FOX Sports Programming Highlights, Notes & Quotes: MLB, NASCAR, UFC, Soccer, Motor Sports & More

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MLB ON FOX: Yankees vs. Red Sox on FOX Sports 1

SOCCER: FA Cup Semifinals; UEFA Europa League Quarterfinals

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series Looks for 8th Winner in 8 Races as NASCAR Rolls into Track ‘Too Tough to Tame’

UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Nations – Canada vs. Australia – LIVE Finale

MOTOR SPORTS: Monster Energy Supercross, TUDOR United SportsCar Series & MotoGP World Championship all LIVE on FOX Sports 1

 

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The NFL on FOX is Back

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Smith, Newton, Rivers & Kaepernick Star In Two Preseason Games Featuring Four Playoff Teams Coming in August

Levi’s Stadium Makes National Television Debut

New York – Fresh off broadcasting the most-watched television show in U.S. history, Super Bowl XLVI, FOX Sports embarks on the 2014 NFL season with a pair of exciting preseason contests featuring some of the sport’s most impressive quarterbacks.

NFL action on FOX Sports begins in primetime on Sunday, August 17 (8:00 PM ET) as quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs march into Carolina for a battle with the NFC South Champion Panthers, led by signal-caller Cam Newton, from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.  Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Erin Andrews call the game.

Preseason action on FOX Sports returns on Sunday, August 24 (4:00 PM ET) when Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers face off against the 49ers led by Colin Kaepernick from the newly minted Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.  Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck along with NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Pam Oliver call the action and have the privilege of showing off the NFL’s newest stadium to a national audience for the first time.

A complete regular season schedule of NFL games on FOX Sports will be released at a later date.  Following its regular-season coverage, FOX Sports presents exclusive live postseason coverage including an NFC Wild Card Game, the NFC Divisional Playoffs, and the NFC Championship Game.

FOX SPORTS 2014 NFL PRESEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 17           Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers                         8:00 PM ET

Sunday, August 24           San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers                   4:00 PM ET

 

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, NASCAR, Soccer, Boxing, SuperCross & More

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MLB on FOX Sports 1: Twins-Indians / Giants-Dodgers Doubleheader This Saturday

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series Racing From Texas Motor Speedway

SOCCER: UEFA Champions League and Rise As One Documentary Highlight Week

GOLDEN BOY BOXING: Night of the Heavyweights Features Three Unbeatens

SUPERCROSS: Stewart Goes for Fourth In a Row in Houston

MLB

FOX SPORTS 1 USHERS IN NEW ERA FOR BASEBALL FANS FILLED WITH PASSION, EXCITEMENT AND UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 5 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Pregame: Host Kevin Burkhardt welcomes baseball fans into a new era for America’s newest 24-hour sports network as MLB games come to FOX Sports 1 for the first time ever. Burkhardt is joined by MLB on FOX Sports 1 analyst and World Series Champion Gabe Kapler and MLB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas to preview the upcoming day’s action.  FOX Sports 1 delivers fans two exciting matchups this Saturday:
  • Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians: Thom Brennaman & Eric Karros (1:00 PM ET).
  • San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers: Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds & Tom Verducci (4:00 PM ET)
  • What The Analysts Are Saying:  MLB on FOX game analyst Harold Reynolds joined The Dan Patrick Show earlier this week. Reynolds on which team he believes is the best in baseball:  “I know a lot of people say the Dodgers, but the Nationals are loaded this year. If they get (pitcher) Doug Fister back healthy, that’s the team to beat right now.”

MLB WHIPAROUND IN FULL SWING ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 2 (12:00 AM ET), Thursday, April 3 (9:00 PM ET), Friday, April 4 (7:00 PM ET), Monday, April 7 (10:00 PM ET), preempted April 8-9
  • Talent:  Chris Myers, Ryan Field, Frank Thomas, C.J. Nitkowski, Gabe Kapler
  • This Week: MLB Whiparound expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage this season with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis. The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

MLB 162

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 9 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Julie Alexandria
  • This Week: Taking its cue from the hottest baseball topics trending on social media and delivering first-hand, behind-the-scenes perspectives seen through the eyes of those closest to the game, with clever twists on stats and players.

 

NASCAR

 

NASCAR ON FOX, FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: With Brad Keselowski vs. Martinsville winner Kurt Busch front and center, the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES heads to the Lone Star State for Sunday’s race, live on FOX at 3:00 PM ET with pre-race coverage beginning at 2:30 PM ET. Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds.  Chris Myers hosts with analysis from Michael Waltrip and pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30 PM ET) kicks off Sunday’s coverage, immediately followed by network pre-race coverage on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (2:30 PM ET). FOX Deportes telecasts the race on a delay on Monday, April 7 (2:00 AM ET), while FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live streaming of the race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions telecast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

TIRE ISSUES COULD POP UP AT TEXAS, SAYS LARRY MCREYNOLDS: “Tires could be a question until we get on the track at Texas because of rule changes this year. One thing we don’t talk about much is that in addition to high speeds, new setups and the no ride-height rule this year, we’ve got added down force that causes more load on the cars and has the corner speeds up. Everyone will be monitoring tires closely on Friday and Saturday because I think we found the threshold at Auto Club Speedway. It would be nice to say teams could add air pressure and solve the tire problem we had at Fontana, but until we get to Texas, we can’t predict. We didn’t see a lot of problems at Las Vegas, so I’m hanging my hat on that.”

BUSCH’S CONFIDENCE UP AFTER EARLY WIN, SAYS DARRELL WALTRIP:  “With Kurt, that win provides confidence after a long dry spell. He has been through a lot of trials and tribulations since his last win, and as a driver, you begin to wonder if you’ll ever win again.  Throw in a new crew chief and a brand-new team for Kurt, and I’m sure there were some question marks. Those likely have been erased now.”

 

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX, Sunday, April 6 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts alongside Michael Waltrip, with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY TEXAS PRE-RACE SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX, Sunday, April 6 (2:30-3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda

                                               

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 6 (1:30-2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood

NASCAR VICTORY LANE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET; delayed)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda

 

NASCAR RACE HUB – EDSEL FORD GUEST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 3 (12:00-1:00 PM ET), Monday, April 7 (4:00-5:00 PM ET), Tuesday, April 8 (12:00-1:00 PM ET); Wednesday, April 9 (12:00-1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark; Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • Guests:  Edsel Ford on Thursday, April 3
  • Features:  New features series counting down the top-10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie drivers of all time begins on Wednesday, April 9 with Matt Kenseth

SOCCER

 

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERFINAL SECOND LEGS

  • Network/When:
    • Olympique Lyon vs. Juventus, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 3 (2:30 PM ET)
    • Porto vs. Sevilla, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, April 3 (2:30 PM ET)
    • AZ Alkmaar vs. Benfica, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, April 3 (2:30 PM ET)
    • Basel vs. Valencia, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, April 3 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone, analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Janusz Michallik.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS WRAP UP NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When:
    • Chelsea vs. Paris St. Germain, FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 8 (2:00 PM ET)
    • Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus, Tuesday, April 8 (2:00 PM ET)
    • Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United, FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 9 (2:00 PM ET)
    • Atlético Madrid vs. Barcelona, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus, Wednesday, April 9 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone, analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride and guest analysts Mario Melchiot (Tuesday) and Mikael Silvestre (Wednesday). Gus Johnson, analyst Eric Wynaldacall Bayern Munich-Manchester United live from Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

WORLD CUP FEVER CONTINUES WITH RISE AS ONE EPISODE 3

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 8 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Legends from France’s 1998 World Cup team including Lilian Thuram, Zinedine Zidane and Youri Djorkaeff.
  • This Week: Budweiser and FOX Sports’ documentary series resumes with the third episode, “One Nation,” focusing on the French Men’s National Team, who won the World Cup in their home country in 1998. Leading up to the tournament, the team was criticized in their country for having players that came from immigrant parents or grandparents. The team was able to break down these divisions, set an example to promote racial unity in the country and continue to fight against racism in sport today.

