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ESPN Caribbean Highlights - August 2013


ESPN Caribbean Network Highlights for August 2014

TENNIS - ATP World Tour plus Grand Slam tennis: the US Open

In August: more coverage on ESPN of top-flight men's tennis from the ATP World Tour plus the season's final Grand Slam

Continuing in August is ESPN's LIVE season coverage of men's tennis with coverage from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 with the Rogers Cup from Toronto, Canada and the Western & Southern Open from Cincinnati, Ohio, plus the season's final Grand Slam, the US Open. Last year's US Open saw Spain's Rafael Nadal defeat Serbia's Novak Djokovic to claim his 13th Grand Slam, while on the women's side it was U.S. pro Serena Williams defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus for her fifth US Open singles title.

This month's Masters 1000 events in 2013 spotlighted Nadal's resurgence as he claimed his 25th Masters 1000 crown in Montreal (which alternates hosting the Canadian event with Toronto) over hometown favorite Milos Raonic, and then went on to claim No. 26 over U.S. pro John Isner in Cincinnati. Nadal and Djokovic remain potent powers on the ATP Tour, joined by the Swiss duo of veteran Roger Federer and rising star Stanislas Wawrinka (the latter the reigning Australian Open champion), and other major talents from Spain's David Ferrer and Czech talent Tomas Berdych to Great Britain's Andy Murray.

ESPN presents LIVE coverage airing throughout the month, with final rounds from the US Open airing in September.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Aug 04 11:00am Rogers Cup - Men's First Round
Aug 05 11:00am Rogers Cup - Men's First Round/Second Round
Aug 06 11:00am Rogers Cup - Men's Second Round
Aug 06 06:30pm Rogers Cup -Men's Second Round
Aug 07 11:00am Rogers Cup - Men's Round of 16
Aug 07 06:30pm Rogers Cup - Men's Round of 16
Aug 08 01:00pm Rogers Cup - Men's Quarterfinals
Aug 08 07:00pm Rogers Cup - Men's Quarterfinals
Aug 09 03:00pm Rogers Cup - Men's Semifinal #1
Aug 09 08:00pm Rogers Cup Men's Semifinal #2
Aug 10 03:00pm Rogers Cup - Men's Final
Aug 11 11:00am Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's First Round
Aug 11 08:30pm Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's First Round
Aug 12 11:00am Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's First Rd/Second Rd
Aug 12 07:30pm Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's First Rd/Second Rd
Aug 13 11:00am Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Second Round
Aug 13 07:30pm Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Second Round
Aug 14 11:00am Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Round of 16
Aug 14 07:00pm Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Round of 16
Aug 15 11:00am Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Quarterfinals
Aug 15 07:00pm Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Quarterfinals
Aug 16 01:00pm Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Semifinals
Aug 17 12:30pm Western & Southern Open-Cincinnati - Men's Finals
Aug 25 01:00pm US Open - First Round
Aug 25 06:00pm US Open - First Round
Aug 25 07:00pm US Open - First Round
Aug 26 01:00pm US Open - First Round
Aug 26 06:00pm US Open - First Round
Aug 26 07:00pm US Open - First Round
Aug 27 01:00pm US Open - Men's First Round/Women's Second Round
Aug 27 06:00pm US Open - Men's First Round/Women's Second Round
Aug 27 07:00pm US Open - Men's First Round/Women's Second Round
Aug 28 01:00pm US Open - Second Round
Aug 28 06:00pm US Open - Second Round
Aug 28 07:00pm US Open - Second Round
Aug 29 01:00pm US Open - Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round
Aug 29 06:00pm US Open - Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round
Aug 29 07:00pm US Open - Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round
Aug 30 12:00pm US Open
Aug 30 07:00pm US Open
Aug 31 12:00pm US Open
Aug 31 07:00pm US Open

CRICKET - the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 (CPLT20)

See the best Caribbean cricket talents in action with the Limacol CPLT20 on ESPN.

