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The Score Satellite Radio Is Going Off The Air

Sad news from north of the border as The Score Satellite Radio is going off the air on Sept. 1.

According to Toronto Sports Media, Sirius decided to pull the plug on the station due to the recent merger with XM Radio Canada.

The Score was the home of the wildly popular The Morning Jones – we will have Bomani Jones‘ reaction about this breaking news Tuesday evening.

 

Peter King: No Hard Knocks This Year

Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports on Twitter that HBO will not film Hard Knocks this summer, a victim of the lingering lockout.

“No ‘Hard Knocks’ this year. I repeat: No ‘Hard Knocks.’

The cancellation of the popular training camp documentary series comes on the heels of the NFL’s cancellation of the Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Rams.

Sources on both sides of the labor impasse have said the end of the lockout is imminent, but fine details need to be hammered out before the lockout threatens the first week of preseason games.

Video: Doug Glanville Has Lost His Baseball Touch

It’s been seven years since Baseball Tonight analyst Doug Glanville retired from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The former outfielder threw out the first pitch at the Cubs-Phillies game Wednesday.

Let’s just say Glanville is clearly not tossing the ball around with John Kruk back in Bristol.

[H/T Awful Announcing]

 

Sequel Planned to Ricky Williams Documentary

Run Ricky Run, Sean Pamphilon‘s documentary about former retiree Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins, was one of the best in ESPN’s 30-for-3o series. And Pamphilon is reportedly making a follow-up called The Truth Cabin. He told the South Florida Sun Sentinel he has more than 300 hours of Williams footage, dating back to his days at the University of Texas, when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1998. The piece will follow Williams’ abrupt retirement in 2004, his marijuana use and his spiritual sojourns.

In the same way that “Run Ricky Run” went far deeper than Williams’ life as an athlete – he alleged in the film that his father had sexually abused him as a child – Pamphilon makes “The Truth Cabin” sound even less about sports.

“There’s more of Ricky, the element of Ricky and I together and how that impacted me, and the external forces of what brought us together,” Pamphilon said.

MJ, Bird, Magic Land On NBA 2K12 Cover

 

2K Sports has upped the ante for 2K12, landing not only Michael Jordan on the cover for a second consecutive year but Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as well.

“Michael Jordan for us last year was a huge success from a fan standpoint and an in-game standpoint,” Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports, told ESPN.com. “But in 2K Sports fashion, we continue to improve, we continue to evolve, and this year we’re taking it up a notch by having three covers of the game.

With Bird and Johnson on the cover, does this mean the two superstars will get the MJ treatment in NBA 2K12? Read more

Hope Solo on George Lopez Show Tonight

Hope Solo, the goalie for the United States Women’s World Cup soccer team that lost to Japan in the finals, will be a guest on George Lopez‘ TBS show Lopez Tonight this evening at midnight ET. Solo and teammate Abby Wambach appeared on David Letterman Tuesday night, kicking soccer balls at taxi cabs.

Video: Steve Nash Dances After Beating Senior Citizen for Parking Space

Steve Nash is one of the select athletes who’s naturally funny, ala Peyton Manning and Charles Barkley. In this hilarious commercial for the green Toyota Prius, Nash, a committed environmentalist, outmaneuvers a senior citizen for a parking spot and celebrates by dancing.

Versus Rebrand Is On The Horizon

NBC programming president Jon Miller told Pete Dougherty of the Times Union the new name of the Versus network will be revealed “within the next couple of weeks,” but won’t go into effect until 2012:

“We’ll have regular NHL,” Miller said of NBC’s cable entity. “We’ll have some other stuff that we’re going to be announcing. We have some fun programming in the works that’s going to make it an exciting place for people to go look. We’re not going to be ESPN. We’ve never claimed to be ESPN, but I think we’ll be an attractive alternative.”

I’m glad Miller is on the record as saying he doesn’t want the network to be ESPN. Just ask Fox Sports how that worked out for them.

 

 

NBA Players, Executives Mingle At Chris Bosh's Wedding

Chris Bosh tied the knot this past weekend at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Normally, a NBA player getting married wouldn’t be huge news. But the guest list included current players and NBA executives, a no-no as part of the NBA lockout.

The league signed off on both sides interacting at Bosh’s wedding, but it still created an awkward situation, according to the NY Post:

“But while Heat stars James, Wade — recovering from Lasik eye surgery and sporting shades, both pictured below with Bosh — and Juwan Howard were seated in an area separate from the suits’, they later mingled on the dance floor with team GM Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra, vice president Nick Arison, the son of Heat owner Micky Arison and former Heat all-star Alonzo Mourning, who now works in player relations. They got special permission from the league to attend the glitzy bash together. Read more

Armstrong Asks Court to Order FBI Agents to Discuss Media Contacts

Arguing that only someone in government could have leaked key details to the media about a grand injury investigation into his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is asking the U.S. District of Los Angeles to order FBI agents to discuss their contacts with the media.

The law requires that details of grand jury investigations remain secret prior to an indictment and authorized disclosure in the run-up to a trial.

“The leaker in this case has, from the beginning, acted with the obvious intent of legitimizing the government’s investigation of a national hero, best known for his role in the fight against cancer,” the court papers said. “Each leak has been designed to propagate public support for this investigation by smearing Armstrong and tarnishing his reputation. The tactical nature of these leaks cannot be ignored as it strongly suggests an underlying partisanship inherent in government agents.”

Armstrong’s lawyers accused The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and CBS’ “60 Minutes” of reporting illegally leaked information.

Lou Ferrara, the Associated Press managing editor for sports, said, “The AP has been aggressive in covering this important story. AP reporters will continue to pursue the truth. This action will not stop us.”

Filed by the same California-based lawyers who represented the Major League Baseball Players Association and succeeded in having the government’s seizure of player drug tests and records declared illegal, the request for an order to show cause asks a federal court to require that all agents involved in the probe provide sworn statements detailing their contacts with media.

The filing has 17 references to Jeff Novitzky, a Food and Drug Administration special agent who, in his prior job as an IRS special agent, ran the investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO). That probe led to the seizure of the baseball drug list and the indictment of home run king Barry Bonds. A prosecutor, Doug Miller, is named in the filing but no other agent. Armstrong’s lawyers say the leaker was “potentially Novitzky himself.”

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