Month: July 2018

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UFC Double Champion Cormier, Rogan and Anik Call UFC 227: DILLASHAW VS. GARBRANDT 2

Former Champion Evans and Veteran MMA Analyst Smith Join Host Bryant on the FOX Sports Desk for Programming on FX, FS1 and the FOX Sports App
PREFIGHT SHOW and PRELIMS Live on FX and FOX Sports App Saturday at 7:00 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces current UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik and veteran MMA analyst Joe Rogan to call UFC 227: DILLASHAW VS. GARBRANDT 2 live Octagon-side in Los Angeles Saturday, Aug. 4. Megan Olivi adds reports and interviews fighters on-site. In addition, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, top-ranked welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio, and Victor Davila call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

On the FOX Sports desk, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith join lead UFC host Karyn Bryant for UFC 227 programming on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday.

A championship doubleheader takes place at UFC 227. In the main event, the second chapter of one of the sport’s most heated rivalries lands in LA as TJ Dillashaw (16-3) defends his bantamweight world title against the man he took it from last November, former teammate Cody Garbrandt (11-1). In the co-main event, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) attempts to extend his record title-defense streak in a rematch against 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo (12-2).

FOX Sports UFC programming begins Wednesday, Aug. 1 with UFC TONIGHT on FS1 (8:00 PM ET), when hosts Kenny Florian and Cormier preview UFC 227. In addition, Bryant interviews headliners Dillashaw and Garbrandt, while Florian and Cormier talk to flyweight champ Johnson and challenger Cejudo prior to their title fights. Blow-by-blow announcer Anik drops in the studio as well, to discuss the fights.

Coverage continues live Friday, Aug. 3 (6:00 PM ET), with the UFC 227 WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS1 and the FOX Sports app with Bryant, Evans and Smith in studio discussing the fights, while Olivi reports onsite.

On Saturday, the same crew hosts the UFC 227 PREFIGHT SHOW on FX and the FOX Sports app (7:00 PM ET), previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC 227 PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FX, FOX Deportes, and the FOX Sports app with four exciting bouts. The No. 8-ranked bantamweight Pedro Munhoz (15-3, 1NC) battles No. 14 Brett Johns (15-1). Ricky Simon (10-1) and Montel Jackson (6-0) square off in another 135-pound bout. The No. 10-ranked women’s bantamweight Bethe Correia (10-3-1) tangles with No. 12 Irene Aldana (8-4). Plus, Matt Sayles (6-1) and Sheymon Moraes (9-1) open the PRELIMS with an exciting featherweight clash.

The action wraps immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC 227 POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Bryant, Evans, and Smith recap the event, while Olivi interviews fighters.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radio and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK*
Wednesday,

Aug. 1

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1

 

Friday,

Aug. 3

6:00 PM FS1 UFC 227 WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Saturday,

Aug. 4

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 227 PREFIGHT SHOW FX
Saturday,

Aug. 4

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 227 PRELIMS FX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Aug. 4

1:00 AM FS1 UFC 227 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs available on the FOX Sports app and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83

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FOX Sports Unveils 2018 NFL Season Broadcast Teams

FOX Sports Celebrates 25 Seasons of NFL Football

NEW YORK – FOX Sports today announces its broadcast teams for the network’s 25th season of NFL coverage. This season, the FOX NFL lineup includes seven esteemed on-air teams featuring a notable blend of experienced and new personalities. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman return for their 17th season as FOX Sports’ lead NFL broadcast team. Erin Andrews joins the league’s longest-tenured duo for her sixth season of reporting. Buck, Aikman and Andrews will open Week 1 with FOX’s first edition of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, as the Carolina Panthers face the Dallas Cowboys in a conference battle from Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4:25 PM ET. As previously announced, Buck, Aikman, Andrews, reporter Kristina Pink and FOX NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira comprise the NFL’s Thursday Night Football presented by Bud Light broadcast team. The fivesome will call Thursday Night Football games broadcast on FOX and simulcast via NFL Network between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night). The games also will be streamed on Amazon Prime and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt teams with Charles Davis and veteran reporter Pam Oliver. Oliver, a 2018 Gracie Award recipient, enters her 24th season of FOX NFL coverage. The trio opens the season Sunday, Sept. 9 at U.S. Bank Stadium as the San Francisco 49ers visit the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 PM ET.

