World Hockey championships in final eight

The IIHF World Hockey Championships have reached the playoff round. NBC Sports Network will carry two quarterfinal playoffs on Thursday. First, USA faces the Czech Republic at 9 a.m., followed by Canada vs. Sweden at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the Finland-Denmark match at 9:15 a.m., followed by Russia-Germany at 1:15 p.m.
NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the semifinals on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Sunday, the bronze-medal game goes off at 9 a.m. and the championship at 1 p.m., again on NBC Sports Live Extra.

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NBC Sports airing Team USA hockey at Worlds

NBC Sports will televise seven preliminary round games for Team USA at the World Hockey Championships starting next week. NBC Sports Live Extra will provide live webcasts of all seven games, plus the playoff rounds. NBC Sports Network has six of the seven preliminary round telecasts, with one still to be determined.
There is a seven-hour time difference between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and New York.
The May schedule:
Fri. 6 – USA vs. Canada, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN)
Sat. 7 – USA vs. Belarus, 1:15 p.m. (TBD)
Mon. 9 – USA vs. Finland, 1:15 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thur. 12 – USA vs. France, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN)
Fri. 13 – USA vs. Hungary, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN on half-hour delay starting 9:45)
Sun. 15 – USA vs. Germany, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN at 3 p.m.)
Tues. 17 – USA vs. Slovakia, 5:15 a.m. (NBCSN)
Thur. 19 – Quarterfinals, TBD
Sat. 21 – Semifinals, TBD
Sun. 22 — Bronze and gold games, TBD

One World Sports will televise approximately 20 games, though it’s unclear which of the 56 preliminary round games have been chosen. Two games, for sure, are the May 6 contest pitting Sweden and Latvia at 9:15 a.m., and the May 17 game between Canada and Finland at 1″15 p.m.

The website ONEWorldSports.com will stream four games: May 6, Czech Republic vs. Russia, 1:15 p.m.; May 8, Sweden vs. Denmark, 1:15 p.m.; May 12, Canada vs. Germany, 1:15 p.m.; May 16, Canada vs. France, 9:15 a.m.

The Team USA roster, as of Wednesday:

Goalies – Mike Condon (Canadiens), Keith Kinkaid (Devils), Thatcher Demko (Boston College)
Defensemen – Noah Hanifin (Hurricanes); Jake McCabe (Sabres); Connor Murphy (Coyotes); Brady Skjel (Rangers); David Warsofsky (Devils); Chris Wideman (Senators)
Forwards – J.T. Compher (Univ. of Michigan); Kyle Connor (Univ. of Michigan); Hudson Fasching (Sabres); Nick Foligno (Blue Jackets); Luke Glendening (Red Wings); Matt Hendricks (Oilers); Dylan Larkin (Red Wings); Patrick Maroon (Oilers); Auston Matthews (Zurich, Swiss League); Tyler Motte (Univ. of Michigan); Jordan Schroeder (Wild); Miles Wood (Boston College)

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2016 NFL TV, radio schedules for New York market

Sunday, August 7
Green Bay-Indianapolis, 8 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Thursday, August 11
Rotating games, 7 p.m. (NFL Red Zone)
Jacksonville-Jets, 7:30 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Carolina-Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. (WBAL 1090-AM, WBT 1110-AM)
Denver-Chicago, 8 p.m. (WBBM 780-AM)
Friday, August 12
Minnesota-Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)
Minnesota-Cincinnati – or – Detroit-Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Saturday, August 13
Seattle-Kansas City, 4:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Dallas-Los Angeles, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, August 14
Houston-San Francisco, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

Thursday, August 18
Philadelphia-Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NFL Network, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Cincinnati-Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)
Chicago-New England, 8 p.m. (WBBM 780-AM)
Minnesota-Seattle, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
Friday, August 19
Jets-Washington, 7:30 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Saturday, August 20
Giants-Buffalo, 4 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Baltimore-Indianapolis, 7 p.m. (WBAL 1090-AM)

Thursday, August 25
Atlanta-Miami, 8 p.m. (WNBC-4)
Friday, August 26
New England-Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (WBT 1110-AM)
Cleveland-Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (WCBS-2)
Saturday, August 27
Kansas City-Chicago, 1 p.m. (NFL Network)
Philadelphia-Indianapolis, 7 p.m. (WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Giants-Jets, 7:30 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Tennessee-Oakland, 8 p.m. (WLNY 10-55)
Sunday, August 28
San Diego-Minnesota, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Arizona-Houston, 4 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Cincinnati-Jacksonville, 8 p.m. (WNBC-4, WNYT-13, WBRE-28, WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)

Thursday, September 1
New England-Giants, 7 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Jets-Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Indianapolis-Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)
Pittsburgh-Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (WBT 1110-AM)
Baltimore-New Orleans, 8 p.m. (WBAL 1090-AM)
Chicago-Cleveland, 8 p.m. (WBBM 780-AM)
Rotating games, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Red Zone, TWC 311) 

