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Inside ‘SportsCenter’ On the Day We Lost Sports

Photo credit: Elaine Chung
Photo credit: Elaine Chung

From Esquire

On the day everything went to shit, SportsCenter anchor Elle Duncan drove to ESPN’s offices in Bristol, CT, thinking she’d be on air for a half hour, noon to 12:30, no co-anchor required. All she had to do was bridge First Take and the ACC Tournament. Easy.

Lights, cameras, THIS… IS… SPORTSCENTER, 10 minutes go by, all good. A producer, through Elle’s earpiece: ACC Tournament is shut down. All right, go to the college hoops guy, Rece Davis. We’re back. Producer, again: Big 12 Tournament, that’s done too. Break that. We’re going to Jeff Passan, looks like MLB is suspending operations. Back again. NHL is doing the same thing. Fuck. Thirty minutes turns into four hours, leagues dropping one by one. SportsCenter is losing the first half of its name in real time.

When Duncan got off the air,

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Every day is Ladies’ Day in Doyle’s relentless pursuit of winners

Hollie Doyle has been locked in her garage during lockdown with one focus – taking another hammer blow at her sport’s glass ceiling at Royal Ascot, writes James Toney.

Ladies’ Day has a whole new meaning for Doyle, 23, who is fast underlining why it should be every day, not just one Thursday in June.

Doyle – who last year broke the record for the most winners in a year by a female jockey – has collected so many bottles of winner’s champagne she could open an off licence but she’s no intention of cracking one open to celebrate just yet.

She’s fully focussed on landing one of her sport’s biggest prizes at Flat racing’s most fabled meeting – and would like to do it before Tom Marquand, her partner and another rising star of the sport.

Marquand headed Down Under during lockdown to ride a series of big winners

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