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July 12, 2012 Headlines: Pres Candidates in NASCAR suits, Saudi women 2 compete in London, ‘n’ WH fitness

Who’s Driving the Presidential Race?

US News & World Report Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:07 AM PDT

Imagining what President Obama and Mitt Romney would look like if the presidential race was on the NASCAR circuit…Political races, in other words, are not much different from NASCAR races, which require money for cars, pit crews, gasoline—and therefore sponsors…imagining what Obama and Romney would look like if they were NASCAR drivers advertising their race sponsors.

Saudis to send 2 women to London Games

The Uniontown Herald Standard Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:17 AM PDT

Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to the London Olympics, ending the ultraconservative Muslim country’s record of fielding only all-male teams at the games. The decision, announced Thursday by the IOC, means every country competing in London will include women athletes for the first time in Olympic history. The two female Saudi competitors are judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.

The secrets of the Obama White House … are pretty boring

Houston Chronicle Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:27 AM PDT

White House chef Sam Kass and personal trainer Cornell McClellan answered questions about working for the Obamas as they read to more than 100 children Wednesday at the Department of Education…He said the family still has fun with a pizza or burger, but “we have some very balanced meals.” McClellan said the family does jumping jacks, push-ups, jump rope, boxing, running, soccer and basketball to keep fit…After reading to the children, the two joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan in cheering on the youngsters in relay races, shooting hoops, using hula hoops and other physical activities.

May 18, 2012 Headlines: RGIII, Economy crashing NASCAR?, cheerleading=sport?

On this day 100 years ago….

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fri, 18 May 2012 01:10 AM PDT

100 YEARS AGO May 18, 1912 Another petition for a writ of mandamus to require Secretary of State Earle W. Hodges to certify to the election commissioners the initiating of a local act to permit the playing of baseball upon any day of the week within the corporate limits of the city of Little Rock, was filed in Second Division of the Circuit Court yesterday.

 MTV Turning 2012 Election into a Fantasy Game

WebProNews Fri, 18 May 2012 14:09 PM PDT

Who doesn’t love fantasy football? Everybody has a team these days, even my grandma. But imagine a fantasy game where instead of having a roster of Manning, Peterson and Fitzgerald you have one of Obama, Boehner and McConnell. That’s what MTV along with $250,000 from The Knight Foundation is creating, a fantasy football like election game.

 Fenton mayor: We have space if Rams want it

KMOV St. Louis Fri, 18 May 2012 09:57 AM PDT

FENTON, Missouri — The St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission are far apart on plans to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome. One suburban St. Louis mayor says he may have an alternative. Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock isn’t actively making a pitch to move the NFL team to the suburbs. But he told KMOX Radio that his community does have 300 acres of open land at the site of …

 Bill targeting concussions in youth sports is endorsed by Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand

The Muskegon Chronicle Fri, 18 May 2012 09:25 AM PDT

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, AP File PhotDetroit Lions President Tom Lewand testified in favor of a bill that addresses concerns about concussions, which are most talked about in the NFL but are filtering down to youth sports.

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand endorses the effort as part of a National Football League initiative to get similar legislation passed in all 50 states and Congress. Lewand testified at the Senate hearing on the bill.

A bill that could soon come up for a vote in the Michigan Senate calls for removing athletes under age 18 from a sports activity if a concussion is suspected. Written clearance from a health professional would be needed for the youth to return to action…Senate Bill 1122

 Peoria Unified School District hopes to make cheerleading a sport

Cheerleaders, Pat Shannahan:The Republic

 

 

The Arizona Republic Fri, 18 May 2012 11:40 AM PDT

Peoria Unified School District board President Hal Borhauer says he plans to rally support from other school districts to petition the Arizona Interscholastic Association to treat cheerleading as a sport.

 

Lieutenant governor remains mum on Internet wagering and sport betting in Atlantic City 

Philly.com Fri, 18 May 2012 00:14 AM PDT

At the East Coast Gaming Congress here on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno sounded more like she was on the campaign stump than simply speaking to gambling-industry executives. Guadagno, a fill-in for Gov. Christie, dodged all questions regarding Internet gaming and sports betting at the gathering in the new Revel Casino.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Bell (l), Frank Washington (r):JARRAD HENDERSON:Detroit Free Press

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar honored with Ford Freedom Award

Detroit Free Press Fri, 18 May 2012 01:09 AM PDT

About 400 people attended a $175-a-ticket fund-raising dinner Thursday in Detroit and saw Detroit Mayor Dave Bing embrace his former pro basketball opponent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and applaud him as a 2012 Ford Freedom Award scholar…Bing, before introducing his former on-court nemesis, said: “There were years when I didn’t enjoy playing against Kareem. I was so happy that, at my position, I didn’t have to worry about him too much.”

RG3 on ‘The Tonight Show,’ kids Obama about basketball

NFL.com Thu, 17 May 2012 23:54 PM PDT

Robert Griffin III joked with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday night, showing off some of his favorite socks and teasing President Obama about a one-on-one game of basketball. But Griffin opened by saluting the military, telling how both his parents served in the armed forces…

Robert Griffin III with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show”

NBC.com Thu, 17 May 2012

Governor opens summer reading program

The Topeka Capital-Journal Thu, 17 May 2012 14:41 PM PDT

Gov. Sam Brownback slid into a chair at Topeka’s public library Thursday to personally launch the state’s summer reading program for children while a trio of sports rivals peered over his shoulder. “Reading opens the world up to us,” Brownback said.

Is the Obama-Led Economy Crashing NASCAR? Fan’s Summary

Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports Thu, 17 May 2012 13:47 PM PDT

NASCAR fans are loyal like no other base in sports. Study after study suggests as much and what’s more, the fan base is more diverse than popular misconceptions would advocate; meaning, a large, wide and faithful group of Americans avidly follow and support the sport of stock car racing.

Regardless of who, what, when, where and how, the obvious recessional result is a decline in NASCAR attendance. Race fans are different in that they visit and treat a race event as a trip. This isn’t like going down to the ball park, buying some tickets and watching a ballgame. Families, friends and associates get together for a race weekend outing similar to short vacations. They spend money on fuel, hotels and eating and then head out to the track where they’ll purchase a variety of items, usually of their favorite driver or team.

But the current bad economy has slowed this support.

To counter the perception or reality, the President has been using NASCAR to make some political points with the base. Last season, First Lady Michele Obama along with Jill Biden, appeared at the season-ending race at Homestead to promote a military project for families. But it didn’t go well as they were booed (source – USA Today). Recently, Obama invited last year’s champion Tony Stewart to the White House where it seemed every media outlet in the world came to cover the event. Plus, Obama’s marketing team is targeting NASCAR fans by offering donors a name on a stock car (source – Legal Insurrection).

Greece hands Olympic flame over to Britain

Connecticut Post Thu, 17 May 2012 12:05 PM PDT

Britain’s Princess Anne talks with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during a meeting in Athens, on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Princess Anne is in the UK delegation that will receive the London 2012 Olympic flame at the all-marble Panathenian stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

David Beckham, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Thanassis Stavrakis:AP

Britain's Princess Anne, Greek President Karolos Papoulias:Photo- Louisa Gouliamaki:AFP