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June 29-July 1, 2012 Headlines: Lingering dope, Miami souvenirs for the Philippines, ‘n’ European Euro 2020?

Lance Armstrong case can move forward after review board says USADA can pursue doping charges

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says its review board has made a unanimous recommendation to file formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong Bas Czerwinski:Associated Press

Washington Post 29 Jun 2012

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s independent anti-doping review board ruled there is sufficient evidence of doping violations for the agency to pursue charges against retired seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and five former team members, according to a letter sent to the accused from USADA and a statement from the agency. The case will proceed to a hearing in front of the American Arbitration Association, unless Armstrong or the other accused attempt to take the matter to federal court.

Ron Paul Gets Inducted Into Congressional Baseball Hall Of Fame, Wears Hideous Jersey

DeadspinSat, 30 Jun 2012 09:11 AM PDT

Ron Paul. Photo- Meredith Shiner, Roll Call

Paul was on hand to throw the ceremonial first pitch at this year’s Congressional baseball game. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for reportedly being the first person to hit a home run (over the wall) in a Congressional game. He chose to honor the moment by wearing the same uniform he wore on that fateful day in 1979.

Belarus releases journalist in move seen as gesture to Poland

Gulf Times Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:43 PM PDT

Reuters/Minsk  Belarus officials conditionally released a Polish newspaper correspondent from jail yesterday in a move seen as easing tensions before a likely meeting between Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Polish counterpart at the Euro 2012 soccer final.
Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarussian citizen who works for Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza and is a prominent activist for the rights of the Polish minority in Belarus, was arrested a week ago in his hometown of Grodno.

Platini: Euro 2020 Should be Hosted by Entire Europe

Novinite Sat, 30 Jun 2012 03:27 AM PDT

UEFA president Michel Platini has made the innovative proposal that Euro 2020 be hosted in about a dozen cities across the European continent…Platini’s Saturday proposal is the first time a high-ranking official suggests that the prestigious tournament could be organized on a basis that is not country-centered. “This is only an idea, but in December or January we have to make our final decision. The idea seems very appealing to me, especially given we will have the 60th anniversary of the tournament,” said the UEFA president.

Aquino gets Miami Heat Souvenir

Erik Spoelstra. AP Photo:Wilfredo Lee

Philippine Daily Inquirer Sat, 30 Jun 2012 02:16 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-American coach Erik Spoelstra has sent President Benigno Aquino a souvenir from the NBA champion Miami Heat, an autographed championship cap with a message wishing the Philippine leader all the best.

Obama meets security chiefs on Olympics

Straits Times Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:54 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama held a meeting with his national security chiefs to review United States (US) security plans and cooperation with British authorities for the London Olympics, the White House said on Friday.

Umpire from behind bench, Chief Justice John Roberts holds true to his word and saves President Obama’s defining legislation action

NY Daily News 28 Jun 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts proved to be the deciding swing vote on Obamacare. The Supreme Court ruled in favor President Obama’s defining legislative action by a 5-4 vote, PAUL J. RICHARDS:AFP:GETTY IMAGES

Experts say Roberts feared court’s reputation would be marred if politics was seen to be deciding factor on Obamacare. Nominated by President George W. Bush, Roberts wasn’t expected to be the swing vote

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t just President Obama’s legacy on the line Thursday — so was the chief justice’s. John Roberts feared the highest court’s reputation would be sullied if politics was seen to be the deciding factor on Obamacare, experts said. The Harvard-educated justice’s stance Thursday showed even on hot-button issues “he can put aside whatever his personal politics might be and call balls and strikes,” court-watcher Elizabeth Wydra said. Roberts, 57, famously claimed during his 2005 confirmation hearing that he’d act as an umpire from behind the bench — not an activist.

June 26, 2012 Headlines: The BCS is Dead, From White Sox to Heats, ‘n’ DNC drops NASCAR

BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approves four-team college football playoff

St. Petersburg Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:35 PM PDT

On Tuesday, the Presidential Oversight Committee made up of university presidents – including Florida president Bernie Machen – who oversee the Bowl Championship Series, voted to create a new four-team, seeded post-season playoff to determine the national champion in college football. The new format will begin with the 2014-2015 season.

“We recognize that the BCS has been controversial in some years, but we also believe it has turned college football from a regional sport into a wonderfully popular national sport, much to the benefit of our alumni, student-athletes and fans,” the twelve members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee said in a joint statement.  “We now seek to build an even better college football season by creating a four-team playoff to crown the national champion, while protecting the regular season and the bowl experience. We’re delighted to support this format and congratulate the group of conference commissioners who have done so much for college football and who worked so hard to make this happen.”

