MLB Network spring training and World Baseball Classic schedules

MLB Network opens a slate of 178 spring training baseball telecasts starting on Friday – however, the Phillies-Yankees game will not be seen on the network in the New York market because it will be shown live on YES Network.
There are 49 live telecasts, most at 1 p.m. ET from the Grapefruit (Florida) League, and numerous 4 p.m. games from the Cactus (Arizona) League are only slightly delayed from their 3 p.m. starts for the first couple weeks of spring training (before the time change).

Fri. 24 – Phillies-Yankees, 1 p.m. (L) and 7 p.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Sat. 25 – Twins at Red Sox, 1 p.m. (L); A’s at Cubs, 4 p.m.; Nationals at Mets, 7 p.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Yankees at Phillies, 11 p.m.; Sun. 26 – Reds at Indians, 2 a.m.; Cardinals at Marlins, 6 a.m.; White Sox at Dodgers, 9 a.m.; 1 p.m.; Tigers at Mets, 1 p.m. (L) (blacked out in N.Y market); 4 p.m.; Dodgers at Brewers, 4 p.m.; Indians at Cubs, 8 p.m.; Angels at A’s, 11 p.m.
Mon. 27 – Phillies at Blue Jays, 2 a.m.; Red Sox at Rays, 5 a.m.; Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. (L); Padres at Angels, 4 p.m.; Astros at Mets, 9 p.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Tues. 28 – Rays at Phillies, midnight; Pirates at Blue Jays, 5 a.m.; Royals at Brewers, 4 p.m.; Angels at Cubs, 9 p.m.
Wed. 1 – Giants at Padres, midnight; Astros at Nationals, 5 a.m.; Marlins at Astros, 1 p.m. (L); Rangers at Angels, 4 p.m.; Dodgers at Giants, 8 p.m. (L); Thur. 2 – Braves at Yankees, midnight (blacked out in N.Y. market); Reds at Brewers, 5 a.m.; Marlins at Mets, 1 p.m. (L) (blacked out in N.Y. market); Nationals at Astros, 4 p.m.; Orioles at Yankees, 6:30 p.m. (L) (blacked out in N.Y. market); Giants at Angels, 10:30 p.m.; Fri. 3 – Yankees at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (L); Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 4 p.m.; Twins at Phillies, 8 p.m.; Astros at Mets, 11 p.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Sat. 4 – Brewers at Angels, 9 a.m.; Red Sox at Pirates, 1 p.m. (L); Rangers at Brewers, 4 p.m.; Nationals at Cardinals, 8 p.m.; Dodgers at Cubs, 11 p.m.; Sun. 5 – Diamondbacks at Padres, 2 a.m.; Blue Jays at Twins, 6 a.m.; Angels at White Sox, 9 a.m.; Cardinals at Mets, 1 p.m. (L) (blacked out in N.Y. market); Reds at Angels, 4 p.m.; Cubs at Rangers, 8 p.m.; Pirates at Yankees, 11 p.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market)
Mon. 6 – Rays at Blue Jays, 2 a.m.; Braves at Red Sox, 8 a.m.; Yankees at Pirates, 1 p.m. (L); Cubs at Angels, 4 p.m.; Cardinals at Twins, 7 p.m.; Tues. 7 – Rangers at Mariners, 1 a.m.; Team Canada at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (L); Team Mexico at Padres, 4 p.m.; Red Sox at Nationals, 7 p.m.; Wed. 8 – Braves at Pirates, 2 a.m.; Red Sox at Mets, 1 p.m. (L) (blacked out in N.Y. market); Team Mexico at Diamondbacks, 4 p.m.; Team USA at Twins, 7 p.m. (L); Thur. 9 – Indians at Mariners, 1 a.m.; Tigers at Mets, 1 p.m. (L) (blacked out in N.Y. market); Fri. 10 – Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (L); Sat. 11 – Orioles at Red Sox, 1 a.m.; Cubs at Mariners, 9 a.m.; Sun. 12 – Royals at Indians, 10 a.m.
Mon. 13 – White Sox at Dodgers, 2 a.m.; Mets at Tigers, 10 a.m.; Astros at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (L); Tues. 14 – Dodgers at Angels, midnight; Giants at Rangers, 3 a.m.; Cubs at Padres, 10 a.m.; Braves at Phillies, 1 p.m. (L); Giants at Indians, 4 p.m. (L); Wed. 15 – Angels at Royals, 10 a.m.; Orioles at Pirates, 1 p.m. (L); Angels at Giants, 4 p.m. (L); Thur. 16 – Phillies at Yankees, 1 a.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Diamondbacks at Cubs, 4 a.m.; Dodgers at Mariners, 10 a.m.; Twins at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (L); Cubs at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (L); Fri. 17 – Pirates at Red Sox, 2 a.m.; Diamondbacks at Brewers, 6 a.m.; Angels at Rockies, 9 a.m.; Yankees at Tigers, 1 p.m. (L); Royals at Brewers, 4 p.m. (L); Sat. 18 – Rockies at Giants, 2 a.m.; Cubs at White Sox, 6 a.m.; Angels at Rangers, 9 a.m.; WBC team at Diamondbacks, 7 p.m.; Sun. 19 – Mets at Cardinals, 2 a.m.; Red Sox at Twins, 6 a.m.; Giants at Mariners, 9 a.m.; Twins at Red Sox, 1 p.m. (L); Brewers at Giants, 4 p.m. (L)
Mon. 20 – Reds at Padres, 1 a.m.; Yankees at Astros, 6 a.m.; Phillies at Rays, 9 a.m.; Yankees at Nationals, 1 p.m. (L); Reds at Royals, 4 p.m. (L); Tues. 21 – Rangers at Padres, 1 a.m.; Cubs at Rockies, 6 a.m.; Giants at White Sox, 9 a.m.; Rays at Pirates, 1 p.m. (L); Angels at Reds, 4 p.m. (L); Wed. 22 – A’s at Mariners, 1 a.m.; Red Sox at Yankees, 9 a.m.; Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (L); Twins at Astros, 4 p.m.; Thur. 23 – Cubs at Reds, 1 a.m.; Marlins at Mets, 6 a.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Padres at Royals, 9 a.m.; Reds at White Sox, 4 p.m. (L); Mariners at Giants, 10 p.m.; Fri. 24 – Tigers at Braves, 2 a.m.; Twins at Phillies, 6 a.m.; Mets at Nationals, 9 a.m.; Red Sox at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (L); Giants at Rockies, 4 p.m. (L); Orioles at Twins, 7 p.m.; Mariners at Angels, 11 p.m.; Sat. 25 – Phillies at Yankees, 2 a.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Rays at Pirates, 6 a.m.; White Sox at A’s, 9 a.m.; Tigers at Pirates, 1 p.m. (L); Rangers at Mariners, 4 p.m. (L); Padres at Giants, 7 p.m.; Mets at Braves, 11 p.m.; Sun. 26 – Brewers at Royals, 2 a.m.; Nationals at Astros, 6 a.m.; Diamondbacks at Angels, 9 a.m.; Braves at Mets, 1 p.m. (L) (blacked out in N.Y. market); Giants at White Sox, 4 p.m.; Astros at Nationals, 8 p.m.; Indians at Diamondbacks, 11 p.m.
Mon. 27 – Orioles at Blue Jays, 2 a.m.; Pirates at Phillies, 6 a.m.; Royals at Angels, 9 a.m.; Mariners at Padres, 4 p.m. (L); Cubs at Indians, 9 p.m. (L); Tues. 28 – Cardinals at Astros, midnight; Tigers at Braves, 3 a.m.; White Sox at Dodgers, 6 a.m.; Angels at Diamondbacks, 9 a.m.; Giants at Cubs, 4 p.m. (L); Red Sox at Pirates, 7 p.m.; Marlins at Nationals, 11 p.m.; Wed. 29 – Diamondbacks at Mariners, 2 a.m.; Indians at Brewers, 6 a.m.; White Sox at Royals, 9 a.m.; Phillies at Tigers, 1 p.m. (L); Dodgers at Mariners, 4 p.m. (L); Padres at White Sox, 9 p.m.; Thur. 30 – Angels at Brewers, midnight; Phillies at Pirates, 6 a.m.; Indians at Reds, 9 a.m.; Tigers at Orioles, 1 p.m. (L); Rockies at Padres, 4 p.m.; Cubs at Astros, 8 p.m. (L); A’s at Giants, 11 p.m.; Thur. 31 – Dodgers at Angels, 2 a.m.; Yankees at Phillies, 6 a.m.; Indians at Diamondbacks, 9 a.m.; Rays at Phillies, 1 p.m. (L); Cubs at Astros, 4 p.m.; Yankees at Braves, 7:30 p.m. (blacked out in N.Y. market); Dodgers at Angels, 11:30 p.m.
Sat. 1 – Indians at Diamondbacks, 2:30 a.m.; Pirates at Blue Jays, 6 a.m.; A’s at Giants, 9 a.m.; Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (L); Giants at A’s, 4 p.m.; Angels at Dodgers, 9 p.m. (L); Sun. 2 – White Sox at Brewers, 1 a.m.; Royals at Rangers, 6 a.m.; Mariners at Rockies, 9 a.m.

