ESPN Networks To Cover WNBA Playoffs

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The 2021 WNBA Playoffs start Thursday, and the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the games.

Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday as No. 7 Dallas goes on the road against No. 6 Chicago. Coverage continues at 10 p.m. as No. 5 Phoenix hosts No. 8 New York. Both games will air on ESPN2.

The full schedule for this year’s WNBA Playoffs on the ESPN networks is noted below.’

 WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google – Television Schedule

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, Sep 238 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 7 Dallas at No. 6 Chicago Ryan Ruocco, Rebecco Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
10 p.m.First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 8 New York at No. 5 Phoenix
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Sun, Sep 26TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 3 Minnesota
TBD
TBD  Second Round (Single Elimination)
TBD at No. 4 Seattle
TBD
Tue, Sep 288 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 1
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Thu, Sep 308 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
10 p.m.Semifinals Game 2
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 3TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
TBD
TBDSemifinals Game 3
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
TBD
Wed, Oct 6TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 1 Connecticut at TBD
ESPN
TBDSemifinals Game 4*
No. 2 Las Vegas at TBD
ESPN
Fri, Oct 8TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 1 Connecticut
ESPN2
TBDSemifinals Game 5*
TBD at No. 2 Las Vegas
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 103 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 1ABC
Wed, Oct 139 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 2ESPN
Fri, Oct 159 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 3ESPN2
Sun, Oct173 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 4*ESPN
Tue, Oct 199 p.m.WNBA Finals Game 5*ESPN2

Two broadcast teams will cover the games in this year’s playoffs. They are noted below

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, and Holly Rowe
  • Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, and Ros Gold-Onwude

Monica McNutt will anchor studio coverage of the playoffs with additional commentary from Carolyn Peck.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs is available along with the latest WNBA headlines at:

Website: https://www.espn.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/espn

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ESPN Announces College Football Championships Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college football season is still very young, but ESPN has already planned its coverage of the sport’s “post season.”

A press release distributed Wednesday announced it will air seven conference championship games between Dec. 3 and 4. The conference championship games will be for the Pac-12, Big 12, MAC, Sunbelt Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southwest Athletic Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 3 on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the PAC-12 championship. The other six championships will air throughout the day Dec. 4, starting with the Big 12 and MAC championships at noon. The Big 12 Championship is scheduled to air live on ABC and ESPN Radio while the MAC Championship is scheduled to air on ESPN.

Coverage continues at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The AAC Champion will be crowned in that conference’s championship game at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

Kickoff for the SWAC Championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The day winds down at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the ACC Championship.

The full Dec. 3-4 CFB Conference Championship Schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, Dec 38 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game
(Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.)
ABC/ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 4NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game
(AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas)
ABC/ESPN Radio
 Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship Game
(Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.)
ESPN
3:30 p.m.Sun Belt Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN
4 p.m.American Athletic Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ABC
 SWAC Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN2
8 p.m.Subway ACC Championship Game
(Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.)
ABC/ESPN Radio

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

Website: https://espn.com/college-football

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/espncfb

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ABKCO Releases ‘Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson’ Soundtrack

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ABKCO is celebrating the forthcoming debut of Lifetime’s forthcoming Mahalia Jackson biopic Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson with the release of the movie’s soundtrack.

The label released the movie’s soundtrack Friday to all digital outlets. The 20-song soundtrack features multiple performances by lead star Danielle Brooks, who takes on the role of the iconic singer.

Brooks, a Juliard graduate and Grammy Award winner, discussed portraying Jackson and performing in the movie during a recent interview.

“Mahalia Jackson moved the masses with her sound,” said Brooks. “Her voice somehow encompassed the fullness of the black experience. It represented where we wanted to go, how we wanted to be seen. While recording her music I definitely felt a high level of responsibility to fulfill all that she was through spirit, sound, and feeling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to remind this generation of her legacy and all the goodness she left the world with.”

Matthew Head, who produced the movie’s soundtrack, also wrote the movie’s instrumental score. His work is, by connection, also featured as part of the overall soundtrack. The soundtrack’s track listing is noted below.

