NBC Sports Bay Area



“SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central” and “Warriors Outsiders” to Surround Each Game

with 4 Hours of News, Analysis and Commentary


Region’s Deepest Sports News Team Covering Warriors-Rockets Series;

Kerith Burke, Kelenna Azubuike & Monte Poole to Report from Houston


“The Happy Hour,” “Warriors With You” and

to Provide Comprehensive Multi-platform Warriors-Rockets Coverage


Network Coverage Presented On-Air and Live Streamed

on and via NBC Sports App


Original Content Throughout Playoffs Via NBC Sports Bay Area’s

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Platforms


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 10, 2018 – NBC Sports Bay Area and (@NBCSAuthentic), the home of the most comprehensive local coverage of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, continue their extensive season-long coverage into the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets.  The network’s Warriors-Rockets coverage is highlighted by four hours of live game-day coverage on SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central and Warriors Outsiders.  Throughout the series, the network will continue to present complete Warriors playoff coverage with daily news, preview and analysis programs; in-depth online coverage from; and enhanced social media interaction.


NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors-Rockets on-air and online details:


NBA Sports Bay Area’s Warriors-Rockets coverage features the region’s deepest sports on-air/online roster, a total of 11 contributors, including the SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central team: Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean, Kelenna Azubuike (@KAzubuike7), Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) and Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS); Warriors Outsiders Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) and Grant Liffmann (@GrantLiffmann); The Happy Hour’s Greg Papa, Ray Ratto (@RattoNBCS) and Kelli Johnson (@KJohnsonNBCS); plus, Laura Britt (@Laura_Britt_) and James Ham (@James_HamNBCS).


SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central

Live Warriors-Rockets pregame coverage: One hour before the national broadcast, NBC Sports Bay Area will present comprehensive game preview and analysis, the latest team news and developments, and interviews with players and coaches on SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central.  


Live Warriors-Rockets postgame coverage: After the game, Warriors Playoff Central, a one-hour show, will feature in-depth game analysis with stats and highlights, locker room interviews and a preview of the next game. 


Warriors Playoff Central will air before and after each national broadcast.  The shows will originate from Oracle Arena during home games.


The shows are anchored by three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Greg Papa with expert analysis from former Warriors general manager and head coach Garry St. Jean and former Warriors forward Kelenna Azubuike.  Additional analysis will be provided by’s Warriors Insider Monte Poole and Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke.


For road games, Burke, Poole and Azubuike will report live from Houston.  Papa and St. Jean will anchor the shows from the Bay Area.


Visit and follow @NBCSAuthentic and @NBCSWarriors on Twitter for air dates/times and channel locations for Warriors Playoff Central during the Warriors-Rockets series.


Warriors OutsidersWarriors Outsiders (@GSWOutsiders), hosted by Drew Shiller and Grant Liffmann, will provide viewers with a fresh take on each Warriors-Rockets game with analysis, commentary and basketball analytics. Warriors Outsiders is simultaneously synced with Facebook Live to produce a unique conversation via an interactive experience.  The show will air before and after each game.


Visit and follow @NBCSAuthentic, @NBCSWarriors, @DrewShiller and @GrantLiffmann for Warriors Outsiders air dates/times.


Additionally, Shiller and Liffmann host the Warriors Outsiders Podcast featuring game preview and analysis, opinionated commentary and lively debate.  To listen click HERE.


The Happy HourThe Happy Hour (@NBCSHappyHour), a live hour-long conversational program – hosted by Greg Papa, Ray Ratto and Kelli Johnson – regularly airs live weekdays at 5 p.m.  The Happy Hour showcases the distinctive voices and wit of Papa, Ratto and Johnson sharing their unfiltered spirited commentary, in-depth Warriors and NBA news and analysis, and lively conversation on the day’s trending sports headlines and other provocative stories.


The Happy Hour is available across NBC Sports Bay Area’s multiple platforms:


Warriors coverage streamed live via, NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Bay Area offers live streaming of its Warriors coverage on and via the NBC Sports app.  For more information about the network’s streaming service, click HERE.


Warriors With YouWarriors With You (#WarriorsWithYou) a live multi-platform, half-hour show hosted by Warriors reporter Kerith Burke and Warriors Insider Monte Poole – will be presented throughout the playoffs on Facebook Live.  Kelenna Azubuike will join the show during road games.  Warriors With You will deliver a comprehensive breakdown of the Warriors-Rockets series, the latest team developments and insider reports.  Fans will have the opportunity to interact with Burke, Poole and Azubuike during the shows via Facebook Live. – delivers complete Warriors-Rockets coverage and showcases Warriors Insider Monte Poole, Senior Insider Ray Ratto and NBA reporter James Ham, and provides insightful analysis and breakdown, daily insider reports and special web-exclusive videos. is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video, player and coach interviews, press conferences and content from Warriors Playoff Central, The Happy Hour, Warriors Outsiders, and Warriors Insider Podcast, which offer news and analysis from the region’s most informed local lineup of award-winning reporters, analysts and personalities.


NBC Sports Bay Area Social Media – NBC Sports Bay Area will present original content throughout the Warriors-Rockets series across various social media platforms: Facebook (; Instagram (NBCSAuthentic); Snapchat (NBCSAuthentic); and Twitter (@NBCSAuthentic & @NBCSWarriors).  Plus, NBC Sports Bay Area will present live game-day content from Oracle Arena at every Warriors home game.


NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. and provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips.  Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook:


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Watch Bodexpress throw off jockey, run 2019 Preakness Stakes anyway


Watch Bodexpress throw off jockey, run 2019 Preakness Stakes anyway

If you didn't tune into the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday because there were no Triple Crown implications, you missed one of the craziest moments in a long time.

Bodexpress, in the No. 9 stall at Pimlico Race Course, was loaded in crooked, and when the gates opened, he came out wrong, immediately throwing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez to the track.

While Velazquez was on the ground, Bodexpress kept running and ended up completing the race, although the 20-1 shot officially received a "did not finish" designation.

After the race, which War of Will won, NBC Sports' Kenny Rice caught up with Velazquez and asked him what happened.

"He was not behaving good in the gate, he was not settling really well," the jockey said. "He got me against the wall in the gate, and obviously, when the doors opened, I was off right from the start and he jumped sideways, and I had my feet out and I lost my balance and I went off."

Despite being thrown from Bodeexpress, Velazquez said he was fine.

"I'm good, to tell you the truth," he said. "Just disappointed when you come here to a big race like this and things like this happen with the horse. Just disappointed."

Preakness Stakes 2019 payouts: Win, place, show results for 144th race


Preakness Stakes 2019 payouts: Win, place, show results for 144th race

In a race that started with a jockey immediately falling off his horse, War of Will crossed the finish line first Saturday to win the 2019 Preakness Stakes. 

War of Will had the second-best odds going into the race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. 

Country House, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security was disqualified, pulled out of the second leg of the Triple Crown because of a cough. Maximum Security did not run the race.

Here are the payout results from the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes.

War of Will $14.20 $7.40 $5.40
Everfast $32.00 $14.40
Owendale $6.00

$2 Exacta: 1-10 ($947.00), $1 Trifecta 1-10-5 ($4,699.80), $1 Superfecta 1-10-5-3 ($51,924.00)