Let’s go racing boys

Dale Jr. is gone, and it’s Danica’s last ride as NASCAR gathers to begin the campaign.
The flag drops on the Daytona 500 Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
Ryan Bowman has the pole while driving the 88 car that belonged to Dale Earnhardt Jr. before his retirement. Denny Hamlin has the second spot on the front row.
The Xfinity Series opener is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and the Truck Series kicks off its season on FoxSports1 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Twin 125s go Thursday on FoxSports1 starting at 7 p.m.
Olympics coverage continues on NBC Thursday at 8 p.m. with figure skating and snowboarding. There’s more primetime coverage Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has live action Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. with figure skating and cross-country skiing.
There’s men’s ice hockey Friday at 7:10 a.m., and Canada faces the Czech Republic at 10:20 p.m. Action continues Saturday night with men’s freestyle skiing and ice hockey between Germany and Norway at 10:20 p.m.
There’s ice hockey and bobsled racing Sunday at 7:10 a.m., and figure skating Sunday at 7 p.m.
It’s NBA All-Star weekend, with the best gathering Sunday at 8:20 p.m. on TNT.  ESPN brings the All-Star Celebrity Game Friday at 7 p.m., with the rising stars meeting Friday at 9 p.m. on TNT. The slam dunk and other skills competitions go Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Lakers visit the Timberwolves Thursday at 9 p.m. on TNT.
Purdue battles Wisconsin Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Arizona-Arizona State.
Wichita State takes on Temple at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2, then it’s Oregon against Southern Cal.
FoxSports1 brings Oregon State-UCLA Thursday at 11 p.m.
Rhode Island faces St. Bonaventure Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Georgia State goes against Georgia Southern at 9 p.m.
Syracuse meets Miami Saturday at noon on CBS, followed by Alabama-Kentucky.
Butler battles Providence on Fox Saturday at noon and Michigan States meets Northwestern at 2 p.m. It’s a top-five battle between Villanova and Xavier at 4:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Texas-Oklahoma. Indiana battles Iowa at 2 p.m. and Arkansas takes on Texas A&M at 4 p.m. The GameDay crew catches Kansas against West Virginia at 6:15 p.m., followed by North Carolina-Louisville and Oregon’s contest with UCLA in the nightcap.
Virginia Tech tangles with Georgia Tech on ESPN2 Saturday at noon. It’s off to the SEC at 2 p.m. as Missouri meets LSU and Florida faces Vanderbilt at 4 p.m.  Northern Iowa battles Illinois State at 6 p.m., with Oklahoma State taking on TCU at 8 p.m. and Utah meeting Washington State at 10 p.m.
The ACC network offers Boston College-Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. along with Wake Forest against North Carolina State.
Winston Salem State takes on Fayetteville State Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Oregon State visits Southern Cal Saturday at 11 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Ohio State tangles with Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS while FoxSports1 brings Seton Hall-DePaul at 1 p.m.
ESPN has Wichita State’s clash with Connecticut Sunday at 4 p.m.
Duke travels to Clemson Sunday at 1 p.m. on the ACC network.
There’s three women’s games on ESPN2 Sunday. Purdue takes on Ohio State at 1 p.m., followed by Tulane-Memphis and Texas A&M meeting Mississippi State.
The Capitals visit the Wild Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Blackhawks Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Columbus clashes with the Flyers Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, with the Stars taking on the Sharks Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Flyers face the Rangers on NBC Sunday at noon.
NBC brings three contests from the Premier League Saturday, starting at 7:30 a.m. with Leicester City against Stoke City. Liverpool faces West Ham United at 10 a.m. and Everton battles Watford at 12:30 p.m.
The U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
ESPN has the Pro Bowlers’ 60th anniversary classic Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Let the Games begin

