FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, CFB, NASCAR & More

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

MLB: Cardinals and Giants Battle for Pennant on FOX and FOX Sports 1

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 4 Baylor Aims to Remain Unbeaten

During FOX Sports 1 Tripleheader

NASCAR: NCWTS  Returns to FOX Live From Talladega

#ICYMI: Senior Correspondent Pam Oliver Delivers Powerful Piece

for FOX SPORTS LIVE on NFL Players Who Retire Early

http://foxs.pt/11unrq8

#ICYMI2: FOX Sports 1 Investigative Reporter Kevin Vaughan Uncovers Major Issues with Investigation Into Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston

http://bit.ly/1ocEUxN

 

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MLB

  1. LOUIS NEEDS WIN IN SAN FRANCISCO TONIGHT ON FOX SPORTS 1Following last night’s victory by the San Francisco Giants, to take a commanding 3-1 NLCS series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, the redbirds are desperate for a win to keep their hopes of reaching the World Series alive.  NLCS Game 5 airs on FOX Sports 1 tonight (8:00 PM ET) from AT&T Park in San Francisco.  Analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci join play-by-play announcer Joe Buck with field reporters Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews for the remainder of postseason baseball on FOX and FOX Sports 1, including exclusive coverage of the World Series on the broadcast network.

Tonight’s Chevrolet NLCS on FOX Sports 1 pregame show (7:00 PM ET) is hosted by Kevin Burkhardt with analysis from MLB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, Gabe Kapler, C.J. Nitkowski and Eric Karros from the FOX Sports 1 Network Center in Los Angeles. Burkhardt, Thomas, Kapler, Nitkowski and Karros preview the Cardinals vs. Giants telecast and offer analysis on tonight’s game.

*If necessary

  • Network/When:
    • NLCS Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Tonight (8:00 PM ET)
    • NLCS Game 6: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals*
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (4:00 PM ET, will move to 8:00 PM ET if ALCS is complete)
    • NLCS Game 7: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals*
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 19 (7:30 PM ET)
    • World Series Game 1: National League at American League
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Oct. 21 (7:30 PM ET)
    • World Series Game 2: National League at American League
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Oct. 22 (7:30 PM ET)
    • World Series Game 3: American League at National League
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 24 (7:30 PM ET)
    • World Series Game 4: American League at National League
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 25 (7:30 PM ET)
    • World Series Game 5: American League at National League*
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 26 (7:00 PM ET)
    • World Series Game 6: National League at American League*
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Oct. 28 (7:30 PM ET)
    • World Series Game 7: National League at American League*
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Oct. 29 (7:30 PM ET)

*If necessary

NFL

 

NFL ON FOX FEATURES GIANTS/COWBOYS CLASH ON AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK

The NFL on FOX continues this week with another exciting matchup set for AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK featuring the New York Giants traveling to Big D to face the surging Dallas Cowboys. In the early window, the Carolina Panthers visit Lambeau Field to take on the Packers, the Detroit Lions host the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons head to Baltimore to battle the Ravens and the Buffalo Bills hosts the Vikings.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 with FOX NFL KICKOFF at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.

 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19

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

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers             Sam Rosen, John Lynch                               55%              1:00PM                                                                                              

 & Pam Oliver

Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wis.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach

 

New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions                      Chris Myers, Ronde Barber                          9%  1:00PM                                                                                                      

& Jennifer Hale

Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans

 

Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens            Justin Kutcher, David Diehl                  12%                 1:00PM   

           & Laura Okmin

M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Md.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Pittsburgh

 

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams                     Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                       12%                1:00PM

           & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, Mo.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis

 

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills           Tim Brando, Brendon Ayanbadejo,                              5% 1:00PM

          & Peter Schrager

Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, N.Y.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Minneapolis

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys                       Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman                                 92%                4:25PM

                                                                                           & Charissa Thompson

AT&T Stadium – Dallas, Texas

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders                   Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn                                           6% 4:25PM                                                                                             

& Kristina Pink

O.co Coliseum – Oakland, Calif.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

 

  1. 4 BAYLOR LOOKS TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED; NO. 12 TCU MEETS NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE IN BIG 12 BATTLE; NO. 9 OREGON HOPES TO STAY IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION
  • Network/When/Talent:
    • No. 20 Utah at Oregon State
      • FOX Sports 2, Pac-12 Networks, Local MyNet Affiliates, FOX Sports GO & Pac-12 Now, Thursday, Oct. 16 (10:00 PM ET)
      • Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft
      • #UTAHvsOSU
    • No. 4 Baylor at West Virginia
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:00 PM ET)
      • Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece
      • #BAYLORvsWVU
    • UTSA at LA Tech
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:00 PM ET)
      • Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel
      • #UTSAvsLATech
    • Kansas at Texas Tech
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (3:30 PM ET)
      • Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin
      • #KUvsTTU
    • UAB at Middle Tennessee
      • FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (3:30 PM ET),
      • Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen
      • #UABvsMidTenn
    • No. 15 Oklahoma State at No. 12 TCU
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (4:00 PM ET),
      • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath
      • #OSUvsTCU
    • Washington at No. 9 Oregon
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (8:00 PM ET),
      • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
      • #UWvsORE

This Week: FOX Sports 1 presents a tripleheader of action on Saturday, Oct. 18, kicking off at 12:00 PM ET as No. 4 Baylor looks to remain undefeated in a road game at West Virginia. Another Big 12 battle hits the airwaves at 4:00 PM ET as No. 9 TCU, coming off a last-second heartbreaking loss to the Bears last weekend, hosts No. 15 Oklahoma State. In the nightcap, No. 9 Oregon looks to remain under consideration for the four-team College Football Playoff and needs a win at home against Washington at 8:00 PM ET. Host Rob Stone is in studio all day alongside analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt for highlights and analysis between games.

SOCCER

 

US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CONTINUES ITS WORLD CUP QUALIFYING JOURNEY

Following a 1-0 win in their opener against Trinidad & Tobago, the USWNT face a quick turnaround with their second match this Friday against Guatemala, live on FOX Sports 1 at 9:00 PM ET. Pregame show coverage begins at 8:30 PM ET.

Note: All times ET and subject to change

Date                 Time                Show/Match                 Announce-Team           Network

Oct. 16             6:00 PM            Jamaica-Martinique        Followill/de St. Aubin     FOX Sports 2

8:30 PM            Costa Rica-Mexico        Kutcher/Slaton               FOX Soccer Plus

Oct. 17             6:30 PM            Haiti-Trinidad                 Hildreth/de St. Aubin     FOX Sports 2

8:30 PM            Pregame                       Stone/Mitts/Osborne/     FOX Sports 1

Wynalda

9:00 PM            USA-Guatemala Dellacamera/Whitehill/   FOX Sports 1

Taft

Oct. 18             4:00 PM            Costa Rica-Jamaica       Hildreth/Slaton FOX Sports 2

6:30 PM            Martinique-Mexico         Rogondino/Whitehill      FOX Sports 2

Oct. 20             5:00 PM            Trinidad-Guatemala        Rogondino/Latham        FOX Sports 2

7:00 PM            Pregame                       Stone/Mitts/Osborne/     FOX Sports 1

Wynalda

7:30 PM            Haiti-USA                      Strong/DiCicco/Taft       FOX Sports 1

Oct. 21             5:00 PM            Martinique-Costa Rica    Dellacamera/Hucles       FOX Sports 2

7:30 PM            Mexico-Jamaica            Kutcher/DiCicco            FOX Sports 1

 

LIVERPOOL VS. REAL MADRID ON FOX SPORTS 1 NEXT WEDNESDAY

The highly competitive group stages resume with Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool all featured. MULTIMATCH 90, the live UEFA Champions League whip-around show, continues on FOX Soccer 2Go and FOX Soccer Plus with a free preview.

Tues., Oct. 21 Match Network
11:30 AM UEFA Champions League Pregame FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM CSKA Moskva vs Manchester City FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FS1, FS2, FSN, Plus
2:30 PM Barcelona vs Ajax FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Chelsea vs NK Maribor FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Roma vs FC Bayern München FOX Sports Net
2:30 PM MULTIMATCH90 FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM APOEL FC vs Paris Saint-Germain DirecTV
2:45 PM Schalke vs Sporting Lisbon DirecTV
2:45 PM BATE Borisov vs Shakhtar Donetsk DirecTV
2:45 PM FC Porto vs Athletic Bilbao DirecTV
 

Wed., Oct. 22

Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FS1, FS2, FSN, Plus
2:30 PM Liverpool vs Real Madrid FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Anderlecht vs Arsenal FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Olympiacos vs Juventus FOX Sports Net
2:30 PM MULTIMATCH90 FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM Atlético Madrid vs Malmö FF DirecTV
2:45 PM Galatasaray vs Borussia Dortmund DirecTV
2:45 PM Bayer Leverkusen vs Zenit DirecTV
2:45 PM Ludogorets vs Basel (SUI) DirecTV
2:45 PM AS Monaco vs Benfica DirecTV

 

  • Talent: Host Rob Stone alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride and Warren Barton.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CONTINUES WITH MATCH DAY 6

Five MLS clubs battle it out on the final Match Day to advance to the knockout rounds of this region’s most prestigious competition.

