Michigan State’s Comeback Victory in Cotton Bowl Classic is No. 1 College Football Game of 2014

  • Top 25 Games of 2014 Concludes with Top 5 Games July 31 – Aug 2 on ESPNU
  • Ohio State-Alabama, TCU-Baylor, Auburn-Ole Miss, and Notre Dame-Florida State Round Out Top 5
  • Fans Determined Order of Top 5 Games

Fans have voted Michigan State’s thrilling, come-from-behind, 42-41 victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic as the No. 1 college football game of 2014 and, as a result, it will conclude The Top 25 College Football Games of 2014 on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU. The remaining top 5 games, which will all air between Friday, July 31 and Aug. 2 on ESPNU, are as follows:

  • 2: College Football Playoff Semifinal/Sugar Bowl: Ohio State’s 42-35 victory over Alabama
  • 3: Baylor’s 61-58 victory over TCU
  • 4: Auburn’s 35-31 over Ole Miss
  • 5: Florida State’s 31-24 victory over Notre Dame.

The Top 5 games will bring to an end the two-week Top 25 College Football Games of 2014 series which began on Monday, July 20. The remaining programming schedule is as follows:

ESPNU Top 25 College Football Games of 2014 Programming Schedule

Date Time (ET) Ranking Matchup
Tue, July 28 7 p.m. No. 14 Clemson (17) at Florida State (23) (overtime)
  10 p.m. No. 13 Central Michigan (48) vs. Western Kentucky (49)
Wed, July 29 7 p.m. No. 12 Auburn (44) vs. Alabama (55)
  10 p.m. No. 10 Arizona (31) at Oregon (24)
Thu, July 30 7 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M (41) at Auburn (38)
  10 p.m. No. 8 Georgia Tech (30) at Georgia (24)
Fri, July 31 7 p.m. No. 6 Alabama (17) at Ole Miss (23)
  10 p.m. No. 5 Notre Dame (27) at Florida State (31)
Sat, Aug 1 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn (35) at Ole Miss (31)
  10  p.m. No. 3 TCU (58)  at Baylor (61)
Sun, Aug 2 7 p.m. No. 2 CFP Semifinal/Sugar Bowl: Alabama (35) vs. Ohio State (42)
10 p.m. No. 1 Cotton Bowl Classic: Michigan State (42) vs. Baylor (41)

No. 11 and No. 7 will not be televised due to rights restrictions

After ESPN’s Stats & Info determined games No. 25 through No. 6, fan voting was utilized to determine the order of the top 5 games.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner

@ESPNTennis Updates – July 28, 2015

@ESPNTennis: US Open Series Starts in Atlanta on Road to New York; Nadal on ESPN3 from Hamburg

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Emirates Airline US Open Series starts this week in Atlanta with the ATP BB&T Atlanta Open, the first of eight hard-court events (four ATP, three WTA, one combined) across North America in five weeks. ESPN3 coverage from Atlanta is daily, totaling 30 hours, while ESPN2 airs a semifinal Saturday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. (ESPN3 has the other at 8 p.m.) and the championship on Sunday at 3 p.m.   Tom Rinaldi will call the action alongside Patrick McEnroe with Brad Gilbert courtside. Defending champion John Isner is one of three Americans among the top seeds, joined by No. 3 Jack Sock and No. 6 Steve Johnson.

In addition, ESPN3 has weeklong coverage of the ATP German Open Tennis Championships from Hamburg, including Saturday’s semifinals at 7 a.m. and Sunday’s championship at 7 a.m. Rafael Nadal leads the field at this clay court even.

The US Open Series continues next week with the WTA Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., starting on ESPN3 on Monday, Aug. 3.

 

@ESPNTennis:  Mylan World TeamTennis Conference Championships Thursday on ESPN3; Finals Sunday on ESPN2; Washington Seeks Fifth Straight Title
The 40th season of Mylan World TeamTennis concludes this week with the Eastern and Western Conference Championships on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m., and the finals live on ESPN2 on Sunday, August 2, at 1 p.m.

The Washington Kastles – with the superstar team of Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Venus Williams and Sam Querrey – have secured the No.1 spot and home-court advantage for the East and are seeking the first ever five-peat in professional team tennis. The Kastles’ opponent could be determined tonight in a match between The Philadelphia Freedoms – joined by 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist CoCo Vandeweghe – and The Boston Lobsters.

