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Posts Tagged ‘Blake Griffin’

Gus Johnson Out At CBS Sports After 16 Years

The NCAA Tournament won’t be the same next year as Gus Johnson and CBS Sports have parted ways.

After 16 years together, the two sides were unable to reach a deal, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

The news of Johnson’s departure from CBS comes the same day when the NFL Network announced Brad Nessler will replace Bob Papa in the booth. Johnson was a candidate for the position.

According to sources, Johnson and Fox Sports have discussed a possible role covering college football.

Johnson is scheduled to call the Shane Mosley vs. Manny Pacquiao fight Saturday night for Showtime PPV.

 

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Former NBC Correspondent Tiki Barber Returning To The NFL

Former NBC correspondent Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement and returning to the NFL for the 2011 season.

Barber retired in 2007 after 10 seasons with the New York Giants. He walked away from football in order to pursue a career in television, where he was a correspondent for Today and Sunday Night Football.

According to his agent Mark Lepselter, they have informed the Giants of Barber’s intentions and that “there are interested parties.”

“After seeing my brother still have fun at our age, it reignited the fire,” Tiki Barber told FOXSports.com. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can get back to the level of where I was. I started working out again recently. It kind of shocked myself. I still had a lot of the strength I had before. I’m really looking forward to making a return.” Read more

Darrell Waltrip Signs Two-Year Extension With Fox Sports

NASCAR broadcaster Darrell Waltrip signed a tw0-year contract extension with Fox Sports and will continue as the network’s lead analyst.

Fox Sports Executive Producer, President and Co-COO Eric Shanks made the announcement, which extends Waltrip’s contract through 2014.

“Being part of the NASCAR on FOX team has given me an opportunity to share my passion and love for NASCAR,” Waltrip said. I never thought there would be anything that could replace the thrill of driving race cars. I was wrong. Bringing that thrill to the fans at home every week is just as exciting!” Read more

Under Armour Debuts E39

Under Armour will debut its latest piece of technology – the E39 – at the NFL Scouting Combine. The 4.5 oz chest button measures acceleration, heart rate, horsepower, and other stats that seem important.

What does the thing actually do?

“What we have is something very close to the body’s center of mass that’s measuring the accelerometry data from that center of mass,” Under Armour vice president Kevin Haley told Wired.com.

Oh, right.

One number not measured: Under Armour’s stock price – up 152 percent year over year – which will only continue to climb.

(H/t Darren Rovell)

Not Even the Washington Nationals Store Cares About the Team

A wonderful screencap from the D.C. Sports Blog.

We guess that’s what happens when you lose an average of 99.3 games over the past three seasons. But can they spell “Strasburg“?

Carmelo Anthony Visits Conan Prior To Knicks Trade

Hours before Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks, the forward paid a visit to Conan.

As expected, the interview is awkward at times but Conan O’Brien saves it at the end with the custom jersey he’s created for Anthony.

David Stern Doesn't Need Your Stinkin' Dollar

LOS ANGELES – NBA commissioner David Stern held a press conference with the media prior to NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and surprise, most of the questions thrown his direction had to deal with the possible lockout.

I’ll spare you the boring rhetoric from Stern but wanted to highlight the end of the press conference, when the commissioner was asked if he was tempted to drop his salary to a dollar like Roger Goodell in case of a stoppage.

“Well, I would say that last time, I didn’t take a salary,” Stern said. “I think a dollar would be too high in the event of a work stoppage.”

I think Goodell just got owned.

Buffalo News Reporter Gets Locked Inside Nassau Coliseum

Of the hundreds of arenas I would hate being locked inside, the Nassau Coliseum is at the top of the list.

Buffalo News reporter Mike Harrington had the unfortunate experience of getting locked inside the home of the New York Islanders last weekend.

Roughly 90 minutes after wrapping up interviews, the Buffalo Sabres beat reporter was ready to take off and head to John F. Kennedy airport, only to realize that the arena was practically empty. Read more

The New York Times' Year in Pictures

We brought you Sports Illustrated‘s year in pictures on Monday. The New York Times also provided their selections.

More favorites after the jump. Read more

Bill Simmons' Twitter Horde Attacks FanGraphs.com

On July 12, 2010, Fangraphs published its yearly baseball trade value column. On December 4, 2010, that column exploded with negative comments. The reason?

Bill Simmons.

The Sports Guy has been writing a similar NBA-themed column since 2002. He found the Fangraphs article and posted the following on his Twitter feed: ” Just stumbled acrouss this link: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2010-trade-value-introduction/ There is no honor on the internet.”

Cue chaos on Fangraphs. Read more