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ThisWeek — November 5, 2012

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ESPN NBA Doubleheader: 76ers at Hornets, Spurs at Clippers; Chauncey Billups to Serve as Guest Countdown Analyst
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ESPN will present an NBA doubleheader Wednesday, Nov. 7, beginning with the New Orleans Hornets and rookie Anthony Davis (listed as day-to-day) hosting the Philadelphia 76ers and Jrue Holiday at 8 p.m. ET. Dave Pasch will call the game with analyst Hubie Brown. In the nightcap, the San Antonio Spurs – led by Tony Parker and Tim Duncan – will visit the Los Angeles Clippers and their dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Mike Breen will provide commentary with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Heather Cox.   

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will join KIA NBA Countdown as a guest analyst Wednesday to preview the doubleheader. Billups, who is recovering from an Achilles injury, will join Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon in the studio. Billups will provide unique insight and perspective on the Clippers game against the Spurs that night. 

Date Time(ET) Game Commentators Network(s)
Wed, Nov. 7 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown Guest analyst Chauncey Billups, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Michael Wilbon ESPN, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. KIA NBA Tip Off: Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Hornets Presented by State Farm Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown ESPN, WatchESPN
  10:30 p.m. KIA NBA Tip Off: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers Presented by State Farm Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Heather Cox ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Nov. 9 10:30 p.m. KIA NBA Tip Off: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets Presented by State Farm Terry Gannon, Jon Barry ESPN, WatchESPN




NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Phoenix; Only Two Races Left in the Chase
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ESPN will provide live coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, from the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway, on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11. Sunday’s 500-kilometer NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the next-to-last of the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2 p.m. ET with the green flag at 3:15 p.m. Saturday’s 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race has NASCAR Countdown at 3:30 p.m. Anchors Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup) and Marty Reid (Nationwide) will be joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.



ESPN’s Hannah Storm Goes Face-to-Face with NASCAR Stars
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With the 2012 NASCAR season nearing the finish line, four of the sport’s biggest stars open their lives in a one-hour, prime time special with SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart will be interiewed. The program repeats on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Full Release



E:60: LeSean McCoy’s Struggles; Soccer Fans’ Passion; Tsunami Soccer Ball Goes Home
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ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, E:60 (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESPN), concludes its 11-week run presenting pieces on the attempts of Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy to overcome the hardships in his past and become one of the game’s best; an Israeli Premier League soccer team with fans who express a passionate hatred of Arabs during matches; and the efforts to return a soccer ball and more lost in the Japanese tsunami which ended up in Alaska.



MLS Cup Playoffs: Decisive Western Conference Semifinal with San Jose Hosting David Beckham and LA Galaxy on ESPN2, Wednesday at 11 p.m.
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ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will present an MLS Cup Playoff match – San Jose Earthquakes vs. David Beckham and Los Angeles Galaxy – on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 p.m., live from San Jose. The match is the second contest of a home and away Western Conference semifinal series. The Los Angeles Galaxy, the 2011 MLS Cup champions, lost 1-0 at home in the first game of the series. Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Mónica González will call the match. Host Max Bretos and analysts Kasey Keller, Alexi Lalas and Venezuelan National Team player and Chivas USA forward Alejandro Moreno will provide on-site studio segments. Additional post-match commentary by Bretos, Keller, Lalas and Moreno will be available on ESPN platforms including ESPN FC.com.



Barclays ATP World Tour Finals All Week on ESPN3, ESPN2
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Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray – each having won one Major event in 2012 — will contend for unofficial “player of the year” honors at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from London on ESPN3 and ESPN2 Monday, Nov. 5, to the championship Monday, Nov. 12.  

Novak Djokovic, winner of the Australian Open and currently No. 1 in the world, is guaranteed to emerge as the year-end, top-ranked player.  However, most observers would consider Federer or Murray – winners of Wimbledon and the US Open, respectively, with Murray also claiming the Olympic Gold Medal – the 2012 player of the year with a victory at this year-end, eight-player round robin.  The top three players will be joined by David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic.   

ESPN3 will provide extensive live coverage all week from the O2 Arena starting Monday, Nov. 5, with a match at 8:45 a.m. ET and 2:45 p.m. each day through Saturday, Nov. 10 (afternoon match that day at 2:15 p.m.).  ESPN2 will show the morning match on November 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. before joining ESPN3 for live coverage of the semifinals Sunday, Nov. 11, and the Championship on Monday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.  Cliff Drysdale and Patrick McEnroe will call all the action on ESPN2 – and the corresponding ESPN3 simulcast. 

Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)
Mon, Nov 5 – Fri, Nov. 9 8:45 a.m.
2:45 p.m.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Round Robin ESPN3
Thur, Nov. 8 – Fri, Nov 9 2 p.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Round robin ESPN2 (tape delayed from 8:45 a.m.)
Sat, Nov 10 8:45 a.m.
2:15 p.m.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Round Robin ESPN3
Sun, Nov 11 9 a.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Semifinal #1 ESPN3 / ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Semifinal #2 ESPN3 / ESPN2
Mon, Nov 12 3 p.m. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Championship ESPN3 / ESPN2



NHRA Season Finale on ESPN2, ESPN3 from Pomona
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The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season comes to a close this weekend and 2012 champions will be determined in the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. Drag racing fans can watch qualifying and eliminations action on ESPN2 and ESPN3.  Paul Page will anchor with analyst Mike Dunn.

Date Time Event Network
Fri, Nov. 9 4 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sun, Nov. 11 2:30 a.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
  6 p.m. Qualifying (re-air) ESPN2, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN



Capitales del Futbol Returns to ESPN Deportes with a Look at Manchester’s Two Teams
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Capitales del Futbol returns to ESPN Deportes on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. with an episode profiling Manchester, England. Home of two of the most vibrant clubs in the world – Manchester United and Manchester City – the rivals are at the height of their powers and at the heart of a soccer-mad culture. Capitales del Futbol: Manchester counts on participation from active players such as Sergio Aguero, Nani and Pablo Zabaleta, as well as Football Development Executive at Manchester City, Patrick Vieira; among others. Video



ESPNU Road Trip: University of Minnesota
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ESPNU Road Trip traveled to the ‘Great White North’ in Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Rivalry as the Golden Gophers battled the Michigan Wolverines this past weekend. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., hosts Niki Noto and Ali Nejad pop up around campus with Goldy The Gopher, lace up their skates with Minnesota’s 2012 Frozen Four finalist team and attempt a food challenge that really ‘burns’ them up. Other Road Trip pit-stops during the college football season have included: Texas A&M, Michigan State, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, California and Oklahoma.



Behind the Scenes with SEC Referees on ESPNU
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All season ESPNU All-Access gives viewers exclusive inside access to the leading college football programs. This week, however, for the first time the show is highlighting the black and white on the field with ESPNU All-Access: SEC Officials on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.  Viewers will follow referees as they prepare for the Tennessee at South Carolina game and also hear them wired using the new headsets they are testing to help communication. Next week’s All-Access will feature No.20 Louisiana Tech.



The World Series of Poker Circuit Begins Nov. 7 on ESPN3
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ESPN3 will deliver an exclusive presentation of the World Series of Poker Circuit Events Presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. All WSOP Circuit events will be presented virtually live (on a five-minute delay) with ESPN.com columnist and professional poker player Bernard Lee serving as commentator.  Recaps of the WSOP Circuit will be available on ESPN.com

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Wed, Nov. 7 3 p.m. 2012 World Series of Poker Circuit: River Rock Richmond ESPN3
Mon, Nov. 19 3 p.m. 2012 World Series of Poker Circuit: Harveys Lake Tahoe ESPN3
Mon, Dec. 10 12 p.m. 2012 World Series of Poker Circuit: Harrah’s Atlantic City ESPN3
Mon, Dec. 17 3 p.m. 2012 World Series of Poker Circuit: Harrah’s Rincon ESPN3
Mon, Jan. 14 3 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Bicycle Los Angeles ESPN3
Mon, Jan. 21 1 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Choctaw Durant ESPN3
Mon, Feb. 18 3 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Caesars Las Vegas ESPN3
Mon, Feb. 25 12 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Kennel Club West Palm Beach ESPN3
Mon, Mar. 11 12 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Caesar’s Atlantic City ESPN3
Mon, Apr. 8 12 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Foxwoods Mashantucket ESPN3
Mon, Apr. 15 12 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Harrah’s Cherokee ESPN3
Mon, Apr. 22 1 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Horseshoe Council Bluffs ESPN3
Mon, May 6 12 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Harrah’s Philadelphia ESPN3
Mon, May 20 1 p.m. 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit: Harrah’s New Orleans ESPN3

**Programming presented virtually live (on a five-minute delay). Schedule is subject to change.



espnW.com: Women’s College Basketball: Player and Team Previews, Rankings and more
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espnW.com begins its extensive women’s college basketball preview with player and team features, a preseason ranking, a Big 12 preview and more. espnW.com contributor Mechelle Voepel previews the Baylor Lady Bears as the team prepares to defend their title and 40-game winning streak. Contributor Michelle Smith gives an A to Z rundown of what fans can expect during the 2012-13 season.