Thursday, September 8
Carolina-Denver, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Sunday, September 11
Cincinnati-Jets, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Cleveland-Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (WYOU-22)
Cincinnati-Jets – or – Cleveland-Philadelphia – or – Buffalo-Baltimore – or – San Diego-Kansas City, 1 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12)
No 1 p.m. doubleheader game on WNYW-5
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Giants-Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
New England-Arizona, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM after Giants, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, September 12
Pittsburgh-Washington, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Los Angeles-San Francisco, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Thursday, September 15
Jets-Buffalo, 8:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, NFL, WEPN 98.7-FM, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22, CHML 900-AM)
Sunday, September 18
New Orleans-Giants, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Tennessee-Detroit – or – Miami-New England – or – Baltimore-Cleveland – or – Cincinnati-Pittsburgh – or – Kansas City-Houston, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Indianapolis-Denver – or – Atlanta-Oakland – or – Jacksonville-San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM after Giants)
Green Bay-Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, September 19
Philadelphia-Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WBBM 780-AM, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)

Thursday, September 22
Houston-New England, 8:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Sunday, September 25
Washington-Giants, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Denver-Cincinnati – or – Cleveland-Miami – or – Baltimore-Jacksonville – or – Oakland-Tennessee, 1 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
No 1 p.m. doubleheader game on WCBS-2
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Jets-Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. (WYOU-22, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
San Diego-Indianapolis – or – Jets-Kansas City – or – Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12)
Chicago-Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28, WBBM 780-AM)
Monday, September 26
Atlanta-New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Thursday, September 29
Miami-Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. (NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)
Sunday, October 2
Indianapolis-Jacksonville (at London), 9:30 a.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Seattle-Jets, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Cleveland-Washington – or – Buffalo-New England – or – Oakland-Baltimore – or – Tennessee-Houston, 1 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Denver-Tampa Bay, 4 p.m. (WCBS-2)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Los Angeles-Arizona – or – New Orleans-San Diego – or – Dallas-San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Kansas City-Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, October 3
Giants-Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, New York TV station TBD, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Thursday, October 6
Arizona-San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Sunday, October 9
Jets-Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Philadelphia-Detroit, 1 p.m. (WOLF-56, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Philadelphia-Detroit – or – Chicago-Indianapolis – or – Washington-Baltimore, 1 p.m. – or – Atlanta-Denver, 4:05 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23)
Cincinnati-Dallas – or – Buffalo-Los Angeles – or – San Diego-Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2)
Giants-Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, October 10
Tampa Bay-Carolina, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WBT 1110-AM)

Thursday, October 13
Denver-San Diego, 8:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Sunday, October 16
Baltimore-Giants, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
No 1 p.m. doubleheader game on WNYW-5
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Philadelphia-Washington, 1 p.m. (WOLF-56, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
San Francisco-Buffalo – or – Philadelphia-Washington – or – Carolina-New Orleans – or – Los Angeles-Detroit, 1 p.m. (WXXA-23)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM after Giants)
Atlanta-Seattle – or – Dallas-Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Indianapolis-Houston, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, October 17
Jets-Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, New York TV station TBD, WEPN 98.7-FM)

Thursday, October 20
Chicago-Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22, WBBM 780-AM)
Sunday, October 23
Giants-Los Angeles, 9:30 a.m. (NFL, New York TV station TBD, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Baltimore-Jets, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
New Orleans-Kansas City – or – Minnesota-Philadelphia – or – Washington-Detroit, 1 p.m. – or – Tampa Bay-San Francisco – or – San Diego-Atlanta, 4:05 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23)
Minnesota-Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (WOLF-56, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
New England-Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Seattle-Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, October 24
Houston-Denver, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Thursday, October 27
Jacksonville-Tennessee, 8:25 p.m. (NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Sunday, October 30
Washington-Cincinnati, 9:30 a.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Jets-Cleveland, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Seattle-New Orleans – or – Detroit-Houston – or – Green Bay-Atlanta, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Arizona-Carolina, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Philadelphia-Dallas, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Monday, October 31
Minnesota-Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WBBM 780-AM)

Thursday, November 3
Atlanta-Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. (NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Sunday, November 6
Philadelphia-Giants, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WXXA-23, WOLF-56, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Jets-Miami, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Tennessee-San Diego – or – Indianapolis-Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Denver-Oakland, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, November 7
Buffalo-Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WWKB 1520-AM, CHML 900-AM)

Thursday, November 10
Cleveland-Baltimore, 8:25 p.m. (NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WBAL 1090-AM)
Sunday, November 13
Los Angeles-Jets, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WEPN 98.7-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Atlanta-Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (WOLF-56, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Los Angeles-Jets – or – Atlanta-Philadelphia – or – Green Bay-Tennessee – or – Minnesota-Washington – or – Chicago-Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (WXXA-23)
Kansas City-Carolina – or – Denver-New Orleans – or – Houston-Jacksonville, 1 p.m. – or – Miami-San Diego, 4:05 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Miami-San Diego, 4:05 p.m. (WCBS-2)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Dallas-Pittsburgh – or – San Francisco-Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5)
Seattle-New England, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, November 14
Cincinnati-Giants, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, New York TV station TBD, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)

