Baseball Honors Retiring Yankee Captain on FOX Sports 1

fox-sports-1-logoDEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE Premieres April 29

                     Current and Former Players Share Stories, Memories of Jeter

SNEAK PEEK – DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE

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New York – Before he announced he would hang up his cleats at the end of the season, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had already made a lasting impression as one of the most graceful, successful and iconic figures ever to play the game. Led by current and former players from around Major League Baseball, FOX Sports and MLB Productions honor one of baseball’s best ambassadors in DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE, a one-hour special premiering Tuesday, April 29 (8:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

A career New York Yankee, Jeter’s numerous accolades and achievements include the 1996 Rookie of the Year Award, 13 All-Star Game selections, five World Series rings, membership in MLB’s prestigious 3,000 hits club and the longest-tenured captaincy of any Yankees player. In his two decades in baseball, he has been admired by fans, media and his peers for his professionalism, poise and leadership. DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE presents intimate and previously untold stories directly from those whom Jeter played with and against combined with 20 years of archival footage from Jeter’s career.

Narrated by Jeter’s longtime manager Joe Torre, DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE includes new interviews from more than 30 current players sharing personal anecdotes, memories and more recorded in the days following Jeter’s retirement announcement. The outpouring of respect from players like Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Evan Longoria, David Price, Mike Trout, David Wright and many others offers a glimpse into why Jeter has become one of game’s most recognizable faces and how he has influenced others throughout his career. The special also features former teammates such as David Cone, Don Mattingly, Paul O’Neill, Jorge Posada and others, as well as archival interviews with Commissioner Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Hal Steinbrenner, Joe Girardi, Billy Crystal, Bernie Williams, Dave Winfield, Don Zimmer and more.

Among the tributes, outfielder Josh Reddick recalls the congratulations he received from Jeter when he, at the time a member of the Boston Red Sox, recorded his first hit and home run: “I was so thrown back that a guy of his status looking at a guy like me and knew I got my first hit and home run. It made me respect the history of the game more.”

Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder remembers meeting Jeter while his father played with the Yankees: “My dad played with him in ’96 when he was a rookie. Just being able to be in the clubhouse with him – my dad’s locker was right next to him – not many kids get to say they got to hang out with Jeter when he was a rookie. Just got to watch him every day – he’s a lot of fun. I got to see him in a World Series. It’s so awesome to have that experience.”

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Josh Hamilton recollects a dinner with Jeter when Hamilton was new to professional baseball: “I’ll never forget when I was 18 years old and we had the same agent, and I was fortunate to go to dinner with him and his father. Knowing the caliber of player that he was, and for him to take the time and really talk with me and share with me some of his stories – how to handle himself as a young player – that was pretty special.”

Through these memories players share of Jeter, viewers are reminded of how special the Yankee captain is on the field and off of it. DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE runs throughout the baseball season as a tribute to Jeter and all he has given to the game as he concludes his illustrious career.

DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE is produced by MLB Productions in conjunction with FOX Sports Originals, led by David Gavant, Executive in Charge of Production, MLB Productions, David Check, Executive Producer, MLB Productions, and Tareq Naouri, Lead Producer, MLB Productions, and Michael Bloom, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, FOX Sports.

– FOX SPORTS –

NBC Sports Group Presents Record 15.5 Hours Of Kentucky Derby Coverage

nbc-sports-groupCoverage from Churchill Downs Begins Wednesday, April 30 and Continues Through Derby Day Saturday, May 3 on NBC and NBCSN

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Kentucky Derby on NBC with Exclusive Camera Angles and Analysis

NBC Sports Group Presents 30.5 Total Hours of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown over Next 6 Weeks

New Social Offerings on Vine, Twitter & NBC Sports Group’s “Social Center”

