Month: September 2017

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Saint Preux Over Okami

Rockhold on Bisping’s title reign: “It’s the worst in UFC history.”
UFC Strawweight Champion Jedrzejczyk: “I want to defend my strawweight belt in 2018 and then we’ll see about moving up a weight class.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew previewed the upcoming UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SAINT PREUX VS. OKAMI and interviewed strawweight champion Joanna and middleweight Luke Rockhold.

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on UFC vet Yushin Okami taking a late notice fight against Ovince Saint Preux: “Yushin Okami is not short on experience. He’s also not small. He was a big middleweight. But in this fight, he’ll be the smaller guy. He needs to be faster and get in and out and use his speed against Saint Preux. For OSP, he needs to be better in the clinch. He needs to win with the takedowns. He needs to be careful leaping in so that he doesn’t get countered by that right hook of Okami. But that left hand of Saint Preux has done a lot of damage.”

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on Saint Preux’s advantages against Okami: “OSP can finish fights in a number of ways. This is a fight he’s supposed to win. He needs to be athletic. He’s the bigger, stronger guy. Ovince has been in the Octagon with the best in the UFC. He needs go in there and impose his will on Okami to show Okami he doesn’t belong in the Octagon on seven days’ notice. If OSP does engage in the clinch with Okami, Okami needs to use a foot sweep and judo throw to take OSP down. OSP has struggled with guys how take him down over and over again.”

Florian on Saint Preux’s keys to victory: “He’s a southpaw with a lot of power. His key number one is to stop the takedown. Okami is good on the mats. OSP also needs to manage the distance. He has the longer reach and needs to keep Okami on the outside. And he needs to use his main-event experience. He’s had four fights in the UFC that were five-round fights.”

Cormier on Okami’s keys to victory: “He’s a big middleweight, so his wrestling will transfer to light heavyweight. He need to use his jab. He’s got a quick jab and is a good boxer. He needs to use his footwork to keep Ovince guessing. Plus, he’s got to find a way to take him down and grind him out from the top. If he’s able to do that, he’ll be welcomed back to the UFC in a big way.”

Cormier picks Saint Preux over Okami: “I don’t believe Okami has had the time to prepare for the big, athletic guy like Saint Preux. I think he’ll get tired carrying around someone the size of OSP.”

Florian on picks Saint Preux to win in the third round: “I believe Okami is the more technical fighter, but OSP is going to take it. He’ll get a stoppage in the third round.”

Cormier on Luke Rockhold’s victory over David Branch: “Once Luke figured out the range, he had success. Once he got on top, Luke showed he dominates the ground game. But the right hand staying low is a problem. There’s danger in the biggest fights if you’re not doing everything correctly.”

Rockhold on Georges St-Pierre not fighting Bisping at UFC 217: “We’ve [Rockhold and Bisping] got business to attend to. I want GSP to get lost on his way to Madison Square Garden and I’ll stroll right in.”

Rockhold on who he’ll fight next if not Bisping: “Robert Whittaker, the real champion. The guy who fights the guys. We’ll see what his timetable is. Our third option is Romero.”

Rockhold on Bisping’s title reign: “It’s the worst in UFC history. No one has ever gotten that treatment and avoided every contender. He’s avoided Jacare, Yoel Romero and somehow he’s avoiding Robert Whittaker. He found No. 14 Henderson to fight at the time.”

Rockhold on what’s next for him: “I’m going to put myself in position for the fight with Bisping. He’s either going to stand like a man or he runs. It looks like he’s going to run to the finish.”

Rockhold on his fight against Branch after a long layoff: “It felt good to get in there. I wanted to take my time. He came out with the only option he had which was to run forward. He was scared in his eyes and it was his only option.”

Rockhold on taking some shots against Branch: “People have short memories. I’ve been through wars. I’ve taken my shots. The best man doesn’t always win. That’s why I want to come back and regain his status.”

Rockhold on possibly moving to 205: [To current 205 pound champion Cormier] “What’s the timeframe on your retirement?”

Rockhold on not saying Michael Bisping’s name in his callout of him: “Mike doesn’t deserve anything. There’s nothing more to be said. Look at the champion. He hasn’t fought or defended the title against one real contender. GSP is irrelevant at 185. They’re selling bullshit.”

VIDEO: Luke Rockhold Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5onDMWxwwA

Joanna Jedrzejczyk on if the recent hurricane interrupted her training in Florida: “No, it didn’t even hit us.”