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Music From The Motion Picture) tracklisting

  1. Worthy Of Your Gifts – Matthew Head  

  2. Hello Heartbreak – Jazmin Crumley 

  3. My God Is Real (Yes God Is Real) – Danielle Brooks 

  4. Elijah Rock – Danielle Brooks 

  5. Estelle’s Childhood – Matthew Head 

  6. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child – Danielle Brooks 

  7. Hallelujah, Praise God (Mildred’s Piano Audition) – Matthew Head 

  8. Come On Children, Let’s Sing – Danielle Brooks 

  9. Move On Up A Little Higher – Danielle Brooks 

  10. How I Got Over – Danielle Brooks 

  11. Mildred Soaks Her Hands – Matthew Head 

  12. Sweetened Water Song – Matthew Head 

  13. His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Danielle Brooks 

  14. Studs and Mahalia discuss Bus Boycott – Matthew Head 

  15. Discussion of Faith – Matthew Head 

  16. Didn’t It Rain – Danielle Brooks 

  17. I’ve Been Buked – Danielle Brooks 

  18. Mildred Storms Out – Matthew Head 

  19. Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Danielle Brooks 

  20. I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song – Danielle Brooks

More information on this and other titles from ABKCO is available along with the label’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.abkco.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abkco

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABKCO

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Sydney Sherwood’s New EP Will Put Listeners In A Positive Headspace

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood officially returns this weekend with her first new studio recording in almost three years.  Sherwood is scheduled to release her sophomore EP Headspace Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.  The six-song record is Sherwood’s sophomore EP and is an interesting new presentation from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that is worth hearing at least once.  That is thanks to the record’s musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced in part through the record’s lead single, ‘Creep.’  This song will be addressed shortly.  ‘Let Me Down,’ its second single, is another example of how the EP’s overall content makes it successful.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another of its most notable additions.  It will also be examined later.  When it is considered along with the EP’s other three songs, the whole of the EP proves itself a positive new offering from Sherwood.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP, Headspace is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter that gives some hope for the future of her career in the music industry.  The 24-minute record’s musical and lyrical content serve well to support that statement.  Its lead single, ‘Creep’ is just one way in which the EP’s collective content makes the record engaging and entertaining.  Its musical arrangement is immediately infectious with its bluesy groove and smoky vocals.  The bass and solid time keeping work with the guitar and vocals to fully immerse listeners in the composition.  The whole of the arrangement is infectious, but it also plays its own important part to the song.  That relaxed almost…sensual vibe exuded in the arrangement actually does well to help illustrate the song’s lyrical theme, that being the relatable topic of mental health.

Sherwood openly talked about the noted topic during a recent interview.  She said of the matter, “Being someone that has struggled with anxiety, when it came to writing ‘Creep,’ I really wanted to give an inside look on what anxiety feels like, the emotions you experience while in a panic attack, and the idea that the same mind that thinks of the beauty of life is also the one that thinks negative thoughts which can really drag you down.”… My main goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or you can overcome that fear.”

Her statements are illustrated in the song’s lyrics, which state in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “We’ve all  got our demons/And we’ve all got our reasons for dealing/With this heavy baggage/The  way we do/It takes a hold of you/Oh no/Here it comes again/Feels like  I’m trapped inside a room/No blinds/No way to see it through/Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/I’m blind/Down on the upside/Hide behind a smile/But I can’t lie/ Locked down/I never knew/A beautiful mind/Could be so cruel/Just inhale/Exhale/Count to ten/Before the thoughts creep back in.”  That last line is where the   song’s title comes from.  The overall statement here clearly achieves Sherwood’s goal of translating what the noted figures go through in battling anxiety, feeling it literally creeping into one’s mind.  The continued statements in the song’s second verse, of “living with ghosts” but having “figured you out” shows perhaps a hint of managing to overcome the noted negative thoughts and emotions.  Again, the song’s musical arrangement works with these lyrics to sort of hint at how those thoughts and emotions tend to so coolly slide into a person’s mind.  At the same time, the musical approach also echoes the ease in one’s mind in recognizing and overcoming the situation at hand.  It makes the song a good example of why Sherwood’s new EP succeeds. 

‘Creep’ is a good example of why ‘Headspace’ works as well as it does, and is just one example of why the EP is worth hearing.  ‘Let Me Down,’ the EP’s second single, is another example of what makes the record worth hearing.  The song’s musical arrangement is its own interesting presentation.  It is an up-tempo work whose subtle keyboards work with Sherwood’s vocals and the other instruments to give the song a sort of country-pop sensibility.  At the same time, those noted keyboards also give the song the most subtle of an 80s infusion.  That overall approach and sound is certain to engage and entertain listeners in its own right.  It is just one part of why the song is notable.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds to the song’s appeal.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Let Me Down’ centers on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship.  Sherwood talked about that during a recent interview, noting, ““I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time.   I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.”

