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    Writing sports in the United Arab Emirates for The National

    From time to time I’ve been known to escape the confines of this blog, and this week is one of those times, as I have some stories up at The National, an English newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.

    The stories – given to me by former colleague Paul Oberjuerge – were on sporting venues in South America. The three stories:

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    America: Home of the Free, the Brave, and the Cheaters

    Thierry Henry is headed for New York. Who is Thierry Henry? Well, that's a complicated question.

    Wait. No, it's not. He's a cheater.

    I understand that cheating, or at least pushing the limits of fair play, is a part of soccer. But it doesn't mean I have to like it. Inadvertent handballs are one thing, but catching the ball and putting it on your foot is certainly another. He didn't even try to hide it.

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – July 14, 2010

    Monsters
    The arrival of heavily armed monsters barely caused a stir with most Americans (HT Dvorak).

    News/Politics

    Small Banks Can Bite It: Seems the bailout of mega-banks has hurt smaller banks. But they can deal with it themselves.

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – July 13, 2010

    Yes, they survived. See Boing Boing for more on a Holocaust Survivor, his daughter & Grand children dancing at concentration camps and memorials throughout Europe.

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    Cleveland Is Okay. Seriously.

    Friday morning I was in Cleveland, where all the news was about LeBron James. That afternoon, I got on a plane and flew to Not Cleveland in order to attend a wedding. Now I'm back.

    The wedding was delightful, except for one thing. Several people I spoke with were firmly convinced that the city of Cleveland was basically on fire. They were grateful that I had gotten out of town "before they burn it down." I blame ESPN for this.

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – July 12, 2010

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    Spain celebrates it’s first World Cup triumph (AFP)

    World Cup

    Spain Takes First World Cup: In a game that featured two beautiful teams playing rough-and-tumble soccer, Andre Iniesta hit an overtime goal to give Spain it’s first World Cup title as it beat Netherlands 1-0, and concluded a successful World Cup in South Africa.

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    The World Cup just means more to Brazilians

    While millions will be rooting on Holland or Spain in today’s World Cup Final, let us not forget the pain felt by those eliminated. In Brazil, where soccer is King, Queen and the rest of the royal court, the disappointment of seeing their side knocked out was too much for many. Especially young Salomão:

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – July 9, 2010

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    LeBron James may be new to town, but he better learn that Miami belongs to Dexter Morgan.

    Headlines

    Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter – the least possible sentence – after shooting an immobilized and unarmed Oscar Grant on the Oakland Subway system. Here’s how some media organizations described the aftermath:

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    Sarah Palin announces she's LeBron James' pick for Vice-President

    ALASKA - Moments after releasing a meandering video that seemed to point out that she wanted white women on the streets, Sarah Palin dropped another bombshell - She will be LeBron James' pick for Vice-President.

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    LeBron James to take a shower tonight at 8:30 p.m. – ESPN Reports

    CLEVELAND – Basketball star LeBron James will reportedly be taking a shower at around 8:30 p.m. EST tonight. James – who averaged nearly 30 points and nine assists per game in 2009-2010 – will very likely use soap, shampoo and possibly conditioner, said an anonymous ESPN source.

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    Obama orders Media away from LeBron James

    CLEVELAND – Citing potential “National Security Issues,” President Barack Obama today ordered all media to stay 2,000 feet away from basketball superstar LeBron Jame

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – July 5, 2010

    Hot Dog
    It’s a Hot Dog!

    Odd News

    Eating Anarchy: Competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut won the annual Coney Island “Stuff your Face With Hot Dogs” thing, his fourth victory in the event. Chaos later ensued, when legendary eater Takeru Kobayashi – who is starting his own eating league, I think – crashed the party and was later arrested. Dear Lord, we are stupid people.

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    Brock Lesnar chokes out Shane Carwin to win UFC Super-heavyweight title

    For a moment in the first round of their UFC 116 Main Event, following a Shane Carwin right uppercut, the much ballyhooed Brock Lesnar reacted badly. The big man, obviously ultra-aware of the power in Carwin's hands, staggered away like a hurt animal, looking vulnerable. Carwin jumped on the chance but couldn't ground-and-pound a dazed Lesnar into submission, with Lesnar regaining his confidence.

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