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ESPN Caribbean Highlights - October 2013

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CRICKET - Champions League Twenty20 and West Indies Tour of India

The Champions League Twenty20 crowns a new champion with LIVE coverage continuing on ESPN

The Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) continues on ESPN in October, wrapping up the sixth edition of what is considered the most prestigious prize in domestic cricket. Mohali, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Raipur in India are hosting this year's edition, which opened on September 13 and wraps on October 4. The tournament has retained last year's format, with 12 teams vying for total prize money of $6 million.

As the world's richest club cricket tournament, this event spotlights the best domestic T20 teams in the sport. Leading the lineup is Barbados Tridents for the West Indies, winners of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League, who are joined by four teams from India, two each from Australia and South Africa and one each from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Don't miss ESPN's LIVE coverage wrapping this month with the Semifinals and Final. NOTE: Times subject to change.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Oct 2 06:20 & 10:20am CLT20 - Semifinals #1 & #2
Oct 4 10:20am CLT20 - Final
Coverage airs LIVE; Times subject to change

Also this month on ESPN: LIVE coverage from the West Indies Tour of India

In other cricket action, October also features the start of the West Indies Tour of India, where the West Indies will play three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I against one of the strongest sides in world cricket. This is the West Indies third tour to India in the last four years, and they'll be looking to play sharp and improve on past performances.

The five ODIs will be played October 8 to October 20 in various locations including Kochi, Kolkata and Dharamshala, followed by the only T20 October 22 in Delhi and the three tests, to be played in late October and continuing in November.

ESPN presents LIVE coverage opening October 8 and continuing in November, with one-hour highlight programs spotlighting the ODIs airing in the evening the same day as the event. NOTE: Times subject to change.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Oct 08 03:50am West Indies Tour of India
Oct 11 03:50am West Indies Tour of India
Oct 14 03:50am West Indies Tour of India
Oct 17 03:50am West Indies Tour of India
Oct 20 03:50am West Indies Tour of India
Oct 22 06:00am West Indies Tour of India
Oct 29 11:50pm West Indies Tour of India
Oct 30 11:50pm West Indies Tour of India
Oct 31 11:50pm West Indies Tour of India
NOTE: Times subject to change

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB)

MLB sprints toward home - catch LIVE coverage on ESPN of the MLB Playoffs followed by the "Big Show" itself, the World Series

Major League Baseball (MLB) crowns a new champion this month with LIVE coverage on ESPN of the MLB Playoffs followed by the season's biggest event, the World Series. The regular season was full of intrigue, with the battle for supremacy in the American League (AL) West between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels topping the headlines. Also deep in the AL mix are the Central's Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, as well as the East's impressive Baltimore Orioles.

In the National League (NL), the season's most consistent team has been the Milwaukee Brewers, but they'll have their hands full not only with their Central Division challengers, the St. Louis Cardinals, but also with the East's surging Washington Nationals and, potentially even more dangerous, the Western duo of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The fun has only begun...

ESPN's season package of MLB games wraps this month with playoff coverage from the MLB Division Series, MLB Championship Series and, beginning October 22, the best-of-seven World Series to crown a new league champion. Coverage airs LIVE. NOTE: Schedules subject to change.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Oct 08 01:00am MLB Division Series (S)
Oct 09 01:00am MLB Division Series (S)
Oct 10 01:00am MLB Division Series (S)
Oct 10 08:30pm MLB National League Championship Series - Game 1
Oct 11 04:30pm MLB National League Championship Series - Game 2
Oct 13 08:00pm MLB National League Championship Series - Game 3
Oct 14 08:00pm MLB National League Championship Series - Game 4
Oct 15 04:30pm MLB National League Championship Series - Game 5*
Oct 17 08:30pm MLB National League Championship Series - Game 6*
Oct 18 08:30pm MLB National League Championship Series - Game 7*
Oct 22 08:00pm MLB World Series - Game 1
Oct 23 11:30pm MLB World Series - Game 2
Oct 25 08:00pm MLB World Series - Game 3
Oct 26 08:00pm MLB World Series - Game 4
Oct 27 08:00pm MLB World Series - Game 5*
Oct 29 08:00pm MLB World Series - Game 6*
Oct 30 08:00pm MLB World Series - Game 7*
(S) Short-turnaround
*If necessary; NOTE: Schedules subject to change

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA)

On October 31 the wait is over with the tip-off to ESPN's LIVE season coverage of the NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is back, tipping-off a new season on October 28 (ESPN's first game airs October 31), with ESPN's coverage airing LIVE all season. Last season delivered great action from the first tip off to the last dunk, which is what fans worldwide expect from the NBA. The 2014 NBA Finals were a repeat of 2013 but with a different outcome, as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat (4-1) to claim their fifth NBA championship.

