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Oct 19-23, 2012 Headlines: Guess who’s ready to lead in DC, Politics ‘n’ Sports in high gear, ‘n’ Yanks blame it on the Cuomos?

NFL on FOX: Campaigning for RG3 (Obama ‘n’ Romney Video)

Obama, Romney unite…for RG3

CNN (blog)   Sun, Oct 21 2012

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who both advocate change in Washington, said they see one person doing just that: Robert Griffin III, best known as “RG3.” In a tribute that aired Sunday on Fox Sports, both presidential candidates, speaking in taped appearances, praised the new Washington Redskins star quarterback for having the unique ability of bringing the city together.

Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Will Be On Monday Night Football

SportsGrid   Mon, Oct 22 2012

According to a report from Sports Business Journal, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have reached out to ESPN about appearing on the November 5th telecast of Monday Night Football, when the Philadelphia Eagles will visit the New Orleans Saints. Neither have made many waves on the sports front during this election, but it appears both want to capitalize on the massive television audience MNF (13.8 million per game) draws as a last-minute effort to sway voters. The presidential election is the following day, Tuesday, November 6th.

It’s Obama Versus Romney Among Team Owners as Patriots Face Jets

San Francisco Chronicle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Bloomberg — Republican Mitt Romney’s favorite football team, headed by a donor to President Barack Obama’s re- election bid, faces a rival Oct. 21 owned by a top Romney fundraiser who’s said he would rather see his candidate than his team win…Patriots owner Robert Kraft has given $5,000 — the maximum allowed under federal election law — to Obama. Jets Woody Johnson not only has funneled the same amount to Romney, he serves as the New York finance chairman for the former Massachusetts governor who is a Patriots’ fan.

Supporters pack Daytona bandshell for Romney and Ryan

CF News 13   Sat, Oct 20 2012

DAYTONA BEACH — …Country music star John Rich from Big and Rich performed for the fired-up crowd. They already heard from State Attorney General Pam Bondi and State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Both begged the audience to spend the next two weeks going to everyone they know to get them to vote for Romney and Ryan. Then the main event took the stage around 9 p.m. Ryan attacked President Barack Obama and praised his running mate. Romney offered the more optimistic viewpoint. “This is a big country with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep talking about smaller and small things,” Romney said. “We have big ideas. Bold ideas. A strong agenda. We’re going to get America working again! That’s why you’re going to help elect the two of us. We’re going to go to Washington and get this country on track.”

Politics kicks into high gear as Romney, Ryan visit Biketoberfest in Daytona

Orlando Sentinel   Thurs, Oct 18 2012

DAYTONA BEACH — Biketoberfest is back today with the return of thousands of roaring Harley-Davidson riders in their leather and jeans, gearing up for rock concerts and beer. But even the city’s fall motorcycle rally can’t escape the political season. The city is bracing for a unique double-header Friday night, with Biketoberfest at full blast and a political rally by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan…Tom Guest, chairman of the festival development committee, joked that the GOP ticket is coming here because of Biketoberfest. “They want to get the biker vote,” Guest said. “They know it’s a great event and they want to see it.”

A Wedge Between Romney and Ryan? Notre Dame-BYU Football Game

East Idaho News   Fri, Oct 19 2012

(CHICAGO) — Their families may agree on politics, but when it comes to football, the Romney and Ryan families’ college rivalry will be on display this weekend at the Notre Dame-BYU football game in South Bend, Ind.

Two of Romney’s five sons, Craig and Tagg, who are BYU alumni, and Tobin Ryan, a Notre Dame alum and the older brother of Rep. Paul Ryan, will attend Saturday’s football game together at the University of Notre Dame.

“This is probably maybe the only wedge issue between the Romneys and Ryans is tomorrow’s game,” Tobin Ryan told ABC News in a phone interview as he drove from Chicago to South Bend 

Trevor Bauer tweets he is ashamed Barack Obama is president

Los Angeles Times   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Former UCLA star Trevor Bauer, currently pitching in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, sent out a tweet Monday night during the presidential debate that has drawn criticism for its content. He said: “Obama looked childish and petty tonight. I’m ashamed that he is commander in chief of this great nation.” Some people took offense at that, saying that such a statement crosses the line. Bauer followed up his original tweet with a series of tweets defending himself to those who were unhappy with him. “it’s funny. All of them are able to give me their opinion about my opinion, but I’m not allowed to give my opinion lol.”

