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Sept 9-18, 2012 Headlines: Olympians honored & a rejection, EA ads, ‘n’ same-sex dust up

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R). photo by Roberto Coquis

Mike Rizzo on Nats Political interests

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (R) and Super Sports Lawyer Richard Brand. Photo by Roberto Coquis

Sports ‘n’ Politics Fri, Sept 14 2012

At the Biznow event at Nationals Park, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo reiterated that Stephen Strasburg’s shut down has always been the plan. In an effort to execute this move properly, they brought in Gio Gonzalez and resigned John Lannan. In response to Roberto Coquis’s question about being in Washington, DC and in a Presidential Electio, Rizzo stated that  he has not seen any “political talk in the clubhouse, players are focused on the game…The most political it gets is Bears vs. Redskins.”

US Olympians honored in White House ceremony

Washington Post    Fri, Sept 14 2012

White House ceremony for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. Nikki Kahn:The Washington Post

Declaring himself the “Fan-in Chief,” President Obama hailed the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes Friday as a portrait of what sets America apart: Men and women of all races, faiths and backgrounds who push themselves to extend the boundaries of achievement. “What you guys did was inspire us. You made us proud,” Obama told more than 450 athletes honored in ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House.

Arnold Palmer notes lack of bipartisanship at his Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

Washington Post (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Golf great Arnold Palmer

Not even pro golfer Arnold Palmer could let the lack of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill go unnoticed Wednesday. Palmer, in town to pick up his Congressional Gold Medal during a well-attended ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, said he was proud to accept the award, “because I’m particularly proud of anything that the House and the Senate agree on.”…Palmer turned 83 on Monday, and is just the sixth athlete to ever earn the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that lawmakers can bestow on individuals. The other award-winning sports stars are baseball great Roberto Clemente, Olympic track star Jesse Owens, baseball barrier-buster Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Lewis and golfer Byron Nelson.

Obama Places Virtual Ads in Madden NFL 13

BET   Tues, Sept 18 2012

In an effort to reach the youth vote in swing states, the Obama campaign dives into the video game world. In key battleground states, the Obama campaign will begin running ads in several Electronic Arts (EA) video games today to try to garner the youth vote. The campaign also hopes it will spur early voting among the gaming demographic.

Beside console games, Obama is running “get out the vote” virtual ads in casual Web games on EA’s and in mobile games like Battleship, Scrabble and Tetris. Obama has tried this before. Back in 2008 his team tapped EA to run virtual signage ads looking to encourage early voting in states like Florida and North Carolina in 18 games, including Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed. According to Dave Madden, EA’s svp of global media solutions, the strategy paid off for team Obama. Based on surveys conducted by EA during the 2008 ad effort, gamers were 120 percent more likely to feel positively about the candidate and 50 percent more likely to consider voting for him after seeing the in-game ads.

Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday

Bellingham Herald   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Muhammad Ali, receives the Liberty Medal from his daughter Laila Ali with his wife Lonnie Ali at the National Constitution Center, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. MATT ROURKE — AP Photo

PHILADELPHIA — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was honored Thursday with the Liberty Medal for his longtime role outside the ring as a fighter for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to watch the three-time heavyweight title holder receive an honor that his wife, Lonnie Ali, called “overwhelming.” “It is especially humbling for Muhammad, who has said on many occasions, ‘All I did was to stand up for what I believe,'” Lonnie Ali 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,”

Even President Obama makes crack at Miami Dolphins

Sun-Sentinel   Wed, Sept 12 2012

The Dolphins have had an unsteady relationship with presidents starting with Richard Nixon suggesting a slant pass be run for Paul Warfield in Super Bowl VI. It was run. It fell incomplete. Then there was George Bush inviting Nick Saban for a visit one night he was in town. Saban declined because it was training camp. Didn’t the President know importance of rookie skits? Now President Obama has got a small but honest jab in on the Dolphins. He was a guest of DJ Laz of the Latin romance station 106.7-FM. Laz began the interview by saying he was wearing a Dolphins uniform. “You’ve got to start with that Dolphins thing?’’ said Obama, who is a Bears fan. “Did you see that HBO special Hard Knocks? That’s a pretty good show. As I recall, you guys didn’t win any… in the preseason.”

