Sunday, July 31, 2011

Red Sox get Bedard

The Red Sox traded for lefty starter Erik Bedard at Sunday's MLB Trading Deadline. Boston also received right-hander Josh Fields as part of the three-team deal with the Mariners and Dodgers.

The Red Sox send minor league right-handers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Trayvon Robinson and then traded Robinson to Seattle with minor league outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang in exchange for Bedard and Fields.

The team also announced that pitcher Clay Buchholz has been moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Bedard on the 40-man roster.  Buchholz would be eligible to come off the DL on August 16th if his back injury heals.

Bedard, 32, is 4-7 with 3.45 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 30 walks in 16 starts for the Mariners sp far this season.

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

CLE at BOS 7:10 PM
CLE: J Tomlin (R) 11-5, 4.01
BOS: J Lackey (R) 9-8, 6.20

ATL at WAS 7:05 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 12-3, 2.38
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 5-10, 4.19

CHC at PIT 7:05 PM
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 7-6, 4.59
PIT: P Maholm (L) 6-10, 3.16

FLA at NYM 7:10 PM
FLA: J Vazquez (R) 7-9, 5.10
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 6-9, 4.55

CIN at HOU 8:05 PM
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 7-9, 5.58
HOU: B Norris (R) 5-7, 3.39

NYY at CHW 8:10 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 15-5, 2.56
CHW: J Peavy (R) 4-4, 5.27

STL at MIL 8:10 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 6-7, 3.68
MIL: Z Greinke (R) 8-4, 4.50

PHI at COL 8:40 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 12-6, 2.61
COL: J Chacin (R) 8-8, 3.50

LAD at SDG 10:05 PM
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 12-4, 2.72
SDG: C Luebke (L) 3-5, 2.92

OAK at SEA 10:10 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 9-9, 3.58
SEA: B Beavan (R) 1-2, 3.04

ARI at SFO 10:15 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 12-3, 3.22
SFO: M Cain (R) 9-6, 2.91

Red Sox/White Sox on TBS on Trade Deadline Day

From TBS Sports -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” Features the Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox on Trade Deadline Day


“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on July 31, MLB’s trade deadline day, with an American League match-up featuring Paul Konerko and the Chicago White Sox hosting David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox at 2 p.m. (ET) at U.S. Cellular Field. Andrew Miller (4-1) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox against the White Sox probable starter Mark Buehrle (8-5). Play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson will be joined by analyst Dennis Eckersley in the broadcast booth.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. Beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the 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 the Atlanta Braves from 1977-2007.

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sun., July 31
2 p.m. (ET) Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox
Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., August 7 1 p.m. (ET)
Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), John Smoltz (analyst) and David Wells (analyst)

Sun., August 14
1 p.m. (ET) Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Hard Knocks Special coming to HBO

From HBO Sports -

HBO Sports® and NFL FILMS announced today that the five-episode Hard Knocks reality series will not be presented this summer. The uncertainty of the NFL’s summer schedule and the incredibly expedited timetable this month made it impractical for a team to commit. The series is scheduled to return for 2012 training camp.

However, a special 90-minute edition of Hard Knocks, celebrating the past ten years of the seven-time Emmy®-Award-winning series will premiere Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.

"We know football fans are hungry for compelling NFL programming and we think they'll love the 10th anniversary special," said Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports.

Said Steve Sabol, President of NFL FILMS, “The first 10 years of Hard Knocks has been the ultimate fly-on-the-wall NFL training camp experience. We look forward to taking a look back at those shows and reintroducing the fans to those characters who made the decade of Hard Knocks so memorable.”

The special will combine flashbacks to memorable moments from the Hard Knocks seasons that featured the Baltimore Ravens (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2002 & 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009) and the New York Jets (2010); a "Where Are They Now?" element; and never-before-seen out-takes and new interviews.

Additional details and the show’s title will be announced in August.

Harden deal off

The Red Sox have called off the Rich Harden deal.  Late last night, the Red Sox told the A's that after looking at Harden's medical records, they didn't think the pitcher could make it through the rest of the season physically.

So, at least for now, first baseman Lars Anderson remains with the PawSox

Now the Red Sox attention may turn to Seattle's Erik Bedard.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Entourage - "Out with a Bang" Preview

Here's the latest preview for Sunday's second episode of season 8 for our friends at Entourage.


10:30pm (ET) on HBO!

Red Sox set to get Rich Harden

I like this move for the Red Sox.  Instead of giving away the farm (4 top level prospects like Cleveland did for Ubaldo Jimenez), the Red Sox are on the heels of getting Rich Harden from the Athletics in a deal involving minor league 1st baseman Lars Anderson.


Click here to read more from MLB Trade Rumors.

I like the deal because Rich Harden is a bulldog who throws strikes. He's 57-35 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.28 WHIP along with a 2-1 strike out to walk ratio.  Sure, he just came off the disabled list but has gone to the tune of a 2-1 record with a 4.30 ERA, 9.2 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 29 1/3 innings.  Plus, he only makes $1.5 million this season.