The new season promises big changes along with the same high level of competitive spirit and drama. Many top players were on the move in the offseason, and where they ended up will go a long way towards determining this season's winners and losers. The biggest news came when Heat superstar and four-time MVP LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team where he began his career, instantly turning the Cavaliers into contenders.

Don't miss a basket with LIVE NBA Wednesday and NBA Friday season coverage on ESPN and ESPN2, tipping off October 29 on ESPN2, followed on the 31st with LIVE coverage at 8:00pm on ESPN as LeBron and the Cavaliers face a (hopefully) healthy Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL)

The Seahawks, 49ers vs. Broncos, Pats and more - October is non-stop action with LIVE NFL coverage on ESPN

ESPN's season coverage of the National Football League (NFL) continues in October with some current favorites lighting up the field. As elite quarterbacks go, so go the fortunes of their teams, and some of the best will be in the spotlight this month. Early in the month has Tom Brady leading the New England Patriots against the tough Cincinnati Bengals, both AFC division winners last season. The next day catch the defending champion Seattle Seahawks - who defeated the favored Denver Broncos to win their first Super Bowl championship last season  as they face the Washington Redskins.

Mid-month sees two of the NFL's most accomplished squads go head-to-head as Peyton Manning and the Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers. With five MVP awards on his mantel, Manning has little to prove. Still, his skill and precision every time he steps on the field is the envy of most rivals. The 49ers, meanwhile, have been to three consecutive NFC championship games, advancing to the Super Bowl once, and behind skilled QB Colin Kaepernick should continue to be a threat.

Coverage of the NFL airs LIVE all season on ESPN.

Schedule: LIVE coverage - Host team shown first
Oct 05 08:15pm New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Oct 06 08:25pm Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks
Oct 12 08:15pm Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
Oct 19 08:15pm Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers
Oct 20 08:25pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Texans

TENNIS - 2014 ATP World Tour

October features more of ESPN's LIVE season coverage of elite men's tennis with coverage on ESPN/ESPN2 from two top ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, the Shanghai Rolex Masters in Shanghai (airing on ESPN2) - won last year by Serbia's Novak Djokovic over Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro - and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, where Djokovic reigned supreme over Spain's David Ferrer.

In an epic battle at Wimbledon in July, Djokovic denied Switzerland's Roger Federer an unprecedented eighth title at The Championships, claiming his 7th Grand Slam title and moving to No. 1 in the rankings at the expense of Spain's Rafael Nadal. This month's action sets the stage for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month, with Djokovic, Nadal and Federer leading a lineup of challengers expected to include Swiss talent Stan Wawrinka, the defending Australian Open champion, as well as Ferrer and Czech talent Tomas Berdych.

ESPN/ESPN2 present ATP World Tour coverage all season, airing LIVE and on short-turnaround. Stay tuned in November for final action from the BNP Paribas Masters and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. NOTE: Schedule subject to change.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Oct 27 06:00am ATP World Tour Masters 1000: BNP Paribas Masters
Oct 28 06:00am ATP World Tour Masters 1000: BNP Paribas Masters
Oct 29 05:30am ATP World Tour Masters 1000: BNP Paribas Masters
Oct 30 07:00am ATP World Tour Masters 1000: BNP Paribas Masters*
Oct 31 09:00am ATP World Tour Masters 1000: BNP Paribas Masters
Oct 31 02:30pm ATP World Tour Masters 1000: BNP Paribas Masters
NOTE: Schedule subject to change. *Joined in progress

MOTOR SPORTS - MotoGP

October features more world-class Grand Prix motorcycle racing with ESPN's continuing LIVE coverage of MotoGP. This month sees the series head to Japan, Australia and Malaysia, delivering the last full month of racing before the season-closer in Valencia in November. Twin Ring Motegi in Japan is a major attraction for motor sports fans all year round, while Phillip Island in Australia is steeped in motor racing tradition, dating back to the 1920s, and the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is built for speed.

