With the first pick….

For several months, we’ve been wondering who will get the first pick in the NFL draft.
And will they take Andrew Luck?
We’ll find out Thursday, when the 2012 NFL draft begins its three-day run on NFL network and the ESPN networks.
The first round begins Thursday at 8 p.m., giving Indianapolis a chance to pick their quarterback of the future. Then the Washington Redskins will select their quarterback of the future.
The second and third rounds are Friday beginning at 7 p.m., and the remaining four rounds start Saturday at noon. Then it’s just under three months until training camps open.
The 16th and final day of the NHL playoffs first round is Thursday, with Ottawa taking on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on NBC Sports network at 7 p.m. The Devils and Panthers close out their series at 8:30 p.m.
The second round begins Friday with Predators against Coyotes on NBC Sports network. The Blues and Kings start their series Saturday, and the Eastern semifinals will be set after Thursday’s action. The Capitals will play the Rangers if they win, and could face either the Flyers or Devils if the Senators win.
The lockout-shortened NBA season closes out Thursday on TNT with the Knicks at Bobcats at 8 p.m. followed by Spurs-Warriors. The Wizards’ finale comes against the Heat on Comcast at 8 p.m.
The playoffs start Saturday on ESPN, ABC and TNT. TNT tips the action at 1 p.m. Saturday, and has a twinbill Sunday night. ESPN has a doubleheader Saturday starting at 8 p.m. and the first game Sunday at 1 p.m. ABC has 3:30 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday.
The Orioles are home this weekend, playing Oakland on MASN after Thursday’s series finale against Toronto. The Nationals are on the west coast, finishing a series in San Diego Thursday before meeting the Dodgers starting Friday on MASN2.
Fox has early Saturday afternoon baseball this week, with the choice of three games at 1 p.m. – Angels at Indians, Royals-Twins and Brewers against Cardinals. TBS offers the Tigers’ game at the Yankees Sunday at 1 p.m., while ESPN features Tampa Bay at Texas.
NASCAR has another Saturday night race, in Richmond on Fox at 7 p.m. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The IndyCar racers are in Sao Paulo, with coverage on NBC Sports network Sunday at 11 a.m.
The PGA tour visits New Orleans, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In MLS action, D.C. United faces Houston Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. New England heads to New York to meet the Red Bulls on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast offers ACC baseball Friday at 7 p.m., with Georgia Tech facing Clemson. The series continues Saturday at 4 p.m., following coverage of Virginia-Miami at 1 p.m. It’s SEC baseball on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with Arkansas taking on Florida, while ESPN2 has LSU-Georgia at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 brings Texas-Texas A&M softball Thursday at 7 p.m.


Fenway at 100

Oh goody. Another weekend of Red Sox vs. Yankees.
At least this one has history on its side. Friday’s afternoon game on MLB network marks the 100th anniversary of the first game at Fenway Park – against the New York Highlanders.
Saturday afternoon’s game is part of Fox coverage at 4 p.m. (a few fans will see White Sox vs. Mariners), and ESPN airs the rivals Sunday night at 8 p.m.
The Nationals close out a series with the Astros Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then welcome Ozzie Guillen and the Miami Marlins for the weekend. The Orioles have a Thursday afternoon contest with the White Sox on MASN, then head west to face the Angels this weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN2, and Saturday at 9 p.m. on MASN).
Sunday afternoon, TBS offers the Rangers at Tigers at 1:05 p.m.
The NHL playoffs continue with four Game 4’s on Thursday. The Capitals host Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, while the Panthers and Devils go on NHL network. CNBC brings the Coyotes-Blackhawks at 8 p.m., and St. Louis heads to San Jose at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Friday, the Penguins try to stay alive against the Flyers at 7:30 p.m., while Nashville tries to close out its series with Detroit on 8 p.m. on CNBC.
NBC has Game 5 of the Capitals series with Boston Saturday at 3 p.m., and plans a doubleheader Sunday starting at noon.
Saturday evening, there’s two more games on NBC Sports network – Ottawa at the Rangers at 7 p.m. before Chicago goes to Phoenix. San Jose plays St. Louis on CNBC at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has two games scheduled Sunday night, if necessary.
The Sprint Cup racers head to Kansas this week, starting at 12:30 p.m. on FOX.
On TNT, the Bulls and Heat battle for playoff position Thursday at 8 p.m. The Clippers visit Phoenix at 10:30 p.m. ESPN starts its twinbill Friday at 7 p.m. with the Celtics at Hawks, followed by Lakers-Spurs.
ESPN adds a tripleheader Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the Nuggets taking on the Suns. Dallas heads to Chicago at 8 p.m., followed by the Magic at Jazz. Sunday at 1 p.m., the Knicks take on Atlanta then ABC shows the Thunder roaring into Los Angeles to face the Lakers at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards head to Miami Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The PGA tour heads to Texas for the Valero Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
D.C. United tangles with the Red Bulls Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, while NBC Sports network has Chicago taking on Toronto Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The spring college football season continues on ESPN at 3 p.m. Saturday, with highlights from games across the country. NBC Sports network has the Notre Dame spring game at 1:30 p.m.
Comcast offers SEC baseball Friday, with Georgia taking on Florida, and ESPN2 has Sunday’s game at 3 p.m.. It’s off to the ACC for Comcast Sunday at 12:30 p.m., with Miami meeting Florida State.
In SEC softball, Alabama faces Georgia Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Sunday at 3:30 p.m., ESPN shows Missouri-Oklahoma.


