarterback.

But Manning's postseason legacy has always been a point of criticism, which made his team's Super Bowl win that much more important. Manning now has two Super Bowl rings after Denver's victory. 

There's a reason Manning waited until after the season was over to make this decision. Manning said at Super Bowl Opening Night he didn't want a farewell tour throughout an entire season. 

And just because Manning might be retiring from playing doesn't necessarily mean he's done with football. 

There's speculation he could consider a front office job, with one report from CBS highlighting Cleveland and Tennessee as possible landing spots. 

“Few have left their marks on a sport as Peyton Manning has," Indianapolis Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. "Simply put, he revolutionized NFL football. Peyton energized it as had no one before him, he made it more fun for our fans and (he) made the game better. Off the field, Peyton has been a tremendous ambassador for the game and the epitome of someone who gives back to the community. He is the most recognizable face in the history of the NFL and perhaps its most popular. I will miss seeing #18 on the field on Sundays, and I am proud and thankful for all he’s done for the Colts, our community and the NFL. On behalf of Colts and NFL fans worldwide, I thank Peyton and congratulate him on an incredible career.”

Manning played for the Colts for 14 seasons between 1998 and 2011. He began playing for the Broncos in 2012.

Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It's been an honor.Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, March 6, 2016

New England high school welcomes 3-foot, 5-inch tall basketball player

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A determined teen isn't letting his height prevent him from hitting the court at Hillsboro-Deering High School in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.

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Tristan Wilmott, 14, was diagnosed with mulibrey nanism when he was 4 years old. The rare genetic disorder causes significant growth failures. Wilmott stands at 3 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 42 pounds and wears a size 1 shoe.

This year, the freshman joined the high school's junior varsity team.

What he lacks in height, Wilmott's teammates said he makes up for in spirit, the Union Leader reported.

“He definitely raises the spirits of everybody on the team,” said coach Andrew Jones. "He’s been in games where we’ve been down by a lot, and then at the end Tristan goes out and everyone on the bench is cheering and he’s taking shots and they’re hoping they go in, and it’s just an explosion when he does make it. A lot of teams, when they’re down by that much, no one cares anymore and they’re just waiting for the clock to run out.”

The team has yet to win a game this season, but it's not over  yet. Good luck, Hillcats!

Read more about Wilmott here.

What he lacks in height, he makes up for in spirit -- best of luck to Tristan & the Hillsboro-Deering Hillcats!Posted by FOX25 News on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rob Lowe criticizes Cam Newton, Twitter responds

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After he watched Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton storm out of a press conference that followed the Panthers’ loss to the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50, Rob Lowe was more than a little peeved.

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The “Parks and Recreation” and “The West Wing” actor offered a candid take on the incident that alluded that Newton lacked class.

 

After losing to the Broncos, Newton kept his answers short and tense during a post-game press conference that ultimately ended with Newton’s abrupt exit.

“Wow. What a press conference from Cam Newton. So gracious! So classy! So humble! What an example to kids! Just like Peyton.  ,” Lowe wrote.

Lowe attended the game with one of his sons and was spotted wearing a Denver Broncos jersey to support his longtime friend Peyton Manning.

After Lowe’s tweet went up, many Twitter users immediately pointed out that Lowe may not be the best person to be dishing out examples of who is and who is not a good example for a child.

Some tweets directed at Lowe contained reference to the late 1980s sex tape scandal that almost derailed his career.

Lowe videotaped himself having sex with two women during the 1988 Democratic Convention. One of those women was 16 at the time, which was against the law in the state of Georgia, where the video was filmed.

5 things you can buy for the price of a Super Bowl ticket

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Super Bowl 50 may be the most expensive in series history with tickets averaging $5,000 a pop, according to WSBTV.

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Football fans hoping to see the Carolina Panters and the Denver Broncos between the hedges can expect to pay thousands of dollars for tickets to the game and also incur other costs including transportation costs, parking and food and hotels in San Francisco,  one of the most expensive places in the country to live, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index.

All other costs aside, here are six things that could be purchased with the same amount of money some people are paying for a ticket to Super Bowl 50:

1. A cruise for you and 15 other friends 

Assuming you purchased a cruise package for $300, which is a reasonable assumption, you could go on a cruise to the Bahamas with more than a dozen of your closest friends and family and still have money leftover to spend.

2. About 500 large Papa John's pizzas

One large cheese pizza is about $10, so with 500 pizzas, you could buy enough to throw the entire neighborhood a pizza party or provide lunch for your whole company and maybe even the people in the building next door. 

3. A national experience with Guns N' Roses

According to Elite Daily, for the price of a Super Bowl ticket, a dedicated fan could buy tickets to every concert on the rock band's tour schedule and accompanying travel expenses.

4. A semester in school

About 50 colleges and universities offer programs that cost about the same as a ticket to this year's Super Bowl. Of course that cost only includes tuition and not books, meals or room and board, but it's a start.