THE CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL IS ALMOST SET

  • Network/When:
    • Semifinal Leg 2: Toluca vs. Alajuelense, FOX Sports 2, Tuesday, April 8 (8:00 PM ET)
    • Semifinal Leg 2: Cruz Azul vs. Tijuana, FOX Sports 2, Wednesday, April 9 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: JP Dellacamera and Cobi Jones (Tuesday Semifinal), JP Dellacamera and Brian Dunseth (Wednesday Semifinal)

 

UFC

 

UFC TONIGHT – JACKSON’S MMA MEDIA DAY WITH LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP JONES, BROWNE AND KENNEDY INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 2 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Insider Helwani attends a media day at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque where he interviews light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, heavyweight contender Travis Browne and middleweight Tim Kennedy, as well as Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. Florian and Sonnen discuss a potential fight between Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson, and the just announced Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw title fight.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS – BATTLE OF THE UNDEFEATED

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 2 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Patrick Côté, Kyle Noke
  • This Week:On this episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS: CANADA VS. AUSTRALIA, following Elias’ win over Tyler, the fighters watch UFC FIGHT NIGHT live from Brisbane, Australia. The relaxed night improves the mood of the house as everyone gets ready for the welterweight semifinal between Canadian star Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Aussie grinder, ‘Filthy Rich’ Walsh.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – BISPING SOUNDS OFF, DAVIS AND JOHNSON TRAINING DAYS, COWBOY’S DAYTONA 500

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 6 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch the training day routines of UFC stars Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson as they prepare for their epic showdown at UFC 172. Yoel Romero recalls the path from Cuban Olympian to UFC rising star. Michael Bisping joins host Jon Anik in studio to sound off on his next opponent Tim Kennedy. Thrill-seeking Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has an all-access pass at the Daytona 500 courtesy of NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick.

UFC RELOADED: UFC 162 FEATURES SHOCKING SILVA VS. WEIDMAN REMATCH

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 7 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman
  • This Week: Watch one of the biggest rematches of all time again with the UFC RELOADED from UFC 162, featuring the middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Anderson Silva, who wants to redeem his title loss to Weidman earlier in the year. Plus, catch all the thrilling highlights of the evening.

BOXING

BREAZEALE HAS INTRIGUING POTENTIAL AT GOLDEN BOY’S NIGHT OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS, SAYS MAROTTA

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes, Thursday, April 3 (10 :00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rich Marotta, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: It’s a special “Night Of The Heavyweights” at the Golden Boy Live! boxing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, featuring former heavyweight world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs), who returns to the ring to face unbeaten Cuban contender and #2-ranked Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) in the main event. Plus, Vallejo, California’s Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (11-0, 8 KOs) risks his perfect professional record in the 10-round co-main event against Houston’ Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott (16-1, 10 KOs). Although he’s not in the main event, 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (9-0, 9 KOs) is one to watch, says FOX Sports boxing announcer Rich Marotta, as he goes for 10 straight wins against veteran standout Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs). “Breazeale has size and athleticism, but the key is turning those gifts into a boxing equation,” he says. “Breazeale is getting more relaxed and less mechanical, and has very intriguing potential.”

MOTOCROSS

 

STARS SHINE AS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS HEADS TO HOUSTON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 5 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jeremy McGrath and Jenny Taft
  • This Week: The Monster Energy Supercross Series heads to Houston this weekend with three of the sport’s biggest stars poised to slug it out for this year’s championship. James ‘Bubba’ Stewart’s scintillating run in St. Louis was punctuated by his fifth 450SX victory of the season, moving the two-time champ to within one point of second-place Ryan Dungey for the 2014 title. Ryan Villopoto still holds a solid 26-point lead with his runner-up finish, but nagging injuries have slowed the three-time and defending Monster Energy Supercross champ. Stewart’s victory also marked the 50th of his career.

 

NATIONAL ARENACROSS SERIES HITS HALFWAY POINT OF 2014

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 6 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Robbie Floyd, Grant Langston and Cristy Lee
  • This Week: The National AMSOIL Arenacross Series, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, has hit the halfway point in its 2014 season with teammates Zach Ames and Tyler Bowers embroiled in a hotly contested points battle. A technically challenging Nampa, Idaho surface awaits this weekend, as Bowers hopes to continue the momentum he gained by winning both 15-lap main events in Sacramento.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

 

STREAKING CONFERENCE USA SQUADS STEP TO THE PLATE ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 6 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Ron Thulin and analyst Pat Combs
  • This Week: Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee both ride hot streaks into this weekend’s three-game set in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Golden Eagles have taken two of three in each of their conference series so far this season, plus a win last week over then-No. 9 Ole Miss, while the Blue Raiders are coming off a series win against then-No. 10 Rice. Sunday’s finale between the two squads airs live on FOX Sports 1.

 

STUDIO SHOWS

 

AMERICA’S PREGAME PREMIERES MONDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 7 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath.
  • This Week: A new hour-long program originating from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles that every weeknight answers the questions sports fans have about the most compelling stories, games and events from across the country. Always fan-first, AMERICA’S PREGAME highlights the action from game sites across the nation using FOX Sports’ national and regional channels, and viewers learn what’s important and why they should watch, no matter which network is televising it.

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE HEADS TO DALLAS FOR FINAL FOUR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Donny Marshall, Steve Lavin, Austin Croshere, Donovan McNabb, Gabe Kapler, Andy Roddick, Bill Reiter, Petros Papadakis, Reid Forgrave and/or Jim Jackson
  • This Week: St. John’s head basketball coach Steve Lavin joins Charissa Thompson, Jim Jackson and Reid Forgrave live from the site of the Final Four in Dallas to break down the top stories from around college basketball.

 

GUEST PANELIST AND MLB ALL-STAR ORLANDO HUDSON JOINS CROWD GOES WILD

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET), Friday, April 4 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Regis Philbin, Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce and Katie Nolan. Guest panelist Orlando Hudson on Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4.
  • Guests: Kelly Tripucka (retired NBA player/NBA broadcaster) on Wednesday, April 2; Anthony Mackie (actor) on Thursday, April 3.

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

  • Network/When:
    • FOX Sports 1: Friday, April 4 (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET)
    • FOX Sports 2: Friday, April 4 (4:00 – 6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Francesa
  • This Week: The Mike Francesa show is preempted due to live sports programming: April 2, April 3, April 7, April 8 & April 9

POKER

WPT ALPHA 8 RE-DEFINES HIGH STAKES POKER ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 6 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Lynn Gilmartin
  • This Week: Day 2 of World Poker Tour’s dramatic, super-high stakes WPT Alpha 8 Series event from Florida is set for FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, March 30. This new series feature’s poker’s top professionals competing against wealthy amateur enthusiasts in $100,000 buy in matches. The tour travels to some of the most exclusive gaming destinations in the world.

Bruce Feldman, Renowned College Football Journalist, Joins FOX Sports

fox-sports-logoAs Senior College Football Reporter & Columnist, Feldman Contributes

Across Multiple FOX Sports Platforms

New York – Bruce Feldman, one of the nation’s leading college football journalists and New York Times best-selling author, has joined FOX Sports as senior college football reporter and columnist it was announced today by John Entz, Executive Vice President, Production, FOX Sports.

Feldman’s contributions to FOX Sports’ college football coverage include reporting and writing columns regularly for FOXSports.com, a robust presence on social media, as well as appearing on FOX and FOX Sports 1 college football related programming.

“Bruce has huge credibility and tremendous contacts within the college football community,” said Entz.  “No question, he’s one of the most respected voices in the space, and he’s a huge addition to the depth, quality and integrity of our college football coverage.”

Feldman joins FOX Sports from CBS, where he covered college football for CBSSports.com for the past two years. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at ESPN.com reporting on college football, covering breaking news as well as major events. Feldman’s articles have been cited in several editions of The Best American Sports Writing and nominated for numerous national magazine awards. He has also won first place awards in contests sponsored by the Football Writers Association of America.

Based in Los Angeles, Feldman has authored or co-authored three college football books, including Swing Your Sword, which reached number five on The New York Times Bestsellers list in 2011.  He also wrote Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting and Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the College Football Establishment.

Earlier in his career, Feldman reported for the Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times. In addition, he was previously an associate editor of College & Pro Football Newsweekly. Feldman is a 1992 graduate of the University of Miami.

AMERICA’S PREGAME coming April 7th on FOX Sports 1

fox-sports-1-logoNew Series Prepares Fans for The Night’s Top Sports Events

Premieres Monday, April 7; Mike Hill Hosts

New York – Sports fans!  You have questions?  AMERICA’S PREGAME has answers!

