XLIX

Before Super Sunday in Arizona, there’s Super Saturday in Charlottesville.
The second-ranked Cavaliers host ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday at 10 a.m. before hosting Duke at 7 p.m. The GameDay crew previews the day’s contests around the college basketball world, along with contests for the fans arriving early in the morning for the show.
Virginia remained unbeaten after escaping Virginia Tech Sunday in its last contest. Duke has already lost three ACC contests, but got coach K his 1000th college victory Sunday at St. John’s.
The sporting world makes way for Super Bowl XLIX Sunday at 6:30 p.m., with Seattle trying to defend its title and New England hoping to deflate those hopes.
It’s the Patriots’ second trip to University of Phoenix Stadium for the big game. Last visit, they came in unbeaten and left losers to the Giants.
The NFL honors show will be Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC.
The Australian Open crowns its champion this weekend. ESPN has the men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m. with the women’s title game Saturday at 3 a.m. The tournament closes with the men’s championship match Sunday at 3 a.m.
ESPN’s Thursday night slate starts at 7 p.m. with Maryland against Ohio State, followed by top-ranked Kentucky taking on Missouri. Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. with Utah-UCLA in the nightcap.
Providence plays DePaul Thursday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1 in a game postponed two days by the big blizzard. Colorado heads to Southern Cal at 9:30 p.m.
Arkansas takes on Florida Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan-Michigan State.
Iowa tackles Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, followed by Kansas State-Kansas and a big ACC battle between North Carolina and Louisville.
ESPN has six games on the schedule Saturday, starting with Auburn-Tennessee at noon. The Virginia battle between VCU-Richmond tips at 2 p.m. with Wichita State against Northern Iowa followed by Texas facing Baylor. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State tangle at 8 p.m. and Memphis closes the night at Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
There’s a pair of Big East contests on FoxSports1 Saturday. Xavier faces Seton Hall at noon before Villanova battles DePaul. Fox brings Providence-St. John’s at noon.
The ACC network brings Notre Dame against Pittsburgh Saturday at noon along with North Carolina State facing Georgia Tech.
George Mason hosts St. Louis Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. William & Mary heads to James Madison Saturday at 4 p.m.
Davidson meets Saint Joseph’s Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty takes on High Point on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. It’s off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. for Yale against Columbia.
MASN2 offers C-USA action between Middle Tennessee and Texas-San Antonio Thursday at 8 p.m. Marquette meets Butler Saturday at 2 p.m. and Marshall takes on Louisiana Tech at 5:30 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, ESPN2 has a pair of games Sunday. Connecticut takes on Temple at 2 p.m. and Iowa meets Maryland at 4 p.m.
Oklahoma travels to Texas on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m.
Comcast offers Florida State against Georgia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of games Sunday, with Wake Forest taking on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. and North Texas meeting Rice at 3 p.m.
The Nuggets head to Memphis on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Bulls-Lakers in the nightcap. ESPN offers the Mavericks meeting the Heat Friday at 8 p.m., then it’s Bulls-Suns. Saturday at 9 p.m., the Clippers battle the Spurs.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast has the Capitals visit to Montreal Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Rangers take on the Canadiens Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Ducks-Sharks at 10:30 p.m. The Capitals’ traditional Super Bowl afternoon contest will be on NBC Sports Network against the Blues Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, New Hampshire visits Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Chelsea battles Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Hull City takes on Newcastle United at 7:45 a.m. Saturday on NBC Sports network before Manchester United meets Leicester City.
Arsenal takes on Aston Villa Sunday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Southampton-Swansea City.
CBS heads to Phoenix for the PGA event Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Don’t forget to pick up the trash.
NBC Sports network has the induction ceremonies for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday at 8 p.m.
The Armory Invitational track meet will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Time for stars to shine

As we await the Super Bowl commercials and halftime show (there’s a game too?), some of the top athletes in their fields will gather this weekend.
