The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is featured on a segment of HBO's “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which premiered Tuesday night. The race occurred just two weeks after the Boston Marathon, and participants honored those affected by the marathon bombing with donations and by wearing red socks. In the collaboration with Sports Illustrated, correspondent Mary Carillo met several characters who have survived these tragedies and are taking strides toward healing.
Other segments include a profile of Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien and reports on referee assaults in the U.S. and the changing landscape of horse breeding.
The program next airs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and will be available on-demand beginning Monday.
— Besides airing on Fox College Sports Central (Cox 271), the rescheduled Big 12 baseball tournament games also will be split between Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37, 722) and Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus (Cox 68, 715). FSOK will carry three OU games (9 a.m. Thursday vs. Baylor; 9 a.m. Friday vs. Texas Tech; and 12:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Kansas State) and two OSU games (7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Kansas; and 4 p.m. Saturday vs. West Virginia). The other tournament games are on FSOK Plus, except for the final, which will air only on FCS.
Bob Licht, a former Hornets TV announcer; Jack Lazorko, a former major league relief pitcher; Chad McKee, a former KWTV-9 sports reporter; and Jay Payton, a former major league outfielder, will alternate as the announcers.
— Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been nominated for two NBA Social Media Awards: the LOL Award for blocking the Denver Nuggets mascot's shots, and the Trendsetter Award, which goes to the player who displays the best sense of style through social media. Former Thunder star James Harden also was nominated for the Trendsetter. Fans can vote now through May 31 by visiting nba.com/sma. Voting also will be available via Twitter using #NBASMA and the NBA.com mobile website. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. June 12 on NBA TV.
— P.J. Carlesimo, a former Thunder and Brooklyn Nets head coach, is joining ESPN as an NBA studio analyst for the rest of the NBA playoffs, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday on “SportsCenter.” “I look forward to sharing a coach's perspective, along with insights from nine playoff appearances,” he said.
— The Tulsa Shock will host the opener of the WNBA schedule on ESPN2 and ABC, which includes 14 regular-season games. The Shock hosts the Washington Mystics at 2 p.m. Monday (Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck and LaChina Robinson) on ESPN2, followed by the Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury at 4 p.m. (Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe). The network coverage will take an in-depth look at the transition from college to the WNBA of Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner.
TNT's coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday from Miami. Marv Albert will call the action with analysts Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller and reporters Craig Sager and David Aldridge.
— ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who missed Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals because of a scheduling conflict, is calling the rest of the series with Mike Breen and reporter Doris Burke.