Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Things TCN Thinks to be True

For a very comfortable Wednesday evening in Rhode Island, a few things the folks here at TCN believe to be true:

* - The Celtics are a better team period with Doc Rivers back coaching them.

* - Lebron James, at the end of the day, will stay in Cleveland while Chris Bosh joins Dwyane Wade in Miami.

* - In my sportsradio listening these days, WEEI remains king while 98.5 Sports Hub is merely a commercial filler for me. I'd listen more to ESPN Radio, but AM 1450 has a tremendously weak signal here and I don't have satellite radio in my car.

* - Memo the the NHL - if nothing else, your lot in life is based on the fact that no one cares about your draft or your free agency. The same is so not true with the other big 3 - NFL, MLB and NBA.

* - I'm so into the show Wipeout these days.

* - Back to radio, separated at birth - WPRO's Dan Yorke and ESPN's Colin Cowherd. Not how they look, but how they sound.

* - As the trade deadline nears in MLB, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein's wish list has to include another bat and another arm in the bullpen.

* - The musical program "Tunes at Noon" in Providence is pretty cool. Check it out Wednesdays at 12pm in Burnside Park. Also, check it out at my other gig - YourProv.com.

* - Days go by way too fast! Thursday is already July 1st - just 24 days until Patriots camp opens in Foxboro.

Tiger Woods on CBS this weekend

From CBS Sports -

TIGER WOODS AIMS TO DEFEND TITLE IN “AT&T NATIONAL” ON FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND, JULY 3-4 ON CBS SPORTS

The world’s No. 1-ranked player Tiger Woods looks to defend his title this week in year four of the PGA TOUR’s AT&T NATIONAL as the tournament moves to a new venue, Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia. CBS Sports broadcasts third- and final-round coverage of the AT&T National from Aronimink in Newton Square, Pa., on Saturday, July 3 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, July 4 (2:00-6:30 PM, ET), live on the CBS Television Network.

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.

Woods has played in five in PGA TOUR events this season, with his two top-10 finishes coming at the Masters and the U.S. Open. Last year, he beat Anthony Kim and Hunter Mahan at Congressional Country Club, home of The AT&T National. The tournament will only be played at Aronimink this year and in 2011 as Congressional prepares to host the 2011 U.S. Open.

Woods takes on an impressive field of the world’s top players including Mahan, Jim Furyk, Y.E. Yang, Rickie Fowler, Sean O’Hair, Robert Allenby, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Lucas Glover, Nick Watney, Scott Verplank, Aaron Baddeley, J.B. Holmes, Justin Leonard, Steve Marino, Davis Love III, Ryan Moore, Rocco Mediate, Ricky Barnes, Vijay Singh, Paul Goydos, Charley Hoffman, Brandt Snedeker, Boo Weekley and David Toms.

Strasburg hits MLB on FOX Saturday

From Fox Sports -

Nationals Phenom Stephen Strasburg Makes FOX Sports Debut vs. Mets

Rosenthal: Strasburg Might Actually Give National League A Chance To Win For A Change

MLB ON FOX SPENDS JULY 4TH WEEKEND IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL
– Being one of the most hyped pitching-prospects ever, Stephen Strasburg has, so far, lived up to it for the Nationals. On Saturday, July 3 at 4:00 PM ET, he makes his national broadcast television debut when he faces David Wright and the Mets. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Strasburg has been a smash posting a 2.27 ERA and an staggering 48/7 BB/K ratio. In Atlanta, NL East rivals meet as the division-leading Braves host Hanley Ramirez and the Marlins. Also, Evan Longoria and the Rays take on Joe Mauer and the Twins at Target Field. This week, the pregame show originates live from Nationals Park in Washington, DC with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Joe Buck, Kevin Millar and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.

New York Mets at Washington Nationals (77% of nation)
Joe Buck, Kevin Millar & Ken Rosenthal
Nationals Park – Washington, DC

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington

Probable Pitchers: R.A. Dickey, RHP (6-1, 2.98 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg, RHP (2-2, 2.27 ERA)

Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves (14%)
Dick Stockton & Mark Grace
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Miami, Raleigh, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez, RHP (7-4, 3.18 ERA) vs. Tommy Hanson, RHP (7-5, 4.50 ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins (8%)
Kenny Albert & Bert Blyleven
Target Field – Minnesota, MN

MARKETS INCLUDE
: Boston, Fort Myers, Minneapolis, Orlando, Tampa

Probable Pitchers: Wade Davis, RHP (5-9, 4.68 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano, LHP (6-6, 3.47 ERA)

STRASBURG VS. AMERICAN LEAGUE? – It’s hard to imagine the last time an MLB player, this early in his career, had the impact that Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg has. Thus far, Strasburg has delivered on the overwhelming hype surrounding him this season. Below, MLB on FOX voices spoke about the impact he’s had on baseball and whether Strasburg deserves to be in the All-Star Game airing on FOX on Tuesday, July 13th (8:00 PM ET).

Tim McCarver: “It depends on what happens over his next three starts. If he wins his next three starts then yes. If he doesn’t win his next three and his ERA still hovers around 2, then probably. Aside from that if he loses his next three starts, then no. After all, everybody knows and is in agreement that he’s got to earn it. This guy is so phenomenal and has hit the baseball scene with such an impact that it would be an injustice to baseball in America to not show Steven Strasburg on its biggest inter-league play stage.”

Kevin Millar: “Strasburg has the best fastball, curveball, and changeup going right now in the big leagues. He should 100% be on the biggest stage in baseball at halfway point.”

Ken Rosenthal: “If he continues pitching well then absolutely. The arguments made against him are short-sighted. With rosters expanding to 34 this year - including 13 pitchers - it's doubtful that any truly deserving veteran would get slighted. Strasburg is an electric presence, a pitcher that fans want to see and in a game that determines home-field advantage for the World Series, he might actually give the National League a chance to win for a change. Baseball needs to market its phenoms, not run from them.”

Joe Buck: “This guy is one of the best pitchers in the game, he’s dominant. He’s already set the record for the most strikeouts over his first four Major League starts with 41. I compare this to LeBron James and tuning into NBA games to watch him play, if he’s injured I’m probably not going to tune into the Cavaliers.”

FOXSPORTS.COM RANKS THE NFL’S TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2010 – For the second straight summer, FOXSports.com’s Peter Schrager ranked the top 100 players for the upcoming NFL season. The Vikings topped the 2010 list with seven of their players represented (including ageless wonder, Brett Favre) while the Bills, Chiefs, Seahawks, and Buccaneers failed to have any players make the cut. Ben Roethlisberger had a nightmarish off-season and is suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season but he still made the Top Five. "If you ask me who I want leading my team down the field down four with two minutes left? You better believe I’m taking No. 7. Hell, in that situation? I might even take him over the three guys listed above him.If you ask me who I want leading my team down the field down four points with two minutes left? You better believe I’m taking No.7,” said Schrager. “Hell, in that situation? I might take him over the three guys listed above him.” Who’s number 1? Check it out on FOXSports.com.

FSC SIGNS ON AS PARTNER IN USA FIFA WORLD CUP BID COMMITTEE – Fox Soccer Channel has signed on as an official partner of the USA Bid Committee, in support of the organization’s efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Fox Soccer Channel and its associated platforms, Fox Soccer Plus and Foxsoccer.com, will begin a series of corporate sponsorship announcements for the U.S. bid in the coming weeks. “As the leading source for soccer programming and information in the United States, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus and Foxsoccer.com is proud to join forces with the USA Bid Committee as a corporate sponsor to bring the most important event in soccer to the United States,” said David Nathanson, General Manager of Fox Soccer Channel. “We are committed to using all of our resources to be a driving force behind support for the USA Bid.”

Breakfast at Wimbledon this weekend on NBC

From NBC Sports -

MCENROE, CARILLO, ROBINSON BREAKDOWN “BREAKFAST AT WIMBLEDON”

LIVE COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND ON NBC SPORTS

“The only non-surprise will be Serena winning her fourth Wimbledon title.” – NBC Sports’ Carillo

“It was definitely the best first week that I’ve been apart of as a commentator.” – NBC Sports’ McEnroe

“I’ll join John (McEnroe) and stand on my head if Serena doesn’t win this title” – NBC Sports’ Carillo

NEW YORK – June 30, 2010
– “Breakfast at Wimbledon,” one of the great traditions in sports, highlights NBC Sports’ extensive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon that continues this week. In all, the network is presenting more than 38 hours from Wimbledon concluding with live coverage of “Breakfast at Wimbledon,” the Ladies’ Final Saturday, July 3 at 9 a.m. ET and the Gentlemen’s Final, Sunday, July 4 at 9 a.m. ET.

Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC Sports coverage from Wimbledon, joined by three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe and Mary Carillo, with interviews and essays from Jimmy Roberts.

For NBC Sports, this is the 31st anniversary of “Breakfast at Wimbledon” and the 41st anniversary of NBC’s Wimbledon coverage from the prestigious grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Borg-McEnroe epic five-setter that Borg won 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16-18), 8-6. It was the last of Borg’s five straight Wimbledon titles and McEnroe’s first Wimbledon final. McEnroe then went on to beat Borg in 1981 on his way to three Wimbledon singles titles in four years.

NBC Sports today conducted a media conference call with McEnroe, Carillo and Robinson previewing its coverage of the tournament. Highlights of the call follow:

MCENROE ON WIMBLEDON SO FAR THIS YEAR: “Expect the unexpected. It was definitely the best first week that I’ve been apart of as a commentator. Each day that Mary and I do the late night show she will open by saying ‘well this has been a little crazy,’ and I go ‘now what, you’re going to tell me that some crazy upsets happened?’ Sure enough it just gets more unbelievable as each day progresses.”

