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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.

August 9-11, 2012 Headlines: Sen. Brown Balls, Soccer shout-out/fundraiser, ‘n’ NY Pol’s support Bills

Team rosters revealed for charity basketball game with Sen. Scott Brown

MassLive.com   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

The Path to Manhood charity basketball game to be held at the Dunbar Y Community Center in Springfield will pit community members and politicos against each other in a winner-take-nothing contest designed to boost two of the city’s non-profit entities that help underprivileged youth.

Obama congratulates US women’s soccer team

Boston.com  Thurs, Aug 9 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — President Barack Obama has congratulated the U.S. women’s soccer team for winning the Olympic gold medal. Obama visited the U.S. Olympic Committee’s training center in Colorado Springs Thursday and singled out the women’s soccer team, which had just finished its gold-medal match. Obama offered a ‘‘special shout-out’’ to the women’s team, which avenged its loss to Japan in last year’s World Cup.

Amb. Rice, Michelle Kwan join presidential delegation to Olympics closing Ceremony

The Hill (blog)   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will lead the presidential delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, the White House announced on Thursday.

The delegation will also include former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and former baseball player Curtis Pride, both members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Reggie Love, the president’s former personal aide and “body man,” is also part of the delegation, along with Deputy National Security Adviser Benjamin Rhodes and U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis B. Susman.

Sen. Charles Schumer has devised a worthwhile proposal to help keep the Bills

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

Two of New York state’s highest-ranking government officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, proposed ideas Wednesday that they hope will help ensure the long-term viability of the Buffalo Bills in western New York. Schumer held a news conference outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium where he announced that he has written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to alter language in the league’s G-4 loan program that could potentially make the Bills a more attractive property to a potential new owner.

Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott and Chris Hoy tell PM: Hands off sport funding

The Independent   Thurs, Aug 9 2012

Britain’s medallists tell Cameron that we’ll all regret it at Rio Games if he cuts elite sport funding. Britain’s most decorated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy led a succession of medallists yesterday in warning David Cameron of the dire consequences of cutting funding for elite sport. Hoy, who won his sixth gold medal in the velodrome on Tuesday, spoke out as ministers refused to guarantee that current levels of sports spending will be maintained. Funding for elite sport is set to be cut next year, leaving depleted resources when Team GB appears at Brazil in 2016 if it cannot make up the shortfall with lottery money.

Miami Soccer for Obama Tournament to raise funds and fun for Obama 2012 Campaign

South Florida Caribbean News   Wed, Aug 8 2012

Miami – On Saturday, August 18, 2012, 9-5pm, the Florida Finance Committee will host a grassroots 5v5 Soccer for Obama tournament fundraiser at Soccer Town Miami…in Midtown Miami in support of Obama Victory Fund 2012.

July 25, 2012 Headlines: Romney’s Olympic experience attacked on eve of arrival, Hill to observe moment of silence, ‘n’ Obama/Vick

Olympics-Themed Ad Attack on Romney

Wall Street Journal (blog)   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

President Barack Obama‘s allies have added an Olympics flourish to their attacks on Mitt Romney‘s business background as the Republican presidential candidate begins a weeklong foreign trip Wednesday that includes a stop at the summer games in London. The latest ad from Priorities USA Action, the main super PAC supporting Mr. Obama, features footage of Mr. Romney as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. It suggests Mr. Romney is cheering on various nations that Democrats have attempted to link to his past, primarily his time at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded.

Romney jets in for London Olympics

The News International   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

LONDON: US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney arrived in Britain on Wednesday for a three-day trip which will take in the London Olympic Games opening ceremony and a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron. Before the festivities, the governor will hit the campaign trail holding high-profile talks with Britain’s leaders and meetings with US Olympic athletes. He is due to hold talks with Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, foreign minister William Hague and finance minister George Osborne on Thursday. Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband, former prime minister Tony Blair and Irish leader Enda Kenny are also due to meet with Romney before he jets off to Israel on Sunday.

Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11

Jewish Telegraphic Agency   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor and devote a substantial moment of that to silence on Thursday,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a conference call with the media on Wednesday. Following that, he and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) will lead a group of lawmakers to the Capital grounds for another moment of silence.

Clinton urges IOC to commemorate Munich

FOXSports.com   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich Games in 1972 with a moment of silence at the opening ceremony of this year’s Games in London. A senior State Department official said Wednesday that Clinton wrote to committee President Jacques Rogge to ask the IOC to hold an ”appropriate memorial event” in London for the victims.