Following last year's hugely successful inaugural tournament, the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 (CPLT20) is back, primed to thrill fans with high-intensity T20 cricket and certain to deliver a tournament that will be even bigger and better than the first. The tournament kicked off in Grenada on July 11 when the Guyana Amazon Warriors, finalists in last year's event, took on the Antigua Hawksbills, and continues through to the semifinals and final airing this month on ESPN.

The tournament features six top teams - including Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors and holders Jamaica Tallawahs, winners of last year's inaugural tournament - and boasts a lineup of global cricketing stars led by the Tallawahs' Chris Gayle, Barbados Tridents' Kieron Pollard and Trinidad and Tobago's Dwayne Bravo. See a replay of last year's final as the Jamaica Tallawahs take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors on the 2nd.

ESPN features highlights of matches airing throughout the Limacol CPLT20 tournament, with full match coverage of the Semifinals and Final airing on short-turnaround August 13, 14 and 16. Coverage airs taped or on short-turnaround.

Aug 1 01:00pm CPLT20 - Red Steel vs. St. Lucia Zouks
Aug 1 08:00pm CPLT20 - Jamaica Tallawahs vs. Antigua Hawksbills
Aug 2 01:00pm CPLT20 - St. Lucia Zouks vs. Barbados Tridents
Aug 2 10:00pm CPLT20 - Jamaica Tallawahs vs. Guyana Amazon Warriors
Aug 2 11:00pm CPLT20 - St. Lucia Zouks vs. Red Steel
Aug 3 07:00pm CPLT20 - Jamaica Tallawahs vs. Barbados Tridents
Aug 4 08:00pm CPLT20 - St. Lucia Zouks vs. Antigua Hawksbills
Aug 8 10:00am CPLT20 - Guyana Amazon Warriors vs. Antigua Hawksbills
Aug 8 11:00am CPLT20 - Red Steel vs. Barbados Tridents
Aug 9 10:00pm CPLT20 - Jamaica Tallawahs vs. St. Lucia Zouks
Aug 9 11:00pm CPLT20 - Antigua Hawksbills vs. Red Steel
Aug 10 09:00pm CPLT20 - Guyana Amazon Warriors vs. St. Lucia Zouks
Aug 11 07:30pm CPLT20 - Barbados Tridents vs. Jamaica Tallawahs
Aug 13 07:30pm CPLT20 - Semifinal #1 (S)
Aug 14 07:30pm CPLT20 - Semifinal #2 (S)
Aug 16 07:30pm CPLT20 - Final (S)
Coverage airs on (S) Short-turnaround or Taped

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) - Preseason Games and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

American football returns with Preseason NFL games airing LIVE on ESPN

American football remains a fan favorite worldwide, combining rough and tumble action with skill, strategy and lots of sweat. ESPN has all the National Football League (NFL) action with coverage airing LIVE all season, opening in August with preseason games including the Washington Redskins taking on the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars (this game airing LIVE on ESPN2).

Among professional sports leagues, the NFL is known for its parity. Preseason favorites always exist - among this season's are the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the runners-up, the Denver Broncos, not to mention the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots - but every season is unpredictable. Favorites fall, unexpected challengers rise, and every week of the season dishes up a new surprise.

Coverage of the NFL airs LIVE all season on ESPN. Don't miss a play with preseason action airing in August  featured on the 18th at 8:00pm is the Washington Redskins hosting the Cleveland Browns LIVE - followed by the official kickoff to the regular season in September.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - LIVE

ESPN also features LIVE coverage on August 2 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. This prestigious event yearly honors a group of NFL players who will take their place alongside some of the greatest to ever play the game. The Class of 2014 features seven legends - Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams - who will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Enshrinement Ceremony airs LIVE on ESPN at 7:00pm on August 2 from Canton's Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.


Fans can't get enough golf in August with ESPN's LIVE coverage of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and The Barclays

August features continuing LIVE coverage on ESPN of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, the year's last stop on the prestigious World Golf Championships series, as well action from The Barclays, the first of four season-ending playoff events. Last year's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational saw Tiger Woods win his 79th Tour event by seven shots, taking the tournament for the eighth time to match his own record for wins in a single tournament.

