Month: March 2017

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MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Headlines Variety Pack of Live Racing on FS1 this Weekend

NHRA, Supercross & Formula E Join NASCAR on FS1 Schedule
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Live on FOX from Martinsville, Cup Champ Harvick Serves as Full-Race Analyst

CHARLOTTE, NC– The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its FS1 season debut this weekend from Martinsville, Va., headlining a busy race weekend that also features the NHRA from Las Vegas, Supercross from St. Louis and the fully electric FIA Formula E Championship from Mexico City.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes the first of three appearances on the FOX broadcast network Saturday afternoon, with NASCAR premier series champion Kevin Harvick serving as a full-race analyst.

NASCAR

  • Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
  • TV schedule: Sunday, April 2 (2:00 PM ET, live on FS1)
  • Broadcast team: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon, Larry McReynolds, Matt Yocum, Chris Neville, Jamie Little
  • Current points leader: Kyle Larson
  • Notes: Friday practice (11:30 AM ET on FS1) … Friday qualifying (4:30 PM ET on FS1) … Saturday practice (10:00 AM ET on FS1) … Saturday final practice (1:30 PM ET on FS1)
  • Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • TV schedule: Saturday, April 1 (3:00 PM ET, live on FOX)
  • Broadcast team: Vince Welch, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Hermie Sadler, Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Current points leader: Christopher Bell
  • Note: First of three NCWTS races on FOX this season … Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick serves as full-race analyst

NHRA

  • Series: NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
  • TV schedule: Sunday, April 2 (6:00 PM ET, live on FS1)
  • Broadcast team: Dave Rieff, Tony Pedregon, Jamie Howe, Amanda Busick, Bruno Massel
  • Current points leaders: Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle)
  • Notes: Saturday qualifying (7:00 PM ET on FS1)

SUPERCROSS

  • Series: Monster Energy Supercross
  • TV schedule: Saturday, April 1 (8:00 PM ET, live on FS1)
  • Broadcast team: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, Jenny Taft
  • Current points leader: Ryan Dungey
  • Note: Eli Tomac has won the last four events and seven of his last nine, pulling to within seven points of points leader and three-time champion, Ryan Dungey

FORMULA E

  • Series: FIA Formula E Championship
  • TV schedule: Saturday, April 1 (5:30 PM ET, live on FS1)
  • Broadcast team: Brian Till, Bob Varsha, Jack Nicholls, Dario Franchitti, Nicki Shields
  • Current points leader: Sebastien Buemi
  • Note: Reigning champion Sebastien Buemi is off to an almost perfect title defense with a hat-trick of wins in the opening three races

For more news and information on FOX Sports motor sports please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX Deportes Offers First-Ever Daily Sports and News Podcasts

La Ultima Palabra, FOX Deportes en Vivo and Central FOX Available on reVolver Podcasts

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Deportes, the first and longest-running Spanish-language sports network in the United States, announced its partnership with reVolver Podcasts, the online destination for multicultural, on-demand audio, to offer the first-ever daily sports and news podcasts by a U.S. Spanish-language cable network. Three of the network’s flagship programs, LA ULTIMA PALABRA, FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO AND CENTRAL FOX, will be available daily on reVolverPodcasts.com, iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify and iHeart Radio beginning Wednesday, March 29.

“We’re excited to partner with reVolver Podcasts to offer sports fans additional platforms to enjoy our flagship programs,” said Carlos Sanchez, Executive Vice President and General Manager, FOX Deportes. “Our focus for the last 20 years has been to stay ahead of the competition and provide sports fans the best sports programming while evolving with the times. This partnership further exemplifies our commitment to the fans to continue delivering unparalleled content across platforms.”

“Today we join forces with FOX as part of our effort to continue providing the best in sports content for our joint audience with programs like, LA ULTIMA PALABRA, CENTRAL FOX AND FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO,” said Jack Hobbs, President, reVolver. “We look forward to further developing this relationship to bring the best on demand audio and sports to U.S. Hispanics.”

FOX Deportes’ flagship soccer talk show LA ULTIMA PALABRA provides the most comprehensive, up-to-the- minute soccer news and commentary surrounding the biggest soccer matches and events across the sport’s many leagues. The daily, one-hour show offers an unparalleled panel of analysts including renowned soccer stars Alberto Garcia Aspe, Daniel “El Ruso” Brailovsky, Rafa Marquez Lugo, Fernando Quirarte, Alex Aguinaga, Fabian Estay and leading sports journalists and hosts Andre Marin, Oscar Guzman and Alex Blanco. New episodes will be available Monday through Friday.

Hosts Mariano Trujillo and John Laguna cover the biggest events in sports and entertainment from around the world for the network’s news magazine show FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO. New episodes will be available weekly.

CENTRAL FOX, the leading Spanish-language sports news program, brings viewers the latest headlines from across the sports world. The show features five daily editions with a rotation of hosts including Emmy Award-nominee Marion Reimers, Jose Pablo Coello, Oscar Guzman and Valeria Marin. New episodes will be available weekdays.

Tune in and subscribe to LA ULTIMA PALABRA, FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO AND CENTRAL FOX! Read more about reVolver Podcasts’ talented lineup of shows at www.revolverpodcasts.com. Find your favorite reVolver Podcast on Spotify mobile, Google Play Music or the iHeart Radio App by searching for the show’s title. To listen on iTunes, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/revolver-podcasts/id1086192367

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FOX NASCAR at Martinsville Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live on FS1 & NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Live on FOX from Martinsville

CHARLOTTE, NC – The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for FS1’s season debut, with FOX Sports set to offer 19 hours of live action from the historic half-mile oval. Included are FS1’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 2 (2:00 PM ET) and FOX’s live broadcast of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES, the first of three on FOX in 2017, on Saturday, April 1 (3:00 PM ET). Former NASCAR premier series champion Kevin Harvick will serve as a race analyst for Saturday’s Truck Series race.

During the week, FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, continues Mondays through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET. Additionally, the NASCAR RACE HUB PODCAST launched last week and is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds, as well as NASCAR RACE HUB analysts Joey Logano and Chad Knaus on the weekend ahead.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Date/Time: Sunday, April 2 (2:00 PM ET)
Network: FS1
Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Chris Myers with analysts Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip; reporters Little, Neville and Yocum

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Date/Time: Saturday, April 1 (3:00 PM ET)
Network: FOX
Announcers: Vince Welch, Michael Waltrip and Kevin Harvick
Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie
Pre-race: NCWTS SETUP (2:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by John Roberts with analysis from Todd Bodine

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On whether it is too early to call Chip Ganassi Racing a championship contender:
“When you finish second over and over and over again, you’re building momentum, but you have to win eventually to get the confidence, to get the details worked out with the team to be a championship contender. It’s still pretty early in the season, but these results are starting to put them into that championship-caliber conversation and toward being a team that can compete for it. I’m so impressed with Chip Ganassi Racing – they’ve made big improvements over the last year-and-a-half to give Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson cars that can win races and maybe even battle for the championship.”
–Jeff Gordon

On how large a role the lower downforce package may play in the success of Kyle Larson and the No. 42 team:
“It’s no secret that Kyle likes driving a car sideways and cars without that much grip. Michigan was his first win – that was a new package for everybody and the second time we ran that. He seems to have taken to it. Right now, the Ganassi cars are fast. Both Jamie [McMurray] and Kyle are very, very fast consistently at all types of race tracks. They have everything clicking right now.”
–Joey Logano, as an analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

On where Chip Ganassi Racing has shown the most improvement since last season:
“It started about two-thirds of the way through the season last year, where they started to get a lot better and have a lot better consistent performance. These guys really started to gel from Chad Johnston to Kyle Larson. The 1 car really started to gain momentum based on what the 42 is doing. It’s almost like having a big brother. When the big brother raises the bar, the other team starts to step up just a bit. They’re playing off of one another, not just from a driver standpoint but from a team standpoint. Once one guy starts to have success, it inherently raises the level of the next. These guys working together as a team — as a whole unit between the 1 and the 42 — is what is really making this happen.”
–Chad Knaus, as an analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

