Dan Patrick leaving ESPN after 18 years

NEW YORK -- Dan Patrick is leaving ESPN after 18 years, insisting there is no acrimony but saying he was beginning to take his job for granted.

The former SportsCenter anchor announced his decision on his radio show Monday and said his final show will be Aug. 17. Patrick said he hoped to continue working in radio but wasn't sure if he would do any more television.

"It's been home, but I think I was starting to take it for granted, and I did not want to do that," Patrick said on the air. "I did not think that was fair to these great people."

Patrick said ESPN executives tried to talk him out of his decision. He originally planned to make the announcement last week, but they asked him to reconsider.

"If there was animosity, I wouldn't be doing radio shows after this one today," he said.

Patrick recently served as host of the NBA studio program on ABC, NBA Countdown, and the network's game broadcasts, including the NBA finals. He was a SportsCenter anchor from 1989-06.

He has hosted The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio since 1999. During his last week, ESPN Radio will look back at memorable moments from the show.

• AUTO RACING -- A former NASCAR publicist pleaded guilty Monday to several charges, including statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child, for his relationship with a young girl.

Richard Norman "Chip" Williams, 50, of Mooresville, already is serving a 26-year prison sentence on federal charges that he had a sexual relationship with a girl who was 11 years old when they met online in 2002.

Williams pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree sexual offense, one count of statutory rape and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, authorities said.

He was sentenced to between 20 years and 24 years and nine months, to run concurrently with the federal sentence. Williams will get credit for nearly a year he spent in the Guilford County jail.

• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- A former Fresno State volleyball coach was awarded $5.85 million Monday by a jury that ruled the school discriminated against her for speaking up on behalf of female athletes.

Lindy Vivas was fired in 2004, two years after coaching her team to its best season in history. University officials said Vivas was let go because she did not meet performance goals and ran a team that often played in empty arenas.

The 50-year-old coach sued, saying her contract wasn't renewed because she advocated for equal treatment of women athletes and access to facilities on the campus.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Reds 15U team won the HYSA/TOP GUN World Series Tournament in Concord, N.C., and improved to 18-4.

The Reds completed pool play with a 2-1 record, defeating the NY Youth Services Blue Devils 14-2 and the NY Cougars 6-1 before losing to the Carolina Cubs 6-3.

The Reds earned the top seeding in the medal round and received a bye into the semifinals, where they defeated the NY Youth Services Blue Machine 2-1. The Reds defeated the Virginia Panthers 10-0 to earn the World Series crown.

The Reds received strong pitching from Jesse Brewer and Evan Jackson, both 2-0. Offensively, the Reds were led by Brad Zebedis who went 10-for-12 (.833).

Brewer, Jackson, Zebedis and Josh Greene were named to the all-tournament team.

The Reds conclude their spring/summer season Friday-Sunday in the Wooden Bat Classic at Wingate College.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- After opting out of his contract and looking for a better deal elsewhere, swingman Devean George is coming back to the Dallas Mavericks.

George has agreed to a roughly $2.4 million, one-year deal that keeps him as a reserve on one of the NBA's top teams and puts him in position for a bigger payday next summer, agent Mark Bartelstein said.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- It was a dramatic end to a trial that pitted Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis against two respected surgeons: a juror collapsed, the doctors rushed to his aid and the judge declared a mistrial.

Some in the legal community thought Weis would then reach a settlement with the two Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons rather than go through a retrial.


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