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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 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 21, 2012 Headlines: Lebron wins 1 of many, Former NFL Players vs. NFLPA vs. AFL-CIO, ‘n’ Title IX and need for modification?

Congratulations to Lebron James and the Miami Heat in winning the 2012 NBA Championship

NBA Finals MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat holds the championship trophy after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. AFP:Getty Images

Obama, Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, David Beckam star in PSA against dating violence

Yahoo! News Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:22 AM PDT

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, baseball’s Joe Torre, New York Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin, New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and soccer celebrity David Beckham along with others star in a new White House-produced public service announcement condemning violence against women.

Video: Biden jealous Phillies baseball star

Vice President Joe Biden, Jimmy Rollins (C) and David Price

CBS News Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:36 PM PDT

Vice President Joe Biden teamed up with MLB player Jimmy Rollins and other star athletes for a PSA against dating violence. At the launch on Thursday, Biden said his wife Jill was a huge Phillies fan, which causes some jealousy towards Rollins.

20 former players ask AFL-CIO to expel NFLPA

NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk Thu, 21 Jun 2012

With the NFL and NFLPA at odds on various fronts and thousands of former players suing the NFL, 20 retired players (including seven Hall of Famers) have now requested that the AFL-CIO expel the players’ union.  They are:  Joe DeLamielleure, Paul Krause, Lem Barney, Bruce Laird, John Hannah, Elvin Bethea, Ron Yary, Conrad Dobler, John Riggins, Al “Bubba” Baker, Reggie McKenzie, Billy Joe Dupree, Ken Stabler, Roman Gabriel, George Visger, Tommy Nobis, Fred Smerlas, Art Sill, Myron Pottios, and Lou Piccone. The request comes via letter from lawyer Michael Hausfeld (pictured) to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.  Citing remarks by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith that acknowledge a “moral obligation . . . to retired players” that must manifest itself in “both words and deeds,” the players claim that the NFLPA has failed on both counts.

AFL-CIO quickly rejects request to expel NFLPA

NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:18 PM PDT

The NFLPA didn’t officially respond to the effort by 20 former players to expel the union from the AFL-CIO, perhaps because it didn’t need to. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has rejected the request, communicated in a letter written by lawyer Michael Hausfeld, to kick the football players’ union out of the organization.

Title IX at 40: Lilly a product of equal rights law

Kristine Lilly, United States’ against Canada during the Gold Cup women’s championship on Nov. 26, 2006 (AP Photo:Jae C. Jong,File)

Greenwich Time Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:36 PM PDT

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law, forever changing the face of women’s athletics. Former soccer star Kristine Lilly is one of the many who benefited from Title IX, which ensures equal rights for women. Here’s her story.

David Moulton: Eliminating football from equation would make Title IX even better

Naples Daily News Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:29 PM PDT

…Title IX changed America. Without it, colleges never would have funded women’s athletics because they largely lose money. Thankfully, they had no choice…the fact that football eats up 85 scholarships, many times more than any other women’s team (or men’s, for that matter) requires. So if a school plays football, they automatically have to add a disproportionate number of women’s sports to their athletic department just to be in compliance with Title IX. What has ended up happening in many cases is that a growing number of men’s teams have been cut from the athletic department so that the numbers balance out. That goes against the very core of Title IX. Equal participation, no matter what sex you are

Rutgers’ Stringer added to State Dept. council

New Jersey Herald Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:02 PM PDT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) – Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer has been invited to join a State Department council on women and sports. The announcement was made Thursday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Stringer will join a group that includes current and retired athletes and coaches, executives, journalists and trailblazers in women’s sports. Among the council’s members are soccer star Mia Hamm, tennis great Billie Jean King, figure skater Michelle Kwan and golfer Annika Sorenstam. The council’s mission is to empower women and girls through sports.

The Olympics: History of the Fusion Between Politics and Sports

Bleacher Report Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:31 AM PDT

As long as there have been nations there has been political intervention in national and international athletics. Since the violent but prestigious wrestling, boxing and stick fighting days between dominant social classes of Mesopotamia, human history has produced many examples of cross political-athletic pollination. One of the first cases involved Ancient Greece. Greece is notorious for blending politics with sports. During Olympic Games, Greek leaders discussed important political issues, celebrated military victories and formed political and military alliances. In this slideshow I will highlight seven modern occurrences when Olympic sports fused with politics.  Begin Slideshow

 Mark Teixeira: Harlem RBI: Empowering Youth Through Sports

Huffington Post Wed, 20 Jun 2012

Harlem RBI uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams — just as baseball helped me to realize my dreams.

Lance Armstrong took the defeat of cancer and turned it into a victory for all those affected. Michael Phelps used the $1 million bonus he earned from Speedo to work with various charitable programs to promote water safety and encourage youth swimming. Alyssa Milano launched UNICEF‘s famous Trick or Treat campaign. And Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier is as famous for his work as an environmentalist as he is for his acting, and he most recently shattered the record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold at auction, bidding it off for $94,000 benefiting SHFT’s green initiatives.

June 14, 2012 Headlines: Got crabs!?, Russia & Poland’s battle off the pitch, ‘n’ Obama’s surprise stop at Boy’s & Girls Club

On The Miami Crab Claw Controversy You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Hardwood ParoxysmThu, 14 Jun 2012 01:35 AM PDT

Stone Crabs, photo from wallyg via Flickr

Mayors placing friendly wagers on the outcome of championship sports series is nothing new. It’s a lighthearted tradition that celebrates civic pride and widens the scope of competition beyond the arena. For this season’s NBA Finals, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett placed bets on the outcome of the championship series with bragging rights and their respective regional delicacies on the line. If the Miami Heat win the title, Cornett agreed to ship premium Oklahoma steaks to Gimenez. If the Oklahoma City Thunder win it all, Gimenez will ship stone crab claws from Miami’s famous Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant.

It sounds fair, but according to Short Order, the Miami New Times’ food blog, there could be a slight hitch … a slightly illegal hitch:

One problem: Stone crab season ended May 16. Leave it to Miami to turn an innocent bet over luxury food items into something sneaky and crooked. According to the mayor’s office, “Joe’s has a vendor who can legally supply stone crabs if the Heat lose.” via NBA Miami-OKC Bet: Corrupt Crabs on the Line | Ilana Shulevitz, Short Order (6/13/12)

Dayton, Rybak Announce Picks for Vikings Stadium Authority

KAAL Austin Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:44 AM PDT

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday picked a trusted aide to oversee construction of a new, $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, the signature legislative accomplishment of his term so far. Dayton named deputy chief of staff Michele Kelm-Helgen to lead the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, a five-member panel charged with keeping tabs on a public investment of nearly $500 million.

Obama Makes Surprise Stop At Boys and Girls Club

ABC News Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:09 PM PDT

On his way out of Cleveland this afternoon, President Obama stopped by the local Boys and Girls Club, sneaking into the back of a gym and surprising a room full of kids. The children, who were playing basketball, jumping rope and hula-hooping, didn’t notice the president as he walked in the back door, according to pool reports, but squealed with excitement when they recognized their famous visitor.

Video: Obama surprises Boys & Girls Club  (CBS News)

President Obama Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland, OH

Viktor Yanukovych accuses Yulia Tymoshenko of involvement in a contract killing

Independent Thu, 14 Jun 2012 02:17 AM PDT

President Viktor Yanukovych has accused Yulia Tymoshenko, his jailed rival, of involvement in a contract killing 16 years ago. His comments suggest he is unmoved by a boycott of Euro 2012 football matches by Western governments. Ms Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven-year sentence for alleged abuse of office when Prime Minister, has dismissed any link with the killing of Yevhen Shcherban, a businessman, as “absurd”. Her supporters accused the President of acting like a dictator.

Russia’s Punishment for Fan Assaults too Harsh – Official

Russian Information Agency NovostiThu, 14 Jun 2012 11:01 AM PDT

Photo by © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Pesnia

Russia was punished too harshly by UEFA for crowd disturbances at Euro 2012 that included fans assaulting Polish stewards, Sergei Fursenko, president of the Russian Football Union, said Thursday. Russia received a six-point suspended points deduction for Euro 2016 qualification while the union was fined €120,000 for crowd disturbances and the use of pyrotechnics at Russia’s opening 4-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Leaders condemn Poland-Russia scuffles

Warsaw Business Journal Thu, 14 Jun 2012 01:26 AM PDT

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke via telephone on Wednesday about the scuffles between Polish and Russian soccer fans on Tuesday, when the two countries played each other in a Euro 2012 group-stage match. Both leaders agreed that “bad stadium emotions” should not impact Polish-Russian relations, and that the hooligans should be rounded up by the police regardless of their nationality, Rzeczpospolita reported. Police detained 184 rioters on Tuesday night, including 156 Poles and 25 Russians, in sporadic, isolated incidents near the city center.

June 12, 2012 Headlines: Hey Sport, Surf or Turf, ‘n’ Alpha Sigma Phi signs bill to allow NFL HOF to sell alcohol ‘till 2:30 am

Romney and Sport

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:10 AM PDT

Tim Murphy finds that in Mitt Romney‘s 2004 book, Turnaround , the presidential candidate’s “vaguely 19th-century aristocratic quirk of referring to sports in the singular is a longstanding habit. A quick Google Books scan reveals 33 results for ‘sport,’ almost all of them instances where one would normally write ‘sports’ instead.”

Steaks Vs. Stone Crabs Bet Over NBA Finals

CBS Miami Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:34 AM PDT

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It wouldn’t be a championship series without some local politicians placing a friendly wager. Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett got into the betting spirit. According to CBS4 news partner, if the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship, Mayor Cornett will ship some premium steaks from Oklahoma to Miami-Dade County. On the other hand, if the Oklahoma City Thunder hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, Mayor Gimenez will ship South Beach’s famous Joe’s stone crabs to Oklahoma, according to the Herald.

Schuring legislation aids HOF, economic development plans

The Canton Repository Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:57 AM PDT

Gov. John Kasich Monday signed into law House Bill 487, the mid-biennium budget review bill that has two provisions sponsored by State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, that affect Stark County. The first provision allows the Pro Football Hall of Fame to sell alcoholic beverages until 2:30 a.m…Schuring said the Pro Football Hall of Fame requested the change. With the enshrinement festivities being moved to a later time in recent years, the enshrinees’ private parties hosted by the Hall of Fame were lasting past 1 a.m.

FIFA urges Israel to help a jailed Palestine player

Sports Illustrated Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:57 AM PDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called on Israel soccer leaders to “urgently” help a Palestine player on hunger strike in Israeli custody. Blatter has written to the Israel Football Association of his “grave concern” after receiving reports that “several Palestine football players have allegedly been illegally detained.”

Balcerowicz: Ukraine scores own goal

KYIV Post Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:40 AM PDT

Politics and sports are often an incendiary mix, as the controversy now swirling around the Euro 2012 football championship, to be co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, demonstrates. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and other European Union leaders have said that they will boycott matches held in Ukraine, owing to the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition figures. Why, two decades after communism ended and Ukraine gained its independence, does the country remain mired in economic torpor and an authoritarian politics that has aroused such ire in Europe? When a country like Ukraine develops slowly and remains poor, it is not because of natural disaster or resource constraints. Bad policies pursued by bad governments are to blame.