Archive for July, 2012

Will ‘Cam Newton Drive’ be intercepted?

Cam Newton might have more success getting a street named after him in Auburn. (AP photo)

Cam Newton might have more success getting a street named after him in Auburn. (AP photo)

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night on a controversial proposal to rename a street in south Fulton County for football hero Cam Newton.

While it might not be as bad as, say, Nick Fairley Boulevard, the proposal doesn’t sit well with some of the residents of the road. As critics have pointed out, even though Newton played high school ball at nearby Westlake High, he played college ball at Auburn and now plays for the Carolina Panthers, a division rival of the Falcons.

According to a story last week by the AJC’s Johnny Edwards:

Several longtime residents of south Fulton’s Scarborough Road are irked that the county wants to change their street name in honor of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has family living there. At a public hearing last week, neighbors said it would cost them money to change their personal records, and that Newton, age 23, is too young to have a …

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Penn State gets $60 million fine; Paterno wins vacated

Workers remove the statue of Joe Paterno from outside Beaver Stadium Sunday. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle)

Workers remove the statue of Joe Paterno from outside Beaver Stadium Sunday. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle)

The NCAA on Monday imposed severe sanctions against Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal but stopped short of imposing the “death penalty.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the penalties would include a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, a reduction in football scholarships from 25 to 15 for four years and the vacating of all victories from 1998 to 2011. Football scholarships will be capped at 65, 20 fewer than the normal 85.

Emmert also said that any Penn State athlete who wants to transfer to another school can do so and be eligible to play immediately.

Emmert, speaking at a news conference at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, said the $60 million fine equals one year’s revenues for the Penn State football program.

“These funds must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims …

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Roddick says he did what he needed to do to beat Isner

The championship match of the BB&T Atlanta Open will be a test of power between Gilles Muller and Andy Roddick.

The heat, both natural and from Sunday’s serves, may remind Atlanta old-timers of the steel mill that was on the grounds before Atlantic Station was constructed.

Fans got a glimpse of what was to come during the humidity of Saturday’s semifinals, in which Muller hammered Go Soeda with 17 aces to win 6-4, 6-3. Roddick, wearing red, white and blue sneakers, fired seven aces to beat John Isner, who fired 26 of his own, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Their first set was delayed by rain for 44 minutes, the fifth weather-related stoppage in six days. The championship match is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.

Roddick has a chance to win in the city where he won his first professional event 11 years ago on clay at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Returning recently from injury, Roddick is playing well. He has won 10 of his past 11 matches, including a tournament in Eastbourne, England, as he …

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Isner subdues Sock to advance at BB&T Atlanta Open

Andy Roddick will face John Isner in a semifinal worthy of a final in the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station.

But it may have a hard time topping Friday’s nightcap between the top-seeded Isner and19-year-old Jack Sock, eight years his junior and playing in his first ATP quarterfinal.

Isner and Sock engaged in a slugfest of big serves, delicate drop shots, lost-in-the-lights lobs, unforced errors and surprising rallies that Isner won 7-6 (7), 6-4, after a rain delay of 1 hour, 4 minutes. The match ended at 12:41 a.m.

The Isner-Roddick semifinal is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. Because of the late start and the delay, Isner said he might be at a disadvantage against Roddick, who has won nine of his past 10 matches. Isner has won seven consecutive.

“It’s going to be obviously tough,” Isner said. “He’s playing very well. We both don’t want to lose, that’s for sure. It’s going to be a very tough match.”

The other semifinal will feature Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller against …

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Costas to ‘call out’ IOC over Munich

NBC’s Bob Costas says he will use the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics to “call out” the International Olympic Committee for its refusal to declare a moment of silence to honor Israeli athletes who were murdered at the Munich games 40 years ago.

Costas, who will be the lead announcer for the London Games, told the Hollywood Reporter that the IOC’s refusal to honor a request by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is “baffling” and he intends to take a stand during the Opening Ceremonies on July 27.

Said Costas:

“I intend to note that the IOC denied the request. Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive. Here’s a minute of silence right now.”

In denying the request, IOC President Jacques Rogge said the Olympic committee has honored the Munich victims on several occasions in the past but would not do so in London.

The widow of one of the Munich victims told USA Today that the decision was more than baffling.

“I have to call the baby by …

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Isner advances at BB&T Atlanta Open; UGA/GT tandem lose

John Isner fired 16 aces to advance to the quarterfinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ruben Bemelmans on Thursday night at Atlantic Station.

