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July 27, 2012 Headlines: Team Owners donations to…, Twitter’s Olympics & Pres Campaign, ‘n’ Michelle in London

Sports Team Owners Send Cash to Presidential Picks

Forbes   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

While the two major sports league PACs have so far taken a bipartisan approach to the 2012 elections, team owners and execs haven’t. The National Football League and the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office have split their giving pretty evenly between the two parties, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Romney donors:

Woody Johnson, New York Jets

Marc J. Leder, Philadelphia 76ers

J. Joe Ricketts’s family, Chicago Cubs

Peter Karmanos Jr., Carolina Hurricanes

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys

James Dolan, New York Knicks

Dean A. Spanos, San Diego Chargers

Dan Snyder and Dwight Schar, Washington Redskins

Obama backers include:

Stephen Pagliuca, Celtics

Robert Epstein, Boston Celtics

Robert C. Pohlad, Minnesota Twins

Robert K. Kraft, New England Patriots

Jonathan M. Tisch, New York Giants

James Lassiter and Michael Rubin, Philadelphia 76ers

Dale Rosenbloom, St. Louis Rams

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards 

Twitter Competing in Two Sports: The Olympics and the US Election

brandchannel.com   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

As the Summer Olympics gets underway in London, Twitter — rebounding for a pre-Olympics wobble on Thursday — has launched its London 2012 Olympics hub, driving its user base to jump on the #Olympics hashtag…Twitter is embarking on a high-profile media partnership with Sirius XM Radio to launch a news show called “Politics Powered by Twitter.” The program will serve as a daily digest for SiriusXM’s 22 million subscribers that translates the “Twitter-verse” into a new talk radio format.

Obama campaign touts ‘middle class’ in Olympics-timed ad

The Hill   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

President Obama’s campaign released a television ad Friday touting…”We’re a nation of workers and doers and dreamers. We work hard for what we get and all we ask for is that our hard work pays off. I believe that the way you grow the economy is from the middle out. I believe in fighting for the middle class because if they’re prospering, all of us will prosper,” says Obama in the ad. The 30-second spot is set to air during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

NC ad to slam Obama on economy during Olympics

USA TODAY  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The Republican National Committee is jabbing President Obama’s handling of the economy in a new TV ad that will run during the Olympics and in markets in key swing states. The ad spotlights Obama’s $800 billion economic stimulus program as the RNC tries to capitalize on a new report on the gross domestic product that shows the U.S. economy was weak in the second quarter. “President Obama may think his economic plan worked, but looking at today’s GDP numbers, it’s clear the president is out of touch,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Michelle Obama greets US athletes at London Olympics

Michelle Obama meets members of Team USA at the University of East London. Getty Images

New York Post   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

LONDON — Michelle Obama formally opened her stint as leader of the U.S. Olympics delegation on Friday, attending a breakfast with Olympians and saying she was “just in awe” of their company….”Try to have fun. Try to breathe a little bit,” Mrs. Obama said. “But also win, right?” The first lady had a busy itinerary Friday, including promoting healthy living with more than 1,000 children, a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and then the opening ceremony at Olympic Stadium.

Michelle Obama cheers on Olympians and kids at London events

New York Daily News  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

…Later, the First Lady promoted healthy living with more than 1,000 children – most of them from U.S. military families – as well as a suited-up Beckham, Olympic gold-medal sprinter Carl Lewis and ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo. The event – part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign aimed at tackling childhood obesity – was held on the lavish grounds of Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. ambassador in London.

Washington’s Influence Olympics: The Opening Ceremony

Center for Responsive Politics   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

This year, there are 53 official corporate sponsors of the Olympics, most of which have a multinational reach. And just about any major company that’s doing business in the U.S. is likely to a have a stake in what’s going on in Washington. Of the 53 Olympic sponsors, 29 have lobbied the federal government since the last Summer Games, even those that are not based in the U.S. In order to break down the lobbying activity of these companies, OpenSecrets Blog has put together its own influence edition of the Opening Ceremony, sorting the sponsors by their home countries to see how they stack up.

THE DELEGATIONS

United States: General Electric, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Dow Chemical, Cisco Systems, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble.

