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Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, celebrates during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Cable, pay-per-view problems leave viewers fighting mad

For some boxing fans, the big fight Saturday night turned out to be between them and their cable companies. Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas caused problems for cable and satellite systems, especially when people tried to order at the last second, which delayed ...

A woman wears a hat before the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

AP PHOTOS: At Derby, a passion for hats

The Kentucky Derby is known for women's fashion, especially the hats. But 48-year-old Jeff Rieg wasn't going to let the women upstage him. His hat, a flowing feather boa that reached down to his calves, included a "lucky monkey" and roses. He's been wearing it to the Derby for 20 ...

This image released by Beats shows football quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota wearing wireless Powerbeats2 on his head during the filming of a Beats by Dre promotional YouTube video. Mariota, a top NFL Draft pick, is promoting the brand, a competitor of league-sponsor Bose, to the new soulful acoustic song "River" by Leon Bridges. (Gerard Elmore/Beats via AP)

It's Beats over Bose for Mariota and Winston

And the Beats go on. Marcus Mariota, just hours after flaunting his Beats by Dre in one of the company's YouTube videos, donned the trendy headphones when picked second by Tennessee in the NFL draft Thursday night. The No. 1 pick, Jameis Winston, clutched a red pair of Beats when ...

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during an arrival ceremony Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Big price, big expectations for Mayweather-Pacquiao pay TV

George Foreman was fighting Evander Holyfield for the heavyweight title, and anyone wanting to watch it in April 1991 had to plan ahead. It was the night boxing pay-per-view was born. But to get the fight, customers had to go to their local cable TV offices and put a deposit ...

Tim Jeffery, vice president of security at the MGM Grand hotel and casino, right, speaks during a news conference Monday, April 27, 2015, in Las Vegas. The news conference was to address security issues for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Vegas sets up 'concentric' security for upcoming megafight

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather hadn't even decided how much it would cost home viewers to watch their fight when the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission started planning security for their big bout. Five times in the 10 weeks since the two welterweights set a date for their long-awaited ...

BET enters the boxing arena with Roc Nation Sports alliance

BET is storming out of its corner with its first-ever rounds of professional boxing. The network, which has traditionally programmed entertainment, music, news and public affairs for the African-American audience, , told The Associated Press it has partnered with Roc Nation Sports to air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts ...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

ABC News keeps tight lid on Bruce Jenner interview

The first on-air promo for Friday's broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn't even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it. The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion ...

FILE - This April 7, 2013 photo shows the Verizon Studio booth at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J.   ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice. In new plans that went into effect Sunday, April 19, 2015.  Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements

Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won't be easy. ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice. In new plans that went into effect Sunday, Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from ...

Back on the USA Network: Sports return with NHL playoffs

In the three decades since USA Network had last broadcast an NHL playoff game, just about everything in television watching changed. In that rapidly evolving world, the cable channel is again embracing the value of sports. USA aired two games as hockey's postseason opened this week, with more coverage planned ...

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski cuts down the net after his team's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NCAA title game draws most TV viewers in 18 years

Even without an undefeated team, the NCAA title game drew its largest TV audience in 18 years. Duke's 68-63 comeback win over Wisconsin on Monday night on CBS averaged 28.3 million viewers, the most since 1997, when Arizona upset defending champion Kentucky in overtime, CBS and Turner Sports said Tuesday. ...

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