With the first pick…

There’s not as much excitement about this year’s NFL draft.
nfl draftGuess we’re out of Luck.
After we had Andrew Luck and RGIII go from top of the draft to the postseason in 2012, there’s a mass of similarly skilled players vying for big paydays when the 2013 NFL Draft starts Thursday at 8 p.m. on NFL network and ESPN.
Can’t get enough of Mel Kiper Jr.? This is your weekend.
The second round begins Friday at 6:30 p.m., and the final four rounds kick off Saturday at noon.
Then it’s four months for these draftees to gain roster spots for the 2013 season.
The NBA playoffs continue through the weekend. The Heat travel to Milwaukee on TNT Thursday at 7 p.m., followed Bulls-Nets at 8:30 p.m. on NBA TV. TNT closes the night with the Clippers at Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m. The action moves to ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. as the Celtics host the Knicks. The Spurs meet the Lakers on ESPN at 10:30 p.m., while ESPN2 shows Nuggets-Warriors.
TNT starts a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with Bulls-Nets at 2 p.m., followed by the Clippers facing the Grizzlies. ESPN has Hawks against Pacers at 7 p.m., then it’s Thunder-Rockets in the nightcap.
Sunday starts on ABC at 1 p.m. with the Knicks in Boston, then the Bucks host the Heat. TNT brings Spurs-Lakers at 7 p.m., then the Nuggets battle the Warriors.
It’s the final weekend of the NHL season. The Capitals host Ottawa Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
On NBC Sports network, the Devils meet the Penguins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Blackhawks take on Calgary Friday at 8:30 p.m. There’s a pair of games Saturday, with Detroit-Dallas at 7 p.m. before the Sharks battle the Kings.
NBC has the Devils against the Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Nationals host Cincinnati for a four-game series starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Sunday afternoon are also on MASN, while Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest will be on Fox. Other parts of the country will see Braves at Tigers or Phillies against the Mets.
The Orioles head west for a four-game set with Oakland, with games on MASN2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s game at 4 p.m. will be on MASN.
TBS has the Yankees hosting the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, while ESPN features the Braves and Tigers on Sunday night.
There’s SEC baseball on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m., with Mississippi State facing Vanderbilt. ESPN offers South Carolina against LSU Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Sprint Cup tour comes to Richmond Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNews.
CBS brings plenty of golf this weekend. The Legends of Golf get coverage Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at 3 p.m. both days.
Chicago heads to Montreal for an MLS match on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.
Comcast shows the first round of the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament Thursday at 1 and 3 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 and 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 5 p.m.
Georgia travels to Florida in SEC softball Sunday at noon on Comcast. Thursday at 8 p.m., it’s Alabama against LSU on ESPN2.


NBA starts second season

Is it time for a Heat repeat?
nba playoffsLeBron James and his crew start their quest for a second straight NBA title Sunday against the Bucks. TNT has the coverage at 7 p.m.
The postseason starts on ABC Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Knicks hosting the Celtics. ESPN has the next three games on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Warriors and Nuggets. The Bulls head to Brooklyn at 8 p.m., then it’s out west for the Grizzlies at Clippers.
TNT has Hawks-Pacers at Sunday at 1 p.m., then the Lakers – without Kobe Bryant – head to San Antonio on ABC at 3:30 p.m. West top seed Oklahoma City hosts Houston at 9:30 p.m.
Each best-of-seven series will continue over the next two weeks.
The strike-shortened NHL season has two more weekends before the playoffs start. The Capitals head to Ottawa Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then visit to Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Flyers host the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Nashville heads to Chicago Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Flyers head to Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m., then Sunday at 8 p.m. the Blues face the Avalanche.
NBC offers the Devils and Rangers Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles close a series with Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before the Dodgers come to visit for a weekend interleague series on MASN. TBS also carries the Sunday afternoon contest.
The Nationals face the Mets on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., and are part of the Fox Saturday package again this week. Other parts of the country will see the Twins at White Sox or Tigers-Angels. ESPN’s Sunday night game features the Cardinals at Phillies.
It’s SEC baseball Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, with Auburn facing Mississippi State. Sunday at 1 p.m., Clemson visits Miami.
NASCAR heads to Kansas this weekend, with Sprint Cup action Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network shows the Indy Car Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday at 4 p.m. The Formula One racers are in Bahrain, with the race Sunday at 8 p.m. Practices will be Friday at 7 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NFL announces its 2013 schedule Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and NFL Network. From the college ranks, NBC Sports network shows the Notre Dame spring game Saturday at 1 p.m. and ESPN2 visits Alabama’s spring game Saturday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, the Galaxy host Kansas City Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. ESPN2 has the Mexican soccer league match between Jaguares de Chiapas and Club León Friday at 8:25 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
It’s Extreme Games in the Southern Hemisphere this weekend, with ESPN heading to Brazil. Coverage starts Thursday at 7 p.m., and more Friday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday’s action begins on ESPN at 11 a.m., with ESPN2 providing coverage at 9 p.m. ESPN has more skateboarding and other sports Sunday at 11 a.m.
Arizona faces UCLA in Pac-12 softball Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.


