Farewell to JPJ

In many of the past 15 years, you never knew when Virginia would play its last home basketball game.
They might make the NCAA tournament, but it was more likely an NIT or other college tournament bid that kept the arena going into March.
The scheduled regular season finale wasn’t going to be the final home contest.
Not this year.
When the Hokies visit Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network, it will be the last chance for local fans to see the Cavaliers in action. The second-ranked team closes the regular season with two road games, then it’s time to defend their ACC tournament championship in Greensboro.
The third week of March will be played at an NCAA tournament venue to be determined, not John Paul Jones Arena.
In other ACC action, Georgia Tech takes on Clemson Saturday at noon.
ESPN starts Thursday’s action with Nebraska against Ohio State at 7 p.m., followed by Arizona-Colorado.
Vanderbilt takes on Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. SMU meets Memphis at 9 p.m., with Gonzaga going against San Diego. Iona takes on Manhattan Friday at 7 p.m.
UTEP battles Louisiana Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Arizona State meets Utah at 10:30 p.m.
CBS gets ready for the NCAA tournament with three games Saturday and two more Sunday. Georgetown faces St. John’s at noon, then North Carolina visits Miami and top-ranked Kentucky battles Arkansas. Sunday’s action starts at 2 p.m. when SMU meets Connecticut, then Michigan State plays Wisconsin.
Villanova visits Xavier on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Northern Iowa taking on Wichita State. Texas tangles with Kansas at 5 p.m., then Syracuse heads to Duke and Arizona battles Utah at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has 14 straight hours of action, starting at noon with Louisville-Florida State. Dayton visits VCU at 2 p.m. and it’s Iowa State-Kansas State followed by Tennessee taking on Florida. The final three games are out west, with Boise State going to San Diego State at 8 p.m. BYU battles Gonzaga then UC Irvine goes against UC Santa Barbara at midnight.
Marquette meets Providence on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 at 7 p.m. for Oregon-Stanford, then Washington State battles UCLA.
Delaware takes on Drexel Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. North Carolina State faces Boston College Saturday at noon, followed by a pair of CAA matchups – Drexel against William & Mary at 2 p.m. before Hofstra heads to James Madison.
Rhode Island meets LaSalle Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty hosts Radford Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Columbia clashes with Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m.
UNC-Asheville meets Liberty Saturday at 3 p.m. and there’s Atlantic 10 action between George Mason and Saint Louis at 7 p.m.
MASN2 brings Marshall against Florida International Thursday at 8 p.m. George Washington duels with Davidson Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Texas takes on West Virginia on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. North Carolina battles Duke at 3 p.m. before South Carolina faces Kentucky.
FoxSports1 brings Providence against Villanova Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Louisville on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Florida State facing Miami.
Baylor battles Iowa State Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2. Southern Miss faces UTEP Sunday at 4 p.m.
TNT offers Golden State’s trip to Cleveland Thursday at 8 p.m., then the Thunder meet the Suns.
The Heat visit New Orleans on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Oklahoma City-Portland as the nightcap. The Thunder tangle with the Lakers Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with the Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Clippers meet the Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by the Cavaliers against the Rockets.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., then the trucks take to the track at 5:30 p.m.
NBC brings NHL action to prime time, with the Rangers meeting the Flyers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals visit Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host Toronto Sunday at 7 p.m.
Nashville hosts the Wild Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks take on the Stars Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame faces Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour moves to Florida and NBC this weekend, with the Honda Classic on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The round of 32 of the Europa League tournament continues on FoxSports1 Thursday, with Liverpool against Besiktas at 1 p.m. followed by Everton meeting the Young Boys.
West Ham United faces Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Liverpool-Manchester City Sunday at 7 a.m. before Everton takes on Arsenal at 9 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the U.S. Indoor track and field championships Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Freeskiing from the United States Grand Prix will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.


