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Obama magic offers Chicago hope

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Gordon Farquhar | 15:19 UK time, Monday, 28 September 2009

Barack Obama's change of heart about backing the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid in person in Copenhagen this week suggests not only how close this race is but how nervous the city is about its chances.

Just a few days after declaring that tackling his healthcare reform agenda had to take priority, the president seems to have found some space in his diary.

He will be in good company - and ought to be able to discuss pressing global issues over smorgasbord with the King of Spain Juan Carlos, the President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and quite probably, the new Prime Minister of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama, or Japanese royals Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako.

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New arguments, old problems for FA

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Gordon Farquhar | 09:12 UK time, Friday, 25 September 2009

The minister for sport's renewed criticisms of the Football Association demand a response, but we haven't exactly been trampled in the rush from any of the protagonists.

A few texts have been exchanged, but our offers of a platform for the FA to counter or at least explain away the issues raised by their under-cooking of the reply to the-then Culture Secretary Andy Burnham's questions has been politely declined.

A bland two-liner is about it so far.

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