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ESPN’s SportsCenter is now on Snapchat

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ESPN launched its flagship SportsCenter program on messaging app Snapchat on Monday, reimagining the show that provides sports highlights and commentary into a short-form series.

The new show deepens the relationship between ESPN parent Walt Disney Co and Snapchat parent Snap Inc.

The sports network, which has made Snapchat content since 2015, is trying to reach a younger audience, while the social media app, whose messages disappear after viewing, is adding more content in an effort to grow its user base beyond its core youth demographic.

The partnership is a two-year deal and Snap and ESPN will share revenues, Snap said, though it declined to give specifics.

SportsCenter will air twice a day on Snapchat during weekdays, and once a day on weekends. A roster of six hosts will give commentary and perspectives, including ESPN anchors Katie Nolan and Elle Duncan, and ESPN Radio host Jason Fitz, Snap said.

The SportsCenter logo hangs in Digital Center 2 on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Connecticut. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Sean Mills, Snap’s head of content programming, said SportsCenter helps round out the app’s stable of daily shows, which already includes news shows from CNN and NBC News, as well as an entertainment show called “The Rundown” from E! Network.

Along with daily shows, Snap launched a joint venture studio with NBCUniversal last month to produce scripted shows to air on the app.

 

(Reporting by Sheila Dang, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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Kim Kardashian Faces Backlash for ‘Homophobic’ Clapback

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Kim Kardashian West stepped into the shade room. Now the internet is accusing her of making a homophobic jab.

Model Tyson Beckford started the beef when he commented on one of Kim’s Instagram photos. “Sorry I don’t care for it personally,” he wrote of the photo that highlighted her body shape. “She is not real, doctor f–ked up on her right hip.”

Kim replied to the model, saying: “Sis we all know why you don’t care for it.”

The internet went wild, believing her comment was homophobic. One Instagram account made this comment:

So far, KKW hasn’t remarked on the homophobia accusations

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Watch the Teaser for Lindsay Lohan’s New MTV Show

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MTV announced July 30 that “Lohan Beach Club” (working title) with Lindsay Lohan is coming to TV. The docuseries, executive produced by Lohan in partnership with MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions, began shooting this week in Mykonos, Greece. As Lindsay says: Pack your bags!

The series follows Lohan as she works to expand her business empire with the launch of Lohan Beach House. The exclusive seaside destination will serve as a backdrop for the series, and features luxury spa amenities, a renowned restaurant and a transformative day and nightclub poised to redefine the Mykonos experience. The debut of Lohan Beach House marks the star’s third business venture in the Greek Islands, following the opening of Lohan Nightclub in Athens, Greece and Lohan Beach House Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece.

Lohan will lead a team of handpicked brand ambassadors to make her mark on the vacation capital of the world. Over the course of the season, Lohan’s team must prove their expertise, ambition and charm while helping bring Lohan’s vision to life. The stakes are high as the team establishes new friendships and alliances while striving to rise above the temptations the Mykonos nightlife scene has to offer.

The show is slated to premiere in 2019.

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Demi Lovato Found Unconscious After Possible Heroin Overdose

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Demi Lovato was been rushed to an L.A. hospital Tuesday afternoon after suffering from what appears to be a heroin overdose, TMZ reports.

Audio of the emergency call obtained by TMZ reveals the pop star was unconscious upon arriving to her Hollywood Hills home and revived with Narcan — an emergency medication to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose. While TMZ reports the overdose is heroin related, a source claims to PEOPLE those claims are fake news.

Last March, Lovato revealed she celebrated six years of sobriety, but in June she released a new song, “Sober” on which she revealed that she had relapsed.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving heroin has risen every year since 2010. Perhaps even more disturbingly, more Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than the number of American lives lost in the entirety of the Vietnam War, which totaled 58,200.

Celebrities are starting to send love to the singer and her family.

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