Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mark Emmert: NCAA will no longer sell school merchandise on its website

Mark Emmert

Mark Emmert announced on Thursday that the NCAA will no longer sell school merchandise on its website. (AP)

By Zac Ellis

On Tuesday, ESPN commentator Jay Bilas discovered that the NCAA?s online store,, was linking the names of student-athletes with jerseys and other school merchandise. Just two days later, NCAA president Mark Emmert confirmed via a teleconference that the NCAA won?t get involved with that kind of marketing anymore.

Emmert told reporters that the NCAA selling merchandise linked to players was a ?mistake? and added that the organization will ?exit that kind of business immediately.? The NCAA?s move comes during the middle of the?Ed O?Bannon v. the NCAA lawsuit regarding the rights to use student-athletes? likenesses on TV broadcasts and in video games.

Keep in mind, the NCAA?s decision to stop marketing team merchandise on its website does not mean that individual schools have to stop selling merchandise. Rather, it means the NCAA?s website will now be used for strictly NCAA-specific goods.

To put all of this in perspective, here?s a sampling of the social media reaction to Emmert?s announcement:


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Email service linked to Edward Snowden shuts down

LONDON (AP) ? A Texas-based email service reportedly used by National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said it was shutting down Thursday, explaining in a cryptic message that it would rather go out of business than "become complicit in crimes against the American people."

The statement posted online by Lavabit owner Ladar Levison hinted that the Dallas-based company had been forbidden from revealing what was going on.

"I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision," Levison's statement said. "As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests."

The post didn't name Snowden or refer to any particular investigation, but the statement's timing ? and other material in the public domain ? suggest that Lavabit shut down in protest at the U.S. government's pursuit of the 30-year-old leaker, whose disclosures have blown the lid off the NSA's secret domestic surveillance.

For example, Russian human rights campaigner Tanya Lokshina said in a Facebook post hours before she met Snowden at a Moscow airport last month that the leaker had contacted her using a Lavabit email address. And an online database hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that someone going by the name of "Ed Snowden" registered three addresses with Lavabit over the past four years.

Lavabit might have been attractive to Snowden because the company advertised itself as a secure, privacy-conscious alternative to webmail services operated by Yahoo and Google. The company's promotional material ? it has since been pulled from the Internet ? said Lavabit's system was specifically designed to resist secret requests from U.S. law enforcement.

Levison's statement said the firm had launched a legal defense fund and was preparing to go to court to "resurrect Lavabit as an American company."

Attempts to reach Levison weren't immediately successful.


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Friday, August 9, 2013

Apple peel 520 ii 2nd generation for iPod Touch 4 Black

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Environment Canada delivered python to exotic pet store in New Brunswick

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. - Environment Canada says that 11 years ago, it delivered the python that killed two children this week to the New Brunswick pet store at the centre of the tragedy.

This happened even though the species was banned in the province without a special permit.

Environment Canada spokesman Mark Johnson says the federal department was enlisted to help transport the snake to Reptile Ocean in Campbellton after it was abandoned at the SPCA in Moncton, N.B.

Johnson says department records indicate Reptile Ocean was operating as a zoo when the snake arrived at the facility in August 2002.

New Brunswick's Department of Natural Resources says only accredited zoos can apply for a permit to own a banned species, including the African rock python in question.

Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums says it is the only recognized national body to accredit zoos in the country and it has no record of Reptile Ocean ever applying for accreditation.

Anne Bull, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Department, won't say whether Reptile Ocean was issued a permit for the python.

But she has said the department was unaware the 45-kilogram snake even existed until four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother Connor were asphyxiated this week by the reptile.


