Will the Kings be NHL Kings?

One team finished fourth in their five-team division.
The other was the last team to earn a postseason berth in their conference.
In the next week or so, one will be crowned NHL champions.
The L.A. Kings, eighth seed out west, take on New Jersey in Game 2 of their series Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC. The teams head west Monday on NBC Sports network.
The Kings are seeking their first Stanley Cup title. The Devils have won three previous times.
The NBA Conference finals reach games 3 and 4 this weekend. On TNT Thursday, the Thunder host San Antonio at 9 p.m. The Eastern series shifts to Boston for Game 3 Friday on ESPN. TNT gets back in the action Saturday from Oklahoma City, and Game 4 of Celtics-Heat will be Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
NASCAR concludes its Fox portion of the schedule Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Dover. DW, go and pull those belts tight one more time – boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys.
The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. If you like the open-wheel kind of racing, ABC has the Indy Car race at Detroit Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The top teams in the American League East – the Orioles and Rays – battle for the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals host the Braves on MASN.
It’s another weekend of Saturday night baseball on Fox. The Yankees visit the Tigers at 7:15 p.m., along with Twins-Indians, Reds against Astros, Diamondbacks vs. Padres and Cubs meeting the Giants. TBS offers Yankees at Tigers Sunday at 1:05 p.m., while ESPN2’s Sunday night game features the Cardinals and Mets.
The PGA tour has the Memorial Tournament this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 3 p.m. and starting 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
ESPN2’s coverage of the French Open continues Thursday and Friday at 5 a.m.
The college softball World Series starts Thursday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 with South Florida meeting Oklahoma. The evening session begins with Tennessee-Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday, there’s a pair of games on ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m. Play in the loser’s bracket gets going Saturday at noon on ESPN2, and ESPN has a twinbill Saturday starting at 7 p.m.  The finals of the two brackets will be Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
There’s a few weeks until the college baseball World Series, but the regionals will be on ESPN2 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports network has the college rugby Sevens championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Race day in America

Get yourself strapped in for 1100 miles of racing Sunday.
The Indianapolis 500 gets your day at the track started at 11 a.m. on ABC. After 500 miles, a drink of milk and a kiss of the bricks (thanks for the idea, NASCAR guys), then it’s off to the longest race of the NASCAR schedule. The flag drops on the Coca-Cola 600 in the early evening, with coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. on FOX.
The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The NBA Conference finals start Sunday, with Oklahoma City heading to San Antonio at 8:30 p.m. on TNT. Game 6 of the Heat’s series with Indiana is Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the Game 7 if necessary Saturday. The Celtics and 76ers will decide their series Saturday on ABC, time to be determined.
The Stanley Cup Final will start May 30, and the winner of Rangers-Devils will be hosting the first two contests. They have Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and Game 7 will be Sunday if necessary. The L.A. Kings, winners against the three Western division champs, await the victor.
The Nationals visit Atlanta on MASN Friday and Saturday, then play the Sunday night game on ESPN. The Royals come to Baltimore to meet the Orioles on MASN2 (Sunday afternoon on MASN).
Fox offers five choices for their game Saturday night – Tampa Bay at Boston and Angels-Mariners in the American League along with Cubs-Pirates, Rockies against Reds and Phillies at Cardinals.
Sunday on TBS, the Red Sox meet the Rays at 1:35 p.m.
The PGA tour stays in Texas, for the Crowne Plaza Invitational Saturday and Sunday on CBS. Coverage both days start at 3 p.m.
The top NCAA lacrosse teams meet in their Final Four Saturday on ESPN2. Notre Dame plays top-seed Loyola at 2:30 p.m., then it’s an ACC battle between Maryland and Duke at 5 p.m. The champion will be crowned Monday.
The French Open begins play Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers three games Thursday from the ACC baseball tournament, starting at 11 a.m. with Virginia facing Clemson. There’s three more games beginning Friday at 11 a.m., and Saturday’s play starts at 3 p.m. The Sun Belt conference championship will be decided Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 brings the ACC baseball championship Sunday at noon, then the SEC title tilt goes at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN and ESPN2 show NCAA softball super regionals throughout the weekend. ESPN2 starts the action Thursday at 8 p.m. with Michigan-Alabama, followed by Louisiana-Lafayette meeting Arizona State. ESPN has a regional third game, if needed, Friday at 7 p.m., then Oregon faces Texas.
Oklahoma faces Arizona Saturday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game following. The second game between Texas and Oregon is Saturday at 5 p.m., with an extra game following if necessary. Sunday, Tennessee plays Georgia at 1 p.m.
California and Washington play Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, with game 2 Sunday at 7 p.m.
There’s two MLS games on NBC Sports network this weekend – Galaxy against the Dynamo in a rematch of last year’s championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. before San Jose visits Kansas City Sunday at 4:30 p.m.


