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Use IFTTT to get breaking news, score updates from ESPN

If This Then That has announced an ESPN channel to provide breaking news and game updates for your favorite teams.

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If you're looking to combine a bunch of unrelated Web services with each other and come up with a concoction of triggers and alerts to intertwine your online life, look no further than If This Then That (IFTTT).

The site, as we've previously told you, allows you to set triggers based off of various services such as Facebook, local weather, Instagram, package tracking, and many others -- 60 channels in total. Those triggers will then carry out an action on another channel, ranging from calling your phone to adding a line to a Google Drive spreadsheet. When you get creative with the service, it makes things like using Siri to control your lights possible.

IFTTT is a really simple, yet powerful service.

Yesterday, IFTTT sent me an e-mail letting me know about a new ESPN channel, which includes six triggers. Those triggers are: breaking top news, breaking news for sport, breaking news for team, new game start, new in-game update, and new final score.

When one of these triggers is activated, you'll be able to use any of the action channels to stay up-to-date on your favorite team or sport.

There's already a long list of ESPN recipes on IFTTT. Keeping a spreadsheet of the final score for every Boston Red Sox game this coming season is currently the most popular recipe.

You can sign up for IFTTT here, or begin using the ESPN channel if you're already a member.

If you come up with an ESPN recipe you think others will want to use, share a link to it below in the comments.