Fox Sports Provides Extended On-Site Coverage From Arizona For Super Bowl XLIX

Fox-NFL-2014FOX SPORTS LIVE and AMERICA’S PREGAME From Set Outside

University of Phoenix Stadium

Embedded Reporters with Both Teams, Daily Player and Coach Interviews

Live Postgame Show Outside Stadium Immediately Following

Los Angeles – All eyes turn to greater Phoenix next week as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks travel to the desert to square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. In anticipation of the championship showdown, FOX Sports has all hands on deck, providing comprehensive on-site coverage for the week’s festivities in Arizona.

FOX Sports 1’s flagship studio programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE feature extended segments from a remote set outside the stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with host Joel Klatt and FOX Sports 1 NFL analysts Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Dave Wannstedt, breaking down all of the critical matchups and storylines surrounding the big game. Nightly reports come from embedded FOX Sports 1 NFL reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots), while current and former NFL stars also make guest appearances for interviews on set.

On Friday, the gang is joined for special appearances by FOX NFL SUNDAY analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long, in addition to lead NFL on FOX game analyst Troy Aikman.

Capping off coverage for the week is an immediate Super Bowl postgame show following the game’s final moments that includes reaction from McNabb, Moss, Wannstedt and NFL on FOX game analyst John Lynch. Also included are press conferences from an array of podiums in addition to Garafolo and Schrager contributing from inside the stadium with live interviews from players and coaches from both sides.

FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, carries all of FOX Sports 1’s Super Bowl programming during the week.

FOXSports.com features news, opinions, statistics and analysis surrounding the game, including the week’s top stories from FOXSports.com Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez. @TheBuzzer, FOX Sports’ daily video series that features quick commentary on breaking news and hot topics, is on the scene for several of the week’s biggest events, including daily segments from Radio Row, in addition to extensive coverage of Tuesday’s Media Day.

FOX Deportes, the leading Spanish-language sports network presents CENTRAL FOX and FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO from Arizona starting Saturday, Jan. 24. CENTRAL FOX, the networks signature news program is super-sized for the Super Bowl. Hosted by Jose Pablo Coello and Ernesto del Valle provides around-the-clock coverage on top storylines and special interviews all week. Valeria Marin takes fans around the city and inside the media frenzy surrounding Super Bowl XLVI on FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO.  FOX Sports GO will also carry all of FOX Deportes’ Super Bowl programming.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: College Hoops, UFC, Motor Sports and More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

FOX COLLEGE HOOPS: Coach K Looks for Milestone 1,000th Win Sunday on FOX

UFC on FOX: FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT Pits Gustafsson vs. Johnson for Shot At Light Heavyweight Title

MOTOR SPORTS: Iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona Endurance Race Opens Sports Car Racing Season on FOX

#ICYMI: Jon Jones Exclusive Interview http://foxs.pt/1xzys2H

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

COACH K GOES FOR WIN NO. 1,000 VS. ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When/Talent:
    • Wednesday, Jan. 21:
      • Marquette at St. John’s
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Tarik Turner
      • Creighton at Butler
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
    • Thursday, Jan. 22:
      • DePaul at No. 24 Seton Hall
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Jim Spanarkel
      • Xavier at Providence
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Ron Thompson
      • UTEP at Western Kentucky
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Mike Jarvis
      • Washington at Colorado
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:30 PM ET)
      • Aaron Goldsmtih and Donny Marshall
    • Friday, Jan. 23:
      • Seton Hall at Villanova (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Lisa Byington and Sarah Kustok
      • Creighton at DePaul (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson
    • Saturday, Jan. 24:
      • DePaul at Xavier
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Dick Stockton and Jim Jackson
      • Middle Tennessee at Charlotte (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Jason Knapp and Debbie Antonelli
      • West Virginia at Kansas (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
      • Georgetown at Marquette
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Dickie Simpkins
    • Sunday, Jan. 25:
      • No. 5 Duke at St. John’s
      • FOX & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and Molly McGrath
      • Butler at Xavier (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
      • Tiffany Greene and Sarah Kustok
      • No. 24 Seton Hall at Butler
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (3:00 PM ET)
      • Kevin Kugler and Ron Thompson
      • Iowa State at No. 8 Texas (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:30 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
      • Creighton at No. 4 Villanova
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Jim Spanarkel
    • Tuesday, Jan. 27:
      • Xavier at Georgetown
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Bill Raftery
      • DePaul at Providence
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Vin Parise
    • Wednesday, Jan. 28:
      • No. 24 Seton Hall at Marquette
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Brian Anderson and Nick Bahe
      • St. John’s at Creighton
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Kevin Kugler and Bob Wenzel
  • This Week: Already with more victories than any coach in NCAA men’s basketball history, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski makes his first attempt at becoming the first men’s head college basketball coach to reach 1,000 career wins Sunday, Jan. 25 (2:00 PM ET) against St. John’s on the FOX broadcast network. Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson have the call, and Molly McGrath patrols the sidelines at Madison Square Garden as Coach K goes for the milestone victory in the same building where he broke Bob Knight’s career wins record in November 2011. FOX Sports GO, the app that provides FOX Sports content at home or on the go, presents “Coach K Cam,” a special camera focused on Krzyzewski to capture his full range of emotions throughout the game. “Coach K Cam” is available free and unauthenticated to all users on FOX Sports GO.

MARQUETTE HEAD COACH STEVE WOJCIECHOWSKI JOINS FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF SUNDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Ben Howland, Donny Marshall and Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski
  • This Week: Host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Ben Howland and Donny Marshall are joined by Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski, a former player and assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, live in the Los Angeles studio to preview No. 5 Duke at St. John’s. The half-hour pregame show features segments from FOX Sports analyst Bill Raftery’s sit-down interview with Coach K, as well as taped messages from Duke icons like Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Chris Collins and J.J. Redick to their former mentor as he sits on the cusp of 1,000 career wins. The pregame also features live hits from Madison Square Garden before tipoff, at halftime and postgame.

BILL RAFTERY GOES 1-ON-1 WITH DUKE’S MIKE KRZYZEWSKI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Bill Raftery and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • This Week: FOX Sports college basketball analyst Bill Raftery sits down with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski this week, as Coach K attempts to become the first men’s basketball coach in NCAA history to amass 1,000 career wins.

INSIDE THE BIG EAST LEADS IN TO DUKE-ST. JOHN’S PREGAME

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Don Bell, Austin Croshere and Ben Howland
  • This Week: INSIDE THE BIG EAST makes its broadcast debut on Sunday, leading into the FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF pregame show. This week’s show features a profile on DePaul sophomore Billy Garrett Jr., who battles sickle cell disease and is working to bring awareness to the affliction. Also this week, FOX Sports college basketball analyst Ron Thompson sits down for an interview with his father, former Georgetown head coach John Thompson; Austin Croshere gives his latest conference power rankings; and behind-the-scenes access, top plays of the week and more.

STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW COVERAGE; SCHRAGER AND KLATT AT SENIOR BOWL IN ALABAMA; COACH K 1,000 WIN WATCH

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, John Lynch, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: A gauntlet that began with strenuous training camp practices in the heat of summer more than five months ago, the National Football League draws to its dramatic close next with the playing of Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are set to face off in a tremendous matchup of each conference’s respective No. 1 seeds. FOX SPORTS LIVE has it covered with breakdowns of all of the biggest storylines surrounding the game. Beginning Monday of next week, embedded reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots) provide updates from the teams’ compounds as they continue preparations for the big game. The closing of the Super Bowl marks the beginning of the much-anticipated draft season and this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., is a huge part of the annual process. Heading up FOX Sports 1 draft coverage this year are Schrager and Joel Klatt, who are on hand at the annual all-star game, talking to coaches and personnel executives in advance of next month’s Combine in Indianapolis. As part of their coverage, Schrager and Klatt will release mock drafts and player rankings throughout the draft process and this week marked their first installment. Legendary Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is closing in on his 1,000th career victory, a feat he could accomplish on Sunday at St. John’s on FOX. FOX SPORTS LIVE will have full postgame coverage from site, including a number of specially prepared production elements celebrating Coach K’s fantastic career. ICYM – Monday night’s show included an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, his first public comments since reports of his positive drug test for cocaine and brief visit to rehab.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS; GLAZER REPORTS WEDNESDAY ON PATRIOTS CONTROVERSY; DAILY SUPER BOWL ANALYSIS, IN-STUDIO AND FROM SITE, NEW TIME NEXT MONDAY JAN. 26

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET); switching to 5:00 PM ET, beginning Jan. 26
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Wednesday night’s show includes a satellite interview with FOX NFL insider and show contributor Jay Glazer, who will address the swirling reports that the New England Patriots did in fact use deflated footballs in the 45-7 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts during last week’s AFC Championship Game. Closing this week and beginning immediately at the start of next week, FOX Sports 1 NFL insiders Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots) report from the respective team compounds in advance of Super Bowl XLIX. Schrager also delivers daily reports from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., updating prospects’ stocks and analyzing team needs and possible fits in the 2015 Draft. Programming Note: Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, APG will move to its new time, 5:00 PM ET.

