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What channel is Stanford vs. Arizona on today? Time, TV schdule for NCAA women’s championship game

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What channel is Stanford vs. Arizona on today? Time, TV schdule for NCAA women's championship game

The NCAA has reached the final game of the 2020-21 Division I women’s basketball season, and the last two teams standing know each other very well.

The national championship game will be an all-Pac-12 matchup between Stanford and Arizona. The Cardinal swept the Wildcats during the regular season but Arizona is riding high after an upset victory over UConn in the Final Four. This is the first time two teams from the Pac-10/Pac-12 will square off in the championship game.

Stanford, the top seed in Alamo Region, survived Hemisfair No. 1 seed South Carolina 66-65 in the Final Four on April 2. The Gamecocks missed two buzzer-beater attempts from short range at the end of the game. The Cardinal are seeking their third national title but their first since 1992. They last made the title game in 2010, losing to UConn. The program has reached the Final Four 14 times in its history.

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Arizona, the third seed in the Mercado Region, upset River Walk top seed UConn 69-59 in the second national semifinal. The Wildcats are in search of their first national championship in their first Final Four appearance.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Stanford vs. Arizona women’s national championship game, including time, date and TV channel.

What channel is Stanford vs. Arizona on tonight?

The ESPN family of networks, including ABC, is televising the entire 2021 NCAA women’s basketball tournament. ESPN will broadcast the national championship game on Sunday evening leading into “Sunday Night Baseball.”

Stanford vs. Arizona start time

  • Date: Sunday, April 4
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT

The national championship game between Stanford and Arizona is scheduled to tip off shortly after 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 4.

Where is the Final Four in 2021?

  • Location: Alamodome, San Antonio

The NCAA has conducted the women’s tournament inside a bubble in San Antonio, using multiple arenas for earlier rounds. The Final Four is being held in the Alamodome.

Stanford vs. Arizona odds to win national championship matchup

Stanford is heavily favored to make it three in a row over Arizona this season, based in part on the first two matchups (see the next section for more information). 

Below is spread, over/under and moneyline for Stanford-Arizona as of 1:35 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 3:

  • Spread: Stanford -xx
  • Over/under: xxx
  • Moneyline: Stanford -xxx, Arizona +xxx

Stanford vs. Arizona 2020-21 season series

The Cardinal (30-2) recorded two double-digit victories over the Wildcats (21-5) during the Pac-12 Conference season: 81-54 in Tucson on New Year’s Day and 62-48 in Stanford on Feb. 22. Arizona was ranked in The Associated Press’ top 10 in each game but Stanford was ranked in the top five, including No. 1 on Jan. 1. The second victory clinched the Pac-12 regular-season championship for Stanford, the program’s first since 2014.

In the first meeting, Stanford outscored Arizona 24-7 in the second quarter en route to a 44-20 halftime lead. Sophomore guard Haley Jones led the Cardinal with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Arizona’s top player, Aari McDonald, shot 3 for 18 from the field and finished with 12 points.

Stanford took command of the return matchup in the third quarter. It held a 12-point advantage after 30 minutes and the lead never dipped below double digits in the fourth. Junior guard Lexie Hull led the Cardinal this time with 16 points. McDonald, a third-team AP All-American, finished with 20 points on 8-of-24 shooting.   

Stanford NCAA Tournament 2021 record

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Sunday, March 21 Round 1 Utah Valley (Alamo 16 seed) W, 87-44
Tuesday, March 23 Round 2 Oklahoma State (Alamo 8 seed) W, 73-62
Sunday, March 28 Sweet 16 Missouri State (Alamo 5 seed) W, 89-62
Monday, March 30 Elite Eight Louisville (Alamo 2 seed) W, 78-63
Friday, April 2 Final Four South Carolina (Hemisfair 1 seed) W, 66-65

