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ESPN ThisWeek- September 6, 2017

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US Open:  Wednesday Night QFs:  Keys-Kanepi, Federer-delPotro;Thursday’s Women’s Semis – At Least Three Americans:  Stephens, Vandeweghe, Venus Williams
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Tonight’s (Wed., Sept. 6) US Open quarterfinals doubleheader on ESPN begins at 7 p.m. ET with American No. 15 seed Madison Keys playing Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, followed by 19-time Major winner No. 3 Roger Federer vs. No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro, a rematch of the 2009 final in which the Argentine captured his sole Major title.

The women’s semifinals will be played Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. with a decidedly star-spangled flavor, at least three Americans.  The Keys-Kanepi winner will play No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe who ousted the top seed, Karolina Pliskova, in Wednesday’s first quarterfinal.  The evening will start with an intriguing inter-generational matchup of Americans with heartwarming comeback stories:  unseeded 24-year old American Sloane Stephens facing two-time US Open champ No. 9 Venus Williams.

Stephens, who was ranked as high as No. 11 back in 2013, only returned to action last month after a long recovery from foot surgery.  Williams, who first appeared in the US Open semifinals 20 years ago at age 17, is the oldest woman in the tournament.  Her resurgent 2017 now includes reaching the semis at three Majors (reached the final at the Australian Open and Wimbledon).  It’s only the third time in her storied career that she’s reached three Major semis in a year; the other two years were 15 and 16 years ago (2002, ’01).  She had failed to go that far in any Major from 2011 through the 2016 French Open.  Williams has won more matches at the 2017 Majors than any other woman.

ESPN and ESPN Deportes will air the men’s semifinals Friday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m.  ESPN’s two weeks of exclusive live coverage from tennis’ fourth and final Major of the year culminates with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 9, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 10, both at 4 p.m.


Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Wed Sept 6 7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Quarterfinals ESPN
Thur Sept 7 7 p.m. US Open Women’s Semifinals ESPN
Fri Sept 8 Noon US Open Men’s Doubles Championship ESPN2
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sat Sept 9 Noon US Open Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN3
  4 p.m. US Open Women’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Sun Sept 10 1 p.m. US Open Women’s Doubles Championship ESPN2
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN / ESPN Deportes
  8:30 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN2 (encore)


NFL Kickoff Weekend: ESPN’s New Countdown Teams Debut and Monday Night Football Doubleheader: Saints-Vikings and Chargers-Broncos
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ESPN’s coverage of the 2017-18 NFL season kicks off with a pair of new-look studio shows followed by a Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader:

Sunday NFL Countdown (10 a.m. ET, ESPN) debuts Sept. 10 with Sam Ponder hosting the now three-hour pregame show alongside NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson, insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry. (New ESPN NFL analyst Rex Ryan will join Countdown in week 2.) Show contributors include reporters Josina Anderson, Jeff Darlington, Dan Graziano, Sal Paolantonio and Dianna Russini and feature reporter Jac Collinsworth. Key features on Sunday include: Jim Trotter’s look at the resilience of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan following the Super Bowl LI defeat to the Patriots; and Collinsworth, in his first Countdown feature, explores the NFL’s decision to relax its celebration rules.

On Sept. 11, leading into Monday Night Football’s season-opening doubleheader, Suzy Kolber hosts Monday Night Countdown (5 p.m., ESPN) from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis with Hasselbeck, Woodson, Steve Young and Moss, who will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime. Kolber will also be joined by Mortensen, Riddick, Schefter and Berry (from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.), both MNF announce teams and NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck (in Denver). Additionally, ESPN’s longtime NFL host Chris Berman will contribute a weekly feature in a special segment called “Boomer’s Vault” as an ode to the nearly half-century history of MNF.

The 48th season of Monday Night Football (12th on ESPN) opens with a doubleheader on Sept. 11:

Spanish-language presentations of these games will be available on ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ESPN2. Programming Schedule for 2017-18.


ABC’s Saturday Night Football Televises Top 5 Matchup: No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State; College GameDay Built by The Home Depot on Site
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The ESPN networks continue their comprehensive season-long college football coverage in week 2 as ABC’s Saturday Night Football features No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State (7:30 p.m. ET). Other marquee games on the ESPN slate: No. 3 Clemson hosting No. 14 Auburn (7 p.m., ESPN) and No. 4 Penn State vs. Pitt (3:30 p.m., ABC). No. 1 Alabama opens its home schedule with Fresno State (3:30 p.m., ESPN).  College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will be in Columbus ahead of the top 5 Sooners-Buckeyes matchup.  A full week 2 schedule and College GameDay information will be released later today.


