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ESPN RISE is Renamed ESPN High School

ESPN RISE, a multiplatform brand launched in 2008 to produce and air content relevant to high school sports fans, has been renamed ESPN High School.

“ESPN is committed to providing the best high school sports content for fans while creating specific high-quality content and tools for the athlete themselves,” said Glenn Rosenbloom, vice president and general manager, ESPN High School. “By renaming this business, it clearly defines our mission and brings this property into better alignment with the rest of the ESPN networks and content platforms.”

The new brand will roll-out across ESPN platforms throughout August.

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Video: Yao Ming's Retirement Gets The NMA Treatment

You know Yao Ming‘s retirement is a major news story when he gets the Taiwanese news animation treatment.

Love the animated version of Charles Barkley kissing the ass of a donkey.

[H/T The Big Lead]

Twitter tennis tiff: Young player rips USTA

Patrick McEnroe, the respected tennis commentator and head of the USTA’s player development program, took exception to Donald Young, a 21-year-old relative unknown, who went on Twitter and blasted the organization for not giving him a wild-card slot to the French Open. Young, who’s received at least 13 wild-card slots from the USTA in recent years, was given the same chance as everyone else: Win a specific qualifying tournament and you’re in; lose and you’re guaranteed nothing. Well, Young lost in the finals of that qualifying tournament on Friday, and then he went on Twitter and lost his head:

“(Expletive) USTA! Their full of (expletive)! They have (expletive) me for the last time!” Young wrote shortly after his loss to Tim Smyczek.

McEnroe felt quite strongly that Young was biting the hand that feeds him, and he called on Young to apologize. Otherwise, the USTA would break off the relationship.

“I’m offended for people on our team that have worked very hard,” McEnroe said. “When he said what he said, it was taken quite personally by members of the player development team. I think Donald should apologize for what he said. At that point, we can all move on.”

Young did apologize – sort of. And naturally he did it on Twitter.

“That tweet was out of character. ive never been like that before. but im tired of it. sry about the language, but not the thought behind it.”

Soon thereafter Young closed his Twitter account.

He can still qualify for the French Open by going through the qualifying tournament in Paris the week before. Young has made it to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament only once, and just recently he cracked the Top 100 in men’s tennis. So, yeah, the USTA has obviously been holding him back.

“We would like to at least feel like we get, ‘Hey, thanks for helping me out,”‘ McEnroe said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t heard that enough, if at all. I’m not going to go into details, but suffice to say, this wasn’t just one tweet that a youngster made in being ticked off. This is the tip of the iceberg, basically.”

(Source: The Globe and Mail)

Jean Pascal, Bernard Hopkins Mix It Up At Presser

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good boxing press conference, but Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins delivered Monday in Montreal.

Pascal, 28 (and young enough to be Hopkins’ son) questioned whether the 46-year-old veteran was using performance-enhancing drugs and demanded a blood test.

The one thing you don’t want to do is question Hopkins. Both fighters had to be separated after some pushing and shoving. Read more

Former ESPN Analyst Pleads Guilty To Child Porn

Former ESPN NFL analyst Jeremy Green pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in Superior Court on Thursday in New Britain, Conn.

As part of his plea agreement, Green is expected to be sentenced on April 14 to 20 years in prison, suspended after five, followed by 10 years of probation.

In June 2010, Green sent sexually explicit photos and videos of a toddler with a woman chatting under the screen name “lendingmom12.”

Green was in fact chatting with a detective working undercover with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department in Forsythe, Mo.

In all, Green sent the detective 17 pictures of a toddler, two videos of a toddler and one video of an 8-year-old girl.

ESPN Hires Former Cavs Coach Mike Brown

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is the latest addition to the ESPN roster.

Brown has been hired as a NBA analyst and will begin his television stint on Christmas Day for the New York-Chicago telecast on ESPN 3D.

He will also contribute as an ESPN studio analyst throughout the season.

Greg Anthony Joins NBA TV As Guest Analyst

Greg Anthony is the latest addition to the NBA TV roster, as the former point guard will make select appearances throughout the year as a regular guest analyst.

Anthony will join Matt Winer and Kenny Smith on NBA Gametime on Wednesday nights.

Along with his work on NBA TV, Anthony will continue his duties with CBS Sports as a college basketball analyst.

Prior to his role at CBS, Anthony was an NBA analyst for ESPN.

Jay Mariotti Is Back On Twitter

Let’s start anew today, hopefully devoid of the hacker(s) who got into the account (@jaymariotti) we had to deactivate.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad

He’s baaaaaaaack.

Charles Barkley Offers a Curious Defense of Brett Favre

Brett Favre found a hero: Charles Barkley.

The outspoken TNT analyst thinks the media should leave the much-maligned Minnesota Vikings quarterback alone.

“This is just the media trying to make it a story because they’ve got juicy, gory details basically. But its not a story,” he told the USA Today.

Except it is a story. The NFL ensured it would become one when it decided to investigate the matter even though Jenn Sterger – the alleged victim – clearly just wants the matter to go away.

Back to Sir Charles:

“Listen, if Brett Favre sent that women pictures, it ain’t up to me to decide whether that’s right or wrong. But it’s not a news story. He didn’t break any laws. That’s between him, the girl and his wife. He’s got to answer that. It would be totally different if she wanted to file sexual harassment charges against him. But she is not saying anything. The media’s trying like hell to make it a story.”

Eh, not so much. Blame the NFL’s officials for this issue truly gaining legs.

(h/t Fang’s Bites)

Washington Nationals Part Ways With Rob Dibble

Rob Dibble, who took time off from his position as Washington Nationals color commentator after drawing fire for criticizing phenom Stephen Strasburg, will not return to the broadcast booth.

Dibble last appeared on August 25. He made his comments during a Sirius XM radio show.

The issue brings to mind Monday’s USA Today story about former athletes joining the broadcast booth. In the article, players including Rodney Harrison and Jeremiah Trotter discusses the difficulty of walking the line between being fair and being honest. Dibble crossed the invisible, and he paid the price with his job.