There’s a Far East flair in the next three Olympics, starting this weekend in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
NBC has coverage of the Games, starting Thursday at 8 p.m. with coverage of figure skating. The Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast Friday at 8 p.m.
The next Summer Olympics will be in Tokyo in 2020, with Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.
NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., with other coverage on different NBC platforms throughout the next two weeks.
NBC Sports network has curling and skiing Thursday at 8 p.m., with mixed doubles curling between the United States and South Korea at 11:35 p.m.\
Coverage continues on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2 a.m., and there’s live snowboarding Saturday at 7 p.m.
The United States’ women’s ice hockey team plays Finland Sunday at 2:40 a.m. There’s more snowboarding and curling Sunday at 8 a.m.
NASCAR gears up for the season with qualifying Sunday at noon on Fox and the Clash on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m.
TNT offers the Celtics against the Wizards Thursday at 8 p.m., with Thunder-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Clippers host the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Timberwolves-Bulls.
ABC has the Spurs against the Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m., with Celtics-Cavaliers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Duke and North Carolina battle Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the ACC network.
ESPN carries Arizona against UCLA at 10 p.m., while ESPN2 has three contests. Georgia Tech faces Louisville at 7 p.m., followed by SMU-Houston and Arizona State’s contest with Southern Cal at 11 p.m.
Stanford visits Utah on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m. then Washington travels to Oregon.
Davidson takes on Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 then Detroit faces Oakland. Minnesota meets Indiana on FoxSports1 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Florida faces South Carolina on CBS Saturday at noon, followed by Baylor’s battle with Kansas.
Top-ranked Villanova takes on Butler Saturday at noon on Fox and Xavier clashes with Creighton at 2:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts the College GameDay crew Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN, then plays Virginia Tech at 6:15 p.m.
West Virginia faces Oklahoma State at noon, followed by Oklahoma-Iowa State and Purdue’s contest with Michigan State. After the Virginia game, Kentucky plays Texas A&M at 8:15 p.m. and USC meets Arizona in the nightcap.
ESPN2 starts its day at noon with Northwestern-Maryland. Mississippi State meets Missouri at 2 p.m., then it’s Florida State-Notre Dame and Connecticut’s clash with Wichita State. San Diego State takes on Nevada at 8 p.m. and it’s Gonzaga-St. Mary’s at 10 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina against North Carolina State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Miami meets Boston College on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Virginia Union-Bowie State.
Liberty hosts Gardner-Webb Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
Marquette meets St. John’s Saturday at noon on MASN2, with DePaul-Providence at 4 p.m. Creighton clashes with Xavier at 9 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m.
Louisville visits Pitt Sunday at 1 p.m. on the ACC network, with some areas getting Wake Forest-Syracuse.
Cincinnati takes on SMU Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN before Duke meets Georgia Tech at 6 p.m.
In high school hoops, Greensboro Day meets Spartanburg Day Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
On the women’s court, ESPN2 has three contest Sunday. Michigan meets Michigan State at noon, with Ohio State-South Florida at 2 p.m. and Florida State meets Miami at 4 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals host Columbus Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and Detroit comes to town Sunday at 3 p.m. The Ducks and Sharks clash at 8 p.m.
NBC has the Penguins and Blues Sunday at noon.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Ohio State Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Stuttgart battles M’gladbach Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the Track & Field Indoor Championships Saturday at 5 p.m.


LII

In 2004, Justin Timberlake did the halftime show and Tom Brady’s team won.
Will history repeat in Timberlake’s return to halftime?
Brady and the New England Patriots go for their sixth overall Super Bowl title since 2001 Sunday in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is after 6 p.m. on NBC, with plenty of pre-game coverage all weekend.
The Eagles and Patriots battled before in Super Bowl XXXIX, with the Patriots claiming their third championship in four years.
A win Sunday will make it another three titles in four seasons for New England.
Before the big game, NBC carries the NFL honors show Saturday at 9 p.m.
TNT offers the Rockets against the Spurs Thursday at 8 p.m., with Thunder-Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Raptors on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and visit Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m.
Miami meets the Sixers Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Warriors-Kings.
ABC has the Rockets’ game with the Cavaliers Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and the Lakers meet the Thunder Sunday at 2 p.m.
Wichita State tangles with Temple Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Top-ranked Villanova hosts Creighton on FoxSports1 Thursday at 6:30 p.m., followed by Northwestern-Wisconsin and Oregon State’s contest with Stanford at 11 p.m.
Liberty takes on Winthrop Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
ESPN2 brings Rhode Island-VCU Friday at 7 p.m. and Colorado clashes with Utah at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS offers Oklahoma State-Kansas Saturday at noon, followed by Kentucky against Missouri.
Duke duels with St. John’s on Fox Saturday at noon and Minnesota faces Michigan at 2:30 p.m. It’s Oregon against Stanford at 5 p.m.
Virginia visits Syracuse Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network, with some areas showing Florida State-Louisville. Pittsburgh plays North Carolina at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts Saturday in the ACC, with Notre Dame-North Carolina State at noon before Virginia Tech hosts Miami. Florida faces Alabama at 4 p.m., with the GameDay crew catching Oklahoma against Texas at 6:15 p.m. Michigan State meets Indiana at 8:15 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati Saturday at noon on ESPN2. It’s South Carolina-Texas A&M at 2 p.m., followed by West Virginia against Kansas State and USC takes on UCLA at 6 p.m. Baylor battles Iowa State at 8 p.m. before BYU faces Gonzaga.
DePaul battles Butler on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then it’s Providence-Marquette.
George Mason takes on Richmond on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m., then St. Bonaventure battles Duquesne.
Clemson clashes with Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by Davidson-George Washington.
Fox brings Villanova-Seton Hall Sunday at noon and Maryland meets Wisconsin on CBS at 1 p.m.
Illinois faces Ohio State on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, Connecticut clashes with South Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
MASN2 offers Creighton-DePaul Friday at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has Duke-Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by Stanford-Oregon.
The Capitals visit the Penguins Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, and host the Golden Knights Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Kings’ visit to Nashville Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The Golden Knights tangle with the Wild Friday at 8 p.m.
Burnley battles Manchester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Huddersfield Town. NBC has Arsenal-Everton Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Crystal Palace clashes with Newcastle United Sunday at 9:10 a.m. and Liverpool faces Tottenham Hotspur at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Koln clashes with Dortmund Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Bayern Munich battles FSV Mainz Saturday at 9 a.m. and it’s Augsburg-Eintracht Sunday at 9 a.m.
The PGA tour gathers in Phoenix this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

