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June 22, 2012 Headlines: Title IX’s 40th, From Russia with love, ‘n’ M.O. leads Olympic delegation

Happy 40th Anniversary to Title IX

President Nixon signing Title IX, June 23, 1972

 

Title IX at 40: Myths, stereotypes and unintended consequences

MinnPost Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Editor’s note: The landmark Title IX legislation was signed into law 40 years ago tomorrow by President Richard M. Nixon. The following Q&A with Mary Jo Kane, director of the University of Minnesota’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport…When Mary Jo Kane came to the University of Minnesota in 1989 she was one of a handful of people nationally conducting research on the social science of female athletes and the impact of Title IX.

Obama congratulates Miami Heat coach Spoelstra

Miami Herald Fri, 22 Jun 2012

President Obama calls Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to offer congratulations after NBA championship Calling from Air Force One, on his way to Tampa, President Barack Obama called Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to congratulate him on the team’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. President Obama said that the team seemed to get stronger in each game of the playoffs, and he complimented the performance of the players and coaches. He asked Spoelstra to tell the team that they are all invited to the White House, and he looks forward to celebrating their NBA championship.

Michelle Obama to lead U.S. delegation to Olympic Games opening ceremony

Yahoo! News Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:25 AM PDT

First lady Michelle Obama will lead the official American delegation to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the White House announced on Friday. The group includes women’s soccer Olympic great Brandi Chastain and basketball star Grant Hill, a member of the 1996 “Dream Team.” “This summer I’ll be cheering on Team U.S.A. at the Olympic Games in London with this distinguished group of champions who truly represent the best of our country,” the first lady said in a statement released by the White House.

Politics meets soccer in Germany vs. Greece

Associated Press Fri, 22 Jun 2012

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Germany’s most prominent fan will be in the stands for the quarterfinal against Greece at the European Championship. Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, wins no popularity contests among the Greek contingent. So the political dimension of Friday’s game only heightens what is already an intriguing match in strictly soccer terms…German and Greek officials are trying to play down the politics. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has been a major contributor to international bailouts for Greece and was instrumental in demanding structural reforms and hugely unpopular spending cuts in return. Greek fans are unlikely to take kindly to Merkel’s presence at Gdansk Arena.

Germany beat Greece 4-2 

Rink Relations: Putin, Niinisto Face Off on the Ice

President Vladimir Putin took to the ice Friday with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto © RIA Novosti. Alexei Nikolskiy

 

Russian Information Agency NovostiFri, 22 Jun 2012 10:20 AM PDT

President Vladimir Putin took to the ice Friday with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto for a light-hearted hockey match intended to show there is nothing frosty about their bilateral relations.

Fedor Emelianenko: Vladimir Putin Thanks Him for Promoting MMA in Russia

Fedor Emelianenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Bleacher Report Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:46 AM PDT

Following Fedor Emelianenko’s 84-second demolition of Pedro Rizzo, none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped into the St. Petersburg ring and personally bestowed praise upon “The Last Emperor” for his contribution to and promotion of MMA in Russia. “I want to congratulate Fedor and thank him from all of us, martial arts fans. It is because of him this sport became so popular in our country,” the Russian premier said.

Senate okays bid to decriminalize mixed martial arts

The Globe and Mail Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:13 PM PDT

A Conservative senator’s bid to remove the criminal prohibitions against mixed martial arts and other combat sports has been approved by the Red Chamber and is off to the House of Commons, where it will be debated when MPs return in the fall. With the popularity of mixed martial arts growing and Ultimate Fighting Championship events drawing tens of thousands of people, some provinces, including British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, have have found ways to get around the section of the Criminal Code that outlaws all combative sports except boxing.

NASCAR tickets ‘ready and waiting’ for President Obama at N.H. Motor Speedway box office

New Hampshire Union Leader Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:20 PM PDT

LOUDON (Press Release) – Though White House staffers are officially calling it a “campaign visit,” New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens can’t help but wonder if President Barack Obama’s real motivation for visiting the Granite State on Monday is to pick up his tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15. The resourceful Gappens put some tickets in President Obama’s name at the “Will-Call” window in the NHMS ticket office today, just in case the “Commander and Chief” wanted to witness the largest sporting event in New England.


Obama declines NHMS offer

MANCHESTER- Today, Obama for America – New Hampshire State Director Pete Kavanaugh issued the following statement upon receipt of Jerry Gappens’ generous offer:

“Thank you Jerry for your generous offer. New Hampshire Motor Speedway has a proud history, and while the President will not be able to attend, we certainly appreciate the offer.

