FOX Sports FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Evening Highlights – Sunday, July 5

fox-sports-logoTHIS JUST IN: USWNT Joins FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY – THIRD STAR SPECIAL Tomorrow at 1:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 and available to all on FOX Sports GO

FOX Sports’ extensive coverage of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ concludes tomorrow with a special edition of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY – “THIRD STAR SPECIAL” at 1:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1. See below for highlights from today’s final match.

TODAY’S RESULTS

USA def. Japan, 5-2, to take the World Cup Championship

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE

1:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY – “THIRD STAR SPECIAL.” FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT Highlights:

Leslie Osborne says Carli Lloyd is the definition of a big game player:

“She’s worked incredibly hard to get to this point. Her fitness, her leadership – she’s the captain of this team for a reason. She just loves this chip on her shoulder and she wants to prove people wrong and she wants to come up big in every moment she can. She’s just worked incredibly hard and has embraced this leadership role, and the team can always count on her.  Even when she wasn’t having a solid start to this tournament, she actually wasn’t playing well, you never can discount her because she’s always going to come up big.”

Ariane Hingst admits the U.S. defense surprised her:

“In the beginning of the tournament, we were talking about who are the favorites of the tournament, and we would always go, “Oh the defensive lines are the favorites.” Especially in that American line, there were doubts for all of us. They proved us totally wrong.”

Eric Wynalda on what coach Jill Ellis has accomplished after today’s win:

“When this team started to perform the way we were hoping they would and they came out of the gates, they didn’t buy into all of the cynicism that was being talked about, which I was a very big part of because I was frustrated with them. She [Ellis] was still the captain of this ship; she was still having those conversations with players, making sure that everyone was on board. That’s a tough thing to do, to have everybody on board. Now that it’s all over, we are getting to see that. There’s nothing disingenuous about what’s been said about this group. Jill Ellis built this group. She gets all the credit in the world for that. They’ve broken records today. We’ve never seen anything like that, that kind of final.”

Kelly Smith and Hingst on whether Carli Lloyd achieved her stated goal of establishing a legacy with tonight’s win:

Smith: “(Lloyd’s third goal is) the best goal of the tournament and may be the best goal in the history of women’s football. To have the audacity, to have the vision to turn just at the half goal line to see the keeper at the far line, and to have the strength and power in her leg to score that goal it’s such a fulfilling performance. You can see how much it means to her.”

Hingst:  “At the beginning of the tournament we criticized her, we had to, because she wasn’t playing well. This is when a strong personality comes out, you step up when it really matters.  She knew she wasn’t playing well but she progressed, got better and better and had her best performance in the final.  This is how you do it.”

Eric Wynalda on what this win does for Abby Wambach’s status in the game:

“The fact that she had to take a secondary role, which she accepted completely, she made it all about her teammates…As a former athlete, there are a hundred different ways to handle that, and she handled it the right way.”

USA’s WOMEN’S WORLD CUP Championship Match Sets Metered Market Household Ratings Record

fox-sports-logoMM Rating Peaks at 18.3

Fast National Audience Figure Due this Afternoon

Vancouver, B.C. – The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ final, America’s first Women’s World Cup championship since 1999, posted a prodigious 15.2/27 metered market household rating/share (7:00-9:00 PM ET), according to Nielsen.  It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network, surpassing the previous mark set for the Women’s World Cup final between the USA and China in 1999 on ABC (13.3 mm rating).  Fast national figures are expected later today.

Additional metered market highlights for Japan-USA:

–           Match rating +77% over the 8.6 recorded by ESPN for the USA vs. Japan Women’s World Cup final in 2011

–           The match’s metered market audience peaked at 18.3/31 from 8:45-9:00 PM ET which included the USA’s winning celebration

–           The top 5 local markets for the match:  Kansas City (20.6/35), St. Louis (20.5/33), San Diego (19.5/41), Denver (19.4/36) and Austin (19.1/37)

For more information on FOX Sports’ comprehensive coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX-Record 8.4 Million Watch USA Defeat Germany and Advance to FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 Final

fox-sports-logoAudience Peaks at Over 12 Million Viewers

USA-Germany is Most-Watched World Cup Semifinal Match Ever

Vancouver, B.C. – The U.S. Women’s National Team, driven by a tenacious defense that has posted five straight shutouts and not allowed a goal in 513 minutes, out-flanked top-ranked Germany, 2-0, last night in Montreal, Quebec, to return to the final of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ for what is sure to be a star-spangled showdown against the winner of tonight’s England-Japan semifinal, on Sunday, July 5.  The upward audience trend witnessed at each advancing stage throughout the quadrennial tournament continued as FOX set yet another record for soccer on the network, with an average audience of 8.4 million viewers, according to fast nationals issued today by Nielsen.

USA-Germany semifinal highlights:

–       The match’s 8.4 million viewers breaks the recent mark set June 26 for the USA-China quarterfinal match (5.7 million) by 47%.

–       The 2015 USA-Germany semifinal is now the third most-watched women’s soccer match of all time, trailing only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup Final (13,458,000), dropping USA-China 2015 quarterfinal to fourth, followed by USA-Nigeria 2015 Group Stage (5.0 million, fifth place), Brazil-USA 1999 Women’s World Cup Semifinal (4.9 million, sixth), USA-Sweden 2015 Women’s World Cup Group Stage (4.5 million, seventh).

–       The audience for USA-China on FOX (8.4 million) is +147% better than the audience for the USA’s semifinal match in 2011 vs. France on ESPN (3.4 million).

–       USA-Germany is the most-watched World Cup semifinal match – men’s or women’s -ever in the U.S., breaking the mark set for the Germany-Italy 2006 World Cup semifinal (5.9 million).

–       The audience began at 1.6 million viewers at 6:41 PM ET and peaked at a tournament-high 12.1 million from 8:30-8:45 PM ET. The previous peak audience for the tournament was 8.1 million, reached during the USA-China quarterfinal. The peak for USA-Germany beat the prior peak by +49% (12.1 million vs. 8.1 million).

–       FOX Sports GO recorded a record 166,000 unique streamers.  This was the largest authenticated streaming audience in FOX Sports GO history, besting the previous mark set by the USA vs. Colombia round of 16 match (121,000 unique streamers).

–          USA-Germany is the most-watched broadcast on FOX since the April 1 edition of AMERICAN IDOL.

–          The match provided FOX broadcast network its highest-rated program among Adults 18-49 (3.0) since the season finale of EMPIRE on 3/18/15.

–          Top markets for USA vs. Germany: Kansas City and St. Louis (9.3), followed by Washington D.C. (9.0), Austin (7.8), Cincinnati and Columbus (7.4), Boston (7.1), Detroit (7.0), San Diego (6.9), and New York (6.8).  The ratings in Kansas City and St. Louis for USA-Germany tie for the highest of any individual market in this tournament.  The previous high was 7.8 set by Kansas City for USA-China in the Quarterfinal.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ summary:

–       The six USA matches on FOX and FOX Sports 1 have averaged 5.3 million viewers, +121% better than the 2011 tournament average through the semifinals (2.4 million) on ESPN.

–       The four USA matches on FOX have averaged a 3.3 HH rating, with 6.0 million viewers.  In the Adult 18-49 demo, the four matches averaged a 2.1 rating, which would place it in a tie for second for prime time programs in the summer season.

–       The 2015 tournament is averaging 1.306 million viewers per match across all networks (FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2), +45% over 899,000 averaged on ESPN and ESPN2 through the first semifinal in 2011.

–       Top markets for all six USA matches: St. Louis (6.0), Washington D.C. (5.6), Kansas City (5.4), Austin (4.7), Richmond (4.6), Baltimore (4.5), New York (4.4), Hartford, Milwaukee and Norfolk (4.3).

— FOX SPORTS —

FOX Sports FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinal Highlights – USA vs. Germany

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ 

SEMIFINAL HIGHLIGHTS – USA v. GERMANY

FOX Sports presents full coverage of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™, including the USA’s dramatic 2-0 win over Germany in the semifinals tonight. Coverage continues tomorrow with the tournament’s second semifinal, as Japan faces England on FOX Sports 1. Coverage begins with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY at 6:00 PM ET.