Jedrzejczyk on how she’s preparing for her title fight against Rose Namajunas: “I’m working hard. This is what I always do and I’m still the champion. I feel with every camp, I feel more competent. For sure on November 4th, I will bring new weapons to the fight with Rose.”

Jedrzejczyk on if she wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden again: “Yes, I asked for Madison Square Garden. I’m very excited about doing this one more time.”

Jedrzejczyk on the possibility of tying Ronda Rousey’s record for consecutive title defenses: “I love Ronda Rousey and we have a very good relationship. She’s done so much for this sport and for female fighters. It’s all about winning the fight and winning the title. It would be great tying Ronda’s record. I want to defend my strawweight belt in 2018 and then we’ll see about moving up a weight class.”

Jedrzejczyk on if she wants to move to the 125 pound division: “Of course, I care about this division. I’m very excited about it. I used to fight at 125 in Muay Thai and boxing and even in MMA before the UFC. I was thinking about the 125 division. In the past, I was having a hard time making 115. Now, I make the weight easy. I can fight at 115, and maybe next year I will make a decision to move up and, of course, defend both titles.”

VIDEO: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaEGmZOuxOw

Cormier on if Ronda Rousey returns to the UFC: “I believe Ronda will have a baby with Travis Browne before she fights again. Ronda wants a family. She seems happy. She doesn’t need to fight the person Edmond wants her to fight.”

Florian on if Rousey should fight Cyborg: “Ronda deserves a lot of respect, but that’s the wrong fight. She just lost to Amanda Nunes at 135. She doesn’t need to fight at 145.”

Florian on who Carlos Condit should fight: “Carlos is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC dating back to the WEC days. Rafael Dos Anjos would be an exciting fight.”

VIDEO: UFC TONIGHT caught up with Kevin Lee in his hometown of Detroit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p14ecoYvktQ

VIDEO: Tommy Toe Hold
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/910663996327391232

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Saint Preux Over Okami (157 kB, last updated September 2017)
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Notre Dame Visits Michigan State Saturday Under the Lights on FOX

FOX College Football Doubleheader Kicks Off with No. 8 Michigan at Purdue
Notre Dame-Michigan State Streamed in Virtual Reality on FOX Sports VR App

NEW YORK, NY – Some of the biggest names in football, including four top-10 teams, come to FOX Sports this weekend, highlighted by a doubleheader on the FOX broadcast network featuring No. 8 Michigan at Purdue and Notre Dame at Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Michigan State hosts Notre Dame in prime time on the FOX broadcast network with play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft calling the action from Spartan Stadium at 8:00 PM ET. The game is also available in social virtual reality on the FOX Sports VR app, with users having the ability to watch together from the best seat in the house while verbally communicating with one another. Saturday’s VR experience also features the c360 Skycam live stream, which provides never-before-seen angles within the app, as well as pregame, halftime and postgame festivities available on FOX Sports’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.

College football on the FOX broadcast network begins at 4:00 PM ET on Saturday as No. 8 Michigan heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for a Big Ten showdown with Purdue. Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman have the call from Ross-Ade Stadium.

The college football weekend begins Friday night with a Pac-12 South battle between No. 23 Utah and Arizona. Coverage begins at 10:00 PM ET with FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt. Friday night’s pregame show is highlighted by the selfless story of several Michigan State players who spent their bye week in Houston helping to clean up the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. Taft was in East Lansing earlier this week to speak with Michigan State’s Darrell Stewart Jr. and Tyler Higby, both Houston natives, as well as Matt Sokol, who made the trip to Texas.

FS1’s coverage continues Saturday at 3:00 PM ET as Maryland hosts UCF, followed by No. 3 Oklahoma at Baylor at 6:30 PM ET, which is simulcast in 4K to outlets including DirecTV. Another late-night edition of Pac-12 football closes the evening, as No. 7 Washington visits Colorado at 10:00 PM ET. This week’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1 and BTN, including broadcasters, can be found below.

In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam rivalry, and Texas at USC in the first rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

 

GAME BROADCASTERS DATE TIME (ET) NET
#23 Utah at Arizona Brian Custer, Ben Leber and Jennifer Hale 9/22 10:30 PM FS1
UNLV at #10 Ohio State Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and TBD 9/23 12:00 PM BTN
UCF at Maryland Eric Collins, Danny Kanell and AJ Hawk 9/23 3:00 PM FS1
Georgia Southern at Indiana Lisa Byington and J Leman 9/23 3:30 PM BTN
Rutgers at Nebraska Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason and

Elise Menaker

9/23 3:30 PM BTN
#8 Michigan at Purdue Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman 9/23 4:00 PM FOX
#3 Oklahoma at Baylor Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich and

Petros Papadakis

9/23 6:30 PM FS1
Notre Dame at Michigan State Gus Johnson, Joel Kaltt and Jenny Taft 9/23 8:00 PM FOX
#7 Washington at Colorado Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and

Holly Sonders

9/23 10:00 PM FS1
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Inside Line: FOX NASCAR Weekly Playoff Notes & Quotes

McReynolds Breaks Down Championship Picture as Teams Head to New Hampshire

CHARLOTTE, NC – The 2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Playoffs are in full swing, with teams headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week for Sunday’s stop. FOX NASCAR offers live pre-race coverage with NASCAR RACEDAY, beginning at 11:30 AM ET on FS1.

Through the conclusion of the Playoffs, FOX NASCAR analysts take a weekly look at who’s hot, who’s not, how Jimmie Johnson’s quest for an eighth championship is looking and who is in danger of being eliminated at the conclusion of this round. Below are the thoughts of FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds on the championship picture this week.

Additionally, FS1 offers live coverage of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Playoffs, with the championship run kicking off Saturday at New Hampshire on FS1 (1:00 PM ET with pre-race coverage at 12:30 PM ET). For the latest news and highlights throughout the week, tune in to NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET).

Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst:

Look of a Champion:
“Mistakes were a huge difference maker for many of the playoff drivers at Chicagoland. The only one who had a fast enough race car to recover was race winner Martin Truex Jr. They proved they can have a fast car, make a mistake and still close the deal.”

Hot Wheels:
“Despite their penalty, Chase Elliott and the No. 24 team performed very well at Chicagoland and gained in the points. That finish did quite a bit toward their goal of moving into Round 2.”

Work to Do:
“Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was on NASCAR RACE HUB last week and convinced all of us his team was ready for the playoffs. It probably wasn’t of his making when he had the cut tire and hit the wall last weekend, but the commitment box violation was of his making. It just went downhill from there. Unfortunately, he won’t advance to Round 2.”

Fading Fast:
“At this point in the playoffs, I’m afraid Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney will be the first four drivers eliminated at the conclusion of Round 1. They’re going to have to step it up significantly in order to advance to the next round.”

Chasing 8:
“I didn’t see anything impressive with the No. 48 team’s speed in the Chicagoland practice sessions. However, the positive thing he should take away is how well his Hendrick teammate, Chase Elliott, ran. I know everyone wants to say the No. 48 team is going to throw the ‘playoffs switch’ soon, but I don’t see it. Something is missing. I don’t see him making it to the Championship 4 round.”

Who to Watch at New Hampshire:
“I wouldn’t count out Martin Truex Jr. for also winning at New Hampshire because, in this round a year ago, he and his No. 78 team won two of the three races. Given the way they’re running, and the fact they have no weaknesses or weak tracks, I expect they will win three races in the playoffs. That’s a little conservative, but only because there are several hungry hounds out there who know they have to win.”

Inside Line: FOX NASCAR Weekly Playoff Notes & Quotes (299 kB, last updated September 2017)
WEST VIRGINIA V. TEXAS

FOX College Football Scores with Week 3 Viewership

Texas at USC is FOX’s Most-Watched Game of the Season; Sets FOX Sports GO College Football Record

NEW YORK, NY – Led by an epic rematch 11 years in the making, Week 3 of the college football season posted huge viewership numbers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports GO.

Saturday night’s instant classic between Texas and USC, in which the Trojans earned a double-overtime 27-24 win on the arm of Heisman hopeful quarterback Sam Darnold and the leg of freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath, is FOX’s most-watched college football game of the year. The contest drew 4,912,000 viewers on FOX and shattered FOX Sports GO’s regular-season college football record with an average minute audience of 41,310, a +13% increase over the previous mark of 36,718 set last year for Texas-Oklahoma.

Earlier in the day, Ohio State’s win over Army attracted 2,506,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network, while Northern Illinois’ win over Nebraska on FS1 drew 808,000 viewers, an +11% increase over the channel’s 2016 Saturday college football average.

