Saturday, April 30, 2011

Remy still down with flu

If you, like I, was curious how Jerry Remy was doing after missing another Red Sox game tonight, here's the latest from the man himself from his Twitter page:

"I will not do Red Sox game tonight-except for a very bad flu I'm OK-my previous health issues have everybody concerned-please don't be-Jerry."

Good to hear that's it not anything else.  Can't wait until the RemDawg gets back in the booth. 

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

STL at ATL 1:10 PM
STL: J Westbrook (R) 2-2, 7.40
ATL: B Beachy (R) 1-1, 3.68

NYM at PHI 1:10 PM
NYM: J Niese (L) 1-3, 5.10
PHI: R Halladay (R) 3-1, 2.41

LAA at TAM 1:10 PM
LAA: J Pineiro (R)
TAM: J Shields (R) 2-1, 2.35

TOR at NYY 4:05 PM
TOR: K Drabek (R) 2-0, 3.30
NYY: A Burnett (R) 3-1, 3.52

TEX at OAK 4:05 PM
TEX: C Lewis (R) 1-3, 6.95
OAK: B Anderson (L) 2-1, 1.56

SFO at WAS 4:05 PM
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 2-1, 3.21
WAS: J Lannan (L) 2-2, 4.05

DET at CLE 6:05 PM
DET: R Porcello (R) 1-2, 4.76
CLE: A White (R)

MIL at HOU 7:05 PM
MIL: R Wolf (L) 3-2, 2.64
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 1-3, 5.40

SEA at BOS 7:10 PM
SEA: D Fister (R) 1-3, 3.19
BOS: J Lackey (R) 2-2, 6.35

BAL at CHW 7:10 PM
BAL: C Tillman (R) 0-2, 6.16
CHW: P Humber (R) 2-2, 3.20

MIN at KAN 7:10 PM
MIN: B Duensing (L) 2-0, 3.00
KAN: S O'Sullivan (R) 1-1, 4.20

FLA at CIN 7:10 PM
FLA: J Johnson (R) 3-0, 1.06
CIN: E Volquez (R) 2-1, 6.35

PIT at COL 8:10 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 1-3, 3.90
COL: J Hammel (R) 2-1, 3.80

CHC at ARI 8:10 PM
CHC: M Garza (R) 0-3, 4.11
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 3-1, 4.02

SDG at LAD 10:10 PM
SDG: T Stauffer (R) 0-1, 3.21
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 3-2, 3.21

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ryan Mallett to Patriots

Well, Ryan Mallett finally has a home and its in Foxboro, Massachusetts with the New England Patriots.

Mallett, the Arkanas QB once rumored to go in the first round, gets drafted by the Pats with the 74th pick of the draft, one spot after New England took RB Stevan Ridley from LSU. Ridley's pick was the pick from Houston the Pats received in a trade earlier tonight.

So, it's a pair of SEC guys for Bill Belichick thus far in round 3. New England still has pick #92 overall left in tonight's third round.

Read more about the Mallett pick from the Boston Globe.

Friday Three-for-All: Sexy Brits Edition

Since this is Royal Wedding Friday and the eyes of the World are squarely on London, we here at TCN give you the very Sexy Brits Edition of our Friday Three-for-All!  Today, we give you Keira Knightley, Kate Beckinsale and Kate Winslet.




Enjoy!

Lockout back in the NFL

More court news for the NFL and this time, it's good news for the NFL Owners when it comes to the lockout.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St.Louis has granted the league a temporary stay, thus putting the lockout back into effect, at least temporarily while it looks at what to do long term with the previous ruling from Judge Susan Nelson, who ruled for the players that the lockout was illegal.

Read more from ESPN.com

More dealing at the NFL Draft for Patriots

Here's how the 2nd round has gone for the Patriots so far Friday night:

#33: Ras-I Dowling, CB Virginia
#56: Shane Vereen, RB California
#60: traded pick to the Houston Texans for a third round pick (73 overall) and a fifth rounder (138 overall)

NBA Round 2 for TNT & NBA TV

From TNT & NBA TV -

TNT Tips off the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs on Monday, May 2 with an Exclusive Doubleheader

Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls (Game 1) at 8 p.m. (ET) followed by Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers (Game 1) at 10:30 p.m. (ET)

NBA TV’s Extensive Coverage of the Playoffs Continues


TNT’s coverage of the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs continues Monday, May 2 with an exclusive doubleheader. The first game of the night will feature Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls hosting Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks at 8 p.m. (ET) in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Second Round series. Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter) will call the game. Following the first game, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will host Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks at 10:30 p.m. (ET) in the first game of their Second Round series. Marv Albert will call the game alongside Steve Kerr (analyst) with Cheryl Miller reporting. The night will conclude with the Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Matt Winer (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst) recapping the action.

NBA TV also will continue to provide extensive coverage of the Playoffs beginning tonight, April 29 with host Rick Kamla and analysts Matt Harpring and Dennis Scott previewing the night’s action beginning at 8 p.m. (ET). NBA TV’s 1,500 hours of wall-to-wall coverage over approximately 65 days will include live First Round action, 195 hours of live studio coverage, pre and postgame analysis, press conferences, complete game playbacks of every playoff game, and encore presentations of NBA GameTime.

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON TNT (all times ET)
Monday, May 2
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Matt Winer (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

8:15pm Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls (Game 1)
Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers (Game 1)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Matt Winer (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON NBA TV (all times ET)
Friday, April 29
8 – 8:30 p.m. NBA GameTime
Rick Kamla (host), Matt Harpring (analyst) and Dennis Scott (analyst)

11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. NBA GameTime (Spurs / Grizzlies Game 6 postgame)
Rick Kamla (host), Matt Harpring (analyst) and Dennis Scott (analyst)

Saturday, April 30
8 – 8:30 p.m. NBA GameTime
Matt Winer (host), Antonio Davis (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

NESN's Bruins/Flyers Saturday Coverage

From NESN -

NESN’s extensive coverage of the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Playoff action will continue even on days when NESN doesn’t have game broadcast rights. NESN will produce live pre-game shows before every game and provide regular post-game coverage in and around NESN’s regularly scheduled programming throughout the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Live Pre-Game Shows Begin Saturday at 2:30 PM


Bruins game analyst Andy Brickley and reporter Naoko Funayama will be in Philadelphia to deliver regular reports, interviews and analysis beginning with a live pre-game show on Saturday, April 30 at 2:30 PM. Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by Hess will be hosted by Kathryn Tappen from NESN’s studios in Watertown, MA with Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak serving as studio analysts.

Post-Game Coverage from NESN’s Bruins Experts

After each game, NESN’s team of hockey experts will provide post-game reaction and interviews in and around NESN’s regularly scheduled Red Sox programming with additional nightly reports in NESN Daily. Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE segments will be worked into NESN’s Red Sox pre and/or post-game programs depending on when each game ends.

MLB Sunday on TBS gives us Yankees/Blue Jays

From TBS Sports -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” Features American League East Showdown Between the Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on May 1 when Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees host José Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium at 1 p.m. (ET). Jesse Litsch is scheduled to start for the Blue Jays against the Yankees’ probable starter Ivan Nova. Play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson will call the game alongside analysts Ron Darling and David Wells in the broadcast booth.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. The network also will exclusively televise the MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 3. Additionally, beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the four Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

TBS has served as the exclusive home of Major League Baseball’s Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007, has broadcasted MLB games for more than 30 years and was home of Atlanta Braves from 1977-2007.

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sun., May 1
1 p.m. (ET) Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst) and David Wells (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., May 8
2 p.m. (ET) New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analyst)

Sun., May 15
1:30 p.m. (ET) Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Announcers: TBA (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

Latest NBA Playoffs Conference Semi's Schedule

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EASTERN CONFERENCE - SEMIFINALS
Miami vs. Boston


Game 1 - Sun May 1, Boston at Miami, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 - Tue May 3, Boston at Miami, TBD, TNT
Game 3 - Sat May 7, Miami at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 4 - Mon May 9, Miami at Boston, TBD, TNT
Game 5 * Wed May 11, Boston at Miami, TBD, TNT
Game 6 * Fri May 13, Miami at Boston, TBD, ESPN
Game 7 * Mon May 16, Boston at Miami, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT


Chicago vs. Atlanta

Game 1 - Mon May 2, Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 - Wed May 4, Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Fri May 6 , Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 - Sun May 8 , Chicago at Atlanta, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue May 10, Atlanta at Chicago, TBD, TNT
Game 6 * Thu May 12 , Chicago at Atlanta, TBD, ESPN
Game 7 * Sun May 15 , Atlanta at Chicago, TBD, TNT

WESTERN CONFERENCE - SEMIFINALS
L.A. Lakers vs. Dallas

Game 1 - Mon May 2, Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 - Wed May 4, Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Fri May 6, L.A. Lakers at Dallas, TBD, ESPN
Game 4 - Sun May 8, L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue May 10, Dallas at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT
Game 6 * Thu May 12, L.A. Lakers at Dallas, TBD, ESPN
Game 7 * Sun May 15, Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

NHL Thriving on NBC & Versus

From NBC & Versus:

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF NHL PLAYOFFS NETS VIEWERSHIP INCREASES

VERSUS’ Quarterfinal Coverage is Best on Cable in 17 Years

NBC Scores Best First Round on Network TV in Seven Years

SportsNets Generate 22 Percent Collective Increase Vs. Last Year with Chicago, Mid-Atlantic & Philadelphia Notching Viewership Records

NEW YORK – April 28, 2011
– The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Conference Quarterfinal round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs netted viewership milestones across its national and regional platforms. VERSUS’ cable coverage and NBC’s network coverage of the first round were the most-watched in 17 and seven years, respectively. The four Comcast SportsNets who televise their local NHL teams collectively generated a 22 percent increase vs. last year with Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia posting viewership records.

