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Brazil trying to land IndyCar race for 2015

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There have been rumors floating around for weeks that the IndyCar Series is trying to set up a race in Brazil for 2015.

In the past few days, officials at IndyCar has said that they are exploring a return to Brazil. The event would take place in the federal capital of Brasilia.

Brazilian officials are hoping to convince the IndyCar Series to return from 2015 to 2019.

The federal district government announced that the potential race would be held at Autodromo Nelson Piquet.

The Nelson Piquet race track has a 12-turn, 3.4 mile layout.

Nelson Piquet race track layout (By Will Pittenger via wikipedia commons)

U.S. World Cup rights for 2018, 2022 go to Fox & Telemundo


Samsung infographic TV set (clipart by Andrew, courtesy of

The Fox network has outbid ESPN, the incumbent and NBC to get the reward of the English-language United States television rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, FIFA announced over the weekend.

Telemundo won the rights for the Spanish-language telecasts.

Fox has agreed to pay more than $400 million for its package.

ESPN paid $100 million to air the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

U.S. doing well in Pan American Games winning gold medals


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The rivalry took to the swimming pool at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, was a rout as the United States won four of five gold medals to leave Brazil behind the dust.

Arthur Frayley, Julia Smit and Sean Mahoney and the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay team all won to give the Americans 12 gold medals through four days of swimming.

Brazil did not win a race for the first time in the 2011 games.


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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT VIDEO FEATURE: Hope Solo, U.S. Women’s Soccer player

Hope Amelia Solo was born July 30, 1981 of Italian descent. She is the goalkeeper for the United States women’s soccer team for the magicJack of Women’s Professional Soccer.

Solo was born in Richland, Washington. Her father Jeffrey, of Italian descent, grew up in the Bronx and was a Vietnam War veteran. It was her dad who taught Hope how to play soccer.

Eventhough her parents divorced when she was six, Hope maintained a close relationship with her father until his death in June 2007.

Solo played soccer with the Three-Rivers Soccer Club in the Tri-Cities area. At Richland High School, playing forward, Solo scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996-1998 and a state title her senior season. She was twice named a Parade All-American. At the University of Washington, Solo switched to the goalkeeper position and was the team’s all-time leader in shutouts, saves, and goals-against average. She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American.

After her college career at Washington, Solo was drafted by the now defunct WUSA team Philadelphia Charge in 2003. She also played for Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC of Goteborg, Sweden in the Swedish Premier Division in 2004 and for Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division in 2005.

On September 16, 2008, Solo was one of the three players drafted for St. Louis Athletica in the WPS allocation of national team members, with the new league starting play in 2009. After a slow start in goal at 0-2-2, Hope rebounded to finish the season with eight shutouts.

In 2009, Solo was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year.

In May 2010 the St.Louis Athletica folded and Solo signed with another WPS team, Atlanta Beat, along with two St. Louis teammates.

In 2011, Hope signed to for the new magicJack franchise in Women’s Professional Soccer.

In the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the United States, allowing two goals in four games including consecutive shutouts of Sweden, Nigeria and England.

In the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was named to the U.S. roster despite missing time during the qualifying games with a shoulder injury. Solo helped lead the team to wins over North Korea, Columbia, Sweden and Brazil. In the final, the United States women’s team lost 3-1 in a penalty shootout to Japan, after twice leading in an eventual 2-2 draw. Solo was awarded the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper, the Bronze Ball award for overall performance and was also selected to the all-star team of the tournament.

The 5’9 Solo recently drove the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car in NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. She spent several minutes with the media talking soccer and auto racing.


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U.S. soccer star Hope Solo to drive pace car for Brickyard 400 race


INDIANAPOLIS — United States national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo will be driving the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the 2011 Brickyard 400 presented by, leading the starting field to the green flag Sunday afternoon July 31.

Solo became a world famous sensation earlier this month as one of the leaders of the U.S. national team that advanced to the Women’s World Cup final in Germany, losing to Japan on penalty kicks. She was named the top goalkeeper and also was selected to the 2011 World Cup all-tournament team.

Hope Solo in October 2009 (photo by John Mena/Johnmaxamena via wikipedia commons)

Solo led the United States to the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a stunning performance in a 1-0 win over Brazil in the gold-medal game. She has made 101 appearnaces for the U.S. in international play.

The 30-year-old Solo, who is from Richland, Washington, was taught to play soccer by her father, Jeffrey, a Vietnam War vet.


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