ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Kicks Off Seventeenth Season This Friday

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Friday Night Fights presented by Corona, ESPN’s hit weekly boxing broadcast, returns tomorrow night, January 3rd.  Tomorrow night’s broadcast kicks off the show’s seventeenth season.  Season Seventeen kicks off with a championship bout between Junior Lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez (21 – 2 – 1, 11 KOs) and undefeated Rances Barthelemy (19 – 0, 12 KOs). The fight is set for twelve rounds.  Also planned for tomorrow night’s season premiere is a ten-round co-feature that will see up-and-coming Middleweight contender Caleb Truax (23 – 1, 4 KOs), and Ossie Duran (27 – 11 – 2, 10 KOs) facing off against one another.  The fight will air live on ESPN2 at 9pm ET.  ESPN Deportes has rebranded its broadcasts this year as Noche de Combates.  The Spanish-language network’s program was previously titled Viernes de Combates.  It will air the fights in tape delay at 10:30pmET.

Joe Tessitore will be back ringside for the season opener.  He will be joined by studio host Todd Grisham, who is filling in this week for Joe’s regular partner, Teddy Atlas.  Along with his ringside duties, Grisham will also have all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  He will be joined ringside by Pablo Viruega.  The pair will have the call for the broadcast both on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.  Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos will be live in studio throughout the season.  Bernardo Osuna will contribute both for Friday Night Fights in English and Noche de Combates in Spanish.  The most current slate of fights for January is available below.  More information on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona is available online at,, and http://twitter.comESPNBoxeo.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Networks
Fri, Jan 3 9 p.m. Argenis Méndez (21-2-1, 11 KOs)  vs. Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs)
12-rounds, IBF Junior Lightweight Title
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+,WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 10 9 p.m. Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) vs. Juan Antonio Rodríguez (25-4, 23 KOs)
10-rounds, Junior Lightweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 24 9 p.m. Javier Molina (14-1, 6 KOs) vs. Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs)
10-rounds, Junior Welterweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 31 9 p.m. Zsolt Erdei (33-1, 18 KOs) vs. Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs)
10-rounds, Light Heavyweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

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Unbeatens, Top 25 Teams Highlight Weekend’s CFB Coverage On ESPN Family Of Networks

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This weekend is going to be another busy one for college football fans.  ESPN’s college football coverage this weekend includes matchups between nine undefeated teams and thirteen of the nation’s Top Twenty-Five ranked teams.  It’s all capped off with an ESPN doubleheader this Saturday, October 12th.  The first game on the network’s doubleheader schedule will see unbeaten #18 Michigan taking on Big Ten rival Penn State.  That game is scheduled for 5pm ET.  The second game of the night will see #9 Texas A&M hitting the road to take on Ole Miss at 8:30pm ET.  Texas A&M has only one loss so far on the season.

Saturday’s extensive college football schedule kicks off on ABC at high noon with the annual Red River Rivalry between the Longhorns of Texas and the Sooners of #12 Oklahoma.  Brent Musburger will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Todd Blackledge and Heather Cox.  Over on ESPN, the Bulldogs of #7 Georgia will host the undefeated #25 University of Missouri Tigers.  Dave Pasch will have the call on the game.  He will be joined by Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill.  Georgia’s only loss so far on the season has come at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.

ESPN and ABC’s coverage is just part of what the ESPN family of networks has to offer this weekend.  Thursday night, unbeaten #8 Louisville will take on Rutgers, which has only one loss on the season so far in an American Athletic Conference match.  The game is scheduled to air on ESPN Thursday night, October 10th at 7:30pm.

ABC will air two games in a reverse-mirror with ESPN2 at 3:30pm, the first pitting undefeated #3 Clemson against the Eagles of Boston College.  #19 Northwestern will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the second of ABC’s games.

If Saturday’s main college football coverage isn’t enough for fans, then Saturday night’s doubleheader on ESPN2 is sure to keep fans happy.  #1 Alabama is scheduled to take on Kentucky at 7pm with #11 UCLA following at 10:30pm ET against California.

Over on ESPNU on Saturday, Pitt will be on the road against #24 Virginia Tech in an ACC Coastal Division matchup.  Both teams have only one loss.  That game is scheduled for a 12pm ET start time.

Fans with ESPN3 will get to see undefeated #23 Northern Illinois taking on Akron at 5pm ET.  And on ESPNEWS, unbeaten Houston will face off against Memphis in a battle of the big cats.  A complete schedule of this week’s college football coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available below.

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
Thu, Oct 10 7:30 p.m. Rutgers at No. 8 Louisville

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder

South Carolina State at North Carolina Central

Mark Neely & Jay Walker

Valdosta State at West Alabama ESPN3
10:30 p.m. Arizona at USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ESPN Radio
Fri, Oct 11 8:30 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams

Sat, Oct 12 Noon No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (from Dallas)

Brent Musburger, Todd Blackledge & Heather Cox

No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill

Indiana at Michigan State

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra

Pitt at No. 24 Virginia Tech

Tom Hart & John Congemi

Memphis at Houston (from BBVA Compass Stadium)

Paul Loeffler & John Bunting

South Florida at Connecticut

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod

12:21 p.m. No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano

12:30 p.m. Navy at Duke ESPN3 * & RSN
2 p.m. Buffalo at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Rocky Boiman

Western Carolina at Auburn ESPN3 *
Central Michigan at Ohio ESPN3 *
Missouri State at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
3 p.m. Kent State at Ball State

