BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Stockman To Introduce First Bitcoin Bill

Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX), announced this morning at Inside Bitcoins NYC that he plans to introduce the first piece of U.S. legislation on virtual currencies this afternoon. The Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act would authorize the Internal Revenue Service to treat virtual currencies as currency for federal tax purposes. The bill finds that:
“The Classification of virtual currencies as property means that users would be required to pay capital gains tax on any transaction using the virtual currency based on any gain over the virtual currency’s value from the time of purchase.”


The IRS issued guidance for virtual currencies on March 25, 2014 that stated virtual currencies, including Bitcoin, are to be treated as property for federal tax purposes. This requires capital gains on virtual currencies to be recorded and reported. The Bitcoin Foundation says this could lead to unrealistic reporting.
Rep. Steve Stockman said that he is introducing this bill “to build awareness and create a consensus in the Bitcoin community around government regulation of virtual currencies… I don’t think anyone really has a flavor of what they want and I want to start the Bitcoin conversations.”
Rep. Stockman is the first member of U.S. Congress to accept Bitcoin contributions.

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Barca rubber stamp revamp


Camp Nou: To receive a revamp

More than 27‚000 members of Barcelona Football Club have endorsed plans to spend 600–million euros on the redevelopment of the Camp Nou. 

More than 27‚000 members of Barcelona Football Club have endorsed plans to spend 600–million euros on the redevelopment of the club′s home ground, the Camp Nou.

The voting accounts for 72 per cent of the members who turned out to hear the proposal.

The vote was only the second in the club′s 115–year history, the previous ballot coming in 1950 when members backed plans to move from the old Las Corts stadium to the Camp Nou.

The Camp Nou, which currently has a capacity of more than 99‚000‚ is already the largest stadium in Europe. However‚ once the revamp is completed in 2021‚ the stadium will be able to seat 105‚000 spectators.

“This is a big step forward‚” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Inside World Football.

“Many members have told me that they have voted for a project which‚ because of their age‚ they will never see. But for a better Barcelona and better Nou Camp for their grandchildren‚” added he club′s president.

The Camp Nou has been the home of Catalan football since 1957 and many famous memories have been created at that ground. The club has evolved since then and become the powerhouse in European football.

Administrators think it would be fitting to have a stadium which symbolises their current status in the global game.

“In 2021 we will have a Nou Camp which all Barcelona members and fans will be proud of and allow us to say we have a ground of the same level as our team‚” added Bartomeu.

The stadium redevelopment is expected to include the construction of a new roof and work is expected to start in 2017.


Before any revamp to take place, hot in the UEFA Champions League scene

Atletico out to end Barca′s UCL run with Costa in tow

Atletico Madrid put up an impressive performance versus FC Barcelona at Nou Camp despite their star Diego Costa having to leave early in the match because of thigh injury. Diego Simeone′s side held their rivals down to a 1–1 draw. Atletico Madrid will host Barca at Vicente Calderón‚ this time with more firepower as Costa is expected to have recovered from his injury. Match is on April 10 at 02:45 (GMT+8).


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Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz


The Dallas Mavericks are still fighting to clinch a playoff spot in the West and could better their chances by sweeping the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.

The Mavericks have a game and a half lead over the Memphis Grizzlies for the seventh seed in the West and have won three straight to keep them at bay. On the season‚  the Mavericks average 105.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 102.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki has been on absolute fire lately‚  shooting 55 percent from the field and 52 percent from three in his last five games. The Mavs have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than 100 points. The Dallas Mavericks are 42–36 ATS overall and 25–14 ATS on the road.

The Jazz have lost 12 of their last 14 games and are really spending their final games trying to play spoiler to playoff teams. On the season‚  the Jazz average 94.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 101.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Utah′s issues have been on the offensive side of the ball all season‚  but in the Jazz last five games‚ they′re surrendering 107.2 points. The Jazz have lost 14 straight games when allowing their opponent to reach the 100 point mark. The Utah Jazz are 31–40–6 ATS overall and 15–19–4 ATS at home.
The Mavericks are 5–1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest and 1–6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Jazz are 3–0–1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 1–4–2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Mavericks are 5–2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah‚  while the favorite is 17–8 ATS in the last 25 meetings.


