A "look ahead" at this week's headlines
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Track season is well underway as the first official week of Saratoga racing begins. You'll be able to place bets on your mobile phone, as the track taps into a wireless network for the first time. NYRA hopes it will allow for more betting opportunities, and increased social media interaction. Be sure to check out YNN's Facebook page for the latest track updates.
From track to turf, the defending Superbowl Champions kick off their 2012 season at UAlbany on Thursday. After last year's lockout caused the Giant's to miss out on the annual training camp tradition, Capital Region fans are sure to storm the practice fields and snap pictures of MVP Eli Manning and salsa dancing Victor Cruz. With a recent contract extension, Head Coach Tom Coughlin will look to take his team to back to back titles.
The Capital Region will host some landmark changes on Tuesday. Saratoga officially welcomes the 9/11 monument, Tempered by Memory, to High Rock Park. The tribute is made from World Trade Center steel. In Schenectady, a part of the downtown cityscape goes up for sale. The Armory heads to public auction, as the former home to National Guard Units has been sitting unoccupied since 2008. In Albany, a section of Arbor Hill's third ward will be turned into Nebraska Brace Way, in honor of their former Alderman who died earlier this year.
The 2012 Olympic Games kick off with the Opening Ceremony in London on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Titled, Isles of Wonder, it will include farm animals, music performances, and the torch lighting. Americans will be excited to see how favorites like Michael Phelps perform under the intense pressure, though with 16 medals already, adding to his collection shouldn't be a problem. Carmelo Anthony represents New York on the basketball court. Also, local judo competitor, Kyle Vashkulat, of Clifton Park, will be competing for his first shot at Olympic glory.