Mark Schlereth, a three-time Super Bowl Champion, returns with longtime play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and reporter Jennifer Hale. Stockton, Schlereth and Hale call the Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos matchup from Mile High Stadium Week 1 at 4:25 PM ET. Kenny Albert and five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Rondé Barber partner again in 2018. Barber’s twin brother, three-time Pro Bowl running back Tiki Barber, joins Rondé and Albert from the sidelines for Weeks 1 and 2. Last fall, the Barbers became the first twin brothers to call an NFL game for broadcast television when they joined Albert in the FOX booth for the Giants at Bucs game, a meeting of their former teams.

Long time play-by-play caller Chris Myers once again teams with analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston and reporter Laura Okmin. Each has more than a decade of NFL game experience with FOX Sports. Myers, Johnston and Okmin call the NFC South matchup pairing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 at 1:00 PM ET.

Thom Brennaman, analyst Chris Spielman and reporter Shannon Spake call the 4:25 PM ET Week 1 matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Longtime play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen completes the FOX Sports Week 1 roster alongside NFL Hall of Famer and game analyst Cris Carter and reporter Sarah Kustok. Rosen, Carter and Kustok call the Tennessee Titans matchup against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium at 1:00 PM ET. Former Rams and Titans head coach Jeff Fisher will make his FOX Sports debut in Week 4 when he pairs with play-by-play announcer Dan Hellie and reporter Karyn Bryant as the New York Jets travel to the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1:00 PM ET.

Impressively, Albert, Brennaman, Buck and Stockton have all been with FOX dating back to the network’s inception in 1994. They all called games in the first NFL on FOX season and will be back again in 2018.

2018 FOX NFL BROADCAST TEAMS
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
Kenny Albert, Rondé Barber and various reporters
Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake or Peter Schrager
Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Jennifer Hale

Other Play-by-Play Announcers: Sam Rosen, Dan Hellie, Brian Custer and Kevin Kugler
Other Analysts: Cris Carter, Greg Jennings, Brady Quinn and Jeff Fisher
Other Reporters: Shane Bacon, Tiki Barber, Karyn Bryant, Doug Gottlieb, Sarah Kustok and Sara Walsh.

Former NFL Vice Presidents of Officiating Dean Blandino and Mike Pereira serve as rules analysts throughout the season, providing rules analysis and proficiency on some of the most important calls of the week.

FOX NFL KICKOFF welcomes fans each Sunday at 11:00 AM ET on FOX throughout the season. The one-hour pregame show is hosted by Charissa Thompson along with 14-time NFL Pro Bowler and studio analyst Tony Gonzalez, four-time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Vick, Colin Cowherd, Super Bowl winning-defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt and Cooper Manning, who contributes weekly segments. Peter Schrager will join the cast most weeks, with the exemption of four games in which he will be reporting from the sidelines.

FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s top NFL pregame show for the last 25 seasons, immediately follows at 12:00 PM ET. Hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, and analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan drive the Emmy Award-winning, one-hour program. Premier NFL insider Jay Glazer, comedic prognosticator Rob Riggle and rules analysts Pereira and Blandino also contribute.

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FOX Sports Announces All-Star Lineup of Broadcasters for Inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship

Eight-Time NBA All-Star Vince Carter Joins Network as Game Analyst

NEW YORK – A first-of-its-kind global youth basketball tournament calls for a one-of-a-kind group of broadcasters. Today, FOX Sports announces its lineup for the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship, highlighted by eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, plus FOX Sports play-by-play announcers Mark Followill and Brandon Gaudin, analysts Donny Marshall and Sarah Kustok, host Charissa Thompson and the most exciting voice in sports, Gus Johnson. Today’s announcement was made by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“We are incredibly excited about this group of broadcasters,” said Bardia Shah-Rais, Vice President of Production, FOX Sports. “Our combination of FOX Sports veterans and newcomers to the network all bring a unique experience to the broadcast. We can’t wait to present the first-ever Jr. NBA World Championship to our viewers.”

