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John Sterling: The Yankees play-by-play voice says the team’s lack of the power is affecting his act. Daniel Barbarisi writes in Wall Street Journal.
“The Yankees have been a home-run team since Babe Ruth, about 90 years ago,” Sterling said. “Babe, all the way on up, they’ve had home-run hitters, and especially lefty home-run hitters. And sadly, that’s just not part of the Yankees this year.
Ernie Johnson: One of the good guys (above) is enjoying life after beating cancer. Jim Mandelaro of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has the write-up in advance of Johnson working the PGA Championship next week for TNT.
Trey Wingo: At his site, Jeff Pearlman does a Q/A with ESPN’s Trey Wingo. Wingo’s father was the bureau chief for Life Magazine during the Vietnam war.
Pac 12 Network: Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes about the new network problems getting carried on DirecTV.
Battle watch: Eric Deegans, writing at the National Sports Journalism Center site, looks forward to the upcoming battle between ESPN and the new Fox Sports 1.
ESPN is doomed: Ken Fang at Awful Announcing has an amusing piece on how Sports Illustrated wrote off ESPN in the early ’80s. To be fair, the network was struggling back then.
A la carte cable: Will consumers be better off with an a la carte option for cable sports? Clay Travis ponders the question at Outkick the Coverage.
Fox’ SportsCenter: Joe Delessio at Sports on Earth examines Fox Sports 1’s version of SportsCenter.
Kevin Burkhardt: Richard Deitsch at MMQB tells the story of how Burkhardt went from selling cars to calling NFL games on Fox this fall.
Hall of Famer: Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News gets his big day in Cooperstown as the 2013 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Congratulations, Paul.
Leaving: Inside Hoops reports NBA writer Chris Palmer is leaving ESPN.com.
Memorable: Richard Deitsch checks in on the inspiring story of the former ESPN producer and her connection to two former Cleveland high school athletes.
New award: The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at Maryland has created the Lacey-Smith Award. It will honor “a sports journalist or broadcaster who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.” It is named after legendary African-American writers Sam Lacy and Wendell Smith.
APSE: Association announces this year’s scholarship winners: Alexa Ard of the University of Nevada and Sarah Barshop of Marquette University.
Awful Announcing: A chat with Fox Sports’ Rob Stone.
Sports Media Weekly: Peter King and Chad Finn of the Boston Globe.
Sports-Casters: Want to note last week’s podcast which featured old pal Damon Hack of the Golf Channel. This week’s guests feature Jenny Vrentas (Sports Illustrated, theMMQB.Com), Elizabeth Merrill (ESPN.Com) and Ron Matejko (MVP Magazines).