Olympic Champ Tyler Clary — Declines White House Invite … I’d Rather Race Cars   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary — the guy who smashed Ryan Lochte’s backstroke record — turned down an invite to chill with President Obama at the White House … all so he can race stock cars instead…. POTUS and the First Lady invited all the 2012 Olympic athletes to the White House for a special get together on September 14th…But sources tell TMZ … the swimmer has dreams of being a pro race car driver after his swimming career ends … he’s opting to be in Fontana, CA instead to test drive cars for a few days and then hit up the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event on September 15.

Congress to help NFL with doping standoff

The Hill (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A prominent House committee will work to resolve the National Football League’s (NFL) stalemate with players over doping tests, top lawmakers said Wednesday. 

The news follows a visit by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Capitol Hill, where he met with lawmakers on doping, traumatic brain injuries and other issues facing professional football.  

Blood testing for human growth hormone has divided players and the NFL, which can’t agree on what constitutes a positive test or what experts should decide.

Proposal for downtown LA NFL stadium advances to City Council

Los Angeles Times   Fri, Sept 14 2012

A $1.2-billion plan for bringing an NFL stadium to Los Angeles passed a major test Thursday, even as anti-poverty activists pressed powerful developer Anschutz Entertainment Group to make millions of dollars in additional concessions. After 10 and a half hours of review, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s appointees on the Planning Commission signed off on a set of agreements for the 72,000-seat stadium, concluding the project’s economic benefits outweigh the “significant and unavoidable” impacts it will have on traffic, air quality, noise and light glare.

Shaq brings full court press to Hill

Politico   Fri, Sept 14 2012

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal launched a campaign Friday on Capitol Hill — though not for office, much to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s relief. “Thank you for coming out, and I accept your nomination for Congress,” O’Neil joked to a packed room of about 100 congressional staffers and politicians.“Uh, he’s not running in my district,” Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, replied to the 7’1” retired superstar. O’Neal and Cleaver have teamed up with the nonprofit Century Council to help curb binge drinking at historically black colleges and universities.

Md. governor to hold fundraiser with Ravens player

The News Journal   Wed, Sept 19 2012

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is teaming up with a Baltimore Ravens linebacker to raise money to support same-sex marriage. The governor announced in an email today that he will be attending a fundraiser next month with Brendon Ayanbadejo to support same-sex marriage in Maryland. O’Malley, a Democrat, and the linebacker are scheduled to attend a Monday Night Football party in Baltimore on Oct. 8 to raise money to support the November ballot question.

Md. Del. Burns Tackles Ravens’ Ayanbadejo on Gay Marriage

Afro American   Wed, Sept 12 2012

Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) has once again caused a nationwide stir on the subject of same-sex marriage, this time after criticizing a National Football League (NFL) player for publicly advocating for gay marriage. The dustup was touched off when Burns, 72, sent a letter to Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti Aug. 29 urging him to muzzle linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a supporter of same-sex marriage who late last year made a video for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Burns, who is the pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Baltimore, said that “many” of his constituents and football fans “are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens…would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.”…In the video, Ayanbadejo said he believes that the legalization of same-sex marriage is “the right thing to do.” “I believe we should be doing everything we can to make Maryland families stronger, which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other,” he said. In a statement, Ravens’ President Dick Cass said, “We support Brendon’s right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.

Mayor Johnson, Ed Secretary Duncan meet in Sacramento

Sacramento Bee (blog)   Wed, Sept 12 2012

But will they play hoops? Mayor Kevin Johnson is hosting a California Mayors Education Summit in town today, with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the featured guest. Johnson and Duncan will be joined by more than 40 mayors and school district superintendents from around the state at the event in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Duncan – who played basketball at Harvard and later professionally in Australia – is kicking off his national “Education Drives America” bus tour with the stop here.