United Kingdom: BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Deloitte,

Germany: Adidas and BMW

Japan: Panasonic

South Korea: Samsung

Netherlands: Heineken, L’arche Green N.V.

Luxembourg: ArcelorMittal

Australia: Westfield Group

Former Navy SEAL’s Anti-Obama PAC Hits The Racetrack

Politicker   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Special Operations for America, the pro-Mitt Romney political action committee formed by former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander Ryan Zinke will be sponsoring a car at NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis International Raceway this Sunday. FAS Lane racing’s Sprint Cup Series #32 car, which is being driven by Ken Schrader, will sport the SOFA name and logo along with website information and the slogan “Join The Battle.”

Michael Vick Thinks President Obama Has A Point

Bleeding Green Nation   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Michael Vick tweeted his reaction to President Obama telling Nnamdi Asomugha that he wanted the Eagles QB to start sliding, but yesterday afternoon he had a chance to talk about it further. “I was stunned. I didn’t believe it. It was awesome. It was just one of those things that you hear that’s just hard to believe, but at the same time when you let it all soak in, you think to yourself, ‘Man, he’s got a point.’ If he’s saying it, then I’ve got to do it. So the first run of the year, I’m sliding and you’ll know it’s for him.” It has to be exciting enough that the President of the United States is talking about you, but when he also knows the nuances of your game? That’s pretty cool.

Rick Santorum Blasts NCAA & Freeh Report On Penn State-Jerry Sandusky Sex Scandal

Huffington Post  Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) and former 2012 GOP presidential hopeful doesn’t think the Freeh report tells the whole truth on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In a radio interview conducted by Dallas-Ft. Worth’s KSKY 660 AM Friday, Santorum did not go into specifics, but criticized the Freeh Report, which investigated the cover up of Sandusky’s crimes. “My concern with the Freeh report… a lot of the conclusions in the Freeh report aren’t matched by the evidence that they presented,” Santorum said.

Congress asks NFL, NFLPA to begin HGH testing in letter

NFL News   Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Friday calling on them to begin testing for human growth hormone (HGH). The letter requests “written assurances” that testing will be in place prior to the 2012 season, noting that it has been nearly one year since the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified.

July 18, 2012 Headlines: Romney & the Pres moving towards the Olympics, Armstrong’s anti doping lobbying, ‘n’ Nets arrive

Mitt Romney Hopes Olympic Appearance Will Serve as a Distraction

U.S. News & World Report   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

When Mitt Romney travels to the Olympics in London next week, he is hoping for a round of positive media coverage of the strong leadership he provided in rescuing the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. But he will be walking a tightrope because his Democratic critics will use the occasion to ridicule him and attempt to undermine his case…Romney ran the Winter Olympics in 2002 and has been underscoring his stewardship to show that he has experience in repairing broken institutions.

Dems Hit Romney For ‘Dancing Horse’ Rafalca

ABC News   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

For the second time in the 2012 campaign, Democrats are attacking presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with mocking references to one of his family pets. A new web video by the Democratic National Committee slams Romney for “dancing around the issues” while featuring footage of his Olympics-bound “dancing horse” Rafalca.

Armstrong’s foundation mounts lobbying campaign

Austin American-Statesman   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison — pictured in 2002 with Lance Armstrong, center, and then-Sen. Joe Biden Rick McKay:2002 Cox News Service

WASHINGTON — The foundation created by seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong has mounted a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill in an effort to counter accusations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

Indianapolis Business Journal   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

City and state officials announced Wednesday morning that the city of Indianapolis will bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

”I have four words for you: ‘Let’s do it again,’ Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said at a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

FIFA picks ex-US attorney as corruption prosecutor

Contra Costa Times  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

ZURICH—FIFA appointed former United States attorney Michael J. Garcia on Tuesday as lead prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in world soccer. One of Garcia’s first tasks will be to inspect a Swiss court document on a World Cup kickbacks scandal to evaluate the behavior of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials in the affair. “He will have not only to write, but the duty to have this case analyzed on ethic, moral matters and then to report back to the executive committee,” Blatter said at a news conference.

