Month: September 2017

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FOX Sports Adds Full BIG EAST Slate, Gavitt Games, Crossroads Classic & More to 2017-18 Schedule

“The Garf” Features Duke vs. St. John’s at Madison Square Garden
FOX Provides BIG EAST With More Broadcast Television Exposure Than Any Other Conference

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports continues to present some of the best college hoops in the country, today announcing its full BIG EAST men’s basketball schedule. This season’s slate includes the 2017 Gavitt Tipoff Games, Crossroads Classic, the first-ever presentation of “The Garf,” plus the full BIG EAST Tournament and more. With at least 17 games scheduled to air on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports provides the BIG EAST with more over-the-air television coverage than any other conference on any other network.

FS1 and BTN are the exclusive homes to the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the annual early season challenge between the BIG EAST and Big Ten conferences. FS1 televises six of the event’s eight games, including a double-header on Wednesday, Nov. 15, featuring Indiana at Seton Hall (6:30 PM ET) and Butler at Maryland (8:30 PM ET). Also on FS1 are Xavier at Wisconsin in a rematch of a 2016 NCAA Tournament second-round thriller (Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8:30 PM ET); Purdue at Marquette (Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 PM ET), and more. Included on BTN’s schedule, DePaul visits Illinois on Friday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 PM ET, the first meeting between the in-state rivals in 60 years.

The FOX broadcast network televises the entire Crossroads Classic, the annual event featuring the top four programs from the state of Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 16. Pregame coverage begins at 11:30 AM ET before Butler and Purdue tip off at 12:00 PM ET. Indiana and Notre Dame square off in the second half of the doubleheader at 2:30 PM ET.

The FOX broadcast network is also the proud home to a new non-conference event, “The Garf,” which honors the late Howard Garfinkel, founder of the famous Five-Star Basketball Camp. Featuring Duke vs. St. John’s from Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Feb. 3, “The Garf” is one game at one iconic venue played to honor one man who was an incredible influence in the development of young players and some of the sport’s legendary coaches. Coverage of the Blue Devils vs. Red Storm begins at 11:30 AM ET before tip-off at 12:00 PM ET. Top non-conference games on FS1 include Notre Dame at DePaul on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4:00 PM ET, the opening game of the Blue Demons’ new Wintrust Arena; and Cincinnati at Xavier in an annual cross-town showdown on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 12:00 PM ET.

Once conference play begins, FOX Sports has the best games from around the BIG EAST, including a clash of classic opponents, as St. John’s hosts Georgetown on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 PM ET on FS1. First-year head coach Patrick Ewing returns to Madison Square Garden to lead the Hoyas against Chris Mullin’s Red Storm in a renewed rivalry between two coaches who helped define the conference in the 1980s. Other top conference matchups this season include a Super Bowl Sunday showdown between top contenders Seton Hall and Villanova on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 12:00 PM ET on FOX; a FOX broadcast tripleheader on Saturday, Feb. 17, book-ended by Providence at Butler (12:00 PM ET) and Villanova at Xavier (4:30 PM ET); and a BIG EAST three-peat on FOX to close out the season on Saturday, March 3, punctuated with Georgetown at Villanova.

FOX Sports once again televises the entire BIG EAST Tournament from Madison Square Garden beginning with a pair of first-round games Wednesday, March 7, on FS1. FS1 also presents the quarterfinals (Thursday, March 8) and semifinals (Friday, March 9) before the FOX broadcast network airs the championship on Saturday, March 10, at 6:30 PM ET.

Overall this season, the FOX broadcast network airs at least 17 BIG EAST games, giving the conference more national over-the-air television exposure than any other. FS1 carries more than 100 BIG EAST contests.

College basketball games on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports are also available via the FOX Sports GO app and online at FOXSportsGO.com.

FOX Sports’ full 2017-18 BIG EAST men’s college basketball schedule can be found on the PDF below.

Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda and Brad Friedel Debate UEFA Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Christian Pulisic Headline FOX Sports’ UEFA Champions League Group Stage Coverage

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports, home of the UEFA Champions League, kicks off group stage action Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 2:00 PM ET across the FOX Sports family of networks.