Now that the PGA Tour has moved to a wrap-around schedule, August also sees the arrival of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which open with The Barclays this month and continue with the Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to wrap the season and crown the new FedEx Cup champion. Australia's Adam Scott is the defending champion at The Barclays, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson is the defending FedEx Cup champion.

ESPN's coverage this month of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and The Barclays airs LIVE.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
July 31 02:00pm WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - First Round
Aug 01 02:00pm WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Second Round
Aug 02 02:00pm WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Third Round
Aug 03 02:00pm WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Final Round
Aug 21 02:00pm The Barclays - First Round
Aug 22 02:00pm The Barclays - Second Round
Aug 23 03:00pm The Barclays - Third Round Part 2
Aug 24 03:00pm The Barclays - Final Round Part 2

MOTOR SPORTS - Verizon IndyCar Series, MotoGP, NHRA Drag Racing and AMA Pro Motocross

Another IndyCar season wraps with coverage on ESPN of the season's final races

The Verizon IndyCar Series wraps another electric season this month with coverage on ESPN of the season's final races. Coverage this month airs from The Milwaukee Mile and Sonoma Raceway, with ESPN2 featuring action from Mid-Ohio and Fontana. With a strong lineup of skilled international drivers, a renewed focus on innovation and challenging racing on oval, street and road courses, the IndyCar Series has never been better.

As the season rounds the last bend, Australia's Will Power, Brazil's Helio Castroneves and 2012 series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of the U.S. appear to be the drivers to beat. Power was on three podiums in a row midseason, winning the first race in Detroit, taking second at the next, and finishing number two to Ed Carpenter in Texas. Hunter-Reay turned in a brilliant performance at the Indianapolis 500, with Castroneves and Marco Andretti also finishing on the podium.

ESPN presents season coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series airing LIVE, on short-turnaround and taped.

Aug 17 03:30pm ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 - West Allis, WI (L)
Aug 24 09:00pm GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma - Sonoma, CA (S)
(L) Live; (S) Short-turnaround
NOTE: the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio and MAVTV 500 in Fontana air on ESPN2

ESPN continues its LIVE coverage of MotoGP in August with stops in the U.S., the Czech Republic and Great Britain

Grand Prix motorcycle racing continues LIVE on ESPN in August as MotoGP lands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in the U.S., followed by stops in Brno in the Czech Republic and Silverstone in Great Britain. Despite its more than 100-year history, MotoGP only arrived at the famed IMS in 2008, where it uses the main straight of the famous oval circuit before heading off through the speedway's interior. Brno is popular with both fans and riders, putting riders to the test on rolling hills and fast corners, while Silverstone remains one of the most prestigious venues dedicated to motor sports.

What more can be said about Spanish rider Marc Márquez that hasn't already been said? After becoming the first rookie in MotoGP World Championship history to win six premier class race wins on his way to the title last season, the champion launched 2014 by winning the season's first seven races. His top challengers - countrymen Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo and the Italian duo of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso - know they better move fast if they hope to keep the championship in play.

ESPN and ESPN2 present full coverage, airing LIVE, on short-turnaround or taped, of the 18-race MotoGP season. Coverage this month airs LIVE.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Aug 10 12:00pm Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug 17 06:00am bwin Grand Prix eské Republiky - Brno Circuit Aug 31 06:00am Hertz British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit

Color, speed and lots of flash - NHRA Drag Racing continues on ESPN

Drag racing is a spectacle unlike any other, melding speed and colorful dragsters with cutting-edge engineering and ingenuity. ESPN has all the fuel-injected action with season coverage from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 18-race regular season wraps in early September at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, which means this month's racing is key to claiming a berth in the Countdown to the Championship, the season's last six races to determine this year's champions.

