The Texas Rangers are scheduled to make three appearances on ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball,” beginning with a home game against the Chicago White Sox on April 8. The Rangers also will host Tampa Bay on April 29 and the L.A. Angeles on May 13.
The world champion St. Louis Cardinals will make two road appearances in the 10 telecasts scheduled so far — at the L.A. Dodgers on May 20 and at Cincinnati on July 15.
This season will mark the debut of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona as an analyst, joining Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the booth.
AIKMAN EXPECTS PHYSICAL NFC FINAL
Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman is expecting a physical game when the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers meet for the NFC championship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox.
Aikman, the Henryetta native who will broadcast the game with Joe Buck, called the 49ers the most complete team he had seen this season.
“They run the ball well, are excellent on defense and their special teams play well,” he said. “They aren't as explosive offensively as the Giants or Packers but they are a well-coached, tough team. The 49ers need to keep up the formula that's worked — playing great defense, not giving up points, being physical.”
— KOCB-34 has an OSU-OU men's basketball doubleheader Saturday with Kansas State at Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m. (Dave Armstrong and Stephen Howard) and Oklahoma at Texas A&M at 3 p.m. (Mitch Holthus and Reid Gettys).
— The OU women's team has another Saturday morning telecast when it hosts Texas at 11 a.m. on FSOK (Brenda VanLengen and Cindy Stein).
— The Jan. 14 Lakers-Clippers telecast set an NBA TV record with 756,000 total viewers. Through Tuesday, the network's game telecasts are up 68 percent in viewers, averaging 383,000 a telecast.
— Former OU star Blake Griffin will make another national TV appearance at 9:30 p.m. Friday when the L.A. Clippers host Minnesota on ESPN (Shulman, Hubie Brown and Ric Bucher). ESPN's opening game is the L.A. Lakers at Orlando at 7 p.m. (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters).
— The Denver Nuggets will be featured on NBA TV's third season of “The Association,” a behind-the-scenes look at the team. The series debuts at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
— The NFL Network will air the 87th annual East-West Shrine Game at 3 p.m. Saturday (Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock, Charles Davis and Rebecca Haarlow).
— Brothers Stan Van Gundy, the Magic coach, and Jeff Van Gundy, an ABC/ESPN analyst, are featured on the next edition of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on HBO.