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• Six first-year eligible candidates are among the 27 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018: CB/S Ronde Barber, G Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss andDE/DT Richard Seymour. The Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally (Feb. 3, 2018) on the eve of Super Bowl LII.
• The New York Knicks named Dan Sabreen vp-public relations, effective Nov. 27. Sabreen has spent more than a decade at CBS Sports, most recently as vp-communications.
• For every save made by goalkeepers during MLS Eastern and Western Conference Championships and MLS Cup, Allstate said it would donate two new soccer nets to fields in need in that club's city. MLS goalies participating inlcude Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Joe Willis (Houston Dynamo), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) and Alex Bono (Toronto FC).
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jun092009

London, Sochi Sign Olympic Business, Marketing Deal

June 9, 2009: For fans, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are just beams on the distant horizon. But the organizers of both Games have made their business and marketing strategies a priority by signing a deal that establishes a working relationship to develop the "economic and sustainability legacies" of the upcoming Olympics. Under a Host2Host strategy, UK Trade & Investment, the government organization that helps British-based companies succeed in the global economy, will work with its counterpart in Russia "to convert sporting ambition into economic success." “We know that trade is a crucial driver of the world economy, but it is not always recognized that global sporting events constitute a multi-billion pound opportunity for business," Lord Davies, the Trade and Investment Minister who signed the agreement, said in a statement. Britain has already signed a similar deal with organizers of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

According to figures released by the organizers of the Sochi Games, Russia has allocated a federal budget of more than $10 billion (U.S.) to develop Olympic venues and infrastructure in the Krasnodar region for 2014, with additional public and private investment expected to more than double that figure. “British companies have an unsurpassed track-record for expertise, innovation and professionalism in delivering major global sporting events," said Davies. "Consider that UK companies helping to deliver the [2008] Beijing Games won £2 billion of business ($3.25 billion U.S.). These ranged from consulting engineers on Olympic landmarks like the Bird’s Nest to suppliers of emergency power and temporary kitchens. [This] agreement will help us to access opportunities and showcase that talent to potential partners in an important market."

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