ESPN ThisWeek — May 28, 2013

SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

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Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals; “Play Along” Version on ESPN3
contact: mac.nwulu@espn.com
ESPN will mark its 20th year of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN with 14 live hours of competition across three networks – ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 – beginning Wednesday, May 29, at 8 a.m. ET, through Thursday, May 30, at 10 p.m.  SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele will host.  Paul A. Loeffler, a former Bee finalist, returns as the TV word analyst, and Samantha Ponder will be the reporter.

Throughout the competition, ESPN3 will feature a “Play Along” version where fans will have the option to view coverage without seeing the word until the last second so they can test their own spelling skills while watching the champion spellers.

Date Time (ET) Round Networks
Wed, May 29 8-11:45 a.m. Preliminary Round 2 & Play-Along Version ESPN3
1:15-6:15 p.m. Preliminary Round 3 & Play-Along Version ESPN3
Thu, May 30 2-5 p.m. Semifinals Rounds 5-6 & Play-Along Version ESPN2 / WatchESPN
8-10 p.m. Championship Finals & Play-Along Version ESPN / WatchESPN

French Open Continues on ESPN2, ESPN3
Contact:  dave.nagle@espn.com
The French Open continues each weekday on ESPN2 and ESPN3 through the women’s semifinals live Thursday, June 6. All the action on ESPN2 is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry share host duties on ESPN2, with Fowler also calling matches.  They are joined by Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver.

Date Time (ET) Event  
Wed, May 29 –  Fri, May 31 5 – 10 a.m. Early Round Action Live
   
Mon, June 3 5 – 10 a.m. Round of 16 Live
Tue, June 4 1 – 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Wed, June 5 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Thur, June 6 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Women’s Semifinals Live

NBA: Eastern Conference Finals Continue on ESPN Radio; Spurs to Face Winners on ABC
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn; kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
The defending NBA champion Miami Heat and MVP LeBron James host the Indiana Pacers and David West in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday, May 30, with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN Radio. Kevin Calabro and analyst Hubie Brown will be courtside with commentary. The Heat currently lead the Pacers 2-1 heading into tonight’s Game 4, also on ESPN Radio.

ABC will exclusively broadcast the NBA Finals, beginning Thursday, June 6. The NBA Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs will face the winner of the Heat-Pacers series.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network (s)
Thurs, May 30 7:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat – Game 5
Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown
ESPN Radio
Sat, June 1 7:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat – Game 6*
Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown
ESPN Radio
Mon, June 3 7:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat – Game 7*
Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown
ESPN Radio

*If necessary


Sunday Night Baseball: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox to Continue Rivalry on Baseball’s Biggest Stage
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com; kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
On the June 2 edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will continue their historic rivalry at Yankee Stadium. The exclusive telecast will begin at 8 p.m. with Dan Shulman providing commentary alongside analysts Orel Hershiser and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney. As of May 28, the Red Sox lead the Yankees by one game atop the American League East.

Sunday Night Baseball is available across multiple ESPN platforms including ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN and ESPN International. Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton will describe the action on ESPN Radio while Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Guillermo Celis provide commentary on ESPN Deportes. Baseball Tonight previews the action at 7 p.m. led by Karl Ravech with analysts Barry Larkin and Manny Acta.

ESPN Radio will also provide coverage of the Red Sox-Yankees series Saturday, June 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ESPN games and Baseball Tonight are available on smartphones, tablets and computers via WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Networks
Sat, Jun 1 6:30 p.m. MLB on ESPN Radio: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, Jun 2 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet
Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Manny Acta
ESPN, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
ESPN: Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Orel Hershiser, Buster Olney
ESPN Radio: Sciambi, Singleton
ESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN

IndyCar Series Races Saturday, Sunday in Detroit
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
One week after a thrilling Indianapolis 500, the IZOD IndyCar Series will compete on the street circuit at Detroit’s Belle Isle in a weekend doubleheader with races Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Both races will air on ABC at 3:30 p.m. In the booth will be Marty Reid and analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.


NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover on ESPN
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday, June 1, and ESPN will have a live telecast of the 200-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 2 p.m. with the green flag at 2:46 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Grid 2. Also from Dover, ESPN2 will televise qualifying earlier that day at 11 a.m. Allen Bestwick and analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will call the action.


NHRA Englishtown Action on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be in action this weekend in the Toyota NHRA Summer Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Drag racing fans can watch qualifying and eliminations, with programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. Dave Rieff and analyst Mike Dunn will describe the racing. The schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Fri, May 31 6:15 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3
Sat, Jun 1 5 p.m. Qualifying ESPN
Sun, Jun 2 1 a.m. Qualifying ESPN2
Sun, Jun 2 1 p.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3
4:30 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2

Soccer: U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexican National Team on ESPN Networks
contacts: mac.nwulu@espn.com or kristie.chong@espn.com
ESPN’s slate of soccer content this week is highlighted by three U.S. National Team matches – two men’s matches and one women’s match – and a key international friendly match for the Mexican National Team ahead of three crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in eight days for “El Tri.”  Highlights:

  • Play-by-play commentator Ian Darke will call two U.S. Men’s National Team games ahead of its three matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying series in June.  Darke, analyst Taylor Twellman, reporter Monica Gonzalez and studio analyst Alexi Lalas will call USA vs. Belgium on May 29, at 8 p.m., live from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, on ESPN and WatchESPN. On Sunday, June 2, Darke, Twellman and Gonzalez will call USA vs. Germany, at 2 p.m., live from Washington, D.C.  Award-winning studio host Bob Ley, analysts Kasey Keller and Lalas will provide studio commentary from RFK Stadium.
  • ESPN’s English-language commentators for the Mexican Men’s National Team – Fernando Palomo (play-by-play), analyst Alejandro Palomo and reporter John Sutcliffe – will be at Houston’s Reliant Stadium on Friday, May 31, at 9 p.m., to call the international friendly between reigning CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico and Nigeria, the African Cup of Nations title holders, on ESPNEWS and WatchESPN.

The schedule (subject to change):

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Wed, May 29 2:25 p.m. Germany vs. Ecuador (International Friendly) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  8 p.m. USA vs. Belgium (International Friendly) ESPN / WatchESPN
Fri, May 31 2:55 p.m. Bordeaux vs. Evian TG (French Cup) ESPN3
  9 p.m. Mexico vs. Nigeria (International Friendly) ESPNEWS
Sat, Jun 1 2 p.m. Bayern Munich vs. VfB Stuttgart (German Cup Final) ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Sun, Jun 2 2 p.m. USA vs. Germany (International Friendly) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
4:30 p.m. Canada vs. USA (Women’s International Friendly) ESPNEWS

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Begins Friday
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s complete coverage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, including all 16 Regional sites for the first time, will begin Friday, May 31. The first round – up to 112 games over four days – will include the use of the new Bases Loaded platform. Bases Loaded will update fans throughout the action. Similar to ESPN’s Goal Line and Buzzer Beater networks, Bases Loaded will provide unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games, plus up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts and experts each day of the Regionals. A release with the schedule and announcers will be issued this week.


ESPN’s 20 Greatest Coaches in NFL History Countdown Continues
contact: bill.hofheimer@espn.com
ESPN’s countdown of the 20 Greatest Coaches in NFL History continues this week on ESPN.com. Beginning with the unveiling of No. 20 Tony Dungy on May 21, the countdown is up to No. 15 today with Bud Grant, the longtime Minnesota Vikings head coach. As part of the ongoing series, NFL columnist Ashley Fox examines the legacy of the Bill Walsh/Mike Holmgren coaching tree on Tuesday, including a photo gallery of the many former assistants who learned from these legends and became head coaches themselves. Daily featurettes and accompanying videos will be posted through Tuesday, June 11, when the top-ranked NFL coach is unveiled. The Greatest Coaches in NFL History (20-15): No. 20: Tony Dungy; No. 19: Mike Shanahan; No. 18: Sid Gillman; No. 17: Marv Levy; No. 16: Hank Stram and No. 15: Bud Grant.

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