U.S. wins 4 x 200 Swim Relay, Phelps Wins Olympic Record 19th Medal (AZCentral.com – Breaking Sports News)

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Facebook’s read it later comes from Spool

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Facebook is going to introduce “read-it-later” features into its mobile app, published reports say. That shouldn’t come as a surprise because this was one of the core offerings of Spool, a tiny startup Facebook (s FB) acquired earlier this summer. Many believed that it was an acqui-hire type acquisition, but at the time I argued that Facebook wanted the technology for its mobile applications:

Spool had built its own media-distribution network using servers and caching media content in various data centers. Web content you saved can be parsed, cached, queued up and made available for quick access on the apps or on the web. The approach to cache and share content extended beyond just web page content. It also allowed you to watch videos or other media inside the Spool app as well — spooled for instant view or offline viewing later.

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Panasonic North America CEO Joe Taylor on manufacturing: “The United States has become a less attractive place for companies”

Piers Morgan

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., “Piers Morgan Tonight” welcomes the CEO of Panasonic North America Joe Taylor to the studio in London. Panasonic North America is entering its 25th year as a proud sponsor of the Olympic games.

Among the topics of discussion is the issue of American companies sending manufacturing jobs outside of the United States. “I don’t think there’s a very simple answer for all of it,” Taylor says. “I would tell you that in the 80s through the early 90s, we had 24 manufacturing sites in North America and we’ve reduced that by 80 percent today because of competitive pressures around the world.”

Taylor goes on to talk about the U.S. decline in “foreign and direct investment” over the years

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Climb into the Cockpit of This 13-Foot Robot for Only $1.28 Million

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Get ready to fulfill all of your Robotech-related fantasies — provided you have $1.28 million on hand. That’s how much it will cost you to buy Kuratas, the 13-foot tall humanoid robot on wheels unveiled at Tokyo’s World Festival on Monday by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, according to the Guardian.

We haven’t had the chance to try it out (hint, hint Suidobashi Heavy Industry) but the instructional video above makes it look like every 12-year-old’s dream come true. Actually, if it wasn’t for this video of the same pilot “Anna” climbing into the robot during a live demonstration, I would think it was too good to be true.

According to the SydneyMorning Herald, Kuratas is equipped with a Gatling gun that can shoot 100 ball bearings a second. The controls inside the cockpit move the 4.5-metric ton robot’s 30 hydraulic joints, although it can also be…

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Sir Steve Redgrave ponders what it would be like without his medals: “Nobody would be inviting me anywhere”

Piers Morgan

The Olympics are in full swing and Piers Morgan is reporting from the epicenter of all the excitement—London. Tonight at 9PM, the host is joined by Sir Steven Redgrave, the five time Olympic gold medalist in rowing. The athlete, who was awarded knighthood in 2001, says the medals have impacted everything in his life:

“Without the medals, you wouldn’t get all the other honors that come along with it. So, if I won no Olympic gold medals, I wouldn’t have been anywhere near this place,” Sir Redgrave explains to Morgan laughingly. “Nobody would be inviting me anywhere; you wouldn’t want to be speaking to me.”

Sir Redgrave retired after his last Olympic Gold in Sydney in 2000. Seen by many as the best rower in the world, Redgrave says he did not know much about the sport when he was younger.

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FCC to Verizon: You can’t block tethering apps, Verizon settles for $1.25M

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Verizon(s vz)(s vod) customers will soon have the option of downloading Android(s goog) apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot —apps that Verizon blocked initially because it didn’t want customers circumventing its $20 a month mobile hot spot fee. The FCC has determined that nation’s largest wireless carrier was in the wrong in this situation because it had purchased spectrum back in 2008 that required Verizon to allow open access to its network.

Thus Verizon has settled with the FCC and is offering a $1.25 million payment to the U.S. Treasury as a result of the FCC’s consent decree on this issue. The FCC also is saying that Verizon cannot charge customers on tiered data plans the $20 a month tethering fee, but it can charge it for those customers who are on an unlimited data plan. However, Verizon will not actually have a way…

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FCC to Verizon: You can’t block tethering apps, Verizon settles for $1.25M

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Verizon(s vz)(s vod) customers will soon have the option of downloading Android(s goog) apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot —apps that Verizon blocked initially because it didn’t want customers circumventing its $20 a month mobile hot spot fee. The FCC has determined that nation’s largest wireless carrier was in the wrong in this situation because it had purchased spectrum back in 2008 that required Verizon to allow open access to its network.

Thus Verizon has settled with the FCC and is offering a $1.25 million payment to the U.S. Treasury as a result of the FCC’s consent decree on this issue. The FCC also is saying that Verizon cannot charge customers on tiered data plans the $20 a month tethering fee, but it can charge it for those customers who are on an unlimited data plan. However, Verizon will not actually have a way…

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Amazon’s cloud music service gets iTunes-like match feature

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Amazon (s AMZN) has signed agreements with Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group as well as various publishers and indie label distributors, the company said Tuesday. These new agreements allow the company’s cloud player to scan a user’s hard drive, identify songs and then make them immediately available online and on mobile devices.

Songs will be upgraded to 256 kbps MP3s, even of the source is of lower quality. Users will be able to transfer up to 250 songs for free, while a premium version with access to a whopping 250,000 songs will cost $25 per year.

These new features as well as the pricing essentially mimic Apple’s (s AAPL) iTunes in the Cloud offering, but represent a shift in strategy for Amazon: The company initially launched its cloud music locker without licenses from the labels, which made it necessary for consumers to upload…

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FHFA Chief Says ‘No’ to Principal Reductions

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The acting chief of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the regulator that oversees both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has responded to requests from legislators related to the two mortgage agencies’ participation in the Home Affordable Modification Program Principal Reduction Alternative (HAMP PRA):

FHFA has concluded that the anticipated benefits do not outweigh the costs and risks. Given our multiple responsibilities to conserve the assets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, maximize assistance to homeowners to avoid foreclosures, and minimize the expense of such assistance to taxpayers, FHFA concluded that HAMP PRA did not clearly improve foreclosure avoidance while reducing costs to taxpayers relative to the approaches in place today.