Top Fuel and Funny Car, the two most popular divisions, always feature intense, passionate racing and this year has been no exception. Past Top Fuel champions - among them 2013 winner Shawn Langdon, 2012 top dog Antron Brown and seven-time champion Tony Schumacher - and tough Doug Kalitta are keeping the division at full boil, while Funny Car has seen veteran star and defending series champion John Force locked in battle with Robert Hight, the 2009 champion, and dangerous up-and-comer Alexis De Joria.

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

Aug 03 08:00pm O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals - Seattle, WA
Aug 17 09:00pm Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals - Brainerd, MN
Races air on Short-turnaround

High-flying AMA Pro Motocross continues on ESPN

August features coverage on ESPN of the season's final races from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, a showcase for the most talented riders in the sport. In this hugely-competitive series, riders need strength and endurance, not to mention speed and lots of skill, to get to the top. The schedule in 2014 has included many traditional stops - among them this month's Unadilla - as well as new venues like Indiana.

With reigning 450 Class champion Ryan Villopoto missing the season due to injury, his main rivals have all stepped-up. Leading the charge are Ryan Dungey, last year's runner-up and the 450 Class champion in 2010 and 2012; James Stewart, who notched a perfect season in 2008 and is looking to get back on top; and two international talents, Germany's speedy Ken Roczen and Australia's Chad Reed, the latter the winner of the 2009 title.

ESPN presents season coverage, airing LIVE and on short-turnaround, of the 12-round season running May to August. One-hour highlight programs air weekly, day/time varies.

Aug 10 01:00am Unadilla National - New Berlin, NY (S)
Aug 16 10:30pm Indiana National - Crawfordsville, IN (S)
Aug 23 10:00pm Utah National - Tooele, UT (S)
(S) Short-turnaround


English football returns with EPL coverage airing all season on ESPN

England's top level of football, the Barclays Premier League, returns to ESPN in August for another season of great action from one of Europe's toughest leagues. While at one point it appeared that Arsenal would finally break through for the top prize (not to be), or that Liverpool would claim their first league title in 24 years (also not to be), in the end it was gritty Manchester City finishing ahead of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to claim their second league title in the past three years.

Don't miss a goal with ESPN's weekend coverage of the English Premier League airing all season, LIVE and on short-turnaround. NOTES: A second match is featured each week, time TBD. Select games from England's Second Division also air throughout the season. Games not available to cruise lines; matches airing on short-turnaround/taped on ESPN Caribbean will air LIVE on ESPN2 Caribbean.

*Schedule: LIVE coverage
Aug 16 09:55am Barclays Premier League
Aug 23 07:40am Barclays Premier League
Aug 30 11:00pm Barclays Premier League (S)
*NOTE: English Premier League not available to cruise lines.
(S) Short-turnaround

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

All the top European leagues are on ESPN with weekend coverage airing from Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands

The wait is over, as all the top European leagues kick off the new season in August. ESPN's season coverage spotlights four of the best: the Spanish Primera División, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and Dutch First Division.

The Spanish Primera División is known for an exciting, fast-paced brand of football that never disappoints. Last season saw upstart Atlético de Madrid push the league's two recognized powers, Real Madrid and Barcelona, off their championship perch. The title came down to the last day of the season, a match between Atléti and Barça for all the marbles, and Atlético held on to claim their first league title in 18 years. It doesn't get much better than that.

Italian Serie A continues to be one of Europe's most renowned leagues, boasting a long and storied history on the world football stage. Last season saw Juventus claim a third straight "scudetto" in dominating fashion, beating out second-place AS Roma by a whopping 17 points for the title. Roma enjoyed their best ever start in Seria A history, notching 10 wins in a row and 24 goals scored, but in the end it was only good enough for second place in the final standings. There's always this year...

There's pretty much general agreement that the German Bundesliga is currently one of the best leagues on the planet. Defending champions Bayern Munich just break record after record, last season winning the fastest-ever Bundesliga title, wrapping things up by late March. At that point they'd gone undefeated in 52 Bundesliga games. The record reached 53 before mid-table Augsburg brought it to an end in early April. Still, championship #24 clearly felt good for Bayern, and they return with #25 in their sights.

