FOX Sports 1 Presents First Ever U.S. OPEN MEDIA DAY SPECIAL

fox-sports-1-logoHour-Long Program Previews 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

Joe Buck, Greg Norman, Holly Sonders and Brad Faxon Host

New York – With the U.S. Open Championship just around the corner, FOX Sports presents U.S. OPEN MEDIA DAY SPECIAL, a one-hour showcase previewing the 115th U.S. Open Championship. Originating from the United States Golf Association’s Media Day at Chambers Bay, the program, recorded earlier in the day, airs in primetime Monday, April 27, (9:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

Hosted by Holly Sonders and Joe Buck, with insights and special features from analysts Greg Norman and Brad Faxon, the special also includes sit-down interviews with USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and President Tom O’Toole Jr., who provide a comprehensive preview of our country’s national championship.

“We are excited to present the first ever U.S. Open Media Day show,” said Bill Richards, senior vice president of FOX Sports production. “Chambers Bay is one of the most unique courses in the country, and we look to capture those iconic images for viewers and bring a one of a kind behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for golf’s greatest championship event.”

Course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. also joins the show, providing a detailed look at the course layout and challenging links design. Reigning U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer appears via satellite, sharing insights on his championship experience and what he expects from this year’s venue. Norman and Faxon walk viewers through each hole, offering analysis on particular points of interest and spots that could spell trouble for competitors during championship week.

U.S. OPEN MEDIA DAY SPECIAL also showcases the innovative technology which FOX Sports expects to integrate into the U.S. Open telecast. Featuring never-before-seen enhancements, such as augmented reality graphics illustrating the contours of greens as well as wind speed and direction, in addition to drone fly-overs and 4k Flex technology that brings super slow motion shots and drop down robotic cameras for unique angles throughout the course, FOX Sports promises a golf broadcast with new and distinct perspectives.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open begins Thursday, June 18, at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1, culminating with the final round Sunday, June 21, at 2:00 PM ET on FOX.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: UFC, NASCAR, Soccer & More

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

UFC: Groundbreaking New Season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Premieres Tonight on FOX Sports 1                                                                                      

NASCAR: Toyota Owners 400 Airs Saturday Evening on FOX

SOCCER:  MLS Soccer Sunday Features Doubleheader on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI: On AMERICA’S PREGAME, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson says he can KO Floyd Mayweather in 15 seconds:

 

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NASCAR

WITH HEAVY HEARTS, NASCAR ROLLS INTO RICHMOND FOR FULL WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTED BY TOYOTA OWNERS 400 SATURDAY UNDER THE LIGHTS ON FOX

With the passing of longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes on Tuesday, the NASCAR community gathers in Richmond this weekend, just one week removed from an amazing showing of support for Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway, returning to the business of racing he represented so well for more than 30 years. Of note, Saturday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 originally was scheduled to air on FOX Sports 1, but now airs on the FOX broadcast network after an early season schedule change.

FOX Sports offers 19 hours of live NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES coverage from Richmond International Raceway, culminating with the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race live on FOX on Saturday, April 25 (6:30 PM ET), with pre-race coverage beginning at 6:00 PM ET.

Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag last week at Bristol for his first victory of the season. Defending champion Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano likely have locked up spots in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup via wins in the season’s eight opening races.

2012 champ Keselowski serves as race analyst for FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race coverage on Friday, April 24 (7:30 PM ET). Keselowski is one of five NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers announced as part of a rotation in the FOX and FOX Sports 1 booth for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season.  Also scheduled as guest analysts this season are Jeff Gordon, Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick. This season, FOX Sports adds coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES for the first 14 races of the year. FOX Sports 1 telecasts 10 of the events, while FOX broadcasts the races from Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte and Dover.

In the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon are tied for the points lead, followed by defending champion Chase Elliott (-12), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-22) and Ryan Reed (-38) after seven races. At Richmond, FOX Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on-track sessions begins with Cup Series practice on Friday, April 24 (11:00 AM ET).

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

FOX NASCAR PRE-RACE SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Chris Myers; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
  • This Week: A tribute to longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday; a feature about Denny Hamlin’s 2015 season; Michael Waltrip’s Grid Walk; and an examination of what ails Tony Stewart’s on-track performance.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 24 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analysts Michael Waltrip and guest analyst Brad Keselowski; reporters Vince Welch, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 24 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Vince Welch, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
  • This Week: A feature on Harrison Rhodes, a business school student at North Carolina State University during the week and a NASCAR driver on the weekends.

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie

NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 22-Thursday, April 23 (6:00 PM ET), Friday, April 24 (12:30-1:00 PM, 2:30-3:00 PM and 5:00-5:30 PM ET), Monday, April 27-Thursday, April 30 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: On Wednesday, April 22, a look at some of longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes’ greatest on-air moments; driver guest Regan Smith in-studio; “RadioActive” Bristol feature; and interviews with Richard Childress, Kyle Larson and Jason Ratcliff
  • Next Week: Driver/guest analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, April 27; driver/guest analyst Joey Logano on Tuesday, April 28

UFC

JOHNSON BEST TECHNICAL FIGHTER IN THE UFC, SAYS FOX UFC ANALYST STANN

This weekend’s UFC 186: JOHNSON VS. HORIGUCHI features flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title against No. 7-ranked Kyoji Horiguchi. FOX UFC analyst Brian Stann believes Johnson is too tough for the Japanese fighter. “I believe Johnson is technically the most proficient fighter in the UFC,” says Stann. “Everything he can do from the right, he can do the left. He can pass the guard from both sides and take you down from both sides. He’s one of the most fun champions to watch because he’s so technically sound and so fast.” FOX Sports 1 begins coverage Saturday, April 25 (7:00 PM ET) with the UFC 186 PREFIGHT SHOW, leading into the PRELIMS at 8:00 PM ET. Follow the link for a preview of UFC 186: https://youtu.be/7l4xdc_mbJs

UFC TONIGHT: TUF PREVIEW AND INTERIVEWS WITH GYM OWNERS, PLUS UFC 186 PREVIEW AND DOLLAWAY INTERVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 22 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview UFC 186: JOHNSON VS. HORIGUCHI and interview No. 11-ranked middleweight CB Dollaway about his bout against Michael Bisping.  Plus, they talk to American Top Team owner Dan Lambert and Blackzilians owner Glenn Robinson about the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER and their bitter rivalry. Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani add reports.

UFC TONIGHT GOES NIGHTLY NEXT WEEK, AIRS AT MIDNIGHT MONDAY – FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: For one week only, UFC TONIGHT airs at Midnight (12:00 AM ET) each week night. Guests include UFC president Dana White on Monday, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez Tuesday, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans Wednesday, bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey Thursday, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino on Friday evening.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 21 PREMIERES WITH ALL-NEW FORMAT: AMERICAN TOP TEAM VS. BLACKZILIANS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 22 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dana White, Dan Lambert, Glenn Robinson
  • This Week: The long-running reality series THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER returns to FOX Sports 1 for Season 21 with an all-new team vs. team format. A long standing rivalry between two of MMA’s top gyms, American Top Team and The Blackzilians, finally gets its day of reckoning. Two teams, 16 fighters, and two fiery gym owners battle it out for the chance to win up to $500,000 and a coveted trophy to prove which team dominates South Florida.

FOX SPORTS LIVE PRESENTS TUF TALK RECAPS PREMIERE EPISODE, PLUS INTERVIEWS WITH FIGHTERS, GYM OWNERS AND UFC PRESIDENT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 22 (11:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Dominick Cruz
  • This Week: Host Karyn Bryant and analyst Dominick Cruz discuss the premiere of the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER and interview rival gym owners Dan Lambert of American Top Team and Glenn Robinson of Blackzilians. In addition, they catch up UFC president Dana White, and with gym members Rashad Evans and Tyron Woodley and cast member Kamarundeen Usman.

UFC 186 WEIGH-INS FEATURE ANALYSIS FROM CRUZ AND EVANS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 24 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC 186 WEIGH-INS features host Karyn Bryant, with analysts Dominick Cruz and Rashad Evans breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.                            

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 PREFIGHT SHOW: JOHNSON VS. HORIGUCHI PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Cruz and Evans preview the exciting evening of fights including the much anticipated title fight between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and No. 7 Kyoji Horiguchi. Glazer, Cruz and Evans also analyze the other matchups on the main card and prelims.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg
  • This Week: The two-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, including welterweight Patrick Cote (21-9) against Joe Riggs (40-15). No. 3-ranked bantamweight Alexis Davis (16-6) battles No. 5 Sarah Kaufman (17-2, 1NC). Undefeated Chad Laprise (10-0) takes on Bryan Barberena (10-2) in a lightweight scrap, while Olivier Aubin-Mercier (6-1) and David Michaud (8-1) open the PRELIMS with another lightweight bout.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS FLYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT AND MORE 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Cruz and Evans break down the evening’s biggest bouts including the headliner between flyweight champion Johnson and Horiguchi. They also interview the big winners.

