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Video: Shaq Names Five Old-School NBA Players He'd Want to Fight

During an appearance on Inside MMA on HDNet, new TNT announcer Shaquille O’Neal was asked who he’d liked to fight if given a chance. Instead of naming five current players, O’Neal went old school and named former players Charles Oakley, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Xavier McDaniel and…Danny Ainge?

He notes that Ainge almost bit off Tree Rollins‘ finger during a fight, so Ainge has a little tenacity to him.

(H/T to GameOn)

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Sporting News Radio Rebranded as Yahoo! Sports Radio

Gow Broadcasting announced today that Sporting News Radio has been rebranded as Yahoo! Sports Radio, a change that will affect about 180 affiliates and will allow content from Yahoo! Sports and Rivals to now be featured on the radio network.

David Gow, chairman of Gow Broadcasting, said the relationship with Yahoo! will include branding, content and promotional elements and is effective immediately. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We’re aligning with the No. 1 sports media web company in the world,” Gow said. “We’re picking up one of the most recognizable brand names in the world. We’re getting access to some of the best sports journalism in the country, and we get to link ourselves together in a way that will accelerate the growth of our digital business.

“When you combine the sports experts of Yahoo and Rivals with our on-air talent and analysts, we believe we will have the best roster in sports radio. And we can take that combined roster and create compelling sports radio, grow our affiliate base and audience size and take our company to much greater heights.”

Gow said the radio network plans to add new shows in collaboration with Yahoo in the next 60 days to reflect the new partnership. Topics could include weekend programs on fantasy sports, mixed martial arts, soccer and golf, he said.

The network’s website will now be The Sporting News Radio brand name had existed since 2001.

Whitlock Criticizes Klosterman for Preferring Breaking Bad to The Wire

Do you watch Breaking Bad, the popular AMC show whose third season premieres this week? And did you watch The Wire, which many people consider the best television series in recent memory? If you answered “no” to both questions, then I’m right there with you. Consequently I will not be moved by reading Chuck Klosterman‘s essay for about why Breaking Bad is better than The Wire. Such is not the case for Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports, who has spent the morning Twitter sniping against Klosterman and his conclusions, even writing, “Klosterman’s next Grantland attention grab: “Why Judas was better than Jesus.”

Coming from a sportswriter like Whitlock, who prides himself on being a contrarian, the irony is rather thick.

Among Whitlock’s tweets about Klosterman’s article:

“I weep for America that that shit was written by a respected thinker. And I really like Breaking Bad.”

“I will block people for pretending to agree with Klosterman. #imnotjoking if u r that stupid, i don’t want to be connected to you.”

Let’s keep in mind that this is one sportswriter calling out another sportswriter for writing an essay about why he prefers one fictional drama series to another. If you’re a sportswriter and you haven’t expanded your brand to include a widespread knowledge of hip, cool shows, you need to get cracking, snappy.

Klosterman once wrote that he’d unabashedly never read any of the Harry Potter books, and would thus have a large gap in his pop culture knowledge when others were quoting or referencing the popular series. Others have the same relationship to Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell.