Usa Cycling Stands In Corner Of Cookson Against Incumbent Mcquaid In Uci Election

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USA Cycling has endorsed British challenger Brian Cookson against incumbent President Pat McQuaid in a contentious election that will be decided Sept. 27 in Florence, Italy. Cookson has promised to rebuild cyclings reputation and governance after years of doping allegations that reached a crescendo with the Lance Armstrong confession. The culture of doping within the sport largely stained McQuaids two-term tenure. The weeks best news photos Heres a quick way to catch up on the weeks news, through some of our favorite photos. USA Cycling has raised concerns about the legitimacy of McQuaids nomination for the presidency after he failed to gain support from his home Irish federation and Switzerland, where he lives. He is running with support from Malaysia and Thailand. USA Cycling said in endorsing Cookson on Wednesday that he is best qualified to lead UCI and rebuild trust in the organization. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

USA to play friendlies vs. New Zealand

The Oct. 27 game at Candlestick Park will be the first time the U.S. women have played in San Francisco in their 28-year history. The teams will then travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a game on Oct. 30. The United States is 9-1 against New Zealand, including a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics. The Americans went on to win their third straight gold medal in London and are currently the top-ranked team in the world. “New Zealand is a much-improved side over the past few years,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni, who saw quite a bit of the Kiwis during his two stints as head coach of Australia. “Qualifying for World Cups and Olympics have helped them significantly, and now they are a very composed and competitive team that plays with a great deal of confidence.” The United States Soccer Federation also announced that it will play Australia in an exhibition game on Oct. 20 at San Antonio’s Alamodome. The top-ranked U.S., the defending Olympic champion, is 9-0 in previous indoor matches. The Americans beat the Matildas 2-1 and 6-2 last year in the final two matches under coach Pia Sundhage, who left to coach her native Sweden. She was succeeded by Tom Sermanni.

USA Counts On ‘Modern Family’ To Draw Wider Crowd

Friday; and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. That represents 22 episodes of the program roughly a seasons worth of shows in a seven-day span. At that rate, critics might charge, USA is likely to blow through the programs four seasons in record time (though its not as if ABC hasnt run the episodes multiple times as well). But McCumber said USA is not expecting an immediate ratings surge hinged on the shows debut. Instead, USA is hoping for the programs extended presence to draw viewers on a steady basis. The network has also added reruns of NCIS: LA to the mix, he said, and continues to show NCIS and Law and Order: SVU. I think were going to be very patient with it. We have very tempered expectations for the first quarter, he said. USA has studied performance not only of Modern Family reruns on ABC, but also Big Bang viewership on TBS. To bring viewers to the adventures of Jay Pritchett and his extended clan, the network is launching a second-screen experience that will give die-hards the chance to see extra Modern Family content as they watch an episode live. Viewers can gain access to bonus content at or by using USAs mobile app. An experience associated with each episode from the series first four seasons will include interviews with the shows writers, trivia and polls, as well as advertising. USA will invite different kinds of viewing on Fridays and Sundays. Fridays will be dubbed TGIMF in promos; the acronym stands for Thank God Its Modern Family, and is designed to promote co-viewing by parents and kids at the end of the week, said McCumber.