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July 30, 2012 Headlines: Romney’s new ad ‘n’ USA gold medalist’s support

Olympic gold medalists back Romney in new TV ad

USA TODAY   Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Some of America’s best-known Olympic gold medalists are featured in a new super PAC ad touting the accomplishments of Mitt Romney.

Kristi Yamaguchi, Derek Parra and Jimmy Shea star in the new pro-Romney commercial paid for by Restore Our Future, the main super PAC supporting the Republican presidential candidate. Romney’s work to help rescue the 2002 Winter Olympics from financial disaster is a major part of his campaign narrative. The ad is part of the group’s $7.2 million ad buy that’s airing during coverage of the Summer Games in London. It will be shown, starting tomorrow, in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

July 29, 2012 Headlines: Olympics: empty seats, free Tibet ‘n’ Flotus balling

Empty seats plague London Games

Soldiers sit in the empty seats held by the IOC as they watch the women’s gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 29, 2012. (MIKE BLAKE:Reuters)

CANOE   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

LONDON – When private security contractor G4S failed to deliver all the staff promised for the airport-style security checkpoints, London Olympics organizers called the army. When seats for Olympic events went empty on Day 1 of the Games, they also called the army. Local teachers and students, too, for help in putting bums in seats to avoid international embarrassment. London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe downplayed the Games’ latest controversy on Sunday, denying it’s “shambolic.” “This is not something we should be extrapolating dramatically from the first day of an Olympic Games,” Coe said.

Bill Clinton talks Cardinals QBs with Larry Fitzgerald

NFL News   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

These days, part of being Larry Fitzgerald means facing an unending line of queries about the Arizona Cardinals‘ unsettled quarterback situation. We’re guessing Fitzgerald assumed he’d have a respite from the questioning earlier this month when he traveled to Uganda to do some charity work. But Kolb v. Skelton followed Fitzgerald halfway around the world, thanks to Bill Clinton. The former president also was in Uganda as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, and he wanted the wide receiver’s take on the Cardinals’ hottest storyline…Fitzgerald…was in Uganda to distribute hearing aids to impoverished citizens. Larry Fitzgerald’s a pretty unbelievable dude himself.

Olympic organizers defend choice of flag

FOXSports.com   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

LONDON (AP) – London Games organizers are defending a decision to allow a former Brazilian presidential candidate to help carry the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony – in front of the winner of the election. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff reportedly was surprised to see Marina Silva carry the flag. Muhammad Ali and Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, appeared with the flagbearers. The London organizing committee says Silva was chosen by ceremony director Danny Boyle ”because of her really strong environmental credentials.” Organizers say the International Olympic Committee ”was aware of our choice.”

Exiled Tibetans upset over Tibet not qualifying as a nation to participate in Olympics

Newstrack India   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

Dharamsala, July 29 (ANI): Exiled Tibetans living in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, have expressed disappointment over Tibet not qualifying as a nation to participate in the London Olympics. Tibetan activists feel the real meaning and essence of the games is missing, as Tibetan people are suffering under the repressive Chinese regime and the games do not reflect the value of sportsmanship. The Cultural Secretary of Tibetan Youth Congress, Jigme, said he wants to take this opportunity to seek support from the world for their movement of Free Tibet.

Michelle Obama Hugs Lebron After USA B-Ball Thumps France 98-71

 

News One   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

LONDON The hiccups outnumbered thehighlights, and for a while the U.S. racked up fouls faster than points. The opener wasn’t artistic. However, it was enough – easily enough…American men’s basketball team overcame some sloppy moments with a 98-71 win Sunday over France.

Michelle Obama ends UK trip with visit to military families, Olympic basketball match

Washington Post   Sun, 29 Jul 2012

LONDON — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has met with British-based American military families on the final stop of her visit to Britain. Obama received a warm welcome from the American families when she arrived at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Casually dressed in a sports jacket and chinos, she greeted them with hugs and high-fives, before signing autographs and posing for pictures.