After calling his first FIFA World Cup™ for FOX Sports this summer, play-by-play announcer Followill shifts his focus from the pitch to the court. A broadcaster with the Dallas Mavericks for nearly two decades, Followill teams up with Carter, Marshall and reporter Noah Eagle, son of famed broadcaster Ian Eagle, as the tournament’s primary broadcasters through the boys’ U.S. Semifinals.

YES Network’s lead Brooklyn Nets game analyst and a regular contributor to FS1 daily studio programs, Kustok joins versatile broadcaster Gaudin for select games during FOX Sports’ Pool Play coverage.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the more than 300 boys and girls from 35 countries that will compete on a world stage,” said Carter. “This is an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to start working with everyone at FOX.”

As the network gears up for the championship rounds, veteran play-by-play announcer Johnson gets in on the action, fully equipped with a cache of dynamic calls. Johnson joins Carter, Marshall and Eagle to deliver the boys’ International and U.S. Championships on Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network. Earlier on FOX, Followill, Carter, Kustok and Eagle are courtside for the girls’ International Championship. Marshall taps in for Carter during the girls’ U.S. Championship.

Coverage for Sunday’s culmination of elite, global youth basketball begins at 3:00 PM ET on FOX, as Thompson anchors a full pregame show live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. Johnson, Carter, Marshall and Eagle call the girls’ and boys’ World Championships beginning at 3:30 PM ET.

The inaugural event will bring together the top 32 boys and girls teams (16 U.S. and 16 international) that advanced from regional competitions earlier this year. The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-eliminations competition. The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the World Championship games on Sunday, Aug. 12.

The full Jr. NBA World Championship broadcast schedule for FOX and FS1 is listed below. All contests are broadcast live and simulcast on FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app, which provides live streaming of FOX Sports events and shows on all your screens. Click here for full rosters of all 32 teams. More information about the Jr. NBA World Championship can be found at jrnba.com/worldchampionship.

2018 JR. NBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Date Event Network Time (ET) Broadcasters
8/7 Pool Play FS1 6:30-7:45 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
  Pool Play FS1 7:45-9:00 PM Gaudin and Kustok
  Pool Play FS1 9:00-10:00 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
8/8 Pool Play FS1 7:00-8:00 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
  Pool Play FS1 8:05-9:00 PM Gaudin and Kustok
  Pool Play FS1 9:00-10:30 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
8/10 Quarterfinals FS1 2:00-3:00 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
  Quarterfinals FS1 7:00-8:00 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
8/11 U.S. Semifinals 1 – Boys FOX 1:00-2:15 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
  U.S. Semifinals 2 – Boys FOX 2:15-3:30 PM Followill, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
  International Championship – Girls FOX 3:30-4:45 PM Followill, Kustok, Carter and Eagle
  U.S. Championship – Girls FOX 4:45-6:00 PM Followill, Kustok, Marshall and Eagle
  International Championship – Boys FOX 7:30-8:45 PM Johnson, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
  U.S. Championship – Boys FOX 8:45-10:00 PM Johnson, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
8/12 Jr. NBA World Championship Pregame FOX 3:00-3:30 PM Charissa Thompson
  World Championship – Girls FOX 3:30-4:45 PM Johnson, Carter, Marshall and Eagle
  World Championship – Boys FOX 4:45-6:00 PM Johnson, Carter, Marshall and Eagle

 

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FOX Sports to Unveil Baseball Feature JACK MORRIS / ALAN TRAMMELL

Former Teammates and Friends Ready for MLB’s Hall of Fame Together

Ahead of Sunday’s MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, FOX Sports unveils a special feature on two former teammates, friends and soon-to-be inductees: Jack Morris / Alan Trammell.

The feature chronicles the former Detroit Tigers teammates’ journey to the Hall, beginning when the two were drafted in 1976. Since the institution of the MLB Draft in 1965, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell are the only players ever to be drafted by a team in the same year and each also make it to the Hall of Fame. The pair played together from 1977 to 1990 and were part of the 1984 World Series winning squad.

