Tag: ESPN

Dick Vitale Was Moved To Tears Before His First College Basketball Game Since Announcing His Battle With Cancer

Feast Week features wall-to-wall college basketball coverage with intriguing matchups across the United States and beyond. It is common for diehards to be able to watch games morning, noon and night, and the best game of the week, at least on paper, arrived on Tuesday with a battle between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 […]

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LeBron James Suspended One Game, Isaiah Stewart Suspended Two Games for Altercation During Lakers-Pistons Game

LeBron James Suspended 1 Game, Isaiah Stewart Suspended 2 Games Enraged, the Pistons center then proceeded to make multiple attempts to go after King James. But thankfully, he was kept at bay by his teammates, team personnel, and stadium security in place. G/O Media may get a commission While the suspensions were expected, it’s impossible […]

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Hulu Is Raising The Price Of Its Live TV Subscription Service, But Adding Both ESPN+ And Disney+ To The Package

Remember the days when we all thought “cutting the cable” would ultimately save us money? Well, it’s starting to look like if the sheer number of services you have to subscribe to to keep up with all the latest and greatest shows doesn’t get you, good ol’ fashioned price raises will. Hulu has announced it […]

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Dickie V Will Make His Return To ESPN For Gonzaga-UCLA Next Week As He Continues To Battle Cancer

For more than 40 years, Dick Vitale has been a fixture on the ESPN airwaves, serving as one of the most prominent faces of the network’s college basketball coverage and as a well-known ambassador for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. However, Vitale has not been on the air as the 2021-22 season begins, as […]

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Dear Scottie Pippen, Let Go and Let God

Advertisement Well, perhaps eager to exact some form of revenge, Pippen is now peddling a new memoir, Unguarded—which drops Nov. 9—in which he insists that he and Jordan were never close and have kept that same energy to this day, that Jordan would’ve never become the cultural icon he is today if it wasn’t for […]

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Peyton Manning Apologized To Viewers After Marshawn Lynch Kept Cussin’ On The Manningcast

After a couple weeks off, the Manningcast returned to ESPN2 for Saints-Seahawks with Peyton Manning donning an Ole Miss jersey after his Vols lost to Eli’s Rebels two weeks ago, and once again the brothers were joined by some high-profile guests. The first of those was Marshawn Lynch, a natural fit with the Seahawks playing, […]

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Paul Salata, Champion of the N.F.L.’s ‘Irrelevant,’ Dies at 94

Paul Salata was a wide receiver at the University of Southern California in 1944, 1946 and 1947. He caught a touchdown in the 1945 Rose Bowl before joining the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was also an infielder on the U.S.C. team that won the College World Series in 1948, and he […]

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Barack Obama Surprised Tony Kornheiser And Michael Wilbon To Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of ‘Pardon The Interruption’

The Pardon the Interruption 20th anniversary celebration rolled on this week, and to cap off the hit ESPN show’s actual anniversary, hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon received a congratulatory message from former President Barack Obama. As Kornheiser explained, this was a surprise largely organized by ESPN’s Pablo Torre, at which point Obama popped up […]

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You’ve Gotta Be Stupid AF to Get Suspended by the NHL for a Fake Vaccination Card, and Evander Kane Is Stupid AF

Evander Kane Suspended 21 Games for Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Card Advertisement “I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization, and all Sharks fans for violating the NHL COVID protocols,” Kane said in a statement that was released by the NHLPA. “I made a mistake, one I sincerely regret and take […]

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Sports Reporting Is Broken

For most of the last month, the biggest story in the NBA has been a mystery: Why hasn’t Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving been vaccinated against Covid-19? Irving, who at this point reporters are practically required by law to describe as “mercurial,” has been outspoken about many issues, from racial justice to flat earth theories. […]

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Thanks to a Hornet Attack, J.R. Smith’s 1st Golf Tournament as a Collegiate Athlete Didn’t Exactly Go As Planned

G/O Media may get a commission As ESPN explains it, the 36-year-old Smith became a victim of a hate crime on his third hole: His tee shot went off the fairway and became embedded in pine straw. He found the ball, but his pull cart’s wheel rolled over the the nest. Smith darted away from […]

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Jon Gruden’s Emails Are a Symptom of the NFL’s Cultural Rot

Gruden’s role within the ESPN Extended Universe was that of the network’s on-call coach: He hosted, for instance, Gruden’s QB Camp, where he worked with young quarterbacks. Above all, he was the audience’s stand-in for the coaches on the field who were making the calls on which he was commenting. It was during his tenure at […]

