Bradshaw Upset With Commissioner’s Handling of Adrian Peterson Case

Fox-NFL-2014FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 11/23/14

Bradshaw Blasts Commissioner Goodell’s Handling of Adrian Peterson Case: “It’s a Double Standard and It Makes No Sense”

Johnson: Relationship Between Gruden & RGIII is Beyond Repair; Believes RGIII is Done in Washington

Long: If Romo Stays Healthy, Dallas is Frontrunner in NFC East

Randy Moss Sits Down for 1-on-1 Interview with Tom Brady: http://foxs.pt/1vCzxKM

 

FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Three-time Super Bowl-winner and NFL on FOX analyst Daryl Johnston joined the program from Minneapolis, site of today’s Packers vs. Vikings game.  Johnston described the meeting he had with Green Bay Packers players yesterday:  “This is as confident a group that I have ever been around since I’ve been a broadcaster.  They feel like they can just go out and move the ball at will.  Add to that this defense which has been taking the ball away and scoring points, so this is a pretty tough team to play right now.”

Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb believes the Denver Broncos offense is more dangerous than the Green Bay Packers offense:  “Everything that I’ve seen from the Denver Broncos and the talent that they have all around on offense puts them in a position where in total offense in the last eight weeks, they are second in the NFL.”

Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt commented on Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith facing his old team, the Chicago Bears this afternoon:  “I’ve been in his shoes before.  To the media, to his staff to everybody, he’s going to say the coach talk, ‘It’s another game.’  But he’s going to call [quarterback] Josh McCown in behind closed doors and he’s going to say, ‘They fired both of us and we can go in there and win this game!’ Psychologically, this is worth two wins for Lovie.” 

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Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Jimmy Johnson weighed in on what unfolded earlier this week between Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III:  “It’s not going to end, because in my opinion, Robert Griffin is done in Washington. The question is, is Jay Gruden done and is he going down with this quarterback? Robert Griffin tried to be a leader with his words. But in the NFL, players don’t care about words; they want to see the action on the field. Are you going to help them win ball games? You look at Jay Gruden he has never bought in to Robert Griffin as his quarterback. How many coaches have you ever seen in a press conference call out their quarterback and point out his mistakes in a press conference? As far as Robert Griffin’s teammates, they don’t respect his work ethic and they don’t respect what he is doing on the field, because it’s not helping them win. It’s a shame because Robert Griffin is a talented guy, but I don’t think you can repair this relationship.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan questions whether owner Dan Snyder will make the ultimate call on Griffin:  “He [Griffin] isn’t a Gruden guy, we know that. But is he a Snyder guy? I guess we’ll find that out if Snyder picks up the option on his contract.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long says the NFC East race will favor the Cowboys, provided quarterback Tony Romo and his ailing back can hold up: “The bye couldn’t have come at a better time for Dallas. One, they get some defensive players back. Tyrone Crawford, Rolando McClain, who is probably their best defensive player up front and they’re going to work Josh Brent back in as he comes off of his suspension. Stephen Jones said something really interesting during their bye. He said, ‘Don’t blame Tony Romo for the shortcomings of the Dallas Cowboys over the last few years. Blame the Jones family, because we didn’t do a good enough job of surrounding him with talent. ‘Well, I am going to give you some love Stephen because [this year] you’ve done a great job of surrounding him with talent. But my question is, will he be upright through the second half of the year? They play three games over the next 12 days and with that fractured back, will Tony Romo have the ability to finish the football season? If he can, the Dallas Cowboys are the frontrunner to win the NFC East.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw was upset by Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the 2014 regular season:  “Let’s go back to September when the Commissioner bungled the Ray Rice situation. He came out publicly and said, ‘Hey I screwed it up, I’m sorry, give me a second chance and I’ll get it right the second time.’ That’s what Adrian Peterson did. He had a misdemeanor reckless assault charge, for whipping his son with a switch. He said he was sorry and would never do it again. He was given 80 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine. It was time to go back to work, but wait a minute, he didn’t show enough remorse according to the Commissioner and because he didn’t beg and cry and plead, and so therefore he cannot come back to work. On December 2nd, they are going to sit down and try to get him reinstated and I don’t think it is going to happen. It’s amazing to me that the Commissioner can say, ‘Forgive, me, I’ll do a better job next time,’ still keeps his job, still makes $40 million a year and Adrian Peterson is sitting outside with no job. It’s a double standard and it makes no sense.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings organization was surprised and disappointed by the NFL ruling that Peterson will be suspended for the remainder of the season: “The Minnesota Vikings were a little bit taken aback this week, because they thought there was a legitimate shot that AP would come back. Mike Zimmer addressed the team and said, ‘Guys, I am going to say one thing publicly, but privately we all feel the same way, but we have no choice now but to move on.’ Their only glimmer of hope is Harold Henderson, who is the appeals officer. He is the same guy who actually reduced Brandon Marshall’s suspension a few years ago from three games to one game, but also the same guy who upheld Josh Gordon’s full suspension.”

Glazer reports that the Washington Redskins front office wants to see Robert Griffin play out the team’s final six games before making an off-season decision on his contract option for 2015: “There is a discrepancy of the leash between the front office and the head coach. What I mean by that is, they have to pick up a contract option on RGIII for $15 million for next year, so the front office wants a longer leash and they have to know, because they have committed an awful lot to this guy. Jay Gruden, he wants a shorter leash. This week, RGIII got up and addressed the team on Monday, tried to apologize and eventually Ryan Clark got up as well and said, ‘Guys, we’ve got to move on.’”

Glazer explains the sideline argument that took place between San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula: “The real story wasn’t the argument, it was what happened that led up to the argument. He knew his role was going to be a little bit limited with the return of Aldon Smith. Still, when it happened, he got ticked off, pulled himself after the first series, took the tape off of his shoes, took his shoes off like he put himself in timeout and that’s what led to the argument.”

Johnson says the Seahawks have to find a way to manage running back Marshawn Lynch, because his production warrants patience: “You don’t ever treat players the same. If he rushed for 2 yards per carry, rather than 4.5, they would have cut him a long time ago. It would be great if they could sign him to a new contract and he could stay with Seattle.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Aikman joined the show from Gillette Stadium where he is calling today’s Detroit Lions-New England Patriots game. Aikman assessed the inconsistency of the Detroit offense this season: “I don’t know that it’s going to be fixed today, I don’t know that it’s going to be fixed as we move through the remainder of this season. You look at the Lions offensively and they’re inconsistent. A big reason for that is Joe Lombardi, who is a first-time offensive coordinator in the NFL, put in an entirely different offense for Matthew Stafford and this group. And Stafford has been without some key guys, Calvin Johnson has missed considerable time, Brandon Pettigrew has been out, Reggie Bush is out again today. The only real constant that he has had has been Golden Tate, so they have had to rely heavily on that No. 1-ranked defense, unlike years past and I think that’s going to be the case throughout the rest of the regular season.”

MOSS AND BRADY REUNITE IN 1-ON-1 INTERVIEW AIRING SUNDAY ON FOX AND FOX SPORTS 1

Yesterday. FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss visited with former teammate and Patriots three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady.  The interview airs in two parts this Sunday, Nov. 23 on FOX Sports 1’s FOX NFL KICKOFF (11:00 AM ET) and on FOX NFL SUNDAY on the FOX broadcast network (12:00 PM ET).  Six-time pro bowl wide receiver Moss and nine-time pro bowl quarterback Brady spent three seasons as teammates in New England toward the end of Moss’ illustrious NFL career.  The former teammates cover several topics including the backlash Brady received from the national media following an early-season loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, beating the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back games, and the Patriots’ current six-game winning streak.  The following answers from Brady have been excerpted from the interview:

Regarding the negative media attention he received after being replaced by backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in a lopsided loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4:  “Really, for my pro career, I’ve never had a lot of criticism.  We won (the Super Bowl) the first year I played and then we won two more shortly after that, so this was really the first time people had come down on me.  So you know what I appreciate?  How about those teams they come down on every week and how do they deal with that?”

Even after all he’s accomplished, Brady admits to still having to prove himself: “I think I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder.  I was the one that no one really wanted in college, and I was the sixth round draft pick in the pros.  Now, I’m always like, why do they want me to go away so quick?”