The NFL moves the Pro Bowl to the Super Bowl site this year, with the best of both leagues competing Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin drafted players for their teams Wednesday, and the coaches of the Ravens and Cowboys’ staffs will guide the teams from the sidelines.
Columbus hosts the NHL all-star game Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
What will be the rosters of the two teams? The teams will be drafted Friday at 8 p.m. and the skills competition hits the ice Saturday at 7 p.m.
College football players look to impress the scouts at the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL network. Mel Kiper knows everybody on the field.
NBC offers the U.S. Skating Championship this weekend, with action Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. then Sunday at 4 p.m.
Sunday afternoon NBA starts on ABC this weekend, with Heat-Bulls at 1 p.m. followed by the Thunder’s visit to Cleveland.
The Wizards head west, facing the Trail Blazers Saturday at 10 p.m. and the Nuggets Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
TNT brings the Spurs at Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. with Nets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Bulls meet the Mavericks on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.
Second-ranked Virginia faces Georgia Tech on the ACC Network Thursday at 8 p.m., and other areas will see N.C. State against Miami.
Virginia Tech hosts Notre Dame on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State takes on Northwestern Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 offers Alabama-Arkansas at 7 p.m. before Arizona battles Stanford. VCU visits St. Louis Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
DePaul plays Seton Hall Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Washington-Colorado at 9:30 p.m.
Kansas heads to Texas Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by UCLA-Oregon. It’s off to the Big Ten Sunday as Indiana clashes with Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. before the ACC matchup between Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Coach K goes for his 1000th coaching win Sunday at 2 p.m., meeting St. John’s on Fox.
Top-ranked Kentucky visits South Carolina on ESPN Saturday at noon. North Carolina faces Florida State at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Nebraska at 4 p.m. and Wisconsin against Michigan at 7 p.m.
Weekend action on the ACC network starts Saturday at noon with Wake Forest’s visit to Clemson, and Virginia travels to Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2’s Saturday slate of four games begins at noon with Oklahoma State-Kansas State. It’s off to the SEC for Arkansas against Missouri at 2 p.m., then Miami meets Syracuse before Oklahoma battles Baylor at 6 p.m.
Marquette hosts Georgetown on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Creighton clashes with Villanova Sunday at 7 p.m.
George Washington faces Fordham Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The CAA takes the stage Saturday, with College of Charleston against Drexel at noon followed by Northeastern-William & Mary.
Richmond heads to Dayton on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m., and Boston College battles Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
Liberty hosts Winthrop on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Marshall meets UTEP Saturday at 3 p.m. and it’s off to the WAC at 9 p.m. for Utah Valley against New Mexico State. Sunday, Ohio Valley-Belmont goes against Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers Xavier-Providence Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by UTEP taking on Western Kentucky. There’s a pair of Big East games over the weekend, as DePaul faces Xavier Saturday at 6 p.m. and Seton Hall battles Butler Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Virginia Tech takes on Wake Forest Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Pittsburgh battles Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. then it’s an ACC doubleheader Sunday as N.C. State visits Syracuse at 3 p.m. before Miami meets Louisville.
FoxSports1 has Big East play Friday, with Seton Hall facing Villanova at 7 p.m. and Creighton-DePaul at 9 p.m. Butler meets Xavier Sunday at 2:30 p.m., then it’s Iowa State-Texas.
ESPN2 has Connecticut taking on Cincinnati Sunday at 3 p.m. before North Carolina tangles with Duke.
Charlotte clashes with Middle Tennessee Saturday at noon on MASN2, followed by West Virginia-Kansas.
Play continues at the Australian Open with third round action Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more coverage Friday at 9 p.m. and the round of 16 starts Saturday at 9 p.m. and continues Sunday at 9 p.m.
It’s time for the X-Games, with action on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 p.m. ABC offers ski slopestyle finals Saturday at 1 p.m. and coverage continues on ESPN Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Play continues in the FA Cup this weekend on FoxSports1, as Cambridge United meets Manchester United Friday at 3 p.m. and Manchester City faces Middlesbrough Saturday at 10 a.m.


