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    Other Sports Random, Random

    Thought I'd create a new thread for interesting news and stuff from other sports.

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    Laure Manaudou, famous for being the first French gold medal winner in women's Olympics swimming (2004) and for photos of her naked in bed, has retired, saying Heninesquely: "It came to me little by little. I didn’t make it on impulse. It has matured slowly.”

    She is rumored to be pregnant. Also, rumors that she will unretire for the 2012 Olympics.

    http://www.lejdd.fr/Sport/Natation/A...naudou-135191/

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    The site for 2016 Olympics will be decided this Friday in Copenhagen. Even Obama will be there to promote Chicago's bid.

    I am rooting for Madrid (best time zone and games have never been there before). Rio would be cool for various reasons, but I don't believe IOC is going to gamble like that. Chicago would be fine too albeit only 20 years after Atlanta might be too soon. Tokyo option I don't like - they have had them already and games were in East Asia just two years ago.

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    Having lived in Chicago, I LOVE the city, but think there is something exciting about having the games in Rio de Janeiro. Assuming they could pull it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    The site for 2016 Olympics will be decided this Friday in Copenhagen. Even Obama will be there to promote Chicago's bid.

    I am rooting for Madrid (best time zone and games have never been there before). Rio would be cool for various reasons, but I don't believe IOC is going to gamble like that. Chicago would be fine too albeit only 20 years after Atlanta might be too soon. Tokyo option I don't like - they have had them already and games were in East Asia just two years ago.
    The 2008 Olympics was in China, the 2010 will be in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympics will be in London, 2014 will be in Sochi.

    The last Olympics here in the US was the 2002 Olympics. The last Olympics in Japan was the 1998 Nagano Olympics, while the last one in Spain was the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. No country from South America has hosted the Olympic Games.

    The choice is really up in the air. I can't see the IOC giving three straight Olympics to Europe. They did give the 2014 games to Sochi after London won, so Tokyo or Chicago may get to host 2016 even if Beijing and Vancouver just hosted. I agree that the IOC may not be willing to give it to Rio just yet.

    Personally I would like Tokyo to get it for selfish reasons. I want to go back to Asia for around three months in 2016, and maybe spend a week to watch the Olympics in Japan if I can get tickets.

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    New York Jets receiver David Clowney was benched after his Twitter message riled coach Rex Ryan. The Texas Tech team was banned from tweeting after a player criticized the coach. The Miami Heat was told no more messages from the arena.
    Not such a sweet tweet Monday for social networking in sports.
    It's "a bunch of narcissists that want to sit and type stuff about themselves all the time," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. "We'll put mirrors in some of their lockers if that's necessary but they don't have to Twitter."
    So, what got him so worked up?
    A day after the Red Raiders lost to No. 12 Houston 29-28, Leach was running late to a meeting. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, linebacker Marlon Williams asked on his Twitter account why "the head coach can't even be on time."

    Plus, the Texas Tech captain Brandon Carter was suspended indefinitely Sunday for violating team rules. After the loss, he tweeted: "This is not how I saw our season."

    Clowney sat out the Jets' 24-17 win over Tennessee on Sunday. His offense? After the Jets beat New England the previous week, he tweeted: "1 play in the 1st Half, 4 plays in the 2nd half ... A bit disappointed about my playing time but very happy and satisfied about the win."
    "I was upset with him, yep," Ryan said Monday. "For a couple of reasons. One of them is you'll hear things if a guy's unhappy or whatever. I'm not a big Twitter guy, but you hear different things."

    The Heat sent a message to its players: No more tweets from the arena, home or away, practice or gametime.

    Star guard Dwyane Wade sounded OK with the edict.
    "When you come to work, you come to work," he said. "You can tweet before, you can tweet after. It's not addicting like where I'm going to take a bathroom break, go downstairs and tweet. I think people take it a little too far with that."


    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-w...-for-tweeters/
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    Dementia Risk Higher for NFL Players

    By Steven Reinberg
    HealthDay Reporter by Steven Reinberg

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Former professional football players suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related conditions at rates far higher than the general population, a new study commissioned by the National Football League shows.


    And retired players between the ages of 30 and 49 are 19 times more likely to struggle with memory problems than similarly aged men who never played professional football, the study found.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/dementia...rfornflplayers
    Tennis' version of Cousin It.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    Dementia Risk Higher for NFL Players

    By Steven Reinberg
    HealthDay Reporter by Steven Reinberg

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Former professional football players suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related conditions at rates far higher than the general population, a new study commissioned by the National Football League shows.


    And retired players between the ages of 30 and 49 are 19 times more likely to struggle with memory problems than similarly aged men who never played professional football, the study found.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/dementia...rfornflplayers
    Duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    New York Jets receiver David Clowney was benched after his Twitter message riled coach Rex Ryan. The Texas Tech team was banned from tweeting after a player criticized the coach. The Miami Heat was told no more messages from the arena.
    Not such a sweet tweet Monday for social networking in sports.
    It's "a bunch of narcissists that want to sit and type stuff about themselves all the time," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. "We'll put mirrors in some of their lockers if that's necessary but they don't have to Twitter."
    So, what got him so worked up?
    A day after the Red Raiders lost to No. 12 Houston 29-28, Leach was running late to a meeting. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, linebacker Marlon Williams asked on his Twitter account why "the head coach can't even be on time."

