Astros' Scandal Crosses Over Into National News Telecasts

By Paul Sanford and John Ourand

All three network morning shows aired reports on the punishment MLB handed down to the Astros for illegally stealing signs within the first 12 minutes of their broadcasts. ABC's "GMA" teased their report in the opening of the broadcast with the headline, "Cheating Scandal," while NBC's "Today" used the headline, "Baseball Bombshell." CBS' Manuel Bojorquez reported live from Houston, which included a taped appearance by the N.Y. Post's Ken Davidoff. ABC's T.J. Holmes was in-studio while NBC's Miguel Almaguer reported from L.A. Meanwhile, all three evening newscasts last night teased the story at the beginning of their shows and featured reports in the first half of their programs. NBC's "Nightly News" got to the story nine minutes into the telecast, with Almaguer saying the '17 World Series champs now "are cheats." During his 107-second report, Almaguer also referenced the role former Astros bench coach Alex Cora played in potentially stealing signs after becoming Red Sox manager. Host Lester Holt ended the show by saying, "Not a good day for sports." CBS' "Evening News" ran the story 14 minutes into its show, right before the first ad break, while ABC's "World News Tonight" touched on the story after the first ad break, about 15 minutes into the telecast. ABC's Will Carr said, "The team was revealed to be cheaters, and is now hit with a historic punishment."

FRONT-PAGE NEWS: The Astros scandal also got plenty of attention this morning on the front pages of newspapers across the nation. Here are a sampling of some of the headlines being seen coast to coast:

Boston Globe: "Cora's Role In Cheating Scandal Detailed"
Dallas Morning News: "Astros Toss Manager, GM Over Sign-Stealing Scandal"
Houston Chronicle: "They're Out"
L.A. Daily News: "Astros Must Pay Price For Cheating"
L.A. Times: "Dodgers Officially Robbed Of 2017 Title"
Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Baseball Strikes Hard At Astros"
Washington Post: "Astros Fire Manager, GM In Sign-Stealing Fallout"
Washington Times: "Astros Sign-Stealing Latest Case Of Dishonesty In Sports"

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