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Don Meredith, 'Monday Night Football' Analyst, Dead at 72

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 6th 2010 1:00PM
Monday Night Football teamDon Meredith, the former 'Monday Night Football' co-host, has died at the age of 72.

Meredith passed away in Santa Fe, NM of complications from emphysema and a brain hemorrhage he suffered on Sunday. He previously suffered a stroke in 2004.

Meredith was probably unknown to many younger TV viewers, but "Dandy Don" was everywhere in the 1970s and '80s. His trademark while calling games, besides his casual demeanor and humor, was singing 'Turn Out The Lights' when it was obvious that the game was indeed over.

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Watch ESPN Classic's '30 For 30' Marathon

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 13th 2010 11:00AM
For the next three Sundays this month, ESPN Classic will repeat episodes from their landmark documentary series '30 For 30'. The re-airing culminates with a 17-episode marathon on Nov. 28, starting at 7AM ET.

If you've missed any (or all) of this outstanding series, this is your chance to catch up.

With '30 For 30', ESPN pledged to present 30 films with a unique perspective on sports. The series has brought major filmmakers to ESPN airwaves (including Oscar nominee John Singleton, and Oscar winners Barbara Kopple and Barry Levinson).

The contributors also include former and current athletes. 'Bull Durham" writer/director Ron Shelton -- whose 'Jordan Rides the Bus' (about Michael Jordan's time in baseball's minors) is a '30 for 30' highlight -- once played minor league baseball himself. Phoenix Suns superstar Steve Nash, with filmmaker Ezra Holland, presents 'Into the Wind', about cancer activist Terry Fox, who transfixed North America in 1980 with an attempted run across Canada.

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ESPN Lets Joe Morgan Go (And It's About Time)

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 9th 2010 3:40PM
Joe MorganIf you heard a faint cheer wafting from your cubicles yesterday, it was probably the baseball fans in your office cheering that the 'ESPN Sunday Night Baseball' team of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan won't be back for a 22nd season on the Worldwide Leader.

Those cheers aren't for the dismissal of Miller, who did his usual consistent and excellent job this past season. No, those cheers were for the departure of Morgan, one of the most polarizing sportscasters since Howard Cosell.

For a lot of fans, Morgan was the symbol of all that's wrong with sports broadcasting, one of many former players who seem to coast through a high-profile analyst's job largely unprepared. For others, though, he was a comforting voice, a guy who's seen it all and can recount the stories over and over again while putting things in the context of the game at hand.

But there aren't many broadcasters who have inspired so much ire that entire websites were created to document his every misstep. And, whether you liked him or not, you have to admit that it was probably time to let the Hall of Famer go and get some fresh voices in.

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Who the Heck IS Jenn Sterger, Anyway?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 7th 2010 5:05PM
Jenn StergerIf you're a sports fan, you probably know by now that the scamps over at Deadspin have gone through with their promise to publish the odd voice mails and raunchy cell phone photos Brett Favre allegedly sent to former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when the Vikings' QB played for Gang Green in 2008.

Why Deadspin is doing this is anyone's guess. Could be for page views. Could be that they want to debunk the wholesome Mississippi farmer image Favre has built over the last couple of decades. But this story is sure to have legs (and other body parts) for the next couple of weeks, or at least until the Vikings play the Jets on Monday night.

So, given all that's gone on, many sports fans are wondering who in the heck Jenn Sterger is, and why she's generating so much attention.

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Could Rex Ryan Be the Next John Madden?

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 10th 2010 4:30PM
Rex Ryan, head coach of the New York JetsAnyone who follows the NFL or New York sports has probably heard Jets head coach Rex Ryan's shtick by now. He's blustery, boastful, and likes to use colorful language.

But now the rest of the country is seeing what the hubbub around Ryan has been about via the ever-interesting HBO series 'Hard Knocks,' which documented the Jets training camp this summer. Ryan's national profile has skyrocketed, leading Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News to already wonder if Ryan can be the plain-spoken heir apparent to John Madden in the broadcast booth.

It's an interesting thought, one that has some merit. But if Ryan were to make his way into the booth after his coaching career is over, he's going to have to make some changes in order to be successful.

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U.S. Open Tennis 2010 TV Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Aug 30th 2010 3:10PM

Don't miss any of the tennis action at the 2010 U.S. Open and check out the entire TV schedule after the jump!

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Mike Golic Rips Cowboys Rookie Dez Bryant (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 26th 2010 1:10PM
Mike GolicWould you carry another man's pads? That's not a euphemism for anything, I mean would you carry another man's pads? As in shoulder pads?

That was the discussion on 'Mike & Mike' (weekdays at 6AM ET on ESPN2) this morning. It seems there's a tradition at the Dallas Cowboys training camp (and maybe other camps, I'm not sure) where rookies carry the pads of veteran players after practice. Rookie Dez Bryant refuses to do it, and it's causing all sorts of controversy.

In the world of rookie hazing and/or rituals, this seems rather minor. It's not like they're asking Bryant to carry a tub of Gatorade up a hill or wear someone else's jock for a day.

