Fox Sports has had a very busy week. While Big XII Media Day was shown on regional affiliates in Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Midwest, it was FSN that did all the coverage for Big 12 Digital Network. They've also had multiple baseball games, and the week will end with a bang, especially for the main FOX Sports. MLB on FOX, UFC on FOX, and the Gold Cup Championship between the US and Mexico will certainly keep people entertained this weekend. Below is the Media Release outlining these events, and more, from Fox Sports Media Groups.
FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
World Flyweight Championship on the Line - FOX UFC SATURDAY at 8:00 PM ET
Four-Bout Card Features Johnson/Moraga Title Match;
Carmouche Battles Andrade in Women’s Bantamweight Division
Cardinals/Braves Meet in Atlanta; Dodgers Take on A’s in Oakland; Mets Battle Nats in
D.C. Highlight MLB on FOX Saturday at 2:30 PM ET
Gold Cup Semifinals Tonight, Final LIVE on FOX Sunday at 3:30 PM ET
FOX College Football Analysts Weight In from Media Days
FLORIAN PREDICTS: JOHNSON TOO FAST, WILL RETAIN UFC BELT AT FOX UFC SATURDAY – This Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight title is on the line at FOX UFC SATURDAY: JOHNSON VS. MORAGA, where current belt holder Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (17-2-1) faces off against No. 1 contender John Moraga (13-1-0), LIVE in primetime Saturday, July 27 (8:00 PM ET) on FOX. UFC TONIGHT’s Kenny Florian believes that Johnson’s speed will be the difference in the fight. “Demetrious Johnson is so fast, and makes himself faster with the feints and the variety of his strikes. He’s able to confuse guys and he adjusts. His pace will be too hard to match and he’ll keep the belt,” said Florian. Prior to the title fight, FOX Sports features Canadian phenom Rory MacDonald (14-1-0) against knockout artist Jake Ellenberger (29-6-0) in a clash of welterweight contenders, and “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (20-9-0, 1NC) battles Bobby Voelker (24-9-0) in another 170-pound matchup. Plus, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Liz Carmouche (7-3-0) tackles talented newcomer Jessica Andrade (9-2-0). UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan call all bouts on FOX Sports including preliminary matches airing live on FX beginning at 5:00 PM ET. Host Jon Anik, Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann offer analysis for preliminary bouts on FX, with host Curt Menefee, Stann and Sonnen handling analysis for fights on FOX Sports.
RECENTLY RETIRED UFC FIGHTER STANN JOINS ANALYST TEAM FOR FOX UFC SATURDAY SHOWS – Over the past year, UFC middleweight fighter Brian Stann (12-6-0) divided his time between fighting and working as an analyst on the FOX Sports and FUEL TV coverage of UFC fights. After recently announcing his retirement, Stann picks up the mic again for the FOX UFC SATURDAY weigh-in show, which airs live on FUEL TV Friday, July 26 (7:00 PM ET). He joins host Jon Anik, and current UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen as an analyst. He’ll also serve the same role on Saturday, July 27 (10:00 PM ET) for the FUEL TV UFC postfight show, where he, host Anik and Sonnen break down the biggest and best moments of the evening, live from KeyArena. In addition to his UFC analyst roles, Stann calls ACC college football games for FOX Sports South this fall.
NL’S BEST TAKE CENTERSTAGE ON FOX – Fresh off a successful All-Star Game, the FOX
SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK returns Saturday, July 27 (2:30 PM ET) with three
exciting matchups. Each sporting powerful outfield bats such as Carlos Beltran, Matt Holiday, Jason
Heyward and Justin Upton, the Cardinals-Braves matchup can expect fireworks in Atlanta. Joe Buck,
Eric Karros and Ken Rosenthal call the action from Turner Field in Atlanta, GA. Out west, both the A’s
and Dodgers have rebounded from slow starts to lead the AL and NL West divisions as they meet in
Oakland. NL East rivals meet as the Nationals host David Wright and the Mets.
Coverage begins with the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL PREGAME SHOW originating live from MLB
Network’s state-of-the-art Studio 3 in Secaucus, NJ. This week, longtime FOX Sports and MLB Network
broadcaster Matt Vasgersian is joined by analysts Kevin Millar and Dan Plesac.
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GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV.