Three-time European champion Manchester United opens group stage action Tuesday at 2:30 PM ET on FS1 hosting Basel at Old Trafford. Headlining the action on FS2 and FOX Deportes is a showdown between Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Italian powerhouse Juventus. On FSN, Chelsea squares off against Qarabağ at Stamford Bridge.

On Wednesday, American rising star Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund travel to Wembley to battle Tottenham Hotspur at 2:30 PM ET on FS1. On FS2, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid faces APOEL, while Liverpool squares off against Sevilla on FSN and FOX Deportes. Multimatch 90 coverage on both days begins at 2:30 PM ET on FOX Soccer Plus. This week’s full match schedule can be found here.

Studio coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday begins at 2:00 PM ET on FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FSN with host Rob Stone and analysts Alexi Lalas, Brad Friedel and Warren Barton. Studio coverage on FOX Deportes begins at 1:00 PM ET with hosts Claudio Suarez and John Laguna.

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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UFC POSTFIGHT Quotes – Woodley on How Nunes Won at UFC 215

Bisping on Nunes’ Victory: “Amanda impressed me with her cardio.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – The following quotes and videos are from tonight’s FS1 UFC 215 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS2 hosted by Todd Grisham, with Michael Bisping and Tyron Woodley providing analysis. Megan Olivi conducted interviews.

FOX UFC analyst Tyron Woodley on what secured the victory for Nunes: “It was a display of martial arts at the highest level. Amanda was pushing forward, but Valentina was scoring more in the rounds with counterstrikes. If you look at round five, it was very even, but the takedown was the difference maker. For Shevchenko, she was the challenger tonight. She had to go out there and take the belt and she didn’t.”

FOX UFC analyst Michael Bisping on Amanda Nunes split decision victory over Valentina Shevchenko: “That was a technical fight. It was hard to score. I’m not sure if I agree with the decision. It was very close. It was a great fight. Amanda impressed me with her cardio. Amanda was throwing good kicks to the body. But Shevchenko looked faster. Takedowns are rewarded heavily, so that probably edged it for Amanda.”

Woodley on what Nunes did well and what she could have done better in the fight: “Amanda needed to keep her distance. When she kept Valentina a bay, Shevchenko was missing her punches. She did a great job at that, and chopping the lead leg. If Amanda had led with her right hand more, it would have opened up her combinations and then she could have gone for the kill. I think Amanda should have gone for the takedown earlier in round four. She should have gone for the kill and then on round five wouldn’t have felt the pressure.”

Bisping on if Nunes and Shevchenko should fight a rematch: “I don’t think it’s necessary. There’s a lot of good talent coming up who Amanda could fight. Maybe Amanda could fight Cat Zingano and redeem her loss to her.”

Woodley on if there should be an immediate rematch: “I don’t think we need to see this again. Maybe Shevchenko goes and gets some wins and builds the rivalry more, but she lost two already to Amanda.”

Woodley on why the fight was a slow fight: “This fight took place the way it did because it was a rematch, with someone who is a great counter-striker and Amanda was very careful with her.”

VIDEO: Should we get Nunes-Shevchenko III? Woodley and Bisping weigh in.
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Nunes on what she thought of her performance: “I’m a new champion. I have to evolve a lot. This was my first five round fight. I think I did really well. People thought I couldn’t do five rounds.”

Nunes on coming out slowly: “My strategy was to be calm, do the work and then get the takedowns. The first kick, I hurt my feet and had to slow down. I finished the fight strong and kept my belt.”

Nunes on if she was hurt at all by Shevchenko: “She didn’t hit me cleanly at all. The first kick, I hurt my foot. But I went to get my takedowns.”

Nunes on if she thought she was winning the fight during rounds three and four: “I had to save the energy to get it in the fifth round. I didn’t want to expend my strength. Now I know I can get in the fifth round, and I’ll come more aggressive.”

