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Names in the games: WVU’s Spain, Herd’s Jasperse, Holmes, Van Horn on Lombardi list

WVU’s Spain, Herd’s Jasperse, Holmes, Van Horn on Lombardi list

West Virginia senior offensive lineman Quinton Spain, Marshall senior center Chris Jasperse, Marshall junior tackle Clint Van Horn and Marshall senior linebacker Jermaine Holmes were named Monday to the 143-player watch list for the Lombardi Award, which goes annually to college football’s best lineman or linebacker.

Spain has started 25 consecutive games for the Mountaineers, while Jasperse has been a starter in all 39 games of his Herd career, Van Horn earned the starting nod in mid-season last year and Holmes played in all 14 of Marshall’s games, starting 10.

Andrews in, Oliver out on top Fox NFL sideline

Fox Sports says longtime reporter Pam Oliver is being “elevated” to senior correspondent and Erin Andrews will take her place as the sideline reporter for the network’s top NFL announcing team with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

Fox Sports president Eric Shanks says Oliver will continue to work as sideline reporter this season with the announcing team of Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch.

Oliver’s role will expand to include interviews and commentary on other Fox and Fox Sports 1 shows, such as Fox Sports Live and Fox Sports 1 on 1 and sports beyond the NFL.

26 million-plus watched World Cup final in US

With an estimated 26.5 million viewers, Sunday’s World Cup final stands as the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history.

The Nielsen company said Monday that 17.3 million people watched Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on ABC. An additional 9.2 million tuned in to the game on the Spanish-language Univision network.

That tops the 24.7 million who watched the U.S.-Portugal match earlier in the tournament, and the same number of people who saw the 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain.

— From staff, wire reports


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