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May 30, 2012 Headlines: Chavez courts Obama, Booker’s beef, ‘n’ most annoying “first lady” hobby

Hugo Chavez jokes about teaming up with Barack Obama over Baseball

Daily TelegraphWed, 30 May 2012 02:01 AM PDT

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez jokingly raised the possibility of teaming up with Barack Obama to lobby for baseball at the Olympics…Chavez said, “Let’s go Obama, together. Alliances can be made, Fidel, Raul, Obama and Chavez to fight for baseball and softball”. Relations have been tense for years between Chavez and the US government, with American officials criticising Venezuela’s rights record as well as its counter-drug efforts.

Putin’s Olympics snub welcomed

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be coming to the London Olympics

Sky News Australia Wed, 30 May 2012 12:43 PM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be coming to the London Olympics. British MPs, who have campaigned against human rights abuses in Russia, immediately welcomed the snub. Former Europe minister Denis MacShane claimed it was a way for the newly-sworn president to avoid pressure on Syria. He said: ‘Putin now realises that he is not welcome in London because of Russia’s flagrant rejection of European values and norms and failure to investigate and punish officials who violate rule of law.’

A New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Win Would Be Very Awkward For Newark Mayor, Cory Booker

ForbesWed, 30 May 2012 04:30 AM PDT

Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Mayor, Cory Booker, has had an interesting last two months. During that span, he has rescued a woman from a house fire and very publicly chastised President Obama-a fellow Democrat and supposed friend-for attacking Mitt Romney’s affiliation with private equity. But there was one other Booker moment that slipped under the radar screen…

In April, Booker started a public feud with Jeff Vanderbeek, the former Lehman Brothers executive who bought the New Jersey Devils in 2004. Six years ago, Vanderbeek moved the Devils to Newark, paying $185 million of the eventual $375 million bill to build a brand new arena, the Prudential Center, in the city’s downtown area.

Booker’s beef was over a recent arbitration ruling about the revenue sharing between the team and the city that left Newark with a $600,000 bill. Booker accused the Devils of not living up to their obligation to financially support youth programs in the city. Booker called Vanderbeek a “high-class, high-falutin’ huckster and hustler” and “one of the most despicable owners” in the National Hockey League.

Golden State Warriors want to move back to San Francisco

National Post Wed, 30 May 2012 03:32 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors are ready to announce what many have long suspected: The franchise wants to move back to San Francisco. The NBA team, Commissioner David Stern and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee scheduled a news conference at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday to announce the decision to leave Oakland. The earliest the team could move would be 2017, when it can escape its lease at Oracle Arena. The Warriors will unveil plans to build an arena at Piers 30-32. The waterfront site near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – one of the most beautiful views in one of the world’s most beautiful cities – is just blocks from the Giants’ ballpark and the downtown financial district.

Jaguars ‘perplexed’ by city’s claim of lease default

WJXT Jacksonville Wed, 30 May 2012 14:42 PM PDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Not long after Jaguars’ owner Shahid Khan said he was “shocked and perplexed” by the city’s claim that the NFL team has defaulted on its stadium contract, the city withdrew its claim and its top lawyer apologized. Late Wednesday Brown wrote a definitive response: “Let me be crystal clear: the City of Jacksonville has absolutely no intention whatsoever of terminating its lease with the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

Pro Bowl returns to Hawaii in 2013

KITV Honolulu Wed, 30 May 2012 13:06 PM PDT

Nearly a year after Gov. Neil Abercrombie equated a $4 million fee to keep the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii as a “bribe”, the governor has changed his tune. On Wednesday, the league announced a new agreement that brings the game back to Aloha Stadium in 2013, and the governor couldn’t be happier. “This is wonderful news for football fans in Hawaii and elsewhere who love watching the game …

Arbitrator rules against Redskins

The Washington Redskins stretch during an organized team activity on Monday in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo:Evan Vucci)

Washington Examiner Wed, 30 May 2012 04:12 AM PDT

The Redskins and Cowboys, unusual allies, lost their fight to recoup a combined $46 million of cap space when arbitrator Stephen Burbank dismissed their grievance against the NFL it was announced Tuesday at the owners meetings in Atlanta by NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash. The Redskins and Cowboys issued a joint statement Tuesday afternoon that closes the matter: “We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator’s decision to dismiss. We will contiue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season.”

Gov. Corbett signs bill to protect student athletes from sudden death

Philly.com Wed, 30 May 2012 09:10 AM PDT

Gov. Corbett signed into law this morning a bill designed to protect student athletes with undetected heart conditions from sudden death while playing sports. House Bill 1610, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, became the law…”Being sidelined for a game is better than being lost forever,” said Corbett. “This is a law of prevention, born out of a painful loss and a spirit of generosity from these families who have seen bearing their own sorrow and found hope for others.”

