Retired Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan received the Red Smith Award Friday from the Associated Press Sports Editors. The Boston Globe described the presentation at the organization’s annual conference.
Ryan covered a number of major sporting events for the Globe, including 21 NBA Finals, 29 Final Fours, 11 Olympics, 11 World Series and 11 Super Bowls. He was the only reporter to cover the 1992 men’s Olympic basketball team in its entirety, beginning with practices in La Jolla, California, and culminating with the medal ceremony in Barcelona.
“Everything, and everybody, has a story. True greatness comes from those who can tell the story, and that is Bob Ryan,” said Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who introduced Ryan as he received the award Friday at the Associated Press Sports Editors conference.
The Wrap has reported that Cari Champion will leave her spot as the co-host of ESPN2’s “First Take” to serve as anchor on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
Champion co-hosted “First Take” for two and a half years, alongside Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, but Friday will be her last day. Champion is expected to join “SportsCenter’s” morning segments in mid-July.
“On the handful of previous occasions that Cari joined ‘SportsCenter’ shows, her wit and enthusiasm lit up the set,” Rob King, senior vice president of “SportsCenter” and news, told The Wrap. “Having her presence on a regular basis is a win not only for audiences watching ‘SportsCenter,’ but also for all of us who work on the show.”
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday to claim their first NBA Championship since 1975.
The Warriors closed out the series with a 105-97 win in game six in Cleveland, and Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was named the 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Following the victory, Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated documented the Warriors’ celebration.
The season of splash ended Wednesday at 2:18 a.m., on the loading dock at Quicken Loans Arena, 20 feet from the Warriors bus. Steph Curry raised both arms, let out a triumphant roar, and in a fit of euphoria lost control of the Heineken in his right hand. He tried to catch the bottle, but it splattered against the cement, leaving a puddle of green shards and Dutch hops. A few of Curry’s teammates, waiting for him outside the bus, saw the final splash. They erupted in applause.
The Daily Mail, a newspaper in the United Kingdom, named the New England Revolution, Boston’s MLS franchise, Super Bowl Champions. [Awful Announcing]
The Seahawks tweeted a picture containing an MLK quote superimposed over a photo of quarterback Russell Wilson, later deleting it. [Deadspin]
A petition created by University of Arizona basketball fans entitled, “Ban Bill Walton from announcing Arizona basketball games” is close to its goal of 1,000 […]