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Kenny Mayne says he was on ESPN Twitter watch list

1. I’m torn.

There is a part of me that feels bad ESPN gets labeled (unfairly) as being “too political” because that narrative is nonsense.

SportsCenter anchors aren’t covering the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Stephen A. Smith isn’t talking about people not taking jobs because they are getting unemployment money. College GameDay isn’t explaining Joe Biden’s infrastructure deal.

So to say ESPN covers politics is disingenuous.

Now, do ESPN personalities tweet about politics? Sure. I think they tweet more about social justice issues than politics, but I know people don’t appreciate nuance these days.

It doesn’t appear ESPN’s executive senior vice president Norby Williamson appreciates any of it, though.

In a new (and excellent) interview with The Ringer, former SportsCenter stalwart, Kenny Mayne discussed his departure from the network and shared some hard-to-believe stories about just how paranoid and sensitive ESPN is about the whole politics thing.

“They were

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Former Blue Valley High School standout Aidan Shaw cuts list to KU, MU, four others

The Kansas and Missouri men’s basketball teams have emerged as two of six finalists for Aidan Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound senior small forward recruit from Link Academy in Branson, Missouri.

Shaw, the No. 51-ranked prospect in the high school basketball recruiting Class of 2022 by 247sports.com and No. 56-ranked player by Rivals.com, on Thursday revealed a list of KU, MU, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Maryland and Arkansas on Twitter.

Shaw, a member of the Mokan Elite AAU program who played two seasons at Blue Valley High School, will visit Arkansas on Aug. 6-8. He has visited each of his other finalists.

At Link Academy, Shaw will be a teammate of major college prospects Bryson Warren, Tarris Reed and Trey Green.

At one time Shaw also had Kansas State, Wichita State, USC, Texas Tech, Creighton, Iowa State, Nebraska, TCU, Texas, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest on his list.

Shaw has said he’d

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El Pasoan Jordan O’Hara makes ESPN No. 1 SportsCenter top ten list

Jordan O’Hara admits he wasn’t sure why his parents were getting him out of bed at 11 p.m. Monday to watch a little television, but what flashed across ESPN’s SportsCenter was worth it.

The just-turned 8-year-old Jordan got to relive his spectacular moment in the Southwest Baseball League, his walk-off unassisted double play that was SportsCenter’s No. 1 highlight in their nightly top 10.

“Pretty cool,” Jordan said.

The play happened three weeks ago, with Jordan’s team leading 4-3 in the final inning of the 7U championship game.

“Technically, I got the ball on first base, it went past me a little,” Jordan said. “I got it and I was going to dive to first, but I saw I didn’t have to. I stepped on it. Then I saw the runner going to score. Technically I ran to him and I got him.”

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Degenkolb, Jakobsen top start list for GP Vermarc Sport

John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) and Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) will headline the start list for the GP Vermarc Sport, the first kermesse of the post-COVID19 racing season with professional teams.

Mathieu van der Poel is not on the start list, but his Alpecin-Fenix teammates Tim Merlier, the current Belgian champion, and German sprinter Alexander Krieger are among the 169 starters, as is Victor Campenaerts, racing as an independent.

The race is set for Sunday in the Flemish Brabant town of Rotselaar, home to the clothing manufacturer that supplies Lotto Soudal and Deceuninck-Quickstep.

The organisers plan for no spectators at the start and finish, with a neutral roll out of 4km followed by ten laps of the 15.4km circuit plus 6km for a total of 164km.

Only riders, one mechanic, one attendant and a team sports director will be allowed at the start finish for each team, and face masks are

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