UFC STAR CONOR MCGREGOR’S RISE FOLLOWED IN SPECIAL WEEK-LONG EVENT: THE NOTORIOUS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 – Friday, May 1 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Conor McGregor
  • This Week: THE NOTORIOUS follows the meteoric rise of the UFC’s enigmatic Irish featherweight fighter Conor McGregor. Airing nightly at 12:30 PM ET from Sunday, April 26 to Friday, May 1, the six-episode series goes behind-the-scenes for an intimate look at McGregor as he develops as a fighter, a publicity machine and a businessman.

 

MLB

INDIANS AT TIGERS; METS CLASH WITH YANKEES SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25
    • Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers: Joe Davis and Eric Karros (1:00 PM ET)
    • New York Mets at New York Yankees: Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal (4:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: The MLB on FOX Sports 1 pregame show (12:30 PM ET) precedes Indians at Tigers with host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts CJ Nitkowski & Frank Thomas. In this week’s program, FOX Sports 1 goes behind the scenes for an all-access feature on Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez, he trio also discusses who the Mets’ “Franchise Four” are, and Nitkowski breaks down how Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has responded since coming back from Tommy John surgery.

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
    • Thursday, April 23 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Dontrelle Willis & Frank Thomas
    • Friday, April 24 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Dontrelle Willis & Frank Thomas
    • Monday, April 27 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Chris Myers, CJ Nitkowski & Ken Rosenthal
    • Tuesday, April 28 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Chris Myers & CJ Nitkowski
    • Wednesday, April 29 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt & CJ Nitkowski
  • Show Description: MLB WHIPAROUND is FOX Sports 1’s nightly in-progress highlights and analysis studio show. The 60-minute program features live look-ins at games from across the country, courtesy of FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks, in addition to recaps and analysis from some of the games most respected journalists and former players.

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN AIRS AT 11:30 PM ET THIS WEEK, FOLLOWING MLS DOUBLEHEADER ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (11:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Katie Nolan
  • This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. In case you missed it, last week Nolan called out marathon cheaters, chatted with actor Anthony Anderson and more. This week, Nolan sits down with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

FOX SPORTS 1-ON-1: NFL OWNERS MEETING EDITION

  • Network/When/Talent: FOX Sports 1, studio wraps by Molly McGrath, interviews by Jay Glazer and Chris Myers
    • Sunday, April 26:
      • New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:30 AM ET)
      • Interview by Chris Myers
    • Monday, April 27:
      • Legendary actor and comedian Bill Murray
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:30 PM ET)
      • Interview by Chris Myers
    • Tuesday, April 28:
      • Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:00 PM ET)
      • Interview by Jay Glazer
  • This Week: The National Football League is a year-round business as fan interest and passion carries the sport throughout its nominal “offseason.” With that in mind, FOX Sports attended last month’s NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix, securing interviews with a number of the league’s most prominent and impactful decision-makers. Presented in both 30-minute and one-hour installments under the umbrella of the FOX SPORTS 1-ON-1 series, the interviews go in-depth with both head coaches and personnel executives, discussing the free agency period and looming NFL Draft among several other league issues.

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NBA AND NHL PLAYOFF RECAPS NIGHTLY, TUF TALK RETURNS WEDNESDAY, DONTRELLE WILLIS IN STUDIO FOR MLB, FEATURE ON TOP DRAFT PROSPECT SHELTON SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Donny Marshall, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Peter Schrager.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. FOX SPORTS LIVE recaps all of the nightly action of the NBA and NHL playoffs at the top of the show. FOX Sports 1 analyst and former 14-year NBA veteran Jim Jackson returns to the studio, breaking down all of the night’s biggest moments from the hardwood. On the NHL front, coverage continues with highlights and postgame reactions live from site at the conclusion of games. With the 21st season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER debuting on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, the popular weekly segment, “TUF TALK” returns to the top of the show, immediately following the premiere episode. Host Karyn Bryant is joined in studio by show contestants and coaches, while UFC president Dana White joins for an interview via satellite. One of the newest additions to the FOX Sports 1 on-air lineup, MLB analyst Dontrelle Willis is in studio all week, weighing in on the nightly matchups and results. The 2015 NFL Draft is right around the corner and coverage begins Sunday night as FOX Sports 1 NFL reporter Peter Schrager tells the story of first-round prospect Danny Shelton, a defensive tackle from the University of Washington who overcome significant adversity earlier in his life that included witnessing the murder of his older brother. The feature profiles Shelton over a period of weeks during his preparation for the draft in his home state of Washington. Draft coverage continues all week from Chicago with Mike Garafolo, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt and Schrager on hand covering the NFL’s marquee offseason event.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEWS,

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Joel Klatt, CJ Nitkowski, Peter Schrager, Frank Thomas
  • This Week: APG airs at 5:00 PM ET Monday through Thursday this week, setting the stage for all of the nightly action, including extensive preview coverage of the NBA and NHL playoffs. With games beginning in the early evening, APG goes to site, getting live reports from local correspondents who have covered the playoff teams throughout their regular seasons and provide insights and analysis in advance of the postseason games. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 NBA analyst Donny Marshall is in studio this week, breaking down the playoff matchups. Nightly Major League Baseball previews come in from the regional sports networks around the country, profiling the night’s biggest contests as the season kicks into full gear. Wednesday’s show is highlighted by a number of UFC guests in preparation for the evening premier of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, including Rashad Evans, Tecia Torres and Steve Carl. Due to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice at Richmond on Friday afternoon, the show is preempted, returning Monday evening at 5:00 PM ET.

GOLF

U.S.OPEN MEDIA DAY SPECIAL TEES OFF FOX SPORTS’ USGA COVERAGE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX SPORTS GO, Monday, April 27 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Buck, Brad Faxon, Greg Norman and Holly Sonders
  • This Week: With the U.S. Open Championship just around the corner, the FOX Sports golf team travels to Chambers Bay for the USGA’s U.S. Open Media Day. FOX Sports interviews USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and President Tom O’Toole to discuss everything to expect from the hardest test in golf. Course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. also joins the show to reveal some secrets of the famed links design and reigning U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer weighs in via satellite. In addition, the FOX Sports golf team will have a chance to play Chambers Bay and offer their analysis on particular points of interest and their predictions for the 115th U.S. Open.

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS WRAP UP TOMORROW; MULTIMATCH 90 RETURNS

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o    Zenit vs. Sevilla, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 23 (2:30 PM ET)

o    Napoli vs. Wolfsburg, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 23 (2:30 PM ET)

o    MULTIMATCH 90, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 23 (2:30 PM ET)

o    Fiorentina vs. Dynamo Kiev, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 23 (7:00 PM ET)

o    Dnipro vs. Club Brugge, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 23 (9:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Alexi Lalas.
  • This Week: The UEFA Europa League Quarterfinal Leg 2 matches take place on Thursday beginning with a 30-minute pregame show, while whip-around show MULTIMATCH 90 returns to feature highlights and goals in near real-time from the four quarterfinal matches.

MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES WITH DOUBLEHEADER ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o    Orlando City FC vs. Toronto FC, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET)

o    Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (9:30 PM ET)

  • Talent: JP Dellacamera calls the first match alongside Stuart Holden and sideline reporter Grant Wahl, live from the Citrus Bowl. John Strong calls the second match alongside Alexi Lalas and sideline reporter Julie Stewart-Binks live from CenturyLink Field.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s coverage of its second MLS doubleheader begins with a studio show hosted by Rob Stone, with Eric Wynalda and Cobi Jones providing analysis during pregame, halftime and postgame of both matches.

COLLEGE SPORTS

BASEBALL: BAYLOR WELCOMES K-STATE IN BIG 12 BATTLE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dave Barnett and Pat Combs
  • This Week: K-State and Baylor meet in Waco for a Big 12 Conference showdown this weekend, with Sunday’s three-game series finale televised live on FOX Sports 1. The Wildcats and Bears are tied in the conference standings, each at 5-10, and both squads look to make up ground with the Big 12 Tournament right around the corner.

TENNIS: BIG 12 CHAMPIONS CROWNED ON SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (1:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: The Big 12 Conference crowns its men’s and women’s tennis team champions on Sunday, April 26, live on FOX Sports 2. The men’s teams take the courts first, at 1:00 PM ET, followed by the women’s championship. Matches are played at Baylor’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.

FOX Sports Restructures Senior Management

fox-sports-logoJamie Horowitz Appointed President, FOX Sports National Networks

John Entz Promoted to President, FOX Sports Production;

David Nathanson Promoted to Head of Business Operations

Los Angeles — FOX Sports, the world’s leading sports media brand, is reorganizing its U.S. management structure.  The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

Headlining this restructuring is the appointment of Jamie Horowitz to the newly created position of President, FOX Sports National Networks. Horowitz, a former ESPN and NBC News executive, oversees all programming, marketing and scheduling for FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, reporting directly to Shanks.  His responsibilities also include management and development of original programming and day-to-day operations for FOX Sports 1’s news and studio programs, including AMERICA’S PREGAME, NASCAR RACEHUB and FOX SPORTS LIVE, the channel’s flagship nightly news, highlights and commentary program.  Horowitz will be based at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and is scheduled to assume his new position in mid-May.