 


Stars on parade

While the best of the NHL gather this weekend, NFL stars of the present and future close out their gridiron seasons.
Tampa hosts the NHL All-Star game, with coverage Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC. The recent format remains in place, with stars from the four divisions battling in semifinal matchups. The winners of the semifinals compete in the final period.
NBC Sports network has the NHL skills competition Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The best NFL players – minus those on the two Super Bowl teams – match up Sunday in the Pro Bowl at 3 p.m. on ESPN and ABC. This year’s format matches AFC against NFC, with the game in Orlando for the second straight year.
The NFL network has the Senior Bowl from Mobile Saturday at 2:30 p.m. NFL scouts and coaches looking to supplement rosters and boost their 2018 postseason chances gather for the final on-field action before the runup to the NFL draft.
The Australian Open closes its run with the men’s final Sunday at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN. The women’s championship will be Saturday at 3:30 a.m., with a men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m.
The Wizards visit the Thunder Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Timberwolves-Warriors in the nightcap.
ESPN offers the Rockets against the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m., and the Sixers’ trip to Oklahoma City Sunday at 6 p.m.
It’s Wizards-Hawks Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Celtics visit the Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
On the college court, Michigan meets Purdue Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Wichita State hosts Central Florida on ESPN2 Thursday at 9 p.m., then BYU tangles with St. Mary’s at 11 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Colorado-Arizona Thursday at 8:30 p.m. followed by California’s clash with UCLA.
Wisconsin tangles with Michigan State Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
North Carolina meets North Carolina State Saturday at noon on CBS, then Virginia faces Duke at 2 p.m.
Fox brings Arizona-UCLA Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
There’s four contests between the SEC and Big 12 Saturday on ESPN, starting at noon with Baylor-Florida. Alabama takes on Oklahoma at 2:15 p.m., followed by Texas A&M against Kansas at 4:30 p.m. West Virginia tangles with Kentucky at 7 p.m.

ESPN2’s day starts at noon with Texas Tech-South Carolina. Clashes between the SEC and Big 12 continue at 2 p.m. with Mississippi against Texas followed by TCU taking on Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State’s contest with Arkansas. Virginia Tech tangles with Notre Dame at 8 p.m., and it’s Valparaiso against Illinois State at 10 p.m.

The ACC network has Syracuse-Pittsburgh and Miami’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 4 p.m., and Wake Forest battles Louisville at 8 p.m.
It’s St. John’s-Butler on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Duquesne duels with Rhode Island Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network, followed by Massachusetts-Fordham.
Bowie State battles Virginia State Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Maryland meets Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS and Fox brings top-ranked Villanova against Marquette at 1 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Temple on ESPN2 Sunday at 8 p.m.

