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August 12-16, 2012 Headlines: Browns Rice, Romney’s NASCAR support, ‘n’ CA move to protect sports fans

Condoleeza Rice claims the Browns as her team

Yahoo! Sports (blog)   Wed, Aug 15 2012

The NFL is marketing some new fashion-forward gear for women under the slogan, “It’s My Team,” and one of the high-powered ladies modeling for it is former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Gov. Jerry Brown weighs protections for California sports fans

Los Angeles Times  Wed, Aug 15 2012

Mariah Tauger/ Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown is weighing a proposal to better protect sports fans from violence at California’s professional football stadiums, hockey arenas and baseball parks. In the wake of violent incidents across the state, including the 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, the Legislature this week sent Brown a bill that would require major-league sports venues to clearly post phone numbers that fans can call or text to quickly summon stadium security for help.

President Obama congratulates Team USA basketball: ‘You all make us so proud’

Examiner.com   Sun, Aug 12 2012

After the final competition finished on Sunday, the President of the United States took a minute to congratulate all the winners of the United States basketball teams at the London Olympics. Winning 104 medals during the individual competitions, there were plenty of moments that America can be proud about and then there was a special moment coming at the end with the men’s basketball team winning gold. “Congrats to the U.S. women’s and men’s basketball teams for bringing home the gold. You all make us so proud. –bo” tweeted President Obama from his official Twitter account.

Commissioner Stern awarded Olympic Order

Jacques Rogge & David Stern

NBA.com    Sun, Aug 12 2012

LONDON — NBA Commissioner David Stern has been awarded the prestigious Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He was presented the honour during the half-time of Sunday’s men’s Olympic Basketball Final by IOC President Jacques Rogge, who attended the Final in the North Greenwich Arena. Together with the then FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic — who was awarded the Olympic Order in 1985 — Stern was the key figure in working towards the participation of professional basketball players in the Olympics, including those of the NBA.

IOC President Jacques Rogge calls Olympic anti-doping program a ‘system that works’

Washington Post   Sun, Aug 12 2012

LONDON — Even before the flame was out, IOC President Jacques Rogge said efforts to fight doping at the Olympics were a success. Through Sunday morning, only one athlete tested positive for a banned substance on the day of competing at the London Games. Seven more were caught in doping controls conducted since the official testing period for the games began July 16.

Obama congratulates Cameron on successful Olympics

USA TODAY (blog)   Sun, Aug 12 2012

President Obama called Prime Minister Cameron today to congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic games, which speaks to the character and spirit of our close ally. Both leaders commended the

Michelle Obama teases Gabby Douglas over fast food

The Seattle Times   Mon, Aug 13 2012

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas basked in the “Tonight” spotlight and the admiration of fellow guest Michelle Obama, but the teenage gymnast already is thinking ahead to 2016.

Romney, GOP put NASCAR Tech on big stage

Mooresville Tribune   Wed, Aug 15 2012

Mooresville’s NASCAR Technical Institute has been front-and-center at two high-visibility Republican events in the past week. But a school executive says the Mooresville facility isn’t picking political sides in the presidential election.

First, a race car with NASCAR Tech decals was displayed prominently at the opening of the Mitt Romney/Iredell GOP headquarters in Morrison Plantation last week. Then Romney himself visited NTI on Sunday in a high-profile campaign stop with new vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Both events had all the making of an NTI endorsement of the Republicans, but that wasn’t the intention, insists John Dodson, NTI’s Community/NASCAR Team Relations Director.

Romney Gets Fundraising Lift From Nascar

Wall Street Journal (blog)   Wed, Aug 15 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Mitt Romney once mentioned he was friends with Nascar team owners — and on Wednesday he proved it.At a lunchtime fundraiser here Wednesday, Mr. Romney raked in $1.5 million at Duke Mansion, alongside a handful of Nascar owners and officials. Among the notable team owners were Richard Childress, a former Nascar driver who owns the team Richard Childress Racing and Rick Hendrick, who owns the Nascar team Hendrick Motorsports. Nascar Chief Executive Brian France introduced Mr. Romney. Nascar President Mike Helton and Bruton Smith, the owner of Speedway Motorsport Inc., were also in attendance.

