The Final countdown

Game 7.
One of the most anticipated nights in sports.
The NHL has a pair of them this weekend.
The Stanley Cup matchup will be decided in “win or go home” fashion. First in the East, the Rangers host Tampa Bay Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Then the Ducks and Blackhawks battle in their Game 7 Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
In the NBA, the Cavaliers and Warriors didn’t get the memo. They finished off their foes quickly, and have seven days to rest before the NBA Finals start next Thursday on ABC.
The Orioles have a doubleheader against the White Sox Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then host Tampa Bay for the weekend. The Nationals visit Cincinnati on MASN2.
The Saturday slate on Fox includes Royals visiting the Cubs, Red Sox-Rangers and Dodgers taking on the Cardinals. FoxSports1 offers the Diamondbacks and Brewers at 4 p.m., and ESPN2 closes the weekend with Tigers against the Angels at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 carries baseball regional action Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida faces Tennessee Thursday at noon in the opening game of the Softball College World Series on ESPN. It’s LSU-Auburn at 2:30 p.m. The action moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with Alabama meeting Michigan, then UCLA battles Oregon at 9:30 p.m.
There’s winner’s bracket games Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and ESPN carries four games Saturday starting at noon. There’s two more games scheduled Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Arsenal and Aston Villa battle for the FA Cup Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, and ESPN2 has the Copa del Rey between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at 3:25 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Philadelphia on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m. Seattle visits the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and the Galaxy play New England at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NASCAR heads to the Monster Mile this weekend. The Sprint Cup racers hit the track Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity series will be on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m. and the truck series goes Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit races in Detroit Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
CBS offers the Byron Nelson Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Arizona battles Spokane in Arena Football Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Play at the French Open Thursday and Friday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
The College Rugby championships are on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Track and field’s Prefontaine Classic will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


Race day

Memorial Day weekend can mean beach trips or picnics.
Remembering our veterans.
And lots of auto racing.
There’s speed from Europe to North Carolina Sunday, from early morning to late into the night.
NBC gets the action going at 7:30 a.m. with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco.
The flag drops at  the 99th Indianapolis 500 at noon on ABC. Then the NASCAR crews go deep into the night at Charlotte, with coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 starting at 6 p.m. on Fox.
Before the big day, it’s Carb Day from Indianapolis Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Indy Lights race at noon.
The Infinity Series hits the track in Charlotte Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network has qualifying from Monaco Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Thursday at 8 a.m.
The NBA and NHL are in the midst of their conference finals.
The Warriors host the Rockets Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 3 Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. TNT has the Eastern finals, with Game 2 from Atlanta Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Game 3 in Cleveland Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
On ice, the Blackhawks host Game 3 against the Ducks Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Game 4 on NBC Saturday at 8 p.m. Tampa Bay faces the Rangers Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles close out a series with the Mariners Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN, then head to Miami. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on Fox at 7:15 p.m. Other parts of the country will see either the Angels-Red Sox or the battle of Missouri between the Royals and Cardinals.
The Nationals take on the Phillies on MASN for the weekend. The Braves battle the Brewers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN has the Yankees and Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC baseball tournament, continuing Thursday at 11 a.m. when North Carolina State faces Notre Dame. It’s Louisville-Clemson at 3 p.m. followed by North Carolina meeting Florida State.
Friday’s play begins at 11 a.m. with Virginia-Notre Dame, followed by Clemson against North Carolina and Miami meeting North Carolina State. Florida State faces Louisville Saturday at 11 a.m. and it’s Miami-Notre Dame at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the ACC championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and the SEC title tilt at 4:30 p.m. The Big 12 championship will be on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NCAA crowns its lacrosse champion this weekend. Denver meets top-seeded Notre Dame Saturday at 1 p.m., followed Johns Hopkins-Maryland. The winners meet Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s Super Regional weekend for NCAA softball. Florida State faces Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Georgia-Michigan at 9 p.m. ESPN has a pair of contests if necessary Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. while ESPN2 offers Oklahoma against Alabama Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s play starts at noon on ESPN with Auburn facing Louisiana-Lafayette, then it’s North Carolina State meeting Oregon before the second contest between Oklahoma and Alabama. There’s a third game, if necessary, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. before Arizona battles LSU at 10 p.m.
The second game between top-seeded Florida and Kentucky will be Sunday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game if necessary at 3 p.m. and LSU against Arizona at 5 p.m. ESPN2 carries a deciding game if necessary at 8 p.m.
D.C. United tangles with New England Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. FoxSports1 has a pair of contests Sunday, with Philadelphia facing the Red Bulls at 5 p.m. before Orlando City travels to San Jose.
There’s 10 Premier League matches on 10 networks at 10 a.m. Sunday. NBC carries Hull City against Manchester United, while NBC Sports network has Chelsea-Sunderland and USA offers Newcastle United meeting West Ham.
Arsenal battles West Bromwich on Bravo, Aston Villa and Burnley meet on Esquire and Crystal Palace try to entertain on E! CNBC brings Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, with last-place Queens Park Rangers meeting Leicester on Oxygen, Manchester City taking on Southampton on MSNBC and Stoke City playing Liverpool on SyFy.
The PGA tour spends the weekend in Texas, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC carries the Senior PGA Championship Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Rochester meets Toronto in indoor lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
Play begins at the French Open Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Glen Helen Saturday at 7 p.m.