Tues., Oct. 21 Match Network
8:00 PM Tauro FC vs DC United FOX Soccer Plus
10:00 PM Deportivo Olimpia vs Portland Timbers FOX Soccer Plus
Wed., Oct. 22 Match Network
8:00 PM New York Red Bulls  vs Montreal Impact FOX Sports 2
Thurs., Oct. 23 Match Network
10:00 PM Deportivo Saprissa vs Sporting Kansas City FOX Soccer Plus

 

STUDIO

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE – EXTENDED MLB PLAYOFF COVERAGE, NLCS POSTGAME SHOWS, NBA EXCLUSIVES, NIGHTLY NFL NEWS AND RECAPS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Jay Glazer, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Eric Karros, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: The Major League Baseball playoffs are approaching the deciding games of the League Championship Series, and FOX SPORTS LIVE continues to be right in the thick of things with nightly postgame recaps and analysis, covering all of the October action. Analysts Gabe Kapler and Eric Karros are in-studio each night, breaking down all of the games’ most critical plays and previewing the following days’ action. The show’s coverage enhanced by nightly lead-ins from the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants on FOX Sports 1. With the series kicking off over the weekend, postgame coverage includes both live sound from the game sites and analysis from Studio A where Kapler and Karros join host Kevin Burkhardt, CJ Nitkowski and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas at the desk. The show’s busy month of feature pieces and 1-on-1 interviews carries its momentum into the coming week. A series of exclusive interviews with topline NBA talent begins early next week as 1-on-1’s with new Clippers owner Stever Ballmer, star forward Blake Griffin and Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh all make their way to air. In addition, with the dawn of the NBA season just around the corner, FOX Sports 1 NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski returns to the studio next Monday night and will be on hand every night next week for news updates and insights in anticipation of the new season. With the NFL regular season nearing its midpoint, coverage remains strong throughout the week as FOX SPORTS LIVE keeps fans in tune nightly with news updates and insights from around the league.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF ROLLS ON, TALKBACK WITH MISSISSIPPI STATE QB AND HEISMAN FRONTRUNNER PRESCOTT, TOP-5 FSU/ND PREVIEW WITH FORMER QBs QUINN AND RIX

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday evenings (This week: 12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent:  Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis, Joel Klatt, Clay Travis, Mike Hill, Todd Fuhrman, Bruce Feldman, Dave Wannstedt, Stewart Mandel
  • This Week: College football coverage remains an emphasis during the week, leading up to Friday’s FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF at 12:00 A.M. ET. The hour-long prograM counts down the sport’s biggest stories of the week. The show boasts a stable of insiders and information men that includes Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, who provide up-to-the-minute reporting and insight on programs from across the nation. Former players Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis and Matt Leinart are also on-hand, joining longtime collegiate and professional coach Dave Wannstedt for game analysis and breakdowns as they count down topics from 10 to 1. Special to the show this week, Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott, who has the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 6-0 record and is considered one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy joins via satellite. Another special feature for the week is a preview of the No. 5 Notre Dame’s matchup with No. 2 Florida State, featuring a pair of former quarterbacks from the prestigious programs — FOX Sports 1 college football analyst Brady Quinn and special guest and FOX Sports contributor Chris Rix.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – MLB PLAYOFF ANALYSIS IN-STUDIO AND SITE HITS FROM MOROSI AND ROSENTHAL

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), preempted Thursday, Oct. 16, Friday, Oct. 17
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, CJ Nitkowski, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam, Brady Quinn, Jill Arrington, Royce Clayton, Jay Glazer
  • This Week: As the American and National League playoffs Championship Series continue, AMERICA’S PREGAME is the one-stop shop for daily game previews and insights for fans of both leagues. Analysts Royce Clayton, Eric Karros and CJ Nitkowski are in studio, while insiders Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report from site. In addition, correspondents from FOX Sports Midwest check in on behalf of the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals, who both find themselves in the final four. Due to the National League Championship Series and NCWTS race on FOX Sports 1, the show is dark on Thursday and Friday.

 

UFC

 

UFC COUNTDOWN: UFC 179 ALDO VS. MENDES 2 PREVIEWS TITLE FIGHT AND MORE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 19 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes
  • This Week: UFC COUNTDOWN takes viewers behind the scenes before UFC 179 as three Brazilians brace to battle opponents from North America. Reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo welcomes Team Alpha Male rival Chad Mendes back to the country, his mind as intent on victory as Mendes’ is on redemption. Glover Teixeira looks to rebound from his recent title shot with a bout against Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis. And undefeated lightweight prospect Diego Ferreira faces fellow upstart Beneil Dariush.

 

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: BISPING VS. ROCKHOLD, ALDO VS. MENDES PREVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 19 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Go inside the family life of veteran UFC star Michael Bisping, whose brash approach to fighting is balanced by his wife and his oldest son’s dreams of following in his footsteps. Then, as their much anticipated clash nears, Jon Anik hosts a heated exchange in studio between middleweight contenders Bisping and Luke Rockhold. Plus, considered by many to be the UFC’s greatest talent without a belt, Chad Mendes finalizes his mission to change that fact in Sacramento, as he readies for a championship rematch with Jose Aldo. And Joe Rogan ranks the greatest victories of featherweight champion Aldo’s career in Ultimate 8.

THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER RETURNS WITH SHOCKING INJURY, PLUS HERRIG VS. CLARK GRUDGE MATCH

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Oct. 22 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Dana White
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, an injury forces one of the fighters out of the competition and opens the door for another to get a second chance in the tournament. The Team Melendez fighters question the severity of Heather Clark’s nagging knee injury. And the storied rivalry between No. 6 seed Felice Herrig of Team Pettis and No. 11 seed Clark finally comes to a head, as they face off in the fifth preliminary fight.

                                                                 

NASCAR

 

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES LIVE ON FOX FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009; SEVERAL OF SPORT’S TOP NAMES, INCLUDING SIX-TIME CHAMP JOHNSON, NEED WIN AT TALLADEGA TO ADVANCE IN CHASE

Talladega Superspeedway, infamous for the “big one” in terms of monstrous pileups, truly hosts the “big one” this weekend, as Sunday’s race determines which eight of 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders advance to the third round of the Chase. Among drivers who likely must win Sunday in order to continue are six-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson, former champ Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO offer live coverage of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES practice and final practice, as well as live prerace coverage from the 2.66-mile Alabama superspeedway. In addition, FOX and FOX Sports GO broadcast Saturday’s NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race live (1:00 PM ET) from Talladega, marking the first Truck Series race on FOX since the network carried the Auto Club Speedway event in Feb. 2009.

Heading into Sunday’s Cup Series race, Joey Logano leads Kyle Busch (-6), Kevin Harvick (-7), Ryan Newman (-11), Carl Edwards (-12), Jeff Gordon (-14), Denny Hamlin (-15), Kasey Kahne (-31), Matt Kenseth (-32), Keselowski (-50), Johnson (-57) and Earnhardt Jr. (-57).   Logano and Harvick are guaranteed spots in the third Chase round — the Eliminator 8 — by virtue of their wins in the current round.

A tight battle also continues in the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES.  With five races remaining on consecutive weekends, reigning champion Matt Crafton leads teammate Johnny Sauter by 19 points, followed by Ryan Blaney (-27), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-33) and Joey Coulter (-82).

DARRELL WALTRIP SAYS, CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION, TALLADEGA IS NOT UNPREDICTABLE:

“No matter what your intentions are when the race starts, whether to finish, win or ride around in the back, your game plan will change throughout the day, but probably not until near the end of the race. The Chase contenders will wait around to see if the guys they need to finish ahead of will have trouble or not.  But Talladega is not unpredictable like everyone always says it is.  Look at every race there over the years — they never change.  There’s a huge pack of cars. Somebody runs up front all day but doesn’t win because they get shuffled out at the end, and someone often comes from nowhere to win.  It’s very predictable — you just don’t know who the players will be.  It could be a story like the two Davids (Ragan and Gilliland) a couple of years ago getting hooked up on a restart near the end and winning when everyone else scrambles and wrecks each other.  The finish will be determined by who can execute their game plan at the end when it matters most, and also by who doesn’t get swept up in the big wreck or big wrecks.  That’s not unpredictable — it’s quite predictable — not because of the Chase but because it’s Talladega.”

WALTRIP RECOMMENDS DRIVERS BE PROACTIVE IN THE DRAFT SUNDAY AT TALLADEGA:

“Drivers have two options at Talladega — either run up front and cross your fingers, or run in the back and hope that if mayhem breaks out, you’re far enough back that you can slow down and miss it.  I’ve seen it go both ways numerous times.  Talladega is frustrating because you can’t really devise a foolproof plan and must instead react to what’s going on around you.  You have to be a little proactive and anticipate what is going to happen ahead of you.  That’s very frustrating because you can execute your plan all day long, mind your own business and still get wrecked.”

 

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP FROM TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:  NCWTS SETUP offers a look back at last year’s Talladega race, won by Johnny Sauter; a flashback to the series’ last outing at Las Vegas; an interview with 16-year-old Cole Custer regarding his career first win; a feature on Joey Coulter’s charity karting event; and a feature on Ben Kennedy as he heads to Talladega, a track built by his family.

 

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week:  A full Talladega preview, “Let it Ride” odds segment and “Crunching the Numbers” feature for Talladega on Thursday, Oct. 16
  • Next Week:  Driver/analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, Oct. 20

 

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports  1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 19 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Kenny Wallace, Jeff Hammond, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: Krista Voda sits down with Carl Edwards for his thoughts on the Chase and his 2015 move to Joe Gibbs Racing; a feature with Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray; and actor Michael Rooker voices an essay on “risk versus reward.”

 

SUPERCROSS

$1 MILLION ON THE LINE AT MONSTER ENERGY CUP ALL-STAR EVENT IN LAS VEGAS

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (9:00 PM ET); FOX Sports 1 (replay), Sunday, Oct. 19 (1:00 PM ET); FOX (replay), Sunday, Oct. 26 (check local listings)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, Jenny Taft, Jeremy McGrath, Cameron Steele
  • This Week: The best riders in the world compete in the richest race in motocross as a $1 million bonus is available to any racer who can sweep the three 10-lap main events on a course designed by legendary champion Ricky Carmichael, a member of the FOX Sports broadcast team. The Carmichael-inspired track design at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas consists of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other race track design in the world. The Monster Energy Cup, premiering live on FOX Sports 2 with replays on FOX and FOX Sports 1, posts a $250,000 purse, with the winner earning $100,000. For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.monsterenergycup.com/

 

MOTOGP

MOTOGP HEADS TO AUSTRALIA WITH THREE ROUNDS OF CHAMPIONSHIP REMAINING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 19 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: Last week in Japan, Marc Marquez, 21, became the youngest rider in history to win consecutive MotoGP World Championship titles, clinching with a runner-up finish. The series heads to Phillip Island Circuit in Australia this weekend with Marquez leading Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa (tied) by 82 points and Jorge Lorenzo by 85 with three rounds remaining. The Tissot Australian Grand Prix could hold implications in the point standings for the top-five challengers, as Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi took the top three spots in 2013.  In addition, FOX Sports 2 offers delayed coverage of Moto3 from Australia on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 4:00 PM ET and Moto2 at 5:00 PM ET.

