ESPN MIDWEEK – FEBRUARY 13, 2013

NBA on ESPN

College Hoops – Play 4Kay, Men’s No. 1 Indiana at No. 8 Michigan State – plus 30 for 30, PBA, Boxing & More

 


NBA All-Star Weekend on ESPN
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com

ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN International will provide comprehensive coverage of NBA All-Star events from Houston beginning Friday, Feb. 15. ESPN will exclusively present the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at 7 p.m. from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mark Jones will provide commentary with analyst Jon Barry and reporter Chris Broussard. The game will also be available via ESPN Mobile TV and on computers, tablets and smartphones via WatchESPN. ESPN commentators Bruce Bowen (NBA analyst) and Ryen Russillo (ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo) are among the celebrity participants.

For the 17th consecutive year, ESPN Radio will present the exclusive radio broadcast of the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Game, Sunday, Feb.17, at 7:30 p.m. Kevin Calabro will describe the action with analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay. They will be joined by on-site studio host Marc Kestecher, analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein and reporter Shelley Smith.

On Friday, Feb. 15, ESPN will also televise First Take and ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo from Houston at the House of Blues at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Additionally, ESPN International will offer an array of NBA All-Star events, including the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Game, to viewers in the Pac-Rim, Brazil, Atlantic, Caribbean and UK regions.

For full details on ESPN’s NBA All-Star coverage, please visit ESPN MediaZone.


ESPN Continues Celebration of Michael Jordan’s 50th Birthday
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com and dan.quinn@espn.com

ESPN’s multiplatform celebration of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday continues leading up to the legend’s birthday on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Among the highlights:

  • NBA Commissioner David Stern joins Jeremy Schapp to reflect on the career and accomplishments of Jordan on ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 p.m.
  • Senior writer Wright Thompson chronicles Jordan’s journey for ESPN.com in a feature titled “Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building” to be posted Friday morning with a 10-page spread in ESPN The Magazine Analytics Issue on newsstands Friday, Feb. 22.
  • ESPN Classic will celebrate the occasion with four days and 70 hours of Jordan-centric programming, including the best 23 games of his career.
  • SportsNation and UNITE will have unique Jordan themed segments on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. and midnight respectively.

 The birthday celebration concludes on Sunday, Feb. 17, when the Top 50 Jordan highlights run on SportsCenter  with the final Top Ten determined by fan voting on ESPN.com.

Full details are available on ESPN MediaZone.


Women’s College Basketball: 12-Game Play 4Kay Initiative Capped by No. 1 Baylor at No. 3 UConn
Negandhi to Debut as New Studio Host for NCAA Women’s Basketball
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com 

For the seventh straight year, ESPN will support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, by airing 12 games over two  days, Sunday, Feb. 17, and Monday, Feb. 18, as part of the Play 4Kay initiative. The fund is in memory of former NC State head coach Kay Yow, who died in January 2009 after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Six of the games feature a top-10 team, culminating Monday at 9 p.m. with a powerhouse contest between No. 1 Baylor with 6-8 center Brittney Griner and No. 3 Connecticut, led by sophomore forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi  has been chosen to host ESPN’s studio coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Negandhi, who will host Play 4Kay, joined ESPN in 2006 and got his start covering women’s basketball while attending college at Temple.

Full Release; Coverage Maps; ESPN Images: Women’s Basketball Photos

 
2013 Play 4Kay Schedule (Subject to change)

Date

Time (ET)

Game/Commentators

Network(s)

Sun, Feb 17

1:30 p.m.

DePaul at No. 10 Louisville
Jim Barbar & Sonya Beeler

ESPNU / WatchESPN

 

2:30 p.m.

**No. 2 Notre Dame at Marquette
Pam Ward &Stephanie White

ESPN2 / ESPN3

 

 

**No. 22 Oklahoma at Kansas
Holly Rowe & Fran Fraschilla

ESPN2 / ESPN3

 

 

**Georgia Tech at NC State
Joe Davis & Deb Antonelli

ESPN2 / ESPN3

 

 

**Alabama at Auburn
Clay Matvick & Brooke Weisbrod

ESPN2 / ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

No. 4 Stanford at No. 15 UCLA
Rich Cellini & Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

ESPNU / WatchESPN

 

5 p.m.