For the West, the Austin Aces clinched the top-seed and will be playing their first postseason match in franchise history on their new home court at Gregory Gymnasium at The University of Texas, joined by the California Dream who confirmed a place in the conference championships in their debut year in the league.

The winners of Thursday’s matches will meet for the Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, August 2, live on ESPN3 at 11:30 a.m., with ESPN2 joining the action at 1 p.m.

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ESPN Digital Media in June: No. 1 in Sports Category for 16th Straight Month

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30 percent share of sports category is more than Nos. 2 and 3 properties combined; In third month after launch, new ESPN.com reaches 51 million fans; espnW and Grantland continue growth trend with second-most uniques ever for both sites.

ESPN Digital Media reached 72.4 million unique visitors in the U.S., topping the sports category for the 16th straight month. Fans spent nearly 80 minutes per user with ESPN content across platforms, more time than any of the other top 100 properties in the sports category.

DigitalStats15.6Overall, ESPN accounted for 30.3 percent of all sports category usage on digital platforms, more than the Nos. 2 and 3 properties combined (MLB had 13.8 percent, Yahoo! Sports-NBC Sports Network 10.9 percent).

The new ESPN.com garnered 50.8 million total unique visitors in the third month since launch its April 1 launch, while 37.2 million people visited the site via smartphones and tablets. 60 percent of ESPN.com users in June exclusively accessed the site on a mobile device.

More results from the June comScore Multi-Platform report:

  • The FIFA Women’s World Cup helped espnW notch its second-largest monthly unique visitor total ever with 7.8 million, trailing only the high set in April 2015.
  • Grantland followed a record setting May with its second-highest monthly unique visitor count ever with 6.9 million in June.
  • 8 million unique users accessed ESPN web and app content on smartphones and tablets, which means more fans accessed ESPN content from mobile devices only than any other sports property attracted across all platforms. ESPN mobile visitors generated 3.4 billion minutes of usage.
  • 67 percent of ESPN’s unique users – 48.2 million people – exclusively accessed content on smartphones and tablets. This is the 15th consecutive month that more than half of ESPN’s digital users came only from mobile devices.
  • 58 percent of all time spent with ESPN digital content was consumed by mobile device users, the 14th consecutive month smartphones and tablets contributed a larger share of usage to ESPN’s digital total than desktop and laptop computers.
  • ESPN accounted for the top two sports apps on smartphones and tablets in June. The ESPN app topped the category for unique visitors with 16.2 million, and WatchESPN was second with 5.0 million.
  • ESPN’s portfolio of apps generated 2.0 billion minutes of usage, accounting for 36 percent of all time spent with apps in the Sports Category, 64 percent higher than the No. 2 property (MLB, 22 percent)
  • ESPN reached 11.6 million people per day via smartphones in June, more than the next two sports properties combined (Bleacher Report-Turner Sports Network, 4.7 million; Yahoo Sports-NBC Sports Network, 4.1 million).
  • In the average day in June ESPN web and app properties were accessed by 5.2 million millennial males (age 18-34) via smartphones. ESPN ranked sixth among the more than 6,000 mobile entities reported by comScore, ahead of Pandora (4.7 million), Twitter (4.5 million) and Buzzfeed (1.2 million), among many others.

Additional results from ESPN Research & Analytics:

  • 8 million unique devices streamed WatchESPN and ESPN3 content in June, as viewers spent 989 million minutes with programming across all platforms.1
  • Fans watched 359.9 million ESPN digital video clips in June across all touch points.1
  • 68 percent of all ESPN platform clips (305.7 million) were viewed on computers, 26 percent on phones and tablets, and 6 percent on connected TVs.1
  • ESPN’s top story in June was a report about Kevin Love opting out of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which received 3.6 million views. The top four stories in June were Cavaliers-related, and eight of the top 10 stories were NBA-related.1

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  • ESPN networks and ABC sports television content generated 25.2 million tweets in June, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all TV-related activity during the month.2
  • 3 million unique authors wrote tweets about ESPN/ABC Sports content, representing almost half of all those tweeting about TV in June. 2

1 Source: Adobe Analytics
2 Source: Nielsen SocialGuide

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Ota, ESPN                      860.766.9581 or kevin.r.ota@espn.com
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Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 on ESPN – Monday, July 27

 

  • Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi host coverage at 7 p.m. ET
  • com coverage continues with powerful features
  • ESPN Images capturing the action of the World Games

ESPN’s global coverage of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, the largest sporting and humanitarian event in 2015, began with live coverage of the Games’ star-studded Opening Ceremony on Saturday, July 24.

