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ESPN ThisWeek — June 4, 2012

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ESPN’s Exclusive Coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Continues
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The NBA Eastern Conference Finals – Miami Heat and Boston Celtics tied 2-2 – will continue on ESPN with the critical Game Five on Tuesday, June 5, and Game Six on Thursday, June 7. Both games will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET with Mike Breen and analyst Jeff Van Gundy providing commentary with Doris Burke reporting. Kia NBA Countdown will open each telecast at 7:30 p.m. with Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard providing analysis. Eastern Conference Finals games are also available on ESPN Radio with Jim Durham and Dr. Jack Ramsay, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and via the WatchESPN app.

French Open Action Live on ESPN2 & ESPN3
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The French Open on ESPN2 and ESPN3 will conclude with live action Tuesday-Thursday, capped by the women’s semifinals Thursday, June 7, at 8 a.m.  Tuesday’s matches will include Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer playing Juan Martin Del Potro. ESPN2 will start live at 1 p.m. while ESPN3 is live all day with matches from Court Suzanne Lenglen starting at 8 a.m. All the action on ESPN2 is also available online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.  Chris Fowler and Chris McKendry share host duties on ESPN2, with Fowler also calling matches.  They are joined by Darren Cahill, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver.  The schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event  
Tue, June 5 1 – 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Live & Same-day action
Wed, June 6 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quarterfinals Live
Thur, June 7 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Women’s Semifinals Live

UEFA EURO 2012 Begins Friday
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ESPN’s comprehensive presentation of the UEFA European Football Championship 2012 will begin Friday, June 8, at 12 p.m. ESPN Deportes will televise more than 106 hours of programming (27 live matches, four tape-delayed telecasts on concurrent match windows and studio programs).  ESPN will present 22 matches and surround programming – pregame, halftime and postgame shows – totaling 62 hours, and ESPN2 will offer 33 hours with nine matches and surround programming, all live.

All 31 matches will be available in high definition and carried on ESPN3, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio, with 25 live on ESPN Mobile TV.

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Fri, June 8 12 p.m. Poland vs. Greece ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Russia vs. Czech Republic ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 9 12 p.m. Netherlands vs. Denmark ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Germany vs. Portugal ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 10 12 p.m. Spain vs. Italy ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Republic of Ireland vs. Croatia ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Mon, June 11 12 p.m. France vs. England ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
  2:45 p.m. Ukraine vs. Sweden ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes

First-Place Rays Visit Surging Yankees on Wednesday Night Baseball
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ESPN2 will televise a matchup between American League East heavyweights when the first-place Tampa Bay Rays visit the surging New York Yankees on Wednesday Night Baseball June 6, at 7 p.m. Dave O’Brien will call the game with analyst Nomar Garciaparra and reporter Pedro Gomez. Wednesday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.

Historic Women’s College World Series Matchup
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ESPN will cap more than 35 hours of Women’s College World Series programming with No.2 Alabama vs. No.4 Oklahoma in the best-of-three WCWS Finals, beginning tonight on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Game 2 is Tuesday, June 5, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. and Game 3, if necessary, is Wednesday, June 6, on ESPN at 8 p.m.

Alabama will make its debut in the WCWS Finals, with the hope of being the first SEC team to win the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. Oklahoma is the first Big 12 team to advance since the Sooners won the championship in 2000. This is the first time since 1986 that a Pac-12 team hasn’t played for the Championship.

ESPN’s Beth Mowins will provide play-by-play in the NCAA Championship Series Finals alongside U.S. Olympic gold medalists Jessica Mendoza and Michele Smith. Holly Rowe will report from the field.

ESPN’s Record-Setting NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Coverage Continues
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ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3’s record coverage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship – up to 83 games from June 1 to June 26, culminating with the College World Series – will continue tonight with Mississippi vs. TCU in a Regionals game at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU and ESPN3.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to cover all eight of the best-of-three Super Regionals sites (up to 24 games) from June 8 to June 11. ESPN3 will simulcast every game. For the 10th consecutive year, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the entire College World Series (up to 17 games from June 15-26).