Thursday, November 17
New Orleans-Carolina, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28, WBT 1110-AM)
Sunday, November 20
Chicago-Giants, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Chicago-Giants – or – Buffalo-Cincinnati – or – Tampa Bay-Kansas City – or – Arizona-Minnesota, 1 p.m. – or – Miami-Los Angeles, 4 p.m. (WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
No 1 p.m. doubleheader on WCBS-2
Baltimore-Dallas – or – Jacksonville-Detroit – or – Pittsburgh-Cleveland – or – Tennessee-Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Philadelphia-Seattle – or – New England-San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2)
Philadelphia-Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (WYOU-22, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM after Giants)
Green Bay-Washington, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, November 21
Houston-Oakland, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Thursday, November 24
Minnesota-Detroit, 12:30 p.m. (WCBS-2, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Washington-Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Pittsburgh-Indianapolis, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Sunday, November 27
Giants-Cleveland, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Giants-Cleveland – or – Arizona-Atlanta – or – Los Angeles-New Orleans – or – San Francisco-Miami, 1 p.m. – or – Seattle-Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m. (WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Tennessee-Chicago – or – Jacksonville-Buffalo – or – Cincinnati-Baltimore – or – San Diego-Houston, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM after Giants)
Kansas City-Denver – or – Carolina-Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2)
New England-Jets, 8:30 p.m. (WNBC-4, WEPN 98.7-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, November 28
Green Bay-Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)

Thursday, December 1
Dallas-Minnesota, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Sunday, December 4
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Houston-Green Bay – or – Kansas City-Atlanta – or – Miami-Baltimore – or – Denver-Jacksonville, 1 p.m. – or – Buffalo-Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Giants-Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Giants-Pittsburgh – or – Washington-Arizona – or – Tampa Bay-San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Carolina-Seattle, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28, WBT 1110-AM)
Monday, December 5
Indianapolis-Jets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, New York TV station TBD, WEPN 98.7-FM)

Thursday, December 8
Oakland-Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Sunday, December 11
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
New Orleans-Tampa Bay – or – Washington-Philadelphia – or – Arizona-Miami – or – San Diego-Carolina – or – Chicago-Detroit – or – Minnesota-Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Pittsburgh-Buffalo – or – Denver-Tennessee – Cincinnati-Cleveland – or – Houston-Indianapolis, 1 p.m. – or – Jets-San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (WRGB-6. WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Jets-San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Atlanta-Los Angeles – or – Seattle-Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Dallas-Giants, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, December 12
Baltimore-New England, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WBAL 1090-AM)

Thursday, December 15
Los Angeles-Seattle, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Saturday, December 17
Miami-Jets, 8:25 p.m. (NFL, New York TV station TBD, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Sunday, December 18
Detroit-Giants, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Philadelphia-Baltimore, 1 p.m. (WOLF-56)
No 1 p.m. doubleheader game on WCBS-2
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Indianapolis-Minnesota – or – Cleveland-Buffalo – or – Jacksonville-Houston – or – Tennessee-Kansas City, 1 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM after Giants)
New England-Denver – or – Oakland-San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Pittsburgh-Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28, WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)
Monday, December 19
Carolina-Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Thursday, December 22
Giants-Philadelphia, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
Saturday, December 24
Jets-New England, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Jets-New England – or – Miami-Buffalo – or – Tennessee-Jacksonville – or – San Diego-Cleveland, 1 p.m. – or – Indianapolis-Oakland, 4 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Tampa Bay-New Orleans – or – Minnesota-Green Bay – or – Washington-Chicago – or – Atlanta-Carolina, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
Arizona-Seattle – or – San Francisco-Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
Cincinnati-Houston, 8:25 p.m. (NFL, WLW 700-AM, WCKY 1530-AM)
Sunday, December 25
Baltimore-Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. (NFL, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WBAL 1090-AM)
Denver-Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)
Monday, December 26
Detroit-Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)

Sunday, January 1
Buffalo-Jets, 1 p.m. (WCBS-2, WEPN 98.7-FM)
Giants-Washington, 1 p.m. (WNYW-5, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM)
TBD, 1 p.m. (WGNY 1220-AM, 97.3-FM)
Buffalo-Jets – or – Baltimore-Cincinnati – or – Houston-Tennessee – or – Jacksonville-Indianapolis – or – New England-Miami – or – Cleveland-Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Giants-Washington – or – New Orleans-Atlanta – or – Carolina-Tampa Bay – or – Green Bay-Detroit – or – Chicago-Minnesota – or – Dallas-Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (WXXA-23)
Dallas-Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (WOLF-56, WEJL 630-AM, WBAX 1240-AM)
TBD, 4 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. (WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM after Giants)
Oakland-Denver – or – Kansas City-San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (WCBS-2, RGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)
Arizona-Los Angeles – or – Seattle-San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (WNYW-5, WXXA-23, WOLF-56)
TBD, 8:25 p.m. (WNBC-4, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM, WNYT-13, WBRE-28)

