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Sept 9-18, 2012 Headlines: Olympians honored & a rejection, EA ads, ‘n’ same-sex dust up

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R). photo by Roberto Coquis

Mike Rizzo on Nats Political interests

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R) and Super Sports Lawyer Richard Brand. Photo by Roberto Coquis

Sports ‘n’ Politics Fri, Sept 14 2012

At the Biznow event at Nationals Park, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo reiterated that Stephen Strasburg’s shut down has always been the plan. In an effort to execute this move properly, they brought in Gio Gonzalez and resigned John Lannan. In response to Roberto Coquis’s question about being in Washington, DC and in a Presidential Electio, Rizzo stated that  he has not seen any “political talk in the clubhouse, players are focused on the game…The most political it gets is Bears vs. Redskins.”

US Olympians honored in White House ceremony

Washington Post    Fri, Sept 14 2012

White House ceremony for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. Nikki Kahn:The Washington Post

Declaring himself the “Fan-in Chief,” President Obama hailed the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes Friday as a portrait of what sets America apart: Men and women of all races, faiths and backgrounds who push themselves to extend the boundaries of achievement. “What you guys did was inspire us. You made us proud,” Obama told more than 450 athletes honored in ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House.

Arnold Palmer notes lack of bipartisanship at his Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Golf great Arnold Palmer

Not even pro golfer Arnold Palmer could let the lack of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill go unnoticed Wednesday. Palmer, in town to pick up his Congressional Gold Medal during a well-attended ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, said he was proud to accept the award, “because I’m particularly proud of anything that the House and the Senate agree on.”…Palmer turned 83 on Monday, and is just the sixth athlete to ever earn the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that lawmakers can bestow on individuals. The other award-winning sports stars are baseball great Roberto Clemente, Olympic track star Jesse Owens, baseball barrier-buster Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Lewis and golfer Byron Nelson.

Obama Places Virtual Ads in Madden NFL 13

BET   Tues, Sept 18 2012

In an effort to reach the youth vote in swing states, the Obama campaign dives into the video game world. In key battleground states, the Obama campaign will begin running ads in several Electronic Arts (EA) video games today to try to garner the youth vote. The campaign also hopes it will spur early voting among the gaming demographic.

Beside console games, Obama is running “get out the vote” virtual ads in casual Web games on EA’s and in mobile games like Battleship, Scrabble and Tetris. Obama has tried this before. Back in 2008 his team tapped EA to run virtual signage ads looking to encourage early voting in states like Florida and North Carolina in 18 games, including Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed. According to Dave Madden, EA’s svp of global media solutions, the strategy paid off for team Obama. Based on surveys conducted by EA during the 2008 ad effort, gamers were 120 percent more likely to feel positively about the candidate and 50 percent more likely to consider voting for him after seeing the in-game ads.

Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday

Bellingham Herald   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Muhammad Ali, receives the Liberty Medal from his daughter Laila Ali with his wife Lonnie Ali at the National Constitution Center, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. MATT ROURKE — AP Photo

PHILADELPHIA — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was honored Thursday with the Liberty Medal for his longtime role outside the ring as a fighter for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to watch the three-time heavyweight title holder receive an honor that his wife, Lonnie Ali, called “overwhelming.” “It is especially humbling for Muhammad, who has said on many occasions, ‘All I did was to stand up for what I believe,'” Lonnie Ali said…”Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution – freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment – and helping to spread them across the globe,”

Even President Obama makes crack at Miami Dolphins

Sun-Sentinel   Wed, Sept 12 2012

The Dolphins have had an unsteady relationship with presidents starting with Richard Nixon suggesting a slant pass be run for Paul Warfield in Super Bowl VI. It was run. It fell incomplete. Then there was George Bush inviting Nick Saban for a visit one night he was in town. Saban declined because it was training camp. Didn’t the President know importance of rookie skits? Now President Obama has got a small but honest jab in on the Dolphins. He was a guest of DJ Laz of the Latin romance station 106.7-FM. Laz began the interview by saying he was wearing a Dolphins uniform. “You’ve got to start with that Dolphins thing?’’ said Obama, who is a Bears fan. “Did you see that HBO special Hard Knocks? That’s a pretty good show. As I recall, you guys didn’t win any… in the preseason.”

