Playing Through

first_imgDavid Duval understands completely. He knows when tournament directors turn down his request for a sponsor exemption to their event it isn’t because they don’t like him or don’t respect who he once was as a player. “The truth is I’ve played myself into this position,” he said recently. “It’s up to me to try to play my way out of it. But it’s not easy.” It isn’t easy when you have to depend on the kindness of others to get a chance to play. But that’s where Duval is at age 42 – 13 years removed from winning the British Open and 15 years after he was the No. 1-ranked player in the world. Duval has teed it up seven times since the wraparound season began last October. He played once in October; twice in November; didn’t play in January; played twice in February; once in March and once in April. It’s likely he won’t play at all in May. Duval won 13 times on Tour before he turned 30 – including the 2001 British Open – his most important and, as it has turned out, final victory. Since then he has been golf’s mystery man, someone who went from thinking of himself as someone who could look Tiger Woods in the eye to becoming virtually invisible in what felt like the blink of an eye. Duval has given a lot of thought to what happened to him after his signature victory at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. He had been close in other majors – most notably the 1998 Masters where he was sitting in the Bobby Jones cabin on Sunday with then-Augusta National chairman Jack Stephens as Mark O’Meara lined up his birdie putt on the 18th green. At that moment, O’Meara, Fred Couples and Duval were all tied at 7 under par and, unless O’Meara made the putt, the three were heading for a playoff. “No need to worry here, David,” Stephens said. “Nobody ever makes this putt.” O’Meara made the putt. “The second the ball disappeared Mr. Stephens stood up, put his hand out and said, ‘Look forward to seeing you next year,’” Duval said, able to laugh at the memory now. “Then he walked out the door.” Golf had not only been Duval’s passion as a kid, it had been his best friend. When he was 10, his older brother Brent died of aplastic anemia, a disease that attacks the bone marrow. David donated his bone marrow to Brent but the operation didn’t save his brother. With his family in tatters, David found solace on the golf course. “I didn’t need anyone in order to go play, hit balls or just spend hours in a bunker,” he said. “I was a pretty good baseball player, but you need others to play baseball. Golf was where I went to escape. Fortunately, I was pretty good at it.” Good enough to be a four-time All American at Georgia Tech and then to find stardom on Tour not long after turning pro. Duval had seven second-place finishes before he got his first win on Tour, but when he finally broke though in the fall of 1997 at Kingsmill, he proceeded to win three tournaments in a row. Early in 1999 he shot 59 on the last day of the Bob Hope Desert Classic and soon after that he was ranked No. 1 in the world. “I honestly thought back then that I could compete with Tiger on a regular basis,” he said. “Not beat him all the time, obviously, but some of the time. I thought my entire game – physical and mental – was in the ballpark with his.” He paused. “Turned out I was wrong.” Like everyone else in golf, Duval was blown away by what Woods accomplished in winning his Tiger Slam in 2000 and 2001. Even so, Duval’s win at Lytham should have been a beginning, not an ending. And yet, Duval clearly wasn’t the same after that victory. “A lot of things happened,” he said. “When I won, it was thrilling, absolutely fantastic. But not long afterwards I realized I didn’t feel any different about who I was or about my life than I had before I won. It was an existential type of thing, you know, is that all there is? I thought my life should be different – feel different – and it really didn’t. Something went out of me there.” Soon after, happiness intervened. He met Susan Persichitte while waiting for a table in a Denver restaurant and was smitten instantly. They were married, he adopted her three children and they had two of their own. No longer was golf Duval’s best friend or his No. 1 priority. His game – when he played – spiraled. There were some injuries thrown into the mix, too. Duval had a five-year exemption after his British Open win. When that was up he was able to use two more yearlong exemptions because he was in the top 25 on the career money list. After that he began to depend on sponsor exemptions. There were spasms of good play: his out-of-nowhere tie for second place at the 2009 U.S. Open when he came into the championship ranked 882nd in the world. There was a second place at Pebble Beach the following year, which helped him get his exempt status back at the end of that season. Since then, there have been very few encouraging moments. Which is why Duval understands when tournament directors turn him down for sponsor exemptions in spite of his past status as a star. “David will always be someone who I give serious consideration to,” said Kym Hougham, tournament director for the Wells Fargo Classic. “For one thing, he’s David Duval. For another, he’s one of those guys who treated people well when he was on his way up the ladder and that’s something you remember. I get a lot of guys who are struggling asking for sponsor exemptions who were impossible to deal with when they were going well. That’s an easy no. “David’s a hard no. This year, it was close but I had to say no. We’d given him exemptions two of the last four years. I like to use as many spots as I can for guys with local ties. I had three local guys (out of four spots) and David just didn’t make the cut. Doesn’t mean he won’t next year if he asks. I called and left him a message telling him I was sorry he hadn’t made it. He actually called me back to thank me for calling. That’s the kind of guy he is.” Duval understands the position that Hougham and other tournament directors are in. His game has been MIA for a while. And yet, he believes it’s still out there somewhere. “I feel better about my game right now than I have in a long time,” he said just before the start of the Zurich Classic. “Problem is it’s tough to prove that if you aren’t playing. I’m playing this week and then may not play for five weeks.” Duval was hoping to finish top 10 in New Orleans so he wouldn’t need a sponsor exemption in Charlotte. He played well for three days and was T-12 going into Sunday. But a Sunday 73 dropped him to a tie for 25th place. Even so, it was his best finish since a tie for 23rd in Las Vegas in 2011. Now, though, he has to wait for another chance to play. He will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and play in Memphis in June. After that, he doesn’t know. “I’m not ready to give up,” he said. “If I honestly thought I was done, I’d just stay home. But I don’t think I am.” Here’s hoping he’s right.last_img read more

