NBA League Pass is free this week

NBA League Pass is free for digital cable subscribers from Monday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 25. All NBA games not found on national channels are available, with the exception of Knicks and Nets games within the local blackout market.
The offer is available for Time Warner, Cablevision and Verizon FiOS customers, plus Cox and Comcast.
The free preview is part of a mid-season discount package offer.
The games should be on the NBA League Pass standard definition channels, although I am not sure if they will appear on the high definition channels (NHL and MLB free previews in recent years have only appeared on standard).

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Tennis: ESPN announcers predict 2015 season

With the Australian Open championships getting started on Sunday, the ESPN tennis announce team came up with its list of what to expect in 2015.

Cliff Drysdale:
- Look for another first-time Major winner among the men: Kei Nishikori or Grigor Dimitrov.
- Victoria Azarenka’s comeback includes a Major title.
- An American woman will be the finalist in one of the slams. Guaranteed!
- Novak Djokovic continues to dominate.
- Andy Murray is no longer a member of the “Big Four.”

Chris Evert:
- An American woman will reach the semifinals of a Major.
- Grigor Dimitrov will win a Major.
- So will Stan Wawrinka.
- Serena Williams is still the best…will win two Majors.
- Look for Belinda Bencic to have a big year!

Mary Joe Fernandez
- Changing the trend, the sport will get younger.
- I see an American woman (or women!) in the semis of a Major.
- It’ll be No. 10 in Paris for Rafa Nadal.
- Victoria Azarenka comes back in a big way.

Brad Gilbert:
- On the men’s side, I would love to see somebody born in the 1990s win a slam. Among the ladies, look for a young player to break through – Madison Keys, Sloane Stevens or Genie Bouchard.
- Considering Rafa has won nine in Paris, I’d say somebody else is overdue. If it’s not Rafa it’s probably Novak.
- But look for Rafa to make a strong comeback … better chance than Azarenka.
- I want to see Madison Keys finish the year in the top 10.
- The sport has gotten older but that may be ready to change. That’s the great thing about tennis…the veterans find out how to keep relevant. But also, eventually, there’s always an infusion of youth. We just haven’t had a lot of it lately on the men’s side.
- It’s not a lot to ask for, but how about an American man making the quarterfinals of a slam in 2015? And one of them finishing in the top 12.

Patrick McEnroe
- It’s a “put up or shut up” year for Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov. If they are going to be legitimate contenders, the time is now.
- That said, I think Nishikori will win a Major.
- With the women, it’s “same old, same old” … Serena and everyone else. Will anyone threaten her when she plays her best?
- That said, there absolutely will be a first-time Major champion. Could be Caroline Wozniacki in Australia or Simona Halep at the French. There’s many candidates, but who is going to step up?
- You read it here: an American woman will reach the final four of a Major.
- It’s going to be a very exciting year in the ATP because there are teenagers who could make some noise – Nick Krygios (19), American Jared Donaldson (18), Borna Coric (18) and Alexander Zverev of Germany (17).
- We’ll say it again … this is Roger Federer’s last year to win a Major.
- Novak Djokovic will be No. 1 again.
- Andy Murray’s days as a consistent contender at the Majors are over.

Pam Shriver:
- Agnieszka Radwanska will win a major.
- Serena will win one major.
- Venus will get to the finals of Wimbledon.
- Ivan Lendl will coach a top player again, perhaps a woman.
- Novak Djokovic will win Roland Garros.
- Robin Soderling will announce a comeback.
- No American man will win a major.

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This day in sports broadcasting history: Jan. 3

Famed sportscaster Marty Glickman died at age 83, in 2001. Glickman was the voice of the New York Knicks (21 seasons), New York Giants (23 seasons) and Jew York Jets (11 seasons), plus some New York Rangers games. He was the first TV announcer for the New York Nets of the ABA. He did pre- and post-game shows for the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers for 22 years. He broadcast countless college basketball games and high school sports for local television, including WPIX in New York. He called NFL games for NBC in September 1988 on a fill-in basis.
Here is an interview conducted with Marty Glickman for the series “The Great Depression.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BpERC8rrmI

 

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Get your live baseball fix, Aussie style

Okay, I’m ready for baseball again.
It’s the holy week, and I am watching old season reviews on MLB Network.
If you are in the same mood, you can watch live baseball from the Australian Baseball League on YouTube and an Australian internet provider, for free.
Here is the upcoming schedule for the remaining five weeks of the regular season (all times New York/Eastern time).