Olympic Champ Tyler Clary — Declines White House Invite … I’d Rather Race Cars   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary — the guy who smashed Ryan Lochte’s backstroke record — turned down an invite to chill with President Obama at the White House … all so he can race stock cars instead…. POTUS and the First Lady invited all the 2012 Olympic athletes to the White House for a special get together on September 14th…But sources tell TMZ … the swimmer has dreams of being a pro race car driver after his swimming career ends … he’s opting to be in Fontana, CA instead to test drive cars for a few days and then hit up the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event on September 15.

Congress to help NFL with doping standoff

The Hill (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A prominent House committee will work to resolve the National Football League’s (NFL) stalemate with players over doping tests, top lawmakers said Wednesday. 

The news follows a visit by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Capitol Hill, where he met with lawmakers on doping, traumatic brain injuries and other issues facing professional football.  

Blood testing for human growth hormone has divided players and the NFL, which can’t agree on what constitutes a positive test or what experts should decide.

Proposal for downtown LA NFL stadium advances to City Council

Los Angeles Times   Fri, Sept 14 2012

A $1.2-billion plan for bringing an NFL stadium to Los Angeles passed a major test Thursday, even as anti-poverty activists pressed powerful developer Anschutz Entertainment Group to make millions of dollars in additional concessions. After 10 and a half hours of review, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s appointees on the Planning Commission signed off on a set of agreements for the 72,000-seat stadium, concluding the project’s economic benefits outweigh the “significant and unavoidable” impacts it will have on traffic, air quality, noise and light glare.

Shaq brings full court press to Hill

Politico   Fri, Sept 14 2012

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal launched a campaign Friday on Capitol Hill — though not for office, much to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s relief. “Thank you for coming out, and I accept your nomination for Congress,” O’Neil joked to a packed room of about 100 congressional staffers and politicians.“Uh, he’s not running in my district,” Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, replied to the 7’1” retired superstar. O’Neal and Cleaver have teamed up with the nonprofit Century Council to help curb binge drinking at historically black colleges and universities.

Md. governor to hold fundraiser with Ravens player

The News Journal   Wed, Sept 19 2012

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is teaming up with a Baltimore Ravens linebacker to raise money to support same-sex marriage. The governor announced in an email today that he will be attending a fundraiser next month with Brendon Ayanbadejo to support same-sex marriage in Maryland. O’Malley, a Democrat, and the linebacker are scheduled to attend a Monday Night Football party in Baltimore on Oct. 8 to raise money to support the November ballot question.

Md. Del. Burns Tackles Ravens’ Ayanbadejo on Gay Marriage

Afro American   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) has once again caused a nationwide stir on the subject of same-sex marriage, this time after criticizing a National Football League (NFL) player for publicly advocating for gay marriage. The dustup was touched off when Burns, 72, sent a letter to Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti Aug. 29 urging him to muzzle linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a supporter of same-sex marriage who late last year made a video for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Burns, who is the pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Baltimore, said that “many” of his constituents and football fans “are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens…would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.”…In the video, Ayanbadejo said he believes that the legalization of same-sex marriage is “the right thing to do.” “I believe we should be doing everything we can to make Maryland families stronger, which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other,” he said. In a statement, Ravens’ President Dick Cass said, “We support Brendon’s right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.

Mayor Johnson, Ed Secretary Duncan meet in Sacramento

Sacramento Bee (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

But will they play hoops? Mayor Kevin Johnson is hosting a California Mayors Education Summit in town today, with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the featured guest. Johnson and Duncan will be joined by more than 40 mayors and school district superintendents from around the state at the event in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Duncan – who played basketball at Harvard and later professionally in Australia – is kicking off his national “Education Drives America” bus tour with the stop here.

Edmonton city council rejects Oilers bid for more taxpayer dollars for arena

Globe and Mail   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A new downtown arena for the Edmonton Oilers hit the ditch Wednesday as city councillors rejected a bid by the NHL team for more money from taxpayers. Mayor Stephen Mandel would not say how much was asked for, or what is was for, but said the ball is now in the court of the team’s owner, pharmacy billionaire Daryl Katz.