Sunday MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at CLE 1:05 PM
KAN: K Davies (R) 1-9, 6.75
CLE: F Carmona (R) 5-10, 5.34

LAA at DET 1:05 PM
LAA: J Weaver (R) 14-4, 1.79
DET: J Verlander (R) 14-5, 2.34

BAL at NYY 1:05 PM
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 10-7, 5.12
NYY: F Garcia (R) 9-7, 3.23

TEX at TOR 1:07 PM
TEX: C Wilson (L) 10-4, 3.16
TOR: B Morrow (R) 7-5, 4.71

SFO at CIN 1:10 PM
SFO: B Zito (L) 3-3, 5.24
CIN: J Cueto (R) 6-4, 1.88

FLA at ATL 1:35 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 7-7, 4.04
ATL: T Hanson (R) 11-5, 3.13

NYM at WAS 1:35 PM
NYM: J Niese (L) 10-8, 3.97
WAS: J Zimmermann (R) 6-9, 3.27

PIT at PHI 1:35 PM
PIT: J Karstens (R) 8-5, 2.41
PHI: V Worley (R) 7-1, 2.02

BOS at CHW 2:10 PM
BOS: A Miller (L) 4-1, 5.45
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 8-5, 3.22

HOU at MIL 2:10 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 3-11, 4.66
MIL: C Narveson (L) 7-6, 4.41

MIN at OAK 4:05 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 6-7, 4.60
OAK: B McCarthy (R) 3-5, 3.52

COL at SDG 4:05 PM
COL: J Nicasio (R) 4-3, 4.24
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 0-2, 5.17

TAM at SEA 4:10 PM
TAM: J Hellickson (R) 9-7, 3.27
SEA: J Vargas (L) 6-9, 4.09

ARI at LAD 4:10 PM
ARI: J Saunders (L) 7-8, 3.63
LAD: R De La Rosa (R) 4-4, 3.49

CHC at STL 8:05 PM
CHC: R Dempster (R) 7-8, 4.98
STL: J Westbrook (R) 9-4, 4.86

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

BAL at NYY 1:05 PM
BAL: C Tillman (R) 2-3, 5.16
NYY: B Colon (R) 7-6, 3.30

TEX at TOR 1:07 PM
TEX: D Holland (L) 10-4, 4.14
TOR: B Mills (L) 0-1, 2.57

LAA at DET 4:10 PM
LAA: D Haren (R) 10-6, 3.01
DET: J Turner (R)

TAM at SEA 4:10 PM
TAM: A Cobb (R) 3-0, 2.57
SEA: M Pineda (R) 8-7, 3.64

CHC at STL 4:10 PM
CHC: R Lopez (R) 2-2, 3.49
STL: K Lohse (R) 8-7, 3.46

BAL at NYY 7:00 PM
BAL: Z Britton (L) 6-7, 4.05
NYY: I Nova (R) 8-4, 4.12

KAN at CLE 7:05 PM
KAN: F Paulino (R) 1-8, 4.54
CLE: J Masterson (R) 8-7, 2.57

NYM at WAS 7:05 PM
NYM: R Dickey (R) 5-8, 3.74
WAS: J Marquis (R) 8-5, 3.95

PIT at PHI 7:05 PM
PIT: J McDonald (R) 7-4, 3.95
PHI: C Lee (L) 9-7, 3.05

BOS at CHW 7:10 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 10-4, 3.23
CHW: P Humber (R) 8-6, 3.27

HOU at MIL 7:10 PM
HOU: J Happ (L) 4-12, 6.12
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 11-7, 3.89

FLA at ATL 7:10 PM
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 6-3, 3.60
ATL: T Hudson (R) 9-7, 3.42

SFO at CIN 7:10 PM
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 6-9, 3.56
CIN: M Leake (R) 8-6, 4.04

COL at SDG 8:35 PM
COL: U Jimenez (R) 6-9, 4.20
SDG: A Harang (R) 9-2, 3.45

MIN at OAK 9:05 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 7-7, 4.21
OAK: G Moscoso (R) 3-5, 3.47

ARI at LAD 10:10 PM
ARI: M Owings (R) 4-0, 2.36
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 9-8, 3.92

Friday, July 29, 2011

Patriots cut Ty Warren

The Patriots have made several roster moves Friday, including cutting veteran defensive lineman Ty Warren.

Among the other cuts are tackle Nick Kaczur, LB Tully Banta-Cain, CB Tony Carter, DL Marcus Stroud
and TE Alge Crumpler.

Friday's NFL Moves

Free agency officially begins at 6pm around the NFL today, but that's not stopping more moves today:

* Atlanta signs DE Ray Edwards away from Minnesota.

* RB Willis McGahee moves from Baltimore to Denver.

* Nnamdi Asomugha has his choices down to Dallas or NY Jets, according to sources.

* Brandon Jacobs re-ups with the NY Giants.

* QB Jake Locker signs his rookie deal with Tennessee.

* QB Matt Moore leaves Carolina for Miami.
The Dolphins have moved of from trying to get Kyle Orton from Denver.