Edmonton city council rejects Oilers bid for more taxpayer dollars for arena

Globe and Mail   Wed, Sept 12 2012

A new downtown arena for the Edmonton Oilers hit the ditch Wednesday as city councillors rejected a bid by the NHL team for more money from taxpayers. Mayor Stephen Mandel would not say how much was asked for, or what is was for, but said the ball is now in the court of the team’s owner, pharmacy billionaire Daryl Katz.

Mayor Fischer, Lou. Business man hold meeting about NBA team in Louisville

WHAS 11   Fri, Sept 14 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The rumblings about a possible NBA team for Louisville is growing louder once again. 

On Friday, Mayor Greg Fischer took part in a meeting of community leaders to talk about that possibility. 

According to the mayor’s office the meeting was convened at the invitation of Louisville businessman Junior Bridgeman to talk about the level of interest and the conditions necessary to attract a team.

Mayor Dyer explores stadium options with Orlando City president

WFTV Orlando   Tues, Sept 11 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. — In an effort to further explore stadium options in the Central Florida area, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City President Phil Rawlins will be touring facilities around Kansas City, Kansas…including Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City’s multi-purpose stadium. The trip will cultivate with Dyer and Rawlins attending a Major League Soccer match between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gets national audience with segment on ESPN

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, was on ESPN about when he was the Broncos’ mascot in 1986. (Manuel Martinez:Viva Colorado)


Denver Post (blog)    Tues, Sept 18 2012

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was center stage on national television…appearing on a humorous segment by ESPN correspondent and Colorado resident Rick Reilly about Hancock’s teen-aged stint as the Denver Broncos’ mascot. The three-minute piece features hilarious archival footage of Hancock as “Huddles,” the diminutive and now extinct mascot for the Denver Broncos in the mid-1980s. Reilly goes to the 16th Street Mall with a photograph of Hancock and a photograph of the mascot, asking people on the street if they recognized either one.

President Obama does the ‘Gator Chomp’ at a Florida sports bar

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

President Barack Obama has been catering to football fans, and the latest was during Sunday’s trip to Florida when he actually did the Gator Chomp with fans. Obama had attended a campaign rally in Osceola County and stopped by Gators Dockside Grill and Bar in the Dr. Phillips area of southwest Orange County to grab a beer. It was an impromptu stop.

President Barack Obama Does The Gator Chomp [Photo]

FanSided (blog)   Sun, Sept 9 2012

…Everyone in Gainesville, Florida knows the ‘Gator Chomp.’ The Chomp originated in 1981 and is performed by fans of the Florida Gators to show their support. While President Obama was out enjoying some food and taking in some sports, he cheesed for the camera and did a Gator Chomp of his own.

Michelle Obama tries to ‘Gator Chomp’ her way into the University of Florida’s into the University of Florida’s heart

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Tues, Sept 18 2012

The Obama family sure likes to fire up those Florida fans when they visit Gainesville and surrounding cities. And they know the best way to do it — the Gator Chomp…Monday, Michelle Obama did the Gator Chomp while speaking on the University of Florida campus. As you can imagine, it received quite the reception. The Obama’s are big sports fans, but they also know how important the state of Florida is to the upcoming election. Earning a little goodwill while doing the official, um, chomp of the state of Florida is a good way to drum up some support. Unfortunately, the rest of the SEC — and Florida State, Miami, USF, FIU and FAU fans — might not be so keen on the demonstration.

A year after winning WNBA championship, Lynx take trip to the White House

Star Tribune   Tues, Sept 18 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Lynx are finally making their anticipated trip to the White House. It’s been nearly a year since the Lynx won the WNBA championship, but with three players in the Summer Olympics and President Obama’s busy schedule, the trip couldn’t be scheduled until now. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says it will be an honor to represent the WNBA at the White House Tuesday. Reeve tells Minnesota Public Radio News ( that it’s a special day in honor of a special season.

