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ESPN Announces New Contract For Mark Jones

Mark Jones at the 2011 NBA Draft.

Mark Jones at the 2011 NBA Draft.

One of the top play-by-play commentators for ESPN is sticking around for the long haul. On Friday, the network announced a multi-year contract extension for Mark Jones.

Jones has been at ESPN for over three decades. He’s done an excellent job covering NBA and college football games for the network during that span.

In an official statement, Jones made it clear that he’s thrilled to remain a part of the ESPN family.

“This is where I want to be. I’m absolutely thrilled to continue this unimaginable journey through sports at ESPN with the most talented people in the industry,” Jones said, via ESPN Front Row. “I think about walking into the NBA Today and SportsCenter studios in 1990 with a chance to document the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls, and almost 32 years later I’m covering another all-time legend in LeBron James. I’m

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Steve Sarkisian Announces Brutal Texas Injury News

Steve Sarkisian at the Texas Spring Game.

Steve Sarkisian at the Texas Spring Game.

Just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse for Texas football, they did. After an embarrassing overtime loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, Texas coach Steve Sarkisian had more bad news to share.

According to Sark, 1,000-yard running back Bijan Robinson is out for the year after dislocating his elbow.

In many ways, the sophomore star was the Longhorns offense.

Robinson recorded 1,127 yards on 195 carries for 11 touchdowns this season. The 6-foot, 214-pound back also added 26 catches, almost 300 yards and four scores in the passing game.

Texas’ loss to Kansas marked its fifth-straight. That’s the longest Longhorns losing streak since 1956.

The ugly 57-56 OT loss came to a head when Texas found itself down 35-14 at the half.

UT has two more chances to attempt to finish with a winning record this year.

On Saturday,

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Following Maria Taylor’s Departure, Veteran Journalist LZ Granderson Announces Exodus From ESPN After 17 Years

Maria Taylor’s recent exodus from ESPN has drawn attention to a disturbing pattern of exceptional Black talent departing from the network on questionable terms. In recent years, we’ve seen familiar names like Amin Elhassan, Michael Smith, Cari Champion, Jemele Hill and others exit the network in favor of more supportive work environments.

“There’s not been one Black person—that’s been on air and that I can think of right now—that’s not gone through hell at ESPN,” said former SportsCenter host Mike Hill, who spent nine years at the network.

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And as the dominoes continue to fall, veteran journalist LZ Granderson took to Instagram to announce his own departure from “the worldwide leader in sports” after 17 years of duty. In doing so, he offered an honest assessment of his lengthy tenure: “ESPN is not the same company it was when I started and I’m not the same man.”

“I

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No. 1 High School Recruit Jalen Duren Announces Commitment

An aerial shot of Memphis' basketball court.

An aerial shot of Memphis’ basketball court.

Jalen Duren, a five-star center, announced his commitment on Friday night. It turns out he’s taking his talents to Memphis to join Penny Hardaway‘s program.

Duren was originally slated to be part of the 2022 recruiting class, but he has decided to reclassify so he can play at Memphis this upcoming season.

Miami, Kentucky, the G-League and the NBL in Australia were all considered finalists for Duren. It was Memphis’ ability to develop young talent, however, that made Duren commit to the Tigers.

It also doesn’t hurt that Hardaway was a fantastic NBA player who can relate to talented recruits like Duren.

“The developmental aspect attracted me to Memphis,” Duren said, via ESPN. “I feel their plan for me both on and off the court fit me best — to help me as an all-around player on the court and

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