Cox Sports

Cox Sports was a regional sports network that served the United States New England region until 2012. Cox Sports New England served as the local programming outlet for Cox Communications, the cable service provider in Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut.

Cox Sports New England focused primarily on local high school and college sports, including Providence College Friars and UConn Huskies of the Big East Conference and University of Rhode Island Rams of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Other college teams covered included: Central Connecticut State University, Rhode Island College, Bryant University and more.

Professional teams included: Pawtucket Red Sox, New England Revolution and Boston Cannons.

Cox Sports provided an extensive look at high school sports, broadcasting over 40 high school games annually. In addition, Cox Sports featured Varsity Life, a show co-produced with WJAR focusing on highlights and issues of relevance to high school student athletes. Cox Sports also hosted the RI Sports Awards every June in Providence.

Cox Sports had also teamed up with Eric Scott Latek of Phantazma Pictures to produce two original documentary series. In 2007, they began producing an original documentary series, 3 degrees, which garnered two Telly Awards for Best Series and Best Cinematography. The show focuses on the struggle of 4 different local martial artists as they balance life inside and outside the ring. It returned for a second season of six episodes in 2009. The 2009 winter season also premiered Xposé, an eight show series featuring the people on the frontlines, goal lines and side lines in local traditional and adventure sports throughout Rhode Island. Featured episodes include Darren Rizzi's (now an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins) first and only season as head coach of the University of Rhode Island Football Team, The Women of Providence Roller Derby, the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Newport Gulls, the Rhode Island National Guard and "Driven," which highlights the attempt of two local businessmen to create a custom car business in Rhode Island that focuses on fundraising for charity and community involvement.

Also broadcast on Cox Sports were ESPN Plus college football and basketball games, CFL football, coaches' shows for the many teams, outdoors programming, ESPNEWS, and other select events and shows.

Cox Sports also simulcasted the 10 p.m. newscast from Boston CW affiliate WLVI, which is produced by WHDH. This was the only access via cable to a Boston newscast available in Rhode Island; its addition to the network in January 2001 (when the network was programmed as a general cable access channel branded simply as Cox 3) came after Cox dropped WBZ-TV from its systems.[1] Even though the network relaunched as a regional sports network on September 30, 2004 and the production of the newscast shifted from WLVI itself to WHDH in December 2006,[2] the arrangement had continued.

NESN+ was shown on Cox Sports when the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins were playing simultaneously.

On May 2, 2012, Cox and WJAR launched Ocean State Networks (OSN). As a result, Cox Sports was taken off the air and all of its programming was moved to the new network (excluding ESPNEWS and WLVI's 10 p.m. newscast). OSN also airs WJAR newscasts throughout the day and night. The network replaces NewsChannel 5 (formerly the Rhode Island News Channel), operated by Cox and WLNE November 30, 1998 until February 1, 2012. Today, Cox Sports continues to operate as a production arm of OSN and produces live sports broadcasts and original programming for the channel.[3]

Cox Sports
Launched30 September 2004
Closed2 May 2012
Owned byCox Communications
CountryUnited States
LanguageAmerican English
Broadcast areaRhode Island
Replaced byOcean State Networks


  • Dan Hoard - Pawtucket Red Sox play by play [4]
  • Bob Montgomery - Pawtucket Red Sox color commentator [4]
  • Brad Feldman - New England Revolution play by play
  • Greg Lalas - New England Revolution color commentator
  • Jason Chandler - Boston Cannons play-by-play [5]
  • Jack Piatelli - Boston Cannons color commentator [5]
  • Don Orsillo - Providence Friars basketball play by play
  • Ron Perry - Providence Friars basketball color analyst
  • Scott Cordischi - High School football play by play [6]
  • Mike Wahl - High School football color commentator [6]
  • Mark Brown - UCONN football play by play [7]
  • Mark Didio - UCONN football color commentator [7]
  • Joe D’Ambrosio - UCONN baseball play by play [7]
  • Andy Baylock - UCONN baseball color commentator [7]
  • Wayne Norman - UCONN softball play by play [7]
  • Doris Yon - UCONN softball color commentator [7]
  • Chris Kelly - UCONN football sideline reporter [8]
  • Shawna Hassett - "Inside Friartown" host
  • Don Coyne- URI Rams play by play
  • Abu Bakr- URI Rams color analyst
  • Frank Carpano- Varsity Life host


