Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Pat Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach, has died, the Pat Summitt Foundation announced Tuesday morning on its Twitter account. She was 64.
Summitt stepped down as Tennessee's coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Even after stepping down, Summitt remained involved with the Lady Vols, holding the position of head coach emeritus.
Summitt coached the Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach. She was named NCAA coach of the year seven times. She also played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976, the first year there was an Olympic women's basketball tournament, and took home a silver medal.
Summitt was widely know for her stare -- an icy look she would flash to players after a bad play.
In 2012, Summit was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.
Summit was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on June 14, 1952. She grew up on a dairy farm in Henrietta, Tenn., where she planted tobacco and milked cows.
"I look back now and I think that just made me who I am, in terms of my drive and my work ethic," she said in an interview with ABC News' Peter Jennings in 2005.
She and her three older brothers learned to play basketball using a hoop her father put up in the hay barn.
"When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you,'" Summitt told ABC News' Robin Roberts in a 2011 interview.
When she was named head coach of the University of Tennessee women's team in 1974, Summitt was just 22, barely older than her players. The university had originally offered Summitt an assistant coaching job but promptly promoted her when the team's head coach announced she was taking a sabbatical.
In those early days under Title IX -- the landmark federal law that led schools and colleges to dramatically increase access to sports and other programs for women -- women's basketball games weren't televised and attendance was poor. The Lady Vols were so strapped for cash that Summitt washed her players' uniforms at home and drove the team to games.
"I remember nights I was driving the van and I'm about to go to sleep, and I'd just roll down the window and stick my head out," Summitt told Roberts.
Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NASCAR might seem like a man's world, but two NASCAR women have been named among the 30 most powerful women in sports.
Adweek magazine compiled the list which includes Danica Patrick and Lesa France Kennedy, NASCAR vice chairman and CEO of International Speedway Corporation.
France Kennedy is no stranger to such lists. In 2015 Forbes named her the single most powerful woman in sports.
France Kennedy is a third-generation member of NASCAR's first family. Her grandfather, Bill France Sr., co-founded NASCAR in 1948. ICS, of course, owns and/or operates more than a dozen tracks including Daytona International Speedway. The publicly traded company earned more than $645 million in revenue in 2015.
Patrick, of course, in her fourth season driving the No. 10 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, was the first woman to win the pole position at the Daytona 500.
"Being chosen along with such an incredible group of women is testament to the relevancy and popularity of NASCAR and motorsports," Kennedy said in a statement provided by NASCAR to NASCAR.com. "I'm particularly pleased to be joined by NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, who is inspiring the next generation of women drivers and competitors. A profound thank you to the Adweek team."
Tennis star Serena Williams topped the Adweek list. The women will be honored at the Clio Sports gala on July 7 in New York.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUE Kansas City 6, St. Louis 2 Oakland 8, San Francisco 3 Colorado 9, Toronto 5 Cleveland 8, Atlanta 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE Texas 9, N.Y. Yankees 6 Tampa Bay 13, Boston 7 Houston 4, Los Angeles, 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Washington 11, N.-Y. Mets 4 Chi. Cubs 11, Cincinnati 8 Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 4 Philadelphia 8, Arizona 0
iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 inductees, and Eric Lindros finally made the cut.
The announcement Monday revealed that players Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and the late Pat Quinn in the builders category would be inducted after a vote from the selection committee in Toronto.
Lindros, who had been eligible for induction for the past six years, was a superstar for the Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP for the regular season in 1994-1995 and suffered a number of injures including multiple concussions.
"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members," Hockey Hall of Fame chairman John Davidson said in a statement. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."
Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PHOENIX) -- A mid-air medical emergency took a plane full of passengers by surprise when one man collapsed of an apparent heart attack. But the surprises were just beginning.
When passengers and crew rushed to help, a familiar face appeared in the crowd: NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.
Tebow moved toward the unconscious man and his family, then led a group of passengers in prayer, according to passenger Richard Gotti.
Medical staff met the flight at the gate when it landed at its destination in Phoenix. The man survived.
Delta Air Lines confirmed that the incident occurred, but said that because of privacy rules it could not confirm Tebow's involvement.
The company said it did not know exactly when during the flight the emergency occurred, but it confirmed that the flight crew consulted with a team of doctors on the ground and decided that the safest option would be for the plane to complete its trip to Phoenix.