Each night throughout the Games, ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak and Kevin Neghandhi will host, Special Olympics World Games LA 2015, being produced from ESPN’s downtown Los Angeles Production Center.  The show includes interviews with athletes and special guests, as well as a daily “competition showcase” segment that will feature play-by-play calls from the day’s action by ESPN’s Jason Benetti and reporting from Paralympic gold medal swimmer Victoria Arlen.  In addition, reports from ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap and Marty Smith, as well as Special Olympics Global Messenger Dustin Plunkett will contribute to ESPN’s coverage. 

On tonight’s show:

  • UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – New Jersey Triathletes: ESPN’s Marty Smith tells the story of a New Jersey Triathlon team and coach, as the sport makes its Special Olympics World Games debut in 2015.
  • WORDS HURT: in a powerful essay, Jeremy Schaap examines the power of words, and how we – unfortunately – often use them to hurt each other.
  • TRIPLE OLYMPIANS: Paralympic medalist Victoria Arlen sits down poolside with Olympic legend Michael Phelps and Canadian Special Olympics Swimmer Kelsey Wyse.
  • COMPETITION SHOWCASE: Jason Benetti and Victoria Arlen provide coverage from the swimming competitions at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatic Center.


ICYMI
:  For those that missed yesterday’s Special Olympics World Games LA 2015, highlights included:

  • HOMETOWN HEROES – TIM SHRIVER: Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts spoke with Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International, about how much the movement his mother started has grown over more than 40 years and how she trusted sports to be a revolutionary tool.  HERE
  • ESPN SPORT SCIENCE – JACKIE BARRETT: The team at Sport Science examines the strength of Canadian power lifter Jackie Barrett, who squats more than 500 pounds and deadlifts nearly 600.

 

ESPN DIGITAL FEATURES & COVERAGE
ESPN.com’s extensive coverage of the Special Olympics World Games, continues with news and feature stories examining the people and topics of the Special Olympics World Games, the wider movement, exclusive athlete blogs, photo galleries and an extensive lineup of video features.

Among the highlighted coverage, is:

  • THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD: When athlete Chevi Peters felt his weakest, he wanted to “end it all” — until Special Olympics powerlifting helped him find his strength. HERE
  • MEET THE ATHLETES: Portraits of Special Olympics athletes from around the world. HERE
  • ‘ALL I EVER DID WAS TEACH A CHILD WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY TO SWIM.’ That was Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s response to her son, Tim Shriver, when he was trying to convince her to write a book.  ESPN’s Melissa Isaacson talks to Tim and Maria Shriver about how they, along with star athletes like Michael Phelps and Abby Wambach, are continuing their mother’s message of inclusion. HERE

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE
ESPN Images and ESPN Digital Media photographers are capturing photos from around the Special Olympics World Games throughout the week, including these:

Los Angeles, CA - July 26, 2015 - Uytengsu Aquatics Center: Aquatics during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 26, 2015 – Uytengsu Aquatics Center: Aquatics during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 25, 2015 - Loker Stadium: Olivia Quigley of team USA  participating in track & field during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 25, 2015 – Loker Stadium: Olivia Quigley of team USA participating in track & field during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Kohjiro Kinno / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA - July 26, 2015 - Uytengsu Aquatics Center: Aquatics during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Los Angeles, CA – July 26, 2015 – Uytengsu Aquatics Center: Aquatics during the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full collection of ESPN Images photos from the event, available for use in editorial coverage, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1TZgIuh

COVERAGE SCHEDULE

Day/Date Program Time (ET) Network
Sun, July 26 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 12 midnight ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN
Mon, July 27 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Tue, July 28 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Wed, July 29 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Thur, July 30 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Fri, July 31 Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Sat, Aug 1 ESPN on ABC Sports Saturday (reair) 4 p.m. ABC
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 2 a.m. ESPN2
Fri, Aug 7 Best of Special Olympics World Games LA2015 7 p.m. ESPN
Sat, Aug 8 Best of Special Olympics World Games LA2015 (reair) 4 p.m. ABC

 

ESPN and The Special Olympics
ESPN is proud of its relationship with the Special Olympics, which spans more than 30 years. It is the official media partner of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, and along with ABC, the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America – which carried the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles. Additionally, since 2013 ESPN has been the Global Presenting Sponsor and Official Media Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which bring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together as teammates.