**No. 7 Maryland at Virginia
Melissa Lee & LaChina Robinson

ESPN2 / ESPN3

 

 

**Cincinnati at St. John’s
Bob Picozzi & Rebecca Lobo

ESPN2 / ESPN3

 

 

**Vanderbilt at No. 12 Tennessee
Adam Amin & Maria Taylor

ESPN2 / ESPN3

 

 

**Iowa at No. 18 Purdue
Beth Mowins & Nell Fortner

ESPN2  / ESPN3

Mon, Feb 18

7 p.m.

Big Monday Presented by Bud Light:
No. 9 Kentucky at No. 11 Texas A&M
Pam Ward & Stephanie White

ESPN2 / WatchESPN

 

9 p.m.

Big Monday Presented by Bud Light:
No. 1 Baylor at No. 3 Connecticut
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Rebecca Lobo

ESPN2 / WatchESPN

** – Regionalized telecast
 


Men’s College Basketball: No. 1 Indiana at No. 8 Michigan State with Magic Johnson and Dick Vitale Highlights Schedule Featuring Eight of Top 10 Teams
contact:
michael.c.humes@espn.com

ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule for early next week will be highlighted by No. 1 Indiana at No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Big Ten showdown, with analysis from Dick Vitale and Magic Johnson, is part of a schedule that includes eight of the top 10 ranked teams over three days. The lineup also includes two additional matchups between ranked teams: No. 21 Notre Dame at No. 16 Pittsburgh on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. on ESPN and No. 14 Kansas at No. 17 Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

ESPNU will televise two top-five teams on consecutive days — No. 3 Miami against Virginia on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 11 p.m. with No. 5 Gonzaga against Santa Clara.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through February 20

Date

Time (ET)

Matchup/Commentators

Network

Mon, Feb 18

7 p.m.

No. 21 Notre Dame at No. 16 Pittsburgh
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery

ESPN

 

7 p.m.

Norfolk State at Hampton
Matt Schick & Stan Lewter

ESPNU

 

9 p.m.

West Virginia at No. 10 Kansas State
Brent Musburger & Fran Fraschilla

ESPN

 

9 p.m.

Rutgers at Villanova
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis

ESPNU

Tue, Feb 19

7 p.m.

No. 1 Indiana at No. 8 Michigan State
Mike Tirico, Dick Vitale, Magic Johnson & Samantha Ponder

ESPN

 

7 p.m.

Florida State at NC State
Mark Jones & TBD

ESPN2

 

7 p.m.

LSU at Tennessee
Dari Nowkhah & Dino Gaudio

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Wichita State at Indiana State

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

No. 18 Marquette at Seton Hall
Scott Graham & John Celestand

ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network

 

8 p.m.

Texas at TCU
Doug Bell & Stephen Howard

ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network

 

9 p.m.

No. 7 Florida at Missouri
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Holly Rowe

ESPN

 

9 p.m.

Virginia at No. 3 Miami
Tom Hart & Len Elmore

ESPNU

 

9 p.m.

Maryland at Boston College

ESPN3 * & ACC Network

 

9 p.m.

North Carolina at Georgia Tech

ESPN3 * & ACC Network

Wed, Feb 20

7 p.m.

Providence at No. 6 Syracuse
Mike Patrick & LaPhonso Ellis

ESPN2

 

7 p.m.

Oklahoma at Texas Tech
Carter Blackburn & Reid Gettys

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Maine at Vermont
Ed Cohen & Frank Sullivan

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

DePaul at No. 15 Georgetown
Mike Corey & Bob Wenzel

ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network

 

7 p.m.

South Florida at St. John’s
Quint Kessenich & John Celestand

ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network

 

7 p.m.

Ole Miss at South Carolina
Matt Stewart & Kyle Macy

ESPN3 * & CSS

 

8 p.m.

Texas A&M at Auburn
Mike Gleason & Daymeon Fishback

ESPN3

 

8 p.m.

Vanderbilt at No. 25 Kentucky
Clay Matvick & Joe Dean

ESPN3 & SEC Network

 

8 p.m.

