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Charles Barkley And Kenny Smith Taking Part In NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show

College basketball fans will get their first taste of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith during the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show this Sunday on CBS.

Barkley and Smith will join Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony and Seth Davis of CBS Sports during the exclusive, live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show will also be streamed live on NCAA March Madness on Demand (MMOD) available at NCAA.com, CBSSports.com, and SI.com.

Stuart Scott To Undergo Chemotherapy Treatments

Sad news out of Bristol as ESPN anchor Stuart Scott will undergo chemotherapy treatments after doctors discovered cancerous tissue.

In 2007, Scott underwent chemotherapy after an emergency appendectomy discovered a malignancy surrounding his appendix. He will try to maintain a normal work schedule during his treatments.

“There are 28 million cancer survivors worldwide,” Scott said in a statement. “You know what that means?..we’ve got a strong army!! Once again, I join the fight and like 3 years ago, I plan to beat this thing. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone’s well wishes and support. I’ll be back at work soon…probably sooner than you think. Read more

Sidney Crosby Sadly Won't Be at the All-Star Game This Weekend

Sidney Crosby will miss the NHL All-Star game while he recovers from a concussion. His absence isn’t the controversy it might have become, but it is a shame the sport’s most marketable star won’t be in attendance.

In addition to being precociously talented, Crosby is extremely likable (even if it’s because he’s basically a giant kid). Of course, Crosby should take care of his body first, etc. etc., but his absence from the proceedings in Raleigh, N.C. will be noticed. It’s too bad he couldn’t show up, shake some hands, make an appearance or two, and take in the scene. A Crosby in street clothes is much better than a Crosby home in Pittsburgh.

It’s not like entertainment including Clay Aiken, 3 Doors Down, and the Canadian Tenors will get people excited.

Sporting News, AOL Enter New Content Agreement

Starting on Mar. 1, the Sporting News and AOL will enter a new content agreement, “delivering a “best-of-breed” sports destination with compelling multi-media content and unsurpassed user experience, and the premier sports advertising environment on the web.”

The editorial control on the Sporting News remains the same but it will add national columnists from AOL’s FanHouse and add North American Soccer coverage to its core day-to-day offerings.

For AOL users, there will be a link from the AOL homepage to the relaunched Sporting News website where you will be able to keep up with your favorite FanHouse writers and columnists. The new URL after the site relaunches will be www.aol.sportingnews.com.

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NYT Editor: "We Let Down Readers" Regarding Rhoden Jets/Pats Article

Remember that whole “William Rhoden publishes the wrong column” debacle? The Columbia Journalism Review breaks down the entire ordeal nicely, giving credit to The New York Times sports editor Tom Jolly for admitting “We let down readers” and “Simply put, we goofed.”

But the article goes further than that and writer Lauren Kirchner‘s take is a smart one: The Times‘ revisionist history opens up a slippery slope, and it’s important they recognize that fact. But, this isn’t the end of journalism as we know it. Rhoden’s mistake wasn’t changing his opinion; it was altering what he wrote without explaining his thought process. Read more

The Top 10 Best Sports Moments of 2010, According to WSJ

Another list! But really, is there anything better to do on a snowy day than read year-end collections? NOPE.

And so, we turn to Jason Gay at The Wall Street Journal. His ninth favorite moment of 2010:

Who picked San Francisco to win the 2010 World Series? You too? We put $4 down last March, and now we own a Bugatti Veyron powered by white truffles! But not even Jerry Garcia’s ghost could have predicted that a team with a wildly eccentric pitching staff and no-name position players could deliver the first Giant title by the Bay. The year’s hairiest, best-smelling victory.

Go read the whole list. It’s excellent.

If there was a top 10 list for “Writers we’re happy to have back on the sports beat,” Mr. Gay would certainly push for the No. 1 slot.

The NBA's Big Year

The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.

Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).

The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)

Another WPS Team Takes A Break

The Women’s Professional Soccer league lives on but it will do so without one of its seven remaining franchises.

The Chicago Red Stars will suspend operations for the 2011 season after failing to meet funding requirements set forth by the struggling league. The WPS will play its reduced schedule with only six squads.

Red Stars part-owner Arnim Whisler told the Associated Press that some investors were “scared away”

The team will attempt to return in 2012, which is great… except for the fact that the entire league may not exist beyond this year. They may get a boost from the Women’s World Cup this summer, but success in the international game might not translate to ticket sales and sponsorship money for WPS.

In the meantime, the Red Stars management hopes to find places for its players to play.

“We will work with our players to help them find teams quickly while the free market is in full swing,” Whisler said.

That’s a lovely sentiment, but there’s currently a glut of female soccer talent who need jobs. The Red Stars are the fourth team to disband in the past year, leaving a flooded market. The best (read: most marketable) couple players – members of the United States national team – will land jobs, but the rest of the roster will struggle to latch on to a club.

Christmas Eve Forces Smackdown To USA Network

World Wrestling Entertainment is making sure you don’t have to chose between spending time with the family or watching Smackdown on Christmas Eve.

For one night only, Smackdown will air live on the USA Network on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Normally Smackdown tapes on Tuesday and airs Friday evenings on the Syfy Network.

In addition to Smackdown, the USA Network will air a special two-hour version of the WWE’s Tribute to the Troops special on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

LeBron. Cleveland. Tonight. 8 P.M.

Hide the women and children; LeBron’s back.

Actually, forget that. The women and children will be joining the grown men of Ohio to boo the heck out of LBJ when he returns to Cleveland Thursday night as a member of the Miami Heat. For one night only, Cleveland does indeed rock.

What does it all mean? Welp

People might end up in jail.

Local governments may topple.

Only something bad could happen. I guarantee you.

Whatever it is? There will definitely be something in the air.

That’s okay. Just maybe lay off the five-year-old Heat fans, okay?

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