ESPN MidWeek — January 24, 2013



Australian Open on ESPN:  Federer-Murray Semifinal Tonight; Azarenka-Li Women’s Championship Saturday
The owner of 17 Grand Slam titles, No. 2 seed Roger Federer, faces Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed and owner of one Slam title – the 2012 US Open – tonight in the second men’s semifinal at the Australian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments on ESPN at 3:30 a.m. ET.  The winner will face two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, the top seed, in the Men’s Championship late Saturday at 3 a.m. on ESPN.

The Women’s Championship late Friday night at 3 a.m. will pair defending champion and No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka against No. 6 Li Na.  Both final matches will receive two encore presentations on ESPN2, at 9 a.m. and in prime time.

The remaining Australian Open television schedule (For these charts, all times are Eastern, and each day “begins” at 6 a.m. ET.  Therefore, the listing Sat., Jan. 26 at 3 a.m. ET is actually very late on Saturday night.):

DateTime (ET)EventNetwork 
Thur, Jan 243:30 – 6 a.m.Men’s Semifinal #2
Federer vs Murray
Fri, Jan 25Noon – 4 p.m.Men’s Semifinal #2ESPN2encore
 3 – 5:30 a.m.Women’s Championship
Azarenka vs Li
Sat, Jan. 269 – 11 a.m.Women’s ChampionshipESPN2encore
 10 p.m. – MIDWomen’s ChampionshipESPN2encore
 3 – 6:30 a.m.Men’s Championship
Djokovic vs. TBD
Sun, Jan 279 a.m. – 2 p.m.Men’s ChampionshipESPN2encore
 7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.Men’s ChampionshipESPN2encore

ESPN’s NFL Programming Leads to Super Bowl XLVII
One week away from Super Bowl XLVII, Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson will discuss key aspects of the San Francisco 49ers-Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl matchup and review the NFL season on Pro Bowl Sunday in a special two-hour edition of Sunday NFL Countdown (10 a.m.–12 p.m. ET) from ESPN’s studio in Bristol, Conn.  Senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and NFL Insider Adam Schefter will report updated news across the league.

Sunday’s Countdown will kick off ESPN’s weeklong preview of Super Bowl XLVII, with more than 120 hours of TV and radio programming from the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, beginning Monday, Jan. 28, with Mike and Mike in the Morning (6 a.m., ESPN Radio/ESPN2). Content will be available on 18 ESPN platforms through Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3. Complete schedule.

New this year: the expanded presence of SportsCenter and ESPN’s social media initiatives; a new ESPN Audio show, “Legends of Football” with Monday Night Football voice Mike Tirico; and KIA NBA Countdown on Wednesday and Friday’s edition of ABC’s Good Morning America each airing live from ESPN’s production headquarters in New Orleans. Complete Super Bowl week plans.

Men’s College Hoops: Two Top-Five Teams in Action on ESPN Big Monday Doubleheader
ESPN will showcase two top-five teams in a Big Monday Presented by Bud Light BIG EAST and Big 12 doubleheader January 28. The night will tip off with No. 5 Louisville against Pittsburgh at 7 p.m., followed by No. 3 Kansas at West Virginia at 9 p.m.

ESPN’s Super Tuesday Big Ten and SEC doubleheader January 29 will also include a ranked team in each game: No. 14 Ohio State against Wisconsin at 7 p.m. and No. 23 Mississippi against Kentucky at 9 p.m.

The lineup for Wednesday, Jan. 30, will be highlighted by eight games with at least one ranked squad across ESPN networks, including No. 16 Oregon at Stanford at 11 p.m. on ESPNU.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 & ESPNEWS schedule through January 30

