NL Central Foes, Chicago And St. Louis, Close Series Live Today on TBS

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National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs wrap up their four-game weekend series this afternoon, and the make or break game for the divisional foes will be broadcast live on TBS.

Coverage of today’s game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET, with Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling on the call.  The Cubs have taken two of the series’ games while the Cards only have one win, so today’s game could mean a series split if the Red Birds Win or a series win for the Cubs if they take the “W”.

Miles Mikolas (MY-koh-lahs) (10-3) is scheduled to get the start for St. Louis in today’s game.  His last time on the mound was July 15 against the Cincinnati Reds, another NL opponent.  The Cardinals won that game 6-4.

Mikolas pitched four innings in the game, but John Gant (3-3) was credited with the win.  Mikolas allowed 3 runs, 3 earned runs and 2 walks on 6 hits while striking out two during his time on the mound.

Jose Quintana (8-6) is set to start for Chicago.  His last time on the mound was 12 days ago on July 10 against San Francisco and was credited with the win in the game, having pitched six innings and allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks over that time while striking out 3 batters.  He allowed no runs, no earned runs or even home runs either.

Looking at those numbers, today’s series closer seems to lean in favor of the Cubs.  However, a deeper look at the numbers shows either team could walk away with the win today.  The host Cubs are 30-17 at home so far this season versus 27-23 on the road while St. Louis, which sits third in the NL Central, 7.5 games back from the division (and National League) -leading Cubs, is almost as good on the road as at home, going 26-24 on the road and 24-24 at home.

The Cards’ most recent win came Saturday against the Cubs, so they’ll be looking to even out the series at two games each as it closes.  The Cubs meanwhile will look to rebound from that loss so it can improve to 7-4 in its last 10 games.

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Shout! Factory To Re-Issue ‘Saved By The Bell’ This Fall

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It’s time to go back to Bayside!

For the first time in almost five years, NBC’s classic Saturday morning series Saved By The Bell is getting a full-series set on DVD, and it’s all thanks to Shout! Factory.  Saved by the BellThe Complete Collection is scheduled to be released Oct. 2, and for true devotees of the timeless series, this set gets right what the show’s previous series offerings have gotten wrong.

Whereas previous sets — including the most recent from Lionsgate — omitted the college years, this set includes those episodes and the previously omitted “Good Morning, Miss Bliss.”  The full, 86-episode series run spans 2,790 minutes across 16 discs and even includes the rare Saved by the Bell movies as an added bonus. They were previously omitted from the series’ most recent release.

Pre-orders are open now for the set at Amazon.  More information on Saved by the BellThe Complete Collecion and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Yankees, Indians To Close Out 4-Game Weekend Series Live Sunday On TBS

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The New York Yankees opened a four-game series Thursday against the Cleveland Indians as Major League Baseball’s 2018 season moves into its mid-season break, and TBS will carry the closer in the teams’ series this Sunday.

The Indians will play host to their American League opponents in this series, which has increasing importance for both teams’ playoff chances.  Currently, New York sits second in the American League East at 61 – 31, 3.5 games back from the league leading Boston Red Sox and third in the AL.  Cleveland leads the American League Central at 50 – 42, but is currently sixth in the American League, just above the cutoff for the playoffs, so this four-game series is just as critical for Cleveland as it is for New York.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-2) is scheduled to start for the Yankees on Sunday.  He was just reactivated from the 10-day DL on July 10 against the Orioles.  The Os defeated the Yankees 6-5 in the game, though the loss went to Dellin Betances in that game.  Tanaka pitched 4.1 innings, but was a little rusty in his return, allowing 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 1 home run, while striking out 5 batters.  Needless to say he’ll be looking to knock off some more of that rust when he takes the mount Sunday afternoon.

Trevor Bauer (8-6) is scheduled to get the start for Cleveland in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was July 10 against Cincinnati.  Cincinnati shocked Cleveland in that game, putting up 7 runs in the 9th to take the 7-4 final.  While Bauer did pitch in that game, Cody Allen took the loss for Cleveland.  Bauer was strong over 8 inning,s allowing only 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 12 Reds batters.  He allowed no runs, earned runs or home runs over that time, so he will be hungry to repeat that performance Sunday against New York.

While Cleveland has been impressive at home this season at 29-18 versus a 21-24 road record, the team has also gone 5-5 in its last 10 games with its last game being a loss.  New York meanwhile has been far better overall, going 33-13 at home and 28-18 on the road, and 7-3 in its last 10 games.  The team is also in the midst of a 2-game win streak, strengthening the team’s odds even more for continued success against Cleveland not just Sunday but overall in this inter-divisional AL series.