Click here for the latest. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NFL Frenzy Continues - Thursday Update

Another huge day of moves around the NFL Thursday. Here's our daily roundup:

* The Patriots make two trades acquiring WR Chad Ochocinco from Cincinnati for a pair of late round picks in 2012 and 2013.  The Pats also get Albert Haynesworth from Washington for a 2013 fifth round pick.  New England also cut Marcus Stroud.

* Houston signs cornerback Jonathan Joseph from Cincinnati.

* The Falcons agree to terms with rookie WR Julio Jones - 4 years, $16.2 million.

* San Francisco brings in kicker David Akers from the Eagles and lets Joe Nedney go.

* The Dolphins trade for Saints RB Reggie Bush, sending safety Jonathon Amaya to New Orleans.

* Philadelphia sends QB Kevin Kolb to Arizona for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick.


* The Titans release QB Vince Young, who wants to play in Philadelphia.

* Denver signs rookie linebacker Von Miller (four years, $21 million).

* TE Greg Olsen gets traded to Carolina from Chicago for a player and draft pick.

* The Chiefs cut guard Brian Waters.

* The 49ers cut CB Nate Clements.

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at CLE 7:05 PM
KAN: J Francis (L) 3-11, 4.65
CLE: C Carrasco (R) 8-8, 4.25

LAA at DET 7:05 PM
LAA: T Chatwood (R) 6-6, 3.64
DET: R Porcello (R) 10-6, 4.67

BAL at NYY 7:05 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 4-14, 4.33
NYY: A Burnett (R) 8-8, 4.21

NYM at WAS 7:05 PM
NYM: D Gee (R) 9-3, 3.75
WAS: C Wang (R)

PIT at PHI 7:05 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 8-5, 3.69
PHI: R Halladay (R) 12-4, 2.55

TEX at TOR 7:07 PM
TEX: A Ogando (R) 10-4, 2.79
TOR: B Cecil (L) 3-4, 4.71

SFO at CIN 7:10 PM
SFO: R Vogelsong (R) 8-1, 2.10
CIN: D Willis (L) 0-1, 3.71

FLA at ATL 7:35 PM
FLA: C Hensley (R) 1-2, 2.88
ATL: B Beachy (R) 3-2, 3.58

BOS at CHW 8:10 PM
BOS: T Wakefield (R) 6-3, 5.15
CHW: G Floyd (R) 8-9, 4.11

HOU at MIL 8:10 PM
HOU: J Lyles (R) 0-5, 4.55
MIL: R Wolf (L) 6-8, 3.62

CHC at STL 8:15 PM
CHC: M Garza (R) 4-7, 3.72
STL: E Jackson (R) 7-7, 3.92

MIN at OAK 10:05 PM
MIN: F Liriano (L) 6-8, 4.82
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 9-7, 2.67

COL at SDG 10:05 PM
COL: J Hammel (R) 5-10, 4.75
SDG: T Stauffer (R) 6-7, 3.05

TAM at SEA 10:10 PM
TAM: J Niemann (R) 4-4, 3.86
SEA: E Bedard (L) 4-6, 3.00

ARI at LAD 10:10 PM
ARI: J Collmenter (R) 6-5, 2.74
LAD: T Lilly (L) 6-10, 5.08

Ochocinco comes to New England

Love this move!



The Patriots have traded for WR Chad Ochocinco late Thursday afternoon. The Pats will send an undisclosed draft choice, possibly two, to the Bengals. Ochocinco has reportedly renegotiated his three-year deal that was left with Cincinnati upon the trade.

Earlier today, the Patriots had traded for Albert Haynesworth from Washington.

Breaking News: Patriots trade for Haynesworth

The Patriots have acquired Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  The Patriots will send Washington a fifth round pick in 2013's NFL Draft.

New England has its first practice Thursday at 9:30a in Foxboro.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

MLB FOX Saturday hits the trade deadline

From Fox Sports -


Latest on Trade Deadline Deals from Rosenthal & Morosi:
Beltran’s Deal to Giants is Imminent

FOXSports.com Joins Forces With TeamFanShop To Power Online Stores


MIDWEST RIVALS SQUARE OFF – The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK concludes its July slate with three intriguing matchups on Saturday, July 30 (4:00 PM ET). Two of baseball’s oldest rivals meet in St. Louis as Albert Pujols and the Cardinals host the Cubs. Fresh off Ervin Santana’s no-hitter this afternoon, the Angels look for another strong pitching performance, this time from Dan Haren as they travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers. In Seattle, rookie All-Star Michael Pineda is scheduled to take the hill as the Mariners host Evan Longoria and the Rays.

