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September 15, 2006 | Larry Stewart
John Madden has a high-profile personal spotter working for him in the "NBC Sunday Night Football" booth -- lifelong friend John Robinson, the former USC and Los Angeles Rams coach. Madden and Robinson have been friends since they were fifth graders at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Daly City, Calif. Robinson, the Oakland Raiders' backfield coach in 1975 when Madden was the head coach, left the Raiders to become the head coach at USC in 1976. Now they are working together again.
September 7, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
As Jerome Bettis walked out of the NBC studios in Burbank where Jay Leno tapes his show, four youngsters thrust football cards at the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, begging for his autograph. The youngest, about 6 years old, was holding four Bettis cards. "Pick one," Bettis said. It was nearly a minute before the small hand gave one to the imposing 5-foot-11, 255-pound Bettis, who signed, paused, then grabbed the other three cards and signed them as well.
September 1, 2006 | LARRY STEWART
Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw could end up working as game commentators in the same booth at one of the BCS bowl games in January. Such a possibility is under consideration, according to a source familiar with the discussions. And that's just a hint at what will be a different college football season. ABC and its sister ESPN networks will televise almost 300 regular-season and postseason games. But then Fox will step in to televise three of the four BCS bowl games to be played Jan.
June 9, 2006 | Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune
He has covered the London bombings and Paris riots for ABC News, reported on globalization from China and India. Now Bill Weir is poised for an even greater role on ABC's "Good Morning America" as it takes a renewed run at NBC's perennial breakfast leader "Today" in the post-Katie Couric era. Not bad for a guy hired almost 11 years ago from Green Bay, Wis., to be a third-string sportscaster for Chicago's WGN-TV Channel 9.
February 22, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers will announce today that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2008 season. At that point, according to a source, Scully is likely to retire, which would end the most consecutive years of service with a team for any broadcaster in professional sports. Scully's current contract was due to expire after this coming season. The extension is for two years, the source said. Scully, who turns 79 on Nov.
February 4, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
An announcement that broadcaster James Brown will be joining CBS as host of the "The NFL Today" is expected Monday, industry sources said Friday. Brown has been the host of Fox's NFL pregame show since it was launched in 1994. Before that, he spent 10 years in a variety of roles at CBS. The move back to CBS was made possible when "NFL Today" host Greg Gumbel expressed a desire to return to play-by-play.
December 30, 2005 | LARRY STEWART
When a visitor arrived at the two-story hillside home in Sherman Oaks, Keith Jackson had already opened a bottle of his best Sonoma Valley merlot and set out two wine glasses. On the coffee table in the living room was a plate of wife Turi Ann Jackson's homemade cookies. Jackson, besides being a legendary broadcaster commonly referred to as "Mr. College Football," is also a pretty darn good host.
September 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sportscaster Chris Schenkel, whose easygoing baritone won over fans during a more than six-decade broadcasting career in which he covered a wide range of major sports, died Sunday after a long battle with emphysema. He was 82. Schenkel's wife, Fran, said she and the couple's two sons were at her husband's side when he died early Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been hospitalized for two weeks after undergoing surgery for a bleeding ulcer.
August 25, 2005 | Larry Stewart
Lee Hamilton's 19-year run as a sports talk show host during weekday afternoons will come to an end Sept. 6. Taking over for Hamilton on XTRA Sports 570 will be Joe Grande and Matt Smith. Grande comes from KPWR-FM, known as Power 106. Smith, who goes by the nickname "Money," comes from KROQ's "Kevin and Bean" show. Earlier this month, Smith was selected to host the Laker pregame and postgame shows on 570, replacing Larry Burnett.
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