ROBINSON ON THE FIRST WEEK-AND-A-HALF OF WIMBLEDON: “It’s been a bizarre and incredible week-and-a-half at a championship that is generally predictable, or at least as predictable as single elimination sports can be. Just think that what happened today with Federer out and Venus out in doubles, this will be the first time since 1999 there will be a championship weekend played here without both Roger Federer and Venus Williams. It’s been that jarring. There’s been 70-68 (Isner-Mahut); there’s been not a drop of rain to interrupt play; it’s been hot; it doesn’t feel like your traditional Wimbledon by any stretch. But Serena is still alive. Rafa is still alive. Andy Murray has all the local focus on him with England out of World Cup. Despite the unpredictability, there are still some familiar names there.”

MCENROE ON THE MEN’S SEMIFINALS: “It’s really interesting, both of them. Nadal, I picked to win the tournament, and I still think he wants it so bad because he is in essence defending his title from two years ago, but it would be quite great for the game and certainly here, where we are, for Murray to pull that off; and that’s a competitive match. The last few times they played in the majors Murray has beaten Nadal. Berdych, played the match of his life (against Federer) and it’s all come together for him in the last month or so. There are people that thought for sure, and myself included, that he would win majors five or six years ago. Then there is Djokovic. He’s really good for our game, looks to be really enjoying the sport, and finally seems he’s gotten his act together so that’s the toughest one to call. So the men’s side is far more unpredictable than the women’s.”

CARILLO ON THE WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL: “Kvitova has had such a long, rocky road beating Azarenka and beating Wozniacki easily, holding off five match points against Kanepi, but now she’s got to play Serena. I’ve never been more impressed with Serena. The only other time that Serena played Kvitova she beat her 6-2, 6-1. Serena is 57-7 on grass, Kvitova is 5-4 so I’ll join John and stand on my head if Serena doesn’t win this title. Pironkova looked really smart against Venus and Zvonareva looked really bold against Clijsters, so that’s a bit of a pick ‘em. You have to assume that Zvonareva has had a lot more big match experience and that could decide that one.”

MCENROE ON ROGER FEDERER: “When you’ve accomplished what Roger has, at some point, the guy’s a human being. He’s going to have to face the fact that he’s not going to win these things, and he may never win another thing. So everyone’s waiting, predicting when that’s going to happen. Let’s not forget a couple years ago when he lost to Nadal in the finals, ‘It was over, he was done, he’s a bum.’ Then he beats Pete’s (Sampras) record, he wins the French, and then he follows up and wins Australia and he plays some amazing tennis. So to write anyone off that's accomplished that is stupid. Of course at the same time at some point, it’s inevitable that it’s going to happen.”

CARILLO ON FEDERER’S ‘SLUMP’: “Roger has lost in the quarterfinals in the last two majors. This is a guy whose reputation was growing stronger and stronger due to the fact that he’d made so many straight Grand Slam finals. It’s that old baseball line, ‘if you’re young and in a slump, it’s just a slump. But if you’re old and in a slump, you’re just old.’ I think that’s what Roger’s going to be facing, and he’s not going to like it. He’s made it clear that he’s had critics over the years who’ll continue to follow him around with that line of conversation because this time next year he’ll be pushing 30, trying to win a record-tying Wimbledon with Sampras.”

CARILLO ON FEDERER TALKING ABOUT INJURIES AFTER HIS LOSS TO BERDYCH: “I feel badly that Berdych, who played the match of his life, had to defend his win against Roger Federer’s talk about injuries. That’s always a pity. Roger did talk about it, I heard him give a bunch of different interviews, and he kept bringing it up, which is not like Roger.”

CARILLO ON SERENA WILLIAMS: “Serena has looked absolutely magnificent throughout. There are two unseeded players in the Grand Slam semis in Pironkova and Kvitova. Zvonareva is playing great and I’m anticipating that she’ll probably beat Pironkova. The only non-surprise will be Serena winning her fourth Wimbledon title.”

MCENROE ON HOW THE THIS YEAR’S WIMBLEDON WILL BE REMEMBERED: “Well certainly that Isner-Mahut match is something that will never happen again. That was free multi-million dollar advertising for our sport about how fit we are and how tough we are, physically and mentally, so that was a great thing. That will long be remembered despite the fact it was a first round match. If Murray were to win this that would be huge, and if Nadal were to win it, doing it for him to be able to get back after what appeared to be life-threatening injuries would be really important for our sport. There are a lot of good things still to come. The unpredictability of what’s gone on in this event is something that I haven’t experienced in the 33 years that I have been part of this tournament.”

MCENROE ON HIS EPIC 5-SET FINAL AGAINST BJORN BORG: “This match has stuck with me my entire career. It changed me as a person. It gave me respect among the players, the press, the fans. I felt like for one of the few times in my life I was a part of something historic. I knew what was happening. It was like when Isner was playing Mahut, they knew that this is the same thing that will always be in the record books. I’m proud to say that that match is still talked about. A couple weeks ago Bjorn and I got a chance to go out and play on Court 18, which ironically is where Isner played Mahut, and play in sort of an anniversary match. It certainly brought back a lot of memories and I look forward to seeing Bjorn in a couple days.”

LIVE AT WIMBLEDON: NBCSports.com is your online companion for NBC Sports coverage of Wimbledon. Live at Wimbledon, powered by Microsoft Silverlight, will offer simulcasts of NBC Sports' broadcasts from Wimbledon, live streaming of up to three concurrent courts including Centre Court and Court One, on-demand replays of the best matches from every day of The Championships, alternate camera angles for NBC Sports' finals coverage, and daily video highlights.

Live at Wimbledon is available throughout The Championships, Wimbledon with on-demand coverage. Live streaming of NBC Sports' coverage and additional matches will begin this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET, concluding with the Ladies’ Final on Saturday, July 3 at 9 a.m. ET and the Gentlemen’s Final on Sunday, July 4 at 9 a.m. ET.

WIMBLEDON ON NBC SPORTS MOBILE: Again this year, NBC Sports provides live mobile coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon. Starting Saturday, June 26 (12-3 p.m. ET) and extending until the end of the championships, tennis fans can watch NBC's coverage on either NBC 2Go or NBC Sports Mobile, including live coverage of every exciting point of the Gentlemen's and Ladies' Finals. Plus, tennis fans will be able to get news and scores right on their cell phones with the NBC Sports Mobile site or exclusive text alerts; users can just text the word TENNIS to 51515 or visit http://m.NBCSports.com.

NBC’s Remaining Wimbledon Broadcast Schedule

Wednesday, June 30
11:35-11:50 p.m. ET/PT
Wimbledon Update

Thursday, July 1
Noon- 5 p.m. all times zones
Ladies’ Semifinals (live and same day tape)
11:35-11:50 p.m. ET/PT
Wimbledon Update

Friday, July 2
Noon- 5 p.m. all time zones
Gentlemen’s Semis (live and same day tape)
11:35 p.m.-12:05 a.m. ET/PT
Wimbledon Update

Saturday, July 3
9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET
“Breakfast at Wimbledon”
Ladies’ Final (live)

Sunday, July 4
9 a.m.-3 p.m. ET
“Breakfast at Wimbledon”
Gentlemen’s Final (live)

Doc is back!

Great news for Celtics fans as Doc Rivers is coming back as Celtics head coach in 2010-11!

Doc texted the news to the Boston Globe earlier today!

Step 1 is complete. Next up: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and free agency tonight at 12:01am!

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

PHI at CIN 12:35 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 9-6, 2.29
CIN: A Harang (R) 6-7, 5.07

DET at MIN 1:10 PM
DET: A Oliver (L) 0-1, 3.00
MIN: K Slowey (R) 7-5, 4.79

HOU at MIL 2:10 PM
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 4-10, 5.64
MIL: D Bush (R) 3-5, 4.54

ARI at STL 2:15 PM
ARI: B Enright (R)
STL: J Suppan (R) 0-3, 6.65

PIT at CHC 2:20 PM
PIT: B Lincoln (R) 0-2, 6.00
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 2-5, 3.41

COL at SDG 3:35 PM
COL: J Francis (L) 2-2, 3.53
SDG: C Richard (L) 5-4, 2.75

LAD at SFO 3:45 PM
LAD: V Padilla (R) 1-2, 5.82
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 6-5, 3.03

OAK at BAL 7:05 PM
OAK: B Sheets (R) 3-7, 5.01
BAL: K Millwood (R) 2-8, 5.22

TOR at CLE 7:05 PM
TOR: J Litsch (R) 0-2, 8.78
CLE: A Laffey (L) 0-2, 6.37

SEA at NYY 7:05 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 5-5, 3.28
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 6-6, 5.16

NYM at FLA 7:10 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 10-2, 2.71
FLA: C Volstad (R) 4-7, 4.40

TAM at BOS 7:10 PM
TAM: M Garza (R) 8-5, 4.10
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 5-2, 4.50

WAS at ATL 7:10 PM
WAS: J Martin (R) 0-3, 3.03
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 0-3, 6.38

CHW at KAN 8:10 PM
CHW: J Peavy (R) 7-5, 4.71
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 3-8, 3.72

TEX at LAA 10:05 PM
TEX: O Beltre (R)
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 7-6, 5.42

Pierce opts out - Free Agency at Midnight

Let the craziest period in NBA history begin in just hours!

At midnight tonight, the NBA's free agency period begins and now Paul Pierce will be part of that mix. Pierce opted out of the player option of his one-year, $21 million deal for 2010-11 and is now a free agent at 12:01m.

He's free to talk to anyone. He's free to come back to the Celtics. He's free to get a max contract, not likely in Boston but maybe elsewhere to the losers of the Lebron James sweepstakes.

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe breaks it down more.

Here's hoping that Pierce is working with GM Danny Ainge here to free up some space, get a longer deal with more total value (let's say 3 years, $45 million) to get more talent to the Celtics bench.

Let the games begin!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Steve Kerr returns to TNT

No shock here as former Suns GM Steve Kerr returns to TNT for NBA coverage. Good for us fans, he's very good at it!