NEW YORK – April 24, 2013 – NBC Sports Group will present 15.5 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage, a record for the event, beginning Wednesday, April 30, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminating with the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, Saturday, May 3. Coverage begins on Saturday at Noon on NBCSN and continues at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage, which has been honored with the Eclipse Award in the Television-Live Programming category for the past two years, includes 7.5 hours on Derby Day on NBC and NBCSN. Highlights include:

  • Live coverage of 12 races on Friday and Saturday – every race in NBC/NBCSN telecast windows
  • Live coverage of the Kentucky Derby Draw on Wednesday, April 30, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN to determine the post positions
  • Three hours of “Derby Classics” (featuring recent winners Orb and I’ll Have Another) to air on NBCSN

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group coverage of the Kentucky Derby features Bob Costas, a 25-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, and Jay Privman, and race caller Larry Collmus. Josh Elliott makes his NBC Sports Group debut on May 2-3, providing a mix of features and interviews at Churchill Downs.   Carolyn Manno also makes her Kentucky Derby debut as do Olympic figure skaters and NBC figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, who will serve as fashion experts.

The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Kentucky Derby is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Patrick McManus. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

30½ HOURS OF TRIPLE CROWN COVERAGE: NBC Sports Group will present 30½ hours of Triple Crown coverage this season from Churchill Downs, Pimlico and Belmont, including “classics” from the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, live racing from all three tracks prior to the three Triple Crown races, and post-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont on NBCSN.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that all three Triple Crown races will air on NBC.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP TRIPLE CROWN COVERAGE (All Times ET):

KENTUCKY DERBY
Date Time Event Network
Wed., April 30 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics: 2013 Winner Orb NBCSN
5 p.m. Kentucky Derby Draw NBCSN
Thurs., May 1 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics: 2012 Winner I’ll Have Another NBCSN
5 p.m. Kentucky Derby Access NBCSN
Fri., May 2 2 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics NBCSN
3 p.m. Kentucky Oaks NBCSN
Sat., May 3 12 p.m. Kentucky Derby Saturday NBCSN
4 p.m. Kentucky Derby NBC
7 p.m. Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show NBCSN
PREAKNESS STAKES
Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 16 3 p.m. Preakness Classics NBCSN
4 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 17 1 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN
BELMONT STAKES
Date Time Event Network
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Stakes Classics NBCSN
5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes NBC
7 p.m. Belmont Stakes Post-Race Show NBCSN

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NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA KENTUCKY DERBY COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC and NBCSN Kentucky Derby week coverage. The vast majority of the content will be streamed live via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

Derby Week coverage airing on NBCSN and NBC, including the Kentucky Derby race, will be streamed to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Derby Day coverage includes:

  • Four exclusive camera angles that showcase the activity happening across Churchill Downs on Derby day
  • Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
  • Replays and footage from the key “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep races

Derby Week coverage will also air on the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

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NBC SPORTS SOCIAL MEDIA AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY

CUSTOM VINES FROM @ORIGIFUL: For the first time, NBC Sports Group will be partnering with Vine video artist Ian Padgham (@Origiful) to create custom Kentucky Derby Vines for on-air, Vine and Twitter. Ian Padgham is an artist, video producer, and social media specialist based out of San Francisco. In 2013 he became passionate about Vine and set up a small business exploring social video for brands. He has several hundred thousand followers on the app, multiple Editors’ Pick credits, and his Vines have been featured in publications including Fast Company, CNN, and Forbes.

PADDOCK 140:  NBC Sports Group celebrates the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby with the 140 characters that make up a tweet.  NBC Sports will have a Twitter driven presence, on-air, online and on Twitter wrapped under the Paddock 140 name. At Churchill Downs, the Paddock 140 will house the Twitter mirror and allow celebrities and VIP guests to tweet directly from the Red Carpet. Celebrities will make their Derby picks onsite at the Paddock 140 through the Twitter Mirror and will be featured on-air during the NBC broadcast. For fans who can’t make it to the onsite Paddock 140, within the Kentucky Derby All-Access page (NBCSports.com/Derby) all of the Twitter conversation, photos, video and @Origiful created Vines will be housed in a branded Paddock 140 section, alongside trending horses and Derby related terms all week long. On Twitter, Paddock 140 onsite and online content will be featured within tweets and identified with #Paddock140.