See below for highlights from today’s coverage:

TODAY’S RESULTS

USA def. Germany, 2-0

USA advances to final on Sunday, July 5, at 6:00 PM ET on FOX

Germany plays in third-place match on Saturday, July 4, at 3:00 PM ET on FOX

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

6:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM ET – Japan vs. England, FOX Sports 1

(Edmonton – Jenn Hildreth, Kyndra de St. Aubin and Julie Stewart-Binks)

12:00 AM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT, FOX Sports 1

USA v. GERMANY Semifinal Highlights:

Game analyst Tony DiCicco said this was the USWNT’s best performance:

“This was their best performance. I know there were some controversial calls, but the bottom line is the U.S. was the better team in this match.”

Game analyst Cat Whitehill credits the team’s defense:

“The United States back line and Hope Solo are winning this tournament for this team. The United States is peaking at the right time.

“They made Germany’s Célia Šašić, the tournament’s leading goal scorer, look like an average forward tonight.”

Former USWNT player Heather Mitts credits coach Jill Ellis for her personnel decisions:

“I want to give major credit to Jill Ellis for changing the formation and for the substitutions that she made tonight. Everybody has wanted to see this team play in a 4-3-3, and tonight the players were put in the best position possible to go out there and win.”

Alexi Lalas says the USWNT is poised to win its third World Cup:

“Jill Ellis got it right and deserves a tremendous amount of credit. She passed with flying colors, as did her team, and the colors are red, white and blue. Congratulations to her and her team. We saw Carli Lloyd at the end of the game give an interview and say she’s thinking about bigger things – go out there and win that World Cup. It’s been 16 years, and now, after having taken care of Germany, it is right there in the palm of your hand.

“If they go on to lose in the final, it would be an incredible disappointment considering who they just beat.”

Former German international Ariane Hingst says the USA was the better team:

“The USA definitely had the best tactics today. They showed the best performance, so they deserved to win.”

USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo spoke with FOX Sports USWNT Insider Jenny Taft immediately following the game about her mindset defending the PK and her team:

“You do what you can. I did the stall tactic. It worked.

“Our back line is incredible. I can’t say enough good things about them. But it’s not just our back line. We have our two holding midfielders playing so much defense. You saw Morgan Brian go up on that set piece, take a hit to the head, almost concussed, and she saved that goal.”

Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc joined FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT and said Solo’s stalling was the reason Célia Šašić missed the PK:

“Hope did a great job stalling. The time between when she put the ball down and when she took it – she had too much to think about. For me, that was the difference. It’s part of the game. It’s gamesmanship, and as a keeper, you have to do it.”

Hingst says the German team ran out of ideas against the USA:

“Germany faced a U.S. team that was really good defensively, and I’m not just talking about four defensive players on the back line, I’m talking about 11 players on the field. Morgan Brian was essential. She closed the gap in the central midfield. The Germans were out of ideas. They created so many chances in the games before, but in this game they didn’t really have a big chance besides the one penalty kick.”

Lalas says Julie Johnston benefitted from the referee’s lenient yellow card call:

“This is a younger and less-experienced type of player that is having a phenomenal tournament. That looked to be that one moment that was going to live in infamy, and yet things just changed and the soccer gods act in strange ways. She is lucky to have stayed in that game because that was as clear of a red card as I’ve seen.”

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: Soccer, Golf & UFC

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

SOCCER: USA Faces China at FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ on FOX Friday Evening in Rematch of 1999 Final

GOLF: Unprecedented 23+ Hours of Live Coverage at U.S. Senior Open

UFC: Top-Ranked Middleweights Machida and Romero Battle at FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT on Saturday

#ICYMI: Abby Wambach Exclusively Speaks to FOX Sports USWNT Insider Jenny Taft About the Controversial Comments She Made Following Monday’s Match

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SOCCER

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 CONTINUES WITH QUARTERFINAL ACTION ON FRIDAY

USA and China Face Off In Rematch of 1999 Final

(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Thursday, June 25 (12:00 AM)

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT

  • Network/When/Talent: FOX, FOX Sports GO, Friday, June 26

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY (3:00 PM)

o   Germany vs. France (4:00 PM)

  • Justin Kutcher, Aly Wagner & Julie Stewart-Binks

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY (7:00 PM)

o   China vs. United States of America (7:30 PM)

  • JP Dellacamera, Tony DiCicco, Cat Whitehill & Jenny Taft
  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Friday, June 26
      • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT (12:00 AM)
  • Network/When/Talent: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY (3:30 PM)

o   Australia vs. Japan (4:00 PM)

  • Jenn Hildreth & Kyndra de St. Aubin

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY (6:00 PM)

o   England vs. Canada (7:00 PM)

  • John Strong, Danielle Slaton & Julie-Stewart Binks

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT (2:00 AM)

  • Network/When/Talent: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Monday, June 29

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT (12:00 AM)

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, June 30

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY (6:00 PM)

o   Semifinal  (7:00 PM)

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, June 30

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY (10:00 PM)

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, July 1

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY (6:00 PM)

o   Semifinal (7:00 PM)

o   FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT (12:00 AM) 

This Week: FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ moves into the quarterfinal rounds on Friday, June 26, with all games on local FOX stations and FOX Sports 1. The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16 and plays Friday in Ottawa with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FOX. Team USA faces China in a rematch of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final, which USA won in penalty kicks at the Rose Bowl, in which FOX Sports broadcasters Tony DiCicco and JP Dellacamera each played a part – DiCicco as coach of the USWNT and Dellacamera calling the action. Each day during the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™, FOX Sports previews games with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY and recaps the day’s action with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT on FOX Sports 1.

MLS

MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES WITH PORTLAND TIMBERS VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 28 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Game announcer Mark Rogondino, analyst Brad Friedel and sideline reporter Keith Costigan
  • This Week: The Portland Timbers have never won in Seattle in regular season play, but the two teams met just last week in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, with the Sounders having three players sent off in a 3-1 Timbers win.

GOLF

FOX SPORTS ROLLS INTO DEL PASO FOR UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE FOR U.S. SENIOR OPEN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday and Friday, June 25 and June 26 (3:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET); FOX and FOX Sports GO, Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28 (2:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET). Bonus coverage on FOX Sports GO, Thursday and Friday, June 25 and 26, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET.
  • Talent: Joe Buck, Greg Norman, Holly Sonders, Brad Faxon, Steve Flesch, Juli Inkster, Scott McCarron, Shane O’Donoghue, Natalie Gulbis, Buddy Marucci and Shane Bacon.
  • This Week: Presenting the next of the United States Golf Association’s world-class events, the FOX Sports crew arrives in the California state capital this week for the 36th U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. Offering more than 23 hours of live coverage, the FOX USGA crew covers the field of 156 players over the course of four days. The lead announce team of Joe Buck and Greg Norman is accompanied by a host of other analysts and course reporters for what will be the largest volume of live golf televised in the U.S. Senior Open’s history.

UFC

PIVOTAL FIGHT FOR TOP MIDDLEWEIGHTS MACHIDA AND ROMERO AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON SATURDAY, SAYS FOX UFC ANALYST STANN

This weekend’s FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ROMERO features No. 4-ranked Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (22-6) facing South Florida transplant and No. 6 Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (9-1) in the headliner at FOX SPORTS 1 UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ROMERO. The main card begins at 10:00 PM ET. Olympic silver medalist Romero is closing in on a world title shot, but has to get past a former light heavyweight world champion to get there. FOX UFC analyst Brian Stann believes the headliner could be a turning point for both fighters. “Machida vs. Romero is a fantastic match-up to find out if Romero is a real contender at 185 pounds or if Machida can still challenge for UFC gold one day,” he says. “Lyoto’s loss to Luke Rockhold was the most one-sided of his career, but a win over a guy as scary as Romero would confirm he is still a big threat at middleweight.” FOX Sports 2 airs the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW (7:00 PM ET) and UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS (8:00 PM ET), while the main card begins on FOX Sports 1 at 10:00 PM ET. FOX SPORTS LIVE has extensive postfight coverage at 1:00 AM ET Saturday evening.

