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Today we mourn the loss of ESPN broadcaster John Saunders.

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Good morning BBN, these are your morning Wildcat quickies. It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of ESPN broadcaster John Saunders. Saunders died at 61 after working at ESPN since 1986. Saunders was well-known around the world of sports media and was one of the more recognizable faces of ESPN.

It's hard to find a more versatile broadcaster than Saunders. From college basketball and football, to WNBA, to the NHL postseason and even Major League Baseball, Saunders covered it all. On top of all that he had been hosting the Sports Reporters on ESPN since late 2011. Saunders did an abundance of things for ESPN, and so this passing struck the network pretty hard. That is apparent in ESPN President John Skipper's statement

John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades. His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts as a passionate board member for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Saunders was indeed close to Jim Valvano, and played a major role in the Jimmy V Foundation, according to MSN.

We'll certainly miss Mr. Saunders, and BBN can reminisce on the time Saunders called one of the most electrifying buzzer beaters in Kentucky history, which you can see below

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Your quickies

John Saunders called one of most exciting game winners in UK history - Kentucky Sports Radio. Saunders called more than a few Kentucky games, including Jeff Brassow’s tip in at the 1993 Maui Invitational alongside Bill Raftery.

Meet the Wildcats: Malik Monk plays basketball with eye to be the best - CoachCal.com
"You want to be the best," Monk said. "It’s pointless if you’re not the best or try to be the best. Being the best is fun."

Rio Olympic trashtalking: Brittney Griner wants shot at DeMarcus Cousins - USA Today
Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner has no problem dominating her WNBA opponents, but after some friendly trash-talking, she wants to go head-to-head with fellow USA Olympian DeMarcus Cousins. "I would love to just go out there and play against [Cousins]," Griner said. "We talk a lot of crap to each other. I love talking to him. He’s really funny. I would love to just go out there and play against him."

Katie Ledecky leads 4x200m team to gold medal. It seems like every time you blink, Phelps and Ledecky win gold medals.

The movie that defines each top 25 college hoops team - ESPN
What makes "The Aviator" so good is that just as many of its best scenes show Howard Hughes thinking big, pushing boundaries and innovating with abandon -- a man driven by some unseen force that even he barely understands. Sound like a coach you know?

Former five-star recruit Landon Young open to redshirting or playing as a freshman - LCJ
Young is the first UK signee rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com since the website started ranking recruits in 2002. He is expected to compete for playing time at offensive tackle where an opportunity for snaps appears open.

UK Rifle Alum Henri Junghaenel to Compete at Olympics - UK Wildcats News
Kentucky rifle alumnus Henri Junghänel will begin his 2016 Olympic Games campaign with qualification in 50-meter prone rifle on Friday at 8 a.m. ET.

Gregg Marshall is a psycho; WSU suspends him for final exhibition game - The Wichita Eagle
Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall’s temper is in midseason form. Marshall was ejected from an exhibition game in Montreal after he charged two referees.

The school has since suspended him for an exhibition game, for whatever that's worth.

Prince Fielder Announces He Won't Be Medically Cleared to Return to MLB - Bleacher Report
On Wednesday, Fielder officially announced he would no longer be able to play baseball. "I can't play Major League Baseball anymore," Fielder said during a press conference. "It sucks to have it taken away early."

Ben Simmons gives Nike a new weapon against Under Armour. The sports business world is a competitive one, and Ben Simmons gives Nike an advantage over an Under Armour company that is starting to make strides against Nike.

Melo breaks US scoring record, saves Team USA. To say last night's game against Australia was closer than the National Team had expected would be an understatement, but Melo was a bright spot and a win is a win.

Antonio Brown was nearly ejected from a joint practice after a heated exchange with an official. In practice? Really?

Rams cut wide receiver Deon Long for having a female in his dorm. Long probably isn't too happy that the Rams are on HBO's Hard Knocks this year; otherwise this story wouldn't have even been noticed.

The Champions Basketball League has unveiled its first team, the Gotham Ballers. Featuring Eddy Curry, Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe.

The real truth behind crying Jordan is unveiled. We have found out the true original crying Jordan moment. No, it wasn't his Hall of Fame speech.

The 'Final Five' US Gymnastics team dominates in Rio. A very fitting nickname for this gold medal team.

Horrific injury ends Olympian's dream. Fair warning: the images in this article are just a tad graphic and gruesome.

Man apprehended after attempting to climb Trump Tower. Luckily, everyone came out okay in this situation and they were able to pull the man into the building.