Racing in Richmond

Tis the season for night racing.
NASCAR is in the midst of four night races – plus the all-star weekend – in five events. The lights will be on in Richmond Saturday on Fox at 7 p.m.
Seven different drivers won in the first seven races, with Kevin Harvick becoming the first repeat winner at Darlington under the lights two weeks ago. The month of May features a night race in Kansas before the all-star race and Coke 600 in Charlotte Memorial Day weekend.
The Nationwide drivers hit the track Friday on ESPNews at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Indy Car circuit from Alabama Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The NBA and NHL playoffs reach the middle of the first round contests this weekend. TNT has the third games of Oklahoma City-Memphis and Clippers-Warriors, starting Thursday at 8 p.m.
Washington, up two games to none, hosts Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and Comcast. ESPN2 offers the Raptors heading to Brooklyn at 7 p.m., and ESPN has Houston-Portland at 10:30 p.m.
TNT has the Hawks and Pacers Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Spurs-Mavericks. The Bobcats host the Heat Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and the Grizzlies take on the Thunder in the nightcap.
ABC’s Sunday doubleheader starts with the Wizards and Bulls at 1 p.m. The Clippers and Warriors tangle at 3:30 p.m., then it’s off to TNT for the Raptors facing the Nets at 7 p.m. and Rockets battling the TrailBlazers at 9:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Sharks-Kings. On CNBC, the Avalanche face the Wild at 9:30 p.m.
The Flyers and Rangers play the fourth game of their series Friday at 7 p.m. on CNBC. The Blackhawks face the Blues on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m., then the Stars visit the Ducks at 10:30 p.m.
NBC plans Red Wings-Bruins Saturday at 3 p.m., and NBC Sports network brings the Blue Jackets against Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by Wild-Avalanche. The Rangers and Flyers return to New York Sunday at noon on NBC.
The Orioles close a series in Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host Kansas City over the weekend. The Nationals start a four-game set with San Diego Thursday on MASN2.
ESPN has the Yankees against Angels Sunday at 8 p.m., and the teams meet on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m. The Pirates and Cardinals battle at 4 p.m.
On the college diamond, Comcast has three games on Saturday. They start in the ACC with Georgia Tech against North Carolina State at 1 p.m., then it’s Georgia at Vanderbilt at 4 p.m.  Clemson faces Miami at 7 p.m.
South Carolina faces Alabama Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Arena Football comes to ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m., with Iowa facing Philadelphia.
New Orleans hosts the PGA tour for the Zurich Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Manchester United meets Norwich City in Premier League action on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Everton takes on Southampton on NBC Sports network at 7:45 a.m., then Stoke City battles Tottenham Hotspur at 10 a.m. There’s three more games Sunday, starting Sunderland against Cardiff City at 7 a.m. Liverpool clashes with Chelsea at 9 a.m. before Crystal Palace faces Manchester City.
Comcast offers the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament, with quarterfinal games Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Baylor hosts Kansas in college softball on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. ESPN shows Alabama-Georgia Thursday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Penn Relays Saturday at noon and Drake Relays at 3 p.m.

Wizards of the postseason

Time for a rarely written sentence – the Washington Wizards are getting ready for a playoff game this weekend.
For only the fifth time since taking the name in 1997 – and the first time since 2008 – the Wizards continue playing after the regular season. They moved into the fifth seed on the season’s final day, and open against the Bulls Sunday at 7 p.m. on TNT.
The postseason starts on ESPN Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Raptors host the Nets. ABC carries the Clippers’ game with the Warriors, then it’s back to ESPN for Hawks-Pacers at 7 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
TNT tips off Sunday when the Mavericks meet the Spurs at 1 p.m. The defending champion Heat face Charlotte on ABC at 3:30 p.m., and TNT has the Rockets at Blazers in the finale at 9:30 p.m.
The NHL postseason began Wednesday, and continues Thursday with four first-round contests. The Flyers face the Rangers at 7 p.m. on CNBC and it’s out west for Chicago-St. Louis on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m. CNBC carries the Wild against Avalanche at 9:30 p.m., and NBC Sports network closes the night with the Kings traveling to San Jose at 10:30 p.m.
CNBC has the second game between the Canadiens and Lightning Friday at 7 p.m., and NBC Sports network’s twinbill starts with the Red Wings at the top-seeded Bruins at 7:30 p.m. and the Stars facing the Ducks at 10 p.m.
The Blackhawks and Blues battle Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC, and NBC Sports network offers Blue Jackets-Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by Minnesota-Colorado.
It’s Game 2 for the Flyers and Rangers Sunday at noon on NBC before the Red Wings meet the Bruins. Montreal hosts Game 3 against Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Kings battle the Sharks at 10 p.m.
The Nationals start a four-game set against the Cardinals Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. They play Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN2 and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN.
The Orioles battle the Red Sox Friday and Saturday on MASN, then move to ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with the Angels at Tigers at 1 p.m. and the Diamondbacks facing the Dodgers at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia hosts North Carolina on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m. Georgia and Florida clash Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and South Carolina faces Auburn Sunday at 2 p.m.
Kansas meets Oklahoma State Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One racers visit China this weekend, with NBC Sports network starting coverage Sunday at 3 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 2 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage Classic on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, New England faces Chicago Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Chelsea faces Sunderland in Premier League play on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Saturday, with Tottenham Hotspur against Fulham at 7:45 a.m. followed by Cardiff City meeting Stoke City. Norwich City battles Liverpool Sunday at 7 a.m., then it’s Hull City-Arsenal at 9 a.m. and Everton taking on Manchester United.
Auburn has its spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Texas takes on Oklahoma in college softball on MASN2 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. after playing 0n ESPN2 Thursday at 9 p.m.

