GameDay returns

Last year, ESPN’s College GameDay came to town.
A student hit a halfcourt shot during the show, but Virginia lost to Duke.
The Cavaliers would like this GameDay to end with a win, whether the student wins the money or not.
Virginia hosts conference leader North Carolina Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, after the show packs John Paul Arena at 11 a.m.
The Cavaliers’ hopes of winning the regular season title took a hit Monday with a loss at Miami. But they close the campaign with home contests with the Tar Heels and Louisville, leaving space for a spot in the top four.
Duke hosts Florida State Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Indiana-Illinois.
ESPN2 offers SMU against Memphis at 7 p.m. and California clashes with UCLA at 9 p.m. Valparaiso meets Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m. then it’s Rider-Monmouth.
Providence plays Seton Hall on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by St. John’s-DePaul. It’s Harvard taking on Yale Friday at 7 p.m.
Drexel takes on Delaware Thursday at 6 p.m. on Comcast before James Madison meets Towson.
MASN offers Conference USA play Thursday, with Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. followed by North Texas-Louisiana Tech. UTEP takes on Old Dominion on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m.
CBS brings three contests Saturday, starting with Butler-Georgetown at noon. Texas takes on Oklahoma at 2 p.m. followed by Vanderbilt-Kentucky. Duke duels with Pittsburgh Sunday 2 p.m. and it’s Iowa-Ohio State at 4 p.m.
Top-ranked Villanova visits Marquette on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m., then it’s out west for UCLA against Stanford at 4:30 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina State against Syracuse Saturday at 2 p.m. along with Louisville-Miami.
Kansas tangles with Texas Tech on ESPN Saturday at noon, then it’s Arizona-Utah at 2 p.m. and Maryland meets Purdue at 4 p.m. Florida faces LSU at 8:30 p.m.
Seven games fill the slate on ESPN2, beginning at noon with Rhode Island-Dayton. Illinois State takes on Wichita State at 2 p.m. and it’s Notre Dame-Florida State at 4 p.m. Iowa State hosts Kansas State at 6 p.m., followed by Gonzaga-BYU and Fresno State against New Mexico. The night closes at midnight with UC Davis taking on UC Irvine.
Georgia Tech battles Boston College on Comcast Saturday at noon. College of Charleston clashes with Hofstra at 4 p.m. and Richmond faces Duquesne at 6 p.m.
VCU faces George Washington on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and James Madison meets William & Mary at 2:30 p.m.
Liberty hosts Gardner-Webb on MASN Saturday at noon and Florida International faces Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. St. Joseph’s takes on St. Louis Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Horizon League action between Illinois-Chicago and Milwaukee.
Western Kentucky battles Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at noon on MASN2.
There’s a pair of Big East games on FoxSports1 Sunday, as Xavier travels to Seton Hall at 12:30 p.m. and St. John’s battles Creighton at 2:30 p.m. Southern Cal takes on California at 8 p.m.
The Thunder visit New Orleans Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Rockets-Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ESPN has the Bulls and Hawks Friday at 8 p.m. and Grizzlies against Lakers in the nightcap.
ABC has the Warriors’ trip to Oklahoma City Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast brings Cavaliers-Wizards Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the women’s court, Middle Tennessee visits Western Kentucky Thursday at 9 p.m. on MASN2.
Kentucky meets Texas A&M on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has a trio of games Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. with Georgia-Tennessee. Miami meets Florida State at 3 p.m. followed by Minnesota meeting Maryland.
Iowa State tangles with Oklahoma Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on MASN2. There’s a pair of games Sunday, with Penn against Columbia at 3 p.m. and Rio Grand Valley against Chicago State at 5 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Xavier-Villanova Friday at 9 p.m.
The NHL’s Stadium Series heads to Colorado Saturday, as the Avalanche take on the Red Wings at Coors Field at 8 p.m. The Capitals visit Chicago Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, after they host Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network brings Predators-Blackhawks Thursday at 8 p.m. There’s two contests Sunday, as Tampa Bay visits Boston at 6:30 p.m. before the Kings and Ducks play at 9 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Boston University Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Vermont meets Merrimack on MASN Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Florida and NBC, with the Honda Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has the Xfinity Series Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the Truck Series goes at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has West Ham United against Sunderland Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Leicester City-Norwich City. Manchester United faces Arsenal Sunday at 9:05 a.m.


