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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)

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.

June 12, 2012 Headlines: Hey Sport, Surf or Turf, ‘n’ Alpha Sigma Phi signs bill to allow NFL HOF to sell alcohol ‘till 2:30 am

Romney and Sport

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:10 AM PDT

Tim Murphy finds that in Mitt Romney‘s 2004 book, Turnaround , the presidential candidate’s “vaguely 19th-century aristocratic quirk of referring to sports in the singular is a longstanding habit. A quick Google Books scan reveals 33 results for ‘sport,’ almost all of them instances where one would normally write ‘sports’ instead.”

Steaks Vs. Stone Crabs Bet Over NBA Finals

CBS Miami Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:34 AM PDT

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It wouldn’t be a championship series without some local politicians placing a friendly wager. Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett got into the betting spirit. According to CBS4 news partner, if the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship, Mayor Cornett will ship some premium steaks from Oklahoma to Miami-Dade County. On the other hand, if the Oklahoma City Thunder hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, Mayor Gimenez will ship South Beach’s famous Joe’s stone crabs to Oklahoma, according to the Herald.

Schuring legislation aids HOF, economic development plans

The Canton Repository Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:57 AM PDT

Gov. John Kasich Monday signed into law House Bill 487, the mid-biennium budget review bill that has two provisions sponsored by State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, that affect Stark County. The first provision allows the Pro Football Hall of Fame to sell alcoholic beverages until 2:30 a.m…Schuring said the Pro Football Hall of Fame requested the change. With the enshrinement festivities being moved to a later time in recent years, the enshrinees’ private parties hosted by the Hall of Fame were lasting past 1 a.m.

FIFA urges Israel to help a jailed Palestine player

Sports Illustrated Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:57 AM PDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called on Israel soccer leaders to “urgently” help a Palestine player on hunger strike in Israeli custody. Blatter has written to the Israel Football Association of his “grave concern” after receiving reports that “several Palestine football players have allegedly been illegally detained.”

Balcerowicz: Ukraine scores own goal

KYIV Post Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:40 AM PDT

Politics and sports are often an incendiary mix, as the controversy now swirling around the Euro 2012 football championship, to be co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, demonstrates. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and other European Union leaders have said that they will boycott matches held in Ukraine, owing to the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition figures. Why, two decades after communism ended and Ukraine gained its independence, does the country remain mired in economic torpor and an authoritarian politics that has aroused such ire in Europe? When a country like Ukraine develops slowly and remains poor, it is not because of natural disaster or resource constraints. Bad policies pursued by bad governments are to blame.

June 9, 2012 Headlines: Obama the baller, Russia, ‘n’ football racism in Poland

President Obama’s basketball love affair has roots in Hawaii high school team

May 4, 2008, Obama plays basketball at Riverview Elementary School in Elkhart, IN. Jae C. Hong:AP

Washington Post Sat, 09 Jun 2012 15:41 PM PDT

To say that President Obama loves basketball understates the role of the sport in his life. He has been devoted to the game for 40 years now, ever since the father he did not know and never saw again gave him his first ball during a brief Christmastime visit. Basketball is central to his self identity. It is global yet American-born, much like him. It is where he found a place of comfort, a family, a mode of expression, a connection from his past to his future. With foundation roots in the Kansas of his white forebears, basketball was also the city game, helping him find his way toward blackness, his introduction to an African American culture that was distant to him when he was young yet his by birthright.

Russian football chief honors Poles killed in 2010

June 10, 2012 President of Russian football federation Sergei Fursenko (R) lays a wreath to honor the Polish president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of officials who were killed two years ago in a plane crash in Russia. Poland is playing Russia in a Euro 2012 Group A match scheduled for Tuesday, June 12. Photo: Sergey Ponomarev / AP

 

Washington Examiner Sun, 10 Jun 2012 04:28 AM PDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of the Russian football federation placed a wreath in Warsaw on Sunday to honor the Polish president and 95 others killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia. The symbolic gesture came amid ongoing tensions between Poland and Russia based on a difficult history of war and occupation as well as new distrust that has emerged in the aftermath of the crash. The countries play each other in the European Championship on Tuesday.