“Watching FOX Sports 1 grow and evolve over the 21 months since we launched has been exhilarating, and I’m so proud of our team for what we’ve achieved,” said Shanks.  “FOX Sports 1 is the fastest growing sports channel in the country, and we’ve seen about a 30% viewership increase overall, and 50% increase for live events, year over year.  That substantial growth has made it necessary to more clearly define our organizational structure so we’re better positioned for long-term success. Bringing an extremely creative executive like Jamie aboard to oversee our national cable channels ties everything together.”

In addition to the Horowitz appointment, John Entz, FOX Sports’ Executive Vice President, Production and Executive Producer, has been promoted to President, Production, FOX Sports and continues to report to Shanks.  Entz is responsible for all live event production, pre- and postgame coverage, as well as studio and technical operations.

“John is responsible for maintaining the unparalleled game and event production quality that FOX Sports is known for, and this promotion recognizes that important achievement,” added Shanks. “As FOX Sports 1 matures, and more events are added, having John focus his attention solely on that aspect of our operation is essential and will keep our production standards the envy of the industry.”

David Nathanson, formerly General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, has been promoted to Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports, a newly created position.  In this post, which also reports to Shanks, Nathanson manages business and league relationships, contributes to rights negotiations and identifies untapped revenue generating opportunities having to do with all linear and digital channels and platforms under the FOX Sports umbrella.

“David has been a terrific leader and has done a masterful job positioning FOX Sports 1 for enormous growth,” offered Shanks.  “Among other properties, he was the key executive responsible for FOX Sports having won the rights to the World Cup and Women’s World Cup through 2026, and tapping those skills going forward no doubt will help the entire FOX Sports organization grow faster, sooner.”

In addition to the moves with Entz and Nathanson, Jeff Krolik continues as President, FOX Sports Regional Networks, including oversight of FOX Deportes, while Pete Vlastelica remains Executive Vice President, Digital, FOX Sports.  Both will continue reporting to Shanks.

“Jeff and Pete have been, and will continue to be true leaders in every sense of the word,” added Shanks.  “Our regional sports networks are thriving on every level and our mobile and digital offerings are setting new industry standards.”

In the fall of 2014, Horowitz served as Senior Vice President/General Manager of Today, NBC News’ long-running morning program, overseeing all platforms of the show’s brand, driving greater integration and developing opportunities that served the audience beyond the day-to-day execution of the broadcast and digital platforms.

Horowitz established himself as an innovative developer of provocative sports programs during his many years at ESPN, where he served in a variety of capacities.  In his most recent position, from February 2012 to August 2014, he held the title Vice President, Original Programming and Production where he was charged with the development of original studio shows, and oversaw the budgets and production for established shows, including Olbermann, First Take, Numbers Never Lie, SportsNation and Colin’s New Football Show.  Horowitz also worked to drive revenue for the shows via custom content across multiple platforms.

As a coordinating producer at ESPN from January 2009 to January 2012, Horowitz created and executive produced the daily studio show, SportsNation, and created the weekly ESPN on ABC show, Winners Bracket.  As a senior producer at ESPN from May 2006 to January 2009, he oversaw the development of original studio shows, and served as Executive Producer of the World Series of Poker.

Horowitz began his career in sports television as an Olympics researcher for NBC Sports (1998-2000) for the 2000 Sydney Summer Games, also writing for the NBC morning show during the Games.  After the Sydney Olympics he was elevated to associate producer with NBC Sports where he served from October 2000 to April 2006.  There, Horowitz created and produced the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, and worked on remote and studio events for NBC’s coverage of NBA, NASCAR and the Olympics.

— FOX SPORTS —

FOX Sports Unveils Schedule For 22nd NFL Season

Fox-NFL-2014FOX NFL Season Opens with NFL’s Oldest Rivalry, Packers at Bears

Television’s No. 1 Show, AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, Kicks Off with Cowboys at Eagles in Week 2

Sundays Begin with FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s Most-Watched NFL Pregame Show for 21 Straight Seasons

New York & Los Angeles – Coming off another season as the home to the highest-rated and most-watched NFL program, FOX Sports today presents its schedule for the 2015 season, the network’s 22nd covering the National Football League.

FOX NFL coverage is scheduled to broadcast 101 regular-season games, including nine installments of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, which is on track to be television’s most-watched program for the sixth straight year. AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK kicks off in Week 2 with a classic NFC East matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles from Lincoln Financial Field. Other clashes featured on AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK this season include Green Bay at San Francisco (Week 4); Dallas at the New York Giants (Week 7); Seattle at Dallas (Week 8); San Francisco at Seattle (Week 11); Philadelphia at the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots (Week 13); Dallas at Green Bay (Week 14); Green Bay at Arizona (Week 16); and Seattle at Arizona (Week 17).

The 2015 FOX NFL regular season opens with the league’s oldest rivalry on Sunday, Sept. 13, as the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers (1:00 PM ET). Other games that day include the two-time defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks at the St. Louis Rams; the NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers at the Jacksonville Jaguars; the New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals; and Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers.

FOX NFL broadcasts its traditional Thanksgiving Day game on Thursday, Nov. 26, as the Detroit Lions host the Philadelphia Eagles at 12:30 PM ET. FOX also carries one game from across the pond this season, as the Lions face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Nov. 1 (9:30 AM ET), kicking off a FOX NFL tripleheader which also includes five regional games at 1:00 PM ET, followed by AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK – Seattle at Dallas – at 4:25 PM ET.

This year’s FOX NFL schedule features nine appearances each by Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks and Aaron Rodgers’ NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers. Also featured nine times on FOX this season are Eli Manning and the New York Giants, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, and Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, who, following off-season acquisitions like DeMarco Murray, Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow, are one of the most interesting stories heading into 2015.

Each week, coverage begins with FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00-1:00 PM ET/9:00-10:00 AM PT), America’s most-watched pregame show for 21 straight seasons. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee return as co-hosts alongside analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. Bradshaw, Menefee, Long, Johnson and Strahan are joined by NFL insider Jay Glazer and NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira. Since its premiere in September 1994, FOX NFL SUNDAY has won 20 Emmy Awards for its production and personalities, including four for Outstanding Studio Show.

Once playoff teams are determined, FOX NFL presents exclusive live postseason coverage, including an NFC Wild Card Game, the NFC Divisional Playoffs and the NFC Championship Game.

The 2015 FOX NFL season kicks off with a pair of exciting preseason matchups beginning Sunday, Aug. 23 (8:00 PM ET), as the Tennessee Titans host the St. Louis Rams. On Sunday, Aug. 30 (4:00 PM ET), J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans make the short trip east to face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, visiting the city as it commemorates on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The 2014 FOX NFL regular season marked FOX Sports’ second most-watched since the network began broadcasting NFL games in 1994, with an average audience of 20.7 million viewers. AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, which last season averaged a sensational 15.5/29 with 26.9 million viewers, is poised to retain its crown as the most-watched show in television for the sixth straight season upon the television season’s conclusion in May. FOX Sports’ five most-watched NFL seasons have all come within the last five years, and last year’s NFL on FOX schedule averaged +8% higher rating over its performance five years ago and +34% higher than its delivery 10 years ago.

2015 FOX NFL BROADCAST SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES ET)

 

Sunday, September 13

 

1:00 PM                      Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:05 PM                      New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers

Sunday, September 20

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM                      Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants

St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers

4:25 PM                      Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, September 27

 

1:00 PM                      Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans

4:05 PM                      San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, October 4

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

 

1:00 PM                      Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New York Giants at Buffalo Bills

4:25 PM                      Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos

Sunday, October 11

 

1:00 PM                      New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals

Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

4:05 PM                      Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

Sunday, October 18

 

1:00 PM                      Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Washington Redskins at New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers

4:05 PM                      Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, October 25

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

 

1:00 PM                      Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts

Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans

4:25 PM                      Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

Sunday, November 1

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

9:30 AM                      Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs (London)

1:00 PM                      Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

New York Giants at New Orleans Saints

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns

4:25 PM                      Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, November 8

 

1:00 PM                      St. Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers

Washington Redskins at New England Patriots

4:05 PM                      New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, November 15

 

1:00 PM                      New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans

Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams

4:05 PM                      Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, November 22

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

 

1:00 PM                      Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins

St. Louis Rams at Baltimore Ravens

4:25 PM                      San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Thursday, November 26

 

12:30 PM                    Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions

 

Sunday, November 29

 

1:00 PM                      New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals

New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts

4:05 PM                      Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, December 6

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

 

1:00 PM                      San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

4:25 PM                      Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

Sunday, December 13

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

 

1:00 PM                      Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams

San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns

4:25 PM                      Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Sunday, December 20

 

1:00 PM                      Carolina Panthers at New York Giants

Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:05 PM                      Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, December 27

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

 

1:00 PM                      San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions

New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills

4:25 PM                      Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, January 3

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

 

1:00 PM                      Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

4:25 PM                      Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers

 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

NFC Wild Card Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

NFC Championship Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

* FOX NFL games scheduled in Weeks 5-10 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. During this period, flexible schedule can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into prime time and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

** FOX NFL games scheduled in Weeks 11 – 17 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan.  After consultation with FOX Sports, the NFL will determine start times on these dates, with a game or games possibly moving to the late afternoon broadcast window.

