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Updated: 1 September 2014, 20:59 EDT

ESPN Caribbean Highlights - August 2013

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ESPN Caribbean Network Highlights for September 2014

September is a big month on ESPN with CLT20 Cricket and more US Open Tennis, plus the kickoff to the NFL regular season, motor sports with NHRA Drag Racing, world football with the Europa League, Euro 2016 Qualifiers and more action from England, Spain, MLS and beyond, the WNBA Finals and more...

CRICKET - Champions League Twenty20

India hosts the sixth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 with LIVE coverage airing on ESPN

The world's premier domestic T20 competition, the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), is back in September for a sixth edition to be hosted by India. Airing LIVE on ESPN in September and October, the CLT20 is the world's richest club cricket tournament and yearly spotlights some of the best domestic T20 teams including the champions from the West Indies, India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, with the Pakistan T20 champion also participating in this edition.

Last year's event saw India's Mumbai Indians defeat the Rajasthan Royals, another top Indian team, to take their second CLT20 title in the past three years. Other past champions include Australia's Sydney Sixers (2012), India's Chennai Super Kings (2010) and the New South Wales Blues of Australia, who took the inaugural event in 2009. The West Indies representative will be the Caribbean Premier League winner, crowned in mid August.

Don't miss ESPN's LIVE coverage of these top-flight domestic T20 teams as they vie for the most prestigious prize in domestic cricket. Coverage opens in September with group stage matches and continues in October, closing with the Semifinals and Final. NOTE: Times subject to change.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Sept 13, 14, 16 06:20 & 10:20am CLT20
Sept 17, 18, 19 10:20am CLT20
Sept 20, 21 06:20 & 10:20am CLT20
Sept 22, 23, 24, 25 10:20am CLT20
Sept 26, 27, 28 06:20 & 10:20am CLT20
Sept 29 10:20am CLT20
Sept 30 06:20 & 10:20am CLT20
Coverage airs LIVE; Times subject to change

TENNIS - Grand Slam tennis: the US Open

The season's final Grand Slam - the US Open - continues LIVE on ESPN

September features more top-flight tennis with continuing coverage of the season's last Grand Slam tournament, the US Open. Started more than 130 years ago, the US Open has evolved from a men's only tournament into a two-week sports and entertainment extravaganza that attracts more than 700,000 fans to Flushing, N.Y., and many millions more who tune in worldwide.

Last year saw Spain's Rafael Nadal defeat Serbia's Novak Djokovic to claim his 13th Grand Slam and move to No. 3 on the all-time list. Nadal and Djokovic remain dangerous challengers - and top rivals for the yearend No. 1 ranking - joined by the Swiss duo of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, Czech pro Tomas Berdych and Spain's David Ferrer. For the women, last year it was U.S. pro Serena Williams - at the age of nearly 32 - defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus for her 17th Grand Slam title.

Coverage on ESPN of the US Open airs LIVE, continuing with the Round of 16 and closing with the Women's Final (September 7) and Men's Final (September 8).

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Sept 1 12:00pm US Open - Round of 16
Sept 1 07:00pm US Open - Round of 16
Sept 2 11:00am US Open - Men's Round of 16 / Women's Quarterfinals
Sept 2 07:00pm US Open Men's Round of 16 / Women's Quarterfinals
Sept 3 12:00pm US Open - Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
Sept 3 06:00pm US Open - Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
Sept 3 07:00pm US Open Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
Sept 4 12:00pm US Open - Men's Quarterfinal / Men's Doubles Semifinal
Sept 4 08:00pm US Open - Men's Quarterfinal
Sept 5 02:00pm US Open - Women's Semifinals
Sept 6 12:00pm US Open - Men's Semifinals
Sept 7 12:30pm US Open - Men's Doubles Championship
Sept 7 04:30pm US Open - Women's Final
Sept 8 05:00pm US Open - Men's Final

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL)

Don't miss a play - season coverage of the NFL airing LIVE on ESPN

The road to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona officially kicks off this month with the start of ESPN's season coverage of the National Football League (NFL). Last season saw the Seattle Seahawks - a fast, deep, young, very skilled team - give the Denver Broncos a shellacking, dominating one of the best offenses in the NFL for a 43-8 win and their first Super Bowl championship. Even so, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning can take some consolation in setting NFL records in passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) en route to his fifth MVP award.

