Cubs And Mets Meet In Series’ Rubber Match Tonight On ESPN

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ESPN has released its Major League Baseball broadcast schedule for this week.  And it is a very busy one now that the race for the post season is on.  It all begins tonight on ESPN as the Mets take on the Cubs in Chicago.

The Mets take on the Cubs live tonight on ESPN in Chicago in the second game of a three-game series between the National League opponents.  Coverage begins at 7pm ET.  Jake Arrieta (12 – 4) is scheduled to get the start for Chicago in tonight’s interdivisional match.  Arrieta has had a little more than a week off since his last time on the mound.  That was July 8th against Pittsburgh.  That game was not an easy one for the 30-year old.  He threw 6 innings, allowing a total of 6 runs on 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 walk, and 2 home runs, striking out only 6 of 28 batters along the way.

On the other side of the ball Noah Syndergaard is slated to get the start for the Mets in tonight’s game.  He has had roughly the same amount of time as Arrieta to rest up for tonight’s game.  His last time on the mound was July 8th when the Mets took on the Washington Nationals.  The Nats won that game 3 – 1 with Syndergaard taking the loss for the Mets.  He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits over 4.2 innings.  He also allowed 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 home run and struck out 5 of 19 batters.  Even with those numbers in consideration he still fared somewhat better than Arrieta during his last outing.  In the bigger picture the Cubs took the win in the series’ opener Monday night 5 – 1.  And Chicago’s 29 -15 home record far outweighs the Mets’ 23 – 23 road record.  At the same time both teams are 4 – 6 in their last ten games.  So New York can’t be completely counted out tonight or Wednesday.

Karl Ravech will have the call for tonight’s NL matchup between the Cubs and Mets.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.  As an additional note, while the game will be broadcast on television on ESPN, it will be blacked out both in the New York and Chicago market.  More information on tonight’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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Randy Moss Added To ESPN’s On-Air Roster

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ESPN is known to audiences as “The worldwide leader in sports.”  That is due in part to the number of sports that it covers and the quality of its coverage of said sports.  It is also because of the personalities who fill the network’s ranks and those of the ESPN family of networks.  Now it has bolstered that reputation even more as it has announced that it has added another major name to its on-air roster.  That name is NFL great Randy Moss.

Randy Moss was one of the NFL’s most polarizing figures during his time on the field.  Now he will be a part of the game on the other side of the screen.  ESPN announced today the he will serve as an analyst on the networks’ weekly NFL broadcasts of Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown live from the site of each Monday Night Football game.  It was also announced that along with those duties, Moss will also be part of ESPN’s annual Super Bowl week coverage.  Seth Markman is Senior Coordinating Producer for ESPN’s NFL studio shows.  He was not afraid to touch on Moss’ reputation while discussing the NFL great’s addition to ESPN’s on-air roster.  “As a player and now as an analyst, Randy has always been candid, direct and compelling; when he talks about football and other topics, you are instantly drawn to what he has to say,” he said.  He also noted having Moss alongside two other NFL greats in Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson for the network’s in-studio broadcasts.  “With Matthew Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson and now Randy joining ESPN this offseason, we have added three dynamic, new voices to our studio team, all of whom are widely known and respected among football fans,” he said.  Moss shared Markman’s sentiment in a statement released to the press.  “ESPN is the No. 1 sports channel in the world! Now I’m a part of a network I grew up running home to watch,” he said.  The team that has been put together has so much football knowledge to share and I can’t wait to get started. I feel very blessed and excited for this opportunity. It’s going be a great and fun year.”