VIDEO: Interview: Amanda Nunes on her victory
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/906750340858392576

VIDEO: Shevchenko’s postfight interview
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VIDEO: Interview: Rafael Dos Anjos is coming for Woodley’s belt
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UFC POSTFIGHT Quotes – Woodley on How Nunes Won at UFC 215 (220 kB, last updated September 2017)
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#6 USC Hosts #14 Stanford in Crucial Pac-12 Battle Saturday on FOX

Nebraska Visits Oregon in First Half of FOX College Football Doubleheader

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports presents the biggest conference matchup of the weekend on Saturday night in prime time, when No. 6 USC hosts No. 14 Stanford in a crucial early Pac-12 Conference showdown at 8:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network. Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft call the action live from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Saturday’s FOX College Football doubleheader begins at 4:00 PM ET with a half-hour edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone alongside analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio. Action gets underway at 4:30 PM ET as Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman are live from Autzen Stadium for Nebraska at Oregon, the first major test for new Ducks head coach Willie Taggart.

College football on FS1 this week kicks off Friday at 7:00 PM ET with an hour-long pregame show leading into Ohio at Purdue at 8:00 PM ET. During Friday’s pregame, Feldman checks in from Eugene, Ore., with an update on how college football games could be impacted by wildfires in the state, and Boilermakers quarterback David Blough sits down with Cooper Manning in another edition of the Manning Minute.

Also on Friday’s pregame lineup, ahead of the big USC-Stanford matchup on Sunday, Leinart, a former USC quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and newly selected member of the College Football Hall of Fame, catches up with current Trojans signal-caller Sam Darnold. Then at halftime of the Boilermakers-Bobcats matchup, Jenny Taft profiles USC long-snapper Jake Olson. Olson, who has been blind since age 12, talks with Taft after taking the field for the Trojans in last weekend’s win. Taft also sits down with USC coach Clay Helton and Western Michigan coach Tim Lester.

The action continues Saturday with games on FS1, FS2, FSN and BTN, including a pair of ranked teams as No. 19 K-State hosts Charlotte at 12:00 PM ET on FSN, and No. 9 Wisconsin welcomes Florida Atlantic at 12:00 PM ET on BTN. To close out the night, FS1 presents Minnesota at Oregon State at 10:00 PM ET with Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich and Petros Papadakis on the call. The game is also simulcast in 4K to outlets including DirecTV. This week’s full schedule of games, including broadcasters, can be found on the following page.

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
Ohio at Purdue Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Holly Sonders 9/8 8:00 PM FS1
ECU at West Virginia Brian Custer and Ben Leber 9/9 12:00 PM FS2
Charlotte at #19 K-State Ron Thulin and Gary Reasons 9/9 12:00 PM FSN
Towson at Maryland Joe Beninati and Stanley Jackson

 

9/9 12:00 PM BTN
Florida Atlantic at

#9 Wisconsin

Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Lisa Byington

 

9/9 12:00 PM BTN
Western Michigan at Michigan State Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason and Elise Menaker

 

9/9 3:30 PM BTN
Eastern Michigan at Rutgers Jason Horowitz and Chuck Long

 

9/9 3:30 PM BTN
Central Michigan at Kansas Brendan Burke, Dave Anderson and Christian Steckel 9/9 4:00 PM FSN
Nebraska at Oregon Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman 9/9 4:30 PM FOX
UTSA at Baylor Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin 9/9 8:00 PM FSN
Western Kentucky at Illinois Dave Revsine, J Leman and Michelle McMahon

 

9/9 8:00 PM BTN
#14 Stanford at #6 USC Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft 9/9 8:30 PM FOX
Minnesota at Oregon State Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich and Petros Papadakis 9/9 10:00 PM FS1

 

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FOX Sports Completes West Coast Swing with Inaugural Presentation of the 46th Walker Cup

FS1’s 12 Hours of Coverage Triples Last Domestic Telecast in 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA – In its final telecast of the 2017 USGA championship season, FOX Sports takes on a first, presenting the 46th Walker Cup Match from Los Angeles Country Club. For the first time, all four sessions of the Walker Cup will be televised, and FOX Sports’ scheduled coverage will triple the domestic telecast of the 2013 Walker Cup. Coverage of the 2017 Walker Cup begins Saturday, Sept. 9 at 12:00 PM ET on FS1.