A tradition unlike any other

For the first time in years, Tiger Woods won’t be in Augusta.
mastersCBS will be there. And a fresh new green jacket, ready for the week’s winner.
The Masters tees off Thursday, with first and second round play on ESPN starting at 3 p.m. each day.
After the cut, CBS has third round play Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s final round starts at 2 p.m.
And the green jacket presentation in Butler Cabin.
The Nationals close out a series with the Marlins Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then head to Atlanta for the weekend. The Orioles host the Blue Jays for three on MASN2.
The Red Sox and Yankees battle Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Georgia Tech battles Florida State Saturday at 2 p.m. on Comcast while Arkansas takes on LSU Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
As the NBA season winds down, TNT has the Spurs’ visit to Dallas Thursday at 8 p.m. Denver heads to Golden State in the nightcap.
The Wizards gear up for the postseason Saturday, facing the Bucks on Comcast at 7 p.m.
The Thunder clash with the Pacers Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
NCAA’s Frozen Four takes to the ice Thursday, with Union against Boston College at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. North Dakota battles Minnesota at 8:30 p.m., and the final will be Saturday on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.
The Capitals meet the Hurricanes Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then host the Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m. and Tampa Bay Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC closes the regular season with the Penguins against Flyers Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Red Wings face the Blues Sunday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network offers Blues-Wild Thursday at 8 p.m., and a doubleheader Friday featuring the Hurricanes and Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. followed by Colorado-San Jose. The Blackhawks take on the Predators Saturday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Darlington Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Fox, while the Nationwide racers go Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The IndyCar circuit visits the streets of Long Beach Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Qualifying is Saturday at 6 p.m., and the Indy Lights racers go at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
It’s spring football season, with ESPN showing Florida State’s game Saturday at 3 p.m. Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold game will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
In the Premier League, Fulham faces Norwich City Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Liverpool meets Manchester City at 8:30 a.m., followed by Chelsea against Swansea City.
MASN2 has college softball between North Texas and Marshall Saturday at noon. Oklahoma plays Baylor on ESPN Saturday at 5 p.m. and Washington faces Stanford Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

One Shining Moment

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2014 final fourTBS gets the Final Four Saturday action this year. Top-seed Florida takes on the court against Connecticut at 6 p.m. and Wisconsin meets Kentucky’s freshmen five in the nightcap.
If you head to CBS like you’ve done since 1982, you’ll be disappointed.
CBS will be there Monday at 9 p.m. for the final.
And for “One Shining Moment” to roll after the nets come down.
The women’s Final Four will be on ESPN Sunday. ACC newcomer Notre Dame bids farewell to Big Ten-bound Maryland at 6:30 p.m., then Connecticut battles Stanford. The final will be Tuesday.
The NIT concludes Thursday at 7 p.m. when SMU meets Minnesota on ESPN.
ESPN shows the boys final of the National High School championship Saturday at noon. The semifinals are Friday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The best girls teams meet Saturday at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards continue their contest for the playoffs, visiting the Knicks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and hosting the Bulls Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
TNT offers the Spurs’ battle with Oklahoma City Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Mavericks at Clippers. The Nuggets and Grizzlies tangle on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m. before the Thunder visit the Rockets.
The Heat and Knicks play on ABC Sunday at 1 p.m., and it’s the battle of Los Angeles between the Lakers and Clippers at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 takes over the Saturday afternoon baseball coverage in 2014, and begins the season with a twinbill. The Twins face the Indians at 1 p.m., then the Dodgers face the Giants. The Dodgers return to Sunday night baseball on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
The Orioles close out their season opening series with the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, and visit Detroit Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN2, Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN and Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN2.
The Nationals face the Mets Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then host the Braves in the home opener Friday at 1 p.m. The series continues Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
On the college diamond, North Carolina State heads to Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast and Middle Tennessee State faces Southern Mississippi on FoxSport1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN has college softball between Arkansas and Alabama at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Comcast offers the Blue Jackets against Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. while the Capitals take on the Islanders Saturday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of games Thursday, with the Wild at Blackhawks at 8 p.m. followed by the Kings taking on the Sharks. The Capitals take on the Devils Friday at 7 p.m., and Buffalo meets Philadelphia Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Blackhawks host the Blues Sunday at noon on NBC.
NASCAR heads to Texas this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race on Fox Sunday at 3 p.m. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Bahrain hosts Formula One racing this weekend, with the race Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Friday at 11 a.m.
Getting ready for the Masters, the PGA tour visits Houston on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, Seattle battles Portland Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Chelsea takes on Stoke City Saturday at noon on NBC. Manchester City meets Southampton on NBC Sports network at 7:45 a.m., followed by Newcastle United-Manchester United at 10 a.m. Everton plays Arsenal Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
FoxSports1 has a Europa League quarterfinal between Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus Thursday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 offers the Family Circle Cup Thursday at 1 p.m. There’s quarterfinal play Friday at 1 p.m., a semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m. and final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Preparations for the Kentucky Derby continue on NBC Sports network, with the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby at 5:30 p.m.