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July 28, 2012 Headlines: Olympics: Full slate of female athletes, Ads, ‘n’ a Royal snub

All participating teams in Olympics to have female members, says IOC president Rogge

Pakistan Daily Times   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

By Muhammad Ali 

- Greatest show on Earth begins with Queen-James Bond ‘jumping’ from helicopter and Mr Bean’s hilarious dream

…LONDON: The London Olympics 2012 started with the Queen and James Bond ‘jumping’ from a helicopter…International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge proclaimed: “The Olympic Games are coming home tonight.” Rogge also emphasised that for the first time in Olympic history all participating teams would have female members, in a development he described as ‘a major boost for gender equality’. It was Rogge’s last time as president of the IOC to watch the Olympic flag being raised at an opening ceremony. He will step down in 2013 after completing the maximum two terms.

Political ads during Olympics? Bush waved Iraqi, Afghan flags

Los Angeles Times   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today, 120 said the commercial for the 2004 Bush campaign. HO, Associated Press : August 13, 2004

For American fans watching on television, the Olympic Games mark an escape from workaday cares and annoyances — like political advertising. That isn’t stopping President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney from trying to score a few friendly political points with pitches during the games — Obama during the opening ceremonies with a nonpartisan ode to the American work ethic and a pro-Romney “super PAC” launching spots about his winning tenure as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. The ads all will pale in ideological fervor compared to a 2004 spot in which George W. Bush’s reelection campaign used the Olympics to trumpet the president’s democracy drive in the Mideast.  That ad ticked off Olympic officials, who said it violated their exclusive right to the Olympics name.

Michelle Obama snubs Royal Box to sit with Serena’s family

Sydney Morning Herald   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama joins Venus Williams (top left) and former gymnast Dominique Dawes in cheering on Serena Williams at the London Olympics tennis tournament. Photo- Getty Images

Serena Williams sure has friends in high places. Usually, the 14-time grand slam winner’s supporters’ box is populated by family members, but for her first-round Olympics match on Saturday there was an addition to the cast: the American First Lady, Michelle Obama. The US president’s wife was a guest of Williams… preferring to sit in the players’ box rather than the Royal Box, where dignitaries are usually planted at the All England Club.

Shevchenko gives up soccer for politics

Calgary Sun   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

KIEV – Famed Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has quit soccer to start a career in politics with an independent party just months ahead of the October parliamentary election. Shevchenko has joined “Ukraine – Forward!”, formed this year by politicians who were expelled by the main opposition coalition that used to be led by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the party said. “Perhaps, I will shock everyone: my future has nothing to do with soccer,” Shevchenko was quoted as saying in a statement by his former club Dynamo Kiev. “…It is related to politics.”

Andriy Shevchenko is leaving soccer to start a career in politics in his native Ukraine. (Alessandro Bianchi:Reuters:Files)

July 3, 2012 Headlines: Happy 4th of July, Romney gets the boot, ‘n’ Euro 2012 done

Happy 4th of July

photo by Roberto Coquis

Romney donor gets boot in soccer deal

The Washington Times Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:50 PM PDT

Politics and sports don’t mix — at least not for one Mitt Romney supporter, thwarted in his attempt to pay a New York minor-league soccer team to wear uniforms with an advertisement supporting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. F.C. New York, a Long Island club in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), announced last week it had accepted an offer from an independent Romney backer to sport jerseys emblazoned on the front with Romney’s name and his campaign slogan, “Believe in America.”

That was, until the league informed the club of a key detail: FIFA, the sport’s international governing body, prohibits clubs under its jurisdiction from playing in uniforms with political, religious or personal statements.

Yanukovych thanks Shevchenko for excellent performance of the team at Euro 2012

KYIV PostTue, 03 Jul 2012 10:10 AM PDT

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, @

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has met with the captain of the Ukrainian national football team Andriy Shevchenko and thanked him for successful performance of the team at the home championship of Euro 2012.

President of Azerbaijan will wait from athletes at the Olympics victories

Baku Today Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:56 AM PDT

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Positive dynamics of the speeches of Azerbaijani sportsmen at the Olympic Games speaks for itself….“These figures allow us to expect an even greater success and more medals at the Olympic Games in London,” he said.

