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NBC, HBO lead Sports Emmy wins

Al Michaels feted with lifetime achievement award

Powered by its coverage of the Vancouver Olympics, NBC took home nine Sports Emmys Monday night.

The Winter Games was responsible for five of NBC’s Emmys. The Peacock’s ”Sunday Night Football” telecast won top live sports series for the third straight year.

Bob Costas won his 22nd Sports Emmy for studio host for his work on both the Olympics and ”Football Night in America.” Also on the NFL front, Cris Collinsworth was tapped best live game analyst.

Mike ”Doc” Emrick took home his first-ever Sports Emmy for his play by play of the National Hockey League. NBC and its subsidiary cabler Versus recently reupped with the NHL for a longterm rights package.

At HBO, which won seven Sports Emmys, ”Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” was named the best sports journalism program. Docudrama ”Hard Knocks With the New York Jets,” the summer series that made coach Rex Ryan a national figure for his occasional verbal outbursts, won three awards for the net.

CBS won six Emmys, three for its coverage of the Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.

ESPN won five Sports Emmys. Their coverage of the South African World Cup was responsible for three awards and ”College Game Day” won for the third straight year as top weekly studio shows.

Kirk Herbstreit, one of the sports cabler’s college football mavens, was tapped for top studio analyst for the second year in a row.

Longtime announcer Al Michaels was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that has spanned four decades. He is the only person to do play by play for the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and Super Bowl for broadcast television.

Event was held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Lincoln Center in New York.