VERSUS

Coverage of the Conference Quarterfinals, which averaged 624,000 viewers, was the most-watched ever on VERSUS, up eight percent from last year’s first round (595,000) and the most-watched on cable in 17 years. It was also the most-watched Quarterfinals for key male demos in eight years, including the best among Men 18-49 in a decade (2001).

Game 6 of the Vancouver-Chicago series (1.16 million viewers) was the most-watched complete Conference Quarterfinal game ever on VERSUS among average viewers, Men 18-49 and Men 25-54; surpassing last year’s Mon-Was Game 7 (4/28/10) with 1.15 million viewers.

It was also the most-watched NHL Quarterfinal game on cable in eight years (Col-Min, Game 7 on ESPN, 1.24 million viewers, 4/22/03).

Last night’s joined-in-progress Game 7 between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh averaged 1.5 million viewers for the third period.

NBC

NBC’s Conference Quarterfinal coverage was the most-watched network coverage for the NHL’s first round in seven years.

NBC’s four games over two weekends averaged 1.9 million viewers, the most since ABC aired two total games averaging 2.0 million viewers in 2004 and up 12 percent from last year’s coverage (1.7 million).

The Philadelphia Flyers’ Game 6 win over the Buffalo Sabres in overtime on NBC this past Sunday was watched by 2.57 million viewers, making it the most-watched NHL non-Conference Final game in 12 years.

The viewership for the second weekend of games was also the best in seven years. The two games this past Saturday and Sunday averaged 2.1 million viewers, the most since one game in 2004 on ABC (2.2 million) and up 24 percent from last year (1.7 million).

SPORTSNETS


Comcast Sports Group’s regional networks are home to four NHL franchises: the Blackhawks (Comcast SportsNet Chicago), Capitals (Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic), Flyers (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) and Sharks (Comcast SportsNet California). All four teams competed in the first round of the playoffs. Highlights include:

During the first round, Comcast Sports Group’s aggregate average NHL playoff audience was 800,987 households, up 22% from last season.

The three highest-rated Blackhawks games in Comcast SportsNet Chicago history, peaking with game seven, which rated a 13.33 locally (467,000 households), peaking at 18.35 (643,000 households).

The Capitals first-round series against the Rangers became the highest-rated Capitals playoff series in Comcast SportsNet history, averaging 5.72 in the DC DMA (and a 2.57 Baltimore DMA average) for a combined average local audience of 165,000 households. The series also included the second-highest rated Caps game in Comcast SportsNet history.

The highest-rated Flyers game in Comcast SportsNet history (Game 7), delivered a 12.6 average rating (383,000 households) and peaked at 14.7 (446,000 households).

REGULAR SEASON


The NBC Sports Group’s first-round playoff viewership increases continue the momentum generated during the NHL’s 2010-11 regular season.

NBC's regular-season coverage of 11 games was up four percent vs. 2010’s coverage of 10 games (1.62 million viewers vs. 1.56 million). It was highlighted by the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic -- broadcast on New Year’s Day in primetime due to a weather delay -- which became the most-watched Winter Classic ever with 4.5 million viewers, was up 22 percent vs. last year’s game and was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in 36 years.

VERSUS' 2010-11 regular-season viewership was the network's best ever (353,000 average viewers) and up 18 percent over last season. Average viewership for exclusive NHL telecasts increased 41 percent (425,000 average viewers vs. 302,000) since VERSUS became a member of the NBC Sports Group in late January when the transaction between Comcast and NBCUniversal was complete.

Comcast SportsNet’s four NHL teams delivered average ratings growth of 1.5% over the previous season. Highlights include:

Comcast SportsNet posted the highest Blackhawks final regular-season TV ratings average in Comcast SportsNet history -- a 2.78 final household season average (approx. 97,372 households watching per game) -- a 14% increase over last season’s 2.44 final average -- a 121% increase from the final season average two years ago (1.26) -- and a 341% increase from three years ago (0.63).

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s regular-season coverage of the Capitals set another all-time ratings mark for the network, besting last season’s average WSH DMA household rating – the previous high – by more than 12%.

Flyers games averaged a 2.4 rating on Comcast SportsNet during the 2010-11 season, a nine percent increase over the 2009-10 season.

CROSS-CHANNEL PRIORITY: The 2011 NHL All-Star Game on VERSUS as well as same-day coverage of both “Hockey Day in America” on NBC and the “Heritage Classic” on VERSUS were identified by NBCUniversal’s Marketing Council as cross-channel priorities. They received extensive promotion across NBCUniversal’s 20 channels and more than 40 websites. All three events leveraged the newly-expanded resources of the NBC Sports Group by combining the national media assets of NBC Sports and VERSUS and local insight from storied hockey markets like Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia served by Comcast SportsNet. As a result:

VERSUS scored its most-watched NHL All-Star Game in its history and generated a viewership increase up 36 percent vs. the 2009 game. There was no game in 2010 due to the Vancouver Olympics.

NBC Sports’ coverage of Penguins-Blackhawks, the second game of “Hockey Day in America,” was watched by 1.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched non-Winter Classic NHL regular-season game in five years (1/14/06, three-game regional on NBC, 2.0 million).

The 2011 Heritage Classic on VERSUS, played between two Canadian teams (Montreal at Calgary) and won in a 4-0 blowout by Calgary, averaged 608,000 viewers, making it the most-watched regular-season game between two Canadian teams on cable since NHL viewership became available by Nielsen in the 1993/94 season.

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

DET at CLE 7:05 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 4-0, 3.19
CLE: J Gomez (R) 0-1, 7.36

TOR at NYY 7:05 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 1-3, 3.00
NYY: F Garcia (R) 1-0, 0.69

SFO at WAS 7:05 PM
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 2-2, 2.70
WAS: J Marquis (R) 2-0, 3.55

NYM at PHI 7:05 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 1-2, 7.23
PHI: V Worley (R)

SEA at BOS 7:10 PM
SEA: J Vargas (L) 0-2, 5.53
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 2-2, 4.09

FLA at CIN 7:10 PM
FLA: J Vazquez (R) 1-2, 6.52
CIN: T Wood (L) 1-2, 5.40

LAA at TAM 7:10 PM
LAA: E Santana (R) 0-3, 5.51
TAM: D Price (L) 3-2, 3.19

STL at ATL 7:35 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 0-2, 3.90
ATL: T Hudson (R) 3-2, 3.57

MIL at HOU 8:05 PM
MIL: S Marcum (R) 2-1, 2.73
HOU: B Myers (R) 1-0, 3.31

BAL at CHW 8:10 PM
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 2-1, 4.94
CHW: J Danks (L) 0-3, 3.27

MIN at KAN 8:10 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 1-2, 3.24
KAN: B Chen (L) 3-1, 3.86

PIT at COL 8:40 PM
PIT: K Correia (R) 3-2, 3.48
COL: J Chacin (R) 3-1, 2.67

CHC at ARI 9:40 PM
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 2-1, 5.28
ARI: A Galarraga (R) 3-1, 6.00

TEX at OAK 10:05 PM
TEX: C Wilson (L) 3-0, 3.51
OAK: T Cahill (R) 3-0, 2.30

SDG at LAD 10:10 PM
SDG: C Richard (L) 1-1, 3.95
LAD: T Lilly (L) 1-2, 5.13

Patriots get Solder and Saints trade

With their second first round pick, New England made their expected move trading the pick to New Orleans for the Saints second round pick (56) this year and their 1st round pick in 2012. New Orleans then used the pick to grab Alabama RB Mark Ingram.

The Patriots now have five picks in Friday's 2nd and 3rd rounds.

Solder is viewed as a good character guy, smart (20 out of 25 on the Wonderlic and a 3.52 GPA at Colorado) very big (6'8"), athletic (320lbs and 4.97 in the 40) and can team with Sebastian Volmer in possibly replacing Matt Light (free agent) on the Pats offensive line.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Record Bruins Ratings Continue for NESN

From NESN -

NESN’S GAME 7 COVERAGE SETS NEW RECORD WITH A 17.7 RATING

Caps off Highest Rated Playoff Series in Network History

BOSTON, MA
– NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, set a new single-game ratings record for Bruins hockey last night with a 17.7 average household rating in the Boston DMA. The game peaked at a 26.6 rating during the 10:00 PM quarter hour as Nathan Horton scored the game winner in overtime to propel the Bruins into the Eastern Conference Semifinals. NESN’s previous best-ever single-game hockey rating was a 14.1, set two years ago on May 14, 2009 in a Game 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

NESN’s ratings numbers in most of the key demographic categories also set new network records, including a 21.5 in Men 25-54, 18.3 in Men 18-49, and 15.6 in Adults 25-54.

