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ESPN ThisWeek- April 18, 2017

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NBA Playoffs Continue on ABC & ESPN with Seven Games This Weekend
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The 2017 NBA Playoffs continue on ESPN and ABC beginning Friday, April 21 with a tripleheader across ESPN and ESPN2.  At 7 p.m. ET, Eastern Conference No.1 seed Boston Celtics and Isaiah Thomas visit No. 8 seed Chicago Bulls and Jimmy Butler for Game 3 on ESPN.  Mark Jones, Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Adam Schefter will call the action.  At 9:30 p.m. on ESPN, No. 3 seed Houston Rockets and James Harden will visit No. 6 seed Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook for Game 3 of their Western Conference series.  Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will be on the call (before travelling with the teams to Houston for Sunday’s Game 4).  At 10 p.m. on ESPN2, No. 4 seed LA Clippers and Blake Griffin visit No. 5 seed Utah Jazz and Gordon Hayward for Game 3 with Adam Amin, analyst P.J. Carlesimo and reporter Tom Rinaldi providing commentary.

The Playoffs continue on ESPN with a Saturday night Western Conference doubleheader. At 8 p.m., No. 2 seed San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard visit No. 7 seed Memphis Grizzlies and Mike Conley for Game 4.  Ryan Ruocco, analyst Doris Burke and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth will be the broadcast trio for the game. At 10:30 p.m., No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry will visit No. 8 seed Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard for Game 3. Dave Pasch, Doug Collins, J.A. Adande will call the action.

The action moves to ABC on Sunday for an doubleheader tipped off by defending NBA Champion / No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James visiting No. 7 seed Indiana Pacers and Paul George for Game 4 of their series at 1 p.m.  Jones, Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez will be on the call.  At 3:30 p.m., Breen, Van Gundy, Jackson and Salters will be in Oklahoma City to call Game 4 of the Rockets-Thunder series at 3:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown will precede Saturday’s doubleheader at 7 p.m. (ESPN) and Sunday’s doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. (ABC). Host Michelle Beadle will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups.

The Jump— ESPN’s daily NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols— airs weekdays at 3 p.m. on ESPN with NBA analysts/insiders. Friday’s guests include comedy duo Desus Nice and The Kid Mero.

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network(s)
Tue, Apr 18 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Israel Gutierrez, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  7 p.m. Round 1 / Game 2: Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
Radio: Sean Kelley, Kara Lawson
ESPN Radio
Wed, Apr 19 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Amin Elhassan
Thu, Apr 20 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Marc Stein
Fri, Apr 21 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Marc Stein, Desus Nice, The Kid Mero
  7 p.m. Round 1 / Game 3: Boston Celtics (1) at Chicago Bulls (8)
Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Adam Schefter
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  9:30 p.m. Round 1 / Game 3: Houston Rockets (3) at Oklahoma City Thunder (6)
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
  10 p.m. Round 1 / Game 3: LA Clippers (4) at Utah Jazz (5)
Adam Amin, P.J. Carlesimo, Tom Rinaldi
Sat, Apr 22 7 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups
  8 p.m. Round 1 / Game 4: San Antonio Spurs (2) at Memphis Grizzlies (7)
Ryan Ruocco, Doris Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth
ESPN, ESPN Deportes+
  10:30 p.m. Round 1 / Game 3: Golden State Warriors (1) at Portland Trail Blazers (8)
Dave Pasch, Doug Collins, J.A. Adande
Radio: Adam Amin, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes+
Sun, Apr 23 12:30 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups
  1 p.m. Round 1 / Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers (2) at Indiana Pacers (7)
Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez
ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
  3:30 p.m. Round 1 / Game 4: Houston Rockets (3) at Oklahoma City Thunder (6)
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry

New York Mets Host Washington Nationals on Sunday Night Baseball; Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown from Citi Field
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This weekend on ESPN’s exclusive, full-national Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell the New York Mets and Yoenis Cespedes host the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper. Dan Shulman will call the game with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone and reporter Buster Olney beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Karl Ravech, Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian will lead into the coverage on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet from Citi Field at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will call Sunday’s game on ESPN Radio. Shulman will join Singleton when the two teams meet the day before with coverage starting at 3 p.m. on ESPN Radio.