SOCCER

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND BEGINS FRIDAY ON FOX SPORTS

  • What: FOX Sports’ exclusive live coverage of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament, continues this week with eight games from Friday, Jan. 23 to Monday, Jan. 26 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 with fourth-round action. Manchester United and Cambridge United face off in true David and Goliath fashion on Friday on FOX Sports 1. Saturday’s matches feature Liverpool and Manchester City in action, while Sunday is highlighted by the Championship’s Brighton & Hove Albion taking on Arsenal.
  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Cambridge United vs. Manchester United, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (2:30 PM ET)
    • Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (9:30 AM ET)
    • Birmingham City vs. West Brom, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (9:55 AM ET)
    • Liverpool vs. Bolton Wanderers, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (12:25 PM ET)
    • Bristol City vs. West Ham United, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (8:55 AM ET)
    • Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth, FOX Soccer Plus/FOX Soccer 2Go, Sunday, Jan. 25 (9:55 AM ET)
    • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (10:55 AM ET)
    • Rochdale vs. Stoke City, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Monday. Jan. 26 (2:55 PM ET)
  • Talent: FOX Sports 1’s coverage begins with the 30-minute FA CUP MATCH DAY pregame show on Friday at 2:30 PM ET and on Saturday at 9:30 AM ET and 12:00 PM ET. Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and former U.S. Men’s National Team and current Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden. Stone, Wynalda, Barton and Holden review matchups and provide commentary on the fourth round action live from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles.

UFC

SATURDAY’S FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT COMES DOWN TO GUSTAFSSON’S FOOTWORK VS. JOHNSON’S POWER, SAYS CORMIER: This week FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON on Saturday, Jan. 24 (8:00 PM ET) live on FOX features Swedish superstar and No. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson versus No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to determine the next light heavyweight title challenger facing champion Jon Jones. UFC on FOX analyst and No. 2 ranked light heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who just lost his own title shot to Jones earlier this month, believes a clash of styles is what makes this a fight fans can’t miss: “This is a very good fight between two of the best in the division. Gustafsson’s footwork, boxing and agility versus Johnson’s power, his ability to walk people down and get big punches on them make this a very interesting fight.” For more on the breakdown, watch here: http://youtu.be/xQaWhHxjSuM

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Jon Anik, with Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann as analysts, breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani and Gareth A Davies interview fighters during the show.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: Host Anik and analysts Cormier and Stann break down the exciting night including the much anticipated light heavyweight fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. They also analyze the other match-ups on the main card and prelims.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE SIX EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature six exciting fights, as Nico Musoke (13-3, 1NC) faces Albert Tumenov (14-2) and Kenny Robertson (14-3) takes on Sultan Aliev (13-1)        in two exciting welterweight bouts. Featherweights Andy Ogle (9-5) and Makwan Amirkhani (10-2) scrap it out, while light heavyweights Nikita Krylov (17-4) and Stanislav Nedkov (12-1, 1NC) face off. Mairbek Taisumov (22-5) and Anthony Christodoulou (12-1) battle in a lightweight clash, and featherweights Mirsad Bektic (8-0) and Paul Redmond (10-4) open the PRELIMS.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Curt Menefee, Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann  (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. JOHNSON is headlined by a clash of top-ranked light heavyweights, as No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) meets No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) in the main event. In addition, the main card features three more exciting matchups, including a clash between former Strikeforce Champions Dan Henderson (30-12) and No. 8 ranked middleweight Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2) in a middleweight bout. No. 5 Phil Davis (13-2, 1NC) faces No. 7 Ryan Bader (19-4) in another key light heavyweight bout. Akira Corassani (14-6-1) and Sam Sicilia kick off the main card on FOX with a featherweight fight.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Anik and analysts Cormier and Stann breaking down the key light heavyweight fights on the main card. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: ULTIMATE 8 DIAZ, MELENDEZ’S TAKEDOWN, DOS ANJOS INTERVIEW AND ROUSEY’S WARRIOR CODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: In the Ultimate 8: Nick Diaz – Joe Rogan boldly ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz’s unforgettable career. Then, Gilbert Melendez offers rare insight into life inside MMA’s most guarded team, the Skrap Pack, and his friendship with the enigmatic Diaz brothers. The world’s number-one lightweight contender, Rafael Dos Anjos, joins host Anik in studio, as he readies to dethrone UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185. Plus, UFC superstar Ronda Rousey reveals the warrior code that has driven her to become one of the world’s most popular – and dominant – athletes.

UFC COUNTDOWN UFC 183: PROFILES SILVA VS. DIAZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz
  • This Week: Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz prepare to return to the Octagon in a main event of epic proportions. Countdown to UFC 183 goes behind the scenes with two legendary mixed martial artists, as “The Spider” works his way back from a horrendous injury and Diaz re-enters the spotlight after an extended hiatus. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum and lightweights Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 137: PENN VS. DIAZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Nick Diaz
  • This Week: Former UFC Champion BJ Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon in a matchup of fan favorites. Go into the training camps of these two laid-back athletes, then watch them switch into battle mode on Fight Night on MAIN EVENT: UFC 137.

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 148: SILVA VS. SONNEN II

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen
  • This Week: The first fight between longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and silver-tongued challenger Chael Sonnen was an instant classic. The buildup to the rematch was even more intense. See how both men trained to ensure a very different outcome, then witness the most anticipated fight in the sport’s history on MAIN EVENT: UFC 148.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FOX FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES ROCKY JUAREZ VS. ROBINSON CASTELLANOS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi
  • This Week: Golden Boy Promotions delivers another entertaining night of fights headlined by a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver Featherweight Title as current champion Rocky Juarez (30-10-1; 21 KOs) defends his title against top contender Robinson Castellanos (20-10; 13 KOs) from Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.  Additionally on FOX Sports 1, KeAndre Gibson (11-0-1; 5 KOs) battles Nelson Lara (15-6-5; 8 KOs) in the welterweight division. 

NASCAR

NASCAR RACE HUB PREMIERES NEW SEASON LIVE FROM NASCAR SPRINT MEDIA TOUR NEXT MONDAY AT NEW TIME

With the 2015 NASCAR season opening in three weeks in Daytona, NASCAR RACE HUB returns for its season premiere on Monday, Jan. 26 at its new time of 6:00 PM ET, live from the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C.  The nightly, one-hour news and information program is on the scene for each NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES team’s stop on the weeklong tour with interviews with the sport’s biggest stars and the latest news fans need to know.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Fridays (6:00 PM ET) (pre-empted Wednesday, Jan. 28)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Jeff Hammond, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds; reporter Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Next WeekMonday, Jan. 26-Friday, Jan. 30 (6:00 PM ET; moves to FOX Sports 2 on Wednesday, Jan. 28)

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

ICONIC ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA ENDURANCE RACE OPENS TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR SEASON ON FOX

  • Network/When:

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET, FOX

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 2

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

o   Sunday, Jan. 25 – 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

  • All FOX Sports broadcasts streamed live on FOX Sports GO; in addition, five dedicated (Corvette, Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Ford) on-board cameras are available through FOX Sports GO
  • Overnight coverage from 10:00 PM ET to 7:00 AM ET available on IMSA.com, with John Hindhaugh, Jeremy Shaw and Greg Creamer calling the action
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Brian Till, Justin Bell, Calvin Fish, Tommy Kendall, Chris Neville, Matt Yocum, Jamie Howe, Andrew Marriott
  • This Week: Traditionally an all-star lineup, the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona cast of characters does not disappoint. Reigning TUDOR Championship and Rolex 24 champions Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa return to defend their title alongside IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais. They will take on the likes of  Rubens Barrichello (Formula One) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar; defending Indy 500 champion) both driving for Peter Baron’s Starworks team; AJ Allmendinger (NASCAR) with Michael Shank Racing; Scott Dixon (IndyCar), Tony Kanaan (IndyCar), Kyle Larson (NASCAR) and Jamie McMurray (NASCAR) all driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the Prototype class. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class features world-class TUDOR Championship lineups from teams like Corvette Racing and defending race champions Porsche North America mixing it up with the likes of Graham Rahal (IndyCar) driving for his father Bobby’s BMW Team RLL team and Niki Lauda’s son, Mathias (WEC), driving for Aston Martin Racing in GTLM. The Scuderia Corsa Ferrari team – led by TUDOR Championship regular and Indy 500 veteran Townsend Bell – returns to defend its GT Daytona class title against a talented field that includes actor Patrick Dempsey running a Porsche. “With all the drivers from different racing disciplines across the world competing at the Rolex 24, Daytona is the center of the motorsports universe on this weekend,” said FOX Sports coordinating producer Greg Oldham. “So, in addition to covering compelling action that would make any sports car fan salivate, we also have a great opportunity to introduce new viewers to a very cool form of motorsports.” Decorated sports car driver Scott Pruett looks for his sixth Rolex 24 overall victory, which would break a tie with the legendary Hurley Haywood, making him the leading overall winner of the event. Pruett, who will drive in this year’s race with 2015 season co-driver Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam, already leads with 10 class victories, dating back to 1985.

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

SUPERCROSS HEADS TO OAKLAND WITH ROCZEN SETTING EARLY PACE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (10:00 PM ET, LIVE)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads to O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., with second-year rider Ken Roczen setting the pace as the early rider to beat in the #WhosNext season. Roczen scored his second win of the season last week in Anaheim and extended his 450SX Class points lead to 12 over former champ Ryan Dungey and 21 over rookie Jason Anderson. Oakland marks the fourth race of the 17-race season.

RED BULL

DALLAGO DEFENDS HIS TITLE AT RED BULL CRASHED ICE OPENER ON FOX SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Nicole Dabeau, Troy Manering and Doug Anderson
  • This Week: RED BULL CRASHED ICE returns in 2015 and the year’s first stop is in Saint Paul, MN, where Austrian Marco Dallago defends his title. He’s the fifth champion in the last five years and is looking to become the first back-to-back title holder. “Can the Austrian Dallago become a back-to-back title holder, or will the American Naasz finally break through with a crown in this 15th season of Crashed Ice?” asks FOX host Troy Manering. “It will be electric when these riders duke it out shoulder-to-shoulder down an intimidating and treacherous icicle course carved into the urban landscape of St. Paul in front of more than 100,000 fans.”