“Sportfolio” on Bloomberg TV Goes Inside the Political Game of Sports This Wednesday

PRLog   Wed, Oct 23 2012

Rep. Heath Shuler, Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman discuss sports issues on the eve of “The Economy Election”

Oct 23, 2012 – What do sports have to do with the upcoming elections? Like virtually every business in America, the support of the sports industry has played a part in supporting candidates and legislation, and has a stake in the outcome of races from the national to the local level. This week’s Sportfolio examines the complex interaction between the multi-billion dollar sports industry and issues confronting voters in November.

Rep. Pelosi cheers World Series-bound Giants

The Hill (blog)   Tue, Oct 22 2012

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), like most politicians, waited until after the presidential debate to cheer for baseball. Pelosi congratulated the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for winning a spot in the World Series as a result of Monday night’s game, which took place at the same time as the final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. TWEET: @NancyPelosi So proud of the @SFGiants. They have great teamwork, the will to win + best fans in all of baseball. Let’s go win the World Series again!

Cuomo Says Don’t Blame Me or Dad for Yankees’ Playoff Failures

San Francisco Chronicle   Mon, Oct 22 2012

Bloomberg — Blame the New York Yankees themselves, not the Cuomo family, for the team’s failure to get to the World Series this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. A New York Daily News column yesterday suggested that having a Cuomo in the Executive Mansion hexes the Bronx-based baseball team, which has a record 27 World Series titles. The team has never made it to the World Series in any year that Cuomo, or his father, Mario, was in office. The elder Cuomo served as governor from 1983 through 1994. “I think not playing well in the playoffs is the Yankees curse,” Cuomo

Ohio Senator Introduced Bill To End Blackouts

Cincy Jungle   Fri, Oct 19 2012

Ohio State Representative Robert Hagan introduced House Bill No. 599 this week, which proposes to “ban local sports teams that play in stadiums partially or fully funded with public dollars from ‘blacking out’ televised broadcasts.” Sherry Coolidge with the Cincinnati Enquirer writes: The legislation would prohibit any pro-sports team that regularly plays in a stadium built with money from the state or other political subdivision from entering into a contract that allows for televised ‘black outs’ due to the lack of a certain number of tickets remaining unsold.

Governor Chafee and Red Sox Foundation to distribute first Rhode Island Red Sox Charity License Plate

Redsox.com    Fri, Oct 19 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several hundred Rhode Islanders will be the first in the state to obtain the newly made Rhode Island Red Sox charity license plates…Funds raised from the special plates will help expand the Red Sox Foundation’s Rhode Island Scholarship Award program, which provides college scholarships to Rhode Island public high school seniors. Rhode Island drivers who were among the first 900 to order the plates have been invited to receive them at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I.  Rhode Islanders expected to participate are Governor Lincoln Chafee, Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon Fox, State Representative Brian Kennedy, State Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Counsel to the Red Sox Jim Skeffington, Red Sox Special Advisor Jeremy Kapstein, and Department of Motor Vehicles officials.

Olympic Exploratory Committee tells Gov. Herbert to go after 2026 Winter Games

Deseret News    Thurs, Oct 18 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s Olympic Exploratory Committee unanimously recommended Salt Lake City launch a bid to host a second Winter Games, this time in 2026. “Utah’s Olympic legacy is strong and vibrant and ready to provide the foundation for a future Olympic Winter Games,” the committee stated in a 36-page report to Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker released Thursday. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who served as lead co-chairman of the committee, said he expects the governor and the mayor to give the bid the go-ahead. Their decision is expected sometime in November.

SF Super Bowl bid: How Mayor Lee and Jed York reconciled

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)   Sat, Oct 20 2012

Less than a year ago, Mayor Ed Lee was acting like a jilted lover just trying to move on when it came to the San Francisco 49ers packing up for a new stadium in Santa Clara…But this week, there was the announcement of a reunion…Lee, the 49ers and other civic leaders worked together to successfully earn the right to bid against Miami for the 2016 Super Bowl (and if, for some reason we don’t get it can duke it out with Houston for the 2017 game). Yes, it would be played in the team’s new $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium, but San Francisco would be named the official host city and the center of pregame activities leading up to the big game. Jed York, 49ers CEO, told The Chronicle, “San Francisco is our home. If and when we win a Super Bowl, the parade will be on Market Street.”

Would a win for Romney in Florida buoy Mack?

