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ESPN ThisWeek- February 14, 2017

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ESPN to Exclusively Televise NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday;
90-Minute Specials of The Jump Live in New Orleans Thursday and Friday;
ESPN NFL’s Adam Schefter Debuts as NBA Reporter for Wednesday’s Knicks-Thunder Game
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ESPN will televise NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017 on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The annual game features stars from film, television, music and sports. This year, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, co-hosts of SC6SportsCenter’s 6 p.m. show – will serve as the guest coaches for the West and East teams, respectively.

Mark Jones, the voice of the NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC, will provide play-by-play for the telecast, alongside Michelle Beadle (NBA Countdown, SportsNation), who will call her first Celebrity Game. Cassidy Hubbarth will join Jones and Beadle as the sideline reporter.

ESPN’s The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols, will be in New Orleans for a special 90-minute show on Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The show will emanate from the Riverview Room on Decatur Street.

For additional details on ESPN’s coverage of NBA All-Star, visit ESPN Media Zone.

The PlayStation Vue Crossover – basketball doubleheaders on ESPN and ESPN2 on Wednesday, Feb. 15 – will feature a mix of NBA and college basketball analysts on the call of each game.

NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm starts at 7 p.m. on ESPN with the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James hosting the Indiana Pacers and Paul George with college basketball analysts Dick Vitale and Bill Walton on the call. They will be joined by Dave Pasch and reporter Lisa Salters. The NBA nightcap of the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook at 9:30 p.m. will feature NFL Insider Adam Schefter, working his first game as an NBA reporter. Also calling the game is Ryan Ruocco and analysts Dan Dakich and Jeff Van Gundy.

For additional details on ESPN’s coverage of The Crossover, visit ESPN Media Zone.


Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network(s)
Tue, Feb 14 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan, Stephen Jackson, Michael Rapaport
Wed, Feb 15 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  7 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers
Dave Pasch, Dick Vitale, Bill Walton, Lisa Salters
  9:30 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder
Ryan Ruocco, Jeff Van Gundy, Dan Dakich, Adam Schefter
Thu, Feb 16 3 p.m. The Jump (live in New Orleans, 90 minute special)
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Amin Elhassan, Zach Lowe, Michael Rapaport, Jason Terry, King Cake Baby, Michelle Beadle
Fri, Feb 17 3 p.m. The Jump (in New Orleans, 90 minute special)
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Amin Elhassan, Zach Lowe, Michael Rapaport, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, CJ McCollum, Baron Davis, Mary Babers Green (Draymond Green’s mom)
  7 p.m. NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017
Mark Jones, Michelle Beadle, Cassidy Hubbarth
Coaches: Michael Smith, Jemele Hill
  9 p.m.


BBVA Rising Stars Challenge
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry, Marc Stein, Shelley Smith, Kevin Winters, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN Radio


Sat, Feb 18


8 p.m.


NBA All Star Saturday Night
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry, Marc Stein, Shelley Smith, Kevin Winters, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN Radio


Sat, Feb 18


7:30 p.m.


NBA All-Star Game
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry, Marc Stein, Shelley Smith, Kevin Winters, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN Radio


ESPN.com MLB Writers Begin Reporting From Team Spring Training Sites This Week
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Beginning this week, ESPN.com MLB writers will be reporting from their Spring Training sites across Florida and Arizona. Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) and Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) will provide perspective from a variety a sites including the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels and others.


Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) – Boston Red Sox – Fort Myers, Fla.

Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) – New York Yankees – Tampa, Fla.

Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) – Chicago Cubs – Mesa, Ariz.

Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) – Miami Marlins (Monday-Tuesday) – Jupiter, Fla.


Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Phoenix, Ariz.

Eddie Matz (@ESPNeddiematz) – Washington Nationals – West Palm Beach, Fla.

Saxon – St. Louis Cardinals – Jupiter, Fla.

Writers will be providing in-depth pieces on Spring Training topics as well as up-to-the-minute content for ESPN.com. In addition to those on site, Bradford Doolittle (@bbdoolittle) will have a piece discussing the players to watch during Spring Training.

Spring Training Content Schedule



  • Lauber outlines the impact of former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz not being in the team’s clubhouse this Spring Training.


  • Saxon provides the scene from Marlins Spring Training as the team deals with the loss of teammate Jose Fernandez.
  • Lauber speaks with new Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale.