ORIGINALS

KATIE NOLAN SITS ATOP FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED STANDINGS

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 17 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer
  • This Week: After six weeks of play, Katie Nolan, the NFL on FOX team and Chuck Liddell lead the way with 4-2 records atop the FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED standings. With NFL on FOX Insider Jay Glazer serving as the commish, comedian David Spade leads a motley crew of celebrity football fans through a season of Fantasy Football competition. Joining Spade are fellow comedians Nick Swardson and Brody Stevens, Rascal Flatts’ bassist, Jay DeMarcus, MMA icon Lidell, No Filter’s Nolan and actor Jerry Ferarra. One final entry, representing NFL on FOX, consists of rotating appearances by John Lynch, Ronde Barber and David Diehl. The league competes through FOX Fantasy Football on FOXSports.com. Orthopedic surgeon and FOX Sports contributor Dr. Robert Klapper provides insight into player injuries, deciphering team talk and offering fantasy football players a leg up on their competition. FOX Sports Fantasy Football, offered online, as an iPhone app or through the mobile site, provides live, automated and online drafts; customizable scoring options; up-to-the-minute live scoring and expert analysis. For more latest league standings, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1EYqbLU

 

Big Papi Back in the Fall Classic

MLB ON FOX: LOGOThree-Time World Champion to Serve As Pregame & Postgame Analyst for

FOX Sports’ World Series Coverage

Slugger Joins Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler, Nick Swisher & Hall-Of-Famer

Frank Thomas for Games 1 & 2

Los Angeles – One of Major League Baseball’s best postseason hitters returns to the October stage this year, only this time he trades his lethal bat for a microphone.  David “Big Papi” Ortiz has been added to FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame show roster for the first two games of the 2014 Fall Classic.  The announcement was made today by John Entz, Executive Vice President Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

Ortiz joins fellow major leaguer Nick Swisher, World Series Champion Gabe Kapler and Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas as analysts live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City beginning Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX.  Kevin Burkhardt anchors all of FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame coverage.

“I want to thank FOX Sports for giving me this opportunity to be involved with the World Series and their broadcasts,” said Ortiz.  “There is nothing more special than playing in the World Series and if I can’t be in the batter’s box, this is the next best place in the ballpark.”

“It’s rare to find an analyst who combines tremendous postseason credentials with the ability to convey immeasurable passion for this great game,” Entz said.  “It is obvious we have found both in David, and we are thrilled to be able to give our show the added star-studded presence and experience he brings to the set.”

Ortiz is one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball history, particularly when the calendar flips to October.  During his three World Series appearances, Ortiz was nothing but clutch, posting an astounding .455 batting average in 14 games. The three-time World Champion and nine-time All-Star has hit 466 career home runs and is the all-time MLB leader for home runs (415), RBIs (1,343) and hits (1,890) by a designated hitter.

After spending the first six seasons of his career with the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), Ortiz signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and was a driving force in helping the club secure three World Series Championships in the last 10 seasons.  In 2005, Red Sox ownership presented Ortiz with a plaque proclaiming him as “the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox.”

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports’ Week 9 CFB Schedule Features Five Top-25 Squads

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoNo. 9 TCU Battles Texas Tech on FOX; No. 22 USC Faces No. 20 Utah on FOX Sports 1

New York – As the race toward the College Football Playoff heats up and with teams in survival-mode trying to capture one of the coveted four playoff spots, FOX Sports’ Week 9 schedule includes five teams currently ranked in the Associated Press top 25.

Action kicks off Friday, Oct. 24, as No. 9 Oregon heads to Cal, looking to avoid a second loss and remain in the playoff conversation. The Ducks and Bears kick off at 10:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, No. 9 TCU welcomes Texas Tech on FOX (3:30 PM ET) in a fierce Big 12 battle between in-state rivals, before the Pac-12 takes center stage that night as No. 20 Utah hosts No. 22 USC on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET). Also on Saturday, No. 25 Marshall jumped into the rankings this week and could be one of the nation’s few remaining undefeated teams entering its matchup with Florida Atlantic on FOX Sports 1 (3:30 PM ET), and Rice hosts North Texas on FOX Sports Regional Networks (12:00 PM ET).

Undefeated, Fourth-Ranked Baylor Highlights FOX Sports 1 Tripleheader

This weekend, a FOX Sports 1 tripleheader kicks off Saturday, Oct. 18, at 12:00 PM ET as No. 4 Baylor, fresh off its last-second, come-from-behind win over TCU last weekend, looks to remain undefeated on the road against West Virginia. At 4:00 PM ET, a pair of ranked Big 12 squads takes the field as ninth-ranked TCU attempts to recover from its heartbreaker, hosting No. 15 Oklahoma State. In the nightcap, No. 9 Oregon is coming off a huge win over UCLA and hopes to remain in the College Football Playoff conversation, traveling to Washington for an 8:00 PM ET kick.

Before Saturday’s full day of action, FOX Sports 2 presents a Thursday night Pac-12 showdown as No. 20 Utah heads to Oregon State at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, Oct. 16. Originally scheduled to air on FOX Sports 1, the game was moved due to Game 5 of Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Series and can now be seen on FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, the Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Now and select MyNet channels in local markets.

The full FOX Sports schedules for Weeks 8 and 9, including broadcaster information for Week 8, appear below.

College football games on FOX and FOX Sports 1 are also available on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go.

FOX Sports presents college football fans some of the most exciting matchups in the country this season, with more than 100 games across its national and local broadcast and cable platforms, culminating with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference championship games on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

For more on FOX College Football, follow @CFBONFOX on Twitter and “Like” FOX Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/foxsports).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

  • No. 20 Utah at Oregon State

o   Thursday, Oct. 16 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 2, Pac-12 Networks, local MyNet affiliates & FOX Sports GO

o   Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

o   #UTAHvsOSU

  • No. 4 Baylor at West Virginia

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece

o   #BAYLORvsWVU

  • UTSA at LA Tech

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

o   Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel

o   #UTSAvsLATech

  • Kansas at Texas Tech

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (3:30 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

o   Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin

o   #KUvsTTU

  • UAB at Middle Tennessee

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (3:30 PM ET), FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO

o   Mark Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen

o   #UABvsMidTenn

  • No. 15 Oklahoma State at No. 12 TCU

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (4:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath

o   #OSUvsTCU

  • Washington at No. 9 Oregon

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (8:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden

o   #UWvsORE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

  • No. 9 Oregon at California

o   Friday, Oct. 24 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

  • North Texas at Rice

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

  • Texas Tech at No. 12 TCU

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (3:30 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO

  • Florida Atlantic at No. 25 Marshall

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (3:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

  • No. 22 USC at No. 20 Utah

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

- FOX SPORTS -

FOX Sports Names Announcers for Coverage of CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament

fox-sports-logoReporter Jenny Taft Embedded with USWNT

30-Minute Pregame Show Precedes Every USA Match

Los Angeles – FOX Sports today unveils the announcers and analysts covering the complete 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament across the FOX Sports family of networks beginning Wednesday, Oct. 15.  For the first time ever, all 16 tournament matches are televised, with coverage provided by FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go.  The announcement was made today by FIFA World Cup on FOX Executive Producer David Neal.

“The group we’ve assembled for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship is an exciting mix of veterans and newcomers who we’re sure will blend together nicely, providing soccer fans the insight and coverage they clearly expect,” said Neal. “We’re committed to providing a level of coverage this tournament has never seen, and we’ve set a terrific foundation.”

FOX Sports’ game analysts include numerous U.S. Women’s National Team veterans. Cat Whitehill is a 10-year veteran defender and current player-coach for the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League, while midfielder Angela Hucles played on the USWNT for seven years, including two FIFA Women’s World Cups. Defender Danielle Slaton spent five years with the national squad before moving on to play for Olympique Lyonnais, where she was a starting defender on the French First Division team. Tony DiCicco, best known as head coach of the USWNT that won the legendary 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, adds a coach’s perspective.  Completing the team are former University of Minnesota soccer star Kyndra de St. Aubin, who has covered women’s soccer for the Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Networks, and former Canadian Women’s National Team striker Christine Latham.

Jenny Taft, a FOX Sports 1 reporter and update anchor and a former Division I college athlete, is assigned exclusively to coverage of the USWNT for the duration of the tournament. Taft is embedded with the USWNT throughout the 12-day tournament, providing an in-depth look, news updates and features from the inside. Her reports also appear daily on FOX Sports 1 studio shows AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE.

Calling play-by-play throughout the tournament are John Strong, JP Dellacamera, Mark Rogondino, Justin Kutcher, Jenn Hildreth and Mark Followill who have all called the game at the international, professional or collegiate levels. Each play-by-play announcer is paired with various analysts throughout the tournament.

Before every USWNT match, coverage on FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports 2 kicks off with a 30-minute pregame show live from Los Angeles with host Rob Stone alongside a rotation of expert analysts.  Included in that group are U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda, former USWNT stars Leslie Osborne and Heather Mitts, as well as former Mexican Women’s National Team defender Monica GonzalezJulie Stewart-Binks also hosts pregame coverage for select matches. FOX Sports soccer insider and Sports Illustrated senior columnist Grant Wahl serves as a tournament correspondent, and longtime FIFA and Match Commissioner Dr. Joe Machnik provides insight and opinion as it pertains to officiating.

The CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying journey begins on Wednesday, Oct. 15 with a doubleheader live from Kansas City’s Sporting Park on FOX Sports 2 as Guatemala takes on Haiti at 6:00 PM ET, followed at 8:00 PM ET by the USWNT opener against Trinidad and Tobago, also live on FOX Sports 2. All games stream live on FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go.

Group Stage and Playoffs

(All times ET; schedule subject to change)

Date                 Time                Show/Match                 Announce Team           Network

Oct. 15             6:00 PM            Guatemala – Haiti          Dellacamera/Hucles       FOX Sports 2

8:00 PM            Pregame                       Stone/Mitts/Wynalda     FOX Sports 1

8:30 PM            USA-Trinidad                 Strong/Whitehill/Taft      FOX Sports 2

Oct. 16             6:00 PM            Jamaica-Martinique        Followill/de St. Aubin     FOX Sports 2

8:30 PM            Costa Rica-Mexico        Kutcher/Slaton              FOX Soccer Plus

Oct. 17             6:30 PM            Haiti-Trinidad                 Hildreth/de St. Aubin     FOX Sports 2

8:30 PM            Pregame                       Stone/Mitts/Osborne/   FOX Sports 1

Wynalda

9:00 PM            USA-Guatemala Dellacamera/Whitehill/ FOX Sports 1

Taft

Oct. 18             4:00 PM            Costa Rica-Jamaica       Hildreth/Slaton FOX Sports 2

6:30 PM            Martinique-Mexico         Rogondino/Whitehill      FOX Sports 2

Oct. 20             5:00 PM            Trinidad-Guatemala        Rogondino/Latham        FOX Sports 2

7:00 PM            Pregame                       Stone/Mitts/Osborne/   FOX Sports 1

Wynalda

7:30 PM            Haiti-USA                      Strong/DiCicco/Taft       FOX Sports 1

Oct. 21             5:00 PM            Martinique-Costa Rica    Dellacamera/Hucles       FOX Sports 2

7:30 PM            Mexico-Jamaica            Kutcher/Whitehill            FOX Sports 1

Oct. 24             4:30 PM            Semifinal 1                    Rogondino/DiCicco       FOX Sports 2

7:00 PM            Pregame                       Stewart-Binks/Mitts/      FOX Sports 1

Osborne/Wynalda

7:30 PM            Semifinal 2                    Kutcher/Whitehill/Taft     FOX Sports 1

Oct. 26             3:00 PM            Third-Place Match          Hildreth/DiCicco            FOX Sports 1

5:00 PM            Final                             Strong/Whitehill/Taft      FOX Sports 1

*Update: Due to scheduling conflicts, Costa Rica-Mexico has been moved from FOX Sports 2 to FOX Soccer Plus.

