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TNT, ESPN Lead 2021 Sports Emmys; Ernie Johnson, Joe Buck, Michele Tafoya Among Personality Winners

“NBA on TNT” helped give the WarnerMedia-owned network a big lift over its competitors at this year’s 42nd Annual Sports Emmys. Announced late Tuesday, this year TNT won the most Sports Emmys of any single outlet, with 7 — followed closely by ESPN, which earned six.

If corporate entities are combined, then the ESPN triumvirate of ESPN, ESPN Plus and ESPN Deportes actually landed the most wins, with a total of nine.

Winners were announced in 46 categories by the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday night, including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Sports Series and Playoff Coverage, three Documentary categories, Outstanding Play-by-Play Announcer, Studio Host, and Emerging On-Air Talent, among others.

Individual sports personality winners included TNT’s Ernie Johnson as studio host; Fox’s Joe Buck for play-by-play, CBS’ Nate Burleson for studio analyst; Fox’s John Smoltz for sports event

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Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson among 8 elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Quarterback Peyton Manning added the last, and perhaps only, missing entry to his NFL résumé Saturday night when he was named as one of eight new enshrinees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Manning, who was in his first year of eligibility, played on two Super Bowl-winning teams, was a five-time MVP, a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, a former Offensive Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year.

Joining Manning from the modern-era finalists in the Hall’s Class of 2021 will be former Raiders and Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, current San Francisco 49ers general manager and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos defensive back John Lynch, and former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca.

Manning, Woodson and Johnson were all in their first year of eligibility. They combined for 29 Pro Bowl selections and

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Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval among players to kneel for national anthem on Opening Night

On Thursday night, the 2020 MLB season got underway with an Opening Night doubleheader that culminated with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the San Francisco Giants.

Before first pitch, a video recorded by players in support of the Black Lives Matter movement was played on the scoreboard followed by the national anthem, during which several players knelt to protest racial injustice.

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, Giants players Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence and Mike Yastrzemski were among several players who were joined by their manager Gable Kapler in taking a knee.

Players were permitted to wear “United For Change” and “Black Lives Matter” patches on their uniforms and the pitcher’s mound was painted with a black “BLM” block text below an MLB logo.

RELATED: NATIONALS AND YANKEES KNEEL FOR MOMENT OF SILENCE, THEN STAND FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM

Betts decided to kneel before his first game as a Dodger since being acquired

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