ESPN Caribbean Highlights - July 2013
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB)
MLB on ESPN2 in July means more regular season games airing LIVE plus coverage from All-Star Weekend
The stars shine bright on ESPN2 in July with more regular season Major League Baseball (MLB) plus one of the season's most popular events, All-Star Weekend. The regular season has seen the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics shoot to the top of the American League (AL) standings, while the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees - who faceoff on the 13th - are making life difficult for the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the AL.
Meanwhile, look to the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies, not to mention a St. Louis Cardinals team that has come bursting to life, to keep things interesting in the National League (NL). Also this month are All-Star Weekend attractions (airing LIVE on ESPN, short-turnaround on ESPN2) led by the Home Run Derby, a power-hitting competition starring the sport's hottest sluggers, and the main event itself, the 85th All-Star Game, where the NL All-Stars take on the AL All-Stars in an entertaining battle that gives the victors home-field advantage in the World Series.
ESPN2's season package of MLB games airs throughout the week, LIVE or on short-turnaround. Catch the Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game airing LIVE on ESPN, on short-turnaround on ESPN2.
Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
July 01 07:00pm ESPN's Tuesday Night Baseball
July 02 07:00pm ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball
July 04 03:00pm Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees
July 04 07:00pm MLB Holiday Game
July 06 08:00pm ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball
July 07 07:00pm ESPN's Monday Night Baseball
July 08 07:00pm ESPN's Tuesday Night Baseball
July 09 08:00pm ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball
July 13 08:00pm Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
July 15 03:00am Home Run Derby - Minneapolis, MN (S)
July 16 03:00am MLB All-Star Game - Minneapolis, MN (S)
July 18 07:00pm ESPN's Friday Night Baseball
July 20 08:00pm St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
July 21 07:00pm ESPN's Monday Night Baseball
July 22 07:00pm ESPN's Tuesday Night Baseball
July 23 07:00pm ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball
July 25 07:00pm ESPN's Friday Night Baseball
July 27 08:00pm ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball
July 28 08:00pm ESPN's Monday Night Baseball
July 29 07:00pm ESPN's Tuesday Night Baseball
July 30 08:00pm ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball
GOLF - The Champions Tour
LIVE on ESPN2 in July - the season's last two major championships: the U.S. Senior Open and The Senior Open Championship
ESPN2's coverage of the Champions Tour, the leading tour for professional golfers over the age of 50, continues in July with coverage from the U.S. Senior Open and The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, the season's last two major championships. Last season saw U.S. pro Kenny Perry claim back-to-back majors as he followed up his Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship win - his first major win on the Champions Tour - with a victory at the U.S. Senior Open. Perry went on to claim the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup.
The Senior Open Championship, won last year by Mark Wiebe, travels to Royal Porthcawl this year as Wales prepares to host its first major championship. The famous links in Bridgend, South Wales, will become the 12th different venue to host a Senior Open Championship. Joining Perry as favorites this month are Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, Germany's Bernhard Langer and the U.S. contingent of Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Michael Allen and Tom Lehman, the latter the Charles Schwab Cup champion in 2011 & 2012. ESPN2's coverage this month airs LIVE.
Schedule: LIVE coverage
July 10 04:00pm U.S. Senior Open - First Round
July 11 04:00pm U.S. Senior Open - Second Round
July 12 03:00pm U.S. Senior Open - Third Round
July 13 03:00pm U.S. Senior Open - Final Round
July 24 12:00pm The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex - First Round
July 25 12:00pm The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex - Second Round
July 26 12:00pm The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex - Third Round
July 27 12:00pm The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex - Final Round
GOLF - The LPGA Tour
ESPN2 presents coverage of the season's third major - the RICOH Women's British Open
Continuing on ESPN2 in July is coverage from the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tour, a showcase for the world's best women golfers. The RICOH Women's British Open is the season's third major and as such always attracts a deep field of talented professionals. Last season saw U.S. talent Stacy Lewis defeat top-ranked Inbee Park of South Korea for the title. Park made news in 2013 by winning three of the season's five majors, with Lewis taking the trophy here and Norway's Suzann Pettersen winning The Evian Championship.