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Ang Lee set to helm 3D boxing film, re-create classic fights from the '60s and '70s

Ang Lee set to recreate classic boxing matchups like AliFrazier in 3D film

Nobody can accuse Oscar-winning director Ang Lee of being stuck in a box, having gone from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Hulk to Life of Pi. According to Deadline Hollywood, he'll next tackle a boxing film that looks at the 1960s and '70s golden age or prizefighting, with such rivalries as Ali-Frazier and Hearns-Duran. Intriguingly, he intends to give us an intimate peek into that world by filming it in 3D, presumably using Life of Pi's Cameron Pace Fusion 3D technology. Other story and technical details have yet to come out, but given the filmmaker's love of complex themes and the violent clashes of the era, he's got our attention.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

John Carmack Has New 'Full-Time' VR Job, But Is Not Quite Gone From id

John Carmack Has New 'Full-Time' VR Job, But Is Not Quite Gone From id

Legendary game programmer and Doom co-creator John Carmack is getting a new "full-time" job. He's going to be working as the head of technology at Oculus VR, the company behind the upstart Rift virtual reality goggles.



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Fashion blogger sues BET over attire clash

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A transgendered style correspondent who says BET made him tone down his feminine look on the network's pre-awards show last month has filed a lawsuit against the network's parent company for discrimination, wrongful termination and emotional distress.

B. Scott is seeking $2.5 million in damages from BET parent company Viacom after he said he was told to change his outfit at last month's BET Awards to a more conservative suit, tie his long hair back in a ponytail and not wear heels. The fashion personality said that even after he changed, he was replaced by another correspondent.

BET called the incident a "misunderstanding" and said it regretted any "unintentional offense" in a statement last month.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Free Fun Runner Game ?Runner Jack? Now Available For Windows Phone

August 4, 2013

Now available in the Windows Phone?store is a ?runner type? game that was created using the new?available?Unity?3D engine. It resembles such games as Subway Surfer and Temple Run. This game is a first of its kind to the platform in that respect that?it is the first runner?created by Unity?and along with great graphics the games potential for success ,once its polished?can be achievable. Take a look at game player below:


A Fast-Paced Lumber Jack Game! Swipe left, right and tap to test your log running skills as a lumberjack. How far can you go?


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    Megastar Hugh Jackman chats with Money for Lunch?s Bert Martinez about how the summer?s latest blockbuster sets this Wolverine apart from the rest.

  • Sports Urban Legend discusses the Mets, A-Rod?s suspension, other MLB happenings, Riley Cooper exiting the Eagles after a racial slur, WWE and more!

  • Psychologists Eli Davidson and Dorree Lynn give tips to improve marital communication, and dating coach Steven Nash reveals how to get the woman of your dreams.

  • Steve Leser makes sense of Bradley Manning, Eric Snowden and the journalists who broke the stories, Greenwald and Assange. Did all involved do the right thing?

  • Jarvee Hutcherson, president of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association and American Society of Young Musicians, talks diversity in movies and more.

  • Kelsey Perry and Ryane Delka, co-presidents of Silpada Designs, tell how the world?s largest sterling silver jewelry home party company started with a mere $25.

  • Following in the footsteps of Stephen King, author S.B. Knight chats about his Dark Fantasy books covering grouchy vampires, dark demons and satanic games.

  • Serial entrepreneur Scott Warner discusses his vast portfolio of success, covering everything from tech startups to restaurants to online blogging to film.

  • ?Hollywood to Dollywood? is a documentary about a set of male twins riding in an RV to meet their idol, Dolly Parton, and getting more than they bargained for.

  • Dr. Leigh-Davis and publicity firm Rock Star PR continue with their IMDb secrets for improving your profile or film title page, a must-hear for any actor.

  • Having toured with Green Day and the Sex Pistols, Prima Donna?s lead singer Kevin Preston dishes the dirt on the big 2013 tour this summer with Adam Ant.

  • Actress Charlotte Sullivan, most recently known for her role as Gail Peck on ABC's hit summer police drama, ?Rookie Blue,? talks about the current season.

  • Laura Eisenhower reveals the truth about the meaning and power of Avalon and the Holy Grail, which have long captured the imagination of many.

  • International spiritual leader, entrepreneur and former presidential adviser Jim Self shares insights on living a life of true authenticity and fulfillment.

  • Dallas Mavericks center Bernard James shares his thoughts on this season, plus a discussion of Riley Cooper, Donovan McNabb and the A-Rod suspension.