 

Pereira, Aikman, Glazer Discuss Patriots Deflated Ball Controversy On Fox Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME

Fox-NFL-2014Pereira: “This is cheating…and it’s something the league will deal with harshly.”

Aikman: “I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know…my guess is that it was his request.”

Glazer: Colts Were Tipped Off By Baltimore Ravens

Links: Pereira, Aikman, Glazer

Reports continue to surface that the New England Patriots tampered with the air pressure of the footballs used in last Sunday’s 45-7 AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. To address the various aspects of the controversy, FOX Sports NFL contributors Mike Pereira, Troy Aikman and Jay Glazer joined host Mike Hill on FOX Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME, Wednesday evening.

Former National Football League Vice President of Officiating and current NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira reviews the pregame protocols and says taking air out of the balls is by definition cheating: “Each game, 36 balls are brought into the officials’ locker room. Twelve from each team and then the home team provides 12 backup balls, if needed. The referee has a pump and a needle and with the help of the kicking ball coordinator, he checks them and if they’re between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, he marks them and they’re good to go. They leave the locker room before the game and go into the hands of the ball boys, and the extra balls are put at the replay monitor where there is a guard standing by that monitor. Well, somebody got to somebody and took a couple of pounds out of those balls. It’s an extension, to me, of the cheating that has gone on in the league. This is cheating and this is something that the league doesn’t want. It’s bad enough that rules get taken advantage of and you kind of work against the intent of the rule, but this is cheating and it’s something that the league will deal with harshly.”

Lead NFL on FOX game analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman doubts any changes could have been made to the balls without Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s approval: “I can’t imagine anyone doing anything to the footballs without the quarterback having knowledge of it. I know, based on my experience, how much effort went in to trying to get the balls game ready. Having them still fall within the guidelines of the NFL rules was challenging and there is no way that anyone would have done anything with the game balls without discussing it with me first. I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know that air had been taken out of the balls and my guess is that it was his request, it was the way he preferred to throw with them and that’s why it was done.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer details how the Colts were tipped off to New England’s use of this tactic and a perceived double standard when it comes to the NFL’s punishment of the Patriots: “The Indianapolis Colts were tipped off to this before the game ever even happened. Whether or not it was from the last time they had played New England or what I was told, that it was actually people from inside the Baltimore Ravens. The league was already tipped off, so they were already planning at halftime to inspect the balls. When they did, they found that many of them were deflated, but then they were inflated for the second half of the game. But that’s not the issue, the issue really is intent and how often the New England Patriots push the envelope and that is what the league has to now look at. It’s not whether or not it affected the game; it’s the fact of whether they intended to alter the rules for this playoff game. I will tell you this, down here at the Senior Bowl, it has been unanimous among owners, general managers and head coaches I talk to and they’re saying, ‘We’re sick of it, they always push the envelope. The league throws the book at us all the time, are they finally going to throw the book at the New England Patriots?’ I think what is going to happen now, you’re going to start having different teams trying to leak out anything they know, because a lot of people in the league look at it like, ‘There’s a double standard: We get in trouble, they don’t get in trouble.’”

Aikman discusses the Patriots history as repeat offenders and anticipates a significant punishment from the NFL: “It’s going to be a tough one for Roger Goodell to address. This is a team that has been caught cheating in the past and with past transgressions, the severity of whatever is handed down has to increase to some degree. To what extent that means, is it draft picks, is it fines, I don’t know. But it will be interesting to see what Roger Goodell decides to do. I think this is an organization that obviously has had a great deal of success and with that, it has been the focus of a lot of people with a lot of scrutiny, but they’ve brought a lot of that on themselves. As I said, they’ve been caught cheating in the past and if you want to look at what Roger has done in the past, when cheating has taken place, I believe that it will be swift and I believe that it will be severe.”

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NFL: NFC Champion Crowned Sunday on FOX

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NFL

FOX SPORTS’ A-TEAM PREVIEWS SEAHAWKS VS. PACKERS NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SUNDAY ON FOX – Hall of Famer, three-time Super Bowl champion and FOX Sports lead game analyst Troy Aikman, lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, rules analyst Mike Pereira and Executive Producer John Entz previewed Sunday’s NFC Championship game earlier today.  Highlights of today’s call are transcribed below.   Buck, Aikman, and Pereira call the game Sunday, Jan. 18 (3:00 PM ET) from CenturyLink field in Seattle, WA alongside sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Chris Myers.

AIKMAN SAYS SEATTLE’S SECONDARY IS THE BEST HE’S SEEN IN SEVERAL YEARS“This secondary is as good as there has been in the last few years. You just don’t see these types of secondaries put together very often in the NFL. With free agency and all the movement that takes place and how you’ve got to pick and choose where you’re going to have your strengths as a team, it becomes more and more difficult. We saw New England earlier in the year, and they were a really solid group with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and then they had Kyle Arrington as well, and they were able to match up with teams, but outside of them, there’s nobody that I’ve seen in the last several years that comes close to being as good as this Seattle secondary.”

PEREIRA BELIEVES FANS HAVE A THIRST FOR EXPLANATIONS ON OFFICIATING – “Fans are more invested in the game than they ever used to be.  Fantasy football has really affected this role because now you’re more interested in all aspects of the game and officiating affects that.  Additionally, fans want to understand the rules of the game.  When I first came to FOX, it was clear that my role was to educate the fans on the rules of the game and in turn they’ll hopefully enjoy watching it more if they understand it more and that’s why I think the position is here to stay.”

BUCK SAYS PRESSURE TO PERFORM IS ON PACKERS OFFENSIVE LIVE – If everybody’s healthy it’s certainly a different match-up than what we saw in Week 1, but everybody isn’t healthy and that starts with Aaron Rodgers. It was astonishing to see him improve as the game went on against Dallas, as opposed to getting fatigued or having that calf get tweaked. On the road with him not being able to move like you typically need to move against that defense, which is rolling right now and is undisputed the best in the NFL, it’s going to be a tall order. If Seattle’s offense is dynamic enough to run the score up, it will be pretty close. It’s all on the Green Bay offensive line to give Aaron Rodgers a shot to do what we’ve come to expect him to do.

AIKMAN ON SEATTLE SOUND “GREEN BAY KNOWS WHAT TO EXPECT” — “One thing that helps Green Bay is that they did open up the season there. It was a great crowd in the first game of the season while raising the banner for the world championship, so they’re going to know what to expect when they get there and not a lot of teams do that aren’t in that division.

FOX NFL SUNDAY PREVIEWS NFC CHAMPIONSHIP ON-SITE FROM SEATTLE This season’s final edition of America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY, takes place on-site from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA (2:00 PM ET). Co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, and insider Jay Glazer.  Sunday’s special edition of FOX NFL SUNDAY features reporter Erin Andrews reuniting with Seattle Seahawks secondary Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.  Bradshaw sits down with Packers quarterback and MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers.  Additionally, as a preview to the AFC Championship contest between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, FOX Sports LIVE’s Charissa Thompson sits down with Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.

SUNDAY, JAN. 18

GAME                                                                PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE                                    TIME

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks    Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                                               3:00 PM ET

Erin Andrews & Chris Myers

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND, NFL PLAYERS IN STUDIO, TITLE GAME RECAPS SUNDAY, RICK PITINO, JACK NICKLAUS 1-ON-1s ON WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, John Lynch, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam, Clay Travis.
  • This Week: The NFL playoffs approach their crescendo this weekend as the conference championship games play out on Sunday. This week’s show narrows its focus on the league’s final four with coverage that includes analysts Donovan McNabb and Kirk Morrison and special appearances by Pro Bowl Washington Redskins wide receiver De’Sean Jackson on Tuesday night and two-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Donald Penn on Wednesday. The Green Bay Packers travel to face the Seattle Seahawks on FOX, and FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo is in Seattle throughout the week, contributing reports from inside the Seahawks’ locker room as they prepare to defend their NFC Championship on Sunday afternoon. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Peter Schrager is in Indianapolis during the week, following the underdog Colts as they prepare to face the No. 1 seed-New England Patriots for the AFC Championship in Foxboro on Sunday night. Following the games on Sunday, FOX SPORTS LIVE has wall-to-wall coverage, highlighted by McNabb and future Hall of Famers Randy Moss and John Lynch in-studio to break down all of the action and preview the matchups for Super Bowl XLIX. Also special to this week will be sit-down interviews with Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and golf legend Jack Nicklaus, icons in their respective fields. Pitino airs Wednesday night as his sixth-ranked Cardinals prepare for Saturday’s showdown with the No. 4-ranked Duke Blue Devils. Nicklaus sits down to discuss the current state of professional golf, Tiger Woods’ pursuit of his record of 18 major championships and his upcoming documentary, “Nicklaus: The Making of a Champion” scheduled to air on FOX this Sunday at 12:00 PM ET.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, DAILY NFL TEAM REPORTS IN PREPARATION FOR CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND, UFC’S McGREGOR AND CARDINALS WR LARRY FITZGERALD WEDNESDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Closing this week and beginning immediately at the start of next week, FOX Sports 1 NFL reporters and local correspondents provide daily updates on each of the weekend’s conference championship games, as FOX Sports 1 NFL insiders Mike Garafolo (NFC) and Peter Schrager (AFC) report live throughout the week. Wednesday’s show is highlighted by a pair of interviews from the worlds of the NFL and UFC. Arizona Cardinals eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald joins host Mike Hill for a satellite interview on Wednesday, previewing the NFC Championship game and what it will take for the Green Bay Packers to have success against Seattle’s ferocious secondary. Speaking of ferocious, UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor also joins Wednesdays show to look ahead to his main event bout with Dennis Siver on FOX SPORTS 1’s UFC Fight Night this Saturday. The ultra-confident Irishman is never shy with his predictions and always delivers when the mic is on.

