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Two Players Not Named Sidney Crosby Named NHL All-Star Captains

Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom will have the honor of wearing the “C” during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. And this is news why, you ask?

Because one of those names isn’t Sidney Crosby.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star may skip the game because of an injury he sustained after being checked from behind. The player (Victor Hedman) wasn’t suspended and Crosby is pissed. Read more

DVR Alert: The Onion SportsDome Airs Tuesday

Is it Tuesday night yet?

And just in case you haven’t read about Comedy Central’s The Onion SportsDome, it has all the makings of an awesome spoof of ESPN’s SportsCenter.

ESPN The Magazine Selects Buster Posey As Their "NEXT" Athlete

ESPN The Magazine has dubbed San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as their “NEXT” athlete for 2011.

The National League Rookie of the Year hit .305 with 18 home runs in only 108 games.

Joining Posey in their respective sports are Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Evander Kane of the Atlanta Thrashers and Patrick Peterson of LSU.

For the most part, ESPN The Magazine has got it right in selecting the next breakout athlete.

Well, minus 2004.

Former Wide Receiver Torry Holt Joins NFL Network

Former NFL wide receiver Torry Holt has joined the NFL Network as an analyst and will make his debut on Tuesday during the NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Selection Show.

The seven-time Pro Bowl Selection will serve as a studio analyst on NFL Total Access and other NFL Network shows and specials.

Holt should have no problem making friends at the NFL Network as he’s the fourth member of the St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, joining Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Trent Green.

How Qatar Won the World Cup

Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup. America (and most of the rest of the world) was angry and confused. How could a nation the size of Connecticut beat the United States, Australia, Japan, and Korea Republic? They must have cheated.

Then again, according to a story from ESPN.com contributor Brent Latham maybe not:

But look closer and you’ll realize that it might not be such a shock. You’ll see that Qatar, through a program called Football Dreams, has built a strong presence in many developing nations, some of which also have representation on FIFA’s executive committee that voted on the hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.

Indeed, despite relative obscurity in the popular consciousness of the Western world, Qatar has quietly been making a name for itself in international soccer circles. The country’s al-Thani ruling family has long showed an interest in international athletics, and in the past few years has invested a portion of its immense wealth in a quest to make Qatar competitive in a range of Olympic sports, including soccer.

As part of that vision, in 2004 the royal family funded the Aspire Academy project to train Qatari athletes with the best technology and resources that money could buy. Shortly after, as an offshoot of the academy’s soccer program, the Aspire Football Dreams program was launched to uncover youth soccer talent hidden in the farthest-flung villages and outposts in the world.

And those stadiums sure are nice.

USTA Upgrades National Tennis Center, Forgets About Roof

Remember all that controversy at the US Open caused because of delays that could have been avoided if there was a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium? Yeah, that was fun.

Well, the USTA plans to spend $300 million to upgrade the Billie Jean Tennis Center – home of the US Open.

Things included in the dollar figure: “tearing down and replacing Louis Armstrong Stadium and building two mini-stadiums.”

Things not included in the dollar figure: A roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Ugh. Read more

Nike Makes Ridiculously Overdone Video to Promote New Cleats


It’s no Write the Future (cost: $24 million) but this video promoting Nike’s CR7 Safari boots can’t have come cheaply.

Brett Favre's Return to Green Bay Becomes Highest Rated 'Sunday Night Football' Telecast Ever

Sunday night, former Green Bay Packer great Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field as a Minnesota Viking. Today, NBC Sports says that the game was the most watched Sunday Night Football broadcast of all time, watched by 25.7 million total viewers, and drawing a 15.4 rating/25 share.

The previous record holder was week one of this season, when the Dallas Cowboys played the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings-Packers game is also the highest rated primetime NFL game played in October since 1996, and was up a whopping 71% from last week’s game.

More information in the press release after the jump.

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Fox Sports Hoping For A Long World Series

The suits over at Fox are hoping that baseball goes well into the month of November.

Fox Sports vice chairman Ed Goren told Variety that a short World Series would be disastrous for the network.

“There’s a direct relationship with the number of game and overall ratings,” Goren said. “If we go six or seven games, we’ll get strong ratings.”

On paper, the Texas Rangers taking on the San Francisco Giants might not be the sexy matchup, but it features the No. 5 and No. 6 television markets respectively.

As it stands, Fox will be without three million customers due to the ongoing conflict with Cablevision, which should have a nominal impact in the ratings according to Goren.

“If you’re a baseball fan, it’s unfortunate Cablevision has treated its customers this way,” Gorden added. Read more

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