Presidents Cup: Rain interrupts again, USA keeps lead
In the form of an open letter, USA Boxing took issue with none other than Mike Tyson for trying to “buy” fighters before the organization felt it was the fighter’s time to get paid. “USA Boxing does not have the funds to compete with your offers,” Dr. Charles Butler, USA boxing president, said. “If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athletes’ stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand.” Now, no one in their right (or left) hemisphere would say Mike Tyson is walking around with a halo hovering over his head as he tries to get his post-Broadway career off the ground by getting into boxing promotions. [+] Enlarge AP/Richard Shotwell/Invision USA Boxing sent an open letter to Mike Tyson, asking him to wait until after the 2016 Rio Games to sign the country’s top amateur fighters. But if Tyson wants to move past pigeon-racing reality shows on Animal Plant or another academy award-winning guest appearance in “The Hangover IV: A New Hope” and make his move to be the next Don King, who are we — or USA Boxing — to complain? Tyson has done so well with his life since he left the sport (as long as he does not revert to the misbehavior he exhibited after longtime trainer Cus D’Amato died, then all is good). But this isn’t about Tyson or his response to Butler’s letter in the New York Post claiming the organization never reached out to him directly and is “taking advantage of my name and company for publicity.” This is about USA Boxing. When did USA Boxing become so sanctimonious? So righteous and indignant? Boxing promoters have perpetually gone after amateur boxers in an attempt to get them to skip the Olympic route. For years, promoters have used everything from Muhammad Ali throwing his gold medal into the Ohio River to the image of Roy Jones Jr. standing next to a ref as he lifted the arm of Park Si-Hun in the Seoul Olympics (considered by many as one of the most corrupt moments in Olympic history) as examples of the unimportance of the Olympics in the arc of one’s career. More recently, promoters simply need to run off the names of top boxers who didn’t need an Olympic medal to succeed as a pro — Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Adrien Broner, Timothy Bradley — to prove that participating in the Olympics is as useful as an iPhone 3GS.
With its intricate storytelling, diverse characters and authentic locations, the series continues to be a cornerstone in our lineup of USAs original signature dramas. The renewal comes mere weeks before Covert Affairs returns for the second half of its fourth season, which wrapped its summer run in mid-September. It was one of summers top 10 cable scripted shows, with nearly 4 million viewers. When Covert Affairs returns for the remaining six episodes, co-creatorsMatt Corman and Chris Ordpromise a “totally different show” following CIA agent Annie Walker’s (Piper Perabo) decision to fake her own death and go deep undercover in her continued mission to topple Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin). “This change that we see in Annie at the end [of the finale] is a seismic one and a major one,”Corman told THR in September . “It’s going to launch us into a back six where we see a totally different Annie and a totally different show, and we hope people enjoy it.” “Every episode and every script we’ve been doing is exciting because we get to see a whole new side to Annie and how she operates, and the choices she’s forced to make are a whole new chapter. She’s never been faced with many of these challenges and she doesn’t have the support system to help her. It’s very interesting how she copes with this new paradigm,” Ord told THR. Christopher Gorham, Peter Gallagher, Kari Matchett and Hill Harper also star in the Universal Cable Productions series fromCormanandOrd, who are executive producers along withDoug Liman, David Bartis, Gene KleinandStephen Kay. Gorham will direct the fourth episode of the remaining half of the season. International locations featured this season include Medellin, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Grand Bahama Island and Geneva. Covert Affairs’ renewal comes as USA preps its big original comedy push following the syndication debut of Modern Family, and the return of veteran drama White Collar later this month.
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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Presidents Cup: Rain interrupts again, USA keeps lead Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY Sports 8:30 p.m. EDT October 4, 2013 Tiger Woods tees off on the eighth hole Day 2 of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. (Photo: Allan Henry, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Only two of the six foursome matches were finished because of a long rain delay The USA maintained a 1-point lead Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley scored for the USA SHARE 3 CONNECT 12 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE DUBLIN, Ohio The weather-plagued Presidents Cup was delayed for the second consecutive day as 0.82 inches of rain fell on Muirfield Village Golf Club on Friday, causing a stoppage of play for 2 hours, 34 minutes. After this delay, however, the Americans stayed the course with their advantage and remained in the lead in the biennial match-play bout. PRESIDENTS CUP: Plenty of revelry The USA, which had its momentum weaken in the aftermath of Mother Nature’s wrath on Thursday and lost its 5-0-1 advantage to win just 3 points on the first day, earned one victory after Friday’s delay and remained in the lead in two other matches in the first foursomes session (alternate shot). When darkness halted play on Friday, the Americans led 4-3 with only two matches completed. The USA leads in two of the uncompleted matches, 3 up in each, and the Internationals lead in the other two matches, 1 up and 4 up. DAY 2: Presidents Cup scoreboard World No. 1 Tiger Woods and new partner Matt Kuchar, who have made 15 birdies as a team through 26 holes, have seven birdies already in their match against Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen and lead 3 up through 12. The USA, which leads the series 7-1-1 and has won the last four, needs 17 points to retain the Cup. Play will resume Saturday at 7:35 a.m. ET. Officials hope to start the third session five fourballs (better ball) matches by 8:33 a.m. Pairings for the third session will be made at 8 a.m.