The Mavs have been scoring at will just about all season‚  while the Jazz haven′t shown much effort on the defensive end as of late. I like this game to go over the projected total‚ as neither team has been great at getting stops. Dallas should score well over 100 points‚ and the Jazz will finish the job


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San Paolo to be upgraded


San Paolo: To receive an upgrade

Authorities have confirmed that there will be upgrades at the San Paolo stadium‚ Napoli′s home venue.

Italian authorities have confirmed that there will be upgrades at the San Paolo stadium, Napoli′s home venue.

While there had been speculation the Partenopei would move to a new venue in the foreseeable future‚ Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris revealed on Monday that plans to start work on the upgrade had already been made.

“I can confirm that we are on the right track‚” De Magistris told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli on Monday.

“On Friday we sent the necessary documentation to Napoli so that they know the exact fees to be paid.

“Without this there would need to be a delay in proceedings. Napoli will play at San Paolo and there will be a commitment to redeveloping the entire stadium‚” added the City Mayor.

There are strong indications that Napoli are happy with the current arrangement‚ which means work is likely to begin soon.

“We have now reached an agreement, thanks to De Laurentiis making himself available. He will pay the amount due before we move on to discuss the next steps. Sometimes things are not easy to sort out.

“Things will begin to move forward immediately. Once the payment has been received we can sign for the plan to go ahead‚” added Naples’ number one citizen.

“I would like for the research to be done before the end of the year, at which point there will be a commitment to putting the necessary money in to fund the building of the stadium.

“Will there be an athletics track? There is a commitment to create a project‚ I will trust those who have designed the most beautiful stadiums.”


Meanwhile Napoli′s mission: Third straight win over Lazio

Napoli defeated Lazio the last two times they met. Rafael Benitez′s side will again try to frustrate Lazio. Napoli scored a total of five goals in those two encounters‚ something that indicates how messed up Lazio′s defense is. Have Lazio made the right adjustments or is Napoli just too strong for them? Match will be on April 13 at 21:00 (GMT+8).


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Asian Handicap: –0.75 Napoli @ 1.85 


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Stuttgart struggling to survive


Five–time Bundesliga champions Stuttgart are still in a precarious position despite the 2–0 win against Freiburg on Saturday.

Stevens: Under the cosh


Five–time Bundesliga champions Stuttgart are still in a precarious position despite the 2–0 win against Freiburg on Saturday‚ according to manager Huub Stevens.

Stuttgart currently sit 15th in the Bundesliga standings‚ just one place clear of the dreaded relegation zone.

This is compounded by the fact that Hamburg‚ who are in 16th position‚ have accumulated the same number of points (27) as Stuttgart‚ and Stevens is well aware of the task they face.

“These three points are very important in our situation‚ but this victory was just one small step in our current situation‚” said Stevens.

Of Stuttgart′s remaining five matches‚ three are against the top four teams on the Bundesliga standings‚ which isn′t ideal.

The next assignment for the Schwaben is a trip to a motivated Monchengladbach‚ who are trying to secure a spot in Champions League football.

Source: VIQI News


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North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights


The North Queensland Cowboys host the Newcastle Knight on Monday, April 7, 2014 in 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Australia.


North Queensland Toyota Cowboys:  1. Michael Morgan 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Brent Tate 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Robert Lui 8. Matthew Scott 9. Rory Kostjasyn 10. James Tamou 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Jason Taumalolo 13. Tariq Sims. Interchange: 14. Ray Thompson 15. Glenn Hall 16. Ashton Sims 17. Scott Bolton. Coach: Paul Green.

Newcastle Knights: 1. Darius Boyd 2. James McManus 3. Dane Gagai 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Akuila Uate 6. Michael Dobson 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Kade Snowden 9. Kurt Gidley 10. Willie Mason 11. Beau Scott 12. Robbie Rochow 13. Jeremy Smith. Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Korbin Sims 17. Adam Cuthbertson 18. David Fa’alogo 19. Zane Tetevano. Coach: Wayne Bennett.


Cowboys: Lachlan Coote (knee), Cameron King (knee) Hezron Murgha (knee), Patrick Kaufusi (pec)
Knights: Jarrod Mullen (hamstring), Alex McKinnon (neck), Joseph Tapine (hernia)


Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott: “As far as the forward pack goes we’ve been making good metres and rolling forward pretty well, and we’re getting into positions where we can play some attacking footy. We had a pretty strong (defensive) line (against the Gold Coast) and they only got through with a couple of tries from kicks, so it will take that sort of effort again this Monday. But we’re just not executing well enough at the moment.”