After claiming this season's first ten races, Spanish rider Marc Márquez was finally pushed off the podium in the Czech Republic, as Spain's Dani Pedrosa took the win at Brno, followed by countryman Jorge Lorenzo and Italy's Valentino Rossa, the only three riders with any kind of chance of catching Márquez before he claims a second consecutive series title.

ESPN & 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
Oct 11 11:00pm Grand Prix of Japan - Twin Ring Motegi
Oct 18 11:00pm Australian Grand Prix - Phillip Island
Oct 26 02:00am Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix - Sepang

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

England's best football, the Barclays Premier League, continues on ESPN with 1-2 matches airing LIVE weekly. While defending champions Manchester City are loaded with talent - from Argentine striker Sergio Agüero to midfield talents Yaya Touré, Samir Nasri and newcomer Fernando - and riding the wave of two league titles in the last three years, their rivals are plentiful, led by Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, the latter the defending FA Cup champions.

ESPN's coverage of the English Premier League airs all season, LIVE and on short-turnaround, featuring 12 matches per week. Also featured throughout the month are select games from England's Second Division. NOTES: EPL not available to cruise lines; matches airing on short-turnaround/taped on ESPN Caribbean will air LIVE on ESPN2 Caribbean.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Oct 04 06:00pm Barclays Premier League (T)
Oct 18 07:40am Barclays Premier League
Oct 20 02:55pm Barclays Premier League
Oct 25 09:55am Barclays Premier League
Oct 27 03:55pm Barclays Premier League
*NOTE: English Premier League not available to cruise lines.
(T) Taped

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

UEFA Europa League Group Stage action continueson ESPN/ESPN2 with coverage of Matchdays #2 & #3

European football's second-tier club football championship, the UEFA Europa League, continues with Matchdays #2 (on ESPN2) and #3 (on ESPN). Only seven clubs were guaranteed a group berth, among them holders Sevilla of Spain, Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv, Italy's Fiorentina, Germany's Wolfsburg and England's Everton, a lineup that proves the depth of talent in this championship.

A further 155 sides started their campaigns in the qualifying and playoff rounds, and 33 more joined from various phases of the UEFA Champions League, including eight third-place group finishers who will enter the Round of 32. Meanwhile, 48 sides are on the field here to battle between now and December to advance to February's Round of 32.

ESPN's coverage of the UEFA Europa League airs LIVE and on short-turnaround throughout the competition. Catch coverage this month on ESPN2 of Matchday #2.

Schedule:
Oct 23 12:55pm UEFA Europa League - Matchday #3 (L)
Oct 23 03:00pm UEFA Europa League - Matchday #3 (L)
Oct 23 05:00pm UEFA Europa League - Matchday #3 (S)
(L) Live; (S) Short-turnaround

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - Euro 2016 Qualifiers

The UEFA European Championship, one of the most exciting and important events on the European football calendar, continues on ESPN this month with more coverage of Euro 2016 Qualifying. Euro 2016 marks a new era for the championship, with a record field of 53 nations battling in the qualifying group stage to be one of the 23 sides (plus host country France) to be on the field in the expanded final tournament in June-July 2016.

Some favorites are in the spotlight this month, opening with Spain - Euro champions in 2008 and 2012 - taking on Slovakia, Italy in action against Azerbaijan, and Belgium, a strong finisher in the most recent World Cup, facing Andorra. Also this month is Germany, the defending World Cup champion, against Poland, England facing Estonia and, to close the month, world-class talent Cristiano Ronaldo leading Portugal against Denmark.

Qualifying for the European Championship opened in September and continues until October 2015. Coverage on ESPN airs LIVE and on short-turnaround.

