Wednesday afternoon links…
Jemele Hill of ESPN.com Page2 has “Riding with … Asante Samuel”
Bill Simmons has observations from Las Vegas and the NBA Summer League.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has apparently advised the Buffalo Sabres that they should raise their ticket prices.
Michael Vick was indicted late yesterday by a grand jury on charges involving the dog fighting ring that allegedly operated from him home in Virginia. Lester Munson examines what the legal implications the charges hold for Vick. Tom Curran says Vick has no one to blame but himself. Peter King feels that the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell will proceed cautiously on how they handle the situation. Don Banks says that Vick won’t be able to escape permanent damage, no matter how the case is resolved. Michael Wilbon consults with a sports lawyer about the Vick case.
Dayn Perry looks at what the MLB contenders might be looking for at the trading deadline.
Is Barry Bonds intentionally sitting out all Giants games broadcast by ESPN? John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News is suspicious.
Tony Massarotti says that Hank Aaron’s record might be in jeopardy, but his greatness will never be eclipsed.
TNT tees off its 2007 golf programming tomorrow morning with the first of more than 50 hours of combined televised and online coverage of the 136th British Open Championship from Carnoustie in Angus, Scotland beginning with a preview show on Thurs., July 19 at 6:30 a.m. .
The network will air exclusive coverage of the first round from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thurs., July 19 with full round coverage of the second-highest ranked player in the world Phil Mickelson and his group, which includes Toru Taniguchi and Lee Westwood, when they tee off at 9:20 a.m. ET. If you want to follow Tiger Woods tomorrow, you can watch on Open Championship Live on PGA.com, which is operated by Turner Sports.
Exclusive TV coverage continues with the second round from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET/PT on Fri., July 20 featuring full round coverage of defending British Open champion Woods along with Paul Lawrie and Justin Rose when they begin play at 9:20 a.m. ET.
Coverage continues with the third and fourth rounds from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on Sat., July 21 and 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. ET on Sun., July 22.
ESPN’s production of The Open Championship from will be broadcast on ABC including live weekend coverage on Saturday, July 21 (9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET) and Sunday, July 22 (8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.).
Additionally, highlight shows will be aired following the Thursday and Friday rounds from 1:05-1:35 a.m. (both ET and PT) and Saturday and Sunday from 5-6 p.m. (2-3 p.m. PT). Tiger Woods will attempt to win his third consecutive Open Championship.
7:00pm, NESN – Royals @ Red Sox
8:00pm, ESPN – Tigers @ Twins