- NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Spotlights Cavaliers-LA Clippers; Bucks’ Jason Terry and Jason Kidd on The Jump on Wednesday
- ESPN.com MLB Writers Discuss Team and Player Development, World Baseball Classic
- Men’s College Basketball: ESPN Exclusively Presents the National Invitation Tournament
- College Baseball: Conference Play Begins
- College Lacrosse: Top-Ranked Denver Visits No. 17 Ohio State; Several Men’s and Women’s Matchups on ESPNU, ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra
- ESPN Tennis Continues at Indian Wells
- IHRA Drag Racing Action Airs Saturday, Sunday from San Antonio
- Best of X Games Norway 2017
- SportsCenter on the Road to Provide Live Coverage from Clemson Pro Day
- ESPN The Magazine’s Analytics Issue Hits Newsstands Friday
- ESPN Radio’s The Stephen A. Smith Show Live in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday
NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Spotlights Cavaliers-LA Clippers;
Bucks’ Jason Terry and Jason Kidd on The Jump on Wednesday
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NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by Verizon Wireless on March 18 has the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James visiting the LA Clippers and DeAndre Jordan at 8:30 p.m. ET. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Lisa Salters will provide commentary.
Sage Steele will host NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless with Michael Wilbon and analyst Jalen Rose at 8 p.m. on ABC ahead of the Cavaliers-Clippers game. The show will air a taped segment with Clippers’ Blake Griffin.
Earlier in the week, NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm on ESPN has a doubleheader March 15 starting with the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard hosting the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 8 p.m. Mark Jones and Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will call the action. At 10:30 p.m., the Clippers will visit the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Dave Pasch, Doug Collins and reporter Tom Rinaldi will provide commentary. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew will precede Wednesday’s doubleheader with an hour-long episode at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Host Michelle Beadle will be joined by Rose.
The Jump— ESPN’s daily NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols— airs weekdays at 3 p.m. on ESPN with NBA analysts/insiders. Thursday’s show (March 16) will have special guests Jason Terry (Bucks’ player) and Jason Kidd (Bucks’ head coach) on the show. (The show will not air on Friday, March 17.)
|Tue, Mar 14||3 p.m.||The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Byron Scott, Amin Elhassan, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd
|Wed, Mar 15||3 p.m.||The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan, Scottie Pippen
|7 p.m.||NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, TBD
|8 p.m.||NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs
Mark Jones, Hubie Brown
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry
|ESPN, ESPN Radio|
|10:30 p.m.||NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
Milwaukee Bucks at LA Clippers
Dave Pasch, Doug Collins, Tom Rinaldi
|Thu, Mar 16||3 p.m.||The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne, Scottie Pippen
|Sat, Mar 18||8 p.m.||NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Sage Steele, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose
Radio: Adam Amin, Jon Barry
|ABC, ESPN Radio|
|8:30 p.m.||NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by Verizon Wireless
Cleveland Cavaliers at LA Clippers
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters, Steve Javie
|Mon, Mar 20||7 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Radio: Adam Amin, Jon Barry
ESPN.com MLB Writers Discuss Team and Player Development, World Baseball Classic
This week, ESPN.com MLB writers focus on team features as well as stories and interviews with key players. The Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and others will be featured, in addition to continuing updates from Spring Training locations and the World Baseball Classic.
In Arizona, Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) will be covering the Chicago Cubs and Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) will be visiting various team locations. In Florida, Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) will cover the Red Sox, Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) will be at the Cardinals’ facility, Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) will visit the Yankees and Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) will visit other teams in Florida.
- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) explains the need for the Atlanta Braves to bring Evan Longoria to the team.**
- Rogers outlines the Cubs’ catcher Kyle Schwarber’s initial thoughts on being the team’s leadoff hitter.
- Crasnick explains the interaction between Houston Astros’ shortstop Carlos Correa and outfielder Carlos Beltran in the team’s clubhouse.**
- Lauber discusses the lack of pitcher development in the Red Sox organization and how it can be improved.
- Saxon discusses the state of the “Cardinal Way” with pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina.
