Phyllis George dies: Women in TV sports who followed her path react

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    Phyllis George smashed a glass ceiling 45 years ago when she became a correspondent for CBS's fledgling "The NFL Today," the first woman to regularly report on pro football on network TV. She was a Miss America (1971) reporting on America's game, surrounded by men on set and in the field.

    George worked on the show for 6 1/2 years over two stints before leaving for good in 1983. Her work on that groundbreaking series left a lasting impression, something that became clear Saturday after her death at age 70 from a blood disorder was announced.

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    Brent Musburger, who became a sports TV power player as host of 夜网论坛"The NFL Today," penned a tribute.

    Jayne Kennedy, who succeeded and then was replaced by George, understood what George accomplished.

    CBS added its own statement.

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    Tom Brady looks like a Wizard in Bucs uniform — but not the kind that will create magic in Tampa

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    If you were watching Tom Brady’s Buccaneers as they were besieged late Sunday afternoon by the Chiefs, and particularly if you gave up on the Bucs when they had dug themselves into a 2 1/2-touchdown hole, you might have been struck by the same comparison as took up residence inside my frame of reference.

    Brady with the Bucs is starting to feel like Michael Jordan in a Wizards uniform.

    Jordan’s sojourn to Washington largely is remembered as a fiasco. This was true only when viewed through the MJ prism, though. The Wizards went 37-45 both years; not a playoff team, but not tanking-level terrible. Jordan averaged 22.9 points in the 2001-02 season — which would have ranked ninth in the league if he’d qualified for the scoring title — then an even 20 ppg the next year, his last.

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    So Brady wandering into that context wouldn’t necessarily be a calamity. It wouldn’t be Tom Brady, either, and it’s quite likely that it will be viewed over time as the same sort of refusal to acknowledge the impact of aging as once carried Jerry Rice to Seattle.

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    Steve Cannon, Falcons bring personal connection to 'Salute to Service' award

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    The Atlanta Falcons have made the NFL's "Salute to Service" a part of the franchise's culture.  

    For Falcons chief financial officer Steve Cannon, that connection is personal. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986. He was an Airborne Ranger in West Germany and served five years as an artillery officer.  

    He's remained active in supporting military families since taking over as the CEO of AMB Sports and Entertaiment. For his efforts in 2020, Cannon received the 2020 Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. It's the fourth time in five years that a member of the Falcons organization has won the award.  

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    Cannon's service continues today. He has brought a "military first" mindset that permeates across the organization. Former Falcons coach Dan Quinn won the award in 2016, and Atlanta players Andre Roberts and Ben Garland won the award in 2017 and 2018, respectively.  

    Cannon will be recognized at the NFL Honors on Feb. 6.  

    "One of the reasons we've earned this recognition four of the last five years is because Salute to Service is not one weekend for us," Cannon told Sporting News. "It is a 365-day platform for us. We live in Georgia — where you have Fort[......]

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    What channel is Bengals vs. Jaguars on today? Schedule, time for NFL 'Thursday Night Football' in Week 4

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    The two most recent No. 1 overall picks go head to head to kick off the Week 4 slate.

    Joe Burrow and the Bengals are set to host Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars on "Thursday Night Football" in the first matchup between the two quarterbacks since the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.

    Burrow has Cincinnati riding high into its Week 4 matchup. The second-year quarterback went 14-for-18 with 172 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception as the Bengals roared past the Steelers 24-10. In his first season coming off knee surgery, Burrow has put together a solid start, having thrown for 640 yards, seven passing touchdowns and four interceptions with a 70.7 completion percentage as Cincinnati has begun the 2021 season 2-1.

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    The Lawrence and Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville is not off to a great start. The Jaguars find themselves 0-3 heading into their first primetime matchup of the season, and the first-year QB ha[......]

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    Ranking the Raiders' best coaching candidates to replace Jon Gruden in 2022

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    Jon Gruden is out as Raiders coach again. The first time, in 2002, he was traded to the Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl. The second time, in 2021, he has resigned, only three seasons and five games into a 10-year, $100 million contract.

    Gruden's coaching (and NFL broadcasting) career is likely finished at age 58 after a New York Times report revealed old emails in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language from 2010, when he was on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," through 2018, when he was re-hired by the Raiders.

    Although the Raiders will be turning to Rich Bisacca as interim coach for the rest of the season to try to help a 3-2 team make the AFC playoffs, the search for a full-time replacement in 2022 begins now. Here's our ranking of the eight best potential hires:

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    1. Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator (age: 52)

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    Odom pleads no contest to DUI, gets probation

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    LOS ANGELES — Former NBA player Lamar Odom pleaded no contest Monday to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years' probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment.

    In a deal with prosecutors, Odom entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and was also ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and penalties, Los Angeles city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Odom had faced a maximum sentence of six months 夜网论坛in jail.

    The status of his suspended driver's license will be determined at a separate hearing in front of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    Odom's attorney, Richard Hutton, appeared in court to enter the plea for him. A phone message left with Hutton was not immediately returned.

    The 34-year-old power forward and husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is currently out of the NBA, going unsigned as a free-agent after averaging a career-low 4 points and 5.9 rebounds last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The sentence dealt another blow to Odom's attempts to return to the NBA and calls into question his future career.

    He met with Clippers coach Doc Rivers last month, but Rivers said he was simply expressing an interest in Odom, and "it really didn't go much further than that."

    Odom was arrested Aug. 30 after his Mercedes-Benz SUV was spotted weaving on a freeway in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol said the vehicle[......]

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    Cavs' Kyrie Irving misses third game with knee injury

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    CLEVELAND — Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving is missing his third straight game because of a bruised knee.

    He is sitting out Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers, and coach Mike Brown says he doesn't know when he'll have his leading scorer back.

    Irving was hurt Dec. 31 when he fell awkwardly while attempting a layup against the Pacers. Irving said he felt "a pop" in his knee and had to be helped off the floor before returning in the fourth quarter. An MRI showed no structural damage.

    Irving is averaging 22.2 points and 6.1 assists. He played in 31 straight games before missing Thu夜网论坛rsday's game against Orlando.

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    Eyeing return, Russell Westbrook ramps up intensity of workouts

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    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has started to add higher intensity workouts to his routine as he prepares to make a basketball return (via The Oklaho夜网论坛man).

    Prior to recent games, Westbrook has taken to the court and worked up a sweat with workouts that feature some cutting, full speed pull-up jumpers and drives to the basket.

    Despite this show of improvement, Westbrook has yet to be cleared for contact, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, according to The Oklahoman.

    “He hasn't participated in any part of our practices,” Brooks said.

    While there is no definitive time set for Westbrook to come back, he is expected to get on the court at some point soon after All-Star Weekend.

    “I don't know what date,” Brooks said. “Sometime after the All-Star break. We like the progress he is making.”

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    Find out if Jamal Crawford can name all 17 coaches he played for

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    Jamal Crawford is in the midst of his best NBA season. The path to this year, however, is a rotating cast of teams and coach, as Crawford has played for seven teams and 17 coaches. Yes, that is 17 coaches.

    Crawford hasn't forgotten that path, or any of his former coaches. In fact, when put on the spot at halftime of the Clippers' 125-117 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Crawford named all 17 coaches, in the order in which he played for them.

    It was an impressive feat, no bout. Almost as impressive as the 36 points on 13-of-20夜网论坛 shooting.

    [H/T: Matt Dollinger of SI.com]

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