SUPERCROSS

RIDERS RETURN TO ANAHEIM WITH RCH RIDER KEN ROCZEN SETTING EARLY PACE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 17 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Angel Stadium in Anaheim for race number three of the 17-race season. Second-year rider Ken Roczen, riding for a new team formed by supercross legend and FOX Sports analyst Ricky Carmichael and former freestyle motocross rider Carey Hart, enjoys the early season points lead with 47, nine more than second-place Ryan Dungey. Eli Tomac scored his first career 450-class win last weekend in Phoenix, moving him to seventh place after two races, 21 points behind Roczen. Feld Motor Sports and FOX Sports bring back high-flying SPIDERCAM for Anaheim, giving the television audience a truly unique perspective and a feeling of being part of the race.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP TEAMS COLLIDE ON FOX SPORTS 1 AS CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Wednesday, Jan. 14:

  • St. John’s at Providence
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • Dick Stockton and Vin Parise
  • Xavier at No. 5 Villanova
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery

o   Thursday, Jan. 15:

  • No. 8 Utah at Arizona State
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:00 PM ET)
  • Aaron Goldsmith and Sean Elliott

o   Friday, Jan. 16:

  • Creighton at Providence (W)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:00 PM ET)
  • Lisa Byington and LaChina Robinson

o   Saturday, Jan. 17:

  • Marquette at Xavier
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
  • Eric Collins and Tarik Turner
  • West Virginia at No. 21 Oklahoma State (W)
  • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
  • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
  • Middle Tennessee at LA Tech
  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET)
  • Mark Followill and Mike Jarvis
  • Butler at Georgetown
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (5:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Bill Raftery
  • Providence at Creighton
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:30 PM ET)
  • Wayne Larrivee and Nick Bahe

o   Sunday, Jan. 18:

  • Villanova at Xavier (W)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
  • Tiffany Greene and LaChina Robinson
  • St. John’s at DePaul
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
  • Justin Kutcher and Stephen Bardo

o   Monday, Jan. 19:

  • No. 21 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (W)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:30 PM ET)
  • Bob Licht and Dan Hughes
  • No. 4 Texas at No. 3 Baylor (W)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (6:30 PM ET)
  • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
  • No. 5 Villanova at Georgetown
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Bill Raftery

o   Wednesday, Jan. 21:

  • Marquette at St. John’s
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis and Tarik Turner
  • Creighton at Butler
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
  • Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
  • This Week: Conference play continues this week, with matchups featuring top men’s and women’s teams from around the country on FOX Sports 1. Out west, No. 8 Utah takes on Arizona State in a Pac-12 clash on Thursday, Jan. 15 (10:00 PM ET), while the BIG EAST takes center court Saturday, Jan. 17, with a trio of games beginning at 12:00 PM ET, as Marquette takes on Xavier. That afternoon, Butler, coming off an overtime win at No. 21 Seton Hall on Tuesday, looks for its third road victory of the conference season at Georgetown (5:00 PM ET), followed by Providence at Creighton (7:30 PM ET). Highlighting the women’s game this week, a pair of top-five teams collide, as No. 3 Baylor hosts No. 4 Texas on Monday, Jan. 19 (6:30 PM ET).

INSIDE THE BIG EAST PROFILES COACH WOJO; PREVIEWS ST. JOHN’S VS. DUKE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 18 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rob Stone, Austin Croshere, Kevin O’Neill and Bill Raftery
  • This Week: This week, INSIDE THE BIG EAST profiles first-year Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski and how his time as a player and assistant coach at Duke has carried over to the Golden Eagles. Also, Rob Stone, Austin Croshere and Kevin O’Neill look ahead to one of the country’s top remaining non-conference matchups, as St. John’s welcomes No. 4 Duke on Sunday, Jan. 25 (2:00 PM ET on FOX), and Bill Raftery gives his weekly Onions Report.

UFC

MCGREGOR BUYS INTO HIS OWN HYPE, WHICH MAKES HIM MORE DANGEROUS, SAYS STANN – This week FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. SIVER on Sunday, Jan. 18 (10:00 PM ET) features a battle of top-ranked featherweights, as the brash, trash-talking No. 5 Conor McGregor (16-2) battles No. 10 Dennis Siver (22-9, 1NC). This highly anticipated bout caps off more than six hours of live coverage on FOX Sports 1 that evening. UFC on FOX analyst Brian Stann believes McGregor’s confidence gives him an edge. “McGregor is a guy who really buys into his own hype and his confidence. His own belief in himself actually elevates the level of skill that he has when he gets in the Octagon. If Dennis Siver wants a shot at this fight, he’s got to make Conor doubt himself early.” Click here for a video preview of this fight: http://www.foxsports.com/video/UFC?vid=379741763839

UFC TONIGHT: MCGREGOR, DOS ANJOS, GUSTAFSSON INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Jan. 14 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier break down the upcoming FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. SIVER and interview Conor McGregor before the fight. Plus, they catch up with No. 1 ranked lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos. Karyn Bryant interviews Alexander Gustafsson before he heads to Sweden for headlining bout vs. Anthony Johnson live on FOX on Saturday, Jan. 24. Plus, Ariel Helwani adds reports.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN FEATURES EDGAR’S ANALYST DEBUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 17 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Frankie Edgar, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Jon Anik, with Daniel Cormier and Gilbert Melendez as analysts, and the debut of former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar as an analyst. They break down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.                            

UFC ROAD TO THE OCTAGON PREVIEWS GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON AND MORE

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 17 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson,
  • This Week: UFC ROAD TO THE OCTAGON: GUSTAFSSON VS JOHNSON brings you inside the lives of six of the world’s top fighters readying to battle in Stockholm, Sweden for FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT live on FOX Jan. 24. Watch hometown hero Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson travel from Las Vegas, to San Diego, to MMA-crazed Stockholm, as he prepares to headline the UFC’s second-ever stadium show. His opponent Anthony “Rumble” Johnson trains in the Florida heat. For both knockout artists, a title shot looms large on the horizon. The co-main event features a legend, two-time Olympic wrestler and MMA pioneer Dan Henderson facing top European striker Gegard Mousasi, who emigrated from Iran to Holland, where he developed elite Dutch kickboxing skills. Plus, a pair of NCAA All-American wrestlers turned top light heavyweight contenders ready to clash, with Phil Davis and Ryan Bader ready for battle.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: UFC 182 REVIEW, UFC 129 FLASHBACK, PLUS ROGAN’S RIFFS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 18 (10:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Experience an all-new look at the UFC 182 blockbuster from the night’s first finishes through to the epic finale between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Then, look back at the UFC’s game changing first-ever stadium show, through the eyes of UFC stars who witnessed and participated in UFC 129. Finally, Joe Rogan’s exclusive riff on his experiences as a UFC color commentator, from witnessing the greatest fights in UFC history just feet away from the Octagon, to the organization’s exponential rise.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: MCGREGOR VS. SIVER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 18 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Frankie Edgar, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Anik and analysts Cormier, Melendez and Edgar break down the exciting night including the much anticipated featherweight fight between Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver. The four also analyze the intriguing matchups on the PRELIMS.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE SIX EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 18 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Frankie Edgar, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS features six exciting fights, as Cathal Pendred (15-3-1) faces Sean Spencer (12-3) in a welterweight bout. Boston native John Howard (22-10) defends his home turf against fellow welterweight Lorenz Larkin (14-4, 1NC), while The Ultimate Fighter: China Season 1 winner Zhang Lipeng (9-7-1) fights lightweight Chris Wade (8-1). Flyweights Patrick Holohan (10-1-1) and Shane Howell (13-8) battle it out, preceded by Johnny Case (19-4) and Frankie Perez (9-1) in a lightweight scrap. Charles Rosa (9-1) and Sean Soriano (8-2) open the PRELIMS with a bantamweight bout.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES CLASH OF TOP FEATHERWEIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 18 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • This Week: FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR vs. SIVER is headlined by a clash of top-ranked featherweights, as No. 5 Conor McGregor (16-2) battles No. 10 Dennis Siver (22-9, 1NC). In addition, the main card features three more exciting matchups, including a key clash between former UFC lightweight champion and fifth-ranked Benson “Smooth” Henderson (21-4) and No. 3 Donald Cerrone (26-6, 1NC). The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 finalist Uriah Hall (10-4) faces late replacement Ron Stallings (12-6), while The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke (21-2-1) battles veteran Gleison Tibau (39-10) to kick off the main card on FOX Sports 1.

