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On the Air - January 24, 2008

SAN DIEGO -- Steve Duplantis, a popular PGA Tour caddie known for bringing out the best in players, was killed early Wednesday when he was struck by a taxi while crossing a street.

Duplantis was in Del Mar when he stepped off a center median and into the path of a taxi, said Sgt. Randy Webb of the San Diego Sheriff's Department. The 35-year-old Duplantis was pronounced dead on the scene.

He was working at the Buick Invitational for Eric Axley.

• ESPN -- Dana Jacobson, co-host of the "ESPN First Take" morning show, was disciplined by her employer after an expletive-laden speech at a roast honoring two radio hosts earlier this month. The Chicago Tribune reported she was suspended one week.

ESPN commentators shared the stage with actors and athletes Jan. 11 in Atlantic City to celebrate the eighth anniversary of "Mike & Mike in the Morning" co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg. The whole point was to spout off edgy jokes, but what's OK for comedians Eddie Griffin and Jeffrey Ross may not be appropriate for ESPN announcers seeking to be both entertainers and journalists.

• NFL -- Cam Cameron was hired as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, the latest offensive expert to take a shot at jump-starting a sluggish attack.

The 46-year-old Cameron was fired as Miami Dolphins coach after going 1-15, with his lone victory coming at the expense of the Ravens.

Cameron is the first assistant to join new coach John Harbaugh's staff.

• The Atlanta Falcons say Mike Smith is everything they want in a head coach, no matter that he's never been one before.

The first test for Smith, the former Jacksonville defensive coordinator hired by Atlanta, will be to outlast the 13-game stint of Bobby Petrino, the 2007 rookie coach who quit during the season to return to the college ranks.

• Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee.

The surgery was performed by Dr. David Chao of the team's medical staff. Rivers will rehab for up to six months.

• David Letterman told Lawrence Tynes that everybody the "Late Show" host knows was thinking the same thing after the Giants kicker missed two go-ahead field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship game.

"Please don't send him in again, for the love of God, if there's an ounce of mercy in your soul, don't send him in!"

Said Tynes, "I would agree with that."

• NBA -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng was inactive against the Indiana Pacers because of his recurring left Achilles' tendinitis.

The condition has been bothering Deng, second on the team at 17.9 points per game, for nearly a month, and it caused him to miss three games before returning Jan. 13 at Atlanta.

• MLB -- Troy Tulowitzki went into spring training last year just hoping to secure a spot on the Colorado Rockies' roster. That won't be a concern this season.

Tulowitzki and the NL champions finalized a $31 million, six-year contract that includes a club option for 2014.

"It's surreal," Tulowitzki said. "It's awesome."

• Former major leaguer Chuck Knoblauch had not been tracked down federal marshals trying to serve him a subpoena from a House panel investigating steroids in baseball, a committee staffer told The Associated Press.

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