Olympian Dominique Dawes not into politics

The Hill   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

For someone who grew up just minutes from Washington and is about to join first lady Michelle Obama as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games, Dominique Dawes is remarkably nonpolitical. The Silver Spring, Md., native…Dawes — appointed in 2010 by President Obama as co-chairwoman on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition — says the closest she’ll likely get to breaking a sweat near any political players is digging through dirt outside the White House

Eve of Olympics strike by border guards averted at 11th hour

Telegraph.co.uk   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

The Public and Commercial Services union said the Government was planning to recruit 1,100 staff for the Border Agency and passport service in response to complaints that thousands of job cuts were hitting services. The revelation of the new jobs was enough to suspend strike action on Thursday, the day before the official opening of the London Games.

Obama wants Michael Vick to slide

ESPN (blog)    Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is no joke. He gets to hang out with the President of the United States. During a recent conversation, Asomugha and President Barack Obama got to talking football, and the nation’s chief executive had some advice for Asomugha to bring back with him to Eagles training camp. Per Sheil Kapadia:  “He told me to tell [Michael] Vick to slide,” Asomugha said with a laugh.

Sen. Weinberg proposes temporary Meadowlands casino for 2014 Super Bowl

NJ.com   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Sen. Loretta Weinberg is recommending that a temporary casino be installed in the Meadowlands Sports Complex to coincide with the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. In an interview with WCBS radio in New York, Weinberg said she believes the casino would help bring in even more visitors and revenue to the state during what will be the biggest week in the newly built stadium’s brief history.

NFL Linebacker Joins Antibiotics Briefing on Capitol Hill

Food Safety News   Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), a constant advocate for reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture, hosted another congressional briefing on the issue Tuesday — this time featuring an NFL linebacker.

Will Witherspoon, who plays for the Tennessee Titans and owns Shire Gate Farm, joined Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch cooperative and veterinarian and medical expert Dr. Michael Blackwell on panel to brief staff on raising livestock without using antibiotics.

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 19, 2012 Headlines: Go Army, Olympic moment of silence endorsed, ‘n’ DNC “Sorry Mrs. Romney…”

House Says Military Can Keep NASCAR Sponsorships

ABC News Thu, 19 Jul 2012 05:48 AM PDT

It was another NASCAR race to the finish, but it wasn’t at the track.  It was on Capitol Hill, where in these economically tough times some members of Congress didn’t think it was a smart idea for the military to be spending millions on professional sports sponsorships as a recruiting tool…Late Thursday night, in a close 216 to 202 vote,  the House of Representatives struck down a bipartisan amendment that would have cut $72 million from next year’s $608 billion defense spending bill slated for professional sports sponsorships used to help with military recruiting.  The military services sponsor a wide range of professional sports, including bass fishing tournaments and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but it was the National Guard’s sponsorship of Earnhardt’s car that drew all the attention

DNC Apologizes to Ann Romney For Horsing Around

The New York Observer Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:32 AM PDT

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News yesterday that he was sorry if new ads hitting Mitt Romney on his refusal to release his tax returns offended Ann Romney. The ads in question featured Ms. Romney’s dancing dressage horse, Rafalca, which is headed to the London Olympics. In the ads, the DNC uses footage of the prancing horse to make the claim Mr. Romney is “dancing around the issues” of his taxes and personal finances. “Our use of the Romneys’ dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did,”

Obama backs Olympics moment of silence for Israelis killed at Munich Games

Yahoo! News Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:17 AM PDT

President Barack Obama strongly supports holding a formal moment of silence at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in tribute to 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian extremists at the 1972 games in Munich, the White House said Thursday. “We absolutely support the campaign for a moment of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.

Mayor hangs onto her NBA dream: If you build it, they will come

Las Vegas Sun  Sun, 15 Jul 2012

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has a perfect view of Las Vegas’ future. A balcony adjacent to Goodman’s seventh-floor office at City Hall yields a panoramic view of Symphony Park, where a proposed downtown arena could be constructed to highlight the 61-acre city neighborhood…In her mind’s eye, however, the building has been constructed. And, since the charismatic leader is dreaming her own dream, the arena is packed with locals and tourists enjoying a night of NBA action featuring a Las Vegas team. Isn’t it fun to dream — the Las Vegas Kings or Las Vegas Hornets, right? “That is the beauty of Las Vegas,” she said. “We are forever creative and forever reinventing ourselves.”