ESPN’s support of the Special Olympics is part of The Walt Disney Company’s company-wide support, which includes Disney’s role as a Founding Champion of the LA2015 World Games.

Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored tradition at both ESPN and the wider Walt Disney Company.

ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s most pressing needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.

The Walt Disney Company, through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteering, helps to brighten the lives of kids and families in need and strengthen communities around the world. In 2013, the Company donated nearly $370 million in cash, in-kind support and products, and Disney VoluntEARS gave over 667,000 hours of service. For more information visit, thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship or twitter.com/disneycitizenship.

 

Contact: Paul Melvin (860-766-5069 or paul.melvin@espn.com )

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball: Dodgers-Pirates Aug. 9; Giants-Pirates Aug 23; Cubs-Dodgers Aug. 30

ESPN announced today it has made its game selections for the Aug. 9, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 editions of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. On Aug. 9, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw will visit the Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen at PNC Park. Returning to PNC Park, the Pirates will host the San Francisco Giants and Madison Bumgarner on Aug. 23. On Aug. 30, the Dodgers will host the Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant at Dodger Stadium.

All Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecasts start at 8 p.m. ET and are also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and via WatchESPN.

Scheduled commentators

Dan Shulman, in his fifth year as the voice of Sunday Night Baseball, is scheduled to provide commentary for both telecasts with analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney. Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton are scheduled to describe the action for ESPN Radio.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede both telecasts with a one-hour, pre-game show at 7 p.m. On Aug. 9, Karl Ravech, will be joined by analyst Aaron Boone, reporter Tim Kurkjian and on-site reporter Nicole Briscoe prior to the Dodgers-Pirates game. On Aug. 30, Adnan Virk will host alongside Boone and Kurkjian for the Cubs-Dodgers matchup.

On deck – the Washington Nationals will visit the New York Mets, August 2, on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. Shulman will be joined by Schilling, Kruk, and Olney to call the telecast at Citi Field.

Sunday Night Baseball upcoming schedule:

Date Telecast
Aug. 2 Washington Nationals at New York Mets presented by Taco Bell
Aug. 9 Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by Taco Bell
Aug. 16 TBD
Aug. 23 San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by Taco Bell
Aug. 30 Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers presented by Taco Bell

 

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com (@Ben_ESPN);

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or gianina.thompston@espn.com (@Gianina_ESPN).

SportsCenter Special: Cowboys Training Camp to Air August 4 in Primetime on ESPN

Live Two-Hour Special to Provide an Inside Look at the NFC East Champions

Kenny Mayne Hosts with Jon Gruden and Darren Woodson

Photos via ESPN Images

For the second year in a row, ESPN will present a rare inside look at a National Football League team practice. SportsCenter Special: Cowboys Training Camp will air in primetime on Tuesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). The two-hour special will feature live on-field coverage as Tony Romo and the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys take the field for a training camp workout at the River Ridge Playing Fields in Oxnard, Calif.

A year ago, ESPN hosted a similar show spotlighting the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne will again host this year’s special with Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden and studio analyst Darren Woodson. The trio will also appear in SportsCenter segments from Oxnard earlier in the day.

Head coach Jason Garrett will lead the Cowboys through team workouts, including offense, defense and situational work. During these drills, Super Bowl-winning head coach Gruden and Woodson, the hard-hitting safety who won three Super Bowls and played his entire 13-year NFL career with the Cowboys, will share their insights.

Interviews with Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and others will be part of the telecast.

“The Cowboys are one of the signature franchises in all of sports, and there’s always so much interest in the team, especially going into a new season,” said ESPN’s Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman, who will produce the special. “We had great success with our training camp special last year and we thank Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett and the Cowboys for this unique opportunity to take fans inside one of their practices live in primetime on ESPN.”