“It’s a great story of interesting characters and pulsating athleticism with a historic brand, the Detroit Tigers,” said FOX Sports producer Larry Lancaster. “I’ve been truly taken aback at the across-the-board energy and wonder young people have conveyed after watching their story – those who never saw Jack and Alan play. It has strongly connected with everyone, irrespective of age and irrespective of geography.”

JACK MORRIS / ALAN TRAMMELL is available on Saturday, July 29 on FOXSports.com with a condensed version airing across FS1 and the regional sports networks opposite MLB programming.

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FOX Sports Presents Tournament of Nations, Featuring 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Champion USA, on FS1

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports, home of the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup™, kicks off its first Tournament of Nations presentation today on FS1, as No. 1-ranked USA battles Japan. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET.

Alex Curry anchors studio coverage alongside former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Leslie Osborne. Once action gets underway, JP Dellacamera and former U.S. WNT star Aly Wagner are on the call.

Coverage continues Sunday, July 29, (7:00 PM ET, FS1) and Thursday, Aug. 2, (8:30 PM ET, FS1) as the Americans take on Australia and Brazil, respectively. Katie Witham hosts USA-Australia studio coverage alongside Osborne, while Curry joins Osborne for USA vs. Brazil. Dellacamera and Wagner are on the call for both matches.

All FOX soccer information, including biographies, photographs and archived press releases are available on FOX Sports Press Pass.

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UFC Heavyweight Champion Cormier and Anik Call Saturday’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ALVAREZ VS. POIRIER 2

Former Champions Cruz and Bisping Serve as Desk Analysts Alongside FOX Host Menefee and FS1 Host Bryant

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announced newly crowned UFC heavyweight and current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier return to the FOX Sports UFC broadcast team, joining Jon Anik to call FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ALVAREZ VS. POIRIER 2 live from Calgary, Canada on Saturday, July 28 (8:00 PM ET) on FOX and the FOX Sports app.

Former bantamweight champion and current No. 2-ranked Dominick Cruz and retired middleweight champion Michael Bisping serve as desk analysts alongside FOX host Curt Menefee, and lead UFC host Karyn Bryant on FS1 and FS2 programs. Reporter Megan Olivi interviews fighters from Calgary for Friday and Saturday’s coverage. Victor Davila and Brandon Moreno call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

No. 3-ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez (29-5) and No. 4 Dustin Poirier (23-5) headline FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT on Saturday in an exciting rematch of their May 2017 bout that ended as a controversial no contest. With Alvarez coming off a Fight of the Year win over Justin Gaethje and Poirier scoring stoppages of Gaethje and Anthony Pettis, the stakes are higher than ever as these rivals look to secure a world title fight with a win.

FOX Sports UFC programming starts on Friday, July 27 (8:00 PM ET), with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports app, with Bryant, Cruz and Bisping discussing the fighters, and Olivi reporting backstage. The same crew gets things started on Saturday at 5:00 PM ET with the FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports app, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FOX, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app begin at 6:00 PM ET with four thrilling bouts. Welterweights Jordan Mein (30-12) and Alex Morono (14-4, 1NC) collide. Hakeem Dawodu (7-0-1) and Austin Arnett (15-5) battle in a featherweight bout. Lightweight Kajan Johnson (22-12-1) takes on Islam Makhachev (15-1), while No. 14 Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-4) and Ion Cutelaba (13-3, 1NC) open the PRELIMS with an exciting light heavyweight scrap.

Saturday’s two-hour main card (FOX, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, 8:00 PM ET), also features No. 2-ranked featherweight Jose Aldo (26-4) against No. 4 Jeremy Stephens (28-14) in the co-main event. Plus, No. 1-ranked strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2) and No. 5 Tecia Torres (10-2) square off. No. 13 lightweight Alexander Hernandez (9-1) faces Oliver Aubin-Mercier (12-2). The FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW follows immediately on FS1, as Bryant, Cruz, Bisping and Olivi wrap the evening and interview the winners.