These comments are illustrated right from the song’s outset as Sherwood sings in the song’s lead verse, “These days are not feeling right/How could I be so blind/The only thing you did/Was so inconsiderate/You pulled the wool over my eyes/Now I’m just confused/Because of you/I gave you every chance/You threw my heart around…”  The last couple of lines are slightly difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference, but more than enough of the content is understandable that it is easy to see that Sherwood has done well to translate her comments in this case.  The song follows in quite similar fashion in the second verse, opening with Sherwoood telling that other person, “I wish you could see/How selfish you could be/And how it makes me feel/I wish the person that you were in my mind/Lined up with who you are for real/But now you’ll never say/I’m afraid you’ll stay the same.”  Again, there is a lot here to which listeners can relate.  Going back to the song’s musical arrangement, the energy in that element makes one believe that these are words that Sherwood is saying to that person in her mind, not quite to that person’s face.  It would explain that energy, as it reflects perhaps, her racing thoughts at that moment.  There is a certain sadness that goes along with those racing thoughts, adding even more to the interest of the song in whole.  Keeping all of this in mind here, no question is left as to why the song was chosen as one of the EP’s singles.   It does that much by itself to show why the EP is worth hearing.  It is just one more of the songs featured in the EP that shows the record’s strength.  ‘All The Aces,’ which closes out the record, is yet another way in which Headspace proves itself worth its own attention.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘All The Aces’ is a catchy, southern-tinged style work whose gritty guitar sound and vocals immediately lend themselves to certain works from the likes of Carrie Underwood.  It is a song that is certain to become a fan favorite especially for live shows (whenever live shows return).  The sense of confidence exhibited in the song’s musical arrangement pairs well with the song’s equally seemingly positive lyrical theme.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘All The Aces’ comes across as someone who is just trying to put the past behind —  perhaps from a bad relationship — and move forward in life.  This is inferred in the mention that, “No more/I’ll tell you the truth/Those days are gone/Gotta get back on and soldier on…go on and try me again/I wouldn’t recommend it/Can’t wait to see the look on your face…”   There are points here that are difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  That aside, just enough is understandable here that this song is a (seemingly) direct contrast to ‘Let Me Down.’  It shows someone who has worked through the emotions of whatever happened with whomever in the past and decided to let it all go.  It is a song that promotes self-empowerment, again making itself easy for listeners to relate.  That accessibility, together with the entertainment and engagement ensured by the song’s musical arrangement, leaves no doubt as to the EP’s appeal.  When it is considered alongside ‘Creep,’ ‘Let Me Down’ and the EP’s remaining trio of songs, the whole makes the EP a presentation that is deserving of its own share of attention.

Sydney Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace is a positive new effort from the up-and-coming singer-songwriter.  That is proven throughout the course of the record through the EP’s collective musical and lyrical content.  Each of the songs examined here support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the record’s remaining works, the EP in whole proves to be a presentation that will put any listener in a positive mindset.  Headspace is scheduled for release Saturday through Keep It Simple Records.

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sydneysherwood.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sydney.sherwood.714

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ssherwoodmusic

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Sydney Sherwood Debuts ‘Let Me Down’ Acoustic Take, Companion Video

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood debuted the video for her latest single over the weekend.

Sherwood debuted the video for the acoustic take of her song ‘Let Me Down‘ Friday. ‘Let Me Down’ is the second single from Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace, which is scheduled for release Feb. 27. Sherwood debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘Creep‘ last month.

Headspace is Sherwood’s second EP. She released her debut EP, Beauty from Ashes March 3, 2019. Her new EP was produced and co-written by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock. The EP was recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio, which Craddock owns.

The acoustic take of ‘Let Me Down’ is a stark contrast from ‘Creep.’ It is a more vulnerable work that that song and even the full version of the song featured in her new EP. At the same time though, it still does well to evoke the emotion that Sherwood meant to generate through the composition.

Sherwood talked about that emotion and the story behind the song during a recent interview.

“I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time,” she said. “I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.”

‘Let Me Down’ is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.

The Headspace track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. Wolves
2. Let Me Down
3. Creep
4. Born to Roll
5. Horizon’s Edge
6. All The Aces

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.sydneysherwood.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/sydney.sherwood.714

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ssherwoodmusic

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Sydney Sherwood Announces New EP Release Date, Art, Track Listing; Debuts EP’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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Independent singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Sydney Sherwood debuted the video for her latest single this week.