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Mon, Jan 287 p.m.Pittsburgh at No. 5 Louisville
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery
 7 p.m.Alabama State at Texas Southern
Anthony Calhoun & Stephen Howard
 7:30 p.m.East Tennessee State at USC Upstate ESPN3
 9 p.m.No. 3 Kansas at West Virginia
Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
 9 p.m.South Florida at Marquette
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis
Tue, Jan 297 p.m.Wisconsin at No. 14 Ohio State
Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Samantha Ponder
 7 p.m.No. 18 NC State at Virginia
Dave O’Brien & Jay Bilas
 7 p.m.Vanderbilt at Tennessee
Dari Nowkhah & Dino Gaudio
 7 p.m.Stony Brook at Albany
Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
 7 p.m.Georgia Tech at ClemsonESPN3 * & RSN ^
 9 p.m.Kentucky at No. 23 Mississippi
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
 9 p.m.North Carolina at Boston College
Tom Hart & Len Elmore
Wed, Jan 306 p.m.Villanova at No. 24 Notre Dame
Mike Patrick & LaPhonso Ellis
 7 p.m.Oklahoma at Baylor
Mitch Holthus & Matt Doherty
 7 p.m.Valparaiso at Youngstown StateESPN3
 7 p.m.UMBC at Binghamton
Ed Cohen & Frank Sullivan
 7 p.m.Rutgers at No. 21 Cincinnati
Tom Gelehrter & Bob Valvano
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 7 p.m.Seton Hall at Georgetown
Mike Corey & Bob Wenzel
 7 p.m.Auburn at Georgia
Matt Stewart & Kyle Macy
 8 p.m.Texas at No. 11 Kansas State
Bob Wischusen & Stephen Bardo
 8 p.m.Iowa State at Oklahoma State
Doug Bell & Bryndon Manzer
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
 8 p.m.No. 1 Duke at Wake ForestESPN3 * & ACC Network
 8 p.m.Maryland at Florida StateESPN3 * & ACC Network
 8 p.m.No. 22 Missouri at LSU
Dave Baker & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
 8 p.m.South Carolina at No. 8 Florida
Dave Neal & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
 9 p.m.DePaul at St. John’s
Adam Amin & Tim Welsh
 9 p.m.Texas A&M at Mississippi State
Mike Morgan & Daymeon Fishback
 9 p.m.No. 25 Miami at Virginia TechESPN3 * & RSN ^
 11 p.m.No. 16 Oregon at Stanford
Brent Musburger & Bill Walton
 11:59 p.m.UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State
Rich Cellini & Danny Schayes

* Local blackout may apply

Former Junior Middleweight Titlist Dzinziruk on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
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The January 25 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature former Junior Middleweight titlist Sergiy “The Razor” Dzinziruk (36-1-1, 24 KOs) and Brian “The Warrior” Vera (21-6, 12 KOs) in the 12-round main event. Friday’s show will air live at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, and will be available online through 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 ESPN3, and will air tape delayed on ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. The card from Verona, N.Y., is promoted by Banner Promotions.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at Turning Stone Casino describing the action, while studio host Todd Grisham will present all the latest news and boxing highlights. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio. Bi-lingual reporter Bernardo Osuna will present live interviews and reports for both shows. Read more.

The Stars Come Out for PBA League Debut on ESPN
The PBA Tour breaks from its traditional Tour schedule for the television debut of the new PBA League on Sunday, Jan. 27, live at noon from Thunderbowl Lanes in the Detroit suburb of Allen Park, Mich. Lon McEachern and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will call the action.

The two-hour telecast will showcase five of the eight PBA League teams, which are celebrity-owned and are highlighted by an all-star roster of PBA Tour players. The eight owners are: Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul, former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis, former NFL all-pro receiver Terrell Owens, tennis legend  Billie Jean King, actor/comedian Kevin Hart, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams comedian Chris Hardwick, and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The star PBA Tour players competing as team captains are: reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, Jason Belmonte, Mike Fagan, Pete Weber, Norm Duke, Osku Palermaa, Bill O’Neill and Chris Barnes.

Six additional PBA League rounds will air on ESPN in February and March, culminating with the PBA League Elias Cup finals Sunday, April 7.  The finals will use the Baker stepladder format, which requires each player on the five-player teams to bowl two frames in one game, combining for one score in each match.

Viewers can follow the PBA on ESPN on Twitter, with the hashtags #LoveTheLanes and #PBALeague.

