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June 13, 2012 Headlines: # ‘38’s 48 Jersey back in circulation, NASCAR suites for politicians, ‘n’ Seattle Stadium support increases

Michigan plans to put Ford’s jersey in circulation

President Gerald Ford, Getty Images

Battle Creek Enquirer Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:12 AM PDT

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says one of his players will wear former President Gerald Ford’s No. 48 this season. Ford’s No. 48 is one of five jerseys that were been retired by college football’s winningest program. It was put out of circulation in 1994.

Candidates should ‘wear NASCAR suits’

Current TV Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:17 PM PDT

Jesse Ventura calls for transparency in campaign funding, saying presidential candidate should wear their sponsors literally on their sleeves. The former Governor of Minnesota also calls Mitt Romney the next Gordon Gekko. – WATCH VIDEO

Both Obama and Romney Out of Touch?

TheStreet.com Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:33 PM PDT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — President Barack Obama released a Web video on Wednesday that attempts to reverse last week’s gaffe when he said the private sector was doing fine. The video also looks to portray Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent for the presidency, as out of touch. “I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners,” Romney says in an audio clip played in the Web video

Ballmer, Nordstrom family join SODO arena investment group

KING5 Seattle Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:11 AM PDT

SEATTLE – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Peter and Erik Nordstrom have joined the investment group to build a new arena in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood and lure an NBA team back to the city. Hansen made the announcement in a letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine. He cited “intense community interest”

Russia accuses Polish fans of provoking clashes

Reuters via Yahoo! Canada Sports Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:10 PM PDT

MOSCOW/WARSAW (Reuters) – Russia accused Polish soccer fans on Wednesday of provoking street battles with Russian supporters on the night of their countries’ Euro 2012 match and urged Warsaw to prevent further clashes in the tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin also told Poland’s leader Warsaw bore “full responsibility” for the safety of fans, the Kremlin said – comments during a phone which raised the stakes in the violent confrontation which brought the nations’ troubled relationship to the fore.

Syrian General Mowaffak Joumaa faces ban from London Olympics due to links to Assad regime

London Evening Standard Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:36 AM PDT

The head of Syria’s national Olympic committee may be banned from attending the London games because of his links to President Bashar Assad. General Mowaffak Joumaa is expected to be refused entry to the UK because of his connection to the Syrian military, The Guardian reported. The troubled Middle Eastern state has seen a recent spike in violence by the forces of President Assad’s regime.

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