5. A car

CarFax.com lists used Mercedes models, Corvettes and Mustangs for $5,000 and less.

San Francisco-based news station KRON reported that a consumer could also purchase at least eight courtside tickets for an NBA game, 40 flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco and a 65-inch LG Smart Ultra HD TV for the same price. 

You could win $50,000 for one Doritos tweet during the Super Bowl

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Get your Twitter fingers ready. 

The right post on the social media platform could win you $50,000. 

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Doritos, known for premiering memorable commercials during the NFL playoffs, will award three lucky social media users with $50,000 each.

The Frito-Lay brand is looking for the best message, the best photo and the best video posted during the Super Bowl 50 game on Sunday. 

Those entering the contest have between 12 p.m. Pacific time and the final whistle of the game to post their cleverest entries using the hashtags #Doritos and #entry.

The company will announce the winning tweets on Monday.

This year also marks the final year Doritos will host its Crash the Super Bowl campaign in which fans submit home-made commercials with a chance to have it aired during the playoffs and to win $1 million in prize money.

10 fun facts about the Super Bowl

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Are you ready for the "Golden Game?" The 50th Super Bowl will take place in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7th, featuring the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

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Here are a few other fun facts and figures to consider about the big game:

1. The name – The NFL has come a long way from the first Super Bowl, which was not even called the Super Bowl. It was called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Keep that in mind as you ponder buying that eBay bargain "authentic" ticket stub with "Super Bowl I" printed on it.

2. Ticket prices – TiqIQ lists the average Super Bowl 50 ticket price at just over $6,350 as of Friday. Compare that to the nearly $4,100 average ticket price for last year's Super Bowl during the same two weeks before the big game, and it seems likely that Super Bowl 50 will set a new record. It's quite a change from 1967, when championship game tickets topped out at $12 each and the "secondary market" consisted only of ticket scalpers outside the L.A. Coliseum.

3. Pass the guac – What is a Super Bowl without snacks, and plenty of them? Estimates suggest that during the Super Bowl, we consume 4,000 tons of popcorn, 8 million pounds of guacamole with 14,500 tons of chips and over 1.2 billion chicken wings, among other snacks. Americans will wash that down with over 325 million gallons of beer.

4. Betting – While many people watch the Super Bowl simply for the football action, bets on the “Golden Game” have taken on a life of their own as fans place bets on everything from the outcome of the game to the result of the opening coin toss and how long the National Anthem will be sung. According to Superbowlbets.com, every year an estimated 200 million people worldwide wager approximately $10 billion on some form of Super Bowl bet.

5. History, good and bad – The Broncos are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl appearances with eight. Unfortunately, they also lead in the number of Super Bowl losses with five. The Patriots have four losses, along with the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills, but they also have four wins compared to none for Minnesota and Buffalo.

6. Old vs. new – Out of the last 12 Super Bowls, 11 of them featured one of three AFC quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger. Manning's latest playoff victory makes that 12 out of 13 (unless Denver starts Brock Osweiler, which has as much chance of happening as Janet Jackson repeating as halftime entertainment). The other quarterback? Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, the only one of the bunch never to lose a Super Bowl.

Meanwhile in Carolina, the NFC supplies a former No. 1 pick at quarterback and a team that has appeared in the Super Bowl once, but lost its only appearance. Coincidentally, had Arizona won instead, that would still have been the case.

7. Where's the "L?" – This is the only year that the NFL is abandoning the classic Roman Numeral designation, thinking that Super Bowl 50 sounds more appealing than Super Bowl L. However, Roman numerals will be back next year with Super Bowl LI. We can’t wait to get our kicks at Super Bowl LIX.

8. Maybe next year (but probably not) – Only four teams have never reached the Super Bowl. The recently added Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans have not done so, nor have two of the league's oldest members: the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. So far, it looks like that tradition will hold through the 2016-17 season.

Both the Lions and Browns won championships in the pre-Super-Bowl era, but have not so much as played in a championship since. Ask your grandfather about when the Lions and Browns were good… or maybe your great-grandfather.

9. TV commercials – The cost of Super Bowl ads has hit an almost absurd $5 million for a 30-second spot, up 11 percent from last year. Then again, how many TV events offer a captive audience where arguably the ads gather as much (or more) attention than the show?

10. TV viewers – Last year's Super Bowl topped the list with 114.4 million viewers watching an exciting game that came down to the last seconds before New England sealed a victory over Seattle with a goal-line interception. Of the top 10 individual television broadcasts ever, all but one are Super Bowls. The "M*A*S*H" series finale currently sits in seventh place at 106 million viewers. Logically, in a few more years, the entire top 10 list will be comprised of Super Bowls.

Regardless of which team you root for, enjoy Super Bowl 50 with plenty of friends and plenty of snacks. If the game is a blowout, you can still enjoy the commercials and your share of 8 million pounds of guacamole.

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