The FHFA’s decision drew an immediate — and critical — response from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, according to MarketWatch. Geithner said he was “concerned about [FHFA’s] continued opposition … to [using] targeted principal reduction in … loan modification programs.”…

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Too Many of You Quit Piano Lessons, And Now Dumps Are Overflowing with Old Pianos

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Hear that sad, sad silence? It’s the sound of pianos dying all around us. So what do we do when the ivories are out of use? We take sledgehammers to them to make them easier to discard in piles of ordinary trash. Or we burn them as firewood. Somewhere, surely, a guitar gently weeps.

Apparently our best piano days are well behind us.

As the New York Times chronicled, the lives of pianos are coming to a screeching halt, and for multiple reasons. There’s the obvious decline in piano use in homes, with the rise of “digital pianos” making their much larger and more expensive versions less enticing.

(WATCH:MIT’s 40th Annual Piano Drop Is a Smash Hit)

But there’s also an increased presence of quality pianos — made in China, of course — that can be purchased for under $3,000, making the cost of moving and…

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Twitter restores reporter’s account, tweet with NBC e-mail remains

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Two days after his account was suspended, the U.K. reporter who touched off a media kerfuffle about corporate control of speech is back on Twitter. The Independent’s Guy Adams, who made his name bashing NBC’s (s cmcsa) Olympic coverage, reappeared on the service midday Tuesday. Here’s a look at his return plus other samples of British snark:

In follow-up posts, Adams writes that Twitter explained to him that the original complainant (NBC) had retracted its complaint so his account was restored.

Significantly, though, the tweet that landed Adams in the penalty box in the first place is still there. In the tweet, Adams posted the email address of an NBC executive and suggested readers complain to him. (See details here).

Twitter had emailed Adams that the tweet violated its rules that forbid posting private information such as telephone numbers or private emails. That decision has touched off a…

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U.S. announces new sanctions against Iran

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President Barack Obama announced new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s oil Tuesday, warning Tehran that it faces “growing consequences” for refusing to answer international questions about its nuclear program.

The first set of sanctions announced will target the Islamic republic’s energy and petrochemical industries, a move designed to “deter Iran from establishing payment mechanisms for the purchase of Iranian oil to circumvent existing sanctions,” a White House statement explains.

The statement continues, “Sanctions are also authorized for those who may seek to avoid the impact of these sanctions, including against individuals and entities that provide material support to the National Iranian Oil Company, Naftiran Intertrade Company, or the Central Bank of Iran, or for the purchase or acquisition of U.S. bank notes or precious metals by the government of Iran.”

The second set of sanctions will target banks, “a significant step to hold responsible institutions that knowingly enable financial transactions for…

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Twitter restores reporter’s account, tweet with NBC e-mail remains

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Two days after his account was suspended, the U.K. reporter who touched off a media kerfuffle about corporate control of speech is back on Twitter. The Independent’s Guy Adams, who made his name bashing NBC’s (s cmcsa) Olympic coverage, reappeared on the service midday Tuesday. Here’s a look at his return plus other samples of British snark:

In follow-up posts, Adams writes that Twitter explained to him that the original complainant (NBC) had retracted its complaint so his account was restored.

Significantly, though, the tweet that landed Adams in the penalty box in the first place is still there. In the tweet, Adams posted the email address of an NBC executive and suggested readers complain to him. (See details here).

Twitter had emailed Adams that the tweet violated its rules that forbid posting private information such as telephone numbers or private emails. That decision has touched off a…

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U.S. announces new sanctions against Iran

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President Barack Obama announced new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s oil Tuesday, warning Tehran that it faces “growing consequences” for refusing to answer international questions about its nuclear program.

The first set of sanctions announced will target the Islamic republic’s energy and petrochemical industries, a move designed to “deter Iran from establishing payment mechanisms for the purchase of Iranian oil to circumvent existing sanctions,” a White House statement explains.

The statement continues, “Sanctions are also authorized for those who may seek to avoid the impact of these sanctions, including against individuals and entities that provide material support to the National Iranian Oil Company, Naftiran Intertrade Company, or the Central Bank of Iran, or for the purchase or acquisition of U.S. bank notes or precious metals by the government of Iran.”

The second set of sanctions will target banks, “a significant step to hold responsible institutions that knowingly enable financial transactions for…

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Twitter comes clean, apologizes for NBC-gate

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Twitter has finally addressed its role in a growing scandal over its decision to zap the account of a U.K. journalist who had been critical of NBC’s Olympics coverage.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Twitter’s general counsel Alex McGillivray issued a blog post describing how Twitter handles situation in which users post the personal information of other people.

Most significantly, McGillivray’s post also apologized for Twitter’s decision to tell NBC to file a complaint about the journalist, Guy Adams of The Independent:

That said, we want to apologize for the part of this story that we did mess up. The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a Tweet that was in violation of the Twitter Rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with our Trust and Safety team to report the violation, as has now been reported publicly. [..]

As I stated earlier…

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24/7 Wall St. Closing Bell — July 31, 2012: Markets Turn Down on Lost Confidence, Eurozone Waffling

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The three major US stock indexes opened mixed this morning following the unemployment report from the Eurozone, which showed that the 11.2% rate had remained unchanged. The Eurozone consumer price index was also unchanged at 2.4% (our coverage here). US data on personal income and spending were mixed (our coverage here), while the Case-Shiller house price index showed a year-over-year decline in May (our coverage here). The Conference Board’s economic confidence index improved this month (more coverage here), but Gallup’s survey on economic confidence showed a decline in confidence (our coverage here). An agreement has been struck between Congressional Democrats and Republicans that will avoid a repeat of last summer’s shutdown of some government services.