The MLB on FOX pregame show originates live from the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO with host Chris Rose.  Once game action begins, Rose joins Joe Buck, 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.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (50% of nation)                            
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver  & Ken Rosenthal
Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Diego, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington
Probable Pitchers:  Rodrigo Lopez, RHP (2-2, 3.49 ERA) vs. Kyle McClellan, RHP (7-6, 4.15 ERA)

Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers (26% of nation)                          
Dick Stockton & Jose Mota                            
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI           
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Buffalo, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco
Probable Pitchers: Dan Haren, RHP (10-6, 3.01 ERA) vs. TBA

Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners (23% of nation)                         
Kenny Albert & Mark Grace   
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Fort Myers, Hartford, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Portland, Providence, Seattle, Tampa, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Alex Cobb, RHP (3-0, 2.57 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda, RHP (8-7, 3.64 ERA)
 
ROSENTHAL & MOROSI: BELTRAN SWEEPSTAKES NEARING A CLOSE – FOX Sports reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal and FOXSports.com writer Jon Paul Morosi report that Carlos Beltran’s departure from the Mets is imminent. “The Giants have reached a tentative agreement to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets, major-league sources told FOXSports.com on Wednesday. Pending approval from Beltran and the commissioner’s office, the switch-hitting All-Star will go to San Francisco for top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler. The Mets will send some cash to the Giants in the deal.”

To read more on the deal, visit: http://on-msn.com/qm55uX

WHO’S GONNA PULL OFF THE BIGGEST DEAL? – The MLB trade deadline is rapidly approaching, begging the question ‘which GM will pull off the biggest deal?’  MLB on FOX reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal says keep an eye on the Phillies’ Ruben Amaro Jr.  “If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Amaro, it’s that he’s fearless,” said Rosenthal. “Fearlessness, in an increasingly cautious trading environment, is the new market inefficiency.  Phillies owner David Montgomery seemingly has removed Amaro’s one restriction — the luxury-tax threshold — telling the Philadelphia Inquirer, ‘We will do whatever it takes.’”  So at this point, it’s probably just a matter of which player Amaro wants most.  It could be the Astros’ Hunter Pence. It could be the White Sox’s Carlos Quentin, one of the Padres’ relievers, or another player entirely. Rest assured, it will be someone, maybe even two someones.”

To read Rosenthal’s full column, visit: http://tinyurl.com/3l3dk45

DAVID WELLS RESERVES CHEAP SEATS FOR VERNON WELLS – Each Wednesday (1:00 PM ET), former MLB All-Star pitcher David Wells hosts The Cheap Seats on FOXSports.com. This week, Wells sits down with former teammate Vernon Wells. Find out what the current Angel thought of his then Blue Jays teammate.


FOXSPORTS.COM JOINS FORCES WITH TEAMFANSHOP TO POWER OFFICIAL ONLINE STORES FOX Sports teams up with TeamFanShop, a division of Fanatics, Inc., to offer proven e-commerce solutions for their online FOX Sports Shop and fully branded Regional Sports Network Shops. The multi-year agreement will provide an expanded line of team fan gear, enhanced marketing services including search engine optimization, search engine marketing, and email marketing expertise, improved shipping and return policies, and an industry leading customer experience.

The Official Online Store of FOX Sports, http://FOXSportsShop.com, boasts a full catalog of products with over 200,000 unique sports fan items across more than 600 teams and multiple leagues. Fans of all ages will find stylish game day wear with a vast selection of apparel, gear, sports jerseys, championship items and FOX Sports branded merchandise.

BTN KICKS OFF COVERAGE OF 2011 BIG TEN FOOTBALL SEASON – The Big Ten Network is proud to announce coverage of the 2011 Big Ten football season Thursday, July 28 (11:00 AM ET) with comprehensive television and live streaming coverage of Big Ten Football Media Day from the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. The network offers nearly five hours of live coverage, including the full press conferences for all 12 head coaches, BTN President Mark Silverman and Big Ten Commissioner Jim DelanyMike Hall and Chris Martin anchor the network’s coverage from the BTN studios.  The network’s online coverage will include the press conferences streamed live from start to finish on www.BTN.com. Fans can also track the day’s activities by following BTN.com’s Brent Yarina on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

PGA on CBS heads to West Virginia

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS BROADCASTS GREENBRIER CLASSIC FROM “OLD WHITE” COURSE IN WEST VIRGINIA, JULY 30-31


The PGA TOUR moves to White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia this week for the GREENBRIER CLASSIC. CBS Sports will be on-hand with third- and final-round coverage of the Greenbrier Classic from the venerable Old White course on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network.

Stuart Appelby shot a final-round 59 last year to win the inaugural Greenbrier Classic, becoming just the fifth player in history to reach the magic number on his way to a 22-under par score of 258 for the win. Appelby had nine birdies and an eagle on the Old White course to take the win.

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

Kenny Perry from nearby Kentucky should be a gallery favorite, along with Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson, who will be paired together with Appelby. Other fan favorites scheduled to play together in the early rounds include Sergio Garcia, John Daly and Davis Love III. Players with local ties include J.B. Holmes from Campbellsville, Kent., Johnson Wagner and Brendon de Jonge who both attended Virginia Tech. They will be part of an impressive field that includes Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Jeff Overton, Andres Romero, Retief Goosen, Rocco Mediate, Ricky Barnes, Ryuji Imada and Rich Beem.