June 28, 2012 Headlines: Dems take Congressional Baseball game, DE good for gambling, ‘n’ Moment of silence at the Olympics?

Congressional baseball game 2012: Political wounds still fresh

Coaches for the Democratic and Republican teams touch base before the 2012 congressional baseball game Thursday. Credit- CBS News

CBS News Fri, 29 Jun 2012

(CBS News) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Partisanship wasn’t left at the door – or more aptly, the diamond edge – Thursday night as dozens of members of Congress capped off one of the most politically charged days in recent history with a final showdown between Republicans and Democrats at the 51st annual CQ-Roll Call congressional baseball game, held at Nationals Park.

The Democrats trounced the Republicans, 18-5…But even several hours of playing America’s favorite pastime for charity weren’t enough to nurse the fresh wounds from a day that began and ended with controversial and unprecedented government actions.

In the Democrats’ fan section, 17 posters spelled out “MVP Justice Roberts,” homage from the left to their newfound hero, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., whose opinion earlier in the day largely upheld President Obama’s health care law as constitutional…the second big news of the day, the House’s vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over matters relating to operation Fast and Furious.

Delaware governor signs online gambling bill

Washington Examiner Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling…the bill expands keno beyond Delaware’s three casinos to at least 100 other sites, and betting on NFL football to at least 20 non-casino sites.

German FM joins calls for Munich ‘gesture’

Haaretz Daily Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:21 PM PDT

Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday sent a letter to the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, asking him to reconsider his objection to a minute’s silence at the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered at the 1972 Munich Games.

Britain Won’t Join Call for Munich Memorial

The Forward Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:28 AM PDT

Great Britain’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will not join the growing international campaign for a moment of silence at the upcoming London Summer Olympics for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Games. “The decision as to whether a minute’s silence is held during the Games lies with the IOC,” a spokesman for Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, according to the London

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Ukraine has no love for Dmitry Medvedev

KYIV Post Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:40 AM PDT

Poor Dmitry Medvedev gets no respect. Not long ago, he was president of a nuclear-armed world power. Now, he can’t even get clearance for his plane to land in a provincial Ukrainian city to watch a soccer match.

London bus drivers to strike days before Olympics

Straits Times Thu, 28 Jun 2012 19:39 PM PDT

LONDON (AFP) – London bus drivers will stage fresh strikes next month, including one days before the start of the Olympics, in a dispute over extra payments during the Games, a union said on Thursday and…threatening severe disruption to services ahead of the Games, which open on July 27.

Markham residents air NHL arena concerns News | King Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:16 PM PDT

In a move typically not seen at public meetings, Mayor Frank Scarpitti put the lid on Markham (Ontario) councillors at Wednesday night’s special public meeting for the proposed NHL-ready arena.
“This is the first time I’ve been muzzled in my political career,” Regional Councillor Jim Jones said.
Councillors were told by the mayor they weren’t allowed to speak or ask questions at the meeting.
Mr. Scarpitti explained that it’s a special public information meeting for the residents to ask questions of consultants behind the arena project.

June 16, 2012 Headlines: Calling Kings, Rafalca headed to London, ‘n’ Who is that NBA player/Mayor?

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President Barack Obama calls L.A. Kings captain Dustin Brown

Los Angeles Daily News Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:03 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES – President Barack Obama called Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown Friday to congratulate the team for winning the Stanley Cup. Obama commended Brown and the entire Kings organization for their first Stanley Cup win and said that he looks forward to congratulating the entire team in person at the White House soon, according to the White House. Brown is the second U.S.-born captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team. Derian Hatcher of the 1999 Dallas Stars is the other. Brown is a native of Ithaca, N.Y.

Brad Sellers, mayor of Warrensville Heights, impresses President Obama during his visit to Cleveland

Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers looks up to Pesident Obama, but, physically, the president looks up to Brad Sellers. AP: Mark Duncan

The Sun Press Sat, 16 Jun 2012 03:38 AM PDT

It’s tough to upstage President Barack Obama, unless you happen to stand seven feet tall. Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers, who played six seasons in the NBA, was among the area leaders who gathered Thursday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to welcome Obama before a campaign speech at Cuyahoga Community College…National writers and photographers covering the president’s visit buzzed about the tall mystery man and turned to The Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez for some local intel. The Obama campaign had misspelled Sellers’ last name in a who’s-who email.

Ann Romney’s Horse Rafalca Heads to the London Olympics

ABC NewsSat, 16 Jun 2012 11:45 AM PDT

Rafalca, Ann Romney’s Horse headed to the Olympics. ABC News

The Romneys won’t just be attending the 2012 Summer Olympics in London: They now have a horse in the race. Ann Romney’s dressage trainer Jan Ebeling and the horse they co-own will head to the games after coming in third today at the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, N.J. Although an official announcement won’t be made until Sunday, Ebeling and Rafalca, a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, are almost certain to go because of his third place spot. USEF spokeswoman Kathy Meyer said there are five dressage spots on the U.S. Olympic team. Ann Romney tweeted a photo of herself at the championships and wrote, “It’s great to be part of the Olympics again. We are so proud of Jan and Team USA. Now let’s bring home the gold!”

MLB Capsules: Grimm wins MLB debut for Texas, 8-3 over Astros

The Brownsville Herald Sun, 17 Jun 2012 00:54 AM PDT

Former President George W. Bush smiles as he takes in a baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers on Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-3.

Chicago Cubs, ASU butt heads on Mesa stadium

Chicago Tribune Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:54 AM PDT

A plan for Arizona State University’s baseball team to share the Chicago Cubs’ new complex in Mesa may be in deep trouble. ASU President Michael Crow sent Mesa Mayor Scott Smith a scathing e-mail last week in which he accused Cubs management of being “erratic” and “not people of their word” in negotiating the stadium deal. ASU and the Cubs have been talking for almost a year about the university piggybacking with the major-league team to save the cost of building a replacement for Packard Stadium.

Big success, big tragedies link Oklahoma City, Dallas

The Oklahoman Sat, 16 Jun 2012 22:00 PM PDT

Cherish the success in sports, but never forget the tragedies, former Oklahoma governor and former athlete say.

Leach laments the lack of moderates in Washington

Quad-City Times Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:16 PM PDT

Former congressman and Davenport native Jim Leach compared politics to sports, and then he corrected himself. “No coach would teach their kids not to respect the opponent,” he said. Leach gave a speech Saturday at St. Ambrose University on civility in politics, sponsored by the German American Heritage Center.

Politics and the golden foot at the 1980 Olympics

Radio PragueSat, 16 Jun 2012 08:03 AM PDT

Moscow Summer Olympics 1980, photo- CTK

Part of the American response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was a threat to boycott the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The Soviet troops stayed put and the boycott went ahead, led by US President Jimmy Carter. To a greater or lesser extent, dozens of countries joined the protest.

June 11, 2012 Headlines: Kings win first Stanley Cup, Baller in Chief has no NBA finals prediction, ‘n’ an NBA return to Seattle?

LA Kings win their first Stanley Cup

LA King win first Stanley Cup, Dave Sandford:NHLI:Getty Images

beat New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the finals

Obama passes up chance to predict Finals winner

 Sports Illustrated Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:19 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically speaking, you’d think President Barack Obama would have a free pass to pick a winner in the NBA championship. The game pits the Oklahoma City Thunder from solidly Republican Oklahoma against the Miami Heat, in the crucial swing state of Florida. Asked by a television reporter from Reno, Nev., to predict a winner on Monday Obama demurred. Obama, an avid basketball fan, said, quoting: “Both teams look terrific and I am looking forward to a good series. Hopefully, it will go to seven games. But I can’t make a prediction right now. They both look pretty tough.”

