Play ball

Tired of winter?
Spring is getting closer.
Spring training baseball starts this week, and MASN has a pair of games over the weekend.
The Orioles take the stage Saturday at 1 p.m., facing the Blue Jays. The Nationals take on the Marlins Sunday at 1 p.m.
Just four more weeks before the teams head north and start playing for real.
Virginia looks to clinch the ACC regular season championship Saturday at 4 p.m., hosting fourth-ranked Syracuse on ESPN. The day starts with Cincinnati-Connecticut at noon, then Wichita State tries to stay perfect against Missouri State. Kentucky hosts South Carolina at 6 p.m., and the GameDay crew will catch Kansas against Oklahoma State at 9 p.m.
ESPN’s Thursday starts with Arkansas against Kentucky at 7 p.m., then Iowa takes on Indiana.
Thursday on ESPN2 begins at 7 p.m. when Ohio State heads to Penn State. Temple takes on Louisville at 9 p.m., then it’s Oregon-UCLA in the nightcap. Iona goes against Manhattan Friday at 7 p.m., and there’s six games on Saturday. Vanderbilt takes on Tennessee to start the day at noon, then it’s Notre Dame-Pittsburgh and Illinois meeting Michigan State. St. Louis tries to stop VCU at 6 p.m., then it’s out west for UC Santa Barbara playing UC Davis and Gonzaga against Saint Mary’s.
CBS gears up for March Madness with doubleheaders both weekend days. Louisville meets Memphis Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by LSU-Florida. Marquette heads to Villanova Sunday at 2 p.m., with Ohio State facing Indiana at 4 p.m.
The ACC network has two games Saturday – Miami against North Carolina State at noon and Virginia Tech facing North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. Maryland meets Clemson Sunday at 1 p.m.
There’s three games on FoxSports1 Thursday. Charlotte heads to East Carolina at 7 p.m., followed by Georgetown-Marquette and Oregon State against USC at 11 p.m. Creighton meets Xavier Saturday at 5 p.m., then Sunday Oregon State battles UCLA at 9 p.m.
Comcast offers William & Mary against Towson Saturday at 4 p.m.
MASN2 has a Big 12 doubleheader Saturday, with Texas Tech facing Baylor at 1:30 p.m. followed by Texas-Oklahoma.
In the Atlantic 10, Saint Joseph’s meets St. Bonaventure Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. LaSalle plays Fordham Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. it’s George Mason-George Washington.
The ACC women’s regular season closes Sunday at 1 p.m., when North Carolina meets Duke on ESPN. Miami faces Pittsburgh Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. Kansas hosts Iowa State Saturday at 8 p.m. on MASN2.
There’s a pair of games on ESPN2 Sunday – Nebraska against Purdue at 2 p.m. before Vanderbilt faces Kentucky.
FoxSports1 brings Creighton against Marquette Saturday at 3 p.m., and West Virginia tangles with Baylor Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Heat host the Knicks on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Brooklyn-Denver. ESPN has the Warriors visit to New York Friday at 8 p.m., then the Pelicans battle the Suns.
ABC offers Knicks-Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Wizards face the 76ers Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NASCAR hopes to avoid rain in the desert, with the Sprint Cup in Phoenix Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox. ABC has the Nationwide race Saturday at 3:30 p.m
The Capitals return to the ice Thursday against Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. They travel to Boston Saturday at 1 p.m.’
The Stadium Series continues Saturday on NBC, with the Penguins at Chicago’s Soldier Field to face the Blackhawks.
NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Sunday, with Ottawa at Vancouver at 4 p.m. followed by Bruins facing the Rangers.
There’s college ice hockey between Penn State and Minnesota Saturday at 7 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Florida for the Honda Classic on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a pair of matches from the Europa League round of 32. Napoli faces Swansea City at 1 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at 3 p.m.
There’s a pair of Premier League contests on NBC Sports network Saturday – Fulham against Chelsea Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by Southampton-Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur meets Cardiff City Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

See you in Pyeongchang

Just a few more days before bobsledding and curling leave the scene for four more years.