Who’s going to Super Bowl XLIX?

Brady or Luck?
The defending champions or the Cheeseheads?
 super bowl 49Which two teams punch their tickets to the desert and Super Bowl XLIX Sunday?
The NFC goes first this year, with Seattle hosting Green Bay on Fox at 3 p.m. The teams met on NFL’s opening night in September, with the Seahawks taking a 36-16 decision.
Seattle is trying to become the first repeat NFC champion since the Dallas Cowboys of the 1993-94 season.
Andrew Luck tries to take the Colts to their first Super Bowl since the Peyton Manning era, facing the Patriots on CBS at 6:30 p.m. The Patriots will be seeking their sixth Super Bowl since Tom Brady became the starter in 2001, but they lost the last two AFC championship games and haven’t won a Super Bowl in 10 years.
The college all-star bowl season continues Saturday, with the Shrine Game on NFL network at 4 p.m. and the NFLPA game on ESPN2 at 4 p.m.
The Capitals take on Dallas Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast, while the Red Wings face Buffalo Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Connecticut on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. Massachusetts meets New Hampshire Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Nets on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m.
TNT has the Thunder heading to Houston Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Cavaliers against Lakers. The Thunder host Golden State on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., followed by the Cavaliers clashing with the Clippers in the nightcap.
ESPN hits the college court Thursday at 7 p.m. with Cincinnati-Memphis, followed by Colorado taking on Arizona. Auburn faces Florida at 7 p.m., then Nebraska meets Wisconsin at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Utah against Arizona State Thursday at 10 p.m.
CBS has Florida faces Georgia Saturday at 2 p.m., and Michigan State meets Maryland at 4 p.m.
North Carolina State battles Florida State on the ACC network Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Georgia Tech takes on Pitt at 4 p.m. while Syracuse travels to Clemson.
Duke visits Louisville Saturday at noon in a top-10 ACC matchup on ESPN. Ohio State heads to Iowa at 2 p.m., followed by top-ranked Kentucky against Alabama. The night concludes with a pair of top-25 matchups in the Big 12, with West Virginia-Texas at 6 p.m. before Kansas plays Iowa State at 9 p.m.
LSU hosts Texas A&M at noon on ESPN2, then Miami heads to Notre Dame. Oklahoma battles Oklahoma State at 7 p.m., followed by Connecticut clashing with Stanford and BYU meeting St. Mary’s.
Georgetown faces Butler at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Providence-Creighton at 7:30 p.m.
James Madison meets Drexel on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s action starts at noon with Towson hosting William & Mary at noon, followed by Virginia-Boston College at 2 p.m. and Drexel dueling with Delaware at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three contests from the A-10 Saturday. St. Louis faces Dayton at 12:30 p.m., then Rhode Island takes on Massachusetts and George Mason battles George Washington at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Saint Joseph’s meets St. Bonaventure.
Alabama-Birmingham visits Louisiana Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Fairfield faces Marist Friday at 7 p.m. and there’s a pair of C-USA games Saturday afternoon – UTEP against Texas-San Antonio at 3 p.m. followed by Marshall taking on Florida Atlantic at 5:30 p.m.
New Mexico State heads to Seattle Saturday at 10 p.m.
MASN2 offers Louisiana Tech battling Middle Tennessee Saturday at 4 p.m.
There’s an ACC women’s doubleheader on Comcast Sunday, as Miami meets Duke at 1 p.m. before Virginia heads to Louisville.
Connecticut takes on South Florida on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m., then it’s Iowa-Michigan State.
NBC Sports network has Dayton-St. Bonaventure Sunday at 5 p.m.
West Ham United meets Hull City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester City-Arsenal.
The Australian Open starts its two-week run Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.


Best football weekend of the year – plus one

ESPN’s Chris Berman always lauds this NFL weekend – the top four teams of the season hosting playoff games.
This year, the NFL has company.