On how much it might help Chip Ganassi Racing to have two teams as opposed to the three or four-car teams:
“There’s pros and cons. There’s a lot of different ways to look at it. The good part is when you come up with a new part, you don’t have to build it for four cars. You only have to build it for a couple. That just makes the part get on your car quicker. But then you have the lack of information. You don’t have as many cars out on the race track to try things.”
–Joey Logano, as an analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

On the rough start and bad luck suffered by several veteran drivers in the 2017 season:
“You make your own luck, as well. Jimmie Johnson’s team has made mistakes almost every single race this year except Phoenix. Just look at the mistakes at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, and those mistakes started Friday in practice when they crashed the primary car.”
–Larry McReynolds

On what jumps out at you in the point standings five races into the season:
“What’s amazing is how big the gaps have already opened up. That is because of the stage points, which are making a big difference. You can really gain a lot over the course of one race, but on the flip side, you also can lose a lot.”
–Larry McReynolds

On the alleviation of pressure on teams who already have a win in 2017 and whether a win affords them the opportunity to pursue more points in stages 1 and 2 of each race:
“For the first time in a number of years of this format, the top 10 in points, no matter how many races you’ve won or not won, will be awarded playoff points. So, being in the top 10 in points is a really big deal when Richmond (end of regular season) rolls around.”
–Larry McReynolds

On how many races Kyle Larson might win this season:
“It’s hard to stack up a bunch of wins. It’s hard to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Our champion last year, Jimmie Johnson, only won five races. I’m going with four wins for Larson this year. You can’t find a lot of weak links in that No. 42 team right now.”
–Larry McReynolds

On what makes Chad Johnston such a successful crew chief with Larson:
“Chad Johnston has made a clutch call from atop the pit box late in the race two weeks in a row. I talk to Chad in the garage – he is very comfortable with his calls. I don’t think he second-guesses anything he does to the race car or calls he makes from the pit box. I watched him when he was at Michael Waltrip Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing. He’s a racer. He is a worker; he is in the trenches with his guys. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen one of his cars scrape the fence in practice over the years, and then he gets down on the ground, beating on the fenders and bumpers. He doesn’t leave it to the crew. Chad is an engineer, but he is a racer. He and Kyle believe in each other, and it all starts there. I see that chemistry, and the race team believes in them.”
–Larry McReynolds

FOX NASCAR AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, March 31
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (11:30 AM-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (4:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (4:30-5:30 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 1
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (10:00-11:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (11:00 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (1:30-2:30 PM) (FS1)
NCWTS SETUP (2:30-3:00 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (3:00-5:30 PM) (FOX)

Sunday, April 2
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30-2:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)

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FOX Sports Welcomes Back Big Personality Pierzynski

All-Star Catcher to Provide FOX MLB Game Analysis, Insight for MLB WHIPAROUND

LOS ANGELES, CA – Two-time MLB All-Star catcher A.J. Pierzynski joins the FOX Sports broadcast team full-time for the 2017 FOX MLB season, it was announced today by FOX Sports President, Production and Executive Producer, John Entz.

“We love having A.J. on the FOX Sports team,” Entz said. “He’s confident in his opinions and insight and he doesn’t hold back or shy away from topics he feels strongly about. Fans want an honest approach to what’s happening on the field, in the locker room and away from the game, and A.J. gives you just that, and has a lot of fun doing it.”

Pierzynski works his first game of the 2017 FOX MLB season Wednesday, April 5 (7:00 PM ET), teaming with Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Ken Rosenthal (reporter) for a matchup between the N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

Hired by FOX Sports initially to be an analyst for the 2011 MLB postseason, Pierzynski joined the FOX Sports team again in 2012, 2013 and 2015. In 2017, Pierzynski will provide game analysis, as well as make regular appearances on FS1’s MLB WHIPAROUND.

“With Opening Day right around the corner, this is always a great time of year,” Pierzynski said. “I’m really looking forward to what should be a very exciting MLB season and to being a part of the FOX Sports team again.”

A career .280 hitter with more than 2,000 hits, Pierzynski began his major league career with the Minnesota Twins in 1998, also playing for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves. A two-time MLB All-Star (2002, 2006), the left-handed hitter won a World Series title with the White Sox in 2005 and garnered the Silver Slugger Award in 2012.