It’s the final weekend of the Sochi Olympics, capped by Sunday’s men’s ice hockey gold medal game at 7 a.m. The closing ceremonies air at 7 p.m., then the preparation for the 2018 Winter Games begin.
NBC airs the women’s gold medal ice hockey game between the United States and Canada Thursday at noon, before the primetime coverage at 8 p.m. Friday’s action will be at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and events Saturday will be shown at 2:30 and 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings figure skating Thursday at 10 a.m. Action begins Friday at 3 a.m. with curling, and the men’s ice hockey semifinals are at 6:30 a.m. and noon.
There’s cross-country skiing Saturday at 4:30 a.m., followed by the bronze medal men’s ice hockey game at 10 a.m. and figure skating at 12:30 p.m. Coverage closes with bobsledding Sunday at 4 a.m.
While the Olympics close out, the new NASCAR season starts with the Daytona 500 Sunday on Fox. ESPN has the opener of the Nationwide racing season Saturday at 1:15 p.m. while the twin 125s are on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m. The flag drops on the first Truck Series race Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Duke and North Carolina had to postpone their contest last week, rescheduling for Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN and the ACC network. Michigan State plays Purdue at 7 p.m.
Duke gets another chance at top-ranked Syracuse Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by Arizona-Colorado. LSU takes on Kentucky at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 offers three games on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. with Alabama against Texas A&M. Connecticut takes on Temple at 9 p.m., then BYU meets Gonzaga in the nightcap. VCU meets Massachusetts Friday at 7 p.m.
Virginia meets Notre Dame on ESPN2 Saturday at 2 p.m., after Wisconsin-Iowa at noon. Iowa State takes on TCU at 4 p.m., followed by UCLA-Stanford and Missouri against Alabama. San Diego State faces New Mexico at 10 p.m., and the slate closes at midnight with Gonzaga taking on San Diego.
North Carolina meets Wake Forest at noon Saturday on ACC network, and other areas see Boston College-Miami.
CBS has regional action Saturday at noon, with Florida facing Mississippi and Louisville meeting Cincinnati. Michigan and Michigan State battle Sunday at noon.
FoxSports1 starts its action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when Xavier travels to Georgetown. It’s St. John’s-Villanova at 1:30 p.m., followed by UAB at Charlotte. Providence meets Butler Sunday at 6 p.m., followed by Southern Cal against California.
There’s three games on Comcast Saturday, starting in the ACC with Clemson-Georgia Tech at noon. Virginia Tech plays North Carolina State at 2 p.m., followed by Northeastern against William & Mary. Drexel tangles with Delaware Sunday at 3 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s meets Central Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. West Virginia hosts Baylor at 1:30 p.m. on MASN, followed by Kansas State-Oklahoma.
Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma State Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
NBC Sports network brings Ivy League action, with Brown at Cornell Saturday at 8 p.m. Yale heads to Columbia Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Comcast offers a women’s basketball doubleheader Thursday, as North Carolina visits Virginia at 6:30 p.m. before Florida State takes on Maryland. Wake Forest meets Miami Sunday at 1 p.m.
Charlotte visits Middle Tennessee on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Kansas heads to Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m., Oklahoma State faces Texas Tech.
Notre Dame meets Duke in a battle of top 10 squads Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has a Sunday doubleheader, with Kentucky against Texas A&M at 2 p.m. and Maryland-Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. Georgetown hosts Villanova on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
Oklahoma City hosts Miami on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Houston-Golden State in the nightcap. ESPN offers Denver-Chicago at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by the Celtics taking on the Lakers. Sunday at 9 p.m., the Rockets head to Phoenix.
ABC has the Clippers and Thunder Sunday at 1 p.m., then it’s Bulls at Heat.
The Wizards host the Pelicans Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then travel to Cleveland Sunday at 6 p.m.
CBS has the final two days of the Match Play Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
MASN shows action from the UEFA Europe League Thursday, with Dynamo Kyiv against Valencia at 1 p.m. followed by Porto against Eintracht Frankfurt.
In Premier League, Crystal Palace meets Manchester United on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m., while USA shows Arsenal against Sunderland. Chelsea clashes with Everton Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and there’s a pair of contests Sunday – Liverpool plays Swansea City at 8:30 a.m. followed by Norwich City against Tottenham Hotspur.