ESPN Radio’s 2017 Fall Football Weekend Schedule Showcases Veteran Voices, New Shows
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ESPN Radio has rolled out its 2017 fall weekend lineup with a focus on college football and NFL and featuring some of the most experienced and knowledgeable voices in the game. The schedule will include ESPN Radio fall football mainstays, including the network’s own College GameDay hosted by Doug Kezirian with Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards, and Fantasy Focus hosted by Dave Rothenberg with ESPN.com’s Eric Karabell and former NFL player Bobby Carpenter. New this year is The Locker Room, hosted by Kirk Morrison and featuring a rotation of voices including former NFL players Geoff Schwartz, Barrett Jones, D’Marco Farr, Ben Hartsock, and more.


Day Time (ET) Show
Saturdays 6 a.m. The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap
  7 a.m. Dari & Mel
Dari Nowkhah & Mel Kiper Jr.
  10 a.m. ESPN College GameDay (TV Simulcast)
  Noon ESPN Radio’s College GameDay
Doug Kezirian, Trevor Matich & Brad Edwards
  7 p .m. College Football Game of the Week
  Follows Dickerson & Hood
Jeff Dickerson & Jonathan Hood
Sundays Midnight College Football Final (re-air of TV show)
  2 a.m. SportsCenter AllNight
Jay Reynolds
  6 a.m. The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap
  7 a.m. Weekend Observations with Stu & Golic Jr.
Jon “Stugotz” Weiner & Mike Golic Jr.
  9 a.m. Fantasy Focus
Dave Rothenberg, Eric Karabell & Bobby Carpenter
  1 p.m. Operation Football
Field Yates & Andrew Hawkins
  7 p.m. Jordan & Fitz
Jason Fitz & Jordan Rodgers
  Midnight The Locker Room
Kirk Morrison, with rotation including Geoff Schwartz, Barrett Jones, D’Marco Farr, Ben Hartsock and more

AL Central-Leading Cleveland Indians host Baltimore Orioles on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball
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On ESPN’s exclusive, full-national Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians and Francisco Lindor host the Baltimore Orioles and Mark Trumbo at Progressive Field on Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Dan Shulman will call the game with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone and reporter Buster Olney. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede the game with Karl Ravech, David Ross and Tim Kurkjian at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

On ESPN Radio, Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call of Sunday Night Baseball, as well as the Orioles-Indians game on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 12:30 p.m.

On Sept. 9, ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com will post an interview with ESPN’s Marly Rivera and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte in English and Spanish as part of the season-long, cross-platform Béisbol Experience initiative. Last week, Rivera spoke with the Indians’ Carlos Santana. Full interview: English and Spanish.

MLB Intentional Talk will air Thursday 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)
Thu, Sep 7 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
Sat, Sep 9 12:30 p.m. Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians
Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, Sep 10 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet
Karl Ravech, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian
  8 p.m. Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians presented by Taco Bell
Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Buster Olney
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
Mon, Sep 11 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar


The Jump Live at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday
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The Jump— ESPN’s daily NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols— will be live from Springfield, Mass., site of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, on Friday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. A pair of ESPN analysts – seven-time All Star Tracy McGrady and Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA star Rebecca Lobo – will be inducted as part of this year’s Hall of Fame class. McGrady will join The Jump.

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin and former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott will join Thursday’s show (3 p.m., ESPN).


Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Wed, Sept 6 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Chris Haynes, Jorge Sedano
Thu, Sept 7 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, David Griffin, Byron Scott
Fri, Sept 8 3 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady

MLS Soccer: Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City SC, Sunday at 1 p.m.
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ESPN’s presentation of MLS Soccer Sunday continues Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. ET with Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City SC from Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. The Crew, currently No. 4 in the Eastern Conference standings, and Kansas City, No. 3 in the Western Conference, are both in position to make the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman will call the match.

World of X Games: WSL Surfing Stop #7 Billabong Pro Teahupo’o
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On Sunday, Sept. 10, World of X Games on ABC will air WSL Surfing Stop #7 Billabong Pro Teahupo’o at 4 p.m. ET. Australian Julian Wilson took home victory at the seventh stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour in Tahiti. In his third CT victory, Wilson beat out Brazilian Gabriel Medina in the final round to move into fifth place on the Jeep Leaderboard. In an exciting final, it was the Australian scoring a near-perfect 9.73 in the final minutes to take the win.


NCAA Division I Fall Sports Presented Across ESPN Platform
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This week’s NCAA Division I regular season fall sports coverage will include more than 50 soccer and volleyball matchups across ESPNU, Longhorn Network, SEC Network+ and ACC Network Extra.

The women’s soccer lineup begins on Thursday, Sept. 7 on ACC Network Extra at 7 p.m. ET, with No.1 UCLA at No. 8 Virginia. Another top-ten matchup takes place Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. with No. 7 South Carolina traveling to No. 4 Clemson.

The men’s soccer lineup begins on Friday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. when No. 6 Notre Dame faces Boston College. The action continues on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. with No. 3 Clemson at NC State and No. 7 Syracuse at No. 11 Virginia. On Saturday, Sept. 9, No. 10 North Carolina takes on Pittsburg at 7 p.m. and No. 2 Wake Forest takes on No. 8 Louisville at 7:30 p.m. All Division I men’s soccer for the weekend will air on ACC Network Extra, available via the ESPN App.

The women’s volleyball line-up will begin Thursday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. with full coverage of the American Campus Classic on Longhorn Network. The tournament runs through the weekend and includes No. 1 Texas and No. 4 Minnesota. Other ranked teams appearing on the schedule this weekend include No.11 North Carolina, No. 12 Florida, No. 15 Florida State, and No. 17 Michigan State.


Division I Women’s Soccer

Date Time Event Network
Thu, Sept. 7 7 p.m. Colgate at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  East Carolina at NC State ACC Network Extra
  No. 1 UCLA at Virginia ACC Network Extra
  5 p.m. Western Illinois at Kentucky SEC Network+
Fri, Sept. 8 7 p.m. No. 25 Colorado at Texas Longhorn Network Extra
  No. 7 South Carolina at no. 4 Clemson ACC Network Extra
  College of Charleston at Miami ACC Network Extra
  No. 13 Florida State at No. 9 Florida SEC Network+
7:30 p.m. Purdue at Louisville ACC Network Extra
High Point at Auburn SEC Network+
8:00 p.m. Butler at No. 10 Texas A&M SEC Network+
Sun, Sept. 10 1 p.m. Harvard at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  Davidson at NC State ACC Network Extra
  Stetson at Miami ACC Network Extra
  Boston University at Boston College ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. Northeastern at Texas Longhorn Network
  No. 5 Penn State at No. 8Virginia ACC Network Extra
  South Alabama at Mississippi State SEC Network+
  Coastal Carolina at Georgia SEC Network+
  San Diego State at Missouri SEC Network+
  6 p.m. Virginia Tech at Tennessee ESPNU
  Tennessee Tech at Alabama SEC Network+
  8 p.m. Lipscomb at Vanderbilt SEC Network+


Division I Men’s Soccer

Date Time Event Network
Fri, Sept. 8 5 p.m. No. 6 Notre Dame at Boston College ACC Network Extra
Fri, Sept. 8 7 p.m. Virginia Tech at Duke ACC Network Extra
  No. 3 Clemson at NC State ACC Network Extra
  No. 7 Syracuse at No. 11 Virginia ACC Network Extra
Sat, Sept. 9 7 p.m. No. 10 North Carolina at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
Florida Atlantic at South Carolina SEC Network+
7:30 p.m. No. 2 Wake Forest at No.8 Louisville ACC Network Extra


Division I Volleyball

Date Time Event Network
Thu, Sept. 7 11 a.m. Denver vs. No. 4 Minnesota Longhorn Network
  Noon Northwestern at Ole Miss SEC Network+
  1 p.m. TAMU CC at Texas Longhorn Network
  6 p.m. No. 4 Minnesota vs TAMU CC Longhorn Network
  Xavier at Georgia Teach ACC Network Extra
  8 p.m. Denver at No.Texas Longhorn Network
  8 p.m. Austin Peay at Ole Miss SEC Network+
Fri, Sept. 8 11 a.m. Tennessee State at Alabama SEC Network+
  Noon UNC Greensboro at No. 12 Florida SEC Network+
  1 p.m. North Florida at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  6 p.m. Tennessee at Florida State ACC Network Extra
  6:30 p.m. LIU Brooklyn at No. 11 North Carolina  ACC Network Extra
  7 p.m. South Alabama at Auburn SEC Network+
  Mercer at Ole Miss SEC Network+
  American at No. 12 Florida SEC Network+
  8 p.m. Kansas State at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  8:30 p.m. Hofstra at Alabama SEC Network+
  9 p.m. No. 4 Minnesota vs No. 1 Texas Longhorn Network
  11 p.m. Denver vs TAMU CC Longhorn Network
Sat, Sept 9 1 p.m. Furman at Alabama SEC Network+
  4:30 p.m. No. 17 Michigan State at No. 12 Florida SEC Network+
  Clemson at Auburn SEC Network+
Sun, Sept 10 1 p.m. LSU at No. 11 North Carolina ACC Network Extra
  2 p.m. LIU Brooklyn at NC State ACC Network Extra

First Take Plans Big Show in Texas for Friday, including 30-Minute Special Pre-Show Streamed Live on YouTube
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ESPN’s morning debate program First Take will stream a 30-minute pre-show exclusively on YouTube, on Friday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m. ET, as part of its special three-hour show (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) in Texas to advance the Dallas Cowboys’ home opener. The pre-show will give fans a real-time, behind-the-scenes look at how First Take comes together on the road with interviews and more.