  • Patrick Holman, author of "A Patriot in the Making,? tells the story of his awakening and 6-year journey with Ron Paul while raising his son, Mason.

  • G Fella stops by to talk about his new reality show, "G-Thing," which debuted this week on Fuse, and his recent music collaboration with Wyclef Jean.

  • Acclaimed writer/director Paul Schrader (?Taxi Driver,? ?Raging Bull,? ?American Gigolo?) discusses his new film, ?The Canyons,? starring Lindsay Lohan.

  • Author Roj? Augustin talks about her new book, ?The Unraveling of Bebe Jones,? about a lonely and troubled R&B singer reeling from a career in decline.

  • Join Travel Brigade for an episode about researching Irish ancestors and traveling to Ireland in 2013, the year of "The Gathering."

  • Gerry Sandusky, sports director at WBAL-TV in Baltimore and the radio play-by-play voice of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, discusses his career.

  • Lil Mama took a lil too much for granted when she broke, saying, ?I just thought that was something that was supposed to happen,? of her hit album at age 17.

  • Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a certified veterinary acupuncturist, discusses the benefits of acupuncture and holistic treatments for pets.

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    Actors with fake guns bring police with real ones

    LOS ANGELES (AP) ? College filmmakers were using fake guns to shoot a robbery scene at a suburban Los Angeles coffee shop when the movie took a scary twist that wasn't in the script.

    Eight police officers were descending on the masked actors. The police were real, with very real guns drawn, and had no idea this was a movie.

    "Drop the gun! Drop it! Drop it!" one officer yells on an audio recording police were carrying.

    One of the actors immediately let go of his fake assault rifle. But another held onto his replica handgun, forcing officers to make a life-or-death choice. An officer knocked the gun from the actor's hand and handcuffed him, drawing a peaceful climax to what could have been something far worse.

    "One of the officers made the decision that had the man moved, he would have been killed," said Glendora police Capt. Tim Staab. "It was just milliseconds from a tragedy."

    Police said it showed the dangers of movie-making for amateur film crews who don't get permits and follow proper steps before taking to the streets.

    "I can't think of a situation more dangerous than having a gun in your hand with cops responding," Staab said. "It was much closer than we ever want to get close to."

    Attempts to reach the film's director were unsuccessful. The students declined to tell police what college they were from.

    The officers responded to the shop after receiving a 911 call from a woman who reported seeing an armed, masked gunman inside Classic Coffee in Glendora, a suburb east of Los Angeles that rarely sees Hollywood film crews.

    Police said there was nothing to indicate a short movie was being shot. No one was outside to warn customers, there were no signs, and no permit had been pulled.

    When officers arrived, there was no question in their mind that a robbery was occurring, Staab said.

    It's rare "to go into a coffee shop and see someone carrying an AR-15 rifle and wearing a mask," he said.

    Under normal filming protocols, weapons carried by the actors have orange markings to indicate they are replicas. But the markings on the guns used by the students had been covered by a black pen, presumably to make the weapons look more realistic.

    Staab said one of the masked men, apparently startled by the real-life response, held the fake gun by his side, pointed toward the ground. When he didn't drop it, Staab said, an officer did something unusual ? he stripped it from the man's hand and sent the gun falling to the floor.

    After the man was handcuffed, the officer is heard on the audiotape asking what was going on. Somebody says a film was being made.

    "You are shooting a short film?" the officer asks. "In a store with a man with a gun?"

    The students were allowed to keep the fake weapons and weren't facing charges. They were given a lecture by officers about the dangers they created and went on their way.


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    Victoria Sports Hall of Fame to induct YMCA's Big Four track stars

    They were the stars of the city, Victoria?s top athletes during a time of depression.

    The YMCA?s track team from the 1930s was tops in the country.

    Coached by YMCA physical director Archie McKinnon, the group of short and middle distance runners was led by 220-yard sprinter and quartermile (440-yard) specialist Joe Addison. (Races were done in yards and miles then.)

    Half-mile runner Bill Dale and mile specialist Chuck Cunningham made up the core three with Addison, while a list of short-distance sprinters each spent time as the team?s fourth man.