On April 19’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire the Cleveland Indians and Francisco Lindor take on the Minnesota Twins and Brian Dozier. Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville will call the full national telecast at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Baseball Tonight will lead into the game at 7 p.m. on ESPN with Ravech, Raul Ibanez and Kurkjian. Ibanez and Kurkjian return at midnight on ESPN2 with host Adnan Virk to update on all the action from around the league.

On April 24, The Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen host the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo on Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA. Karl Ravech will have the call with analysts Eduardo Perez and Dallas Braden at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The telecast will be blacked out in the Chicago market. Karl Ravech will host Baseball Tonight at 10 p.m. on ESPN with Boone and Kurkjian. Baseball Tonight will return at midnight on ESPN2 to recap the full day.


Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Wed, Apr 19 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Karl Ravech, Raul Ibanez, Tim Kurkjian
  8 p.m. Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins presented by Hankook Tire
Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville
ESPN, ESPN Deportes+
Thu, Apr 20 12 a.m. Baseball Tonight
Adnan Virk, Raul Ibanez, Tim Kurkjian
Sat, Apr 22 3 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Dan Shulman, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, Apr 23 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet
Karl Ravech, Mark Teixeira, Tim Kurkjian
  8 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets presented by Taco Bell
Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Buster Olney
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
Mon, Apr 24 7 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by USAA
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Dallas Braden
  10 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian
Tue, Apr 25 12 a.m. Baseball Tonight
Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian


SportsCenter Specials with Mel Kiper Jr., and Todd McShay, NFL Matchup: Draft Special and More
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As part of ESPN’s more than 20 hours of original NFL and NFL Draft-related programming, the SportsCenter Specials You’ve Got Mel & Todd and Mel & Todd’s Mock Draft as well as the first of two NFL Matchup: Draft Specials debut this week. ESPN will also televise new episodes of the multi-platform original series We The Fans: Section 250, the NFL Films-produced Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL and Gruden’s QB Camp. Full release with details. This week’s premieres:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Tue, Apr 18 7 p.m. We the Fans: Section 250 Episode 3 ESPN
7:30 p.m. We the Fans: Section 250 Episode 4 ESPN
8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: You’ve Got Mel & Todd ESPN
8 p.m. NFL Matchup: Draft Special – Episode 1 ESPN2
9:30 p.m. Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL Episode 2 ESPN
Thu, Apr 20 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Mel & Todd’s Mock Draft ESPN
Sat, Apr 22 10 a.m. SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Nathan Peterman ESPN2
Mon, Apr 24 8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: GMs Roundtable ESPN2

ESPN Original Series We The Fans Continues Tuesday
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ESPN’s new original series We The Fans, which examines what it means to be a true “diehard” sports fan, debuted last week on ESPN and will continue on Tuesday, April 18, with the third and fourth episodes. The multi-platform, eight-episode series takes a look at the lives of Chicago Bears 2016 season ticket holders and follows the ups and downs of the people whose hearts are always with their team.

From the 2016 season opener through a dramatic off-season, ESPN cameras trailed Chicago Bears season-ticket holders in Section 250 everywhere: the heartbreaking losses at Soldier Field, the raucous family reunion, the mid-season wedding, and the struggles at home. Through a multi-part television series and innovative digital storytelling, featured content in ESPN the Magazine, native social executions and a podcast series, ESPN explores what it means to love your team, your section and your fellow fans.

