40 year flashback: Flyers beat Rangers in semifinal game seven

With the Rangers and Flyers in the midst of a first-round NHL playoff series, here is a flashback to game seven of the 1974 Stanley Cup semifinals. The Flyers beat the Rangers (crushing the spirits of a certain 9 year old) to advance to the finals.
Tim Ryan and Ted Lindsay had the call for NBC Sports.

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NHL playoff TV schedule for first round

The 2014 National Hockey League playoffs get underway Wednesday with three games and potentially could conclude two weeks later, with up to five Game Sevens possible on April 30.
NBC Sports Network will carry the bulk of the action, with doubleheaders scheduled for the first 10 nights of action. CNBC will have a game on each of the first eight weeknights. NBC has single games on Saturdays and doubleheaders on Sundays each of the next two weeks. NHL Network in the United States will have two telecasts (April 21 and 22), and will be the destination for spillover coverage when the start of a second game on a doubleheader night is preempted by an extended overtime of the first game.
The Rangers-Flyers series has three games scheduled for CNBC but those games will be blacked out in the New York and Philadelphia markets per NHL rules, allowing MSG Network and Philadelphia’s Comcast networks to televise locally.

Wednesday, April 16
Montreal-Tampa Bay (1), 7 p.m. (CNBC)
Columbus-Pittsburgh (1), 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Dallas-Anaheim (1), 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Thursday, April 17
Philadelphia-Rangers (1), 7 p.m. (MSG; CNBC-blacked out in N.Y. and Philly markets)
Chicago-St. Louis (1), 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Minnesota-Colorado (1), 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
Los Angeles-San Jose (1), 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Friday, April 18
Montreal-Tampa Bay (2), 7 p.m. (CNBC)
Detroit-Boston (1), 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Dallas-Anaheim (2), 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 19
Chicago-St. Louis (2), 3 p.m. (NBC)
Columbus-Pittsburgh (2), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Minnesota-Colorado (2), 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Sunday, April 20
Philadelphia-Rangers (2), 12 p.m. (NBC)
Detroit-Boston (2), 3 p.m. (NBC)
Tampa Bay-Montreal (3), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Los Angeles-San Jose (2), 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Monday, April 21
Pittsburgh-Columbus (3), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Colorado-Minnesota (3), 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
St. Louis-Chicago (3), 8:30 p.m. (CNBC)
Anaheim-Dallas (3), 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Tuesday, April 22
Tampa Bay-Montreal (4), 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Boston-Detroit (3), 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Rangers-Philadelphia (3), 8 p.m. (MSG; CNBC-blacked out in N.Y. and Philly markets)
San Jose-Los Angeles (3), 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Wednesday, April 23
Pittsburgh-Columbus (4), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Anaheim-Dallas (4), 8 p.m. (CNBC)
St. Louis-Chicago (4), 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Thursday, April 24
Montreal-Tampa Bay (5), 7 p.m. (CNBC)
Boston-Detroit (4), 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Colorado-Minnesota (4), 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
San Jose-Los Angeles (4), 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Friday, April 25
Rangers-Philadelphia (4), 7 p.m. (MSG; CNBC-blacked out in N.Y. and Philly markets)
Chicago-St. Louis (5), 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Dallas-Anaheim (5), 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 26
Detroit-Boston (5), 3 p.m. (NBC)
Columbus-Pittsburgh (5), TBD (TBD)
Minnesota-Colorado (5), TBD (TBD)
Los Angeles-San Jose (5), TBD (NBCSN)

Sunday, April 27
Philadelphia-Rangers (5), 12 p.m. (NBC)
St. Louis-Chicago (6), 3 p.m. (NBC)
Tampa Bay-Montreal (6), TBD (NBCSN)
Anaheim-Dallas (6), TBD (TBD)

Monday, April 28
Boston-Detroit (6), TBD (TBD)
Pittsburgh-Columbus (6), TBD (TBD)
Colorado-Minnesota (6), TBD (TBD)
San Jose-Los Angeles (6), TBD (TBD)

