ESPN to Provide Live Coverage of Muhammad Ali Memorial Service

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The network is switching its coverage of the opener of soccer's European Championship to ESPN2.

ESPN is switching the network for the opener of soccer's European Championship on Friday so it can provide live coverage of Muhammad Ali's memorial service on its flagship channel.

The company said Wednesday that the Euro 2016 opener between host France and Romania will shift from ESPN to ESPN2. Coverage of Ali's memorial service from Louisville, Ky., will now air on ESPN. Broadcasts of both start Friday at 2 p.m. ET.

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver Ali's eulogy at the KFC Yum! Center, which seats 15,000. Other speakers include family members, actor Billy Crystal, sportscaster Bryant Gumbel and representatives of multiple faiths. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Abdullah II of Jordan plan to attend, and actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among eight pallbearers.