On the women’s court, Texas takes on Baylor Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Kansas State battles Kansas on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m.
Notre Dame faces Florida State at 4 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2, then it’s Missouri-South Carolina at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair of ACC contests Sunday, with Wake Forest-Louisville at 1 p.m. followed by North Carolina State against Clemson.
The Capitals visit the Panthers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network has the Blackhawks’ clash with the Red Wings Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Torrey Pines on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
It’s X Games weekend, starting on ESPN Thursday at 10 p.m. Action continues Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m., closing with final events Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
In the FA Cup, Manchester United takes on Yeovil Town Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Leicester City faces Peterborough Saturday at 7:20 a.m. and Tottenham takes on Newport City at 12:30 p.m.
Liverpool battles West Brom Sunday at 6 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Chelsea clashes with Newcastle at 8:30 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim Saturday at 9:25 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Fox carries the start of the 24 hours of Daytona Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Armory Invitational track and field meet is on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has women’s World Cup skiing Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m.
There’s Big Bash League cricket between Brisbane and Melbourne Saturday at 3 a.m. on NBC Sports network.


Who’s going to Super Bowl LII?

Tom Brady has five Super Bowl rings.
The other three teams playing have none – combined.
The two teams competing for a ring at Super Bowl LII will be determined Sunday.
Brady and the Patriots will take on the Jacksonsville Jaguars at 3 p.m. on CBS in the AFC championship contest.
The Jaguars are making their second trip to the AFC title game in their 23 seasons. The Patriots have reached the conference final for the seventh straight year, after winning two of the last three contests.
Fox has the Vikings meeting the Eagles at 6:30 p.m. Minnesota hopes to return home to play in the big game in two weeks – something no Super Bowl host has done.
The Vikings lost four Super Bowls during the 70s, and Philadelphia has lost its two Super Bowl trips – the last against the Patriots in 2005.
For players trying to reach the NFL, FoxSports1 has the Collegiate Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m
The Sixers take on the Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Timberwolves-Rockets in the nightcap.
ESPN offers Wizards-Pistons Friday at 8 p.m., followed by the Knicks’ trip to Utah.
ABC gets into NBA coverage Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when the Thunder visit the Cavaliers. The Warriors meet the Rockets at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia battles Georgia Tech on the ACC network Thursday at 8 p.m., with other areas getting Wake Forest-North Carolina State.
St. Mary’s goes against Gonzaga on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. while ESPN2 has USC-Oregon Thursday at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Maryland-Minnesota Thursday at 8:30 p.m. UCLA takes on Oregon State at 11 p.m.
St. Bonaventure meets Davidson Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s a pair of Big Ten contests on FoxSports1 Friday, with Indiana-Michigan State at 7 p.m. then Illinois’ contest with Wisconsin.
There’s three contests on CBS Saturday, beginning at noon with Villanova-Connecticut. Texas takes on West Virginia at 2 followed by Arizona’s battle with Stanford.
Xavier clashes with Seton Hall on Fox Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Duke tangles with Pittsburgh on the ACC network Saturday at 4 p.m.
ESPN starts its Saturday at noon with Purdue-Iowa. There’s an ACC matchup at 2 p.m., followed by Notre Dame against Clemson and Kansas’ clash with Baylor at 6 p.m. The GameDay crew catches Kentucky’s contest with Florida, with UCLA-Oregon in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Florida State Saturday at noon on ESPN2. North Carolina takes on Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. before Missouri takes on Texas A&M. It’s Tennessee-South Carolina at 6 p.m.
There’s three Atlantic 10 games on NBC Sports network Saturday. George Washington meets VCU at 12:30 p.m., then it’s LaSalle-Richmond and George Mason’s contest with Duquesne.
Georgetown battles St. John’s on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then it’s Butler-DePaul.
American takes on Lafayette Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Fayetteville State-Livingstone.
Miami meets North Carolina State on the ACC network Sunday at noon along with Boston College-Louisville.
FoxSports1 has Marquette-Villanova Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, Notre Dame takes on Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
MASN2 has three Big 12 women’s contests Saturday. Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State at noon, then it’s Texas-Texas Tech at 4 p.m. Kansas State battles Baylor at 7 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Temple Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Tennessee tangle with Mississippi State at 3 p.m. followed by Florida State-Louisville.
Virginia tangles with Virginia Tech Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Australian Open starts third round play Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. Coverage continues Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, then Saturday at 9 p.m. with the round of 16 beginning Sunday at 9 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Canadiens visit Friday at 7:30 p.m., and NBC carries the game with the Flyers Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Sabres-Rangers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Penguins’ contest with the Kings. The Kings take on the Ducks Friday at 10 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame faces Wisconsin Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Minnesota State meets St. Cloud State Saturday at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States women’s soccer team has an international friendly with Denmark Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Hertha Berlin duels with Dortmund in the Bundesliga Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim meets Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it’s Bayern Munich-Werder Bremen Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Chelsea clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Burnley-Manchester United. Southampton faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
NASCAR inducts its newest Hall of Fame class Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Pairs free skate at the European Figure Skating Championships Thursday at noon. It’s the men’s free program Friday at noon.
The Melbourne Stars meet the Sydney Thunder on NBC Sports network in Big Bash League cricket Saturday at 2 a.m.


