Former ESPN Anchor Dead At 63 Following Cancer Battle

A general photo of ESPN's set.

A general photo of ESPN’s set.

Alan Massengale, one of ESPN’s earliest anchors, passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with colon cancer, KCBS reported. Massengale was diagnosed more than six years ago, and was placed on life support after suffering a fall that led to a brain bleed.

Massengale was a SportsCenter anchor back in the 80s. He was also the first SC anchor to report live from The Masters, Indianapolis 500 and the Boston Marathon. But his career spanned FOX Sports and Los Angeles TV stations KCBS and KCAL 9 as well.

At KCBS, Massengale served as the first host of CBSLA’s “Sports Central” show, a position he held for a decade. During his time with KCAL 9, he hosted the Los Angeles Lakers pre and postgame shows alongside NBA Hall of Famer, and Laker great, James Worthy.

An avid boxing fan,

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ESPN anchor, Hononegah grad Nicole Briscoe opens up about pregnancy loss, infertility

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe has been speaking openly in recent months about pregnancy loss, infertility and the challenges she faced becoming a mother.

Briscoe, who people in the Rockford area may remember as Nicole Manske, a 1998 Hononegah High School graduate and television news reporter with 13 WREX, shared those stories and more Tuesday when she delivered her keynote speech “Having it all, What it means to have your all” at the Influential Women in Business Luncheon in Beloit.

Nicole Briscoe is seen here on the set of ESPN's SportsCenter on Nov. 22, 2019 in Bristol, Connecticut.

Nicole Briscoe is seen here on the set of ESPN’s SportsCenter on Nov. 22, 2019 in Bristol, Connecticut.

Briscoe spoke about her journey with In-vitro fertilization and her challenging path to motherhood in a People Magazine feature in April for National Infertility Awareness Week.

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The Wausau, Wisconsin-native, who married Australian racecar driver Ryan Briscoe in 2009, also spoke about dreaming big

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Former Myrtle Beach anchor to be on ESPN’s SportsCenter



Max McGee never let his life’s bloopers get in the way of his dream.

From being on academic probation in community college to earning a job on ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, the former Myrtle Beach news anchor is living a true underdog story.

ESPN recently announced that McGee, a former sports and news anchor for WMBF News, has been hired as an anchor on SportsCenter. He starts the job Monday, though his television debut likely will be a little further down the road.

“I’ve always thought I could do it. I just didn’t know when in my career I was going to do it,” McGee said. “Obviously I’m super honored to be able to call myself a SportsCenter anchor.”

‘It’s obviously a dream come true’

A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, McGee grew up playing primarily baseball while also dabbling in football and basketball.

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Longtime ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt says he’s ‘OK’ following ‘medical scare’

ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt said he will not be anchoring the Monday night broadcast of “SportsCenter” following the national championship game due to a medical issue.

Van Pelt tweeted during halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship game between top-ranked Alabama and Georgia that he was OK and at home after experiencing what he termed a “medical scare” Monday afternoon. The scare, he said, was brought about because his “heart got a little out of whack” due to supraventricular tachycardia.

Supraventricular tachycardia is caused by an irregular or fast heartbeat.

University of Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt watches a 2017 Terps men's basketball game in College Park, Maryland.

University of Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt watches a 2017 Terps men’s basketball game in College Park, Maryland.

The 55-year-old Van Pelt has been a mainstay at ESPN for two decades, first joining the network in 2001. He has hosted several radio programs to go along with his anchoring duties. He said he was “bummed to miss one

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