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

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NFL: America’s Game of the Week Heads to Lambeau Field

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Big East Basketball Tips Off on FOX Sports Family of Networks 

NASCAR: Analyst Larry McReynolds Calls Kevin Harvick the Favorite to Win the 2014 Championship Sunday in Homestead

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NFL 

SANCHEZ VS. RODGERS IN LAMBEAU; NFL ON FOX DOUBLEHEADER THIS SUNDAY  The playoff race heats up this Sunday on FOX as comeback quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Philadelphia Eagles look for their third straight win as they face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (4:25 PM ET).  Play-by-Play announcer Joe Buck, analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews have the call from Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  In Sunday’s early window of NFL action on FOX, the Seattle Seahawks visit the Kansas City Chiefs.  Both teams sit at 6-3.  Play-by-Play announcer Kenny Albert, analyst Daryl Johnston and on-field analyst Tony Siragusa call the game from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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.  In this week’s edition, sideline reporter Andrews sits down with Sanchez to recap his remarkable performance last Monday in which Sanchez led the Eagles over the Carolina Panthers in convincing fashion.

SUNDAY, NOV. 16

 

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

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants                    Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch           25%                   1:00PM                                                                                                   

 & Pam Oliver

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Hartford, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New York, Providence, Sacramento, San Francisco, West Palm Beach

Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs                      Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston           49%                    1:00PM

                  & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo. 

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Tulsa

 

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers                             Thom Brennaman, David Diehl         11%                   1:00PM   

                 & Laura Okmin

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Raleigh

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins   Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison              8%                    1:00PM

   & Kristina Pink

FedExField – Landover, Md.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Fort Myers, Norfolk, Orlando, Richmond, Tampa, Washington

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers                                   Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                       84%                  4:25PM

                                                                                                   & Erin Andrews    

Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wis.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, 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, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington

West Palm Beach

 

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals                                  Chris Myers, Ronde Barber               14%                   4:25PM                                                                                                    

& Jennifer Hale

University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Detroit, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 

PAC-12/BIG 12 DOUBLEHEADER COMES TO FOX

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Rice at Marshall

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Aaron Goldsmith, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin
  • #RICEvsMARSHALL

o   No. 4 TCU at Kansas

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Brady Quinn
  • #TCUvsKU

o   Washington at No. 14 Arizona

  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (3:30 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath
  • #UWvsARIZONA

o   Texas at Oklahoma State

  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
  • #TEXvsOSU

o   North Texas at UTEP

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (10:00 PM ET),
  • Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece
  • #NTEXvsUTEP

This Week: This Saturday, a Pac-12/Big 12 doubleheader comes to the FOX broadcast network, kicking off at 3:30 PM ET as No. 14 Arizona hosts Washington. In the nightcap, Texas heads to Oklahoma State at 7:30 PM ET. FOX Sports 1 has a pair of games, beginning at 12:00 PM ET as No. 4 TCU, who is ranked for the first time in the College Football Playoff Committee’s top four this week, looks to prove it deserves a playoff spot on the road against Kansas. Coverage wraps up at 10:00 PM ET with a Conference USA showdown between North Texas and UTEP. Over on FOX Sports Regional Networks, Marshall is one of three remaining undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision and takes on Rice at 2:30 PM ET.

FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME HIGHLIGHTS ARIZONA QB ANU SOLOMON        

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt and insider Bruce Feldman

This Week: Leading into Saturday afternoon’s Washington at No. 14 Arizona game, Rob Stone, Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt break down highlights from top games around the country and check in with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath, who have the call in Tucson. FOX Sports college football insider Bruce Feldman goes 1-on-1 with Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon, one of the Pac-12’s top signal-callers. Born and raised in Hawaii, Solomon models his game after Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, also a Hawaii native. Solomon and his Arizona squad are responsible for the Ducks’ only loss so far this season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 

BIG EAST BASKETBALL TIPS OFF NEW SEASON ACROSS FOX SPORTS FAMILY OF NETWORKS

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   NJIT at St. John’s, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (7:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Jim Spanarkel

o   Northern Arizona at Xavier, FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (7:00 PM ET), Steve Physioc and Tarik Turner

o   Lehigh at No. 12 Villanova, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (8:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Bob Wenzel

o   Central Arkansas at Creighton, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (9:00 PM ET), Mike Corey and Nick Bahe

o   UT Martin at Marquette, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (9:30 PM ET), Wayne Larrivee and Dickey Simpkins

o   UIC at DePaul, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (10:00 PM ET), Jeff Levering and Corey Williams

o   St. Francis Brooklyn at Georgetown, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (12:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Ron Thompson

o   Maine at Butler, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (4:30 PM ET), Steve Physioc and Tarik Turner

o   Albany at Providence, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:00 PM ET), Brian Custer and Vin Parise

o   Mercer at Seton Hall, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (12:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Jim Spanarkel

o   Chicago State at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (5:30 PM ET), Mike Corey and Nick Bahe

o   Maryland Eastern Shore at No. 12 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Nov. 17 (7:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Donny Marshall

o   Binghamton at Providence, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Nov. 17 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Ron Thompson

o   Long Beach State at Xavier, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (7:00 PM ET), Joe Davis and Bill Raftery

o   Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Georgetown, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (7:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Donny Marshall

o   Drake at DePaul, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo

o   Chattanooga at Butler, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:00 PM ET), Cory Provus and Dickey Simpkins

o   No. 19 Oklahoma at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Nov. 19 (8:00 PM ET), Kevin Kugler and Bill Raftery

This Week: Another exciting season of BIG EAST basketball tips off across the FOX Sports family of networks on Friday, Nov. 14. FOX Sports 2 presents a doubleheader beginning at 8:00 PM ET as No. 12 Villanova hosts Lehigh, followed by an intra-city showdown between UIC and DePaul at 10:00 PM ET. Coverage on FOX Sports 1 begins Sunday, Nov. 16, with Chicago State at Creighton (5:30 PM ET), followed by doubleheaders on back-to-back nights, and a battle in the Heartland as Creighton hosts No. 19 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Nov. 19 (8:00 PM ET).

FOX Sports is home to BIG EAST basketball with more than 150 men’s games on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports, including the entire BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament from Madison Square Garden in New York City on FOX Sports 1.

 

COLLEGE SPORTS

FOX SPORTS CROWNS MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONS ON SUNDAY

  • Network/When:

o   BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Semifinals

  • BIG EAST Digital Network on FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (6:00 & 8:00 PM ET)

o   Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championship

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:00 PM ET)

o   BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship

  • FOX Sports 2 &  FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (5:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: FOX Sports crowns a pair of men’s soccer champions this weekend with presenting coverage of the BIG EAST and Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championships. Beginning Friday, Nov. 14, the BIG EAST men’s soccer semifinals can be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network, available to all users through the FOX Sports GO app or online at FOXSportsGO.com. The championship contest airs on FOX Sports 2 on Sunday, Nov. 16 (5:00 PM ET). Also on Sunday, Conference USA crowns its champion at 2:00 PM ET on FOX Sports Regional Networks.

 

STUDIO 

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL HIGHLIGHTS, COLLEGE AND PRO FOOTBALL INSIGHTS AND ANALYSIS, COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEAD COACH 1-ON-1 SERIES NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Brady Quinn, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: With the NBA season having tipped off, the show turns its attention to nightly highlights and analysis recapping all the action. Basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton is back in studio each night, breaking down games. Similar to last season, extended hockey highlights remain an emphasis, and with the NHL season in full swing, Jay and Dan’s nightly packages remain a fixture. With the College Football Playoff having released its latest set of preliminary rankings, analysts Joel Klatt and Brady Quinn are in-studio breaking down the lists, while also forecasting some of the key matchups for another exciting weekend across the country. As the NFL enters its second half stretch and teams attempt to overcome the battle of attrition, nightly segments keep the audience up to speed on all of the day’s developments, including injury updates and timelines. Next week, the show turns its attention to the dawn of another college basketball season, and every night includes a sitdown 1-on-1 interview with a head coach from a major college basketball program. Florida’s Billy Donovan, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Arizona’s Sean Miller, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan and UConn’s Kevin Ollie appear in succession beginning Monday evening.

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF ROLLS ON

  • 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 installment of FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF at 12:00 AM 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 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 – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Kirk Morrison, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam, Julie Stewart-Binks, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: AMERICA’S PREGAME is the one-stop shop for all of the day’s information and updates from the world of sports. With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons underway, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information on all of the night’s action. FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer joins the show on Thursday to provide the latest NFL scoopage.

 

NASCAR 

ENTIRE SEASON ON THE LINE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP & CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SEASON FINALES

As NASCAR prepares to crown champions across its three national series this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO present 21 hours of live NASCAR Championship Week coverage.

With 20 NASCAR on FOX on-air personalities set to deliver the latest news and information each day through the conclusion of Sunday’s NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES season finale, FOX Sports 1 offers a comprehensive programming lineup highlighted by NASCAR RACE HUB’s live coverage of Wednesday’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Press Conference from Miami, telecasts of 16 hours of live, on-track activity across the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, NATIONWIDE SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES from Homestead beginning Friday, Nov. 14, and the live presentation of Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale (8:00 PM ET).

