ESPN ThisWeek — May 14, 2012

NBA CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

MLB, MOTORSPORTS, MEN’S LAX CHAMPIONSHIPS & MORE


ESPN to Exclusively Present Four NBA Conference Semifinals Games This Week
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com
ESPN will exclusively televise four NBA conference semifinals playoff games this week, beginning with a doubleheader Thursday, May 17: Heat/Pacers Game Three at 7 p.m. ET, and Clippers/Spurs Game Two at 9:30 p.m. The action will continue with two more games Friday, May 18: Celtics/Sixers Game Four at 8 p.m., and Thunder/Lakers Game Three at 10:30 p.m. Check back to ESPNMediaZone for commentator assignments.


Seventeenth Season of NBA Playoff Coverage Continues
contact: dan.quinn@espn.com
The NBA on ESPN Radio’s 17TH season of exclusive, live, national play-by-play coverage of the NBA’s post-season will continue with three conference semifinal games. Fans can catch the action live by tuning to their local ESPN Radio station, through the ESPN Audio NOW Player online at ESPNRadio.com or via the ESPN Radio app.

DateGame/AnnouncersTime (ET)
Fri, May 18Oklahoma City Thundaer at Los Angeles Lakers
Play-by-Play: Jim Durham; Analyst: Dr. Jack Ramsay
9:30 p.m.
Sat, May 19Oklahoma City at Los Angeles Lakers
Play-by-Play: Jim Durham; Analyst: Dr. Jack Ramsa
9:30 p.m.
Sun, May 20Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers
Play-by-Play: Kevin Calabro; Analyst: Will Perdue
noon

Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday Night Baseball
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com
The Boston Red Sox – led by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz – will visit the Tampa Bay Rays and Matt Joyce on Wednesday Night Baseball on May 16 on ESPN. The telecast will begin at 7 p.m. with Dave O’Brien, analyst Nomar Garciaparra and reporter Pedro Gomez providing commentary. Wednesday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and via the WatchESPN app.


NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa on ESPN
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at Iowa Speedway near Des Moines live on ESPN on Sunday, May 20. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. with the green flag at 2:24 p.m. Anchor Allen Bestwick will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.


NHRA Topeka Action on ESPN2, ESPN3
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will compete in the Dollar General NHRA Summernationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., this weekend on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Paul Page and Mike Dunn will call the action.

DateTime (ET)EventNetwork
Friday, May 188 p.m.Qualifying (live)ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sat., May 195 p.m.QualifyingESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday, May 20NoonEliminations (live)ESPN3, WatchESPN
7 p.m.EliminationsESPN2, WatchESPN

2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinal Matchups Determined
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car action continues with quarterfinal games Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Saturday’s games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3: No. 2 Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland – coming off an upset victory over No. 7 Lehigh — at noon and No. 1 Loyola against Denver, which upset No. 8 UNC, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s action from PPL Park in Chester, Pa., will be available on ESPNU and ESPN3, beginning at noon with the weekend’s top matchup: No. 4 Notre Dame against defending national champion and No. 5 seed Virginia. No. 3 Duke vs. Colgate, which upset No. 6 UMass in a first-round game, follows at 2:30 p.m. The ESPN commentator team of Eamon McAnaney, analyst Quint Kessenich and sideline analyst Paul Carcaterra will call all four quarterfinals. Full Details

DateTime (ET)Game/Commentators Network(s)
Sat, May 19NoonQuarterfinal Game #1: Maryland vs. No. 2 Johns Hopkins (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.)Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul CarcaterraESPN2 / ESPN3
 2:30 p.m.Quarterfinal Game #2: Denver vs. No. 1 Loyola(Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.)Eamon McAnaney. Quint Kessenich and Paul CarcaterraESPN2 / ESPN3
Sun, May 20NoonQuarterfinal Game #3: No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 4 Notre Dame(PPL Park, Chester, Pa.)Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul CarcaterraESPNU / ESPN3
 2:30 p.m.Quarterfinal Game #4: Colgate vs. No. 3 Duke(PPL Park, Chester, Pa.)Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul CarcaterraESPNU / ESPN3
Sat, May 262:30 p.m.Semifinal Game #1 (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich & Paul Carcaterra ESPN2 / ESPN3
 5 p.m.Semifinal Game #2(Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich & Paul CarcaterraESPN2 / ESPN3
Mon, May 281 p.m.National Championship (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich & Paul CarcaterraESPN / ESPN3
 3:30 p.m.NCAA Lacrosse Championship Post Game ShowAnish Shroff & Mark DixonESPNU