World Baseball Classic
Mon. 6 – Israel vs. South Korea, 4:30 a.m.; Israel vs. South Korea, 10 p.m.; Tues. 7 – Cuba vs. Japan, 5 a.m.; South Korea vs. Netherlands, 8 a.m. (delay); China vs. Cuba, 10 p.m.; Wed. 8 – Japan vs. Australia, 5 a.m.; Taiwan vs. Netherlands, 8 a.m. (delay); Netherlands vs. Israel, 10 p.m.; Thur. 9 – Australia vs. China, 5 a.m.; South Korea vs. Taiwan, 8 a.m. (delay); Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m.; Mexico vs. Italy, 9 p.m.; Fri. 10 – Australia vs. Cuba, midnight (delay); Seoul tie-breaker if necessary, 4 a.m.; China vs. Japan, 7 a.m. (delay); Colombia vs. USA, 6 p.m.; Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico, 9 p.m.; Sat. 11 – Tokyo tie-breaker if necessary, 5 a.m.; Colombia vs. Canada, noon; Venezuela vs. Italy, 3 p.m.; USA vs. Dominican Republic, 6:30 p.m.; Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, 9:30 p.m.; Sun. 12 – Tokyo second round, 12:30 a.m. (delay); Tokyo second round, 6 a.m.; Dominican Republic vs. Colombia, 12:30 p.m.; Italy vs. Puerto Rico, 3:30 p.m.; Canada vs. USA, 7 p.m.; Mexico vs. Venezuela, 10 p.m.
Mon. 13 – Tokyo second round, 6 a.m.; Miami tie-breaker if necessary, 6 p.m.; Jalisco tie-breaker if necessary, 9 p.m.; Tues. 14 – Tokyo second round, 6 a.m.; San Diego second round, 9 p.m.; Wed. 15 – Tokyo second round, midnight (joined in progress); Tokyo second round, 6 a.m.; San Diego second round, 9 p.m.; Thur. 16 – Tokyo tie-breaker if necessary, 6 a.m.; San Diego second round, 10 p.m.; Fri. 17 – San Diego second round, 10 p.m.; Sat. 18 – San Diego second round, 3:30 p.m. San Diego second round, 10 p.m.; Sun. 19 – San Diego tie-breaker if necessary, 6 p.m.
Mon. 20 – Semifinal in Los Angeles, 9 p.m.; Tues. 21 – Semifinal in Los Angeles, 9 p.m.; Wed. 22 – Championship in Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

