ESPN ThisWeek — October 29, 2012

30 for 30

NASCAR, E:60, TENNIS AND MORE


30 for 30: Ghosts of Ole Miss on October 30 Explores Football and Civil Rights of 1962
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ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 presented by Buick Verano will premiere Ghosts of Ole Miss on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. ET. The film, directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Fritz Mitchell, is told through the perspective of writer and Mississippi native Wright Thompson.

In the fall of 1962, on the eve of James Meredith becoming the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi, the campus erupted into a night of rioting between those opposed to the integration and those trying to enforce it. President John Kennedy sent the U.S. Army to Oxford to put an end to the violence and enforce Meredith’s rights as an American citizen, but the riot resulted in two deaths and many injuries.

Against this backdrop, the Ole Miss football team was in the early stages of what would prove to be an unprecedented season in school history. Ghosts of Ole Miss explores the intersection of the Rebel football team with this seminal event in the civil rights movement, including tumultuous events that not only continue to shape the state half a century later, but also led to Thompson’s discovery of a personal family connection to the story.

Ghosts of Ole Miss features personal interviews with Meredith, former players on the 1962 football team and students who witnessed the riot.


NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Texas
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this weekend with races on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4. ESPN will have a live telecast of Sunday’s 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the eighth of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with NASCAR Countdown at 2 p.m. and the green flag at 3:16 p.m. Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race also airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. Also from Texas, ESPN2 will televise NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m.  Anchors Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup) and Marty Reid (Nationwide) and analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will call the action.


E:60: Vernon Davis of the 49ers, the UFC’s George St. Pierre and Indiana Wrestler Mike Powell
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ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, E:60, continues its 11-week run presenting a profile of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.  Davis is known for his impressive physical attributes, but the NFL star also has a softer side that is a blend of curiosity and naked emotion.  One moment, Davis is crying before a national television audience following a triumphant playoff score, and the next, he is putting the finishing touches on one of his oil paintings. Jeffri Chadiha delves into the many facets of this complicated player.

Rachel Nichols has a look at UFC’s George St. Pierre and the secret behind the success of the welterweight champion as he prepares to return to the Octagon in November.  Also, Tom Rinaldi highlights the story of former Indiana University All-American wrestler Mike Powell, who prided himself on his incredible strength and became a star at Indiana. Powell’s life changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder that sapped him of his strength and left him in a constant state of pain.  Rinaldi reveals how the former wrestler grappled with despair and persevered.


ATP BNP Paribas Masters from Paris on ESPN3 Daily through Championship
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Novak Djokovic and US Open champ Andy Murray lead the field in Paris for the ATP BNP Paribas Masters and ESPN3 will have 65 hours of live action through the championship Sunday, Nov. 4.  Other top players in competition include David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Martin Del Potro and American John Isner.  Defending champion and current No. 1 in the world Roger Federer withdrew from the event after Sunday’s ATP final in Switzerland, effectively relinquishing any chance at the year-end top ranking.  Djokovic will take over the top spot no matter what happens in Paris and will keep it regardless of the outcome of next week’s ATP World Tour Finals in London.


ESPNU Road Trip from Norman on Tuesday
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ESPNU Road Trip went sweeping down the plains of Norman, Okla., last weekend when the Oklahoma Sooners hosted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a top 10 match-up and the half-hour episode airs Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.  Hosts Niki Noto and Ali Nejad tour Legends Lobby with Coach Bob Stoops, flipped and tumbled with the elite OU Men’s Gymnastic Team and took a ride in the Sooner Schooner with Boomer and Sooner leading the way.


ESPN Classic’s NBA Tip Off Week Begins October 29
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ESPN Classic will present “NBA Tip Off Week Presented by Kia” from Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2, with classic games dating back to 1997 and as recent as the 2012 NBA Finals. The schedule includes SportsCentury episodes showcasing NBA Hall of Famers Jerry West, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. For a full schedule, visit http://espn.go.com/espntv/onair/index.


Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf on ESPN Networks
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Amata Spring Country Club, in Chonburi, Thailand, will host top amateur golfers in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship from Thursday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 4, and golf fans can watch play on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. At stake is an invitation for the winner to play in the Masters Tournament and both the winner and the runner(s)-up gain a place in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship.


espnW: Q&A with WNBA President Laurel Richie, Lady Vols Coach Holly Warlick and “Fashion Forward” with the San Diego Chargers
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This week on espnW.com, WNBA commissioner Laurel Richie reflects on this past season and the future of the league in a Q&A with espnW contributor Kate Fagan. Also, Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick, leading the biggest transition in women’s hoops history, and espnW contributor Sarah Turcotte discusses her first goal with her – making sure nothing changes.  Also, the San Diego Chargers are this week’s NFL Fashion Forward spotlight.

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