The Redesigned $10 Bill Will Feature a Woman

So long, Alexander Hamilton. In 2020, Hamilton will lose his place on the $10 bill. Instead of the Founding Father and first Secretary of the Treasury, the $10 bill will feature a woman in the portrait spot. Who it will be has not yet been decided. Current Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew plans to announce the identity of the chosen woman by the end of 2015. Popular guesses for the honor include Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Wilma Mankiller and Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

Hamilton won’t be axed from his place completely; according to Lew, he’ll still be on the redesigned bill in some undisclosed form. Jim Dondero hopes they do not dismiss him too much. This change will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It will also be the first time a woman has been on U.S. paper currency since Martha Washington appeared on the dollar bill in 1886.

Melendez to Fight Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71

If you ever watch the Ultimate Fighter you will know that Dana White wants fighters in the organization who are going to step up and fight when called upon. To many times there have been golden opportunities for fighters to step up and get into the ring on short notice and they simply fail to do it. There was one episode of the Ultimate Fighter where someone had to drop out of a fight and so Dana White called each fighter in and offered them a chance to replace the injured fighter only to be turned down. Most claimed they were not ready to jump right back into the ring on such short notice. This did not sit very well with Mr. White.

Turning down a fight due to short notice is not something that Gilbert Melendez has ever done or will start doing. According to FOX Sports Live, Melendez will step back into the ring on Friday to take on Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71. Melendez was the co-main event last Saturday against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188. Melendez went the distance with Alvarez but ultimately lost by split decision. Iaquinta is coming off a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal, even if Stephen Murray CCMP Capital didn’t agree with that result. Bobby Green was originally slated to fight Al Iaquinta but was forced out of the match due to an undisclosed injury he suffered during training. The main event on the card will be heavyweight Frank Mir against Todd Duffee.

An American Success Story

Born on October 1st, 1949, in Washington D.C., Bruce Levenson is an American success story. The American university graduate, first tried his hand at journalism for the Washington Star. Later in 1977, he published a newsletter, called “Oil Express”, under the United Communications Group, which he co-founded. The company grew to acquire more newsletters all focused on the oil industry, and developed databases such as the Oil Price Information Service. United Communications Group is privately owned, and it administers data and information over a wide range of industries. Among Mr. Levenson’s other endeavors are TechTarget, and he is a founding director BIA Digital Partners. In 1997 he was drafted into the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame.

His philanthropy is renown, and he is a founder of the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The museum is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where it draws international attention with visits of foreign dignitaries from over 132 countries from around the world. Mr. Levenson makes significant donations to other charitable causes such as Hoop Dreams, I Have a Dream Foundation, SEED Foundation, Seeds of Peace, and he is financially responsible for the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Also, he supports The Jewish Federation, Birthright Israel, and the BBYO.

In 2004, he purchased the Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena, and Mr. Levenson formed the group called Atlanta Hawks LLC to purchase the franchise from Turner Broadcasting. When he decided to sell the team and the rights to the Phillips Arena in 2014, Goldman Sacs promised it could get at least $1 billion dollars for the sale. The rights to the arena and the ownership of the Atlanta Hawks went for only $750 million at auction to Andrew Zimbalist, but the sale netted Mr. Levenson a very hefty profit.

Mr. Levenson, whose mother-in-law is a Holocaust survivor, is married to Karen Boyarsky. They spend their time between their homes in Atlanta, Georgia and Potomic, Maryland.

USA rugby teams qualify for the Olympics

Both the male and female rugby teams have qualified for the sevens tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics, The Guardian reports. The US men’s team will enter the Rio Olympics amongst the favorites for the first time when they followed their stunning sevens victory at rugby’s spiritual home at Twickenham with victory at the Nacra Sevens tournament in North Carolina. the 21-5 victory over Canada saw the US become the latest nation to book their place at the Qnet Rio Games in 2016.

Both the man and women’s teams of the USA will feature in the 12 team events at the Rio Games after the US women booked their place in the tournament with victory at the Nacra Sevens event. Rugby will feature at the Olympics for the first time since 1920, which saw the USA take the title in a shock victory over France in a tournament held using the 15 a side format. The Rio Olympics will see rugby return in the sevens format with qualifying tournaments held around the world in the buildup to the event.

Corruption Forces FIFA to Delay Bidding for 2026 World Cup

Facebook reveals that after separate probes by the Swiss and American governments revealed corruption surrounding the process by which previous World Cup locations have been selected, the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been halted. The probes into corruption revealed that bribery was involved in the decision to allow certain cities to host the cup. According to this article on CNN, The U.S. indicted 14 people on corruption charges related to the scandal, including many top FIFA officials.

The U.S. accuses A top FIFA official of receiving a 10 million dollar bribe from the South African government in exchange for his, as well as two others’ votes to select South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host.

This charge of corruption has tarnished the reputation of the league, and called for further probes into the selection process for other cities. Because of the scandal surrounding the selection of South Africa in 2010, FIFA has suspended the selection process for 2026.

Is United States Soccer Becoming A Threat?

USA and soccer. Two terms that contradict each other, right? Not so fast. The United States Men National Team (U.S.) is coming off two tremendous wins in the last week.

