Free baseball week for MLB Extra Innings

It’s free baseball week for digital cable customers as InDemand rolls out a mid-season promotion for MLB Extra Innings. The games will be available through Thursday, July 23.
All Major League Baseball games will be available for free, although Yankees and Mets games will be blacked out in the New York market and Phillies games in the northeast Pennsylvania market. The MLB Extra Innings channels are in the early 700s on Time Warner Cable.
Some cable systems may offer the free HD channels but most utilize only the free standard definition channels.

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ESPN adds Monday British Open golf coverage

Weather delays on Friday and Saturday have pushed the British Open golf championships to a Sunday-Monday finish. The second round was completed on Saturday.
Sunday’s third round coverage starts at 6 a.m. on ESPN3 with the BBC feed, 6:30 a.m. with the Hole No. 17 coverage, and picks up at 7 a.m. on ESPN, plus ESPN3 feeds in Spanish and featured pairings (Phil Mickelson and Gary Woodland, and then Jordan Spieth/Sergio Garcia starting at 8:30 a.m.).
Monday’s final round coverage starts at 6 a.m. on all ESPN platforms (ESPN, and three ESPN3 feeds, including Spanish and BBC feed).

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HBO to televise 1,000th boxing match Saturday

HBO will televise its 1,000th boxing match on Saturday since its Jan. 22, 1973, debut. The boxers who receive the distinction will be Oscar Valdez and Ruben Tamayo, the undercard for the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Jessie Vargas fight. The telecast goes live at 9:45 p.m. ET from Carson, Calif.
The first HBO bout was Joe Frazier against George Foreman from Kingston, Jamaica. The lone announcer on the cablecast was Hall of Famer Don Dunphy.
Most people remember the ABC Wide World of Sports rebroadcast handled by Howard Cosell, with his famous call: “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!” as Foreman won the heavyweight fight with a second-round technical knockout.
The late Billy Costello, the world champion from Kingston, never appeared on HBO. Tracy Harris Patterson, the multiple world champion from the Mid-Hudson, had both of his losses to Arturo Gatti (Dec. 15, 1995 and Feb. 22, 1997) shown on HBO.
Greenwood Lake heavyweight Lou Savarese posted a 1-3 record on HBO. He lost to George Forman on April 26, 1997; lost to David Izon on Nov. 1, 1997; beat Lance Whitaker on March 6, 1999; and, lost to Michael Grant on June 19, 1999.
Newburgh’s Luis Del Valle lost to Vic Darchinyan on Sept. 29, 2012.

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USA-China highlights World Cup quarterfinal action

In 1999 the United States women’s soccer team achieved its place within the American sports discussion when it captured the World Cup championship with a thrilling shootout victory over China.
Sixteen years later the two nations meet again in a World Cup playoff setting. Fox Sports will televise the quarterfinal matchup, in Ottawa, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. The game can be seen locally on WNYW-5 in the New York market, WXXA-23 in the Albany market and WOLF-56 in northeast Pennsylvania.
Fox has assigned play-by-play man JP Dellacamera and analysts Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill to call the match with reporter Jenny Taft on the sidelines. Dellacamera called the 1999 World Cup final match on ABC and DiCicco coached the Americans that year.
Fox will also broadcast the other three quarterfinal matches.
On Friday, Germany and France meet in Montreal at 4 p.m. with pregame coverage at 3 p.m. Justin Kutcher and Aly Wagner have the call.
The coverage moves to Fox Sports 1 on Saturday. Australia and Japan meet at 4 p.m. in Edmonton with pregame coverage at 3 p.m. Jenn Hildreth and Kyndra de St. Aubin have the call. Host Canada and England meet at 7:30 p.m. in Vancouver with pregame coverage at 6 p.m. John Strong and Danielle Slaton are joined by Julie Stewart-Binks on the sidelines.
The World Cup studio portions are hosted by Rob Stone with analysis from Alexi Lalas, Heather Mitts, Kelly Smith and Ariane Hingst.

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U.S. Open golf on Thursday: Best audience since 2002

The opening round of the U.S. Open golf championships on Thursday averaged 2 million viewers on Fox Sports 1 (12-8 p.m.) and Fox network (8-11:09 p.m.). That makes for the most-watched opening round since the 2002 U.S. Open from the Bethpage Black course on Long Island.
Thursday’s audience averaged 3 million during Fox’s prime-time broadcast window and peaked at 3.5 million from 10-10:30 p.m.
The Fox Sports 1 audience peaked at 2.1 million from 5:30-6 p.m. as Tiger Woods’ round got underway – he shot a 10-over-par 80.
This is the first West Coast site for the U.S. Open in three years, allowing for prime-time viewing on network broadcast television.
Friday’s television windows are the same as Thursday. Fox networks (WNYW-5 in New York) will carry the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday from 2-10:30 p.m.

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ESPN airing regional baseball on Monday

The final NCAA Super Regional baseball games will be held today. ESPN2 will carry Illinois-Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton-Louisville at 7 p.m. ESPN will air Texas Christian-Texas A&M at 8 p.m.
The ESPN networks will carry the College World Series starting Saturday and running through June 23 or 24.

