Kicks up north

The Women’s World Cup started with 24 teams.
Einfaches CMYKThen 16 advanced, and now eight winners of the second stage meet this weekend in the quarterfinals. Fox has a pair of contests Friday, with Germany against France at 4 p.m. from Montreal before the United States battles China in Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.
Australia tangles with Japan Saturday at 4 p.m. from Edmonton, with England and host Canada meeting in Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The winners head to the semifinals next week.
In Major League Soccer, D.C. United takes on Toronto Saturday at 5 p.m. on Comcast. New York FC meets the Red Bulls on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. with Portland against Seattle at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Mexico meets Costa Rica in an international friendly Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles close their series in Boston with a Thursday afternoon contest at 1:30 p.m. on MASN, then host the Indians for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday will be on MASN2, and Saturday’s game will be on Fox.
The Nationals host Atlanta Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN2 before going to Philadelphia for the weekend on MASN.
Fox features Angels-Mariners and Cubs against Cardinals along with the Orioles Saturday at 7 p.m., and ESPN has Cubs clashing with the Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
Who’s going to be the first pick this year? ESPN offers the NBA Draft Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The NHL selects its future stars Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” crew does their final NASCAR race of the season, with FoxSports1 coverage from Sonoma Sunday at 3 p.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Fontana Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
North of the border, Ottawa heads to Montreal in CFL action Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Hamilton takes on Calgary Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2
Santa Anita hosts the Gold Cup on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8 p.m.
Grab your red umbrella for CBS coverage of the Travelers Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best Senior golfers gather for the U.S. Senior Open. FoxSports1 has coverage Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.
NBC carries the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. There’s action on NBC Sports network Friday at 10 p.m.


Father’s Day viewing

Usually, Father’s Day weekend gives dads all the sports they want.
Not if there are NASCAR fans this year.
NASCAR uses one of its rare weekends off Sunday, giving the Sprint Cup teams time at home with their dads as midseason nears. Other sports take up the slack, with Fox taking the lead.
The U.S. Open begins a 12-year run on the Fox networks Thursday at noon on FoxSports1. Fox has primetime coverage from 8 to 11 p.m.
The second round starts Friday at noon on FoxSports1, moving to Fox at 8 p.m. Fox carries the final two rounds starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Virginia continues its quest for the College World Series championship against Florida Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. A win moves the Cavaliers into the best-of-three finale on Monday.
Vanderbilt leads its pool, and awaits the winner of Thursday’s 8 p.m. game between TCU and LSU for its next contest Friday at 8 p.m.
If Virginia or Vanderbilt lose Friday, there will be final games in the pool Saturday.
The Orioles close a series with the Phillies Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then head to Toronto for the weekend.
The Nationals host Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before the Pirates come to town on MASN2.
ESPN offers the battle between the Dodgers and Giants Sunday at 8 p.m. and the Royals meet the Brewers on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Women’s World Cup opens its second stage with a pair of games Saturday on FoxSports1. Germany meets Sweden at 4 p.m., followed by China against Cameroon. Sunday’s contests start at 1 p.m. with Brazil against Australia then it’s France against South Korea at 4 p.m. and host Canada battling Switzerland at 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United meets New England Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and Real Salt Lake hosts Kansas City Sunday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Xfinity Series rides Saturday at 9:30 p.m., while the Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the Austrian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
Philadelphia meets the Kiss in Arena Football Saturday at 11 p.m. and Spokane battles Portland Sunday at 10 p.m.


