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August 1-2, 2012 Headlines: Penn get statesman oversight, Phelps Gold ‘n’ Proposed Medal tax cut

NCAA tabs former Sen. George Mitchell as PSU integrity monitor

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, AP Photo:Dennis Cook

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  Wed, Aug 1 2012

STATE COLLEGE — Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will serve as the independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State University for the NCAA. The NCAA announced Mitchell’s five-year appointment on Wednesday…Mitchell will evaluate Penn State’s compliance with the agency’s sanctions and the integrity agreement with the NCAA and Big Ten. College sports’ governing body says Mitchell will have “broad access to campus, personnel and records” and make any recommendations necessary for Penn State to comply with its requirements.

Michael Phelps’ Twitter Gets Tweets From Obama, Pele, Lil Wayne

Huffington Post   Wed, Aug 1 2012

LONDON (Reuters) – In 2008, the congratulations came by telephone: “If you can handle eight gold medals, you can handle anything,” then U.S. President George W. Bush told Michael Phelps after he swept the board at the Beijing Olympics. It was a sign of the times that just four years later, at the so-called Twitter Games, it was via the social media site that dozens of friends, musicians, sports celebrities and even the U.S. President showered Phelps with good wishes after he became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.”Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. – bo,” Obama, who tweets as @BarackObama, wrote. Messages from Obama are often written by his team, but the initials identify the rare messages that come directly from the president. Phelps was quick to respond: “Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!”

Rubio proposes Olympic tax loophole

MiamiHerald.com (blog)   Wed, Aug 1 2012

It’s doubtful that, say, Michael Phelps needs a tax break, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced Wednesday he was introducing the Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which would exempt U.S. Olympic medal winners from paying taxes on their medals.  His office notes that Olympians who win medals also receive honorariums: cash payments of $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. We’re checking with the IRS to determine whether there’s a special tax for Olympians, or whether it all gets taxed as income. And whether the winners of the Nobel Prize, for example, also face similar taxes. Rubio’s spokesman said that Americans for Tax Reform, headed by Grover Norquist, brought the idea to the senator’s attention.

First fan: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a black belt, takes in Olympic judo

Washington Post  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

LONDON — He clenched his fists at times, leaned back nervously at others. And when his compatriots won Olympic gold, he leaped from his seat and thrust his arms skyward. A common fan reaction — from an uncommon fan. Vladimir Putin was one thrilled Russian president on Thursday. The longtime judo enthusiast had a VIP seat to watch Tagir Khaibulaev win the 100-kilogram gold medal. When the match ended, Putin led the celebration

Ann Romney’s horse fails to win dressage but avoids offending British

The Guardian   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

Rafalca, the horse owned by Ann Romney, competes in London 2012

Rafalca, owned by Mrs Mitt Romney, was impeccably behaved and well received by Olympic equestrians in Greenwich

New era of sports diplomacy

Politico   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The State Department, like the rest of America, has its eyes fixed on the London Olympics. But officials there aren’t just rooting for Team USA — they’re also looking for new recruits. Today’s gold medalists, after all, are tomorrow’s sports diplomats. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has been sending renowned Olympic coaches and athletes, including Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Kate Markgraf and Misty May-Treanor, around the globe as part of its SportsUnited initiative, which aims to strengthen ties with other countries by teaching sports to underserved youth.

President Obama doesn’t endorse Jets’ QB situation

USA TODAY   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

(CNN)–It’s still a mystery why President Barack Obama was holding a baseball bat during his telephone conversation with Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan

Obama was a guest on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday and offered his thoughts on the tenuous situation between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. “I gotta tell you, I don’t like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season,” Obama said, via the New York Daily News. “So if I was a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous. Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row. I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man, and he’s got just a great winning attitude. He really steps up when things count.”

Racing presidents continue Olympic tributes with fencing

Washington Post (blog)  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The racing presidents are continuing with their Olympic tributes. Tuesday it was race walking. Last night, fencing. It was Teddy’s race to lose as it was essentially a one-man contest with sword-bearing presidents as obstacles. Abe and George were easy targets, but Tom is apparently a fencing novice opposite of novice. It’s a little surprising that George, a former general, isn’t better with a sword.

