What’s worth posting before the weekend arrives in full force:
== FS1 has finally decided to cancel what was left of “Fox Sports Live” and will also pass on renewing the contracts of hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole — something not surprising but then again, considering all the promotion put into it when it debuted in the fall of 2013 for the launch of FS1, it seems somewhat noteworthy.
According to the story posted Thursday on the Sports Business Daily, the network will also not renew “Garbage Time” with Katie Nolan, but she is expected to stick around in some capacity. She, of course, was already part of one FS1 over-hyped show that didn’t work — “Crowd Goes Wild” with Regis Philbin, which overstayed its year-long run.
A statement emailed to the Sports Business Daily from FS1 and FS2 executive vice president of content Charlie Dixon said: “We’ve been committed to creating programming that resonates with sports fans. As part of that commitment, we are constantly assessing all of FS1’s studio offerings, and despite changes to the format of ‘Fox Sports Live’ and the popularity of Jay and Dan as individuals, we’ve made the difficult decision to move forward with other projects.”
— Jay Onrait (@JayOnrait) February 22, 2017
For more reference, a story from Canada’s National Post in June 2013 when Onrait and O’Toole left TSN and made their border crossing official: “Jay and I were back and forth between: ‘Yeah, we’re going, no we aren’t; yeah we are,’ ” O’Toole said. Added Onrait: “In the end, it was like, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ We didn’t want to be 75-year-old men saying, ‘Why didn’t we just go to L.A. for a couple of years in our 30s? We could have always come back. What the hell were we thinking?’ ”
Later Thursday, Ben Koo of AwfulAnnouncing.com followed up on the Nolan angle of this with a quote obtained by FS1 that indicated the network looks forward to “further developing her role” as she stays on.
== Highlights of the Fox Sports coverage of the Daytona 500 and all programming related to it include:
= The 11 a.m. start time Sunday on Fox (KTTV-Channel 11) with Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon on the call for the second year together. Joy and Waltrip have called every Fox Daytona 500 — 14 of them, over a 17-year period.
Waltrip’s brother, Michael, will be making his final Daytona race as a driver.
Larry McReynolds is the pit crew/technical analyst with pit reporters Shannon Spake, Matt Yocum, Chris Neville and Jamie Little.
= The Can-Am Duel at Daytona airing Thursday from 4-7 p.m. on FS1 to determine the grid aside from the front row. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has one of those two spots, will be a guest analyst for this coverage in the booth.
hardt Jr. also appeared to make some news while appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show” earlier in the week.
= “Refuse To Lose: Jeff Gordon and the 1997 Daytona 500” documentary airs at 7 p.m. Thursday
= The Xfinity Series event Saturday runs at 12:30 p.m. on FS1
= Fox will use 20 manned cameras, three in-track cameras, two high frame 4K cameras, two Xmo cameras at the end of pit road and the start-finish line, four super slow motion cameras, 10 robotic cameras, eight in-car cameras, two in-car gyro-cams and 150 mikes places along the track.
== Also curious to see how often the Monster Energy Girls get camera time on Fox.
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== The Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket PrepZone stream has Fred Salas and Tracy Murray calling both CIF-Southern Section Open Division semifinal boy’s basketball games Friday night from the Galen Center at USC — Bishop Montgomery vs. Sierra Canyon at 7 p.m., followed by Chino Hills vs. Mater Dei at 8:30 p.m.
The games are also available on the Fox Sports Go app for iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire tables and phones, Roku players and TV, Xbox One and some Windows devices, as well as online at FoxSportsGo.com.
== The ESPN Saturday night A-team of Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor have No. 5 UCLA’s game at No. 4 Arizona in the 5:15 p.m. window. The ESPN College GameDay crew is also at Tuscon, Ariz., for the 8-to-9 a.m. show hosted by Rece Davis, with Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. It is the first “GameDay” appearance for both schools since they faced off in Tucson in 2015.
Thursday, Dave Pasch and Bill Walton have UCLA-Arizona State at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Pac-12 Network has both of USC’s games on the Arizona road trip. Ted Robinson, Steve Lavin and Lewis Johnson call the Thursday 7 p.m. game at Arizona, while J.B. Long and Mike Montgomery have Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. game at Arizona State.