  1. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 15, 2001). "FM Flip-Flop in the Pioneer Valley". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Molori, John (October 1, 2004). "Cox adds all-sports channel". The Providence Journal. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "NBC 10, Cox launch Ocean State Networks". 28 April 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b Cox Sports Television
  5. ^ a b Game Notes
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-07-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b c d e f Mens Football Archived 2007-05-21 at
  8. ^ Mens Football Archived 2007-05-21 at

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2003–04 Providence Friars men's basketball team

The 2003–04 Providence Friars men's basketball team represented Providence College in the Big East Conference. The team finished with an 11–5 conference record and a 20–9 record overall.

Coming off an 18–14 record and a second-round NIT loss in 2002–03, the team returned all five starters for coach Tim Welsh's sixth season with the Friars. However, forward Romuald Augustin transferred to Bryant College for his fifth year of eligibility, while walk-on guard Chris Burns also transferred to Bryant for his sophomore season. The team also lost two departing seniors, guard Kareem Hayletts and forward Stephen Traugott. On February 24, after playing in 12 games for the Friars, senior forward Māris Ļaksa left the team to play professional basketball in Slovenia.The Friars began the season receiving votes in both polls, but not ranked in either. Following an 8–1 start that included a win over #14 Illinois, the Friars earned a #25 ranking in the AP Poll in time for their January 5 matchup with #18 Texas. The Friars took the Longhorns to overtime, but as time expired in the overtime period, Texas forward P. J. Tucker released a layup to give the Longhorns a two-point win. The controversial shot was reviewed for more than five minutes by the officials, who determined that the clock read "0.00" but the red backboard light had not yet gone off when the ball was released, which at the time overruled the clock.Despite the close loss, the Friars re-emerged in the top 25 three weeks later, following a road win over #4 Connecticut. A six-game winning streak that began with a win over #18 Syracuse propelled the Friars to a #12 ranking in the AP Poll on March 1. This was followed by two home losses to close out the regular season, and a #3 seed in the 2004 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. Following a first-round bye, the Friars dropped a three-point game to Villanova in the quarterfinals, leading to a #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In the first round, the Friars were defeated 66–58 by the #12 seed, Pacific. The Friars ended the season with a #21 ranking in the AP Poll.

The Friars were led in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg) by junior forward Ryan Gomes. He became the fourth Friar to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press.

2008–09 Providence Friars men's basketball team

The 2008–09 Providence Friars men's basketball team represented Providence College in the Big East Conference. The team finished with a 10–8 conference record and a 19–14 record overall.

In March 2008, head coach Tim Welsh was fired by the school after finishing with a losing record for the third time in four seasons. In April, Drake University head coach Keno Davis replaced him; Davis was named the 2008 Associated Press National Coach of the Year in his first and only season as a head coach at Drake. The Friars had previously been turned down by Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who coached Providence to the 1987 Final Four, George Mason University head coach Jim Larranaga, a Providence alumnus, and University of Massachusetts head coach Travis Ford.Davis inherited all five starters from Welsh's final season with the Friars. However, prior to the season junior guard Dwain Williams transferred to Oregon State, while reserve forward Charles Burch was the team's lone departing senior.

At home, the Friars twice defeated ranked opponents; on January 28 they defeated #15 Syracuse, and on February 24, the Friars knocked off #1 Pittsburgh, the first time the school had accomplished the feat since 1976. The Friars received votes in the AP Poll after each win, but were not ranked at any point in the season.

Finishing with a 10-8 record in the Big East, the Friars began the 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament as an eighth seed, defeating DePaul in the first round before falling to top-seeded Louisville in the quarterfinals. They missed the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight season and lost in the first round of the NIT to Miami.

2009–10 Providence Friars men's basketball team

The 2009–10 Providence Friars men's basketball team represented Providence College in the Big East Conference. The team finished with a 4–14 conference record and a 12–19 record overall.