July 22, 2012 Headlines: Pope’s Olympic message, Pres supports Paterno Statue removal, ‘n’ Clinton balling in Haiti

Pope’s Olympic message credits the power of sports

Pope Benedict XVI holds a soccer ball received as a gift after his weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, 13 June 2007. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE

NBC 29 News   Sun, 22 Jul 2012

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI says he is praying that the London Olympics promote world peace and friendship – a message the Vatican is increasingly emphasizing as it focuses renewed attention on the positive role that sports can play in society. But while the message Sunday may be new, sports have long been a mainstay for the Vatican. The first soccer game was played in the Apostolic Palace in 1521 and every year the Swiss Guards face off against the staff of the Vatican Museums in a tournament…Just last month, the Vatican’s culture office opened a new “Culture and Sport” department, saying the sporting world was in need of a “cathartic” change to fight from spiraling into a profession dominated by money and drugs…Benedict himself launched the London-based John Paul II Foundation for Sport during his 2010 visit to Britain, creating a charity that aims to “build spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness.” When the CEO of the charity, Monsignor Vladimir Felzman, formally introduced it a year later, he delivered his speech on the interconnectedness of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth while doing 75 pushups.

Obama Supports Penn State’s Removal of Paterno Statue

Wall Street Journal (blog)  Sun, 22 Jul 2012

A covering lies on top of the head of the statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before it is removed Sunday, July 22, 2012, in State College, Pa.(AP Photo:John Beale)

President Barack Obama supports the decision for Penn State University to take down the statue of Joe Paterno after a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh  showed  the late football coach and other school officials ignored allegations of child sexual abuse, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Sunday. “It was the right decision,” Mr. Carney said Mr. Obama told him.

Goveror Corbett Concerned Over Possible NCAA Sanctions At PSU

CBS Local   Sun, 22 Jul 2012

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Corbett says he hopes the NCAA will consider the far-reaching impact that shutting down Penn State’s football program would have as the organization considers what if any action to take in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Yonkers Man, Clinton Team To Help Haiti Basketball

Former President Bill Clinton and Jim Bostic of Yonkers discuss rebuilding Haiti’s national basketball program. Photo Credit- courtesy of Jim Bostic

 

The Daily Voice   Sun, 22 Jul 2012

YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers icon Jim Bostic had a prolific college basketball career, success in the NBA, a coaching career that led two local high schools to multiple championships and helped turn around Iona College’s basketball program. These days, Bostic is looking to turn around another program – in Haiti – and a chance meeting with former President Bill Clinton has given his efforts a boost.


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 17, 2012 Headlines: Rendell on Penn State, Baller in Chief dissed, ‘n’ Country of origin of Olympic Uniforms

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell: Paterno Statue Should Come Down …

Pennsylvania’s former governor Ed Rendell

Sports Radio Interviews  Tue, 17 Jul

One of Pennsylvania’s former governors does not believe the NCAA should give Penn State the death penalty, but he’s not encouraging a slap on the wrist, either. Ed Rendell weighed in on the ongoing saga surrounding Jerry Sandusky, and said that the program shouldn’t get the death penalty because the student-athletes did nothing wrong. Instead, Rendell said, Penn State should be forced to give up any profits made by the football program for at least the upcoming season by donating them to charities that fight child abuse. He also minced no words in stating that keeping the statue of Joe Paterno in place would be a mistake.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama during the Olympic men’s exhibition basketball game between Team USA and Brazil in Washington July 16, 2012. Credit- REUTERS:KEVIN LAMARQUE:LANDOV

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Caught by Kiss Cam!

US Weekly Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:13 AM PDT

All together now: “Awww!” Attending a Team USA basketball exhibition game in Washington, D.C. Monday, President Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle , found that all eyes were on them at the Verizon Center — with good reason. Caught by the venue’s “kiss cam”

Obama to womens Olympic basketball team: Bring home gold!

Washington Post  Tue, 17 Jul

President Obama met with the USA womens basketball team in Washington, D.C. on Monday. He congratulated the players and told them he knew they’d come home from Olympics with gold medals.

London Olympics Give Romney a Chance to Bask in 2002 Glory

NewsMax.com   Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney played a major role in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he will have a chance to re-invoke that aura of success when the London Olympics begins Aug. 27…Now Romney can reinforce his credentials as a leader and manager as he seeks to unseat President Barack Obama, Politico reports. The presidential campaigns should be largely in a lull during the Olympics, giving Romney a chance to shine as he attends the games with his wife Ann.

In Romney-helmed games, Olympic uniforms outsourced to Burma

CBS News   Tues, 17 Jul 2012

And in 2002, when Romney was at the helm of the Salt Lake City Olympics, the outfits were produced in Burma, as the Huffington Post pointed out last night. Romney on Olympics uniforms made in China: No comment This fact was a source of some protest in 2002, particularly given the Burmese government’s history of dictatorship and long track record of human rights violations. A 2002 story from the Los Angeles Times reported on groups protesting the uniforms, made by Marker Outerwear, “because of the uniform maker’s alleged ties to inhumane working conditions in Myanmar.”