Let’s go racing, boys

It’s DW time.
“Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys.”
Darrell Waltrip and the Fox crew bring the 2015 Daytona 500 Sunday. Coverage starts at noon.
Jeff Gordon, who announced this will be his final full-time NASCAR season, has the pole position with Jimmie Johnson on the outside of the front row. The rest of the field will be determined after Thursday’s Twin Duels, covered by FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the opening race of the XFINITY series Saturday at 3 p.m., after the first truck series race Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC holds its national hockey day Sunday as the Capitals meet the Flyers at 12:30 p.m., followed by Bruins-Blackhawks at 3 p.m.
The Stadium Series visits the 49ers’ new stadium Saturday at 10 p.m., with the Sharks hosting the Kings on NBC Sports network.
Comcast has the Capitals’ contest with Winnipeg Thursday at 7 p.m. and the meeting with the Islanders Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The Penguins visit Columbus on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m. The Stars visit the Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
The ACC network offers Georgia Tech-North Carolina Saturday at noon along with Pittsburgh’s visit to Syracuse.
Indiana meets Purdue Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Connecticut-Memphis.
ESPN2 has SMU facing Temple Thursday at 7 p.m., then Mississippi plays Mississippi State. Cleveland State clashes with Green Bay Friday at 7 p.m.
CBS brings Florida’s trip to LSU Saturday at 1 p.m., and Ohio State battles Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m.
Minnesota-Wisconsin starts ESPN’s day Saturday at noon. It’s off to the ACC at 2 p.m. for Miami against Louisville and Clemson heading to Duke, then top-ranked Kentucky hosts Auburn at 7 p.m.. UCLA plays Arizona at  9 p.m.
ESPN2’s slate of six Saturday games begins with VCU meeting Massachusetts. Iowa State tackles Texas at 2 p.m, followed by TCU-Kansas. Virginia Tech heads to North Carolina State at 6 p.m. before Alabama meets Georgia. Gonzaga facing Saint Mary’s closes the night at 10 p.m.
Seton Hall tangles with St. John’s Saturday at noon and Utah meets Oregon Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Dayton duels with Duquesne Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Drexel-Northeastern. LaSalle faces St. Louis Sunday at 2:30 p.m. before William & Mary faces Hofstra.
Notre Dame takes on Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast, and College of Charleston clashes with James Madison at 7 p.m.
Fairfield faces Niagara on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. It’s off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. with Columbia-Brown.
Southern Miss clashes with Charlotte Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and East Tennessee faces Chattanooga at 8 p.m.
There’s three more games Sunday, starting with Furman against UNC-Greensboro at 1 p.m. before Cleveland State-Milwaukee at 3:30 p.m. It’s off to the Ohio Valley at 6:30 p.m., with Southeast Missouri meeting Eastern Illinois.
MASN2 has Rice traveling to Florida International Thursday at 8 p.m. Butler takes on Xavier Saturday at 2 p.m. and Grand Canyon hosts New Mexico State at 9 p.m. Western Kentucky goes against Middle Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Duke meets North Carolina State Sunday at noon on ESPN2. Rutgers takes on Michigan State at 2 p.m., followed by California-Stanford.
West Virginia battles Iowa State on MASN2 Saturday at noon and Old Dominion meets Louisiana Tech Sunday at 3 p.m.
Florida State faces Boston College on Comcast at 1 p.m. Sunday.
TNT offers the Thunder’s game with Dallas Thursday at 8 p.m. The Spurs battle the Clippers in the nightcap.
The Wizards host LeBron James and the Cavaliers Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and ESPN. Comcast has the visit to Detroit Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN’s Friday night finale matches San Antonio and Golden State at 10:30 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on West Ham United Sunday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Everton-Leicester City at 9 a.m. and then Southampton battles Liverpool.
CBS has the PGA tour’s Northern Trust Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.


NBA takes Manhattan

It’s an NBA All-Star weekend too big for one arena.
The best of the NBA head to New York this weekend, with action at both Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.
The activities begin Friday at 7 p.m. with the Celebrity contest on ESPN. The Rising Stars compete in Brooklyn on TNT at 9 p.m.
Brooklyn gets to host the All-Star Saturday night activities, capped by the Slam Dunk contest. Action begins at 8:30 p.m.
The big game tips Sunday at MSG at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
Before the stars head to New York, TNT has the Cavaliers’ contest with the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m.
The stars of NASCAR gear up for the Daytona 500 this weekend. The Sprint Unlimited takes the track Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox., and the first two starting positions will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
Mississippi meets Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Michigan against Illinois. Tulsa takes on Connecticut on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s Saint Mary’s battling with BYU.
Colorado clashes with California on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m.
Arizona heads to Washington Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 has Green Bay against Valparaiso at 7 p.m.
CBS offers Baylor-Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m., with Illinois taking on Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
North Carolina battles Pitt at noon Saturday on the ACC network. Virginia hosts Wake Forest at 2:30 p.m., and other areas will see Florida State-Georgia Tech.
Ohio State heads to Michigan State Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by top-ranked Kentucky against South Carolina. It’s off to the ACC at 4 p.m. for Louisville-North Carolina State and Duke’s visit to Syracuse, then SMU hosts Connecticut at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 offers six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Georgia State facing Texas State. VCU visits George Washington at 2 p.m. and West Virginia heads to Iowa State. It’s Illinois State-Wichita State at 6 p.m. before Oklahoma faces Kansas State and New Mexico-Nevada caps the night at 10 p.m.
Marquette meets Creighton on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 Sunday, with Stanford-Colorado at 4 p.m. before Arizona faces Washington State at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Clemson Saturday at noon on Comcast, followed by Lafayette against American. Western Kentucky meets Marshall at 5:30 p.m. Hofstra and Drexel tangle Sunday at 5 p.m.
Northeastern takes on Hofstra on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of games Saturday, with St. Bonaventure-Dayton at 12:30 p.m. before Delaware faces William & Mary. Towson meets College of Charleston Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and it’s back to the A-10 for St. Joseph’s-Fordham.
On the women’s hardcourt, ESPN2 brings three games on Sunday. North Carolina takes on Louisville at 1 p.m., then it’s Kentucky-Tennessee before West Virginia heads to Baylor at 5 p.m.
Florida State takes on North Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. There’s a pair of contests Sunday afternoon, as Florida State visits Virginia at 1 p.m. before Georgia Tech goes against Miami.
FoxSports1 offers St. John’s against Marquette Friday at 9 p.m. St. John’s goes against DePaul Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals’ west coast trip includes contests with the Kings Saturday at 10 p.m. and Ducks Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast brings the Flyers’ contest with the Blue Jackets Friday at 7 p.m.
The Blackhawks host the Penguins on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Providence faces Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion faces West Ham United in FA Cup action Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Aston Villa meets Leicester City Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
The United States meets England in a women’s international soccer friendly on FoxSports1 Friday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the finals of the Women’s Giant Slalom World Championships Thursday at 4 p.m. The men’s Giant Slalom will be Friday at 4 p.m.
The Millrose Games will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.
The rugby World Seven Series are Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Is an ACC title in the Cards?