Brian Anderson will have the call for Sunday’s game on TBS.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Sunday’s game is just the first of TBS’ Sunday MLB broadcasts as the league makes its way through the second half of the season.  From here on out, the network will carry one game every Sunday afternoon through the end of the regular season.

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Paul Finebaum Signs Multiyear Extension With ESPN

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Tampa, FL – January 7, 2017 – Curtis Hixon Park: Paul Finebaum on the set of SEC Now during the 2017 CFP National Championship Game Presented by AT&T
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

ESPN personality Paul Finebaum will remain with the network for the foreseeable future.

That’s because Finebaum, who serves as an analyst on the SEC Network’s SEC Nation and as host of The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN, signed a multi-year contract extension with ESPN this week.

Specific terms of the deal were not announced, but it is known that with the extension, he will continue his noted duties on both networks, and have other additional appearances on the ESPN networks. Finebaum said he was looking forward to his future with ESPN and the SEC Network.

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the ESPN family and look forward to continuing our show on the SEC Network,” Finebaum said.  “I consider myself incredibly blessed to do this every day, and I’d like to thank everyone at ESPN, as well as all of our loyal listeners and viewers, for their support.”

Stephanie Druley, Senior Vice president ESPN Events and Studio production, shared Finebaum’s positive thoughts on the extension.

“Paul is one of the most compelling personalities on the SEC Network and ESPN,” Druley said.  “His passion for the SEC and its fan base is evident every day on the Paul Finebaum Show.  Over the years on the SEC Network Paul and his callers have delivered daily with captivating debate and light-hearted humor.  We look forward to enjoying The Paul Finebaum Show, and Paul’s varied and valued contributions to our studio show programming, as we head yet again into another jam-packed football season.”

Finebaum will be a part of the SEC Network’s special summer edition of SEC Nation this Sunday, July 15 from SEC Summmerfest.  It will be presented by Regions Bank.   The special college football pre-season broadcast kicks off 45 hours of live coverage from Atlanta ahead of next week’s SEC Kickoff.

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ESPN Announces Extensive Broadcast Coverage Schedule For T-Mobile Home Run Derby

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It’s almost time again for Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, and with its return next week is also the return of its heavy hitters showcase in the annual Home Run Derby.  ESPN will carry exclusive coverage of the exhibition competition live, Monday, July 16.

Coverage of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Karl Ravech will anchor Monday night’s showcase.  Former World Series Champion and current ESPN analyst Marx Teixeira will join Ravech in the booth for additional commentary.  Jessica Mendoza will be on the field with all of the latest interviews with this year’s field of hitters while reporter Buster Olney will have all of the latest news from the field.

While coverage of the competition starts Monday night, ESPN’s networks will have on-site coverage starting Monday afternoon at 3 ET.  It all starts with a special 90-minute edition of Baseball Tonight, Baseball TonightAll-Star Media Day from 3 – 4:30 on ESPN live from Nationals Park.

Baseball TonightHome Run Derby — Around The Cage follows from 4:30 – 5:30 on ESPN.  The broadcast will include interviews with the competitors.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.

Pardon The Interruption continues the afternoon’s coverage live from Nationals Park from 5:30 – 6.  Over on ESPN2, Chris Rose and Kevin Miller will be have even more coverage on Intentional Talk from 5 – 6.  The anticipation keeps building at 6 p.m. on an hour-long edition of SportsCenter on ESPNwith Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech co-hosting.

The Home Run Derby Preview Show leads into the “big game” at 7 p.m. on ESPN.  Adnan Virk, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez will have broadcast duties during the hour-long broadcast.

Those who won’t be near a television during the derby can still catch it online as it will be simulcast online via the ESPN App.  Over on ESPNEWS, viewers will get a first-of-its kind broadcast of the derby — a graphics intense broadcast loaded with data from Statcast. Jason Benetti and Eduardo Perez will partner for the broadcast.

ESPN Radio , ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio will also simulcast Monday night’s showdown.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call while Marc Kestecher and analyst Tim Kurkjian carry pre-game coverage.

Coverage on ESPN Deportes starts at 7 p.m. with a on-hour edition of SportsCenter.  Ernesto Jerez will anchor the broadcast of the derby itself.  He will be joined by analyst Luis Alfredo Alvarez for additional commentary.  Reporter Guillermo Celis will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

Over on ESPN Deportes Radio, Eduardo Ortega will have the call for Monday night’s matchup of hitters.  He will be joined by analyst Renato Bermudez for additional commentary while reporter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby is available online now along with all oh the latest Major League Baseball headlines at:

 

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ESPN Announces CFB Media Days Broadcast Schedule

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The official start of the 2018 college football season is still a couple of months away, but ESPN is getting a head start on this season’s action.

The worldwide leader in sports announced its upcoming Media Days broadcast schedule on Wednesday.  The ESPN networks’ college football coverage launches with the return on Monday of College Football Live at 6:30 p.m. ET.  Monday’s broadcast will air live on ESPN2 from the College Football Hall of Fame and SEC kickoff.  The SEC Network will also be part of the SEC Kickoff from July 15 – 19.

After Monday’s broadcast, the 30-minute broadcast will air at its normal 3:30 and 5 p.m. time slots on ESPN2. Later in the month, College Football Live will also air live from the Pac-12 Media Day on July 25 at 3:30 p.m.

If ESPN2’s College Football Live coverage isn’t enough for college football fans, the ESPN networks’ extensive media day coverage will appease those fans. ESPNU and the ACC Network Plus will be live at the ACC Football Kickoff from July 18-19 while ESPNU and the Longhorn Network will broadcast live coverage of the Big 12 Media Days from July 16 and 17.

Online, ESPN3 will stream seven Media Days:  AAC (July 23-24), Conference USA (July 19), MAC (July 24), Sun Belt (July 23), Big South (July 24) Northeast  (July 24) and Southland (July 19).

As an added bonus for fans, ESPN will play host to two of college football’s greatest names as part of its early pre-season coverage later this month at its headquarters.  Clemson coach Dabo Swinny will appear on ESPN’s networks July 23.  Nick Saban will follow the very next day, July 24.

The ESPN networks’ full media days broadcast schedule is noted below.

Overview of ESPN’s Media Day Schedule Below
Doesn’t include daily episodes of College Football Live

Date

Time (ET)

Conference

Network

Mon, July 16

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SEC

SEC Network*

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Big 12

Longhorn Network

4 – 7 p.m.

Big 12

ESPNU**

Tue, July 17

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

SEC

SEC Network

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Big 12

Longhorn Network

4 – 7 p.m.

Big 12

ESPNU**

Wed, July 18

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

SEC

SEC Network

10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

ACC

ACC Network Extra

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

CUSA

ESPN3

4 – 6 p.m.

ACC

ESPNU

Thu, July 19

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

SEC

SEC Network

9:15 am – 2:45 p.m.

ACC

ACC Network Extra

10 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Southland

ESPN3

10 a.m. – noon

CUSA

ESPN3

4 – 6 p.m.

ACC

ESPNU

Mon, July 23

2-4 p.m.

Sun Belt

ESPN3

TBD

American

ESPN3

Tue, July 24

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

MAC

ESPN3

TBD

American

ESPN3

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Northeast

ESPN3

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Big South

ESPN3

Wed, July 25

5-7 p.m.

Pac-12

ESPNU

*Complete SEC Network programming can be found here

**Re-air of Longhorn Network programming

 

More information on ESPN’s college football coverage is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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ESPN To Offer Full Day Of MLB All-Star Game Coverage Tuesday

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Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game is returning to ESPN Radio again this year.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports announced Thursday that for the 21st consecutive year, ESPN Radio will serve as the national radio broadcast home of the league’s annual mid-season spectacular, which is scheduled to be played July 17.  Broadcast of Tuesday’s All-Start showcase is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  The broadcast will also stream online via the ESPN App.

The ESPN Radio broadcast team of Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for Tuesday night’s game.  Reporters Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

While coverage officially starts at 8 p.m., ESPN’s coverage of the All-Star game starts early in the day with live coverage on SportsCenter AM with host Pedro Gomez.  Coverage continues at 4 p.m. ET with a special 90-minute edition of Baseball TonightAround The Cage anchored by Karl Ravech.  He will be joined by analysts Marx Teixeira David Ross, Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

Pardon The Interruption and SportsCenter continue ESPN’s pre-game coverage from 5:30 – 7 with PTI up first from 5:30 – 6.  It will broadcast live from Nationals Park.  Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech will co-host SportsCenter from 6 – 7 on ESPN live from Nationals Park.

A half-hour Baseball Tonight2018 All-Star Game Preview Show airs at 7 p.m. with Ravech hosting and Teixeira and Ross serving as analysts once again leading into Tuesday night’s game.

More information on ESPN’s 2018 MLB All-Star Game coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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