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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks Louisiana vs. Texas Longhorns football

During Thursday night’s “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt did a “Winner$” segment focused on college football. 

One of the games he picked is the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, against the No. 19-ranked Texas Longhorns. The teams are scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday in Austin, Texas. 

Texas is coming off a 2020 season that the Longhorns went 7-3 overall. The UL Ragin’ Cajuns finished the 2020 season at 10-1 overall. 

As of Friday morning, the Texas Longhorns are a 9.5-point favorite against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

Scott Van Pelt prediction for Louisiana, Texas Longhorns football

Scott Van Pelt witnessed it as a first-time Gala attendee at the 16th Annual Dick Vitale Gala held at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Friday evening May 7, 2021.

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns to cover the spread against the Texas Longhorns. 

“Louisiana is plenty capable,” Van Pelt said. “They’re ranked. A lot of pressure on the Longhorns to start fast,

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Max Kellerman moving from ESPN’s ‘First Take’ to morning radio show with Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams

Max Kellerman’s departure from “First Take” is official.

Kellerman sat opposite Stephen A. Smith on the two-hour debate show for five years, but ESPN announced Tuesday that Kellerman is leaving the show to join the morning radio program.

Front Office Sports first reported Kellerman’s potential move last week.

Alongside ex-NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson and former basketball star Jay Williams, Kellerman will replace Zubin Mehenti, who has been absent for an extended period due to a medical issue. Mehenti will return to “SportsCenter” anchoring duties upon his return.

Kellerman will also be hosting “a new ESPN television series (more details to follow),” ESPN said in a release. The company also said plans on First Take’s updated format will be revealed “soon.” Kellerman’s weekly boxing show on ESPN2 will continue.

Max Kellerman attends the 2021 Sports Humanitarian Awards on July 12, 2021 in New York City.

Max Kellerman attends the 2021 Sports Humanitarian Awards on July 12, 2021 in New York City.

With Kellerman’s two-hour radio slot

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Purdue Soccer Player Sarah Griffith’s Incredible Goal Featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue soccer program opened up its season Thursday against Kentucky. In a game that ended in a 1-1 draw, the Boilermakers’ only goal was special enough to be featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 list. 

Coming in at No. 5, the telecast showcased redshirt senior forward Sarah Griffith’s highlight reel goal. In the 48th minute, Griffith crossed up her defender on the left side of the field with a fantastic dribble move. 

With the added separation, she launched a shot that flew above the outstretched hands of the WIldcats’ goalie and into the right side of the net. 

Purdue is scheduled to play its next game in Nashville, Tennessee, against Vanderbilt on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET before returning to West Lafayette for a matchup with Gonzaga on Thursday, Aug. 26. 

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ESPN’s Perkins says Lowry would make Heat top three in East, threat to Nets, Bucks

A look at how today is setting up for the Miami Heat ahead of the 6 p.m. start of NBA free-agency negotiating period, with updates posted here throughout the day:

2:45 p.m. update: Former NBA center and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins just said on “SportsCenter” that a Heat addition of Kyle Lowry in free agency would push the Heat past the Philadelphia 76ers and to No. 3 in the East (they closed No. 6 last season) and make them a challenger to the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

“They would be No. 3 in the East,” Perkins said. “It would be the Nets and the Bucks and the Miami Heat. If you get a guy like Kyle Lowry, at one of the most important positions in the game today, the point guard position, a guy that’s won a championship, a guy that’s battle tested, that fits the Heat Culture,

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