Joe Biden adds to list of Nats’ high-powered visitors

Washington Post (blog)  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The VP, with principal owners Debra Lerner Cohen and Ed Cohen. Photos via the Nationals

Nats Park seems to be a popular destination for government heavyweights. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit

President Obama’s campaign will host a basketball themed fund-raiser at Chelsea Piers

Capital New York  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

President Obama’s campaign will host a basketball themed fund-raiser at Chelsea Piers later this month. “Please join basketball’s greatest super stars and shoot some hoops to benefit the Obama Campaign in New York City,” says an invitation for the event on August 22. Tickets are $250 for an autograph session; for $5,000 a parent and child get a “shoot around skills session” with the players.

July 21, 2012 Headlines: Olympics: No moment of silence, Costa to pay respect, ‘n’ Putin says “You can do it!”

London 2012: IOC chief praises ‘country that invented modern sport’

The Guardian   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge attends a news conference in Stratford. Photograph- Neil Hall/Reuters

In the week of the opening ceremony, the International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said he was optimistic the London Games would be a success thanks to the enthusiasm of “the country that invented modern sport”.

Rogge resisted calls from President Barack Obama for the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Games to be recognised by a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony, insisting “the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident”. Instead the IOC will hold a ceremony at the exact place of the killings in the military airport in Munich on 5 September, the date of the tragedy.The IOC president, in charge of his final Olympics before he stands down in 2013, also confirmed that the National Olympic Committee executives identified in a Sunday Times investigation would be free to attend the Games.

Opening Ceremony: Bob Costas To Pay Respects To Victims Of 1972 Munich

Huffington Post   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is one of the most watched events around the world. People from all over the globe, in hundreds of countries, tune in for the spectacle. The Olympic Games is one of the few events that brings the world together in such a way. These 2012 games are the 40th anniversay of the human tragedy that happened in Munich in 1972, when 11 Israelis were killed as part of a hostage crisis…However, one man is going to step in and do his part where the IOC will not. NBC’s Olympic anchor, Bob Costas, will have his own minute of silence as the Israeli athletes enter the Olympic Stadium in London.

Romney Aides Split on Olympics Trip Overruled by Romney

Businessweek   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

Mitt Romney’s trip to Europe and Israel next week gives the Republican presidential candidate the opportunity to establish foreign policy credentials and get a temporary respite from nagging questions about his finances…Campaign advisers were divided on whether Romney should go to London, according to one involved in the discussion. Some aides argued that a visit to the Olympics, where his wife’s horse is representing the U.S. in the dressage competition, could draw more attention to his personal wealth

 

‘You can do it!’ – Putin to Olympians

RT   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished the best of luck to the country’s Olympic team before they depart for the XXX Summer Olympics in London.

 

 

“I wish that the Russian flag will be raised and the country’s anthem played as often as possible after your victories at the Olympic stadiums in London,” RIA-Novosti news agency cites Putin as saying. “Thousands of people will be looking at you from the stands and millions all over the world on TV. Our Olympic team as a whole and each individual member is capable of achieving a lot. Sports – especially, high performance sports – require plenty of hard work, discipline and, of course, luck, but most of all – self-confidence and the ability to overcome yourself.”

Concord High grad to run in Olympic marathon

The Union Leader   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

The International Olympic Committee has granted Marial’s request to enter the Olympics as an unattached athlete, so he can compete in the Olympic marathon. IOC rules prohibited him from representing the United States because he is not a citizen. His homeland, the year-old Republic of South Sudan, has not yet qualified to field an Olympic team…“In my heart, I will be standing in the Olympics and holding the South Sudan flag in my heart,” Marial said. “I may be independent, but inside my heart, these are the people I am running for.”

July 20, 2012 Headlines: Dayton apologizes, US-Sudanese runner to compete in London, ‘n’ Salt Lake to host games again?

