NBA, TOP 40 FEMALE ATHLETES, THE WORD & MORE…
- NBA: Playoffs on ABC & ESPN
- SportsCenter and espnW Continue to Unveil Top 40 Female Athletes of Past 40 Years
- NASCAR Now to Preview Southern 500 at Darlington
- American Le Mans Series in Action at Laguna Seca
- The Word on espnW.com – Serena Not Dating, Hamels Hitting Harper; Mother’s Day Focus
- Euroleague Final Four Basketball Available Exclusively on ESPN3
- ESPN Increases Softball Coverage with 10 Conference Championship Matchups
MLB: Red-Hot Hamilton, Rangers to Host Pujols, Angels on Sunday Night Baseball
The Texas Rangers — owners of baseball’s best record and led by Josh Hamilton — will host the Los Angeles Angels and Albert Pujols on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, May 13, at 8 p.m. ET. Coming off a historic four homerun performance on Tuesday, Hamilton looks to keep the momentum going against the Rangers’ division rivals. Dan Shulman will provide commentary with analysts Orel Hershiser and Terry Francona and reporter Buster Olney. Sunday Night Baseball will also be available on ESPN Radio (with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton), ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and via the WatchESPN app.
NBA: Playoffs on ABC & ESPN
The NBA Playoffs will continue with up to four games this weekend on ESPN networks. If there is a Game Six between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks and/or the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, ESPN will televise the game(s) Friday, May 11. In addition, ABC’s coverage will continue with a doubleheader on Sunday, May 13. The doubleheader will include either two Game Sevens — Knicks/ Heat and Clippers/Grizzlies; a Game Seven and a Game One of the Conference Semifinals; or two Game Ones of the Conference Semifinals. The schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please check ESPNMediaZone.com for updates, including times.
SportsCenter, in conjunction with espnW, will continue to unveil the Top 40 Female Athletes of the Past 40 Years, as part of ESPN’s companywide initiative The Power of IX – recognizing the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Nos. 30-26 will be revealed, one per-day, beginning Monday, May 14, during the 10 a.m. weekday edition of SportsCenter.
Athletes 30-26 (in alphabetical order):
- Michelle Akers (soccer) – United States Soccer Federation Female Athlete of the Year twice and Gold medalist at the Atlanta Olympic Games;
- Gail Devers (track) – Three-time Olympic champion;
- Chamique Holdsclaw (basketball) – Four-time All-American and three-time NCAA Champion at the University of Tennessee;
- Nancy Lieberman (basketball) – Inductee to the Naismith Memorial and Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame; first female coach of a men’s team under the NBA umbrella;
- Grete Waitz (runner) – Marathon runner and former world record holder; won nine New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988, along with an Olympic Silver medal.
Quotes from select vignettes:
Billie Jean King on Lieberman: “She had guts! Nancy Lieberman, oh pioneer, spoke out – didn’t care about the consequences – took a lot of hits for all of us – she just changed things.”
Julie Foudy on Akers: “She is a legend, a giant of the game, that I’m so grateful I had a chance to play with because she could finish in any way possible. She could finish from the outside, inside, with the head. Just a remarkable player.”
NASCAR Now to Preview Southern 500 at Darlington
The one-hour weekend edition of ESPN2’s NASCAR Now will air Saturday, May 12, at noon with a preview of that evening’s Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Mike Massaro will host, joined from the track by analyst Andy Petree and reporters Nicole Briscoe and Ryan McGee. ESPN2 will televise Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at 6:30 p.m., which will include the debut of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Carl Edwards as an ESPN race analyst.
American Le Mans Series in Action at Laguna Seca
ESPN3 will provide live coverage of the American Le Mans Series, a six-hour endurance race, from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on Saturday, May 12, at 4:15 p.m. Highlights from the event will air the following day, at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. In addition, ESPN3 will air qualifying on Friday, May 11, at 7:40 p.m.
The Word on espnW.com – Serena Not Dating, Hamels Hitting Harper; Mother’s Day Focus
Cassidy Hubbarth will host this week’s edition of The Word, espnW.com’s digital debate series, with Jane McManus and Ramona Shelburne. Topics:
- Argentina’s pregnant field hockey goalie will miss the Olympics;
- Unwritten rules in sports good or bad, coming off Cole Hamels (Phillies) admitting he hit Bryce Harper (Nationals) on purpose;
- Will swearing off dating improve Serena Williams’ focus?
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, espnW.com will celebrate athletes who are mothers and athletes’ mothers:
- LSU coach Nikki Caldwell had her first baby between the SEC and NCAA tournaments. She has since ruptured her Achilles which has added to the challenges of motherhood (Michelle Smith);
- New mom athletes discuss the challenges (Adena Andrews);
- NFL players Marcus Dixon (Jets) and Mark Herzlich (Giants) share how their moms influenced them (Amanda Rykoff).
Euroleague Final Four Basketball Available Exclusively on ESPN3
Beginning Friday, May 11, ESPN3 will carry the Euroleague Final Four basketball games live from the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. CSKA Moscow will take on Panathinaikos in the first semifinal, at 11 a.m. followed by Olympiacos Piraeus vs. FC Barcelona Regal at 2 p.m. The Euroleague Final is scheduled for Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. ESPN3 carries more than 40 exclusive Euroleague games each season.
|Fri, May 11||11 a.m.||CSKA Moscow vs. Panathinaikos||ESPN3|
|2 p.m.||Olympiacos vs. FC Barcelona Regal||ESPN3|
|Sun, May 13||11 a.m.||Euroleague – Third Place||ESPN3|
|2 p.m.||Euroleague – Finals||ESPN3|
ESPN Increases Softball Coverage with 10 Conference Championship Matchups
The ESPN networks will offer more college softball championship coverage this week than ever before with the addition of two conference championship games (ACC and Big South) on ESPNU and five conference events exclusively on ESPN3 (Atlantic Sun, Missouri Valley, Southern, SWAC and Sun Belt).
In addition to simulcasting the entire SEC Softball Tournament and the five Conference Championship games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, ESPN3 will also show the ACC Softball Championship Quarterfinals and six championships exclusively. ESPN networks will air a combined 25 softball tournament games over four days beginning Thursday, May 10.
The week will culminate on ESPNU with the fifth annual NCAA Division I Softball Championship Selection Show presented by Capital One on Sunday. May 13, at 10 p.m., unveiling the 64-team field for this year‘s tournament. Schedule