Monday, February 28, 2011

Dancing with the Stars Cast Revealed - Chris Jeicho, Sugar Ray Leonard & Hines Ward

The cast for the next Dancing with the Stars is out!

Chris Jericho
Hines Ward
Sugar Ray Leonard
Kirstie Alley
Kendra Wilkinson
Wendy Williams
Ralph Macchio
Petra Nemcova
Mike Catherwood
Chelsea Kane

Newsbabes Tournament - Huge 1st Round Upset!

Yes, it happened! A #16 seed has toppled the #1 seed and defending champ!

Yes, Sara Hogan has dethroned Danielle North in the 1st round of the Newsbabes Tournament!

Here are your full results:

42.1% - Danielle North (1)
57.9% - Sara Hogan (16)

41.2% - Susan Roberts (12)
58.8% - Michelle Muscatello (5)

42.1% - Erin Logan (14)
57.9% - Erin Kennedy (3)

23.5% - Erin Cofiell (10)
76.5% - Kathryn Sotnik (7)

23.5% - Katie Davis (15)
76.5 - Allison Alexander (2)

23.5% - Sue Hogan (11)
76.5% - Shawna Hassett (6)

26.3% - Patrice Wood (13)
73.7% - Alison Bologna (4)

52.9% - Erica Ricci (9)
47.1% - Malini Basu (8)

Vote now in the 2nd round - Click here to vote!

Sara Hogan vs. Michelle Muscatello
Erin Kennedy vs. Kathryn Sotnik

Allison Alexander vs. Shawna Hassett
Alison Bologna vs. Erica Ricci

ESPN the Weekend Highlights

From ESPN -

ESPN The Weekend Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods March 3-6; Live Onsite ESPN Telecasts all Four Days

Stars from the NFL, MLB and NBA, plus ESPN on-air personalities, will participate in the eighth annual Dick’s Sporting Goods presents ESPN The Weekend, March 3-6.  Guests and fans will see some of their favorite stars live from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex including Denver Broncos and former Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow, ESPN college football analyst Urban Meyer, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, N.Y. Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, NBA Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving, MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., and many more. Live shows will include Mike and Mike in the Morning, First Take, The Herd, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight and more. 
Live chats with athletes attending ESPN The Weekend will be available at and to find the latest updates on Twitter search #ESPNWKND. For a full list of guest athletes, ESPN personalities and programming visit 

Thursday, March 3:

Show Time (ET) Network Venue
Mike and Mike in the Morning 6-10 a.m. ESPN Radio/ESPN2 ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
First Take 10 a.m. - noon ESPN2 Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Herd with Colin Cowherd 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ESPN Radio/ESPNU ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers Spring Training Game 1:05 p.m. ESPN ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
NFL Live 4 p.m. ESPN Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Jorge Ramos Y Su Banda 4 - 7 p.m. ESPN Deportes/ESPN Deportes Radio ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, March 4:
Show Time (ET) Network Venue
Mike and Mike in the Morning 6-10 a.m. ESPN Radio/ESPN2 ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
First Take 10 a.m. - noon ESPN2 Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Herd with Colin Cowherd 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ESPN Radio/ESPNU ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
NFL Live 4 p.m. ESPN Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Jorge Ramos Y Su Banda 4 - 7 p.m. ESPN Deportes/ESPN Deportes Radio ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday Night Fights 9 p.m. ESPN2 TBD

Sunday, March 6:

Show Time (ET) Network Venue
Baseball Tonight 4-6 p.m. ESPN Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Beisbol Esta Noche 7:30-8 p.m. ESPN Deportes Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Championship Week hits ESPN

