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May 18, 2012 Headlines: RGIII, Economy crashing NASCAR?, cheerleading=sport?

On this day 100 years ago….

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fri, 18 May 2012 01:10 AM PDT

100 YEARS AGO May 18, 1912 Another petition for a writ of mandamus to require Secretary of State Earle W. Hodges to certify to the election commissioners the initiating of a local act to permit the playing of baseball upon any day of the week within the corporate limits of the city of Little Rock, was filed in Second Division of the Circuit Court yesterday.

 MTV Turning 2012 Election into a Fantasy Game

WebProNews Fri, 18 May 2012 14:09 PM PDT

Who doesn’t love fantasy football? Everybody has a team these days, even my grandma. But imagine a fantasy game where instead of having a roster of Manning, Peterson and Fitzgerald you have one of Obama, Boehner and McConnell. That’s what MTV along with $250,000 from The Knight Foundation is creating, a fantasy football like election game.

 Fenton mayor: We have space if Rams want it

KMOV St. Louis Fri, 18 May 2012 09:57 AM PDT

FENTON, Missouri — The St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission are far apart on plans to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome. One suburban St. Louis mayor says he may have an alternative. Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock isn’t actively making a pitch to move the NFL team to the suburbs. But he told KMOX Radio that his community does have 300 acres of open land at the site of …

 Bill targeting concussions in youth sports is endorsed by Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand

The Muskegon Chronicle Fri, 18 May 2012 09:25 AM PDT

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, AP File PhotDetroit Lions President Tom Lewand testified in favor of a bill that addresses concerns about concussions, which are most talked about in the NFL but are filtering down to youth sports.

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand endorses the effort as part of a National Football League initiative to get similar legislation passed in all 50 states and Congress. Lewand testified at the Senate hearing on the bill.

A bill that could soon come up for a vote in the Michigan Senate calls for removing athletes under age 18 from a sports activity if a concussion is suspected. Written clearance from a health professional would be needed for the youth to return to action…Senate Bill 1122

 Peoria Unified School District hopes to make cheerleading a sport

Cheerleaders, Pat Shannahan:The Republic

 

 

The Arizona Republic Fri, 18 May 2012 11:40 AM PDT

Peoria Unified School District board President Hal Borhauer says he plans to rally support from other school districts to petition the Arizona Interscholastic Association to treat cheerleading as a sport.

 

Lieutenant governor remains mum on Internet wagering and sport betting in Atlantic City 

Philly.com Fri, 18 May 2012 00:14 AM PDT

At the East Coast Gaming Congress here on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno sounded more like she was on the campaign stump than simply speaking to gambling-industry executives. Guadagno, a fill-in for Gov. Christie, dodged all questions regarding Internet gaming and sports betting at the gathering in the new Revel Casino.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Bell (l), Frank Washington (r):JARRAD HENDERSON:Detroit Free Press

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar honored with Ford Freedom Award

Detroit Free Press Fri, 18 May 2012 01:09 AM PDT

About 400 people attended a $175-a-ticket fund-raising dinner Thursday in Detroit and saw Detroit Mayor Dave Bing embrace his former pro basketball opponent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and applaud him as a 2012 Ford Freedom Award scholar…Bing, before introducing his former on-court nemesis, said: “There were years when I didn’t enjoy playing against Kareem. I was so happy that, at my position, I didn’t have to worry about him too much.”

RG3 on ‘The Tonight Show,’ kids Obama about basketball

NFL.com Thu, 17 May 2012 23:54 PM PDT

Robert Griffin III joked with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday night, showing off some of his favorite socks and teasing President Obama about a one-on-one game of basketball. But Griffin opened by saluting the military, telling how both his parents served in the armed forces…

Robert Griffin III with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show”

NBC.com Thu, 17 May 2012

Governor opens summer reading program

The Topeka Capital-Journal Thu, 17 May 2012 14:41 PM PDT

Gov. Sam Brownback slid into a chair at Topeka’s public library Thursday to personally launch the state’s summer reading program for children while a trio of sports rivals peered over his shoulder. “Reading opens the world up to us,” Brownback said.

Is the Obama-Led Economy Crashing NASCAR? Fan’s Summary

Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports Thu, 17 May 2012 13:47 PM PDT

NASCAR fans are loyal like no other base in sports. Study after study suggests as much and what’s more, the fan base is more diverse than popular misconceptions would advocate; meaning, a large, wide and faithful group of Americans avidly follow and support the sport of stock car racing.

Regardless of who, what, when, where and how, the obvious recessional result is a decline in NASCAR attendance. Race fans are different in that they visit and treat a race event as a trip. This isn’t like going down to the ball park, buying some tickets and watching a ballgame. Families, friends and associates get together for a race weekend outing similar to short vacations. They spend money on fuel, hotels and eating and then head out to the track where they’ll purchase a variety of items, usually of their favorite driver or team.