The US dollar index fell today, now down -0.18% at 82.642. The GSCI commodity index rose by about 0.4% to 644.60, with commodities prices mostly lower today. WTI crude oil…

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Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) reported a first fiscal quarter adjusted EPS loss of -$0.41 and $491 million in non-GAAP revenue after markets closed this afternoon. The EPS loss was worse compared with last year’s EPS loss of -$0.37 in the same period a year ago, while revenue was down from $524 million, a drop of -6%. The results compare to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimates for an EPS loss of -$0.42 and $500.1 million in revenue.

The video game maker offered second fiscal quarter guidance of $1.05-$1.10 billion in revenue, short of the consensus estimate of $1.08 billion, and adjusted EPS guidance of $0.07-$0.12, again short of the consensus estimate of $0.14. Full-year guidance for calls for EPS of $1.05-$1.20 and full-year revenue of $4.10-$4.25 billion. Full-year guidance is again short of the current consensus estimate of $4.31 billion in revenue, but better than the consensus EPS…

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The Daily is laying off 50 employees, yanking some original content

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Rupert Murdoch’s struggling iPad (s AAPL) newspaper The Daily is laying off 50 of its 170 employees, condensing its sports and opinion sections and enacting other cost-saving measures.

The news was first reported by Peter Kafka at All Things Digital. In a blog post, Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo confirmed the changes to the sports and opinion sections, and News Corporation issued a press release (below) confirming the layoffs.

Sports and opinion “garnered the lightest traffic and reorganizing them will allow us to focus on the areas that have proven most popular,” Angelo writes. The opinion section will be folded into the rest of the news pages, and the sports section will sacrifice original reporting for “[offerings] from our friends and partners like Fox Sports.”

As a further cost-saving measure, The Daily will be locked in portrait mode — though the company notes in a press release (full release below)…

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Tweet of the Day: Glen Perkins on the trade deadline

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Late in the afternoon a few reports surfaced that the Dodgers were talking to the Twins about left-hander Glen Perkins, but nothing came out of it.

Perkins, however, offered some insight about his trade deadline experience via Twitter:

I’d say he’s the best, but I said that already.

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Winners and losers at the trade deadline

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One person’s thoughts on who made out best and worst at the trade deadline.

Winners

Texas Rangers: GM Jon Daniels wasn’t interested in parting with third baseman Mike Olt, much less shortstop Jurickson Profar, in order to counter the Angels’ Zack Greinke pickup, but he was able to keep his best prospects and land Ryan Dempster anyway. All Dempster has done in 104 innings this season is amass a 2.25 ERA, good for second in the NL. I’m less enthused with acquiring the struggling Geovany Soto to replace Yorvit Torrealba in the catching tandem, but there’s some upside there. The Rangers will get Neftali Feliz back (uhh, scratch that, Tommy John surgery coming) and they have the option of moving Alexi Ogando to the rotation if things don’t work out with Roy Oswalt, so I’m feeling better about their chances of staying ahead of the Halos in the…

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Congressional Leaders Reach Deal on Federal Spending

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US Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Republican Leader John Boehner have reached an agreement that would continue funding federal government spending for six more months following the expiration of the current fiscal year on September 30th. The two side will draft legislation during the coming August recess and present it to a vote of both bodies during September.

The funding level is set at $1.047 trillion, a level that House conservatives have already opposed. Providing that Boehner can deliver the votes in the House, the agreement extinguishes a possible federal government shutdown at the end of September.

The agreement does nothing to delay, dodge, or otherwise avoid the fiscal cliff approaching at the end of 2012. The expectation that Congress will do its job and prevent the US from falling off the fiscal cliff won’t  surface until after the November elections.

Paul Ausick

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The Red Sox trade Lars Anderson to the Indians for … a knuckleballer!

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This may be the last deal to spill out after the deadline: the Indians acquired Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for righty Steven Wright.

Anderson was, for a little while there, thought of as a top prospect. He’s struggled so far this year, hitting .259/.359/.415 in 401 plate appearances in his third go-around at Triple-A.

Wright is interesting: he’s 27 and has been smacked around the minors for a few years, but he recently started throwing a knuckleball which he mixes in with his regular stuff. Very 1940s, which I like. He’s a project, though, and while his strikeout rate has ticked up nicely, he’s walking a lot of dudes too. For such is the way of the knuckleball in inexperienced hands.

Visions of Tim Wakefield? Not likely. But a boy can dream, can’t he?

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First real upset of Olympics: France 71, Argentina 64

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Tony Parker 1, Manu Ginobili 0.

For the first time the two Spurs stars met leading their teams in international competition and in the first real upset of the London Olympics France used its speed to blow by Argentina and get the win 71-64. Parker by himself outscored Argentina 13-11 in the fourth quarter to key the win.

Both teams are in Group A, which is the group the Americans should sweep. Both teams are now 1-1 but France has already played the USA and has just the two weaker African squads plus Lithuania left on its schedule — they should win out and get second in the group. Which gives them an easier path to a medal. Argentina still has to play the USA and if they finish third in Group A they could have a tough match with Brazil (or maybe Russia) in the first game of the…

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American Booksellers Association, Barnes & Noble to weigh in on Apple ebooks case

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The American Booksellers Association and Barnes & Noble say the Department of Justice’s proposed settlement with three book publishers is so inaccurate and harmful to booksellers that they are seeking permission to intervene in the case. They have asked the court for permission to file a “friend of the court” brief, a legal tactic to gain publicity and possibly shape the outcome of the case, and presiding Judge Denise L. Cote has said they may do so by August 15.

“Giving customers the widest choices at the fairest prices is at the heart of the agency model, and we believe this model should remain intact,” Barnes & Noble general counsel Eugene DeFelice said in a statement. “We want to help the Court fully understand the significant consequences of any action that would erode such a pro-competition, pro-consumer model, and that is the purpose of our filing.”