Sat. Dec. 27
Adelaide-Canberra, Fri. 9 p.m., Sat. 3 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Melbourne-Perth, Fri. 9:20 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Brisbane-Sydney, Sat. 2 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sun. Dec. 28
Adelaide-Canberra, Sun. 2 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Melbourne-Perth, Sun. 6:20 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Brisbane-Sydney, Sun. 2 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Mon. Dec. 29
Adelaide-Canberra, Sun. 8 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Melbourne-Perth, Mon. 6:20 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Brisbane-Sydney, Sun. 9 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Tues. Dec. 30
Melbourne-Perth, Tues. 3 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Thur. Jan. 1
Canberra-Melbourne, Wed. 9 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Fri. Jan. 2
Sydney-Adelaide, Fri. 4 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Perth-Brisbane, Fri. 3:30 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Canberra-Melbourne, Fri. 3:30 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)

Sat. Jan. 3
Sydney-Adelaide, Sat. 1 a.m., Sat. 4 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Perth-Brisbane, Fri. 10 p.m., Sat. 3:30 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Canberra-Melbourne, Sat. 1 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sun. Jan 4
Sydney-Adelaide, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Perth-Brisbane, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Canberra-Melbourne, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Thur Jan. 8
Brisbane-Canberra, Thur. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Adelaide-Perth, Thur. 6:20 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Melbourne-Sydney, Thur. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)

Fri. Jan 9
Brisbane-Canberra, Fri. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Adelaide-Perth, Fri. 6:20 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Melbourne-Sydney, Fri. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)

Sat. Jan. 10
Brisbane-Canberra, Sat. 3 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Adelaide-Perth, Sat. 6:20 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Melbourne-Sydney, Sat. 2 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sun. Jan. 11
Brisbane-Canberra, Sat. 8 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Adelaide-Perth, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Melbourne-Sydney, Sat. 9 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Thur. Jan. 15
Melbourne-Adelaide, Thur. 4 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Sydney-Brisbane, Thur. 3:30 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Perth-Canberra, Thur. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)

Fri. Jan. 16
Melbourne-Adelaide, Fri. 4 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Sydney-Brisbane, Fri. 3:30 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Perth-Canberra, Fri. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)

Sat. Jan. 17
Melbourne-Adelaide, Sat. 4 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Sydney-Brisbane, Sat. 3:30 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Perth-Canberra, Sat. 3 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sun. Jan. 18
Melbourne-Adelaide, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Sydney-Brisbane, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Perth-Canberra, Sat. 8 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Thur. Jan. 22
Adelaide-Melbourne, Thur. 3:30 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Brisbane-Perth, Thur. 6:20 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Canberra-Sydney, Thur. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)

Fri. Jan. 23
Adelaide-Melbourne, Fri. 3:30 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Brisbane-Perth, Fri. 6:20 p.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)
Canberra-Sydney, Fri. 3 a.m. (freezone.inet.net.au)

Sat. Jan. 24
Adelaide-Melbourne, Sat. 1 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Brisbane-Perth, Sat. 6:20 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Canberra-Sydney, Sat. 2 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sun. Jan. 25
Adelaide-Melbourne, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Brisbane-Perth, Sun. 3 a.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)
Canberra-Sydney, Sat. 10 p.m. (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Fri. Jan. 30
ABL: Preliminary final series game 1, TBD (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sat. Jan. 31
ABL: Preliminary final series game 2, TBD (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sun. Feb. 1
ABL: Preliminary final series game 3, TBD (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Fri. Feb. 6
ABL: Championship game 1, TBD (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sat. Feb. 7
ABL: Championship game 2, TBD (YouTube/ABL.TV)

Sun. Feb. 8
ABL: Championship game 3, TBD (YouTube/ABL.TV)

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National Lacrosse League announces broadcast schedules

The National Lacrosse League indoor season will have matches aired on ESPN, Universal Sports, TSN in Canada and via a new digital subscription package in 2015. Also, Buffalo Bandits matches can be heard on radio station WWKB (1520-AM), which has good reception here in the Hudson Valley. Don’t be surprised if Time Warner Cable picks up some matches from Buffalo and the Rochester Knighthawks.

