Weekly Updates

MidWeek — May 31, 2012


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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Continue Friday on ESPN
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ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals – Miami Heat leading the Celtics 2-0 – will continue with Game Three on Friday, June 1, when the series moves to Boston. The game will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET with Mike Breen, analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke calling the action. Additionally, Game Four of the best-of-seven series will be held on Sunday, June 3, at 8:30 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown will precede both games at 7:30 p.m. with analysts Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard. 



Defending World Series Champion Cardinals at Mets on Sunday Night Baseball
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The defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals will visit the New York Mets on Sunday Night Baseball on June 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Dan Shulman will provide commentary with analysts Terry Francona and Orel Hershiser and reporter Buster Olney. Sunday Night Baseball will also be available on ESPN Radio (Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton), ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and via the WatchESPN app.



SportsNation Bids a Fond Farewell to Michelle Beadle on June 1, Welcomes Charissa Thompson as the New Co-Host on June 4
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SportsNation’s new co-host Charissa Thompson will make her debut on Monday, June 4, opposite co-host Colin Cowherd. The pair will continue the off-beat SportsNation tradition of discussing the day’s hottest and weirdest sports topics weekdays at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPYS host Rob Riggle recently attempted to congratulate Thompson on her new gig, though there was clearly some confusion on his part: http://bit.ly/CharissaT 

Thompson, a familiar face to the SportsNation audience thanks to her guest appearances, joined ESPN in September of 2011 and has served as host of ESPN2’s Numbers Never* Lie. Prior to joining ESPN, Thompson appeared on multiple sports networks including The Big Ten Network, Versus (now NBC Sports), NFL Network, Speed Network and Yahoo! Sports. Thompson was also a co-host of Fox Sports Network’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period

On Friday, June 1, SportsNation will bid a fond farewell to Michelle Beadle with a “Beadle Bash” celebrating her last appearance on the show. The episode will highlight unforgettable Beadle moments and memories, and will feature a special surprise goodbye to send Beadle off with a “bang.” 

Fans can follow the show on Twitter at @SportsNation and Charissa Thompson at @CharissaT.



espnW: The Word Discusses “the Face” of Women’s Sports, Second Chances and Athlete TMI
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In the latest edition of The Word — espnW.com’s digital roundtable series — Jane McManus, Sarah Spain and Prim Siripipat consider who among well-known female athletes deserves the title, “The Face of Women’s Sports.” Abby Wambach, Danica Patrick and others are considered in top contention to determine the “face.” In addition, former MLB All-Star Barry Bonds wants to return to the San Francisco clubhouse and The Word tackles the question of whether or not Bonds deserves another shot at baseball. The trio also covers the topic of athletes and how much is too much when it comes to details of their private lives in light of Lolo Jones’ public vow of abstinence until marriage.



NASCAR Now to Preview Dover Sprint Cup Race
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The one-hour weekend edition of ESPN2’s NASCAR Now will air Sunday, June 3, at 9 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Michael Yam will host, with analyst Brad Daugherty and reporters Nicole Briscoe and Ryan McGee at the track. Host Allen Bestwick will review the race during the Monday, June 4 edition, at 3 p.m.