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67-year broadcasting career of Vin Scully drawing to close

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Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully thanked Los Angeles Dodgers fans for making him feel like an 8-year-old again every time they cheer. The crowd, in turn, saluted Scully with a loud roar and multiple standing ovations on his appreciation night Friday. Holding hands with wife Sandi, he walked slowly from the dugout along a blue carpet dotted with the team’s logo to a stage set up in front of home plate for the pre-game ceremony honoring his 67 years…

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On his way to the Hall of Fame, former Bucs coach Tony Dungy started slowly

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Long before those who run the Pro Football Hall of Fame were carving Tony Dungy‘s bust, fans were wondering if he was one. These days, Dungy is acknowledged as a leader, a mentor, a champion. He has won a Super Bowl, and he guided a team to a Super Bowl, and he has become among the most respected analysts of the game. Once, however, he was struggling. It was 1996, his first year with the Tampa Bay Bucs, and he was…

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Former USF coach an All-Star legend

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Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game starting pitchers will be San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox. Both are making their first start. Three pitchers own the record for the most all-star starts. The Dodgers’ Don Drysdale took the mound for the National League five times as did the Yankees’ Lefty Gomez for the American League. Former USF Bulls’ coach, the late Robin Roberts, joined Drysdale as the most prolific starter in history. From 1950-1955,…

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Darryl E. Owens: Pat Summitt’s death is slam-dunk signal of need for more funding to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

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Pat Summitt’s death presented a solemn moment for reflection on an accomplished life. In a legendary 38-year career, the former University of Tennessee coach with a Hall of Fame scowl put women’s basketball on the map. She guided her Lady Vols to 18 NCAA Final Four appearances and eight national championships while exploding myths about women coaches on her way to claiming the crown as the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history. Still, her most enduring legacy may…

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Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk awaits call from the Hall of Fame

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To appreciate the Leader, you have to remember the leaderless lot that was the Tampa Bay Lightning. In those days, it was an aimless, clueless bunch. There were those who suggested the Lightning might be the worst franchise in all professional sports, one of those teams that looked to teenagers to lead. Then came Dave Andreychuk, who had been quite the player himself. Andreychuk was an important figure in the history of the Lightning, the man who made it possible…

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Florida players jam the College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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Yes, it is too unwieidy. Yes, there are too many players, and too many coaches, up for consideration every year. Still, the College Football Hall of Fame should be popular next Jan. 6 when it announces its new class in Tampa. The College Hall, 977 members strong, has announced its ballot for next year. It includes 75 players from the major conferences (and 95 from the divisional ranks). It also will consider six coaches (and 29 from the divisional ranks).…

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Roy Williams could join coaching royalty with another title

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North Carolina is one win from a sixth national championship. Roy Williams is one win from joining coaching royalty. Only five men have won more than two national championships. All are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and immediately recognizable to college basketball fans. A win Monday night over Villanova would vault Williams, who won titles in 2005 and 2009, into the group that includes John Wooden (10), Mike Krzyzewski (5), Adolph Rupp (4), Bob Knight (3) and…

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