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This release came from ESPN today:

NFL Matchup, ESPN’s popular 30-minute weekly X’s and O’s preview and analysis show that uses team-supplied coaching footage to discuss NFL strategy and tactics, will continue on the network this fall thanks to a new, multiyear agreement with NFL Films. One of the few programs that offers an “inside the film room” perspective, Matchup has been popular among football fans since it debuted on ESPN in 1994.

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio will continue to host with Monday Night Football analyst Ron Jaworski and studio analyst Merril Hoge. The show will continue to be produced by NFL Films, under the direction of longtime producer Greg Cosell. It will originate from the NFL Films headquarters in Mount Laurel, N.J., and ESPN will now oversee selling sponsorship of the program.

NFL Matchup will air at 3 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on NFL Sundays, beginning with the regular-season kickoff weekend Sept. 12 and will continue through Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 6, 2011. Beginning in Week 17, the show will add a re-air most Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2, and during the 2011 NFL season it will move to this time on a week-by-week basis.

The show, which used to be run by NFL Films, was at risk for being canceled after the NFL cut back on its spending this year, feeling the recession. ESPN basically is coming in and saving the show.

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Jason Sobel of ESPN.com weighed in again on the PGA Tour’s “designated events” proposal that could be instituted in the next couple years, something I wrote about a couple months back.

My person position hasn’t changed one bit: I’m fine with it as long as players continue to play the events they normally play.

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That may be the headline that comes out of Golf Digest’s new interview with Hank Haney, but it is an absolutely fascinating interview about Hank’s time teaching Tiger Woods — both the negatives and positives — that every golf fan must, and I repeat must, read.

Here it is.

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Here we go for Independence Weekend in Philly:

A: Tiger Woods (Backup: Steve Marino)
B: Jim Furyk (Backup: Nick Watney)
B: Dustin Johnson (Backup: Sean O’Hair)
C: Rickie Fowler (Backup: Chris DiMarco)

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Tiger is back. Tiger Woods returns to the PGA Tour for the first time since the U.S. Open this week at his AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia. Proceeds benefit, among other charities, the Tiger Woods Foundation. Tiger is also the defending champion.

TV Coverage is tomorrow and Friday, 2-6pm ET on Golf Channel, Saturday 1-2:30pm ET on Golf Channel and 3-6pm on CBS and Sunday Noon-1:30pm ET on Golf Channel and 2-6:30pm ET on CBS.

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More on this tomorrow with an article I wrote for a Cleveland sports website, but here are my NBA Summer of Fun 2010 Free Agency predictions:

LeBron James — Stays in Cleveland
Dwyane Wade — Stays in Miami
Chris Bosh — Goes to Miami
Joe Johnson — Goes to Knicks
Amar’e Stoudemire — Goes to the Nets

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Tiger Woods said in his Masters press conference that his agent had been contacted by the federal investigators handling the Dr. Anthony Galea case, and that he would cooperate fully. Apparently, that’s led to an interview, according to the New York Times:

Tiger Woods has been interviewed by federal authorities investigating Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who is accused of providing professional athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two people briefed on the matter.

The authorities are seeking to use the statements of the athletes to build leverage against Galea, who has denied providing players with performance-enhancing drugs. Galea is also facing charges because, although he is licensed to practice medicine in Canada, he does not have a license to do so in Florida.

What Woods told the authorities is not known, but his statements could become public if they are used in documents related to the case or if he is asked to testify at a trial.

I believe Tiger (and Hank Haney for that matter) in that he didn’t use steroids or any other performance-enhancing drug, and that this was all to help his Achilles injury heal.

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