College Baseball: SEC Showdown between Top Nine Teams
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
This week’s regular-season college baseball lineup will be highlighted by No. 9 LSU at defending National Champion No. 2 South Carolina in an SEC showdown. In addition, ESPN3 will offer three games from the Virginia Tech at No. 6 North Carolina series Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, May 176 p.m.Virginia Tech at No. 6 North CarolinaESPN3
 7:30 p.m.No. 22 Mississippi at VanderbiltESPNU
Fri, May 186 p.m.Virginia Tech at No. 6 North CarolinaESPN3
Sat, May 191 p.m.No. 9 LSU at No. 2 South CarolinaESPNU
 2 p.m.Virginia Tech at No. 6 North CarolinaESPN3

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 & WTA Premier Series Continue with Internazionali BNL D’Italia Live on ESPN3
contact: kristie.chong@espn.com
The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Series continue in Rome where the Internazionali BNL D’Italia is currently underway, and ESPN3 is providing 80 total hours of live match coverage.  Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova return to defend their titles against many of the top seeded players in the men’s and women’s circuit.

First and Second Round action continues Tuesday featuring the defending champions as well as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova and more.

DateTime (ET)Match-Up
Tue, May 154:50 a.m.Women’s First & Second Round
 5:00 a.m.Men’s First & Second Round
Wed, May 164:50 a.m.Women’s Second Round
 6:00 a.m.Men’s Second Round
Thu, May 174:50 a.m.Women’s Round of 16
 6:00 a.m.Men’s Round of 16
Fri, May 184:50 a.m.Women’s Quarterfinals
 6:00 a.m.Men’s Quarterfinals
 3:00 p.m.Men’s Quarterfinals
Sat, May 1910:00 a.m.Men’s Semifinals
 2:00 p.m.Men’s Semifinals
Sun, May 2010:00 a.m.Men’s Final

PROFILE:60 Tuesday: Patrick Willis
contact dan.quinn@espn.com or carrie.b.kreiswirth@espn.com
ESPN’s award-winning news magazine show, E:60, will continue its new series, PROFILE:60, on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN with a look at San Francisco 49ers linebacker and five-time Pro Bowler Patrick Willis. To view preview clips, click HERE & HERE

In Tuesday’s PROFILE:60, Willis visits his hometown of Bruceton, Tenn., and openly discusses an unimaginable childhood where he had no running water, no electricity and, worst of all, no compassion from the family who around him. At an early age he was forced to fend for himself and his siblings in the face of beatings and neglect by an abusive father. ESPN senior writer Jeff Chadiha speaks with Willis about the harrowing journey, the unexpected loss of a brother and his new life in San Francisco.

Excerpts:

He’s a guy that has every reason to quit. He’s a guy that has every reason to hate everybody. Greatness is not about the guy that has all the skill and talent. Greatness is measured by the setbacks that you had in life — have you been able to fight through them and be stronger.” Mike Singletary, 49ers head coach 2008-2010

He looked back at me and he was like, ‘Boy, if you get in between my business like that again I’ll kill you.’” Patrick Willis, on confronting his abusive father


espnW Continues Sprint to No. 1: Gail Devers Profiled Today
contact: diane.lamb@espn.com
ESPN’s recognition of Title IX’s 40th Anniversary on espnW.com continues this week with the Top 40 Female Athletes of the Past 40 Years. Athletes Nos. 26-30 will be announced, and today the spotlight shines on track and field star Gail Devers. The athletes on the countdown are announced each weekday during the 10 a.m. edition of SportsCenter. Athletes earning the Top 40 distinction thus far include gymnast Mary Lou Retton, WNBA phenom Diana Taurasi and gold medal-winning soccer player Abby Wambach.


East Tennessee State to join 2012 Diamond Head Classic Field
contact: Rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
East Tennessee State will join the 2012 Diamond Head Classic field, replacing Texas Tech. The basketball tournament is set to be played Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 22, 23 and 25, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. More details

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