Seattle mayor meets with NBA head in New York

KOMO Seattle Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:10 PM PDT

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has delivered a personal message to NBA Commissioner David Stern, saying the city is interested in having the league come back. McGinn’s spokesman Aaron Pickus said McGinn met with Stern in New York on Monday. A new ownership group took the Seattle Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. Now playing as the Thunder, Oklahoma City faces the Miami Heat when the NBA finals begin Tuesday. A hedge-fund manager has proposed building a nearly $500 million arena south of Safeco and CenturyLink fields in Seattle. The amount of public support would be $200 million if an NBA and NHL franchise moved to Seattle. McGinn backs the plan, but some business interests worry traffic would impede commerce in the city’s industrial area. The City Council and King County Council are scrutinizing the proposal.

Governor tours improvements at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (C) at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., to Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith, left, and speedway general manager Mark Simendinger, right, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo:Garry Jones)

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:04 PM PDT

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear toured the Kentucky Motor Speedway on Monday to view new infrastructure improvements designed to ease traffic problems that marred the track’s debut race of NASCAR’s top series last year. The state contracted $3.7 million for road improvements to expand Kentucky 35 and Interstate 71, and Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger estimates the track has spent $8 million to $10 million focused on parking an additional 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles. The track’s signature event, the Quaker State 400, is set for June 30.

David Diehl may be a good guy, but he made a very big mistake. (Getty Images)

Giants’ OL David Diehl is the latest NFL DUI case

Shutdown Corner Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:58 AM PDT

Just two days after he met with President Obama at the White House as part of the New York Giants‘ Super Bowl coronation, and just a few hours after he was watching Croatian soccer and attending a charity event at Westchester Country Club, Giants offensive lineman David Diehl was charged with driving while intoxicated after he hit two parked cars in Queens.

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 20, 2012 Headlines: International news (Russia, Ukraine & Germany)

Putin, Medvedev Congratulate Russian Hockey Team

Russian hockey team celebrate after victory over Slovakia at the world hockey championships, © RIA Novosti. Alexei FIlippov


Russian Information Agency Novosti Sun, 20 May 2012 14:38 PM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Russian ice hockey team head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov to congratulate the players on winning the world hockey championships, the Kremlin reported on Monday.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also congratulated Bilyaletdinov on the phone, the government press service reported.

Russia defeated Slovakia 6-2 in Sunday’s final to win the world hockey championships title for the fourth time in the modern era and the first time since 2009.

Two goals from Washington Capitals wing Alexander Semin, and four more from Alexander Perezhogin, Alexei Tereshchenko, Pavel Datsyuk and tournament MVP Evgeni Malkin sealed the victory, which marked a clean tournament sweep of 10 wins.

No ‘foreign treatment’ for Tymoshenko

Gulf Times Sun, 20 May 2012 13:26 PM PDT

AFP/Kiev Ukrainian President Vitkor Yanukovych yesterday ruled out the idea of the jailed and ailing ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko being released for treatment abroad ahead of next month’s Euro football tournament.

Germany has offered to provide medical care to the 2004 Orange Revolution leader and hinted of a possible boycott by Chancellor Angela Merkel of matches played in Ukraine once the tournament kicks off in co-hosts Poland on June 8.

Yanukovych told national television that pro-government deputies were firmly against the idea of changing the country’s laws to allow convicts receive treatment abroad.

“If they suddenly adopt this law, only imagine – thousands of convicts with money will begin corrupting the medical profession,” Tymoshenko’s arch rival told Channel One.

“They (the deputies) told me they cannot do this,” Yanukovych said.

The 51-year-old Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years in October on abuse of power charges that she claimed were a part of Yanukovych’s vendetta against her and her former government team.

May 19, 2012 Headlines: A Letter to the Prez & a Birmingham NFL Team?

Letters to the President #1216: ‘The value of veteran players’

CNN Sat, 19 May 2012 06:20 AM PDT

Reporter’s Note: I write to the president every day of the year. Even on weekends.

