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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’s Scott Van Pelt tests positive for COVID-19, will miss next few ‘SportsCenter’ episodes [Video]

Popular ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt will be sidelined for the next few midnight episodes of “SportsCenter” after testing positive for COVID-19, he revealed through Twitter on Thursday.

Van Pelt disclosed that while he feels fine, he has lost his senses of smell and taste, which first prompted him to get tested. It’s unclear how long Van Pelt will be out.

Van Pelt joins a list of ESPN personalities including Matthew Berry, Doris Burke, Todd McShay and Dan Dakich to test positive for the virus. He later added that his dog

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ESPN Promotes Elle Duncan to 6 p.m. SportsCenter; Sage Steele Moves to Noon Time Slot, Gets ESPN+ Show

ESPN is tinkering with the anchor lineup for its signature studio show SportsCenter.

Elle Duncan is being promoted to the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter (the flagship hour) on weekdays with Kevin Negandhi, while Sage Steele will move from 6 p.m. to the noon hour alongside Matt Barrie on Mondays-Thursdays, the network announced Tuesday.

Why the move?

“We have a very talented and diverse set of voices on SportsCenter and a deep lineup of quality individuals who make up the team,” ESPN evp Norby Williamson said in a statement. “As we turn the page to 2021, we’re doing what we have always done – providing new opportunities for some anchors to experience different shows and pairings while offering continuity and familiarity to our viewers with other editions.”

Duncan is currently on maternity leave, and will join Negandhi upon her planned return in February. During her time at ESPN, Duncan has

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ESPN promotes Elle Duncan to evening ‘SportsCenter,’ moves Sage Steele to daytime [Video]

ESPN announced another talent shakeup on Tuesday.

Anchor Elle Duncan, who has been on maternity leave, will take over for Sage Steele on the 6 p.m. ET “SportsCenter” alongside Kevin Negandhi. Steele will move to the noon “SportsCenter” slot in Duncan’s former role alongside Matt Barrie. The move will take place after the College Football Playoff in mid-January.

The swap is another maneuver spearheaded by ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson, who oversaw a recent network radio shakeup that pushed the network toward more of a strict sports focus and away from pop culture and politics. The altered radio lineup cut an hour off of Dan LeBatard’s show and played a role in his recent decision to leave the network amid creative differences with the network.

Williamson addressed the “SportsCenter” swap in the network’s announcement Tuesday.

“We have a very talented and diverse set of voices on SportsCenter and a

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