Both Seattle and Denver return favored in the new season, joined by the San Francisco 49ers, veteran talent Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints, led by another of the NFL's seasoned quarterbacks, Drew Brees. Top games this month include the Broncos hosting Peyton's old team, the Indianapolis Colts; the 49ers taking on the Chicago Bears; the Saints in action against the Dallas Cowboys; and, to close the month, Brady and the Patriots facing the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coverage of the NFL airs LIVE all season on ESPN.

Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
Sept 7 08:15pm Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sept 9 01:00am Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants (S)
Sept 14 08:15pm San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears
Sept 15 08:25pm Indianapolis Colts vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sept 21 08:15pm Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sept 22 08:30pm New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears
Sept 28 08:15pm Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints
Sept 29 08:30pm Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots
(S) Short-turnaround

MOTOR SPORTS - NHRA Drag Racing

Legendary John Force continues his pursuit of a 17th Funny Car crown - don't miss a moment with ESPN's continuing coverage of NHRA Drag Racing

Speed, multicolored dragsters, high-tech engineering and all the adrenaline a speed demon could want - ESPN's season coverage of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has it all. September features the last event from the 18-race regular season, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (airing on ESPN2), plus the first three events from the six-race playoffs, the Countdown to the Championship. Only the top 10 drivers advance to the final segment of the playoffs, vying over the season's final six races for world championships in the major divisions.

The two most popular divisions, Top Fuel and Funny Car, have not disappointed this season. Reigning Funny Car champion John Force - a legend on the tracks and off as he pursues a record 17th world championship - has Robert Hight, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson to contend with, while Top Fuel is shaping up as a tight race between Doug Kalitta, Antron Brown, Shawn Langdon and Spencer Massey, with the talented Tony Schumacher deep in the fray.

ESPN's season coverage of the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series includes both qualifying (generally on Saturday evenings) and race day action; final eliminations are featured at each stop. Races air on short-turnaround.

Schedule:
Sept 15 03:00pm NHRA Carolina Nationals - Charlotte, NC
Sept 22 04:00pm AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals - Dallas, TX
Sept 28 04:00pm AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals - St. Louis, MO
Races air on Short-turnaround

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

ESPN's coverage of the EPL continues LIVE weekly

The Barclays Premier League, the top level of football in England, continues on ESPN with LIVE coverage of 1-2 matches per week. Last season featured the decline of a giant - Manchester United, still the historical kings of the EPL with 20 league titles - and the confirmation of their hated rivals, Manchester City, as one of the league's most solid challengers. Man City won their second league title in three years last season and there's no reason to think they won't again be topping the table in the new season.

Liverpool, who finished second last season, lost controversial but talented striker Luis Suárez to Spain's Barcelona in the offseason, but still have England's Daniel Sturridge, one of last year's top strikers, to lead the attack. Chelsea have added two big Spanish names to the lineup, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, making them an immediate threat, while Arsenal, winners of the last FA Cup, are certain to once again be in the mix.

ESPN's coverage of the English Premier League airs all season, LIVE and on short-turnaround, featuring 1-2 matches per week. NOTES: EPL not available to cruise lines; matches airing on short-turnaround/taped on ESPN Caribbean will air LIVE on ESPN2 Caribbean. Dates/times TBC closer to airdate.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

The UEFA Europa League, European football's second-tier club football championship, kicks off this month with Matchday #1 from the group stage. Last season delivered top-flight action, wrapping with Spain's Sevilla defeating their Iberian neighbor, Portugal's Benfica, 4-2 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

Seven teams automatically qualify for the group stage beginning this month, led by Sevilla, Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv, Italy's Fiorentina, Germany's Wolfsburg and England's Everton. The group stage features a total of 48 clubs, with these seven sides joined by the playoff winners and the ten losing teams from the UEFA Champions League playoffs.