    It?s been a long time coming, but the Y team are finally going into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, part of the 2013 inductee group to be celebrated on Oct. 26.

    ?We originally wanted to put Bill Dale in about 12 years ago. He was still alive then, but when we sat down with him and told him our intentions, he refused,? said Dave Unwin, a Victoria sports archivist.

    Unwin has long snooped out the history of athletes in the city. Dale sent Unwin on a new hunt, one that finally ended with a phone call last year.

    ?At first Bill told us about his brother Vic Dale and said Vic was more deserving, his brother being a great basketball player and all-around athlete. Then Bill explained that it was Addison who was the (Y team) ringleader.?

    The only problem was Addison?s story ended in the Second World War.

    Unwin knew he was a policeman and a truant officer whose pay was split between the City of Victoria and the school district. He wasn?t with the Victoria police department for long. He signed up with the army, transferred to the air force and was shot down in a bomber during the war.

    Until a lucky turn of events, Addison?s story had disappeared from history.

    But the word was out around Victoria that the GVSHOF was on the lookout for Addison?s family descendants, and in 2012 Addison?s nephew Ross Williams called Unwin.

    ?Just prior to Christmas I had a visit from Williams. He ... brought two boxes of Addison?s scrapbooks, photos and awards,? Unwin said.

    The newspaper stories and information, most of it from the 1930s, suggested the Y team deserved to be in the hall of fame.

    Among many news articles was photos of Addison playing other sports, including a soccer photo from high school, representing Saanich school district at the city school soccer championship Fragment?s Cup.

    This year is the first time Addison has been enshrined in the hall, though many of his teammates are already inducted. (Inset photo of 1912 Olympian Hal Beasley from Victoria and Addison, on right, at MacDonald Park, current home of the James Bay Athletic Association.)

    The Y team were generally known as a group of four, with a frequently changing sprinter.

    It?s believed Lynn Patrick was the team?s first sprinter, son of Lester and brother of Murray (Muzz), but Lynn left for the New York Rangers where he won the Stanley Cup as a player, with Muzz on his team and dad Lester behind the bench.

    Navy man Owen Bentley also took a turn as the sprinter, as did Paul Rowe, who went onto win the Grey Cup with the Calgary Stampeders. There was?Noel Morgan, an all-around sportsman, and lastly, Bruce Humber, who went to university in Washington state and was the only member to represent Canada at the Olympics when he went to the 1936 Berlin Games.

    Addison had been to the 1934 Empire Games, and should have qualified for the 1936 Olympics, as well as Dale, Unwin found.

    ?Addison, Dale and Humber went to the Canadian qualifying championships in Toronto on the way to Olympics (in 1936). When they got there it rained all weekend,? Unwin said.

    ?Addison did both the quarter and hurdles but had bad luck though he could have qualified for both events based on his previous times. For the 220 (yards) Addison drew the inside track which was flooded with puddles and he didn?t make (the time).?

    During the era, Canada only financed so many athletes (about 100) to attend the Games, though additional athletes who qualified were welcome to pay their own way.

    ?I believe Bill Dale and Joe Addison both had the opportunity to pay their own way to the Olympics, but during the depression, the money wasn?t available,? Unwin said.

    For tickets to the Oct. 26 banquet at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence, contact GVSHOF president Nick Tuele at 250-652-1455 or

    ? with files from Dave Unwin

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    Brodsgaard was chairman of the organizing committee for the 1993 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships and sport chair of wrestling for the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

    Keith Dagg (Builder)

    Dagg chaired the 2005 and 2013 Ford Men?s World Curling Championships and helped bring the PGA tour to Victoria in 1981.

    Michael Edgson (Athlete)

    Edgson, a visually impaired swimmer, is one of Canada?s most successful athletes with 18 gold, three silver medals and nine world records from three Paralympic Games in the 1980s and 1990s.