Russian oligarch visiting UK implicated in international row over ship ‘taking arms’ to Syria

ANI via Yahoo! India News Sun, 10 Jun 2012 01:15 AM PDT

Moscow, June 10 (ANI): A Russian oligarch coming to attend the London Olympics is in the midst of an international row over one of his ships ‘exporting arms’ to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. According to The Telegraph, Vladimir Lisin, who owns a grouse shooting estate in Scotland, is one of Russia’s t senior most Olympic officials.The oligarch is offering a million dollars (650,000 pounds ) as reward to every Russian athlete who wins gold at the 2012 games. Lisin is implicated in a growing scandal over the shipment of Russian weapons to Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad is waging a brutal war against his own people.

Why England stars must walk off the pitch if they suffer racist abuse… and Cameron should leave the President of …Ukraine to cheer the football alone

Daily MailSat, 09 Jun 2012 14:39 PM PDT

Ukrainian football fans show their support for their football team while they watching them play a World Cup match when the tournament was held in Germany in 2006

With Euro 2012 under way, football fans across Britain should be anticipating the passing skills of Steven Gerrard and the shot-stopping abilities of Joe Hart. Instead, the championships – held jointly in Poland and Ukraine – are mired in stories about racism and human rights abuses. I will return to the issue of how to deal with racist behaviour by fans later in this article. But first, let us address the dithering and delay by the British Government.

May 27, 2012 Headlines: Former Running Back in TX Senate Primary & other Athletes in Politics, Ukraine Ticket scandal ends, ‘n’ Pole dancing an Olympic Sport?

Column: Sports, politics don’t often mix

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, TX GOP senate candidate- Eric Gay, AP

USA Today Mon, 28 May 2012 15:25 PM PDT

Robert Lipsyte: Craig James, ex-pro running back, is the latest seeking office. But good athletes don’t always make good politicians.

Craig James, the former Southern Methodist University and New England Patriots running back, is running again, this time in today’s Texas GOP primary for senator. He joins a growing roster of former professional athletes who want to score in a more consequential arena, usually as the same kind of fiscal and social conservatives who once owned their contracts and now are probably their biggest donors.

Tackle ’em early, I say. While most never make it from the field house to the statehouse, much less the White House, a few do make it over the goal line. Chalk it up to high name recognition, and often hero status for their athletic exploits. But when they find success in politics, they usually are holding onto the worst traits that helped them succeed in sports — narcissism, lack of empathy, a need for constant admiration. While those traits could help them win a game — or an election — they are not what we need in a public servant.

Topping my list is the former senator Jim Bunning from Kentucky, a Hall of Fame pitcher who threw a perfect game in 1964. As a politician, he was imperfect. After a 12-year hitch in the House, he spent 12 years in the Senate. In 2006, Time magazine dubbed him “the underperformer” and one of the worst five senators of his time.

Then there were those two oversized governors. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican of California, was arguably the most famous body builder of all time before his time in office from 2003 through 2010. Sam Hall Kaplan, who covered The Governator for a Los Angeles TV station, says: “The jock’s need to dominate and to win at any cost certainly applies to his term of office. He showed little initiative and little imagination, while playing to the crowds and the cronies.”

Ventura just wanted to win: Jesse Ventura wrestled as “The Body” (a villain, his motto was “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!”) before becoming a Reform Party governor of Minnesota for one term, 1999 to 2003. Jay Weiner, who had a close-up view of Ventura while working as a reporter at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, says: “To him, all the world was a stage and not the hard work of compromise. You win or you lose, or you jump off the ropes and cause a stir.”

Ronald Kamm, past president of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, agrees that pro jocks often exhibit “adolescent” traits such as grandiosity. Even so, he says, their experience with teamwork, their resilience to defeat and their personal confidence could make them all-star politicians. “I wonder why there aren’t more athletes going into politics,” says Kamm, who practices in New Jersey. “Maybe it’s because they need instant gratification. And they aren’t used to compromise and tedium. They are conditioned to win or lose.”

