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ESPN MidWeek – February 21, 2013

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NBA:  Mavs-Lakers on ABC Sunday; ESPN Doubleheaders Friday & Sunday; NBA, V Foundation Team Up


Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant Star in NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC
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NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC returns February 24 as the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki host the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant at 1 p.m. ET. Mike Breen will handle the call with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters. KIA NBA Countdown will preview the game at 12:30 p.m. with Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon. 

That evening, ESPN will present two games beginning at 7 p.m. when the Memphis Grizzlies and Zach Randolph take on the Brooklyn Nets and Brook Lopez. At 9:30 p.m., the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant host the Chicago Bulls and Joakim Noah.


Time (ET)

Game / Commentators


Sun, Feb. 24

12:30 p.m.

KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose



1 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase: Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters



7 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets Presented by State Farm
Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Chris Broussard



9:30 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Heather Cox


T-Wolves Visit Durant & Thunder; League-Leading Spurs Face Warriors in New Duds, Mullin in the Booth
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ESPN will present a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 22, when the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio visit the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant at 8 p.m.  Dave Pasch will have the call with analyst Jon Barry and reporter Heather Cox.  

In the nightcap, the league-leading San Antonio Spurs led by Tony Parker and Tim Duncan face the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry and David Lee at 10:30 p.m.  Mark Jones will be joined by reporter Lisa Salters and Warriors’ legend Chris Mullin as analyst.  Additionally, the Warriors will debut their new-look, sleeved jerseys in the game.

KIA NBA Countdown – with Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon – precedes the doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. Countdown and ESPN NBA games are available on computers, smartphones and tablets via WatchESPN.


Time (ET)



Fri, Feb. 22

7:30 p.m.

KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Michael Wilbon



8 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Heather Cox



10:30 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors Presented by State Farm
Mark Jones, Chris Mullin, Lisa Salters


ESPN and The V Foundation Team with NBA and St. Jude in Fight Against Cancer
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The V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN are teaming up with the NBA and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against pediatric cancer by raising awareness and funds to support lifesaving work for children. Tipping off February 24 and continuing through March 4, the pediatric cancer awareness campaign will be promoted during nationally televised NBA games and via a new public service announcement. Fans will have the opportunity to support the campaign in a variety of ways, including donating at www. jimmyv.org/nba or www.stjude.or/hoops or donation $10 by texting JIMMYV to 80888 or HOPE to 50333.  Fully details are available on ESPN MediaZone.


NASCAR Now to Surround Daytona 500 with Two Programs from Daytona; Winner to Visit ESPN
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ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program, NASCAR Now, will surround Sunday’s Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup season opener with two programs originating from Daytona International Speedway.  A one-hour preview show will air at 9 a.m. while The Great American Race will be reviewed at midnight on (Monday, Feb. 25 at 12 a.m.).  Host Allen Bestwick will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett,Rusty Wallace and Ray Evernham with reporters Mike Massaro and Marty Smith.  The Daytona 500 winner – whomever he or she may be – will visit ESPN’s studios in Connecticut the day after the race to appear on multiple programs and platforms.

Men’s College Basketball: Indiana-MSU Scores Large Audience; Debut of Bracket Builder Week
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ESPN’scoverage of No. 1 Indiana defeating No. 4 Michigan State 74-68 on Tuesday, Feb. 19, averaged 3,733,000 viewers, a 2.7 coverage rating and 2,677,000 households, making it the network’s second most-viewed and second highest-rated regular-season men’s college basketball game this season.  It is only topped by then-No. 3 Indiana defeating No. 1 Michigan on February 2 (4,035,000 viewers; 2.9 rating; 2,867,000 households).  These two Big Ten contests are not only ESPN’s two largest audiences for a men’s game this season, they are also the network’s top two most-viewed Big Ten Conference games ever.  For the Indiana-MSU game, Indianapolis was the top market with a 19.4 metered market rating, followed by Louisville (10.8), Detroit (9.0), Dayton (5.8) and Columbus (5.4).

ESPN’s first annual men’s college basketball Bracket Builder Week will highlight teams attempting to build upon a resume for a bid to the NCAA Tournament or improve their seeding.  ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects the seeding for the NCAA Tournament as part of his Bracketology on ESPN.com, including his teams on the bubble and his picks for the last four teams in, the first four out and the next four out.

Highlights for the early part of next week:

  • ESPN’s Big Monday Presented by Bud Light doubleheader February 25 will tip off at 7 p.m. with No. 8 Syracuse at No. 17 Marquette, followed by No. 9 Kansas at Iowa State at 9 p.m.
  • Super Tuesday will be highlighted by an ESPN doubleheader involving top five teams:  No. 1 Indiana at Minnesota at 7 p.m. and No. 5 Florida at Tennessee at 9 p.m.
  • ESPN platforms will have four games with a ranked team at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27:  No. 11 Georgetown at Connecticut on ESPN2, No. 14 Oklahoma State at TCU on ESPNU, and No. 2 Miami against Virginia Tech and No. 20 Pittsburgh against South Florida on ESPN3.

 ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through February 27

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Mon, Feb 25 7 p.m. No. 8 Syracuse at No. 17 Marquette
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery
  7 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 13 Kansas State
Mitch Holthus & Stephen Bardo
  9 p.m. No. 9 Kansas at Iowa State
Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
  9 p.m. Villanova at Seton Hall
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis
Tue, Feb 26 7 p.m. No. 1 Indiana at Minnesota
Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Samantha Ponder
  7 p.m. No. 21 Memphis at Xavier
Carter Blackburn & Mark Adams
  7 p.m. Auburn at Alabama
Dari Nowkhah & Dino Gaudio
  8 p.m. Milwaukee at Green Bay ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 5 Florida at Tennessee
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
  9 p.m. Wake Forest at Florida State
Tom Hart & Len Elmore
Wed, Feb 27 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgetown at Connecticut
Mike Patrick & LaPhonso Ellis
  7 p.m. No. 14 Oklahoma State at TCU
Mitch Holthus & Matt Doherty
  7 p.m. South Florida at No. 20 Pittsburgh
Kevin Connors & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  7 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 2 Miami ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  8 p.m. Maryland at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  8 p.m. Boston College at NC State ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  8 p.m. Baylor at West Virginia
Dave Armstrong & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  8 p.m. Arkansas at LSU
Clay Matvick & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  8 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky
Dave Neal & Jon Sundvold
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  9 p.m. Oklahoma at Texas
Bob Wischusen & Stephen Bardo
  9 p.m. No. 10 Louisville at DePaul
Adam Amin & Tim Welsh
  9 p.m. Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Matt Stewart & Daymeon Fishback
  11 p.m. Colorado at Stanford
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
  11 p.m. Saint Mary’s (Calif.) at Pepperdine
Rich Cellini & Corey Williams

 * Local blackout may apply

PBA on ESPN:  USBC Masters Championship to Showcase World’s Top Bowlers on Sunday
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When ESPN televises the two-hour finals of the PBA season’s second major Sunday, Feb. 24, live at 3 p.m., four-time PBA Tour titlist Mike Fagan hopes to defend his United States Bowling Congress Master title against more than 400 of the world’s top amateur and professional bowlers live on ESPN.  Lon McEachern and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will have the call from Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.  Other bowlers competing in the tournament (which is underway) include current Player of the Year Sean Rash, Pete Weber, Osku Palermaa and last week’s Mark Roth Classic winner Michael Haugen, Jr.

The Masters, which began in 1951, incorporates one of the most demanding formats in professional bowling.  The tournament consists of 15 games of qualifying, which determine the top 64 players who will advance to double-elimination match play competition. The top five players at the conclusion of the bracket competition will compete in the live two-hour championship round.  Should Fagan find the trophy in his arms again this year, he would become the first player to successfully defend his title since Hall of Famer Billy Welu hoisted the trophy in 1964 and 1965. 

Viewers can follow the PBA on ESPN on Twitter with #LoveTheLanes and #PBALeague.  The upcoming schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Sun, Feb 24 3 p.m. USBC Masters 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, Mar 31 2:30 p.m. Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions ESPN
Sun, Apr 7 1 p.m. PBA League – Elias Cup Finals ESPN

Jr. Welterweight Titlist Lamont Peterson to Defend Title Against Kendall Holt on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
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The February 22 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extrawill feature an IBF Title fight between Junior Welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) and former Junior Welterweight titlist Kendall “Rated R” Holt (28-5, 16 KOs) in the 12-round main event. Friday’s show from Washington, D.C., 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 Gary Shaw Productions.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action for ESPN2 HD, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will be on site presenting the latest boxing news and highlights. ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) will also be on site providing analysis of each bout. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call this week’s fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows. Read more.

Barclays Premier League Action on ESPN Networks
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ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will present Fulham FC vs. Stoke City live on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 a.m.  On Monday, Feb. 25, the three services will also air West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur at 2:55 p.m.  Ian Darke and Steve McManaman will provide commentary for both matches. 

espnW.com: Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche Make UFC History and Summer Sanders is “On the Run”
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espnW will provide in-depth coverage of this Saturday’s historic UFC fight between
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, the first time two women will meet in the Octagon. espnW contributor Julie Foudy talks with UFC president Dana White, who said women would never be part of his sport and how Rousey changed his mind. Additionally, Sarah Spain previews the historic fight in her weekly column, “That’s What She Said.” espnW also continues its Summer on the Run series that follows former Olympic swimmer and avid runner Summer Sanders on her journey to train for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 24.

E:60 “Inspirational” Pieces on ABC
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ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, E:60, will present some of its best inspirational pieces from last year on Saturday, February 23, at 4 p.m. on ABC, including:

R.A. Dickey
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s professional breakthrough in 2012 with the New York Mets occurred only after he revealed his most painful personal secrets – secrets that he says led him to contemplate suicide.  After the release of his memoir – Wherever I Wind Up – in early 2012, Dickey sat down with E:60’s Jeremy Schaap.  For the first time on camera, he discusses the horrors of the sexual abuse he experienced as a young boy and the subsequent shame and guilt that shadowed him for two dozen years.

Jack’s Heat
Northern California high school senior Jack Burleson is just like his fellow classmates except for one thing.  Jack has a rare disorder that only affects 1 in 250,000 newborns every year and makes “being normal” and fitting in nearly impossible.   Despite his disability, for the past three years, Jack has been a part of the Del Oro track team and runs in his own special race. Reporter Wright Thompson takes you on the remarkable run, and shows you the magic of “Jack’s Heat.”

The Ball
Middleton Island is a tiny speck of rock 70 miles off the coast of Alaska.  With no full-time residents, the only trace of the modern world is a small FAA radar station staffed by a handful of technicians.  E:60 tells the story of one technician, David Baxter, who last March found a soccer ball washed up on the island with a message on it in Japanese.  Guessing that the ball might be debris from the devastating tsunami of 2011, Baxter made it his mission to find its owners and, if they were still alive, return it to them. Venerable Japanese-American actor George Takei narrates this unforgettable story.

Cowboy Monkey Rodeo
A cowboy, a monkey, a rodeo and the American Dream.  Halftime and between innings entertainment will never be the same.