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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.