SPORTING NEWS TODAY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
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A quick look at the best sports on TV
— all times Eastern
Hall of Fameenshrinement ceremony
6:30 p.m., ESPN, NBA TV
It’s been a long time since a group this dis-tinguished entered basketball’s Hall of Fame.Indeed, it could be argued that this class—ledby Michael Jordan, but also including JohnStockton, David Robinson and coaches JerrySloan and Vivian Stringer—is the greatestever to enter the hoops Hall. If you’ve got aticket, you’re lucky. The venue was movedfrom the Hall of Fame to the bigger SpringfieldSymphony Hall, but even still, fewer than 3,000will be in attendance.
— Sean Deveney
White Sox at Angels
10 p.m., WGN
Chicago has won four of the six gamesbetween these teams this season, includingtwo of three at Angel Stadium. However, itwas a former White Sox player who did muchof the offensive damage. Jim Thome, nowwith the Dodgers, homered three times anddrove in eight runs against the Angels thisseason. Chicago still has righthander GavinFloyd, who has a 2.25 ERA and 14 strikeouts intwo starts vs. L.A. this season. Floyd will starttonight.
12:30 p.m., CBS
Kim Clijsters already has knocked off oneWilliams sister (Venus), and now she has achance to knock off the other. The tourna-ment’s best remaining story after MelanieOudin was ousted, Clijsters is trying to becomethe first mom to reach a Grand Slam final in29 years. If Clijsters beats Serena Williamstoday, she will have earned it. Serena is theonly woman not to have lost a set in thistournament.
— Roger Kuznia
FormulaOne, practice forItalian Grand Prix,at Monza, Italy
NASCAR,Nationwide Series,final practicefor Virginia 529College Savings250, at Richmond,Va.
NASCAR,Sprint Cup,practice for ChevyRock & Roll 400, atRichmond, Va.
NASCAR,Sprint Cup, “HappyHour Series,” finalpractice for ChevyRock & Roll 400, atRichmond, Va.
NASCAR,Nationwide Series,pole qualifyingfor Virginia 529College Savings250, at Richmond,Va.
NASCAR,Sprint Cup, polequalifying forChevy Rock & Roll400, at Richmond,Va.
NASCAR,Nationwide Series,Virginia 529College Savings250, at Richmond,Va.
Hallof FameEnshrinementCeremony, atSpringfield, Mass.
Tourof Missouri, fifthstage, at Sedalia,Mo. (delayed tape)
EuropeanPGA Tour,Mercedes-BenzChampionship,second round, atCologne, Germany
LPGA,NW ArkansasChampionship,first round, atRogers, Ark.
PGA Tour, BMWChampionship,second round, atLemont, Ill.
Nationwide Tour, UtahChampionship,second round,at Sandy, Utah(same-day tape)
Cincinnatiat Chicago Cubs
ChicagoWhite Sox at L.A.Angels
U.S. Open,men’s doublesand women’ssemifinals, at NewYork
OFF THE FIELD
The Stanley Cup-champion Penguinsvisted the White House on Thursday,and
congratulated theteam, jokingly pointing out that “
) must be pretty fast, cause thereare some big hockey players and he’snot one of them,” according to CNN.The Penguins brought the cup to theWhite House and Obama did not leaveempty-handed, either. After posing forphotos with the 44th president, theteam presented him with with a per-sonalized “Obama 44” Pittsburgh Pen-guins jersey.
Crimes and courts
The lawyer for a woman who is accus-ing
of rape is prepared toask a Nevada court to compel the Pitts- burgh Steelers quarterback to name allthe women he has had sex with, courtdocuments show. Reno lawyer
also said that if Roethlisberger’s requestto waive court rules and speed up the evi-dence-gathering process is granted, healso should be given immediate access tothe quarterback’s phone records andInternet communications.
Around the NFL
NFL fans whose local teams’ gamesare blacked out will be able to watchreplays online for free—though notuntil after midnight.The recession has left several teamsin danger of having games blacked outthis season. The league announcedThursday that home fans will be able toview the delayed broadcasts onNFL.comfor 72 hours, except during
Monday Night Football
.A game is not aired in the home marketif it does not sell out 72 hours in advance.NFL ticket prices climbed 3.9 per-cent to an average of $74.99 for the2009 season. According to Team Mar-keting Report’s survey releasedWednesday, 21 teams either kept pricesthe same or lowered them. The mainreason for the percentage increase wasthe new Dallas Cowboys’ stadium thatcost $1.2 billion to build.
Must-see TV: LeBron Channel?
The latest rumor involving Cavaliersforward and potential 2010 free agent
and the Knicks, as reported by the New York
, is that Cable-vision, which owns the Knicks, will cir-cumvent the salary cap by giving Jameshis own channel. “I don’t know exactlyhow that will work,” reporter Frank Isolawrote, “but that’s what I’ve heard.”
— Compiled by Ken Bradley, with wire reports
Pens take Cup to the House
Sidney Crosby, left, and Mario Lemieux, right,were among President Obama’s guests.