ESPN's coverage of the UEFA Europa League airs LIVE and on short-turnaround throughout the competition.

Schedule:
Sept 18 03:00pm UEFA Europa League - Matchday #1 (L)
Sept 18 08:00pm UEFA Europa League - Matchday #1 (S)
Sept 18 11:00pm UEFA Europa League - Matchday #1 (S)
(L) Live; (S) Short-turnaround

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Euro 2016 Qualifying opens on ESPN

Excepting the World Cup, the UEFA European Championship is the most important event on the European football calendar, with coverage of Euro 2016 Qualifying kicking off on ESPN this month. A record field of 53 nations are drawn into nine groups of five or six teams, with hosts France joining the 23 qualifiers from this stage in the final tournament taking place in June-July 2016.

Following their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 victories, Spain continued its dominance of world football by winning Euro 2012, defeating Italy 4-0. But with Spain's early exit from World Cup 2014 and Germany's decisive victory over Argentina in the final still a recent memory, most believe a new era in European football has begun.

The 2016 event features a qualifying competition, playoffs, and a final tournament. Qualifying for the European Championship opens 7 September and continues until October 2015. Coverage on ESPN airs LIVE and on short-turnaround.

Schedule:
Sept 8 11:55am Euro 2016 Qualifier (L)
Sept 8 02:40pm Euro 2016 Qualifier (L)
Sept 9 11:55am Euro 2016 Qualifier (L)
Sept 9 02:40pm Euro 2016 Qualifier (L)
Sept 10 12:00pm Euro 2016 Qualifier (S)
Sept 11 12:00pm Euro 2016 Qualifier (S)
Sept 12 12:00pm Euro 2016 Qualifier (S)
(L) Live; (S) Short-turnaround

MORE INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - Spanish Primera División, Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga

ESPN's weekend coverage of the top European leagues continues with action from Spain, Italy and Germany.

The top European football leagues are in the spotlight every weekend on ESPN with season coverage from three of the most popular and entertaining: the Spanish Primera División, Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga.

The Spanish Primera División, better known as La Liga, is recognized as one of the strongest leagues in world football. Headlined by two of the biggest names in the sport - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Leo Messi - and with a supporting cast of skilled international players scattered throughout the league, a season of La Liga is never less than stellar.

Italian Serie A is Italy's top level of play, and as such remains a draw to fans and top players alike. Juventus won a third consecutive "scudetto" last season, but second-place finisher AS Roma should again be in the hunt, joined by Napoli - winners of the Coppa Italia over another possible challenger, Fiorentina - and two perennial contenders, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

The German Bundesliga is again expected to be led by Bayern Munich, who won the double last season by claiming the league title by 19 points over second-place finisher Borussia Dortmund, and winning the German Cup as well over the same rival. Bayern has been on an epic ride, and when it will end nobody knows...

Catch weekend football coverage from around Europe airing LIVE and on short-turnaround throughout the season on ESPN; dates/times TBC closer to airdate.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER (MLS)

The Red Bulls, D.C. United and the Galaxy - MLS continues LIVE on ESPN

Professional soccer from the U.S. continues LIVE on ESPN as Major League Soccer (MLS) shows once again the depth and skill of this constantly expanding league. With loyal fans across the U.S. and increasingly in other corners of the globe, MLS continues to grow, with teams in New York City and Orlando slated for the 2015 season, and a David Beckham-led expansion club in Miami on the radar for sometime after that.

By midseason, the Seattle Sounders - behind sharp play from striker Obafemi Martins and midfield star Clint Dempsey - were in charge in the Western Conference, with Real Salt Lake, the surprising Vancouver Whitecaps and the Colorado Rapids pushing to stay on pace. In the East, the New England Revolution and D.C. United have been making some noise, leaving Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls - not to mention holders Sporting Kansas City - playing catch up.