Lewis, Park and Pettersen are all in sharp form this year, joined atop the Rolex Rankings by New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Australia's Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson of the U.S., South Korea's So Yeon Ryu and China's Shanshan Feng. In 2012 Lydia Ko became, at 15, the youngest winner ever in LPGA Tour history, while Feng's win that same year at the Wegmans LPGA Championship made her the first Chinese player to win a LPGA Tour title.
ESPN2's coverage this month of the RICOH Women's British Open airs taped from Southport, Lancashire in the United Kingdom.
July 10 09:00am RICOH Women's British Open - First Round
July 11 09:00am RICOH Women's British Open - Second Round
July 12 10:00am RICOH Women's British Open - Third Round
July 13 10:00am RICOH Women's British Open - Final Round
Coverage airs Taped
MOTOR SPORTS - Verizon IndyCar Series, NHRA Drag Racing and AMA Pro Motocross
IndyCar racing speeds into July with race action on ESPN2 from Pocono Raceway
Continuing on ESPN2 this month is more world-class open wheel racing from the Verizon IndyCar Series with stops at Pocono Raceway (airing LIVE on ESPN2), Iowa Speedway and back-to-back races on the Streets of Toronto (all airing on ESPN). This series of races last year saw New Zealand's Scott Dixon in spectacular form, winning in Pocono and claiming both races in Toronto, while Canada's James Hinchcliffe took the checkered flag in Iowa.
Dixon, the reigning IndyCar champion, remains a top contender in a series that combines speed, technology and innovation while demanding huge versatility from the drivers. This month alone tests the drivers on a long (Pocono) and short (Iowa) oval as well as the 1.75 mile street course in Toronto. Joining Dixon as favorites are 2012 series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of the U.S., Australia's Will Power and France's Simon Pagenaud, and popular Brazilian driver Helio Castroneves.
ESPN2 presents season coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series airing LIVE, on short-turnaround and taped. Catch LIVE coverage July 6, 12:00pm, of the Pocono INDYCAR 500 from Long Pond, PA.
The adrenaline is surging as NHRA Drag Racing powers into July with more supercharged racing on ESPN2
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is heating up and ESPN2 is there with more season coverage continuing in July. The 18-race regular season is quickly winding down, making every race between now and the start of the Countdown to the Championship in September crucial. The two top divisions, Top Fuel and Funny Car, are shaping up to be especially competitive this season, with veteran talents sharing the headlines with some of drag racing's exciting up-and-comers.
Top Fuel has seen some familiar faces leading the pack, among them Doug Kalitta, Spencer Massey and past series champions Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher. In Funny Car, race legend John Force is locked into what is shaping up as a three-way rivalry between himself, 2009 champion Robert Hight and rising star Alexis DeJoria. DeJoria claimed wins in Phoenix and Las Vegas, both over Hight, while it was Hight taking Gainsville and Charlotte over Force. The second half of the season promises to be very interesting.
ESPN2's season coverage of the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series includes both qualifying and race day action; final eliminations are featured at each stop. Races air on short-turnaround. Catch coverage on July 20, 2:30pm, of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals airing LIVE from Denver, Colorado.
July has more top racing with AMA Pro Motocross on ESPN
Continuing on ESPN in July is more coverage from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, considered by many the world's most competitive and prestigious motocross series. The motorcycle racing world was thrown into turmoil in May when it was announced that reigning 450 Class champion Ryan Villopoto would be taking the summer off for surgery following an injury sustained in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, where he clinched his fourth consecutive 450SX Class Championship this past May.
That injury has opened the door to some hungry challengers looking to take his place as the premier-division champion. Among the riders to watch are Ryan Dungey, last year's runner-up and the 450 Class champion in 2010 and 2012; James Stewart, who hasn't won a motocross title since his perfect season in 2008 but is still considered one of the most innovative racers in the history of the sport; and two international talents, German import Ken Roczen and Chad Reed, the Australian star who won the 2009 title and is looking to get back into the winner's circle.
ESPN2 presents season coverage, airing LIVE and on short-turnaround, of the 12-round season that runs from May to August. Also catch LIVE race coverage this month on ESPN from Budds Creek and Washougal.