Five-time NBA Champion and General Manager Steve Kerr Returns to TNT as Game Analyst for 2010-11 NBA Season

Kerr to Make Select Appearances on NBA TV and NBA.com


TNT announced today a multi-year agreement with five-time NBA Champion Steve Kerr to return to the network as a game analyst, starting with the 2010-11 NBA season. Kerr will join TNT’s NBA Thursday night doubleheader coverage and will be a part of the network's NBA All-Star weekend and NBA Playoffs coverage. In addition, he will be a key contributor for NBATV and NBA.com, providing analysis and commentary for The Finals, All Star Weekend and the NBA Draft. Kerr most recently served as president of basketball operations and general manager of the Phoenix Suns.

“I’m fortunate to have worked with two great organizations since the end of my NBA playing career; Turner Sports and the Phoenix Suns,” said Kerr. “As I resume my broadcasting career, I’m excited to return to the Turner Sports family and proud to be associated with such a great group of people.”

“We are thrilled that Steve is returning to TNT to join our marquee roster of announcers,” said Jeff Behnke, executive producer of Turner Sports. “We look forward to Steve bringing back to Turner Sports his unique insights, candor and game analysis to our telecasts, sharing the added knowledge he gained during his three years building a team as an NBA General Manager.”

Kerr spent four seasons with TNT as a game analyst from 2003-2007, when he called a full slate of regular season and playoff games. He also worked on TNT marquee events, including three NBA All-Star Games and three consecutive Conference Finals.

Kerr left TNT in 2007 to join the Phoenix Suns, where he was president of basketball operations and general manager for three years. Kerr made several notable trades in his tenure. This year, the Suns advanced to the 2010 Western Conference Finals, losing in six games to the eventual champions Los Angeles Lakers.

A 15-year NBA veteran, Kerr’s notable career includes five NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98) and San Antonio Spurs (1998-99 and 2002-03). He is the all-time best three-point shooter at .454 (726/1,599), as well as the single season leader in three-point accuracy, hitting .524 (89-170) of his attempts during the 1994-95 season. He appeared in 835 regular season games, averaging 6.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per contest throughout his career which included playing for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers.

CBS to air UNC-Duke in Primetime!

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST DUKE VS. NORTH CAROLINA IN PRIME TIME ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011

CBS Sports, college basketball's leading network broadcaster, has announced that the Duke at North Carolina game will be broadcast in prime time on Saturday, March 5, 2011 (8:00 PM, ET). This marks the first time that the Duke-North Carolina rivalry will air in prime time on network television.

“Duke-North Carolina is one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports,” said Mike Aresco, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “A primetime telecast on CBS Sports will generate enormous interest across the nation as the ‘Road to the Final Four®’ heats up.”

The Duke-North Carolina game highlights CBS Sports’ 30th consecutive season broadcasting college basketball. The entire 2010-11 schedule will be released later this year.

MLB on TBS set to announce All-Star Rosters

From TBS Sports -

2010 MLB All-Star Game Rosters Announced Exclusively on TBS this Sunday, July 4th at Noon (ET)

Sunday MLB on TBS features Blue Jays @ Yankees at 1 p.m. (ET)


The 2010 American League and National League MLB All-Star teams will be revealed exclusively on TBS on Sunday, July 4th at Noon (ET) during the MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. Host Matt Winer will be joined by analysts Dennis Eckersley, Cal Ripken and David Wells to make the announcements and provide analysis on the selections. The show will also feature interviews with All-Star Game managers Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees and Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 2010 MLB All-Star Game will be held at Angels Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, July 13th. The American League All-Star Team will have nine starters elected via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by All-Star managers Girardi and Manuel, in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

Following the show, Sunday MLB on TBS will continue at 1 p.m. (ET) with an American League East match-up featuring Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees hosting Vernon Wells and the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. 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. 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., July 4
12 p.m. MLB All-Star Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell
Matt Winer (host), Dennis Eckersley (analyst), Cal Ripken (analyst) and David Wells (analyst)

1 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., July 11
1 p.m. Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)

Sun., July 18
1 p.m. Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

NBA Summer League Action on Tap

NBA Digital Airs 2010 NBA Summer League on NBA TV and NBA.com

NBA Digital takes center stage with NBA TV and NBA.com airing live game broadcasts of the 2010 NBA Summer League which tips off on Monday, July 5 and continues through Sunday, July 18 as 30 NBA teams, including the 2010 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and a team of NBA Development League Select players showcase new and returning talent. The Summer League schedule will tip off at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando, FL next week (July 5 – July 9) and culminates in Las Vegas, NV at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (July 9 – July 18).

NBA TV will air the full NBA Summer League schedule, including 59 games live, along with offering live daily studio programming with NBA GameTime.

Throughout NBA Summer League, the NBA TV crew will be on site providing game action and analysis. In Orlando, Rick Kamla and Marc Fein will call play by play alongside analysts Steve Smith and Dennis Scott. In Las Vegas, Matt Winer, Rick Kamla, Joel Myers and Chad Andrus will call play by play alongside analysts Kevin McHale, Chris Webber, Brent Barry, Steve Smith, Mike Fratello and Dennis Scott. In Atlanta, NBA GameTime will highlight players, stories and news that develop this summer with hosts Kyle Montgomery, Vince Cellini, analyst Eric Snow and special in-studio guests.

This year’s event will feature the Washington Wizards, who selected John Wall with the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Other top five selections in this year’s draft that are expected to play include Wesley Johnson, the fourth selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings (fifth overall).

Fans will also have the opportunity to watch every game live on NBA.com through the NBA SUMMER LEAGUE BROADBAND. NBA SUMMER LEAGUE BROADBAND is a subscription service offering fans a full slate of live NBA Summer League game webcasts via nba.com/summerleaguebroadband. The complete package will be $14.95 for access to all 58 games on a live basis, as well as on a video-on-demand basis for up to one week following the conclusion of the league’s final game. A late season package will also be available beginning July 15, for $9.95.

NBA TV SUMMER LEAGUE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE:
JULY 5 – JULY 11
MONDAY, JUL. 5
NBA Summer League (Orlando)
1 – 3 p.m
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Utah Jazz
Rick Kamla, Marc Fein, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott

3 – 5 p.m
Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic

5 – 7 p.m
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

7 – 9 p.m
New Jersey Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

9 – 9:30 p.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery, Eric Snow

9:30 – 10 p.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery, Eric Snow

TUESDAY, JUL. 6
1 – 3 p.m
Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic
Marc Fein, Rick Kamla, Dennis Scott, Steve Smith

3 – 5 p.m
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

5 – 7 p.m
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics

7 – 9 p.m
Indiana Pacers vs. New Jersey Nets

9 – 9:30 p.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery, Eric Snow

9:30 – 10 p.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery, Eric Snow

WEDNESDAY, JUL. 7
1 – 3 p.m
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Boston Celtics
Rick Kamla, Marc Fein, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott

3 – 5 p.m
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers

5 – 7 p.m
New Jersey Nets vs. Orlando Magic

7 – 9 p.m
Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz

9 – 9:30 p.m
NBA Game Time
Kyle Montgomery, Eric Snow

9:30 – 10 p.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery, Eric Snow

THURSDAY, JUL. 8
1 – 3 p.m
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Orlando Magic
Marc Fein, Rick Kamla, Dennis Scott, Steve Smith

3 – 5 p.m
Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics

5 – 7 p.m
Utah Jazz vs. New Jersey Nets

7 – 9 p.m
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Bobcats

9 – 9:30 p.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini, Eric Snow, Chris Webber

9:30 – 10 p.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery, Eric Snow, Chris Webber

FRIDAY, JUL. 9
8 – 10 a.m
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers
Rick Kamla, Marc Fein, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott

10 a.m – 12 p.m
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz

12 – 2 p.m
New Jersey Nets vs. Boston Celtics

2 – 4 p.m
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Orlando Magic

4 – 6 p.m
Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks (Las Vegas)
Matt Winer, Joel Myers, Kevin McHale, Brent Barry, David Aldridge

6 – 8 p.m
Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns

8 – 10 p.m
Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Hornets

12 – 12:30 a.m.
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini, Eric Snow

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini, Eric Snow

1 – 3 a.m
NBA Summer League (Las Vegas)

SATURDAY, JUL.10
4 – 6 p.m
Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns
Joel Myers, Matt Winer, Brent Barry, Kevin McHale, David Aldridge

6 – 8 p.m
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

8 – 10 p.m
Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Warriors

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets

12– 12:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery

SUNDAY, JUL. 11
4 – 6 p.m
New York Knicks vs. Denver Nuggets
Joel Myers, Matt Winer, Brent Barry, Kevin McHale, David Aldridge

6 – 8 p.m
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets

8 – 10 p.m
Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Hornets

12 – 12:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Kyle Montgomery

JULY 12 – JULY 18
NBA TV SCHEDULE (all times ET): Jul. 12 – Jul. 18
MONDAY, JUL. 12
4 – 6 p.m
Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks
Joel Myers, Matt Winer, Rick Kamla, Steve Smith, Brent Barry, Kevin McHale, David Aldridge

6 – 8 p.m
Sacramento Kings vs. Detroit Pistons

8 – 10 p.m
Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers

12 – 12:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

TUESDAY, JUL. 13
4 – 6 p.m
Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls
Joel Myers, Rick Kamla, Matt Winer, Chris Webber, Steve Smith, David Aldridge

6- 8 p.m
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. D-League

8 – 10 p.m
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Hornets

12 – 12:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

WEDNESDAY, JUL. 14
4 – 6 p.m.
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets
Matt Winer, Joel Myers, Rick Kamla, Steve Smith, Chris Webber, Kyle Montgomery

6 - 8 p.m
New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors

8 – 10 p.m
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Chicago Bulls

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

12 – 12:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

THURSDAY, JUL. 15
4 – 6 p.m
Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Matt Winer, Rick Kamla, Chad Andrus, Eric Snow, Chris Webber, Dennis Scott, Kyle Montgomery

6 – 8 p.m
Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns

8 – 10 p.m
Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

12 – 12 :30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

FRIDAY, JUL. 16
4 – 6 p.m
Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks
Rick Kamla, Joel Myers, Chad Andrus, Mike Fratello, Eric Snow, Dennis Scott, Kyle Montgomery

6 – 8 p.m
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings

8 – 10 p.m
Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Hornets

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Memphis Grizzles vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

12 – 12:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

SATURDAY, JUL. 17
4 – 6 p.m
New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards
Joel Myers, Rick Kamla, Chad Andrus, Mike Fratello, Eric Snow, Dennis Scott, Kyle Montgomery

6 – 8 p.m
Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

8 – 10 p.m
Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

10 p.m – 12 a.m
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers

12- 12:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

12:30 – 1 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

SUNDAY, JUL. 18
4 – 6 p.m
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Rick Kamla, Joel Myers, Chad Andrus, Eric Snow, Mike Fratello, Dennis Scott, Kyle Montgomery

6 – 8 p.m
Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers

8 – 10 p.m
Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings

10 p.m – 10:30 a.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

10:30 – 11 p.m
NBA GameTime
Vince Cellini

Jon Lester - The ACE!