 Syria vows 9 qualifiers will compete in London

ESPN Wed, 30 May 2012 06:01 AM PDT

The president of the Syrian Olympic Committee says nine athletes from the war-torn country have qualified for the London Olympics and will compete “despite all pressures, media war and threats to ban them.”

Ann Romney vs. Michelle Obama: Who Has the Most Obnoxious Hobby?

The Atlantic WireWed, 30 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. Amazon; YouTube

For years conservatives have tried to turn Michelle Obama’s extracurricular obsessions — organic gardening, healthy eating, exercising — into a political symbol. But her husband’s up for re-election, which means there’s a First Lady in waiting, Ann Romney, who has her own hobbies, like the expensive horse riding sport called dressage. Obama’s new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America is certain to provide more material for jokes. But the wife of the Republican presidential nominee is giving her some competition in this arena. Let’s explore: Does the current First Lady or the aspiring one have the more annoying hobby?

May 29, 2012 Headlines: Vol receives Medal of Honor, Yemini fights to Olympics, ‘n’ Canseco the Politician?

Vols legend Summit to receive Medal of Freedom from Obama on Tuesday

CBS Sports Tue, 29 May 2012 07:17 AM PDT

President Barack Obama will honor a diverse cross-section of political and cultural icons – including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn, basketball coach Pat Summitt and rock legend Bob Dylan – with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Tuesday…Summitt led the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team to more NCAA Final Four appearances than any other team.

Jose Canseco mulls a political run

Politico Tue, 29 May 2012

Jose Canseco (Photo Credit- AP)

“Can a cuban born american be a mayor or governor in new england?” Jose Canseco mused on Twitter on Monday. Because “I am here to help and want to do good for all the people,” the former MLB slugger who is now playing for the Worcester Tornadoes announced.

“Taxes in andover and streetlites in fitchburg seem to be two problems. what else needs fixing?” he asked. Canseco heard complaints about air quality, overdue road repairs, lack of dog neutering and poor funding for fire and police departments in various parts of Massachusetts.

 

Judo champion Ali Khousrof (Yemen)

On Location: Yemeni protester fights his way to the Olympics (VIDEO)

GlobalPostTue, 29 May 2012 03:57 AM PDT

Judo champion Ali Khousrof makes it to the Olympics after a remarkable recovery. He was shot protesting the regime of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara criticizes citizens over lack of support for Olympic bid

Canada.com Tue, 29 May 2012 07:32 AM PDT

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara criticized citizens of the Japanese capital for their lack of support for the city’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, chairman of Tokyo 2020 Council, speaks May 24, 2012- Koji Sasahara , Associated Press

Dmitry Kozak and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, William Hague, Discussed Olympic collaboration …

PRWeb Tue, 29 May 2012 10:46 AM PDT

The meeting took place in the White House and was also attended by ROC President, Alexander Zhukov, Head of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko and Deputy Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov. William Hague met representatives of the Sochi 2014 volunteer team, who had been selected by organizers of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games to volunteer in London, and received a gift from them, the symbolic volunteers’ heart…

Dmitry Kozak and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, William Hague, discussed Olympic collaboration (RIA - Novosti)

In order to work at the Summer Games, 104 volunteers of the Sochi Olympics are going to London in July 2012. “There is a close and friendly level of cooperation between the organizers of the Olympic Games in London and Sochi. This serves as an example for cooperation in all other areas”, – said Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak.

The “warm heart” is a symbol of the Sochi 2014 volunteer program, its transfer from one volunteer center to another is a tradition which demonstrates the selfless desire to help and contribute to the common good, as well as encouraging the involvement of more and more people in the volunteer movement.

May 27, 2012 Headlines: Former Running Back in TX Senate Primary & other Athletes in Politics, Ukraine Ticket scandal ends, ‘n’ Pole dancing an Olympic Sport?

Column: Sports, politics don’t often mix

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, TX GOP senate candidate- Eric Gay, AP

USA Today Mon, 28 May 2012 15:25 PM PDT

Robert Lipsyte: Craig James, ex-pro running back, is the latest seeking office. But good athletes don’t always make good politicians.

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, is running again, this time in today’s Texas GOP primary for senator. He joins a growing roster of former professional athletes who want to score in a more consequential arena, usually as the same kind of fiscal and social conservatives who once owned their contracts and now are probably their biggest donors.

Tackle ’em early, I say. While most never make it from the field house to the statehouse, much less the White House, a few do make it over the goal line. Chalk it up to high name recognition, and often hero status for their athletic exploits. But when they find success in politics, they usually are holding onto the worst traits that helped them succeed in sports — narcissism, lack of empathy, a need for constant admiration. While those traits could help them win a game — or an election — they are not what we need in a public servant.

Topping my list is the former senator Jim Bunning from Kentucky, a Hall of Fame pitcher who threw a perfect game in 1964. As a politician, he was imperfect. After a 12-year hitch in the House, he spent 12 years in the Senate. In 2006, Time magazine dubbed him “the underperformer” and one of the worst five senators of his time.