Overall, college football on FOX and FS1 is off to its best start ever, averaging 1,778,000 viewers per game across the two networks, including 668,000 in the Adults 18-49 demographic. FOX and FS1 have amassed 5.14 billion total minutes viewed this season, a massive +86% increase from this point last season. FOX Sports GO is also off to a fast start, up +48% year-over-year in average minute audience through three weeks.

In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam rivalry. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

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UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban Makes Analyst Debut with Champions Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping and Host Karyn Bryant for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SAINT PREUX VS. OKAMI LIVE on FXX

Dan Hardy and Todd Grisham Call Fights Live on FXX from Saitama, Japan on a Rare Friday Night Fight Card

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces UFC welterweight Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) will make his FOX Sports desk analyst debut with champions Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) and Michael Bisping (@Bisping), host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) and reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SAINT PREUX VS. OKAMI live from Saitama, Japan on FXX Friday, Sept. 22.

Bow-by-blow announcer Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) and former welterweight contender Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) call the fights live on FXX Octagon-side from Japan. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and UFC bantamweight Henry Briones (@HenBriones) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

In the evening’s main event, No. 6-ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (20-10) faces UFC veteran Yushin Okami (34-10), who steps in on a week’s notice after Mauricio “Shogun” Rua pulled out of the fight. Currently sporting a four-fight win streak, the 36-year-old Okami has a remarkable 17-1 record in Japan, and looks to add an 18th victory when he faces Saint Preux. Okami has 13 wins in his UFC career from 2006 to 2013, and is returning this fight to the Saitama Super Arena, the same venue where he won his last UFC fight over Hector Lombard in 2013.

The three-hour main card begins Friday on FXX and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. The co-main event features No. 1-ranked strawweight Claudia Gadelha (15-2) facing No. 4-ranked Jessica Andrade (16-6), while Japanese lightweight legend Takanori Gomi (35-13, 1NC) faces Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3). Gokhan Saki (0-1) and Henrique da Silva (12-3) lock horns in a light heavyweight scrap. Featherweight Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2) fights Rolando Dy (8-5-1, 1NC), while Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) and Charles Rosa (11-3) open the main card with another featherweight bout.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin Friday at 8:00 PM ET on FXX and FOX Deportes with four additional bouts. Welterweights Keita Nakamura (32-8-2, 1NC) and Alex Morono (13-4) collide. No. 5-ranked flyweight Jussier Formiga (19-5) fights Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2). Undefeated strawweight Syuri Kondo (5-0) faces Chan-Mi Jeon (5-1), while Shinsho Anzai (9-2) and Luke Jumeau (12-3) open the PRELIMS with an exciting welterweight bout.

Friday’s coverage begins on FXX at 7:00 PM ET with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, featuring Bryant, Cormier, Bisping and Olivi. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FXX. The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 PM ET on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On UFC TONIGHT Wednesday, Sept. 20 (8:00 PM ET) on FS1, hosts Kenny Florian and Cormier interview Shogun and Saint Preux before Friday’s fight and preview the light heavyweight showdown. Later that night, a new episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION premieres at 10:00 PM ET and is followed by the companion show TUF TALK at 11:00 PM ET.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the #UFCJapan fights this Friday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store or on 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.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK*
Wednesday, Sept. 20 8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT SHOW FS1
Wednesday, Sept. 20 10:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FS1
Wednesday, Sept. 20 11:00 PM TUF TALK FS1
Thursday, Sept. 21 6:30 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Friday, Sept. 22 7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FXX
Friday, Sept. 22 8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FXX / FOX Deportes
Friday, Sept. 22 10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SAINT PREUX VS. OKAMI FXX / FOX Deportes
Friday, Sept. 22 1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FXX

*All programs available on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83

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FOX Sports College Hoops Schedule Highlighted by 25 Pac-12 Matchups

FS1 Returns as Home to Pac-12 Tournament Championship

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports adds 25 Pac-12 men’s basketball games to its loaded 2017-18 schedule, including the championship game of the conference tournament Saturday, March 10, on FS1, and several appearances by the conference’s top teams.

FOX Sports’ Pac-12 schedule is highlighted by three games from the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. FS1 televises the final quarterfinal-round game on Thursday, March 8 (11:30 PM ET), the second semifinal on Friday, March 9 (11:30 PM ET) and the championship game on Saturday, March 10 (10:00 PM ET).