Mississippi State at Alabama
Dave Neal & Jon Sundvold

ESPN3 & SEC Network

 

9 p.m.

No. 14 Kansas at No. 17 Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen & Stephen Bardo

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Iowa State at Baylor
Mitch Holthus & Matt Doherty

ESPNU

 

11 p.m.

Washington at No. 9 Arizona
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton

ESPN2

 

11 p.m.

Santa Clara at No. 5 Gonzaga
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon

ESPNU

 * Local blackout may apply


Newest ESPN RecruitingNation Basketball Rankings Released
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com or kristie.chong@espn.com

ESPN RecruitingNation today released an update to its college basketball recruit rankings on ESPN.com with the ESPN 100 seniors, ESPN 60 juniors and ESPN 25 sophomores.  Colleges leading the top 40 class rankings based on the ESPN 100 are Kentucky (1), Memphis (2), Kansas (3), Indiana (4) and Duke (5).  The new rankings and McDonald’s All American Selection will be discussed on ESPN Recruiting Nation on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Additionally, ESPN Insider members have access to premium content, insights and analysi, including:

  • Analysis – RecruitingNation’s Paul Biancardi (national recruiting director), Dave Telep (senior national recruiting analyst), Reggie Rankin (scout and analyst) and Adam Finkelstein (Northeast recruiting coordinator) and others provide insights into the updated rankings, the biggest risers and most versatile players in the 2013 class, and more
  • Roundtables – Biggest storylines to watch in the ESPN 100, ESPN 60 and ESPN 25
  • Top 25 Prospects – lists the best recruits nationwide, regardless of class
  • Video – Telep and Biancardi discuss the updated player rankings as well as additional clips from the ESPNU RecruitingNation show

30 for 30 Shorts: Disdain the Mundane features Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s Fashion and Broadcasting Style
contact: Jennifer.J.Cingari@espn.com

The newest installment of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series premieres today on Grantland.com – Disdain the Mundane. The video details the evolution of Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s style as well as his popular rhyming couplets.

The basketball Hall of Famer’s unique and eccentric style began as a rookie with the New York Knicks and continues today as a broadcaster in New York, making him a style icon in the Big Apple.

In the ’70s he was Clyde, a cool-as-ice point guard with big hats and mutton-chop side burns. Today, in his role as a Knicks’ broadcaster, Frazier’s wardrobe features vibrant colors and shocking patterns. But his distinctive flair doesn’t end there.  While calling the Knicks games, Frazier dishes catchy phrases he comes up with that can rival the best rappers’ rhymes.

In Disdain the Mundane, director Nelson George joins Frazier and his personal tailor in Manhattan to find out more about the style sensibilities of one of the most illustrious players in the history of the game.

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series is artfully crafted by Blue Moon. Previous films from the 30 for 30 Shorts series include Arnold’s Blueprint, The Arnold Palmer, Jake, and Ali: The Mission, which can all be viewed on Grantland.com. 

ESPNFrontRow.com featured a Q&A with Nelson George today, which can be found here.


PBA Tour and PBA League Bowl On – In the Mark Roth Classic
contact: tara.c.chozet@espn.com

The PBA Tour and PBA League continue on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. with the finals of the Mark Roth Classic and Round Three of PBA League competition from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. ESPN’s Lon McEachern and PBA Hall of Famer are on-site calling the action.

The winner of the opening PBA League Clash will bowl against Jesse Williams’ BROOKLYN STyLES and reigning Player of the Year Sean Rash and company in the first match of a three-match stepladder competition. The match one winner advances to meet Pete Weber and New York City WTT KingPins (owned by tennis legend Billie Jean King) in the semifinal. The semifinal winner will challenge the qualifying leaders Mike Fagan and the Motown Muscle, owned by former NFL star Jerome Bettis.

After two rounds of PBA League competition, the NYC WTT Kingpins lead the race to the Elias Cup finals with 24 points, followed by BROOKLYN STyLES, 20; Motown Muscle, 15; Dallas Strikers, 13; Philadelphia Hitmen, 11; Silver Lake Atom Splitters and L.A. X tied with 9 and the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 3.

Also Sunday, two-time Tour titlist Scott Norton faces Michael Haugen Jr., in the Mark Roth Classic championship match.

