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Ron Artest Passes On Dancing With The Stars

There won’t be World Peace on this season of Dancing with the Stars.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest was “seriously thinking about” competing on the ABC dance competition show, but it appears he’s passing on the opportunity, according to Laker Nation:

Artest had this to say when we asked him at Matt Barnes 3rd annual Athletes vs. Cancer event at Trump National.

“Nah I’m not doing that. People want me to, but I’m not. I like that show though!”

Guess it would be hard to Dancing with the Stars from England, huh?

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Seven New ESPN Documentaries Coming This Fall

The spirit of 30 for 30 lives on thanks to seven new documentaries from ESPN.

Catching Hell, the documentary on Steve Bartman, kicks off a seven-week run through Nov. 8. Below are the rest of the documentaries that are scheduled, according to Zap2it.com:

Renee, about transgender tennis player Renee Richards‘ efforts to enter the 1977 U.S. Open and her life today. Airs Oct. 4.

The Dotted Line, directed by Morgan Spurlock, which profiles two sports agents, Peter Greenberg and Eugene Lee. Airs Oct. 11.

Unguarded, about former high-school star and NBA player Chris Herren‘s struggles with addiction and his road to recovery. Airs Oct. 18. Read more

Video: Ozzie Guillen's Bimonthly Meltdown

Speaking of Ozzie Guillen‘s temper

[H/T CSNChicago.com]

ESPN: Bruce Feldman Was Never Suspended

ESPN has released a statement regarding Bruce Feldman‘s suspension, as reported first by SportsByBrooks.com.

“There was never any suspension or any other form of disciplinary action. We took the time to review his upcoming work assignments in light of the book to which he contributed and will manage any conflicts or other issues as needed.   Bruce has resumed his assignments.”

Word?

Something doesn’t add up. Regardless, #freebruce, which was trending nationally this morning on Twitter, is a success.

Friday Night Lights Coming To ESPN

The NBC/DirecTV football drama Friday Night Lights is headed to ESPN starting Tuesday night.

The first two episodes from the first season will air Tuesday on ESPN at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.

ESPN Classic will become the home of Friday Night Lights starting with a Season 1 marathon on July 14 and 15. Starting on July 21, the show will air on ESPN Classic every Thursday night at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.

“We were attracted to it because the quality of the show is so strong and it has such a passionate and loyal following,” Connor Schell, vice president and executive producer, ESPN Films and ESPN Classic, told TheWrap.com. “It’s just incredible long form storytelling in and around sports.”

 

Tiger Woods: 'Special Announcement' at 11 a.m.

Tiger Woods, whose lingering injuries have caused him to miss the U.S. Open and to withdraw from the upcoming British Open, is sitting down with The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman to discuss an undisclosed subject at 11 a.m. today. Is he retiring? Highly unlikely. So why is he calling a pseudo press conference? We already know he’s not playing in the British Open due to injuries, so drawing people together for the added, unnecessary measure of repeating the same news seems oddly LeBronthian.

Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf discussed some of the other possible things Woods might talk about: Read more

Joe Theismann Contracted Hoof and Mouth Disease During CFL Game

During an appearance on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C,, this week, former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann revealed for the first time that he contracted Hoof and Mouth Disease in 1971 while playing in the Canadian Football League.

“First of all, you go back to 1982, I got my teeth knocked out against the Giants because I didn’t wear a mouthguard,” the quarterback told Mike Wise and Holden Kushner. “And then go all the way back to 1971, when I played for the Toronto Argonauts up in the Canadian Football League. We were playing in Montreal, and they had had a cattle show or a livestock show in the stadium the day before, and I wound up with hoof and mouth disease, a bacterial infection. I’m serious. It’s one of those things that fell through the cracks. On your show, things are revealed that are not revealed anywhere.”

“It was miserable, I’ll tell you,” Theismann said. “It was the Autostade in Montreal, and we were playing a game the next day….[Olympian] John Carlos was actually in the stands that day, because they were recruiting him to play with the Alouettes. All the animals had been in, and you get dirt in your mouth, one thing led to the next, and all of this sudden if I drank a glass of water it was like drinking a ball of fire. Finally went to the doctor, I said i don’t know what’s going on, he said you know,I don’t want to say anything, but you’ve got Hoof and Mouth Disease or Trench Mouth. I go oh God, that sounds so disgusting. He says it is, what can I tell you, it is.”

In related news, Theismann was recently named a national spokesperson for Defense Sport Mouthguard Rinse, which is designed to clean and remove dirt and bacteria from a player’s mouthguard without the use of alcohol or sugar.

(H/T to Dan Steinberg at WaPo)

Al Michaels, Bob Costas To Call Mets-Giants For MLB Network

Al Michaels will call his first MLB game in over 15 years when he joins Bob Costas in the MLB Network broadcast booth July 8 as the New York Mets travel to take on the San Francisco Giants.

It will mark the first time Michaels and Costas have called a MLB game together.

Both announcers will appear on the SNY and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area broadcast in the middle innings while Mets announcers Gary Cohen and Ron Darling and Giants announcers Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow handle the action on the MLB Network.

 

 

Mexico vs. Honduras Top Primetime Sports Telecast Ever On Univision

Wednesday’s Mexico vs. Honduras CONCACAF Copa Oro (Gold Cup) semifinal match was the top primetime sports telecast ever on Univision.

The broadcast averaged 7.1 million viewers (P2+) and 4.5 million adults in the 18-49 demo.

Nearly 11 million people watched all or part of the broadcast. It ranks at the #3 sports telecast in Univision history, behind the 2010 World Cup final and Mexico vs. Argentina (2010 World Cup Match on June 27).

 

 

 

Video: Notorious B.I.G. + Lacrosse = Viral Gold

The Notorious B.I.G. would be proud to know his legacy is stronger than ever – - thanks to this high school lacrosse announcer.

 

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