Will Pharoah reign again?

American Pharoah can become an American legend – by winning two more races.
The colt continues his quest for the Triple Crown Saturday in the Preakness Stakes. NBC has coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.
The years continue to roll by since the last Triple Crown – Affirmed in 1978. By nightfall Saturday, the dream could remain alive – or be dashed yet again.
The fillies race in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Preliminary races before the Preakness will be featured Saturady at 2:30 p.m.
There’s Game 6 of the Cavaliers-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and the Clippers try to close out the series with the Rockets in the nightcap. The Wizards host the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Warriors and Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
What’s on tap for Saturday and Sunday? Depends on the results of these games.
The NHL conference finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC, with the Rangers hosting the Lightning. The action starts out west Sunday at 3 p.m., when the Ducks take on the Blackhawks.
Canada battles Belarus in the quarterfinals of the World Ice Hockey championships Thursday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Russia-Sweden at 11:30 a.m. The gold medal game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR’s stars sprint for the cash in Charlotte Saturday night, with coverage on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m. The Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series visits Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m.
The pole for the Indianapolis 500 is up for grabs Saturday at 4 p.m. on ABC. There’s more qualifying Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Orioles host the Angels this weekend on MASN, while the Nationals continue their west coast swing in San Diego on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Marlins-Braves Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by the Pirates battling the Cubs. ESPN has the Tigers’ trip to St. Louis Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia visits North Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. on Comcast. Louisville takes on North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has Florida International against Rice Saturday at 1 p.m.
Johns Hopkins takes on Syracuse in the NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals Sunday at noon on ESPN2, followed by Maryland-North Carolina.
CBS has the PGA tour Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Orlando City meets the Galaxy Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and D.C. United goes to Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Premier League season winds down on NBC Sports network, with Southampton against Aston Villa Saturday at 7:45 a.m. and Liverpool battling Crystal Palace at 12:30 p.m. Swansea City meets Manchester City at 8:30 a.m., followed by Manchester United facing Arsenal.
There’s a women’s friendly between the United States and Mexico on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings LSU against Texas Southern in NCAA softball regionals Friday at 7 p.m. Action moves to ESPN Saturday, starting at noon with a pair of games on ESPN2 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. There’s final games at one site on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (if necessary) and ESPN2 has a contest at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Tour of California, continuing Thursday at 5 p.m. There’s Stage 6 at Big Bear Lake Friday at 5 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.


Visiting the island green

The PGA tour hits one of its most famous golf holes this weekend – the island green at the 17th at TPC-Sawgrass.
NBC has coverage of the Players Championship starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Why is the hole surrounded by water?
During construction, they found sand needed for other areas of the course around the proposed 17th green. The course architects decided to expand the water hazards to completely surround the hole – except for the walkway.
The NBA and NHL postseasons continue their second rounds this week. There’s a pair of Game 3s Friday with the Cavaliers clashing with Chicago at 8 p.m. and Rockets-Clippers on ESPN.
The Wizards host Atlanta Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN, with Golden State visiting Memphis at 8 p.m. on ABC.
LeBron and the Cavaliers have Game 4 against the Bulls Sunday at 3:30 p.m., and it’s Rockets-Clippers on TNT at 8:30 p.m.
On ice, Tampa Bay hosts Montreal in Game 4 of their series Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Wild face the Blackhawks at 9:30 p.m.
The Capitals and Rangers return to New York Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network followed by the Ducks at Calgary. What’s the schedule for the rest of the weekend? Depends on results of these games.
The Orioles have a four-game set against the Yankees on MASN, while the Nationals host the Braves on MASN2. Saturday’s game at 4 p.m. will also be on FoxSports1.
The Tigers face the Royals Saturday at 1 p.m on FoxSports1, and they close the weekend on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Pittsburgh faces Georgia Tech on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m. Coastal Carolina clashes with Liberty Sunday at 1 p.m.
NASCAR visits Kansas this week, with the Sprint Cup race on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The truck series races goes Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 3:30 p.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Savilla faces Fiorentina in a Champions League clash Thursday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Everton faces Sunderland Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Newcastle United-West Bromwich Albion at 10 and Crystal Palace against Manchester United at 12:30 p.m. It’s Chelsea-Liverpool Sunday at 11 a.m.
D.C. United battles Kansas City Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Toronto takes on Houston Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s a battle for New York on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers an international friendly between the United States women and Ireland Sunday at 3 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC softball tournament, starting Thursday at 11 a.m. when Boston College plays Florida State. It’s Louisville-North Carolina State at 1:30 p.m., and Virginia Tech takes on North Carolina at 5 p.m. The first day closes with Notre Dame meeting Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m., with semifinals Friday at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
ESPN has the final Saturday at 1 p.m., and the SEC championship Saturday at 8 p.m. The American Athletic Conference title matchup will be Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, then Oklahoma State faces Oklahoma at 3 p.m.
The United States faces Denmark in the hockey championships Friday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Tour of California cycling race starts Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.