Before joining ESPN’s ranks Moss worked as an analyst for Fox Sports’ Sunday morning NFL kickoff show FOX NFL Kickoff among other programs.  Moss Was originally drafted #21 overall by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998.  He wasted no time showing off his talents and value.  He had 69 catches in his rookie season for a total of 1,313 yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns, averaging 35.6 yards per touchdown.  That is not only a league-leading stat but also an NFL rookie record.  These numbers garnered Moss the 1998 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.  It also earned him an invite in his rookie year to the Pro Bowl. He was the only rookie first-team All Pro, too as the Vikings would go on that year to a record of 15 – 1.  His 1998 invite to the Pro Bowl was just the first of what would be six appearances at what is the NFL’s own “All-Star” game.    His other appearances came in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2007.  In 2007, Moss scored an NFL single-season record 23 receiving touchdowns.  That was one of five times that he was named the league’s NFL touchdown leader.  The same year he caught 98 passes for a total of 1,493 yards.  That helped take the Patriots (with whom he played at the time), to Super Bowl XLII and a perfect 16 – 0 regular season record.

Moss eventually retired in 2012.  During his 14 total seasons on the field he had amassed a total of 15,292 career yards and 982 receptions.  That includes 156 for touchdowns.  During his time as a player he was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s.  And when the Vikings celebrated the team’s 50th anniversary, he was named one of the team’s 50 greatest players.

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Cubs, Mets Open 3-Game Series Tonight On ESPN

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Tonight on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA the Mets and Cubs face off in an interdivisional matchup.

The NL Central-leading Cubs continue their home-stand tonight when the team opens a three-game series against the Mets (NL East) on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.  The game is the opener in a three-game series between the teams.  John Lester (9 – 4) is expected to get the start for the Cubs while Steven Matz (7 – 5) is slated to get the start for the Mets.  Lester’s last time on the mound was more than a week ago on July 9th against Pittsburgh.  The Pirates won that game in dominating fashion doubling up on the Cubs 12 – 6.  Lester threw three innings in the game, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out only 2 of 16 batters that he faced.  Teammate Adam Warren, who was credited with the loss, didn’t fare much better.  Warren only threw 2 innings but allowed 7 more runs on 5 hits in that short time along with 7 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out only 2 of 14 batters.

Steven Matz’s last time on the mound was roughly a week ago against the Nationals on July 10th.  The Nats won that game 3 – 2.  Matz took the loss in the game.  He threw 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits along the way along with 3 earned runs, 4 walks, and 1 home run, striking out 5 of 29 batters faced.

Even with both pitchers numbers in consideration either team could win this game and series.  Chicago is 28 – 15 at home so far on the season while New York is 23 – 22 on the road so far this season.  However, the Cubs are 4- 6 in their last ten games and the Mets 5 – 5 in their last 10 games.  The Mets come into tonight’s game with some momentum, having picked up a 5 – 0 win against Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.  The Cubs come into tonight’s series opener licking its wounds after falling 4 – 1 against the Rangers on Sunday.  So each team will have its own motivation for a win tonight when the National League foes go under the lights.

Karl Ravech will have the call for the game tonight on ESPN.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez.  As an additional note the game will be blacked out in the Chicago market.  Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 7pm ET in all other markets.  More information on tonight’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Closes Out July SNB Schedule With Cross-Conference Showdown

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ESPN has announced the matchup for the July 31st edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell closes out July with a cross conference showdown between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs.  The game will be the closer in a three-game weekend series between the teams.  There is currently no word on either team’s rotation or who will take the mound on either side of the ball at this time.  The numbers currently favor Chicago not just in the game but in the series in whole.  Chicago is currently 28 – 15 at home so far on the season while Seattle is 23 – 24 on the road.  The Mariners currently sit third in the AL West, 8.5 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers while the Cubs currently lead the NL Central at 55 – 36.

The July 31st edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will mark the first time since 2004 that the Mariners have made an appearance on the network’s weekly Sunday night MLB broadcast.  Seattle faced another Chicago team—the White Sox—in that game.  Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.   Pre-game coverage of the game begins at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

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NBA TV To Air Nine Men’s And Women’s USA Basketball Exhibition Games

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There is some more good news for basketball fans who want to catch their favorite stars this summer ahead of the 2016 Olympics.  That is thanks to NBA TV.