  • Rogers outlines the difference the Cubs face in Spring Training as defending World Series Champions.
  • Stark discusses the health of the New York Mets pitching staff this season.


  • Saxon outlines what lies ahead for the Cardinals this season.
  • Lauber provides a look at the offseason training program utilized by Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Additionally, players’ developments and potential in the coming season are discussed, including a preview of what is next for Nationals’ right fielder Bryce Harper and more.

Additional Highlights



  • David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) discusses what storylines are next for the game of baseball.
  • Marchand examines if Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi should be the one under pressure for the team’s performance.


  • Matz looks ahead to what is next for Harper
  • Crasnick provides a look at the decline of the veteran pitcher.*


  • Padilla explains the continued growth of Clayton Kershaw
  • Doolittle discusses if Dexter Fowler’s defense will be as effective in St. Louis as it was in Chicago.


  • Marchand examines Yankees’ pitcher Aroldis Champan’s role with the team this season and what impact it will have on others.

*Feature rescheduled from last week

Men’s College Basketball: Annual NBA-College Hoops Crossover, 100th Episode of College GameDay Highlight Weekly Schedule
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The PlayStation Vue Crossover – basketball doubleheaders on ESPN and ESPN2 on Wednesday, Feb. 15 – will feature a mix of NBA and college basketball analysts on the call of each game.

Crossover Highlights (full release)

  • Dick Vitale and Bill Walton will be on the call of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). Vitale and Walton called the network’s first high school game when LeBron James was a senior at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School (Ohio)
  • ESPN3 will feature a secondary feed of the game that includes a camera solely dedicated to Vitale, Walton and Pasch throughout the game.
  • Analyst Dan Dakich will call his first NBA game – the New York Knicks at the Oklahoma City Thunder (9:30 p.m., ESPN)
  • An ACC top-25 showdown between No. 12 Duke at No. 14 Virginia (9 p.m., ESPN2) with Karl Ravech, analysts Jay Bilas and Doug Collins, plus reporter Maria Taylor, on the call

ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will celebrate its 100th episode at North Carolina, which will be making its record 16th appearance on the show, on Saturday, Feb. 18, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T matchup showcasing No. 14 Virginia at No. 10 North Carolina (ESPN, 8:15 p.m., ESPN / ESPN3 Surround). College GameDay airs at 11 a.m. with an evening edition leading into the game telecast at 8 p.m.

Early week action during Big Monday presented by EBay and Super Tuesday presented by CenturyLink.

  • Big Monday has a 7 p.m. ACC doubleheader featuring a pair of ranked teams – No. 14 Virginia hosts Miami (ESPN) and No. 17 Florida State hosts Boston College (ESPNU)
  • Also in action Monday is No. 9 West Virginia at home against Texas (9 p.m., ESPN)
  • The Super Tuesday slate includes a top-25 showdown between No. 21 South Carolina and No. 15 Florida (7 p.m., ESPN)
  • Also on Tuesday, No. 4 Baylor hosts Oklahoma (7 p.m., ESPN2)

 Additional schedule highlights:

  • Also in action across the schedule is No. 5 Arizona, No. 7 Oregon, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 13 Kentucky, No. 16 Purdue, No. 18 Cincinnati, No. 19 SMU, No. 22 Saint Mary’s and No. 25 Notre Dame
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater network will offer live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college basketball games on Saturday from 1-9 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8-11 p.m.

Weekly Schedule (Wednesday-Tuesday); Full Season Schedule

Weekly Men’s College Basketball Key Matchup

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Wed, Feb 15 6:30 p.m. Arkansas at No. 21 South Carolina
Dave Neal, Chris Spatola
SEC Network
  7 p.m. PlayStation Vue Crossover: Iowa State at Kansas State
Dave O’Brien, P.J. Carlesimo, Kara Lawson, Holly Rowe
  No. 18 Cincinnati at USF
Ted Emrich, Malcolm Huckaby
  9 p.m. PlayStation Vue Crossover: No. 12 Duke at No. 14 Virginia
Karl Ravech, Jay Bilas/Doug Collins, Maria Taylor