July 2, 2012 Headlines: Soccer supports Romney, Spanish Royalty, ‘n’ Wrigley’s troubles

Soccer Club Wears Romney Jerseys

Photo courtesy of FC New York

The Huffington Post Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:01 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will now have some unlikely advertising from outside the campaign: An anonymous donor is paying for a minor-league soccer club to wear jerseys with the candidate’s name and slogan “Believe in America.” F.C. New York, a club based in New York, started to wear jerseys with “Romney” across the front at a game on Saturday, Big Apple Soccer and The New York Times reported.

Spain’s soccer champions for president? A happy but debt-strapped nation says why the heck not

Fox News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 06:06 AM PDT

MADRID –  Out with feckless politicians, in with Spain’s unforgettable soccer stars? Spain’s national team headed home Monday after a historic win in Euro 2012 championship final, raising spirits across a country drowning in financial woes. Their elegant 4-0 dispatching of Italy on Sunday night…The victory made them the first team ever to bookend a World Cup championship (2010) with two Euro Cup triumphs (2008, 2012). The team was to be received later Monday by King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and then snake through Madrid atop an open-air bus to bask in the adulation of tens of thousands.

Yanukovych: Impossible to calculate economic effect of Euro 2012 today

KYIV PostMon, 02 Jul 2012 02:25 AM PDT

The guests of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship have seen that Ukraine is a modern European state, and this is the main achievement of the tournament, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (in the center) has said. ©

The guests of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship have seen that Ukraine is a modern European state, and this is the main achievement of the tournament, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said. “Of course, during the championship we’ve made sure that fans from all countries of the world had a great time. They could see that Ukraine is a modern European country and that the people are very friendly here. That was the main achievement of Euro 2012,” Yanukovych said

Candidate Romney’s 1st Foreign Trip: Israel

ABC News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:41 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will head to Israel this summer, his first foreign trip since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee earlier this year. The trip is likely to take place after Romney attends the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics on July 27. Romney is also…

Wrigley Field renovation plans stalled by political flap

Peoria Journal Star Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:16 PM PDT

Chicago – As the baseball season began, Chicago buzzed about plans to upgrade wilting Wrigley Field. Then word spread that the patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs considered bankrolling a $10 million racially tinged campaign against President Barack Obama, at the same time the team sought his hometown’s help with its $300 million renovation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president’s friend and former chief of staff, has since refused negotiate financing or even take phone calls from the Cubs chairman. A best-selling author took to the Internet to vow never to step foot in Wrigley again.

Video: Campaign Archives: July 4, 1992

CBS News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:04 PM PDT

President George Bush plays baseball in North Carolina, while Democratic candidate Bill Clinton and his family take in a game in Illinois.

Candidate Bill Clinton July 4, 1992

President George H.W. Bush July 4, 1992

June 28, 2012 Headlines: Dems take Congressional Baseball game, DE good for gambling, ‘n’ Moment of silence at the Olympics?

Congressional baseball game 2012: Political wounds still fresh

Coaches for the Democratic and Republican teams touch base before the 2012 congressional baseball game Thursday. Credit- CBS News

CBS News Fri, 29 Jun 2012

(CBS News) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Partisanship wasn’t left at the door – or more aptly, the diamond edge – Thursday night as dozens of members of Congress capped off one of the most politically charged days in recent history with a final showdown between Republicans and Democrats at the 51st annual CQ-Roll Call congressional baseball game, held at Nationals Park.

The Democrats trounced the Republicans, 18-5…But even several hours of playing America’s favorite pastime for charity weren’t enough to nurse the fresh wounds from a day that began and ended with controversial and unprecedented government actions.

In the Democrats’ fan section, 17 posters spelled out “MVP Justice Roberts,” homage from the left to their newfound hero, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., whose opinion earlier in the day largely upheld President Obama’s health care law as constitutional…the second big news of the day, the House’s vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over matters relating to operation Fast and Furious.

