AmeriLeague Founder Admits He’s Someone Else
In one of the more bizarre and brazen stories ever involving a pro sports league start-up, Outside the Lines reported late Wednesday that the founder of the fledgling pro basketball league AmeriLeague, admitted the persona he’s been passing off – that of Cerutti Brown – is fictitious and he is actually a former basketball standout (Glendon Alexander) who has numerous criminal convictions for fraud. Jeff Goodman and Paula Lavigne report.
Olympic Freeskier Gus Kenworthy’s Next Bold Move — Coming Out
ESPN the Magazine (“Being Out” Issue, on newsstands Oct. 30)
Gus Kenworthy medaled at the Olympics, saved the “Sochi strays” and became a face of the X Games. Is being the best in the world enough to be accepted? Alyssa Roenigk reports.
Becky Hammon: Game Changer?
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
A self-described underdog throughout her basketball career, Becky Hammon is used to challenges. She’s also used to rising to the challenge. Last July, she became the first ever female head coach in the NBA’s summer league and the first female NBA head coach to win a summer league title. Now, she’s an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs – one of two women to hold that position in the NBA. So how did this underdog rise to the level of a potential game changer for women in the league? Shelley Smith sat down with Hammon and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to find out.
“I think they appreciate authenticity… I think they can appreciate someone who’s down to earth. At the end of the day coaching is forming relationships.” – Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon on earning the respect of the players
“It puts her on the map. It’s like her coming out party, in a sense, where she’s noticed and people realized that she’s serious. This isn’t a gimmick, this is real stuff.” – Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich
The Conversation: Geena Davis
Actress Geena Davis speaks with espnW’s Allison Glock on crusading for gender equality in the entertainment industry, discovering her athleticism in “A League of Their Own” and becoming a “full-on numbers geek.”
College GameDay (Saturday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
When Hunter Knighton played his first collegiate football game at the University of Miami this September, it was an accomplishment that just last year seemed impossible. The now-redshirt sophomore suffered heatstroke during a February, 2014, practice, and a 109 degree fever left him with brain swelling, kidney and liver damage and other life-threatening conditions. After spending 12 days in a coma, Knighton awoke to his biggest fight yet, battling through rehab and finding the will to make it back to the football field. Tom Rinaldi has Knighton’s story.
“It was such an emotional day for all of us. You just know as a coach, know as a dad, something is not right here. And I just remember being on my knees and just praying. I just wanted him to be well.” – Miami head coach Al Golden, on the day Knighton suffered heatstroke
The Sports Reporters
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., ESPN2; 10:30 a.m., ESPNEWS
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