ESPN3 will air 21 matches via WatchESPN.
Friday, January 2
Buffalo Bandits at New England Black Wolves, 7 p.m. (EXCLUSIVE)
Saturday, January 3
Vancouver Stealth at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 10
Calgary Roughnecks at Colorado Mammoth, 9 p.m.
Toronto Rock at Vancouver Stealth, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 24
Vancouver Stealth at Colorado Mammoth, 9 p.m.
Edmonton Rush at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 31
Calgary Roughnecks at Toronto Rock, 7 p.m.
Friday, February 13
Edmonton Rush at Colorado Mammoth, 9 p.m.
Sunday, February 15
Rochester Knighthawks at New England Black Wolves, 6 p.m. (EXCLUSIVE)
Saturday, February 21
Vancouver Stealth at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Friday, March 13
Toronto Rock at Buffalo Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 15
Minnesota Swarm at Colorado Mammoth, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
Edmonton Rush at Toronto Rock, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 29
Vancouver Stealth at Colorado Mammoth, 8 p.m.
Friday, April 3
Calgary Roughnecks at Colorado Mammoth, 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 4
Edmonton Rush at Vancouver Stealth, 10 p.m.
Friday, April 10
Edmonton Rush at Calgary Roughnecks, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17
Rochester Knighthawks at Colorado Mammoth, 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 18
Rochester Knighthawks at Vancouver Stealth, 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 26
Buffalo Bandits at New England Black Wolves, 6 p.m. (EXCLUSIVE)
Saturday, May 2
Edmonton Rush at Colorado Mammoth, 9 p.m.

Universal Sports has a unique contract, with 18 live matches to air on UniversalSports.com, and replayed on Thursday nights on the cable channel. Non-subscribers to the website will be able to watch the game for free.

Saturday, January 3
Colorado Mammoth at Minnesota Swarm (8 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, January 8 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 10
Rochester Knighthawks at New England Black Wolves (7 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, January 15 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, January 17
Buffalo Bandits at Vancouver Stealth (10 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, January 22 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, January 24
Minnesota Swarm at New England Black Wolves (7 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, January 29 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 31
Colorado Mammoth at Vancouver Stealth (10 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, February 5 at 4 p.m.
Friday, February 6
Rochester Knighthawks at Minnesota Swarm (8:30 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, February 12 at 9 a.m.
Friday, February 13
Toronto Rock at Minnesota Swarm (8:30 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, February 19 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, February 22
Colorado Mammoth at New England Black Wolves (1 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, February 26 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 28
Colorado Mammoth at Buffalo Bandits (7:30 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m.
Friday, March 6
Toronto Rock at Colorado Mammoth (9 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, March 12 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 14
New England Black Wolves at Minnesota Swarm (8 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, March 19 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
Minnesota Swarm at Buffalo Bandits (7:30 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 28
Minnesota Swarm at New England Black Wolves (7 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, April 2 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 4
New England Black Wolves at Buffalo Bandits (7:30 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, April 9 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 11
Buffalo Bandits at Minnesota Swarm (8 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, April 16 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 18
Calgary Roughnecks at Minnesota Swarm (8 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 25
Vancouver Stealth at Buffalo Bandits (7:30 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, April 30 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 2
New England Black Wolves at Buffalo Bandits (7:30 p.m. LIVE Online) TV: Thursday, May 7 at 4 p.m.

For $30, fans can subscribe to NLL Live.