Best Playoff Series in NESN History

NESN’s coverage of the Bruins-Montreal first round playoff series dominated the Boston television market over the past 2 weeks. NESN’s 7 telecasts averaged an 11.9 household rating, which made it the highest-rated Bruins playoff series in network history. NESN’s Bruins coverage was the top-rated program in the Boston DMA on 4 of the 7 nights. The previous ratings record for a series was set in 2009, when NESN garnered a 9.9 average household rating for the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Carolina Hurrican

Playoff Pre and Post-Game Shows Also Enjoy Ratings Success

NESN’s ratings success extended beyond the games with impressive pre and post-game ratings throughout the series. Bruins FaceOff LIVE presented by Hess expanded to 60 minutes for the first round of the playoffs and averaged a 2.1 household rating during the series, including a 2.7 before last night’s deciding game. NESN’s post-game show, Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE, averaged a 4.1 household rating that was highlighted by an 8.4 after the Bruins’ exciting Game 7 victory.

“The Bruins have captured the imagination of the region and are playing with an incredible amount of heart, which translates into great television,” said Sean McGrail, NESN President and CEO. “Even though the number of games we will televise in round 2 will decrease due to national network selections, we will continue to provide enhanced and expanded coverage around every Bruins playoff game.”

NESN is scheduled to deliver exclusive regional coverage of Game 4 along with Games 6 and 7 if necessary. Details on NESN’s coverage plans for the entire series will be announced tomorrow.

Report: Pats trying to land Cameron Jordan?

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Patriots and Cowboys could be working on a deal that lands the Pats up to the #9 spot (from #17) to land Cal's Cameron Jordan.

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Stay tuned!

ESPN's NFL Draft Remix

This is pure genius!

It's the ESPN Sportscenter NFL Draft Remix from DJ Steve Porter.

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NHL Second Round Schedule for NBC & Versus

From NBC & Versus -

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO AIR SEVEN GAMES OVER FOUR DAYS TO KICK-OFF SECOND ROUND OF NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Coverage Begins Tonight on VERSUS with Exclusive Telecast of Game 1 Between Nashville and Vancouver at 9 p.m. ET; NBC Coverage Begins Saturday with Opening Game of Boston – Philadelphia Series at 3 p.m. ET

“Two teams that have overcome their demons and have a taste of success have become more dangerous than ever.” - Brian Engblom on Vancouver-Nashville Series

NEW YORK (April 28, 2011)
– The NBC Sports Group continues its wall-to-wall coverage of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs with seven Conference Semifinal games over the next four days on NBC and VERSUS. The hockey action begins tonight on VERSUS with an exclusive telecast of Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Nashville Predators and the Vancouver Canucks at 9 p.m. ET. Semifinal coverage continues on VERSUS tomorrow night with a double-header featuring Game 1 of the Tampa Bay-Washington series at 7 p.m. ET, the network’s first exclusive game of the playoffs, followed by Game 1 of the Detroit-San Jose series at 10 p.m. ET. Additionally, NBC and VERSUS will air four exclusive games over the weekend, including Game 1 of Boston-Philadelphia this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

During the Conference Semifinal round, VERSUS will air at least two exclusive games per series in addition to non-exclusive games. The non-exclusive telecasts will be subject to local blackouts, but can be found on their local regional networks, including Comcast SportsNet California, Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia which will televise all of their teams’ games in the Semifinal round, except for games chosen to air exclusively on VERSUS or NBC. NBC will air two exclusive games per weekend throughout the Semifinals. VERSUS will share exclusive coverage with NBC of both Conference Finals series. Coverage will culminate with exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime in June with NBC broadcasting Games 1-2 and 5-7 (if necessary), and VERSUS presenting exclusive coverage of Games 3 and 4.

THIS WEEK:

NBC SPORTS
: Coverage starts this Saturday with Eastern Conference action between the Bruins and the Flyers in Game 1 of their series at 3 p.m. ET. On Sunday, NBC Sports presents Game 2 of the Western Conference series between the Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks at 3 p.m. ET.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) anchor NBC Sports’ coverage on Saturday with Pierre McGuire serving as inside-the-glass analyst. NBC’s studio show will feature host Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury. Sunday’s coverage will be helmed by Dave Strader (play-by-play) with Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Darren Pang calling the action from inside-the-glass. McHugh and Milbury will be joined by McGuire in the studio for Sunday’s telecast.

VERSUS: Playoff coverage begins tonight with exclusive coverage of Game 1 of the Nashville Predators-Vancouver Canucks series. VERSUS’ Friday night telecast includes a double-header with exclusive coverage of Game 1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the San Jose Sharks hosting the Detroit Red Wings at 10 p.m. ET.

VERSUS closes out the week with two exclusive games over the weekend beginning with Game 2 of the Nashville-Vancouver series on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET and Game 2 between Tampa Bay-Washington on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. (See below for complete Semifinal schedule).

DIGITAL: NBCSports.com and VERSUS.com have combined forces to create a single, robust destination for hockey fans during the NHL Playoffs. The NBC Sports Group consolidated NHL content from both the NBCSports.com and VERSUS.com’s hockey sections onto the rapidly-growing NBCSports.com site. One of the key content areas is ProHockeyTalk, one of NBCSports.com's popular “Sports Talk” platforms that also include ProFootballTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, HardBallTalk, ProBasketballTalk and ProGolfTalk.

During the playoffs on NBCSports.com, fans can follow all the NHL Playoffs action with live streaming of NBC games, NHL videos, cross-platform promotions, social media and more. Some of the features on NBCSports.com include:

Online-only videos featuring VERSUS and NBC Sports hockey commentators previewing upcoming playoff games and wrapping-up all of the NHL action that day.
"Star-Cam,” which follows marquee players in NBC games, and "Net-Cam," which provides a unique perspective from behind the goalie.
ProHockeyTalk, which recently had its most-trafficked month ever, will update NHL Playoff news around the clock.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Fans can also keep up with the NHL playoffs through a variety of NBC Sports and VERSUS social media platforms throughout the postseason. Content will include:

Behind the Scenes: Through the joint “NHL on NBC and VERSUS” Facebook page and @NHLonNBC_VS on Twitter, fans receive exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, interviews and video.
Commentator Tweets: Various NBC and VERSUS commentators will provide Twitter content throughout the playoffs, including occasional in-game Tweets.
Fan Questions: Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions to NBC and VERSUS commentators via Facebook and Twitter.
Team Tabs: Fans who “Like” the joint NBC and VERSUS Facebook page will have the opportunity to play a variety of games and upload fan photos based around each of their favorite teams who made the playoffs. As teams advance in the playoffs, new and more difficult games will challenge fans.
News: Fans can follow NBC and VERSUS Facebook and Twitter accounts to receive the most up to date scores, reports and stories from around the NHL and ProHockeyTalk.

HOCKEY CENTRAL: Each night the network televises a playoff game VERSUS will kick off the broadcast with a Hockey Central pregame show. Hosted by either Bill Patrick or Liam McHugh with Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick, Hockey Central will preview the night’s action around the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To wrap up each night, the Hockey Central postgame show will have the latest highlights, news, analysis, and player interviews. Throughout the playoffs, Hockey Central will continue to feature guest analysts including, Mike Keenan and Mike Milbury.

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
: Comcast SportsNet, the local home for the Capitals, Flyers and Sharks, will closely follow hometown team playoff progress with pre- and postgame coverage, breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

NBC SPORTS SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE (all times ET)
Saturday, April 30
3 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, Game 1*

Sunday, May 1
3 p.m. Detroit at San Jose, Game 2*

Saturday, May 7
12:30 p.m. **Tampa Bay at Washington, Game 5*

Sunday, May 8
3 p.m. **Boston at Philadelphia, Game 5*

VERSUS SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE (all times ET)

Thursday, April 28
9 p.m. Nashville at Vancouver, Game 1*

Friday, April 29
7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, Game 1*

10 p.m. Detroit at San Jose, Game 1

Saturday, April 30
9 p.m. Nashville at Vancouver, Game 2*

Sunday, May 1
7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, Game 2*

Monday, May 2
7:30 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, Game 2*

Tuesday, May 3
7:30 p.m. TBD

Wednesday, May 4
7 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, Game 3*

9:30 p.m. (JIP) San Jose at Detroit, Game 3

Thursday, May 5
8:30 p.m. Vancouver at Nashville, Game 4

Friday, May 6
7 p.m. San Jose at Detroit, Game 4*

9:30 p.m. (JIP) Philadelphia at Boston, Game 4

Saturday, May 7
8 p.m. **Nashville at Vancouver, Game 5*

Sunday, May 8
8 p.m. **Detroit at San Jose, Game 5*

Monday, May 9
TBD

Tuesday, May 10
TBD

Wednesday, May 11
TBD

Thursday, May 12
TBD

*Exclusive Games, **If necessary, (JIP) – joined in progress

Peyton Hillis on The Late Show Thursday

From CBS -

THIS JUST IN…

…from CBS Entertainment

CLEVELAND BROWNS STAR PEYTON HILLIS, THE COVER ATHLETE FOR THE “MADDEN NFL 12” VIDEO GAME, TO PRESENT THE TOP TEN LIST ON CBS’S “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” THURSDAY, APRIL 28

NEW YORK, April 28
– Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, the cover athlete for the new “Madden NFL 12” video game, will present the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Thursday, April 28 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Selected by fans in a special online vote, Hillis was announced Wednesday as the latest NFL star to grace the cover of the new edition of the popular EA Sports video game. The “Madden NFL 12” video game will be released August 30.

Also featured on the LATE SHOW tonight will be self-help guru Dr. Phil McGraw, actor Chris Hemsworth and a performance from the new Broadway musical “Catch Me If You Can.”

The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

Celtics/Lebrontourage NBA 2nd Round Series Schedule

The Eastern Conference Semi's are set for the Celtics and Lebrontourage. Here's your schedule and I'm thankful that TNT gets four of the seven games.

