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.

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