TBS Launches NLCS Coverage Tonight

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Major League Baseball’s postseason is in full swing (yes, that awful pun was intended), and audiences can follow the full National League Championship Series live on TBS.

Coverage of the NLCS starts at 8 p.m. ET tonight.  The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Washington Nationals for the league’s National League Championship in that half of the league’s “Final Four.”

Brian Anderson will anchor TBS’ coverage of the best-of-seven series.  MLB on TBS analysts Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur will join Anderson in the booth for additional commentary.  Reporter Lauren Shehadi will be on the diamond for all of the series’ in-game news.

MLB veteran and two-time NL Champion Curtis Granderson will join TBS’ studio team of Pedro Martinez, nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins and studio anchor Casey Stern for the network’s in-studio coverage of the series.

Streaming coverage of the series is available online at tbs.com and via the TBS app.  All games will also be available in Spanish via SAP.  TBS’ broadcast schedule for the NLCS is noted below.

2019 National League Championship Series Game Schedule

Friday, Oct. 11

7 p.m. ET – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Casey Stern, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Jimmy Rollins & Curtis Granderson
8 p.m. – NLCS Game 1: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur & Lauren Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 12

3:30 p.m. – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
4 p.m. – NLCS Game 2: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Monday, Oct. 14

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Tuesday, Oct. 15

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Wednesday, Oct. 16

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Friday, Oct. 18

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 6: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 19

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 7: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

More information on TBS’ coverage of the NLCS is available online now at:

 

Website: http://tbs.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/tbsnetwork

 

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Comes Today Live From The University Of Florida

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will broadcast live today from Gainesville, FL.

The three-hour program will air starting at 9 a.m. live from the Plaza of the Americas.  Today’s broadcast marks the first time in since 2012 that the program has broadcast live from the University of Florida.

Today’s broadcast comes ahead of a matchup between the No. 10 Florida Gators and their SEC foes, the No. 7 Auburn Tigers. The Gators and Tigers are both undefeated coming into today’s showdown, making today’s game that much more important for each team.

Among the topics planned for discussion on today’s edition of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot are items, such as quarterback Kyle Trask’s impact as the starter for the Gators and Gus Malzahn’s play-calling duties at Auburn.

More information on today’s broadcast of College GameDay Built by the Home Depot and the SEC showdown between Florida and Auburn is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

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TNT Tips Off NBA Preseason Coverage This Weekend

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TNT will launch its National Basketball Association preseason coverage this weekend.

The network will launch the coverage with coverage of a matchup between the Lakers and Warriors.  Golden State will play host to Los Angeles for the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert will anchor Saturday’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Chris Webber and Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter Allie LaForce will be courtside for all of the game’s latest news.

On the studio side, Casey Stern will anchor TNT’s in-studio coverage for the game.  Stern will be joined by analysts Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis for additional commentary.

Saturday’s game is just one of the preseason matchups that TNT will carry this month.  The network will broadcast a matchup of the Knicks and Pelicans Oct. 18.

TNT will feature a double header schedule as the NBA’s 2019-20 season opens Oct. 22. Up first on the night is a matchup of the Pelicans and the defending NBA Champion Raptors at 8 p.m.  The Lakers and Clippers follow at 10:30 p.m.

The network’s opening week broadcast schedule continues Oct. 24 with another doubleheader broadcast schedule.  Up first on the night is a matchup between the Bucks and Rockets at 8 p.m.  The Clippers and Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m.

In-game coverage of each game is compliments with the return of TNT’s Emmy Award-winning studio show, Inside The NBA.

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Yankees, Mariners Open Three-Game Series Monday Night Live On ESPN

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ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will feature a matchup of first versus worst and East vs. West Monday night in an American League inter-divisional showdown

The  Seattle Mariners (55-75) will host the New York Yankees (84-47) in a three-game series.  The Mariners sit in last place in the American League West while the Yankees sit atop the American League East, eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Seattle great Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as a guest analyst for Monday night’s broadcast, which is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET.  He will join Dave Fleming and analyst Eduardo Perez for the broadcast.  Fleming will have the call for the game while Perez will also serve as an analyst for the telecast.

Monday night marks the second time this season that Griffey, who played 13 seasons for Seattle, has served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage.  Griffey and Perez both come from MLB “royal blood.”  Griffey’s father, Ken Griffey Sr. and Perez’s father Tony Perez were both members of Cincinnati’s famed “Big Red Machine.”

Ken Griffey Jr. eventually made his way back to Cincinnati during the later years of his career before retiring in 2010 as a member of the Reds organization.  Shortly after his retirement, ESPN announced Griffey was added to the network’s on-air talent roster for its MLB coverage.

Griffey collected 630 home runs over the course of his 22-year career.  He also was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and an American League M.V.P.  He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a member of the Reds and Mariners’ Halls of Fame.

The starting pitchers for each team were not listed on MLB’s official website as of Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees are 35-27 on the road so far this year while the Mariners are 28-37 at home.  At the same time, the Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Mariners are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Both teams fell in their most recent games on Saturday, the Yankees falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.  The loss followed a 10-2 win by the Yankees over the Dodgers in that series’ opener, making Sunday’s game the rubber match in that series.

The Mariners meanwhile fell to Toronto Saturday 7-5 after defeating the Blue Jays Friday 7-4, making the teams’ game Sunday afternoon the rubber match in that series, too.

More information on Monday’s game between the Mariners and Yankees is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN Adds Del Rio To Its NFL On-Air Talent Roster

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ESPN has added another big name to its roster of on-air talent for its NFL broadcasts.

The company announced Thursday through a news release that it has added Jack Del Rio to its talent roster.  Del Rio first rose to fame as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s early years.  Most recently, he was the coach of the Oakland Raiders.

As the newest member of the team, Del Rio will make appearances on NFL LiveSportsCenter and ESPN Radio.  He said in the news release, he is optimistic about his future.

“I’ve visited several training camps over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming football season and my new role with ESPN!,” he said.

ESPN Vice President of NFL and College Studio Shows Seth Markman spoke highly of Del Rio in talking about Del Rio’s addition to the network’s on-air talent roster.

“Jack was highly successful as a player and coach,” Markman said.  “He sees the game from both perspectives and he doesn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinion.  He will be a great addition to our ESPN team.”

Del Rio’s career as a player started at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Trojans, he was a consensus All American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. He would go on to be enshrined in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance as a football and baseball player.  He also received the school’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.

After college, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft.  That same year, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team.

Del Rio was named a member of the Pro Bowl team in 1994 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings (1992-95), he led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

Along with his time with the Vikings and Saints, Del Rio also played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88) and Dallas Cowboys (1989-91).  During the course of his 11 years as a player in the league, Del Rio amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions over 160 regular season games.

Del Rio went from the player ranks to the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the Saints.  He was eventually promoted to the team’s linebackers coach in 1998 before taking the same position with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999.  He held that position until 2001, helping the team the NFL’s top prize in Super Bowl XXXV along the way.

After leaving the Ravens in 2001, Del Rio added another notch to his resume, becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002.  That position led to Del Rio’s first head coaching position in 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he would lead until 2011.

Del Rio headed west following his time as the Jags’ head coach, becoming the Denver Bronco’s Defensive Coordinator from 2012-14 before moving back to the head coaching ranks in 2015 as the head of the Oakland Raiders.  He helmed the team until 2017.

During his head coaching time,  Del Rio led the Jaguars and Raiders to three playoff appearances and 97 total collective victories.

More information on Jack Del Rio’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster is available online now along with all of the network’s latest NFL headlines at:

 

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Dodgers, Braves Look To Take Weekend Series Sunday Afternoon On TBS

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TBS continues its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2019 season this afternoon with a National League inter-divisional matchup.

The Dodgers and Braves finish off a three-game weekend series this afternoon in a battle of the NL West and NL East.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET, according to a news release from Turner Sports.

The Dodgers and Braves each lead their divisions coming into the matchup.  This afternoon’s game is the rubber match in the series.  Los Angeles won the series’ opener 8-3, but Atlanta rebounded in the series’ second game 4-3.

Max Fried (14-4) is scheduled to get the start for the Braves in this afternoon’s series finale between the Dodgers and Braves.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Mets.  He took the win in the game, despite some struggles, allowing six hits over six inning and walking three batters. He struck out four batters in that time and allowed one earned run.

Tony Gonsolin (1-1) is scheduled to take the mound for the Dodgers in this afternoon’s game.  Almost two weeks have passed since Gonsolin was on the mound, on Aug. 5 against St. Louis. That game was a strong outing for Gonsolin, as it saw him pitch six innings, allowing only two hits and one walk in that time while striking out seven batters and allowing no earned runs.

This afternoon’s matchup is either team’s to win, looking at those statistics and the teams’ overall numbers.  Los Angeles is 34-27 on the road so far this season while Atlanta is 35-27 at home.  The Braves have been just as strong on the road at 38-25 while Los Angeles has been even stronger at home at 48-16.

Brian Anderson will anchor this afternoon’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by Ron Darling for additional commentary.  More information on the game is available online at:

 

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TNT, Kia Partner To Broadcast 2019 NBA Awards

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Turner Network Television will broadcast the 2019 NBA Awards Monday night.

The broadcast, sponsored by Kia, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  It will broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, CA.  The event honors the top performers from the past NBA season with awards, such as the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Kia Rookie of the Year.

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal will host the broadcast.  Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will become co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award.  The Sager Strong Award is presented annually to one person considered to be a trailblazer in his or her industry while also exhibiting courage, faith, compassion and grace.

The full list of candidates and awards for this year’s broadcast is noted below.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Paul George
James Harden

Additional Award Finalists and Categories

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton (PHX), Luka Doncic (DAL), & Trae Young (ATL)
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell (LAC), Domantas Sabonis (IND), & Lou Williams (LAC)
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Paul George (OKC), & Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Kia Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox (SAC),  D’Angelo Russell (BKN), & Pascal Siakam (TOR)
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mike Malone (DEN) & Doc Rivers (LAC)
NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente

Monday night’s broadcast will be preceded by a broadcast of NBA AwardsRed Carpet will stream across multiple platforms live at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the platforms where audiences can watch the proceedings are NBA On TNT’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.  It will also stream live via Bleacher Report’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Comedian Tony Rock will co-host the broadcast with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and Turner Sports’ Allie LaForce.  Ro Parrish will serve as the DJ for the event.”Kicks Awards” will also be handed out during the event for the celebrities with the most creative footwear.

More information on TNT’s broadcast of the annual NBA Awards is available online now at:

 

Website: http://tntdrama.com/nba-on-tnt

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT

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