A tradition unlike any other

Bubba Watson heads to Augusta as the returning champ. Will he bring his new golf cart with him?
mastersBubba and the rest of the best gather for The Masters, starting Thursday on ESPN. They show the first two rounds starting at 3 p.m., and CBS takes over for the weekend – Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Before sunset, someone will walk off with the green jacket.
The Orioles face the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then head to New York for the weekend. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN, and Sunday’s contest will be on ESPN at 8 p.m.
The Nationals close out their series with the White Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2 before hosting the Braves Friday on MASN2 and Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN. Saturday’s game will be on FOX at 1 p.m., with other parts of the country getting either Giants-Cubs or Rays against Red Sox. TBS shows Rays-Red Sox Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
Virginia travels to Georgia Tech for ACC baseball Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. South Carolina plays Florida Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NCAA has its Frozen Four this weekend. ESPN2 has the semifinals Thursday, with Yale against UMass-Lowell at 4:30 p.m. followed by St. Cloud State-Quinnipiac. The championship will be Saturday on ESPN at 7 p.m.
The Capitals continue their playoff push Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Hurricanes on Comcast and Lightning Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Blackhawks meet the Blues Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
NBC Sports network has the Penguins and Lightning Thursday at 7 p.m. The Flyers meet the Sabres Saturday at 3 p.m., then the Red Wings take on the Predators Sunday at 7:3o p.m.
On TNT, the Knicks battle the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. The Thunder head to Golden State in the nightcap. The Heat meet the Bulls on ABC Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast shows the Wizards against 76ers Friday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Texas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox, after the Nationwide racers go Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has practices from the Chinese Grand Prix Friday at 2 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m. The race goes Sunday at 2:30 a.m.
In MLS action, the Galaxy head to Dallas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. San Jose faces Portland Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
It’s spring football season, and ESPN has the Texas A&M game Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has Pac-12 softball Thursday at 11 p.m., featuring California and UCLA. ESPN shows LSU against Texas A&M Saturday at 5 p.m. while ESPN2 offers Washington-Arizona State Saturday at 10 p.m.
The road to the Kentucky Derby continues on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with the Blue Grass Stakes. NBC Sports network has the Arkansas Derby at 6 p.m.


The ball is tipped….

Now there are four – including a big Shocker.
2013 final fourWichita State continues its surprising run at the 75th NCAA championship this weekend in Atlanta. The school from the Missouri Valley Conference takes on top-seeded Louisville in Saturday’s first semifinal at 6 p.m. on CBS.
The nightcap matches a pair of four-seeds – Syracuse and Michigan. The Orange won the title 10 years ago, while the Wolverines are in the Final Four for the first time since the Chris Webber timeout game of 1993.
The winners battle Monday at 9 p.m., and shortly before midnight one team will cut down the nets. And “One Shining Moment” will play.
The NIT champion – either Baylor or Iowa – cuts down the nets Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
The women gather in New Orleans for their Final Four Sunday on ESPN. Louisville plays California in the first semifinal at 6:30 p.m., followed by the matchup of Big East top seeds – Notre Dame against Connecticut.
In the high school ranks, ESPN2 has the semifinals of the National High School Invitational Friday at 2:30 p.m. The winners meet Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while the girls’ championship game will be Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
TNT offers a Thursday doubleheader, with the Bulls meeting the Nets at 7 p.m. before the Spurs travel to Oklahoma City. ESPN starts Friday in Charlotte, with the Bobcats meeting the Heat at 8 p.m., before the Rockets face the Trail Blazers in the nightcap. The Heat travel to Philadelphia Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ABC’s Sunday doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. with the Knicks at Oklahoma City. The Lakers and Clippers battle at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards play the Pacers on Comcast-plus Saturday at 7 p.m., then travel to Boston Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
The Nationals’ opening series closes Thursday on MASN2, facing the Marlins at 4 p.m. They head to Cincinnati for the weekend, playing Friday on MASN2 at 7 p.m. before afternoon contests Saturday and Sunday on MASN.
The Orioles take on Tampa Bay Thursday at 3 p.m. on MASN, then open the home slate Friday at 3 p.m. against the Twins. The series continues Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
The Fox Saturday afternoon slate begins at 4 p.m. with the choice of Cardinals-Giants, Angels at Rangers and Yankees taking on the Tigers. TBS offers the Yankees-Tigers Sunday afternoon, and ESPN2 shows the Angels against Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
In college baseball, Comcast has the ACC contest between Florida State and Miami Friday at 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech travels to N.C. State Saturday at 1 p.m. and it’s off to the SEC Sunday at 1 p.m. for Kentucky-LSU.
NASCAR heads to Martinsville, with coverage on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Indy Car race in Alabama, with the flag dropping Sunday at 3 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals’ game with the Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m., then they travel to Florida Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s back home for the Lightning Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast-plus.
The Red Wings host the Blues Sunday at 12:30 on NBC, then the Devils take on the Sabres Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC offers the Texas Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Family Circle Cup gets coverage on ESPN2, starting Thursday at 1 p.m. The quarterfinals are Friday at 1 p.m., with the semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m. and final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Real Salt Lake heads to Colorado Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 brings the Fire and Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m.
ESPN has college softball between Baylor and Oklahoma Sunday at 3 p.m.
It’s the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.