Quote of the Day

"This is a time of some economic difficulty for the U.K. but look at what we are capable of achieving as a nation even at a difficult economic time. This is not a London Games, this is not an England Games, this a United Kingdom Games."
-- British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the eve of the 2012 London Olympics. (London INDEPENDENT, 7/26)
Friday July 27, 2012 Vol. 1 — No. 34 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Spain Fights For Games

    Spain vowed to press on with its bid for the '20 Olympics despite an economic crisis that "threatened to engulf its economy," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The Madrid government is bidding for the third successive time. Tokyo and Istanbul are the other two candidates. Spaniards are questioning the multi-million-euro expense of going ahead with the bid as "an economic crisis shrinks budgets for public services" like hospitals and schools and people are "increasingly asked to make sacrifices." While few formal protests have taken place, critics expect "a growing chorus of public and political opposition" to the bid as spending cuts bite and the Games bid progresses.

  • Making Radio Waves

    The BBC loses its exclusive radio rights to the FA Cup, has to share with TalkSport.

  • Wrapped In The Flag

    British PM makes apology to North Korea over use of wrong flag at women's match.

  • Kick In The Bottom Line

    ITV profits jump 15% in the first half of '12 fueled by Euro 2012 success.

  • Cutting Room Floor

    Footage of Opening Ceremony rehearsal posted on YouTube is pulled down.

  • The Red Monster

    Liverpool FC-AS Roma friendly in Fenway Park draws 37,169 fans.

  • A Good Idea

    Former PM Blair says decision to bring Games to London was a good one.

  • Time For A Makeover

    Puma plans to cut back on product line, sponsorship deals as part of reorganization.

  • Third Time's The Charm

    Chelsea FC, adidas unwrap club's new third kit in "striking" yellow and black.

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