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Ross Greenburg Leaves HBO After 33 Years

HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg decided not to renew his contract and is leaving the network after 33 years.

“We believe that Ross’ track record speaks for itself,” said HBO co-president Richard Plepler and HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a co-statement. “He has helped redefine the sports programming genre and set an extraordinary standard of excellence in the industry. We will miss his leadership, vision, creativity and passion for sports television. Ross Greenburg is exiting his post as president of HBO Sports.” Read more

NBA Lays Off 114 Employees

The NBA eliminated 114 positions this week, according to The New York Times.

A league spokesman wouldn’t confirm the layoffs were connected directly to the NBA lockout, which started two weeks ago.

“The layoffs are not a direct result of the lockout but rather a response to the same underlying issue – that is, the league’s expenses far outpace our revenues,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass told The New York Times.

Most of the positions eliminated were from the New York and New Jersey offices and employees got word Wednesday and Thursday. The NBA was looking to cut their expenses by $50 million.

All told, 11 percent of the workforce was eliminated. According to Bass, the NBA doesn’t plan on re-hiring the employees once the lockout is over.




Nebraska Head Coach Earns Spot In Urban Dictionary

Nebraska football head coach Bo Pelini‘s temper has landed him a spot in the Urban Dictionary.

According to the website, Pelini means the following:

“A violent rage that cannot be controlled, often expressed in Tourette’s-like cursing accompanied with demonic facial contortions. An angry sense of entitlement that will cause you to treat anyone around you with contempt and physical brutality, including game officials, innocent cameramen or possibly your own team.”

I feel sorry for the Nebraska player that brings this up to Pelini during practice.


Giffords' Heroic Intern Throwing Out First Pitch at ASG Tonight

Daniel Hernandez, the intern for Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords who heroically ran towards the sound of gunfire when Giffords and others were shot by a deranged gunman, is throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Hernandez, a trained nursing assistant, was instrumental in saving Giffords’ life, elevating her head and staunching the flow of blood from a head wound until paramedics arrived.

Home Run Derby Participants to Tweet During Competition

Participants in tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby will tweet throughout the competition, marking the first time that players will use social media during a live event. So if you need to read a Major League Baseball player’s take on the Home Run Derby — “U C That? Wow!”; “Home Run!” — then by all means follow along for their unique insights.

ESPN will broadcast the event from Chase Field in Arizona starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Participants such as David Ortiz (@davidortiz), Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) and Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) will be tweeting on their accounts, and so will other All-Stars including Heath Bell (@HeathBell21), Gio Gonzalez (@GioGonzalez47), Hunter Pence (@HunterPence9), Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP), Gaby Sanchez (@GabySanchez215), Justin Upton (@RealJustinUpton), C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer), Howie Kendrick (@HKendrick47) and Joel Hanrahan (@hanrahan4457).

Video: Tour de France Crash Caused by French News Car

Enduring the peloton is grueling enough for Tour de France riders without having to worry about getting side-swiped by television news cars. In this video a French television car crashes into rider Juan Antonio Flecha, who then hits rider Johnny Hoogerland, who then flips through the air and lands on a fence. The French blamed Lance Armstrong for the crash.

Video: Red Sox Announcers Flummoxed When Fan Grabs Woman's Chest

Red Sox announcers Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo had no sooner commented on the two happy couples enjoying a mom-and-apple pie moment at the ballpark when one of the men got a little handsy with one of his female friends. The video is NSFW-ish. Remy and Orsillo’s reactions are priceless.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

Joe Buck: "I'd Happily Step Aside To Hear Vin Scully"

The petition to have Vin Scully call one last World Series is gaining momentum.

Fox Sports play-by-play voice Joe Buck told the Los Angeles Daily News that he would step aside to have Scully call the action:

“Personally, I’d love it,” Buck said the other day. “We’ve always toyed with the idea of having the hometown guy involved in a World Series broadcast. I’m from that camp. In my dad’s era, we paid a nod of tribute to the greats. And there’s no one like Vin, or close to Vin. I’d happily step aside to hear his voice (on the World Series). I would not fight that at all. That’s just how I grew up. As far as I’m concerned, he could be part of it every year. I’m not selfish. I realize who the game’s greats are, and I always defer to them – my dad (Jack Buck), Ernie Harwell, Curt Gowdy, Harry Caray. There are only a handful of guys who are as identifiable with their organizations as any player is.”

Fox, please make this happen.



Sports Radio Host Ben Maller Drops 200 Pounds

Fox Sports Radio host Ben Maller, who is also well-known in the blogosphere for his rumors report, has penned a story on that details his 200-pound weight loss over the last 62 weeks. Illness was not a driving factor in his dramatic weight loss, nor was lap-band surgery. Rather Maller opted for the often overlooked route of “eat less, exercise more,” which means he actually earned it.

Originally the plan was to work out for half an hour a day, for one year, to see how much weight could be lost. That slowly turned into a lifestyle change that now has me at the gym for over an hour most days.

Without giving all my secrets away, I’ve worked out 99.5 percent of the time (438-of-440 possible days), managing to lose an average of 3.2 pounds over the 62 weeks.

Much of the weight loss has been even more dramatic than that, coming over the past six months.

Normally you’ll find me at the gym late at night, when the pretty people are sleeping. After getting off the radio at 3 a.m. in Los Angeles, I’m in the gym by 3:30 a.m.

In addition to loads of exercise, I also made some critical diet changes. Stopped drinking soda, cut back on my junk food, added fruit to my diet. Better food choices have helped pay off.

Congrats to Maller, who notes that “Jerry Rice won three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers weighing 200 pounds. That’s what I had on my back all these years.”

Tom Kelly Joining Twins Booth for Four Games

Former Twins manager Tom Kelly, who led Minnesota to its two World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, is joining the Twins broadcast booth on Fox Sports North for four games this week. Kelly’s stint begins this afternoon when the team hosts the Rays and continues Thursday, Friday and Sunday when the team faces the White Sox in Chicago. Kelly is filling in for Bert Blyleven, who is taking time off in preparation for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame later this month.

In the past Kelly has briefly joined Blyleven and play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer in the booth, but this will be the first time he’s serving as a full-game analyst. Bremer, for one, thinks he’s game for the role.

“There’s no question he’s got a wealth of knowledge about the game and the players,” Bremer said. “I’ll be very interested how much he enjoys it. Most people who cross over to the dark side, as we call it, really enjoy it once they get used to it.”

Kelly, for his part, said, “We’ll see how comfortable I can get. I might be like a fish out of water there, I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Let’s hope it’s a good game and I can contribute something to the festivities and maybe make somebody think about something a little bit.”