While Great Britain & Ireland look to defend their resounding 2015 victory, the United States squad is eager to take back the cup on their home turf. Led by familiar faces in Doc Redman and Doug Ghim, who faced off in the championship match of the 2017 U.S. Amateur just two weeks ago on FOX, and Scottie Scheffler, low amateur at the 2017 U.S. Open, the world’s best amateurs take center stage again this weekend.

FOX Sports’ broadcast team is highlighted by three Walker Cup veterans, analyst Brad Faxon (1983) and on-course reporters Curtis Strange (1975) and Buddy Marucci (1995, 1997). A distinguished career amateur, Marucci also captained the United States team to two consecutive Walker Cup victories in 2007 and 2009.

Lead analyst Paul Azinger, play-by-play announcer Shane O’Donoghue, rules analyst David Fay and Faxon call all the action from the 18th Tower throughout the weekend. Strange and Marucci are joined on-course by Juli Inkster and Shane Bacon, who also conducts interviews throughout the competition.

FS1’s Saturday foursomes coverage airs from 12:00 to 3:00 PM ET, and following a brief break in competition, resumes with singles matches from 5:00 to 8:00 PM ET. On Sunday, Sept. 10, foursomes matches again air from 12:00 to 3:00 PM ET, followed by the final round of singles matches and the conclusion of the historic match from 6:00 to 9:00 PM ET on FS1. All linear coverage will be streamed concurrently on FOX Sports GO.

FOX Sports’ television schedule is as follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network/Platform
Saturday, Sept. 9 Foursomes 12:00 – 3:00 PM FS1/FOX Sports GO
Singles 5:00 – 8:00 PM FS1/FOX Sports GO
Sunday, Sept. 10 Foursomes 12:00 – 3:00 PM FS1/FOX Sports GO
Singles 6:00 – 9:00 PM FS1/FOX Sports GO
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Big Ten Hoops Tips Off on FOX and FS1 in 2017-18

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports is once again home to some of the best collegiate basketball in the country, this season adding Big Ten hoops to its already loaded lineup on the hardwood. FOX Sports’ first Big Ten men’s basketball schedule features top non-conference and conference matchups, including appearances by each of the Big Ten’s seven NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, defending conference champion Purdue and reigning Big Ten Tournament winner Michigan.

Big Ten basketball comes to the FOX broadcast network for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 2, as Wisconsin hosts Ohio State at 5:00 PM ET. First-year Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann leads the Buckeyes into the Kohl Center to face Greg Gard and the Badgers in a game that immediately precedes FOX’s live coverage of the Big Ten Football Championship Game at 7:00 PM ET.

Throughout the Big Ten conference schedule, FS1 televises 13 Monday or Friday games, including key matchups like Michigan at Ohio State (Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 PM ET), Indiana at Michigan State (Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:00 PM ET), Wisconsin at Michigan State (Friday, Jan. 26, 8:00 PM ET) and a doubleheader on Monday, Feb. 19, to tip off the final week of conference play featuring Maryland at Northwestern (7:00 PM ET) and Minnesota at Wisconsin (9:00 PM ET).

Overall, FOX Sports’ Big Ten schedule includes up to seven games on the FOX broadcast network and more than 30 on FS1. BTN televises more than 75 Big Ten games, including 10 Big Ten Tournament contests from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Start times and television designations for the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be announced at a later date. All eight games from the annual challenge between the Big Ten and BIG EAST conferences appear on FS1 or BTN.

The FOX Sports and BTN men’s basketball television schedule can be found by clicking the PDF at the bottom of the page.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Joins FS1’s FIRST THINGS FIRST

WATCH: Goodell’s full interview on FIRST THINGS FIRST

With the 2017-18 NFL regular season set to kick-off, Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on FS1’s FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT to discuss leading narratives surrounding the league. Below are highlights from this morning’s interview.

Goodell on what he and the NFL accomplished during the off-season:
“We had a very busy off-season this year, focusing on a lot of changes for the game presentation and how we make the game better on the field and off the field. We focused a lot on officiating – centralizing replay and also adding full-time officials. Also spending an awful lot of time on the game presentation – how do we make the game experience better for the fans in the stadium and also at home? And reducing the commercial time and trying to make sure we reduce the interruptions – I think all those things are going to make a difference for our fans this year.”