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    A three-time Olympian, Derek Porter captured a gold medal with the men?s eight rowing team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. For the 1996 Summer Games, Porter made the transition to single sculls and finished in second place to win silver. The 1993 single sculls World Champion also captured two silver medals with the men?s eight at the 1990 and 1991 World Championships.

    Alison Sydor (Athlete)

    A former UVic student, Sydor won silver at the 1996 Summer Olympics in mountain biking, and three World Mountain Bike championships.

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    A multi-sports athlete who toured with the national field hockey team in 1965-66, won several batting titles at the Canadian Softball Championships and was a national-level squash, badminton and tennis player.

    1930s YMCA Track Team (Team)

    Under the coaching of Archie McKinnon, the team comprised Bill Dale, Joe Addison, Chuck Cunningham and variously, sprinters Lynn Patrick, Noel Morgan, Owen Bentley, Paul Rowe and Bruce Humber. The team excelled throughout the decade and finished fifth at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

    1976-1984 Vic West Soccer (Team)

    The same core Vic West players won four national senior men?s soccer titles from 1976 to 1984, six B.C. championships and six Jackson Cup Island titles.



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    Phil Davis eats a lot of shots, pulls out controversial decision victory over Lyoto Machida

    Judging controversies seem to follow the UFC everywhere it goes, but Saturday's victory by Phil Davis over former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, raised more than a few eyebrows.

    After the second round of the three-round bout, Davis' corner urged him to go hard, believing it would be difficult to beat Machida, a Brazilian, by decision in Brazil.

    But though Machida seemed to control the third round, it didn't matter. Davis won by scores of 29-28 on all three judges' cards and won a unanimous decision over the division's No. 1 contender.

    Sal D'Amato and Rick Winter each gave Rounds 1 and 2 to Davis and Round 3 to Machida. Chris Watts gave Round 1 to Machida and Rounds 2 and 3 to Davis. Cagewriter had it 30-27 for Machida, giving him all three rounds.

    Machida seemed shocked when the call went against him.

    "I really don't know what they are judging," Machida said in the cage. "Just listen to the crowd. They're telling you what is happening."

    UFC president Dana White was shocked, too.

    In a telephone interview with Cagewriter once the show ended, White said he was not pleased with the way Machida fought.

    "Machida definitely won that fight, definitely," White told Yahoo! Sports. "But that's his fault. He knows MMA judging sucks. It's terrible, it's [expletive], but he went out there and let him do it. I can't remember whether it was the first or the second, but Machida had that combination where he threw all those punches and ran across the cage and ended with that knee. That's when he's really good. But he wants to stay back and be a counter puncher and wait and fight cautiously.

    "He's got the abilities, but he just doesn't bring it. He loves the counter and he got taken down at the end of both rounds."

    Davis took Machida down near the end of each of the first two rounds, but Machida seemed to control the pace of the fight and stuffed numerous takedowns. Fight Metric gave Machida a 17-16 edge in significant strikes landed.

    Davis, who was ranked seventh by the UFC prior to the fight, was ecstatic.

    "The late takedowns help, but that's part of my strategy," Davis said. "I get takedowns and work all the time. It's part of what I do."

    Machida said he had an injured foot that hampered him a bit, but he couldn't imagine how he lost.

    "I believe Phil was not looking to attack, was not going forward and was trying to score points at the end of rounds," Machida said. "But this is not a wrestling match, this is MMA, and I think that the judges need to be more attentive to details. They need to look for who is going forward the most. By the end of the fight he was hurt and bleeding, I managed to land several strikes. I had strained my foot 10 days ago and I felt it a little bit at some point, but other than that I wasn't thrown by his game plan at all."


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    Swimming, Day 8 - Men's 1500m free: Sun (CHN) confirms ... - FINA

    BCN2013 - Swimming

    Pedro Adrega and Sarah Chiarello, FINA Communications Department


    Yang Sun (CHN)Dominating the longest event of the programme since 2011, Yang Sun (CHN) was the predictable winner of the 1500m free. The only possible question remaining was: will he get close to his own World Record of 14:31.02 established in the Olympic final in London? The answer after the final was clear: no. Leaving most of the initiative to Ryan Cochrane from Canada, Sun managed his effort until the 1400m-mark and then applied some more vigour to clinch the gold in 14:41.15, roughly 10 seconds slower than one year ago in the British capital.

