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Found: College Basketball Star Who Vanished 30 Years Ago

Benny 'the Outlaw' Anders discovered by filmmaker in Detroit area

(Newser) - In the 1980s, the University of Houston's Cougars basketball team—aka the Phi Slama Jamas—made their way into three Final Fours. The player described by the Houston Chronicle as "one of the more flamboyant members" has now been found in the Detroit area by a filmmaker, three... More »

College Marching Band Takes a Knee, Station Won't Air Game

ESPN radio affiliate says it won't air East Carolina U's game because of anthem protest

(Newser) - In what its parent company's CEO is calling a "protest to a protest," ESPN affiliate radio station 101.1 FM (WFAY) is turning its back on broadcasting East Carolina University's football game Saturday against South Florida after members of the ECU marching band took a knee... More »

Longtime ESPN Personality John Saunders Dead at 61

He spent nearly 30 years with the sports network

(Newser) - John Saunders, a host and anchor at ESPN for three decades, is dead at the age of 61, Hannah Storm announced on the sports network Wednesday, at times breaking down. Saunders started at ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in 1986. He went on to host The Sports Reporters and cover... More »

Cancer-Stricken Sportscaster to Work First NBA Finals

Craig Sager calls it a 'great honor'

(Newser) - A beloved NBA sideline reporter will finally get to cover the NBA finals some 34 years into his career and two years into his battle with leukemia. Craig Sager, 64, of TNT—known for donning "the brightest, most colorful suits," per the New York Post —has never... More »

ESPN Cans Curt Schilling for 'Unacceptable' Facebook Post

He shared controversial thoughts on transgender issues

(Newser) - An "unacceptable" Facebook post about transgender bathroom laws was the final straw for ESPN, which fired Curt Schilling Wednesday. The former All-Star pitcher, who had worked at the network since 2010, shared a meme, which can be seen here , that showed an overweight man in tight, ripped women's... More »

ESPN Hopes OJ Simpson Will Help It Break Into the Oscars

It plans to qualify its new documentary series for an Academy Award

(Newser) - As the so-called golden age of television rolls on, ESPN is attempting to strike another blow for the idiot box against the silver screen. The Los Angeles Times reports ESPN will be qualifying its new 7.5-hour OJ Simpson documentary series, OJ: Made in America, for the Academy Awards by... More »

NFL Player Sues ESPN Reporter After Losing Finger to Firework

The reporter tweeted a photo of his medical chart

(Newser) - An NFL player who blew off a chunk of his hand with a firework last Fourth of July is suing ESPN and one of its reporters who tweeted a photo of his medical chart, Courthouse News Service reports. "ESPN obtained medical charts that show Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had... More »

Mass-Media Prof Asks for 'Muscle' to Remove Journo

Mizzou activists mob photographer, cameraman, tell them to leave 'safe space'

(Newser) - A University of Missouri photojournalist on freelance assignment for ESPN found himself in a confrontation with student activists Monday as they tried to ban him from the tent city they'd set up on campus in response to recent racial strife there, the New York Times reports. A tense video... More »

Litigious Yankees Fan Won't Get $10M for Napping at Game

He says ESPN defamed him by showing him dozing

(Newser) - A 27-year-old New York Yankees fan who sued after ESPN cameras caught him napping during a game in April 2014 had his $10 million defamation lawsuit thrown out by a judge last month, the Smoking Gun reports. Not even a second-row seat and a matchup with the hated Boston Red... More »

Curt Schilling Loses Gig for Comparing Muslims to Nazis

ESPN yanks him from Little League broadcast

(Newser) - Retired baseball player Curt Schilling discovered today that when it comes to retweeting Hitler memes, sometimes it's one strike and you're out. The New York Daily News reports ESPN removed Schilling from his gig covering the Little League World Series, and the former pitcher could face further punishments... More »

Keith Olbermann Leaving ESPN

Will he return to news for Election 2016?

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann is a man without a network again. ESPN will not renew his contract at the end of this month, news that seems to have been broken by author James Miller in a tweet . The network calls Olbermann a "tremendous talent" but says it "ultimately made a... More »

Towing Firm Doesn't Want ESPN Reporter to Lose Job

It says Britt McHenry lost her temper in 'heat of the moment'

(Newser) - The towing company involved in the viral video that got an ESPN reporter suspended appears content to let the matter drop and doesn't want to see Britt McHenry get fired. In a statement, Advanced Towing of Arlington, Va., cuts McHenry some slack after she got caught viciously berating a... More »

ESPN Suspends Reporter After Rant Caught on Video

Britt McHenry vented at tow company worker, told her to lose weight

(Newser) - ESPN reporter Britt McHenry won't be on the air for a week—the network has suspended her after a videotape surfaced in which she insults a cashier for a towing company in nasty fashion. Some not-so-pleasant examples, as compiled by Deadspin and Sports Illustrated .
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ESPN Suspends Olbermann Over Penn State Tweets

He slams students, school in series of exchanges

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann is in hot water with the boss again , this time the boss being ESPN. The network suspended him for a week after a series of tweets in which he slammed both Penn State and the students who go there. "It was weird and unnecessary," writes Barry... More »

Sports Nuts Score: You Can Now Stream ESPN

Dish Network to offer sports network, others with $20-a-month Sling TV

(Newser) - Sports fans who've been holding tight to their cable TV package so they never miss a game will soon have a new option in their playbook: Sling TV, Dish Network's new streaming-video service that will include ESPN, the Washington Post reports. The $20-a-month service, which was announced yesterday... More »

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies of Cancer

'You beat cancer by how you live, why you live'

(Newser) - Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died this morning. He was 49. Scott had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, the network said, but remained dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. ESPN... More »

NBC Cans Today Chief After 10 Weeks

Reasons behind Jamie Horowitz's exit unclear

(Newser) - The new head of the Today show joined the program only 10 weeks ago—sort of—and he's already been dropped, the New York Times reports. Jamie Horowitz and NBC News President Deborah Turness "have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit," Turness... More »

Fans Freak at ESPN Fantasy Football Outage

Network apologizes for glitch during highly trafficked Week 1 game

(Newser) - Last night's game between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts was anything but an ESPN fantasy: Rather, it turned into a social media nightmare after the network's fantasy football website and app went down—somewhat inconveniently during what USA Today Sports says was the "most trafficked fantasy... More »

ESPN Delves Into Michael Sam's Showering Routine

Sports network takes heat from teammates, social media for report

(Newser) - Everyone who thought that Tony Dungy's statements about Michael Sam would be the last we'd have to hear about the NFL linebacker's private life can thank ESPN for reopening that door. Josina Anderson reported yesterday on how the NFL's first openly gay player was getting along... More »

World Cup Sets US Ratings Records

ESPN, Univision score highest-ever figures

(Newser) - ESPN and Univision have scored with their World Cup coverage: The US victory over Ghana Monday night set World Cup ratings records for both broadcasters, with a total audience of 15.9 million viewers. For ESPN, it was the highest-rated men's soccer game ever. The ratings were way ahead... More »

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