Back on the road to Omaha

A few weeks ago, the University of Virginia baseball team was struggling to make the top 10 in the ACC.
Now, they are among the final eight teams playing for the national title.
Virginia, the 2014 runner-up, returns to Omaha this weekend for the College World Series. The Cavaliers meet Arkansas Saturday at 3 p.m. to start their double-elimination pool. ESPN has coverage of the action.
Miami meets Florida in Saturday’s nightcap at 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt begins the defense of its title at 8 p.m. Sunday against Cal-State Fullerton on ESPN2, after LSU and TCU tangle at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Play continues in the two pools throughout the week, getting down to the final two for the best-of-three finale starting June 22.
The Orioles close a series against the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Yankees for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on ESPN, with Saturday’s game part of the Fox Saturday package.
The Nationals visit Milwaukee for a four-game set, with games on MASN2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday and MASN Saturday afternoon.
The Giants host Arizona Saturday on Fox, and the Cubs and Reds meet Saturday on Fox and Sunday on ESPN.
The Stanley Cup Final continues Saturday on NBC, with Game 5 between the Lightning and Blackhawks at 8 p.m.
Cleveland hosts Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC, with the scene shifting to Golden State Sunday at 8 p.m.
The WNBA season starts with a pair of games on ESPN2 Sunday – Chicago against Indiana at 1 p.m. before Minnesota takes on Phoenix at 3 p.m.
The United States women face Sweden in their second match of the World Cup Friday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Germany meets Norway Thursday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Ivory Coast-Thailand at 7 p.m. Host Canada battles New Zealand at 9 p.m.
Australia goes against Nigeria Friday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1. Switzerland faces Ecuador at 7 p.m. while Japan-Cameroon finishes the night at 10.
Fox brings a pair of games Saturday – France against Colombia at 1 p.m. and England meeting Mexico at 4 p.m. It’s Brazil-Spain Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Croatia meets Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s Armenia-Portugal on ESPN Saturday at 11:55 a.m. before England plays Slovenia Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
D.C. United tangles with Orlando City Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Memphis hosts the PGA Tour this weekend, with the St. Jude Classic on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC carries the Women’s PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR travels to Michigan this weekend, with the Sprint Cup series Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity drivers ride Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the Truck Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Toronto Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 5 p.m.
Jacksonville visits Tampa Bay in Arena Football Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NCAA’s best track and field athletes meet on ESPN2 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. There’s are men’s finals Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and the women’s semifinals are Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC brings the Adidas Grand Prix from New York Saturday at 1 p.m.
Horses hit the track for the Stephen Foster and Fleur de Lis Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

 


Is it finally the Triple Crown year?

Twice in the past three years, a horse went to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown.
And failed.
American Pharoah tries to end the 37-year drought at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. NBC has coverage at 4:30 p.m.
An eight-horse field will tackle the longest race of the Triple Crown, and American Pharoah drew the fifth slot Wednesday. A first place finish after that will make major history.
NBC Sports network has earlier races in the day at 2:30 p.m.
Can LeBron James bring a championship to Cleveland? He gets another chance starting Thursday when the Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. ABC has coverage of Game 1 at 9 p.m., with Game 2 Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs between Chicago and Tampa Bay Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on NBC.
The women’s World Cup gets underway Saturday in Canada, with the host squad meeting China on FoxSports1 at 6 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Toronto Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Dallas takes on San Jose Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces the Netherlands in an international friendly Friday at 2:20 p.m. on ESPN and Ireland meets England Sunday at 7:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles close a series with the Astros Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN before heading to Cleveland for the weekend. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN2, with Sunday afternoon on MASN.
The Nationals meet the Cubs for a four-game set, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Coverage will be on MASN Friday and Saturday, with Sunday’s game at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Fox Saturday baseball offers Braves-Pirates, White Sox against Tigers and Yankees battling the Angels at 7 p.m. The Royals meet the Rangers on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with Cardinals-Dodgers Sunday at 8 p.m.
The NCAA Super Regionals get underway Friday at 4 p.m., with Arkansas-Missouri State followed by Florida-Florida State on ESPN2.
ESPN has a pair of games Saturday, with Miami meeting VCU at 2 p.m. and Texas A&M starting its best-of-three with TCU at 5 p.m. There’s four games on ESPN2, starting at 11 a.m. when Louisville faces Cal State Fullerton. Missouri State meets Arkansas at 2 p.m., then it’s Florida-Florida State and LSU battles Louisiana-Lafayette at 8 p.m.
Sunday brings three games on ESPN2, starting at noon, while Texas A&M-TCU tangle at 2:15 p.m.
The French Open ends its run, with the women’s final Saturday at 9 a.m. and the men’s final Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC. ESPN2 has the women’s semifinals Thursday at 9 a.m. and NBC brings semifinal coverage Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m.
CBS offers the Memorial Tournament Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, while the Truck Series races at Texas Friday at 9 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday at 8 p.m. There’s qualifying Friday at 6 p.m.
Formula One visit Canada, with race coverage on NBC Sunday at 2 p.m. NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. after practice Friday at 2 p.m.
The X Games start their run with Moto X action on ESPN Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Action continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at noon and 8 p.m. (2 p.m. on ABC) and closes Sunday at noon on ESPN and at 2 p.m. on ABC.


