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UFC Looking To Purchase Part Of G4 Channel

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is in talks to buy an ownership stake of the G4 network from Comcast, according to reports.

The UFC’s current contract with Spike expires at the end of the year and executives are bracing for president Dana White to take his MMA empire elsewhere.

“There’s no doubt we’re looking around,” White said recently. “When I say we’re talking to everybody, we’re talking to everybody. That’s what you do when your deal is up. … Spike TV’s been there for a long time. I’ve got great relationships there, and hopefully we’ll stay on Spike TV.” Read more

Nearly Two Million Apply for Tix to See 100m Run at 2012 Games

Approximately 40,000 tickets will be made available for the 100-meter final of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, so organizers will have a difficult time meeting the demand of 1.82 million prospective spectators who have reportedly requested 20 million tickets to see if Usain Bolt can improve on his world record time of 9.69 seconds, set at the 2008 Games.

(Source: BBC News)

Video: Roenick calls Sharks' Marleau 'gutless'

During the third period of Game 5 against San Jose, the Red Wings scored three goals against the Sharks to stave off elimination for the second straight game and inch within 3-2 in the series. This prompted commentator Jeremy Roenick to call Sharks center Patrick Marleau “gutless” and say he’s suffering from an injury — to his heart. Marleau, a former teammate of Roenick’s, has no points in the series and allowed a crucial turnover to Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk that led to the Red Wings’ game-winning goal in the 4-3 victory.

 

Scoops Callahan Sends Phil Jackson Into Retirement

And speaking of stupid questions

The final (possible) question in Phil Jackson‘s illustrious NBA coaching career came from 1920s reporter “Scoops Callahan,” aka local Dallas sports personality Tom Gribble.

Amen indeed.

Video: NHL Cameraman Gets Smoked During Pregame Hockey Intros

Before Game Three of the Nashville Predators-Vancouver Canucks game, this cameraman gets smoked (double entendre!) when a Predators player comes out during pregame introductions and runs over the cameraman (who’d been obscured by smoke).

 



(H/T to Puck Daddy)

WrestleMania 27 Reaches 1 Million Pay-Per-View Buys

While it might have been a dud to wrestling fans, WrestleMania 27 reached its goal of 1 million pay-per-view buys.

Last year’s WrestleMania scored 885,000 orders, which was down from 960,000 in 2009. According to World Wrestling Entertainment, pay-per-view buys are up 30 percent in North America and up 15 percent overseas. The final numbers are still being tallied.

With The Rock vs. John Cena already set as the main event for WrestleMania 28, the WWE can pencil in another 1 million pay-per-view buys for next year.

NABJ Honoring Claire Smith With Legacy Award

Legendary sports journalist Claire Smith will receive The National Associated of Black Journalists Legacy Award at this summer’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia.

Smith was a baseball beat writer for over 20 years before she joined ESPN in July 2007 as a news editor, working with the production teams on MLB broadcasts. She previously worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin, Hartford Courant, New York Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more

1050 ESPN Radio Shakes Up Daily Lineup

New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica will host a daily sports-talk show starting next month on 1050AM ESPN Radio.

The longtime Sports Reporters contributor will take the airwaves in New York City from 2-3 p.m. He previously hosted a radio show 18 years ago on WFAN 660AM.

The addition of Lupica is just one of several changes for the sports-talk station.

Jared Max will host a new show from 5-6 a.m. followed by the syndicated Mike & Mike in the Morning and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Read more

Columnist Blames Dodger Stadium Attack On Fan

John Steigerwald is a moron.

Now that we got that out the way, let me tell you why he’s a moron.

The Observer-Reporter columnist wrote a piece on Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan that’s in a coma after a vicious beating by two Dodger fans on Opening Day at Chavez Ravine.

Steigerwald blames Stow for getting attacked because he wore Giants’ gear to the game:

It’s probably safe to say that the two “Dodgers” were high on something or things, but somewhere in their sick, juvenile minds, they probably also thought they were doing their duty as Dodger fans. Read more

Farewell, Manuel "Manny" Aristides Ramírez Onelcida

In honor of Manny Ramirez‘s abrupt retirement Friday, I wanted to post my favorite “Manny Being Manny” moment.

Thanks for all the memories, good and bad, during your 19-year career, Manny.

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