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David Beckham Lobbies Tallahassee for Tax Breaks on a Soccer Stadium in Miami

| March 25, 2014

Elected officials — including Gov. Rick Scott — and staffers flooded Twitter with “selfies” alongside Beckham, who wants to bring a professional soccer team to Miami and has set his goal on the Port of Miami as a potential stadium site.

On World Tennis Day, Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka, 16, Plays Madison Square Garden

| March 4, 2014

Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka, a top American junior tennis player, made it to one of the world’s premier sports arenas as he opened for Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in an exhibition match at Madison Square Garden Monday evening.

Global Warning Olympics: Closing Ceremonies for Winter

| February 23, 2014

Watching the Olympics requires too much of a suspension of disbelief to make the effort worth the time or the self-deception. There was an added and quite massive invention to these games: faking winter in a warming world, though in that regard we’re all self-deluded Russians.

A Palm Coast-Based Referee, 66, Is Accused of Inappropriately Touching a Star 14-Year-Old Girl During a Game, and a Team Is Rattled

| January 22, 2014

Marion Al Jennings, a Palm Coast retiree who officiates with A-1 Officials Association, faces a battery charge for allegedly grabbing a 14-year-old girl’s buttocks and rubbing her breast as he officiated her game earlier this month at Calvary Christian Academy. A-1 referees also officiate at Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast High School.

Eddie Johnson, US National Team Striker and Bunnell Native, is Traded to DC United

| December 17, 2013

Bunnell native and Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate Eddie Johnson was traded to DC United on Tuesday, DC United announced, from the Seattle Sounders, where Johnson had played the last two seasons. Johnson had made 48 appearances and scored 23 goals for the Sounders.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston, In the Pocket of a “Big Football Town”

| November 24, 2013

As with anyone accused of a crime, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is entitled to the benefit of the doubt and is presumed to be innocent. But how can we be sure that justice is being served when the actions of those responsible for investigating sexual assault complaints against athletes is so slipshod?

Cowardice as Culture: Richie Incognito’s NFL and the Adulation of Brutality

| November 10, 2013

For years, in college and in the NFL, lineman Richie Incognito behaving loutishly and unaccountably on and off the field in an NFL culture that rewards and protects brutality. Jonathan Martin is the rare whistle-blower who reveals ugly truths the league and its fans would too often prefer not to acknowledge, argues Steve Robinson.

From Indian Trails Middle School to The U.S. Open: Reilly Opelka’s Tennis Zoom

| September 4, 2013

Reilly Opelka, 16, a Palm Coast native and former Indian Trails Middle School student, qualified for the main draw of the U.S. Open Juniors tournament. He lost in singles on Tuesday but he;’s still alive in doubles. He talks about what it was like growing up in Palm Coast and moving to a tennis academy in Boca Raton.

Eddie Johnson More Brawny Than Brilliant, But Helps US Win Gold Cup Anyway, 1-0

| July 28, 2013

It was not a beautiful performance by either Eddie Johnson, who put in all 95 minutes, or the U.S. Team, and the last minutes were marred by a brawl Johnson triggered as he brought a little Bunnell to Soldier Field, but the U.S. won its fifth Gold Cup anyway.

Bunnell’s Eddie Johnson Shines in 5-1 Win Over El Salvador in Gold Cup Semi

| July 22, 2013

Bunnell-born Eddie Johnson, the electrifying striker gunning for a spot on Team USA’s World Cup squad, scored immediately after coming into the quarterfinal Gold Cup match on a substitution Sunday, refreshing his Demolition Man moniker.

Tax Subsidy May Trigger Free for All as Florida Cities Grab for Spring Training Teams

| May 25, 2013

New rules for spring training funding offer up to $666,660 a year in sales tax revenue for stadium upgrades or construction if a community seeks to retain or entice a single team to move. The funding can jump to $1.33 million if a community can cobble together a two-team package.

NFL and MLS Snub Florida After Bill to Subsidize Dolphins and Soccer at Taxpayers’ Expense Fails

| May 21, 2013

The NFL awarded the 2016 Super Bowl to the San Francisco area and the 2017 championship contest to Houston, a little more than two weeks after a bill tied to potential state funding for the Miami Dolphins and an Orlando soccer stadium died in the Florida House.

Forget Rio: Palm Coast Lands Soccer Academy in Planned Expansion of Economic “Niche”

| April 30, 2013

The New Jersey-based Player Development Academy will build up to six fields on 65 acres west of U.S. 1 that will link with the Indian Trail Sp[orts Complex–and with Palm Coast’s sports-niche market, which has turned into an engine of economic development.

From Jackie Robinson to Jason Collins: Still Telling It On the Mountain

| April 29, 2013

It will be Jason Collins’s misfortune to be labeled the “gay Jackie Robinson.” Like Robinson, he may have to endure a painful personal burden. But, argues Steve Robinson, history is less likely to view him as a pioneer than ask instead: “what took so long?”

