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July 13, 2012 Headlines: Nude Olympics Athletes? Soccer scandal & star striking, ‘n’ more Ricketts vs. Obama

The Great Capitol Hill Olympic Debate – Go American Or Go Naked

NAKED- Britain’s Olympic swimmers, divers and water polo players (Andy Hooper)

Forbes Fri, 13 Jul 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Nude Olympics? Definitely. That’s what one U.S. senator is saying he would rather have American athletes do than wear foreign-made uniforms. All day yesterday, Republicans and Democrats whined about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese-made uniforms, saying the contract to manufacture the Ralph Lauren blazers, berets and pants should have gone to job-hungry Americans (we reported that earlier this week).

Romney on Olympics uniforms made in China: No comment

CBS News Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:54 PM PDT

In an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford, Mitt Romney refused to take a position on U.S. Olympic uniform controversy…”I don’t know the particulars of the circumstance so I really can’t comment on that,” Romney, who was the president and CEO of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002

Earnhardt upbeat about National Guard sponsorship

Newsvine.comFri, 13 Jul 2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. July 13, 2012, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

LOUDON — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is optimistic about his sponsorship relationship with the National Guard despite the U.S. Army’s decision to end its association with another team, Stewart-Haas Racing, next season. Earnhardt, in second place in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup standings, said Friday he was “disappointed” by the Army’s decision announced last Tuesday.

Patriarch of family that owns the Chicago Cubs helping to pay for wacky Obamaphobic movie

Post South Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:00 PM PDT

Remember Joe Ricketts? He’s the paterfamilias of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team and a central figure in reports of a few months ago about a scheme to smear President Obama with the rhetoric of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Ricketts backed away from that plan, but he’s apparently still willing to spend big bucks on crazy right-wing projects. For example, he’s reportedly one of the bankrollers of a new movie that paints Obama as a latter-day African tribesman bent on bringing America to ruin.

 Politicians urge Blatter to explain payments scandal

Gulf Times Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:35 PM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has questions to answer over a bribery scandal that has further damaged the image of world soccer’s governing body, a group of European politicians said yesterday.

David Beckham – David Beckham Left Next China President Team Star Struck

Contactmusic Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:07 PM PDT

David Beckham left the next President of China temporarily without security when his bodyguards became star struck The soccer stars fame was allegedly so influential that the soon-to-be Chinese president Xi Jinpings safety team lost focus when he walked into the room at a high-powered meeting…The chief executive at his football team LA Galaxy, Tim Leiweke, told ESPN…”David Beckham comes walking into the suite and the security guards leave the president, pull their autograph pads out and there is the president, in the middle of the chaos, all on his own because his security are all in line getting pictures with David.”

June 16, 2012 Headlines: Calling Kings, Rafalca headed to London, ‘n’ Who is that NBA player/Mayor?

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President Barack Obama calls L.A. Kings captain Dustin Brown

Los Angeles Daily News Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:03 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES – President Barack Obama called Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown Friday to congratulate the team for winning the Stanley Cup. Obama commended Brown and the entire Kings organization for their first Stanley Cup win and said that he looks forward to congratulating the entire team in person at the White House soon, according to the White House. Brown is the second U.S.-born captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team. Derian Hatcher of the 1999 Dallas Stars is the other. Brown is a native of Ithaca, N.Y.

Brad Sellers, mayor of Warrensville Heights, impresses President Obama during his visit to Cleveland

Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers looks up to Pesident Obama, but, physically, the president looks up to Brad Sellers. AP: Mark Duncan

The Sun Press Sat, 16 Jun 2012 03:38 AM PDT

It’s tough to upstage President Barack Obama, unless you happen to stand seven feet tall. Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers, who played six seasons in the NBA, was among the area leaders who gathered Thursday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to welcome Obama before a campaign speech at Cuyahoga Community College…National writers and photographers covering the president’s visit buzzed about the tall mystery man and turned to The Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez for some local intel. The Obama campaign had misspelled Sellers’ last name in a who’s-who email.

Ann Romney’s Horse Rafalca Heads to the London Olympics

ABC NewsSat, 16 Jun 2012 11:45 AM PDT

Rafalca, Ann Romney’s Horse headed to the Olympics. ABC News

The Romneys won’t just be attending the 2012 Summer Olympics in London: They now have a horse in the race. Ann Romney’s dressage trainer Jan Ebeling and the horse they co-own will head to the games after coming in third today at the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, N.J. Although an official announcement won’t be made until Sunday, Ebeling and Rafalca, a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, are almost certain to go because of his third place spot. USEF spokeswoman Kathy Meyer said there are five dressage spots on the U.S. Olympic team. Ann Romney tweeted a photo of herself at the championships and wrote, “It’s great to be part of the Olympics again. We are so proud of Jan and Team USA. Now let’s bring home the gold!”

MLB Capsules: Grimm wins MLB debut for Texas, 8-3 over Astros

The Brownsville Herald Sun, 17 Jun 2012 00:54 AM PDT

Former President George W. Bush smiles as he takes in a baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers on Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-3.

Chicago Cubs, ASU butt heads on Mesa stadium

Chicago Tribune Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:54 AM PDT

A plan for Arizona State University’s baseball team to share the Chicago Cubs’ new complex in Mesa may be in deep trouble. ASU President Michael Crow sent Mesa Mayor Scott Smith a scathing e-mail last week in which he accused Cubs management of being “erratic” and “not people of their word” in negotiating the stadium deal. ASU and the Cubs have been talking for almost a year about the university piggybacking with the major-league team to save the cost of building a replacement for Packard Stadium.

Big success, big tragedies link Oklahoma City, Dallas

The Oklahoman Sat, 16 Jun 2012 22:00 PM PDT

Cherish the success in sports, but never forget the tragedies, former Oklahoma governor and former athlete say.