“ABA and Barnes & Noble are…

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Mash-up: Ryan Lochte’s mom spills

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The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day’s most striking photographs from around the world.

Panetta to al-Assad: ‘Get the hell out now’

In an exclusive interview with CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has some pointed words for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose country’s civil war is growing bloodier by the day:

I’m sure that deep down Assad knows he’s in trouble and it’s just matter of time before he has to go. I would say if you want to be able to protect yourself and your family, you better get the hell out now.

iReporter witnesses whale rescue

CNN iReporter Finnur Andresson in Iceland hurried out this morning with his camera when his…

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Orioles place Jim Thome on DL, activate Robert Andino

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Jim Thome hit reasonably well since jumping into the middle of the Orioles’ lineup a month ago, hitting .261 with two homers and a .746 OPS in 18 games, but now the 41-year-old is on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Thome “will fly to Caifornia to get an epidural” and is eligible to return on August 12, although obviously given his age and history of back and neck problems that’s far from guaranteed.

In the meantime the Orioles activated Robert Andino from the DL to take Thome’s spot on the roster and he’ll resume starting at second base with Brian Roberts out.

And hopefully this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Thome.

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Here comes Max: How Netflix wants to gamify your movie recommendations

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Netflix (s NFLX) Max, which was first spotted by The Noisecast, has been made available to some PS3 owners through the most recent update to the company’s PS3 (s SNE) app. We just checked and didn’t have access to Max yet, but early users have been describing it as a kind of You don’t know Jack meets Siri: Max audibly talks to viewers and prompts them to answer a number of questions to find new movies. Netflix clearly emphasises the gamification aspect, even prompting users to “play Max” in the PS3’s home menu, and turning movie rating into “The Ratings Game.”

Check out a video of the new feature recorded by Scott Daly below:

PS3 owners apparently need version 2.08 of the Netflix app to have access to Max, and it doesn’t seem to be enabled by default for every user. The Noisecast blog was told by a Netflix…

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Back injury sends Tommy Hanson to disabled list

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Atlanta acquiring Paul Maholm last night makes even more sense with news that Tommy Hanson is headed to the disabled list with a back injury.

Hanson has officially been diagnosed with a strained lower back and revealed that he’s been pitching through the injury since the All-Star break, which explains his 7.45 ERA in four second-half starts.

Maholm will take Hanson’s rotation spot this weekend and Kris Medlen may get a chance to make multiple starts instead of being one-and-done as a spot starter.

Overall this season Hanson has a career-high 4.29 ERA in 22 starts with career-worst marks in homers, walks, and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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Report: Carlos Lee turned down a trade to the Yankees

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The Marlins got Carlos Lee from the Astros because he didn’t want to go to a contender in Los Angeles. Now they’re stuck with him because he didn’t want to join the Yankees, two sources told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark.

Lee presumably would have been picked up by the Yankees in lieu of Casey McGehee, who was acquired from the Pirates for Chad Qualls just before the trade deadline. McGehee offers extra versatility by virtue of being able to play third base, whereas Lee would have given the Yankees a more consistent bat as a first base and DH option while they try to cover for their injuries.

It will be interesting to see if the Marlins just go ahead and release Lee at some point. The Astros are already on the hook for most of his salary, so there’s little financial incentive for keeping him. Of course, with Gaby…

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Google nixes Nexus Q launch, gives away free units to people who pre-ordered

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Google (s GOOG) won’t be competing with Sonos after all – or not any time soon, anyway: The company just informed people who had pre-ordered the its Nexus Q device that it has “decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better,” according to an email first spotted by AllThingsD’s Liz Gannes. The company’s Google Play store now simply states that the device is “not for sale at this time.”

However, Google didn’t want to completely disappoint the folks who pre-ordered the Nexus Q in recent weeks, which is why it will be sending them free units of the device.

The about-face is likely in response to the overwhelmingly negative reviews the device has been getting. The Nexus Q is based on Android 4.0, but can only be used with a second-screen remote control, and the only content playable on the…

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Tonight on AC360: Shooting survivor hopes for another “miracle”

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Colorado shooting survivor Petra Anderson is beating the odds. She’s already walking and telling jokes after being shot four times in theater 9 of the Aurora multiplex just 11 days ago. Three shotgun pellets hit her arm, and one went through her nose into her brain.

“She’s so amazing, she’s so determined, ” Petra’s mother, Kim, told CNN’s David Mattingly.

You might remember, in the days following the massacre, there was talk that Petra had an unusual brain malformation that allowed her to survive that shotgun wound to her head. Doctors called it a “miracle.” They still do, but there’s no more talk of a brain malformation. They say amazingly the bullet hit at just the right angle to avoid causing catastrophic damage. If it had struck just one millimeter to the left or right there would be no talk of a “miracle.” Instead, they’d be mourning her death. Thankfully…

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Overheard on CNN.com: ‘We aren’t in the loop for anything’ with Olympics tape delay

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Editor’s note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Earlier on this very blog, we posed a question about the NBC Olympics coverage that some have deemed an #NBCFail. Would you prefer to watch the Olympics in real time, or do you prefer the tape delay in prime time? We got a passionate response from our readership, and we posted some on the daily Mash-Up  on Monday. We also wanted to share a few more of the posts that caught our eye.

Live or later: What’s your ideal Olympics coverage?

The people preferring a live broadcast seemed to have the edge in the comments, and they totally dominated the very unscientific poll at the bottom of the post.

AmerGrill: “I’d rather have it live. The controversies are late, too. Ye Shiwen story just broke…

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Air Force officer’s database shows U.S. bombs since WWI

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A U.S. Air Force officer hopes to soon release a database of bombs dropped from American military aircraft since World War I a tool he says can be used to shed new light on old conflicts and perhaps even help locate unexploded ordnance.