Officials with NBA TV announced Tuesday that the network will carry coverage of nine Men’s and Women’s USA Basketball Exhibition Games in the days leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Broadcast of the games, presented by Nike, begins Friday, July 22nd at 9pm ET when the USA Men’s National Team takes on Argentina.  In total NBA TV’s USA Basketball exhibition schedule includes five USA Men’s National Team games and four USA Women’s National Team games.  Legendary NBA broadcaster Marv Albert will team with Matt Winer for play-by-play action in the USA Men’ National Team games.  They will be joined by Gold medalists Grant Hill, Reggie Miller, and Steve Smith for analysis.  Reporter Jared Greenberg will also be on hand for additional news and interviews during each game.

Vince Cellini will have the call for the USA Women’s National Team games.  He will be joined by Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie for analysis and additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The full schedule for NBA TV’s USA Basketball Exhibition games is noted below.  Each game will be followed by a live half-hour edition of NBA TV’s NBA GameTime.  It will be broadcast live from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

 

NBA TV’s USA Basketball Exhibition Game Telecast Schedule presented by Nike

 

Fri., July 22, at 9 p.m. ET       USA Men’s National Team vs. Argentina*

Matt Winer, Steve Smith, Jared Greenberg

 

Sun., July 24, at 8 p.m.           USA Men’s National Team vs. China*

Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Greenberg

 

Mon., July 25, at 10 p.m.        USA Women’s National Team vs. USA Basketball Select Team

Vince Cellini, Lisa Leslie, Kristen Ledlow

 

Tue., July 26, at 10 p.m.         USA Men’s National Team vs. China*

Winer, Smith, Greenberg

 

Wed., July 27, at 7:30 p.m.     USA Women’s National Team vs. France

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Fri., July 29, at 7 p.m.            USA Women’s National Team vs. Canada

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Fri., July 29, at 9 p.m.            USA Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela*

Winer, Grant Hill, Greenberg

 

Sun., July 31, at 4 p.m.           USA Women’s National Team vs. Australia

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Mon., August 1, at 8 p.m.       USA Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria*

Winer, Hill, Greenberg

 

As an additional bonus for basketball fans, NBA TV will air the NBA special NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball Presented by Jeep on Tuesday, July 19th at 3pm ET.  The two-and-a-half-hour program will air live from Las Vegas.  It takes viewers behind the scenes at one of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team practices in preparation for its exhibition games.  It will be hosted by Matt Winer.  He will be joined by analysts Grant Hill and Steve Smith for additional commentary.  Reporter Jared Greenberg will also be on hand for additional insight an interviews with the likes of USA National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo and USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.  The Men’s USA National Team includes a number of today’s biggest NBA stars including but not limited to: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan and Kyle Lowry.

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ESPN Networks’ College Football Media Days Schedule Announced

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It’s almost that time again.  College football season is almost upon us once again.  In anticipation of its impending return ESPN has announced its plans for the sport’s annual Media Days.

ESPN and the ESPN networks will launch their coverage of college football’s conference media days beginning next Monday, July 11th.  In all 14 Conference Media Days will be covered across ESPN’s family of networks and will continue into August.  It all begins on College Football Live.  ESPN’s daily college football news and information show returns next Monday, July 11th.  It will continue daily throughout the season airing regularly from 1:30 – 2pm ET on ESPN.  Joe Tessitore will anchor the show’s broadcast in its first week back.  He will be joined by college football analysts Joey Galloway and Paul Finebaum.  Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and Marcus Spears will each make appearances from Hoover, Alabama, the site of the SEC Media Days.

ESPNU will have 30 hours of Media Days coverage.  That includes 10 three-hour College Football Media Days specials over 15 days beginning with the SEC (July 11th – 14th).  The Pac-12 is next on July 14th, followed by the Big 12 July 18th – 19th.  From July 21st – 22nd ESPNU will cover the ACC’s Media Days.  Coverage of the Big Ten conference’s Media Days rounds out ESPNU’s Media Days coverage from July 25th – 26th.  Brendan Fitzgerald, Matt Schick, and Anish Shroff will share time anchoring ESPNU’s Media Days broadcasts.  They will be joined primarily by analyst Tom Luginbill for additional commentary.  Kevin Carter (July 14th) and Charles Arbuckle (July 25th) will also make appearances during the network’s coverage of Media Days.  Anish Shroff will be live onsite in Charlotte, North Carolina for coverage of the ACC’s Media Days.  ESPNU’s coverage schedule is noted below.