TWITTER MIRROR: For the second year in a row, NBC Sports and Twitter are partnering to have the “Twitter Mirror” present on the Red Carpet at the Derby and on the Pink Carpet during Oaks Day. The “Twitter Mirror” will bring fans closer to the celebrities and VIP action at Churchill Downs. Celebrity and “best-dressed” photos will be pushed out through the @NBCSN Twitter feed and collected and housed at NBCSports.com/Derby.  Content from the “Twitter Mirror” will be featured on-air during Derby Day.

KENTUCKY DERBY ALL-ACCESS: Horse racing fans and fans of the elegance and glitz of the Derby can access content from Derby week at a “social center” housed on NBCSports.com. Fans can access and sort social media content from Instagram, Twitter and Vine through various streams including horse racing experts, horses (including the horses themselves, jockeys and trainers), glamour (celebrities, fashion experts), a photos-only section and Vine videos. Kentucky Derby All-Access aggregates what’s trending around the Derby and what’s hot in the social world. In addition, fans can plug in their first and last names and will be given their ‘Horse Name’ to be shared on Twitter.

Facebook:

  • All week at Facebook.com/NBCSports, fans will be presented with Derby information, photos and video from Churchill Downs.

Twitter: Viewers and tweeters alike will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #KYDERBY. Reminders will appear on screen throughout all of NBC and NBCSN’s Kentucky Derby week coverage.

  • Fans hosting their own Derby parties will be asked to submit photos with #DerbyParty. Our favorites will be featured on-air.
  • On-air integration of live tweets from celebrities, horse-racing experts and @NBCSN will be featured on screen throughout the broadcasts to keep viewers up to date with what’s happening and trending on Twitter.
  • @NBCSN will live tweet the Kentucky Derby Draw Show on Wednesday, April 30 starting at 5 p.m. ET

Instagram: For 360-degree coverage of behind-the-scenes access to Derby Week, fans can follow @NBCSports on Instagram at Instagram.com/NBCSports for the parties, food, fashion and, of course, the races.

Pinterest: The NBC Sports Pinterest account (Pinterest.com/NBCSports) is the perfect place for Derby fans to plan their Derby parties and get ready for the glitz and glamour of Derby week. Fans can access photos and videos around the Derby from NBCSports.com and NBC Sports social channels as well as find recipes and ideas for their ultimate Derby Party.

Vine: NBC Sports will utilize Vine to give fans quick video look-ins at everything that makes up the Kentucky Derby. From morning workouts with the horses, to Millionaire’s Row, NBC Sports Vines will give fans the full Derby experience for those that can’t make it to the track for Derby Week. Padgham will be creating custom Derby Vines that will be pushed out via the NBC Sports Vine account.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.

KENTUCKY DERBY: The 2013 Kentucky Derby was the second-most watched in a quarter century with 16.2 million viewers. Women comprised 51% of that audience, ranking as the highest percentage of female viewership for any major sporting event in 2013.

AWARDS FOR NBC’S HORSE RACING COVERAGE: Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 13 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage including the award for Television – Live Program for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. NBC’s previous wins in that category include: Preakness (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008), Kentucky Derby (2007, 2012), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001).  Additionally, NBC Sports has won three Eclipse Awards in the features category: 2002 on War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), 2005 Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and 2009 Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast), and the 2005 and 2006 Preakness broadcasts were nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.

For Listings and the NBCSN Channel Finder, visit http://www.nbcsports.com/tv-listings .