Lt. Col. Jenns Robertson says he began working on THOR, or Theater History of Operations Reports, in his spare time in 2006. It combines information from numerous sources thousands of paper reports, punch cards and magnetic tape records for older conflicts, and digital databases for others across nearly 100 years.

The database, already being used by the Defense Department and other government agencies, for the first time allows users to search and find on a map nine decades of U.S. bombings. THOR was first reported on this week by The Boston Globe.

Robertson started the database when he was part of a briefing…

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YouTube’s U.S. channels: “Forget Europe, show us the money”

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Forget going to Europe — how about giving us more money?

That’s the message from several U.S.  partner channels involved in YouTube’s (s goog) premium content initiative, responding to reports in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that Google-owned YouTube plans to expand the initiative to the U.K. and France.

“We’re not really funded enough to win,” griped the operator of one Los Angeles-based YouTube channel, who spoke to us on the condition his name not be mentioned for fear of alienating his powerful production partner.

Also read:YouTube – “We are to cable what cable was to broadcast”

According to this executive, the funding his company received from Google allows it to spend about $1,000 a minute on each video production made for its channel.

“But $1,000 a finished minute is not enough,” he explained. “You need to get to around $2,100. At $1,000 a minute, you’re pulling favors every…

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John Danks needs shoulder surgery, out for season

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John Danks, who has spent the last month and a half on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, will undergo exploratory surgery and miss the rest of the season.

His status for 2013 won’t be known until after the surgery.

Danks’ name came up in trade rumors after last season, but the White Sox felt good enough about his arm in December to sign him to a five-year, $65 million extension through 2016. He ends the first year of that deal having gone 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts.

If he makes it back next year, he’ll be part of a rotation that should also include fellow left-handers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. There’s a $22 million option on Jake Peavy’s contract that probably won’t be picked up, and Gavin Floyd will be a candidate to be traded.

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Tales of Feliz, Bard figure to scare off future starting conversions

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If the Reds were still thinking of putting Aroldis Chapman into the rotation next year, today’s announcement will surely give them pause.

Former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss most or all of 2013 after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow. It means two of this year’s three big relief-to-starting pitching conversions have gone awry, as Daniel Bard is currently trying to figure things out back in the pen at Triple-A Pawtucket.

For what it’s worth, the third has been a huge success, what with Chris Sale pitching in the All-Star Game for the White Sox. However, that came with a hiccup, as concerns about his elbow prompted the White Sox to shift Sale back to the pen briefly in May. It was thought to be a permanent conversion, with Sale going into the closer’s role, but the left-hander was able to…

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Celtics officially sign Collins, three others to round out roster

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Except for our national Dwightmare, we’ve reached the point in the summer where teams are making small signings to round out their rosters. There are some good players still out there, but we are talking role and end of the bench players now. The big moves are done.

With that, we bring you news of the Celtics rounding out their roster.

On Monday they formally signed Jason Collins to be a backup center and Keyon Dooling to be another designated three-point sniper off the bench. Boston also inked guards who played in Europe last season and on their Summer League team, Jamar Smith and Dionte Christmas.

Collins will see some minutes this year trying to get Kevin Garnett some rest. He’ll be asked to defend the rim, rebound and try not to muck up the offense too much. The other three will likely see limited minutes over the course…

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ASU Olympic Recap: Opening Weekend

Several Notable Performances from Sun Devils @ Olympic Games (#London2012)
Jeremy Hawkes, ASU Athletics
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(Source: SBNation.com) 

TEMPE, ARIZ. (July 30) – It didn’t take long for the performances to start rolling in for the Sun Devils as the opening weekend of competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London saw numerous Arizona State University alumni in action. 

  • SOCCER: The Olympic action actually got going a couple days before the Olympic ceremonies with women’s soccer.  The U.S. women and defender and ASU alumnus Amy LePeilbet have cruised through their first two rounds of pool play, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit against France to win 4-2 in the opening before shutting out the Columbians, 3-0, on Saturday.
  • MEN’S BASKETBALL:Arizona State University is represented by three men and three different countries in these Olympic Games, tied for the most of any other school in the nation. Former Pac-10 Player of the Year Ike Diogu led the Nigerian national team to its first-ever Olympic victory in its first-ever appearance, scoring 13 point and 10 rebounds as the Nigerians downed Tunisia, 60-56.  Another Pac-10 Player of the Year, James Harden, was part of a 98-71 route for the United States men’s team over France.  Harden have five points and one assist in just over 14 minutes for the American men.  It was a tough day for Eric Boateng and the national team from Great Britain as the team fell, 95-75, to Russia while Boateng was held scoreless with just one rebound. Continue reading

Op-Ed: 2 Disparate Former Presidents

Former President Clinton to speak @ Dem. Natnl. Convtn.

Derek Evans
Opinion

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to stump for second-term presidential-hopeful Barack Obama. Analysts predict Mr. Clinton will draw comparisons between Mr. Obama’s economic policy and his own. Democrats hope this show of solidarity will play a key role in energizing the party’s base.

Mr. Clinton is currently more popular than the sitting president according to a poll on a the local Indianapolis affiliate of ABC (RTV 6 – The INDY Channel) http://bit.ly/T27GNM. At the end of July, Mr. Clinton had a 66 percent approval rating, while only 54 support Mr. Obama.

Mr. Clinton has been a strong supporter of Mr. Obama, even though he originally lobbied against Mr. Obama in the 2008 presidential primary, when his wife was nipping at then-Sen. Obama’s heels.

Although the stump speech is not expected to dramatically influence this year’s election, Mr. Clinton can, and certainly will, help Mr. Obama. The same, however, can’t be said of the former Republican president – George W. Bush won’t be stumping for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Analysts predict Mr. Bush won’t even attend this year’s Republican National Convention.