Mayor Fischer, Lou. Business man hold meeting about NBA team in Louisville

WHAS 11   Fri, Sept 14 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The rumblings about a possible NBA team for Louisville is growing louder once again. 

On Friday, Mayor Greg Fischer took part in a meeting of community leaders to talk about that possibility. 

According to the mayor’s office the meeting was convened at the invitation of Louisville businessman Junior Bridgeman to talk about the level of interest and the conditions necessary to attract a team.

Mayor Dyer explores stadium options with Orlando City president

WFTV Orlando   Tues, Sept 11 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. — In an effort to further explore stadium options in the Central Florida area, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City President Phil Rawlins will be touring facilities around Kansas City, Kansas…including Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City’s multi-purpose stadium. The trip will cultivate with Dyer and Rawlins attending a Major League Soccer match between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gets national audience with segment on ESPN

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, was on ESPN about when he was the Broncos’ mascot in 1986. (Manuel Martinez:Viva Colorado)


Denver Post (blog)    Tues, Sept 18 2012

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was center stage on national television…appearing on a humorous segment by ESPN correspondent and Colorado resident Rick Reilly about Hancock’s teen-aged stint as the Denver Broncos’ mascot. The three-minute piece features hilarious archival footage of Hancock as “Huddles,” the diminutive and now extinct mascot for the Denver Broncos in the mid-1980s. Reilly goes to the 16th Street Mall with a photograph of Hancock and a photograph of the mascot, asking people on the street if they recognized either one.

President Obama does the ‘Gator Chomp’ at a Florida sports bar

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

President Barack Obama has been catering to football fans, and the latest was during Sunday’s trip to Florida when he actually did the Gator Chomp with fans. Obama had attended a campaign rally in Osceola County and stopped by Gators Dockside Grill and Bar in the Dr. Phillips area of southwest Orange County to grab a beer. It was an impromptu stop.

President Barack Obama Does The Gator Chomp [Photo]

FanSided (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

…Everyone in Gainesville, Florida knows the ‘Gator Chomp.’ The Chomp originated in 1981 and is performed by fans of the Florida Gators to show their support. While President Obama was out enjoying some food and taking in some sports, he cheesed for the camera and did a Gator Chomp of his own.

Michelle Obama tries to ‘Gator Chomp’ her way into the University of Florida’s into the University of Florida’s heart

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Tues, Sept 18 2012

The Obama family sure likes to fire up those Florida fans when they visit Gainesville and surrounding cities. And they know the best way to do it — the Gator Chomp…Monday, Michelle Obama did the Gator Chomp while speaking on the University of Florida campus. As you can imagine, it received quite the reception. The Obama’s are big sports fans, but they also know how important the state of Florida is to the upcoming election. Earning a little goodwill while doing the official, um, chomp of the state of Florida is a good way to drum up some support. Unfortunately, the rest of the SEC — and Florida State, Miami, USF, FIU and FAU fans — might not be so keen on the demonstration.

A year after winning WNBA championship, Lynx take trip to the White House

Star Tribune   Tues, Sept 18 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Lynx are finally making their anticipated trip to the White House. It’s been nearly a year since the Lynx won the WNBA championship, but with three players in the Summer Olympics and President Obama’s busy schedule, the trip couldn’t be scheduled until now. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says it will be an honor to represent the WNBA at the White House Tuesday. Reeve tells Minnesota Public Radio News ( that it’s a special day in honor of a special season.

June 11, 2012 Headlines: Kings win first Stanley Cup, Baller in Chief has no NBA finals prediction, ‘n’ an NBA return to Seattle?

LA Kings win their first Stanley Cup

LA King win first Stanley Cup, Dave Sandford:NHLI:Getty Images

beat New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the finals

Obama passes up chance to predict Finals winner

 Sports Illustrated Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:19 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically speaking, you’d think President Barack Obama would have a free pass to pick a winner in the NBA championship. The game pits the Oklahoma City Thunder from solidly Republican Oklahoma against the Miami Heat, in the crucial swing state of Florida. Asked by a television reporter from Reno, Nev., to predict a winner on Monday Obama demurred. Obama, an avid basketball fan, said, quoting: “Both teams look terrific and I am looking forward to a good series. Hopefully, it will go to seven games. But I can’t make a prediction right now. They both look pretty tough.”

