Churchill Downs wants $14K back from Wes Welker after payout error

Wes Welker money Kentucky Derby

Wes Welker hit it big at the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, and the Denver Broncos wide receiver was ecstatic about it. Welker made his exit from the race carrying stacks of hundreds and was spotted handing money out to random strangers. Now, Churchill Downs is claiming they accidentally overpaid him by $14,000.

TMZ reported on Friday that Welker sent a friend to collect his $57,193.90 at the track a few days after he placed the winning bets himself. Due to a computer malfunction that was caused by human error, Welker’s friend was supposedly given $14,000 he wasn’t entitled to. Churchill Downs is asking for the money back.

“An individual believed to be a member of Wes Welker’s group on Kentucky Derby day was the beneficiary of an overpayment north of $14,000 on a wager due to a tote malfunction,” Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers said in a statement. “In turn, a letter has been sent to that individual in an attempt to resolve the error.”

Welker, who won most of his money on 37-1 long shot Commanding Curve, told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday that he’s not giving the money back and that he never calculated what he was supposed to take home.

According to TMZ, Welker is likely going to have to pay the money back. He can obviously afford it, but you would think Churchill Downs should be responsible for their own mistake. What if someone who had no money in the bank was accidentally given $15,000 and spent it? Winner beware, I suppose.

Bills tried to trade up to No. 1 for Sammy Watkins

Sammy-Watkins-ClemsonHow high were the Buffalo Bills on Sammy Watkins heading into the draft? They had to trade a first round and fourth round pick in next year’s draft to the Cleveland Browns in order to move from No. 9 to No. 4. That’s a fairly steep price, but the Bills were willing to spend even more. Earlier this week, Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos admitted the team tried to acquire the top overall pick.

“We went with Houston right off the bat,” Monos said, via Pro Football Talk. “We tried to go to No. 1. They weren’t having it. They knew who they wanted, so we started working our way right down.”

The Bills really, really love Watkins. On Monday, St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead said he had discussions with a team that wanted to move to No. 2. It’s now safe to assume that team was the Bills, who were concerned that the Jacksonville Jaguars — in need of wide receiver help in the wake of the Justin Blackmon disaster — might take Watkins at No. 3.

“We really didn’t know,” Monos said. “Jacksonville never tipped it. We had just heard so much that they needed a receiver. We thought that this was going to be Sammy. We knew that if Jacksonville didn’t take him we had a shot.”

Plenty of teams call to inquire about moving up and back in the days and hours leading up to the draft, but the effort the Bills made to secure Watkins is noteworthy. They obviously would have been extremely disappointed if they somehow missed out on the former Clemson star.

Nick Saban on Pat White Corvette allegation: ‘Kiss my ass’

Nick SabanNick Saban was not the coach at Alabama at the time former West Virginia quarterback Pat White was coming out of high school, but that doesn’t mean he’s not annoyed by White’s accusations. On Thursday evening, Mike Organ of The Tennesseean asked Saban about White’s claim that he was offered a Corvette to sign with the Crimson Tide. Saban gave a classic response.

“I didn’t even know it happened so I can’t comment on it,” he said. “Is that the best thing we can talk about? Kiss my ass.”

White’s comment — which he wrote on Facebook — has become a pretty big story, so someone was bound to ask Saban about it. And he was bound to give a very Saban-like response, especially considering he was speaking at the annual Crimson Caravan.

The entire discussion came about after current Alabama running back Derrick Henry created a stir when he posted a photo on Instagram standing in front of his brand new Dodge Charger. For what it’s worth, former Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods said the Tide were hardly interested in White.

“I didn’t recruit Pat, but I remember he wanted to be a quarterback,” Woods told The Tennesseean. “I remember a discussion that we weren’t going to recruit him as a quarterback. That was kind of a closed book on him pretty early because he wanted to be a quarterback.”

I dare someone to ask Saban about it again.

Greg Hardy fight with girlfriend Nicole Holder was over Nelly?

Greg HardyGreg Hardy’s girlfriend Nicole Holder filed a request for a temporary restraining order against the Carolina Panthers defensive end on Wednesday. According to the Charlotte Observe, Holder alleges in the court documents from the civil case that her argument with Hardy had to do with one of her past boyfriends. Guess who the guy was? Nelly, of course.

Holder’s request was dismissed after she failed to appear in court on Thursday. She claimed that she was in bed with Hardy on Tuesday morning when he “just snapped.” She was seeking for a judge to ban Hardy from her home and surrender all of his firearms. While the suit was dismissed when Holder failed to appear, a judge still ordered Hardy to turn over all of his weapons.

