Time for stars to shinePosted: January 26, 2012
From the ice to the tropical sun, the best players gather this weekend.
The NHL holds its All-Star game Sunday at 4 p.m. in Ottawa, just before the NFL’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Due to his action last Sunday, the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin plans to miss the festivities on NBC Sports Network. Who’s going to be playing on which team Sunday? They host a Fantasy Draft Thursday at 8 p.m., and the skills competition is Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Pro Bowl now kicks off Super Bowl week, meaning the best players of the best two teams will miss the event. Instead of canceling the trip after the big game. NBC has the coverage starting at 7 p.m.
The stars of the future play in the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on NFL Network.
For other stars on ice, NBC shows the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Saturday at 4 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. Only two more years until the next Winter Olympics.
The stars of tennis close out the Australian Open this weekend, with the women’s final Saturday at 3 a.m. and men’s final Sunday at 3 a.m.
The PGA tour begins the new year on CBS, with coverage of the Farmers Insurance Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Virginia Tech faces Maryland in ACC basketball Saturday at 2:30 p.m., after Wake Forest plays Clemson at noon. Sunday at 1 p.m., Miami takes on Boston College.
CBS has Texas vs. Baylor Saturday at 1 p.m., then Michigan battles Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN brings the ACC clash between North Carolina and N.C. State Thursday at 7 p.m. Saturday starts with St. John’s at Duke at noon, followed by Kansas taking on Iowa State. Georgetown faces Pittsburgh at 4 p.m., and Washington heads to Arizona at 7 p.m.
ESPN2’s Thursday includes three games, beginning at 7 p.m. as Florida battles Mississippi. Indiana meets Wisconsin at 9 p.m., then it’s Gonzaga-Portland. Saturday, Marquette plays Villanova at noon. Three more games follow at 4 p.m., as Purdue takes on Northwestern and Auburn plays Tennessee. The night closes with Virginia traveling to N.C. State at 8 p.m.
Comcast has CAA action Thursday at 8 p.m., with William & Mary visiting James Madison. At 11 p.m., Washington State heads to Arizona. It’s a CAA doubleheader Saturday, with James Madison going to George Mason at 2 p.m. followed by William & Mary vs. Old Dominion.
MASN features the WAC Thursday at 9 p.m. as Hawaii visits Utah State. Saturday begins in the Big 12 as Oklahoma State plays Texas A&M at 4 p.m, then it’s off to the Big East for a pair of games. Cincinnati meets Rutgers at 6 p.m, followed by Louisville-Seton Hall. The night ends with Hawaii’s game in Idaho at 10 p.m.
Sunday, Notre Dame battles Connecticut at noon.
ABC starts a new season of Sunday afternoon NBA, with the Bulls meeting the Heat at 3:30 p.m.
TNT shows the Celtics facing Orlando Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Grizzlies at the Clippers. ESPN offers the Knicks against the Nets Friday at 8 p.m., and the Spurs’ visit to Dallas Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The Wizards head to Houston Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast, then visit Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN’s Winter X Games fill the weekend, starting Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. There’s more from Aspen Friday at 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 9 p.m.
The Virginia Tech women host N.C. State Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. At 7 p.m., CAA women take the stage with Delaware at James Madison. ESPN2 offers Penn State taking on Michigan State Sunday at 3 p.m., followed by Tennessee-Georgia.
NBC Sports Network has college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m., with Harvard meeting Yale.
The CONCACAF women’s qualifying tournament will be Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.