The odd twist, this is actually good news for Mitt Romney and the Republicans in other federal, state and local elections. Republicans want, and in some cases, need to distance themselves as much as possible from the Mr. Bush.

In the 2008 campaign, Mr. Bush barely uttered a peep. The reason likely was that Americans thought many of his policies were flawed, and the memory of them was fresh in their minds.

If Mr. Romney wins this election, the former president will have little to no role in aiding his accession to the Oval Office.

Mr. Bush left office with one of the lowest approval ratings in history. His approval rating since he left office has gone up slightly, but is still much lower than Mr. Clinton.

Mr. Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, will likely be a more significant figure in the Republican Party. There is a chance Mr. Bush Snr. could attend the Republican National Convention this year. One element that may prevent him from attending is his Parkinson’s Disease.

I don’t know about you, but I think I might be getting Partisans Disease, this election cycle. Many people are exhausted with the partisan bickering. The odd realization that many in the public miss – the similarity between the two candidates. Mr. Obama is a blue-dog democrat, who leans a little further left on social issues. Mr. Romney is a moderate republic who has pushed some social policy that his party’s core constituents have not always been in accordance with.

*** Check back later for another editorial on how these two men have very similar healthcare legislation under their respective political belts. Healthcare proves to be a pivotal during the next election cycle, but the two had nearly identical legislation – just on different scales. ***

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Dust Storm Hits Valley Timelapse

Timelapse video showing three minutes of time as the storm hits Phoenix from the Papago Buttes in Phoenix. (Dave Seibert/The Arizona Republic – AZCentral.com)

 

SCOTUS Justice Appears on Fox News Sunday Morning

By Matt Lewis, Editor
The Gilbert Gumption

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia appeared on Fox News Sunday and spoke with Chris Wallace. The two spoke about President Barack Obama’s comments on Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

In full disclosure, I’m a blue-dog democrat, but I do agree that Mr. Obama was a bit out of line calling out the Supreme Court, while they were sitting mere feet from the foot of the podium. This smack-down took place in 2010 during the president’s State of the Union speech. He could have still voiced his concerns with the decision, rather than calling-out the justices.

While I do appreciate that Mr. Scalia admits the justices are picked based on presidential bias, I still think it is highly inappropriate that Mr. Scalia appeared on the conservative-leaning opinion-based leaning news program. Continue reading

Team USA: Three problems shown in the France blowout

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“Problems” are kind of a relative term for Team USA, at least in group play. Talent’s going to carry them pretty far in the opening rounds of Olympic play. But we’re always able to get better. So here are three problems that showed up in Team USA’s win over France.

1. Shooting is going to be OK overall, but it’s worth a note. Team USA shot just 44 percent from 2-point range in the first half, and it took a hot second half to get their three-point shooting to 32 percent. The idea is that even without pure shooters like Eric Gordon on the team that someone will get hot each game, but there has to be some concern. If Kevin Durant’s not on the floor, Team USA struggled on the catch-and-shoot, and that’s going to have to be a big part of Team USA’s gameplan because better teams will…

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IMF Pessimistic About Spain

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Less than a day after Spain disclosed that its unemployment rate reached 24.6% in the second quarter, and just weaks after its neighbors agreed to bailout of its troubled banks, the IMF issued an extremely a pessimistic report on the sourthern European nation. The report said nothing that the international capital markets have not already expressed as they exit Spain’s sovereign debt at a pace which has cause the country to pay interest rates above 7% on two-year notes.

The IMF report included this obvervation:

The government seeks to strike a balance between the need to cut back the deficit and boost economic growth in three ways.

First, by making sure the measures to reduce the fiscal deficit are as growth-friendly as possible. One example of such measures would be increasing the revenue derived from the value-added tax, rather than cutting productive spending. Raising the value-added tax has a less negative effect…

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7 stories to read this weekend

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It has been one of the most hectic weeks. We had earnings news from tech stalwarts, we saw the release of the new version of Apple’s(s AAPL) OS X. And Google(s GOOG) launched Google Fiber. I am actually surprised that I got any reading done this week. Here is my recommended list.

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Apple May Invest In Twitter–NYT

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The New York Times has published a “rumor” that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) may make a strategic investment in Twitter. How that would help Apple, which has seen an erosion in the market share of its flagship iPhone is hard to see. Twitter’s membership is estimated at over two hundred millions. The short burst blog operation has had a problem similar to Faceboook’s (NASDAQ: FB), but even more severe. It has not been able to find a way to drive large sums of revenue from its user base.

The Times reports,

While Apple has been hugely successful in selling phones and tablets, it has little traction in social networking, which has become a major engine of activity on the Web and on mobile devices. Social media are increasingly influencing how people spend their time and money — an important consideration for Apple, which also sells applications, games, music…

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Strip Clubs Profits Enlarge As G.O.P. Rubs Elbows in Tampa, Fla.

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By Published: July 26, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Over at the back door of the 2001 Odyssey, a limo-size tent with flaps — especially designed for discretion and camera-shy guests — is ready to go up. Déjà Vu is welcoming extra “talent” from around the country in its V.I.P. rooms.

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The 2001 Odyssey in Tampa. Strip club owners expect revenues to soar way past Super Bowl week levels when the Republicans are in town next month.
The Tampa Bay Times has reported there are 20 strip clubs in Tampa and 50 in the Tampa Bay area.

And Thee DollHouse is all Americana: women plan to slip out of red, white and blue corsets and offer red, white and blue vodka. The headliner that week is expected to bear an uncanny resemblance to a certain ex-governor from a wilderness state, known for her strong jaw and devotion to guns and God.

“She’s a dead ringer for her,” said Warren Colazzo, co-owner of Thee DollHouse. “It’s just a really good gimmick to get publicity.”

