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Vin Scully will return to announce Dodgers games in 2015

Vin ScullyThe Dodgers announced some great news during the middle of their game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night: Vin Scully will return to call games in 2015.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen, as well as those at home who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”

The announcement was also done in a cool manner. First Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu made the announcement in Korean, a Yasiel Puig Spanish recording followed, and then Justin Turner announced it in English.

Scully, who will be 87 in November, will be in his 66th season. That’s just an astounding amount. Many people are retired by the time they’re 65. Scully will be broadcasting Dodgers games for the 66th year!

Stephen A. Smith suspended one week by ESPN

Stephen A SmithStephen A. Smith has been suspended from his duties at ESPN for one week. The network announced the punishment in a brief statement on Tuesday.

“ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week,” the statement read. “He will return to ESPN next Wednesday.”

ESPN released a statement on Monday after Smith apologized on First Take and said they believe he “recognizes his mistakes,” leading to speculation that he would not be disciplined for his comments about domestic abuse. It is unclear if the plan all along was to suspend Smith or if pressure built to the point where ESPN had to make a move.

A separate report over the weekend indicated that Smith is leaving ESPN Radio for Sirius Mad Dog Radio. The report has not been confirmed.

Stephen A. Smith apologizes for domestic violence comments (Video)

Stephen A. SmithStephen A. Smith opened Monday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take by apologizing for the comments he made last Friday about domestic violence and how women can help prevent it. Smith maintained that it was not his intention to blame domestic assault victims in any way but admitted that the remarks were “the most egregious error of my career.”

ESPN later issued a statement saying that Smith’s comments in no way reflect the views of the World Wide Leader. It does not appear that Stephen A. will be disciplined in any way.

“We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic,” ESPN’s statement said. “Stephen’s comments last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”

A report over the weekend indicated that Smith is leaving ESPN Radio New York for Sirius Mad Dog Radio. As LB mentioned, the timing of the report was likely an attempt to steer steer the conversation about Smith away from his mistake.

Stephen A. Smith leaving ESPN Radio for Sirius Mad Dog Radio

Stephen A. SmithStephen A. Smith needed something to help get his domestic violence comments out of the news cycle, and the report about his career move is helping to change the conversation.

According to the New York Daily News, Smith is leaving ESPN Radio New York for Sirius Mad Dog Radio. Smith currently co-hosts a daily show with Ryan Ruocco, but he would be working solo on his new show. His time slot of 1 p.m.-3 p.m. would remain the same.

Reporter Bob Raismann says Smith is leaving ESPN for Sirius despite recently saying on his show that he had too much on his plate with TV for more radio work. Smith also is a co-host of “First Take” on ESPN2 (so I hear — I never watch that crap).

Also see: Stephen A. Smith addresses controversial domestic violence comments (Video)

Stephen A. Smith addresses controversial domestic violence comments (Video)

Stephen A SmithStephen A. Smith created a firestorm with his comments about domestic violence on ESPN’s “First Take” Friday and was moved to clarify his point via Twitter.

During a discussion with co-host Skip Bayless about domestic violence in light of the Ray Rice suspension, Smith, while emphasizing that there is never an excuse for a man hitting a woman and that those who do deserve to be in jail, said he wants women to also work on doing what they can to avoid provoking violent situations.

“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions … let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that doesn’t happen,” Smith said of the message he wants women to heed.

“Now you got some dudes that are just horrible that are going to do it anyway — and there’s never an excuse to put your hands on a woman. But domestic violence with men putting their hands on women is obviously a very real issue in our society. And I think just talking about what guys shouldn’t do … we gotta also make sure that you can do your part to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Smith’s comments sparked outrage among many, including prominent ESPN host Michelle Beadle.

Here’s what Beadle tweeted after hearing Smith’s comments:

Smith, feeling his point was lost and that his message was distorted, felt the need to clarify his point via Twitter. Here’s what he said:

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WEEI host Kirk Minihane doubles down on Erin Andrews criticism in ‘apology’

Kirk Minihane WEEIWEEI radio host Kirk Minihane doubled down on his criticism of FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews in his “apology” issued on Wednesday.

Minihane is the host who called Andrews a “gutless b-tch” after the MLB All-Star Game last week. Minihane didn’t care for Andrews’ comment to Adam Wainwright about blaming social media for creating a controversy over the pitcher giving up a double to Derek Jeter and sarcastically said she should drop dead.

On Wednesday edition of the “Dennis and Callahan” show, Minihane apologized for calling Andrews a “b-tch,” but he criticized her by saying he doesn’t think she’s very smart or good at her job.

“I think she stinks at her job. I don’t think she’s very smart. I think FOX only hired her because she’s good looking. I think if she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins,” said Minihane.

Dennis and Callahan then tried to protect Minihane from criticism by saying he was merely playing a role on the show.

Sorry, fellas, but hiding behind the “roles” excuse is a weak cop out that won’t hold up for anyone with a brain. Minihane isn’t really sorry about his criticism of Andrews; he’s just sorry about catching national criticism for saying it.

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Stuart Scott’s moving ESPYs speech might make you cry (Video)

Stuart Scott ESPYsLongtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott delivered an incredibly moving speech at the 2014 ESPYs upon receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. The speech was powerful enough to make most people cry.

Stu has been fighting cancer since 2007 and said in his speech that he was in the hospital as of Friday following four surgeries in seven days. He had liver complications and kidney failure. He wasn’t even sure he would be able to make it to LA Wednesday to receive his award. But he did, making his speech all that more awesome.

Scott’s main message came in these powerful words: “You beat cancer by HOW you live, WHY you live, and in the manner in WHICH you live.”

He stressed the importance of having people around you who support you and care enough to help you beat cancer. He talked about how having a positive and determined attitude helps him win the fight. He also gave a lot of love to his daughters — Taelor and Sydni — describing them as his “heartbeat” and the reason he fights to live. His daughter Sydni was in attendance and teared up while watching her father’s video and speech.

To close out the speech, Stu called his daughter up to the stage for a hug.

The video shows the prepackaged piece on Scott as well as his speech. To go straight to his speech, jump to the 6:45 mark.