ESPN's coverage of Major League Soccer airs all season, LIVE and on short-turnaround, with September featuring LIVE coverage as French striker Thierry Henry leads the New York Red Bulls against D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
Sept 10 08:00pm New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
Sept 28 08:30pm Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (WNBA)

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) crowns a new champion this month with LIVE coverage on ESPN of the best-three-of-five WNBA Finals (with Game #1 airing on ESPN2). In the Western Conference, the defending champion Minnesota Lynx - who returned their core lineup that has represented the West in the Finals each of the past three years - jumped out to an early lead in the standings, while the Phoenix Mercury, arguably the deepest team in the league behind leader Diana Taurasi and rising star Brittney Griner, have stayed right in step. And don't forget reigning MVP Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks, a team hungry for a title.

The East promises to be a battle to the finish, with high-scoring Angel McCoughtry fronting a tough Atlanta Dream team which, following three conference titles in their six years of existence, appear poised to go all the way in 2014. Meanwhile, the Indiana Fever are again showing the sharp form that won them the WNBA title in 2012. The fun has just begun...

Coverage of the WNBA airs all season on ESPN, LIVE or on short-turnaround, with September featuring LIVE coverage of the WNBA Finals on ESPN and ESPN2.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Sept 9 08:00pm WNBA Finals -Game #2
Sept 12 08:00pm WNBA Finals -Game #3
Sept 14 05:30pm WNBA Finals -Game #4*
Sept 17 11:00pm WNBA Finals -Game #5* (S)
(S) Short-turnaround
*If necessary

CYCLING - La Vuelta a España

ESPN has continuing LIVE coverage in September of one of bicycle racing's most prestigious events, La Vuelta a España. A field of skilled international teams will eventually cover a total distance of around 3,181.5 kilometers as they pass through quaint Spanish towns, climb steep mountains and barrel over pristine countryside. This year's event opened August 23 in Jerez de la Frontera and wraps September 14 in Santiago de Compostela, the final destination on the famed Camino de Santiago.

Now celebrating its 69th edition, this year's La Vuelta has five flat stages, 13 hill and mountain stages - including 40 summits - and three time trials (one team and two individual) among the 21 stages. ESPN features LIVE daily coverage airing at 10:00am, with the event wrapping on September 14 at 1:00pm. Catch daily 30-minute highlight programs throughout La Vuelta airing late afternoon or late night.

ESPN FC

ESPN's roundtable talk show, ESPN FC, continues five days a week, Monday to Friday. Viewer email helps set the agenda as a variety of entertaining hosts - fronted by Tommy Smyth, Shaka Hislop and a top-flight lineup of world football experts - debate the game's hottest issues.

This popular program reviews weekend matches and previews upcoming mid-week action from the UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadores and other notable national/international matches. Also spotlighted are recaps of mid-week matches and previews of upcoming weekend matches, plus a weekly studio segment from the United Kingdom.

ESPN FC airs Monday to Friday at 7:00pm, joined by a Sunday program airing in the evening.

OLBERMANN

Uninhibited, unflinching and utterly unpredictable - join Keith Olbermann weeknights on ESPN

Late-night on ESPN recently got a bit spicier with the debut at the end of August of Olbermann, a late-night program focusing on the latest sports topics making news. A mix of interviews, highlights and panel discussions, blended with Keith Olbermann's unique perspective and insightful commentary, promises a show that is certain to be the topic of conversation around the water-cooler the following day.

Olbermann's colorful history includes a stint at ESPN back in the 1990s, followed by work at NBC, Fox and MSNBC, where he hosted a primetime political news program. With his distinctive personality, sophistication and saavy, Olbermann delivers a nightly hour of sports television that is thought-provoking and entertaining and never, ever dull. It is one hour of late-night sports programming not to be missed.

Olbermann airs weeknights at 11:00pm on ESPN.

NOTE: All TIMES EASTERN. ALL SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS.