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Bonds to Confront Bonds-hating Fan on New Show

Major League Baseball all-time home run king Barry Bonds* will appear in a new show called H8R, in which the former San Francisco Giants slugger will confront a fan who hates Bonds and try to convince the fan that he’s actually a good guy. The segment, which Bonds has yet to film, will begin with the fan explaining why he despises the star of the Balco drug trials, then segue to Bonds pleading his case directly to the fan.

Bonds, whose career ended in 2007, is one of the biggest lightning rods in baseball history. A preternaturally gifted athlete, he developed a reputation as surly and arrogant with fans, teammates and the media. He was convicted of obstruction of justice in April, following a trial in which federal prosecutors accused him of knowingly lying about taking performance-enhancing drugs. The jury deadlocked on allegations of perjury.

H8R, which also will feature episodes with Ron Artest, Charles Barkley and Terrell Owens, debuts on the CW network next month and will be hosted by Mario Lopez.

* debatable, especially if you’re Bob Costas.

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Former UNC Announcer Woody Durham Being Honored by NFF

The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame is honoring Woody Durham, the longtime voice of North Carolina sports, with the 2011 Chris Schenkel Award, which recognizes a broadcaster who has enjoyed a long, distinguished career covering college football for one school.

Durham, who retired in April, covered Tar Heel sports for four decades. He was named North Carolina sportscaster of the year a dozen times during his career.

“Woody has been synonymous with Tar Heel football for four decades,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “An exceptionally talented broadcaster, his long list of honors reflects his unique ability to make fans feel as they are standing on the sidelines. We are proud to place him among the imposing list of storytellers who have previously claimed the Schenkel Award.”

Durham will be honored on December 6 at a dinner in New York City, where broadcasting legends Verne Lundquist and Brent Musburger will also be recognized by the NFF.

Ernie Johnson Sr., longtime Braves broadcaster, passes away at 87

Ernie Johnson Sr., 87, the long-time voice of TBS’ Atlanta Braves coverage and a member of the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame, passed away last night following a long illness. He is the father of Ernie Johnson Jr., who will be replaced by Verne Lundquist on TNT’s coverage of the remainder of the 2011 PGA Championship.

Johnson Sr., a former Braves player, was broadcaster for the team from 1966 to 1999.

“The Turner Sports family is saddened by the loss of Ernie Johnson Sr. He was an iconic voice who helped create a national fan base for TBS’ baseball coverage of the Atlanta Braves. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Lois, his children Ernie Jr, Chris and Dawn, and his grandchildren,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Johnson’s passing coincided with celebrated happenings for the Braves on Friday Night. Former manager Bobby Cox was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame and his No. 6 jersey was retired before the Braves beat the Cubs, 10-4. During that game, Dan Uggla set an Atlanta record by extending his hitting streak to 32 games.

“It’s a sad day, and it was probably one of the most celebrated days,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones told MLB.com. “When you think about listening to the Braves on radio and TV, E.J. was the guy. He always had a kind word to say and always had a smile on his face. He was always a very uplifting kind of personality.”

Jerry Jones Profiled On 60 Minutes This Sunday

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones comes clean about his team’s poor performance in a 60 Minutes interview that airs on Sunday.

In an interview with correspondent Scott Pelley, Jones admits that the preseason hype surrounding the Cowboys got the best of him.

“Before this year started, we were recognized as probably or certainly one of two that were favored to win the Super Bowl,” said Jones. “What you’re seeing now is agony. I am not willing to accept what we’re doing and how we’re playing.”

Would Jones’ friend, the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, fired him by now as general manager? Read more