?Less Than 12 hours after eulogizing his father, Jack Buck, Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck arrived in Chicago to broadcast last Saturday's Cardinals-Cubs game. Less than six hours after that he broke the news of Darryl Kile's death (page 38) to the nation. After the game was canceled, Buck conducted a heart-wrenching interview with St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who had been at Jack's funeral the day before. Joe's composure and professionalism were remarkable. Jack would have been proud.
?The documentary Anna Kournikova: SportsCentury debuts on June 28 on ESPN Classic, though the network was rebuffed in numerous attempts to interview the starlet. (Anna's rep, David Schwab, says the filming, which took place over several months, conflicted with her playing schedule.) Even without Kournikova—who lost in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday—this well-reported piece brings to life the making of a marketing phenomenon. Viewers, however, will itch for a Kournikova response to criticism such as this from Tennis Week publisher Gene Scott: "It's over for her in tennis as far as being a serious tennis player. She's a tennis model now."
?As part of its Women in Sports Weekend, ESPN's The Sports Reporters replaced its usual crew ( Mike Lupica, Bill Conlin, etc.) with a panel of three women—The Boston Globe's Jackie McMullen, ESPN's Michelle Tafoya and ESPN the Magazine's Roxanne Jones—who sat alongside host John Saunders. The engaging conversation (which wasn't limited to women's sports) brought to the fore some fresh voices, and the show's producers should keep the trio in the mix.