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ESPN Caribbean Highlights - January 2015

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ESPN Caribbean Network Highlights for January 2015

GRAND SLAM TENNIS - the Australian Open

Tennis fans have reason to celebrate with the arrival of the season's first Grand Slam - the Australian Open airing LIVE on ESPN

ESPN's LIVE coverage of men's professional tennis opens a new season this month with the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. Last year's final in Melbourne spotlighted one of the sport's most impressive talents, Spain's Rafael Nadal, and a rising star on the ATP Tour by the name of Stan Wawrinka. This Swiss pro broke the Grand Slam stranglehold of Nadal, Switzerland's Roger Federer, Great Britain's Andy Murray and Serbia's Novak Djokovic to claim the season's opening Grand Slam. Before Wawrinka, 34 of the last 35 majors had been won by one of the previous quartet.

Djokovic finished 2014 as the World No. 1, having claimed seven titles during the season including the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Even with injury problems, Nadal finished the season as No. 3 behind Federer and ahead of Wawrinka, Japan's Kei Nishikori, Murray, Czech player Tomas Berdych, Canada's Milos Raonic, and Croatia's Marin Cilic, the latter the surprise US Open winner over Nishikori. For the women, it was China's Li Na (now retired) taking the title over Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Still, it was Serena Williams - an 18-time Grand Slam champion - finishing the season with the No. 1 ranking.

ESPN's LIVE coverage of the Australian Open opens January 18 and continues through the Men's and Women's Finals at the end of the month/beginning of February.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Jan 18 07:00pm Australian Open - First Round
Jan 19 03:00am Australian Open - First Round
Jan 19 09:00pm Australian Open - First Round
Jan 20 03:00am Australian Open - First Round
Jan 20 03:00pm Australian Open - First Round (S)
Jan 20 09:00pm Australian Open - Second Round
Jan 21 03:00am Australian Open - Second Round
Jan 21 03:00pm Australian Open - Second Round (S)
Jan 21 09:00pm Australian Open - Second Round
Jan 22 03:00am Australian Open - Second Round
Jan 22 03:00pm Australian Open - Second Round (S)
Jan 22 11:00pm Australian Open - Third Round
Jan 23 03:00am Australian Open - Third Round
Jan 23 03:00pm Australian Open - Third Round (S)
Jan 23 09:00pm Australian Open - Third Round
Jan 24 03:00am Australian Open - Third Round
Jan 24 09:00am Australian Open - Third Round (S)
Jan 24 09:00pm Australian Open - Round of 16
Jan 25 03:00am Australian Open - Round of 16
Jan 25 09:00am Australian Open - Round of 16 (S)
Jan 25 09:00pm Australian Open - Round of 16
Jan 26 03:00am Australian Open - Round of 16
Jan 26 03:00pm Australian Open - Round of 16 (S)
Jan 26 09:00pm Australian Open - Men's & Women's Quarterfinals
Jan 27 03:00am Australian Open - Quarterfinal
Jan 27 03:00pm Australian Open - Men's & Women's Quarterfinals (S)
Jan 27 09:00pm Australian Open - Quarterfinal
Jan 28 03:30am Australian Open - Quarterfinal
Jan 28 03:00pm Australian Open - Men's & Women's Quarterfinals (S)
Jan 28 09:30pm Australian Open - Women's Semifinals
Jan 29 03:30am Australian Open - Men's Semifinal #1
Jan 29 02:00pm Australian Open - Men's Semifinal #1 (S)
Jan 30 03:30am Australian Open - Men's Semifinal #2
Jan 30 02:00pm Australian Open - Men's Semifinal #2 (S)
Jan 31 03:00am Australian Open - Women's Championship
(S) Short-turnaround

ACTION SPORTS - X Games Aspen

The heat is on high at winter's hottest action sports event - X Games Aspen airing LIVE on ESPN January 22 - 25

ESPN's groundbreaking action sports event is back this month with LIVE coverage of X Games Aspen. For four days, more than 200 of the world's best winter action sports stars - names like Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Tucker Hibbert and Swedish Ski Big Air champ Henrik Harlaut - deliver heart-stopping competition in winter's most emblematic sports: skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile.

With the Winter Olympic Games on last year's agenda, White chose to skip this competition and a shot at a seventh consecutive Snowboard SuperPipe gold, leaving the door open for Snowmobile Snocross maestro Hibbert to waltz off with the first seven-peat in Winter X Games history. While last year saw two big names call it quits, Snowboard Halfpipe veteran Gretchen Bleiler and Norwegian Ski Slopestyle talent Andreas Håtveit, it also saw the dawn of a new generation as Chloe Kim, 13, became the youngest winter X medalist in history by claiming silver behind the greatest female halfpipe snowboarder in history, Kelly Clark.