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Brooklyn Nets Tell Kyrie Irving ‘You Ain’t Gotta Go Home, But You Gotta Get the Hell Up Outta Here’—Until He Gets Vaccinated

Kyrie Irving Prohibited From Games, Practices Over Vaccination Status G/O Media may get a commission Wow. As we’ve reported ad nauseam at The Root, the exact moment when Kyrie cemented his status as one of the biggest headaches in the history of the league—and no, it wasn’t when he insisted the earth was flat—was when New […]

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Jon Gruden Emailed Homophobic and Mysogynistic Comments

When the vaunted N.F.L. coach Jon Gruden was confronted with a racist email he had sent in 2011 to insult the head of the players’ union, he said he went too far but didn’t have “a blade of racism” in him. But league officials as part of a separate workplace misconduct investigation that did not […]

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Racist Comment Surfaces By Jon Gruden About DeMaurice Smith

Jon Gruden, the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, in 2011 used racist terms to denounce DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the N.F.L. Players Association, who is Black and is now facing opposition within the union to the extension of his contract. The email surfaced just hours before the player representatives for the […]

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What Time is the Fury vs Wilder Fight?

Of course, size alone doesn’t guarantee success for a heavyweight. Otherwise the 7-foot-tall Nikolai Valuev and the 7-foot-1 Julius Long would rank among the all-time greats. But for a skilled, versatile fighter like Fury, outlier size adds a dimension that he thinks opponents cannot handle. “I’m setting a landmark here,” Fury told reporters last week. […]

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Tim Tebow Claims Urban Meyer Called His Last Week ‘One Of The Hardest Times Of His Life’

Urban Meyer’s most prominent former player has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tim Tebow, who won a pair of national titles and a Heisman Trophy under Meyer at the University of Florida, appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Friday to look back on the interactions he’s had […]

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Is ESPN Conveniently Hiding Sage Steele’s Suspension Behind a COVID-19 Diagnosis? It Sure as Hell Looks Like It

As a result of all of this, the 48-year-old has been trending on social media for all of the wrong reasons. And as a result of bringing shame and embarrassment to ESPN’s household, Front Office Sports reports that Steele has been taken off the air “for at least a week.” Now as to the official […]

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Sage Steele Lives to Say All the Wrong Things

G/O Media may get a commission As someone who also identifies as Black despite the fact that I haven’t had a relationship with my biological “father” since I was like 19—although his coward ass was kind enough to magically reappear recently just to tell me “he didn’t have a son”—I couldn’t help but laugh out […]

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Bubba Wallace Becomes 1st Black Driver to Win NASCAR Cup Series Race Since 1963

G/O Media may get a commission In August, the family of Wendell Scott, who became the first Black driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race back in 1963, finally received the trophy from his historic victory. As we previously reported at The Root, Scott’s trophy was nowhere to be found after he was declared […]

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ESPN’s Marcus Spears Tore Apart Urban Meyer And Said He ‘Shouldn’t Be The Head Coach Of Anybody’

Urban Meyer issued up a response on Monday morning to the viral pictures and videos of him at a bar in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend in the aftermath of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Week 4 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Meyer, who said he was “stupid” and apologized to his team “being a distraction,” was […]

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Joell Embiid Makes It Abundantly Clear He’s Not Feeling Ben Simmon’s ‘Borderline Disrespectful’ Antics

Wow…and this was Joell still being nice.I just love the fact that Ben is so spoiled, he believes that any other city in the world will treat him as good as Philly.But this is all the fault of Philly fans. Every damn year Ben’s uselessness was on display, and every damn year the rabid fanatics kept […]

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ESPN’s Sage Steele Gets Whiny About Her Job’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, Calls It ‘Sick’

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Robin Marchant / Getty Sage Steele—the ESPN commentator and sunken place occupant whose name sounds like an AXE deodorant scent—apparently didn’t think it was shameful enough to be in the club of celebrity negroes who say anti-Black things then whine about how Black people don’t like them, so she also decided […]

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Stephen A. Smith Loved John Oliver’s Supercut Of His Dramatic Pauses

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight often tackles some of the most important, pressing, and, at times, undercovered news stories, threading the needle of being incredibly informative while also still being, nominally, a comedy program. Sometimes that comedy comes in little non-sequiturs, as they will just find something that makes them laugh and give it 90 […]

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