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Sports Emmys: ESPN, NBC rank as top networks

ESPN (US) and NBC (US) set the pace at the 40th annual Sports Emmy awards with six wins each while streaming service leader Netflix Inc. picked up a pair of statues. The award is part of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' recognition in excellence in sports coverage.

ESPN's collection included a fourth trophy for Kirk Herbstreit as outstanding studio analyst for his insights on college football, as well as the technical achievement Emmy for its Major League Baseball K Zone 3D graphic. NBC's haul was topped by a trio for its coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, making the broadcaster's Games' coverage the most honored single program.

Netflix, which tallied four nominations for "Zion" — about Zion Clark, a wrestler who does not have legs — pinned wins for outstanding long feature and editing.

TNT (US) finished third with five trophies overall, led by a pair for "Inside the NBA," the network's long-running NBA postgame program, for outstanding weekly studio show, as well as the outstanding social experience on TV.

FOX Sports 1 (US) and HBO, two for its NFL training camp franchise "Hard Knocks," were next with four network wins apiece.

Showtime's "All Access" and ESPN2 (US)'s "E:60" also collected two Emmys during the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences event held in New York on May 20.

Bringing all the Emmy triumphs under the aegis of their network groups, NBCUniversal Media LLC (NBC, NBCSN (US) and Telemundo (US)) and ESPN Inc. (ESPN, ESPN2, Watch ESPN, ABC (US)) were tied with eight apiece. Fox Sports Media (FOX (US), Fox Sports 1 and FOXSports.com) and AT&T Inc.'s Turner Sports (TNT, TBS (US) and truTV (US) and CBS Corp.) each took five; CBS (US) collected three, in addition to Showtime's aforementioned duo.

FOX connected with the Emmy for outstanding sports special for its presentation of the 2018 World Series between Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers, while NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was named the outstanding live sports series for the 10th time in 11 years. CBS earned the Emmy for outstanding playoff coverage with the AFC championship game between New England and Kansas City.

Together, FOX, Fox Sports 1 and foxsports.com received the Emmy for their transmedia coverage of the 2018 World Cup, while Telemundo was honored for outstanding live coverage in Spanish for FIFA's soccer tournament.

All told, NATAS awarded Emmys in 41 categories. The winners in the program and events categories can be found here, and this is the list of the creative and technical craft honorees.