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NBA playoffs TV schedule

EASTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons
Game 1 — Sun. April 17, Detroit at Cleveland, 3 p.m., ABC, ESPN Radio
Game 2 — Wed. April 20, Detroit at Cleveland, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — Fri. April 22, Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 — Sun. April 24, Cleveland at Detroit, 8:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. April 26, Detroit at Cleveland, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, Cleveland at Detroit, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Detroit at Cleveland, TBD, TNT
* * *
(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Indiana Pacers
Game 1 — Sat. April 16, Indiana at Toronto, 12:30 p.m. , ESPN
Game 2 — Mon. April 18, Indiana at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 — Thu. April 21, Toronto at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 — Sat. April 23, Toronto at Indiana, 3 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. April 26 , Indiana at Toronto, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, Toronto at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Indiana at Toronto, TBD, TBD
* * *
(3) Miami Heat vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets
Game 1 — Sun. April 17, Charlotte at Miami, 5:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 — Wed. April 20, Charlotte at Miami, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 — Sat. April 23, Miami at Charlotte, 5:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 — Mon. April 25, Miami at Charlotte, TBD, TBD
Game 5 * Wed. April 27, Charlotte at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, Miami at Charlotte, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Charlotte at Miami, TBD, TBD
* * *
(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Boston Celtics
Game 1 — Sat. April 16, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 — Tue. April 19, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — Fri. April 22, Atlanta at Boston, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 — Sun. April 24, Atlanta at Boston, 6 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. April 26, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, Atlanta at Boston, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TNT

WESTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Houston Rockets
Game 1 — Sat. April 16, Houston at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN Radio
Game 2 — Mon. April 18, Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — Thu. April 21, Golden State at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 — Sun. April 24, Golden State at Houston, 3:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN Radio
Game 5 * Wed. April 27, Houston at Golden State, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, Golden State at Houston, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Houston at Golden State, TBD, TBD
* * *
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies
Game 1 — Sun. April 17, Memphis at San Antonio, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 2 — Tue. April 19, Memphis at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — Fri. April 22, San Antonio at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 — Sun. April 24, San Antonio at Memphis, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5 * Tue. April 26, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TNT
* * *
(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks
Game 1 — Sat. April 16, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 — Mon. April 18, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — Thu. April 21, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 — Sat. April 23, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8 p.m., ESPN/R
Game 5 * Mon. April 25, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, Oklahoma City at Dallas, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD, TNT
* * *
(4) L.A. Clippers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers
Game 1 — Sun. April 17, Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 — Wed. April 20, Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — Sat. April 23, L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 — Mon. April 25, L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Wed. April 27, Portland at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, L.A. Clippers at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Portland at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD

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NHL playoff schedule for TV

All times listed are ET and subject to change.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Date TIME (ET) #1 Florida vs. #4 NY Islanders Networks
Thursday, April 14 8 p.m. NY Islanders at Florida MSG Plus, CNBC-blacked out in N.Y. market
Friday, April 15 7:30 p.m. NY Islanders at Florida MSG Plus, NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market
Sunday, April 17 8 p.m. Florida at NY Islanders MSG Plus, NBCSN-blacked out in N.Y. market
Wednesday, April 20 8 p.m. Florida at NY Islanders MSG Plus, USA-blacked out in N.Y. market
*Friday, April 22 TBD NY Islanders at Florida MSG Plus, TBD
*Sunday, April 24 TBD Florida at NY Islanders MSG Plus, TBD
*Tuesday, April 26 TBD NY Islanders at Florida MSG Plus, TBD

Date TIME (ET) #2 Tampa Bay vs. #3 Detroit Networks
Wednesday, April 13 7 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay NBCSN
Friday, April 15 7 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay CNBC
Sunday, April 17 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit CNBC
Tuesday, April 19 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit NBCSN
*Thursday, April 21 TBD Detroit at Tampa Bay TBD
*Sunday, April 24 TBD Tampa Bay at Detroit TBD
*Tuesday, April 26 TBD Detroit at Tampa Bay TBD

Date TIME (ET) #1 Washington vs. #4 Philadelphia Networks
Thursday, April 14 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington NBCSN
Saturday, April 16 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington CNBC
Monday, April 18 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia NBCSN
Wednesday, April 20 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia NBCSN
*Friday, April 22 TBD Philadelphia at Washington TBD
*Sunday, April 24 TBD Washington at Philadelphia TBD
*Wednesday, April 27 TBD Philadelphia at Washington TBD

Date TIME (ET) #2 Pittsburgh vs. #3 NY Rangers Networks
Wednesday, April 13 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Pittsburgh MSG, USA-blacked out in N.Y. market
Saturday, April 16 3 p.m. NY Rangers at Pittsburgh NBC
Tuesday, April 19 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Rangers MSG, USA-blacked out in N.Y. market
Thursday, April 21 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers MSG, TBD
*Saturday, April 23 TBD NY Rangers at Pittsburgh MSG, TBD
*Monday, April 25 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers MSG, TBD
*Wednesday, April 27 TBD NY Rangers at Pittsburgh MSG, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Date TIME (ET) #1 Dallas vs. #4 Minnesota Networks
Thursday, April 14 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas NBCSN
Saturday, April 16 8 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas NBCSN
Monday, April 18 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota CNBC
Wednesday, April 20 9:30 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota NBCSN
*Friday, April 22 TBD Minnesota at Dallas TBD
*Sunday, April 24 TBD Dallas at Minnesota TBD
*Tuesday, April 26 TBD Minnesota at Dallas TBD

Date TIME (ET) #2 St. Louis vs. #3 Chicago Networks
Wednesday, April 13 9:30 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN
Friday, April 15 8 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN
Sunday, April 17 3 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago NBC
Tuesday, April 19 9:30 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN
*Thursday, April 21 TBD Chicago at St. Louis TBD
*Saturday, April 23 TBD St. Louis at Chicago TBD
*Monday, April 25 TBD Chicago at St. Louis TBD

