Lesley Visser named winner of 2018 Al Neuharth Award
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Veteran sports broadcaster Lesley Visser has been named this year's winner of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence.
Visser got her start with the Boston Globe in 1974...
Bills honor Thurman Thomas by retiring No. 34
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Thurman Thomas recalled a phone call he received a couple weeks ago from former Buffalo Bills teammate Bruce Smith.
"Do yo know what it means to have your jersey retired?" Smith asked Thomas. "Do you realize the importance?"
"I do now," Thomas told to a sold-out crowd at New Era Field on Monday night. "Now that I'm here with you, I realize it even more."
Lawsuit over fatal crash involving Berman’s wife settled
TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut restaurant accused of serving alcohol to the wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman before she was killed in a car crash has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of an 87-year-old man who also died in the wreck.
The settlement involving The Market Place Kitchen and Bar in Woodbury and the family of Edward Bertulis was disclosed Wednesday in a filing in Torrington Superior Court. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Report: Chris Berman’s wife was intoxicated at time of crash
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when she rear-ended another man's car, killing them both, according to a state police report.
Bar sued in fatal crash involving Chris Berman’s wife
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Relatives of a Waterbury man who died in car crash that also killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has filed a lawsuit against a Connecticut restaurant.
After former ESPN employee Adrienne Lawrence filed a sexual-harassment and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the network Monday, details trickled out that painted the network's professional culture in a negative light. According to TMZ, one of the more notable claims in Lawrence's lawsuit included racial-discrimination accusations against longtime ESPN personality Chris Berman.
ESPN hit with sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- ESPN's Jemele Hill says ex-colleague Chris Berman did not leave her a racially disparaging voicemail. The former "SportCenter" host who now writes for The Undefeated took Twitter to address the allegation which popped up in a sexual harassment and discrimination suit filed by Adrienne Lawrence, a former on-air personality at the network.
Definition: Sports jargon for a losing streak.
Sample usage: The team is never going to win the championship, but cant they at least get off the schneid?
Popularity: It made the official Merriam-Webster dictionary, so its a real word, not just made-up sports drivel. But its also quite odd. Injected into popular culture by ESPN announcer Chris Berman, the word typically is attributed to a German insult but actually traces its roots all the way back to Old Norse.
SideTrack: Bill Belichick, Linda Holliday, Mike Birbiglia and more...
HOMECOMING: Shrewsbury-bred comic Mike Birbiglia is coming close to home, performing five nights in a row at The Wilbur in Boston’s Theatre District. From Oct. 4 to Oct. 8, you can catch Birbiglia in his onstage element as a part of his “The New One” tour. Several nights are already sold out, so you’ll want to grab your tickets pronto. But if you have the misfortune of missing out, you’ll be relieved to know that his last two shows, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Thank God for Jokes,” were both filmed for Netflix. So next time you’re glued to your couch with no will to rise, just click play.
Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Berman’s wife
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say they have closed an investigation of a restaurant after finding no violations in connection with a car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.
The state Liquor Control Division investigated whether 67-year-old Katherine Berman was served alcohol at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury before the May 9 crash. Officials announced Thursday that no violations were found.
Owner: Cafe probed in death of broadcaster’s wife was closed
WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — The owner of Connecticut restaurant being investigated by alcohol regulators in connection with the car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman says the business was closed the day she died.
Carole Peck, owner of the Good News Cafe in Woodbury, tells the Hartford Courant that the restaurant is not open on Tuesdays. She says she told investigators that Katherine Berman must have been somewhere else before the crash that killed her May 9.
Death of ESPN broadcaster’s wife ruled an accident
WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died from blunt trauma and drowning after her car hit another vehicle in May.
The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2uKlNDR ) that Dr. James Gill, the chief state medical examiner, has ruled 67-year-old Katherine Ann Berman's death an accident.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Karl Ravech is replacing Chris Berman as the broadcaster for ESPN's coverage of the All-Star Home Run Derby.
ESPN announced a contract extension on Wednesday with the 52-year-old Ravech, who joined ESPN in 1993 and became the regular host of "Baseball Tonight" two years later.
Berman had broadcast the Home Run Derby since 1994. ESPN said in January he was cutting back some of his work with the network but is remaining with the company.
FAIRFIELD — The relaxed voice on the other end of the phone sounded very much like a person who was enjoying some rare downtime. And that’s just what J.J. Henry was doing. Stretched out in a recliner overlooking the beach by his parents’ house, Henry was taking advantage of a few hours of doing absolutely nothing — before tossing the clubs in the trunk of the car and heading over to the Patterson Club to get in a little practice.
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — A memorial service honoring the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has been held in Connecticut.
The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2qtCwYU ) friends, colleagues and relatives of Berman and his wife gathered Wednesday at Seymour St. John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford.
Sixty-seven-year-old Cheshire resident Katherine Ann Berman was killed in a two-vehicle traffic crash May 9 in Woodbury.
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — A memorial service has been set in Connecticut for the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.
Sixty-seven-year-old Katherine Ann Berman, of Cheshire, was killed in a two-vehicle traffic crash Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury.
WOODBURY, Conn. — The wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died in a traffic crash in Connecticut, the sports network’s president confirmed yesterday.
Katherine Ann Berman, 67, a teacher, was one of two victims in the two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury, state police said.
The other victim was identified by police as Edward Bertulis, 87, of Waterbury.
WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the death of the wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman (all times local):
ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman and his two adult children say they're "overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and sympathy" following the death of Berman's wife in a traffic crash in Connecticut.
Trey Wingo is plenty familiar to NFL fans as one of the lead hosts of ESPN's studio coverage. This year, his role is bigger than ever. In addition to his traditional role as the host of ESPN's coverage of the second and third days of the NFL draft, Wingo has taken over ESPN stalwart Chris Berman's chair as the host of the first round.
Column: Looking live once more as era ends with Musburger
In less than a week, we'll be looking live for the last time as Brent Musburger leaves television for a new life among the betting crowd in Las Vegas he always managed to wink at from the broadcast booth.
An interesting decision, since Musburger said just two months ago he was having far too much fun to retire. But the 77-year-old insists he made up his own mind, and so do his bosses at ESPN.
Chris Berman changing role at ESPN
Chris Berman isn't disappearing from in front of the cameras or from behind the microphones.
He's simply stepping to the side a bit.
The longtime ESPN fixture is giving up his regular on-air NFL and baseball spots for a new role at the network.
ESPN to do ‘Countdown’ in Mexico City before Texans-Raiders
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — For the first time in 31 years, ESPN is taking its NFL pregame show on the road for a regular-season game.
To Mexico, no less.
"Sunday NFL Countdown" will move to Mexico City to proceed the Monday night game on Nov. 21 at Azteca Stadium between the Texans and Raiders. It's the first NFL game in Mexico that counts in 11 years.