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Óscar De La Hoya Ends His Silence In An Exclusive Interview With Jessi Losada For “Titulares Telemundo”

Telemundo MediaThe boxer’s first interview since announcing he was entering rehab will air in two parts Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 on “Titulares Telemundo” at 11PM/10 C or following local newscasts

De la Hoya speaks frankly about his illness, his family and happiness

Miami –April 23, 2014- Legendary boxer Óscar de la Hoya ends his silence since entering rehab for addiction in 2013 in an exclusive interview with Deportes Telemundo presenter Jessi Losada.  The interview will air in two parts on “Titulares Telemundo” on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 at 11PM/10C or following local newscasts.

“I have a disease and I’m not afraid to admit it,” De la Hoya confesses in the interview, speaking openly about the challenges of rehab, the impact of his illness on his life and family, and his struggles to overcome fear and insecurity.

FOX Sports Announces Joe Buck and Greg Norman to Anchor Golf Coverage: Press Call Highlights

fox-sports-logoEarlier this afternoon, FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks, along with Coordinating Producer for FOX Sports’ golf studio and event coverage, Mark Loomis, introduced seven-time Emmy Award-winner Joe Buck and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Greg Norman as FOX Sports’ lead broadcast team when the network begins its USGA Championships coverage beginning in 2015.  Below are highlights from today’s teleconference.

FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks on the network putting its own brand and attitude on the golf events it covers –“First and foremost, you respect the sport. If you remember when we first got the NFL, a lot of people were thinking that we were going to come in and do something completely different. There was talk about having Bart Simpson in the booth calling the games, and we went out and got John Madden and Pat Summerall. Greg [Norman], just like John [Madden], will really set the philosophy for what we do here, and there’s probably no person I have met that hasn’t been a part of FOX Sports that seems like he should be part of FOX Sports more than Greg. We feel like there is already a connection between some of his thoughts and what the FOX Sports brand is. First and foremost it’s about the event, and there is no way that FOX Sports’ brand or FOX Sports’ attitude is going to be put above the USGA and the US Open brand.”

Joe Buck on why FOX Sports and the USGA make a good partnership – “I think I’ve been here long enough to know that today is a big day for FOX Sports. It says a lot about the USGA that they are willing to take this leap with us. Like I told [USGA President] Tom O’Toole, who I’ve known pretty much my whole life, he is going to be blown away, as will the golf world, with the effort and the ability that we’re going to throw at this. We’ll push golf coverage like FOX Sports pushed NFL coverage, MLB coverage and NASCAR coverage. It’s a good partnership both ways.”

Greg Norman on his broadcast style – “My objective is not to be criticizing golfers. My objective is to be fair and balanced. If I see something that I feel is very pertinent to the situation, I will explain that view to the audience, and I want it to be very fan-friendly and informative. Being informative is not sugar-coating the situation and not addressing some serious issues that could arise in the game of golf, which we have seen in the past. It’s incumbent upon myself and Joe and every other member of our team who has a microphone in their hand to have the confidence and the willingness to express themselves.”

Joe Buck on working with a new broadcast partner – “We’re not going to have the opportunity to feel our way. When we go on air at Chambers Bay, we’re doing the Super Bowl. We’re coming right out of the gate, and it doesn’t get any bigger. We’ve got to be ready, and we will be ready. We’re all going to spend time in June at Pinehurst to walk through exactly what is expected of us and go through the mechanics of calling a golf tournament, which I can’t wait to get into. The one thing that was obvious when Greg and I talked the other day, and I’ve always gone about it this way – if I have a great day in the booth, but my partner doesn’t have a good day, then overall we don’t have a good day. I don’t walk out of the booth feeling good about the broadcast, and certainly vice-versa. Greg and I are going to approach this as complete teammates, and what that means for me as far as the mechanics of broadcasting, the oddity of somebody talking in your ear while you’re covering something and you have two trains of thought, I’m there for him, and I’ll give him everything I’ve got.”

