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Friday, February 19th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH – FEBRUARY 19-21, 2016
(All times ET)
The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team. For live streaming information on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Golf Channel Live Extra, click here.
Friday, February 19
12:30 p.m. on Universal HD – Four Continents Figure Skating Championships – Free Dance
2:30 p.m. on Universal HD – Four Continents Figure Skating Championships – Men’s Short
3:30 p.m. on Universal HD – FIS World Cup Chamonix – Men’s Combined
5 p.m. on NBCSN – Pro Football Talk
5 p.m. on Universal HD – IBSF World Championships – Men’s Skeleton
5 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour Northern Trust Open
6 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America
6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – FINA Diving World Cup – Women’s Synchronized Platform
7:30 p.m. on NBCSN – FINA Diving World Cup – Men’s Synchronized Springboard
8:30 p.m. on NBCSN – CONCACAF Soccer Semifinal: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
10:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Curling Night in America
11:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Saturday, February 20
12:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Youth Olympic Games
6 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour Maybank Championship Malaysia
12 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: St. Bonaventure @ Dayton
12 p.m. on Universal HD – Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour Northern Trust Open
2 p.m. on NBC – 18 Rising Presented by Toyota
2 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: St. Joseph’s @ Davidson
3 p.m. on NBC – FIS World Cup La Thuile – Women’s Downhill
4 p.m. on NBC – Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
4 p.m. on NBCSN – USA Track & Field Millrose Games
4 p.m. on Universal HD – FIS World Cup Chamonix – Men’s Downhill
5:30 p.m. on Universal HD – IBSF World Championships – Women’s Skeleton
6:30 p.m. on Universal HD – Four Continents Figure Skating Championships – Pairs Free
7:30 p.m. on Universal HD – FINA Diving World Cup – Women’s Synchronized Springboard
9 p.m. on NBCSN – World Series of Fighting
9 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Sunday, February 21
1 a.m. on NBCSN – Youth Olympic Games
2 a.m. on NBCSN – Tour Down Under Highlight Show
6 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour Maybank Championship Malaysia
12 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: La Salle @ George Washington
12 p.m. on NBC – NHL Live
12:30 p.m. on NBC – NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Buffalo Sabres
1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour Northern Trust Open
2 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: Northeastern @ Hofstra
3 p.m. on NBC – Hockey Day in America Bridge Show
3:30 p.m. on NBC – NHL Stadium Series: Chicago Blackhawks @ Minnesota Wild
4 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: George Mason @ UMass
6 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live
6 p.m. on Universal HD – FIS World Cup La Thuile – Women’s Super G
7 p.m. on NBCSN – Sunday Night Hockey: Detroit Red Wings @ New York Rangers
7:30 p.m. on Universal HD – IBSF World Championships – Four-Man Bobsled
8:30 p.m. on Universal HD – FINA Diving World Cup – Men’s Synchronized Springboard
9:30 a.m. on NBCSN – NHL Overtime
9:30 p.m. on Universal HD – FINA Diving World Cup – Women’s Platform
10 p.m. on NBCSN – CONCACAF Soccer Final
12 a.m. on NBCSN – Four Continents Figure Skating Championships – Men’s Free
HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA
NBC Sports Group celebrates hockey in the United States with a Hockey Day In America tripleheader this Sunday across NBC and NBCSN, highlighted by an NHL Stadium Series matchup between Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks and Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild, from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the Blackhawks-Wild NHL Stadium Series matchup on NBC.
NBC Sports’ Hockey Day In America tripleheader starts at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, as rookie sensation Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and wraps up at 7 p.m. ET with an Original Six Sunday Night Hockey matchup on NBCSN, as Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings face Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.
John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the action from First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (‘Inside-The-Glass’) will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Hockey Day In America studio coverage will originate live from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis throughout the day on Sunday. Liam McHugh will anchor coverage, alongside analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.
FIS WORLD CUP ALPINE SKIING
NBC Sports continues its coverage of the FIS World Cup alpine skiing season this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, as Lindsey Vonn continues her pursuit of the World Cup victories record in La Thuile, Italy. Steve Porino (play-by-play) and Kaylin Richardson (analyst) will provide commentary for Saturday’s coverage on NBC.
Universal HD will also air men’s FIS World Cup alpine skiing coverage from Chamonix, France, this weekend, beginning with Men’s Combined today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Coverage on Universal HD continues Saturday with Men’s Downhill at 4 p.m. ET, and concludes Sunday with Women’s Super G at 6 p.m. ET.
CURLING NIGHT IN AMERICA
Friday Night is Curling Night on NBCSN with a new episode of Curling Night In America tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. The penultimate installation of the eight-episode television event on NBCSN will feature John Shuster and Team USA against Team China on the men’s side. The event features Team USA, as well as China, Japan, and Scotland, and includes one men’s, women’s and mixed doubles team from each nation.
Jason Knapp (play-by-play) and Pete Fenson (analyst) will provide commentary, while Tanith White (reporter) offers reports from Curl Mesabi in Eveleth, Minn.
2016 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
NBCSN’s daily presentation of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games from Lillehammer, Norway, continues through this weekend with coverage tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT. NBC Sports Group commentators Carolyn Manno, Jimmy Roberts, Liam McHugh, and Dave Briggs will combine to host NBCSN’s coverage of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Events that will be featured at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games include alpine skiing, ice hockey, freestyle skiing and snowboarding, speedskating, luge, curling and cross-country skiing.