ESPN3 Surround

Thu, Feb 16 7 p.m. No. 11 Wisconsin at Michigan
Rece Davis, Jim Calhoun
  9 p.m. Utah at No. 7 Oregon
Dave Pasch, Fran Fraschilla
Sat, Feb 18 Noon No. 25 Notre Dame at NC State
Mike Couzens, Doris Burke, Allison Williams
  Tulsa at No. 18 Cincinnati
Alex Faust, Mark Wise
  2 p.m. No. 15 Florida at Mississippi State
Beth Mowins, Dalen Cuff
  Texas Tech at No. 9 West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla
  4 p.m. Michigan State at No. 16 Purdue
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich, Molly McGrath
  No. 17 Florida State at Pittsburgh
Tom Hart, Cory Alexander
  6 p.m. No. 13 Kentucky at Georgia
Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale
  No. 19 SMU at Houston
Allen Bestwick, Tim Welsh
  8 p.m. No. 5 Arizona at Washington
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
  8:15 p.m. Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T: No. 14 Virginia at No. 10 North Carolina
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Maria Taylor
  8:30 p.m. No. 21 South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Matt Stewart, Barry Booker
SEC Network
  10 p.m. No. 22 Saint Mary’s at BYU
Eric Rothman, Adrian Branch
Sun, Feb 19 6:30 p.m. ACC Sunday Night Basketball:
Syracuse at Georgia Tech
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
Mon, Feb 20 Big Monday Presented by eBay (ESPN, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. Miami at No. 14 Virginia
Sean McDonough, Doris Burke, Allison Williams
  Boston College at No. 17 Florida State
Kevin Brown, LaPhonso Ellis
  9 p.m. Texas at No. 9 West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla, Holly Rowe
  Iowa State at Texas Tech
Brendan Fitzgerald, Paul Biancardi
Tue, Feb 21 Super Tuesday Presented by CenturyLink (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 21 South Carolina at No. 15 Florida
Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham, Kaylee Hartung
  Oklahoma at No. 4 Baylor
Joe Sciambi, Miles Simon
  Clemson at Virginia Tech
Rich Hollenberg, Dino Gaudio
  9 p.m. Indiana at Iowa
Jason Benetti, Dan Dakich, Molly McGrath
  Ole Miss at Mississippi State
Tom Hart, LaPhonso Ellis
  East Carolina at Tulane
Bernie Guenther, Mark Wise
  No. 13 Kentucky at Missouri
Adam Amin, Jon Sundvold
SEC Network

Women’s College Basketball: Play4Kay and Big Monday Games; Fourteen Ranked Teams
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This week’s women’s college basketball schedule features 14 ranked teams, including No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Mississippi State, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Florida State, No. 6 South Carolina, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 8 Texas, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 13 Duke, No. 15 NC State, No. 21 Syracuse, No. 22 USF, No. 23 Texas A&M and No. 25 Drake.

Sunday’s slate will include five Play4Kay games on ESPN2 and ESPNU, honoring late head coach Kay Yow and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The annual event, in its 11th year, will raise awareness and funds to support women’s cancer research initiatives. Together with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund provides several research grants across the country each year. Big Monday on ESPN2 is also part of the initiative, tipping off at 7 p.m. with No. 2 Maryland facing No.12 Ohio State., followed by No. 4 Baylor at No. 8 Texas.

This week’s women’s college basketball content on espnW will include:

  • Mid-major rankings (Graham Hays)
  • The Wolfpack are having one of their best seasons in recent memory, moving to No. 15 in the rankings with some stellar wins on their resume already. Mechelle Voepel looks at the 10-year anniversary of NC State’s “magical” 2006-07 season, and the refurbished Reynolds Coliseum
  • “Yowisms” – they’re well-known and oft-repeated phrases that Kay Yow said time and again to her players, whether they were celebrating a victory, looking for guidance or facing adversary. All these years later, all of them – whether from those who coached alongside her or played for her – still draw inspiration from these phrases in their daily lives; interviews of Stephanie Glance and Marquetta Dickens. (Melanie Jackson)
  • Appalachian State coach Angel Elderkin watched cancer take her mom’s life after a seven-year fight. Then Elderkin received her own cancer diagnosis in May, waking up from a procedure to remove a cyst on her ovaries to hear her doctor say, “you have cancer.” Sean Morrison focuses on how Sylvia Hatchell – who had never met Elderkin but is a cancer survivor herself – helped the Appalachian State coach get into Lineberger for treatment.

