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Coach K’s farewell tour: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski ‘doing better’ after leaving early in win vs. Wake Forest

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was not on the bench during the the second half of the No. 9 Blue Devils’ 74-72 victory over Wake Forest because he was “not feeling well,” the school announced.  Krzyzewski, 75, did speak to the team after the game, however, and is “doing better,” associate head coach Jon Scheyer told media after the game.

With Krzyzewski out, Scheyer coached the team during the second half in a preview of what’s to come for the program as Krzyzewski prepares to retire after this season. It wasn’t his first time with solo command of the team this season as Coach K also missed Duke’s first win over Wake Forest on Jan. 12 with an illness.

This game was considerably more dramatic than Duke’s earlier 76-64 win over the Demon Deacons, though. Wake Forest used a late 9-0 run to tie the game at 74 with

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Kenny Mayne says leaving ESPN after 61 percent paycut offer was right move

1. It’s been about six months since popular SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne and ESPN parted ways after the company asked him to take a 61% pay cut.

On this week’s SI Media Podcast, I asked Mayne whether he felt the same way about his departure today as he did in the early months after it happened.

“That’s hard to quantify,” Mayne said. “It’s a great question, but I don’t know if I can answer it. I think I feel better about leaving because I know that it all turned out O.K. for me and my family.

“At the time, I was kinda running on high energy. Gretchen [Mayne’s wife] called it the ‘Kenny Mayne Ego Tour’ as I was getting all these podcasts requests and whatnot. She’s probably right. There’s probably something to that. But I didn’t invite it. I wasn’t out saying, ‘Hey, put me on.’ Like I

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ESPN reporter Allison Williams leaving network over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams

Allison Williams said last month that she was remaining unvaccinated while she and her husband are trying to get pregnant. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

ESPN reporter Allison Williams is leaving the network over her decision not to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Williams said Friday on Instagram.

Disney, ESPN’s parent company, has implemented a coronavirus mandate for all employees that will go into effect Thursday. Williams said last month that she was unvaccinated and planned to remain that way while she and her husband were trying to have a second child.

Williams said in a video that she was denied a “request for accommodation” from ESPN, and that she will be “separated” from the company next week.

“Belief is a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, because in addition to the medical apprehensions regarding my desire to have another child in regards to receiving this injection, I am also so

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Another Big Name Could Be Leaving ESPN

A general photo of ESPN's set.

A general photo of ESPN’s set.

In a year in which ESPN has moved on from several iconic employees, one of the network’s legends may elect to move on from the Worldwide Leader later this year, according to a new report.

Per Front Office Sports, SportsCenter host Neil Everett’s contract with ESPN expires this summer. Instead of trying to negotiate a new deal, Everett “could” reportedly leave ESPN.

Everett, 59 years old, has been an iconic member of the SportsCenter team. He’s worked alongside Stan Verrett since 2009, running the 1 a.m. ET edition of ESPN’s long-running show. Both Everett and Verrett are fan favorites, thanks to their high-energy chemistry.

Everett could be the next longtime ESPN employee to leave the network (or be asked to leave, for that matter). He would join names like Kenny Mayne, Mike Golic Sr. and Dan Le Batard.

“Neil Everett, a

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