*ESPN will offer its most extensive women's softball schedule this season, with more than 80 regular-season games scheduled across its networks. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to televise more than 40 games, and ESPN3 will carry more than 40 games. A record 17 matchups featuring two ranked teams will air on an ESPN network, including No. 10 Texas at No. 2 Oklahoma at 8 p.m. April 17 on ESPN2. The defending national champion Sooners will also play at No. 16 Baylor at 2 p.m. April 12, on ESPN. Analysts will be Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch, Amanda Scarborough, Cheri Kempf and Michele Smith, all of whom earned collegiate All-American honors. Play-by-play announcers will be Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Cara Capuano, Adam Amin, Holly Rowe, and Mark Neely.
* Gold medal alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, recovering from a knee injury, has joined NBC as an Olympic correspondent for the “Today” show and NBC Sports during the 2014 Winter Olympics.