Then there were those two oversized governors. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican of California, was arguably the most famous body builder of all time before his time in office from 2003 through 2010. Sam Hall Kaplan, who covered The Governator for a Los Angeles TV station, says: “The jock’s need to dominate and to win at any cost certainly applies to his term of office. He showed little initiative and little imagination, while playing to the crowds and the cronies.”

Ventura just wanted to win: Jesse Ventura wrestled as “The Body” (a villain, his motto was “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!”) before becoming a Reform Party governor of Minnesota for one term, 1999 to 2003. Jay Weiner, who had a close-up view of Ventura while working as a reporter at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, says: “To him, all the world was a stage and not the hard work of compromise. You win or you lose, or you jump off the ropes and cause a stir.”

Ronald Kamm, past president of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, agrees that pro jocks often exhibit “adolescent” traits such as grandiosity. Even so, he says, their experience with teamwork, their resilience to defeat and their personal confidence could make them all-star politicians. “I wonder why there aren’t more athletes going into politics,” says Kamm, who practices in New Jersey. “Maybe it’s because they need instant gratification. And they aren’t used to compromise and tedium. They are conditioned to win or lose.”

He notes that some pro athletes have made excellent politicians. One we agreed on was the Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp, who was a respected longtime Republican congressman from New York, and a vice presidential candidate. But what separated Kemp from the trio above was that Kemp possessed, and displayed, intellectual and leadership qualities that pre-dated his years in politics. For example, he co-founded the AFL Players Association.

Bill Bradley an exception: My own favorite jock/politician is former New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley, who spent 18 years in the U.S. Senate. But Bradley is an Ivy Leaguer and Rhodes Scholar, whose academic pedigree other pros would envy. He has written seven books — on U.S. politics, culture and the economy.

While a historical list is hard to come by (most jocks lose in regional primaries), in recent years more than a dozen pro athletes have held elective office as city mayors (currently, former NBA players Dave Bing in Detroit and Kevin Johnson in Sacramento) and members of Congress (baseball player Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell and football players Steve Largent, Jon Runyon, Tom Osborne, J.C. Watts and Heath Shuler). Not all popular athletes score the winning political touchdown. In 2006, Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann was thrown for a big loss in his run for governor of Pennsylvania.

Which leaves us with James, 50, who according to Southern Methodist’s Daily Campus newspaper “classifies himself as a fiscal and social conservative who believes in state rights, entitlement reform, hard action against an increasingly belligerent Iran and a reduction in the power of the Federal Reserve.”

If James doesn’t win, we might just have to wait for Tim Tebow, the star quarterback sensation for the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos and now the New York Jets, who says he has not ruled out the possibility of elective politics. Kamm thinks the recent Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, 23, would someday make a fine politician for “his combination of humility and confidence, assertiveness and team play.”

And don’t forget Charles Barkley, the NBA Hall of Famer and broadcaster who has said that he might run for governor of Alabama in 2014. He also once said in a commercial, “I am not a role model.” Now that sounds like a campaign slogan that could get my vote.

Robert Lipsyte is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and author of the recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter.

Dancers push to make pole dancing an Olympic sport

FOX 59 Indianapolis Mon, 28 May 2012 09:02 AM PDT

Pole dancing at the Olympics?  That’s right. Serious pole dancers are pushing to make this a sport. But can it shake its naughty reputation? “It can be extremely challenging. It’s Olympic level difficulty depending on what you’re looking for what style is,” said Becca Butcher, pole dancer. And Butcher isn’t exaggerating; these pole performers could soon be going for the gold. “The biggest challenge is going to be the stereotyping that we have to deal with. And you know, quite frankly everyone thinks pole fitness and pole sport and everything came out of strip clubs but it started long before then,” said Trautman. “We have to take some of the eroticism out of the moves and also take off the high heels. We’re going to frame it as these are athletes that you’re watching. “

Ukraine Olympics boss resigns over ticket scandal

AFP via Yahoo! Canada Sports Mon, 28 May 2012 03:54 AM PDT

The general secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympics Committee (NOC) resigned on Monday following claims by the BBC he sought to sell tickets for the London Games on the black market. “Volodymyr Gerashchenko has submitted his resignation from the position of general secretary of the NOC,” the committee said in a statement, adding he had pledged to cooperate with an independent investigation commission. The BBC revealed last week that Gerashchenko had been exposed in a sting operation trying to sell some 100 tickets for the London Olympic Games.

FIFA: Politics should not influence Euro 2012 hosting

KYIV Post Mon, 28 May 2012 00:10 AM PDT

FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Friday urged not to raise political issues in connection with the Euro 2012 European football championship, which is held this summer in Poland and Ukraine, the EFE agency has reported. Political issues should not influence the organization of sports events as a whole and football matches, in particular. Football should unite people, not estrange them, he said in Budapest. The EFE agency said that Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban speaking at the FIFA congress organized in his country supported the idea. “Football and other sports aimed at uniting people. It’s unlikely that boycott [of Euro 2012] will allow achieving the goal,” he said.

