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Assistant coach Michael Esposito has been promoted to head men's basketball coach at Niagara County Community College. He came to NCCC in 1996 after a stint as head coach at Niagara Catholic High School. NCCC has also named former WKBW-TV sportscaster Bob McKeown as Esposito's assistant and its sports information director. McKeown is an NCCC graduate and a former most valuable player of the school's baseball team.

Grand Island native Mike Schopp has been named radio play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Blizzard. All Blizzard games this season will be carried by WNUC (107.7 FM), beginning with the season opener Oct. 18 against Montreal in Marine Midland Arena. Schopp has served as play-by-play man for all four professional sports teams in Rochester: the Raging Rhinos of the A-League (outdoor soccer), baseball's International League Red Wings, the Amerks of the American Hockey League and the Knighthawks of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League.

All-sports radio station WFAN-AM in New York is negotiating with Marv Albert for a job that would put the former NBC and Madison Square Garden cable network sportscaster back on the air in January, the Daily News reported in today's editions. The paper cited industry sources who said Albert, the focal point of a lurid trial in Virginia last month, and WFAN general manager Joel Hollander met face-to-face this week in Manhattan.

ON AIR
TODAY
Television
AUTO RACING: Super Dirt Week Triple 25's, noon, Empire.

Transamerica, first round, 3 p.m., ESPN.

BASEBALL: National League Championship Series, Game Three, Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins, 8 p.m., Ch. 2.

BOXING: Purcell Miller vs. Raul Frank, welterweights, 8 p.m., ESPN2.

GOLF: Michelob Championship at Kingmill, second round, 1 p.m., ESPN.

HORSE RACING: American Championship Harness Series, 10 p.m., ESPN2.
Radio
BASEBALL: National League Championship Series, Game Three, Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins, 8 p.m., 1520.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: East Aurora at Springville, 7:30 p.m., 1330; Roy-Hart at Wilson, 7:30 p.m., 1520.
SATURDAY
Television
AUTO RACING: ARCA Winn Dixie 500K, 2 p.m., TNN.

BASEBALL: American League Championship Series, Game Three, Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians, 4 p.m., Ch. 29; National League Championship Series, Game Four, Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 2.

BOXING: Buster Douglas vs. John Ruiz, heavyweights, 11 p.m., HBO.

CFL: Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts, 2 p.m., Ch. 5.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Boston College at Virginia Tech, noon, Ch. 67; Brockport at Ithaca, noon, Empire; Illinois at Wisconsin, noon MSG; Northwestern at Michigan, 12:30 p.m., ESPN; Michigan State at Indiana, 12:30 p.m., ESPN2; Western at York, 2 p.m., Ch. 11; Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 4; Ohio State at Penn State, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7; Southern Mississippi at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m., Empire; Norfolk State at South Carolina State, 5 p.m., BET; Virginia at Clemson, 6 p.m., ESPN2; USC at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., FX; Florida at LSU, 7 p.m., ESPN; New Mexico State at Boise State, 9 p.m., Ch. 58; BYU at Rice, 9 p.m., ESPN2.

GOLF: Michelob Championship at Kingmill, third round, 1 p.m., Ch. 4; Senior PGA Transamerica, second round, 5:30 p.m., ESPN.

HORSE RACING: Alcibiades Stakes/Goodwood Handicap, 4 p.m., ESPN.

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m., Empire; Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 5; New York Rangers at Vancouver Canucks, 10:30 p.m., Ch. 5.
Radio
BASEBALL: American League Championship Series, Game Three, Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians, 4 p.m., 710, 1520; National League Championship Series, Game Four, Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins, 7:30 p.m., 1520.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UB at Youngstown State, 1:30 p.m., 1520.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Orchard Park at Lockport, 2 p.m., 1340.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils, 7:35 p.m., 104.1

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