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Donovan McNabb, Gary Payton among five commentators named to Fox Sports 1's "Fox Sports Live" show

10 p.m. show will debut Aug. 17
by Mel Bracht Published: July 25, 2013

Fox Sports 1 hopes to lure viewers from ESPN's “SportsCenter” with spirited commentary from a panel on its flagship show, “Fox Sports Live,” which includes former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Ephraim Salaam, former NBA standout Gary Payton, past tennis star Andy Roddick and sports personality Charissa Thompson. The show will debut at 10 p.m. Aug. 17, the same day the network launches.

“We think this group of folks is a group that you want to sit down with every night and hear,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said Thursday in a conference call announcing the cast.

“Fox Sports Live” also will have an anchor team of Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole, who for eight years formed what the network labeled “a smart and irreverent” anchor team for TSN's “SportsCentre.” They will be responsible for supplying the day's sports news and highlights.

Short takes

— Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe will broadcast the WNBA All-Star Game from Uncasville, Conn., at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC. Former Baylor star Brittney Griner will start for the Western Conference.

— The second season of ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series will return in October with six new films. Topics include the tragic story of Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau, former New York Islanders owner John Spano's scandal, Jimmy Connors' extraordinary run during the 1991 U.S. Open, and a revealing look at the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding skating rivalry.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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