Heat and ice

Will the Heat make the NBA Finals?
Which teams on ice will play for the Stanley Cup?
The quests continue this weekend.
We know one member of the NBA Finals – San Antonio swept Memphis and awaits the winner of the Eastern Conference battle between Miami and Indiana. It’s Game 5 in Miami Thursday at 8:30 p.m on TNT, then back to Indiana Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Game 7, if necessary, will be Monday in Miami.
The Spurs await for the tipoff of the Finals June 6.
On ice, the Penguins host Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC. The Blackhawks, fresh off an overtime victory in Game 7 Wednesday, host the Kings Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Game 2 of the series will be Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles and Nationals close their interleague series Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. The Nationals head to Atlanta for the weekend, with games Friday and Sunday on MASN and Saturday on Fox. The Orioles host the Tigers on MASN2 (Saturday afternoon on MASN).
The Yankees face the Red Sox Saturday night on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. TBS has another choice from Fox – Giants against Cardinals – Sunday afternoon. Other parts of the country will see the Pirates-Reds and Diamondbacks facing the Cubs.
College baseball’s road to Omaha begins Friday, and ESPN2 shows South Carolina-St. Louis at 7 p.m. There’s another contest Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Fox closes its NASCAR coverage Sunday at Dover. Tune in at 1 p.m. to hear DW say “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” one more time. ESPN has the Nationwide race Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Indy car racers head to Detroit Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. NBC Sports network has the Tennessee National 450 motorcycle races Saturday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 continues coverage of the French Open Thursday at 5 a.m. There’s more third round play Friday at 5 a.m.
The PGA tour heads to Ohio for the Memorial. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m.
The NCAA softball World Series starts Thursday at noon with Washington-Nebraska on ESPN2. ESPN has the second contest between Florida and Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. The evening session starts at 7 p.m. with Texas against Arizona State, followed by top-seeded Oklahoma facing Michigan.
The winners play Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN, followed by loser’s bracket games Saturday starting at noon. ESPN2 has two games in the afternoon, with two more on ESPN at 7 p.m. ESPN starts coverage Sunday at 1 p.m., and ESPN2 carries if necessary contests Sunday evening.
D.C. United heads to Chicago Sunday to face the Fire at 5 p.m. on Comcast. NBC Sports network offers Los Angeles at New England Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The United States has an international friendly against Germany at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2
NBC brings the Collegiate Sevens Rugby championships Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. NBC Sports network has the action Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Prefontaine Classic brings track and field action to NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Race Day

In past years, race fans have been able to catch 1100 miles of action the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
Add a few more hours of action in 2013.
NBC will broadcast the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco Sunday at 7:30 a.m. after NBC Sports network shows qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
After the twists and turns of Monaco, it’s off to the brickyard for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday at 11 a.m. NBC Sports network brings Friday’s practices at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cap the day in Charlotte for NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on Fox at 6 p.m. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
For more speed this weekend, NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing Saturday at 3 p.m. from Thunder Valley.
The NBA conference finals continue, with Game 2 between the Pacers and Heat Friday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT. The Western Conference final shifts to Memphis Saturday at 9 p.m., with the Spurs holding a 2-0 lead. The Eastern series heads to Indiana Sunday at 8:30 p.m. for Game 3.
Boston tries to finish off the New York Rangers Thursday at 7 p.m. on CNBC. The Blackhawks try to bounce back against the Red Wings Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Sharks-Kings at 10:30 p.m. Friday, the Penguins host Ottawa in Game 5 at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC offers Game 5 of Chicago-Detroit Saturday at 8 p.m. If the Rangers win Thursday, Boston will host Game 5 Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles host Toronto Thursday and Saturday on MASN and on MASN2 Friday and Sunday.
The Nationals take on the Phillies Friday and Sunday on MASN, and Saturday night on FOX. Other parts of the country will catch Marlins-White Sox, Cardinals at Dodgers, Mets-Braves and A’s taking on the Astros. ESPN shows the Braves and Mets on Sunday night, while the Yankees and Rays battle on TBS Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Comcast offers the ACC baseball tournament, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday with three games. There’s three more games Friday beginning at 11 a.m., and two more Saturday. ESPN has the championship at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by the SEC title game at 4:30 p.m.
The NCAA softball tournament has reached the Super Regional stage. Thursday, ESPN shows Texas A&M against top-seeded Oklahoma at 7 p.m., and Washington faces Missouri at 9 p.m. There’s a pair of elimination games possible Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. On ESPN2, Alabama meets Tennessee at 7 p.m.
ESPN has three games Saturday, starting with Michigan facing Louisiana-Lafayette at noon. After an elimination game at 2:30 p.m., Alabama plays Tennessee at 5 p.m. Arizona State hosts Kentucky Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, following an elimination game at 8 p.m. Sunday, Florida plays UAB in the second game of the super regional at noon. There’s an elimination game Sunday at 3 p.m., followed by Arizona State-Kentucky at 5 p.m. ESPN2 has an elimination game if necessary Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s time for the Lacrosse final four. ESPN2 has Cornell-Duke Saturday at 2:30 p.m., followed by Denver against Syracuse. The national title game will be Monday.
CBS has the PGA tour at the Colonial Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The French Open begins Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United hosts Portland Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. On NBC Sports network, Kansas City takes on Houston Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Galaxy meet Seattle Sunday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.


