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HBO To Air Margarito-Pacquiao Replay On Saturday

In case you missed Antonio Margarito and his pregnant right eye, HBO will air the exclusive replay of Manny Pacquiao‘s victory from Cowboys Stadium this Saturday night at 10PM ET/7PM PT.

Pacquiao’s win for the super welterweight title might not even be the best fight on HBO that evening, as the replay is paired with the highly anticipated rematch between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams.

Floyd who?

NHL Network Promotes 24/7 Penguins/Capitals in Curious Manner

The good news is that HBO Sports plans to promote 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic with a 12-minute preview that debuts on November 20 that will be repeated a total of 19 times on HBO and HBO2.

The less good news: The premiere will take place at 12:15 a.m. If you can’t make the Nov. 20th airing – and who will? – you can check out the segment at HBO on Demand starting on Nov. 29th.

And what is the series? It’s an all-access look at both squads.

The Capitals are guided by Bruce Boudreau, while the Penguins’ head coach is Dan Bylsma. The two Eastern Conference rivals led by superstars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will meet in the NHL’s Bridgestone Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Schedule after the jump.
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Is ESPN Quitting 3D?

ESPN might be coming to your Xbox, but it’s days of 3D could be numbered.

Dashiell Bennett writes that the Worldwide Leader is considering abandoning the 3D channel it launched in June if the company can’t find a sustainable business model. Which, of course, is ludicrous. 3D will succeed. But it’s going to take some time.

We bet that the majority of sports fans purchased a new, enormous, flat-screen television in the past two years. Expecting them to dish out another $1,500 for a 3D set isn’t realistic. It’s just not going to happen, especially when the offerings are so slim. But they will, eventually. The next set everyone buys will be 3D-enabled.

Someone is going to make a mint broadcasting 3D sports, but the money won’t start flowing for another couple years. ESPN would be foolish to get out of the business before it even began.

The Best Blog You're Not Reading… The Shin Guardian

Head over to The Shin Guardian for some of the best soccer news and analysis around. And not just because it’s interview Week.

Diana Taurasi Appears Nude On ESPN The Magazine

Get ready to see Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi as you have never seen her before.

Taurasi appears nude on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday.

She’s one of five cover models for their Body Issue, including New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, the U.S Water Polo Women’s National Team, Dutch wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer and PGA Tour golfer Camilo Villegas.

“Doing the shoot was something new and I had fun with it,” Taurasi said. “For me, doing this was about facing the challenge and celebrating everything all of our bodies have been through and done. Cheryl, the photographer, was great to work with and hopefully, we came up with something interesting and maybe even inspiring.”

Taurasi is the first WNBA player to appear on the cover of ESPN’s Body Issue, which is only in its second year.

NFL Doesn't Punish Jets For Unprofessional Conduct

The NFL won’t punish the New York Jets after the league investigated an incident with TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz.

The Association for Women in Sports Media filed a complaint in behalf of Sainz after several Jets players and coaches were harassing the former Miss Universe contestant at practice on Sept. 11.

As a result of this incident, the NFL will start a workplace conduct training program for all 32 teams. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will underwrite the training, which will begin this season.

“Commissioner Goodell determined that while there was unprofessional conduct, Woody Johnson and his staff acted promptly to correct the situation, including a personal apology to Ms. Sainz and arranging a professional education session for the Jets on workplace conduct,” the NFL said in a statement on Friday. Read more

Manny Ramirez's Return to Boston Causes Ticket Price Spike

The Boston Red Sox are dead and gone from the playoff race, but there’s a reason to go to Fenway Park: Manny Ramirez returns with the Chicago White Sox for a three-game set starting Friday.

Ticket prices are up 14 percent since the Windy City club traded for the former Red Sox slugger. While Friday night’s average price is just $88 – well below the season average of $119 – Sunday’s affair will cost $139 per seat. That’s a lot of money to watch two bad baseball teams play a meaningless game in September. (Yes, the White Sox are only 3.5 games out, but they aren’t catching Minnesota.)

For Bostonians, the opportunity to boo Manny is worth the extra cost, apparently. Increased ticket prices. Just Manny being Manny.

Dan Marino's Top NFL Stories to Follow This Season

Dan MarinoFormer Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino knows a thing or two about football. Now that he has made the move to the broadcast studio for CBS Sports, it is his job to follow the action on the field, rather than be a part of it.

We spoke to Marino earlier this week about what he thinks the top storylines will be during the 2010-2011 NFL season.

The Jets

“Since we are here in New York, everybody is making a big fuss about the Jets, how they have improved, and how they got to the AFC Championship game last year. Mark Sanchez might be the guy to take them to the next level, that is going to be a big story this year.”

Brett Favre

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College Basketball Gameday Now One Hour Longer, Going to ESPNU

ESPN announced its lineup for the 2011 College Basketball Gameday. The program, which borrows its format from the super successful college football show, will run for eight weeks and feature an additional hour of coverage on ESPNU.

ESPNU will air the new first hour of College GameDay – returning for its seventh season beginning Saturday, Jan. 15 – at 10 a.m. ET and ESPN will continue to televise the show at 11 a.m. and a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. (except Jan. 15 when the show will air on ESPN at 10 a.m. and ESPNU at 11 a.m.). The Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week series will be aired at 9 p.m. (except for Jan. 15 and Jan. 29).

Vanderbilt at Tennessee kicks things off with a men’s and women’s doubleheader on January 15, and CBG runs through at March 5 game between Texas and Baylor at the latter’s home arena.

Rece Davis will co-host, with Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, and Bob Knight returing analysts.

The crew travels to Baylor, Purdue, Villanova, and Virginia Tech for the first time, but doesn’t hit college hoops hotspots including Duke, North Carolina, or Kentucky (although the Blue Devils and Wildcats will appear at Florida and Virginia Tech, respectively).

The complete schedule is after the jump.
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College Football Reporter Jenn Brown Moonlighting as Beer Saleswoman

Jenn BrownESPN college football reporter Jenn Brown has landed a new gig on the side(line): selling beer. Brown has been named “The new face” of Icehouse Beer, owned by MillerCoors, and will appear in marketing and advertising materials for the product through December 2011.

Based on her surely authentic canned quote from the press release, Brown really, really loves Icehouse:

“Icehouse doesn’t take itself too seriously,” said Brown. “It’s like a loyal friend who’s always having fun and knows that time spent with buddies should never be less than great… and never watered down. And what’s better than watching football with an ice-cold Icehouse?”

On-air talent endorse products all the time. Any Mets fan could tell you that Just For Men hair coloring treatments have the stamp of approval from Keith Hernandez. The problem here is that Brown covers college sports, where many of the hardcore fans may be under 21. Read more

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