FOX Sports opens its Pac-12 slate with an appearance by 2017 Final Four participant Oregon, who hosts Utah on FS1 Friday, Dec. 29, at 10:00 PM ET. FS1’s schedule features multiple appearances by each of the conference’s NCAA Tournament participants from a year ago – Oregon, Sweet 16 participant UCLA, projected preseason top-10 USC, and 2017 Pac-12 Tournament Champion and possible preseason No. 1 Arizona.

On the FOX broadcast network, Sean Miller’s Wildcats host Utah on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 PM ET in a matchup of two of the conference’s top squads last season. Also on FOX, Oregon visits Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 5:00 PM ET, to close out a college basketball tripleheader on the broadcast network.

The Pac-12 men’s basketball schedule on FOX and FS1 can be found in the PDF below.

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan Makes MLS Broadcast Debut on FOX

MLS-NFL Doubleheader Sunday
No. 1-Ranked U.S. Women’s National Team Battles Oceania Football Champion New Zealand Tuesday on FS1

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports kicks off an impressive soccer slate with nearly 50 hours of coverage across the FOX Sports family of networks. This week’s lineup includes the U.S. Women’s National Team, Landon Donovan’s MLS broadcast debut as part of FOX’s MLS-NFL doubleheader, and 14 Bundesliga matches.

Jill Ellis’ No.1-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team headlines Tuesday’s lineup, hosting Oceania Football Champion New Zealand at 7:30 PM ET on FS1. More than 25,000 spectators are expected at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati to support the Americans as they take on the Football Ferns. Jenny Taft hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage from a field-level set at Nippert Stadium alongside former U.S. WNT midfielder Leslie Osborne. Renowned broadcaster JP Dellacamera calls the match live alongside two-time U.S. WNT Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner with Taft reporting from the sideline.

Earlier in the day, FOX Sports televises four Bundesliga matches across its family of networks. Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich headlines Tuesday’s Bundesliga coverage as the squad clashes against Schalke. Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Ian Joy hosts FS1’s studio coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda and Jovan Kirovski, with Keith Costigan and Stu Holden calling the match. Mariano Trujillo and John Laguna are on the call for FOX Deportes.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund headline FOX Sports’ four-match Bundesliga schedule when the team squares off against Hamburg on FS1. Studio coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET with host Joy and analysts Alexi Lalas and Wynalda. Costigan and Kirovski are on the call.

FOX Sports’ action-packed soccer week concludes Sunday, Sept. 24 with an MLS-NFL doubleheader on FOX, and a clash between the No. 2 seed Portland Timbers and Orlando City FC on FS1 at 8:00 PM ET. Live coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET when 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City host the LA Galaxy. Former LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan makes his MLS broadcast debut, joining play-by-play announcer John Strong on the call with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline.

Action continues at 5:00 PM ET as the Montreal Impact travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to face Tata Martino’s Atlanta United. Dellacamera calls the match alongside former MLS goalkeeper Brad Friedel with Danielle Slaton reporting from the sideline.

Those areas not receiving the MLS broadcasts on television will receive a regional NFL broadcast at that time and can watch the full MLS matches on FOX Sports GO.

Both MLS matches will also be available in Spanish on FOX Deportes. Ernesto Amador and Martin Zuñiga call the Sporting Kansas City-Galaxy matchup, and Elmur Souza and Alejandro Luna are on the call for Atlanta-Montreal.

In the nightcap, the Portland Timbers face Orlando City SC at 8:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Costigan and Lalas call the match live from Providence Park, with Paul Tenorio reporting from the sideline. On FOX Deportes, Amador and Trujillo call the action in Spanish. This week’s full match schedule can be found here.

All FOX soccer matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer Match Pass. FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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FOX Sports Pairs Ronde & Tiki Barber to Call Meeting of Their Former Teams

Football’s Most Famous Twins in the FOX NFL Booth for Oct. 1 Giants at Bucs Game alongside Kenny Albert and Kristina Pink

NEW YORK, NY – The NFL’s most famous and accomplished twins, standouts Rondé and Tiki Barber, will be teammates once again, reuniting on FOX to call the Oct. 1 New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers game (1:00 PM ET).

