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

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COLLEGE HOOPS: Bubble Teams Take Center Court on FOX & FOX Sports 1

NASCAR: Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Trucks Series Roll Into Atlanta

UFC: Full Coverage of UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano

ICYMI: Katie Nolan Gives a Tour of the Studio for Her New Show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: http://bit.ly/1ERiG7W

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STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY COLLEGE HOOPS HIGHLIGHTS AND ANALYSIS AS CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS NEAR; UFC 184 POSTFIGHT INTEGRATION SATURDAY; HONDA CLASSIC COVERAGE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion this week features extended highlights and analysis from across the spectrum of sports. As the college basketball postseason approaches, FOX Sports 1 insider Reid Forgrave and analysts Austin Croshere and Corey Maggette are in studio, recapping game highlights and forecasting the looming conference tournaments. Saturday night’s show includes post-fight integration with the UFC 184 crew live from Staples Center in Los Angeles following the much-anticipated card that sees UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey compete in the main event. Following its West Coast swing, the PGA Tour stops in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this week for the Honda Classic. Rory McIlroy, currently the world’s No. 1-ranked player, makes his 2015 United State debut at the tournament, an event he lost in a playoff a year ago. FOX Sports 1 golf reporters Robert Lusetich and Holly Sonders are on-hand throughout the week, providing coverage on a field that also includes Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WRAPS, ROUSEY AND ZINGANO THURSDAY, PREEMPTED FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Joel Klatt, Alexi Lalas, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Eric Wynalda
  • This Week: AMERICA’S PREGAME is up to speed on all of the day’s biggest games and stories during throughout the week. With Wednesday’s show coming out of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Arsenal and AS Monaco FC on FOX Sports 1, soccer analysts Warren Barton, Alexi Lalas and Eric Wynalda are in studio to break down all of the action. Nightly NBA and NHL previews continue with local correspondents from around the country as the respective leagues enter their stretch runs and the playoff pictures come more clearly into view. Other items of note this week include a satellite interview on Thursday with the main event participants at this Saturday’s UFC 184 in Los Angeles: UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and contender Cat Zingano. On Friday, the show is preempted as FOX Sports 1 carries live coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Final Practice and Qualifying events for this weekend’s Atlanta race.

 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BUBBLE TEAMS TAKE CENTER COURT THIS WEEK ON FOX & FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Wednesday, Feb. 25:

  • Marquette at No. 23 Butler
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:00 PM ET)
  • Cory Provus and Ron Thompson
  • Texas Tech at TCU
  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (8:00 PM ET)
  • Brian Estridge and John Denton

o   Thursday, Feb. 26:

  • UTEP at LA Tech
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:00 PM ET)
  • Justin Kutcher and Mike Jarvis
  • Arizona State at No. 13 Utah
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:30 PM ET)
  • Aaron Goldsmith and Sean Elliott

o   Friday, Feb. 27:

  • Providence at Villanova (W)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:30 PM ET)
  • Tiffany Greene and LaChina Robinson

o   Saturday, Feb. 28:

  • No. 6 Villanova at Xavier
  • FOX & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson
  • No. 23 Butler at DePaul
  • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Dickie Simpkins
  • Baylor at Iowa State (W)
  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET)
  • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen

o   Sunday, March 1:

  • Marquette at No. 25 Providence
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (3:30 PM ET)
  • Justin Kutcher and Steve Donahue
  • Southern Miss at UTEP (W)
  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET)
  • Ron Thulin and Clarissa Davis
  • Oregon at Stanford
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • Aaron Goldsmith and Casey Jacobsen
  • Washington State at UCLA
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:30 PM ET)
  • Kevin Burkhardt and Sean Elliott

o   Tuesday, March 3:

  • Georgetown at No. 23 Butler
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis and Bob Wenzel
  • No. 6 Villanova at Creighton
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Nick Bahe

o   Wednesday, March 4:

  • No. 25 Providence at Seton Hall
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • Justin Kutcher and Donny Marshall
  • St. John’s at Marquette
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
  • Brian Anderson and Tarik Turner

This Week: As college basketball’s regular season winds down, FOX and FOX Sports 1 showcase several of the nation’s bubble teams, battling for a spot in the 68-team NCAA bracket. On Saturday, Feb. 28 (2:00 PM ET) on FOX, No. 6 Villanova, which just clinched a share of the BIG EAST title, heads to Cincinnati to face Xavier, which is looking for a signature win heading into the final stretch. On Sunday, March 1, a pair of Pac-12 bubble teams go head-to-head on FOX Sports 1, as Stanford hosts Oregon (7:00 PM ET). Check out FOX Sports college basketball insider Stewart Mandel’s latest Bracket Watch to see who appears to have an NCAA bid locked up, who needs to do work, and who’s on the outside looking in.

THE FALL AND RISE OF FORMER SETON HALL STAR LUTHER WRIGHT FEATURED ON THIS WEEK’S INSIDE THE BIG EAST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, March 1 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Austin Croshere and Kevin O’Neill
  • This Week: On this week’s INSIDE THE BIG EAST, former Seton Hall star Luther Wright fell on hard times and experienced homelessness before pulling himself up, now working for the city of Newark and with Seton Hall as its in-house DJ. INSIDE THE BIG EAST has an all-access pass with 37-year Villanova women’s basketball head coach Harry Perretta, and showcases the best behind-the-scenes audio of the week. Bill Raftery joins to unveil his “All-Onion” team, and Burkhardt, Croshere and O’Neill take a look at the top plays of the week.

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS AIRS 26 HOURS OF LIVE NASCAR PROGRAMMING FROM ATLANTA THIS WEEKEND, INCLUDING UNIQUE DOUBLEHEADER ON SATURDAY

NASCAR heads to Atlanta this weekend, marking the first time in several years that teams race in the Southeast instead of on the West Coast the week following the DAYTONA 500. FOX Sports offers 26 hours of live coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES from Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a rare doubleheader on Saturday.

Atlanta provides the first look at the new rules package for intermediate tracks in the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, culminating with the 500-mile race live on FOX on Sunday, March 1 (1:00 PM ET), with pre-race coverage beginning at 12:30 PM ET on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY.

