January 3rd, 2013
10:00 AM ET

John Berman to Gov. Corbett: "You put football first"

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) makes his case to Starting Point as to why he’s suing the NCAA over Penn State sanctions months after his office came out with a statement in July that accepted the penalties as the right course of action.

Gov. Corbett says, “I held off. I didn’t want to interfere with the momentum that the team had. Coach O’Brien had done a great job with the team. The final decision to go forward wasn’t made until October. The lawsuit then was drafted; we went through many variations. And at the end of the season was when I made my decision that we would announce it.”

CNN Anchor John Berman says, “You put football first…. If the case was so important, why not bring it up when you’re ready to bring it up. You put football first, which is one of the criticisms of Penn State all along.”

Corbett responds, “This is going to be a very long case and the start of that case can easily wait until after the end of the football season, which we did.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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June 29th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Basketball diplomacy in North Korea

On Friday's Newsroom International, CNN’s Paula Hancocks (@PHancocksCNN) reports on ‘Coaches Team’, a group of Americans who traveled to North Korea to teach North Koreans how to shoot hoops. Their hope is that basketball diplomacy can build trust where politics can’t.

June 19th, 2012
08:40 AM ET

Clemens attorney: Jury firmly convinced; verdict not a technicality

Rusty Hardin, attorney for former baseball player Roger Clemens, talks to CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about his client's not guilty verdict for perjury.

Hardin says, “His life has been tremendously damaged….”

He continues, “This jury… was firmly convinced he didn’t do it. They didn’t find him not guilty because of some technicality or lawyers. They’re absolutely convinced that Roger Clemens did not use performance enhancing drugs at anytime in his career. I’m hoping people look to that ultimately when they assess him.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday morning from 7-9am ET on CNN.

June 19th, 2012
08:22 AM ET

ESPN hosts on Clemens: Hall of Fame chances slim

Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic, hosts of ESPN's "Mike & Mike In The Morning," join Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the not guilty verdict for former baseball player Roger Clemens.

Golic says, “The court of public opinion, I don’t think is going to change much on him as far as their thoughts on him using performance enhancing drugs. And the ultimate test is going to be the Hall of Fame.”

Greenberg, says, “I think there’s a very good chance he never gets in [to the Hall of Fame].”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday morning from 7-9am ET on CNN.

CNN's coverage of Euro 2012
June 8th, 2012
01:37 PM ET

CNN's coverage of Euro 2012

The 2012 UEFA European Championship kicked off Friday, June 8 in Poland and Ukraine. CNN’s Becky Anderson and Pedro Pinto will lead CNN International’s coverage from Warsaw, Poland with CNN correspondent Phil Black reporting across the Ukraine.

On CNN.com users can participate in a live Euro 2012 blog here. This blog offers live commentary of all Euro 2012 matches, score updates, the best CNN video and images, plus a collection of tweets from CNN staff on the ground and closely following the year's biggest soccer tournament.

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CNN exclusive with Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy
June 7th, 2012
10:38 AM ET

CNN exclusive with Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy

CNN's Living Golf features an exclusive interview with Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy, who is looking to defend his U.S. Open title next week at the Olympic Club in California. Nicklaus offers the world No. 2 advice, saying he needs better preparation ahead of the U.S. Open.

Watch the interview here.

Living Golf airs on CNN International Thursday, June 7 at 1230ET; Saturday, June 9 at 1700ET; and Sunday, June 10 at 1230ET. 

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June 6th, 2012
11:22 AM ET

Former NFL player Wade Davis says it 'was very, very lonely' being closeted while playing

Former NFL player Wade Davis talks to CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about why he chose to reveal he is gay.

Davis says, “If I could do it all over again, I would come out… while I was playing because I now understand the impact that that would have had. And it can change the lives of so many youth with bullying that's going on and with this youth just not having a sense of family. You know, that's just why the job that I have is so important. It is the greatest job I’ve ever had. I wake up every day excited about going to Hetrick-Martin.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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May 18th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

Cristiano Ronaldo to CNN: I'm better than Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he thinks he is a better player than Lionel Messi, and Real Madrid is a better team than their fierce rivals, Barcelona. In an exclusive international television interview on CNN International’s ‘World Sport’, the Real Madrid and Portugal star tells CNN’s Pedro Pinto  “Some people say I'm better, other people say it's him, but at the end of the day they're going to decide who is the best player at the moment, which I think is me.”

He adds that his penalty miss against Bayern in the Champions League semi final was “one of the worst days” of his career thus far and that he sees this Saturday’s final as too close to call.

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May 3rd, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Tiki Barber on Junior Seau's death

Retired New York Giants player Tiki Barber on the emotional challenges that could have faced Junior Seau before his death.

Barber says, "You're shocked because of the sudden nature of the death but you're not shocked that you see these things happen. There's a lot of factors that contribute to depression. One is stress, money stress, family stress…. You're surprised but you're not surprised because there are so many factors that lead toward athletes falling into deep, deep depressions and not having a way to get out of it.”

He adds, “I went and worked right away over at NBC doing sports and news, and things felt fine. Three years later I’m going through a divorce, I’m no longer working at NBC, I’m sitting on my couch really trying to figure out what my life is going to be, and I started to feel like I was depressed. Very fortunately I had great friends who lifted me up and got me back into the workforce and doing things and finding meaning for myself. But a lot of guys don't have that. And the other factors that I talked about are widely documented. So 78 percent of former football players after three or four years are broke, filing for bankruptcy. They go through divorces. They don't have a steady job. They are so far behind that professional learning curve because their peers came out of college and walked up the corporate ladder. They played sports. And once they're done, they're not celebrities anymore. The relevancy period falls away.”

Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

March 28th, 2012
09:28 AM ET

NBA star Carmelo Anthony talks Trayvon Martin, Pres. Obama, Knicks, Olympics, more on CNN's 'Starting Point'

On Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony talked Trayvon Martin, his 5-year-old son’s desire to call President Obama, ‘Linsanity,’ Olympics, Got Chocolate Milk? campaign and much more.

On Trayvon Martin, Anthony says, “I've been hearing comments and you know people talking and stories and everybody has their own opinion.. But I don't think people should be judged by what they wear and their clothing and things like that. I'm a big believer in that. And you know they talk about only bad guys, gangsters and thugs wear hoodies and dress like that. But if you look at history, thugs dressed in suits, gangsters are dressed in suits. So you don't know where coming from and that's a very sensitive situation and sensitive topic right now.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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