Arizona NCAA Tournament 2021 record

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Monday, March 22 Round 1 Stony Brook (Mercado 14 seed) W, 79-44
Wednesday, March 24 Round 2 BYU (Mercado 11 seed) W, 52-46
Saturday, March 27 Sweet 16 Texas A&M (Mercado 2 seed) W, 74-59
Monday, March 29 Elite Eight Indiana (Mercado 4 seed) W, 66-53
Friday, April 2 Final Four UConn (River Walk 1 seed) W, 69-59

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

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ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

MORE: Why Paige Bueckers was ineligible for ’21 WNBA Draft

Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

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'It shows how exciting we can be!' - Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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What pressure? Arsenal sweeps Slavia Prague aside to set up a reunion with Emery

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What pressure? Arsenal sweeps Slavia Prague aside to set up a reunion with Emery

Slavia Prague 0-4 Arsenal: Match statistics

What was all the fuss about?

It was billed as the game that would define Arsenal’s season, a night that could even shape Mikel Arteta’s future at the club.

The pressure was supposed to be on against Slavia Prague but within 25 superb minutes, the Gunners were in cruise control.

Last week’s 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium had left the Gunners with a very simple equation going into the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal in the Czech capital: score a goal.

Arteta’s side knew failure to find a way through a Slavia side that was unbeaten at home in all competitions this season would send it crashing out of the tournament and leave an already disappointing season in tatters.

Serious questions were being asked of the players after the way in which they threw away a lead in the closing stages of the first leg to hand Prague the advantage going into Thursday night’s return fixture.

But in the space of six scintillating first-half minutes, those questions were answered in emphatic style.

The brilliant Emile Smith Rowe had already had a goal ruled out for the tightest of offside calls before Nicolas Pepe gave the visitors the lead on 18 minutes, thus canceling out Slavia’s away goal.

Alexandre Lacazette then struck from the penalty spot three minutes later to make it 2-0 on the night before Bukayo Saka added a classy third goal – all within 24 minutes of the game getting underway.

It was game, set and match Arsenal before we had even reached the half-hour mark.

Even in his wildest dreams, Arteta would never have imagined such an impressive start from his side, especially with his captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing due to contracting malaria while away with Gabon on international duty.

This was a major statement from his side and another example of why there is genuine belief within the club that things are heading in the right direction under the Spaniard.

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The abject performances throughout November and the majority of December may have led to a hugely disappointing Premier League campaign, but the improvement since Christmas has been undeniable.

Since beating Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day, Arteta’s side sits fourth in the form table, with only Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham picking up more points.

And now the Gunners have booked their spot in the Europa League semifinals, where they will meet Unai Emery’s Villarreal.

Clearly, there is still much for Arsenal to improve on and failure to go on and win the Europa League will more than likely leave it facing up to a season without European competition for the first time in 25 years.

For a club of Arsenal’s stature, that is not good enough, but there are still plenty of reasons for optimism and they were all on show as Prague was blown away in its backyard.

Arsenal’s homegrown youngsters have been the catalyst for the improvement since Boxing Day and one again they led the charge – with academy graduates Smith Rowe and Saka proving far too good for the Czech champions.

Immediately after seeing a goal ruled out for offside, Smith Rowe waltzed through the Slavia defense before working the ball to Pepe, who showed wonderful composure to score his fifth Europa League goal of the season.

Saka then took center stage, winning a penalty, which was converted by Lacazette, before scoring the third himself with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

At that point, the game was done and dusted. Arsenal had done its job and it cruised through the remainder of the quarterfinal, with Lacazette putting the gloss on a fabulous night’s work with a fourth goal on 77 minutes.

All eyes now turn to the semifinal against Villarreal and the return of Emery, the man Arteta replaced just over 16 months ago.

Emery led Arsenal to the Europa League final in 2019 and now he is the man standing in their way of repeating the trick two years later.

A return to the Champions League is now within touching distance for Arsenal. Just three games stand between the Gunners and a seat back at Europe’s top table.

They went to Prague with their season on the line and they return to London with the dream still alive.

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