Thursday's announcement that CN8 will shut down its 1 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. news means changes to its sports division.
The biggest change is that the face of CN8 sports since 2000, Lou Tilley, will no longer have a full-time role at the network. Tilley will be replaced as the host of “Out of Bounds,” by John Carchedi and Phil Burton and will expand to an hour-long live show, based out of Boston.
According to CN8, Tilley and the network mutually agreed not to renew his contract as host, but he will continue to contribute to CN8 in an on-air capacity. Tilley's last show was Wednesday night.
Weeknights at 7, Gregg Murphy will host a sports panel show from Philadelphia, featuring panel members in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
CN8, which currently is seen in seven million households, is expanding to the Washington, D.C. area in the fall, and the network wants to make all of its programs relevant to the Maine to Virginia region.
Kudos to Visser
Congratulations to CBS NFL reporter Lesley Visser, who will become the first woman recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This will be her 34th season covering the NFL.
Rowand, Howard nominated
Aaron Rowand and Ryan Howard of the Phillies are nominated for ESPY awards, honoring the year's best in sports. Rowand's nose-breaking catch is up for “Best Play” of the year, and Howard is nominated for the “Under Armour Undeniable Performance Award” for his 22 home runs as a rookie last year.
Philadelphian Bernard Hopkins is nominated for “Best Boxer.”
Lance Armstrong hosts the 14th annual ceremony July 16 on ESPN. All of the winners will be determined by fans' voting at www.espys.tv.
Here are some of the major categories with my vote in bold type:
BEST MALE ATHLETE
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals; Lance Armstrong, cyclist; LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers; Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks, Vince Young, Texas football.
Dakoda Dowd, 13 years old, plays in LPGA event, fulfilling sick mother's dream; George Mason beats UConn, makes Final Four; Jason McElwain scores 20 points in four minutes; L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant scores 81 points against Toronto Raptors.
Chicago White Sox; Maryland women's basketball; Miami Heat; Pittsburgh Steelers; Texas football.
NLDS Game 4: Astros vs. Braves; Rose Bowl (National Championship): USC vs. Texas; U.S. Open Quarterfinals: Andre Agassi vs. James Blake.
NBC's 38 hours of Wimbeldon coverage begins Saturday at noon. John McEnroe, Mary Carillo, and Ted Robinson lead the NBC team. Question: Name the terrible game show and the awful talk show that McEnroe hosted. The answer appears at the bottom of the column.
Top NFL announcers
Top NFL announcers Joe Buck (Fox), Bryant Gumbel (NFL Network), Al Michaels (NBC), Jim Nantz (CBS), and Mike Tirico (ESPN) discuss their jobs on NFL Network's “Total Access” July 4 at 7 p.m.
McEnroe hosted the wince-inducing “The Chair” a few years ago on ABC, then double-faulted with the talk show “McEnroe” on CNBC, which was best-known for averaging a zero (love) rating.