FOUR CONTINENTS FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
NBC Sports Group presents coverage of the 2016 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships from Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, this weekend, including coverage of the ladies’ free skate this Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. In addition, Universal HD presents coverage of the event beginning today at 12:30 p.m. ET with the free dance and men’s short program, and NBCSN presents coverage of the men’s free skate Sunday night, Feb. 21, at midnight ET.
Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, and Andrea Joyce will host coverage of the event on NBC and NBCSN. Charlie White, Michael Weiss, and Jason Horowitz will host coverage on Universal HD.
18 RISING PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
NBC revisits the amazing comeback story of 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The one-hour special, 18 Rising Presented by Toyota, chronicles Busch’s inconceivable year. The journey began with a hard crash and broken bones in Daytona, followed by a tough recovery that spanned 11 regular-season races, then finished with a dominating march to Miami that climaxed with a Sprint Cup Championship.
The special brings viewers behind the scenes with Busch during the off-season, showcasing tender moments at home with his wife, Samantha, and young son, Brexton. Cameras also follow Busch and race team owner, Joe Gibbs, to the Toyota factory in Georgetown, KY, where they visit with workers, share stories and offer photos with the Sprint Cup trophy.
WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING
World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN this Saturday, Feb. 20, live at 9 p.m. ET, with Marlon Moraes (15-4-1) defending his bantamweight title against Joseph Barajas (12-1) from Next Level Sports Complex in Orange County, Calif.
In Saturday’s co-main event, Timur “Lucky” Valiev (10-1) takes on Chris “El Guapo” Gutierrez (8-1-1) in a bantamweight contest, with the winner expected to earn a shot at the World Series of Fighting bantamweight title. Saturday’s card also features a bout between Andrew “The” Ramm (4-3) and Ozzie Alvarez (6-3) in the welterweight division.
Play-by-play announcer Kenny Rice will be joined by analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action.
2016 FINA DIVING WORLD CUP
NBC Sports Group presents coverage of the 2016 FINA Diving World Cup this weekend from the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the venue proposed for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
NBCSN’s coverage begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET with women’s synchronized platform, immediately followed by the men’s synchronized springboard at 7:30 p.m. ET. Weekend coverage moves to Universal HD on Saturday with women’s synchronized springboard at 7:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage on Universal HD begins with men’s synchronized springboard at 8:30 p.m. ET, immediately followed by women’s platform at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Play-by-play will be handled over the six-day competition by Steve Schlanger and Ted Robinson on a rotating basis, joined by analyst Cynthia Potter.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying soccer tournament continues this weekend, highlighted by the U.S. Women’s National Team in the semifinal round, live tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBCSN presents coverage of the final match this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 10 p.m. ET.
Match coverage is hosted by a combination of Philadelphia Union’s lead play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera, CSN Mid Atlantic’s Sebastian Salazar, and analysts Kate Markgraf and Danielle Slaton.
NBCSN presents two hours of live coverage of the 109th Millrose Games this Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. ET. The Millrose Games are the third competition in the 2016 USATF Indoor Championship Series.
Coverage of the Millrose Games includes: men’s 60m hurdles, men’s and women’s 60m, men’s and women’s 400m, women’s 800m, men’s 3000m, women’s 5000m, men’s and women’s Wanamaker Mile, men’s long jump, and men’s high jump.
Ato Boldon, Lewis Johnson, Todd Harris, Tim Hutchings and Adam Nelson call the action from the Armory Track & Field Center in New York, N.Y.
NBCSN continues its 2015-16 college basketball coverage this weekend with five matchups featuring Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association schools.
Saturday’s A-10 doubleheader action tips off with St. Bonaventure at Dayton at Noon ET, immediately followed by St. Joseph’s at Davidson at 2 p.m. ET.
Sunday’s tripleheader coverage begins at Noon ET with La Salle at George Washington, immediately followed by Northeastern at Hofstra at 2 p.m. ET, and George Mason at UMass at 4 p.m. ET.
Steve Schlanger and David Kaplan call St. Bonaventure-Dayton from UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Mike Corey and Ron Thompson call St. Joseph’s-Davidson from John M. Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.
Rich Lerner and Dalen Cuff call La Salle-George Washington from Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. Steve Schlanger and David Kaplan call Northeastern-Hofstra from Hofstra Arena in Hempstead, N.Y. Paul Burmeister and Blaine Taylor call George Mason-UMass from William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Ma.
NBC Sports Group presents coverage the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open, LPGA Tour’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, and the European Tour’s Maybank Championship Malaysia.
Live coverage of the Northern Trust Open continues today at 5 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Saturday’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and coverage wraps Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.
Terry Gannon (play-by-play) hosts Golf Channel’s coverage from Pacific Palisades, Calif. Gannon is joined by Curt Byrum (analyst), Matt Gogel and Jim Gallagher Jr. (tower), and Billy Ray Brown from the course. Angela Akins will contribute with interviews.
Live weekend coverage of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open begins tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and concludes on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.
Mike Ritz hosts coverage of the LPGA Tour from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla. Calling the action from The Grange Golf Club in South Australia are Quentin Hull (play-by-play), analysts Jane Crafter and Kate Burton, and Sandy McKenzie (on-course). Stephanie Brantz will contribute with interviews.
This weekend’s coverage of the Maybank Championship Malaysia on Golf Channel continues tomorrow at 6 a.m. ET, and wraps Saturday 6 a.m. ET.
Dougie Donnelly (play-by-play) hosts Golf Channel’s coverage from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Donnelly is joined by analysts Dom Boulet and Warren Humphreys, and Julian Tutt (on-course).