The Greenbrier is an award-winning resort and a National Historic Landmark in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains. Sam Snead, World Golf Hall of Famer and the winningest player in PGA TOUR history, was the resort’s pro for 29 years and served as Golf Professional Emeritus from 1993 until his death in 2002.

New documentaries for ESPN

From ESPN -

ESPN Films Announces Schedule for New Documentaries
Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock and Mike Tollin among the filmmakers; seven new films announced

ESPN Films, creators of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning 30 for 30 film series, has announced the schedule for a slate of new films presented by Buick. The film series will begin airing Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD, and will be aired Tuesday nights throughout the fall. Films include Catching Hell, Renée, The Dotted Line, Unguarded, The Real Rocky, Charismatic and Roll Tide/War Eagle.

The new slate will air as follows:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Catching Hell (Alex Gibney/Gary Cohen) *120 minutes
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m.  Renée (Eric Drath) *90 minutes
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8 pm. The Dotted Line (Morgan Spurlock/Jeremy Chilnick)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Unguarded (Jonathan Hock/Philip Aromando)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. The Real Rocky (Jeff Feuerzeig/Mike Tollin)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.  Charismatic (Steve Michaels/Jonathan Koch)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m. Roll Tide/War Eagle (Martin Khodabakhshian)

“We know that 30 for 30 truly resonated with our viewers and the recent Emmy nomination for the series proved to us that there is great interest and appreciation for sports documentaries from both fans and critics,” said ESPN’s SVP of Content Development and Enterprises Keith Clinkscales. “This new film series features both amazing filmmakers and incredible stories that capture the glory and the heartbreak of what sports mean to so many people.”

Film summaries:

Catching Hell (Alex Gibney)
With five outs remaining in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, a foul ball descended from the cold Chicago sky, seemingly destined for the glove of Cubs left fielder Moises Alou. But a flurry of hands reached up and one hand, belonging to Cubs fan Steve Bartman, fatefully tipped the ball away from a frustrated Alou. Most long-suffering Cubs fans, including a chorus of hostile ones in Wrigley Field, quickly became convinced that Bartman had swatted away Chicago’s chance of advancing to the World Series for the first time 58 years. The mild-mannered Bartman released a sincere public apology, but his fate was already sealed by the Cubs fans’ need for a scapegoat to explain a near-century of losing. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney relates the scapegoat compulsion to his own frustration as a Red Sox fan when Bill Buckner was similarly singled out for letting a fateful ground ball go through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Gibney engages Buckner and his story as a means of exploring what has kept Bartman so silent despite highly lucrative offers to tell his side of the story.

Renée (Eric Drath)
The film tells the story of Renée Richard’s battle to enter the 1977 U.S. Open as the first transgender tennis player. Simultaneously, it follows her today as she struggles to cope with a life of contradictions and personal conflict. Through interviews with tennis legends, family, friends and experts from the transgender field; a story of perseverance, breakthrough and hardship unfolds. 

The Dotted Line (Morgan Spurlock)
The Dotted Line is an in-depth look at what it takes to be a big-time agent in the fiercely competitive world of major league sports. Agents Peter Greenberg and Eugene Lee are profiled along with their clients New York Mets’ pitcher Johan Santana (Greenberg’s) and NFL hopefuls Jacquian Williams and Robert Hughes (Lee’s).

Unguarded (Jonathan Hock)
Chris Herren, Fall River, Massachusetts’ high school basketball superstar, played for Boston University, for Jerry Tarkanian’s Fresno State team, bounced around the NBA (once playing for his beloved Celtics) and around the globe. Chris failed drug tests wherever he played. Ultimately, Chris - the youngest and most talented of three generations of local heroes - has found redemption and personal fulfillment through the game, but only after it led him down a path of alcohol and drug addiction that nearly killed him.

The Real Rocky (Jeff Feuerzeig)
Chuck Wepner is a liquor salesman from Bayonne, NJ who drives a Cadillac with “Champ” vanity plates. A former New Jersey State Heavyweight Boxing Champion, he took abuse from Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired Sylvester Stallone to write “Rocky” which won three Academy Awards. Wepner was left out of the “Rocky” glory, and his career took turn after strange turn as he worked to stay in the spotlight: he went on to fight Andre the Giant as “The Assassin” and boxed a 900 pound bear.  Twice.

Charismatic (Steve Michaels)
In June of 1999 an unlikely colt named Charismatic, with down and out jockey Chris Antley aboard, headed down the stretch at the Belmont Stakes, just seconds away from becoming the first Triple Crown winner in nearly 21 years. Thoroughbred racing was desperate for this story of deliverance as track attendance was in steep decline. Into this void stepped Charismatic and Antley, both thought to be lost causes. Together, they became the biggest long shots in 59 years to win the Kentucky Derby, and then followed up with another underdog win at the Preakness, before tragedy struck.

Roll Tide/War Eagle (Martin Khodabakhshian)
With two Heisman trophies, two national championships and one crazed fan, the biggest rivalry in college sports, Auburn vs. Alabama, has reached new heights in the last two years. This is the story of the history between the two programs, the bad blood between its fans and how this intense rivalry came to a pinnacle, just when they ended up needing each other most.