One sign of Ryan’s impact on Romney campaign: Big crowds

ABC News  Sun, Aug 12 2012

…Several thousand people turned out to see the new GOP ticket at a NASCAR mechanics training facility here—including over 1,700 who crowded inside the event, which was held on a repair floor inside the complex. It was the second day in a row of record-breaking crowds for the Romney campaign, including more than 8,000 who attended a rally in Manassas, Va., on Saturday. In Mooresville, Romney was presented with his own customized NASCAR by legendary stock car driver Darrell Waltrip, prompting an emotional reaction from the GOP presidential candidate who rarely strays from his usual stump speech.

Biden: I dreamed of winning the Daytona 500

Politico (blog)   Tues, Aug 14 2012

At a campaign stop in Stuart, Va., Vice President Joe Biden was so excited to meet a NASCAR owner that he ordered the press corp to scatter. “Get out of the way man,” Biden said “good-naturedly” to a photographer upon entering The Coffee Break Cafe, according to a pool report filed by POLITICO’s Jonathan Martin. “Get out of the way.” Biden then approached restaurant patron Glen Wood, the owner of a car that won the Daytona 500 in 2011.”I heard somebody in here won the Daytona!” Biden said. “This guy did what I dreamed of, man,” Biden said.  “I’d trade being vice-president in a heartbeat for having won Daytona.”

Ann Romney to raise coin for Connie Mack at RNC baseball-themed event

MiamiHerald.com (blog)   Thur, Aug 16 2012

Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, is a special guest of Mack’s “Evening at the Ballpark” fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Tampa from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28 during the Republican National Convention week. Host contribution: $10,000. Reception contribution: $1,000 per person. Mack is the great grandson of baseball great Connie Mack.

Steve McMichael plans to run for mayor

SI.com   Thur, Aug 16 2012

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael says he wants to enter the political field after being a star on the football one. McMichael was a fan favorite as a member of the Super Bowl-winning Bears and he says he plans to run for mayor of Romeoville, Ill. McMichael is co-owner of Mongo McMichael’s sports bar in the Chicago suburb.

Mayor, Boston Pizza play road hockey for a cause

Orangeville Citizen   Thur, Aug 16 2012

Boston Pizza and Mayor Rob Adams are partnering to raise money by submitting a team to play in the annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event at Ontario Place next month. And on the evening of Monday, September 24, Boston Pizza will be playing host to their fundraising efforts by creating an evening of entertainment and live music for residents.

July 28, 2012 Headlines: Olympics: Full slate of female athletes, Ads, ‘n’ a Royal snub

All participating teams in Olympics to have female members, says IOC president Rogge

Pakistan Daily Times   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

By Muhammad Ali 

- Greatest show on Earth begins with Queen-James Bond ‘jumping’ from helicopter and Mr Bean’s hilarious dream

…LONDON: The London Olympics 2012 started with the Queen and James Bond ‘jumping’ from a helicopter…International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge proclaimed: “The Olympic Games are coming home tonight.” Rogge also emphasised that for the first time in Olympic history all participating teams would have female members, in a development he described as ‘a major boost for gender equality’. It was Rogge’s last time as president of the IOC to watch the Olympic flag being raised at an opening ceremony. He will step down in 2013 after completing the maximum two terms.

Political ads during Olympics? Bush waved Iraqi, Afghan flags

Los Angeles Times   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today, 120 said the commercial for the 2004 Bush campaign. HO, Associated Press : August 13, 2004

For American fans watching on television, the Olympic Games mark an escape from workaday cares and annoyances — like political advertising. That isn’t stopping President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney from trying to score a few friendly political points with pitches during the games — Obama during the opening ceremonies with a nonpartisan ode to the American work ethic and a pro-Romney “super PAC” launching spots about his winning tenure as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. The ads all will pale in ideological fervor compared to a 2004 spot in which George W. Bush’s reelection campaign used the Olympics to trumpet the president’s democracy drive in the Mideast.  That ad ticked off Olympic officials, who said it violated their exclusive right to the Olympics name.