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ESPN has expanded coverage of NCAA track and field finals

ESPN has more than tripled its live coverage of the upcoming NCAA Division I men’s and women’s track and field championships from Eugene, Ore.
The men’s meet will be held on June 10 and 12. The first day has coverage from 7-10:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The second day has coverage from 7:30-10 p.m. on ESPN.
The women’s meet will be held June 11 and 13. The first day has ESPNU airing from 7-8:30 p.m. and ESPN from 8:30-10:30 p.m. The second day has ESPN2 airing from 5-7:30 p.m.
Since track and field coverage has been track-centric, ESPN3 is dedicating coverage to field events and the combined events each day: June 10 at 2 p.m., June 11 at 1 p.m., June 12 at 7 p.m. and June 13 at 4:30 p.m.

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World Hockey: USA, Canada on NBCSN Thursday

The World Hockey Championships have reached the quarterfinal round. Team USA, behind future No. 1 or No. 2 NHL draft pick Jack Eichel, will take on Switzerland at 9 a.m. in a game to be televised live by NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports Live Extra App.
Following the conclusion of the USA game, NBC Sports Net will pick up coverage of the Canada-Belarus quarterfinal, which gets underway at 10 a.m. The entire game will be available on the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
The afternoon contests will also be carried on the NBC Sports Live Extra app, with the exciting Sweden-Russia matchup at 1 p.m. and Finland taking on the host Czech Republic at 2 p.m.

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Eight NFL preseason games announced for TV; plus Giants, Jets schedules

The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL Hall of Fame Game, the first of eight nationally televised preseason football games. NBC has the telecast on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m.
The rest of the national TV schedule:
Thur. Aug. 20 – Buffalo at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun. Aug. 23 – St. Louis at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Mon. Aug. 24 – Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Fri. Aug. 28 – Detroit at Jacksonville, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle at San Diego, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Sun. Aug. 30 – Houston at New Orleans, 4 p.m. (Fox)
Sun. Aug. 30 – Arizona at Oakland, 8 p.m. (NBC)

The NFL preseason schedules are not finalized with individual clubs selecting dates within a confined window. Week one games take place between Aug. 13-17, week two from Aug. 20-24, week three from Aug. 27-30 and week four on Sept. 3-4.
The NFL Network will broadcast a handful of live contests, and show every game on taped delay in the days following.

The Giants preseason schedule (likely on WNBC-4):
Aug. 13-17 – at Cincinnati
Aug. 20-24 – Jacksonville
Aug. 27-30 – Jets
Sept. 3-4 – at New England

The Jets preseason schedule (likely on WCBS-2):
Aug. 13-17 – at Detroit
Aug. 20-24 – Atlanta
Aug. 27-30 – Giants
Sept. 3-4 – Philadelphia

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Minor league baseball listings: You’re welcome

With all the attention on Major League Baseball’s opening week, Thursday’s start to minor league baseball season probably slipped under the radar.
Action in Triple-A, Double-A and long-season Single-A has gotten underway, and our online Sports TV/radio/web listings will reflect teams of local interest (the newspaper print version is limited by space).
For the duration of the season, our daily listings (which can be found on our main sports page at will include minor-league contests for the Mets and Yankees top farm affiliates, with most games available via the Internet at This includes the Las Vegas 51s and Binghamton Mets, plus the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Trenton Thunder. Also included are Buffalo Bisons games, which can be heard over the radio on most nights at WWKB (1520-AM).
Time Warner Cable Sports televises games for the Buffalo Bison (Blue Jays), Rochester Red Wings (Twins) and Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals). With regional restrictions, a TWC spokesman said there are no games scheduled for the Hudson Valley TWC Sports channel as of yet but some of those games have been shown in past seasons.
The Hudson Valley Renegades get underway in mid-June with all home games and select road games in New York city airing on WKIP (1450-AM) and WJIP (1370-AM, day games). Msot Renegades road games can be heard on via the home team’s website.
The Rockland Boulders independent team from the Can-Am League will have games aired on WBNR (1260-AM) and WLNA (1420-AM), plus Rockland County’s WRCR (moving to 1700-AM in May). Broadcasts will also be streamed via The Boulders open play in mid-May and run into early September.
The Sussex County Miners of the Can-Am League, returning baseball to Augusta, N.J., the former home of the New Jersey Cardinals, will have all games webstreamed on – the home games will have video and the road games will be audio only.
The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League open play on April 24. Many Ducks games will be streamed on YouTube via DucksBaseball channel. All Friday and Saturday games, home and away, and one other weekday game (it varies by date) will be streamed on All Wednesday and Sunday home games will be streamed on
The Sugar Land Skeeters from Texas, also a member of the Atlantic League, will have home games aired on ESPN3.
CBS Sports Network aired 15 minor-league games in 2014, and MLB Network broadcast some day games before that, but neither network has announced plans to show games in 2015 as of yet. MLB Network has aired the Triple-A All-Star Game in recent seasons, and NBC Sports Network broadcast one game from the Triple-A World Series in 2014.

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