ESPN Films’ new slate of documentaries will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com the day after each film’s broadcast premiere and will be available on DVD shortly thereafter at major retailers. A compilation of films from the series will be available in a collectible DVD Gift Set this holiday season.

Gus Johnson heads up FOX College Football

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS MEDIA GROUP ANNOUNCES 2011 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BROADCAST TEAMS

Gus Johnson Teams With Veteran Analyst Charles Davis & Former Univ. of Minnesota Head Coach Tim Brewster On FX Game Of The Week

More Than 60 Premier Big 12, Pac-12 & C-USA Match-Ups Showcased on FSN

Mike Pereira Debuts as CFB Rules Analyst on FX

New York, NY
– FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG), today unveiled its lineup of announcers for national telecasts of the upcoming 2011 college football season on FX, FOX Sports Net (FSN), and Fox College Sports (FCS). The details were announced today by Eric Shanks, President, FSMG and FOX Sports and Doug Sellars, Executive Vice President, Production and Executive Producer, FSMG.

FX, Fox Network Group’s popular entertainment basic cable network as seen in more than 99 million households, teams with FSMG in 2011 to carry a major college football game of the week featuring a 14 game schedule highlighted by premier conference matchups from the Big 12, PAC-12 and Conference USA beginning Saturday, September 3, with one game televised weekly. This game of the week matchup is called by perhaps the most exciting play-by-play broadcaster in the business, Gus Johnson. Johnson is alongside University of Tennessee standout and veteran college football analyst Charles Davis in the booth with former University of Minnesota head coach and University of Illinois standout linebacker Tim Brewster, rounding out the broadcast team as an on-field analyst. Additionally, Johnson, Davis and Brewster call one of FOX’s two conference football championship games (PAC-12 or Big Ten) and the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

FSN, which reaches over 85 million homes through its owned and affiliated networks, will televise a selection of more than 60 Pac-12, Big 12 and Conference USA football games in 2011.

Pac-12 games on FSN are called by veteran college football play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack. Bolerjack is joined by FSN college football analyst and former University of Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt with FOX Sports Radio personality and former USC fullback Petros Papadakis reporting from the sidelines. For Big 12 conference football telecasts on FSN, Klatt is joined by Big 12 football play-by-play voice Joel Meyers with FSN Southwest sportscaster Jim Knox contributing as a sideline reporter. Additionally, Meyers teams with analyst Brian Baldinger and Knox for select Big 12 matchups on FSN. During Conference USA college football contests on FSN, football announcers Ron Thulin and Jeremy Bloom are joined by analyst JC Pearson. Pearson joins play-by-play voice Thulin in the booth with Bloom serving as an on-field analyst. FSN Southwest’s broadcast team led by play-by-play broadcaster Bill Land, college football analyst Dave Lapham and sideline reporter Emily Jones cover both Big 12 and Conference USA matchups for FSN this season.

“Led by Gus, Charles and Tim, our roster of college football talent is very experienced, knowledgeable and deep on all levels of production,” said Sellars. “This is the widest array of college football ever broadcast on our family of networks and we look forward to giving fans informative and entertaining coverage of their favorite college teams all season long.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY rules analyst Mike Pereira now adds college football to his television resume and will be available live during each college football game of the week broadcasts on FX. Just like his NFL debut last season, this is believed to be the first time in history that a rules official has commentated during a weekly college football game broadcast.

In addition, FCS will televise a minimum of six Big 12 football contests and will feature Kansas State alum Steve Physioc calling play-by-play and former USC football staff member Yogi Roth as game analyst.

Additionally, for the first time in its history, FOX Sports boasts exclusive coverage of college football’s inaugural PAC-12 Conference Championship Game on Friday, December 2 followed by the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, December 3 from Indianapolis.

Following are the pairings for college football on FSMG in 2011:

Fox College Football (FX package)
Play-by-Play – Gus Johnson
Analyst – Charles Davis
Sideline Analyst – Tim Brewster

PAC-12 on FSN
Play-by-Play – Craig Bolerjack
Analyst – Joel Klatt
Sideline Analyst – Petros Papadaikas

BIG 12 on FSN
Play-by-Play – Joel Meyers
Analyst – Joel Klatt/Brian Baldinger
Sideline Reporter – Jim Knox

BIG 12 on FSN
Play-by-Play – Joel Meyers
Analyst – Brian Baldinger
Sideline Reporter – Jim Knox

CUSA on FSN
Play-by-Play – Ron Thulin
Analyst – JC Pearson
Sideline Analyst – Jeremy Bloom

BIG 12 on FSN/CUSA on FSN
Play-by-Play – Bill Land
Analyst – Dave Lapham
Sideline Reporter – Emily Jones

NFL News - Rice heads to Seattle

Lots of news and notes from Wednesday's transactional rumor mill around the NFL:
* Wide receiver Santonio Holmes agrees to a five-year, $50 million deal with the Jets with $24 million guaranteed.
* Wide receivers Donte' Stallworth and Brandon Stokely sign with Washington. The Redskins also trade for WR Jabar Gaffney.

