SPRINT CUP COVERAGE
ESPN begins its coverage of the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with coverage of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 11 a.m. Sunday. The green flag is set for 12:19 p.m.
Three former Sprint Cup champions will be part of ESPN’s coverage, including lead analyst Dale Jarrett, the 1999 champion, who will work with two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree and lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth. “NASCAR Countdown” will feature analysis by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace with host Nicole Briscoe and additional analysis from NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty.
ESPN will televise qualifying at 1 p.m. Saturday and the Nationwide Series race at 3:50 p.m. Saturday.
CBS Sports has announced that it will broadcast Notre Dame vs. Navy from Landover, Md., at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 as part of a tripleheader that day. The other games are Air Force at Army at 10:30 a.m. and Florida vs. Georgia from Jacksonville, Fla., at 2:30 p.m.
MLB Network will have exclusive coverage of the Hall of Fame Ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., as Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre are inducted on Sunday. Coverage anchored by Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz will begin with “MLB Tonight” at 11 a.m. Sunday, including interviews by Bob Costas with all six electees, followed by the induction ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
Fox Sports 1 has an MLB doubleheader Saturday with Washington at Cincinnati at 3 p.m. (Kenny Albert and CJ Nitkowski) and Cleveland at Kansas City at 6 p.m. (Justin Kutcher and Rex Hudler). ESPN will air the L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco at 7 p.m. Sunday (Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Buster Olney).
Starting this week and continuing through Aug. 5, NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp Live” provides nine hours of live coverage each day beginning at 9 a.m. Over the course of 12 days, the program will offer more than 100 live reports and interviews from 30 analysts and reporters in the field. Rich Eisen, Chris Rose, Lindsay Rhodes and Andrew Siciliano host the coverage.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to San Jose, Calif., with a title elimination bout at 7 p.m. Saturday on Fox. No. 1-ranked welterweight Robbie Lawler (23-10, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) takes on No. 5-ranked Matt Brown (21-11, fighting out of Columbus, Ohio), with the winner earning a shot at champion, and former OSU wrestler, Johny Hendricks.
By Mel Bracht