Sports Teams to Share Green Success Stories at the White House

Natural Resources Defense Council   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

President Obama loves basketball, but that’s not the reason why the reigning NBA champions, the Miami Heat, are invited to the White House tomorrow. Representatives from the Heat, as well as other professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Eagles, Portland Trailblazers, Saint Louis Cardinals, and others, are headed to Washington to discuss a game plan they all have in common–how to run a greener, more sustainable business.  Across the country, more than 100 major league sports teams have embraced NRDC’s Greening Advisor, a customized online resource designed to help sports teams find ways to green their operations through strategies like energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable procurement policies. Through the Advisor, NRDC has helped spark tremendous change in the way sports teams operate.

Obama honors Baylor women’s hoops

Obama hosts Baylor Lady Bears

Fox Sports Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:06 PM PDT

Smiling from her wheelchair, a 10-year-old girl with a rare disorder watched from the front row at the White House as President Barack Obama congratulated her beloved Baylor University’s women’s basketball team on winning this year’s NCAA championship…President Barack Obama is honoring Baylor’s undefeated women’s basketball team, calling the NCAA champions a ”dominant” team that scored more points than any team in women’s college basketball history.

Even Barack Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

BuzzFeed   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Watching the most powerful man in the world tease a clearly star-stuck NBA rookie is my new favorite thing ever….Nowhere is this more obvious than in his interaction with Anthony Davis. From the moment he sees the rookie, the president is busting his balls. “What are y’all doing with this rookie? Is he carrying the bags?” When Kobe makes a joke about the team making Davis shave his trademark unibrow if he doesn’t carry the bags, Obama couldn’t look more delighted.

Background on Local Officials Joining First Lady Michelle Obama at Let’s Move

Whitehouse.gov (press release)  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Washington – Tomorrow in Philadelphia, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as well as local elected officials from across the country to announce public and private sector commitments to get our kids healthier as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The First Lady will be joined by leaders from across the country who are working to make their communities healthier.

Borough President Markowitz welcomes Nets back court to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Daily Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Looking ahead for a sweet season- Brooklynettes Christina, Jessica, and Ericka were in fine form on Friday when they served up some Junior’s cheesecake to celebrate the Brooklyn Nets backcourt. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn’s new all-stars are finally here! Joe Johnson and Deron Williams — both multiple NBA all-stars — were given a borough-wide welcome on Friday, amid roaring cheers from Brooklynites, the Brooklynettes carrying a giant Junior’s cheesecake.

How the Iraq war nearly ended London’s Olympic dream

Sydney Morning Herald   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sir Craig Reedie recounts the phone call like it was yesterday. It took place in May 2003, less than two months after bombs had begun falling on Baghdad and George W Bush and Tony Blair set about de-throning Saddam Hussein.

On the other end of the line was Tessa Jowell, Britain’s then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and what she told Reedie was not exactly what he wanted to hear. Jowell was tasked with securing cabinet approval for a London entry in the 2012 Olympic Games race but with the nation’s focus squarely on combat in the Gulf, she was struggling to get the topic on the agenda for the following day’s cabinet meeting. By this time the coalition forces had taken the Iraqi capital – Saddam was not yet captured – but debate was already raging about the legitimacy of the invasion and its political and geopolitical implications.

Bidding buddies … Princess Anne and Sir Craig Reedie in Singapore in 2005 when London was awarded the Olympics. Photo- Bazuki Muhammad

June 29-July 1, 2012 Headlines: Lingering dope, Miami souvenirs for the Philippines, ‘n’ European Euro 2020?

Lance Armstrong case can move forward after review board says USADA can pursue doping charges

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says its review board has made a unanimous recommendation to file formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong Bas Czerwinski:Associated Press

Washington Post 29 Jun 2012

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s independent anti-doping review board ruled there is sufficient evidence of doping violations for the agency to pursue charges against retired seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and five former team members, according to a letter sent to the accused from USADA and a statement from the agency. The case will proceed to a hearing in front of the American Arbitration Association, unless Armstrong or the other accused attempt to take the matter to federal court.

Ron Paul Gets Inducted Into Congressional Baseball Hall Of Fame, Wears Hideous Jersey

DeadspinSat, 30 Jun 2012 09:11 AM PDT

Ron Paul. Photo- Meredith Shiner, Roll Call

Paul was on hand to throw the ceremonial first pitch at this year’s Congressional baseball game. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for reportedly being the first person to hit a home run (over the wall) in a Congressional game. He chose to honor the moment by wearing the same uniform he wore on that fateful day in 1979.

Belarus releases journalist in move seen as gesture to Poland

Gulf Times Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:43 PM PDT

Reuters/Minsk  Belarus officials conditionally released a Polish newspaper correspondent from jail yesterday in a move seen as easing tensions before a likely meeting between Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Polish counterpart at the Euro 2012 soccer final.
Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarussian citizen who works for Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza and is a prominent activist for the rights of the Polish minority in Belarus, was arrested a week ago in his hometown of Grodno.

Platini: Euro 2020 Should be Hosted by Entire Europe

Novinite Sat, 30 Jun 2012 03:27 AM PDT

UEFA president Michel Platini has made the innovative proposal that Euro 2020 be hosted in about a dozen cities across the European continent…Platini’s Saturday proposal is the first time a high-ranking official suggests that the prestigious tournament could be organized on a basis that is not country-centered. “This is only an idea, but in December or January we have to make our final decision. The idea seems very appealing to me, especially given we will have the 60th anniversary of the tournament,” said the UEFA president.

Aquino gets Miami Heat Souvenir

Erik Spoelstra. AP Photo:Wilfredo Lee

Philippine Daily Inquirer Sat, 30 Jun 2012 02:16 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-American coach Erik Spoelstra has sent President Benigno Aquino a souvenir from the NBA champion Miami Heat, an autographed championship cap with a message wishing the Philippine leader all the best.

Obama meets security chiefs on Olympics

Straits Times Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:54 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama held a meeting with his national security chiefs to review United States (US) security plans and cooperation with British authorities for the London Olympics, the White House said on Friday.

Umpire from behind bench, Chief Justice John Roberts holds true to his word and saves President Obama’s defining legislation action

NY Daily News 28 Jun 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts proved to be the deciding swing vote on Obamacare. The Supreme Court ruled in favor President Obama’s defining legislative action by a 5-4 vote, PAUL J. RICHARDS:AFP:GETTY IMAGES

Experts say Roberts feared court’s reputation would be marred if politics was seen to be deciding factor on Obamacare. Nominated by President George W. Bush, Roberts wasn’t expected to be the swing vote

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t just President Obama’s legacy on the line Thursday — so was the chief justice’s. John Roberts feared the highest court’s reputation would be sullied if politics was seen to be the deciding factor on Obamacare, experts said. The Harvard-educated justice’s stance Thursday showed even on hot-button issues “he can put aside whatever his personal politics might be and call balls and strikes,” court-watcher Elizabeth Wydra said. Roberts, 57, famously claimed during his 2005 confirmation hearing that he’d act as an umpire from behind the bench — not an activist.

June 18, 2012 Headlines: Clemens case closed

Clemens Found Not Guilty of Lying About Drug Use

The New York TimesMon, 18 Jun 2012

Former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens embraced his family after he was acquitted in Washington on Monday. Jonathan Ernst for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens, who intimidated even the toughest batters while becoming one of the best pitchers in baseball history, was acquitted Monday of all charges that he lied to Congress in 2008 when he insisted he never used steroids or human growth hormone during his long career.

The verdict, which came on the second full day of deliberations in United States District Court, was a significant defeat for the government in its second failed attempt at convicting Mr. Clemens and will most likely fuel criticism of prosecutors for investing time and money in cases involving athletes accused of doping.

May 25, 2012 Headlines: Romney, “I can’t compete in competitive sports very well”

Mitt Romney: Politics “like a sport”

Salon.com Fri, 25 May 2012 06:18 AM PDT

Mitt Romney gestures as he leaves a campaign event in Hillsborough, New Hampshire May 18, 2012. (Credit- Reuters:Jessica Rinaldi)

What makes Romney tick? The nominee likes politics because “I can’t compete in competitive sports very well”

Mitt Romney may have unintentionally opened a window onto his somewhat obscured motivations for running for president in an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan today, explaining that he likes sports, but isn’t very good at them, so he does politics instead.