Triple crown or not?

What does the Kentucky Derby winner say about a trip to the Winner’s Circle?
I’ll have another.
The Derby winner tries to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown Saturday at the Preakness Stakes. NBC has coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network shows the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 4 p.m.
Playoffs continue in the NHL and NBA. On ice, the Kings host Phoenix in Game 3 Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Game 4 of the series will be Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. The Eastern Conference final between the Rangers and Devils has Game 3 Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC.
The NBA’s second round continues Thursday on ESPN. The Heat head to Indiana for Game 3 with the Pacers at 7 p.m., followed by Clippers-Spurs. Friday starts at 8 p.m. with the Celtics traveling to Philadelphia, then the Thunder head to L.A. in the nightcap.
ABC offers Game 3 of the Spurs and Clippers from Los Angeles Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and then the Heat and Pacers meet for Game 4 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. TNT spends the weekend in L.A., with Thunder-Lakers Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and Clippers against Spurs Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
The WNBA tips off Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC with Phoenix meeting Minnesota.
Baseball starts interleague play this weekend, and the Orioles’ visit to Washington is one of five games on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Sharing the coverage is the battle of Chicago (Cubs vs. White Sox) and Texas (Rangers-Astros). The Diamondbacks head to Kansas City and Red Sox travel to Philadelphia. TBS has the finale of that series Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the Cardinals at Dodgers Sunday night at 8 p.m.
MASN has games between the Orioles and Nationals Friday and Sunday. Before the interleague action starts, the Orioles close a series in Kansas City Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN. The Nationals face Pittsburgh Thursday at 7 p.m.
It’s NASCAR all-star weekend, with the activities beginning Saturday at 7 p.m. on Speed.  The Nationwide Series visits Iowa, with ESPN coverage Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Gearing up for the Indianapolis 500, NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon. By nightfall, the 33-car field will be set.
The PGA tour heads to Texas for the Byron Nelson Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
In MLS play, ChivasUSA meets the Galaxy Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2. D.C. United meets Toronto on Comcast at 7:30 p.m.
We’re nearing the end of spring sports season in the NCAA. ESPN2 has a pair of quarterfinal matchups in the Division I lacrosse tournament Saturday, as Maryland plays Johns Hopkins at noon. Denver meets top-seed Loyola later in the day.
NCAA softball regionals start Friday on ESPN2, with Kentucky vs. Michigan at 4:30 p.m. followed by Louisville-Valparaiso. Saturday, ESPN has games at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m., and it’s back to ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
It’s the final weekend of the regular season in college baseball. Comcast has games matching Miami and Georgia Tech Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., then Saturday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three games from the IIHA championship Thursday, starting at 6 a.m. The United States plays Finland at 11 a.m.


