Only 10 days until the Washington Redskins open training camp and area television stations are ready to flood the airwaves with preseason coverage.

Channels 4, 7 and 9 will begin live reports July 23 from Carlisle, Pa., for the evening and late news shows. Channel 5 will wait a week, but will show three scrimmages live (July 28 vs. New England, Aug. 1 vs. Pittsburgh and Aug. 4 at Buffalo) and three of the four preseason games (Aug. 11 vs. Atlanta, Aug. 17 vs. Pittsburgh and Aug. 25 at Cleveland).

TNT cable has the Aug. 31 exhibition against the Los Angeles Rams at RFK Stadium. CBS will televise 11 regular season games, NBC and ABC two each and TNT one.


Jack Nicklaus, a part-time commentator for ABC Sports, noting the advantage of a player's perspective during a golf telecast, told Golf Digest: "I have a distinct advantage of being able to come right off the golf course and I know what in the world is happening.

"Most of the other announcers -- I mean, let's take {CBS's Ken} Venturi. Ken does a nice job, but Ken hasn't played golf for 15 years. He hasn't played the golf course, he doesn't have a clue what's happening, what the conditions are. There's no way that he can really criticize a guy because he doesn't know himself about what that judgment call was."


ESPN will add "SportsCenter" to the 11:30 a.m. slot on Sundays starting this fall and bump the one-hour "NFL GameDay" to noon to compete with NBC's and CBS's pregame shows. "GameDay" ratings are up 40 percent since 1987.


Former New York Mets manager Davey Johnson will make a one-day appearance in NBC's broadcast booth for the United States-Cuba baseball game in Havana July 21. He will be teamed with Bob Costas.


Al Michaels, who recently re-signed with ABC Sports, was voted America's best sportscaster in a two-month poll sponsored by Clairol. NBC's Bob Costas, Dick Enberg and Marv Albert were second, third and fourth, respectively. CBS's Tim McCarver was fifth and ESPN's Dick Vitale last.


ESPN has announced the following college football games as part of its 48-game lineup: Texas A&M at Hawaii (Sept. 1), Clemson at Virginia and Miami at Brigham Young (Sept. 8), Michigan State at Syracuse (Sept. 15) and Colorado at Texas (Sept. 22).