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Shawnee planning commission gets first look at conceptual design features for Wilder Bluff Park

first_imgThe Shawnee planning commission got a first look last week at proposed features for Wilder Bluff, a new park on the northwestern side of the city.The proposed 40-acre park is located at 55th Street and Belmont Drive.The area has native prairie on the north half of the property, so plans include trails and a scenic lookout. Design plans for the south side of the park include several other features such as:Additional walking trailsPlaygrounds for ages 4-12Splash pad areaShelter with capacity of 60 peopleOpen lawn areaAdditionally, the park will feature multiple trailheads from the surrounding neighborhoods.Here are few other design renderings for the project: Here is a design rendering of the proposed shelter and open lawn area near the south side of Wilder Bluff Park.Here is a design rendering of the splash pad area and terraced seating at Wilder Bluff Park.Two park concepts are on the table: the Terraced Patio concept and the Treetop Adventure concept. Residents at a public meeting in January preferred the Treetop Adventure concept.The city’s budget for the park is $4 million and is included in this year’s budget.Leading the design, architecture, engineering and construction for the new park are Confluence, SFS Architecture, GBA and Centric. Representatives from these companies led a presentation Wednesday evening for the planning commission. No action was taken.The design process included a public input process in which residents shared what they would like to see at the park.The Shawnee city council will consider the final conceptual design of the park on Monday evening.last_img read more

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Collaborating your way to compliance

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Amanda SmithWe often talk about collaboration in the context of business and product development; however, collaboration can also play an important role in regulatory compliance.  It is undeniable that the current regulatory climate is complex and can even seem insurmountable at times. It is showing no signs of slowing down and credit unions will have to adapt in order to maintain regulatory compliance without breaking the bank and sacrificing growth and production.  While the basic principles of regulatory compliance remain the same, more and more credit unions are finding that the old way of doing things no longer works and there is now a need to find new and innovative ways of training employees and staying in compliance. Collaboration is a way to do just that.Compliance was once thought of as being ancillary to the products and services offered by the credit union –  a cost of doing business.  Now with the recent onslaught of regulations, compliance has taken a place as a stand-alone entity.  No longer can a loan officer juggle managing the compliance of the department and processing loans.  The increase in regulations has forced credit unions to spend large sums of money to maintain regulatory compliance.  Most hire new employees to serve as compliance officers, conduct costly third party audits, train their employees on a regular basis regarding the changing regulations, and implement new software to assist them in keeping up with regulatory changes. Employees spend hours on training and implementing new regulations. To an attorney like myself, taking measures like this to ensure compliance is invaluable, but to a credit union it is tough to see the return on the thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours invested in compliance each year.One goal of collaboration is to help credit unions solve problems by leveraging scale, expertise, and efficiencies.  Every credit union has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to regulatory compliance. For example, your credit union may have a strong mortgage lending program, but you do not have a large credit card portfolio, you simply offer it as a member service.  Creating a network of local credit unions can help to capitalize on other credit unions’ strengths to improve upon your own credit union’s weaknesses.   Quarterly meetings to discuss recent regulatory changes and steps each credit union is taking towards compliance are a low cost alternative to formal seminars and training.  Many times it can be more useful as other credit unions will share your perspectives while speakers in seminars may not.Another goal of collaboration is to turn problems into opportunities.  Credit unions that have successful compliance programs or who have formed networks like the one discussed above can form a CUSO to provide compliance services to its owners and other non-owner credit unions.  The CUSO may specialize in certain areas such as mortgage lending, or NCUA regulations, or provide a more broad based compliance solution for its clients covering all aspect of credit union compliance. These CUSOs not only offer typical compliance resources such as written materials like forms and policies, but they also offer more unique resources like shared compliance officers.  For the owners, these CUSOs are a way to take an expense and turn it into an income generating event. Compliance should not be looked at as a competition but rather an opportunity to work together and to benefit from each other’s strengths.  Compliance is too expensive and too burdensome a task to go at alone. continue reading »last_img read more

