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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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• Average age of participants Nov. 5, 2017: 41.2 years old
• 11,696 participants will represent their running clubs
• More than 50,000 people will cross the finish line
• 305 runners will celebrate their birthday on Marathon Day
• Cost to take a taxi on the NYC Marathon 26.2 mile route: $68.50 (no traffic)
• The biggest and smallest includes on the race route are both on the Verrazano Bridge
• Number of hot dog vendor carts needed to cove the course: 34,584
• Number of intersections crossed by Marathon runners: 300
• Number of times needed to climb 104 stories of One World Trade Center to complete a marathon: 101+
• Size running shoe needed for the Statue of Liberty: 879

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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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NFL Saints To Extend NOLA Deal Through 2025, Bid On Super Bowl 

Louisiana Superdome and surrounding area to get improvements, bid on Super Bowl XLVII. (Photo: Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District )April 30, 2009: The New Orleans Saints, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District and Louisiana officials are expected to unveil an agreement April 30 that would keep the NFL team in place through the 2025 season. The deal would have a direct impact on New Orleans' decision to bid on hosting Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, which will be chosen by the NFL at a meeting in May. Houston, Miami and Phoenix are others considered as top contenders for that event. The new deal involves improvements to the Louisiana Superdome, redevelopment of the area around the Superdome and other financial incentives being worked out among the team, the city and the state. The Saints current deal with the state to remain in the Superdome expires following the 2010 season, and NFL officials have said that the league would not consider a Super Bowl bid from any team without a stadium agreement in place. New Orleans has hosted nine Super Bowls but none since XXXVI in 2002. "I tried to get them to bid on 2012 but they wouldn't do it. We've got to work out with the state to get an extension to our lease, a long-term lease is what we prefer," Saints owner Tom Benson said following the NFL owners meeting last May when Indianapolis was selected to host Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. "But I think we're working on it. I feel good about it. I think we can get that together and we'll get the Super Bowl in 2013." The deal to keep the Saints in New Orleans involves the team, Gov. Bobby Jindal and LSED, headed by chairman Ron Forman. LSED is a state agency/political subdivision comprised of seven members appointed by the governor whose primary purpose is to plan, finance, construct, develop, maintain and operate facilities located within the District for events of public interest, including the Louisiana Superdome. Last November the NCAA selected the Superdome as the host for the men's basketball Division I Final Four in 2012.

Sites of Upcoming Super Bowls

Super Bowl XLIV: Miami, Feb. 7, 2010
Super Bowl XLV: Dallas, Feb. 6, 2011
Super Bowl XLVI: Indianapolis, Feb. 5, 2012
Super Bowl XLVII: TBD, Feb. 2013 (NFL will name a site at May 2009 meeting)

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