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Sports Kabob – 4/21

Ladies and gentlemen (and especially ladies), welcome to the Sports Kabob, a skewered look at the world of sports and pop culture.

Here are the top stories:

It appears Reggie Bush has reached an out-of-court settlement with a fledgling sports marketer who is trying to recoup nearly $300,000 in cash and gifts the star running back and his family allegedly accepted while he was playing at the University of Southern California
Because of his fiscal irresponsibility, Bush was reprimanded, penalized, and made President of Goldman Sachs

Ben Roethlisberger was suspended Wednesday for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the league announced. Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment a week after prosecutors decided not to charge Roethlisberger in a case involving a 20-year-old college student who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Georgia nightclub in March.
Goodell said he had a good meeting with Roethlisberger, but was concerned when Ben kept excusing himself to go to the bathroom, especially when he brought Goodell’s secretary with him

Tiger Woods added two more tournaments Wednesday to a schedule that is not much different from previous years except for the timing. Woods entered The Players Championship and the AT&T National, which benefits his foundation
This comes as great news to all, for what would the Players Championship be without the biggest player in the world

The Indianapolis 500 field has been announced and it includes four former champions as well as four women.
Spoksemen for the race say that the four former champions driving in the field will make it the most prestigious 500 ever, while the four women driving in the field will make it the most dangerous 500 ever

After the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah sharply criticized the city of Cleveland, saying there is nothing to do and no one vacations there, Lebron James on Wednesday called Chicago one of the greatest places in America
James also went on to say about Chicago “it sure beats the hell out of that dump Cleveland”

Cubs manager Lou Piniella has decided to move ace right-hander Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.
If Zambrano does well, he will promoted back to the starting rotation, and if he does really well, he will be promoted off the Cubs

Diamondbacks’ pitcher Brandon Webb has been moved from the 15 day to the 60-day disabled list.
Diamondback catcher Miguel Montero was also going to be moved from the 15 to 60 day DL, but a new Arizona bill required that he prove he’s a US citizen first

Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died Tuesday in a Barcelona hospital, served 21 years as president of the International Olympic Committee.
Smaranch was 89, although the Chinese gymnastic coach claims he’s much older

The NFL draft begins this week
The draft represents one of the biggest, most thrilling moments in a young athlete’s life, second only to the first time they go out with Alyssa Milano

Despite previous reports of the contrary, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has decided not to attend the NFL draft in New York City and instead will watch it at his home in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tebow says he now understands how easy and convenient it is to abort your plans at the last minute

That’s all for this week, leave comments and remember this is Jarrett Carlen saying that the volcano in Iceland is blowing out a lot of ash and hot air, but then again so is President Obama

For more of my observations on the world of sports, as well as politics, entertainment and current events, follow me on twitter @JarrettGC.