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Yankees have 27 spring training broadcasts (updated)

The Yankees will have 27 spring training games broadcast on YES Network, ESPN, WFAN 660-AM/101.9-FM, MLB Network and internet audio. MLB Network will carry six live games and broadcast four more on tape delay.
A number of games that are not broadcast in New York may be available on and team websites via audio. Three exhibition games against the Phillies games will be televised by The Comcast Network in the Philadelphia market, and also carried by MLB Network.
Fri. 24 – vs. Phillies, 1 p.m. (YES; MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Sat. 25 – at Phillies, 1 p.m. (WFAN), 11 p.m. (delayed on MLB Network); Sun. 26 – vs. Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN)
Mon. 27 – at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network); Tues. 28 – vs. Tigers, 1 p.m.; at Red Sox (SS), 1 p.m. (no broadcasts)
Wed. 1 – vs. Braves, 6:30 p.m. (YES, WFAN), midnight (MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Thur. 2 – vs. Orioles, 6:30 p.m. (YES); Fri. 3 – at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network); Sat. 4 – at Tigers, 1 p.m. (WFAN); Sun. 5 – vs. Pirates, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN), 11 p.m. (delayed on MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market).
Mon. 6 – at Pirates, 1 p.m. (MLB Network); Tues. 7 – vs. Rays, 1 p.m. (YES); Wed. 8 – vs. Team Canada, 6:30 p.m. (no broadcast); Thur. 9 – at Braves, 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Fri. 10 – at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network, TCN Philly); Sat. 11 – vs. Tigers, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN); Sun. 12 – vs. Braves, 1 p.m. (WFAN)
Tues. 14 – at Rays, 1 p.m. (audio web); Wed. 15 – vs. Phillies, 6:30 p.m. (YES, WFAN), Thur. 1 a.m. (MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Thur. 16 – at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Fri. 17 – at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network); Sat. 18 – vs. Orioles, 1 p.m. (WFAN); Sun. 19 – at Houston (no live broadcast), 1 p.m., Mon. 6 a.m. (delayed on MLB Network)
Mon. 20 – at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network); Tues. 21 – vs. Red Sox, 6:30 p.m. (NESN only), Wed. 9 a.m. (delay on MLB Network); Wed. 22 – at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network, TCN Philly); Thur. 23 – at Rays, 1 p.m. (ESPN); Fri. 24 – vs. Phillies, 1 p.m. (YES, Phillies audio web), Sat. 2 a.m. (MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Sat. 25 – vs. Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN); Sun. 26 – vs. Rays, 1 p.m. (no broadcast)
Tues. 28 – vs. Tigers, 6:30 p.m. (no broadcast); Wed. 29 – at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (Blue Jays web audio); Thur. 30 – at Phillies, 1 p.m. (TCN Philly only), Fri. 6 a.m. (delay on MLB Network); Fri. 31 – at Braves, 7:30 p.m. (YES, MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)

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Mets have 25 spring training games on air (updated)

Twenty-five of the Mets’ 35 Florida spring training games will be broadcast on television or radio. SportsNet New York (SNY) will air 11 contests, WPIX-11 will air four Sunday games, ESPN has one telecast, MLB Network has three tape-delayed telecasts available in New York, flagship WOR 710-AM has 16 games and Spanish flagship WEPN 1050-AM has two games.
The 13 games that are not airedlive  may be presented in audio webcasts through, but those schedules were not available.
Fri. 24 – at Red Sox, 1 p.m. (WOR); Sat. 25 – vs. Nationals, 1 p.m. (SNY, WOR), 7 p.m. (delayed in MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Sun. 26 – vs. Tigers, 1 p.m. (WPIX, WOR, MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)
Mon. 27 – vs. Astros, 1 p.m. (SNY), 9 p.m. (delayed on MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Tues. 28 – at Marlins, 1 p.m. (WOR)
Wed. 1 – at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (WOR); Thur. 2 – vs. Marlins, 1 p.m. (SNY, MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Fri. 3 – vs. Astros, 1 p.m. (SNY), 11 p.m. (delayed on MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Sat. 4 – at Astros, 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Sun. 5 – vs. Cardinals, 1 p.m. (WPIX, WOR, MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market).
Mon. 6 – at Marlins, 1 p.m. (WOR); Wed. 8 – vs. Red Sox, 1 p.m. (SNY, MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); at Astros (SS), 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Thur. 9 – vs. Tigers, 1 p.m. (SNY, MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market); Fri. 10 – at Astros, 1 p.m., and at Braves, 1 p.m. (no broadcasts); Sat. 11 – vs. Nationals, 1 p.m. (SNY, WOR); Sun. 12 – at Tigers, 1 p.m. (no live broadcast), Mon. 10 a.m. (delayed on MLB Network).
Mon. 13 – at Marlins, 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Tues. 14 – at Astros, 1 p.m. (WOR); Wed. 15 – at Marlins, 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Thur. 16 – at Nationals, 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Fri. 17 – vs. Cardinals, 1 p.m. (SNY, WOR); Sat. 18 – at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (no live broadcast), Sun. 2 a.m. (delayed on MLB Network); Sun. 19 – vs. Marlins, 1 p.m. (WPIX, WOR, WEPN 1050/Spanish).
Mon. 20 – at Tigers, 1 p.m. (WOR); Wed. 22 – vs. Marlins, 1 p.m. (SNY, WOR), Thur. 6 a.m. (delayed on MLB Network); Thur. 23 – at Nationals, 1 p.m. (no live broadcast), Fri. 9 a.m. (delayed on MLB Network); Fri. 24 – vs. Astros, 1 p.m. (SNY); Sat. 25 – at Braves, 1 p.m. (no live broadcast), 11 p.m. (delayed on MLB Network); Sun. 26 – vs. Braves, 1 p.m. (WPIX, WOR, WEPN 1050-AM/Spanish, MLB Network-blacked out in N.Y. market).
Mon. 27 – at Nationals, 1 p.m. (WOR); at Marlins (SS), 1 p.m. (no broadcast); Tues. 28 – vs. Cardinals, 1 p.m. (SNY, ESPN, WOR); Wed. 29 – at Braves, 1 p.m. (no broadcast)