Playoffs on ice

After six months, we’ve sent 14 NHL teams home. The rest have begun their quests for the Stanley Cup.
The NHL playoffs started Wednesday, and continue through the weekend on NBC, CNBC and NBC Sports Network. And on Comcast for Capitals’ fans. The Capitals start their series in Boston Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, then Game 2 will be Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
Other games Thursday are on CNBC – San Jose vs. St. Louis – at 7:30 p.m. and Chicago visiting Phoenix on NBC Sports Network at 10 p.m.
Detroit heads to Nashville Friday at 7:30 p.m. on CNBC, while NBC Sports network has a doubleheader – Game 2 of the Flyers-Penguins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Kings at Canucks.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., CNBC has San Jose-St. Louis. Over on NBC Sports Network, it’s Game 2 of Ottawa against New York at 7 p.m. before Chicago plays Phoenix in the nightcap.
NBC offers a doubleheader Sunday – Nashville vs. Detroit at noon before the Flyers-Pengiuns series heads to Philadelphia. NBC Sports network has the second game of New Jersey-Florida at 7:30 p.m., then Vancouver takes on Los Angeles for Game 3 with the Kings.
The Nationals open their home season against Cincinnati Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN. The rest of the series moves to MASN2 Friday night, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., while the Orioles travel to Toronto for a weekend series on MASN.
It’s the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, and the Red Sox take on Tampa Bay Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on TBS. Fox offers three choices Saturday at 1 p.m. – Angels against Yankees, Rangers-Twins and Cubs at Cardinals – and ESPN offers the Angels at Yankees Sunday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR returns to the track in Texas, with the Samsung 500 Saturday at 7 p.m. on FOX. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Indy Car racers are at Long Beach, taking the flag Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.  The American LeMans Series is also in Long Beach, racing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ABC’s Sunday doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. with the Heat taking on the Knicks, then the Mavericks face the Lakers at 3:30 p.m.
TNT has the Heat against the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Mavericks-Warriors. Friday, ESPN starts its night at 8 p.m. with the Suns visiting the Rockets. Dallas heads to Portland at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 9 p.m., the Suns take on the Spurs.
The Wizards travel to New York Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. Saturday, the Cavaliers visit the Verizon Center at 7 p.m.
For your younger basketball players, the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic is Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United travels to New England Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. on Comcast-plus, while Columbus travels to Philadelphia Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There’s ACC baseball Saturday on Comcast, with North Carolina State taking on Clemson at 1 p.m. Sunday at 1 p.m., Florida International faces on Louisiana-Lafayette in a Sun Belt contest. ESPN2 shows Alabama against LSU Sunday at 1 p.m.
In SEC softball, LSU meets Tennessee on ESPN Saturday at noon and Sunday at 4 p.m.
For bowling fans, the PBA tournament of champions airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The NCAA women’s bowling championship follows at 2:30 p.m.


First pitches

It’s spring. The sports schedule says so.
The 2012 baseball season – which started last week in Japan – began in earnest Wednesday with the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals playing in Miami. The rest of the league gets going Thursday and Friday.
The Nationals open their season in Chicago, meeting the Cubs Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN. The series continues Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
The Orioles host Minnesota for their season opening series, starting Friday at 3 p.m. on MASN. They play Saturday at 7 p.m., then Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
ESPN2 has a doubleheader Thursday – Boston at Detroit at 1 p.m. followed by Marlins-Reds – and two more games Friday. The Giants take on Arizona at 7 p.m. before the Royals meet the Angels.
Fox has its first Saturday baseball lineup at 4 p.m., with the East Coast getting Boston-Detroit. Other parts of the country will see St. Louis vs. Milwaukee, the Royals at Angels and Giants-Diamondbacks.
Sunday, TBS shows the Yankees’ game in Tampa Bay. ESPN’s Sunday night brings together the White Sox and Rangers.
It’s time for the azaleas in Augusta, even if they bloomed early this year. The Masters kicks off Thursday when ceremonial starters Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus head to the first tee. ESPN has coverage Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. CBS takes over Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. By nightfall, the green jacket will be awarded.
While the spring season kicks off, ice hockey reaches the end of its campaign. NBC Sports network has the Rangers visiting Pittsburgh Thursday at 7 p.m. The Coyotes head to St. Louis Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then there’s a doubleheader Saturday – Flyers vs. Penguins at 4 p.m. and Capitals at Rangers at 6:30 p.m.
NBC offers the Red Wings against Blackhawks Saturday at 1 p.m.,  while the Capitals host Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The NCAA Frozen Four heads to a traditional venue – Tampa Bay – this weekend. Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, Boston College plays Minnesota in the second semifinal. Thursday’s winners go for the title Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Knicks, minus Jeremy Lin, head to Orlando Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT. Boston travels to Chicago in the nightcap. ESPN starts its Saturday doubleheader in Philadelphia, with the 76ers meeting the Magic at 8 p.m. The Nuggets take on the Warriors in the nightcap.
ABC shows the Bulls at Knicks Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast-plus has the Wizards’ game at Detroit Thursday at 7:30 p.m., then the Wizards head to New Jersey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
ACC baseball takes the stage on Comcast this weekend. Virginia Tech hosts Boston College Saturday at noon, and Florida State meets Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. In the SEC, Auburn faces Alabama at 4 p.m. Saturday.
ESPN has Kansas City against the Galaxy in MLS action Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Family Circle tennis tournament concludes on ESPN2 this weekend. Coverage starts at 1 p.m. on Friday with the quarterfinals, Saturday with the semifinals and the final on Sunday.
Virginia battles North Carolina in lacrosse Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.