Did you know that lefty pitcher Jon Lester has the best winning percentage of any pitcher with at least 50 decisions since 1901?

Well, it's true!

Lester is an unbelievable 51-19, winning nearly 73% of his games (.729 to be exact) through 70 decisions.

Amazingly, Lester is very consistent as well. Check out these yearly stats:

2006 7-2 .778

2007 4-0 1.000

2008 16-6 .727

2009 15-8 .652

2010 9-3 .750


Now, that's an ace!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

OAK at BAL 7:05 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 4-7, 3.83
BAL: B Matusz (L) 2-8, 4.95

TOR at CLE 7:05 PM
TOR: B Morrow (R) 5-5, 4.50
CLE: F Carmona (R) 6-6, 3.64

SEA at NYY 7:05 PM
SEA: C Lee (L) 6-3, 2.39
NYY: P Hughes (R) 10-1, 3.17

TAM at BOS 7:10 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 6-7, 4.55
BOS: J Lackey (R) 8-3, 4.69

WAS at ATL 7:10 PM
WAS: Undecided
ATL: D Lowe (R) 9-5, 4.42

PHI at CIN 7:10 PM
PHI: J Blanton (R) 3-5, 6.53
CIN: M Leake (R) 5-1, 2.92

NYM at FLA 7:10 PM
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 6-3, 3.78
FLA: N Robertson (L) 5-6, 4.89

PIT at CHC 8:05 PM
PIT: J Karstens (R) 2-2, 4.60
CHC: T Lilly (L) 2-6, 3.28

CHW at KAN 8:10 PM
CHW: G Floyd (R) 2-7, 4.80
KAN: B Bannister (R) 7-5, 5.29

HOU at MIL 8:10 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 5-5, 3.20
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 7-3, 2.36

DET at MIN 8:10 PM
DET: A Galarraga (R) 3-1, 3.68
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 6-5, 6.10

ARI at STL 8:15 PM
ARI: D Willis (L) 2-2, 4.90
STL: A Wainwright (R) 10-5, 2.47

TEX at LAA 10:05 PM
TEX: S Feldman (R) 5-6, 5.32
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 7-6, 4.21

COL at SDG 10:05 PM
COL: J Hammel (R) 5-3, 4.31
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 4-5, 3.16

LAD at SFO 10:15 PM
LAD: J Ely (R) 3-5, 3.86
SFO: M Cain (R) 6-6, 2.72

MLB Network Latest Game Schedule

From MLB Network -

AL Central First-Place Minnesota Twins Take on Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday Night Baseball During MLB Network’s Game Schedule for June 28 – July 3

Schedule features AL East first-place New York Yankees against Seattle Mariners on

MLB Matinee and surging Chicago White Sox at AL West first-place Texas Rangers on Saturday Night Baseball

Secaucus, N.J., June 28, 2010
- The AL Central first-place Minnesota Twins host the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday Night Baseball on July 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET, part of MLB Network’s live game schedule for June 28 – July 3. MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and Joe Magrane will call the game live from Target Field, the new home of the Twins, for MLB Network’s first game telecast from the ballpark.

MLB Network will feature two editions of MLB Matinee during the week, starting with the Philadelphia Phillies with their ace pitcher Roy Halladay scheduled to pitch against the NL Central first-place Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, June 30 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The game, which will be a simulcast of CSN Philadelphia’s telecast, will be available on MLB Network in the Reds’ home television territory. The AL East first-place New York Yankees, with a 25-10 home record, match up against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday July 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Yankees ace CC Sabathia, going for his sixth straight win, is scheduled to pitch opposite the Mariners’ Ryan Rowland Smith.

Rounding out the week, the St. Louis Cardinals face the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Viewers in select markets will see the San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies at 8:00 p.m. ET with Tim Lincecum scheduled to take the mound for the Giants against the Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin. Saturday Night Baseball features the Chicago White Sox visiting the AL West first-place Texas Rangers, who are 28-12 at home, on July 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Select markets will see the third game of the San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies series at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Today at 1:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network features Minor League Baseball with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A – Philadelphia Phillies) taking on the Durham Bulls (Triple-A – Tampa Bay Rays), featuring Bulls’ All-Star outfielder Desmond Jennings. The Minor League action continues when the Bakersfield Blaze (Single-A Advanced – Oakland Athletics) match up against the Stockton Ports (Single-A Advanced – Texas Rangers) on June 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning signature nightly studio show with look-ins at live games, will air live at 5:30 p.m. ET on June 28, 29 and July 2 as well as after the MLB Matinee games on June 30 and July 1. MLB Tonight will also air on Sunday, July 4 at 5:00 p.m. ET, followed by Quick Pitch at 7:00 p.m. ET and Plays of the Month at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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 in most markets will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

MLB Network’s June 28 - July 3 live game schedule:

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

June 28
1:00 p.m. Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Durham Bulls (MiLB)

June 29
2:00 p.m. Bakersfield Blaze at Stockton Ports (MiLB)

June 30
12:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Cincinnati (available in Reds market)

July 1
1:00 p.m. Seattle at New York Yankees
8:00 p.m.* Thursday Night Baseball: Tampa Bay at Minnesota
8:30 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado (only in Rays and Twins markets)

July 2
8:00 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis
8:00 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado (in select markets)

July 3
8:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Texas
8:00 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado (in select markets)

Mike Pereira joins Fox Sports



From Fox Sports -

MIKE PEREIRA JOINS FOX SPORTS AS NFL RULES ANALYST

NFL’s Former VP of Officiating to Contribute On-Air, Online and on Radio

NEW YORK
– It’s official!

Already in position to boast the world’s best NFL game broadcasts, studio analysis and Internet coverage, FOX Sports now goes deep to add the sharpest mind available on NFL officiating. Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, today becomes the newest member of the FOX Sports team serving as a multi-platform NFL rules analyst.

Each Sunday, Pereira, who retired after the 2009 NFL season, will be situated in his own control room at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, giving him visual access to all games played. If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, he’ll be available to interact with FOX NFL SUNDAY studio personalities, or communicate with NFL on FOX game crews at stadiums across the country, either on- or off-camera. Additionally, NFL fans will have the opportunity to ask Pereira questions via live chat on FOXSports.com. Assisting him to monitor all Sunday game action will be a team of Los Angeles-area football referees, each assigned to a different game.

"We feel that we have the strongest lineup of NFL studio analysts, game analysts and Internet coverage and today that lineup gets even stronger with the addition of Mike," said FOX Sports President Eric Shanks. "His tremendous experience and knowledge of the NFL's rules are second-to-none and we are thrilled to add him as an incredible resource to our coverage."

“I always appreciated the fact that FOX Sports made a tremendous effort to know the rules and incorporate that into their broadcasts,” said Pereira. “To now join the network is a tremendous honor and my goal is to help fans learn the rules and understand the philosophies behind them. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

In addition to his responsibilities on Sundays, Pereira will be a regular guest on FOX Sports Radio’s national lineup and pen a weekly column titled “Under Review” for FOXSports.com. “Under Review” will debut after week one and will rank the 10 most impactful calls made during the previous week's games.

“Adding an expert of Mike Pereira’s stature reflects our mission to acquire the best talent possible,” said Stephen Miller, Managing Editor for FOXSports.com. “Fans will constantly question the calls made on the field by NFL officials. But to truly question the authority, fans need to know the authority. Mike will help them do that.”

Pereira has been involved with the game of football dating back to 1982 when he was an NCAA Division 1 official. Pereira spent 14 years officiating college football beginning with nine years in the Big West Conference (1982-91) followed by five years in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) (1992-96). During that time, Pereira officiated eight post season Bowl Games including the Aloha Bowl and Cotton Bowl twice each, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Freedom Bowl. Pereira made the jump to the NFL as a sideline judge in 1996 while also holding the title of supervisor of officials for the WAC. After two years patrolling the sidelines in the NFL and overseeing WAC officiating, Pereira was promoted to NFL supervisor of officiating in 1998. In 2001 Pereira became director of officiating for the NFL and then was promoted to vice president of NFL officiating in 2004. He spent a total of 14 years with the NFL.