Dayton sorry for comparing NFL players to war vets

WISC Madison  Fri, 20 Jul 2012

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he’s sorry he compared NFL players in trouble with the law to returning war veterans…In that interview, Dayton theorized on the troubles of professional football players including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and said that football was “basically slightly civilized war.” Dayton said, “I regret my mistake, and I apologize for it.”

Shaheen Urges Olympic Committee to Allow Concord Grad to Compete

Guor Marial New Hampshire resident from Sudan

Patch.com   Fri, 20 Jul 2012

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is urging the International Olympic Committee to allow Guor Marial, who went to high school in Concord, to run in the Olympics as an independent athlete. A teenage refugee from Sudan’s civil war, Marial…has qualified for the Olympics but has refused to compete on behalf of Sudan, where he lost 28 family members in the civil war. Marial is a 2005 graduate of Concord High School and says he considers New Hampshire to be his home state.

President Putin to Host Russian Olympic Team in Kremlin

RIA Novosti  Sat, 21 Jul 2012

MOSCOW – Russia’s national Olympic team will meet on Saturday with President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin prior to their departure for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in Britain that kick off on July 27, the presidential press service said.

Utah ready to bid for Olympics — when US gives go-ahead

Salt Lake Tribune  Fri, 20 Jul 2012

Whenever the U.S. Olympic Committee is ready to submit a bid for a future Winter Games, Salt Lake City will be prepared to go for it. To former Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) leader Fraser Bullock, that’s the approach likely to be taken after Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker receive the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee’s recommendation on whether the city and state should pursue another Winter Games. All signs point to a recommendation to do so…Bullock, who was Mitt Romney’s No. 2 executive through the 2002 Olympics and took over for him in the wrap-up stage

Tampa mayor takes BP, praises Rays

MLB.com   Fri, 20 Jul 2012

ST. PETERSBURG — The last time Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn… was on hand to take batting practice at Tropicana Field before Friday’s game between the Rays and Mariners, and he said he felt like he made some good cuts. “I felt great,” Buckhorn said. “I got a little wood on the ball.”

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 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.

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 20, 2012 Headlines: International news (Russia, Ukraine & Germany)

Putin, Medvedev Congratulate Russian Hockey Team

Russian hockey team celebrate after victory over Slovakia at the world hockey championships, © RIA Novosti. Alexei FIlippov

 

Russian Information Agency Novosti Sun, 20 May 2012 14:38 PM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Russian ice hockey team head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov to congratulate the players on winning the world hockey championships, the Kremlin reported on Monday.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also congratulated Bilyaletdinov on the phone, the government press service reported.

Russia defeated Slovakia 6-2 in Sunday’s final to win the world hockey championships title for the fourth time in the modern era and the first time since 2009.

Two goals from Washington Capitals wing Alexander Semin, and four more from Alexander Perezhogin, Alexei Tereshchenko, Pavel Datsyuk and tournament MVP Evgeni Malkin sealed the victory, which marked a clean tournament sweep of 10 wins.

No ‘foreign treatment’ for Tymoshenko

Gulf Times Sun, 20 May 2012 13:26 PM PDT

AFP/Kiev Ukrainian President Vitkor Yanukovych yesterday ruled out the idea of the jailed and ailing ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko being released for treatment abroad ahead of next month’s Euro football tournament.

Germany has offered to provide medical care to the 2004 Orange Revolution leader and hinted of a possible boycott by Chancellor Angela Merkel of matches played in Ukraine once the tournament kicks off in co-hosts Poland on June 8.

Yanukovych told national television that pro-government deputies were firmly against the idea of changing the country’s laws to allow convicts receive treatment abroad.

“If they suddenly adopt this law, only imagine – thousands of convicts with money will begin corrupting the medical profession,” Tymoshenko’s arch rival told Channel One.

“They (the deputies) told me they cannot do this,” Yanukovych said.

The 51-year-old Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years in October on abuse of power charges that she claimed were a part of Yanukovych’s vendetta against her and her former government team.