As Tampa gears up for the Republican National Convention, the biggest party it has ever held, the city and its businesses are primping and polishing for the August arrival of tens of thousands of visitors. Like it or not — mostly not, for city officials — Tampa’s well-known strip clubs have joined the welcome wagon.

Club owners here say they have schmoozed with their counterparts in former host cities, like Denver, and have been told that revenue pours in during conventions, sometimes quadrupling earnings from a Super Bowl week. As for party affiliation, this is one place where the country’s caustic partisan differences fall away, owners say. Continue reading

Top jobs of the week in digital media

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It’s been a stormy week. In New York a literal (and well-documented, by the looks of Instagram) thunderstorm rocked Manhattan, and nationwide, disruptions in the cloud temporarily took out Twitter, Gchat and Microsoft Azure. But our jobs board weathers on: We have some great picks this week from media companies across the country, including:

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We also have more listings from companies like Media Storm, Akamai Technologies, Viacom Media Networks and more. Click here to see what else is on our jobs board.

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Google Alerts: Friday, July 27, 2012

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This Just In

Katherine Jackson’s lawyer met with her Thursday evening for the first time since her Arizona trip that led to her losing custody of Michael Jackson’s children.

The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch even found humor in some of the speculation about her health that emerged in the past week, the attorney, Perry Sanders, told CNN.

“I had a long and productive meeting today with Mrs. Jackson,” Sanders said. “I am pleased to report that she is fine and she laughed at the widely publicized report that she had suffered a stroke.”

A letter signed by several of her children accusing executors of her estate of abusing her referred to a “mini-stroke,” which her lawyer said never happened.

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Man accused in hepatitis C outbreak was fired from Arizona hospital

This Just In

The man accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C at a New Hampshire hospital was fired from a job in Arizona two years ago after testing positive for cocaine and marijuana, a public relations agency for Arizona Heart Hospital said Thursday.

David Kwiatkowski was arrested this month in connection with spreading the disease to 30 patients at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.

Kwiatkowski, 33, also worked as a traveling medical technician on a contract basis for hospitals in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania in the past five years, hospitals and health officials in those states said.

They are trying to get the hundreds or thousands of patients who may have come in contact with him to be tested for the disease.

Kwiatkowski has been treated for the disease, which can pass through contact with contaminated blood, most often via shared needles.

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Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Victim from Ahwatukee, Ariz.

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Police are pictured outside of a Century 16 movie theater where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting during the showing of a movie at the in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. (Associated Press / Ed Andrieski) [Source: www.AP.org]

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QB Major Concern for AZ Cards

By Derek Evans
Gilbert Gumption Intern

Just two days ago the Arizona Cardinals reported for their training camp, located in Flagstaff, Ariz. on the Northern Arizona University campus. Hard to believe that just four years ago this team made an amazing and shocking run to Super Bowl XLIII (43). This team has two major concerns for the upcoming 2012 season – 1) The defense, according to www.ESPN.com last season they Cardinals ranked 21st in rush-defense and 17th in pass-defense.


The other major concern is the question of who will start for the Cards as quarterback. The major problem for Arizona is the team doesn’t really like either Kevin Kolb or John Skelton. If the team had their way, the starting quarterback would be Peyton Manning. Since Manning’s in Denver (with the Broncos) and the Cards are stuck with Kolb and Skelton.

Kolb had some very good games during his brief time with the Philadelphia Eagles, and because of that I think people prematurely rushed to assume that he was a very good quarterback. Skelton on the other hand was able to gain the Cards some wins last year, which made their season seem more respectful at eight wins and eight losses, when at one point it looked like they could’ve been heading to 2–and–14, or 3–and–13.

It’s very hard to predict who will win the starting job – my guess – Kevin Kolb. He’s making far more money than Skelton; but he will be on a very short leash. Also, if the season is a disappointment – which many fans would consider six wins or less – head coach Ken Whisenhunt might be fired. The season will at least prove to be interesting.

Investigating charity’s donations

Anderson Cooper 360

Standing amid pallets of bottled water, suntan lotion and boxes of candies, Roy Tidwell says he is providing a service that can’t be duplicated: shipping needed goods to dozens of charities at a low cost.

“Well, my portion of it is getting goods to help people who are suffering, goods that I can deliver for pennies on the dollar,” he said. “And most places that get them are very appreciative.”

Tidwell runs Charity Services International, which he says has 50 clients, all charities, including the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and SPCA International.

His business is in the middle of a debate over how charities put a monetary value on the items they donate.

In one instance, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, using Tidwell’s organization as a broker, shipped what it claimed were more than $800,000 worth of goods including chef’s coats, hats and football pants to a small charity called…

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After 10 years in minors, former Expos pick debuts

HardballTalk

29-year-old Jim Henderson, called up by the Brewers earlier in the day, made his major league debut Thursday night, retiring all three Nationals he faced in his inning of work.

Henderson was a 10-year minor league veteran, having been picked by Expos in the 26th round of the 2003 draft. After he failed as a starter in low-A ball in 2005, the Nationals shifted him to the bullpen, where he’s been ever since. His results have largely been mixed in stints in three different farm systems, but he broke through in Triple-A this year, amassing a 1.69 ERA and 15 saves as Nashville’s closer.

While Henderson had a 5.46 ERA in Double-A in 2010 and a 4.28 mark between Double- and Triple-A last year, his mid-90s fastball has kept him employed. He probably doesn’t have enough to go with it to contribute as more than a middle reliever, but it’d…

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Aurora shooting victim called “I love you” to daughters

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Gordon Cowden, a father of four, was with two of his daughters when he was shot and killed in theater 9.

“We have strength but at moments you’ll just breakdown and lose it,” Brooke, who was with her father when he died, tells Anderson Cooper.

A makeshift memorial of 12 white crosses sits close to the Colorado theater. On the cross that has Gordon’s name written across the top, there is this message: “Dad, it was a surreal disorienting night, what was certain was your calling to us, I love you both.”