Because he was playing his first hard-court match since Miami in March, Isner said he didn’t feel comfortable early in he first set in which Bemelmans broke his second serve.

“I just told myself not to get too frustrated and to try to let the match run its course,” Isner said.

Isner bounced back, breaking Bemelmans’ first serve in each of the next two sets to take command. Isner, the No. 1 seed and a former standout at Georgia, will play 19-year-old Jack Sock on Friday, not before 9 p.m.

Isner is attempting to win his second consecutive tournament after taking the title in Newport, R.I. last week. He is one of four U.S. players in the BB&T who will represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

The match was delayed for 25 minutes between the second and third sets when a circuit breaker overheated in a bank of …

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Vick says he might get a dog

The ban on Michael Vick owning a dog expires this month. (AP photo)

The ban on Michael Vick owning a dog expires this month. (AP photo)

Michael Vick says he might be ready to be a dog owner again.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who was prohibited from owning a dog after his 2007 conviction for running a dogfighting ring, told CNN Tuesday he wants his children to be able to enjoy a pet dog.

The ban, which began when Vick was released from prison in 2009, expires this month.

“[The children] not being able to have a dog because of my acts, I just don’t think that’s fair,” he said.

The president of the Humane Society of the United States told the AJC in a 2010 interview that Vick should be allowed to own a dog some day.

“I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner,” Wayne Pacelle said.

Vick said if he does get a dog, he’ll let the kids pick the breed. But he did rule out one dog.

“It certainly wouldn’t be a pit bull,” he said.

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Pete Rose to get reality show on TLC

Pete Rose and Kiana Kim will share their lives on TLC.

Pete Rose and Kiana Kim will share their lives on TLC.

Who needs the Hall of Fame?

Pete Rose, banned from baseball’s shrine for gambling on games, is getting his own reality show, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The TLC show, with a working title of “Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project,” will chronicle the family life of the 71-year-old former Cincinnati Red and his girlfriend, the much younger former Playboy model Kim, EW says.

“She’s got younger kids and I’ve got [four adult] kids, and we go through the same things everybody else does: taking the braces off, making sure they get their education and they go to basketball practice or acting class,” Rose told EW.

Among the family adventures the show will chronicle are a trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and Kim’s breast reduction. “We’re not a traditional family,” Kim told EW.

Rose is baseball’s all-time hit leader at 4,256. In 1989 he agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball amid allegations he bet on games as a …

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Mayweather dethrones Tiger as top-paid U.S. athlete

Floyd Mayweather is No. 1 in earnings among U.S. athletes. (AP photo)

Floyd Mayweather is No. 1 in earnings among U.S. athletes. (AP photo)

Floyd Mayweather has knocked Tiger Woods off his throne. has released its annual “Fortunate 50″ list, and for the first time ever, Woods is not on top. The title of highest-paid U.S. athlete goes to Mayweather, who earned $85 million last year with two big pay-per-view fights — and no endorsements.

Mayweather earned a reported $45 million for his victory over Miguel Cotto in May and $40 million for his win over Victor Ortiz last September. He is currently in jail, serving a three-month sentence for domestic violence.

Woods, at $56.4 million, fell to No. 3 behind rival Phil Mickelson, who earned $60.7 million. It was the first time since began compiling the list in 2004 that Woods wasn’t on top.

The rest of the top 10:

4. Kobe Bryant, $48.2 million.

5. LeBron James, $45.8 million.

6. Alex Rodriguez, $33.5 million.

7. Peyton Manning, $31 million.

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., $28.1 million.

9. Derek …

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Artist removes Paterno’s halo

Paterno's halo, painted after his death, is now gone. (AP photo)

Paterno’s halo, painted after his death, is now gone. (AP photo)

Joe Paterno, it turns out, was no saint, so the artist who painted a mural of the veteran coach on a State College street has removed the halo from above Paterno’s head.

Michael Pilato, said he decided the halo had to go after the release of a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh, which was sharply critical of Paterno and other Penn State officials for their handling of the child abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, reported Onward State, an independent student news blog.

He had added the halo to the painting after Paterno’s death in January.

“Sadly, today is one of the hardest things that I’ve done,” Pilato was quoted by Onward State. “I had to … I got rid of his halo.”

Pilato decided to keep a blue ribbon he painted on Paterno’s jacket symbolizing support for child abuse victims.

The university, meanwhile, has received pressure to remove the statue of the late coach …

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