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NFL/MLB/NBA
ESPN Presents Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony Saturday
contacts: mac.nwulu@espn.com; allie.r.stoneberg@espn.com
ESPN will present the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for the 23rd year, live from Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. ET. NFL Live’s Trey Wingo will host the telecast with analyst Herm Edwards and senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen, the 2016 Dick McCann Award for his “long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage.” In addition, legendary ESPN NFL host Chris Berman will emcee the Enshrinement Ceremony for the 18th year. (The Ceremony will re-air in its entirety on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 5 a.m. on ESPN2)

Beyond the Enshrinement, ESPN’s weekend coverage will include Jim Trotter’s SportsCenter SC Featured: Jerry Jones special on Frid., Aug. 4, at 9 p.m. – an all-access look at the Dallas Cowboys owner and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. ESPN and ESPN2 will also air NFL’s Greatest Games and Super Bowl Highlights specials Saturday afternoon starting at 12 p.m. that showcase the legendary careers of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. Schedule:

 

Date Time (ET) Program Network(s)
Fri, Aug 4 7 p.m. SportsCenter on the Road – SVP at Steelers Camp ESPN
9 p.m. SportsCenter Featured: Jerry Jones ESPN2
Sat, Aug 5 12 p.m. SportsCenter Featured: Jerry Jones ESPN2 (ESPN at 3:30 p.m.)
  12:30 p.m. Super Bowl XXXII Highlights – Terrell Davis (MVP) ESPN2 (ESPN at 12:30 p.m.)
  1 p.m. NFL’s Greatest Games: Super Bowl XXXIV – Kurt Warner (MVP) ESPN
  3 p.m. Super Bowl XXXIV Highlights: Kurt Warner (MVP) ESPN
  7 p.m. Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony ESPN

 


New York Mets host the National League-Leading Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on Sunday Night Baseball
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com; michael.skarka@espn.com
This weekend on ESPN’s exclusive, full-national Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecast the New York Mets and Michael Conforto host the National League-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and Cody Bellinger at Citi Field. Dan Shulman will have the call with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone and reporter Buster Olney at 8 p.m. ET. Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez and David Ross will lead into the game on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet from Citi Field at 7 p.m.

On ESPN Radio, Jon Sciambi and Jerry Hairston Jr. will have the call of Sunday Night Baseball. Chris Singleton will join Sciambi the day before when the Dodgers and Mets compete on Saturday with coverage starting at 3 p.m. on ESPN Radio.

On the August 2 edition on Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire, the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians and Francisco Lindor visit the Boston Red Sox and Mookie Betts at Fenway Park. Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Pérez will be in the booth for the game at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The telecast will be subject to blackout restrictions in the Boston market. Roxy Bernstein and Singleton will have the call on ESPN Radio.

On Saturday, August 5, ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com will post an interview with ESPN’s Marly Rivera and Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers in English and Spanish, as part of the season-long, cross-platform, Béisbol Experience initiative. Last week, Rivera spoke with Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. See the full interview in English and Spanish.

On August 7, the San Francisco Giants and Buster Posey host the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA. Dave Flemming will have the call of the full-national telecast with Pérez and Boone at 10 p.m. on ESPN.

MLB Intentional Talk will air today, Thursday and Friday this week on ESPN2 from 4-5 p.m. with Chris Rose and 2004 World Series Champion Kevin Millar.

 

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, Aug 1 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
Wed, Aug 2 7 p.m. Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Hankook Tire
Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Eduardo Pérez
ESPN, ESPN Deportes+
Thu, Aug 3 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
Fri, Aug 4 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
Sat, Aug 5 3 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets
Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, Aug 6 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez, David Ross
ESPN
  8 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers 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, Aug 7 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
  10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants presented by USAA
Dave Flemming, Eduardo Pérez, Aaron Boone
ESPN, ESPN Deportes

ESPN2 to Televise NBA Africa Game 2017
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com; gianina.thompson@espn.com
ESPN2 will televise NBA Africa Game 2017– NBA players in a Team Africa versus Team World format – live on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. ET from the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will also be available on ESPN Deportes in the U.S., as well as on ESPN in Latin America, Brazil, Caribbean and the Pac Rim. Kevin Connors will call the action on ESPN2, alongside analyst Doris Burke. For ESPN Deportes, Robert Abramowitz and Roger Valdivieso will provide commentary.

Current NBA players from Africa, or second-generation African players, will square off against current NBA players from the rest of the world, including the U.S. Rosters can be found on ESPN Media Zone.