Let’s go racing, boys

The last time NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series hit the track, Jeff Gordon was trying to claim a final championship.
Sunday at Daytona, he’ll be trying to get airtime alongside Darrell Waltrip.
The Rainbow Warrior joins the Fox broadcasting booth as the NASCAR season starts with the Great American race. Coverage begins Sunday at noon on Fox.
The field will be set at the Twin 125 Duels Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The season begins for the Xfinity Series Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and the Truck Series has its season opener Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
TNT offers the Bulls against Cavaliers Thursday at 8 p.m. followed by Spurs-Clippers. The Pacers visit the Thunder on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Celtics against the Jazz in the nightcap.
The Warriors and Clippers battle on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and the Cavaliers visit Oklahoma City Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Lakers take on the Bulls Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Wizards face the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Tennessee takes on Kentucky Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Wisconsin-Michigan State.
ESPN2 offers SMU-Connecticut Thursday at 8 p.m. and it’s UCLA-Utah at 10 p.m. Richmond takes on VCU Friday at 7 p.m.
California tangles with Washington Thursday at 11 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Liberty faces Radford Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
MASN2 offers play from Conference-USA Thursday, with Marshall meeting Charlotte at 7 p.m. and Louisiana Tech facing Texas-San Antonio at 9 p.m.
CBS offers Miami-North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. and Maryland meets Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m.
Georgetown takes on Xavier Saturday at noon on Fox, followed by Butler-Villanova.
Virginia Tech hosts Florida State on ACC network Saturday at 3 p.m. and some areas will see Clemson-North Carolina State.
ESPN’s day Saturday starts at noon with Duke-Louisville. It’s off to the Big 12 at 2 p.m. for Baylor battling Texas, followed by West Virginia hosting Oklahoma. The GameDay crew catches Kentucky facing Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m., and it’s the battle for the Hoosier State between Indiana and Purdue at 8:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt takes on Georgia Saturday at noon on ESPN2. Pittsburgh plays Syracuse at 2 p.m., followed by Cincinnati-Connecticut and Kansas against Kansas State at 6 p.m. Notre Dame tangles with Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. with Saint Mary’s-Gonzaga in the nightcap.
Colorado clashes with UCLA on FoxSports1 Saturday at 11 p.m. Sunday at noon, Seton Hall faces St. John’s.
Winthrop takes on UNC-Asheville Saturday at noon on MASN, then Florida International meets Rice. Southern Mississippi travels to Texas-San Antonio at 4 p.m. and Presbyterian plays Liberty at 7 p.m.
In the Horizon League, Oakland faces Illinois-Chicago Sunday at 5 p.m.
Marquette meets DePaul on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. and it’s UNC-Wilmington against Charleston at 6 p.m.
The CAA fills Comcast’s schedule Saturday, starting at noon when Elon visits Towson. Drexel faces William & Mary at 2 p.m. followed by Delaware-James Madison.
St. Thomas Aquinas faces UDC Sunday at 5 p.m.
Dayton battles St. Bonaventure on NBC Sports network Saturday at noon, followed by St. Joseph’s-Davidson.
There’s three games Sunday, starting at noon with LaSalle against George Washington. Northeastern battles Hofstra at 2 p.m. before George Mason takes on Massachusetts.
On the women’s court, ESPN2 has a trio of games Sunday. North Carolina tangles with N.C. State at 1 p.m., followed by the Big Ten battle between Maryland and Rutgers. Mississippi State faces Mississippi at 5 p.m.
Virginia hosts Clemson Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast and Syracuse plays Pittsburgh at 3 p.m.
Rice takes on Florida International on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
DePaul clashes with Creighton on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m.
The PGA tour closes its West Coast tour at the Northern Trust Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
NBC has Hockey Day in America Sunday, with Penguins-Sabres at noon before an outdoor contest between Minnesota and Chicago at 3:30 p.m. NBC Sports network closes out the day with Red Wings-Rangers.
The Capitals visit the Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Red Wings against the Penguins Thursday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Denver clashes with Colorado College Thursday at 9 p.m. on MASN. Boston University tangles with New Hampshire Friday at 8 p.m.
The road to Rio in women’s soccer continues Friday on NBC Sports network, with a semifinal in CONCACAF Friday at 8:30 p.m.