FOX SPORTS LIVE SHOW RECAPS TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 18 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Frankie Edgar, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Anik and analysts Cormier, Melendez and Edgar breaking down the McGregor vs. Siver fight. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

BOXING

FOX FIGHT NIGHT: GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FEATURES HUNTER VS. ALVARADO, PLUS HOPKINS’ 50th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Jan. 20 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi
  • This Week: Golden Boy Promotions celebrates Bernard Hopkins’ 50th birthday with a night of boxing fit for a legend. Live from the 2300 Arena in Bernard’s hometown of Philadelphia, the main event features Philly’s own Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (19-3, 10 KOs) against highly regarded Nicaraguan junior lightweight contender Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. “It is always exciting to see up and coming fighters reach the next level,” says Malignaggi. “I can’t wait to see two hungry guys strive to reach the upper echelon of boxing.” In the super lightweight co-main 10-round event, rising junior welterweight star Michael “The Artist” Perez of Newark, New Jersey looks to extend his current unbeaten streak to eight fights. Plus, opening the televised action is Washington, D.C.’s undefeated fighter Lamont Roach Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight battle against an opponent yet to be named.

SOCCER

CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship Continues Live on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO; Alexi Lalas Debuts In Booth

  • This Week: The CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship resumes Thursday, Jan. 15 in Jamaica, as the U-20 USMNT battles 11 other national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cup. FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus offer viewers all the action through the group stages and exclusive coverage of the playoff rounds and the final, while FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go stream the 13 matches live and on-demand.
  • Network/When/Talent:
    • Group Stage: Mexico vs. Honduras,  FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, Jan. 15 (5:30 PM ET)
    • Francisco X. Rivera, Janusz Michallik
    • Group Stage: Jamaica vs. USMNT, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go, Sunday, Jan. 18 (8:00 PM ET)
    • Mark Rogondino, Cobi Jones
    • Group Stage: El Salvador vs. Mexico, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go, Monday, Jan. 19 (5:30 PM ET)
    • John Strong, Alexi Lalas
    • Group Stage: USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go, Wednesday, Jan. 21 (5:30 PM ET)
    • John Strong, Alexi Lalas

FOX Sports 1 Unveils Inaugural MLS Television Schedule

fox-sports-1-logoAmerica’s Fastest-Growing Sports Channel Gives MLS Sunday Prime-Time Home

34-Match Schedule Highlighted by First Battle

Between Expansion NYCFC and Rival New York Red Bulls;

Five Appearances by Star-Studded Defending Champion Los Angeles Galaxy;

Plus Unveiling of New, Highly-Anticipated, San Jose stadium

Los Angeles – FOX Sports 1 today unveils its inaugural regular-season Major League Soccer (MLS) television schedule with coverage beginning Sunday, March 8 with the first of three doubleheaders, this one featuring Sporting Kansas City at home against the New York Red Bulls (7:00 PM ET) followed by the Seattle Sounders facing Eastern Conference Champion New England Revolution (9:30 PM ET).  In all, the schedule, which runs from March through October, consists of 34 matches, with 33 games scheduled for FOX Sports 1, one on FOX Sports 2, and most matches kicking-off in prime time at 7:00 PM ET Sundays.

Last May, FOX Sports 1 reached an eight-year, multi-platform media rights agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) marking the league’s return to FOX Sports in 2015 after a four-year absence.

Nine of the MLS’ 15 US-based teams appear on FOX Sports 1 in the season’s first four weeks.  The Red Bulls, Sounders and Orlando City FC, one of two new MLS teams this season, boasting Brazilian superstar Kaka, lead all clubs with six appearances, followed by the defending MLS Cup Champion and star-studded LA Galaxy with English superstar Steven Gerrard, first-year entrant New York City FC featuring Spain’s all-time leading scorer David Villa, Philadelphia and Portland, who each appear five times.

Orlando City FC makes their first FOX Sports 1 appearance on April 26 against Toronto FC (7:00 PM ET) in the season’s second doubleheader.  The nightcap boasts the Pacific Northwest rivalry between Clint Dempsey’s Sounders and the Portland Timbers and (9:30 PM ET).  These two teams have at each other again on June 28 in front of the Portland faithful.  The channel’s final doubleheader on May 24 features Philadelphia Union-Red Bulls (5:00 PM ET) and Orlando City-San Jose Earthquakes at Levi’s Stadium (7:00 PM ET).

As for notable fixtures, FOX Sports carries a rematch of the championship game between the Galaxy and Revolution at Gillette Stadium on May 31 (7:00 PM ET).  Other fixtures to flag include two of the three newly-minted rivalry games between the Red Bulls and New York City FC, the first of which comes May 10 (7:00 PM ET), and two of the three Seattle – LA Galaxy matchups, April 12 (7:00 PM ET) and October 4 (9:30 PM ET).  The Earthquakes make their highly-anticipated debut in their state-of-the-art new home, Avaya Stadium, on March 22 against the Chicago Fire (7:00 PM ET).  The lone match scheduled for FOX Sports 2 comes July 12, when the Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake (7:00 PM ET).  See below for complete telecast schedule.

This season, MLS and its broadcast partners, including FOX Sports 1, introduce flex scheduling on the penultimate weekend of the regular season which allows the league and its media partners to decide the most impactful matches to telecast as the season draws to a close.

In addition to the flex scheduling, MLS also unveils its new “Decision Day” scheduling format on the last day of the regular season.  On Sunday, Oct. 25, all five games in each conference are scheduled to be played at the same time, with Eastern Conference matches kicking-off at 5:00 PM ET and Western Conference games beginning at 7:00 PM ET.  FOX Sports 1 is slated to televise an Eastern Conference match.

FOX Sports 1 and ESPN divide MLS CUP PLAYOFFS matches (outside of two games televised by Univision), and alternate televising the MLS CUP and AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME.  Television plans for 2015 are expected at a later date.

All MLS games are simulcast on Spanish language network, FOX Deportes, and streaming on FOX Sports GO in Spanish. All matches on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 are available to customers of participating pay-TV providers via the FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go apps, and on the web through FOXSportsGO.com.  FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones and select Windows devices.  Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Fans can also follow minute-by-minute commentary via @FOXSoccer and @FOXSoccerTrax Twitter accounts using #MLSonFOX.

Date Time (ET) Match Network
Sunday, March 8 7:00 PM Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls FOX Sports 1
Sunday, March 8 9:30 PM Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution FOX Sports 1
Sunday, March 15 7:00 PM Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy FOX Sports 1
Sunday, March 22 7:00 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 5 7:00 PM Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 12 7:00 PM LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 19 7:00 PM New York City FC vs. Portland Timbers FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 26 7:00 PM Orlando City FC vs. Toronto FC FOX Sports 1
Sunday, April 26 9:30 PM Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers FOX Sports 1
Sunday, May 3 7:00 PM New York City FC vs. Seattle Sounders FOX Sports 1
Sunday, May 10 7:00 PM New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC FOX Sports 1
Sunday, May 17 7:00 PM Philadelphia Union vs. DC United FOX Sports 1
Sunday, May 24 5:00 PM New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union FOX Sports 1
Sunday, May 24 7:00 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. Orlando City FC FOX Sports 1
Sunday, May 31 7:00 PM New England Revolution vs. LA Galaxy FOX Sports 1
Sunday, June 7 7:00 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas FOX Sports 1
Sunday, June 14 7:00 PM Orlando City FC vs. DC United FOX Sports 1
Sunday, June 21 10:00 PM Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City FOX Sports 1
Sunday, June 28 7:00 PM Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FOX Sports 1
Sunday, July 12 7:00 PM Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake FOX Sports 2
Sunday, July 19 7:00 PM Orlando City FC vs. New York Red Bulls FOX Sports 1
Sunday, July 26 2:30 PM New York City FC vs. Orlando City FC FOX Sports 1
Sunday, August 2 7:00 PM Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas FOX Sports 1
Sunday, August 9 7:00 PM New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC FOX Sports 1
Sunday, August 16 7:00 PM Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire FOX Sports 1
Sunday, August 30 7:00 PM New York Red Bulls vs. DC United FOX Sports 1
Sunday, September 6 7:00 PM Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas FOX Sports 1
Sunday, September 13 7:00 PM Orlando City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City FOX Sports 1
Sunday, September 20 7:00 PM Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo FOX Sports 1
Sunday, September 27 7:00 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake FOX Sports 1
Sunday, October 4 9:30 PM Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy FOX Sports 1
Sunday, October 18 7:00 PM LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers FOX Sports 1
Sunday, October 25 5:00 PM TBD FOX Sports 1

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NFL, CBB, UFC & More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

NFL: Cowboys Visit Packers In Massive NFC Divisional Showdown Sunday

COLLEGE HOOPS: Conference Action Heats Up on BIG EAST, Pac-12 Schedules                                                                                        

UFC: The Notorious Conor McGregor Prepares for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX SPORTS 1 Next Weekend

#ICYMI: FOX SPORTS LIVE’s Payton and Reiter Assess The Recent NBA Trade: http://foxs.pt/142gZYa

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NFL

NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND GEARS UP ON FOX – On the heels of an exciting Wild Card weekend in the NFC, FOX Sports gears up for one of the best weekends in football, the NFL’s divisional round. On Saturday, Jan. 10 (8:00 PM ET) Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers travel to the Pacific Northwest for a showdown with Russell Wilson and the defending- Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver are on the call from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. A special edition of FOX NFL SUNDAY (7:30 PM ET) precedes game coverage on the network as co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, and insider Jay Glazer. Then, on Sunday, Jan. 11 (1:00 PM ET), FOX presents a marquee matchup from Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers host Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys from Lambeau Field. FOX Sports’ Joe Buck calls the action alongside analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews, with a 60-minute edition of FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET) airing at its regular day and time. Sunday’s pregame show features two-time Super Bowl champion and former Cowboys coach Johnson sitting down for a one-on-one interview with current Dallas head coach Jason Garrett, while Andrews interviews Packers running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Jordy Nelson. FOX NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira contributes within both games to clarify any close calls during game action from Big Ten studios in Chicago during Saturday’s game and live on-site at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday.