Winter sports legends, repeat medalists, Olympic athletes past and present, and up-and-coming talents on the action sports circuit - don't miss a trick with ESPN's LIVE coverage of X Games Aspen airing January 22 - 25.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Jan 22 09:00pm X Games Aspen - Aspen, CO, USA
Jan 24 02:00pm X Games Aspen - Aspen, CO, USA
Jan 24 09:00pm X Games Aspen - Aspen, CO, USA
Jan 25 02:00pm X Games Aspen - Aspen, CO, USA
Jan 25 09:00pm X Games Aspen - Aspen, CO, USA

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA)

New storylines but the same intense drama - the NBA continues LIVE on ESPN.

January has more LIVE coverage on ESPN from the National Basketball Association (NBA). Early-season injuries to both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook left the Oklahoma City Thunder as bottom-dwellers in the Western Conference, a fact they hope to rectify quickly when their leaders are back on the court. The Thunder take the court this month against the tough Golden State Warriors, where guard Stephen Curry leads one of the best starting lineups in the game.

In other top action, LeBron James and Kevin Love - off to a rocky start despite a deeply talented team - front the Cavaliers as they take on the Charlotte Hornets to open the month, followed by matchups with Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, Curry and the Warriors, and the skilled Los Angeles Clippers, a favorite in a tough Western Conference that also features the Thunder, Warriors, Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and the defending NBA champions, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.

NBA Wednesday and NBA Friday season coverage, including doubleheaders, airs LIVE or on short-turnaround on ESPN/ESPN2.

Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
Jan 02 07:00pm Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan 07 07:00pm Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Houston Rockets
Jan 09 08:00pm Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls
Jan 09 10:30pm Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan 14 08:00pm Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
Jan 16 08:00pm Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors
Jan 16 10:30pm Los Angeles Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan 30 08:00pm Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL)

The NFL Playoffs are here - catch full coverage airing LIVE on ESPN

January is here and the National Football League (NFL) is at full speed with the arrival of the NFL Playoffs. The regular season proved just how thrilling and unpredictable the NFL can be. While certain teams were expected to be on top and are - among them Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots - others have grabbed headlines while shaking up the power rankings week by week.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been spectacular in the NFC East, but the Dallas Cowboys won't be easily dismissed. The San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs are poised to battle the Broncos to the wire in the AFC West, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts have been sharp as well in the AFC. The entire NFC is highly-competitive, with the Arizona Cardinals on fire, while the Packers, Eagles, Cowboys and Detroit Lions have all waged serious battles in their effort to be on the field this month.

ESPN and ESPN2 feature LIVE coverage of the NFL Playoffs with Wild Card Games, Divisional Playoffs and the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Stay tuned in February for LIVE coverage of the season's biggest event, Super Bowl XLIX.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Jan 03 04:30pm NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Game
Jan 03 08:00pm NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Game
Jan 10 08:00pm NFL Playoffs - Divisional Playoffs
Jan 11 04:30pm NFL Playoffs - Divisional Playoffs
Jan 18 TBD NFL Playoffs: AFC Championship Game

NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL - the CFP and Championship Game

NCAA College Football begins a new era withLIVE coverage on ESPN & ESPN2 of the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP)

NCAA College Football heads into a new era this month with LIVE coverage on ESPN/ESPN2 of the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) to crown a new national champion. The four teams to make the playoffs faceoff at the Rose Bowl Game and Allstate Sugar Bowl, before the victors head off to Arlington, Texas, for the College Football Championship Game, all airing LIVE on ESPN. Meanwhile, the CFP also includes other popular games such as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Discover Orange Bowl.

Defending national champion Florida State (ACC) started the season pegged as a CFP contender and there they remain, joined by SEC power Alabama and the Pac-12's Oregon. Meanwhile, surprise contenders shook up the rankings all season, with Mississippi State, TCU, Ohio State and Baylor all serious contenders for a playoff berth. The CFP is off to a very promising start.