Pierzynski joins a 2017 FOX MLB team that has signed several former players over the last several weeks, including Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Pete Rose and Frank Thomas.

For more news and information on FOX MLB, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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Go ROLLIN’ WITH NOLAN Tonight at 7:00 PM ET on FS1

Katie Nolan Talks Sports, Tech, Celebrity & More from SXSW

FOX Sports’ Katie Nolan dishes on the intersection of sports, technology and pop culture in ROLLIN’ WITH NOLAN tonight at 7:00 PM ET on FS1. Filmed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, highlights from tonight’s half-hour show include:

  • WWE superstar and actor John Cena does a table read of Nolan’s original screenplay “The Departed Jersey,” a saga based on the curious case of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl LI jersey.
  • Dallas Mavericks owner, entrepreneur and star of the television program “Shark Tank” Mark Cuban discusses how advances in technology help athletes stay healthy.
  • Actor Craig Robinson helps perform the ROLLIN’ WITH NOLAN theme song.
  • Actor Jake Johnson delivers breakfast tacos and talks about his beloved Chicago Cubs.
  • Katie and the guys from Crooked Media determine who the ultimate Boston sports fan is.
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“Charlie Hustle” & “The Big Hurt” Reunite as FOX Sports MLB Analysts for 2017 Season

NEW YORK, NY – Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader, three-time World Series Champion Pete Rose, and first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas reprise their roles as studio analysts for FOX Sports’ MLB coverage in 2017. The joint announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“Charlie Hustle” and “The Big Hurt” add to an already impressive baseball cast for FOX Sports, which also includes World Series Champions Alex Rodriguez, and Nick Swisher. Rose and Thomas light up the studio desk during the regular season on FS1’s MLB WHIPAROUND and FOX’s MLB SATURDAY pregame coverage as well as during the postseason on FOX and FS1.

Rose and Thomas gained notoriety for their easy banter and astute analysis during the 2016 season on MLB WHIPAROUND, eventually earning their own one-episode spinoff, HURT & HUSTLE, which aired on FS1 following a regular-season game between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians on Oct. 1. The duo, joined in studio by Rodriguez, also gained wide acclaim for their candid discussion on hitting during the 2016 postseason.

“Pete & Frank had a terrific run last year so we knew we wanted to make sure we kept that momentum going into the 2017 season,” said Entz. “We are ecstatic to have them both back.”

“I can’t wait to get out to the studio with Alex, Frank and the guys,” said Rose. “I love talking baseball and hearing their opinions on the game…especially when they’re wrong!”

“It’s great to be back after a record breaking post season!” said Thomas. “Looking forward to 2017 with our great cast of characters!”

Rose made his Major League debut in 1963 for the Cincinnati Reds, where he played for 16 years before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979 as a free agent. Over the course of his career, Rose accumulated an MLB-record 4,256 hits, won three National League batting titles and was named to the All-Star team 17 times at five different positions. Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader was named the 1963 National League Rookie of the Year, the 1973 National League Most Valuable Player and, over a stretch of 17 seasons from 1965-81, ranked in the top 10 in the National League in hitting an impressive 13 times. Rose played a vital role in Cincinnati’s back-to-back World Series titles in 1975-76 and Philadelphia’s first-ever championship in 1980. He ultimately finished his career with Cincinnati in 1986 having served first as a player/manager (1984-86) and then as the team’s full-time skipper, producing a 412-373 record (.525 pct.) over his six seasons at the helm.

Following his junior season at Auburn University, the Chicago White Sox selected Thomas as the seventh overall pick in 1989. Thomas made his Major League debut with the team during the summer of 1990. Thomas played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues, was voted to five All-Star Games, won two American League Most Valuable Player awards, four Silver Sluggers and was a member of the 2005 World Series Champion team. He finished his career with a .301 batting average with a stellar .419 on-base percentage and amassed 521 home runs, 1,704 runs batted in, 2,468 hits and 1,667 walks, earning first-ballot induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2014.

