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ESPN's John Saunders dies at 61

ESPN's John Saunders dies at 61

Longtime ESPN personality John Saunders has died at age 61, the network announced Wednesday. No cause of death was given.

His survivors include his wife, Wanda, and daughters Aleah and Jenna.

Saunders joined ESPN in 1986 as a “SportsCenter” anchor. He served as a studio host and play-by-play analyst for that network and ABC, covering NCAA football and basketball as well as the MLB, NHL and WNBA. He also hosted ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” for the last 15 years.

“John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades,” ESPN President John Skipper said in a...