School scrutinized after ESPN blowout is 'scam,' Ohio finds
An Ohio school whose legitimacy was scrutinized after its supposedly top-tier football team got clobbered in an ESPN-televised game didn't live up to its billing educationally either: It turned out to be “a scam," according to an investigation by the Ohio Department of Education. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said he is asking the attorney general and other officials to determine whether any laws were broken by what claimed to be the Columbus-area Bishop Sycamore High School. DeWine also said he'll work with state education officials and lawmakers on enacting changes recommended by the department to avoid a repeat of the situation.news.yahoo.com
Brian Kelly was such a jerk to Robert Saleh that the Jets coach remembered 15 years later
Jets coach Robert Saleh only worked at Central Michigan with Brian Kelly for one year, as a defensive assistant in 2004, and it was not a happy one. Saleh and now-Packers coach Matt LaFleur, the older brother of Jets coordinator Mike LaFleur, were on Kelly’s staff as low-level assistants in their 20s. According to a 2019 ESPN article, they thought they were invited to a party at Kelly’s house, ...news.yahoo.com
NBA: Firm will probe Suns after report of racism, misogyny
The NBA has asked a law firm to investigate the Phoenix Suns after a published report detailed allegations that owner Robert Sarver has a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents during his 17-year tenure in charge of the franchise.
GALLERY: India the Tiger and friends get in the Halloween spirit
Nearly 800 animals, including the famous India the Tiger, reside at Black Beauty Ranch, the Humane Society of the United States sanctuary. The animals recently took part in a photo shoot as they got in the Halloween spirit because, clearly, that’s what one would expect in an animal sanctuary.
Sage Steele was ‘thrilled’ she didn’t pick Black man on ‘Bachelorette,’ said Rachel Lindsay
Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay has revealed that when she first met ESPN’s Sage Steele, the anchor praised her for not […] The post Sage Steele was ‘thrilled’ she didn’t pick Black man on ‘Bachelorette,’ said Rachel Lindsay appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Sage Steele suspended for podcast comments on Obama, vaccine; former ESPN colleague Jemele Hill calls her out
Sage Steele has now been suspended from ESPN for her comments on a podcast, which included her thoughts about former […] The post Sage Steele suspended for podcast comments on Obama, vaccine; former ESPN colleague Jemele Hill calls her out appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Sage Steele has controversial interview with Jay Cutler, compliments Candace Owens
Former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler and ESPN sports anchor Sage Steele found themselves in hot water after Cutler compared Steele […] The post Sage Steele has controversial interview with Jay Cutler, compliments Candace Owens appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Great-grandmother keeps Indian martial art alive
Deftly parrying her son with a bamboo cane, Meenakshi Amma belies her 78 years with her prowess at kalari, thought to be India’s oldest martial art. The great-grandmother in Kerala, southern India, has been a driving force in the revival of kalaripayattu, as the ancient practice is also known, and in encouraging girls to take it up.news.yahoo.com
In French prison, inmates and guards team up to break rowing record
At the Rennes women's prison in western France, a team of inmates and guards are working hard to beat the French indoor rowing record for the most kilometres covered in 24 hours, a challenge that offers a moment of escape, cohesion and self-improvement.news.yahoo.com
Scientists race to save Florida coral reef from mysterious disease
The Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease has plagued Florida’s coral reef, killing nearly half of the state’s corals and majorly affecting the Florida Keys. In Orlando, the Florida Coral Rescue Center is racing to save these vital marine animals.news.yahoo.com
Newman, Mendoza will be ESPN's 1st all-female baseball duo
Melanie Newman made history earlier this season when she was part of Major League Baseball's first all-women's broadcast. On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles announcer will receive a bigger national stage when she teams up with Jessica Mendoza on ESPN. Newman and Mendoza will call a key NL West matchup between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.news.yahoo.com
Mannings' "MNF" broadcast jumps 138%, averages 1.9 million
The “Monday Night Football” presentation with Peyton and Eli Manning increased its viewership by 138% over last week's debut, becoming the most-watched alternate telecast in ESPN history. ESPN and Nielsen reported that the Mannings' freewheeling telecast of the Green Bay Packers' 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on ESPN2 averaged 1.9 million viewers. The Week 1 overtime thriller between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders averaged 800,000.news.yahoo.com
Biden says Rangers making mistake by allowing full capacity
President Joe Biden told ESPN on Wednesday it was a mistake for the Texas Rangers to allow full capacity at their ballpark for their first game. Fans are set to return to major league stadiums Thursday after they were kept out during the regular season last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. I think it’s a mistake,” Biden told ESPN. But Major League Baseball isn't requiring the vaccine for players or staff. Asked how he would advise players who might feel hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine, Biden said: “I would say I’m president of the United States and I got vaccinated.