Schedule: LIVE coverage
Oct 09 02:30pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Slovakia vs. Spain
Oct 10 02:40pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Azerbaijan vs. Italy
Oct 10 05:00pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Andorra vs. Belgium (S)
Oct 11 11:55am Euro 2016 Qualifier - Hungary vs. Romania
Oct 11 02:40pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Germany vs. Poland
Oct 11 07:30pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Gibraltar vs. Republic of Ireland (S)
Oct 12 11:55am Euro 2016 Qualifier - England vs. Estonia
Oct 12 02:40pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Slovakia vs. Belarus
Oct 13 02:30pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Belgium
Oct 14 02:30pm Euro 2016 Qualifier - Denmark vs. Portugal
Matches air Live, except (S) air on Short-turnaround

MORE INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - Spanish Primera División, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, Dutch First Division, French Ligue 1 and the Campeonato Brasileiro

World football takes the spotlight every weekend on ESPN and ESPN2 with season coverage from some of the most entertaining and dynamic leagues on the planet: the Spanish Primera División, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, Dutch First Division and Brazil's Campeonato Brasileiro.

The Spanish Primera División never disappoints, and with some of the world's most famous sides - Barcelona and Real Madrid, not to mention defending league champion Atlético de Madrid - and some of the game's biggest stars, among them Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina's Leo Messi and Brazil's Neymar, it is no secret why La Liga remains one of the strongest leagues in world football.

Italian Serie A promises to deliver another season of football played with the passion and drama Italy is famous for. While a third straight "scudetto" for Juventus last season makes it clear who the team to beat is, a healthy Giuseppe Rossi - who led last year's scoring before injury sidelined him - should help Fiorentina be contenders this year, joined by perennial challengers AS Roma, Napoli, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

While Bayern Munich remains the class of the German Bundesliga - having claimed a record 24th league title last season by a whopping 19 points over the No. 2 finisher, arch rival Borussia Dortmund - it was the latter lifting the German Super Cup to open the new season. And don't count out Schalke 04 or Bayer Leverkusen as the season rolls on.

The Dutch First Division remains one of the most popular leagues in Europe, yearly packing stadiums full of fans who can't get enough of the physical, fast-paced game as it's played in the Netherlands. Although legendary Ajax has won the last four league titles, the Dutch First Division is more competitive than many other leagues, with Feyenoord, FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven not too far off the pace last season.

The French Ligue 1 has always been good, but the arrival two seasons ago of Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain has really put the league on the map. PSG has won the last two league titles in commanding fashion, and Ibrahimovic remains at the top of his game for the new season.

Brazil's top level of football continues this month with coverage from the Campeonato Brasileiro, a showcase for the sport's rising Latin stars. Not too long ago, Neymar (now with Spain's Barcelona) led the attack for Santos, and along the way showed the style and artistry that is the trademark of Brazilian football. The season continues to December.

Catch weekly football coverage from around the world airing LIVE and on short-turnaround throughout the season on ESPN and ESPN2; dates/times TBC closer to airdate.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER (MLS)

The doubters were many, but the last World Cup proved that the United States can be just as soccer crazy as the rest of the world. As America's top level of professional competition, Major League Soccer (MLS) has never been better or more popular. October marks the end of the regular season, to be followed by the MLS Playoffs in late October/November and MLS Cup 2014 in early December.

The Western Conference has been a battle for dominance between the tough Seattle Sounders and top challengers Real Salt Lake, while FC Dallas, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps have remained in the race. In the East, the leaders have swapped spots atop the table from week to week, with D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City (SKC) - the latter the reigning league champions - taking the lead, and Toronto FC, the Columbus Crew and the New York Red Bulls all playing catch up.

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

Schedule: Host team shown first
Oct 03 01:00am Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire (S)
Oct 16 08:00pm Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution (L)
Oct 26 09:00pm Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls (L)
(L) Live; (S) Short-turnaround

POKER

The richest event in poker is on ESPN - the 2014 World Series of Poker

ESPN's Poker Night spotlights the world's most intriguing card sharps as they ply their trade at leading events around the globe. From the prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas to the U.S. Poker Championship, the World Series of PokerEurope and other major international events, ESPN's Poker Night delivers all the high-stakes action that poker fans crave.

This month ESPN features coverage from the world's richest and most prestigious poker tournament, the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The 2014 WSOP opened July 5 and attracted 6,683 players over three starting days that included some of poker's biggest names, among them Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan. The action airing this month sets the stage for the November Nine, the group of players who will sit down at the final table in November to play for the $10 million top prize.

ESPN's Poker Night airs Tuesday or Wednesday evenings in October at 9:00pm.

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.