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July 12, 2012 Headlines: Pres Candidates in NASCAR suits, Saudi women 2 compete in London, ‘n’ WH fitness

Who’s Driving the Presidential Race?

US News & World Report Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:07 AM PDT

Imagining what President Obama and Mitt Romney would look like if the presidential race was on the NASCAR circuit…Political races, in other words, are not much different from NASCAR races, which require money for cars, pit crews, gasoline—and therefore sponsors…imagining what Obama and Romney would look like if they were NASCAR drivers advertising their race sponsors.

Saudis to send 2 women to London Games

The Uniontown Herald Standard Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:17 AM PDT

Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to the London Olympics, ending the ultraconservative Muslim country’s record of fielding only all-male teams at the games. The decision, announced Thursday by the IOC, means every country competing in London will include women athletes for the first time in Olympic history. The two female Saudi competitors are judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.

The secrets of the Obama White House … are pretty boring

Houston Chronicle Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:27 AM PDT

White House chef Sam Kass and personal trainer Cornell McClellan answered questions about working for the Obamas as they read to more than 100 children Wednesday at the Department of Education…He said the family still has fun with a pizza or burger, but “we have some very balanced meals.” McClellan said the family does jumping jacks, push-ups, jump rope, boxing, running, soccer and basketball to keep fit…After reading to the children, the two joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan in cheering on the youngsters in relay races, shooting hoops, using hula hoops and other physical activities.

July 10, 2012 Headlines: NASCAR to lose Army, no Peres @ Olympics, ‘n’ Ed Sec plays hoops

Army pulling out of NASCAR at end of season

The News-Times Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:25 AM PDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Army will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, effectively ending its sponsorship in NASCAR altogether after a decade…”The U.S. Army has been a great partner of Stewart-Haas Racing since the team’s inception,” said Brett Frood, executive vice president of SHR. “It has been a mutually beneficial relationship, with the U.S. Army introducing training regimens that improved our pit crews while instilling the mental, physical and emotional strength of the U.S. Army Soldier in all of us.”…The decision to leave NASCAR comes as Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota and Rep. Jackson Kingston of Georgia are pushing an amendment that would prohibit military sponsorship of sports.

Peres cancels Olympics participation to avoid desecrating Shabbat

JTA Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:47 AM PDT

Israeli President Shimon Peres canceled his participation in the 2012 Olympic Games in London after failing to find a way to attend the opening ceremony without desecrating the Jewish Sabbath. The opening ceremony begins on a Friday, July 27, before Shabbat starts, but will end well after the onset of the holy day. Though Peres is not religiously observant, he does not publicly desecrate Shabbat.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plays in Georgetown’s Kenner League

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan playing in Georgetown’s Kenner League

 

Washington PostMon, 09 Jul 2012 06:25 AM PDT

Georgetown’s Kenner League is no stranger to famous basketball players who are possibly at the upper reaches of their athletic prime…U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suited up for Can’t Be Stop in today’s Kenner League action. Duncan, who played at Harvard and had a brief stint playing professionally in Australia, actually was able to hold his own against much younger competition. Yes, the U.S. Secretary of Education played for a basketball team that is actually named “Can’t Be Stop.”

June 27, 2012 Headlines: known and unknowns of the BCS, Golf goes to Washington, ‘n’ Campaign media buy of Olympic proportions

Plenty of unknowns remain after college football playoff deal

The BCS system for determining a collegiate national champion has been famous for producing unexpected results, not the least of which was last season’s LSU-Alabama rematch in the title game. Michael DeMocker/The Times Picayune

New Orleans Times-Picayune Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:13 AM PDT

Since the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee chose Washington, D.C., in which to give its official seal of approval for college football to advance into the playoff age on Tuesday, it’s altogether fitting to remember the words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during the Iraq War: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. “But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” That’s the way it is moving forward with the BCS.

Get ready for January Madness

New York Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:53 PM PDT

A college football playoff has been a no-brainer for too long a time, and now, finally, the powers-that-be that rule the game do not have to hear cries that they have no brains. Never mind that President Obama wanted the death of the BCS, that Congress threatened to get involved. You wanted it.

How Congressional: Golf Industry Lobbys Lawmakers At AT&T National

WAMU 88.5 Wed, 28 Jun 2012

Tiger Woods on the 16th green during a pro-am round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club June 27. AP Photo:Patrick Semansky

Play gets underway this morning at the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. But befitting of a tournament near Washington, D.C., top golf officials spent the practice rounds yesterday lobbying members of Congress right on the course. Congress does have a “golf caucus.”…Their actual focus is on golf as a business — a business that contributes 2 million jobs to the U.S. economy, according to the World Golf Foundation…”That helps promote not only the golf course but the business and the people that work there,” Rep Joe Baca said. “The people who work at the restaurant, the people that work behind the desk, the landscapers, the marshals. It presents an opportunity for people to be exposed to the game.” Baca and the golf caucus members who toured the course Wednesday got their picture taken with tournament host Tiger Woods. But they also heard from people like World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. He wants lawmakers to okay a bill that would allow golf courses to receive federal aid after natural disasters like flooding.

