Boog-ity, boog-ity, boog-ity bye-bye

At the Monster Mile this weekend, Darrell Waltrip will reach up one more time.
“Boog-ity, boog-ity, boog-ity, let’s go racing boys.”
Fox closes its portion of the Sprint Cup series at Dover Sunday at 1 p.m. It’s off to TNT for a few races until the Brickyard in late July.
Those who enjoy diversity atop the leaderboard didn’t like Sunday’s result – Jimmie Johnson claimed his first victory of the season. Looks like he’ll be in the chase for the championship this fall, going for his seventh NASCAR title.
The Nationwide tour hits the Monster Mile Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC carries the IndyCar Detroit Duals Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s all tied up out West in the NBA, with Game 5 between Oklahoma City and San Antonio Thursday at 9 p.m. on TNT. Game 6 will be Saturday at 8:30 p.m. from Oklahoma City, and Game 7 if necessary Monday. The Heat try to close out the Pacers Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Indiana hosts Game 7 Sunday at 8:30 p.m., if necessary.
The Stanley Cup final will start June 4, and the New York Rangers will try to earn their berth there Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Game 7, if necessary, would be Saturday at 8 p.m. The Blackhawks stayed alive Wednesday, and head to Los Angeles for Game 6 Friday at 9 p.m. The deciding game will be back in Chicago Sunday at 8 p.m. if necessary.
The Orioles continue their road trip in Houston for the weekend on MASN2 (Thursday on MASN) while the Nationals host the Rangers on MASN.
The Pirates host the Dodgers Saturday night on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN2. Some parts of the country will see Rays-Red Sox Saturday, and FoxSports1 offers Braves at Marlins Saturday at 4 p.m.
NCAA teams start the road to Omaha this weekend, and ESPN2 has regional contests Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m.
CBS presents the Memorial tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The weekend means the midpoint of the French Open. NBC has coverage Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m. while ESPN2 starts action Thursday and Friday at 5 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Kansas City Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The United States gears up for the World Cup with a friendly against Turkey Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The softball College World Series starts Thursday at noon on ESPN with Baylor-Florida, followed by top-seed Oregon against Florida State at 2:30 p.m. The action moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with Kentucky against Louisiana-Lafayette, followed by Oklahoma against Alabama at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has winner’s bracket games Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The loser’s bracket kicks off action Saturday at noon on ESPN2, with another game at 2:30 p.m. Friday’s losers meet Saturday’s winners at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The winner’s bracket continues on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The best collegiate rugby teams head to Philadelphia for their championship Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., and NBC Sports network joins the action Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
NBC has the final events of the Prefontaine Classic from Oregon Saturday at 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has coverage at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Hangtown MX Classic motocross championship Saturday at 6 p.m.


Race day

From Monaco to Indianapolis and then Charlotte, Sunday is the day for racing.
NBC drops the flag with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco, starting at 7:30 a.m. As an appetizer, there’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network and practice Thursday at 8 a.m.
It’s the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, starting at 11 a.m. on ABC. NBC Sports network has pre-race events, with the Carb Day action Friday at 11 a.m. and Indy Lights at noon.
NASCAR finishes the big day with 600 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fox has coverage starting at 6 p.m., and ABC carries the Nationwide race Saturday at 3 p.m. FoxSports1 has Sprint Cup qualifying Thursday at 7 p.m.
Baltimore hosts the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, with Duke against Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. Maryland battles Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m., and the title will be decided Monday.
It’s the midpoint for conference finals in the NBA and NHL. The Heat host the Pacers in Game 3 Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 4 Monday at 8:30 p.m. while the Western final heads to Oklahoma City Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
The Rangers host Game 3 against the Canadians Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Game 4 Sunday at 8 p.m. NBC carries the third game between Chicago and Los Angeles Saturday at 8 p.m.
Fox has its first baseball action of the season Saturday at 7:15 p.m., with Nationals at Pirates among the choices. Other parts of the country will see either the Cardinals meet the Reds or Royals against Angels. FoxSports1 has the Rangers and Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m., and ESPN offers Cardinals-Reds Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles host Cleveland in a four-game series starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN (Sunday afternoon on MASN2). The Nationals visit Pittsburgh on MASN2 Thursday and Friday, and Sunday on MASN.
Comcast has three games from the ACC tournament Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. with Virginia against Maryland. Duke meets Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. and Clemson plays Miami at 7 p.m. There’s three more games Friday starting at 11 a.m. as Florida State battles Maryland. It’s Clemson-Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. and Virginia meets North Carolina at 7 p.m. Saturday’s play starts at 11 a.m. with Miami-Duke, and Maryland takes on North Carolina at 3 p.m.
The title tilt is on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m., with the SEC championship at 4:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Big East championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and Big 12 at 5:30 p.m.
CBS has the PGA Tour’s Colonial tournament Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The best senior golfers hold their PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United visits New England Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
It’s super regional weekend for the NCAA softball field, starting Thursday on ESPN when Michigan meets Florida State at 7 p.m. Nebraska faces Alabama at 9 p.m. Tennessee and Oklahoma battle on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. while ESPN has games at 7 and 9 p.m. if needed to decide Softball World Series berths.
The second game between Baylor and Georgia starts the day Saturday at noon on ESPN. There’s a decisive game scheduled at 3 p.m., then Game 2 of the Tennessee-Oklahoma series at 5 p.m. ESPN2 has a possible third game at 8 p.m., then top-seeded Oregon plays Minnesota at 10 p.m.
Sunday’s action starts at noon on ESPN, with game 2 from Oregon at 5 p.m. and a decisive game if necessary on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries action from the World Ice Hockey Championships, including quarterfinals Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The French Open starts on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 a.m. NBC has coverage at noon.


Racing for history

It’s been the longest run without a Triple Crown winner since the races started in the 19th century.
California Chrome hopes to keep its championship hopes alive at Pimlico Saturday.
NBC carries the Preakness Stakes, starting at 4:30 p.m. If California Chrome wins, it’s off to Belmont for a shot at the Triple Crown. If not, it’s wait until next year again.
Lady Gaga had to make way for a potential Game 6 for the Wizards, and they will try to extend their series with the Pacers Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Thunder and Clippers battle at 10:30 p.m. Game 7 in either series will be held Sunday, if necessary.
The Heat and Spurs await their conference final foe after clinching their series on Wednesday.
The Kings and Ducks have their series-deciding game Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The conference finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. when Montreal hosts the New York Rangers on NBC. Chicago plays the winner of Friday’s game Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles head to Kansas City Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN, with games on MASN2 the rest of the weekend. The Nationals host the Mets on MASN Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the Red Sox and Tigers Sunday at 8 p.m. There’s a Thursday afternoon contest on FoxSports1 between the Padres and Reds at 12:30 p.m., and the Pirates visit the Yankees Saturday at 4 p.m.
On college diamond, Comcast offers North Carolina at Miami Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Florida travels to Tennessee Saturday at 1 p.m. Kansas State hosts Texas Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 carries the NASCAR all-star race Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after the all-star qualifying race at 7 p.m. ESPN has the Nationwide race from Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m.
The field for the Indianapolis 500 will be set after qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
A pair of ACC teams try to advance to the NCAA lacrosse final four Saturday, with Maryland facing Bryant at noon followed by Albany-Notre Dame.
D.C. United hosts Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
It’s time for the Byron Nelson Championship on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Portland plays San Jose in Arena Football on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m.
The NCAA softball tournament starts Friday on ESPN2 with South Florida-South Carolina at 4:30 p.m. followed by Fordham-Florida State. Play continues in the Tallahasse regional on ESPN Saturday at noon, with three games before heading to Tucson at 7 p.m. The regional finals are Sunday at noon in Tallahasse and Tucson at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
New York plays Chicago in WNBA action Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Tour of California continues with stages Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage eight will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC.


