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.

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