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Charles Barkley Claims He’s Dwayne Johnson’s Stunt Double Before Miami-Auburn Game

“I tried to tell you guys, I’m the Rock’s stunt double in the movies. We got bodies just alike.”

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Prior to Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game between No. 10 seed Miami (Florida) and No. 2 Auburn from the Midwest Regional in Greenville, South Carolina, CBS Sports had some fun with each school’s most famous alumni.

How would Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Charles Barkley match up? CBS presented the Tournament Central studio crew and TV viewers with a tale of the tape.

With measurements for each combatant making this appear an even contest, Barkley boasted of how well he matched up against Johnson.

“I tried to tell you guys, I’m the Rock’s stunt double in the movies,” Barkley said. “We got bodies just alike.”

If that was true and Barkley performed as a stunt double for Johnson, there would be some corporate synergy in the two working together on a project. According to IMDB, Johnson’s next live-action theatrical film is scheduled to be Black Adam, based on the DC Comics superhero. DC Comics and Warner Brothers, the studio producing the movie, are both WarnerMedia (soon to be Warner Bros. Discovery) properties, as is Turner Sports, Barkley’s TV employer.

Unfortunately for Barkley, Auburn was decisively defeated by Miami, 79-61, advancing to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 and a match-up versus Iowa State. He will not be going shirtless to celebrate his alma mater’s victory.

Sir Charles might take some consolation in a 2013 photo taken with Johnson (and Inside the NBA colleague Shaquille O’Neal) in which the Hall of Famer appears to tower over the global movie star. That photo was taken following a bench press competition promoting Johnson’s film Pain & Gain in which Barkley defeated O’Neal.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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