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Penn spreads Ivy roots to China with Mandarin broadcasts

Feb. 22, 2019 2:53 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Wang's parents live in the northern China city of Taiyuan and had to listen to English-speaking broadcasts when their son led Penn to an upset over national champion Villanova and scored 23 points against Miami. "They can't really understand what people are talking about," Wang...

Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo dies at 62

Feb. 21, 2019 11:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo, who covered the Red Sox and the rest of the sport for more than three decades, died Thursday after collapsing outside the team's spring training clubhouse. He was 62. The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The team's...

The Latest: Johnson wrecked trying to pit in Daytona 500

Feb. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 5:40 p.m. Jimmie Johnson's chances of winning a third Daytona 500 ended with a strange accident on pit road. Johnson was running near the front of the field and trying to pit when Cody Ware and his Rick Ware Racing teammate...

Perfect Storm: The 500 and fight that changed NASCAR forever

Feb. 16, 2019 11:29 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first break came with the massive blizzard that wreaked havoc on the East Coast, essentially locking television viewers in their homes. The Daytona 500, meanwhile, was to be broadcast live in its entirety for the first time, reaching markets that knew little, if anything,...

Tirico chosen to host NBC's inaugural Indy 500 coverage

Feb. 15, 2019 12:28 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — NBC Sports announced Friday that Mike Tirico will anchor the network's inaugural Indianapolis 500 coverage on May 26, giving him his first glimpse at the largest single-day crowd to attend a sporting event anywhere in the world. "I am thrilled to join our team as we cover one of...

Vitale to receive Sports Emmys lifetime achievement award

Feb. 14, 2019 4:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports during this year's Sports Emmy Awards ceremony. Vitale joined ESPN shortly after its launch in 1979. He called the network's first significant college basketball game on Dec. 5, 1979, when...

New league pleased with first-week ratings but cautious

Feb. 13, 2019 7:13 PM EST

The Alliance of American Football was a ratings winner in its inaugural weekend, but founder Charlie Ebersol realizes it is a small sample size. "We feel really good about them and that our theory that Americans want more football tends to be true," Ebersol said in a phone interview. "However, we still have to...

Chicago Cubs, Sinclair to launch sports network in 2020

Feb. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group are launching a regional sports network in 2020 that will be the team's exclusive TV home. The Cubs said Wednesday the Marquee Sports Network will carry live game broadcasts and pregame and postgame coverage. Cubs games will be in one place,...

Rolling in the deep: HBO film looks at roller skate culture

Feb. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating. Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead. "We were shooting a piece about what we...

Golf Channel adding live college event, looking for more

Feb. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Golf Channel is interested in live programming from Monday to Wednesday, and the answer might be found in college tournaments. It is adding another prestigious event this year, and more could be on the way. "We're trying to grow appropriately," Tom Knapp, executive vice president of...