2008 Indy 500 is almost there … so be there …

Sat, May 24 PUBLIC DRIVERS’ MEETING/NO TRACK ACTIVITY – Free (IMS activities)
Public Gates Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Autograph Session with Indy 500 Starting Field, Pagoda Plaza 9-10 a.m.
Public Drivers’ Meeting 10:30 a.m.
IPL 500 Festival Parade (Downtown Indianapolis) Noon

Sun, May 25 92nd INDIANAPOLIS 500 – Tickets starting at $20 ……
Public Gates Open 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Spectacle of Bands 8 a.m.
Celebrity Red Carpet Walk Hosted by EXTRA!, Pagoda Plaza 10 a.m.
2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden Demonstration Lap 11 a.m.
“On the Banks of the Wabash” Performed by the Purdue Marching Band 11:15 a.m.
Pre-Race Concert Featuring Jack’s Mannequin, Coke Zero Stage 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Celebrity/VIP Parade Lap 11:30 a.m.
Military Recognition Lap and March 12:09 p.m.
Driver Introductions, Yard of Bricks 12:32 p.m.
“God Bless America” Performed by Florence Henderson, Victory Podium 12:51 p.m.
National Anthem Performed by Julianne Hough, Victory Podium, Flyover 12:54 p.m.
Invocation by Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, Victory Podium 12:58 p.m.
“Taps,” Victory Podium 1 p.m.
“Back Home Again in Indiana” Performed by Jim Nabors, Victory Podium, Balloon Spectacle 1:02 p.m.
Command to Start Engines, Mari Hulman George, Victory Podium 1:03 p.m.
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Driver Emerson Fittipaldi Leads the Field to the Start 1:04 p.m.
Honorary Starter Floyd Mayweather Waves the Green Flag to Start the 92nd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race 1:11 p.m.

Published in: on May 20, 2008 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Why people hate the Patriots

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 They are beloved in Boston, but elsewhere the Pats are the NFL’s public enemy No. 1. » 6 reasons why

Published in: on December 14, 2007 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

HELIO CASTRO NEVES

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Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough are crowned champions in the ‘Dancing’ finale. » Mel B. upset

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 6:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Electronics store secrets

Tech gift shopping advice. (Getty Images)

Don’t hit the stores for your electronics gift shopping without a strategy in mind. » An insider’s advice

Published in: on November 24, 2007 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

BEST BUYS FOR BLACK FRIDAY

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Budget laptops are just some of the bargains you can expect to find on Black Friday. » 5 great gift buys

Published in: on November 22, 2007 at 6:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

NASCAR AND CHEATING

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – As his driver Jimmie Johnson completed his 267th safe, smart lap here to claim his second consecutive Nextel Cup championship, Chad Knaus stood on pit road.

It was business as usual here for Knaus, who accepted the congratulatory backslaps and hugs you’d expect of a crew chief on top of his game. As much as any “coach” figure in sports, Knaus is dominating his competition; running roughshod in a way that would make even Bill Belichick jealous.

Of course, his six-race suspension earlier this year for breaking NASCAR rules, on top of the four-race suspension last season, on top of six other disciplines, including two other suspensions, in the past six years, might make Belichick blush, too.

In the unique culture of NASCAR, a habitual cheat of a crew chief just won the title again and no one apparently cared.

As the rest of the American sports world – from baseball and football to track and cycling – seems to wrestle with asterisks and vacated titles, Knaus – banned from the track for an astounding one-sixth of the season – was free to celebrate the night away with an apparent clear conscience.

>>>>>Click here for more NASCAR criticism.

Published in: on November 20, 2007 at 8:51 am  Comments (1)  

Top distance runner Ryan Shay dies during marathon Olympic trials

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NEW YORK (AP) — Top distance runner Ryan Shay died during the U.S. men’s Olympic marathon trials Saturday after collapsing about 5 1/2 miles into the race. He was 28.

The death came a day before the New York City Marathon, when millions usually line the streets in one of the sport’s showcase days.

Published in: on November 4, 2007 at 1:56 pm  Comments (2)  

DALE EARNHARDT JR

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (born October 10, 1974), is a professional American race car driver. He is the son of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. He is also the grandson of Ralph Earnhardt. During his career, Earnhardt, Jr. has competed successfully in a number of racing classes and events, is a two-time Busch Series champion (one of 6 people to win back-to-back championships), and was the WINNER of the 2004 Daytona 500.

Published in: on November 4, 2007 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  

JOHN TERRY’S WAGES

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Chelsea furious as minister slams Terry’s wages

Chelsea and Manchester United both accuse sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe of getting his facts wrong after he attacked both clubs.

Published in: on November 2, 2007 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

SPONGEBOB

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The latest hip-hop dance craze is based on a cartoon sponge who wears square pants .

Published in: on November 1, 2007 at 9:54 am  Comments (1)