Game 1 Sunday, May 1 @ Miami Heat 3:30 p.m. ABC
Game 2 Tuesday, May 3 @ Miami Heat TBD TNT
Game 3 Saturday, May 7 Miami Heat 8:00 p.m. ABC
Game 4 Monday, May 9 Miami Heat TBD TNT
Game 5* Wednesday, May 11 @ Miami Heat TBD TNT
Game 6* Friday, May 13 Miami Heat TBD ESPN
Game 7* Monday, May 16 @ Miami Heat 8:00 p.m. TNT


BTW: the Celtics and Bruins do not conflict throughout their series! 

Bruins/Flyers Semi-finals Series Schedule

2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
#2 Flyers vs. #3 Bruins
Saturday, April 30 at Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m. NBC, CBC
Monday, May 2 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
Wednesday, May 4 at Boston, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC
Friday, May 6 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. NESN, VERSUS (JIP), CBC
*Sunday, May 8 at Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m. NBC, CBC
*Tuesday, May 10 at Boston, TBD NESN, VERSUS, CBC
*Thursday, May 12 at Philadelphia, TBD NESN, VERSUS, CBC

#1 Capitals vs. #5 Lightning
Friday, April 29 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
Sunday, May 1 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC
Tuesday, May 3 at Tampa Bay, TBD VERSUS, TSN
Wednesday, May 4 at Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m. TSN
*Saturday, May 7 at Washington, 12:30 p.m. NBC, TSN
*Monday, May 9 at Tampa Bay, TBD VERSUS, TSN
*Wednesday, May 11 at Washington, TBD VERSUS, TSN

2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
#1 Canucks vs. #5 Predators

Thursday, April 28 at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Saturday, April 30 at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Tuesday, May 3 at Nashville, TBD CBC, VERSUS
Thursday, May 5 at Nashville, TBD CBC, VERSUS
*Saturday, May 7 at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
*Monday, May 9 at Nashville, TBD CBC, VERSUS
*Wednesday, May 11 at Vancouver, TBD CBC, VERSUS

#2 Sharks vs. #3 Red Wings
Friday, April 29 at San Jose, 10:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
Sunday, May 1 at San Jose, 3:00 p.m. NBC, TSN
Wednesday, May 4 at Detroit, 8:00 p.m. VERSUS (JIP), TSN
Friday, May 6 at Detroit, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
*Sunday, May 8 at San Jose, 8:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
*Tuesday, May 10 at Detroit, TBD VERSUS, TSN
*Thursday, May 12 at San Jose, TBD VERSUS, TSN

- * denotes if necessary

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

LAD at FLA 12:10 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 2-1, 4.46
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 1-1, 3.86

CIN at MIL 1:10 PM
CIN: S LeCure (R) 0-1, 4.57
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 2-1, 5.70

COL at CHC 2:20 PM
COL: J Chacin (R) 3-1, 2.67
CHC: C Coleman (R) 1-1, 7.43

ATL at SDG 3:35 PM
ATL: T Hanson (R) 3-3, 2.57
SDG: M Latos (R) 0-4, 4.98

PHI at ARI 3:40 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 3-1, 3.13
ARI: J Saunders (L) 0-3, 5.93

OAK at LAA 7:05 PM
OAK: T Ross (R) 1-2, 2.76
LAA: D Haren (R) 4-1, 1.23

BOS at BAL 7:05 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 2-1, 2.65
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 1-3, 2.53

KAN at CLE 7:05 PM
KAN: J Francis (L) 0-2, 5.03
CLE: J Tomlin (R) 3-0, 2.51

SEA at DET 7:05 PM
SEA: E Bedard (L) 0-4, 6.04
DET: J Verlander (R) 2-2, 3.64

CHW at NYY 7:05 PM
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 1-2, 5.12
NYY: B Colon (R) 1-1, 2.77

NYM at WAS 7:05 PM
NYM: R Dickey (R) 1-3, 3.90
WAS: T Gorzelanny (L) 0-2, 4.09

SFO at PIT 7:05 PM
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 0-3, 6.17
PIT: J McDonald (R) 0-2, 7.66

TOR at TEX 8:05 PM
TOR: J Reyes (L) 0-2, 5.48
TEX: D Holland (L) 3-1, 4.45

STL at HOU 8:05 PM
STL: K Lohse (R) 3-1, 1.78
HOU: J Happ (L) 1-3, 6.43

TAM at MIN 8:10 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 2-2, 2.76
MIN: F Liriano (L) 1-3, 8.37

NBA Playoffs Update Schedule for TNT & NBA TV

From TNT & NBA TV -

It’s “Win or Go Home” Time for Teams as TNT and NBA TV Announce NBA Playoffs Schedule for Thursday, April 28

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues Thursday, April 28 with a doubleheader featuring Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers visiting Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets for Game 6 at 8 p.m. (ET). The Lakers can eliminate the Hornets with a victory. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter) will call the game. Following the first game, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks will take on Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. (ET) for Game 6 of that series. The Mavs can advance to the second round with a win over the Trail Blazers. Matt Devlin (play-by-play) and Kevin McHale (analyst) will be courtside with Marty Snider (reporter). The night will conclude with the Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst).

NBA TV also will continue to provide extensive coverage of the playoffs beginning Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. (ET) with host Rick Kamla and analysts Dennis Scott and Steve Smith previewing the night’s action on the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show at 8 p.m. (ET). Following the pre-game show, the Atlanta Hawks will host the Orlando Magic at 7:30 p.m. (ET) in Game 6 of their series. The Hawks can eliminate the Magic with a win. NBA GameTime will conclude the night’s action with full post-game coverage, including live press conferences.

NBA TV’s 1,500 hours of wall-to-wall coverage over approximately 65 days will include live first round action, 195 hours of live studio coverage, pre and postgame analysis, press conferences, complete game playbacks of every playoff game, and encore presentations of NBA GameTime.

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON TNT (all times ET)
Thursday, April 28
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

8:15pm Los Angeles Lakers @ New Orleans Hornets (Game 6)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers (Game 6)
Matt Devlin (play-by-play), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Marty Snider (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON NBA TV (all times ET)
Thursday, April 28
7 – 7:30 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pre-Game Show
Rick Kamla (host), Dennis Scott (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Atlanta Hawks (Game 6)
Local Announcers

10 p.m. – 11 p.m. NBA GameTime (Magic / Hawks Game 6 post-game)
Rick Kamla (host), Dennis Scott (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NBA GameTime (Lakers / Hornets Game 6 post-game)
Rick Kamla (host), Dennis Scott (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

1 a.m. – 2 a.m. NBA GameTime (Mavericks / Trail Blazers Game 6 post-game)
Rick Kamla (host), Dennis Scott (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

Fox gets MLB/Nascar Twinbill Saturday

From Fox Sports -

FOX Sports Presents MLB/NASCAR Twinbill Saturday

FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK at Special 1:00 PM ET Start Time
Cardinals and Braves Face Off in Atlanta * Angels and Rays Meet in St. Pete
* Mets and Phillies Battle in Philly

Saturday Night’s The Night for Racing at Richmond International Raceway
Coverage at 7:00 PM ET

PUJOLS AND CARDINALS FACE BRAVES ON FOX’S SATURDAY GAME OF THE WEEK
– The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK returns to its special start time of 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, April 30 with live regional coverage of three matchups. Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday lead a resurgent Cardinals offense as they travel to Atlanta to take on Brian McCann and the Braves. In a year where many didn’t expect much, Sam Fuld and the surprising Rays are playing well and in second place in the AL East. They host the Angels in central Florida. In Philadelphia, NL East rivals battle as Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies host Jose Reyes and the Mets. The MLB on FOX pregame originates live from Citizens Bank Park, with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Matt Vasgersian, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.

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.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves
Kenny Albert & Mark Grace (52% of nation)
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Brandon Bechy, RHP (1-1, 3.68 ERA)

Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays 
 Josh Lewin & Eric Karros (25% of nation)
Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa
Probable Pitchers:TBA vs. James Shields, RHP (2-1, 2.35 ERA)

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies 
Matt Vasgersian, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal (22% of nation)
Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Buffalo, Fort Myers, Hartford, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Jon Niese, LHP (1-3, 5.10 ERA) vs. TBA

ROSENTHAL: BASEBALL CAN’T HAVE ITS CAKE AND EAT IT TOO – FOX Sports reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal says Major League Baseball should think twice before expanding the playoffs. “The problem with baseball is it wants all its different eggs in one basket: 162 game schedule, expanded playoffs, interleague play, you name it, they never cut back on any one area to make room for another. If you want to shorten the postseason, the obvious solution is to go back to 154 games, but we all know that will never happen. I understand baseball wants to have its cake and eat it too, but sometimes you can get too stuffed, a little too sugar overdosed and that’s what’s happening here.”

HAMLIN GOES FOR THE HOME WIN AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY – 2010 was a career year for Denny Hamlin as he finished second in the Sprint Cup standings. However, 2011 hasn’t been nearly as successful. Fifty points off the pace, the Chesterfield, Virginia-raised Hamlin aims to turn his season around at the nearby Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 30 (7:00 PM ET). Coverage starts with the NASCAR on FOX prerace show hosted by Chris Myers, along with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond. The show airs live from the infield with updates from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing updates from drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. On this week’s show, the DW sits down with NASCAR driver/owner Tony Stewart.

Once the green flag drops, the voice of NASCAR Mike Joy is alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops.