Seattle mayor meets with NBA head in New York

KOMO Seattle Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:10 PM PDT

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has delivered a personal message to NBA Commissioner David Stern, saying the city is interested in having the league come back. McGinn’s spokesman Aaron Pickus said McGinn met with Stern in New York on Monday. A new ownership group took the Seattle Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Now playing as the Thunder, Oklahoma City faces the Miami Heat when the NBA finals begin Tuesday. A hedge-fund manager has proposed building a nearly $500 million arena south of Safeco and CenturyLink fields in Seattle. The amount of public support would be $200 million if an NBA and NHL franchise moved to Seattle. McGinn backs the plan, but some business interests worry traffic would impede commerce in the city’s industrial area. The City Council and King County Council are scrutinizing the proposal.

Governor tours improvements at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (C) at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., to Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith, left, and speedway general manager Mark Simendinger, right, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo:Garry Jones)

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:04 PM PDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear toured the Kentucky Motor Speedway on Monday to view new infrastructure improvements designed to ease traffic problems that marred the track’s debut race of NASCAR’s top series last year. The state contracted $3.7 million for road improvements to expand Kentucky 35 and Interstate 71, and Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger estimates the track has spent $8 million to $10 million focused on parking an additional 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles. The track’s signature event, the Quaker State 400, is set for June 30.

David Diehl may be a good guy, but he made a very big mistake. (Getty Images)

Giants’ OL David Diehl is the latest NFL DUI case

Shutdown Corner Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:58 AM PDT

Just two days after he met with President Obama at the White House as part of the New York Giants‘ Super Bowl coronation, and just a few hours after he was watching Croatian soccer and attending a charity event at Westchester Country Club, Giants offensive lineman David Diehl was charged with driving while intoxicated after he hit two parked cars in Queens.

June 6, 2012 Headlines: Beer to flow in Brazil’s World Cup, NFL teams on the move, ‘n’ “The ‘Say Hey Kid” endorses the Prez

NBA star Johnson reelected as Sacramento mayor

KUSI News San DiegoWed, 06 Jun 2012 09:45 AM PDT

Kevin Johnson wins the Mayoral race in Sacramento!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Former National Basketball Association star point guard Kevin Johnson has won a second term as mayor of Sacramento. With all the precincts reporting, Johnson was ahead with 58% of the vote as of Wednesday morning to 24% for his next closest opponent, Jonathan Rewers.

 Supervisors allow Niners to break Candlestick lease

The San Francisco Examiner Wed, 06 Jun 2012 09:46 AM PDT

The 49ers were granted permission Tuesday to break their Candlestick Park lease to move into their new Santa Clara stadium in time for the 2014 football season, in a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors. While losing the team is a blow for The City, board President David Chiu introduced legislation with Mayor Ed Lee authorizing San Francisco to enter into negotiations with the Warriors …

Redskins moving training camp to Richmond in 2013

WGRZ-TV Buffalo Wed, 06 Jun 2012 09:38 AM PDT

Richmond, VA (Sports Network) – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that the Washington Redskins will move their preseason training camp to Richmond beginning in the summer of 2013…”The Washington Redskins bringing their summer training camp to Richmond is beyond exciting,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. “This will have a great economic impact for Richmond and the region! I thank the owners and senior executives of the Redskins for their ongoing work with us to determine the right facilities to meet the team’s needs. I thank Governor McDonnell for his leadership. Hail to the Redskins!”

Brazilian president OKs 2014 World Cup guarantees

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:20 PM PDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed into law a contentious bill giving FIFA the required guarantees to organize the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday, but one of her vetoes will force soccer’s governing body to negotiate the sale of discounted tickets with the states and cities.

Rousseff approved the sale of alcoholic beverages inside stadiums, the most contentious issue because such sales have been illegal in Brazil. It was a demand by FIFA because Budweiser is a major sponsor.