Media Decoder Blog: As Obama Buys Up Time, NBC Executive Says Positive Ads Do Better at Olympics

New York Times Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:23 PM PDT

With the news that the Obama campaign has purchased $5.5 million in commercial time during the coverage of the London Olympics, an NBC executive had advice for both presidential candidates: Don’t go negative during the three weeks’ worth of thrills of victory and agonies of defeat…Seth Winter, the head of advertising sales for NBC’s Olympics coverage…and said that during the Games it should be all about accentuating the positive…“What we’ve seen in all of our research is the creative has got to be upbeat…It’s got to be empowering. It’s got to be positive.”

Argentina says won’t bring Falklands row to Olympics

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

AFP via Yahoo! Sports Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:13 AM PDT

President Cristina Kirchner said Argentina would keep politics out of sports during the London Olympics despite its decades-long dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. “They are expecting some sort of foolishness from us, but we do not mix such things,” Kirchner said

NRCU: Yanukovych, Kissinger discuss Ukraine’s development and EURO 2012

KYIV PostWed, 27 Jun 2012 01:40 AM PDT

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych during his televised address to the nation late Thursday, Kiev, Ukraine, June 7, 2012. Yanukovych is hailing his country’s success in preparing for the European football championship and urging his countrymen to give a warm welcome to fans and guests. Yanukovych is seeking to put a brave face on the harsh criticism he is facing from the West over the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv, Pool)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Kyiv on Monday, the presidential press service has reported. During the meeting, the sides discussed reforms in Ukraine and preparations for the EURO 2012 European Football Championship…Henry Kissinger praised Ukraine’s preparations for the finals of the European Football Championship”

Outcast Belarus leader to attend Euro 2012 finals

Reuters Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:10 AM PDT

KIEV (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, a pariah in many European countries, will attend the final of the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Ukraine, a Belarussian diplomat said on Wednesday…Lukashenko will meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on July 1 before watching the game later in the day…The European Union has introduced sanctions such as travel bans and asset freezes against Lukashenko and some of his officials, accusing his government of human rights abuses and political repression.

Former Miss America Nicole Johnson and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins to Join Novo Nordisk Employees from Across U.S. for Diabetes Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Novo Nordisk (NVO) employees from across the United States are converging on Capitol Hill on June 27, 2012 to urge their Members in the House and Senate to support the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), two vital programs that support diabetes prevention efforts in local communities, research for a cure and improved diabetes care. Diabetes advocates Nicole Johnson, MPH, MA, Miss America 1999 and NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks, will accompany more than 200 Novo Nordisk employees on Capitol Hill for a full day of congressional office visits to discuss the company’s unique approach to changing diabetes.

 

June 23, 2012 Headlines: Obama on Title IX, Hillary making moves, ‘n’ Miami’s Mayor’s re-elect ad

Obama reflects on being a dad in Title IX tribute

CNN Political Ticker Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:21 AM PDT

(CNN) – President Barack Obama used his daughter Sasha as an example of the success of Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination of women in sports and education, in a Newsweek op-ed that honors its 40th anniversary. Obama, who helps coach his daughter’s basketball team, wrote that while there are “few things more fulfilling than watching your child discover a passion for something,” prior to Title IX, “something like pursuing varsity sports was an unlikely dream for young women in America.”

President Obama to Visit Jackie Robinson Film Set

New York MagazineSat, 23 Jun 2012 15:09 PM PDT

Jackie Robinson

A few weeks after praising African-American baseball players Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson for “lay[ing] the groundwork for a more inclusive America” (and making his presidency possible), Deadline has learned that President Obama is headed to the set of 42, the Robinson biopic currently filming in Atlanta. The White House asked the studio if he could swing by on Tuesday, when he’ll be in town for a series of fund-raisers. The studio’s response: sure, no biggie.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s reelection ad airs during Heat game

Miami Herald Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:53 PM PDT

How can a political candidate guarantee getting eyeballs on his campaign advertising? By airing it during the NBA Finals, of course. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s reelection campaign aired its first TV spot last week during Game 4 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. The ad recaps Gimenez’s year in office by highlighting, among other things, that he lowered his salary and submitted a budget to commissioners with a lower property-tax rate. No word on whether it’s merely a stylistic coincidence that the ad features a white background and red lettering — the Heat’s colors.

Clinton selects Kwan – Sat, 23 Jun 2012 PST

The Spokesman-Review Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:16 AM PDT

Nine-time U.S. champion figure skater Michelle Kwan has been chosen for a women’s sports council by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports also includes U.S. soccer stars Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy, tennis pioneer Billie Jean King and perennial WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings. Former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt and Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer also are on the council. The State Department says the council is meant to help the United States use its success in women’s sports “to empower girls and foster greater understanding.”

Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ESPN’s President John Skipper announce a new collaboration between the State Department and espnW — the Global Sports Mentoring Program June 21, 2012. Photo- Michael Gross

 

DipNote, U.S. Department of State Blog Fri, 22 Jun 2012  

Harnessing the power of mentoring, the Department, in collaboration with espnW, will connect international and American women to build capacity and create sustainable sports opportunities for underserved women and girls worldwide. In the fall of 2012, approximately 20 women, ages 25-40, who have been identified as emerging leaders in sports, will travel to the United States where they will be paired with leading American women who work in a sports-related field. Participants may include women who administer or manage sports programs; manage and/or coach sports teams; work in mid-to-upper management roles for corporations with a sports-related focus; work at non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and specialize in sports journalism and mass communication, sports marketing, and sports medicine.

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

WGNtv.com 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.