Notre Dame hosts Boston University Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The USA Indoor track and field championships are on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Stars shine down south

The best NBA players are gathering in New Orleans.
The best NASCAR drivers are gathering in Daytona.
Even the Winter Olympics are in the southern part of Russia. Can’t you tell by the warm temperatures?
allstar2014NBA’s mid-season break begins Friday with the Celebrity game on ESPN at 7 p.m. TNT has the Rising Stars contest at 9 p.m. All-Star Saturday, including the 3-point shot and dunk competitions, will be on TNT starting at 8 p.m.
The stars shine starting Sunday at 8 p.m. on TNT.
Before the big weekend, TNT has the Nets’ trip to Chicago at 8 p.m. before the Thunder battle the Lakers in the nightcap.
NASCAR gears up for the season with the Unlimited Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Qualifying for the Daytona 500 will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, with two racers securing their spots in the Great American race.
NBC’s Olympic coverage continues Thursday at 3 and 8 p.m. There’s more action Friday and Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday’s coverage will be at 3 and 7 p.m.
There’s live figure skating on NBC Sports network starting Thursday at 10 a.m. Action begins Friday at 5 a.m. with cross-country skiing, followed by ice hockey at 7:30 a.m. and figure skating at 10 a.m.
Saturday has ice hockey at 3 a.m., 7 a.m. and noon along with cross-country skiing and skeleton. Sunday it’s cross-country skiing at 5 a.m. and ice skating at 10 a.m.
USA network joins the action Thursday at noon with Canada facing Norway. There’s women’s curling between the United States and Denmark Friday at 5 a.m. before more ice hockey matching Canada and Austria at noon.
The Swedes meet Latvia Saturday at noon and there’s three games on Sunday. Norway meets Austria at 3 a.m., followed by Russia-Slovakia at 7:30 a.m. and Finland against Canada at noon.
ESPN has a Thursday college basketball doubleheader, with Louisville visiting Temple at 7 p.m. before Minnesota meets Wisconsin. Second-ranked Arizona battles Arizona State Friday at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s slate starts at noon with Memphis-Connecticut. VCU visits Saint Louis at 2 p.m., followed by Indiana against Purdue and Maryland playing Duke at 6 p.m. The Gameday crew catches Florida and Kentucky at 9 p.m.
Arkansas takes on Missouri on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then UCLA faces Colorado at 9 p.m.
Virginia travels to Clemson on ESPN2 Saturday at noon, followed by Oklahoma-Oklahoma State. It’s Tennessee-Missouri at 4 p.m., then Georgia State meets Troy and BYU faces St. Mary’s at 8 p.m. Rutgers goes against Louisville Sunday at 6 p.m.
Syracuse tries to remain unbeaten against North Carolina State Saturday at 3 p.m. on the ACC network.
CBS offers Pittsburgh’s trip to North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan-Wisconsin.
Seton Hall plays St. John’s Thursday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1. There’s three contests Sunday, starting with Oregon-Oregon State at 3 p.m. Villanova travels to Creighton at 5 p.m. before St. John’s battles Georgetown.
James Madison hosts UNC-Wilmington Saturday at noon on Comcast, then Massachusetts meets George Washington before another CAA battle between Towson and William & Mary. The day concludes with two ACC contests, as Virginia Tech takes on Miami at 6 p.m. and Florida State tackles Wake Forest.
Hofstra and Drexel battle Sunday at 8 p.m.
MASN starts Saturday with a Big 12 doubleheader, starting with Texas Tech against Iowa State at 1:30 p.m. TCU takes on Kansas at 4 p.m., then it’s off to the Atlantic 10 for St. Bonaventure-George Mason. The night closes at 8 p.m. when Boston University meets Loyola. MASN2 brings VMI at Liberty Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Drexel at College of Charleston Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s an ACC women’s doubleheader on Comcast Thursday, with N.C. State facing Clemson at 6:30 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech-Wake Forest.  Sunday’s schedule starts at 1 p.m. with Syracuse at Boston College, then it’s off to the CAA for Hofstra-College of Charleston at 3:30 p.m. before James Madison heads to Drexel.