Off-season NBA Coverage

The Jump – ESPN’s daily NBA studio show – continues year-round with 30- minute episodes at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. Ramona Shelburne and Amin Elhassan will host this week with ESPN’s insiders/writers Royce Young, Chris Haynes, Kevin Arnovitz, Kevin Pelton. Senior writer Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated will also be a guest on the today’s show.

Recently on ESPN.com, Tom Haberstroth discussed the likeliest super-teams to form in 2018 and Bobby Marks wrote an offseason cheat sheet on lineups, salary money and potential moves for every team.

Here’s a look at just a few of the articles that will hit later this week—

  • Carmelo Anthony would be extremely effective as a second option on a contender
  • Basketball Without Borders: Impact of the program on young players, especially girls
  • Is Lonzo Ball the most widely anticipated NBA rookie ever? We test the hypothesis using data
  • Hakeem builds basketball in Africa and England

 

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, Aug 1 3 p.m. The Jump
Ramona Shelburne, Lee Jenkins
ESPN
Wed, Aug 2 3 p.m. The Jump
Ramona Shelburne, Royce Young, Chris Haynes
ESPN
Thu, Aug 3 3 p.m. The Jump
Amin Elhassan,  Royce Young, Kevin Arnovitz
ESPN
Fri, Aug 4 3 p.m. The Jump
Amin Elhassan, Kevin Arnovitz, Kevin Pelton
ESPN
Sat, Aug 5 11 a.m. NBA Africa Game 2017
Kevin Connors, Doris Burke
Deportes: Robert Abramowitz, Roger Valdivieso
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

 


ESPN to Televise The Basketball Tournament Final Four from Baltimore as Teams Compete for $2 Million
contacts: bill.hofheimer@espn.com; gianina.thompson@espn.com
ESPN will televise the The Basketball Tournament (TBT) semifinals and championship game this week in prime time from Coppin State University in Baltimore as the Final Four teams compete for TBT’s $2 million prize. The semifinals will be contested Tuesday, Aug. 1 – Team Challenge ALS vs. Scarlet & Gray (7 p.m. ET) and Boeheim’s Army vs. Overseas Elite (9 p.m.). The Championship will be Thursday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. ESPN commentators include play-by-play voice Doug Sherman, analyst Fran Fraschilla and reporter Jen Hale.

Overseas Elite is the two-time defending TBT champions. Boeheim’s Army is a Syracuse alumni team that rallied in dramatic fashion from a 25-point deficit to win its regional championship last weekend. Scarlet & Gray, another alumni team, is comprised of former Ohio State standouts, including former NBA first-round pick Jared Sullinger. Team Challenge ALS – a team fighting to raise money to support Pete Frates and others suffering from ALS – is the final remaining squad in the field. New York Knicks NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is hosting the TBT Final Four this year in his hometown and is expected to be in attendance at the games.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tues, Aug 1 7 pm. Semifinal #1: Team Challenge ALS vs. Scarlet & Gray
Commentators: Doug Sherman, Fran Fraschilla and Jen Hale
ESPN
  9 p.m. Semifinal #2: Boeheim’s Army vs. Overseas Elite
Commentators: Sherman, Fraschilla and Hale
ESPN
Thurs, Aug 3 7 p.m. Championship
Commentators: Sherman, Fraschilla and Hale
ESPN

SOCCER
Soccer: UEFA EURO Women’s Championship Semis and Finals; Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy; and more
contacts: mac.nwulu@espn.com; santa.brito@espn.com; tara.c.chozet@espn.com
ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from the Netherlands will conclude this week with back-to-back semifinal matchups Thursday, Aug. 3, beginning at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN3. The title match on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., live from De Grolsch Veste in Enschede, will be televised on ESPN2. All matches will stream live on the ESPN App.

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, a Major League Soccer Western Conference matchup, will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m., from Providence Park in Portland.  Play-by-play commentator Adrian Healey, analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Julie Stewart-Binks will call the match in English. Richard Mendez and Robert Sierra will handle Spanish-language commentary on ESPN Deportes

 