Leading up to their fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and the FOX UFC social pages. All programs are 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*
Friday,

July 27

8:00 PM FOX UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2
Saturday,

July 28

5:00 PM FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

July 28

6:00 PM FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

July 28

8:00 PM FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ALVAREZ VS. POIRIER 2 FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

July 28

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
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Catching Up (But Not Keeping Up) with Shannon Spake

Three-Sport FOX Sports Star and Ironman Ambassador Athlete Headed to California for Third Ironman 70.3

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports host and reporter Shannon Spake marks her two-year anniversary with the network this month, continuing to excel on and off the camera. Spake, a three-sport star covering NASCAR, NFL and college basketball for FOX Sports, also raises her personal bar this week with her entry in Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

This weekend’s challenge marks Spake’s third half Ironman and serves as a precursor to her first full Ironman, scheduled for Nov. 3. Spake’s commitment to the bike, swim and run event goes beyond hours of training. The mother of twin boys, diagnosed with scoliosis as a child, also serves as an Ironman ambassador. In recent weeks, she raised more than $10,500 for the Ironman Foundation and will join the group for a service project just hours after completing the race.

Below, Spake, co-host of NASCAR RACE HUB and NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY, as well as a sideline reporter for FOX’s NFL and college basketball coverage, takes a quick break from her intense training to share what this weekend holds for her:

FOX SPORTS: You’re headed into your third Ironman 70.3. How does your mindset differ this time, and are you approaching this one any differently?

Spake: “This one is a little different because I have committed to a full Ironman on November 3. The past two years, the 70.3 distance was the ‘finish line’ for my intense training. This year, it’s just the beginning. As far as my mindset, I am certainly more mentally prepared than in the first one, but I’m also very aware that despite the fact I have finished two races at this distance, I must respect the race because anything can happen during it.”

FOX SPORTS: What does an Ironman 70.3, or a half Ironman, consist of?

Spake: “It’s a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run, which is a half-marathon. For the full Ironman, you double all those distances.”

FOX SPORTS: How long have you been training for this Ironman 70.3?

Spake: “I started following a ‘plan’ in January. However, ever since I started competing in triathlons in 2014, I never really stop working out. I have a trainer who has helped prepare me for the last two 70.3 events, and we usually begin a specific training program six months before the race.”

FOX SPORTS: What has your workout/training program looked like the past six months?

Spake: “I work out six days a week. Four days are ‘normal’ and include either a one-hour bike, 45-60 minute run and/or 60 minutes in the pool. Two days a week are my long days, which consist of a Brick Workout (ride/run), which ranges from two to five hours, and the next day I have a long run consisting of 7-14 miles.”

FOX SPORTS: Of the swimming, biking and run, which activity is your toughest and which is your best?

Spake: “They all have their challenges, but the run is the toughest because it is last and because mentally you’re thinking, ‘just one more segment — I’m almost done,’ when in reality you still have two or two-and-a-half hours to go. It’s a true mental battle to remind yourself to be patient and not push it too hard.”

FOX SPORTS: What was the biggest thing you learned in the first two 70.3 races?

Spake: “I am capable of finishing! My first race was in Raleigh, N.C., in 2016. There were whitecaps in the water during the swim, the bike course was very hilly and the temperature was mid 90s during the run. I thought many times ‘no way am I going to finish this race.’ I saw a friend along the course and she said, ‘Just keep moving forward,’ so I repeated that to myself many times during the run portion. It takes both physical and mental strength to finish.”

FOX SPORTS: Will your family join you in California this weekend?

Spake: “My husband, kids, father and stepmother are traveling out to California for the race. I bought all of them ‘Ironman Support Crew’ T-shirts. As an Ironman Ambassador athlete, I am also able to participate in the IM Foundation service project. We are going to help build mini-homes for some of the folks who lost their homes in the 2017 wildfires. We are also going to visit Pixar Studios (the production company that produced Cars3). We are all excited to see their studios.”

FOX SPORTS: What is your goal this time around? How will you define success for yourself?

Spake: “It’s so difficult for me to determine a time because the courses are so different. My first Ironman 70.3 time in 2016 was 6:43:00, and in 2017, my time was 5:56:00. The courses were drastically different and the temperature was a lot cooler last year, which really helped my time. I am hoping to do it somewhere around 6-6.5 hours.”

