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ESPN tabs British guy for '10 Cup; Jim Nantz in divorce court

Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach Pini Geshon, center,

Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach Pini Geshon, center, refuses to leave the floor after being ejected for being called for his second technical foul during a preseason charity basketball game against the New York Knicks Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 in New York. (Credit: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Random Monday morning stuff:

Everyone knows it's not really a big soccer game if an American guy is calling it, so ESPN - which got hammered for its use of Dave O'Brien in the 2006 World Cup - will go with Brit Martin Tyler for 2010, Deitsch reports here. (Grant Best, no relation as far as I know, will be the director.)

Speaking of venerable play-by-play men, CBS' Jim Nantz is going through a difficult, public divorce being played out in the courts of Connecticut. Here is an account in the Connecticut Post that I first became aware of via our friends at The Big Lead.

This actually is a brilliant idea: Using rabbis to mediate disputes involving NBA replacement refs. How did no one think of this before Sunday?

If Yankees fans gather at Yankee Stadium to watch the Yanks in Anaheim today, perhaps the karma will travel cross country and cause balls to fly out to rightfield there, too.

Margaret McManus, a former Baltimore Sun writer, widow of Jim McKay and mother of CBS Sports president Sean McManus, died last week at age 89. Her first date with Jim: a Colts game.

Photo: AP


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