- FOX SPORTS -

Quotes from FOX NFL KICKOFF & FOX NFL SUNDAY

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FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 10/12/14

Michael Strahan on Marquee Dallas at Seattle Matchup: “This is the measuring stick for the Dallas Cowboys.”

Jay Glazer on How Much FSU QB Jameis Winston’s NFL Draft Stock has been Adversely Affected by Off-Field Issues: “Enormously.”                                                                                      

Howie Long on AFC East Showdown between New England and Buffalo: “Tom Brady doesn’t look like much of a bully, but for 12 years he has been taking the Buffalo Bills’ lunch money.”

From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt on his level of trust in the Dallas Cowboys and their use of running back DeMarco Murray:

“I think they are playing very good in all phases of the game as a team right now. One thing that concerns me is, I hope Jason Garrett doesn’t use that Ivy League degree of his and overthink this thing. This week, he comes out and makes the comment that he doesn’t want to overuse DeMarco Murray. And that all sounds good from a coach’s perspective and an owner’s perspective, but Jason needs to understand Tony Romo is able to have more time to throw the ball because of the play-action pass game. He needs to understand why his defense has played 12 less plays a game than last year. It’s because his offense with DeMarco Murray is controlling the ball. He’s the lifeline of the team. Do what you go to do to win. Those conversations never came up with Emmitt Smith, I promise you that.”

Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb calls San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers the best QB in the NFL right now:

“I like Phillip Rivers. Since Week 14 last year, his team is 8-1. He’s got a team with no run game, a tight end who looks like he’s about 80 years old at times, and then there’s Keenan Allen, a guy that nobody even knew about and he was up for Rookie of the Year last season. Phillip Rivers has changed his game, because about three years ago, we thought he was on the decline. We rarely brought him up.”

Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss weighs in on New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick saying he wasn’t properly prepared for last week’s game:

“If it was coming from any other backup QB other than Vick, then I don’t think it really hits the headlines. That’s the backup QB; he needs to be prepared and he’s sitting there watching the same film as Geno Smith. For him to come out and say that, I don’t know how good that looks for him with his future in New York because you don’t know want any quarterback, let alone a veteran, saying something like that.”

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

NFL on FOX analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan looks at America’s Game of the Week featuring the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Seattle Seahawks:

“This is the measuring stick for the Dallas Cowboys and also the measuring stick for us as we talk about the Dallas Cowboys to see where they are. There are so many great matchups in this game. There is Dez Bryant versus Richard Sherman. There is Jason Witten versus Kam Chancellor – who is a game-time decision and who had trouble against Antonio Gates a few weeks ago. And then there is the biggest one which is the league’s No. 1 leading rusher against the No. 1 rushing defense. What gives in this game? DeMarco Murray is on pace to break or tie NFL records for yards and carries in a season and that’s a lot of wear and tear on one guy.”

NFL on FOX analyst and two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson on the Cowboys’ use of running back DeMarco Murray:

“There has been talk about cutting back on some of those carries. I always felt like, if you have a strong horse, you run him and you run him until he can’t run anymore. I don’t mind taking him out on third-and-long plays and stuff like that. But in this league, there is no lead that is safe, so you play your best players.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer on Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer’s status for today’s game versus Washington:

“He saw the specialist on Monday and Friday. About two hours from now, Bruce Arians is going to take him on the field and in order for Carson Palmer to start, he has to show Coach Arians that he can make all the throws. He still has not thrown over 50 yards and on Friday he had some fatigue, but that was before he worked with the specialist.”

NFL on FOX analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw on whether the Detroit Lions can win the NFC North without a healthy Calvin Johnson and the addition of former Denver kicker Matt Prater:

“I don’t think so; it’s going to be tough. The Lions did one thing they should have done and they brought in Matt Prater, the kicker who was previously with the Denver Broncos and led the league in points last season. The guy made 25-of-26 field goals and there are two people that score points: kickers and quarterbacks, and finally I think they realized they needed a kicker and they got themselves a good one.”

NFL on FOX analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long says the Buffalo Bills have closed the gap on the New England Patriots after more than a decade of struggles:

“Tom Brady doesn’t look like much of a bully, but for 12 years he has been taking the Buffalo Bills’ lunch money. Everything that Buffalo has done over the last few years, through the draft, through free agency and their move last week to go to Kyle Orton has closed the gap. I think the big matchup today is this revamped Patriots offensive line versus this dominant Buffalo Bills defensive front, led by Marcell Dareus and they get Kyle Williams back. That’s the matchup of the day.”

Glazer on how off-the-field issues for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston have affected his draft stock with NFL teams:

“Enormously; every general manager I talked to this week said, ‘We’ve either dropped Jameis Winston down or we’ve really had to consider whether we even want him in our locker room.’ More than anything, this just signifies a huge revamp in how guys are going to now grade players with off-field incidents. In the past, if you have an off-field issue, these draft scouts would drop you down two, three, four rounds. But now, guys are saying, instead of adjusting their draft grades, it’s whether or not we even want to bring him into our environment. It used to be on the players, but now it’s on us as the general managers. One other note, at this week’s NFL owners meeting, the idea actually was broached of stripping draft picks from teams in the future with multiple offenders.”

Long on the low block by Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas that injured Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell:

“I don’t think Julius Thomas’ intent was to injure Calais Campbell. The thing somebody has to explain to me is that Julius Thomas was fined $8,400 for taking Calais Campbell out for three-to-four weeks. Colin Kaepernick was fined $10,000 for wearing the wrong brand of headphones. What is wrong with this picture? I don’t get that.”

Glazer with an update on the toe injury keeping Cincinnati Bengals star WR A.J. Green out of today’s game:

“The good news is that it’s not a tear in that ligament. The bad news is that it only hurts when it jams a certain way, so he can walk around fine for two days and then suddenly jam it and then he’s out. That’s what happened this week when he had to be carted off the practice field. So what the team is trying to do this week is find a specialist who can make some sort of brace or orthotic where he still has mobility in the toe, but it doesn’t jam that certain way.”

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, NFL, CFB & More

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

MLB: Cardinals and Giants Battle For NL Pennant on FOX and FOX Sports 1; Game 1 Simulcast on FOX Sports 1 Offers Stats-Driven Viewing Experience

NFL: Packers Face Dolphins, while Cowboys Battle Seahawks on FOX

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 12 Oregon at No. 18 UCLA in Key Pac-12 Matchup

#ICYMI: FOX SPORTS LIVE: St. Louis Rams Running Back Zac Stacy Cares for Younger Brother with Down Syndrome http://foxs.pt/Ztdh7X

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MLB

CARDINALS AND GIANTS BATTLE FOR NL PENNANT ON FOX AND FOX SPORTS 1; NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 POWERED BY JABO OFFERS UNIQUE LOOK AT GAME 1

After two exciting National League Division Series that led to massive ratings success for FOX Sports 1, the National League Championship Series, pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the San Francisco Giants, comes to FOX and FOX Sports 1 beginning Saturday, Oct. 11, with a special Game 1 prime-time presentation.

While the traditional broadcast of Game 1 airs on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1 presents fans interested in a more analytics-driven viewing experience with NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 POWERED BY JABO. An unconventional viewing experience under FOXSports.com’s exciting new baseball blog, Just A Bit Outside, this telecast emphasizes statistics and sabermetrics with less restrained debate and conversation. Kevin Burkhardt hosts NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 POWERED BY JABO with analysts Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski and Rob Neyer, while special guests join via video remote or phone. On the broadcast network, Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci call the entire NLCS with dugout reports from Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal. Coverage of Game 1 begins Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7:00 PM ET on FOX. NLCS games on FOX and FOX Sports 1 can also be seen in Spanish on FOX Deportes and digitally on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming of FOX Sports content at home or on the go.

FOX Sports provides more hours of pre- and postgame coverage devoted to the MLB postseason than in any year prior. FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes show more than 60 hours of pre-, between-game and postgame coverage, including expanded 90-minute editions of AMERICA’S PREGAME and special editions of FOX SPORTS LIVE throughout the postseason. The NLCS schedule is below.