Michelle Obama snubs Royal Box to sit with Serena’s family

Sydney Morning Herald   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama joins Venus Williams (top left) and former gymnast Dominique Dawes in cheering on Serena Williams at the London Olympics tennis tournament. Photo- Getty Images

Serena Williams sure has friends in high places. Usually, the 14-time grand slam winner’s supporters’ box is populated by family members, but for her first-round Olympics match on Saturday there was an addition to the cast: the American First Lady, Michelle Obama. The US president’s wife was a guest of Williams… preferring to sit in the players’ box rather than the Royal Box, where dignitaries are usually planted at the All England Club.

Shevchenko gives up soccer for politics

Calgary Sun   Sat, 28 Jul 2012

KIEV – Famed Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has quit soccer to start a career in politics with an independent party just months ahead of the October parliamentary election. Shevchenko has joined “Ukraine – Forward!”, formed this year by politicians who were expelled by the main opposition coalition that used to be led by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the party said. “Perhaps, I will shock everyone: my future has nothing to do with soccer,” Shevchenko was quoted as saying in a statement by his former club Dynamo Kiev. “…It is related to politics.”

Andriy Shevchenko is leaving soccer to start a career in politics in his native Ukraine. (Alessandro Bianchi:Reuters:Files)

July 26, 2012 Headlines: Anti-Romney Olympic ad=copyright violation, Diplomat Romney in London, ‘n’ Cop canned

Olympics Committee: No Games footage in campaign ads

Washington Post   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

An ad from the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA has been pulled off YouTube at the request of the International Olympic Committee on copyright violation grounds, and the group has voluntarily taken the ad offline and will not be running it on television. The U.S. Olympic Committee is asking all candidates and outside groups not to use footage from past Olympics in their ads.

Romney stirs Olympic tiff as European tour begins

Romney Street in London Photo- Charles Dharapak : AP

San Francisco Chronicle   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

LONDON (AP) — Mitt Romney wanted to highlight U.S.-British bonds — and show off his diplomatic skills to boot — but he managed to rankle the Olympic hosts instead, from Prime Minister David Cameron on down. The Republican presidential candidate, taking a turn on the world stage, called London’s problems with Olympic Games preparation “disconcerting.” That prompted Cameron to retort on Thursday that doubters would “see beyond doubt that Britain can deliver.” And London Mayor Boris Johnson told tens of thousands gathered in Hyde Park: “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!” Amid the uproar, Romney tried to back off his critique, finally concluding, “I expect the games to be highly successful.”

Tony Blair Says We Should Wait a Decade Before Judging the 2012 Games

The Atlantic Cities   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

Tony Blair attended the Beyond Sport summit yesterday in London to speak about how sports, particularly the Olympics, can facilitate positive change. Since leaving office, the former Prime Minister has started a small-scale sports foundation in northeast England to train coaches and volunteers. More recently, he has become an adviser to the Labour party on Olympic legacy. In yesterday’s Guardian, Blair was quoted after the event as saying it could take a decade to judge the London Games honestly. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining political focus long after the Olympics conclude. “It’s in 10 years time we’ll know whether this has worked or not.” he said. “What is important is after the Olympics to carry on encouraging the impact of it to keep generating local sport activity.”

Mitt Romney Registered As Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics

Huffington Post   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney loves to talk about his role salvaging the 2002 scandal-tarnished Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City…Romney wasn’t just the head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Romney was also a registered lobbyist for the organization, Utah state records show. Romney last worked as a lobbyist on Dec. 31, 2000, according to a spokesman for the state lieutenant governor, who oversees the registry. As a lobbyist and president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Romney didn’t just stabilize the balance sheet. He brought in a record $1.3 billion in federal dollars for Salt Lake City’s games and more from Utah. In 1996, the Atlanta Summer Olympics cost U.S. taxpayers $609 million.

