Monthly Archives: July 2014

Israel kills Palestinian football legend

Ahed-Zaqout.Palestine49-year-old Ahed Zaqout was not known to belong to any particular political entity and had never expressed clear political views. Nidal Al-Mughrabi of Reuters reports.

(July 31) – Ahed Zaqout, a former Palestinian national team player, has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit his apartment in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said on Thursday.
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BBC: 200th anniversary of Lord’s – ‘Home of Cricket’

From WG Grace to Graham Gooch’s 333

Michael Atherton, Scahin Tendulkar and Shane Warne

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne – watched by former England captain Michael Atherton – led rival teams in an anniversary match at Lord’s

(July 17) – Lord’s – the feted ‘Home of Cricket’ – is celebrating its 200th birthday as it hosts the second Test between England and India.

The north-west London venue, founded by cricketer-turned-wine merchant Thomas Lord, is home to the Long Room, the egg-and-bacon colours of Marylebone Cricket Club, the Grace Gates and honours boards on which every cricketer dreams of seeing their name. Continue reading

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NCAA settles concussion lawsuit with $70m fund for college athletes

US university sporting cartel forced to agree to standardise how colleges treat players with head injuries and allow for athletes to seek compensation. Instead of adopting stricter protections for athletes, the lawsuit said the NCAA chose “to sacrifice them on an altar of money and profits”, an approach that occurred even though the NCAA had known for at least a decade “of the correlation between concussions and depression, dementia and early onset Alzheimer’s disease.” A 2010 internal NCAA survey found almost half of athletes with signs of a concussion were put back into the same game. 

American college sports, especially football, has come under scrutiny for head injuries sustained during play | Kathy Willens/AP

American college sports, especially football, has come under scrutiny for head injuries sustained during play | Kathy Willens/AP

AP (July 29 ) – The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70m fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. Continue reading

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World Cup 2018: There is truly no limit to the British hypocrisy!

Foot on ballAccording to Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and a vicious supporter of the regime change wars in Libya and Syria, which claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, it is “unthinkable” that Russia should host the World Cup in 2018 because pro-Russian separatist rebels have been accused by the US-NATO military bloc of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines airplane.

Yet, it was quite acceptable for the United Kingdom, which is responsible for (not accused of) the killing of over 1000 000 Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, and destroying THREE countries, to have hosted the Olympic Games in 2012!! Continue reading

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Moroccan sports fans chant for Gaza

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Detroit, other US cities ripping off public workers to fund stadiums

Taxpayers face major cuts to their negotiated benefits yet remain on the hook for a $283 million gaudy new arena in the bankrupt city DAVID SIROTA

Detroit's latest pension disgrace: A gaudy new arena at retirees' expense

Joe Louis Arena in Detroit | AP/Paul Sancya

Salon (July 24) – As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

Detroit this week became the most prominent example of this trend. Officials in the financially devastated city announced that their plan to slash public workers’ pension benefits will move forward. On the same day, the billionaire owners of the Detroit Red Wings, the Ilitch family, unveiled details of an already approved taxpayer-financed stadium for the professional hockey team.

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US sanctions Red Bull for staging cliff diving event in Cuba

 Red Bull pays $90,000 for OFAC Cuba travel sanction violations Continue reading

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