WALTRIP BROTHERS JOIN FORCES FOR FIRST-EVER NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE FRIDAY ON SPEED – SPEED ushers in its first-ever exclusive NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday, April 29 (7:00 PM ET) from Richmond International Raceway. SPEED has simulcast two NASCAR Nationwide Series races and long supported the series, airing 44 practice and qualifying sessions last season alone. For the first time ever, Darrell and Michael Waltrip provide analysis in the booth together for a Nationwide series race. “Who would have thought Michael and I would get the chance to do something like this together?” The Waltrip brothers are joined by race announcer Rick Allen with reports from pit road from Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler and Krista Voda.

FOXSPORTS.COM IS YOUR NFL DRAFT HEADQUARTERS – FOXSports.com is your source for up-to-date NFL Draft news and analysis. This draft is like no other as teams are forced to pick players before a free-agent signing period. FOXSports.com Senior NFL writer Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) will have a scene-setting column that captures what is likely to be one of the wildest draft days ever. One of the biggest storylines is seeing where quarterback Cam Newton ends up. NFL contributor Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) will have a look at one of the draft’s most charismatic and controversial players and how he may fit with his new team. NFL writer Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) will provide instant analysis on each draft pick as well as report cards on draft winners and losers. Follow FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer (@Jay_Glazer) and NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick (@CoachBillick) for additional news and insight as it breaks.

LONG: DEFENSIVE LINEMEN AT A PREMIUM – The pass rush is one of the most important skills in football and NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long says there’s no time in NFL history where there’s more of a premium on defensive linemen than right now. As teams plug these players into their defenses, some rookies may be at a major disadvantage because of the lockout. “A lot of defensive ends are going to be asked to move to outside linebacker which is very difficult to do particularly with a lockout,” said Long. “You’re asking a guy who’s played with his hand on the ground his entire career playing blocking combinations, rushing the quarterback to now get in a two-point stance and play blocking combinations, rush the quarterback and drop into coverage. That’s a hard thing to do. This lockout is really going to negatively impact all of those players.”

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS ON FX and FOX SOCCER MAY 4-5 – Three of the world’s most prestigious clubs and a tournament Cinderella clash in the Champions League semifinals, televised exclusively on FX and FOX Soccer Channel.

Second Leg Tuesday, May 3
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Live at 2:30 ET on FOX Soccer Channel


Second Leg Wednesday, May 4
Manchester United vs. FC Schalke 04
Live at 2:30 ET on FX

FOX NFL SUNDAY host Curt Menefee and FOX Soccer’s Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Christopher Sullivan preview and analyze Champions League semifinal action on UEFA Champions League Pregame, live at 2:00 PM ET each matchday from FOX Soccer’s brand-new, state-of-the-art studio set at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles. FOX Sports, for the second straight year, broadcasts the UEFA Champions League Final, Saturday, May 28 with pre-match coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET, live from London.

REAL SALT LAKE GOES FOR CONTINENTAL SUPREMACY ON FOX SOCCER – MLS’ Real Salt Lake is set for arguably the biggest game in their history April 27 (tonight) as they host Monterrey (MEX) in the CONCACAF Champions League final LIVE on FOX Soccer at 10:00 PM ET. Coming in with two away goals in their favor after a 2-2 draw last week at the Tecnologico, RSL has a real chance of winning the continent’s biggest club trophy and booking a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup this coming December in Japan. Host Christian Miles is joined by play-by-play announcer Mark Rogandino analyst Kyle Matino and sideline reporter Brian Dunseth as they call all the action from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

For the latest soccer news, information and FOX Soccer’s 2011 telecast schedule, visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/.

MENEFEE: UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TOPS WORLD CUP IN FEATURING BEST OF THE BEST FOX NFL SUNDAY’s Curt Menefee who hosts FOX Soccer Channel’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League explains the importance of this tournament to true soccer fans. “It’s the biggest club team tournament in all of soccer,” said Menefee. “Most people that are into soccer consider the UEFA Champions League a bigger deal than the World Cup. The World Cup is based on where you’re born and all the countries in the world participate and it’s luck of the draw. The UEFA Champions League is based on teams that have the biggest payroll and the best players. These rivalries are bigger than they are for the Packers and Bears and the Yankees and Red Sox.”

FUEL TV HIGHLIGHTS BRAVEST SURFERS RIDING BIGGEST WAVES OF THE YEAR SUNDAY FUEL TV airs the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards fueled by Monster Energy on Sunday, May 1 at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT. This is the most amazing awards show you’ll ever see as surfers risk their lives in the quest to ride the biggest waves of the year. More than $130,000 in prize money is at stake across seven different categories, including the Ride of the Year, Monster Paddle, Monster Tube, and Verizon Wipeout of the Year.

ESPN Presents "Fanwich"

From ESPN -



New ESPN Spot Explores the Art of the “Fanwich”
ESPN’s latest commercial from the “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” series explores the great care required when determining what ingredients make the perfect deli sandwich – especially when that sandwich will immortalize a beloved sports star. In this spot, deli employees in Nashua, New Hampshire, discuss the perfect sandwich to represent Boston Red Sox All-Star Dustin Pedroia. The commercial was created by Weiden+Kennedy New York and was filmed at the Nashua Gardens Deli.  View the spot here.   

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

LAD at FLA 12:10 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 2-1, 4.13
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 1-1, 3.55

CIN at MIL 1:10 PM
CIN: S LeCure (R) 0-1, 4.15
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 2-1, 4.88

COL at CHC 2:20 PM
COL: J Chacin (R) 3-1, 2.67
CHC: C Coleman (R) 1-1, 7.43

ATL at SDG 3:35 PM
ATL: T Hanson (R) 2-3, 3.21
SDG: M Latos (R) 0-3, 5.94

PHI at ARI 3:40 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 2-1, 2.92
ARI: J Saunders (L) 0-2, 4.98

OAK at LAA 7:05 PM
OAK: T Ross (R) 1-2, 4.82
LAA: D Haren (R) 4-1, 1.46

BOS at BAL 7:05 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 2-1, 1.93
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 1-3, 3.12

KAN at CLE 7:05 PM
KAN: J Francis (L) 0-2, 4.06
CLE: J Tomlin (R) 3-0, 2.33

SEA at DET 7:05 PM
SEA: E Bedard (L) 0-4, 7.71
DET: J Verlander (R) 2-2, 3.50

CHW at NYY 7:05 PM
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 1-2, 5.40
NYY: B Colon (R) 1-1, 3.50

NYM at WAS 7:05 PM
NYM: R Dickey (R) 1-3, 4.10
WAS: T Gorzelanny (L) 0-2, 4.96

SFO at PIT 7:05 PM
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 0-3, 7.79
PIT: J McDonald (R) 0-2, 10.13

TOR at TEX 8:05 PM
TOR: J Reyes (L) 0-2, 6.20
TEX: D Holland (L) 3-1, 4.39

STL at HOU 8:05 PM
STL: K Lohse (R) 3-1, 2.01
HOU: J Happ (L) 1-3, 6.94

TAM at MIN 8:10 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 2-2, 2.73
MIN: F Liriano (L) 1-3, 7.40

Bruins Lucic hit - dirty or not?

You decide for yourself, courtesy of CBC in Canada.  Will Milan Lucic be there for game 7 tonight? We'll hear from the NHL today.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sexy Rexy Ryan on CSI: NY

From our fine friends at CBS:



Click here to watch the clip!

NBA Playoffs Up on ESPN/ABC

From ESPN/ABC -

NBA Playoffs Viewership up 27 Percent on ABC; 23 Percent on ESPN

The NBA Playoffs on ABC have averaged 5,844,000 viewers through three postseason broadcasts, an increase of 27 percent over 4,601,000 for the same time period last year, according to Nielsen.  The corresponding 4,236,000 household impressions are up 22 percent compared to 3,463,000 in 2010 and the 3.7 rating is a 23 percent improvement over last year’s 3.0 rating.

Through seven telecasts, ESPN is averaging 3,582,000 viewers, a 23 percent increase over 2,914,000 for the same number of telecasts last year.  ESPN’s 2,644,000 household impressions are up 20 percent over last year’s 2,195,000 and the 2.6 rating is an improvement of 18 percent compared to the 2.2 rating in 2010.

ESPN and ABC are also seeing double-digit growth across all key demos: ESPN – up 26 percent among men 18-34 (2.9 vs. 2.3); 24 percent in men 18-49 (2.6 vs. 2.1); and 19 percent in men 25-54 (2.5 vs. 2.1); ABC – up 19 percent in men 18-34 (3.1 vs. 2.6); 28 percent in men 18-49 (3.2 vs. 2.5); and 23 percent in men 25-54 (3.2 vs. 2.6).

Coverage of the NBA Playoffs on ESPN and ABC – the home of The Finals – continues this weekend.

Audience Increases Across ESPN3.com, ESPN.com & ESPN Mobile TV
ESPN3.com’s total minutes of consumption over the first round of the postseason has jumped 281 percent compared to the same time period last year.  Additionally, the Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers, Game 1, registered the most unique views ever for an NBA game on ESPN3.com.

Since April 16, ESPN.com’s NBA section has seen a 36 percent increase in total minutes spent; 29 percent in page visits; 27 percent in page views; and 27 percent in daily unique visitors compared to the same time frame last postseason. 

ESPN Mobile TV’s NBA section has also netted increases in total minutes spent (up 81 percent); visits (up 70 percent); page views (up 67 percent) and daily unique visitors (up 57 percent) over last year.

