THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
- Open Championship Gets 30 Minute Earlier Start on ESPN
- SportsCenter at The Open Championship Special Airs Wednesday
- ESPN and Improv Everywhere Promote Open Championship
PRESIDENT OBAMA AT USA BASKETBALL, MLB, CFB MEDIA DAYS AND MORE
- ESPN’s Mark Jones to Interview President Barack Obama Tonight
- Washington Nationals to Host New York Mets on Wednesday Night Baseball
- ESPNU College Football Media Days Coverage Begins Tuesday
- 2012 ESPN Summer Soccer Series Begins Wednesday; MLS Continues Saturday
- NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicago on ESPN
- NHRA Denver Action on ESPN2, ESPN3
- American Le Mans Series on ESPN2, ESPN3 from Canada
- Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald Visits ESPN on Wednesday
- espnW.com at the Games: London Voices
- SportsCenter Special AFC West Divisional Preview Show
- ESPN The Magazine “The Body Issue” Interviews
Open Championship Gets 30 Minute Earlier Start on ESPN
ESPN’s telecasts of the first and second rounds of The Open Championship on Thursday and Friday, July 19-20, will now start at 4:30 a.m. ET, 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled, so viewers can see the complete rounds of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Woods tees off at 4:42 a.m. Thursday, while Mickelson starts his round at 4:31 a.m. Friday. ESPN has live, four-round coverage of 152nd renewal of golf’s oldest major from Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England. DETAILS.
SportsCenter at The Open Championship Special Airs Wednesday
SportsCenter will air a one-hour preview of The Open Championship from Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England, on Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Scott Van Pelt will host with analyst Andy North and reporter Tom Rinaldi. Regular editions of SportsCenter will have reports from The Open Championship beginning Monday.
ESPN and Improv Everywhere Promote Open Championship
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For one evening in June, ESPN and creative event company Improv Everywhere transformed a mini-golf course at New York’s Pier 25 into an authentic Open Championship experience for unsuspecting guests. The surprise competition – captured on YouTube — included ESPN play-by-play coverage, caddies for each golfer, regulation flags in each hole, a crowd of cheering fans, post competition interviews and the presentation of the prestigious Claret Jug. In the suspenseful showdown, contestant Isaac won the competition and dedicated the win to his caddy. ESPN’s coverage of the Open Championship begins on July 19.
ESPN’s Mark Jones to Interview President Barack Obama Tonight
ESPN’s Mark Jones will interview President Barack Obama during halftime of tonight’s USA Basketball Men’s National Team game against Brazil on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The game will air live from Washington, D.C., at 8 p.m. with Jones and analyst Fran Fraschilla providing commentary. The full remaining USA Basketball schedule on ESPN is below. All games are presented by Nike+.
|Mon, July 16||5:30 p.m.||USA Basketball Women’s National Team vs. Brazil presented by Nike+|
Mark Jones, Fran Fraschilla
|ESPN2, ESPN3,ESPN Mobile TV||Washington, D.C.|
|Mon, July 16||8 p.m.||USA Basketball Men’s National Team vs. Brazil presented by Nike+|
|ESPN2, ESPN3,||Washington, D.C.|
|Wed, July 18||2 p.m.||USA Basketball Women’s National Team vs. Great Britain presented by Nike+|
|Thurs, July 19||2 p.m.||USA Basketball Men’s National Team vs. Great Britain presented by Nike+|
|ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV||Manchester, England|
|Mon, July 23||Midnight^(Sun, July 22)||USA Basketball Men’s National Team vs. Argentina presented by Nike+|
|ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV||Barcelona, Spain|
|Tues, July 24||4:30 p.m.||USA Basketball Men’s National Team vs. Spain presented by Nike+|
|ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV||Barcelona, Spain|
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Washington Nationals to Host New York Mets on Wednesday Night Baseball
Bryce Harper and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals will host David Wright and the New York Mets on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball on July 18, at 7 p.m. Dave O’Brien will provide commentary with analyst Nomar Garciaparra and reporter Pedro Gomez. The game will also be available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
ESPN College Football Media Days Coverage Begins Tuesday on ESPNU, ESPN3
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Beginning Tuesday, July 17, ESPNU will air more than 35 hours from six college football conference media days: SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and BIG EAST. Coverage begins with the SEC Media Day from Birmingham, Ala., including conference newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M. ESPN3 will simulcast each day’s coverage, as well as offering live, exclusive coverage from today’s Sun Belt Football Media Day, as well as the MAC and Southland Conference Football Media Day on July 24.