ESPN has Tennessee-Kentucky at 1 p.m. while ESPN2 offers a pair of games at 1 p.m. – Wisconsin against Penn State or Oklahoma-Oklahoma State – while at 3:30 p.m. South Carolina faces LSU and North Carolina battles North Carolina State.
West Virginia meets Oklahoma Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1. Baylor and Texas tangle Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN has Charlotte against Louisiana Tech Thursday at 9 p.m. Saturday at noon, Middle Tennessee meets Florida Atlantic on MASN2.
The PGA tour stays in California for the Northern Trust Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
On the college ice, Boston University plays New Hampshire Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Wisconsin skates with Ohio State Saturday at 8 p.m.
Everton takes on Swansea City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on FoxSport1.
NBC Sports network has a college lacrosse twinbill Sunday, with Jacksonville facing Notre Dame at 7 p.m. before Massachusetts meets Ohio State.
The Millrose Games are on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.

Let the Games begin

For the youth of the world interested in cold weather sports, Sochi is the place to be.
sochiThe Winter Olympics begin their two-week run on NBC with the Opening Ceremonies Friday at 7:30 p.m. There’s coverage Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and more action Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings live action starting Saturday at 3 a.m. with ice hockey. There’s speed skating and cross-country skiing around dawn eastern time, with figure skating starting at 9:30 a.m.
Ice hockey starts at 3 a.m. Sunday, followed by speed skating, luge at 8:30 a.m. and ski jumping at 1 p.m.
Before the best NHL players head to Sochi, the Capitals host Winnipeg Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Devils Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Maine travels to Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Spurs head to Brooklyn Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, and the Bulls meet the Warriors in the nightcap. Portland visits Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, then the Timberwolves take on the Pelicans at 9:30 p.m.
ABC offers Oklahoma City against the Knicks Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Bulls against Lakers.
Cleveland visits the Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Sacramento comes to town Sunday at 6 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, with Oregon-Arizona in the nightcap. There’s five games on ESPN Friday, starting at noon with Alabama-Florida. Michigan meets Iowa at 2 p.m., followed by West Virginia against Kansas and Duke-Boston College. The GameDay crew catches Gonzaga against Memphis at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 shows LSU-Georgia Thursday at 7 p.m. and Penn State against Michigan State at 9 p.m. Cleveland State against Wright State starts the day on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Florida State heads to Maryland at 3 p.m., then it’s Saint Louis facing LaSalle and Baylor-Oklahoma. The night concludes with Wichita State battling Northern Iowa at 9 p.m.
Connecticut ventures to Central Florida Sunday at 6 p.m.
ACC network offers Virginia-Georgia Tech and Notre Dame’s visit to North Carolina Saturday at noon.
Butler meets Georgetown Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan State-Wisconsin.
FoxSports1 offers UTEP against East Carolina at 9 p.m. and Oregon State-Arizona State Thursday at 11 p.m. There’s a Big East doubleheader Friday, with Seton Hall-Villanova at 7 p.m. and DePaul against Creighton in the nightcap. Providence plays Xavier Saturday at 3 p.m. before Oregon takes on Arizona State.
Creighton and St. John’s clash Sunday at 7 p.m.
There’s a trio of games on Comcast Saturday, starting at noon with Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh. The College of Charleston clashes with Towson at 2 p.m., then Fordham takes on George Washington.
Boston College meets Florida State Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast, followed by Towson traveling to James Madison.
Mount St. Marys takes on Sacred Heart on MASN Thursday at 9 p.m. The Big 12 plays on MASN Saturday, with Texas against Kansas State at 1:30 p.m. before TCU takes on Iowa State at 4 p.m.
MASN2 has a pair of women’s games Saturday, with Texas Tech taking on TCU at 1 p.m. before Old Dominion battles North Texas. It’s Providence facing St. John’s on FoxSports1 Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then Sunday at 1 p.m. Creighton takes on DePaul before Iowa State heads to Texas.
Connecticut meets Louisville Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 has Penn State facing Ohio State at 2 p.m. before Oklahoma takes on Baylor.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Swansea City hosts Cardiff City on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Saturday at 4:30 p.m.