Hi mom, I’ve been drafted

The NFL draft is later than usual this year – a late Easter meant Radio City Music Hall wasn’t available for the usual end of April timeframe.
So the draft kicks off Thursday and continues through Mother’s Day weekend – giving players another chance to say “Hi Mom” to the cameras.
The Houston Texans have been on the clock since December. ESPN and NFL network have the first round starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, as the speculation ends and the new hats come out.
The second round starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and moves to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Saturday’s picks begin at noon on ESPN.
Then it’s time to get ready for the new season.
It’s Premier League championship Sunday, and NBC and its networks will show all 10 games at 10 a.m. Manchester City looks to clinch the crown against West Ham on NBC, while Liverpool goes against Newcastle on NBC Sports network. It’s Chelsea battling last-place Cardiff City on CNBC, Arsenal-Norwich City on MSNBC and Bravo shows Everton at Hull City.
Over on USA network, Tottenham Hotspur plays Aston Villa. SyFy has Manchester United clashing with Southampton and Stoke City visits West Ham on Oxygen. The stars of Crystal Palace and Fulham will be on E! and Swansea City and Sunderland are styling on Esquire.
Some move onto the Champions League, and the bottom three move down to make room for the some second division talent for next season’s contests.
NBA conference semifinals continue Thursday with the Heat battling the Nets on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. followed by Rockets-Spurs. The Wizards host top-seeded Indiana Friday on ESPN at 8 p.m., and the Thunder and Clippers battle in L.A. at 10:30 p.m.
Action in the Heat-Nets series moves to Brooklyn Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC, and San Antonio heads to Portland at 10:30 p.m. ABC carries the fourth game of Thunder-Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Wizards and Pacers battle at 8 p.m. on TNT.
The NHL playoffs continue Thursday on NBC Sports network, with the Bruins at Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. The Kings meet the Ducks at 10 p.m.
It’s Game 5 in Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m., and the Wild host Chicago at 9:30 p.m. The Bruins and Canadiens play in Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. before the Kings and Ducks meet at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. will feature a Game 6, if necessary.
Belarus faces the United States in the World Ice Hockey Championships Friday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s the United States against Switzerland Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Orioles close a series in Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host Houston over the weekend. The Nationals head to Oakland for the weekend on MASN2.
ESPN has the Pirates hosting St. Louis Sunday at 8 p.m. The Giants meet the Dodgers on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Indians-Rays.
On the college diamond, St. John’s faces Creighton Sunday at 1 p.m. Comcast offers Florida State against North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m., with Tennessee battling Mississippi State at 8 p.m. Miami heads to Duke Sunday at noon.
NBC carries The Players Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Virginia hosts Johns Hopkins in the NCAA lacrosse tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
NASCAR spends Mother’s Day weekend in Kansas, with Sprint Cup series on Fox Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Brickyard hosts the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis, using the front straightway and road course area, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Formula One circuit visits Spain, with the race Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
In the MLS, the Galaxy visit Portland Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. D.C. United visits Philadelphia Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network carries the first stage of the Tour de California Sunday at 5 p.m.
It’s softball championship Saturday on ESPN2. The ACC crowns its champion at 2 p.m., followed by the American conference at 4 p.m. and SEC at 8 p.m. FoxSports1 has the final in the Big East Saturday at noon.
Comcast has the ACC softball quarterfinals Thursday starting at 11 a.m., and the semifinals Friday at 1 and 3 p.m.


Run for the Roses

It’s been 35 years without a Triple Crown winner.
By nightfall Saturday, we’ll know which horse has a chance in 2014. NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby starts at 4 p.m. and twenty horses hope to be in the lead when “down the stretch they come.”
NBC Sports network has the early races and Derby prep starting Saturday at noon.
The fillies race in the Kentucky Oaks Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Ice hockey hits its conference semifinals Thursday with Montreal visiting Boston at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Rangers visit Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Wild-Blackhawks. The Canadiens and Bruins take the ice for Game 2 Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, and the Ducks and Kings meet at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has the second game between the Blackhawks and Wild Sunday at 3 p.m., with the Rangers and Penguins at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Heat and Wizards have already advanced to the second round, and await the completion of other first round action.
TNT has Game 6 between the Thunder and Grizzlies Thursday at 8 p.m., then the Clippers battle the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
Friday starts on ESPN2 with the Raptors and Nets at 7:30 p.m. The Mavericks try to stay alive against the Spurs on ESPN at 8 p.m., then the Rockets and TrailBlazers battle.
Results Thursday and Friday will determine the schedule for the rest of the weekend.
MASN has the water-logged Orioles playing a make-up doubleheader with Pittsburgh Thursday at 4 p.m. The Orioles head to Minnesota for the weekend on MASN2, while the Nationals face the Phillies on MASN.
The Cubs host the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Royals-Tigers at 7 p.m. ESPN brings the Cubs and Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, East Carolina hosts Florida International Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. Comcast has Florida meeting Alabama Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Virginia Tech plays Georgia Tech Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s back to the SEC Sunday at 2:30 p.m. when Arkansas hosts Mississippi.
ESPN2 has LSU facing Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m.
It’s Talladega weekend in NASCAR, with the Sprint Cup racers hitting the track Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The PGA tour visits Charlotte this weekend, with CBS covering the Wells Fargo Championships Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Columbus clashes with Kansas City in MLS play Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network. D.C. United travels to Portland Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
West Ham United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United against Sunderland. Sunday’s contests begin at 8:30 a.m. with Arsenal against West Bromwich Albion, and Chelsea meets Norwich City at 11 a.m.
FoxSports1 brings the second leg of the Europa League semifinal between Juventus and SL Benfica Thursday at 3 p.m.
ESPN offers Alabama against Missouri in college softball Thursday at 8 p.m. Florida travels to Arkansas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., with Stanford meeting UCLA at 3 p.m.
Spokane plays the LA Kiss in Arena Football Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Big East crowns its lacrosse champion Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Comcast has the women’s lacrosse final from the Atlantic Sun Sunday at noon.
In Major League Lacrosse, Chesapeake takes on New York Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The college rugby Varsity Cup will be Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.