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LeBron James wears Cubs uniform to pay off World Series bet

LeBron James didn’t like it, but a bet’s a bet. And when you lose a bet, you pay the winner.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers star made a bet with former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade before the World Series. If the Cubs won, then James would have to wear a full Cubs uniform the next time the Cavaliers played in Chicago. 

The Cubs did indeed win the Series, earning their first championship in 108 years when they overcame a 3-1 deficit to rally past the Cleveland Indians.

So the payoff came Friday night, as James and the Cavaliers came to town to play the Chicago Bulls. James donned a Cubs jersey, pants and cap. No cleats, though.

“I’m not wearing cleats,” he had told reporters on Thursday. “No glove. Just the uniform.” 

As James walked through the arena before Friday night’s game, he was met by a gleeful Wade, who videotaped his rival. 

“My Indians gave everything they had,” James said in an earlier video posted on the Bleacher Report website. “But the Cubs came back, and, you know, they showed what true champions was all about. 

“Meanwhile, I’m pinstriped-up, walking into a nationally televised game in Chicago because of a bet I lost.” 

"It's a bet," James continued. "You have to fulfill your bet. Nothing more to it."

Cleveland’s luck against Chicago continued to sour, as the Cavaliers lost 111-105 despite James’ 27-point night. Wade helped Chicago to victory by scoring 24 points. 

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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.”

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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.

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

Dayton advances over Boise St.

Sapulpa to Host 2nd Annual Donkey Basketball Game

Sapulpa's Varisty Dance Team, Ping Pings will host thier 2nd Annual Donkey Basketball Game on Tuesday, November 4th a the Sapulpa High School Chieftan Center. The event will help the Varsity Dance Team to rasie money to attend the NDA national in Orlando in March of 2015. 

Veterans Appreciation Day at Tulsa Shock

Veterans, Military Members Invited to Attend Free Tulsa Shock Game

July 27th

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The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) and sponsors will host a Veterans Appreciation Day event on July 27 during a Tulsa Shock game at the BOk Center in Tulsa.

Veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserve troops can get a free ticket to the 3:30 p.m. game vs. the Chicago Sky with a military or VA ID along with a free voucher for a soda and hot dog. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

The first 100 significant others of Veterans or military members will also get in free. Discounted tickets for family members will be available for $12.

Organized by the JCMVAMC Combat Care Team, the purpose of this annual outreach event is to thank Veterans for their service, educate them about VA benefits and services and encourage Veterans to enroll for VA health care.

If you have questions about tickets, please contact the Tulsa Shock ticket office at 918-949-9708.

2014 Tulsa Shock Info Page

We're proud to support the Tulsa Shock as they enter their fifth season in the WNBA.

Get the complete scoop on the Shock here:

  • Click HERE for the Shock Game Schedule 
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High School Hoops Showcase at BOK Center

HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS SHOWCASE COMING TO BOK CENTER

WHAT: High School Hoops Showcase

WHERE: BOK Center

WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10am

TICKETS: $10 General Admission Seating (additional fees may apply)

TICKET INFO: Available online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available through the schools playing in the showcase.

 

SMG Special Events and the BOK Center are proud to present the 2014 High School Hoops Showcase January 18, 2014 at the BOK Center. The first year event features 16 of the best high school teams from the Tulsa Metro area playing in a total of eight games, four boys and four girls games, all in one day in downtown Tulsa.

During the past five years, the BOK Center has hosted some of the top names in professional and collegiate basketball. The inaugural High School Hoops Showcase continues this tradition of basketball excellence by allowing local student-athletes the opportunity to display their competitive talents in a world-class sports venue that features state-of-the-art video boards, seating, locker room facilities and more.

“We recognize the importance of the BOK Center to the community and strive to create events that make the facility accessible to all,” said SMG General Manager John Bolton. “The High School Hoops Showcase will be an exciting opportunity for the players, their families and community supporters to enjoy the BOK Center while cheering on these student-athletes in a professional sports atmosphere.”

Gil Cloud, Director of Secondary Schools Athletics and Activities, added: “We are pleased to partner with the BOK Center and SMG in the promotion of high school basketball with this outstanding event. On behalf of TPS Athletics and all of the participating schools we are honored to be invited to participate in the first ever high school basketball games to be played at the BOK Center.”

General Admission tickets to the showcase are $10, which includes admission to all eight games, and go on sale NOW at www.bokcenter.com , the Arby’s Box Office, all ticket outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Participating schools also have the opportunity to sell tickets, with a portion of the sales going to the school’s athletic department. For additional information, visit bokcenter.com.

 

Showcase Schedule – All Games Played January 18

9:00am Edison Girls (Home) vs. Memorial Girls

10:30am Coweta Boys (Home) vs. Pryor Boys

12:00pm Tahlequah-Sequoya Girls (Home) vs. Jay Girls

1:30pm Union Boys (Home) vs. Broken Arrow Boys

3:00pm Broken Arrow Girls (Home) vs. Union Girls

4:30pm Booker T. Washington Boys (Home) vs. Edison Boys

6:00pm Booker T. Washington Girls (Home) vs. East Central Girls (televised “Ford Game of the Week”)

7:30pm Victory Christian Boys (Home) vs. Memorial Boys (televised “Ford Game of the Week”)

 

The final two games of the showcase will be televised live on Cox Channel HD 703 and Channel 3 in Tulsa as the “Ford Game of the Week.”

The SMG Special Events department was created shortly after the opening of the BOK Center with the goal of producing events and festivals that appeal to multiple demographics, provide high-quality yet affordable entertainment while enhancing the community spirit and revitalization taking place in downtown Tulsa. SMG Special Events produces numerous events throughout the year including: Arvest Winterfest, Rock ‘n Rib Festival, Dodgebrawl, OK! Play and the Literature Live Theatre Series. SMG Special Events welcomes more than 200,000 visitors to downtown Tulsa annually.

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