John Saunders

Longtime ESPN Host John Saunders Dead at Age 61

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ESPN.com news services | 10:44 AM CT

John Saunders, one of the familiar on-air faces of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died. He was 61.

Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming. He covered college football, basketball and the NHL for the network, in addition to anchoring SportsCenter. He was also host of The Sports Reporters.

Born in Canada, Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal. He played at Western Michigan and Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto before becoming one of the most prominent broadcasters of his time.

Saunders was a founding member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and served on the board of directors.

“John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades,” said John Skipper, president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, in a statement. “His wide range More >

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Ichiro Suzuki Triples to Join MLB’s 3,000-Hit Club

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USA Women Win Their Second Straight Olympic Team Gold in Rio

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Simone Biles and the United States’ women’s gymnastics team dominated the competition to win gold for second consecutive Olympics in Rio on Tuesday.

The United States was leading by six points going into the final rotation, the floor exercise before 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez, team captain Aly Raisman and all-around favorite Simone Biles delivered strong routines to decimate the competition by more than eight points — the equivalent of a rout in gymnastics competition.

Team Russia won silver, while China took the bronze.

This also marks Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas’ second team gold, as both competed as part of the Fierce Five that took the team championship event in London in 2012.

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Hall of Fame Game Canceled Due to Field Concerns

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By Gregg Rosenthal | Around The NFL Editor | Published: Aug. 7, 2016 at 07:03 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 at 03:49 p.m.

The official return of pro football will have to wait another four days. The NFL canceled Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game because of poor field conditions. The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts are headed back home.

“I was notified at about 5:30 that there was a problem at midfield and in the end zones with some of the painting that it was kind of congealing and rubberized, which meant players might slip on it,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker told NFL Media’s Steve Wyche. “The folks with the field tried to remediate that by dropping some other pellets but after talking to the coaches and staff for both the Packers and the Colts, there More >

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Broncos Rookie Paxton Lynch: I can play right away

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By Kevin Patra | Around the NFL writer | Published: July 27, 2016 at 08:41 a.m. | Updated: July 27, 2016 at 11:09 a.m.

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak might have “kind of let” players know that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback, according to defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, but that doesn’t mean Paxton Lynch isn’t using training camp to push himself into position to snatch that job away — sooner rather than later.

“I definitely think I have the opportunity to better myself and put myself up in that position to play right away or sooner than I had thought,” Lynch said Tuesday, via ESPN. “I knew those guys were going to be ahead of me just because of experience — Trevor his experience in the offense and Mark his experience in the league and me being a rookie, and this is the first time More >

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