President Obama Fundraises With Willie Mays

ABC OTUS News via Yahoo! NewsWed, 06 Jun 2012 18:51 PM PDT

File-Barack Obama and Willie Mays in Air Force One 2009-07-14

At a fundraising luncheon in San Francisco this afternoon, President Obama received an enthusiastic re-endorsement from baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who likened the thrill of sharing a stage with the nation’s first African-American president to playing in the World Series. “We have a man that we want to get back into the White House. We need him,” said Mays

Yet further delay in the Communications Green Paper shows that Hunt is now a lame duck Secretary of State – Harman

The Labour Party Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture Secretary, commenting on reports today that Jeremy Hunt has requested that the Communications Green Paper is not published until after the London Olympics, so that no new controversy erupts beforehand, said:  

”Yet further delay in the Communications Green Paper shows that Jeremy Hunt is now a lame duck Secretary of State.

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 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 24, 2012 Headlines: “Golfer in Chief” to host NY Giants, Olympics Hunger Summit, ‘n’ USOC inks rev-share deal


Obama prepares at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. STEVEN SENNE - AP

‘Golfer-in-chief’ Obama nears 100th round of his presidency

The News & Observer Thu, 24 May 2012 17:32 PM PDT

For a century it’s been the game of presidents, a sunny escape from the office for 15 of the 18 chief executives since the first Roosevelt. It’s also a game that appears elite to many people, enough so that golfing presidents play at their political peril. Barack Obama tries to keep his golfing out of view, banning news cameras when he can. But his love of the game has taken him to the course nearly 100 times already in his presidency, and election rival Mitt Romney says that’s simply too much in a time of economic anxiety. “As millions of Americans continue to struggle to find work, President Obama has now played a total of 1,710 holes since taking office,” Romney’s campaign said.

New York Giants visiting White House June 8 Thu, 24 May 2012 08:09 AM PDT

The last big group party for the Super Bowl champions will be held at the White House on June 8 when the Giants meet with President Obama. Then they finally can focus on defending their title.

NFL players union’s claim could be nullified

MSN Thu, 24 May 2012 08:48 AM PDT

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for He has covered the NFL for the past 17 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio. If the NFL Players Association has its way, that union and the NFL will soon resume their wrangling in court. The NFLPA filed a complaint against the NFL in a Minnesota district court on Wednesday alleging that the league colluded to maintain a covert salary cap during what was intended as an uncapped season in 2010 — the final year of the prior Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Olympics 2012: London Prime Minister David Cameron Announces Hunger Summit

The Huffington Post Thu, 24 May 2012 08:57 AM PDT

London will use its spotlight to illuminate more than just the world’s greatest athletes during the 2012 Olympics. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday plans to hold a hunger summit during this summer’s games, the Guardian reports. Specifics surrounding the hunger summit haven’t been revealed, but a Downing Street spokeswoman told the Guardian that the aim is to build off of G8’s promise...Following Cameron’s announcement, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also released a statement…”We hope this event will build on the momentum generated by President Barack Obama’s increased commitment to nutrition and smallholder farmer productivity announced at the G8 last week. By making long-term investments in agriculture, the private sector, governments, and the wider development community can help reduce hunger and poverty, and build self-sufficiency for millions of poor farming families.”

USOC inks revenue sharing deal with IOC, ending dispute, making way for 2022 U.S. Olympics bid

Colorado Springs Business Journal Thu, 24 May 2012 11:39 AM PDT

U.S. Olympic Committee inked a revenue-sharing deal with the International Olympic Committee that puts to end a long-standing dispute between the organizations and could result is a U.S. bid for 2022 or 2024 games. The financial agreement was announced today via telephone press conference with IOC president Jacques Rogge and USCO chairman Larry Probst,

Ex-governor general Michaelle Jean inks deal for French language at 2012 Games

Brandon SunThu, 24 May 2012 16:19 PM PDT

London 2012 Chair Seb Coe (L), Executive Director at the IOC Gilbert Felli, and Grand Temoin de la Francophonie Michaelle Jean (R), Quebec City Thursday May 24, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS:Francis Vachon

QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Former governor general Michaelle Jean joined the head of the London Olympics on Thursday to sign an agreement on how French will be used at this summer’s Games. Jean is representing the international organization of Francophone states who have inked a deal with the Games since 2004 on the use of French, which is one of the two official languages of the Olympic movement.

