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A three-headed monster? Check

The Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Check.

Memorial Day weekend. Check.

Three games over three days. Check. On three different networks. Whaaatttt?

This is one of those weekends when the e-mail accounts of Red Sox Nation work overtime. The Yankees are an evergreen topic. Three networks times three games equals unlimited opportunities to complain, unless, of course, the Sox sweep. Winning overrides broadcast complaints.

Emmy winners? NESN's broadcast team, which will produce tonight's game (Channel 38, 7) won a New England Emmy last year. Joe Buck, who calls tomorrow's game (Channel 25, 1 p.m.), has won a national play-by-play Emmy five of the last six years. Joe Morgan, who works Sunday's game (ESPN, 8 p.m.), won an Emmy this spring for game analysis. Advantage: Buck.

You want K-Zone? So do I. Only ESPN has it. Advantage: ESPN.

You want in-game interviews? I don't. But ESPN, and likely Fox, will give them to us. Both outlets plan to ask Sox manager Terry Francona and Yankee manager Joe Torre to go on air during the game (interviews are taped between innings). Advantage: NESN, which doesn't intrude during the game.

Fox taped an opening segment with Sox fan Denis Leary, who stars in FX's firehouse drama ''Rescue Me." The bit, taped Wednesday at Leary's Manhattan office, is scheduled to air before the pregame show with Kevin Kennedy and Jeanne Zelasko. Advantage: Those who skip pregame shows.

You want field reporters? NESN has Eric Frede. ESPN has Sam Ryan. Fox holds off on using in-game reporters until the postseason. ESPN's Ryan will have in-game access to players who have been taken out of the game, should that situation occur. Advantage: Fox (for now).

You want ESPN's ''Fly-Cam," a baseball version of Cable Cam that runs above the grandstand, parallel with the first (or third) base line? So do I. But Yankees officials want more time to test the safety and installation. It will likely be used next month (June 26) when the Mets and Yankees have an ESPN Sunday night date. Advantage: No one.

You want miked players? Fox is hoping to get a player (hello, Kevin Millar?) to wear a mike during tomorrow's game. The network scored with the Mets' David Wright last weekend. Wright and the dugout went nuts when reliever Dae Sung Koo hit an improbable double off the Yankees' Randy Johnson in what Fox's Tim McCarver had just called ''the biggest give-up at-bat" so far this season. ''That's the value to trying something," said Pete Macheska, lead producer for MLB on Fox. ''It was fun stuff. Wright was like the kid in a candy store. You can't script anything like that." Advantage: Fox (for now).

You want HD? Channel 38 has tonight's game in HD. Tomorrow's Fox broadcast is available in widescreen format but not true HD. Sunday's ESPN broadcast also is available on ESPNHD.

The rest of the country will see tonight's Sox-Yankees game on ESPN (blacked out in New York and Boston) with Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, and Ryan. ESPN coordinating producer for MLB Tim Scanlan calls this ''a great weekend. It really opens summer. The unforgettable Pedro Martinez-Roger Clemens game on Memorial Day weekend [2002] is one of the signature 'Sunday Night Baseball' games." That game was won by the Sox, 2-0, on Trot Nixon's two-out homer in the top of the ninth.

Instant classic
Soccer hasn't been an easy sell in the local market, but the sport is showcasing its product three times in four days this week, which started with Wednesday's UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan in Istanbul. The match aired live on ESPN2 at mid-afternoon and reinforced the perception that local guy Derek Rae (play by play) and analyst Tommy Smyth are a great broadcast pair. They all but called the game over at halftime with AC Milan ahead, 3-0. ''Unfathomable. Unheard of against a European side," said Rae about Liverpool's comeback to tie in regulation and ultimately win on penalty kicks. ESPN Classic declared it an ''Instant Classic." Revolution coach Steve Nicol contributed pre- and postgame analysis for ESPN2's international telecast. ''[Champions League] doesn't have the symbolic stature of the World Cup, but these are my favorite world-level matches," said Revolution play-by-play guy Brad Feldman. ''Coach Nicol and [assistant coach] Paul Mariner have played on teams that have won this championship." The unbeaten Revolution (6-0-2) face former coach Fernando Clavijo's Colorado Rapids tomorrow (Channel 56, 7:30 p.m.) as they start the second quarter of their 32-game season. Feldman, who has been working Revolution telecasts for five years, said, ''This is the Revolution team fans have been awaiting for 10 seasons. It's good soccer to watch because Coach Nicol has got everyone to buy into his passing philosophy and it's not a track meet." Depth can be important with both Clint Dempsey and Steve Ralston off on national team duty. And that's the third showcase game as the US national team meets England in a friendly tomorrow (ESPN, 3 p.m.).

Shocked the world
Neil Leifer's
famous boxing photo caught the essence of Muhammad Ali's ring persona as he stood over the fallen Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine, 40 years ago this week. Leifer was in Lewiston this week to talk about the night and photo with NESN's Paul Devlin for a segment for ''SportsDesk," which will air tonight following Red Sox postgame shows. Devlin also goes one-on-one with an emotional Dennis ''Oil Can" Boyd on Sunday night's ''SportsDesk" at 10 . . . The team of Kori Goulet of Barrington, N.H., and Petar Frease of Marina del Rey, Calif., are in the finals of the ''PGA Tour 18: Golf's Ultimate Road Trip" reality show that airs tomorrow (Channel 4, 2 p.m., taped) . . . Channel 7's ''Sports Xtra" (Sunday, 11:30 p.m.) has gone into interactive mode by asking fans to leave questions for Francona on whdh.com. Click on Sports, then the link to ''Time Out with Tito." If you want to get a baseball argument going, start talking potential Hall of Fame candidates and voting privileges . . . That's what host Bob Neumeier will do with Globe columnists (and Hall voters) Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy on tonight's ''Sportsplus" (NESN, 5:30 and 11:30). Also: a kid sports section that features action from a Newburyport skateboarding park . . . Duke Castiglione gets a call for reporter duty again, working with Gary Thorne and Steve Phillips on Monday afternoon's Braves-Nationals telecast (ESPN, 3 p.m.). As the younger Castig says, ''You never know what answer you'll get. I almost fell over when the Met's Doug Mientkiewicz told me 'The Ball' was the reason he was traded from the Red Sox."

CBS has team in place
CBS, which agreed on a new deal with Jim Nantz last week, announced it had reached multiyear contract extensions with Nantz's partner, analyst Phil Simms, and studio analyst Boomer Esiason this week. Also, re-upping were college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg and football and basketball play-by-play man Ian Eagle . . . Paul McNamara parlayed a runner-up finish in the Sam Adams ''Announcer for an Inning" contest two years ago into a fall college football show and winter college hockey show on WWZN (1510 AM). Today, he sits in for Eddie Andelman (noon-3 p.m.).


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