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Tuesday
Jan012013

ESPN's Hannah Storm Hosts Rose Parade After Serious Accident

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Just three weeks after suffering serious burns in an accident at home, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm returned to television to host the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Years' Day.

Storm, who has been an anchor of ESPN's "SportsCenter" since 2008, shared hosting duties for the parade with "Good Morning America" anchor Josh Elliott. He opened the broadcast by welcoming her back on the air.

"The best medicine is being here with you, my friend, for the fifth year in a row," Storm said to Elliott.

Storm thanked the staff of the Trauma and Burn Center at New York's Westchester Medical Center for helping her recover.

She lost her eyebrows, eyelashes, and roughly half of her hair while she was making dinner for her family outside on the gas grill at her Connecticut home on Dec. 11.

When Storm realized the flame on the grill had gone out, she turned the gas off, and then on again, and the grill sent a wall of fire towards her.  

She suffered first-degree burns to her face and neck, as well as second-degree burns on her chest and hands.

Storm's left hand was still bandaged, preventing her from taking notes since she is left-handed. She said she wore hair extensions on the air, but other than that, viewers saw few changes from the way she looked a month ago. She has said that showering and dressing are challenging.

Since the accident, Storm has attended Christmas Eve Mass, but other than that, the trip to California for the 2013 Rose Parade was her first major trip outside since leaving the hospital.

"Can't begin to thank you all enough for your kindness and support. Getting ready for #RoseParade with @JoshElliottABC. Happy New Year!" Storm tweeted before the parade began.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

President Obama‚Äôs NCAA Bracket Tanks

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- Throughout March Madness, President Obama’s bracket had been sitting pretty, ranked high atop ESPN’s Bracket Challenge leader board.

Heading into this weekend’s NCAA games, the president ranked 252,521, placing his presidential selections in the top 96th percentile of 6.5 million entries. After the first weekend of the tournament, Obama’s bracket sat in the 98th percentile.

Unfortunately for the commander in chief, he only picked two teams in the actual Final Four and did not correctly guess the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball champions.

Obama chose the North Carolina Tarheels, not John Calipari’s Wildcats, to go all the way. Instead, UNC was eliminated in the Elite Eight by the Kansas Jayhawks, the runner-up. The only contest during the Final Four where the president gained additional points was for Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday.

As a result, the president’s rank tanked as millions of fans correctly picked Kentucky’s eighth national championship and many others advanced Kansas to the final. Obama finished ranked 2,347,421 with just 1020 points, placing him in the 63.6 percentile.

Three other sports fans finished in a four-way tie for the lead with 1780 points, all correctly picking Kentucky over Kansas in the final. One user, CincyFan007, submitted two of the top-ranked brackets.

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Monday
Dec122011

Cincinnati Basketball Brawl Could Lead to Charges

ESPN/ABC News(CINCINNATI) -- An Ohio prosecutor is considering criminal charges in the wake of Saturday’s bench-clearing brawl between cross-city basketball rivals Cincinnati and Xavier.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said he would review the game to determine if criminal charges such as aggravated battery are appropriate. The two schools suspended eight players on Sunday over the incident and now their coaches are struggling to make sense of what happened.

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin, appearing on ESPN, threatened to keep his players benched if they don’t apologize publicly: “They’re going to sit in front of a camera and say how sorry they are and how grateful they are for getting a second chance.” Cronin suggested the episode was personally humiliating. “I’ve never been this embarrassed.”

The most egregious punch was thrown by Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates, who smashed Xavier’s Kenny Frease in the face, leaving him with a swollen black eye. Cincinnati suspended Gates, junior Cheikh Mbodj and freshman Octavius Ellis for six games each. Freshman Ge’Lawn Guyn was suspended for one game. Cronin said the four suspended players will have to earn their way back on to the team.

“They have no idea of how lucky they are to even be on this team, at this school, let alone to be on scholarships,” the angry coach said.

But Xavier players defended their actions after the game. At a post-game news conference, star guard Tru Holloway complained of being “disrespected” by Cincinnati players before the game. “We got a whole lot of gangsters in the locker room, not thugs but tough on the court.”

Those words led to a one-game suspension as Xavier coach Chris Mack clearly was unhappy with Holloway’s remarks. “It was the wrong choice of words and it’s a problem and our fault for putting them up there (at a news conference) in the first place,” Mack added.

Xavier suspended three other players: Dezmine Wells, who was ejected, along with Landen Amos, and Mark Lyons. The fight led game officials to call the game with 9.4 seconds left and 8th-ranked Xavier leading 76-53.

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