U.S. Open Championship Weekend

Weekend Update: David Scott reports that Ed Berliner, host of the nightly “Sports Pulse” is out at CN8.

It’s another great weekend for sports viewing, with a golf major, baseball, the NBA and NHL finals , World Cup soccer and NASCAR all on the schedule.

NBC has the 106th US Open Golf Championship starting Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 each day. The coverage is in High Definition and Johnny Miller is on the air with a fresh contract extension giving his biting analysis of the action.

A highlight of the weekend will also take place on Saturday afternoon when the USA takes on Italy in World Cup soccer action at 2:30 on ABC (Also in HD).

The Red Sox get into their main inter-league schedule, with three games in Atlanta against the equally struggling Braves. Saturday’s game will be on FOX, while Sunday’s game will be the featured Prime Time game on ESPN. (HD). Keep up with the Red Sox coverage on the Red Sox Daily Links page. (Please note the changed URL)

The NBA Finals are tied at 2-2 with game five slated for Sunday night. Dirk Nowitzki has gotten a lot of attention for finally getting his Mavericks into the finals, with some saying that the comparisons to Larry Bird are finally valid. Cedric Maxwell was way ahead of the curve on this one, as he said last March that he’d take Nowitzki over Bird.

News and Notes

  • The news that Comcast was giving NESN its own channel (851) on the HD tier was great news this week. NESN has made the commitment to producing as many programs in HD as possible and it was a shame that some of them were not available in the enhanced format. I believe that this move will also eliminate future conflicts with Celtics HD games next spring with FSN.
  • An emailer familiar with the goings on at Boston.com put forth a theory to me regarding the mysterious Bob Ryan column from earlier this week. The person suggested that the text of the column was somehow not available to the content management system or in PDF format and that it had to be re-typed by hand, which resulted in the plethora of errors. An interesting, and plausible theory.
  • FSN is adding two new shows – In Focus and The FSN Final Score – to its nightly programming lineup.

    In Focus features legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg and will look at television’s most compelling moments from the world of sports. In Focus debuts on Monday, June 26, and will run on FSN New England Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m.

    The FSN Final Score is a nightly 30-minute show featuring nothing but highlights. On The FSN Final Score, the highlights will be the star, not the hosts. The FSN Final Score premiers Monday, July 3, and will run on FSN New England Monday through Friday at midnight, Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

  • I added a couple of books to the left sidebar. The first one, Feeding the Monster is due out early next month, and promises a look inside the Red Sox front office like no other, as author Seth Mnookin was given unfettered access…even a key and office inside Fenway Park. I’m looking forward to this book’s release and giving it a review in this space.

    The second book isn’t due out until October, but you can place your order now for Moving the Chains : Tom Brady and the Pursuit of Everything. Charlie Pierce is the author of this book, which will likely be at the top of all Patriots’ fans reading lists this fall.

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A few local links of note:

Former Herald sports columnist Michael Gee has started blogging, and the early results are promising.

Jim Baker has a look at the coverage of the US Open Golf Championship, focusing on the NBC coverage lead by Johnny Miller, who just signed an extension with the network. NBC is broadcasting the tournament in HD, and having taken a peek at it yesterday, it’s looking good.

Andrew Neff talks with NESN Bruins host Eric Frede, who is glad to get away from the full time Red Sox coverage on the network and spend more time with his family.

Dan Kennedy has a quick note on more troubles for the New England media unit of the New York Times (The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram & Gazette.) which saw ad sales slip yet again.

On the heels of the just-completed Patriots minicamp, Mike Reiss has a Patriots mailbag posted on Boston.com. Tom King has a look at new Patriot Johnathan Sullivan, who is glad for a fresh start with the Patriots. Mark Farinella has Matt Cassel with his eyes on the #2 quarterback role behind Tom Brady.

Sports Media Columns From Around The Country

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News – Jeter can’t win with this crowd.

Neil Best, New York Newsday – Mad Dog’s book really bites.

Phil Mushnick, New York Post – Breaking News? Fix It.

Andrew Marchand, New York Post – Now Batting for SNY: Mookie.

Jim Williams, Washington Examiner – Rosenthal is FOX Sports