* Panthers sign RB D'Angelo Williams to a five-year deal worth about $43 million, $21 million guaranteed.

* The Vikings and Redskins reportedly have agreed to trade QB Donovan McNabb to Minnesota for a pair of 6th round picks.

* QB Tyler Thigpen has been traded to Buffalo.


* Saftey Eric Waddle stays with the Chargers.

* Free agent defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha is considering the 49ers and the Jets.

* The NY Giants have given head coach Tom Coughlin a one-year contract extension.

* WR Randy Moss is looking at the Jets.

* Indications of a Kevin Kolb - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie trade have perked up with the news of Rodgers-Cromartie jerseys being available in Eagle green.

* WR Sidney Rice moves from Minnesota to Seattle while WR Steve Breaston goes East from Arizona to Kansas City.

Click here to read more from Pro Football Talk.com.

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

NYM at CIN 12:35 PM
NYM: C Capuano (L) 8-10, 4.26
CIN: H Bailey (R) 5-4, 3.67

FLA at WAS 12:35 PM
FLA: C Hensley (R) 1-2, 2.88
WAS: J Lannan (L) 7-6, 3.51

LAA at DET 1:05 PM
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 5-5, 4.61
DET: B Penny (R) 7-7, 4.51

KAN at BOS 1:35 PM
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 6-8, 5.29
BOS: J Beckett (R) 9-3, 2.07

CHC at MIL 2:10 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 2-3, 6.17
MIL: S Marcum (R) 9-3, 3.35

TAM at OAK 3:35 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 7-7, 4.46
OAK: R Harden (R) 2-1, 4.63

ARI at SDG 3:35 PM
ARI: D Hudson (R) 10-6, 3.72
SDG: M Latos (R) 5-10, 4.05

SFO at PHI 7:05 PM
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 8-8, 2.90
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 5-4, 3.45

BAL at TOR 7:07 PM
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 2-6, 5.54
TOR: C Villanueva (R) 5-2, 3.40

PIT at ATL 7:10 PM
PIT: K Correia (R) 11-8, 4.38
ATL: D Lowe (R) 6-8, 4.49

MIN at TEX 8:05 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 8-5, 2.88
TEX: M Harrison (L) 8-7, 3.05

HOU at STL 8:15 PM
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 6-7, 3.60
STL: J Garcia (L) 10-4, 3.01

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

LAA at CLE 12:05 PM
LAA: E Santana (R) 5-8, 3.69
CLE: D Huff (L) 1-0, 0.00

SEA at NYY 1:05 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 8-9, 3.47
NYY: P Hughes (R) 1-2, 9.47

DET at CHW 2:10 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 11-5, 4.35
CHW: J Danks (L) 3-8, 3.92

SFO at PHI 7:00 PM
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 8-8, 2.90
PHI: C Hamels (L) 12-5, 2.62

FLA at WAS 7:05 PM
FLA: J Vazquez (R) 6-9, 5.35
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 5-9, 4.04

BAL at TOR 7:07 PM
BAL: A Simon (R) 2-3, 4.08
TOR: R Romero (L) 7-9, 3.27

KAN at BOS 7:10 PM
KAN: B Chen (L) 5-3, 3.30
BOS: J Lackey (R) 8-8, 6.28

PIT at ATL 7:10 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 6-10, 3.26
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 12-3, 2.44

NYM at CIN 7:10 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 5-9, 4.73
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 7-8, 5.56

MIN at TEX 8:05 PM
MIN: B Duensing (L) 7-8, 4.53
TEX: C Lewis (R) 10-7, 3.93

CHC at MIL 8:10 PM
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 7-5, 4.70
MIL: Z Greinke (R) 7-4, 4.84

HOU at STL 8:15 PM
HOU: B Norris (R) 5-7, 3.70
STL: C Carpenter (R) 6-7, 3.73

TAM at OAK 10:05 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 9-8, 2.53
OAK: T Cahill (R) 8-9, 3.77

ARI at SDG 10:05 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 11-3, 3.22
SDG: C Luebke (L) 3-4, 2.65

COL at LAD 10:10 PM
COL: A Cook (R) 1-5, 5.84
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 6-12, 3.19

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mankins to sign tender, report to camp on time

No holdout this time for Logan Mankins!

Mankins to sign tender, report to camp on time

NFL Preseason Dates/Times Announced

We have gametimes! Are you ready for some football!!!!!


NFL PRESEASON DATES & TIMES ANNOUNCED

 

The dates and kickoff times of the 64-game NFL preseason schedule were announced today, beginning with five games on Thursday, August 11, including a nationally televised game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers on ESPN (8 p.m. ET).


That game is the first of 11 nationally televised preseason games featuring the entire 2010 playoff field.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will usher in the 2011 season on Saturday, August 6 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN, NFL Network) when the class of 2011 – RICHARD DENT, MARSHALL FAULK, CHRIS HANBURGER, LES RICHTER, ED SABOL, DEION SANDERS and SHANNON SHARPE – takes its place among the all-time greats.