He notes that some pro athletes have made excellent politicians. One we agreed on was the Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp, who was a respected longtime Republican congressman from New York, and a vice presidential candidate. But what separated Kemp from the trio above was that Kemp possessed, and displayed, intellectual and leadership qualities that pre-dated his years in politics. For example, he co-founded the AFL Players Association.

Bill Bradley an exception: My own favorite jock/politician is former New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley, who spent 18 years in the U.S. Senate. But Bradley is an Ivy Leaguer and Rhodes Scholar, whose academic pedigree other pros would envy. He has written seven books — on U.S. politics, culture and the economy.

While a historical list is hard to come by (most jocks lose in regional primaries), in recent years more than a dozen pro athletes have held elective office as city mayors (currently, former NBA players Dave Bing in Detroit and Kevin Johnson in Sacramento) and members of Congress (baseball player Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell and football players Steve Largent, Jon Runyon, Tom Osborne, J.C. Watts and Heath Shuler). Not all popular athletes score the winning political touchdown. In 2006, Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann was thrown for a big loss in his run for governor of Pennsylvania.

Which leaves us with James, 50, who according to Southern Methodist’s Daily Campus newspaper “classifies himself as a fiscal and social conservative who believes in state rights, entitlement reform, hard action against an increasingly belligerent Iran and a reduction in the power of the Federal Reserve.”

If James doesn’t win, we might just have to wait for Tim Tebow, the star quarterback sensation for the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos and now the New York Jets, who says he has not ruled out the possibility of elective politics. Kamm thinks the recent Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, 23, would someday make a fine politician for “his combination of humility and confidence, assertiveness and team play.”

And don’t forget Charles Barkley, the NBA Hall of Famer and broadcaster who has said that he might run for governor of Alabama in 2014. He also once said in a commercial, “I am not a role model.” Now that sounds like a campaign slogan that could get my vote.

Robert Lipsyte is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and author of the recent memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter.

Dancers push to make pole dancing an Olympic sport

FOX 59 Indianapolis Mon, 28 May 2012 09:02 AM PDT

Pole dancing at the Olympics?  That’s right. Serious pole dancers are pushing to make this a sport. But can it shake its naughty reputation? “It can be extremely challenging. It’s Olympic level difficulty depending on what you’re looking for what style is,” said Becca Butcher, pole dancer. And Butcher isn’t exaggerating; these pole performers could soon be going for the gold. “The biggest challenge is going to be the stereotyping that we have to deal with. And you know, quite frankly everyone thinks pole fitness and pole sport and everything came out of strip clubs but it started long before then,” said Trautman. “We have to take some of the eroticism out of the moves and also take off the high heels. We’re going to frame it as these are athletes that you’re watching. “

Ukraine Olympics boss resigns over ticket scandal

AFP via Yahoo! Canada Sports Mon, 28 May 2012 03:54 AM PDT

The general secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympics Committee (NOC) resigned on Monday following claims by the BBC he sought to sell tickets for the London Games on the black market. “Volodymyr Gerashchenko has submitted his resignation from the position of general secretary of the NOC,” the committee said in a statement, adding he had pledged to cooperate with an independent investigation commission. The BBC revealed last week that Gerashchenko had been exposed in a sting operation trying to sell some 100 tickets for the London Olympic Games.

FIFA: Politics should not influence Euro 2012 hosting

KYIV Post Mon, 28 May 2012 00:10 AM PDT

FIFA President Joseph Blatter on Friday urged not to raise political issues in connection with the Euro 2012 European football championship, which is held this summer in Poland and Ukraine, the EFE agency has reported. Political issues should not influence the organization of sports events as a whole and football matches, in particular. Football should unite people, not estrange them, he said in Budapest. The EFE agency said that Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban speaking at the FIFA congress organized in his country supported the idea. “Football and other sports aimed at uniting people. It’s unlikely that boycott [of Euro 2012] will allow achieving the goal,” he said.