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Tue, Aug 1 12:30 p.m. Altona 93 vs West Ham United (Club Friendly) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  1:30 p.m. Borussia Dortmund vs. Atalanta  (Club Friendly) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes+
  2:45 p.m. Burton Albion vs. Leicester City  (Club Friendly) ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wed, Aug 2 2:30 p.m. Manchester United vs. Sampdoria  (Club Friendly) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  8:30 p.m. Reno 1868 FC vs. OKC Energy FC (USL) ESPN3
Thu, Aug 3 11:45 p.m. Denmark vs. Austria (UEFA Women’s Champ – Semifinals) ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Netherlands vs. England  (UEFA Women’s Champ – Semifinals) ESPN3
  7:15 p.m. Australia vs. Brazil (Tournament of Nations – Women) ESPN3
  10 p.m. USWNT vs. Japan (Tournament of Nations – Women) ESPN2
Sat, Aug 5 10 a.m. Crystal Palace vs. Schalke 04 (Club Friendly) ESPN3
  10:45 a.m. RB Leipzig vs. Stoke City (Club Friendly) ESPN3
  12 p.m. Werder Bremen vs. Valencia FC (Club Friendly) ESPN3
  12:15 p.m. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Juventus (Club Friendly) ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  7:30 p.m. Tugres UANL vs. Queretaro (Liga MX) ESPN Deportes
  7:30 p.m. Miami FC vs. North Carolina FC (NASL) ESPN3
Sun, Aug 6 10 a.m. Everton vs. Sevilla (Club Friendly) ESPN3
  10:30 a.m. UEFA Women’s Championship – Title Match ESPN2
  11 a.m. Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Atletico Madrid (Club Friendly) ESPN3
  4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy (MLS) ESPN, ESPN Deportes

OTHER SPORTS, NEWS & SHOWS
ESPN’s Coverage of Little League Baseball Regional Tournament Play Begins this Week
contacts: michael.skarka@espn.com; gianina.thompson@espn.com
ESPN’s extensive coverage of a record 140 Little League Baseball and Softball games continues this week with the start of Little League Baseball regional tournament play. Competitions across all eight regions (Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northwest, West, Southeast, Southwest, New England and Great Lakes) will be seen on ESPN2, ESPN3, Longhorn Network and streaming on the ESPN App. The action begins Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on Longhorn Network with the first game of the Southwest regional.

In addition, coverage this week will include the Southwest Regional Softball Final (Longhorn Network), Junior League Softball Final (ESPN2), Senior League Softball Final (ESPN2), Intermediate Baseball Semifinals (ESPN3) and Final (ESPN2) and Senior League Baseball Final (ESPN2).

For the complete schedule visit ESPN MediaZone.

 

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, Aug 1 1 p.m. Little League Softball Southwest Regional Final at Waco, Tex.

Tyler Denning, Amanda Scarborough

Longhorn Network
Thu, Aug 3 11 a.m. Southwest Game #1 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
  2 p.m. Southwest Game #2 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
  6 p.m. Southwest Game #3 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network

 

  9 p.m. Southwest Game #4 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
Fri, Aug 4 10 a.m. Southeast Game #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.

Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere

ESPN3
  1 p.m. Southeast Game #2 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.

Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere

ESPN3
  4 p.m. Southeast Game #3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  6 p.m. Southwest Game #5 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southeast Game #4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Southwest Game #6 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
Sat, Aug 5 10 a.m. Southeast Game #5 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.

Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere

ESPN3
  1 p.m. Southeast Game #6 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  3 p.m. Junior League Softball Final at Kirkland, Wash.
Courtney Lyle, Michele Smith
ESPN2
  4 p.m. Southeast Game #7 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  Intermediate Baseball Semifinal at Livermore, Calif.
Mark Neely, Mike Rooney
ESPN3
  6 p.m. Southwest Game #7 at Waco, Tex.
Tyler Denning, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southeast Game #8 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Intermediate Baseball Semifinal at Livermore, Calif.
Mark Neely, Mike Rooney
ESPN3
  Senior League Baseball Final at Easley, SC.
Steve Lennox, Chris Burke
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Southwest Game #8 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Waco, Tex.
Tyler Denning, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
Sun, Aug 6 10 a.m. Mid-Atlantic Game #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
John Brickley, Darren Bragg
ESPN3
  Midwest Game #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  12 p.m. West Game #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3
  1 p.m. Southeast Game #9 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  New England Game #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
John Brickley, Darren Bragg
ESPN3
  Midwest Game #2 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Senior League Softball Final at Lower Sussex, Del.
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Northwest Game #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3
  4 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Game #2 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
Mark Brown, David Belisle
ESPN3
  Southeast Game #10 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Drew Fellios, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  Great Lakes Game #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  6 p.m. Southwest Game #9 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Northwest Game #2 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3
  Great Lakes Game #2 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  New England Game #2 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
Mark Brown, David Belisle
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Southwest Game #10 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
  Intermediate Baseball Final at Livermore, Calif.
Mark Neely, Mike Rooney
ESPN2
  10:30 p.m. West Game #2 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3
Mon, Aug 7 10 a.m. Mid-Atlantic Game #3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
John Brickley, Darren Bragg
ESPN3
  Great Lakes Game #3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  11 a.m. Southeast Game #11 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Jim Barbar, Mike LaValliere
ESPN3
  12 p.m. Northwest Game #3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3
  1 p.m. New England Game #3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
Dave Weekley, Darren Bragg
ESPN3
  Great Lakes Game #4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. West Game #3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3
  4 p.m. Midwest Game #3 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  Mid-Atlantic Game #4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
Mark Brown, David Belisle
ESPN3
  5 p.m. Southwest Game #11 at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Midwest Game #4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim Barbar, John Gregory
ESPN3
  New England Game #4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Bristol, Conn.
Mark Brown, David Belisle
ESPN3
  Southeast Game #12 Semifinal #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Warner Robins, Ga.
Tom Hart, Chris Singleton
ESPN
  7:30 p.m. West Game #4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Southwest Game #12 Semifinal #1 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at Waco, Tex.
Anish Shroff, Keith Moreland
ESPN2
  10 p.m. Northwest Game #4 presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at San Bernardino, Calif.
Trey Bender, Greg Olsen
ESPN3