PBA League on ESPN Schedule:

DateTime (ET)EventNetwork
Sun, Jan 27NoonPBA League – Opening RoundESPN / WatchESPN
Sun, Feb 34 p.m.PBA League – Chris Paul PBA League All-StarsESPN
Sun, Feb 101 p.m.PBA League – Round 2 with Carmen Salvino Classic FinalsESPN
Sun, Feb 173 p.m.PBA League – Round 3 with Mark Roth Classic FinalsESPN
Sun, Mar 33 p.m.PBA League – Round 4 with Don Carter Classic FinalsESPN
Sun, Mar 241 p.m.PBA League – Round 5 with Earl Anthony Players Championship FinalsESPN
Sun, Apr 71 p.m.PBA League – Elias Cup FinalsESPN


ESPN The Magazine’s “Perfect” Issue Hits Newsstands Friday
Practice alone doesn’t make perfect as ESPN The Magazine’s “Perfect” issue, on newsstands Friday, January 25, demonstrates. Planning (like the kind done by Bill Walsh disciple Pat McDermott), chemistry (the misfit Knicks), energy (VCU sixth man Briante Weber) and luck (journeyman pitcher Philip Humber) are some of the other ingredients that go into perfect, which doesn’t necessarily mean flawless performances, unbeaten seasons, all 10s from the judges, all X’s in the frames, 27 up and 27 down. No, athletes and teams need to learn from their mistakes to become the best. They need to bleed, sweat and cry to reach their ultimate goal. Imperfect makes perfect.

The Mag’s “Perfect” issue features San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback and Super Bowl XLVII-bound Colin Kaepernick. The Female Athletes Winter X Games, Australian Open, and Women’s Hoops
Veteran snowboarder Kelly Clark kicks off the 2013 Winter X Games coverage on with her blog post, I’m ready for Winter X Games; other X Games coverage on espnW includes athlete features, videos, results, and the Cold List series (#ColdList).  Other highlights include ongoing coverage from the Australian Open, women’s college basketball wrap from contributor Graham Hays, and a complete breakdown of the Terrific 25 for 2015, with a look at high school sophomore guard Asia Durr of St. Pius X (Atlanta).

2013 Africa Cup of Nations Continues on ESPN3
ESPN3’s presentation of all 32 matches of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa continues with round robin group matches through Wednesday, Jan. 30.  The Africa Cup of Nations is the premier championship for national soccer teams in Africa and features some of the continents best players such as Cote D’Ivoire’s Didier Drogba and Yaya Touré, Nigeria’s Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor, and more.

DateTime (ET)MatchupNetwork
Fri, Jan 2510 a.m.Zambia vs. NigeriaESPN3
 1 p.m.Burkina Faso vs. EthiopiaESPN3
Sat, Jan 2610 a.m.Cote D’Ivoire vs. TunisiaESPN3
 1 p.m.Algeria vs. TogoESPN3
Sun, Jan 27NoonCape Verde vs. AngolaESPN3
 NoonMorocco vs. South AfricaESPN3
Mon, Jan 28NoonNiger vs. GhanaESPN3
 NoonDR Congo vs. MaliESPN3
Tue, Jan 29NoonEthiopia vs. NigeriaESPN3
 NoonBurkina Faso vs. ZambiaESPN3
Wed, Jan 30NoonAlgeria vs. Cote D’IvoireESPN3
NoonTogo vs. TunisiaESPN3

Jungle Fight on ESPN Deportes
Jungle Fight returns to ESPN Deportes on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.  The Brazilian MMA promotion features two main events:  Brazilian Bantamweight Mario Israel faces Atila Cowboy while Lightweight Ivan “Batman” Jorge takes on  Linderclecio “Brutus.”

ESPN Sets Dates for ESPN and ESPN Deportes Upfronts
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ESPN will hold its Annual Upfront on Tuesday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m. in New York at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. This year, ESPN Deportes will also host its own Upfront on Wednesday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in New York at the Joseph Urban Theater in the Hearst Tower. More information about both events will be announced in the coming weeks.

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