Leach laments the lack of moderates in Washington

Quad-City Times Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:16 PM PDT

Former congressman and Davenport native Jim Leach compared politics to sports, and then he corrected himself. “No coach would teach their kids not to respect the opponent,” he said. Leach gave a speech Saturday at St. Ambrose University on civility in politics, sponsored by the German American Heritage Center.

Politics and the golden foot at the 1980 Olympics

Radio PragueSat, 16 Jun 2012 08:03 AM PDT

Moscow Summer Olympics 1980, photo- CTK

Part of the American response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was a threat to boycott the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The Soviet troops stayed put and the boycott went ahead, led by US President Jimmy Carter. To a greater or lesser extent, dozens of countries joined the protest.

May 21, 2012 Headlines: Huffington Photo Contest and more “futball”

PHOTO CONTEST (Huffington Post)

Huffington Post Photo Contest, Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The Huffington Post Mon, 21 May 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Every Monday, we feature our favorite photo of President Barack Obama from the past week, and ask you for your best captions. This photo was taken last Tuesday at the White House, when Obama honored the LA Galaxy, winners of the Major League Soccer Cup. Send us your best caption for this photo, either by tweeting one using the #ObamaPhotoCaptions hashtag or by leaving one in the comments section. We’ll feature our favorite captions below.

Players, patriotism, and politics at the ancient Olympic Games

El Pais Mon, 21 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

For starters, you think it’s the taking part that counts, rather than the winning? Well, in ancient Greece even just turning up was politically influential. The ruling classes of Greek cities sought to attend the major athletic contests not only to watch the games, but also to engage in politics at a personal or state level. The attendance, and above all the wealth, of each city’s official delegation served as propaganda for community identity and interstate rivalry.

Union boss sends players letter about labor gains

Sports Illustrated Mon, 21 May 2012 17:33 PM PDT

ATLANTA (AP) — NFL players union president Domonique Foxworth sent a letter to his membership Monday outlining the gains they made in the collective bargaining agreement reached last summer with the league. Foxworth stressed safer working conditions and more lucrative contracts. He said the amount of cash spent on players in salaries and benefits increased to about 55 percent of all NFL revenues in 2011. That exceeds any year under the 2006 agreement.

FIFA prepares to pick anti-corruption officials

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 21 May 2012 10:52 AM PDT

FIFA’s 208 member nations meet this week in an attempt to make progress in cleaning up world soccer after a series of corruption scandals.FIFA President Sepp Blatter is scheduled to announce Tuesday which …

Obama bemoans not being allowed to have fun anymore

ANI via Yahoo! India News Mon, 21 May 2012 01:35 AM PDT

Washington, May 21 (ANI): US President Barack has said that he missed a baseball match because he had to attend the NATO summit.

Obama Gets Back to American Football

Cameron celebrates as Obama and Merkel look on, White House

 

 

Wall Street Journal Blogs Mon, 21 May 2012 10:49 AM PDT

Just so we’re clear: While President Barack Obama was photographed at Camp David with Germanys Angela Merkel and U.K.s David Cameron watching the epic Champions League European football final on Saturday, he isnt turning his back on the American sport with the same name. It’s a subject that elicits great passions. In fact, the relative merits of football/soccer vs. American football were debated …

 

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

Photo: Obama Plays Football At Soldier Field

CBS Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama took some time off from his NATO duties to throw the football around at Soldier Field.

Schweinsteiger sorry for German president incident

Connecticut Post Mon, 21 May 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League final soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012.

Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League finals (Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea) in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012. Photo- Martin Meissner:AP

At Wrigley, An Evening of Diplomacy

5 NBC Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012

Chicago…It was a picture-perfect night, but earlier in the week Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, considered and then rejected a controversial ad against President Barack Obama. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts declined to discuss that. Instead, he just wanted everyone to enjoy a game of baseball that even without NATO would have been exciting.

Hillary Clinton, NATO dignitaries go to Wrigley

WGNtv.com Mon, 21 May 2012

CHICAGO—Security was heightened at the Crosstown Classic Saturday night at Wrigley Field where NATO dignitaries took in the game. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was even in attendance…Some of the state’s top leaders were at Wrigley for the game including Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin who says he wishes there wasn’t so much focus on the potential for trouble involving unruly protestors.

“And you know I get so tired of all these people complaing, this is the city of big shoulders, not the city of weak knees. We’re gonna have Chicago’s finest out there, if people break the law they’ll pay a price, but if they wanna make noise and march, that’s part of being an American,” Durbin said.

In the end, the White Sox beat the Cubs 7-4.

Department Of Homeland Security Announces “If You See Something, Say Something” Partnership With The City Of Charlotte

Department of Homeland Security Mon, 21 May 2012 08:24 AM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Earlier today, DHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Betsy Markey joined Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and officials from the Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to announce the partnership between DHS and the city of Charlotte.

Charlotte Mayor Foxx to announce new safety initiative

News 14 Carolina Mon, 21 May 2012 04:49 AM PDT

Mayor Anthony Foxx will announce a new safety and security initiative Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He’ll be joined by representatives from several local and federal agencies, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte Area Transit System.

David Beckham is Sending the President a Box of Underwear

Extra TV Mon, 21 May 2012 11:53 AM PDT

Extra’s Terri Seymour caught up with David Beckham at the Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular this weekend — where he was being honored — and asked the soccer superstar about President Obama’s comment on his underwear line last week…Beckham laughed, “I’m definitely going to send him a big box of it!”

Great Lakes Loons General Manager Paul Barbeau appointed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and …

The Saginaw News Mon, 21 May 2012 15:31 PM PDT

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments and four reappointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

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

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“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.

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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?”