Monday, May 31, 2010

Ashton Kutcher hosts RAW tonight

On WWE Monday Night RAW tonight, we get actor Ashton Kutcher as guest host. Plus, we get the main event of John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Edge and Sheamus.

That should be fun with all four facing each other in the upcoming Fatal Four Way PPV.

Elle MacPherson losing the Swimsuit Cover elimination tourney on Dan Patrick.com

Elle MacPherson losing the Swimsuit Cover elimination tourney - Dan Patrick.com

Check it out for yourself! Great show!

Celtics vs. Lakers - The Match-ups



We still have a few days to size up the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Lakers. Now, you already know that I've picked the C's in 6, so nothing has changed there. But, having said that, it doesn't mean it will be easy.

Here's your match-ups:

Rajon Rondo vs. Derek Fisher
Rondo is clearly the better player here. Younger, more athletic and will set the tone offensively for what the Celtics need to do to win. What he does on Fisher, one of the games better clutch long range bombers will also go along way on whether Fisher can be one of the go-to guys they'll need to surround Kobe Bryant with in this series. Rondo, while being guarded mostly by Kobe, torched the Lakers for 21 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the C's one-point loss, 90-89 in Boston during the regular season. In the rematch in LA, one-point Boston win 87-86, Rondo went off for 14 points, 11 assists, 5 rebound and 5 steals as LA played without Kobe.
Edge - Celtics

Ray Allen vs. Kobe Bryant
We all know that Kobe is the best player in the game right now (sorry Lebron James - you're a distant second until you can learn how to close like Kobe), so it'll be Allen's job to disrupt him. That will be job #1 as the Lakers look for Kobe to lead them. Kobe will get his own workout trying to chase Allen's 3-ball action on the defensive end as well. Kobe beat Boston with a game-winning shot in Beantown, despite shooting just 8-for-20.
Edge - Lakers

Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest
Back in the day, Artest would give Pierce fits as a member of the Pacers. These days, Artest is not that lockdown defender he once was. He's still very good mind you, but not to the extent he was earlier in the career. Pierce has show signs of being tired along with a knack of early foul trouble. But aside from Kobe, Pierce is the #1, take-charge, go-to-guy in this series.
Edge - Celtics

Kevin Garnett vs. Pau Gasol
I'm kind of torn on what to expect here. Gasol is outplaying Garnett offensively, but KG is clearly the better defender. So, does KG's strong D deflate Gasol's added offense. I think this is where the series gets decided.
Edge - Celtics (by a block)

Kendrick Perkins vs. Andrew Bynum
If you watched the Magic series, you'll know for sure just how important Perkins is to the Celtics defensive scheme. He won't have to face such an intimidating foe as Dwight Howard, but Bynum, who missed the 2008 Finals between these two teams, has more ways to score.
Edge: Lakers

Celtics bench vs. Lakers bench
This one will be Lamar Odom vs. Glenn Davis & Rasheed Wallace. Odom has been very good off the glass and scores in spurts. The question is can the C's get just as much out of Wallace that we've already seen to this point in the postseason. Davis is the energy guy and just what can the Celts expect out of game 6 hero Nate Robinson?
Edge: Even

So, who ya got? Send in your predictions to TCN right here!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

A salute to the courageous men and women around the World who continue to fight for our freedoms! Please take time out this Memorial Day to remember them!

Plus, check out this great tribut to those freedome fighters as put to music by Leann Rimes.

Picking the NBA Finals



Who ya got in the NBA Finals? Celtics or Lakers?

I've got the Celtics in 6. Here's how the guys from ESPN, the so-called experts, pick it.

Picking the Lakers
Abbott In 6
Ford In 7
Hollinger In 7
Rose In 7
Stein In 6
Thorpe In 6

Picking the Celtics
Adande In 6
Broussard In 7
Legler In 6
Sheridan In 7

My Abigail



Check out my little girl Abigail having a very fun weekend!



Memorial Day MLB Pitching Probables

I still don't get why EVERY team is NOT playing on Memorial Day, including my Boston Red Sox, but here are the pitching match-ups for those who are playing.

OAK at DET 1:05 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 3-2, 3.31
DET: J Verlander (R) 5-3, 3.74

CLE at NYY 1:05 PM
CLE: M Talbot (R) 6-3, 3.73
NYY: A Pettitte (L) 6-1, 2.62

PHI at ATL 1:05 PM
PHI: J Blanton (R) 1-3, 5.63
ATL: T Hanson (R) 4-3, 4.06

MIL at FLA 1:10 PM
MIL: C Narveson (L) 4-2, 5.53
FLA: N Robertson (L) 4-4, 4.05

CHC at PIT 1:35 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 3-3, 4.79
PIT: R Ohlendorf (R) 0-3, 5.11

WAS at HOU 2:05 PM
WAS: L Atilano (R) 4-1, 4.82
HOU: R Oswalt (R) 3-6, 2.35

LAA at KAN 2:10 PM
LAA: E Santana (R) 4-3, 3.65
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 5-2, 4.95

COL at SFO 4:05 PM
COL: U Jimenez (R) 9-1, 0.88
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 5-1, 3.00

CIN at STL 4:15 PM
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 5-2, 4.30
STL: J Garcia (L) 4-2, 1.14

TAM at TOR 7:07 PM
TAM: M Garza (R) 5-3, 2.97
TOR: B Morrow (R) 3-4, 6.66

ARI at LAD 9:10 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 2-3, 4.57
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 6-2, 3.63

NYM at SDG 10:05 PM
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 4-1, 2.13
SDG: K Correia (R) 4-4, 4.03

MIN at SEA 10:10 PM
MIN: F Liriano (L) 4-3, 3.17
SEA: D Fister (R) 3-2, 2.03

NHL Ratings for Stanley Cup Finals Game 1

Here's from the "well, we have to promote something right" department. NBC beat re-runs!

From NBC Sports -

BEST STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 OVERNIGHT IN 11 YEARS

NBC Wins Night

Game 1 Up 12% Over Last Year

NEW YORK – May 30, 2010
-- Last night’s Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final produced the best overnight rating for a Game 1 in 11 years. The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 is the best since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox). NBC also won the night finishing No. 1 in primetime (1.7, A18-49).

The game -- broadcast by NBC Sports on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend -- also saw a 12-percent increase over last year's Game 1 (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, 2.5 on NBC), which was also on a Saturday night but not played during Memorial Day Weekend and was between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

The 2.8 overnight rating also ranks as the highest overnight rating for a Game 1 played on a Saturday in 13 years (since 1997 Detroit- Philadelphia, 5.1 on Fox).

Chicago led all markets with a 16.8 rating and 35 share. Philadelphia followed with a 13.2 rating and 25 share.

One more time - Celtics vs. Lakers

We've got the Celtics vs. Lakers in the NBA Finals starting Thursday night. So, what better time to look back at the rivalry?



Here's your schedule with all games on ABC and ESPN Radio nationally.

Game 1 Thursday, June 3 9 p.m. Los Angeles
Game 2 Sunday, June 6 8 p.m. Los Angeles
Game 3 Tuesday, June 8 9 p.m. Boston
Game 4 Thursday, June 10 9 p.m. Boston
Game 5 Sunday, June 13 8 p.m. Boston *IF NECESSARY*
Game 6 Tuesday, June 15 9 p.m. Los Angeles *IF NECESSARY*
Game 7 Thursday, June 17 9 p.m. Los Angeles *IF NECESSARY*

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

OAK at DET 1:05 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 4-4, 3.23
DET: M Scherzer (R) 1-4, 7.29

CLE at NYY 1:05 PM
CLE: J Masterson (R) 0-5, 6.13
NYY: A Burnett (R) 5-2, 3.55

BAL at TOR 1:07 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 3-4, 3.64
TOR: R Romero (L) 4-2, 3.42

HOU at CIN 1:10 PM
HOU: F Paulino (R) 0-7, 5.08
CIN: M Leake (R) 4-0, 2.70

PHI at FLA 1:10 PM
PHI: J Moyer (L) 5-4, 4.55
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 4-2, 3.23

KAN at BOS 1:35 PM
KAN: B Chen (L) 1-0, 2.89
BOS: J Lester (L) 5-2, 3.15

PIT at ATL 1:35 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 3-4, 3.98
ATL: K Kawakami (R) 0-7, 4.93

CHW at TAM 1:40 PM
CHW: J Peavy (R) 3-4, 6.05
TAM: J Shields (R) 5-2, 2.99

NYM at MIL 2:10 PM
NYM: R Dickey (R) 1-0, 1.50
MIL: R Wolf (L) 4-4, 4.52

STL at CHC 2:20 PM
STL: A Wainwright (R) 6-3, 2.38
CHC: R Dempster (R) 3-4, 3.31

LAD at COL 3:10 PM
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 4-3, 2.90
COL: J Chacin (R) 3-2, 3.09

SEA at LAA 3:35 PM
SEA: I Snell (R) 0-3, 4.32
LAA: J Saunders (L) 3-6, 4.40

WAS at SDG 4:05 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 4-3, 2.08
SDG: J Garland (R) 6-2, 2.10

ARI at SFO 4:05 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 3-3, 3.41
SFO: T Wellemeyer (R) 3-4, 5.36

TEX at MIN 8:05 PM
TEX: D Holland (L) 2-0, 2.95
MIN: S Baker (R) 4-4, 4.48

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mistress Carrie - Red Sox Run to Home Base

Check out WAAF's Mistress Carrie Backstage at Fenway for the charity Run to Home Base Event!