- Marchand describes the New York Yankees roster heading into the 2017 season.
- Eddie Matz (@ESPNeddiematz) tells the story of Seattle Mariners’ pitcher Edwin Diaz.
- Lauber speaks with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
- Marchand outlines Yankees’ pitcher Michael Pineda’s experience learning English.
- Rogers looks into how much Cubs’ right fielder Jayson Heyward’s swing has changed.
- Padilla explains the offensive and defensive changes that have led to Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner’s success.
- Crasnick features bothers Bradley (outfielder in Cleveland Indians’ organization) and Kyle Zimmer (pitcher in the Kansas City Royals’ organization).
ESPN.com continues comprehensive coverage of the World Baseball Classic with MLB writers reporting on site at all U.S. venues. Starting Friday, Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla ) will be in San Diego from Petco Park. On Monday, Schoenfield updates the World Baseball Classic Power Rankings, and on Wednesday, he outlines Team U.S.A.’s path to the finals.
ESPN’s MLB podcast, Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney, is available on ESPN.com. Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) also posts the daily MLB Roundup on Facebook. Tuesday on ESPN.com, Buster will also be listing the top available positions during Spring Training.
Additional Content Highlights
- Schoenfield updates the World Baseball Classic Power Rankings
- Bruce Schoenfeld (@bruceschoenfeld) discusses the difficulty Haitians face making it to the MLB due to prejudice and other obstacles.*
- Olney lists the top available positions during Spring Training.
- Stark explains how Miami Marlins’ right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has changed since the passing of former Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez.
- Saxon looks at how Cardinals manager Mike Matheny breaks in his players’ gloves during Spring Training.
- Schoenfield outlines how Team U.S.A. can make the World Baseball Classic finals.
- Bradford Doolittle (@bbdoolittle) selects a player from each team that fans would want up to bat with the game on the line.
* Piece will also appear in the ESPN The Magazine Analytics Issue on newsstands Friday, March 17.
** Feature rescheduled from last week
Men’s College Basketball: ESPN Exclusively Presents the National Invitation Tournament
The 80th annual National Invitation Tournament will air exclusively on ESPN networks beginning with the first round (March 14-15), followed by the second round (March 16-20) and quarterfinals (March 21-22), all from campus locations. The NIT will conclude on ESPN with the semifinals (March 28) and championship (March 30) games from New York’s historic Madison Square Garden with Bob Wischusen and Fran Fraschilla will be on the call of the games.
The NIT opens with NCAA Tournament bubble team Syracuse hosting UNC Greensboro, the automatic qualifier from the Southern Conference, on Tuesday, March 14 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), followed by a matchup between the Big Ten’s Indiana at the ACC’s Georgia Tech (ESPN, 9 p.m.). Wednesday’s action includes automatic qualifiers – Illinois State of the Missouri Valley against UC Irvine of the Big West (ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.).
College Baseball: Conference Play Begins
The NCAA baseball season conference play picks up this week with 97 games across ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network, including games streaming on ESPN3, SEC Network + and ACC Network Extra via the ESPN app and WatchESPN. This week’s schedule is highlighted with a Bases Loaded presentation on SEC Network at 7 p.m. ET that includes live studio look-ins in a whiparound fashion between seven SEC matchups streaming on SEC Network+:
- 12 South Carolina at Tennessee
- 5 Florida at Auburn
- Kentucky at No. 13 Texas A&M
- 25 Missouri at Alabama
- Mississippi State at Arkansas
- 23 Vanderbilt at No. 19 Ole Miss
- Georgia at No. 7 LSU
Additionally, a special Longhorn Network Texas Baseball GameDay is scheduled to air prior to the No. 13 Texas A&M at Texas game today, March 14, at 7 p.m.
This week’s college baseball schedule and commentator assignments are available here.
