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August 5, 2012 Headlines: Mr. Prez: Birthday Golf, Call me maybe but tweet me, ‘n’ Royal Cheerleaders

Obama Spends 51st Birthday Playing Golf

Daily Political   Sun, Aug 5 2012

President Barack Obama spent his 51st birthday Saturday with a round of golf. The president played with friends and colleagues at the Andrews Air Force Base. Then he took the Marine One to Camp David for a quiet evening off the presidential campaign trail.

Call from the President? OK, but athletes prefer his tweets

USA TODAY  Sun, Aug 5 2012

LONDON – The tweet came before the phone call. The president was on the line, but he was old news. Michael Phelps had heard from him in a 140-character burst on Twitter. It’s no longer, “Let my people get in touch with your people.” President Obama can contact the most decorated Olympian instantly, and Phelps can tweet back his gratitude. Teen pop star Justin Bieber can congratulate 17-year-old swimmer Missy Franklin after she won the first gold medal of her Olympic career, giving her a surprise almost as wonderful as that medal.

London 2012 Olympics: William, Kate and Harry’s Olympic effort to ‘sell’ UK to the World   Sun, Aug 5 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate in the Velodrome Photo- REX FEATURES

Their daily presence at Olympic events sporting Team GB polo shirts has seen the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry emerge as the most visible brand ambassadors for UK plc during the Games. While all three share a keen interest in sport, the royal trio, who have attended up to four Olympic events a day while also meeting with foreign dignitaries and international business figures, have embarked on a dedicated push to “sell” the UK to the world during and beyond the Olympic Games. A royal aide said: “The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry have been throwing themselves into the Olympics with gusto as they recognise that the Games provides a unique moment for the country to sell itself and they recognise they are in a unique position to represent the nation to our friends and partners around the world.”

Christie critical of Giants, Jets suit

Asbury Park Press

HACKENSACK — As a sports fan, Gov. Chris Christie has cheered on New Jersey-New York market teams at every turn, but two teams recently fell off Christie’s list of favorites. Christie last week said the NFL Jets and Giants are “anti-New Jersey” because of a lawsuit the teams filed against Triple 5, developer of the former Xanadu project (now known as American Dream). The lawsuit is preventing “thousands of people” from beginning construction jobs and more people from getting permanent jobs inside the shopping and entertainment mall when work is complete, he said…The teams are seeking an injunction against Triple 5 over concerns about the impact the mall with indoor amusement and water parks will have on game-day traffic.

July 5, 2012 Headlines: Olympic Media Buys, NJ Gov irked, ‘n’ Pace & Prez

Pro-Romney Super PAC Going for Gold

US President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Credit- Getty Images)

ABC News Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:41 AM PDT

The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future announced Thursday they are launching a $7.2 million ad buy to run during the London Olympics later this month. The ads will run in 11 battleground states:  Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin July 31 through August 9.

Olympics a time for sports – and politics

CBS News Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:03 PM PDT

Swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will not be the only rivalry at the London Olympics set to begin in just a few weeks, the race between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will also be on display as millions of people who watch the Olympic Games will see presidential political ads. Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, announced Thursday that it bought $7.2 million of ad time

New Jersey’s governor irked by Jets, Giants

Fan Nation Thu, 05 Jul 2012

Earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed some displeasure with the recent filing of a lawsuit by the Giants and Jets attempting to stop a planned expansion of a nearby “American Dream” Meadowlands project. “It’s not the way the business should be done, and I’m disappointed in the teams for having done it — and I’ll leave it at that,” Christie told The Record’s Editorial board. Asked when he thought work could be resumed on the long-dormant project, Christie replied, “I think by this fall.” Christie reiterated his faith that Jon F. Hanson — the former New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority chairman and Christie’s advisor on sports and entertainment — would find a way to help revive the former “Xanadu” project.