Thanks to WAAF.com for the video.

Dwight Howard indicts his team

From an Orlando Magic perspective, Dwight Howard sums it up pretty good about his team:

"Next year we’ve got to have guys that are willing to give everything they’ve got to get wins,” Howard said. “In games like this or a series like this, it’s not about skill or talent, because it’s the Eastern Conference championship. Both teams were talented and skilled. It’s about who wants it most and who is willing to do it for a series."

“Those guys played like they wanted to win the championship the whole series. That’s why they’re in the position they’re in now.”

He's absolutely right.

Celtics advance to NBA Finals



Just in case you were living in a cave last night, here's how the Celtics became Eastern Conference Champs last night over Orlando.



The Trophy Ceremony!



Bring on the Lakers or Suns!

Thanks to NBA.com for the videos.

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

CLE at NYY 1:05 PM
CLE: D Huff (L) 2-6, 5.25
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 4-3, 3.86

BAL at TOR 1:07 PM
BAL: C Tillman (R)
TOR: B Cecil (L) 4-2, 4.10

SEA at LAA 4:00 PM
SEA: I Snell (R) 0-3, 4.32
LAA: J Weaver (R) 4-2, 3.36

TEX at MIN 4:10 PM
TEX: C Wilson (L) 3-2, 3.07
MIN: C Pavano (R) 4-5, 4.17

STL at CHC 4:10 PM
STL: A Ottavino (R)
CHC: C Silva (R) 6-0, 3.52

OAK at DET 7:05 PM
OAK: B Anderson (L) 1-1, 2.35
DET: R Porcello (R) 4-4, 5.58

KAN at BOS 7:10 PM
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 1-5, 3.57
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 6-3, 3.07

NYM at MIL 7:10 PM
NYM: F Nieve (R) 1-2, 5.09
MIL: M Parra (L) 1-3, 3.54

PIT at ATL 7:10 PM
PIT: B Burres (L) 2-2, 5.40
ATL: K Medlen (R) 1-1, 2.57

HOU at CIN 7:10 PM
HOU: B Moehler (R) 0-1, 4.42
CIN: A Harang (R) 3-5, 5.98

PHI at FLA 7:10 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 6-3, 2.22
FLA: J Johnson (R) 5-1, 2.43

CHW at TAM 7:10 PM
CHW: J Danks (L) 4-3, 2.37
TAM: W Davis (R) 4-4, 4.01

LAD at COL 8:10 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 5-2, 3.03
COL: A Cook (R) 1-3, 5.40

WAS at SDG 8:35 PM
WAS: J Martin (R)
SDG: M Latos (R) 4-3, 3.09

ARI at SFO 9:05 PM
ARI: B Buckner (R) 0-2, 9.00
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 2-4, 3.00

Boston Celtics - Eastern Conference Champs!





Thanks to Celtics.com for the videos.

NBA Finals Schedule



Game 1 Thursday, June 3 9 p.m. LA/Phx - ABC
Game 2 Sunday, June 6 8 p.m. LA/Phx - ABC
Game 3 Tuesday, June 8 9 p.m. Boston, MA - ABC
Game 4 Thursday, June 10 9 p.m. Boston, MA - ABC
Game 5 Sunday, June 13 8 p.m. Boston, MA *IF NECESSARY* ABC
Game 6 Tuesday, June 15 9 p.m. LA/Phx *IF NECESSARY* ABC
Game 7 Thursday, June 17 9 p.m. LA/Phx *IF NECESSARY* ABC

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cards/Cubs on TBS Sunday

From TBS Sports -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” Continues on Memorial Day Weekend with Cardinals @ Cubs

“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on May 23 with a National League Central match-up featuring Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals visiting Derrek Lee and the Chicago Cubs at 2:15 p.m. (ET). Adam Wainwright is scheduled to start for the Cardinals against the Cubs’ probable starter Ryan Dempster. Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst) will call the action.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. The network will also exclusively televise the MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 4. Additionally, beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sun., May 30
2:15 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., June 6
1 p.m. New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Sun., June 13
1:30 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies @ Boston Red Sox
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)

NHL Winter Classic 2011 - Sid the Kid vs. Alex the Great

From NBC Sports -

SIDNEY CROSBY & ALEX OVECHKIN TO FACE OFF IN 2011 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC WHEN PENGUINS HOST CAPITALS AT HEINZ FIELD AT 1 P.M. ET ON NEW YEAR’S DAY ON NBC SPORTS

NEW YORK – May 28, 2010
– NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced today at his annual Stanley Cup press conference that the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field – home of the Pittsburgh Steelers – and will be broadcast by NBC Sports at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will lead their respective teams in the outdoor classic when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals in the 2011 version, which Forbes magazine called the best new sporting event of the last decade.

The first three NHL Winter Classics have averaged 4.0 million viewers on NBC Sports. On January 1 this year, the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, in overtime at Fenway Park.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

STL at CHC 2:20 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 5-1, 3.09
CHC: R Wells (R) 3-2, 3.99

OAK at DET 7:05 PM
OAK: B Sheets (R) 2-3, 5.04
DET: D Willis (L) 1-2, 4.97

CLE at NYY 7:05 PM
CLE: F Carmona (R) 4-2, 3.45
NYY: P Hughes (R) 5-1, 2.72

BAL at TOR 7:07 PM
BAL: K Millwood (R) 0-4, 3.71
TOR: S Marcum (R) 4-1, 2.82

KAN at BOS 7:10 PM
KAN: K Davies (R) 3-3, 4.53
BOS: T Wakefield (R) 1-2, 4.44

HOU at CIN 7:10 PM
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 2-6, 4.33
CIN: S. LeCure (R) 0-0, 0.00

PHI at FLA 7:10 PM
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 2-2, 5.66
FLA: C Volstad (R) 3-5, 4.31

CHW at TAM 7:10 PM
CHW: F Garcia (R) 3-3, 5.68
TAM: D Price (L) 7-1, 2.41

PIT at ATL 7:35 PM
PIT: Z Duke (L) 3-4, 4.47
ATL: D Lowe (R) 6-4, 5.30

NYM at MIL 8:10 PM
NYM: J Santana (L) 4-2, 3.41
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 4-2, 3.20

TEX at MIN 8:10 PM
TEX: C Lewis (R) 4-2, 3.45
MIN: K Slowey (R) 5-3, 4.53

LAD at COL 9:10 PM
LAD: C Monasterios (R) 1-0, 1.90
COL: J Francis (L) 1-0, 0.68

SEA at LAA 10:05 PM
SEA: C Lee (L) 2-2, 3.44
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 3-4, 6.09

WAS at SDG 10:05 PM
WAS: J Lannan (L) 1-2, 5.55
SDG: C Richard (L) 4-2, 2.73

ARI at SFO 10:15 PM
ARI: E Jackson (R) 3-5, 6.28
SFO: M Cain (R) 2-4, 2.88

Flyers/Blackhawks Stanley Cup Preview

From NBC Sports -

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOST PHILADELPHIA FLYERS IN GAME 1 OF STANLEY CUP FINAL THIS SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS

“This is going to be a whole lot of nasty.” – NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire on the Stanley Cup Final

Olympic MVP Ryan Miller To Serve As Guest Analyst For Game 1; Game 2 on NBC Sports Monday at 8 p.m. ET

NEW YORK – May 27, 2010
– The 2010 Stanley Cup Final begins this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports when the Chicago Blackhawks, champions of the Western Conference, host the Philadelphia Flyers, champions of the Eastern Conference, at United Center.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), who will call his 12th Stanley Cup Final, Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury and Olympic MVP and Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who will serve as a guest analyst for Game 1. Analyst Jeremy Roenick will join McGuire and Milbury for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2.