“The President is a supporter of NASCAR and an advocate for the American auto industry. Under his leadership he made the bold decision to rescue the auto industry, resulting in a resurgence of American manufacturing jobs that are restoring economic security. The auto rescue saved a million jobs up and down the supply chain. In New Hampshire alone 23,000 jobs depend on the vibrancy of the auto industry, and today, the America auto industry has never looked more vibrant. GM is once again the world’s top carmaker. The auto industry added more than 230,000 jobs since June 2009, and 2011 was the strongest year of industry job growth since 1994.

“This is a stark contrast with our opponent in this race who advocated that we ‘let Detroit go bankrupt’ when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse.

“Our campaign is focused on getting the middle class to victory lane. As you get ready to drop the green flag for another great race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we thank you again for your offer, and I can assure you that supporters of the President will be there in force.”

Gov. Jindal appoints Baton Rouge businessman to Superdome Commission

New Orleans Times-Picayune Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:54 AM PDT

BATON ROUGE — Gregg Patterson of Baton Rouge has been named to a seat on the Louisiana Superdome Commission by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The board, formally known as the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, oversees the Mercedes-Benz Superdome; the nearby Arena, home of the New Orleans Hornets; the Alario Center near Westwego; the Saints training facility on Airline Drive; Zephyr Stadium, located next door to the Saints training facility; and the TPC-Louisiana golf course. Gregg Patterson is president of G.A.S. Investments and was former pitcher for LSU baseball team.

June 14, 2012 Headlines: Got crabs!?, Russia & Poland’s battle off the pitch, ‘n’ Obama’s surprise stop at Boy’s & Girls Club

On The Miami Crab Claw Controversy You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Hardwood ParoxysmThu, 14 Jun 2012 01:35 AM PDT

Stone Crabs, photo from wallyg via Flickr

Mayors placing friendly wagers on the outcome of championship sports series is nothing new. It’s a lighthearted tradition that celebrates civic pride and widens the scope of competition beyond the arena. For this season’s NBA Finals, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett placed bets on the outcome of the championship series with bragging rights and their respective regional delicacies on the line. If the Miami Heat win the title, Cornett agreed to ship premium Oklahoma steaks to Gimenez. If the Oklahoma City Thunder win it all, Gimenez will ship stone crab claws from Miami’s famous Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant.

It sounds fair, but according to Short Order, the Miami New Times’ food blog, there could be a slight hitch … a slightly illegal hitch:

One problem: Stone crab season ended May 16. Leave it to Miami to turn an innocent bet over luxury food items into something sneaky and crooked. According to the mayor’s office, “Joe’s has a vendor who can legally supply stone crabs if the Heat lose.” via NBA Miami-OKC Bet: Corrupt Crabs on the Line | Ilana Shulevitz, Short Order (6/13/12)

Dayton, Rybak Announce Picks for Vikings Stadium Authority

KAAL Austin Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:44 AM PDT

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday picked a trusted aide to oversee construction of a new, $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, the signature legislative accomplishment of his term so far. Dayton named deputy chief of staff Michele Kelm-Helgen to lead the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, a five-member panel charged with keeping tabs on a public investment of nearly $500 million.

Obama Makes Surprise Stop At Boys and Girls Club

ABC News Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:09 PM PDT

On his way out of Cleveland this afternoon, President Obama stopped by the local Boys and Girls Club, sneaking into the back of a gym and surprising a room full of kids. The children, who were playing basketball, jumping rope and hula-hooping, didn’t notice the president as he walked in the back door, according to pool reports, but squealed with excitement when they recognized their famous visitor.

Video: Obama surprises Boys & Girls Club  (CBS News)

President Obama Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland, OH

Viktor Yanukovych accuses Yulia Tymoshenko of involvement in a contract killing

Independent Thu, 14 Jun 2012 02:17 AM PDT

President Viktor Yanukovych has accused Yulia Tymoshenko, his jailed rival, of involvement in a contract killing 16 years ago. His comments suggest he is unmoved by a boycott of Euro 2012 football matches by Western governments. Ms Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven-year sentence for alleged abuse of office when Prime Minister, has dismissed any link with the killing of Yevhen Shcherban, a businessman, as “absurd”. Her supporters accused the President of acting like a dictator.

