Bud Selig strikes again. Despite the fact that allowing MLB players to participate in the Olympics would boost the sport’s possibility of getting readmitted in 2020, and grow baseball worldwide, Selig pounded a nail in that coffin Thursday.
“We can’t stop our season in August,” Selig told the Associated Press sports editors. “Do I wish I could? Yes. But is it practical? No.”
Baseball, which was last competed in Beijing, has done what it can to help gain some momentum heading into May’s IOC vote, including merging with the international softball federation to form a joint bid that looks more attractive to the IOC.
But IOC President Jacques Rogge said baseball should allow top athletes to compete, much like hockey and basketball have over the last couple decades, and it’s probably in baseball’s best interest to oblige.
We get where Selig is coming from: Where do you get the two weeks back? We already have snowed-out games in late-April, and having the World Series in mid-November would raise the same issues.
And quite honestly, NBA commissioner David Stern has always hated sending his players due to the stress an extra month or two of play puts on them in the summer. And NHL commissioner Gary Bettman despises stopping his season for the Olympics every four years. But both men know what it means to growing their sports internationally. Just look at basketball since the Dream Team.
If Selig wants to sell jerseys from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu, he would do well to follow their lead.
ROME (AP) — Lance Armstrong‘s former physician has reportedly filed a lawsuit aiming to halt distribution in Italy of a movie about the disgraced cyclist.
The ANSA news agency reports that lawyers for Dr. Michele Ferrari have requested that the ”The Program” – due to be released in Italy on Thursday – be sequestered from distributor Videa and are seeking damages.
Lawyers say Ferrari never administered EPO to Armstrong.
Ferrari’s lawyer Dario Bolognesi did not immediately answer calls from The Associated Press.
Ferrari is played by French actor Guillaume Canet in the film, which is directed by Stephen Frears.
Ferrari was banned for life for helping athletes use performance enhancing drugs by both the Italian Cycling Federation and the U.S. Anti-Doping Association.
Armstrong has acknowledged that Ferrari was his trainer until 2004.
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On Saturday, Jan Frodeno will attempt to become the first triathlete to win an Olympic title and an Ironman World Championship.
The German 2008 Olympic champion finished third in his debut at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, one year ago. So he’s already in a class of his own, the only triathlete to win Olympic gold and finish on the podium in Kailua-Kona.
On Saturday, Frodeno will go up against defending champion and countryman Sebastian Kienle and the 2013 winner, Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium.
Frodeno is arguably the favorite, given he trounced Kienle by nearly 12 minutes and Van Lierde by nearly 18 minutes in triple-digit heat at the Ironman European Championships on July 5 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Ironman triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon. It took Frodeno 8 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds to complete in 2014. Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, also completed the 2014 Ironman World Championships in an impressive time.
The Olympic triathlon includes a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. It took Frodeno 1 hour, 48 minutes, 53 seconds to complete in 2008.
On the women’s side, Australian Mirinda Carfrae is going for her third straight title in Kailua-Kona. Carfrae’s marathon time in 2013 (2:50:38) was the third fastest of the day, among women and men. Her marathon time in 2014 (2:50:26) was the fifth fastest of the day, among women and men.
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