One week after dominating headlines with their post-race altercation on pit road, former NASCAR champions Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski were eliminated from the Chase last Sunday at Phoenix, along with Matt Kensethand Carl Edwards. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman advance to the final Championship Round at Homestead, with the highest finisher on Sunday crowned 2014 champion.

To put a period on the 2014 NASCAR championships, FOX Sports 1 offers complete post-race and championship coverage on NASCAR VICTORY LANE (7:00 PM ET) on Sunday, Nov. 16.

The Truck Series championship also remains up for grabs as the points battle goes down to the wire Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  FOX Sports 1 offers live coverage of the season finale under the lights, kicking off with NCWTS SETUP (7:30 PM ET).  Defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton is one race from writing his name in the history books as the first Truck Series champion to win consecutive titles.  He leads Ryan Blaneyby 25 points, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. (-46), Johnny Sauter (-59) and Timothy Peters (-93). Crafton clinches his second consecutive championship with a 21st-place finish or better at Homestead.

Note:  FOX Sports 1 offers coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series/Camping World Truck Series Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 23 (6:00 PM ET) and coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony onFriday, Dec. 5 (9:00 PM ET).  Post-season coverage continues with NASCAR RACE HUB on Monday, Nov. 17 (5:00 PM ET).

LARRY MCREYNOLDS CALLS KEVIN HARVICK THE FAVORITE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND

“I’d probably feel just as confident in my prediction if I drew a name out of a hat.  It’s a tough call because performance is fairly equal among these teams, but I tip the scales toward Harvick.  The No. 4 team has been fast everywhere. Joey Logano, however, is pretty good on the mile-and-a-half tracks, which may play to his advantage at Homestead.  But I hear Harvick was very fast at the Homestead test. When he started testing for Stewart-Haas Racing last December, they were in a class by themselves, and that speed has held all year.  He has won four races, but if you count the ‘almosts,’ there’s no reason he couldn’t have eight or 10 wins this season.” 

JEFF HAMMOND SAYS RYAN NEWMAN HAS DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT, EVEN IF HE WINS THE TITLE WITHOUT WINNING A RACE

“Ryan Newman is the perfect underdog. He has done everything right, played by the rules and made the system work for him and his organization. The true measure of a champion isn’t always wins, but what takes to get yourself in a winning position. Being a purist, it would be a little frustrating for me if he didn’t win a race but won the title, but he has done everything necessary to keep himself in the hunt.”

 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP FROM HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:  NCWTS SETUP offers a feature on this year’s championship contenders, Matt Crafton and Ryan Blaney; a flashback to last year’s season finale at Homestead; a look back at last week’s race at Phoenix; a lighthearted feature recalling the “night the lights went out at Phoenix” last week through the best scanner sound captured when the power went out before and during the race; and a feature focusing on Crafton and his close relationship with his crew chief Junior Joiner. 

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday thru Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Danielle Trotta, Adam Alexander and John Roberts; analysts Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: On Wednesday, Nov. 12, a special two-hour NASCAR RACE HUB includes live coverage of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Press Conference from Miami, featuring the four drivers competing for the championship, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman, and their respective car owners. Bob Dillner reports live from the Trump National Doral in Miami. Also on Wednesday, Part 2 of Larry McReynolds’ sit-down interview with Steve Letarte regarding his final race as a crew chief at Homestead before moving to the television booth in 2015; and the final installment of “Chase War Room,” in which NASCAR on FOX analysts debate the four championship contenders and who will be crowned champion on Sunday. On Thursday, Nov. 13, Ray Dunlap reports from the NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship press conferences at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the drivers, owners and crew chiefs battling for the Nationwide and Truck Series championships; interview with 2014 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES champion Chase Elliott, who clinched last weekend at Phoenix; Dunlap and Dillner report live from Homestead-Miami Speedway to update the day’s Truck Series on-track activity; and a “Crunching the Numbers” feature to determine who statistically is favored for the title at Homestead.
  • Next Week: An interview with the 2014 Sprint Cup champion, a “Winner’s Weekend” feature with the champion and a complete recap of the championship battle on Monday, Nov. 17; full Homestead recap on Tuesday, Nov. 18; “Best of NASCAR RACE HUB” episodes begin Wednesday, Nov. 19.

  NASCAR RACEDAY FROM HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace, Jeff Hammond, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: A special two-hour edition on Sunday, Nov. 16 offers sit-down interviews with all four Championship Round drivers – Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman – and car owner Richard Childress; a “Chase War Room” roundtable discussion among NASCAR on FOX analysts, who break down the season finale and debate the four championship contenders;  an essay voiced by FOX NFL SUNDAY’s Jimmy Johnson on the prestige of being a champion; and a “six degrees of separation” feature focusing on the multiple connections the four Championship Round drivers share. Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood are live from Homestead, with John Roberts, Jeff Hammond and Kenny Wallace in-studio in Charlotte, N.C.

UFC 

MARK HUNT WINNING UFC 180 WOULD BE GREATEST COMEBACK STORY EVER, SAYS UFC ON FOX ANALYST CORMIER

The UFC makes its historic first visit to Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 15 for UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT where Brazilian powerhouse Fabricio Werdum faces fan-favorite Mark Hunt in the interim heavyweight title fight. UFC on FOX analyst Daniel Cormier believes a Hunt victory could be an epic comeback story. “We’ve seen what Mark Hunt can do [with his knockout power]. If Hunt is able to win this fight, it might be one of the greatest comeback stories that we’ve ever seen in sports. He came into the UFC and lost to Sean McCorkle, and since then he’s gone on a run and put himself in a position to where he’s about to fight for the UFC championship. Mark Hunt is a great guy, and if it happens for anyone, it’d be good to see it happen for him. But I’m not sure he can get it done,” he continues. “You have a guy in Werdum who has improved so much in his stand-up that you can’t consider him just a jiu-jitsu guy anymore. He stood with Travis Browne and won in every form and fashion in that fight.” Follow the link to watch the complete breakdown: http://foxs.pt/1tUUKML

 

UFC TONIGHT PREVIEWS UFC 180 INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT, INTERVIEWS HUNT, VELASQUEZ, GUSTAFSSON, JOHNSON AND MCGREGOR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT and interview headliner Mark Hunt before his interim title fight against Fabricio Werdum this Saturday night. Plus, they also talk to injured heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez about his injury, Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson about their upcoming FOX headliner and raising star Conor McGregor. Helwani and Bryant add reports.

 

ON THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER, TENSIONS BOIL OVER, PLUS No. 3 TORRES VS. No. 8 RAWLINGS IN FINAL PRELIMS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Dana White
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, a group of Team Melendez fighters decide they want Tecia Torres to move out of their room. At a pool party, tensions between the fighters boil over. Then, in the final preliminary fight of the tournament, Team Melendez sends No. 8 ranked Bec Rawlings against No. 3 ranked Torres for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

 

UFC 180 WEIGH-IN SHOW: INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE ON LINE  

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Nov. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW features host Karyn Bryant, with former UFC light heavyweight champ b and former title contender Kenny Florian as analysts, as the 22 fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.

 

UFC 180 PREFIGHT: WERDUM VS. HUNT PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Evans and Florian preview the main card and prelim fights at UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT. The three break down the exciting interim heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt and other thrilling fights.

                                                                 

UFC 180 PRELIMS LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURE TUF LATIN AMERICA FINALS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 15 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC 180 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights including the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, where Yair Rodriguez (4-1) faces Leonardo Morales (5-0) in the featherweight finals and Alejandro Perez (15-5) faces Jose Quinonez (4-1) in the bantamweight finals. Sixth-ranked women’s bantamweight Jessica Eye (10-2, 1NC) faces No. 13 Leslie Smith (7-5-1). Kicking off the PRELIMS, featherweights Gabriel Benitez (16-5) and Humberto Brown (4-4) face off.  Watch the promo for the PRELIMS here: http://youtu.be/bbPjH7Pci-Q

 

UFC 180 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS INTERIM TITLE BOUT, INTERVIEWS CHAMPION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Nov. 15 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of the UFC 180 interim title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt with host Glazer and analysts Evans and Florian. The group interviews winners of the main bouts and breaks down the most exciting action of the evening.

 

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: MEDEIROS’S HAWAIIAN ROOTS, GRICE’S BATTLE BACK, HALLS RIDE-ALONG AND CUTMAN HOUSE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 16 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Hailing out of the west side of Oahu, Yancy Medeiros believes his deep Hawaiian roots have him primed for a fast rise in the UFC lightweight division. Next is a profile in courage, as former UFC featherweight standout Matt Grice battles back from a horrific car accident with the remarkable support of those closest to him. On the tough streets of South Los Angeles, UFC middleweightUriah Hall rides along with the LAPD and lends a hand to at-risk youth seeking a new lease on life. Finally, watch the extraordinary story of UFC cutman Don House, from his incredible 74-4 record as a boxer in the U.S. Army, to his ascent to become one of the UFC’s most trusted cutmen.