  • Network/When:
    • NLCS Game 1: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 11 (8:00 PM ET)
    • NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 POWERED BY JABO
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 11 (8:00 PM ET)
    • NLCS Game 2: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
    • NLCS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Oct. 14 (4:00 PM ET)
    • NLCS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Oct. 15 (8:00 PM ET)
    • NLCS Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants*
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Oct. 16 (8:00 PM ET)
    • NLCS Game 6: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals*
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (4:00 PM ET, will move to 8:00PM ET if ALCS is complete)
    • NLCS Game 7: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals*
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 18 (7:30 PM ET)

 

* – if necessary

NFL

AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK RETURNS WITH COWBOYS AT SEAHAWKS

AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK returns to FOX on Sunday, Oct. 12 with a huge NFC matchup as the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys, who are tied for the lead in the NFC East, at 4:25 PM ET. In regionalized action, the Green Bay Packers head south to face the Miami Dolphins, while the Minnesota Vikings host the Detroit Lions in an NFC North showdown. Tom Brady’s New England Patriots travel to Buffalo to face the Bills, and the Cincinnati Bengals welcome the Carolina Panthers, all at 1:00 PM ET. Also in the late window, the Chicago Bears face the Falcons in Atlanta, and the Arizona Cardinals host the Washington Redskins.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 with FOX NFL KICKOFF at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET, with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12

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

Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins                  Sam Rosen, John Lynch                               46%            1:00PM                                                                                                 

& Pam Oliver

Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Fla.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

 

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills                    Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston              18%         1:00PM

           & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, N.Y.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Boston, Buffalo, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Kansas City, Phoenix, Providence, Salt Lake City, San Diego

 

Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals              Chris Myers, Ronde Barber    18%      1:00PM                                                                                            

& Jennifer Hale

Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Greensboro, Greenville, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Raleigh

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings                         Mike Goldberg, Brendon Ayanbadejo,   7%       1:00PM

           & Peter Schrager

TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minn.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Detroit, Louisville, Minneapolis

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks                   Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman      69%             4:25PM

                                                                                                  & Charissa Thompson

CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Wa.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons                            Justin Kutcher, David Diehl                        21%                 4:25PM   

            & Laura Okmin

Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Ga.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Detroit, Greenville, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis

Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals          Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn                          7% 4:25PM                                                                                                 

   & Kristina Pink

University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Greensboro, Norfolk, Phoenix, Richmond, Washington

 

                                                          COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FOX COLLEGE PREGAME GETS FANS READY FOR BIG PAC-12 CLASH

  • Network/When: FOX, Saturday, Oct. 11 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt, plus insiders Bruce Feldman and Clay Travis, and Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath live from the Rose Bowl.
  • This Week: The group discusses what’s next for Oregon and UCLA after the early Pac-12 frontrunners both suffered losses last week. Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath check in live from the Rose Bowl where No. 18 UCLA gets ready to host No. 12 Oregon on FOX. Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt focus on key players for each team and how each squad’s offensive line has struggled. Bruce Feldman and Clay Travis discuss the “FOX Four” projections for the College Football Playoff and whether or not the Pac-12 will be shut out.
  1. 12 OREGON AT NO. 18 UCLA FOR KEY MATCHUP IN WIDE-OPEN PAC-12
  • Network/When/Talent:
    • West Virginia at Texas Tech
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 11 (12:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
      • #WVUvsTexasTech
    • Middle Tennessee at Marshall
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 11 (12:00 PM ET)
      • Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin
      • #MidTennvsMarshall
    • No. 12 Oregon at No. 18 UCLA
      • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 11 (3:30 PM ET)
      • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath
      • #OREvsUCLA
      • Deportes: Francisco X. Rivera and Erica Garza (#BruinsvsPatos)
    • No. 16 Oklahoma State at Kansas
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 11 (4:00 PM ET)
      • Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece
      • #OSUvsKSU
    • FIU at UTSA
      • FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 11 (7:00 PM ET),
      • Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen
      • #FIUvsUTSA
  • This Week: This weekend’s FOX Sports college football schedule is highlighted by a battle of elite Pac-12 teams, each led by Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, as Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks face Brett Hundley and the UCLA Bruins on FOX at 3:30 PM ET. After both teams suffered their first losses of the season last week, the Pac-12 is wide open, and both squads look to make up ground and vault back into the playoff conversation. Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath have the call live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

 

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY MLB PLAYOFF POSTGAME ANALYSIS; TONY ROMO 1-ON-1 WITH ANDY RODDICK FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Cole Wright, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam, Clay Travis.
  • This Week: The Major League Baseball playoffs are entering the league championship rounds, and FOX SPORTS LIVE continues with nightly postgame recaps and analysis, covering all the October action. Analysts Gabe Kapler and Eric Karros are in-studio each night, breaking down the games’ biggest moments and critical plays. The show’s baseball coverage also continues to be enhanced by nightly lead-ins from the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants on FOX Sports 1. With the series kicking off this weekend, postgame coverage includes both live sound from the game sites and analysis from Studio A where Kapler and Karros join Kevin Burkhardt, CJ Nitkowski and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas at the desk. Nightly NFL coverage continues with the regular season schedule having reached its quarter-pole. On Friday night, former U.S. Open tennis champion and FOX SPORTS LIVE analyst Andy Roddick sits down with his friend and current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo for a 1-on-1 interview. The heavily-scrutinized Romo has led the Cowboys to four straight wins en route to their unexpected 4-1 start and visits with Roddick as the team prepares for a marquee matchup this Sunday in Seattle against the defending champion Seahawks. Even with three weeks remaining in the month, October has already delivered a number of quality feature pieces, including this long-form story on the cultural importance of basketball in the Philippines following a devastating typhoon: http://foxs.pt/1pHV4u7, and this story about St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy caring for his younger brother who has Down Syndrome: http://foxs.pt/Ztdh7X.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF ROLLS ON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday evenings (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Bruce Feldman, Todd Fuhrman, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Stewart Mandel, Petros Papadakis, Clay Travis, Dave Wannstedt, Brady Quinn.
  • This Week: College football coverage remains an emphasis during the week, leading up to FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF, an hour-long program counting down the sport’s biggest stories of the week. The show boasts a stable of insiders including Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, who provide up-to-the-minute reporting and insight on programs from across the nation. Former players Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis and Matt Leinart are on-hand, joining longtime collegiate and professional coach Dave Wannstedt for game analysis and breakdowns. Analyst Brady Quinn interviews Notre Dame QB Everett Golson.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – MLB PLAYOFF ANALYSIS IN-STUDIO AND SITE HITS FROM MOROSI AND ROSENTHAL; THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW AND 1-ON-1 WITH GARY BETTMAN HIGHLIGHT THE WEEK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Royce Clayton, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, CJ Nitkowski, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: With the American and National League playoffs entering the Championship Series phases, AMERICA’S PREGAME is the one-stop shop for daily game previews and insights for fans of both leagues. Analysts Royce Clayton, Eric Karros and CJ Nitkowski are in studio, while insiders Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal file on-site reports. In addition, correspondents from FOX Sports Midwest check in on behalf of the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals, who both find themselves in the final four. In advance of Thursday night’s AFC South showdown between the J.J. Watt-led Houston Texans and Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts, FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Peter Schrager provides live reporting from Reliant Stadium in Houston, with Jay Glazer in-studio providing updates on injuries and playing statuses leading up to the game.


NASCAR

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES TEAMS AT HOME IN CHARLOTTE THIS WEEKEND AFTER KANSAS PROVED DISASTROUS FOR MANY CHASE CONTENDERS

Several Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders, notably six-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson, hope for a fresh start this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway after what was a disastrous day for many at Kansas Speedway.

Kansas claimed Johnson in an accident that relegated him to a 40th-place finish, tying his worst showing in a Chase race, while Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 45 laps before sustaining a flat tire that put him into the wall and the 39th spot. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon also had trouble, along with Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne. Joey Logano bucked the trend, though, finding Victory Lane to punch his ticket to the third round of the playoffs, the Eliminator 8.

Charlotte, which hosts the second of three races in the Contender Round, the second of four rounds in the Chase, is home to the majority of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES teams and plays host to the Chase’s only night race on Saturday evening. FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO offer live pre-race coverage from Charlotte, as Logano leads Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Kahne, Keselowski, Earnhardt Jr. and Johnson in the Chase standings. A win at Charlotte or at Talladega next weekendautomatically advances a driver to the Eliminator 8.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO; Monday – Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: A look at the top moments of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career on Thursday, Oct. 9, as he turns 40 years old on Friday; “Let it Ride” odds segment and “Crunching the Numbers” feature for Charlotte on Thursday, as well as a recap of the day’s on-track activities at Charlotte.
  • Next Week:  Driver/analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, Oct. 13

 NASCAR RACEDAY FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO; Saturday, Oct. 11 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Kenny Wallace, Sam Hornish Jr., Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: An essay on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career as the fan favorite turns 40 this week; Larry McReynolds goes for a ride in a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Kevin Harvick and chats about Harvick’s season and the Chase; the panelists debate which drivers are in the catbird’s seat after Kansas and who is in trouble; analysis of Kyle Larson’s season and the likelihood, had he not finished 43rd at Michigan, he would have made the Chase and been a strong contender; and live interviews with Larson, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

MOTOGP

DEFENDING CHAMP MARQUEZ LOOKS TO RECAPTURE WINNING STREAK AT GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 12 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: After winning 10 of the first 12 races before crashing in the last two, defending champion and current points leader Marc Marquez still could clinch the championship this weekend in Motegi, Japan, if he gets back on track. After wrecking at Misano and Aragon, Marquez still holds a 74-point lead over Dani Pedrosa and 75 over Valentino Rossi with four rounds to go heading into this weekend’s MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Japan. Jorge Lorenzo grabbed his first win of the year two weeks ago at Aragon, marking the two-time champion’s first win since the 2013 season finale. In addition, FOX Sports 2 offers delayed coverage of Moto3 from Japan on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 5:00 PM ET and Moto2 at 6:00 PM ET.

UFC

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: UFC 178 RECAP, MENDES INTERVIEW AND FILM REVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch never-before-seen images and moments from one of the most stacked Pay-Per-View events in MMA history, as multiple top contenders battle at the electric UFC 178. Then, featherweight title contender Chad Mendes joins host Jon Anik for a candid sit-down interview, including addressing the latest war of words with his fierce rival Jose Aldo. Mendes and Anik then enter The Film Room to break down Mendes’ pivotal first fight against Aldo, as he readies for a rematch.

UFC RELOADED FEATURES HENDRICKS VS. LAWLER WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT AT UFC 171

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Oct. 13 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler
  • This Week: For the first time since 2008, the UFC crowned a new welterweight champion. Heavy-hitters Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler went to war for the title vacated by Georges St-Pierre. The card also featured exciting fights between Tyron Woodley and Carlos Condit, Myles Jury and Diego Sanchez, and Hector Lombard faced Jake Shields.

BOXING

UNDEFEATED RIOS FACES FORMER CHAMP CASTELLANOS IN A JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT BATTLE AT GOLDEN BOY BOXING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 10 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Rich Marotta and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Golden Boy Live! returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., headlined by a 10-round junior lightweight main event that features Santa Ana’s Ronny Rios, who puts his perfect 23-0 (10 KOs) record on the line against former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Robinson Castellanos (19-10, 12 KOs). Plus, undefeated welterweight Antonio Orozco (20-0, 15 KOs) of San Diego meets former World Champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-13, 11 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event. Also in action is unbeaten phenom Diego De La Hoya (6-0, 5 KOs) making his fourth appearance in Indio in a six-round opening televised fight against Luis “Lichito” Lizarraga Jr. (5-2-1, 2 KOs) from Merida, Mexico.