But the current bad economy has slowed this support.

To counter the perception or reality, the President has been using NASCAR to make some political points with the base. Last season, First Lady Michele Obama along with Jill Biden, appeared at the season-ending race at Homestead to promote a military project for families. But it didn’t go well as they were booed (source – USA Today). Recently, Obama invited last year’s champion Tony Stewart to the White House where it seemed every media outlet in the world came to cover the event. Plus, Obama’s marketing team is targeting NASCAR fans by offering donors a name on a stock car (source – Legal Insurrection).

Greece hands Olympic flame over to Britain

Connecticut Post Thu, 17 May 2012 12:05 PM PDT

Britain’s Princess Anne talks with Greek President Karolos Papoulias during a meeting in Athens, on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Princess Anne is in the UK delegation that will receive the London 2012 Olympic flame at the all-marble Panathenian stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

David Beckham, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Thanassis Stavrakis:AP

Britain's Princess Anne, Greek President Karolos Papoulias:Photo- Louisa Gouliamaki:AFP

 

May 14, 2012 Headlines: Let’s Move, Prez plays b-ball w/ Clooney, Vikes score stadium…

Mark Kauhane – for Councillor, Maple Ridge

Mark Kauhane

Abbotsford Mission Times Mon, 14 May 2012 23:20 PM PDT

Long-time minor baseball president and Maple Ridge resident Mark Kauhane is running for Maple Ridge council. To help voters make their choices on election day, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows TIMES asked candidates a series of questions on issues of importance

Ukraine warns of football boycott ‘humiliation’

The Irish Times Mon, 14 May 2012 17:24 PM PDT

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT Viktor Yanukovich has warned the West that he will not allow his country to be humiliated, as European Union leaders consider boycotting next month’s Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine.

St. Louis Rams’ dome plan seeks roof panel that would open

Columbia Missourian Mon, 14 May 2012 13:53 PM PDT 

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams and the public entity that operates theStadiu are far apart in their plans on how to improve the facility. While St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is urging rejection of the Rams’ plan, his top aide said it is far too soon to sound the alarm that the city may lose an NFL team for the second time since 1987. The Rams’ proposal was released against their …

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

Greenwich Time Mon, May 14, 2012 6:59 pm

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, supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal, is part of the state’s deal to the keep the Hornets in Louisiana and a piece of the agreement with new team owner Tom Benson, who also owns the New Orleans Saints.

First lady has plan to get kids involved in sports

The Associated Press  Mon, May 14, 2012 at 6pm

DALLAS (AP) Michelle Obama remembers sitting in front of her television many years ago and watching Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci and Carl Lewis as they competed in the Summer Olympics. ”Like so many others,” she said, ”I was awed and inspired by those athletes.”

 

Minnesota governor signs off on hard-fought, $975 million Vikings stadium deal

Newser May 14, 2012 – 4:pm CDT

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday signed off on a hard-fought agreement to build the Minnesota Vikings a $975 million stadium at the downtown Minneapolis site of the team’s current home, the Metrodome. Dayton, who championed the deal, signed the bill to mostly cheers, whistles and chants of `Skol Vikings,” the team’s fight song, during a Capitol ceremony attended by team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, business and labor leaders, construction workers and fans of the purple and gold.

David Cameron may meet Mitt Romney in London

The Telegraph  12:50PM BST 14 May 2012

David Cameron is hoping to meet Mitt Romney when the Republican US presidential candidate comes to London this summer for the Olympics. It is understood the Prime Minister’s office has been talking to the Mitt Romney campaign team about the possibility, although nothing has been fixed in their diaries.

London 2012 Olympics Countdown Calls for Friendly Competition

Dip Note, U.S. State Department MAY 13, 2012

Today marks 75 days until the start of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. As London prepares to welcome the world for the Olympics, the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. organized a medley of sports activities, or “Embassy Olympics,” in recognition last month of the “100 Days To Go” mark.

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee courts Golden State Warriors

San Francisco Chronicle  Monday, May 14, 2012

It’s official – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is openly calling on the Golden State Warriors to jump the bay and return to San Francisco “in time for the 2017 NBA season.”

 

Clooney, President Obama’s Basketball Game

People Sunday May 13, 2012 09:50 AM EDT

It’s not often that one’s weekly schedule includes things such as: “Dinner at home with President” or “Boyfriend plays pickup game with Leader of Free World. ”So you can forgive Stacy Keibler for still looking a bit wide-eyed after last week’s visit to California by President Barack Obama. A day after George Clooney hosted a multimillion-dollar fundraiser