Russia’s Punishment for Fan Assaults too Harsh – Official

Russian Information Agency NovostiThu, 14 Jun 2012 11:01 AM PDT

Photo by © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Pesnia

Russia was punished too harshly by UEFA for crowd disturbances at Euro 2012 that included fans assaulting Polish stewards, Sergei Fursenko, president of the Russian Football Union, said Thursday. Russia received a six-point suspended points deduction for Euro 2016 qualification while the union was fined €120,000 for crowd disturbances and the use of pyrotechnics at Russia’s opening 4-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Leaders condemn Poland-Russia scuffles

Warsaw Business Journal Thu, 14 Jun 2012 01:26 AM PDT

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke via telephone on Wednesday about the scuffles between Polish and Russian soccer fans on Tuesday, when the two countries played each other in a Euro 2012 group-stage match. Both leaders agreed that “bad stadium emotions” should not impact Polish-Russian relations, and that the hooligans should be rounded up by the police regardless of their nationality, Rzeczpospolita reported. Police detained 184 rioters on Tuesday night, including 156 Poles and 25 Russians, in sporadic, isolated incidents near the city center.

June 13, 2012 Headlines: # ‘38’s 48 Jersey back in circulation, NASCAR suites for politicians, ‘n’ Seattle Stadium support increases

Michigan plans to put Ford’s jersey in circulation

President Gerald Ford, Getty Images

Battle Creek Enquirer Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:12 AM PDT

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says one of his players will wear former President Gerald Ford’s No. 48 this season. Ford’s No. 48 is one of five jerseys that were been retired by college football’s winningest program. It was put out of circulation in 1994.

Candidates should ‘wear NASCAR suits’

Current TV Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:17 PM PDT

Jesse Ventura calls for transparency in campaign funding, saying presidential candidate should wear their sponsors literally on their sleeves. The former Governor of Minnesota also calls Mitt Romney the next Gordon Gekko. – WATCH VIDEO

Both Obama and Romney Out of Touch?

TheStreet.com Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:33 PM PDT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — President Barack Obama released a Web video on Wednesday that attempts to reverse last week’s gaffe when he said the private sector was doing fine. The video also looks to portray Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent for the presidency, as out of touch. “I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners,” Romney says in an audio clip played in the Web video

Ballmer, Nordstrom family join SODO arena investment group

KING5 Seattle Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:11 AM PDT

SEATTLE – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Peter and Erik Nordstrom have joined the investment group to build a new arena in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood and lure an NBA team back to the city. Hansen made the announcement in a letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine. He cited “intense community interest”

Russia accuses Polish fans of provoking clashes

Reuters via Yahoo! Canada Sports Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:10 PM PDT

MOSCOW/WARSAW (Reuters) – Russia accused Polish soccer fans on Wednesday of provoking street battles with Russian supporters on the night of their countries’ Euro 2012 match and urged Warsaw to prevent further clashes in the tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin also told Poland’s leader Warsaw bore “full responsibility” for the safety of fans, the Kremlin said – comments during a phone which raised the stakes in the violent confrontation which brought the nations’ troubled relationship to the fore.

Syrian General Mowaffak Joumaa faces ban from London Olympics due to links to Assad regime

London Evening Standard Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:36 AM PDT

The head of Syria’s national Olympic committee may be banned from attending the London games because of his links to President Bashar Assad. General Mowaffak Joumaa is expected to be refused entry to the UK because of his connection to the Syrian military, The Guardian reported. The troubled Middle Eastern state has seen a recent spike in violence by the forces of President Assad’s regime.

June 12, 2012 Headlines: Hey Sport, Surf or Turf, ‘n’ Alpha Sigma Phi signs bill to allow NFL HOF to sell alcohol ‘till 2:30 am

Romney and Sport

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:10 AM PDT

Tim Murphy finds that in Mitt Romney‘s 2004 book, Turnaround , the presidential candidate’s “vaguely 19th-century aristocratic quirk of referring to sports in the singular is a longstanding habit. A quick Google Books scan reveals 33 results for ‘sport,’ almost all of them instances where one would normally write ‘sports’ instead.”

Steaks Vs. Stone Crabs Bet Over NBA Finals

CBS Miami Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:34 AM PDT

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It wouldn’t be a championship series without some local politicians placing a friendly wager. Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett got into the betting spirit. According to CBS4 news partner, if the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship, Mayor Cornett will ship some premium steaks from Oklahoma to Miami-Dade County. On the other hand, if the Oklahoma City Thunder hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, Mayor Gimenez will ship South Beach’s famous Joe’s stone crabs to Oklahoma, according to the Herald.