Date TIME (ET) #1 Anaheim vs. #4 Nashville Networks
Friday, April 15 10:30 p.m. Nashville at Anaheim NBCSN
Sunday, April 17 10:30 p.m. Nashville at Anaheim NBCSN
Tuesday, April 19 9:30 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville USA
Thursday, April 21 8 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville CNBC
*Saturday, April 23 TBD Nashville at Anaheim TBD
*Monday, April 25 TBD Anaheim at Nashville TBD
*Wednesday, April 27 TBD Nashville at Anaheim TBD

Date TIME (ET) #2 Los Angeles vs. #3 San Jose Networks
Thursday, April 14 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles CNBC
Saturday, April 16 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN
Monday, April 18 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN
Wednesday, April 20 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose USA
*Friday, April 22 TBD San Jose at Los Angeles TBD
*Sunday, April 24 TBD Los Angeles at San Jose TBD
*Tuesday, April 26 TBD San Jose at Los Angeles TBD

* If necessary

TBD – To Be Determined

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NHL playoff chase: Losing tonight may be winning

Understanding the stakes at hand, it’s a surprise the Rangers and Islanders didn’t play six-on-six hockey Thursday night (MSG, MSG Plus 2) and left their goalies on the bench in an overt way of tanking.
The NHL – yes, the people who gave us 3-on-3 overtime, but won’t do so during the playoffs – decided to revamp the playoff system once again, emphasizing divisional rivalries in the early rounds, but not quite all the way.
The top three teams in each of four divisions qualify, and then the remaining conference teams are bundled with the top two earning wild-card spots. This system doesn’t punish a stronger division in a given year because five teams could advance, but that doesn’t solve in imbalance altogether.
Headed into last night, the Rangers and Islanders have both qualified, two points separating the rivals. The Rangers hold the third spot in the Metropolitan Division and that gives them a playoff series with the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins, who will have home-ice advantage. The Islanders have the top wild-card spot and must play Atlantic Division leader Florida, again the Panthers holding home-ice.
A Rangers loss would pull them into a tie with the Islanders, who have one game at hand and the tie-breaker edge. Finishing behind the Islanders might actually prove to be a victory because it could give the Rangers an easier playoff path.
So, would you rather face the Penguins, winners of 12 of their last 13, or the Panthers, winners of six of their last seven, though against underachieving foes? Do you contend with Sidney Crosby, rejuvenated ex-Ranger Carl Hagelin and playoff-tested goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (who has missed the last three games with a concussion)? Or do you face ageless Jaromir Jagr and Stanley Cup veteran Roberto Luongo in nets? Pick your poison.
The Rangers beat the Panthers two of three times this season, including a 4-2 win about two weeks ago. The Penguins have beaten the Rangers three times in the last five weeks. If you are a Blueshirts fan, you probably want to avoid the Penguins and Washington Capitals in your own division, and do battle with the Panthers and take your chances with Tampa Bay in the second round.
As tough a pill it is to swallow, losing to the Islanders may be the better path in the long run.

kmcmillan@th-record.com
Twitter: @KenMcMillanTHR

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Free baseball (and hockey) this week on MLB Extra Innings

Baseball fans will be treated to free Major League Baseball games for a full week with the free preview of MLB Extra Innings, from InDemand.
All digital cable customers for Time Warner, Verizon FiOS and Cablevision will receive all Major League games (except those from the Mets and Yankees, in the New York market) from April 3-10. The idea is to entice baseball fans to sign up for the full-year package, valued at $164.96 and paid over four installments. There are nearly 80 games offered per week.
The Time Warner channels are 700-722. The free preview will appear on the standard definition channels, not the high definition.
An added value this season will give subscribers free access to MLB.tv, which streams games on numerous mobile devices and computers.

Since MLB Extra Innings and NHL Center Ice share the same channels, hockey fans will be able to watch the final week of regular-season action for free as well.

For channel assignments, please check out our comprehensive TV, radio and web listings (listed by day) on recordonline.com/sports.

 

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A close-up look at Final Four basketball coverage this weekend

The college basketball season culminates this weekend with a pair of NCAA Division I Final Four events in Houston for the men and Indianapolis for the women.