May 23, 2012 Headlines: London Olympics bans human right violators, Jose Canseco the economist, and MN’s fuzzy math

World leaders guilty of human rights abuses banned from London Olympics

PanARMENIAN.Net Wed, 23 May 2012 09:02 AM PDT

World leaders and politicians guilty of human rights abuses will be banned from entering Britain for the 2012 London Olympics, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, May 23, AFP reported. “Entry will be refused where an individual’s presence at the Games or in the UK would not be conducive to the public good,” Jeremy Browne, minister of state at the Foreign Office, told parliament in a written statement. “Where there is independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses, the individual will not normally be permitted to enter the UK.”

Venezuela seeks to improve on poor Olympic record

Reuters via Yahoo! India News Wed, 23 May 2012 00:03 AM PDT

CARACAS (Reuters) – Socialist-run Venezuela has been unable to replicate the Olympic glories of political bedfellows Cuba, China or the old Soviet Union. Yet there is no lack of enthusiasm among the 60 or so athletes heading to the London Olympics with the dream of adding to the South American nation’s gold medal tally of one. No one will be cheering them louder than President Hugo Chavez, a sports-lover who has poured oil revenues into the “massification” of sport as a major plank of his self-styled revolution in Venezuela since taking power in 1999.

 Yes, Really: Jose Canseco Blasts Mitt Romney: A ‘Joker’ Who Believes In€˜Bullsh*t€’

Mediaite Wed, 23 May 2012 10:47 AM PDT

Former major league baseball star and notoriously nonsensical tweeter Jose Canseco was profiled today by Grantland as the bulky slugger begins his stint with an independent ball club, the Worcester Tornadoes. Besides discussing his breakfast regiment and new career, Canseco randomly veered into politics, taking the time to blast presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as a “joker” who believes in “bullshit” about fixing the federal deficit.

NFLPA Files Collusion Suit Against NFL Owners

Bleacher ReportWed, 23 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

NFLPA Leadership

The NFL Players Association has brought suit against the owners for alleged collusion during the 2010 football season. This claim details an apparent conspiracy in which owners agreed to not exceed a secret $123-million salary cap in a year where no actual boundary existed. Domonique Foxworth, a free agent cornerback and president of the Players Association, had this to say about the impending …

CONCACAF nations lash out at disgraced ex-leaders

The Washington Times Wed, 23 May 2012 10:13 AM PDT

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (AP) – A damning list of alleged financial mismanagement by former CONCACAF leaders Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer was outlined to 40 soccer nations Wednesday, just minutes after they elected Jeffrey Webb as their new president. The Cayman Islands banker was the only candidate to succeed disgraced former FIFA …

Minneapolis City Council President Uses Bizarre Math To Push New Stadium For Vikings

Forbes Wed, 23 May 2012 11:24 AM PDT

The Minneapolis City Council has scheduled a vote Friday for final approval to the $975 million stadium deal for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. The new stadium, scheduled to be ready for the 2016 season, would be built on the site of the Metrodome, where Vikings have played since 1982. Minnesota Governor Mark signed …

Politicians and Team Owners Snooker Sports Fans and Taxpayers

Cato Institute Wed, 23 May 2012 05:09 AM PDT

This article appeared in Huffington Post on May 22, 2012. Minnesota governor Mark Dayton just signed the midnight deal that state lawmakers struck with the owners of the Minnesota Vikings to build the team a new stadium. Players and management shook hands. Fans breathed a sigh of relief that their beloved football team would remain in the Gopher State. But some important parties were missing from the celebration: the taxpayers who are stuck with the check

Ukrainian News: NOC Denies Having Spare Tickets To 2012 Olympics

KYIV Post Wed, 23 May 2012 00:55 AM PDT

National Olympic Committee President Serhiy Bubka says the NOC has no excess tickets to ХХХ Olympic Games 2012, due to take place in London, UK, reads a statement made by the NOC press service. “The Ukrainian NOC has no excess tickets to the Olympic Games and all the tickets received will be distributed via official channels only,” the statement quotes Bubka as saying.

Governor Otter wishes Yotes well at NAIA World Series

KBOI-TV Boise Tue, 22 May 2012 20:36 PM PDT

College of Idaho baseball is off to the NAIA World Series for the fifth time in school history. That kind of season gets the attention baseball fans no matter where they work, including the Capitol.