Flagler Lands Its 1st Statewide Horseshoe Pitching Tournament at New Old Dixie Park

| April 19, 2013

The Flagler County Horseshoe Pitching Club will host a Florida-wide horseshoe tournament at the 18-pit Old Dixie Park the county built last year. The tournament is another addition to a growing list of specialty sports tournaments bringing visitors the county.

Sports Welfare’s Engines: Lawmakers Prep $60-Million Tax Break to Daytona Speedway

| April 8, 2013

A measure that could land more than $60 million in sales tax rebates for the Daytona International speedway was unanimously supported by the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Monday, allegedly to keep the speedway “relevant.”

Flagler County’s “Ulympic Games,” Set for April, Are Crying for Participants

| March 11, 2013

Flagler’s “Ulympic Games” feature 10 sports over a week, April 6-13, open to anyone employed by any local government, but as a March 15 deadline approaches, only a few dozen people had registered.

Rue, Ziffra and Caldwell Rides Harleys Back to Law Firm’s Roots

| March 8, 2013

The Rue, Ziffra and Caldwell name, beside its saturation of Central Florida media markets and word of mouth, is synonymous with motorcycles, especially around Bike Week. But there’s a history and purpose behind the association.

Florida Taxpayers Asked to Subsidize Pro Soccer on Top of NFL, NBA and Other Sports

| February 1, 2013

Up to two Major League Soccer franchises would be eligible for subsidies given to other pro sports teams in Florida under a bill filed in the Legislature, a nod to Orlando’s bid to bring an MLS team to the area.

Title IX Lets Girls Be Both Quarterback and Homecoming Queen

| December 13, 2012

Erin DiMeglio made history as the first female in Florida to play quarterback in a varsity high school game, and was elected South Plantation High’s homecoming queen. That wouldn’t have happened without Title IX, the landmark legislation assuring females the same opportunities as boys at both the high school and college levels.

Alone Among NFL Franchises, Miami Dolphins Suffer Huge Fan Drop in Last 10 Years

| December 1, 2012

As the Dolphins muddle through another season, the South Florida organization was the only professional team from Florida — and the only NFL entry on the whole list of North American sports franchises — to record a plummet in fans over the past decade.

Lance Armstrong Called Ringleader of “Most Sophisticated” Doping Program in Sports History

| October 10, 2012

United States Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart says Lance Armstrong was the ringleader of the most extensive doping operation in sports history, and that sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 of Armstrong’s fellow-riders, underscore the “overwhelming” evidence the agency is publishing today.

Flagler County PAL Basketball Registration Open from Oct. 8 to Nov. 6

| October 5, 2012

Flagler County’s Police Athletic League (PAL) basketball registration begins Oct. 8 and ends Nov. 6. You may register at the PAL office at 5400 East Highway 100, between the Target Shopping Center and Flagler Palm Coast High School (the old school board building).

Flagler Beach’s Haley Watson and Eric Worley Win 2012 Easterns Surfing Championships

| September 19, 2012

Flagler Beach’s Haley Watson and Eric Worley took first place in both their divisions at the 2012 Easterns Surfing Championships in Nags Head, on North carolina’s Outer Banks, on Tuesday.

Memo to Lance Armstrong: Enough is Enough, So Please Shut Up

| September 17, 2012

The gig is up now, Tom O’Hara, a testicular cancer survivor, tells Lance Armstrong, referring to his doping issues. If you want to continue to raise money to fight cancer, I applaud you. But, please, try being a quiet and humble philanthropist from now on.

We’re All Vikings Fans Today: Chris Kluwe Kicks Emmett Burns’s Gay Marriage Bigotries

| September 8, 2012

Maryland lawmaker Emmett Burns wrote a bullying letter to the Baltimore Ravens owner asking him to silence Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support for gay marriage. Chris Kluwe kicked back the most winning answer of the year.

Whistleblowing Coach Worship: How Neil Reed Ended Bobby Knight’s Bullying

| August 1, 2012

Steve Robinson, the CNN/SI managing editor who coaxed Neil Reed into blowing the whistle on coach Bobby Knight’s violence, reflects on Reed’s death and the refusal of people–from Knight’s apologists to Joe Paterno’s–to take action when they see power being abused.

Watching Team USA Live With Eddie Johnson (US 1, Ghana 2)

| June 26, 2010

We’re covering the US-Ghana World Cup match live with soccer great and Bunnell native Eddie Johnson, from Palm Coast’s Hooligan’s.

Barbary Wars, the Sequel: US Moves On for First Time Since ’94

| June 23, 2010

Live commentary of the critical US-Algeria match, along with the simultaneous and deciding England-Slovenia clash.

Live Commentary: South Korea 2, Greece 0

| June 12, 2010

Live commentary of Euro 2004 champions Greece taking on South Korea from Port Elizabeth Stadium. First of three matches today.



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