Announcers for the Super Regionals include: Adam Amin, Steve Berthiaume, Carter Blackburn, Justin Kutcher, Clay Matvick, Dave Neal, Mark Neely and Mike Patrick, and analysts Randy Flores, Nomar Garciaparra, Doug Glanville, Danny Kanell, Paul Lo Duca, Jay Payton, Kyle Peterson and Jay Walker. Pairings and assignments are to be determined. NCAA Baseball Super Regionals Presented by Capital One Schedule

espnW: In the Game Chats with Ann Meyers Drysdale; espnW Unveils Title IX Timeline
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On Thursday, June 7, In the Game with Robin Roberts sits with women’s basketball legend Ann Meyers Drysdale. Currently the general manager of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, Meyers Drysdale blazed a trail for future women’s hoops stars as a sharp-shooting guard at UCLA, and earned the distinction of being the first woman to try out for an NBA team. Previous episodes of the eight-installment series, which debuted May 17 on SportsCenter, are available for replay on espnW.com  and include interviews with Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Martina Navratilova, among others. In the Game features in-depth, exclusive interviews with high-profile female athletes and airs Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on SportsCenter.

As part of its extensive Title IX coverage, espnW.com today unveiled a comprehensive Title IX timeline, featuring the most significant and memorable – as well as some perhaps not-so-well known — moments in women’s sports of the last 40 years.

Outside the Lines: Track Tragedies
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With this week’s Belmont Stakes possibly producing the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, ESPN’s Outside the Lines and Jeannine Edwards report on “Track Tragedies” on Wednesday, June 6, at 3 p.m. The sport of horse racing has not had much to celebrate of late, particularly at a venerable New York race track just 10 miles from Belmont.  A deadly season at Aqueduct Racetrack claimed the lives of more than 20 horses and prompted intense scrutiny of the dangers and the drugs involved in the sport of kings. (Check Thursday’s ESPN Weekly Enterprise Journalism Release for additional details.)

Edwards (pictured standing left, with Dr. Celeste Kunz, former chief equine veterinarian for the New York Racing Association) visited with the Front & Center podcast (full interview available at iTunes Tuesday afternoon).

Here, in a 90-second excerpt, are three clips from the interview:

  • Clip 1: Jeannine on: 23 equine deaths in 18 weeks at New York racetrack
  • Clip 2: Jeannine on: Telling a national story through the lens of Aqueduct
  • Clip 3 Jeannine on: The emotional interview with the Hooper couple

SportsCenter Special AFC South Divisional Preview Show
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ESPN will examine the NFL’s AFC South during its SportsCenter Special Divisional Preview Show on Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Host Sara Walsh and analysts Tim Hasselbeck and Darren Woodson will discuss what to expect from the Colts, Jaguars, Texans and Titans during the 2012 season.

Offering additional insight will be All-Pro Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney, who will call into the show as a guest.

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Tue, June 5 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: AFC South Preview ESPN2
Tue, June 12 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: NFC South Preview ESPN2
Tue, June 19 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: NFC North Preview ESPN2
Tue, July 3 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: NFC East Preview ESPN
Tue, July 10 8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: AFC East Preview ESPN
Tue, July 17 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: AFC West Preview ESPN

* Schedule is subject to change

Monday Night Countdown Gets New Logo, Expands
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A year ago, ESPN’s Monday Night Football unveiled a brand new look. Now, the Monday Night Countdown pregame is getting a similar makeover.  The shield was created internally by ESPN’s Creative Services Design team, overseen by senior director of creative services Mike “Spike” Szykowny. The Countdown version is a little shorter and stouter than MNF’s. ESPN also worked with Big Studios in Toronto to produce the animation package. In addition to its new look, Countdown will expand (from 90 minutes) to two hours this fall. The show, which is presented by Applebee’s, will start at 6:30 p.m. each week and take fans right up to the MNF kickoff, beginning Sept. 10.

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