“My dad taught me what it meant to be a man. He was a father first and last and always,” says Gordon’s son, Weston. “He lived so passionately and lived life like it was supposed to be lived.”

Brooke reminisces about one of the last days she spent with her father. “We went to a local park where…

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Matt Harvey strikes out 11 in major league debut

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The Mets weren’t entirely sure Matt Harvey was ready, but the 2010 first-round pick sure looked the part in his debut Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

While pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings, Harvey became just the 13th pitcher in major league history to strike out at least 11 batters in his debut. He allowed three hits and walked three on his way to getting the victory in the Mets’ 3-1 win.

The major league record of strikeouts in a debut is 15, established by the Dodgers’ Karl Spooner in 1954 and matched by the Astros’ J.R. Richard in 1971. Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 in his first start two years ago. Besides Strasburg, the most recent pitcher to strike out at least 11 batters in his debut was Oakland’s Tim Hudson in 1999.

Harvey definitely seemed amped up tonight, throwing 95-98 mph instead of his usual 93-96 mph. He wasn’t flawless…

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Sun Devil T&F Has 11 Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic List

6 on women’s team,  5 from men’s honored Wednesday

July 25, 2012

USTFCCCA All-Academic Men

USTFCCCA All-Academic Women

TEMPE, ARIZ. – The Arizona State University track and field team officially wrapped up the 2012 postseason award campaign as 11 Sun Devils were named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Track and Field team on Wednesday, the USTFCCA has announced.

Six members of the women’s team and five student-athletes from the men’s team earned All-Academic nods when the lists were released today, bettering last year’s total of 11.

Cj Navarro, an ASU CoSIDA Academic All-American, led the way for the women as she took her four consecutive USTFCCCA honor.  Navaro finished her graduate degree this season after posting a 4.08 GPA – graduate-work included – in Education Technology. Navarro scored for the Sun Devils in both the hammer and discus competition at the Pac-12 Championships and was just one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA finals in the discus competition.

Redshirt sophomore Constance Ezugha, the Pac-12 long jump champion, earned her second career honor on the list while ASU’s other selections of Hailey HannaAlex Hartig,Ashley Lampley and Natasa Vulic were all first time selections.

On the men’s side, John Klinecontinued his postseason haul off All-Academic nods as the First-Team Academic All-American picked up his third career spot on the USTFCCCA list alongside teammate Nick Happe, who also earned his third recognition.

Jamie Sandys made the list for the second time in his career while Jeremy Marcinko and Brian Pierre were first-time selections.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary round).

ASU Finalizes Olympic Roster With Addition of Two Water Polo Players

Gao Ao (Team China) & Rita Keszthelyi (Team Hungary) will represent their countries in the Olympics. #London2012

 

July 25, 2012

SUN DEVIL 2012 OLYMPIANS (as of July 25, 2012)
Desiree Davila (marathon/USA)
Kelsey Campbell (wrestling/USA)
Zeke Jones (freestyle wrestling head coach/USA)
Alison Williamson (archery/Great Britain)
Amy LePeilbet (soccer/USA)
Riley McCormick (diving/Canada)
Gal Nevo (swimming/Israel)
Micky Benedetti (diving/Italy)
Rowie Webster (water polo/Australia)
Amy Hastings (track and field/USA)
Ryan Whiting (track and field/USA)
Kyle Alcorn (track and field/USA)
Eric Boateng (men’s basketball/Great Britain)
James Harden (men’s basketball/USA)
Ike Diogu (men’s basketball/Nigeria)
Donald Sanford (track and field/Israel)
Gao Ao (water polo/China)
Rita Keszthelyi (water polo/Hungary) 

TEMPE, ARIZ. – Arizona State University added its two more Olympians to its 2012 campaign as it has been announced that water polo players Gao Ao (China) and Rita Keszthelyi (Hungary) have been added to their respective rosters for the London Games.

The two additions likely represent the final members of the 2012 London Olympic athletes with Sun Devils ties, bringing the final tally to 18.

This will be the second Olympiad for Gao, who just finished her freshman campaign at Arizona State.  Gao competed for her host nation at the 2008 Beijing Games and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish.  Gao’s performance was so exceptional that she was named as one of the All-Stars of the tournament.

Despite only competing half of the opening season as a Sun Devil, Gao was a difference-maker in the pool.  Gao posted 21 goals in 19 appearances on the season, and her 1.11 goals per contest were 23rd in the MPSF on the year.  Gao will be just the second current student-athlete behind Canadian diver Riley McCormick to represent ASU at the Olympics.

Keszthelyi has yet to hit the pool for a game in a Sun Devil uniform, but her performance on the international scene should have fans excited for a prospect.  The incoming freshman for the 2013 season was named the Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Italy.

 

Keszthelyi’s squad came just short of winning the world title in an 11-9 decision against Spain.  Even so, Keszthelyi was named the Player of the Tournament after notching 13 goals in the tournament, one of which was the deciding goal in an overtime victory against Russia that sent the team to the finals.  The final goal was part of a four-goal effort from the youngster in that particular game.

Despite signing in spring of 2011, Keszthelyi remained in Hungary through the 2012 season to train with the Hungarian National Team in preparation for this year’s Olympics.

“I am so proud of the Sun Devil Water Polo players that will be representing their countries at the upcoming Olympic Games,” head coach Tood Clapper said.  “It is also a very proud moment for the ASU water polo program that we have one past, one present and one future player in the Olympic Games.  We will be cheering loud for our Sun Devils.”

Gao and Keszthelyi join Australia’s Rowie Webster to give the Sun Devils three competitors at the 2012 Olympic Games.  While Gao competed in 2008, she was no where near signing with ASU at the time and thus, the 2012 season marks the first season for a Sun Devil water polo player at the Olympics.

The water polo tournament at the Olympic Games is set to begin July 30th.

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