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Thu., Dec. 25, 2008


FSN to broadcast WHL games

The Western Hockey League and Fox Sports Net Northwest announced an agreement on Wednesday to broadcast six WHL regular-season games on the network beginning with a New Year’s Eve tilt between the regional-rival Seattle Thunderbirds at the Portland Winter Hawks.

Included on FSN’s WHL schedule are two Spokane Chiefs road games – Jan. 16 at Portland and Feb. 24 at Vancouver.

“The Western Hockey League is very pleased to have reached an agreement with FSN which will allow us to expose our product throughout the northwest region of the United States,” WHL commissioner Ron Robison said. “As a leading supplier of player talent to the NHL, we know FSN viewers will enjoy watching some of the world’s fineest young hockey talent compete in the WHL.”

“Our partnership with the WHL not only adds even more additional live events to FSN’s extensive game schedule, but we’re looking forward to exposing the Western Hockey League and their talented, young hockey teams to a significantly wider audience,” Bill Kaczaraba, Vice President of Content and Executive Producer of FSN Northwest, said.


Giants on verge of 2 1,000-yard runners

In the history of the NFL, three teams have had two running backs rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris did it for the undefeated Miami Dolphins in 1972. Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier each hit the K-mark for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976, and Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack each ran for 1,000 yards for Cleveland in 1985.

The New York Giants are on the verge of joining the club heading into the regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings with Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward – two players who will be free agents at the end of the season.

Jacobs, who has battled a sore left knee most of the season, already has 1,089 yards. Ward is 52 from reaching 1,000 yards after gaining a career-best 215 yards in Sunday night’s 34-28 overtime victory over the Carolina Panthers.

“It would mean a lot to us,” Jacobs said Tuesday before the Giants held a jog-through workout. “Derrick works hard and he deserves it. He has been under the radar a lot, so if he can get this done and get these 52 yards and make that happen I’d be very, very, very happy. To be honest with you, that is a very special thing to share with someone like him and as close as we are.”

The Atlanta Falcons also had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in 2006 with halfback Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick.

Associated Press


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