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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon featured on HBO show

“Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” looks at runners' response to Boston Marathon bombing
by Mel Bracht Published: May 21, 2013

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 Voting also will be available via Twitter using #NBASMA and the mobile website. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. June 12 on NBA TV.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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