MEN’S FINAL FOUR
On Saturday, Oklahoma faces Villanova in the first semifinal at 6 p.m., followed by North Carolina and Syracuse at approximately 8:50 p.m.
The big change this year is first-time exclusive cable coverage by TBS after more than 30 years on CBS. The announcers, though, are right out of CBS’ stable with play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analysts Bill Raftery and Grant Hill and reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Saturday’s extensive coverage on TBS starts with At The Final Four from 3-4 p.m. and The Final Four Show from 4-6 p.m. For Monday’s finals, Capital One Championship Central airs from 7-9 p.m., prior to the 9:18 p.m. tip-off.
The studio duties will be manned by hosts Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel, plus analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller, Seth Davis, Steve Smith and some guest coach appearances.
Bonus coverage of the semifinals and finals will be presented on TNT and TruTV with homer coverage called Team Stream. Oklahoma’s Team Stream (Saturday 6 p.m., TNT) will feature play-by-play voice Chad McKee, analyst Eduardo Najera and reporter Jessica Cody. Villanova’s Team Stream (Saturday 6 p.m., TruTV) will have play-by-play voice Scott Graham, analyst Brian Finneran and reporter Kacie McDonnell.
North Carolina’s Team Stream (Saturday 8:50 p.m., TNT) will have play-by-play voice Wes Durham, analyst Brendan Haywood and reporter Dwayne Ballen. Syracuse’s Team Stream (Saturday 8:50 p.m. TruTV) will have play-by-play voice Tom Werme, analyst Roosevelt Bouie and reporter Donovan McNabb (yes, THAT Donovan McNabb).
Westwood One Radio will broadcast the event, to be aired locally on WGNY (1220-AM, 97.3-FM, WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM), and streamed at WestwoodOneSports.com, NCAA.com and TuneIn. Kevin Kugler handles the play-by-play with Clark Kellogg and John Thompson providing the analysis. Jim Gray serves as the reporter. Bill Walton will contribute, as will Doug Gottlieb and Bill Frieder. Jason Horowitz is the studio host for pregame, postgame and halftime.
The Final Four Show starts Saturday’s broadcast window at 3:30 p.m. Pregame coverage for the first semifinal begins at 4:30 p.m. For Monday’s finals, Championship Monday will air at 6:30 p.m. and pregame coverage starts at 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR
The women’s semifinals will be Sunday. Top-ranked Connecticut faces Oregon State in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. on ESPN. The second semifinal features Syracuse and Washington at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 (ESPN will have the Mets-Royals baseball season opener). A pre-game show airs on ESPN at 5:30 p.m.
The women’s finals will be held Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. A three-hour pregame show starts at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU featuring former Marist all-star Julianne Viani, Matt Schick and Brooke Weisbrod.
Beth Mowins will make her Final Four TV debut for ESPN after calling previous events for Westwood One Radio. She replaces Dave O’Brien. Doris Burke will serve as analyst once again, and Holly Rowe returns as sideline reporter.
ESPN’s studio crew features Kevin Neghandi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo and guest coach analysts Stephanie White and Andy Landers.
Connecticut is the prohibitive favorite to win its fourth national title in a row. Ten ESPN analysts and writers picked UConn to win. Charlie Crème, Landers, Lawson, Carolyn Peck, LaChina Robinson, Mechelle Voepel and Stephanie White have picked Syracuse to win its semifinal. Graham Hays, Lobo and Michelle Smith have chosen Washington.
ESPN3 will carry pre-game and post-game press conferences for all three games.
ESPN will utilize 16 cameras for game action, four for the studio portions, and use a “Virtual 3” technology which will illuminate the 3-point arc every time a 3-point shot is attempted – it has been used on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and at the ACC men’s basketball championships.
John Sadak, Debbie Antonelli and Krista Blunk will handle the radio call for Westwood One Radio, which can be heard locally on WGNY (1220-AM, 97.3-FM) and online at westwoodonesports.com. Lance Medow is the pre- and post-game host. The pregame show on Saturday starts at 5:30 p.m.

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NCAA women’s basketball Syracuse regional press conference quotes, including Army

Dave Magarity, Army Head Coach:

On the confidence of 29 wins and 19 game win streak – “We know we have a tall order having to play one of the host teams, for the second time in three years is something we were trying to avoid. You can read between the lines how I feel about the seed. Especially being in this four team pod, it is the hand we were dealt. They (Syracuse) are an exceptionally difficult team to prepare for, they’re a team that is a mirror image of us at our level. They force 25 turnovers in the ACC, they have forced as many as 27 turnovers in a game and lost. It is going to be a monumental challenge for us due to size, length and athleticism. We haven’t seen that much in our league, because those teams don’t have the personnel and we were the team that was like Syracuse in our league. It is ironic that this is the matchup, and matchups are the key especially on the women’s side, after having been on the men’s side for 30 years. Last year, we played a team that was seeded fourth that should been seeded second and proved me right by going to the Final Four. To be in this position is truly something our team deserves. Syracuse is really really good at getting you to play out of your comfort zone.”

On disagreement with seeding – “For the second time in three years playing on someone’s home court, after we have improved dramatically, I mean when you look at the criteria I am just a little confused. No disrespect to Albany, they are terrific team, but we beat Albany earlier in the season. To be put in this pod with them, that is a big difference. I am not saying we are going to beat Florida if we were set to play them, it is just the way that the women’s tournament is set up with the 16 pods and becomes a very regional type of them. The next closest venue for us would have been Maryland or Ohio State, it was just the luck of the draw for us. We are here and we are thrilled to be here, and our players don’t care about seeding. It is just me, it is a personal thing and I am just looking for an edge. I just didn’t think we were getting an edge or fair shake, it is what it is.”

On getting good looks for Kelsey in the face of the Syracuse defense – “We have to be ready for everything, and we’ve had the benefit of seeing a lot of different defenses throughout her career. I think back to her freshman year, when a team designed a diamond-and-one and two years ago a triangle-and-two. But, since her sophomore year she’s seen every conceivable defense that can be thrown at her, that is designed to get the ball out of her hands and deny her the ball, trapping her every time she comes off a ball screen. Pick your poison here, because SU probably has two or three people they could rotate in. We need to give a lot of ball fakes and move the defense. It is scary watching it because they have improved so much this year. My staff has had some sleepless nights here preparing, no doubt.”