The PBA League is a new team-style tournament format that debuted this year. The concept incorporates teams owned by Hollywood and sports celebrities and captained by PBA Tour stars. Viewers can follow the PBA on ESPN on Twitter with the hashtags #LoveTheLanes and #PBALeague.

The PBA continues Sunday, Feb. 24, with a live telecast on ESPN of the USBC Masters from New Brunswick, N.J.

PBA Tour and PBA League on ESPN Telecast Schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Event

Network

Sun, Feb 17

3 p.m.

PBA League – Round 3 with Mark Roth Classic Finals

ESPN

Sun, Mar 3

3 p.m.

PBA League – Round 4 with Don Carter Classic Finals

ESPN

Sun, Mar 24

1 p.m.

PBA League – Round 5 with Earl Anthony Players Championship Finals

ESPN

Sun, Apr 7

1 p.m.

PBA League – Elias Cup Finals

ESPN


Undefeated Junior Middleweight Tahdooahnippah Meets Former Junior Middleweight Title Challenger Rodriguez on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
contacts:
stephen.mcdonald@espn.com and gabriela.nunez@espn.com

The February 15 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extrawill feature undefeated Junior Middleweight George “Comanche Boy”  Tahdooahnippah (31-0-1, 23 KOs) and former Junior Middleweight and Welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show from Uncasville, Conn., will air live at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 HD, and will be available online through WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. The card will also air live on ESPN Deportes+, the new digital extension of ESPN Deportes, and will air tape delayed on ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. The card is promoted by Star Boxing.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at Mohegan Sun Arena describing the action for ESPN2 HD. Studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will be on site presenting the latest boxing news and  interview Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KOs) to discuss Holt’s upcoming title fight with Junior Welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs). That fight will be televised February 22, at 9 p.m. on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Alex Pombo and Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will be ringside calling this week’s fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio. Osuna will also present live interviews and reports for both shows. Read more.


 espnW.com: Tennessee and Alabama Total Access, Black History Vignettes, and espnW Fuels Winter Training with the Cold List
contact: Amanda.decastro@espn.com

 espnW continues its Tennessee Total Access series with “Tenn Questions” with sophomore Lady Volunteer Ariel Massengale.  Also, contributor Graham Hays begins the Alabama Total Access series, following the softball team as they defend their national championship title. Additionally, espnW.com continues its Black History month vignettes, voiced by Cari Champion, highlighting bobsledder Vonetta Flowers who was the first black person from any country to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. espnW also wraps up the month-long motivational campaign, the Cold List (#ColdList), encouraging women to achieve their personal fitness goals through the use of shareable tiles on espnW.com.

 


Africa Cup of Nations Final Scores on ESPN3
contact: kristie.chong@espn.com

The  2013 Africa Cup of Nations final match last Sunday logged ESPN3’s best exclusive soccer game ever —  7.5 million live minutes viewed across computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox.  ESPN’s multi-screen sports network was the primary destination for live coverage of the tournament and marked the first time AFCON was delivered live in the U.S. via a media platform reaching a mass audience of 83 million households nationwide.

AFCON is the premier championship for national soccer teams in Africa, and this year marked the 29th edition of the tournament.  Teams representing 16 nations have competed in the tournament. The winner of the tournament will represent Africa in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, June 15-30, competing in Group B along with Spain (Europe), Uruguay (South America) and Tahiti (Oceana).


NFL Analyst Lomas Brown to be Inducted in Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
contact: bill.hofheimer@espn.com

ESPN NFL analyst Lomas Brown will be part of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame’s 57th induction class on Monday, Feb. 18, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. A first-round pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, Brown played offensive tackle for 18 seasons, including his first 11 with the Detroit Lions. He was selected to the Pro Bowl seven straight seasons and was named to the Lions’ 75th Anniversary Team. Other Class of 2013 inductees include former Michigan State basketball standouts Mateen Cleaves and Steve Smith, Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, and former Michigan football star Tyrone Wheatley. The group was selected by a statewide, blue-ribbon group of veteran sports journalists, selected college and professional sports administrators, MSHOF members, the MSHOF Board of Directors and also a first-time public online vote. More information.

 

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