Women’s College Basketball Weekly Key Matchups

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Feb 16 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 6 South Carolina
Paul Sunderland, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  No. 7 Notre Dame at Clemson ACC Network Extra
  No. 13 Duke at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  No. 15 NC State at Boston College ACC Network Extra
  8 p.m. Georgia at No. 3 Mississippi State SEC Network +
  No. 23 Texas A&M at LSU SEC Network +
  9 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss
Courtney Lyle, Deb Antonelli
SEC Network
Fri, Feb 17 5 p.m. Iona at Quinnipiac
Doug Sherman, Julianne Viani
  7 p.m. No. 25 Drake at Indiana State ESPN3
Sat, Feb 18 2 p.m. Clemson at No. 5 Florida State ACC Network Extra
Play4Kay games (Sun, Feb. 19 and Mon, Feb. 20)
Sun, Feb 19 Noon North Carolina at No. 14 Louisville
Sam Gore, Sue Bird
  1 p.m. Florida at Kentucky
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings
SEC Network
  Temple at No. 22 USF
Tiffany Greene, Fran Harris
  2 p.m. No. 25 Drake at Loyola-Chicago ESPN3
  Wake Forest at No. 15 NC State
Roy Philpott, Deb Antonelli
  3 p.m. No. 6 South Carolina at Missouri
Bob Picozzi, Brooke Weisbrod
  Arkansas at Tennessee
Paul Sunderland, Nell Fortner
SEC Network
  Ole Miss at Vanderbilt SEC Network +
  Wichita State at Bradley ESPN3
  5 p.m. No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 21 Syracuse
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors
  No. 3 Mississippi State at No. 23 Texas A&M
Kevin Fitzgerald, Dan Hughes
SEC Network
Mon, Feb 20 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by eBay as part of Play 4Kay
No. 2 Maryland at No. 12 Ohio State
Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli
  Alabama at Auburn
Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Big Monday presented by eBay as part of Play 4Kay
No. 4 Baylor at No. 8 Texas
Dave O’Brien, Kara Lawson
Tue, Feb 21 8 p.m. No. 22 USF at Houston ESPN3

College Lacrosse: Men’s, Women’s Doubleheader Saturday with Top Teams
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The second week of the college lacrosse is underway, with Georgetown facing No. 4 Notre Dame at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 18 (2 p.m. ET, ESPNU). A women’s game between No. 18 Stanford and No. 8 Duke will follow at 5 p.m. on ESPN3 from The Star. Sheehan Stanwick-Burch, former standout for the women’s lacrosse team at Georgetown, will serve as a reporter for the first game, and an analyst for the women’s matchup.

In this week’s ReLAXin’ with P.Carc, Loyola’s Pat Spencer, one of the best lacrosse players in the country, takes a ride with analyst Paul Carcaterra, and reveals his athleticism isn’t limited to lacrosse as he shows Carcaterra he can dunk. No. 9 Loyola faces No. 5 Johns Hopkins live Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. The game will be televised on ESPNU Sunday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m.


Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Sat, Feb 18 1 p.m. No. 9 Loyola at No. 5 Johns Hopkins
Jay Alter, Ryan Boyle
2 p.m. Georgetown vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch
5 p.m. No. 18 Stanford vs. No. 8 Duke (women’s)
Quint Kessenich, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch, Paul Carcaterra


ESPN on Top in Prime Time among Cable Networks in January; Leads among Key Male Demos in Total Day
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In January, ESPN was on top in prime time among cable networks, averaging 3.9 million viewers according to Nielsen, far ahead of Fox News (2.8 million).  In third-fifth place were HGTV and USA (1.6 million each), and Discovery Channel (1.5 million).  After leading all cable networks in prime time among viewers in 2014 and 2015 (ESPN had never previously done so on a yearly basis), ESPN led the competition three times in 2016 – January, September and December.

In addition, on a total-day basis, ESPN led all cable networks in delivery of the key male demos, ages 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.  Overall, ESPN was second in total day to Fox News (an average of 1.81 million viewers vs. 1.46 million).

Source: Nielsen, Cable Prime and Total Day, Live+SD


First Take On the Road at the NBA All-Star Game
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First Take, ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly Qerim, will air live from the Riverview Room in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon ET to preview the NBA All-Star Game. The show will be open to public and free of charge with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. local CT time. First Take will have giveaways and be joined by special guests including Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

First Take airs weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon on ESPN, focusing on the most compelling and entertaining topics of the day from the world of sports. After many years on ESPN2, the show moved to ESPN as of January 3, and posted its highest-rated show ever on January 10 with a 0.6 household rating; they tied that rating again on January 16 with a record total live audience of 880,000 viewers. The program is streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, and will continue to be re-aired on ESPN2 each day. Follow First Take on TwitterFacebook or the Podcast for more updates and information.