May 27, 2012 Headlines: Saluting our Soldiers, Barkley messes with the wrong Texan, ‘n’ Astrologers predictions

Happy Memorial Day and Thank You to all our Men and Women in uniform

Christian Slayton, 12, prays while Marine veteran Tim Chambers salutes fallen service members during the Rolling Thunder ride in Washington. Linda Davidson:The Washington Post

San Antonio mayor fires back at Barkley

Fox Sports Sat, 26 May 2012 20:49 PM PDT

Charles Barkley, you’ve messed with the wrong mayor. Barkley, the former NBA star and current TV analyst-slash-wisecracker, has bashed San Antonio for years. Now the mayor of the Alamo City is fighting back. In a new YouTube video, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro attempts to make peace with Barkley, before getting in a few jabs of his own. Seated behind a desk in what looks to be an official government address, Castro talks about the things Barkley and San Antonio have in common. Castro cites Barkley’s new dedication to fitness and support of the military. Then Castro reveals his left hand adorned with the four NBA championship rings won by the Spurs. The inference is obvious, as Barkley never won a title despite a highly decorated playing career.

GOP candidate for NC governor NASCAR race starter

Stamford Advocate Sun, 27 May 2012 02:29 AM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican who wants to become North Carolina’s governor is joining West Virginia’s current governor and a swimsuit model to handle some of the honors ahead of Charlotte’s big NASCAR race. GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory will serve as honorary starter of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Democratic candidate Walter Dalton has no public events planned Sunday. Progress NC Action said it planned to sponsor a banner flying over the race highlighting questions about McCrory’s tenure as mayor. The grand marshal of Sunday’s NASCAR race is West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

London 2012: Jacques Rogge confident Saudi women will make debut

Guardian UnlimitedSun, 27 May 2012 13:25 PM PDT

Jacques Rogge, IOC president

Qatar and Brunei also considering sending female athletes & Rogge defends Dow Chemical sponsorship: The International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge, is optimistic that Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time at this summer’s Games. Rogge said the IOC was in advanced talks with the Saudis to include female competitors. Details of how many athletes and from which sport or sports are still being worked out…Rogge also reiterated the IOC’s support for Dow Chemical, rejecting demands from India that the company be dropped as a sponsor of the Games because of its links to the 1984 Bhopal disaster. Dow bought Union Carbide in 2000. Union Carbide’s plant is blamed for the gas leak that killed an estimated 15,000 people. Critics argue the purchase makes Dow responsible for lingering groundwater contamination and other issues

Astrologers Make Predictions: Will President Obama be Re-elected? Will the Saints Go To The Super Bowl?

ABC 26 New Orleans Sun, 27 May 2012 08:36 AM PDT

NEW ORLEANS—Thousands of astrologers from all around the world are in New Orleans for the Untied Astrology Conference…These astrologers are here to discuss and look to the stars to answer questions about the Mayan calendar, whether the economy will recover, and will President Barack Obama be re-elected in November…Astrologer, Christina Collins said, “The world’s not going to end…It is a long-shot but we had to ask the astrologers if they had any knowledge on our heavenly NFL Super Bowl winning Saints.

May 26, 2012 Headlines: Health Warning, Total Absorption, ‘n’ Mugabe the Barca fan

HEALTH WARNING

Editorial: Skipping prostate test can kill

The Bay Bulletin Fri, 25 May 2012 22:18 PM PDT

Surgery and radiation, the most common treatments after a biopsy confirms cancer, carry serious risks. / AP Robert Reich, the 4-foot, 10-inch former secretary of Labor, is fond of saying that on average he and basketball goliath Shaquille O’Neal are 6 feet tall, which he notes is both statistically interesting and personally useless. The same can be said of a controversial new finding that, on average, the simple blood test that detects prostate cancer does more harm than good. If you have undetected cancer, the average outcome is irrelevant. Skipping the test can kill you.

Romney keeps ‘feelings’ from campaign on iPad, thinks of dad’s defeat, own gaffes

New York PostSat, 26 May 2012 05:42 AM PDT

Mitt Romney addresses the Latino Coalition's 2012 Small Business Summit at the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday,Gety Images

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has revealed that his campaign gaffes “haunt” him and that he sees politics as “like a sport for old guys,” in a wide-ranging interview…”Now this is going to make my iPad a subject of potential theft,” he joked after saying that he used the device to record his thoughts, writing every two or three days, so that 10 years from now he can “remember what it was like.”…The pace and intensity of the campaign were part of the attraction of politics, he said, describing the “game” as “like a sport for old guys.”…”I mean, you know, I can’t compete in competitive sports very well, but I can compete in politics,”

Obama Pot-Smoking Details Revealed in New Book

Boise Weekly Sat, 26 May 2012 06:41 AM PDT

Biographer David Maraniss writes about President Barack Obama’s high school days in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was a member of the “Choom Gang,” known for playing basketball and smoking marijuana. The book has yet to be released, but excerpts have made their way around the internet and on Google Books, giving details of the president’s pot-smoking days in the late in the late 1970s…

America’s future president made his mark on the “Choom Gang” by creating several smoking styles, including what he called “total absorption”(“TA”)…”roof hits,” [and the] “Interceptions.” BuzzFeed has even created a “User’s Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama,” complete with authentic 1970s photos of the president.