SCHEDULE: NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Final continues with Game 2 from United Center on Monday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET. Games 3 and 4 will be played at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center and will air on VERSUS Wednesday, June 2 and Friday, June 4, respectively. NBC Sports resumes coverage for Games 5-7, if necessary. Following is the Stanley Cup Final television schedule (all times ET):

Game 1 Sat. May 29 NBC 8 p.m.

Game 2 Mon. May 31 NBC 8 p.m.

Game 3 Wed. June 2 VERSUS 8 p.m.

Game 4 Fri. June 4 VERSUS 8 p.m.

Game 5 Sun. June 6 NBC 8 p.m.

Game 6 Wed. June 9 NBC 8 p.m.

Game 7 Fri. June 11 NBC 8 p.m.


VIEWERSHIP: NBC Sports is averaging 1.89 million viewers for its NHL playoff coverage, the most for broadcast TV in the U.S. through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2002 (2.31 million on ABC) and up five percent over last year. Sunday’s game featuring the Blackhawks’ series-clinching win over the San Jose Sharks averaged 2.5 million viewers, up 19 percent from last year’s comparable game (2.1 million).

STANLEY CUP HISTORY: The Blackhawks, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, are making their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1992 when they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Chicago has not won the Stanley Cup since 1961 and their 49 years without a title is the longest active drought in the league.

The Flyers, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, are back in the Final for the first time since they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 1997. Philadelphia has not won the Stanley Cup championship since they were repeat champs in 1974-75.

Both teams have lost their last five Final appearances. The Flyers are 2-5 all time in the Final, while Chicago is 3-7.

OLYMPIANS COMPETING FOR THE CUP: Ten players on the rosters of the Blackhawks (six) and Flyers (four) competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Of the 10, five won gold for Canada, one claimed silver for Team USA, one earned bronze for Finland, and two competed for bronze with Slovakia but lost to Finland. One player competed for Latvia.

GOLD – CANADA

Blackhawks: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook & Jonathan Toews

Flyers: Chris Pronger & Mike Richards

SILVER – USA

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane

BRONZE – FINLAND

Flyers: Kimmo Timonen


SLOVAKIA

Blackhawks: Marian Hossa & Tomas Kopecky

LATVIA

Flyers: Oskars Bartulis

ON NBC SPORTS:
Chicago is 4-2 on NBC Sports this season, including last weekend’s series-clinching Game 4 win over San Jose. Philadelphia is 2-3 on NBC Sports in 2010, including Saturday’s 3-0 win over Montreal in Game 4 of their series, which gave the Flyers a three-games-to-one lead.

NBC SPORTS’ 2010 STANLEY CUP COVERAGE BY THE NUMBERS:

1 Office Trailer

2 Net Cams

4 Production Trucks

5 Commentators

12 Number of Finals called by Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, including 2010

24 Cameras

35 Pounds (weight of Stanley Cup)

81 On-Site Personnel

15,840 Feet of Cable (approx)

NBCSPORTS.COM:
“Star-cam” continues for the Stanley Cup Final. “Star-cam” tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

CONFERENCE CALL: The NHL today conducted a media conference call with, among others, Emrick, McGuire and Milbury to preview the Final. Highlights follow:

MCGUIRE ON THE MATCHUP: “This is going to be a whole lot of nasty…It’s going to be great hockey. It’s everything you want. You’ve got two sizzling cauldrons here in Chicago and back in Philadelphia. It’s going to be a ton of fun to watch.”

MILBURY ON THE MATCHUP: “(Chicago is) a quick, puck-moving group in contrast with a bigger, stronger Philadelphia group. They match up pretty well. It’s going to be a longer series, more than people realize.”

EMRICK ON PHILADELPHIA: “The fact that they could rally and still be able to have some skin left on their teeth by the time they got through the last game is a real achievement.”

EMRICK ON CHICAGO’S ORGANIZATION: “This team is very progressive in terms of getting out there, showing the quality products that it has…When you start winning games and start having 100-point seasons like they have in the past two years, that shows they are really tremendous.”

MCGUIRE ON PHILADEPHIA’S MIKE RICHARDS: “He’s the ultimate leader.”

MILBURY ON CHICAGO: “The one fact that’s in the favor of Chicago is their team speed. It was outstanding throughout the playoffs.”

MCGUIRE ON PHILADELPHIA’S DANNY BRIERE: “This playoff season, he’s been phenomenal. He’s been a major reason why -- a lot like Mike Richards -- they’ve been able to survive.”

MCGUIRE: “Jonathan Toews is a no-nonsense kind of leader.”

EMRICK ON TOEWS: “There’s no panic in his game whatsoever. He’s a terrific player.”

MCGUIRE ON DEFENSE: “A big part of what allowed these goalies to prosper is the fact that both these teams have unbelievable defensemen in front of them.”

Randy Cross elected to College Football Hall of Fame

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS’ RANDY CROSS ELECTED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

CBS Sports’ Randy Cross was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class. The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, in New York City.

Cross, an analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS and college football on CBS College Sports Network, was a two-time All-America Offensive Guard at UCLA, he played on the 1976 Rose Bowl Champion Bruins team. He started in 28 of 34 career games including his final 23. Cross was the 49ers' second-round pick in the 1976 NFL Draft and started at center beginning that season but played mainly guard throughout his career. He was a 13-year NFL veteran and three-time All-Pro (1981, 1983, 1984) and Pro Bowler (1981, 1982, 1984), Cross was a center and guard for the San Francisco 49ers and helped lead the team to three Super Bowl championships (1982, 1985, 1989).

Following is a statement from Cross:

“I’m extremely proud and humbled to be selected to be a part of such a special College Football Hall of Fame class. My teammates at UCLA share in this honor and without their help and influences this would not be possible. To them I say thank you. My late father, Dennis Cross, raised me to be a Bruin and my mother Rita was manager at Dykstra and Sproul residence halls on campus, so UCLA has been a part of life since I can remember. Joining some of the legendary Bruins in the College Football Hall of Fame is very much a young boy growing up in Tarzana dream come true. Coaches from UCLA shaped me as a young man, taught me lessons on and off the field and helped in life well after I left Westwood. I owe those men, Steve Butler, Moe Freedman, Terry Donahue, Pepper Rodgers, Dick Vermeil and Bobb McKittrick more than I can ever repay."

Your golfing weekend on NBC & CBS

A couple of golf notes for this weekend's holiday tours on NBC and CBS -

MICKELSON, STRICKER, FURYK, CLARK, POULTER, CASEY AND PERRY TEE IT UP IN FINAL LEG OF PGA TOUR’S TEXAS SWING AT “CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL” MAY 29-30 ON CBS SPORTS

For the 37th straight year, CBS Sports returns to historic Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, with third- and final-round coverage of the CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network. The World’s No. 2 player and two-time Colonial champion Phil Mickelson returns to the Colonial for the third and last tournament on the “Texas Swing.”

Jim Nantz, the 2009 Emmy Award Winner for “Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play” and 2009 National Sportscaster of the Year, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.

Defending champion Steve Stricker returns from an injury to compete at the Colonial for first time since the Masters. Last year Stricker came from two-strokes behind to force a playoff against Tim Clark where he won the second extra hole. Stricker, Mickelson and Clark tee it up against a field which includes two-time Colonial champion Kenny Perry, Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy, Hunter Mahan, Lucas Glover, Rickie Fowler, Y.E. Yang, Vijay Singh, Sean O’Hair, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, David Duval, K.J. Choi, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Chad Campbell, Davis Love III, Paul Goydos, Angel Cabrera, Fredrik Jacobson, Steve Marino, and past Colonial winners Rory Sabbatini, Tim Herron and Corey Pavin. Dallas native Justin Leonard looks for his first win here after never missing a cut at the Colonial in 16 career starts with five top-10 finishes.

FRED COUPLES, TOM WATSON & DEFENDING CHAMPION MICHAEL ALLEN HIGHLIGHT FIELD AT 2010 SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND ON NBC SPORTS

“This course will test every aspect of everybody’s game.” – NBC Sports’ Mark Rolfing

“It adds another layer to the shot process.” – NBC Sports’ Gary Koch on the elevation and severe winds

NEW YORK – May 26, 2010
– Fred Couples, Tom Watson and defending champion Michael Allen lead an impressive field at the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf, the 71st Senior PGA Championship from Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo. this Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.