From ESPN -

Championship Week: Record 190 Games, including Entire BIG EAST in 3D, Begins Thursday, March 3
ESPN’s 2011 Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will feature a record 190 men’s and women’s college basketball conference tournament games from Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 13 (including one game on March 1) across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU,, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN 3D, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Radio and ESPN International. It will surpass the previous high of 177 telecasts, set last year.
Overall, the networks will combine to televise 43 Division I championship games from 24 men’s and 19 women’s conferences and one men’s Division II title matchup. Of the 190 games, 126 will feature a men’s contest and 64 women’s.
First-Ever 3D Coverage
ESPN 3D, the first 3D network to launch in the industry, will televise all 15 games of the BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters March 8-12. It will mark the first time an entire conference tournament will be offered in 3D and the second of three championships to be crowned on ESPN 3D (Bowl Championship Series in January and the upcoming NBA Finals in June). ESPN 3D, which will televise more than 100 events in its first year, began showing 3D content 24-hours a day on Feb. 14.
Broadband, HD, Pay-Per-View and Mobile Record Coverage
This year’s Championship Week schedule will include record coverage across multiple ESPN platforms, including:
  • will offer a record 187 (of the 190) games via simulcasts of every ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN FULL COURT telecast. will also provide live coverage of every NCAA Women’s Championship Presented by Capital One and men’s postseason NIT game.
  • ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPNU HD and ABC HD will combine to provide high definition telecasts of a record 81 (out of 88) Championship Week games. Last year, the outlets televised 45 games in high definition.
  • ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN’s pay-per-view package, will provide a platform record 102 games, surpassing last year’s previous high of 86 games.
  • ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN’s first 24/7 mobile video channel (available on FLO TV and MobiTV) will offer live simulcasts of 28 men’s and women’s games, plus bonus coverage – featuring live extended look-ins – of two others. Last year, the platform provided full coverage of 27 games and live extended look-ins of two others.
Championship Week action will tip off on ESPNU with the men’s Big South Conference semifinals Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Coverage will conclude Sunday, March 13, with five championships (three on ESPNU and one each on ABC and ESPN). 
Schedule Highlights 
  • This season will mark ESPN’s 26th, ESPN2’s 17th and ESPNU’s sixth year of comprehensive coverage. ESPN will televise 21 games, ESPN2 33, ESPNU 30 and ABC three games. 
  • The final four days of Championship Week will feature 43 games across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU (March 10-13), highlighted by 15 telecasts Saturday, March 12.
  • In addition to 15 BIG EAST games, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise multiple men’s games from several top conferences, including eight from the ACC (every game but the first-round telecast will be outermarket only), four from the Big Ten, and three from the SEC and Big 12. ESPN Regional Television will syndicate the remaining eight games of the SEC and Big 12 Tournaments on and ESPN FULL COURT, as well as in the SEC and Big 12 markets, respectively.
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater -- available to Time Warner Cable Sports Tier, Bright House Networks Customers and Verizon FiOS TV Ultimate HD and Extreme HD Customers -- will provide live cut-ins and highlights from numerous Championship Week games Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11. ESPN Buzzer Beater launched January 8 with live cut-ins to top games across the ESPN networks and up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts and experts every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • ESPN International will offer extensive coverage, reaching 208 million households in 224 countries and territories on ESPN America – Great Britain (25 games), ESPN America - Europe (25 games), ESPN America -Middle East (23 games), ESPN Caribbean (nine games), ESPN2 Caribbean (nine games), ESPN Pac Rim (eight games), ESPN2 Australia (eight games), ESPN Atlantic (five games), ESPN Middle East (seven games), ESPN Dos Venezuela (three games), ESPN Dos Mexico (three games), and five games each on ESPN China, ESPN Hong Kong, ESPN India, ESPN Malaysia, ESPN Philippines, ESPN Asia and ESPN Taiwan
Week Concludes with Extensive Day-Long Coverage
The final day of Championship Week – Selection Sunday, March 13 -- will begin at noon with College GameDay Driven by State Farm on ESPN, followed by the ACC Tournament Championship (on ESPN) and SEC Championship (on ABC), both at 1 p.m. Extensive coverage of the men’s NCAA Championship selection will include a three-hour Bracketology Presented by Staples at 3 p.m. and a two-hour edition at 7 p.m., both on ESPN. ESPN will also offer selection coverage during SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ESPNU will televise a two-hour look at the final moments of some of the best games during Championship Week with Crunch Time: Championship Week Special at 7 p.m., followed by the fifth annual NIT Selection Show at 9 p.m. and a 90-minute Championship edition of The Experts at 9:30 p.m.
The following day, ESPN’s Selection Monday coverage will feature the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One at 7 p.m. on ESPN. ESPNU will televise an additional hour of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage PResetned by Capital One beginning at 8 p.m. The action will serve as a lead-in to complete, 63-game coverage of the NCAA Women’s Championship across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN FULL COURT March 19 through April 5.

Commentator Notes

  • Beth Mowins will work a total of 13 Championship Week games: calling play-by-play on five women’s BIG EAST Championship games and eight as a reporter, all on the men’s BIG EAST Championship.
  • Sean McDonough and analysts Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery will work nine of the network’s men’s BIG EAST telecasts, including both semifinals and the championship on ESPN (Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 12, at 9 p.m.). Dave Pasch, Fran Fraschilla and Doris Burke will call the remaining six contests. In addition to being an analyst on six games, Burke will serve as a reporter on the semifinals and championship. Mark Jones and Bob Valvano will work nine of ESPN 3D’s telecast while Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel will call the remaining six.
  • Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, in his 32nd season with ESPN, will pair up with Dan Shulman and reporter Erin Andrews to work at least one men’s ACC semifinal Saturday, March 12 and championship March 13, at 1 p.m., all on ESPN. Len Elmore will serve as the analyst for the remaining ACC telecasts, with commentators Mike Patrick and Dan Shulman. Elmore will also call the Metro Athletic Association Conference championship Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. with John Saunders.
  • ESPN analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Knight, commentator Brent Musburger and reporter Holly Rowe will work all three Big 12 telecasts.
  • Dave O’Brien and Dan Dakich will work ESPN and ESPN2’s four Big Ten telecasts.
  • Brad Nessler, analyst Jimmy Dykes and reporter Shannon Spake will work the three SEC games on ABC, while Cara Capuano and Carolyn Peck will work the three women’s SEC telecasts. Nessler and Dykes will also work four of the men’s SEC games on the SEC Network.
  • Analyst Brooke Weisbrod will work five of the women’s BIG EAST Championship telecasts, all with Mowins. Rebecca Lobo will provide analysis on the title game. Bob Picozzi will call the remaining two games with analyst Kayte Christensen. Allison Williams will report on six of the matchups.
ESPN Regional Television
For this year’s Championship Week coverage, ESPN Regional Television will syndicate 33 games, comprising action from the Big 12 (eight games), SEC (eight games) BIG EAST (four women’s games), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (six men’s and two women’s games) and America East (two men’s and three women’s games).’s Championship Week index page will feature news, analysis, information and results for every conference tournament.’s Bubble Watch with college hoops writer Eamonn Brennan will give fans an in-depth look at teams on the bubble and the latest developments on NCAA Championship selection status. The site will also preview major conference tournaments, examine storylines and offer in-depth expert examinations. writers will file stories from several tournament sites, including Andy Katz (ACC), David Ubben (Big 12), Dana O’Neil (BIG EAST), Pat Forde (Big Ten) and Mark Schlabach (SEC). Additionally,’s “Bracketologist,” Joe Lunardi, will update and adjust his Bracketology projections and outlook daily.

ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio will present comprehensive Championship Week coverage with updates and reports from the sites of key matchups. ESPN Radio’s SportsCenter Saturday and SportsCenter Sunday will dive deep into predicting the field of 65. Also, for the third straight season, ESPN Radio will present play-by-play coverage of the Big 12 Semifinals and Championship. Additionally, regularly scheduled ESPN Radio programming will include previews and reviews of key contests, analysis by ESPN experts, and interviews with coaches and players preparing for the NCAA Championship.

ESPN debuts Sunday Night MLB Crew Thursday

From ESPN -

ESPN’s New Sunday Night Baseball Team to Debut March 3
New Monday & Wednesday Night Baseball & ESPN Radio Squads Also to Debut During Spring Training

ESPN’s new Sunday Night Baseball team, comprised of play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman and analysts Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine, will debut Thursday, March 3, at 1 p.m. ET, when the Atlanta Braves host the Detroit Tigers in a Spring Training game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.  Shulman, Hershiser and Valentine will also provide commentary for a contest between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. from Ft. Myers, Fla.

ESPN’s new Monday Night Baseball team – Sean McDonough and analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone – will provide commentary for Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs on Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m. from Mesa, Ariz.; the Cubs vs. Texas Rangers on Saturday, March 26, at 4 p.m. from Surprise, Ariz.; and the Tigers vs. Yankees on Tuesday, March 29, at 1 p.m. from Tampa, Fla.

Dave O’Brien and analyst Nomar Garciaparra, ESPN’s new Wednesday Night Baseball duo, will call two matchups: Red Sox vs. Braves on Wednesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. from Orlando, Fla.; New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, March 23, at 1 p.m. from Jupiter, Fla.

ESPN Radio’s new Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team – Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton – will call the Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, March 24, at 1 p.m. from Clearwater, Fla.

Additionally, Baseball Tonight’s Karl Ravech and analyst John Kruk will provide commentary for a pair of games – Red Sox vs. Phillies on Monday, March 21, at 1 p.m. from Clearwater, Fla., and Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. from Sarasota, Fla.

ESPN’s Spring Training telecasts will also be available on ESPN’s Spring Training schedule with commentator assignments:

Time (ET)
Thu, March 3
1 p.m.
Detroit vs. AtlantaDan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Bobby Valentine, Buster Olney
Mon, March 14
7 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston
Shulman, Hershiser, Valentine, Olney
Wed, March 16
1 p.m.
Boston vs. Atlanta
Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra, Olney
Mon, March 21
1 p.m.
Boston vs. Philadelphia
Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Wendi Nix
Tue, March 22
1 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Baltimore
Ravech, Kruk, Nix
Wed, March 23
1 p.m.
N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis
O’Brien, Garciaparra, Tim Kurkjian
Thu, March 24
5 p.m.
Chicago White Sox vs. Cubs
Sean McDonough, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone, Pedro Gomez
Fri, March 25
1 p.m.
Atlanta vs. Philadelphia
Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton, Kurkjian
Sat, March 26
4 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Texas
McDonough, Sutcliffe, Boone, Gomez
Tue, March 29
1 p.m.
Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees
McDonough, Sutcliffe, Boone, Olney

Red Sox top the Twins, 7-6

The Red Sox get their first Grapefruit League win Monday against the Twins, 7-6.

David Ortiz slammed a three-run home run as part of his 2-2 day. Josh Reddick also slugged a two-run blast as well in the victory. Carl Crawford went 0-3 in his Red Sox spring debut.

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw two innings of one-hit, one run ball. Matsuzaka threw 14 of his 25 pitches for strikes, allowing just a Jason Kubel solo shot. Kubel went 3-3 Monday.

Jon Lester goes Tuesday against the Twins at 1pm.

Friday, February 25, 2011

NFL lockout nearly inevitable; NFL combine thoughts - Peter King -

NFL lockout nearly inevitable; NFL combine thoughts - Peter King -

WEEI makes Merloni and Mutnansky official

Not that we didn't already know this already, but WEEI makes it official Friday...

Rising Stars To Take Over Middays on WEEI

(Boston, February 25, 2011)
– The WEEI Sports Radio Network today announced their next step in a bold new programming lineup. WEEI is pairing two of Boston’s rising stars Lou Merloni and Mike Mutnansky to form the “Mut and Merloni,” show which will debut Monday, March 7.