Schuring legislation aids HOF, economic development plans

The Canton Repository Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:57 AM PDT

Gov. John Kasich Monday signed into law House Bill 487, the mid-biennium budget review bill that has two provisions sponsored by State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, that affect Stark County. The first provision allows the Pro Football Hall of Fame to sell alcoholic beverages until 2:30 a.m…Schuring said the Pro Football Hall of Fame requested the change. With the enshrinement festivities being moved to a later time in recent years, the enshrinees’ private parties hosted by the Hall of Fame were lasting past 1 a.m.

FIFA urges Israel to help a jailed Palestine player

Sports Illustrated Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:57 AM PDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called on Israel soccer leaders to “urgently” help a Palestine player on hunger strike in Israeli custody. Blatter has written to the Israel Football Association of his “grave concern” after receiving reports that “several Palestine football players have allegedly been illegally detained.”

Balcerowicz: Ukraine scores own goal

KYIV Post Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:40 AM PDT

Politics and sports are often an incendiary mix, as the controversy now swirling around the Euro 2012 football championship, to be co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, demonstrates. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and other European Union leaders have said that they will boycott matches held in Ukraine, owing to the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition figures. Why, two decades after communism ended and Ukraine gained its independence, does the country remain mired in economic torpor and an authoritarian politics that has aroused such ire in Europe? When a country like Ukraine develops slowly and remains poor, it is not because of natural disaster or resource constraints. Bad policies pursued by bad governments are to blame.

June 9, 2012 Headlines: Obama the baller, Russia, ‘n’ football racism in Poland

President Obama’s basketball love affair has roots in Hawaii high school team

May 4, 2008, Obama plays basketball at Riverview Elementary School in Elkhart, IN. Jae C. Hong:AP

Washington Post Sat, 09 Jun 2012 15:41 PM PDT

To say that President Obama loves basketball understates the role of the sport in his life. He has been devoted to the game for 40 years now, ever since the father he did not know and never saw again gave him his first ball during a brief Christmastime visit. Basketball is central to his self identity. It is global yet American-born, much like him. It is where he found a place of comfort, a family, a mode of expression, a connection from his past to his future. With foundation roots in the Kansas of his white forebears, basketball was also the city game, helping him find his way toward blackness, his introduction to an African American culture that was distant to him when he was young yet his by birthright.

Russian football chief honors Poles killed in 2010

June 10, 2012 President of Russian football federation Sergei Fursenko (R) lays a wreath to honor the Polish president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of officials who were killed two years ago in a plane crash in Russia. Poland is playing Russia in a Euro 2012 Group A match scheduled for Tuesday, June 12. Photo: Sergey Ponomarev / AP

 

Washington Examiner Sun, 10 Jun 2012 04:28 AM PDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of the Russian football federation placed a wreath in Warsaw on Sunday to honor the Polish president and 95 others killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia. The symbolic gesture came amid ongoing tensions between Poland and Russia based on a difficult history of war and occupation as well as new distrust that has emerged in the aftermath of the crash. The countries play each other in the European Championship on Tuesday.

Russian oligarch visiting UK implicated in international row over ship ‘taking arms’ to Syria

ANI via Yahoo! India News Sun, 10 Jun 2012 01:15 AM PDT

Moscow, June 10 (ANI): A Russian oligarch coming to attend the London Olympics is in the midst of an international row over one of his ships ‘exporting arms’ to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. According to The Telegraph, Vladimir Lisin, who owns a grouse shooting estate in Scotland, is one of Russia’s t senior most Olympic officials.The oligarch is offering a million dollars (650,000 pounds ) as reward to every Russian athlete who wins gold at the 2012 games. Lisin is implicated in a growing scandal over the shipment of Russian weapons to Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad is waging a brutal war against his own people.

Why England stars must walk off the pitch if they suffer racist abuse… and Cameron should leave the President of …Ukraine to cheer the football alone

Daily MailSat, 09 Jun 2012 14:39 PM PDT

Ukrainian football fans show their support for their football team while they watching them play a World Cup match when the tournament was held in Germany in 2006

With Euro 2012 under way, football fans across Britain should be anticipating the passing skills of Steven Gerrard and the shot-stopping abilities of Joe Hart. Instead, the championships – held jointly in Poland and Ukraine – are mired in stories about racism and human rights abuses. I will return to the issue of how to deal with racist behaviour by fans later in this article. But first, let us address the dithering and delay by the British Government.