 

ORIGINALS

GRIFFEY TALKS HITTING WITH ANGELS’ TROUT IN LATEST EPISODE OF BIG STICKS WITH KEN GRIFFEY, JR.

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Oct. 9 (11:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Ken Griffey Jr.
  • This Week: In the continuing original series by FOX Sports and Major League Baseball Productions, future Hall-of-Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. talks about the art of hitting with Angels’ slugger Mike Trout. One of the most exciting young players in the game, Trout broke into the Majors at age 19 in 2011 as a five-tool player and already has 98 home runs, 26 triples and 111 doubles in just a little more than three full seasons. “What impressed me most about Trout, he just wants to be a baseball player. He doesn’t look at the celebrity status of it. He looks at it as he’s going out there and doing things he loves to do day in and day out,” Griffey says.

WAIVER WIRE MOVES, INJURIES, BYE WEEKS IMPACTING TEAMS ON FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Oct. 9 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Brody Stevens, Jay DeMarcus, Chuck Liddell, Katie Nolan
  • This Week: With NFL on FOX Insider Jay Glazer serving as the commish, comedian David Spade leads a motley crew of celebrity football fans through a season of Fantasy Football competition. Joining Spade are fellow comedians Nick Swardson and Brody Stevens, Rascal Flatts’ bassist Jay DeMarcus, MMA icon Chuck Liddell, No Filter’s Katie Nolan and actor Jerry Ferrara. One final entry, representing NFL on FOX, consists of rotating appearances by John Lynch, Ronde Barber and David Diehl. The league competes through FOX Fantasy Football on FOXSports.com. Orthopedic surgeon and FOX Sports contributor Dr. Robert Klapper provides insight into player injuries, deciphering team talk and offering fantasy football players a leg up on their competition. FOX Sports Fantasy Football, offered online, as an iPhone app or through the mobile site, provides live, automated and online drafts; customizable scoring options; up-to-the-minute live scoring and expert analysis. For more information, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1kt7KYL.

 

FOX SPORTS 1, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DELIVER NEW SPECIAL – MLB ULTIMATE LINEUP: THE MOST CLUTCH POSITION PLAYERS WE EVER SAW

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Oct. 12 (6:30 PMET)
  • This Week: Loaded with facts, fun and inside information, this clever, rapid-fire series chronicles the best of the best in Major League Baseball — players who come through when the stakes are the highest, including Derek Jeter, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Roberto Clemente and Reggie Jackson. FOX Sports 1 baseball analyst Gabe Kapler on Ortiz: “He is the greatest clutch hitter to ever wear a Red Sox uniform.” Former Pirates’ catcher Michael McKenry summed up Clemente: “We’re talking about one of the best players of all time. He didn’t take one day for granted. He played the game the right way … he played it hard. It should speak volumes to anybody who plays this game, because you never know what is going to happen on any given day.”

SOCCER

UEFA EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS RESUME THIS THURSDAY 

  • What: FOX Sports continues its extensive coverage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship Qualifiers with the second and third qualifying match days. World Cup Champion Germany as well as England and the Netherlands are among the top national teams featured.
  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton.
  • Network/When:

MATCH DAY 2

Thurs., Oct. 9 Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pregame FS1, FS2, Plus
2:30 PM England vs San Marino FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Sweden vs Russia FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Slovenia vs Switzerland FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM Macedonia vs Luxembourg FOX Soccer 2Go
Fri., Oct. 10
2:00 PM UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pregame FS1, FS2, Plus
2:30 PM Netherlands vs Kazakhstan FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Wales vs Bosnia Herzegovina FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Bulgaria vs Croatia FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM Latvia vs Iceland FOX Soccer 2Go
2:45 PM Cyprus vs Israel FOX Soccer 2Go
Sat., Oct. 11
11:30 AM UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pregame FS2, Plus
12:00 PM Scotland vs Georgia FOX Sports 2
12:00 PM Armenia vs Serbia FOX Soccer Plus
2:00 PM UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pregame FS2, Plus
2:30 PM Finland vs Greece FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM
  1. Ireland vs Faroe Islands
FOX Soccer Plus
MATCH DAY 3
Sun., Oct. 12 Match Network
11:50 AM Ukraine vs Macedonia FOX Soccer Plus
2:00 PM UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pregame FS1, FS2
2:30 PM Luxembourg vs Spain FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Sweden vs Liechtenstein FOX Sports 2
Mon., Oct. 13
2:00 PM UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pregame FS1, FS2, Plus
2:30 PM Iceland vs Netherlands FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Wales vs Cyprus FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Norway vs Bulgaria FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM Latvia vs Turkey FOX Soccer 2Go
2:45 PM Andorra vs Israel FOX Soccer 2Go
Tues., Oct. 14
2:00 PM UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Pregame FS1, FS2, Plus
2:30 PM Germany vs Republic of Ireland FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Greece vs Northern Ireland FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Poland vs Scotland FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM Gibraltar vs Georgia FOX Soccer 2Go
2:45 PM Serbia vs Albania FOX Soccer 2Go

Quotes from FOX NFL KICKOFF & FOX NFL SUNDAY

Fox-NFL-2014 Jay Glazer on Jim Harbaugh’s future in San Francisco: “I don’t see any way he comes back next year…even if they hoist the Lombardi Trophy”

Jimmy Johnson on the Dallas Cowboys: “When I look at this Cowboys team, it brings back memories.”

Howie Long on J.J. Watt: “He is the most disruptive player in football and I’m not sure if there is a way to deal with him.”

Randy Moss on New England’s struggles up front: “The absence of Logan Mankins and Dante Scarnecchia – it’s like Bill [Belichick] is starting over again.”

From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

NFL on FOX game analyst and two-time Super Bowl champion David Diehl weighs in on the Chicago Bears offense as the team prepares to face the Carolina Panthers today on FOX:

“With this Bears offense, you can’t overcomplicate things. Everybody wants to talk about Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but I think the main thing that they need to do to open up those big plays is to get Matt Forte going. Last week, he had a great game rushing the ball and it really opened up things for that offense. His ability to run the ball today against this Carolina defense, is really going to open that big-play possibility for this Chicago Bears offense.”

Former six-time Pro Bowl QB and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb on who he regards as the best 2-2 team entering Week 5:

“I look at the Indianapolis Colts. I’m a little worried about their defense with Robert Mathis now being out for the season. Where are they going to generate pressure? But offensively, it has been outstanding. Andrew Luck has proven why he is one of the top quarterbacks in this league; he is leading the league in yards, touchdowns and passing on first down. And the most important thing to me is his passing yards per game – 326 yards per game –  puts him first. We know the running game hasn’t been what it should be, but with Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson, it’s about the attempts to keep defenses guessing, so it sets up for the play-action game.”

Six-time Pro Bowl WR and former New England Patriot Randy Moss on what’s missing for the Pats’ offense:

“I think their wide receiver corps is lacking some big plays. One of the things that stood out for me Monday night was the miscommunication between [Tom Brady] and [Julian] Edelman. I think I said this at the beginning of last year, but the absence of Dante Scarnecchia…this man played a big role in the success of the New England Patriots. A lot of the things that are going on, I think have to do with what’s going on up front, because you win and lose games in the trenches. The absence of Logan Mankins and Dante Scarnecchia – it’s like Bill [Belichick] is starting over again.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Michael Strahan stopped by FNK to discuss the relationship between a head coach and his players:

“[Referring to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin when he first arrived in New York] It wasn’t contentious; we hated him. To me it made a difference, a big difference, because you want somebody you feel like you would run through a wall for. A coach can be hard, a coach can be respected, but the thing you really need to know from your coach is that he cares for you. Once you’re just another player in a system and you don’t feel like there is any personal connection, you’re not going to go that extra bit for your coach. It’s important that you like your coach in a certain sense, but most of all you have to respect him.”

Moss, who also played for the 49ers in 2012, commenting on the locker-room environment in San Francisco under head coach Jim Harbaugh:

“When I came to San Francisco, one of the questions that I had pertaining to that locker room and Coach Harbaugh being the head coach was, ‘He’s treating us like college guys, like we’re still at Stanford?’ And that was one of the things I couldn’t let go. I know it has been a couple of years since I’ve been in that locker room, but is that still his approach to treating these men like college kids? I think it’s a big concern for anyone because if you’re a veteran and you’ve been in the league for 10-plus years and you have to do this a certain way, my concern for them is that this could still be a problem two or three weeks from now.”

Former Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator and NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt, crediting current Dallas head coach Jason Garrett for the team’s 3-1 start:

“Jason definitely gets the nod. For the last couple of years, everybody said, ‘Could he be the head coach of the Cowboys? Could he handle all of the moving parts that are involved?’ He is dealing with Jerry Jones and he is making that relationship work. Then he changed both offensive and defensive coordinators and on offense they brought in Scott Linehan, but they also kept the old coordinator, Bill Callahan, who stayed on as the offensive line coach. So you’ve got two coordinators in that same room and then Monte Kiffin, who was the old defensive coordinator – he is still involved on defense. Right now they are fourth in the NFL on offense, 10th in the NFL on defense and he is making it all come together. I’ve got to give it to Jason Garrett; I think he is doing a great job.”

 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer on the future of Harbaugh despite reassurances from players during the week that things are OK in San Francisco:

“The only thing that changed is that the players were openly talking about it and now, because it happened after a victory, they just want to keep it under wraps. But look, Jim Harbaugh has worn thin there in that locker room with the players and throughout the organization. I’ll say it again, I don’t see any way Jim Harbaugh comes back next year as the head coach of the 49ers, even if they hoist the Lombardi Trophy.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Howie Long on the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive struggles:

“Looking at Philadelphia in the same division, the offense came to a screeching halt last week and I think it comes back to the offensive line. At one point against Washington, they were playing with four back-ups. Their running game is non-existent, which puts the onus on [Nick] Foles to carry the offense. He’s tough, he’s smart, but he’s a system quarterback, he’s not a guy that can carry a football team. When they are not running ball and they’re losing on first down, that puts it on him. People say, ‘Well [DeSean] Jackson’s not there, they’re not getting the deep ball.’ They’ve actually thrown the ball deep more this year than they did last year with Jackson. Foles has missed a lot of wide-open targets. This week, they get [Lane] Johnson back, they move [Todd] Herremans in to right guard and they get some stability back on the offensive line. If the running game gets back, I think Foles gets back on track.”

