ESPN Announces Preliminary 2014 ACC FootballBroadcast Schedule

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The 2013-2014 college football season just recently wrapped.  But as many will note, it’s never too early or late to talk football.  Keeping that in mind, ESPN has announced the early details for coverage of its 2014 ACC Football schedule.  The upcoming schedule includes a prime time game on Labor Day, five Thursday night games, and three on Fridays this coming Fall.  More games will be announced as the 2014-2015 ACC season nears.

ESPN’s 2014 ACC college football coverage kicks off fittingly with Louisville (in its ACC debut) taking on Miami (Fla.).  The game is scheduled for an 8pm kickoff, Monday, September1st.  The Labor Day showdown marks the second consecutive year that a new ACC member school will make its debut in the conference’s leading Monday showdown.  Last year, new member Pittsburgh fell in its Labor Day debut to eventual NCAA college football champion Florida State.  Louisville has weathered “The U” in the two schools last two meetings, including a 36-9 manhandling of the Hurricanes in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl and an equally sound 31-7 thrashing of Miami in the teams’ last regular season meeting in 2006.

ESPN’s ESPN College Football Primetime, which broadcasts every Thursday night, will include five ACC matchups in the upcoming season.  Two of those games will feature the Virginia Tech Hokies.  The Hokies have played more Thursday night games—27 to be exact—than any other program.  And that streak continues in the 2014 season with matchups against Pittsburgh on October 16th and Miami (Fla.) on October 23rd.  Along with its ongoing streak, Virginia Tech has also played at least one Thursday night game each year since 2002.  That is the longest streak among every team.

The third of the currently announced slate of Thursday night broadcasts will see Louisville taking on defending National Champion Florida State on Thursday, October 30th.  Clemson will face the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest on November 6th for the fourth of ESPN’s current slate of Thursday night ACC broadcasts.  The fifth of the first slate of games will see Duke taking on in-state rival North Carolina on November 20th.  Both teams are coming off of winning seasons in the 2013-2014 ACC season.  Duke’s Coach Cutcliffe brought the Blue Devils to a surprising 10-4 record and an appearance in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl.  North Carolina made its appearance at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, defeating the University of Cincinnati.

ESPN’s current Friday ACC broadcast schedule includes games between Boston College and Pittsburgh (September 5th), Louisville at Syracuse (October3rd), and Virginia at Virginia Tech on Black Friday, November28th.  The current schedule of ACC games across the ESPN Family of networks is listed below.

The 2014 ACC Labor Day, Thursday and Friday schedule (additional selections to be announced):

 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Sep 1 8 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Louisville ESPN
Fri, Sep 5 TBD Pittsburgh at Boston College ESPN or ESPN2
Fri, Oct 3 TBD Louisville at Syracuse ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Oct 16 TBD Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh ESPN
Thu, Oct 23 TBD Miami (Fla.) at Virginia Tech ESPN
Thu, Oct 30 TBD Florida State at Louisville ESPN
Thu, Nov 6 TBD Clemson at Wake Forest ESPN
Thu, Nov 20 TBD North Carolina at Duke ESPN
Fri, Nov 28 TBD Virginia at Virginia Tech TBD

 

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Lightweights Lead The Way This Week On ESPN’s FNF

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns this Friday night, June 7th, with another big card for viewers.  This week’s broadcast will feature a matchup of two lightweights as its main event.  Before the big fight though, viewers will also get to see a pair of Super Middleweights in a ten round fight.  Hosts Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be on hand ringside for the night’s call on ESPN2 HD.  Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and a look back at the best of Friday Night Fights from May.  Pablo Viruega, Delvin Rodriguez will be on hand once again ringside for all of the action.  Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez will join Viruega and Rodriguez for all of the latest news on ESPN Deportes.

Friday’s main event is a ten-round main event between former Lightweight title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina (25 – 2, 20 KOs) and undefeated Lightweight Andrew Kilmov (15 – 0, 8 KOs).  The bout will be broadcast live at 10pm EDT on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.  Audiences can also catch it online and on mobile web via WatchESPN.  The fight will be broadcast live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington.

Molina, a California native, is trained by former Junior Lightweight titlist Robert Garcia.  Almost six months have passed since Molina’s last fight.  His last fight—a January bout with Dannie Williams—ended with another notch in his “W” column.  The win came via a fourth-round KO win over Williams.  Molina commented on expectations for Friday’s fight, noting that while he confident, he is also confident it won’t be an easy fight against Kilmov.  “We took care of Dannie Williams now we’ve got to take care of Klimov,” Molina said.  “I’ve done my studying of him. He’s a tough cat, undefeated.  We’re going to have to take it from him, and we’re training for such. Klimov has a very European style, herky-jerky. But I’ve watched him on several occasions and the one punch he throws very well – he sneaks that right uppercut underneath you where you don’t see it. I’ve got to watch that, because I’ve been caught by that punch before. But now that I’ve got it in my head that he’ll be throwing that punch, I’ll be watching out for it.”

Kilmov, who hails from Russia, won his most recent fight in March.  Kilmov won the fight in a seventh-round technical decision win over fellow fighter Matias Gomez.  He spoke through an interpreter in discussing this week’s match.  “I’m a technical boxer,” he said.  Molina is a fighter with a lot of professional experience, with very hard punching power, but I’m probably the best guy he’s ever fought.”

Friday’s main event fight looks to be quite the match.  Before the main event though, viewers will get a matchup of two Super Middleweights.  The ten-round fight will see Super Middleweights Fara “Quiet Storm” Ennis (20 – 1, 12 KOs) taking on Tony “The Tyger” Hanshaw (23 – 2 – 2, 14 KOs).  Ennis hails from Philadelphia, while Hanshaw comes by way of North Carolina.  Ennis’s most recent fight, a ten-round bout, ended in a unanimous win over Richard Pierson.  Hanshaw on the other hand, looks to get back on the winning side.  His most recent match didn’t go quite how he wanted.  That match, a ten-round match against Derek Edwards, ended in a draw.

Friday’s fight is just the latest in a busy schedule for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  The latest schedule of matches for fans of FNF is available below.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location   Networks
Fri., Jun 14 9 p.m. Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Jundy Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs)—12-rounds, Bantamweight Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, N.J. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., Jun 21 10 p.m. Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KOs)—12-rounds, Junior Lightweight Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., Jun 28 9 p.m. Grzegorz Proska (29-2, 21 KOs) vs. Sergio Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs)—10-rounds, Middleweight Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN

 

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ESPN Family Of Networks Add ACC Football Games To 2013 Schedule

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Fans of both college football and of the ACC will get a big treat from the ESPN family of networks beginning this fall.  ESPN has officially announced that it will broadcast no fewer than twenty additional ACC college football games across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU during the course of the 2013 season.  The first three weeks of the upcoming college football season will see every home game from specific ACC teams, as well as a road and neutral site matchup across the ESPN family of networks.  This is in addition to five previously released ACC games.

As an added bonus for ACC football fans, the new deal between the ACC and the ESPN family of networks means that they will get to see the Dr Pepper ACC Championship from Charlotte, North Carolina and the previously announced quartet of Thursday ESPN College Football  Primetime telecasts.  Also, the deal has guaranteed at least one game on “Black Friday.”

The whole schedule kicks off with a matchup between the University of North Carolina and SEC #8 South Carolina.  The game is the first of the four scheduled Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime telecasts.  The game is currently scheduled for Thursday, August 29th at 6pm on ESPN.  Virginia Tech and two-time defending BCS National Champion Alabama follow on August 31st at 5:30pm on ESPN.  The game, the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Game is scheduled to be played in Atlanta.  Miami will face #11 Florida on September 7th at noon on ESPN.  Also expected to be broadcast that day is a matchup between Virginia and 3 Oregon at 3:30pm on ABC and ESPN2.

The current schedule of games is listed below.  More games will be announced as the season moves forward.

The 2013 ACC schedule as of May 23 (additional selections to be announced):

 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Aug 29 6 p.m. North Carolina at No. 8 South Carolina * ESPN
  6:30 p.m. Presbyterian at Wake Forest ESPN3
Fri, Aug 30 8 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Miami (Fla.) ESPNU
Sat, Aug 31 Noon Villanova at Boston College ESPN3
  Noon Elon at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech at NC State ESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
  12:30 p.m. Florida International at Maryland ESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
  3:30 p.m. BYU at Virginia ESPNU
  4 p.m. North Carolina Central at Duke ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff: Virginia Tech vs. No. 2 Alabama (from Atlanta) * ESPN
  8 p.m. No. 7 Georgia at No. 12 Clemson * ABC
Mon, Sep 2 8 p.m. No. 14 Florida State at Pittsburgh * ESPN
Fri, Sep 6 8 p.m. Wake Forest at Boston College * ESPN2
Sat, Sep 7 Noon No. 11 Florida at Miami (Fla.) ESPN
  12:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at North Carolina ESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
  12:30 p.m. South Carolina State at No. 12 Clemson ESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
  1:30 p.m. Western Carolina at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 3 Oregon at Virginia ABC & ESPN2
  4 p.m. Old Dominion at Maryland ESPN3
  6 p.m. Richmond at NC State ESPN3
Sat, Sep 14 12:30 p.m. New Mexico at Pittsburgh ESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
  12:30 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Wake Forest ESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
  3:30 p.m. Nevada at No. 14 Florida State ESPN or ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Duke ESPNU
  4 p.m. Wagner at Syracuse ESPN3
Thu, Sep 19 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Clemson at NC State * ESPN
Thu, Sep 26 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech * ESPN
Thu, Oct 17 TBD Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina * ESPN
Thu, Nov 14 7:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 12 Clemson * ESPN
Fri, Nov 29 TBD Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh * ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Dec 7 7:45 p.m. or 8 p.m. Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game (from Charlotte) ABC or ESPN

For all the latest ACC news, fans can follow the conference on its official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/theACC and its official website, http://www.theACC.com.

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Trioscapes Announce Final Performances For Year

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North Carolina based experimental jazz act Trioscapes has announced a new pair of live performance dates coming up very soon.  The band will be performing next Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, respectively.  Next Saturday’s performance will be at Krankies in Winston-Salem.  The band will follow up that performance with a live show the next night at The Milestone in Charlotte.

These new live performances will be the last shows of the year for the band.  This final pair of shows for the year cap off quite the year for Trioscapes.  The band saw a very well received tour with Prosthetic Records band, Scale The Summit post album release.  The band’s debut album, Separate Realities was a Top 10 debut on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Charts.  That album is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered http://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/item/14052.  After ordering the band’s CD online, fans can also get all the latest news and more including a live performance of its latest song, ‘Curse of the Ninth’ from Trioscapes on its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/trioscapes

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East Carolina University announces Summer Theatre Schedule

NEW BERN, N.C.–East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance has announced the schedule for the 2012 ECU/Loessen Summer Theatre.  The annual Summer Theatre program kicks off tomorrow, July 3rd with performances of “Our Town”, “”Seven in One Blow”, and “Collision Course–A 60’s Retro.”  The performances will be held from Tuesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 7th.  They will be held at Tryon Palace’s Cullman Performance Hall.

“Our Town” follows the Gibbs family and Webb family throughout their lives.  It all begins in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire in 1901.  The play will be performed July 3rd and July 5th at 7:30pm.  It will also be performed Friday and Saturday, July 6th and 7th at 2pm.

“Seven in One Blow” is based on the production developed by Randy Sharp and the Axis Theatre Company of New York.  It’s based on the classic Grimm Brothers story of a boy who swatted seven flies in one blow, and led everyone to believe he was a great giant killer.  Of course, there are some new additions to the tale that kids and parents alike will enjoy.  The play will be held July 3rd and 5th at 2pm and July 7th at 11am.

“Collision Course–A 60’s Retro” is the third of this year’s performances held by the ECU/Loessen Summer Theatre.”  It is comprised of a series of short plays written by some of the biggest playwrights of the 1960’s.  Each play runs anywhere from ten minutes to fifteen minutes in length.  Fans of the classic 1960’s sound will love the soundtrack to these plays, too.  “Collision Course–A 60’s Retro” does contain some adult themes.  Parental guidance is suggested for this performance.  “Collision Course–A 60’s Retro” will be performed July 6th and 7th at 8pm.

Tickets for this year’s peformances are on sale now.  They can be purchased online now at http://www.ecuarts.com or by phone toll free at 1-800-328-2787 and 252-328-6829.  The performances are part of the Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series.  Public Radio East and the Sun Journal serve as media sponsors for the performances.

More information on Tryon Palace is available online at http://www.tryonpalace.org and by phone toll free at 1-800-767-1500 and 252-639-3500.