Dear Mr. President,

Every year around this time I ask if you are following the Stanley Cup playoffs and every year, you say no. Actually, you don’t say anything, but I assume the answer is no. See every hockey fan I know jumps at the chance to talk about the Cup race, and since you don’t even respond, that makes me think that it’s not exactly your cup of tea.

Hot Corner: Time to set sights on NFL team

The Huntsville TimesSat, 19 May 2012 04:33 AM PDT

Artist rendition of a possible domed stadium for Birmingham. Could such a facility one day host an NFL team? (

Former Mayor Larry Langford believed Birmingham was fit to host an Olympic Games. That pie was too high in the sky. Go big and dream big, but that was way too big. We don’t know fencing, judo, or swimming like we live and breathe football.

Here’s a real knee-slapper: Forget the USFL. Alabama should go after an NFL team.

Here’s all the arguments: No stadium. No corporate footprint. Not enough money or population. The media market is too small.

And then there’s everyone’s favorite: The state already has two pro teams in Auburn and Tuscaloosa. Who’d cheer for a third?

But what if a stadium ever got built in downtown Birmingham by that new Westin? Could the Alabama Crimson Eagles get off the ground? Would our state support an NFL team with Cam Newton and Mark Ingram in the same backfield? What if the smart drafting actually fed off the built-in SEC audience?

May 17, 2012 Headlines: Got Woody? Olympics boycott Ahmadinejad, Pelosi blasts Cubs

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Your Hometown Lima Stations Thu, 17 May 2012 14:06 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) – The wealthy executive who considered and then dropped a proposal to revive controversy over the relationship between President Barack Obama and his former pastor is a rising conservative maverick with ties to the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He’s also linked to a “super” political action committee that bankrolled an upset in Nebraska’s recent Republican Senate primary.

J. Joseph Ricketts, 70, a politically conservative Nebraskan known as “Joe,” built the TD Ameritrade brokerage firm into a billion-dollar empire

Defense budget debate touches on Afghanistan, NASCAR

Reuters Thu, 17 May 2012 16:27 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – War-weary lawmakers nudged President Barack Obama to speed the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan…

The department spent about $96 million last year to sponsor sporting events, including $20 million on a single NASCAR race, as part of its marketing effort to recruit volunteers, one official said. “Twenty million for one NASCAR race? Have we lost our minds?” said Representative Jack Kingston, a leader in the effort to cut the funds.

Woody Johnson: Romney camp has ‘answer’ to Clooney fundraiser

Politico Thurs, May 17, 2012,10:20 AM EDT

Woody Johnson, the Jets owner who’s one of Mitt Romney’s major bundlers, dangled the idea that the Republican’s campaign is planning on countering President Obama’s massive $15 million George Clooney fundraiser with an event of their own, to be announced next week.

“We have an answer, we can’t give it today, but we have somebody that we think will be very successful doing similar fundraising activity,” Johnson said.

Sassy Nancy Pelosi One-liner of the Day

New York MagazineThu, 17 May 2012 09:59 AM PDT

Nancy Pelosi

“Well, I hope they’re as successful with this campaign as the Cubs are on the baseball field.” —Nancy Pelosi on TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’s plan (or not?) to spend $10 million on ads focused on President Obama’s ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The Ricketts family owns the Cubs.

Tilley critical of Spence gifts to lawmakers

Jefferson City News Tribune Thu, 17 May 2012 08:04 AM PDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley has accused fellow Republican Dave Spence of hypocrisy for proposing a cash limit on lobbyist gifts then doling out sports tickets to lawmakers to win support for his gubernatorial bid.

Spence is seeking the GOP nomination to run against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in November. Though a political novice, Spence is a successful businessman who sold his plastic container business for more than $200 million.

First Pinoy in NHL-Canada visits PNoy


Filipino-Canadian hockey player Josh Nicholls pays a courtesy call on President Aquino Thu, 17 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Canadian hockey player Josh Nicholls paid a courtesy call on President Aquino on Thursday.

