Quote of the Day

When you can talk hockey
in the summer on a 90-
degree day, with two
first-place [MLB] teams
and the Bears coming
to training camp,  you
know it's back.
"

-- Blackhawks Chair Rocky Wirtz, on the team's inaugural fan convention last weekend(Illinois DAILY HERALD, 7/19).

Monday July 21, 2008 Vol. 14 — No. 209 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Open Ratings Down Despite Run By Norman (l)

    After a wild British Open that features treacherous winds and the out-of-the-blue return of Greg Norman, it is Padraig Harrington that is holding the Claret Jug for the second straight year. While many thought the return of the Shark would help fill the ratings void created by Tiger Woods' knee injury, ABC sees its overnight final-round ratings of 3.5 down 14.6% from Harrington’s playoff win last year. Reviews of ABC’s coverage are mixed, with Paul Azinger and Tom Watson earning kudos, but the coverage described as “mediocre.” Meanwhile, the long association between ABC and the R&A is about to be altered slightly, as ESPN is set to take over all four rounds of the event beginning in 2010 when it returns to St. Andrews. The deal would see the Open Championship become the first major golf tournament to air exclusively on cable.

  • Bearing Down
    Ten groups submit offers for Cubs, while more than 20 seek Wrigley Field alone.

    Making A Racket 
    Potential landmark ATP antitrust trial begins; IMG execs will not testify after Tour's warning.

    Starting Lineup
    MLB Network to feature live studio programming, highlights, classic games; Petitti taps new exec hires. 

    The Thunder Rolls
    Former Sonics franchise reportedly to be named Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Desert Dweller
    Glendale, Arizona, could reach deal by next week to secure USA Basketball HQs.

    Liberty Fell
    WNBA outdoor game draws sparse crowd despite fan-friendly atmosphere.

    Plus-One System 
    NHL Panthers charge fans for 43 home games in '08-09 season, but only schedule 42.

    Living Among Piers
    Manhattan Beach becoming newest hot spot for pro athletes to settle down, buy a home.

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