UFC: Florian Questions Philippou’s Ground Game
FOX COLLEGE HOOPS: FOX Sports 1 Offers Saturday Quadruple-Header
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS: Emig: Round Three is a Must-Win for Competition Hoping to Keep Villopoto in Check
HOCKEY: Hockey Day Minnesota Gets National Attention on FOX Sports 2
BARRETT-JACKSON COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION: FOX Continues Five-Network Coverage Across FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, NatGeo & FOX Business
FOX NFL SUNDAY
· Network/When: FOX Sports, Sunday, Jan. 19 (6:00 PM ET)
· Talent: Co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee along with analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira
· This Week: The FOX NFL Sunday pre-game show originates from CenturyLink field in Seattle, WA. FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews sits down with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. The pregame show features a taped piece with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP FROM SEATTLE – It all comes down to this. NFC West division rivals face off in Seattle as two of the game’s greatest young quarterbacks battle for a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews call the game (6:30 PM ET) on FOX from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA. FOX NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira joins Buck & Aikman in the booth to explain and inform on any close calls by the officials during the game.
Earlier today, 3-time Super Bowl Champion and FOX game analyst Troy Aikman joined 2-time Super Bowl winning head coach and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson on a press call to preview the upcoming NFC Championship game airing on FOX this Sunday, Jan. 19 (6:00 PM ET). Highlights from the call are below.
AIKMAN ON THE DIFFERENCE ON OFFENSE FOR THE 49ERS WITH WR MICHAEL CRABTREE IN THE LINEUP – “With that injury, I was surprised he even came back to play. As he’s gone through each week and he’s been able to trust the injury holding up, his play has been outstanding. You’re adding another guy that defenses have to worry about.”
AIKMAN ON THE 49ERS PICKING UP WR ANQUAN BOLDIN – “Where would the 49ers be right now without Anquan Boldin and what he was able to do. It was a tremendous pickup, best trade of the year for what they gave up.”
AIKMAN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SEATTLE SEAHAWKS WR PERCY HARVIN – “As far as Percy Harvin, he hasn’t even played a full game yet this year. He played part of a game and went down, and then came back and played part of a game last week and went down. If he is healthy and he’s able to play, you can certainly adjust on the fly. He’s a dynamic player that creates matchup problems that you just don’t see from that many guys. I think of a guy like [Darren] Sproles who you can line up in a lot of different positions and take advantage of some things. Percy Harvin is that type of guy that can go the distance anytime he has the ball in his hands. They could certainly use him, but I don’t know that anyone in the organization would be anticipating him being able to contribute much, if at all.”
AIKMAN SAYS IT DOESN’T MATTER IF RUSSELL WILSON’S NUMBERS ARE DOWN FROM EARLIER IN THE YEAR. HE’S WINNING AND THAT’S WHAT’S IMPORTANT – “There are a lot of factors that go into numbers and how they’re evaluated. The biggest thing is that they’ve played some good teams, and they have really relied on the things that they believe in as an organization, and that is ball control, run the football, play great defense, field position, protect the football. When you play that style, then it doesn’t really lend itself to putting up really gaudy numbers as a quarterback. The most important thing for Russell Wilson is he has won. Unfortunately that gets overlooked far more than it should. For a guy who has won as much as he has, maybe more than anybody in his first two years as a starter in the National Football League, and yet as I prepare for this game this week, I’m seeing a lot of discussion about how his numbers aren’t as good as what maybe they were early in the year and I’m not really sure why anyone really cares about that. They’re playing in the NFC Championship Game with a chance to go win the Super Bowl.”
JOHNSON ADDS TO HOW DEFENSES PLAY RUSSELL WILSON AFFECTS HIS GAME PLAN – “They’ve had a great year, and he’s had an outstanding year. In some of the ball games you look at, teams have kind of kept him from getting out of the pocket and made him really a pocket passer. They still have a great running back, but I think at times they’ve struggled a little bit on the outside as far as the wide receiver position. That’s one reason they were trying to force-feed Percy Harvin into the lineup. It’ll be interesting to see what San Francisco does.”