Hardy placed a call to 911 early Tuesday morning claiming Holder was attacking him and refused to leave his apartment.

“I think she’s on coke or something,” Hardy can be heard telling a dispatcher in an audio clip obtained by TMZ. “She’s been drinking, I dunno what she’s on, man. She will not stop coming at me, bro.

“My manager’s trying to detain her, he’s trying to keep her away from me. He’s not hurting her or anything. … She’s trying to come at me, bro! Don’t let her do it, bro!”

When police arrived at the scene, they arrested Hardy for domestic violence. The 26-year-old is accused of threatening to kill Holder and throwing her onto a couch covered in weapons and firearms, bragging that they were loaded. Holder reportedly had scratches and bruises on her.

Why is it always Nelly? We recently learned that Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have broken up with Shantel Jackson in part because she starting seeing the famous rapper. That guy is everywhere.

High schooler Dylan Fosnacht throws 194 pitches, 14 innings in start

Dylan-FosnachtWith the amount of elbow injuries across Major League Baseball increasing by the year, there is a growing belieif that young athletes are putting too much strain on their arms while they are still developing. Perhaps we should be concerned for Dylan Fosnacht of Rochester (Wash.) High School, who threw 194 pitches and 14 innings on Tuesday.

Rochester coach Jerry Striegel chose to let Fosnacht rack up the mind-boggling pitch count during an eventual 1-0, 17-inning victory. Assistant coach Kyle Sprague told Max Preps that he made the decision to pull Fosnacht in the top of the 15th when he allowed two baserunners with nobody out.

Dustin Wilson took over and eventually got the win. Rochester had two games on Tuesday, and Wilson also pitched all seven innings of the second game. Despite the massive workloads, Sprague insists there is no concern over the condition of either player’s arm.

“I have never seen two guys take the mound and dominate like that for that long,” he said. “I have both of those guys in class, and they both said that their arms were fine today.”

Fosnacht embraced the challenge and opportunity to compete. He also said critics should relax because he’s primarily a middle infielder and not a pitcher.

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Milan Lucic told Dale Weise ‘I’m going to f—ing kill you next year’

Milan-Lucic-Dale-Weise-handshakeThe Boston Bruins were dominated by the Montreal Canadiens at home in Game 7 on Wednesday night, and Milan Lucic did not take it well. Like the rest of his teammates, Lucic shook hands with his most bitter rivals after the series ended. But it doesn’t sound like he did so with class.

As you can see from the clip above that Eye on Hockey passed along, Lucic angrily went through the handshake line and had words with a number of Montreal players, including Alexei Emelin and Dale Weise. What did the Bruins forward have to say?

We don’t know if that’s true or not, but we’re fairly certain Lucic wasn’t wishing anyone good luck in the next series. He refused to talk about what he said.

“That’s said on the ice so it’ll stay on the ice, so if he wants to be a baby about it, he can make it public,” Lucic said after the game.

Who was being the real baby? Just by saying he’s going to kill someone “next year,” Lucic makes his threat unworthy of a response. The Canadiens still get to play hockey and contend for a Stanley Cup while the Bruins are free to dust off the golf clubs. Losing on your home ice in Game 7 is embarrassing enough, let alone losing to your biggest rival. Lucic can threaten people all he wants, he’s still going home.

Undrafted Adam Muema quits football, does not want to be slave to coaches

Adam MuemaOutside of the viewing area for the Mountain West Conference, Adam Muema may not have been familiar to many. As a junior, he rushed for 1,244 yards and 15 touchdowns for the San Diego State Aztecs.

Muema became more of household name after leaving the NFL Combine in February, declaring God told him to do so. Then, Muema turned up missing, only to surface four days later still wearing his combine clothes.

Expected to be a late-round pick, Muema did not hear his named called during last weekend’s NFL Draft. As it turns out, that might not have been the worst thing. Apparently, Muema has decided to give boxing or ultimate fighting a try and is finished with football.

“I don’t like being a slave to money or coaches,” Muema said Tuesday via ESPN. “I prefer an individual sport.”

This can be taken a lot of different ways, but the prevailing one is that Muema definitely walks to the beat of his own drum.

Prior to the draft, Muema was dropped by agent Rob London, who wanted to make sure Muema has an adequate support system to deal with any and all situations away from football.

Hopefully Adam Muema can find happiness away from the helmet and pads.