Sherwood debuted the lyric video for her single ‘Creep‘ Tuesday. The song and its video are the first from Sherwood’s forthcoming EP Headspace, which is scheduled for release Feb. 27. The EP, her second — her debut EP Beauty From Ashes was released March 3, 2019 — was produced and co-written by Daughtry guitarist Brian Craddock. The EP was recorded at The Cat Room Recording Studio, which Craddock owns.

The Headspace track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. Wolves
2. Let Me Down
3. Creep
4. Born to Roll
5. Horizon’s Edge
6. All The Aces

The ‘Creep’ video features the song’s lyrics, which according to a statement from Sherwood focus on the topic of anxiety — a mental health concern — as the song’s bluesy groove plays over.

According to Sherwood, the song’s lyrical content comes from a personal vantage point.

“Being someone that has struggled with anxiety, when it came to writing ‘Creep,’ I really wanted to give an inside look on what anxiety feels like, the emotions you experience while in a panic attack, and the idea that the same mind that thinks of the beauty of life is also the one that thinks negative thoughts which can really drag you down,” she said. “I found in my experience that some people didn’t understand what it was like to have anxiety and would just tell me to “be positive” or “just don’t think about it” and I wished they understood or could feel what was going on inside. My main goal with this song was to illustrate the war that goes on in your head when you have anxiety as well as how you can either choose to let fear overcome you or you can overcome that fear.”

‘Creep’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

More information on Sydney Sherwood’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of her latest news at:

Website: http://www.sydneysherwood.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sydney.sherwood.714

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ssherwoodmusic

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ESPN Announces ‘Capital One Bowl Mania’ Broadcast Schedule

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It is officially time to go bowling.

The 2020-21 college football season’s bowl schedule, dubbed Capital One Bowl Mania, opens at 2:30 p.m. ET today. The inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl opens this season’s bowl schedule on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Appalachian State and North Texas will face off in this afternoon’s bowl, with the broadcast team of Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee, and Marty Smith on the call.

The month-long schedule culminates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Jan. 11. The College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

While Capital One Bowl Mania will feature 27 bowl games, 13 bowl games had been cancelled as of Sunday. Among those games cancelled were bowls, such as the Cricket Celebration Bowl, Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl, and Holiday Bowl. The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

This year’s Capital One Bowl Mania schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule (excluding NY6 Bowls)

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Mon, Dec. 212:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl*
Appalachian State vs. North Texas
Brooks Stadium – Conway, S.C.
Courtney Lyle, Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee/Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Dec. 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl*
Tulane vs. Nevada
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Davis
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl*
UCF vs. BYU
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Lericia Harris
Radio: Chris Carlin, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 233 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl*
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Lauren Sisler
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 243:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl*
Hawai‘i vs. Houston
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden
Radio: Kevin Winter, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec. 252:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl*
Marshall vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 26NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl*
South Carolina vs. UAB
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC / ESPN Deportes
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl*
Louisiana vs. UTSA
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Texas
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ABC / ESPN Deportes
 LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Ala.
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
7:30 p.m.FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl*
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
8 p.m.Mercari Texas Bowl*
Arkansas vs. TCU
NRG Stadium – Houston
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jan. 11 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Sat, Jan. 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC

* — ESPN owned and operated event

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Grown-Ups Got Plenty Of TV To Enjoy In 2020

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Families nationwide got a lot of worthwhile ways to spend time together during the COVID-19 pandemic this year, thanks to all of the new DVDs, Blu-rays and box sets.  Of course while families got plenty to watch together, grown-ups also needed something of their own to enjoy.  Thankfully this year produced just as much for grown-ups to enjoy as children.  That is why Phil’s Picks is taking a look at what were among the best of this year’s new DVD and Blu-ray box sets for grown-ups.  This year saw a bunch of new content from Warner Brothers and DC, some better than others (E.g. the new Swamp Thing reboot and new seasons of Black LightningBlack Lightning proved better this year than Swamp Thing, but the latter still proved worth watching at least once.  Itv and PBS presented a rather intriguing new season of itv’s crime drama Endeavour.  The season was okay but left something to be wanted.  The short-lived deep comedy The Good Place finally met its end this year and also received its only full-series release on Blu-ray thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory.  In an even more surprising move, ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family got a full series release this month exclusively through Target.  While not inexpensive, it is a presentation that devotees will appreciate.  It is just one more entry in Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New DVD & Blu-ray Box Sets For Grown-ups category. 

As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 titles in the category along with five honorable mentions for a total of 15 titles.  Without further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 new DVD & Blu-ray Box Sets for Grown-Ups.