FOX Sports Goes on the Clock with Multi-Platform, NFL Draft Special

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NFL DRAFT SPECIAL

Live Second-Screen Experience Includes Insider Information and Analysis from Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Peter Schrager and Mike Garafolo

Available on FOX Sports GO, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports Radio and Periscope

Los Angeles – Offering a first-of-its-kind, multiplatform, second-screen viewing experience, FOX Sports presents the “FOX SPORTS LIVE 2015 NFL DRAFTCAST,” from The Plaza at Park Grill in downtown Chicago, Thursday, April 30. Live DRAFTCAST coverage of the first round begins at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT, with an hour-long preview leading up to the first pick.

DRAFTCAST coverage is also available to all users through FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live-streaming video of FOX Sports content, as well as on FOXSports.com and by more than 400 radio stations across the country via the nationally syndicated FOX Sports Radio Network.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the NFL Draft, the league’s marquee offseason event, is highlighted by the presence of the industry’s preeminent information man, FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer, who utilizes his unrivaled rolodex to provide breaking news and insight on all of the latest wheeling, dealing and rumors.

Glazer is joined by FOX Sports 1 NFL reporter Peter Schrager and lead college football/draft analyst Joel Klatt, who have kept current their respective mock drafts and big boards since the conclusion of the NFL season. They provide unique perspective from conversations held with coaches and personnel executives, in addition to having attended the Senior Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and various Pro Days.

Coverage is hosted by Don Bell and also includes FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo, who delivers interviews and reactions from draftees live from the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, site of this year’s draft.

The multicast is also available continuously on Twitter’s new interactive, livestreaming video application Periscope, via FOX SPORTS LIVE’S official account. Other content elements and on-demand videos are posted to FOX Sports’ Twitter and Facebook accounts throughout the week.

Beginning Monday, April 27, the DRAFTCAST crew delivers segments slated to appear nightly on FOX Sports 1’s flagship studio news programs AMERICA’S PREGAME (5:00 PM ET) and FOX SPORTS LIVE (11:00 PM ET).

– FOX SPORTS –

Steve Byrnes, 1959-2015

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It is with tremendous difficulty and deep personal sadness that FOX Sports acknowledges the passing of longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster, Steve Byrnes, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

A symbol of strength, compassion and dignity, Steve, 56, was a source of inspiration to everyone, sharing his fight in a very courageous and public way. Honored just days ago at Bristol Motor Speedway with the FOOD CITY 500 IN SUPPORT OF STEVE BYRNES AND STAND UP TO CANCER, race fans, race teams, NASCAR and track officials, co-workers, friends and family came together to surround him with a remarkable display of love and respect.

A shining example of husband, father, friend and consummate professional, Steve Byrnes will forever be remembered as one of the good guys — his time with us cherished and appreciated.

“From the very beginning of NASCAR on FOX, Steve Byrnes was one of the linchpins of the broadcast team. His passion for the sport — his passion for everyone involved with the sport — shone through week in and week out. But even more than that, Steve was defined by his journalistic integrity and kindness; his ability to communicate everything from complex technical issues to the highly emotive human dramas in this sport, where injury and or death are constantly just one mistake away. The consummate television professional, he established himself as a star on SPEED Channel, where viewers simply loved his knowledge, his sense of humor and his easygoing nature, becoming the Mr. Rogers of NASCAR — a warm voice everyone trusted. Even more impressive, and fully on display last weekend in Bristol, Steve was loved and respected by the entire NASCAR community, from the drivers to the team owners to the front office executives. I am devastated by his passing — he was not only a trusted and gifted colleague, but a mate — my heart goes out to Karen and Bryson.”

  • David Hill, Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century FOX

“We lost a beloved member of the FOX Sports family today, and we extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Byrnes family.  It was an honor over the past year to learn just how much Steve was loved and respected throughout the NASCAR community, which was evident this weekend in Bristol.  Not even day-long heavy rains could dampen the outpouring of emotion on display.  Steve served as a friend and mentor to so, so many, that the shadow he cast will have an impact on our industry for many years to come.  The only thing that stands out more to me than Steve as a teacher is Steve as a man, and the bravery and dignity with which he carried himself throughout his terrible illness.  We’ll miss Steve very, very much.”

  • Eric Shanks, President & COO, Executive Producer, FOX Sports

– FOX SPORTS –

Pete Rose Serves FOX Sports as Guest Analyst

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Los Angeles – Pete Rose, a 17-time Major League Baseball All-Star and three-time World Series champion is slated to serve FOX Sports as a guest studio analyst. The announcement was made today by John Entz, Executive Vice President, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“It’s obvious that Pete has a vast knowledge of baseball history, but what is equally impressive is how well informed and opinionated he is about the game today,” said Entz.  “He’s one of the most popular players to ever put on a uniform and we have no doubt that people will truly enjoy his insight and enthusiasm.”

In his television role, Rose provides analysis and insight for FOX Sports’ pregame and postgame shows as part of its presentation of regular-season MLB games on both FOX and FOX Sports 1. In addition, he contributes to FOX Sports 1’s original studio programs AMERICA’S PREGAME, MLB WHIPAROUND and its signature news, highlights and commentary program, FOX SPORTS LIVE.

Rose spent 24 seasons in the major leagues, retiring in 1986 as one of the most accomplished hitters in the history of the sport. He amassed an MLB-record 4,256 hits during his career, won three National League batting titles and was named to the All-Star team at five different positions.

He was named the 1963 National League Rookie of the Year, the 1973 NL Most Valuable Player and over a stretch of 17 seasons from 1965-81, he ranked in the top 10 in the National League in hitting an impressive 13 times. Rose dutifully served as the leadoff man and lineup catalyst for the feared Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine” teams of the 1970’s that made four trips to the World Series during the decade and won back-to-back championships in 1975-76.

After playing his first 16 seasons in Cincinnati, Rose signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent in 1979 and helped the franchise to its first-ever World Series title in 1980. He later returned to Cincinnati serving first as a player/manager (1984-86) and then as the team’s full-time skipper, producing a 412-373 (.525 pct.) over his six seasons at the helm. Rose was banned from working in MLB in 1989 for violating Rule 21(d) while managing the Cincinnati Reds, but has recently petitioned for reinstatement.

–          FOX SPORTS    –

FOX SPORTS 1 Adds Dontrelle Willis to FOX MLB Studio Team

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Network Adds Charismatic Dontrelle Willis to FOX MLB Studio Team

A World Series Champion, Rookie of the Year and two-time National League All-Star, former starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis has been added to FOX Sports 1’s Major League Baseball coverage as a studio analyst.

The recently retired left-hander, who was given the nickname “D-Train” during his playing career, makes his broadcast debut on FOX Sports 1’s flagship highlight, news and opinion program, FOX SPORTS LIVE, on Monday, April 20 (11:00 PM ET). Willis also contributes to MLB WHIPAROUND, the cable network’s weeknight highlights and analysis studio show that features live look-ins at games from across the country and AMERICA’S PREGAME, FOX Sports 1’s weeknight preview show.  The two-time All-Star joins former big leaguers Frank Thomas, C.J. Nitkowski, Raúl Ibañez, Mark Sweeney and Eric Karros as FOX Sports 1 MLB studio analysts.

“Dontrelle is a guy who was so fun to watch as a player, because he brought so much enthusiasm and passion to the mound,” FOX Sports coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais said. “We are looking forward to seeing that same energy from him as an analyst and feel like he has a lot to offer to our viewers.”

Willis spent nine seasons in the major leagues with four different clubs, but is best remembered for his time with then-Florida Marlins from 2003 to 2007. He stormed onto the scene as a rookie in 2003, posting a 14-6 record and 3.30 earned run average over 27 starts, earning National League Rookie of the Year and All-Star honors for a Marlins team that would make an improbable run through the playoffs and claim the franchise’s second World Series title.

In 2005, Willis turned in the finest season of his career, once again earning National League All-Star honors, placing second in the circuit’s voting for the Cy Young Award and finishing the season with career bests in wins (22), ERA (2.63), innings pitched (236.1), strikeouts (170), complete games (7) and shutouts (5).