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The Week in TV Sports: July 23-29

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 22nd 2010 3:30PM
Usually when people talk about the long and winding road they've traveled down, they mean it metaphorically. But when the winner of this year's Tour de France is crowned on Sunday, he'll be able to rightly claim to have traversed one of the longest and windiest roads in all sports, with over 2263 miles ridden through fields and over mountains, all while perched on the back of a spindly little bicycle.

Just who will be wearing the coveted maillot jaune, however, is still up in the air, with Spain's Alberto Contador leading Luxembourg's Andy Schleck by just eight skinny seconds in the overall classifications. Contador is widely expected to drop the hammer during Saturday's individual time trial, but accidents and equipment malfunctions -- such as the slipped chain that cost Schleck his lead to begin with -- do happen, meaning it's still anyone's race.

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The Week in TV Sports: July 16-22

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 16th 2010 3:00PM
For fans of soccer it's a sad time, as the long, four year countdown begins to the next World Cup. But while you're packing away your Kaká jerseys and rolling up your hand-stenciled Landon Donovan banners, don't shed too many tears. Because, after all, there's one bright side: the end of the World Cup means more time to watch other sports.

Like, say, the British Open, which began yesterday in the legendary birthplace of golf, St Andrews, Scotland. Folks have been queuing up there for a round on the Old Course for 500 years or more, braving the rain and harsh winds off the North Sea for a chance to experience golf in its purest form. And now, at last, the sport has finally evolved to the point where you can enjoy the spectacle in high definition without ever having to leave your couch. Now that's progress.

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The Week in Sports TV: July 9-15

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 9th 2010 4:30PM
At long last, the world can finally breathe a sigh of relief, because LeBron James has made his monumental decision, freeing Earth's population from the tyranny of uncertainty. Yes, it's a joyous moment in the sports world -- or it would be if most of the planet weren't busy paying attention to actual sports being played, such as the Tour de France, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and a little something called the World Cup Final.

So our apologies to King James, but we have a small request: now that you've had your prime time special to talk about yourself, is it cool if the rest of us get back to watching and caring about things that matter? Plus, we're guessing that the good folks of Cleveland could probably use a distraction right about now anyway, and nothing distracts quite like the spectacle of sport.

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Watch 'LeBron James: The Decision' With Us

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 8th 2010 8:00PM
LeBron JamesNot sure if you've heard, but Lebron James is announcing which NBA team he'll play for in a special program on ESPN.

It's all pretty ridiculous -- as our writer, Dr. Ryan Vaughan, already discussed. But of course we're all going to watch anyway, right?

So, let's all tune in at 9PM ET and watch Lebron make his decision. After that minute is up, we can watch all the sports commentators and pundits weigh in. Hurray!

Watch with us and
comment on the whole spectacle below!

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LeBron James Really Needs a One Hour "Special"... He REALLY Does!

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jul 8th 2010 3:00PM
LeBron James For those of you not up-to-date on the comings and goings of basketball warlock LeBron James, ESPN will be airing a one-hour special focusing on him tonight at 9PM ET.

What's the "special" about, you ask? A chronicle of his freakish career? A montage of highlights? A story about LeBron teaching a quadriplegic how to dunk? Nope. None of those. Unfortunately.

No, tonight at 9PM ET, we'll finally know which team LeBron will be on. That's it. Information that you will inevitably be able to decipher by looking at his shirt will be the subject of a one hour television "special."

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The Week in Sports TV: July 2-8

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 2nd 2010 2:00PM
Ah, the Fourth of July. A time for all Americans to gather together around the grill and celebrate the founding of our nation. And what better way to celebrate Independence Day than by honoring the American tradition of settling in to watch the big game on the couch with a cold brewski? Something like, maybe, the World Cup. Or Wimbledon. Or maybe the Tour de France.

OK, so none of those are exactly the most American sports around, but whatever. It's rare that three of the biggest events in world sports happen to overlap, but that's exactly what we'll be seeing this week, as the Tour de France fire up its human engines on Saturday for what supposedly is Lance Armstrong's final bike ride through the European countryside.

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The Week in Sports TV: June 25-July 1

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 25th 2010 2:45PM
We're not sure about you guys, but we're still exhausted from watching that ridiculous Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Seriously, 70-68? We're pretty sure there were games during the NBA Finals that had lower scores than that. Which... says something about the NBA Finals, but that's a different story.

We only bring this up, of course, because this week Wimbledon kicks into an even higher gear. Add to that the continued thrills of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which found a new gear once the group stage reached critical mass in the final games, and it's a great week for international sports. Domestically, well, not so much, unless you're really into the 75th game of the baseball season, in which case, don't worry, we'll wake you when nap time is over.

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The Week in Sports TV: June 18-24

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 18th 2010 1:40PM
Well, it's official: the summer sports doldrums have arrived. The final hoops have been hooped and the final pucks have been pucked, leaving baseball as the only major North American team sport still in season. And since they're not even at the All-Star break yet, most MLB games have almost no meaning beyond something to have on the radio while you nap at the beach. Yes, the middle of June is usually thew worst time of the year for sports.

Usually.

But not this year, baby, thanks to two major events taking place this week: the FIFA 2010 World Cup and the PGA Tour's U.S. Open.

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