    Plus, the Texas Tech captain Brandon Carter was suspended indefinitely Sunday for violating team rules. After the loss, he tweeted: "This is not how I saw our season."

    Clowney sat out the Jets' 24-17 win over Tennessee on Sunday. His offense? After the Jets beat New England the previous week, he tweeted: "1 play in the 1st Half, 4 plays in the 2nd half ... A bit disappointed about my playing time but very happy and satisfied about the win."
    "I was upset with him, yep," Ryan said Monday. "For a couple of reasons. One of them is you'll hear things if a guy's unhappy or whatever. I'm not a big Twitter guy, but you hear different things."

    The Heat sent a message to its players: No more tweets from the arena, home or away, practice or gametime.

    Star guard Dwyane Wade sounded OK with the edict.
    "When you come to work, you come to work," he said. "You can tweet before, you can tweet after. It's not addicting like where I'm going to take a bathroom break, go downstairs and tweet. I think people take it a little too far with that."


    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-w...-for-tweeters/
    I think the new rule makes sense. I know when I'm tweeting or texting I can't concentrate on anything else, so why not pay attention to practice or the game or the team meeting and tweet afterwards?
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    ESPN The Magazine Announces 'Body Issue' Athletes

    Body Issue Features Explore the Athletic Form – Inside & Out
    Carl Edwards, Dwight Howard, Adrian Peterson & Serena Williams Among Athletes Featured

    ESPN The Magazine's inaugural “Body Issue,” on newsstands Friday, Oct. 9, will feature nearly 80 athletes from a variety of sports in a celebration and exploration of the athletic form. The issue honors athletes of diverse shapes, sizes, genders and races within the boundaries of taste and frontiers of creativity upon which ESPN The Magazine and ESPN have built their reputations. It is a testament to the work the athletes do, the effort they exert and the price they sometimes pay in reliance on their most important asset – their bodies.

    Features in the Body Issue explore the athletic form, inside and out – literally. Body Issue editorial topics include: the largest genetic test of current and former athletes to examine their genetic mapping, athletes’ use of sexuality to promote themselves, a first-hand look at an athlete’s ACL surgery, insuring the athletic body and what video game companies know about the athletic body and the process they go through to create the video game representation of star athletes.

    The Body Issue will feature three major photo acts that will include the following athletes:


    · Adam Nelson / TRACK & FIELD / SHOT PUT
    · Adrian Peterson / NFL / VIKINGS
    · Alex Solis / JOCKEY
    · Bryan Clay / TRACK & FIELD / DECATHLETE
    · Byamba / SUMO
    · Carl Edwards / NASCAR
    · Casey Hampton / NFL / STEELERS
    · Cheryl Haworth / WOMEN’S WEIGHTLIFTER
    · Claire Bevilacqua / SURFER
    · D.C. United: Chris Pontius, Bryan Namoff, Clyde Simms, Jaime Moreno, Santino Quaranta, Ben Olsen / SOCCER / MLS
    · Dwight Howard / NBA / MAGIC
    · Edmonton Oilers: Sheldon Souray, Ethan Moreau, Andrew Cogliano / NHL
    · Gina Carano / MMA
    · Ivan Rodriguez / MLB / RANGERS
    · Jenn Stuczynski / TRACK & FIELD / POLE VAULT
    · Johnny Weir / ICE SKATER
    · Ken Schrader / NASCAR
    · Kevin Robinson / BMX
    · Kristi Leskinen / FREESTYLE SKIER
    · Laird Hamilton / SURFER
    · Lolo Jones / TRACK & FIELD / HURDLER
    · LPGA: Sandra Gal, Anna Grzebien, Christina Kim / GOLF
    · Malliciah Goodman / COLLEGE FOOTBALL / CLEMSON
    · Manny Pacquiao / BOXER
    · Mark Martin / NASCAR
    · Metal Mulisha: Todd Potter, Colin Morrison, Ronnie Faisst, Brian Deegan, Beau Manley, Nixey Danielson / MOTOCROSS
    · Michelle Carter / TRACK & FIELD / SHOT PUT
    · Natasha Kai / USA SOCCER
    · Nelson Cruz / MLB / RANGERS
    · Oguchi Onyewu / USA SOCCER
    · Patrick Kerney / NFL / SEAHAWKS
    · Poker: Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth
    · Randy Couture / MMA
    · Ryan Guettler / BMX
    · Ryan Lochte / SWIMMER
    · Sarah Reinertsen / TRIATHLETE
    · Scott Jurek / ULTRAMARATHONER
    · Serena Williams / TENNIS
    · Shane Proctor / BULL RIDER
    · Steph Davis / ROCK CLIMBER / BASE JUMPER
    · Stephane Robidas / NHL / STARS
    · Susan Francia / ROWER
    · Torry Holt / NFL / JAGUARS
    · USA Softball: Natasha Watley, Cat Osterman, Jessica Mendoza, Lauren Lappin
    · Zdeno Chara / NHL / BRUINS


