Enterprise Journalism Release – 5/27/2010

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Enterprise Journalism Release – 5/27/2010

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Too Close for Comfort

Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

For the past seven years, 26-year-old Ashley Nieto coached the Palm Desert High School girls softball team. Her husband, 51-year-old Ron, helped out with the team, including keeping the scorebook. Ashley’s contract was not renewed this season when players’ parents discovered Ron is a registered sex offender. Twelve years ago when he was 39, Ron was put on probation after pleading guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old — that girl, it turns out, is now his wife, Ashley, whom Ron married six years later. Reporter Colleen Dominguez examines the story of the softball coach who was fired for allowing her husband, a registered sex offender, to help with the team.

“The fact that the AD and the principal knew about this and kept it from us is hard to fathom.” — Tom O’Brien, one of many concerned parents whose daughter played for Ashley

“The school needed to make sure they told the parents, ‘Ashley is the coach, Ron is keeping her scorebook, we are aware of the situation.’ But instead they said ‘Oh, we are not aware of the situation, nobody informed us.’ It was more the blame game started.” – Ashley

Joe Gaetjens: A Goal, A Ghost

Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m. ESPN)

Joe Gaetjens was a Haitian immigrant living in America 60 years ago when he accounted for the lone goal in one of the most stunning World Cup upsets: U.S. 1 – England 0. Yet his feat was largely ignored in America, and he returned to Haiti where his fate became entwined with his nation’s plight and his legacy buried by the tyranny of men and the weight of time. As America prepares once again to face England in the World Cup, reporter Tom Rinaldi tells Joe’s story through the voices of his family and surviving teammates to shed light on a man who should’ve been celebrated, but instead was imprisoned and executed by the Haitian government.


Wayne Drehs Blogs U.S. Soccer


Wayne Drehs/ESPN.com

ESPN.com senior writer Wayne Drehs will be blogging daily from the U.S. men’s national soccer team training camp as the team prepares for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The multimedia blog will feature text, video and audio clips.


Helio Castroneves: Reflections

SportsCenter (Saturday, 9 a.m. ESPN)
Indianapolis 500 coverage (Sunday, Noon, ABC)

Three-time Indy 500 Champion and former Dancing with the Stars winner Helio Castroneves last year narrowly avoided spending 35 years in prison. Following his acquittal for tax evasion, his life followed a script even Hollywood wouldn’t believe. Castroneves reflects on his journey through tragedy and triumph.

Sweet Life of Danica Patrick

SportsCenter (Sunday, 9 a.m.)
Indianapolis 500 coverage (Sunday, Noon, ABC)

Danica Patrick discusses the 2010 racing season and life away from the track with Robin Roberts. Sharing a side of her rarely seen, Patrick shares her thoughts on being misunderstood, her NASCAR experience, and what it is like to be the most recognizable female driver in racing.

French National Team out to Prove Itself on Soccer’s World Stage

ESPN Deportes SportsCenter (Sunday, 11 p.m.)
Reportajes Especiales piece (ESPNDeportes.com)

Danica Patrick discusses the 2010 racing season and life away from the track with Robin Roberts. Sharing a side of herself rarely seen, Patrick talks about her thoughts on being misunderstood, her NASCAR experience and what it is like to be the most recognizable female driver in racing.

Bradley no longer blaming others

Milton Bradley


Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley says he’s dealing with issues involving anger and pressure, and trying not to base his self-worth solely on his batting average. Elizabeth Merrill reports.


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