Newcastle winger James McManus: “Obviously they’ve been narrow losses (for the Cowboys), so they are probably not that far off. It’s a tough trip up there, particularly at this time of the year it will be nice and warm and they’ll be fired up for a big performance I’d imagine after three losses. We’ve just got to make sure that we keep up those things like good ball control and then you’ll put yourself in good stead for a win.”


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La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona FC, April 2


Barca, Atletico set to break 3-game draw

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona extend their rivalry beyond the quest for the La Liga title as they face one another in the Champions League quarterfinals. The last three meetings between them ended up in draw. Will the trend finally be broken in the European stage? Match is on April 2 at 02:45 (GMT+8).


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Tennis: ATP Miami Quarterfinals


Murray, Djokovic among Sony Open contenders

Winning 3–6‚ 6–3‚ 7–6 over Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open Championship at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden‚ Novak Djokovic now sets his sights to the next big tournament: the ATP Sony Open happening on the 19th up to the 30th of March in Miami‚ USA. Chasing his 10th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title‚ Andy Murray needs to get back to his deadly form quick to defend his Miami ATP Masters title.


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Nets top Bobcats for 10th straight home win

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NEW YORK — Deron Williams’ confidence is sky high and he’s taking the Brooklyn Nets along for the ride.

With the Nets’ winning streak in jeopardy, Williams scored 23 points, 11 in the final six minutes, to lead Brooklyn to a 104-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

The Nets were trailing 85-82 midway through the fourth quarter following Josh McRoberts’ dunk and free throw.

That’s when Williams took over.

He hit a driving layup with 6:00 left, then a 3-pointer on the next possession. He followed that with a steal and two free throws to give the Nets an 89-85 lead with 5:22 remaining.

The home team never trailed again in registering its 10th straight win at the Barclays Center.

“My confidence is getting back. That’s a good thing for me,” said Williams, who also had eight assists. “I tend to play well when my confidence is high. I just have to keep it there.”

Joe Johnson had 20 points for the Nets. Shaun Livingston finished with 17 and Andray Blatche had 13. Thornton and Mason Plumlee each had 11.

“He (Williams) has been clutch the last month or so,” Plumlee said. “He’s made a lot of big plays in some of these wins. He has more bounce to his step.”

Al Jefferson led Charlotte with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Gary Neal added 17 points.

After Williams’ streak put the Nets ahead, the Bobcats managed to pull within 97-95 on Neal’s 3-pointer with 1:33 left.

After Paul Pierce hit a free throw with 1:18 remaining, Kemba Walker missed on a 3-point attempt and Williams followed with a foul line jumper with 37 seconds left to give the Nets a 100-95 lead.

“Deron took control of the game and made plays on both ends,” coach Jason Kidd said. “He’s making all the right basketball plays and not settling.”

After Shaun Livingston hit a free throw with 21 seconds, Neal hit another 3-pointer to bring the Bobcats to within 101-98 with 17 seconds left.

Then Williams hit two more free throws with 16 seconds remaining to help clinch the win.

“I took what the defense game me,” Williams said. “They made their run and we needed to make one back. I just happened to be a big part of that, but it could have been any of us.”

The Nets took their biggest lead of the game at 38-25 on Marcus Thornton’s 3-pointer with 8:19 left in the first half.

The Bobcats’ began the game on a 6-0 run, their largest lead of the night.

The Nets finished the game with only seven turnovers, tied for their lowest this season. The Bobcats committed 15, five in the fourth quarter.

“Turnovers were the biggest difference in the game,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. “We had a couple of unforced ones late that were at key times.”

Chris Douglas-Roberts and Gerald Henderson scored 13 points each for the Bobcats. Cody Zeller had 10.

“That’s the Deron we’re used to seeing,” Blatche said. “His confidence is high. He’s playing great and carrying this team.”
Game notes

The Nets haven’t lost at home since Jan. 31 against Oklahoma City . Brooklyn’s home winning streak is longest current streak in the NBA and is the franchise’s longest since the New Jersey Nets won 12 straight Dec. 16, 2005-Feb. 8, 2006 . Brooklyn has beaten Charlotte nine of the last 10 meetings, with the Bobcats’ only victory during that span coming on Nov. 20, 2013. Before that, Charlotte hadn’t won in the series since April 11, 2011.


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