Delaware governor signs online gambling bill

Washington Examiner Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling…the bill expands keno beyond Delaware’s three casinos to at least 100 other sites, and betting on NFL football to at least 20 non-casino sites.

German FM joins calls for Munich ‘gesture’

Haaretz Daily Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:21 PM PDT

Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday sent a letter to the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, asking him to reconsider his objection to a minute’s silence at the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered at the 1972 Munich Games.

Britain Won’t Join Call for Munich Memorial

The Forward Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:28 AM PDT

Great Britain’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will not join the growing international campaign for a moment of silence at the upcoming London Summer Olympics for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Games. “The decision as to whether a minute’s silence is held during the Games lies with the IOC,” a spokesman for Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, according to the London

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Ukraine has no love for Dmitry Medvedev

KYIV Post Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:40 AM PDT

Poor Dmitry Medvedev gets no respect. Not long ago, he was president of a nuclear-armed world power. Now, he can’t even get clearance for his plane to land in a provincial Ukrainian city to watch a soccer match.

London bus drivers to strike days before Olympics

Straits Times Thu, 28 Jun 2012 19:39 PM PDT

LONDON (AFP) – London bus drivers will stage fresh strikes next month, including one days before the start of the Olympics, in a dispute over extra payments during the Games, a union said on Thursday and…threatening severe disruption to services ahead of the Games, which open on July 27.

Markham residents air NHL arena concerns News | King Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:16 PM PDT

In a move typically not seen at public meetings, Mayor Frank Scarpitti put the lid on Markham (Ontario) councillors at Wednesday night’s special public meeting for the proposed NHL-ready arena.
“This is the first time I’ve been muzzled in my political career,” Regional Councillor Jim Jones said.
Councillors were told by the mayor they weren’t allowed to speak or ask questions at the meeting.
Mr. Scarpitti explained that it’s a special public information meeting for the residents to ask questions of consultants behind the arena project.

June 27, 2012 Headlines: known and unknowns of the BCS, Golf goes to Washington, ‘n’ Campaign media buy of Olympic proportions

Plenty of unknowns remain after college football playoff deal

The BCS system for determining a collegiate national champion has been famous for producing unexpected results, not the least of which was last season’s LSU-Alabama rematch in the title game. Michael DeMocker/The Times Picayune

New Orleans Times-Picayune Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:13 AM PDT

Since the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee chose Washington, D.C., in which to give its official seal of approval for college football to advance into the playoff age on Tuesday, it’s altogether fitting to remember the words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during the Iraq War: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. “But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” That’s the way it is moving forward with the BCS.

Get ready for January Madness

New York Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:53 PM PDT

A college football playoff has been a no-brainer for too long a time, and now, finally, the powers-that-be that rule the game do not have to hear cries that they have no brains. Never mind that President Obama wanted the death of the BCS, that Congress threatened to get involved. You wanted it.

How Congressional: Golf Industry Lobbys Lawmakers At AT&T National

WAMU 88.5 Wed, 28 Jun 2012

Tiger Woods on the 16th green during a pro-am round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club June 27. AP Photo:Patrick Semansky

Play gets underway this morning at the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But befitting of a tournament near Washington, D.C., top golf officials spent the practice rounds yesterday lobbying members of Congress right on the course. Congress does have a “golf caucus.”…Their actual focus is on golf as a business — a business that contributes 2 million jobs to the U.S. economy, according to the World Golf Foundation…”That helps promote not only the golf course but the business and the people that work there,” Rep Joe Baca said. “The people who work at the restaurant, the people that work behind the desk, the landscapers, the marshals. It presents an opportunity for people to be exposed to the game.” Baca and the golf caucus members who toured the course Wednesday got their picture taken with tournament host Tiger Woods. But they also heard from people like World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. He wants lawmakers to okay a bill that would allow golf courses to receive federal aid after natural disasters like flooding.