After the four big playoff games over the weekend, Oregon and Ohio State will meet Monday at Cowboys Stadium for the first National Championship playoff finale. ESPN has coverage at 8:30 p.m.
The Ducks rolled over Florida State with a big third-quarter rally at the Rose Bowl New Year’s Day while Ohio State knocked top-ranked Alabama out of the field at the Sugar Bowl.
Around midnight, the winner will hoist this National Championship trophy for the first time.
The playoff series crowns its champion Saturday at 1 p.m., as North Dakota State faces Illinois State on ESPN2. The Bison will be seeking their fourth straight crown.
NBC Sports network has the Medal of Honor all-star bowl game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The NFL weekend begins on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as top-seeded New England hosts Baltimore. The sixth-seeded Ravens ousted Pittsburgh last weekend, and have won two of three playoff games against the Patriots in recent years.
Defending champion Seattle takes on Carolina Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on Fox. The teams met earlier in the season, with the Seahawks taking a 13-9 decision during the Panther’s seven-game winless string.
Prepare for plenty of “Ice Bowl” talk as the Packers face Cowboys Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. It’s the first postseason meeting between the teams at Lambeau Field since then, and the Packers have won all eight of their home games this season.
Peyton Manning’s new team meets his former squad on CBS at 4:30 p.m., with the Broncos hosting the Colts. Indianapolis advanced last Sunday by beating the Bengals, and Manning looks to add a Denver Super Bowl championship to the one he won with the Colts eight years ago.
TNT offers Rockets at Knicks Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Heat at the Trail Blazers in the nightcap.
The Wizards battle the Bulls Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and ESPN, and the Cavaliers travel to Golden State in ESPN’s nightcap. The Wizards visit Atlanta Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college hardcourt, Michigan meets Iowa Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN with Stanford facing UCLA in the nightcap. ESPN2 offers LSU-Missouri at 7 p.m. followed by Memphis against SMU.
Arizona State battles Oregon State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m.
CBS has Kentucky’s visit to Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m., and Duke takes on N.C. State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Ohio State travels to Indiana Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Louisville against North Carolina.
Cincinnati clashes with Connecticut Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. Baylor takes on TCU at 4 p.m., followed by Virginia-Notre Dame and Iowa State meeting West Virginia at 8 p.m.
The ACC network offers Georgia Tech-Wake Forest Saturday at noon.
Comcast has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Clemson-Pittsburgh. Northeastern travels to Towson in the CAA at 2 p.m., followed by Boston College against Miami.
FoxSports1 has Big East action Saturday, starting at noon with Georgetown-Providence before Seton Hall takes on Creighton at 2:15 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 Sunday evening, with California taking on UCLA at 7:30 p.m. before Arizona heads to Oregon State at 10 p.m.
Richmond hosts George Mason on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m.
Southern Mississippi visits Texas-San Antonio Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Rhode Island faces Duquesne Saturday at 1 p.m. and Coastal Carolina clashes with Liberty at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, top-ranked South Carolina plays Kentucky at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and Maryland meets Minnesota at 3 p.m.
Duke duels with Florida State on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m. Fordam faces St. Bonaventure on NBC Sports network Sunday at 4 p.m.
Butler plays St. John’s on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m. and Georgetown battles Villanova Sunday at 5 p.m.
Texas takes on Iowa State Saturday at noon on MASN2. Alabama-Birmingham plays Florida International Sunday at noon, followed by Kansas-Kansas State.
Oak Hill Academy takes on Hamilton of Tennessee Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals visit the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and the Red Wings come to Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Wild’s trip to Chicago Sunday at 8 p.m
On the college ice, Dartmouth takes on New Hampshire on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. Western Michigan faces Notre Dame Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by Harvard-Yale at 8:15 p.m.
Warmup with some PGA golf from Hawaii, as NBC shows the Tournament of Champions Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Crystal Palace meets Tottenham Hotspur on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Sunderland takes on Liverpool at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Chelsea-Newcastle United at 10 a.m. Arsenal takes on Stoke City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Manchester United meets Southampton at 11 a.m.