Nicholls, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, gave the President an autographed hockey stick and taught him how to hold it.

It had a Philippine flag sticker on it and a line that says: “To my President P-Noy.” Nicholls is the first Filipino to have played in the National Hockey League in Canada.


Iran president tests Britain on request to attend Olympics

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, (AP Photo:Hasan Sarbakhshian, File)


Hamilton Spectator Thu, 17 May 2012 06:40 AM PDT

TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he is eager to attend the Olympic Games in London to support Iranian athletes but that Britain doesn’t want to host him.

Iranian president may visit London for 2012 Olympics: report

ANI via Yahoo! India NewsThu, 17 May 2012 02:47 AM PDT

Tehran, May 17 (Xinhua-ANI): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he may visit London for 2012 Olympics.

Ahmadinejad said that he likes to be with Iranian athletes in London 2012 Olympic games to encourage them, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

“I like to be by the side of young Iranian athletes in 2012 Olympics, but they (host country) have problems with this issue,” IRNA reported him as saying without elaboration.

The ‘Gus Bus’ stops in Little Rock

KTHV Little Rock Wed, 16 May 2012 21:24 PM PDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas State fans are pumped up about the upcoming football season. Hundreds of ASU fans, including the governor, met coach Gus Malzahn at War Memorial Stadium Wednesday evening.

Athletes celebrate with Special Olympics opening ceremony

KTVQ BillingsWed, 16 May 2012 22:01 PM PDT

Special Olympics athlete of the year Buzz Tolliver and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel light the torch

BILLINGS – An inspirational night Wednesday for Montana special olympic athletes, fans, and friends, at the Rimrock Auto Arena..
Special Olympics athlete of the year Buzz Tolliver and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel light the torch, officially kicking off the state summer games. 
Local law Enforcement help lead the torch portion of the ceremony and Governor Brian Schweitzer spoke to the athletes and families.
Our own Rob Griggs emceed tonight’s opening ceremonies.
Competition began this morning at Rocky Mountain College.
More than one-thousand Special Olympic athletes are participating in this week’s games. 
The games continue Thursday and wrap up Friday.


Mayor Bloomberg and Newark Mayor Cory Booker do some high-schticking on Twitter over Rangers and Devils

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (l.) and Mayor Bloomberg

NY Daily News Thursday, May 17, 2012, 1:01 AM

The mayors of New York and Newark traded sporting trash talk over Twitter Wednesday night as the Rangers squared off at Madison Square Garden against the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals.

“Not even @CoryBooker can save you tonight, @NHLDevils #LetsGoRangers,” Mayor Bloomberg tweeted at the start of the game to Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, where the New Jersey Devils play.

Three hours later, after the Devils evened the series by beating the Rangers 3-2, Booker took to Twitter with his reply.

“Hey Mike Devils don’t need me 4 the save, they have Brodeur!,” referring to the Martin Brodeur, the Devils’ goaltender, who had a stellar game.

Manny Pacquiao: “I’m not against gay people”

Washington PostThurs, May 17, 2012

Manny Pacquiao during a movie premier last week. (DANNY MOLOSHOK : Reuters

Manny Pacquiao clarified his recent comments about same-sex marriage, issuing a statement in which he said he has nothing against gay people but opposes same-sex marriage.

“I’m not against gay people,” Pacquiao, the champion boxer and Filipino legislator said in a statement, written by trainer and writer Keith Terceira, on his website. “I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”


Roger Clemens trial: Cross-examination of chief accuser Brian McNamee continues with plenty of drama

Washington Post Thurs, May 17, 2012

Not 30 minutes into his cross-examination of Roger Clemens’s chief accuser in the baseball legend’s perjury trial, defense attorney Rusty Hardin cut to the chase:

“Would you agree that whether or not Roger Clemens used steroids depends upon whether you are telling the truth?”

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.”