Connie Mack bus 

The Gainesville Sun    Sun, Oct 21 2012

DAVIE — Connie Mack IV rolled into his only debate with Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race in a large campaign bus that carried much of his political clout. On the side of the bus was his name in large bold letters with a baseball representing the “o” — a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that he has the same name as his great-grandfather, Connie Mack, the longtime manager and owner of the Philadelphia Athletics and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

July 26, 2012 Headlines: Anti-Romney Olympic ad=copyright violation, Diplomat Romney in London, ‘n’ Cop canned

Olympics Committee: No Games footage in campaign ads

Washington Post   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

An ad from the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA has been pulled off YouTube at the request of the International Olympic Committee on copyright violation grounds, and the group has voluntarily taken the ad offline and will not be running it on television. The U.S. Olympic Committee is asking all candidates and outside groups not to use footage from past Olympics in their ads.

Romney stirs Olympic tiff as European tour begins

Romney Street in London Photo- Charles Dharapak : AP

San Francisco Chronicle   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

LONDON (AP) — Mitt Romney wanted to highlight U.S.-British bonds — and show off his diplomatic skills to boot — but he managed to rankle the Olympic hosts instead, from Prime Minister David Cameron on down. The Republican presidential candidate, taking a turn on the world stage, called London’s problems with Olympic Games preparation “disconcerting.” That prompted Cameron to retort on Thursday that doubters would “see beyond doubt that Britain can deliver.” And London Mayor Boris Johnson told tens of thousands gathered in Hyde Park: “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!” Amid the uproar, Romney tried to back off his critique, finally concluding, “I expect the games to be highly successful.”

Tony Blair Says We Should Wait a Decade Before Judging the 2012 Games

The Atlantic Cities   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

Tony Blair attended the Beyond Sport summit yesterday in London to speak about how sports, particularly the Olympics, can facilitate positive change. Since leaving office, the former Prime Minister has started a small-scale sports foundation in northeast England to train coaches and volunteers. More recently, he has become an adviser to the Labour party on Olympic legacy. In yesterday’s Guardian, Blair was quoted after the event as saying it could take a decade to judge the London Games honestly. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining political focus long after the Olympics conclude. “It’s in 10 years time we’ll know whether this has worked or not.” he said. “What is important is after the Olympics to carry on encouraging the impact of it to keep generating local sport activity.”

Mitt Romney Registered As Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics

Huffington Post   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney loves to talk about his role salvaging the 2002 scandal-tarnished Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City…Romney wasn’t just the head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Romney was also a registered lobbyist for the organization, Utah state records show. Romney last worked as a lobbyist on Dec. 31, 2000, according to a spokesman for the state lieutenant governor, who oversees the registry. As a lobbyist and president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Romney didn’t just stabilize the balance sheet. He brought in a record $1.3 billion in federal dollars for Salt Lake City’s games and more from Utah. In 1996, the Atlanta Summer Olympics cost U.S. taxpayers $609 million.

Phil Knight, Chris Dudley among big Oregon donors to Mitt Romney

OregonLive.com  Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

The biggest Oregon donor to Romney in the  June report was Chris Dudley, the 2010 candidate for governor and the former pro basketball player.  He’s now given a total of $7,500 to Romney’s campaign, according to the report. Also showing up on the Romney contributors list for the first time is Nike Chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penny.  They each gave $2,500.

Senate: Volleyball “Official Team Sport” for Mass.

abc40   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designating volleyball the official team sport of Massachusetts. Sen. Michael Knapik, a Westfield Republican, backed the bill noting that volleyball was invented by William Morgan at a YMCA in Holyoke in 1895 just four years after basketball was invented in Springfield. The bill would need to be given final approval by both the House and Senate before midnight Tuesday in order to reach Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk this session…volleyball is too late to be the official sport of Massachusetts. That designation belongs to basketball under a bill signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006.

Mass. mayor fires cop he says slurred Sox player

Yahoo! Sports   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor on Thursday fired a white police officer accused of using a racial slur to taunt Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, saying the officer had ”brought discredit” on himself and the department. ”You have demonstrated through your racist comments that you cannot continue as a patrol officer,” Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella wrote in his termination notice to officer John Perrault.