Flight 1772 originated in Atlanta and carried 177 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants.
iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- The Tour de France will use thermal cameras this year to detect hidden motors used by cyclists to gain an unfair advantage, French officials announced Monday.
The new technology will crack down on so-called "mechanical doping," and attempt to maintain the integrity of professional cycling, a sport that has been plagued in the past with doping scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs.
Earlier this year, the International Cycling Union (UCI) discovered that Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche concealed an electric motor in her bike during the Women Under 23 race of the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, according to the UCI.
She was suspended for six years and ordered to return all medals and prize money.
Thierry Braillard, the French Secretary of State for Sports, announced the use of thermal cameras at a news conference this morning with Thierry Mandon, the French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research; Brian Cookson, the president of the UCI; David Lappartient, president of the French Cycling Federation; and Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France.
The cameras were produced by the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in collaboration with the French government.
Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Venus Williams is far more than a legendary tennis champion.
The 7-time Grand Slam singles title holder spent years in her sport rallying for equal pay among both the men and women. And guess what, Williams, through her collaboration with the Women’s Tennis Association, a 2006 Op-Ed titled "Venus Williams On Equal Pay at Wimbledon," and her famed play on the court, she got tennis' biggest tournament to erase the pay gap.
In 2007, two years after Williams first solo win at the All England Club, the chairman of the tournament finally said it was time to "eliminate the difference" in pay, an unprecedented move.
That may have been almost a decade ago, but what Williams accomplished has never been more relevant. With Wimbledon underway Monday, Williams recently spoke to ABC News, reflecting on what she accomplished and how far the rest of sports still has to go.
"Tennis is definitely a star for women in sports," she said when asked about her leadership in the equal pay movement. "[But] other sports have a long way to go."
Williams, now 36, added that the "world [and sports] reflect where women are" in it, and that "there's always work to be done."
Just this past March, U.S. women's soccer filed a wage-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The filing, obtained by ESPN, cited how much more revenue women in soccer generate than men, despite the fact they are paid "almost four times less," ESPN reported.
In spite of the large discrepancies in sports like soccer, Williams admitted there are positive things happening.
"As long as we set up equality, we'll go in the right direction," she said.
In an interview with ESPN two years ago, Williams said about her efforts a decade back, "A lot of players were not comfortable talking about equal prize money for whatever reason, or maybe weren't able to express exactly how they felt. But I was."
Williams has never been afraid to say what's on her mind and when asked by ABC News about substances, banned or legal, as they pertain to tennis, she had a simple answer.
"It's something that you just have to be aware of," she said. "Athletes like everyone else, at times take supplements, but just have to consult your doctors and work on that. It's a process but it's achievable ... it's my job to be healthy."
Williams spoke to ABC News as part of a campaign with Silk, promoting a plant-based diet, so what an athlete puts into his or her body is something she takes seriously.
Maria Sharapova was not brought up by name, but the famed tennis champion was in the news earlier this month, after receiving a two-year suspension for taking a substance that was added to the banned list in January.
When asked about the evolving and changing list, Williams said, "It's updated every year, so you have to stay abreast the best you can."
At a press conference on June 8, Sharapova said she "did not" intentionally take the banned substance.
In a video that has quickly gone viral, the boy is seen staring at an ESPN camera that trained its lens on him during the Coastal Carolina University versus Texas Christian University game. The freckle-faced boy stares straight at the camera without blinking and while making funny faces.
The cameras also caught the moment when it the adult sitting next to the boy appears to shows him that he has become a viral star.
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — With a last-lap pass, in his final year of NASCAR Spint Cup racing, Tony Stewart won on Sunday. The veteran's victory in the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma breaks a three-year, 84-race drought.
Stewart took the lead after a pit call and restart on Lap 91 of the 110 lap race, but, reports NASCAR.com, Denny Hamlin was able to pass Stewart after he wheel-hoped into Turn 7. But Stewart caught Hamlin in Turn 11, making contact with Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota and sending it into the outside wall.
Hamlin was able to hold on for a second-place finish.
The win give Stewart a good chance of qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint. He's now 32nd and just nine point away from reaching the 30th spot and competing for a fourth Chase title.
Here are the top 10 drivers at the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway:
1. Tony Stewart 2. Denny Hamlin 3. Joey Logano 4. Carl Edwards 5. Marin Truex Jr. 6. Kevin Harvick 7. Kyle Busch 8. Ryan Newman 9. Kasey Kahne 10. Kurt Busch