== More live events on the Pac-12 Networks of notes:
= UCLA women’s tennis at Cal, Friday at 1:30 p.m. (Ted Robinson, Amy Jensen)
= UCLA women’s basketball at Arizona, Friday at 5 p.m. (Cindy Brunson, Maylana Martin Douglas)
= USC women’s basketball at Arizona State, Friday at 7 p.m. (Anne Marie Anderson, Tammy Blackburn)
= UCLA women’s gymnastics vs. Arizona, Saturday at 1 p.m. (Brian Webber, Tim Daggett, Pac-12 LA)
= Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (Rich Burk, Amy VanDyken, Cynthia Potter) This is broadcast live for the first time by the network.
= UCLA women’s basketball at Arizona State, Sunday at 11 a.m. (Anne Marie Anderson, Tammy Blackburn, Jill Savage, Pac-12 LA)
= USC women’s basketball at Arizona, Sunday at 1 p.m. (Cindy Brunson, Maylana Martin Douglas, Pac-12 LA)
= Pac-12 Wrestling Championships, Sunday at 6 p.m. (Jason Knapp, Ken Chertow, Anthony Robles)
= UCLA gymnastics will be part of the “Pac-12 All Access” show from its meet in Utah, airing at 6 on the Pac-12 Net and 9 p.m. on Pac-12 L.A.
== Fox Sports’ 22nd season of MLB coverage has 72 games split between the over-the-air Fox (33) and FS1 (39) in the regular season.
So far, the Dodgers’ three appearances on Fox (KTTV-Channel 11) are vs. the Chicago Cubs (Saturday, May 27, 4 p.m.), vs. Kansas City (Saturday, July 8, 4 p.m.) and at Washington (Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.). They also have at least three shots on FS1: vs. San Francisco (Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m.), at N.Y. Mets (Saturday, Aug. 5, 1 p.m.) and at Detroit (Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 p.m.)
The Angels are on Fox three times: at N.Y. Mets (Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m.), vs. Kansas City (Saturday, June 17, 5 p.m.) and at Boston (Saturday, June 24, 4 p.m.). They have two FS1 stops: At Texas (Saturday, April 29, 4 p.m.) and back at Texas (Saturday, Sept. 2, 4 p.m.)
There are open dates on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 for Fox network telecasts.
ESPN’s previously announced Sunday Night Baseball lineup through July 23 does not have the Dodgers or Angels chosen for an appearance, but windows June 11 to July 2 have not yet been locked in.
ESPN does have the Dodgers’ home opener on April 3 against San Diego at 1 p.m., but it is blacked out in L.A.
ESPN will have the Cubs’ home opener on Monday, April 10 at 5 p.m. against the Dodgers in their World Series banner-raising ceremony.
== Marv Albert, Chris Webber and Ros Gold-Onwude have the Clippers’ game at Golden State on TNT at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
== Dave Strader, who has been unable to call games for the Dallas Stars this season as he receives treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer called cholngiocarcinoma, returned to the team’s TV booth for its recent five-game homestand and will be employed by NBC on its NHL game of the week when Dallas plays host to Boston on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (Channel 4).
Calling games on NBC since 2005 — including many of the Kings’ appearances on NBCSN and in the playoffs — Strader will be joined by Stars broadcast partner Daryl Reaugh and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Brian Boucher.
== NBC’s weekend coverage of the NHL includes sending Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for the Penguins-Flyers outdoors game (Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 4). The weather forecast is 80 percent chance of rain during that day and temperatures going to about 23 degrees at night.
== The Basketball Hall of Fame announced during last weekend’s All-Star Game festivities that the late TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, who died of leukemia at age 65 last December, and New York Times columnist Harvy Araton will be recipients of the 2017 Curt Gowdy Media Award. They will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony in September in Springfield, Mass.
== Maryland, ranked No. 1 in the NCAA college lacrosse poll, plays host to No. 8 Yale in a Saturday, 9 a.m. contest on ESPNEWS with Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra and Sheehan Stanwich-Burch at Maryland Stadium in College Park.
== ESPN says that University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, the former Daily News All-Area Player of the Year from Chaminade who declared entry to the NFL draft and will pass on his senior season, is one of seven who will be included in Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp” series this spring. Said Gruden: “Kaaya is interesting. The Hurricanes combine the I-formation with the college spread system, and he’s an accurate passer. He got hit a lot this year, but when he has protection, he can throw the football. He relies on timing and he’s going to be a pocket-passer for someone who really wants to accentuate that.”
== Great to see Harnaryan Singh tell his story to The Players’ Tribune in a piece released this week. Maybe 3,000 words more in depth than what we were able to do with this columnn during the recent NHL All-Star break, but now you have much more context. Onward and upward for “Hockey Night in Punjabi.”
“Hockey, in one way or another, always had my back growing up.
That was before 9/11.” https://t.co/PE70vDOMte
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) February 22, 2017