 

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
Mon., July 11th 3pm SEC
Tue., July 12th 1pm SEC
Wed., July 13th 1pm SEC
Thu, July 14th 1pm SEC/Pac-12
Mon., July 18th 1pm Big 12
Tue., July 19th 1pm Big 12
Thu., July 21st 1pm ACC
Fri., July 22nd 1pm ACC
Mon., July 25th 1pm Big Ten
Tue., July 26th 1pm Big Ten

 

Anchor Matt Barrie and reporter Marty Smith, who will be on site in Alabama for the SEC’s Media Days, will carry coverage on ESPN’s SportsCenter.  ESPN3, ESPN.com, and the SEC Network will each carry their own additional Media Days coverage.  That information is provided below.

 

ESPN3

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
Monday, July 25th 2pm Sun Belt
Mon., July 25th
Tues., July 26th
3pm
10am
Conference  USA

 

Tues., July 26th
Wed., July 27th
TBD Mountain West
Thu., July 28th 12pm Mid-American
Tue., Aug. 2nd 9am American

 

Along with its  major conference coverage, ESPN3 will also carry coverage of four FCS schools’ Media Days.

DATE TIME (ET) CONFERENCE
July 21st 11am NEC
July 26th 10am CAA
July 26th 1:30pm Big South
July 27th 8pm Southland

 

ESPN.com will have reporters on site from a number of Media Days locations providing daily news, analysis and more.  The  reporters and their assigned sites are noted below.

Conference

              Reporters

SEC

  • Edward Aschoff

 

  • Greg Ostendorf

 

  • Alex Scarborough

 

  • Mark  Schlabach
Pac 12
  • Kyle Bonagura

 

  • Kevin Gemmell

 

  • Chantel Jennings

 

  • David Lombardi

 

  • Chris Low

 

  • Ted Miller
Big 12
  • Max Olson

 

  • Mitch Sherman

 

  • Jake  Trotter
ACC
  • Andrea Adelson

 

  • Matt Fortuna

 

  • David Hale

 

  • Jared Shanker
Big 10
  • Brian Bennett

 

  • Josh Moyer

 

  • Dan Murphy

 

  • Adam Rittenberg

 

  • Jesse Temple

 

  • Austin Ward
American
  • Ivan  Maisel

 

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Cardinals, Dodgers Go Under The Lights July 24th On ESPN’s SNB Broadcast

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ESPN has added another game to its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers will face off live on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell on Sunday, July 24th. The game will be the closer in the three-game weekend series between the National League opponents.  There is currently no word on who will take the mound for either team at this time.  The Dodgers currently sit second in the NL West six games back from the currently league-leading Giants.  St. Louis sits second in the NL Central an even more distant eight and a half games back from the Cubs.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will lead into the game’s broadcast beginning at 7pm ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and ESPN Insider Tim Kurkjian.

In related news, the Giants will play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks this Sunday night on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  It will be one of a number of games leading into the All-Star Break.  The game will be the closer in a three-game series between the NL West opponents.  Madison Baumgarner (9 – 4) is expected to get the start for San Francisco in Sunday’s game.  Archie Bradley (3 – 4) is currently slated to get the start for the D-Backs.  Baumgarner’s last time on the mound was July 5th against the Rockies.  He was impressive in his 6 innings on the mound to say the least, allowing 0 runs on just 4 hits.  He kept Colorado’s bats equally quiet across the board, allowing only 2 walks, 0 earned runs, 0 home runs, and striking out 6 of 24 batters along the way.  Bradley’s last time on the mound was July 4th against San Diego.  Bradley took the loss in the game, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings.  He also allowed 5 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs over that time, managing 7 strikeouts against 27 batters.

Coverage of Sunday night’s game between Arizona and San Francisco begins at 8pm ET on ESPN.  It will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.

Next Sunday, July 17th, the Red Sox and Yankees will go live under the lights on ESPN.  More information on that game and the rest of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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