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ANNOUNCER OF THE DAY

Once again, ESPN hires someone two seconds after they retire. The network announced it has hired former linebacker Antonio Pierce, who announced his retirement Thursday after nine seasons with the Redskins and Giants. Pierce will appear on NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and 1050-AM ESPN New York, and provide weekly analysis on ESPNNewYork.com. He starts immediately.

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He said it

"It was just not very good judgment and putting himself in a position where you're inviting the public to pay money and come to a birthday party, and you've got people there that you don't know who they are. You've got people that may be carrying weapons, people that are going to drink alcohol. And it's late at night. It's a recipe for failure.'' - Former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, talking about the latest trouble involving Eagles QB Michael Vick

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Nomination of the day

NBC Sports was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for its coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The special earned four nominations including Outstanding Special Program. The Primetime Emmy Awards, in Los Angeles, will air at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 on Ch. 8.

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