Goodell on Colin Kaepernick not being on a roster to start the NFL season:
“The thing we’ve always been about is meritocracy and opportunity. I want to see everyone get an opportunity, including Colin, but those are decisions made by football people. As you [Cris] know, also Tony Dungy and I were talking about this, when teams have a need and feel like they can get better, whether the player knows the system has the talent or whatever it may be, that’s what they’re going to do. I’m still convinced that he’ll get that opportunity when the right opportunity comes along. That’s what our league is all about.

One thing I do as commissioner, I don’t make those decisions. I’m not a football expert, I’m a huge fan. I have a role as commissioner, but for me I watch the games, enjoy it and I let the football people make those decisions. The reality is there are 32 decisions and further, multiple decisions within an organization. So there is always a dispute and the idea of who can play and who can’t play, who’s best for a system and not best for a system are decisions that should be made by those 32 teams.”

Goodell on frustrations in the timeline of the Ezekiel Elliott case:
“The frustration is we have a process and have been very careful and deliberate in that process. There was a very long investigation; there was a process for which we have agreed in our collective bargaining agreement. We followed that to a T, and still there is litigation from the NFLPA. We understand that, and we believe that the law is clear on this and that the process we followed is completely consistent with the CBA….That’s why we believe our system should stay as we collectively bargained and not in the courts, but they have a right and that’s been done in the past. Frankly, we’ve prevailed on that, and we think we will prevail again.”

FIRST THINGS FIRST airs live from New York City weekdays on FS1 from 6:30 to 9:30 AM ET.

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FOX Sports Kicks Off College Football with Most-Watched Opening Week Ever

FOX & FS1 Post Combined Viewership Gains While Competition Drops
FS1 Home to Cable’s Most-Watched College Football Game Last Weekend

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports kicked off the 2017 college football season with its most-watched opening week ever, from Thursday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 3, posting impressive viewership numbers and overall increases. Highlighting the week, UCLA’s historic comeback over Texas A&M on Sunday drew more than 3 million viewers and is FOX’s most-watched game ever on Labor Day Weekend.

Despite a lopsided score for much of the game, as Texas A&M jumped out to a 44-10 advantage, the FOX broadcast network attracted an average audience of 3,190,000 as Bruins quarterback and Heisman hopeful Josh Rosen pulled the Bruins out of a 34-point deficit. Viewership peaked at 4.382 million viewers from 11:15-11:27 PM ET as Rosen and the Bruins completed the historic comeback and “The Legend of Josh Rosen” was born.

Sunday night’s instant classic provided the exclamation point to a thrilling opening week of college football. With top games featuring the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, college football enjoyed its best opening week ever on FOX and FS1 in terms of viewership, with an average audience of 1,522,000 across the networks’ seven games. FOX and FS1 are up a combined +15% over 2015, the last time an opening-week game aired on FOX, while the competition saw year-over-year decreases.

On Saturday, Maryland and Texas provided fireworks of their own, as the Terrapins spoiled the start to the Tom Herman era with a 51-41 win in Austin over the No. 23-ranked Longhorns. In a game that featured two blocked field goals returned for touchdowns, a pick-six and much more, FS1 drew 2,046,000 viewers, making it cable television’s most-watched college football game of the weekend. During a busy day of college football, Maryland-Texas also performed well on FOX Sports GO, with an average minute audience of 34,828, the platform’s second-best performing college football game ever, trailing only Texas-Oklahoma last season (vs. 36,718).

Big Ten football on FOX got off to a strong start on Saturday, as Purdue vs. No. 16 Louisville, played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, drew 1,792,000 viewers, a +33% increase over the network’s last primetime Labor Day Weekend broadcast (vs. 1,349,000 for Fresno State-USC in 2014).

