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ESPN 'SportsCenter' gets into the early morning game

ESPN 'SportsCenter' gets into the early morning game
ESPN logo prior to an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Cincinnati in 2015 (David Kohl / AP)

ESPN is preparing to start its evening news program in the first quarter of the daytime.

"SportsCenter," the network's series that wraps up the sports events of the day, will have a morning edition starting in February with two hours of live programming starting at 7 a.m. EST.

The plan was announced at ESPN's annual Upfront presentation in New York City.

Aimed at viewers getting ready to start their day, the new live show will take the popular "SportsCenter" Top 10 franchise and integrated it into a show with the previous night's top plays, storyline, quotes, blunders and more.

"SportCenter AM" will work closely with ABC's "Good Morning America," which also airs at 7 a.m., and "Mike & Mike," which airs on ESPN Radio and ESPN2from 6 to 10 a.m.

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