ESPN MidWeek – January 29, 2014

NBA


SUPER BOWL, COLLEGE HOOPS, 30 for 30 and MORE 

 


Kevin Durant Continues Hot Streak as Thunder Visit Nets; Knicks to Host LeBron James and Defending Champion Heat
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com; kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
The NBA on ESPN continues with a doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 31, as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Western Conference Player of the Week Kevin Durant visit the Brooklyn Nets and Deron Williams at 8 p.m. ET. Durant will be aiming for a 13th consecutive game scoring 30 points or more, pending tonight’s performance against the Miami Heat on ESPN. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Chris Broussard will provide commentary.

In the nightcap, the Golden State Warriors and All-Star Stephen Curry will visit the Utah Jazz and rookie sensation Trey Burke at 10:30 p.m. Dave Pasch and Jon Barry will call the action. Kia NBA Countdown will air at 7:30 p.m. on site from Times Square with Sage Steele, Doug Collins and Bill Simmons.

On the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII on Saturday, Feb. 1, the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat and All-Star LeBron James will visit the New York Knicks and All-Star Carmelo Anthony at 8:30 p.m. Breen will call the game with Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters.

ESPN NBA games and Countdown are also available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Xbox and Roku players via WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Thu, Jan 30 9:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
Kevin Calabro, Jon Barry
ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 31 7:30 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown
Sage Steele, Doug Collins,  Bill Simmons
ESPN, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Chris Broussard
ESPN, WatchESPN
  10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat, Feb 1 8:30 p.m. Miami Heat at New York Knicks Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Van Gundy, Lisa Salters
ESPN, WatchESPN

ESPN Deportes Radio Will Broadcast Super Bowl XLVIII Live
contact: gabriela.nunez@espn.com
ESPN Deportes Radio will broadcast Super Bowl XLVIII live from MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 2. Coverage will kick off at 3 p.m. with a Super Bowl preview and analysis from Kenneth Garay, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen, Eduardo Martell, Carlos Arratia and Marcelo Sandrin. Game coverage will begin at 6 p.m. with Garay on play-by-play, analyst Martinez-Christensen and reporter Sandrin on the sideline.

ESPN Deportes Radio is the only 24/7 Spanish-language radio network serving the U.S. Hispanic sports fans. The network has grown to include 47 affiliates across the country, reaching close to 80% of the Hispanic market. It is also available via SIRIUS Satellite Radio, ESPN Radio app, and ESPNDeportesRadio.com.  It is available in New York on 1050AM.


University of Colorado Chosen for College GameDay Covered by State Farm
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make its first visit to Boulder, Colo., and the campus of the University of Colorado, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV Pac-12 matchup between No. 1 Arizona and Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay’s first hour begins at 10 a.m. on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN, plus a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

The site was selected from two “flex pick” options with the UCLA at Stanford matchup now set for 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2.

Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.

Join the ESPN college basketball conversation and follow on Twitter: @ESPNCBB; #CBBGameDay

Full GameDay Schedule; Downloadable Photos

 


Men’s College Hoops: Marquee Matchups on Big Monday, Super Tuesday & Wednesday Night Hoops
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN will showcase 11 of the top 25 teams over three days as part of its Big Monday Presented by Verizon, Super Tuesday and Wednesday Night Hoops men’s college basketball series. The schedule is highlighted by undefeated No. 2 Syracuse and No. 3 Florida as well as two games between ranked squads.

  • Big Monday: The ESPN ACC and Big Ten doubleheader will have Notre Dame at undefeated No. 2 Syracuse at 7 p.m. and No. 16 Iowa State at No. 8 Oklahoma State at 9 p.m.
  • Super Tuesday: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise five games with at least one ranked team. The weekly Big Ten and SEC doubleheader on ESPN will match No. 24 Ohio State at No. 15 Iowa at 7 p.m. followed by Missouri at No. 3 Florida at 9 p.m. The ESPNU doubleheader will include Ole Miss at No. 11 Kentucky at 7 p.m. and Wake Forest at No. 17 Duke at 9 p.m. ESPN2 will carry No. 6 Kansas at Big 12 rival Baylor at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday Night Hoops: ESPNU will offer a Big 12 and American doubleheader: No 23 Oklahoma at West Virginia at 7 p.m. and No. 12 Louisville at Houston at 9 p.m.
     
Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Mon, Feb 3 7 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 2 Syracuse
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN
  Hampton at Morgan State
Rich Hollenberg & Stan Lewter
ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 16 Iowa State at No. 8 Oklahoma State
Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
ESPN
  Prairie View A&M at Alabama A&M
Anthony Calhoun & Stephen Howard
ESPNU
Tue, Feb 4 7 p.m. No. 24 Ohio State at No. 15 Iowa
Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Allison Williams
ESPN
  No. 6 Kansas at Baylor
Dan Shulman & Dick Vitale
ESPN2
  Mississippi at No. 11 Kentucky
Joe Davis & Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
  Stony Brook at Binghamton
Ed Cohen & Frank Sullivan
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Missouri at No. 3 Florida
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
ESPN
  Wake Forest at No. 17  Duke
Tom Hart & Len Elmore
ESPNU
Wed, Feb 5 7 p.m. Boston College at Virginia
Bob Wischusen & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2
  USF at UCF
Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNEWS
  No. 23 Oklahoma at West Virginia
Clay Matvick & Darrin Horn
ESPNU
  Youngstown State at Wright State ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. High Point at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  Auburn at South Carolina
Roy Philpott & Stan Lewter
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Dave Weekley & Jeff Jackson
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Stanford at California
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
ESPN2
  No. 12 Louisville at Houston
Jason Benetti & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  UNLV at Colorado State
Arie Wolfe & Blaine Fowler
ESPN3
  11 p.m. Wyoming at New Mexico
Steve Quis & Dan Dickau
ESPNU

 


Women’s College Hoops: Sims and Baylor in Big 12 Big Monday Tilt
contact: rachel.m.siegal@espn.com
Leading the Big 12, No. 9 Baylor will travel to conference foe Oklahoma for a Big Monday Presented by Verizon matchup on February 3 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.  Baylor guard Odyssey Sims is second in the nation in scoring, averaging 29.7 points per game.

ESPN3 will be home to the American tilt between No. 5 Louisville at UCF on Tuesday, at 7 p.m.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Mon, Feb 3 7 p.m. Big Monday: No. 9 Baylor at Oklahoma
Beth Mowins & Kara Lawson
ESPN2
  Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh ESPN3
Tue, Feb 4 7 p.m. No. 5 Louisville at UCF
Drew Fellios & Steffi Sorensen
ESPN3

30 for 30 Shorts: “Judging Jewell” Now on Grantland
contact: jennifer.j.cingari@espn.com
The next installment of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series, “Judging Jewell,” debuted Wednesday, Jan. 29, on Grantland.com. The short film examines the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the security guard who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb in Centennial Olympic Park, leading to an onslaught of unwarranted and damaging negative media attention.

In the early hours of Saturday, July 27, 1996, a terrorist’s bomb exploded into a crowd at the Atlanta Summer Olympics, killing two and injuring 111. The toll would have been far higher if not for security guard Richard Jewell, who discovered the bag holding the bomb and helped clear the area. Yet within hours of his heroism, Jewell was being called a murderer, hounded for months by the government and the media. The actual bomber was later convicted, but when Jewell died in 2007 he was still widely remembered as a victim at best, a killer at worst. Judging Jewell revisits the scene of the crime where Richard Jewell lost the one thing valued most – his honor.

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series is artfully crafted by Blue Moon. Previous films from the series can be viewed on Grantland.com.


Stan’s the Man at the Australian Open:  Relive Stunners Down Under on ESPN Classic
contact:  dave.nagle@espn.com
Tonight through Friday at 7 p.m., fans can relive some of the best – and most surprising – men’s action from the Australian Open on ESPN Classic, including Stan Wawrinka’s victories over Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal:

  • Tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 29, ESPN Classic will air two quarterfinal matches – No. 8 seed Wawrinka’s five-set thriller over No. 2 Djokovic, the three-time defending champion, at 7 p.m., followed by No. 1 Nadal downing No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov in four sets at 10 p.m.
  • On Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., ESPN Classic will show the men’s semifinals – Wawrinka eliminating No. 7 Berdych in four sets (three went to a tie break) at 7 p.m., followed by Nadal defeating No. 6 Roger Federer at 10:45 p.m.
  • On Friday, Jan. 31, the men’s championship – the 28-year old Wawrinka claiming his first Major title in a stunning result over Nadal, having never previously taken a set off the 13-time Major champion in 12 previous meetings – at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m.  
Date Time (ET) Event Network
Wed, Jan 29 7 – 11 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinal
No. 8 Stan Wawrinka vs. No 2 Novak Djokovic
ESPN Classic
  11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Men’s Quarterfinal
No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov
ESPN Classic
Thur, Jan 30 7 – 10:45 p.m. Men’s Semifinal #1
No. 8 Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 8 Tomas Berdych
ESPN Classic
  10:45 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #2
No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 6 Roger Federer
ESPN Classic
Fri, Jan 31 7 – 10 p.m. Men’s Championship
No. 8 Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 1 Rafael Nadal
ESPN Classic
  10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Men’s Championship
No. 8 Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 1 Rafael Nadal
ESPN Classic

 


PBA on ESPN: Super Clash Debuts, Annual Chris Paul PBA League Invitational Highlighted in CP3 PBA Remix
contact: tara.c.chozet@espn.com
The PBA League will take center stage on ESPN for a fierce rivalry on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. when 2012-13 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte battles 2011-12 Player of the Year Sean Rash in the first PBA Super Clash. ESPN’s PBA commentating crew of Mike Jakubowski, Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen and Kimberley Pressler will be on the call.

Arguably the best players on the PBA Tour over the past two years, Belmonte and Rash will meet head-to-head in a three-game total pinfall match. In addition, viewers will have the unique opportunity to experience “Belmo-Vision,” which provides a point-of-view look at competition as Belmonte, a rare two-handed bowler, sees it through his Google Glass headset.

The Super Clash will be competed on a pair of lanes with two different lane conditions using the revolutionary blue oil that gives fans a visual reference to lane dressing application. Belmonte has chosen PBA’s 39-foot Tournament of Champions lane condition for the left lane and Rash the 35-foot Cheetah condition for the right lane.

Immediately following the Super Clash, the CP3 PBA Remix at 5:30 p.m. will have highlights from the Chris Paul PBA League All-Star and Celebrity Invitational events from the past five years.  The Invitational has become a Super Bowl Sunday tradition over the last years and has showcased athletes and celebrities like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Hines Ward, Ludacris and Lil Wayne.

Fans can follow the PBA and PBA League on Twitter using the hashtags #LoveTheLanes and #PBALeague.


ESPN Rolls Out Unprecedented College Softball Schedule
contact: derek.volner@espn.com
ESPN will offer an unprecedented college softball lineup this season with more than 80 regular-season games scheduled across its networks. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to televise more than 40 games, including the entire SEC tournament and the ACC, American, SWAC, and Big South championship games. In addition, ESPN3 will carry more than 40 exclusive regular-season games to be announced at a later date. The television schedule begins with preseason No. 1 Tennessee hosting South Carolina on Sunday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

ESPN’s coverage will also include coverage from the regionals and every pitch of the super regionals and the NCAA Women’s College World Series.  For more, see the full release.


ESPN Friday Night Fights & Noche de Combates Super Bowl Weekend; Atlas’ “Fight Plan” to feature New York Giants Cornerback Prince Amukamara
contacts: stephen.mcdonald@espn.com; gabriela.nunez@espn.com
The January 31 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates will feature undefeated Light Heavyweight contender Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (18-0-1, 6 KOs) and Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show, from West Orange N.J., will take place Super Bowl weekend and is less than 20 miles from MetLife Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLVIII.

The show will air live at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise the fights Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 a.m.

Joe Tessitore will be ringside with Teddy Atlas  describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. Delvin Rodríguez and Pablo Viruega will call the fights for Noche de Combates (Fight Night) on both ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.

New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara will be Atlas’ sparring partner in this week’s “Fight Plan” segment during which Atlas will illustrate what Friday’s headliners will need to do to win).  Read more on ESPN MediaZone.   

Date Time (ET) Main Event Networks
Fri, Feb 7 9 p.m. Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) vs. Roberto García (33-3, 22 KOs)
10-rounds, Middleweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb 14 9 p.m. Chris Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs) vs. Emmanuel Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs)
10-rounds, Junior Welterweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

 


ESPN Images at Super Bowl XLVIII Week
contact: espnimages@espn.com
Photos of ESPN Super Bowl programs, including guest and athlete appearances on the set of Mike and Mike, First Take and more are available in the ESPN Images library. Browse the library for the most up-to-date photos through Super Bowl Sunday.

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