FOX SPORTS: Diagnosed with scoliosis as a child, what does the realization of a goal such as this mean to you?

Spake: “It’s funny because there was a time in my life when all physical activities were off limits and/or drastically monitored. My scoliosis diagnosis and corrective surgery were such a large part of my childhood, and now as an adult, I hardly think about it. The biggest part of the accomplishment for me is having my family watch me cross the finish line. As much as I sacrifice in training, they sacrifice in giving up time to allow me to train. I love having my 8-year-old twin boys with me after I finish the race.”

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FOX Sports Films Ignites 2018 Football Season with All-Access Documentary Series Featuring No. 1 Pick Baker Mayfield

ALLTHE WAY UP: BAKER MAYFIELD Premieres Sunday, July 29, on FOX

NEW YORK – Today, FOX Sports Films announces a four-part documentary series called ALL THE WAY UP: BAKER MAYFIELD which chronicles the path of the 2017 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, as he navigates the transition from Oklahoma Sooner to first selection overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The series will premiere with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, July 29 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, with the final two episodes airing the following Sunday, August 5, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET on FOX.

Viewers will have the opportunity to see Mayfield true to form, as one of the most-talked about, hotly-contested prospect in years, and witness firsthand how he went from an “undersized” college walk-on to defy all odds. The series is being launched with the support of production partners Identifi and ACE Media, the content arm of the NFL Players Association.

“When I was told that FOX Sports was going to air this project, I was ecstatic,” said Mayfield. “This project gives me the chance to tell my story in my own words and allows me the opportunity to show everyone the work I poured into my craft to achieve the ultimate goal.”

The series will look back at Mayfield’s journey from early in his high school career all the way through his arrival to Cleveland and the launch of Browns training camp. Camera crews have been embedded with Mayfield since the end of the Rose Bowl in January, and are still with him now, with footage in the final episodes to be released days after it’s filmed in Cleveland.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for FOX Sports to showcase the drive of a young, talented man,” said Gabe Spitzer, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, FOX Sports Films. “We were able to display the challenges Baker faced to achieve his goals. We are encouraged by this type of programming and Baker was the perfect athlete to partner with.”

After finishing at Lake Travis High, in Austin Texas, Mayfield was an all-state recruit, but lacked size which scared major college programs away. He began his collegiate career as a walk on at Texas Tech, where he started seven of eight games, winning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (218-of-340, 64.1 percent complete, 2,315 yards 12 touchdowns, nine interceptions). After leaving Texas Tech and sitting out the 2014 season as a transfer student at Oklahoma, Mayfield became the starter in 2015. He finished the season as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. He also won the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation’s top player who began his career as a walk-on after completing 68.1 of his passes (269-of-395) for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He won the Burlsworth Trophy again in 2016, in addition to being named first-team All-Big 12, and finished third in Heisman voting. Mayfield finished his collegiate career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history, winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy along with the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award. In his final season at Oklahoma, Mayfield won the Big 12 Championship and a spot in the 2017 College Football Playoff.

TV Schedule:

Sunday, July 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET (FOX)
Episodes 1-2

Sunday, Aug. 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET (FOX)
Episodes 3-4

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Former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans Joins Kenny Florian and Brendan Fitzgerald on FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SMITH Sunday Coverage

Gooden and Hardy Call Sunday Afternoon Bouts on FS1 and the FOX Sports App

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and retired contender Kenny Florian serve as analysts alongside host Brendan Fitzgerald for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SMITH programming in a rare Sunday afternoon broadcast on July 22.

Live from Hamburg, Germany, John Gooden and former title contender and analyst Dan Hardy call the fights on FS1 and the FOX Sports app, while Heidi Androl reports and interviews fighters onsite. Victor Davila and Marlon Vera call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Brazilian legend Shogun Rua (24-10) makes his return to the Octagon on Sunday, as he faces explosive rising star Anthony Smith (29-13) in the main event. Shogun, the 36-year-old former light heavyweight champion, is looking to continue his climb toward another title opportunity with a win against Smith. With four wins in his last five fights, Smith looks to continue his winning ways. Plus, two more elite light heavyweights face off in the co-main event when No. 3-ranked Glover Teixeria (27-6) battles late replacement No. 9 Corey Anderson (15-5).