The packed weekend of racing kicks off Saturday, Feb. 28 on FOX Sports 1 with a unique, same-day doubleheader featuring the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (2:00 PM ET) and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (5:30 PM ET) hitting the high backs of Atlanta Motor Speedway, one of the most storied tracks on the NASCAR circuit and a driver favorite. 2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Brad Keselowski serves as guest analyst for FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race coverage on Saturday. Keselowski is one of five NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers announced as part of a rotation in the FOX and FOX Sports 1 booths for the network’s coverage of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season.  Also scheduled as guest analysts this season are reigning NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick, who debuted in the booth last weekend at Daytona; four-time champion Jeff Gordon; Danica Patrick; and Clint Bowyer.  This season, FOX Sports adds coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES for the first 14 races of the year.  FOX Sports 1 telecasts 10 of the events while FOX broadcasts the races from Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte and Dover.

FOX Sports 1 airs all NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES on-track sessions from Atlanta, beginning with XFINITY SERIES practice on Friday, Feb. 27 at 10:00 AM ET.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING

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

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, March 1 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Chris Myers; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY’S INSTALLATION OF TIRE BARRIERS & LATER EXPANSION OF SAFER BARRIERS IS THE BEST-CASE SCENARIO:  “Atlanta installing tire barriers for this weekend is as good as they can do right now. I was very vocal about this in our NASCAR XFINITY pre-race show on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, but I meant every word.  We have been on this safety crusade for 15 years, and after 15 years, and I don’t want to hear any more about the cost of SAFER barriers, the studies regarding where cars are most likely to hit or the argument that venues must accommodate other series, hindering them from putting SAFER barriers all the way around. Those excuses are now inexcusable. In the short term, hopefully we won’t see a single wall without a tire barrier, and in the long term, hopefully we won’t see a wall without a SAFER barrier at any track. We got another wakeup call with Kyle Busch on Saturday, and shame on us if we don’t react 100 percent across the board at every single race track. If we can help keep drivers safe, shame on us if we don’t.”

MCREYNOLDS SAYS KURT BUSCH CAN RETURN TO NASCAR BUT IT WILL BE DIFFICULT:  “He absolutely can be reinstated by NASCAR at some point.  There will be a ‘road to recovery’ no different than if a driver violates a substance abuse policy… Busch must not only satisfy NASCAR and the management at Stewart-Haas Racing, but also the sponsors affiliated with the team. Will a sponsor ever look at him? The layers are endless given all the sponsors involved with that organization.”

JAMIE LITTLE PREDICTS KURT BUSCH WOULD BE SUPPORTED IF ALLOWED TO RETURN: “In general, people like to forgive others when they prove they’re working to better themselves. If Kurt goes through the proper channels and gets the help he needs, and if what he says when he returns is genuine, that he will change and it won’t happen again, then there’s no reason people won’t accept him.  The people who won’t accept him probably weren’t Kurt Busch fans to begin with.  We all have gone through certain issues in our lives, and we like to see people come through bad times better for it.  AJ Allmendinger is a perfect example of that.”

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Feb. 28 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analyst Michael Waltrip and guest analyst Brad Keselowski; reporters Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Chris Neville

NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Feb. 28 (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Chris Neville

ADAM ALEXANDER HAS HIS EYE ON A FEW XFINITY SERIES FAVORITES HEADED INTO ATLANTA: “Heading to Atlanta, it’s hard to ignore the success Kevin Harvick has enjoyed there, and Cup regulars have won 11 of the last 12 XFINITY Series races at Atlanta. Ty Dillon is off to a great start this season and has a Truck Series win there. Defending champ Chase Elliott will be trying to bounce back and dig out of a hole that he never experienced last season on his way to winning the championship.”

ALEXANDER SAYS USING CUP SERIES DRIVERS AS GUEST ANALYSTS IN THE XFINITY SERIES BOOTH IS A HUGE PLUS: “The addition of Cup Series drivers as analysts for our NASCAR XFINITY Series coverage was a tremendous idea. Kevin Harvick was great at Daytona, and while his insight will be different, I expect Brad Keselowski to be great as well. It’s perfect to have drivers fresh off the track the same day in an analyst role.”

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACING

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Feb. 28 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Brian Till; analysts Phil Parsons and Todd Bodine; reporters Hermie Sadler and Matt Yocum

NCWTS SETUP

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Feb. 28 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Host John Roberts; analyst Ray Dunlap; reporters Hermie Sadler and Matt Yocum
  • This Week:  A flashback to Ron Hornaday Jr.’s 2005 Truck Series win over Bobby Labonte at Atlanta; driver interviews regarding the Truck Series’ return to Atlanta; a feature on Kyle Busch Motorsports’ 2014 domination on mile-and-a-half tracks; an interview with two-time and reigning champ Matt Crafton, who won the only intermediate-track race Kyle Busch Motorsports didn’t win in 2014; a feature on Daytona winner Tyler Reddick; a package on the “big one” at Daytona and the points deficit in which it left Red Horse Racing to start the season.

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, March 1 (11:00 AM PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Vince Welch
  • This Week: Interviews with DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and David Ragan (substitute driver for Kyle Busch); a feature with Doug Yates on tapered spacers and their effects on engines; a look at Jeff Gordon’s first NASCAR win – a NASCAR XFINITY SERIES win at Atlanta in 1992, credited with Rick Hendrick taking notice of the young driver; a feature with President Jimmy Carter regarding his Atlanta Motor Speedway ties; and a cartoon feature explaining the new rules package at intermediate tracks in 2015.

NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Feb. 26 (6:00 PM ET), Friday, Feb. 27 (11:00 AM ET), Monday, March 2-Thursday, March 5 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: Highlights from Thursday’s Atlanta open test session on Thursday, Feb. 26; on Friday, Feb. 27, a feature on and interview with Daytona NASCAR XFINITY winner Ryan Reed; a feature with Kevin Harvick and Ricky Carmichael discussing Harvick giving Carmichael a NASCAR ride, and also featuring Carmichael attempting to teach Harvick how to ride on two wheels; and a package explaining the new rules package for intermediate tracks.
  • Next Week: Guest analysts Chad Knaus on Monday, March 2, and Joey Logano on Tuesday, March 3

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

SUPERCROSS TAKES ON SECOND HALF OF ATLANTA DOUBLEHEADER WITH FIVE DIFFERENT WINNERS SO FAR IN 2015 #WHOSNEXT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Feb. 28 (7:00 PM ET); replay on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, Feb. 29 (3:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads into the ninth race of the season, and second in a row from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with five different winners in the first eight races. Former 450SX champion Chad Reed scored his first win of the season, followed by points leader Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard. It had been 11 years since Reed won his last Main Event at the Georgia Dome, but the former champ has now gone a record 11 seasons with at least one win. Dungey extended his points lead to 25 points over Canard and 31 over Ken Roczen.