The game, pitting their former teams (Giants – Tiki; Bucs – Rondé) against each other, is believed to be the first time twin brothers have called an NFL game for national broadcast television. They join Rondé’s FOX NFL boothmate, play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert, and sideline reporter Kristina Pink to telecast the battle between the franchises at which each spent their entire NFL playing careers. Rondé played cornerback for the Bucs from 1997 through 2012, while Tiki was a Giants running back from 1997 to 2006.

“I probably wouldn’t want to be part of a three-man booth with too many people, but I’m happy to share the FOX booth with Tiki,” Rondé said. “Tiki is a novice in terms of calling games, and there are so many different mechanics that go along with it. We have always shared our life experiences with each other, so he knows what he is getting into by virtue of me. He is very ‘big-picture’ and not myopic when it comes to football. Because of his history in New York and mine in Tampa, we will be able to offer a different perspective to these two markets and a global viewpoint on both teams to any viewer.”

Rondé has served as a FOX NFL analyst since 2013, while Tiki co-hosts “Tiki and Tierney” on CBS Sports Radio. In their first joint broadcasting project, the Barbers shared the airwaves on SiriusXM Radio’s “The Barber Shop” for several years. The duo, who played together at the University of Virginia and were roommates throughout college, appeared on FOX’s CELEBRITY MASTER CHEF in October 2016 and have co-written several children’s books.

“Rarely does a TV network have the chance to broadcast a game from the perspective Rondé and Tiki Barber will provide FOX Sports,” said John Entz, FOX Sports President of Production and Executive Producer. “It is always beneficial to have an analyst who played for one of the teams on the field, but to have both teams represented in the TV booth, by twin brothers, will be truly unique. Both men are sharp and astute on their own, so when they are paired alongside Kenny Albert, it will be intriguing to watch them play off of each other.”

“I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to join my brother, Rondé, and Kenny (Albert) in the booth for the Giants/Bucs matchup,” Tiki said. “Being a former Giant, and having lived in the New York/New Jersey area for the past 20 years, I look forward to bringing the viewers a different perspective. Rondé and I played against one another five times professionally, and it was always a lot of fun, I’m sure it will be the same with Kenny as our quarterback on Oct. 1 in Tampa.”

Selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 66th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, Rondé quickly became one of the most consistent cornerbacks in the league and was selected to five Pro Bowls (2001, 2004-2006 and 2008). He earned three first-team All-Pro (2001, 2004 and 2005) and two second-team All-Pro selections (2002 and 2006). Rondé was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and played in every game from 2000-’12. He led the NFL in interceptions (10) in 2001 and remains the Buccaneers’ all-time interceptions leader (47) and only member of the “40/20 club” (40+ interceptions, 20+ quarterback sacks). The biggest achievement of his career, however, came during the 2002 season when he helped Tampa Bay defeat the Oakland Raiders to win Super Bowl XXXVII.

Drafted by the New York Giants as the 36th overall selection in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Tiki spent his entire 10-year career with the franchise and is a member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor. He was named to three Pro Bowls (2004-2006) and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2005. As a Giants running back, Tiki amassed 10,449 career rushing yards and averaged 4.7 yards per carry. He is credited with 55 rushing touchdowns, 586 receptions, 5,183 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.

Tiki played in Super Bowl XXXV against the Baltimore Ravens and set numerous franchise records during his tenure. Additionally, he was the NFL’s top yardage gainer from the line of scrimmage from 2003-2006. While at the University of Virginia, Tiki was honored as the ACC Player of the Year in 1996.

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FOX Sports Delivers High-Powered Notre Dame at Michigan State in Social Virtual Reality

FOX Sports VR App Allows Group Viewing Similar to Multiplayer Video Games
Wendy’s Sponsors ‘Virtual Suite’ Experience; 360-Degree Skycam View Debuts

CHARLOTTE, NC – It’s not the best seat in the house … it’s better.

FOX Sports is giving college football fans the opportunity to watch the high-powered matchup between Notre Dame and Michigan State in newly released social virtual reality. Coverage of the game begins Saturday, Sept. 23 (8:00 PM ET) on the FOX broadcast network and also is available through the free FOX Sports VR app. On the app, viewers have the ability to watch together from the best views in the stadium, all while verbally communicating and interacting with each other’s in-suite avatars throughout the experience.

Once again teaming with LiveLike, with presenting sponsorship from Wendy’s, the Official Hamburger of the NCAA, FOX Sports is unveiling another view to its virtual reality production package, enabling users to access a 360-degree Skycam look at the action between the Spartans and Fighting Irish.