Media Decoder Blog: As Obama Buys Up Time, NBC Executive Says Positive Ads Do Better at Olympics

New York Times Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:23 PM PDT

With the news that the Obama campaign has purchased $5.5 million in commercial time during the coverage of the London Olympics, an NBC executive had advice for both presidential candidates: Don’t go negative during the three weeks’ worth of thrills of victory and agonies of defeat…Seth Winter, the head of advertising sales for NBC’s Olympics coverage…and said that during the Games it should be all about accentuating the positive…“What we’ve seen in all of our research is the creative has got to be upbeat…It’s got to be empowering. It’s got to be positive.”

Argentina says won’t bring Falklands row to Olympics

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

AFP via Yahoo! Sports Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:13 AM PDT

President Cristina Kirchner said Argentina would keep politics out of sports during the London Olympics despite its decades-long dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. “They are expecting some sort of foolishness from us, but we do not mix such things,” Kirchner said

NRCU: Yanukovych, Kissinger discuss Ukraine’s development and EURO 2012

KYIV PostWed, 27 Jun 2012 01:40 AM PDT

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych during his televised address to the nation late Thursday, Kiev, Ukraine, June 7, 2012. Yanukovych is hailing his country’s success in preparing for the European football championship and urging his countrymen to give a warm welcome to fans and guests. Yanukovych is seeking to put a brave face on the harsh criticism he is facing from the West over the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv, Pool)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Kyiv on Monday, the presidential press service has reported. During the meeting, the sides discussed reforms in Ukraine and preparations for the EURO 2012 European Football Championship…Henry Kissinger praised Ukraine’s preparations for the finals of the European Football Championship”

Outcast Belarus leader to attend Euro 2012 finals

Reuters Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:10 AM PDT

KIEV (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, a pariah in many European countries, will attend the final of the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Ukraine, a Belarussian diplomat said on Wednesday…Lukashenko will meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on July 1 before watching the game later in the day…The European Union has introduced sanctions such as travel bans and asset freezes against Lukashenko and some of his officials, accusing his government of human rights abuses and political repression.

Former Miss America Nicole Johnson and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins to Join Novo Nordisk Employees from Across U.S. for Diabetes Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Novo Nordisk (NVO) employees from across the United States are converging on Capitol Hill on June 27, 2012 to urge their Members in the House and Senate to support the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), two vital programs that support diabetes prevention efforts in local communities, research for a cure and improved diabetes care. Diabetes advocates Nicole Johnson, MPH, MA, Miss America 1999 and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks, will accompany more than 200 Novo Nordisk employees on Capitol Hill for a full day of congressional office visits to discuss the company’s unique approach to changing diabetes.


June 25, 2012 Headlines: Prez disses Red Sox Fans, Hardaway’s change of heart, ‘n’ Olympics committees come to terms

Obama talks baseball, politics in Boston

WCVB Boston Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:43 PM PDT

BOSTON – President Barack Obama talked a little baseball along with politics, thanking the Red Sox for trading popular veteran infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox…Although his comments were met with overwhelming applause throughout his speech, Obama hit one sour note with Massachusetts supporters, when he jokingly thanked Boston for veteran Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, who was recently traded to the Chicago White Sox.

Candidates for NC Governor trade blame for high unemployment

WCNC Charlotte Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:56 PM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte’s longest-serving mayor–Pat McCrory–returned home to the city where he raised special taxes for light rail and a basketball arena to denounce income taxes, saying they chased jobs to other states. Before a friendly, applauding audience at the SteelFab steel fabrication plant near Charlotte’s airport, McCrory suggested North Carolina’s income tax sent jobs to other states.

Tim Hardaway Pledges Support for ‘No Recall Group,’ Gay Issues

ABC 7 El PasoTue, 26 Jun 2012 01:36 AM PDT

Former UTEP and NBA star Tim Hardaway supports group that opposes the recall of three El Paso city officials who support benefits for gay and unmarried couples

The group opposing a recall of El Paso Mayor John Cook and two city representatives for their support of partner benefits for city employees got an endorsement Thursday from an unlikely source: former University of Texas at El Paso superstar and NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, who once made headlines for saying he “hated gay people.” The message of Thursday’s news conference, held by El Paso’s “No Recall Group,” was to try to provoke a change of heart for those who oppose health benefits for gay and unmarried partners of city employees. It was clear that Hardaway has had a “change of heart” of his own.

Our head of state and the queen of theatre

The Irish Times Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:34 PM PDT

THE PRESIDENT WAS in Poland for the soccer, and when Ireland scored he jumped up and threw his hands in the air, delighted with the nation’s achievement. The General saw it on television and was shocked. “He’s the head of state,” the General said. “He shouldn’t be jumping around like Desmond Tutu at a U2 concert.”…“You wouldn’t see the queen jumping up and down,” the General said.

Russian soccer fans hold a poster reading ‘ Leaders of Russian Football Union, resign ! ‘ Photo- Mikhail Metzel : AP

Russian football federation chief steps down

Stamford Advocate Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the Russian football federation has resigned and apologized to fans after the national team was eliminated in the group stage of the European Championship. Sergei Fursenko said Russia’s showing “was very painful since the team was very strong and (coach) Dick Advocaat did a good job. Still, a misfire took place and of course our fans, who expected a different result, are now very disappointed.” Fursenko announced his resignation during a televised meeting Monday with President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine trial put off until after Euro 2012 final

In this Thursday, June 14, 2012 photo Stan Stanfield, the captain of an unofficial England football fan team pretends to ride a pig with a head depicting Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in a protest camp set up by opposition groups in Kiev, Ukraine. Supporters of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko hope to use Euro 2012 to press for her release. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


KYIV Post Mon, 25 Jun 2012 06:10 AM PDT

Kharkiv – A Ukrainian court on Monday, June 25 adjourned the high-profile tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko until mid-July, a move that will spare Kyiv further negative publicity during the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. Western outrage over Tymoshenko’s prosecution – which she says is a politically-motivated witch hunt – has already prompted some European politicians to boycott matches at the football championship, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.

UEFA charges Croatia with racial abuse 16 Jun 2012

WARSAW, Poland — UEFA made its first formal charges of racism at the European Championship on Saturday, opening a case against the Croatian soccer association after receiving reports that fans made monkey chants at Italy forward Mario Balotelli. Croatia is charged with “improper conduct” of supporters, including “racist chants, racist symbols” at a game in Poznan on Thursday, the European soccer governing body said in a statement.

Denis Oswald (L) member of the International Olympic Committee executive board, and Jacques Rogge, president of IOC (AP Photo:The Canadian Press, Francis Vachon)

Reno Gazette-Journal Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:27 AM PDT

International and U.S. Olympic leaders have agreed in principle on a new revenue-sharing deal that would end years of acrimony and clear the way for America to bid again for future games, officials familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Two senior officials told the Associated Press that the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic Committee have come to terms to resolve the long-running dispute over television and marketing revenues that has undermined recent American bids for the games.

Quaker State 400 | Kentucky Speedway traffic issues are resolved, governor says

Courier-Journal Mon, 25 Jun 2012

SPARTA — The 100,000 race fans expected at the end of the month at Kentucky Speedway won’t get stuck in traffic this year, Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday. The $3.7 million worth of road improvements invested by the state and a $8 million to $10 million private investment from the speedway’s owner, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., will prevent a repeat of the traffic backup during last year’s inaugural Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. In 2011, 13,000 fans missed the race as traffic backed up onto Interstate 71.

June 19, 2012 Headlines: DemoCrips and ReBloodlicans, NFL Commish & wanna-be replacement, ‘n’ defecting Cubans

NFL’s Goodell To Meet With Sen. Durbin

KATC 3 Lafayette Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:44 PM PDT

A high-ranking Senator will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about bounties in professional football. The office of Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, says he and Goodell will meet for about 15 minutes Wednesday, then appear together at a news conference.

 Drew Brees compares evidence for bounties to evidence for WMDs

NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk Tue, 19 Jun 2012 04:03 AM PDT

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has offered up an interesting analogy for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s case that some of Brees’s coaches and teammates on the Saints were involved in a bounty program: Brees says it’s reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s case for the Iraq War…“If NFL fans were told there were ‘weapons of mass destruction’ enough times, they’d believe it,” Brees wrote. “But what happens when you don’t find any????”