UFC

ZINGANO BELIEVES SHE CAN PULL OFF THE UPSET VS. ROUSEY AT 184, SAYS UFC ON FOX ANALYST BISPING

The UFC returns to Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 28 for UFC 184: ROUSEY VS. ZINGANO, when the undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defends her crown for the fifth time against unbeaten No. 1 contender Cat Zingano. UFC on FOX analyst Michael Bisping is excited for the upset potential this weekend. “Ronda Rousey seems completely unbeatable,” he says. “She’s steamrolled all the competition. But Cat Zingano has no quit in her. She’s comeback and fought through adversity so many times in her career and a lot of people think this is the toughest fight Ronda will have. Zingano and her wrestling coach are very confident and have wanted this fight for a long time. They believe they’re going to pull off the upset.” FOX Sports 1 telecasts the WEIGH-IN, PRELIMS and POSTFIGHT SHOWS for UFC 184. Watch a complete breakdown of the main event here: http://foxs.pt/1zb1jKG

UFC TONIGHT PREVIEWS UFC 184, PLUS ROUSEY AND HOLM INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Feb. 25 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview UFC 184: ROUSEY VS. ZINGANO and interview women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey before she defends her title against Cat Zingano. They also catch up with Holly Holm, who makes her UFC debut in the co-main event. Plus, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani add reports.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 184 WEIGH-IN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Feb. 27 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Kenny Florian, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC 184 WEIGH-IN features host Jay Glazer, with analysts Daniel Cormier, Kenny Florian and Miesha Tate breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.                            

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 184 PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Feb. 28 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Kenny Florian, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: The two-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 184 PRELIMS features four exciting fights, as No. 13 ranked Mark Munoz (13-5) faces Roan Carneiro (19-9) in a middleweight matchup. Roman Salazar (9-3) takes on Norifumi Yamamoto (18-6, 1NC) in a bantamweight bout. Dhiego Lima (11-2) and Tim Means (22-6-1) battle in a welterweight bout, while heavyweights Derrick Lewis (11-3, 1NC) and Ruan Potts (8-3) open the PRELIMS. Follow the link to watch the promo: http://foxs.pt/1akz0Vk

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 184 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS WOMEN’S BAMTAMWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Feb. 28 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Kenny Florian, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC 184 with host Glazer and analysts Cormier, Florian and Tate breaking down the women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

 UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER CEJUDO’S DREAM, PETTIS IN HIS PRIME, ESPARZA INTERVIEW, VELASQUEZ FULL BLAST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, March 1 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: In 2008, UFC fighter Henry Cejudo became the youngest Olympic wrestling gold medalist in U.S. history. With his sights now firmly set on UFC gold, Cejudo recalls how he overcame a tough childhood to become an Olympic champion and undefeated MMA rising star. Then, witness UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in his prime. From hometown hero, to entrepreneur and icon, the 28-year-old superstar gives his take on life at the top. The first-ever UFC women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza joins host Jon Anik in studio for an interview. Plus, watch heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s play by play reaction to the showdown between his close friend Daniel Cormier and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones unfolds at UFC 183.

UFC UNLEASHED: PETTIS VS. MELENDEZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, March 2 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez
  • This Week: UFC UNLEASHED presents four exciting fights from 2014 showcasing the biggest stars from the lightweight and heavyweight divisions. With Rafael Dos Anjos, Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis, Alistair Overeem, Roy Nelson, Minotauro Nogueira and more.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING FEATURES CANO VS. ABREU IN 10-ROUND WELTERWEIGHT BOUT, PLUS DE LA HOYA AND TAISHAN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Feb. 27 (10:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: The Golden Boy Live! broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes features Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (28-4-1, 21 KOs) of Tlalnepantla, Mexico taking on the hard-punching Juan Carlos “Merengue” Abreu (18-1, 17 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in an explosive welterweight 10-round bout as the main event. Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) fights Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight co-main event. Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) faces Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs) in the opening four-round televised bout.

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS CONTINUE THURSDAY ACROSS FOX SPORTS NETWORKS; MULTIMATCH 90 RETURNS

The UEFA Europa League Round of 32, Leg 2 matches commence on Thursday, Feb. 26, highlighted by Liverpool against Besiktas (FOX Sports 1, 12:30 PM ET) and Tim Howard’s Everton against Switzerland’s Young Boys (FOX Sports 1, 3:00 PM ET). MULITMATCH 90, the live whip-around show that brings viewers every goal and big play in near-real time, also returns Thursday, Feb. 26 on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go (12:50 PM ET), with four hours of coverage from 16 UEFA Europa League matches.

  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Besiktas vs. Liverpool, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Feb. 26 (12:30 PM ET)

o   Fiorentina vs. Tottenham, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Feb. 26 (12:30 PM ET)

o   MULTIMATCH 90, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, Feb. 26 (12:50 PM ET)

o   Everton vs. Young Boys, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Feb. 26 (3:00 PM ET)

o   Feyernood vs. Roma, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Feb. 26 (3:00 PM ET)

o   Inter Milan vs. Celtic, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, Feb. 26 (9:00 PM ET)

o   Napoli vs. Trabzonspor, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, Feb. 26 (11:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: FOX Sports’ UEFA Europa League coverage begins each day with a 30-minute pregame show. Julie Stewart-Binks hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Alexi Lalas and rules expert Dr. Joe Machnick.

MLS’s DC UNITED AND MONTREAL IMPACT HIGHLIGHT CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS NEXT WEEK

The region’s top club competition, the CONCACAF Champions League, resumes with the quarterfinals on FOX Sports 2, highlighted by MLS’s DC United and Montreal Impact.

  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Leg 1: Alajuelense vs. DC United, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Feb. 26 (8:00 PM ET)
    • Leg 2: Montreal Impact vs. Pachuca, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, March 3 (8:00 PM ET)
    • Leg 2: DC United vs. Alajuelense, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, March 4 (8:00 PM ET)
    • Leg 2: Club America vs. Deportivo Saprissa, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, March 4 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mark Rogondino and Cobi Jones call both Leg 1 and Leg 2 DC United matches. JP Dellacamera calls the Montreal Impact and Club America matches alongside Janusz Michallik.