Tuesday, April 29
Rangers-Philadelphia (6), TBD (MSG)
Montreal-Tampa Bay (7), TBD (TBD)
Chicago-St. Louis (7), TBD (TBD)
Dallas-Anaheim (7), TBD (TBD)

Wednesday, April 30
Philadelphia-Rangers (7), TBD (MSG)
Detroit-Boston (7), TBD (TBD)
Columbus-Pittsburgh (7), TBD (TBD)
Minnesota-Colorado (7), TBD (TBD)
Los Angeles-San Jose (7), TBD (TBD)

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NFL releases preseason schedules, TV dates

The National Football League released its 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday.
The Giants have one national game, the Sunday, Aug. 3, Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against the Buffalo Bills (NBC, 8 p.m.). The Jets have no national telecasts.
Most of the dates for the Jets and Giants four weeks of preseason games have not been set as of yet. A good bet is they will be Saturdays in the first three weeks and Thursday in week four.
The Giants (likely to appear on WNBC-4) host Pittsburgh in week one, play at Indianapolis in week two, play at the Jets in week three and host New England in week four.
The Jets (likely to appear on WCBS-2) host Indianapolis in week one, play at Cincinnati in week two, host the Giants in week three and play at Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug. 28.

The national TV schedule:
Sunday, Aug. 3 – Giants vs. Buffalo, at Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Thursday, Aug. 14 – Jacksonville at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Aug. 17 – Kansas City at Carolina, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Monday, Aug. 18 – Cleveland at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Aug. 22 – Oakland at Green Bay, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Saturday, Aug. 23 – New Orleans at Indianapolis, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Aug. 24 – San Diego at San Francisco, 4 p.m. (Fox); Cincinnati at Arizona, 8 p.m. (NBC)
The NFL Network will surely show live games not conflicting with the national TV windows of the networks, and run all the remaining games on same-day or next-day taped delay.

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MSG Plus to air 18 pro lacrosse matches

The Major League Lacrosse season gets underway in two weeks, and every match will be televised or streamed online.
MSG Plus will carry 18 games, including eight from the New York Lizards (who play on Long Island).
The CBS Sports Network will carry 24 matches, including the semifinals (Aug. 16) and championship (Aug. 23).
ESPN will carry 20 matches on its ESPN3.com service, including those to be picked up by regional sports networks, such as MSG Plus.
The league will also produce 16 broadcast-quality games that will air on the popular web video service YouTube – the address will be YouTube.com/MLL.

The New York Lizards (based on Long Island) has the following schedule:
April
Sun. 27 – Rochester, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Net).
May
Sat. 3 – at Chesapeake, 7 p.m. (MSG Plus); Fri. 9 – at Rochester, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN); Sat. 17 – at Ohio, 8 p.m. (MSG Plus); Fri. 30 – Boston, 7:30 p.m. (MSG Plus)
June
Sat. 7 – at Florida, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN); Sat. 14 – at Denver, 9 p.m. (MSG Plus); Sat. 21 – Charlotte, 7 p.m. (MSG Plus); Sat. 28 – Ohio, 7 p.m. (YouTube)
July
Thur. 3 – Florida, 7:30 p.m. (MSG Plus); Sat. 19 – at Boston, 6 p.m. (MSG Plus); Sun. 27 – Chesapeake, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
August
Fri. 1 – at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN); Sat. 9 – Denver, 5:30 p.m. (MSG Plus)

The other MSG Plus games are as follows:
April
Sat. 26 – Ohio at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
May
Fri. 2 – Boston at Rochester, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 4 – Ohio at Denver, 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 – Ohio at Florida, 7 p.m.
June
Sun. 1 – Florida at Rochester, 1 p.m.; Sat. 7 – Denver at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 28 – Boston at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
July
Sat. 5 – Rochester at Charlotte, 7 p.m.; Sat. 26 – Boston at Florida, 7 p.m.
August
Sat. 2 – Florida at Boston, 3 p.m.

