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.

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