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July 31, 2012 Headlines: Empty seats & Tweets at the Olympics ‘n’ the Gov & Cam Newton

“There are simply too many corporate seats”: France president wades into Olympic tickets row


French President Francois Hollande today weighed into the growing empty Olympic seats row – after claiming the London Games was obsessed with making cash. The Socialist leader, who has a tetchy relationship with David Cameron, slammed the number of corporate seats in the stadiums and said an Olympics in France would hand more tickets to ordinary punters. Mr Hollande also boasted about France’s flying start to the Olympics – which by today had far outstripped team GB’s. He said: “We don’t talk of money, we talk of gold. The problem is that there are simply too many corporate seats.

Swiss Olympic team expels player for racist tweet

Newsvine   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

LONDON — A Swiss soccer player was expelled from the Olympics on Monday for his threatening and racist message on Twitter about South Koreans. The comments by Michel Morganella came hours after Switzerland lost to South Korea. Morganella “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people,” Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said through a translator at a news conference. He said the player was stripped of his Olympic accreditation. Morganella is the second athlete kicked off a London Olympics team for offensive Twitter comments

Twitter suspends account of reporter who tweeted email address of NBC Olympics President

New York Daily News   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

Guy Adams, a correspondent for The Independent, was upset with the network’s decision to broadcast the opening ceremony on tape delay when he sent his critical tweet Friday afternoon…”The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think!” it read, before going on to provide his corporate email listing. Adams checked his Twitter account Sunday and received a message it was suspended. He then received an email Monday that attributed the move to his tweet that included Zenkel’s email.

Gov. Haley, family visit Panthers to show support

Spartanburg Herald Journal   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

Carolina Panthers owner:founder Jerry Richardson and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Carolina Panthers Tim Kimzey

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is just like most Carolina Panther fans in at least one respect: She was excited to get the chance to meet star quarterback Cam Newton. Haley attended the team’s Wofford training camp Monday to honor owner Jerry Richardson and officially proclaim it Carolina Panthers Day across the state. Before the ceremony, which was held on the sideline during the team’s evening workout, Richardson piloted a golf cart containing Haley — along with her husband, Michael, and son, Nalin — around stretching players.

Fischer Says Louisville Will Pursue Pro Sports Opportunites With “Full Force”   Tues, 31 Jul 2012

During the most recent Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer provided some hope to NBA fans hoping that the city would one day land a franchise. And that’s perhaps a bit of an understatement. During a question-and-answer session with the crowd, Fischer sounded strong in his desire to bring an NBA team to Louisville and for the first time, gave hope to fans wishing that an NBA team would move to Louisville. When asked about the possibility of an NBA team eventually making its home at the Yum! Center, Fischer emphatically stated, “If we have the opportunity, I will pursue it with full force.”

June 25, 2012 Headlines: Prez disses Red Sox Fans, Hardaway’s change of heart, ‘n’ Olympics committees come to terms

Obama talks baseball, politics in Boston

WCVB Boston Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:43 PM PDT

BOSTON – President Barack Obama talked a little baseball along with politics, thanking the Red Sox for trading popular veteran infielder Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox…Although his comments were met with overwhelming applause throughout his speech, Obama hit one sour note with Massachusetts supporters, when he jokingly thanked Boston for veteran Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, who was recently traded to the Chicago White Sox.

Candidates for NC Governor trade blame for high unemployment

WCNC Charlotte Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:56 PM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte’s longest-serving mayor–Pat McCrory–returned home to the city where he raised special taxes for light rail and a basketball arena to denounce income taxes, saying they chased jobs to other states. Before a friendly, applauding audience at the SteelFab steel fabrication plant near Charlotte’s airport, McCrory suggested North Carolina’s income tax sent jobs to other states.

Tim Hardaway Pledges Support for ‘No Recall Group,’ Gay Issues

ABC 7 El PasoTue, 26 Jun 2012 01:36 AM PDT

Former UTEP and NBA star Tim Hardaway supports group that opposes the recall of three El Paso city officials who support benefits for gay and unmarried couples

The group opposing a recall of El Paso Mayor John Cook and two city representatives for their support of partner benefits for city employees got an endorsement Thursday from an unlikely source: former University of Texas at El Paso superstar and NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, who once made headlines for saying he “hated gay people.” The message of Thursday’s news conference, held by El Paso’s “No Recall Group,” was to try to provoke a change of heart for those who oppose health benefits for gay and unmarried partners of city employees. It was clear that Hardaway has had a “change of heart” of his own.