In your honour … Benjani presents President Mugabe with a signed football shirt

New Zimbabwe Sat, 26 May 2012 15:37 PM PDT

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has revealed he is a fan of Spanish side Barcelana and newly-crowned European champions, Chelsea. Mugabe revealed his favourite football teams as he met African soccer stars gathered in Harare for former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari’s testimonial match

Benjani presents President Mugabe with a signed football shirt

London 2012: Syrian general says he will come to Olympics

Daily Telegraph Sat, 26 May 2012 02:01 AM PDT

A Syrian general with links to the oppressive regime of President Assad has insisted he will come to the London 2012 Olympic Games. General Mofwaq Joumaa, who is president of the Syrian National Olympic Committee (NOC), said it would be unfair for Britain to block Syrians from attending because of their military background…The Government is likely to prevent anyone linked to Assad into the UK. It is believed Olympics organisers are considering allowing Syrian athletes to compete but without parading the Syrian flag. Jeremy Browne, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister, has said: “Entry will be refused where an individual’s presence at the Games or in the UK would not be conducive to the public good.

May 25, 2012 Headlines: Romney, “I can’t compete in competitive sports very well”

Mitt Romney: Politics “like a sport”

Salon.com Fri, 25 May 2012 06:18 AM PDT

Mitt Romney gestures as he leaves a campaign event in Hillsborough, New Hampshire May 18, 2012. (Credit- Reuters:Jessica Rinaldi)

What makes Romney tick? The nominee likes politics because “I can’t compete in competitive sports very well”

Mitt Romney may have unintentionally opened a window onto his somewhat obscured motivations for running for president in an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan today, explaining that he likes sports, but isn’t very good at them, so he does politics instead.

Asked about whether he likes “the game” of politics, the presumed GOP nominee replied, “I like competition, and I think the game [of politics] is like a sport for old guys. I mean, you know, I can’t compete in competitive sports very well, but I can compete in politics, and there’s the — what was the old ABC ‘Wide World of Sports’ slogan? ‘The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.’ The only difference is victory is still a thrill, but I don’t feel agony in loss.”

Why now, Sepp? Germans lose ONE penalty shootout to English and Blatter calls for alternative!

Daily Mail Fri, 25 May 2012 03:04 AM PDT

Pure drama- Frank Lampard beats Manuel Neuer in the Champions League final shootout against Bayern Munich

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked German great Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to the ‘tragedy’ of penalty shootouts. Blatter told the FIFA Congress on Friday that football ‘loses its essence’ when matches are settled by penalty kicks.

ROGER CLEMENS UPDATE

Ex-player David Segui supports Brian McNamee’s claims in Roger Clemens trial

Washington Post Fri, 25 May 2012

Roger Clemens’s chief accuser confided in a former Baltimore Orioles infielder years ago that he was keeping medical waste from the steroid injections he gave big league ballplayers, according to courtroom testimony. The retired first baseman, David Segui, reluctantly took the stand in Clemens’s perjury trial Thursday as federal prosecutors tried to undo some of the damage done to their star witness, former strength coach Brian McNamee.

Roger Clemens © arrives at federal court in Washington on Thursday, Charles Dharapak:Associated Press

May 24, 2012 Headlines: “Golfer in Chief” to host NY Giants, Olympics Hunger Summit, ‘n’ USOC inks rev-share deal

 

Obama prepares at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. STEVEN SENNE - AP

‘Golfer-in-chief’ Obama nears 100th round of his presidency

The News & Observer Thu, 24 May 2012 17:32 PM PDT

For a century it’s been the game of presidents, a sunny escape from the office for 15 of the 18 chief executives since the first Roosevelt. It’s also a game that appears elite to many people, enough so that golfing presidents play at their political peril. Barack Obama tries to keep his golfing out of view, banning news cameras when he can. But his love of the game has taken him to the course nearly 100 times already in his presidency, and election rival Mitt Romney says that’s simply too much in a time of economic anxiety. “As millions of Americans continue to struggle to find work, President Obama has now played a total of 1,710 holes since taking office,” Romney’s campaign said.

New York Giants visiting White House June 8

NFL.com Thu, 24 May 2012 08:09 AM PDT

The last big group party for the Super Bowl champions will be held at the White House on June 8 when the Giants meet with President Obama. Then they finally can focus on defending their title.