Triple Crown or not

Orb has three letters in his name. Will he win three races?
preakness_logoOrb continues his quest for the Triple Crown Saturday in the Preakness Stakes on NBC. Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m.
After a full house at the Kentucky Derby, there’s only nine horses scheduled to go Saturday. Orb drew the first post position Wednesday.
The fillies race in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NBA closes the conference semifinals this weekend. Thursday, the Knicks try to stay alive against the Pacers on TNT at 8 p.m.., then the Spurs visit the Warriors for Game 6 on ESPN at 10:30 p.m.
Miami and Memphis await their foes in the next round.
The NHL’s conference semifinals started Tuesday, and Thursday the final series kicks off as the Rangers face the Bruins on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m. Then it’s out west for Game 2 between the Sharks and Kings.
The Penguins host Ottawa Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday features two contests – Detroit at Chicago at 12:30 p.m. on NBC and Sharks-Kings at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Game 2 between the Rangers and Bruins Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC, then Pittsburgh heads to Ottawa at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles host Tampa Bay on MASN Friday and Sunday, with Saturday’s game on FOX. Other parts of the country will see White Sox-Angels or the Reds at Phillies.
The Nationals continue their west coast trip in San Diego, with games on MASN Thursday and Saturday, then MASN2 on Friday and Sunday.
TBS shows the Dodgers at Braves Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with the Tigers facing the Rangers on ESPN Sunday night.
In the college ranks, Comcast shows Miami-Georgia Tech Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The second game is Friday at 7:30 p.m., with the regular season finale Saturday at 1 p.m.
Getting ready for Memorial Day weekend, NBC Sports network has qualifying for the Indy 500. The race for the pole starts Saturday at 11 a.m., and they fill out the 33-car field Sunday at noon.
NASCAR’s all-star race will be on Speed Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour returns to CBS this weekend, with the Byron Nelson Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 features one of the college softball regionals this weekend. Arizona meets Baylor at 3:30 p.m. Friday before Texas A&M and Pennsylvania play at 6 p.m. ESPN has the winners and losers brackets Saturday at 3 p.m., and the regional concludes Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with a game at 6 p.m. if necessary.
D.C. United hosts Kansas City Sunday at 5 p.m. on Comcast. The Red Bulls face the Galaxy in MLS action Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s another X Games weekend on ESPN – this time from Barcelona. Action begins Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. and continues Friday at noon and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
In Major League Lacrosse, the Bayhawks head to Boston on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.