June 26, 2012 Headlines: The BCS is Dead, From White Sox to Heats, ‘n’ DNC drops NASCAR

BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approves four-team college football playoff

St. Petersburg Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:35 PM PDT

On Tuesday, the Presidential Oversight Committee made up of university presidents – including Florida president Bernie Machen – who oversee the Bowl Championship Series, voted to create a new four-team, seeded post-season playoff to determine the national champion in college football. The new format will begin with the 2014-2015 season.

“We recognize that the BCS has been controversial in some years, but we also believe it has turned college football from a regional sport into a wonderfully popular national sport, much to the benefit of our alumni, student-athletes and fans,” the twelve members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee said in a joint statement.  “We now seek to build an even better college football season by creating a four-team playoff to crown the national champion, while protecting the regular season and the bowl experience. We’re delighted to support this format and congratulate the group of conference commissioners who have done so much for college football and who worked so hard to make this happen.”

Obama Won’t Forsake Favorite Sports Teams to Woo Voters

New York Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

He may be in a tough race for re-election but there is one thing that President Barack Obama will not do to court voters – fake allegiance to a sports team for political gain. Obama was gently booed by some supporters at a campaign rally in Boston on Monday night after he dared to mention the that Kevin Youkilis, a popular Boston Red Sox baseball player, had been traded earlier in the day to the president’s beloved Chicago White Sox. The White House said Obama showed political courage in talking about the matter.

Other Obama Dissing Red Sox Fans Headlines

President Barack Obama (Haraz N. Ghanbari:AP)

Obama doesn’t like your favorite baseball team (unless it’s the White Sox)

White House vows no ‘Youk-turn’ over baseball boos

Much a-Youuu about nothing? Obama zinger gets buzz

Chicago White Sox fan Obama draws boos

Obama’s Baseball Taunt Gets Boos From Donors, Or Were They ‘Yoooooks’?

Washington Whimsy – Obama Baseball Joke Gets Youk’d?

Video: Obama booed in Boston 

Obama Hails The “Miami Heats”

ABC News Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:42 PM PDT

Unfazed by a partisan spat sparked by his comment on former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, President Obama tonight again opined on a professional sports team, publicly praising the NBA champion Miami Heat at a campaign fundraiser in the city. The only problem this time was that Obama mispronounced the name of the team – referring to it as the “Miami Heats” in an apparent slip of the tongue.

7 pols’ baseball errors

Politico Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Martha Coakley The Massachusetts Attorney General, while running against Scott Brown for a Senate seat in 2010, referred to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling as “another Yankee fan.” (Photo- AP Photo 

Former presidents who share Obama’s interest in sports

amNewYork Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:16 PM PDT

George W. Bush
 Obama’s predecessor is also a baseball fan, epitomized by his part-ownership of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998. The Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history during that time.

Richard Nixon
 Audio tapes reveal that Nixon attempted to negotiate with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to relax the league’s blackout restrictions, and televise playoff games in the city in which they were played.

Bill Clinton
 thought about trying to qualify for the Senior PGA Tour after his presidency, and led the failed bid to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States.

Democratic National Convention organizers drop Charlotte speedway from itinerary

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Andrew Barry and his family give the command for, “Gentlemen, start your engines” at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Chris Graythen – GETTY IMAGES)

 

Washington Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:15 AM ET

 

Are Democrats giving up on the NASCAR vote? Organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced Tuesday they are moving the CarolinaFest 2012 kickoff event on Labor Day from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to Uptown Charlotte, in the center of the city.

Fernandez cautions athletes about provocations

The Associated Press via Yahoo! Canada Sports Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:37 PM PDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez cautioned Argentine athletes traveling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. As Fernandez was giving some athletes a sendoff Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute. The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Surprise us, Aquino urges Olympians

Philippine Daily Inquirer Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:03 AM PDT

PRESIDENT Aquino reminded the small Philippine contingent to the London Olympics of the Filipinos ability to surprise the sporting world as he exhorted them to end the country’s gold-medal drought in the quadrennial meet. “I know the world may not be expecting us to take home multiple gold medals. But I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to surprise,” said the President…“I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to be excellent in anything they do —to be world-class.”

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

Obama talks baseball, politics in Boston

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

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

Candidates for NC Governor trade blame for high unemployment

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our head of state and the queen of theatre

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

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

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

Russian football federation chief steps down

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

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

Ukraine trial put off until after Euro 2012 final

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

 

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

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

UEFA charges Croatia with racial abuse

ESPN.com 16 Jun 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Courier-Journal Mon, 25 Jun 2012

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

June 4, 2012 Headlines: A first Commencement speech at Marlins Park, an NFL victory on Bounties, ‘n’ politics in Tim Thomas’ future?