Tokyo excited to make 2020 Summer Olympics shortlist

New Kerala Thu, 24 May 2012 03:39 AM PDT

Tokyo, May 24 : The Tokyo city government is excited about the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick up Tokyo as one of the three candidate cities of hosting the 2020 summer Olympic Games, said governor Shintaro Ishihara Thursday. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul moved to the final stage of the selection process after their bid plans gained the nod from the IOC Executive Board Wednesday evening in Quebec City of Canada.

Warriors Move Inevitable, but Mayor Quan Soldiers on with the Coliseum Project

East Bay Express Thu, 24 May 2012 13:49 PM PDT

News of the Golden State Warriors’ planned defection to a swanky $500 mil, privately-funded arena in San Francisco caused mass hysteria earlier this week, with Oakland bloggers protesting that there was no real financial impetus for the move — given the oft-quoted statistic that the Warrior actually boast the 10th highest attendance in the NBA.

Governor: NJ will start sports bets on its own

Times Leader Thu, 24 May 2012 14:15 PM PDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t let federal

Gov. Chris Christie

ban on sports gambling stop his plan. New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference highlighting efforts to reinvigorate Atlantic City, Christie said the regulations his administration will issue next week make no attempt to overturn a 1992 federal law that limits sports betting to four states.

Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling lays off entire staff of video game company

Sports Illustrated Thu, 24 May 2012 18:48 PM PDT

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee told the Globe that state officials have not been able to confirm the total number of people who have lost their jobs, but Schilling told CNBC’s Darren Rovell two months ago that he had nearly 400 employees.

May 22, 2012 Headlines: Ukraine official busted, Steeler honored, SF gets a new stadium & team


Governor Corbett honors Hines Ward

Corbett honors retired Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward

WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Tue, 22 May 2012 10:17 AM PDT

Governor Corbett today presented the following proclamation honoring retired Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward during an event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg: Tribute to Hines Ward WHEREAS, Hines Ward played 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, during which he established himself as one of the all-time greatest NFL wide receivers, being heralded as a leader on and off the field; and …


 Governor, Tom Barrett, football players wish Donald Driver luck

WQOW Eau Claire Tue, 22 May 2012 10:23 AM PDT

Green Bay Packers player Donald Driver is hoping to impress the judges tonight on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Overanalyzing President Obama’s Passing Form

New York MagazineTue, 22 May 2012 13:43 PM PDT

Obama throws a football on Soldier Field following NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Two days ago, President Obama was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza on the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field tossing a football to Lord knows who. It’s a nice shot — Obama looks downright statuesque and seems, at a minimum, not totally unfamiliar around a pigskin. And yet — probably because he is not actually a quarterback — there was also something off about Obama’s throwing form. As part of our never-ending quest to nitpick everything in the world, we asked Chris Brown — who has written about football for the New York Times, Grantland, and his own site, Smart Football, as well as in his new book, The Essential Smart Football — to take an unnecessarily critical look at Obama’s mechanics, and tell us what he’s doing wrong.

Report: Ad man behind Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl commercial leaves Senate run

Pete Hoekstra, Grand Rapids Press file photo

The Grand Rapids Press Tue, 22 May 2012 16:03 PM PDT

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fred Davis, the California media strategist who developed former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s heavily criticized Super Bowl commercial, has told Politico that he is no longer part of the Holland Republican’s campaign.

“They chose to shift around some responsibilities,” Davis told the website Tuesday.

The Hoekstra commercial came under fire from its first airing as xenophobic when an Asian-American actress…

 State Senate District 39 candidate bio: Jack Sullivan

Santa Fe New MexicanTue, 22 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

NM State Senate Candidate Jack Sullivan

Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Georgia Tech University; master’s in civil engineering, Stanford University. Experience: Santa Fe County commissioner 2000-08; captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Airborne Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Citation); former coach and president, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association; former president, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying, concussion bills

The Boston Globe Tue, 22 May 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine—Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports.