UFC TONIGHT: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP WERDUM IN STUDIO, MACHIDA INTERVIEW, BISPING AND CRUZ GUEST HOST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, June 24 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brendan Schaub, Dominick Cruz, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Guest hosts Brendan Schaub and Dominick Cruz break down the upcoming UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ROMERO and interview middleweight Lyoto Machida about his headlining bout. Plus, newly crowned heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum is in studio to talk about his victory over Cain Velasquez. Bryant and Helwani add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: DO OR DIE FOR AMERICAN TOP TEAM

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, June 24 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dana White, Dan Lambert, Glenn Robinson
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, it’s do or die for Dan and American Top Team as they prepare for the last three fights of the season. Glenn and the Blackzilians take a moment to celebrate, while reflecting on how far they’ve come, but an injury to an integral fighter could sabotage their dreams of another victory.

FOX SPORTS LIVE PRESENTS TUF TALK, RECAPS LATEST EPISODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, June 24 (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Michael Bisping
  • This Week: Host Karyn Bryant and analyst Michael Bisping discuss the latest episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER with American Top Team’s Nathan Coy and UFC lightweight Michael Johnson from the Blackzilians. Bisping then analyzes this week’s fight.

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 167: MACDONALD VS. LAWLER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, June 25 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rory MacDonald, Robbie Lawler
  • This Week: Two years before they were scheduled to clash for the welterweight championship, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler met in a Las Vegas showdown. Witness their preparations and see how their first fight unfolded.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-INS FEATURE ANALYSIS FROM FORMER CHAMP EVANS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, June 26 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Rashad Evans and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-INS features host Karyn Bryant with analysts Brian Stann and Rashad Evans breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.

                            

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

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Rashad Evans and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Karyn Bryant and analysts Rashad Evans and Brian Stann preview the exciting night of fights, including the middleweight headliner between former champ Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero. Bryant, Stann and Evans also analyze the other matchups on the main card and prelims. Heidi Androl adds reports from South Florida.

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Rashad Evans and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four exciting bouts, including hard-hitting welterweight Alex Oliveira (11-2-1, 1 NC) versus UFC newcomer Joe Merritt (6-0). Welterweight Leandro “Buscape” Silva (17-2-1, 1 NC) takes on Lewis Gonzalez (10-1), who is also making his UFC debut. Plus, watch a battle between hungry UFC newcomers and welterweights Steve Montgomery (8-2) vs. Tony Sims (9-2).

FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES BATTLE OF TOP-RANKED MIDDLEWEIGHTS MACHIDA AND ROMERO

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian
  • This Week: The three-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT main card is headlined by No. 4-ranked Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (22-6) and South Florida transplant and No. 6 Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (9-1). In the co-main event, Santiago Ponzinibbio (21-2) faces Lorenz Larkin (15-4, 1 NC) in a welterweight contest. Also confirmed to fight that night are The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 champion Antonio Carlos Junior (5-1) facing fellow TUF winner Eddie Gordon (8-3) in a middleweight matchup. Thiago Santos (10-3) takes on Steve Bosse (10-1) in a middleweight battle. No. 14-ranked featherweight Hacran Dias (22-3-1) fights Levan Makashvili (10-1).

UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW ON FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans, Brian Stann and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Evans and Stann break down the evening’s biggest bouts including the headliner between Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero and other exciting fights. Androl interviews winners onsite.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: LAWLER ON THE BRINK, MCGREGOR’S WARRIOR CODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 28 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Megan Olivi
  • This Week: Watch welterweight Robbie Lawler’s firsthand account of the biggest week of his life as he achieves his UFC dream against Johny Hendricks at UFC 181. Then, the UFC’s finest detail the physical and psychological toll which must be endured in order to succeed inside the Octagon. Finally, Ireland’s featherweight sensation Conor McGregor illuminates the philosophy behind his bravado in Warrior Code.

MLB

PRIMETIME BASEBALL RETURNS TO FOX THIS SATURDAY

  • Network/When/Talent: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27 (7:00 PM ET)
    • Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
      • Matt Vasgersian, Eric Karros & Jon Paul Morosi
    • Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles
      • Gary Thorne & Cliff Floyd
    • Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
      • Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds & Ken Rosenthal
  • This Week: FOX Sports welcomes viewers prior to Saturday night’s broadcasts with a pregame show hosted by Kevin Burkhardt with analyst CJ Nitkowski.

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • Network/When/Talent: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
    • Monday, June 29 (7:00 PM ET)
    • Tuesday, June 30 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, CJ Nitkowski & Ken Rosenthal
  • This Week: MLB WHIPAROUND is FOX Sports 1’s nightly in-progress highlights and analysis studio show. The 60-minute program features live look-ins at games from across the country, courtesy of FOX Sports’ Regional Sports Networks, in addition to recaps and analysis from some of the games most respected journalists and former players.

FOX SPORTS 1 PREMIERES ROAD TO THE SHOW SERIES CHRONICLING BASEBALL’S BIGGEST STARS ON THEIR JOURNEY TO THE BIG LEAGUES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports Go, Saturday, June 27 (12:30 PM ET)
  • This Week: ROAD TO THE SHOW is a new documentary series from FOX Sports that gives viewers a chance to hear from some of today’s biggest Major League Baseball stars about what it took for them to make that arduous journey to baseball’s grandest stage. The series premieres Saturday on FOX Sports 1 with back-to-back 30-minute episodes featuring two-time All-Star and World Series champion AJ Pierzynski (12:30 PM ET) and five-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger award-winner Prince Fielder (1:00 PM ET).

 

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS RAMPS UP FOR FINAL 2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES TELECAST IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S WINE COUNTRY

FOX Sports puts a bow on its 2015 race coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, a 1.99-mile facility nestled in Northern California’s wine country and site of the season’s first of two Cup Series road-course races. Live coverage from the track known for producing surprise winners, and thus possibly a new NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup contender, gets underway on Friday, June 26 on FOX Sports 2 (3:00 PM ET) with practice.  FOX Sports’ weekend programming culminates with live race coverage on Sunday, June 28 (3:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1 with pre-race coverage on NASCAR RACEDAY (2:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1).

Kurt Busch took the checkered flag for his second win of the season two weeks ago at Michigan in a race cut short by persistent periods of rain. Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, defending champion Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have locked up spots in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup via wins in the season’s first 15 races.

Note: FOX Sports continues through the remainder of the year with live, exclusive coverage of the entire NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season. In addition, NASCAR RACE HUB airs daily on FOX Sports 1 and NASCAR RACEDAY is live many weekends through the end of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES season. FOX Sports is back in February with live coverage of the 2016 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES seasons from Daytona.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING AT SONOMA RACEWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 28 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 28 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Hosts Chris Myers and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip and Kenny Wallace; reporter Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: Feature on four-time champion Jeff Gordon that explores his Northern California roots as he prepares for his final race at Sonoma Raceway; interviews with California drivers Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick; and FOX NASCAR hands out the first-ever “Byrnesie Award” in honor of Steve Byrnes to the man/woman who best exemplifies the overall “good guy” Byrnes was and the respect he extended and earned around the garage.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS ON WHETHER SONOMA IS AS MUCH OF A WILD CARD AS A RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACE:

“Sonoma and Watkins Glen absolutely are wild cards because they are prone to produce winners who perhaps aren’t running well enough to win any other week. We have to put AJ Allmendinger in the conversation given how well he runs at road courses and the fact he won last year at Watkins Glen. Throw Clint Bowyer in there also. I’m not convinced Bowyer is running well enough right now to win at an intermediate track, but he performs well at road courses. Road-course races have changed so much over the years – in the first few years, you could count possible winners on one hand, and that was being generous. But to pick the favorite in Sonoma is no different than giving you a favorite at Daytona. There have been 10 different winners in the last 10 races at Sonoma. A few years ago, who would have thought that could happen at a road course?”