    He couldn?t threat either his Championships record from Shanghai 2011, when he had swum in a WR time of 14:34.14. Finally, as Katie Ledecky (USA) among women, Sun manages to win in the same edition of the Championships the three longest free events of the programme, the 400m , 800m and 1500m (only Grant Hackett, from Australia, has done the same, in Montreal 2005).

    The silver went precisely to Cochrane (14:4248), also second at the Games, while Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) was the bronze medallist in 14:45.37. It was his first success at this level ? the 18-year-old had been fifth at the Olympics and improved in Barcelona his personal best and record of Italy.

    Even before the final, the surprise of the day was the elimination (11th) in the heats for Oussama Mellouli (TUN), the 2008 Olympic champion and bronze medallist in 2012.?

    World Record: Yang Sun (CHN), 14:31.02 ? August 4, 2012 in London (GBR)
    Championships Record: Yang Sun (CHN), 14:34.14 ? July 31, 2011 in Shanghai (CHN)
    Best performance of the current season (since January 2013): Yang Sun (CHN), 14:41.15 ? August 4, in Barcelona (ESP)
    2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 ? Grant Hackett (AUS, 14:43.14); 2005 ? Grant Hackett (USA, 14:42.58); 2007 ? Mateusz Sawrymowicz (POL, 14:45.94); 2009 ? Oussama Mellouli (TUN, 14:37.28); 2011 ? Yang Sun (CHN, 14:34.14)
    The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Grant Hackett (AUS, 1998, 2001, 2003 & 2005)
    2012 Olympic podium: 1. Yang Sun (CHN, 14:31.02), 2. Ryan Cochrane (CAN, 14:39.63), 3. Oussama Mellouli (TUN, 14:40.31)


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    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    The Moto X Is Probably Getting a Cheaper Little Brother

    The Moto X Is Probably Getting a Cheaper Little Brother

    The long-fabled Moto X has finally arrived, and even with less than top of the line specs, we're fans. The $200 on-contract price has been a bit of sticking point for folks who were hankering for a real bargain offering. But don't worry, there's something on the way.



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    Pac-12 commish Larry Scott wants change to NBA age-limit rule

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    A-Rod homers; awaits likely drug penalty from MLB

    NEW YORK (AP) ? Alex Rodriguez feels singled out ? by Major League Baseball in its drug investigation and by his New York Yankees.

    "There are a lot of layers," he said after homering Friday night for the Double-A Trenton Thunder in his return from a leg injury. "I will say this: There is more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. And that's not my teammates and it's not the Yankee fans."

    With a lengthy suspension looming, the New York Yankees star hit a two-run homer to left in the third inning of a 6-2 win over the Reading Fightin Phils.

    Rodriguez is among 14 players facing discipline in MLB's Biogenesis drug investigation, and suspensions are expected on Monday. While others are expected to receive 50-game bans, Rodriguez's penalty figures to be far harsher ? perhaps through the 2014 season or even a lifetime ban.

    "I think it is pretty self-explanatory. I think that is the pink elephant in the room," he said. "I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PEDs. That's a must. I think all the players, we feel that way. But when all this stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, I think that's concerning for me, it's concerning for present ? and I think it should be concerning for future players, as well."

    Coming back from hip surgery and a quadriceps injury, A-Rod hopes to rejoin the Yankees for Monday's series opener at the Chicago White Sox, what would be his first time back in the major leagues since last October.

    "I think it's possible," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in San Diego.

    Rodriguez is counting on it.

    "Unless I get hit by lightning, and these days you never know," he said.

    "I am mentally prepared to play for five more years," he said, later adding, "It's not time for me to hang it up. I have a lot more fight in me."

    But he might not get back to the Yankees any time soon because of his alleged connection to the closed anti-aging clinic that's been accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta of Detroit and Everth Cabrera of San Diego also may be disciplined.

