Play ball in Florida

February is almost over.
Time to start thinking about baseball.
MASN’s spring training schedule starts Thursday at 6 p.m. when the Nationals take on the Mets.
A few more weeks and they will be heading north.
The 2013 Major League soccer season kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. when D.C. United visits Houston on NBC Sports network. ESPN2 starts its schedule Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with Portland against the Red Bulls.
Virginia continues its quest for the NCAA tournament Thursday when Duke visits at 9 p.m. on ESPN. North Carolina meets Clemson at 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers head to Boston College on ACC network Sunday at 4 p.m., after Maryland travels to Wake Forest Saturday at noon.
ESPN has a top-five ACC battle Saturday at 6 p.m., when Duke takes on Miami. The day starts at noon with Alabama-Florida, followed by Notre Dame against Marquette at 2 p.m. and Texas-Oklahoma State. The GameDay crew catches Arizona playing UCLA at 9 p.m.
Purdue meets Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 offers three games on Thursday, starting with Ohio State against Northwestern at 7 p.m. Missouri battles South Carolina at 9 p.m., with Gonzaga-BYU as the nightcap. Iona meets Loyola of Maryland Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s slate starts at noon with VCU against Butler, then Wichita State faces Creighton. At 7 p.m., Kansas State faces Baylor followed by Vanderbilt-Auburn.
CBS gears up for March Madness with three games Saturday. Louisville travels to Syracuse at noon, followed by West Virginia-Kansas and Kentucky against Arkansas. Sunday at 2 p.m., Florida State goes to North Carolina then Michigan State plays Michigan.
From the WAC, Utah State faces Louisiana Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN. It’s CIAA tournament weekend, with the semifinals on MASN Friday starting at 7 p.m.
MASN has two Big East games Saturday and two more on Sunday. Saturday at 2 p.m., Connecticut clashes Cincinnati and it’s St. John’-Providence at 8 p.m. Sunday starts at noon with Villanova against Pittsburgh, followed by DePaul-South Florida.
New Mexico State takes on Denver Saturday at 6 p.m.
Drexel takes on Old Dominion Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s three games Saturday, starting in the CAA with George Mason-Delaware at 2 p.m. UNLV takes on Nevada at 4 p.m., followed by Harvard against Pennsylvania.
TNT features Philadelphia-Chicago at 8 p.m., followed by the Timberwolves at Lakers. The Grizzlies head to Miami Friday on ESPN at 8 p.m., and the nightcap brings together the Thunder and Nuggets. Sunday at 8 p.m., the Bulls face the Pacers.
The Wizards host the Knicks on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m., then play the Sixers Sunday at 6 p.m.
ABC’s Sunday starts with the Heat taking on the Knicks at 1 p.m. The Thunder face the Clippers at 3:30 p.m.
In women’s basketball, Tennessee takes on Texas A&M Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN2 has a pair of games Sunday – St. Joseph’s at Dayton at 2 p.m. followed by North Carolina against Duke.
Notre Dame plays Providence on MASN Saturday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR heads west this weekend, going to Phoenix Sunday at 3 p.m. The Nationwide racers start their action Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
Will the Chicago Blackhawks lose a game this shortened season? They face the Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. The Canadians take on the Bruins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals head north Saturday, meeting the Jets at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers college ice hockey between Wisconsin and Nebraska-Omaha Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour arrives in Florida for the Honda Classic. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network shows the USA Indoor Track championships Sunday at 4 p.m.

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