UNC Student Making Waves With New Alicia Keys Cover, Video

Up-and-coming pop star Kara Eliza has made quite the name for herself over the course of her young life.  Having started singing at the tender age of 8, Eliza — who is currently studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and set to graduate next month — she started writing and recording her own songs by her teens, and has performed on both sides of the Atlantic, even performing with Broadway stars in Neil Berg’s ‘Night of 1,000 Stars.’

A professionally trained opera singer with a 3-4 octave range, the New York native has just released her video for her cover of Alicia Keys’ hit single ‘New York State of Mind.’  The video is streaming online now here.  It opens with two of New York City’s most iconic images — the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty — before moving to footage of Eliza performing Keys’ song solo in a quaint studio setting.

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Eliza’s piano-driven performance is complimented with an unseen string accompaniment and percussion backing as it progresses.  The video ends with one last aerial shot of New York City lit up at night as its final statement to highlight even more the song’s lyrical love letter to the city that never sleeps.

More information on Eliza’s new single and video is available online now along with all of her latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.karaelizamusic.com

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

 

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ESPN To Feature Key ACC Matchup On 100th Episode of ‘College GameDay’

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ESPN’s flagship college basketball program will mark a special anniversary with coverage of a key ACC men’s basketball matchup next weekend.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm will air its 100th episode next Saturday, Feb. 18. The broadcast will come live from the site of a showdown between UNC and Virginia.

The program will air live beginning at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN with an evening edition leading into the network’s pre-game Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T broadcast at 8 p.m. ET.  Game coverage is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Rece Davis will anchor ESPN’s 11 a.m. edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm.  Davis will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams for additional commentary.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by Jay Bilas for additional commentary.  Reporter Maria Taylor will be courtside for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Saturday’s broadcast will mark the 16th time UNC has appeared on College GameDay Covered by State Farm.  The Tarheels currently sit 8th in the AP’s NCAA Men’s College Basketball Top 25 standings while the Cavaliers currently sit 12th.

The teams are much closer in the ACC standings. UNC currently sits second and Virginia third.  Both teams trail the Florida State Seminoles, who currently lead the conference standings at 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference.

More information on ESPN’s college basketball coverage is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-basketball

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

 

 

 

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Cavs-Heels Matchup The Focus Of This Week’s College GameDay Broadcast

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm is coming back to Virginia this weekend.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm will broadcast live from the campus of No. 7 Virginia this Saturday, February 27th. The network’s flagship college basketball program will air live from the home of the Cavaliers ahead of the team’s matchup with No. No. 5 UNC Saturday night. The game is ESPN’s spotlight game this week on Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV. It will air live on ESPN at 6:30pm ET. Saturday morning’s edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will air live at 11am ET. There will also be an evening edition of the broadcast leading up to Saturday night’s game.

Rece Davis anchors College GameDay Covered by State Farm. He is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Williams. Bilas will join Dan Shulman for the game’s coverage. Reporter Shannon Spake will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game.

Saturday’s matchup between the Cavs and Tarheels marks the tenth time overall that UNC has been the road team at the site of a GameDay broadcast. That is a record for the team. It also marks the second time this season that UNC has been the road team at a GameDay site.

Along with the details for Saturday’s broadcasts, the times for ESPN’s netflex games have been announced. They are as follows: Texas Tech at No. 2 Kansas (ESPN, Noon); Rhode Island at No. 15 Dayton (ESPN2, Noon); No. 12 Arizona at Utah (ESPN, 2 p.m.); Illinois State at Wichita State (ESPN2, 2 p.m.); No. 6 Maryland at No. 17 Purdue (ESPN, 4 p.m.); No. 19 Notre Dame at Florida State (ESPN2, 4 p.m.); Kansas State at No. 13 Iowa State (ESPN2, 6 p.m.); Florida at LSU (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.); Gonzaga at BYU (ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Fresno State at New Mexico (ESPN2, 10 p.m.) and UC Irvine at UC Davis (ESPN2, Midnight).

Each week, the site for College GameDay Covered by State Farm will be announced one week ahead of the given games. This ensures visits to the sites of top college basketball storylines and games that appear on the ESPN networks. More information on this weekend’s edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

http://espn.go.com/womens-basketball

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

 

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Daugherty, Others Staying With ESPN After 2014 NASCAR Season Ends

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ESPN and NASCAR are parting ways at the end of the 2014 season. Despite this change, there’s good news for audiences and ESPN’s NASCAR broadcast team. ESPN announced this week that analyst and team owner Brad Daugherty will remain with the worldwide leader in sports.

ESPN announced this week that Daugherty will join ESPN’s basketball broadcast team beginning Monday, December 1st. Daugherty is a former five-time NBA All-Star and college basketball standout. He will serve as an analyst on ESPN’s NBA Tonight, NBA Coast to Coast, and SportsCenter regularly. He will also make appearances on ESPNU’s ACC Sunday Night package along with other other programming across the ESPN family of networks.