“The story line for tomorrow is that we are going to have make basketball plays. We could design every offensive play imaginable, but it is going to come down to making passes and not turning the ball over. I don’t know if I have seen a team other than Syracuse that moves so well off the ball and close out on the next pass. People talk about their weaknesses, but this is a team that went to the ACC championship. I’m watching film after film in the ACC that is most like us, and it is just scary watching players like Peterson play. We don’t want our kids to play tentative. We put our kids in those situations playing Ohio State, Maryland and Duke, and that is why we are successful because the kids who weren’t ready the last time are now prepared for this.”

Other contributors on the team – “We have had a very successful senior class. They have won 99 games in their career, at our mid-major level that is a heck of an accomplishment. Parker is a tough shooter, she can make big plays and is an undersized swing player. Johnson is a heady, smart kid and role player, she had a big game in our Patriot League quarterfinal game. McNeal, a sophomore, was just named to the Patriot League all-tournament team and the all-defensive team in the league. A number of younger kids have stepped up and played really well. Murray (So.) and we have the Morris twins which bring a lot to the table defensively.”

On game planning for Alexis Peterson – “She’s terrific and I absolutely love the way she plays. It is so hard to keep her in front of you and she has improved so much creating her own shot, she can go either way. When she was out for some games, they were a lot different although still very good. She is on our scouting report as “the engine” that makes them go. Butler is great as well, and they’ve got so many other kids that do great things.”

On Syracuse Head Coach Quentin Hillsman – “He has done an amazing job here putting this program together, and they have a lot of seniors who are terrific kids. It is a nice group, if “Q” wants to make it out like he is the underdog more power to him, but he was in the ACC final. I vote for the USA Today poll and he’s been in the top 15 for most of the year. That’s not an underdog.”

Kelsey Minato, Army Guard:

On challenges playing in the Carrier Dome – “Overall, it is really big stadium and it will be an adjustment for us because we are not used to playing here. Hopefully, in today’s practice and shoot around tomorrow we can get adjusted to the whole atmosphere.”

Observations of the Syracuse defense – “They have a very aggressive press and extended 2-3 zone, they force the most turnovers in the country and for us that is going to be a big challenge. We just need to stay composed and use ball fakes, we need to stay under control and don’t let their pressure get to us and just attack them. We need to be just as aggressive in our offense as they are in their defense.”

“We need to hit the middle and kick out, we just have to take open shots and get rebounds and put backs. We can’t be afraid to take open shots, we have to let it fly and let it go.”

Career relationship to Butler (Syracuse) in three point prowess – “I don’t necessarily pay attention to other players, I am just going to play my game and do what I have been doing all season long. Whether it is being aggressive and getting my shot on the outside, we are going to look to get Aimee the ball on the inside. We need to get an inside-outside game, but for me I am focusing on playing my game.”

On having her jersey retired – “It was amazing and I was not expecting it at all. For the athletic department, the coaching staff and the school to do that, my family was there to see it, that really meant a lot. It was just really special to reflect on all that has happened in the last four years and what I’ve accomplished wouldn’t have happened without the coaching staff and my teammates. I am so blessed to be surrounded by people like that.”

Aimee Oertner, Army Forward/ Center:

On the experience of the Army 2014 NCAA Tournament team – “Coming into this game it is a little bit different from playing Maryland in 2014, none of us had been there before so it was a star struck experience. We thought we could win and have a chance, but no one else believed it. Coming into this game is more of a business trip for us, we know we can hang, we know we can compete Syracuse and beat them. We are going in with a lot more confidence than we did two years ago.”

On being an underdog – “I wouldn’t consider them or us as an underdog, obviously our seeding we are the underdog. But if we play the way our coaches prepare us to, and we really take care of the ball and don’t get frazzled, It will be a good game for either team. They are going to have to do the same, because we have been very successful with our press this year too.”

Quentin Hillsman, Syracuse Head Coach:

What’s it like for this program to host these first two rounds and playing at home and really being part of almost all New York state grouping here:
“It’s phenomenal for our program and for Syracuse, we really want to seize the opportunity of playing at home. The last couple of years have not been too friendly in the first and second rounds, so we really understand the advantages of playing at home and we’re really happy to be here. Our team took it to heart this season and a lot of teams don’t want to talk about it, but we’re honest and we really wanted to play at home.”

What are your thoughts on the defense against Kelsey [Minato] and what will you do to try and slow her down:
“She’s a phenomenal scorer. I think people look at her as a phenomenal shooter, but she’s a phenomenal scorer. She can really attack the paint, she can play the one, and she can play in space. You have to be there when she catches the ball because she can also put the ball on the floor. She’s a great player and from watching her, we’ve become impressed with her skill set, but she makes her teammates better. We have to play team defense and take care of things.”

What are some challenges that you see other teams facing when they come into an atmosphere like the Carrier Dome:
“It’s one of those things that as you play more and more games in this environment that you understand what the challenges are. It’s honestly a shooting challenge. You can say it’s not, but it is. Playing in an open arena and open space seems different. I think the mindset of coming into a place that is not what your team is used to makes you have to find a way to get it done. That’s the biggest challenge teams face.”

