ESPN ThisWeek — November 12, 2012

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NASCAR Season Finales Live on ESPN from Miami
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The 2012 NASCAR season ends this weekend and ESPN will have live telecasts of the final races for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, from Homestead-Miami Speedway. Brad Keselowski will try to hold off five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to win his first Sprint Cup title. An extended NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 18, with a 3:15 p.m. green flag for the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race that will conclude the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race has NASCAR Countdown at 4 p.m. and the green flag at 4:45 p.m.  Also from Homestead, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice Friday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by NASCAR Nationwide Series practice.

SportsCenter reporters Shannon Spake (Keselowski) and Marty Smith (Johnson) will be embedded with the two championship contenders all week. Spake will report from Keselowski’s race shop Tuesday, while Smith will be at Johnson’s shop on Wednesday. ESPNEWS will air NASCAR’s championship contenders news conference from Miami on Thursday at noon.

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Thu, Nov 15 Noon NASCAR Championship Contenders News Conference ESPNEWS
Fri, Nov 16 1:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice ESPN2
  3 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice ESPN2
Sat, Nov 17 4 p.m. NASCAR Countdown ESPN
  4:30 p.m. Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race ESPN
Sun, Nov 18 1:30 p.m. NASCAR Countdown ESPN
  3 p.m. Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race ESPN

Announcers:

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup); Marty Reid (Nationwide); analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Brad Daugherty (analysts)


College GameDay Returns to Oregon
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will originate from Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, Nov. 17, the site of Saturday’s Pac-12 showdown between current No. 2 Oregon and No. 13 Stanford. The GameDay set will be located in the Memorial Quadrangle area of campus. College GameDay will be making its seventh all-time visit to the home of the Ducks, including each of the last four years.

College GameDay will air live at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele and Tom Rinaldi. The nighttime showdown will be televised on ABC at 8 p.m. with Brent Musburger and Herbstreit with the call and Heather Cox reporting.


State Farm Champions Classic Headlines Day of College Basketball
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ESPN will showcase four of the all-time winningest programs in the State Farm Champions Classic doubleheader Tuesday, Nov. 13. The matchups from Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, site of this year’s Final Four, will pit No. 14 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Kansas at 7 p.m. and No. 8 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky at 9 p.m. Both games will also be available on ESPN 3D and WatchESPN — – on computers at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

Kentucky holds an 11-8 all-time series lead against Duke, but lost the last meeting between the programs in 2001. Michigan State has won five of nine games against Kansas, including two victories in 2009.

Champions Classic Highlights

  • Dan Shulman will have the call of both games, along with reporter Andy Katz.
  • Jay Bilas will be the analyst on the first matchup and Dick Vitale will be on the Duke-Kentucky game.
  • Bob Knight will feature his coaching expertise as he watches each game evolve from his own analysis area. He will offer insight during the game on what he sees as well as provide analytical “x and o” breakdown with his Knight Vision franchise.
  • Both games are part of ESPN’s Journey to the Tourney – a season-long spotlight on games that will have an impact on the NCAA Championship.
  • ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and new addition Jalen Rose will begin the night with 6 p.m. special live from Atlanta, as well as halftimes and between game coverage.
  • Join the conversation and follow on Twitter: @espncbb, #ChampionsClassic.

Women’s College Basketball ESPN2 Schedule Starts Tuesday
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPN2’s women’s college basketball schedule tips off Tuesday, Nov. 13, as part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon with defending national champion Baylor hosting No. 6 Kentucky at 6 p.m. The Final Four announcing duo of Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will have the call of the game with Holly Rowe reporting.

No. 2 Connecticut faces its first big road test at No. 16 Texas A&M, on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. All games are also available on WatchESPN. Full Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Tue, Nov 13 6 p.m. State Farm Tip-Off Classic:
No. 6 Kentucky at No. 1 Baylor
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Holly Rowe
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Nov 15 7 p.m. Florida at Florida State ESPN3
Sun, Nov 18 2:30 p.m. No. 2 Connecticut at No. 16 Texas A&M
Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck
ESPN2 / WatchESPN

ESPN to Present Star-Studded NBA Doubleheader: Grizzlies at Thunder, Heat at Clippers
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN will present a star-studded NBA doubleheader Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning with the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant hosting the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol at 8 p.m. Dave Pasch will call the game with analyst Doris Burke. In the nightcap, the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat – led by reigning MVP LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – visit the Los Angeles Clippers and their duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Mike Tirico will call the game with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters. The doubleheader will be preceded by KIA NBA Countdown at 7:30 p.m. with analysts Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Network(s)
Wed, Nov 14 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Michael Wilbon ESPN, WatchESPN
Wed, Nov 14 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder Presented by State Farm Dave Pasch, Doris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN
Wed, Nov 14 10:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers Presented by State Farm Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Nov 16 7 p.m. Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers Presented by State Farm Terry Gannon, Jon Barry ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Nov 16 9:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies Presented by State Farm Mike Breen, Hubie Brown ESPN, WatchESPN

ESPN Conference Call with NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
contact: allison.r.stoneberg@espn.com
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. will be available to answer NFL Draft-related questions during a media conference call on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. To participate, please RSVP to Allie Stoneberg.


Five FIFA Match Day Games on ESPN Networks Wednesday, Includes USA-Russia
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ESPN and WatchESPN will present Russia vs. U.S. Men’s National Team, live from Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 9:50 a.m.  The match will be the final of the year for the U.S. team, which is on course for its best winning percentage (.769 winning percentage) in the modern era of soccer with nine wins, two losses and two ties.  Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will call the match with Bob Ley and Alexi Lalas providing studio analysis.  Other FIFA match day games on ESPN:

  • Netherlands, ranked No. 7 in FIFA World Ranking, will host No. 2 Germany on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN at 2:25 p.m. – a rematch of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group B (Germany 2-1 Netherlands) match in June.
  • The lone 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match – Northern Ireland vs. Azerbaijan – will be shown live exclusively on ESPN3 at 2:45 p.m.
Date Time (ET) Matchup Networks
Wed, Nov 14 9:50 a.m. Russia vs. USA
Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  11:30 a.m. Czech Republic vs. Slovakia ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  2:25 p.m. Netherlands vs. Germany
Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe
ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  2:45 p.m. Northern Ireland vs. Azerbaijan ESPN3
  8:05 p.m. Venezuela vs. Nigeria ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN

espnW.com: Women’s College Sports Highlights and the Fashion Forward Green Bay Packers
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com
espnW.com continues its extensive women’s college basketball coverage this week with a blog from Stanford women’s hoops forward and 2012 Wade Trophy finalist Chiney Ogwumike  — who is also featured in espnW contributor Graham Hays women’s college basketball weekend wrap – and several other features. Other highlights on espnW.com include one Veterans’ Journey in Running for Clarity, several team features on women’s college volleyball and soccer, and this week’s Fashion Forward NFL team, the Green Bay Packers.

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