Our head of state and the queen of theatre

The Irish Times Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:34 PM PDT

THE PRESIDENT WAS in Poland for the soccer, and when Ireland scored he jumped up and threw his hands in the air, delighted with the nation’s achievement. The General saw it on television and was shocked. “He’s the head of state,” the General said. “He shouldn’t be jumping around like Desmond Tutu at a U2 concert.”…“You wouldn’t see the queen jumping up and down,” the General said.

Russian soccer fans hold a poster reading ‘ Leaders of Russian Football Union, resign ! ‘ Photo- Mikhail Metzel : AP

Russian football federation chief steps down

Stamford Advocate Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the Russian football federation has resigned and apologized to fans after the national team was eliminated in the group stage of the European Championship. Sergei Fursenko said Russia’s showing “was very painful since the team was very strong and (coach) Dick Advocaat did a good job. Still, a misfire took place and of course our fans, who expected a different result, are now very disappointed.” Fursenko announced his resignation during a televised meeting Monday with President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine trial put off until after Euro 2012 final

In this Thursday, June 14, 2012 photo Stan Stanfield, the captain of an unofficial England football fan team pretends to ride a pig with a head depicting Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in a protest camp set up by opposition groups in Kiev, Ukraine. Supporters of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko hope to use Euro 2012 to press for her release. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


KYIV Post Mon, 25 Jun 2012 06:10 AM PDT

Kharkiv – A Ukrainian court on Monday, June 25 adjourned the high-profile tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko until mid-July, a move that will spare Kyiv further negative publicity during the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. Western outrage over Tymoshenko’s prosecution – which she says is a politically-motivated witch hunt – has already prompted some European politicians to boycott matches at the football championship, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.

UEFA charges Croatia with racial abuse 16 Jun 2012

WARSAW, Poland — UEFA made its first formal charges of racism at the European Championship on Saturday, opening a case against the Croatian soccer association after receiving reports that fans made monkey chants at Italy forward Mario Balotelli. Croatia is charged with “improper conduct” of supporters, including “racist chants, racist symbols” at a game in Poznan on Thursday, the European soccer governing body said in a statement.

Denis Oswald (L) member of the International Olympic Committee executive board, and Jacques Rogge, president of IOC (AP Photo:The Canadian Press, Francis Vachon)

Reno Gazette-Journal Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:27 AM PDT

International and U.S. Olympic leaders have agreed in principle on a new revenue-sharing deal that would end years of acrimony and clear the way for America to bid again for future games, officials familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Two senior officials told the Associated Press that the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic Committee have come to terms to resolve the long-running dispute over television and marketing revenues that has undermined recent American bids for the games.

Quaker State 400 | Kentucky Speedway traffic issues are resolved, governor says

Courier-Journal Mon, 25 Jun 2012

SPARTA — The 100,000 race fans expected at the end of the month at Kentucky Speedway won’t get stuck in traffic this year, Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday. The $3.7 million worth of road improvements invested by the state and a $8 million to $10 million private investment from the speedway’s owner, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., will prevent a repeat of the traffic backup during last year’s inaugural Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. In 2011, 13,000 fans missed the race as traffic backed up onto Interstate 71.

May 21, 2012 Headlines: Huffington Photo Contest and more “futball”

PHOTO CONTEST (Huffington Post)

Huffington Post Photo Contest, Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The Huffington Post Mon, 21 May 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Every Monday, we feature our favorite photo of President Barack Obama from the past week, and ask you for your best captions. This photo was taken last Tuesday at the White House, when Obama honored the LA Galaxy, winners of the Major League Soccer Cup. Send us your best caption for this photo, either by tweeting one using the #ObamaPhotoCaptions hashtag or by leaving one in the comments section. We’ll feature our favorite captions below.

Players, patriotism, and politics at the ancient Olympic Games

El Pais Mon, 21 May 2012 04:32 AM PDT

For starters, you think it’s the taking part that counts, rather than the winning? Well, in ancient Greece even just turning up was politically influential. The ruling classes of Greek cities sought to attend the major athletic contests not only to watch the games, but also to engage in politics at a personal or state level. The attendance, and above all the wealth, of each city’s official delegation served as propaganda for community identity and interstate rivalry.