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LPC will develop 3.2M SF The Grand at Papago Park Center

first_imgPapago Park Center, Inc. announced today that Lincoln Property Company (LPC) has been selected to develop the first phase of Class A and mixed-use office space for The Grand at Papago Park Center. The total project is a 60-acre, high-profile, urban mixed-use property on the last developable parcel within the 350-acre Papago Park Center.The Grand project will serve as the final phase of one of the largest business parks in Arizona. Papago Park Center, Inc., The Grand project’s master developer, selected LPC after an extensive RFP process that included local, regional and national development candidates.The Grand at Papago Park Center is located along the Loop 202/Red Mountain Freeway between Priest Road and Center Parkway, and is named after the adjacent Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is a waterway developed in the 1870s to bring water from the Salt and Verde rivers to Metropolitan Phoenix. It was recently relocated to run through The Grand project, creating a water feature for the development. The completion of the canal relocation project will be celebrated with an upcoming event in March.The Grand is part of Papago Park Center, home to the corporate offices of Salt River Project (SRP) as well as First Solar, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, DHL, Union Bank, Sonora Quest Labs, State Farm Insurance, Western Refining and Parsons Brinckerhoff. At build-out, The Grand will total more than 3.2 million square feet of mixed-use office, multifamily, hotel, retail and restaurant space, including up to six 10-story, Class A office buildings surrounding a central water feature. When combined with Papago Park Center’s existing 3.3 million square feet of mixed-use projects, there will be more than 6.5 million square feet of urban development and approximately 20,000 employees and residents. More about The Grand at Papago Park Center is available at the project’s website: www.thegrandatpapagoparkcenter.com.Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said development of The Grand at Papago Park Center further adds to the positive momentum of Tempe’s economy. “This is a boon to Tempe. The Grand will have impressive spaces rivaled by few in the region,” he said. “I am excited the site will feature pedestrian and bike paths connected to Tempe Town Lake that will be enjoyed by employees and the public.”LPC is rolling out plans this month for its first office buildings. At build-out, The Grand will have a total of 1.8 million square feet of Class A space in six buildings. Construction on three parking garages will coincide with the buildings’ development.“Being selected for this project evokes a sense of history, partnership and environmental stewardship,” said Lincoln Property Company’s Executive Vice President David Krumwiede. “We are extremely excited to work with Papago Park Center and to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the historic Grand Canal as the focal point of the development. We also recognize the all-time high demand for Tempe’s live-work-play environment, and believe now is an ideal time to build something very unique and lasting.”The Grand is being developed through Planned Area Development (PAD) zoning and offers superior visibility, with approximately one-half mile of freeway frontage and two freeway off-ramps on Loop 202, just across from Tempe Town Lake. With two light rail stops serving the property, the site serves as the first stop on the light rail or by car coming out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and has almost immediate access to Arizona State University and the Loop 202 Freeway. It is also minutes from Interstate 10, the Loop 101 and the 51 Freeway, offering easy access to all major Valley thoroughfares as well as executive and employee housing in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler and Phoenix.The project will include pedestrian-friendly multi-use paths along the Grand Canal and throughout the campus. Other nearby amenities include Papago Park, Papago Golf Course, Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, Tempe Town Lake, Arizona State University, Phoenix Municipal Stadium and the restaurants, shopping and entertainment within downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue District.“The Grand signifies the innovation and importance of the Grand Canal and the natural history of Papago Park,” said Nina Mullins, Senior Director of Papago Park Center, Inc. “It exemplifies the need to both further advance the economic vitality of our Valley and to protect the resources that sustain our more than 4 million residents.”Jerry Roberts, Corey Hawley and Patrick Boyle with CBRE will lead the marketing and leasing efforts for The Grand’s office development. HKS Architects/Kendle Design Collaborative both serve as the office project architects and JEDunn will serve as the general contractor.last_img read more