The best football weekend of the year

The Patriots, Steelers, Vikings and Eagles are rested.
The Titans, Falcons, Jaguars and Saints have a postseason victory under their belts already.
Who’s going to advance in the race for Super Bowl LII?
The NFL postseason reaches the conference semifinals this weekend, starting Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the top-seeded Eagles host the Falcons on NBC.
Atlanta, the only member of last year’s playoff field to make a return trip, ousted the Rams Saturday night.
CBS has the Saturday primetime matchup as the Patriots take on the Titans at 8:15 p.m. The Titans won a playoff game for the first time since 2003 on Saturday – a year they lost to the Patriots in this round’s primetime game.
The Steelers look to avenge a Week 5 loss when the Jaguars come to town Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
Super Bowl host Minnesota battles the Saints on Fox at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch of the Monday Night Football opener. The Vikings posted a victory over the Saints that night, and stand two wins from being the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium.
The Australian Open starts its two week run Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
TNT offers the Cavaliers visit to Toronto Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Spurs-Lakers.
The Warriors battle the Bucks Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Rockets-Suns in the nightcap. Sunday at 9 p.m., the TrailBlazers face the Timberwolves.
The Wizards host the Magic Friday at 7 p.m. and the Nets Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Clemson takes on North Carolina State Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Maryland meets Ohio State at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Wichita State-East Carolina and Utah’s clash with UCLA at 11 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Indiana-Iowa Thursday at 8 p.m. and Oregon’s contest at Arizona State at 10 p.m.
VCU meets Dayton on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
Butler battles Marquette on FoxSports1 Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Providence plays DePaul at 8:30 p.m.
Florida faces Mississippi on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m. and Indiana takes on Northwestern Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Michigan State Saturday at noon on Fox, followed by Creighton-Xavier.
ACC Network has Duke-Wake Forest Saturday at noon, with Georgia Tech against Pittsburgh and Syracuse’s contest at Florida State at 2 p.m.
ESPN starts its day Saturday with Kansas State meeting Kansas at noon. West Virginia tangles with Texas Tech at 2 p.m., followed by Kentucky-Vanderbilt. The prime-time crew catches North Carolina against Notre Dame at 6 p.m.
There’s six games on ESPN2 Saturday, beginning at noon as Purdue meets Minnesota. It’s Oregon against Arizona at 2 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech-Louisville. Missouri clashes with Arkansas at 6 p.m., then Valparaiso battles Northern Iowa and San Diego State faces Boise State in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Georgetown tangles with Seton Hall Saturday at noon on FoxSports1. Villanova takes on St. John’s at 8 p.m.
LaSalle duels with Duquesne Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network. It’s St. Louis-George Mason at 2 p.m. followed by George Washington’s trip to Richmond.
NBC Sports network has Davidson-Fordham Sunday at 3 p.m. and St. Joseph’s contest with Massachusetts at 5 p.m.
In boys high school basketball, Orlando Christian Prep meets Montverde Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN has Chico Hills against Spartanburg Day Saturday at 8 p.m.
On the women’s court, ESPN offers a battle between second-ranked Notre Dame and third-ranked Louisville Thursday at 7 p.m.
Tennessee tangles with South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Virginia-Duke.
There’s ACC women’s basketball Sunday at NBC Sports Washington, with North Carolina-Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech against Florida State.
Baylor battles Oklahoma on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Capitals’ contest with Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m., with Friday’s clash at Carolina on NBC Sports Washington-plus at 7:30 p.m.
The Penguins host the Rangers on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Leicester City Saturday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has Tottenham Hotspur’s contest with Everton Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Arsenal battles Bournemouth Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Liverpool tangles with Manchester City on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Leverkusen takes on Bayern Munich Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Werder Breman battles Hoffenheim Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. it’s Koln against B M’gladbach followed by Dortmund-Wolfsburg at noon.
NBC Sports network has the Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at 7 p.m.
In Big Bash League Cricket, the Sydney Sixers take on the Sydney Thunder Saturday at 3 a.m. on NBC Sports network.