Airing live on Friday from Fort Worth’s Billy Bob’s Texas, host Molly Qerim and commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will welcome guests, including The Bachelorette – and native Texan – Rachel Lindsay, actor Omar Epps and former Cowboys stars Deion Sanders and Darren Woodson. In addition, the critically-acclaimed Texas musical group Los Lonely Boys will perform three songs during the show. Entry is free of charge and doors will open to the public approximately 90 minutes before the start of the telecast. Details

New Sunday Night SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt Launches Sept. 10
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The new NFL-centric Sunday night edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt launches Sunday, Sept. 10, the first Sunday of the 2017 NFL season. The program will begin at midnight ET or when the Sunday night NFL game ends, Van Pelt will bring viewers a summary of the day’s games and recap the previous day in college football and other big sports events, all with his unique perspective. Van Pelt will have interviews with some of the sports day’s biggest newsmakers and ESPN NFL analysts Ryan Clark and Louis Riddick will be regular contributors. The Sunday night show will differ slightly from the weeknight edition of Van Pelt’s program with new elements and some favorites from the weeknight show. The program will also pay homage to the former ESPN NFL highlights voiced for many years by Chris Berman and Tom Jackson.

The Bachelor Host Chris Harrison Joining SportsCenter:AM Thursday
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Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s popular series The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, will return to his sportscasting roots Thursday when he joins SportsCenter:AM as a guest anchor. The show airs from 7-10 a.m. ET on ESPN and Harrison, who started his television career reporting on sports, will appear in segments during the 8 a.m. hour. Harrison and SportsCenter:AM anchor Sage Steele will work together on ABC’s telecast of the 2018 Miss America Competition on Sept. 10.

ESPN The Magazine’s 2017 NFL Preview Issue Hits Newsstands Friday with Cover Story on Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
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ESPN The Magazine’s 2017 NFL Preview Issue—on newsstands Friday— is the ultimate insider’s guide to the new season. ESPN’s Mina Kimes goes one-on-one with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for a rare glimpse into his thinking about fame, faith, athlete activism and where he prioritizes football. Also in the issue, David Fleming watches game film with Panthers coach Ron Rivera to explain the delicate task of re-engineering Carolina’s offense to maximize Cam Newton’s MVP talent, and Matt Bowen pins down fearsome safety Landon Collins on the quarterbacks he respects most, his Hall of Fame ambitions and the Giants’ plan to unseat Dak Prescott’s Cowboys. Also: previews and season projections for all 32 teams, including each team’s secret Achilles heel, according to league executives.

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High School Football: No. 1 IMG Academy and No. 6 Bishop Gorman Among Teams Playing Friday as Part of GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase
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The 2017 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase continues with a Friday doubleheader on ESPNU, featuring St. Frances Academy (Md.) against No. 1 IMG Academy (Fla.) at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Miami Central (Fla.) playing No. 6 Bishop Gorman.

Friday, September 8
St. Frances Academy (Md.) vs. No. 1 IMG Academy (Fla.)
7 p.m. on ESPNU from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

  • In his first year as St. Frances’ head coach, coach Henry Russell turned the Panther program around from 2-10 to 10-2 in 2016; they face IMG Academy, currently ranked No. 1 in the country
  • IMG Academy has eleven players ranked in the ESPN 300, including No. 2 Xavier Thomas, defensive end (Clemson commit), as well as eight players ranked in the ESPN 300 Junior class
  • Frances features No. 4 Eyabi Anoma, and No. 64 Jaelyn Duncan (Maryland commit), and three athletes on the ESPN Jr. 300, including No. 38 Shane Lee

Miami Central (Fla.) vs. No. 6 Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
10 p.m. on ESPNU from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Miami Central travels to Las Vegas with No. 57 James Cook, running back (brother of rookie Vikings RB Dalvin Cook) and No. 263 Robert Hicks (Louisville commit)
  • Bishop Gorman finished last season on a 54-game winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the country; they return two seniors ranked in the top 50