July 18, 2012 Headlines: Romney & the Pres moving towards the Olympics, Armstrong’s anti doping lobbying, ‘n’ Nets arrive

Mitt Romney Hopes Olympic Appearance Will Serve as a Distraction

U.S. News & World Report   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

When Mitt Romney travels to the Olympics in London next week, he is hoping for a round of positive media coverage of the strong leadership he provided in rescuing the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. But he will be walking a tightrope because his Democratic critics will use the occasion to ridicule him and attempt to undermine his case…Romney ran the Winter Olympics in 2002 and has been underscoring his stewardship to show that he has experience in repairing broken institutions.

Dems Hit Romney For ‘Dancing Horse’ Rafalca

ABC News   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

For the second time in the 2012 campaign, Democrats are attacking presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with mocking references to one of his family pets. A new web video by the Democratic National Committee slams Romney for “dancing around the issues” while featuring footage of his Olympics-bound “dancing horse” Rafalca.

Armstrong’s foundation mounts lobbying campaign

Austin American-Statesman   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison — pictured in 2002 with Lance Armstrong, center, and then-Sen. Joe Biden Rick McKay:2002 Cox News Service

WASHINGTON — The foundation created by seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong has mounted a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill in an effort to counter accusations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

Indianapolis Business Journal   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

City and state officials announced Wednesday morning that the city of Indianapolis will bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

”I have four words for you: ‘Let’s do it again,’ Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said at a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

FIFA picks ex-US attorney as corruption prosecutor

Contra Costa Times  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

ZURICH—FIFA appointed former United States attorney Michael J. Garcia on Tuesday as lead prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in world soccer. One of Garcia’s first tasks will be to inspect a Swiss court document on a World Cup kickbacks scandal to evaluate the behavior of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials in the affair. “He will have not only to write, but the duty to have this case analyzed on ethic, moral matters and then to report back to the executive committee,” Blatter said at a news conference.

Sports Teams to Share Green Success Stories at the White House

Natural Resources Defense Council   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

President Obama loves basketball, but that’s not the reason why the reigning NBA champions, the Miami Heat, are invited to the White House tomorrow. Representatives from the Heat, as well as other professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Eagles, Portland Trailblazers, Saint Louis Cardinals, and others, are headed to Washington to discuss a game plan they all have in common–how to run a greener, more sustainable business.  Across the country, more than 100 major league sports teams have embraced NRDC’s Greening Advisor, a customized online resource designed to help sports teams find ways to green their operations through strategies like energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable procurement policies. Through the Advisor, NRDC has helped spark tremendous change in the way sports teams operate.

Obama honors Baylor women’s hoops

Obama hosts Baylor Lady Bears

Fox Sports Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:06 PM PDT

Smiling from her wheelchair, a 10-year-old girl with a rare disorder watched from the front row at the White House as President Barack Obama congratulated her beloved Baylor University’s women’s basketball team on winning this year’s NCAA championship…President Barack Obama is honoring Baylor’s undefeated women’s basketball team, calling the NCAA champions a ”dominant” team that scored more points than any team in women’s college basketball history.

Even Barack Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

BuzzFeed   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Watching the most powerful man in the world tease a clearly star-stuck NBA rookie is my new favorite thing ever….Nowhere is this more obvious than in his interaction with Anthony Davis. From the moment he sees the rookie, the president is busting his balls. “What are y’all doing with this rookie? Is he carrying the bags?” When Kobe makes a joke about the team making Davis shave his trademark unibrow if he doesn’t carry the bags, Obama couldn’t look more delighted.

Background on Local Officials Joining First Lady Michelle Obama at Let’s Move

Whitehouse.gov (press release)  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Washington – Tomorrow in Philadelphia, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as well as local elected officials from across the country to announce public and private sector commitments to get our kids healthier as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The First Lady will be joined by leaders from across the country who are working to make their communities healthier.

Borough President Markowitz welcomes Nets back court to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Daily Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Looking ahead for a sweet season- Brooklynettes Christina, Jessica, and Ericka were in fine form on Friday when they served up some Junior’s cheesecake to celebrate the Brooklyn Nets backcourt. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn’s new all-stars are finally here! Joe Johnson and Deron Williams — both multiple NBA all-stars — were given a borough-wide welcome on Friday, amid roaring cheers from Brooklynites, the Brooklynettes carrying a giant Junior’s cheesecake.