 

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING FEATURES THREE RISING UNDEFEATED MEXICANS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Nov. 13 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rich Marotta, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Three undefeated Mexican fighters are headed to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. for GOLDEN BOY BOXING FIGHT NIGHT. In the main event, unbeaten former U.S. Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs) squares off with Mexicali veteran Roberto Castaneda (21-7-1, 15 KOs) who looks to test the resolve and experience of Diaz Jr. in their 10-round featherweight bout. Facing East Los Angeles’ Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (12-0, 7 KOs) in the eight-round featherweight co-feature event, Tijuana’s Pedro Melo (11-5-2, 2 KOs) is a 26-year-old brawler looking to get back to the same form that resulted in a 2012 knockout over respected prospect Juan Jimenez. Scheduled for six rounds in the featherweight division, Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs) takes on Tijuana’s Ali Gonzalez (6-3, 1 KO), who looks to spoil De La Hoya’s perfect record. In the televised opener, the seven-foot heavyweight power-puncher Taishan (1-0, 1 KO) enters the ring for his highly anticipated second professional fight facing Michael Lane (0-3) in a four-round bout. Widely considered one of the most interesting fighters in the sweet science today, fight fans are in for a rare glimpse Taishan.

 

SOCCER

UEFA EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS GROUP STAGES CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND ON FOX SPORTS

  • What: FOX Sports presents plenty of national team action as the highly competitive group stages of the 2016 UEFA European Championship resume with Match Day 4. World Cup Champion Germany, as well as Netherlands and Italy, are all featured.
  • Network/When: Germany vs. Gibraltar, FOX Sports 2, Friday, Nov. 14 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Serbia vs. Denmark, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Nov. 14 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Greece vs. Faroe Islands, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Nov. 14 (2:45 PM ET)
  • International Friendly: France vs. Albania, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Nov. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Austria vs. Russia, FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Nov. 15 (11:45 AM ET)
  • Luxembourg vs. Ukraine, FOX Soccer Plus, Saturday, Nov. 15 (11:45 AM ET)
  • San Marino vs. Estonia, FOX Soccer 2Go, Saturday, Nov. 15 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Switzerland vs. Lithuania, FOX Soccer Plus, Saturday, Nov. 15 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Netherlands vs. Latvia, FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Nov. 16 (11:45 AM ET)
  • Cyprus vs. Andorra, FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Nov. 16 (11:45 AM ET)
  • Italy vs. Croatia, FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Czech Republic vs. Iceland, FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Turkey vs. Kazakhstan, FOX Soccer Plus, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Bulgaria vs. Malta, FOX Soccer 2Go, Sunday, Nov. 16 (2:45 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone alongside analysts Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton. 

Iconic Voices Return for FOX Sports’ Extensive College Basketball Coverage

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College Basketball Royalty, Including Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and Tim Brando, Highlights Loaded Roster                                                                                                                                 

WATCH: The Soul of College Hoops Lives Here

New York – With the college basketball season set to tip off this weekend, FOX Sports announces its lineup of broadcasters for the 2014-15 season, one that features some of the most recognizable voices in the game. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Production, John Entz.

The incomparable Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery return for their second season as FOX Sports’ lead game announcers, while iconic play-by-play announcer Tim Brando takes the mic for his first season calling FOX Sports college basketball. Joining Johnson and Brando on play-by-play, Kevin Burkhardt, who calls NFL on FOX action and serves as MLB on FOX’s studio host, and Joe Davis, a FOX Sports college football and MLB broadcaster, debut courtside for FOX Sports this season.  Also calling action are Justin Kutcher, Aaron Goldsmith, Dick Stockton, Kevin Kugler, Eric Collins, Cory Provus and Brian Anderson, who all return for their second seasons.

In addition to Raftery, Jim Jackson, Donny Marshall, Tarik Turner, Jim Spanarkel, Stephen Bardo, Ron Thompson, Bob Wenzel, Vin Parise and Sean Elliott are back as game analysts, while Stanford All-AmericanCasey Jacobsen joins primarily on Pac-12 games.

In the studio, Rob Stone returns as host of FOX Sports’ and FOX Sports 1’s college hoops studio coverage, sharing duties with Burkhardt, Don Bell and Greg Wolf.  Former Providence standout Austin Croshere is back as a studio analyst, sitting alongside Marshall, Kevin O’Neill and Ben Howland, who each coached in both the BIG EAST and Pac-12 conferences.  Croshere, Marshall and O’Neill contributed to FOX Sports’ college basketball game and studio analysis a season ago, while Howland is in his first season behind the desk. InsidersStewart Mandel and Reid Forgrave also contribute to the network’s extensive college basketball coverage with Mandel serving as FOX Sports’ bracketologist, projecting who’s in, who’s out and who’s on the bubble as March Madness draws near.

“We are incredibly excited about the group of broadcasters covering college basketball for FOX Sports this season,” Entz said. “With some of the most legendary and respected names in college basketball broadcasting, plus several other exciting voices that are sure to become household names, we can’t wait to start the season and begin our full schedule of great games.”

College basketball on the FOX Sports family of networks tips off Friday, Nov. 14, with a doubleheader on FOX Sports 2, as Villanova hosts Lehigh at 8:00 PM ET, followed by an intra-city showdown between the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul at 10:00 PM ET. FOX Sports 1 opens its schedule on Sunday, Nov. 16, as Creighton hosts Chicago State (5:30 PM ET), followed by doubleheaders on back-to-back nights, with Villanova hosting Maryland Eastern Shore (7:00 PM ET) and Providence welcoming Binghamton (9:00 PM ET) onMonday, Nov. 17, and Xavier facing Long Beach State (7:00 PM ET) and DePaul playing Drake (9:00 PM ET) onTuesday, Nov. 18.

FOX Sports’ coverage of BIG EAST basketball presented by New York Life includes more than 150 men’s games on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports, including a five-game, 12-hour marathon to open conference play on New Year’s Eve and the entire BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by New York Life from Madison Square Garden in New York City on FOX Sports 1. FOX Sports also presents Pac-12 men’s, Big 12 women’s and Conference-USA men’s and women’s regular- and postseason packages across its family of networks.

To download FOX Sports’ complete BIG EAST men’s and women’s basketball schedules to your calendar and mobile device, visit cal.foxsports.com/ncaa and cal.foxsports.com/ncaaw or Tweet #BIGEASTMBBgames and #BIGEASTWBBgames to @FOXSports1.

Brief biographical information on each announcer can be found on the attached PDF. For more FOX College Basketball, follow @FOXSports1 on Twitter and “Like” FOX Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/foxsports).

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NASCAR on FOX Championship Week Q&A

NASCAR_on_FOXHAMMOND, MCREYNOLDS AND WALTRIP BREAK DOWN THE

CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP 

As NASCAR heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend to crown a champion in the Championship Round of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR on FOX analysts Jeff Hammond, Larry McReynolds and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, a three-time champion, break down Sunday’s race, including who the favorite is to win the title, which driver has the mental advantage and the implications of a driver winning the championship without winning a race, among other topics.  

ON THE FAVORITE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOMESTEAD:

“I’d probably feel just as confident in my prediction if I drew a name out of a hat.  It’s a tough call because performance is fairly equal among these teams, but I tip the scales toward Harvick.  The No. 4 team has been fast everywhere. Joey Logano, however, is pretty good on the mile-and-a-half tracks, which may play to his advantage at Homestead.  But I hear Harvick was very fast at the Homestead test. When he started testing for Stewart-Haas Racing last December, they were in a class by themselves, and that speed has held all year.  He has won four races, but if you count the ‘almosts,’ there’s no reason he couldn’t have eight or 10 wins this season.”

–Larry McReynolds 

“Kevin Harvick probably is our next champion.  He and Rodney Childers are on the same page, and their team has come together at the right time. They are doing an exceptional job of communicating and adapting to every track.  They have fast race cars and I expect them to be the class of the field at Homestead.”

–Jeff Hammond 

“Harvick would be my pick for a couple of reasons.  Tony Stewart won a championship for Stewart-Haas Racing, so that organization knows what it takes to get the job done. Stewart’s crew chief was Darian Grubb, who now is Denny Hamlin’s crew chief, so Hamlin has solid experience atop his pit box.  Joey Logano’s teammate won a championship for Team Penske, so he can draw on that.  The only guy left out in the cold, to speak, is Ryan Newman, who has a rookie crew chief. Newman hasn’t outrun these guys all year, and I don’t expect that to change this weekend.  And I cannot discount how fast the No. 4 car has been.  Put all the pieces together and Harvick should be able to beat those other three guys on Sunday.”

