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IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Two bits of important news came in a span of a week for Holly Horton.

First was the amazing career assignment of working an Olympics, and the TSN anchor was estatic to get the duty of calling freestyle skiing in Vancouver.

A week later, Horton found out she was pregnant.

For the following few months. Horton took it in stride, making plans to have both a four- to five-month-old baby and her mother with her in Vancouver.

But with her Sept. 19 due date quickly approaching, it became clear to the expectant mother one of the two jobs would suffer come next February.

So she pulled out of the Olympics, which would have been a career highlight seeing as how the Games won't be in Canada again in the near future.

"It didn't work out this time but I like to think I would be given another shot," Horton said. "My bosses have said as much to me.

"It's such a huge event that I didn't want to put my company's reputation on the line, or myself on the line when I wasn't sure I would be 100% focused."

Horton isn't in a unique situation. Several other mothers with young families were given Olympics duties and will work around the task of covering the Games and managing a family.

Fellow TSN staffer Sara Orlesky is due to have a baby before the end of August and she is still slated to be the sideline reporter for figure-skating.

Score cutting back

The already-depleted on-air staff of The Score has taken another hit. The Toronto-based all-sports channel has laid off 10 employees, including deep-voiced reporter Tony Ambrosio.

At one point in time, it appeared The Score would challenge the likes of Sportsnet and TSN for hardcore fans with its update-at-any-time theme and wide regional berth. The boom of the Internet has changed that.

Analysts being benched

ESPN has taken a page out of TSN's hockey playbook when it comes to experimenting with its baseball coverage.

Just like Pierre McGuire sitting between the benches during games and getting a ground perspective, the worldwide leader put baseball analysts Steve Phillips and Orel Hershiser in the dugouts during Monday's Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals matchup.

Dan Shulman called the game from the booth as the analysts were stationed in the camera bays by the dugouts.

Around the dial

Play-by-play man Vin Scully, who works alone, says he will come back for one more year of doing Dodgers games. Scully is 81 and has been doing games in L.A. for 16 seasons. It's still a pleasure to hear him call even the most boring of outings, so catch one now before it's too late ... CFL fans will have to put in a long day for a day-night doubleheader tomorrow. The Argos-Bombers game will likely end about four and half hours before the Stamps-Riders late game.


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