Fast and physical football from the Netherlands returns as well this month, as the Dutch First Division opens the new season. As one of the most highly-attended leagues in all of Europe, Dutch football holds a cherished place in many a fans heart. Last season saw famed Ajax take a fourth consecutive title, number 33 overall, although top rival Feyenoord wasn't far off the pace.

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


Airing LIVE on ESPN: the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game

Major League Soccer (MLS), the top professional soccer league in the U.S., continues on ESPN in August, headlined by the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, hosted by the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field and airing LIVE on ESPN on August 6. The MLS All-Stars will face one of the giants in world football as they take on Germany's Bayern Munich, the 2013 European champions and reigning Bundesliga champions.

Bayern currently boast a lineup of international superstars, among them France's Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, along with German national team stalwarts like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller. This marks the first time the best of MLS take on a German Bundesliga side in the league's summer showcase, but the MLS All-Stars boast a 5-3-1 record against international competition and are certain to put on a rousing show for the fans.

ESPN's coverage of Major League Soccer airs all season, LIVE and on short-turnaround.

Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
Aug 06 09:30pm 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game: MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich
Aug 10 10:30pm Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo


The Lynx host the Sky to close the regular season, followed by the WNBA Playoffs tipping off LIVE on ESPN

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) wraps another stellar season this month as the regular season draws to a close, followed by the tipoff to the WNBA Playoffs beginning on August 21. ESPN has all the action, opening with a final regular season matchup as the defending champion Minnesota Lynx host the Chicago Sky, home to 2013 Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne. The Lynx have represented the West in the WNBA Finals in each of the past three years, winning it all in 2011 and 2013. Top rivals this season include Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury as well as reigning league MVP Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks.

In the East, many wonder if this will be the year the Atlanta Dream finally hoist the championship trophy. Last year saw scoring star Angel McCoughtry lead the Dream to their third conference title in six years of existence, but they haven't yet won it all. The Indiana Fever, meanwhile, won their first and only title when they defeated the Lynx in 2012, leaving star Tamika Catchings and company hungry for another WNBA Championship.

Coverage of the WNBA airs all season on ESPN, LIVE or on short-turnaround, with August featuring the tipoff to the 2014 WNBA Playoffs. Stay tuned in September for more playoff coverage, followed by the WNBA Finals to crown a new league champion.

Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
Aug 8 01:00am Minnesota Lynx vs. Chicago Sky (S)
Aug 21 09:00pm WNBA Playoffs - Conference Semifinal, Game 1
Aug 24 07:00pm WNBA Playoffs - Conference Semifinal, Game 2
(S) Short-turnaround

CYCLING - La Vuelta a España

Top-flight bicycle racing from Europe airs LIVE on ESPN with coverage from the famed Vuelta a España

August has LIVE coverage on ESPN from one of the most respected bicycle races on the planet, La Vuelta a España. This prestigious event yearly attracts skilled international teams who will cover a total distance of 3,181.5 kilometers (before ratification) of gorgeous Spanish towns, mountains and countryside in 2014. This year's event opens August 23 in Jerez de la Frontera and wraps on September 14 in Santiago de Compostela, the final destination on the famed Camino de Santiago.

Now in its 69th edition, this year's La Vuelta features 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's coverage features LIVE daily coverage airing at 10:00am (1:00pm on the 23rd) and wrapping on September 14. Catch daily 30-minute highlight programs throughout La Vuelta airing late afternoon or late night.


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.


Step in the ring with ESPN and Friday Night Fights

Strength, speed, reflexes, endurance. Boxing has it all, as does ESPN's boxing program Friday Night Fights, the show of choice for fans of the sweet science. FNF spotlights live championship bouts starring the sport's top-ranked contenders, features news and information, chats with in-studio guests, clips of classic fight footage and more.

Friday Night Fights airs LIVE on ESPN on select Friday evenings throughout the month, in August on the 1st, 15th and 22nd.


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.