Weekly media column version 03.01.13

What made it as the focus for this week’s sports media column:

KSPN-AM (710) radio reporter Beto Duran listens in on an interview with the Lakers’ Dwight Howard during Wednesday’s practice in El Segundo (Staff photo by Brad Graverson)

Beto Duran’s career at KSPN-AM (710) has been the residue of taking advantage of opportunities that have presented themselves, and never stop trying to outwork the competition. He’s also in the annual Top 10/Bottom 5 list of sports radio hosts/reporters … could he also make it into the TV category as well for his work lately on TWC SportsNet on the Lakers coverage?

What didn’t make it:

== A link to the Monday conversation Duran and Steve Mason had with the caller, from the KSPN-AM (710) website.

== Because apparently the 2013 MLS schedule just reached the desk of those at Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the network didn’t announce until Wednesday that it was carrying the Galaxy’s opener on Sunday from Home Depot Center. Until then, even the team posted just Spanish-language Univision as the sole media outlet for the 2 p.m. contest. In the excitement of the announcement, the TWC SportsNet press release also forgot to mention the Galaxy would be facing the Chicago Fire in this contest. It also later said the broadcast team would consist of John Shrader on play-by-play, former Galaxy player Cobi Jones as the analyst and Kelli Tennant on the sidelines. Shrader, who has done high school and college football games for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and SoCal 101, spent 12 seasons on the MLS San Jose Earthquakes games on FSN Bay Area and CSN California.
“Access SportsNet: Galaxy” will be led by studio anchors Chris McGee and Andy Adler and analyst Clint Mathis.
ESPN2 long ago announced it would carry the Portland-New York Red Bull game Sunday at 4:30 p.m. as its MLS opener.

== The Clippers’ ABC appearance Sunday against Oklahoma City (12:30 p.m., Channel 7) brings Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Chris Broussard for the telecast.

== CBS gets into March Madness mode by using some Turner broadcasters on their games this weekend. Ian Eagle and Clark Kellogg call Louisville-Syracuse (Saturday, 9 a.m. Channel 2);  Kevin Harlan and Jim Spanarkel have West Virginia-Kansas (Saturday, 11 a.m., Channel 2) while Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner do Kentucky-Arkansas (Saturday, 1 p.m., Channel 2). Going to Sunday, it’s Marv Albert and Steve Kerr on Florida State-North Carolina (11 a.m., Channel 2) with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery on Michigan State at Michigan (1 p.m., Channel 2).

== Among the TWC SportsNet coverage of CIF high school basketball title games:
Today: Westchester vs. Granada Hills girls Division II L.A. City Section, 6 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Gardena boys Division II L.A. City Section, 8 p.m.
Saturday: El Camino Real vs. Westchester boys Division I L.A. City Section, 8 p.m.

== The Angels’ Jose Mota is part of the MLB Network coverage of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, starting with games in Japan and Chinese Taipei this weekend. Mota is paired with Gary Thorne to call games in Pool C in the Dominican Republic (with Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela) from March 7-10. The 39-game tournament actually starts tonight at 8:30 p.m. when  JB Long and Joe Magrane do Pool B games from Chinese Taipei (with Australia, Korea and the Netherlands). Rick Waltz and Buck Martinez are in Japan for Pool A (joined by China, Cuba and Brazil) starting Saturday. Simultaneous with Pool C is the U.S.-led Pool D (with Mexico, Italy and Canada) where Matt Yallof and Jeff Nelson do games from Salt River Fields in Phoenix and Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat and Sam Rosen are at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Waltz and Martinez are together for second-round games in Tokyo (March 7-12), while Vasgersian will be joined at various times by by John Smoltz, Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds for games in Miami from March 12-16.
In the championship round from AT&T Park in San Francisco, Vasgersian, Kaat and Verducci do the semifinals, while Bob Costas, Kaat and Verducci have the title game on March 19. Those with DirecTV and Time Warner Cable are among the subscribers who get the MLB Network can also watch the games at WorldBaseballClassic.com/Watch.

== Ring announcer Michael Buffer is the focus of the first episode of an  HBO series “Cornered,” focusing on those involved in boxing. Check it out Tuesday at 10:15 p.m.

== Larry Merchant apparently hasn’t called his last boxing match for HBO. The network says he’ll be joined by Tim Ryan and George Foreman on the call of the pro debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming on China on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. on HBO2, as it comes on a same-day coverage from Macau in China. The flyweight training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood will make his debut against Mexico’s Eleazar Valenzuela.

== And if you haven’t seen the Steve Hartman piece for CBS News about what happened in El Paso, Tex.:

 

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