Heart of the season

With the NFL now done, we find ourselves in the heart of the college basketball season this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Four weeks from Sunday, the 2016 NCAA tournament field will be announced.
ESPN has a twinbill Thursday, with Florida State-Syracuse at 7 p.m. followed by Iowa facing Indiana. Friday at 9 p.m., Arizona takes on UCLA.
Connecticut clashes with Temple on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. and it’s Oregon-California at 9 p.m. Dayton battles Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m.
On FoxSports1, Oregon State takes on Stanford Thursday at 11 p.m.
Middle Tennessee meets Louisiana Tech on MASN Thursday at 8 p.m.
CBS brings Texas A&M-LSU Saturday at 1 p.m. and Indiana-Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m.
Georgetown faces Providence Saturday at noon on Fox and Butler battles Xavier at 2:30 p.m.
Virginia meets Duke Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the middle of a big day on ESPN. Kentucky faces South Carolina in the opener at noon before Kansas-Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. Second-ranked Maryland plays Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Big 12 matchup between Texas and Iowa State.
ESPN2 has six contests on Saturday, starting at noon with Northern Iowa-Wichita State. Purdue plays Michigan at 2 p.m. and there’s an ACC battle between Louisville and Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Vanderbilt meets Auburn at 6 p.m., with Tulsa-Connecticut at 8 p.m. and Gonzaga against SMU in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Comcast starts action Saturday at noon with North Carolina State-Wake Forest, then Georgia Tech faces Clemson. Towson takes on William & Mary at 4 p.m.
Massachusetts meets Duquesne Sunday at 3 p.m.
George Mason meets Davidson Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN, followed by UTEP against Florida Atlantic. Utah Valley visits Cal State-Bakersfield at 10 p.m.
MASN2 offers Alabama Birmingham against Louisiana Tech Saturday at 2 p.m. North Texas clashes with Charlotte at 4 p.m. and there’s a Big East battle between Creighton and Marquette at 8 p.m.
James Madison visits UNC-Wilmington Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Hofstra-Delaware.
The ACC network brings Syracuse-Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m. and other areas will see North Carolina battle Pittsburgh.
Arizona goes against Southern Cal Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
On the women’s  court, ESPN2 has three contests on Sunday. Connecticut meets Temple at noon, then it’s North Carolina facing Florida State and Maryland against Northwestern at 4 p.m.
Texas battles Oklahoma on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
James Madison hosts Hofstra Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast and it’s Virginia-Boston College at 5 p.m.
Western Kentucky meets Marshall Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
It’s NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto. TNT has coverage Sunday at 8:20 p.m., after the all-star skills contests Saturday at 8 p.m. The rising stars game tips Friday at 9 p.m.
ESPN has the Celebrity game Friday at 7 p.m.
Prior to the all-star break, the Wizards take on the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. TNT has the Pelicans against Thunder Thursday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR gets ready for its season with the Sprint Unlimited Saturday at 8 p.m. The top two pole positions will be determined by qualifying Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, and FoxSports1 has practice runs Friday at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Stars on Comcast Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC has the Bruins and Red Wings Sunday at 3 p.m., and it’s Flyers-Rangers Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Maine meets Notre Dame Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There’s a ski jump in the middle of Fenway Park this week for Skiing Association’s Big Air event on NBC Sports network Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m.
Sunderland takes on Manchester United Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Everton battling West Bromwich and Chelsea clashing with Newcastle United at 12:25 p.m. Aston Villa faces Liverpool at 9 a.m. Sunday before Manchester City meets Tottenham Hotspur.
NBC Sports network has the indoor track and field grand prix Sunday at 4 p.m.