Coordinating Producer for FOX Sports’ Golf Event and Studio Coverage Mark Loomis on how FOX Sports will cover golf – “FOX Sports has proven over the years that we can always push technology to the next step, so I think there will be some real interesting opportunities for us to look at before we go on air. The other aspect is taking a fresh approach to golf coverage with a fresh group of people. Any time you put together a group that hasn’t been together before, you don’t have a ‘this is how we do it’ mentality; you have a ‘what’s the best way to do it’ mentality. That starts with the booth and goes all the way down to production and engineering, so I’m really excited for the next year to see how it grows. Our philosophy is to cover the event and to find new ways to tell the story.”

Greg Norman on Tiger Woods and his chance to pass legend Jack Nicklaus –“No, I do not see that happening.  The older he gets, the younger these players get.  You’ve got to remember too, the intimidation factor of that era of players that Tiger grew up in when he was 21 to 30 is not the same because he is now in his high 30s. Your brain is telling you, ‘yes, you can do it,’ but at the same time, your body is reacting a little bit different than it was in your hay days.”

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Daniel Jacobs To Fill In For Paul Malignaggi on Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

showtime-sportsMalignaggi Taking Precaution Following Last Week’s Loss;

Says He Will Be Ready For May 3 SHOWTIME PPV® Event

LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2014)—Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs will serve as a guest analyst for the second straight week as SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presents three world-class prizefights on Saturday, April 26, live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

Jacobs will step in for critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi, who is recovering from a tough knockout loss to IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter last week.  After the fight, Malignaggi was taken to a nearby hospital in Washington D.C.  He has since been released and is recovering comfortably at his home, but is opting to err on the side of caution for this week’s event in Los Angeles.

“I am feeling very good at this stage, but anytime you have any level of concussion, your best bet is to fully recover before doing virtually any activity,” said Malignaggi.  “There will be plenty of action on Saturday and the audience will be in good hands with Danny on the stick.  But make no mistake: I will not miss next week’s event in Las Vegas.  I have been looking forward to that fight card for some time.  I’ll be ready.”

The main event for Saturday’s tripleheader will pit interim WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman against former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz.  In the co-features, Lucas Matthysse returns from an eight-month layoff to face heavy-handed John Molina Jr., in a 10-round junior welterweight matchup and undefeated WBC Lightweight World Champion Omar Figueroa Jr., defends his title against Jerry Belmontes.  The telecast will air live, immediately following the premiere of Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana, the most recent installment of the Emmy® Award-nominated SHOWTIME Sports® series that chronicles the dramatic lives of the world’s best prizefighters.

“I had a great time filling in for Paulie last week,” said Jacobs, who will join host Brian Kenny, Mauro Ranallo, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and award-winning reporter Jim Gray on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.  “It was a tremendous honor to be part of that event and to show the fans a different side of myself.  I received terrific feedback, not only from SHOWTIME, but from the fans, my friends and family.  Obviously, Paulie’s welfare is my main concern but I know he will be back behind the mic soon.  In the meantime, I look forward to doing another great job at ringside.”

The 27-year-old Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., is coming off a first-round TKO of Milton Nunez on March 15 on the SHOWTIME EXTREME® undercard of the Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera event in Puerto Rico.  The victory was Jacob’s fifth straight win in as many fights since returning to the ring after a courageous 19-month battle against cancer and partial paralysis.

The 6-foot-1 Jacobs, who is the fifth ranked middleweight contender by the IBF and sixth by the WBC, WBA and WBO, has  won seven in a row by knockout.