SATURDAY, JAN. 10

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE                            TIME

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks         Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch                                      8:00 PM ET

& Pam Oliver

SUNDAY, JAN. 11

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE                            TIME

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers          Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                                               1:00 PM ET

& Erin Andrews

NFL CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE: DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS RETURNS TO FOX ON SATURDAY, JAN. 10THThe NFL CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE: Divisional Playoffs returns to FOX beginning this Saturday, Jan. 10 (2:30 PM ET) with the first of two installments. Produced by NFL Films, this 60-minute special recaps some of the most pivotal storylines of the regular season, revisits the NFL’s Wild Card round and sets the stage for the Divisional Round. The show features exclusive sights and sounds from this year’s NFL games. The second installment of NFL CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE airs on FOX Sunday, Jan. 18 (1:00 PM ET) and looks ahead to a highly anticipated NFC and AFC Conference Championship day.

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NFL DIVISIONAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND PREVIEWS/RECAPS, COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COVERAGE, TALKBACK WITH COWBOYS’ SCANDRICK WEDNESDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam, Clay Travis.
  • This Week: The National Football League playoffs are rolling in full force and FOX SPORTS LIVE continues its nightly focus on all things gridiron. Embedded correspondents file daily reports from the various team facilities, while analysts break down matchups in studio throughout the week. Wednesday’s show features a satellite interview with Dallas Cowboys’ cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who provides insight into the team’s preparation for Sunday’s NFC Divisional showdown at Green Bay on FOX. Friday and Saturday nights’ shows also include previews from the NFL on FOX broadcast crews in advance of the games. Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch report from Seattle, while Joe Buck and Troy Aikman check in from Green Bay. Additionally, the show includes nightly updates and wraps on the various coaching and personnel changes for the NFL teams not in the playoffs as interview processes continue to unfold. Monday night’s show features extensive postgame coverage of the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game between No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Ohio State from Cowboys Stadium in North Texas. Jenny Taft hosts and college football insiders Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel report live from site, sending back immediate reactions and interviews with players and coaches from both sides. In preparation for the game, Feldman and Mandel also deliver sit-down interviews with head coaches Mark Helfrich and Urban Meyer, respectively, with Meyer’s slated to air on Friday evening’s show. On the NBA front, a three-team trade was the talk of the league this week as the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers teamed up on a series of moves that held ramifications for each of the high-profile teams. Hall of Famer Gary Payton and insider Bill Reiter assessed the trade on Monday night’s show: http://foxs.pt/142gZYa

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, NFL TEAM REPORTS IN PREPARATION FOR PLAYOFF GAMES, COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW MONDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Closing this week and beginning immediately at the start of next week, FOX Sports 1 NFL reporters provide daily updates on each of the remaining playoff teams, incorporating podium and interview sounds from team officials and players in advance of all of the weekend action. Monday’s show includes live hits from the College Football Playoff Championship Game in North Texas and preview-oriented segments in studio with analysts Joel Klatt and Brady Quinn.

SUPERCROSS

RCH RIDER KEN ROCZEN SETS EARLY PACE; RACE TWO THIS WEEKEND FROM PHOENIX

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 10 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: Second-year rider Ken Roczen, riding for a new team formed by supercross legend Ricky Carmichael and former freestyle motocross rider Carey Hart, took the early points lead by dominating the 450 class at the Anaheim opener. However, in a year highlighted by depth, some early favorites struggled in the opener, including Eli Tomac and Davi Millsaps. For them, rebounding this week in Phoenix is crucial. “Anybody who had a really bad night, like Eli Tomac, has to be a little frustrated after Anaheim,” says FOX Sports Supercross host Ralph Sheheen. “With the field so strong, you can have one mulligan … probably not two. I would hate to waste mine so early in the season. However, everybody is going to have a bad night somewhere in the next 16 races.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CONFERENCE PLAY HEATS UP ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   DePaul at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Jan. 7 (9:00 PM ET), Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo

o   Arizona State at Oregon State, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Jan. 8 (9:00 PM ET), Aaron Goldsmith and Casey Jacobsen

o   Butler at St. John’s (w), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 9 (8:00 PM ET), Lisa Byington and LaChina Robinson

o   Georgetown at Providence, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 10 (12:00 PM ET), Tim Brando and Bill Raftery

o   No. 3 Texas at Iowa State (w), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 10 (12:00 PM ET), Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen

o   No. 19 Seton Hall at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 10 (2:00 PM ET), Dick Stockton and Nick Bahe

o   Xavier at Butler, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 10 (4:30 PM ET), Joe Davis and Tarik Turner

o   UAB at FIU (w), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 11 (12:00 PM ET), Jason Knapp and Christy Winters-Scott

o   Kansas at K-State (w), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 11 (2:00 PM ET), Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen

o   Georgetown at Villanova (w), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 11 (5:00 PM ET), Tiffany Greene and Sarah Kustok

o   Cal at UCLA, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 11 (7:30 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Casey Jacobsen

o   No. 7 Arizona at Oregon State, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 11 (10:00 PM ET), Aaron Goldsmith and Sean Elliott

o   Butler at No. 19 Seton Hall, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Jan. 13 (7:00 PM ET), Tim Brando and Jim Spanarkel

o   Georgetown at DePaul, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Jan. 13 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo

o   No. 24 St. John’s at Providence, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Jan. 14 (7:00 PM ET), Dick Stockton and Vin Parise

o   Xavier at No. 8 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Jan. 14 (9:00 PM ET), Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery

  • This Week: Conference play continues on FOX Sports 1 this week with several matchups between top BIG EAST and Pac-12 programs. Seton Hall, who vaulted into the national rankings at No. 19 this week, puts its 2-0 conference record on the line Saturday, Jan. 10 against Creighton in Omaha at 2:00 PM ET. The following day, No. 7 Arizona heads north to Corvallis to take on Oregon State at 10:00 PM ET, while Seton Hall takes the court again on Tuesday, Jan. 13 (7:00 PM ET) to host Butler in the front half of a Tuesday night showcase doubleheader. Wrapping up the week, Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery are on the call as No. 8 Villanova welcomes Xavier on Wednesday, Jan. 14 (9:00 PM ET).

INSIDE THE BIG EAST EXAMINES ‘THE BUTLER WAY’ THIS SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 11 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Don Bell, Kevin O’Neill, Donny Marshall and Bill Raftery
  • This Week: This week, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and Butler athletic director Barry Collier are among the current and former Bulldogs to discuss ‘The Butler Way,’ a look at how the former “mid-major” program has maintained such a high level of success over the past decade. Also this week, Don Bell, Kevin O’Neill and Donny Marshall break down the top plays of the conference season so far and glance at how Creighton is making a positive impact in the community. Plus, watch footage of exclusive insider access into BIG EAST locker rooms, huddles and practices.

 UFC

UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL EDITION 2015 PREVIEW WITH DANA WHITE AND RONDA ROUSEY, PLUS CORMIER INTERVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Jan. 7 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: This week on a special edition of UFC TONIGHT, UFC president Dana White joins Florian and guest host Brian Stann to preview the sport in 2015. Plus, the team interviews women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and catches up with Daniel Cormier to discuss his recent fight with Jon Jones and the shocking news that broke on Tuesday in the aftermath of the fight.

UFC FIGHTER’S CUT: CONOR MCGREGOR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Jan. 8 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Conor McGregor
  • This Week: Rising featherweight star Conor McGregor provides a first-hand perspective into several of his biggest fights.

UFC PRESENTS THE NOTORIOUS: CONOR MCGREGOR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Jan. 8 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Conor McGregor
  • This Week: UFC PRESENTS THE NOTORIOUS: CONOR MCGREGOR follows the featherweight’s rapid rise in the first six months of his UFC career starting with his April, 2013 UFC debut. With his humble beginnings, brash trash talk and the fighting talent to back it up, McGregor quickly became a must-watch in the MMA world.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: MCGREGOR’S TAKEDOWN AND MENDES ON THE BRINK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Proudly known as Notorious, Ireland’s most famous fighter, Conor McGregor, gives his take on mental warfare. Then, watch Chad Mendes’ account of one of 2014’s greatest fights. From the moment he arrives in Brazil, through his epic five-round battle with champion Jose Aldo, experience the featherweight challenger’s exclusive account of UFC 179.

UFC RISING: CONOR MCGREGOR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 12 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Conor McGregor
  • This Week: UFC RISING showcases the emerging stars of the Octagon, and right now no star is shining brighter than the brash Irishman, Conor McGregor. While his attitude makes the world take notice, explore how he backs it up, breaking down his best performances in The Film Room and his overwhelming athleticism in The Lab. Then take a look at what’s next for this featherweight supernova.

UFC RELOADED: UFC 175: WEIDMAN VS. MACHIDA

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: Watch the epic five-round middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Lyoto Machida at the exciting UFC 175. Plus, don’t miss the other notable matchups on this amazing fight card.

SOCCER

CONCACAF MEN’S U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX SOCCER PLUS; STREAMING ON FOX SPORTS GO AND FOX SOCCER GO

This Week: The CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship kicks off Friday, Jan. 9 in Jamaica, as 12 national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean battle for four qualifying spots the FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cup. FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus offer viewers all the action through the group stages and exclusive coverage of the playoff rounds and the final, while FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go stream the 13 matches live and on-demand.