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Broadcaster picks for Super Bowl UPDATED

Kevin Connors, ESPN, former WTZA/RNN sports anchor
Patriots 33, Falcons 21 – There’s not a person in America more sick of the Patriots than I am.
I’m a New York native, who grew up on Long Island, went to college in upstate New York and spent more than half my professional life working in New York.
On top of it I’m a Bills fan who now lives in New England. I’ve had it with the Patriots. HAD it!!
But I’m not betting against them.

Jason Barrett, former WEOK sports show host, radio program director
Patriots 34, Falcons 30 – I’ll be pulling for Atlanta but there’s just something about Belichick and Brady that scares me in this contest. Given that New England’s Kryptonite (Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin) won’t be on the other side of the field, Roger Goodell is one step away from handing a Super Bowl trophy over to the Hall of Fame quarterback he had investigated, and the first championship team to visit Donald Trump’s White House could potentially be the one which had two of its highest-profile people (Brady and Belichick ) support him during a time when many others stayed in the background, there’s just too much working against the Falcons.

Ed Coleman, WFAN sports anchor
Falcons 34, Patriots 30 – It’s not easy for me to say. I go back to the days of Babe Parilli, Bob Dee and Houston Antwine when they were the Boston – not New England – Patriots. And Tom Brady has his mom and a showdown with Goodell for extra motivation. But I think the Falcons have too many weapons at their disposal, and a young, quick defense that may cause some problems. I fly with the birds … and hope that I’m wrong!

Eric Frede, former Cable 6 sports anchor, SNY’s UConn announcer
Patriots 38, Falcons 24 – Tom Brady four touchdowns, wins MVP, thinks about hitting Roger Goodell over the head with the MVP trophy … but takes the high road.

Chris Watson, Spectrum sports announcer
Patriots 31, Falcons 26 – Brady, Belichick and company are too motivated to stick it to Goodell and the rest of the NFL to lose this game. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons offense has been lights out this season, but with two weeks to prepare for them I think Matt Patricia and Belichick will have a solid game plan on D to slow them down. I think Martellus Bennett has a big day for the Pats offense.

Tony Morino, Army football sidelines, former Time Warner sports anchor
Patriots 37, Falcons 17 – I expect another MVP performance by Tom Brady while “Matty Ice” melts under the pressure. Defense wins championships so Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will win another Super Bowl.

Rich DeMarco, Army sports announcer
Patriots 38, Falcons 21 – I don’t think Atlanta has the pass rush, nor the ball-control offense needed to beat New England. I think the Patriots will get up early and then go into cruise control. Tom Brady will win his fourth Super Bowl MVP and cement his place as the greatest of all time.

J.W. Stewart, NBC Hartford sports anchor, former ESPNews and Sports1 anchor
Patriots 31, Falcons 17 – The NFL’s No. 1 defense keeps the NFL’s No. 1 offense under wraps. I just can’t see the Patriots defense giving up 34 points to the Falcons (which is what Atlanta averaged during the regular season). Bill Belichick takes away WR Julio Jones (Atlanta’s best offensive weapon), the Patriots protect Tom Brady (which is priority No. 1) and New England wins its fifth Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick Era.

Rick Zolzer, veteran sports anchor, Renegades public address
Patriots 39, Falcons 31 – Giving the head coach of the Pats two weeks to prepare for a team can lead to bad things for that team.

Rick Schultz, former Renegades and Army sports announcer
Patriots 34, Falcons 24 – Tom Brady will have all the time he needs in the pocket.

Bruce Beck, WNBC-4 sports anchor
Patriots 34 Falcons 24 – I will be rooting hard for the Falcons but believe Belichick will find a way to neutralize Julio Jones and win this game. Brady & Belichick are on the cusp of history and I think this “redemption” thing, has Brady more focused than ever. Atlanta will score in this game but not nearly enough and Julian Edelman goes for double digit catches and two touchdowns.

Dean Darling, Army and Marist sports announcer
Falcons 32, Patriots 28 , Atlanta scores late to win it .

Ed Weir, Marist radio announcer
Falcons 35, Patriots 32 – I am going to stick with Matty Ice. I think he’s a terrific player. It’s going to be a good game.

Steve Eggink, Marist radio announcer
Falcons 30, Patriots 24 – Matt Ryan is going to have a career day.

Zach Daly, Army sports announcer
Falcons 31 Patriots 28 – Matt Ryan finds his groove early and gets Atlanta out in front. Atlanta scores three touchdowns in the first half, but Brady get the Patriots on top late in the fourth. Ryan answers
Brady with a touchdown drive of his own to seal the Falcons win. Vic Beasley will be key for Atlanta. He needs to get pressure on Brady and cause a turnover to help Atlanta set the tone. If he can force Brady
into a bad decision (if that’s even possible) that will bode well for the Falcons.

Geoff Brault, Marist sports announcer
Falcons 34, Patriots 31 – Wishful thinking perhaps, but if the Cavs and Cubs can end long title droughts, maybe it’s time for Atlanta to get their second professional championship, and the Falcons first in 51 years.

Len Berman, WOR talk show host, former NBC Sports, WNBC-4 anchor
Falcons 31, Patriots 21 – The year (or two) of the upsets continues.

Jack George, WALL radio sports anchor
Falcons 27, Patriots 24 – I predict a late field goal by the Falcons, and the discovery of more deflated footballs.

Lars Lifrak, former Cablevision sports anchor
Falcons 38, Patriots 24

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Local media makes NFL championship game picks

The Super Bowl is often a very competitive game but sometimes the NFL conference championship weekend has even better action. The Green Bay Packers play at the Atlanta Falcons at 3 p.m. in the NFC title game, and the Pittsburgh Steelers play at the New England Patriots at 6:40 p.m. in the AFC title game.
I’ve asked sports media personalities whom many of you are very familiar with to provide their thoughts on Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games. These good folks have been calling sports action in the Mid-Hudson Valley and New York city market for years.
We’ll be back in two weeks for Super Bowl predictions.

Geoff Brault, Marist football, women’s basketball radio
Packers 24, Falcons 21: Aaron Rodgers said the Packers would run the table, and he’s never lied to me before. Can’t go against the hot hand in the playoffs.
Patriots 28, Steelers 17: I have friends that are fans of both teams, and while I would love for everyone I know to share in my personal misery as an Eagles fan, someone has to win. I’ll take New England here … they’re just too sharp and well-coached, but with high hopes of a great humbling in the Super Bowl.

Nikolai Busko, Army hockey radio
Packers 28, Falcons 22: If the Green Bay Packers can win on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, then they can definitely win on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.
Patriots 25, Steelers 20: I hate to pick against (former Army player) Alejandro Villanueva and the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, when The Queen and I visit Massachusetts, she swears by Papa Gino’s. It’s the official pizza of the New England Patriots, and it’s remarkable that a Buffalo Bills fan would have such a high opinion of that product. I need to listen to The Queen.

Ed Coleman, WFAN radio
Packers 31, Falcons 27: Aaron Rodgers’ magic lasts another week, despite an awesome Falcon offense. He’ll somehow throw to the fourth-string wide receiver to set up the winning score.
Patriots 34, Steelers 23: Tom Brady was rocked by the Houston pass rush. Pats did not play well. That’s not happening again. Somehow New England makes Le’Veon Bell look mortal.

Zach Daly, Army sports radio
Packers 27, Falcons 13: The only reason I think this game will be reasonably close is because of all the injuries to the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is the hottest quarterback in football right now. He can turn any receiver into a weapon, just like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning did. After Rodgers wins this game without all the talent around him, it’s time to take another look at who the MVP is this year because Rodgers has carried the Packers to the NFC Championship Game.
Steelers 24 Patriots 17: Tom Brady isn’t invincible when it’s playoff time. If you look at the teams that have beaten him in the playoffs in recent years (Jets, Giants, Ravens, Broncos) they all were able to pressure Brady in the pocket and get him out of his rhythm. Pittsburgh’s defense gets just enough pressure on Brady to make him uncomfortable and Ben Roethlisberger is just good enough to out-duel Brady in Gillette (Stadium) because he has the best two offensive weapons in football in Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Also, as a Jets fan, I can’t, in good conscience, ever pick New England to win.

Dean Darling, Army football radio, Marist basketball radio
Falcons 34, Packers 28: Passing game will be big in this game with Atlanta having a slight edge.
Patriots 24, Steelers 20: Tough to go against Tom Brady. I hope Pittsburgh’ s left tackle and former Army football player Ali Villanueva shines.

Rich DeMarco, Army football, basketball, baseball radio (and last year’s Super Bowl picks champ)
Packers 31, Falcons 21: Hard to pick against the Packers with the way Aaron Rodgers is playing. The Falcons have had a great season, but this just appears to be Green Bay’s year.
Steelers 27, Patriots 22: The Steelers will be able to take better advantage of New England’s mistakes than Houston did. Pittsburgh has the best combination of skill position players of the final four teams.

Mike Ferraro, Marist sports information, former Marist football, basketball radio
Falcons 38, Packers 34: I have a really hard time picking against Aaron Rodgers, but I’m doing it anyway. I think Atlanta has the most diverse offense in the NFL, and will find holes in the Packers’ secondary.
Patriots 24, Steelers 20: Bill Belichick is 9-3 against the Steelers all-time. I think the Patriots will slow down the Steelers’ offense enough to advance, and make key plays at critical times like they usually do.

Eric Frede, SNY’s UConn women’s basketball announcer, former Marist basketball radio, Cable 6 sports anchor
Packers 38, Falcons 34: Aaron Rogers covers up the inevitable Mike McCarthy coaching miscue.
Patriots 27, Steelers 24: Tom Brady playing for a ring for his middle finger; tough to stop a man with a vendetta. Steelers lose, but Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live postgame show should be fun to watch.

