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MSG Varsity's High School SportsDesk Expands

MSG Varsity’s premiere show, High School SportsDesk, will expand their coverage across the tri-state area.

Four simultaneous shows will air throughout four regions – New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut/Westchester/Hudson Valley and New York City. The shows will air each weeknight starting Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Steve Gelbs and Keith Irizarry have been added to the High School SportsDesk team to help with the additional coverage. Read more

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Toothless Flyers Player Lands Role in Apatow Movie

Judd Apatow, the comedic font behind Superbad, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has tabbed Philadelphia Flyers winger Ian Laperriere to play a key role in his upcoming film, This is Forty, starring Megan Fox and Wyatt Russell.

Why was Laperriere selected for the bit? Because he has no teeth.

Apatow’s movie features a scene in which some hockey players adjourn to a bar after a game. The group — which will feature Laperriere and Flyers teammates Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk — end up dancing, grab-assing and playing with Laperriere’s fake teeth.

“I made a fool of myself, but it was fun,” Laperriere told Philly.com. “I like to try different things.”

Will his work rise to the Oscar-worthy level of Cam Neely, aka Seabass, in Dumb & Dumber? We shall see.

TNT Analyst Next In Line For Indiana Pacers Gig?

TNT NBA analyst Reggie Miller appears to be next in line for the role as president of the Indiana Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Larry Bird has said that he would step down after one more season in the Pacers’ front office. Miller has been with TNT since he announced his retirement in 2005.

Wojnarowski also mentioned a scenario (which would make more sense) where Donnie Walsh would come in and assist Miller.

Commentating about basketball for a living is one thing, running an NBA team is another.

USA Today's Danny Sheridan Compares Bloggers to Cockroaches

During a highly anticipated radio interview yesterday with Paul Finebaum, Danny Sheridan of USA Today was expected by many to divulge the name of the “bag man” who purportedly delivered the money necessary to bring Cam Newton to Auburn. Sheridan did not name the person, claiming he never promised to do so. When Finebaum said that Sheridan would be raked over the coals by media commentators, Sheridan was unmoved, and went off on a tangent about bloggers who (cliche alert) mostly live in their mother’s basements. He likened them to cockroaches who aren’t man enough to say something and put their name to it.

To recap, people were paying particular attention to what Sheridan had to say yesterday because he claimed to know something, but then refused to divulge the name because he says he didn’t want someone to lose their job. In unrelated news, I know the real identity of D.B. Cooper, but don’t want to reveal his name because someone might lose their job. Come back tomorrow, though, maybe I’ll troll for more attention change my mind.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

Jalen Rose Released From Jail

ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose is a free man after he was released from Oakland County Jail early Thursday morning.

“Back on the block & the grind continues…Live. Love. Learn. & Leave a Legacy–THANKS to EVERYONE for the prayers & well wishes,” Rose tweeted shortly after he was released.

The 38-year-old was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

Rose told a judge that he had six martinis on the evening he was arrested after his Cadillac Escalade had gone off the road because of icy road conditions.

Ratings Down 14 Percent for PGA Championship

Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship on CBS drew a 4.3 overnight rating, a 14 percent drop over last year. Translation: The golf season’s final major tournament was seen in an average of 4.3 percent of U.S. homes in the top 56 markets.

Not surprisingly, CBS’ ratings peaked at 6.6 between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. ET, when Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner were engaged in a three-hole playoff. Bradley won by one shot to earn his first major title.

The absence of big-name players on Sunday’s leader board no doubt affected the ratings, as Tiger Woods missed the cut and Phil Mickelson tied for 19th.

Bradley, who was 108th in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the tournament, became the first player since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to win his major- tournament debut in the U.S. Following the win, Bradley rose to 29th in the world rankings.

Enter Contest to Win $25K of Barkley's Money

TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley is launching a contest starting today that will reward $25,000 to the person who submits the best business idea that needs some financial support. Submission to “Earn Chuck’s Bucks” at www.charlesbarkley.com will be accepted through July 18. Barkley will then narrow the entries to three finalists, and voters can then go online and “help” Barkley pick the ultimate winner. The winner will be announced in September. I’ve already submitted the winning proposal — “The Jump to Conclusions Mat” — so better luck next time.

 

Minnesota Vikings Turn Down HBO's Hard Knocks

Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told the Pioneer Press that he declined an offer for his team to appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks:

Q Any talk internally of being the host team for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” reality series?

A We declined.

Q So HBO asked you?

A Yes.

Q Why did you say no?

A We have other issues – the stadium and football – and we need to focus on those.

Another one bites the dust.

Gus Johnson To Call Mosley vs. Pacquiao Fight

Gus Johnson, Antonio Tarver and Al Bernstein will be ringside for the Shane Mosley vs. Manny Pacquiao fight next Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime PPV.

James Brown will host the evening’s coverage and Jim Gray will be on hand as well.

SportsNewser will be in Las Vegas for the Mosley-Pacquiao fight. Check back next Friday for exclusive coverage.

[H/T Fang's Bites]

Legos + NCAA Tournament = Gold

In honor of the NCAA Tournament starting today (Sorry, First Four), here are four legendary moments in college basketball that were reenacted by Lego basketball players.

[H/T Deadspin]

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