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The Pacers guard gave out an early Christmas present Sunday before Indiana played Washington. He gifted the Kia car he won as the 2017-18 NBA Most Improved Player to Renita Hills, a domestic violence survivor who works with Indianapolis’ Julian Center, which supports domestic violence survivors. Oladipo called Hills “an inspiration to so many people.” Oladipo is known for his charity work. In 2015 while playing for the Orlando Magic, he gave $35,000 to a center that works with children dealing with hearing loss, and helped a single mother and her daughter transition out of living in an Orlando women’s shelter.
The message from the longtime voice of the Buffalo Sabres was clear: “Still kicking,” the 76-year-old Jeanneret texted to the Athletic, one day after he was wheeled out of the press box on a stretcher during the third period of Buffalo’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Sabres said the Hall of Fame broadcaster is “resting and doing well,” adding that Jeanneret is looking forward to returning to the broadcast booth following the NHL’s three-day Christmas break. Jeanneret has done play-by-play of Sabres games since 1971, the longest tenure with a single team in NHL history.
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