–Darrell Waltrip 

 ON WHETHER THE NEW CHASE FORMAT HAS BEEN A SUCCESS:

“I don’t see how you couldn’t consider the new Chase format a ringing success.  My only hope is that NASCAR doesn’t tinker with the format.  Watching Kevin Harvick win at Phoenix in a must-win situation and watching Jeff Gordon finish second but not advance to the final round was amazing.  You couldn’t ask for anything more dramatic.  The only thing I’d like to take a second look at is the win factor.  When Brian France announced the new Chase format, he emphasized winning.  Ryan Newman has done everything right but hasn’t won a race this year. But competing for the title at Homestead seems a bit counterproductive to the ‘winning is everything’ philosophy. I don’t think that was the true intent of this format.”

–Larry McReynolds 

“There is no question the new Chase format has been a success.  For so long, we wondered how to capture the drama of the fall Richmond race, the last race of the regular season, once the Chase started.  How do we get 10 ‘Richmonds’ in the Chase? This format has done that.”

–Darrell Waltrip  

ON WHETHER THE CHAMPIONSHIP WILL MEAN LESS IF RYAN NEWMAN WINS THE TITLE WITHOUT WINNING A RACE THIS YEAR:

“Newman said the championship trophy doesn’t say how many wins you have.  It only has your name on it. Does it make a casual sports fan wonder how you win a championship without a race win? Sure.  But the hardcore fan knows that team and driver were the best in the 10 Chase races.  But I don’t think anyone thought a driver would advance to Homestead without a win.”

–Larry McReynolds 

“Ryan Newman is the perfect underdog. He has done everything right, played by the rules and made the system work for him and his organization.   The true measure of a champion isn’t always wins but what takes to get yourself in a winning position. Being a purist, it would be a little frustrating for me if he didn’t win a race but won the title, but he has done everything necessary to keep himself in the hunt.”

–Jeff Hammond 

“Months ago, when Matt Kenseth couldn’t seem to win a race, I said it would be ironic if he went to Homestead without a win but won the championship because NASCAR basically created the Chase on the heels of his championship year.  I never thought about Newman being that guy.  But I don’t care if he wins the championship without winning a race.  You play by the rules you have been given, and if he can win the title without cheating and without winning a race, then so be it.  But it’s a bit of an affront to say the championship is all about winning and that a driver has to win to get in, if the guy who wins the championship after 36 races didn’t win a race.  I don’t think that will sit too well with a lot of people.   That’s the one fallacy in the Chase format.  I’d like to see the four winningest drivers in the first nine Chase races advance to Homestead.”

–Darrell Waltrip

 

ON WHICH DRIVER HAS A MENTAL ADVANTAGE IN A ONE-RACE, PRESSURE-FILLED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOTOUT:

“Homestead will be a huge mental challenge not just for the drivers but especially the crew chiefs and pit crews.  The engine tuners will sweat it out knowing their product must be flawless for 400 miles. The crew chiefs must make smart strategy calls. Homestead will be mentally taxing on every player involved with those four teams.  But nobody handles that stress better than Kevin Harvick.  While he hasn’t exactly been in this position before, he has won two Nationwide Series championships and has experience with pressure.  Harvick is calm, cool and collected.  He’s always thinking ahead, so judging from his experience and mental fortitude, I give him the mental edge.”

–Larry McReynolds

“Harvick has the mental advantage because he is coming off of a flawless weekend at Phoenix.  I like the attitude and position the No. 4 team has going in.  They enter Homestead with confidence because they’ve had the fastest car all year.  Once the No. 4 team got its mechanical and pit crew problems fixed, Harvick was happy, and that’s when you get the most out of him behind the wheel.  And you can bet he doesn’t want to lose the title to the No. 31 car.”

–Darrell Waltrip

“The guys who have been in this type of situation before — Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin — hold an edge.  No one has been in this exact scenario, but Harvick has come close to winning and losing a championship, so he probably has a better mental understanding of what needs to be done. The adversity he faced earlier in the season helped temper him, much like it did Hamlin.  But the advantage goes to Harvick.”

–Jeff Hammond 

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STRENGTH OF THE FOUR CREW CHIEFS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 

“We’ve been focusing on the drivers but we need to look at the men who helped get them there.  The crew chiefs will play a big role in the outcome by virtue of how well they handle pressure, make pit calls and keep their driver calm.  I like the fact Rodney Childers has driven before because he can relate to Harvick and keep him where he needs to be mentally.  At the same time, Darian Grubb is the only crew chief with a championship, and he also subbed in for Chad Knaus and won the Daytona 500 with Jimmie Johnson.  It will be interesting to see the crew chief battles play out and how the less-experienced crew chiefs handle the championship race.”

–Jeff Hammond 

ON HOW MUCH PAST PERFORMANCE AT HOMESTEAD COULD INDICATE WHICH CHASE CONTENDER FINISHES THE HIGHEST ON SUNDAY:

“I don’t know if it matters anymore how a driver has performed at Homestead in the past.  While it’s still the same track, the rules packages have changed quite a bit.  I put more emphasis on a team’s performance this year across-the-board than I do on previous Homestead stats.”

–Larry McReynolds  

“It doesn’t matter to me. It may make the driver feel better if he likes the track or runs well there historically, much like Harvick had at Phoenix, where he has always run well.  But I’m really looking at recent performance, and with his performance at Texas and the win at Phoenix, Harvick is the guy getting it done lately.  That’s a huge momentum roll and mental advantage.”

–Jeff Hammond

ON THE FACT A FIRST-TIME CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED ON SUNDAY:

“It’s great that we’ll have a first-time champion in 2014.  Any of the four will represent the sport well, and they all have a great story of how they got their starts.  It’s also nice to have four different organizations represented in the Chase with a good mix of manufacturers.”

–Larry McReynolds

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Long Says Cowboys Were Shortsighted To Put Romo Back in Monday Night Game

Fox-NFL-2014FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 11/2/14

Long Says Cowboys Were Shortsighted To Put Romo Back in

Monday Night Game

Bradshaw:  “I would absolutely not play RGIII today.”

Glazer Delivers Update on Tony Romo’s Back Injury

Wannstedt: Baltimore is the Most Complete Team in the AFC North

FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt believes the Baltimore Ravens will come out of the AFC North:  “Cincinnati is going to break our hearts as they always do down the stretch.  Cleveland right now is running on adrenaline.  Ben Roethlisberger is having a Pro Bowl year but the Steelers defense is one of the oldest in the league and as the season wears on the defense will too.  Baltimore is the most complete team in that division and will end up on top.”

FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Wannstedt had two takeaways from quarterback Brandon Weeden’s performance a couple years ago when Wannstedt’s Buffalo Bills defense faced Weeden when the quarterback played for the Cleveland Browns.  Weeden starts at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys today in place of an injured Tony Romo. “This guy has a lot better arm than what he gets credit for.  Secondly, he was not as mobile in the pocket than what we had thought.”

FOX Sports 1 reporter Colleen Dominguez sat down with Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson.  Dominguez asked Wilson what he inferred following a rumor that some members of the team didn’t feel Wilson is ‘black enough.’  “I don’t really know what that means.  For me, I’m an educated young individual that tries to lead his football team to victory every Sunday and that’s all I try to do.  I’m not perfect by any means but I try to do things the right way. I try to help others and I try to make a difference in our community and also in our football team.”

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush joined FOX NFL KICKOFF live in-studio.  Bush on how this year’s team is different from last year’s team:  “Our level of discipline is different.  Last year we beat ourselves in a lot of games.  We’re not making a lot of the same mistakes that we had made in the past and that’s a testament to our head coach Jim Caldwell.”

 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

FOX NFL Sunday analyst Howie Long on the Cowboys putting Tony Romo back in last Monday night’s game against the Redskins:  “Nobody is going to question Tony Romo’s toughness.  I just think it was shortsighted given the surgery in the off-season, the protection issues they were having in the game, giving Romo off on Wednesdays to manage that back and [Brandon] Weeden was performing well.  Plus, they got away from the run.  Demarco Murray only touched the ball two times in the last 17 plays of the game and overtime.  The bottom line is it was shortsighted for the Cowboys to put him back in the game and inject him.”

Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson on whether RGIII should have started today:  “Jay Gruden should put RGIII back in the lineup.  He has to find out if he can play in this offense and if he can he count on him.  That said, his style of play and his aggressiveness will lead to another injury.  You can count on it.  And I wonder if this is Jay Gruden’s decision or was he told to put RGIII back in the lineup today.”