College Lacrosse: Top-Ranked Denver Visits No. 17 Ohio State;
Several Men’s and Women’s Matchups on ESPNU, ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra
This week’s college lacrosse slate features 20 men’s and women’s matchups, including a men’s doubleheader Saturday, March 18, on ESPNU. Villanova visits No. 4 Maryland at 4 p.m. ET, followed by No. 2 Notre Dame playing No. 12 Virginia at 6 p.m. Lead play-by-play commentator Anish Shroff and analyst Paul Carcaterra will be on the call when the Fighting Irish visit the Cavaliers.
Top-ranked Denver will visit No. 17 Ohio State on Sunday, March 19, for a 5 p.m. matchup on ESPNU. Jay Alter and Quint Kessenich have the call from Ohio Stadium.
The women’s schedule features seven ranked teams, including No. 2 North Carolina, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 14 Elon, No. 15 Louisville, No. 18 Northwestern and No. 20 Towson. The defending champion Tar Heels will take on No. 18 Northwestern this Sunday, March 19, at noon on ACC Network Extra.
Men’s College Lacrosse Schedule
|Tue, Mar 14||2 p.m.||VMI at Monmouth||ESPN3|
|Fri, Mar 17||4 p.m.||Fairfield at No. 3 Penn State
John Brickley, Matt Ward
|Sat, Mar 18||11 a.m.||No. 20 Richmond at Jacksonville||ESPN3|
|Manhattan at Detroit Mercy||ESPN3|
|Noon||Marist at Canisius||ESPN3|
|Bellarmine at Furman||ESPN3|
|1 p.m.||Drexel at St. John’s||ESPN3|
|4 p.m.||Villanova at No. 4 Maryland
Chris Cotter, Ryan Flanagan
|No. 6 Syracuse at No. 14 Johns Hopkins
Mike Corey, Ryan Boyle
|6 p.m.||No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 12 Virginia
Anish Shroff, Paul Carcaterra
|7:30 p.m.||Dartmouth at No. 9 North Carolina||ACC Network Extra|
|Sun, Mar 19||5 p.m.||No. 1 Denver at No. 17 Ohio State
Jay Alter, Quint Kessenich
* – tape delay on ESPNU (Sun, Mar. 19 at 10 a.m.)
Women’s College Lacrosse Schedule
|Tue, Mar 14||6 p.m.||No. 14 Elon at No. 2 North Carolina||ACC Network Extra|
|Wed, Mar 15||3 p.m.||Monmouth at Boston College||ACC Network Extra|
|Loyola (Md.) at Virginia||ACC Network Extra|
|Fri, Mar 18||Noon||No. 10 Notre Dame at Virginia||ACC Network Extra|
|No. 15 Louisville at Boston College||ACC Network Extra|
|1 p.m.||Wagner at Jacksonville||ESPN3|
|Sun, Mar 19||Noon||No. 18 Northwestern at No. 2 North Carolina||ACC Network Extra|
|1 p.m.||No. 20 Towson at Monmouth||ESPN3|
ESPN Tennis Continues at Indian Wells
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ESPN’s extensive coverage of the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., continues this week with daily coverage of ATP and WTA matches on WatchESPN, featuring ATP matches with multiple feed offerings from up to seven courts (Stadiums 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). ESPN and ESPN2 will join the coverage starting Thursday, March 16, concluding with the Men’s and Women’s Championships Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN. ESPN’s lead tennis host Chris Fowler will be joined by Patrick McEnroe, Chrissie Evert, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver.
Although World No.1 Andy Murray made a shocking second-round exit, seven of the top-10 men still remain to claim victory. With three former Indian Wells champions in the same Quarter, viewers will potentially get a rare chance to watch World No. 2 and defending champion Novak Djokovic (2008, 2011, 2014-2016) take on the winner of a matchup between Roger Federer (2004-2006, 2012) and Rafael Nadal (2007, 2009, 2013) before the semifinals. Federer and Nadal are each one win away from meeting in the Round of 16 on Wednesday. Other players to watch include No.3 Stan Wawrinka, No.4 Kei Nishikori and Americans John Isner, Jack Sock, Donald Young, Taylor Fritz and Steve Johnson.