“Mut and Merloni,” will air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The new show will precede “The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley” which starts on Monday.

“Our mission at WEEI is to continue to provide the most informative and entertaining sports radio experience for the best sports fans in the country,” said Julie Kahn, Vice President and Market Manager at Entercom New England. “Lou Merloni and Mike Mutnansky are breakout talents. These new lineups make us stronger than ever throughout the broadcast day and position us to be dominant for years to come.”

Mutnansky and Merloni have established themselves in supporting roles on WEEI and are poised to step into the spotlight that comes with having their own show.

ESPN Announces Big East Football Slate

From ESPN -

ESPN Announces 14 BIG EAST College Football Telecasts for 2011
ESPN announced 14 of its BIG EAST Conference college football selections for the 2011 season, including three Thursday and four Friday night telecasts, two non-conference Saturday showdowns, two Championship Saturday matchups, two games on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and a Wednesday prime-time contest. Additional games will be announced in the coming months. Highlights:
  • Every conference team will be featured in at least one of the 14 games, highlighted by five Pittsburgh appearances, four of West Virginia, and three each of defending BIG EAST champion Connecticut, Louisville and West Virginia.
  • Two Saturday non-conference telecasts on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2 will feature BIG EAST teams against teams ranked in an early pre-season poll for 2011: West Virginia against No. 4 LSU from the SEC and Pittsburgh against No. 14 Notre Dame.
  • ESPN’s popular Thursday night ESPN College Football Primetime series will include three telecasts involving BIG EAST teams, all at 8 p.m. ET, highlighted by South Florida twice: at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29 and against West Virginia on Dec. 1.
  • ESPN will showcase Connecticut at Pittsburgh Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. Connecticut defeated Pittsburgh 30-28 last year.
  • Two BIG EAST games will be featured the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 including Pittsburgh at West Virginia in the 104th Backyard Brawl and Louisville at South Florida.
  • ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise four Friday BIG EAST showdowns in prime time, including Connecticut against Big 12 conference member Iowa State (Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2) and South Florida at Syracuse (Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2).
2011 BIG EAST Schedule as of Feb. 25 (additional selections will be announced):
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Sep 9 7 p.m. Florida International at Louisville ESPN
Fri, Sep 16 8 p.m. Iowa State at Connecticut ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Sep 22 8 p.m. NC State at Cincinnati * ESPN
Sat, Sep 24 TBA No. 14 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBA No. 4 LSU at West Virginia ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Sep 29 8 p.m. South Florida at Pittsburgh ESPN
Fri, Oct 21 8 p.m. Rutgers at Louisville ESPN
Wed, Oct 26 8 p.m. Connecticut at Pittsburgh ESPN
Fri, Nov 11 8 p.m. South Florida at Syracuse ESPN2
Fri, Nov 25 TBD Pittsburgh at West Virginia ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD Louisville at South Florida ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Dec 1 8 p.m. West Virginia at South Florida ESPN
Sat, Dec 3 TBD Connecticut at Cincinnati ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  TBD Syracuse at Pittsburgh ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
* Previously announced

Fans select Knicks/Magic for Fan Night

From NBA TV -

Fans Select New York Knicks @ Orlando Magic for NBA TV’s Fan Night on Tuesday, Mar. 1

NBA TV to televise first NBA regular-season games to be played in Europe Friday Mar. 4 and Saturday, Mar. 5

The fans have spoken with a resounding 85-percent of the fan vote on and have chosen recently acquired forward Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks taking on Eastern Conference rivals and Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic for NBA TV’s Tuesday Fan Night. The game will air on Tues., Mar. 1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) with host Matt Winer and analysts Kevin McHale and Steve Smith on-hand for studio coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

Fan Night voting will continue on from Tues., Mar.1 (8 a.m. ET) – Mar. 3 (Midnight ET) as fans select the match-up for Tues., Mar. 8 between:

· Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers

· Philadelphia 76ers @ Indiana Pacers

· Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards

· Portland TrailBlazers @ Miami Heat

· Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns

This week, NBA TV will televise the first NBA regular-season games to be played in Europe at The 02 arena in London on Friday, Mar. 4 and Saturday, Mar. 5 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) as part of NBA Games – London 2011.’s Sekou Smith will provide pre and post game updates via Skype from the games.

Fans can stay connected to the latest NBA action every Tuesday with The Jump, a live, interactive show designed for the ultimate NBA fan. Fans can submit questions and comments via, Facebook or Twitter. Host Kyle Montgomery, analyst Dennis Scott, Kevin McHale and ‘chat-master’ Sekou Smith will respond and give their comments and analysis on everything happening around the league. The show will stream live on Mar. 1 at 1 p.m. (ET) on and air at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on NBA TV.

The Beat returns this week to prep fans for the upcoming trade deadline with news and storylines across the league with host Marc Fein, regular contributors David Aldridge, SLAM’s Lang Whitaker as well as reporters from across the country. The Beat airs Mar. 1 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).