  • Matchup/Network/When: USA vs. Guatemala, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO/FOX Soccer 2Go, Friday, Jan. 9 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dave Denholm, Tony Meola
  • Matchup Network/When: Mexico vs. Cuba, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO/FOX Soccer 2Go, Saturday, Jan. 10 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dave Denholm, Tony Meola
  • Matchup Network/When: Panama vs. USA, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO/FOX Soccer 2Go, Sunday, Jan. 11 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mark Followill, Tony Meola
  • Matchup Network/When: Canada vs. Mexico, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO/FOX Soccer 2Go, Monday, Jan. 12 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mark Followill, Tony Meola
  • Matchup Network/When: Aruba vs. USA, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO/FOX Soccer 2Go, Wednesday, Jan. 14 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Strong, Janusz Michallik

Lions-Cowboys Clash Helps FOX Dominate NFL Wild Card Weekend

Fox-NFL-2014Opening-Round Thriller Becomes Network’s Second Most-Watched Wild Card Game Ever

Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Program Since 2014 Academy Awards

Largest Day Ever for NFL Viewership on FOX Sports GO Besides Super Bowl XLVIII

A thrilling back-and-forth contest that wasn’t decided until the final moments, Sunday afternoon’s NFC Wild Card showdown between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys posted a 23.6 rating and drew an impressive 42.3 million viewers on FOX, making it the second most-watched NFC Wild Card game ever.

Projected to easily take the mantle as the highest-rated and most-watched NFL playoff game of the opening postseason weekend, the game saw the NFC East division-champion Cowboys score 17 unanswered points in the second half to overcome a 20-7 deficit on their home field. The broadcast peaked at 48.7 million viewers between 7:00 – 7:30 PM ET and marked the highest-rated and most-watched television program since the 2014 Academy Awards last March.

Equally impressive, was how well the game rated in the key male demographics, notching a 13.5 M18-34, a 17.9 M18-49 and 21.3 M25-54, all three the highest ratings in their respective categories across all television programming since Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX last February.

The game also performed exceptionally well in the respective home markets, registering a 43.6 in Dallas and a 43.9 in Detroit – the highest-ever rating for an NFL playoff game in the Motor City.

The broadcast streamed live on FOX Sports GO led to the largest day for total NFL consumption in the platform’s history behind only Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Quotes from FOX NFL SUNDAY

Fox-NFL-2014FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 1/4/15

*NOTE: A special 30-minute edition of FOX NFL Sunday aired in advance of today’s Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys NFC Wild Card contest on FOX

Howie Long on Lions’ Suh: “It’s unfortunate that he put himself in this position, because now the narrative is all about Ndamukong Suh the dirty player and not about what a great player Ndamukong Suh really is.”

Terry Bradshaw on Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense: “He has the weapons today… to match up with anything Dallas has.”

Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson agrees with the appeal ruling that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh not be suspended for today’s Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys: “Yes he should be playing. If it was any other player, this would not even be an issue and had they suspended Ndamukong Suh it would have been the Detroit Lions team being penalized and not Suh. And Suh, with a $70,000 fine, that’s nearly triple what he would have lost had he been suspended and not gotten his playoff game check. This is a physical game, it was just a little step and he didn’t see what he was stepping on, he doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long says Suh’s biggest issue is that he is playing in the wrong era: “Ndamukong Suh has a birthday coming up on Tuesday, January 6th. He was born in 1987. The problem with Ndamukong Suh is he was born 27 years too late. Anyone who played when we played has to feel a little bit hypocritical being critical of this guy. But the reality of the situation is, it’s not 1984, it’s 2015. And that being said, it’s unfortunate that he put himself in this position, because now the narrative is all about Ndamukong Suh the dirty player and not about what a great player Ndamukong Suh really is.”                                                                                                  

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw says the Lions have the offensive weaponry to match the explosive offense of the Cowboys if needed: “They took away the deep throw. They have actually reeled Stafford in because he used to gamble throwing downfield, but he had too many turnovers. But he has the weapons today with Eric Ebron at tight end, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Reggie Bush, to match up with anything Dallas has, I believe that. Dallas is no better at home than they are on the road, they are each 4-4 at home and 4-4 on the road, respectively, and Detroit has a chance.”

Long assesses the Dallas offense’s impact on the rest of the team and says its success is the product of schematic changes and the vision of head coach Jason Garrett: They went through a makeover schematically in the offseason, which led to a psychological makeover on the field. To me, the discussion has been the changes on the coaching staff, changes with the play-calling responsibilities, the three offensive linemen that they hit a home run with [in the draft] and Scott Linehan is getting a lot of credit for this. I believe that this is the offense and the system that Jason Garrett has always wanted to run. It is what he came up under, it’s what he had success with as a player, it’s his frame of reference and this is what he has always wanted to run.”

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NFL, CBB, UFC & More

fox-sports-logoNFL: Interviews with Red-Hot Giants Rookie WR Beckham Jr.

and Lions QB Stafford on FOX NFL SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Syracuse at No. 7 Villanova on FOX

Headlines Big Week of College Hoops

UFC: UFC FIGHT NIGHT on FOX Sports 1: Machida vs. Dolloway

Features Top-Ranked Middleweights

#ICYMI: Fight Motion: UFC Fight Night – Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

http://www.foxsports.com/video/UFC?vid=373565507707

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 STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEWS, RICO HARRIS FEATURE FRIDAY; ANDY RODDICK/CARMELO ANTHONY INTERVIEW SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Reid Forgrave, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: The National Football League is in the home stretch of its regular-season schedule and with just two games remaining for each of the teams, FOX SPORTS LIVE continues its nightly focus on all things gridiron related. Nightly wraps from various team facilities, updated injury information and closer looks at the divisional and wild card playoff races are featured throughout the show. Nightly NHL and NBA highlights and analysis also remain an emphasis as both leagues are in the midst of their respective regular seasons. The end of the week brings the airing of two distinctly unique original features, beginning Friday night with the story of Rico Harris, a former college basketball player and Harlem Globetrotter who mysteriously disappeared in northern California on Oct. 10. Harris was driving north to move in with his girlfriend and start a new job in Seattle, but authorities found his car and personal effects in a park north of San Francisco and he has since vanished without a trace. On Sunday night’s show, analyst and FOX SPORTS LIVE panelist Andy Roddick sits down with New York Knicks forward and seven-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview. The franchise player for the struggling Knicks, Anthony discusses a range of topics from the team’s rebuilding effort and his learning of the triangle offense under new club president Phil Jackson to his life off the court and his recent venture as the CEO of a technology start-up.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, NFL TEAM REPORTS AS PLAYOFFS NEAR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Ephraim Salaam, Brian Scalabrine
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Additionally, former Stanford All-American Casey Jacobsen is in studio to break down the biggest college basketball games each evening as the Top 25 programs approach their conference schedules. As is the custom, the NFL headlines remain a significant part of the show as the divisional races come clearer into view and the playoff seeds are decided. Nightly reports are filed from various team headquarters in advance of this weekend’s games.

 

NFL

NFL ON FOX WEEK 16 – With time slipping away in the 2014 NFL regular season, teams on the postseason bubble battle on FOX Sunday, Dec. 21 (1:00 PM ET & 4:05 PM ET) for their right to continue playing in January. The Detroit Lions remain in the hunt for a playoff berth as they visit the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field (1:00 PM ET). The Lions can claim the NFC North with a victory Sunday, coupled with a Packers loss against the Buccaneers.  NFL announcer Joe Buck is joined in the Soldier Field broadcast booth by analyst Troy Aikman with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.  Meanwhile in New Orleans, the Saints host the Falcons (1:00 PM ET).  A win on Sunday for the Saints, coupled with a Panthers loss, would give New Orleans the NFC South division. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver are on the call from the Mercedes Superdome.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.  In Sunday’s pregame show, Strahan sits down with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Bradshaw conducts a one-on-one interview with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

 

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE            COV.             TIME (ET) 

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints                Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch                38%               1:00PM         

         & Pam Oliver    

Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tulsa, Washington

 

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears                                 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                          28%                1:00PM

                                                                                           & Erin Andrews

Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle

 

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers    Chris Myers, Ronde Barber                  6%                 1:00PM

                                                                                           & Jennifer Hale

Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Fort Myers, Milwaukee, Orlando, Tampa

 

Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins                     Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                 5%                1:00PM

          & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Fla.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, West Palm Beach

New York Giants at St. Louis Rams                        Thom Brennaman, David Diehl            22%                4:05PM          

          & Laura Okmin

Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, Mo.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Hartford, Houston, Kansas City, New York, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. Louis