The Final countdown

Game 7.
One of the most anticipated nights in sports.
The NHL has a pair of them this weekend.
The Stanley Cup matchup will be decided in “win or go home” fashion. First in the East, the Rangers host Tampa Bay Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Then the Ducks and Blackhawks battle in their Game 7 Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
In the NBA, the Cavaliers and Warriors didn’t get the memo. They finished off their foes quickly, and have seven days to rest before the NBA Finals start next Thursday on ABC.
The Orioles have a doubleheader against the White Sox Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then host Tampa Bay for the weekend. The Nationals visit Cincinnati on MASN2.
The Saturday slate on Fox includes Royals visiting the Cubs, Red Sox-Rangers and Dodgers taking on the Cardinals. FoxSports1 offers the Diamondbacks and Brewers at 4 p.m., and ESPN2 closes the weekend with Tigers against the Angels at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 carries baseball regional action Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida faces Tennessee Thursday at noon in the opening game of the Softball College World Series on ESPN. It’s LSU-Auburn at 2:30 p.m. The action moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with Alabama meeting Michigan, then UCLA battles Oregon at 9:30 p.m.
There’s winner’s bracket games Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and ESPN carries four games Saturday starting at noon. There’s two more games scheduled Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Arsenal and Aston Villa battle for the FA Cup Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, and ESPN2 has the Copa del Rey between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at 3:25 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Philadelphia on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m. Seattle visits the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and the Galaxy play New England at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NASCAR heads to the Monster Mile this weekend. The Sprint Cup racers hit the track Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity series will be on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m. and the truck series goes Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit races in Detroit Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
CBS offers the Byron Nelson Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Arizona battles Spokane in Arena Football Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Play at the French Open Thursday and Friday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
The College Rugby championships are on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Track and field’s Prefontaine Classic will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


Race day

Memorial Day weekend can mean beach trips or picnics.
Remembering our veterans.
And lots of auto racing.
There’s speed from Europe to North Carolina Sunday, from early morning to late into the night.
NBC gets the action going at 7:30 a.m. with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco.
The flag drops at  the 99th Indianapolis 500 at noon on ABC. Then the NASCAR crews go deep into the night at Charlotte, with coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 starting at 6 p.m. on Fox.
Before the big day, it’s Carb Day from Indianapolis Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Indy Lights race at noon.
The Infinity Series hits the track in Charlotte Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network has qualifying from Monaco Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Thursday at 8 a.m.
The NBA and NHL are in the midst of their conference finals.
The Warriors host the Rockets Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 3 Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. TNT has the Eastern finals, with Game 2 from Atlanta Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Game 3 in Cleveland Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
On ice, the Blackhawks host Game 3 against the Ducks Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Game 4 on NBC Saturday at 8 p.m. Tampa Bay faces the Rangers Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles close out a series with the Mariners Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN, then head to Miami. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on Fox at 7:15 p.m. Other parts of the country will see either the Angels-Red Sox or the battle of Missouri between the Royals and Cardinals.
The Nationals take on the Phillies on MASN for the weekend. The Braves battle the Brewers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN has the Yankees and Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC baseball tournament, continuing Thursday at 11 a.m. when North Carolina State faces Notre Dame. It’s Louisville-Clemson at 3 p.m. followed by North Carolina meeting Florida State.
Friday’s play begins at 11 a.m. with Virginia-Notre Dame, followed by Clemson against North Carolina and Miami meeting North Carolina State. Florida State faces Louisville Saturday at 11 a.m. and it’s Miami-Notre Dame at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the ACC championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and the SEC title tilt at 4:30 p.m. The Big 12 championship will be on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NCAA crowns its lacrosse champion this weekend. Denver meets top-seeded Notre Dame Saturday at 1 p.m., followed Johns Hopkins-Maryland. The winners meet Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s Super Regional weekend for NCAA softball. Florida State faces Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Georgia-Michigan at 9 p.m. ESPN has a pair of contests if necessary Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. while ESPN2 offers Oklahoma against Alabama Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s play starts at noon on ESPN with Auburn facing Louisiana-Lafayette, then it’s North Carolina State meeting Oregon before the second contest between Oklahoma and Alabama. There’s a third game, if necessary, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. before Arizona battles LSU at 10 p.m.
The second game between top-seeded Florida and Kentucky will be Sunday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game if necessary at 3 p.m. and LSU against Arizona at 5 p.m. ESPN2 carries a deciding game if necessary at 8 p.m.
D.C. United tangles with New England Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. FoxSports1 has a pair of contests Sunday, with Philadelphia facing the Red Bulls at 5 p.m. before Orlando City travels to San Jose.
There’s 10 Premier League matches on 10 networks at 10 a.m. Sunday. NBC carries Hull City against Manchester United, while NBC Sports network has Chelsea-Sunderland and USA offers Newcastle United meeting West Ham.
Arsenal battles West Bromwich on Bravo, Aston Villa and Burnley meet on Esquire and Crystal Palace try to entertain on E! CNBC brings Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, with last-place Queens Park Rangers meeting Leicester on Oxygen, Manchester City taking on Southampton on MSNBC and Stoke City playing Liverpool on SyFy.
The PGA tour spends the weekend in Texas, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC carries the Senior PGA Championship Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Rochester meets Toronto in indoor lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
Play begins at the French Open Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Glen Helen Saturday at 7 p.m.


