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The new year brings a new identity for Versus, the cable sports network best known for hunting and fishing shows, the Tour de France and the National Hockey League. Now a part of the NBC Universal empire (following the merger with Comcast, which owned Versus), the channel — currently available in more than 75 million households — becomes the NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, January 2 and will undergo an extreme makeover throughout the year. "It's going to be radically different over time," says Jon Miller, the president of programming, who is building what he calls "a full-service sports network," that will include live events, news and talk shows and original programming.
Aquaman may be one of the most well known superheroes, but that doesn't mean he's one of the most popular. Though his fans know he's among the most powerful and fearless characters in comics, the general public has been laughing at the orange and green clad hero since his days on the 1970s Super Friends cartoons. Long derided because his main superpower seems to be his ability to "talk to fish," and due to his perceived uselessness out of the water, Aquaman is more associated with punch lines than punches.
Law & Order Legacies video game
Law & Order was one of TV's longest running shows, spawned four spinoffs, continues to air in repeats almost around the clock — and is still growing. The upcoming video game Law & Order: Legacies brings together an all-star lineup of cops and lawyers, including NYPD detectives ...
The women's college basketball season isn't even a month old, but it already feels like March Madness. Several top teams have faced off in early games and another big match-up looms when the past two NCAA champions — No. 8 Texas A&M at No. 2 Connecticut — face off at the Jimmy V Classic tonight (part of a cancer-research initiative honoring late North Carolina State coach Jimmy Valvano). The winner of that game won't be moving up to the top of the rankings heap. (At least not yet.) That spot is being tenaciously held by Baylor, which has already defeated No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 7 Tennessee. "They are a pretty intimidating team," says ESPN's Rebecca Lobo. "They've got Brittney Griner back, the most dominant player in women's college basketball."
A 6-foot-8 All-American, Griner led the Lady Bears to Big 12 regular season and tournament titles last spring. She was also the only collegian to...
Static Shock #4
It's been seven years since the animated Kids' WB series Static Shock signed off, but the character still has lots of juice. DC Comics launched a monthly Static Shock series in September, bringing the character into the comic book mainstream. In issue No. 4 (on sale Wednesday at comic book stores and online) readers will learn more about the conspiracy involving Static's new enemies (including one who isn't what he seems) and the mystery surrounding his sister and ...
Batman - The Brave and the Bold
Today is a sad day for Batman fans, with the series finale of The Brave and the Bold closing a chapter on the most joyful incarnation of the character since Adam West donned the cape and cowl in the 1960s.
Green Lantern may not be as popular as his fellow Justice Leaguers Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, but in comic-book circles, he's a fan favorite with a vibrant decades-long history in the pages of DC Comics. Though the character's theatrical debut last summer was underwhelming, a new TV adventure finally gives the character his due. The fast-paced and eye-popping Green Lantern: The Animated Series gets a special hour-long sneak preview tonight on Cartoon Network before returning for weekly episodes next year.
Batman has gone global. As part of an initiative to fight crime around the world, Bruce Wayne has deputized a team of caped crusaders far beyond the borders of Gotham City. The African representative to this so-called "Batman Incorporated" project is David Zavimbe, aka Batwing, who now stars in his own monthly series from DC Comics. In issue No. 3 (on sale Wednesday in comic book stores and online), the fledgling hero has a brutal face-off with his first arch-enemy, Massacre.
The Major League Soccer playoffs begin today and run through November 20, when the last two teams standing will play for the MLS Cup. This year's title game will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., home stadium of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who once again compiled the best regular-season record to win the Supporters' Shield and are, at least on paper, the team to beat. "They have the perfect mix of superstars, young talent and veterans who have been in the league a long time," says ESPN's Adrian Healey. "All over the park they are solid. Defensively they've been very hard to...