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ESPN+ Adds Rebooted ‘SportsNation’, Stephen A. Smith Show In Studio Streaming Push

A reconceived SportsNation and a half-hour show from popular opinion host Stephen A. Smith are heading to ESPN+ as the growing streaming service adds more episodes of studio fare.

Both shows are slated to premiere Monday exclusively on January 11. SportsNation will hit the streaming service every weekday at 9:30AM ET and then be available on demand. Stephen A’s World will have nighttime premieres on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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The new shows are arriving on ESPN+ during a period of growth and an overall emphasis on streaming by Disney. For ESPN, they hark back to the advent of key studio series like Pardon the Interruption two decades ago as the linear network sought to evolve beyond SportsCenter and live games. At its investor day last month, Disney said ESPN+ had hit 11.5 million subscribers about two-and-a-half years after it launched. It projects having between 20

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Alabama WR DeVonta Smith wins 2020 Heisman Trophy

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith was announced as the winner of the 2020 Heisman Trophy in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.

Smith beat out Tide teammate, QB Mac Jones, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, and Florida QB Kyle Trask.

The order of the top four: Smith by 700 or so votes over Lawrence with Jones third and Trask fourth.

Smith becomes the first wide receiver to win the prestigious award since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.

Wide receivers who have won the Heisman Trophy:

  • Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska Cornhuskers (1972)

  • Tim Brown, Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1987)

  • Desmond Howard, Michigan Wolverines (1991)

  • DeVonta Smith, Alabama Crimson Tide (1991)

Surprisingly, Smith becomes only the third Heisman winner from Alabama. Running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) were the previous players for the Crimson Tide to win the Heisman.

Smith put up astounding numbers in 2020. In 12 games, he has 105

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Tom Brady remains one of NFL’s best quarterbacks

Opinion

2 Minute Drill: Tom Brady remains one of NFL’s best quarterbacks



This is SportsCenter 52 minute drill. There will come a time when Father Time grabs Tom Brady by the scruff of his neck, escorts him off the NFL stage. But that time isn’t now. Brady is not only an all time great, he’s a timeless classic, the Pontes daily own of passers on. The same day that his former team, the Patriots, wrapped up a disappointing season by celebrating a meaningless win over the New York Jets. Brady once again made history. He’s a charter member of the 40 40 club. Brady threw four touchdown passes in a win over the Atlanta Falcons to reach 40 for the season at age 43. The Onley season, in which he has thrown more touchdown passes, was 2007. He tossed

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Alabama RB Najee’ Harris embarrasses Notre Dame defender with epic hurdle

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Belichick’s exit plan and a JJ Watt trade: NFL subplots to watch in 2021

Will Aaron Rodgers depart Green Bay after an MVP-caliber season? Will Bill Belichick leave New England before it turns ugly? There’s no shortage of meaty NFL plotlines in 2021The NFL’s general attitude towards 2020 can be summed up succinctly: What pandemic?Whereas other leagues ground to a halt, considered voiding their seasons, entered into complex bubbles or faced existential crises, the NFL thundered along, with the kind of bravado that is afforded only to the biggest and baddest and most-watched on the block.Some precautions were taken. Preseason was out. Mask mandates were in. But the bottom line was this: No matter the lineup, no matter the ridiculousness of the spectacle, no matter the health consequences, football will be played. And, in general, it was a success. Covid has the potential to embarrass the league in

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