ESPN Networks To Carry Full Coverage Of This Weekend’s Dodgers-Pirates Series

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The ESPN family of networks has a special treat for baseball fans this weekend. It will bring full coverage of the Dodgers and Pirates this weekend in the teams’ weekend-spanning three-game series.

ESPN and family of networks will bring baseball fans full coverage of this weekend’s three-game series between the Dodgers and Pirates. It all kicks off tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN with coverage presented by Taco Bell. Gerrit Cole is expected to get the start for the Pirates in tonight’s game while Clayton Kershaw will get the start for the Dodgers. Cole’s last start was this past Saturday against the Pirates’ NL Central foes, the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati got the win in that game, defeating Pittsburgh 4 – 3 with Cole taking the loss. Cole pitched five innings in that game, throwing a total of ninety-eighty pitches, sixty-six of which were strikes for a roughly sixty-eight percent strike rate. Speaking of strikes, Cole struck out five of twenty-three batters that he faced. He allowed four hits, two runs, two earned runs, one home run and walked two.

Clayton Kershaw last took the mound last Saturday against the Angels. The Dodgers got the 3 – 1 win in that game with Kershaw being credited with the win. Kershaw pitched one hundred fifteen pitches over eight innings in the game, seventy-seven of which were strikes. That’s a roughly sixty-seven percent strike rate. Of the twenty-six batters that Kershaw faced, he struck out seven, allowing only two hits, no runs and no earned runs among them. He walked only one.

Coming into tonight’s series’ opener, Los Angeles sits third in the National League standings behind the Cardinals and Pirates three games ahead of the Giants in the NL West. So this game and the pair to follow will be crucial for both teams as the race for the post season heats up. The Dodgers are currently 62 – 46 on the season, and 6 – 4 in their last ten games with two of those last ten being wins for the team. Tonight’s series opener will be especially interesting because both the Dodgers and Pirates have proven to be better at home than on the road. As a matter of fact, the teams’ home records are nearly identical with Pittsburgh currently going 36 – 18 at home so far this season and the Dodgers going 37 – 18 at home so far this season. Both teams’ road records are equally unstable. Pittsburgh has accrued a 26 – 26 road record while Los Angeles has gone 25 – 28 on the road so far this season.

Dan Shulman will have the call for tonight’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game reports and news from around the league.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the series between the Pirates and Dodgers continues Saturday afternoon on ESPN Radio as Matt Latos and Francisco Liriano take to the mound for the Dodgers and Pirates respectively. John Sciambi will have the call for that game. He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton. Coverage for Saturday night’s game is scheduled for a 3pm ET start.

This weekend’s coverage of the Dodgers and Pirates is rounded out Sunday night on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell and Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Karl Ravech will anchor Sunday night’s edition of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet, which begins at 7pm ET. He will be joined at the desk by Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian, and reporter Nicole Briscoe. Those that won’t be near a TV can catch Sunday Night Countdown on ESPN Radio, hosted by Jon Sciambi. It will also be simulcast online on WatchESPN and on ESPN Deportes for MLB’s Spanish-speaking audiences. Dan Shulman will have the call on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. That broadcast is scheduled for an 8pm ET start. Shulman will be joined in the booth once again by his SNB cohorts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and on the field by reporter Buster Olney. Charlie Morton is expected to get the start for Pittsburgh and Alex Wood for Los Angeles.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of this weekend’s series between the Pirates and Dodgers is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

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NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Closes Its “Western Swing” This Weekend

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The NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series finishes off its annual “Western Swing” this weekend. And thanks to ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, fans of drag racing’s top series will get to see all of the action from the Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington.

ESPN 2 will carry Qualifying coverage Saturday, September 8th beginning at 11pm ET. Final eliminations will run Sunday, August 9th at 9pm ET on ESPN2. Fans who have access to ESPN3 can catch full coverage of eliminations live there Sunday after noon at 2pm ET. Coming off of last weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals, DSR teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown Currently sit 1-2 in the Top Fuel Division after Brown took the Wally in that division. He now sits thirty-seven points back from Schumacher. DSR came out on top in the Funny Car division, too with “Fast” Jack Beckman taking the trophy there. He now sits in second fifty-seven points behind his DSR teammate Matt Hagan. In the Pro Stock division, Harlow Sammons Racing driver Chris McGaha came out on top, edging out Jonathan Gray with a 212.13, 0.024 to Gray’s 211.03, 0.016. Sunday’s final marked the first time that the competitors had gone wheel to wheel in a final round. McGaha now sits in fourth on the Pro Stock ladder, 210 points back from division leader Greg Anderson. 2014 Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders currently sits second to Anderson, 47 points back.

Dave Rieff will anchor this weekend’s coverage from Seattle. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mike Dunn, and in the pits by reporters Gary Gerould and John Kernan. More information on ESPN’s coverage of the NHRA Northwest Nationals is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing. All of the latest headlines from Seattle are available online along with all of the latest NHRA news at:

Website: http://www.nhra.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/NHRA

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Coverage Of The 2015 NBA Draft Presented By State Farm

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The 2014 – 2015 NBA season is officially in the books. But the road to the 2015 – 2016 season has already begun.

This Thursday, June 25th, ESPN will carry exclusive coverage of the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Coverage for this year’s draft is expected to begin at 7pm ET. This year’s broadcast marks the 13th consecutive year that ESPN has carried the draft. NBA fans that won’t be near a TV during the draft won’t have to worry about missing a minute of its coverage as they can hear all the coverage on ESPN radio and online via WatchESPN. Rece Davis will anchor this year’s broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by ESPN college basketball analyst and NBA Draft expert Jay Bilas, college basketball analyst Jay Williams, and NBA analyst Jalen Rose. Mark Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast. He will be joined by Ryen Rusillo and analyst P.J. Carlesimo for additional insight and commentary.

ESPN’s coverage and insight of this year’s NBA Draft presented by State Farm doesn’t stop at the desk. ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn will add to the network’s coverage with front office perspective while ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla have a look at international players poised to be drafted into the NBA. Heather Cox will be in the green room and Shannon Spake, new to the draft this year, will have interviews with draftees once selections are made. ESPN college basketball insiders Andy Katz and Jeff Goodman will each offer additional draft and NBA news throughout the broadcast. Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne, and Chris Broussard will each be embedded with one of three teams throughout the Draft for even more coverage–Windhorst with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Shelburne with the Lakers and Broussard with the Knicks.

Leading up to the big night, ESPN2 will air a special one-hour NBA Draft preview show Wednesday night at 7pm ET. Following the Draft, ESPNU will provide Post-Draft coverage beginning at midnight. Anish Shroff, Tim Welsh, and Seth Greenberg will be on hand for commentary.

NBA fans can get more information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm onine at:

Website: http://www.espn.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

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NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Rumbles Into Thunder Valley This Weekend

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The NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series will be in Thunder Valley this weekend.

Drag racing’s top series will hit the track in Bristol for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at the famed racing facility, which also includes Bristol Motor Speedway. Coverage of this weekend’s events begins Saturday on ESPN2 with same-day coverage of qualifying beginning at 8pm ET. Final Eliminations will be broadcast live on ESPN Sunday afternoon at 3pm ET.  Those with access to ESPN3 can also catch eliminations live online Sunday at noon. Dave Rieff will have the call for this weekend’s events. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mike Dunn for additional commentary. Gary Gerould and John Kernan will be in the pits with all of the latest news from each team throughout the weekend.

Coming into this weekend’s events, Antron Brown leads the Top Fuel division with team-mate Tony Schumacher thirty-three points back in second. Schumacher closed the gap after his latest win this past weekend at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire. Legendary funny car driver John Force took another step towards the top spot in the Funny Car division after his win last weekend. And Pro Stock points Leader widened his lead in that division after also making the podium this past weekend. The win widens his lead over Erica Enders to seventy points.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the NHRA is available online now at http://espn.go.com/racing. All of the latest NHRA news is available online now at:

Website: http://www.nhra.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NHRA

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NHRA

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ESPN, CFL Reach New Multi-Year Broadcast Deal

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Courtesy: CFL/TSN/ESPN

ESPN made a big announcement this week for all of the football fans out there.

ESPN announced that it will offer extensive coverage of the 2015 CFL schedule this season. It all begins this weekend with a matchup of the BC Lions and the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders. The two teams will face off Friday, June 12th on 9:30pm ET on ESPN3. The game is just one of sixty-nine games that will be carried on ESPN3. Along with those games, ESPN2 will carry twenty CFL games beginning June 25th at 7:30pm ET as the Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa Redblacks. Michael Sam, the SEC 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, will make his CFL debut with the Alouettes in the game. The matchup will be played at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Between its coverage online and on television, ESPN and the ESPN networks will carry a total of eighty-nine CFL games. The broadcast schedule is part of a multi-year deal between ESPN and the CFL that gives ESPN exclusive rights to air the CFL’s games in the United States. The broadcasts will utilize the on-air and behind-the-scenes teams from TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader. The complete television schedule for the 2015 CFL season will be announced soon. The latest schedule of games to be broadcast online via ESPN3 is listed below.

ESPN’s 2015 CFL Preseason Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Jun 12 9:30 p.m. BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders ESPN3
Sat, Jun 13 10 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos ESPN3
Thu, Jun 18 7:30 p.m. Toronto Argonauts vs. Montreal Alouettes ESPN3

*Schedule subject to change.

More information on the CFL’s 2015 season is available online now along with all of the latest CFL news and headlines at:

Website: http://tsn.ca/cfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFL

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CFL

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ESPN Heads West Again This Weekend For SNB

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ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell continues its western swing this weekend as the worldwide leader in sports brings audiences a matchup of the Cardinals and Dodgers.

Sunday’s broadcast is the closer in a four-game series between the National League foes. Clayton Kershaw is currently scheduled to take the mound for Los Angeles as it hosts the Cardinals. Kershaw last took the mound Monday night against the Rockies. He pitched 7 innings in the Dodgers’ 11 – 4 shellacking of Colorado, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and striking out 7 batters along the way. Currently there is no word on who will take the mound for St. Louis in the game.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Mark Mulder and John Kruk. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for the latest news and updates throughout the game. Sunday’s broadcast is scheduled for an 8pm ET start time. It will preceded at 7pm ET by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.

Before heading back out west this weekend, the worldwide leader in sports will bring audiences the closer between the Dodgers and Rockies in the teams’ 4-game series on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball. Mike Bolsinger is expected to get the start for the Dodgers in the game. Currently there are no details on who will get the start for Colorado. Bolsinger’s last time on the mound was this past Friday against St. Louis. Bolsinger pitched 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 3, walks, and struck out 3 in the Dodgers’ 3 – 0 loss to the Cardinals. Jon Sciambi will have the call for Wednesday night’s game. He will be joined by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville, and studio analysts Eric Wedge and Eduardo Perez for the broadcast. the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 8pm ET. Along with its broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes will also carry the game live for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences. Audiences that won’t be close to a TV tomorrow night can still catch the game live online via WatchESPN. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

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ESPN Heads West For This Weekend’s Sunday Night Baseball Broadcast

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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball is headed west this weekend for its weekly MLB broadcast.

This week’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will come live from Los Angeles for an American League showdown between the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers. Sunday’s game is the closer for the teams’ 4-game series, which kicked off Thursday. The game will air live on ESPN2. The Angels dominated Detroit in the game 12 – 2 with C.J. Wilson being credited with the win for the Angels. Wilson pitched 6 innings allowing only 2 hits, 1 earned run, 5 walks, and struck out 7 batters. On the other side of the ball, Detroit’s Buck Farmer was on the mound. He pitched 5 innings, allowing 9 hits, 7 earned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 1 batter. Matt Shoemaker is expected to take the mound for the Angels in Sunday night’s game. He last took the mound this past Tuesday against the Padres, pitching seven innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and striking out 6 batters. Shoemaker is 3 – 4 so far this season with 51 innings pitched, 48 strikeouts, and a WHIP average of 1.17. David Price is expected to take the mound for Detroit. His last game was this past Tuesday against Oakland. He pitched 7 innings in that game, allowing 5 hits, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 3 batters.

Currently, the Tigers sit in 3rd in the AL Central 1 ½ games back from division leader Kansas City. Detroit is 5 – 5 in its last ten games and is only slightly better on the road than at home going 14 – 9 on the road and 14 – 12 at home. Los Angeles is currently at .500 (24 – 24) at the time of this post. The team is also 5 – 5 in its last ten games and is better at home than on the road going 12 – 11 at home and 12 – 13 on the road.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk in the booth. Reporter Buster Olney will be on the field with more insight into the night’s featured game. The game will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.

Monday night on Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA, the currently league-leading St. Louis Cardinals will host the struggling Milwaukee Brewers for the first of a three-game series between the teams. Jaime Garcia is expected to start for the Cardinals Monday night. His last time on the mound was this past Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. He was credited with the win in that game having pitched 6 innings. In the course of those innings, he allowed 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, and struck out 5 batters. It is not yet known who will start for Milwaukee in Monday night’s series-opener. Monday night’s broadcast is scheduled to start at 8pm ET. Dave O’Brien will have the call for that game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Mark Mulder.

More information on ESPN’s weekly baseball coverage is available online at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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