Amazon gets Thursday night games, NFL nearly doubles TV deal
The new contracts also mean the NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10 billion a season. Amazon has partnered with the league to stream 11 Thursday night games since 2017, but it will take over the entire package from Fox, which has had it since 2018. That was the largest audience to stream an NFL game. NBC also retains the opening Thursday night NFL Kickoff game as well as a Thanksgiving night game and flex scheduling beginning in Week 5. Amazon experimented with on-demand highlights and increased use of Next Gen stats during Thursday night games last season.
ESPN, NHL announce comprehensive 7-year agreement
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)The National Hockey League and ESPN are together again: The two sides announced a seven-year agreement Wednesday beginning next season that includes four Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL All-Star game and comprehensive streaming rights. It had the national NHL rights from 1985-88 and 1992-2004. The ABC games would likely air on Saturdays beginning around the All-Star game with the ESPN top game being on Thursday. ESPN will also produce 75 national games per season that will streamed exclusively on both ESPN+ and Hulu. Fox had NHL rights from 1995-99.
AP sources: NHL reaches 7-year agreement with ESPN
FILE - National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to members of the media , Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Sunrise, Fla. The National Hockey League will be returning to ESPN beginning next season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, file)The National Hockey League will return to ESPN beginning next season. ESPN started airing NHL games when it went on the air in 1979 by making deals with individual teams. It had the national NHL rights from 1985-88 and 1992-2004.
ESPN re-signs Rece Davis as 'College GameDay' host
FILE - ESPN College Game Day's Rece Davis gestures while talking on the set in College Station, Texas before the start of an NCAA college football game between Clemson and Texas A&M, in this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo. ESPN has re-signed Rece Davis to a multiyear contract that will keep him in place as the host of the networks popular Saturday college football pregame show. (AP Photo/Sam Craft, File)ESPN has re-signed Rece Davis to a multiyear contract that will keep him in place as host of the network’s popular Saturday college football pregame show. “And for me I still very much wanted to host ‘College GameDay’ and to still have the opportunity to host some significant events along with that from time to time. Davis will also continue to host ”College GameDay” for basketball, along with the network’s coverage of the NFL draft on ABC and the men’s Final Four.
MLB opens harassment hotline after Porter, Callaway scandals
FILE - In this Sunday, April 28, 2019, file photo, then-New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands by the dugout before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field, in New York. Callaway, former manager of the New York Mets and current Los Angeles Angels pitching coach, aggressively pursued several women who work in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos, The Athletic reported Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Callaway was suspended and is under investigation by the Angels and MLB following allegations of inappropriate behavior toward several women who work in sports media. The hotline is also open to league or team employees. Ad___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58
Spencer Green, File)Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor,” the Gomez family added. He was a correspondent on ESPN's “SportsCenter,” “Baseball Tonight” and additional shows, including the network's “Wednesday Night Baseball” package. “We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement on Twitter and the network's public relations page. “More than an elite journalist, Pedro Gomez was a good and decent man, so proud of his family, and his heritage,” said former “SportsCenter” anchor Bob Ley.
Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter
This screen grab from a Zoom call shows New York Mets general manager Jared Porter Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Mets general manager Jared Porter sent graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office, ESPN reported Monday night, Jan. 18, 2021. (Zoom via AP, File)NEW YORK – Jared Porter went from rising star to unemployed — literally overnight. “We have terminated Jared Porter this morning,” Cohen wrote Tuesday. She said the Cubs employee told her Porter wanted to apologize in person, but she didn't want to see him.