NBA TV SCHEDULE (all times ET)
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: Boston Celtics @ Utah Jazz
Local Announcers

TUESDAY, MAR. 1 Fan Night
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: New York Knicks @ Orlando Magic
Matt Winer, Kevin McHale and Steve Smith

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: New Orleans Hornets @ New York Knicks
Local Announcers

10:30 p.m – 1:00 a.m
NBA Regular Season: Houston Rockets @ LA Clippers
Local Announcers

3:00 – 5:00 p.m
NBA Regular Season: Toronto Raptors vs. New Jersey (London, England)
Local Announcers

3:00 – 5:00 p.m
NBA Regular Season: Toronto Raptors vs. New Jersey (London, England)
Local Announcers

Key senator urges NFL to open its financial books - NFL -

Key senator urges NFL to open its financial books - NFL -

Red Sox Saturday Line-ups are out!

From the Boston Globe, we get the Red Sox first line-ups of the spring for Saturday's games against Boston College and Northeastern. Carl Crawford begins play Sunday or Monday against the Twins.

VS. BOSTON COLLEGE (1:05 p.m.)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
McDonald LF
Kalish CF
Anderson 1B
Reddick RF
Lavarnway C

Ellsbury CF
Lowrie SS
Cameron DH
Nava LF
Exposito C
Luna 1B
Navarro 3B
Linares RF
Sutton 2B

Friday Three-for-All: Sexy Country Stars Music Videos

On tap this week, we have three of our current TCN Country Music favs in their latest music videos. It's Sara Evans, Sunny Sweeney and The Band Perry.


TNA rips off WWE with Sting promo

If you missed it, like I did, here's the end of TNA Impact last night on Spike TV where the TNA crew tease Sting coming back next week in a promo rip-off of the WWE's 2-21-11 Undertaker promo.

BTW: Sting wins the TNA Title next week against Jeff Hardy and Hulk Hogan wins the court case over Dixie Carter.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

NBA on TNT Crew Review NBA Trading Deadline Day

From TNT Sports -

The NBA on TNT Crew Recap the Trade Deadline – February 24, 2011

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kevin McHale and Kenny Smith with David Aldridge

Barkley on the Boston Celtics trading center Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder: “I was very surprised but it’s a good trade for the Celtics considering they weren’t going to be able to re-sign (Perkins). They only need Perkins against the Lakers if they get to the Finals. They are going to have a tougher time getting through Chicago (Bulls) and Miami (Heat). Perkins wouldn’t have been a big factor in (a Miami) series. They got the best deal they could out of their circumstances.”

Smith on the Celtics losing the mystique of being a tough team: “(Perkins) doesn’t help you get to a championship but he helps you win it. What the Boston Celtics had over everyone else was the mystique of toughness...They don’t have that anymore. That’s what the cache was that they were a great defensive team and you couldn’t get layups or get to the basket. They have just traded that (mystique) in and said, ‘we are a new team.’ To me, that is the difference and I don’t know if that’s great if you’re trying to win a championship.”

Barkley on the Thunder getting tougher at the trade deadline: “I love the toughness that (the Thunder) have now. I love the fact that they’ll be able to hit some guys in the head when they come down the lane. (Russell) Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant are going to score. Those guys will score in church but they never get rebounds. Now they have some rebounding (ability) and some defensive toughness. This (trade) makes them a contender.”

Smith on the New York Knicks acquiring Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets: “Chauncey Billups is underrated in the trade but he is possibly the best fit for this trade. He doesn’t turn the basketball over and he will make sure that (Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire) get shots. He is deadly from three-point range and he’ll have license to shoot at any time.”

Barkley on the Knicks: “I’ll take my chances that (the Knicks) won’t win a playoff series (this season).”

Smith on the New Jersey Nets trading for point guard Deron Williams: “It was a great trade for the New Jersey Nets. (Williams) is what Amar’e Stoudemire is for the Knicks. If they start getting a style of play together than guys can say, ‘I can play with him.’ If they don’t create a style of play, they’ll still be in a hardship and Deron will leave (as a free agent).”

McHale on Deron Williams putting pressure on the Nets to win: “I think the best player in all of these trades is (Deron) Williams. I think that Williams is a better overall player than Carmelo Anthony. (Williams) did not commit to staying in New Jersey….so he’s putting pressure on them to bring in more pieces so they can win.”

Barkley on Mo Williams and Jamario Moon being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers: “I’ve heard people say that Oklahoma City and the Knicks were the big winners (at the deadline)…the big winners are Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.”

McHale on how point guard Kirk Hinrich makes the Atlanta Hawks a better team: “Sometimes you just have to try to make your team better. (Kirk) Hinrich can defend point guards and can play some two (guard). He helps Atlanta get better because (Mike) Bibby had lost any ability to guard on the perimeter. It’s not like Kirk Hinrich is going to make them better than the Celtics but at least it gives them a chance…They are just trying to get better.”

Aldridge on Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose: “(Rose) is a young guy who still has great humility and people like playing with him. He was the most popular guy on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. People like playing with a star and he’s a superstar without a superstar ego.”

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade on the Knicks acquiring Carmelo Anthony: “I love it. The Eastern Conference is getting very competitive. We play this game because we’re competitors. What New York has done by bringing in ‘Melo (Anthony) is great for the game of basketball and the city of New York. As a friend, I’m happy for ‘Melo. I’m sure he’s happy and his family is happy. (The Knicks) are better for the future so for a long time to come, they are going to be a rival for us and we look forward to that.”

