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ESPN MidWeek – December 27, 2012

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‘Skins-‘Boys on Sunday NFL Countdown, No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 2 UConn, espnW Reviews “The Year of the Woman” and more


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ESPN’s Extensive College Football Bowl Action Continues
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ESPN’s extensive college football bowl schedule – 34 bowl games, including all five of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups, including the Discover BCS National Championship (No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama) – continues this week. The upcoming schedule is highlighted by 15 games from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1, including five telecasts on Saturday, Dec. 29.

A complete schedule with commentator assignments is available on ESPN Media Zone.

College GameDay to Welcome Guest Analysts Urban Meyer and Kevin Sumlin at BCS National Championship
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ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot
will end the season live from Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 7, from the Discover BCS National Championship for a two-hour show starting at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. GameDay regulars – host Chris Fowler, along with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack – will be on hand. Guest analysts former ESPN commentator and current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, whose team was the only program to Alabama this season, will appear throughout the show. Full GameDay BCS Coverage

‘Skins-‘Boys on Sunday NFL Countdown, No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 2 UConn, espnW Reviews “The Year of the Woman” and more

Sunday NFL Countdown Regular Season Finale
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ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown Presented by IBM with Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Suzy Kolber, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski will preview the final week of the regular season Sunday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m. NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will report the day’s news. Correspondents Ed Werder (Cowboys) and Sal Paolantonio (Redskins) will both cover the game that will settle the NFC East (Dallas at Washington), while Bob Holtzman (Green Bay at Minnesota), Josina Anderson (Chicago at Detroit) and Rachel Nichols (Houston at Indianapolis) will report from other top game sites.

With the NFC East once again coming down to a winner-take-all Week 17 game, ESPN will have a trio of features about the Cowboys and Redskins, in addition to reports on the teams from both Werder and Paolantonio:

  • Mike Shanahan Conversation: Countdown’s Adam Schefter goes one-on-one with the Redskins head coach, who after a loss against Carolina in early November, was ready to start evaluating players for 2013. Six straight wins later, the Redskins are a victory away from their first division title since 1999.
  • Quarterback Soundtracks – Romo and RG III: Last week, the Cowboys lost a thriller but a heartbreaker in a 34-31 overtime home loss to the Saints. Hear inside-the-game audio from quarterback Tony Romo’s perspective. Plus, soundtracks highlights Robert Griffin III’s sensational rookie season.
  • Vignettes and teases: Countdown will produce special vignettes and teases using Cowboys and Redskins players from the 1970s and 1980s, when both franchises were perennial playoff contenders and the rivalry was red hot.

Other planned Countdown features:

  • DJ Porter’s Spins the Sounds of the Season: In a segment taped in New York’s Times Square, DJ Porter spins the sounds and stories from the 2012 season, from the stellar rookie quarterback class, to the remarkable comebacks of Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning and more.
  • Greg Olsen update: This feature updates the Chris Connelly piece from earlier this season on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, whose twins were born in the middle of the season. One of his twins, TJ, was born with a heart defect and required surgery shortly after birth. ESPN catches up with the Olsen family to see the progress their young son has made and how the family is coping with what has been a difficult few months.

Also, the program will discuss the much-anticipated return of Colts coach Chuck Pagano and will include live look-ins at Andrew Luck, Matt Schaub, Jay Cutler, Calvin Johnson and other players during their pre-game warm-ups before the 1 p.m. games. Additional segments include a discussion of the NFC Wildcard playoff race and Cris Carter’s “Where You At?”.

Women’s College Basketball: No. 1 Stanford Faces No. 2 Connecticut Saturday on ESPNU
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The stage is set for the top two teams in women’s college basketball to face off – No. 2 Connecticut at No. 1 Stanford in front of a sold-out crowd at Maples Pavilion Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. Both teams remain undefeated entering the game and it features a rematch in Palo Alto, Calif., where the Cardinal snapped UConn’s 89-game record winning streak by a score of 71-57 on Dec. 30, 2010. Full Coverage

espnW.com: 2012: The Year of the Woman
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As the year comes to an end, espnW takes a look at what made 2012 the “Year of the Woman.” Female athletes achieved unprecedented success in London, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, and much more. From the slopes to the ice to the racetrack to the deck of an aircraft carrier, espnW revisits the lasting photos and video highlights and headlines.

Men’s College Hoops: Conference Play Begins; Three Games between Ranked Teams
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ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule will primarily include matchups between conference foes beginning Monday, Dec. 31. This week’s lineup is highlighted by three ESPN2 telecasts of games between ranked teams on Monday, Dec. 31: No. 8 Cincinnati at No. 24 Pittsburgh at noon, No. 19 Michigan State at No. 11 Minnesota at 2 p.m. and No. 13 Gonzaga at No. 22 Oklahoma State.

Also on Monday, ESPN2 will televise No. 5 Indiana at Iowa at 4 p.m. while ESPNU will cover No. 9 Syracuse against Central Connecticut State at 3 p.m. and No. 23 NC State against UNC Greensboro.

