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Media notes: Fox Sports Southwest raises more than $150,000 in benefit

by Mel Bracht Published: September 15, 2011

Fox Sports Southwest raised $156,375 from its online auction held during Tuesday's Cleveland Indians-Texas Rangers game to benefit the Shannon Stone Memorial Fund, the network announced.

Fans bid on 18 sports and entertainment packages made and cash donations during the game telecast. Net proceeds will be donated to the fund established by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in honor of Stone, the Brownwood, Texas, firefighter who died July 7 when he fell from the stands at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Short takes

*Ron Thulin will broadcast the OSU at Tulsa game at 9 p.m. Saturday with analyst J.C. Pearson and sideline reporter Jeremy Bloom. FSN spokesman Ramon Alvarez said the game is airing in the late time period to allow it be picked up by more FSN affiliates nationally.

*ESPN's “College GameDay,” Saturday 8-9 a.m. on ESPNU, 9-11 a.m. on ESPN, will include a story on the Stoops family as OU coach Bob Stoops faces brother Mark Stoops, the Florida State defensive coordinator. Erin Andrews also will profile FSU quarterback EJ Manuel.

*Dexter Manley, a former Oklahoma State and NFL standout, discusses his road from a post-NFL life filled with drugs and confinement to his new life of sobriety and tranquility on the next edition of HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

*Former ESPN sports anchor Brian Kenny has jumped to the MLB Network to be a studio host.

*Some high school football games are being webcast this season at, including Thursday night's Midwest City at Edmond Santa Fe game.

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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