Asked about whether he likes “the game” of politics, the presumed GOP nominee replied, “I like competition, and I think the game [of politics] is like a sport for old guys. I mean, you know, I can’t compete in competitive sports very well, but I can compete in politics, and there’s the — what was the old ABC ‘Wide World of Sports’ slogan? ‘The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.’ The only difference is victory is still a thrill, but I don’t feel agony in loss.”

Why now, Sepp? Germans lose ONE penalty shootout to English and Blatter calls for alternative!

Daily Mail Fri, 25 May 2012 03:04 AM PDT

Pure drama- Frank Lampard beats Manuel Neuer in the Champions League final shootout against Bayern Munich

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked German great Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to the ‘tragedy’ of penalty shootouts. Blatter told the FIFA Congress on Friday that football ‘loses its essence’ when matches are settled by penalty kicks.

ROGER CLEMENS UPDATE

Ex-player David Segui supports Brian McNamee’s claims in Roger Clemens trial

Washington Post Fri, 25 May 2012

Roger Clemens’s chief accuser confided in a former Baltimore Orioles infielder years ago that he was keeping medical waste from the steroid injections he gave big league ballplayers, according to courtroom testimony. The retired first baseman, David Segui, reluctantly took the stand in Clemens’s perjury trial Thursday as federal prosecutors tried to undo some of the damage done to their star witness, former strength coach Brian McNamee.

Roger Clemens © arrives at federal court in Washington on Thursday, Charles Dharapak:Associated Press

May 17, 2012 Headlines: Got Woody? Olympics boycott Ahmadinejad, Pelosi blasts Cubs

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Your Hometown Lima Stations Thu, 17 May 2012 14:06 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) – The wealthy executive who considered and then dropped a proposal to revive controversy over the relationship between President Barack Obama and his former pastor is a rising conservative maverick with ties to the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He’s also linked to a “super” political action committee that bankrolled an upset in Nebraska’s recent Republican Senate primary.

J. Joseph Ricketts, 70, a politically conservative Nebraskan known as “Joe,” built the TD Ameritrade brokerage firm into a billion-dollar empire

Defense budget debate touches on Afghanistan, NASCAR

Reuters Thu, 17 May 2012 16:27 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – War-weary lawmakers nudged President Barack Obama to speed the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan…

The department spent about $96 million last year to sponsor sporting events, including $20 million on a single NASCAR race, as part of its marketing effort to recruit volunteers, one official said. “Twenty million for one NASCAR race? Have we lost our minds?” said Representative Jack Kingston, a leader in the effort to cut the funds.

Woody Johnson: Romney camp has ‘answer’ to Clooney fundraiser

Politico Thurs, May 17, 2012,10:20 AM EDT

Woody Johnson, the Jets owner who’s one of Mitt Romney’s major bundlers, dangled the idea that the Republican’s campaign is planning on countering President Obama’s massive $15 million George Clooney fundraiser with an event of their own, to be announced next week.

“We have an answer, we can’t give it today, but we have somebody that we think will be very successful doing similar fundraising activity,” Johnson said.

Sassy Nancy Pelosi One-liner of the Day

New York MagazineThu, 17 May 2012 09:59 AM PDT

Nancy Pelosi

“Well, I hope they’re as successful with this campaign as the Cubs are on the baseball field.” —Nancy Pelosi on TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’s plan (or not?) to spend $10 million on ads focused on President Obama’s ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The Ricketts family owns the Cubs.

Tilley critical of Spence gifts to lawmakers

Jefferson City News Tribune Thu, 17 May 2012 08:04 AM PDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley has accused fellow Republican Dave Spence of hypocrisy for proposing a cash limit on lobbyist gifts then doling out sports tickets to lawmakers to win support for his gubernatorial bid.

Spence is seeking the GOP nomination to run against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in November. Though a political novice, Spence is a successful businessman who sold his plastic container business for more than $200 million.

