OBIT-KEITH JACKSON-Sportscaster Keith Jackson dies

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UNDATED (AP) — Longtime ABC sportscaster Keith Jackson has died at 89.

Jackson was the network’s No. 1 voice of college football for four decades and was ABC’s original play-by-play man for Monday Night Football. He also was one of the first two play-by-play voices when ABC acquired the Major League Baseball broadcast rights in 1976.

In addition, Jackson was ABC’s lead NBA play-by-play man, worked college basketball and covered 10 Olympics. He coined several signature phrases like “Whoa, Nelly!” and is credited by Rose Bowl officials as having dubbed the game “the granddaddy of them all.”

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ESPN says Jackson died Friday, but the network issued no cause or place of death.

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