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW DVD & BLU-RAY BOX SETS FOR GROWN-UPS

  1. Endeavour: Season Seven
  2. The Good Place: The Complete Series
  3. Modern Family: The Complete Series
  4. Doctor Who: Season 12
  5. The Expanse: Season 4
  6. Black Lightning: The Complete Second Season
  7. Black Lightning: The Complete Third Season
  8. Stargirl: The Complete First Season
  9. Mission: Impossible: The Complete Series
  10. Gunsmoke: The Complete Series 65th Anniversary Set
  11. Gunsmoke: The Movies
  12. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Season 1
  13. Swamp Thing: The Complete Series
  14. Star Trek Picard: Season 1
  15. The Twilight Zone: Season 1

One more list is up to finish up this year’s lists.  That list is the year’s top new re-issues.  Stay tuned for that.

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Early Details Announced For 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen

The 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen will go on.

COVID-19 will not stop the event from taking place as athletes and ESPN’s crews will return to Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort near Aspen, CO. The three-day event is scheduled to take place Jan. 29-31, with athletes competing in no less than 14 different disciplines. the full list of the upcoming games’ events is available here.

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While the games will go on, COVID-19 restrictions will prevent the public from taking in the event in person. Though audiences will get to watch all the events take place on television on ESPN, EPN2, and ABC, as well as online.

New to the 2021 X Games Aspen is a virtual experience for fans. Audiences can create their own avatars, interact with sponsors, and even play games for chances to win prizes.

More information on the 2021 ESPN X Games Aspen is available along with the event’s latest news at:

Website: http://xgames.espn.go.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/XGames

Twitter: http://twitter.com/xgames

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Come Live From Coastal Carolina Saturday

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot air live from South Carolina this weekend.

The network’s flagship college football program will air live from the campus of No. 18 Coastal Carolina University Saturday. It marks the first time that the program will have ever run from the university. It is ahead of the Chanticleers’ matchup with No. 13 BYU.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join Davis for the broadcast. Lee Corso will join the broadcast remotely from his home while Jen Lada, Pat McAfee, Tom Rinaldi, and Gene Wojciechowski will also contribute.

The matchup between BYU and Coastal Carolina is just one of the games set for Saturday’s day-long college football schedule. No. 4 Ohio State will visit Michigan State, with coverage starting at noon on ABC. Over on ESPN, No. 5 Texas A&M will visit Auburn.

No. 17 UNC will host the Western Carolina Catamounts at noon on the ACC Network. ESPN2 will broadcast the matchup of No. 15 Oklahoma State and TCU, also at noon. that game will simulcast on ESPN Radio.

No. 12 Indiana will visit No. 16 Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN as the day continues. Virginia Tech will host No. 3 Clemson in the day’s headliner on ABC.

The full schedule for this weekend’s college football matchups is noted below.

Updated at noon ET on Thursday, Dec. 3. All rankings are CFP Rankings (Dec. 1).

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Dec 48:30 p.m.Louisiana at Appalachian State
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
ESPN
Sat, Dec 5NoonNo. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Quint Kessenich
ABC
No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
ESPN
No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN2/ESPN Radio
Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Lericia Harris
ACC Network
Arkansas at Missouri
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Toledo at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney, Bob Chmiel
ESPN3
Memphis at Tulane
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Rice at No. 21 MarshallESPN+
2 p.m.Ball State at Central Michigan
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Bowling Green at Akron
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry
ESPN3
Troy at South AlabamaESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky, Devin Gardner
ESPN+
3 p.m.Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas StateESPN3
3:30 p.m.No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
No. 24 Tulsa at Navy
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Alex Chappell
ESPN2
Boston College at VirginiaESPN3
4 p.m.Georgia Tech at NC State
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Eric Wood
ACC Network
Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
5:30 p.m.No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Ryan McGee
ESPNU
6 p.m.Florida Atlantic at Georgia SouthernESPN+
7 p.m.No. 23 Oregon at California
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Taylor McGregor
ESPN
7:30 p.m.No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ABC
South Carolina at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
No. 1 Alabama at LSU
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN Radio
8 p.m.No. 10 Miami at Duke
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
9 p.m.Houston at SMU
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPNU
10:30 p.m.Oregon State at Utah
Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN
Sun, Dec 6NoonWestern Kentucky at CharlotteESPN3

Note: Not all digital games are exclusive

More information on the ESPN networks’ college football coverage is available online along with all of the latest college football news at:

Websitehttp://www.espn.com/college-football

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