COLLEGE HOOPS: No. 2 Syracuse Battles St. John’s on FOX Sports 1
UFC: Johnson Faces Benavidez for Flyweight Title on FOX UFC SATURDAY
BOXING: GOLDEN BOY LIVE! Makes Friday the 13th Appearance
on FOX Sports 1 & FOX Deportes
FOX NFL KICKOFF
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Dec. 15 (11:00 AM ET)
FOX NFL SUNDAY
· Network/When: FOX Sports, Sunday, Dec. 15 (12:00 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: Erin Andrews talks with Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears. The duo discuss their success this season, Brandon’s mentoring of Alshon and the state of the Bears’ quarterback situation.
PACKERS FACE COWBOYS IN NFC SHOWDOWN – With Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ status for Sunday still undecided, the Packers march into Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys who could further strengthen their position in the NFC playoff race with a win Sunday. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the game this Sunday (4:25 PM ET) on FOX from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch 32%
MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Seattle, West Palm Beach
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick 20% 1:00PM
FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, OH
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Bucs Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber 19% 1:00PM
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston 18% 1:00PM
Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Tulsa
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons Sam Rosen, Heath Evans 7% 1:00PM
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Norfolk, Richmond, Washington
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Joe Buck, Troy Aikman 83% 4:25PM
Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams Chris Myers, Tim Ryan 9% 4:25PM
Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Greensboro, Greenville, New Orleans, Raleigh, St. Louis
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis 4% 4:25PM
LP Field – Nashville, TN
MARKETS INCLUDE: Knoxville, Nashville, Phoenix
OLD-SCHOOL BIG EAST RIVALRY SET FOR FOX SPORTS 1 – An old-school BIG EAST rivalry heats up on FOX Sports 1 as second-ranked Syracuse battles St. John’s on Sunday, Dec. 15, (12:00 PM ET) live from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery, FOX Sports lead college basketball announce team, call the action. Then, immediately following at 2:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1, it’s a Philadelphia ‘Big 5’ match-up between La Salle and No. 10 Villanova lvie from The Pavilion. Chris Carrino and Ron Thompson cover the game. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the fifth-ranked Kentucky women visit Chicago to face DePaul on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 PM ET.
RAFTERY ON THE ST. JOHN’S-SYRACUSE RIVALRY – “For me it’s enjoyable to see one of the old BIG EAST teams back. I think it’s good for New York because ‘The Garden’ loves Syracuse, and of course it’s St. John’s home court. These intersectional games, of which this is really a local game, appeal to people – particularly when there’s been a connection for years.”
THOMPSON ON LASALLE-VILLANOVA – “Whenever you have a ‘Big 5’ match-up, records go out the window. Both teams are very well-coached, and of course, La Salle made that great run to the Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Also, no one thought Villanova was going to be this good, this soon. They are very much a team, not caring who gets the credit.”
This week’s full schedule, including broadcaster information, can be found below.
|DATE||TIME (ET)||GAME||NETWORK||Play by Play||Analyst|
|Thursday, Dec. 12||7:00 PM||#5 Kentucky at DePaul (W)||FOX Sports 1||Tiffany Greene||LaChina Robinson|
|Thursday, Dec. 12||9:00 PM||Florida Atlantic at DePaul||FOX Sports 1||Eric Collins||Stephen Bardo|
|Saturday, Dec. 14||12:00 PM||St. Peter’s at Seton Hall||FSN||John Sadak||Tarik Turner|
|Saturday, Dec. 14||3:00 PM||IUPUI at Marquette||FOX Sports 1||Cory Provus||Kevin O’Neill|
|Saturday, Dec. 14||5:00 PM||Tulsa at Oklahoma||FSN||TBD||TBD|
|Saturday, Dec. 14||8:00 PM||Cincinnati at Xavier||FOX Sports 1||TBD||Donny Marshall|
|Sunday, Dec. 15||12:00 PM||#2 Syracuse at St. John’s||FOX Sports 1||Gus Johnson||Bill Raftery|
|Sunday, Dec. 15||2:30 PM||La Salle at #10 Villanova||FOX Sports 1||Chris Carrino||Ron Thompson|
|Sunday, Dec. 15||4:30 PM||Chicago St. at DePaul||FOX Sports 1||Cory Provus||Stephen Bardo|
|Sunday, Dec. 15||6:00 PM||Troy at Kansas St.||FSN||TBD||TBD|
|Tuesday, Dec. 17||7:00 PM||Yale at Providence||FOX Sports 1||Gary Thorne||Vin Parise|
|Tuesday, Dec. 17||8:00 PM||Arkansas Pine-Bluff at Creighton||FOX Sports 2||Kevin Kugler||Dickey Simpkins|
|Tuesday, Dec. 17||8:00 PM||UT-Arlington at Oklahoma||FSN||TBD||TBD|
|Tuesday, Dec. 17||9:00 PM||Ball St. at Marquette||FOX Sports 1||Brian Anderson||Bob Wenzel|
(Subject to Change)
UFC TONIGHT: JOHNSON AND BENAVIDEZ INTERVIEWED BEFORE THEIR TITLE FIGHT AT FOX UFC SATURDAY
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, Dec. 11 (7:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Insider Ariel Helwani
- This Week: Hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen break down the upcoming FOX UFC SATURDAY fights including the title bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Joseph Benavidez. Then, the two interview Johnson and Benavidez about the fight. Featherweight contender Cub Swanson joins in the studio for an interview, and Insider Ariel Helwani has breaking news.
COACH COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE FOR BENAVIDEZ AGAINST JOHNSON IN TITLE FIGHT, SAYS FLORIAN: This weekend’s FOX UFC SATURDAY: JOHNSON VS. BENAVIDEZ 2 features a rematch between champion Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1) and No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez (19-3) for the UFC flyweight title. The two made history in September 2012 as they fought for the first-ever UFC flyweight title, with Johnson prevailing in the epic five-round battle. Since that bout, Johnson has defended his title twice, both times on FOX, while Benavidez has gone on a three-fight win streak and looks to avenge his last loss to Johnson in that original title fight. According to UFC TONIGHT Analyst Kenny Florian, Benavidez’ new coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig could add the difference that he needs in this rematch. “Benavidez has been on a hot streak and he’s been knocking guys out in his last couple fights. He’s coming from a team at Alpha Male that has been on an unbelievable streak this year training under new striking coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig. This is a great rematch between two of the best flyweights in the world.” Watch UFC commentators Jon Anik and Florian break down the upcoming FOX UFC SATURDAY: http://foxs.pt/1cljZMJ
UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday, Dec. 13 (7:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Jon Anik, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
- This Week: Coverage of FOX UFC SATURDAY: JOHNSON VS. BENAVIDEZ 2 begins on FOX Sports 1 with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN as the 22 fighters try to make weight. UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann provide analysis as the fighters tip the scales.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS: LAFLARE LOOKS TO STAY UNDEFEATED
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Deportes, Saturday, Dec. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Jon Anik, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
- This Week: The FOX UFC SATURDAY PRELIMS feature six exciting fights including Court McGee (16-3) facing the undefeated Ryan LaFlare (9-0) in a welterweight clash. Lightweights Danny Castillo (16-5) and Edson Barboza (12-1) square off. Bobby Green (21-5) faces Pat Healy (31-16, 1NC) in another lightweight encounter. Scott Jorgensen (14-7) makes his flyweight debut against Zach Makovsky (16-4). A pair of lightweight match-ups featuring Sam Stout (20-9-1) against Cody McKenzie (14-3) and Abel Trujillo (10-5, 1NC) versus Roger Bowling (11-4, 1NC) round out the Prelims.
JOHNSON FACES BENAVIDEZ FOR FLYWEIGHT TITLE ON FOX UFC SATURDAY
- Network/When: FOX & FOX Deportes, Saturday, Dec. 14 (8:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Curt Menefee, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
- This Week: UFC champion Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1) defends the flyweight title against No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez (19-3) from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The two-hour main card features three more fights including No. 2 ranked bantamweight “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (29-6) returning to his hometown of Sacramento to meet No. 3-ranked Michael “Mayday” McDonald (16-2), from nearby Fresno. Lightweight No. 1 contender Chad Mendes (15-1) rides a four-fight win streak into his match against No. 8-ranked Nik Lentz (26-5-2, 1NC). Rounding out the main card, Joe Lauzon (22-9) faces Mac Danzig (22-11-1) in a lightweight clash.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS FLYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Dec. 14 (10:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Curt Menefee, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
· This Week: FOX Sports 1 wraps FOX UFC SATURDAY with a one-hour review of the fights, plus exclusive interviews with the winners.
UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – WEIDMAN ON THE BRINK, ROUSEY’S ARMBAR, PLUS BARNETT’S CARS
· Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:30 PM ET)
· Talent: Host Jon Anik
· This Week: Go inside Chris Weidman’s momentous UFC 162 fight week, from his first days in Las Vegas, to the aftermath of his shocking victory over legendary UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Then, the Gracie brothers Rener and Ryron deconstruct the movements behind Ronda Rousey’s unforgettable arm bar submission over Miesha Tate. Finally, we go behind the scenes as UFC 360 joins up with UFC Heavyweight Josh Barnett for a photo shoot with fast cars and big personalities.
SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT BOXING: WORLD TITLE CONTENDER LOPEZ FACES ARNAOUTIS IN GOLDEN BOY LIVE!
Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Deportes, Friday, Dec. 13 (10:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Alan Massengale and Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi
- This Week: In the main event of the evening, Riverside, Calif.’s 29-year-old welterweight world title contender, Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) faces former USBA and NABO junior welterweight champion, 34-year-old “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Plus, 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (17-0-1, 14 KOs) has to hold off a stiff challenge from Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (18-2, 5 KOs), one of the most popular fighters representing Texas today, for the NABF/WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight Title in the co-main event.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: FOX Sports’ expanded coverage concludes Thursday, Dec. 12 with final Match Day 6 games.
· St. Gallen v Swansea City, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Dec. 12 (12:30 PM ET)
· NK Maribor v Wigan Athletic, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, Dec. 12 (1:00 PM ET)
· PSV Eindhoven v FC Chornomorets, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, Dec. 12 (1:00 PM ET)
· Tottenham v FC Anji, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Dec. 12 (3:00 PM ET)
· Lazio v Trabzonspor, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, Dec. 12 (3:00 PM ET)
· Vitoria SC v Olympique Lyon, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, Dec. 12 (3:00 PM ET)
· Talent: The FOX Sports’ lead soccer team – host Rob Stone, analysts Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride and Warren Barton.
FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP Kicks Off This Week on FOX Sports: The top clubs from each of the six continental confederations plus the league winner of host nation Morocco battle to be world club champions.
· Playoff: Raja Casablanca (MOR) v Auckland City FC (NZL), FOX Soccer Plus, Wednesday, Dec. 11 (5:00 PM ET)
· Quarterfinal 1: Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) v Al Ahly (EGY), FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 14 (11:00 AM ET)
· Quarterfinal 2: Playoff Winner v CF Monterrey (MEX) , FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 14 (2:20 PM ET)
· Semifinal 1: QF 1 Winner v Bayern Munich, FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, Dec. 17 (2:00 PM ET)
· Fifth-Place Match, FOX Sports 2, Wednesday, Dec. 18 (11:20 AM ET)
· Semifinal 2: Game 3 Winner v Atletico Mineiro (BRA), FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, Dec. 18 (2:00 PM ET)
· Third-Place Match, FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 21 (11:20 AM ET)
· Final, FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 21 (2:20 PM ET)
CROWD GOES WILD
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Regis Philbin, Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce, Katie Nolan and guest panelist Ryan Johansen of the Columbus Blue Jackets (on Wednesday, Dec. 11)
- Guests: Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock on Wednesday, Dec. 11; two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, DJ/writer/streetball announcer Bobbito Garcia and guest panelist/FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL analyst Coy Wire on Thursday, Dec. 12; St. John’s Red Storm Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Lavin on Friday, Dec. 13
- Upcoming guests: Guest panelist/U.S. Track and Field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross on Monday, Dec. 16; Sports Illustrated model Hannah Davis on Tuesday, Dec. 17; trombone and trumpet player Trombone Shorty on Monday, Dec. 16; Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, Dec. 18
FOX SPORTS LIVE
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, daily (11:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Dan O’Toole, Jay Onrait, Charissa Thompson, Gary Payton, Andy Roddick, Ephraim Salaam, Gabe Kapler, Donovan McNabb, Bill Reiter, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Todd Fuhrman, Clay Travis and Kirk Morrison