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Barry Sanders to appear Wednesday on several ESPN shows

Former OSU star to make case why he deserves to be on Madden NFL 25 cover
by Mel Bracht Published: April 9, 2013

photo - NFL Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders speaks at the Football Viewing Party in Shanghai, China, on Monday Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: XEH105
NFL Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders speaks at the Football Viewing Party in Shanghai, China, on Monday Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: XEH105

Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders will appear live Wednesday on ESPN's “SportsCenter,” “First Take,” “NFL32” and “NFL Live” to make his case for why he deserves to be on the cover of this year's Madden NFL 25 cover. Sanders, a Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma State, also will participate in a chat on ESPN.com at 11 a.m.

“SportsNation” hosts Marcellus Wiley and Charissa Thompson will reveal the four athletes advancing to the semifinals of fan voting at 3 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN2. The Madden NFL 25 game title is in honor of the franchise's 25th year.

Short takes

— Fox Sports Oklahoma will broadcast the OU spring football game at 2 p.m. Saturday. Coverage begins with “OU Sooner Sports Gameday — Spring Special” at noon.

— The San Antonio Spurs, the team the Thunder is chasing for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, play at Denver at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN (Dave Pasch and Hubie Brown). ESPN's first game is Brooklyn at Boston at 7 p.m. (Mike Breen, Jon Barry and Doris Burke).

— CBS Sports Network will air the Tulsa 66ers at Canton Charge playoff game at 6:30 p.m. Friday (announcers Jason Knapp and Alaa Abdelnaby). The 66ers are the Thunder's farm team in the NBA Development League. If the Canton-Tulsa series requires a third game in the best-of-three series, the network will carry it on tape delay at 11:30 p.m. Sunday.