The 2011 preseason schedule was announced on April 12, without dates and times, which have now been confirmed.  Since that announcement, the August 7 Pro Football Hall of Fame game has been cancelled and the San Diego Chargers at Dallas Cowboys game has been moved from Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21.  It will now be televised nationally by NBC (8 p.m. ET).

The complete 2011 NFL preseason schedule:

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 11 – 15

 Thursday, August 11
                                                                                                                            Local             Eastern
Seattle at San Diego                                                       ESPN                      5:00p (PT)           8:00p
Jacksonville at New England                                                                          7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Baltimore at Philadelphia                                                                                 7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Denver at Dallas                                                                                             7:30p (CT)           8:30p
Arizona at Oakland                                                                                          7:00p (PT)          10:00p

Friday, August 12
Tampa Bay at Kansas City                                              FOX                       7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Miami at Atlanta                                                                                              7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Cincinnati at Detroit                                                                                         7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Pittsburgh at Washington                                                                                7:30p (ET)           7:30p
San Francisco at New Orleans                                                                      7:00p (CT)           8:00p

Saturday, August 13
Green Bay at Cleveland                                                                                  7:30p (ET)           7:30p
NY Giants at Carolina                                                                                     8:00p (ET)           8:00p
Buffalo at Chicago                                                                                          7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Indianapolis at St. Louis                                                                                  7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Minnesota at Tennessee                                                                                 7:00p (CT)           8:00p

Monday, August 15
NY Jets at Houston                                                         ESPN                      7:00p (CT)           8:00p


WEEK 2 – AUGUST 18-22
 Thursday, August 18
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh                                                 FOX                        8:00p (ET)           8:00p
New England at Tampa Bay                                                                           7:30p (ET)           7:30p

Friday, August 19
Atlanta at Jacksonville                                                     FOX                        8:00p (ET)           8:00p
Washington at Indianapolis                                                                              7:00p (ET)           7:00p
Kansas City at Baltimore                                                                                 7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Detroit at Cleveland                                                                                         7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Carolina at Miami                                                                                            7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Arizona at Green Bay                                                                                     7:00p (CT)           8:00p

Saturday, August 20
New Orleans at Houston                                                                                 7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Tennessee at St. Louis                                                                                    7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Oakland at San Francisco                                                                              5:00p (PT)           8:00p
Buffalo at Denver                                                                                           6:30p (MT)           8:30p
Minnesota at Seattle                                                                                        7:00p (PT)          10:00p

Sunday, August 21
San Diego at Dallas                                                         NBC                       7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Cincinnati at NY Jets                                                                                       7:00p (ET)           7:00p

Monday, August 22
Chicago at NY Giants                                                     ESPN                      8:00p (ET)           8:00p


WEEK 3 – AUGUST 25-28

Thursday, August 25
Washington at Baltimore                                                 ESPN                      8:00p (ET)           8:00p
Carolina at Cincinnati                                                                                      7:00p (ET)           7:00p
Cleveland at Philadelphia                                                                                7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Friday, August 26
Green Bay at Indianapolis                                                CBS                        8:00p (ET)           8:00p
St. Louis at Kansas City                                                                                  7:00p (CT)           8:00p

Saturday, August 27
New England at Detroit                                                    CBS                        8:00p (ET)           8:00p
Jacksonville at Buffalo                                                                                    7:00p (ET)           7:00p
NY Jets at NY Giants                                                                                      7:00p (ET)           7:00p
Atlanta at Pittsburgh                                                                                        7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Miami at Tampa Bay                                                                                       7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Dallas at Minnesota                                                                                         7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Houston at San Francisco                                                                               5:00p (PT)           8:00p
Chicago at Tennessee                                                                                    7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Seattle at Denver                                                                                            7:00p (MT)           9:00p
San Diego at Arizona                                                                                     7:00p (MST)        10:00p
Sunday, August 28
New Orleans at Oakland                                                 NBC                        5:00p (PT)           8:00p

 

WEEK 4 – SEPTEMBER 1-2


Thursday, September 1
Detroit at Buffalo                                                                                             6:30p (ET)           6:30p
Indianapolis at Cincinnati                                                                                 7:00p (ET)           7:00p
Baltimore at Atlanta                                                                                         7:30p (ET)           7:30p
St. Louis at Jacksonville                                                                                  7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Dallas at Miami                                                                                                7:30p (ET)           7:30p
NY Giants at New England                                                                             7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Philadelphia at NY Jets                                                                                   7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Tampa Bay at Washington                                                                              7:30p (ET)           7:30p
Pittsburgh at Carolina                                                                                      8:00p (ET)           8:00p
Cleveland at Chicago                                                                                      7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Kansas City at Green Bay                                                                              7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Houston at Minnesota                                                                                     7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Tennessee at New Orleans                                                                            7:00p (CT)           8:00p
Denver at Arizona                                                                                           7:00p (PT)          10:00p
San Francisco at San Diego                                                                           7:00p (PT)          10:00p

Friday, September 2
Oakland at Seattle                                                                                           7:30p (PT)          10:30p