50

It’s Peyton against Cam.
In a year without Roman numerals.
Super Bowl 50 dominates the sports weekend as usual, with hours of hype leading up to kickoff around 6:30 p.m.
It’s a day of game, food, and all those cool commercials.
Peyton Manning will be looking to tie his brother Eli with two Super Bowl championships, and to bring home a title to Denver after several years of close calls.
Cam Newton has two things Manning doesn’t – a Heisman Trophy and college national championship title – but will be trying for his first Super Bowl victory. The Panthers reached the big game once before, losing to New England XII years ago.
The NFL Honors Awards will be distributed Saturday at 9 p.m. on CBS.
TNT offers Pistons-Knicks Thursday at 7 p.m., with Lakers against Pelicans in the nightcap.
The Hawks take on the Pacers Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and it’s a Texas battle between San Antonio and Dallas at 9:30 p.m. The Thunder meet the Warriors Saturday at 9 p.m.
ABC has the Heat and Clippers Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Wizards host the 76ers Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and visit Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN goes to the Big Ten Thursday, with Ohio State against Wisconsin at 7 p.m.
Vanderbilt meets Texas A&M Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Connecticut-Memphis with Utah taking on Oregon State in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
Colorado clashes with Oregon on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m., and Columbia faces Yale Friday at 5 p.m.
Northeastern takes on William & Mary Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
In Conference USA, Florida International faces Alabama-Birmingham on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Southern Mississippi-North Texas. Penn plays Dartmouth Friday at 6 p.m.
Michigan meets Michigan State on CBS Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Florida-Kentucky. Fox features Arizona and Washington Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on the ACC network, along with Boston College-Louisville.
ESPN starts its day Saturday at noon when TCU takes on Kansas. Duke faces North Carolina State at 2 p.m., followed by Purdue-Maryland. The Gameday crew catches North Carolina against Notre Dame at 7 p.m.
There’s six games on ESPN2 Saturday, beginning at noon when Cincinnati meets Memphis. It’s Iowa State-Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., then Stanford faces California and Mississippi State battles LSU at 6 p.m. West Virginia hosts Baylor before Illinois State takes on Wichita State at 10 p.m. At midnight, it’s Gonzaga against Pepperdine.
Oregon battles Utah at 4 p.m. Sunday.
FoxSports1 has Marquette-Xavier Saturday at noon, followed by Villanova against Providence. Western Kentucky takes on UTEP at 5 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Clemson Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast and it’s Hofstra-James Madison Sunday at 3 p.m.
Davidson takes on Duquesne Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Delaware duels with William & Mary at 2:30 p.m. It’s St. Louis against St. Bonaventure Sunday at 2 p.m.
MASN starts Saturday’s action at noon with Coastal Carolina’s visit to Radford, then Marshall meets Texas-San Antonio. There’s a pair of Atlantic 10 matchups – Dayton against George Mason at 6 p.m. and Rhode Island-LaSalle at 8 p.m. – before Missouri-Kansas City takes on Seattle at 10 p.m.
Southeast Missouri battles Eastern Illinois on MASN2 Saturday at noon, followed by DePaul-Creighton. It’s Butler against St. John’s at 4:30 p.m.
On the women’s court, Tennessee takes on Texas A&M Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Duke duels with Miami on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m.
Providence meets Xavier Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s St. John’s-Seton Hall Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
MASN has Princeton-Harvard Sunday at noon followed by St. Joseph’s facing George Mason. Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
The Capitals take on New Jersey Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast and have their Super Bowl Sunday contest against the Flyers on NBC at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of games Thursday, with Capitals-Islanders at 7:30 p.m. and Ducks against Kings at 10 p.m.
On the college ice, Lake Superior State heads to Michigan Tech on MASN Friday at 8 p.m.
NBC has the PGA’s Phoenix Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Manchester City meets Leicester City Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Watford. Bournemouth battles Arsenal Sunday at 8:40 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Manchester United at 10:55 a.m.
There’s an international friendly between the United States and Canada Friday at 10:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.