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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says Knicks missed out on Tyrese Haliburton

Boisterous ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith is blasting his beloved New York Knicks for passing on Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Smith made his opinion very clear during Wednesday’s episode of “SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith.” Smith said the Knicks should have drafted Haliburton with the No. 8 pick instead of Obi Toppin, and did so in trademark Stephen A-style during a segment entitled “Oh, No You Didn’t!”

“Rookie Tyrese Haliburton, who the New York Knicks should have drafted instead of Obi Toppin, dropping 15 points in the fourth quarter last night, hitting a late-game dagger to help win the game for the Sacramento Kings,” Smith said, referring to a recent win over the Chicago Bulls. “That’s Tyrese Haliburton. This brother can ball. Shooting about 50 percent from 3-point range. The brother is special. That’s who the New York

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Longwood’s Tra’Dayja Smith comes in at No. 5 on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 : Augusta Free Press

Tra’Dayja Smith. Photo by Mike Kropf/Longwood Athletics.

Longwood women’s basketball got a turn in the national spotlight Wednesday morning courtesy of senior Tra’Dayja Smith’s appearance on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on ESPN.

Smith became the latest Lancer featured on ESPN’s daily countdown of the top 10 plays in all of sports, earning the No. 5 spot for her self-assisted inbounds scoring play in the fourth quarter of the Lancers’ 54-52 win over USC Upstate Tuesday night.

The highlight saw the Lancer point guard showing off her veteran savvy in crunchtime, bouncing an inbounds pass from the baseline off a USC Upstate defender, collecting it and taking it to the basket for a go-ahead layup.

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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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