    Additionally the Body Issue will include a “Super-Sized” edition of The Mag’s franchise, “Sweat Spot,” that will include:

    · Chris Higgins, Eric Nystrom, Bill Guerin and Mike Komisarek / NHL
    · Dean Karnazes / ULTRAMARATHON
    · Joba Chamberlain / MLB / YANKEES
    · Marcia Garcia / SHORT-TRACK SPEEDSKATER
    · Phil Loadholt / NFL / VIKINGS
    · Red Bull Racing Pit Crew: Jake Brzozowski, Chad Avrit, Jon Lucas, Joe Slingerland
    · USA/Women's Hockey: Megan Van Beusekom, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Brianna Decker, Natalie Darwitz, Kelli Stack, Sarah Parsons, Kerry Weiland, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Angela Ruggiero

    Other features in the forthcoming issue will include:

    · Blake “Bilko” Williams / MOTOCROSS
    · Carol Hamilton / VOLLEYBALL
    · Kobe Bryant / NBA / LAKERS
    · Michele Rauter / VOLLEYBALL

    ESPN Insider on ESPN.com will host a photo gallery and will feature behind the scenes video from some of the more than 30 photo shoots produced; content will post beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7.

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    Golf and rugby will be medal events in the 2016 Olympics!! Golf for the first time since 1904, and rugby since 1924.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...GT49QD9B7RGQ02

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    It's about time they brought golf and rugby back!
    There's a room where the light won't find you
    Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
    When they do
    I'll be right behind you


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    From the world of WAGS

    The Yankees' wives and girlfriends have been banned from trashing Kate Hudson after Page Six revealed there was coldness between her and Derek Jeter's squeeze, Minka Kelly. We told how low-key Kelly disapproved of Hudson's antics including cheering wildly from the front row and smooching A-Rod all over town. A source said, "The Yankees told the girls to be careful who they spoke to about Kate. They are concerned about the ramifications for the players."
    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/no_h...cCdZ8qny4KsxTL
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit View Post
    Golf and rugby will be medal events in the 2016 Olympics!! Golf for the first time since 1904, and rugby since 1924.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...GT49QD9B7RGQ02
    Quote Originally Posted by hurricanejeanne View Post
    It's about time they brought golf and rugby back!
    Kind of deserving, but I hate the fact that they make the games ever bigger and more expensive...

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    Top Five: Doping escuses http://eurosport.yahoo.com/09102009/...g-excuses.html

    Our friend Gasquest has the number 1


    Richard Gasquet (tennis) - French kissing

    In March, the Frenchman tested positive for cocaine at the Miami Masters. Gasquet pleaded his innocence, maintaining that the drug must have got into his system via a waitress, whom he had spent the previous night kissing. The explanation was initially greeted with derision, but Gasquet took the case to an independent tribunal, which heard he "kissed her at least seven times, each kiss lasting about five to 10 seconds". The 23-year-old also argued successfully that - unknown to him - his companion was a regular drug user, and subsequent forensic evidence sealed the deal. The two-year ban was reduced to two months, and Gasquet is now back in competition.

    Dennis Mitchell (athletics) - Beer and sex

    US sprinter Mitchell tested positive in 1998 for an excessive level of testosterone. He blamed the sky-high reading on his activities the previous night, when he said he drunk five bottles of beer and had sex with his wife four times. His defence claimed: "It was her birthday, the lady deserved a treat." Amazingly, the American authorities bought Mitchell's explanation, but the IAAF were less indulgent. He was banned for two years. Mitchell later testified against his former coach Trevor Graham in the infamous BALCO case. In an unrelated aside, Mitchell shares his name with the US version of comic book tearaway Dennis the Menace.

    Ross Rebagliati (snowboarding) - Passive smoking

    Rebagliati won the Giant Slalom in the men's snowboarding competition at Nagano, the first time the sport had been included in the Winter Olympics. The IOC had hoped to add a hint of youthful rebellion to the games but got more than they bargained for. The Canadian lost his medal when traces of THC - a chemical found in marijuana smoke - were found in his urine. Rebagliati protested his innocence, saying he had inhaled the smoke passively at a pre-Olympic party. He was eventually reinstated, mainly on the basis that marijuana does not enhance athletic performance. The repentant Rebagliati pledged to "wear a gas mask" at future parties.

    Adri van der Poel (cycling) - Pigeon pie

    Cycling has had more than its share of doping controversies, but excuses do not come more outlandish than Dutchman Van der Poel's in 1983 after he who tested positive for strychnine, which acts as a stimulant when used in small doses. He blamed it on a pigeon pie served for Sunday lunch. Little did he know, Van der Poel explained, that the birds were his father-in-law's racing pigeons which had been doped with strychnine. Van der Poel came back, won several one-day classics and two Tour de France stages, and eventually retired in 2000.
    Alex Chick / Eurosport

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