The idea for this type of pro football training camp special was born from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Gameday telecast in April 2014 when the network offered two hours of batting practice coverage before a Texas Rangers-Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Adnan Virk hosted the special on the field with analysts Eduardo Perez, Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

The SportsCenter Special featuring the Cowboys is part of ESPN’s three weeks of on-site NFL Training Camp coverage.

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ESPN’s Coverage of NFL Training Camps

 

Date NFL Team On-Site Commentator(s)
Sat, Jul 25 Minnesota Vikings Ben Goessling
Sun, Jul 26 Minnesota Vikings Ben Goessling
Pittsburgh Steelers Jeremy Fowler
Mon, Jul 27 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Live: Trey Wingo, Jerome Bettis, Ryan Clark, Merril Hoge and Josina Anderson
Jacksonville Jaguars Mike DiRocco
Wed, Jul 29 Dallas Cowboys Todd Archer
New England Patriots Sal Paolantonio
New York Jets Rich Cimini
Thu, Jul 30 Dallas Cowboys Todd Archer
New England Patriots Sal Paolantonio
Green Bay Packers Rob Demovsky
Washington Redskins John Keim
  Denver Broncos Jeff Legwold
New York Giants Dan Graziano
Fri, Jul 31 Denver Broncos Jeff Legwold, Jay Harris, Tom Jackson, Adam Schefter
New England Patriots Sal Paolantonio
Buffalo Bills Mike Rodak
Seattle Seahawks John Clayton
Sat, Aug 1 Indianapolis Colts Mike Wells
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Josina Anderson
Sun, Aug 2 Tennessee Titans Paul Kuharsky
Philadelphia Eagles Sal Paolantonio
Mon, Aug 3 Carolina Panthers David Newton
Detroit Lions Michael Rothstein
Tue, Aug 4 Dallas Cowboys TBD
Cleveland Browns Bob Holtzman
Wed, Aug 5 Seattle Seahawks John Clayton
Chicago Bears Jeff Dickerson
Thu, Aug 6 New York Giants Dan Graziano
Oakland Raiders Shelley Smith
Fri, Aug 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pat Yasinskas, Lindsay Czarniak, Ron Jaworski
Sat, Aug 8 Houston Texans/Washington Redskins joint practice Tania Ganguli, John Keim, Matt Barrie, Ryan Clark, Louis Riddick
Sun, Aug 9 St. Louis Rams Nick Wagoner
Mon, Aug 10 Kansas City Chiefs Adam Teicher
Atlanta Falcons Vaughn McClure
Miami Dolphins James Walker
Tue, Aug 11 Cincinnati Bengals Coley Harvey
Baltimore Ravens Sal Paolantonio
Wed, Aug 12 Arizona Cardinals Pedro Gomez
San Diego Chargers Eric Williams
Wed, Aug 19 New England Patriots/New Orleans Saints joint practice Mike Triplett, Britt McHenry

*Subject to change

 

 

ESPN Kicks Off NFL Training Camp Coverage This Weekend

Special Edition of NFL Live on Monday from Steelers Camp with Trey Wingo, Jerome Bettis, Ryan Clark and Merril Hoge

ESPN kicks off three weeks of NFL training camp coverage this weekend. NFL Nation reporter Ben Goessling will be in Mankato, Minn., covering Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings (Sat. and Sun.), while Jeremy Fowler will be with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Latrobe, Pa., on Sunday.

On Monday (July 27), ESPN’s NFL Live will be with the Steelers at Saint Vincent College as Trey Wingo hosts the show (3:30-4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) on the road with NFL analysts and former Steelers Jerome Bettis (a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015), Ryan Clark and Merril Hoge. Reporter Josina Anderson will also be on-site.

SportsCenter will send three anchors on the road – Jay Harris (Broncos, July 31), Lindsay Czarniak (Buccaneers, Aug 7) and Matt Barrie (Texans-Redskins joint practice, Aug 8) – for on-site training camp coverage. At each stop, they will be joined by ESPN NFL analysts and insiders. In total, ESPN’s flagship news and information show anticipates covering 30 of the 32 NFL camps through mid-August.