Jack George, WALL Radio sports
Packers 35, Falcons 24: Aaron Rodgers has had the VERY hot hand the last 8 weeks so until the melt down, keep picking the pack.
Steelers 24, Patriots 22: Something about the ’Burgh this year with the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup last season and the Steelers 3 B’s at their peak right now.

Kevin Gleason, THR sports editor, former WTBQ sports talk show host
Falcons 38, Packers 28: The Falcons have too much firepower for a mediocre and beat-up defense. I can’t picture Green Bay stopping Atlanta unless it somehow forces a couple turnovers.
Patriots 31, Steelers 21: Tom Brady will shred Pittsburgh’s defense, and the Pats will be in Ben Roethlisberger’s face all game.

Howard Herman, Berkshire Eagle sports columnist, former Army basketball and football radio
Packers 31, Falcons 28: The Georgia Dome closes with a classic. Aaron Rodgers has been as hot as anyone in the NFL, and I’m not sure the Falcons can stop him. They can only hope to contain him.
Patriots 34, Steelers 24: Patriots break the game open late. Steelers are the most talented team New England has faced, but the Pats are in Pittsburgh’s collective heads … as the Pats are to the rest of the AFC.

Lars Lifrak, former Cablevision sports anchor
Falcons 41, Packers 38
Steelers 24, Patriots 20
Hard to think about with my broken Cowboy fan heart!

Lindsay Liquori, Florida TV sports anchor, former Cable 6 sports anchor
Packers 28, Falcons 24: Matt Ryan put together an MVP type season, but Aaron Rodgers edges him on the road.
Patriots 24, Steelers 14: Pittsburgh “Big 3″ (Roethlisberger , Brown and Bell) have impressed and the Steleers have had a heck of a run , but it’s hard to pick against Tom Brady at home.

Anita Marks, WFAN Giants radio 
Falcons 33, Packers 30: Injuries the Packers are dealing with have me concerned. The Falcons could have a field day against the Packers secondary.
Patriots 27, Steelers 24: Big Ben is the best QB the Pats have faced all season and Bell could be the only RB that rushes for over 100 yards   against the Pats defense this season. The Steelers keep it close, but the Pats at home prevail.

John Minko, WFAN sports anchor, St. John’s radio voice, former Army football radio
Packers beat Falcons
Steelers beat Patriots

Rick Schultz, former Renegades radio, Army basketball radio
Falcons 27, Packers 20
Patriots 38, Steelers 13

J.W. Stewart, WVIT Hartford sports anchor, former ESPNews anchor
Packers 34, Falcons 20: Aaron Rodgers continues his late-season surge by throwing four touchdowns in the final game at the Georgia Dome.
Patriots 27, Steelers 24. Pittsburgh has one of the few offenses in the NFL that can keep pace with New England. Le’Veon Bell scores two touchdowns but Tom Brady engineers another last-second drive, culminating with a Stephen Gostowski field goal to send the Pats to their seventh Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick era (and ninth overall)
A Brady vs. Rodgers Super Bowl will be fun to watch.

Ed Weir, Marist football and basketball radio
Falcons over Packers: Mattie Ice (Falcons QB Matt Ryan) is one of league’s most underrated, and closes Georgia Dome in style and gets his day in the sun.
Patriots over Steelers: The Pats return and are glad the Giants aren’t there. Lady Ga Ga appears at Super Bowl half time show dressed as Shooter, the Marist Red Fox mascot.

Rick Zolzer, WPDH sports anchor, long-time cable TV and radio personality
Packers 34, Falcons 31: The best overall offense against the hottest QB in the NFL. I always go with the hot QB and the Packers have him.
Patriots 42, Steelers 21: The Steelers will kick seven field goals and lose.

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U.S. Figure Skating Nationals on NBC networks this week

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships kick into full gear this week with 30 hours of coverage planned on the NBC Sports networks.
Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will call the action from Kansas City. The Skating Spectacular will be taped and shown on NBC and Universal on Jan. 28-29. Scott Hamilton, Tanith White and Andrea Joyce will present the Spectacular.
Thursday – Pairs short program, 5:30 p.m. (NBCSN); Ladies short program, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Friday – Dance short program, 6 p.m. (NBCSN); men’s short program, 8:30 p.m. (Universal)
Saturday – Pairs free skate, dance free skate, 3 p.m. (NBC); ladies free skate, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday – Men’s free skate, 4 p.m. (NBC)
Monday Jan. 23 – Pairs free and dance free, 8 p.m. (Universal)
Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Ladies free skate, 7:30 p.m. (Universal)
Wednesday, Jan. 25 – Men’s free skate, 8 p.m. (Universal)
Skating Spectacular
Saturday, Jan. 28 – 2:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Jan. 29 – 8 p.m. (Universal)

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NFL playoff broadcast glance

The second week of the National Football League playoffs features doubleheader action on both Saturday and Sunday in the Divisional Round.
Fox carries two games (locally on WNYW-5), CBS the prime-time Saturday contest (on WCBS-2) and NBC gets the early Sunday afternoon game (on WNBC-4). WestwoodOne Radio carries all four games, to be aired locally on WFAN (660-AM, 101.9-FM).

