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 A Father’s Legacy

 june 18 SCFeatured SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET)

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This Father’s Day, the catalyst behind last year’s miraculous Ice Bucket Challenge is celebrating a new phenomenon. Pete Frates is now the father of a baby girl named Lucy. While ALS has left him physically limited, it has not stopped him from enjoying every second of fatherhood. Pete’s own father, John, passed down a legacy of strength and perseverance by example. They have now forged a new bond through their mission of ALS awareness, traveling cross country in search of a cure. SC Featured finds Pete passing on his own legacy, to his daughter, as Tom Rinaldi reports.

“Becoming a father has been the greatest gift of all. When I am feeling down or sick all I need to do is look at her little face and I immediately feel better.” – Pete Frates

I think it comes down to one word, and that’s legacy… You want to leave your legacy in a better position than you carved in this world.” – John Frates   

 Still Fighting

OTL 25th logo 1Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ESPN; 10 a.m. ESPN2)

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Magomed Abdusalamov with his wife Bakanay Abdusalamova holding their youngest daughter

In an award-winning February 2014 report, Outside the Lines examined the story of heavyweight contender Magomed Abdusalamov, whose devastating brain injury three months earlier nearly killed him and raised serious questions about the treatment he received. Now the severely disabled former fighter and his wife, the parents of three young girls, confront profound challenges every day. John Barr reports.

“Our oldest more or less understands what happened to him. She seems to have accepted it and she’s waiting for her dad to get better. The middle one is always asking, when will her dad be back, she even made him a birthday card, ‘Daddy, I miss you, you’re the strongest’. It’s like she’s waiting for that other dad to come back.” Bakanay Abdusalamova, Magomed Abdusalamov’s wife, on how their two oldest daughters (ages 9 and 6) are reacting to their father’s condition

“The man’s face was horribly disfigured. He was making all classic complaints that would be consistent with potentially having a brain injury. And then they abandoned the guy, didn’t put him in an ambulance whereby he would have gotten immediate care once he did get to the hospital that night.”  — Paul Edelstein, Abdusalamov’s family attorney, on the civil lawsuit accusing New York State Athletic Commission doctors of negligence and medical malpractice.

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FrontRow’s latest “Beyond The Story” entry:

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Several ESPNers explain how the Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes became ESPN’s NBA Finals social media MVP by providing virtually all-access content across various platforms for his fans.

After World Cup Elimination, Ivory Coast Coach Makes Case for More


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Inspired by her players despite a 31 loss to Norway and elimination from the FIFA Women’s World Cup, coach Clementine Toure wants more funding to help Ivory Coast’s preparation and development. Andrea Canales reports.

 Are Fans Fantastic? Producer Goes from Pictures to Prose to Report


First-time author Justine Gubar (far right) was a guest on Outside The Lines to discuss fan behavior

ESPN producer Justine Gubar talks about hooliganism, alcohol, over-the-top parents and the double standard for policing sports riots and protest riots when discussing her debut book  FANATICUS: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan released this week.

Sports Reporters

This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)


Mike Lupica guest host, Howard Bryant, Israel Gutierrez, Bob Ryan

*Subject to change