Added Terry Bradshaw:  “I would absolutely not play him.  There is no way he is 100% and now you are going to take a franchise quarterback and stick him out there just to see if he can run this offense.  No way.  Colt McCoy won the last two games and they should keep resting RGIII until after their bye week.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan backs up Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.  “One of the hardest things is to repeat [Super Bowl wins] because everyone feels they are the reason that they won.  So the hardest thing is to keep everybody focused and feeling that they get enough credit.  In this case, quarterbacks get most of the blame and most of the credit.  It’s always been that way.  From what I hear with the few guys that were saying that [Wilson isn’t ‘black enough’] it makes no sense. If the team is winning, you all win. Anybody in this league understands that if you’ve got a quarterback like Russell Wilson, you are appreciative.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long explains what the missing piece is for the San Francisco 49ers this season:  “To me, the missing piece for this football team is Aldon Smith.  Aldon Smith has a ripple effect on that entire football team.  Aldon Smith versus Denver or Aldon Smith next week versus New Orleans changes the landscape for the San Francisco 49ers.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer delivers an update on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s injury:  “It’s called a transverse process fracture. It’s basically a break of these two little bones that stick out the sides of the spinal column. It has nothing to do with his previous disc injury. However, because all the muscles are attached to it, it’s not a pain thing, but he’s not able to torque and turn on his throws and move around a lot. Romo said it has completely changed his day-to-day life. He has to think now to get out of bed differently, to walk differently, to stand up differently. Actually, this offseason he did a ton of research on stem cell regeneration not for his playing days, but just to live a normal life after he’s done with his career.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer on Wes Welker addressing the Denver Broncos about New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s motivational tactics and what Welker thinks Belichick is saying to his team:  “One of the guys in the middle of this rivalry here is Wes Welker, the Broncos receiver who used to obviously play with Tom Brady. Last night he got up in the Broncos team meeting and said that he’s been in Belichick’s night-before meetings for the last six years and this is what he [Belichick] is saying about our team tonight:  The Denver Broncos are frontrunners. The Denver Broncos can’t finish anybody. The Denver Broncos only beat us last year in the NFC Championship game because of injuries. He has no respect for anybody inside our locker room. Also, another note here, the Denver Broncos moved their team hotel this year because last year their fire alarm mysteriously went off at 2 o’clock in the morning. No incidents last night.”

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

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

MLB: For Only the Second Time Since 2002 – World Series Game 7 on FOX with San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

NFL: NFC West Leaders Cardinals at NFC East Leaders Cowboys on FOX

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 5 Oregon Hosts Stanford in Key Pac-12 Battle on FOX

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MLB

WORLD SERIES GAME 7 TONIGHT ON FOX

For just the second time since 2002, baseball fans get a World Series Game 7 as the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals battle for the 2014 World Series title tonight on FOX (7:00 PM ET) live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.

Kevin Burkhardt anchors FOX’s extended 60-minute pregame show and is joined by Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher and MLB on FOX analyst Gabe Kapler, both past World Series Champions, in addition to Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.

Seven-time Emmy award-winner Joe Buck handles play-by-play for Game 7 with analysis from Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. MLB insider Ken Rosenthal and veteran Erin Andrews report from the field.

Immediately following Game 7 on the broadcast network, FOX Sports 1’s FOX SPORTS LIVE recaps and analyzes the game with former MLB players Eric Karros and C.J. Nitkowski. The program features game highlights from Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole.

  • World Series Game 7: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals
    • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, TONIGHT, Oct. 29 (7:00 PM ET)

 

NFL

ENTERTAINING NFL SINGLEHEADER SLATE ON FOX HIGHLIGHTED BY CARDINALS AT COWBOYS THIS SUNDAY

Week 9 of the NFL season is upon us and the NFL on FOX rolls on with another exciting matchup as the Arizona Cardinals visit the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, at 1:00 PM ET this Sunday. After calling MLB Postseason coverage on FOX and FOX Sports 1, play-by-play announcer Joe Buck rejoins his football broadcast partner Troy Aikman in the booth. NFL reporter Erin Andrews contributes from the sidelines.

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, November 2

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

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys                 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                             63%                       1:00PM 

                                                                                          & Erin Andrews    

AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas

MARKETS INCLUDE: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Charlotte, Nashville, Hartford, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Greenville, West Palm Beach, Las Vegas, Austin, Birmingham, Oklahoma City, Greensboro, Albuquerque, Jacksonville, Louisville, Memphis, Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Tulsa, Knoxville, Fort Myers

Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans                Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston               7%                          1:00PM

          & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas

MARKETS INCLUDE: Philadelphia, Houston, Indianapolis

 

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings       Chris Myers, Ronde Barber                    10%                        1:00PM                                                                                            & Jennifer Hale

TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minn.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Washington, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Baltimore, Norfolk, Richmond

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns    Thom Brennanman, David Diehl          8%                          1:00PM   

         & Laura Okmin

FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio

MARKETS INCLUDE: Tampa, Cleveland, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Dayton

 

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers                Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch               11%                      4:05PM                                                                                              & Pam Oliver

Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.

MARKETS INCLUDE: San Francisco, Miami, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Diego, Kansas City, Cincinnati

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

KEY PAC-12 BATTLES HIGHLIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX AND FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   No. 19 Oklahoma at Iowa State

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 1 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece
  • #OUvsISU

o   Western Kentucky University vs. Louisiana Tech

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 1 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel
  • #WKUvsLATech

o   Kansas at No. 12 Baylor

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 1 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Aaron Goldsmith and Brian Baldinger
  • #KUvsBAYLOR

o   Stanford at No. 5 Oregon

  • FOX, FOX Deportes  & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 1 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath
  • #STANvsORE
  • Deportes: Felipe Valenzuela and Erika Garza

o   Texas at Texas Tech

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 1 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Brady Quinn
  • #TEXASvsTTU

o   Southern Miss at UTEP

  • FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 1 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen
  • #USMvsUTEP

o   No. 18 Utah at No. 15 Arizona State

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Nov. 1 (11:00 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
  • #UTAHvsASU
  • This Week: FOX and FOX Sports 1 carry a pair of huge Pac-12 battles, as the top two teams in the North Division – No. 5 Oregon and Stanford – square off on FOX and FOX Deportes (7:30 PM ET), while two of the top three teams in the South Division – No. 15 Arizona State and No. 18 Utah – meet on FOX Sports 1. Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath call the action live from Autzen Stadium. Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden call the action from Tempe as the Sun Devils and Utes battle for the top spot in the division. FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME, hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt, gets fans ready for kickoff of Stanford-Oregon. The pregame show begins at 6:30 PM ET on FOX.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BILL RAFTERY GOES IN-DEPTH ON BIG EAST HOOPS WITH BILL RAFTERY’S BIG EAST PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Nov. 2 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Bill Raftery and Jim Jackson
  • This Week: In this one-hour special, FOX Sports’ lead college basketball analyst Bill Raftery selects his preseason All-Conference team, while the group breaks down each team’s roster and schedule, and hears from coaches and players from around the conference. Stone, Raftery and Jackson discuss which teams are poised for breakout seasons, who will cut down the nets at Madison Square Garden in March and much more.

FOX SPORTS OPENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON WITH HISTORIC EXHIBITION CONTEST

  • Network/When:

o   Northwood at Villanova (exhibition)

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Nov. 4 (7:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: FOX Sports opens its coverage of the 2014-15 college basketball season with an historic matchup between Villanova and Northwood on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (7:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1. Northwood head coach Rollie Massimino served as Villanova’s head coach from 1973-92, leading the Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA Championship and meets his former squad as the program celebrates the 30th anniversary of its national title.