Don't miss a touchdown with coverage on ESPN and ESPN2, airing LIVE and on short-turnaround, of the College Football Playoff and the crowning of a new national champion at the College Football Championship Game in Arlington, Texas, airing LIVE on ESPN. Also featured are pre- and post-game shows covering key games as well as the Championship Game.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Jan 01 12:45pm CFP - Goodyear Cotton Bowl - Arlington, TX
Jan 01 05:10pm CFP - Rose Bowl Game, Semifinal #1 - Pasadena, CA
Jan 01 08:50pm CFP - Allstate Sugar Bowl, Semifinal #2 - New Orleans, LA
Jan 04 09:00pm GoDaddy Bowl - Mobile, AL
Jan 12 08:30pm College Football Championship Game - Arlington, TX

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE and the CAPITAL ONE CUP

Top-flight football from England continues LIVE on ESPN in January

Launch the new year in style with ESPN's continuing LIVE coverage from the Barclays Premier League, England's top level of club football. As 2014 wound down, Chelsea appeared to be in the driver's seat as far as the EPL was concerned. With Spain international Diego Costa up front, not to mention talents like Eden Hazard and Cesc Fàbregas in midfield, Chelsea is looking to win their first league title in five years. And perhaps this year they'll make it happen.

Holders Manchester City and eternal rival Manchester United lag behind the leaders, but there's still a lot of football to be played. Man City is getting more sharp play from Argentine striker Sergio Agüero, while Man United - hoping the strike combo of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney can keep them in contention  is looking to bring back the glory days when they were feared by all challengers.

ESPN's coverage of the English Premier League airs all season, LIVE and on short-turnaround, featuring 12 matches per week. Also featured throughout the season are games from the Capital One Cup, a hard-fought knockout competition last won by Man City. NOTES: EPL not available to cruise lines; matches airing on short-turnaround/taped on ESPN Caribbean will air LIVE on ESPN2 Caribbean; some morning EPL games re-air in prime.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Jan 10 07:40am Barclays Premier League
Jan 17 09:55am Barclays Premier League
Jan 19 02:55pm Barclays Premier League
Jan 31 09:55am Barclays Premier League
Jan 21 07:00pm Capital One Cup
*NOTE: English Premier League not available to cruise lines.

MORE INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - Spanish Primera División, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, Dutch First Division, French Ligue 1 and more

International football leads the lineup with ESPN/ESPN2's weekly coverage of matches from Spain, Germany, Italy and much more

ESPN and ESPN2 feature an entertaining lineup of world football airing weekly throughout the season, with the strongest leagues and most talented sides grabbing the spotlight. Coverage is led by the Spanish Primera División and games from the Copa del Rey, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, Dutch First Division, French Ligue 1 and Portuguese Liga.

While the Spanish Primera División and German Bundesliga - with sides like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid in La Liga, not to mention German juggernaut Bayern Munich - remain at the forefront of world football, Italian Serie A is still a destination of choice for top players, among them the Argentine duo of Juventus star Carlos Tevez, the scoring leader, and Napoli's Gonzalo Higuaín. Meanwhile, Barcelona's Lionel Messi made history with his November hat-trick to break Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goal scoring record, sitting on top with 253 after that match.

In other parts of Europe the game is equally compelling. The battle for dominance in the French Ligue 1 is especially electrifying this season, with Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon locked in battle. In the Netherlands, the fast and physical Dutch First Division has two age-old rivals leading the standings, Ajax - winners of the last four titles - and PSV Eindhoven, while the Portuguese Liga, fronted by Benfica and FC Porto, remains highly-watchable.

Catch weekly football coverage from around the world airing LIVE and on short-turnaround throughout the season on ESPN and ESPN2; dates/times TBC closer to airdate.

ESPN FC

ESPN's roundtable talk show, ESPN FC, continues five days a week, Monday to Friday. Viewer email helps set the agenda as a variety of entertaining hosts - fronted by Tommy Smyth, Shaka Hislop and a top-flight lineup of world football experts - debate the game's hottest issues.

This popular program reviews weekend matches and previews upcoming mid-week action from the UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadores and other notable national/international matches. Also spotlighted are recaps of mid-week matches and previews of upcoming weekend matches, plus a weekly studio segment from the United Kingdom.

ESPN FC airs Monday to Friday at 7:00pm, joined by a Sunday program airing in the evening.

OLBERMANN

Uninhibited, unflinching and utterly unpredictable - join Keith Olbermann weeknights on ESPN

Late-night on ESPN is notably spicier with the presence of Olbermann in the lineup, a late-night program focusing on the latest sports topics making news. A mix of interviews, highlights and panel discussions, blended with Keith Olbermann's unique perspective and insightful commentary, delivers a show that is always the topic of conversation around the water-cooler the following day.

Olbermann's colorful history includes a stint at ESPN back in the 1990s, followed by work at NBC, Fox and MSNBC, where he hosted a primetime political news program. With his distinctive personality, sophistication and savvy, Olbermann delivers a nightly hour of sports television that is thought-provoking and entertaining and never, ever dull. It is one hour of late-night sports programming not to be missed.

Olbermann airs weeknights late evening on ESPN.

NOTE: All TIMES EASTERN. ALL SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS.