Fan Central Mailbag: NASCAR programming; Face to Face artist; SEC Network

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Before we get to your questions, a reminder for NASCAR fans that tonight’s Toyotacare 250 Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway is on ESPNEWS/WatchESPN at 7 p.m. ET with the NBA Playoffs on ESPN and ESPN2. A 30-minute NASCAR Countdown show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Now onto your questions. . .

I was in a restaurant with the sound turned down when Hannah Storm’s NBA Face to Face special came on featuring the guys in the warehouse spraying/thrashing graffiti style portraits of Dwyane Wade and others. Who was the artist? – James

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This is artist Joe Iurato’s portrait of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.
(Photo courtesy of Hannah Storm)

The name of the artist used on SportsCenter Special: NBA Face to Face with Hannah Storm last Friday night was Joe Iurato, who was given a 200,000 square-foot blank canvas to create the images presented within the show.

Don’t forget, the NBA Playoffs continue on ESPN networks tonight with a trio of Game 3 matchups: Nets versus Raptors, 7 p.m. on ESPN2; Bulls versus Wizards at 8 p.m. on ESPN; and Rockets versus Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN (games also on WatchESPN).

If my cable provider chooses not to carry the SEC Network, will ESPN or ESPN2 still have SEC football games on? I really enjoy watching SEC football games on Saturday nights. – Chris

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There will still be SEC games on ESPN and ESPN2, but the SEC Network, which will launch on Thursday, Aug. 14, will have exclusive games that you can see only on that channel once it launches. To learn more about getting the SEC Network, visit GetSECNetwork.com.

Was there coverage of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships? I applaud you for the extended coverage given to the Wrestling Championships this year. I loved every minute of it, but wasn’t sure if you were showing some love/respect to the gymnasts? – Sarah

Glad you enjoyed the wrestling coverage so much Sarah. The second and third days of this year’s Gymnastics Championships actually were shown live on ESPN3 this past weekend. For those who missed it, you can watch highlights from the Championships this Wednesday night (April 30) at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

I watched a story on ESPN, I think Outside the Lines, a few years ago about a kid who was seriously hurt playing football, but I don’t know what the title of it was and I would like to watch it again if possible. Hopefully you can help find the story for me, thanks! – AJ

No problem, AJ. You’re talking about the OTL feature that was part of ESPN’s duPont Award-winning series, “Football At A Crossroads: Safe Youth Football?,” which debuted in August 2012. You can watch the story on ESPN.com and get more on the making of the series here.

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