Coach, how proud are you of the seniors that have been able to get a home game in the tournament in their final season:
“We look at our senior class winning 70 percent of their games and they’ve really made an impact as soon as they stepped on campus. This was a remarkable group of kids that have taken this program to another level. To be in the NCAA Tournament is amazing and moving forward for the future. Before that, we have to give praise to the former players. Those kids have gotten us to a level that has allowed us to recruit good players to come play with them. They allowed us to take things to another level.”

I don’t know how difficult it is because you’re so focused on winning this game and the strategy that it will take to win this game, could you look outside of this as a fan and feel the intrigue of Brianna Butler and Kelsey [Minato] and the match-up and see what those two can do against each other:
“There’s no question that from prepping for this game, and from watching seven tapes that she’s phenomenal. She can make difficult shots. She makes uncontested shots. She can make floaters. She ball fakes. She ball fakes and shoots, which requires incredible strength. She is a phenomenal scorer and the players around her can catch and shoot and make open shots. You have to make sure you can keep her under control. It’s going to be a difficult game because they can make shots. She’s one of the types of players that if she makes the first two then you never know, so it’s going to be an exciting game and a good match-up. We’re going to be playing zone so Brianna Butler won’t be guarding her, but I don’t know if she will be guarding Brianna Butler or not. We’re going to play the way we play and hopefully we will have enough things in place to let us win.”

Brianna Butler, Syracuse Guard:

What do you make of knowing what Kelsey [Minato] has done and knowing what you’ve done, seeing two of the best active 3-point shooters facing off against each other and do you relish that challenge:
“This should just be a fun game. It’s not really about me or about her, but about Syracuse against Army. Both teams are going to come out here and compete and we are just really looking forward to playing on our home court.”

When you look at the advantages of playing on your home court from a shooting perspective, how much of an advantage is it for you guys that you’ve gotten to play here all season and what challenges do you think it offers for teams that have not played in this type of environment:
“Well first and foremost, the Dome is on top of the football field and just that aspect is a lot different than what other teams are used to. A lot of teams have struggled shooting here and it’s more so a comfort level for us. We’ve had several games here and we’ve always played well here. So we’re just looking forward to it.”

You’re talking about one of the best seasons Syracuse women’s basketball has had, you’ve had an incredible team and other teams know that, how do you prepare for a game where there’s a chance that a team will know just how good you are:
“Usually you have to come in and compete at a high level. We have to be aggressive and make other teams uncomfortable and put the pressure on. You just really have to do what you do and that’s where a lot of the credit goes for this season.”

Obviously you take great pride in team defense, when you face a team with a great player that everyone knows about, do you feel confident in your ability to slow a great player or team down:
“Definitely. We go into each game expecting to play our game plan and our pressure has been good in creating discomfort and not letting teams play how they usually do. I think we’re going to do what we do well and that’s pressure and make things uncomfortable for Army in bringing the ball up and trying to break that up.”

As a shooter, can you talk a little more about shooting in the Dome. You talked about how unusual it is with spacing and what some people call the silver benches and what is that adjustment going to be for the other teams coming in:
“Kind of what Alexis [Peterson] touched on, the Dome is a lot more space and open. A lot of teams are not used to that. I think that it causes a little bit of trouble.”

Briana Day, Syracuse Center:

Army is not particularly a big team, so how do you plan on exploiting that:
“We’re going to get the ball inside and play hard and aggressive.”

Alexis Peterson, Syracuse Guard:

Job number one tomorrow is dealing with with [Kelsey] Minato, I was curious on your thoughts and how you go about that and sort of the preparations going into this week to get ready for her:

“We know she’s a great player and she’s talented. She’s done things in her career and they’ve had a great season so far, so we want to just focus on playing aggressively and playing team defense. We want to try and limit her.”

You’ve had a great season and you aren’t flying under anyone’s radar, does that change your preparation in that your oponents are going to know how good you are:
“I think that this year everyone knows that all teams are good that have made it this far, so we just have to keep focusing on what we do well and focus on our game plan and what has allowed us to be successful up until this point. We need to stay in that frame of mind and work as a team, but we respect our opponents and know that they’re just as good as us.”

What are the advantages you have playing here all season and knowing what it’s going to take, especially in the Dome atmosphere for teams that have not seen this before:
“Brianna [Butler] touched on it. We know what to expect in the Dome. Shooting here can be a little different, if you’ve never had to shoot on these rims and with this much sp.ce, so that’s an advantage for us because we play really well at home and it’s going to be good for us”

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NCAA tourney’s featured radio broadcasts on WGNY

WGNY radio (1220-AM, 97.3-FM) will broadcast the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament. For early rounds, Westwood One Sports will select one featured game and then rotate the audience to other contests as warranted.
The featured games for Thursday are North Carolina Wilmington vs. Duke (12:15 p.m.), Yale vs. Baylor (2:45 p.m.), Chattanooga vs. Indiana (7:10 p.m.) and Gonzaga vs. Seton Hall (9:57 p.m.).
Friday’s featured contests are Syracuse vs. Dayton (12:15 p.m.), Temple vs. Iowa (3:10 p.m.), Pittsburgh vs. Wisconsin (6:50 p.m.) and Notre Dame vs. either Michigan or Tulsa (9:40 p.m.).

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