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The wrong school


Penn’s new athletic head has no plans to cancel football

STATE COLLEGE, Pa (Reuters) – Penn State’s new acting athletic director said on Friday there are no plans to cancel the rest of the Nittany Lions’ football season or to remove Joe Paterno’s statue from outside Beaver Stadium.

Your headline: “Penn’s new athletic head has no plans to cancel football” is absolutely incorrect.

Penn is not Penn State. Penn is The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and is not connected in any way to the child abuse scandal at Penn State University. You should print a retraction and an apology. And perhaps educate your headline writers.

A Penn alumnus

We heard about this headline from several unhappy readers: GBU Editor

A board covers a broken window at Jerry Sandusky’s home in State College, Pennsylvania November 19, 2011. The window was broken by unknown people on November 18. Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team, has been arraigned for 40 counts of child sexual abuse. REUTERS/Pat Little

Brainwashed by football?


Cavendish ends long British wait for world road race title

Where is the news on Reuters about Mark Cavendish winning the world championship?

Are you all so brainwashed by football that you cannot celebrate that he has just given Britain its first world championship in this sport for OVER 50 YEARS? ??

Number one or two?


Nadal faces tough test against Nalbandian

But the world number one knows Nalbandian is a different proposition altogether. The pair have split their four previous meetings.

In this article Nadal is referred to as the “world number one” (third paragraph) — but instead he has been the world number two in tennis for many weeks now.

Cramping our style?


Nadal collapses after win at scorching U.S. Open Moments later, Nadal suddenly stopped talking, then covered his face with his hands and slumped to the floor.

Please!!! Nadal did not collapse… he cramped.

Try to be responsible with headlines. Drop the drama. This only reinforces media stereotypes.

What has two wheels and you ride on it?


Thousands in Portland take to bikes for naked ride

PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) – It was a typical early summer evening in Portland: cloudy skies threatening rain, temperatures in the mid-60s, and thousands of naked bicyclists gathered near the city’s waterfront for a clothing-free night ride.

World Naked Bike Ride is a globally observed event among hard-core bikers designed, at least ostensibly, to promote the use of the bicycle for transportation.

We’re your new neighbors


Bangladesh says FIFA refuses to move Pakistan game

DHAKA (Reuters) – FIFA has turned down a proposal from Bangladesh to relocate their World Cup 2014 qualifier from violence-hit Pakistan to Dhaka, the country’s football federation president said on Monday.

Bangladesh has not sent any sports team to neighbouring Pakistan since an attack by gunmen on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore in 2009.

Not in Washington…


U.S. Open course at Congressional hole by hole

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Open will return to Washington’s Congressional Country Club for a third time when this year’s edition takes place from June 16-19.

Washington’s Congressional Country Club?

You need a geography lesson. Congressional is not in Washington, DC. It’s in Bethesda, Maryland.

Our daily bred?



Turkmen leader orders beauty contests for horses

Once prized by Alexander the Great for their speed and stamina, Turkmenistan’s thoroughbred horses are being groomed for a series of beauty contests, ordered by a presidential decree published Monday.

The Akhal Teke breed is a distinct breed from the Thoroughbred breed.

The word Thoroughbred should only ever be used to describe horses registered with The Jockey Club as Thoroughbreds.

An amazing pic…



Brian Snyder’s photo of Tim Lincecum, “An Ace for a New Era” in the NYT online edition, is spectacular.

The center point for me, was the clarity of the pitcher’s eye; the capturing of the white, of the hazel. And then, I noticed the mane of hair waving in motion. And all of this framed in the crick of his elbow and the drop of his glove. An amazing pic shot by a pro. Thanks.

What sport is this, anyway?


Classy Durant ends 16-year long wait for U.S

BASKETBALL-WORLD/ISTANBUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – World championship favourites the United States ended a long wait by beating Turkey 81-64 in the final Sunday to win their first title in 16 years thanks to inspirational forward Kevin Durant.

Still only 21 and coming off his third professional season, the Oklahoma Thunder prodigy won the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award with a series of majestic performances.