Lynx Look To Stay Perfect Tonight On ESPN2 Against New York Liberty

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Courtesy: ESPN

The 2016 NBA Finals is all the talk right now around the sports world.  It isn’t the only basketball news to talk about today, though.  That is because the WNBA just recently tipped off its 2016 season.  And ESPN2 has one of the league’s big matchups tonight.

The Minnesota Lynx currently sit at 5 – 0 so far on the season.  Early in the season the team is in a very tight battle with the Los Angeles Sparks (also at 5 – 0 on the season) for the top spot not just in the West but in the league. Tonight, on ESPN2 the Lynx (3- 0 so far in the conference to L.A.’s 1 – 0 conference record) will look to keep that battle close as it faces off against the New York Liberty in New York.  Coverage of the game is currently scheduled to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN2.  Pam Ward will have the call for tonight’s game.  She will be joined by analyst Carolyn Peck for additional commentary.  Reporter LaChina Robinson will be courtside with additional news and interviews throughout the game.

Along with her duties tonight, Robinson will also host Around The Rim, ESPN Audio’s women’s basketball podcast throughout the season.  In the latest edition of Around The Rim, Robinson is joined by 2005 WNBA Champion Ticha Penicheiro and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn to discuss now former Indiana fever head coach Stephanie White. White left the team to take on a coaching position at Vanderbilt at the end of the 2015 – 2016 college basketball season.  They also discuss the troubles facing the Phoenix Mercury, the Sparks’ current win streak, and much more.  Audiences can hear it all online now at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=15596514.  More information on ESPN’s WNBA coverage is available online now at:

 

 

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ESPN Announces Biggest Broadcast Schedule Ever For 2014 College Softball Season

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ESPN announced today, its broadcast coverage schedule for the 2014 college softball season.  This season’s broadcast schedule is the most expansive from the Worldwide Leader in Sports.  This season, audiences will be able to catch no fewer than forty regular season college softball games across the ESPN family of networks.  Another forty will be broadcast on ESPN3 later this season.  Those games will be announced at a later date.  Also included in this year’s broadcast schedule will be no fewer than five college softball championships and the entire SEC tournament.  The championship matches scheduled to be broadcast will be for the SEC, ACC, Big South, SWAC, and AAC conference titles.  It all begins with preseason Number 1 Tennessee hosting South Carolina on Sunday, March 23rd at 2:30pm on ESPNU.

The end of the regular season doesn’t mean the end of ESPN’s coverage of college softball.  ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will have regional round coverage, full coverage of the super regionals, and NCAA Women’s World Series.

The number of college softball games covered this year by ESPN and the ESPN family of networks is just one landmark.  Among that total eighty games to be broadcast, the ESPN family of networks will also carry a record seventeen matchups featuring two ranked teams.  This includes a matchup of #10 Texas at #2 Oklahoma on Thursday, April 17th on ESPN2.  The Sooners will also be on the road Saturday, April 12th to face #16 Baylor. That game will be broadcast on ESPN.  Along with its matchup against the Gamecocks, ESPN is scheduled to carry The Volunteers’ matchups against #11 Texas A&M on Friday, April 11th and Sunday, April 13th.

Twelve of the eighty total games scheduled to air across the ESPN family of networks will feature a top five team in the ESPN.com/USA preseason Top 25 games.  Twenty-seven of the games will feature an overall ranked team.

If the number of games scheduled to be broadcast and the teams to be featured isn’t enough for audiences, the staff of analysts set to cover the games will impress viewers.  Each analyst—Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch, Amanda Scarborough, Cheri Kempf, and Michele Smith—is a multi-time collegiate All-American.  Three of the analysts—Finch, Mendoza, and Smith—combine for six total Olympic medals, including four gold.  Joining the staff for play-by-play commentary will be Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Cara Capuano, Adam Amin, Holly Rowe, and Mark Neely.  The current schedule of college softball games to be broadcast across the ESPN family of networks is listed below.  Dates are subject to change.

2014 ESPN NCAA Softball Television Schedule (subject to change)

 

Date Time Matchup Network
Sun, March 23 2:30 p.m. South Carolina vs. #1 Tennessee ESPNU
  7 p.m. #10 Texas at #16 Baylor ESPNU
Mon, March 31 6 p.m. # 12 Florida State at UNC ESPNU
Fri, April 4 9 p.m. Arkansas at #6 Alabama ESPNU
Sat, April 5 5 p.m. Auburn at #3 Florida ESPNU
Sun, April 6 3 p.m. Arkansas at #6 Alabama ESPN
Thu, April 10 11 p.m. #5 Washington at #20 Stanford ESPNU
Fri, April 11 8 p.m. #1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sat, April 12 3 p.m. #2 Oklahoma at #16 Baylor ESPN
Sat, April 12 10 p.m. #5 Washington at #20 Stanford ESPN2
Sun, April 13 1 p.m. #1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Mon, April 14 7 p.m. #12 Florida State at Notre Dame ESPNU
Wed, April 16 7 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Thu, April 17 9 p.m. #10 Texas at # 2 Oklahoma ESPN2
Fri, April 18 8 p.m. #3 Florida at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sat, April 19 4 p.m. #19 LSU at South Carolina ESPNU
  6 p.m. #3 Florida at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sun, April 20 3 p.m. Syracuse at #12 Florida State ESPNU
Thu, April 24 8 p.m. #21 Georgia at # 6 Alabama ESPN
Fri, April 25 10 p.m. # 8 Oregon at #20 Stanford ESPNU
Sat, April 26 12 p.m. #21 Georgia at # 6 Alabama ESPNU
Mon, April 28 7 p.m. Maryland at Notre Dame ESPNU
Thu, May 1 8 p.m. # 6 Alabama at # 17 Missouri ESPN
Sat, May 3 2 p.m. # 6 Alabama at # 17 Missouri ESPNU
  4 p.m. # 14 Kentucky at #21 Georgia ESPNU
  6 p.m. #20 Stanford at #13 UCLA ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. #3 Florida at Arkansas ESPN
Sun, May 4 1 p.m. #3 Florida at Arkansas ESPN
  3 p.m. #20 Stanford at #13 UCLA ESPN

 

2014 ESPN NCAA Conference Championship (subject to change)

Wed, May 7 4 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 1 ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 2 ESPNU
Thu, May 8 11 a.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 1 ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 2 ESPNU
  4 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 3 ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 4 ESPNU
Fri, May 9 3 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 1 ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 2 ESPNU
Sat, May 10 2 p.m. ACC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. American Softball Tournament – Championship ESPNEWS
  8 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN2
  10 p.m. SWAC Softball Tournament – Championship* ESPNU
Sun, May 11 Noon Big South Softball Tournament – Championship ESPNU

*Live on ESPN 3 at 3:00 p.m.; taped delayed on ESPNU

 

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WNBA Kicks Off 2013-2014 Season This Weekend On ABC

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Courtesy: ESPN

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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