Host Dan Hicks and analyst Gary Koch anchor the coverage from the 18th hole tower. They are joined by tower reporter Mark Rolfing; course reporters Roger Maltbie and Dottie Pepper; and interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts.

Couples has three victories this year on the 50-and-over circuit and took sixth at the Masters. Joining him is Watson, who won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship season opener in Hawaii and finished 18th at Augusta National. The field of senior professionals is comprised of numerous additional familiar names, including Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas, and Loren Roberts.

In addition to a competitive field, golfers will also compete with a unique combination of elements -- elevation, wind and heat. The “mile high” Colorado Golf Club has experienced severe winds this week and temperatures are expected to exceed 80 degrees.

KOCH ON FITNESS: “Fitness is going to be a key factor this week. This was designed as a walking course but there are some severe uphill walks. Throw in the altitude plus high temperatures, and fitness will become more of an issue than usual.”

ROLFING ON THE COURSE: “I love Ben Crenshaw-designed courses. It’s a great course. Everything will be dictated by the wind because it’s a wide-open place. This course will test every aspect of everybody’s game.”

KOCH ON THE WIND AND ELEVATION: “It adds another layer of the shot process. Normally, it’s a two-part process: yardage and wind. Now, it’s yardage, elevation adjustment, up or down hill, and wind, possibly severe wind. It’s going to be a fun process to watch.”

ROLFING ON THE WIND: “Fewer players have a chance to win when it’s windy. The best players will get to the top. Tom Watson has been in the wind so much – he won five British Opens – you can’t replace that experience. It’s also the first major of the year so there’s a different buzz and a big-event feel. That’s important, too.”

A smokin' week for the Red Sox!

So, how good have the Red Sox been the past seven games? Well, the 6-1 record, including winning five in a row, only tells part of the story.

The offense came alive last night late in the Sox 11-3 sweep of Tampa. But for the week, Boston's hitting just .251. They have slugged 9 HR's and driven in 37 runs to boot.

The real story comes from what has always been thought of to be the strength of this team - pitching!

In winning six of seven games, the staff has put together a masterful ERA of 1.89. And how about this, opponents are hitting just .186 against the Red Sox.

Jon Lester leads the way with a 2-0 record with one win a piece coming from Dice-K, John Lackey, Tim Wakefield and Clay Buchholz. Plus, talk about not putting a strain on your bullpen, those starters have pulled their weight in pitching 48 1/3 of those 62 innings. All while their "ace" Josh Beckett is on the disabled list.

Want more good news? On deck starting tonight for the Sox are the Royals, A's, Orioles and Indians for the next 14 games.

Perkins can play Friday - Game 6

The NBA has rescinded one technical foul today on Kendrick Perkins in last night's loss to Orlando. So, that means Perkins can play in Friday's game 6 in Boston.

It still leaves him one technical foul away from a one-game suspension. Both technical fouls should've been rescinded.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

HOU at MIL 1:10 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 3-3, 3.25
MIL: D Bush (R) 1-5, 5.59

LAD at CHC 2:20 PM
LAD: J Ely (R) 3-1, 3.41
CHC: T Lilly (L) 1-4, 4.30

ARI at COL 3:10 PM
ARI: D Haren (R) 5-3, 4.79
COL: J Hammel (R) 1-3, 7.52

WAS at SFO 3:45 PM
WAS: C Stammen (R) 1-2, 5.96
SFO: B Zito (L) 6-2, 2.80

STL at SDG 6:35 PM
STL: Undecided
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 2-2, 3.32

OAK at BAL 7:05 PM
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 5-3, 3.46
BAL: D Hernandez (R) 1-5, 5.31

KAN at BOS 7:10 PM
KAN: B Bannister (R) 3-3, 4.73
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 3-1, 5.76

PIT at CIN 7:10 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 1-8, 8.71
CIN: J Cueto (R) 4-1, 3.60

PHI at NYM 7:10 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 5-2, 3.92
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 6-1, 2.86

ATL at FLA 7:10 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 5-1, 2.09
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 4-3, 4.50

CHW at TAM 7:10 PM
CHW: G Floyd (R) 2-4, 6.31
TAM: J Niemann (R) 4-0, 2.54

NYY at MIN 8:10 PM
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 3-4, 6.69
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 5-1, 4.50

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Iced Coffee Day Wednesday



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Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

CHW at CLE 12:05 PM
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 3-5, 4.55
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 2-2, 4.56

TEX at KAN 2:10 PM
TEX: S Feldman (R) 2-4, 5.90
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 4-2, 5.37

DET at SEA 3:40 PM
DET: J Bonderman (R) 2-2, 4.43
SEA: J Vargas (L) 3-2, 3.08

NYY at MIN 7:05 PM
NYY: A Pettitte (L) 5-1, 2.68
MIN: F Liriano (L) 4-3, 3.25

OAK at BAL 7:05 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 2-2, 3.68
BAL: B Matusz (L) 2-4, 5.26

TOR at LAA 7:05 PM
TOR: B Morrow (R) 3-4, 6.80
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 3-5, 5.00

PIT at CIN 7:10 PM
PIT: R Ohlendorf (R) 0-2, 5.30
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 4-2, 4.85

PHI at NYM 7:10 PM
PHI: J Blanton (R) 1-2, 5.06
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 3-1, 2.53

ATL at FLA 7:10 PM
ATL: T Hanson (R) 3-3, 4.18
FLA: N Robertson (L) 4-4, 4.56

BOS at TAM 7:10 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 4-3, 5.07
TAM: M Garza (R) 5-2, 2.37

LAD at CHC 8:05 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 5-2, 3.66
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 2-4, 3.09

HOU at MIL 8:10 PM
HOU: R Oswalt (R) 2-6, 2.66
MIL: C Narveson (L) 4-1, 5.17

ARI at COL 8:40 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 2-2, 4.42
COL: U Jimenez (R) 8-1, 0.99

STL at SDG 10:05 PM
STL: J Garcia (L) 4-2, 1.28
SDG: K Correia (R) 4-4, 4.57

WAS at SFO 10:15 PM
WAS: L Atilano (R) 3-1, 5.06
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 5-0, 2.35

A NY/NJ Super Bowl? Count me in!



So, after four rounds of voting today in Texas, the NFL owners finally make the plunge to have an outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl by awarding Super Bowl 48 to New York/New Jersey at the New Meadowlands in 2014.

As expected, there's a big chasm on whether people like it or not. Count me in as one who LOVES it!

NFL Football is awesome when played in the elements of Mother Nature. They're doubly as good when played in cold and snow!

Do you remember the Pats/Raiders in the Snow Bowl?

Do you remember the Fog Bowl between the Bears and Eagles?

Do you remember the Cowboys/Dolphins snowy Leon Lett game on Thanksgiving?

Well, of course you do!

Do you remember the Broncos/Falcons Super Bowl? Probably not so much, huh?

Now, don't get me wrong, I know of the warning signs.

There will be a Nor'easter paralyzing the region. Well, guess what, we've been through plenty of snowstorms here in New England and people got to the game.

It'll be too cold! Well, guess what? Pro football is meant to test your will against your opponent and the weather.

Who wants to be in NY when it's cold when you could be in a warm climate roaming the parties all week. Guess what? Suck it up media! The game's not about you! It'll be nice and warm from my living room watching the game.

Will fans pay to see the game? Of course they will! There will be NO shortage of people who want to fill that new stadium to watch history!

Besides, why shouldn't two of the storied franchises in the NFL in the NFL's biggest market get a chance to win a Super Bowl Championship in their home stadium?!

And to boot, we now will have Foxboro (Boston), Washington, Denver and Chicago now lining up for their chance too! And that's a good thing!

Let's face it. People on their couches in the safe, comfy homes love the drama of bad weather NFL Football. It's an instant classic in the making, regardless of the score or the outcome.

Here's one guy who's hoping for snow come February 2014!

Obama talks NBA while ignoring the oil spill in the Gulf

Nice to see President Obama has his time priorities in order!

Notes from TNT’s exclusive interview with President Barack Obama as conducted by Marv Albert. An extended version of the interview will begin airing immediately following TNT’s pre-game coverage on NBA.com and will air on NBA TV beginning on Wednesday, May 26.

Obama on how often he plays basketball: “Well, these days I probably play once every two to three weeks, not as often as I’d like. But during, say, the health care debate, when things are just going crazy over on Capitol Hill, a lot of times I’ll just come out here and shoot or I’ll play a game of HORSE and it takes an edge off things.”