Frisco kids ride again

When we entered 2017, James Madison lofted the trophy in the Bowl Championship Series.
After a year without a loss, the Dukes return to Frisco seeking a repeat title.
James Madison faces North Dakota State Saturday at noon on ESPN2 in a rematch of last year’s semifinal. The Dukes upset the Bison at their stadium before ousting Youngstown State in the championship.
The Bison won five straight titles from 2011-2015 before James Madison claimed the 2016 crown.
The Bowl Championship Series crowns its champion Monday, as Georgia faces Alabama on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. The SEC foes knocked off top-seeded Clemson and second-seeded Oklahoma to ensure their league another title.
The NFL postseason gets underway Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Titans tangle with the Chiefs on ESPN.
The Falcons – last year’s NFC champion – take on the upstart Los Angeles Rams Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NBC.
The Bills make their first playoff appearance of the 21st century on Sunday, meeting the Jaguars at 1 p.m. on CBS.
The weekend closes Sunday at 4:40 p.m. on Fox with an NFC South matchup between the Panthers and division champion Saints in New Orleans.
On the high school gridiron, ESPN2 has the Under Armour All-America Game Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Warriors visit the Rockets on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Thunder-Clippers in the nightcap.
ESPN offers Timberwolves against the Celtics Friday at 7 p.m., then it’s the Wizards meeting Memphis at 9:30 p.m. NBC Sports Washington also has coverage Friday, along with Saturday’s game against Milwaukee at 8 p.m.
On the college court, Wichita State faces Houston Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN followed by Arizona-Utah.
Connecticut clashes with Temple Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Maryland meets Michigan State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m. before UCLA takes on Stanford at 10 p.m.
Wisconsin faces Rutgers Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN then it’s Northern Kentucky against Oakland.
FoxSports1 has Northwestern-Penn State Friday at 8 p.m. and Oregon takes on Oregon State at 10 p.m.
Missouri meets Florida on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m. and it’s Michigan State-Ohio State Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Fox offers Xavier against Providence Saturday at noon.
The ACC network brings Pittsburgh’s contest with Virginia Tech Saturday at noon along with Louisville-Clemson.
Virginia tangles with North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Duke-North Carolina State at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame meets Syracuse Saturday at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s Indiana-Minnesota at 5:15 p.m., followed by a top 10 battle between Oklahoma and West Virginia. Kansas takes on TCU in the nightcap at 9:15 p.m.
Seton Hall battles Butler Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Marquette meets Villanova at 8 p.m.
MASN2 has Big East basketball Saturday, starting with Creighton’s clash with Georgetown at noon. DePaul takes on St. John’s at 2 p.m.
Liberty hosts Presbyterian Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN.
Massachusetts meets Dayton Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network, followed by VCU-LaSalle.
Cincinnati clashes with SMU Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 has Iowa-Maryland at 8 p.m. before Stanford faces Southern Cal.
NBC Sports network offers Davidson-George Mason Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, NBC Sports Washington has North Carolina against Boston College Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games on ESPN2 Sunday, starting at noon with Ohio State-Michigan. South Carolina meets Missouri at 2 p.m. and Stanford tangles with Arizona State at 4 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on TCU Sunday at 3 p.m. on MASN2.
The Capitals host the Blues Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Bruins battle the Penguins on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
On the college ice, it’s Notre Dame-Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States Figure Skating championships has its women’s finals Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network has pairs short program Thursday at 5 p.m. and men’s short program at 8:30 p.m.
There’s the short dance program Friday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has U.S. Olympic trials in speed skating Thursday at 6:30 p.m. There’s more speed skating Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m., with mass start speed skating Sunday at 6 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on West Ham United Thursday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. 
FoxSports1 brings Liverpool-Everton Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Leicester City takes on Fleetwood Town Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Manchester City-Burnley and Norwich City’s clash with Chelsea at 12:30 p.m.
The FA Cup continues Sunday at 9 a.m. with West Ham against Shrewsbury on FoxSports1 and Nottingham battles Arsenal at 11 a.m.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m. and women’s bobsled Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
There’s rugby between the Wasps and Saracens Sunday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network.