How the Iraq war nearly ended London’s Olympic dream

Sydney Morning Herald   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sir Craig Reedie recounts the phone call like it was yesterday. It took place in May 2003, less than two months after bombs had begun falling on Baghdad and George W Bush and Tony Blair set about de-throning Saddam Hussein.

On the other end of the line was Tessa Jowell, Britain’s then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and what she told Reedie was not exactly what he wanted to hear. Jowell was tasked with securing cabinet approval for a London entry in the 2012 Olympic Games race but with the nation’s focus squarely on combat in the Gulf, she was struggling to get the topic on the agenda for the following day’s cabinet meeting. By this time the coalition forces had taken the Iraqi capital – Saddam was not yet captured – but debate was already raging about the legitimacy of the invasion and its political and geopolitical implications.

Bidding buddies … Princess Anne and Sir Craig Reedie in Singapore in 2005 when London was awarded the Olympics. Photo- Bazuki Muhammad

July 16, 2012 Headlines: Olympic hoops & Prez, PA Gov on Penn State, ‘n’ MMA for Cuomo

Obama and Biden attend tune-up games for Olympic basketball teams

Washington Post  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama basked in the glow of the Olympics on Monday, getting a courtside look at LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and other members of USA Basketball. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took their seats to chants of “U-S-A” at a U.S. men’s Olympic basketball exhibition game against Brazil as the loudspeakers blared Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” images that any president running for re-election would relish.

Not so fast, Kobe, Obama sides with ’92 Dream Team

USA TODAY  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – Add President Obama to the list of people who disagree with Kobe Bryant‘s boast that this year’s U.S. Olympic basketball team could beat the Dream Team of 1992. “This is a generational thing,” Obama said during a halftime interview with ESPN2 as it broadcast the USA’s exhibition game Monday night vs. Brazil at Washington’s Verizon Center. “I was around in ’92, I was a Bulls fan, so I’ve got to go with the original Dream Team.”

After outrage, Team USA uniforms will be made in America

Handout photo of US Olympic athletes Lochte and Lanzone wearing the 2012 US Olympic team uniforms

Chicago Tribune  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ralph Lauren’s stylish uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team, complete with a jaunty beret, have sparked a political row because the red, white and blue outfits were made in China. With U.S. unemployment hovering just above 8 percent, politicians have spoken out against the uniforms for the London Games, which start later this month, and six Democratic senators said they plan to introduce legislation requiring the ceremonial uniforms be produced in the United States…The senators said they will introduce the “Team USA Made In America Act of 2012” next week.

China burns Harry Reid over US Olympic uniforms

Politico  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

China’s state media called Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid “irresponsible” for recommending that the U.S. Olympic team’s Chinese-made uniforms be burned, and said the “ridiculous” uproar on Capitol Hill over the uniforms reeks of “nationalism and ignorance.” “The Olympic Spirit, which has nothing to do with politics, chants mutual understanding and fair play, so tagging the uniforms with politics by those U.S. politicians exposes narrow nationalism and ignorance, and violates the original Olympic Spirit,” the official Xinhua news agency wrote in an editorial Monday.

Gov. Corbett answers tough questions about Penn State scandal

WPXI Pittsburgh Mon, 16 Jul 2012

PITTSBURGH — Gov. Tom Corbett has been very quiet recently about the scandal and recent fallout at Penn State University…“First off, I’m not going to get into what the NCAA should do or will do. That’s their area,” Corbett said.

Mixed martial arts companies have donated $105000 to Gov. Cuomo during his …

New York Daily News  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

ALBANY — Mixed martial arts competitions are not legal in New York, but the industry has already showered cash on Gov. Cuomo. Two companies fighting to legalize the popular but controversial sport donated $105,000 to the governor during his first 18 months in office, a study of Cuomo’s campaign filings revealed. Zuffa LLC and its subsidiary, Ultimate Fighting Championship, dished about $55,000 and $50,000, respectively, to Cuomo, along with a total of $89,000 to the state Senate and Assembly, the New York Public Interest Research Group found.

 New Mexico Senator pushing to end doping in horse racing

New York Daily News  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

A MEMBER of Congress is threatening to cut off horse racing’s lifeline of off-track wagering if it doesn’t clean up its act. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) made the threat during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “Medication and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing” held in Washington on Thursday. “Today, nearly 90% of the $11 billion bet annually on horse racing is from off-track wagers permitted by the IHA (the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978),” Udall said. “Congress should not tolerate doping and cheating in interstate horse racing. But the record is discouraging. This great sport has reached a terrible level of corruption and exploitation.”