Jim Barbar & Mark Herrmann

Miami (Ohio) at Massachusetts

Bob Picozzi & KC Keeler

3:30 p.m. No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin

TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

ABC & ESPN2 ** & ESPN Radio
Boston College at No. 3 Clemson

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich

ABC & ESPN2 **
Virginia at Maryland

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer

Syracuse at NC State ESPN3 * & RSN
Troy at Georgia State ESPN3 * & RSN
4 p.m. South Dakota State at Western Illinois ESPN3 *
Northwestern State at Nicholls State ESPN3 *
5 p.m. No. 18 Michigan at Penn State

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor

Akron at No. 23 Northern Illinois

Shawn Kenney & Bob Chmeil

6 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina ESPN3 *
Furman at Tennessee-Chattanooga ESPN3 *
7 p.m. No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Lewis Johnson

Georgia Tech at BYU

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State

Andrew Monaco & Kevin O’Connell

Longhorn Network
Idaho at Arkansas State

Brock Bowling & Warrick Dunn

Bowling Green at Mississippi State ESPN3 * & RSN
Illinois State at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
8 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Southeastern Louisiana ESPN3 *
8:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss

Brad Nessler, Kirk Herbstreit & Holly Rowe

10:30 p.m. California at No. 11 UCLA

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards

Oregon State at Washington State

Joe Davis & Jay Walker

Tue, Oct 15 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky ESPN2


* Local blackout may apply

** Reverse mirror in which ESPN2 will regionalize two games on ABC to markets not receiving the telecast


All of the games scheduled for this weekend can be viewed both on TV and online at and the WatchESPN app on all mobile internet outlets.  Xbox owners can access all games through ESPN as long as they have Gold membership.  And Apple TV subscribers can get video through affiliated subscription services.

ESPN Goal Line network will have unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from a number of the weekend’s top college football games beginning Saturday at noon.  ESPN Goal Line is available to customers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, and Midcontinent Communications.

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ESPN Announces Matchup For Last Sunday Night Baseball Broadcast Of 2013

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ESPN has made it official.  The “Sports Leader” has announced the matchup for the last game of its regular season coverage for 2013.  On Sunday, September 22nd, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will present a matchup of the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers.  The Red Birds are currently in the hunt for the National League Central Division as they come into the game.  They are looking to get back in the win column as they face the NL Central leading Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend in a three-game series beginning tonight.  The Brewers, the Cards’ NL Central foes, are in the basement right now.  They currently sit at 60-80 and are at 3-7 in their last ten games at the time of this posting.

ESPN’s Dan Shulman will anchor the 8pm broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Orel Hershiser and Jon Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for commentary.  Broadcast of the game (and all ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell games) will be available on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton.  ESPN Deportes will also carry the game with Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis, and Ozzie Guillen.  All games will also be broadcast on ESPN Deportes Radio and online via WatchESPN.

Before the Cardinals and Brewers go head to head, the Los Angeles Dodgers will face off against The Cincinnati Reds tomorrow night, September 8th.  The Reds are currently in the hunt for a spot in the 2013 postseason.  And next Sunday, September 15th, the Yankees and Red Sox hit the field in the latest round of their ongoing battle.  All broadcasts of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell are preceded by Baseball Tonight at 7pm.

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ESPN, ESPN Networks To offer Extensive Coverage Of U.S. Open

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ESPN kicks off extensive coverage of the annual U.S. Open next Monday, August 26th.  The last of the year’s major tennis events kicks off August 26th beginning at 1pm ET on ESPN2 and runs through Monday, September 9th.  ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will offer tennis fans a total of one hundred hours of coverage across the two-week span.  Fans can look forward to a first this year as ESPN2 will carry the Men’s Doubles Championships on the Open’s penultimate day of competition.  It will be broadcast Sunday, September 8th at 12:30pm ET.  Also on September 8th, ESPN2 will have a special edition of SportsCenter at the U.S. Open at 8:30pm EP.  The special edition of SportsCenter will recap the Women’s Championship matches held that day and will look forward to Monday’s Men’s finals. 

All action broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available online via WatchESPN and  It can be accessed through any and tablet on the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE for Gold members, as well as on Apple TV.  Along with coverage online via Xbox LIVE, Apple TV, and mobile internet, audiences that have access to ESPN3 will be able to catch a total of four hundred hours of coverage through the network. 

A schedule of U.S. Open coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 is available below.

ESPN2 2013 US Open on ESPN/ESPN2


Date Time (ET) Match Network
Mon, Aug 26 – Fri, Aug 30 1 – 11 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2
Mon, Sept 2 7 – 11 p.m. Round of 16 ESPN2
Tue, Sept 3 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Men’s Round of 16 / Women’s QFs ESPN2
  7 – 11 p.m. Men’s Round of 16 / Women’s QFs ESPN
Wed, Sept 4 Noon – 11 p.m. Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur, Sept 5 Noon – 6 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals /

Women’s Doubles Semifinals

  8 – 11 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinal ESPN
Sun, Sept 8 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Men’s Doubles Final ESPN2
  9 – 11 p.m. SportsCenter at the US Open ESPN



Fans will be especially happy knowing that beginning in 2015, ESPN will be the exclusive home of the U.S. Open in both North and South America.  The deal will see ESPN and its family of networks on TV and online increase its coverage from one hundred hours to one hundred and thirty hours of coverage.  The exclusive deal with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is an eleven-year deal.  It expands the networks’ digital and international rights.  More information on this year’s coverage of the U.S. Open is available online at the official ESPN website at and on the official ESPN Facebook page,

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