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In Memory Of Lukas Lucero: 30 For 30 Fundraiser For Paws & Stripes … Donate And Walk, Run Or Bike Brazos Mountain

first_imgBrazos Mountain, which Marco Lucero and his daughter Lorinda Nelson will climb to honor the life of Lukas Lucero and celebrate his 30th birthday Aug. 9. Courtesy/Lucero FamilyCOMMUNITY News:On March 18, 2020, Lukas Lucero passed away at age 29. Lukas was the son of Marco and Sandy Lucero, brother of Lorinda Nelson, grandson of Cruzita Trujillo and Faustin Trujillo, owner of rescue dog Tardis and born and raised in Los Alamos.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, family and friends have been unable to come together and celebrate the life of Lukas in person.Lukas’ cousin, Victoria Gonzales-Dawson has organized a fundraiser as an opportunity to honor Lukas for his 30th birthday Aug. 9. This event will be a tribute to the adventurer and animal lover that he was. Anyone who knew Lukas remembers his great big smile and love for family. He was one of a kind and always up for an adventure. Let’s give 30 for Lukas’ 30th. Break up the 30 miles with friends and or family, or space them over a few days.  … and or donate to this great cause. All donations from the event will go to Paws and Stripes, an organization close to Lukas’s heart for both their service to U.S. veterans as well as rescued shelter dogs. Paws and Stripes is a non-profit that brings together shelter dogs with veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma or Traumatic Brain Injuries. Paws and Stripes coordinates service dog training and matching dogs with veterans saving two lives. There is no set or minimum donation, give what you can. Marco and Lorinda will hike Brazos Mountain, which is a 3,000-foot climb to 12,000 feet in elevation. The median slope is 70 degrees!Let’s give 30 for Lukas’ 30th! Please go to the following website for more details: https://go.rallyup.com/a89bdfLukas’ obituary may be viewed at: https://ladailypost.com/obituary-lukas-drake-lucero-aug-9-1990-march-18-2020/ Tardis, Lukas Lucero’s beloved rescue dog. Courtesy/Lucero Family Lukas Lucero, his sister Lorinda Nelson and their parents Sandy and Marco Lucero. Courtesy/Lucero Familylast_img read more

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Wish granted: Six-year-old boy is garbage man for a day