Pereira was born and raised in Stockton, Calif. and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1972 with a B.A. in Finance. Pereira now lives in Sacramento with his wife Gail.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Monday CVS Charity Classic Tee Times

If you're going out to round 1 of the CVS Charity Classic in Barrington, RI Monday, here are your tee times:

10:30 a.m.: Matt Kuchar/Peter Jacobsen; Juli Inkster/Boo Weekley

10:40 a.m. Angela Stanford/Brett Quigley; Morgan Pressel/Davis Love III

10:50 a.m. Suzann Pettersen/Hunter Mahan; Ricky Barnes/J.B. Holmes

11:00 a.m. Billy Andrade/Bill Haas; Brad Faxon/Rickie Fowler

11:10 a.m. Camilo Villegas/Bubba Watson; Nick Price/David Toms

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

TOR at CLE 7:05 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 6-3, 2.85
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 4-4, 4.90

WAS at ATL 7:10 PM
WAS: S Strasburg (R) 2-1, 1.78
ATL: T Hudson (R) 7-3, 2.54

NYM at FLA 7:10 PM
NYM: R Dickey (R) 6-0, 2.33
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 6-6, 4.92

PHI at CIN 7:10 PM
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 4-2, 4.71
CIN: J Cueto (R) 7-2, 3.97

PIT at CHC 8:05 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 4-6, 4.24
CHC: R Wells (R) 3-6, 5.21

CHW at KAN 8:10 PM
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 6-6, 4.60
KAN: A Lerew (R) 0-1, 4.76

HOU at MIL 8:10 PM
HOU: B Norris (R) 2-5, 6.80
MIL: M Parra (L) 2-5, 3.83

DET at MIN 8:10 PM
DET: J Bonderman (R) 3-5, 4.20
MIN: F Liriano (L) 6-5, 3.11

ARI at STL 8:15 PM
ARI: D Haren (R) 7-6, 4.65
STL: C Carpenter (R) 9-1, 2.63

COL at SDG 10:05 PM
COL: U Jimenez (R) 13-1, 1.60
SDG: K Correia (R) 5-5, 5.14

LAD at SFO 10:15 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 6-4, 4.34
SFO: B Zito (L) 7-4, 3.45

Entourage - Season 7

Check out a very exciting season 7 sneak peek:



10:30pm tonight on HBO!

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

CLE at CIN 1:10 PM
CLE: M Talbot (R) 7-6, 4.08
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 7-3, 4.35

MIN at NYM 1:10 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 6-6, 4.61
NYM: J Niese (L) 4-2, 4.17

SDG at FLA 1:10 PM
SDG: M Latos (R) 8-4, 2.93
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 7-4, 3.30

WAS at BAL 1:35 PM
WAS: L Atilano (R) 6-4, 4.52
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 3-9, 4.28

PHI at TOR 1:35 PM
PHI: J Moyer (L) 8-6, 4.43
TOR: B Cecil (L) 7-4, 4.06

DET at ATL 1:35 PM
DET: J Verlander (R) 8-5, 3.94
ATL: T Hanson (R) 7-4, 4.17

ARI at TAM 1:40 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 3-6, 4.59
TAM: W Davis (R) 5-8, 4.90

CHC at CHW 2:05 PM
CHC: R Dempster (R) 5-6, 3.56
CHW: J Danks (L) 7-5, 3.23

STL at KAN 2:10 PM
STL: J Garcia (L) 7-3, 1.79
KAN: B Chen (L) 3-2, 3.96

SEA at MIL 2:10 PM
SEA: J Vargas (L) 6-2, 2.66
MIL: C Narveson (L) 6-4, 5.76

COL at LAA 3:35 PM
COL: J Chacin (R) 4-6, 3.56
LAA: E Santana (R) 7-5, 3.91

PIT at OAK 4:05 PM
PIT: R Ohlendorf (R) 0-6, 5.43
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 6-5, 3.89

BOS at SFO 4:05 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 8-3, 3.03
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 8-2, 2.86

NYY at LAD 8:00 PM
NYY: A Pettitte (L) 9-2, 2.48
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 7-4, 3.24

HOU at TEX 8:05 PM
HOU: R Oswalt (R) 5-9, 3.08
TEX: T Hunter (R) 3-0, 2.31

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Buchholz hurt running bases

The injuries keep piling up for the Red Sox.

After getting his first big league hit, pitcher Clay Buchholz tweeks his hamstring or calf in the third inning of tonight's game at San Francisco.

Scott Atchinson takes over with the Sox leading, 4-0.

No update yet on how bad Buchholz's injury is.

UPDATE (8:21pm) - Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Fox Sports crew covering the game that Buchholz hyperextended his knee, but doesn't appear to be serious.

Pedroia to DL

Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 15-day DL today after an MRI and Cat Scan reveals a non-displaced fracture in his left foot. Pedroia hurt it by fouling a ball of that left foot in Friday night's loss to San Francisco.

Infielder Angel Sanchez has been recalled from Pawtucket. There's no timetable set for Pedroia's return to the line-up.

Red Sox lineups for Saturday vs. Giants

Here's how they'll line up against the Giants tonight on Fox:

RED SOX
Marco Scutaro SS
Darnell McDonald RF
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Daniel Nava LF
Bill Hall 2B
Mike Cameron CF
Clay Buchholz RHP (10-4, 2.47)

GIANTS: Madison Bumgarner LHP (0-0, 0.00)

USA vs. Ghana World Cup Today



Mark it down - today at 2:30pm (ET). It's the knockout stage at the World Cup. The round of 16 with USA vs. Ghana.

FIFA has your preview.

Here's hoping we get more magic moments like this one from Landon Donovan.





The winner gets the winner of Uruguay/South Korea on Friday.

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

MIN at NYM 1:10 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 8-6, 3.64
NYM: J Santana (L) 5-4, 3.31

STL at KAN 2:10 PM
STL: B Hawksworth (R) 1-4, 5.63
KAN: K Davies (R) 4-5, 6.15

HOU at TEX 3:05 PM
HOU: J Banks (R)
TEX: C Wilson (L) 5-3, 3.41

DET at ATL 4:00 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 4-6, 5.67
ATL: K Kawakami (R) 0-9, 4.78

WAS at BAL 4:05 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 6-4, 2.82
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 3-4, 6.50

PHI at TOR 4:05 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 6-5, 3.75
TOR: S Marcum (R) 6-3, 3.24

ARI at TAM 4:05 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 3-5, 3.60
TAM: D Price (L) 10-3, 2.45

SEA at MIL 4:10 PM
SEA: D Fister (R) 3-3, 2.45
MIL: R Wolf (L) 5-6, 4.79

CHC at CHW 7:10 PM
CHC: C Silva (R) 8-2, 3.01
CHW: F Garcia (R) 8-3, 4.85

CLE at CIN 7:10 PM
CLE: J Masterson (R) 2-6, 4.87
CIN: S LeCure (R) 1-4, 4.50

NYY at LAD 7:10 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 6-6, 4.83
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 6-5, 3.06

BOS at SFO 7:10 PM
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 10-4, 2.47
SFO: D Bumgarner (L) 0-0, 0.00

SDG at FLA 7:10 PM
SDG: J Garland (R) 7-5, 3.26
FLA: J Johnson (R) 8-2, 1.80

COL at LAA 10:05 PM
COL: A Cook (R) 2-4, 4.82
LAA: J Saunders (L) 5-8, 5.07

PIT at OAK 10:05 PM
PIT: D McCutchen (R) 0-2, 13.50
OAK: T Cahill (R) 6-2, 3.21

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fox builds Sky Box for the troops in SE Asia



Photo: (l to r) Lt. Col. Michal (spelled correctly) Holliday, 379th AEW Civil Engineer Squadron commander; Lt. Col. Paul Kopecki, 379 AEW Support commander; and Brig. Gen. Stephen Wilson, 379 Air Expeditionary Wing commander.

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS & U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE COLLABORATE TO CREATE FOX SPORTS SKY BOX IN SOUTHWEST ASIA

New York
– FOX Sports, broadcast television home for many of the nation’s top sports events, and the United States Department of Defense have collaborated to build a 5,000 square foot, state-of-the-art FOX Sports Sky Box lounge at the air force base in Southwest Asia serving as home to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The facility opens to serve the men and women of the U.S. military tomorrow.



Photo: Construction and support team members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing recently gather to celebrate the completion of the new FOX Sports Sky Box lounge in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

The idea was born last fall during FOX NFL SUNDAY’s unprecedented trip to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Once Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan, Jay Glazer, along with FOX Sports executives and staff visited with base personnel, they were shown to the base’s Desert Eagle Lounge. A facility outfitted for practicality, everyone in the FOX Sports party agreed that our servicemen and women deserved something more special.

“After flying 14 hours last November, we had one last stop before getting to Bagram,” said FOX NFL SUNDAY co-host and NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw speaking for the group. “After touring the base and meeting a bunch of great people, they brought us to the base lounge to wait, and it was pretty basic. I mean, it gets the job done in a no fuss, no muss way, but we all agreed that the guys and gals fighting for our country deserved something better. Then we learned that the Air Force planned to re-do the place, so we hatched this idea.”



Photo– Fox Desert Eagle

A pre-construction rendering of the FOX Sports Sky Box lounge that opens Friday, June 25 at an undisclosed Air Force Base in Southwest Asia.


“World-class is how I'd best describe the Department of Defense’s first FOX Sports Sky Box,” said Brigadier General Stephen W. Wilson, 379th AEW commander. “It's absolutely fantastic, and we can't thank FOX Sports enough. This whole project went from concept to reality in just a few months, and this is the crown jewel of sports venues in the Southwest Asia. Hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who rotate through here every year will enjoy it.”

The renovated lounge now mirrors a FOX Sports Sky Box, the network’s unique sports bar concept designed to cater to the insatiable appetite of sports fans. The DoD’s Sky Box has a 25 foot-long bar, seating for over 200, pool tables, a patio with seating for 60, customized murals and art, and entertains visitors with a premium sound system and 24 42-inch flat screen televisions. FOX Sports donated the franchise license and all the equipment, materials and design-work, while hundreds of Air Force personnel on three different bases on two continents contributed to its construction.

“When we mentioned a pending project on the Desert Eagle Lounge, they thought it was a perfect fit for a FOX Sports Sky Box,” said Lieutenant Colonel Paul Kopecki, 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron commander. “They offered to donate all the furniture, fixtures and equipment, murals, wall art and the sound/AV system so this would look just like a state-side franchise.”

Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, DoD employees and contract personnel living and transiting through the base to or from forward-deployed locations across the Central Command area of responsibility will be able to benefit from the air-conditioned facility.



Photo – Sky Box Signage

Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron prepare to put up the sign for the new FOX Sports Sky Box at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.


“The FOX Sports Sky Box is a great reminder that corporate America still cares and supports our troops, and this place is fantastic,” added Lt. Col. Kopecki. “When sitting in the Sky Box, watching five or six different sports at one time, our service-members are going to feel like they’re back home in the favorite sports bar.”

The FOX Sports Sky Box in Southwest Asia was designed by Jennifer Reynolds, principal of the Ideation Design Group.

HBO Docs for the Summer

From HBO Sports -

HBO SPORTS® PRESENTS A SUMMER FESTIVAL OF ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARIES, FEATURING A DIFFERENT FILM EVERY THURSDAY FROM JULY 1 TO AUG. 5 ON HBO

NEW YORK, June 25, 2010
– Recognized as sports television’s best storyteller, HBO Sports presents six of its pioneering documentary films Thursday evenings on HBO this summer. The collection of acclaimed documentaries, which feature HBO Sports’ trademark blend of archival footage, home movies, revealing interviews and unique storytelling, launches July 1 with “Joe Louis: America’s Hero…Betrayed” and concludes Aug. 5 with “Rebels with a Cause: The Story of the American Football League.”

Films include:

JOE LOUIS: AMERICA’S HERO…BETRAYED (July 1, 6:30 p.m. ET/PT) examines the life of the boxing legend, showing how the grandson of slaves became one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, served as an iconic figure in World War II and carried himself with dignity and class through numerous setbacks.

DARE TO DREAM: THE STORY OF THE U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM (July 8, 6:30 p.m.) tells the inspiring story of a group of young women who not only excelled on the soccer field, but achieved landmark status on the American sports landscape by empowering millions of young girls to dream and achieve their goals. Featuring Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy.

REVERSE OF THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO (July 15, 6:30 p.m.) chronicles the Boston Red Sox’ historic 2004 comeback victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series and their sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, capturing the delirious celebrations of Sox faithful after the 86-year-old “Curse of the Bambino” was finally broken.

THE UCLA DYNASTY (July 22, 7:30 p.m.) traces the incredible success of the UCLA men’s basketball program, led by coach John Wooden, which captured an astounding ten national titles during a 12-year run. The film examines the evolution of this landmark sports institution as it set standards excellence and consistency during a time of tremendous social and political change in the United States.

TED WILLIAMS (July 29, 6:30 p.m.) explores the life of the legendary Boston Red Sox slugger. A larger-than-life baseball icon and war hero, Williams’ playing career, complex personal saga and relationship with the city of Boston make a fascinating story of courage, triumph and redemption.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE: THE STORY OF THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m.) follows the colorful history of the AFL from its genesis in 1959, when Lamar Hunt announced his intention to form a competitor to the established National Football League, through its ten-year rivalry with the NFL.

Celtics Wallace to retire

From David Aldridge on NBA.com -

Celtics veteran Wallace to retire after 15 seasons
By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Jun 24 2010 7:42PM


The Boston Celtics' expected rebuilding began Thursday when veteran forward Rasheed Wallace officially decided to retire after 15 NBA seasons, a league source said.

Wallace's retirement had been expected after the Celtics' seven-game loss to the Lakers in the Finals, but Boston had held out some hope that the 35-year-old would change his mind with a few days' contemplation.

Wallace signed a three-year, $18.9 million contract with Boston last summer, turning down offers from Orlando and San Antonio after the Celtics made a team-wide push to recruit him, sending Coach Doc Rivers, GM Danny Ferry and forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Wallace's home to ask him to play in Boston. He left more than $12 million on the table by opting to retire.

Wallace was not in great shape at the beginning of the season, but saved his best play for late in the regular season and in the playoffs, stepping in at center when starter Kendrick Perkins was injured and could not go in Game 7.

A controversial figure who amassed numerous technical fouls in his career amid numerous run-ins with referees, Wallace averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in his career, which included stops in Washington, Portland, Atlanta (for just one game before he was traded to Detroit), the Pistons and Celtics. He was the key acquisition in Detroit's run to the 2004 NBA championship, teaming with center Ben Wallace to form a nearly impregnable halfcourt defense in the paint.

Entourage Returns Sunday!

Entourage is back for season 7 this Sunday at 10:30pm on HBO!

To start with, Turtle is in trouble with his new business. Take a look, courtesy of HBO.



Can't wait for the fun to begin!

DirecTV adds new HD channels

DirecTV, my TV service of choice these days, has added 14 new HD channels.

Check them out:

Hallmark HD
Lifetime HD
HBO2 HD East
HBO Zone HD
Showtime Beyond HD
Showtime Next HD
Showtime Women HD
TMC Xtra HD East
Starz Cinema HD
Starz in Black HD
Encore HD East
CSN Bay Area HD (regional sports channel)
CSN California HD (regional sports channel)
FSN Florida HD (regional sports channel)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

SDG at TAM 12:10 PM
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 4-4, 2.88
TAM: M Garza (R) 7-5, 4.16

CLE at PHI 1:05 PM
CLE: F Carmona (R) 6-5, 3.31
PHI: J Blanton (R) 2-5, 6.96

ATL at CHW 2:05 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 9-5, 4.77
CHW: G Floyd (R) 2-7, 5.20

SFO at HOU 2:05 PM
SFO: M Cain (R) 6-5, 2.16
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 3-10, 6.09

MIN at MIL 2:10 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 6-4, 5.80
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 6-3, 2.59

CHC at SEA 3:40 PM
CHC: T Lilly (L) 2-6, 3.42
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 5-5, 3.39

FLA at BAL 7:05 PM
FLA: N Robertson (L) 5-5, 4.44
BAL: K Millwood (R) 1-8, 5.12

STL at TOR 7:07 PM
STL: A Wainwright (R) 10-4, 2.23
TOR: B Morrow (R) 4-5, 4.97

DET at NYM 7:10 PM
DET: A Galarraga (R) 2-1, 3.32
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 6-2, 3.13

PIT at TEX 8:05 PM
PIT: J Karstens (R) 2-2, 4.72
TEX: S Feldman (R) 5-6, 5.16

BOS at COL 8:40 PM
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 5-2, 4.59
COL: J Hammel (R) 5-3, 4.03

LAD at LAA 10:05 PM
LAD: C Haeger (R) 0-4, 8.53
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 7-5, 5.08

MLB on Fox goes primetime Saturday

From Fox Sports -

Yanks Invade Dodgertown on FOX Saturday Prime Time Baseball Game of the Week

McCarver: Torre’s Success with Dodgers Shows Growth as Manager

CHAMPS RETURN TO HOLLYWOOD IN PRIME TIME
– For the first time in six years, Derek Jeter and the Yankees return to Chavez Ravine to take on Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers on Saturday, June 26 at 7:00 PM ET. In Chicago, it’s another Midwest battle royale as Paul Konerko and the White Sox welcome Alfonso Soriano to the South Side. Also, the resurgent Red Sox, led by a reignited offense travel to the Bay Area to face Giants’ lefty Jonathan Sanchez. This week, the pregame show originates live from the FOX Sports studio in Los Angeles with host Chris Rose and analyst Kevin Millar.

For instant updates throughout the week and during games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Dodgers (74% of nation)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE
: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: CC Sabathia, LHP (8-3, 3.68 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (6-5, 3.06 ERA)

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox (14%)
Kenny Albert & Mark Grace
U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis

Probable Pitchers: Carlos Zambrano, RHP (3-5, 5.10 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia, RHP (8-3, 4.85 ERA)

Boston Red Sox at San Francisco Giants (9%)
Dick Stockton & Eric Karros
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Boston, Providence, Sacramento, San Francisco

Probable Pitchers: Tim Wakefield, RHP (2-5, 5.33 ERA) vs. Jonathan Sanchez, LHP (5-5, 2.90 ERA)

MCCARVER: TORRE’S SUCCESS WITH DODGERS SHOWS GROWTH AS MANAGER – This weekend, Joe Torre welcomes the franchise that established his future Hall of Fame managerial career to his new home field when the Dodgers host the Yankees. MLB on FOX lead analyst Tim McCarver calls this Saturday’s historic clash with Joe Buck, and looks back on the development and evolution from his early days wearing the skipper’s cap. “Not many people thought Torre would have the immediate success in Los Angeles that he did. Everybody considered Joe ‘a winner’ but few predicted that he’d be in the playoffs twice in his first two years. It’s further indication of how good of a manager he has become. He’s making the decisions the same way he always did but his confidence level is the biggest difference between Joe Torre now and Joe Torre when he managed the Cardinals, Braves and Mets.”

ROSENTHAL: DODGERS NOT FAR FROM SURGE BUT ECONOMICS MIGHT BE BIGGEST OPPONENT – MLB on FOX Insider and FOXSports.com senior columnist Ken Rosenthal examines where the Dodgers need help to make a run in the West and the likelihood they’ll add the pieces they lack. “The Dodgers are only three games out in the West and I love their lineup when Rafael Furcal is healthy. The problem is their starting pitching. It simply isn’t deep enough, particularly with Chad Billingsley on the disabled list. In theory, the Dodgers should be major players for a top of the rotation starter at deadline, whether it’s Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt but I doubt they will get either due to payroll concerns under owner Frank McCourt.”

WORLD BEST SKATEBOARDERS BATTLE FOR MALOOF MONEY CUP SUNDAY ON FOX – FUEL TV, the only network dedicated to the lifestyle of action sports, presents the 2010 Maloof Money Cup presented by Vans during its thrilling New York City stop in a one-hour special on FOX Sports. On Sunday, June 27 at 2:00 PM ET, this action-packed one-hour wrap-up of the Maloof Money Cup featuring event highlights and exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the world’s best skateboarders, giving audiences an entirely new look at the epic contest.