‘Higher power’ compelled UFC fighter Irwin Rivera to stab his sisters, police say
UFC fighter Irwin Rivera was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder Thursday after stabbing his two sisters while they slept in his home in Boynton Beach, Florida, ESPN reported. According to the report, the 31-year-old mixed martial artist was taken into custody by the Boynton Beach Police Department Thursday morning after initially fleeing the scene. Believing he killed his sisters, Rivera confessed to police it was his purpose, stating he was compelled by a “higher power,” according to an incident report obtained by ESPN. According to the incident report, Boynton Beach Police officers found Rivera’s 22- and 33-year-old sisters alive with multiple stab wounds after being called to a residence. “UFC is aware of the recent incident involving Irwin Rivera and subsequently received information from his management that he has been exhibiting behavior consistent with mental health issues,” the UFC statement read.
Even with empty stadiums, NFL still a ratings monster
A worker cleans seats in Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. During the last presidential election year in 2016, NFL ratings were down 8%. OTHER PRIME-TIME NUMBERSFox's “Thursday Night Football” averaged 14.1 million, which is a 6% decline. There is speculation that Monday night games might be returning full-time to network television for the first time since 2005.
Homebound viewers boost New Year's Eve ratings; a CNN high
NBC was the highest-rated broadcast network last week, averaging 4.6 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 1.7 million viewers, CNN had 1.6 million, Hallmark had 1.42 million, MSNBC had 1.4 million, HGTV had 1.3 million and TNT had 1.2 million. ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 9.75 million viewers. College Football Bowl Studio, ESPN, 16.1 million. College Football Playoffs Semifinal, ESPN, 13.4 millionCollege Football Bowl Studio, ESPN, 13.5 million.
Texans interviewing ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for General Manager position
HOUSTON – The Texans are on the final stretch of a dismal season that finds them with a 4-9 record after 13 games. While they finish their final three weeks, the search for a new Head Coach and General Manager continues for CEO Cal McNair. According to an NFL source with knowledge of the process, McNair and his search committee that includes Texans President Jamey Rootes are interviewing popular ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick. Riddick, who will also reportedly interview this week for the open GM slot in Detroit, is a former NFL player and front office guy. Riddick played in the NFL as a safety for eight years between 1991-1998 with San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland and Oakland.
Plan B as in BYU: Cougars face Chanticleers on short notice
Coastal Carolina needed a Plan B — as in BYU. BYU is currently 13th in the College Football Playoff rankings. Coastal Carolina is No. That kind of scheduling flexibility is unheard of in college football, where nonconference games are usually set years in advance. "Everybody's just kind of been riding the wave and trying to prepare the most they can.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Who did it? TV viewers intrigued by HBO’s ‘The Undoing’
It was a good story.”It was the most-watched night for HBO since the finale of “Big Little Lies” last year, which also featured Kidman and creator David E. Kelley. “The Undoing” has generated more conversation on social media than any other new scripted television series this year, Nielsen said. NBC was the top-rated broadcast network in prime time for Thanksgiving week, averaging 3.64 million viewers. CBS had 3.55 million, ABC had 2.4 million, Fox had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 930,000, Univision had 890,000 and Telemundo had 530,000. Hallmark hit 2.53 million, Fox News Channel had 2 million, MSNBC had 1.59 million and CNN had 1.41 million.
Rockets flip Ariza and 16th pick for picks, cap room
HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets traded Trevor Ariza and the 16th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to the Detroit Pistons for a future protected 1st round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets received the pick and Ariza earlier in the week after trading Robert Covington to Portland. The Rockets later purchased the Pistons’ 2021 second-round pick for $4.6 million. In the short term, the trade deprives Houston of a first-round pick and Ariza, a useful two-way player who is very familiar with Houston. Trading Ariza also gives the Rockets a Traded Player Exception, allowing them to sign another player.