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Video: Djokovic Impersonates Sharapova in Head Commercial

Novak Djokovic on WhoSay

In this commercial for Head, men’s tennis star Novak Djokovic dons a blond wig and impersonates women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova. Thankfully the send-up doesn’t include an imitation of Sharapova’s annoying, on-court grunting.

(H/T to Darren Rovell)


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FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinal Scores Huge Ratings

The 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinal between Mexico and Colombia averaged over 1.3 million total viewers on Galavisión, the fourth most-watched Spanish-language cable telecast in history.

Over 2.3 million viewers watched all or part of the 3-1 victory by Mexico over Colombia.

Numbers are up across the board during the first 12 games of the soccer tournament, outpacing the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup when it comes to total viewers 2+ (272 percent), adults 18-49 (259 percent), adults 18-34 (262 percent), men 18-49 (254 percent) and men 18-34 (255 percent).


LA Jets: 710 ESPN To Carry All 16 New York Jets Regular Season Games

The New York Jets have reached an agreement with ESPN LA to broadcast all 16 regular-season games live on 710 ESPN.

“It’s an honor to be able to bring Mark Sanchez back to LA and back to his huge local fan base,” said Scott McCarthy, vice president/general manager ESPN LA. “There is tremendous passion for the NFL here in LA, and this partnership with an elite franchise will further energize the Southland’s sizable population of football fans, who continue to express excitement about the potential return of an NFL team to the region.”

Bob Wischusen and Marty Lyons return for their 10th season together as the voices of the Jets.

“We are excited to bring the broadcasts from our ESPN New York 1050 flagship station to the greater Los Angeles area,” said Jets executive vice president of business operations, Matt Higgins. “The team has a strong national following, and we look forward to enhancing the experience for Jets fans in Southern California and across the country.”

Kovalev Arrives in Russia and Criticizes Ottawa Hockey Writers

Former Ottawa Senators right wing Alexei Kovalev has bolted the NHL and decided to ply his wares in Russia’s KHL. During an interview with journalists in his native Russia, Kovalev had some choice words for hockey writers who’ve covered his career. The highlights: Kovalev said many Ottawa hockey writers make up stuff because they’re underpaid. Oh, and they pack their suitcases with beer.

Q. You have a reputation that Kovalev may be excellent in one game, and the next game you cannot see him.

KOVALEV: “One journalist wrote it when I was still playing in New York, and then it all started. There are such reporters, who don’t watch hockey, don’t understand it – but they will still say that Kovalev doesn’t give his all. That he plays whenever he wants. They are short on their own opinion.”

Obviously this meaning of “short on their own opinion” is lost in translation. At any rate, we feel safe in saying it’s not a compliment.

What do you remember from your years in the NHL?

“A lot has happened – there were falls and rises… Sometimes you sit down and play back your career in your head. In principle, I am happy.

“And the fact I am criticized… There are different journalists. My opinion of Ottawa journalists is that they don’t watch hockey at all. When they fly with the team and go through the [metal detector] at an airport, their bags are filled with beer. You realize right away what these people do when they write about the NHL.

Busted with beer at the security screening? That’s kind of awesome.

“Let them make up nonsense about me. But I am happy with what I have done. I have played not for myself but for the team and fans. Teammates have never said a bad word about me. Fans are happy. I am approached on the street in Montreal, New York and told one thing: ‘Don’t take the bad to your head. We always support and love you. You’re the best.’

“Words like that warm your soul.”

I can see that you are fed up with Canadian media.

“I am annoyed when people write [nonsense]. Figuratively speaking, to earn half a hundred dollars they are ready to make up some garbage. But they show that they’re doing their job.”

Half a hundred bucks? Are they hiring?

I understand that you don’t read any sports media…

“Only sometimes. If you’re interested in an athlete. Or you know the journalist who wrote something and who you trust. And it Ottawa they liked to channel their anger on hockey players. Regardless of how you played, they will certainly dump dirt on you and the team.”

Kovalev, 38, won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994 and was the MVP of the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. He was the first Russian player drafted in the first round of the NFL draft (1994).

(H/T to Puck Daddy)

Biopic Planned on Life of MMA Fighter Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin transformed himself from family man and high school math teacher into one of mixed martial arts best fighters, and Franklin’s rise to the top of the UFC will now serve as the basis for a Hollywood movie, American Fighter.

Eric Eisner‘s Double E Pictures and Motion Theory have optioned the life rights to Franklin’s story, and hired David Hollander (The Cleaner, The Guardian) to write the script. Eisner will produce the movie with Motion Theory’s Sean Sorensen. The biopic will also trace the rise of MMA as a billion-dollar, worldwide sports phenomenon.

“I’m excited to see the story of my career as a fighter brought to the screen, and I feel confident that the team assembled will do a great job in telling this story,” Franklin said.

Eisner said, “This is a truly inspirational story that we are excited to tell.”

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]

Minnesota Vikings Turn Down HBO's Hard Knocks

Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told the Pioneer Press that he declined an offer for his team to appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks:

Q Any talk internally of being the host team for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” reality series?

A We declined.

Q So HBO asked you?

A Yes.

Q Why did you say no?

A We have other issues – the stadium and football – and we need to focus on those.

Another one bites the dust.

Stick To Soccer And Leave The Comedy Alone, Landon

Something tells me that Landon Donovan wasn’t choked up during last night’s Kings-Lakers game.

[H/T @Jose3030)

Colleagues Rally Around Injured CBS Sports, ESPN Cameraman Jeremy Shultz

Freelance cameraman Jeremy Shultz was seriously injured December 30 when a fire broke out in his South Carolina home. Shultz, who has worked games for CBS Sports and ESPN, is currently in critical condition.

The IBEW has organized “Jeremy’s Fund” which will collect donations to help pay for Shultz’s treatment and recovery.

“Jeremy is a highly valued freelance employee of CBS Sports and our hopes and prayers are for his complete recovery and for his family,” says Ken Aagaard, CBS Sports, EVP, Operations, Engineering, and Production Services.

More information on Jeremy’s Fund is available from the Sports Video Group, here.

Penguins, Capitals to Get HBO Treatment on Wednesday

You know, hockey teams seem interesting. Can we get a closer look?

Why yes, yes we can.

On Wednesday December 15, HBO premieres the first episode of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. Aside from cornering the market on slashes, it shows the behind-the-scenes action of both teams as they prepare to face off outdoors in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day.

Your teaser: “Head coaches Bruce Boudreau of Washington and Dan Bylsma of Pittsburgh, along with a host of key players, including the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin and the Pens’ Sidney Crosby, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through their busy December schedules.”

Um, okay. But maybe talk about Crosby and Ovechkin before two head coaches we never knew existed?

Full release after the jump. Read more