CONCACAF MEN’S U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP AIRS LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 2 AND FOX SOCCER PLUS

The CONCACAF Men’s U-17 Championship kicks off Friday, Feb. 27 in Honduras, as 12 national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean battle for four qualifying spots in the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup scheduled for later this year.

  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Group Stage, Match 1: USA vs. Cuba, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Feb. 27 (6:00 PM ET)
    • Group Stage, Match 2: Panama vs. Mexico, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Saturday, Feb. 28 (3:30 PM ET)
    • Group Stage, Match 3: Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, March 2 (6:00 PM ET)
    • Group Stage, Match 4: Mexico vs. Haiti, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, March 3 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Match 1: John Strong and Cobi Jones. Match 2: Mark Rogondino and Cobi Jones. Match 3: JP Dellacamera and Janusz Michallik. Match 4: John Shrader and Tony Meola.

RED BULL

RED BULL CRASHED ICE HEADS TO THE TRICKY AND STEEP HELSINKI TRACK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, March 2 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Nicole Dabeau, play-by-play by Troy Manering and analysis by Doug Anderson
  • This Week: After a record crowd of 140,000 people in Saint Paul, Minn., witnessed Canada’s Kyle Croxall take the opening race of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship, the series carves its way into Helsinki, Finland, with its unique 360-yard natural ice track with a vertical drop of more than 13 stories. Fans will be cheering familiar faces like reigning 2014 World Champion Marco Dallago of Austria as he looks to become the first rider ever to earn a repeat World Championship. The second and third place finishers from 2014 – Scott Croxall of Canada and Cameron Naasz of the USA – also look to make their move after subpar finishes in the first race of 2015 in Saint Paul. “The Helsinki track is super tricky and steep, so the racers will have to be on the ball,” says FOX Sports 1 host Troy Manering. “There are points at stake, plus if Kyle Croxall from Canada can pull off a win here, he will move ahead of Arttuu Pihlainen of Finland for the most Red Bull Crashed Ice wins of all time.”

RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 KICKS OFF IN ABU DHABI WITH BRITAIN’S NIGEL LAMB ATTEMPTING TO DEFEND HIS CROWN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, March 2 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Nick Fellows and analyst Mike Mangold
  • This Week: Now in its eighth season, Red Bull Air Race’s World Championship season kicks off in Abu Dhabi, with pilots flying over the Arabian Gulf’s sparkling blue waters on one of the fastest and most technical aerial tracks. 2014 champion Nigel Lamb and the world’s most highly skilled pilots attempt to navigate a predefined, low-level aerial racetrack of air-filled pylons (Air Gates). The aim is to finish in the fastest time possible, incurring as few penalties as possible – at speeds of up to 230 miles an hour, while enduring forces of up to 10g. “The wind is a variable in Abu Dhabi and whoever doesn’t pay attention to it will suffer,” says FOX Sports 1 analyst Mike Mangold. “You need to be a savvy pilot to find the perfect line, and staying on it with a strong wind is even harder.”

DAYTONA 500 Bounces Back & Daytona Speedweeks Viewership Up On FOX Sports 1

fox-sports-1-logoFirst 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on FOX Sports 1

Enjoys Viewership Bump

Daytona 500 Scores Major Growth on FOX Sports GO; Consumption of NASCAR Content on FOXSports.com up 63% Year-to-Year

After suffering through a daylong weather delay in 2014, the DAYTONA 500 began working its way back last weekend, scoring 13.4 million viewers on FOX, a +44% increase over last year’s 9.3 million. A total of 23.5 million viewers watched all or part of Sunday’s telecast. Additionally, 11 days of Speedweeks programming on FOX Sports 1 enjoyed a 14% increase in average viewership (293,000 vs. 257,000).

NASCAR shoulder programming surrounding the DAYTONA 500 was strong overall on Sunday, Feb. 22, as NASCAR RACEDAY averaged 973,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1, a 31% increase over last year’s 742,000 for a one-hour edition of the show.  NASCAR VICTORY LANE posted 464,000 viewers, up 21% over the last post-Daytona run in 2013 (383,000). The week leading up to the Daytona 500 was the third most-watched in FOX Sports 1 history and the highest since last season’s National League Championship Series.

FOX kicked off the 2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP season Saturday, Feb. 14 with the SPRINT UNLIMITED averaging 5.6 million viewers, a 60% increase over 2014 (3.5 million) when it aired on FOX Sports 1. The race powered FOX to a first-place finish in prime time among broadcast networks across all key male and adult demos including A18-49 and A18-34.

A variety of sports programming led FOX Sports 1 to its eighth most-watched Saturday since launch, averaging 490,000 viewers on Saturday, Feb. 14. Motor sports programming started at 10:30 AM ET with a NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRACTICE from Daytona drawing 698,000 viewers, up 27% from the equivalent practice last year (551,000).  Saturday afternoon’s ARCA RACING SERIES race from Daytona was the most-watched program of the day on FOX Sports 1 with 919,000 viewers.

DAYTONA POLE DAY QUALIFYING, airing Sunday, Feb. 15 on FOX, averaged 3.4 million viewers, up 17% from 2014. The first ever “group qualifying” format at Daytona is the highest rated and most watched session since 2009, with Jeff Gordon scoring the pole for his final race at Daytona International Speedway. The four-time champion announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2014 season.

The 2015 BUDWEISER DUEL AT DAYTONA scored 3,018,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1, a slight dip from last year’s 3,122,000 prime time debut, but strong enough to be No. 1 in ad-supported cable from 7:00-10:30 PM ET in total viewers and Adults 18-49 on Thursday, Feb. 19. Earlier in the day, a slate of Daytona practices (Sprint Cup Final, NCWTS and NCWTS Final) averaged 244,000 viewers, a 16% increase in viewership (vs. 210,000) compared to the same three Thursday practice sessions last year.

 

On Friday, Feb. 20, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE from Daytona garnered 1,550,000 viewers, a 3% increase from last year’s 1,502,000 viewers.  Earlier in the day, NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES QUALIFYING posted a 15% gain over 2013 (472,000 vs. 409,000).