Pace ranks Obama visit with winning Super Bowl

The Sandusky RegisterFri, 06 Jul 2012 02:15 AM PDT

Orlando Pace and President Obama

Before meeting President Barack Obama, Orlando Pace produced an illustrious 13-year NFL career by smashing linebackers and protecting quarterbacks. But for this Sandusky native, chatting with the president ranks right up there with winning a Super Bowl and being selected as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1997. Community leaders selected Pace to introduce Obama during the president’s historic campaign stop Thursday afternoon in Sandusky’s Washington Park.

Muhammad Ali – Muhammad Ali Named Recipient Of Liberty Medal

Contactmusic Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:03 PM PDT

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is set to receive Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Liberty Medal in recognition of his social and humanitarian work. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the chairman of the National Constitution Center, named the retired sports great as the 2012 honouree on Thursday (05Jul12). He said, “Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution – freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment – and helping to spread them across the globe.” Ali, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, will be presented with the prestigious medal at a special ceremony at the National Constitution Center on 13 September

June 8, 2012 Headlines: NY Giants visit the White House again ‘n’ the London Olympics (Flame arrives, dictator wants to go, ‘n’ Arg mocks Britain)

PFT: Obama applauds Giants, tweaks Congress

Tom Coughlin and President Obama, Reuters


MSNBC Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:32 PM PDT

The Giants were honored with the Super Bowl champions’ customary visit to the White House today, and for the most part it was apolitical, as such events usually are. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin did take a little swipe at Congress, getting some applause from President Obama in the process…“Playing in harmony for each other, for the good of everyone — wouldn’t it be nice if Congress operated the same way?” Coughlin said.

Giants visit the White House (Watch Ceremony)

New York Giants continue White House tradition

CBS News Fri, 08 Jun 2012 03:00 AM PDT

WASHINGTON — Like many of the Americans they represent, U.S. presidents are sports fans too. It’s a way for politicians to connect with voters who are avid followers of football, baseball, NASCAR and college sports. And it’s become standard practice for presidents to invite championship teams – especially Super Bowl winners – to the White House for presidential tributes.

Athletes who snubbed Presidents

Olympic flame makes it out of Greece without being pawned for Euros

Fourth-Place MedalFri, 08 Jun 2012 03:56 AM PDT

Princess Anne received torch from president of the Greek Olympic association, Spyros Capralos- BBC News

The Olympic flame is in the hands of Great Britain after a ceremonial handoff at Greece’s Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first modern Olympics. Princess Anne, who competed in the 1976 Olympics in equestrian, received the torch from the president of the Greek Olympic association, Spyros Capralos. Thus  ended a seven-day torch relay around Greece that was largely overshadowed by the nation’s ongoing financial crisis.

Ahmadinejad wants to attend Olympics, says Britain won’t let him

Fourth-Place Medal Fri, 08 Jun 2012 03:56 AM PDT

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he wants to attend the upcoming Summer Olympics to support his nation’s athletes but is being denied entry to Britain. “I would like to be next to our young athletes at the 2012 Olympics, but the host has a problem with this,” Ahmadinejad told Iranian athletes at a recent reception. “The enemies do not want our athletes to win medals, but our young people shall be present at the Olympic Games and, like Arash, give new reasons to take pride in Islamic Iran.”

Argentina mocks British in a disgraceful Olympic ad about Falklands War

Fourth-Place MedalFri, 08 Jun 2012 03:53 AM PDT

To compete on English soil, we are training on Argentine soil

British officials are angry with Argentina’s president for an advertisement that shows an athlete training for the Olympics on a war memorial in the Falkland Islands. The South American nation is accused of exploiting the upcoming Summer Games for political purposes. The ad, filmed in secret and produced by the office of President Cristina Kirchner, features hockey player Fernando Zylberberg running through the Falklands capital of Stanley. He does sit-ups near British pubs and climbs the island’s Great War Memorial like it’s the Rocky steps. That structure honors the 255 British troops who died during the 1982 Argentine invasion.

A tagline refers to the Falklands by their Argentina name — Malvinas — and says “To compete on English soil, we are training on Argentine soil.

Derek Shearer: Can Sports Save the World? Reflections of a Former Little Leaguer on Sports, Diplomacy, and Globalization

The Huffington Post Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:26 AM PDT

Sports can’t save the world from the effects of global warming or by themselves solve economic inequality in the world economy. For that, politics is required. But with the Olympics approaching, we should remember that a love of sports — playing, watching, arguing, rooting, buying gear — is one of the great commonalities of being human.

June 7, 2012 Headlines: NY Gov’t hangs onto No-Han, Day after recall vote, WI Gov running for WI Special Olympics, ‘n’ NFL concussion lawsuit

New York’s Government Hangs Onto Johan Santana’s Star

(Photo- Getty)

The New York Observer Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:14 AM PDT

Mets fans were understandably excited Johan Santana’s no-hitter last week, and whenever sports fans are really excited about something in New York, politicians inevitably follow…Governor Cuomo said, “The no-hitter thrown tonight by Johan truly demonstrates New York-style resilience and dedication, as after overcoming injuries and setbacks, Santana has put his name among the giants in baseball history.”…And both the New York State Senate and the State Assembly have now passed resolutions congratulating Mr. Santana as well.

Interview with Governor Walker from the CBS 58 Morning News

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker


CBS 58 MilwaukeeThu, 07 Jun 2012 05:09 AM PDT

Governor Walker speaks to CBS 58’s Tom Durian and Jennifer Tomazic about the Wisconsin Special Olympics, life after the recall and how he’ll get a politically divided state back on the right track.

Lawsuit: NFL hid brain injury links Thu, 07 Jun 2012

NEW YORK — Scores of lawsuits involving thousands of former players touched by concussions and brain injuries have been consolidated into one master complaint, setting up a massive and potentially costly case for the NFL. Lawyers for the players filed the complaint Thursday in Philadelphia, accusing the NFL of hiding information that linked football-related head trauma to permanent brain injuries. Among the illnesses cited were dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for the care of players suffering from those health problems.

Mark Emmert leaving position as president of NCAA to head to LSU?

NCAA President Mark Emmert, AP


NBC Sports: Beyond the ArcThu, 07 Jun 2012 10:08 AM PDT

In January, NCAA President Mark Emmert signed a contract extension to keep him in that position for two more years, but, according to one report, things may have changed. is reporting that Emmert may be leaving his post and could return to LSU, where he previously served as chancellor.

Boston mayor Thomas Menino mistakes Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo for “KJ and Hondo” (VIDEO)

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

Ball Don’t Lie Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:58 AM PDT

Perhaps Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was sending a tribute of sorts to Massachusetts senator John Kerry, who once confused the hallowed Lambeau Field with “Lambert Field.” Perhaps Mayor Menino didn’t think the underdog Boston Celtics, a team that was below the .500 mark at the All-Star break, would turn out to be just a game away from the NBA Finals a few months later.

Obama to honor New York Giants at White House

WNYT Albany Thu, 07 Jun 2012 05:24 AM PDT

On Friday, June 8, President Obama will welcome the four-time Super Bowl Champion New York Giants to the White House to honor the team for their Super Bowl XLVI victory.

May 24, 2012 Headlines: “Golfer in Chief” to host NY Giants, Olympics Hunger Summit, ‘n’ USOC inks rev-share deal


Obama prepares at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. STEVEN SENNE - AP

‘Golfer-in-chief’ Obama nears 100th round of his presidency

The News & Observer Thu, 24 May 2012 17:32 PM PDT

For a century it’s been the game of presidents, a sunny escape from the office for 15 of the 18 chief executives since the first Roosevelt. It’s also a game that appears elite to many people, enough so that golfing presidents play at their political peril. Barack Obama tries to keep his golfing out of view, banning news cameras when he can. But his love of the game has taken him to the course nearly 100 times already in his presidency, and election rival Mitt Romney says that’s simply too much in a time of economic anxiety. “As millions of Americans continue to struggle to find work, President Obama has now played a total of 1,710 holes since taking office,” Romney’s campaign said.

New York Giants visiting White House June 8 Thu, 24 May 2012 08:09 AM PDT

The last big group party for the Super Bowl champions will be held at the White House on June 8 when the Giants meet with President Obama. Then they finally can focus on defending their title.