4:30 p.m. – Seattle at Atlanta; Fox – Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (sidelines); WestwoodOne Radio – Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Derek Rackley (sidelines)
8 p.m. – Houston at New England; CBS – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (sidelines); WestwoodOne Radio – Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock; Ross Tucker (sidelines)

1 p.m. – Pittsburgh at Kansas City; NBC – Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (sidelines), Heather Cox (sidelines); WestwoodOne Radio – Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Hub Arkush (sidelines)
4:30 p.m. – Green Bay at Dallas; Fox – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (sidelines); WestwoodOne Radio – Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Scott Kaplan (sidelines)

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IndyCar to remain on ABC, NBC Sports Group

The 2017 IndyCar season has expanded by one race and will continue to air on ABC and primarily the NBC Sports Network (CNBC has two live events). The night race at Gateway Motorsports Park outside of St. Louis on Aug. 26 is the additional event, and the first race there since 2003.
IndyCar viewership is up 55 percent since 2013.

The schedule:

March 12 – St. Petersburg (s), noon (ABC)
April 9 – Long Beach (s), 4 p.m. (NBCSN)
April 23 – Barber Motorsports Park, Ala. (s), 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
April 29 – Phoenix, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
May 13 – Grand Prix of Indianapolis (s), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
May 20-21 – Indy 500 qualifying, 4 p.m. (ABC)
May 26 – Indy 500 Carb Day (NBCSN)
May 28 – Indianapolis 500, 11 a.m. (ABC)
June 3 & 4 – Detroit Belle Isle Park (s), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
June 10 – Texas Motor Speedway, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
June 25 – Road America (s), 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
July 9 – Iowa Speedway, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
July 16 – Streets of Toronto (s), 3 p.m. (CNBC; NBCSN to replay later)
July 30- Mid-Ohio (s), 3 p.m. (CNBC; NBCSN to replay later)
Aug. 20 – Pocono, 2 p.m. (NBCSN)
Aug. 26 – Gateway St. Louis, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sept. 3 – Watkins Glen (s), 1 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sept. 17 – Sonoma (s), 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
(s) – street/road course
Practice and qualifying sessions will also be televised and webstreamed, with that schedule to be announced later.
The NBC races will be streamed on, and the NBC Sports app.

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Sports TV, radio, webstream listings for Sunday, Jan. 8

Sunday, January 8


Boston-Carolina, 5 p.m. (, TuneIn)

Philadelphia-Columbus, 6 p.m. (, TuneIn)

Nashville-Chicago, 7 p.m. (WGN 720-AM*,, TuneIn)

Edmonton-Ottawa, 7 p.m. (,, TuneIn)

Minnesota-Anaheim, 8 p.m. (NBCSN,, TuneIn)


Utah-Memphis, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)


Miami-Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)

Giants-Green Bay, 4:30 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WTIC 1080-AM, WXXA-23, WOLF-56; Fox Deportes/Spanish)


PGA Tournament of Champions, 3 p.m. (WNBC-4, WNYT-13, WBRE-28), 6 p.m. (Golf)


ATP Auckland, 6:30 p.m.-Mon. 4:30 a.m. (Tennis)


Army-Loyola, 2 p.m. (, WBNR 1260-AM or WLNA 1420-AM)

Marist-Monmouth, 2 p.m. (WKIP 1450-AM, 98.5-FM, WJIP 1370-AM)

Lafayette-Boston, 2 p.m. (

Holy Cross-Bucknell, 2 p.m. (

Navy-Colgate, 2 p.m. (

Kansas-Iowa State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)

Texas A&M-Kentucky, 2 p.m. (SEC Net)

Villanova-Providence, 2 p.m. (FS1)

Arizona-Utah, 2 p.m. (Pac 12)

Georgetown-Creighton, 2 p.m. (FoxSportsGo)

DePaul-Seton Hall, 2 p.m. (FoxSportsGo)

Marquette-St. John’s, 2 p.m. (FoxSportsGo)

Butler-Xavier, 2 p.m. (FoxSportsGo)

Mississippi State-Tennessee, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

Illinois State-Indiana State, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

Bradley-Loyola Chicago, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

North Carolina State-Wake Forest, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

Virginia-North Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

Virginia Tech-Clemson, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

Boston College-Syracuse, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

George Washington-Dayton, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)

USC-Washington State, 3 p.m. (Pac 12)

Notre Dame-Miami, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

Duke-Florida State, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)

Alabama-Missouri, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)

LSU-Arkansas, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)

Oklahoma-West Virginia, 4 p.m. (FS1)

Oregon-California, 4 p.m. (Pac 12)

Mississippi-Auburn, 4 p.m. (SEC Net)

Pitt-Louisville, 4 p.m. (ESPN3)

UCLA-Washington, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Arizona State-Colorado, 6 p.m. (Pac 12)

Southern Illinois-Drake, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Oregon State-Stanford, 8 p.m. (Pac 12)


Marist-Monmouth, 2 p.m. (ESPN3, WKIP 1450-AM, 98.5-FM, WJIP 1370-AM)

Davidson-Saint Louis, 2 p.m. (NBCSN)

American-Lehigh, 2 p.m. (

Boston-Lafayette, 2 p.m. (

Colgate-Navy, 2 p.m. (

Northwestern-Nebraska, 2:15 p.m. (Big Ten)

Wichita State-Northern Iowa – or – Evansville-Drake, 4 p.m. (ESPNU and ESPN3)

Wisconsin-Purdue, 4:30 p.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)

Rutgers-Iowa, 4:30 p.m. (Big Ten, WOR 710-AM)

Central Florida-Connecticut, 5 p.m. (CBSSN, WTIC 1080-AM)

Memphis-Tulane, 5 p.m. (ESPN3)

Wake Forest-Virginia, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Ohio State-Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. (Big Ten)

Stanford-UCLA, 8 p.m. (FS1)

California-USC, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

California-USC, 10:30 p.m. (ESPNU)