Super PACs Offer NFL Owners Another Way to Score Political Points

Huffington Post   Tues, 17 Jul 2012

The Arizona Cardinals appear to be the first team to make a donation to a federal Super PAC, which can raise unlimited funds from individuals, unions and corporations. There has long been a cozy relationship between sports team owners and politicians and the Cardinals recent donation to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Super PAC — JAN PAC — is proof that these super PACs offer yet another way for wealthy NFL owners to ensure that the political game is rigged against fans and taxpayers….Since 2009, the NFL has racked up nearly $5 million in lobbying expenditures. It has established a PAC of its own — the GRIDIRON-PAC — which has already spent nearly $750,000 this cycle…It should come as no surprise that NFL owners are overwhelmingly Republican. (You’ll find no better example of the 1 percent than an NFL owner.) Other than the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Dan Rooney, you’d be hard pressed to find an NFL owner who leans left. (And obviously excluding the Green Bay Packers, who are publicly owned.) In the 2008 election, NFL owners gave to John McCain over Barack Obama at a rate of 6-1.

Minnesota governor blames player arrests on idle time

NBCSports.com  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Now that Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has climbed fully into bed with the Vikings, by aggressively supporting efforts to build a new stadium for the franchise in Minneapolis, Dayton finds himself justifying the allegedly bad behavior of the men who play for the team…“Idle time is the devil’s play,” Dayton said

Salah al-Alam Libyan Olympic President abducted

Stuff.co.nz  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Gunmen abducted the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee in the nation’s capital, grabbing him from his car and bundling him into a waiting vehicle, his brother said Monday…The abduction comes amid a wave of score settling between rivals of Libya’s eight-month civil war that ended with the capture and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in October.

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon is returning to Rwanda for 1st of its kind cancer center

Indianapolis Star   Sun, 15 Jul 2012

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon is headed back to Rwanda this week for one of the most important trips of his life. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is a major supporter of the first-of-its-kind cancer center in a rural part of the African nation. The grand opening is Wednesday. President Clinton will be there, too, along with Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame.

Sports celebrities participate in fundraising golf outing hosted by Newark …

The Star-Ledger – NJ.com   Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Sports celebrities descended on Jersey City today for a fundraising round of golf at Liberty National Golf Club. Hosted by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Giant Michael Strahan, the outing benefited the Newark Mentoring Movement, which  benefits providers like Big Brothers, Big Sisters. New York Giant David Diehl, former New York Jet Wayne Chrebet, “NFL on Fox” reporter Jay Glazer, former New Jersey Devil Ken Daneyko, NBC host and former New York Giant Tiki Barber and former NBA player and coach Isiah Thomas were among the players.

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 2, 2012 Headlines: Soccer supports Romney, Spanish Royalty, ‘n’ Wrigley’s troubles

Soccer Club Wears Romney Jerseys

Photo courtesy of FC New York

The Huffington Post Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:01 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will now have some unlikely advertising from outside the campaign: An anonymous donor is paying for a minor-league soccer club to wear jerseys with the candidate’s name and slogan “Believe in America.” F.C. New York, a club based in New York, started to wear jerseys with “Romney” across the front at a game on Saturday, Big Apple Soccer and The New York Times reported.

Spain’s soccer champions for president? A happy but debt-strapped nation says why the heck not

Fox News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 06:06 AM PDT

MADRID –  Out with feckless politicians, in with Spain’s unforgettable soccer stars? Spain’s national team headed home Monday after a historic win in Euro 2012 championship final, raising spirits across a country drowning in financial woes. Their elegant 4-0 dispatching of Italy on Sunday night…The victory made them the first team ever to bookend a World Cup championship (2010) with two Euro Cup triumphs (2008, 2012). The team was to be received later Monday by King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and then snake through Madrid atop an open-air bus to bask in the adulation of tens of thousands.

Yanukovych: Impossible to calculate economic effect of Euro 2012 today

KYIV PostMon, 02 Jul 2012 02:25 AM PDT

The guests of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship have seen that Ukraine is a modern European state, and this is the main achievement of the tournament, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (in the center) has said. © www.president.gov.ua

The guests of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship have seen that Ukraine is a modern European state, and this is the main achievement of the tournament, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said. “Of course, during the championship we’ve made sure that fans from all countries of the world had a great time. They could see that Ukraine is a modern European country and that the people are very friendly here. That was the main achievement of Euro 2012,” Yanukovych said

Candidate Romney’s 1st Foreign Trip: Israel

ABC News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:41 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will head to Israel this summer, his first foreign trip since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee earlier this year. The trip is likely to take place after Romney attends the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics on July 27. Romney is also…

Wrigley Field renovation plans stalled by political flap

Peoria Journal Star Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:16 PM PDT

Chicago – As the baseball season began, Chicago buzzed about plans to upgrade wilting Wrigley Field. Then word spread that the patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs considered bankrolling a $10 million racially tinged campaign against President Barack Obama, at the same time the team sought his hometown’s help with its $300 million renovation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president’s friend and former chief of staff, has since refused negotiate financing or even take phone calls from the Cubs chairman. A best-selling author took to the Internet to vow never to step foot in Wrigley again.

