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Shaq/Sanjay Tag-Team To Fight Diabetes

Former NBA Star and Turner Sports analyst Shaquille O’Neal is going on sister network CNN today to talk about the danger of diabetes with chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

“When I was coming up, there was no iPhone, there was no Twitter, no social media network,” O’Neal says on “Sanjay Gupta MD” today at 4:30 PM. “It was come home, go outside and play – a/k/a burn calories and stay in shape.”

While he was there, the seven foot one, 350 pound O’Neal decided to have a little fun with the shorter, svelter Gupta:

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For Larry King’s Fourth (And Last?) CNN Special: ‘A Dinner With Kings’

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CNN has announced that Larry King‘s fourth special for the channel will be a bit different than the last few. Rather than featuring traditional interviews, the special, called “Larry King Special: A Dinner with Kings” features the host and his wife hosting a dinner party featuring some big Hollywood names. The special will air December 4th, with replays slated for the following weekend on CNN and CNN International.

The guests are Tyra Banks, Russell Brand, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O’Brien, and Shaquille O’Neal, with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck preparing the meal:

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Nessler, Dilfer To Call Raiders-Broncos On MNF

For the second consecutive year, Brad Nessler and Trent Dilfer will call the second game of ESPN’s Monday Night Football doubleheader on Sept. 12 between the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.

Nessler will make his third appearance calling play-by-play for MNF. During the college football season, Nessler will work alongside Todd Blackledge and he’s the new voice of the NFL Network’s eight-game package.

Following the Radiers-Broncos assignment, Dilfer will resume his role as studio analyst and will appear on Monday Night Countdown alongside Steve Young and Stuart Scott during the 2011 NFL season.

Anything beats the days of Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic in the MNF booth – my ears are still recovering from that failed experiment.

 

 

Ron Thomas To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Morehouse’s Journalism and Sports Program director Ron Thomas will be recognized by Sport in Society and the Northeastern University School of Journalism with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism.

Before landing at Morehouse in 2007, Thomas worked for nearly 30 years in the Bay Area, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today and San Francisco Examiner. He’s currently the chief copy editor of the African American Sports Magazine, a Bay Area publication.

Thomas is also the author of the book, They Cleared the Lane: the NBA’s Black Pioneers, about the racial and social boundaries black basketball players faced in order to play in the NBA.

Thomas graduated from the University of Rochester in 1971 with a degree in political science. He received his master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1973. Thomas is an original co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force.

Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Bob Ley, Dick Schaap, and the late Ralph Wiley.

 

Iowa Announcer Gary Dolphin Diagnosed With Cancer

Gary Dolphin, Iowa’s play-by-play radio announcer for football and men’s basketball, announced yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Dolphin, 60, said the cancer was detected early and he expects to fulfill his job duties this year, his 15th with Iowa.

“My doctors are confident they’ve caught the cancer in the early stages and I will attack it aggressively with radiation treatment,” said Dolphin. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, I expect to fulfill all my responsibilities to the University and Learfield Sports, where football and basketball are concerned.

“In the meantime I would appreciate the prayers and well wishes from Hawkeye fans all over the country. I’d also like to urge ALL males, age 50 and above, to have the simple PSA blood test performed. It could save their life.”

Dolphin has the support of his bosses.

“We’ll be with Dolph every step of the way through his treatment of this disease,” said Chuck Schroeder, general manager of Hawkeye Sports Properties. “Gary is a huge part of Hawkeye Sports Properties and the Hawkeye Radio Network. We have great confidence that he’ll be ready when we go on the air in a few short weeks.”

 

 

Starz May Greenlight Female-led NASCAR Pilot Called Tits in the Pits

Starz is reportedly close to ordering a NASCAR-based project centering around a woman who becomes the first female race team owner, and the show is tentatively titled Tits in the Pits (seriously), a nod to the old school NASCAR saying “No tits in the pits.”

The one-hour original drama is set in the present day and comes from the screenwriters of the recently released Justin TimberlakeMila Kunis comedy Friends With Benefits. Insiders are reportedly billing it as a “red state Mad Men.”

Will the word “tits” get the same censored treatment as “shit” did in Sh*t My Dad Says? No telling what passes for a swear word these days.

Charter Communications Lands NFL Network, RedZone

With the NFL season a little more than a month away, Charter Communications reached a new, long-term agreement for carriage of the NFL Network.

NFL Network will be available to Charter customers on the Digital View Plus tier and in high definition to customers with high-definition service and HDTVs. In addition, Charter’s sports tiers customers will receive the NFL RedZone channel. Read more

Clone Gets A Jim Rome Tattoo On His Calf

Growing up as a sports junkie in Los Angeles, I loved Jim Rome.

But as much as I wanted to be like the sports talk show host, I would never consider getting a tattoo of Rome on my body.

Rack this dude.

[H/T SportsGrid]

Cover of SEC Football Media Guide is No. 5 Jersey

In case the No. 5 jersey on the cover of the SEC football media guide was too subtle, the cover also includes the helpful line, “Home of FIVE consecutive BCS National Champions.”

Can you name all five? I’ll give you a hint: Vanderbilt is not one of them.

Seriously, props to the SEC for a little bragging. It’s all in good fun.

Women's World Cup Final Sets Tweets Per Second Record

Twitter announced in a tweet yesterday that the Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan, which Japan won in a shootout, set a record for most tweets per second with 7196. In the same tweet, Twitter also announced that yesterday’s Paraguay/Brazil quarterfinal match in the Copa America tournament (won by Paraguay in a shootout) was second all time with 7166 tweets per second.

In terms of past events, Super Bowl 2011 saw 4,064 TPS, and the all-time high was New Years Eve 2010 in Japan, which hit 6,939 TPS at its peak. On the day of the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami in March, Twitter usage reached 5,530 TPS. And during the Royal Wedding in England in April, Twitter reached a peak of 3,966 TPS.

Twitter just turned five years old, and the number of users has grown precipitously, with 600,000 users reportedly signing up for the service daily.

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