 


E:60 on Sunday: Profiles of Former NBA Player Darko Milicic, Strong Vincent High School Basketball Team
contact: molly.mita@espn.com
On Sunday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN, E:60 tells the story of the “NBA’s biggest bust” Darko Milicic, the second pick in the famed 2003 draft class that featured LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. This summer, E:60 correspondent Sam Borden traveled to Serbia to meet with Milicic on his 125-acre farm for an all-access look into his life now after his NBA career never lived up to the expectations.

Reporter Ryan Smith sits down with two men from Erie, Pennsylvania – Shannon Pullium, the head coach of the Strong Vincent high school basketball team, and Darrell Roberts, his assistant. In 2014, a senseless crime threatened to tear-apart their team when Coach Pullium’s son, shot and killed Coach Roberts’ brother. The murder triggered a rash of retaliation violence that ripped through the team and community, but the two men continued to coach together.


Marty Smith’s America Debuts Wednesday with Ronaldo, Cam Newton and USC QB Darnold
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The unique perspective and storytelling of SportsCenter reporter Marty Smith will be highlighted in a new monthly program, SportsCenter presents: Marty Smith’s America, debuting Wednesday, August 2, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. In the one-hour show, Smith interviews sports newsmakers in sometimes unusual settings. The debut episode features international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, LeBron James’ best friend and agent Maverick Carter and USC Trojans QB Sam Darnold. FULL DETAILS. PREVIEW


Friday Night Lights: SportsCenter, SVP Make Return Trip to Steelers Practice
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
SportsCenter on the Road will continue its coverage of NFL training camps with a return visit to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Friday Night Lights” practice in Latrobe, Pa., on Friday, August 4. Scott Van Pelt will anchor a two-hour live program from 7-9 p.m. ET, joined by analysts Ryan Clark and Herm Edwards and reporters Jeremy Fowler, Sal Paolantonio and “Stanford Steve” Coughlin. Van Pelt and the crew also will have segments from Latrobe in the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter, while Fowler and Paolantonio will have reports in the early editions of SportsCenter between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.


SC Featured Explores Texas High School Six-Man Football in Multiplatform Presentation
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
Six-man football is played at more than 250 high schools in Texas and for many, it’s not just a game – it’s the lifeblood of tiny communities where the largest employer is often the lone high school. SC Featured spent a full season exploring the games, towns and people of the unique sport for an in-depth, multiplatform presentation debuting this week. The story follows several compelling stories – on and off the field – at five public schools playing in the smallest division in west and central Texas. A feature will debut in the 10 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Sunday, August 6, with a one-hour special airing that night at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. In an ESPN.com piece posting Friday, senior writer Liz Merrill focuses on Harrold, Texas, a town of 175 people that has been at the forefront of the debate over transgender bathroom access and is where a girl from the volleyball team was the only reason the high school was able to play six-man football. The SC Featured podcast “6-Man” will be published Friday as well. PREVIEW      


SportsCenter to Celebrate Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady’s Birthday on Thursday
contact: molly.mita@espn.com
On Thursday, August 3, the 11 a.m. ET SportsCenter, hosted by Toni Collins and Randy Scott, will celebrate Patriots five-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady’s 40th birthday. This segment of SportsCenter will feature special guests, features, “Brady’s Top 10 career moments” and more.


Full Week of Boxing on ESPN Continues Tonight Leading up to Title Fight
ardi.r.dwornik@espn.com or santa.brito@espn.com
On Saturday, August 5, at 10 p.m. ET, the next installment of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN will feature two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against two-time world title challenger and Top-10 contender Miguel Marriaga.  The Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko vs. Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga bout will air live and exclusively on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The fight will be called ringside by ESPN commentators Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas, with Bernardo Osuna reporting. They will be joined by guest analyst Timothy Bradley, Jr., a former two-division world champion recently trained by Teddy Atlas. ESPN Deportes will pair Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez to call the main event in Spanish, with studio commentary from Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez.