first_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Ethan Dean has always dreamed of being a garbage man. He never tires of playing with toy garbage trucks and loves to watch the real ones drive past his house.On Tuesday, the 6-year-old with cystic fibrosis got his wish, riding shotgun in a booster seat through Sacramento as an honest-to-goodness garbage truck driver with a set of wheels labeled “Ethan’s Garbage Truck.”He donned a green cape that read “Hero Ethan” and a big smile as the truck stopped to pick up trash and recyclables. It wasn’t a chore for Ethan, who said his favorite part of the day put on by the Make-A-Wish Foundation was “cleaning up garbage.” Hundreds of people gathered to cheer him on.After being surprised at his school, Ethan and the garbage truck made five stops.Sam Thurman, the Waste Management employee who drove Ethan, said when he agreed to take part, he had no idea how big the day was going to be.And as for Ethan?“He can’t wipe that grin off his face,” Thurman said. “He looks like it’s Christmas morning and he’s unwrapping his first present.”Ethan was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant and began treatment at eight weeks old. The genetic disorder is characterized by a buildup of thick mucus and frequent lung infections, and the median life expectancy is about 40 years old.When Make-A-Wish Foundation agreed to grant his wish in February, there was little doubt what he wanted it to be.“We pretty much knew it was going to be about garbage trucks,” said Ethan’s dad, Ken Dean, laughing.He’s been watching them come down the street since he first learned how to crawl, Dean said. Ethan also has a garbage truck bedspread and pillow, garbage truck toys and has had a garbage truck birthday party.Ethan’s big day comes three years after Make-A-Wish transformed San Francisco into Gotham for a 5-year-old boy who had battled leukemia for years and dreamed of being Batkid. Miles Scott traveled from one crime scene to another, rescuing a damsel in distress and thwarting the plans of The Riddler and The Penguin, as crowds of people cheered him on.Ethan’s dream is being a less fantastic, more everyday superhero. When he visited Make-A-Wish and was asked about some of his dreams, almost all of his answers were garbage-truck related, said Jennifer Stolo, CEO of the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.Ethan’s uncle, Tim Dean, said it means a lot to the family to have people who don’t even know him come out to celebrate.At least 500 people gathered at the Capitol for a press conference and VIP lunch at the end of Ethan’s day.Erika Sizemore doesn’t know Ethan and said she learned about his special day on social media. It hit home for her, she said, because she has two boys, Kane and Benny, who also love garbage trucks.“As soon as he got out of the truck I cried,” she said, tearing up. “It could happen to any of our kids. He is an amazing little kid and I just think that any of could be in the same boats as his parents are.” Published: July 27, 2016 10:52 AM EDT Updated: July 27, 2016 10:53 AM EDT Wish granted: Six-year-old boy is garbage man for a day last_img read more

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Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary DLC available now

first_img Credit: Frontier Developments Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary puts you in a race against time to rescue the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar before a volcanic eruption causes them to go extinct once more. This is a new standalone campaign and stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing.Your mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release the dinos of Isla Nublar into a carefully crafted sanctuary on a different island. In addition to this gripping new storyline, there will also be three new dinos to tinker with.Albertosaurus – a large tyrannosaur with distinctive short, bony crests above the eyes and two extremely powerful legsEuplocephalus – meaning “well-armoured head”, referring to its wide skull and toothless beakOuranosaurus – a powerfully built herbivore with a flat, duck-billed snout. This dinosaur had a thick muscular sail on its back going from the base of its neck to the very tip of its tail.View the Claire’s Sanctuary DLC trailer below:In addition to the new dinos, there is also the introduction of new Paleobotany mechanics that allow you to grow and research new plants for your dinos to munch on. Getting the food right means your dinos will live longer, gain more prestige and feel more at home in their new environment.Coinciding with the release of the DLC is the free 1.8 update which includes:Terrain and Scenery Items – Place new rocks, trees and shrubs in your dinosaur habitats or change the terrain from grass to dirt on some islands!Spinosaurid Care – Spinosaurids are receiving some care refinement with the addition of wetlands to represent their swamp and coastal environments, plus new fish feeders!Gyrosphere Improvements – Changes to allow gyrospheres to pass through enclosure fences by adding automatic gates, so now you can wow your guests with a park-wide tour of all of your exhibits!And more!The Claire’s Sanctuary DLC costs £12.99 and is available on PC, Xbox One and PS4.View some more Claire’s Sanctuary screenshots in our gallery below: Credit: Frontier Developments Credit: Frontier Developments Credit: Frontier Developmentscenter_img Credit: Frontier Developments Credit: Frontier Developments Credit: Frontier Developmentslast_img read more