Glazer reports a new development on the shoulder injury of Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback Carson Palmer:

“They think they finally have a breakthrough. We all know he has been dealing with this nerve issue, but what nobody knows is that very quietly, Carson Palmer left the team on Friday, flew out to Denver and met with a nerve specialist for the last two days, the same nerve specialist who has helped out Peyton Manning. They think they’ve finally gotten that nerve to release. They’ve been baffled by it. They think that if he doesn’t have any setbacks, he could actually be back as early as next week, the week after that at the latest. Finally some good news there for Carson Palmer.”

Glazer, who first reported the Oakland Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen on Monday, on whether that was an inevitable conclusion for the young head coach:

“I think it was. All the way in their first preseason game, they lost 10-6 to the Minnesota Vikings. Afterwards, on the team plane, owner Mark Davis came on and was livid, laying into one of the coaches. Even last week, when they were in London, Mark Davis was openly telling people how much he would love for Jon Gruden to be there, even though Dennis Allen was still the head coach.”

Long on the Buffalo Bills decision to bench 2013 first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel and start veteran Kyle Orton at quarterback:

“Last year when they picked E.J. Manuel, a lot of people thought that was a reach at 16. A really talented quarterback physically, but needed a lot of polish and a lot of finish work and that has showed up so far this year. He has been inaccurate, he has held the ball too long, which showed up last week because he was hit 16 times in that game. They feel like they are built to win now; they have a great defense, a good running game and they traded up to get Sammy Watkins to go with Robert Woods. With games today on the road in Detroit and then New England next week, they feel like the division is up for grabs and now was the time to make the move to Kyle Orton.”

Four-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw on the biggest thing missing from the 1-3 New Orleans Saints:

“I think if you talked to Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, he has to say to himself, ‘I wish I had Darren Sproles back. I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of that back that I traded for from San Diego to complement Drew Brees in that backfield.’ Sproles was dynamic and I think more than anything, the thing that has hurt New Orleans is the fact that the presence of Sproles is now in Philadelphia and not with the Saints.”

Strahan on the strategies the Arizona Cardinals need to employ both offensively and defensively to get a win in Denver today:

“If you’re Drew Stanton on the other end for the Cardinals, you just want to keep the team on the field, you want to convert third downs and keep Peyton Manning off the field. Defensively, Callais Campbell is 6’8”. You have Tommy Kelly who is 6’6”, and if anything they might not get sacks and have the biggest sack numbers, but at that height, get your hands up and disrupt Peyton. If you’re not able to get him off his mark, then you need to visually disrupt his passing lane.”

Glazer on two off-the-field developments for the league, including testing for Human Growth Hormone and domestic violence training for team owners:

Tomorrow, the league is going to start blood testing players for the first time for HGH. Anybody who gets popped faces a four-game suspension. This week, at the league owners’ meeting, the league is putting the owners through the new domestic violence training. They want them to go through the same thing the coaches and players will go through.”

Two-time Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys head coach and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson on his impressions of the current Dallas team:

“When I look at this Cowboys team, it brings back memories. When Troy Aikman was up for the Hall of Fame, everybody said, ‘Well what about his numbers, what about his stats?’ I’d say, ‘We are a power running football team and Troy is going to pick and choose when he throws the ball.’ When you look at Tony Romo over the last couple of weeks, he completed 77 percent of his passes with only one interception. That’s the key to winning. The other thing, running that football will help that defense; we were No. 1 in the league in total defense back when we were winning Super Bowls, that’s protecting that defense now.”

Bradshaw on the Kansas City-San Francisco matchup today and quarterback Alex Smith returning to the Bay Area to face the team that drafted him first overall in 2005:

“Alex Smith, the quarterback for the Chiefs was traded from the 49ers. He was the first player taken in the draft and the first spread-option quarterback to come into the National Football League and it takes a lot to learn how to play from the pocket. Now he goes to Andy Reid down in Kansas City, a great place for him to be. Nothing serves the human spirit better than bitterness and I think Alex Smith is bitter that he got [traded] from San Francisco, and today he plays great.”

Long on today’s match-up between the Cowboys’ dominating offensive line and the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt:

“It was the offensive line then and it’s the offensive line now. They’ve got their hands full today with J.J. Watt. To me, he is the most disruptive player in football and because of his versatility, you’re not sure where he is going to line up. He gives every offensive lineman a sleepless night the night before and he has led the league in quarterback hits the last two seasons. He already has 16 to date and last week versus Buffalo, he had nine quarterback hits and is on pace for 64 this season. He is the most disruptive player in football and I’m not sure if there is a way to deal with him.”

Long on the lack of quality and competitiveness in the league’s Thursday Night Football games so far this season:

“Typically, these Thursday night games started Week 8, Week 9, now they’re starting at the beginning of the season. You’ve got a limited offseason, it’s earlier in the year and I think the gameday rosters go up from 53, I’d like to see another eight-to-10 players added to the roster.”

Johnson on the struggles of the New Orleans defense early in the season:

When you look at Rob Ryan’s defense, they’ve had one takeaway this entire year. On top of that, he relies so much on schemes and pressures, and teams are figuring out the schemes. The other thing is the pressure. He hasn’t been able to put the pressure on because he hasn’t had the home crowd noise. That’s one reason they’ve lost three road games.”

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB Postseason, NFL, CFB & More

Ffox-sports-logoOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

MLB: Postseason Debuts on FOX Sports 1 With NLDS Presented By Budweiser This Weekend

NFL: Arizona Cardinals Look to Stay Undefeated on FOX

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Top-25 Big 12 Battle Kicks Off FOX Doubleheader

#ICYMI: College Football Analyst Joel Klatt Has Harsh Words for University of Michigan and Head Coach Brady Hoke

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MLB

MLB POSTSEASON COMES TO FOX SPORTS 1 FOR FIRST TIME WITH NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER

MLB postseason coverage comes to FOX Sports 1 for the first time as America’s new sports network televises up to eight games of the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser. Coverage begins with a Game 1 doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 3, as the San Francisco Giants take on the NL East Champion Washington Nationals. Later that day, the NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers host the NL Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci call the action for the Cardinals/Dodgers series with reports from Ken Rosenthal. Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Jon Paul Morosi cover the Giants/Nationals series.

FOX Sports provides more hours of pre and postgame coverage devoted to the MLB postseason than in any year prior. FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have more than 60 hours of pre, between-game and postgame coverage planned, including expanded 90-minute editions of AMERICA’S PREGAME and special editions of FOX SPORTS LIVE. Schedules for the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser on FOX Sports 1 through Saturday, Oct. 4, are below.

  • Network/When:
    • NLDS Pregame
      • FOX Deportes, Friday, Oct. 3 (2:00 PM ET)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 3 (2:30 PM ET)
    • San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals Game 1
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 3 (3:00 PM ET)
    • FOX SPORTS LIVE
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 3 (6:00 PM ET)
    • St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers Game 1
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 3 (6:30 PM ET)
    • FOX SPORTS LIVE
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 3 (9:00 PM ET)
    • NLDS Pregame
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (4:30 PM ET)
    • San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals Game 2
      • FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (5:30 PM ET)

NFL

 

NFL ON FOX CONTINUES WITH SIX REGIONALIZED GAMES, HIGHLIGHTED BY UNDEFEATED CARDINALS TAKING ON PEYTON MANNING & THE BRONCOS

The NFL on FOX continues this week with six regionalized games, including five at 1:00 PM ET and the undefeated Arizona Cardinals at last year’s AFC Champion Denver Broncos at 4:05 PM ET. In the early window, the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons, while the Carolina Panthers welcome the Chicago Bears. The St. Louis Rams travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to New Orleans to face the Saints, and the Buffalo Bills, led by newly announced starting quarterback Kyle Orton, meet the Lions in Detroit.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 with FOX NFL KICKOFF at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 05

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

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants                       Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch          25%                           1:00PM                   

           & Pam Oliver

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Hartford, Memphis, Miami, New York, Providence, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, West Palm Beach

Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers                Thom Brennanman, David Diehl      18%                  1:00PM   

           & Laura Okmin

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Greensboro, Greenville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Raleigh

St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles                   Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston          7%                   1:00PM

          & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pa.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints  Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison                7%                        1:00PM                                                                                            

 & Kristina Pink

Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Fort Myers, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa

 

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions                                     Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber   5%                         1:00PM                                                                                            

& Jennifer Hale

Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Detroit

Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos                 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                             37%                       4:05PM

                                                                                            & Erin Andrews    

Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, Co.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Seattle, Tulsa

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BIG 12/PAC-12 DOUBLEHEADER HIGHLIGHTS FOX SPORTS WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Florida Atlantic at FIU

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Oct. 2 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin
  • #FAUvsFIU

o   Iowa State at No. 21 Oklahoma State

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Brady Quinn
  • #ISUvsOSU

o   Marshall at Old Dominion

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Brendan Burke, Ben Leber, Christian Steckel
  • #MarshallvsODU

o   No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 25 TCU

  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (3:30 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath
  • #OUvsTCU

o   Kansas at West Virginia

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger, Lesley McCaslin
  • #KUvsWVU

o   UTEP at LA Tech

  • FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Mike Morgan, JC Pearson, Steffi Sorensen
  • #UTEPvsLATech
  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
  • #ASUvsUSC
  • Arizona State at No. 16 USC

This Week: This weekend’s action features four top-25 teams, including a battle of ranked Big 12 foes, as No. 25 TCU hosts No. 4 Oklahoma in the first game of a FOX college football doubleheader. The 3-0 Horned Frogs make their season debut in the rankings this week and look to derail an undefeated Oklahoma team that has emerged as one of the top programs in the country. Coverage begins at 3:00 PM ET with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME, hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt.

FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME LEADS INTO BATTLE OF RANKED BIG 12 FOES

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Oct. 4 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Rob Stone, Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt are in studio, while Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath check in live from Fort Worth.

This Week: This week, get to know one of Oklahoma’s top defenders, Charles Tapper, who played basketball in high school, but was still recruited by the Sooners. Joel Klatt examines Oklahoma’s defensive evolution, while Dave Wannstedt discusses how TCU has slid under the national radar. The group breaks down highlights from around the country on one of the best college football weekends of the season so far.