Obama on if he played against differently since becoming the President: “Well, it is true I usually have guys with guns around, so if somebody takes a real hard foul, they could get in trouble. Nobody ever lets me win because if you let me win, you’ll never hear the end of it. I’ll talk a little trash about you. I’ll make you feel bad about yourself if we beat you real bad.”

Obama on his improved bowling: “My bowling has greatly improved. So Marv, you’re touching on a slightly sensitive point. I’m not going to walk off the set here, but we do have a bowling alley here at the White House and I’ve gotten a lot better.”

Obama on whether he does play-by-play to himself while playing: “In the back of my mind Marv Albert is making the call. I have your voice in my head as I’m shooting three.”

Obama on his opinion about LeBron James’ impending free agency: “I think that the most important thing for LeBron (James) right now is actually to find a structure where he’s got a coach that he respects and is working hard with teammates who care about him and if that’s in Cleveland, then he should stay in Cleveland. If he doesn’t feel like he can get it there, then someplace else. The one thing I remember about the Bulls was it wasn’t until Michael (Jordan) had confidence in Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, it wasn’t until you got that framework around you that you could be a champion. Same thing happened with Kobe (Bryant), first with Shaq (O’Neal) then later with (Pau) Gasol. He’s gotten that sense of a team around him and I think LeBron hasn’t quite been able to get that yet. That’s what he needs to find.”

Albert: “Could you, on behalf of the Bulls, throw in perhaps a night in the Lincoln Bedroom or a ride on Air Force One?”

Obama: “You know, like I said, I don’t want to meddle. I will say this, (Derrick) Rose, (Joakim) Noah…it’s a pretty good core. You know, you could see LeBron fitting in pretty well.”

Obama on what change he would make if he were the commissioner for a day: “I’ll be honest with you, I think the game is in a good place right now. The way they’re calling the game right now returns basketball to where it’s supposed to be, more of a finesse game. The biggest change I’d probably propose right now is the commissioner needs to figure out how to price tickets so that ordinary people can go to the games. I mean, I think that ticket prices have gotten so high, and I understand that salaries are high, ticket prices are going to be high, but you know, you hate to think that the only person that can go to a game is somebody who’s got a corporate account. And that’s something that I’d love all professional sports, that’s not just NBA, but all professional sports to be thinking about that a little more.”

Obama on sports figures and organization getting involved in political issues, such as the Phoenix Suns taking a stand against the Arizona immigration law: "I think that just because somebody's a sports figure or you've got a sports team doesn't mean that you're not part of the community and you're not part of our democracy. I think it's terrific that the Suns, who obviously feel very strongly about their community, recognize that a big part of their community felt threatened by this new law. You know, when I was growing up, you had figures like Arthur Ashe and Bill Russell who routinely would talk about the world around them. You wouldn’t always agree with them, but that sense that people are engaged in the big issues of the day, I think, is a positive thing. I don’t think that either players or franchises need to always steer away from controversy. I happen to personally think that the Arizona Law is a bad idea, I’ve said so publically, and I see no reason why these guys can’t make the same statement.”

Obama on the Washington Wizards winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft: “(John) Wall is a terrific player. He’s got NBA speed, NBA body, great jump shot, unselfish, really impressive. There’s only upside for that kid. And I think it’d be great for him to come to Washington. I became very close to Abe Pollin, who was a great supporter, he and his wife. He just passed away recently, but there’s an example of a guy who constantly gave back to his community. I mean, almost single-handedly, he invested in downtown Washington at a time when it was in really bad shape, and you know, generated huge affection in this city and it was wonderful to see his widow there getting that number one pick. I only wish the best for that franchise.”

Obama on his assessment of the NBA Finals contenders: “Boston surprised me. They gelled in the playoffs in a way that they hadn’t all through the season. (Rajon) Rondo’s become one of the best point guards in the league in no time. I mean, when he gets a real jump shot, he’s going to be unstoppable. But I’ve got to go with the Lakers again. I think (Pau) Gasol may be the best big man in the league right now. He’s different from Dwight Howard, but he’s (got) unbelievable footwork, speed, savvy, he’s playing magnificently. Kobe (Bryant) is the fiercest competitor in the league and they’ve got what I continue to believe is the best coach in the NBA right now in Phil Jackson, so their going to be formidable and I think it’ll be a tough series. Boston’s a veteran club, but the Lakers are looking pretty good.”

Obama on his closing thoughts for the TNT guys: “Listen, you are welcome, Marv, to call play-by-play in any pick up game that we have. I want you to let Kenny know and Charles know that I appreciate them. And I am curious (about) Charles’ golf game though. I want to see if that swing ever got fixed. Charles is a great guy, great friend, but it’s a scary golf swing.”

Fox Guys React to NY/NJ getting 2014 Super Bowl

From Fox Sports -

HILL, STRAHAN & BUCK REACT TO NY/NJ WINNING BID TO HOST 2014 SUPER BOWL

Today the National Football League owners voted New York/New Jersey as the site Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. As the network home of the NFC package through the 2013 season, FOX Sports is proud to be the network broadcasting this historic event. Below are reactions from FOX Sports Media Group Chairman & CEO David Hill, NFL on FOX lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan.

FOX SPORTS MEDIA GROUP CHAIRMAN & CEO DAVID HILL: “Having the Super Bowl in the new home of the Jets and Giants is fantastic. It’s the biggest sports event in the country on the country’s biggest stage. It’s different, and should create buzz for months leading up to it and if we’re really lucky, it will begin snowing right after halftime.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY ANALYST MICHAEL STRAHAN: “It’s going to be great. It will add a new dimension to the game that we haven’t seen in many years. Many of the NFL’s most memorable games have been played in inclement weather. As a player, you’ll play anywhere to have an opportunity to win a Super Bowl and as a fan, you’ll be part of a historic game. The way I look at it, anyone who is worried about snow or if it will be too cold doesn’t deserve to go to or play in a Super Bowl.”

FOX SPORTS LEAD PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER JOE BUCK: “Staging an event as big as the Super Bowl in New York will be terrific. As far as the weather complaints, you play both conference championship games in whatever city and don’t consider the temperature or conditions. Football is an elements game. I know if I had a ticket, I’d go.”

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

OAK at BAL 7:05 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 4-4, 3.45
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 2-4, 3.86

CHW at CLE 7:05 PM
CHW: J Peavy (R) 3-3, 5.74
CLE: M Talbot (R) 5-3, 3.88

PIT at CIN 7:10 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 3-4, 4.50
CIN: M Leake (R) 4-0, 2.91

PHI at NYM 7:10 PM
PHI: J Moyer (L) 5-3, 4.30
NYM: R Dickey (R) 0-0, 3.00

ATL at FLA 7:10 PM
ATL: K Kawakami (R) 0-6, 4.98
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 3-2, 3.28

BOS at TAM 7:10 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 4-2, 3.47
TAM: J Shields (R) 5-1, 3.08

LAD at CHC 8:05 PM
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 4-2, 3.23
CHC: R Dempster (R) 2-4, 3.73

TEX at KAN 8:10 PM
TEX: R Harden (R) 2-1, 4.74
KAN: G Meche (R) 0-4, 6.75

HOU at MIL 8:10 PM
HOU: F Paulino (R) 0-6, 5.36
MIL: R Wolf (L) 3-4, 5.10

NYY at MIN 8:10 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 4-2, 3.86
MIN: S Baker (R) 4-4, 4.88

ARI at COL 8:40 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 3-2, 3.24
COL: J Chacin (R) 2-2, 3.12

TOR at LAA 10:05 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 4-1, 2.71
LAA: E Santana (R) 3-3, 3.75

STL at SDG 10:05 PM
STL: A Wainwright (R) 6-2, 2.49
SDG: J Garland (R) 5-2, 2.38

DET at SEA 10:10 PM
DET: J Verlander (R) 5-2, 3.43
SEA: D Fister (R) 3-2, 1.96

WAS at SFO 10:15 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 4-2, 1.62
SFO: T Wellemeyer (R) 2-4, 5.71

MLB Network updated game schedule

From MLB Network -

NL East Rivals Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets Match Up On

Thursday Night Baseball During MLB Network’s Game Schedule for May 26-31

Games Include Memorial Day Doubleheader, Three Matchups with the Surging Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs in an NL Central Showdown on MLB Matinee

Secaucus, N.J., May 24, 2010
– The NL East first-place Philadelphia Phillies visit their division rival New York Mets on Thursday Night Baseball on May 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET, part of MLB Network’s live game schedule for May 26-31. After the Mets captured the 2006 NL East division title, the Phillies have won three straight NL East titles with the Mets finishing in 2nd place both in 2007 and 2008. MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Jim Kaat, a former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, will call the game live from Citi Field, where the Mets won their interleague series against the New York Yankees this past weekend.