Updated TNT and NBA TV Playoffs Schedule

From NBA TV and TNT Sports -

TNT and NBA TV Announce NBA Playoffs Schedule for Wednesday, April 27


TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues Wednesday, April 27 with a doubleheader featuring LeBron James and the Miami Heat hosting Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers for Game 5 at 7 p.m. (ET). The Heat lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter) will call the game. Following the first game, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will take on Nene and the Denver Nuggets at 9:30 p.m. (ET) for Game 5 of the series. The Thunder can eliminate the Nuggets with a victory. Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Mike Fratello (analyst) will be courtside with Pam Oliver (reporter). The night will conclude with the Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst).

NBA TV will also continue to provide extensive coverage of the playoffs beginning Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. (ET) with host Matt Winer and analysts Greg Anthony and Chris Webber previewing the night’s action on NBA Gametime and the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show at 8 p.m. (ET). Following the pre-game show, the San Antonio Spurs will host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their series. NBA GameTime will conclude the night’s action with full post-game coverage, including live press conferences.

NBA TV’s 1,500 hours of wall-to-wall coverage over approximately 65 days will include live first round action, 195 hours of live studio coverage, pre and postgame analysis, press conferences, complete game playbacks of every playoff game, and encore presentations of NBA GameTime.

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON TNT (all times ET)
Wednesday, April 27
7 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

7:15pm Philadelphia 76ers @ Miami Heat (Game 5)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)

9:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 5)
Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Pam Oliver (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON NBA TV (all times ET)
Wednesday, April 27
6 – 6:30 p.m. NBA GameTime
Matt Winer (host), Greg Anthony (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

8 – 8:30 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pre-Game Show
Matt Winer (host), Greg Anthony (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs (Game 5)
Local Announcers

11 p.m. – 12 a.m. NBA GameTime
Matt Winer (host), Greg Anthony (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

12 a.m. – 1 a.m. NBA GameTime (Nuggets / Thunder Game 5 postgame)
Matt Winer (host), Greg Anthony (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

Complete WWE Draft Results

Here's the complete WWE Draft results after today's supplemental draft:

Heading to RAW
* Jack Swagger
* Kelly Kelly
* JTG
* Drew McIntyre
* Curt Hawkins
* Chris Masters
* Kofi Kingston
* Tyler Reks
* Beth Phoenix
* Rey Mysterio
* The Big Show
* Alberto Del Rio
* John Cena

Heading to Smackdown
* Daniel Bryan
* The Great Khali (w/Ranjin Singh)
* Jimmy Uso
* Alicia Fox
* William Regal
* Yoshi Tatsu
* Natalya
* Jey Uso
* Ted DiBiase
* Tyson Kidd
* Tamina
* Alex Riley
* US Champion Sheamus
* John Cena
* Randy Orton
* Mark Henry
* Sin Cara

Monday, April 25, 2011

John Cena drafted back to RAW

The Miz beats John Cena in the main event, six-man tag team match when Mark Henry turns on Cena and Christian while they were figting The Miz, CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio.

And with the draft pick, Cena gets right back to Monday nights!  The first ever re-draft on the night of the WWE Draft!

Big Show & Alberto Del Rio drafted to RAW

Thanks to Rey Mysterio's win over Wade Barrett, The Big Show and Alberto Del Rio (we told you he was coming!) are coming to Monday Night RAW, courtesy of the WWE Draft.

Report: Pats player to demand workout bonus Tuesday

Ian Rapoport is reporting tonight on his excellent Rap Sheet Patriots Blog for Boston Herald that since the lockout is over (thanks Judge Susan Nelson), one high profile Patriots player will call the team on Tuesday to demand his off-season workout bonus.


Click here to read more!

Let the fun begin!

Mark Henry & Sin Cara to Smackdown

Randy Orton, the newest member of Smackdown, wins two draft picks for the Friday night brand.   So, with those picks, Orton brings Mark Henry and Sin Cara with him to Smackdown. 

Well, so much for that Sin Cara vs. Rey Mysterio feud on RAW.

Randy Orton to Smackdown

With the third pick in the WWE Draft, Smackdown drafts Randy Orton!

Orton's pick comes via a Kofi Kingson win over Sheamus.

Rey Mysterio drafted to RAW

The 619 is coming back to Monday nights as Rey Mysterio JR gets drafted to RAW with the second pick in Monday night's WWE Draft.

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

BOS at BAL 7:05 PM
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 1-2, 5.31
BAL: Z Britton (L) 3-1, 3.16

KAN at CLE 7:05 PM
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 2-2, 5.12
CLE: J Masterson (R) 4-0, 1.71

SEA at DET 7:05 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 2-2, 3.38
DET: P Coke (L) 1-3, 2.75

CHW at NYY 7:05 PM
CHW: G Floyd (R) 2-1, 4.00
NYY: I Nova (R) 1-2, 7.63

NYM at WAS 7:05 PM
NYM: C Young (R) 1-0, 1.46
WAS: J Zimmermann (R) 1-3, 3.70

SFO at PIT 7:05 PM
SFO: M Cain (R) 2-1, 3.42
PIT: C Morton (R) 2-1, 3.33

LAD at FLA 7:10 PM
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 2-2, 3.00
FLA: C Volstad (R) 1-1, 6.60

TOR at TEX 8:05 PM
TOR: J Litsch (R) 1-1, 3.63
TEX: M Harrison (L) 3-1, 1.88

COL at CHC 8:05 PM
COL: J De La Rosa (L) 3-0, 3.00
CHC: J Russell (L) 1-2, 8.00

STL at HOU 8:05 PM
STL: J Garcia (L) 3-0, 1.44
HOU: B Norris (R) 1-1, 4.91

CIN at MIL 8:10 PM
CIN: M Leake (R) 3-0, 4.94
MIL: M Estrada (R) 1-0, 3.21

TAM at MIN 8:10 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 2-2, 2.73
MIN: F Liriano (L) 1-3, 7.40

PHI at ARI 9:40 PM
PHI: R Oswalt (R) 3-0, 1.88
ARI: D Hudson (R) 0-4, 5.92

OAK at LAA 10:05 PM
OAK: B McCarthy (R) 1-1, 2.10
LAA: T Chatwood (R) 1-1, 3.50

ATL at SDG 10:05 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 1-0, 0.69
SDG: A Harang (R) 4-0, 1.88

NFL Statement on Lockout being lifted

Here's what the NFL is saying about today's ruling from Judge Susan Nelson, who decided to side with the NFL players to end the lockout:

"We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes. We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal. "

John Cena drafted to Smackdown

And with the first pick of the 2011 WWE Draft, Smackdown picks.....

John Cena!

We here at TCN totally expect Alberto Del Rio to be drafted over to RAW before the night is over.

Judge rules NFL Lockout over

Judge Susan Nelson has spoken and has spoken loudly for the NFL players, ruling that the NFL lockout is over. The NFL owners say they will appeal the decision.

In theory, the NFL year COULD start now, but probably won't as the owners will work more on the appeal than in starting the new business, especially with the NFL Draft being Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. 

Get all the latest from Pro Football Talk.com
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Record Ratings for NESN for Bruins/Canadiens

From NESN -

NESN’s coverage of Saturday night’s Bruins double overtime win over Montreal in Game #5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series was the third highest rated Bruins playoff game in network history earning a 13.0 household rating in the Boston DMA. The last 3 games have all set records as the top three rated non Game 7 playoff ratings in network history.
Top 6 Bruins Playoff Ratings in NESN History
5/14/09 Game #7 vs. Carolina 14.1
5/14/10 Game #7 vs. Philadelphia 13.2
4/23/11 Game #5 vs. Montreal 13.0
4/19/04 Game #7 vs. Montreal 11.2
4/21/11 Game #4 vs. Montreal 10.8
4/18/11 Game #3 vs. Montreal 10.7


Tonight (Monday, April 25), NESN will deliver an encore presentation of Game #5 in its entirety beginning at 6:30 PM.

The series continues with Game #6 on Tuesday, April 26th with NESN’s regionally exclusive coverage beginning at 6:00 PM with a one-hour edition of Hess Bruins FaceOff LIVE featuring Kathryn Tappen, Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak. Game time is at 7:00 PM with Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

NBA Playoffs Continue on TNT & NBA TVnba on tnt

From TNT & NBA TV -

Coverage of the NBA Playoffs Continues on TNT and NBA TV

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues tonight, April 25 with a doubleheader. The first game of the night will feature Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs will visit Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies for Game 4 at 8 p.m. (ET). The Grizzlies lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Matt Devlin (play-by-play), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Marc Fein (reporter) will call the game. Following the first game, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will take on Nene and the Denver Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. (ET) for Game 4 of the series. Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Mike Fratello (analyst) will be courtside with Pam Oliver (reporter). The night will conclude with the Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst).

The NBA on TNT continues on Tuesday, April 26 with another first-round doubleheader. The first game will get underway at 8 p.m. (ET) featuring Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls hosting Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of their series. Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) will call the game with Jaime Maggio reporting. The second game will see Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers taking on Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets at 10:30 p.m. (ET) for Game 5 of the series. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) will be courtside with Cheryl Miller (reporter). To finish the evening’s coverage, Johnson, Barkley, Smith will be joined by Greg Anthony (analyst) to break down the action on Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai.