Phil Knight, Chris Dudley among big Oregon donors to Mitt Romney

OregonLive.com  Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

The biggest Oregon donor to Romney in the  June report was Chris Dudley, the 2010 candidate for governor and the former pro basketball player.  He’s now given a total of $7,500 to Romney’s campaign, according to the report. Also showing up on the Romney contributors list for the first time is Nike Chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penny.  They each gave $2,500.

Senate: Volleyball “Official Team Sport” for Mass.

abc40   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designating volleyball the official team sport of Massachusetts. Sen. Michael Knapik, a Westfield Republican, backed the bill noting that volleyball was invented by William Morgan at a YMCA in Holyoke in 1895 just four years after basketball was invented in Springfield. The bill would need to be given final approval by both the House and Senate before midnight Tuesday in order to reach Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk this session…volleyball is too late to be the official sport of Massachusetts. That designation belongs to basketball under a bill signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006.

Mass. mayor fires cop he says slurred Sox player

Yahoo! Sports   Thurs, 26 Jul 2012

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor on Thursday fired a white police officer accused of using a racial slur to taunt Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, saying the officer had ”brought discredit” on himself and the department. ”You have demonstrated through your racist comments that you cannot continue as a patrol officer,” Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella wrote in his termination notice to officer John Perrault.

July 24, 2012 Headlines: London Mayor’s ode, doping/betting, ‘n’ Iran’s participation

London mayor’s Greek Olympic ode features Bolt

Yahoo! Sports   Tues, 24 Jul 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson won cheers from Olympic officials after reading out a specially composed ode in ancient Greek, complete with references to athletes like Usain Bolt…the poem specially written by Dr Armand D’Angour of Oxford University…concludes: “Now welcome to this seagirt land, / with London?s Mayor and co. at hand / good luck to all who strive to win: / applaud and let the Games begin!”

Doping, illegal betting top priorities: Olympic chief

Yahoo! Sports   Tues, 24 Jul 2012

Olympic chief Jacques Rogge vowed no let up in the war on illegal betting and doping on Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began its three-day session ahead of the London Games. The 70-year-old IOC president – who is due to step down in September next year after a 12 year tenure – said the battles against the twin threats should also come with good and responsible governance of all sports. “The fight against doping and illegal gambling remain the absolute priorities for the IOC,” said Rogge.

Iran Media Denies Athletes to Compete Alongside Israel at Games

Bloomberg   Tues, 24 Jul 2012

Israeli media misquoted comments from the general secretary of Iran’s Olympic committee, saying Iranian athletes will compete alongside Israelis at the London 2012 Olympics, the state-run Fars news agency reported. The Israeli media “maliciously changed Bahram Afsharzadeh’s words and sought to project comments from the general secretary of Iran’s Olympic committee as they like,” the report said. “Afsharzadeh responded to journalists in the Olympic village, saying Iran respects the spirit of sports and Iranian sportsmen would not boycott matches because of the nationality of most participants,” Fars said, adding that Afsharzadeh hadn’t named Israel. Iran doesn’t recognize Israel. Iranian athletes withdrew from events at the 2004 and 2008 games when paired against Israel.

July 21, 2012 Headlines: Olympics: No moment of silence, Costa to pay respect, ‘n’ Putin says “You can do it!”

London 2012: IOC chief praises ‘country that invented modern sport’

The Guardian   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge attends a news conference in Stratford. Photograph- Neil Hall/Reuters

In the week of the opening ceremony, the International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said he was optimistic the London Games would be a success thanks to the enthusiasm of “the country that invented modern sport”.