Also highly regarded for his aptitude with the bat, Willis registered a lifetime .244 batting average, 95 hits and clubbed nine home runs during his career. After spending his first five seasons with Florida, he also appeared in regular season games as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers, before ultimately retiring in March 2015.

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NASCAR, UFC, Soccer & More

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FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series Race Honors FOX NASCAR’s Steve Byrnes

During Ongoing Battle with Cancer

UFC: Top-Ranked Middleweights Machida, Rockhold

Headline UFC Fight Night on FOX

SOCCER: FA Cup Semifinals on FOX and FOX Sports 1 This Weekend

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BASEBALL

FOX MLB 2015 OPENS SECOND WEEK WITH AL EAST SHOWDOWNS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18
    • Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox: Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci & Ken Rosenthal (4:00 PM ET)
    • New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays: Justin Kutcher & Brian Anderson (9:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: Analysts Eric Karros and Raul Ibanez preview the upcoming day of MLB action including a special feature on the Boston Red Sox alongside host Kevin Burkhardt.  Additionally, Karros reveals who he thinks the new Yankees ‘franchise four’ needs to be for success.

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • Network/When/On-air Talent: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
  • Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Raul Ibanez, Mark Sweeney
    • Thursday, April 16 (7:00 PM ET)
    • Friday, April 17 (1:00 AM ET)
    • Monday, April 20 (7:00 PM ET
    • Tuesday, April 21 (7:00 PM ET)
    • Wednesday, April 22 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Show Description: MLB WHIPAROUND is FOX Sports 1’s nightly in-progress highlights and analysis studio show.  The 60-minute program features live look-ins at games from across the country, courtesy of FOX Sports’ Regional Sports Networks, in addition to recaps and analysis from some of the games most respected journalists and former players.

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS HONORS ITS OWN WITH FOOD CITY 500 IN SUPPORT OF STEVE BYRNES AND STAND UP TO CANCER SUNDAY AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY 

FOX NASCAR broadcasts a NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race near and dear to the FOX Sports family’s heart this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. In recognition of FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes’ courageous and ongoing battle with head-and-neck cancer, FOX Sports, in coordination with Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI), Stand Up To Cancer and NASCAR, is naming the April 19 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race from Bristol the FOOD CITY 500 IN SUPPORT OF STEVE BYRNES AND STAND UP TO CANCER.

The event, live on FOX, pays tribute to Byrnes, a NASCAR television mainstay for 30 years, while also serving as a vehicle of support and awareness for all those battling cancer.

Byrnes, co-host of NASCAR RACE HUB and play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES, is on a medical leave of absence while he undergoes treatment. He has been part of the FOX NASCAR broadcast team since its inaugural year of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage in 2001.

FOX Sports offers 18.5 hours of live coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES from Bristol, culminating with the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race live on FOX on Sunday, April 19 (1:00 PM ET), with pre-race coverage beginning on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY at 12:30 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag last week at Texas for his second victory of the season.  Defending champion Kevin Harvick scored a runner-up finish, marking his ninth top-two finish in the last 10 races.  Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano likely have locked up spots in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup via wins in the season’s seven opening races.

Four-time NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Jeff Gordon, in his final year of competition, again serves as race analyst for FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race coverage on Saturday (1:30 PM ET).  Gordon made his debut in the FOX Sports 1 booth last week at Texas.  He also is scheduled to offer analysis from Talladega on May 2 (1:30 PM ET) on FOX.  Gordon is one of five NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers announced as part of a rotation in the FOX and FOX Sports 1 booth for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season.  Also scheduled as guest analysts this season are defending champion Harvick, 2012 champ Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick.  This season, FOX Sports adds coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES for the first 14 races of the year.  FOX Sports 1 telecasts 10 of the events while FOX broadcasts the races from Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte and Dover.

In the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, Ty Dillon leads Chris Buescher (-2), defending champion Chase Elliott (-9), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-15) and Ryan Reed (-22) after six races. At Bristol Motor Speedway, FOX Sports coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on-track sessions begins with Cup Series practice on Friday, April 17 at 12:00 PM ET.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING

  • Network/When:  FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Chris Myers; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS IT’S A DRAW BETWEEN WHETHER JIMMIE JOHNSON OR KEVIN HARVICK LOOKS STRONGER GOING INTO THE NEXT FEW RACES:  “I can’t say one of them has a bigger advantage than the other. The most amazing statistic is that of the past six mile-and-a-half races, Johnson and Harvick have won all six.  More unusual is that they keep alternating, and when Johnson won his three, Harvick was runner-up.  I can’t decipher which one of them is stronger at this point in the season, but there is no question they are the two best teams in the sport right now.”

MCREYNOLDS SAYS BRISTOL OFFERS A “CLEAN SLATE” FOR TEAMS: “Bristol serves as a clean sheet of paper for teams because its characteristics aren’t relative to any other track they’ve competed on yet this season.  Although Martinsville is also a half-mile track, the two aren’t relatable.  Many teams feel like they’re getting a clean slate at Bristol.  Look back last year at Bristol — Roush-Fenway Racing swept the top two finishing positions with Carl Edwards winning and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishing second.  If a team has been struggling the first part of the season, whether in the aero, chassis or horsepower departments, they get a fresh start at Bristol because these categories don’t matter nearly as much as mechanical grip does.  Some teams might get a chance at redemption this weekend.”

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analysts Michael Waltrip and Jeff Gordon; reporters Vince Welch, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Vince Welch, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum

ADAM ALEXANDER SAYS THE DIFFERENCE IN ROUSH-FENWAY RACING’S NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AND NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES TEAMS’ PERFORMANCE IS BAFFLING — “It’s really difficult to say why the NASCAR XFINITY Series numbers have been better than the Cup Series numbers at Roush-Fenway Racing. For one, the level of competition is far greater at the Cup level, so if a team is off at all, it will be blatantly obvious.  However, their XFINITY program started to gain momentum late last season with Chris Buescher, and that appears to have carried over in 2015.”

ALEXANDER THINKS TY DILLON IS THE BEST SHORT-TRACK RACER OF THE XFINITY SERIES REGULARS — “Of the NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars on short tracks, Ty Dillon is a driver to watch.  He and his team were solid on short tracks last season.  I’m also keeping an eye on Regan Smith this weekend at Bristol because of the consistency he displayed on short tracks last year.”

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporter Alan Cavanna
  • This Week: live interviews with Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick

NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 15-Thursday, April 16 (6:00 PM ET), Friday, April 17 (2:30-3:00 PM), Saturday, April 18 (11:00-11:30 AM ET & 12:30-1:00 PM ET), Monday, April 20-Thursday, April 23 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: On Wednesday, April 15, a sit-down interview with Kyle Busch, who continues to recover from injuries sustained at Daytona in February; On Thursday, April 16, a montage of “well-wishes” from NASCAR drivers to FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes as he continues to battle cancer, and a “Crunching the Numbers” feature on Bristol
  • Next Week: Driver/guest analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, April 20; driver/guest analyst Brad Keselowski on Tuesday, April 21.

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

CHAMP DUNGEY LEADS RIDERS INTO SANTA CLARA AFTER CLINCHING SECOND 450SX CHAMPIONSHIP IN HOUSTON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (10:00 PM ET, LIVE)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: Coming out of Houston, where Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey clinched his second career 450SX championship, Cole Seely (TLD/Team Honda HRC) dominated at NRG Stadium, leading wire to wire for the first win in his 450SX career. “Ryan Dungey was a rider many in the industry considered a surprise hire when Roger DeCoster picked him for Suzuki,” Sheheen said. “Now here he is just a few years later, a two-time champion and in the top 10 on the list of all time winners. He did it differently than other champions, maybe not as flashy or as aggressive. However, you cannot argue with the stats he has racked up. He is now building up Hall of Fame stats.” Moving forward, Sheheen believes the current depth of field in Monster Energy Supercross has the sport on healthy footing. “The fact that we have had so many different winners shows just how deep the field is right now in Monster Energy Supercross,” Sheheen said. “With three races to go, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more new winners this year. Riders like (Weston) Peick, (Blake) Badgett, (Davi) Millsaps and (Jason) Anderson have showed incredible speed and could easily grab a win.” This week, riders take on the Levi’s Stadium course in Santa Clara, Calif.

FIM MOTOGP™ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

MARQUEZ IMPRESSIVE AT AUSTIN; NEXT UP: GRAND PRIX OF ARGENTINA

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (2:30 PM ET, LIVE)
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Nick Harris, Matthew Birt, Dylan Gray
  • This Week: Coming off a strong performance at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where MotoGP motorcycle racing enjoyed double-digit, year-to-year ratings growth on FOX Sports 1 (Moto3 (178k viewers, +45% from ’14; Moto2 (159k; +11%); MotoGP (231k; +37%), the MotoGP World Championship heads to Argentina for a run on the 2.99, 14-turn Termas de Río Hondo Circuit. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) continues to hold the championship points lead with 41, just one point ahead of Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso (40) and defending champ Marc Marquez (Honda) at 36.