Visit this lady Mother’s Day weekend

NASCAR gives its racers off on Mother’s Day – since they visit the “Lady in Black” the night before.
The racers make their visit to Darlington – the track “Too Tough to Tame” – on FOX Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the Southern 500. The Nationwide racers take on the track Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Then shut down the garage and take care of Mom on her day.
If you enjoy the 17th hole at Sawgrass, this is your weekend. The PGA tour takes on the famous hole at the Players Championship on NBC. Coverage begins Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The NBA closes its first round this weekend, while a few teams begin second round action. There’s three games Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. on NBA network as the Bulls face the 76ers. TNT offers the Hawks at Celtics at 8 p.m., followed by the Nuggets hosting the Lakers.
The Clippers try to advance over the Grizzlies Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, and the top-seeded Spurs will take on the series victor.
The weekend games are still to be determined. The Heat know they will face the Pacers in the second round, while the Thunder await the winner of Lakers-Nuggets.
The Capitals forced Game 7 in their series with the Rangers, and they will decide it Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The winner faces Devils in the Conference finals, while the Western Conference matchup brings together Phoenix and Los Angeles.
The IIHA tournament goes this weekend, with coverage on NBC Sports network. The United States plays Belarus Thursday at 9 a.m., then Kazakhstan Friday at 9 a.m. and Finland Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Orioles close out a series against Texas with a doubleheader Thursday on MASN, and host Tampa Bay for the weekend in a battle for the AL East Division lead. The Nationals visit Pittsburgh Thursday on MASN2, then head to Cincinnati to play the Reds on MASN2.
Fox has an early Saturday afternoon schedule this weekend, with the Mets at Marlins, Cubs-Brewers and Angels against Rangers as the choices. The Braves take on St. Louis Sunday at 2:15 p.m. on TBS, while ESPN’s Sunday Night baseball matches the Angels and Rangers.
D.C. United meet Houston Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 shows Philadelphia at the Red Bulls Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
The NCAA starts its march to the lacrosse final four this weekend. ESPN shows Syracuse facing Duke Saturday at noon, and Virginia hosts Princeton Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast shows three games from the quarterfinals of the ACC softball tournament starting Thursday at noon. The semifinals start Friday at 1 p.m., then ESPN offers the final Saturday at 4 p.m. ESPN has a game from the SEC tournament (Mississippi State vs. Alabama) Thursday at 8 p.m., and the final Saturday at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 offers the Big East softball championship Saturday at 6 p.m.
The first stage of the Tour of California bike race is Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The American LeMans series heads to Monterey, Mexico Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.


Run for the roses

It’s been 34 years since we’ve had a triple crown winner. Will this be the year?
Twenty horses are scheduled to run in the 138th Kentucky Derby Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. Just over two minutes later, only one will have a chance at this year’s Triple Crown.
Bodemeister jumped out of the gate as the early favorite, just ahead of Union Rags. One of them could be remembered like Secretariat, or fade as another trivia answer after their glorious ride.
The fillies race in the Kentucky Oaks Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The second round of the NHL playoffs continues, with a pair of Game 3s on NBC Sports network Thursday. New Jersey hosts Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m., and the Blues travel to Los Angeles at 10 p.m.
Friday, Nashville battles Phoenix in Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Capitals host New York in Game 4 Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, and the Kings try to advance against St. Louis Sunday at 3 p.m. The Devils-Flyers close the weekend Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NBA playoffs also continue, with a doubleheader on TNT Thursday – Heat at Knicks at 7 p.m. followed by Oklahoma City taking on Dallas.
ESPN rejoins the playoff fun Friday at 7:30 p.m., with the third game between the Hawks and Celtics. The Lakers travel to Denver at 10:30 p.m., while the Bulls and 76ers meet on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. There’s two more games on ESPN Saturday afternoon – Indiana vs. Orlando at 2 p.m. followed by the Grizzlies meeting the Clippers.
TNT has the primetime schedule Saturday, with Game 4 of Oklahoma City-Dallas at 7:30 p.m. before San Antonio visits Utah.
Sunday afternoon, ABC has an Eastern Conference doubleheader with the Bulls-76ers at 1 p.m. before the Knicks face the Heat.
The Celtics host the Hawks Sunday at 7 p.m. on TNT, with the Lakers at Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Orioles try to extend their hot start this weekend in Boston, playing Friday and Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday on MASN. The Nationals close a series with Arizona Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then face the Phillies for the weekend. The first two games are on MASN, with the finale part of ESPN’s Sunday night package.
Fox offers a trio of games Saturday at 4 p.m. – Diamondbacks-Mets, Brewers at Giants and White Sox against Tigers. The Yankees visit Kansas City Sunday at 2:10 p.m. on TBS.
NASCAR heads to Talledega this weekend, with coverage at noon on Fox. ABC carries the Nationwide race Saturday at 3 p.m.
Charlotte hosts the PGA tour this weekend, starting Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Philadelphia plays Seattle in MLS action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. D.C. United head to Toronto Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. on Comcast-plus, while ESPN shows the Galaxy against the Red Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m.
It’s SEC baseball Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, as Florida takes on Kentucky, while ESPN2 offers South Carolina against Arkansas Saturday at 1 p.m. Houston meets Rice from Conference USA Sunday at 2 p.m. on Comcast.
Top 10 teams meet on the softball diamond twice this weekend – ESPN2 has Florida-Alabama Saturday at 4 p.m. while Oklahoma hosts Texas at 2 p.m Sunday on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the IIHF ice hockey tournament, with the United States meeting France Friday at 5 a.m.