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Vince Cellini to host NBA GameTime

Turner Sports has announced that veteran broadcaster Vince Cellini has been named full-time host of’s live studio show, GameTime, and will also host the new College Football Preview Show with analyst Dave Archer. Cellini will also continue his role as host for the NASCAR Preview Show delivered by FedEx Racing and Fantasy Showdown on NASCAR.COM.

Cellini has worked for Turner Sports in various capacities in the past, including as a guest host on GameTime in 2010 and co-host of CNN Sports Tonight in the 1990s.

“The addition of Vince brings added depth, experience and knowledge about the NBA to our already strong lineup on NBA TV,” said Albert “Scooter” Vertino, vice president of content, NBA Digital. “We are excited to have Vince back with the Turner family.”

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Ozzie Guillen Is Not Impressed By Bobby Valentine

Word of advice to Bobby Valentine – don’t poke the bear that is Ozzie Guillen.

Of the 30 MLB teams, the last one I would want to call out would be the Chicago White Sox. The other 29 managers might let that comment slide, but not Guillen.

[H/T Just Sports & Just Us]

Mike Leach Defends Bruce Feldman In Interview

Former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach was on the Tony Bruno Show Tuesday to discuss his new book, Swing Your Sword, which Bruce Feldman co-wrote.

Even though Feldman has returned to work at ESPN, he’s been quiet since news broke that he was reportedly suspended for his involvement with Leach’s book.

Leach wasn’t shy in discussing how ESPN treated Feldman, according to Larry Brown Sports:

“Every step of the way he had permission from ESPN to write it,” Leach said of Feldman. “He has written permission. The chapters they’re sensitive about are all in the words of the perpetrators, so that’s what makes it powerful. Evidently ESPN didn’t like the way it came out – they’re not comfortable with the facts – so [Bruce] did what any journalist would do he wrote the facts down in the appendix of the book. Read more

ESPN Shuffles Its NASCAR Announcers

Allen Bestwick is moving into the booth to replace Marty Reid as ESPN’s primary lap-by-lap announcer for the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Reid will continue to call NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecasts on ESPN as well as practice and qualifying telecasts.

Bestwick, who has filled a variety of positions since ESPN returned to live NASCAR event coverage in 2007, will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree when ESPN starts its NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 31.

“We are blessed with a talented and versatile group of NASCAR commentators,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. “We believe this arrangement best plays to our individual and collective strengths.”

It’s also been announced that Nicole Briscoe, who has been a host and reporter for ESPN2′s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now since joining ESPN in 2008, and a fill-in host for the pre-race NASCAR Countdown show since 2010, will become the regular NASCAR Countdown host for all NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series telecasts on ESPN. Briscoe will work with analysts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN Pit Studio at racetracks. Bestwick has been in the NASCAR Countdown host role since midway through the 2007 season.

Christina Miller Tapped to Lead NBA Digital

Turner Sports and the NBA have announced that Christina Miller has been promoted to GM of NBA Digital. Miller had been senior VP of strategy/marketing/promotions for Turner Sports, as well as senior VP of Cartoon Network Enterprises. She will remain in that role for Turner Sports, but will leave her position at Cartoon.

In her new role Miller will oversee operations at NBA Digital, which is a partnership between the NBA and Turner. NBA Digital includes the NBA TV network,, NBA League Pass

“Christina’s strategic leadership, creative guidance, consumer insights and smart business sense have significantly contributed to the recent growth of Turner Sports’ linear and digital portfolios and will be pivotal in the continued growth of NBA Digital,” said Turner Sports president David Levy in a statement. “She is a respected and decisive leader and is the right person to lead the NBA Digital portfolio into the future.”

“Christina is an ideal fit to oversee the day-to-day operations of our digital assets,” said NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. “Coming off a record breaking season for NBA Digital, Christina’s expertise and leadership will continue to fuel our success and provide NBA fans with an unmatched experience across all of our platforms

More information, after the jump.

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Gilbert Arenas Breaks Down The NBA Lockout

With the NBA lockout underway, you could read David Aldridge or Chris Sheridan for the latest about the battle between the players and owners.

Or you could read the Twitter account of Gilbert Arenas.

Agent Zero breaks down why we might not see basketball this season:

For the people who don’t know why the’yre lockin out… I’ll explain it in real people terms. Lakers, Dallas, Miami, Knicks, Magic, Bulls, Boston, and a few others always have the best chance at the top free agents due to city and money. So the smaller cities team can’t compete. So they can never get better and they’re always losing money. So since they cant control each other spending money on players, they want us to do it for them by signing a new deal. It’s that simple.

All the older owners have made their money and selling to new buyers, and the new buyers are getting killed in these small cities. But no matter what deal gets done, free agent are gonna go to the same cities ANYWAY. That’s why the same teams stay good and the same teams stay bad. The owners with the most money will try to buy the best players. Read more

Video: Beckham Corrals Young Fan Who Ran Onto Field

Usually when a fan runs onto the field and a professional athlete injects themselves into the situation, the fan finds themselves on the receiving end of a forearm shiver. But this lucky fan who ran onto the pitch during Tuesday’s friendly between Manchester United and Juventus found himself boxed in between security guards and David Beckham. Beckham got to him first and treated him rather civilly all things considered.

LeBron James apologizes for 'The Decision'

No doubt feeling magnanimous following his team’s victory over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James of the Heat last night offered an apology of sorts to the city of Cleveland, its fans and his ex-teammates for “The Decision” to take his talents to South Beach in that self-aggrandizing spectacle on ESPN last July.

“I knew I had to go through Boston at some point. I went through a lot signing to be here and the way it panned out. I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime.”

I, I, I, I…

LeBron also commented to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, “As much as I loved my teammates back in Cleveland, as much as I loved home, I knew I couldn’t do it by myself against (the Celtics).”

Well, at least he admits he needs help.

(H/T to Waiting for Next Year)


I'm Pretty Sure That Twitter Handle Is Inappropriate


Is nobody paying attention over at NFL Network?

[H/T Jimmy Traina]

ESPN Lands Exclusive With Bryan Stow's Family

The family of Bryan Stow, the Giants who was attacked on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, spoke to Shelley Smith on SportsCenter Sunday.

Stow was placed back into a medically induced coma over the weekend after suffering seizures.