Union boss sends players letter about labor gains

Sports Illustrated Mon, 21 May 2012 17:33 PM PDT

ATLANTA (AP) — NFL players union president Domonique Foxworth sent a letter to his membership Monday outlining the gains they made in the collective bargaining agreement reached last summer with the league. Foxworth stressed safer working conditions and more lucrative contracts. He said the amount of cash spent on players in salaries and benefits increased to about 55 percent of all NFL revenues in 2011. That exceeds any year under the 2006 agreement.

FIFA prepares to pick anti-corruption officials

Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 21 May 2012 10:52 AM PDT

FIFA’s 208 member nations meet this week in an attempt to make progress in cleaning up world soccer after a series of corruption scandals.FIFA President Sepp Blatter is scheduled to announce Tuesday which …

Obama bemoans not being allowed to have fun anymore

ANI via Yahoo! India News Mon, 21 May 2012 01:35 AM PDT

Washington, May 21 (ANI): US President Barack has said that he missed a baseball match because he had to attend the NATO summit.

Obama Gets Back to American Football

Cameron celebrates as Obama and Merkel look on, White House



Wall Street Journal Blogs Mon, 21 May 2012 10:49 AM PDT

Just so we’re clear: While President Barack Obama was photographed at Camp David with Germanys Angela Merkel and U.K.s David Cameron watching the epic Champions League European football final on Saturday, he isnt turning his back on the American sport with the same name. It’s a subject that elicits great passions. In fact, the relative merits of football/soccer vs. American football were debated …


Obama throws a football on Soldier Field following NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Photo: Obama Plays Football At Soldier Field

CBS Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama took some time off from his NATO duties to throw the football around at Soldier Field.

Schweinsteiger sorry for German president incident

Connecticut Post Mon, 21 May 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League final soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012.

Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the podium after shaking hands with German President Joachim Gauck after Bayern lost the Champions League finals (Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea) in Munich, Germany Saturday May 19, 2012. Photo- Martin Meissner:AP

At Wrigley, An Evening of Diplomacy

5 NBC Chicago Mon, 21 May 2012

Chicago…It was a picture-perfect night, but earlier in the week Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, considered and then rejected a controversial ad against President Barack Obama. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts declined to discuss that. Instead, he just wanted everyone to enjoy a game of baseball that even without NATO would have been exciting.

Hillary Clinton, NATO dignitaries go to Wrigley Mon, 21 May 2012

CHICAGO—Security was heightened at the Crosstown Classic Saturday night at Wrigley Field where NATO dignitaries took in the game. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was even in attendance…Some of the state’s top leaders were at Wrigley for the game including Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin who says he wishes there wasn’t so much focus on the potential for trouble involving unruly protestors.

“And you know I get so tired of all these people complaing, this is the city of big shoulders, not the city of weak knees. We’re gonna have Chicago’s finest out there, if people break the law they’ll pay a price, but if they wanna make noise and march, that’s part of being an American,” Durbin said.

In the end, the White Sox beat the Cubs 7-4.

Department Of Homeland Security Announces “If You See Something, Say Something” Partnership With The City Of Charlotte

Department of Homeland Security Mon, 21 May 2012 08:24 AM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Earlier today, DHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Betsy Markey joined Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and officials from the Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to announce the partnership between DHS and the city of Charlotte.

Charlotte Mayor Foxx to announce new safety initiative

News 14 Carolina Mon, 21 May 2012 04:49 AM PDT

Mayor Anthony Foxx will announce a new safety and security initiative Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He’ll be joined by representatives from several local and federal agencies, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte Area Transit System.

David Beckham is Sending the President a Box of Underwear

Extra TV Mon, 21 May 2012 11:53 AM PDT

Extra’s Terri Seymour caught up with David Beckham at the Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular this weekend — where he was being honored — and asked the soccer superstar about President Obama’s comment on his underwear line last week…Beckham laughed, “I’m definitely going to send him a big box of it!”

Great Lakes Loons General Manager Paul Barbeau appointed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and …

The Saginaw News Mon, 21 May 2012 15:31 PM PDT

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments and four reappointments to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.