NFL players union’s claim could be nullified

MSN Thu, 24 May 2012 08:48 AM PDT

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He has covered the NFL for the past 17 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio. If the NFL Players Association has its way, that union and the NFL will soon resume their wrangling in court. The NFLPA filed a complaint against the NFL in a Minnesota district court on Wednesday alleging that the league colluded to maintain a covert salary cap during what was intended as an uncapped season in 2010 — the final year of the prior Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Olympics 2012: London Prime Minister David Cameron Announces Hunger Summit

The Huffington Post Thu, 24 May 2012 08:57 AM PDT

London will use its spotlight to illuminate more than just the world’s greatest athletes during the 2012 Olympics. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday plans to hold a hunger summit during this summer’s games, the Guardian reports. Specifics surrounding the hunger summit haven’t been revealed, but a Downing Street spokeswoman told the Guardian that the aim is to build off of G8’s promise...Following Cameron’s announcement, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also released a statement…”We hope this event will build on the momentum generated by President Barack Obama’s increased commitment to nutrition and smallholder farmer productivity announced at the G8 last week. By making long-term investments in agriculture, the private sector, governments, and the wider development community can help reduce hunger and poverty, and build self-sufficiency for millions of poor farming families.”

USOC inks revenue sharing deal with IOC, ending dispute, making way for 2022 U.S. Olympics bid

Colorado Springs Business Journal Thu, 24 May 2012 11:39 AM PDT

U.S. Olympic Committee inked a revenue-sharing deal with the International Olympic Committee that puts to end a long-standing dispute between the organizations and could result is a U.S. bid for 2022 or 2024 games. The financial agreement was announced today via telephone press conference with IOC president Jacques Rogge and USCO chairman Larry Probst,

Ex-governor general Michaelle Jean inks deal for French language at 2012 Games

Brandon SunThu, 24 May 2012 16:19 PM PDT

London 2012 Chair Seb Coe (L), Executive Director at the IOC Gilbert Felli, and Grand Temoin de la Francophonie Michaelle Jean (R), Quebec City Thursday May 24, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS:Francis Vachon

QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Former governor general Michaelle Jean joined the head of the London Olympics on Thursday to sign an agreement on how French will be used at this summer’s Games. Jean is representing the international organization of Francophone states who have inked a deal with the Games since 2004 on the use of French, which is one of the two official languages of the Olympic movement.

Tokyo excited to make 2020 Summer Olympics shortlist

New Kerala Thu, 24 May 2012 03:39 AM PDT

Tokyo, May 24 : The Tokyo city government is excited about the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick up Tokyo as one of the three candidate cities of hosting the 2020 summer Olympic Games, said governor Shintaro Ishihara Thursday. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul moved to the final stage of the selection process after their bid plans gained the nod from the IOC Executive Board Wednesday evening in Quebec City of Canada.

Warriors Move Inevitable, but Mayor Quan Soldiers on with the Coliseum Project

East Bay Express Thu, 24 May 2012 13:49 PM PDT

News of the Golden State Warriors’ planned defection to a swanky $500 mil, privately-funded arena in San Francisco caused mass hysteria earlier this week, with Oakland bloggers protesting that there was no real financial impetus for the move — given the oft-quoted statistic that the Warrior actually boast the 10th highest attendance in the NBA.

Governor: NJ will start sports bets on its own

Times Leader Thu, 24 May 2012 14:15 PM PDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t let federal

Gov. Chris Christie

ban on sports gambling stop his plan. New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference highlighting efforts to reinvigorate Atlantic City, Christie said the regulations his administration will issue next week make no attempt to overturn a 1992 federal law that limits sports betting to four states.

Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling lays off entire staff of video game company

Sports Illustrated Thu, 24 May 2012 18:48 PM PDT

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee told the Globe that state officials have not been able to confirm the total number of people who have lost their jobs, but Schilling told CNBC’s Darren Rovell two months ago that he had nearly 400 employees.

May 23, 2012 Headlines: London Olympics bans human right violators, Jose Canseco the economist, and MN’s fuzzy math

World leaders guilty of human rights abuses banned from London Olympics

PanARMENIAN.Net Wed, 23 May 2012 09:02 AM PDT

World leaders and politicians guilty of human rights abuses will be banned from entering Britain for the 2012 London Olympics, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, May 23, AFP reported. “Entry will be refused where an individual’s presence at the Games or in the UK would not be conducive to the public good,” Jeremy Browne, minister of state at the Foreign Office, told parliament in a written statement. “Where there is independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses, the individual will not normally be permitted to enter the UK.”

Venezuela seeks to improve on poor Olympic record

Reuters via Yahoo! India News Wed, 23 May 2012 00:03 AM PDT

CARACAS (Reuters) – Socialist-run Venezuela has been unable to replicate the Olympic glories of political bedfellows Cuba, China or the old Soviet Union. Yet there is no lack of enthusiasm among the 60 or so athletes heading to the London Olympics with the dream of adding to the South American nation’s gold medal tally of one. No one will be cheering them louder than President Hugo Chavez, a sports-lover who has poured oil revenues into the “massification” of sport as a major plank of his self-styled revolution in Venezuela since taking power in 1999.