    Cruz hit a tying, two-run homer Friday in Texas' 8-3 win at Oakland.

    "It's still hard to deal with it," he said. "You have to be able to separate it."

    Many are expected to follow the example set by Milwaukee's Ryan Braun last month and accept penalties without a challenge before an arbitrator. First-time offenders who challenge suspensions can continue to play until their appeals are decided.

    "Let's just get it over with," Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

    The Yankees expect A-Rod to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB's investigation, and not being truthful with MLB in the past.

    Baseball has been attempting to gain a suspension through at least 2014 and has threatened a possible lifetime ban. Negotiations over Rodriguez's penalty are likely to go through the weekend, with the 38-year-old resisting such a lengthy stretch on the sidelines.

    He seems to think the Yankees are trying to keep him off the field. While he remains on the disabled list, New York is reimbursed for his $28 million salary by insurance.

    Rodriguez seemed to be on the verge of rejoining the Yankees before the leg injury last month. New York assigned him to Trenton for two games and has not said where he'll go afterward.

    It is not clear whether Commissioner Bud Selig would attempt to use provisions of baseball's labor contract to prevent Rodriguez from playing until arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules on an appeal.

    Lawyers from management and the union plus attorneys for individual players spent Friday working their way through the many issues resulting from mass suspensions.

    For instance: Will there be different treatment for minor leaguers depending whether they are on 40-man rosters.

    Under the drug rules, 40-man roster players serving a 50-game suspension would have major league games in September count as time served after the minor league seasons end. Seattle catcher Jesus Montero, Mets outfielder Cesar Puello and Baltimore third baseman Danny Valencia might be in that group.

    But that time wouldn't count for players not on 40-man rosters, whose suspensions would spill into 2014. Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez could be in that category.

    For many players, the damage to their images already has been inflicted. Rodriguez has faced fan taunting since 2009, when he said he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03.

    Nike Inc. confirmed Friday that it no longer has a relationship with Braun, the 2011 NL MVP who accepted a 65-game suspension last month that ended the Milwaukee outfielder's season.


    AP Sports Writers Tom Canavan in Trenton, Andrew Seligman in Chicago and Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.


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    ECLAP 2013 proceedings on Springer: Information Technologies for ...

    A publication by Prof. Paolo Nesi and Dr. Raffaella Santucci

    The Information Technology age has facilitated many significant changes in the field of cultural heritage and continues to be a dynamic and exciting forum for the emergence of new possibilities. This wave of change has had particularly significant consequences in the field of the Performing Arts, where the vast potential for digital content and new information technology exploitation continues to reveal itself, opening the doors to new and as-yet-unexplored synergies. Many technological developments concerning digital libraries, media entertainment, and education are now fully developed and ready to be exported, applied, utilized, and cultivated by the public.

    eclapThis was the vibrant message left by the Second International Conference on Information Technologies for Performing Arts, Media Access and Entertainment, ECLAP 2013, held in Porto, Portugal, in April 2013 (see the article on the Conference here)

    Now a publication by Prof. Nesi and Dr. Santucci (EDS) collected the proceedings of the conference organized within the activities of the ECLAP project, a Best Practice Network that aims to create a network of experts and media access service for performing arts institutions in Europe, along with an e-library for the performing arts.

    This book contains revised selected papers from ECLAP 2013.

    The 24 papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected for inclusion in this book. They are organized in topical sections named: perspectives and (digital) strategies for cultural heritage institutions; trust, quality and tools for cultural heritage digital libraries; educational services for the performing arts; dance in the world of data and objects; acting and natural interaction; and music and opera of a digital generation.

    The eBook version of this title will be available for sale from 30 July on Springer website.

    See the news on ECLAP website

    See the ECLAP website

    Information-Technologies-for-Performing-Arts,-Media-Access,-and-EntertainmentINFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR PERFORMING ARTS, MEDIA ACCESS, AND ENTERTAINMENT

    Nesi, Paolo; Santucci, Raffaella (Eds.)

    2013, XX, 289 p. 76 illus.

    ISBN 978-3-642-40049-0


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