WALTRIP ON WHETHER DRIVER SKILL OR PIT STRATEGY IS MORE IMPORTANT AT SONOMA:

“I’ll take pit strategy at a road course over the driver nowadays. All the drivers are capable on a road course and everyone’s equipment is pretty good nowadays. Crew chiefs must have good pit strategy to win. A proficient driver is not enough. I’ll take the winning pit strategy over anything at a road course. The pressure on a crew chief to devise the perfect strategy is intense because he must commit to a certain plan and have the discipline and guts to stick with it no matter what happens, even if the caution comes out. As dumb as it may look, they’re better off to leave their driver on the track alone and not pit until their magic number comes around. Otherwise, you can’t win.”

NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, June 24 (6:00 PM ET), Monday, June 29-Tuesday, June 30 (6:00 PM ET), Thursday, July 2 (6:00 PM ET), Wednesday, July 1 (4:00 PM ET); pre-empted Thursday, June 25
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week: On Wednesday, June 24, a feature on driver Landon Cassill’s goal of training for triathlons, a decision he made after witnessing Jimmie Johnson win his sixth Cup Series title amidst peak physical condition
  • Next Week: Guest/driver analyst AJ Allmendinger on Tuesday, June 30; guest/crew chief analyst Drew Blickensderfer on Wednesday, July 1

 

FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

FULLY ELECTRIC SERIES WRAPS UP INAUGURAL SEASON WITH A PAIR OF RACES IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND

  • Network/When: Race 1 – FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27 (10:30 AM ET); Race 2 – FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 28 (10:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Dario Franchitti, Jack Nicholls, Nicki Shields, Robert Llewellyn
  • This Week: The inaugural season of the fully electric FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP season wraps up in London this weekend with a pair of races — Rounds 10 and 11 — on the 2.922-km, 17-turn Battersea Park course. Nelson Piquet (128) leads the field in to the Formula E Visa London ePrix, 17 points ahead of Lucas di Grassi (111). Team standings are led by e.dams-Renault (187), Audi Sport ABT (143) and NEXTEV TCR (132). The American entries of Dragon Racing (4th; 116) and Andretti Formula E (5th; 104) also are in the mix. For more information on Formula E and the London doubleheader finale, please visit http://bit.ly/1OiGvck.

 

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

FOX USES MULTIPLE PLATFORMS FOR 33RD ‘SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN’

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 28 (10:00 AM ET); FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Calvin Fish, Tommy Kendall, Brian Till, Jamie Howe, Andrew Marriott
  • This Week: Serving as Round 6 for the Prototype division, Round 5 for Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona, and Round 3 of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, the 33rd running of the SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN begins Sunday on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course at famed Watkins Glen International. With 36 total entries, there are several tight points races in play, as Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi and Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook are tied atop the Prototype standings without a repeat winner in the division all season. Only five points separate first and second in Prototype Challenge, and two points is the differential in GT Le Mans. For more information on this weekend’s race and the TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP, please visit http://www.imsa.com/.

FIM MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

ROSSI LEADS LORENZO BY A SINGLE POINT HEADING INTO ASSEN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 27 (7:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jonathan Green, Nick Harris, Matt Birt, Dylan Gray
  • This Week: Riders take on the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. Points leader Valentino Rossi (138, Yamaha) leads the group onto the 2.82-mile, 18-turn (six left, 12 right) course, trying to hold off former champion Jorge Lorenzo (137, Yamaha), who trails the MotoGP legend by a single point. The Ducatis of Andrea Iannone (94) and Andrea Dovzioso (83) hold the next two spots with 11 races remaining in the season. Moto3 (4:00 PM ET) and Moto2 (5:00 PM ET) air on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO on same-day delay. For more information on this weekend’s race and the FIM MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, please visit http://www.motogp.com/.

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – WOMEN’S WORLD CUP INTEGRATIONS AS ACTION MOVES INTO QUARTERFINALS, UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW SATURDAY, NBA DRAFT COVERAGE THURSDAY, MLB HIGHLIGHTS NIGHTLY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports Go, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Don Bell, Ryan Field.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. The FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ heads into the quarterfinals and nightly wraps come in from the FOX Sports set at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. Thursday night’s show features coverage of the 2015 NBA Draft from New York City, as Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA insider and annual draft maven Adrian Wojnarowski joins the show, breaking down all of the wheeling and dealings from inside draft rooms across the league. Coverage of the NBA Draft also includes reporter Peter Schrager, who is on-site getting live reactions from the Association’s newest members. Saturday’s night show serves as an integrated postfight edition following UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ROMERO from Hollywood, Fla. The UFC studio crew of Karyn Bryant, light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Brian Stann provide a full wrap of all the action before handing off to the FOX SPORTS LIVE gang for Saturday night’s show. As the Major League Baseball season reaches its midpoint and closes in on the July 14th All-Star Game in Cincinnati, nightly highlights and recaps of the action come in from across the country.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – AIRING AT 2:00 PM ET THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, U.S. SENIOR OPEN PRE-SHOWS, NBA DRAFT PREVIEW THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath
  • This Week: With a bevy of live-event programming on the FOX Sports 1 docket throughout the month of June, APG’s daily schedule remains in flux. Wednesday’s show airs at its regular 5:00 PM ET time, but Thursday and Friday editions move to 2:00 PM ET as lead-ins to FOX Sports 1’s inaugural presentation of the U.S. Senior Open Championship from Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, Calif. FOX Sports 1 golf reporter Robert Lusetich also joins the show each day to preview the action. Thursday’s show includes special NBA Draft preview segments as Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is live in New York City with updates on all of the latest news and rumors in the lead-up to the big night.

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN TACKLES HOTTEST TOPICS IN SPORTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 28 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Katie Nolan
  • This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. In case you missed it, last week Katie offered advice to teams on how not to get hacked, invited her dad to join the show on Father’s Day and more.

BOXING

IBA AMERICAS WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ON LINE AT GOLDEN BOY LIVE FOX FIGHT NIGHT WHEN SANCHEZ FACES CLAGGETT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, June 26 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Douglass Fischer and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Fairfield, Calif. standout Alan Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) battles Canadian welterweight titlist Steve Claggett (21-3-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBA Americas Welterweight title in a 10-round bout live from the Salinas Storm House in Salinas, Calif. In the co-main event, hometown hero Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (18-2, 9 KOs) takes on David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-15-1, 25 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico in a 10-round super middleweight bout. In a televised six-round lightweight bout, Andy “The Shark” Vences (11-0, 7 KOs) of San Jose, Calif. battles Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara (8-1, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif.

SHABRANSKYY FACES PARKER IN EXCITING BATTLE OF UNBEATENS AT GOLDEN BOY LIVE FOX FIGHT NIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, June 30 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Douglass Fischer and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Undefeated star Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chingonsky” Shabranskyy (13-0, 11 KOs) of Los Angeles returns to the ring after a stellar performance on March 12, facing the undefeated Paul Parker (7-0, 4 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio in the 10-round cruiserweight main event for Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes on June 30. Live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Shabranskyy looks to continue his winning streak alongside of some of the East Coast’s undefeated fighters. In the co-main event, undefeated rising star D’Mitrius Ballard (8-0, 7 KOs) of Washington D.C. faces Josue Obando (11-5, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in a six-round light heavyweight fight and fellow undefeated Washington D.C. boxer Lamont Roach Jr. (7-0, 3 KOs) fights San Antonio’s Christian Santibanez (3-4, 2 KOs) in a six-round lightweight televised bout. Fighting to make airtime, South Korea native and Philadelphia transplant Gangyong Kim (4-1) fights new opponent Tyrone Luckey (5-4-2, 5 KOs) of Middletown, New Jersey in a four-round lightweight swing bout.

11.2 Million Viewers Witness Dramatic Conclusion of 115th U.S. Open Championship

fox-sports-logoSunday’s Final Round posts +46% Increase Over 2014;

 Four-Round Viewership on FOX & FOX Sports 1 Sees +40% Boost

University Place, Wash. – Capping off what was a memorable week in the Pacific Northwest, Sunday’s final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship reached its crescendo at the 18th and final hole. Televised for the first time in its entirety by FOX Sports, the event’s thrilling finish saw 21-year old Jordan Spieth claim his second-consecutive major championship victory in dramatic fashion, witnessed by 11.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The final round featured a crowded leaderboard with a number of players narrowly off the pace and Sunday’s action posted a 4.2 household rating, averaging 6.7 million viewers on FOX broadcast network, a +46% increase over the U.S. Open’s final round in 2014 (4.6 million). The 4.2 rating versus 2014’s 3.0 marked the largest year-over-year gain for the final round since 1991-1992 (4.7/15 to 7.0/19).

Four-day coverage of the 115th U.S. Open Championship averaged a combined 3.5 million viewers each day across FOX and FOX Sports 1, a +40% increase over last year’s combined average on ESPN and NBC (2.5 million viewers). According to a custom analysis provided by Nielsen, the almost 40 hours of coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open reached a total of 34.9 million viewers.

Final Round Highlights:

–       Sunday’s final-round broadcast peaked with 11.2 million viewers from 10:00–10:30 PM ET as audiences watched Spieth birdie the 18th hole and runner-up Dustin Johnson finish in the final group with a disappointing three-putt to finish one shot back. 

–       The primetime portion of Sunday’s telecast averaged a 5.3 rating and 8.7 million viewers from 7:00-10:46 PM ET, winning the night among the broadcast networks and giving FOX its most-watched Sunday night in primetime since Jan. 4 (NFC Wild Card Playoffs).

–       In comparison to 2014’s final round, the final round broadcast showed significant ratings jumps across multiple key demographics, including: men 18-34, +63% (1.3 vs. 0.8) and men 18-49, +46%, (1.9 vs. 1.3).

–       Top five markets for Sunday’s final-round coverage: Seattle (11.4), Jacksonville (6.8), Columbus (6.7), Louisville (6.6) and Las Vegas (6.5).

Four Round Highlights:

–       FOX broadcast network coverage averaged 4.8 million viewers over the U.S. Open’s four days, a +41% increase over NBC’s average audience in 2014 (3.5 million viewers).

–       In total, FOX and FOX Sports 1 combined to air just under 40 hours of live coverage of the U.S. Open, the most in the championship’s extensive history. The total of nearly 40 hours was more than five hours more than had ever previously been broadcast for the event and eight hours more than the average of the last 10 U.S. Opens.

–       The expanded coverage had a positive impact on total minutes of viewing.  Compared to last year, for example, this year’s U.S. Open was up an impressive +40% on average audience (3.5 million watching any given minute vs. 2.5 million last year), but up by +63% in total minutes viewed (8.4 billion minutes to 5.2 billion last year).

Digital Highlights:

–       Sunday’s final round was the second most-watched event ever on FOX Sports Go.

Through FOX Sports GO, USOpen.com and the U.S. Open official app, total live streams started were up +354% (5.9 million vs. 1.3 million) over 2014.  Additionally, total streamed minutes reached 158 million, eclipsing the U.S. Open’s previous high of 130 million minutes in 2012.

115th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

ICYMI: Jordan Spieth birdies 18th hole, wins 115th U.S. Open

In what was a dramatic and thrilling finish, 21-year old Jordan Spieth won his second consecutive major championship Sunday at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The first-ever U.S. Open to be broadcast by FOX Sports, Sunday’s final round saw a host of competitors jockey for position, but it wasn’t until the 72nd hole of the championship that a pair of missed putts by Dustin Johnson yielded Spieth (68-67-71-69-275, -5) the U.S. Open trophy and his second major title in as many chances in 2015.

Following the final round, FOX Sports analysts offered opinions on the competitors and the memorable finish at the 18th hole:

Two-time major champion and lead U.S. Open on FOX analyst Greg Norman discussed the totality of Spieth’s overall game and his mature disposition:

“He is light years ahead of everybody else on tour because he has a complete game. He has composure and he is mature beyond his years. Some of the decisions he has made out here, he has really made collective positive decisions. Maybe it’s his dad, maybe it’s his caddie, maybe it’s his coach, I don’t know, but he has made some phenomenally mature decisions out there on the golf course and never really lets things get away from him. On the front nine today, he was a little bit edgy, a little bit agitated, a little bit out of sync, the putting stroke was a little bit quick. But as he got into it and he got into a position of winning, everything settled in.”

Major champion and U.S. Open on FOX studio analyst Tom Weiskopf discussed Johnson’s missed birdie putt on the 18th hole and said it will be important to get over today’s disappointment quickly:

“You can’t ever assume anything in this game, you have to continually keep your concentration and your focus on what you have to do. I think he forced that putt a little bit and it was downhill. But he had put himself in this position by missing three very short putts on this back nine. It’s a game of mistakes and that’s what it’s all about. Dustin Johnson has got to get over this as fast as he can because he’s such a talent. He has changed his lifestyle and those of us who have been in this position, you won’t forget that memory ever, but you have to get over it and go forward.”

Norman also experienced close defeats during his Hall of Fame playing career and talked about what it will take for Johnson to bounce back:

“That’s where my mind goes obviously. You saw where Dustin had collected himself during the round. It looked like he was completely out of it, but he got himself back into it. It’s sport and unfortunately in sport there is going to be a winner and there is going to be a loser. Dustin has to really get himself up and, forgive the pun, dust himself off as fast as he can, because he has so much talent and he is such a great player. He’s missed out four times now, but there is a great saying that Tom Watson told me, ‘Once you bite that snake’s head off, that snake is dead forever.’ All he has to do is go bite that snake’s head off at St. Andrews and he’ll be off and running.”

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the 115th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: World Cup, U.S. Open

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FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

WORLD CUP: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™

Moves to Knockout Stage on Saturday

GOLF: 115th USGA U.S. Open Begins Tomorrow on FOX Sports 1

NASCAR: Trucks in Iowa, XFINITY Series in Chicago

#ICYMI: A Look at Some of the FOX Sports Tech in Play at the U.S. Open

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GOLF

FOX SPORTS DELIVERS UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE FOR INAUGURAL PRESENTATION OF THE 115TH U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Network/When:

o   FOX Sports 1: Thursday and Friday, June 18-19 (12:00 – 8:00 PM ET)

o   FOX: Thursday and Friday, June 18-19 (8:00 – 11:00 PM ET), Saturday, June 20 (2:00 – 10:00 PM ET), Sunday, June 21 (2:00 – 10:30 PM ET)

o   FOX Sports Go: Thursday and Friday, June 18-19 (1:00 – 11:00 PM ET), Saturday, June 20 (2:00 – 10:00 PM ET), Sunday, June 21 (2:00 – 10:30 PM ET)

  • Talent: Joe Buck, Greg Norman, Holly Sonders, Brad Faxon, Corey Pavin, Juli Inkster, Tom Weiskopf, Scott McCarron, Steve Flesch, Curt Menefee, David Fay, Gil Hanse, Shane O’Donoghue
  • This Week: Delivering more than 38 hours of live golf coverage, FOX Sports presents its first-ever U.S. Open Championship, live from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Showcasing a field of 156 competitors in the supremely challenging setting of the Chambers Bay course, lead U.S. Open on FOX announcer Joe Buck and analyst Greg Norman call the action, beginning Thursday on FOX Sports 1 at 12:00 PM ET. A sprawling, links-style course that rests against the Puget Sound and sets up to be the longest in the history of the U.S. Open, the unique challenge of the Chambers Bay course promises to make for a memorable week in the Pacific Northwest. The unprecedented coverage effort by FOX Sports includes 105 cameras across the property and a host of technological innovations that provide views of the championship like never before.

 

SOCCER

KNOCKOUT ROUND OF FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ KICKS OFF SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Wednesday, June 17:

  • Mexico vs. France (Group F, Ottawa)
  • FOX & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET),
  • John Strong, Danielle Slaton and Julie Stewart-Binks
  • England vs. Colombia (Group F, Montreal)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET)
  • JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill and Tony DiCicco
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (6:00 PM ET)
  • Costa Rica vs. Brazil (Group E, Moncton)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • Jenn Hildreth and Kyndra de St. Aubin
  • South Korea vs. Spain (Group E, Ottawa)
  • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • Glenn Davis and Christine Latham
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 AM ET)

o   Saturday, June 20:

  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (3:00 PM ET)
  • Germany vs. TBD (Round of 16, Ottawa)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET)
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (6:00 PM ET)
  • China vs. Cameroon (Round of 16, Edmonton)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:30 PM ET)
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (1:00 AM ET)

o   Sunday, June 21:

  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
  • Brazil vs. Australia (Round of 16, Moncton)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (1:00 PM ET
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (3:00 PM ET)
  • TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16, Montreal)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET)
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (6:00 PM ET)
  • Canada vs. TBD (Round of 16, Vancouver)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:30 PM ET)
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:30 PM ET)

o   Monday, June 22:

  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:00 PM ET)
  • Norway vs. TBD (Round of 16, Ottawa)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (5:00 PM ET)
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
  • USA vs. TBD (Round of 16, Edmonton)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (8:00 PM ET)
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 AM ET)

o   Tuesday, June 23:

  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
  • Japan vs. TBD (Round of 16, Vancouver)
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:00 PM ET)
  • FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT
  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (1:00 AM ET)
  • This Week: FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ moves into the knockout stage on Saturday, June 20, with all games in the round of 16 televised on FOX Sports 1. The U.S. Women’s National Team finished first in the “Group of Death” with wins over Australia and Nigeria and a tie vs. Sweden. The U.S. plays next on Monday, June 22, in Edmonton with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1. Team USA faces the third-place finisher from Group B, E or F. Each day during the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ FOX Sports previews games with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY and recaps the day’s action with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT on FOX Sports 1.

MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES WITH REAL SALT LAKE VS. SPORTING KANSAS CITY

  • Matchup/Network/When: Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 21(10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Game announcer Mark Rogondino, analyst Brian Dunseth and sideline reporter Keith Costigan
  • This Week: MLS Soccer Sunday continues on FOX Sports 1 as Sporting Kansas City heads west to take on Real Salt Lake live from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

 

MLB

RARE THURSDAY NIGHT BASEBALL ON FOX SPORTS 1 AS BREWERS FACE ROYALS IN KC; TUESDAY NIGHT BASEBALL FOLLOWS AS CARDINALS BATTLE MARLINS IN MIAMI

Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, June 18

    • Milwaukee Brewers at Kansas City Royals: Brian Anderson & Eric Karros (8:00 PM ET)

Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, June 23

    • St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins: Joe Davis, Cliff Floyd & Ken Rosenthal (7:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1 welcomes viewers prior to Thursday night’s Brewers vs. Royals broadcast with host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Pete Rose and Frank Thomas.  On Tuesday night’s baseball broadcast, host Cole Wright offers gamebreaks from Los Angeles.

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • Network/When/On-air Talent: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
    • Thursday, June 18 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas & Pete Rose
    • Friday, June 19 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas & Pete Rose
    • Monday, June 22 OFF
    • Tuesday, June 23 OFF
    • Wednesday, June 24 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt & CJ Nitkowski
  • Show Description: MLB WHIPAROUND is FOX Sports 1’s nightly in-progress highlights and analysis studio show.  The 60-minute program features live look-ins at games from across the country, courtesy of FOX Sports’ Regional Sports Networks, in addition to recaps and analysis from some of the game’s most respected journalists and former players.

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS TRAVELS TO MIDWEST FOR FULL WEEKEND OF NASCAR XFINITY SERIES & NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACING

While the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES takes a rare weekend off, the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES head back to the Midwest for the second consecutive weekend.  FOX Sports offers live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and companion ARCA RACING SERIES from Chicagoland Speedway, in addition to the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES from Iowa Speedway.

The NASCAR XFINITY SERIES closes out its portion of the 2015 season on FOX Sports from Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday beginning at 9:30 PM ET. Chris Buescher extended his series points lead over Ty Dillon last week at Michigan to 25, followed by defending champion Chase Elliott (-35), Regan Smith (-55) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (-61) after 13 races.  Following the conclusion of its 2015 coverage, FOX Sports returns with its presentation of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season with the season opener from Daytona.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES points leader and two-time defending champion Matt Crafton continues his quest for a third-consecutive championship this weekend from Iowa Speedway, but saw his sizeable points lead cut in half last week at Gateway Motorsports Park following an accident.  FOX Sports 1 is live under the lights on Friday, June 19 (8:30 PM ET) in the series’ ninth stop of the season.  Heading into Iowa, Crafton leads Tyler Reddick (-12), followed by Johnny Sauter (-30), Erik Jones (-33) and John Wes Townley (-69) after eight races.  Seventeen-year-old Cole Custer won last week’s race in only his third start of the season, becoming the second teenager to win a Truck Series race in 2015 (Tyler Reddick – 19; two wins).

Through eight races this season,  the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (NCWTS) is averaging 871,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1, up nine percent over the average during the same time last season (797,000 viewers through seven races), according to Nielsen Media Research.  The NCWTS is up 16% on HH rating (0.79 vs. 0.68) this season, and of the seven races aired both in 2014 and 2015, five delivered more viewers this year than in 2014 (Daytona, Martinsville, Kansas, Dover and Texas).

Note:  The NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES enjoys a weekend off before returning Sunday, June 28 at Sonoma Raceway (3:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1; pre-race coverage at 2:00 PM ET on NASCAR RACEDAY) for FOX Sports’ final NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race of 2015.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 20 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds;  reporters Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Chris Neville

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACING AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 13 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Brian Till; analysts Phil Parsons and Todd Bodine; reporters Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie

NCWTS SETUP

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, June 19 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Host John Roberts; analyst Ray Dunlap; reporters Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • This Week:  A look back at Cole Custer’s win last weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park; a flashback to Erik Jones’ win last year at Iowa; a feature on Matt Crafton’s late-race woes last weekend at Gateway; a Custer feature; a piece on Jones’ misfortune in the last five Truck Series races — all events he nearly won; a look at the propensity of Iowa Speedway to attract rookie drivers, and Crafton’s recent mentoring of the young drivers; and an interview with Johnny Sauter

ANALYST RAY DUNLAP ON WHERE A THIRD CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MATT CRAFTON WOULD RANK IN NASCAR HISTORY:

“To win three consecutive championships amidst this level of competition would be incredibly significant.  I would place it up there with Jimmie Johnson winning five Cup Series championships in a row.  If Crafton could pull it off, it would completely rewrite the definition of the significance of a championship in this series.  There’s a lot of racing to go this season, but based on how fast the No. 88 team has been, you have to count them as the favorite to repeat.”

OF TRUCK SERIES “YOUNG GUNS” SUCH AS COLE CUSTER, JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, SPENCER GALLAGHER AND TYLER REDDICK, REPORTER HERMIE SADLER SAYS NEMECHEK STANDS OUT AS NEXT STAR:

“John Hunter Nemechek has displayed a world of talent, not just in his limited number of Truck starts, but also in his Late Model.  Compared to other young guns’ teams, Nemechek’s is a small team, so it’s remarkable he has been able to elevate that group into a solid, top-10, sometimes top-five team.  We must look beyond the results to the support, equipment and technology behind these drivers. In a short amount of time, John Hunter has proven he can run as well as, if not better than, his veteran father in the same equipment and has elevated that organization.  The team never takes a step back when he’s in the seat, despite his young age and lack of experience.”

ADAM ALEXANDER PUTS A POSSIBLE THIRD-CONSECUTIVE TITLE FOR MATT CRAFTON INTO PERSPECTIVE:

“If I was a betting man, at this stage in the season my money would be on Matt Crafton because he is so incredibly consistent.  When you look at the greats who have graced the Truck Series over the years, Crafton ranks near the top.  Three championships in a row would truly be the most remarkable run we’ve seen in the history of the series.”

NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Friday, June 19 (5:00 PM ET); Tuesday, June 23-Wednesday, June 24 (6:00 PM ET); pre-empted Wednesday, June 17-Thursday, June 18;
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Vince Welch, Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Next Week: Guest/driver analyst Joey Logano on Tuesday, June 23

ARCA RACING SERIES

ARCA RACING SERIES HITS MIDPOINT OF SEASON IN MIDWEST ON FOX SPORTS 2

A companion event to the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, the ARCA RACING SERIES stages its 10th race of the 20-race season, a 150-mile event, on Saturday, June 20 at Chicagoland Speedway.   Grant Enfinger, last year’s runner-up in the championship standings, leads Tom Hessert (-55), followed by Josh Williams (-65), Austin Wayne Self (-125) and David Levine (-175).

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 20 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Ray Dunlap, analyst Phil Parsons; reporters Jim Tretow and Kaitlyn Vincie

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – WOMEN’S WORLD CUP AND U.S. OPEN INTEGRATIONS, MLB HIGHLIGHTS NIGHTLY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field.
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. Two of the summer’s marquee events, FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ and the U.S. Open Championship, are presented by FOX Sports and the show features nightly highlights and recaps live from the respective sites. With the field now pared to the Round of 16 in the Women’s World Cup, live reports come in from the Jack Poole Plaza set in Vancouver, wrapping up the day’s action. Additionally, the 115th U.S. Open is played at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., and marks the first major golf championship presented by FOX Sports. Nightly coverage included analysis and updates from the course with U.S. Open on FOX broadcasters Joe Buck, Brad Faxon, Corey Pavin and Greg Norman weighing in on all of the day’s events. As the Major League Baseball season reaches its midpoint, highlights continue to permeate throughout the show, as recaps of the action come in from across the country.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – PREEMPTED WEDNESDAY, AIRING AT 11:00 AM ET THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath.
  • This Week: With a bevy of live-event programming on the FOX Sports 1 docket throughout the month of June, APG’s daily schedule remains a moving target. Wednesday’s show is preempted in lieu of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ game action, while the Thursday and Friday shows air at a special 11:00 AM ET timeslot leading into FOX Sports’ first-ever broadcasts of the U.S. Open Championship from Chambers Bay. The show will have a golf emphasis both Thursday and Friday, but continues to preview all of the action from around the world of sports every evening.

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN AIRS AT 12:30 AM ET SUNDAY NIGHT FOLLOWING LATE MLS MATCHUP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 21 (12:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Katie Nolan
  • This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. In case you missed it, last week Katie sat down with Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski, took aim at the Beer Mile World Record and more.

 

UFC

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: NO GUTS, NO GLORY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, June 17 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dana White, Dan Lambert, Glenn Robinson
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, it’s the first of the final four 100-point fights and each team must give their all during the home stretch in this neck-and-neck match. The Blackzilians face more wounds when deciding who fights next. Meanwhile, American Top Team must choose a fighter with heart to rise to the occasion.

FOX SPORTS LIVE PRESENTS TUF TALK, RECAPS LATEST EPISODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, June 3 (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Dominick Cruz
  • This Week: Host Karyn Bryant and analyst Dominick Cruz discuss the latest episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER with American Top Team’s Jorge Masvidal and Kamarudeen Usman from the Blackzilians. Cruz then analyzes this week’s fight.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: LAWLER 1-ON-1, EVANS’ TAKEDOWN AND GARBRANDT’S BOND

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 21 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Host Jon Anik ventures to South Florida’s American Top Team for a hard-hitting interview with UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who reveals his ambitious plans for staying on top. Then, from war-torn Bosnia to South Florida by way of Nebraska, 24-year-old Mirsad Bektic recounts his improbable journey to become one of the featherweight division’s most highly touted rising stars. Witness the inspirational story of undefeated 23-year-old bantamweight Cody Garbrandt’s unbreakable bond with nine-year-old cancer survivor Maddux Maple. Finally, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans provides an exclusive Takedown on a topic he knows well: UFC rivalries.

BOXING

LEMIEUX AND N’DAM BATTLE FOR IBF MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AT GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FOX FIGHT NIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, June 20 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Beto Duran, Doug Fischer
  • This Week: The highly anticipated vacant IBF Middleweight World Championship is on the line when Quebec power puncher David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) battles number-one contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, live on FOX FIGHT NIGHT. The co-main event features Dierry “All In” Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Quebec, Canada facing, Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (19-6, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a 10-round fight for the NABF Lightweight title. The evening’s triple-header features the return of the undefeated Cuban heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) in the eight-round televised opener.

 

FOX Sports FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Morning Highlights – Monday, June 15

fox-sports-logoICYMI:  Jay and Dan DON’T Go to the Women’s World Cup Part 2

FOX Sports’ coverage of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ continues with four games on Monday, June 15. Pregame coverage begins at 3:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 and local FOX stations. The day wraps up with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT at 10:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

See below for the full schedule and for highlights from last night’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

3:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, FOX & FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM ET – Thailand vs. Germany, FOX

(Group B, Winnipeg – JP Dellacamera, Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill)

4:00 PM ET – Ivory Coast vs. Norway, FOX Sports 1

(Group B, Moncton – Jenn Hildreth, Kyndra de St. Aubin)

6:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2

7:30 PM ET – Netherlands vs. Canada, FOX Sports 1

(Group A, Montreal – John Strong, Danielle Slaton)

7:30 PM ET – China vs. New Zealand, FOX Sports 2

(Group A, Winnipeg – Glenn Davis, Christine Latham)

10:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT, FOX Sports 1

 

 

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT Highlights:

 

Leslie Osborne on Abby Wambach’s comments suggesting that the U.S. would score more goals if their matches were played on grass rather than turf:

“I was surprised when I heard those comments, so I reached out to her for clarification, and she did say that she would have scored those goals if they had played on grass.  However, she did say that she takes full responsibility and will do better in the games to come and will finish those chances.  It’s a mental thing for her right now, and she said it to me today that she needs to get over [it].”

 

Alexi Lalas addresses Wambach’s comments:

“It’s weak. It’s completely weak and irritating to be quite honest … To blame the turf for her not scoring goals is ridiculous … If she is pulling punches, that is a problem. That is a problem for the United States.  And if the United States does not win the World Cup, I hate to break it to you Abby, but it’s not going to be because of artificial surface.”

Angela Hucles adds her thoughts:

“You don’t want to be in a position to be concentrating on the turf.  It becomes a mental issue.  Abby is used to scoring goals and what this says to me is that Abby is feeling a little bit of the pressure.”

USWNT star midfielder Megan Rapinoe joined the show and answered questions from the panel:

 

Is the team satisfied so far?

“I think so. We’re taking a little bigger picture look.  After the game, we don’t like to lose, and sometimes when we tie we feel like it’s a loss. Looking back, by far, I think we have the toughest group… Coming out of there [with] four points, we’re in the driver’s seat, and looking forward to Nigeria.”

How are you feeling after getting a couple of goals?

“Someone’s got to do it. Right?  Might as well be me.”

How has it been for you playing on turf?

“It’s tough. I don’t think anyone can say it’s easier to play on turf than grass.  It’s tough. The game’s played a little differently, but that’s what it is now, and everyone is playing on it and everyone has to deal with it.”

Rapinoe on Megan Klingenberg’s header to deny Sweden a goal in their last match

“Kling, little Mini Me getting up there, she’s such a warrior. She’s so intense.”