MLB Network will feature three editions of MLB Matinee during the week, starting with the Detroit Tigers against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, May 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won 12 of their last 14 games, on Thursday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET, and on Friday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET the NL Central first-place St. Louis Cardinals travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs for the latest matchup in one of the longest-running rivalries in sports. Saturday Night Baseball on May 29 features an NL West matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2009 NL Wild Card Colorado Rockies on May 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The May game schedule ends on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 with an NL West holiday doubleheader featuring the Colorado Rockies against the San Francisco Giants at 4:00 p.m. ET and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers, who are 15-8 at home this season, at 9:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning signature nightly studio show, will air live at 5:30 p.m. ET on May 24 and 25 as well as after the Tigers at Mariners matchup on May 26, Thursday Night Baseball on May 27 and the Cardinals at Cubs game on May 28.

Game telecasts other than Thursday Night Baseball will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers, and games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

MLB Network’s live game schedule for May 26-31 2010 appears below.

MLB Network’s May 26-31 live game schedule:

* Indicates game produced by MLB Network

All times ET and subject to change, check MLBNetwork.com for updates

Unless otherwise announced, games will be blacked out in each club's home television territory

May 26
3:30 p.m. Detroit at Seattle

May 27
2:00 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
7:00 p.m.* Thursday Night Baseball: Philadelphia at New York Mets – Bob Costas & Jim Kaat
7:00 p.m. Atlanta at Florida (only in Phillies & Mets markets)

May 28
2:00 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago Cubs

May 29
8:00 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado
7:00 p.m. New York Mets at Milwaukee (Only in Dodgers & Rockies markets)

May 31
4:00 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco
9:00 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles Dodgers
10:00 p.m. Minnesota at Seattle (Only in Diamondbacks & Dodgers markets)

Venus bares butt at French Open

Venus Williams in style at the French Open.



Thanks to the AP for the Photo.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

CHW at CLE 7:05 PM
CHW: J Danks (L) 3-3, 2.26
CLE: J Masterson (R) 0-4, 5.65

BOS at TAM 7:10 PM
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 5-3, 3.26
TAM: W Davis (R) 4-3, 3.35

PIT at CIN 7:10 PM
PIT: B Burres (L) 2-1, 4.91
CIN: A Harang (R) 2-5, 6.02

TOR at LAA 10:05 PM
TOR: B Cecil (L) 3-2, 4.98
LAA: J Saunders (L) 3-5, 4.42

Welker dances for Celtics!

Even rehabbing Patriots WR Wes Welker is dancing for the Celtics these days. Check out this dance with Gino at Saturday's blowout over Orlando!

Owen Hart - 11 Years Ago

Hard to believe that it's been 11 years ago that Owen Hart fell to his death at the WWE PPV Over the Edge in Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Amazingly, for a full week, we on sportsradio covered the story in full force as well. Here's how the WWE handled it on the PPV that night.



Ironically, the WWE has another PPV tonight with Over the Limit. I didn't have time to do predictions, but I do think John Cena beats Batista in the Main Event.

Lost - Bloopers!





Lost - The End

Lost - The End is Here!





Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

CIN at CLE 1:05 PM
CIN: H Bailey (R) 1-2, 5.21
CLE: D Huff (L) 1-6, 5.36

BAL at WAS 1:35 PM
BAL: K Millwood (R) 0-4, 3.65
WAS: J Lannan (L) 1-2, 6.02

BOS at PHI 1:35 PM
BOS: T Wakefield (R) 0-2, 5.31
PHI: R Halladay (R) 6-2, 1.64

ATL at PIT 1:35 PM
ATL: K Medlen (R) 1-1, 2.45
PIT: Z Duke (L) 3-4, 5.08

FLA at CHW 2:05 PM
FLA: J Johnson (R) 4-1, 2.68
CHW: F Garcia (R) 3-2, 4.50

CHC at TEX 2:05 PM
CHC: C Silva (R) 5-0, 3.35
TEX: C Wilson (L) 3-1, 2.55

TAM at HOU 2:05 PM
TAM: D Price (L) 6-1, 1.81
HOU: B Norris (R) 2-5, 6.75

COL at KAN 2:10 PM
COL: A Cook (R) 1-3, 5.13
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 1-4, 2.72

MIL at MIN 2:10 PM
MIL: M Estrada (R) 0-0, 6.23
MIN: C Pavano (R) 4-4, 4.11

LAA at STL 2:15 PM
LAA: J Weaver (R) 4-2, 3.40
STL: C Carpenter (R) 5-1, 2.80

SFO at OAK 4:05 PM
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 2-3, 3.06
OAK: B Sheets (R) 2-3, 5.66

SDG at SEA 4:10 PM
SDG: M Latos (R) 3-3, 3.28
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 2-3, 3.95

DET at LAD 4:10 PM
DET: R Porcello (R) 3-4, 5.93
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 5-1, 2.87

TOR at ARI 4:10 PM
TOR: S Marcum (R) 3-1, 2.61
ARI: B Buckner (R) 0-1, 3.60

NYY at NYM 8:05 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 4-2, 3.43
NYM: J Santana (L) 3-2, 3.72

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bullfighter gored through neck & mouth

All I can say is watch it!



Thanks to Out of Bounds for the video.

Ellsbury back in the line-up

Jacoby Ellsbury's back at the top of the Red Sox line-up tonight in Philly. It's prime-time on FOX with Dice-K on the mound. Jonathan Van Every gets designated for assignment with Ellsbury back on the roster.

Here's your line-ups;

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jason Varitek C
Marco Scutaro SS
Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP (2-1, 7.89)

Phillies
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Carlos Ruiz C
Juan Castro SS
Kyle Kendrick RHP (2-1, 5.24)

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

FLA at CHW 2:05 PM
FLA: C Volstad (R) 3-4, 4.29
CHW: G Floyd (R) 1-4, 7.00

LAA at STL 2:15 PM
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 2-4, 6.51
STL: K Lohse (R) 1-3, 5.11

SFO at OAK 4:05 PM
SFO: M Cain (R) 2-3, 3.33
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 4-3, 4.05

BAL at WAS 4:05 PM
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 3-3, 5.45
WAS: C Stammen (R) 1-2, 5.86

COL at KAN 4:10 PM
COL: J Francis (L) 0-0, 1.29
KAN: K Davies (R) 3-2, 4.93

MIL at MIN 4:10 PM
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 4-2, 2.89
MIN: K Slowey (R) 5-3, 4.70

CIN at CLE 7:05 PM
CIN: J Cueto (R) 3-1, 3.67
CLE: F Carmona (R) 4-1, 3.33

TAM at HOU 7:05 PM
TAM: J Niemann (R) 3-0, 2.54
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 2-5, 4.30

ATL at PIT 7:05 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 5-4, 5.47
PIT: C Morton (R) 1-7, 9.68

CHC at TEX 7:10 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 3-2, 4.13
TEX: D Holland (L) 2-0, 2.38

DET at LAD 7:10 PM
DET: A Galarraga (R) 1-0, 1.59
LAD: J Ely (R) 2-1, 3.51

NYY at NYM 7:10 PM
NYY: P Hughes (R) 5-0, 2.25
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 5-1, 3.02

BOS at PHI 7:10 PM
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 2-1, 7.89
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 2-1, 5.24

TOR at ARI 8:10 PM
TOR: D Eveland (L) 3-3, 4.98
ARI: E Jackson (R) 2-5, 6.33

SDG at SEA 10:10 PM
SDG: C Richard (L) 3-2, 2.94
SEA: I Snell (R) 0-2, 4.76

Friday, May 21, 2010

Love Monkey - Remember?

Live Aid - Do you remember?

Where were you on July 13, 1985?











Red Sox/Phillies on TBS

From TBS Sports -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” Continues with an Interleague Match-up Featuring Red Sox @ Phillies

“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on May 23 with an interleague match-up featuring Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies hosting Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox at 1:30 p.m. (ET). Roy Halladay is scheduled to start for the Phillies against the Red Sox probable starter Tim Wakefield. Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst) will call the action.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. The network will also exclusively televise the MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 4. Additionally, beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sun., May 23
1:30 p.m. Boston Red Sox @ Philadelphia Phillies
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., May 30
2:15 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)

Sun., June 6
1 p.m. New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

More gigs for Millar! This time, it's FOX

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS GEARS UP FOR MLB PRIME TIME DEBUT WITH CULT HERO

Veteran Major Leaguer Kevin Millar Joins Network As Pregame & Game Analyst

New York & Los Angeles
– The announcer lineup for FOX Sports’ 2010 Major League Baseball primetime coverage airing this Saturday, May 22 (7:00 PM ET) just got stronger with the addition of World Series Champion Kevin Millar. It was announced today by FOX Sports President and Executive Producer Ed Goren.

Millar joins MLB on FOX’s Emmy Award-Winning coverage alongside host Chris Rose for pregame and in-game updates from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio during this Saturday’s prime time contests. On Saturday, June 5, Millar brings his candid clubhouse presence and baseball prowess into the broadcast booth to call Brewers at Cardinals. FOX Sports’ lead play-by-play voice Joe Buck joins Millar for his first FOX game broadcast. Last postseason he contributed to MLB Network’s coverage and made his debut as an analyst for MLB Tonight this April.

“Kevin was a clutch performer on the field and a unique personality off the field which makes him perfect for his new role here at FOX Sports,” said Goren. “Those qualities will definitely add a spark to our coverage while providing us with the top MLB broadcast lineup in the game.”

Debuting in the major leagues in 1998 with the Florida Marlins, Millar went on to flourish in a Boston Red Sox uniform helping the franchise win its first World Series title since 1918 while becoming a fan favorite from 2003 – 2005. He then joined the Baltimore Orioles and finished his playing career with the Toronto Blue Jays.

“When presented with the opportunity to be a part of FOX Sports’ pregame and game coverage, I jumped at the chance and am thrilled to make my debut this Saturday night in prime time,” said Millar.

The 2010 season marks FOX Sports’ 15th straight as the broadcast home of Major League Baseball and the third of a new rights agreement with MLB. This agreement includes 26 consecutive weeks of exclusive FOX SATURDAY GAME OF THE WEEK coverage, the All-Star Game, alternating League Championships Series and the World Series through the 2013 season.

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

CIN at CLE 7:05 PM
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 3-2, 4.78
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 2-2, 4.27

BAL at WAS 7:05 PM
BAL: D Hernandez (R) 0-5, 5.84
WAS: S Olsen (L) 2-1, 3.15

BOS at PHI 7:05 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 4-2, 4.86
PHI: C Hamels (L) 4-2, 4.29

ATL at PIT 7:05 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 4-1, 2.41
PIT: R Ohlendorf (R) 0-1, 3.00

NYY at NYM 7:10 PM
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 2-4, 8.01
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 3-1, 3.12

CHC at TEX 8:05 PM
CHC: T Lilly (L) 1-3, 4.65
TEX: C Lewis (R) 3-2, 3.68

TAM at HOU 8:05 PM
TAM: M Garza (R) 5-1, 2.38
HOU: B Myers (R) 2-3, 3.67

FLA at CHW 8:10 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 4-2, 3.59
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 2-5, 5.26

COL at KAN 8:10 PM
COL: J Hammel (R) 1-2, 7.71
KAN: B Bannister (R) 2-3, 5.09

MIL at MIN 8:10 PM
MIL: D Bush (R) 1-4, 4.27
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 4-1, 4.63

LAA at STL 8:15 PM
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 3-4, 3.71
STL: B Penny (R) 3-4, 2.73

TOR at ARI 9:40 PM
TOR: B Morrow (R) 3-3, 6.15
ARI: D Haren (R) 4-3, 4.83

SFO at OAK 10:05 PM
SFO: B Zito (L) 6-1, 2.15
OAK: T Cahill (R) 1-2, 4.37

SDG at SEA 10:10 PM
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 2-1, 1.54
SEA: C Lee (L) 1-2, 2.08

DET at LAD 10:10 PM
DET: D Willis (L) 1-1, 4.68
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 4-2, 4.03

Thursday, May 20, 2010

50 Cent Dunkin Donuts Coffee Day for Hasbro Children's Hospital



Don't forget to mark the date - May 26! That's 50 cent coffee day at Dunkin Donuts with the proceeds going to Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Check out the great videos done by Lifespan and you'll find a great cameo by our friend Patrick Austin with some very funny lines!







CW's Fall Line-up

To wrap-up the networks unveiling of the new fall line-ups, we get CW's news today.

Monday
8/7c: 90210 (New Night)
9/8c: Gossip Girl

Tuesday
8/7c: One Tree Hill (New Night)
9/8c: Life Unexpected (New Night)

Wednesday
8/7c: America’s Next Top Model
9/8c: Hellcats (New Series)

Thursday
8/7c: The Vampire Diaries
9/8c: Nikita (New Series)

Friday
8/7c: Smallville
9/8c: Supernatural (New Night)


And yes, for full disclosure, I do work at CW 28 in Providence.

MLB Network to air Cancer Event in September



From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK TO SIMULCAST STAND UP TO CANCER TELEVISION EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 10

Live, Star-Studded One-Hour Telecast to Build Continuing Public Support and Donations for Cancer Research

Secaucus, NJ, May 19, 2010
– MLB Network will join several broadcast and cable networks in donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime on September 10, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT to simulcast Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) star-studded appeal to build continuing public support and donations for cutting-edge cancer research. The event, which will be hosted by CBS’s Katie Couric, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and NBC’s Brian Williams and held in Los Angeles, comes two years after SU2C’s historic fundraising telecast that raised more than $100 million.

The event will feature live performances of recording artists and stars from film, television and sports who will present content providing viewers with insights into cancer. The program will also include calls to donate through designated phone lines, as well as to the standup2cancer.org web site. One hundred percent of all public donations will go directly to cancer research.

The primary goal of SU2C is to raise funds for groundbreaking translational research to accelerate the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the “bench to the bedside” as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to work collaboratively -- rather than competitively -- at a critical time in the field of cancer research.

Major League Baseball was the lead donor to contribute to the original SU2C telecast on September 5, 2008 aired on ABC, CBS, NBC and E!, and was viewed in more than 170 countries. Throughout the program, many scientists and celebrities stood together in an unprecedented display of unity to combat cancer, including the late Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe, Halle Berry, Ellen DeGeneres, Charles Barkley, Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong, Tina Fey, Kirsten Dunst, Jack Black, America Ferrera, Neil Patrick Harris, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Robin Roberts, Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker and Abigail Breslin. Musical performers included Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge, and a group that included Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige and several other recording artists.

PGA on CBS hits Byron Nelson

From CBS Sports -

“TEXAS SWING” CONTINUES WITH SECOND LEG IN LONE STAR STATE AT “HP BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP” ON CBS SPORTS, MAY 22-23

The PGA TOUR’s “Texas Swing” continues this weekend at the HP BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP, a tournament with one of the richest traditions in the game of golf, as CBS Sports broadcasts the third and final rounds on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live from TPC Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

The first tournament was played in 1944 at Lakewood Country Club where Byron Nelson won by 10 strokes. His victory that year was the start of a two-year run in which the World Golf Hall of Famer won 26 tournaments, including his PGA TOUR record-streak of 11 consecutive wins in 1945. Nelson has had his name attached to this tournament since 1968. He was a fixture at this event, greeting players on the first tee and watching from the porch behind the 18th green where many of the players would stop after completing their round.

No player has ever won the Texas Grand Slam (Shell Houston Open, Valero Texas Open, HP Byron Nelson Classic and Crowne Plaza Invitational) although several have won three titles. This week Corey Pavin shoots to become the first to win all four.

Defending champion Rory Sabbatini aims to become the first player to win back-to-back titles here since Tom Watson won three straight from 1978-80. Sabbatini defends his title in a strong field that includes Vijay Singh, J.B. Holmes, Y.E. Yang, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Kenny Perry, Rickie Fowler, Rocco Mediate, Chad Campbell, Dustin Johnson, Charley Hoffman, Sean O’Hair, Stuart Appleby, Chez Reavie, Rod Pampling, Mark Calcavecchia, Charles Howell III, Ricky Barnes, Corey Pavin, Scott Verplank, Tim Herron and Chris DiMarco.