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UFC Champions Bisping and Woodley Join Grisham on FOX Sports Desk for UFC 215: JOHNSON VS. BORG

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier Calls Fights with Analyst Rogan and Blow-by-Blow Announcer Anik

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports has set its broadcast team for UFC 215: JOHNSON VS. BORG on FS1 and FOX Deportes on Saturday, Sept. 9. UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) work as studio desk analysts from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios with host Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA). Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) joins analyst Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon¬_Anik) to call UFC 215: JOHNSON VS. BORG on Saturday live from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. UFC bantamweight Marlon “Chito” Vera (@chitoveraUFC), Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

The UFC’s first and only flyweight champion has a chance to make history at UFC 215, as Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (26-2-1) defends his title against No. 3-ranked Ray Borg (11-2) in the main event. Already tied with Anderson Silva for most consecutive title defenses in UFC history at 10, Johnson can top that record against Albuquerque’s Borg, a hungry challenger eager to stop Johnson’s quest for glory. Plus, one of the UFC’s fiercest rivalries will be settled as Amanda Nunes (14-4) defends her women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2) in a highly anticipated rematch.

The two-hour UFC 215 PRELIMS are on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday at 8:00 PM ET and feature four action-packed bouts. No. 6-ranked bantamweight Sara McMann (11-3) faces No. 13 Ketlen Vieira (8-0). No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry Cejudo (10-2) squares off with No. 4 Wilson Reis (22-7), while bantamweights Sarah Moras (4-3) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-2) go head-to-head. Plus, undefeated Gavin Tucker (10-0) and Rick Glenn (19-4-1) open the PRELIMS with an exciting featherweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FS2 (7:00 PM ET) with the UFC 215 PREFIGHT SHOW with Grisham, Bisping, Woodley and Olivi. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the UFC 215 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS2. The UFC 215 WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, Sept. 8 (6:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.

Leading up to UFC 215, 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 all updates throughout the #UFC215 fights this Saturday.

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 NET*
Wednesday,

Sept. 6

10:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FS1
Wednesday,

Sept. 6

11:00 PM TUF TALK FS1
Friday,

Sept. 8

6:00 PM FS1 UFC 215 WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Sept. 9

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 215 PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

Sept. 9

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 215 PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Sept. 9

1:00 AM FS1 UFC 215 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS2

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

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FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT Show Highlights

NEW YORK, NY – FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT premiered on FS1 this week, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter, celebrated sports media personality Nick Wright and longtime broadcaster Jenna Wolfe as they bring viewers the first, and most incisive, opinions on the day’s best sports stories. FIRST THINGS FIRST airs live from New York City weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 AM ET. Below are highlights from this morning’s program.

WATCH: Carter says the Cowboys should lean on Dez Bryant during Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension

Carter on Bryant’s potential:
“I’m going to go to another guy who is a superstar, who can dominate games and give the team some juice. People wonder, why do you put up with all this mess with wide receivers? Because we add extra swagger and enthusiasm to the team. We can make big plays… Wide receivers have that ability. For Dez Bryant, it’s a great opportunity for him at this stage in his career. He can step it up and be dominant in those six games “

WATCH: Carter and Wright discuss Danny Ainge’s claim that Kyrie Irving will be a better passer on the Celtics

Carter on Ainge’s comments:
“He’s [Irving] not a fantastic passer. He’s not a fantastic defender. So Danny Ainge made up a couple of things there. And that he’s going to be a better defender in Brad Stevens’s defense? Well how is that going to happen? They don’t have big men to protect the rim. How is that going to happen? If you’re an educated basketball fan, you could’ve been like Danny Ainge, you know you’re full of it. You made these things up.”

WATCH: Wright reflects on quarterback longevity and speculates that Tom Brady’s age may become a factor this season

Wright on Brady:
“I wonder if that suspension early in the year was good for him. Because once Tom Brady got to games 13, 14, 15 and the playoffs, he wasn’t quite the same guy… Tom Brady through the entire regular season only threw seven interceptable passes. In the playoff game against the Texans and the Super Bowl, in just those two games, he threw nine. And for two and a half quarters in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady looked about as bad as we’ve ever seen him. He’s the greatest quarterback I’ve ever seen, but at that age, is he just going to defy every rule of football we’ve ever known?”