World Series Champion and National League Rookie of the year (2003) Dontrelle Willis, former major leaguer Mark Sweeney and National League Rookie of the year (1992) Eric Karros, also appear as regular analysts on FS1’s MLB WHIPAROUND and FOX’s MLB SATURDAY pregame coverage. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi add reports as FOX Sports MLB insiders while Kevin Burkhardt, Chris Myers and Mike Hill host throughout the season.

Burkhardt, Rodriguez, Rose & Thomas make their 2017 baseball season debut together during MLB SEASON PREVIEW 2017. The one-hour studio show special recaps baseball’s offseason and airs on Monday, March 27 at 10:00 PM ET on FS1.

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BIG EAST Enjoys Most-Watched Season on FOX Sports Family of Networks

Overall Viewership Up +16% on FOX, FS1 and FS2

NEW YORK, NY – BIG EAST men’s basketball enjoyed its most watched season on the FOX broadcast network, FS1 and FS2 in 2016-17, with an overall viewership increase of +16% over last season and a huge +84% growth over the conference’s first season on FOX Sports in 2013-14.

BIG EAST men’s basketball games on FOX, FS1 and FS2 averaged 192,000 viewers per game during the 2016-17 regular season and conference tournament, compared to last year’s average of 166,000 (+16%) and the 2013-14 average of 104,000 (+84%). This season, BIG EAST regular-season games averaged 182,000 viewers per game, up +18% over last year (vs. 154,000) and up a staggering +96% over 2013-14 (vs. 93,000).

On FS1 alone, BIG EAST men’s basketball viewership grew +20% from last year’s regular season (130,000 vs. 108,000) and +11% during the tournament (212,000 vs. 191,000). On FOX Sports GO, BIG EAST Tournament games were streamed for more than 4.4 million minutes, a +130% increase from a year ago.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Rockhold Wants Title Fight

ROCKHOLD: “IF THE UFC WANTS TO PUT A REAL BELT ON THE LINE, I’D GLADLY FIGHT YOEL [ROMERO] FOR IT. I’M HERE TO FIGHT FOR TITLES.”

Woodley on Manuwa’s KO of Anderson: “Manuwa put the division on notice.”

Florian on McGregor vs. Mayweather: “We’re getting the best of the UFC against the best in boxing. It’s going to be huge.”

Los Angeles – On UFC TONIGHT, host Kenny Florian and guest host Tyron Woodley recap last week’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MANUWA VS. ANDERSON and interview former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.

UFC TONIGHT guest host Tyron Woodley on Jimi Manuwa’s knockout of Corey Anderson: “Manuwa put the division on notice. It shows his IQ. Everyone knows he has a crazy left hook, but throws it from different directions and that’s how he was able to land it.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on who Manuwa should fight next: “I don’t know how realistic it is that he gets the title fight next, with Jon Jones coming back, but Shogun is a good fight for Jimi. Shogun is trying to get back in the title picture. That’s a fight that makes sense.”

Florian on who Gunner Nelson should fight next: “I think either Carlos Condit or Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson make sense. They’re both ranked higher than him and would get him closer to the title shot.”

Luke Rockhold on the state of the middleweight division: “It’s chaos. I think they’re running down a slippery slope. Things could get out of hand. Georges isn’t going to fight anybody at the top of the division if he wins and Bisping could be in the same boat. I’m bummed they took this route. It’s taking away from the sport. It’s about the top guys fighting each other. This isn’t WWE. This is fighting. When you see it, it makes you question a lot of things.”

Rockhold on when he thinks he could fight for the belt: “You tell me? It doesn’t take much. It takes one good fight. I’ll see how it irons out. A lot of guys are waiting. It just depends on what their thoughts are. Yoel is waiting. If they want to put a real belt on the line, I’d gladly fight Yoel for it. I’m not here to dance around, I’m here to fight for titles.”

Rockhold on Bisping’s impersonation of him: “Michael’s trying to distract from his own crap, all the controversy he’s bringing up. He’s avoiding all the fights. He’s avoiding Jacare and Romero.”