General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, Volodymyr Gerashchenko

 Ukraine Olympic chief filmed offering to sell thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets on black market

IndependentTue, 22 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

The General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee has been filmed offering to sell several thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets to an undercover reporter posing as a ticket tout. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, who has been head of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee since 1997, told the reporter from BBC London News he had up to 100 tickets to sell.

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying bill into law

WMTW Portland Tue, 22 May 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports. The Republican governor on Monday put his signature to nearly two dozen bills that won final passage in the waning hours of Maine’s legislative session. The anti-bullying bill builds on existing law by providing a clear definition of bullying, an explicit prohibition on bullying, discipline strategies and teacher training on how to address bullying.

Golden State Warriors Officially Moving To San Francisco

Rendering of the Southern Embarcadero via The Warriors:Future Cities


SFist Tue, 22 May 2012 10:18 AM PDT

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee and the Golden State Warriors front office are scheduled to make good on “months of rumors by officially announcing a deal to bring the NBA franchise back to San Francisco proper. According to the Chronicle , the deal will bring a $500 million, privately financed 17,000 – 19,000-seat arena to Pier 30 along the southern Embarcadero. The new arena is expected to be ..


Rush Limbaugh Bust, Image Credit- Julie Smith:AP Photo

Rush Limbaugh Bust Joins President, Slave, Indian Guide in Missouri Capitol

ABC News Tue, 22 May 2012 10:03 AM PDT

Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh joined the ranks of a U.S. president, a Missouri governor and a baseball Hall of Famer Monday when a bust of the controversial commentator was put on display in the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City…Besides Limbaugh, Tilley has chosen to add former slave Dred Scott and baseball legend Buck O’Neil of the Negro American League…A security camera, which was installed specifically for Limbaugh’s bust, will provide 24-hour surveillance of the statue, said Trevor Fox, the House’s director of communications. Limbaugh’s statue, which stands between those of 19th century painter George Bingham and former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes, is the only statue in the Missouri House’s Hall of Fame that has its own security camera. Other famous Missourians honored with statues in the Capitol include Walt Disney, Sacajawea and former President Harry Truman.

Crossroads up with $2.3 mill anti-Obama ad buy in Florida

Orlando Sentinel Blogs Tue, 22 May 2012 08:30 AM PDT

Crossroads GPS, dba Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, is up today with a $2.3 million, three-week ad buy in Florida that the group says is intended to “to frame the [presidential campaign] debate on jobs, the economy, taxes and government debt.”
Unlike previous ads by the Karl Rove-created group, this one, called “Basketball,” is a soft-music, low-key indictment of President Barack Obama’s three-plus years in office, as “told” by the mother of two kids who can’t find jobs.
“I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully,” says a woman’s voice. “He promised change — but things have changed for the worse.”
Crossroads says the ad is the second in a $25-million issue advocacy campaign in Florida and nine other states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
It urges citizens to support the “New Majority Agenda,” which is detailed at. The New York Times has a fascinating piece about how the ad was made. Read it here.

Litigation offers window into Ann Romney’s private life

Los Angeles Times Tue, 22 May 2012 05:37 AM PDT

Testimony in a lawsuit — from which she was eventually dropped — reveals the would-be first lady’s passionate engagement in dressage, a sport she believes helps her deal with multiple sclerosis…She soon fell in love with dressage, a fussy Olympic sport that is also called “horse ballet.” In dressage, a horse moves in delicate, dance-like steps to music as the rider, formally clad in top hat and tails, imperceptibly guides the animal.

FIFA break from tradition to appoint first female member to executive committee

Daily Mail Tue, 22 May 2012 04:35 AM PDT

FIFA have appointed the first female member of the world governing body’s executive committee. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday. Nsekera is a member of several FIFA committees – for women’s football, the women’s World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.

FIFA delays appointing anti-corruption officials

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Tue, 22 May 2012 07:34 AM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s anti-corruption drive hit another delay on Tuesday, even as soccer’s world governing body appointed the first woman to its inner circle.