NASCAR’s Road To Homestead Begins This Weekend On ESPN, ESPN2

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This weekend is going to be a busy one for ESPN.

The schedule is jam packed this weekend for The Worldwide Leader in Sports and its family of networks. The biggest of this weekend’s events across the ESPN family of networks is the annual running of NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. ESPN takes over coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from TNT this weekend and carries it straight through to the series’ season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This weekend’s coverage of the Brickyard 400 events begins Saturday morning at 9am with the broadcast of Sprint Cup Series practice on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. This is the only coverage that will be carried on ESPN2. All other coverage throughout the weekend will be carried on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Qualifying for the Brickyard 400 will be broadcast at 2pm ET followed by ESPN’s weekly broadcast of NASCAR Countdown at 4pm ET and the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Lilly Diabetes 250 at 4:30pm ET. The green flag for that race is expected to drop at 4:49 pm ET.

Sunday’s coverage of the Brickyard 400 begins with NASCAR Countdown at high noon. The green flag for the Brickyard 400 is expected to fly at 1:19pm ET weather permitting. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will serve as in-race reporter for the Brickyard 400. He will discuss all of the latest in-race happenings with ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett during the race’s pace and caution laps.

More information on this weekend’s coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races is available online now at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Releases Preliminary Big Ten Football Schedule For SNF Broadcasts

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ESPN has released the current 2014 Big Ten Football schedule for its weekly Saturday Night Football schedule.

This season’s Big Ten Saturday Night Football schedule opens with a matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, September 6th. The game is scheduled for an 8pm ET start time. The Buckeyes were ranked number seven overall in an ESPN pre-season poll. The current schedule has one of the biggest matches in college football on Saturday, November 8th with Ohio State facing off against The Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans defeated the Buckeyes last year 34-24 in the Big Ten Championship. That game is schedule for an 8pm ET start time.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will have the call for the matchup between the Hokies and Buckeyes on September 6th. The current schedule of games includes coverage across the ESPN family of networks each week. It is listed below.

2014 Big Ten Schedule on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 (as of July 10)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Sep 6 8 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 7 Ohio State ESPN
Sat, Sep 20 8 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 4 8 p.m. Nebraska at No. 4 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 11 7 p.m. Penn State at No. 21 Michigan ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 25 8 p.m. No. 7 Ohio State at Penn State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 1 8 p.m. Illinois at No. 7 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Nov 8 8 p.m. No. 7 Ohio State at No. 4 Michigan State ABC

More additions to this schedule are expected. Fans can keep up with the latest updates on ESPN’s Big Ten Football coverage schedule online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN, http://twitter.com/espncfb, and http://espn.go.com/ncf/index. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN To Broadcast NBA Draft For 12th Consecutive Year This Thursday

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The NBA season is over. But that doesn’t mean that the NBA is completely done for the season. Officials with ESPN have announced that the Worldwide Leader in Sports will have exclusive coverage of the league’s annual draft this year.

The 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm will be broadcast live this Thursday, June 26th on ESPN. It marks the twelfth consecutive year that ESPN has broadcasted the annual draft event. It also marks the second consecutive year that the draft has come live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast from ESPN’s main set. Davis will be joined by ESPN college basketball inside Jay Bilas and ESPN NBA analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons.

Thursday’s live broadcast from the Barclays center will be preceded by ESPN’s NBA Draft Preview Show Wednesday, June 25th at 7pm on ESPN2. ESPNU will also broadcast the ESPNU Draft Special each day this week from 4 – 5 and the ESPNU Draft Recap at midnight Thursday after the draft.

Throughout Thursday’s broadcast of the 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, audiences will get extra in-depth analysis from ESPN basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla and ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn. Fran Fraschilla will offer insights on international prospects. Jeff Goodman, Heather Cox, Chris Broussard, Andy Katz and Jay Williams will each have reports and interviews. Marc Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s simulcast of the 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Analysts P.J. Carlesimo and Ryen Rusillo will offer extra commentary for the broadcast.

More information on Thursday’s coverage of the 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm is available online at http://espn.go.com/nba and http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN2, ESPNU Covering 2014 NBA Draft Combine

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ESPN and ESPNU will bring viewers ten hours of live 2014 NBA Draft Combine coverage May 15th and 16th.

