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.

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