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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.