 Yes, Really: Jose Canseco Blasts Mitt Romney: A ‘Joker’ Who Believes In€˜Bullsh*t€’

Mediaite Wed, 23 May 2012 10:47 AM PDT

Former major league baseball star and notoriously nonsensical tweeter Jose Canseco was profiled today by Grantland as the bulky slugger begins his stint with an independent ball club, the Worcester Tornadoes. Besides discussing his breakfast regiment and new career, Canseco randomly veered into politics, taking the time to blast presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as a “joker” who believes in “bullshit” about fixing the federal deficit.

NFLPA Files Collusion Suit Against NFL Owners

Bleacher ReportWed, 23 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

NFLPA Leadership

The NFL Players Association has brought suit against the owners for alleged collusion during the 2010 football season. This claim details an apparent conspiracy in which owners agreed to not exceed a secret $123-million salary cap in a year where no actual boundary existed. Domonique Foxworth, a free agent cornerback and president of the Players Association, had this to say about the impending …

CONCACAF nations lash out at disgraced ex-leaders

The Washington Times Wed, 23 May 2012 10:13 AM PDT

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (AP) – A damning list of alleged financial mismanagement by former CONCACAF leaders Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer was outlined to 40 soccer nations Wednesday, just minutes after they elected Jeffrey Webb as their new president. The Cayman Islands banker was the only candidate to succeed disgraced former FIFA …

Minneapolis City Council President Uses Bizarre Math To Push New Stadium For Vikings

Forbes Wed, 23 May 2012 11:24 AM PDT

The Minneapolis City Council has scheduled a vote Friday for final approval to the $975 million stadium deal for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. The new stadium, scheduled to be ready for the 2016 season, would be built on the site of the Metrodome, where Vikings have played since 1982. Minnesota Governor Mark signed …

Politicians and Team Owners Snooker Sports Fans and Taxpayers

Cato Institute Wed, 23 May 2012 05:09 AM PDT

This article appeared in Huffington Post on May 22, 2012. Minnesota governor Mark Dayton just signed the midnight deal that state lawmakers struck with the owners of the Minnesota Vikings to build the team a new stadium. Players and management shook hands. Fans breathed a sigh of relief that their beloved football team would remain in the Gopher State. But some important parties were missing from the celebration: the taxpayers who are stuck with the check

Ukrainian News: NOC Denies Having Spare Tickets To 2012 Olympics

KYIV Post Wed, 23 May 2012 00:55 AM PDT

National Olympic Committee President Serhiy Bubka says the NOC has no excess tickets to ХХХ Olympic Games 2012, due to take place in London, UK, reads a statement made by the NOC press service. “The Ukrainian NOC has no excess tickets to the Olympic Games and all the tickets received will be distributed via official channels only,” the statement quotes Bubka as saying.

Governor Otter wishes Yotes well at NAIA World Series

KBOI-TV Boise Tue, 22 May 2012 20:36 PM PDT

College of Idaho baseball is off to the NAIA World Series for the fifth time in school history. That kind of season gets the attention baseball fans no matter where they work, including the Capitol.

Frank Deford’s The American Way: Winners And Losers, And No Ties (May 16, 9:24 AM)

Frank Deford

 

It’s not whether you win or lose — it’s how you play the game…but its downright un-American to have a tie in sports.

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May 22, 2012 Headlines: Ukraine official busted, Steeler honored, SF gets a new stadium & team

 

Governor Corbett honors Hines Ward

Corbett honors retired Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward

WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Tue, 22 May 2012 10:17 AM PDT

Governor Corbett today presented the following proclamation honoring retired Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward during an event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg: Tribute to Hines Ward WHEREAS, Hines Ward played 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, during which he established himself as one of the all-time greatest NFL wide receivers, being heralded as a leader on and off the field; and …

 

 Governor, Tom Barrett, football players wish Donald Driver luck

WQOW Eau Claire Tue, 22 May 2012 10:23 AM PDT

Green Bay Packers player Donald Driver is hoping to impress the judges tonight on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Overanalyzing President Obama’s Passing Form

New York MagazineTue, 22 May 2012 13:43 PM PDT

Obama throws a football on Soldier Field following NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Two days ago, President Obama was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza on the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field tossing a football to Lord knows who. It’s a nice shot — Obama looks downright statuesque and seems, at a minimum, not totally unfamiliar around a pigskin. And yet — probably because he is not actually a quarterback — there was also something off about Obama’s throwing form. As part of our never-ending quest to nitpick everything in the world, we asked Chris Brown — who has written about football for the New York Times, Grantland, and his own site, Smart Football, as well as in his new book, The Essential Smart Football — to take an unnecessarily critical look at Obama’s mechanics, and tell us what he’s doing wrong.