NFL wins arbitration ruling in bounty case

Washington Examiner Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:57 AM PDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system. The NFL Players Association challenged Goodell’s power to impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players. Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, took only five days to determine that Goodell has the power to punish the players under the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout.

Baseball champ facing possible failure in business

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:18 PM PDT

Three-time World Series champion Curt Schilling was always more than a big-league pitcher.He blogged, called into talk radio to sound off on sports or politics, campaigned for Republican candidates, immersed himself in World War II history, raised millions for Lou Gehrig’s disease — and passionately played video games.

Why Is America Doing Absoutely Nothing on The Euro and Spain?

ForbesSun, 03 Jun 2012 22:54 PM PDT

Cameron celebrates as Obama and Merkel look on, White House

I think one photograph will come back to haunt Barack Obama. At least if I was Mitt Romney I would make plenty of it. I’d be saying things like: what was the leader of the free world doing as American investors were being burned by problems created by the Euro? The answer in this case is – he was watching soccer.

Only Tim Thomas Knows What Tim Thomas is Thinking With Year Off Announcement (Video)

New England Sports Network Sun, 03 Jun 2012 20:48 PM PDT

Tim Thomas is clearly a complicated, multifaceted guy. Earlier this year it was his outspoken snubbing of President Barack Obama’s invitation to the White House to celebrate the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship. Now it’s his retirement — with a year left on his contract — to focus on what he referred to as “the three F’s.” But will Thomas really just skip all of the 2012-2013 season? Before the Stanley Cup final is even finished, speculation is already rampant as to whether or not Thomas will get the desire to play again some time next year. Just one year removed from nearly singlehandedly willing the Bruins to the Cup, he still has the ability. But will he have the desire at some point? Right now that answer appears to be no.

Joe Biden to address Cypress Bay graduation at Marlins Park today

Sun Sentinel June 4, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden threw Cypress Bay High School a bit of a curveball when he announced he would deliver the keynote address at the school’s graduation ceremony. But as a result, the Weston public school will not only score a high profile commencement speaker today, it will make the record books as the first to hold its commencement in the new Marlins Park.

How Many Times Can You Turn 40?

The Georgetown DishJune 3, 2012

Tom McMillen, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Tydings, Photo by Neshan H. Naltchayan

Tom McMillen turns 40 a lot. McMillen is a retired NBA professional basketball player, Rhodes Scholar and Democratic U.S. Congressman who represented the 4th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1987 to January 3, 1993.  He celebrated his  “40th”  birthday at the Georgetown home of lobbyist and Democratic strategist Tommy Quinn.

Factoids from Wikipedia: McMillen is thought to be the tallest-ever member of Congress. At 6 feet 11 inches, he is two feet taller than current Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski who is believed to be the shortest representative ever. McMillen was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that lost a controversial game to the Soviet Union. Read more here.

May 15, 2012 Headlines: Obama knocks Knicks and Beckham, hockey in Cleveland, and Maloof & Schilling troubles

LA Galaxy Visits Obama At The White House

Obama and MLS Champions

CBS 2 Los Angeles Tue, 15 May 2012 18:38 PM PDT

President Barack Obama is ribbing soccer star David Beckham over his age and his outside interests, saying it’s a “rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.”

VIDEO: David Beckham butt of Obama’s jokes

BBC News Tue, 15 May 2012 22:40 PM PDT

President Obama has welcomed the LA Galaxy football team to the White House to celebrate the team’s winning of the Major League soccer championship in the US.

President Obama Congratulates the LA Galaxy

The White House Tue, 15 May 2012 17:11 PM PDT

President Barack Obama welcomes Major League Soccer champions, the LA Galaxy, to honor their 2011 season and their MLS Cup victory, to the East Room of the White House, May 15, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) President Obama welcomed the LA Galaxy to the White House this afternoon to congratulate the team on its 2011 Major League Soccer Cup Championship. The team, which has …

Cincinnati’s Sweet 16 run recognized by Governor Kasich

The Cincinnati Enquirer Tue, 15 May 2012 19:18 PM PDT

From UC: COLUMBUS  University of Cincinnati junior guard Cashmere Wright and assistant coach Darren Savino represented the Bearcats Tuesday at a reception at Governor John Kasich’s residence to honor the successes of numerous Ohio collegiate basketball programs at recent postseason tournaments. Schools honored at the event along with UC included Ohio University, Ohio State, […]

4TH AND A MILE: Hockey could work in Cleveland

The Morning Journal Tue, 15 May 2012 17:31 PM PDT

Last week, Columbus mayor Michael Coleman said that in addition to the Blue Jackets, he would like to see the city get an NBA franchise to play in Nationwide Arena.