The Death Of A Meme: Harry Reid Says ‘Clown Question, Bro’

Mediaite Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:57 PM PDT

I am not cool.* So uncool that, until a day or so ago, I didn’t know about the viral meme that had erupted around baseball superstar (and guy who doesn’t actually represent all conservative ideals ) Bryce Harper “That’s a clown question, bro” comment. However, as I am not a politician, I’m not nearly as uncool as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who quoted the comment today on Capitol Hill …Audio

Talking Politics | Fred Leonhardt Sports as a community builder

WMFE Orlando Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:34 AM PDT

Sports are always a common theme. From a construction worker to a CEO we can find common ground. The Mayors of Orlando and Orange County have come together to support the Citrus bowl and sports in this community.

Cuban players missing from Puerto Rican tournament

The Washington Times Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:39 PM PDT

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (AP) – The president of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation says five Cuban players are missing from an international tournament. Carlos Beltran says the five men did not show at practice Tuesday just before a game against Nicaragua. Cuba lost to the Bahamas 81-66 on Monday. The teams are in Puerto Rico for the Centrobasket Championship 2012. Some Cuban athletes in the past have used international competitions as an opportunity to defect. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and Cubans who make it to the island generally are allowed to apply for legal residence.

Lt. governor talks with biz leaders

The Marion StarTue, 19 Jun 2012 04:08 AM PDT

Marion Blue Racers general manager Lamonte Coleman, left, presents a football to Lt. Governor Mary Taylor after a roundtable discussion with area business leaders Monday at the Can Do! building. : James Miller:The Marion Star

MARION — A smile on her face, Ohio’s lieutenant governor told her audience of an impromptu restaurant conversation with the Jacksonville Jaguars owner in which she disclosed she’d like to be the NFL commissioner.

Putin hopes to visit London Olympics to watch judo

The Associated Press via Yahoo! Canada Sports Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:56 AM PDT

MOSCOW (AP) Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says he plans to come to London Olympics in private capacity and watch the judo competition. Putin said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will lead the Russian official delegation at the games. Putin, a judo black belt holder…

Ex Ukrainian PM’s daughter urges UK to withdraw president’s invitation to Olympics

ANI via Yahoo! India News Tue, 19 Jun 2012 03:50 AM PDT

Kiev, June 19 (ANI): Eugenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of the jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has urged Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron to withdraw President Viktor Yanukovych’s invitation to this year’s Olympics.

Former Governor, Frogman, Pro Wrestler, Actor, Biker Jesse Ventura on His Latest Book: Democrips and Rebloodicans; Supports Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson’s Libertarian Presidential Bid; Talks Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, His Relationship with Vince McMahon After Not Endorsing Linda, Expendables II, More

CY Interview  Mon, 11 Jun 2012

“If Ron Paul drops completely out, Gary Johnson will have my complete support, absolutely. And even if Ron Paul, wait, let me say this, even if Ron Paul stays in, Gary Johnson might get my support anyway. You know, totally you can go public and state that I will endorse Gary Johnson for president.”

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.

June 1, 2012 Headlines: Not quite Rockin’ the vote for Romney ‘n’ Smokeless Euro 2012

Former Braves Pitcher Will Vote for Romney ‘By Default’

ABC NewsFri, 01 Jun 2012 11:49 AM PDT

John Rocker, Image Credit- Michael Buckner:Getty Images

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who was suspended from baseball in 1999 for racist and homophobic comments, has pledged his support for Mitt Romney. Or rather, for anyone who is not Barack Obama. “Like hopefully a majority of Americans out there, I’ll be voting against President Obama this year,” Rocker told WND. “I won’t necessarily be voting for the Republican candidate as much as I will be voting against Obama.”

Ukrainian president approves smoking, tobacco ban during Euro 2012

Kyiv Post Fri, 01 Jun 2012

President Viktor Yanukovych has signed into law bill No. 4819-VI, “On changes to the Ukrainian law, ‘On organizing and conducting the final part of the 2012 European football championship in Ukraine’,” concerning the health of fans and athletes and creating a favorable atmosphere for viewing the Euro 2012 matches, the president’s press office said on Friday.

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