Will Pharoah reign again?

American Pharoah can become an American legend – by winning two more races.
The colt continues his quest for the Triple Crown Saturday in the Preakness Stakes. NBC has coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.
The years continue to roll by since the last Triple Crown – Affirmed in 1978. By nightfall Saturday, the dream could remain alive – or be dashed yet again.
The fillies race in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Preliminary races before the Preakness will be featured Saturady at 2:30 p.m.
There’s Game 6 of the Cavaliers-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and the Clippers try to close out the series with the Rockets in the nightcap. The Wizards host the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Warriors and Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
What’s on tap for Saturday and Sunday? Depends on the results of these games.
The NHL conference finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC, with the Rangers hosting the Lightning. The action starts out west Sunday at 3 p.m., when the Ducks take on the Blackhawks.
Canada battles Belarus in the quarterfinals of the World Ice Hockey championships Thursday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Russia-Sweden at 11:30 a.m. The gold medal game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR’s stars sprint for the cash in Charlotte Saturday night, with coverage on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m. The Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series visits Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m.
The pole for the Indianapolis 500 is up for grabs Saturday at 4 p.m. on ABC. There’s more qualifying Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Orioles host the Angels this weekend on MASN, while the Nationals continue their west coast swing in San Diego on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Marlins-Braves Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by the Pirates battling the Cubs. ESPN has the Tigers’ trip to St. Louis Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia visits North Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. on Comcast. Louisville takes on North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has Florida International against Rice Saturday at 1 p.m.
Johns Hopkins takes on Syracuse in the NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals Sunday at noon on ESPN2, followed by Maryland-North Carolina.
CBS has the PGA tour Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Orlando City meets the Galaxy Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and D.C. United goes to Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Premier League season winds down on NBC Sports network, with Southampton against Aston Villa Saturday at 7:45 a.m. and Liverpool battling Crystal Palace at 12:30 p.m. Swansea City meets Manchester City at 8:30 a.m., followed by Manchester United facing Arsenal.
There’s a women’s friendly between the United States and Mexico on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings LSU against Texas Southern in NCAA softball regionals Friday at 7 p.m. Action moves to ESPN Saturday, starting at noon with a pair of games on ESPN2 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. There’s final games at one site on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (if necessary) and ESPN2 has a contest at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Tour of California, continuing Thursday at 5 p.m. There’s Stage 6 at Big Bear Lake Friday at 5 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.


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