Rockhold on what he learned from the Bisping fight: “To not take anyone for granted. I went in there and wrote him off. I need to focus and relax and let the fight come to you. I’m so much better than Michael. If he ever man’s up and I get to fight him again, I’ll show that. But the way the division is going, I don’t know if I’ll get that chance.”

Rockhold on who wins between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre: “Who knows? I think Bisping wins the fight. He’s the bigger guy. Georges won’t be able to take him down. Bisping can scramble and outbox him. I see Bisping winning the fight. We’ll see if he’s a man of his word and if he fights a true contender next, or if he runs off into the sunset.”

Rockhold on what he’s been doing lately: “I’ve been chasing some paychecks. Modeling. I don’t discriminate against paychecks. I’ve got to pay the bills. Injuries are tough. I tore my ACL 50 percent in my left leg. I can’t kick. I’m not going to fight without my left leg, which is my best weapon.”

VIDEO: Interview: Luke Rockhold: “This isn’t WWE.”

Florian on if rankings should determine title fights: “We’ve gone a little too far to the entertainment values. It’s still a sport. People are not getting enough respect for the performance.”

Woodley on if rankings are more important than entertainment: “When I was coming up, I fought the top guys. Now, it’s too much entertainment. But at the end of the day, you have to do both. We know the rules and as a fighter you have to entertain.”

Woodley on if McGregor vs. Mayweather is good for the sport: “I think this is phenomenal thing for the UFC and for combat sports. Anytime you can bring boxing and UFC together, it’s a great opportunity. These guys are the top of their divisions. But Mayweather is just too experienced in boxing and has fought the top level fighters in boxing. I’m going with Floyd.”

Rockhold on if he wants to see McGregor vs. Mayweather: “I think it’s a fight that needs to take place. It’s better for boxing, but I don’t think it hurts the UFC. It’ll do everything for the sports. I’ll be watching. If Conor loses, he lost to Floyd and comes back to MMA and he’s a two division champion. I don’t pick against Conor, but Floyd is a safe fighter. I’m going with Floyd.”

Florian on McGregor vs. Mayweather: “What does it say about the state of boxing, the state of UFC and Conor McGregor, the fact that Mayweather is looking outside of his sport to get a big-money fight? That’s how big McGregor is. We’re getting the best of the UFC against the best of boxing. It’s going to be huge. For people who don’t know about Conor McGregor, they’re going to look him up and then follow up with him. I’m going with Mayweather, who wins by a decision.”

Rockhold if he wants to see a UFC legends division: “No. This isn’t golf. Are you going to let them use steroids, too? I think it’s a joke.”

Florian on a possible legends division: “If you just match up fighters appropriately, it would solve the problem. Match up Vitor vs. Anderson Silva, according to their age and experience. That would take care of it.”

VIDEO: Latest on Conor McGregor, UFC rankings and a possible legends division
https://www.youtube.com/user/UFCONFOXofficial/videos

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Doug Gottlieb Joins FOX Sports Radio and FS1

The Doug Gottlieb Show Debuts April 24 on FOX Sports Radio

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced today the addition of veteran sports media personality Doug Gottlieb to the network’s weekday afternoon lineup. Beginning April 24, The Doug Gottlieb Show will broadcast Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. ET on more than 150 stations nationwide, as well as FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s industry-leading digital radio platform. Originating from Los Angeles, the fast-paced program will feature Gottlieb’s unique perspective on the latest headlines, as well as listener interaction and conversations with the biggest names in sports.

— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 22, 2017


Gottlieb will also serve as a basketball analyst for FS1, providing insights and analysis for Skip And Shannon: Undisputed, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and other programs.

“I couldn’t be happier to join FOX Sports Radio and FS1,” said Gottlieb. “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of The Doug Gottlieb Show. FOX Sports has created a multi-platform, innovative, high-quality sports entertainment destination, and I’m looking forward to joining their industry-leading lineup.”

“We are honored to have Doug Gottlieb, one of the preeminent voices in the format, join our incredible lineup of sports entertainment personalities,” said Don Martin, SVP Sports Programming for Premiere Networks / FSR. “Doug’s experience behind the mic, on TV, and courtside makes him an ideal addition to the FOX Sports family. We look forward to sharing his quick-witted, smart and outspoken brand of entertainment with our FSR audience.”

