Longtime Braves announcer Van Wieren passes away

Pete Van Wieren, the 69-year-old former Atlanta Braves announcer on TBS, passed away Saturday from cancer. He was part of a broadcast booth that included Ernie Johnson and Skip Caray, a trio who gained notoriety with nationwide coverage of the Braves on the Superstation. Van Wieren retired from the booth in 2008, shortly after Caray had passed away.
“The best play-by-play man in baseball,” praised Don Sutton, the former Braves pitcher and later broadcast colleague.
Van Wieren also called NBA games on TBS and TNT, and did some sports reporting for CNN.
Van Wieren hailed from Rochester and worked in Binghamton early in his career. He called games for the Binghamton Triplets for radio station WNBF in 1966. He later called minor-league games for Toledo and Tidewater before the Braves signed him in 1976.
Van Wieren gave a speech to the University of Georgia Terry College of Business:

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Happy birthday to Ranger Dave Maloney

Happy birthday to former Ranger, former Fox Sports NHL analyst and current MSG Network analyst Dave Maloney, born in 1956.
Maloney played for the Rangers from 1974-85, finishing his last season with the Buffalo Sabres following a trade. He had 71 goals and 317 points, to go with 1,154 penalty minutes. He captained the Rangers from 1978-81, including the Stanley Cup finals year of 1979.
Here is a blurry replay of Maloney’s appearance on the “Late Night with David Letterman Show” in 1984:

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Happy birthday to the great Curt Gowdy

Hall of Fame broadcaster Curt Gowdy was born on July 31, 1919. Gowdy called Yankees action in 1949 and 1950. From 1951-65, he called radio and TV for the Red Sox. Gowdy worked five years for ABC Sports (1960-64), calling the American Football League. In 1965, he moved to NBC Sports and became the network’s lead play-by-play man for baseball (through 1975), the AFL and NFL (through 1978) and college basketball. He called NFL games for CBS in 1979 and 1980. In all, Gowdy called 13 World Series, 16 baseball All-Star Games, 14 Rose Bowls, 9 Super Bowls, eight Olympic Games and 24 NCAA Final Fours. He died on February 20, 2006.
Here is the first part of an interview Gowdy gave about his career pursuits:

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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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