Rogge resisted calls from President Barack Obama for the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Games to be recognised by a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony, insisting “the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident”. Instead the IOC will hold a ceremony at the exact place of the killings in the military airport in Munich on 5 September, the date of the tragedy.The IOC president, in charge of his final Olympics before he stands down in 2013, also confirmed that the National Olympic Committee executives identified in a Sunday Times investigation would be free to attend the Games.

Opening Ceremony: Bob Costas To Pay Respects To Victims Of 1972 Munich

Huffington Post   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is one of the most watched events around the world. People from all over the globe, in hundreds of countries, tune in for the spectacle. The Olympic Games is one of the few events that brings the world together in such a way. These 2012 games are the 40th anniversay of the human tragedy that happened in Munich in 1972, when 11 Israelis were killed as part of a hostage crisis…However, one man is going to step in and do his part where the IOC will not. NBC’s Olympic anchor, Bob Costas, will have his own minute of silence as the Israeli athletes enter the Olympic Stadium in London.

Romney Aides Split on Olympics Trip Overruled by Romney

Businessweek   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

Mitt Romney’s trip to Europe and Israel next week gives the Republican presidential candidate the opportunity to establish foreign policy credentials and get a temporary respite from nagging questions about his finances…Campaign advisers were divided on whether Romney should go to London, according to one involved in the discussion. Some aides argued that a visit to the Olympics, where his wife’s horse is representing the U.S. in the dressage competition, could draw more attention to his personal wealth

 

‘You can do it!’ – Putin to Olympians

RT   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished the best of luck to the country’s Olympic team before they depart for the XXX Summer Olympics in London.

 

 

“I wish that the Russian flag will be raised and the country’s anthem played as often as possible after your victories at the Olympic stadiums in London,” RIA-Novosti news agency cites Putin as saying. “Thousands of people will be looking at you from the stands and millions all over the world on TV. Our Olympic team as a whole and each individual member is capable of achieving a lot. Sports – especially, high performance sports – require plenty of hard work, discipline and, of course, luck, but most of all – self-confidence and the ability to overcome yourself.”

Concord High grad to run in Olympic marathon

The Union Leader   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

The International Olympic Committee has granted Marial’s request to enter the Olympics as an unattached athlete, so he can compete in the Olympic marathon. IOC rules prohibited him from representing the United States because he is not a citizen. His homeland, the year-old Republic of South Sudan, has not yet qualified to field an Olympic team…“In my heart, I will be standing in the Olympics and holding the South Sudan flag in my heart,” Marial said. “I may be independent, but inside my heart, these are the people I am running for.”

July 20, 2012 Headlines: Dayton apologizes, US-Sudanese runner to compete in London, ‘n’ Salt Lake to host games again?

Dayton sorry for comparing NFL players to war vets

WISC Madison  Fri, 20 Jul 2012

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he’s sorry he compared NFL players in trouble with the law to returning war veterans…In that interview, Dayton theorized on the troubles of professional football players including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and said that football was “basically slightly civilized war.” Dayton said, “I regret my mistake, and I apologize for it.”

Shaheen Urges Olympic Committee to Allow Concord Grad to Compete

Guor Marial New Hampshire resident from Sudan

Patch.com   Fri, 20 Jul 2012

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is urging the International Olympic Committee to allow Guor Marial, who went to high school in Concord, to run in the Olympics as an independent athlete. A teenage refugee from Sudan’s civil war, Marial…has qualified for the Olympics but has refused to compete on behalf of Sudan, where he lost 28 family members in the civil war. Marial is a 2005 graduate of Concord High School and says he considers New Hampshire to be his home state.

President Putin to Host Russian Olympic Team in Kremlin

RIA Novosti  Sat, 21 Jul 2012

MOSCOW – Russia’s national Olympic team will meet on Saturday with President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin prior to their departure for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in Britain that kick off on July 27, the presidential press service said.

