Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

30 June 2011

IOC To Olympians: We Can Kick You Out For What You Tweet

The Olympic gods have spoken, and they have told athletes participating in Games of the XXX Olympiad next year in London that they are what they tweet.

In its guidelines for social media, namely Twitter, the International Olympic Committee says athletes must accept a handful of conditions that could carry the severest of penalties if broken — removal from the Games. If someone does not comply with these rules, they could find themselves outside the Olympic Village looking in. Touting a product is among the no-no’s.

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29 June 2011

The High Five

Agent Zero takes on a new mission, but is the U.S. women’s World Cup soccer team? It’s your High Five!

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27 June 2011

Athlete Tweets

Athletes say the darndest things. In today’s edition, locked out NFL players try their hand at media jobs, a track star shows her “patriotism,” and a NASCAR driver texts while racing.

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24 June 2011

The High Five

The Mannings find a new gig during the NFL lockout, an American tennis player goes Gaga in London, and the Phillie Phanatic gets plunked. It’s your High Five!

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22 June 2011

Interview: Andrew Baggarly, author of ‘A Band Of Misfits’

I recently spoke with San Jose Mercury News Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly about his newly released first book, “A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants.” It recounts the franchise’s first world championship since leaving New York in 1956.

The 2011 season marks Baggarly’s eighth year covering the team. He previously covered the Angels and Dodgers for two years each for newspapers in Southern California, beginning in 1996. He is a Baseball Hall of Fame voter and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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The High Five

It’s the story of a triumvirate of role reversals, a fashion faux pas at Wimbledon, and a fiery ex. It’s your High Five!

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20 June 2011

Athlete Tweets

Athletes say the darndest things. In today’s edition, Father’s Day and the CarFax Car Fox has the Twitterverse all aflutter.

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17 June 2011

Cleveland deli disses LeBron with menu change

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is not the only Clevelander to take a bite out of LeBron James since the Heat lost in the NBA Finals. Now, a well-known area deli is doing the same, and it comes with a traditional bowl of homemade pickles.

The owners of Corky and Lenny’s, a New York-style Jewish deli serving Cleveland for 55 years, have changed the name of their “King” corned beef sandwich to the “Dirk Nowitzki” in honor of the Finals MVP.

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16 June 2011

Stewart Cink gears up for the U.S. Open

The 111th edition of the U.S. Open Championship teed off Thursday, and without Tiger lurking, the American portion of the field is feeling quite confident, though because of golf’s global expansion, they are still not quite out of the woods.

One such hopeful is 38-year-old Stewart Cink, an Alabama native and six-time winner on the PGA tour. He enters the season’s second major tournament, which is being held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., ranked 71st according to the Official World Golf Rankings, having already accrued what is approaching $1 million in earnings this season after making 12 of 14 cuts. But if he is going to accomplish the vaunted feat, nerves are something he’ll need to manage.

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The High Five

The French and English are after each other again, as is Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, and the Dallas Mavericks DeShawn Stevenson was up to his old hijinks just two days after winning the NBA championship (Well that sure didn’t take long). It’s your High Five!

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