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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Arnold Palmer remembered in memorial service 10.05.16 at 8:04 am ET
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MLB playoffs: San Francisco at NY Mets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football:Georgia Southern at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

MLB playoffs: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2


— Legends of golf gathered on Tuesday to pay their respects to Arnold Palmer in a memorial service at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson were some of the game’s greatest in attendance.

Nicklaus was one of the speakers at the service and spoke about Palmer’s incredible character.

“He was an everyday man,” Nicklaus said. “Everyone’s hero. Arnold managed to remove the ‘I’ from icon and instead let the world share in his greatness.”

“Remember when Arnold Palmer touched your life, and touched your heart,” Nicklaus said to end his speech, “please, don’t forget why.”

Other speakers included CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz, retired LPGA golfer Annika Sorenstam, Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders and Royal & Ancient Golf Club former chief executive Peter Dawson.

Palmer won 62 PGA Tours and seven majors championships.

People turned out in droves to honor Palmer. Monitors were set up in several locations on campus for those who couldn’t get into the basilica, and giant screens were set up for spectators to watch the service.

Palmer’s longtime friend, singer Vince Gill, sang and ended the service with Carole King’s, “You’ve Got A Friend.”

“This man was my favorite person,” Gill said of Palmer. “Not my favorite golfer, my favorite person I ever met.”

Palmer died at the age of 87 on Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh.

— Andy Murray told reporters he was stalked by a hotel maid who followed him to many of his European tennis events and entered his hotel room and stroked his arm while he slept.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Tributes pour in following death of golf legend Arnold Palmer 09.26.16 at 8:10 am ET
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NFL: Falcons at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Watford at Burnley, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The sports world, already mourning the tragic death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez on Sunday morning, took another blow when it was announced that golf legend Arnold Palmer passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 87.

Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnston said Palmer was admitted to a Pittsburgh hospital on Thursday for some cardiovascular work and died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

A 62-time PGA Tour winner, including seven majors, “The King” continued to rank among the highest earners in golf until his death due to his endorsement deals.

“It is not an exaggeration to say there would be no modern-day PGA Tour without Arnold Palmer. There would be no PGA Tour Champions without Arnold Palmer. There would be no Golf Channel without Arnold Palmer,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

“No one has had a greater impact on those who play our great sport or who are touched by it. It has been said many times over in so many ways, but beyond his immense talent, Arnold transcended our sport with an extraordinarily appealing personality and genuineness that connected with millions, truly making him a champion of the people.”

President Barack Obama paid tribute Sunday, tweeting: Here’s to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold.

— When the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finally ended their contract dispute just before training camp, there was hope in New York that the Harvard product could repeat his performance of last season and make the Jets playoff contenders.

That does not appear to be the case.

Fitzpatrick had an especially rough day Sunday, throwing a career-high six interceptions and posting a passer rating of 18.2 as part of a miserable overall performance by the team in a 24-3 loss to the Chiefs.

“Went out there and didn’t play well today, obviously that’s an understatement,” Fitzpatrick told reporters afterward.

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Stars make their Super Bowl predictions 02.04.11 at 12:43 pm ET
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With the Super Bowl now just two days away, it seems like people are throwing out predictions everywhere you look.

On the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter said he’€™s picking the Packers to win, 28-24. Schefter said one of the biggest reasons for making that pick is the play of Aaron Rodgers. “He has been the best quarterback in football over the last 5-6 weeks, period,” Schefter said. “He is as good as any quarterback in the game right now. He’s dominant.”

Schefter isn’€™t the only one picking that score. Former Red Sox pitcher and MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley picked the same 28-24 result and also cited Rodgers in his explanation. “Packers defense can stop Big Ben easier than the Steelers can stop Rodgers,” he said.

Donald Trump disagrees, though. He’s taking the Steelers, 21-14, and thinks Ben Roethlisberger‘s experience winning big games will play a vital role. “Steelers will win because Big Ben is a winning football player,” Trump explained.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer also likes the Steelers and their experience, and predicted a 28-14 Pittsburgh victory. Said Palmer: “The Steelers have a very good team and a great bunch of guys. Terrific defense and lots of experience in big games.”

Actress Alyssa Milano, picking a 27-10 Steelers rout, agrees. “The Packers are going to have a tough time running on the Steelers defense,” she said. “The Steelers core team has not changed, and many of them are veterans to the Super Bowl stage.”

Of course, not everyone’s prediction is based on their knowledge of the game. Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins picked the Packers, 35-28, because his brother Cullen is on Green Bay, while poet and author Maya Angelou is taking the Packers, 27-7, “because of the wonderful cheese and butter.”

Here is what other analysts, athletes and celebrities are predicting.

Patrick Willis, 49ers linebacker: Packers, 24-21

Heath Evans, Saints fullback: Steelers, 24-20

Leigh Bodden, Patriots cornerback: Packers, 28-23

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