The c360 Skycam livestream streams 360-degree panoramic footage on four consumer touchpoints: the FOX Sports VR app, @CFBonFOX on Twitter, FOX College Football (CFBonFOX) on Facebook and the FOX Sports YouTube channel.

Viewers can watch pre-game festivities, team warm-ups, halftime band performances and post-game celebrations live via the c360 Skycam stream on social platforms, with multi-view, live game action available through the FOX Sports VR app.

In addition, c360 footage is available for use in the FOX game broadcast.

“FOX Sports continues to accelerate the development of virtual reality as a unique complement to our overall package of sports offerings,” said Jeb Terry, FOX Sports Vice President of Partner & Program Management. “With the debut of social VR with the Gold Cup in July, and now the addition of the Skycam perspective, we continue to strengthen an already robust offering to both viewers and advertisers.”

Through its “virtual suite,” the FOX Sports VR app will offer:

  • Multiple high-resolution camera angles that give users the ability to choose between views or enjoy a director’s cut that automatically selects the best camera angle for live game action; including the introduction of the view from the c360 Skycam
  • On-demand, all-access 360 videos leading up to the game
  • After the game, VR highlights of the biggest plays from the best angles
  • Exclusive look at non-game action, including pre-game, halftime festivities and post-game

When entering the experience, users are able to select a “Social” tab and a “Join Friends” button that connects the user to Facebook upon authorization. At that point, friends who have done the same will pop up on the user’s friends list, creating the opportunity to view the experience in a social environment. Additionally, the experience can automatically select a viewing partner at random, with viewers having the ability to seamlessly switch Social VR “on” or “off.”

The FOX Sports VR app can be enjoyed without any special VR equipment through the mobile-specific interactive, 360-degree viewing experience built specifically for smartphone viewing, or with a Gear VR or cardboard headset. Fans can access this FOX Sports VR “virtual suite” by downloading and installing the free FOX Sports VR app and signing in with their television provider credentials.

The social virtual reality initiative is the latest effort from FOX Sports Lab, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations.

Over the last two years, FOX Sports has offered more than a dozen major events in VR, including Super Bowl LI, the 2016 & 2017 Big East Men’s Basketball tournaments, 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, 2016 U.S. Open Championship, 2016 MLS Cup, 2017 Gold Cup, 2016 Bundesliga season opener, 2016 Daytona 500, 2016 Big Ten Football Championship and a PBC heavyweight title fight.

Matt Leinart

No. 4 USC Hosts Texas in First Rematch of Classic 2006 BCS National Championship Game

Matt Leinart Sits Down with Vince Young to Share Memories from College Football’s Greatest Game

Army at No. 8 Ohio State Kicks off FOX College Football Doubleheader

No. 4 USC and Texas meet at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network in the first rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game, widely considered the greatest college football game ever played.

Before the season began, two stars from the 2006 classic, FOX Sports analyst and former USC quarterback Matt Leinart and former Texas signal-caller Vince Young, sat down for a lengthy conversation about the game and their memories from it. The interview premieres during FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME Saturday at 11:30 AM ET prior to Northern Illinois at Nebraska on FS1. The piece also runs during halftime of Army at No. 8 Ohio State, which kicks off at 4:30 PM ET on FOX.

FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast team, play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft, call Texas-USC live from the Coliseum when the game kicks off at 8:30 PM ET. FOX Sports college football studio host Rob Stone and analysts Robert Smith, Dave Wannstedt and Leinart present pregame, halftime and postgame coverage live from the field at the Coliseum.

Saturday’s college football coverage on the FOX broadcast network begins at 4:00 PM ET before play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, analyst Brady Quinn and sideline reporter Bruce Feldman call Army at No. 8 Ohio State live from Ohio Stadium at 4:30 PM ET. FOX Sports’ full day of college football begins on FS1 at 11:30 AM ET before Northern Illinois at Nebraska kicks off at 12:00 PM ET. FOX Sports college football game analyst Les Miles makes his official debut in the broadcast booth for the Huskies at Huskers alongside play-by-play announcer Tim Brando, analyst Spencer Tillman and sideline reporter Holly Sonders. Northern Illinois-Nebraska is also simulcast in 4K to outlets including DirecTV.

This week’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1, FSN and BTN, including broadcasters, can be found by clicking the PDF below.

In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam rivalry, and Texas at USC in the first rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.