Sports shorts: Summerall, called 'voice of football,' passes away at 82

2013-04-17T00:00:00Z 2013-04-17T15:24:26Z Sports shorts: Summerall, called 'voice of football,' passes away at 82Staff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

DALLAS - Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden's storm.

Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the "booms!" and "bangs!" of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster's career.

Summerall died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest, said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center spokesman Jeff Carlton, speaking on behalf of Summerall's wife, Cheri.

"Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years," Madden said in a statement. "Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be."

His final play-by-play words beside Madden were succinct, of course, as he called the game-ending field goal of the Super Bowl for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, when New England beat St. Louis 20-17.

"It's right down the pipe. Adam Vinatieri. No time on the clock. And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI. Unbelievable," Summerall said.

College basketball

UCLA's Muhammad going pro

LOS ANGELES - Shabazz Muhammad, a Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year announced Tuesday he is leaving UCLA to enter the NBA draft.

Muhammad was the Bruins' leading scorer with 17.9 points per game, fourth-best in the league.

"I am so thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at UCLA and will always be proud to be a Bruin," Muhammad said in a statement. "From a young age, I have dreamed of playing in the NBA."

Miscellaneous

Pima women advance to nationals in tennis

• The Pima College women's tennis team was second at the NJCAA Region I Tournament on Tuesday at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament to be held May 4-10 at Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson.

The men's team was fourth and just missed advancing.

• The Chicago Bears signed guard-tackle Eben Britton on Tuesday to a one-year contract. Britton, a former Arizona Wildcat, started 30 of 38 games in four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

• The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA violations in connection with football recruiting and has proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years. Oregon and the NCAA have not come to an agreement, and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee this year.

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