In addition to the SportsCenter anchors, ESPN will rely on its bureau reporters and ESPN.com NFL Nation team reporters, who will contribute on-site reports and daily look-ahead stories highlighting what to watch for at each camp. Tentative schedule:

Date NFL Team On-Site Commentator(s)
Sat, Jul 25 Minnesota Vikings Ben Goessling
Sun, Jul 26 Minnesota Vikings Ben Goessling
Pittsburgh Steelers Jeremy Fowler
Mon, Jul 27 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Live: Trey Wingo, Jerome Bettis, Ryan Clark, Merril Hoge and Josina Anderson
Jacksonville Jaguars Mike DiRocco
Wed, Jul 29 Dallas Cowboys Todd Archer
New England Patriots Sal Paolantonio
New York Jets Rich Cimini
Thu, Jul 30 Dallas Cowboys Todd Archer
New England Patriots Sal Paolantonio
Green Bay Packers Rob Demovsky
Washington Redskins John Keim
  Denver Broncos Jeff Legwold
Fri, Jul 31 Denver Broncos Jeff Legwold, Jay Harris, Tom Jackson, Adam Schefter
New England Patriots Sal Paolantonio
Buffalo Bills Mike Rodak
Seattle Seahawks John Clayton
Sat, Aug 1 Indianapolis Colts Mike Wells
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Josina Anderson
Sun, Aug 2 Tennessee Titans Paul Kuharsky
Philadelphia Eagles Sal Paolantonio
Mon, Aug 3 Carolina Panthers David Newton
Detroit Lions Michael Rothstein
Tue, Aug 4 Dallas Cowboys TBD
Cleveland Browns Bob Holtzman
Wed, Aug 5 Seattle Seahawks John Clayton
Chicago Bears Jeff Dickerson
Thu, Aug 6 New York Giants Dan Graziano
Oakland Raiders Shelley Smith
Fri, Aug 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pat Yasinskas, Lindsay Czarniak, Ron Jaworski
Sat, Aug 8 Houston Texans/Washington Redskins joint practice Tania Ganguli, John Keim, Matt Barrie, Ryan Clark, Louis Riddick
Sun, Aug 9 St. Louis Rams Nick Wagoner
Mon, Aug 10 Kansas City Chiefs Adam Teicher
Miami Dolphins James Walker
Tue, Aug 11 Cincinnati Bengals Coley Harvey
Baltimore Ravens Sal Paolantonio
Wed, Aug 12 Arizona Cardinals Pedro Gomez
San Diego Chargers Eric Williams
Wed, Aug 19 New England Patriots/New Orleans Saints joint practice Mike Triplett, Britt McHenry

*Subject to change

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ESPN Statement on Colin Cowherd’s Comments

“Some of Colin’s comments yesterday referencing the Dominican Republic were inappropriate and do not reflect ESPN’s values of respect for all communities. Colin’s on-air response today addressed the importance of making sure his opinions are fact-based and responsible for all people.”

ESPN to Televise NBA Africa Game 2015

ESPN will televise NBA Africa Game 2015 – the first NBA game played in Africa – live on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. ET. The game will emanate from Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa, and will air exclusively on ESPN in the U.S. The game will also be available on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.

 Marc Kestecher (NBA on ESPN Radio) will provide commentary on ESPN, alongside analyst Doris Burke (NBA on ESPN).

NBA Africa Game 2015 will feature a Team Africa versus Team World format. Current NBA players from Africa, or second-generation African players, will square off against current NBA players from the rest of the world, including the U.S. Rosters are below.

Team Africa Team World
Luol Deng (captain) Chris Paul (captain)
Al-Farouq Aminu Bradley Beal
Giannis Antetokounmpo Trey Burke
Nicolas Batum Kenneth Faried

 

Bismack Biyombo Marc Gasol
Boris Diaw Pau Gasol
Gorgui Dieng Jeff Green
Festus Ezeli Evan Turner
Serge Ibaka* Nikola Vucevic
Luc Mbah A Moute X
Nazr Mohammed X
Gregg Popovich (coach) Lionel Hollins (coach)

*will not play due to injury

For more information on NBA Africa Game 2015, visit nba.com/africa; Facebook.com/NBAAfrica and Twitter @NBA_Africa and use the hashtag #NBAAfricaGame.

Note: ESPN2 will re-air the telecast on the same day, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m.

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