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Pat Summerall Passes Away at Age 82

Focus on Sport/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Former Fox and CBS NFL announcer Pat Summerall passed away on Tuesday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to his wife Cheri. He was 82 years old.

Summerall played in the NFL from 1952 through 1961, suiting up for the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants. As a placekicker, he converted 100 of 212 field goals in 109 career games.

Following retirement, he joined CBS in the mid-1960s, taking part in NFL, NBA, PGA Tour and tennis broadcasts. In 1981, he was paired with former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden, forming one of the most popular tandems in sports broadcasting history.

The duo joined Fox in 1994 after CBS lost the rights to broadcast NFL games. They continued calling games together until Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002.

During his broadcast career, Summerall called more Super Bowls on TV, 16, than any other broadcaster. He was also known for lending his voice to the Masters golf tournament and tennis' U.S. Open.

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Obama Reveals NCAA Tournament Picks

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has once again picked North Carolina as the team to beat in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Obama, who correctly picked the Tar Heels to win the 2009 championship, has UNC beating Kentucky in this year’s title game. Ohio State and Missouri are Obama’s other Final Four selections.

“I am going with North Carolina. They’re an older team, more experienced team. And since they won it for me the last time, hopefully I’ll be able to get a little redemption for the last two years,” Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz.

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The president has gone public with his bracket each year since coming into office. The past two seasons he incorrectly picked Kansas to win the title. “They broke my heart each year,” he said.

The president filled out his bracket Tuesday at the White House before heading to Ohio, where he attended a first-round game with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Locked Out No More: NBA Tips Off on Christmas Day

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A shortened NBA season finally gets underway on Christmas Day when the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics tip off at Madison Square Garden.

“I'm very excited basketball is back,” a fan at the game told ABC News on Sunday.

Many basketball fans feared they wouldn’t see their favorite team hit the hardwood this season because of a lockout. But the NBA’s players and owners finally came to an agreement, clearing the way for a 66-game season that kicks off with five games on Christmas Day.

“I really thought there would be no season,” another fan told ABC News. “I thought the differences were too far apart money-wise and total revenue and all that.”

Fans were out in force Sunday at Madison Square Garden; many of them wore Santa hats, others waved towels and wore Knicks jerseys.

Other games slotted for Christmas Day include the Miami Heat at the Dallas Mavericks (ABC), the Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers (ABC), Orlando at Oklahoma City (ESPN), and the LA Clippers at Golden State (ESPN).

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Ex-Penn State Coach Accused of Child Sex Abuse

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock)(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- An ex-Penn State University football coach was arrested on Saturday for charges of sexually abusing children he worked with in an at-risk youth program, and the school's athletic director and another administrator were accused of lying about the abuse case.

Jerry Sandusky, who was the Nittany Lions' defensive coordinator before he retired in 1999, was arraigned on 40 criminal counts connected to the alleged sexual abuse of eight boys and released on $100,000 bail, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The two other university officials — athletic director Tim Curley, 57, and vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, — are charged with perjury and failure to report Sandusky's behavior. Prosecutors said the two men were expected to turn themselves in Monday in Harrisburg.

"Mr. Sandusky was taken into custody this morning by agents from the attorney general's office and Pennsylvania State Police," Pennsylvania state attorney general spokesman Mils Frederiksen said. "Mr. Curley and Mr. Shultz are scheduled to surrender in Harrisburg on Monday."

Frederiksen said there was compelling evidence against the coach.

“A graduate student at Penn State University who discovered or allegedly discovered Sandusky assaulting a young boy in the showers in the football building in the locker room of the Penn State University Campus,” he said.

In addition to coaching at Penn State, Sandusky worked with at risk children through his Second Mile foundation, the prosecutors’ spokesman said.

"We believe that all eight of the victims he's accused of sexually assaulting were identified and were part of the Second Mile program," Frederiksen said.

Penn State legend Joe Paterno, the team's longtime head coach, was not charged, authorities said.

Penn State President Graham Spanier said it was "appropriate" that the "troubling" allegations about Sandusky be investigated. But he said Curley and Schultz have his "unconditional support."

"I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years.  I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee," he said. "Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion.  I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately."

Schultz' attorney Tom Farrell and Curley's lawyer Caroline Roberto said their clients were not guilty and the charges would be proven to be false.

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Twin Boy's $50K Hockey Shot in Jeopardy

Twins Nate and Nick Smith of Owatonna, Minn. (Pat Smith)(FARIBAULT, Minn.) -- Nate Smith made all the sports highlight reels and won $50,000 for making an impossible hockey shot in a charity fundraiser. But the 11-year-old hockey fan now stands to lose the bonanza because of his father's honesty.

Nate was posing as his twin brother Nick when he made the shot.

"I just felt I had to do the right thing," dad Pat Smith told ABC News on Monday. "I just think that honesty is more important than any prize or money you could get."

Nate made his shot at a celebrity fundraiser hockey game in Faribault, Minn., last Thursday. He took aim from the center ice and fired the puck 89 feet straight into a goal that measured a mere three and a half inches. The puck is three inches wide.

It happened during the annual "Shattuck vs. the World" game attracts Shattuck-St. Mary's alumni who play in the NHL and raises money for the Faribault Youth Hockey Association.

Pat Smith, the twins' father, purchased three raffle tickets at the Shattuck – St. Mary's school hockey game for a chance for one of his kids to make an unforgettable shot across the ice and win $50,000.

"We thought we'd go to the fundraiser and support those guys, nothing else. So I went over to purchase a few tickets with Nate, who was with me," Pat Smith said.

When asked by his dad if he should put Nate's name on the tickets, Nate declined, saying with a cast on his arm recently removed, Nick had a better chance of scoring a winning goal.

The family didn't expect that Nick's ticket would be drawn, so Nick headed outside shortly before halftime. Nevertheless, he told Nate to take the money shot if his raffle ticket was drawn.

Nate took to the ice in his twin brother's place and in a play which had the entire arena on its feet, effortlessly swung his hockey stick to hit the goal in the $50,000 shot. "I was shocked . . . I couldn't believe it," said Nate.

However, the boys may never see the check.

"After he made the shot, we had to sign some documents and stuff, and I thought oh boy, we don't want to mess that up," Pat Smith said. "I didn't have time to really think it through and I said yeah, it was Nick's shot."

"The next day we felt so badly, I called into the organizers, we told them that Nate made the shot. We did the right thing," the dad said.

The insurance carrier for the event, Odds on Promotions, has not indicated whether it will accept Nate making a shot in Nick's name. The company did not return calls to ABC News on Monday.

The twins are hoping to get another stroke of good luck and said if they receive the prize, they will save the money for college and donate funds to their local hockey association.  

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