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Voter registration numbers are up

first_imgOver the past couple of months, more than 400 new voters have gone on the roles here in Campbell County.  That’s the word from Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers.   The last day to register to vote in Early Voting or on Election Day for the August 2, 2018, election was July 3.  Ayers tells WLAF that there was a constant flow of both in person and online requests to register to vote on Tuesday.  She goes on to say that that doesn’t count the name changes and address updates.Early Voting begins on Friday, July 13, and runs through Saturday, July 28, 2018.  Election Day is Thursday, August 2. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/05/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Everton player will have medical on Sunday/Monday to leave club –…

first_imgby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo The French champions reignited their interest from the January transfer window, with Thomas Tuchel asking for the Senegalese midfielder once again.This summer he’s getting his wish, with Leonardo pushing hard for his signature and seemingly close to getting the transfer over the line.Negotiations are very much in their final stages as far as most are concerned, and Le Parisien and RMC Sport have various updates on it today.Le Parisien reports that an outline of an agreement was reached with Everton and finalised the day before yesterday. That will see the Ligue 1 side pay €32m for Gueye. RMC back that up but say the base price is €30m, plus €2m bonuses.RMC then say that the midfielder has agreed a four-year deal with the option of a year extension and while Le Parisien say that’s been offered, they believe he’s holding out for a five-year deal outright.The two newspapers are in agreement with his medical, with that likely to happen next week. RMC say Sunday or Monday and that seems likely with Everton keen for a quick turnaround so they can get a replacement in before the August 8th transfer deadline.For their part, Le Parisien say they have three replacements already lined up. They are Adrien Tamèze, Lucas Tousart, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and we covered that interest earlier in the week.Either way, Gueye seems to be close to PSG at this point, and only something drastic is going to stop it happening. Over the last week or so, Idrissa Gueye’s potential move to Paris Saint Germain has been nearing a conclusion.last_img read more

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Source: Mike Tirico leaving ESPN this summer for NBC

first_imgIn this Sept. 14, 2009 photo, ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico speaks before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN and ABC Sports this summer when his contract expires to work for NBC, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press on Monday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither network had made an announcement about the broadcaster. SportsBusiness Journal was first to report the news.Tirico began working at ESPN in 1991 and became its “Monday Night Football,” play-by-play announcer a decade ago.He seamlessly transitions to calling action for major golf and tennis tournaments, NBA and college basketball and college football.“He never seems to get flustered or rattled,” former broadcast partner Joe Theismann once said. “He’s incredibly smooth.”Tirico was part of a new-look broadcast as “Monday Night Football” moved from ABC _ its home for 36 seasons _ to ESPN.“If I’m doing my job, I’ll be like an offensive lineman or an official,” Tirico said in 2006 during an AP interview before making his “Monday Night Football,” debut. “You’ll know I’m there, but you won’t really notice me.”Tirico, Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels have been the play-by-play voice of the signature TV show, and the latest broadcaster wasn’t comfortable being part of the elite group of broadcasters.“I’m only on that list because we have the same title,” Tirico said a decade ago. “I hope I can earn my place with those guys down the road because they’re among the best in the business“In your wildest dreams, you hope to do things. This is not one of those things you would even put in your wildest dreams.”Tirico began a path to his dream job in Queens, New York, where he was raised by his mother and grandparents, near Shea Stadium, the former home of the New York Mets. Tirico said he was baptized the same day as the first Super Bowl, Jan. 15, 1967, when he was a month old, and grew up having a life that revolved around sports.“My mom’s brothers took me to a lot of Jets and Mets games,” Tirico has said. “Meals revolved around football games.“If the Jets played early, we ate late. If they played late, we ate early.”Tirico recalled listening as a kid to Marv Albert, who at the time was the voice of the Knicks and the Rangers.“When I was 11, I wanted to be a broadcaster for a team,” Tirico once said. “I thought that would be the pinnacle.”Tirico attended Syracuse, getting financial help from an uncle and a $2,000 Bob Costas Scholarship, and became one of the first in his family to graduate from college in 1998.“When you’re at Syracuse, you’re surrounded by people that want to do what you do and it prepares you for the competition we have in this business,” Tirico has said. “The college radio station was our fraternity.”A few years after graduating, he was hired by ESPN to be a SportsCenter anchor and went on to host NFL and college football studio shows for the cable network and established himself as a fixture on ESPN Radio.Tirico is an avid reader and research hound, who makes lists of lists, and acknowledges he’s more likely to watch C-SPAN than ESPN. He has a preparation book, which includes key concepts and words, but doesn’t have a script in front of him during games.“If you get stuck on specific words or things you wanted to say, it sounds rehearsed,” Tirico once said. “We’re judged on a 3 1/2-hour game, but I push myself more in the preparation process.”Tirico’s life away from the booth is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and their two children.___AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report.last_img read more

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