First Pinoy in NHL-Canada visits PNoy

 

Filipino-Canadian hockey player Josh Nicholls pays a courtesy call on President Aquino

ABS-CBNNEWS.com Thu, 17 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Canadian hockey player Josh Nicholls paid a courtesy call on President Aquino on Thursday.

Nicholls, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, gave the President an autographed hockey stick and taught him how to hold it.

It had a Philippine flag sticker on it and a line that says: “To my President P-Noy.” Nicholls is the first Filipino to have played in the National Hockey League in Canada.

 

Iran president tests Britain on request to attend Olympics

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, (AP Photo:Hasan Sarbakhshian, File)

 

Hamilton Spectator Thu, 17 May 2012 06:40 AM PDT

TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he is eager to attend the Olympic Games in London to support Iranian athletes but that Britain doesn’t want to host him.

Iranian president may visit London for 2012 Olympics: report

ANI via Yahoo! India NewsThu, 17 May 2012 02:47 AM PDT

Tehran, May 17 (Xinhua-ANI): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he may visit London for 2012 Olympics.

Ahmadinejad said that he likes to be with Iranian athletes in London 2012 Olympic games to encourage them, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

“I like to be by the side of young Iranian athletes in 2012 Olympics, but they (host country) have problems with this issue,” IRNA reported him as saying without elaboration.

The ‘Gus Bus’ stops in Little Rock

KTHV Little Rock Wed, 16 May 2012 21:24 PM PDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas State fans are pumped up about the upcoming football season. Hundreds of ASU fans, including the governor, met coach Gus Malzahn at War Memorial Stadium Wednesday evening.

Athletes celebrate with Special Olympics opening ceremony

KTVQ BillingsWed, 16 May 2012 22:01 PM PDT

Special Olympics athlete of the year Buzz Tolliver and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel light the torch

BILLINGS – An inspirational night Wednesday for Montana special olympic athletes, fans, and friends, at the Rimrock Auto Arena..
Special Olympics athlete of the year Buzz Tolliver and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel light the torch, officially kicking off the state summer games. 
Local law Enforcement help lead the torch portion of the ceremony and Governor Brian Schweitzer spoke to the athletes and families.
Our own Rob Griggs emceed tonight’s opening ceremonies.
Competition began this morning at Rocky Mountain College.
More than one-thousand Special Olympic athletes are participating in this week’s games. 
The games continue Thursday and wrap up Friday.

 

Mayor Bloomberg and Newark Mayor Cory Booker do some high-schticking on Twitter over Rangers and Devils

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (l.) and Mayor Bloomberg

NY Daily News Thursday, May 17, 2012, 1:01 AM

The mayors of New York and Newark traded sporting trash talk over Twitter Wednesday night as the Rangers squared off at Madison Square Garden against the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals.

“Not even @CoryBooker can save you tonight, @NHLDevils #LetsGoRangers,” Mayor Bloomberg tweeted at the start of the game to Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, where the New Jersey Devils play.

Three hours later, after the Devils evened the series by beating the Rangers 3-2, Booker took to Twitter with his reply.

“Hey Mike Devils don’t need me 4 the save, they have Brodeur!,” referring to the Martin Brodeur, the Devils’ goaltender, who had a stellar game.

Manny Pacquiao: “I’m not against gay people”

Washington PostThurs, May 17, 2012

Manny Pacquiao during a movie premier last week. (DANNY MOLOSHOK : Reuters

Manny Pacquiao clarified his recent comments about same-sex marriage, issuing a statement in which he said he has nothing against gay people but opposes same-sex marriage.

“I’m not against gay people,” Pacquiao, the champion boxer and Filipino legislator said in a statement, written by trainer and writer Keith Terceira, on his website. “I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”

CLEMEN’S TRIAL UPDATE

Roger Clemens trial: Cross-examination of chief accuser Brian McNamee continues with plenty of drama

Washington Post Thurs, May 17, 2012

Not 30 minutes into his cross-examination of Roger Clemens’s chief accuser in the baseball legend’s perjury trial, defense attorney Rusty Hardin cut to the chase:

“Would you agree that whether or not Roger Clemens used steroids depends upon whether you are telling the truth?”