 

STUDIO

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY MLB PLAYOFF POSTGAME ANALYSIS, ANDY DALTON 1-ON-1 WITH McNABB ON FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Cole Wright, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam, Clay Travis.
  • This Week: The Major League Baseball playoffs are now underway, and FOX SPORTS LIVE is right in the thick of things with nightly postgame recaps and analysis, covering all the October action. Analysts Gabe Kapler and Eric Karros are in-studio each night breaking down the critical plays, and baseball takes center stage on Friday, Oct. 3, as postseason baseball debuts on FOX Sports 1. That day, FOX SPORTS LIVE has break-in coverage following the afternoon game in addition to a postgame show as the network airs both National League Division Series Game 1s. Nightly NFL coverage continues with the regular-season schedule having reached its quarter-pole. On Friday night, six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb sits down with current Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller Andy Dalton for a 1-on-1 interview. Dalton has the Bengals off to a fine start as one of the league’s only two remaining unbeaten teams, so McNabb traveled to Cincinnati to find out if the fourth-year pro can help the franchise get over the first-round playoff hump in 2014.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF ROLLS ON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday evenings (This week: 12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Bruce Feldman, Todd Fuhrman, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Stewart Mandel, Petros Papadakis, Clay Travis, Dave Wannstedt.
  • This Week: College football coverage remains an emphasis during the week, leading up to FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF at 12:00 A.M. ET. The format features an hour-long programming block counting down the sport’s biggest stories of the week. The show boasts a stable of insiders and information men that includes Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, who provide up-to-the-minute reporting and insight on programs from across the nation. Former players Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis and Matt Leinart are also on-hand, joining longtime collegiate and professional coach Dave Wannstedt for game analysis and breakdowns as they count down topics from 10 to 1.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – MLB PLAYOFF ANALYSIS IN-STUDIO AND SITE HITS FROM MOROSI, ROSENTHAL; THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), pre-empted Friday, Oct. 3
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Julie Stewart-Binks, Royce Clayton, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, CJ Nitkowski, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: The show is off on Friday, Oct. 3, as postseason baseball debuts on FOX Sports 1 with the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser. Throughout the week, FOX Sports 1 MLB analysts CJ Nitkowski and Royce Clayton join the show to preview all of the playoff action, and insiders Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal are live on-site for up-to-the-minute news and interviews with managers and players. In advance of Thursday night’s NFC North showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, NFL insider Mike Garafolo provides live site hits and reporting from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, while Jay Glazer is in-studio with updates on injuries and playing statuses, including that of Vikings’ rookie starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has been limited this week with an ankle injury.

UFC

 

SAFFIEDINE’S LEG KICKS COULD BEST MACDONALD, SAYS EVANS

A clash of top-10 welterweights headlines UFC® FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX SPORTS 1: MACDONALD vs. SAFFIEDINE on Saturday, Oct. 4 (10:00 PM ET), when No. 2-ranked Rory MacDonald (17-2) battles No. 9-ranked Tarec Saffiedine (15-3). MacDonald has won seven of his past eight bouts, while the former Strikeforce champion Saffiedine has his sights set on a title shot if he can extend his current five-fight win streak. However, MacDonald could be vulnerable to Saffiedine’s leg kicks, says UFC on FOX analyst Rashad Evans: “I think it’s going to take more than the jab for MacDonald. That jab will leave him in a vulnerable spot. Those leg kicks from Saffiedine will get there before the jabs. He’s really going to have to mix it up by wearing him down, get some clinches in there, make it more of a brawl, and that’s his best chance to win this fight.” To watch UFC on FOX analysts preview the fight, click: http://bit.ly/1uxjAoy

                                                                                                    

UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW: NO. 1-RANKED LIGHTWEIGHT MELENDEZ JOINS AS ANALYST

No. 2 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA Pac-12 Showdown Added To FOX Sports’ Week 7 CFB Schedule

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoArizona State at No. 16 USC Selected For Nightcap of Doubleheader This Saturday

New York – A huge matchup between a pair of top-10 Pac-12 teams comes to FOX Sports on Saturday, Oct. 11, as No. 2 Oregon meets No. 8 UCLA in the Rose Bowl at 3:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network. FOX Sports also announces additional games on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports for Week 7, and selects Arizona State at No. 16 USC for this weekend’s Week 6 primetime game on FOX.

Coverage of No. 2 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA begins at 3:00 PM ET with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME, hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt. At 3:30 PM ET, Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath have the call live from Pasadena. The game also airs on FOX Deportes.

FOX Sports 1 presents a Big 12 doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 11, beginning with West Virginia at Texas Tech at 12:00 PM ET, followed by No. 21 Oklahoma State at Kansas at 4:00 PM ET. Middle Tennessee at Marshall (12:00 PM ET) appears on FOX Sports Regional Networks, while FOX College Sports televises FIU at UTSA (7:00 PM ET).

Top-25 Big 12 Matchup Highlights This Weekend’s FOX Doubleheader

This weekend’s action features four top-25 teams, including a battle of ranked Big 12 foes as No. 25 TCU hosts No. 4 Oklahoma in the first game of a FOX college football doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 4. The 3-0 Horned Frogs make their season debut in the rankings and look to derail an undefeated Oklahoma team that has emerged as one of the top teams in the country. Coverage begins at 3:00 PM ET with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME, hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt. The game kicks off at 3:30 PM ET with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath live from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

In the nightcap, Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden are in Los Angeles as No. 16 USC hosts Arizona State at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. The Trojans are coming off an important win over Oregon State, while the Sun Devils, who were without quarterback Taylor Kelly, suffered their first loss of the season on Thursday to then-No. 11 UCLA on FOX Sports 1.

Over on FOX Sports 1, No. 21 Oklahoma State welcomes Iowa State for a 12:00 PM ET kickoff, while FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports carry four additional Big 12 and Conference USA games this week.

The full FOX Sports schedules for Weeks 6 and 7, including broadcaster information for Week 6, appear below.

College football games on FOX and FOX Sports 1 are also available on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go.

FOX Sports presents college football fans some of the most exciting matchups in the country this season, with more than 100 games across its national and local broadcast and cable platforms, culminating with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference championship games on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

For more on FOX College Football, follow @CFBONFOX on Twitter and “Like” FOX Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/foxsports).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 6 SCHEDULE

 

  • Florida Atlantic at FIU

o   Thursday, Oct. 2 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

o   Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin

o   #FAUvsFIU

  • Iowa State at No. 21 Oklahoma State

o   Saturday, Oct. 4 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Tim Brando and Brady Quinn

o   #ISUvsOSU

  • Marshall at Old Dominion

o   Saturday, Oct. 4 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

o   Brendan Burke, Ben Leber, Christian Steckel

o   #MarshallvsODU

  • No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 25 TCU

o   Saturday, Oct. 4 (3:30 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO

o   Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath

o   #OUvsTCU

  • Kansas at West Virginia

o   Saturday, Oct. 4 (4:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

o   Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger, Lesley McCaslin

o   #KUvsWVU

  • UTEP at LA Tech

o   Saturday, Oct. 4 (7:00 PM ET), FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO

o   Mike Morgan, JC Pearson, Steffi Sorensen

o   #UTEPvsLATech

  • Arizona State at No. 16 USC

o   Saturday, Oct. 4 (7:30 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO

o   Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden

o   #ASUvsUSC

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

 

  • West Virginia at Texas Tech

o   Saturday, Oct. 11 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

  • Middle Tennessee at Marshall

o   Saturday, Oct. 11 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

  • No. 2 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA

o   Saturday, Oct. 11 (3:30 PM ET), FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO

  • No. 21 Oklahoma State at Kansas

o   Saturday, Oct. 11 (4:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

  • FIU at UTSA

o   Saturday, Oct. 11 (7:00 PM ET), FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO

- FOX SPORTS -

NLDS Presented by Budweiser Coverage Begins 10/3 on FOX Sports 1 & FOX Deportes

MLB ON FOX: LOGOPregame, Between Game and Postgame Coverage Schedule Announced

New York – This week, MLB postseason coverage comes to FOX Sports 1 for the first time as America’s new sports network is scheduled to televise up to eight games of the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser, opening with a Game 1 doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 3.  That day, the Pittsburgh Pirates or San Francisco Giants take on the National League East Division Champion Washington Nationals in a National League Division Series Game 1, live from Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  Later, the National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers host the Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals in the other NLDS Game 1, live from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci call the action for the Cardinals/Dodgers series, with reports from Ken Rosenthal.  Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Jon Paul Morosi cover the series beginning in Washington.

FOX Sports is providing more hours of pre and postgame coverage devoted to MLB’s postseason than in any year prior.  FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have over 60 hours of pre, between-game and postgame coverage planned, including expanded 90-minute editions of AMERICA’S PREGAME, hosted by Mike Hill and news anchor Molly McGrath, and special editions of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports 1’s signature news, highlights and analysis program between games and following most games.

All NLDS games televised by FOX Sports 1 are also televised in Spanish exclusively on FOX Deportes, the leader in Spanish-language sports media, and for the first time via FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go.  FOX Deportes is poised to deliver its most comprehensive MLB postseason coverage ever, with pregame shows, plus special reports, interviews and postgame analysis on its signature studio show CENTRAL FOX.  Former Houston Astros first baseman, Jose Tolentino and seasoned commentator Pablo Alsina are joined by retired Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Duaner Sanchez to call the action. FOX Deportes’ Digital platforms supplement efforts through social media channels and provide behind the scenes coverage on FOXDeportes.com.

Below are FOX Sports 1’s and FOX Deportes’ National League Division Series presented by Budweiser schedules through Saturday, Oct. 4 based on the Pirates or Giants advancing to the DS round.  Included is all pregame, between-game and postgame programming.  Schedules are subject to change.  All times ET.

 

DIVISION SERIES (PIRATES ADVANCE)

 

DATE              ON AIR           SERIES                                  SITE                NETWORKS

Oct. 3              10:30 AM        NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1

11:30 AM        NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

12:00 PM        Pirates at Nationals    Gm 1    Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

3:00 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

5:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

6:00 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1

6:30 PM          Cardinals at Dodgers  Gm 1   LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

Oct. 4              4:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

5:30 PM          Pirates at Nationals    Gm 2    Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

 

DIVISION SERIES (GIANTS ADVANCE)

 

DAY/DATE     ON AIR           SERIES                                  SITE                NETWORKS

Oct. 3              2:00 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

2:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1

3:00 PM          Giants at Nationals     Gm 1   Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

6:00 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

6:30 PM          Cardinals at Dodgers  Gm 1   LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

Oct. 4              4:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

5:30 PM          Giants at Nationals     Gm 2   Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

– FOX SPORTS –