The first 2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race under the new television deal on FOX Sports 1 delivered 2,944,000 viewers on Saturday, Feb. 21, an 8% increase over last year’s race on ESPN and good for the most-watched sports event on ad-supported cable on the weekend. The race, with 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick serving as an analyst for the first time, was the 13th most-watched telecast in FOX Sports 1 history. Following the race, FOX SPORTS LIVE averaged 2,485,000 viewers, making it the second most-watched edition of FOX SPORTS LIVE ever and most-watched with a duration greater than 30 minutes.

This year’s Daytona 500 was the most-watched NASCAR event ever on FOX SPORTS GO, posting a 220% increase in unique visitors over last year’s race.  In addition, mobile consumption of NASCAR content on FOXSPORTS.COM was up 63% year-to-year.

According to Nielsen’s SocialGuide, the Daytona 500 accounted for 297,300 Total Tweets from 10:00 AM ET to 8:00 PM ET, with 113,600 Unique Authors, a Unique Audience of 5.8 million and 50.6 million Impressions.

–FOX SPORTS–

Rob Stone Named Prime-Time Studio Host for FIFA Women’s World Cup™ 2015

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Los Angeles — FOX Sports’ lead soccer studio host Rob Stone has been officially tabbed as the prime-time studio host for the network’s unprecedented coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup™ 2015 in Canada later this year.  The announcement was made today by David Neal, executive producer for FOX Sports’ FIFA Women’s World Cup™ coverage.

“Rob is an exceptional studio host with a deep understanding of international soccer, so he is the perfect choice to anchor our Women’s World Cup coverage in prime time,” Neal said. “An event like this is similar to an Olympics, with many moving parts, and excellent hosts are smart, personable and have a little traffic cop inside them. Rob brings those attributes to the job every day.”

Stone anchors FOX Sports’ studio shows, including pregame, halftime and postgame coverage, and other FIFA Women’s World Cup™ 2015 related programming throughout the month-long tournament from the network’s state-of-the-art two-story studio on picturesque Coal Harbor in Vancouver.  The former Division I soccer player, who joined FOX Sports from ESPN in January 2012, takes on the most high-profile assignment of his career to-date as the prime time studio host of this summer’s Women’s World Cup.  Stone has hosted FOX Sports’ coverage of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and other top soccer leagues in Europe, in addition to hosting college football and college basketball studio programming. Stone is set to work with a team of FOX Sports soccer analysts to be announced at a later date.

“Covering a massive global tournament in this role is what few in our industry get the opportunity to do, and I am honored that FOX Sports has entrusted this responsibility to me,” Stone said. “I passionately care about this sport and am excited to get started, especially following the excitement we saw during last summer’s World Cup.”

FOX Sports is planning the most expansive multi-platform coverage ever of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, including an unprecedented 16 matches airing live on FOX broadcast network when the tournament commences in Canada this June.  FOX Sports televises all 52 games in the expanded tournament from six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5, live on FOX; FOX Sports 1, America’s fastest growing sports network; and FOX Sports 2.  Digitally, all games are available on tablets and mobile devices via the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com.  No broadcast network has ever televised 16 FIFA Women’s or Men’s World Cup matches, and the 2015 event marks the first time since 2003 that any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches are scheduled for over-the-air broadcast in the U.S.  Combining games with anticipated pregame, postgame and complementary programming, FOX Sports is expected to provide almost 200 hours of coverage from FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™.  Coverage begins with reports in AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE, Thursday, June 4, a preview show on Friday, June 5 and Group Stage matches on Saturday, June 6.

– FOX SPORTS –

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

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FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

NFL: Live Super Bowl Coverage from Arizona on FOX Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE

UFC: UFC 183 PRELIMS Feature No. 2 Ranked Tate vs. No. 3 Ranked McMann in Key Women’s Bantamweight Bout Saturday on FOX Sports 1

SOCCER: Celtic-Rangers Face Off in Scottish League Cup Semis; FA Cup Fourth Round Replays Set on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI: FOX SPORTS LIVE’s Brett Favre Interview: http://foxs.pt/1Eqx9L8

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 FOX SPORTS LIVE – EXTENDED SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW COVERAGE FROM ARIZONA; ICYMI – FAVRE WEIGHS IN ON DEFLATE-GATE AND MVP VOTE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, John Lynch, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: The NFL season draws to its dramatic close this week with Super Bowl XLIX from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots face off in a tremendous matchup of each conference’s No. 1 seed. FOX SPORTS LIVE has the game covered with breakdowns of all of the biggest storylines surrounding the game. Embedded reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots) provide updates from the teams’ compounds as they continue preparations for the big game. The show’s presence is enhanced by a set inside the DirecTV compound outside the stadium in Glendale, as host Joel Klatt is flanked by analysts Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Dave Wannstedt for nightly analysis and insights. Additionally, current and former NFL stars make appearances throughout the week as Jared Allen, Jim Kelly and Patrick Peterson are among those joining the crew on set. FOX SPORTS LIVE also offers immediate postgame coverage and reaction, with Garafolo and Schrager feeding interviews with players and coaches, while the guys break down all of the critical plays in the game. In Case You Missed It: Three-time NFL MVP and future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre was interviewed Monday night, weighing in on the Patriots’ deflated ball controversy, while also revealing who he thinks is currently the NFL’s best quarterback and his choice for the 2014 MVP award: http://foxs.pt/1Eqx9L8

AMERICA’S PREGAME – LIVE SUPER BOWL WEEK COVERAGE; KAEPERNICK ON SET THURSDAY; PLUS AIKMAN, BRADSHAW AND LONG FRIDAY; AND NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: AMERICA’S PREGAME has airs at its new time – 5:00 PM ET – and hasn’t missed a beat, staying up to speed on all of the day’s biggest games and stories during throughout the week. This week, Mike and Molly toss to Joel Klatt and the FOX Sports 1 football analysts live outside of University of Phoenix stadium for extended segments focusing on all of the critical matchups entering Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX. The show is boosted by special guest visits during the week that include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Thursday and NFL on FOX analysts Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long on Friday. With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons at or near their respective halfway points, APG also has live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action.

 UFC

LEGENDS RETURN WHEN SILVA FACES DIAZ AT UFC 183, BUT UFC ON FOX ANALYST STANN QUESTIONS SILVA’S RECOVERY:

The UFC returns to Las Vegas Saturday, Jan. 31 for UFC 183: SILVA VS. DIAZ, featuring the return of one of the greatest UFC champions of all time, Anderson Silva, who suffered a gruesome broken leg at UFC 168 against Chris Weidman. He faces one of the most popular fighters of the generation, Nick Diaz, who’s making his own return to the Octagon after a two-year absence. UFC on FOX analyst Brian Stann is excited for the fight, and believes many questions will be answered: “Anderson Silva is the most creative striker ever seen in the Octagon. The big question mark is how will he return from such an injury? Will he kick again? How will he look? Then with Nick Diaz, it’s been over two years since he’s fought. What will he be like?” FOX Sports 1 telecasts the PREFIGHT, PRELIMS and POSTFIGHT SHOWS that evening. Watch a complete breakdown of the main event here: http://foxs.pt/18muvZo

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 183 WEIGH-IN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 30 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Jon Anik, with analysts Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 183 PREFIGHT SHOW: SILVA VS. DIAZ PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 31 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Jon Anik and analysts Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping preview the exciting night including the much anticipated return of two greats – former UFC champ Anderson Silva and Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz. Anki, Cormier and Bisping also analyze the other matchups on the main card and prelims.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 183 PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 31 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, Ariel Helwani (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: The two-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 183 PRELIMS features four exciting fights, as No. 2 ranked Miesha Tate (15-5) faces No. 3 Sara McMann (8-1) in a key women’s bantamweight matchup. Ed Herman (23-10, 1NC) takes on Derek Brunson (12-3) in a middleweight bout. Top-ranked flyweights face off when No. 3 Ian McCall (13-4-1) battles No. 6 John Lineker (24-7), while middleweights Rafael Natal (18-6-1) and Tom Watson (17-7) open the PRELIMS. Watch the promo of the FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS here: http://youtu.be/Q1F1SxI1E4U

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 183 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS THE RETURN OF LEGENDS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 31 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC 183 with host Anik and analysts Cormier and Bisping breaking down the return of Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

BEST OF THE WEC: KNOCKOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Feb. 1 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenda Perez
  • This Week: Watch head kicks and flying fists galore as Kenda Perez presents some of the most spectacular knockouts from the WEC vault, including UFC stars Anthony Pettis, Jamie Varner, Mike Brown and more.

UFC RELOADED: UFC 177: DILLASHAW VS. SOTO

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Feb. 2 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg
  • This Week: After pulling off the upset of the year to capture the bantamweight crown, T.J. Dillashaw makes his first title defense against Joe Soto, a fellow Californian who earned gold in two other MMA organizations. Plus, several other exciting fights from the action-filled night.

WORLD MMA AWARDS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Feb. 4 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Stann, Nicole Dabeau
  • This Week: The most glamorous night on the mixed martial arts calendar returns to Las Vegas, when the Seventh Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards ceremony rolls out the red carpet. MMA’s leading athletes, executives and personalities are once again joined by a host of celebrity fans and iconic sports stars to celebrate the greatest moments and achievements in mixed martial arts from 2014.

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

SUPERCROSS CLOSES OUT ANAHEIM TRIPLE WITH #WHOSNEXT ATMOSPHERE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 31 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: With three winners in the first four races of the season, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads into the season’s third and final appearance at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, with the preseason mantra of #WhosNext firmly in place. Former champion Ryan Dungey leads the standings with 82 points, followed by Ken Roczen (78) and last weekend’s winner, Trey Canard (68). The top five riders are separated by just 20 points and host Ralph Sheheen questions how Roczen recovers from last week’s wreck “The big storyline for Anaheim 3 is how does Ken Roczen bounce back from his big crash in Oakland? He cased a massive jump and crashed hard while leading. That opened the door and gave some of his title challengers new life. Will he be able to get back on pace and sweep all three races at Anaheim?”

SOCCER

CELTIC AND RANGERS FACE OFF ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Feb. 1 (8:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Warren Barton and guest Maurice Edu
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1 airs the Scottish League Cup semifinal between longtime rivals Celtic and Rangers. Coverage begins in studio with a 30-minute pregame show at 8:00 AM ET hosted by Rob Stone alongside analysts Warren Barton and former Rangers and current Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu.

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND REPLAYS SET ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Manchester United vs. Cambridge United, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Feb. 3 (2:30 PM ET)
    • Bolton Wanderers vs. Liverpool, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Feb. 4 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: FOX Sports 1’s coverage begins with the 30-minute FA CUP MATCH DAY pregame show at 2:30 PM ET. Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on Tuesday alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Alexi Lalas. Former USMNT and current Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden joins the crew for Bolton’s match against Liverpool on Wednesday.
  • This Week: FOX Sports’ exclusive live coverage of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament, continues on FOX Sports 1 with fourth round replay action. Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool are in action again against lower division teams on Tuesday and Wednesday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

DAYTIME BASKETBALL COMES TO FOX SPORTS 1; PROVIDENCE FACES ST. JOHN’S ON FOX

  • Network/When/Talent:
    • Wednesday, Jan. 28:
      • Seton Hall at Marquette
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Brian Anderson and Nick Bahe
      • St. John’s at Creighton
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Kevin Kugler and Bob Wenzel
    • Thursday, Jan. 29:
      • DePaul at Providence
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Vin Parise
      • No. 24 Oklahoma at No. 14 Texas (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
      • Colorado at USC
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:30 PM ET)
      • Kevin Burkhardt and Sean Elliott
    • Saturday, Jan. 31:
      • Providence at St. John’s
      • FOX & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson
      • Xavier at Seton Hall
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Justin Kutcher and Bill Raftery
      • UTEP at Middle Tennessee (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Christy Winters Scott
      • No. 7 Villanova at DePaul
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Tarik Turner
      • No. 25 Butler at Marquette
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Brian Anderson and Ron Thompson
    • Sunday, Feb. 1:
      • Kansas at No. 3 Baylor (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
    • Tuesday, Feb. 3:
      • St. John’s at No. 25 Butler
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Bob Wenzel
      • Seton Hall at DePaul
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Cory Provus and Tarik Turner
    • Wednesday, Feb. 4:
      • Marquette at No. 7 Villanova
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Bill Raftery
      • Creighton at Xavier
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Justin Kutcher and Donny Marshall

This Week: Afternoon hoops comes to FOX Sports 1 this week, as DePaul at Providence, originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, is rescheduled due to the blizzard that hit the Northeast and tips off Thursday, Jan. 29 at 2:00 PM ET. This weekend, BIG EAST basketball returns to the FOX broadcast network as St. John’s hosts Providence at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 31 (12:00 PM ET) with Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson on the call. According to FOX Sports college basketball insider Stewart Mandel’s latest Bracket Watch, Providence sits in solid position for an NCAA Tournament bid with a projected No. 5 seed, while St. John’s is on the bubble.