Gottlieb currently hosts The Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS Sports Radio and is a featured analyst on CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com. Previously, the former basketball standout was a college basketball analyst at ESPN and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show on ESPN Radio. He also co-hosted a midday sports talk show at WWLS-AM in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Gottlieb was a college basketball point guard at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, and graduated with a marketing degree from Oklahoma State in 2000, holding every assists record at OSU and in the Big 12 Conference. He is 11th all-time in assists in NCAA history.

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Former Title Challenger Edner Cherry Takes On Once-Beaten Omar Douglas in Lightweight Clash

Former Title Challenger Edner Cherry Takes On Once-Beaten Omar Douglas in Lightweight Clash That Headlines Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, April 4 From Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Battle of Unbeaten Featherweights Stephen Fulton & Luis Rosario While Bethlehem’s Frank DeAlba Meets Exciting Brawler Ryan Kielczweski in Super Featherweight Showdown

BETHLEHEM, PA. (March 22, 2017) – Former title challenger Edner Cherry (35-7-2, 19 KOs) will meet once-beaten Omar Douglas (17-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout that headlines Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, April 4 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features an eight-round showdown between unbeaten featherweight prospects Stephen Fulton (10-0, 5 KOs) and Luis Rosario (8-0-1, 7 KOs) plus Bethlehem’s Frank DeAlba (21-2-2-, 9 KOs) taking on Massachusetts-native Ryan Kielczweski (26-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight attraction.

“I have to give Omar Douglas credit for taking this fight,” said Cherry. “We’re both very hungry, so I think this is going to be entertaining for the fans. Omar is coming off of a loss so I know he needs this win. We both come with speed and power. It’s going to be fireworks on April 4.”

“I’m looking forward to a great fight on April 4,” said Douglas. “I have a good experienced opponent in front of me. This fight will show my full arsenal, because I know he’s going to bring pressure. I can box or come forward. I plan to use my jab to win rounds and get this victory.”

Cherry, of Wauchula, Fla., enters this fight after a victory of Haskell Rhodes in June of last year and is 11-1 since 2009. His only blemishes since 2007 are losses to Timothy Bradley and Paulie Malignaggi at 140-pounds and his title challenge in 2015 against Jose Pedraza in which he dropped a split decision. Cherry, who was born in the Bahamas, owns victories over Vicente Escobedo, Monte Meza Clay and Wes Ferguson and will look to take down another contender on his way to another title shot.

Fighting out of Wilmington, Delaware, Douglas looks to bounce back after losing a narrow decision to former world champion Javier Fortuna in November. The 26-year-old impressed in his previous two outings when he defeated De Alba in a step up fight in 2015 and followed it up with a seventh round knockout of Alexei Collado in June 2016. Douglas has had his last five fights in Pennsylvania after an amateur career that saw him become a five-time Pennsylvania Golden Glove champion.

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Fulton is coming off of a 2016 that saw him stop previously unbeaten Adalberto Zorrilla and Cristian Renteria. The 22-year-old is unbeaten since turning pro in 2014 and will be looking to make it a perfect 11 wins in 11 pro starts when he enters the ring on April 4.

A pro since 2013, Rosario fights out of Cidra, Puerto Rico and was unbeaten in his first six bouts before making his U.S. debut in June 2015 with a third-round knockout of Aaron Hollis in Alabama. He followed that up in Cincinnati with a fourth-round stoppage of Aaron Hollis and most recently he won an eight-round decision over Saul Hernandez.

The 29-year-old De Alba had a 19 fight unbeaten streak snapped in December 2015, when he dropped a narrow majority decision to unbeaten Omar Douglas, but he has rebounded with four straight victories since. His last win came over German Meraz in February and he will be fighting for the fourth time at Sands Bethlehem on April 4.

A runner-up in the 2008 National Golden Glove tournament, the 27-year-old Kielczweski has an exciting style and always makes competitive fights. Born and raised in Quincy, MA., he won his first first 22 pro fights and enters this contest a winner of four of his last five outings. Most recently he scored a first round knockout over Francisco Medel in December 2016.

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.