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Civil Rights Game & Weekday Tripleheader Highlight May Game Schedule

mlb-networkCIVIL RIGHTS GAME AND WEEKDAY TRIPLEHEADER HIGHLIGHT MLB NETWORK’S MAY GAME SCHEDULE

Bob Costas, Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz, Sam Ryan & Tom Verducci to Call Four MLB Network Showcase Games               

Secaucus, N.J., April 24, 2014 – Major League Baseball stars Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout will be featured throughout MLB Network’s live May game schedule, which includes:

  • Prime time games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, featuring division matchups, interleague rivalries, and four MLB Network Showcase games, including the Washington Nationals against the Pittsburgh Pirates live from PNC Park on Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
  • Afternoon games on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, featuring 20 different teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
  • A Tripleheader on Thursday, May 8, featuring the Houston Astros visiting the Detroit Tigers at 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays hosting the Baltimore Orioles at 7:00 p.m. ET, and ending with the San Francisco Giants taking on rival Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • A Memorial Day prime time showdown featuring the Cincinnati Reds against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Ø  The MLB Network Showcase telecast of the eighth installment of the Civil Rights Game on Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET, featuring the Houston Astros hosting the Baltimore Orioles. Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Sam Ryan will call the game, which pays tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans.

Notes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NBA-TV-LogoNotes from NBA TV’s Playoff Coverage – Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues Thursday, April 24, with Indiana Pacers @ Atlanta Hawks (Game 3) at 7 p.m. ET

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AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Matt Winer, Baron Davis and Dennis Scott

Davis on what the Mavericks should do to get Dirk Nowitzki into rhythm:  “You have to put him in a couple of iso situations and let him hold the ball. Let him take his time on the block and that way, he can settle down. He had some good shots [in Game 1] but they were rushed and that’s from him not having patience down in an iso situation.”

Davis on how to slow down San Antonio’s Tim Duncan: “You have to have someone jabbing at the ball. You have to mix it up, show him a bunch of different looks and crowd him at the end of the game…and be as physical as you can.”

Davis on Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard: “[The Rockets] don’t have anyone that can guard him. He is the ‘x-factor’ in this series because he’s unguardable. He gets to the hole at will, he shoots the pull-up and he shoots the three. He just has a knack for scoring the basketball and being an offensive pest to [Patrick] Beverley and Jeremy Lin.”

 

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Dallas Mavericks (113) at San Antonio Spurs (92) – Series tied 1-1
Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) with Jaime Maggio (reporter)

Fratello on Dallas’ Brandan Wright matching up against Tim Duncan: “He’s not long enough and he’s not strong enough to guard [Tim] Duncan one-on-one. [Mavericks Head Coach Rick] Carlisle must decide if he wants to start double-teaming [Duncan] even though that will open up the three-point line.”

Fratello on San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli: “Along the lines of [Manu] Ginobili, he’s not afraid to try to make something happen in a game. Every once in a while, that makes a coach crazy but they realize how important he is to the team.”

Fratello on the Mavericks: “Dallas is much more aggressive in this game than San Antonio. They understand that they are fighting for their lives and don’t want to go down two games [in the series]. They are doing everything they can.”

Fratello on the physical inside play: “If you’re faint of heart, you don’t want to get in the lane tonight.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Winer, Davis, Scott

Davis on San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili: “He’s a special guy. He’s dynamic, he’s creative and he plays with a great confidence and sense of freedom. He can get hot at any moment.”

Scott on Ginobili: “Ginobili is one of the few guys in this league that when he’s on the floor he can make a jump shot, you can put the ball in his hands and let him facilitate, and he gets to the free throw line. You know he’s going to get in there and cause havoc.”

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Fratello on Mavericks guard Jose Calderon: “He’s one of those ‘feel good’ guys. When he hits his shot and he gets it going, he shoots it in bunches.”

Fratello on the Mavericks mentality in Game 2: “Dallas couldn’t put [the Spurs] away in Game 1. With a veteran team, San Antonio got the win in Game 1. Dallas came into Game 2 determined not to let that happen again.”

Fratello on the Mavericks’ Game 2 performance: “Dallas has been a more aggressive team the entire night. At the beginning of the game, they played with a confidence and aggressiveness that had San Antonio back on their heels.”


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NBA GameTime presented by Kia

Winer, Davis, Scott

Scott on Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge: “LaMarcus Aldridge is playing like an MVP right now.”

Davis on Aldridge: “He’s a mismatch problem for the Rockets. I don’t know if they have anyone who can guard him.”

Davis on Game 2 of Mavericks/Spurs: “The game got away from the Spurs and what they were establishing. The Spurs run their offense and throw it into [Tim] Duncan; [Tony] Parker comes off the pick-and-roll and beats you. As the game started to progress and Dallas gained more confidence, Dallas started to play uncharacteristically. They started to look to make individual plays and that neutralized Tim Duncan. When you’ve got your role players trying to make plays, that takes everyone out of their offense.”

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Wednesday, April 23, 2014

nba-on-tntTNT’s NBA coverage of the playoffs continues Thursday, April 24, with doubleheader action featuring the

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies at 8 p.m. ET and the Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

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Charlotte Bobcats (97) at Miami Heat (101) – Miami leads series 2-0
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst) with Rachel Nichols (reporter)
Anthony on Miami’s Chris Andersen: “Chris Andersen, think about what a coup it was for the Heat to get him, and what he provides off that bench; the size, the athleticism, the shot blocking. And he’s also – what he doesn’t get enough credit for – a great finisher in the paint.”

Anthony on Jefferson struggling through an injury: “You could see he doesn’t have the force; he’s not really able to explode and gather the way he’d like to…and not having that confidence, that you could commit, physically, is an issue.  He doesn’t play above the rim, but it [his power] allows him to gather and use his strength, and when he can’t it’s obviously an issue for him and the Bobcats.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith
Barkley on Charlotte adding Al Jefferson during the offseason: “You take your hat off to the Bobcats for signing him over the summer. That was a great pick up. He’s been unbelievable all year.”

Barkley on Dallas guard Monta Ellis: “The guy who has to step up on that team has to be Monta Ellis. At this stage of his career, he’s probably the most explosive player they got.  He’s the guy that’s got to step up. Dirk [Nowitzki] is obviously past his prime. Monta Ellis is the most explosive player on that Dallas team.”
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Anthony on Walker: “Even though he’s had his struggles tonight, his aggression has remained and that’s important for young players. You have to continue to believe in yourself.”

Anthony on Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh: “He’s always been a great shooter as a power forward but he’s extended his range as a player on the Heat roster.”

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Portland Trail Blazers (112) at Houston Rockets (105) – Portland leads series 2-0
Joel Meyers (play-by-play) and Chris Webber (analyst) with Marty Snider (reporter)

Webber on Dwight Howard’s aggressive start to the game: “You’ve heard Charles Barkley [and] you’ve heard Shaq debate how does he gets his ball, how does he be aggressive, what should he do? Well, I bet you they both agree if he takes the ball like this and goes to the hole, he’ll be hard to stop.”

Webber on Portland forward Nicolas Batum: “Nicolas Batum, the glue guy, the guy that makes it all work for this team. He’s the guy that brings it all together. Unsung, [he] doesn’t get his name called a lot. [He’s] so aggressive on the defensive end.”

Webber on Dwight Howard playing aggressively to start the game: “I see his pre-post position. You know he’s doing great with his moves, we know he works with Hakeem [Olajuwon] and he does all this…he’s being emphatic; he’s calling for the ball more; he’s being aggressive; he’s not deferring to anyone else and that’s what you want him to do.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith
Smith on Dwight Howard going to the right places on the floor on offense: “I think the only thing that Dwight will learn, and needs to learn, is regardless of if he gets the ball or not, he needs to be in certain positions on the floor.  He doesn’t consistently run to that block, run down the lane; he doesn’t consistently duck in. [It] doesn’t mean you consistently get 17 shots each night, but he has to do that [run to the right positions on the floor].”

Barkley on Houston consistently running its offense through Dwight Howard and not spreading the ball around: “This is not the way they play. It makes their offense stagnant. It takes James Harden out of the game, who’s their best player, [and] it takes Chandler Parsons out of the game.”

