sports news reporter for the IndependentChief sports news correspondent at the English newspaper the Mail on Sunday. He is also editor of sportingingintelligence.com, which specializes in the business and finance of sport.
FROM Nick Harris
The London Olympics Begin The US women’s team has won its first soccer game, but the official opening of the London Olympic Games won’t be until Friday. The world is beginning to focus on London as the Torch has been carried through the streets of the city. Celebrities and politicians are turning up, including Mitt Romney, who caused a minor stir with these comments about security preparations. Romney backpedaled a bit later. He’s visiting London as part of his presidential campaign, and as the man who saved the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
David Beckham Comes to LA America's Major League Soccer is in the minor leagues worldwide, but David Beckham has now signed to play for the Galaxy , headquartered in Carson. The price tag is $250 million, and Major League Soccer officials claim Beckham will finally make their sport a national pastime. Beckham became a world celebrity playing football, as they call it--in Britain, where he made history with Manchester United , then spent a lot of time on the bench for the Spanish team Real Madrid . Does he still have the talent? Will he be just another Hollywood celebrity?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?