On Friday, August 4, during the 6 p.m. editions, both SportsCenter on ESPN and Golpe a Golpe on ESPN Deportes will also air Lomachenko’s weigh-in live. Live boxing action continues at 9 p.m. with Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN and a 10-round welterweight bout featuring Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera vs. Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass – live and exclusively on ESPN from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Calling the action ringside for ESPN will be Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and blow-by-blow commentator Osuna.  ESPN Deportes will pair Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez to call the main event in Spanish, with studio commentary from Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez.

ESPN will also air 19 classic fights leading up to the big weekend of live boxing.  The classic fights continue tonight Tyson vs. Holmes at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

Date Time (ET) Event Fight Date Network
Tue, Aug 1 8 p.m. Tyson vs. Holmes 2/22/1988 ESPN2
  8:20 p.m. Tyson vs. Spinks 6/27/1988 ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV 12/8/2012 ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. Mayweather vs. G. Hernandez 10/3/1998 ESPN2
  10:15 p.m. Pacquiao vs. Morales II 1/21/2006 ESPN2
  11 p.m. Morales vs. Barrera I 2/19/2000 ESPN2
Wed, Aug 2 8 p.m. Mayweather vs. Corrales 1/20/2001 ESPN2
  9 p.m. Mayweather vs. Gatti 6/25/2005 ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. Mayweather vs. Judah 4/8/2006 ESPN2
  10:30 p.m. Tyson vs. Berbick 11/22/1986 ESPN2
  10:50 p.m. Tyson vs. Bruno I 2/25/1989 ESPN2
  11:15 p.m. Tyson vs. Douglas 2/11/1990 ESPN2
Thur, Aug 3 9 p.m. De La Hoya vs. Hopkins 9/18/2004 ESPN
  9 p.m. Lomachenko vs. Roman Martinez 6/11/2016 ESPN DeporteS
  10 p.m. Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya 12/6/2008 ESPN
  10 p.m. Lomachenko vs. Salido 3/1/2014 ESPN Deportes
Frid, Aug 4 7:30 p.m. Crawford vs. Henry Lundy 2/27/2016 ESPN2
  8:15 p.m. Lomachenko vs. Roman Martinez 6/11/2016 ESPN2
  9 p.m. LIVE Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN:
Mauricio Herrera vs. Jesus Soto Karass
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Aug 5 10 p.m. LIVE Top Rank Boxing on ESPN:
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga
ESPN, ESPN Deportes

World of X Games: Rip to Cabo 2017
contact: olivia.wilson@espn.com
On Saturday, August 5, World of X Games on ABC will air Rib to Cabo 2017 at 2:30 p.m. ET. X Games analyst Cameron Steele leads a pack of 38 skilled motocross riders, including X Games medalist Jackson Strong and legendary surfer Sunny Garcia, down the demanding terrain of Baja Penninsula on a 1,268 -mile journey over seven days. Beginning at the San Diego-Tijuana border and culminating at the tip of Baja California, the band of brothers embark on a journey of a lifetime. Tackling remote and beautiful terrain that no one has ever ridden before, the pack rides down a trail that bounces between the two coast lines of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes, facing physical and mental challenges along the way.


ESPN Chronicles Minnesota Head Football Coach P.J. Fleck Heading into His First Season
contact: kimberly.m.elchlepp@espn.com
ESPNU will air a four-part series chronicling new University of Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck, one of college football’s youngest head coaches, as he prepares for his first season with the Gophers. The documentary-style, multi-episode program follows the day-to-day life of Fleck who burst on the national scene in 2016 as he led Western Michigan to an undefeated regular season, the school’s first since 1941, and a berth in the New Year’s Six where his Broncos played Wisconsin in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. The first episode of BEING P.J. Fleck airs this Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. ET, with a new episode airing each of the following three Wednesdays (Aug. 9, 16, 23). All episodes will be available On Demand on both TV and streaming devices.

Date Time (ET) Title Network
Wed, Aug 2 9 p.m. BEING P.J. Fleck: Into the Fire ESPNU
Wed, Aug 9 9 p.m. BEING P.J. Fleck: Just Keep Rowing ESPNU
Wed, Aug 16 9 p.m. BEING P.J. Fleck: Compete-Compete-Compete ESPNU
Wed, Aug 23 9 p.m. BEING P.J. Fleck: Sleeping Giant ESPNU

 

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