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TNT will announce the NBA All-Star reserves on Thursday night
by Mel Bracht Published: January 28, 2014
/articleid/3928159/1/pictures/2330603">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) leaves the court after the 111-109 win over Atlanta during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) leaves the court after the 111-109 win over Atlanta during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

* NBA Commissioner David Stern will present the Top Ten List on the “Late Show with David Letterman” at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday on CBS. Stern will retire as commissioner on Saturday, exactly 30 years to the day since he took over the post on Feb. 1, 1984. This will be his second time to present the list. He read the “Top Ten New Slogans for the NBA” on Jan. 15, 1999. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees also will be a guest Wednesday.

*ESPN will offer its most extensive women's softball schedule this season, with more than 80 regular-season games scheduled across its networks. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to televise more than 40 games, and ESPN3 will carry more than 40 games. A record 17 matchups featuring two ranked teams will air on an ESPN network, including No. 10 Texas at No. 2 Oklahoma at 8 p.m. April 17 on ESPN2. The defending national champion Sooners will also play at No. 16 Baylor at 2 p.m. April 12, on ESPN. Analysts will be Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch, Amanda Scarborough, Cheri Kempf and Michele Smith, all of whom earned collegiate All-American honors. Play-by-play announcers will be Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Cara Capuano, Adam Amin, Holly Rowe, and Mark Neely.

* Gold medal alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, recovering from a knee injury, has joined NBC as an Olympic correspondent for the “Today” show and NBC Sports during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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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