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.

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