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Remote patrol

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published November 4, 2005


CHECK IT OUT

NASCAR, 3:15 SUNDAY, CH. 8: Carl Edwards is adding a little spice to this year's Chase for the Championship. His win in Atlanta makes him a threat to current leaders Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.

MIAMI-VIRGINIA TECH, 7:45 SATURDAY, ESPN: The No. 5 Hurricanes visit the No. 3 and undefeated Hokies in the biggest game this week. In a television first, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will show the game primarily from the "SkyCam" angle (with cuts to ESPN's game feed for replays, stats, cut-ins and analysis). If you'd rather just watch it the regular way, stick with ESPN.

BOXING, 9 P.M., SATURDAY, SHOWTIME: If you thought St. Petersburg's Jeff Lacy's last fight with Robin Reid was exciting, his fight Saturday with Scott Pemberton should be better. Both are sluggers who like to throw a lot of punches, and someone is getting knocked out. There's an excellent chance it won't be the local guy. You can even go to SHO.com and ask analyst Al Bernstein a question. Like, in what row did Pemberton's head land?

SPRINT FOOTBALL, 5 TODAY, ESPNU: Something a little different. Sprint football is a varsity college sport for players 172 pounds or less, and this is for the championship as Army (4-2) meets Navy (6-0). The series is deadlocked at 30-30-1.

NEWS AND NOTES

CBS will pay $325-million for 2-year-old CSTV Networks, a college sports network.

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated FSN Florida and Sun Sports for six local Emmy Awards, including three for its Miami Heat programming.

Today is the second anniversary of the NFL Network, which is carried by four of the top five cable companies (but not Bright House) and both satellite providers.

ESPN and the NHRA have extended their exclusive agreement through 2013 with a new seven-year pact.

Bay Sports with Dick Crippen has an interview with famous boxing trainer and Ybor City's own Ferdie Pacheco, who discusses his new book Blood In My Coffee. It can be seen at 8 tonight and Sunday on Bright House Ch. 47.

RATINGS

Tampa Bay's final baseball rating for the World Series was 11.0, 37th out of 56 metered markets (52, if you count the fact hurricanes wiped out numbers for markets in Fort Myers, Miami, West Palm Beach and New Orleans.

LAST WORD

50 Cent on Best Damn Sports Show Period (on living in Mike Tyson's former house): "I had to make a lot of changes to the place when I first got there. Like, there's a crack in the glass in the door from when he locked himself out. And there's fixtures on the wall - they're kind of ugly - but then I found out they're like 14-karat gold and I said, "Keep those right there.' "