By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer
Published October 28, 2005
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REAL SPORTS, 10 P.M. TUESDAY, HBO: Among the features on the award-winning series is one on Tampa's Mallory Code. She was profiled by the show in January 2001 as a leading amateur golfer on scholarship while battling cystic fibrosis. Correspondent Mary Carillo revisits Code, whose life has taken many twists and turns since.
BUCS-49ERS, 4:15 P.M. SUNDAY, CH. 13: Fans of Fox Radio's Craig Shemon and James Washington are in for a special treat as Shemon gets the play-by-play duties for this game. He'll work alongside Dale Hellestrae.
LIGHTNING AT THRASHERS, 7 P.M. SATURDAY, FSN: Not Sun Sports - FSN Florida. And for you DirecTV subscribers, that will be channel 639.
ARETE HONORS FOR COURAGE IN SPORTS, 5 P.M. SUNDAY, CH. 10: University of Florida baseball player Brandon McArthur, from Seffner, will be profiled. Two years ago, he was randomly attacked and suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of a punch to the head and subsequent fall to the pavement. Last season, he returned to the field.
BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1-6 P.M. SATURDAY, CH. 8: Saint Liam and Borrego are the morning-line favorites for the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic, and potential Horse of the Year Lost in the Fog will race in the Sprint. It will be the final broadcast of analyst Charlsie Cantey's 30-year career.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL, 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY, ESPN DEPORTES: ESPN's Spanish-language network kicks off its exclusive coverage of the 2005 Dominican League Baseball season with 2004 champion Aguilas Cibaeas against archrival Tigres del Licey. Dominican legend Juan Marichal serves as lead commentator. ESPN Deportes will offer up to 30 Dominican League games, including regular-season games at 7 Wednesday nights and at 4 Sunday afternoons, as well as the playoffs and final.
PBA TOUR, 1 P.M. SUNDAY, ESPN: Okay, so it's going up against the NFL buzzsaw, but bowling has gotten solid ratings in the Tampa Bay market. Sunday's broadcast will be the first of 21 events on the 2005-06 Denny's Professional Bowlers Association's Tour, with 1 p.m. coverage the next eight weeks.
CBS earned a 10.9/18 fast national Nielsen rating for Sunday's edition of 60 Minutes featuring a nothing-new interview with Michael Jordan. That's 22.5 percent better than the show's season average and its best showing in 2005.
CBS Sports president Sean McManus has been named president of CBS News & Sports, effective Nov. 7. McManus replaces CBS News president Andrew Heyward.
TNT will have a new studio set for this year's NBA coverage, as well as a number of other new and innovative features. The set, dubbed the "TNT Arena," is modeled after an NBA city-scape and simulates being on a balcony 60 feet in the air. TNT is hoping to infuse drama into its coverage with TNT Courtview, a camera suspended from the scoreboard about 15 feet above the court to capture player reactions.
Entertainment Weekly lists the move of Monday Night Football from ABC to ESPN among its "deals that will change everything" in its Power 205 special report, according to Sports Business Daily.
USA Today reported ESPN has hired former NBA coach Paul Silas and player B.J. Armstrong as analysts for the upcoming season (replacing Mark Jackson and George Karl).