Aldridge on the Thunder trading for Kendrick Perkins: “If you go back in time, (the Kendrick Perkins) trade is like Larry Nance going to Cleveland or Dennis Johnson going to Boston. Those ‘cement’ trades that make a good team a great team. I think Kendrick Perkins does that for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were already good and they could’ve won a playoff series. What (Perkins) gives them in terms of defensive presence, toughness and championship experience; I think Oklahoma City is going to remember this day as the day they took a step up to be a true contender in the NBA.”

Rex Ryan makes another Super Bowl guarantee

Yes, sexy Rexy is at again, this time at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

"This is the year we win the Super Bowl. I thought we'd win it my first two years [as Jets head coach]. I guarantee it this year."

Click here to watch
Rex Ryan guarantee his Jets to be playing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy and winning Super Bowl XLVI.

Hangover 2 Official Trailer

Cavs release Powe - Boston-bound?

Wouldn't this be sweet? The Cavs, who had 20 players on the roster after today's trades, cut loose former Celtic Leon Powe.  With the Celtics losing Kendrick Perkins and Semih Erden today, it would be nice comeback as the Celts try to put their roster back together.

They have just 8 healthy guys for tonight's game in Denver, not having Jeff Green or Nenad Kristic available yet. Chris Johnson gets called up from the D-League for the game.

Finally, on Perkins, he's a stud, a warrior and someone who gave Boston his all.  But, you can't blame the C's for trying to move on after now two knee injuries and he turned down a $40 million deal earlier this season.  They simply weren't going to afford him after this season. Getting Jeff Green, a 3/4 slasher who can score, will help ease the transition moving forward.  Green and Kristic will add some balanced scoring off the bench while the two extra draft picks will help ease the future transition (2012 Clippers 1st round pick & 2013 Cavs 2nd round pick).

NBC flexes Blackhawks/Capitals

From NBC Sports -


Six 2011 NHL All-Stars Take To The Ice For Inter-Conference Clash

NEW YORK (February 24, 2011)
–The Sunday, March 13, Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at Verizon Center at 12:30 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.

The only meeting between these marquee clubs this season, the ice will be filled with NHL All-Stars on both sides: Chicago Captain Jonathan Toews leads Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, 2011 All-Star Game MVP Patrick Sharp and the rest of the Blackhawks (31-23-6) into Washington for the first time since Oct. 11, 2008, to face Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and the Capitals (32-19-10).

In the only meeting of the teams last season, the Capitals erased a 3-0 deficit by scoring three third-period goals in the span of two minutes and 16 seconds, eventually winning on an overtime goal from Nicklas Backstrom. In that game, played in Chicago and televised by NBC Sports, Ovechkin received a game misconduct and a subsequent two-game suspension for a first-period hit on Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell.

As the NHL approaches the final quarter of the 2010-11 regular season, both the Blackhawks and Capitals need every point they can earn. Currently tied for 9th place in the Western Conference with 68 points, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks are two points out of a playoff spot. In what is shaping up to be a historic Western Conference playoff race, Chicago currently sits within two points of seven other clubs. Washington is fifth in the Eastern Conference, but only three points behind Tampa Bay for the Southeast Division lead and one of the top three seeds in the conference. The game against Chicago will be the final home game for the Caps before heading on a critical six-game road trip.


At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The Mar. 13 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Feb. 24, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET. All subsequent flexed games will be announced on NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Upcoming 2011 NBC Game of the Week Regular-Season Flexible Schedule

Mar. 20 NY Rangers at Pittsburgh OR New Jersey at Columbus TBD
Apr. 3 NY Rangers at Philadelphia OR Minnesota at Detroit OR Tampa Bay at Chicago TBD
Apr. 10 Boston at New Jersey OR Pittsburgh at Atlanta OR Detroit at Chicago OR Dallas at Minnesota TBD

More Celtics Trades

Marquis Daniels is off to Sacramento for cash.

Celtics Trades - quick thoughts

So, with a couple of deals this afternoon, the Celtics have done the following:

C - Kendrick Perkins
C - Semih Erden
G - Nate Robinson
F - Luke Harangody

F - Jeff Green
C - Nenad Kristic
2013 2nd round pick (from Cavs)
2012 1st round pick (from Clippers via Cavs)

Celtics/Cavs trade

Cavs gets Erden, Harangody from Celtics
Cavaliers get:
• C Semih Erden
• F Luke Harangody
Celtics get:
• 2013 second-round pick

Celtics trade Perkins & Robinson to Thunder for Green & Krstic

Here are the details on the big trade from CSN NE.