Remaining episodes (all times ET):

 Date Time Episode Network
Tue, Apr 18 7 p.m. We The Fans Episode 3 ESPN
  7:30 p.m. We The Fans Episode 4 ESPN
Tue, Apr 25 7 p.m. We The Fans Episode 5 ESPN
  7:30 p.m. We The Fans Episode 6 ESPN
Tue, May 2 7 p.m. We The Fans Episode 7 ESPN
  7:30 p.m. We The Fans Episode 8 ESPN

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ESPN to Cover New England Patriots Visit to the White House
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On Wednesday, April 19, SportsCenter will provide live coverage of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots visit to the White House. Reporters Jason Reid and Mike Reiss will be in Washington D.C., with live updates beginning at 7 a.m. ET and continuing throughout the day. Coverage will include the ceremony which is slated to begin in the early afternoon, (the exact time is still to be determined) as well as interviews with Patriots players who are attending and some who have chosen not to attend. This is the first championship winning team to visit the White House since President Donald Trump took office.

Outside the Lines Investigates Indiana University’s Medical Staff
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After Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson lost his job Dec. 1, reports immediately surfaced that former players’ medical care had been neglected when they were injured. Over a three-month investigation, Outside the Lines uncovered other problems beyond football that included athletic trainers, coaches and team doctors. Paula Lavigne reports for Outside the Lines on Sunday, April 23, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

Sunday’s SC Featured Examines Shattered Life of Former NFL Player Bjorn Nittmo
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Sunday’s SC Featured will tell the story of former placekicker Bjorn Nittmo, who chased his NFL dream for more than a decade. A head injury in a preseason game when he was with the Tampa Bay Bucs left Nittmo so shattered that he walked out on his wife and four children. Years later, as Chris Connelly reports, he continues to drop in, unannounced and unkempt, before taking off again. “Finding Bjorn” will debut in the 10 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Sunday, April 23, and will re-air in other editions of the program throughout the day.

Soccer: UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals; MLS Soccer on ESPN Continues; and more
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UEFA Champions League on ESPN Deportes continues with the second leg of a home-and-away quarterfinal series Tuesday, April 18, with Leicester City vs. Atletico Madrid at 2:30 p.m. ET, and on Wednesday, April 19, Real Madrid, the 11-time and current defending champions, will host Bayern Munich at 2:30 p.m.

MLS Soccer Sunday on ESPN and ESPN Deportes will feature five-time Major League Soccer champions LA Galaxy, led by Mexican star Giovani dos Santos, vs. current MLS Cup winners Seattle Sounders, led by U.S. Men’s National Team star Clint Dempsey April 23 at 4 p.m. Adrian Healey (play-by-play), analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Julie Stewart-Binks will handle English-language commentaries for the match. Richard Méndez and Giovanni Savarese will provide Spanish-language commentary on ESPN Deportes. The matches will be streamed live on WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Matchup Platform(s)
Tue, Apr 18 2:30 p.m. Leicester City vs. Atletico Madrid (UCL) ESPN Deportes
Wed, Apr 19 2:30 p.m. Barcelona vs. Juventus(UCL) ESPN Deportes
  7 p.m. Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. FC Cincinnati (USL) ESPN3
Thu, Apr 20 2:55 p.m. Manchester United vs. Anderlecht (UEL) ESPN Deportes
  2:55 p.m. Schalke 04 vs. Ajax (UEL) ESPN3
  2:55 p.m. Gent vs. Celta Vigo (UEL) ESPN3
  3 p.m. Besiktas vs. Lyon (UEL) ESPN3
Fri, Apr 21 5:50 p.m. Brisbane Roar vs. Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) ESPN3
Sat, Apr 22 3 p.m. Indy Eleven vs. San Francisco Deltas (NASL) ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Miami FC vs. North Carolina FC (NASL) ESPN3
  9 p.m. FC Edmonton vs. Puerto Rico FC (NASL) ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Necaxa vs. Monarcas de Morelia (Liga MX) ESPN Deportes
Sun, Apr 23 5 a.m. Melbourne City FC vs. Perth Glory (A-League) ESPN3
  4 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Kyle Baldock Project & Making of Doonies 3
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On Saturday, April 22, World of X Games on ABC will air the Kyle Baldock Project at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT and Making of Doonies 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT.