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX ROLLS ONTO FOX SUNDAY – The European Grand Prix comes to FOX on Sunday, June 27 (12:00 PM ET) from Valencia, Spain. Current points leader Lewis Hamilton looks to defend his post against the best drivers in Formula 1 racing. Twisting through the America's Cup port, the Juan Carlos I marina, Valencia is a relatively long track that consists of 25 turns, most of which are sweeping corners that give the circuit a fast and flowing nature.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL OFFERS ALL-ACCESS ‘TICKET TO SOUTH AFRICA’ – Daily at 5:00 PM ET, Ticket to South Africa on Fox Soccer Channel offers viewers in-depth FIFA World Cup™ news and analysis from experts Andy Gray, Christopher Sullivan and Warren Barton. The one-hour show is hosted by Richard Keys of Great Britain’s Sky Sports, with Nick Webster reporting live from South Africa. Fans can voice their opinions live on-air by calling 866-FOX-FANS or texting to 32369. On Sunday, June 20, Gray said this about players’ wives and girlfriends potentially being a distraction during the World Cup: “I relate to all the people in the Armed Forces who have to spend months and years away from their loved ones and families, without a complaint or a moan. So I don’t get that footballers can’t go for four weeks to try and win the biggest tournament in the world and make themselves legends, without having their wives there on a daily basis.”

PGA on CBS heads to Hartford!

From CBS Sports -

KENNY PERRY SHOOTS FOR REPEAT VICTORY THIS WEEKEND AT “TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP” ON CBS SPORTS, JUNE 26-27

Kenny Perry returns to Connecticut aiming for a repeat victory at the TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP as CBS Sports covers all the action from TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., broadcasting the third and final rounds on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network.

CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist and Ian Baker-Finch provide commentary from the 18th hole tower. Peter Oosterhuis calls the action at the 17th hole. Peter Kostis and David Feherty serve as on-course reporters.

Last year, Perry won by three strokes over Paul Goydos and David Toms and set a new tournament record with a 22-under 258. Perry, who turns 50 in a few weeks, will attempt to be the first player since Phil Mickelson in 2002 to successfully defend his Travelers Championship title this weekend. This year’s standout field includes Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington, Hunter Mahan, Retief Goosen, Matt Kuchar, Stewart Cink, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Rocco Mediate, V.J. Singh, Ricky Barnes, Charley Hoffman, Chad Campbell, Scott Verplank, Aaron Baddeley, Steve Elkington, Tim Herron, Corey Pavin, Goydos and Toms.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

CIN at OAK 3:35 PM
CIN: J Cueto (R) 6-2, 4.30
OAK: V Mazzaro (R) 2-1, 5.22

KAN at WAS 4:35 PM
KAN: B Bannister (R) 6-5, 5.70
WAS: S Strasburg (R) 2-0, 1.86

FLA at BAL 7:05 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 5-6, 4.90
BAL: B Matusz (L) 2-7, 4.67

CLE at PHI 7:05 PM
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 4-4, 4.76
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 4-2, 4.48lb

STL at TOR 7:07 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 8-1, 2.83
TOR: R Romero (L) 6-3, 3.08

DET at NYM 7:10 PM
DET: J Bonderman (R) 3-4, 4.06
NYM: R Dickey (R) 5-0, 2.82

SDG at TAM 7:10 PM
SDG: K Correia (R) 5-5, 5.27
TAM: J Shields (R) 6-6, 4.50

PIT at TEX 8:05 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 4-5, 3.77
TEX: D Nippert (R) 2-3, 5.01

SFO at HOU 8:05 PM
SFO: B Zito (L) 7-3, 3.13
HOU: B Myers (R) 4-5, 3.34

ATL at CHW 8:10 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 7-2, 2.34
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 5-6, 4.71

MIN at MIL 8:10 PM
MIN: F Liriano (L) 6-4, 2.98
MIL: M Parra (L) 1-5, 3.91

BOS at COL 8:40 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 8-3, 4.53
COL: U Jimenez (R) 13-1, 1.15

NYY at ARI 9:40 PM
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 6-6, 5.01
ARI: D Willis (L) 2-2, 4.78

LAD at LAA 10:05 PM
LAD: J Ely (R) 3-4, 4.15
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 6-6, 4.45

CHC at SEA 10:10 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 3-5, 4.92
SEA: C Lee (L) 5-3, 2.55

Monday, June 21, 2010

MLB Network airs Reds/A's & Strasburg Tuesday

From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK TO AIR CINCINNATI AT OAKLAND MATCHUP NATIONWIDE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 AT 3:30 P.M. ET

MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and Sean Casey to provide play-by-play and analysis

MLB Network to provide bonus coverage of Kansas City at Washington game featuring Nationals pitcher’ Stephen Strasburg at 4:30 p.m. ET

Secaucus, N.J., June 21, 2010
– MLB Network’s MLB Matinee matchup featuring the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET will be available nationwide on MLB Network, including in both the Reds’ and Athletics’ home television markets. The game, part of MLB Network’s 14 Interleague games in 12 days, will be a joint production by MLB Network and MLB.com with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and former Reds’ three-time All-Star Sean Casey calling the game.

MLB Network will provide bonus coverage of the Washington Nationals hosting the Kansas City Royals at 4:30 p.m. ET. Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg is probable to make his fourth Major League start at Nationals Park. In his first three appearances, Strasburg is 2-0 with 32 strikeouts in 19 and one-third innings pitched. The 32 strikeouts is a Major League record, surpassing former Astros’ pitcher J.R. Richard, who struck out 29 batters in his first three outings in 1971.

Following the game, MLB Network will air MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning signature nightly studio show with look-ins at live games, highlights and analysis. MLB Network’s bonus coverage of the Nationals game will be blacked out in the Nationals’, Royals’, Reds’ and Athletics’ home television territories and viewers in those select markets will continue to see the remainder of the Reds at Athletics game.

US Open ratings huge for NBC

From NBC Sports -

6.9 Overnight Rating is Best in 9 Years For Open That Tiger Woods Did Not Win

U.S. Open No. 1 Program on Sunday Night

New York. – June 21, 2010
– NBC Sports' final-round coverage of the U.S. Open from Pebble Beach was up 35 percent in the overnight ratings from last year, according to data provided by The Nielsen Company. Sunday's coverage (3-9:15 p.m. ET), which saw Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell win his first major championship, drew an overnight rating of 6.9/15 up 35 percent from last year's 5.1/12 (1:30-8:15 p.m.ET) and the best for a Sunday round of a U.S. Open in which Tiger Woods did not win since 2001 when Retief Goosen won the Open from Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla (7.0/17).

The rating peaked at a 9.6/17 from 9-9:15 as McDowell defeated France's Gregory Havret by one stroke.

U.S. OPEN NO. 1 PROGRAM ON SUNDAY NIGHT: The U.S. Open was the No. 1 program of the night, registering an overnight rating of 8.4/16 (7-9:15 p.m. ET), boosting NBC to the No. 1 network on Sunday night. The Open on NBC dominated the competition, nearly doubling its closest competitor (CBS, 7-9 p.m. ET, 4.6).

SUNDAY'S TOP 10 MARKETS:

1. West Palm Beach 12.0/20

2. Ft. Myers 10.7/20

3. Columbus 9.1/21

T4. Pittsburgh 9.0/19

T4. Norfolk 9.0/15

T6. Buffalo 8.9/19

T6. Cincinnati 8.9/18

T8. Greensboro 8.6/15

T8. Tulsa 8.6/15

10. Phoenix 8.4/18

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at WAS 7:05 PM
KAN: B Chen (L) 3-1, 4.15
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 5-4, 2.94

CIN at OAK 10:05 PM
CIN: M Leake (R) 5-1, 3.02
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 6-5, 4.21

NYY at ARI 10:10 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 6-5, 4.33
ARI: R Lopez (R) 2-6, 4.70

WWE Fatal Four Way PPV Predictions

It's not only Father's Day today, but also another PPV offering from the WWE. It's the Fatal Four Way PPV and here are our intrepid TCN predictions:

IC TITLE MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre
You would think that Kofi would be a star for next month's Money in the Bank PPV, so I think his IC championship run will be short. Drew vs. Matt Hardy for the belt is on the horizon boys.
Winner: New IC Champ Drew McIntyre

US TITLE MATCH: The Miz vs. R-Truth
The Miz is da man. No questions asked. Plus, I'd be shocked if he dropped the title just six days after he won it again.
Winner: The Miz

WWE DIVAS TITLE MATCH: Eve vs. Gail Kim vs. Maryse vs. Alicia Fox
My heart says Maryse. My head says Eve.
Winner: Eve

WORLD TITLE MATCH: Jack Swagger vs. Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
The overall winner will be Kane, who will have a HUGE impact in this match. At the end of the day, Kane helps Swagger retains his run as a defeated champion every week.
Winner: Jack Swagger

WWE TITLE MATCH: John Cena vs. Edge vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
This will be another match with strong outside interference. Just like they did at Saturday's supershow in NY's Madison Square Garden, the NXT rookies, led by Wade Barrett, will make their appearance. In the end, they cost Cena the title and embark on a feud with the face of the company. The benefactor of all this? Normally, it would be Edge, but not tonight.
Winner: New WWE Champion Randy Orton

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables - Happy Father's Day!

ARI at DET 1:05 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 3-4, 3.57
DET: M Scherzer (R) 3-6, 6.14

NYM at NYY 1:05 PM
NYM: J Santana (L) 5-3, 3.13
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 7-3, 4.00

SFO at TOR 1:07 PM
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 5-5, 2.78
TOR: S Marcum (R) 6-3, 3.31

TAM at FLA 1:10 PM
TAM: D Price (L) 10-2, 2.31
FLA: J Johnson (R) 7-2, 1.86

KAN at ATL 1:35 PM
KAN: K Davies (R) 4-5, 6.01
ATL: K Kawakami (R) 0-9, 4.42

CHW at WAS 1:35 PM
CHW: F Garcia (R) 7-3, 4.94
WAS: J Lannan (L) 2-4, 5.45

MIN at PHI 1:35 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 7-6, 3.92
PHI: R Halladay (R) 8-5, 2.36

CLE at PIT 1:35 PM
CLE: J Masterson (R) 2-6, 5.02
PIT: B Lincoln (R) 0-1, 7.50

TEX at HOU 2:05 PM
TEX: C Wilson (L) 5-3, 3.48
HOU: F Paulino (R) 1-8, 4.50

OAK at STL 2:15 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 6-2, 3.23
STL: J Suppan (R) 0-2, 7.20

LAA at CHC 2:20 PM
LAA: J Saunders (L) 5-7, 4.70
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 2-5, 5.66

MIL at COL 3:10 PM
MIL: R Wolf (L) 5-6, 5.08
COL: A Cook (R) 2-4, 5.15

BAL at SDG 4:05 PM
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 2-0, 2.77
SDG: J Garland (R) 6-5, 3.07

CIN at SEA 4:10 PM
CIN: A Harang (R) 5-6, 5.44
SEA: R Rowland-Smith (L) 0-6, 6.63

LAD at BOS 8:00 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 6-4, 3.10
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 9-4, 2.67

My Abbie



Happy Father's Day - "Cats in the Cradle"



Happy Father's Day to everyone out there! A special shout out to my Dad, my brother, brother-in-laws and friends as well! While we enjoy our day, check out the ultimate father and song song. "Cats in the Cradle."

First, it's the original from Harry Chapin.



Then, the remake from Ugly Kid Joe.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fan Violence - I Just Don't Get It

Here's nearly seven minutes of raw video released today for the LA Fire Department with the hopes of finding all these idiotic people who rioted after the Lakers NBA Finals victory Thursday night.

I just don't understand how ANY fan goes from my team just won to it's my right to get violent and get away with it. In no situation is his condonable.

A warning that this video is graphic in language and action. Video is courtesy of the LAFD.



Here's hoping the catch and convict every single person in this video!

Sexy Saturday with Adrianne Curry



Here's a fun way to start your weekend. It's Adrianne Curry (ANTM and Mrs. Peter Brady), tweeting some sexy shots on her twitter.



Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

NYM at NYY 1:05 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 9-1, 2.39
NYY: P Hughes (R) 9-1, 3.11

LAA at CHC 1:05 PM
LAA: J Weaver (R) 6-3, 3.29
CHC: T Lilly (L) 2-5, 2.90

SFO at TOR 1:07 PM
SFO: M Cain (R) 6-4, 2.05
TOR: J Litsch (R) 0-1, 27.00

LAD at BOS 4:10 PM
LAD: V Padilla (R) 1-1, 6.65
BOS: T Wakefield (R) 2-5, 5.42

CHW at WAS 4:10 PM
CHW: J Peavy (R) 5-5, 5.62
WAS: J Martin (R) 0-2, 4.19

MIN at PHI 4:10 PM
MIN: K Slowey (R) 7-4, 3.84
PHI: C Hamels (L) 6-5, 3.74

ARI at DET 7:05 PM
ARI: E Jackson (R) 3-6, 5.18
DET: R Porcello (R) 4-6, 6.09

TEX at HOU 7:05 PM
TEX: C Lewis (R) 6-4, 3.30
HOU: B Moehler (R) 0-3, 6.32

CLE at PIT 7:05 PM
CLE: D Huff (L) 2-8, 5.82
PIT: J Karstens (R) 1-2, 4.50

KAN at ATL 7:10 PM
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 2-8, 3.94
ATL: K Medlen (R) 4-1, 3.23

TAM at FLA 7:10 PM
TAM: J Niemann (R) 6-1, 2.83
FLA: C Volstad (R) 4-6, 4.25

OAK at STL 7:15 PM
OAK: B Sheets (R) 2-6, 4.93
STL: A Wainwright (R) 9-4, 2.41

MIL at COL 8:10 PM
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 6-3, 2.66
COL: J Francis (L) 2-2, 3.29

BAL at SDG 8:35 PM
BAL: K Millwood (R) 0-8, 5.16
SDG: C Richard (L) 4-3, 2.71

CIN at SEA 10:10 PM
CIN: S LeCure (R) 1-3, 3.75
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 4-5, 3.61

Friday, June 18, 2010

What's next for the Celtics?

With last night’s game 7 of the NBA Finals in the books, it’s time to face the tumultuous summer of 2010 where the NBA’s elite will be turned upside potentially with the impending free agency to the likes of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki. Plus, you add in the possible movement of Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson and the next few months ahead will go a long way in determining who the next elite team will be in trying to dethrone the now two-time defending champion LA Lakers (boy, does it pain me to say that!).

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the 2010-11 Boston Celtics. You have to start at the top with Rivers. It sure looks like he’s headed back to Orlando to spend quality time with the family and see his children close out their high school and collegiate careers respectively. Who replaces him? Well, the hot name is Kevin McHale, who is GM Danny Ainge’s old playing buddy on those 80’s championship teams. But, the biggest question is can he co-exist with Kevin Garnett, the man he jettisoned from Minnesota to Boston while GM of the Timberwolves. In a perfect world, Doc comes back for one more run, but I just don’t see it happening especially after the way he addressed the media Thursday night after the 83-79 loss to the Lakers. In particular, Rivers mentioned that he was glad he “was” part of Rajon Rondo’s development . In addition, Doc went out of his way to mention that things on this team would be different next year.

On the player side, the Captain, Paul Pierce has a player option set to the tune of $21.5 million dollars. No need to fret there, Pierce will be back in Celtics Green next season. It’s just a matter to whether the organization redoes his contract, that runs out after the option for the 2010-11 season. But who will be with him? That’s where the questions get interesting.

Kevin Garnett ($18.8 million), Kendrick Perkins ($4.39 million) , Rajon Rondo ($9 million) and Glen Davis ($3.3 million) are locks. The only other player on the roster that is guaranteed money is Rasheed Wallace at $6.3 million, but there are indications that he might retire, saving the Celtics $13 million over the next two seasons for a guy that was huge in the playoffs, but most of the time disinterested during the regular season.

After watching a series in which Boston got pounded on the boards in the four losses, it’s a no-brainer that they need to get younger and bigger underneath. That guy will need to score as well. So, you add that into mix of a legitimate scorer and back-up point guard.

Does Ray Allen take less to stay? You would think that the most Boston could go is a two-year deal worth about $20 million. But, Allen may be looking for the security of a three-year contract for that one last big paycheck.

Do you bring Nate Robinson back to go with Rondo? Robinson sure helped the C’s out in a few games, but is he worth the $5 million contract he played under this season? Probably not for a back-up point guard.

Then, let’s take a look at the rest of the bench. Brian Scalabrine? Shelden Williams? Marquis Daniels? Michael Finley? Does any of those scream SIGN ME? I think not. How about Tony Allen ($2.5 million)? He’s one I would bring back as he’s one of the top five lockdown defenders in the league and proved it when holding Kobe Bryant to roughly 23% shooting in the series when he was defending him.

A couple of guys worth a look:

Carlos Boozer – He wants out of Utah and he’s a walking double-double every night.

Joe Johnson – There’s virtually no way he stays in Atlanta and he’s entering his prime. He won’t come cheap though.

Chris Bosh – Probably costs too much and would cost you a few players in a sign-and-trade deal.

Amar’e Stoudamire – Would you like to have him? Of course! The question is could you afford him at about $20 million a year as he would have to opt out of $17 million deal to get out of Phoenix.

Udonis Haslem – He would make the Celtics younger, tougher and can hit an outside shot.

Marcus Camby – If it’s defense and boards you want, Camby’s your guy. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind playing close to his college days at UMass.
Memo Okur – Like Garnett, he’s a big guy who likes to take it outside and shoot the long jumper.

With the draft coming this Thursday (June 24) and free agency beginning one week later on July 1, things are surely going to heat up very soon!

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

LAA at CHC 2:20 PM
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 6-5, 5.27
CHC: C Silva (R) 8-1, 2.89

ARI at DET 7:05 PM
ARI: D Willis (L) 2-2, 4.39
DET: A Galarraga (R) 2-1, 2.67

NYM at NYY 7:05 PM
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 5-2, 3.48
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 6-5, 5.43

CHW at WAS 7:05 PM
CHW: G Floyd (R) 2-7, 5.64
WAS: S Strasburg (R) 2-0, 2.19

MIN at PHI 7:05 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 6-3, 4.96
PHI: J Blanton (R) 1-5, 7.28

CLE at PIT 7:05 PM
CLE: F Carmona (R) 5-5, 3.23
PIT: P Maholm (L) 4-4, 3.63

SFO at TOR 7:07 PM
SFO: B Zito (L) 7-2, 3.10
TOR: B Morrow (R) 4-5, 5.14

LAD at BOS 7:10 PM
LAD: C Monasterios (R) 3-1, 2.98
BOS: F Doubront (L)

TAM at FLA 7:10 PM
TAM: M Garza (R) 7-4, 3.50
FLA: N Robertson (L) 4-5, 4.57

KAN at ATL 7:35 PM
KAN: B Bannister (R) 6-4, 5.40
ATL: D Lowe (R) 8-5, 4.81

TEX at HOU 8:05 PM
TEX: S Feldman (R) 4-6, 5.28
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 3-9, 5.60

OAK at STL 8:15 PM
OAK: V Mazzaro (R) 2-1, 4.81
STL: C Carpenter (R) 7-1, 2.66

MIL at COL 9:10 PM
MIL: M Parra (L) 1-4, 4.04
COL: J Hammel (R) 4-3, 4.53

BAL at SDG 10:05 PM
BAL: B Matusz (L) 2-7, 4.92
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 4-4, 3.05

CIN at SEA 10:10 PM
CIN: J Cueto (R) 6-1, 4.50
SEA: C Lee (L) 4-3, 2.88