St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves* Joe Buck, Eric Karros, & Ken Rosenthal 57%
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Mobile, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Julio Teheran, RHP (7-5, 3.25 ERA)
*On FOX Deportes
Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Atheltics Thom Brennaman & Eric Byrnes 21%
O.co Coliseum – Oakland, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle
Probable Pitchers: Joe Blanton, RHP (2-13, 5.66 ERA) vs. Tommy Milone, LHP (8-8, 4.18 ERA)
New York Mets at Washington Nationals Kenny Albert & Tom Verducci 21%
Nationals Park – Washington, D.C.
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albany, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Hartford, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Providence, Richmond, Washington
Probable Pitchers: Dillon Gee, RHP (7-7, 4.07 ERA) vs. Dan Haren, RHP (4-11, 5.79 ERA)
ROSENTHAL: A-ROD SAGA MULTI-LAYERED, LAWYERED – After the news of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun’s suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, many questions have arisen in the continued saga of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. MLB on reporter and FOXSports.com featured columnist Ken Rosenthal explored these questions in his latest column. “If you had to bet, which would you say Alex Rodriguez stands a better chance of doing? Returning to form as a healthy player for the New York Yankees, or avoiding a monstrous suspension from baseball?” Rosenthal writes. “How all this turns out is anyone’s guess; two days ago, few would have predicted that Braun would accept a 65-game suspension. But Rodriguez clearly faces long odds, in both his physical battle to revive his career and his legal battle with baseball.”
For more from Rosenthal on the many legal aspects of Rodriguez’ future, click here: http://bit.ly/1bLTEvD
CONCACAF GOLD CUP SEMIFINALS: USA VS. HONDURAS, PANAMA VS. MEXICO ON FOX SOCCER TONIGHT – FINAL ON FOX SUNDAY – FOX Soccer presents a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal doublehealder LIVE TONIGHT at 6:30 PM ET from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX beginning with coverage of the USMNT taking on Honduras and Panama facing Mexico. Play-by-play announcer JP Delacammera teams up with analyst Cobi Jones to call US-Honduras, while John Strong and Keith Costigan combine to call Panama-Mexico. The semifinal winners meet in the final on Sunday, July 28 (3:30 PM ET) live on FOX. Gus Johnson calls the action live from Chicago’s Soldier Field, alongside US Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda. Rob Stone hosts all pregame, halftime and postgame coverage with analyst Warren Barton, US Soccer's all-time leader in appearances, Cobi Jones and former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Heather MItts.
ONE POINT DIVIDES TOP MOTOCROSS RACERS WITH FOUR STOPS LEFT - The world’s best motocross racers head to Red Bull Spring Creek National in Millville, MN. for round 9 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. While Ryan Villopoto has extended his lead to a comfortable 47 points over Ryan Dungey in the 450 Class, the 250 Class has taken all the attention as only one point separates frontrunner Ken Roczen (356 points) over challenger Eli Tomac (355). After a first-place finish at the last stop, Tomac is putting the pressure on Roczen. Through eight rounds, Tomac holds the most victories of the season with three, surpassing Roczen's two overall wins. FUEL TV telecasts the first round motos of the Red Bull Spring Creek National on Saturday, July 27 (1:00 PM ET).
GEORGE: RB’S TO LEAD BIG 12 – While attending the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas this week, FOX
Sports college football analyst Eddie George discussed the two things that stood out to him about the
conference: its lack of quarterback experience and its strength at the running back position. “From Texas
Tech to Kansas, they all have a running back they can rely on, and that’s what makes it really intriguing
to see who’s going to step up to the forefront and take the Big 12. Top to bottom, there’s not a lot of
separation. It’s always been an exciting conference to watch, but really more so because of the lack of
experience at the quarterback position.”
To listen to more from George’s appearance Big 12 Media Days, click here: http://bit.ly/18DhJUZ
KLATT: TCU IS BIG 12 FAVORITE – Also at Big 12 Media Days, FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt
explained why he thinks TCU is an early favorite for the conference championship. “For me this year, the
best quarterback in the conference is Casey Pachall. He’s done it before, he’s proven himself, and if he
can get himself somewhat good between the ears, TCU is a team that’s going to walk away with this
conference title. They have the best defense, the best defensive player, and the best quarterback. And
that equates to a conference championship.”
To listen to more from Klatt’s appearance Big 12 Media Days, click here: http://bit.ly/14IxR56