NFL players union’s claim could be nullified

MSN Thu, 24 May 2012 08:48 AM PDT

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for He has covered the NFL for the past 17 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio. If the NFL Players Association has its way, that union and the NFL will soon resume their wrangling in court. The NFLPA filed a complaint against the NFL in a Minnesota district court on Wednesday alleging that the league colluded to maintain a covert salary cap during what was intended as an uncapped season in 2010 — the final year of the prior Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Olympics 2012: London Prime Minister David Cameron Announces Hunger Summit

The Huffington Post Thu, 24 May 2012 08:57 AM PDT

London will use its spotlight to illuminate more than just the world’s greatest athletes during the 2012 Olympics. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday plans to hold a hunger summit during this summer’s games, the Guardian reports. Specifics surrounding the hunger summit haven’t been revealed, but a Downing Street spokeswoman told the Guardian that the aim is to build off of G8’s promise...Following Cameron’s announcement, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also released a statement…”We hope this event will build on the momentum generated by President Barack Obama’s increased commitment to nutrition and smallholder farmer productivity announced at the G8 last week. By making long-term investments in agriculture, the private sector, governments, and the wider development community can help reduce hunger and poverty, and build self-sufficiency for millions of poor farming families.”

USOC inks revenue sharing deal with IOC, ending dispute, making way for 2022 U.S. Olympics bid

Colorado Springs Business Journal Thu, 24 May 2012 11:39 AM PDT

U.S. Olympic Committee inked a revenue-sharing deal with the International Olympic Committee that puts to end a long-standing dispute between the organizations and could result is a U.S. bid for 2022 or 2024 games. The financial agreement was announced today via telephone press conference with IOC president Jacques Rogge and USCO chairman Larry Probst,

Ex-governor general Michaelle Jean inks deal for French language at 2012 Games

Brandon SunThu, 24 May 2012 16:19 PM PDT

London 2012 Chair Seb Coe (L), Executive Director at the IOC Gilbert Felli, and Grand Temoin de la Francophonie Michaelle Jean (R), Quebec City Thursday May 24, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS:Francis Vachon

QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Former governor general Michaelle Jean joined the head of the London Olympics on Thursday to sign an agreement on how French will be used at this summer’s Games. Jean is representing the international organization of Francophone states who have inked a deal with the Games since 2004 on the use of French, which is one of the two official languages of the Olympic movement.

Tokyo excited to make 2020 Summer Olympics shortlist

New Kerala Thu, 24 May 2012 03:39 AM PDT

Tokyo, May 24 : The Tokyo city government is excited about the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick up Tokyo as one of the three candidate cities of hosting the 2020 summer Olympic Games, said governor Shintaro Ishihara Thursday. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul moved to the final stage of the selection process after their bid plans gained the nod from the IOC Executive Board Wednesday evening in Quebec City of Canada.

Warriors Move Inevitable, but Mayor Quan Soldiers on with the Coliseum Project

East Bay Express Thu, 24 May 2012 13:49 PM PDT

News of the Golden State Warriors’ planned defection to a swanky $500 mil, privately-funded arena in San Francisco caused mass hysteria earlier this week, with Oakland bloggers protesting that there was no real financial impetus for the move — given the oft-quoted statistic that the Warrior actually boast the 10th highest attendance in the NBA.

Governor: NJ will start sports bets on its own

Times Leader Thu, 24 May 2012 14:15 PM PDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t let federal

Gov. Chris Christie

ban on sports gambling stop his plan. New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference highlighting efforts to reinvigorate Atlantic City, Christie said the regulations his administration will issue next week make no attempt to overturn a 1992 federal law that limits sports betting to four states.

Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling lays off entire staff of video game company

Sports Illustrated Thu, 24 May 2012 18:48 PM PDT

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee told the Globe that state officials have not been able to confirm the total number of people who have lost their jobs, but Schilling told CNBC’s Darren Rovell two months ago that he had nearly 400 employees.