Coming off his first season with the team that included a 19–14 record and a win over top-ranked Pittsburgh, coach Keno Davis returned just one starter and only seven players overall for the 2009–10 season. Departing seniors were guard Weyinmi Efejuku, guard Jeff Xavier, forward Jonathan Kale, forward Geoff McDermott, forward Randall Hanke, as well as forwards Chris Baudinet, Brian Beloin, and Connor Heine. Additionally, forward Alex Kellogg transferred to Ohio following two seasons with the Friars. On February 23, with four games remaining in the season, junior guard Kyle Wright left the team to focus on academics.Statistically, the Friars had the worst scoring defense in Big East history, surrendering 85.3 points per game against conference opponents. Numerous opposing players set career scoring highs in games against the Friars, including 46 points by South Florida guard Dominique Jones in an overtime game on January 23, two points shy of the conference record. On the offensive side of the ball, the Friars averaged 82.4 points per game in the regular season, the fourth-highest average in Division I. They did not receive votes in either the AP Poll or Coaches' Poll at any point in the season.

The Friars began their conference schedule with a 4–4 record, including a home win over #19 Connecticut on January 27. However, this would prove to be the Friars' final win of the season, as the team went on a 10-game losing streak, finishing 15th in the conference before losing to Seton Hall in the first round of the 2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. In the game, forward Jamine Peterson scored 38 points, the second most points in Big East Tournament history.

2009–10 Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team

The 2009–10 Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team represented the University of Rhode Island in the 2009–10 college basketball season. This was head coach Jim Baron's ninth season at Rhode Island. The Rams compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference and played their home games at the Ryan Center. They finished the season 26–10, 9–7 in A-10 play and lost in the semifinals of the 2010 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament. They were invited to the 2010 National Invitation Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals before falling to North Carolina.

2010–11 Providence Friars men's basketball team

The 2010–11 Providence Friars men's basketball team represented Providence College in the Big East Conference. The team finished with a 4–14 conference record and a 15–17 record overall.

In his third season with the team, head coach Keno Davis returned two starters and just eight players overall after a tumultuous offseason that included the dismissal of the team's leading scorer in 2009–10, forward Jamine Peterson, as well as the transfer or dismissal of three other players.

The Friars were led in scoring by senior forward Marshon Brooks, who finished first the conference and second in Division I with 24.6 points per game. He set conference records for single-game scoring (52 points vs. Notre Dame on February 23) and for single-season conference scoring (468 points). Brooks was named to the All-Big East First Team and the Associated Press All-American Third Team following the season and was a finalist for the 2011 John R. Wooden Award.

After losing their first six conference games, including a narrow home defeat to #5 Pittsburgh on January 4, the Friars managed back-to-back wins over ranked opponents for the first time since 1998. On January 22, they defeated #19 Louisville at home before knocking off #8 Villanova at home on January 26. However, the Friars did not receive votes in either the AP Poll or Coaches' Poll at any point in the season.

The Friars lost seven of their final eight regular season conference games, finishing 14th in the conference before falling to Marquette in the first round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. Davis was fired three days later.

2011–12 Providence Friars men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Providence Friars men's basketball team represented Providence College in the Big East Conference. For the third straight season, the team finished with a 4–14 conference record, while amassing a 15–17 record overall.

Replacing Keno Davis, who was fired following the 2010–11 season, Providence native Ed Cooley took over as head coach and his first season with the Friars would come without departing seniors Marshon Brooks, who was a first-round selection in the 2011 NBA Draft after leading the Big East in scoring in 2010–11, and reserve center Ray Hall. In addition, sophomore guard Duke Mondy, freshman guard Dre Evans, and redshirt freshman guard Xavier Davis all did not return to the team or transferred, while incoming freshman guard Kiwi Gardner was deemed ineligible to play in the 2011–12 season by the NCAA.With just nine scholarship players available, the Friars had three players in the top five in the conference for minutes played per game, including freshman forward LaDontae Henton (37.2 minutes per game), who was named the Big East All-Rookie Team, and sophomore guard Bryce Cotton (38.6 minutes per game). Leading the conference in both minutes per game (38.7) and assists per game (7.5) was junior guard Vincent Council, who was selected to the All-Big East Third Team.The Friars managed four conference wins, but defeated #14 Louisville at home, 90–59, on January 10. The Friars did not receive votes in either the AP Poll or Coaches' Poll at any point in the season. They finished 15th in the conference and were defeated by Seton Hall in the first round of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament.