The Women’s World Cup Tonight crew gave updated power rankings of their top 10 teams in the tournament so far:

  1. Germany
  2. Brazil
  3. Japan
  4. USA
  5. France
  6. Norway
  7. Sweden
  8. Australia
  9. Switzerland
  10. Columbia/Canada

 

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX Sports FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Morning Highlights – Tuesday, June 9

fox-sports-logoFOX Sports presents four FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ games today on local FOX stations and FOX Sports 1, beginning with France, one of the tournament favorites, taking on England at 1:00 PM ET. Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET on local FOX stations with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY live from FOX Sports’ state-of-the-art Vancouver studio.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™

12:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, FOX

1:00 PM ET – France vs. England, FOX

(Group F, Moncton – Justin Kutcher, Aly Wagner, Julie Stewart-Binks)

3:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, FOX & FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM ET – Colombia vs. Mexico, FOX

(Group F, Moncton –Kutcher, Wagner, Stewart-Binks)

4:00 PM ET – Spain vs. Costa Rica, FOX Sports 1

(Group E, Montreal – John Strong and Danielle Slaton)

6:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM ET – Brazil vs. Korea Republic, FOX Sports 1

(Group E, Montreal – Jenn Hildreth and Kydra de St. Aubin)

11:00 PM ET – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT, FOX Sports 1

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT Highlights:

 

Leslie Osborne on Alex Morgan getting into the game:

“There’s nothing like getting back in the game and getting game fit. She played 11 minutes; she had some great touches today, and even had a great left-footed shot.”

Monica Gonzalez adds:

“The question coming in was at what point will she be 100 percent? The fact that she played even just 10 minutes says that she’s 100 percent. That’s good news if you’re a United States fan because Jill Ellis was prepared to not play Alex until the second or third game.”

Angela Hucles on Hope Solo’s performance:

“Hope Solo is on her A-game. She came into this tournament focused and she had an outstanding game. She had at least three crucial saves that could have determined this game and could have gone the other way for the United States. Hope Solo was playing like the Hope Solo we know she can be.”

Eric Wynalda on the different options the USWNT has:

“I like the balance of this team because they can change it up on the fly and beat you in several ways.”

 

Gonzalez says the entire U.S. team is accountable for giving up Australia’s goal:

“This is a team goal that was given up. There were about four or five different players that could have done one thing to prevent the goal.”

Hucles on what the U.S. can take away from its performance today:

“The United States got better throughout the game. They had a couple moments defensively where they were exposed a little bit, but this allows them to go ahead and make sure that they’re shoring things back up and getting on the same page.”

 

Wynalda on Nigeria’s strengths:

“The team speed that they have and their willingness to use it and a coach who is not afraid to change the game and turn it on its head – I like them, I think they can beat anybody.”

Osborne on Nigeria:

“This is the best Nigerian team I’ve seen play. They took their strengths and made Sweden look not very good today. I do think they are going to go far, however, they do not have the depth that the U.S. and France and Germany have. I think they will go farther than they have before, but they’re not winning the World Cup.”

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX Sports Showcases All 24 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 Teams in Unprecedented Series of Features

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Emmy Award-Winning Producer Jennifer Pransky

Leads Unit Telling More than 60 Unique and Compelling Stories

Think fast: Which member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) is the youngest of seven children? Which player turns 40 years old during the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ 2015?

FOX Sports answers these questions and many more about the players comprising the 24 international teams competing in this month’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ 2015 with more than 60 features airing throughout the tournament on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. Every feature – including extended “director’s cut” versions for many – is available on demand on www.FOXSports.com and distributed across FOX Sports Digital social media accounts. During its nearly 200 hours of FIFA Women’s World Cup™ programming, FOX Sports offers more comprehensive human interest coverage of players and teams than any other network in the event’s history, beginning with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SPECIAL, a live one-hour preview show airing on the eve of match play, Friday, June 5 (7:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

Spearheading the production of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ 2015 features is Jennifer Pransky, Coordinating Producer for the Features Division.  Pransky, a multiple Emmy Award-winner, plays a central role in creating features and vignettes for FOX Sports’ expansive coverage of the tournament and is charged with telling the athletes’ stories in unique and compelling ways.  In her daily role outside of women’s soccer, Pransky produces specialty features, projects and shows across all sports for every FOX Sports outlet, including broadcast and cable television and digital.

“The level of athleticism and training these women put into the FIFA Women’s World Cup is astounding, but their stories don’t end with the endless hours on the field,” said David Neal, FIFA Women’s World Cup™ on FOX Executive Producer.  “FOX Sports is delving deep into each team to unearth the most interesting aspects of who these superstars are. Jen Pransky and her group have done an outstanding job of painting these players not only as world-class athletes but as human beings. Their personal triumphs are as compelling as their professional ones, and fans will be able to identify with the athletes as they cheer them on.”

One prime example of the work Pransky’s unit has produced is the feature focused on USWNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe.  The piece shows that she is as much an artist off-field as she is an athlete on-field.  We learn that she is an avid guitar player, a style aficionado and loves the diverse community that is her home in Seattle.  Openly gay, Rapinoe shares her personal story, including her use of art and music to express her individuality while growing up as a teenager who struggled to reveal her true self. Watch a preview of the feature here.

“I love soccer, I always have and I always will, but there is more to me than just soccer, more that I love, more that I am proud of, more that I am passionate about and more that I want to be,” said Rapinoe. “I have and will always live my life by a simple rule: always be yourself.”

“We’ve spent over a year coming to know many of the women playing in this tournament, and we can’t wait for America to learn more about them through the work of the talented people in our unit,” said Pransky. “Our piece on Megan Rapinoe is a great example of what viewers can expect. She’s honest, unique, and has tons of moxie!  Megan reminds us that being different is cool, which is one of the many positive messages that will come from getting to know her and the remarkable women playing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

Highlights of the 60-plus features include:

Japan – Four years ago, Japan shocked the world by beating the United States in an unforgettable World Cup final. Players from the 2011 championship team recount that fateful match and how it changed their lives.

Carli Lloyd – By virtue of her regimented training and meticulous eating plan, Lloyd is considered one of the hardest working players in the game today. However, she wasn’t always as dedicated.  Lloyd reveals the challenges she faced when graduating to the national level and the realization she no longer was the best on the field, which prompted her to make drastic changes in her mindset and daily training.

Dzsenifer Marozsan – The German midfielder describes herself as quiet on the field but cheeky off of it. Soccer is in her DNA. Born in Hungary, her family moved to Germany when her father had the chance to play for FC Saarbrϋken. Meet the rising star of the No.1-ranked team in the world.

Maren Mjelde – Mjelde has lived and played abroad for many years but is always honored to play for her home country of Norway. She takes FOX Sports to her picturesque home to meet her family. Mjelde’s mother is battling cancer, but through supporting her, the family has become stronger than ever.

Alex Morgan – Morgan, one of the most high-profile players on the USWNT, takes viewers behind-the-scenes of what it means to be an ambassador for the sport and role model for younger, aspiring players.  Cameras follow Morgan through commercial and promotional shoots to learn more about the responsibilities of being a team member both on and off the field, as well as the woman who was virtually unknown in the last FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ but whose face now is everywhere.

Christie Rampone – Rampone, a longtime captain of the USWNT, is participating in her fifth and final FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™, and turns 40 years old during the tournament (June 24).  Rampone, also a soccer mom to two children, takes viewers through a day in her life as a mother, wife and world-class athlete.

 

Pia Sundhage – One of the great players in women’s soccer history, Sundhage was born in Sweden, but coached the USWNT from 2008-12. Now coaching for her home country, she looks to deliver glory to her native Sweden after leading the USWNT to two Olympic gold medals and a second-place World Cup finish. FOX Sports soccer insider Grant Wahl goes one-on-one with the head coach.

Abby Wambach – One of the biggest names in the history of the USWNT, Wambach’s mother checked out a library book on soccer because one of her seven children wanted to play.  Wambach, lucky number seven of her siblings, heads home to Rochester, N.Y., with FOX Sports to introduce viewers to her dozens of family members, including many boisterous nieces and nephews, at her parents’ home.  The group reminisces and shares interesting stories about life growing up as a Wambach.

Women’s Soccer – Equality between men’s and women’s sports has always been a topic of discussion in the United States, and the conversation is reaching global levels. Many of the top players in the world grew up playing on boys’ teams because there were no girls’ teams. FOX Sports talks to players around the world about how women’s soccer has changed in their lifetimes, and what steps the sport still needs to take to become the global force it has the potential to be.

FOX Sports plans the most expansive and comprehensive 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 on Saturday, June 6. 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.  All games are available on tablets and mobile devices via the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com.

For more information on FOX Sports’ comprehensive coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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