INSIDE THE BIG EAST PROFILES ST. JOHN’S COACHES STEVE LAVIN AND GENE KEADY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Feb. 1 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rob Stone, Kevin O’Neill and Donny Marshall
  • This Week: This week’s INSIDE THE BIG EAST examines the longtime relationship between St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin and assistant coach Gene Keady. Host Rob Stone and analysts Kevin O’Neill and Donny Marshall break down the week’s top plays and present the best of the previous week’s all-access audio.

NASCAR

NASCAR RACE HUB WRAPS WEEKLONG CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY MEDIA TOUR ON THURSDAY: NASCAR RACE HUB wraps its first week back on the air in 2015 with comprehensive coverage from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte, N.C. The nightly, one-hour news and information program is on the scene for each NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES team’s session on the tour, delivering interviews with the sport’s biggest stars and the latest news.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday – Fridays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander and Danielle Trotta; analysts Jeff Hammond, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds; reporters Alan Cavanna and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: Reports and interviews from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour with drivers and officials from Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Wood Bros. Racing, Team Penske and Leavine Family Racing on Wednesday, Jan. 28; Reporter updates and interviews with Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Furniture Row Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates on Thursday, Jan. 29. On Friday, Jan. 30, Alexander and Trotta welcome FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer and Hall of Fame Voting Panel member Mike Joy to break down the week’s news and discuss the evening’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremon

SNOWBOARDING

BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE FEATURES OLYMPIAN ANDERSON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 31 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ed Leigh
  • This Week: The Burton European Open Women’s Slopestyle takes place in Laax, Switzerland and features the world’s best women slopestyle riders including Olympians like Jamie Anderson (USA), plus international stars including Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Spencer O’Brien (JPN).

MCMORRIS LOOKS TO KEEP WINNING AT BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN MEN’S SLOPESTYLE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 31 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ed Leigh
  • This Week: The Burton European Open Men’s Slopestyle is held in Laax, Switzerland and features some of the world’s best riders, including Mark McMorris (CAN) who just won a gold medal at the X Games. He’s joined by international stars like Alek Oestreng, Stale Sandbech (both NOR), Roope Tonteri (FIN) and Chas Guldemond (USA).

KIM AND CLARK BATTLE AT BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN WOMEN’S HALFPIPE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Feb. 1 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ed Leigh
  • This Week: Following their epic duel at the X Games, upstart Chloe Kim looks to upset the winningest women’s halfpipe rider of all time, Kelly Clark, once again at the Burton European Open Women’s Halfpipe. The event takes place in Laax, Switzerland at the resort’s brand new superpipe. The top-notch field of riders includes Olympians and X Games gold medalists including Americans Clark and Kim.

DAVIS LOOKS FOR ANOTHER HALFPIPE WIN AT BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Feb. 1 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ed Leigh
  • This Week: The Burton European Open Men’s Halfpipe takes place at the brand new superpipe in Laax, Switzerland. The top-notch field includes Olympians, World champions and past BEO champions including Ayumu Hirano (JPN), Christian Haller and David Hablützel (both SUI). After winning at the X Games, American Danny Davis is the favorite going into this international competition.

FOX NASCAR Commences 15th Year with Expanded Coverage Including NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

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NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Race Analysts

Broadcasters’ Deck Stacked; Newsgathering Bolstered with

New & Familiar Faces

Popular Daily Show NASCAR RACE HUB Moves to 6:00 PM ET; Adds Several Sprint Cup Series Drivers and Crew Chiefs

FOX NASCAR opens the 2015 season, its 15th year broadcasting NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES events and the first of its new 10-year media rights agreement, with expanded coverage and the return of its popular broadcast team, coupled with new on-air faces that include a rotation of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champions.

“Broadcasting any sports property for 15 years is a labor of love and a tremendous privilege,” said Eric Shanks, President and COO, Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “NASCAR has been part of the fabric of FOX Sports since we first hit the air at Daytona in 2001, and with our new 10-year commitment, FOX NASCAR is poised to showcase what we expect to be the most riveting competition in years with what certainly is our deepest pool of on-air personalities ever.”

Mike Joy, Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds, the original FOX Sports broadcast team which began its NASCAR run at the 2001 Daytona 500, return to the booth for NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races on FOX and FOX Sports 1. The team is joined on pit road by reporters Matt Yocum and newcomers Jamie Little and Chris Neville.  FOX NASCAR expands its schedule from 13 to 16 races in 2015 with 10 on FOX and six on FOX Sports 1.

Chris Myers hosts FOX NASCAR SUNDAY, the network’s fast-paced prerace show from the traveling Hollywood Hotel, alongside brothers Darrell and Michael Waltrip.

This season, FOX Sports adds coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, second only to the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES as the most-watched racing series in the country, the first 14 races of the year.  FOX Sports 1 telecasts 12 of the events while FOX broadcasts the races from Phoenix and Talladega.  Adam Alexander calls play-by-play alongside Michael Waltrip and a rotation of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers scheduled to contribute as analysts, including reigning champion Kevin Harvick, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and 2012 champion Brad Keselowski. Vince Welch leads reporting on pit road for every XFINITY Series race, joined by a rotation of Little, Neville and Yocum.

FOX Sports 1 continues with exclusive coverage of the entire NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season for the 13th consecutive year with Alexander, Joy and Brian Till filling in on play-by-play until Steve Byrnes returns from a medical leave of absence.  Joy has the call from Daytona for the season openerLongtime FOX Sports 1 analysts Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip are back in 2015.  Hermie Sadler leads pit road reporting with a regular rotation of Welch, Yocum and Kaitlyn Vincie.  FOX Sports 1 telecasts 22 of the series’ 23 races live in 2015, while FOX broadcasts the Talladega race.

NASCAR RACEDAY, FOX Sports 1’s popular prerace show, heads back to the track in 2015, live from the middle of the fans at the new and versatile FOX Sports Stage, which puts fans in the center of prerace activities prior to each Sprint Cup race. Danielle Trotta hosts during the FOX portion of the year with McReynolds and Kenny Wallace before handing off hosting duties to John Roberts for the second half of the season.  Vincie and FOX Sports 1 newcomers Alan Cavanna and Andrew Doud report alongside FOX NASCAR team pit reporters covering the day’s race.