The networks’ extensive coverage, which will come live from Quest Multi-Sport Complex in Chicago, Illinois, begins this morning at 10am ET on ESPNU. The network will carry three hours of coverage from 10am ET to 1pm ET both today and tomorrow, May 16th. ESPN2 will carry two hours of coverage both days from 1pm ET to 3pm ET. Fans will also be able to see coverage of the Draft Combine online via WatchESPN.

Ryen Rusillo, co-host of ESPN Radio’s SVP & Rusillo, will host the NBA Draft Combine. He will be joined by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams, ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn, ESPN college basketball analyst and International basketball expert Fran Fraschilla, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford and ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz. ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg and David Thorpe will both be on-site for live reports.

Coverage will include live interviews with players, coaches, scouts and even team heads. Viewers will also get to see how potential draft picks do throughout their various physical tests. Those tests include: the Vertical Leap, Lane Agility Drill, and ¾ Court Sprint. They will also face shooting and shuttle drills. ESPN2 and ESPNU will also both offer a number of ways to keep up with the players’ personal numbers throughout the Draft Combine. There will be a scroll at the bottom of the screen keeping track of their numbers. Both networks will also offer various graphics, on-court demonstrations, and vignettes profiling the players’ college performances. SportsCenter will also show highlights of the combine throughout various segments of the show.

More information on ESPN2 and ESPNU’s coverage of the NBA Draft Combine is available online at http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN and http://espn.com/nba. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NHRA Back On Track This Weekend In Atlanta

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Almost a month after its last event, the drivers of the NHRA take to the track again this weekend.

The NHRA takes to the track this weekend in Atlanta for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. Current divisional points leaders Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Steven (Pro-Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro-Stock Motorcycle) all look to extend their leads for this weekend’s event. ESPN 2 and ESPN3 will carry coverage of this weekend’s event.

Live qualifying and final eliminations will be carried live online via ESPN3. Qualifying will air online via ESPN3 live Friday May 16th at 6:30pm with Final Eliminations live Sunday May 18th at 11am live on ESPN3. Qualifying will run through tape delay on ESPN Saturday, May 17th at 6pm ET. Final Eliminations can be seen on ESPN 2 Sunday May 18th at 9pm ET.

Dave Rieff and Mike Dunn will be in the booth for all of this weekend’s action. More information on ESPN2 and ESPN3’s coverage of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Releases 2014 NFL Draft Broadcast Schedule

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Officials with ESPN have announced the full schedule for its networks’ coverage of this year’s NFL Draft.

Coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft begins next Thursday, May 8th on ESPN at 8pm ET. The broadcast will come live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall and will be simulcast on ESPN Radio beginning at 7pm ET. ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the NFL Draft will be anchored by Dari Nowkhah. Nowkhah will be joined by ESPN analysts Louis Riddick, Mark Schlereth, and ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton. Freddie Coleman will host a post-first round broadcast beginning at 11:30pm ET. He will be joined by ESPN Insider Adam Caplan. Nowkhah and company will be back on the air the next morning, May 9th. The post-show broadcast that evening will come live at 11pm. It will be hosted by Kevin Winter. Winter will be joined by Adam Caplan for the broadcast. ESPN Radio’s draft coverage will also be available online at ESPNRadio.com.

ESPN will carry coverage of Round 1 live with limited commercial interruption in the broadcast’s first hour for the third straight year this year. Baltimore Ravens great and NFL veteran Ray Lewis will join NFL Draft host Chris Berman as part of ESPN’s NFL Draft commentator team for the first round of the draft. Berman, who is now in his thirty-fourth year of covering the NFL Draft, will also be joined by ESPN NFL analysts Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper, Jr. Kiper is himself in his thirty-first year of covering the draft’s first round. Suzy Kolber will be on the floor, bringing viewers live interviews with draftees throughout Round 1 while NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will have reports from an additional set.

Trey Wingo will anchor the second through seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Rounds two through seven will be carried on television on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. He will be joined by ESPN NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper, Jr., and Todd McShay as well as NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, and Adam Schefter and ESPN Front Office Insider Bill Polian.

As an added bonus for viewers, ESPN will have a number of reporters imbedded with various teams throughout the networks’ coverage of the draft. Ed Werder will have live reports from the Houston Texans’ camp while Josina Anderson and Britt McHenry will have reports from the Rams and Jaguars respectively. Sal Paolantonio will be embedded with the Browns and Michele Steele with the Buccaneers. Bob Holtzman will have all the latest from the Minnesota Vikings camp.

The complete broadcast schedule for the ESPN family of networks’ draft coverage is available below.

ESPN NFL Draft TV schedule (May 8-11):

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thurs., May 8 2-3 p.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
3-4 p.m. NFL Insiders (from Radio City Music Hall) ESPN
4-5 p.m. NFL Live presented by Experian ESPN
6-7:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
7:30-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown presented by Oberto ESPN
8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draftpresented by Bud Light (Round 1) ESPN
11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ESPNU Draft Recap: Day 1 ESPNU
Fri., May 9 2-3 p.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
3-4 p.m. NFL Insiders (from Radio City Music Hall) ESPN
4-5 p.m. NFL Live presented by Experian ESPN
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown presented by Oberto ESPN
7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draftpresented by Bud Light (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/

ESPN2

11 p.m.-12 a.m. ESPNU Draft Recap: Day 2 ESPNU
Sat., May 10 10-11:30 a.m. SportsCenter Special: On the Clock ESPN
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown presented by Oberto ESPN
12-8 p.m. NFL Draftpresented by Bud Light (Rounds 4-7) ESPN
Sun., May 11 12-1 a.m. SportsCenterU ESPNU
1-3 p.m. SportsCenter Special: NFL Draft Grades presented by Snickers ESPN

*Schedule subject to change.

More information on the NFL Draft and the ESPN family of networks’ NFL coverage overall is available online at http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NNS Back Under The Lights This Weekend At RIR

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series is back under the lights again this weekend.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will hit the track Friday night at Richmond International for the Toyotacare 250. JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliot currently leads teammate Regan Smith by thirteen points. He will look to extend that lead when he and the rest of the field take the green flag at 7:14pm ET on ESPNNEWS. NASCAR Countdown opens the night’s broadcast at 6:30pm ET on ESPNNEWS.  ESPN2 will carry live qualifying for Friday night’s race at 3:30pm ET.

Nicole Briscoe will anchor Saturday evening’s broadcast of NASCAR Countdown. Allen Bestwick will have lap-by-lap coverage of the race. He will be joined by analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree for all of the action.

More information on the ESPN family of networks’ coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NBA Playoffs Start This Weekend On ESPN

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The NBA’s regular season is in the books. Now it’s on to the league’s second season.

Coverage of the 2014 NBA Playoffs begins Saturday, April 19th at 12:30pm ET with four opening round games. All four games are the first in their respective series. The Raptors host the Nets at 12:30pm ET on television on ESPN and online via WatchESPN. Next up is the Hawks/Pacers Game 1 at 7pm ET on ESPN and Watch ESPN. Game One between the Grizzlies and thunder rounds out the night with coverage expected to start at 9:30pm ET. Audiences will be able to catch Game One between the Warriors and Clippers at 3:30pm on television on ABC, on the radio through their local ESPN Radio affiliate, and online via ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Day Two of the NBA 2014 Playoffs starts at 3pm ET with NBA Countdown on ABC and WatchABC.  Game One between the Heat and Bobcats follows at 3:30pm ET on ABC, ESPN Radio, WatchABC, and ESPN3.  The complete Playoffs coverage schedule is available below.

Early schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Commentators

Network(s)

Sat, Apr. 19

12:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors Gm.1

Dave Pasch, Jon Barry,

Chris Broussard

ESPN, WatchESPN

 

3 p.m.

NBA Countdown

Sage Steele, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins

ABC, WatchABC

 

3:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers Gm. 1

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters

ABC, ESPN Radio, WatchABC, ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers Gm. 1

Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Israel Gutierrez

ESPN, WatchESPN

 

9:30 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder Gm. 1

Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox

ESPN, WatchESPN

Sun, Apr. 20

3 p.m.

NBA Countdown

Sage Steele, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins

ABC, WatchABC

 

3:30 p.m.

Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat Gm. 1

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters

ABC, ESPN Radio, WatchABC, ESPN3

Fri, Apr. 25

7 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Gm. 3

TBD

ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

8 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards Gm. 3

TBD

ESPN, WatchESPN

 

10:30 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Gm. 3

TBD

ESPN, WatchESPN

Sat, Apr. 26

7 p.m.

Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats Gm. 3

TBD

ESPN, WatchESPN

 

9:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies Gm. 4

TBD

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio

Sun, Apr. 27

12:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

Sage Steele, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins

ABC, WatchABC, ESPN

 

1 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards Gm. 4

TBD

ABC, WatchABC, ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors Gm. 4

TBD

ABC, WatchABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3

Fri, May 2

TBD

Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats Gm. 6 (if necessary)

TBD

ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

TBD

Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Gm. 6 (if necessary)

TBD

ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

TBD

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks Gm. 6 (if necessary)

TBD

ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

TBD

Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers Gm. 6 (if necessary)

TBD

ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN

Sun, May 4

1 p.m.

