Richmond in prime time

Richmond gets to host a pair of NASCAR races under the lights – one before the 16 driver playoff begins and this weekend.
Fox has coverage Saturday at 7 p.m., and racers hope the flag drops shortly thereafter – not after a long rain delay like last week at Bristol.
Kevin Harvick leads the Sprint Cup field with two wins in the first eight races. When the drivers return to Richmond in September, the final 16 driver Sprint for the Cup lineup will be finalized.
The Xfinity Series racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network offers the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NBA postseason heads into its second weekend, starting with Game 3 of the Celtics and Cavaliers Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT. The Pelicans host Golden State at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the Mavericks and Rockets Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Spurs-Clippers. The Wizards host Toronto at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Comcast.
There’s a pair of games on TNT Saturday afternoon – Hawks against Nets at 3 p.m. before the Bulls battle the Bucks. New Orleans hosts the Warriors at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Grizzlies-TrailBlazers.
ABC has the Sunday afternoon action – Game 4 of Cavaliers-Celtics at 1 p.m. and Clippers against Spurs at 3:30 p.m. the Wizards host Toronto on TNT and Comcast at 7 p.m., then it’s Rockets facing the Mavericks.
The Capitals return home for Game 5 of their series with the Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and CNBC. NBC Sports network has the Red Wings and Lightning at 7 p.m., then it’s Blackhawks-Predators. Vancouver faces Calgary at 10 p.m. on CNBC.
Friday’s action starts at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network with the Penguins meeting the Rangers. Ottawa tries to stay alive in Game 5 at Montreal on CNBC, and the Wild and Blues meet on NBC Sports network at 9:30 p.m.
The rest of the weekend slate remains to be determined.
The Orioles close out their series in Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, then host the Red Sox for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN, Saturday on MASN2).
The Nationals meet the Cardinals Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN before heading to Miami for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN2 and Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN).
FoxSports1 offers the Indians’ trip to Detroit Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by Mets-Yankees at 4 p.m. That series concludes on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Georgia Tech faces Clemson at 1 p.m. Saturday on Comcast. LSU and Texas A&M tangle on ESPN Saturday at 2 p.m. and Alabama meets Mississippi Sunday at 1 p.m. FoxSports1 has Kansas State-Baylor Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour visits New Orleans Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Manchester City meets Aston Villa on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Southampton faces Tottenham Hotspur on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Burnley battling Leicester City. Arsenal and Chelsea bring the battle of London Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
The Red Bulls meet the Galaxy on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. FoxSports1 has a pair of games Sunday, with Toronto at Orlando City at 7 p.m. followed by Portland visiting Seattle at 9:30 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament, starting Thursday at 11 a.m. when Virginia Tech faces North Carolina. Notre Dame battles Virginia at 1 p.m., then it’s Duke-Louisville at 4 p.m. and Boston College against Syracuse at 6 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 and 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
In college softball, Tennessee faces Alabama on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m. Texas takes on Texas Tech Saturday at 3 p.m. on MASN2.



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