This Sporting Life

THE BATTLE OF THE MULTIMILLIONAIRES

March 3 2011
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Personally, I don’t get it, yet I know hundreds of thousands of sports fans are deeply concerned about the ongoing dispute between the players and the team owners in the National Football League. At stake is how to divide up $9 billion. Are there good guys in this fight? I say, “A plague on both…

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AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY MINUTES

January 27 2011
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JANUARY 27, 2011. 1. A suicide bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport killed 35 people and injured more than 100. There were no admissions of responsibility but suspicion fell on Islamists from Russia’s restive north Caucasus, who have been responsible for previous terrorist attacks. President Dmitry Medvedev sacked several police and security officials for failing to…

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THE COMMONSHAME GAMES

August 22 2010
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From Japan Times India’s Commonwealth Games, which are set to roll in New Delhi from Oct. 3, have turned into the nation’s biggest shame. At a cost of $7.5 billion — excluding improvements and additions to city infrastructure — these will be the most expensive Commonwealth Games ever……..The cost — all laid to Indian taxpayers…

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SPORTING NEWS

February 23 2010
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In every corner of the world, something breathtaking is happening, and you would be angry at me for ignoring these gems. From The Daily Telegraph in Australia comes this news: NATHAN Hauritz believes there is room for him and Steven Smith in the Twenty20 side. Hauritz said last night he is also keen to be…

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WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT CHARITYWISE

January 18 2010
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What are the people with money doing about Haiti? Here is a rundown of some contributors. Law firms Patton Boggs – $25,000 to the Red Cross and $25,000 to Doctors W/O Borders. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr – $25,000 Red Cross. Hogan & Hartson – Will match employee contribitions to a maximum of $100,000.…

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WORTHLESS NEWS FROM COPENHAGEN

October 4 2009
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Representatives from 4 cities with nothing better to do than waste the time and money of their citizens bashed it out for the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Chicago, represented by amateurs such as Barack Obama, got knocked out in the first round of voting. Tokyo was beaten in the second round. Speculation…

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THIS SPORTING LIFE

September 1 2009
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In one more proof, if any more was needed that China has gone the way of American imperialism and violence, the following should suffice. From Reuters – A bizarre row over a player’s height caused a Chinese basketball game to be abandoned and sparked violent scenes that left several cars destroyed in Guangdong earlier this…

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SHOW US YOUR GENDER PAPERS!

August 21 2009
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The woman from South Africa who just won the 800 meters run at the World Track and Field Championships has come under fire. She looks like a man according to the sore losers in the race. However, when she showers in the locker rooms, nothing seems to indicate she is a man. It is a…

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DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

August 14 2009
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Expatica reports that now that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won their quarter-final matches in a Montreal tournament, they will meet in the finals. “Montreal — Roger Federer captured his 21st consecutive match win Thursday at the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters and will now play the finals game with Rafael Nadal.” Nadal won…

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THIS SPORTING LIFE

August 5 2009
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Sports build character and, as an aside, fill pockets with cash. 1. The University of Florida proudly (or shamelessly) announced it will pay its football coach $4 million/year. USA Today says that, in the light of solid coaching, he deserves it. Not to be outdone, University of Alabama will soon give its coach a 4…

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FIRING THE GOOD GUYS

July 27 2009
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This report by Millard Baker, one of the country’s leading authorities on the use of steroids. ********************************* Russ Walker, a security police officer at a high-security government nuclear weapons facility, was fired after testing positive for anabolic steroids. Walker attributes the positive steroid test to his use of the over-the-counter supplement identified as “DecaVol” manufactured…

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HOW OBAMA CAN WIN THE HEARTS OF THE CASTRO BROTHERS

April 14 2009
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Barack Obama has approved measures that will allow Cuban Americans to travel more freely to Cuba, his spokesman has said. Cuban-Americans will also be allowed to send more money to relatives in Cuba. Mr Obama last month signed a spending bill easing some economic sanctions on Cuba. Restrictions would also be lifted on US telecommunications…

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WE’RE ALL ON PINS AND NEEDLES WAITING FOR OSCAR

April 11 2009
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Once upon a time, we waited for Godot. Now we wait for Oscar de la Hoya. The multi-zillionaire has just announced that he will announce on Tuesday whether he is quitting boxing. As with everything else in his life, Oscar has a reason for picking Tuesday. You can be sure he has calculated down to…

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WOOF WOOF, BANG BANG

April 1 2009
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Ah, this sporting life. It has often been observed that nothing builds character as much as involvement in the Grand Games. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Michael Vick has agreed to pay the Atlanta Falcons at least $6.5 million as part of his bankruptcy case, moving closer to cutting ties with a team that doesn’t…

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HANK THE K LIKES SOCCER

March 31 2009
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THE CURMUDGEON IN ME LETS LOOSE. Soccer is one of the most depraved of human activities, especially as practiced in South America and Europe. North America, Africa, and Asia have not yet caught on to the purpose of the game. The idea seems to be to burn down stadiums when the team you are rooting…

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THIS UNSPORTING LIFE

March 25 2009
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Once upon a time the World Series gave us the champion baseball team of the world. It was reasonable to think so since international competition did not exist. Today, things are different. Baseball has become a worldwide sport and the American professionals are no longer dominant. Yesterday, Japan defeated Korea in the so-called World Baseball…

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THIS SPORTING LIFE

March 18 2009
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Former professional basketball player, Roy Tarpley, was banned from the NBA in 1991 for drug use, mainly cocaine. In 1995 he was reinstated but this time he was banished from the league permanently for more drug use, alcohol abuse and violating terms of his parole. Now 44 years old, Roy has not gone quietly into…

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THIS SPORTING LIFE

March 13 2009
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Michael Phelps is endlessly fascinating to the public but not because he is an inherently interesting person. When he is out of water, he is like a fish out of water. Apart from his tedious apologies tediously recited, he is a person you would not invite to your backyard pool if you had to spend…

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TO DIE OR NOT TO DIE – THAT IS THE QUESTION

March 10 2009
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Short Report Would you dope? A general population test of the Goldman Dilemma James M Connor 1* and Jason Mazanov 1 1 UNSW@ADFA, Australia * To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: james.connor@adfa.edu.au. Abstract Objective: To test Goldman’s dilemma on a sample of the general population by asking whether they would take the Faustian Bargain…

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BARRY, ALEX AND PETE

March 9 2009
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Almost nobody seems to know what the various Halls of Fame are about. Pete Rose has now spent almost as much time trying to persuade the powers-that-be that he should be admitted to baseball’s H of F as he ever spent playing the game. He is a confused man. Given their ongoing battles over performance-enhancing…

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FROM SILLINESS TO BLOODSHED

February 27 2009
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In Nigeria, anything can be the occasion of violence. I won’t be surprised if this silly argument degenerates into bloodshed. Reprinted from The Nation (Nigerian newspaper): Kaduna — As it can best be expected anywhere there is no coordination of duties, confusion developed a few minutes after the end of the Festival over who should…

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OBAMA AND RESPECT FOR SLAUGHTER

February 25 2009
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Every president has an official propaganda agenda and Mr. Obama is no exception. Here is one section: Sportsmen President Obama did not grow up hunting and fishing, but he recognizes the great conservation legacy of America’s hunters and anglers and has great respect for the passion that hunters and anglers have for their sports. Were…

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CHRIST AND POLITICS MIX WITH SPORTS

January 26 2009
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A high school basketball coach in Texas just lost his job because his girls’ squad won a game by the score 100-0. The headmaster who did the firing said, “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition,” said the statement, signed by…

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THIS SPORTING LIFE

January 3 2009
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The wrong time and the wrong place for America’s darling speedball. Danica Patrick was given another speeding ticket in Arizona. She has accumulated a nice batch. Last year, the pretty lassie with an itch for gunning the accelerator was humiliated by being ordered to attend traffic school. Save it for Indy, girl.*****Former World Anti-Doping Agency…

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