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Kobe Bryant and teammates record PSA about tolerance in wake of Bryant's derogatory comment

Kobe Bryant, who last week was fined $100,000 for calling an NBA official a “faggot,” has joined his Lakers teammates to record a public service announcement urging people to “think before you speak.” In it Bryant and his teammates say, among other things, “Whether someone is different than you in race, ethnicity, political beliefs, religion or sexual orientation, words can be hurtful.” Check out the clip for yourself and decide how sincere it seems.

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Ratings For Stanley Cup Playoffs Off To Strong Start

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a great start in the ratings category.

Versus set a network record by averaging 534,328 viewers during their opening night triple-header Wednesday. It was the best opening night in its six year of Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage and it was a 12 percent increase over last year.

North of the border, CBC saw a 29 percent increase over last year, averaging 1.58 million viewers for its two opening night playoff broadcasts.

Locally, Game 1 of Washington-New York posted a 6.2 rating on Comcast SportsNet in the D.C. market, the second-highest Capitals rating in network history. In Pittsburgh, Penguins-Lightning delivered a 16.2 rating on ROOT Sports and Red Wings-Coyotes earned a 9.4 on Fox Sports Detroit.

ESPN Ombudsman Tackles Brett Favre Scandal

ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer tackled the network’s lack of coverage surrounding the Brett Favre/Jenn Sterger scandal. Elease E. from Bloomfield, N.J. fired off an angry e-mail to Ohlmeyer on the topic:

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I am so sick of ESPN deciding that it is going to ignore the stories that demand exploration, while choosing to beat other stories to death. When the story involving Brett Favre [allegedly] sending naked images of himself to a female Jets’ employee happened, you had nothing to say about it. Why is it that media outlets such as yours have no problem tearing down other athletes ad nauseum, while others get a pass? Your station’s love affair with Favre is insulting and sickening.”

Ohlmeyer points out that other mainstream media organizations (USA Today, New York Times) didn’t originally report on the story because they were waiting for dependable corroboration and that “different media organizations have different standards.” Read more

Getty Images Photographer Wins Shot of the Season

Mike Hewitt has a new trophy for his mantle: Barclays Shot of the Season Award for 2010. The Getty Images photog caught Darren Bent’s shot deflecting off a beach ball and into Pepe Reina’s goal.

“I remember driving up to Sunderland from my home in Brighton hoping for something dramatic – the beach ball certainly made the trip worthwhile!” he said.

Bradley Ormesher won Barclays Photographer of the Season 2010. Some of his shots are after the jump. Read more