The Kyle Baldock Project provides fans an in-depth look at the life of the five-time X Games gold medalist and BMX phenom. From his early years growing up in Australia to his quick rise to success within the sport of BMX, the project dives into the life and mind of one of BMX’s most successful and passionate riders.

The Making of Doonies 3 is a behind-the-scenes look at the high octane action in the dunes of Glamis, Calif. The annual Doonies edits bring together the best moto, truck, rally, snowmobile and other action sports athletes in a week-long, go big or go home film shoot. The Making of Doonies 3 looks at the experience through the eyes of riders Jeremy McGrath, Twitch, Axell Hodges, Tyler Bereman and more.

College Lacrosse: ESPNU All Access Shows with Duke and North Carolina Debut This Wednesday; No. 2 Maryland facing No. 7 Ohio State Saturday
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ESPNU All Access will debut two shows Wednesday, April 19—All Access: UNC Lacrosse (6 p.m. ET), followed by All Access: Duke Lacrosse (6:30 p.m.)—on ESPNU.  Paul Carcaterra and Quint Kessenich will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look into both of these historic lacrosse programs, from the field and locker room to workouts and meals. A preview of the shows is available here.

This week’s lacrosse schedule includes several matchups across ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra. A men’s doubleheader on ESPNU Saturday, April 22, features No. 16 North Carolina facing No. 6 Notre Dame (noon), followed by Michigan taking on No. 8 Johns Hopkins (2 p.m.). Saturday’s schedule also includes a matchup on ESPNEWS with No. 2 Maryland facing No. 7 Ohio State at 2 p.m.

The women’s slate includes several ranked teams, including No. 4 North Carolina, No. 7 Princeton, No. 8 Syracuse, No. 10 Penn, No. 11 Cornell, No. 16 Virginia and No. 19 Virginia Tech.

Men’s College Lacrosse Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Tue, Apr 18 7 p.m. Sacred Heart at Hartford ESPN3
Wed, Apr 19 6 p.m. All Access: UNC Lacrosse ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. All Access: Duke Lacrosse ESPNU
Fri, Apr 21 4 p.m. Quinnipiac at Siena ESPN3
  7 p.m. Canisius at Monmouth ESPN3
Sat, Apr 22 Noon No. 16 North Carolina at No. 6 Notre Dame
Quint Kessenich, Ryan Boyle
  High Point at Jacksonville ESPN3
  VMI at Furman ESPN3
  UMBC at Hartford ESPN3
  1 p.m. Bellarmine at Mercer ESPN3
  Dartmouth at Penn ESPN3
  2 p.m. Michigan at No. 8 Johns Hopkins
Anish Shroff, Paul Carcaterra
  No. 2 Maryland at No. 7 Ohio State
Chris Cotter, Matt Ward
  Binghamton at No. 1 Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  4 p.m. Cornell at Brown ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 11 Yale at No. 5 Albany ESPN3


Women’s College Lacrosse Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Tue, Apr 18 2 p.m. Seton Hill at Grand Valley State ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 11 Cornell at No. 8 Syracuse ACC Network Extra
Wed, Apr 19 3 p.m. Manhattan at Monmouth ESPN3
7 p.m. No. 7 Princeton at No. 10 Penn ESPN3
Fri, Apr 21 5 p.m. Stetson at Furman ESPN3
Sat, Apr 22 Noon Columbia at Brown ESPN3
  Canisius at Fairfield ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 4 North Carolina at Duke ACC Network Extra
  No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 16 Virginia ACC Network Extra
  No. 10 Penn at Harvard ESPN3
  Dartmouth at Yale ESPN3
  Marist at Iona ESPN3
Sun, Apr 23 Noon Jacksonville at Furman ESPN3