Happy birthday to E.J. Hradek

Happy birthday to NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek, co-host of NHL Live. Westchester product has been working for NHL Network since 2011 after 13 years with ESPN.

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Army-Navy soccer to be webstreamed

The annual Army-Navy men’s soccer clash, played in suburban Philadelphia, will be webstreamed once again on NSCAATV.com. The Patriot League clash takes place Friday, Nov., 7, at 7 p.m.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of American used to affiliate with the Fox Soccer Channel, but last year the organization took it upon itself to webcast some of the nation’s top matchups.
The early 2014 schedule (subject to change and addition):
Sat. 30 – Utah Valley vs. Massachusetts, 9:30 p.m.
Tues. 2 – Illinois State vs. Boston College (women), 2 p.m.; Thurs. 4 – West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.; Wed. 10 – William & Mary vs. Richmond (women), 7 p.m.; Tues. 16 – William & Mary vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m.; Thur. 18 – Connecticut vs. Florida State (women), 7 p.m.; Sat. 20 – Cal Santa Barbara vs. UCLA, 10 p.m.; Sat. 27 – High Point vs. N.C. Asheville, 7 p.m.
Wed. 1 – Bucknell vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.; Sat. 4 – Bakersfield vs. San Jose State, 10 p.m.; Tues. 7 – George Mason vs. Virgnia, time TBD; Fri. 10 – West Virginia vs. Texas Tech (women), 7 p.m.; Sat. 11 – Connecticut vs. Tulsa, 7 p.m.; Sun. 12 – Ohio vs. Miami, Ohio (women), 1 p.m.; Fri. 17 – Akron vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m.
Fri. 7 – Army vs. Navy, 7 p.m.

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Los Angeles Olympics opened 30 years ago today

The opening ceremonies for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics took place on July 28.
Here is the opening minutes of ABC’s coverage, featuring Jim McKay and Peter Jennings:

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Happy birthday, Jill Arrington

Happy belated birthday to Jill Arrington, who celebrated her 42nd birthday on Sunday. Arrington is a sports reporter and football sideline reporter with Fox Sports, and formerly worked for CBS and ESPN. She hosts “Fox College Football Saturday Preview.’’
Here’s a look at Arrington and Curtis Conway previewing the list of quarterbacks expected to be drafted in the NFL:

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Happy birthday to Doug Collins

Happy 63rd birthday to Doug Collins, who has had a storied basketball career as a U.S. Olympian, celebrated Philadelphia 76er and coach of a handful of NBA teams. Collins is also a veteran TV announcer with NBC, TNT and ESPN.
Here’s video highlights of an NBA on CBS telecast featuring Collins’ Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets, from Jan. 29, 1978. It’s Tim Ryan with the play-by-play call.

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On this date: El Perfecto

Montreal Expos pitcher Dennis Martinez tossed a perfect game against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium on July 28, 1991.
Here’s the Canadian TSN TV broadcast, featuring Dave Van Horne and Ken Singleton:

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Sunday golf telecast changes

The final-round tee times for the PGA and LPGA events on Sunday have been moved up, changing broadcast plans.
The PGA Canadian Open will still air on Golf Channel from 1-2:30 p.m. and on CBS from 3-7 p.m., only it will be shown on tape delay. Live coverage can be seen on the Golf Live Extra app from 10-11:30 a.m.
The LPGA International Crown will appear on Golf Channel a half-hour earlier at 2:30 p.m., through its conclusion. Golf Live Extra will have coverage from 1-2:30 p.m.

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Kingston football returns to WKNY 1490

Kingston radio station WKNY (1490-AM) will be broadcasting Kingston High School varsity football games once again.
In addition, the station does plan to carry any NFL or college football games. In the past, WKNY has aired some games from Compass Media.
The 2014 schedule:
September - Fri. 5 vs. Roosevelt, 7 p.m.; Fri. 12 – at Washingtonville, 7 p.m.; Fri. 19 – vs. Warwick, 7 p.m.; Fri. 26 – vs. Middletown, 7 p.m.
October - Thur. 2 – at Monroe-Woodbury, 7 p.m.; Fri. 10 – at Minisink Valley, 7 p.m.; Fri. 17 – vs. Newburgh Free Academy, 7 p.m.; Sat. 25 – at Pine Bush, 3 p.m.
November - Sat. 1 – possible Section 9 playoff, TBD

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On days, Red Sox may be heard better in the Valley

The Boston Red Sox have added radio affiliate WLAD (800-AM) in Danbury, Conn., for the rest of the season.
WLAD has a good daytime signal in the eastern portions of the THR coverage area but can’t be heard at night locally. At least it provides a day-game alternative to Hartford’s WTIC (1080-AM).
WLAD usually carries NFL games on Sunday afternoons, though no official word has come out for 2014.
The remainder of the Red Sox day schedule:
July – Sun. 27 at Tampa Bay, 1:30
August – Sat. 2 – Yankees, 4 p.m.; Sun. 10 – at Anaheim, 3:30 p.m.; Wed. 13 – at Cincinnati, 12:30 p.m.; Sun. 17 – Houston, 1:30 p.m.; Sat. 23 – Seattle, 1:30 p.m.; Sun. 24 – Seattle, 1:30 p.m.; Sun. 31 – at Tampa Bay, 1:30 p.m.
September – Mon. 1 – at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.; Sun. 7 – Toronto, 1:30 p.m.; Wed. 10 – Baltimore, 1:30 p.m.; Sun. 14 – at Kansas City, 2 p.m.; Sun. 21 – at Baltimore, 1:30 p.m.; Sun. 28 – Yankees, 1:30 p.m.

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Hudson Valley can hear Univ. at Buffalo sports

The University at Buffalo has reached a deal with WWKB (1520-AM) to carry Bulls football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball action this season. In addition, select UB football games will air on New York’s WMCA (570-AM), Albany’s WTMM (104.5-FM) and Rochester’s WHTK (1280-AM), signals which can be heard in parts of the THR coverage area.
The decision to air Buffalo sports has rankled Western New York fans of Syracuse athletics – the Orange will not be heard on WWKB, or sister stations WBEN and WGR. As for Hudson Valley fans of the Orange, those games were heard on WGY (810-AM) and WNYM (970-AM) in recent years, but with Syracuse athletics taking control of its own radio production, there’s no word yet as to where those games might appear.
WWKB is an ESPN Radio affiliate, and carries Buffalo Bison minor-league baseball action. WWKB is a 50,000-watt station which can be heard quite clearly in the Hudson Valley on most nights.

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