Before joining ESPN’s NASCAR broadcasts, Daugherty served as a reporter for ESPN and ABC’s college basketball from 1999 – 2001. Prior to joining ESPN’s ranks, he also served as a game analyst for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs local broadcasts. His playing career included eight seasons as a member of the Cavaliers after being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 1986. He averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during his career. His love for NASCAR showed throughout his career as he wore the number 43 in honor of “The King” Richard Petty. The Cavs retired his number in 1997.

Daugherty is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill at the age of 16 and graduated from the university in 1986. He was named an All-ACC player twice during his college career and a first-team All-American in his senior year at the university. He averaged 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game during his senior year at UNC.

Daugherty’s is not the only move that ESPN has announced in regards to the network’s NASCAR broadcast team. Veteran racer and long-time ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven recently signed a new deal with ESPN that will see him remain with the network as a NASCAR analyst for SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms. Nicole Briscoe, it was announced last month, will serve as an anchor on SportsCenter and will also take on additional assignments. And reporter Marty Smith will stay on board with ESPN, too. He will remain with ESPN as a Bureau Reporter for ESPN. Allen Bestwick, who has led ESPN’s NASCAR coverage each week, will remain with the network, too. He will stay on to call ESPN’s IndyCar races and to cover tennis and golf coverage. He will also anchor some programming on ESPN’s new SEC Network.

More information on ESPN’s on-air staff and all of the latest sports headlines from ESPN is available online at:

Website: http://espn.go.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

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ESPN Announces Tuesday Superbowl Coverage

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The countdown to Superbowl XLVII is on.  One day down and six more to go.  Superbowl XLVII airs Sunday night on CBS affiliates nationwide.  In the meantime, NFL fans can get their football fix on ESPN and its family of networks both on TV and on the radio.  Tomorrow, the countdown rolls on with another whole day of programming dedicated solely to the big game.  It all starts Tuesday morning with Mike and Mike in the morning from 6am – 10am EST/5am – 9am CT.  Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards at 7:30am.  ESPN Insider Adam Schefter follows at 7:45 and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth will be in at 8am.  Audiences can check it all out on TV at ESPN2 and on the radio at every ESPN Radio affiliate across the country.

Mark and Mark are only the tip of the iceberg for Tuesday’s coverage.  Once they get things started, host Hannah Storm takes viewers into more depth along with ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Mark Schlereth and special guest Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel on SportsCenter on ESPN.  That’s from 9am – 3pm EST (8am – 2pm CT).

ESPN’s Colin Cowherd joins in the festivities on The Herd with Colin Cowherd from 10am – 1pm EST (9am – 12pm CT).  He’ll be joined by Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel at 10:30/9:30 CT and NFL legend Bill Romanowski at 12:15pm/11:15pm CT.  That’s on ESPN Radio and ESPNU.

Later in the afternoon, fans can tune in to SVP and Rusillo as hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Rusillo welcome ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi at 2:15/1:15CT.  That’s on ESPN News and every ESPN Radio affiliate across the dial.

Still not enough?  Host Steve Levy takes viewers into the later afternoon hours from 3pm/2pm CT – 4pm/3pm CT on ESPN.  He will be joined by ESPN analysts Herm Edwards and Tedy Bruschi in a special edition of SportsCenter presented by Little Caesar’s Pizza.

NFL Live follows the day’s special edition of SportsCenter.  Host Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Ron Jaworski will be discussing Sunday’s game and what to expect from both sides.  That’s Tuesday evening from 4pm/3pm CT – 5pm/4pmCT also on ESPN.

SportsNation presented by Toyota will be on at 4/3CT.  Hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley will be joined by ESPN analyst Herm Edwards and special guests Brett Keisel and Bill Romanowski on ESPN2.

As the sun starts to set on the day, the ESPN family of networks still has plenty of coverage for fans.  From 5/4CT  – 6/5CT, hosts Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen welcome fans for NFL32 on ESPN2.  They will be joined by ESPN Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth.

Steve Levy will be back on the air again from 6pm – 7pm EST/5pm – 6pm CT for another edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.  He will be joined by analysts Tedy Bruschi and Cris Carter.

ESPN’s Hispanic audience hasn’t been left out of the celebrations.  From 8pm – 9pm ET/7pm – 8pm CT, ESPN Dos will air the NFL Semanal special.  It will be hosted by Ciro Picuna.  Picuna will be joined by analysts Raul Allegre, Alvaro Martin, Eduardo Varela, John Sutcliffe, and Mauricia Pedroza.  It will also air at 9:30pm/8:30 CT and 12am/11pm CT on Latin North.

Capping the day’s Superbowl coverage is one more edition of SportsCenter from 9pm – 12am/8pm – 11pm CT on ESPN.  Host Stuart Scott is scheduled to host.  Scott will be joined live by analysts Trent Dilfer and Merril Hoge.

All programs are open for public viewing all week as they will be broadcast live from New Orleans.  Fans are encouraged to attend.

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