Video: Campaign Archives: July 4, 1992

CBS News Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:04 PM PDT

President George Bush plays baseball in North Carolina, while Democratic candidate Bill Clinton and his family take in a game in Illinois.

Candidate Bill Clinton July 4, 1992

President George H.W. Bush July 4, 1992

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 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 26, 2012 Headlines: The BCS is Dead, From White Sox to Heats, ‘n’ DNC drops NASCAR

BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approves four-team college football playoff

St. Petersburg Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:35 PM PDT

On Tuesday, the Presidential Oversight Committee made up of university presidents – including Florida president Bernie Machen – who oversee the Bowl Championship Series, voted to create a new four-team, seeded post-season playoff to determine the national champion in college football. The new format will begin with the 2014-2015 season.

“We recognize that the BCS has been controversial in some years, but we also believe it has turned college football from a regional sport into a wonderfully popular national sport, much to the benefit of our alumni, student-athletes and fans,” the twelve members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee said in a joint statement.  “We now seek to build an even better college football season by creating a four-team playoff to crown the national champion, while protecting the regular season and the bowl experience. We’re delighted to support this format and congratulate the group of conference commissioners who have done so much for college football and who worked so hard to make this happen.”

Obama Won’t Forsake Favorite Sports Teams to Woo Voters

New York Times Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

He may be in a tough race for re-election but there is one thing that President Barack Obama will not do to court voters – fake allegiance to a sports team for political gain. Obama was gently booed by some supporters at a campaign rally in Boston on Monday night after he dared to mention the that Kevin Youkilis, a popular Boston Red Sox baseball player, had been traded earlier in the day to the president’s beloved Chicago White Sox. The White House said Obama showed political courage in talking about the matter.

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Obama Hails The “Miami Heats”

ABC News Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:42 PM PDT

Unfazed by a partisan spat sparked by his comment on former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, President Obama tonight again opined on a professional sports team, publicly praising the NBA champion Miami Heat at a campaign fundraiser in the city. The only problem this time was that Obama mispronounced the name of the team – referring to it as the “Miami Heats” in an apparent slip of the tongue.

7 pols’ baseball errors

Politico Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Martha Coakley The Massachusetts Attorney General, while running against Scott Brown for a Senate seat in 2010, referred to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling as “another Yankee fan.” (Photo- AP Photo 

Former presidents who share Obama’s interest in sports

amNewYork Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:16 PM PDT

George W. Bush
 Obama’s predecessor is also a baseball fan, epitomized by his part-ownership of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998. The Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history during that time.

Richard Nixon
 Audio tapes reveal that Nixon attempted to negotiate with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to relax the league’s blackout restrictions, and televise playoff games in the city in which they were played.

Bill Clinton
 thought about trying to qualify for the Senior PGA Tour after his presidency, and led the failed bid to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States.

Democratic National Convention organizers drop Charlotte speedway from itinerary

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Andrew Barry and his family give the command for, “Gentlemen, start your engines” at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Chris Graythen – GETTY IMAGES)

 

Washington Post Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:15 AM ET

 

Are Democrats giving up on the NASCAR vote? Organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced Tuesday they are moving the CarolinaFest 2012 kickoff event on Labor Day from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to Uptown Charlotte, in the center of the city.

Fernandez cautions athletes about provocations

The Associated Press via Yahoo! Canada Sports Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:37 PM PDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez cautioned Argentine athletes traveling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. As Fernandez was giving some athletes a sendoff Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute. The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Surprise us, Aquino urges Olympians

Philippine Daily Inquirer Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:03 AM PDT

PRESIDENT Aquino reminded the small Philippine contingent to the London Olympics of the Filipinos ability to surprise the sporting world as he exhorted them to end the country’s gold-medal drought in the quadrennial meet. “I know the world may not be expecting us to take home multiple gold medals. But I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to surprise,” said the President…“I believe in the capacity of the Filipino to be excellent in anything they do —to be world-class.”

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