Obama Won’t Forsake Favorite Sports Teams to Woo Voters

New York Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

He may be in a tough race for re-election but there is one thing that President Barack Obama will not do to court voters – fake allegiance to a sports team for political gain. Obama was gently booed by some supporters at a campaign rally in Boston on Monday night after he dared to mention the that Kevin Youkilis, a popular Boston Red Sox baseball player, had been traded earlier in the day to the president’s beloved Chicago White Sox. The White House said Obama showed political courage in talking about the matter.

Other Obama Dissing Red Sox Fans Headlines

President Barack Obama (Haraz N. Ghanbari:AP)

Obama doesn’t like your favorite baseball team (unless it’s the White Sox)

White House vows no ‘Youk-turn’ over baseball boos

Much a-Youuu about nothing? Obama zinger gets buzz

Chicago White Sox fan Obama draws boos

Obama’s Baseball Taunt Gets Boos From Donors, Or Were They ‘Yoooooks’?

Washington Whimsy – Obama Baseball Joke Gets Youk’d?

Video: Obama booed in Boston 

Obama Hails The “Miami Heats”

ABC News Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:42 PM PDT

Unfazed by a partisan spat sparked by his comment on former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, President Obama tonight again opined on a professional sports team, publicly praising the NBA champion Miami Heat at a campaign fundraiser in the city. The only problem this time was that Obama mispronounced the name of the team – referring to it as the “Miami Heats” in an apparent slip of the tongue.

7 pols’ baseball errors

Politico Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Martha Coakley The Massachusetts Attorney General, while running against Scott Brown for a Senate seat in 2010, referred to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling as “another Yankee fan.” (Photo- AP Photo 

Former presidents who share Obama’s interest in sports

amNewYork Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:16 PM PDT

George W. Bush
 Obama’s predecessor is also a baseball fan, epitomized by his part-ownership of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998. The Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history during that time.

Richard Nixon
 Audio tapes reveal that Nixon attempted to negotiate with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to relax the league’s blackout restrictions, and televise playoff games in the city in which they were played.

Bill Clinton
 thought about trying to qualify for the Senior PGA Tour after his presidency, and led the failed bid to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States.

Democratic National Convention organizers drop Charlotte speedway from itinerary

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Andrew Barry and his family give the command for, “Gentlemen, start your engines” at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Chris Graythen – GETTY IMAGES)


Washington Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:15 AM ET


Are Democrats giving up on the NASCAR vote? Organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced Tuesday they are moving the CarolinaFest 2012 kickoff event on Labor Day from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to Uptown Charlotte, in the center of the city.

Fernandez cautions athletes about provocations

The Associated Press via Yahoo! Canada Sports Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:37 PM PDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez cautioned Argentine athletes traveling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. As Fernandez was giving some athletes a sendoff Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute. The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Surprise us, Aquino urges Olympians

Philippine Daily Inquirer Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:03 AM PDT

PRESIDENT Aquino reminded the small Philippine contingent to the London Olympics of the Filipinos ability to surprise the sporting world as he exhorted them to end the country’s gold-medal drought in the quadrennial meet. “I know the world may not be expecting us to take home multiple gold medals. But I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to surprise,” said the President…“I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to be excellent in anything they do —to be world-class.”

May 15, 2012 Headlines: Obama knocks Knicks and Beckham, hockey in Cleveland, and Maloof & Schilling troubles

LA Galaxy Visits Obama At The White House

Obama and MLS Champions

CBS 2 Los Angeles Tue, 15 May 2012 18:38 PM PDT

President Barack Obama is ribbing soccer star David Beckham over his age and his outside interests, saying it’s a “rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.”

VIDEO: David Beckham butt of Obama’s jokes

BBC News Tue, 15 May 2012 22:40 PM PDT

President Obama has welcomed the LA Galaxy football team to the White House to celebrate the team’s winning of the Major League soccer championship in the US.