Report: Ad man behind Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl commercial leaves Senate run

Pete Hoekstra, Grand Rapids Press file photo

The Grand Rapids Press Tue, 22 May 2012 16:03 PM PDT

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fred Davis, the California media strategist who developed former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s heavily criticized Super Bowl commercial, has told Politico that he is no longer part of the Holland Republican’s campaign.

“They chose to shift around some responsibilities,” Davis told the website Tuesday.

The Hoekstra commercial came under fire from its first airing as xenophobic when an Asian-American actress…

 State Senate District 39 candidate bio: Jack Sullivan

Santa Fe New MexicanTue, 22 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

NM State Senate Candidate Jack Sullivan

Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Georgia Tech University; master’s in civil engineering, Stanford University. Experience: Santa Fe County commissioner 2000-08; captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Airborne Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Citation); former coach and president, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association; former president, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying, concussion bills

The Boston Globe Tue, 22 May 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine—Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports.

General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, Volodymyr Gerashchenko

 Ukraine Olympic chief filmed offering to sell thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets on black market

IndependentTue, 22 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

The General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee has been filmed offering to sell several thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets to an undercover reporter posing as a ticket tout. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, who has been head of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee since 1997, told the reporter from BBC London News he had up to 100 tickets to sell.

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying bill into law

WMTW Portland Tue, 22 May 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports. The Republican governor on Monday put his signature to nearly two dozen bills that won final passage in the waning hours of Maine’s legislative session. The anti-bullying bill builds on existing law by providing a clear definition of bullying, an explicit prohibition on bullying, discipline strategies and teacher training on how to address bullying.

Golden State Warriors Officially Moving To San Francisco

Rendering of the Southern Embarcadero via The Warriors:Future Cities

 

SFist Tue, 22 May 2012 10:18 AM PDT

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee and the Golden State Warriors front office are scheduled to make good on “months of rumors by officially announcing a deal to bring the NBA franchise back to San Francisco proper. According to the Chronicle , the deal will bring a $500 million, privately financed 17,000 – 19,000-seat arena to Pier 30 along the southern Embarcadero. The new arena is expected to be ..

 

Rush Limbaugh Bust, Image Credit- Julie Smith:AP Photo

Rush Limbaugh Bust Joins President, Slave, Indian Guide in Missouri Capitol

ABC News Tue, 22 May 2012 10:03 AM PDT

Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh joined the ranks of a U.S. president, a Missouri governor and a baseball Hall of Famer Monday when a bust of the controversial commentator was put on display in the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City…Besides Limbaugh, Tilley has chosen to add former slave Dred Scott and baseball legend Buck O’Neil of the Negro American League…A security camera, which was installed specifically for Limbaugh’s bust, will provide 24-hour surveillance of the statue, said Trevor Fox, the House’s director of communications. Limbaugh’s statue, which stands between those of 19th century painter George Bingham and former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes, is the only statue in the Missouri House’s Hall of Fame that has its own security camera. Other famous Missourians honored with statues in the Capitol include Walt Disney, Sacajawea and former President Harry Truman.

Crossroads up with $2.3 mill anti-Obama ad buy in Florida

Orlando Sentinel Blogs Tue, 22 May 2012 08:30 AM PDT

Crossroads GPS, dba Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, is up today with a $2.3 million, three-week ad buy in Florida that the group says is intended to “to frame the [presidential campaign] debate on jobs, the economy, taxes and government debt.”
Unlike previous ads by the Karl Rove-created group, this one, called “Basketball,” is a soft-music, low-key indictment of President Barack Obama’s three-plus years in office, as “told” by the mother of two kids who can’t find jobs.
“I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully,” says a woman’s voice. “He promised change — but things have changed for the worse.”
Crossroads says the ad is the second in a $25-million issue advocacy campaign in Florida and nine other states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
It urges citizens to support the “New Majority Agenda,” which is detailed at. The New York Times has a fascinating piece about how the ad was made. Read it here.

Litigation offers window into Ann Romney’s private life

Los Angeles Times Tue, 22 May 2012 05:37 AM PDT

Testimony in a lawsuit — from which she was eventually dropped — reveals the would-be first lady’s passionate engagement in dressage, a sport she believes helps her deal with multiple sclerosis…She soon fell in love with dressage, a fussy Olympic sport that is also called “horse ballet.” In dressage, a horse moves in delicate, dance-like steps to music as the rider, formally clad in top hat and tails, imperceptibly guides the animal.

FIFA break from tradition to appoint first female member to executive committee

Daily Mail Tue, 22 May 2012 04:35 AM PDT

FIFA have appointed the first female member of the world governing body’s executive committee. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday. Nsekera is a member of several FIFA committees – for women’s football, the women’s World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.

FIFA delays appointing anti-corruption officials

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Tue, 22 May 2012 07:34 AM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s anti-corruption drive hit another delay on Tuesday, even as soccer’s world governing body appointed the first woman to its inner circle.

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