Senate Passes National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act

Coin Update News  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

On July 12, 2012, the Senate passed H.R. 2527: National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act… In order to become law, the House must approve amendments to the original bill made by the Senate, and then the bill must be signed by the President. The bill will require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, up to 400,000 silver dollars, and up to 750,000 clad half dollars in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It is suggested that to the extent possible without significantly adding to the purchase price, the gold coins and silver dollars should be produced so that the reverse is convex to more closely resemble a baseball and the obverse is concave for dramatic display of the design.

Kuwait pledges sports autonomy

ESPN  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait has promised the IOC it will rid its sports institutions of political interference. The Gulf country wants the two-year ban on its Olympic committee lifted, allowing its athletes to compete under the nation’s flag at the London Games. The International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in 2010. The IOC said in May Kuwaiti athletes could participate at the games, but would compete and march in the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag. IOC spokeswoman Sandrine Tonge said Monday the suspension was “conditionally lifted” after Kuwait ruler Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah pledged autonomy for the country’s Olympic committee and promised new legislation for institutions governing sports.Kuwait is sending 11 athletes to the Olympics, which start July 27.

Monmouth Park’s plan to introduce sports betting draws backing of Gov. Christie

The Times of Trenton – NJ.com  Mon, 16 Jul 2012

A few weeks ago, Gov. Chris Christie announced his willingness to encourage sports betting in New Jersey in spite of a 20-year-old federal law that limits wagering on sports to four states, none of which is ours. His message to those who might not like it: I’ll see you in court. He may get his chance. Monmouth Park operator Dennis Drazin told The Bergen Record that he hopes to offer betting on professional and college sports at his racetrack this fall. That’s likely to bring a legal challenge from the sports leagues, which believe legal betting would threaten their games’ integrity, and the Justice Department, whose job it would be to defend the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA).

Surrounded by crowds, President Woodrow Wilson throws out the first ball at a baseball game in Washington in this 1916 photo. The last time two candidates who served as governors were on a winning presidential ticket was 100 years ago, when Wilson ran for president in 1912. (AP Photo/File)

July 13, 2012 Headlines: Nude Olympics Athletes? Soccer scandal & star striking, ‘n’ more Ricketts vs. Obama

The Great Capitol Hill Olympic Debate – Go American Or Go Naked

NAKED- Britain’s Olympic swimmers, divers and water polo players (Andy Hooper)

Forbes Fri, 13 Jul 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Nude Olympics? Definitely. That’s what one U.S. senator is saying he would rather have American athletes do than wear foreign-made uniforms. All day yesterday, Republicans and Democrats whined about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese-made uniforms, saying the contract to manufacture the Ralph Lauren blazers, berets and pants should have gone to job-hungry Americans (we reported that earlier this week).

Romney on Olympics uniforms made in China: No comment

CBS News Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:54 PM PDT

In an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford, Mitt Romney refused to take a position on U.S. Olympic uniform controversy…”I don’t know the particulars of the circumstance so I really can’t comment on that,” Romney, who was the president and CEO of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002

Earnhardt upbeat about National Guard sponsorship

Newsvine.comFri, 13 Jul 2012

Dale Earnhardt Jr. July 13, 2012, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

LOUDON — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is optimistic about his sponsorship relationship with the National Guard despite the U.S. Army’s decision to end its association with another team, Stewart-Haas Racing, next season. Earnhardt, in second place in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup standings, said Friday he was “disappointed” by the Army’s decision announced last Tuesday.

Patriarch of family that owns the Chicago Cubs helping to pay for wacky Obamaphobic movie

Post South Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:00 PM PDT

Remember Joe Ricketts? He’s the paterfamilias of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team and a central figure in reports of a few months ago about a scheme to smear President Obama with the rhetoric of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Ricketts backed away from that plan, but he’s apparently still willing to spend big bucks on crazy right-wing projects. For example, he’s reportedly one of the bankrollers of a new movie that paints Obama as a latter-day African tribesman bent on bringing America to ruin.

 Politicians urge Blatter to explain payments scandal

Gulf Times Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:35 PM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has questions to answer over a bribery scandal that has further damaged the image of world soccer’s governing body, a group of European politicians said yesterday.