The weekend’s coverage kicks off Saturday, July 21 with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS1 and streaming on the FOX Sports app at 7:00 PM ET, with Fitzgerald, Evans and Florian on the desk, previewing the fights. Androl interviews fighters onsite.

Action continues Sunday at 11:00 AM ET with FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, as the same desk crew breaks down the upcoming battles. The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 12:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, with Gooden and Hardy calling the four exciting bouts. Lightweight Nick Hein (14-3, 1NC) faces Damir Hadzovic (11-4), while welterweight Emil Meek (9-2-1, 1NC) battles Bartosz Fabinski (13-2). Khalid Taha (12-1) and Nad Narimani (10-2) square off at 145 pounds. Plus, Justin Ledet (9-0, 1NC) takes on Aleksandar Rakic (8-1) in a light heavyweight thriller to kick off the PRELIMS.

The main card continues at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes, featuring six thrilling bouts, including the headliner between Shogun and Smith and the co-main event between Teixeria and Anderson. Vitor Miranda (13-6) tangles with Abu Azaitar (13-1-1, 1NC) in a middleweight scrap. No. 9-ranked heavyweight Marcin Tybura (16-4) faces No. 13 Stefan Struve (32-10), while Danny Roberts (14-3) and David Zawada (16-3) square off at welterweight. Nasrat Haqparast (10-2) and Marc Diakiese (12-2) begin the main card with an exciting lightweight clash.

The afternoon wraps with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW at 5:00 PM ET, as Fitzgerald, Evans and Florian recap the fights and Androl interviews the winners.

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 all updates throughout the #UFCHamburg fights this Sunday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FS1 and FOX Deportes streams. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSports.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 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
Saturday,

July 21

7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN FS1
Sunday,

July 22

11:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Sunday,

July 22

12:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

July 22

2:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SMITH FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

July 22

5:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

 

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Big Markets Step Up to the Plate and Deliver for FOX During Tuesday Night’s MLB All-Star Game

MLB’s All-Star Event Remains on Top as Most-Watched All-Star Event in All of Sports

89th Midsummer Classic is Most Streamed MLB All-Star Game Ever

Washington, D.C. – Major League Baseball’s brightest stars put on a show Tuesday night from Washington, D.C., as the American League outslugged the National League on their way to an 8-6 victory in an exciting game that featured 10 home runs and went 10 innings from Nationals Park. MLB’s Midsummer Classic remains the highest-rated and most-watched all-star event in all of sports.

The contest delivered a combined 8,849,000 viewers across FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX’s streaming services. Last night’s All-Star Game on FOX registered a 5.2/11 household rating/share with 8.7 million viewers, according to national figures released by Nielsen Media Research.

On FOX’s streaming services, last night’s game delivered an average minute audience of 91,000 and 254,000 unique streamers making it the most streamed MLB All-Star Game ever. The average minute audience figure is up an impressive +84% over last year’s All-Star Game (vs. 49,000) from Marlins Park in Miami and is up +23% compared to FOX Sports’ 2017 American League Divisional Series average (74,000).

Chicago showed the biggest year-over-year growth for the All-Star Game, up an astounding +60% (9.6/18 vs. 6.0/11). The home market of Washington, D.C. scored its best rating since 2001 with a +21% jump over 2017 (9.3/18 vs. 7.7/15). Other markets showing year-over-year growth include:

  • Philadelphia, +32% (6.6/12 vs. 5.0/9)
  • Seattle, +24% (5.6/13 vs. 4.5/10)
  • Atlanta, +23% (6.4/12 vs. 5.2/9)
  • Los Angeles, +16% (7.9/15 vs. 6.8/14)
  • Boston, +11% (7.3/14 vs. 6.6/13)
  • Baltimore, +7% (7.4/13 vs. 6.9/12).

For the first half of the season, the MLB on FOX is up +10% compared to the same point in 2017 (2,524,000 vs. 2,292,000).