Day Date Matchup Time (ET)
Sat. Jan. 3 Edmonton Rush at Buffalo Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 3 Toronto Rock at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 10 Minnesota Swarm at Edmonton Rush, 9 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 23 Buffalo Bandits at Toronto Rock, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 24 Toronto Rock at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 30 Minnesota Swarm at Buffalo Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 30 New England Black Wolves at Edmonton Rush, 9:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 31 Buffalo Bandits at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 7 Buffalo Bandits at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 14 Minnesota Swarm at Toronto Rock, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 14 Rochester Knighthawks at Buffalo Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 14 Calgary Roughnecks at Vancouver Stealth, 10 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 15 Colorado Mammoth at Edmonton Rush, 4 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 20 New England Black Wolves at Toronto Rock, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 21 Buffalo Bandits at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 27 Toronto Rock at Edmonton Rush, 9:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 28 Calgary Roughnecks at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 28 Minnesota Swarm at Vancouver Stealth, 10 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 8 Calgary Roughnecks at Edmonton Rush, 4 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 14 Buffalo Bandits at Toronto Rock, 7 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 14 Vancouver Stealth at Edmonton Rush, 9 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 14 Rochester Knighthawks at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 20 New England Black Wolves at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 21 Colorado Mammoth at Vancouver Stealth, 10 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 28 Edmonton Rush at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 28 Toronto Rock at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 3 Rochester Knighthawks at Toronto Rock, 7 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 3 New England Black Wolves at Minnesota Swarm, 8:30 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 3 Vancouver Stealth at Edmonton Rush, 9:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 4 Minnesota Swarm at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 4 Colorado Mammoth at Calgary Roughnecks, 9 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 10 Vancouver Stealth at Toronto Rock, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 11 Colorado Mammoth at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 11 Calgary Roughnecks at Edmonton Rush, 9 p.m.
Sun. Apr. 12 Vancouver Stealth at New England Black Wolves, 1 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 17 New England Black Wolves at Toronto Rock, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 18 Colorado Mammoth at Edmonton Rush, 9 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 25 New England Black Wolves at Rochester Knighthawks, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 25 Edmonton Rush at Minnesota Swarm, 8 p.m.
Fri. May 1 Toronto Rock at New England Black Wolves, 7 p.m.
Sat. May 2 Rochester Knighthawks at Minnesota Swarm ,8 p.m.
Sat. May 2 Calgary Roughnecks at Vancouver Stealth, 10 p.m.

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DeMarco, Darling call unique doubleheader

Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling spent most of Saturday morning and afternoon working together as broadcast partners on the Army football radio network from West Point.
Once the game was over, though, they headed in separate cars to Poughkeepsie to call the Army-Marist men’s basketball game. DeMarco went solo on the Army radiocast on WBNR (1260-AM) and WLNA (1420-AM) and Darling was joined by Ed Weir on the Marist radiocast on WKIP (1450-AM).
“It’s been a long day,’’ Darling laughed. “It started at 11:30 this morning on the air, but we met at 8 o’clock, and now we’re up here doing a basketball game. I love the challenge of it. You go from a four-and-a-half hour broadcast, you drive 45 minutes north, get something to eat and then you do a couple hours. It’s a challenge of, Can you do it?’’
“I think it’s awesome,’’ DeMarco said. “It’s what it’s all about when you call games. You want do to every single game. You find a way to do the game, no matter what. It worked out where we had the game at West Point, we were able to head up here to Marist and I look forward to doing it.’’
Army football posted a victory over Fordham on Senior Day at Michie Stadium, so the evening contest is going to send one of the broadcasters home with a loss.
“One of us has to end up 1-1,” DeMarco said.

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Jets-Bills move signals number of TV, radio changes

The NFL’s decision to move Sunday’s Jets-Buffalo game to Monday night has prompted a number of changes to TV and radio schedules for the weekend.
The Jets-Bills game will be played Monday night at 7 p.m. in Detroit. The game will be seen on CBS stations across New York state, namely WCBS-2 (New York), WRGB-6 (Albany) and WBNG-12 (Binghamton). Since the game was originally scheduled as a regional telecast, the rest of the country will not be getting the game on its CBS affiliates. A decision is still awaiting whether the game will be available via the NFL Sunday Ticket plan.
The Jets game will be heard on flagship radio station WEPN 98.7-FM, starting with the pregame show at 5 p.m. As a result, the Knicks’ broadcast has been moved to WOR 710-AM.
The move of the Jets game will give New Yorkers an extra NFL telecast in the WCBS 1 p.m. window, and that will be the Tennessee-Philadelphia game. Also, WEPN will carry the Detroit-New England game.

In an added note, the CBS Monday night prime-time lineup will be seen on sister station WLNY 10/55.

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Red Storm, Pirates move to WNYM, WMCA

Big East Conference schools St. John’s and Seton Hall have moved their men’s basketball radio broadcasts to WNYM (970-AM) and WMCA (570-AM).
Mets TV voice Gary Cohen returns as play-by-play voice of Seton Hall, alongside analyst Dave Popkin.
Former Army football radio voice John Minko continues his role as play-by-play man for St. John’s, with Brandon Tierney and Vin Parise providing analysis.
Listeners in the Mid-Hudson Valley may have a bit of trouble listening to night games because the signals of the two stations can be a bit weak. Both stations are availble on the TuneIn app, though.
Rutgers basketball, new to the Big 10 Conference, remains on the more powerful WOR (710-AM). Chris Carlin returns as play-by-play voice of the Scarlet Knights.