July 05 03:00pm RedBud National - Buchanan, MI (L)
July 19 04:00pm Spring Creek National - Millville, MN (L)
July 27 10:00am Washougal National - Washougal, WA (S)
(L) Live; (S) Short-turnaround
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER (MLS)
Seattle Sounders, SKC, LA Galaxy and the NY Red Bulls - MLS continues on ESPN
Top professional soccer from the United States lights up ESPN2 in July with more action from Major League Soccer (MLS). Last season saw the New York Red Bulls - home to famed French striker Thierry Henry - win the Supporters' Shield as the best regular season side, marking them as the Eastern team to beat in the new season. Defending champions Sporting Kansas City are certain to be standing in their way, with the New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo also expected to be in the mix.
The Portland Timbers, who notched the best record in the Western Conference last season, were dumped out of the playoffs by Real Salt Lake, a side that has made the playoffs six straight seasons, winning it all in 2009 (and losing the 2013 MLS Cup to SKC). Top games this month feature SKC hosting the Chicago Fire, the Philadelphia Union taking on the Red Bulls, and the Seattle Sounders going up against the Galaxy.
ESPN2's coverage of Major League Soccer airs all season, LIVE and on short-turnaround.
Schedule: Host team shown first
July 06 03:00pm Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire (L)
July 16 07:00pm Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls (L)
July 27 03:00am Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (S)
(L) Live; (S) Short-turnaround
WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (WNBA)
The Sparks, Fever and Mercury burn up the courts - the WNBA continues LIVE on ESPN
ESPN2 features LIVE coverage of some sizzling regular season matchups in July as the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) continues to burn up the courts, with doubleheader action featured on select Tuesday nights. On the 15th, see one of the game's greatest stars, Tamika Catchings, lead the Indiana Fever against the reigning WNBA MVP Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks, followed by high-scoring Diana Taurasi fronting the Phoenix Mercury as they take on the Washington Mystics.
The talent is deep throughout the WNBA, with teams to watch including, of course, the defending champion Minnesota Lynx and the team they defeated for the 2013 title, the Atlanta Dream. The Dream are led by one of the league's most impressive talents, Angel McCoughtry, while the Lynx boast a trio of Olympians - Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen - that is tough to slow down.
Coverage of the WNBA airs all season on ESPN2, LIVE or on short-turnaround, with doubleheaders featured on Tuesday nights.
Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
July 15 08:00pm Indianapolis Fever vs. Los Angeles Sparks
July 15 10:00pm Phoenix Mercury vs. Washington Mystics
CYCLING - The Tour de France 2014
The world's premier bicycle race is back on ESPN - The Tour de France 2014
With a storied history stretching back more than 100 years, The Tour de France has been - and remains - the world's most prestigious bicycle race. Running from July 5 to 27, the 101st Tour de France has 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,656 kilometers (before ratification) including nine flat stages, five hill stages, six mountain stages with five altitude finishes, one individual time-trial and two rest days.
This year's Grand Départ leaves from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, making it the twentieth start from outside the French borders, with the Tour also passing through Belgium and Spain. Among the nine new stage cities are Leeds, Sheffield and Cambridge, all offering stunning countryside and their own vibrant histories. Add all this to France's traditional stages - including the final climb up Hautacam, a legendary Tour challenge - and the stage is set for an unforgettable 2014 race.
ESPN2's coverage, airing LIVE and on short-turnaround, features select stages beginning July 5 and wrapping with taped coverage of the traditional finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 27 (which airs LIVE on ESPN). NOTE: During Wimbledon and The Open Championship, stages from ESPN will air LIVE on ESPN.
Schedule: LIVE coverage
July 05 10:00am The Tour de France 2014 - Stage #1
July 06 10:00am The Tour de France 2014 - Stage #2
July 17 10:00am The Tour de France 2014
July 18 10:00am The Tour de France 2014
July 19 10:00am The Tour de France 2014
July 20 10:00am The Tour de France 2014
July 27 02:00pm The Tour de France 2014 (S)
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Catch final regular season action as the Arena Football League heads toward the playoffs - coverage airs LIVE on ESPN
The Arena Football League (AFL) is known for giving American football a fast-paced, high-scoring twist. For more than 25 years, the AFL has been entertaining fans with its unique style of indoor football, known for solid defense and electric offense, and with rebound nets keeping the ball in play and the action rolling non-stop.
Last season saw the Arizona Rattlers claim their second consecutive championship over, once again, the Philadelphia Soul. The league features 14 teams playing a 20-week schedule from March to July, followed in August by the playoffs and championship game, ArenaBowl XXVII, to be played on August 23 at the home of the highest remaining seed.
Coverage on ESPN of the Arena Football League airs LIVE July 14, 8:00pm, as the Jacksonville Sharks host the New Orleans VooDoo.
AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL)
On ESPN in July - more rounds from the AFL airing LIVE
ESPN features more LIVE coverage of matches from the Australian Football League (AFL) this month as Rounds 16 - 18 bring fans and players one step closer to the 2014 Toyota AFL Finals Series in September. The sport lovingly known as "footy" is the most popular spectator sport in Australia and in many other corners of the world as well, and is known for its physicality and high-scoring excitement.
Defending champions Hawthorn and recent champions like Sydney Swans, Geelong Cats and Collingwood, have all been in fine form, while Port Adelaide and Gold Coast Suns have managed to climb the AFL ladder to challenge the favorites. The regular season continues to the end of August, followed by the 2014 Toyota AFL Finals Series in September to determine the rivals who will take the field at the Toyota AFL Grand Final at the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on September 27.
Don't miss any of the AFL action with ESPN2's continuing coverage airing LIVE, on short-turnaround or taped. One-hour highlight programs air weekly.
Schedule: LIVE coverage
July 06 01:00am Australian Football League
July 11 05:30am Australian Football League
July 26 05:30am Australian Football League
Step in the ring with ESPN and Friday Night Fights
Strength, speed, reflexes, endurance. Boxing has it all, as does ESPN's boxing program Friday Night Fights, the show of choice for fans of the sweet science. FNF spotlights live championship bouts starring the sport's top-ranked contenders, features news and information, chats with in-studio guests, clips of classic fight footage and more.
Friday Night Fights airs on ESPN2 on select Friday evenings during the month, with this month's coverage airing LIVE on the 11th.
ESPN NFL LIVE
Airing Monday through Friday throughout the year on ESPN2 is NFL Live, a fast-paced studio show that delves into the latest news making headlines around the NFL. Find out what's hot, who's not, and all the rest of the word on the street as host Trey Wingo and an entertaining lineup of top analysts weigh-in with their opinions on players, coaches and current happenings both on and off the field.
NFL Live, a one-hour weekday news show, airs on ESPN2 Monday to Friday at 4:00pm.
ESPN'S AROUND THE HORN
Stay in the loop with Around the Horn, a fast-paced and free-spirited sports talk program where Tony Reali and four leading sports reporters from across the country debate the latest sports issues, rumors and headlines via satellite.
The show is played in rounds, with two columnists 'Cut' before the final 'Showdown', with Tony giving points for a good argument and happily deducting them when he has to hit 'mute.' The winner then gets 30 seconds of 'Facetime' to opine on victory. Around the Horn airs Monday to Friday at 5:00pm.
Pardon the Interruption (PTI) shines a spotlight on the latest, most talked-about happenings in the sports world. Fast-paced, innovative and always provocative, PTI features top journalists Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon facing-off in a lively format devoted exclusively to sports opinions and the latest news making headlines around the world. Mixing insight, analysis and humor, PTI gets inside the stories viewers care most about. PTI airs weekdays at 5:30pm.
ESPN'S MORNING BLOCK - Mike and Mike in the Morning & ESPN First Take
Start the day on the right foot with ESPN's morning block, 6am - noon
Rise and shine Monday to Friday, from 6am to noon, with ESPN's informative and entertaining morning block starring two of the most popular shows on the air - Mike and Mike in the Morning and ESPN First Take.
Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, the oddest couple in sports, host Mike and Mike in the Morning, a TV simulcast of their popular sports talk radio show, beginning at 6am. Join the guys for four hours of sports news, culture and controversy that manages to be hilarious and informative in equal measures. Along with regular guest hosts and renowned contributors, the show features weekly segments like Just Shut Up, Monday Morning Quarterback, and the not to be missed Man Up Question of the Day, where male listeners are coached on how to be more manly.
ESPN First Take follows Mike and Mike from 10am to noon, Monday to Friday. Fronted by Cari Champion, Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and special guests, this entertaining program provides daily debate on the latest sports topics in the news. Held in a roundtable setting, the program delivers opinion and often heated face-offs while discussing the NFL, NBA, NCAA football and more.
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