Bayer Leverkusen-Estudiantes, 1:55 p.m. (Fox Soccer Plus)

Ligue 1 TBD, 2:55 p.m. (beIN Sports)

Wolfsburg-Tampa Bay, 4:40 p.m. (Fox Soccer Plus)

Monterrey-Puebla, 6:55 p.m. (Univision Deportes/Spanish)


Sacred Heart-Buffalo, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)


Sacred Heart-RIT, 2:30 p.m. (Spectrum 323)

Saint Lawrence-Canisius, 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. (Spectrum 323)


Dakar Rally, stage 6, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


Santa Cruz-Austin, 4 p.m. (YouTube)


Ontario-San Diego, 8 p.m. (


Multiple tracks (Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Santa Ynez, Los Alamitos), 12 p.m. (TVG)

Aqueduct, 12:20 p.m. (

Yonkers, TBD (

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Sports TV, radio, webstream schedules for Friday, Jan. 6

Toronto-Devils, 7:30 p.m. (MSG Plus, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM,; TuneIn)
Nashville-Florida, 7:30 p.m. (, TuneIn)
Carolina-Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Net, WGN 720-AM*,, TuneIn)
Islanders-Colorado, 9 p.m. (MSG Plus 2, Spectrum 327, WNYM 970-AM;; TuneIn), 10:30 p.m. (MSG Plus, joined in progress)
Calgary-Vancouver, 10 p.m. (, TuneIn)
Arizona-Anaheim, 10 p.m. (, TuneIn)

Cleveland-Nets, 7:30 p.m. (YES, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WTAM 1100-AM*)
Knicks-Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (MSG, ESPN, WEPN 98.7-FM; ESPN Deportes/Spanish)
Memphis-Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN; ESPN Deportes/Spanish)

World Junior Championships: Championship replay, USA-Canada, 2 p.m. (NHL Net)

Army-Bentley, 7 p.m. (WBNR 1260-AM, WLNA 1420-AM)
Princeton-Dartmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Michigan Tech-Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saint Lawrence-Canisius, 7:30 p.m. (Spectrum 323)
Michigan State-Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten)
Colorado College-Minnesota Duluth, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

PGA Tournament of Champions, 6 p.m. (Golf)

Hopman Cup: Switzerland-France, 4:30 a.m. (Tennis Channel Plus $$); championship, Sat. 3 a.m. (Tennis Channel Plus $$)
ATP Qatar Open, semifinals, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., doubles final, 12:30 p.m. (Tennis), men’s semi, 5 p.m., 10 p.m. (beIN Sports)
WTA Brisbane semifinals, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. (beIN Sports)
ATP Brisbane, 8 p.m. (Tennis)

Western Michigan-Akron, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Rider-Marist, 7 p.m. (ESPN3, WKIP 1450-AM, 98.5-FM, WJIP 1370-AM)
Rhode Island-Dayton, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Iona-Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Milwaukee-Green Bay, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Detroit-Ill. Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Oakland-Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kent State-Ohio, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Navy-Boston, 7 p.m. (
Bradley-Indiana State, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Evansville-Drake, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Illinois State-Loyola Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Southern Illinois-Northern Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Arizona State-Utah, 9 p.m. (Pac 12)
UCLA-Washington State, 9 p.m. (Pac 12)
Oregon State-California, 9 p.m. (Pac 12)
USC-Washington, 11 p.m. (Pac 12)
Oregon-Stanford, 11 p.m. (Pac 12)

IMG Academy (Fla.)-Westlake (Ga.), 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Georgia-LSU, 7 p.m. (SEC Net)
Kentucky-Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Wyoming-American, 5 p.m. (
Army-American, 7 p.m. (
North Carolina-American, 8 p.m. (
Ohio-Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Maine-Long Island, 1:30 p.m. (YouTube, Facebook)
Erie-Delaware, 7 p.m. (YouTube, Facebook)
Raptors-Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. (YouTube, Facebook)
Westchester-Windy City, 8 p.m. (MSG)
Texas-Sioux Falls, 8 p.m. (YouTube, Facebook)
Austin-Rio Grande, 8 p.m. (YouTube, Facebook)
Iowa-Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (YouTube, Facebook)
Canton-Northern Arizona, 9 p.m. (YouTube, Facebook)
Grand Rapids-Santa Cruz, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

Manchester City-West Ham, 2:30 p.m. (FS1; Fox Deportes/Spanish)
AC Ajaccio-AS Monaco, 2:55 p.m. (beIN Sports)
Australia: Newcastle-Brisbane, Sat. 1:35 a.m. (ESPN3)
Australia: Melbourne-Adelaide, Sat. 3:50 a.m. (ESPN3)

Newcastle-Bath, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

World Cup Adelboden, men’s and women’s giant slalom, Sat. 6 a.m. (NBCSN)

European Open, 3-8 p.m. (FS2)

Dakar Rally, stage 4, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Canberra-Adelaide (DH), Sat. 12:30 a.m. (
Brisbane-Melbourne, Sat. 2:30 a.m. (
Sydney-Perth, Sat. 6 a.m. (
Canberra-Adelaide, 8 p.m. (
Brisbane-Melbourne, 9 p.m. (

Harrisburg-Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. (
Dallas-Florida, 7:30 p.m. (
Sonora-El Paso, 9:30 p.m. (
Ontario-Turlock, 10 p.m. (

Great Britain, Ireland, 9 a.m (TVG)
Multiple tracks, 12 p.m. (TVG)
Aqueduct, 12:20 p.m. (
Meadowlands, 7:15 p.m. (, 8 p.m. (TVG)

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