It’s a rather slow weekend for sports viewing, with only baseball, golf and auto racing on the docket. (There is also the Tour de France which is on OLN at 8:30 AM on Saturday and 7:30 AM on Sunday).

The Red Sox will be in Seattle this weekend. Keep up with the coverage on the Red Sox Daily Links page, as well as in the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Today’s Seattle Times had a good article by Larry Stone on Red Sox rookie starter Jon Lester, who grew up a Mariners fan in Tacoma, Washington.

David Scott did a good job covering the NESN/Satellite/Out of Market issue in Scott’s Shots this morning. The Yanksfan vs Soxfan blog also had some strong thoughts on the matter.

WEEI has been crowing about their ratings once again this morning, and truth be told, they have bounced back pretty nicely from a tough winter. However in the overall scheme of things, they remain tied for third in the Boston market behind WBZ and WJMN. The numbers from the Spring ’06 Book also reflect that WEEI remains .08 of a point below the same time period a year ago.

ABC has coverage of the British Open this weekend from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

The ABC production will include:

* “Only at the Open” segments that will recap shots and elements that seem to be unique to the British Open.
* Players walking through their practice rounds as they prepare for a course they have never seen.
* A segment on what players pack for this trip.
* X-Mo camera, a super slow-motion camera for swing analysis.

Monday will see the debut of Outside the Lines First Report hosted by Bob Ley on ESPN. This 3:30 PM daily show will replace and expand upon the Outside the Lines Nightly show which had aired at 12:40 AM nightly.

ESPN’s weekday afternoon lineup will now look like this:

3:30 p.m. ET – Outside the Lines First Report
4 p.m. – NFL Live
4:30 p.m. – Jim Rome Is Burning
5 p.m. – Around The Horn
5:30 p.m. – Pardon The Interruption
6 p.m. – SportsCenter

Just a week until the Patriots start training camp. Check the latest Patriots news on the Patriots Daily Links page.

Keep up with the sports news from New York, including Yankees coverage on the New York Sports Pages.


Sports Media Columns from Around the Nation

Jim Baker, Nashua Telegraph – OLN fooled briefly as American rider Landis recovers.

Phil Mushnick, New York Post – Hitting Below The ‘Waste’ – ESPY’s Blew Chance to be Great.

Andrew Marchand, New York Post – BCS Shows May Be ‘Damn’-ed – Fox’s Rose Leads Race for Studio Gig.

Richard Sandomir, New York Times – Wacky Ice Capades Come to Town.
(Islanders challenging Knicks for most dysfunctional sports organization.)

Neil Best, New York Newsday – Ratings rivalry that’s must-see.
(YES vs. SNY)

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News – TBS may pitch to Costas.

Jane McManus, Westchester Journal News – Tirico fills in on British Open broadcast

Michael McCarthy, USA Today – Psst, ABC and TNT, Woods-Faldo feud is a grudge match.

Michael Hiestand, USA Today – Billy Packer influence at this week’s British Open? Sort of.

Laura Nachman, Bucks County Courier Times – How Philly?s leading ladies rate.

Aaron Bracy, Courier Post – FCC defeats Philly fans, then ducks them.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune – Quite frankly, Baker bails out – Host denies incendiary e-mail came from staff.

Jim Sarni, South Florida Sun-Sentinel – Landis, Woods giving U.S. something to cheer about.

Rick Harmon, Tampa Tribune – ABC Missing Golden Opportunity.

Chris Zelkovich, Toronto Star – Tour de Floyd? Uh-uh.

David Barron, Houston Chronicle – Time to get with the NFL Network program.

Judd Zulgad, Minneapolis Star-Tribune – Breakup between Twins, WCCO shouldn’t surprise.

Bob Wolfley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – A small role in NY’s ‘Greatest Days’.

Jim Carlisle, Ventura County Star – British Open an alien game in an alien land.

Michael Lev, Orange County Register – Losing ABC trio is rough for golf.

Larry Stewart, Los Angeles Times – Landis Keeps Hope Alive in Tour.

Given what has appeared in the Boston Herald this week, I think this Gawker post as well as this Boston Magazine article are both good reading.