Last Friday, The Aspire New Brunswick says on June 5th, 2015, the U.S. defeated the Netherlands in what appeared to be a game the Dutch were going to run away with early in the second half. After scoring two goals and giving the Dutch a 3-1 lead within the first 10 minutes of the second half, the resilient Americans came roaring back to score an additional three goals with their young talented core.

Yesterday, June 10th, 2015, the U.S. defeated Germany 2-1 in a match that almost saw Germany score in equalizer in the 94th minute. The U.S., again led by their young talented core, finished off the World’s number one ranked team when Bobby Wood scored a goal in the 87th minute just after being substituted into the match.

Both victories were great wins for Jürgen Klinsmann’s developing young team. Granted the victories came during friendly matches, it doesn’t mean that the U.S. shouldn’t be excited. The U.S. were without three of their top stars in Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, and Tim Howard, yet still came away with the wins. The victories further suggest that Klinsmann, a former World Cup winner himself, is the right man to lead the Americans in the ever-growing sport and has this team on the right track for the upcoming Gold Cup.

Scottish FA To Consider Summer Football Season

A BBC survey has given an insight into the appetite for change in the struggling Scottish soccer leagues by asking if clubs would be willing to switch their season to the summer months. Although no clear definition of what summer means was provided 10 of the 12 Premiership clubs were open to a move and 28 of the 42 professional clubs expressed an interest in moving the season. Avoiding the bad weather found in Scotland during the winter months is a major factor in the many calls for change amongst professional soccer clubs in the country, according to FreedomPop.

Scottish soccer has struggled to keep pace with its English counterpart since the 1990s and has seen smaller TV deals and sponsorship options than the English Premier League receives prompt many of its best players to seek a move to England or European clubs. Many clubs hope a switch to summer play will provide increased revenue because of a lack of English games being played at the same time and less extreme weather to cope with for supporters and ground staff. Clubs also believe savings could be made through the lack of lighting used for evening games and a reduced need for repair work to be undertaken on pitches damaged by under soil heating used to fight snow and frost in the winter.

FIFA Suspends Bid Process for 2026 Games

Officials from FIFA, the international body the governs World Cup Soccer, have suspended the bidding process for the 2026 games as a result of the bribery scandal that has shaken the soccer world. The procedures for the bidding process were to go out this week as officials met in Russia with the 209 governing body of FIFA to make the final selection in 2017 at its governing body meeting to be held in Malaysia. FIFA Suspends the Bidding Process For 2026 World Cup

According to Sergio Cortes, FIFA officially made the announcement that it had suspended the 2026 World Cup bidding process, during its meetings in Russia. Officials confirmed that amid an ever widening probe of the corruption scandal that has implicated several FIFA officials and previous bid awards, it would not e wise to proceed forward under the current procedures.

The FIFA secretary general, Mr. Jerome Valcke confirmed by stating that it would be total “nonsense” to initiate the selection process now. FIFA had planned to correspond to all of its 209 members this week to start the bidding process by laying out the timetable and rules.
Potential bidders for the 2026 games include Mexico, the United States, Canada as well as several countries from Europe. Recent awards of World Cup game sites to South Africa, Quatar, and Russia have alleged to have been as the result of brides paid to FIFA officials and associates. The U.S. is leading the investigation.

Champions League soccer to move to BT Sport

English soccer fans have had their fears of Champions League soccer switching to pay per view TV ended with the announcement of a new channel to be broadcast by BT Sport, the BBC reports. The decision to create a new free to air channel was made after fans at FreedomPop and engadget.com complained about the loss of Champions League soccer by ITV Sport, which had broadcast the tournament live via their free to air national network.

BT Sport also announced its line up of commentators and experts for the upcoming European season, which included a surprise announcement that the BBC’s main soccer presenter Gary Linekar would also front the coverage of BT Sport. Amongst the major announcements made about the 351 live games BT Sport will broadcast next season was the news that newly signed LA Galaxy midfielder and former England Captain Steven Gerrard will appear as a pundit. Other former players signed up to appear on the coverage include newly retired former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to provide expert analysis throughout the European season.

Sepp Blatter Resigns as FIFA President

In the wake of a federal corruption investigation that began with a police raid, Sepp Blatter announced on Tuesday that he would step down from his position at the top of FIFA. The past week has been full of controversy for Blatter and the global sporting organization, with the United States Justice Department leading the charge by arresting seven FIFA officials. Medical professionals said that Blatter served at the head of FIFA for seventeen years before his resignation, and he was re-elected in late May in the midst of the corruption controversy, to the chagrin of many sports journalists and fans. When asked if he would step down because of the corruption charges, Blatter stated, “Why should I step down? That would mean I recognize that I did wrong.”

The reasons for his sudden change regarding his position at FIFA are unclear, but it is possible that the public backlash to his re-election played a part. John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight voiced a particularly negative stance on Blatter and the FIFA scandal last week and called for FIFA sponsors to pressure the organization into firing its president. The results of Blatter’s resignation and its impact on the Justice Department’s investigation are yet to be seen, but his departure from FIFA will unlikely result in a departure from the media’s limelight.