Jim Nantz, the 2009 Emmy Award Winner for “Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play” and 2009 National Sportscaster of the Year, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters. Lance Barrow is Coordinating Producer and Steve Milton is Director of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

MLB and Soccer on Fox this Saturday



From Fox Sports -

MLB on FOX Hits Prime Time with Mets/Yankees, Phillies/Red Sox, Rangers/Cubs, & Dodgers/Tigers

Rosenthal: Critical Week for the Mets and Jerry Manuel’s Future

UEFA Champions League Final on FOX Saturday

SPEED Covers NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Sunday

SUBWAY SERIES BATTLE IN PRIMETIME –
Lights! Camera! Action! On Saturday, May 22, the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK moves to prime time with four interleague matchups at 7:00 PM ET. The Subway Series reconvenes in New York as David Wright and the Mets welcome Derek Jeter and the World Champion Yankees to Queens. In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard and the NL Champs host the Boston Red Sox. Experiencing a bit of a renaissance, Vladimir Guerrero leads the first-place Rangers into a matchup with the North-Siders in Texas. Also, the Tigers take on the Dodgers out west. This week, the pregame show originates live from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Dick Stockton and Jose Mota as a field reporter.

ROSENTHAL: “CRITICAL WEEK FOR THE FUTURE OF JERRY MANUEL & THE METS” – With the Yankees visiting Citi Field this week to face the struggling Mets, MLB on FOX’s Ken Rosenthal gave his thoughts on the latest talks regarding Jerry Manuel’s future in New York. “Manuel is under intense scrutiny right now. When the owner of the Mets flies down to Atlanta to meet with manager and others that is a sign of major concern,” said Rosenthal. “The real question is: ‘When will the Mets make a move and what do the Mets need to do to avoid this from happening?’ The next week is critical. They start a series with Washington tonight, then they host the Yankees, then they have the Phillies. It’s a big week and if it doesn’t go well I can easily see the Mets replacing Manuel with Bob Melvin, who is with the team in a scouting capacity. Would he be a massive improvement over Manuel? Would he reverse the misfortunes of the Mets franchise? Probably not, but attendance is down and the Mets are going to be looking perhaps for a different voice, something to sell the fans. The easiest thing in the world to do is change the manager.”

New York Yankees at New York Mets (49%)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Citi Field – Flushing, NY

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: Phil Hughes, RHP (5-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Mike Pelfrey, RHP (5-1, 3.02 ERA)

Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (23%)
Josh Lewin & Mark Grace
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, TX

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa

Probable Pitchers: Randy Wells, RHP (3-2, 4.13 ERA) vs. Derek Holland, LHP (2-0, 2.38 ERA)

Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Dodgers (17%)
Dick Stockton & Jose Mota
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego

Probable Pitchers: Armando Galarraga, RHP (1-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. TBA

Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies (10%)
Kenny Albert & Eric Karros
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Boston, Dayton, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Probable Pitchers: Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (2-1, 7.89 ERA) vs. TBA

FOX SPORTS TRAVELS TO MADRID FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL – On Saturday, May 22 FOX Sports presents the pinnacle of European club soccer as Inter Milan takes on Bayern Munich in the 2010 Champions League Final. The event is FOX Sports’ first-ever soccer broadcast and live HD coverage kicks off at 2:30 PM ET. Martin Tyler (play-by-play) and Andy Gray (expert analyst) call the action from Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Curt Menefee anchors the network’s coverage from Spain beginning with a live 15-minute pregame show. The FOX NFL SUNDAY host is joined by former US Men’s National team coach Bruce Arena and second-leading USMNT scorer and Fox Soccer Channel host Eric Wynalda.

During a Champions League Final on FOX preview press call, FOX Sports Chairman David Hill, play-by-play announcer Martin Tyler, pregame host Curt Menefee and analyst Bruce Arena explored some story line of the game and soccer on the television in the U.S.

David Hill on why now was the right time for FOX Sports to broadcast the UEFA Champions League Final: "What we’ve discovered with Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus has been an incredible eye-opener. The American audience keeps building. It became a no-brainer that this game deserves a place on the network. Obviously being on a Saturday afternoon is perfect for us, it doesn’t force us to replace prime time.”

Bruce Arena on quality of play in the Champions League: “We all appreciate that the World Cup probably has a greater global presence than the CL, but I think in the views of the football communities around the world, people can clearly argue that the CL has greater quality than you will see in the World Cup.”

Martin Tyler on Bayern-Inter Matchup: “We’ve got a team that scores goals and concedes them in Bayern and one that doesn’t score so many but doesn’t concede easily in Inter. It’s like a heavyweight title fight. If you have different styles you’re going to have a wonderful contest. It has all of the right feel. Bring it on!”

Curt Menefee on the atmosphere at major International soccer games: “What I’m really looking forward to is the atmosphere. I’ve been to Maracanã in Rio which then held about 100,000 people, and there were only 75,000 there and Hampden Park in Glasgow with about 50,000. This is going to be the largest soccer crowd I’ve been apart of with 80,000. This place is going to be electric. You’re going to see some great soccer on the pitch but I think the atmosphere will surprise a lot of people when they tune in. People may have heard of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, but wait until they see the madness and how important it is to the supporters. This cup means a lot to people in Europe.”

SPEED COVERS HISTORIC WEEKEND AS HALL OF FAME ENSHRINES ITS FIRST CLASS – As part of live and exclusive coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Saturday, 7:00 PM ET) and inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Sunday, 12:00 PM ET), SPEED will offer coverage of the Pennzoil Ultra Victory Challenge – an event where NASCAR drivers show off their best victory celebrations in front of a panel of celebrity judges. This year’s judging panel includes Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, Creed front man Scott Stapp, wrestling champion Jeff Hardy and former racer and SPEED personality Jimmy Spencer. The winner gets $10,000 donated to the charity of their choice. Coverage of the event will be part of SPEED’s popular pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay Built by The Home Depot (Saturday, 4:00 PM ET).

NHL Conference Finals on NBC



From NBC Sports -

NHL CONFERENCE FINAL DOUBLEHEADER THIS WEEKEND ON NBC SPORTS

Montreal Hosts Philadelphia this Saturday; Chicago Hosts San Jose this Sunday

"It’s going to be fantastic." – NBC Sports’ Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick on this weekend’s games

NEW YORK – May, 20, 2010
– NBC Sports presents coverage of both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals this Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at 3 p.m. ET both days. The Montreal Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers, who currently hold a 2-0 series lead, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks, currently up 2-0, host the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action . McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury.

Chicago is 3-2 on NBC this season, including last weekend’s Game 1 win over San Jose, which was the Sharks’ first appearance on the network this season. Montreal won its only game on the network this year, defeating Pittsburgh, 3-1, on May 2 in the Conference Semi-Finals. Philadelphia is 1-3 on NBC in 2010, including two overtime losses. Philadelphia and Chicago have an opportunity to clinch their series on NBC this weekend if they win their respective Game 3s, which will be played Thursday and Friday nights.

EMRICK: "Of all the hockey arenas, these are the two of the loudest. There will be close to 44,000 fans combined in the arenas and it's going to be fantastic because of the history in Chicago and Montreal."

"There is a rejuvenation of the whole franchise in Chicago. They learned a great deal losing to Detroit last year in the playoffs…Home has been good for Montreal in the playoffs. They've build up a great deal of confidence there. The question is, ‘is it too late?’"

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com’s "Star-cam" continues in the playoffs. "Star-cam" tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including "Star-cam" and "Net-cam" and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

Kevin Millar joins NESN

Cowboy up Red Sox Nation!

KEVIN MILLAR JOINS NESN AS RED SOX STUDIO ANALYST

BOSTON, MA
– NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that former Red Sox first baseman and post-season hero, Kevin Millar, has joined NESN to serve as a Red Sox studio analyst for select games. Millar will share time in the NESN studios with the network’s trio of Hall of Fame baseball analysts Dennis Eckersley, Peter Gammons and Jim Rice.

“We are thrilled to have Kevin join our team of outstanding studio analysts,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “Kevin is a fan favorite and he brings first-hand knowledge of the game. He has never been shy about sharing his opinions and our fans will enjoy the added dimension he will bring to our Red Sox programming.”

Millar will make his NESN debut on Thursday, May 27th at 6:00 PM on Olympia Sports presents The Boston Globe Red Sox GameDay Live before the Red Sox host the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. He will join host Tom Caron and Jim Rice on the NESN Yawkey Way stage.

Millar became a cult hero for Red Sox fans with his iconic "Cowboy Up" rallying cry after joining the Red Sox in 2003. He was a key member of the Red Sox 2004 World Series Championship team. The 12 year major league veteran, played for 4 different teams (Marlins, Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays) compiling a .274 career batting average with 170 home runs. Since retiring in April of this year, Millar also recently joined MLB Network as a studio analyst.