Governor to light the flame of hope for Special Olympics Georgia at state capitol press conference

KXXV Waco Tue, 15 May 2012 14:24 PM PDT

Governor Nathan Deal and members of the Final Leg team will light the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics Georgia athletes at 9 a.m. Friday on the front steps of the state capitol on the Washington Street side.

Obama On The Knicks: You Guys Will Come Back… Sometime

Obama on the View

Business Insider Tue, 15 May 2012 12:38 PM PDT

President Obama was asked on The View today for his opinion on which team would win the NBA title. He gave the very presidential answer of not answering the question. Obama did, however, take a jab at the Knicks after Whoopi Goldberg asked him to help out her hometown team.


Syria to send 10 athletes to London Olympics

Seattle Times/Associated Press Tue, 15 May 2012 12:41 PM PDT

The president of the Syrian Olympic Committee says the war-torn country will send 20 sports officials and 10 athletes to the London Games. DAMASCUS, Syria — The president of the Syrian Olympic Committee says the war-torn country will send 20 sports officials and 10 athletes to the London Games. Gen. Mowaffak Joumaa says 10 Syrian athletes have either qualified or received wild-card invitations to compete in swimming, track and field, weightlifting, boxing, equestrian and shooting during the games.

$37M, 10-year tax break for Hornets approved

New Orleans Arena, Associated Press

WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans Tue, 15 May 2012 09:20 AM PDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Hornets will continue receiving a tax break that saves the NBA team $37 million over 10 years. The Senate sent the tax break bill to the governor’s desk Monday with a 28-7 vote. The measure is part of the state’s deal to the keep the Hornets in Louisiana. The tax break ran into sharp criticism in the House, where lawmakers bristled at the idea of giving a …

 

Officer, Obama talk basketball at police honor

The Maui News Tue, 15 May 2012 11:17 AM PDT

A former Kula resident enjoyed some basketball trash talk with President Barack Obama on Saturday at the White House. Baldwin High School alumnus and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Craig Marquez, who was being honored in Washington, D.C.

Unlikely Media Feuds: Univision’s Top Sports Host Chides Chuck Todd For Soccer Report

Chuck todd & Fernando Fiore

Mediaite Tue, 15 May 2012 09:31 AM PDT

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd is likely very accustomed to criticism for his politics from all sides– after all, that’s what the job entails. What he perhaps wasn’t expecting this morning is that Fernando Fiore , host of the most popular sports show on Univision, took umbrage at his report on the President’s schedule, in which he jokingly promised never to talk about soccer again.

Erap: Can Still Play Ball

Manila Bulletin Tue, 15 May 2012 05:44 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines – Run. Dribble. Shoot. These are the things former president Joseph “Erap”€ Estrada claims he can still do while challenging to a one-on-one basketball game detractors who doubt he is healthy enough to serve Manila as mayor. Estrada, who has moved to Manila this month to establish his residency and run for mayor, said he still feels like a teenager

R.I. struggling to keep Curt Schilling’s game co. solvent 

Curt Schilling

 

Boston Business JournalTue, May 15, 2012, 7:40am EDT

38 Studios, the video game startup founded and funded by former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, is reportedly in troubled waters just three months after releasing Kingdoms of Amalur, its first title.

Sacramento group wants Maloof brothers investigated

Brothers, George (l) Gavin (m), and Phil (r) Maloof, Sacramento, Calif. / Rich Pedrocelli, AP

 

USA Today 1:48 AM, May. 15, 2012

The battle over an arena for the Sacramento Kings has taken yet another unpleasant turn. Chris Lehane, executive director of Think Big Sacramento committee established by Mayor Kevin Johnson, has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Maloof brothers who own the team. In response, Eric W. Rose, the Maloofs’ spokesman, issued a statement on their behalf Monday night: “It is becoming clearer that the foundation of Think Big is built on fabrication and deception. The name of the organization should be changed to Think Big Fraud.”