ESPN College Basketball: February 28 - March 2

From ESPN -

Men’s College Basketball: Six of Top Nine in Action; Three Showdowns of Ranked Teams

ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule for early next week includes six of the top nine teams in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, highlighted by two of them playing another ranked team: No. 2 Kansas against No. 17 Texas A&M on Wednesday, March 2, at 9 p.m. (on ESPN2) and No. 9 Notre Dame against No. 14 Villanova on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Highlights: 
  • ESPN will televise No. 5 Texas against Kansas State on Monday, Feb. 28, at 9 p.m.
  • An ESPN doubleheader Tuesday, March 1 will include No. 8 Purdue against Illinois at 7 p.m. followed by No. 18 Vanderbilt at No. 22 Kentucky at 9 p.m.
  • On Wednesday, March 2, ESPN will televise No. 1 Duke against Clemson at 9 p.m. and ESPNU will cover No. 6 Pittsburgh against South Florida at 9 p.m. 
In addition, Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale will call ESPNU’s telecast of Alabama at No. 13 Florida Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. 
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Feb 28 7 p.m. No. 14 Villanova at No. 9 Notre Dame
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery 
    Morgan State at North Carolina A&T
Charlie Neal & Stan Lewter 
  9 p.m. Kansas State at No. 5 Texas
Brent Musburger, Bob Knight & Holly Rowe 
    Jackson State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Anthony Calhoun & Stephen Howard 
Tue, Mar 1 7 p.m. Illinois at No. 8 Purdue
Dave O’Brien, Dan Dakich & Jill Montgomery 
    Baylor at Oklahoma State
Jon Sciambi & Doug Gottlieb
    Alabama at No. 13 Florida
Dan Shulman & Dick Vitale
  9 p.m. No. 18 Vanderbilt at No. 22 Kentucky
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake 
    Boston College at Virginia Tech
TBA & Len Elmore
Wed, Mar 2 7 p.m. No. 19 North Carolina at Florida State
Dan Shulman & Dick Vitale
    No. 15 Connecticut at West Virginia
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
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    Maryland at Miami
Carter Blackburn & LaPhonso Ellis
  8 p.m. Cincinnati at Marquette
Jim Barbar & Dickey Simpkins
  8:30 p.m. Rutgers at DePaul
David Kaplan & Brooke Weisbrod
  9 p.m. Clemson at No. 1 Duke
Mike Patrick, Len Elmore & Jeannine Edwards
    No. 17 Texas A&M at No. 2 Kansas
Mark Jones & Hubert Davis
    No. 6 Pittsburgh at South Florida
Dan McLaughlin & Kara Lawson
  11 p.m. No. 23 Utah State at New Mexico State
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham

Celtics "The Association" and New Look Knicks on ESPN

From ESPN -

Next Episode of The Association: Boston Celtics Friday on ESPN

The latest installment of The Association: Boston Celtics (Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.) will follow the Celtics through a key stretch of the season, including the team’s first trip to Los Angeles since losing Game 7 of The Finals to the Lakers and a rematch between the two teams in Boston 11 days later.  The 30-minute show also focuses on the Celtics’ emotional leader Kevin Garnett, who candidly shares his feelings on his intensity.  There is also exclusive access to Ray Allen as he approaches and breaks Reggie Miller’s all-time NBA record for three-pointers.  Additionally, the show will track the Celtics’ four All-Stars – Garnett, Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo – and head coach Doc Rivers during NBA All-Star events in Los Angeles.

Click here to watch a preview. 

Carmelo and Knicks Visit LeBron and Heat Sunday on ESPN

ESPN’s Sunday NBA lineup (February 27) will include a highly anticipated matchup between the new-look New York Knicks, with recently acquired All-Star Carmelo Anthony pairing with All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, facing the Miami Heat and their trio of All-Stars – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – at 8 p.m.  Earlier in the day, ABC and ESPN Radio will broadcast a compelling contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and All-Star Game MVP Kobe Bryant and the Oklahoma City Thunder and All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at 2:30 p.m. This weekend’s NBA matchups with commentator assignments:

Date  Time (ET)  Teams/Commentators  Networks 
Fri, Feb 25  7:30 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown  ESPN
  8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Orlando
Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, Lisa Salters
    Mark Jones, Mike Brown ESPN 3D
  10:30 p.m. Denver at Portland
Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, Heather Cox
Sun, Feb 27  2 p.m. Buick Regal NBA Countdown  ABC
  2:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City   
    Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Salters ABC
    Jim Durham, Dr. Jack Ramsay ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. New York at Miami
Mike Tirico, Brown, Ric Bucher
  10:30 pm. Atlanta at Portland
Dave Pasch, Doris Burke

ESPN the Magazine - "Fiction"

From ESPN -

ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Fiction Issue’ on Newsstands Friday

MZ27829_20110307_ETM_Fiction-lpr.jpgESPN The Magazine merges sports and fiction in its new issue, on newsstands Friday, February 25. With traditional short fiction pieces produced in collaboration with the acclaimed publishing house McSweeney’s, the features explore alternate realities, myths and rumors that are hard to separate from truth. The Fiction Issue” is the first full issue of a major sports magazine dedicated to literary fiction, and includes contributions from:

·         Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dave Eggers, who traces World Series greatness back to its roots, almost literally (“My Life In Baseball, By The Beard”). 
·         Fringe executive producer Jeff Pinkner, who imagines alternate realities for some of the most pivotal moments in recent sports history (“What If…”).
·         MLB pitcher Miguel Batista, who shows how stickball kindles a grandmother’s memories in his piece “The Family Business.”

·         Before Zack Greinke was traded from Kansas City to Milwaukee, rumors had him going to at least 10 other teams. Buster Olney looks inside the modern culture of misinformation (page 90).
·         Does sex sap athletic strength? Did refs cost Notre Dame the 1991 Orange Bowl? Breaking down the most pervasive and boneheaded myths in sports (page 94).
·         David Fleming presents the fantastical story of NFL rushing champ Arian Foster. Good luck separating fact from fiction (page 100).