The Virginia Cavaliers went 20 games before losing on the basketball court this season.
The next goal, after an undefeated season, is a regular season title in the ACC. The quest continues Saturday at 7 p.m., when Louisville comes to Charlottesville. ESPN has coverage.
The third-ranked Cavaliers saw the dreams of a perfect season end last Saturday against Duke, but bounced back against North Carolina Monday.
Louisville stands one-game behind Virginia, joining Notre Dame with two conference losses entering the final four weeks of the regular season.
Iowa meets Michigan on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Cincinnati taking on SMU.
ESPN2 has three contests Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. Auburn-LSU. UCLA faces Stanford at 9 p.m. and second-ranked Gonzaga goes against Santa Clara at 11 p.m. George Washington meets Dayton Friday at 7 p.m.
Southern Cal heads to California Thursday at 11 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS has the ACC battle between Notre Dame and Duke Saturday at 1 p.m. Michigan takes on Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m.
Georgetown takes on Villanova on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Arizona-Arizona State at 4:30 p.m.
ACC network brings Virginia Tech’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 3 p.m. along with North Carolina-Boston College.
ESPN starts its Saturday at noon when Illinois plays Michigan State. It’s Kansas against Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. before Kansas State hosts Texas. The GameDay crew will be in Florida for a game against Kentucky at 9 p.m.
Tennessee takes on Georgia on ESPN2 at noon, and Texas-Arlington faces Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. It’s off to the ACC for Syracuse against Pittsburgh before Alabama plays LSU at 6 p.m. and Missouri State takes on Wichita State. Second-ranked Gonzaga closes the night at 11:30 p.m. against San Francisco.
Providence plays Xavier on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, followed by DePaul battling Butler. Washington takes on Oregon State Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Wake Forest heads to Georgia Tech Saturday at noon on Comcast, followed by James Madison-Towson.
Richmond visits LaSalle Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
MASN offers UTEP against Florida Atlantic Thursday at 8 p.m. It’s off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. with Pennsylvania facing Cornell.
There’s three games on the schedule Saturday, starting with George Mason visiting St. Joseph’s at 4 p.m. Louisiana Tech takes on Middle Tennessee at 8 p.m. before Grand Canyon meets Bakersfield at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m., it’s off to the Horizon League for Oakland against Valparaiso.
Creighton clashes with St. John’s Saturday at noon on MASN2.
On the women’s side, ESPN2 has a pair of top-25 matchups Sunday. Baylor battles Texas at 2 p.m., followed by Maryland meeting Nebraska.
FoxSports1 has Providence-Seton Hall Friday at 8 p.m.
George Washington meets Davidson on Comcast Thursday at 11 a.m. and Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida Atlantic faces Texas-San Antonio on MASN Sunday at noon.
TNT starts Thursday with the Cavaliers hosting the Clippers at 8 p.m., then the Suns face the TrailBlazers at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN has Clippers-Raptors Friday at 7 p.m. before the Heat battle the Spurs in the nightcap.
The Wizards take on Charlotte Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Nets visit Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Thunder meet the Clippers on ABC Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Lakers-Cavaliers.
Former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau returns to the Verizon Center Friday, as the Ducks meet the Capitals on Comcast at 7 p.m. The Flyers come to town Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Red Wings at Colorado Thursday at 9 p.m.
Chicago takes on St. Louis on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Hockey City Classic features Miami of Ohio against Western Michigan Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Everton battles Liverpool on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN has a men’s soccer matchup between the United States and Panama Sunday at 3:55 p.m.
There’s an international women’s soccer friendly between the United States and France Sunday at 11:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.