President Obama Congratulates the LA Galaxy

The White House Tue, 15 May 2012 17:11 PM PDT

President Barack Obama welcomes Major League Soccer champions, the LA Galaxy, to honor their 2011 season and their MLS Cup victory, to the East Room of the White House, May 15, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) President Obama welcomed the LA Galaxy to the White House this afternoon to congratulate the team on its 2011 Major League Soccer Cup Championship. The team, which has …

Cincinnati’s Sweet 16 run recognized by Governor Kasich

The Cincinnati Enquirer Tue, 15 May 2012 19:18 PM PDT

From UC: COLUMBUS  University of Cincinnati junior guard Cashmere Wright and assistant coach Darren Savino represented the Bearcats Tuesday at a reception at Governor John Kasich’s residence to honor the successes of numerous Ohio collegiate basketball programs at recent postseason tournaments. Schools honored at the event along with UC included Ohio University, Ohio State, […]

4TH AND A MILE: Hockey could work in Cleveland

The Morning Journal Tue, 15 May 2012 17:31 PM PDT

Last week, Columbus mayor Michael Coleman said that in addition to the Blue Jackets, he would like to see the city get an NBA franchise to play in Nationwide Arena.

Governor to light the flame of hope for Special Olympics Georgia at state capitol press conference

KXXV Waco Tue, 15 May 2012 14:24 PM PDT

Governor Nathan Deal and members of the Final Leg team will light the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics Georgia athletes at 9 a.m. Friday on the front steps of the state capitol on the Washington Street side.

Obama On The Knicks: You Guys Will Come Back… Sometime

Obama on the View

Business Insider Tue, 15 May 2012 12:38 PM PDT

President Obama was asked on The View today for his opinion on which team would win the NBA title. He gave the very presidential answer of not answering the question. Obama did, however, take a jab at the Knicks after Whoopi Goldberg asked him to help out her hometown team.

Syria to send 10 athletes to London Olympics

Seattle Times/Associated Press Tue, 15 May 2012 12:41 PM PDT

The president of the Syrian Olympic Committee says the war-torn country will send 20 sports officials and 10 athletes to the London Games. DAMASCUS, Syria — The president of the Syrian Olympic Committee says the war-torn country will send 20 sports officials and 10 athletes to the London Games. Gen. Mowaffak Joumaa says 10 Syrian athletes have either qualified or received wild-card invitations to compete in swimming, track and field, weightlifting, boxing, equestrian and shooting during the games.

$37M, 10-year tax break for Hornets approved

New Orleans Arena, Associated Press

WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans Tue, 15 May 2012 09:20 AM PDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Hornets will continue receiving a tax break that saves the NBA team $37 million over 10 years. The Senate sent the tax break bill to the governor’s desk Monday with a 28-7 vote. The measure is part of the state’s deal to the keep the Hornets in Louisiana. The tax break ran into sharp criticism in the House, where lawmakers bristled at the idea of giving a …


Officer, Obama talk basketball at police honor

The Maui News Tue, 15 May 2012 11:17 AM PDT

A former Kula resident enjoyed some basketball trash talk with President Barack Obama on Saturday at the White House. Baldwin High School alumnus and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Craig Marquez, who was being honored in Washington, D.C.

Unlikely Media Feuds: Univision’s Top Sports Host Chides Chuck Todd For Soccer Report

Chuck todd & Fernando Fiore

Mediaite Tue, 15 May 2012 09:31 AM PDT

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd is likely very accustomed to criticism for his politics from all sides– after all, that’s what the job entails. What he perhaps wasn’t expecting this morning is that Fernando Fiore , host of the most popular sports show on Univision, took umbrage at his report on the President’s schedule, in which he jokingly promised never to talk about soccer again.

Erap: Can Still Play Ball

Manila Bulletin Tue, 15 May 2012 05:44 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines – Run. Dribble. Shoot. These are the things former president Joseph “Erap”€ Estrada claims he can still do while challenging to a one-on-one basketball game detractors who doubt he is healthy enough to serve Manila as mayor. Estrada, who has moved to Manila this month to establish his residency and run for mayor, said he still feels like a teenager

R.I. struggling to keep Curt Schilling’s game co. solvent 

Curt Schilling


Boston Business JournalTue, May 15, 2012, 7:40am EDT

38 Studios, the video game startup founded and funded by former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, is reportedly in troubled waters just three months after releasing Kingdoms of Amalur, its first title.

Sacramento group wants Maloof brothers investigated

Brothers, George (l) Gavin (m), and Phil (r) Maloof, Sacramento, Calif. / Rich Pedrocelli, AP


USA Today 1:48 AM, May. 15, 2012

The battle over an arena for the Sacramento Kings has taken yet another unpleasant turn. Chris Lehane, executive director of Think Big Sacramento committee established by Mayor Kevin Johnson, has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Maloof brothers who own the team. In response, Eric W. Rose, the Maloofs’ spokesman, issued a statement on their behalf Monday night: “It is becoming clearer that the foundation of Think Big is built on fabrication and deception. The name of the organization should be changed to Think Big Fraud.”