Fiction Issue Features:

Angel Wings
Tenerife had heard “Three’s a gang” since he was 12. But don’t ever go four. Never. He should’ve listened. By Susan Straight

Bleacher Couch Man
Cole Griffith is either a noble warrior or a middle-aged hoopster who doesn’t know when to quit. By Jess Walter

The world wasn’t right unless the Knockwoods were winning, A bike race changed everything. By Wells Tower

The Favorite
Garner is broke, unemployed, single, good to his mom and afraid of nothing but himself. By John Brandon

The Kudzu League
When Indy League ball hits a Nowhere League town. By Christopher Bachelder

Tunnel Vision
A funny thing happened on the way to a Saints-Panthers game. By Michael Bible

John Brisker’s Greatest Game
The ABA hothead was as feared as he was cheered. Then he vanished. By Gare Joyce

Andrew Brandt joins ESPN

From ESPN -

Former Green Bay Packers Executive Andrew Brandt Joins ESPN as NFL Business Analyst
Former Green Bay Packers vice president Andrew Brandt is joining ESPN as an NFL business analyst.  Brandt, an accomplished sports executive with over 25 years experience in professional football, will provide insight on the league’s labor news and player acquisitions by teams on all ESPN studio shows and platforms such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, ESPN First Take, Outside the Lines, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and more.
Brandt joins ESPN after 25 years in professional football, split evenly between team management and player representation.  He spent nine years as vice president with the Green Bay Packers, where he negotiated all player contracts and managed the team’s NFL salary cap.  Brandt’s skillful management of the NFL salary cap and handling of player contracts earned numerous professional acclaim within the league.  The highlight of his tenure (1999 – 2008) with the Packers includes negotiating the contracts of most of the players on the Super Bowl XLV-winning roster.
“Andrew’s experience on both sides of the NFL labor negotiation as a team executive and player rep gives him a unique insight that will educate and inform sports fans,” said Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, production.  
Prior to his years with the Packers, Brandt worked for ProServ, Inc., where he represented marquee athletes such as Michael Jordan, Boomer Esiason and Arthur Ashe.  He left ProServ in 1990 to become the general manager of NFL World League’s Barcelona Dragons, leading the team through its appearance in the inaugural World Bowl, June 9, 1991, at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Brandt said:  “I am honored to be joining ESPN to provide insight into the ever-growing sports industry, including the ongoing labor negotiations and the many issues surrounding the business of the NFL.  I am confident that my years of experience will provide value to fans who turn to ESPN for an insider’s information and analysis on the business of sports.”
A graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University Law School, Brandt previously was a player rep with Woolf Associates in Boston, Mass., where he represented current and former NFL stars including Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri and Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.
In 2008, Brandt, in collaboration with other NFL insiders, launched The National Football – a leading online resource and publication focusing on NFL business news and statistical analysis.  He will continue to pen his sports business columns for the site.  Brandt is a full-time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, teaching sports law, sports business and negotiations.  He has appeared on numerous ESPN TV and radio programs in the past.  His writing on sports business has been published by Forbes, The Huffington Post, Sports Business Journal and more. (

ESPN 3-D to televise NBA Finals

From ESPN -

ESPN 3D to Televise the 2011 NBA Finals
NBA Finals Televised for First Time in 3D
ESPN 3D, in its first year of distribution, will expand its NBA offerings to include The Finals – the pinnacle of the NBA season – this June, marking the first time the championship-crowning event will be presented in 3D.  ESPN 3D televised the first NBA game in 3D when the Miami Heat visited the New York Knicks on December 17, 2010.  Since December, ESPN 3D has shown six NBA games in addition to other programming. 
ESPN 3D’s upcoming NBA schedule (schedule subject to change):
Fri, Feb 25     8 p.m.  Oklahoma City at Orlando
Fri, Mar 4      7 p.m.  Chicago at Orlando
Wed, Mar 16     8 p.m.  Oklahoma City at Miami
Fri, Apr 1      8 p.m.  Boston at Atlanta
TBD     TBD     NBA Playoffs (First Round) – Game 1
TBD     TBD     NBA Playoffs (First Round) – Game 4
TBD     TBD     NBA Playoffs (Conference Semifinals) – Game 2
TBD     TBD     Western Conference Finals – Game 1
TBD     TBD     Western Conference Finals – Game 2
TBD     TBD     Western Conference Finals – Game 4
Thurs, Jun 2    9 p.m.  Finals (Game 1)
Sun, Jun 5      8 p.m.  Finals (Game 2)
Tues, Jun 7     9 p.m.  Finals (Game 3)
Thurs, Jun 9    9 p.m.  Finals (Game 4)
Sun, Jun 12     8 p.m.  Finals (Game 5)
Tues, Jun 14    9 p.m.  Finals (Game 6)
Thurs, Jun 16   9 p.m.  Finals (Game 7)
Beginning Monday, Feb. 14, ESPN 3D began showing 3D content 24-hours a day. In its first year, ESPN 3D will telecast more than 100 live events.