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

COLLEGE HOOPS HEAVYWEIGHTS COME TO FOX & FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:
    • St. Mary’s at No. 20 St. John’s, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (7:00 PM ET), Rich Ackerman and Jim Spanarkel
    • Alabama A&M at Marquette, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Dickey Simpkins
    • Texas-Pan Am at Creighton, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (9:00 PM ET), Kevin Kugler and Nick Bahe
    • Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Tech, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (9:00 PM ET), Robert Giovannetti and John Harris
    • No. 3 Arizona at UTEP, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (11:00 PM ET), Wes Durham and Dan Bonner
    • No. 4 Louisville at Western Kentucky, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (12:00 PM ET), Ron Thulin and Mike Jarvis
    • Charlotte at Georgetown, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (12:00 PM ET), Custer and Tarik Turner
    • Syracuse at No. 7 Villanova, FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (1:00 PM ET), Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson
    • USF vs. Florida State (Orange Bowl Classic), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
    • No. 23 Butler vs. Indiana (Crossroads Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:30 PM ET), Joe Davis and Stephen Bardo
    • Wake Forest vs. Florida (Orange Bowl Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (5:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
    • Creighton at North Texas, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 21 (2:00 PM ET), Ron Thulin and Dan Bonner
    • UT Martin at No. 23 Butler, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (7:00 PM ET), Cory Provus and Greg Kelser
    • Weber State at No. 15 Oklahoma, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (8:00 PM ET), Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs
    • Providence vs. No. 18 Miami (Fla.) (Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (9:00 PM ET), Tim Brando and Bill Raftery
    • North Dakota at Marquette, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (9:00 PM ET), Kevin Kugler and Dickey Simpkins
    • NJIT at No. 7 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 23 (7:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Ron Thompson
    • TBA vs. TBA (Las Vegas Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 23 (9:00 PM ET), Joe Davis and Donny Marshall
    • TBA vs. TBA (Las Vegas Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 23 (11:30 PM ET), Joe Davis and Donny Marshall
  • This Week: Some of the most iconic college basketball programs in the country hit the court on the FOX Sports family of networks this week, highlighted by Syracuse at No. 7 Villanova Saturday afternoon on the FOX broadcast network. The former BIG EAST rivals face off at 1:00 PM ET with Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson on the call. Over on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, No. 4 Louisville takes on in-state rival Western Kentucky (12:00 PM ET), followed by another clash of in-state foes as No. 23 Butler meets Indiana at 2:30 PM ET at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Earlier in the week, No. 2 Arizona goes up against UTEP on Friday, Dec. 19 (11:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

UFC

UFC UNLEASHED UFC 165 TITLE FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 17 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Renan Barao, Eddie Wineland
  • This Week: UFC Unleashed presents the two title fights featured in the main and co-main events of UFC 165. Watch light heavyweight champion Jon Jones take on Alexander Gustafsson, then see bantamweight beast Renan Barao face Eddie Wineland.

UFC TONIGHT PREVIEWS UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. DOLLAWAY, PLUS CORMIER AND VANZANT INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 17 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: This week on UFC TONIGHT, host Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA vs. DOLLAWAY. Florian interviews light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier before his UFC 182 title fight and they also catch up with rising strawweight Paige VanZant.

UFC RELOADED UFC 173: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 18 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Renan Barao, T.J. Dillashaw
  • This Week: Owner of a remarkable 35-fight unbeaten streak, Renan Barao puts his UFC bantamweight title on the line when he faces talented contender T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 173. 

UFC WEIGH-IN FEATURES ANALYSTS MELENDEZ AND FLORIAN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Karyn Bryant, with Kenny Florian and Gilbert Melendez as analysts, as the fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS MIDDLEWEIGHT HEADLINER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Melendez and Florian break down the night. The three also analyze several exciting match-ups on the PRELIMS.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURE NO. 12 RANKED FEATHERWEIGHT ELKINS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four bouts including Marcos Rogerio de Lima (12-3-1) against Igor Pokrajac (25-11, 1NC) in a light heavyweight scrap. A pair of featherweight fights anchors the PRELIMS with Tom Niinimaki (21-7-1) vs. Renato Moicano (8-0-1) and No. 12 featherweight Darren Elkins (19-4-0) vs. Hacran Dias (21-3-1). Leandro Issa (12-4) and Ulka Sasake (18-1-2) open the PRELIMS with a bantamweight bout.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX SPORTS 1: MACHIDA VS. DOLLAWAY FEATURES KEY MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (10:00 PM ET)

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Glazer and analysts Melendez and Florian breaking down all the action. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

 

NASCAR

2015 NASCAR SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL AIRS DEC. 21 ON FOX ADJACENT TO NFL ON FOX COVERAGE

While NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES teams look forward to some downtime during the holidays, FOX takes a sneak peek at what’s to come next season in a one-hour special entitled NASCAR 2015:  A NEW ERA, premiering Sunday, Dec. 21 adjacent to NFL on FOX coverage (check local listings for airtimes).Hosted by Danielle Trotta from Daytona International Speedway, the program previews the upcoming NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES season, outlining everything fans need to know heading into one of the most anticipated seasons in years. NASCAR 2015:  A NEW ERA offers in-depth interviews with the series’ top drivers, including sit-downs with 2014 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. with FOX NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip; six-time NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Jimmie Johnson with FOX NASCAR host Chris Myers; and a Carl Edwards feature interview with NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer, in addition to numerous other drivers.

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 21 adjacent to NFL on FOX coverage (check local listings for airtimes)
  • Talent:  Danielle Trotta, Darrell Waltrip, Chris Myers, Jay Glazer, Adam Alexander, Jeff Hammond, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip and Matt Yocum  
  • Next Week: Encore presentation Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 9:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

In addition, new “Best of 2014” NASCAR RACE HUB episodes air weekdays through Monday, Dec. 22 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO.  Following a brief hiatus for the holidays, NASCAR RACE HUB resumes in January.

 

SOCCER

FOX SPORTS WRAPS UP FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP COVERAGE

  • What: FOX Sports’ exclusive coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup tournament continues this week, culminating with the final on Dec. 20.  After winning the all-Spanish UEFA Champions League Final this year, Real Madrid now looks to add the title of world’s best club to its accomplishments in 2014.
  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Third-Place Match: Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Auckland City (NZL), FOX Sports 2, Saturday., Dec. 20 (11:20 AM ET)

o   Final: Real Madrid vs. San Lorenzo (ARG), FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:20 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Strong calls the third-place match alongside Cobi Jones. JP Dellacamera calls the final alongside Brian Dunseth.

Johnson: “Unless Manziel is really balling, they’re not going to make the playoffs”

Fox-NFL-2014FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 12/14/14

Johnson: “Unless Manziel is Really Balling, They’re Not Going to Make the Playoffs”

Long on Watt: “He’s as Dominant a Player at Any Position in Football”

Bradshaw Defends Harbaugh

FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Six-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb on what the Cleveland Browns need to do to take the pressure off Johnny Manziel: “In order to take pressure off Johnny Manziel, you’re going to have to continue to run the ball.  It’s more about the attempts than the yards.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and Hall of Famer Michael Strahan stopped by FOX NFL KICKOFF and talked about the San Francisco 49ers chances of making the postseason: “I don’t believe this team is going to make the playoffs.  After watching them and the way they lost last week in a game we all expected them to win or at least put forth an effort that was playoff indicative of a team with their backs against the wall, you didn’t see that.”

FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Randy Moss says Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is more valuable to his team than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck: “Andrew Luck has a lot of help there.  J.J. Watt is all the Houston Texans have.” 

 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson doesn’t see the Cleveland Browns making the playoffs, even under the direction of quarterback Johnny Manziel: “The reality of it is, unless Manziel is really balling, they’re not going to make the playoffs. Cincinnati is in first place by way of a tie right now. With the way the schedule is setup right now, Baltimore wins out, win eleven games and wins this division.”

Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long makes a case for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt winning the MVP award this year: “He’s the first, second and third thing every offensive coordinator needs to deal with. He’s as dominant a player at any position in football.  Granted there is a wide margin between Aaron Rodgers and the No. 2 guy but it’s a Grand Canyon between J.J. Watt and the second best defender.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Strahan makes a case for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the MVP this season: “Over the entire season so far, he has 35 touchdowns, only three interceptions and 16 touchdowns with no interceptions over the last five games. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t turn the ball over.  If I played on that team, I’d be kissing that man’s feet because he is a defense’s best friend.”

Johnson and Strahan disagree on whether running back Adrian Peterson is serious about potentially retiring from football.

Johnson: “He’s not going to walk away from the game he loves.  He’s not going to walk away from all that money. He is not going to retire.”

Strahan: “Maybe he has something else he loves. Look at the way he came back from injury [in 2012]; when he makes his mind up to do something he gets it done and he does not back down from it. So if he retired, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Long is disappointed at the leaks coming out of the Washington Redskins organization: “The thing that is disappointing to me is all the leaks coming out of that organization. The front office, the coaching staff and in the locker room.  It’s disappointing.”

Four-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw is upset with the San Francisco 49ers’ handling of head coach Jim Harbaugh: “It seems like I’ve done this week after week in the last month, defend Jim Harbaugh. When he came to the San Francisco 49ers four years ago they were going nowhere. Trent Baalke comes in as the general manager. And now it’s already been reported that Harbaugh is out and you expect him to go on the road, week-in and week-out, and get this team to play its very best when in fact everybody in that organization knows he’s gone.  The players know he’s gone. It’s been reported that their defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will be the next head coach. How in the world can you expect a coach to coach and players to play especially in a game like this [against the Seahawks]? I am just baffled by the whole thing.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer on Manziel and his preparations leading into this week’s game:  “When he wasn’t named the starter, he took it hard. But going into this week, he acted like he was almost cramming for a test to make up for lost time. He wants to show everyone in there that they can trust him.  Because he is such a polarizing figure, there are defensive players around the league who are actually having discussions about what they are going to do if they get their hands on this guy [Manziel]. Maybe they’ll do the money sign. I was at dinner with some defensive players and they said they would take a fifteen-yard penalty just to welcome him to the league.

Glazer with the latest on Cam Newton’s injury:  “I talked to his head coach Ron Rivera this morning and when he first came back, they gave him such a huge ovation. They already have him running on a treadmill underwater. Ron said they don’t know when he is coming back because of where those fractures are in his back, they have no idea how he’s going to respond when he torques.”

Glazer on a potential rule change in the NFL:  “Goal posts have been the same width since 1920. That could now change. At next month’s Pro Bowl, they are actually going to try to move the goal posts from 18.5 feet to 14 feet. They are going to try and make things more exciting form 4th down. If it happens, in the long term it’s groundbreaking.”