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MLB-Japan series starts tonight (well, early Tues. morning)

A team of Major League Baseball all-stars is visiting Japan over the next 10 days, sandwiching two exhibition games around a five-game series with the Japanese all-stars.
MLB Network will air every game live at 4 a.m. ET (there is one 5 a.m. start) and replay later in the day at 9 p.m. ET.
The schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 11; Wednesday, Nov. 12; Friday, Nov. 14; Saturday, Nov. 15; Sunday, Nov. 16; Tuesday, Nov. 18 (only 5 a.m. start); and Thursday, Nov. 20.

The MLB roster:
Starting pitchers: Chris Capuano, Yankees; Jeremy Guthrie, Royals; Ishashi Iwakuma, Mariners; Franklin Morales, Rockies; Hector Santiago, Angels; Matt Shoemaker, Angels; Tsuyoshi Wada, Cubs
Relievers: Jeff Belliveau, Rays; Jerry Blevins, Nationals; Randy Choate, Cardinals; Tommy Hunter, Orioles; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Jose Veras, Astros; Rob Wooten, Brewers
Catchers: Drew Butera, Dodgers; Erik Kratz, Royals; Salvador Perez, Royals
Infielders: Jose Altuve, Astros; Robinson Cano, Mariners; Alcidees Escobar, Royals; Evan Longoria, Rays; Justin Morneau, Rockies; Eduardo Nunez, Twins; Carlos Santana, Indians
Infielder/outfielders: Chris Carter, Astros; Lucas Duda, Mets; Ben Zobrist, Rays
Outfielders: Dexter Fowler, Astros; Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
Manager: John Farrell, Red Sox
Coaches: Terry Francona, Indians; Brian Butterfield, Red Sox; DeMarlo Hale, Blue Jays; Mike Maddux, Rangers; Juan Nieves, Red Sox

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World Series opener highlights Tuesday’s TV best bets

What’s better than watching the Fall Classic? The World Series gets underway tonight with two surprise entries – the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals – as a pair of wild cards who have won in wild ways. Fox Sports has the balance of the baseball season, as does ESPN Radio.

Major League Baseball
World Series Game 1: San Francisco-Kansas City, 8 p.m. (WNYW-5, WGNY 1220-AM, 94.1-FM, WEPN 98.7-FM, WXXA-23, WOLF-56, WTXF-29, ESPNradio.com; Fox Deportes/Spanish; WEPN 1050-AM/Spanish)
* – distant radio signals vary by evening

National Hockey League
From Sunday: St. Louis-Anaheim, 2 p.m. (NHL Network)
From Monday: Tampa Bay-Edmonton, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)
San Jose-Boston, 7 p.m. (NHL 1, NHL 10)
Rangers-Devils, 7 p.m. (MSG, MSG Plus, WEPN 98.7-FM, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, rangers.NHL.com)
Toronto-Islanders, 7 p.m. (MSG Plus 2, islanders.NHL.com)
Detroit-Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NHL 5, NHL 11, CKGM 690-AM*)
Arizona-Nashville, 8 p.m. (NHL 7, NHL 12)
Carolina-Winnipeg, 8 (NHL 9)
Philadelphia-Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CSN Philly, WGN 720-AM*)
Vancouver-Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NHL 3)
Florida-Colorado, 9 p.m. (NHL 6)
Tampa Bay-Calgary, 9 p.m. (NHL 8)
NOTE: NHL Center Ice preview is free for many digital cable customers
* – distant radio signals vary by evening

College football
Arkansas State-La. Lafayette, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Women’s soccer
World Cup qualifier: Martinique-Costa Rica, 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 2)
World Cup qualifier: Mexico-Jamaica, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Men’s soccer
FDU-Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CampusInsiders.com)
Hartwick-Colgate, 7 p.m. (CampusInsiders.com)
UMBC-Navy, 7 p.m. (CampusInsiders.com)

Women’s volleyball
Belmont-Lipscomb, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Tennis
ATP Valencia, 6 a.m. (ESPN3)
Swiss Indoors, 10 a.m. (ESPN3)

American Hockey League
Hartford-Worcester, 7 p.m. (FoxSportsRadio1410.com)
Binghamton-St. John’s, 7:30 p.m. (BSens.com)

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