2012–13 Providence Friars men's basketball team

The 2012–13 Providence Friars men's basketball team represented Providence College during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Friars, led by second-year head coach Ed Cooley, played their home games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center and were members of the Big East Conference. The Friars finished the season 19–15, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They lost to Cincinnati in the second round of the Big East Tournament. The Friars received an at-large bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Charlotte and Robert Morris to advance to the NIT quarterfinals. There they lost to the eventual NIT champions, Baylor.

Cox Sports Television

Cox Sports Television (CST) or Cox Sports is an American regional sports cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Cox Television. The channel, which serves the Gulf South region of the United States, features a mix of professional, collegiate and high school sporting events. Cox Sports Television is headquartered in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana.

Joel Meyers

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Jordy Hultberg

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LSU Sports Network

The LSU Sports Network is the radio and television network of the Louisiana State University Tigers and Lady Tigers men's and women's sports teams. It consists of eleven television stations, two regional cable networks, and several radio stations throughout the state of Louisiana and surrounding states. Its headquarters are located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and it is owned by LSU Sports Properties.WDGL 98.1 FM (Eagle 98.1) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the flagship station for football, men's basketball and baseball. WBRP 107.3 FM (Talk 107.3) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the flagship station for women's basketball and softball.

List of New Orleans Pelicans broadcasters

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Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns are the athletic teams of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The college has been competing athletically since 1901. The Ragin' Cajuns compete in NCAA Division I, fielding 16 varsity teams. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was once known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana; this was just prior to the adoption of the nickname "Ragin' Cajuns". In 1963 then–football coach Russ Faulkinberry changed the nickname of the football team from "Bulldogs" to "Ragin' Cajuns," a nod to the school's location in Acadiana. By the 1970s, the athletic department, sports information director Bob Henderson, and the student body picked up on the nickname. As published in the 1974 football guide, the nickname became official that year.

Louisiana Tech Sports Network

Louisiana Tech Sports Network is a subsidiary of Louisiana Tech Sports Properties and is the official media rights holder for Louisiana Tech Athletics. It consists of eleven radio stations throughout the state of Louisiana and one regional cable network.

Southland Conference

The Southland Conference, abbreviated to SLC, is a collegiate athletic conference which operates in the South Central United States (specifically Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas). It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; for football, it participates in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Southland sponsors 17 sports, nine for women and eight for men (it will add an 18th overall sport and 10th for women for the 2019-20 academic year with beach volleyball), and is governed by a presidential Board of Directors and an Advisory Council of athletic and academic administrators. Tom Burnett was named the Southland's sixth commissioner on Dec. 23, 2002. From 1996 to 2002, for football only, the Southland Conference was known as the Southland Football League.The conference's offices are located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) is the only major daily newspaper in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is the flagship publication of Cox Enterprises. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the result of the merger between The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. The two staffs were combined in 1982. Separate publication of the morning Constitution and afternoon Journal ended in 2001 in favor of a single morning paper under the Journal-Constitution name.The AJC has its headquarters in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia. It is co-owned with television flagship WSB-TV and six radio stations, which are located separately in midtown Atlanta. Past issues of the newspaper are archived in the United States Library of Congress.

The Times-Tribune (Corbin)

The Times-Tribune is a six-day (Monday through Saturday) morning daily newspaper based in Corbin, Kentucky, and covering Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties in that state. It is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.

Founded June 17, 1882, as the weekly Corbin Enterprise, the newspaper took on the names Corbin Daily Tribune and Sunday Times when it began daily publication. Held by a succession of local owners for 100 years—Dan T. Chestnut, T.L. Metcalfe, the Price family, Fred Novels and John L. Crawford—the newspaper was sold to the Thomson Corporation in 1982 by James Crawford and J. Springer Robinson, who had owned it since 1930. American Publishing (later Hollinger International) bought it from Thomson in 1994, dealing it to the current owner, CNHI, in 1999.

The newsroom staff are listed — Editor Erin Cox; Sports Reporter Les Dixon; Nighttime editor Brad Hall; Reporters Timothy Wyatt, Emily Adams and Angela Turner.

Todd Kalas

Todd Harry Kalas (born December 31, 1965) is an American television broadcaster for the Houston Astros. He is the oldest son of the late longtime Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame and Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.

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