NATION’S BEST HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEK’S FOX SPORTS 1 COLLEGE HOOPS SCHEDULE – FOX Sports 1 showcases some of the nation’s top college basketball teams this week, including the No. 1 squad in the land, as top-ranked Arizona hosts Arizona State Thursday, Jan. 16, at 9:00 PM ET with the FOX Sports lead college basketball broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery on the call. Johnson and Raftery are back behind the mic on Monday, Jan. 20, for a clash of ranked BIG EAST teams, as No. 6 Villanova welcomes No. 20 Creighton at 7:00 PM ET.
On Saturday, Jan. 18, FOX Sports 1 presents a quadruple-header of BIG EAST and Pac-12 action that starts with the FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF pregame show. This week’s show features Colorado head coach Tad Boyle, who was a successful stockbroker before a car accident changed his life 16 years ago. FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF is hosted by Mike Hill with analysts Austin Croshere and Marques Johnson.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 3:00 PM ET, fans can join Creighton’s Ethan Wragge and Jahenns Manigat for a Google Hangout hosted by FOX Sports college basketball insider Reid Forgrave. For more information, visit FOXSports.com and follow @HoopsonFOX on Twitter.
This week’s full schedule, including broadcaster information, can be found below:
|DATE||TIME (ET)||GAME||NETWORK||Play by Play||Analyst|
|Thursday, Jan. 16||7:00 PM||Providence at St. John’s||FOX Sports 1||Justin Kutcher||Ron Thompson|
|Thursday, Jan. 16||9:00 PM||Arizona State at #1 Arizona||FOX Sports 1||Gus Johnson||Bill Raftery|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||12:00 PM||Seton Hall at Georgetown||FSN||Chris Carrino||Stu Jackson|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||2:00 PM||USC at #21 Colorado||FOX Sports 1||Aaron Goldsmith|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||4:00 PM||UCLA at Utah||FOX Sports 1||Rob Stone||Jarron Collins|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||4:00 PM||DePaul at #6 Villanova||FSN||Scott Graham||Gary Williams|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||6:00 PM||Dartmouth at St. John’s||FOX Sports 1||Justin Kutcher||Jim Spanarkel|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||6:00 PM||Texas Tech at TCU||FSN||Brian Estridge||John Denton|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||8:00 PM||#20 Creighton at Providence||FOX Sports 1||Dick Stockton||Tarik Turner|
|Sunday, Jan. 19||1:00 PM||LA Tech at Southern Miss||FOX Sports 1||Adam Alexander||Dan Bonner|
|Sunday, Jan. 19||3:00 PM||Villanova at DePaul (W)||FOX Sports 1||Chris Shearn||Sarah Kustok|
|Monday, Jan. 20||4:00 PM||Xavier at DePaul||FSN||Eric Collins||Kevin O’Neill|
|Monday, Jan. 20||7:00 PM||#20 Creighton at #6 Villanova||FOX Sports 1||Gus Johnson||Bill Raftery|
|Monday, Jan. 20||9:00 PM||Marquette at Georgetown||FOX Sports 1||Justin Kutcher||Stu Jackson|
|Tuesday, Jan. 21||7:00 PM||Oklahoma at Iowa State (W)||FOX Sports 1||Ron Thulin||Brenda VanLengen|
|Tuesday, Jan. 21||9:00 PM||Butler at Providence||FOX Sports 1||Dick Stockton||Vin Parise|
FOX SPORTS 2 DROPS THE PUCK ON HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA – For the first time ever, Hockey Day Minnesota, the state’s annual celebration of the sport, is simulcast to a national television audience, as FOX Sports 2 presents coverage of Hockey Day Minnesota 2014, presented by Wells Fargo, on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10:00 AM ET. Over 16 hours of original hockey-related programming are scheduled, including three outdoor high school games at “The Handke Pit” in Elk River and the Ohio State at Minnesota college contest. Games televised on FOX Sports 2 are also streamed on FOX Sports GO for iOS devices. The Minnesota-Ohio State game is also streamed live on BTN2Go. Local coverage by FOX Sports North is televised throughout Minnesota.
A complete list of the day’s programming can be found below.
|10:00 AM||Hockey Day Minnesota||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO|
|11:00 AM||Rochester vs. Cloquet Boys||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO|
|1:00 PM||Hockey Day Minnesota||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO|
|2:30 PM||Stillwater at Elk River Boys||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO|
|4:30 PM||Hockey Day Minnesota||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO|
|5:30 PM||Gophers Live Pregame||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO|
|6:00 PM||Ohio State at Minnesota||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO/BTN2Go|
|8:30 PM||Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars||FOX Sports North|
|12:00 AM||Stillwater at Elk River Girls (delayed)||FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports North / FOX Sports GO|
UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS KICKS OFF FIVE HOURS OF FIGHTS
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7:00 PM ET)
· Talent: Kenny Florian, Jon Anik, Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Gilbert Melendez
- This Week: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD vs. PHILIPPOU UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin on FOX Sports 1 at 5:00 PM ET with four fights, featuring Ramsey Nijem (8-4) versus Justin Edwards (9-3) in a lightweight bout.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD HAS EDGE WITH GROUND GAME OVER PHILIPPOU SAYS FLORIAN
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7:00 PM ET)
· Talent: Kenny Florian, Jon Anik, Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Gilbert Melendez
- This Week: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD vs. PHILIPPOU is headlined by an exciting five-round middleweight matchup between former Strikeforce champion and current No. 6-ranked Luke Rockhold (10-2) versus No. 10-ranked Costas Philippou (12-3, 1NC). UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian believes Rockhold holds the edge in the fight: “When I look at this fight, I have to put attention on where the weaknesses are,” says Florian. “The glaring weaknesses in this matchup are the shortcomings in Philippou’s ground game. When he’s not on his wrestling game, he hasn’t been able to let his hands go. I think it’s going to be very important for Rockhold to really mix things up and look to take the fight to the ground repeatedly against Philippou.” The three-hour main card also features numerous top-10 ranked fighters, including No. 6-ranked bantamweight TJ Dillashaw (9-2) versus No. 7-ranked Mike Easton (13-3), No. 4-ranked flyweight John Moraga (13-2) mixing it up with No. 15-ranked Dustin Ortiz (12-2), No. 13-ranked middleweight Lorenz Larkin (14-1, 1NC) facing Hawaiian Brad Tavares (11-2), middleweight Yoel Romero (6-1) fighting Derek Brunson (11-2) and featherweight Cole Miller (20-8) against Sam Sicilia (12-3). Jon Anik and Kenny Florian call the matchups from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA.
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS PREMIERES JAN. 15 – AUSTRALIA BATTLES CANADA
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, Jan. 15 (10:00 PM ET)
· Talent: Patrick Côté, Kyle Noke
· This Week: Catch the season premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS: CANADA VS. AUSTRALIA, showcasing the newest crop of welterweight and middleweight fighters, as Canada and Australia go head-to-head in the fifth international edition of the show. When the Australians arrive in Quebec after an exhausting 48-hour trek, coach Kyle Noke warns them the Canadians are predicting a series sweep. Despite hearing the Canadians taunting them about being too scared to fight, the Aussies know words won’t win the battle. There’s only one place to settle this feud: The Octagon.
UFC POSTFIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE WRAPS FIGHT NIGHT
· Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Wednesday, Jan. 15 (12:00 AM ET)
· Talent: Dana White, Luke Rockhold, Costas Philippou
- This Week: The UFC POSTFIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE wraps up the evening of fights with UFC Dana White and interviews of the winners and losers.
UFC’S ROAD TO THE OCTAGON PREVIEWS FOX UFC SATURDAY: HENDERSON VS. THOMSON
· Network/When: FOX, Saturday, Jan. 18 (5:00 PM ET)
· Talent: Benson Henderson, Josh Thomson
· This Week: FOX Sports offers an intense behind-the-scenes look at the fighters’ preparation leading up to the main event, which features former UFC lightweight champion and No. 1-ranked contender Benson Henderson (19-3) battling the former Strikeforce lightweight king and No. 4-ranked Josh Thomson (20-5). The stakes are high for both as the winner most likely faces reigning champion Anthony Pettis in the next title fight. Also follow ninth-ranked heavyweight Stipe Miocic (10-1) as he prepares to face former title contender Gabriel Gonzaga (16-7), a winner of two straight, in a battle of two hungry heavyweights looking to move into title contention.
UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – PENA AND RAKOCZY ON THE BRINK, ELKINS ARRIVES, BISPING FULL BLAST
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Jan. 19 (7:30 PM ET)
· Talent: Host Jon Anik
- This Week: Julianna Pena and Jessica Rakoczy emerged from THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER with the opportunity to be known as the first Women’s Ultimate Fighter. Witness an all-access account of their fight week experience as both competitors go On the Brink. Since entering the UFC’s featherweight ranks, Indiana-based wrestler Darren Elkins has shown off an improved stand-up game and his six wins in the division have catapulted him into the top 10. See what makes this Midwesterner tick. Michael Bisping is mic’d up and provides the live commentary with his trademark British perspective as fellow middleweight top contenders Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz square off.
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS – COMPETITION NEEDS TO CHALLENGE VILLOPOTO NOW SAYS EMIG
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Jan. 18 (9:30 PM ET)
· Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
- This Week: Reigning three-time 450SX Class Champion Ryan Villopoto won his first Monster Energy Supercross race of the season last weekend at Phoenix. As the tour moves to its third stop in Anaheim, CA this Saturday, FOX Sports Analyst Jeff Emig believes the competition needs to challenge Villopoto now. “Villopoto is the only rider that I feel could go on a run and win five or six in a row,” says Emig. “So with his win in Phoenix, the competition better be thinking that round three is a must-win for someone other than Villopoto.” With a stacked field that includes three former champions including Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Chad Reed, Villopoto will still have to earn his wins. Saturday’s race at Angel Stadium serves as the official “40th Anniversary Celebration Race” and several events are planned to celebrate the history of the tour, as all 22 former tour winners will be at the race.
BARRETT-JACKSON COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION
FULL FOX SPORTS COVERAGE FROM BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE – FOX, FOX Sports 1, the National Geographic Channel, the FOX Business Network and FOX Sports 2 have 36 hours of live, high-definition coverage from this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. This year’s presentation includes the popular Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game (www.foxfantasybid.com), multiple live-streaming cameras and the Barrett-Jackson Social Garage targeted at the #BarrettJackson Twitter hashtag.
- Talent: Bob Varsha hosts with ‘on-the-block’ analysis from Mike Joy and Steve Magnante. Rick DeBruhl, Ralph Sheheen, Justin Bell, Tom Jensen and April Rose preview the cars, interview personalities and provide market support throughout the auction.
One of the crown jewels of the entire auction is Lot #5035, a picture-perfect, fully restored National Corvette Restorer’s Society (NCRS) Duntov ‘Mark of Excellence’ Award-winning 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88. A rare, high-performance package (only 20 cars were ever made) providing factory built power more tailored to the drag strip than a nearby public road. For many, this could be a ‘Holy Grail’-type machine for car collectors everywhere and it’s set to roll across the auction block during ‘Super Saturday.’
Mike Joy, FOX Sports Collector Car Analyst:
“Probably the most collectable car from the 1960s is the 1962 to 1964 Ferrari GTOs – 39 were made, all are accounted for, most have significant race history and they now trade in the range of $20 million and up. The L88 Corvette is the best American counterpart to the Ferrari GTO.
“Only 20 of those cars were built; and at that time, it represented the pinnacle of Corvette performance at a level not again seen in several decades. A very unique and rare option package, and all 20 cars are known or accounted for, and they very rarely come up for sale at auction.”
Five additional spotlights crossing the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction block…
- Warner Brothers 1989 ‘Batmobile’ (Lot #1325)
- Simon Cowell’s 2008 Bugatti Veyron (Lot #1319.2)
- 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom ‘Asteroid’ (Lot #5024)
- 2015 Ford Mustang Retail Production No. 1 (Lot #3010)
- ‘The Snake vs. The Mongoose’ Drag Car Collection (Lot #5040, Lot #5041, Lot #5042 & Lot #5043)
2014 BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE COVERAGE
|Tuesday, Jan. 14||7:00 – 9:00 PM||FOX Sports 2|
|Tuesday, Jan. 14||9:00 – 11:00 PM||FOX Business Network|
|Wednesday, Jan. 15||7:00 – 9:00 PM||FOX Sports 2|
|Wednesday, Jan. 15||9:00 – 11:00 PM||FOX Business Network|
|Thursday, Jan. 16||7:00 – 9:00 PM||FOX Sports 2|
|Thursday, Jan. 16||9:00 – 11:00 PM||FOX Business Network|
|Friday, Jan. 17||2:00 – 9:00 PM||FOX Sports 1|
|Friday, Jan. 17||9:00 PM – 12:00 AM||FOX Business Network|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||3:00 PM – 5:00 PM||FOX|
|Saturday, Jan. 18||5:00 PM – 12:00 AM||National Geographic Channel|
|Sunday, Jan. 19||2:00 PM – 5:00 PM||FOX Sports 2|
|Sunday, Jan. 19||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM||FOX Sports 1|
ONCACAF WOMEN’S U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP
· Network/When: Semifinal 1: Mexico vs. Costa Rica, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Jan. 17 (4:00 PM ET)
Semifinal 2: US U-20 WNT vs. Trinidad, FOX Soccer Plus, Friday, Jan. 17 (7:00 PM ET)
3rd Place Match: TBD, FOX Soccer Plus, Sunday, Jan. 19 (4:00 PM ET)
Final: TBD, FOX Soccer Plus, Sunday, Jan. 19 (7:00 PM ET)
*FOX Soccer 2Go offers a free live stream of the tournament’s matches, as well as on-demand viewing. Use promo code “U20WNT” when prompted at the registration page.
· Talent: JP Dellacamera and Danielle Slaton (Semifinal 1), JP Dellacamera and Angela Hucles (Semifinal 2), JP Dellacamera and Shannon MacMillan (3rd Place Match), JP Dellacamera and Cat Whitehill (Final)
BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN SNOWBOARDING WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE
· Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Jan. 18 (8:30 PM ET)
- This Week: The world’s best snowboarders gather picturesque Laax, Switzerland, which provides an incredible backdrop for the world-class riding seen at the Burton European Open. The premier snowboard event in Europe has a long-standing tradition of showcasing top riders from around the globe on the most progressive competition venues. First up, the women battle in an epic slopestyle competition.
BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN SNOWBOARDING MEN’S SLOPESTYLE
· Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Jan. 18 (9:30 PM ET)
- This Week: The world’s best male snowboarders gather at the Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland to battle in the slopestyle finals.
BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN SNOWBOARDING WOMEN’S HALFPIPE
· Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Jan. 19 (7:30 PM ET)
- This Week: The best women snowboarders in the world battle it out in the world class halfpipe at Laax, Switzerland at the premier event in Europe – the Burton European Open.
BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN SNOWBOARDING MEN’S HALFPIPE
· Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Sunday, Jan. 19 (8:30 PM ET)
- This Week: Laax, Switzerland provides an incredible backdrop for an epic battle of the best male halfpipe snowboarders the world riding at the Burton European Open.
FOX SPORTS LIVE
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Nightly (11:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Andy Roddick, Donovan McNabb, Gary Payton, Ephraim Salaam, Will Leitch, Matt Leinart, Don Bell, Ryan Field and Kirk Morrison
- Guests: Patrick Côté & Kyle Noke (UFC Welterweight Fighters/Coaches, The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia) on Wednesday, Jan. 15
CROWD GOES WILD
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET; pre-empted on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 17)
· Talent: Regis Philbin, Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce, Katie Nolan and guest panelist/THE JONES AND MOSELEY SHOW co-host Dhani Jones (on Thursday, Jan. 16)
· Guests: Recording artist/actor Ice Cube and former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Damaris Lewis on Thursday, Jan. 16
· Upcoming guests: 4th grade girls’ varsity basketball YouTube sensation Jaden Newman on Monday, Jan. 20; Norway Curling Team (Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson) on Tuesday, Jan. 21