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

MAGNUSSEN/GARCIA SET PACE IN GTLM AS SPORTS CARS HEAD TO LONG BEACH

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (4:00 PM ET, NDD)
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Calvin Fish, Brian Till, Jamie Howe
  • This Week: Coming off the two longest events of the season with Daytona and Sebring, the TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR SERIES takes the Prototype and GTLM divisions west for one of the shortest, the 100-minute Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase on the 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit. In last year’s inaugural event, Scott Pruett and teammate Memo Rojas captured the Prototype and overall victory in their Ford-Riley, while Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia drove their Corvette to a GTLM win.  Magnussen and Garcia sit atop the 2015 GTLM point standings after class wins in the season’s first two races. Pruett, who has yet to win with new teammate Joey Hand this season, has a long history of success at Long Beach, including:
  • 1987 Trans-Am winner
  • 1995 CART Champ Car runner-up
  • 2001 Toyota Pro-Celebrity race winner
  • 2006 GRAND-AM winner
  • 2012  Inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame
  • 2014 TUDOR winner

FOX Sports 1 airs the race on next-day delay, with 12 of the 18 cars entered carrying on-board cameras.

UFC

TOP-RANKED MIDDLEWEIGHTS MACHIDA AND ROCKHOLD HEADLINE FOUR HOURS OF UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX

This weekend’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ROCKHOLD features an exciting headliner in the middleweight division (185 lbs.) between former UFC champ Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida against former STRIKEFORCE titleholder and fourth-ranked contender Luke Rockhold live on FOX on Saturday, April 18 (8:00 PM ET). FOX UFC analyst Daniel Cormier trains with Rockhold and believes he’s ready for the test against one of the best in Machida. “Luke is in for a serious fight against Lyoto,” he says. “He’s been asking to fight one of the best in the division. He believes in a matchup of anyone who wants to strike with him, he has the advantage. He doesn’t only think he’s going to beat Lyoto, he’s going to finish Lyoto and make a statement that he deserves the title shot.” Click the link to watch Cormier’s break down of the fight. http://bit.ly/1DoJRbS In addition to the main event, the two hour main card features three more exciting fights. FOX also broadcasts two hours of the FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS, with four more bouts featuring top fighters.

UFC RELOADED UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES 2

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 16 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes
  • This Week: It’s a night of battles between Brazil and the United States when the Octagon sets down in Rio de Janeiro. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo once again defends his title against Chad Mendes, the wrestler-turned-finisher who has been on a tear since his lone career loss to Aldo.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN FEATURES MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP WEIDMAN AS ANALYST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 17 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ariel Helwani, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Chris Weidman and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Ariel Helwani, with analysts Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier and current middleweight champion Chris Weidman breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.                            

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: MACHIDA VS. ROCKHOLD PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ariel Helwani, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Chris Weidman and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Helwani and analysts Stann, Cormier and Weidman preview the exciting evening of fights including the much anticipated headliner between two top-ranked middleweights – No. 2 ranked Lyoto Machida and No. 4 Luke Rockhold. Helwani, Stann, Weidman and Cormier also analyze the other matchups on the main card and prelims.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Curt Menefee, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Chris Weidman and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, including No. 12 ranked lightweight Jim Miller (24-5, 1NC) against Beneil Dariush (10-1). No. 8 ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (17-6) battles No. 13 Patrick Cummins (7-1). Corey Anderson (6-0) takes on Gian Villante (12-5) in another light heavyweight bout, while No. 6 ranked bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki (20-8-2) and undefeated Aljamain Sterling (10-0) open the PRELIMS.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES KEY MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT BETWEEN NO. 2 RANKED MACHIDA VS. NO. 4 ROCKHOLD

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Curt Menefee, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Chris Weidman and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour main card is headlined by former UFC champ and No. 2 ranked middleweight Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida against former STRIKEFORCE® titleholder and fourth-ranked contender Luke Rockhold in a pivotal bout for the middleweight division. The co-main event features another middleweight clash between No. 1 ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (21-3, 1NC) and late replacement Chris Camozzi (19-9). The No. 5 ranked featherweight Cub Swanson (21-6) squares off against No. 9 ranked Max Holloway (12-3), while No. 8 ranked strawweight Felice Herrig (10-5) and No. 12 Paige VanZant (4-1) kick off the main card with a pivotal division clash.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS UFC ON FOX EVENING 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ariel Helwani, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Chris Weidman and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Helwani and analysts Stann, Weidman and Cormier break down the evening’s biggest bouts including the headliner between middleweight contenders Machida and Rockhold. They also interview the big winners.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: CERRONE INTERIVEW, MCGREGOR IN NYC, NURMAGOMEDOV MIC’D UP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch as featherweight title contender Conor McGregor touches down in New York City for a Reebok launch party with fellow UFC superstars. UFC lightweight Johnny Case’s relocation to San Diego amidst his 10-fight win streak has amplified his ascent and proven to be an ideal setting for his high octane lifestyle. Then, fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone joins host Jon Anik in studio for a lightweight division breakdown and thoughts on his next opponent, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Finally, undefeated lightweight contender Nurmagomedov is mic’d up for his live reaction as future opponent Donald Cerrone battles Eddie Alvarez at UFC 178.

UFC COUNTDOWN UFC 186: JOHNSON VS. HORIGUCHI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Demetrious Johnson, Kyoji Horiguchi
  • This Week: Watch as UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson prepares for his next title defense against contender Kyoji Horiguchi, winner of four straight in the Octagon. Follow the two fighters through their training camps and prepare for the headliner.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 21 PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 WITH ALL-NEW FORMAT: AMERICAN TOP TEAM VS. BLACKZILIANS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 22 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dana White, Dan Lambert, Glenn Robinson
  • This Week: The long-running reality series THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER returns to FOX Sports 1 for season 21 with an all-new team vs. team format. A long standing rivalry between two of MMA’s top gyms, American Top Team and The Blackzilians, finally gets its day of reckoning. Two teams, 16 fighters, and two fiery gym owners battle it out for the chance to win up to $500,000 and a coveted trophy to prove which team dominates South Florida.

BOXING

UNDEFEATED GASSIEV DEFENDS IBF INTERCONTINENTAL CRUISERWEIGHT BELT VS. CORA AT ROC NATION’S THRONE BOXING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 17 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Gus Johnson, Dave Bontempo
  • This Week: Roc Nation Sports presents the second edition throne boxing when Murat “Iron” Gassiev (20-0, 13 KO’s) puts his IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight title on the line against Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round main event live from The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In an intriguing televised co-featured bout, Philadelphia southpaw Ray “The New” Robinson (19-2, 9 KO’s) and Sherzodbek “The Lion” Alimjanov (22-2, 13 KO’s) of Uzbekistan battle it out over 10 rounds for Robinson’s NABO Welterweight title.

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS KICK OFF TOMORROW

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Wolfsburg vs. Napoli, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 16 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Sevilla vs. Zenit, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 16 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Dynamo Kiev vs. Fiorentina, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 16 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Club Brugge vs. Dnipro, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 16 (9:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Ross Dyer hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Mario Melchiot.
  • This Week: The UEFA Europa League Quarterfinal, Leg 1 matches begin on Thursday, April 16.

FA CUP SEMIFINALS ON FOX AND FOX SPORTS 1 THIS WEEKEND

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Reading vs. Arsenal, FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 18 (12:00 PM ET)

o   Aston Villa vs. Liverpool, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (9:30 AM ET)

  • Talent: Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton, Stuart Holden
  • This Week: Four English teams remain in their quest to reach the final of the world’s oldest club competition at the legendary Wembley Stadium.

MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1 WITH MLS CUP CHAMPION LA GALAXY

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   New York City FC vs. Portland Timbers, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, FOX Deportes, Sunday, April 19 (7:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Strong, Alexi Lalas, Katie Witham
  • This Week: Spanish legend David Villa and New York City FC take on the Portland Timbers.

STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENING WEEK GAME HIGHLIGHTS, NHL PLAYOFFS BEGIN WEDNESDAY, NBA PLAYOFF COVERAGE STARTS SATURDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Donny Marshall, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Andy Roddick, Peter Schrager.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. With the opening of the Major League Baseball season last week, the show returns to a baseball emphasis, featuring extended highlight blocks throughout the week. It’s also the highly-anticipated playoff seasons for both the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League and FOX SPORTS LIVE has both covered every night. Continuing the initiative that began last spring, the show’s commitment to the NHL remains strong with intensified analysis, highlights and remote coverage beginning Wednesday night as the 16-team quest begins for the Stanley Cup. In the usual lockstep with the NHL, the NBA playoffs begin Saturday night and the show covers the tournament with highlights and in-studio analysis from former NBA veteran Donny Marshall.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME PREVIEWS, NHL/NBA PLAYOFF ANALYSIS AND INSIGHTS AS POSTSEASONS BEGIN; DARK FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Joel Klatt, Alexi Lalas, Corey Maggette, CJ Nitkowski, Peter Schrager, Mark Sweeney
  • This Week: APG airs at 5:00 PM ET each day this week, setting the stage for all of the nightly action, including extensive preview coverage of Major League Baseball games from across the country as the regular season is now underway. FOX Sports 1 MLB analyst Mark Sweeney is in-studio this week, joining Mike to break down all of the early action. The NBA and NHL both enter their respective postseasons this week and APG keeps tabs on all of the games with early-evening previews in-studio and from site. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 NBA analysts Corey Maggette and Donny Marshall are in studio this week, breaking down the playoff matchups and what teams could be in danger of being upset in the opening round. On the heels of his announcement this week that he is retiring from the sport, 12-year NFL veteran and two-time Super Bowl-winning cornerback Ike Taylor joins the crew in-studio on Wednesday. The longtime Pittsburgh Steeler discusses his decision to step away and what might he is looking for in the next chapter of his life. Due to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at Bristol on Friday afternoon on FOX Sports 1, the show is preempted and off the air, returning Monday at 5:00 PM ET.

FOX SPORTS 1-ON-1: NFL OWNERS MEETING EDITION

  • What: The National Football League is a year-round business as fan interest and passion carries the sport throughout its nominal “offseason.” With that in mind, FOX Sports attended last month’s NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix, securing interviews with a number of the league’s most prominent and impactful decision-makers. Presented in both 30-minute and one-hour installments under the umbrella of the FOX Sports 1-ON-1 series, the interviews go in-depth with both head coaches and personnel executives, discussing the free agency period and looming NFL Draft among several other league issues.
  • Network/When/Talent: FOX Sports 1, studio wraps by Molly McGrath, interviews conducted by Jay Glazer and Chris Myers
    • Friday, April 17:
      • Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET)
      • Interview with Chris Myers
    • Monday, April 20:
      • Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, head coach Pete Carroll
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:00 PM ET)
      • Interview with Chris Myers
      • Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:30 PM ET)
      • Interview with Jay Glazer
    • Tuesday, April 21:
      • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:00 PM ET)
      • Interview with Chris Myers
      • New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:30 PM ET)
      • Interview with Chris Myers

COLLEGE BASEBALL

CREIGHTON HOSTS ST. JOHN’S IN BATTLE OF BIG EAST’S BEST

  • Matchup/Network/When/Talent:
    • Friday, April 17:
      • St. John’s at Creighton
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Jason Isringhausen
  • This Week: St. John’s and Creighton meet in Omaha for the first game of a three-game set in a battle of the top two teams in the BIG EAST standings. The Bluejays are coming off a three-game conference series sweep last weekend, led by outfielder/designated hitter Brett Murray, who hit .444, and freshman pitcher Keith Rogalla, who recorded eight strikeouts in an eight-inning outing. For the Red Storm, outfielder Alex Caruso hit .500, including .600 in conference play, and scored nine runs over five games last week.

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN TAKES ON BIGGEST STORIES IN SPORTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 19 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Katie Nolan
  • This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. In case you missed it, last week Nolan offered advice for women looking to find a husband at The Masters, played an intense game of You Autocomplete Me and more. This week, Katie sits down with actor Anthony Anderson. For more, check out this week’s #JUNKMAIL.

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, UFC, Soccer, NASCAR, Boxing + More

fox-sports-logoMLB: MLB WHIPAROUND Opens 2015 Baseball Season

With Special Four-Hour Edition

UFC: Key Featherweight Bout in Rare Saturday Afternoon

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT

Soccer: USWNT Faces New Zealand on FOX Sports 1

in Preparation for Women’s World Cup

#ICYMI: Alonzo Mourning tells Katie Nolan that Michael Jordan would average 50 points per game if he played in the NBA today

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=419875907517

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NASCAR

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 1 – Friday, April 3 (6:00 PM ET); Monday, April 6  Thursday, April 9 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: On Wednesday, April 1, driver/guest analyst Joey Logano; on Thursday, April 2, a special Wendy Venturini sit-down interview with Martin Truex Jr. and girlfriend Sherry Pollex regarding how their lives have changed since Pollex’s cancer diagnosis; on Friday, April 3, a special “Best of” edition recaps the 2015 NASCAR season-to-date as teams head into the first off weekend of the season for Easter.
  • Next Week: Driver/guest analyst David Ragan on Monday, April 6; crew chief/guest analyst Drew Blickensderfer on Tuesday, April 7.

 

FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

FORMULA E MAKES SECOND U.S. STOP; LONG BEACH ePRIX MARKS ROUND 6 OF INAUGURAL SEASON FOR ZERO-EMISSION SERIES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 4 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Dario Franchitti, Jack Nicholls, Nicki Shields and Robert Llewellyn
  • This Week: Varsha hosts a 30-minute pre-race show before the fully electric cars take to the track for Round 6 of the 11-race inaugural season. The 2.1km track uses a modified configuration of the iconic Long Beach street circuit in Southern California, which is the longest running in the U.S., beginning in 1975 and hosting Formula One from 1976 to 1983 before staging annual CART, Champ Car and IndyCar races. Heading into the Long Beach ePrix, Nicolas Prost, son of four-time Formula One champion Alain Prost, sits atop the points standings in his e.dams Renault (67 points), followed by Lucas Di Grassi (60, Audi Sport ABT) and Sam Bird (52, Virgin Racing). The U.S. entries of Andretti Formula E and Dragon Racing sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 10-team series standings. For more information on Formula E, please visit: www.fiaformulae.com.

 

UFC

TOP-RANKED FEATHERWEIGHTS MENDES AND LAMAS HEADLINE A RARE AFTERNOON UFC FIGHT NIGHT

Two of the top featherweights in the world, No. 1-ranked Chad Mendes and No. 4 Ricardo Lamas, headline the rare late morning/early afternoon FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MENDES VS. LAMAS on Saturday, April 4. Seven hours of live coverage begins with the FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW at 10:00 AM ET, and the main card begins at 1:00 PM ET. FOX UFC analyst Dominick Cruz believes both headliners have similar styles, which makes for an exciting fight: “Chad Mendes has nasty wrestling, and Ricardo Lamas does, too. Therefore, their wrestling could cancel out, and that means they’ll both go out to throw down for the fans. Watch for both to throw overhand rights, a lot of boxing and some big kicks from Lamas.” FOX Sports 1 telecasts the event live from the Fairfax, Va. Watch a promo here: https://youtu.be/uaTeiGpSYSM

UFC TONIGHT: MENDES VS. LAMAS PREVIEW, PLUS MENDES AND PENA INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 1 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MENDES VS. LAMAS and interview No. 1-ranked featherweight Chad Mendes about his headliner. Plus, they talk to Julianna Pena about her bout against Milana Dudieva on Saturday. Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani add reports.

UFC ULTIMATE KNOCKOUTS: BEST OF 2014

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 1 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mark Hunt, Donald Cerrone, Alistair Overeem and Dan Henderson
  • This Week: The best finishes of 2014 go another round in the spotlight on this episode of UFC ULTIMATE KNOCKOUTS, with the biggest names in the UFC including Mark Hunt, Donald Cerrone, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson and more.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 3 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Karyn Bryant, with analysts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.                            

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: MENDES VS. LAMAS PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 4 (10:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Florian and Cormier preview the exciting afternoon of fights including the much anticipated headliner between two top-ranked featherweights – No. 1 ranked Chad Mendes and No. 4 Ricardo Lamas. Bryant, Florian and Cormier also analyze the other matchups on the main card and prelims.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 4 (11:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, with No. 9 ranked bantamweight Liz Carmouche (8-5) vs. Lauren Murphy (8-1). Lightweights Gray Maynard (12-5-1, 1NC) and Alexander Yakovlev (21-6-1) square off. Heavyweights Shamil Abdurakhimov (15-2) and Timothy Johnson (8-1) throw down, while Ron Stallings (12-7, 1NC) and Justin Jones (3-1) open the PRELIMS with a middleweight bout.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES KEY FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 4 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik and Brian Stann
  • This Week: The three-hour main card features No. 1 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes (16-2) vs. No. 4 ranked Ricardo Lamas (15-3) in the main event. The co-main event sees No. 14 ranked lightweight Jorge Masvidal (28-8) against No. 15 Al Iaquinta (11-3-1). Michael Chiesa (11-2) faces Mitch Clarke (11-2) in a key lightweight bout. No. 13 ranked women’s bantamweight Julianna Pena (6-2) returns from a long injury layoff against Milana Dudieva (11-3). No. 12 ranked featherweight Clay Guida (31-12) battles Robbie Peralta (18-5, 1NC), while Dustin Poirier (16-4) returns to lightweight to face Diego Ferreira (10-1) in the main card opener.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS EVENT 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 4 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Florian and Cormier break down the day’s biggest bouts including the headliner between featherweight contenders Mendes and Lamas. They also interview the big winners.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: BEST OF MACHIDA

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 5 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch Lyoto Machida’s exclusive account of one of the greatest fights of 2014 as he battles Chris Weidman for the middleweight belt. Then, he shows his techniques behind the truly unique signature moves. Finally, “The Dragon” describes the principles of his Warrior Code.

UFC ULTIMATE KNOCKOUTS: BEST OF THE LIGHTER WEIGHT CLASSES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 5 (10:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo and Donald Cerrone
  • This Week: UFC ULTIMATE KNOCKOUTS presents fight finishes from the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight divisions, including the best from superstars such as Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, Donald Cerrone and more.

 

BOXING

UNDEFEATED RAMIREZ HEADLINES GOLDEN BOY’S LA FIGHT CLUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 2 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mario Lopez, Douglas Fischer, Beto Duran, Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: East Los Angeles native and boxing legacy Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (13-0, 8 KOs) faces the seasoned fighter Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (23-12, 17 KOs) of Casas Grandes, Mexico, in a 10-round featherweight bout headlining Golden Boy’s LA FIGHT CLUB live from The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. “Julian Ramirez will be a world champion in a year if he gets past this tough fight,” says Golden Boy Promotions Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya. “These two guys are evenly matched. Both have knockout power will be looking to end it early.” The co-main event features 2012 Brazilian Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (4-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round featherweight bout. Opening up the telecast, two-time Brazilian Olympic team member Everton Lopes (1-0) makes his second professional appearance.

 

SOCCER

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FACES NEW ZEALAND SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 4 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Coverage begins with a pregame show hosted by Kate Abdo who is joined by former USWNT stars Heather Mitts and Leslie Osborne and U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda. Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher and retired USWNT midfielder Aly Wagner call the match live on-site with Jenny Taft reporting from the pitch.
  • This Week: The U.S. Women’s National Team, recently crowned Algarve Cup champions, begins domestic preparations for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™  with an important friendly against New Zealand, also World Cup-bound, live from St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on Saturday, April 4.  This is the first of four domestic matches as the USWNT reaches the final stretch before the tournament in Canada begins June 6.

MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO & FOX Deportes, Sunday, April 5 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Strong, Alexi Lalas and Julie Stewart-Binks
  • This Week: USMNT World Cup Star Graham Zusi and Sporting Kansas City take on the Philadelphia Union and midfielder Maurice Edu.

FA CUP 6TH ROUND REPLAY: BLACKBURN VS. LIVERPOOL

  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Blackburn vs. Liverpool, FOX Sports 1, & FOX Sports GO, Monday, April 8 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Alexi Lalas
  • Next Week: FOX Sports’ exclusive live coverage of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament, continues next week on FOX Sports 1 with 6th round replay action.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS CONTINUE NEXT WEEK

  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Alajuelense vs. Montreal Impact: Semifinal Leg 2, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, April 7 (10:00 PM ET)
    • Club America vs. Herediano: Semifinal Leg 2, FOX Sports 2 &FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 8 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mark Rogondino and Cobi Jones.
  • Next Week: The region’s top club competition, the CONCACAF Champions League, begins semifinal action on FOX Sports 2.

MLB

MLB WHIPAROUND OPENS 2015 BASEBALL SEASON WITH SPECIAL FOUR-HOUR EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, April 6 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas, CJ Nitkowski
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s special four-hour edition of MLB WHIPAROUND dissects the offseason moves and previews upcoming rosters with live look-ins and updates from several Opening Day games being played throughout the afternoon. MLB WHIPAROUND continues later that night in its normal time slot of 7:00 PM ET with Burkhardt, Thomas & Nitkowski breaking down and previewing MLB’s evening games.  Additional days & on-air talent are listed below.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7-8: Chris Myers, Frank Thomas, CJ Nitkowski (7:00 PM ET)

 

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – FINAL FOUR COVERAGE IN-STUDIO AND FROM SITE, MLB 1-ON-1’S WITH TROUT, STANTON, ELLSBURY, HARPER, MADDON, WED. – SUN.

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Reid Forgrave, Casey Jacobsen, Donny Marshall, Kevin O’Neill, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Clay Travis.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. The NCAA Tournament reaches its crescendo with Saturday’s semifinals and Monday’s national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Saturday’s games feature Michigan State vs. Duke and Kentucky vs. Wisconsin, as FOX Sports 1 college basketball insider Reid Forgrave and analyst Jim Jackson report live from site with pregame breakdowns and postgame insights beginning Friday night on FOX SPORTS LIVE. Live hits also come from site on Monday night following the title game. With the Major League Baseball season opening next week, a 1-on-1 interview series began Monday night and continues all the way through the weekend. Subjects include All-Stars Mike Trout (Wednesday), Giancarlo Stanton (Thursday), Jacoby Ellsbury (Friday) and Bryce Harper (Saturday), with the series concluding on Sunday night with Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – CONTINUED NCAA TOURNAMENT COVERAGE, BONUS EDITION MLB OPENING DAY SPECIAL MONDAY, NHL/NBA PREVIEWS AS PLAYOFFS NEAR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Joel Klatt, Alexi Lalas, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Ephraim Salaam, Eric Wynalda
  • This Week: This week’s show includes preview coverage of this weekend’s NCAA Tournament Final Four from Indianapolis, with former All-Americans and current analysts Casey Jacobsen and Austin Croshere in studio on Friday. With a new baseball season getting underway on Monday, the show airs in separate one-hour blocks, coming on the air at 12:00 PM ET for the first-ever AMERICA’S PREGAME MLB Opening Day Special and then again at its normal time, 5:00 PM ET, for the regular version of the show. Both the NBA and NHL regular seasons are drawing to a close, nightly previews continue to come in from local correspondents around the country as teams jockey for playoff positioning and fight for final seeds and the right to continue playing in their respective tournaments.

PURE SPORTS – NEW FEATURE SERIES HOSTED BY PAM OLIVER SHOWCASES THE BEST STORIES IN SPORTS; TWO-EPISODE PREMIERE – APRIL 9

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Weds. April 9 (10:00 PM ET – 11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Pam Oliver
  • This Week: Making her FOX Sports 1 hosting debut, senior correspondent and veteran newswoman Pam Oliver hosts PURE SPORTS, a 30-minute news magazine show telling the best stories from across the spectrum of the sports world. The show debuts Wednesday, April 9 at 10:00 PM ET, with theme of “Struggle and Hope,” showcasing three inspiring and individually unique feature stories, including the special relationship between golf icon Tiger Woods and young golfer who has one arm, the therapeutic effect of basketball on the typhoon-stricken Philippines and a story of NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s tribute to a fallen military serviceman. Premiering a second episode immediately afterwards at 10:30 PM ET, the second show, an auto racing-themed installment, looks at the story of Jay Blake, who became the first blind crew chief in professional auto racing, a Hendrick Motorsports machinist who dealt with a tragic loss from the Boston Marathon bombings and a profile of Krissie Newman, who provides a glimpse into her life a NASCAR wife, mother and animal welfare advocate.

 

COLLEGE SPORTS

MEN’S LACROSSE: VILLANOVA MEETS NO. 5 DENVER IN BIG EAST BATTLE

  • Network/When/Talent:
    • Friday, April 3:
      • Villanova at No. 5 Denver
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:30 PM ET)
      • Jason Benetti and Ron Zwerin
  • This Week: Villanova meets No. 5 Denver in a battle of BIG EAST foes Friday evening on FOX Sports 1. Pioneers freshman Trevor Baptiste set a school record with 25 face-off wins in Denver’s win over Georgetown last weekend, while Villanova junior Johnny Gallaway scored a career-high four goals in the Wildcats’ 9-8 loss to No. 13 Marquette.

TENNIS

TENNIS LEGENDS FACE OFF AT 2015 POWERSHARES SERIES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 3 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brett Haber and Mark Knowles
  • This Week: This week in the 2015 PowerShares Series, tennis icons James Blake, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick go head-to-head at the Sears Centre outside of Chicago. Blake takes on Courier in the first semifinal, while McEnroe and Roddick face off in the second with the winners advancing to a one-set championship final. The 2015 PowerShares Series is a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary tennis icons and world-renowned champions Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roddick, McEnroe, Courier, Michael Chang, Blake, and Mark Philippoussis playing 12-city tours of one-night tournaments.

 

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN TAKES ON BIGGEST STORIES IN SPORTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 5 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Katie Nolan
  • This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. In case you missed it, last week Nolan fulfilled a lifelong dream of driving a Zamboni, sat down with NBA legend Alonzo Mourning and more. Check out this week’s #JUNKMAIL where Katie answers questions about last week’s episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZGyHLQcULY