ESPN2 To Air 2014 WNBA Draft Live April 14th

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Courtesy: ESPN

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NCAA Div. I Women’s Basketball Championship Brackets To Be Revealed On ESPN

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Women’s college basketball fans will find out which teams will make this year’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Division I tournament next week.

ESPN will reveal the complete field for this year’s tournament next Monday, March 17th on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One.  The special presentation will air live on ESPN and online via WatchESPN.  Kevin Negandhi will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by veteran analysts Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo in studio for in-depth analysis of the team selections.  The trio will interview Baylor’s Kim Mulkey and Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw as part of the evening’s broadcast.

Also joining the discussion will be espnW.com writer Mechelle Voepel.  She will offer extra insight on ESPNU’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage Presented by Capital One.  That special will air on ESPNU at 8pm ET.  ESPNU’s extended coverage special will feature an exclusive interview with Carolayne Henry, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee among a number of interviews included in the broadcast.

ESPNU will follow up its special Monday night broadcast with a special two hour-long edition of College Basketball Live Tuesday, March 18th at 1pm ET.  College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Special will follow up Monday night’s bracket announcement with an in-depth analysis of the tournament.  It will also feature live interviews with some of the top names in women’s college basketball.  Beth Mowins and Cara Capuano will co-host the special extended edition of College Basketball Live.  They will be joined by analysts Debbie Antonelli, Maria Taylor and Brooke Weisbrod.

Both ESPN and ESPNU will offer much more for audiences in their respective broadcasts.  More information on each is available online at http://espn.go.com/womens-basketball/ and http://espn.go.com/espnw/.  Along with the extensive coverage offered by ESPN and espnW, cast members from ABC’s hit drama Nashville will add their own touch to the broadcast, too.  Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere will open ESPN’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One live from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.  In addition to their opening segment, ESPN will feature Britton’s take on Jason Aldean’s hit song ‘The Only Way I Know’ throughout the selection special’s broadcast.  The song, which featured Luke Bryant and Eric Church, will also be used throughout ESPN’s NCAA Women’s Division I tournament coverage.  Nashville airs Wednesday nights at 10pm ET on ABC.

ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will have full coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship beginning March 22nd.  The networks’ full broadcast schedule is expected to be released soon.  More information on this year’s tournament and coverage is available online at http://espn.go.com/espnW, http://espn.go.com/womens-basketball, and http://www.facebook.com/espnW.  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, go online to https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN College Football Analysts Announce Picks For BCS Bowls

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The holiday season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year.  For college football fans, it’s not Christmas, but the days after that are the most wonderful time of the year.  That’s because the biggest games of the college football season are played in the days after Christmas.  And fans can catch all of the action across the ESPN family of networks and online.  It all starts off New Year’s Day with the 100th Rose Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Number Four Michigan State will face off against Number Five Stanford in the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio at 5pm.  Number Six Baylor and Number Fifteen UCF follow at 8:30pm in the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The new year football celebrations continue Thursday, January 2nd with a matchup of Number Three Alabama taking on Number Eleven Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  That game is slated for an 8:30pm start time.  The Discover Orange Bowl follows the next night at 8:30pm with Number Twelve Clemson taking on Number Seven Ohio State.  That games is also set for an 8:30pm kickoff.  Wrapping up the week of football festivities is the Vizio BCS National Championship next Monday, January 6th.  The one-loss Auburn Tigers will take on the undefeated Florida State Seminoles in college football’s biggest game.

As college football fans across the country get ready for their most wonderful time of the year, ESPN’s college football analysts have made their own predictions as to the winner of each game.  Their picks are listed below.  It should be noted that the analysts in question did not pick the games that they are calling.

ESPN Analysts BCS Picks

Analyst Rose Bowl

#STANvsMSU

Fiesta Bowl

#UCFvsBAY

Sugar Bowl

#OUvsBAMA

Orange Bowl

#CLEMvsOSU

Championship

#FSUvsAUB

Anthony Becht Stanford UCF Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Mike Bellotti Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Kevin Carter Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Todd Blackledge Stanford Baylor Clemson
Ed Cunningham Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Joey Galloway Michigan State Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Rod Gilmore Stanford Alabama Ohio State Auburn
Brian Griese Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Brock Huard Michigan State Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Danny Kanell Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Tom Luginbill Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Brett McMurphy Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Jesse Palmer Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Chris Spielman Michigan State Alabama Florida State
Matt Stinchcomb Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Andre Ware Michigan State

 

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WNBA Has Strong Start To Season

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The 2013-2014 WNBA season is off to a pretty strong start.  This weekend’s double header saw the Washington Mystics taking on the Tulsa Shock and the Chicago Sky facing off against the Phoenix Mercury.  The double header pulled in a 0.3 household coverage rating and averaged 366,000 viewers (P2+), including the most viewed regular season game on ESPN2 in nine years.  The pair of games featured the top four teams from this year’s WNBA draft presented by State Farm.  It included ESPNs “3 to See” trio of Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa) and Brittney Griner (Phoenix).  ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will focus on the “3 to See” throughout the WNBA season.  This includes coverage online at ESPN.com and espnW.com. 

The broadcast of the Mystics/Shock Memorial Day 3pm broadcast earned a 0.3 rating with 314,000 viewers.  The 5pm game featuring the Sky and Mercury pulled a 0.4 rating with 455,000 viewers.  It was the most viewed game on ESPN2 since the Phoenix took on New York on July 11th, 2004.  That game pulled in a 0.5 rating with 487,000 viewers. 

The 2012 WNBA regular season on ESPN2 averaged a 0.2 household coverage rating.  Coverage of the 2013 WNBA season returns Saturday, June 8th at 3:30pm with a matchup of the Phoenix Mercury and the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever.  The game is the first of the 2013 WNBA regular season.  It will air on ABC.

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WNBA Kicks Off 2013-2014 Season This Weekend On ABC

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The 2013-2014 WNBA season starts next Monday.  And it all kicks off with a double header on ABC.  The double header will feature the top four teams from this year’s WNBA draft presented by State Farm.  It all starts with a match between the Washington Mystics and Tulsa Shock at 3pm ET.  The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury follow at 5pm ET.  Along with the games, ESPN will offer an in-depth look at course taken by the league’s top picks—The “3 To See–from college to the pros.  The “3 To See” are Elena Delle Donne (Delaware to Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame to Tulsa Shock), and Brittney Griner (Baylor to Phoenix Mercury).

ABC’s double header matchup is just part of Monday’s season opening celebration of the WNBA.  ESPN Classic will air a Memorial Day weekend marathon featuring a series of games featuring the “3 To See.”  The full slate of games is listed below.

ESPN Classic Memorial Day “3 to See” Marathon

Date Time (ET) Game
Sun, May 26 4 p.m. 2012 NCAA Women’s National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Notre Dame

Diggins 19 points leads ND to an 83-75 win

  6 p.m. Connecticut at Notre Dame (2013)

Diggins scores 29 points in ND’s 96-87 triple-overtime win

  8 p.m. 2013 NCAA Championship Second Round: Delaware vs. North Carolina

Delle Donne nets 33 points in loss in final home game

  10 p.m. 2012 NCAA Women’s National Championship: Notre Dame vs. Baylor

Griner has 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in win

  Midnight 2012 NCAA Championship Second Round: Kansas vs. Delaware

Delle Donne scores 34 points in loss

Mon, May 27 1:30 a.m. Notre Dame at Tennessee (2013)

Diggins has 33 points, five assists and four steals in victory

  3:30 p.m. 2012 CAA Championship: Drexel vs. Delaware

Delle Donne dominates with 27 points and 10 boards in win

  7 a.m. Connecticut at Baylor (2011)

Griner leads with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks in victory

  9 a.m. Delaware at St. John’s (2013)

Delle Donne tallies 29 points, 16 boards, two assists and two blocks in overtime win