ESPNU College Football Media Days will air live press conferences with commissioners, coaches and players over the two-week span, in addition to live reporting. Exclusive interviews with SEC head coaches will also be featured July 24-25 from the Bristol, Conn., studios.
|Mon, July 16||3 p.m.||2012 Sun Belt Football Media Day||Sun Belt||ESPN3|
|Tue, July 17||1 – 7 p.m.||2012 SEC Football Media Days||SEC||ESPNU, ESPN3|
|Wed, July 18||9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.||2012 SEC Football Media Days||SEC||ESPNU, ESPN3|
|Thu, July 19||9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.||2012 SEC Football Media Days||SEC||ESPNU, ESPN3|
|Mon, July 23||11 a.m. – 4 p.m.||ESPNU College Football Media Days||ACC, Big 12||ESPNU, ESPN3|
|Tue, July 24||8:30 a.m.||2012 MAC Football Media Day||MAC||ESPN3|
|11 a.m. – 5 p.m.||ESPNU College Football Media Days||ACC, Big 12, Pac-12||ESPNU, ESPN3|
|5 p.m.||2012 Southland Football Media Day||Southland||ESPN3|
|Thu, July 26||10 a.m. – 4 p.m.||ESPNU College Football Media Days||Big Ten,Pac 12, Big 12||ESPNU, ESPN3|
|Tue, July 31||1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||ESPNU College Football Media Days||BIG EAST||ESPNU, ESPN3|
2012 ESPN Summer Soccer Series Begins Wednesday; MLS Continues Saturday
Chelsea FC, the 2012 European club champions, will kick off the 2012 ESPN Summer Soccer Series (nine matches over three weeks featuring legendary European and Major League Soccer clubs) on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes visiting the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, July 18, at 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, MLS on ESPN returns with FIFA World Cup winner Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls taking on their Eastern Conference rivals, former U.S. soccer prodigy Freddy Adu and the Philadelphia Union.
|Wed, July 18||9:30 p.m.||Seattle Sounders vs. Chelsea FC|
Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas
Ricardo Ortiz and Andres Agulla
|ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Sat, July 21||2:30 p.m.||New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union|
Healey, Twellman and Lalas
Richard Mendez and Giovanni Savarese
|ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicago on ESPN
With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off for the weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series takes center stage with the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., live on ESPN on Sunday, July 22. NASCAR Countdown is at 2 p.m. with the green flag at 3:16 p.m. Also from Chicagoland, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and practice sessions on Saturday, July 21, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Anchor Allen Bestwick will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.
NHRA Denver Action on ESPN2, ESPN3
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series begins its annual three-event Western Swing with the Mopar Mile High Nationals in Denver this weekend, and drag racing fans can watch action on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Paul Page and Mike Dunn will call the action. The schedule:
|Fri, July 20||9:15 p.m.||Qualifying (live)||ESPN3|
|Sat, July 21||5 p.m.||Qualifying||ESPN2|
|Sun, July 22||1 p.m.||Eliminations (live)||ESPN3|
|Sun, July 22||7 p.m.||Eliminations||ESPN2|
American Le Mans Series on ESPN2, ESPN3 from Canada
The American Le Mans Series races this weekend at Mosport International Raceway near Toronto, and sports car racing fans can watch the Sunday, July 22, endurance race on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The ESPN3 coverage begins at 11:45 a.m. with ESPN2 joining at 1 p.m. ESPN3 also will air qualifying for the event on Saturday, July 21, at 3:30 p.m.
Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald Visits ESPN on Wednesday
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will visit ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus Wednesday, July 18. He will appear on ESPN Radio and television and programs throughout the day, including SportsCenter, The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10 a.m.-1 p.m., ESPN Radio), First Take (10 a.m.-12 p.m., ESPN2), The Scott Van Pelt Show (1-4 p.m., ESPN Radio), The Doug Gottlieb Show (4-7 p.m., ESPN Radio), NFL Live (4-5 p.m., ESPN), Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable (4:30-5 p.m., ESPN2), and NFL32 (6-7 p.m., ESPN2).
espnW.com at the Games: London Voices
On Wednesday, espnW.com continues its W at the Games coverage with athlete-written blogs for its London Voices series. This week, 16-year-old table tennis prodigy Ariel Hesing provides insight as she prepares for her first Olympics. Hesing shares her thoughts on representing Team USA and her goal to “serve up” an Olympic Gold medal. Other London Voices guest bloggers include soccer’s Megan Rapinoe, gymnast Jordyn Wieber and water polo’s Annika Dries. Click here for the series.
SportsCenter Special AFC West Divisional Preview Show
In the final installment of NFL divisional preview specials, ESPN will examine the AFC West in a SportsCenter Special on Tuesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET. Host Sara Walsh and NFL analysts Cris Carter and Marcellus Wiley will discuss the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
ESPN The Magazine “The Body Issue” Interviews
As part of ESPN The Magazine’s annual celebration of the athletic form, including the Fourth Annual Body Issue (currently on newsstands), The Mag’s Morty Ain talks with some of the 2012 Body Issue athletes about their experiences stripping down for The Mag’s photo shoots.
The Body Issue features 27 individuals from across the world of sports with six different covers: Rob Gronkowski, Jose Bautista, Tyson Chandler, Daniela Hantuchova, Candace Parker and Ronda Rousey.
Full line up photo galleries and behind-the-scenes video available at www.espn.com/bodyissue.
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