NBA TV will also continue to provide extensive coverage of the playoffs beginning tonight, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. (ET) with host Rick Kamla and analysts Brent Barry and Steve Smith previewing the night’s action on NBA Gametime and the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show at 8 p.m. (ET). Following the pre-game show, the Portland Trail Blazers will visit the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of their series. NBA GameTime will conclude the night’s action with full post-game coverage, including live press conferences.

Extensive coverage of the playoffs will continue on NBA TV on Tuesday, April 26 with the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show at 7 p.m. (ET). Matt Winer (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Webber will preview the games. Following the pre-game show, the Orlando Magic will host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their series. The Hawks can eliminate the Magic with a victory. NBA GameTime will conclude the night’s action with full post-game coverage, including live press conferences.

NBA TV’s 1,500 hours of wall-to-wall coverage over approximately 65 days will include live first round action, 195 hours of live studio coverage, pre and postgame analysis, press conferences, complete game playbacks of every playoff game, and encore presentations of NBA GameTime.

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON TNT (all times ET)
Monday, April 25
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

8:15pm San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies (Game 4)
Matt Devlin (play-by-play), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Marc Fein (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Denver Nuggets (Game 4)
Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Pam Oliver (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

Tuesday, April 26
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Greg Anthony (analyst), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

8:15pm Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls (Game 5)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Jaime Maggio (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers @ New Orleans Hornets (Game 5)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Greg Anthony (analyst), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

2011 NBA PLAYOFFS ON NBA TV (all times ET)
Monday, April 25
7 – 7:30 p.m.
NBA GameTime
Rick Kamla (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

7:30 – 8 p.m.
AutoTrader.com Pre-Game Show
Rick Kamla (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

8:30 - 11 p.m.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Dallas Mavericks (Game 5)

Local Announcers
11 p.m. – 2 a.m.


NBA GameTime
Rick Kamla (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Steve Smith (analyst)

Tuesday, April 26
7 – 7:30 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pre-Game Show
Matt Winer (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Atlanta Hawks @ Orlando Magic (Game 5)
Local Announcers

10 – 11 p.m.
NBA GameTime
Matt Winer (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
NBA GameTime (Pacers / Bulls Game 5 postgame)
Matt Winer (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

1 a.m. – 2 a.m.
NBA GameTime (Hornets / Lakers Game 5 postgame)
Matt Winer (host), Brent Barry (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

CHW at NYY 7:00 PM
CHW: P Humber (R) 1-2, 4.42
NYY: A Burnett (R) 3-0, 4.37

WAS at PIT 7:05 PM
WAS: J Lannan (L) 2-1, 3.43
PIT: P Maholm (L) 0-3, 4.30

LAD at FLA 7:10 PM
LAD: J Garland (R) 1-1, 4.15
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 2-0, 3.00

TOR at TEX 8:05 PM
TOR: K Drabek (R) 1-0, 3.00
TEX: C Lewis (R) 1-2, 5.82

COL at CHC 8:05 PM
COL: E Rogers (R) 2-1, 6.75
CHC: M Garza (R) 0-2, 4.74

CIN at MIL 8:10 PM
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 2-2, 4.24
MIL: C Narveson (L) 1-0, 2.19

PHI at ARI 9:40 PM
PHI: C Lee (L) 2-1, 3.91
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 2-1, 5.64

OAK at LAA 10:05 PM
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 2-1, 1.80
LAA: J Weaver (R) 5-0, 1.23

ATL at SDG 10:05 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 2-3, 3.25
SDG: D Moseley (R) 0-3, 1.40

Sunday, April 24, 2011

How a rainout may have saved the Sox

Great insight from the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber.

How a rainout may have saved the Sox

Celtics sweep the Knicks, 101-89! Welcome to Round 2!

A few quick thoughts now with the Celtics sweeping the Knicks today, 101-89. It's on to round 2, probably against Lebrontourage, who now leads Philly after today's Sixers win. For those of you new to TCN, we never call that team from Florida anything else other than "Lebrontourage!"

Celtics outrebound the Knicks, 53-42 - always a good sign for the Celtics.

Good minutes out of the bench:

Glenn Davis 14 points in 27 minutes

Nened Kristic 4 points, 5 rebounds in nearly 8 minutes

Jeff Green 5 points, 7 rebounds in nearly 17 minutes

Delonte West 5 rebounds in nearly 8 minutes

And how about KG picking up the offense! Kevin Garnett leads the way with 26 points to go with his 10 boards.

Looks like the Celtics/Lebrontourage series would start no earlier than next weekend.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to everyone out there!

Check out our busy Easter Morning, complete with a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt and Church!



Here's hoping we have a Celtics win in our Easter Basket too!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Stoudemire: Back worse, unsure on Game 4

Courtesy of the Boston Herald, we get news on  Amar'e Stoudemire's back for game 4.

Stoudemire: Back worse, unsure on Game 4

Easter Sunday MLB Pitching Probables

CHW at DET 1:05 PM
CHW: J Danks (L) 0-2, 3.00
DET: M Scherzer (R) 3-0, 4.30

TAM at TOR 1:07 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 1-1, 3.07
TOR: R Romero (L) 1-2, 3.12

ARI at NYM 1:10 PM
ARI: A Galarraga (R) 3-0, 6.00
NYM: J Niese (L) 0-3, 5.87

COL at FLA 1:10 PM
COL: E Rogers (R) 2-1, 6.75
FLA: J Johnson (R) 3-0, 1.00

NYY at BAL 1:35 PM
NYY: F Garcia (R) 1-0, 1.29
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 2-1, 5.06

WAS at PIT 1:35 PM
WAS: J Marquis (R) 1-0, 3.26
PIT: K Correia (R) 3-1, 2.48

HOU at MIL 2:10 PM
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 1-2, 5.48
MIL: R Wolf (L) 2-2, 3.18

CLE at MIN 2:10 PM
CLE: C Carrasco (R) 1-1, 4.85
MIN: C Pavano (R) 1-2, 5.47

LAD at CHC 2:20 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 2-2, 3.33
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 2-0, 4.21

KAN at TEX 3:05 PM
KAN: B Chen (L) 3-0, 2.42
TEX: C Wilson (L) 2-0, 3.08

BOS at LAA 3:35 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 1-2, 9.82
LAA: M Palmer (R) 1-0, 4.22

PHI at SDG 4:05 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 2-1, 2.83
SDG: W LeBlanc (L)

ATL at SFO 4:05 PM
ATL: B Beachy (R) 1-1, 3.86
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 2-1, 3.13

OAK at SEA 4:10 PM
OAK: B Anderson (L) 1-1, 1.63
SEA: D Fister (R) 1-3, 3.60

CIN at STL 8:00 PM
CIN: S LeCure (R) 0-1, 4.15
STL: J Westbrook (R) 1-2, 9.82

Who would you rather: Michelle Beadle or Sara Walsh



Your thoughts please.....

St. Louis Tornado Videos

It's amazing that no were no fatalities in the tornado that ripped through St.Louis Friday night. 

Check out some amazing footage, starting first with the St. Louis airport surveillance tapes.



KSDK's coverage



Dolphins Brandon Marshall stabbed

According to Pro Football Talk.com and ESPN, Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall is in the hospital after being stabbed by a woman.  Click here for details on a story that at this point is still evolving.

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

LAD at CHC 1:05 PM
LAD: T Lilly (L) 1-2, 4.09
CHC: R Dempster (R) 1-2, 6.84

TAM at TOR 1:07 PM
TAM: D Price (L) 2-2, 2.83
TOR: B Morrow (R)

CLE at MIN 1:10 PM
CLE: F Carmona (R) 1-2, 4.74
MIN: B Duensing (L) 1-0, 3.60

ARI at NYM 1:10 PM
ARI: B Enright (R) 0-1, 6.23
NYM: D Gee (R) 1-0, 1.59

CHW at DET 4:10 PM
CHW: E Jackson (R) 2-1, 3.51
DET: B Penny (R) 0-2, 8.44

CIN at STL 4:10 PM
CIN: T Wood (L) 1-2, 5.73
STL: C Carpenter (R) 0-2, 4.13

ATL at SFO 4:10 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 2-2, 4.05
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 2-1, 1.67

NYY at BAL 7:05 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 0-1, 2.52
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 0-2, 3.38

WAS at PIT 7:05 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 2-1, 2.88
PIT: J Karstens (R) 1-0, 4.50

HOU at MIL 7:10 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 1-0, 2.39
MIL: S Marcum (R) 2-1, 1.90

COL at FLA 7:10 PM
COL: J Hammel (R) 1-1, 4.76
FLA: J Vazquez (R) 1-1, 7.43

KAN at TEX 8:05 PM
KAN: K Davies (R) 1-1, 7.20
TEX: A Ogando (R) 2-0, 2.33

PHI at SDG 8:35 PM
PHI: J Blanton (R) 0-1, 7.27
SDG: T Stauffer (R) 0-1, 3.27

BOS at LAA 9:05 PM
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 1-2, 6.43
LAA: E Santana (R) 0-2, 5.26

OAK at SEA 9:10 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 2-0, 2.49
SEA: J Vargas (L) 0-1, 4.37

Friday, April 22, 2011

Celtics dominate, 113-96! Knicks down 3-0

A couple of quick thoughts on the Celtics beatdown of the Knicks in game 3 of their first round NBA Playoffs series, 113-96 in NY:

Paul Pierce - 38 points

Ray Allen - 32 points, 8 3's

Rajon Rondo - 15 points, 11 rebounds, 20 assists (NBA record)

Kevin Garnett - 12 rebounds

Celtics outrebound Knicks 43-33

Celtics shoot 58% on 3's: 14-24; Knicks 9-20 behind the arc

Carmelo Anthony - 15 points

A'mare Stoudemire - 7 points, 3 rebounds


Game 4 in NY Sunday at 3:30pm on ABC.