David Beckham – David Beckham Left Next China President Team Star Struck

Contactmusic Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:07 PM PDT

David Beckham left the next President of China temporarily without security when his bodyguards became star struck The soccer stars fame was allegedly so influential that the soon-to-be Chinese president Xi Jinpings safety team lost focus when he walked into the room at a high-powered meeting…The chief executive at his football team LA Galaxy, Tim Leiweke, told ESPN…”David Beckham comes walking into the suite and the security guards leave the president, pull their autograph pads out and there is the president, in the middle of the chaos, all on his own because his security are all in line getting pictures with David.”

July 11, 2012 Headlines: Olympics (Un-American American outfits, Quatari women to carry flag, ‘n’ Romney raising $)

Critics take on the U.S. Opening Ceremony look

U.S. Olympic Team’s Opening Ceremony outfits. Lochte, Clay, Lanzone, and Mitts. Photo provided by Ralph Lauren

Yahoo Sports Wed, 11 Jul 2012

Tuesday Ralph Lauren unveiled the outfits Team USA will be wearing during the Opening Ceremony, and fashionistas are already turning on it, slamming it for being “all wrong” and “un-American.”…the biggest objection focuses on the “un-American” beret. Such headgear is stereotypically French, even socialist

Qatari female athlete to hold flag at London Games

Newsvine Wed, 11 Jul 2012

DOHA — One of Qatar’s first female athletes to compete at the Olympics will be the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony at the London Games. Qatar’s Olympic Committee posted a statement late Wednesday on Twitter saying shooter Bahiya al-Hamad has been chosen to “raise the Qatar flag at London 2012.” “I’m truly proud and humbled to carry the Qatar flag among my fellow athletes from all over the world,” al-Hamad said on Twitter.

Obama Turns Down NASCAR Tickets To Sprint Cup Race €“ Commemorative Pass Auctioned Off At A Loss

The Inquisitr Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:32 PM PDT

President Barack Obama turned down an invitation and free tickets to the Sprint Cup race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway; so the racetrack decided to auction off the tickets (which were printed with Obama’s name and White House address) for a children’s charity. Unfortunately for the non-profit organization, there was not much of a demand for President Obama’s cast-off NASCAR tickets even though they were for some of the “best seats in the house, The Blaze reports. According to The Sporting News, the tickets retail for $110 each and the set of four Obama Spring Cup tickets garnered only $300 on the auction block.

Fans, foes debate proposed NBA/NHL arena

Seattle TimesWed, 11 Jul 2012 16:08 PM PDT

King County Executive Dow Constantine (L), Chris Hansen (C), the venture capitalist who wants to build a new sports arena in Seattle, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (R) TED S. WARREN : AP

King County Executive Dow Constantine, Chris Hansen, the venture capitalist who wants to build a new sports arena in Seattle, talks to reporters with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. The City Council, along with the county, spent thousands of public dollars to study the existing area where the stadium district was created. The purpose was to create an area for sports venues to be located. The study was led by the person who now has called for another study to be done by the Port of Seattle.

US election: Mitt Romney to host £50,000 a head London fundraisers

Daily Telegraph Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:49 PM PDT

Mitt Romney will bolster his election campaign war chest by charging wealthy expatriates up to £50,000 to meet him at lavish London fundraisers on the eve of the Olympics.

Baylor going to White House to mark national title

The Daily Jeffersonian Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48 PM PDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner and the Baylor Lady Bears are headed to the White House for a Rose Garden ceremony. The national champion Lady Bears, who were undefeated with the NCAA’s first 40-win season, are scheduled to meet with President Obama next Wednesday. They will also visit with the Texas congressional delegation while in Washington…It will be the second time Mulkey takes a team to the White House. Baylor was also honored at the White House after its 2005 national championship. The Lady Bears were then greeted by President George W. Bush, whose Crawford ranch is only about 25 miles from the Waco campus.

July 8, 2012 Headlines: Dressage, Mrs. Romney’s MS therapy

US Election 2012: Ann Romney’s Olympics dressage hopes for Rafalca and Jan Ebelin

Jan Ebeling riding Rafalca Photo- Jennifer Wenzel/Icon SMI

Daily Telegraph Sat, 07 Jul 2012 09:30 AM PDT

Ann Romney plans to cheer on her horse Rafalca and rider Jan Ebeling in Olympics dressage after crediting his horse riding therapy with the remission of her multiple sclerosis.

For Ann Romney, horse riding started as a therapy and distraction from the pain of the multiple sclerosis with which she was diagnosed 14 years ago. At first, she could spend just a minute or two in the saddle before the discomfort became too much. But since those agonising early days, she has made remarkable progress under the tutelage of Jan Ebeling, a German-born equestrian and instructor in the arcane sport of dressage.

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