Trophy chase continues

The busiest time of the NBA and NHL postseasons are here, with multiple games on TV almost every night.
The NBA continues its conference semifinals this weekend, while the NHL – starting the playoffs later due to the lockout – closes the first round. ESPN has the doubleheader Friday, with the Bulls hosting Miami at 8 p.m. before the Spurs take on the Warriors. It’s the Thunder at Memphis Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN, with ABC bringing the primetime action between the Knicks and Pacers at 8 p.m.
ABC shows Game 4 of the Warriors and Spurs Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
On the ice, Thursday brings Game 5 between Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Blackhawks look to finish off the Wild at 9:30 p.m., while the Senators try to advance against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. on CNBC.
The Capitals and Rangers meet in Game 5 Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, and it’s Blues at Kings for Game 6 at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks can finish off the Red Wings at 8 p.m. on CNBC.
The Penguins and Islanders will play Saturday and Capitals have another contest with the Rangers Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Other games may join the weekend slate.
The IIHF World Championships continue on NBC Sports network, with the United States against France Saturday at 5 a.m.
NASCAR spends Mother’s Day weekend at Darlington. The Sprint Cup racers go Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Fox, after the Nationwide racers hit the track Friday on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. Then the racers take off Sunday to be with mom.
The Formula One circuit hits Spain, with the race Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Qualifying is Saturday at 8 a.m.
The PGA has it’s unofficial fifth major – The Players Championship – this weekend on NBC. Coverage starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Orioles host the Royals Thursday on MASN, then visit Minnesota for the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals face the Cubs in MASN.
While Fox takes the weekend off from baseball, TBS has the Red Sox and Blue Jays Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Angels meet the White Sox on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
In the college ranks, LSU plays Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. on Friday on Comcast and Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. For Comcast, it’s off to the ACC Saturday at noon for Florida State-N.C. State and Sunday at 2 p.m Mississippi State meets Mississippi.
D.C. United takes on Dallas Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast, while NBC Sports network has Philadelphia against Chicago Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN2 offers the Mexican League contest between Cruz Azul and Monarcas Thursday at 9:55 p.m. and the second game of the quarterfinal leg Sunday at 6:55 p.m.
The NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament airs on ESPN2 Saturday, with Lehigh-North Carolina at noon. Cornell plays Maryland Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast brings the ACC softball tournament, starting at 11 a.m. with Maryland-Virginia Tech. Virginia takes on North Carolina at 1:30 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. and finals goes Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN shows an SEC quarterfinal game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the championship Saturday at 8 p.m. The Big East title game will be Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.


Run for the roses

logo-kentuckyderby139-white_1We’ve waited since 1978 for a Triple Crown winner.
Will this be the year?
Twenty horses are in the lineup for the Kentucky Derby. Have you heard of any of them before this week?
Saturday evening, you’ll remember the name of the Derby winner. And two more wins will make him one for the ages.
NBC has coverage Saturday starting at 4 p.m, with post-time of 6:24 p.m. For the fillies, the Kentucky Oak goes at 5 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports network.
The NBA’s first round concludes this weekend, and a few of the winners may start the conference semifinals. There’s a pair of Game 6’s Thursday on TNT, with the Nets trying to stay alive in Chicago at 8 p.m. The Nuggets take on the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
Boston survived to play Game 6 at home, Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. It’s Hawks-Pacers at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then at 9:30 p.m. the Thunder visit Houston on ESPN and Grizzlies host the Clippers on ESPN2.
The rest of the weekend’s schedule will be determined after these games conclude.
The NHL’s postseason began Tuesday, and several series open play Thursday. The Capitals host the Rangers at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and NBC sports network, while the Canadiens open against the Senators on CNBC at 7 p.m. It’s game 2 in St. Louis on CNBS at 9:30 p.m. with the Blues facing the Kings, and the Ducks and Red Wings meet at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Friday, NBC Sports network has the Islanders at Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by the Minnesota-Chicago. Over on CNBC, the Canadiens meet the Senators before Vancouver takes on San Jose.
NBC has Game 2 from Washington Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and NBC Sports network’s twinbill starts at 7:30 p.m. with Anaheim going to Detroit for Game 3. The Blues head to Los Angeles at 10 p.m. while CNBC offers Boston-Toronto at 7 p.m.
The top seeds get coverage on NBC Sunday. The Penguins visit the Islanders at noon, with Game 3 between the Blackhawks and Wild at 3 p.m. Montreal goes to Ottawa at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by San Jose at Vancouver at 10 p.m.
In other hockey postseason play, NBC Sports network shows the IIHF World Championship contests between the United States and Austria Saturday at 5 a.m.
The Nationals face the Braves Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then head to Pittsburgh for games Friday and Sunday on MASN. Fox has Saturday afternoon’s game.
The Orioles start a four-game set with the Angels Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on MASN2. Saturday’s contest is on Fox, along with the Cardinals and Brewers.
TBS shows the Braves and Mets Sunday at 1:35 p.m., while the Dodgers head to San Francisco for ESPN’s Sunday night contest.
Florida faces LSU in SEC baseball Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Maryland battles Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. while Vanderbilt meets South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.
If you like Sunday afternoon NASCAR racing, this is your only weekend in May for daytime action. Fox has the race from Talledega Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The IndyCar racers are in Brazil, with the Sao Paulo 300 Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour heads to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The Galaxy hosts Houston Sunday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN shows Big 12 softball between Texas Tech and Baylor Thursday at 8 p.m., and Tennessee meets Missouri Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There’s a doubleheader Sunday, with Texas against Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. followed by LSU-Georgia.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks face New York in Major League Lacrosse action Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.