  11 a.m. 2011 NCAA Women’s National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Notre Dame

Diggins nets 28 points in win over UConn and National Player of the Year Maya Moore

  1 p.m. Baylor at Connecticut (2013)

Griner scores 25 points in win, including 3,000th of her career

 

Fans of the WNBA will also get to see the return of the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game on July 27th.  The game will air that day at 3:30pm ET on ABC live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

The team of Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo, and Carolyn Peck return once again this season to call the games, with Ward calling the play-by-play action.  Holly Rowe and LaChina Robinson will serve as reporters for select games.  Sue Bird—seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Champion with the Seattle Storm—will join the broadcast team this season from the ESPN Studio.  This includes the opening day double header.  Bird is sidelined this season while she recovers from left knee surgery.

The full season schedule is available below:

2013 WNBA Regular-Season Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Networks
Mon, May 27 3 p.m. Washington Mystics at Tulsa Shock

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & LaChina Robinson

ESPN2
  5 p.m. Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury

Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe

ESPN2
Sat, June 8 3:30 p.m. Phoenix Mercury at Indiana Fever

Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe

ABC
Wed, June 12 8 p.m. Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever

Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck

ESPN2
Tue, June 25 8 p.m. Phoenix Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars

Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck

ESPN2
Tue, July 2 8 p.m. Tulsa Shock at Connecticut Sun ESPN2
Tue, July 9 9 p.m. Atlanta Dream at Minnesota Lynx ESPN2
Thu, July 11 9 p.m. Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock ESPN2
Thu, July 18 10 p.m. Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks ESPN2
Tue, July 23 7 p.m. New York Liberty at Indiana Fever ESPN2
Sat, July 27 3:30 p.m. Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game

(Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.)

ABC
Tue, Aug 6 10 p.m. Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury ESPN2
Tue, Aug 20 10 p.m. Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm ESPN2
Sat, Aug 24 7 p.m. Indiana Fever at Minnesota Lynx ESPN2
Wed, Sep 11 8 p.m. Phoenix Mercury at Chicago Sky ESPN2

 

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WNBA Draft Airs On Primetime Tonight

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The 2013 WNBA Draft will be held tonight on ESPN2.  This year marks the first time ever that the WNBA has held the draft in primetime.  It will be highlighted by the “3 To See”, Elena Delle Donne (University of Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), and Brittney Grinor (Baylor).  The broadcast—presented by State farm—will air at 8pm/7pm CT tonight.  It will be held at ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters.  The league’s second and third rounds will air live on ESPNU from 9-10:30pm.  Fans can watch all three rounds online and via mobile devices on WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. Each round consists of twelve picks each.  WNBA fans can get even more content throughout the day today on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on espnW.

Kevin Negandhi will host the draft.  He comes into tonight’s broadcast fresh off the heels of a successful broadcast of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.  It marks the first time that he will host the annual draft.  He will be joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck.  Reporters Holly Rowe and LaChina Robinson will also be on hand to bring viewers the latest news and more live.  Guards and forwards highlight this year’s top draft crop.  Among the top guards expected to be on hand are:  Alex Bentley (Penn State), Layshia Clarendon (California), Kelly Faris (Connecticut), Tayler Hill (Ohio State), Lindsey Moore (Nebraska) and Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown).  The league’s top prospective forwards include:  Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) and Toni Young (Oklahoma State); and center Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M).

The Phoenix Mercury is at the top of this year’s draft for the third time in the history of the franchise.  The Chicago Sky, Tulsa Shock, Washington Mystics, and New York Liberty round out the top five teams in the draft this year.

ESPN and the WNBA are now in the seventeenth year together.  And heads of both organizations recently signed a new contract that will extend the pair’s partnership through the 2022 season.  This year’s season opens with a special Memorial Day doubleheader that pits the league’s top four draft picks against one another.  Washington and Tulsa will face off at 3pm.  Chicago and Phoenix follow that game at 5pm. 

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