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Deadspin profiles former basketball player who brought down Bill Cosby

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Amid the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson and Hope Solo scandals, perhaps no celebrity has experienced a fall from grace as precipitous as former American icon Bill Cosby. As of right now, a total of 19 women have stepped forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct, but it’s very likely none of this would have happened without one woman — Andrea Constand.

Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz profiles Constand — a former player for the University of Arizona basketball team and former director of operations for the women’s basketball program at Temple University, and the first woman to publicly bring rape charges against Cosby back in 2005 — and how her subsequent struggle against Cosby affected her and opened the door for others.

I don’t know what changed. I don’t know why now. I can only guess as to what took so long. But I know none of this happens without Constand. She was the first to tell police that Cosby drugged and raped her. It was her case that made Ferrier, Green, and Bowman decide to talk. It’s her court filings that still get cited over and over when setting the framework for everything Cosby is accused of doing.

Moskovitz said she attempted to reach Constand for comment but never received a response. Moskovitz noted that Constand’s mother declined to comment.

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Eisenberg: Beilein’s rant against ESPN ignores Michigan’s culpability

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Following Michigan’s loss to Villanova in the Legends Classic on Tuesday night, Wolverines head coach John Beilein directed his anger not toward his team or the Wildcats but toward ESPN, Yahoo Sports reports.

Beilein was peeved with ESPN for pushing back the tip-off time of the Legends Classic title game in Brooklyn from 10 p.m. to 10:15 EST because the Miami (Ohio) vs. Ohio football game airing beforehand was running long.

“It’s already the wrong time, 10 p.m. on the East Coast and now 15 more minutes?” said Beilein in the post-game press conference. “I love ESPN, they’re so good for us. (But) they got that one wrong.”

Yahoo Sports‘ Jeff Eisenberg believes that, while the coach’s heart is in the right place, he also conveniently forgot about another major culprit in this situation.

What Beilein’s outrage does shine a spotlight on, however, is the hypocrisy of university presidents and NCAA officials who insist academics are a higher priority in college sports than ticket sales, nationwide exposure and TV revenue. If that were truly the case, teams wouldn’t play in three-day, made-for-TV tournaments thousands of miles from their campuses during the middle of the week, nor would they agree to late-night tip-off times to maximize their TV exposure.

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Lamb offers guidelines for defining ‘sport’

When is a sport not a sport? That’s what IUPUI professor of sports journalism Chris Lamb set out to decide in his latest piece for the Huffington Post.

According to Lamb, who received input from two of his classes, there was consensus agreement that the following are sports: football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, racquetball, swimming, rugby, volleyball, lacrosse, wrestling, water polo, long-distance running, skiing, track and field, and most of the Winter and Summer Olympic sports.

Lamb lists guidelines for what defines a sport.

A sport requires physical exercise or athleticism. The athlete must use multiple muscle groups. There must be coaching. There must be widespread acceptance that it is a sport. There must be a standard set of rules and the scoring must be subjective and, therefore, the winner should not depend on a judge or referee.

Additionally, Lamb writes that, for something to be deemed a sport, there must be a competition between at least two people or teams, calories cannot be gained during the activity,  which disqualifies activities like bowling, fishing, darts, gaming, shooting pool, chess and poker,  and one cannot compete while sitting, unless they also happen to be moving 150 miles per hour.

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Lundquist earns Walter Camp Distinguished American award

Broadcaster Verne Lundquist has received the 2014 Walter Camp Football Foundation “Distinguished American” Award, presented yearly to “an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done,” according to the foundation.

Lundquist began broadcasting for the Dallas Cowboys 1967-84. He has been on a national stage since 1974 calling college football games for ABC Sports. He joined CBS in 1982 and has called the NFL, NBA, PGA golf, figure skating in the Olympics, and college basketball and football. Lundquist is currently the lead play-by-play man for SEC college football on CBS sports.

Several sportscasters have also been honored by the “Distinguished American” Award, including Pat Summerall in 2004 and Keith Jackson in 1995. Other notables include NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in 1994 and television personality Regis Philbin in 2003.

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ESPN fails to credit Cleveland Scene in Manziel story

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, who is based in Cleveland, failed to credit Cleveland Scene reporter Doug Brow in his story for ESPN.com on the fight in Johnny Manziel’s apartment fight Saturday morning, according to a post by Awful Announcing.

In his story, Fowler wrote that his information came from “a police report obtained by ESPN” even though Cleveland Scene’s report had been published and online for several hours. Brown mocked Fowler on Twitter Monday, saying “@JFowlerESPN gonna take credit for the story? Can’t even do @ESPN’s standard ‘media reports’?”

FoxSports.com, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and Pro Football Talk all credited Cleveland Scene for breaking the story. Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder said ESPN has created a reputation of failing to give credit for breaking news, and “it’s going to take a lot of effort to change that perception.”

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Photographers share perspective on capturing ‘the catch’

Almost everyone has been talking about “the catch” by New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Sunday night at Met Life Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys. The New York Times, however, is talking about the photographers on the field who ended up capturing the catch so that we can still enjoy it days later.

NYT picture editor Jeffrey Furticella contacted eight photographers who were on the field when the catch took place, including, Elsa Garrison of Getty Images, Adam Hunger of USA Today Sports and Julio Cortez of The Associated Press. All had a different angle and different perspective of “the catch,” including, Elsa Garrison of Getty Images, Adam Hunger of USA Today Sports, and Julio Cortez of The Associated Press.

Photographers interviewed said Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning was going to try a deep pass. For some, it only mattered that other players weren’t in the way. For others, they got a front-row seat at Beckham Jr.’s three-finger touchdown catch. But all of them spoke to their past experience, staying cool and collected with their camera as the play unfolded.

“I’m lucky to say the play happened right in front of me,” Cortez said. “It pretty much landed in my lap. I have accustomed myself to try to stay as calm as possible and not to get too caught up in the moment and just photograph events (both newsworthy and athletic). I didn’t freak out or get too excited and just did my job.”

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Finn: Latest Tom Brady-Randy Moss hookup a good one

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Years after Tom Brady tossed his last touchdown pass to Randy Moss, the two future Hall of Famers still know how to bring the best out of one another, writes the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn.

Brady is still out tossing touchdowns on Sundays, but Moss — as polarizing, talented and outspoken as ever — has found success in a new career as an NFL studio analyst with Fox Sports. Brady recently sat down with Moss for an interview, the first time the two former teammates had interacted face-to-face in several years.

The chemistry and respect shared between the two men is as sharp off the field as it was during their playing days together, writes Finn.

To outsiders, it seemed an unlikely match based on the perception of their personalities.

Moss, the guarded son of Rand, W. Va., was proud to the point of self-detriment. Brady is so polished that sometimes his interviews feel like a warm-up act for a political career.

But Sunday’s conversation reminded us that both Moss and Brady are driven by a common goal: to prove those who doubted them wrong, then prove it all over again.

The segment aired Nov. 23 on Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports NFL pregame program.

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