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Hank Aaron hits No. 715, forty years ago Tuesday night

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run (thanks West Point’s Rich DeMarco for the correction).
Here is Milo Hamilton’s radio call for the Braves.
Here is Vin Scully’s radio call for the Dodgers.

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Army sports headed back to WBNR, WLNA; Boulders return

The Army Sports Radio Network is headed back to its old home.
Don Verity, the station manager at WBNR (1260-AM) and WLNA (1420-AM), confirmed that Army football, men’s and women’s basketball, ice hockey, men’s lacrosse and baseball action is headed back to the stations. The network has been airing on WALL (1340-AM) and WEOK (1390-AM) for several seasons.
WBNR and WLNA underwent a recent format change, switching from talk radio to the Real Country music format on March 24. WBNR/WLNA is carrying NASCAR Sprint Cup racing this season, and will air Rockland Boulders baseball games (starting in late May) for the second year in a row.

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People moves in the sporting world

It’s been a busy week of anchors and hosts moving from one network to another, and one show to another. Here’s a recap:
Josh Elliott leaves ABC’s “Good Morning America” to become a host at NBC Sports. The former ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor has been at GMA since 2011. At NBC, Elliott will work on the NFL, the Summer and Winter Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing.
Michael Strahan will be joining the cast at “Good Morning America.” The popular talk host and former New York Giant will continue to host the daily “Live with Kelly and Michael” with Kelly Ripa, following his GMA duties, and he will continue to be on the Fox NFL Sunday desk during the season.
Trent Green, the former St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, will become a game analyst for CBS Sports. Green has been working radio with Ian Eagle on Thursday Night Football for Westwood One Sports. Green will contribute work to CBS Sports Network’s NFL shows, including “NFL Monday QB” and “That Other Pregame Show.”

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Thank you, Baseball – Free hockey this week on NHL Center Ice

An added benefit to having the free preview week of MLB Extra Innings is the NHL Center Ice package is also free, since the two services share the same channels provided by InDemand. So that means, hockey fans will be able to watch some free hockey (on standard definition channels) through April 6.

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ESPN on 1220 still missing – an update

ESPN Radio is still absent on Newburgh’s WGNY (1220-AM), although a station official insists it will return to the AM frequency soon.
In the meantime, ESPN Radio programming can be heard on 97.3-FM in Poughkeepsie. For those who have High Definition Radio service, it can also be found on on the HD-3 channels of WGNY-FM (98.9 HD3) and WJGK-FM (103.1 HD3).

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Every Major League Lacrosse match to be televised, streamed

The Major League Lacrosse season gets underway next month, and every match will be televised or streamed online.
The CBS Sports Network will carry 24 matches, including the semifinals (Aug. 16) and championship (Aug. 23).
ESPN will carry 20 matches on its ESPN3.com service, with a number of those matches to be picked up by regional sports networks, such as MSG Plus.
The league will also produce 16 broadcast-quality games that will air on the popular web video service YouTube – the address will be YouTube.com/MLL.
The New York Lizards (based on Long Island) has the following schedule:
April
Sun. 27 – Rochester, 6 p.m. (CBSSN).
May
Sat. 3 – at Chesapeake, 7 p.m. (ESPN3); Fri. 9 – at Rochester, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN); Sat. 17 – at Ohio, 8 p.m. (ESPN3); Fri. 30 – Boston, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
June
Sat. 7 – at Florida, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN); Sat. 14 – at Denver, 9 p.m. (ESPN3); Sat. 21 – Charlotte, 7 p.m. (ESPN3); Sat. 28 – Ohio, 7 p.m. (YouTube)
July
Thur. 3 – Florida, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3); Sat. 19 – at Boston, 6 p.m. (ESPN3); Sun. 27 – Chesapeake, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
August
Fri. 1 – at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN); Sat. 9 – Denver, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

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