The schedule for Wednesday, Jan. 2, will include three top 10 teams: No. 1 Duke vs. Davidson at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and No. 4 Louisville against Providence at 6 p.m. and No. 9 Syracuse against Rutgers at 7 p.m., both on ESPN3 and the BIG EAST Network.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through January 2

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Mon, Dec 31 Noon No. 8 Cincinnati at No. 24 Pittsburgh
Marc Kestecher & Bob Knight
  2 p.m. No. 19 Michigan State at No. 11 Minnesota
Roxy Bernstein & Jimmy Dykes
  2 p.m. Dartmouth at Boston College
Ryan Ruocco & Malcolm Huckaby
  3 p.m. Central Connecticut State at No. 9 Syracuse
Mike Crispino & Tim Welsh
  4 p.m. No. 5 Indiana at Iowa
Jim Barbar & Dan Dakich
  5 p.m. UNC Greensboro at No. 23 NC State
Tom Hart & Dereck Whittenburg
  6 p.m. No. 13 Gonzaga at No. 22 Oklahoma State
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
  8 p.m. Harvard at Saint Mary’s
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
  8 p.m. North Texas at Middle Tennessee
Rich Hollenberg & Barry Booker
Tue, Jan 1 2 p.m. Stony Brook at Manhattan ESPN3
  3 p.m. IUPUI at Maryland
Byron Kerr & Glenn Consor
  4 p.m. The Citadel at Clemson
Mike Gleason & Nate Ross
  8 p.m. Connecticut at Marquette
Mike Corey & LaPhonso Ellis
Wed, Jan 2 6 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Kentucky
Tom Hart & Joe Dean
  6 p.m. Providence at No. 4 Louisville
Jim Barbar & Bob Valvano
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  7 p.m. No. 1 Duke vs. Davidson (Charlotte)
Carter Blackburn & Jay Bilas
  7 p.m. Chattanooga at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  7 p.m. Xavier at Wake Forest
Mike Gleason & Paul Biancardi
  7 p.m. Rutgers at No. 9 Syracuse
  7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky at North Florida ESPN3
  8 p.m. St. John’s at Villanova
Mike Crispino & Tim Welsh
  9 p.m. Seton Hall at DePaul
Lou Canellis & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  10 p.m. San Francisco at Santa Clara
Roxy Bernstein & Steve Cleveland

ESPN The Magazine’s Annual NEXT Double Issue on Newsstands Friday
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You might already know their names; you might not. But we’re telling you right now. The faces in this issue are the ones to watch.

Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead — athletes dubbed NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports.

The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers Point guard Kyrie Irving graces the cover of The Mag’s NEXT issue for so many reasons – check out more here  http://es.pn/UrhDqM

A complete list of 2012 NEXT athletes and additional content is available at www.espn.com/next and in ESPN The Magazine.

Mike & Mike Minus One Mike:  Golic Ends/Begins Year with Guest Co-Hosts for Greeny
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Mike Golic
, co-host of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 a.m., simulcast on ESPN2) will close out 2012 and start 2013 with guest co-hosts sitting in for vacationing Mike Greenberg:

  • Monday, Dec. 31: Ryen Russillo, co-host of SVP & Russillo (1-4 p.m. M-F, simulcast ESPNEWS 1-3 p.m.).
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1: Colin Cowherd, host of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10- a.m.-1 p.m. M-F, simulcast on ESPNU)

To fill in for Rusillo and Cowherd, Kevin Negandhi will host Monday’s SVP & Russillo, while Brad Edwards and Russillo will co-host The Herd on Tuesday.

Numbers Never Lie a Perfect 16-0 in ESPN.com NFL Eliminator Pick-Em Pool. Can Fan Tweets Keep Them Perfect?
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Eleven ESPN studio shows entered the ESPN Eliminator Challenge on ESPN.com this season—including PTI, First Take and SportsNation—but only one has been a perfect 16-0 so far: Numbers Never Lie.

The show chose its picks by talking to ESPN talent and listening to fans on social media, but statistics were the final judge of which NFL team was chosen each week. Only 0.4% of all ESPN.com entries are still perfect.

For Week 17, Numbers Never Lie is opening up their pick to fans on Twitter by having them vote. The options are: Bills (vs. Jets), Redskins (vs. Cowboys) or Seahawks (vs. 49ers).

Fans can tweet their Week 17 pick to @ESPN_Numbers with the hashtag #NumbersNeverLose and tune in to Numbers Never Lie today at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 to hear the Michael Smith, Jalen Rose and Hugh Douglas talk about the Pool.

Recruiting: Under Armour All-America High School Football Game
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The nation’s top high school seniors will play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game presented by American Family Insurance on Friday, Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. on ESPN. The sixth annual game will feature 90 of the nation’s leading college football recruits including three in the ESPN 150 top five from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coverage begins Tuesday, Jan.1, on ESPNU with ESPN Recruiting Nation televising two days of practice. Host Dari Nowkhah and recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert will be on-site along with Adam Amin.

ESPN2 will continue the coverage with Amin and Luginbill at the skills competition on Wednesday, Jan. 2, leading up to Friday’s game, also voiced by Amin and Luginbill with Nowkhah reporting.

Date Time (ET) Program Network
Tue, Jan. 1 3:30 p.m. ESPN Recruiting Nation: Under Armour Practice Day 1* ESPNU
Wed, Jan. 2 3 p.m. ESPN Recruiting Nation: Under Armour Practice Day 2* ESPNU
  9 p.m. High School Football Skills * ESPN2
Fri, Jan. 4 5 p.m. Under Armour High School All-America Football Game ESPN

*Same-day tape delayed

PBA Chameleon Championship on ESPN on Sunday
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ESPN will air the stepladder final for the PBA Chameleon Championship on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m.  Lon McEachern and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Petersen will be on-site providing commentary and analysis from the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The Championship will showcase the PBA’s all-time Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams, Jr. and 2010-11 Rookie of the Year Scott Norton. Also bowling will be Fawaz Abdulla, the first bowler from Bahrain to make a PBA finals telecast. Norton and Abdulla will compete in a quarterfinal to face Williams in the semifinal.  The victor will move on to the final match against tournament leader Jason Belmonte, who will be looking for his sixth Tour title.