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Webber on Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge needing to get teammates involved while they have productive personal offensive performances: “You think about the great players throughout the history of this game…it’s always been a situation where, when they play ball, how can they make their team win? They get badmouthed when they’re doing good and they can’t keep their teammates involved. Those guys like a Kobe [Bryant], like a LeBron [James], find ways to be so dominant and keep everyone else involved.”

Webber on James Harden: “[James] Harden is so crafty. This is when you get scared. He leads the league in fourth quarter free throws. In the fourth quarter, he’s so crafty, he’s such a veteran.”

Webber on Lillard helping the Trail Blazers in a variety of ways: “When he’s missing his shots, he gives more extra effort in those areas [rebounding] to help his team and that’s what you have to like about a leader who’s an All-Star, who’s your star of your team. They can do much more, and when they can’t score they can help fill up that score box and help your team.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Kia
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal, Smith

Smith on the difference between Aldridge and Howard: “LaMarcus Aldridge is a guy who has a scoring mentality, obviously. The amount of shots Dwight Howard took in the first half, 17, and then come back with five touches is just where he is on the floor.”

O’Neal on what the Rockets need to do to get back on track: “The 1-2 punch for Houston, both guys [Howard and James Harden] have to put together two solid halves.”

O’Neal on the San Antonio Spurs: “Usually when you beat the Spurs it’s not because you beat them or outplay them, it’s because of mental mistakes. Like Pop [Gregg Popovich] said, they didn’t play good defense, turned the ball over, they didn’t hit free throws. You have to put the San Antonio Spurs and Miami in the same category. You can beat them, but can you beat them in a seven-game series?”

Barkley on Charlotte needing to sit down Al Jefferson: “The Bobcats have to sit Al Jefferson for the rest of the season. He was a great pick-up, he’s been phenomenal, had a great season, but we all know when you play basketball and you’re running up and down the court and you’re limping, you’re going to hurt another part of your body…and they’re not going to beat the Heat and I think they have to look at the big picture. Michael [Jordan] has the organization going in the right direction. They’ve got to take a serious stance.”

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30 for 30 Short Documentary Highlights Harlem Globetrotters Trip to Soviet Union During the Cold War

espn-logoESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series continues today with “From Harlem With Love,” which tells the story of the Harlem Globetrotters and their historic trip to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The documentary premiered on Grantland.

In 1959, with the Cold War still raging on, tensions between the United States and the USSR were at an all-time high. Despite the threat of nuclear war hanging in the balance and amidst intense psychological warfare, the unlikeliest of heroes stepped forward. They weren’t in a warzone or at the negotiating table, but on a basketball court. “From Harlem With Love,” directed by Matt Ogens, is the extraordinary tale of when the Harlem Globetrotters played in the heart of the Soviet Union during a time of unrest, even drawing Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to greet the players.

Matt Ogens is an accomplished filmmaker whose recent documentary, “Confessions of a Superhero,” gained a cult-like following after screenings at the prestigious SXSW and AFI film festivals, and it went on to enjoy a successful theatrical release under the Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) production banner. The film aired on The Sundance Channel and is one of the most-watched documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, and Snag Films.

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series is artfully crafted by Blue Moon. Previous films from the series can be viewed on Grantland.com.

Watch the short:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:10777821

 

21st NFL on FOX Schedule Unveiled

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San Francisco at Dallas Kicks Off AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK

Season Premiere on Sunday, Sept. 7

London is Calling – Twice: Atlanta Hosts Detroit in Earliest NFL Kickoff Ever;

Dallas Takes on Jacksonville in Week 10

New York & Los Angeles – On the heels of broadcasting Super Bowl XLVIII, the most-watched television show in U.S. history, and the most-watched NFL on FOX campaign since FOX began broadcasting NFL games in 1994, FOX Sports is set to present its 21st season of National Football League coverage.

 

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