Friday Three-for-All: Hot Women of Parenthood Edition

I love the NBC show "Parenthood!"  Now, in honor of its season finale this past Tuesday, we give you the Parenthood edition of our TCN Friday Three-for-All!  We hope you enjoy the hotness of Lauren Graham, Erika Christensen and Monica Potter.




Enjoy!

ESPN NFL Draft Coverage

From ESPN -

ESPN Coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft

ESPN is televising the NFL Draft for the 32nd consecutive year in 2011. The telecast will air April 28-30 on ESPN, ESPN2 and via ESPN authentication services on ESPNNetworks.com and the Watch ESPN app with the first two nights in primetime. Draft-related content will also be available across multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN Mobile, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Classic and ESPN International. Highlights:

ESPN-ESPN2
ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise 16 planned hours of the 2011 NFL Draft in high definition, as well as 19 hours of SportsCenter Special shows during NFL Draft week.  Chris Berman (covering his 31st Draft) will host ESPN’s primetime coverage Thurs., April 28 and Fri., April 29, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He will be joined by analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. (his 28th Draft) and Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden on ESPN’s main set. Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen and NFL Insider Adam Schefter will report from an additional set location at Radio City, while MNF reporter Suzy Kolber will conduct interviews on-site with Draft prospects.

ESPN NFL Draft telecast schedule (Apr. 28-30):
Date
Time (ET)
Show
Network
Thurs., April 28
8-11:30 p.m.
NFL Draft (Round 1)
ESPN
Fri., April 29
6-10:30 p.m.
NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3)
ESPN/switches to ESPN2
Sat., April 30
12 - 8 p.m.
NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7)
ESPN

Coverage from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., will begin at 3 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday with SportsCenter Special: On the Clock hosted by NFL Live’s Trey Wingo with analysts Tedy Bruschi, Herm Edwards and ESPN Scouts Inc. director of college scouting Todd McShay. At 4:30 p.m., MNF’s Mike Tirico assumes host duties in Bristol with analysts Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Steve Young and McShay.

Day 3 coverage will begin Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. on ESPN with a two-hour SportsCenter Special: On the Clock followed by all eight hours (12–8 p.m.) of Rounds 4-7 with Wingo hosting from Radio City with Kiper, Trent Dilfer, McShay, Mortensen and Schefter.  Kolber will co-host from Bristol with Bruschi, Edwards and Jaworski.

Sunday’s coverage will include a two-hour SportsCenter Special: Draft Wrap Up at 1 p.m. on ESPN with Mike Hill and analysts Edwards, Kiper and McShay. (The program will re-air that evening at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.)

ESPN will dispatch reporters to team sites across the country, including: Colleen Dominguez (Arizona Cardinals), Bob Holtzman (Cincinnati Bengals), Sal Paolantonio (Carolina Panthers), Mark Schwarz (Washington), Michael Smith (New England Patriots) and Ed Werder (Denver Broncos). Jeremy Schaap will cover events hosted by the NFL Players Association during Draft weekend.

Other highlights:
  • Red Carpet interviews as Draft prospects arrive at Radio City on Day 1;
  • High definition videoconferencing with all 32 teams using Glowpoint telepresence technology;
  • Wider full-screen visual presentation with a bottom line “crawl” compression ;
  • Draft telecast will use 18 cameras at Radio City, including two RF steadicams and 3 jibs;
  • Technology elements, including perceptive pixel touch screen, 65-inch interactive depth chart, virtual graphics and ESPN Axis;
  • Live shots with some 15 Draft prospects, capturing their reactions as they’re picked;
  • More than 300 player highlight packages;
  • More than 75 rapid-fire player video bumps of Draft prospects to be used in and out of commercial breaks, shot in a 13-camera “matrix-style” environment;
  • Analysis segments on 2011 Draft prospects with Sport Science host John Brenkus;
  • SportsCenter Special: Bill Parcells’ Draft Confidential (Tuesday, April 26, at 9:30 p.m., ESPN) – Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Bill Parcells shares his secrets, philosophies and inside knowledge on how the draft works in this unique 90-minute special hosted by Mike Tirico.
  • Audibles (Tuesday, May 3 at 9 p.m., ESPN) – The NFL-themed roundtable discussion series returns with analysts Dilfer, Edwards, Johnson and Young recapping the 2011 NFL Draft, along with Kiper. They will also take questions based on topics suggested in real-time by fans using social media sites Facebook and Twitter. 

ESPN’s 2011 NFL Draft marketing campaign features two spots: “Draft Builders” which focuses on how the Green Bay Packers built their Super Bowl XLV championship team through the NFL Draft; and “Players,” which features top prospects in the 2011 Draft class. The campaign was created by ESPN Consumer Marketing and produced by Triple Double in Los Angeles.

ESPN Radio
Football Tonight host Freddie Coleman will anchor ESPN Radio’s 2011 NFL Draft coverage Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, from Radio City with ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton, former NFL Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck and ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., providing analysis of each first round pick. ESPN Radio’s coverage will start Thursday at 7 p.m. (Round 1) and Friday at 6 p.m. (Rounds 2-3). Draft analysis and all significant news throughout Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 30 will be reported by Clayton.

ESPN.com
ESPN.com’s 2011 NFL Draft section will offer comprehensive coverage leading up to and throughout all three days of the draft with analysis and insight from Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Scouts Inc. experts and others. All eight NFL division bloggers will be part of ESPN.com’s “real-time conversation” from various team sites, including Tim Graham (Buffalo), Paul Kuharsky (Tennessee), Mike Sando (Seattle), Kevin Seifert (Minnesota), James Walker (Cleveland), Bill Williamson (Denver) and Pat Yasinskas (Tampa). ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton (New York) and Jeffri Chadiha (Kansas City) will also offer columns and insights.

Pre-Draft highlights: Scouts Inc. reports on approximately 350 prospects through ESPN’s DraftTracker; Kiper’s Big Board; features by ESPN’s division bloggers examining each team’s draft possibilities; regularly updated mock drafts; reports on individual workouts and evaluations of each team's Draft needs and potential strategies; a blogger mock draft; and profiles on prominent draft prospects, including Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, J.J. Watt and Prince Amukamara,

Draft coverage: The three-day coverage will include DraftCast and NFL Draft Live, a feature that allows users to interact throughout the draft with ESPN.com writers, bloggers and other draft experts across the country; DraftTracker: pick-by-pick data in real time; a social media application that integrates Facebook; SportsNation polling; live blogging and team reviews from all eight NFL division bloggers; video breakdowns of every first-round pick by ESPN’s Herm Edwards; pick-by-pick analysis by Scouts Inc., and Kiper’s team-by-team draft grades.

ESPN Mobile
ESPN Mobile will give fans on-the-go access to Draft-related news and information including a Draft section on ESPN’s mobile web site complete with video, player profiles, analysis and breaking news.  NFL Draft content will also be integrated into the ESPN ScoreCenter app – available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices – including an NFL Draft card delivering news, video, tweets and live draft results, ESPN Alerts by round and for each NFL and college football team and results integrated within the personalized myTeams card. Fans also have the option to text DRAFT to 23776 to sign up for ESPN Alerts of the first five picks.  ESPN Alerts is also integrated in the NFL Draft card in the ScoreCenter app and via SMS texts on most major carriers.

ESPN International
ESPN International will offer coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 57.9 million households in 161 countries and territories throughout Africa, Brazil, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Europe on ESPN America, and Canada on TSN.

ESPN Classic
ESPN Classic continues its 20-day marathon (April 9-28) of NFL players and college stars ‘Before They Were Pros.’ The series features more than 50 classic college football games highlighting both current NFL stars and many of the top 2011 Draft prospects, including A.J. Green (April 23, 5 p.m.), Mark Ingram (April 24, 5 p.m.), Von Miller (April 25, 1 p.m.), Da’Quan Bowers (April 25, 5 p.m.), Jake Locker (April 26, 5 p.m.), Ryan Mallett (April 27, 9 a.m.), Cam Newton (April 27, 5 p.m.) and Blaine Gabbert (April 28, 4 p.m.), among others.

ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Draft issue features Washington quarterback Jake Locker on the cover and asks the question: What round will he go in? After shocking scouts and deciding to return for his senior year, the once-projected top pick is now facing the 2011 Draft with a not-so-stellar season behind him. In “A Matter of Perspective,” The Mag asked some experts—including an offensive coordinator, two directors of college scouting, Locker’s brain specialist and QB coach—to break down his best game from last season and evaluate his skills. The NFL Draft issue, on newsstands April 8, also highlights a crew of mid-round draft prospects who won’t get a chance to grace Radio City’s stage but still got a taste of the Big Apple when The Mag brought them to NYC for star treatment and a photo shoot. “Kings for a Day” features Rashad Carmichael (Virginia Tech), Casey Matthews (Oregon), Stevan Ridley (LSU), Tyler Sash (Iowa), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada) and Jeremy Kerley (TCU). 

ESPN The Magazine will host its eighth annual Ultimate Pre-Draft Party on Wednesday, April 27 at ESPACE, New York City. The party will feature DJ ?uestlove. This private, invite-only party will host invited members of the 2011 Draft Class and other athlete and celebrity guests.