 

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – WORLD SERIES GAME 7 POSTGAME COVERAGE, EXTENDED NBA HIGHLIGHTS AS REGULAR SEASON BEGINS: THURSDAY NIGHT NFL POSTGAME

  • 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, CJ Nitkowski, Petros Papadakis, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: Few things in sports rival the excitement of a Game 7 in a championship series. And thanks to the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, baseball fans are treated to just that on Wednesday night. After a dominating win in Game 6, the Royals forced a deciding finale and FOX SPORTS LIVE delivers comprehensive coverage of the Fall Classic with a post-trophy presentation postgame show. The show is highlighted by immediate reaction and analysis recapping all the action, anchored at the outfield plaza set by Kevin Burkhardt, who is joined by regular FOX SPORTS 1 analysts Gabe Kapler and Frank Thomas, in addition to current Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher. Exclusive interviews and site hits also come courtesy of reporters Erin Andrews, Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, who are on-hand to capture postgame reactions from both coaches and players. The dawn of the new NBA season is here as the league officially began regular season play Tuesday night. In step with the action, FOX SPORTS LIVE welcomes analysts Jim Jackson and Gary Payton back to the studio, joining insider Bill Reiter for nightly analysis and discussions recapping all the games and updating the many storylines. Thursday night kicks off this week’s NFL action with an NFC South showdown between the New Orleans Saints visiting the Carolina Panthers. A wide-open division that currently sees all four teams with losing records, Thursday’s game holds long-term divisional implications for both teams as the season makes its turn to the second half. FOX SPORTS LIVE has postgame reaction from insider Jay Glazer and analysts Donovan McNabb and Ephraim Salaam, breaking down all of the action.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF FEATURES TALKBACK WITH TOP HEISMAN CONTENDER MARIOTA

  • 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 sixth installment of FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF. The hour-long show counts down the sport’s 10 biggest stories of the week with 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 on-hand, joining longtime collegiate and professional coach Dave Wannstedt for game analysis and breakdowns. University of Oregon junior quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota is interviewed via satellite. The Hawaiian signal caller is enjoying his finest season and with the Ducks at No. 5 in the initial rankings for the College Football Playoff, Mariota leads the 7-1 squad into a Pac-12 showdown this week at home against Stanford. The game is set for Saturday, Nov. 1 (7:30 PM ET) on FOX, and Mariota previews the game while also evaluating his Heisman candidacy as the regular season enters its final month.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – WORLD SERIES GAME 7 PREGAME, TALKBACKS WITH SABERHAGEN AND MORRIS WEDNESDAY, CARDINALS LB FOOTE THURSDAY, NASCAR LEGEND JEFF GORDON FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, CJ Nitkowski, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam, Brady Quinn, Jill Arrington, Royce Clayton, Jay Glazer
  • This Week: With the World Series drawing to its dramatic conclusion in the form of a Game 7 on Wednesday night, AMERICA’S PREGAME is the one-stop shop for the build-up to the deciding game. Wednesday’s extended 90-minute show includes a satellite interview with 1985 World Series MVP and former Kansas City Royals’ two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Bret Saberhagen, previewing Game 7. Analysts Royce Clayton, Eric Karros and CJ Nitkowski are in studio, while insiders Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, contributing live interviews with players and coaches from the series. The show also takes extended site hits from the pregame crew of Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas and Nick Swisher from the outfield set. The Arizona Cardinals are one of the surprises of the NFL this season and enter Week 9 atop the ultra-competitive NFC West with a 6-1 record. Despite a number of injuries at key positions, the Cardinals have been powered, in part, by their excellent defense and 13-year veteran linebacker Larry Foote joins APG on Thursday for a satellite interview to discuss the team’s first half and looming matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Four-time NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion and current points’ leader Jeff Gordon joins APG on Friday from Texas Motor Speedway, where the series competes this weekend. With three races remaining in 2014 and two left in the Eliminator Round, Gordon and other contenders look to knock down a win and automatic advancement into the final, one-race Champion’s Round in the season finale at Homestead.

 

NASCAR

A WIN AND SPOT IN FINAL CHASE ROUND UP FOR GRABS AT TEXAS; TRUCK SERIES OFFERS TRICKS & TREATS FOR FANS ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 — Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, robbing the eight remaining contenders in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Eliminator Round of a win and subsequent automatic advancement to the final round of the championship. In addition, usually dominant drivers Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski suffered miserable outings, digging deep holes in the point standings with only two races remaining in the third of four rounds in the Chase.

Headed into Texas Motor Speedway this weekend with three races remaining in 2014, four-time champion Jeff Gordon leads Ryan Newman (-3), Joey Logano (-4), Matt Kenseth (-5), Denny Hamlin (-7), Carl Edwards (-20), Keselowski (-31) and Harvick (-33).  A win in any of the Eliminator Round’s three races automatically advances a driver to the final, one-race Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, for which only four drivers qualify.

FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO offer 12.5 total hours of live NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES coverage this weekend from Texas, beginning Friday, Oct. 31 at 12:00 PM ET.  The Truck Series competes under the lights on Halloween night, kicking off with NCWTS SETUP live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 PM ET.

Defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton continues his quest to become the first Truck Series champion to win consecutive titles. Last week at Martinsville, he slightly stretched his lead over second-place Ryan Blaney to 18 points, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. (-22), Johnny Sauter (-40) and Timothy Peters (-77).

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS RYAN NEWMAN HAS BEEN A SURPRISE THUS FAR IN THE CHASE: “Ryan Newman is playing with house money right now because he is one of three drivers who barely got into the Chase, and he had no wins in the first 26 races. I felt consistency would get him through the Challenger Round but didn’t think it would get him past the Contender Round. In the first 26 races, he only had two top-five finishes. In the last five races of the Chase, he’s had five consecutive top-10 finishes and now two consecutive top-five finishes at Talladega and Martinsville. Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning Martinsville (and not a Chase contender) could play right into Newman’s wheelhouse (on advancing into the final round).”

MCREYNOLDS THINKS KEVIN HARVICK’S FRUSTRATION WITH MATT KENSETH COULD BECOME A DISTRACTION IN HARVICK’S TITLE PURSUIT: “I was a little puzzled with everything I saw (from Harvick at Martinsville). I know Kevin Harvick had to be wondering how in the world that accident happened. When he was sitting in his car in the garage, he called the camera man over to watch the replay on the monitor. I guess in Harvick’s mind, he’s wondering why Kenseth is driving that far over his head when they’re not even at the halfway point of the race. And, of course, when he got back out, he tried to brake-check Kenseth and just about put the radiator up in the firewall. I’m not sure Kenseth did anything intentional to Harvick, though.    It’s hard to control Kevin Harvick’s emotions, but Rodney Childers is the leader of that No. 4 team. He has to get his focus back. Focusing on Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 car right now will help Harvick accomplish nothing. Focus on Texas and Phoenix. That’s the dot on the radar right now.”

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 31 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 31 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week: NCWTS SETUP offers a flashback to the spring Texas race, won by defending champion Matt Crafton, as well as a look back at last week’s Martinsville race, won by Darrell Wallace Jr., driving the No. 34 in a special tribute to Wendell Scott; a feature on four-time champ Ron Hornaday Jr. in what may be his last Truck Series start; a review of what took place between Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter at Martinsville after the Martinsville race; a feature with Sauter and former Dallas Cowboys player Randy White as the series heads to the Cowboys’ backyard; and the NCWTS SETUP cameras follow Darrell Wallace Jr. as he makes an appearance at the grand opening of the Toyota facility in Plano, Texas.

 

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Thursday (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Danielle Trotta, Adam Alexander and John Roberts; analysts Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: Halloween “Frankendriver” feature in which NASCAR RACE HUB’s “nutty professor,” Larry McReynolds, and his sidekick Ray Dunlap, dissect parts of various drivers to create their ultimate driver (brain, heart, hands/car control, etc.); several drivers share their favorite Halloween memories; “Simmering Feuds” feature showcasing the fact all eight Chase drivers recently have had a feud with another Chase driver; full Texas preview and “Let it Ride” odds segment for Texas on Thursday, Oct. 30.
  • Next Week: Driver/analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, Nov. 3.

 

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 2 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Kenny Wallace, Larry McReynolds, Kaitlyn Vincie and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: Sit-down interviews with Chase contenders Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.

 

UFC

UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK: VELASQUEZ VS DOS SANTOS III

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Oct. 29 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos
  • This Week: Witness-never-before seen images from the final chapter of the greatest heavyweight trilogy of all-time when champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos battle for the UFC heavyweight belt at UFC 166. From the final moments leading up to their epic title clash, through the unforgettable aftermath, this is an all-access account of UFC heavyweight champion Velasquez’s thrilling grudge match against the only man to ever beat him, dos Santos. Watch the main event from all new vantage points, including super slow-motion film cameras, both corners mic’d up, and Velasquez’s teammate Josh Thomson’s blow-by-blow account. Witness exclusive reactions from fellow UFC fighters, UFC president Dana White, and star Houston Rockets players Dwight Howard and James Harden who were on hand.

 

UFC TONIGHT INTERVIEWS BISPING, STANN GUEST CO-HOST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Oct. 29 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Cormier and Bryant are joined in the studio by guest co-host Brian Stann. They interview Michael Bisping before his fight next week versus Luke Rockhold. Ariel Helwani interviews Anderson Silva about his expected return in January. They also catch up with Dr. Robert Klapper. Plus, Helwani and Bryant add reports.

THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER: #5 DALY BATTLES #12 MAGANA FOR SHOT IN QUARTERFINALS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Oct. 29 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Dana White
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, Aisling Daly’s struggles get UFC president Dana White’s attention. Tecia Torres’ return to the competition angers some fighters. Then, in the sixth fight of the tournament, Team Pettis pits No. 5-ranked Daly against No. 12-ranked Angela Magana for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

UFC ULTIMATE KNOCKOUTS FEATURES TITLE FIGHT KNOCKOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Nov. 3 (10:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez
  • This Week: Watch these nasty knockouts decide epic title fights on UFC ULTIMATE KNOCKOUTS’ championship edition. The sport’s greats like Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez and more rise to the occasion when the belt is on the line.

SOCCER

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGES CONTINUE TUESDAY

  • This Week: The highly competitive group stages resume with two entertaining encounters as Liverpool takes on Real Madrid on Tuesday, and Ajax faces Barcelona on Wednesday – both matches on FOX Sports 1. Match Day 4 also features top English teams Arsenal and Manchester City in action on FOX Sports 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. MULTIMATCH 90, the live UEFA Champions League whip-around show, continues on FOX Soccer 2Go and FOX Soccer Plus.
  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage in studio alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride. Sports Illustrated senior columnist and FOX Sports soccer insider Grant Wahl also joins in studio.
  • Network/When:

           

Tuesday, Nov. 4                    Match                                                 Network

2:00 PM          UEFA Champions League Pregame              FS1, FS2, FSN, Plus

2:30 PM          Real Madrid vs Liverpool                                FOX Sports 1

2:30 PM          Arsenal vs Anderlecht                                     FOX Sports 2

2:30 PM          Juventus vs Olympiacos                                FOX Sports Net

2:30 PM          MULTIMATCH 90                                          FOX Soccer Plus

2:45 PM          Malmö FF vs Atlético Madrid                                     DirecTV

11:50 AM        Zenit vs Bayer Leverkusen                             Plus/DirecTV

2:45 PM          Basel vs Ludogorets                                       DirecTV

2:45 PM          SL Benfica vs AS Monaco                             DirecTV

2:45 PM          Borussia Dortmund vs Galatasaray               DirecTV

Wednesday, Nov. 5               Match                                                 Network

2:00 PM          UEFA Champions League Pregame              FS1, FS2, FSN, Plus

2:30 PM          Ajax vs Barcelona                                           FOX Sports 1

2:30 PM          Manchester City vs CSKA Moskva               FOX Sports 2

2:30 PM          NK Maribor vs Chelsea                                  FOX Sports Net

2:30 PM          MULTIMATCH 90                                          FOX Soccer Plus

2:45 PM          Bayern München vs AS Roma                      DirecTV

2:45 PM          Paris Saint-Germain vs APOEL                     DirecTV

2:45 PM          Sporting Lisbon vs FC Schalke                      DirecTV

2:45 PM          Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC BATE Borisov        DirecTV

2:45 PM          Athletic BIlbao vs FC Porto                            DirecTV

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING PRESENTS BOSTON “MONSTER BRAWL” FEATURING WELTERWEIGHTS O’CONNOR VS. FARMER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Oct. 10 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Golden Boy Live! takes Plymouth Memorial Hall by storm on Thursday, October 30 with a special Halloween Eve “Monster Brawl” brought to fight fans by Golden Boy Promotions and Murphys Boxing, featuring the main event 10-round welterweight bout pitting former U.S. Olympic Team member Danny O’Connor (23-2, 7 KOs) against the tough and determined Andrew Farmer (18-2, 7 KOs). In the co-main event, lightweight contender Sharif Bogere (25-1, 17 KOs) faces the experienced Fernando Garcia in a 10-round bout. The televised opener will showcase Irish standout Jason Quigley (2-0, 2 KOs) in a four-round middleweight bout against Thomas Gifford. “I’m really looking forward to calling these fights, which showcase a lot of East Coast talent and up-and-coming stars,” says FOX Sports boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi. “There is always something extra exciting about watching fighters fight close to home and I think fans will see that.”

ORIGINALS

 

SPADE RIDES THREE-GAME WIN STREAK TO CLIMB WITHIN ONE GAME OF LEADERS ON FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Oct. 30 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer
  • This Week: Comedian/actor David Spade has reeled off three wins in a row to move to 4-4 on the season, climbing out of the cellar and to within striking distance of the leaders heading into Week 9 of FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED. With Glazer, NFL on FOX Insider, serving as the commish, 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 current league standings, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1EYqbLU

 

STREET LEAGUE

STREET LEAGUE SUPER CROWN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ENCORE ON FOX

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Nov. 2 (adjacent to NFL on FOX, check local listings)
  • Talent: Trace Worthington, David Boudia
  • This Week: The 90-minute 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship encore features the most elite skateboarding competition in the world where the top eight pros battle it out in a custom designed street course in a winner-takes-all format for the biggest prize in skateboarding history: $200,000. In addition to the encore special, SLS Founder Rob Dyrdek appears on FOX NFL SUNDAY earlier that day.

RED BULL

 

RED BULL CLIFF DIVING MAKES FIRST-EVER STOP IN BASQUE COUNTRY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Nov. 3 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Trace Worthington, David Boudia
  • This Week: With the iconic Guggenheim Museum as a backdrop, Spain’s Basque country is ready to hold a one-of-a-kind 27-meter diving event off La Salve Bridge when the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series makes its next stop. “The overall title is on the line and the pressure is on England’s Gary Hunt to maintain his lead over American Steve Lobue,” says FOX Sports 1 host Trace Worthington. “Hunt could lock in the overall title with a top finish, while Lobue needs another win like he earned in Portugal to keep things close.” The La Salve Bridge, which usually welcomes sailors returning from sea, will be the take off point for three seconds of aesthetic free-fall. The cliff diving elite will demonstrate multiple twisting and flipping action while diving into the Nervión River at more than 52 mph from mind-blowing heights. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is part of a stunning global sports series on FOX Sports 1 that also includes the Air Race World Championship, Crashed Ice World Championship and X-Fighters World Tour.

World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win

MLB ON FOX: LOGONetwork Posts Best Prime Time Tuesday Since 2012

FOX Deportes Posts Record-Breaking Viewership;

Kansas City Posts Best Local Game 1 Rating Since 2007

Kansas City – The San Francisco Giants and starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner dominated the upstart Kansas City Royals to take Game 1 of the 2014 World Series 7-1 last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and viewership of the spectacle led FOX to dominate the night.

Game 1 of the 2014  World Series notched a 7.3/12 household rating share, with 12.2 million viewers, according to fast national figures issued today by Nielsen, and ranks as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched prime time broadcast since an edition of AMERICAN IDOL in February.  Additional points follow:

•       From 8:05 to 11:00 PM ET, FOX averaged a 7.7/13 with 12.8 million viewers, and once final nationals are issued, it projects to win the night in prime time (A18-49) and to be the network’s best Tuesday night performance in over two-and-a-half years (Feb. 2012).

•       FOX Deportes’ coverage of World Series Game 1 averaged 273,000 total viewers, the most for a World Series game in Spanish language television history, +77% (273,000 vs. 154,000) vs. Game 1 last year, and +81% (273,000 vs. 151,000) vs. Game 1 in 2012, the last time San Francisco competed in the Fall Classic.  When viewership on FOX Deportes is combined with FOX, the total average audience for Game 1 is 12.5 million viewers, down from 14.4 million viewers for Game 1 last year, while up compared to Game 1 in 2012 (12.2 million viewers).

•       Ratings in the two competing markets were nothing short of spectacular.  Kansas City led all markets, posting a 48.2/68, the best rating for World Series Game 1 in any market since 2007, while San Francisco registered a 29.3/50.  Sacramento posted a 23.0/37, followed by St. Louis (13.3/20) and Las Vegas (11.1/19) to round out the top five.

•       Viewership for Game 1 would have greatly benefitted from a more competitive contest.  Initial tune-in was a 6.9/12 from 8:05-8:30 PM ET, with ratings peaking at 8.5/14 from 9:00-9:30 PM ET as the Royals threatened but failed to score in the home third. Ratings decreased throughout the evening as the Giants extended their lead to 7-0 and finished off with a 5.7/12 from 11:30-11:41 PM ET.

•      World Series Game 1 broke records for FOX Sports GO, reaching a new best day ever for authenticated viewership.  Yesterday’s reach outperforms the prior record-holding day (Oct. 12, 2014, Game 2 of the NLCS) by 13%.  FOX Sports GO was downloaded more yesterday than any weekday since its launch on iOS.

Live coverage of World Series Game 2 begins tonight on AMERICA’S PREGAME on FOX Sports 1 at 6:00 PM ET before shifting to Kansas City at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Deportes and streaming live on FOX Sports GO at 7:30 PM ET.

– FOX SPORTS –

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.”

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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

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