Utah ready to bid for Olympics — when US gives go-ahead

Salt Lake Tribune  Fri, 20 Jul 2012

Whenever the U.S. Olympic Committee is ready to submit a bid for a future Winter Games, Salt Lake City will be prepared to go for it. To former Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) leader Fraser Bullock, that’s the approach likely to be taken after Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker receive the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee’s recommendation on whether the city and state should pursue another Winter Games. All signs point to a recommendation to do so…Bullock, who was Mitt Romney’s No. 2 executive through the 2002 Olympics and took over for him in the wrap-up stage

Tampa mayor takes BP, praises Rays

MLB.com   Fri, 20 Jul 2012

ST. PETERSBURG — The last time Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn… was on hand to take batting practice at Tropicana Field before Friday’s game between the Rays and Mariners, and he said he felt like he made some good cuts. “I felt great,” Buckhorn said. “I got a little wood on the ball.”

July 9, 2012 Headlines: Presidential bandwagon fan, healthy Olympics, ‘n’ ESPN goes political

Obama jumps on Nationals’ bandwagon

AP Photo

Politico  Mon, 09 Jul 2012

President Obama hasn’t had a change of heart on his favorite baseball team, but he’s been influenced by his years in Washington when it comes to his second favorite.The first-place Washington Nationals are his “second favorite team now after the Chicago White Sox,” the president said in an interview Monday with Las Vegas’s KSNV. Rookie outfielder Bryce Harper, the president added, is “doing great.”

 

ESPN scores with political ads

Politico  Mon, 09 Jul 2012

ESPN will kick off an effort to allow more political ads on college and NFL football programs in October and November, according to a report. The sports network signed on with NCC Media LLC, an ad-sales venture, to sell a larger portion of its advertising time to political campaigns, The Wall Street Journal said. The network is selling NCC advertising inventory that the network would have normally sold to national advertisers for the fall. Ed Hardt, ESPN’s president of global customer marketing and sales, told the newspaper that there is “great demand” for political advertising from “political parties and the super PACs.”

Sacramento aims to land MLB team

Fox Sports Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:16 PM PDT

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has given up trying to keep an NBA team and is instead aiming to lure a Major League Baseball franchise to his city. Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento task force announced a plan Monday to market California’s capital city as a possible landing spot for a major league team. A plan for a new arena for the Sacramento Kings collapsed earlier this year when team owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof backed out, saying it didn’t make financial sense for the franchise.

McDonald’s, Coke’s Olympics sponsorship questioned over links to obesity epidemic

ANI via Yahoo! India News Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:32 AM PDT

London, July 9 (ANI): International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge, has admitted that there is a ‘question mark’ over the sponsorship of the Games by McDonald’s and Coca-Cola over concerns about growing obesity among people. According to The Telegraph, Rogge said the companies had been asked to address the issue, and extending the sponsorship deal for McDonald’s was ‘not an easy decision’.

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

YorkRegion.com 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 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

ESPN.com 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 24, 2012 Headlines: “Golfer in Chief” to host NY Giants, Olympics Hunger Summit, ‘n’ USOC inks rev-share deal

 

Obama prepares at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Martha's Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. STEVEN SENNE - AP

‘Golfer-in-chief’ Obama nears 100th round of his presidency

The News & Observer Thu, 24 May 2012 17:32 PM PDT

For a century it’s been the game of presidents, a sunny escape from the office for 15 of the 18 chief executives since the first Roosevelt. It’s also a game that appears elite to many people, enough so that golfing presidents play at their political peril. Barack Obama tries to keep his golfing out of view, banning news cameras when he can. But his love of the game has taken him to the course nearly 100 times already in his presidency, and election rival Mitt Romney says that’s simply too much in a time of economic anxiety. “As millions of Americans continue to struggle to find work, President Obama has now played a total of 1,710 holes since taking office,” Romney’s campaign said.

New York Giants visiting White House June 8

NFL.com Thu, 24 May 2012 08:09 AM PDT

The last big group party for the Super Bowl champions will be held at the White House on June 8 when the Giants meet with President Obama. Then they finally can focus on defending their title.

