Tampa and Orlando are losing their ESPN Radio affiliates as locally based Genesis Communications is dropping its licensing agreement with the sports media giant, transitioning to new programming by Oct. 1. Tampa's WHB0-AM 1040 and Orlando's WHOO-AM 1080 have been with ESPN Radio for 10 years. In a statement, Genesis noted "ESPN Radio has driven up its syndication costs and inventory required by its affiliates," indicating the expense of programming was a factor. The Tampa and Orlando stations will continue to broadcast sports and feature more local, original content, owner Bruce Maduri said. Read more from Tampa Bay Times TV/media critic Eric Deggans at tampabay.com/blogs/media.
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Out of bounds
Hello, police? Get me Tim Tebow
Last week, Jason Slater, 28, of Hopatcong, N.J., called 911 three times without giving dispatchers a reason, then called police headquarters and demanded to speak to Jets quarterback Tim Tebow while claiming to be the president of the United States. Police found him hiding under pillows in his mother's closet. Slater was charged with creating false public alarms and later with littering after he threw down his summons at the police station.
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Awwww of the day
RB Jacobs rewards devotion of fan, 6
New 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs showed his gratitude to a 6-year-old who emptied his piggy bank - all $3.36 - and sent it to Jacobs hoping it would keep him with the Giants. Jacobs took Joseph Armento and his 4-year-old brother on a New Jersey bounce house outing, gave him $5 to replenish his piggy bank and included a signed Giants helmet. Jacobs participated in the two hours of fun: "We were just going room to room - just bouncing and flipping all over the place, hitting each other with balls, sweating, our shirts filthy. We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?" As for the little extra he gave Joseph: "He had some interest in there just for being a good kid. He's worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him."
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Safe record of the day
Tomlinson done, Emmitt can relax
With LaDainian Tomlinson's retirement Monday, Emmitt Smith's NFL all-time rushing record is safe for some time. Tomlinson had 13,684 yards, the "closest" active player to Smith's record of 18,355. The closest active player now is 33-year-old Thomas Jones at 10,591. Want a more up-and-coming back? How about 26-year-old Maurice Jones-Drew, who at 6,854 needs to average more than 1,600 yards a season ... for seven seasons.
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"I like working on it."
Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback when asked if he and wife Gisele are having a third child
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at Phillies, 7:05, Citizens Bank Park, PhiladelphiaTV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM