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Legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance passes away

Legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance passes away

Legendary broadcaster and Washington D.C. icon Jim Vance passed away this morning. Vance was 75 years old. 

Jackie Bradford, the President and General Manager of NBC4, announced the news this morning in a statement on the channel's website

"We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning," she wrote. "For more than 45 years, Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void."

"Jim loved his job, his family and Washington with all his heart, and we will all cherish the legacy he has left us forever."

For many DC locals, Vance was a nightly staple on their television. The anchor joined NBC4 in 1969, becomming a full-time anchor in 1972. 

Vance won 19 emmies for his 45 years of work at NBC4. In May of last year, he announced that he'd been diagnosed with cancer, but intended to work through the treatment. 

An actual cause of death has not been announced yet. 

Virginia Tech's Edmunds brothers make NFL Draft history in first round

Virginia Tech's Edmunds brothers make NFL Draft history in first round

The most popular night in the NFL offseason took Dallas, Texas by storm Thursday. 

There were plenty of big storylines at the 2018 NFL Draft, held at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Sure, Baker Mayfield being taken first overall by the Browns, Saquon Barkley joining Big Blue in the NFC East and a total of five quarterbacks coming off the board in the first round created plenty of buzz. 

But the story of the night belonged to a pair of brothers who carried on the NFL tradition within a small-town family from Danville, VA. 

Edmunds brothers, Tremaine and Terrell, became the first members of the same family to be drafted in the first round, per Elias Sports Bureau. 

The former Virginia Tech Hokies are set to join their big brother and current Saints running back, Trey, in the league next season. 

In what was a surprise to many, Tremaine fell to Buffalo at No. 16 after being listed as a projected top-10 pick. 

A bigger surprise, though? Terrell being selected by Pittsburgh at No. 28 after being projected by many to fall somewhere in the second round, or later. 

The biggest surprise of the evening? Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier walking out on his own power after suffering a severe spinal injury in December to announce the team's 28th pick. 

Over Easter weekend earlier this month, the Edmunds family was generous enough to invite our crew at NBC Sports Washington to their Danville home. 

From visiting their old high school where they grew up playing football under their father as head coach to breaking down old footage from their early days playing pee-wee football, we dove into it all and put together a four-part web series. 

EDMUNDS FAMILY DOCUMENTARY:

Maryland native Frances Tiafoe takes Roger Federer to the brink; nearly forces U.S. Open stunner

Maryland native Frances Tiafoe takes Roger Federer to the brink; nearly forces U.S. Open stunner

GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT FRANCES TIAFOE IN THE ABOVE VIDEO PLAYER

On Tuesday night, College Park, Md. native Frances Tiafoe nearly did the unthinkable.

19-year-old Tiafoe took five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer to a fifth and final round at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. before Federer squeaked out the victory, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

Not only did Tiafoe take Federer the distance, but the highly touted American teen took the first set 6-4.

Federer, who has twice as many grand slam championships than Tiafoe has grand slam appearances, won the next two sets with relative ease.

Tiafoe, who began training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Parl at four years old, could not be put away.

He won four of five break points, and only committed 49 unforced errors to Federer's 56. But Federer's 17 aces and 49 first-serve winners were too much for young upstart.

While Tiafoe exits the tournament with a loss, the five-set thriller against one of the greatest tennis players of all time, the Maryland native and breakout star continues on his meteoric trajectory.