NFL players union’s claim could be nullified

MSN Thu, 24 May 2012 08:48 AM PDT

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He has covered the NFL for the past 17 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio. If the NFL Players Association has its way, that union and the NFL will soon resume their wrangling in court. The NFLPA filed a complaint against the NFL in a Minnesota district court on Wednesday alleging that the league colluded to maintain a covert salary cap during what was intended as an uncapped season in 2010 — the final year of the prior Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Olympics 2012: London Prime Minister David Cameron Announces Hunger Summit

The Huffington Post Thu, 24 May 2012 08:57 AM PDT

London will use its spotlight to illuminate more than just the world’s greatest athletes during the 2012 Olympics. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday plans to hold a hunger summit during this summer’s games, the Guardian reports. Specifics surrounding the hunger summit haven’t been revealed, but a Downing Street spokeswoman told the Guardian that the aim is to build off of G8’s promise...Following Cameron’s announcement, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also released a statement…”We hope this event will build on the momentum generated by President Barack Obama’s increased commitment to nutrition and smallholder farmer productivity announced at the G8 last week. By making long-term investments in agriculture, the private sector, governments, and the wider development community can help reduce hunger and poverty, and build self-sufficiency for millions of poor farming families.”

USOC inks revenue sharing deal with IOC, ending dispute, making way for 2022 U.S. Olympics bid

Colorado Springs Business Journal Thu, 24 May 2012 11:39 AM PDT

U.S. Olympic Committee inked a revenue-sharing deal with the International Olympic Committee that puts to end a long-standing dispute between the organizations and could result is a U.S. bid for 2022 or 2024 games. The financial agreement was announced today via telephone press conference with IOC president Jacques Rogge and USCO chairman Larry Probst,

Ex-governor general Michaelle Jean inks deal for French language at 2012 Games

Brandon SunThu, 24 May 2012 16:19 PM PDT

London 2012 Chair Seb Coe (L), Executive Director at the IOC Gilbert Felli, and Grand Temoin de la Francophonie Michaelle Jean (R), Quebec City Thursday May 24, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS:Francis Vachon

QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Former governor general Michaelle Jean joined the head of the London Olympics on Thursday to sign an agreement on how French will be used at this summer’s Games. Jean is representing the international organization of Francophone states who have inked a deal with the Games since 2004 on the use of French, which is one of the two official languages of the Olympic movement.

Tokyo excited to make 2020 Summer Olympics shortlist

New Kerala Thu, 24 May 2012 03:39 AM PDT

Tokyo, May 24 : The Tokyo city government is excited about the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick up Tokyo as one of the three candidate cities of hosting the 2020 summer Olympic Games, said governor Shintaro Ishihara Thursday. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul moved to the final stage of the selection process after their bid plans gained the nod from the IOC Executive Board Wednesday evening in Quebec City of Canada.

Warriors Move Inevitable, but Mayor Quan Soldiers on with the Coliseum Project

East Bay Express Thu, 24 May 2012 13:49 PM PDT

News of the Golden State Warriors’ planned defection to a swanky $500 mil, privately-funded arena in San Francisco caused mass hysteria earlier this week, with Oakland bloggers protesting that there was no real financial impetus for the move — given the oft-quoted statistic that the Warrior actually boast the 10th highest attendance in the NBA.

Governor: NJ will start sports bets on its own

Times Leader Thu, 24 May 2012 14:15 PM PDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t let federal

Gov. Chris Christie

ban on sports gambling stop his plan. New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference highlighting efforts to reinvigorate Atlantic City, Christie said the regulations his administration will issue next week make no attempt to overturn a 1992 federal law that limits sports betting to four states.

Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling lays off entire staff of video game company

Sports Illustrated Thu, 24 May 2012 18:48 PM PDT

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee told the Globe that state officials have not been able to confirm the total number of people who have lost their jobs, but Schilling told CNBC’s Darren Rovell two months ago that he had nearly 400 employees.