Hosted by Mike Hill, AMERICA’S PREGAME is a new hour-long program on FOX Sports 1 originating from the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles that every weeknight answers the questions sports fans have about the most compelling stories, games and events from across the country.  The announcement of the show’s addition to the FOX Sports 1 schedule was made today by Scott Ackerson, FOX Sports 1’s Executive Vice President, News.  AMERICA’S PREGAME airs Monday to Friday from 6:00-7:00 PM ET and premieres on Monday, April 7.

“AMERICA’S PREGAME puts fans first more so than any show of its kind,” said Ackerson.  “We’ll discuss in detail the night’s most compelling games, whether it’s a traditional rivalry or a battle for first place, using our roster of broadcasters and reporters throughout the country for live interviews, regardless of which network is carrying it.  Fans just want to know what’s hot that night and where to watch it.  Fans have questions; AMERICA’S PREGAME has answers.”

Designed to be a fun and fast-paced look ahead, AMERICA’S PREGAME answers for fans: Who is playing?  What’s at stake? Where can I watch it?  When is it on?  Why should I watch it? In short, it sets up the evening’s viewing with a dash of news and analysis when needed.

Using the power of FOX Sports’ recently expanded national assets and those of FOX Sports Regional Networks’ industry-leading 22 owned-and-operated channels, AMERICA’S PREGAME takes viewers wherever stories are brewing or big games are happening.  Always fan-first, AMERICA’S PREGAME highlights the action from game sites across the nation, and viewers learn what’s important and why they should watch, no matter what network is televising it.

A versatile sportscaster, Air Force veteran Mike Hill (@itsmikehill) joined FOX Sports in August, just prior to the launch of FOX Sports 1, and has taken on multiple roles before taking on this assignment.  He’s served as an anchor on FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports 1’s flagship news, opinion and highlights program, and hosted FOX FOOTBALL DAILY.

– FOX SPORTS –

Shogun vs. Henderson 2 on FOX Sports 1

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FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES REMATCH OF ONE OF UFC’S GREATEST BOUTS AT UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2

Sonnen and Florian Serve as Analysts on UFC FIGHT NIGHT on FOX Sports 1

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) returns to Brazil for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, Mar. 23 (7:00 PM ET), headlined by a five-round light heavyweight rematch of former UFC light heavyweight champion and current No. 7-ranked Shogun Rua (22-8) versus former Strikeforce® Champion and No. 8-ranked Dan Henderson (29-11). Their first bout at UFC 139 in 2011 was considered one of the greatest UFC fights of all time, with “Hendo” scoring a five-round unanimous decision victory.

“It was what I would call a slobber-knocker,” says UFC announcer Joe Rogan of their first fight. “It was a fight that just went back and forth. One guy was rocked. The other guy was rocked. Dan Henderson almost had Shogun out in the first rounds. By the end of the night, Shogun was mounted on Henderson, dropping bombs on him. The crowd was on its feet. They’re two championship caliber fighters and former champions. It was about as good a fight as you could ever ask for. And they’re going to do it again. I expect nothing short of what they did the first time.”

The UFC FIGHT NIGHT main card also features a middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter Brazil season one winner Cezar Ferreira (8-2) and CB Dollaway (14-6). Plus two more The Ultimate Fighter finalists, Leonardo Santos (12-4) and Norman Parke (20-2), square off in a lightweight battle. Fabio Maldonado (20-6) takes on Gian Villante (11-4) in a light heavyweight matchup, while lightweights Michel Prazeres (17-1) and Mairbek Taisumov (21-4) face each other. Featherweights Rony Jason (14-4) and Steven Siler (23-11) kick off the main card.

Jon Anik and Brian Stann call the matchups live from Natal, Brazil, while veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant hosts the show from the FOX Sports 1 studios in Los Angeles, with analysts Kenny Florian and UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen. Heidi Androl interviews fighters in Brazil.

Coverage of UFC FIGHT NIGHT begins Wednesday, March 19 (7:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1 with the UFC TONIGHT, with hosts Florian and Sonnen previewing the fights. Bryant interviews Henderson before the epic rematch, while Insider Ariel Helwani adds additional reports.

The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW airs Saturday, March 22 (3:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 2 with Bryant, Sonnen and Florian in studio as the 24 fighters attempt to make weight. Androl interviews fighters during the show.

On Sunday, March 23 (4:00 PM ET), the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW kicks off the action on FOX Sports 1, with the same studio crew as Saturday providing the live coverage.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin on FOX Sports 1 at 5:00 PM ET with four fights, including Diego Brandao (22-9) against Will Chope (19-6) in an exciting featherweight bout. Middleweight Ronny Markes (14-2) faces Thiago Santos (8-2). The No. 7-ranked flyweight Jussier Formiga (15-3) takes on No. 14-ranked Scott Jorgensen, and kicking off the prelims, Thiago Perpetuo (9-3-1) fights Kenny Robertson (12-2) in a welterweight bout.

Wrapping up Sunday evening, FOX SPORTS LIVE recaps the fights immediately following the conclusion of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with interviews of the winners and losers.                                                            

In the week leading up to the main event, FOXSports.com features extended coverage of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, including interviews with the main fighters and a live blog during the fights. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter and use the hashtag #UFCFightNight for the latest updates.

Fans can also catch the fights on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports 1 content. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

Following the fights in Brazil, FOX Sports 1 has complete coverage of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS FINALE: BISPING VS. KENNEDY, on Wednesday, Apr. 16 (7:00 PM ET).

Follow the link to watch UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan break down the main event at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2: http://bit.ly/Np3lWO

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

EVENT

NET

Wednesday,

Mar. 19

7:00 PM ET

UFC TONIGHT

FOX Sports 1

Saturday,

Mar. 22

3:00

PM ET

UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH IN

FOX Sports 2

Sunday,

Mar. 23

4:00

PM ET

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW

FOX Sports 1

Sunday,

Mar. 23

5:00

PM ET

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS

FOX Sports 1

Sunday,

Mar. 23

7:00

PM ET

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2

FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes

Sunday,

Mar. 23

10:00

PM ET

FOX SPORTS LIVE

FOX Sports 1

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 Fight Card

Fighter Record vs. Fighter Record Class
#7 Shogun Rua 22-8 #8 Dan Henderson 29-11 Light Heavyweight
Cezar Ferreira 8-2 CB Dollaway 14-6 Middleweight
Leonardo Santos 12-4 Norman Parke 20-2 Lightweight
Fabio Maldonado 20-6 Gian Villante 11-4 Light Heavyweight
Michel Prazeres 17-1 Mairbek Taisumov 21-4 Lightweight
Rony Jason 14-4 Steven Siler 23-11 Featherweight
Diego Brandao 22-9 Will Chope 19-6 Featherweight
Ronny Markes 14-2 Thiago Santos 8-2 Middleweight
#7 Jussier Formiga 15-3 #14 Scott Jorgensen 14-7 Flyweight
Thiago Perpetuo 9-3-1 Kenny Robertson 12-2 Welterweight
Godofredo Pepey 10-3 Noad Lahat 7-0 Featherweight
Francimar Barroso 16-3 Hans Stringer 21-5-3 Light Heavyweight

–FOX SPORTS–

FOX Sports Programming Highlights, Notes & Quotes: NASCAR, College Basketball, UFC, MLB & More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series Heads to Bristol Motor Speedway

FOX COLLEGE HOOPS: BIG EAST and PAC-12 Champions Will Rise on FOX Sports 1

UFC 171 PRELIMS: Top-Ranked Women Bantamweights Battle on FOX Sports 1

SOCCER: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Coverage

Continues on FOX Sports

BASEBALL: MLB Players and FOX Sports Talent Visit Fort Bragg Troops

SUPERCROSS: Villopoto Looks to Build Lead in Detroit

MONDAY NIGHT FIGHTS: Special St. Patrick’s Day Boxing from Boston

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NASCAR

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the season’s fourth race live on FOX on Sunday, March 16 (1:00 PM ET) with pre-race coverage beginning at 12:30 PM ET. Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts with analysis from Michael Waltrip and pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET) kicks off Sunday’s coverage, immediately followed by network pre-race coverage on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (12:30 PM ET). FOX Deportes telecasts the race on Monday, March 17 (3:00 AM ET), while FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live streaming of the race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions telecast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

FOX Sports 1 features live coverage of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES practice and qualifying sessions from Bristol on Friday, while FOX Sports 2 picks up NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES FINAL PRACTICE on Saturday. Sunday’s NASCAR VICTORY LANE (6:30-7:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1 features complete post-race interviews and analysis of the day’s pivotal moments.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM BRISTOL

  • Network/When: FOX, Sunday, March 16  (1:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts alongside Michael Waltrip with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS ON WHETHER SAFETY CONCERNS PRECIPITATED NASCAR MAKING MODIFICATIONS TO QUALIFYING PROCEDURES THIS WEEK: “Safety probably was the main issue, but I think competition also played a role. Bristol is a half-mile track and we’d have 45 or 46 drivers on the first qualifying run with some trying to cool their cars down by running slowly. Martinsville, though, would have been an even bigger issue. Bristol at least has an apron, but Martinsville doesn’t. The only way to run around and cool the car down at Martinsville is by running the groove. We saw some really close calls in Las Vegas with cars running 180 or 190 miles-per-hour and some running 45 or 50 miles-per-hour to cool down their cars. An alternative of simply taking tape off the grille sounds simple, but the three different manufacturer makes have three different grille openings, which could pose a bit of an advantage depending on the manufacturer. So, I could understand why that probably wasn’t even a consideration in NASCAR’s mind. It sounded simple, but it wasn’t the right fix because the openings are different. You couldn’t let one manufacturer be at a disadvantage because of a grille opening.”

DARRELL WALTRIP ON PAUL WOLFE AND HIS PAIRING WITH BRAD KESELOWSKI: “I like a gambling man. When it comes to sitting on that pit box, I don’t want a guy who says ‘We’ll do what everybody else does.’ If you think back to the first race he and Brad (Keselowski) won together, it was at Kansas. And how did they win it? He was running gas mileage, kicking it out of gear and coasting off into the corner. So, Paul (Wolfe) and Brad (Keselowski) – that’s the Chad (Knaus) and Jimmie (Johnson) on the horizon.”

LARRY MCREYNOLDS ON THE BEST TEAM SO FAR IN 2014: “When I look at the first three races, Hendrick Motorsports looks like they have their arms around it. They placed all four drivers in the top nine at Las Vegas. But Penske Racing has two drivers, three races, six attempts, two poles, four front row starts and five out of six top-five finishes. In the early going of the season, Penske Racing looks like they have their arms around 2014.”

DARRELL WALTRIP ON THE FAVORITE TO WIN AT BRISTOL: “Bristol is one of those tracks that because of the concrete, it doesn’t change setup-wise. It doesn’t matter as much what they do to the cars but more about who likes Bristol and is good there. Both Busches love it. It could be a Kyle (Busch) weekend. It’s a good Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick track. I don’t see any surprises. The guys who were pretty good at Phoenix probably will be good at Bristol. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. They could run very well. And the way Brad Keselowski has run the first three races, he easily could be in the mix.”

 

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY BRISTOL PRE-RACE SHOW

·         Network/When: FOX, Sunday, March 16 (12:30 PM ET)

·         Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda

NASCAR RACEDAY

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, March 16 (11:30 AM ET)

·         Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda

NASCAR VICTORY LANE

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, March 16 (6:30 PM ET; delayed)

·         Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda

 

NASCAR RACE HUB FEATURES JOEY LOGANO INTERVIEW

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, March 13 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET), Monday, March 17 (4:00-5:00 PM ET), Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 (12:00-1:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark; Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds

·         Features: Trotta’s “Crunching the Numbers” examines who has the best chance of visiting Victory Lane at Bristol; Darrell Waltrip interviews Joey Logano; and a top-five countdown of the most emotional outbursts ever at Bristol on Thursday, March 13.

TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING STARTS ON FOX SPORTS 1 THIS SATURDAY

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, March 15 (10:00 AM ET, LIVE)

·         Talent: Bob Varsha and Brian Till call the lap-by-lap action with analysis coming from Calvin Fish, Dorsey Schroeder, Tommy Kendall and Justin Bell. Chris Neville, Darren Law, Greg Creamer and Andrew Marriott have all the latest from pit road.

·         This Week: FOX Sports 1 has live coverage from the opening three hours of the 62nd annual MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING on Saturday, March 15 (10:00 AM ET); continuing to its conclusion on the FOX Sports Go mobile app starting at 1:00 PM ET. Then on Sunday, March 16 (8:30 AM ET), FOX Sports 1 delivers a full three-hour, race highlight show from Sebring International Raceway; round two of the newly consolidated TUDOR United SportsCar Championship featuring four classes of competition led by the high-powered Prototypes and popular GT Le Mans categories.

 

BASEBALL

 

FOX SPORTS SALUTES THE TROOPS SPECIAL

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, March 15 (4:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Former Major League Baseball players and FOX broadcasters Rex Hudler, David Nelson and Jose Tolentino join former players Chris Archer, Mike Dunn, Royce Clayton and Chris Hammond.

·         This Week: The second annual FOX SPORTS SALUTES THE TROOPS SPECIAL is a 30-minute special that follows current and former Major League Baseball players, FOX Sports Broadcasters and the FOX Sports Girls as they embark on a goodwill visit to North Carolina’s Army Installation Fort Bragg. Trip attendees train with the soldiers, including morning physical training and a 34-foot tower jump, while the MLB participants conduct a youth baseball clinic, visit schools and join soldiers in a competitive game of Wiffle ball.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASEBALL:  TEXAS TECH VISIT BAYLOR

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, March 15 (1:00 PM ET)

·         This Week: The Texas Tech Raiders take their 15-3 overall record to Waco, TX for a battle with the Baylor Bears.

THE OFFSEASON SERIES PREMIERE FEATURES MLB’S BIGGEST STARS

·         Network: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, March 18 (10:00 PM ET)

·         What/When: In an exclusive joint effort from MLB productions and FOX Sports Originals, THE OFFSEASON is a six-part series that profiles Red Sox outfielder and World Series champion Shane Victorino, Pirates outfielder and National League MVP Andrew McCutchen, Marlins pitcher and National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez, and All-Star slugger and new Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, as they prepare for the upcoming season.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

CHAMPIONS RISE ON FOX SPORTS 1 THIS WEEK – Two conference tournament champions will be crowned on FOX Sports 1 this week, as FOX Sports 1 presents full coverage of the BIG EAST Tournament as well as three games, including the championship, from the Pac-12 Tournament.

The BIG EAST Tournament tips off Wednesday night live from Madison Square Garden, with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM ET. Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and Erin Andrews call the tournament’s seven prime-time contests, while Justin Kutcher and Tarik Turner have Thursday’s afternoon games. Turner joins Austin Croshere and host Rob Stone for the FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF pregame show, which is live from “The World’s Most Famous Arena” all week long.

Aaron Goldsmith, Sean Elliott and Molly McGrath are live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for three Pac-12 Tournament games, including the championship on Saturday night.

FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday-Friday, March 12-14 (6:30 PM ET); Saturday, March 15 (5:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Rob Stone, Austin Croshere and Tarik Turner

·         This Week: Throughout its tournament coverage, FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF presents exclusive behind-the-scenes access to one of the top teams in the country. CREIGHTON ALL-ACCESS is a series of backstage features chronicling the Bluejays’ journey during their first BIG EAST Tournament, with one feature running each night of the tournament. Additional stories airing during the week include PLAYING IN THE GARDEN, voiced by Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andre Braugher, and a conversation between legendary Georgetown head coach John Thompson and his son, FOX Sports 1 college basketball analyst Ronny Thompson. Villanova head coach Jay Wright joins live on set on Wednesday, March 12.

This week’s full college basketball schedule, including broadcaster information, can be found below.

Wed., March 12 6:30 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Wed., March 12 7:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Game 1:

No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 Butler

Gus Johnson Bill Raftery Erin Andrews
Wed., March 12 9:00 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS EXTRA Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Wed., March 12 9:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Game 2:

No. 7 Georgetown vs. No. 10 DePaul

Gus Johnson Bill Raftery Erin Andrews
Thurs., March 13 12:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Game 3:

No. 1 Villanova vs. Game 1 Winner

Justin Kutcher Tarik Turner
Thurs., March 13 2:00 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS EXTRA Rob Stone Austin Croshere
Thurs., March 13 2:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Game 4:

No. 4 Providence vs. No. 5 St. John’s

Justin Kutcher Tarik Turner
Thurs., March 13 6:30 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Thurs., March 13 7:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Game 5:

No. 2 Creighton vs. Game 2 Winner

Gus Johnson Bill Raftery Erin Andrews
Thurs., March 13 9:00 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS EXTRA Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Thurs., March 13 9:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Game 6:

No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 6 Marquette

Gus Johnson Bill Raftery Erin Andrews
Thurs., March 13 11:30 PM PAC-12 Tournament Game 8 Aaron Goldsmith Sean Elliott Molly McGrath
Fri., March 14 6:30 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Fri., March 14 7:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal 1 Gus Johnson Bill Raftery Erin Andrews
Fri., March 14 9:00 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS EXTRA Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Fri., March 14 9:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal 2 Gus Johnson Bill Raftery Erin Andrews
Fri., March 14 11:30 PM PAC-12 Tournament Semifinal 2 Aaron Goldsmith Sean Elliott Molly McGrath
Sat., March 15 5:00 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Sat., March 15 6:00 PM PAC-12 Tournament Final Aaron Goldsmith Sean Elliott Molly McGrath
Sat., March 15 8:00 PM FOX COLLEGE HOOPS EXTRA Rob Stone Austin Croshere Tarik Turner
Sat., March 15 8:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Final Gus Johnson Bill Raftery Erin Andrews

BIG EAST TOURNEY TIPS OFF AT NYC’S GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL – Eighteen BIG EAST legends gathered in the heart of New York City on Tuesday to celebrate the start of the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament by playing a pickup game on a court inside Grand Central Terminal. FOX Sports 1’s BIG EAST TOURNEY TIP-OFF also featured fan giveaways and a free-throw contest and was hosted by FOX Sports studio host Rob Stone and college basketball analyst Tarik Turner, a former standout at St. John’s. Pictures of the event are attached.

 

UFC

 

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS – DÉJÀ VU RECAP EPISODE

Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Wednesday, Mar. 12 (10:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Patrick Côté, Kyle Noke
  • This Week: In this special edition, we revisit action from the Octagon and drama from the house in a look back on the first eight episodes. With insights from head coaches Côté and Noke, we learn fight strategies, witness dramatic in-fight action, and see never-before broadcast scenes.

UFC 171 WEIGH-IN SHOW: CORMIER JOINS AS ANALYST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Friday, Mar. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Coverage of UFC 171: HENDRICKS VS. LAWLER begins on FOX Sports 2 with the UFC 171 WEIGH-IN as the 26 fighters try to make weight for their fights. UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier and light heavyweight Chael Sonnen join as analysts.

UFC 171 PREFIGHT SHOW: HENDRICKS VS. LAWLER TITLE FIGHT PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Feb. 22 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Jay Glazer and analysts Daniel Cormier and Chael Sonnen preview the fights at UFC 171: HENDRICKS VS. LAWLER and break down the welterweight title fight between No. 1-ranked Johny Hendricks and No. 3-ranked Robbie Lawler.

                                                                 

UFC 171 PRELIMS FEATURE KEY MATCHUP BETWEEN TOP RANKED WOMEN BANTAMWEIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Mar. 15 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The UFC 171 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, including a welterweight fight between undefeated Kevin Gastelum (8-0) and No. 14-ranked Rick Story (16-7), No. 9-ranked women’s bantamweight Jessica Andrade against No. 13-ranked Raquel Pennington and No. 12-ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez (13-3) facing Jimy Hettes (11-1). Kicking off the PRELIMS, Sean Spencer (11-2) faces Alex Garcia (11-1) in a welterweight bout.

UFC 171 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Mar. 25 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The UFC ON FOX studio crew recaps UFC 171 and analyzes the women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann. The one-hour review also features exclusive interviews with the winners, plus UFC President Dana White.

BEST OF THE WEC PREMIERE FEATURES CLASSIC MMA BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, Mar. 19 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenda Perez
  • This Week: Peer into the WEC vault to watch some of the greatest mixed martial artist (MMA) battles of all time. Many of today’s biggest UFC stars like Urijah Faber, Jose Aldo, Carlos Condit, Brian Stann, Demetrious Johnson and Dominick Cruz first rose to prominence in the WEC Octagon, and you can see all of their classic battles in this new six-part series.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING HITS BOSTON FOR SPECIAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, Mar. 17 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Paulie Malignaggi and Beto Duran
  • This Week: Undefeated rising middleweight Julian Williams (14-0-1, 8 KO’s) faces former IBA Middleweight World Champion Freddy Hernandez (30-6, 20 KO’s) in the MONDAY NIGHT FIGHTS: GOLDEN BOY LIVE! main event. “I can’t think of a better atmosphere for a night of fights than being in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day,” says Paulie Malignaggi. “The crowd’s going to be great and they’re going to get a great main event with Julian Williams vs. Freddy Hernandez. Julian is one of the top prospects and he’s about to enter the top ten rankings. But Freddy Hernandez has fought the best, and he’s got the skills and experience to surprise Williams if he’s on top of his game.” Also, young Irish star Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh (15-1-1, 7 KO’s) faces Puerto Rico’s Andres Navarro (9-4-1, 6 KO’s) in an eight-round lightweight opening bout. Undefeated heavyweight Alexis Santos (12-0, 10 KOs) battles Seattle’s Sylvester Barron (8-3, 3 KO’s) in the six-round co-main event and Irish Olympian John Joe Nevin (9-2) makes his U.S. debut against San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Alberto Candelaria (3-0-1, 2 KO’s) in a six-round bantamweight televised attraction.

SOCCER

 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS RESUME: Europe’s top teams battle it out once more as the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 wraps up with the return legs. Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St. Germain punched their tickets to the quarterfinals this week, while next week sees English sides Chelsea and Manchester United in action against Galatasaray and Olympiacos, respectively.

·         Network/When: 

o   Chelsea vs. Galatasaray, FOX Sports 1, Tues., March 18 (3:00 PM ET)

o   Real Madrid vs. Schalke, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus, Tues., March 18 (3:00 PM ET)

o   Manchester United vs. Olympiacos, FOX Sports 1, Wed., March 19 (3:00 PM ET)

o   Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus, Wed., March 19 (3:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Hosts Will Selva (Week 1) / Rob Stone (Week 2) with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 KICKS OFF 

·         Network/When: 

Leg 1

o   Porto vs. Napoli, FOX Sports 2, Thurs., March 13 (1:30 PM ET)

o   Basel vs. Salzburg, FSN, Thurs., March 13 (1:30 PM ET)

o   Ludogorets vs. Valencia, FOX Soccer Plus, Thurs., March 13 (1:30 PM ET)

o   Tottenham vs. Benfica, FOX Sports 2, Thurs., March 13 (3:55 PM ET)

o   Lyon vs. Viktoria Plzen, FSN, Thurs., March 13 (3:55 PM ET)

o   Juventus vs. Fiorentina, FOX Soccer Plus, Thurs., March 13 (3:55 PM ET)

Leg 2

·         Talent:  Hosts Julie Stewart-Binks (Leg 1) / Rob Stone (Leg 2) with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RETURNS WITH THE QUARTERFINALS

·         Network/When: 

Leg 1

o   Sporting KC vs. Cruz Azul, FOX Sports 2, Wed., Mar. 12 (8:00 PM ET)

o   LA Galaxy vs. Club Tijuana, FOX Soccer Plus, Wed., Mar. 12 (10:00 PM ET)

Leg 2

o   Club Tijuana vs. LA Galaxy, FOX Sports 2, Tues., March 18 (10:00 PM ET)

o   Toluca vs. San Jose Earthquakes, FOX Sports 2, Wed., March. 19 (8:00 PM ET)

o   Cruz Azul vs. Sporting KC, FOX Sports 2, Wed., March. 19 (10:00 PM ET)

SUPERCROSS

VILLOPOTO TAKES 4TH DAYTONA TITLE, ROLLS INTO DETROIT WITH POINTS LEAD

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, March 15 (11:30 PM ET, SDD; replays Sunday, March 16 on FOX Sports 1 at 2:00 PM ET and FOX Sports 2 at 9:00 PM ET; available to subscribers on FOX Sports GO)

·         Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Kevin Windham, Jenny Taft

·         This Week: According to Sheheen, Villopoto is en route to being one of the greatest of all time. “Without question Ryan is a first ballot Hall-of-Famer. His numbers already are impressive and he isn’t done yet. If he wins his fourth consecutive title this year, that puts him right with Jeremy McGrath as the only riders to win four championships in a row. Now, with four Daytona Supercross by Honda wins, he ties Jeff Stanton for second on the all-time win list, and is one behind all-time Daytona Supercross winner Ricky Carmichael, who has five.” Rolling into Detroit this weekend, Sheheen expects the track to add a little excitement to the FOX Sports 1 program: “Detroit has had a long history with supercross, dating back to a very successful run of dates at the old Pontiac Superdome. For the return of the series to the Motor City, the track builders are taking the track right up into the grandstands, which should be very exciting for both the racers and the fans.”

RED BULL

 

WORLD’S BEST FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS RIDERS KICK OFF RED BULL X-FIGHTERS TOUR IN MEXICO CITY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, Mar. 17 (7:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Andy Bell, Troy Manering

·         This Week: The 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, featuring the world’s top freestyle motocross riders, revs up for another epic and spectacular season with its first stop in Mexico City. France’s Thomas Pagès is looking to defend his 2013 title in front of 42,000 spectators in the high-altitude of the Mexican capital. “With three different champions in the past three years, 2014 is set to be an epic year!” says FOX Sports 1 host Andy Bell. Dany Torres (ESP), Levi Sherwood (NZL), Rob Adelberg (AUS), Javier Villegas (CHI), Josh Sheehan (AUS), Adam Jones (USA) and the rest of the roster are expected to give Pagès a run for his money during the five-leg tour. Follow the link for a quick preview of the season: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_US/video/season-starts-soon

 

STUDIO SHOWS

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE

·         Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Charissa Thompson, Gary Payton, Ephraim Salaam, Greg Wolf, Ryan Field, Don Bell, Mike Hill, Bill Reiter, Gabe Kapler, Marques Johnson, Will Leitch

·         This Week: Sunday, Mar. 16 – Monday, Mar. 17: Todd Fuhrman and Clay Travis on location in Las Vegas. Tarik Turner and Reid Forgrave join the program. Monday, Mar. 17: Donovan McNabb on location in Louisville for Pro Day. Tuesday, Mar. 18: Kenny Smith (Retired NBA Player/Basketball Analyst)

 

FOX FOOTBALL DAILY

·         Network: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Joel Klatt, Scott Fujita, Mike Garafolo, Kirk Morrison. Ryan Nece replaces Garafolo on Friday’s (3/14) edition. 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Eric Ebron joins FOX Football Daily Thursday (3/13).

 

CROWD GOES WILD

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, 12:00 AM ET (pre-empted except for Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18)

·         Talent:  Regis Philbin, Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce, Katie Nolan. Guest host Peter Schrager fills in for Jason Gay both days.

·         Guests: Vin Parise (FOX Sports College Basketball Analyst) on Monday, March 17 and Chris Herren (Founder, The Herren Project/Former NBA Player)

 

FOX Sports 1 to Televise WFAN’s THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

fox-sports-1-logoIconic New York Sports Talk Radio Host Brings

Unique Insights to National Television

New York – Mike Francesa, a true icon of sports talk radio in America, is coming to FOX Sports.

FOX Sports and CBS RADIO’s WFAN-AM/FM, the most listened to sports radio station in the nation, have reached a multi-year, multi-media agreement that brings Francesa’s wildly successful radio show to the nation’s newest sports networks, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, live from coast-to-coast.  The announcement was made today by David Nathanson, General Manager & Chief Operating Officer, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW begins weekday telecasts Monday, March 24 on FOX Sports 1 (1:00-4:00 PM ET) and FOX Sports 2 (4:00-6:00 PM ET), continuing to originate from WFAN’s lower Manhattan studios and broadcast locally at 66AM and 101.9FM.  The show is also streamed live via FOX Sports GO through participating video providers.

“We are thrilled to add Mike Francesa to our FOX Sports family of channels,” said Nathanson. “Mike is without question one of the most popular sports personalities in New York and has maintained a significant national reputation through his syndicated NFL show and his WFAN program, which was previously simulcast on YES.  He’s knowledgeable and opinionated with an ability to attract top-name guests who appeal to sports fans everywhere.  This is a fantastic addition to FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.”

“I’m thrilled to be teaming with FOX Sports – a brand that continues to expand across the entire sports landscape,” said Francesa.  “The combination of WFAN with FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 will prove to be a powerful partnership.”

Added Don Bouloukos, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO New York: “Mike is the gold standard of sports radio hosts with a loyal following second to none. This move gives him a platform to grow his audience and provides WFAN with another venue to reach passionate sports fans nationwide.”

Francesa has for more than 25 years been the on-air cornerstone of WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports talk radio station launched in July 1987.  Since 2008, Francesa has hosted his own afternoon show, Mike’s On, on WFAN.  From 1989 to 2008, he had a critically acclaimed on-air partnership with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who together co-hosted the Mike and the Mad Dog Show.  In 2000 the Francesa/Russo duo became the first sports-talk hosts ever to win the Marconi Award for Major Market Personality of the Year, an award Francesa received as an individual in 2012, placing him on a very select list of multiple Marconi winners, and the first sports radio host to ever earn radio’s biggest honor more than once.  Both Talkers Magazine and Radio Ink recognized Francesa as the No. 1 sports talk host in the country, and Talkers ranked him the 35th most important radio talk show host of all time.

The St. John’s University graduate resides on Long Island with his wife, Roe, and their three children, Jack, Emily and Harrison.

– FOX SPORTS/CBS RADIO –

Matt Vasgersian & John Smoltz Added to MLB on FOX Starting Rotation

MLB ON FOX: LOGORenowned Broadcaster and Future Hall of Famer Team Up To Call

MLB Games on FOX and FOX Sports 1                        

 New York – FOX Sports added to its already deep MLB lineup, today announcing that former Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz and nationally renowned broadcaster Matt Vasgersian team up to call MLB games on the FOX Broadcast Network and FOX Sports 1. The announcement was made by John Entz, Executive Vice President, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. Smoltz and Vasgersian join the game roster that already includes Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, reporters Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal, and play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman.

“We are thrilled to add Matt and John to our arsenal of MLB on FOX broadcasters,” Entz said. “Both are very well respected within the game, and each has a style that resonates with viewers.”

A familiar face to sports fans, Vasgersian has called MLB and NFL on FOX telecasts and hosted FOX Sports’ national pregame show from the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. He continues to work in the booth and studio for MLB Network, and along with recently announced MLB on FOX lead game analyst Harold Reynolds, has been part of the multi-Emmy Award winning program MLB Tonight. Vasgersian has also worked on NBC Sports’ Olympics broadcast team, most recently having called ski jumping at the Sochi Games, a role he also held in Vancouver (2010) and Torino (2006). Before joining FOX Sports and MLB Network, Vasgersian served as the television play-by-play voice of the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.

Smoltz pitched more than two decades in the Major Leagues, primarily with the Atlanta Braves, earning eight All-Star selections and winning the Cy Young Award in 1996. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Smoltz made the switch from starter to reliever, spending four seasons in the bullpen before resuming his starting role. Smoltz is the only player in MLB history with more than 200 career wins and 150 career saves, and is one of just two players to have recorded a 20-win season and a 50-save season. Smoltz also continues to work as a game and studio analyst for MLB Network and previously spent time in the booth for TBS during the network’s regular and postseason games. Smoltz made his television broadcasting debut in August 2008, and served as an analyst for 45 games during the 2010 season on Peachtree TV.

FOX Sports, MLB’s primary broadcast rights holder since 1996 and exclusive national broadcast partner since 2001, this year begins a new eight-year, multiplatform media rights agreement that adds national cable and digital coverage to its portfolio, doubling regular season exposures, mostly on Saturdays, from 26 to 52 combined on the FOX Broadcast Network and FOX Sports 1, with 20 Saturday doubleheaders, 10 exclusively on FOX Sports 1 and 10 split between FOX Sports 1 and the FOX Broadcast Network. For the first time ever, all regular season games, Division Series, League Championship Series, World Series games and the All-Star Game broadcast by FOX Sports are being streamed live via FOX Sports GO through participating video providers. Click here for the MLB on FOX schedule: http://foxs.pt/OHkT1X.

In addition to game coverage, FOX Sports last week announced  its expanded studio coverage, including the introduction of MLB WHIPAROUND on FOX Sports 1, a baseball-specific show airing weeknights with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, news and analysis, live from Los Angeles. Ryan Field and Chris Myers host individual editions, with one or two analysts from the rotation of Frank Thomas, Eric Karros, Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski. MLB WHIPAROUND premieres Monday, March 31, and airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 10:00-11:00 PM ET and most *Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 AM ET (*airs at 10:00 PM ET on Wednesdays without prior programming conflict).

For more information and for news and updates all year long, visit FOXSports.com and follow @MLBonFox on Twitter.

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports Programming Highlights, Notes & Quotes: NASCAR, College Basketball, Soccer & More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

NASCAR ON FOX IS ALL-IN THIS WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS

FOX COLLEGE HOOPS: MARCH MADNESS GETS UNDERWAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

FOX SOCCER: FA CUP ROUND 6 THIS WEEKEND ON FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2;

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1 NEXT WEEK

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NASCAR

Following a dominating win by Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway last week in only his second start for Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season’s third race, live on FOX on Sunday, March 9 (3:00 PM ET) with pre-race coverage beginning at 2:30 PM ET.  Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds.  Chris Myers hosts with analysis from Michael Waltrip and pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30 PM ET) kicks off Sunday’s coverage, immediately followed by network pre-race coverage on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (2:30 PM ET).  FOX Deportes telecasts the race live beginning at 3:00 PM ET, while FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live streaming of the race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions telecast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.   Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

FOX Sports 1 features live coverage of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES practice and qualifying sessions from Las Vegas on Friday, while FOX Sports 2 picks up on Saturday. Sunday’s NASCAR VICTORY LANE on FOX Sports 1 features complete post-race interviews and analysis of the day’s pivotal moments.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM LAS VEGAS

Network/When: FOX, Sunday, March 9  (3:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts alongside Michael Waltrip with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

DARRELL WALTRIP ON KURT BUSCH RUNNING THE INDY/CHARLOTTE DOUBLE:

“What I particularly like about Kurt is his willingness to step outside the box and take chances; do something different.  He had his own drag car, which he’d always wanted to do.  That was a great experience for him.  Indy cars are intriguing to all of us.  Even back in my driving days, there were drivers who did both Indy and NASCAR — the Allisons and Cale (Yarborough) — but it never appealed to me because the cars were dangerous and scared me a bit.  I like Kurt’s willingness to take chances.  That’s how he is on the track and how his whole life has been.  He’s willing to take chances and put it all on the line.  It’s a big risk, but it could be a big reward.”

DARRELL WALTRIP ON STEWART-HAAS RACING’S 2014 START:

“It doesn’t surprise me Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers have had success so fast. Rodney is smart and a racer; he has driven before, so he understands the car and what a driver needs.  He’s laid back where Kevin can be high strung at times.  Tony Stewart has a new crew chief and has been trying to compete injured, which is hard. I haven’t seen it visibly affect him yet, but having been hurt myself, it’s a huge distraction, although you can drive through it.  He’s not 100 percent yet.  I can’t assess Danica.  I hope we haven’t seen the best of her, but when drivers come in with high expectations and perceived potential but don’t live up to that immediately, sometimes they never do.  She’s had some bad luck but most of that is because of where she has been running.  She is off to a shaky start and needs something good to happen to boost her confidence.”

 

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY LAS VEGAS PRE-RACE SHOW

·         Network/When: FOX, Sunday, March 9 (2:30 PM ET)

·         Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda

·         This Week:  An in-depth feature with Kevin Harvick regarding his Phoenix win and fast start with Stewart-Haas Racing; “Gas ‘N Go” segment with Chris Myers and Darrell Waltrip; Michael Waltrip’s “grid walk” prior to the start of the race.

NASCAR RACEDAY

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, March 9 (1:30 PM ET)

·         Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood

·         This Week:  McReynolds chats with crew chief Rodney Childers regarding his new pairing with Kevin Harvick and their win at Phoenix; Wood goes for an aerial acrobatic adventure in a Red Bull stunt plane with pilot Kirby Chambliss; sit-down interview with Casey Mears of Germain Racing regarding their stellar start to the 2014 season and challenges of a one-car team; Vegas insider Todd Fuhrman reveals the odds this week.

NASCAR VICTORY LANE

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, March 9 (8:00 PM ET; delayed)

·         Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda

 

 

NASCAR RACE HUB

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, March 6 (4:00 PM ET), Monday, March 10 (3:00 PM ET), Tuesday, March 11 (12:00 PM ET); Wednesday, March 12 (12:00 ET)

·         Talent:  Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark; Bob Dillner and Larry McReynolds

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

MARCH MADNESS GETS UNDERWAY ON FOX SPORTS 1 – March Madness is underway on FOX Sports 1 this week with exciting regular-season conclusions in the BIG EAST and Pac-12, as well as the Big 12 and BIG EAST conference women’s basketball tournaments.

FOX Sports 1’s coverage this week includes games with major NCAA Tournament implications, as Xavier looks to bolster its NCAA resume against No. 6 Villanova on Thursday, March 6 (7:00 PM ET), while Georgetown also looks to pick up a signature win against the Wildcats on Saturday, March 8 (2:00 PM ET). Villanova, on the other hand, is looking to lock up the BIG EAST regular-season title.

FOX Sports 1 also presents coverage of the Big 12 and BIG EAST women’s tournaments, beginning with the Big 12 semifinals on Sunday, March 9. The BIG EAST semifinals get underway on Monday, March 10, before the Big 12 crowns its champion that night, while the BIG EAST champions cut down the nets on Tuesday, March 11.

FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, March 6 (6:30 PM ET) and  Saturday, March 8 (11:00 AM ET)

·         Talent: Don Bell, Mike Hill, Austin Croshere and/or Marques Johnson

·         This Week: Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson sits down for a conversation with his son, FOX Sports 1 college basketball analyst Ronny Thompson, on Saturday, March 8 (11:00 AM ET).

This week’s full college basketball schedule, including broadcaster information, can be found below.

DATE TIME (ET) GAME NETWORK Play by Play Analyst
Wednesday, March 5 11:00 PM #3 Arizona at Oregon State FOX Sports 1 Rob Stone Marques Johnson
Thursday, March 6 7:00 PM #6 Villanova at Xavier FOX Sports 1 Justin Kutcher Donny Marshall
Thursday, March 6 9:00 PM Butler at DePaul FOX Sports 1 Mike Gleason Kevin O’Neill
Friday, March 7 7:00 PM Big 12 Tournament First Round (w) FCS Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Friday, March 7 9:30 PM Big 12 Tournament First Round (w) FCS Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Saturday, March 8 12:00 PM St. John’s at Marquette FOX Sports 1 Mike Gleason Stephen Bardo
Saturday, March 8 12:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal (w) FSN Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Saturday, March 8 2:00 PM Georgetown at #6 Villanova FOX Sports 1 Gus Johnson Bob Wenzel
Saturday, March 8 2:30 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal (w) FSN Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Saturday, March 8 4:30 PM Seton Hall at Butler FOX Sports 1 Justin Kutcher Brevin Knight
Saturday, March 8 7:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal (w) FSN Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Saturday, March 8 9:30 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal (w) FSN Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Saturday, March 8 11:00 PM UCLA at Washington State FOX Sports 1 TBD Corey Williams
Sunday, March 9 3:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Semifinal (w) FOX Sports 1 Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Sunday, March 9 5:30 PM Big 12 Tournament Semifinal (w) FOX Sports 1 Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Monday, March 10 4:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal (w) FOX Sports 1 Tiffany Greene LaChina Robinson
Monday, March 10 6:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal (w) FOX Sports 1 Tiffany Greene LaChina Robinson
Monday, March 10 9:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Final FOX Sports 1 Ron Thulin Brenda VanLengen
Tuesday, March 11 9:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Final (w) FOX Sports 1 Tiffany Greene LaChina Robinson

 

UFC

UFC TONIGHT – GILBERT MELENDEZ GUEST HOSTS, GUSTAFSSON AND MANUWA INTERVIEWS

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, March 5 (7:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani

  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, recently resigned UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez joins the show as a guest host and discusses his upcoming coaching stint on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 20 and his pending title fight against Anthony Pettis. He joins hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen interviewing Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa going into their UFC FIGHT NIGHT headliner bout this weekend. Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani provide reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS – FINAL PRELIM FEATURES GRUJIC VS. HARRIS

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, March 5 (10:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Patrick Côté, Kyle Noke

  • This Week: On this episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS: CANADA VS. AUSTRALIA, the final match-up of the prelims features Aussie striker Vik Grujic versus Canadian Luke Harris. A veteran MMA fighter, Harris is co-owner of a successful sportswear brand, while Grujic is a house painter, cancer survivor, and father of three daughters. For Harris, a win will help grow his business; for Grujic it will feed his children.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – UFC 170 RECAP, SHOGUN VS. HENDO RECOUNT EPIC BATTLE AT UFC 139

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, March 9 (6:30 PM ET)

·         Talent: Host Jon Anik

  • This Week: Watch exclusive coverage of UFC 170 from all new angles as Olympic medalists Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann headline an action packed card from Las Vegas. Then, before their much anticipated encore, mixed martial arts legends Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua recount their epic first meeting that is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest fights of all-time. Finally, UFC Hall of Famers Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar are mic’d up for the controversial five-round title bout between welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre and heavy handed contender Johny Hendricks.

COUNTDOWN TO UFC 171 PREVIEWS WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT BETWEEN HENDRICKS AND LAWLER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, March 9 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler
  • This Week: The one-hour special previews UFC 171’s headlining welterweight championship bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, who fight for the title that Georges St-Pierre recently vacated. The show also focuses on the night’s other key bout, welterweight contenders Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley, and a potential lightweight barnburner between Diego Sanchez and Myles Jury.

SOCCER

ENGLAND’S FA CUP QUARTERFINALS THIS WEEKEND ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX SPORTS 2

FOX Sports 1 gets soccer fans ready for coverage this Saturday as Arsenal takes on Everton in the FA Cup, live from Emirates Stadium in London.  Then on Sunday, viewers switch over to FOX Sports 2 for a rematch of last year’s final as Manchester City hopes to avenge its loss against Wigan. Saturday and Sunday’s FA Cup games will determine the highly-anticipated semifinals.

  • Network/When: Arsenal vs. Everton, FOX Sports 1, Sat., March 8 (7:00 AM ET pregame / 7:30 AM ET kickoff)
    • Sheffield United vs. Charlton, FOX Soccer Plus, Sun., March  9 (7:55 AM ET)
    • Hull City vs. Sunderland, FOX Soccer Plus, Sun., March  9 (9:55 AM ET)
    • Manchester City vs. Wigan, FOX Sports 2, Sun., March  9 (12:00 PM ET)
    • FA CUP GOALS, FOX Sports 2, Sun., March  9 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Rob Stone with analysts Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS RESUME NEXT WEEK ON FOX SPORTS 1

Europe’s top teams battle it out once more in the return legs of the Round of 16, for a coveted spot in the final eight of the tournament. Last year’s champions, Germany’s Bayern Munich take on Barclays Premier League giants Arsenal on Tuesday, while Wednesday features a quick turnaround for English side Manchester City following FA Cup action, as they face off against Lionel Messi and Barcelona.

Network/When: Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal, FOX Sports 1, Tues., March 11 (3:00 PM ET pregame / 3:45 PM ET kickoff)

  • Atletico Madrid vs. AC Milan, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus, Tues., March 11 (3:00 PM ET pregame / 3:45 PM ET kickoff)
  • Barcelona vs. Manchester City,  FOX Sports 1, Wed., March  12 (3:00 PM ET pregame / 3:45 PM ET kickoff)
  • Paris SG vs. Bayer Leverkusen, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus, Wed., March  12 (3:00 PM ET pregame / 3:45 PM ET kickoff)
  • Talent:  Host Will Selva with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RETURNS WITH THE QUARTERFINALS FIRST LEG

  • Network/When:  QF 1: Alajuelense vs. Arabe Unido, FOX Soccer Plus, Mon., March 10 (10:00 PM ET)
    •  QF 2: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Toluca, FOX Sports 2, Tues. March. 11 (10:00 PM ET)
    •  QF 3: Sporting KC vs. Cruz Azul, FOX Sports 2, Wed., Mar. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
    •  QF 4: LA Galaxy vs. Club Tijuana, FOX Soccer Plus,  Wed., Mar. 12 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: QF 1: Dave Denholm and Keith Costigan, QF 2: John Strong and Brian Dunseth, QF 3: Steve Cangialosi and Janusz Michallik, QF 4: JP Dellacamera and Cobi Jones.

SUPERCROSS

MONSTER ENERGY TITLE SHAKEUP AHEAD OF SATURDAY’S DAYTONA FETE

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, March 8 (7:30 PM ET)

·         Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael and Jenny Taft

·         This Week: Last week’s AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series stop in Indianapolis shook up the 450SX title race in dramatic fashion, as Ryan Dungey’s first victory of 2014 vaulted him to second in points only 23 behind three-time and defending champion Ryan Villopoto heading into this weekend’s historic Daytona International Speedway fete on FOX Sports 1.  After an early incident at Indy, the recently surging Ken Roczen slipped three points behind Dungey into third while James ‘Bubba’ Stewart is a mere four points shy in fourth. This weekend’s outdoor event, contested on a course designed by FOX Monster Energy Supercross analyst and series super star Ricky Carmichael, also kicks off Daytona 200 Week, one of the most prestigious motorcycle road racing events in the world.

WINTER SPORTS

 

WORLD’S BEST SNOWBOARDERS COMPETE AT BURTON US OPEN SNOWBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIPS

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Friday, March 7 & Saturday, March 8

·         Talent: Host Preston Strout & analyst Tom Monterosso

·         This Week: The world’s best snowboarders gather in Vail, Colo., for the 32nd Annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. FOX Sports 2 brings more than five hours of live coverage in four different shows of the longest-running premier snowboard contest in the world. The Burton US Open features both halfpipe and slopestyle events, with Olympic gold medalists Kaitlyn Farrington and Jamie Anderson, plus X Games halfpipe champion Danny Davis and others competing.

    • Burton US Open Women’s Slopestyle Finals – Friday, March 7 (1:30 PM ET)
    • Burton US Open Men’s Slopestyle Finals – Friday, March 7 (4:00 PM ET)
    • Burton US Open Men’s Halfpipe Finals – Saturday, March 8 (4:00 PM ET)
    • Burton US Open Women’s Halfpipe Finals – Saturday, March 8 (6:00 PM ET)

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE

·         Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)

·         Talent: Charissa Thompson, Gary Payton, Ephraim Salaam, Greg Wolf, Ryan Field, Don Bell, Mike Hill, Bill Reiter, Gabe Kapler

 

FOX FOOTBALL DAILY

·         Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, March 6 (6:00 PM ET),

·         Talent: Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Ryan Nece

·         Guest: Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith

CROWD GOES WILD

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, March 6 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Katie Nolan, Trevor Pryce and guest panelist, Jeff Pearlman (Sports Writer/New York Times Best Selling Author) on 3/6
  • Guests:  Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Presenter, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey/Astrophysicist)

JOCKEY CLUB

JOCKEY CLUB ON FOX

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, Saturday, March 8 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, Simon Bray and Alyssa Ali
  • This Week:  The Jockey Club, in conjunction with FOX Sports 1, broadcast the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Cali.  The 77th edition of the Big ‘Cap is expected to feature leading handicap horses Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge.  Mucho Macho Man beat Will Take Charge by a nose in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November.
  • Preview:  Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens, who will be aboard Mucho Macho Man in Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap: “It’s definitely one of the best races that I’ve ever seen as far as competition in the top three, and it’s the most contentious one that I’ve ridden in as far as quality goes.”