Seven of the top 10 from the WTA are still in action at Indian Wells. Players to watch include: No. 2 Angelique Kerber, former Indian Wells champion Caroline Wozniacki (2011), No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, No. 7 Garbine Muguruza, and Americans Madison Keys, Lauren Davis and seven-time Major singles champion Venus Williams. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka is currently out on maternity leave.
|Mar 8 – 19||2 p.m. – finish||BNP Paribas Open – ATP Seven-Court Offering||WatchESPN|
|Thu, Mar 16||2 – 6 p.m.||BNP Paribas Open – Quarterfinals||ESPN2,
|8 p.m. – 12 a.m.||BNP Paribas Open – Quarterfinals||ESPN2,
|Fri, Mar 17||3 – 5 p.m.||BNP Paribas Open – Men’s Quarterfinals||ESPN,
|10 p.m. – 2 a.m.||BNP Paribas Open – Women’s Semifinals||ESPN2,
|Sat, Mar 18||2 – 7 p.m.||BNP Paribas Open – Men’s Semifinals||ESPN,
|Sun, Mar 19||2 – 6 p.m.||BNP Paribas Open – Men’s & Women’s Championships||ESPN,
IHRA Drag Racing Action Airs Saturday, Sunday from San Antonio
The IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship season continues this weekend with two days of action at San Antonio Raceway in Marion, Texas, and drag racing fans will be able to watch up to eight hours of racing on both Saturday and Sunday on ESPN3. Live streaming from the track begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 18, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 19.
Best of X Games Norway 2017
On Sunday, March 19, World of X Games on ABC will feature Best of X Games Norway 2017 at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. X Games returned to Norway last weekend, and the show will provide fans a look back at all the action sports competitions and musical performances. The show will provide an hour of the top moments from X Games Norway 2017, including wins from Norwegians Øystein Braaten, Johanne Killi, Silje Norendal and more.
SportsCenter on the Road to Provide Live Coverage from Clemson Pro Day
SportsCenter on the Road will provide live coverage from Clemson’s Pro Day on Thursday, March 16, with anchor Matt Barrie and analyst Todd McShay. Coverage will include:
- A conversation with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a top NFL Draft prospect, that will air on Wednesday, March 15, during SportsCenter at Night with reporter Marty Smith. Watson is also part of the eighth season of Jon Grudens QB Camp.
- Live interviews with Coach Dabo Swinney, wide receiver Mike Williams and Watson throughout the day on Thursday.
- Analysis by Todd McShay of live workouts and taped segments.
- Coverage of all projected players including Condrea Tankersley, Wayne Gallman, Jordan Leggett, Jay Guillermo, Carlos Watkins and Ben Boulware.
ESPN The Magazine’s Analytics Issue Hits Newsstands Friday
In collaboration with TrueHoop, ESPN The Magazine’s annual Analytics Issue offers an inside look at the art and science of peak performance in the NBA. The issue delves into players’ seriously fascinating obsession with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, explores the league’s new party culture and how it explains the historically great performance of road teams, and offers a layered and thoughtful cover story on Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook and how this lifelong underdog found his singular drive.
ON THE COVER: In “A Man Apart,” senior writer Tim Keown tells the story of NBA star Russell Westbrook’s lifelong journey as an underdog and everything that has led him to this record-breaking moment as a triple-double machine. To better understand his defining season—the first in which he’s the only superstar in Oklahoma City—Keown spent time in Lawndale, Calif., where Russell went to high school, to reveal how his struggles there shaped the player, and person, he’s become. Westbrook himself offered Keown candid and exclusive insight on his path to the NBA. The Mag also provides an analytical breakdown of Westbrook’s performance. (Link: http://es.pn/2nwwRg0)
ESPN Radio’s The Stephen A. Smith Show Live in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday
On Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17, Stephen A. Smith and his eponymous ESPN Radio program, The Stephen A. Smith Show, will broadcast live from Tom’s Urban at LA LIVE in Los Angeles for ESPNLA’s “Ditch Day with Stephen A.” The show, which airs 1 – 3 p.m. ET, will welcome guests live onsite and will be open to the public on those days, on a first come, first served basis.