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December 27, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Stu Nahan, a onetime minor-league hockey goalie who delivered sports reports on Los Angeles television and radio for decades, has died. He was 81. Nahan died Wednesday at his Studio City home, after battling lymphoma, a form of cancer, since January, his family said. In 1968, Nahan began doing nightly sports reports on KABC-TV Channel 7. He moved to KNBC-TV Channel 4 in 1977 and to KTLA-TV Channel 5 in 1988, retiring from television in 1999.
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SPORTS
December 11, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
Frequently, the most entertaining thing about a Clippers game is not the Clippers game. It is the Ralph and Mike Show. They are Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith, the odd couple of NBA broadcasting. Call them Chit and Chat, Rip and Zip. If you think Corey Maggette is quick, listen carefully, any game, any night, and you'll get real quickness. Ralph: "Steve Francis [of the Rockets] was getting paid all those 12 games he sat out." Mike: "The Eric Piatkowski plan."
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July 9, 2007 | Larry Stewart
NBC said goodbye to Bud Collins in fashionable style Sunday. A three-minute tribute that aired after the men's final was fittingly colorful. Collins, 78, began working for NBC as a tennis reporter and interviewer in 1972. He was informed last month that his services would no longer be needed. With post-match interviews at Wimbledon conducted by the BBC's Sue Barker and with NBC's Jimmy Roberts there to do features, Collins' role had been diminished in recent years.
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July 3, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
After so many years as a Wimbledon fixture for NBC, Bud Collins will appear for the last time on Sunday. An NBC spokesman, denying media reports that Collins had been fired, said it was more a case of his position no longer existing. The network later said his contract not being renewed. The spokesman pointed out that Collins' NBC role had diminished in recent years but said the network will have an on-air tribute to the veteran tennis commentator during Sunday's Wimbledon coverage.
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March 26, 2007 | Larry Stewart
Joe Theismann will not be back as a commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," according to sources. He is expected to be replaced by Ron Jaworski. ESPN declined comment, but sources indicated Theismann is not being fired and will be offered another high-profile football commentating job at ESPN. The former Washington Redskins quarterback began working as an NFL commentator for ESPN on Sunday nights in 1988.
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March 17, 2007 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Stan Duke, a former Los Angeles sportscaster and one of the first blacks in local television news, whose career ended after he shot his estranged wife's lover to death in 1971, has died. He was 70. Duke died Wednesday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home in Santa Barbara, Ellen Duke, his second wife of 25 years, said Friday. Duke was a five-year veteran weekend sportscaster for KNXT-TV on Feb.
SPORTS
February 14, 2007 | Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writer
As the first full-time female play-by-play commentator on the PGA Tour, Kelly Tilghman is used to crashing glass ceilings. At 11, she got the wind knocked out of her playing quarterback for a boys' city football team. "It hurt," Tilghman recalled in her signature husky voice. "My dad made me quit after one year because he told me my body was going to be changing." As an eighth-grader, Tilghman was the first girl to make the North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High varsity golf team.
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January 5, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Jim Lampley's status as a boxing announcer for HBO was uncertain Thursday, one day after his arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence. An HBO spokesman, calling it a private matter, declined to comment. Lampley's next assignment for HBO is a Jan. 20 fight in Las Vegas. NBC, which employs Lampley as an Olympic host, also declined to comment.
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October 19, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Fired Fox baseball commentator Steve Lyons, who has won support nationwide since losing his job, acknowledged Wednesday that he signed an agreement not to say anything else the network deemed inappropriate after a 2004 incident involving then-Dodger Shawn Green. Lyons acknowledged the agreement only after being asked whether Fox had ever given him a warning. "It said, 'If I mess up again, they can fire me,' " Lyons said. "But it's what they deem a mess-up-able offense."
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October 11, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Petros Papadakis and radio station 1540 parted company Tuesday. Papadakis' decision to leave came after meeting with station officials and executives from the Sporting News radio network, which owns the station. "After carefully considering my growing broadcasting responsibilities at FSN and Spike TV ... I feel it's time to put 100% of my focus into my TV career," Papadakis said in an e-mail. Papadakis has been a talk show host at 1540 for five years and has been in the 4-7 p.m.
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