TBD

 

ABC, WatchABC

 

3:30 p.m.

TBD

 

ABC, WatchABC, ESPN3

The 2014 NBA Playoffs will start and end exclusively on the ESPN family of networks, culminating with ABC’s exclusive coverage of The Finals beginning June 5th. More information on the ESPN family of networks’ NBA Playoffs coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN and http://espn.com/nba. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Boxcino Tournament Semifinals Take Center Stage Tonight On FNF

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The semifinal matchups in this year’s “Boxcino 2014” tournament take center stage tonight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra.

This Friday night on Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates, the Middleweights will take to the ring in the Boxcino 2014 tournament sponsored by 1800 Tequila. The card for the semifinal round is promoted by Banner Promotions. Tonight’s broadcast will air live at 9pm ET on television on ESPN2 and online via ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. It will come live from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.  The broadcast will be aired via tape delay on ESPN Deportes at 10:30pm ET.

Todd Grisham will fill in for Joe Tessitore tonight at ringside. He will be joined by Tessitore’s regular ringside partner, Teddy Atlas. The pair will have the call for ESPN2. Doug Kezirian will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news while Grisham fills in for Tessitore. Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will be ringside for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+. Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos will be in studio and Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews for both broadcasts.

Tonight’s semifinal round of the Boxcino tournament will feature Vitalii Kopylenko (22 – 0, 12 KOs) and Willie Monroe, Jr. (16 – 1, 6 KOs) in one of the night’s bouts. In the night’s other fight, Raymond Gatica (16 – 5, 13 KOs) will face off against undefeated Brandon Adams (13 – 0, 9 KOs). Monroe comes into tonight’s bout on the heels of a six-round unanimous decision victory over Donatas Bondas (Bondorovas) in the tournament’s quarterfinal round. Kopylenko made his way into tonight’s semifinal bout courtesy of a second-round TKO win over Cerreso fort in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

Adams advanced to tonight’s card after a fourth round TKO over Daniel Edouard in the tournament’s quarterfinal round. Gatica made his way to the semis after a fourth round TKO win over Sena Agbeko in the quarters. The remaining schedule for the Boxcino tournament is available below.

Upcoming ESPN Boxing Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Thu, Apr 24

 

9 p.m.

 

Josesito López (31-6, 18 KOs) vs. Aron Martínez (19-2-1, 4 KOs)—10 rounds, Jr. Welterweights Agua Caliente Casino, Palm Springs, Calif. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

Thu, May 1

 

9 p.m.

 

Roberto García (34-3, 22 KOs) vs. Victor Manuel Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs)—10 rounds, Welterweights
Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah, Fla.

 

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

Sat, May 10 8 p.m. WBC World Heavyweight Championship: Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) vs. Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs)—12 rounds USC Galen Center,
Los Angeles
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

More information on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf, http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF, http://twitter.com/espnboxeo, and http://twitter.com/espnboxing. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN2 To Air 2014 WNBA Draft Live April 14th

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ESPN2 will present the 2014WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm Live next Monday, April 14th, 2014.

Monday’s WNBA Draft will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena , home of the Connecticut Sun. Round will be broadcast live at 8pm ET on ESPN2. The second and third rounds of the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm will be broadcast online via ESPN3 from 9 – 10:30pm ET. Kevin Negandhi will anchor ESPN2’s coverage of the draft. Analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck will join him to add their own insight on the draft, as will reporter Holly Rowe.

Additional content will be offered across the ESPN platforms including SportsCenter and espnW.com.

The Connecticut Sun will have the top pick in the draft for the second consecutive year. The Sun will have a big crop of players from which to choose this year as top picks Chelsea Gray (Duke), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) have all been named as top picks in this year’s draft. Also named among the most talked about names in this year’s draft are forwards Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Natasha Howard (Florida State), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), and centers Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut) and Markeisha Gatling (NC State). The draft order in the WNBA Draft is chosen through the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm.

Tulsa holds the second pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, followed by the San Antonio Stars, New York Liberty, and Indiana Fever.

More information on this year’s WNBA Draft presented by State Farm is available online at http://espnW.com, http://www.facebook.com/espnW, http://www.facebook.com/wnba, and http://www.wnba.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.