For NASCAR XFINITY SERIES prerace coverage, Trotta hosts NASCAR RACEDAY – XFINIITY live from the track, with McReynolds and Wallace offering analysis and Little, Neville, Welch and Yocum reporting. Roberts hosts NCWTS SETUP live before each Truck Series race with analysis from two-time series champion Todd Bodine.

NASCAR RACE HUB, FOX Sports 1’s daily news and update program, kicks off the 2015 season live from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour on Monday, Jan. 26 at its new time of 6:00 PM ET.  Alexander, Trotta and Roberts co-host the hour-long program.  The network bolsters its analyst pool in 2015 to include Wally Dallenbach, Jeff Hammond and McReynolds, who are joined by a rotating team of drivers and crew chiefs that features AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, Drew Blickensderfer, Bodine, Chad Knaus and Joey Logano. For the first time, NASCAR RACE HUB features three fulltime reporters with Cavanna, Doud and Vincie reporting daily from NASCAR race shops and Ray Dunlap delivering Truck Series feature reports. NASCAR RACE HUB airs Mondays through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET.

NASCAR RACE HUB expands to the weekend in 2015 to offer at-track updates and news as it breaks throughout the course of the race weekend.  Roberts hosts alongside Hammond with reporting by Cavanna and Vincie.  In addition, NASCAR VICTORY LANE on FOX Sports 1 recaps each Sprint Cup Series race with highlights and analysis.  Myers hosts with Wallace and Michael Waltrip and post-race reports from the garage.

FOX Sports kicks off the season by offering multi-network, multi-platform coverage from Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, culminating with live coverage of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22 (1:00 PM ET) on FOX with live pre-race coverage on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET).  FOX also carries POLE DAY QUALIFYING on Sunday, Feb. 15 (1:00 PM ET) and the SPRINT UNLIMITED on Saturday, Feb. 14 (8:00 PM ET), both live.  FOX Sports 1 presents live coverage of its first NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race on Saturday, Feb. 21 (3:30 PM ET), the BUDWEISER DUEL AT DAYTONA on Thursday, Feb. 19 (7:00 PM ET) and live coverage of the season-opening NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race on Friday, Feb. 20 (7:30 PM ET).

DAYTONA 500 BASH AT THE BEACH returns to FOX for its second year on Saturday, Feb 21 at 9:00 PM ET.  On the eve of “The Great American Race,” NASCAR drivers gather to welcome fans to a pre-race party celebrating the 2015 season on the sands of Daytona Beach.  Details are to be announced.

In addition, FOX Sports 1 premieres two NASCAR original specials during Speedweeks in a special programming block on Friday, Feb. 13.  A PERFECT STORM, debuting at 7:30 PM ET,   chronicles the events of Feb. 18, 1979, detailing how a major blizzard struck the Eastern seaboard, creating a “captive” audience for the first live flag-to-flag television broadcast of the Daytona 500.  The one-hour special, produced by NASCAR Productions, features excerpts from the race broadcast, recently discovered archival footage and first-person accounts from the network broadcasters, drivers and fans who witnessed the historic event that is credited with  putting NASCAR on the map. A second special, entitled 1979 DAYTONA 500, premieres at 8:30 PM ET.

Also back by popular demand in May for the second consecutive year is FOX SPORTS 1 – 10 DAYS OF THUNDER.  The special multi-sport programming block is anchored by two weekends of NASCAR racing from Charlotte Motor Speedway, highlighted by live coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race and the COCA-COLA 600, in addition to comprehensive support programming and premieres of FOX Sports 1 originals.

All NASCAR programming on FOX and FOX Sports 1 is streamed live through FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content.  FOX Deportes, the leading sports network in Spanish, returns in 2015 for its third season of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage with eight live races, beginning with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb 22. Mexican driver and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES competitor German Quiroga joins the broadcast booth as analyst.

In 2013, FOX Sports extended its media rights agreement with NASCAR, ensuring the FOX family of networks’ broadcast of the first 16 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races each season beginning in 2015, as well as the first 14 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races of the season and all NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES events, through 2024.

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

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

University of Phoenix Stadium

Embedded Reporters with Both Teams, Daily Player and Coach Interviews

Live Postgame Show Outside Stadium Immediately Following

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- FOX SPORTS -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUDIO

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

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

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

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

SOCCER

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND BEGINS FRIDAY ON FOX SPORTS

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

UFC

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

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN

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

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON

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

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE SIX EXCITING BOUTS 

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

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER BOUT

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

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT

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

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

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

UFC COUNTDOWN UFC 183: PROFILES SILVA VS. DIAZ

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

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 137: PENN VS. DIAZ

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

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 148: SILVA VS. SONNEN II

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

BOXING

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

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

NASCAR

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

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

NASCAR RACE HUB

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

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

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

  • Network/When:

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

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

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

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

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

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

SUPERCROSS HEADS TO OAKLAND WITH ROCZEN SETTING EARLY PACE

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

RED BULL

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

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

 

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

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

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

Glazer: Colts Were Tipped Off By Baltimore Ravens

Links: Pereira, Aikman, Glazer

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

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

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

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

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

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NFL: NFC Champion Crowned Sunday on FOX

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HOOPS: Top Men’s and Women’s College Programs Come to FOX Sports 1

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NFL

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, JAN. 18

GAME                                                                PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE                                    TIME

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

Erin Andrews & Chris Myers

STUDIO SHOWS

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

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

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

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

SUPERCROSS

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

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

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP TEAMS COLLIDE ON FOX SPORTS 1 AS CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Wednesday, Jan. 14:

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

o   Thursday, Jan. 15:

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

o   Friday, Jan. 16:

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

o   Saturday, Jan. 17:

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

o   Sunday, Jan. 18:

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

o   Monday, Jan. 19:

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

o   Wednesday, Jan. 21:

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

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

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

UFC

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

UFC TONIGHT: MCGREGOR, DOS ANJOS, GUSTAFSSON INTERVIEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE SIX EXCITING BOUTS 

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

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES CLASH OF TOP FEATHERWEIGHTS

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

FOX SPORTS LIVE SHOW RECAPS TITLE FIGHT

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

BOXING

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

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

SOCCER

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

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

FOX Sports 1 Unveils Inaugural MLS Television Schedule

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

34-Match Schedule Highlighted by First Battle

Between Expansion NYCFC and Rival New York Red Bulls;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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