Outside the Lines’ Mark Fainaru-Wada Interviews Former NBA Guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
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Twenty years before 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited a national debate by not standing for the anthem, there was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets. Born Chris Jackson, he converted to Islam in 1991 and says participating in the anthem was in conflict with his Muslim faith. He says his decision impacted his personal and professional life. Kaepernick’s protest against racial oppression and police brutality, thrust Abdul-Rauf back into the spotlight. Outside the Lines reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada interviews Abdul-Rauf to hear what his life was like then – and now– this Sunday, Feb. 19, on Outside the Lines (9 a.m., ESPN).

SC6 To Do First Road Show from NBA All-Star Game
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SC6 with Michael and Jemele, which launched Feb. 6 as the new 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, will go on the road for the first time with a live show from the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 11. Hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill will be at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and guests scheduled to appear include Draymond Green and Mark Cuban. After the show, Smith and Hill will serve as guest coaches for the West and East teams, respectively, in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017, which airs on ESPN at 7 p.m. SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford with host Sage Steele will provide comprehensive coverage of NBA All-Star 2017 all weekend, including live, on-site interviews with several NBA All-Stars throughout the day on Friday.

SC Featured Looks at NASCAR Rookie from Mexico at Daytona 500
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Daniel Suarez made history in 2016 as the first foreign-born champion in one of NASCAR’s national series when he took the title in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. This year, with the unexpected retirement of Carl Edwards, the native of Mexico was named as his replacement and was suddenly thrust into a higher-profile role in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He will make his debut in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 28, as Mauricio Pedroza reports for SC Featured. The story will debut in the 10 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Sunday, Feb. 19, and will re-air in other editions of the program throughout the day.


World of X Games: X Games Aspen 2017 Music Recap, The Making of Doonies 3
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On Saturday, Feb. 18, World of X Games on ABC will feature the X Games Aspen 2017 Music Recap and The Making of Doonies 3 at 2 p.m. ET.

The X Games Aspen 2017 music recap is a review of all the musical performances at X Games Aspen 2017. Produced by RevoltTV, the episode features highlights from the concerts as well as interviews with each performer and behind the scenes footage. The episode will also feature interviews with X Games’ top action sports athletes explaining how music plays a role in their lives.

The Making of Doonies 3 is a behind-the-scenes look at all the high-octane action in the dunes of Glamis, Calif. The annual Doonies edits bring together the best moto, truck, rally, snowmobile and other action sports athletes in a week-long, go-big-or-go-home film shoot. The Making of Doonies 3 looks at the experience through the eyes of riders Jeremy McGrath, Twitch, Axell Hodges, Tyler Bereman and more.

ESPN The Magazine’s Entertainment Issue Hits Newsstands Friday
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ESPN The Magazine’s Entertainment Issue is back, with two stars on the cover who lit up the pop culture landscape this weekend, each paired with an NBA phenom, on the eve of the league’s All Star Weekend. Leslie Jones slayed on Saturday Night Live to record ratings with her sketch—and Knicks star big man Kristaps Porzingis learned what it’s like to post up against her, in The Mag’s hilarious cover Q&A with the pair. In a second cover story, Chicago’s own Jimmy Butler and Chance the Rapper—who brought home three Grammys Sunday night, including best new artist—took the conversation in a much more serious direction, tapping into the deep connection each star feels to his hometown community.

With Oscar season upon us, the Warriors season is reimagined as a Hollywood script in three acts, by award-winning screenwriters David Kohan, Adam McKay and Cheo Hodari Coker.

We bring together Chance the Rapper and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls to talk about sports, music, culture and how authenticity factors into success or failure in those worlds. By Justin Tinsley, in collaboration with The Undefeated

Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones is a huge New York Knicks fan, often seen courtside (and on Twitter) yelling and cheering her team on. She’s also a former college basketball player, so she knows basketball and has a lot of opinions on what is wrong with the team. In a conversation with the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, Jones explains how she would fix the team. By Alison Glock, in collaboration with espnW

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